Kalin Art & Spirit

Astrology- Venus in Taurus

Venus moves in, as ruler of its natural home, Taurus, today!
It’s the archetypal energy of welcoming the Queen to her favorite castle, the one made of stone and trimmed in gold.
This means the planet of interpersonal relationships may be slipping into something a bit more comfortable, and nestling down into its well-feathered bed and pulling out old love letters about now~ Venus stays in this happiest of places through April 4.

Mercury, planet of conversation and communication goes retrograde Monday March 12 through April 4th as well. It will be a time to reminisce good times gone by, review plans and promises, but not to start new communications or sign any dotted lines! Pulling out an old family album or yearbook might be in store for the sentimental among us- just try not to wallow in self-pity or regret. Get the trusty pen and paper out and send off a handwritten missive to long lost friends and family, as computers tend to go haywire during a Mercury retrograde. You have a week’s warning to BACK UP your hard-drives!

Venus is about to parallel the largest planet – Jupiter – very soon. Their exact parallel happens Tuesday, March 6 at 6:39AM UT. The Moon and Venus brush by each other just prior to this event like secret lovers eyeing one another from across the room…time to play and make romance…and do those things which make you feel most pampered!

The only caution is early Tuesday morning, be careful not to over-spend or over-indulge as you may be tempted to do. The Moon parallels Mars later on Tuesday, bringing assertion, brashness and boldness to the forefront of emotions. Be sure that what you want to say is worded in a non-threatening way. You can get your point across and still be civil. Take action, but be gallant.

Wednesday, March 14th four major planets join to form a grand trine in earth signs; Venus and Jupiter (the Lover and Santa Claus of planets) meet at her place, making a comfortable link to action-hero Mars in Virgo (the gallant consort Gallahad) and they all trine, or meet with ease, Mr Pluto, the transforming wizard in the sign of Capricorn, Lord of bones, structures and honored traditions. This Earth energy will keep us all well-supported in any changes we elect to make, esp regarding love and comfort. So start making your wish lists for Santa now and be ready to act on them soon!

The new moon occurs March 22 at 2* Aries, showing us the truth of human nature and giving us the capacity to look objectively at our selves and others. If we can smile through the tears we can go far. This will provide us with a chance to pull out of our sentimentality and look into the mirror directly. It could prove a day which shows us what we are really made of – especially in relationship to the world as it shifts and humanity as a whole. Will we show our heart’s compassion or hide away in fear? This could be a milestone day in which the future is built. Be bold. We have love on our side!

~Appreciate this month’s-worth of comfort, joy and spirit of community. May it give you the strength to find peace, happiness and serenity within~ even among the midst of external chaos.

originally posted March 5, 2012

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a Reason, A Season or a Lifetime

Relationships are what God gives us in order to see ourselves,
define who we are, and learn to grow more Godlike.

Today Im a bit down, realizing that a new friendship Ive made will soon
be changing due to their moving. When Ive invested time, and thought,
hopes and love into growing our friendship and keeping it alive,
by making sure we contacted each other on a regular basis and kept
lines of communication flowing as best I could.
They fed me when I needed feeding
and made me see the world more brightly,
if for only a season.
Our time together seems all too short
and the cost to my heart so dear.
I know how it is to move away;
everything is new and exciting,
people adapt to their environment,
and promises to stay in touch are broken,
~not out of spite, but out of necessity.
I have to learn to take this poem to heart….
~but its not easy!

Reason, Season, or Lifetime
When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life
It is said that love is blind ~ but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

For all my friends of all stripes, shades and hues.
I love you, dearly.
Your lessons make me who I am and who I will be.
You will always live in my heart~
so please, plan to come by and visit!

originally posted August 18, 2011

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Building Trust

Trust is important in any relationship. Especially those we want to maintain.
We may say “I trust you…” but what does it mean and how can we become people worthy of others’ trust?

Here are a few points I discovered along my long and winding road;
1. Familiarity and contact is first and foremost. We trust people who show up. Who are dependable and do what they say they will do. Out of sight, out of mind…Creating quality ‘FaceTime’ is paramount to developing trust between people. Knowing we will see someone at a regular time and place creates an aura of comfort in which we can attempt to invest our valuable time with others.
2. Resemblance– we tend to trust people who hold similar world views as ourselves, although having an ‘agreement to disagree’ also holds. The point being that honesty abides and ground rules have been established.
Allowing others to reveal their true selves is important to developing trust. On the other hand,  
3. Flexibility and Tolerance are key to Spiritual growth, as well as reaching outside ones typical circles of engagement. Making new friends in order to grow your circle of relationships takes courage and keeping the old takes commitment. Seeing with the heart and allowing for personal differences will allow others to trust you.
3. Consistency– especially in new relationships, and those with children, consistency is paramount to developing a trusting relationship. Actions speak louder than words, or apologies. Don’t promise what you cannot fulfill but try to give of yourself and your time to invest in the relationship. Don’t expect relationships to continue, grow or flourish without regular watering and feeding.
4. Dedication– knowing that another person will conscientiously stick to the details of their promises helps us learn that they are reliable and will be able to be counted on in the future. Punctuality counts for a lot while interacting with others and shows our respect. A timely response prior to a cancellation is always better than becoming a ‘no-show’. Learning that another has a sense of personal responsibility and integrity are important aspects to knowing that someone can be trusted.
5. Transparency– knowing that both parties are honorable and above board with their actions toward one another creates a safe atmosphere in which trust can develop.
6. Self-disclosure– sharing personal details may be more difficult for some of us than others. This sets up the possibility of feeling vulnerable, but that openness also creates a feeling of growing potential trust. Giving ‘tit’ for ‘tat’ creates a feeling of balance, where we know our input has been well met and reciprocated. (one of my friends calls this ‘social debt’)
7. Engagementreciprocity of conversation on many subjects creates a feeling of balance and equity between people. The more time spent in interpersonal interaction the greater the amount of trust is freely shared.

#Trust the Universe to provide your needs and the energies sent out will return to you!!
#Trust people first, let them prove you wrong.
#Be slow to judge and slower yet to condemn.

Learning to walk a mile in another’s shoes will provide you with a new perspective in which to develop trust and understanding on an individual basis.
~and by posting this I am trusting my authentic self who wants to express itself, heedless of the timing or in the way it may be interpreted.

originally published July 25, 2011

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