2017 05 Gemini New Moon Mandala Keefer 500

Gemini New Moon Mandala

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2017 05 Gemini New Moon Mandala Keefer 500

Gemini New Moon Mandala
May 25, 2017
Keep Your Eyes on Me

We celebrated my mother’s birthday on the first day of this cycle. A true Gemini, this woman can talk to ANY ONE! ANY WHERE! ANY TIME! And, not just a “hello – full blown conversations that can last quite some time. I have often marveled at this gift my mother has to communicate. It makes the world seem smaller and somehow safer when everyone is seen as “friend.”

As for me, this cycle was characterized by a serious sense of overwhelm. This “High Anxiety” was exacerbated by the phrase “I don’t know” having used it several times throughout the cycle. Our fate still up in the air as Lovie interviews, “I don’t know” became a reocurring theme…Will you be the contact while our music director is away? I don’t know…. Can you sub for me? I don’t know…. Can you? Can you? Can you? I don’t know… I don’t know… I don’t know… very unsettling, until… I let it go and said, “no.” One might say that this cycle was a time of testing. A few years ago it seemed to be about relationships. Many marriages were on the rocks…some pulled together… others fell apart. This cycle I know several people who are on the edge and struggling personally. How we fare in times such as these hinges on where we hold our focus…. where we keep our eyes.

The Mandala

2017 05 Gemini New Moon Mandala Keefer 500

Gemini mandalas have often felt like every color needed to be represented somehow. A sense of everything is here… like a banquet… a garden… like the world is your oyster.  Forty eight “boxes” line the outer boarder and normally I would use every possible color to color them. While the number is 48 this mandala expresses itself to me as 24 x 2. The outer boarder called to me to be Orange (the color of the spectrum for Gemini) and Pink, both outlined in an energetic yellow. Orange speaks to me of creativity… and pink? The color of unconditional love. The yellow represented here reminds me of God energy that is in and around all things (square = earthly). The color I chose did not have the impact I was looking for so I added a layer of gold pen which glistens in the sun.

48: “Angel Number 48 is a message (from} your angels that a cycle or phase will soon be coming to an end, with rewards coming from hard work well done. Do not fear lack or loss as these endings and conclusions will lead to auspicious new beginnings and opportunities, and your success and achievement will bring blessings and rewards of many kinds into your life.”
~ http://sacredscribesangelnumbers.blogspot.com/2011/07/angel-number-48.html

Five interlocking hearts create the “flower” and the star which encase what I see as a sparkling, precious stone with 24 sections with 24 radiating beams of light around its exterior.

24: The first obvious connection is to the 24 hours in a day and the quote from Lamantations 3:22-23

“The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, His compassion is not spent;
They are renewed each morning—great is your faithfulness!”
~ http://www.usccb.org/bible/lamentations/3

“Angel Number 24 is a message to listen to your intuition and inner-wisdom and trust that the angels are ensuring that your needs are met as you toil towards success and achievement. Have faith and trust in your angels and surrender your worries and fears to them for transmutation and healing. Ask for angelic guidance and assistance whenever you feel the need and know that they are encouraging and supporting you.

Together 24 and 48 say: “Let go! Trust Me! I got you! Hang in there!”

There is so much light expressed in this combination of central symbols. A small swarofsky crystal was placed in the center to enhance the feeling of this gem-like symbol. Pink and white in the flower are symbolic of God-like love for me (pure and unconditional) and the five-pointed star is a symbol of manifesting God-presence in the world – the Light of the World.

 

The Month

Several things popped out at me on my morning walk on the first day of this cycle. But the one that stuck with me throughout the cycle was this picture of geese. The “grown ups” guiding and caring for their young.

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The mature geese at the front remind me of people we follow and model our lives after (and the importance of choosing good role models) like spiritual leaders such as Jesus, the Buddah, saints; there is a mature goose at the center of the younglings reminding me of people who travel, or walk with) with us on this earthly journey… like mentors, guides, teachers, spiritual directors and those who offer to pray for us. At the back of the group keeping the group together are the protectors, mother-ers who keep the strays with the group. Always keeping a watchful eye to protect and defend the young.

I found two books extremely helpful during this anxious cycle. The first, a child’s book called I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. I envisioned God reading this book to me and it gave me great comfort to think it so.

The other book, Traveling Light, by Max Lucado takes Psalm 23 and fleshes it out.   A psalm of confidence and trust, truly, one of the most well known psalms, it is most often chosen for funeral liturgies. I have often thought of the mention of water in this psalm to be a reference to the mind. Peaceful waters…peaceful mind – He leads me to a peaceful mind. I chose a card, the King of Hearts, as my bookmark as it reminds me of a hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is and is, of course, a reference to Jesus.
Ps 23 ~ http://www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/23

One of the members of the prayer shawl ministry at my parish asked if I had yet seen The Shack based on the book by William P. Young. I had not and “as luck would have it” (if you believe in such things 😉 it was available through our cable provider. I loved the representation of God in this movie and the reminder through one of the songs to “keep your eyes on Me.”

Pretty much all I wanted to do this cycle was crochet. I found myself gravitate to new patterns I had never done with a higher level of difficulty which required me to think through them. The quiet, the rhythm of the stitches, and the prayers I prayed as I worked offered structure and a sense of peace and calm.

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Later in the cycle, I saw two dogs walking in the park with their “people”. One dog was tethered to its person while the other ran free by her side. The one tethered spoke to me of rules, musts, obey, distrust.   The other was free to choose who to be tethered to… free to run… free to roam… free to be curious and question and wander and wonder yet coming back when called. It seems to me the latter is the type of “friend” God wants… not slaves… not the rule-bound… but friends who are free… free to wander, and wonder and respond to the call of the Good Shepherd.

Two more pictures from the cycle:

The sweet surprise of this Sweet-face in my back yard one day:

Sweet Face

Symbolic of sweetness, grace, peacefulness…  “Just as the deer has an uncanny sense of where to find the green freshness earth provides, we can ask the deer within ourselves to seek out our inner treasures.”  More on deer symbolism here:  http://www.whats-your-sign.com/animal-symbolism-deer.html  While Avia uses the direct form by asking deer, I take it one step further.  Believing that God is in all things, it is God Who communicates through deer…or whatever is presented in any given moment.   This kind of communication if you will opens up a whole ‘other way of looking at and thinking about things.

And, a lovely reminder of how dear I am to God:

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I often think that my feelings betray me. It’s hard to be human. Life would be so much easier if we didn’t feel and yet, feelings are a true barometer of our interior life. I have faith that all will be as God intends – in God’s good time… in God’s good way… in God’s good graces and that what is ours will come to us in its appointed time. In difficult times, patience and trust are needed, and yet, I feel…anxious. While sometimes I succumb to self-sabotaging habits, more often this cycle thanks to all the cues in my environment, I have paused, pulled back, and set my eyes on the One who knows – sometimes several times in any given day – feeling the calm that comes when I keep my eyes on Him.

Peace and Calm

Love, Hugs and Blessings,
L xoxxx

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