Mirrored Thoughts — Some Perspective Doggerel


“I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me.”
— Jorge Luis Borges


I reflect on my reflection
and realize no connection
to that pasty pale complexion
that I see
I remember me as younger
and my body lean with hunger
yet the belly hanging under
won’t agree
Still the years have been much kinder
then I deserve, its a reminder
of the truth I’ve been a finder
and I seek
yet the body has a balance
mind and spirit more a challenge
that I chose, that was my talent
I won’t weep
I’ll put it all together
make my whole self much better
to this challenge that I’ll weather
I will leap
— G A Rosenberg


Blessings, G


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Caught Up in the Dream WebCaught up in the Dream Web by G A Rosenberg


Echoes of Baba YagaEchoes of Baba Yaga by G A Rosenberg


What We Deserve…


“We deserve all the good things that happen to us. Don’t feel guilty. Accept the blessings”
— Paulo Coelho


When I first read the above quote, I was struck by how many different levels there can be in a simple eloquent statement. On the one hand I asked myself, is he saying that we deserve and are deserving of whatever comes to us either good or bad? Does that mean that people who suffer deserve their suffering? It occurred to me that that is a stretch for Mr. Coelho does not talk about the bad things but the good.
I have know several people who were so convinced that all they deserved was hardship and pain that when their lives actually improved, they sabotaged them because they did not feel they deserved it. In many cases, the people who did this were kids which made it even rougher to experience along with them. If only they could see that the full experience of life was available to them, the joy and delight as well as the sorrow. Indeed this full gamut seems to come part and parcel with the spirit and the DNA. If only we could accept it.
Likewise, if we only see the good, then our experience is also limited. Many times it is through adversity that we receive our greatest gifts. We become able to see just how strong we are and we develop compassion for others in whatever difficulties that they are experiencing. Indeed, often the parts of our lives that seem the most difficult are the ones we look back and treasure.
I hope to maintain equilibrium and continue to know both joy and pain, compassion and appreciation.
Blessings, G


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Volcanic EveningVolcanic Evening by G A Rosenberg


Alternating CurrentsAlternating Currents by G A Rosenberg

Tarot Post – Two of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles (Change)


two of PentaclesTarot- Two of Pentacles (Revised) by G A Rosenberg


Balls are in the air

Can the balance be maintained

or will I drop them?


New given way by old
A tale I’ve oft been told
yet how do I proceed?


Surrender to become
Surrender what myself
then who am I to be?


Transitional Being
Balancing the meaning
combining alchemy


I stand in between
change’s doorway I mean
I hold and I balance
— G A Rosenberg


In the tarot  the suit of Pentacles refers to the element of Earth and of practical matters such as work and partnerships of a business nature and of the home. They can also represent nature, the Earth itself. Twos  represent duality, subject and object and relationship between the two. In the case of the two of Pentacles this means balancing between two different aspects of life and changing from one aspect to the other. This change also involves the idea of balance in this case between the old and the new. Other balances are between work and home, spouse and children, friends and work etc. This balance and maintaining it can be tricky as quite often we find one overbalanced at the expense of the other.
When writing of this card before I wrote:


“The other day I was watching a juggler balancing on a unicycle and juggling plates. I could relate for I too juggle on what seems at times an equally unsteady pedestal.

On the one hand my family and practical existence. At a time in my life when I had given up on steadiness, given up on love, I met someone who transformed my existence. Together we became married, we’ve raised kids, bought the house, have too many pets. We’ve worked hard to get to this point and there is always more to do. Joy and Satisfaction is there for the taking…at the right times and places and yet…
This year, my spirit has soared. New avenues to explore. New aspects of godhood to love. I feel freer, more awake and more alive than I have felt before. Creatively, I write, I create art. Ideas and expression flow through me like some kind of divine river that I just wish to surrender and el it carry me off. Teachers, Students and friends are there to join me on the journey. and yet…

The garbage needs to be taken out, The kid needs to be dressed. The dog needs to be walked “Oh by the way, we’re going to the movies today, be ready at two.”
It’s not as if I begrudge my family the time. They are my foundation. Anything I have done has been an outgrowth of their love and support. And yet…

Meditation, , a blog that needs updating., and something new and wonderful to share.
How do I keep my balance without falling off of this thing?


As much as I wish I could say I’ve managed this balancing act  I must confess that the juggling is at least as tricky as it was before. Still perhaps I am learning..


Astrological Correspondence -Jupiter in Capricorn – Jupiter in Capricorn is an interesting study in balance–Jupiter expands in a cheerful optimistic way that looks towards the future. Capricorn moves slowly, carefully and tends to be about learning the lessons from the past. The combination of the two can bring success but only through hard work to methodically balance things out….


I Ching Correspondence- 16) Yü Enthusiasm

I Ching: 16

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Chȇn Thunder over K’un Earth– It is the strong fourth line that pulls all the other weak lines with it by din of its Ashe (personal power, charisma, flow), Movement. Leading people in the direction you want along the path of least resistance. To determine this, the great man or leader has to balance what he needs done with the most likely way the people he leads will flow….


In readings: This card is variously referred to as either change or harmony and it tends to be a dynamic one. Movement is needed to keep the two disks moving. Likewise, when balancing different aspects of our lives and relationships we can’t expect to rest on our laurels, we need to constantly adjust according to feedback in order to keep things harmonious. When the card is upright or positively aspected, things are flowing smoothly
Reversed in readings: The balance is not flowing so smoothly. Either we are not adjusting our balance in accordance with the feedback we are getting or things are moving too quickly for us to do so.



Quote of the Day – December 29 2012

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche


Good old Dionysian chaos
fantastic for creating and
for manifesting change
Order doesn’t like change very much
for it likes the status quo
Yet without change
there can be little growth
and creation may die on the branch…
I will nurture my chaotic side
embracing it as part of the whole…
chaos and order perpetually dancing
creating stars, planets, and myself…

Blessings, G


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Balance by G A Rosenberg


Red and GreenPrism EffectMandala by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 2 2012

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
― Rumi


Can I communicate with colour
Can you understand my reds and greens or does the purple cause hesitation
and puzzle meant on your part
chartreuse pink may say it just right as long as not too much is red into…

My selves dance around in chaotic hue
combining into pictures that lack words
and words to songs not yet written
that I sing into the Karaoke machine

which self will i be
why must i choose now
i will be the voice for them all
knowing that each feeds into the total
not only does the elephant exist
he manifests in me…
well partially anyway

or is that holy
for yes that comes through to
enough that i can recognize the
divinity I see in you
Ewe, not sheepishly i realize
that you are a voice within as well
— G A Rosenberg


Blessings, G


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Awakening Vision by G A Rosenberg


Loki’s Cave by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – September 25 2012

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”
― Mitch Albom

Sometimes you have to take time out from things in order to become re-centred inside yourself. This blog has been ongoing for the last four years and I have gone 15 months without missing a night, something I may take what may be an inordinate amount of pride in. I seem to be hitting a crossroads tho where I need to find a new balance. The balance may mean some time away from Waking Spirals. Definitely a little less focus here and a lot less on Facebook. More time spent meditating and figuring out some next steps. Also literally putting my house in order. Perhaps the streak will continue and I will have more art, stories and just talk to share. Here’s to balance.
Blessings, G

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Sacrificial Totem by G A Rosenberg

Emerald Chamber by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – July 24 2012

“for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.” ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being


If we only focus on the positive do we ignore the voices that cry out in pain? Do we say to a child dying of starvation, “You just need to change your attitude and imagine yourself well fed and the Law of Attraction will make it happen”? Can we ignore evil going on in front of us because we aspire to something better? “How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?” Are all these questions ‘blowing in the wind’?
I believe compassion and love to be two of the most important qualities that we need to develop in ourselves in order to grow and evolve. I believe compassion to be developed by feeling and when possible healing the pain of others, definitely understanding it and that cannot happen by only focusing on the positive. There is so much suffering going on in the world today and so much healing needed. Understanding the causes of this pain and suffering is necessary otherwise we are just treating symptoms.
Life on this physical plane tends to be a balancing act. One of the tougher balancing points for me is between perceiving the world from the lens presented above  and the lens presented last night. It may be one of the tougher balances but any way I look at it one of the most necessary ones.
Blessings, G


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Ghost in the Machine by G A Rosenberg

Contemplation (Redux)

I sit here
in my mechanized sterile existence
and I gaze upon her natural beauty
wanting her to be
wanting her to be mine?
no for that would steal her beauty
and stop us both from being who we are

She sits there
creating wonder in every movement
she doesn’t even know I exist
and that too feeds the necessary balance
Perhaps I am the lucky one
for I can perceive my completion
and contemplate in love
— G A Rosenberg

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Contemplation by G A Rosenberg (2010)