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Choosing Change

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 11:15 am PST by Jeff Jawer

Here in the U.S. we’re heading toward another election when the similarities between the presidential candidates on core issues are far greater than their differences. We’ve grown accustomed to the illusion of choice as supermarket aisles are filled with a hundred kinds of soda pop that are all basically carbonated water, sugar and flavoring. Consumers are flooded with advertising touting the benefits of various brands, as if buying Coke or Pepsi is a decision that really matters. The fault, though, does not lie in the stars or with the companies that produce and promote these products. The responsibility for making change and hard choices is ours alone.

Change is necessary if we are going to avoid falling into economic and cultural decline. It is also necessary for personal growth and, perhaps, our collective survival. It is unlikely to come from the upper echelons of public or private institutions, where leaders are wont to risk their comfortable positions by shaking the status quo. In these days of innovative Uranus in independent Aries, change must come from individuals like you and me.

There is, though, a natural resistance to seeing the world through new eyes and rocking the boat of even an unsatisfactory life. It’s normal to crave security and safety, which change seems to threaten, especially in these uncertain times. The aura of freedom of the 1960's was possible because of a booming economy. It was safe to tune in, turn on and drop out because it was easy to drop back in and find work when needed. These days are less forgiving, as financial contraction forces individuals to hold onto bad jobs when the apparent alternative is unemployment or an even less rewarding job.

Seven culture-shaking squares between explosive Uranus and transformational Pluto begin next month. Conditions may grow even more unstable, causing more conservative behavior and increasing the fear of change. Yet standing still is not a viable option when the currents of history are about to take a radical turn. It’s safer to get ahead of the curve and be an agent for change instead of waiting passively and becoming a victim of it.

The good news is, you don’t have to throw out your old life to begin creating a new one. A small shift of attitude or perspective can open fresh pathways of experience. Altering your routine just a little bit may be enough to inspire more significant turns in personal and professional matters. This is a good time to consider alternative ways to act because we’re between two eclipses with the Sun in adaptable Gemini. We’re less grounded and freer to explore new ideas.

We don’t always have to choose between the old and the new, but simply need to increase our options. This works best with flexibility, curiosity and a willingness to make mistakes. When we reduce the needs to be right and maintain absolute control, minds open and opportunities arise.

As is often the case, when we resist change until it’s imperative, the transitions are difficult. Yet when change is something we practice on a daily basis by taking a different path to work or trying unusual foods or keeping our minds open to forbidden subjects, we can handle the bigger crises more skillfully. Training ourselves to make adjustments with grace now will develop the ability to initiate and adapt to more significant shifts later.

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Emmanuel says:
Mon, 06/18/2012 - 01:24

Hello my friends how are you? I'm a boy of 27 years of age living East Africa at the country called TANZANIA.Today i've written this page with alot of FAITH that you will help me to join Freemason,i was learn alot about Masoic lessons through internet the FAITH,HOPE and CHARITY in addition am a man of high morals. I'm after the fraternities almost for 3 years but i didn't make my dream to be true,i'm looking for the Grand Lodges around my town here Morogoro at TANZANIA but i fail to see them even to meet with the one who is a Mason. My leaI want to have some discussion with the followers of a single God (Supreme being) here because i want to know more about Masonry,to learn and to consolidate may belief in supreme being dedicate to help other people and my family also to strength my talent so as to be a super star,i have that spirit and to become a Master Mason!! I believe here i can solve my problem and i shall obtain a place where to choose the good group to join either "regular" or "irregular" jurisdictions that located to the Grand Lodges!

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Emmanuel says:
Mon, 06/18/2012 - 01:24

Hello my friends how are you? I'm a boy of 27 years of age living East Africa at the country called TANZANIA.Today i've written this page with alot of FAITH that you will help me to join Freemason,i was learn alot about Masoic lessons through internet the FAITH,HOPE and CHARITY in addition am a man of high morals. I'm after the fraternities almost for 3 years but i didn't make my dream to be true,i'm looking for the Grand Lodges around my town here Morogoro at TANZANIA but i fail to see them even to meet with the one who is a Mason. My leaI want to have some discussion with the followers of a single God (Supreme being) here because i want to know more about Masonry,to learn and to consolidate may belief in supreme being dedicate to help other people and my family also to strength my talent so as to be a super star,i have that spirit and to become a Master Mason!! I believe here i can solve my problem and i shall obtain a place where to choose the good group to join either "regular" or "irregular" jurisdictions that located to the Grand Lodges!

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Kim says:
Thu, 05/24/2012 - 18:08

I'm in the swim of this, like it or not.

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William Dick says:
Thu, 05/24/2012 - 15:19

It's clear that those in the upper echelons of institutions in the U.S. are not interested in change, because things are working out quite well for them at the present moment. The wealthy have more influence than ever on the political process and the income gap continues to widen. Positive change for the rest of us will have to come from us, as Jeff so eloquently states, as usual. If big banks can't even pretend to act in the best interests of all the individuals that deposit their hard-earned money into the banks' coffers, then we as individuals will eventually learn to redirect our earnings and work with each other rather than for the profit of the 0.1%. I am convinced that solutions to many large-scale problems will come more and more from grassroots movements, enabled by increasing connectivity among concerned individuals. For example, renewable energy generation doesn't necessarily require the participation of large energy-producing companies, which profit handsomely from the burning of fossil fuels. Why should we as individuals wait for these institutions to get their respective acts together?

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Winston Smith says:
Thu, 05/24/2012 - 04:59

Yes, if individuals don't change, Occupy Wall Street will come and burn down individuals' homes and the thought police will arrest certain others.

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Panja says:
Wed, 05/23/2012 - 15:55

I liked this blog, but just want to add that the May 20th eclipse in Gemini was also on the cusp of Taurus. Taurus is a sign of acquisition and materialism. That the solar eclipse was on the Taurus-Gemini cusp, suggests to me that the eclipse is underscoring our acquisition of material goods in the area of communication which Gemini represents, and, (no pun intended), not to take these acquisitions lightly. Technology in these areas is increasing so rapidly with continual advancements like Skype, texting, chromebooks, web-cams, voice activated everything, what's next? These inventions enhance our lives, but can also make a mess of them. I think the Moon's shadow on the Taurus-Gemini solar cusp is a reminder to the world that our spirituality needs to keep pace with our technology. Let's choose change, but choose it wisely.

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Flo says:
Wed, 05/23/2012 - 07:32

Also interested in meaning of; "the currents of history are about to take a radical turn"?

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Kathleen Paul says:
Tue, 05/22/2012 - 17:13

hmmmmmmm sounds like you are predicting a wild ride next month. What do you mean "the currents of history are about to take a radical turn:?

 

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