"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Vida Clarice

"Há momentos na vida em que sentimos tanto a falta de alguém que o que mais queremos é tirar essa pessoa de nossos sonhos e abraçá-la. Sonhe com aquilo que voce quiser. Seja o que você quer ser, porque você possui esta vida e nela temos a chance de fazer aquilo que queremos. Tenha felicidade bastante para fazê-la doce. Dificuldades para fazê-la forte. Tristeza para fazê-la humana. E esperanca suficiente para fazê-la feliz.

As pessoas mais felizes não tem as melhores coisas. Elas sabem fazer o melhor das oportunidades que aparecem em seus caminhos. A felicidade aparece para aqueles que choram. Para aqueles que se machucam. Para aqueles que buscam e tentam sempre. E para aqueles que reconhecem a importância das pessoas que passam por suas vidas. O futuro mais brilhante é baseado num passado intensamente vivido. Você só terá sucesso na vida quando perdoar os erros e as decepções do passado. A vida é curta, mas as emoções que podemos deixar duram uma eternidade. A vida nao é de se brincar porque um belo dia se morre."

— Clarice Linspector

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

'Gifts of Life'

"... Read this dedication to gratitude ('Gifts of Life') by Majorie Montgomery.

I am glad I came into this world able to think and reason.
I am glad I came into this world able to feel sorrow and joy.
I am glad I came into this world able to respond to love and truth.
I am glad I came into this world able to feel and care for others.
I am glad I came into this world able to know my uniqueness.
I am glad I came into this world able to move toward completion."
— Anita Revel,

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Castaway — Eris

In mythology, she [Eris] represents the castaway aspect of the feminine: the one who is not invited to "the party" (that is, life), and who wreaks havoc on the world as a result. That havoc, in the case of Eris, happened to be the Trojan Wars, which lasted 10 years some time around the 10th or 12th century B.C.E. Many of the great heroes of Greece perished and the city of Troy fell. Note, this was probably not a mythological war.

There is a connection here: the phenomenon of casting off part of oneself and the subsequent creation of havoc and turmoil was covered by Carl Jung in the 20th century. That which we do not accept about ourselves causes chaos, first in ourselves and then in the world.
— Eric Francis
Eric's illustration of Eris: © Alexandra V Bach

Monday, April 07, 2008

The Energies in April

The Energies in April
The New Moon will be on the 6th of April in Aries. Aries is a Fire sign, representing the Child and the Warrior. It is the First House of the astrological wheel. It signifies also new beginnings and new seeds planted, an ideal time to set the intention for a new spiral of creation.
Fire Moons are generally volatile, so you may need to focus on holding your balance in your Heart.

The Full Moon on the 20th is the Buddha or Wesak Moon. It is a time to celebrate the power of the Enlightened Masculine, or the New Divine Masculine energy of Earth. Remember also Kwan Yin as the archetype of the Divine Feminine energy of Enlightened Compassion.
The Moon is in Scorpio, a Water sign, and this is an ideal time for a Water Ceremony to assist in activating the Codes of Divine Abundance within the waters of the Planet.

© 2007-8 Celia Fenn and Starchild Global
As Energias em AbrilA Lua Nova estará no dia 6 de Abril em Áries. Áries é um signo do Fogo, representando a Criança e o Guerreiro. É a Primeira Casa da roda astrológica. Isto também significa novos inícios e novas sementes plantadas, um tempo ideal para determinar a intenção pra uma nova espiral da criação.
As Luas de Fogo são geralmente voláteis, assim vocês podem precisar se focar em manter o equilíbrio em seu Coração.

A Lua Cheia no dia 20 é a Lua do Buda ou de Wesak. É um momento para celebrar o poder do Masculino Iluminado, ou a Nova energia do Masculino Divino da Terra. Lembrem-se também de Quan Yin, como o arquétipo da energia do Feminino Divino da Compaixão Iluminada.
A Lua está em Escorpião, um signo da Água, e este é um momento ideal para uma Cerimônia da Água para auxiliar na ativação dos Códigos da Abundância Divina dentro das águas do Planeta.

Tradução: Regina Drumond

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Knowledge of the Heart

"Eckhart Tolle tells a story in his book, A New Earth, about spiritual teacher J. Krishnamurti asking an enraptured audience of devotees, "Do you want to know my secret?" Imagine a holy man telling you that he's got The Secret, and he's going to tell you what it is! The controlling part of us would give just about anything for that information. Here was his answer: "This is my secret: I don't mind what happens."

Not many of us have come to that state of grace, witness to the flow of life and able to deal with our circumstance having a larger picture on life and death, joy and suffering. Obviously, the faith behind a statement like that suggests an understanding that surpasses the logic of the mind and moves into the knowledge of the heart. But even as our daily lives present us changes that challenge us and the news cycles never seem to give us good news, we can enter in to that portion of ourselves that knows peace if we try, the part that is authentic as both the witness and loving co-author of our experience. That's the real change that's happening — the decline of fear and ego, the rise of consciousness, the journey towards peaceful coexistence and cooperation. The birth pangs are uncomfortable and frightening, yet we must not forget what awaits us at the end of the process. If we want peace, we must be peace, and to get from here to there we must take that journey into our hearts. Yeah, I know. Nobody said it would be easy, just worth it."
— Judith Gayle, Planetwaves, "The Witness"