Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Written by Sherrie Locke on 3 Ahau/Ajpu, December 31, 2014.

I am most certain, you as well as I and everyone else we know are ready to end 2014. It was a rough year for most of us. It was a year of dealing with changes, or health issues, the loss of loved ones and the attempt (I will say this about 2014) to crawl out of the pit these experiences have drug us into and to get on with our lives in the most productive way possible.

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2015 is full of hope and promise, but not without a reality check and a plan. The plan in general has been pinpointed and even scaled back to a reality set of how to accomplish all this in the next 365 days. Be diligent, stay on point. Do not let general distractions or people distract you from the goal at hand. You will easily see who and what helps and promotes getting this done and what details, people and things we have laid in our path for further distraction from attaining those goals. Keep cleaning it up, get your ducks in a row so to speak and stay on track.

Even though the end of the Gregorian calendar year has nothing to do with what is really happening in the bigger picture, it is a juncture that by shear appointment has significance. It’s no mishap that it lands in the Capricorn part of the zodiac in Western astrology. Capricorn being the ‘General MacArthur’ or ‘Genghis Khan’ (whichever suits your personality the best) aspect of your personality. Be cool, calculating and stay on point with your goals.

The Solstice of December 2014 was really the preset and new beginning of this next run until we enter the cycle of the next Equinox in March of 2015, which occurs just a month before the last of the two and a half year relationship/polarity re-boot we have been through. In that time phase (April-May 2015) we will be clearer and will be the clearest we have ever been about our partnerships and relationship dynamics as a whole, which are actually the reflection of our own inner growth. What have you learned about yourself in the last 2 years? What further changes do you need to implement to optimize your newly found self? What else do you need to let go of to make space for the life you really say you want.

Three days into 2015 we will have the first full moon of the year, so we are entering the new year in a ‘ramped’ up mode and are ready for positive forward progress and change. This will manifest in several ways.

For the people who have been properly holding space and have made room for the new, change will be fast with the new doorways flying open and the path being rapidly adjusted to the new norm. For those resistant or with density that may still require paring away (we are in a Tijax trecena), watch out, change is afoot and hanging on to the old attitudes and old ways of doing things that serve only the self and not other people or the world at large, you will have quite a time with this energy. Be careful! Knives are sharp.

Also remember, all things are happening for you to experience a HEALING. Believe me when I say “Things will change.” You can choose to have a good time with this or you can choose your pain level on the torture rack. You are in and have been IN CHARGE. Are you happy with what you have served yourself?

I wish for you all the love and happiness I wish for myself in 2015!
~S.L. 2014

“For only the course of events can show how the new current of initiation will work out.” ~A.C.

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Joe Cocker, May 20, 1944 – December 22, 2014. May he R.I.P.

Written by Sherrie Locke on 7 Batz, December 22, 2014

It is with a sad heart that I say goodbye to one of my favorite musicians of all time, Joe Cocker.

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I have a story about the first (of many times) I saw him live in Dallas, Texas. I was actually way under age, about 14. I had heard on the radio and noticed on the marquee when driving by SMU that there was to be a concert at Moody Coliseum (back when they actually had concerts there). I didn’t yet have a car, which I have been driving since I was 16, so this was way before.

I bought a general admission ticket for the floor area. I was most certain I would find some friends with a car so I could get there and go hang with them at the concert. To my surprise, no one I knew was going and on the day of the concert I had no way of getting there from Garland.

Of course, I had told my parents that it was all worked out and that some friends’ parents would be taking us and retrieving us afterwards. So when that wasn’t going to work, I decided to tell them some story about WHY their parents couldn’t pick me up and WHY I needed a ride to Moody and what time. Of course there were the requisite questions and the “should we call them,” and FINALLY my dad decided he would take me, after all he would SEE the parents…right? I knew the crowd would work for me and of course there were no cell phones back then. So I got myself there to see a show, by myself, by one of my very favorite artists.

Now I am inside, I get to the entrance of the floor area and wow, there were already a ton of people, standing room only, starting to pack up by the stage, even though the show was almost an hour away. I worked my way up to the very front by the stage. Then I realized the stage was at least two or three feet (that’s about a meter for you non-feet people) over my head, I was like hmmmmm, what to do? Move back so I could see, or stay up close hoping to hear his voice without the amps. I decided to stay put. Right before the set started and after Leon Russell did the opening act, I looked up beside me and there was a very tall guy standing there looking at me. He signaled and asked if I wanted to sit on his shoulders, I shook my head “yes,” and a couple of people lifted me up and sat me on his shoulders. I was right at stage level and could cross my arms on the edge of the stage. The lights went down and then, there he was, Joe Cocker, already sweating with a bottle of vodka in his hand. I was right in front of him and he came out on the stage and started out with “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” slugging on that vodka bottle and singing and flinging his arms around. I was not more than four feet from him. It was hot and crowded. Then I suddenly realized I was coated with sweat, spit and vodka. I was in Joe Cocker heaven! He was right there! My Idol, singing, and I could hear him with no microphone as he was having a fit of Rock and Roll and I was the recipient of all the wet stuff. *Heaven.

By the middle of the set I looked like a drowned rat, mascara running down my cheeks and smelling like a bar at 2 AM. I was smiling from ear to ear.

Needless to say, I never got to go out with “those friends” anymore, since I came out of the concert drenched in spit and vodka and I had to do the breath test for my dad to believe I was just covered in it rather than had been drinking it.

So I can say I became one with Joe Cocker on that night at Moody and for a long time had the clothes I wore stashed somewhere thinking I would save them forever. Alas, my mom found that dirty laundry one day, and then I only had the memory, but a fine memory it was and to this day my favorite Joe Cocker song was not what he opened with, not even “The Letter,” but the song he did for the encore, which was and still is my very favorite Joe Cocker song, “Unchain My Heart.”

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Love You Joe Cocker, you were a huge part of my life and one of my best memories of my early teenage years.
~SL 2014

The Upcoming New Moon and Change of Elements

Written by Sherrie Locke on 4 Qanil, December 2014.

Here we are at the last New Moon of 2014. This last New Moon of the year occurs during the Solstice. We are entering the element of Earth in the Northern hemisphere, so it is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. In the Southern hemisphere you are entering the element of Fire, the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Apex points.

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When we approach the apex point or Solstices or any of the four sacred holidays, we are asked to review our progress in this last elemental energy. This one is a little bit different, since it is the last one of the year. We are asked to review the entire year and particularly the last nine-month period, from the beginning of this Zodiacal round. What have you discovered about yourself? How have you made adjustments to achieve your goals? Have you found your focus to be worthy of your time and energy? How have the relationships in your life supported what you are doing?

If you will be still and allow it to happen, the last couple of days of this cycle will bring you further information. Those of us in the Northern hemisphere we are coming to the end of the element of Water. What have you learned about your emotions? What have you seen in others during this cycle? Choose ye well what you spend your time and attention on, for this is the creation of your future. Were you happy? Were you in alignment with your intentions?

Have you made progress? You will see these results over the next three months. If you are happy with the results, then stay the course. If you are not happy with the results, then more change may be in order. Do not fear or be apprehensive, after all, you are the creator of your own reality. You have done all this for a purpose, the purpose of showing you the results of your thinking and the balance (or lack thereof) of your intent and emotions regarding your current goal.

If you have had a successful run during this last elemental journey, then stop and give thanks for all you have received in this cycle. The next one is sure to show you miracles and forward progress in your manifestations. Be diligent!

Technical Information about the Winter Solstice

The exact time of the Solstice is the moment when the Sun enters Capricorn (in Western Astrology), thus the New Moon in Capricorn, which occurs at 6:03 PM on the East Coast of the US, 3:03 PM on the West Coast, December 21, 2014. We will be celebrating here in Texas and in Guatemala at 5:03 PM. Traditionally the feasts are held after the change of elements. Winter Solstice is traditionally called Yule. Happy Yule Tide everyone! The season officially begins!

Blessings!
~SL, 2014

The Upcoming Full Moon of December 2014

Written by Sherrie Locke on 2 Aj, December 2014.

The December Full Moon is historically a time to reflect and review the year that is completing. It is the last Full Moon before the change of elements with the Solstice on December 21 (December 22 for some of you). I will post an article for that event in the next week or so.

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Effects of the Full Moon
Remember, the Full Moon breaks impasse, so if you are in any kind of stalemate or a period of indecision, use this Full Moon energy to clear the blockage and get on with things. I have noticed recently, that if people have been “on the fence” about certain things, be it a relationship or career matter, the Universe has served up a change for them.

That is to say that rather than changing that job at an unhealthy work place, a letter of termination was the result, thus time to make a change whether you think you are ready or not. If a relationship has been going nowhere or is not viable, it’s likely that something has happened to bring it to an end, sometimes rather dramatically, be it a business association or a personal relationship. Better to be the one in charge of your life than others dictating that change.

The last Full Moon in any element has a certain energy attached to it. We have three Full Moons in each elemental round (occasionally there is a small variance,). For us in the Northern hemisphere we are ending the element of Water, which rules our emotions, so that will be the theme at this time. For those of you in the Southern hemisphere you are ending the element of Air, which has brought about a change in your thinking or intentions, so pay attention to what comes up and how you have changed or need to make further changes, since we want (ideally) to move into the next element with as little baggage as possible, thus we will have further progress during this next element.

It’s ok if you do not yet know exactly what you want or need to do at this time. Reflect on what you have cleared out and how much room you have made for your new path to emerge.

Happy Full Moon Everyone!
~SL, 2014