Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Symbol – The Goat
Ruling Planet – Saturn
Element – Earth
Keywords – I Use
Key Notes – Structure & Discipline
Power Color – Aqua


Traits

Common sense
Practical and prudent
Ambitious and disciplined
Patient and careful
Humorous and reserved

Medical Astrology
Capricorn rules the knees, joints, and skeletal system.

Gemstone Affinities
Ambitious Capricorn is a hard-working, dependable sign—a doer. This is the sign of authority figures. The seriousness of the Capricorn nature is supported by Turquoise which strengthens resolve and aids self-confidence. Peruvian Opal with its iridescent flashes of light, lightens the spirit and helps Capricorn understand a strong sense of duty and destiny. It affords a glimpse of spiritual possibilities open to an evolved Capricorn soul. Larimar calms stress and anxiety, and can help one to experience an open mind in the face of change.

The Moon of Renewal (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
This period is one of refreshment. This is the time to experience the lighter side of life, to relax, and unwind both mentally and physically. The influence is one of renewal.

Earth Element
Capricorn is an earth element—practical, careful, reliable, and resolute. They impart form and structure.

Material and sensual earth signs like to enjoy the pleasures of life. Earth shapes matter. Earth is the element of the material world—it’s stable and grounded. Practical and productive, it’s concerned with self-sufficiency and security. Earth signs are sensual signs. This is the element most involved in the physical body and the senses.

A Cardinal Sign
Capricorn is reserved, prudent, patient, and uses cunning instead of force. They seek security, are inquisitive, disciplined, determined, and quick to seize opportunity.

Zodiac Compatibility
Capricorn in any relationship is a down-to-earth traditionalist who plays fair and follows the rules, but they’re most compatible with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Famous Capricorns
Elvis Presley (Jan 8), Rod Steward (Jan 10), and Martin Luther King (Jan 15).

Do you have any Capricorns in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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Zodiacally Speaking

Last year at about this same time here at Speaking from the Heart we wrapped up a 26-week series—Alphabetically Speaking—with a post titled Z is for Zodiac.

On the heels of that post I received numerous emails requesting that I take an up-close-and-personal look at each of the signs—individually. With that in mind, I’ll use the remaining weeks of 2011 to do just that.

This coming Tuesday I’ll launch a 12-post Zodiac series starting with Capricorn and ending with Sagittarius. And while I understand that the Zodiac isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea, sometimes it just fun to see how close they do match up to personalities—ourselves, friends, and family members—especially Zodiac sign compatibility.

Most people associate each Zodiac sign with a symbol—ram, fish, bull, etc. I, on the other hand, associate each sign with a color. With that in mind, the supporting photograph for each post will feature a specific color. 

Also, please know that when I write about gemstones that work well with each sign, it’s based on astrology and crystal therapy as opposed to what’s dictated by many jewelry stores.

Do you follow your horoscope?

By the way, this series introduction is a milestone—it’s my 250th WordPress post.

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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Bodhisattva

During my cross-country driving adventure in September, I got to enjoy 29 miles in the state of Arizona—just a snippet. The only photograph I took during that brief segment was of this Joshua tree, part of the Yucca family.

I’m not sure why, but standing in the company of this tree brought to mind a quote that I’d read in my planner by the Dalai Lama:

Even those who do not know much about spiritual development can appreciate that those who possess an other-directed attitude have great power of mind. In Buddhism, such beings are called bodhisattvas—those who are heroically intent (sattva) on achieving enlightenment (bodhi) in order to help others more effectively.”

Pronounced boh-dee-SAHT-vah, this person has the wisdom to become a Buddha, but refrains from doing so in order to help others find salvation.

Do you know a bodhisattva?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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11-11-11

Tomorrow is 11-11-11. Some people are looking forward to the day with great anticipation, some with dread, yet others with ambivalence.

Numerically speaking, that number has an incredible vibration—energy:

Time
In my opinion, seeing repeated numbers on digital displays (clock, cell phone, car dashboard, and microwaves) such as 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, and 5:55 means “Hello from the other side,” but 11:11 is the strongest of them all—four repeated digits. To me, that’s like someone is shouting or waving from the other side—really trying to get my attention.

Date
It’s my perspective that the multiple thousands of people born all over the globe tomorrow on 11-11-11 are going to be people to watch. They’re going to be the movers and the shakers that have a tremendously positive ripple effect, not unlike Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Steve Jobs, and The Dalai Lama. They’re going to be stellar contributors to the earth and its inhabitants.

Numerology
People born on 11-11-2011 will be Life Path 8’sThe Path of the Warrior. You can follow this LINK to find out how to calculate your own Life Path number, and follow this LINK to find out what a Life Path 8 means.

Born on March 26, 1905, Victor Frankl is my favorite historical Life Path 8. Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor, he was an amazing man who made positive global contributions.

What do you think will happen on 11-11-11?

 

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Developing Thick Skin

According to the dictionary, “thick skin” means – not easily offended; the ability to withstand criticism.

Fiction or non-fiction, if you write for publication (newspapers, magazines, books, or even blogs) it’s important to develop thick skin—to not be held hostage by the opinion of others. 

How thick is thick enough? 

The answer differs by person, but the vital element for everyone is that it be thick enough to handle any negative response. 

To develop thick skin, I learned to shift my perspective. Now when I receive a rejection letter—a “no”—I’m absolutely confident it puts me one step closer to my “Yes!”

Is your skin thick enough? 

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Asian Inspiration

At a recent Holistic Health Open House, something was desperately wrong with the air conditioning as several practitioners—myself included—were dripping sweat while groups of over-heated people made their way through our booths.

After a while I noticed that two of the practitioners were using beautiful hand-held fans to keep themselves cool. Impressed, I asked them where they’d gotten their fans. “World Market,” they replied.

As you can imagine, I stopped on the way home and purchased an Asian-inspired fan for myself. Now, the next “power surge” or thermostat malfunction I experience—body or building—I’ve got an ace up my sleeve!  

What do you have up your sleeve? 

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

The Cycle of Life

The leaves aren’t just dropping gracefully from the trees—it seems they’re dive bombing with a vengeance! We get one batch up, high-five each other for a job well done, then turn around and both yards—front and back—are covered again. 

Leaf removal at our home is an all-family sport.

Once we rake the leaves from the yard to the driveway, Len uses the mower to mulch them.

 From there, the pulverized leaves get transferred to the yard cart.
 

Where they get a ride to the compost bin.

Part of an ongoing cycle, they’ll be used again in next year’s planting process.

Where are you in the cycle of life? 

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Painted by Sunrise

A few weeks ago Len surprised me with a dozen garnet-red roses for my birthday. Their velvet petals—tight like cabbage leaves—were held close to their vest, trying to conceal their exotic, spicy scent, but it escaped anyway.

Several days later I was sitting in our living room waiting for the sun to wake its sleepy head. Before I knew it, its golden fingers had reached through the window and painted the now-unfurled, fragrant bouquet.

When was the last time you were painted by the sunrise?

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What Do You Do With Fear?

In August my friend, Kathy Drue, published a post about fear in her thought-provoking blog, “Simply Here.”

Earlier this month my friend, Daisy Hickman, published a post about fear in her warm and welcoming blog Sunny Room Studio.

If you don’t already know these two wise women, please go introduce yourself—they’ll make you feel right at home.

Fear can be debilitating—it can cause us to freeze in our tracks (emotionally or otherwise), cutting us off at the knees.

Fear can be a leverage point—(emotionally or otherwise), helping us get from Point A to Point B.

One of my clients recently said, “Laurie, how can you possibly relate to what I’m going through? You have the perfect life—you don’t have anything to be afraid of.”

I’ll be the first one to say that her perception of me is not accurate. But as I shared with Kathy, I’ve always found it a good practice to set my fears down so that I can stand on them, and step up into joy.

What do you do with fear?

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Holding Vigil

In late September we found ourselves holding vigil for Claire—our Westie. An integral part of our family for almost 15 years, she was affectionately known as “The House Elf.” Trust me when I say she put the “perk” in perky!
 

And while the death of a companion animal might be a non-event to some, her absence took the stuffing not only out of Len and I, but Lexi and Willa as well. Slowly but surely we’ve gotten back onto an even keel, but we sure do miss our little gal. 

Rabindranath Tagore was Asia’s first Nobel laureate by winning the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of the writings that he’s best known for is, “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.”

When was the last time you held vigil for a loved one?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
 — Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved