Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Daily Inspirational Quote - May 25, 2016

“When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me.”

Accepting ourselves means being happy and confident that we know who we are and what we, not only want from life, but what we are prepared to give to life. We are realistic about our imperfections and shortcomings, but feel these are just something everybody has to be a balanced human being. This realization also enables us to be free from the restrictions others may attempt to impose on us. However, not all of us are this fortunate, perhaps through another’s interventions or actions, to be able to do this. The first step to being free to be who you are, is to be aware and admit that you are NOT free and consequently take the steps you need to in order to rectify this.


The Library of Things: Sharing More Than Books

Ever been in a situation where you want to take on a Do-it-Yourself project, only to be demoralized by having to go out and buy an item that you know you will likely use just once? Well, enter the local library in Sacramento, Calif., to perhaps -- once and for all -- solve this dilemma. Their project, aptly named the Library of Things, works just like how a library operates with books, enabling people to 'check out' items to use and return them when finished.

--by Cat Johnson

What if the next time you needed a sewing machine, or screen printer, or even a GoPro camera, you just went down to your public library and borrowed it?

That’s the idea behind the Library of Things. The visionary project, which is located in the Sacramento library system’s Arcade branch, enables people to borrow goods just like they would a book—by checking them out with their library card.

The project stems from the fact that people don’t need to own all the items they may need—they can access them through the library. Some libraries have been lending tools and toys for decades.

The Library of Things is experimenting with lending all kinds of goods. Among the other items available are musical instruments, video games, a laminator, crafting tools and more. The Library of Things also hosts an in-house bike repair station, a 3D scanner, and a serger for professional quality stitching.

To determine what library patrons wanted in the Library of Things, organizers used an online voting system. In the first round of voting, sewing machines received the most votes so the library bought six of them to lend out.

The Arcade branch is also home to the Design Spot, an area with five 3D printers and computers equipped with design software. The Sacramento library system also offers a prom dress lending program, a seed library at the Colonial Heights branch, and a self-publishing center for aspiring writers.

Funded by a federal grant received through the Library Services and Technology Act, the Library of Things points to the need for libraries to go beyond offering books into offering resources and information of all types.

As Sacramento Public Library spokesman Malcolm Maclachlan told the Sacramento Bee, the project is part of a push for libraries to diversify beyond book lending.

“We’re doing this under a plan to be a resource for more than just books,” he said. “And we’re building off the wider movement of DIY.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How Teachers Can Help Students Who Fail in Class to Succeed at Life

By Mark Katz 

There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help?

Many of us know kids who seemed headed for disaster when they were young and in school. Maybe they flunked out of classes, or they did drugs, or they were depressed loners. But then something happened later and they blossomed into healthy, happy adults who contributed to society in important ways.

How did they accomplish this? Researchers who study risk, resilience, and recovery throughout the lifespan have identified several ways that children move through adversity and find their way to thriving. Among the most important is the ability to see life’s setbacks and difficulties in a new light—to reframe them, if you will.
My experience in working with adults overcoming childhood traumas and setbacks has shown me—and research has confirmed—that the meaning we attach to adversity can determine whether we come to see ourselves as resilient and courageous, or helpless and hopeless.
But it’s not just what people tell themselves; it’s the meaning others attach to our adversities that can influence how we experience them, too. This is especially true for children who, as a result of their invisible neurodevelopmental, stress-related, or other challenges, learn and behave in paradoxically uneven ways. Too often, we can misinterpret the cause of this, which can lead to misunderstanding—and to well-intentioned but ineffective interventions.
In my new book, Children Who Fail at School But Succeed at Life, I highlight some of the misperceptions that can put these kids at further risk for failing at school. For example, many of us believe that those who do well in school are smart, while those who struggle in school are not. Many of us also equate resilience with success, ignoring specific learning challenges and important environmental influences. The truth is, some of smartest and most resilient people we will ever meet may struggle significantly just to get through a typical day, school-age children included.
When we succumb to these and other erroneous perceptions, we run the risk of prolonging school difficulties and preventing children from harnessing the resources they’ll need to succeed. I’ve worked a lot with adults who failed in school when they were younger, but ended up succeeding later in life—and they have taught me a lot about what it takes to get past these perceptions.
Here are nine ways educators can support kids so that fewer will succumb to problems these now-successful adults did decades ago. Some of these remedies focus on how to manage environmental risks, while others focus on managing neurodevelopmental risks; but it’s often a combination of these approaches that will be the most effective, especially in very risky, very averse situations.

1. Provide opportunities for kids to feel they belong and to contribute in meaningful ways.

To feel we belong and that we have something important to contribute are universal needs. Yet, some struggling children don’t experience either of these until they’ve reach adulthood. One way to prevent this is to provide kids with important jobs and responsibilities that teachers and others value. Maybe a kid who talks a lot would be a great student ambassador for their school, or a child who’s very artistic can create a mural for the classroom. Perhaps an older child can become a tutor for a younger child, or a child who has trouble sitting still can be responsible for delivering messages between classrooms. Giving kids responsibilities like these can go a long way in helping them feel they belong and have something important to contribute to others and to their community.

2. Raise the bar and level the playing field.

Many of those who failed at school remember the well-intentioned adults who tried to help them. But they also remember how some of that help drew unwanted attention to challenges they viewed as shameful and embarrassing. Many eventually stopped accepting help as a result. While it’s important to level the playing field by offering support to kids, it’s also important to raise the bar for them concurrently. This begins by helping them see their challenges in a new light. Programs like Eye-to-Eye and WhyTry move kids along this path. Eye-to-Eye pairs trained college and high school mentors succeeding in spite of learning differences with younger students experiencing the very same differences. WhyTry provides a series of lessons and experiential activities that help struggling students learn to reframe and rise above personal and school-related challenges.

3. Don’t expect a child to succeed in isolation.

Wrap-around services for communities in need can help provide the kinds of supports kids need to do well in school, especially in high-risk neighborhoods. Restorative justice programs, which move schools away from a zero-tolerance, punative approach to a more educative process where children take responsibility for their actions and make amends, have been shown to build trust among and between students, teachers, and others in the school community. Other programs, like Peacebuilders and theHeroic Imagination Project, when adopted by schools, give kids the message that they can make a difference in creating a school where kindness is practiced and children are safe from bullying. Programs like these help change a whole school climate and can be important for kids who are struggling and otherwise feel ostracized.

4. Reward struggle as well as achievement.

It’s easy to say, but so difficult to do this, because we are trained to evaluate children based on their successes. But Carol Dweck and others point to the importance of fostering a growth mindset, in which kids are praised for their efforts more than their achievements, allowing for and even encouraging mistakes. Some teachers go so far as to reward kids for sharing their struggles, which gives kids the message that everyone struggles and that “being smart” is not a fixed trait delegated to the few. It can also help to teach kids the science behind this—the plasticity of the brain and the way that memory works—through programs like Brainology, which make it fun and interactive.

5. Be a talent scout.

The opportunity to do what we love to do and do well can reveal personal strengths and qualities that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Find children’s unique strengths and talents, then highlight and celebrate them. Howard Gardner’s Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences can be a helpful resource. Gardner identified eight different areas of intellectual capacity—spatial, musical, bodily kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic, linguistic, and logical-mathematical. School focuses a great deal on the last two. Don’t forget that kids may be gifted in other areas and steer them toward developing these skills further, in school and out of it.

6. Consider a change of scenery or change the school social climate.

Sometimes moving to a new classroom or attending a different school can make a big difference for struggling students and give them the message that failure is not all about them. Studies have shown that relocating to a neighborhood where parents watch over kids—and where new peer influences replace disruptive ones—improves a student’s chances to succeed.
But, for those who can’t simply move to a new classroom, a new school, or new neighborhood, changing the school’s social climate can help, too. Research has shown that during earlier grades interventions like The Good Behavior Game, which provides students immediate rewards for good behavior and encourages peers to root for each other, can improve classroom management and make a big difference in how students do in school as well as how they adjust years later. In my book, I discuss a number of other effective school-based models and interventions, such as Jigsaw, Positive Interventions and Supports, Not in Our School, and project-based learning.

7. Encourage kids to speak out and get involved.

In a culture that stigmatizes those who struggle with learning, behavioral, or emotional challenges, some people still rise above them. They find the courage to tackle these challenges head on, and they work hard to succeed in spite of them. Some take it a step further, though, and speak out against that stigmatization, empowering themselves and others. Programs like Active Minds or LETS (Let’s Erase the Stigma) encourage students who suffer from mental health or other challenges to share their stories or to mentor younger children. This helps them find meaning in their suffering, by helping other struggling students to avoid feelings of isolation and giving them a new sense of themselves as resilient survivors.

8.  Never underestimate the positive impact you can have on a struggling child’s later life course.

Predicting with absolute certainty what will become of us in the future based upon what may have happened to us in the past is simply impossible. One reason is that lives can change in very significant ways in response to entirely unpredictable and unanticipated experiences. Researchers who study resilience through the lifespan refer to these experiences as turning points. And while they may not realize it, every day teachers and other caring individuals at school are providing struggling children with experiences that years or decades later may be viewed by these students as turning points. Some teachers are creating the meaningful roles I mentioned above, while others are taking the time to send e-mails, text messages, or letters to parents each week celebrating their child’s accomplishments. Some allow students disadvantaged by virtue of their challenges to demonstrate mastery of a subject in ways they learn and communicate best; others are coaching students on new educational technologies or tutoring them after school to help level the academic playing field. Teachers are experts at finding creative ways to help their students shine, and when they do, they’re opening the door to potential turning points in the lives of struggling children.

9. Use caution when judging who is and who is not resilient.

Resilient people—school-age children included—think and act differently in places they find threatening and dangerous as opposed to places they find warm and friendly, particularly when those threatening and dangerous places also feel stigmatizing, inescapable, and beyond their ability to control or influence. To really appreciate human resilience, therefore, one needs to also appreciate the role that contextual influences can play in determining who rises above adverse childhood experiences and who succumbs. This is not always easy, as research suggests that we’re more likely to appreciate contextual influences when making sense of our own behavior, rather than the behavior of others. But it’s critical that we try if we want to help kids succeed.
Children who fail at school but succeed at life have a lot to teach us. While we tend to focus on the strengths and qualities of those who do well in school—in an effort to help those who fail be more like them—I would argue that we should champion those who during their childhood years were stretched beyond their limits of emotional endurance, then managed to overcome adversity and go on to lead meaningful and productive lives. These people can provide us with new remedies, ones that can potentially prevent serious learning, behavioral, and emotional problems, reduce juvenile crime, school dropout, and substance abuse, and increase human productivity at work and in life.
More details, including the research that supports these interventions, can be found in my book.

Hekate and Astrology: Standing at the Crossroads

by Isabelle Ghaneh

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Decisions are hard for all of us. Which way do I go now, which path is the right one, what do I do next, or, most urgently, where do I go from here? Life is never easy and some decisions can be hard ones, very hard. And, at times, it can seem as if there is no answer, although we know that is untrue and every situation has a solution, no matter how hard it can be to glimpse it at times.

This is where Hekate comes in. Hekate is the goddess of the crossroads. She is also the mistress of the magic arts, and is included in the grouping of the Moon goddesses. In ancient portraits she is shown to have three heads and they look in each of three directions.

When we are at a crossroads Hekate is there with her torch light and her ability to transcend both heaven and hell and her dwelling place on the earth. She can bring both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind together, and the need to live in day to day reality home to us. She is the one to go to for direction when we don't know which path to take and which road makes the best choice.

Hekate uses the wise owl as her messenger and she relies on the willow tree for sustenance. She is a goddess of the Moon, and when the Moon is dark she can use her torch for light and in search of the best pathway to take. When we need to make a hard decision for ourselves we are calling on Hekate for guidance, since she travels through the realms of sky, earth and Hades, the underworld.

Hekate is called the most lovely one of the Moon, and Hekate is there when a child is brought into the world, as she is the goddess associated with midwifery. When Ceres lost her daughter Persephone, Hekate used her torch to help Ceres look for her in the underworld. When we are unsure of ourselves or when the light around us is fading, and everything looks dark, we are traveling by night in the most metaphysical sense.

I believe that Hekate's province as goddess of the crossroads led inevitably to her status as goddess of the magic arts. One would naturally lead to the other. Who better than Hekate would know how so often our indecision leads us to call upon the energies present in the universe to ask for help and guidance when we cannot figure out what to do. Once a decision has been made, asking the powers that be to help incarnate that desire would naturally fall upon, who better, the goddess who shows us all the different roads available to us.

Hekate is the 100th asteroid, named and discovered on July 11, 1868. In her manifestation as 100 Hekate, her asteroid designation, she is the place we go to in our astrological charts to find out what we need to do to discern our direction in life. She is the also the place we go to find those parts of ourselves that were lost. When we are in need of using our magical selves to find or answer questions, Hekate as goddess of magic is there.

By looking up her placement in our charts we can see what astrological sign and house she occupies. Looking at my own chart I found that Hekate is in the 9th house, the house of religious belief and philosophy and law. She is exactly by 0 degrees square both Mercury, the mind, and Jupiter, the natural ruler of the 9th house. This tells me that at times I allow my conscious mind and my wish for how I want things to be to cloud my inner wisdom and natural thought. That when I need to find the place to go to for guidance I need to go to the 9th house. Perhaps I overanalyze situations too much and do not allow the wisdom that can be found in religion and philosophy to tell me the answer.

To compound matters Hekate is in the sign of Cancer, a sign in which I have no other placements. I am not personally familiar with the energy of Cancer, since while I have water signs in my chart, Cancer is not one. Perhaps this unfamiliar position is the one I need to learn from the most. Cancer is of course ruled by the Moon and represents feeling in its purest sense. So perhaps I need to use more Moon guidance in my discernment of the pathway, or perhaps I need to go emotionally on decisions and let the thought process be stilled, and use intuition more.

I know on the day I first began to become interested in Hekate, I looked up her current sign in the zodiac and she was at 0 Aries. 0 Aries is a power point sign, it is the world placement sign, and is the beginning of the spring equinox, a time of new beginnings for the earth as a whole. I believe Hekate is asking for notice and asking to speak to us. She is telling us she, not usually included in the more commonly known pantheon of goddesses, has been neglected for far too long.

Hekate entered the sign of Taurus on June 11, 2005, and will be there until April 9, 2006. In Taurus Hekate will be bringing her energy to Taurus symbolism. And what does Taurus symbolize? The greenery of the earth; planting, growing, creating beautiful gardens. Cooking, eating, enjoying the results of the fragrance of the seeds we put into the ground, and the nourishing foodstuffs we obtain from vegetables and fruits.

Taurus also rules our sensual side since Taurus is a sign that favors the five senses; taste, touch, sight, sound, aroma. Once Hekate enters Taurus it is a time to allow ourselves to experience the pleasures each of the five senses has to offer us, as we partake of the garden of life.

Letting ourselves feel secure enough to make the right decision is also a part of Hekate's foray into Taurus, since Taurus is a very security-minded and "I want to be risk-free" sign. That's good to know, too, since we will certainly make better decisions the more secure we feel.

As you learn who Hekate is, and what she has to tell you this year, you will discover a vast fountain of information you never knew she, or you, possessed.

Fortuna in Your Astrological Chart: The Goddess of Fate and Fortune

by Isabelle Ghaneh

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Envy is an emotion that everyone in the human race has experienced at one time or another, and so is jealousy. It is hard not to look at someone who is richer than we are, more beautiful or more successful, and not feel envious. At first blush, some people are born into easy, peaceful or extremely charmed lives, and others have to struggle with one obstacle or another.

Why one person is born into great wealth and another into dire poverty, or one person is born healthy and another handicapped, is hard to say, even when you take karma into consideration. There doesn't seem to be any real rhyme or reason at times as to how the fates dish out good or bad luck, or more aptly, good or bad circumstances.

While it is true that many times we make our own good luck, or good fortune, at other times we don't, and it can appear to us that we are saddled with more than our fair share of obstacles or burdens to overcome, or that we are blindsided by a particularly difficult trial or tribulation to contend with, sometimes out of the blue.

Life can unfold for us in a variety of ways, and can go off into many different directions. It can also change suddenly, and at times our lives can read as a comedy of errors, or as a tragedy in one act; usually we have a little bit of both to deal with. Again, it can be just a matter of chance, or the roll of the dice, why one event occurs in our lives and another one happens to the person next to us.

Fortuna is the Roman goddess of fortune and of fate, and she is asteroid number 19 in the celestial chart given to us by the heavens at our birth. Fortuna represents the wheel of fortune, and June 24 is her special day, called Fors Fortuna.

Fortuna in mythology determined if a person's luck would be good or bad, or a bit of both, since Fortuna is the one who spins the wheel of fortune. Fortuna is the symbol of the old maxim, "what goes around comes around," and she shows us how we can be up one moment and down the next.
Fortuna reminds us that it is never good to feel or think we are down for the count, because when we are at our lowest point, we know that we are ready to move back up again and start our rise to the top. Nature itself exemplifies this theory through the seasons, the cycles and the symbolism of spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Once we locate the placement of Fortuna in our charts, we may have to do a little thinking before we unravel the meaning for ourselves. For some astrological placements, it's relatively easy to understand the meaning of the planets, signs, and aspects in our charts, even on the most basic level.

For example, the Sun in our charts represents our personal identity, the Moon details our emotions, Mercury explains the way our minds work, Venus denotes our love natures, and Mars shows us how our energy and drive manifest themselves, especially in our sexual natures.

Of course, that is an extremely limited synopsis of all the multifaceted astrological meanings of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and books have been written about what we can learn from the placements of our inner planets, especially once you consider the signs they are in, the houses they fall into and the aspects they make to themselves and to the outer planets, namely Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

We also have a rich variety of asteroid placements to help us learn more about ourselves, particularly Chiron, the wounded healer, a very important placement in our astrological discovery of ourselves.
Now we come to Fortuna, another fascinating asteroid placement, and once we know the sign she was in at our birth, the house she falls into and the aspects she makes, we can start understanding her and her place in our charts.

Fortuna reveals to us how we feel and how we respond to the issues she represents for us, as do all our other astrological placements. As stated earlier, Venus in our charts details for us what our love nature is, so we can better understand how we undergo the complicated process of being in love, giving our hearts to someone, and how we experience this multifaceted emotion for ourselves. Our Fortuna placement also show us how we view good luck and fate in general.

For example, if our Fortuna placement is in Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, all fire signs, we may take a devil-may-care attitude towards fate and luck, and we may have a tendency to risk everything at the gambling tables, not just when we go to a casino, but each and every day in every decision we have to make.

Fortuna in an earth sign, namely Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn, might mean that we take such a measured approach to our destiny, or that we are so fearful of taking chances, that we end up doing nothing at all when we have to make a decision, or when a choice is presented to us, and end up letting others decide for us, one way or another.

When Fortuna presents herself to us through an air sign, as in Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius, we may take an intellectual approach to our destiny and try to reason out each and every twist and turn in the road we have before us. It might be that we get so caught up in analyzing all the whys and wherefores of what a possible course of action might bring to us, that we get bogged down in the details, and find it impossible to decide what to do.

If our Fortuna placement is in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces, all water signs, then our approach to luck and fate may be primarily an emotional one. We may take an extremely intuitive approach to making decisions, and depend on our hunches in all matters, disregarding logic and practicality in any way, shape or form.

Each approach has a certain flaw to it, so learning our Fortuna placement might mean that we need to learn to temper our initial response to fortune and fate. Fire signs may need to risk less, earth signs may need to become a bit more daring, air signs may need to rely on their inner intuitive self more, and water signs may need to use logic along with their sixth sense.

When we use synastry, and compare our charts to those of our associates, it can be a real eye opener to see how our Fortuna placements meet up with the astrological placements of our lovers, family members, and friends.

One couple was pleasantly surprised to discover that one partner's Fortuna was directly conjunct the Venus of the other one. This couple had a history of past unhappy relationships, and often said to each other that their meeting was a real stroke of good fortune for them both since it broke the pattern, and they were very happy together for many years.

Fortuna opposite the Mars of someone with whom we are associated could mean that person's drive and energy will not necessarily work for us. Fortuna square the Sun of one of our colleagues could mean that his or her issues of power and ego will not prove to be in our favor, or be good for us.

Fortuna sextile the Moon of a sibling or relative might mean that we find that we can count on this person as being a positive factor for us emotionally, due to all the support we get from him or her. That would surely be a sign of very good fortune for us in our family life.

Fortuna trine the Mercury of a friend could mean that we are able to discuss a lot of issues with him or her and get good feedback, and that we can count on our friend to tell us the truth about ourselves, something that is very important, and a sign of a real friendship.

A real friend can be hard to find, so if we come across one in our life journey, then we know we are very lucky indeed.

Using Astrology to Awaken During a Time of Economic Crisis

by Nancy Kahn

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

We are living in troubled times. Our economy is in a state of significant downturn, and a general reaction to this is one of stress and anxiety. While economists have predicted that there will not be an immediate end to this crisis, astrology seems to echo that sentiment. While a difficult time for many, it can also be a time of tremendous transformation, and we can navigate this predicament with the help of the stars.

One of the most powerful transits going on in the sky at this time is the opposition of Saturn and Uranus. The first time this hit was on Election Day (November 4, 2008). The next hit was February 5, 2009, followed by another hit on September 15, 2009; the last transit is July 26, 2010.

It is important to understand what these two planets mean and how they are impacting the society (as well as all of us as individuals). Saturn is the planet that represents authority and structure—the status quo of how our society has been operating since the end of World War II. Uranus is the planet of intuition and change. Uranus is also one of the three planets of the "Higher Self;" very often Uranus will bring about a crisis in order to cause some much-needed change. We saw Uranus at work in our presidential election, when we elected Barack Obama (who represented our collective desire for change) on Election Day, the first opposition of Saturn and Uranus.

The opposition of Saturn and Uranus is often linked to economic depression and recession. Things may look like they are falling apart, but that is so that they can be made stronger.

So…what does this mean for each one of us? This is a time for transformation at a very deep level. Each of us has built up our own Saturnian status quo in our lives. It is time to ask ourselves the question: "Where in my life does my ego strive to keep everything the same?" Examine the answers, and see if there are much-needed changes that need to be made. If we are clinging to what isn’t essential in our lives, there will be pain. How do we know what changes need to be made? The key is to listen carefully to our intuition. This allows us to live as our Higher Selves during this time of crisis. It allows us to fully embrace Uranus and the positive changes that it brings.
The current economic crisis is an opportunity to wake up and be present. This is an opportunity for great growth and awakening.

There are three other very important transits that are connected to the economic predicament in which the United States finds itself. This is the transit of Pluto opposing Venus, Jupiter, and the Sun in the chart of the United States. Pluto opposed Venus for the first time on March 3, 2009. It will oppose Venus again on June 9, 2009, and again on December 5, 2009. It is followed by Pluto opposing Jupiter in the United State's chart on January 14, 2011, July 14, 2011, and November 16, 2011.

According to both economists and astrology, this economic crisis isn't going to go away immediately. After Pluto finishes opposing Venus and Jupiter, it will oppose the United State's Sun, but not until February 14, 2014. This is followed by another opposition to the Sun on June 16, 2014, and finally, on December 19, 2014.

So, what does all of this mean? Pluto, like Uranus, is one of the planets of the Higher Self.It is the planet that rules power and how it is used, as well as death and rebirth, regeneration and transformation. Venus rules money and banks. Jupiter rules the way in which the country tries to expand financially, both locally and globally. I use a chart for the United States that has the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter in the second house of money and business. The Sun in Cancer in the second house of the United State's chart indicates that the purpose of this great country is tied to business, money, and finances. It is also about living in harmony with our deepest values. All of this is going to come up for enormous renovation. We may even find ourselves with a different kind of currency! Corporate business practices may come up for tremendous regeneration. As Pluto opposes Venus, Jupiter, and the Sun in the United State's chart, many abuses of power will come up for transformation, especially on the part of large corporations and big government. Pluto could bring about death and destruction if change and transformation are resisted. In some way the structure of all of our lives will be transformed, primarily through the transformation of business, government and, possibly, capitalism as we know it.

For us as individuals and citizens of the United States, we may find that all of the financial destruction serves the purpose of transmuting us into the best possible expression of ourselves out in the world. Our own relationship to money, possessions, and financial resources may change. We need to ask ourselves: "Is there anything I need to let go of?" This may be attitudes, possessions, or habit patterns. Then be prepared to let go. Pluto can make things very difficult if we resist letting go. If we are willing to go through the needed transformation, Pluto will help us to feel more and more empowered.

Ask yourself this question: "What is really of greatest importance to me in my life?" Write down the answers; they will help you to deal with the chaos and put it into perspective. This will help you to stay aware and to wake up to what you really need in your life, and to what is essential in your life. Everything else may fall away.

At the same time, though, it is also a good idea to do all of your abundance affirmations and to keep thinking positively. We don't want to be dragged down by the collective unconscious. We need to be positive and progressive thinkers, and to keep affirming all of our dreams and goals.

This time of financial crisis can actually be a very exciting time of change. Our prayers for humanity at this time will contribute to the golden stream of light that circles the planet. Pluto and Uranus will bring about the destruction of our present way of life, but this is so that we can grow in new directions, and be the best possible selves that we can be.

Nancy Kahn has thirty years of experience as a professional astrologer and astrology teacher. Visit Nancy at

Daily Inspirational Quote - May 24, 2016

“Breathing in, I send myself love. Breathing out, I send love to someone else who needs it.”

Wonderful isn’t it? Breathing in we send ourselves life-giving oxygen, which we don’t often stop to think about do we? We just do it as it comes to us as naturally as breathing, if you know what I mean? We are continually nourishing our life-force if you like. Also, what if we held the intent that every time we breathed out we were able to send love to someone in need of it. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to send out healing and restorative love with each breath so, not only nourishing us, but also those who need it most? Wonderful!


The Thank You Project

In 2004, Kellie Haddock and her newborn son were in a horrible accident that took her husband's life. 10 years later, Haddock spent 6 months tracking down the people who saved her son's life and organized an event in their honor. Some of the caregivers had never been thanked before for what they do. "There is so much wrong in the world and it's so easy to point out what people are doing wrong. We rarely take the time to notice when people are doing things right. I want to be a person that points out when someone does something right."