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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 ~

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Handmade Toy (and other products) Wars Begin ~

Dear Readers and Fellow-Travelers ~ Even as an Etsy seller of handmade items at EclecticaByJan.etsy.com, I've not been able to escape politics! A new law called the CPSIA, passed last year and due to go into effect on February 10, has the artisan and handmade community up in arms. In support of the Etsy community's Bloggers Unite day on January 28, I'm reprinting with permission a summary of the problems that appeared recently in the Etsy forums:

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too. 

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples: 

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association
http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America. 

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake. 

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses. 

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react. Here is a brief guide to citizen action on this issue:




Sunday, January 25, 2009

What a Week It Was (with an explanation for my absence)

Dear readers ~ we all know it's been an amazing week for the nation and the world. And for me. too. As the world was shifting into a level of vibration, I was battling a catastrophe involving a flood at my house! Thanks to a broken water pipe, I get to join those "lucky" homeowners for whom "it never ends" is more than a shared joke over the backyard fence. By way of explanation for my absence from the blog, I'm going to list my chronology blended with the events of the Presidential inauguration, and and the wonderful shifting that has gone on. Oh, yes ~ I made a collage about it (the flood) as well:


Image (c) Jan Burch 2009

Thursday, January 15 ~ On the same day the Miracle Plane would come to a safe landing in New York's Hudson River, a water pipe breaks in my bathroom. At 3 am! Thanks to my foresight in previously installing a user-friendly shut-off valve, I get the house water supply turned off within 15 minutes. No more sleep for Jan!

Within that 15 minutes, the bathroom and hallway are flooded. I begin making phone calls, and watch as the water seeps into all three bedrooms and part of the living room and dining room. Fortunately, my consulting room, kitchen, and family room are unaffected.

By 8 am the broken pipe is fixed and the clean-up crew is here to scoop up the water and dry things out. I'm thinking it will just be a couple of hours and then I can go back to bed. Not true! The crew moves my furniture, peels back and removes the carpets, pads, and baseboards. Then they set up a bunch of huge air-blowers to dry things out. They've already told me these machines need to run continuously for 24-48 hours, so I have booked myself & Luvlee into the EconoLodge. I pack up the cat, my computer, my jammies and toothbrush, and head for the motel. After a take-out dinner, a bit web surfing, and a hot bath, I sink gratefully into bed.

Friday, January 16 ~ I return home to find that everything's dry - yay! Luvlee & I check out of the motel. The clean-up company removes their machinery (blissful quiet), and puts my essential furniture back. I can sleep in my own bed tonight :-)

Saturday and Sunday, January 17-18 ~ On the same days that our elected President and Vice-President were making their train trip to the Nation's Capitol, and hosting an awesome concert (I especially like that Pete Seeger came onstage at the Lincoln Memorial to lead the crowd in singing "This Land is Your Land"), I'm attending a much-anticipated class in Visual Journaling. Though I haven't caught up on my rest at this point, I'm happy to be away from the house and all its reminders of recent catastrophe. Making collage pages in the class also gives me a way to process what has happened - notice the water images!

Monday January 19 ~ As Americans everywhere are stepping up to our new President's call for a National Day of Service, I meet with clean-up and insurance representatives to talk about what needs to be done. It's looks like I'll be getting my entire carpet replaced. Sigh. I know it need to be done, but I didn't really need a new carpet and I'm overwhelmed when I think of all the disruption that entails. Still, better to to it under insurance than not.

Tuesday January 20 ~ Inauguration Day. I'm sitting on my couch, glued to CNN's online broadcast and making use of the accompanying Facebook comment stream. My house is functional except for a pile of  dirty dishes and a bathroom that needs cleaning - and I have a client due to arrive in the afternoon! I watch all the way through the Inaugural ceremony, then grab a quick lunch. I start to tackle the dishes, but the obsession pulls me, so I plug in my computer by the kitchen sink and keep on watching the news. I get the update on Senator Kennedy's condition (so relieved to know he's okay) and watch the start of the Inaugural parade. By some unknown magic, I get myself pulled together and my house presentable when my client arrives. Together we watch the parade as our new President and First Lady walk to the viewing stand, sharing our thoughts of elation, joy, and amazement. And then it's back to work.

And so it went, and so it goes. I'm gratefully caught up on my rest, and back to work. The change of carpet, plus the large insurance deductible I must pay, weigh on me like burdens. What can I do but keep putting one foot in front of the other, and trust that it will all work out. Even my own Mercury Retrograde reading (two posts below this) said, "go with the flow, and don't be surprised when plans change." Sometimes I amaze myself with my forecast - although in this case I'd rather not be!

I do give sincere thanks to these great companies who are helpful get back my life to normal: Royal Plumbing, ServiceMaster, State Farm Insurance, and All of State Carpets. And a big *thank you* to Marc S. for taking my early-morning phone call.




Friday, January 16, 2009

Chesley B. Sully Sullenberger Praised By Obama

We've all heard the amazing story of the airliner that landed in New York's Hudson River without a single loss of life - the first time in history such a landing has occurred without fatalities. Below is my comment which I posted to one of the many articles and discussion streams surging through the Internet after this remarkable, and happy, event:



This is truly a great story - the competence and heroism of the pilot and crew, the superb rescue work by the ferry boats and others who took the passengers off the plane, and the cooperation and level-headedness of the passengers themselves. I heard one survivor say, they organized themselves so that women and children got off the plane first!

But what really really impressed me was Capt. Sullenberger's actions when he walked through the plane TWICE, to make sure that everyone was off, before he exited the plane himself. After years of collective (and disastrous) me-firstism in this country, it is so refreshing to see someone who puts the welfare of others first. Thank you, Capt. Sullenberger, for showing us how it's done!

You know what I think? I think everything is going to be okay!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

CycleCast for Mercury Retrograde, now through February 1, 2009

We've been seeing Mercury head retrograde for two days now, fellow-travelers, and yes I'm late in writing this post! I have some ironclad excuses: 1) I've been under the weather, and I'm just now starting to feel human again, and 2) it's Mercury Retrograde - duh - that ever-repeating cycle when everything seems to go backwards! But never fear, I have a CycleCast for you - let's see what the reading tells us:

What are you Reaching for, traveler? Pause awhile and reconsider; your goal is only postponed while the Ice blocks your view of the Sun.  Even though you speak with a straight Tongue, others might think it forked - until you warm yourself up to your own optimism and vitality. The Lover's possessiveness is our curse, but giving freely like a Lover is our joy. 

It's time to own the fire! While you're gathering your resources at all level, remember to create substance. Choose quality in life, in dreams,and in love. Inquire - not judge - within. And by the time this Cycle rolls past, you'll be ready to compare, gather information, and communicate again.

It's a reading of good news and bad news, as you can see, dear reader. As always, this time period is one to carefully check and recheck your communications, contracts, and commitments. Detach from expectations, go with the flow, and don't be surprised when plans change. 

This Mercury Retrograde period began in the Mountain time zone on January 11 at 9:44 am. It ends on February 1 at 11 minutes past midnight (Mountain time). But as always, there's a "shadow" that persists, so it will be about February 4-5 before the backwards nature of this Cycle drifts away like smoke on the wind.

It may be Mercury Retrograde, but it's a great time for cleaning up past issues - even past lives! I can help with an intuitive reading to answer your questions and illuminate your path. For information and to request an appointment, send a message to burchjan@gmail.com. Visit my websitehttp://www.geoglowconsulting.com/ for more information.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Notable Quote: Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles", Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3])

Since the opening sentences concluded my previous post, I thought I'd give you whole passage. As noted, the attribution to Nelson Mandela is a bit of an urban legend. You can read the full discussion here.

However, I like the urban legend. There's something that feels so right, to think that Mandela would utter these words on his inauguration. The essence fits, and perhaps that's why the legend persists.

On a personal note, I happen to have an album from a reggae group called Tusa Pangaea. One song sets these words to music. It's the only reggae album I own, and priceless because of that one song.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Very Serious Year: CycleCast for the Year of 2009

Omigosh, fellow-travelers, we have a serious year ahead of us! We're starting right in the middle of our new Cycle - it's a good thing we know how to hit the ground running, putting our talents and abilities to work. As we wrapped up last year's lessons of give and take, we laid claim to our own natural authority and leadership. And so we're not so easily fooled now, as we start out on this year's journey. Let's see what the cards have to say:


Behind us: As we took up the Sword and got a Handle on it, we learned that our agreements are not a Chain to tie us down but rather links that hold fast the precious Pearl. After all the contests were over, we waddled out of the old year quaking happily like a Duck in water. Or maybe we remembered that truth: If it walks like, talks like, and quacks like a duck ... it is a duck!

Where we are now: Welcome to that narrow place where all of our inner connections come together. No matter how dark it seems, remember that every Tunnel has a light at the end of it. Treat your connections with the kid Glove of give-and-take, for the hand that reaches out must surely be met. At the end of the day, rest beneath the sheltering Tree that has stood the test of time.

Ahead of us: The star of the day is Austerity - oh noes! Fear not, traveler; it just means to take a cold, clear look. What's really going on? We'll get better at putting things into place as the year goes on, because there's a little of the Magician in all of us. When your skis hit the Powder, you'll either glide free or take a tumble - it can leave you feeling worn down, but soon you'll be back in the lodge, having your Cake and eating it too. The Lamp of understanding and wisdom guides you safely home.

What helps: Let Hope be your guiding star; hang it high! Don't let the Lamp's glow blind you; keep it shuttered until it's needed. When all else fails, step back and breathe. The view outside your Window shows the path ahead.

Yes, fellow-travelers, there's no denying this year will bring us challenges. We have a good foundation from the past journeys, and if we keep an eye on our attitudes, we'll choose for quality and substance, rather than flash and flimsy, in life. Our fulfillment comes through our own resolution, or least our efforts to resolve, the pattern we're each presented. This is a year to become aware of that spirit of service that burns within each of us. Access your own healing qualities, and face your deepest fear.

And just what is that fear? In the words of Nelson Mandela:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.



Would you like to find out what's coming up for you in the New Year? I can help with an intuitive reading to answer your questions and illuminate your path. For information and to request and appointment, send a message to burchjan@gmail.com. Visit my website http://www.geoglowconsulting.com/ for more information.

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Morning: Energy "of the month" for January 2009

A new year, a new day ... that sums up the message of The Morning, the energy that will prevail during the month of January 2009.

Image by Jan Burch
The Morning is a gift ~ It's our inborn ability to find awakening and renewal, even in the darkest situations. Taking a fresh look lets us see that there's another, simpler approach to follow. Keep It Simple (Stupid) might be the basic way to express this truth! The new perspective may not be rational, but it can save your butt when the chips are down.
On the Star+Gate pattern, the Morning's nearest neighbors are:
  • the Air: a state of freedom and limitless motion
    the Sun: expressing radiance, warmth, and vitality
  • the Fountain: bubbling over with exuberance and joy
  • the Wand: the challenge of manifesting through the force of the empowered will.

So you see, it's all about transcendence: Going beyond our limitations, and knowing that we don't have to surpass others - only our own stale viewpoints. What a relief! It sure sounds good to me, even though I am NOT a morning person :-)

Would you like to find out what's coming up for you in the New Year? I can help with an intuitive reading to answer your questions and illuminate your path. For information and to request and appointment, send a message to burchjan@gmail.com. Visit my website http://www.geoglowconsulting.com/ for more information.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A New Year, and a Look Back at the Old

This New Year's Day is almost over, fellow-travelers. How was it for you? I spent a quiet day, with several enjoyable hours of spreading paint on cardstock and playing with collage elements. Now as the minutes tick off into the evening, this day and this holiday season are coming to an end. Before that happens, I'd like to review the past year of CycleCasts.

I'm treading on delicate ground here, because there's admittedly a bit of ego attached to the implied question: Okay, Jan, how well did you predict the energies of the past year? It's a holdover from that old question of how "accurate" are your psychic readings. (Never mind that "accuracy" is not the most significant criteria of the work, but that's another subject.) Still, it's useful to review one's work, and instructive to see how the energies have played out in manifested reality. And besides, I don't really "predict" anything - I let the cards fall where they may, and I simply do my best to translate them for you.

That being said, it seems the CycleCast readings did an amazing job of tracking the conscious shifts that culminated in the historic U.S. election of 2008. Sorry to get "political" here, but this election was more than a routine matter of voters heading to the polls amid a barrage of sound bites. There was a real sea-change going on, not only in the U.S. but across the world. The card energies tracking all of this ranged from "passing the Crown" to multiple and recurring images of Hope and Change. I think the readings were generally accurate (if I do say so myself), and it was exciting to have had an ongoing intuitive's-eye view of the energy-pulses that generated this historic event.

But what has happened to the world since November 4? We floated along on loads of political humor - and plenty of stuff that happened on the world's stage, both before and after the election, was downright funny. It looked like we were going to have an easy ride through the end of the the year. But from around Christmas and right up to now, it seems the world's gone mad with conflict and conflagration. I've looked back at my readings, and I still can't find the elements that would have predicted this. So where is the fire coming from?

The best answer I can give comes from this metaphysical truth (or just plain daily observation): the old pattern hangs on. Even when all of the energies are flowing into change, growth, and evolution, there is a core of old energy, ideas, behaviors, or just plain inertia, which fights the change because it perceives that to evolve is to die. This is true at the personal as well as the world level. After all, how many times have we made an enthusiastic start on our New Year's Resolutions, only to fade back into old ways before we know it.

And so good ol' 2008 went out in the familiar dance of two steps forward, one step back. But you know what - at least we're moving in the right direction! Keep in this mind when you feel frustrated at the slow pace of "progress," whether your own, or the world's. And enjoy the ride, fellow-travelers, because all we really have is the journey. Blessings on yours!

Would you like to find out what's coming up for you in the New Year? I can help with an intuitive reading to answer your questions and illuminate your path. For information and to request and appointment, send a message to burchjan@gmail.com. Visit my website http://www.geoglowconsulting.com/ for more information.

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