August 23rd – September 21st
People inspire me.
We give you a vision now of your brethren, kneeling around the altar in the temple of the Eight Pointed Star. With the body in the lotus position, they are worshiping the ever-glowing light of the jewel of the White Lotus Blossom. This White Lotus glows in the glory of every heart. The jewel within this lotus – the glow of the Ruby – is pure and still. As you meditate on this you will learn real wisdom. You will learn to go directly to this jewel hidden deep within you, and here, in a timeless flash, you will comprehend the truth. Not with your mind, but with your heart.
(E. Joyce-Giza, 9/27/97)
May God grant me Health, Protection and Guidance.
The Sun has entered VIRGO
The earth sign of Virgo, symbolized by the Corn Maiden, accentuates the path of personal service and purity. It represents work and service to mankind of the highest order. Through dedication to physical fitness and holistic healing, your body can become a sacred temple for the spirit within, allowing it to emerge into your everyday life. Don’t expect miracles overnight, and most Virgo’s don’t as they are quite practical. Be gentle with yourself as you eliminate those nasty habits of doubt, criticism and worry. Reawaken the wonder of learning and the satisfaction of simple joys, but turn away from the fanaticism that fosters a workaholic temperment or leads you into a hermit-like existence. Efficiency and industriousness are your twin assets, leading to complete success at this time, the beginning of the harvest cycle of the year. By giving to others, you give to and improve yourself. Then you will always be on the right track.
Virgos usually receive the Zodiac’s backlash. They are detailed, organized, methodical, chaste, and very insecure. Also, they are usually very critical of themselves. They seem to expect the same from others, which can cause resentment and jealousy. However, they do make up for this with their charm, as they are of the most unassuming variety. Virgo’s approach is usually subtle, and surprisingly tender. Their standards are high, but they ultimately can accept differences and flaws once they get to know and trust you. With a Virgo, trust is never given, it has to be earned.
From: Medicine Cards by Sams & Carson, published by Bear & Co.
THE GROUSE – The Sacred Spiral
Grouse – of the Sacred Spiral
Leading us on
To reach the
Where we can live as ONE.
Grouse once flocked in abundance throughout North America. But now, even on the plains where these birds were plentiful, there is an absence of them. Many Plains Indian tribes dance the Grouse Dance to honor these birds. The movement of the dance follows a spiral, which is the ancient symbol of birth and rebirth; the ribbed tunnel of eternal rebirth.
The Sacred Spiral is also one of the oldest known symbols for personal power. When you think of Grouse medicine, visualize a whirlpool or even a tornado, for the sacred spiral will take you to the center. The spiral is a metaphor for personal vision and enlightenment. Many initiates on Vision Quests paint spiral sand believe that the Great Mystery will favor them with visions of power and purpose because of this symbol.
The whirling dervishes of certain Sufi orders are masters of the spiral dance and can transcend to higher states of awareness through the repetition of this sacred movement. It is said that dervishes can travel to the center of the spiral and return with any sort of magical power they choose. In the dervish state, it is said that one enters the Great Silence and has direct communication with the creator. By spinning, clockwise (positive) or counter-clockwise (negative), the dervish draws or repulses specific energies. Sufi dancing is a system which connects one with the Divine Source through ritual treatment of motion.
Grouse medicine has appeared for the time of Virgo energies, 2023. Undertake a meditation on the various qualities of movement within your world. Begin by visualizing the Sun as one part of a huge group of stars swirling in the massive pinwheel shape of Light within the Milky Way. Then draw yourself out of the pinwheel of Light and into the spiraling of your own DNA’s double helix, an arrangement similar to a rope ladder coiled like a corkscrew.
Analyze the way you move through your world. How do you picture yourself in the act of “locomotion”? What kind of action do you create with the energy you send out to the Universe? What words would you use to describe the way you move through both the physical and spiritual worlds? In the final analysis, is your movement compatible with your greatest desires and goals?
Many spiritual disciplines ask that you cease all external movement in order to recognize the inner life. Grouse medicine, however, is an invitation to dance. Grouse celebrates the Divine Source through it’s sacred spiritual dance, and offered this dance to you as a gift. You can spend a lifetime learning Grouse’s lesson on how to harmonize your dance with Mother Earth’s cycles, and how to offer the dance as a creation of selfless beauty.
CRYSTAL FOR SEPTEMBER — SAPPHIRE and TOURMALINE
SAPPHIRE – Strengthens heart and kidneys. Activates pituitary gland, thereby aiding entire glandular system. Aligns body/mind/spirit. Stimulates psychic ability, clarity and inspiration. Enhances creative expression, loyalty and inner love. Aids connection with your Blessed Higher Self and your Spirit Guides. Strengthens will. Dispels confusion and expands awareness. Excellent stone to hold during meditation.
Aids in balancing of endocrine system. Aids with sleep cycles. Strengthens, vitalizes body/mind. Aligns subtle bodies. Dispels fear and negative conditions providing a strong, protective influence. Creates inspiration and helps with focus and concentration. Enhances sensitivity and intuitive understanding. Powerful healer, highly electromagnetic. The various colors of Tourmaline will activate and align the corresponding Chakras. (Black – Root Chakra, Watermelon, red-green – Root & Solar Plexus Chakras, Green – Solar Plexus Chakra, Blue-Throat Chakra, Red/Pink – Root & Heart Chakras)
RUNE of the Month – DEFENSE
EIHWAZ— DEFENSE—Aversive Powers—The Yew Tree
As we are tested in life, we find the power to block and defeat. At the same time, we develop in ourselves an aversion to the conduct that brings us into stressful situations.
There appears to be a blockage on the path, but even delays may prove to be beneficial. Do not be overly eager to press forward. This is not a time or situation in which you can make your influence felt. Patience is the counsel that Eihwaz offers us in the month of August. Nothing hectic, no acting needy or lusting after a desired outcome. This Rune speaks of the difficulties that arise at the beginning of a new cycle or new life. Often it can announce a time of waiting. It is time for the spring to fill up with water and the fruit to ripen on the vine.
Perseverance and foresight are called for here. The ability to foresee consequences before you act is the mark of the profound person. Avert anticipated difficulties through right action. We are not the doers but the deciders. Once our decision is clear, the doing becomes effortless, for then the Universe supports and empowers our action.
As we receive this Rune – Eihwaz – consider yourself put on notice that through inconvenience and discomfort, growth is promoted. This month may well be a trying time, and certainly a meaningful one. Set your house in order, tend to good business, be clear, and wait on the Tao, the will of Heaven.
Don’t be afraid to make the leap or take the chance.
This has always been the section for Healing Requests. Through the power of group prayers, healing take place spontaneously. You can be of help to many others, as well as your loved ones, with one minute of silence at 7:30 pm EST every Sunday evening anywhere in the world. With a prayer for the recovery of health, universal energy is sent out to any and all who send in their prayer request. What is needed is the photo, name and birth date of the ill person, along with a diagnosis, if possible. What are you asking to be lifted? When you place your request in the Healing Circle of Light—located in our Prayer Room; know that as soon as you make your Prayer request and Healing request, you will begin to see positive results!
(We have had thousands of responses. Keep the Prayers going for all concerned!)
STARGAZING FOR VIRGO 2023
The September 14th New Moon in Virgo trines Uranus in Taurus. Sudden opportunities and lucrative new projects appear out of nowhere. Stay alert so you can grab them as soon as possible.
The September 29thst Full Moon in Aries. This “Lone Wolf” moon begins a new astro year. It’s time to tone down your competitive, purely ego driven tendencies and become a better team player.
Sign: Mutable Element: Earth
Planetary Rule: 6th House/Mercury
Body: Digestive system
Focus: Meticulous, discerning, service-oriented
Aries (3/21 – 4/20)
When Venus goes direct on September 3rd, you contact that special someone you met last July. Invite them to dinner or a movie to make up for lost time. At home base, family members show warmth and respect. Your eyes shine in appreciation. Mid-month brings new contracts, grants, new hires, or upgraded equipment. You also find a competent doctor to treat problem areas. You’re likely to find some lost items, mail, or text messages once Mercury goes direct on the 15th.
Your home is a warm, sociable place to gather over the Labor Day weekend. Complete decorating projects for the coming holiday parties and entertaining. Make matters connected with children and sports a priority this fall. Pursue romance after the Fall Equinox on the 20th, when harmonious energy creates vibrations of love. Encourage straightforward talks and offer to listen at month’s end.
In September, with Mercury retrograde through the 15th, be sure to get all the information you need before making important decisions. Romance is your fondest desire, so plan a getaway over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Invite a friend with a curious palate out to a sushi bar to sample new delicacies. Schedule an appointment with your attorney to revise your will and the strength of your retirement account because so much has changed. You may opt out of a legal agreement at month’s end.
September has you going back to school for a course you’ve wanted to take for a long time. Finally it’s possible to shop for a luxury item such as a new car, home, or some beautiful jewelry. It’s time to commit to new responsibilities and pay some annual dues. You will have a flurry of activities to wrap up the work as Mercury goes direct on the 15th. The Aries Full Moon at month’s end could bring some criticism your way. Try not to be too sensitive.
You feel like you can talk to anyone who will listen about your love life as September opens, Leo. A return to your workplace after the Labor Day holiday puts you in close contact with your boss, giving you opportunity to work out major differences over how to handle a sensitive personnel matter. You’re in the limelight to take the lead in suggesting key training for employees. You organize a well-attended Zoom meeting to bring employees up to speed at month’s end.
Be sure to pause before making important decisions as September opens, Virgo, because Mercury is still retrograde. You cheerfully attend an award ceremony to honor a professional colleague’s achievements mid-month. A sibling or close friend invites you to sample an exotic menu that is simply delicious. The month favors travel discounts, pursuit of advanced education and better relationships with relatives at a distance. You plan to refinance the mortgage at a lower rate at month’s end.
Be cautious in making important decisions now, Libra. You may spend the first part of the month solving financial problems. Take off for a private place with your sweetheart so you can enjoy a few nights sleep with peace and quiet. Family gatherings are highlighted at the Fall Equinox. Pleasant surprises await you at the Aries Full Moon on the 29th. A bonus or raise could be in the works. Collaborate with your boss and prepare the goals for the last quarter and review the staff budget.
Scorpio (10/ 23-11/2
September brings you the financial support to begin to reach your goals. Your gift of intuition is enhanced right after Mercury goes direct on the 15th. Respond with your hunches when approached by a friend. Follow through with plans for a mini vacation with family members; you all will enjoy a magical, fabulous time. Host a sports event at your house at the Fall Equinox. At the Aries Full Moon on the 29th you have an uneasy feeling of an undertone going on at work. Try to ask the right questions, and this will clear up once we enter October.
Work dominates September, so pace yourself; the way is cleared to pursue studies, business travel, or romance. Early September unites your work team to strategically go over details of a critical, short-term project, Financial matters progress and help reduce your loan balance. Don’t let your children talk you into a one-day trip over the Labor Day weekend because of jarring planetary influences. Month’s end brings in the perfect energy to comparison shop for a big ticket item.
Time to take a deep breath and give yourself some breathing room as September opens, Cap. Getting children settled in school or enrolling in a class yourself takes up a lot of your time. Distant relatives ask for a visit mid-month. Networking and making yourself available for business and social events pays off around the Fall Equinox. You may hear about new career opportunities or an upper management change. The price of a new vehicle has changed. Make a firm offer to the dealer at month’s end.
The amorous feeling that comes over you during the Labor Day weekend flows right from your heart. A neighbor invites you and your partner over for a terrific cookout. The event is warm and loving and you meet several neighbors you did not know before. After September 15th, you and your work buddies go out to celebrate the completion of a successful work project. You’ll find that your mind is sharp and so is your tongue at the Full Moon in Aries on the 29th.
Pause before making any important decisions as September opens, Pisces. Several planets are still retrograde. Accompany your siblings or cousins to a good movie over the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Jupiter favors home decorating projects, helping with your children’s school assignments or work related duties. Put a dent in your credit card debt mi-month. Some office equipment could shut down at month’s end, forcing a purchase of some expensive items. This could cause some unplanned delays with projects.
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