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UCM November 2010 Astrology blog

November 11, 2010

So what is happening astrologically in November 2010?

Solar System Planets.

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All time indicated are for Standard Time after November 6th.

* My next Sacred Retreat for women is on weekend of May 6-8, 2011. 

  See info at the end of the blog. 

Here are the Astrological basics:

Sun goes into Sagittarius at 02:15am on Monday, November 22nd.  

Moon

  • New Moon – Friday, November 05th at 13 Scorpio at 09:52pm
  • Full Moon (Snow Moon in Wiccan, Beaver Moon in N/E Native American) – Sunday, November 21st at 29 degrees Taurus at 09:27am.   

Mercury starts November at 19 degrees of Scorpio

  • Goes into Sagittarius on Monday, November 08th at 03:43pm
  • Goes into Capricorn Tuesday, November 30th at 04:11pm
  • Ends the month at 00 Capricorn
  • Mercury is in detriment in Sagittarius.  This combo can be hoof (foot) in mouth disease.  Think twice before you speak!

Venus starts November at 03 degrees of Scorpio Retrograde

  • Retrograde back into Libra, Sunday November 07 at 07:07pm at 28 degrees Libra
  • Goes stationary direct on November 18th at 01:19pm at 28 degrees of Libra
  • Goes into Scorpio on November 29th
  • Ends the month at 00 degrees of Scorpio
  • Venus rules Libra and Taurus. Venus is in detriment in Scorpio

Mars starts November at 13 degrees of Sagittarius     

 

 

 

Ends the month at 25 degrees of Sagittarius.

Jupiter starts November at Retrograde 24 degrees of Pisces

  • Goes stationary direct on November 18th at 23 degrees Pisces
  • Ends the month at 24 degrees of Pisces
  • Jupiter rules Pisces and Sagittarius. 

Saturn starts November at 12 Libra

  • Ends the month at 15 degrees of Libra
  • Saturn is exalted in Libra.  Libra is not his sign, but to him, it is like visiting a four star hotel.

Uranus starts November at 27 degrees of Pisces Retrograde

  • Ends the month at 27 Pisces Retrograde

Neptune starts November at 26 Aquarius. Retrograde

  • Goes stationary direct on November 6th at 11:05pm 
    • End ends the month at 26 Aquarius. 
    • Neptune is ending its 14 years journey through Aquarius; it goes into Pisces April 5, 2011.  Neptune is the co-ruler of Pisces.

Pluto starts November at 03 Capricorn.

  • Ends the month at 04 Capricorn.  

Moons Mean Node start November at 05 Capricorn

Highlights for November:

Since the two planets that represent money, Jupiter and Venus, are going stationary direct on November 19th, I thought I would write a bit about the economy……  economy?  We have an economy?

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This November the stock market will be wild.  Around November 19-28 there will be lots of activity. Risk takers paradise.  The economy will improve this month…at least on paper.

Last month I wrote:

After months of overt and covert meetings, the powers that be are putting the finishing touches on their negotiated plan. Will it work? 

We will see an indicator of what direction the plan will take at the end of this month…last 9 days.

The Federal Bank had their meeting and announced they will dump 600 billion into the economy.  The financial wonks call this action QE2 Quantitative Easing #2.  They will buy long term bonds hoping to stimulate the economy.  (Yes, that is like printing money with nothing backing it up) This is the last best hope, and it is a gamble that is not assured of working.  In 2008-09 they dumped a couple of trillion dollars into the economy, the first QE…..this is why the current action is called QE#2….a play on what our English friends use to represent Queen Elizabeth the second.  Hmmmm does this mean our currency will go the way of the Monarch? 

What else can the Fed do? The Fed’s interest rate for the banks is at zero so that economic tool is “zeroed out”.   

In my earlier blogs I wrote about the effect of Pluto in Capricorn and its effect on world government and the monetary systems.  Pluto flushes the dark secrets and hidden crap to the surface to be purged.  What religion went through under Pluto in Sagittarius, government will go through during Pluto’s time in Capricorn. 

Each sign is divided into three sections of ten degrees each called decans.

Pluto is in the initial stage of Capricorn/Capricorn until November 23 2013.  This is the break down phase, the exposing of the corrupt underbelly phase.  It is the beginning of the end for, business as usual, world wide. 

Right now in the chart of the USA (Sibyl) the progressed Moon and Neptune are both at 26 degrees of Virgo in the ninth house.  In Mundane astrology the Moon represents the people (lower to upper middle class) and Neptune represents illusion, fifth column and subversive tactics, collective values, utopian tendencies, politically unrealistic ideals, ….(from Mundane Astrology by Michael Baigent and Nicholas Campion).

We have one more month in the thick of the progressed Moon/Neptune energies, which is the people being kept from seeing what is happening. The word hoodwinked comes to mind.

Then when the Progressed Moon of the Sibyl chart reaches the top of the chart (MC or Midheaven) the people will demand change.  This will start in late January 2011 to April 2011.  More secret documents from inside Wall Street and the government will be leaked.  The mortgage debacle will come to a head.

Concurrent with the Progressed Moon/Neptune, transiting Neptune is conjoined the Sibyl charts 27 degree Aquarius Moon; a double whammy.  Come April 2011, the people will become more proactive.

We have to live within our means and within the cycles of planet Earth. We have to go back to the forgotten sacred contracts we had with the plants and other animals with which we share the planet.  If we do not, Mother Earth will make a financial correction of her own.

For you astrologers out there here are some other Astrological indicators for the economy.

On May 30 2008, the USA had its progressed Full Moon.  Now she is in the waning phase of her Moon cycle.

Right now the transiting south node is conjoining the Sibyl Venus 03 Cancer in the 7th, whilst transiting Pluto and the transiting north node are conjoined.

On September 23 2011, the progressed ascendant of the USA goes into Virgo; the 30 year period of Leo is over. 

Practicality, common sense, and frugality replace material excesses.

December 03, 2010, Transiting Saturn will conjoin the USA’s natal Saturn; The USA will have its eighth Saturn return.  As with all Saturn returns, if you did your homework you will be rewarded, it you didn’t it is payback time.

When Neptune goes into Pisces on April 5, 2011, the negotiations for a world currency will start in earnest.

Peace to all! 

Remember:  Think Globally, Act Locally!  Get involved in your local city politics.  The change starts with you.

Starting September 12, 2010 Reverend Felecia Mulvany and I will be teaching a 9 month intensive Advanced Healers course at UCM HQ in Campbell. These classes may be taken separately. 

12 students are currently enrolled.

For more information www.elizabethabarton.com under event tab

The San Francisco Astrological Society, a 501C educational organization, has many superb speakers lined up for our monthly meetings.

Go to http://www.sfastrologicalsociety.com for more information.

RETREAT:  My next Women’s retreat will be the weekend of May 6-8th, in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

This is an intimate retreat for 13 women only!

This retreat is a time for women to connect with the Divine Feminine.

It is a time for women to explore their personal power and spirit.

We will create Sacred Ceremony invoking the Great Goddess.  I only teach White/good Magick.

 

The retreat is located at Salamander Camp which is less than 10 minutes outside of Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  You would never know you are near a city. 

You will also have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, meditation, movement and dance, hiking, chanting, drumming- rattling, Sisterhood, self-care, Magick and quiet time.  .

Salamander Camp has three huge yurts; one is the kitchen, one for ceremonial work and one for sleeping (beds and futons). 

It has showers, complete kitchen, wood burning stoves for heat, composting toilets, electricity, hot tub, labyrinth, fairy grotto, hiking trails, and two old growth Redwoods.

This retreat is a retreat.  You will have lots of time to yourself: to walk in the forest, sit by the stream and mediate, read, journal, hot tub, or whatever your heart desires.

Picture yourself at night, floating in a redwood hot tub, gazing at thousands of stars as you smell the smell of the forest!  The only sound is the union of your breath and the breeze.  Ah!  I am there already!

The price includes all your meals and lodging.  The meals are delicious and organic. Please tell me if you have any dietary restrictions so we can make you your own delicious food.

Arrival: Friday 2-5pm

Depart: Sunday 5 pm

info@elizabethabarton.com

(650) 572-8850

The cost is $250 for three days and two nights, if you pay in full prior to March 31st.

$275.00 is you pay in full by April 15th to April 30th.

$300 after May 01st.

Peace and Love, Elizabeth!  Until we meet…blessings to you!

Elizabeth A. Barton

CMT, Energy worker

Professional Astrologer

Vice President of the

San Francisco Astrological Society                

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2555 Flores Street, suite #300

San Mateo, Ca 94403

(650) 572-8850

www.elizabethabarton.com

http://elizabethabarton@comcast.net

For an astrological consultation, massage or Energy healing, call or E-mail me.

Gift Certificates available

To learn more about Traditional Western Astrology go to Deb Houldings superb website http://http://www.skyscript.co.uk

To look for charts go to http://www.astro.com

A great astrology AP for your I-phone is by KT the Astrologer; formally Kelli Fox, the creator of Astrology.com.  The free edition is better than the one you pay for.

Until we meet again in the blogosphere, may the Stars shine blessings on you!

Earth Medicine Alliance

November 11, 2010

Conference November 6th 2011

Mount Tamalpais from the Point Pinole Regional...
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 Mission Statement

The Earth Medicine Alliance is a network of individuals and communities who share a deep love of this Earth and its many beings here. We believe that efforts to mend our relationships with the rest of the natural world can also bring together people of diverse ancestries, spiritual traditions, and ways of life for healing and celebration.

www.earthmedicine.org

The Unitarian Universalist Center on Franklin St. which to me seemed to be the very essence of a vibrant community certainly takes interfaith to a whole new level. All around, one is rewarded by examples of artwork, murals and collages, big and small, which mix and match and overlay every faith and tradition imaginable.  

A sacred altar, holding an assortment of natural objects from around the Bay was the centerpiece in the large vaulted main hall called the Starr King Room. With approximately 90 participants, the opening ceremony which, even with the best intentions, started late, honored many diverse traditions, the African Orisha was called  into the circle from the East, Native American to the South, Native Californian, Ohlone and Miwok to name a few, to the West, and finally Celtic and Native European  held the final direction in the North.

Introduced by his grandfather, Daniel Foor, founder of Earth Medicine Alliance, gave the keynote speech. I found Daniel to be both extremely forthright and very passionate in his intention to formulate a means of healing our dysfunctional relationship with nature. Therefore I felt it quite appropriate when questions and comments were called for, to request that the attendees  focus their collective prayers on the  financial district, which, due in part to the continuing economic downturn, is energetically out of balance.

For the first interactive session of the day, I chose Native California Cultures and Lifeways, moderated by Charlene Sul, Councilwoman for the Ohlone nation and Gregg Castro. Again I found both to be very sincere and they offered their presentation with a great degree of humility as they spoke of reclaiming and honoring their ancestral traditions. At one point we were each asked to stand and state our name and spiritual intent. It was really touching to hear each participant’s heart felt hopes and aspirations, and it goes without saying that by now the energy in the room was becoming extremely intense. One can only imagine how many guides and teachers, both visible and otherwise were crowded into that hall!

Thankfully lunch break arrived none too soon, as I seriously needed to get grounded and as chance would have it, I landed up at  Lafayette Park, which affords fine views out over the city.

For the first afternoon session I chose Sacred Mountains of the San Francisco Bay Area, presented by Ginny Anderson and Meg Beeler, where I signed up for a project related to the fauna and flora on San Bruno mountain, which incidentally was one of the three mountains showcased, the other two being Mount Tamalpais and Mount Diablo, also known as old devil mountain, held sacred over the centuries by many indigenous tribes in the East Bay region. It was at this session that I got chatting with Jeanne-Michele Salander, who has been involved with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society for many years, and who immediately detected the trickster side of my personality!

At break time, I met with Tina Fields Ph.D, who from her extensive biography seems to explored numerous eclectic modalities which includes having an interest in fractals, as well as working with the dolphins at the Academy of Sciences, back in the early nineties, which incidentally was the same period that I was called to make regular trips to Golden Gate Park to visit these friendly creatures!   

For the last session of the day I chose Bringing Earth Reverence into Everyday Life, moderated by Tina Fields and Maria Owl Gutierrez. This core concept  is vitally important, as so much of life these days is  focused on multitasking, the over reliance on high tech gadgets and just general plain old business, that precious little time remains for even  purely physical appreciation, gratitude and awareness of the world around us, let alone our more numinous relationship to the underlying web of life. Thus for true long term healing to take place we need to step back and become more  aware of our collective responsibility to all of our relatives, whoever they may be, by actively honoring the sacred in  all of our seemingly mundane activities.

Reviewed by Minister Steve Waites

Minister Steve Waites became a UCM Minster on Sept 10th 1997 and graduated with his Bachelor of Theology Degree during the UCM conference in 2004. Steve graduated this year, 2010 at the UCM Conference, with his Master of Theology Degree.  Minister Waites is currently continuing in the UCM Degree Program as a student in the UCM Doctor of Divinity Program.

We Belong

November 11, 2010

By: Rev. Tana Marie

“We belong to the light, we belong to the thunder

we belong to the sound of the words we¹ve both fallen under 

Whatever we deny or embrace, for worse or for better, we belong, we belong,

we belong together.”

We belong to the light”   By Pat Benatar

You may have noticed I¹ve started with a song, it just seemed poetic and succinctly said what I’ve been feeling. Ms. Benatar expressed so beautifully what is really up right now.

We do belong to light. We are being asked to step into our power, to peel off the onion skin and find our authentic selves, and own the greatness that’s inside each and every one of us. Why? Because that’s what our world needs now more than anything‹for everyone, everywhere, to bring their “A” Game¹ to the table to help our planet, one another and ourselves get through these amazing times.

 One of my guilty pleasures is watching the long-running TV series ³Smallville. ² It is the story of the young and evolving Clark Kent who as we know eventually becomes Superman. While watching many episodes, my hair stood on end because the writers brilliantly expressed one of the pieces of evolution that almost everyone on this planet has to go through. Even though it’s a story of how Clark Kent transforms into the Superman of legend, he has very similar trials and tribulations as most ³Earth Folk² do. Owning one¹s power is not always easy, but it’s imperative.

The last episode covered an aspect of Clark’s personality that everyone had been warning him about, but he didn’t understand what they meant. He was being warned about the ³darkness² inside of him, and how ultimately it could destroy him if he didn¹t heal that part of himself.  Without giving the entire storyline away, he finds out that the darkness he was carrying was his unwillingness to forgive himself for past mistakes‹unforgivable by his measure.

It resonated because I’m seeing so many people going through that exact same experience depicted in the episode. How many times have you said to yourself, I Should¹ve,¹ Would¹ve,¹ What if?,¹ How could I have done that?¹ or a myriad of other let¹s beat myself up now¹ questions.

The tragedy in this is when you’re firmly planted, staring at your past, beating yourself up for what you did or didn’t do, you’re missing what’s going on in the present, and you’re sacrificing your future.  Stop shoulding¹ on yourself!

Regardless of what we’ve ever done, we always make the best decision we can in the moment, given our knowledge, expertise, experiences, and understanding of the situation. We can always look back three days or three years later and see geez, I should have done something different¹. You know the old saying, Hindsight is 20-20¹? It¹s true because when we¹re further away from the moment, we have more life experience under our belts, and usually see things very differently.

How do you get rid of that level of darkness within yourself? You get rid of the darkness with “Forgiveness, forgiveness, understanding, and forgiveness”. We have all made mistakes, we all have experienced successes and triumphs, have blessings and miracles around us every day…but doesn’t it seem like all we do is focus on what we did wrong? Is this Human Nature? Possibly, but I like to think of evolving beyond the ego position of being dinged for every misstep. 

Time to embrace our present and step proudly and fearlessly into our future, knowing that everything we have done, good-bad-and-ugly, has made us who we are today and who we are becoming tomorrow.

Being part of the light affords us the ability to take these experiences and use them as powerful tools for our growth and evolution. It’s okay to make a mistake, just don’t make the mistake of condemning yourself endlessly. (Of course I’m talking about things other than heinous crimes, but I figured you knew that already.)

The more you forgive, the more power you have, and the more light you can radiate out to the world. Isn’t that a gift worth giving? You and our planet deserve that and so much more!

Blessings!

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What’s the BIG Deal About 2012? Part 1

November 9, 2010

In some ways there is no big deal about 2012 because the transition that has been alluded to with great fear and drama has been happening for the past oh…50 years or more. However this is truly a significant event in the history of humanity, so 2012 is a BIG deal.

In short, 2012 refers to the end of the Mayan calendar (this is a very broad topic so I encourage you to do your own research in this area). Dozens, maybe even hundreds of books have been written about the science, mysticism, cosmology and metaphysicality of 2012 so I’m not covering it in a blog entry.

My focus here is my own experience and the beliefs I share with an ever-growing group of individuals about what is ahead with the “coming of 2012.”

According to Drunvalo Melchizedek, December 21, 2012 is when the earth’s axis shifts to move its direction to the center of our galaxy, a rather significant cosmological event. Melchizedek calls it “the movement of the Earth’s kundalini and the rise of the female light happening from 1949-2013.” It’s what I call the Great Transition.

Melchizedek further says “The Earth’s Kundalini is the secret energy that is connected to the hearts of all mankind.” In his book, Serpent of Light, Beyond 2012 (which I highly encourage you to read), Drunvalo tells us that every 12,920 years there is a shift that takes place where the “Earth’s Kundalini changes to the opposite pole and it simultaneously changes location on the surface of the Earth.” This is BIG. Lest you think it’s not real scientists have been documenting for years now that the Earth’s magnetic poles are reversing and it’s not the first time.

I feel the emotion welling up as I write these words because as we draw nearer and nearer to the pinnacle of this event, which is a progression, not a date, I know my main purpose for coming into this lifetime is to help with this Great Transition. It is an awakening of consciousness that humanity has not experienced for almost 13,000 years, or maybe never as we reach a new, higher vibrational level. I’d say that’s BIG. I feel humbled because I’m co-creating a pretty big and powerful global shift. I realized this was my agreement as soon as I opened the door to this spiritual path several years ago, a call that happened for me in a big way. Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. also shares a similar perspective and talks about it through his experiences with the Q’ero shaman of the Andes, where the Earth’s Kundalini was recently moved to.

If you are reading this you are someone who has been called and agreed to come back at this time to help with the Great Transition. I do not know what your role is, only you know or will remember what it is you have come here to do. Some of us are healers, some of us are seers, some of us are teachers, some of us are catalysts (like George Bush) to effect the change that will inevitably happen over the next few decades…but I get ahead of myself

In Part 2, I’ll discuss why things seem to be so bad if we are the cusp of a global awakening of consciousness. Until then…

Julie Hawkins is CEO and co-founder of the Center for Spiritual and Noetic Studies. Julie and her partner Chris Kahl, train individuals in Practical Huna, a blending of ancient knowledge and current lifestyle to solve today’s troubles and create a brighter tomorrow. Their mission is to build an army of spiritual warriors trained to awaken others and raise the vibration of our world. For more information please visit. http://www.spiritstudies.com/.

A Joyful Noise!

November 5, 2010

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 44 (11-4-10)

AFFIRMATION

God’s wisdom transforms me into the being I truly am.

 

Having courage to allow the Divine Into Your Experience

          To have a meaning-full and spirit-full experience while performing rituals or saying prayers, we must have the courage to let the Divine Presence into our experience. In our wish to become one with God, we send out the invitation, set the table, place food on the plates, but are afraid to actually open the door and allow the Spirit of the Universe to enter. Opening the door to allow our holy guest requires courage – which we often lack.

          Many of us are afraid to open the door when God arrives! The fact of the matter is that fear prevents most of us from actually having that transformational spiritual experience we say we want most!

          We are afraid of the experience of the Divine itself, of how much such an experience might change us. We are afraid of God. We are afraid of ourselves. For if we are created in the image of God, meeting God can be likened to meeting ourselves – REALLY MEETING OUR GOD SELVES – for the first time. That can be scary, since we are not who we think we are. We are not merely physical beings but rather spiritual beings having a physical experience.

          When we let the Divine Presence enter our lives and our experience, we complete ourselves. We allow our missing part to return. We feel complete. The Hebrew word for this is shalom, which means “completion” but often is translated as “peace” instead.

          When we are completed through conscious connection with the Divine – we are transformed into being One With God: that position that we have forgotten during our stay here on the physical plane.

          Allow yourself to feel, to sense God. Allow yourself to really experience what it means to have transformed an empty ritual or prayer into a meaning-full and spirit-full one. Allow yourself to transform into being ONE WITH GOD.

Portions of this text were used with the permission of Nita Amir – author of

From Empty Practice to Meaning-Full and Spirit-Full Prayers and Rituals.

Life’s Accounting System

Our Birth is our Opening Balance!

Our Death is our Closing Balance!

Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities

Our Creative Ideas are our Assets

Heart is our Current Asset

Soul is our Fixed Asset

Brain is our Fixed Deposit

Thinking is our Current Account

Achievements are our Capital

Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade

Friends are our General Reserves

Values & Behavior are our Goodwill

Patience is our Interest Earned

Love is our Dividend

Children are our Bonus Issues

Education is Brands / Patents

Knowledge is our Investment

Experience is our Premium Account

The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately.

The Goal is to get the Best Presented Accounts Award.

Getting a Promotion

A Catholic Priest and a Rabbi were chatting one day when the talk turned to a discussion of job descriptions and promotion.

“What do you have to look forward to in the way of a promotion in your job?” asked the Rabbi.

“Well, I’m next in line for the Monsignor’s job.” replied the Priest.

“Yes, and then what?” asked the Rabbi.

“Well, next I can become Arch-Bishop.” said the Priest.

“Yes, and then?” asked the Rabbi.

“If I work real hard and do a good job as Arch-Bishop, it’s possible for me to become a full Bishop.” said the Priest.

“O.K., then what?” asked the Rabbi.

The Priest, beginning to get a bit exasperated replied, “With some luck and real hard work, maybe I can become a Cardinal.”

“And then?” asked the Rabbi.

The Priest is starting to get mad and replies, “With lots and lots of luck and some difficult work and if I’m in the right place at the right time maybe, just maybe, I can get elected Pope.”

“Yes, and then what?” asked the Rabbi.

“Good grief!” shouted the Priest. “What do you expect me to become, GOD?”

“Well,” said the Rabbi, “One of our boys made it!”

Now – that’s transformation!

Center for Creative Living

November 5, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back. Need directions? Call (408)392-9090 or visit www.doti.info. Sunday Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome. Spiritual energies, food, hugs and music are lovingly available!

Join Rev. Doti Boon as she talks about how “God’s Love Transforms.” Come to service and receive a transformational message from the “California Psychic” as she helps you tune into the energies of the Divine. Bring a spiritual question to ask for guidance.

Choir Rehearsal from 1:00 to 3:00.

Metaphysical Classes at the Center.

$15.00 or two for $25. 7:00 to 9:00pm

Open to the public and mandatory for UCM Ministerial Students

Thurs. November 4th – “The Science Called Hinduism” with Vanamali Devi. Please arrive early as this will be a full class.

          Mother Vanamali will give a Hinduism 101 lecture with the underlying affirmation that all are aspects of the One, and the diversity is only for our mind’s benefit. Hinduism is seen as polytheistic. The new paradigm of acceptance that indeed we are all manifestations of the One power, the One light behind all creation.

          Vanamali Devi is here, in our area, from India for only a few days. She so graciously accepted our invitation to speak at Thursday night class. We are thrilled to present Vanamali Devi at CCL and would appreciate your attendance!

Center Happenings

Sunday Celebrations – Every Sunday 10am to 11:30

Sat. Nov. 6th – 4:00 to 6:00 – Planning Committee for 20th annual THANKSGIVING ON THE BEACH! Join us as we talk about our 20th annual T’Day at Seacliff Beach. We need volunteers, helpers, cooks and joyful singers for this awesome event. Last year we ate, watched pelicans, saw dolphins and marveled at 52 different breeds of dogs on leashes!

Sun. Nov. 7th DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS! Turn your clock back.

Sun. Nov. 7th – 1:00 to 3:00 – CCL CHOIR REHEARSAL

Mon. Nov. 8th – NO Yoga

Tues. Nov. 9th – 6:30 to 8:30 – MEDITATION with Norbeth Granado, Dr. Ayleen Augustine and friends. Donation

Wed. Nov. 10th – 7:00 to 9:00 – CO-ED GODDESS WORKSHOP with Rev. Anne Corbin – Donation.

Thurs. Nov. 11th – 7:00 to 9:00 – The Seven Gifts with Dr. Ayleen Augustine. Join Dr. Ayleen for an amazing journey that covers all basic aspects of druidic traditions and opens doors into practicing modern day Druidry. This 7-part series of classes will explore the Seven Gifts of Druidry and how these gifts can deepen your connection to and working with Earth-based energies.

In addition to her training as a chiropractor, Dr. Ayleen is a massage therapist and is also certified as a Reiki and Matrix practitioner. Class dates: 11/11, 12/9, 1/13/11, 1/27/11. To register: http://dr.ayleen@the-healing-house.com call (408) 372-2840.

Cost: $25.00 per session for general public and $20.00 per session for Divine Events members and CCL church members.

Mon. Nov. 15th – 7:30 to 9:00 – GENTLE YOGA with the delightful Krishanpriya (Laura Marshall), certified Yoga instructor. You will be doing specific asanas (poses) that benefit a part of the back. Magical Ones reviewed each session to round out practice. Pranayama (Breathing) exercises – and Guided Meditation in every class Cost is $100 for the set, $60 for 5, $15 drop in. FIRST CLASS FREE yogadevi09@yahoo.com

Tues. Nov. 16th – 6:30 to 8:30 – DRUMMING with Norbeth, Dr. Ayleen and Friends. Bring your drum or use one of ours – Donation

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Nov. 25th THANKSGIVING DAY at Seacliff Beach! Party starts at 11:00 and Feasting begins at 1:00. Join the CCL group as we play games, sing songs, have fun, eat turkey, watch pelicans, laugh at the dolphins and enjoy the day. Bring your family, friends and dog on a leash. Call to reserve your space and let us know what you will be bringing (408)392-9090. No more worrying about cooking a turkey, cleaning the house or getting along with your relatives. JOIN US AT SEACLIFF BEACH INSTEAD!

An alcohol free event. 

Love and Light,

        Rev. Doti Boon

‘When You’re Down to Nothing God is Up to Something’

PS from Reverend Clark:

November 5, 2010

I can affirm letting the Divine Presence into your life will bring some wonderful experiences. I spent this past weekend in Seattle at a seminar that, when I first read about it, I felt Spirit was asking me to attend. I followed that direction and sent in my registration. A few weeks later a situation developed that made me question whether I really wanted to attend this seminar and I seriously considered not going and even questioned Spirit about still going. I never felt Spirit was telling me I had to go, but They indicated that my original feeling about attending was still Their intent, so I decided to attend even though I was not at all sure why. I even had a back up plan in case I really felt uncomfortable in the first session. I could spend the rest of the weekend sightseeing and have a mini vacation! I am so glad I followed my initial direction; the seminar was wonderful. In fact, I really do not have words to describe the weekend and how different I feel. I met some delightful new people and feel rejuvenated with an even stronger connection with Spirit.

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Center for Creative Living

November 3, 2010

This last Sunday, October 31, 2010, at the Center for Creative Living, we celebrated El Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).  This is a holiday (or festival) which is celebrated in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, and other areas in Central and South America populated with the Latino ethnic background.

            November 2nd is the official date for Day of the Dead, although it is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd.  These dates correspond with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.  This correspondence results from the Catholic Church’s efforts to “find similarities between the indigenous and Christian beliefs.”

            While customs vary within different regions, it is universally understood to be a time when family members who have died are remembered.  In Mexico, this festival is considered to be the most important holiday of the year.

            Although this celebration is associated with the dead, it is not portrayed as a morbid or depressing time, but rather a period full of life, happiness, color, food, family, and fun.

            On Nov. 2nd, family members visit the gravesites of their loved ones.  They decorate their graves with flowers, enjoy picnics consisting of favorite foods of the deceased, and socially interact with others at the cemetery.  This is an important social ritual that the Latino people see as “a way of recognizing the cycle of life and death that is human existence.”  In certain areas, an all-night candlelight vigil takes place by the graves of the family members.  The whole occasion is festive, and everyone talks of the dead as if they were still alive.  During this time, people “remember, re-live, and enjoy.”  It is a time for the dead to return home and visit loved ones, feast on their favorite foods, imbibe in their favorite “spirits” and listen to festive music.

            The main symbols of this holiday are skulls and skeletons, which are displayed throughout the cities.  Scenes of skeletons hugging, marching, dancing, and laughing are seen in window displays on the streets.  Marigolds are another significant symbol for the Day of the Dead festivity, and are known as the “flower of the dead.”  Their scent is believed to “attract the souls and draw them back, during this time when the veil is thinnest between the two realms.

            Our service actually started on Friday, Oct. 29 when members of the congregation built and decorated the altar (see pictures) under the leadership of Laura Marshall (our Yoga instructor and CCL Choir member).  For several years now, Laura has been the organizer of El Dia De Los Muertos.  She was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and still has a home there which she has opened for various members of the UCM community during this festival time.  Rev. Janet Childs, for one, speaks highly of her spiritual experience of being there, in the middle of the festivities.

            Service started out with Rev. Doti Boon leading us in a wonderful prayer/ guided meditation with guitar and vocal accompaniment by Rev. Janet Childs and Carolyn Keys on flute.  Then the service was turned over to Laura Marshall.  Laura gave a brief history of Day of the Dead, explained the importance of the altar design and how delighted she was to be sharing this with CCL.  She also described the song she taught the choir;  La Llorona” (The Weeping Woman).  The choir sang the song…see pictures.

            Then Rev. April Lussier spoke about the pagan/wiccan celebration of Hallowmas/Samhain and the autumnal harvest time celebrated by followers of the goddess tradition.  As part of her service she passed out dried apple slices so we could see the pentagram formed in the center of the apple.

            Ronnie Grigsby closed the service with a heart warming rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”

            Then we feasted on tamales, home made chips and salsa, tuna sandwiches, home made rice pudding, papayas, grapes, pan (Mexican bread with a skull on top), Mexican cookies, and, of course, Halloween candy.

            Thanks to all who helped and those in attendance of this special day of blessing. 

Yours in the Light,

Rev. Corky Whitacre