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Healing with Haiku

Updated: May 11, 2023

If you've read my book, Written in the Stars: Poems and Pictures or if you know me personally, you already know that I often turn to astrology, numerology and tarot to help me with self-understanding. I'm also adding Human Design to my esoteric toolbox, but that will be a post for another day.

At this writing, the Sun is in Taurus and the Moon is in Capricorn, both Earth signs which can help us to feel grounded when life circumstances may dictate quite the opposite. The recent lunar eclipse in the sign of Scorpio left me feeling a bit untethered emotionally. So much so that I realized it was time to free myself of a writing project that I started 18 months ago, but no longer excites me. I knew deep down (thanks to a natal 9th house stellium in Scorpio sitting next to the eclipse) it was time to let it go, but I kept trying to force it into something it just didn't want to become. So I put down my pen and closed my notebook on that project for now. It has taken me 5 days to come back to Earth (so to speak) and operate on a more even keel.

The Venus-ruled sign of Taurus invites us to notice the beauty all around us. Taurus governs that which we value including love and money; it rules the throat chakra enabling us to praise, sing, lend our voice to what needs to be expressed. A very sensual sign, Taurus has good taste and appreciates the finer things in life. Yet it is a fixed sign...unwavering, steady...and yes, stubborn. One can depend on the steady rhythm of strong Taurean energy, finding comfort in the familiar.

That being said, I've always enjoyed writing haiku, the Japanese-born 3-stanza poems featuring 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line and 5 syllables once again in the last line of the poem. 5-7-5. My 12th house Saturn in Capricorn loves to work with this structure. And now with the Sun in Taurus, I'm in sync with the rhythm of haiku. It's comfortable, familiar. Perhaps it's my offbeat way (Aquarius Rising) that I self-soothe.

I will share a few recent poems.

Waiting to be born

The gestation period

May be very long

Ever the late bloomer, I wrote the above haiku realizing that at age 61, perhaps I have not yet begun to produce my best work. Thinking about Grandma Moses and others who didn't even begin to offer their creations to the world until later in life, perhaps the best is yet to come.

I recently was gifted The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit oracle card deck by Kim Krans and it's one of my favorite decks to work with especially when I need to hear my intuition come through. This morning, asking about the need for some things to change in my life, I received these two cards, Nightingale (fearless voice) and Phoenix (transformation of our past), pictured next to the resulting haiku I wrote.

When nightingales sing

Let their music transform you

With Phoenix-fueled flames

Sometimes I use the Rider-Waite tarot deck and do a reading for myself by asking a question (usually just wanting some guidance for the day) and selecting one card. Here's a haiku I wrote for the VI of Swords.

It's time to let go

Of what no longer serves me

I sail towards the light

I find it healing to use these haiku as affirmations to peek at throughout the day, for use as a mantra in meditation or as a quick pick-me-up.


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