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FIRST CHRISTMAS ALONE IN 43 YEARS

FIRST CHRISTMAS ALONE IN 43 YEARS
(and with Star-of-David aspect in the heavens)
Christmas was good. Margaret and I had dinner together and we realized that this is the first time we have been alone on Christmas, ever since we had kids, more than 43 years ago. How is that possible? Because we never in all those years had a babysitter. We would never leave our kids, and that includes on Christmas. And then, after the kids grew up and left the nest, at least some of them always came back for Christmas.
Anyway, Tonight Margaret and I had dinner by alone together by candlelight and she made a great risotto, with pistachio nut and arugula toppings, and we had fresh-ground cranberry/orange dressing, plus fried tempeh, marinated in Mirin (rice-wine vinegar), umeboshi vinegar, tamari, and brown-rice vinegar. And then for desert an apple-crisp with whipped macadamia-nut creams So, we had a good day. And that is after some pretty hairy days for me. Let me tell you how it’s been.
I just have to comment at what, at least for me, has seemed to be all around me of late, and that is facing some gnarly situations and doing my best to rise to the occasion.
First there was the sewer backup that could not be plumbed and resulted in a backhoe digging a 7-foot deep trench from our house to the city line and piling some 5-6 feet of mud in our driveway. That got my attention and the traces of mud will be with us until spring rains.
And to sweeten the pot, there was some personal stuff that happened that was just as gnarly, that included facing some old stuff that needed to be aired out. And it was and that situation feels better now.
And then there is me in the basement at our center (right next door), which has been almost a total mess for a couple of decades at least. Suddenly, with encouragement from Margaret, I’m over there in what is essentially a Michigan basement, with little heat, doing a complete overhaul. It will take weeks, but I finally have the “cleaning fever” and am even dreaming about it, at least day-dreaming. I can’t get over there fast enough each day to take the next whack at it. That’s much better than hating the thought of doing it.
Of course, I had to look up my astrology to see why this might be happening and, like everyone else, I see that Earth is transiting opposite Saturn (helio), with nothing “T-square-like”, tying it down. And Venus is slowly moving to conjunct Saturn fairly soon, so there will be lots of time to appreciate it all for a while.
However, the most remarkable bit of astrology happening right now is a whole-chart aspect pattern (and this is in the sun-centered chart) that includes a very nice Star of David, a six-pointed star with fairly-evenly-distributed space between the points.
As to that, there could be few better ways to avoid a T-Square in the chart than what we have now. In my work over many decades, evenly-distributed space, especially in the actual solar-system chart (helio), offers the greatest amount of stability that I know of. I was born with the same kind of stability, but with only three points (Grand Trine), not what we have now with six points (Grand Sextile.) Six points is rare.
What that means to me is that this Grand Sextile is holding steady a certain kind of awareness. It reminds me of Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston this summer and held its pattern relatively stationary for a very long time, dumping up to several feet of rain, which is huge. That was a perfect storm.
Only in this analogy, the perfect-storm is a Grand Sextile aspect pattern that is holding steady, keeping the mind open (and prying our eyelids apart if need be), so that (like it or not) we are aware of certain parts of ourselves and our life, etc. that otherwise we would close our eyes to. And the evenness I spoke of earlier gives us enough time (and this is what’s rare) to see our situation and perhaps respond.
Well, I do “see” the problem and certainly am responding as best I can. So, I have not been writing blogs or counting the stars in the sky as much lately, but instead have been knee-deep in fairly gnarly stuff and finding a way to respond appropriately to it. Imagine that. I can’t say it’s been fun, though.
And I don’t make a point of interpreting astrology in my blogs because people would want me to do it all the time and I don’t feel like “having to do that.” But, right now, I am so “in the midst” (so to speak), that I’m doing it, mainly because I’m trying to sort it all out myself.
Astrology is just another language to talk about our life, so please forgive me, those of you who don’t speak astrologese. I know that some of you non-astrologers will struggle with this astro-jargon, but those astrologers here will know what I am talking about, or so I hope.
This rare sense of inner stability, as mentioned, is like holding our eyelids open until we can see what is right before our eyes. So, I’m taking a look!
[Here is the Sun-Centered Chart as it is right now, showing the even placement of space and the lack of any T-Square.]
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  • Jan Aylward
    February 2, 2018

    Beth Levine

  • Jan Aylward

    Beth Levine

  • Jan Aylward
    February 2, 2018

    Mimi LePage Michael Sheehan

  • Jan Aylward

    Mimi LePage Michael Sheehan

  • Sharon Malachowski
    February 2, 2018

    Describes my experiences too. Thank you.

  • Sharon Malachowski

    Describes my experiences too. Thank you.

  • Linda Sperling
    February 2, 2018

    Merry Christmas to you and Margaret and your children and theirs.

  • Linda Sperling

    Merry Christmas to you and Margaret and your children and theirs.

  • LeAnna Jo
    February 2, 2018

    Thanks for explanation of what I am experiencing.

  • LeAnna Jo

    Thanks for explanation of what I am experiencing.

  • Rachel Blum
    February 3, 2018

    That is quite a chart, thank you for posting it. Warm wishes to you and family, this particular time and always.

  • Rachel Blum

    That is quite a chart, thank you for posting it. Warm wishes to you and family, this particular time and always.

  • Padma Ball
    February 3, 2018

    Thank you for your sharing, Michael. Interesting sewer backup...outer manifestation of inner.

  • Padma Ball

    Thank you for your sharing, Michael. Interesting sewer backup…outer manifestation of inner.

  • Carolyn Quigley
    February 3, 2018

    I love that chart!!! :-)

  • Carolyn Quigley

    I love that chart!!! 🙂

  • Elizabeth M. Mantis
    February 3, 2018

    Lots of “ stuff “ happening.. Here too, so the KTD Monastery and Woodstock will be a great start in the New Year ...

  • Elizabeth M. Mantis

    Lots of “ stuff “ happening.. Here too, so the KTD Monastery and Woodstock will be a great start in the New Year …

  • LLynn Ritz
    February 3, 2018

    Merry Christmas Michael and Margaret somehow I ended up home alone today too and I’ve enjoyed every second of my time.... my son, wife and grandchildren here on Christmas Eve and they wore me out , but Today probably being the first time I’ve been alon...

  • LLynn Ritz

    Merry Christmas Michael and Margaret somehow I ended up home alone today too and I’ve enjoyed every second of my time…. my son, wife and grandchildren here on Christmas Eve and they wore me out , but Today probably being the first time I’ve been alon…

  • Linda Spencer-Read
    February 4, 2018

    Well! I've been enabled to let go of some personal negative feelings, or rather it seemed like they just left -- evaporated. I've worked hard to clean up the place, mail out gifts to my children who I didn't see this Christmas, and cook a nice holiday ...

  • Linda Spencer-Read

    Well! I’ve been enabled to let go of some personal negative feelings, or rather it seemed like they just left — evaporated. I’ve worked hard to clean up the place, mail out gifts to my children who I didn’t see this Christmas, and cook a nice holiday …

  • Heather MacKenzie
    February 4, 2018

    I’ve been sensing everything you are saying, especially having eyes wide open to things I wouldn’t normally look at.
    It feels gnarly to me too, all over the earth...it’s more of seeing our humanness at its worst in many ways and at its best in some others.
    I know nothing about astrology so I think it’s cool to have something to attribute that sensation to. Thank you~

  • Heather MacKenzie

    I’ve been sensing everything you are saying, especially having eyes wide open to things I wouldn’t normally look at.
    It feels gnarly to me too, all over the earth…it’s more of seeing our humanness at its worst in many ways and at its best in some others.
    I know nothing about astrology so I think it’s cool to have something to attribute that sensation to. Thank you~

  • Pema Dolma
    February 4, 2018

    Your posts are always interesting, often fascinating and definitely insightful. Thank you so much for these!

  • Pema Dolma

    Your posts are always interesting, often fascinating and definitely insightful. Thank you so much for these!

  • Michael Anne Erlewine
    February 4, 2018

    cool.

  • Michael Anne Erlewine

    cool.

  • Van Micci Mas
    February 4, 2018

    Challenges with teaching moments; maybe your constant striving for balance forces these challenges to the forefront? You are strong and have a fortress to meet them. Thank you for sharing...Merry Christmas and have great fortune & good health in the year to come!

  • Van Micci Mas

    Challenges with teaching moments; maybe your constant striving for balance forces these challenges to the forefront? You are strong and have a fortress to meet them. Thank you for sharing…Merry Christmas and have great fortune & good health in the year to come!

  • Esther Frances
    February 5, 2018

    Wonderful blog as usual....sorry for the s..t and the mud you had to deal with. I'm amazed at all that you accomplish and even with so much stuff hitting the fan take the time to write and share. Thank you!

  • Esther Frances

    Wonderful blog as usual….sorry for the s..t and the mud you had to deal with. I’m amazed at all that you accomplish and even with so much stuff hitting the fan take the time to write and share. Thank you!

  • Jason Goodman
    February 5, 2018

    So are you happy?

  • Jason Goodman

    So are you happy?

  • Heather Feather
    February 5, 2018

    awesome

  • Heather Feather

    awesome

  • Melissa Mooney
    February 5, 2018

    Thanks for teaching us so much. My favorite thing from our sessions was the story about how you fell in love with your strikingly beautiful wife ❤ The peaceful for two dinner sounds so romantic. God bless. Merry Christmas

  • Melissa Mooney

    Thanks for teaching us so much. My favorite thing from our sessions was the story about how you fell in love with your strikingly beautiful wife ❤ The peaceful for two dinner sounds so romantic. God bless. Merry Christmas

  • Donnah Carel Youngblood
    February 5, 2018

    I love your incredible insightful posts!
    I am blessed with such fascinating friends

  • Donnah Carel Youngblood

    I love your incredible insightful posts!
    I am blessed with such fascinating friends

  • Catherine Dougherty
    February 6, 2018

    Merry Christmas, Michael. You are a delight to read, regardless of content. We love going down some rabbit-holes, and rising to lofty heights with you. Thank you.

  • Catherine Dougherty

    Merry Christmas, Michael. You are a delight to read, regardless of content. We love going down some rabbit-holes, and rising to lofty heights with you. Thank you.

  • Jewels Renee
    February 6, 2018

    I keep asking for more direction about astrology and now you have mentioned it twice this week, thank you. I am going to take advantage of a short online class in it that also came into my path this week.

  • Jewels Renee

    I keep asking for more direction about astrology and now you have mentioned it twice this week, thank you. I am going to take advantage of a short online class in it that also came into my path this week.

  • Kevin Johnson
    February 6, 2018

    Merry Christmas, Michael.

  • Kevin Johnson

    Merry Christmas, Michael.

  • RuthAnn Brazdova
    February 6, 2018

    Thank you! Your description of the Grand Sextile totally made sense of what I’ve been feeling, holding my life still long enough to recognize a lifelong habit so much a part of me that I never noticed it before.

  • RuthAnn Brazdova

    Thank you! Your description of the Grand Sextile totally made sense of what I’ve been feeling, holding my life still long enough to recognize a lifelong habit so much a part of me that I never noticed it before.

    • RuthAnn Brazdova
      February 2, 2018

      ...very much like the absence of the children after 46 years of their presence...

    • RuthAnn Brazdova

      …very much like the absence of the children after 46 years of their presence…

  • Pat Sharp
    February 6, 2018

    Well yes....after the kids grow u p leave the nest...they come back for the holidays

  • Pat Sharp

    Well yes….after the kids grow u p leave the nest…they come back for the holidays

  • Sonia Manzo
    February 7, 2018

    Ditto what Sabine says and thank you for sharing your insights! We appreciate the gift! ❤️

  • Sonia Manzo

    Ditto what Sabine says and thank you for sharing your insights! We appreciate the gift! ❤️

  • Sabine Stetson
    February 7, 2018

    Big hug and blessings to you.....!!!!! <3

  • Sabine Stetson

    Big hug and blessings to you…..!!!!! <3

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