With the U.S. unemployment rate hovering around 10% and perhaps half again as many people under-employed, finding a reason to be happy this holiday is difficult for many. Perhaps at times like these, it will help to revisit the meaning of happiness and where it is found. The Quote of Note (left) by Dr Norman Vincent Peale describes happiness as “consisting not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying.”
Could it be that just “being” and “enjoying” are the source of happiness? It appears happiness is not found outside us. It is not found in a paycheck, a bank balance or a house of any number of square feet. No, indeed, it is not found in anything external to us. Fortunately, I have come to know that “happiness is an inside job.” I remember the moment when I realized that happiness was a choice. I realized I could see my circumstances as a glass half-empty or choose to see the glass as half-full. Since that day when I chose the half-full glass, it has been getting fuller and fuller, until some days my glass runs over with joy!
My happiness has grown in direct proportion to my awareness of having “enough” of what I need in every moment. In this moment, consider ~ do you have enough of what you need? Not what you would like or desire, but what you need. In the next few years, as we move through this transformational time when economics, business and government are undergoing major restructuring, it will be increasingly important to our continued survival and happiness to recognize what is enough.
Perhaps the excesses of the past – when it seemed like happiness came from the exotic vacations, hot cars, designer clothes or newest technologies – need to fade into disillusionment. Out of our losses, a whole new value system will arise from within based on an understanding of happiness as coming from enough. What if our core values are being completely transformed for the better? It only looks like an economic crisis at the moment (and it certainly is for those without enough food or shelter), but in reality it is a “spiritual plot” to awaken humanity to the true source of happiness – “being” and “enjoying” – that moves from within outward into our daily life as a reunion of Spirit and matter.
A Quote of Note
Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself. ~ Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993
OPPORTUNITIES (More info and register HERE)
Monday, January 4, 2010 – 8:00 PM EST
Tele-Seminar: What’s up in 2010?
What does the New Year hold? Learn when Mercury retrogrades, eclipses, planetary sign changes, and other key cosmic events happen and how to minimize challenges and maximize opportunities during the year. Bring your questions for a lively discussion of 2010!
Saturday, January 9, 2010 – 1:00 -3:00 PM
What’s Up for 2010? An Astrological Look at the Year Ahead
Inspired Events of Maryland, Odenton, MD ~ (443) 396-1285 See description above.
Sun Jan 24, 2009, 3-4:30 PM
What’s Up for 2010? An Astrological Look at the Year Ahead Sacred Circle Bookstore, 919 King St, Alexandria, VA ~ (703) 299-9309 See description above.
Saturday, January 30, 2010 – 12:30-4:30 PM EST
Workshop: Flip Negatives to Positives – Tools for Thriving in an Uncertain World
Do you fear an uncertain future? Whether you are facing welcome or unwelcome change, you can learn strategies to confidently navigate the road ahead. Learn to see opportunity in change and uncertainty. Take home nine tools for navigating uncertainty and managing change in your life.
Past participants are saying:“I was blocked from moving forward but the process you gave me and just talking about my fears defused my reaction to change and allowed me to get on with my life.” ~ Beth
“Dianne’s knowledge and inspiring guidance set this workshop apart from others. It was filled with useful information; the activities and personal reflection brought me powerful insights.” ~ Mary Kay Limit: 10 participants Fee: $75, if received by Jan. 22; $90 after Jan. 22
Tele-class: Flip Negatives to Positive – Tools for Thriving in an Uncertain World
Wednesdays, February 10, 17 and 24, 2010 – 7:30-9:00 PM EST Same course content as above, but offered as tele-class. Limit: 10 participants Fee: $75, if received by Feb. 3; $90 after Feb. 3
Find more information and registration HERE for any of the above.
Astrological Events NOTE: These days contain strong energies that influence everyone to a greater or lesser degree. For more personal information, consult me or another astrologer.
Wed Dec 16, 7:02 AM ET – NEW MOON at 25 Sagittarius
As I write this (12/14), I can feel this New Moon coming. It presents a highly energetic, creative and optimistic influence, which may translate into the urge to travel. In fact, if you have routine tasks to do, you could find it hard to focus. Being experimental and playful may be preferred. Enjoy the upbeat mood.
If you wish upon the New Moon (within 3 days before or after), you have the possibility of fulfillment by the time of the Full Moon. Sagittarius New Moon wishes relate to: quest for truth, peace of mind, travel/freedom/adventure, legal issues, faith/optimism, finding solutions and overcoming excess.
Sat-Sun-Mon Dec 20-22 –Venus in Sagittarius squares Uranus, then sextiles Jupiter/Neptune conjoined in Aquarius; Mars stations going retrograde at 18 Leo
With Mars in reverse, we have a chance to review the actions and what we have created, so we can do the inner work to make our life better. Expect projects and actions to happen much slower now through March 10, when Mars moves forward. If you have personal planets at 0-18 Leo, it will be a frustratingly long period when you cannot seem to find traction. Releasing pent-up anger is beneficial if done without hurting anyone. Don’t worry, DOING is alright as long as it helps you define and refine your plans for mid-March. Concurrently, Venus’s dance with Uranus and Jupiter-Neptune offers “surprises” in relationships and encourages innovation and optimism for the future. Unfortunately this is the last meeting of inspirational Jupiter-Neptune, which we have enjoyed since May. In its place, the Saturn-Pluto link, which will flavor the Christmas weekend and is not that cheerful, will be with us through August 2010. (Will be discussed in my “What’s up for 2010?” tele-seminar and local talks – see Opportunities.)
Thu-Fri-Sat Dec 24-26 – Sun in Capricorn conjoins Pluto, then squares Saturn in Libra; Mercury stations going retrograde at 22 Capricorn
As the Sun shakes hands with Pluto and sends a frown to Saturn, we may become aware how our self-expression may be restricted and the need to transforming the situation. Don’t let it disappoint and depress your Holiday cheer. To make matters worse, the day after Christmas Mercury begins a retrograde period until Jan 15. Hopefully, you have already backed up your computer, because crashes are common also with miscommunications and mechanical malfunctions. With actions slowed by Mars’ retrograde (12/20), you may now enjoy more introspective thinking. You might as well catch up on reading, do repairs around the house and be sure to avoid signing contracts until the end of January.
Mon-Tue Dec 28-29 – Venus in Capricorn conjoins Pluto, then squares Saturn in Libra
Now with Venus slinking into the Saturn-Pluto conversation, relationships issues may make themselves known. Passions can flare and arguments with them. Working on structuring a creative project or reviewing 2009 finances for creating a 2010 budget are positive ways to use the energy at hand.
Thu Dec 31 – Full Moon/LUNAR ECLIPSE at 11 Cancer
If 2009 has been a tough one for you, it may not surprise you that its last day hosts a Full Moon/LUNAR ECLIPSE, which is also a Blue Moon (since there have been two Full Moons this month). With security and safety issues in the forefront of our minds, finding balance may be difficult. It may be time to grieve the past and let it go so you will be free as you enter a brand new decade. Face the facts as they are and make the best of what you have, remembering that “happiness is an inside job.”
Mon Jan 4 – Sun in Capricorn conjoins Mercury retrograde
After the holiday comes the need to get back to work. This Monday features great mental alertness and an opportunity for easy conversation. Why not brainstorm the future by assessing the past year’s results?
Mon Jan 11 – Sun in Capricorn conjoins Venus
Creative expression takes center stage. It is a great day for socializing with friends.
Wed Jan 13 – Venus and Sun in Capricorn sextile Uranus in Pisces; Saturn stations going retrograde at 5 Libra
There is a spark of fun and freewheeling in the air. Shun routine and try something new. With Saturn in retreat until May 30, it is more important than ever to look to our inner authority for answers. Regrets and failings, which may arise within, are best erased through self-forgiveness.
SOLAR ECLIPSE Alert: On Jan 15, there is a New Moon/Solar Eclipse while Mercury stations returning to direct motion. If you have a personal point near 25 Capricorn (also Aries, Cancer and Libra), you will experience change, which could be sudden. More information next month.