Welcome to Jan's Eclectic-Mix Blog

Greetings, dear readers ~ I am excited to present my detailed Intuitive Forecasts (formerly known as CycleCasts) to this blog! Join me for a guided tour of our journey through life's subtle energies, and stay for my musings on arts and crafts, current events, a little of this and that ~

Monday, September 29, 2008

Those Red Bubble Products are Great!

From Red Bubble, I had a nice package arrive last week, bringing me the samples of my cards and prints that I ordered recently. This is a different site, from which anyone can purchase MY images on high-quality cards and prints - but I don't have to do the printing, packing, and shipping (which is nice:-) Now, knowing that my readers are smart shoppers and they won't buy unless they know what they're getting, I placed an order myself so that I could tell you how it works. I also wanted to see my work in these beautiful formats! Here's what I got:



These are the cards made from the four images I currently have posted. They're each slightly bigger than 4.5" x 6.5" and are printed on the thickest, brightest card stock you can imagine. At $3.85 per card if you order directly from the site, plus very reasonable shipping, I think it's a great buy. Plus, you can say you know the artist (me!).

Then, I had to see at least one of my images on my wall, so I ordered a laminated print of Our Lady of Abundance:



This beauty is about 14" by 17.5" and is ready for framing. Next time, I'll order a mounted print and receive a very reasonably-priced art piece that is ready to hang. This being my first order with Red Bubble, I was extremely pleased at how fast and easy the whole thing worked. Shipping costs for the total order were under $11, which is really good considering the cards came from Australia ~ and the whole thing arrived in 10 days from the time I placed my order. That's 10 calendar days, mind you! As a long-time catalog shopper, I've spent more $ and waited longer to have stuff arrive from two states over. You can see why I'm pleased and impressed with Red Bubble.

With the holiday season coming up, here's a source for unique and well-priced gifts. I have more images that I will be adding over the next few weeks, including one that will make a fine Yuletide card. You can preview and purchase them all at Jan's Cards and Prints.
So, I'd better get working at post those new images. They're not doing any good staying in my computer, eh?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Notable Quote: from FDR

Yes, the money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of that restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy, the moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. There dark days, my friends, will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves, to our fellow men.

Recognition of that falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callow and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, and on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.

Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation is asking for action, and action now. Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. ...

And finally, in our progress towards a resumption of work, we require two safeguards against a return of the evils of the old order. There must be an end to speculation with other people's money. And there must be provision for adequate but sound currency. ...Through this program of action we address ourselves to putting our own national house in order and making income balance outgo....

~Franklin Delano Roosevelt, first inaugural address, delivered March 4, 1933. Emphasis mine.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Interesting Times: CycleCast for Mercury Retrograde, September 24 through October 15, 2008

We're living in interesting times, fellow-travelers. I'm sure you've been following the news reports of all the turmoil in the political arena and the stock market. I hate to say I told you so, but my last CycleCast did predict a strong impulse to seek out and tell the truth ... I just didn't know it would be the ladies of The View who'd serve as front-runners in the truth brigade. Go, Barbara, Whoopi, and all!

Since the last CycleCast, there's also been the devastation of Hurricane Ike. Even though it's moved off the front page, we know the survivors have a long job ahead of them. Please hold our sisters and brothers in the hurricane zone in your thoughts and prayers. I know they didn't have the easy, peaceful personal time the last Cycle foretold (I don't think any of us had that!), but when I looked at the photos of the hurricane from space - it was a Circle. (See the September 4 CycleCast post if this reference escapes you.)

Now we're on the eve of Mercury Retrograde, fellow travelers. It begins in the early hours of September 24, at 1:17 am Mountain Time. And you all know what that means:-) Be prepared for communication foul-ups, electronic snafus, bugs in your interpersonal communications, and delays in the mail. Those are standard glitches that abound when Mercury travels backwards (from our viewpoint) on its journey around our Sun. I'll end this post by telling you some good things about this time.

Now, though, let me move on to the current CycleCast. I started forecasting in the previous Cycle for both the personal and the political weather, this being a significant election year. This time, when I turned over the cards, I saw immediately that, for now, the personal is political. I have one card reading which I'll interpret two ways:

The election weather finds us climbing the Tower, fellow-travelers, so we can get the big picture. The change that's coming is a good thing, and we are focusing our attention on the tasks ahead, at the same time as we reflect on what's gone behind. The Lamp shines bright, bringing wisdom to our truth-telling. Pay attention to the executive Chair and who is going to occupy it for the next four years. The Chest is not yet empty; some things still lie hidden from our gaze. The challenge now is to rip off the Mask, or at least integrate the essence behind it. We're still feeling the Indecision of the times; perhaps the Fire of passion will warm us up to taking a stand.

On the personal front, the same energies apply: It's a good time to reflect on where we've and where we hope to go. Know, traveler, that you have a wealth of understanding and wisdom - use it! It may be time to find your place, or at least clean up your desk and organize your files! What do you keep hidden, traveler? Maybe it's time to take out your treasure and show it to the world. Bring your passion into play, just for fun. And if you can't make up your mind about those big decisions that are staring you in the face, that's okay. Let it go until this Cycle ends and you'll know what you need to do when the time is right.

The energy pattern of this reading shows that we're being involved on all levels, fellow-travelers, so it's going to feel like there's a lot going on. And there is - you're not making it up! Strong involve the I Analyze - refined perception and seeing the truth - along with I Realize - enhanced perception along with being able to hold the subtleties of the truth we perceive. We won't be so easily fooled this time.

So, how can you make the most of this Cycle? You know Mercury Retrograde is not an auspicious time for starting new ventures or signing contracts. But life goes on - continue with your pre-arranged plans, and double-check all your communications. And, I love now to do the things that start with re- ... Reflect. Regroup. Revise. Research. And get ready, when the Cycle ends, to Renew!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Here's a chance to do some good...

Greetings, fellow-travelers ~ I'm using this post to pass on to you an email I received today from my friend Shirley Scott, a very fine animal psychic whom I've gotten to know through the Whole Expo and online. Shirley has a request that I thought deserved a wider audience than my little inbox, so here it is:

None of us like long drawn out emails, so I’ll make this quick. I need your help to open a new kind of Animal Shelter. It’s going to be a Rescue Ranch. Click here to see the whole vision http://www.animalrescueranch.com/main/vision.cfm.


The Ranch will be about rescuing and saving animals and trying to re-adopt them, education, spirituality, communication, living and dying in love and grace and helping heal animals as well as people. The shelters will be powered by wind, solar or water. It will become self-sufficient shelter with pet workshops, weddings, funerals, a cemetery, birthday and anniversary celebrations and more. Click here to see the whole vision http://www.animalrescueranch.com/main/vision.cfm.


This is going to be a place that gives back to you, when you give. Please join me in giving what you can to make this Ranch a reality and help save animals from every walk of life. Please click here http://www.animalrescueranch.com/main/vision.cfm
and then hit the donate button to give. Check out what the sponsors get too!

Please pass this email on to everyone you know. I have my non-profit status from the state of Washington and now I'm working on getting the one from the IRS, which takes months, but there are a lot of reasons to give now. Visit our donation page at http://www.animalrescueranch.com/main/donate.cfm to see them all. Thank you for reading this email, for passing it on and for giving to the animals so they will have a home and a voice in the future.

Blessings, Shirley Scott

Friday, September 19, 2008

Blue Lace Afghan is DONE and Listed for Sale!

A few weeks ago, I tempted you with pictures of my Blue Lace Afghan in progress. At that time I only had four squares sewn together, and a few more in half-completed. Now I'm happy to announce ~ Blue Lace Afghan is DONE and she's available for purchase at my Zibbet shop!


This afghan is truly a beautiful way to keep warm this winter! The velvety-soft, excruciatingly-thick texture just begs to be touched. Best of all - for all its beauty - Blue Lace Afghan is a trooper that can be machine washed and dried, and will last a lifetime looking as beautiful as the day she was finished!
In the pictures below, you can see how the yarn's delicate shades of frosty blue drift pleasingly across the afghan. Now, if blue is not your color - talk to me! This pattern can be made in your choice of a HUGE range of colors. The size can be adjusted, and the border can be changed to give a more unisex appearance. This is a piece that can be customized to your specification! Just end an email to burchjan@gmail.com with your request, and we'll take it from there!

In this picture, you can see the fine stitch pattern with the varying shades of blue. Remember, you can choose your color on custom orders And don't let the "holes" in the pattern make you think it's drafty. This super-thick and soft, afghan-friendly yarn will keep you cozy on those chilly winter nights!
I hope you will love the Blue Lace Afghan, and that she finds her new home soon. Now, on to the next projects ~ I can't wait to show them to you, but you'll have to be a little bit patient to find out what they are, heh heh:-)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"I, Avatar" - my first appearance (with many others) on YouTube!

What's an avatar? It's an icon-picture used by folks who participate in social networking sites to identify their profile, posts, and so on. A lot of thought and creativity goes into selecting an avatar, because it becomes and expression of identity. This is (for now, avatars can be changed any time) my avatar:



And now, my avatar has become part of a video showing on YouTube! The story is, I've been part of the BlogCatalog (BC) social networking site for bloggers for some months now. When I joined, I had now idea how much it would change my life ~ my blog readership has increased and continues to grow, my blogging and general web-surfing skills have improved, and I've joined a worldwide worldwide community of interesting and outspoken folks that has become like an online family. Who knew?


Well, a few weeks ago, a BlogCatalog friend called polybore took it upon himself to create a video collage of avatars from the BC community. Interested folks gave their permission and submitted avatars, and we watched as the various drafts developed. The final version was released yesterday and here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-scxULas1Y

(Notes to the video-phobic: the video run time is under 4 minutes, and it plays automatically. There is a pause button in the lower left corner of the video frame, so you can stop it if you wish. But give it a try - it won't hurt you!)

Whenever I watch this creation, I swear I get tears in my eyes! I mean, I know these folks: we have shared our triumphs and pratfalls in blogging and in life; played silly Internet games and shared the results; given support to those who've gone through traumatic events like the recent hurricanes; and debated politics ad infinitem. And since most of these discussions take place late at night no matter what the time zone, I've found a community of night owls like myself - bloggers do tend to be an obsessive bunch, after all.

So, take a few minutes out of your web-surfing to sit back and enjoy the video. If you are a blogger, or are thinking about becoming one, why not hop on over to BlogCatalog and sign up to join us. And for those who would like to comment but aren't part of YouTube, leave your comments here and I will forward them on to polybore and the BC folks.

Thank you, polybore!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Jan's Cards and Prints are Ready on RedBubble!

Greetings, friends and readers - Fall is in the air and the first days of September have given us some marvelous sunsets in Albuquerque. Fortunately I was out walking with my camera and I captured some of them. You'll see part of last Sunday's sunset as the new header on Jan's CycleCast Blog! That's a great thing about blogging - you can change your look any time you want. Keeping things fresh is a good idea, I always say.

What's more, I've made the sunset photo available for purchase as high-quality cards and prints!

Yes, I've completed another creative venture goal and established my art site at RedBubble! This is a marvelous enterprise for creative types to put their images on file, making them available to anyone who wants to purchase cards or prints - on demand! Here's how it works:

~Go to Jan's Cards and Prints, or click on the slide show that's near the top of my blog. I currently have two photos and two collage works available.

~At the site, you can see my gallery, and view a larger image (plus my comments) of each individual work.

~When you click on the *buy* button - it's safe, and you can close the window ithout ordering (but I hope you do order:-) - you can preview the work in various formats, such as cards, laminated prints, framed prints, etc. You can even see different matting and framing options. It's fun - try it!

~If you wish to order, just follow the instructions. Prices start at $3.85 for cards, and $19.25 for prints, which is great for work of this quality. I'm telling you, their prints are breath-taking! This is a secure site with a fine track record, and it's easy to use. Plus, I get a commission on each sale, so buying even a few cards helps me out.

~All products are printed on-demand and shipped from Australia, so it may take three weeks to receive your order. If you're ordering for gifts or special occasions (and these products would make great gifts!), be sure to order early. Note: I recently placed an order, and I was amazed at the reasonable shipping cost. As a long-time catalog shopper, I've usually paid the same or more to ship similar orders within the U.S.

One final note: I know there are many creative people reading this UpDate. If you'd like to use RedBubble to get your art or photos *out there* I say go for it! Sign-up is fairly easy, and they will ask if anyone referred you to the RedBubble site. Be sure to give my user name janburch - it helps me out, and one good turn deserves another!

I hope you'll enjoy seeing my pictures in full size and reading about them. Maybe a few will even find their way onto your walls, no? And be sure to keep following this blog, because I'm always working on stuff, so you can read all about it right here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Notable Quote: Barbara Ehrenreich on Shame

But shame is a verb as well as a noun. Almost nobody arrives at shame on their own; there are shamers and shamees. Hester Prynne didn't pin that scarlet A on her own chest. In fact, it may be wiser to think of shame as a relationship rather than just a feeling - a relationship in which the mocking judgments of the dominant are internalized by the dominated.

--This Land is Their Land, 2008, by Barbara Eherenreich

Thursday, September 4, 2008

CycleCast for Now through September 27, with a Special Election 08 Casting

We get to take a break, fellow-travelers, unless you happen to be one of the political animals like myself who are following the Election 08 spectaculars that are happening here in the U.S.A. If that's the case, fasten your seat belts and get ready for some startling revelations. Life's going to be happening on two tracks for a while, so first I will give the generalized CycleCast to apply in your personal life, and then I will take a first look at the Election weather:

On the personal front, the next several weeks have a lighten-up feeling to them - much welcomed after the last Cycle's intensity!

We begin now by chasing the Butterfly, but please be careful - our new visions are delicate and not to be pinned down. By the middle of next week, we'll have that refreshing Morning feeling of waking up from a good sleep to the dawn of a new day. Put to use your gift of drawing the Circle, travelers; participation in worthwhile endeavors brings unity. You might need to Ring around the rosie and face up to how joining your energy with others challenges you. Practicing a Monk's discipline will help you recharge and renew, while the fluid openness of Water helps wash away the old.


Now let's look at the Election 08 weather for the next three weeks. (Keep in mind, I am not trying to predict the outcome of the election, only to describe and forecast the energy weather surrounding this election season.) ~


We leave the convention weeks with emotions running high; both the Water and Fountain are present and can indicate an excessive exuberance; we need a strong, resistant Cup to contain these fluids. But almost immediately (September 6 at 1:11 am Mountain time, to be precise) comes a strong urge to seek out and apply the truth: citizens, get involved! You've suffered on the sidelines long enough; now you are ripe like a Cherry that is mature, complete inside, and you know how to make your voice heard. And remember, while the Magician may spin the smoke and mirrors, it takes a Jester to see - and speak - the truth. I'm predicting that some startling revelations will come to light, if they haven't already, by around the middle of this month.
While these two Cycles - the personal and the political - have different feelings, they both end around the same time, taking us past the beginning of our next Mercury Retrograde period on September 24. Never fear, I will have a new CycleCast to guide you through it!

These personal and political cycles also conclude with the same energy of rolling-up-our-sleeves-and-getting-to-work. So enjoy your break while you have it, fellow-travelers! In fact, now might be a good time for you to get a reading, balance your personal energies, and make sure your home's Feng Shui supports your success! Need help with any of these? I can provide you with holistic energy balancing, one clearing at a time. Go to my website GeoGlowConsulting.com for more information about my services. I stand ready to serve!

Monday, September 1, 2008

On Labor Day, I Celebrate the "Party of the Common Man"

Let me take you back in time a few days, to the evening of Thursday, August 28, 2008, when millions watched their TVs (or, as in my case, computers) as history was being made. On that day, we watched as an accomplished man who does not "fit the profile" of a U.S. President, stood before the world and accepted his nomination as Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.

I, like so many, was thrilled to participate in the reception and viewing of Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech. (I'm referring to "back in time" because, with all the hoopla that's been in the news recently from the other side, it's easy to forget what a stirring moment this was. ) There was so much I loved about this address, I will likely spread my reaction over several blog posts.

But above all, I was so cheered and relieved to see Obama's vision bringing us back to the roots of the Democratic Party. It is, indeed, the Party of the Common Man (and Woman), as the party's unofficial slogan has it. On this Labor Day, I celebrate the beauty I see in the synergy of common men and women across this country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, supporting each other as we return to our progressive values, take back our country, and shoulder the difficult but necessary job of repairing the damage done by the neo-con "revolution."

Here is an excerpt from Senator Obama's acceptance speech that highlights this celebration:


  • The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives—on healthcare and education and the economy—Senator McCain has been anything but independent. He said that our economy has made great progress under this president. He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. And when one of his chief advisers, the man who wrote his economic plan, was talking about the anxieties that Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a mental recession and that we’ve become—and I quote—“a nation of whiners.”

  • A nation of whiners? Tell that to the proud auto workers at a Michigan plant who, after they found out it was closing, kept showing up every day and working as hard as ever, because they knew there were people who counted on the brakes that they made. Tell that to the military families, who shoulder their burdens silently as they watch their loved ones leave for their third or fourth or fifth tour of duty. These are not whiners. They work hard, and they give back, and they keep going without complaint. These are the Americans I know.

And the responses from the Americans we know were equally thrilling, to me. I have tried to link several news pages to give you these views, but I'm having trouble with my copy-and-paste function (something that's never easy for me), so I will just ask you to go to http://www.democracynow.org/ , specifically the August 29 headlines. There's a regular feast of man-on-the-street comments; it's a treasure to enjoy.

Coming soon to this blog: I'm getting ready to do another CycleCast for me and my fellow-travelers. it will give us a fresh look at the energy-weather patterns we'll walk through into early fall. And I'll also include a first casting of my Election CycleCast. I'm interested in seeing which candidates are most in alignment with the "energy weather." So far, the weather has been all about change - and we know who is aligned with that!

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