I think for the most part we can all say that 2016 was incredibly challenging and in many ways we were defeated by the ghostly shadows that have haunted our desires as a nation to move forward. Month after month felt like a never-ending cycle of mishaps and absurdities with retrogrades and eclipses that kept many spinning out of control. If you listened to the vibrations and tone in peoples voices, by mid-year it tuned us in to the greater destiny of what’s to come.
2016 was a year of “paying close attention”…. Did you? Or did the hungry ghost feed you? By the end, our presidential election soured, noting a pinnacle of digression for those who still had hope. To drop the veil without looking, all the surprising and shocking deaths of many beloved ICONS (too many to count), Those special humans who moved our soul and made our childhood fantastical and memorable. Well, the loss was completely heartbreaking and I gather we shall never forget this year because of that.
Those who transitioned into a far more positive year, the light grew brighter, Didn’t it? Perhaps this may have been the best year of your life. It was so very karmic that it magnified every unseen connection. Beautiful unions came together and so many seeds were planted with babies birthing a new future. All the hard work showed up in ways that supported everything that you had hoped for. As gut wrenching as it was, it certainly taught us great lessons, and serving up what our souls might have needed.
We Sages ::
Chris and I had a decently good year, a few hiccups and accidents, but we felt more grounded, settling nicely in our canyon life, and experiencing some of our happiest days of our marriage. A year of discovery. We focused more on our tea life and started new projects, one being my Flower Book, a poet in me has been revealed.
We were lucky enough to travel to some beautiful places, drinking tea beside historical marble rock mountains of Torko Gorge, and standing next to Ancient Mangrove Trees where detoxifying Charcoal is made, and sat with Tea Masters who willing shared their great love for tea. One thing is for certain our tea life has brought us an abundance of beautiful family, those who took good care of us on our travels.
We met a Feng Shui Master who read our lucky elements chart. He spoke frankly on our many new connections and new ideas to build on, and while positive, 2016 was actually a bad year for “my reputation” that friends would snicker and talk behind my back.
I share this bit from our travels, not for the sake of discretion or drama, but that it ties into a year of shadow and light.
Of course hearing this did not make me feel good, but in truth, I wasn’t at all surprised. Intuitively, something outside of my sphere was happening without my knowledge, even with my sense of awareness, It would have been difficult to assume. I think if I was in a different place or a different age, it could have bothered me, but there was something so gratifying that came from his words and with all things, “ taking those very words with a grain of salt”. One could never really know the fine lines between ‘who we are in this world vs. our mystical birth rite.’but it's sometimes a fascinating kind of medicine.
When we arrived home, I spent over a week decompressing right into the holidays, perfectly timed to move into contemplation with Mercury retrograding, slowing us, allowing me to recount my days of 2016. All this has taught me more about detachment. Life is very complex and while we can feel the goodness of the work we have done, some years are not for the sake of advancing rather stepping back and looking at the bigger picture.
We are all given insight into the unknown journey by way of friends, foes, and circumstances. It is solely up to us on how we engage, receive and use the information given to us. Positive or negative, these are karmic impressions, a blueprint of our souls that transcend who we are and where we will journey on this earth.
For Everyone ::
Here we come 2017
January 1, 2017 starts a whole new cycle. In numeric philosophy, We are ending a 9 year and now starting with ONE…. How does number ONE happen? 2017= 2+1+7=10 … always drop the (zero) to a one digit number. The FIRST falls on a SUNDAY…. Which is the first day of the week and represents the SUN planet. One+ one+one= THREE…. We can affiliate this to also be a Jupiter day. This means the Sun and Jupiter have a dance and we are radiating in light and abundance. We have a new hope of things to come… but understand we are still in the Mercury retrograde and completing the Fire Monkey Year which ends Jan 27th, so while there is new hope, the real change will come around March 1st, after all the celebrations have come to pass and we have received the new offerings of the Fire Rooster year. (I would like to express with so many people focusing on astrology— I will be sharing some philosophical ones in my writings, but know that I am not here to teach or to say I have now become an expert. We attract what we seek and I have been seeking this for most of my life. Twenty years of observation, in nature, people, evolution, mystical creation, physics and astronomy.
Just Us ::
What is in store for the Haus of Sages in 2017? Fine-tuning where we stand on this planet. It’s a little vague I know, but that is the mystery of life. I will say, Conception, Books, Romance, Travel and Philosophy is what we are looking forward to in 2017.
On Jan 5th, Hausofsages, @Sagelove (IG moniker) will be taking our yearly "social media" cleanse for 21 days, but we have decided to start journaling again, and posting Mondays and Thurs evenings.
Typically, we spend January as if it were the last month of the year, to my own uderstanding it feels better as we are now mid winter, and there is still much to reflect on, detox, and envision for a new year ahead. I will not be active on social media until Jan 26th, but do know that I am excited to share in other ways. If you can tap into that and know where to find me, please do.
Otherwise look for postings around those days, I will be sharing photos from our tea travels from Taiwan and Malaysia this past Nov/Dec, plus working on new chapters into our journey. These post will also be much shorter, as this one is accumulative of the past year and a long time coming.
I want to share an open invitation to come have tea with me in the canyon. You can easily email or text me if you are interested in coming by. I learned some new Gongfu skills from a master who shall be nameless, respectfully, I want to use this time away from social media to share some new found tea education... Besides, who doesn't want to drink a fine cup of tea?
We wish you a wonderful and enlightening 2017, A new cycle… Let’s all "Radiate like the Sun", and be together as ONE.
Love, the Sages