Celtic Tree Lore and getting involved.

The Celtic Tree month of Willow has just begun.  I always aim to incorporate the tree months into my life, but somehow it just never happens.  I begin by bringing up the information I have and pinpointing where we are within the cycle.  I usually manage this for a couple of months and then life happens and it all falls by the wayside.

Of course I am so determined about such stuff that I’m having another go.  So, what can be expceted during this month?  Well, throughout this tree month – which runs from April 15th until May 12th – we should be concentrating on healing, growth of knowledge, nurturing and women’s mysteries.  I aim to expand my knowledge in a certain area, so that seems appropriate right now.  I have been involved in some distance healing with someone – nothing too strenuous though – and I have been nurturing my seedlings, so far so good.  Also, my book is kind of about women’s mysteries too, so I think I am ticking all of the boxes for this month, which pleases me.

One thing I always complain about is how my real life has a tendency to get in the way of my spiritual life.  I have tried to incorporate the two, somehow it never works out.  I think because I am happy to remain in the closet the two aspects of my life remain seperate and whilst that frustrates me no end, I think it is just how it is and how it will always be.
Of course another aspect of real life that gets in the way of me practicing is duty.  I am learning that I am entitled to a life of my own, that I can and should say no at times.  I am learning that it is healthy for me to say no, especially when I am not feeling 100%.  In recent times I have had many heavy burdens to bear and they have taken their toll on me.  But last week I put my foot down and refused to be the dogsbody for everyone anymore.  I took three days out from those burdens and felt better for it.  They are still there, but other people managed without me and I have done the same again this weekend.

This doesn’t mean I have not had to talk myself out of the immense guilt that washes over me.  I am pretty adept at having to have a word with myself when it comes to releasing my grip on situations.  But it does mean I am managing my time better and doing what I want for myself, something that has been lacking recently.  I only hope I can keep this up and can manage to stay true to myself.

Don’t waste water.

When cleaning your teeth do you turn the tap off during the cleaning or do you leave it running? To save water you should either use a glass of water for rinsing your tooth brush or only turn the tap on to rinse it – a whopping 4.5 litres of water can be wasted when we clean our teeth if we leave the tap running.

Really makes you sit up and think doesn’t it!

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Green Tips.

If you have recently bought a carpet, or have offcuts lying around then there is no need to throw the surplus/offcuts away. There are plenty of ideas for using up these pieces of carpet – lining draws, or using them in your pets bed, or cutting them into small pieces and placing them underneath plant pots etc outside so as not to mark windowsills or the like.
You could use them in the boot of your car or even lag pipes with them.

They may seem useless at first but they can be used in many ways which means they won’t end up in landfill – now that’s good for the environment.

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Mercury Retrograde annoyances.

Today has been such a slow day, not so much in the day is passing slowly, but in the delays I have had to face.  Typical of being midway through a Mercury Retrograde.  It seems everywhere I go today is fraught with delays, hold-ups, things needing doing over and over again because they weren’t done right the first time round, or because something went wrong the first time round.

I received a cheque back in the mail today – mail that was nearly two hours later than usual – because I hadn’t signed it.  This can be explained away as sheer carelessness on my part, rather than the effects of Mercury Retrograde.  But this was payment for an item I need desperately and now I have to wait even longer, typical Mercury Retrograde.

Today I cannot feel philosophical about Mercury Retrograde – you know, how the delays and virtual non-movement of everything generally benefits us all in the long run – with so many delays happening in my life right now (not just the item being delayed through my own fault) it is beginning to grate on my nerves.  Another 10 days of this kind of thing and I think I will go mad.

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Out and about.

I planned to go out today to take photographs, but then the weather turned really nasty and so  I decided to stay home instead.  I set about seeing to emails that I had been meaning to get round to and took a few snaps of my cats.  All in all I have cleared a back log of correspondence and very little else and now the sun is out again. 

Ah, such is life.

I was out and about yesterday at a place called Burgh Marsh (pronounced Bruff) and was disappointed not to get more photos.  My excuse being that I hadn’t anticipated it to be so boggy – bit silly of me when it is a marsh!  Still, I got some good personal snaps and I’m happy enough with those.

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Mother’s Day.

My own children have wished me a Happy Mother’s Day (it is Mother’s Day here in the UK), I have wished my own mother a Happy Mother’s Day and my husband has done the same to his mother.  Now it is time to wish Mother Earth a Happy Mother’s Day and reflect on what we can do to be kinder to her.

Mercury retrograde.

Mercury is retrograde at the moment – this means the planet Mercury is in reverse, rather than moving forward – and so far I have been beset by delays, mostly petty, and broken electrical equipment.  These things are what one can expect during Mercury Retrograde, along with communication problems, misunderstandings and technical failures.  Of course that list isn’t exhaustive, but it does give a general idea of what one can expect during this planetary phase.

It is advisable not to make hasty decisions during this time and this is something I have always adhered to, until this time.  I need to solve a problem and have been working out a solution for this problem.  I had everything in place, ready to implemet when I was ready, but today a new piece of information became known to me.  I have had to double check everything, going back over everything has been time consuming but necessary.  And during this double-checking I have found that the new piece of information has actually helped more than I could have imagined, so much so I feel as if I have been saved from making a huge error.

Many astrologers try to put a positive spin on the retrogrades of Mercury, telling us that we should use this time to rest and check out all the details so that we don’t miss something vital.  We should acknowledge that there will be delays and a breakdown in communications, we should try to be aware that things can break down at anytime of the year, but probably more so during a Mercury Retrograde.  The astrologers tell us that armed with all of this information we should be able to get through a period of reverse movement by Mercury pretty well; armed with all of the information we now have at our fingertips about such events it is assumed that we will breeze through this period quite happily.

Easier said than done though and I always amaze myself each time with how angry I get when I find myself caught up in some high drama during a Mercury Retorgrade, or some traffic jam that seems to have been caused by nothing significant.  It usually only dawns on me when something electrical breaks down, and invariably it does.

This Mercury Retorgrade lasts until April 23rd.  Yup, another three weeks before this planet turns direct and the astrologers are saying we won’t be out of the woods until May 2nd – a whopping five weeks more of these issues. 

Good luck and hold onto your hat. 

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April Fool/ All Fool’s Day.

We’ve all fallen victim to pranksters on this day at some point in our lives.  The general consensus is that once midday hits then the joking is over, thankfully.  But have you ever wondered where April Fool’s Day originated?

The earliest recorded evidence of this date and the joking comes from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales from 1392, but there have been numerous links to it throughout time and history.  Some claim it is the first day of spring in many cultures and some sources claim it dates back to when the Gregoriam calender was introduced.  The new year was celebrated for eight days from March 25th with the celebrations coming to an end on April 1st.  But, during those times it took quite a long time for the news to reach everyone about how the calender had been chaged, and thus changing certain dates, and therefore those who still celebrated the new year at this time were considered fools.  They were made the butt of practical jokes by some people, hence how the day may have got it’s name and reputation.

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