Fireflies' gleams, gifts upon gifts

Once upon a time I lived in the middle of 50 acres of woods in Maidens, Virginia. On the corner, where I turned to go home at night, stood a magnificent old tree who gave shelter to thousands of fireflies. A firefly makes a tiny, brief gleam in an uncertain moment, and goes out. But the thousands together lit the tree like Christmas. Each gift of light you give is multiplied by thousands. That bright glow is gathered by Spirit into a radiant sunbeam, melting into other sunbeams, and others still.* Avatars all.
The Force of altruism is with you.
Sunday is sweeter, February 5, 2012

Aries (March 20-April 19)
You need a lot of independence, and a leadership role (always Aries!) so you can feel you’ve been given the chance you deserve. Your interest in the subtler sciences of metaphysics and mysticism grows this week. You’re eager for your life to take on a new dimension, and now you are very open to it. Books like The Field and DVD’s like I Am by Shadylac can satisfy your thirst for new knowledge. You are taking on the quest for the meaning of your life. Neptune’s in-tune-ment with Jupiter opens the door.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You make it quite clear that you genuinely want to help, even if your needs take a back seat for the moment. This is the energy of universal love that Neptune is bringing in, now combined with generous Jupiter’s helping hand. These are the ingredients of a Mother Teresa--you open your heart, then you open your doors. But you know giving can be as simple as saying a prayer or making a phone call. Others know that you are working in their best interests, so they work with you.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Today you leave no doubt in anyone’s mind where you stand. Let yourself be inspired by the higher vision you have of all that you could give to others--beautifully spiritual and good-heartedly generous. However, before you donate to charity you should give yourself a day to contemplate the practicalities, which are not built in to this aspect. You have to add your grounded reasoning. Other than that, you should enjoy all the gifts you have to offer the world. Put yourself out there.

Cancer (June 21-July 21)
Discipline and common sense are not part of the spiritually generous package you’re carrying this week from the meeting of Jupiter and Neptune.* But you won’t mind because you feel so magnanimous and open-hearted that you know giving to others is the right thing to do. You give for absolutely no good reason!

Leo (July 22-August 22)
This is the week to contemplate string theory and Einstein’s relativity. You have the chance to expand your beautiful mind by accepting more things on faith, and knowing more truths through intuition. There’s a generosity you feel right now that wants to express itself by offering some of your riches to others less fortunate. Think of how Einstein might define riches--”A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”

Virgo (August 23-September 22)
You are drawn to people who are strong and have integrity--qualities emanating from you and therefore attracting others. All this week and next you’ll feel an unusually strong inspiration to give to others, especially the less fortunate. And you know there is always someone. You can tap into Neptune’s universal compassion, which now has the added ingredient of Jupiter’s dumb luck. You’re able to look on the poor and unwell with a bigger acceptance of their part in the family of man--your family. Maybe your gift is to listen without judgement to their story.

Libra (September 23-October 22)
If there were a school for higher learning in the mystical realms of your mind, you’d sign up this week. You’d like to know more, not from books but from your own intuitive experience. Neptune and Jupiter are going to oblige you by stirring faith into the blank space between chapters. You’ll feel an urge for travel to faraway places, but Neptune will inspire you to look at the near and dear place of your dreams--within.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Joining a monastery may cross you mind this week! What you really want is some solitude, even seclusion, to tune-in to your higher self. This week is loaded with rushing as we head into Wednesday’s full Moon, so you could definitely benefit from a way to slow your pace. Generous Jupiter has an easy handshake deal with Neptune for the next two weeks, inspiring you to give a helping hand to those less fortunate.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 20)
Courage and self-reliance are strong in you. Under the blessing of expansive Jupiter, Neptune becomes very generous. You’ll have altruistic inspirations--that is, you’ll feel like giving away the farm! This is a philanthropic urge, but not necessarily a practical one. Keep your feet on the ground, but give freely. Especially of who you are. Jupiter is your natural ruler, so you have a double dose of optimism and generosity. Give it away--it’s free.

Capricorn (December 21-January 19)
Your power of positive thinking gets a big boost this week from visionary Neptune’s uplifting collusion with generous Jupiter. You feel very optimistic, which helps your plans work out the way you want them to. A secure feeling, like a warm hug, engulfs you and you feel magnanimous, especially toward your friends. You hard work and integrity is paying off!

Aquarius (January 20-February 17)
Pay-it-forward once caught on as a spiritual practice, and this week you’ll feel inspired to revive the practice. Neptune hand in hand with generous Jupiter is the universal cornucopia of Buy-a-Burger-for-a-Beggar. Universal love + Santa Claus = True altruism. You have it. Your strong-minded commitment (for everything you do) can inspire others to join you.

Pisces (February 18-March 19)
Leadership may not be your favorite thing, since you prefer to work behind the scenes, but the strength coming to you now in the area of partnerships gives you the courage to take the podium. A mystical pink cloud the size of Texas is hanging over your head this week. Beautiful, and inspiring you to reach out to those less fortunate. You can see many ways to be helpful, and most of them will have practical application. Some you will have to file away as daydreams for a later time.

*Neptune in Pisces sextile Jupiter in Taurus.
Posted on February 4, 2012 .