What an afternoon!
I grew up around the Adobe de Palomares, in Pomona, Ca., and developed a love of history partly because of those experiences.
A few days before Christmas I visited Mission San Juan Capistrano, as well as walked along the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in all of Ca.
I always wanted to vist the mission, and was not disappointed!
It is as ancient as it is beautiful, and peaceful, and inspirational to ones personal, and creative, well-being.
Walking around the place, and viewing the old artifacts, treasures, artwork, sculptures, natural elements, and graveyard, opens ones mind to the possibilites of faith, and hard work, inspiring the creativity, and ingenuity, of those who lived, prayed, and died here.
I found plenty of reason to frequently just sit, rest, read, and write, amid the harmony, and beauty, of these sacred grounds.
I even sat in the very same spot that a famous resident priest, and author, of the first 2 decades of the last century, sat, and contemplated his work.
I emded up visiting the little side chapel attatched to the main one, and leaving, a thoughtful little prayer for a new beginning, and a bright future, in a logbook for that purpose.
With the new year arriving on my doorstep I began to contemplate the future.
On a lark, I looked up my 2012 Horoscope (Or Horrorscope, hee, hee!), though I'm not one to put much stock in such things, despite their always proving quite interesting, and thoughtful.
This one, though, caught my attention, because of the reading, and thinking, I myself have been doing the last couple of months or so, along some of these lines.
Being a Pisces I'm, of course, all wet. :-D
Apparently I'll be blissfully full of inspiration, oneness and compassion.
I'll come home to my true self.
As a creative artist/writer I will have no choice but to move toward fulfilling the deeper longings of what passes for my soul.
No longer will I be able to deny how truly empathic and sensitive I supposedly am.
It's about damn time I channel those special qualities into proper use! Harrumph!!!
Kissing old fears, guilt and regrets good-bye, 2012 will be my year to move forward into the present! Harrumph!!!
My creative career will begin to evolve nicely, with something significant happening around June, so I have to be patient, and watch for generous luck, and assistance to come my way in the first half of the year, in my personal, career, and creative, lives.
I need to get my Shit In Order, and my Ass In Gear, as I could find myself consumed in a hunt for a new home, soon.
According to my Horoscope I've been so immersed in the details of daily life that I've almost forgotten to pause and ask myself ..."Self! Is you is, or is you ain't, fullfilled?"
My Horoscope says I will realize that I can no longer separate my soul's passion from my work.
I've got too many artistic and mystical gifts to just plod along in survival mode, it insists.
I can be of service in a way that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning, and not just to feed the Cats! :-D
It's time to celebrate all my writing talents and put my creative vision into action! Harrumph!!!
Sometimes I'm too subtle and invisible for my own good, according to my Horoscope.
It wants to know Why am I hiding? It claims that this year holds big expectations for my personal, & creative, potential.
With the Angels (The Heavenly ones, not the baseball team down the street from where I live!) apparently on my side, this year, this is supposedly a beneficient time to make my dreams a reality.
Creativity is what I do best, it says, my life was too damn ordinary up to now, it says, time to change the script, it says.
Fer Christ's sake, what did I really come into this world to do, my Horrorscope asks?
Many messages will come to me, it says, in the form of intimations, epiphanies and other pieces of synchronicity.
I need to take everything as it comes without second-guessing or doubt.
I apparently won't need my brains, and intellect, too much this year, as I'll be operating under sheer heart and intuition.
I need to trust that I'll end up exactly where God, the Universe, whatever, wants me to be.
My Horooscope must be seriously high on some potent Shit! :-D
I'm apparently gonna be seriously "Hot" the first part of the year, after living in a freezer for all of my adult life. :-D
Things may get turbulent in this department, but I'll learn a lot about myself.
Like what? That, to some Ladies, 50's, & Balding, is Beautiful?
That this Dog (I mean Cat!) ain't too old to learn new tricks? That I can still, um, well, anyway, where was I? Hee, hee!
Oh, yeah, after a whole lot of other Mushy Stuff that, to me, has no connection to my life as a bachelor, with no real social life, my Horoscope ends by confidently exclaiming...
"This year is about unconditional love - starting with number one!"
Okay, if y'all say so. :-D