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Short and Sweet

I took a wild and windy drive these past few days from Ashland to San Francisco and back through a major storm that came with the SuperMoon. After some jittery days when radiation and earthquake scares rippled through the west coast with the shifting of the plates, my close companions and I landed in a deeper version of the simple truth to “choose love over fear” and so we went to the airport to pick up our special visitor.

At the beginning of the drive, we saw a massive, perfect double rainbow off to the east. It appeared to be the essence of rainbow. It was ecstatically bright for a moment, then gone. There were furious and lashing winds and hail most of the rest of the trip, and it took all of my attention to keep the car steady. As we got closer to the end of the drive, there was again a singular, perfect gift from the sky — a brilliant and dazzling lightning bolt flashed straight ahead.

It was a wild and momentous journey and it led me to take a break from thinking about the ongoing worldly calamities to indulge in homage to Uranian magic.

These days we go to sleep at night not knowing what the morning will bring. That is always true, naturally, but with the tremendous force of Uranus at 0º Aries, this is an equinox like no other.

What if we could really just start all over again? What if the regretful, sorrowful, anxious, depressed, gloomy, bluesy, hopeless, helpless, depleted, dismayed, disturbed, and despairing parts of our brains could be re-fired with the inspiration, bliss, and newness brought to us by the potency carried in Aries? We may have moments of unimaginable innocence, and a simple and pure motivation to fully give back to this life with our whole hearts and beings.

Perhaps a gift from this spring equinox is an increased ability to notice the present moment. One of my friends (who is very sensitive to subtle energy) lives on a farm and keeps her hands close to the earth. Last night she said, “All you can do is look around and see what needs to be done, and do it.”

Venus is traveling with Neptune now. On Saturday, the two will be conjunct at 29º44’ Aquarius, just before Venus moves into Pisces, her sign of exaltation. Amidst all the other aspects that are occurring now, this suggests a kind and gentle note to our story these days.

Love to all. Have a good week.

(P.S. This title Short and Sweet refers to this blog itself, and also to my special visitor, my Sun-and-Venus-in-Taurus granddaughter.)


  1. Mary, your beautiful blog almost brought me to tears. I homeschool my two children, and in trying to help them deal with their feelings of fear over the past week, I often have to search long and hard for rays of hope: Red Cross volunteers, the general courage that the people in Japan are displaying, scientists who are turning their brainpower toward finding solutions to the dilemma of nuclear energy. Your words help me to remember that innocence is an attitude of hope, not an absence of pain. Thank you!

  2. so well put.
    Love it.
    I say YES to a new beginning! emphatically.

  3. You are such a good writer!
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts in and about these strange and wonderful days. Your offerings illuminate a sweet & simple pathway through the forest.

  4. How beautifully told and I am grateful for your expression of the possibility to fall asleep and look for a rainbow when we open our eyes.
    I too just came back from a visit to my short and sweet and he,
    Sage, demands we live in the moment of laughter and joy. I pray he always will. Thank you.

  5. Hi Mary,

    As always, your blog is straight from the heart and so informative. I really appreciate you “fleshing” out your message from your own experience. And thanks for the reminder that anything can happen now, even more so than ever. It reminds me to heed the inner voice inside that tells me to get prepared with food and water supplies in case of the massive 9 point earthquake and tsunami equivalent to what happend in Japan that will be coming to the west coast anytime soon, also knowing that being in our hearts is just as crucial for both our survival and our happiness!

  6. Hi mary Nana!!!
    I’ve been trying to contact you these days but I guess grandmotherhood has taken precedence. The blog is great-just the right tone going from fear to faith and love. You must have had confirmation as soon as you saw the rainbow. The other day in one of my many trips to the dentist in Stonybrook I asked to see a hawk. Before I got there one flew right in front of the car so I couldn’t miss it. The signs and symbols are so around us.

  7. Thanks to you all for your comments..

    One foot in front of the other seems to be my pace these days..

    And, my dear sister Kate – I will call’s true the grandmotherly role is time consuming…all I’m doing is keeping enough food in the house…Josh is completely taking care of Kira..

    But, the food for the Cap Sun, Moon & Venus and Taurus Sun, Moon & Venus between them is a satisfying job!

  8. Mary, I enjoyed your road trip and message so much I’ve taken lunar liberty with your title: Short and Sweet, and content.

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