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FEB. 2015<br />

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Jan 20 . Feb 17<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Namaste</strong> <strong>Conspiracy</strong><br />

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Here are just a few of this<br />

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Christina James<br />


Wendell Matthews<br />



Terry Smith<br />



Ayesha Patel<br />

plus<br />

Ask Ali<br />

Dreams/Numerology<br />

Sun Signs<br />

Moon Calendar<br />

AQmmunity Events<br />

Calendar<br />

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Volume 22 No. 9

This month, the AQmmunity honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a<br />

fearless and enlightened leader who embodies the concept of “namaste” through<br />

his every word and action. As we continue his struggle for equality and justice, let<br />

us remember that we are all - all of us, whether friends, enemies, or strangers -<br />

brothers and sisters. We are all one.<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong>, Dr. King. Your lessons live on in the hearts of us all.<br />

<strong>The</strong> memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washinton, DC.<br />

Forty-eight years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we<br />

celebrate his historical inclusion in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. <strong>The</strong> first<br />

man of color to be honored in this way, his memorial serves as a tribute to the<br />

principles of freedom and equality with which he inspired our country and the world.<br />

<strong>The</strong> monument begins with a large boulder that has been plit in two, representing<br />

the Mountain of Despair. Emerging from the Mountain of Despair is another<br />

boulder, the Stone of Hope, in which Dr. King’s likeness is carved. Visitors enter the<br />

memorial through the Mountain of Despair and continue through a tour that mirrors<br />

the struggles of Dr. King’s life, ending with his hopes for all of us to continue striving<br />

for justice and equality.<br />

To find this amazing monument on the National Mall, make your way to the Tidal<br />

Basin and turn left. <strong>The</strong> MLK Memorial will be just past the Jefferson Memorial.<br />




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NAMASTE:<br />



What is <strong>Namaste</strong><br />

What does it mean to<br />

honor yourself and others<br />

Learn how to apply the<br />

concept of <strong>Namaste</strong> to<br />

every aspect of your life!!<br />

4 Publisher’s Page - Don Martin<br />

6 Be Excellent to Each Other - Christina James<br />

7 Namistakes - Wendel Matthews<br />

8 Enzymes for Good Health - Brenda Cobb<br />

10 Sun Signs<br />

11 Moon Calendar<br />

12 What We Think, We Become - Michelle Griffin<br />

12 Streaks of Divinty - Jerelyn Faber<br />

13 What the World Needs Now...Sweet Love - Cathy Burroughs<br />

15 <strong>Namaste</strong> <strong>Conspiracy</strong> - Don Martin<br />

16 Dreams/Numerology<br />

17 Spirituality and Ethics in Buisness - Corinne McLaughlin<br />

19 Afro-Panamanian Altar Exhibit at Hammond’s<br />

House Museum - Christina James<br />

25 <strong>The</strong> Art of <strong>Namaste</strong> - Ayesha Patel<br />

25 <strong>The</strong> Spiritual Side of Conflict - Darshana Patel<br />

27 Life is Symphony - Cassandra Worthy<br />

27 Race and <strong>Namaste</strong> - Terry Cranford-Smith<br />

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FEBRUARY 2015 PG 3<br />

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This month is Black History Month.<br />

This edition of Aquarius is<br />

all about <strong>Namaste</strong>.<br />

Each are dealt with pretty deeply in this issue…so I’m not going to rehash<br />

all that information here.<br />

Those two subjects get me thinking about even bigger things. More<br />

cosmic things. Or more specifically…more “cosmic” things here on earth.<br />

Have you heard the old saying - “don’t be so heavenly minded that<br />

you are no earthly good” Lately, as I have been meditating on <strong>The</strong><br />

Aquarius Compassion Project and <strong>The</strong> <strong>Namaste</strong> <strong>Conspiracy</strong>, I have been<br />

wondering…how can we truly make a difference<br />

I was really moved - and inspired - by Marianne Williamson’s foray into<br />

politics last year. Even though she lost the race, she was able to get the<br />

message out there to a wider and possibly new audience. She was able<br />

to shine a light on issues that could be truly impacted by spirituality and<br />

consciousness.<br />

She brought metaphysics into the spotlight in a new and refreshing way.<br />

I am thinking lately that this is something we should all be doing. Or at<br />

least, reflecting on how to do it.<br />

Let’s face it…the world needs us. Race relations appear to be worse now<br />

than ever before. Trust in authority and leaders is at an all time low. Hatebaiters<br />

are on TV and radio, 24 hours a day, stirring up fear and loathing<br />

in the American public, creating dividing lines where there should be<br />

none. Nations are rising up against nations, even though there seems to<br />

be no legitimate reason to do so (as if there was a good reason for war).<br />

We carry within us a powerful, unquenchable agency. We are people<br />

who have touched and been touched by the Transcendent…whatever<br />

we think it is. I am of the belief that the Transcendent is my Higher Self, in<br />

touch with a Cosmic Consciousness that is the Power of Love. I believe<br />

that Love from my Higher Self - that Cosmic Consciousness - can change<br />

anything and everything.<br />

I know hundreds - indeed, thousands - who are living that same reality.<br />

And I am new to the game. <strong>The</strong>re are millions around the world<br />

who have lived in this Mystery for decades. Can you imagine the<br />

transformation that could occur were we all intending to take it to the<br />

world in a new and radical way<br />

I could never run for office. I am not political and savvy enough. I am<br />

passionate and tend to wear my feelings on my sleeve. But maybe you<br />

ARE Or…are a good writer Or…a good photographer How about<br />

radio…ever been interested in doing a radio show Making a movie or<br />

documentary<br />

A good friend of mine - and a colleague - has recently begun to record<br />

2-minute videos of her insights about living successfully as a spiritual<br />

person. She posts it to her Facebook page every day or so. Hundreds<br />

are listening…and it is lifting their lives!!<br />

I have another friend who is doing the same thing…about issues of<br />

justice and social compassion. His actions are simple, but he is making a<br />

difference.<br />

I really do believe that THE TIME IS NOW for us to take the Light we have<br />

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me…it is a Call To Action.<br />

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community activist Show up at Moral Monday events at the state capital<br />

Let’s live it. <strong>Namaste</strong>.<br />

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February: <strong>The</strong> time of year we look forward<br />

to celebrating love on Valentine’s day while<br />

looking back with pride on past figures who<br />

embodied love and strength against all odds<br />

as we honor Black History Month. In 1931,<br />

one of these such figures, leader of the<br />

Harlem Renaissance and iconic African-<br />

American poet, Langston Hughes wrote:<br />

Eddie Owens Presents:<br />

at the<br />


Well. We’re still waiting.<br />

On the one hand, we have made<br />

enormous strides since then and the momentum<br />

created in the hearts of all who have not been given<br />

their fair share of honor and respect is accelerating.<br />

On the other hand, our nation is boiling over from<br />

the heat of the systemic inequality left in place<br />

after the Civil Rights Movement. We are watching<br />

the vicious claws of racism, classism, greed, and<br />

selfishness sharpen their nails with each news report.<br />

“I am so tired of waiting,<br />

Aren’t you,<br />

For the world to become good<br />

And beautiful and kind”<br />

As I look back on these stories, I am filled with a melancholy sort of joy. It is with sadness<br />

and grief that I think of the many young souls our nation has lost this year – youth that<br />

might have been dismissed in the detritus of their disenfranchisement were it not for their<br />

martyrdom. Yet, in the reactions to these tragedies, I feel a great uprising of hope as I<br />

watch communities stand together, not for revenge, but for love and respect and equality<br />

and honor to all.<br />

History is happening now. We all have an important role to play.<br />

It is said that we are in the age of Kali, the age of destruction...a violent transformation<br />

that will lead to the rebirth of the collective human soul. We can see this in the ways our<br />

society is changing. We are evolving, moving towards a greater spiritual awareness. Our<br />

paradigms are shifting and, as with any large-scale shift, the death throes of our old ways<br />

of interacting with each other will be forceful, frightening even.<br />

I’ve heard many say that it is how we face those death throes that define us personally.<br />

What defines us interpersonally, however, is how we treat each other in the face of our<br />

transforming world. It is those interpersonal definitions that are how we manifest what we<br />

become as a society, as a whole, after all is said and done.<br />

Unfortunately, it seems that America is reacting divisively to this process. Instead of pulling<br />

together and supporting each other and our communities, we are splitting along the<br />

ancient fault lines of race, religion, and inequality. We’re still waiting for that “good and<br />

beautiful and kind” world because we’ve avoided facing our systemic injustices for too<br />

long and ceased trusting our neighbors to care for each other. Apathy driven by fear and<br />

helplessness has stopped us from seeing the oneness that we all share.<br />

History is happening now. <strong>The</strong> change starts with us.<br />

<strong>The</strong> solution is so simple and yet so hard because, despite injustices and inequality,<br />

despite the divisive attitudes of others, we must treat each other as brothers and sisters...<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are reflections of this sentiment in every major world religion, from the Christian<br />

exhortation to love thy neighbor as thyself to the Golden Rule. It is best exemplified,<br />

however, in the meaning of a simple greeting: <strong>Namaste</strong>.<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong>, a phrase often accompanied by a gesture symbolic of both worship and<br />

respect, holding your hands in a prayer-position over your heart and bowing your head,<br />

literally translates to “I bow to you” but its true meaning is so much more. In this one<br />

simple word, you are taking a moment to acknowledge our oneness, to see that the God<br />

within you is within everyone. To say namaste is to understand, to respect, and to love<br />

each other and all of humanity.<br />

That love and respect, that understanding and recognition that we are one, that the light<br />

that shines within ourselves is the same light that shines within us all... that is a worldchanging,<br />

consciousness-lifting concept.<br />

So let’s change our world one namaste at a time. You don’t have to use the traditional<br />

accompanying gesture or even the word namaste. Demonstrate your honor in any way<br />

you like, but take the time, in every encounter and at every moment, to understand and<br />

respect the oneness you share with every being you meet.<br />

History is happening now.<br />

Change the world by changing how we treat one another.<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong> and...party on, dudes.<br />

Christina James - writer, thinker, and<br />

doer - is Assistant Publisher of Aquarius<br />

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I am frequently amused by the use of <strong>Namaste</strong> in American culture. I find it in blogposts,<br />

emails, and comical commercials that poke fun at yoga. Rarely do I hear it used in the<br />

context of the Vedas, from which it was born. Often, it seems to be used as a tool to<br />

discreetly distinguish between those who are spiritually connected and those who are not.<br />

Dare I say spiritual elitism has subverted the collective awakening. What would people<br />

think<br />

Regardless of varying levels of awareness, spirituality is fundamentally all-inclusive.<br />

<strong>The</strong> divine light of creative energy, the cosmic spark of life resides within each one of us.<br />

Whenever I say, “I see the light in you,” to another person, I mean it. I hope to see thier<br />

face lighting up and their mood changing; their entire energy field shifting in an instant.<br />

Ironically, none of that happens when I say <strong>Namaste</strong>. Perhaps it should, but it doesn’t.<br />

Maybe people don’t take me seriously when I say it. Or maybe people fail to put its<br />

message into practice even when they have studied its meaning. In Hindu culture,<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong> is commonly used as a greeting and, despite its original meaning, it has grown<br />

to be a rather informal gesture. Perhaps its saturated use has diluted its meaning, similar<br />

to the way that “I love you” tends to lose its meaning when it is overused and one’s actions<br />

aren’t consistent with the message.<br />

To say <strong>Namaste</strong> and truly mean it would be to study its origins and embody its original<br />

meaning within the life that you are living. <strong>Namaste</strong> is not just a clasp of the hands, bow of<br />

the head, and acknowledgment of divinity. <strong>Namaste</strong> is a process that requires reflection<br />

upon profound questions such as: What is Divine How can we claim to see the divine<br />

light in others What kind of responsibility comes with such awareness<br />

To embody the truth of <strong>Namaste</strong> would be to honor and respect yourself and others as<br />

divine beings. Many are in denial about their struggles with self-respect and most do not<br />

treat everyone they interact with as divine beings. <strong>Namaste</strong> is not easy.<br />

Knowledge of what is divine depends not on scientific discovery but on the intuition of<br />

your Higher Self. Remember the mystical nature of consciousness: the same force that<br />

makes us individuals also reinforces the notion that we are one.<br />

We are bound by our capacity for conscious co-creation. No matter how dark your<br />

decisions may be, you are my family as I am yours. Regardless of your choices, your divine<br />

light remains. This is the truth of <strong>Namaste</strong>.<br />

In my work, I have encountered individuals who profess that it is extremely difficult for<br />

them to see the light in others. Many struggle with the concept of unconditional love and<br />

are less inclined to have faith in the good nature of humanity. Our egos cast a shade that<br />

often dims the light of others as well as our own. <strong>The</strong> dimming is the illusion of egocentric<br />

perception.<br />

You are not defined by any one choice or any one experience. Rather, we often find<br />

ourselves when we let go of attachments. Strip away every decision you have ever made<br />

and see what’s left. Rid yourself of every memory, every friendship, every lesson, and<br />

every experience. What’s left<br />

Nothing other than pure, intelligent energy immersed in a sea of unknown potential<br />

capable of infinite change.<br />

<strong>The</strong> greatest Namistake is to attempt to honor and respect the light of another without<br />

understanding your own. You are transcendent. You are light! Just as your light is eternal,<br />

so is the truth of <strong>Namaste</strong>.<br />

Regardless of beliefs, the divinity of each soul is irreversible. To deny the divinity of one<br />

human being is to deny the divinity of all humanity. Express your divinity in the now by<br />

acknowledging the divinity of another. To honor and respect the light of another is to<br />

honor and respect your own. We are best defined by the transcendent divine light of<br />

incarnation that overcomes compulsions of our ego by intuitively aligning our souls with<br />

greater purpose.<br />

<strong>The</strong> luminescent creative energy of immeasurable potential is YOU.<br />

It is always you, regardless of your age, gender, race, economic background etc.<br />

Behold the light within.<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong>!<br />

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History is Happening Now:<br />

We Welcome Your Spirit, Loretta Lynch<br />

US Attorney Loretta Lynch, center, looks to Attorney General Eric Holder as with President Barack<br />

Obama at right, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014,<br />

where the president announced that he will nominate Lynch to replace Holder as Attorney General.<br />

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)<br />

It is with great intention and high hopes that the Aquarius Family anticipates<br />

celebrating the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States,<br />

an historic moment perfectly coinciding with the beginning of Black History Month.<br />

Let this be a call to all of us to manifest the ideal of justice Lynch so eloquently has<br />

spoken of within our own community and the world at large through our thoughts,<br />

energies, prayers, and actions. <strong>Namaste</strong>.<br />

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To Your Health<br />

Enzymes For Good Health<br />

Enzymes are fascinating and essential to all life. <strong>The</strong> body must have enzymes for the<br />

organs to function properly and to digest and absorb the nutrients from food. <strong>The</strong> kidneys,<br />

liver, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems need enzymes to eliminate toxic products<br />

and function properly.<br />

Enzymes are unique helpers for the body. <strong>The</strong>y make things work faster and better. It<br />

is virtually impossible for the cells and tissues of the body to perform all of the essential<br />

biochemical reactions required fast enough to meet the basic needs of the body. This is<br />

where enzymes come into play. Enzymes help accelerate the biochemical reactions within<br />

the body. Enzymes are the miracle catalysts. Whether energy is required for the body or<br />

released from the body, the reaction time is shortened by enzymes.<br />

To a large extent, enzymes are responsible for good health. Enzymes are used to treat<br />

everything from congenital deficiencies to cancer. Enzymes repair damaged tissues,<br />

control excessive inflammation, induce proper fluidity in the blood, and prevent abnormal<br />

coagulation. Enzymes are able to break down nutrients, trace elements, proteins, and<br />

damaged tissues. <strong>The</strong>y work tirelessly dismantling, controlling, protecting, destroying,<br />

eliminating, reassembling, or performing whatever is needed in order for the body to exist<br />

day and night. If a person is in good health there is always a new supply of enzymes able<br />

and ready to keep on working.<br />

Enzymes are so critical to survival and easy to consume, but most people are grossly<br />

enzyme deficient. <strong>The</strong> reason for this is the consumption of a poor diet consisting mostly<br />

of processed and cooked food which is devoid of enzymes. <strong>The</strong> easy way to correct<br />

an enzyme deficiency is to eat more organic raw and living sprouted foods including<br />

vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds which have not been heated to over 105 degrees.<br />

When the enzymes in foods are not sufficient or have been completely destroyed in<br />

cooking, the digestive glands have to work extra hard to make up the difference and<br />

complete the digestion process. This also puts a strain on the digestive<br />

glands and thyroid which have to work extra hard day after day.<br />

Eventually they can become enlarged and less efficient.<br />

Try this healthy, easy-to-prepare recipe<br />

to add high efficiency enzymes, good<br />

nutrition, and great taste including beets<br />

which are a unique source of betaine, a<br />

nutrient that helps protect cells, proteins,<br />

and enzymes from environmental stress<br />

while helping fight inflammation and<br />

improving cardiovascular health.<br />

Celery is strongly alkaline, counteracts<br />

acidosis, halts digestive fermentation<br />

of foods, purifies the bloodstream, aids<br />

digestion, and can help clear up skin<br />

problems. Its rich organic sodium content<br />

dislodges calcium deposits from joints and<br />

holds them in solution until they can be<br />

eliminated through the kidneys.<br />

Green chard and beet greens are high<br />

in calcium as well as sulphur which has<br />

antibiotic and antiviral characteristics.<br />

Broccoli Sprouts neutralize muscle acids<br />

and are an excellent source of chlorophyll,<br />

enzymes, and vitamins including lecithin.<br />

Raw broccoli contains almost as much<br />

calcium as whole milk and is linked to<br />

lowering the risk of cancer.<br />

Raw garlic cloves are proven to be a potent<br />

antibiotic and have been used to reat a<br />

variety of diseases, including colds and<br />

heart disease.<br />

Please use Organic Ingredients<br />

Beet Broccoli Sprout<br />

2 cups green chard or beet greens<br />

1/2 cup beets<br />

1 cup broccoli sprouts<br />

1/2 cup celery<br />

1/2 cup broccoli<br />

2 Tbs. onion<br />

1 Tbs. garlic<br />

1 pinch cayenne pepper<br />

1 tsp. Himalayan salt<br />

½ cup lemon juice<br />

2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil<br />

Chop the greens, beets, broccoli, celery,<br />

onion, and garlic. Toss with the lemon,<br />

olive oil, pepper, and salt. Top with the<br />

broccoli sprouts. Let the mixture sit at room<br />

temperature for 30 minutes before eating<br />

to really bring out the flavors. Enjoy your<br />

enzyme rich dish!<br />

Resources: “Enzymes, <strong>The</strong> Fountain of Life”<br />

by D.A. Lopez, M.D., R.M. Williams, M.D.,<br />

and K. Miehlke, M.D.<br />

“Whole Foods Companion” by Dianne Onstad<br />


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Brenda Cobb, is author of <strong>The</strong> Living Foods Lifestyle ®<br />

and founder of <strong>The</strong> Living Foods Institute, an Educational<br />

Center and <strong>The</strong>rapy Spa in Atlanta offering Healthy Lifestyle<br />

Courses on Nutrition, Cleansing, Healing, Anti-Aging,<br />

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2015 FEB SUN SIGNS Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 17<br />

Ariel Rose is an Atlanta area Astrologer and Intuitive. She also offers Tarot and Sound <strong>The</strong>rapy.<br />

Contact at 404-256-4477 or email at: arielastrologer@hotmail.com.<br />

Welcome fellow Stargazers!<br />

[ Aquarius (January 20 - February 17)<br />

Happy birthday, Aquarius! <strong>The</strong> Sun is shining on you and<br />

everyone will notice your bright light. You will align your<br />

identity with a heightened sense of creative spirituality and<br />

will be full of compassion and grace. Your career is moving<br />

to new levels as you are maturing in your sense of self-worth<br />

and personal truth. Relationships can expand and become<br />

more fulfilling as long as you stay patient and avoid mentally<br />

interfering in the natural flow.<br />

t Leo (July 22 - August 22)<br />

Relationships and romance are high on your mind this month,<br />

dear Leo. However, the detached vibration of your opposing<br />

sign (Aquarius) makes it tough to get the warmer, closer kind<br />

of connection you desire. Hang in there and don’t take it<br />

personally if your friends and loves seem cooler than usual.<br />

Use your charm to attract with a witty phrase or mentally<br />

stimulating story. After the 20th, the energy begins to warm up<br />

and you’ll be even more irresistible than ever!<br />

Our journey through the mystical and electric<br />

month of February begins with the Sun traveling<br />

in futuristic Aquarius. During the reign of the<br />

Water-Bearer, our minds are sharpened and<br />

we are encouraged to see the big picture of<br />

the mass world-consciousness. Aquarius is the<br />

revolutionary, reformer, and the crazy genius with<br />

brilliant ideas that are light years ahead of our<br />

time. <strong>The</strong>ir energy crackles with the electricity<br />

that they rule and the spark in their eyes is<br />

unmistakable. Although they carry water (the<br />

symbol of emotion) in a vessel - Aquarius is a<br />

pure Air sign of intellect. <strong>The</strong>y do not allow the<br />

emotional water to touch them, but instead they<br />

pour out goodwill and blessings to everyone. This<br />

is why Aquarians are famous for their emotional<br />

detachment and ability to be objective in a crisis.<br />

Oprah Winfrey - Jan. 29 Norman Rockwell - Feb. 3 Rosa Parks - Feb. 4 Bob Marley - Feb. 6<br />

] Pisces (February 18 - March 19)<br />

Your magnetism is super charged this month and you’ll<br />

draw many admirers to your side. It will be a test of your<br />

discernment who you allow to get close to you and who<br />

you choose to swim away from. If something feels wrong,<br />

it probably is - so trust your fabulous intuition! Investing in<br />

education or continuing to study something you love is an<br />

excellent idea that will reap many benefits in the long run.<br />

q Aries (March 20 - April 19 )<br />

You are spiritually super-charged this month and you can<br />

turn many long-held dreams into reality. Anything you do<br />

to benefit the world around you will create extra benefits.<br />

Any fatigue or lethargy are cast off after the 19th, as both<br />

Mars and Venus shift into your sign. You’ll be feeling extra<br />

motivated and everyone will find you attractive and a joy to<br />

be around.<br />

w Taurus (April 20 - May 20)<br />

Your higher calling is ringing clear as a bell this month. <strong>The</strong><br />

hard work and perseverance you’re so capable of will be<br />

needed in the world around you and has direct ties to your<br />

public image and career. If you’re normally a home-body, this<br />

energy may feel disruptive, because you’ll be pushed to be<br />

out and about far more than usual. Absorb everything you<br />

learn now, as it will be deeply important in the near future!<br />

e Gemini (May 21 - June 20)<br />

We begin February with Mercury still retrograde, so remember<br />

to hold off on major decisions and communications until the<br />

11th. It’s very possible that a career project you’ve worked<br />

on for some time will begin to pay off now. Your close<br />

relationships can become strained if you don’t invest adequate<br />

time in them. Make sure to divide your time wisely between<br />

home and work life.<br />

r Cancer (June 21 - July 21)<br />

Secrets and mysteries easily reveal themselves with a little<br />

effort. Any work you put into the realms of psychology and<br />

spirituality bear excellent results towards your own healing.<br />

Travel could bring a romantic, dreamy encounter. You’ll feel<br />

feisty and argumentative at work, even if you try to avoid<br />

confrontations. Avoid saying anything you’ll regret and do your<br />

best to handle projects on your own, as you are feeling very<br />

independent now.<br />


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y Virgo (August 23 - September 22)<br />

‘To lose balance sometimes for love, is part of living a balanced<br />

life’. This quote from ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is the perfect summation<br />

for your month. Love will seem confusing, misty, and harder to<br />

pin down than you like - but being out of balance is just fine.<br />

It’s actually quite important to your personal growth at this<br />

time. Not in a romantic relationship situation <strong>The</strong>n apply this<br />

magically wild energy to your relationship with spirit and the<br />

world around you. Don’t be afraid to be messy and let go of<br />

the need to ‘know’.<br />

u Libra (September 23 - October 22)<br />

Your sign rules relationships of all varieties, marriage and<br />

agreements. This is a month that you will absolutely demand<br />

the best in all of your personal interactions. You want a life that<br />

is generous, warm, and creative and you’ll expect to give and<br />

receive those things in equal measure. Indulging in some extra<br />

TLC for yourself is also highly recommended. You’ve been<br />

through many transformations - take a moment to rest!<br />

i Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)<br />

<strong>The</strong> influence of Aquarius is generally frustrating for you, as it<br />

pushes you to open up and reveal your deeply held secrets.<br />

You will mostly feel this at home and with family. Become as<br />

vulnerable as is required of you - it will go a long way towards<br />

creating a closer, more intimate connection. Your creative<br />

mind is overflowing with ideas and your health may suffer if<br />

you don’t release them. Find a channel in music, art, poetry,<br />

cooking, or any area of your life that expresses the beauty in<br />

your soul.<br />

o Sagittarius (November 22 - December 20)<br />

Your personality is becoming a powerful force and everyone<br />

can sense you are more serious than ever about creating<br />

yourself in a solid, tangible way. Your mind will be racing with<br />

ideas and you’ll want to communicate those thoughts in a<br />

humorous, rapid pace style. Love relationships and gaining<br />

true forward motion may feel foggy and frustrating, but that<br />

will improve greatly after the 21st.<br />

p Capricorn (December 21 - January 19)<br />

Your core life values and basic resources are your primary<br />

focus now. Your attitudes toward money are changing and<br />

growing. You are in a process of transformation as you realize<br />

nothing can buy your contentment. Cultivating a more relaxed<br />

approach to your resources will help them flow far better.<br />

Love relations and communication are also being evaluated.<br />

<strong>The</strong> full realization of what you need from an intimate partner<br />

can stabilize your heart and allow you to make monumental<br />

decisions in your love life.<br />

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February 19th begins the Chinese Lunar New<br />

Year of the Wood Sheep. <strong>The</strong> Sheep is a gentle,<br />

nurturing sign that is connected to the Western<br />

Zodiac sign of Cancer. This is a year where family<br />

connections, traditions, and home life will all have<br />

priority. <strong>The</strong> pace is much softer and relaxed<br />

than the frenetic year of the Horse and allows us<br />

to recuperate and re-charge our batteries. <strong>The</strong><br />

Wood element is connected to the color green<br />

and this is a great time to incorporate more green<br />

into your environment.<br />

Our Full Moon arrives early in the month, on<br />

Tuesday the 3rd. This is the Leo Full Moon; so<br />

expect plenty of color, drama and action. Use this<br />

time to reflect on your sense of personal pride<br />

and where your ego needs to be balanced. It’s<br />

also a perfect time to show love and gratitude<br />

to others. <strong>The</strong> New Moon cycle begins on<br />

Wednesday the 18th, as the Sun moves into<br />

magical Pisces. New dreams and spiritual goals<br />

can be birthed and realized over the following 2<br />

weeks.<br />

Have a wonderful month and best wishes to all!

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r Cancer<br />

t Leo<br />

y Virgo<br />

u Libra<br />

i Scorpio<br />

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p Capricorn<br />

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s Moon<br />

d Mercury<br />

f Venus<br />

g Mars<br />

h Jupiter<br />

j Saturn<br />

k Uranus<br />

l Neptune<br />

; Pluto<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Guru is You.<br />

Streaks of Divinity<br />

What We Think, We Become<br />

February. Always the month where we<br />

decide to get serious about the New Year’s<br />

resolutions we made. We take stock of our<br />

lives and develop a list of changes we want<br />

to make during the year, often regarding<br />

improvement of the self. <strong>The</strong> most popular<br />

resolution involves improving physical<br />

well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight,<br />

exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol,<br />

quit smoking, stop biting nails, and get rid<br />

of old bad habits.<br />

While these are all great choices to make,<br />

they begin with a seed thought that<br />

something is not good enough, a part (or<br />

parts) of you need fixing or changing. A<br />

2007 study conducted by the University of<br />

Bristol involving 3000 participants showed<br />

that 88% of those who set New Year’s<br />

Resolutions failed. So, first we being with<br />

the belief that there is something about us<br />

not good enough and then we fail in our<br />

attempt to improve it. Now we are a failure<br />

on top of everything! What a way to start<br />

the New Year!<br />

Let me clarify something here: I am not<br />

advocating an unhealthy lifestyle. I am<br />

not suggesting that you don’t make<br />

changes in your life to help ensure your<br />

happiness, body, mind, and soul. What<br />

I am suggesting that you change is your<br />

thoughts about those changes and why you<br />

want to make them.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first step in ensuring your success in<br />

making the desired changes is to know<br />

that nothing that we do, or don’t do, can<br />

make us any more perfect than we already<br />

are authentically. Know that. Repeat that,<br />

meditate on that until you know it at your<br />

core. Your spirit, your energy, the truth of<br />

who you are is divine. You know this. As<br />

you read this, your body resonates with this<br />

knowledge. I’ve used the word “know” 6<br />

times in this paragraph alone to stress its<br />

importance.<br />

Secondly, choose your words wisely. Not<br />

only the words you speak allowed but those<br />

you speak to yourself. Find words that are<br />

positive. Words like lose, less, quit, rid, etc.<br />

speak of inadequacy and are of a lower<br />

vibrational frequency. For instance, if you<br />

would naturally say, “I want to lose weight,”<br />

change that to, “I want to be/feel healthy.”<br />

Worded in that way your focus is on what<br />

you want to gain. Rather than, “I want to<br />

quit smoking,” try, “I want to breathe better.”<br />

With just a little thought, we can change<br />

all of our words to those that focus on<br />

abundance and positivity.<br />

Our words and thoughts have incredible<br />

power. Without even being aware, our<br />

thoughts control our energy every day.<br />

This is because we have not learned to<br />

monitor them, let alone change them. Try<br />

saying one of the previous examples. Say<br />

the first, non-positive phrase and see how<br />

your body reacts to the words. Do you feel<br />

your stomach lurch a little Do you have a<br />

sense of sadness How is your self esteem<br />

Does the task seem insurmountable Now<br />

try the second, positive phrasing. Again,<br />

how does your body react Can you feel<br />

the sadness lift Do you feel the change has<br />

now become doable<br />

Next, repeat your goals daily. Some days<br />

may require that your repeat your goals<br />

several times. Remind yourself of what<br />

you want and not what you don’t want.<br />

Be gentle with yourself. Set smaller goals<br />

with your large goal being the desired end<br />

result. Use positive affirmations like, “It is<br />

easy for me to make healthy food choices. I<br />

mediate easily. I am good at saving money. I<br />

am ready for a healthy relationship.” Initially,<br />

these affirmations might sound silly and<br />

untrue. Just keep in mind that you haven’t<br />

been speaking facts in the past but rather<br />

beliefs.<br />

Buddha said, “All that we are is the result<br />

of what we have thought. <strong>The</strong> mind is<br />

everything. What we think, we become.” Sit<br />

with that a moment. Seriously. Stop reading<br />

and let that resonate: What we think, we<br />

become. What would you like to bring into<br />

your life How can you begin thinking like it<br />

has already arrived<br />

<strong>The</strong> New Year has begun! What a great time<br />

to begin a new way of thinking, a new way<br />

of being in this world.<br />

Happy Abundant 2015!<br />

What does it mean to see the divine in<br />

people Most religions have a slot in their<br />

rhetoric dedicated to “seeing the good in<br />

everyone.” In modern life, with high crime,<br />

conflicting politics, and religious wars<br />

blotting out the sun, this proves to be an<br />

elusive practice. Where is the divine in a<br />

sociopath, mass murderer, or just that jerk<br />

that stuffed you in a locker in ninth grade<br />

<strong>The</strong> keys to unleashing the divine streak<br />

are simply to look for it, recognize it, and<br />

grasp hold of it. Beauty hides in a soft<br />

spoken word, a slit of sunshine peeking<br />

through the blinds, and an impassioned<br />

speech. Hunting for moments of beauty<br />

causes you to raise your awareness of their<br />

numerous occurrences. Stop and breathe<br />

in that grace-filled moment.<br />

Our lives are busy, there is no denying<br />

that. Ten hour work days, long commutes<br />

stretching to traffic infinity, projects that<br />

deem tufts of hair fall endlessly from our<br />

heads, all contribute to unhappiness. We<br />

have become a society of cranky, balding<br />

bottle caps waiting to explode from the<br />

pressure. <strong>The</strong>re is a way to mitigate the<br />

stress, the tense muscles, and unhappy<br />

tempers. It lies in a new perspective, a pair<br />

of divinity sunglasses.<br />

Cherishing your morning coffee can<br />

become a ritual of gratitude. Whether you<br />

take a few extra moments in the morning<br />

to appreciate the swirls of creamer dancing<br />

in your cup, or savor the warmth in the<br />

elevator between floors four and seven, it<br />

doesn’t take much to spice your life with<br />

gratitude. Thankfulness is a door to divinity.<br />

When you are grateful for the little things,<br />

daily stress doesn’t wear on you the way it<br />

used to and miracles are easier for you to<br />

spot. When you are grateful for your life,<br />

the divine in others becomes more readily<br />

apparent. You can now appreciate their<br />

thousand watt smile, subtle brilliance, or<br />

exuberant laugh.<br />

Actively observing another person,<br />

listening to the meaning behind what they<br />

say, and recognizing the beauty in them<br />

is a form of boisterous self-love. Seeking<br />

those moments out in others eases the way<br />

to seeing them in yourself. Appreciating<br />

the divine of self may be one of the hardest<br />

tasks we have as overworked adults, but<br />

when we were small and the world was big,<br />

it was all we ever saw.<br />

Children have this effortlessness about<br />

them, a lightness to their being. Before<br />

being trained that they are bad at some<br />

things and good at others, little humans<br />

believe they can accomplish anything. Prior<br />

to fear of stinging bugs, hot stoves, and<br />

jumps from great heights being instilled in<br />

them, miniature adults fear nothing.<br />

Fear is a survival mechanism. While it has<br />

its place in some things, what if we could<br />

do more than just survive, but, instead, live<br />

to thrive.<br />

Think of all the things you would’ve done<br />

with your life if you hadn’t been told you<br />

weren’t good enough, couldn’t make<br />

money in that, or your dream was just<br />

ludicrous. How would life be different if<br />

you had pursued your dreams anyway<br />

Would you be happier, richer, or more<br />

fulfilled Would anyone be working 60<br />

hour work weeks, slowly chipping away<br />

at their sanity to sit in a cubicle Offices<br />

wouldn’t exist. No one voluntarily wants<br />

to live that way, but we do for reasons<br />

unknown to us, reasons simply bundled<br />

under the headings of “bills” and<br />

“responsibilities of the modern day adult.”<br />

It seems to me, for the survival of a<br />

thriving human race, we need to do<br />

more than that. Thrive, not just survive. It<br />

becomes a necessity, then, to seek out the<br />

moments of divine grace in everyone and<br />

everything that you encounter.<br />

Live your dreams, not just your life. Be<br />

impassioned. Take risks. Dream big and<br />

live out loud. Love with every part of you.<br />

Next time you see someone, in the office<br />

or on the street, really see them. Actively<br />

recognize the divine within them, the part<br />

of them that doesn’t sit in a cubicle or<br />

make coffee day in and day out. Reach for<br />

the divine in all you do.<br />

That, my friends, is the <strong>Namaste</strong> principle.<br />

Now, go out and live it.<br />

Sat nam.<br />

Michelle Griffin is a contributing writer and has<br />

been featured in several publications. Her passion<br />

is pursuing the connection between the spiritual,<br />

metaphysical, and paranormal philosophies.<br />

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and commitment. Jupiter is the planet<br />

associated with happiness, generosity, and<br />

dreams fulfilled. When it’s in the sign of<br />

Leo it’s all about romance and the drama<br />

of life. Being treated like royalty, it makes<br />

Jupiter particularly delightful in a newly<br />

found love and budding love relationships.<br />

It is a delicious combination for Cupid and<br />

Valentine’s Day!<br />

To illuminate some of this year’s Valentine’s<br />

dynamics, it might be of interest to have<br />

a look at the relationship secrets of a<br />

well-known couple, one who has never<br />

married, but remain, we hope, blissfully<br />

in love. <strong>The</strong>re are many types of charts<br />

to look at relationship dynamics but the<br />

chart of the “moment a couple meets” is<br />

a fascinating tool for looking at the whole<br />

story of the relationship: beginning, middle<br />

and ideally, till death do they part. Let’s<br />

look at the story being told for this couple<br />

as depicted through the chart of their first<br />

date, gathering some clues and inspiration<br />

from this well-matched pair.<br />

Kurt and Goldie’s First Date<br />

Tells <strong>The</strong> Whole Story<br />

In 1983, producer of Swing Shift auditioned<br />

Disney star Kurt Russell to play opposite<br />

Goldie Hawn. He was smitten immediately<br />

and she felt completely at home and<br />

instantly attracted. As luck would have it<br />

for this article, their first date took place on<br />

Valentine’s Day (what are the chances).<br />

Late that night, Hawn suggested they go<br />

to her house; Russell was asking her a<br />

question and turned toward her and she<br />

was leaping in the air towards him…and<br />

the rest, as they say, thirty-one years later, is<br />

history.<br />

In the chart of their first date, the dynamics<br />

for life-long partnership are already in<br />

place. With Moon, Venus and Mars all in the<br />

sign of unconditional love Pisces (where<br />

Venus, planet of love, is in exaltation) are all<br />

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together in<br />

the 7th house of partnership.<br />

With the lunar emphasis, we would expect<br />

to see comfort, and the Venus and Mars<br />

conjunction show highly charged chemistry<br />

with a sense of partnership right from the<br />

get-go. Pisces energy in the 7th tends to<br />

be free flowing; openly loving without<br />

judgment and romantic, but with indications<br />

of a lack of definition which can sometimes<br />

be frustrating.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sun of the “meet chart” is with Juno,<br />

which some Western Astrologers consider<br />

to be an asteroid of marriage, as she was<br />

the wife of Zeus, but others (the Magi<br />

Eastern Astrologers) consider Juno to be<br />

a sign of a sexual passion and an affair<br />

outside of marriage. So we see the Sun (the<br />

essence) of the “meet chart” in the freedom<br />

loving sign of Aquarius just outside of the<br />

Pisces ruled 7th house of marriage (so<br />

close, but no cigar), conjoined Juno the<br />

asteroid of either marriage or sexual affair,<br />

depending on your perspective.<br />

Either way the Sun and Juno are in the<br />

freedom loving sign of Aquarius, which<br />

means fundamentally the relationship itself,<br />

would resist restriction or an institution like<br />

marriage. In the 4th house of this chart,<br />

we find Jupiter in its rulership bringing<br />

great abundance (and in fact, they each<br />

are independently financially prosperous),<br />

expansion, fun, philosophy (she’s Jewish/<br />

Buddhist with a foundation for mindfulness<br />

and he’s a outspoken Libertarian), travel,<br />

happiness, and need for open unlimited<br />

expression, conjoined Uranus (planet of<br />

freedom and higher consciousness) and<br />

Neptune (idealism, no boundaries and<br />

unconditional love – again!).<br />

In sum, based on this wonderful first date<br />

chart, it looks like this unique couple are<br />

ideally suited and in theory could on<br />

together unwed indefinitely. So, in answer<br />

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on the care and feeding of a long and<br />

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No question - the word “conspiracy” has an ominous tone.<br />

It implies something dark, troubling, and deceptive.<br />

But the truth is, conspiracy is not intended to be ominous. It<br />

is intended to be secret. It is a collective action that is meant -<br />

not to draw attention to itself - but to bring about a particular<br />

result.<br />

So…look around you. Daily, we are bombarded with images<br />

of people acting in a way that has most of us confused,<br />

scared, even despairing. Disrespect and rudeness have<br />

become cultural norms. Social cohesion has begun to give<br />

away to social chaos…random acts of kindness have been<br />

overwhelmed by random acts of violence.<br />

<strong>The</strong> person in the street shrugs, shakes their head, and moves<br />

on. I have done it many times. We carry the tension into our<br />

homes…where we say and do harmful things to the ones that<br />

we love the most, the ones who love and trust us.<br />

Is there something we can do to change the course of things,<br />

to bring about a transformation that can prepare us for the<br />

shift in global consciousness that is coming (and indeed has<br />

already begun)<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong><br />

“<strong>Namaste</strong>.” It is a word that is yoga trendy, and as Wendel<br />

Matthews has noted elsewhere in this edition…a word that is<br />

quickly becoming as meaningless as “gesundheit.”<br />

But “namaste” is a word of powerful meaning.<br />

You know it’s meaning, I am sure…<br />

“I recognize and honor your sacred worth.”<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong> is, at it’s simplest, respect. It is treating every person,<br />

regardless of their place in society or their importance and<br />

value to you personally, as if they were God’s gift to you. It is<br />

a concept that - once having taken its place in your heart - will<br />

resist you having negative intention for anyone, even those<br />

who your ego may identify as your enemy.<br />

At Aquarius, we believe that <strong>Namaste</strong> is a word worth saving<br />

and a concept worth seeding into the hearts, minds, souls,<br />

and lives of every human being.<br />

We also know that if we shout “namaste” on the street, people<br />

will laugh, mock, roll their eyes, and turn away - “another crazy<br />

new ager, drunk on yoga!”<br />

So…our goal is to find ways to sow seeds of namaste in<br />

secret. And thus…THE NAMASTE CONSPIRACY.<br />

Will you join us<br />

the<br />

namaste<br />

affirmation:<br />

“I believe in the sacred worth<br />

of every person<br />

young old rich poor<br />

male female black white<br />

gay straight atheist christian<br />

buddhist hindu shinto muslim<br />

wiccan jew<br />

every human who has ever lived is unique<br />

there will never be another me, or another you<br />

that is why i believe in the sacred worth<br />

of every human<br />

namaste<br />

that’s what it means<br />

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, usually in secret, to bring about a given result.<br />

Those words are the cornerstone of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Namaste</strong><br />

<strong>Conspiracy</strong>. Our “statement of commitment”.<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong> is believing in the sacred worth of every human<br />

- and acting in accord with that belief.<br />

In 2015, Aquarius is launching <strong>The</strong> <strong>Namaste</strong> <strong>Conspiracy</strong>.<br />

We will begin by building a team of people who will<br />

commit to living namaste in their daily lives.<br />

STEP ONE<br />

Our first goal is to gather the people. Today, you can go<br />

to www.aquarius-atlanta.com, and click on the link to <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Namaste</strong> <strong>Conspiracy</strong>. Sign up, and we will send you a<br />

special gift…100 cards that you can hand out to people<br />

who you think need to hear these words:<br />

“Today, I want to tell you that you are a person of infinite<br />

worth and that I recognize that and honor that. My<br />

intention for you is to have a happy and successful life,<br />

filled with love and friendship, experiencing prosperity in<br />

all that you do. Remember…you are a person of sacred<br />

worth and deserve respect and honor. <strong>Namaste</strong>! (that’s<br />

what it means…live it, every day!)”<br />

In the months to come, we will call you to get involved<br />

in other activities, actions, and events that serve to<br />

promote the concept of namaste…and to allow others to<br />

experience the honor of being a person of sacred worth.<br />

Keeping It On the Down Low…and Real!<br />

No buckets of water. Just quietly demonstrating honor<br />

and respect to EVERY PERSON YOU MEET…even the<br />

ones who you think don’t deserve it.<br />

It may seem like a stretch…or a silly ideal. But just for<br />

one month…sign up and hand out the cards. Watch<br />

what happens. See if those seeds of respect and honor<br />

will grow into plants of beauty.<br />

You are a person of sacred worth.<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong>!!!<br />

Just give them to people,<br />

as your own inner wisdom guides you.<br />

Don Martin is the owner<br />

of Aquarius Newspaper<br />

and CEO of Aquarius<br />

Media Network.<br />

In 2015,<br />

the Aquarius Compassion Project is launching two programs:<br />

1<br />

“the namaste conspiracy” is a ground-roots movement<br />

to put respect back into our personal and social words and actions.<br />

Join us in telling others - and acting like we mean it - “I honor You.”<br />

2<br />

“we are home” bringing together the spiritual<br />

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Mike Madigan, Master Numerologist.<br />

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numerology and the different types<br />

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go to: www.numerologyguide.com.<br />

Welcome to “<strong>The</strong> Dream Experts” where you can wake up to the meaning of your dreams.<br />

Dreams are messages from your subconscious mind that reflect your thoughts and attitudes.<br />

Dear Dream Expert,<br />

I was at a school and trying to make<br />

an appointment to bring my pet to the<br />

vet. <strong>The</strong> lady next to me was making<br />

the appointments. She was busy, so it<br />

was frustrating. Finally she made me an<br />

appointment. I asked my husband if he would<br />

be available tomorrow to bring our pet to<br />

the vet.<br />

Sincerely, Frustrated<br />

Dear Frustrated,<br />

You are in a mindset of learning (school).<br />

You want to learn about or heal a habit<br />

(taking your pet to the vet). You are having<br />

difficulty making this happen due to a part of<br />

yourself that is very busy. You want a familiar<br />

aggressive part of your self (your husband) to<br />

assist in this healing and learning process.<br />

Dear Dream Expert,<br />

I am at a fancy restaurant with my friend Jill<br />

and my ex-boyfriend Tom. We are seated at a<br />

table. <strong>The</strong> waitress comes by with some wine<br />

for us. Tom speaks Italian with the waitress<br />

but I don’t understand them. I taste the wine<br />

and it is really good. Next, we all somehow<br />

transitioned to lying down on a mattress in<br />

a dimly lit room. Tom kisses me. I kiss him<br />

back. <strong>The</strong>n he tries to kiss me again. I say no<br />

this time. I realize my friend Jill might see us<br />

kissing and then she could tell other people<br />

and I don’t want anyone to know I am kissing<br />

him. Tom proposes to me to be his mistress<br />

and go over and see him during the days.<br />

I say no. It seems Jill doesn’t like Tom that<br />

much.<br />

Sincerely, Sought After<br />

Dear Sought After,<br />

You are in a position to receive knowledge<br />

(restaurant). <strong>The</strong>re are two other aspects<br />

of yourself involved (your friends Jill and<br />

Tom). To understand what qualities they<br />

represent, think of one or two words to<br />

describe them. You had an experience that<br />

has the potential of weakening your will. You<br />

are having trouble understanding some of<br />

the inner communication (the waitress and<br />

Tom speaking Italian). <strong>The</strong> part of yourself<br />

represented by Tom wants to harmonize with<br />

you (kissing you). At first you gladly accept<br />

being more intimate with this part of yourself,<br />

but then you are reluctant to continue. <strong>The</strong><br />

part of you represented by Jill does not fully<br />

appreciate the part of you represented by<br />

Tom. It would be beneficial to reflect on why<br />

you don’t feel comfortable allowing those<br />

qualities into yourself.<br />

Dear Dream Expert,<br />

My friend, Gail, comes over and invites me to<br />

a movie. <strong>The</strong> theater was close by, so I said<br />

yes. When we get to the theater, it starts as a<br />

regular movie, but then some people do talks<br />

as if it is a lecture. <strong>The</strong>n a group of women<br />

come on stage and do a dance. I have never<br />

seen an interactive movie like this before.<br />

Suddenly my husband shows up and then<br />

my daughter. It is fine because the movie<br />

is kid friendly. My daughter, Heather, and I<br />

are sitting on this seat that raises up if you<br />

move a certain way. We are about mid way<br />

up between the floor and the ceiling. <strong>The</strong>n I<br />

move and the chair raises up until we reach<br />

the ceiling. I am so scared I scream, “I want to<br />

go down.” <strong>The</strong>n the chair starts to lower. I am<br />

thinking the whole idea to go to this movie<br />

was strange. <strong>The</strong> movie was something about<br />

the mind and its capabilities.<br />

Sincerely, Confused<br />

Dear Confused,<br />

<strong>The</strong> quality of yourself represented by Gail<br />

is encouraging you to use your imagination<br />

(going to the theater). Your imagination seems<br />

to be going in directions you did not expect.<br />

You realize the versatility of your imagination<br />

as you move from a regular movie, to<br />

dance, to a lecture. You have not used your<br />

imagination in this manner before. You realize<br />

it is easy for you to use your imagination<br />

in this way, even for more immature parts<br />

of yourself (kid friendly movie). As you use<br />

your imagination in this way, it allows you<br />

to have more mental freedom and a larger<br />

perspective of what is happening (the chair<br />

lifting off the ground). Eventually this mental<br />

freedom and greater perspective scares you<br />

and you want to return to your more limited<br />

perspective.<br />

What is YOUR<br />

Personal Year Number<br />

Using our universal principles of<br />

numbers 1 through 9 we can find<br />

what our Personal Year is right now. It<br />

begins with understanding that we live<br />

in nine-year cycles. <strong>The</strong> cycle repeats<br />

over and over throughout our life. Find<br />

your personal year number, then look<br />

back through time and compare your<br />

experience with the principles within<br />

the numbers.<br />

Take the month and day<br />

of your birth date.<br />

Example: January 15, 1984<br />

Write it this way: 1/15/<br />

Now ADD IT TOGETHER with the date<br />

of the CURRENT YEAR,<br />

1 + 1 + 5 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 5 = 15<br />

Keep adding until you get a<br />

one-digit number.<br />

15 = 1 + 5 = 6<br />


A personal year 1 in numerology has<br />

the following meanings: Planting Seeds,<br />

Rebirth, Beginning of An Era.<br />

This is the beginning of a new nine year<br />

cycle. You may find your priorities have<br />

changed altogether. Any work that you<br />

do during this year sets the tone and<br />

foundation for the next nine. This is the<br />

time to decide what your goals are and<br />

act on them.<br />

A personal year 2 has the following<br />

meanings: Nurturing, Development,<br />

Waiting For <strong>The</strong> Right Moment.<br />

This is a time during which the seeds of<br />

change you have planted during a year<br />

1 cycle start to grow. Ideas or attempts<br />

to change can be compared to seeds<br />

that are nurtured in darkness and just<br />

pushing their tendrils up through the<br />

soil. A year 2 is all about patience.<br />

A personal year 3 has the following<br />

meanings and interpretation:<br />

Blossoming, Expansion, Personal and<br />

Business Success.<br />

This is a very happy year during which<br />

you see your efforts begin to show fruit.<br />

You can expect delightful surprises and<br />

gratification in many areas of your life<br />

including business, career, friends, and<br />

love. You exude such enthusiasm for life<br />

that others may find you irresistible.<br />

A personal year 4 has the following<br />

meanings and interpretations:<br />

Maintenance, Foundation, Work, Self<br />

Control, and Responsibility.<br />

This is a year of hard work and discipline<br />

in which you will be struggling to keep<br />

up with all the promises you made<br />

during year 3. Many find a year 4 to<br />

be very frustrating as responsibilities<br />

increase.<br />

A personal year 5 has the following<br />

interpretations and meanings:<br />

Independence, Freedom, Connecting<br />

To Others.<br />

This year positive opportunities may<br />

present themselves on all fronts. Your<br />

hard work is rewarded with more<br />

personal freedom and a break from<br />

restrictive routines. Travel, adventure, or<br />

additional education might be part of<br />

the overall picture.<br />

A personal year 6 has the following<br />

meaning: Finding A Soul Mate, Love,<br />

Family and Home.<br />

A personal year 6 intensifies feelings in<br />

existing relationships and enables you<br />

to make new emotional connections.<br />

Many people find a soul mate during<br />

this phase. You are most likely to<br />

get married or engaged during this<br />

harmonious year. Although this can be<br />

a wonderful experience, it can also be<br />

sobering and it often presents a choice:<br />

to make a commitment or not. A friend<br />

that you meet during this cycle is likely<br />

to become a friend for life.<br />

A personal year 7 is for Reflection,<br />

Learning, and Self Analysis.<br />

You may feel like pursuing your<br />

interests, travelling, or finding a way to<br />

escape from business pressures. A year<br />

7 is an introvert stage for the psyche,<br />

in which you analyze, reflect, and try to<br />

shed any behaviors, relationships, or<br />

patterns that may be preventing your<br />

personal growth.<br />

A personal year 8 is time for Health,<br />

Wealth, and Abundance.<br />

This is a potent year that usually gives all<br />

aspects of your life a big positive boost<br />

but it especially favors your career<br />

and money matters. While you are in a<br />

year 8 others find you more attractive<br />

and charismatic and many people<br />

find themselves thrust into a position<br />

of great authority or power during 8’s<br />

influence.<br />

A personal year 9 can have<br />

the following meanings for you:<br />

Completion, Taking Personal Inventory,<br />

<strong>The</strong> End of an Era.<br />

<strong>The</strong> number 9 year is one of completion<br />

and marks the beginning of the ending<br />

of everything you have managed to<br />

accomplish during the last decade. This<br />

is the year you reap what you sow.<br />

Kathryn and Patrick Andries are the dream experts. <strong>The</strong>y are the authors of the recent release from<br />

Ozark Mountain Publishing, Naked in Public: Dream Symbols Revealed, and <strong>The</strong> Dream Doctor. If you<br />

would like a dream interpreted, please send it in the body of an e-mail to: intuitiveschool@sbcglobal.net.<br />


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Spirituality and Ethics in Business<br />

by Corinne McLaughlin<br />

Many people today are finding that there’s more to life—<br />

and business—than profits alone. Money as the single<br />

bottom line is increasingly a thing of the past. Values and<br />

ethics are an urgent concern. A popular buzz today is<br />

about a “triple bottom line,” a commitment to “people,<br />

planet, profit.” Employees and the environment are seen<br />

as important as economics. Some people say it’s all about<br />

bringing your spiritual values into your workplace. A poll<br />

published in USA Today found that 6 out of 10 people say<br />

workplaces would benefit from having a great sense of<br />

spirit in their work environment.<br />

What is spirituality in business <strong>The</strong>re’s a wide range of<br />

important perspectives. Some people say that it’s simply<br />

embodying their personal values of honesty, integrity, and<br />

good quality work. Others say it’s treating their co-workers<br />

and employees in a responsible, caring way. For others,<br />

it’s participating in spiritual study groups or using prayer,<br />

meditation, or intuitive guidance at work. And for some,<br />

it’s making their business socially responsible in how it<br />

impacts the environment, serves the community, or helps<br />

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that the bottom line can be strengthened by embodying<br />

their values. <strong>The</strong>y can “do well by doing good.”<br />

People at all levels in the corporate hierarchy increasingly<br />

want to nourish their spirit and creativity. When employees<br />

are encouraged to express their creativity, the result is a<br />

more fulfilled and sustained workforce.<br />

Happy people work harder and are more likely to stay<br />

at their jobs. Spirituality was cited as the second most<br />

important factor in personal happiness (after health) by<br />

the majority of Americans questioned in a USA Weekend<br />

poll, with 47% saying that spirituality was the most<br />

important element of their happiness.<br />

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Free Introductory Lecture Wednesday<br />

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Key spiritual values embraced in a business context<br />

include integrity, honesty, accountability, quality,<br />

cooperation, service, intuition, trustworthiness, respect,<br />

justice, and service.<br />

Are spirituality and profitability mutually exclusive<br />

Bringing ethics and spiritual values into the workplace<br />

can lead to increased productivity and profitability as<br />

well as employee retention, customer loyalty, and brand<br />

reputation, according to a growing body of research. More<br />

employers are encouraging spirituality as a way to boost<br />

loyalty and enhance morale.<br />

A study reported in MIT’s Sloan Management Review<br />

concluded that, “People are hungry for ways in which<br />

to practice their spirituality in the workplace without<br />

offending their co-workers or causing acrimony.” <strong>The</strong><br />

word “spirituality” is used generically and seems to<br />

emphasize how one’s beliefs are applied day to day, rather<br />

than “religion”, which can invoke fears of dogmatism,<br />

exclusivity, and proselytizing in the workplace.<br />

To the surprise of many, this movement is beginning to<br />

transform corporate America from the inside out. Growing<br />

numbers of business people want their spirituality to be<br />

more than just faith and belief--they want it to be practical<br />

and applied. <strong>The</strong>y want to bring their whole selves to work-<br />

-body, mind, and spirit. Many business people are finding<br />

Across the country, people want to bring a greater<br />

sense of meaning and purpose into their work life. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

want their work to reflect their personal mission in life.<br />

Many companies are finding the most effective way to<br />

bring spiritual values into the workplace is to clarify the<br />

company’s vision and mission and to align it with a higher<br />

purpose and deeper commitment to service to both<br />

customers and community.<br />

Why all the sudden interest in spirituality at work<br />

Researchers point to several key factors. Corporate<br />

downsizing and greater demands on remaining workers<br />

has left them too tired and stressed to be creative--at the<br />

same time that globalization of markets requires more<br />

creativity from employees. To survive into the 21st Century,<br />

organizations must offer a greater sense of meaning and<br />

purpose for their workforce. In today’s highly competitive<br />

environment, the best talent seeks out organizations that<br />

reflect their inner values and provide opportunities for<br />

personal development and community service, not just<br />

bigger salaries. Unlike the marketplace economy of 20<br />

years ago, today’s information and services-dominated<br />

economy requires instantaneous decision-making and<br />

building better relationships with customers<br />

and employees.<br />

Corinne McLaughlin, is Executive Director of <strong>The</strong> Center for Visionary Leadership, which offers public educational programs,<br />

values-based leadership training and consulting services for business, government and non-profit organizations. She wrote<br />

<strong>The</strong> Practical Visionary, is a co-author of Spiritual Politics and a Fellow of the World Business Academy. She formerly taught at<br />

American University and coordinated a national task force for President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. She can<br />

be reached at <strong>The</strong> Center for Visionary Leadership, 369 3rd St. #563, San Rafael, CA 94901; 415-472-2540; email: corinnemc@<br />

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Conscious business is about people who are<br />

aware of the impact each of their habits and<br />

actions has on their environment (people<br />

and planet). It is about individuals who live<br />

their lives based on knowing that everything<br />

is interconnected. It is about people who<br />

know who they are, recognize their strengths<br />

and weaknesses, and desire to live and work<br />

with joy, creativity and ease instead of fear,<br />

power, and domination.<br />

Conscious Businesses:<br />

1 - aim to provide positive value in the domains of people, planet, and profit.<br />

2 - seeks to benefit both the external livelihood as well as the internal lives<br />

of its shareholders and employees.<br />

3 - seeks to minimize its impact on the environment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Aquarius Conscious Business page is currently looking to highlight<br />

local conscious businesses. If you feel your business meets most of the<br />

criteria described above, please send a write up of your<br />

business to us and we will feature it in upcoming issues.<br />

We are also looking article submissions.<br />

Have your ad on the Conscious Business page. It is important<br />

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Atlanta Center of Self-Realization<br />

Fellowship - 4000 King Springs Rd., Smyrna.<br />

Meditation Service 10 a.m. Reading Service<br />

11 a.m. Sundays. 24-hr. info. 770-434-7200.<br />

Atlanta Unity - Sunday Services at 8:45a.m.<br />

& 11:00a.m. Wednesday Evening Prayer<br />

Service 7:00-7:30p.m., 3597 Parkway Lane,<br />

Norcross 30092, 770-441-0585, www.<br />

atlantaunity.org.<br />

Center for Spiritual Living - Midtown<br />

Sunday service at 11:00 am at the Academy<br />

of Medicine, 875 West Peachtree St, Atlanta,<br />

GA 30309 www.cslmidtown.com.<br />

Drepung Loseling Monastery - established<br />

under the Dalai Lama, an affiliate of Emory<br />

University. At 1781 Dresden Dr. Atlanta, GA<br />

30319 Free: Sundays: Guided Meditation 11<br />

a.m. Call: 404-982-0051 or email: center@<br />

drepung.org.<br />

Eckankar Center - Religion of the Light and<br />

Sound of God. ECK Worship Service on first<br />

Sunday each month at 11a.m. 2217 Roswell<br />

Rd, Marietta. Children’s program Call: 770-<br />

973-4001 www.eckankar-ga.org.<br />

Hillside International Truth Center -<br />

2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.<br />

Lessons in Truth, Aramaic Bible Study with<br />

Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King, visit: www.<br />

HillsideInternational.org.<br />

Inner Quest Church - Sunday service:<br />

10:30 am. -11:30 am. Metaphysical Class<br />

9:30 am. -10:15 am. Come Celebrate God’s<br />

love! 770-521-2875. 12830 New Providence<br />

Road, Alpharetta, GA., 30004. www.<br />

innerquestchurch.org.<br />

One World Spiritual Center - Celebrating<br />

One World, One Heart. Sunday Service<br />

at 11:00 am. 3535 Shallowford Rd. NE.<br />

Marietta, GA 30062. 678-214-6938,<br />

www.oneworldspiritualcenter.net.<br />

Saint Thomas Christian Church - Sunday<br />

services & attend our Celebration of Life,<br />

Spirit & <strong>The</strong> Eucharist. 11 a.m. at the Karin<br />

Kabalah Center, 2531 Briarcliff Rd., Suite<br />

#217, Atlanta. Call 404-320-1038.<br />

Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta - New<br />

Beginnings Through New Thought - Services<br />

9:30am. &11:30am. 1730 Northeast Expy<br />

NEAtlanta, GA 30329. (404) 417-0008.<br />

See slc-atlanta.org for more information.<br />

Trinity Center for Spiritual Living - Create<br />

Your Best Life & Thrive. Sunday Services<br />

at 11:00 am. Weekly Consciuosness<br />

Empowerment Classes, 1095 Zonolite<br />

Rd. Atlanta, GA 30306. (404) 296-6064<br />

www.trinitycrs.org.<br />

Unity North Atlanta Church - Transforming<br />

the world through love. SundayServices<br />

at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15p.m. Wed.<br />

meditation service 7:30 p.m. 4255<br />

Sandy Plains Rd. Marietta, GA 30066<br />

www.unitynorth.org 678-819-9100<br />

Unity Spiritual Center - Sunday Services<br />

11:00 a.m. Classes Wed. 7:00 p.m. 3415<br />

Stancil Rd., Gainsville, GA. 770-534-0949.<br />

Take 129 to right on Lakeland, then right on<br />

Charles Bridge Rd. and right at the Center on<br />

Stancil Rd.<br />

Unity of Kennesaw Church - Putting love<br />

into action. 11:00 am services are at Shanty<br />

Elementary, 1575 Ben King Rd., Kennesaw,<br />

30144. www.unityofkennesaw.org.<br />


Introduction - “Community HU Song” and<br />

Special Spiritual Exercise,12:30 p.m. - 1:00<br />

p.m. Eckankar: Religion of the Light and<br />

Sound of God, 2217 Roswell Rd., Marietta.<br />

Call 770-973-4001; www.eckankar-ga.org.<br />

An oasis in the city<br />

offering a healthy mix of<br />

scientific, psychological<br />

and spiritual programs.<br />

Complete information on space rental, pricing<br />

and calendar of events at withloveandlight.com<br />

or email amy@withloveandlight.com<br />


INNER QUEST - 7:30 p.m. Share in a loving,<br />

supportive environment. Each evening begins<br />

with a healing circle. Take a step closer to your<br />

Divinity. Love offering. 770-521-2875.<br />


7:15 p.m. Public talks on Tibetan Buddhist<br />

Studies & Practice: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. given<br />

by monks and guest speakers. Call: 404-982-<br />

0051 or email: center@drepung.org. Visit:<br />

www.drepung.org.<br />



modalities, Book studies, Advisors, Full<br />

Moon drumming circle. Call for this<br />

month’s topic. Marietta (Austell & Callaway).<br />

www.interfaithtruth.com. 404-955-6641.<br />




- Looking for clarity for your life<br />

path - every Wednesday 7 pm-8:30<br />

pm -Trinity Center for Spiritual Living<br />

- 1095 Zonolite Rd Atlanta 30306<br />

www.soulpoweratlanta.com 678-630-8661<br />

2ND FRIDAY<br />

SPIRIT COMMUNICATION - 7:30 p.m. at<br />

Harmony Place Spiritual Center in Roswell.<br />

www.meetup.com/PsychicAdventures<br />

Email:mstulip@mindspring.com.<br />

Sun, Feb 1, 8 & 15 FrOm 9 am – 12 pm<br />

morning meditation<br />

with the Unity Meditation Center<br />

Sat, Feb 7 FrOm 10 – 11:30 am<br />

Spiritual Kids Support &<br />

Development Course<br />

with Jamie Bulter<br />

Sat, Feb 14 FrOm 8:30 – 9:30 am<br />

Foam roller Class<br />

with Corey Dobyns<br />

mOn, Feb 16 FrOm 6 – 8 pm<br />

Chapter One:<br />

Creative Writing Workshop<br />

with Nicki Salcedo<br />

mOn, Feb 23 FrOm 7 – 8:30 pm<br />

the Consciousness Quest<br />

with Darshana Patel<br />



Saturday each month 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.<br />

Experience God’s love through Reiki and<br />

Energy Balancing. (Love Offering) 770-521-<br />

2875, 12830 New Providence Rd., Alpharetta,<br />

GA. 30004. www.innerquestchurch.org.<br />

FEBRUARY 3<br />


provides a dynamic service to the world and<br />

powerful personal spiritual development.<br />

Introductory talk. Tuesday, 7:30 pm. Phoenix<br />

and Dragon Bookstore Annex, 5505 Roswell<br />

Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Free. 404-680-7423<br />

FEBRUARY 7<br />


Meditation Mini Retreat. Saturday - 10am to<br />

3pm. Two Sessions: (1) Yoga Body-Breath-<br />

Mind-Spirit Practices and (2) Science of<br />

Breath and Pranayama. $20 each session,<br />

$30 for both. all are welcome - RSVPs to<br />

sue@neshamainterfaithcenter.org. Check<br />

www.neshamainterfaithcenter.org for more<br />

details.<br />

FEBRUARY 7 & 8<br />

THE “BIG PSYCHIC FAIR”- Harmony Place<br />

- Saturday 10-6 pm & Sunday 12-6 pm -<br />

Always the first weekend. <strong>The</strong> best Psychics<br />

and more than ever before! Fabulous<br />

vendors upstairs - Gloria 678-524-9607-<br />

Roswell 30075<br />

FEBRUARY 15<br />


1:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Come experience<br />

relaxation & rejuvenation. 20 minutes for $10.<br />

All energy modalities are welcome. We serve<br />

the community Call Keith at 404-829-4783<br />

Our studio is now<br />

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Reuter Clinic of Chiropractic - Assisting you to a healthier state<br />

of being. Dunwoody 770-455-4547. http://reuterchiropractic.<br />

com<br />

CHURCH<br />

Inner Quest - Full ministerial services available, including<br />

weddings. 12830 New Providence Road Alpharetta 30004 -<br />

770-521-2875<br />


As seen on <strong>The</strong> Dr. Oz Show - Reconnective Healing. Melissa<br />

Mintz, Energy Medicine Healer. In Person or Distance Healings.<br />

I also facilitate Animal Healings. Credit cards accepted. 770-<br />

517-2516 or http://melissamintz.com<br />


2ND Saturday of each month (except February, which will be<br />

Feb. 7th due to our hosting the Kryon event)<br />

10:00 - 6:00<br />

All readings are $1 per minute....20 minute minimum, no limit<br />

for length of reading.<br />

Some of the area’s most popular and experienced readers!<br />

770-516-6969<br />

www.ForeverAndADay.biz/calendar.html<br />

REIKI<br />

Reiki Energy Healing Clinic - Sunday Feb.15 - 1:30 pm to 5:30<br />

pm - Experience a stress reducing, relaxing, and rejuvenating<br />

non-invasive energy session that promotes healing and<br />

increases your life force energy. <strong>The</strong> Center for Love and Light<br />

- 1145 Zonolite Road Suite #7 Atlanta - www.keithdykes.com/<br />

events/<br />

Inner Quest - Cindy Fuller and Patrick Abent, Reiki Masters.<br />

Treatments and classes available daily. 770-521-2875<br />


HARMONY PLACE - Have your next event or workshop here!<br />

Roswell a large open room (30 x 40 area). Easy access to GA<br />

400, off exit 7-B, excellent restaurants and hotels in area. Call:<br />

678-524-9607 - ATTN: Psychics and Healers! Hourly rates now<br />

available.<br />


Cindy Fuller - Master RoHun <strong>The</strong>rapist, Minister at Inner Quest,<br />

12830 Providence Rd Alpharetta - 770-521-2875.<br />


Tree of Life Montessori School - Holistic education in<br />

my home in Doraville for children age 3 - 6 yrs. http://<br />

treeoflifemontessori.com - 770-458-9955 Marla<br />


Myst of the Wildwood, established & ethical Coven of Wicca<br />

accepting Adult seekers for training. Our roots are Traditional,<br />

Celtic & light Native American. Classes - Call: 404-723-7549 or<br />

e-mail mystwild@bellsouth.net<br />

Atlanta Arts & Culture<br />

Afro-Panamanian Altar Exhibit<br />

at Hammond’s House Museum:<br />

Guest curator, Kali-Ashet Amen, talks about altars,<br />

culture, and spirituality.<br />

On what a home altar means to a family:<br />

“An altar is...an intentional act of keeping the past present in the<br />

everyday life of the family... An altar is a living space... You have to<br />

nurture it and feed it. For an altar to do the work that it is designed to<br />

do – and by the work I mean for it to be a vehicle of communication,<br />

really, across worlds – you’re trying to harness positive energies that<br />

you might send to your relatives and that you also wish that they<br />

might transmit to you, through the altar, as a vessel... so you have to<br />

tend to it, like a garden. You keep fresh water on it...because...if we<br />

assume water to be a means of communication across worlds, you<br />

want clean water, you want clear water, you don’t want the messages<br />

to be muddy and murky... Flowers must be fresh and alive. You don’t<br />

want dead things on your altar because then you’ve only created an<br />

altar to death.”<br />

On the different styles of altars:<br />

“Altars are constructed differently, not only with spiritual intent in<br />

mind, but because they are coming out of particular cultural origins<br />

and they reflect the intermingling of different cultural encounters...<br />

Each altar is an expression of individual creativity as well... Altars<br />

carry aesthetics that are embedded in<br />

[ both macro- and micro-] culture: the<br />

way it looks, the fabric that you put on it,<br />

the way that you approach it, the ritual<br />

that you bring to it.”<br />

On her approach to the exhibit:<br />

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“On the one hand, I was so compelled by the aesthetic beauty and the spiritual<br />

and cultural power of these altars and I really wanted to create this exhibit to<br />

present them to a wider public who otherwise wouldn’t... not only not know<br />

about these altar making traditions often because altars are such...symbols of one’s private world...and<br />

sometimes there can be stigma around them and I wanted to challenge that.”<br />

“I also set about the creation of the exhibit as an interrogation into what is Afro-Latin culture and identity. So,<br />

really, I use altar-making practices as a means of exploring questions about black identity...”<br />

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On the role of alternative religion:<br />

“It’s in the spaces of alternative religion that<br />

some surprising and needed and useful crosscultural<br />

and international connections are<br />

happening. We tend to think of the so-called<br />

dominant religions as the most cross-cutting<br />

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actually more primordial and even older than these other<br />

ones we’re talking about... [This is]...partly because of their<br />

marginality, which necessitates recognition that, ‘hey we’re in<br />

this together. We’re keeping this tradition alive and expanding<br />

and re-defining it because we have to.’”<br />

On the importance of remembering these traditions in<br />

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this amorphous phenomenon we know as globalization. And<br />

we know a lot of cultural death is happening in the name<br />

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our need for spiritual rootedness is just as important if not<br />

the most to our collective survival. And when we devolve into<br />

violence and chaos along these social cleavages of race or<br />

class or difference..., I think that is a reflection of our having lost<br />

a sense of spiritual centering.”<br />

“In a climate now where we are told through the mass media<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Art of <strong>Namaste</strong><br />

“My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides.<br />

I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me.<br />

In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, we are one.”<br />

We are all fragments of the universe. We are all spiritual beings filled with infinite potential.<br />

Each of us is a piece of artwork on our own, but we also make up a much larger sculpture<br />

when we are united.<br />

However, many times we are unable to cooperate in fitting together our portion of the<br />

art. As we get lost in the human experience, we get caught up in making our portion of<br />

the sculpture the best and the most prominent compared to others. We hold back from<br />

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It is especially easy to get disconnected from the truth of our universal oneness in the face<br />

of conflict. When people disagree with one another, they are simply seeing two different<br />

perspectives. If we thought of all life as art, we might remember that people can interpret the<br />

meaning portrayed in art differently. Yet in life, we all have our own opinions and differences<br />

of opinion can cause disputes when our egos begin to interfere. Our egos give us the<br />

illusion of separation and fuel our natural need to be right. When we can set aside ego and<br />

acknowledge the fact that we are all connected, we are able to love<br />

unconditionally and eradicate the labels that we put on one another.<br />

But in conflict, we are usually not focusing on acknowledging the soul<br />

and the divine in the person we are in argument with. How do we stay<br />

connected to the truth that we are all one when we feel alone and isolated<br />

As a teenager, I constantly feel like I am not being understood, which<br />

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notice when I have a frustrated reaction that is exaggerated compared to what the situation<br />

really is. <strong>The</strong>n, I can take some deep breaths and bring myself back into full awareness of the<br />

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I can have more compassion and<br />

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and love them for who they truly are.<br />

In this world, we are programmed<br />

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is the focus of the ego, which is not the<br />

authentic self; it is the final coat that<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Spiritual Side of Conflict<br />

Conflict. What comes to mind<br />

In today’s world, we often associate conflict<br />

with negative images and feelings. We<br />

believe conflict is destructive, unnatural,<br />

and unhealthy. In turn, we approach<br />

conflict from a position of fear and<br />

uncertainty. We do whatever we must to<br />

restore a sense of power and certainty in<br />

the situation. We push to end the conflict<br />

quickly and in our favor, or we go to<br />

extremes to avoid the person and situation.<br />

Is this familiar<br />

In this ego-based paradigm, we view<br />

conflict as a proverbial “pie” to divide,<br />

with winners and losers. <strong>The</strong>re is a model<br />

I’ve adapted from Thomas-Kilmann that<br />

highlights five main conflict styles based on<br />

a scale of assertiveness (concern for self)<br />

versus cooperativeness (concern for other).<br />

Let’s use two people in the process of<br />

getting a divorce for our behavioral<br />

examples. Here is an illustration of how<br />

these conflict styles are defined. I invite you<br />

to reflect on your ways of engaging conflict<br />

and think about the impact on yourself and<br />

your relationships.<br />

(1) -Avoiding – We both lose. One or both<br />

parties delays engaging in the conflict by<br />

being unassertive or uncooperative for<br />

some period of time (or forever). This is the<br />

divorce that gets dragged out for months<br />

or years.<br />

(2) -Accommodating – I lose and you win. I<br />

am fully cooperative and unassertive. I want<br />

to preserve the relationship so I concede<br />

to your demands or needs. In the case of<br />

divorce, this means handing over the keys<br />

to the car, the house, or even time with the<br />

kids to keep the “peace.”<br />

(3) -Compromising – We both win and<br />

lose. We make concessions and divide the<br />

estate equally, giving up things important<br />

to us. We may get bitter later.<br />

(4) -Competing – I win and you lose. I<br />

am fully assertive and uncooperative and<br />

pursue my own interests with little or no<br />

focus on the relationship. I fight for the<br />

house and the kids and will do everything<br />

possible to ensure you get as little as<br />

possible.<br />

(5) -Collaborating – we both win. We seek<br />

to enrich the relationship, explore multiple<br />

perspectives, and strive for creative<br />

solutions. We agree to joint custody and<br />

examine possibilities to nurture sustainable<br />

solutions.<br />

Notice that this paradigm is based on<br />

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separation – I and other. Could there be a<br />

spiritual side of conflict designed to nurture<br />

our individual and collective evolution<br />

towards unity What if conflict is nature’s<br />

catalyst to expand consciousness<br />

A New Conflict Paradigm<br />

<strong>The</strong> powerful concept of <strong>Namaste</strong><br />

embodies the notion that we are all one<br />

divine Consciousness. We are united<br />

once we dissolve our ego and with it, the<br />

illusion of Separateness. We can approach<br />

conflict from this empowering, spiritually<br />

based context. Instead of thinking of it as<br />

dividing a fixed pie, we can view conflict as<br />

integrating different pieces of a puzzle.<br />

We can approach conflict as a creative<br />

force, bringing together disparate ideas or<br />

things for the first time, in a new way.<br />

Conflict can be an opportunity to<br />

harmonize concepts with a focus on<br />

collaboration, creative outcomes, individual<br />

and collective growth, effective problem<br />

solving, and decision-making. This<br />

requires communication and a personal<br />

exploration of our beliefs. We must sit with<br />

the discomfort of discord, realizing our<br />

truths are only partial views of the whole.<br />

Through sharing our perspectives and<br />

openly exploring another’s, we expand the<br />

possibilities for new, creative solutions.<br />

You see, many of the conflicts in our lives<br />

and in the world are often about more than<br />

a mere dispute over some resource. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

often go deeper into our identities… What<br />

do we value What matters to us What do<br />

we believe What do we hope for, need,<br />

and fear Do you think the conflict over<br />

the Gaza Strip is just about a piece of land<br />

Certainly not – it’s about what the land<br />

represents to each side’s identity.<br />

In this new conflict paradigm, conflict is<br />

an access to greater consciousness and<br />

awareness. It is an invitation to explore our<br />

beliefs and needs and realize our shared<br />

humanity. We are all more alike than<br />

different, sharing a common pool of needs,<br />

fears, and hopes. Conflict is a wake up call,<br />

guiding our evolution. It is an invitation<br />

to step beyond our limiting beliefs to cocreate<br />

new realities.<br />

In the spirit of <strong>Namaste</strong>, I invite you to<br />

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Life’s Symphony<br />

Ponder something for a moment…what does harmony mean to you What<br />

does having harmony in your life look like…feel like If you’re stuck coming up<br />

with an answer, no need to worry. I did a mini-sensing project with a handful of<br />

friends and family ranging from actors/models, authors, chemical engineering<br />

professionals, screenwriters, and even a PhD percussionist. <strong>The</strong> meanings<br />

shared were beautiful, quite frankly, a bouquet entwined with words like love,<br />

well, spirit, and peace and phrases like ‘multiple pieces’, ‘synergistic kind of way’,<br />

‘coming together’, ‘absence of conflict’, and ‘opposite of discord’.<br />

Race and <strong>Namaste</strong><br />

As you’re smelling that bouquet, journey with me a moment. Picture yourself<br />

at the symphony. Everyone is in their best dress and polished to perform. <strong>The</strong><br />

conductor’s wand is raised and the music begins. As the first piece progresses,<br />

among the layers of chords and notes, you hear dissonance. A loud, horribly out<br />

of tune trumpeter is somewhere in the symphony’s midst. At times it sounds as if<br />

this individual is playing a completely different sheet of music. Slowly but surely<br />

you find yourself distracted...unable to hear anything else BUT that trumpet.<br />

When it’s not being played you’re waiting to hear if and when it will start again.<br />

Your entire symphony experience has been reduced to a game of hide-andseek<br />

with the sound of this off-tune trumpet. And that, my friends, depicts the<br />

importance of YOU, the extreme importance you play in the symphony of life.<br />

In order to successfully take part in harmony, your note must be in tune. Yes,<br />

harmony is all about different elements working together to create something<br />

more beautiful than individual parts but that can’t be achieved without every<br />

element being in tune. Being healthy. Being strong. Being confident. Being<br />

aware. Life’s symphony falls apart without the strength of its individual parts…<br />

without the strength of you.<br />

Now if you find you’re in tune but still lacking harmony in your life, well that’s OK.<br />

You’ve got choices my friend: Either change your tune or change the symphony<br />

around you.<br />

Stuck in rut Curiosities nagging at you ‘Day job’ getting in the way<br />

Well it may be time to change your symphony. Think about it. What if an<br />

operatic soprano tried engaging in a jam session with John Mayer. How<br />

do you think it would sound Not so great, right It would be an attempt<br />

to marry completely different strengths and<br />

styles…sure they would all be in tune but the<br />

result would probably sound…off. That just<br />

may exemplify you. Your brilliance may be<br />

drowning or sticking out like a sore thumb in<br />

your current symphony. So perhaps change<br />

the symphony to enable that brilliance to<br />

shine or throw a raft out to that drowning<br />

talent.<br />

So what will you do to tune your note<br />

today To increase your awareness of<br />

the notes being played around you To<br />

ensure you’re in the right company of musicians<br />

Ultimately to increase the strength of YOUR note in<br />

life’s symphony<br />

February is Black History<br />

Month and the theme<br />

of Aquarius this month<br />

is “<strong>Namaste</strong>”.<br />

So this month I’ll try to join these two<br />

themes and make a heavy request of folks<br />

who cling to something that’s bigger than<br />

us (Allah, God, or some other Great Thing).<br />

Here are five practical ways that you (and<br />

I) may be able to recognize the spark of<br />

divinity and humanity within our brothers<br />

and sisters without squashing it out.<br />

1. Speak up. Our black brothers and<br />

sisters have undergone generations of<br />

political and social discrimination. Yet<br />

there are well meaning, spiritual, and good<br />

humans who refuse to admit that things<br />

like white privilege still exist. This refusal<br />

to acknowledge this discrimination isn’t<br />

founded in hate or racism. It’s founded in<br />

ignorance. It’s not a purposeful ignorance<br />

most of the time but it is ignorance. White<br />

folks who have the voice and privilege<br />

have to sacrifice this privilege and side<br />

with our oppressed brothers and sisters.<br />

We have to for the sake of our own souls.<br />

Those of us who are not blind to our own<br />

privilege have to forsake that privilege.<br />

2. Ever the contrarian, I say the second<br />

thing we must do is to shut up when the<br />

voice of the oppressed is speaking. I don’t<br />

deal with the discrimination my brothers<br />

and sisters face, therefore I am not the<br />

BEST person to speak about it.<br />

Don’t crowd out their voices.<br />

3. Go to rallies and marches. Be politically<br />

active and more than on social media.<br />

Literally stand in solidarity with your<br />

brothers and sisters in the face of injustice.<br />

4. Read the book<br />

“<strong>The</strong> New Jim<br />

Crow” by Michelle<br />

Alexander to learn<br />

about sentencing<br />

disparities and the<br />

hard truth about<br />

discrimination in<br />

our court system.<br />

5. Educate<br />

yourself. Listen to<br />

the voices of our<br />

black brothers and sisters. Listen to the<br />

pain in their voices when they talk about<br />

their encounters with police persons. Pay<br />

attention when the parents of black kids<br />

are worried their kids are the next Trayvon<br />

Martin or the next Mike Brown.<br />

Whatever light you hold onto in this world,<br />

hold onto it tightly. Change is coming. We<br />

live in the era of unveiling and progress.<br />

Darkness is being brought to light by the<br />

prophets of our generation. Recognize<br />

the divine spark in all of our brothers and<br />

sisters, even those who we feel may be<br />

the enemy.<br />

<strong>Namaste</strong><br />

Cassandra Worthy<br />

is a life lover, risk taker, wit injector, blogger, and<br />

chemical engineer. Her dedication spans across<br />

family, joy, experiencing the new,<br />

and all things science.<br />

Follow her at www.journeyinjoy.net<br />

Email: worthy.cd@gmail.com<br />

Terry Cranford-Smith is a writer, pastor, preacher, and<br />

Misfit in the way of Jesus. Terry is renowned for posting<br />

controversial Facebook posts, taking pictures of his dog, and<br />

loving his wife, Bec. You can find him involved in the Wild<br />

Goose Festival, Moral Monday, and Church of the Misfits<br />

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