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Sadhvi Sez: Becoming Born Again

This past week it rained and rained and rained.  I don’t remember a rain like that, for so long, nonstop, day and night, except for the monsoons in India.  The rain filled up 3 of my wheelbarrows!  My husband dug a circular ditch around the house so that the water could have a place to go instead of in our basement.  I looked out to see a running stream encircling us – we now live on an island!   It turns out that our dog, a border collie, has been “herding the house” for the last 10 years (we don’t have sheep), so the digging of the ditch wasn’t as hard as it could have been, except that it was raining constantly the entire time that it took him to do the job.

Later that night we went to see the movie, “Life of Pi”.  The scenes with the incredible storms at sea made me realize how much I hate rain.  The movie itself is a must see, especially if you’ve been to India.  The scenes of Pondicherry are so beautiful that I whispered to him that I wanted to start packing to go live there.  Later he told me that he had been there in the late 70’s.  Thirty plus years ago there were so many people there, that he knew it was just someone’s story of that Indian town; in real life it is not looking like the south of France.

The morning that they said the rains would be over, I got up early so that I could see the sun rise again and the blue sky that I had missed for the last 5 days.  When I saw the first morning light, I truly felt born-again; my spirit lifted, and I knew that everything was going to be all right.

Other than THE WEATHER, I have been trying to cut down on the amount of time I spend in cyber-world because it’s been getting out of hand.  Coincidentally, Rob Brezsny, the astrologer whose great horoscopes I’ve been reading ever since I can remember, said that doing this might not be a bad idea:

“A San Francisco writer named Maneesh Sethi decided he was wasting too much time on the Internet.  His productivity was suffering, so he hired a woman to sit next to him as he worked and yell at him or slap his face every time his attention wandered off in the direction of Facebook or a funny video.  It worked.  He go a lot more done.  While I would like to see you try some inventive approaches to pumping up your own efficiency, I don’t necessarily endorse Sethi’s rather gimmicky technique.  Start brainstorming about some interesting yet practical new ways to enhance your self-discipline, please.

Yes Rob, I will.

And lastly, check out:: Marshall ‘Soulful’ Jones before you go click somewhere else:

Sadhvi Sez: A Good Summer Read: Saturday Comes: A Novel of Love and Vodou, Mercury is Retrograde, and…


…I can’t remember the 3rd thing!!!  Mercury is SO retrograde!  I also can’t remember when I read a book from front to back, but I do know it’s been a long time.  Maybe I just needed to get lost in a good book, which used to be a lovely pleasure of mine when I was younger.

So I subscribe to a blog I like called “Fifty is the New”.  It’s women over 50 writing things that have meaning for them and, they are always interesting posts.

One of these women from “Fifty is the New” wrote this book, and her name is Carine Fabius *

This was a good book that was hard to put down because the tale that Carine weaves is one where you just never know what is going to happen, or has happened, and then there’s this touch of Voodoo that makes it kind of addicting.  Oh, and there is the love and sex.


Saturday comes is an “atmospheric tale of love and hate; of Haiti’s long-smoldering societal and class issues; of the magic, which reigns over the everyday lives of the Haitian natives, and of the unseen forces that draw humans together.”

I couldn’t have described it better!

It’s the kind of book that if you feel like getting away, or taking a break from your normal life, you can just start reading it.

And since we are in this interesting mercury retrograde period, you might as well click here and order it right now, because according to those that read the stars, THIS particular retrograde period is one where we’re all going to need a lot of time to be alone.

Tosh, if you’re reading this, an astrologer that I follow on FB had this to say today that is relevant for you with your Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars very close to 10 degrees Leo:  “Anyone with anything at 10 Leo is going to feel quite bonkers today. I advise sticking your head in a box for the entire Mercury retrograde, as this period is especially nutty for you. Warn your friends.”

That’s it for me this week.  I hope you are enjoying the space of what is.  And let me know if you have a good book that you’d like to share.  Or an interesting incident to report about your experience of mercury retrograde!

* Saturday Comes is the fifth book by Carine Fabius.  She is a contemporary ethnic art dealer, museum curator, body art pioneer, and blogger on issues relating to the arts, culture, and lifestyle.  You can read her blogs at, and, and at  She is currently at work on a collection of short stories.  A Haitian native who grew up in New York, she currently lives in Hollywood, California.




Sadhvi Sez: Feeling the Squares and the Staples


It’s an interesting time on the planet, astrologically.  I mean, having Uranus and Pluto in a square is nothing to sneeze at.  I don’t know how you’re experiencing this, but the people close to me are dealing with lots of problems.  Like what used to be things that were coming up once a year or so has become a daily thing.
So it was nice to read what Sitara, and astrologer, had to say on this aspect, and if you click HERE you’ll be able to read it too.

What to expect?  A thrilling changeful time, full of surprises and mind-boggling turns. Whoever goes into it openly and flexibly will be richly rewarded. Security and consistency, however, will be available only for those who are ready to let go the known and search for what conforms to their very own insight – even if it contradicts all former experiences and understandings.”  Sitara

Hey, when times get intense, I turn to music.  Good music.

I can remember when we had parties in college, and someone got up to put an album on the record player, they’d ask, “What should I play?”
And we’d all say, “Somethin’ good”.
So when I recently asked a friend what her favorite music was in the moment, she said, “Oh, I’d have to say one thing I’ve seen and really enjoyed was The Band singing “The Weight” with the Staple Singers comes to mind – it’s good.”  So knowing her taste is the same as mine, I looked it up.  Sure enough, Melinda was right.
I’ve seen the movie, The Last Waltz, done by Martin Scorsese, but it’s been a while.  I suggest you watch the clip below, and if you don’t think it’s the best thing today, I will be surprised!
I hope you are taking some time to do things you like to do this Summer.

Sadhvi Sez: Mercury is Retrograde!


Ok, for the last couple of days, Mercury has been retrograde.  Personally speaking, if it gets any more intense in the heavens, I might have to join the “Baptists who Believe and Want Rapture to Happen Yesterday” (BBWRHY) church down the street.  A friend recently told me about a quote he read…something about “Nothing can be done.  And, nothing matters.”  I think it was from Osho.  I like it.  And I find myself repeating it to myself throughout the day.  You might want to do the same…just find something you like and resonate with.

Here are some suggestions to get you thinking:

“Don’t Worry, be Happy.”

“Everything is OK unless you think about it.”

“Through Chaos Stars are Born”

You get the idea, right?

What does mercury retro mean to you and me?  Well, here is what my favorite astrologers at StarIQ have to say about it:

“Mercury, the planet of communication, short trips and details, appears to stop dead in its tracks on August 2 at 1 degree of Virgo. The planet then turns backwards in its apparent path through the zodiac. It stops again on August 26, then turns to resume its direct motion at 18 degrees of Leo.

Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, spending a bit more than three weeks in “reverse” gear each time. The retrograde cycle is due to the fact that we are viewing the planets from a moving platform, the Earth. The planets, in fact, do not actually change direction, but appear to do so from our perspective. This geocentric, or earth-centered, point of view is the basis for astrological measurements. In a sense, what you see is what you get.

What Does It Mean?

A retrograde planet is generally considered more introverted than when it’s in the normal direct motion mode. Astrologers have traditionally considered Mercury retrograde to be a time of difficulty in Mercury related endeavors like communication, travel and matters of detail. Some counsel the avoidance of launching new projects or signing contracts at this time. Glitches are considered more commonplace now, as are misunderstood or poorly delivered messages.

There are, fortunately, more optimistic views of what Mercury retrograde means. Rather than hunkering down in your bunker, this is a positive time to tie up loose ends, reconnect with people from the past, make mechanical repairs and get systems in order. This can also be a productive period for psychological review as new information can be gleaned from old experiences.

How Long Does It Last?

Mercury, the planet of communication, short trips and details, appears to stop dead in its tracks on August 2 at 1 degree of Virgo. The planet then turns backwards in its apparent path through the zodiac. It stops again on August 26, then turns to resume its direct motion at 18 degrees of Leo.

I hope you are enjoying what is,