The Christmas Star

We’re stirred up, disquieted, on edge, and uncertain about the future. Everything seems political when it doesn’t have to be. We can’t agree to disagree. We have to begin a campaign saying that Black Lives Matter when it should have been a given. We’re worried that we might catch some dreaded virus. We’re concerned that the cure might be worse than the disease. We worry that inoculations might be mandated. We argue over whether the world is getting warmer when the winter zooms past us so fast it makes our heads spin. There is little we can trust. We believe we have honest elections, and then someone wants to overturn them. We want to know the “truth,” but truth depends on the ones saying it. We can’t rely on the media to separate “news” from propaganda. Censorship is running rampant. We realize now that a foreign country might not have directly interfered with a past election, but they interfered with our psyches, about the same as now—they kept us stirred up.

Keep the people in a state of frenzy, and you can get them to do just about anything.

Daughter dear told me a Media student said, “That’s what they taught us in school.” 

A former KGB agent said that one way to brainwash a country is to keep them from coming to a logical conclusion. 

That’s the bad news. 

Now for the good news:

 “The beauty of the present moment is a powerful tool in any uncertainty.”– Dezmein Bluray

What if we took our attention off the bad news and decided that we are the ones to make a brighter day?

Bullies crumble when you ignore them. 

Our founding fathers set up a system that is working.

Be grateful.

If water, rice, and plants respond kindly to love over anger, think about what kind thoughts and positive belief in a grand future would do for people. 

Don’t believe that plants, water, and rice respond? Check it out. (Daughter and grandson are setting up an experiment. I’ll let you know how it turns out.)

The Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

I’m counting on you guys.

There is a phenomenon among people that they get bored and want an Adrenalin rush to get them stirred up. 

We remember mountain top experiences, our first crush, first kiss, weddings, births, deaths. Most everyone old enough to know John F. Kennedy remembers the day he was shot. Mothers remember evens according to their kid’s ages—“When Johnny was 6, we went to Yellowstone Park, and so on.”

Why do we need a marker in time to change how we look at the world with a new set of eyes?

Is that what this lock-down is, a marker? We will remember the year 2020. I’ll remember the fashion statement of the time was, “Oh, darling, I love your mask.”

I have never put much stock in Astrology—I like to read Rob Brezsny  

for he is so clever,and gives good advice. But do the planets and stars affect our bodies? I don’t know. [At this point, my computer froze, and I had to close down and reboot. Was it trying to tell me something?]

Okay, I’ve done the rebooting, and now I’m back (with the question of, “Can my emotions affect my computer?”) As I was about to say: 

On December 21, the winter solstice, there will be a Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that hasn’t been seen for 800 years.  At exactly 05:00 PM – 05:45 PM Pacific Time. they will be at their closest, only 0.1 degrees.

And the wonder is, WE WILL HAVE A CHRISTMAS STAR!

That is from our perspective as the two planets become close they will appear to us as one gigantic star. Some think this was the star of Bethlehem.

I don’t know if the conjunction will affect our body. It could have some magnetic, electrical affect. I don’t know. We’ve evolved on a planet that is a magnet; perhaps slight changes do affect us.

Daughter dear and I decided to do something special on December 21. I don’t know what it will be, light a menorah maybe, although we are not Jewish, we want to honor those courageous souls. Smoke a peace pipe—that would be honoring other souls. (What shall we put in the pipe?)

We need rituals to mark days and to keep us from wandering off track.

Suppose you are a believer in the Law of Attraction. In that case, you know that being lazy with our thoughts, observing what’s happening out there, will bring more of what’s happening out there. Play the ain’t it awful game and we get more of Ain’t it Awful. And that pushing against something only causes something to push back. (Our cat is an excellent example of that. Try to move him, and he becomes cement. 

The real work is changing our thoughts. 

“Wayne Dryer said, “You’ll see it when you believe it.”

Here’s to enjoying winter’s great high holidays.

Love,
Jo

“We are the children, we are the ones to make a brighter day, so let’s start livin’.”

To view the Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21, look to the Southwest sky one hour after sunset. If you have a small telescope so much the better. Don’t expect it to be as large as the picture above unless you take a rocket ship out of the atmosphere, or looking through a telescope on Mt. Palomar.

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