November is my birthday month. I’ve discovered since crossing the 60’s
threshold that my likes and dislikes have increasingly simplified. I’m
grateful to still find myself here and reasonably healthy for another
year. One of the many aging adages declares that we return to a
childlike state as we move into our elder years. This is an unfoldment I
witness daily in myself that delights and catches me by surprise.
I appreciate all the little things that happen in a day. From those
that spark a laugh and inspire gratitude in my heart to those things
that remind me I am aging and must approach this stage in my life
differently than I have the others. More time must be carved for walks,
cycling, sewing, cooking, preparing, pondering. That’s what aging
demands of us.
My health has been a primary focus for me over the past few months and
perhaps that also is to be expected as we approach a birthday. Although
we say a number isn’t important, in a sense that’s not quite true. We
all bring some expectations re that number we are turning at a birthday,
even if we hotly deny its relevance. To varying degrees that number
impacts on how we see ourselves positioned in time and place. AKA
For one thing, people react to us differently. You know your clock has
hit some sort of milestone just by how people treat you. Not people who
have known you for a while but strangers. People who have known you for
a while don’t alter their reactions to you unless something happens to
make your age stand out to them such as a life threatening illness.
I recall the first time someone called me “ma’am”. I was 22 years old
and he might have been 17 or 18. I was blindsided and probably stared
at him with my mouth hanging open. He basically was suggesting that he
saw me as the “elder” and was being respectful. I didn’t notice any
such thing – I just regarded him as the same as me UNTIL that “ma’am”
emitted from his mouth. Now I’m asked if I qualify for the senior
discount. People have a way of putting you in your place – age wise, sex
wise – in every way.
You don’t have to cave into it entirely but being aware will help you
use this information for your own benefit. Yes. Believe it or not,
there are benefits to joining the ranks of the aged. Expectations drop
significantly allowing lots of room to challenge stereo types and have a
good belly laugh especially on yourself.
Health Wake-Up Call
Just today we picked up our coffee from a shop counter and I forgot my
gloves at the counter in a bit of muddle putting my wallet away in a new
purse. A fellow grabbed Erich’s arm and asked, “Are these yours
(referring to my gloves)?” Erich answered, “Probably” and that started
some giggling and I joked that’s just his optimism talking and they all
guffawed. The funny part was it was MY gloves not his and he was
willing take full responsibility for forgetting ANY gloves because he
knows his memory is totally pathetic whereas mine is still reasonably
keen thank heavens. But I am forgetting more and it’s an awkward
adjustment for me.
I did need a wake-up call re my health. I needed to revamp my diet and
exercise routine to be more in sync with my age and lifestyle. What
suited me a decade or two ago is markedly different than where I’m at
today. A visit from my “step-mother” Shirley, who passed away in 2013
helped me tremendously. I finally listened to her murmurings more keenly
which led me down a road of exploration that led me to some shifts in
my diet that were long overdue. This has resulted in some amazing
changes to my health. Listen to spirit. See? We all need reminders,
It never hurts to do an in depth examination and assessment re what in
your life needs to be revised, tossed or embraced. I like birthdays for
this type of psychological nudging.
Scorpio & the High Priestess
Scorpio is the astrological sign for November and the Tarot card is the
High Priestess. The High Priestess’s element is water and like Scorpio
she is the mystic, dream interpreter, card reader, wise woman of the
Tarot. She reminds us that we came from spirit and is to spirit we will
return. We listen to her guidance or she will knock us down with
depression, neurosis, self harm, materialism or any number of maladies
which emerge when we fail to consider/weigh/prioritize our spiritual
health in all our decisions.
The High Priestess is our spiritual mother. Her words can be severe,
painful on the ears and heart, insensitive yet simultaneously freeing.
She points the way to freedom but reminds us the cost isn’t cheap.
November does seem fitting for the High Priestess – it’s the luminous,
transitional month no matter where in the world you live. I wish you a
glorious spiritual month! Pay special attention to the High Priestess
in your psyche/soul – what is HER message to you this month? Try hard to
hear her message above the racket and follow her guidance. It will
serve you well as you prepare for December which is always a crazy month
in the west.
Vlogs Uploaded in October
"You did a tarot reading for me earlier this year at Ingrid Hamilton’s tea. I’m just letting you know that you really nailed it!
You told me I’d have to make a sacrifice,
detach myself from something in the past – to move on to something
really good. Which might seem to sour, but then I’d move on to something
so spectacular it would be like winning the lottery.
I found out about a better job which is a place I’ve always really admired. And got another car.
And so in one week – I got a new car and started a new job. If I’d won the lottery, I couldn’t have been any happier.
You totally rock!!!!!”