exuberant girl and camelAlways jump in the puddles!  Always skip alongside the flowers.  The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties.  -Terri Guillemets

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. -Dr. Seuss

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.  -Jean de la Bruyere

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. -Sigmund Freud

The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us. When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult.  -Eugene Ionesco

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.  -Leo Buscaglia

A grownup is a child with layers on.  -Woody Harrelson

There’s a lot we leave behind in childhood, like unicorns and our imagination. One of the better things is the ability to spontaneously live in the wonder-filled present moment. Think about the last time you lost your self for awhile, so absolutely happily absorbed in the present moment? You probably weren’t thinking about ‘adult things’. It is hard to worry about bills, wars and politics when you’re absorbed in catching tadpoles, or a game of hopscotch. I remember summer afternoons as a kid spent roller-skating. I’d get out my ghetto blaster, put on assign parts to all my playmates and put on neighborhood shows. There was nothing better in the world. Then we grow up, and as Woody Harrelson says, we pile on the layers. We forget what it’s like to let loose and let go. To throw our self a roller skating party; to make art that doesn’t care a fig about critics; to be radiant and glorious and full of light – be it in our fairy, cowboy costume or birthday suit. This is what it means to be a kid. This is Leo.

Jupiter, the principle of growth, freedom and opportunity, expands the sign it transits, and just as the seasons change precisely when they need to, Jupiter’s entry into Leo says: it is time for all to remember that we are radiant and glorious and full of light. We are Divine Children. Did you forget? Thought so. How’s your relationship to fun and play? When was the last time you got dressed up and hit the town, just because? When was the last time you celebrated and danced, just because? Or un-self consciously shared your art? Or bared your heart to someone whom you were dying to show your affection and adoration? Leo rules: artists, lovers, courtship and dating, entertainers, children, animals, play, recreation, recreational sex.  Through art-making, declarations of love and moments of contacting the transcendent child Self within, Jupiter’s transit through Leo favours all who un-self consciously dare to shine their light.

Life is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the golden fountainhead of our existence. The privilege of this human birth is not meant only to be uttered in our humble Buddhist meditation in an attempt to ease our martyred suffering. Life is meant to be shouted from the rooftops, celebrated via a life lived with bold panache, colour and artistry -not measured in grey endless time-serving days. Of a world that measures radiance and wealth in fame, love, money and celebrity, Jupiter asks, What happened to everyone’s imagination? In childhood, we measured our wealth by summer days, friendships, good music and books, ice cream flavours, the number of ladybugs in our garden.  “What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult,” remarked Sigmund Freud. Indeed.

The planets are wise timekeepers, and Jupiter’s entry into Leo marks this next 12 months as the time to step into our luminosity and brilliance. Let’s have fun again. We each have something special and unique to share. Let’s open our hearts, all together.