by Jessica Shepherd
The New Year, and its promise of starting over, dangles the
carrot of a clean slate in front of us. We want to lose weight, finally
start meditating, drink less, make more time for friendships and
family... the list is as universal as it is personal. It's so important
to take our desire to be happier seriously, yet sadly far too many
resolutions don't pan out. As sure as the winter snow will melt with
the weather, so too, does our resolve. We often blame ourselves: our
lack of willpower, consistency, and steadfastness. In reality we just
may be failing to think with our Venus.
We don't normally connect Venus with will, resolve, and discipline.
Venus, being the lush of the Zodiac, is inclined toward pleasure,
beauty, and enjoying the good life. Saturn is the harsh taskmaster, and
with the Sun in Capricorn and Aquarius, Saturn's signs, for January and
most of February, an attitude of "out with the old, in with the new"
prevails. Yet, when setting a goal, how many of us actually consider
how inspired we are about it? For the Goddess of Desire who heralds all
the things we love and enjoy in life, a goal bereft of happiness, love,
beauty, bliss, and inspiration is like a horse without a rider... and a
bereft horse often goes out to pasture.
I'm an astrologer, but I'm also a health coach, and one of the things I
learned in nutrition school that stuck with me was the idea that our
health goals fail because we think we want to achieve the goal itself
when in reality we want the feeling it will bring us. Take, for
instance, losing weight, which requires cutting calories and increasing
exercise. For most people these are clear negatives, easily conjuring
images of deprivation and unhappiness. Not motivating! But when you
say, "I want to lose weight because..." you find out the true, good,
and positive motivation behind your desire. Which might be, for you: I
want to have more energy. I want to look great in my clothes. I want to
feel sexy naked. Now that's what I call motivating.
This metaphysical principle was familiar to me. Through joy,
inspiration, and pleasure, Venus pulls in the same. A vibration
magnetizing our deepest desires toward us through our own emotional
excitement, she's like a sunset steadily growing in magnificence, and
steadily attracting a greater number of admirers to it. So how inspired
are you about your New Year's goals? That's a key indicator of whether
you will achieve them. That's why, when I asked my health-coaching and
bride-to-be client how she wanted to look and feel on her wedding day,
and she said, "I want to look and feel dazzling" and then proceeded to
elaborate on how wonderful that day will be, I got goose-bumpy and
became inspired, too. Venus is irresistible.
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1. Your new book, The Secret of Your Immortal Self,
presents a path for readers to achieve union with their immortal self.
How would you define this "Immortal Self?"
First, and perhaps most simply said, the
Immortal Self is that greater part of our consciousness that knows that
whatever seems to block our way along the upper path is actually a part of the Way; each
"boulder" that seems to come between us and our highest aspirations is
really a form of celestial invitation to meet, and to rise above,
whatever limitations still remain unseen in our present level
understanding. As such, this level of Self is fearless because it
knows, without having to think about it, that everything it encounters
in life exists for a soul purpose: to strengthen, purify, and perfect
its being all the more. But, I think the best definition of this Divine
part of us–given that such things defy being defined–would be as
follows: the Immortal Self is an order of higher awareness; it lives as
a perpetual witness, if you will, of one's relationship with all of
life; an awareness that includes a conscious role in the creation of
what is being manifested moment to moment.
2. Why is it important for
us to strengthen our bond with the Divine and our immortal self?
There is an old saying: "When the student is ready the teacher
appears." The true wisdom behind this ancient idea is that the life lessons we need to succeed
with realizing our highest possibilities–ride in on events. This means that
each moment of life is intended to teach us something new and true
about ourselves. And "who" is this secret "Teacher," the creator of our
daily "classroom," as well as the cosmic curriculum that leads us to
our perfection? A Divine Intelligence that wants more for us than can
be imagined. The deeper, the truer our bond with this, our Cosmic level
of Being, the more willing are we to let it make the changes in us that
only (its) Love can make.
3. Your previous books,
including the bestselling The Secret of Your Immortal Self,
have focused on letting go of the negativity in our lives. Does this
process also play a role in our contact with our Immortal Self?
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Brighten Your Ostara by Bringing Balance to Your
by Kerri Connor
While it is often the simple things that get us through
life and help us to change our perspective, it is also true that the
simple things are really easy to forget. We forget to play. We forget
to be happy. We forget to love. What's more, we often don't even
realize that we forget to do these things! This year, use these ideas
from Ostara author Kerri Connor to rejuvenate and
balance your emotions, finding new joy in the process.
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by Master Denise Liotta Dennis
Certain homes can incite negativity in our lives and
our relationships simply by how they are arranged. What if, with the
power of Feng Shui based on our personality (known as Eight Mansions),
we could maximize the positive in all of our relationships, from work
to love to family? Master Denise Liotta Dennis, author of Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships,
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and divinatory, of the Witch Crystals Casting Stones Kit.