It’s always interesting when a symbol starts showing up repeatedly, and for me it’s been stars. I’m dreaming about them; they’re falling out of envelopes; I wake up in the middle of the night and am irrevocably drawn to the windows to gaze at the stars.
There are people in this world who are shiny stars.
(Actually, truthfully, I think we are ALL shiny stars. But we just don’t get seen that way by everyone. And that’s okay. We only have really have to see ourselves as shiny, and anyone else seeing it is a fun bonus).
I’m thinking I should make it a more regular practice on my blog to share those people I think are stars, and maybe you’ll find they light your life as well. Let me start today with two.
Mandy Steward is a shiny star, although I’m not sure she always sees herself that way. But I know the truth of the matter. Every week she shows up in my e-mail box and every month her zine wends its way through the mailstream and shows up in my mail box. And each time I think – wow, this woman is crazy shiny with magic. She pokes at my heart and makes me cry, she sneaks up behind me and makes me laugh, she shows me her rusty bits and I lean in and see the beauty there.
Three thousand bonus points because she produces a zine and you know my fondness for zines and their creators, and a kajillion more bonus points because she’s the founder of the Secret Message Society. And seeing as how I believe we live in an oracular world filled with messages of love hidden in the most incredible places, and I happen to have a very special secret message decoder badge, you know I’m a card carrying member of the above mentioned Society.
I invite you to poke around Mandy’s site and see if she shines for you as well. Do her the justice of digging deep and meeting her fullness.
Someone else who invites deep thinking is Janelle Hardy. Her newsletter showed up in my mailbox this morning and I’ve been thinking about what’s she written and the questions she’s posed. The jumping off spot is a home fire in her neighborhood, but as with all things, where we start is simply where we start. The invitation is to turn the lens at other places in our lives as well. Do go read what she’s written, and then see if you aren’t left thinking about your home. Not just your physical home, but the life you’ve created that is the home for your spirit.
Besides sharing a little love of these two shiny ones, let me share a couple of other things as well. First a peek at a locket I’ve had for a while, but is currently up front in my attention again. It’s engraved with the constellation I was born under Cancer the Crab.
And finally, this quote from Amy Tan:
“I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.”
That’s a beautiful way to feel isn’t it? I think we’re all striving for that – looking for those stars that shine with colors and spirits that resonant with ours so we can hang out together. In beautiful configurations and constellations. And yet knowing we’re all spinning, we’re all moving, we’re all part of something even greater.
And that’s the thought I’m holding on to today.
What about you? Have a star you want to share? What zodiacal constellation were you born under? What makes you feel shiny? Do your wishing under a star? Do tell – you know I love to hear.