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Caught in the Serpent of Time

Expect the unexpected, because as Bob Dylan sang back in the 1960’s, ‘the times they are-a- changin’. Only what’s happening now is perhaps an even more radical historical shift. Once this pandemic recedes, the world will emerge reconfigured—similar to what happened after each of the two world wars of the twentieth century, and similar to Read More…

A Covid Christmas

Waiting belongs to the essence of Christmas. Advent calendars, letters to Santa, puddings tucked away in cupboards, gifts wrapped and hidden under Christmas trees—all our many rituals partake of a similar theme. Long ago when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to be the Mother of God—and she surrendered with perfect trust Read More…

Extraordinary Happenings

2020 changed the world  . . . and it’s not over yet! A dramatic finale is lining up in the heavens, promising more transformation for 2021. Before the end of the year, we have a total solar eclipse happening precisely at the most sensitive degree of the zodiac, an exact conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, Read More…

The Key to Diwali 2020

Wishing you a Happy Diwali, dear friend! May this Festival of Lights illuminate your heart with the light of a Thousand Suns!  Endless rows of flickering candles recall that light Divine. It is the ultimate blessing of Diwali, the spiritual wealth that never diminishes. Diwali expresses itself through numerous worldly signs, all of them pointing to Read More…

Strengthening Guru

Guru means dispeller of darkness, and the yoga tradition makes clear that every aspirant on the spiritual path needs a guru. It does not specify, however, what form that guru should take. The Holy Mountain of Arunachala, a form of Lord Shiva, was guru to the great saint, Sri Ramana Maharshi. In Sanskrit, Jupiter is Read More…

Why Time Matters

Irish clients bring me extra challenge!  Not always, of course—and the charm, warmth and spiritual sincerity more than compensates. But the fact is, lots of you dear Irish (particularly of a certain age) haven’t a clue about your birth time. And despite your best detective work, nothing comes clear. Your birth time doesn’t exist in Read More…

For Summer Solstice . . . Yoga or Bhoga?

A few days ago, I received an email from Easy Jet announcing they were back in the air. Good news, from so many points of view. Yet the declaration hit me wrong, triggering a wave of sadness that stayed with me for hours. “Where will you fly to first? the headline enticed, implying a line Read More…

The Yoga of Needs and Desires

It happened. An historical event—the magnitude of which none of us have known before—just happened. Covid-19 unleashed shockwaves into nearly every aspect of ordinary life. Suddenly, habitual activity came to a sharp halt. In a matter of days, the lockdown stripped away our routines, the action patterns that define identity. Society divided into two: the Read More…

Yoga Begins with Shiva Teaching Parvati

Shiva is the Lord of Yoga. The Shastras say that the first yoga lesson ever was given by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati, a form of Shakti. And it is through her that the great cornucopia of teachings comes to us. Shiva taught Parvati 84 asanas . . . or was that 84 crore Read More…

The Lessons of Venus

Fairy Tales suggest that true love lasts forever, but they never show us how. Once the Prince kisses Sleeping Beauty or finds the beautiful maiden whose tiny foot fits the glass slipper, wedding bells ring out over the kingdom and the story is over—with the assumption that “happily ever after” depends solely upon the right Read More…