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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - January 2015

by Jessica Shepherd

Llewellyn.com - January 2015

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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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - January 2015

by Llewellyn

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?"

Guy Finley

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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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - January 2015

Brighten Your Ostara by Bringing Balance to Your Life
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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Horoscope Feng Shui: Using "Eight Mansions" for Dazzling Relationships
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, explains.

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Witch Crystals Casting Stones for Divination and Magic
by Barbara Moore

When Lo Scarabeo asked tarot expert Barbara Moore to create a Pagan-based casting kit, she was excited. Here she explains the many uses, magical and divinatory, of the Witch Crystals Casting Stones Kit.

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Llewellyn.com - New from Lo Scarabeo - January 2015

The Golden Tarot of Klimt Mini Tarot, by Lo Scarabeo

Mucha Tarot, by Lo Scarabeo
  Mucha Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo


The Night Sun Tarot, by Lo Scarabeo
The Night Sun Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

Romantic Tarot, by Lo Scarabeo
Romantic Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

Witch Crystals, by Lo Scarabeo
Witch Crystals
by Lo Scarabeo

Royo Dark Tarot Mini Deck

Llewellyn.com - Try This! - January 2015

Candle Spell to Welcome the New Year

January: Winter's Deep Healing

Fancy Pants: An Abundance Ritual

Llewellyn.com - New Releases - January 2015





Find Your Happily Ever After, by Tiffany Johnson
Find Your Happily Ever After
by Tiffany Johnson


Flower of Life, by Denise Jarvie
Flower of Life
by Denise Jarvie


The Mindfulness Habit, by Kate Sciandra
The Mindfulness Habit
by Kate Sciandra


Myths & Mermaids, by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, with Amber Logan and Kachina Mickeletto
Myths & Mermaids
by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, with Amber Logan & Kachina Mickeletto


Ostara, by Kerri Connor
Ostara
by Kerri Connor
Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials #1


Sacred Rebels Oracle, by Alana Fairchild & Autumn Skye Morrison
Sacred Rebels Oracle
by Alana Fairchild &
Autumn Skye Morrison




Venus Signs, by Jessica Shepherd
Venus Signs
by Jessica Shepherd

Llewellyn.com - Reader's Top Picks - January 2015

  1. Sun Signs & Past Lives
    by Bernie Ashman

  2. 365 Ways to Attract Good Luck
    by Richard Webster

  3. Witches Tarot
    by Ellen Dugan & Mark Evans

  4. Wellbeing Crystal Talismans
    by Lo Scarabeo

  5. The Priestess and the Pen
    by Sonja Sadovsky





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