Sculpture by Paige Bradley
Something there is more immortal even than the stars,
(Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,)
Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter,
Longer than sun or any revolving satellite,
Or the radiant sisters the Pleiades. –Walt Whitman (from On the beach at Night)
There are four ages or yugas that represent Man according to the ancient text, Laws of Manu. They are the Satya Yuga where virtue reigns (4,800 yrs.), the Treta Yuga that is ¾ virtue ¼ sin (3,600 yrs.), the Dwapara Yuga ½ virtue ½ sin (2,400 yrs.) and the Kali Yuga that is ¾ sin and ¼ virtue (1,200 yrs.).
In The Holy Science written by Sri Yukteswar (teacher to Paramahansa Yogananda) it is stated that we are in the ascending phase of Dwapara Yuga that began in 1699 AD. In the cycle that contains the four yugas, Dwapara Yuga follows the Kali Yuga, the darkest of the yugas where memories of the Golden Age are fleeting. Now as we ascend toward the light and grace there is evidence of this daily. Consider the numbers of exceptional children who exhibit extraordinary gifts at young ages. Enthusiasm, generosity of spirit and a dedication to expressing their gifts is inherent to these children. These characteristics also describe Sagittarius, the predominant sign for December and the sign that Pluto occupied when many of these children were born (1995-2008). They are “visionaries whose loyalty is to knowledge and a higher truth, and its power to inspire humanity.”—Molly Hall, Pluto Sagittarius Generation
This December we expand beyond what we rationally consider possible. The inhale is just about at its fullest and in the moment right before the exhale we realize the infinite possibility we are blessed with in this physical reality, the potential for every vision to find material expression simply by accepting this moment. Basking in generosity and gratitude, it is easy to move forward encouraged by a knowing that what I most desire is already here. There is nothing required to instigate this occurrence.
As December unfolds, when the veils are thinner than gossamer and the blush of rose upon the sunrise bears witness to sublime grace in the tiniest crevasse, there is an opportunity to create space for a shift here that sees deep, dark patterns of abuse slowly dissolving in a wave of joy that displaces fear. On the morning of the 9th when the light appears to be particularly bright, as the sun peers over the horizon, let every leap in awareness carry you through the day without the slightest thought or desire. You will simply be in appreciation for the enormous gift of being, here. And every individual with whom you have contact will so clearly be an expression of that experience. In love, everything is love. To reach this state no instructions are necessary. Rules, reason or ritual do not apply. A child in complete innocence is closer to the truth than either the well-educated scholar or the venerated sage.
For this moment set aside all belief and allow the moment to determine your experience. What that is, is derived from clarity. It is clear that worry and fear are the products of confusion. Confusion arises due to thoughts that pull us out of the moment into a past or future that does not exist. As December unfolds the illusion of a past or future is evident in Earth events that terminate that which is, would have been or was. Mid-December tension develops and change occurs regardless of any apparent desire. The results of this will be dealt with in the moment not in the past or the future. In each moment we will benefit those who are in need of assistance; we will share the abundance that is everywhere on this planet. And in the month of giving and receiving let us be open to sharing from our hearts—nothing else really matters.
Three Tarot Cards for December
The 8 of Pentacles, IV The Emperor and the 3 of Pentacles. December is all about the practical use (3 of Pentacles) of the ‘talents’ we have at our disposal. As masters, those who have many experiences here, (8 of Pentacles) all the resources we require to accomplish whatever we choose are inherent. We are guided by wisdom (the Emperor, Jove/Jupiter) that consuls us to manage our resources in an intelligent and responsible way. The expanded sense of our opportunities here as caretakers provides us with a greater awareness of this domain that supports us.
In numerology the number 6 represents spirit functioning in physical reality. It is the number of the caretaker and an advocate for truth and justice. The number 6 suggests a leadership role in which compassion and wisdom lead to advancement in humanitarian endeavors.
The New Moon on the 2nd is in Sagittarius and so we begin this month eager to advance the conditions within which we have existed thus far. Just over the rainbow our vision lies; somewhere near the elusive pot of gold but not fixed upon an object. The pot of gold is symbolic for that which exists beyond matter hence its illusory nature, not easily grasped. All that appears to be just out of reach suddenly is attainable. We move into the New Year well prepared to accept whatever transpires.
Happy Holidays and Happy Being!