A time comes when in a world overloaded with information, we can be left with the lingering question of how to find purpose and meaning every day. How do we find our gift and power? Do we truly have a gift to give? Do we have power to be the best we can be? Yes indeed. You see, our will, is the greatest power we have. When desire and belief are present each day, clarity comes. When we have desire and clarity, we can then use it for good. We can make better decisions. We can be confident. We can appreciate. We can forgive. We can love. We can smile. We can be grateful. We can dream and accomplish. Yes, when we embrace the power of the will, we soar higher each day. Perhaps it may be a little each day. But persistence combined with desire yields powerful results. Each day is a gift and an opportunity to exercise our will. Sow to do good, and you will reap a harvest of goodness. Everything that happens is part of the process of soaring to give what we came to this world to give. Yes, our will when used for good, transcends the materialistic world that often leaves many empty and unfulfilled. But when we use our will for goodness, the fulfillment is endless.
A friend shared this and I totally agree…..I wish everyone could do the same.
I’m walking into 2018 with a clear heart and mind…..if you owe me, don’t worry about it – you’re welcome…if you wronged me, it’s all good-lesson learned….if you’re angry with me, you’ve won….if we aren’t speaking, it’s cool (I love you and wish you well)…if you feel I’ve wronged you, I apologize….Life is too short for pent up anger, holding grudges and extra pain. Here’s to 2018!!! ….Feel free to copy and paste and spread the positive forgiveness. Love to all. ❤️
Happy New Year!
With all that is going on in our crazy world, this article caught my attention for many reasons, but most importantly, I’d like to hear from my fellow bloggers. Objectively speaking—do you agree with this article? Why or why not?
Ben Shapiro, December 20, 2017
So, what’s the easiest way to make a million dollars these days?
The answer, apparently, is to write a short story about an awkward sexual experience you pursued, but left you upset — and which made you feel like a victim. Then you have a shot at a $1 million advance from a major publisher.
That’s the news out of Simon & Schuster, which just picked up a series of stories from Kristen Roupenian, author of a viral story in The New Yorker titled “Cat Person.” The price: over $1 million.
For those who haven’t read the story, it’s essentially about a 20-year-old woman who meets a 34-year-old man, texts with him, has drinks with him, has awkward sex with him (she variably wants to have sex and doesn’t, then decides to go through with it despite not enjoying it), and then never responds to his texts again. The punch line: the man eventually texts her, calling her a “whore.” She is, the piece seems to suggest, a victim of circumstance and uncomfortable expectations.
But let’s analyze the piece in a different light. Let’s imagine, for just a moment, that the sexes were reversed. Let’s imagine that a 20-year-old man went to bed with a 34-year-old woman desperate for something deeper than sex alone — and that it went badly and the man never called the woman again. Is there any doubt that the man would be viewed as the villain in the story?
Now, the story apparently resonates with many women — it’s a window into thinking for women who feel pressured into sex, who feel obligated to have sex with men who have expectations of sex. The story is well-written and evocative — and even more so, it’s shaded (Margot, the female main character, isn’t exactly portrayed as an angel — she’s shallow, self-deceptive, and vain).
But there’s something perverse about many of the commentaries on the story, which suggest that the somewhat generic male, Robert, is a stand-in for toxic masculinity, and that Margot is a victim of that toxic masculinity. In a society that draws no clear lines linking sex to commitment and meaning, vagueness abounds — and this story is the result of that vagueness. But many commentators are attempting to remove that vagueness and make the story a tale from the #MeToo moment, trying to draw a new Manichean dichotomy between women, who are apparently innocent of all sin, and men, who are apparently responsible for all sin. That’s inaccurate in real life, and it’s a shallow take on the story.
Unfortunately, that shallow take has become the new norm. It’s probably what will make Roupenian rich, and drain her work of its subtlety and complexity in the public mind. And that’s too bad, because her story raises questions that it doesn’t come close to answering.
Hi fellow bloggers!
This is at the core of anyone who has accomplished anything great, whether the world knows or not. Sometimes greatness doesn’t look or feel so grand. Sometimes it’s in the small and simple things in our routine that impacts those around us in a great and meaningful way. So I’d say, this is the only way to live—with passion, purpose, and persistence!
As I am sitting here contemplating the beauty of creation…I ran into this beautiful precise insight:
New Moon December 2017 Astrology by James Partridge
The new moon on Monday December 18, 2017 is at 26 degrees Sagittarius. The strongest astrological influence on new moon December 2017 comes from Saturn one side of the new moon and Venus the other. This would normally be a sad and lonely arrangement but Uranus trine the new moon makes it all better.
The December 2017 new moon is good for committing to a serious relationship and for meeting someone to share the rest of your life with. This is a new moon for making positive changes without upsetting the structures and routines in your life. You can have the best of both worlds as you leave your past behind and create your new reality.
New Moon Meaning
A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle. Sun conjunct Moon gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative. This is an excellent time for making a fresh start and turning over a new leaf or starting a new project. You can also question old habits, behaviors and beliefs as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.
The effects of the December 18 new moon last four weeks up to the January 16 new moon. The best time for making a fresh start and for beginning new projects is during the first two weeks of this new moon cycle. This waxing phase of the Moon lasts from December 18 to the January 1 full moon.
New Moon December 2017 Astrology
The December 2018 new moon at 26°31′ Sagittarius makes aspects to three planets. The new moon chart below shows that Saturn has the greatest influence on the new moon because of it closeness. The Venus conjunction then the Uranus trine will lighten up the heavy Saturn influence and turn a challenging Saturn aspect into a positive new moon.
A Serious New Moon
New Moon conjunct Saturn means it is time to stand up and be counted. Hard work, discipline and patience are needed to attend to your duties and obligations. This aspect often signifies hardship, sadness and fear. However, the loving influence of Venus and the awakening influence of Uranus will bring out the best of Saturn.
This is a new moon for achievement, recognition and satisfaction. Taking on more responsibility and acting more responsibly will earn you respect and promotion. Build a strong foundation for the future and make life more stable and secure for you and your family.
This is a good new moon to simplify and bring efficiency to your life. This will make your goals less complicated and easier to meet. In relationships you could be someone’s rock in their time of crisis or act as guide and mentor. This is a good new moon for family bonding and strengthening relationships.
New Moon December 2017 Astrology
New Moon December 2017 Astrology Chart
New Moon Love
New Moon conjunct Venus shines a light on your love relationships and your creativity. You should feel more loving, affectionate and sociable but Saturn gives a more serious and practical tone to your relationships. This is a new moon for mutual respect, loyalty and commitment in relationships. You should feel it in your heart is someone is serious about you or if you are sure about them.
New love is possible and would likely have a karmic feel as if you had known them before. A noticeable age difference is possible, or a student-teacher relationship dynamic may develop. Practicalities such as distance, career or finances may cause concern or delays. A romance that starts during this new moon phase will have a good chance of being a long-term relationship.
The new moon sitting between Venus and Saturn is good for saving and investing your money. You should consider the long-term financial viability of your new moon goals. This is a good new moon to spend money on home furnishing and building materials. Be conservative with your money and spend only on practical items that you need.
Change and Excitement
New Moon trine Uranus makes this an exciting new moon of unexpected events, self-discovery and revelation. You will feel like trying sometime new, outside of your normal routine. You should enjoy more freedom to leave your comfort zone and widen your social circle with some extraordinary people.
If you have a partner you will be seeking different kind of pleasures. Experimentation in the bedroom should keep your eyes from wandering. Incorporating some form of change or excitement can rejuvenate an old relationship and bring renewed commitment.
If single, an electric or kinky type of attractiveness will bring eccentric types within your range. You could attract people from cultures or lifestyles different from your own, or be attracted to them. A new relationship started during this moon phase will satisfy your need for love and excitement while still offering stable companionships and serious commitment.
Your new moon goals could be more about money than love. If this is the case the positive influence of Uranus lets you take some calculated risks. A sudden windfall or unexpected sources of income are possible. Quit while you are ahead if tempted to gamble.
New Moon December 2017 Summary
The balanced aspect between the Saturn new moon and Uranus means you can have the best of both worlds. You can have your cake and eat it too by blending old and new, tradition and new age, safety and risk. Venus and Saturn either side of new moon December 2017 means this perfect mix of stability and excitement applies to you love life and finances.
You can take on more responsibility while maintaining your independence and freedom. You can make positive changes while maintaining existing frameworks and structures in your life. The changes that happen during this new moon phase are part of a longer term transition phase which is coming to a close. Leave your past behind and create your new reality.
Mix it all together and you know that it’s the best of both worlds [Hannah Montana]
If New Moon December 2017 directly impacts your Sign and Decan you can read about it in your free Weekly Horoscope and Monthly Horoscope. For more detail about how it affects your natal chart see Sun Transits.
Previous Moon Phase: Full Moon 3 November 2017
Next Moon Phase: Full Moon 1 January 2017