One Major Victory

I moved!!!!

In keeping with the movie of my life theme, of course its some crazy shit with it, this is me after all so can’t nothing be simple. Its all good though, we are somewhere clean and safe and I am solving all the little problems springing up one by one so everyting soon come irie.

Now, in keeping with the theme of my life, I am of course, already looking out onto the horizon. Its either that or look back and I can’t do that. I had asked God and the Universe for a new start and I feel like I am circling the airport, waiting to land but I’ve already made the trip.

I need some money now.

First, I want to travel, and see the world a little. I need to wander to center myself…

I found some places I want to go:

For Thanksgiving break and the two weeks after, I would pull Yeyah out of school and me her and the baby would

Day 1: Miami.
Board your overnight flight to South America.

Day 2: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro.
Welcome to South America’s capital of glamour—Rio de Janeiro! Rooms are ready upon arrival. Your Local Host will be available with suggested activities during your free time. Tonight, you may opt to join an outing to a churrascaria for a feast of Brazilian barbecued meats, followed by a Samba show, where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful extravaganza.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro.
An included city tour takes you to bustling downtown Rio, where modern office towers stand next to relics of the Portuguese colonial past. View the Sambodromo and the Cathedral before visiting 300-foot-high Sugar Loaf Mountain. Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savor spectacular vistas of the city and beaches. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. (B)

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an optional Jeep tour to Tijuca National Park and its bird sanctuary. This afternoon, you may elect to discover historic Petropolis, the site of the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II. (B).

Day 5: Rio–Iguassu Falls.
Fly to Iguassu Falls. This masterpiece of nature encompasses 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles. The afternoon is dedicated to enjoying the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour. With some cataracts as high as 250 feet, it’s nothing short of hypnotic. The clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth make this an unforgettable natural wonder. (B)

Day 6: Iguassu Falls.
This morning, take the Ecological Jungle Train and tour the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls with numerous walkways that wind under the crashing water. (B)

Day 7: Iguassu Falls–Buenos Aires.
Fly to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country that occupies most of the southern part of the continent. After arriving at your central hotel, you will have time to become acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés. (B)

Day 8: Buenos Aires.
Included sightseeing starts in the colorful La Boca district, site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching the Cemetery of the Recoleta, burial site of Eva Peron. This evening, perhaps take an optional excursion including dinner at a local restaurant followed by a performance of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango! (B)

Day 9: Buenos Aires.
Today is at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an optional excursion to the Pampas. Experience Argentine country life as you visit an estancia (ranch). Get acquainted with the lifestyle of the gauchos and enjoy a barbecue lunch and the warm hospitality of your hosts before returning to the city. (B)

Day 10: Buenos Aires–Lima.
Fly to Lima, Peru today. (B)

Day 11: Lima.
Your included city tour focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the skeleton of Francisco Pizarro is sealed in a wooden coffin, and the San Francisco Monastery with its eerie burial crypts. (B)

Day 12: Lima–Cuzco.
Fly to Cuzco, nestled high in the Andes. Your guided tour visits the Santo Domingo Monastery, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with its intricate stone walls, the Kenko amphitheatre, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara. (B)

Day 13: Cuzco.
A short drive into the Urubamba Valley brings you to Awanakancha, where you learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the market town of Pisac. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley, visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, where some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. Tonight in Cuzco, maybe sample area cuisine at one of the numerous restaurants recommended by your Local Host. (B,L)

Day 14: Cuzco–Machu Picchu.
Board a train bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided tour, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas, or hike to the peak of Huayna Picchu. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Machu Picchu–Cuzco.
A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas. (B)

Day 16: Cuzco–Lima.
Fly to Lima with some free time to relax before departing for the airport late this evening for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Day 17: Miami.
Arrive home.

In February, during the week of Winter Recess, I am going with Das to Japan.

The perfect journey along the Golden Route… This delightful itinerary reveals the very best of Japan. Begin with the 21st century sophistication of Tokyo, Japan’s dynamic capital. Then discover the tranquil beauty of Hakone National Park, a celebrated hot springs resort. Finish your travels on a high note in ancient Kyoto – revered as the artistic, cultural and spiritual heart of the nation.

Day 1 – Welcome to Tokyo!

Check in to the city-center hotel of your choice, the superior first class Grand Palace Hotel, wonderfully situated close to the Imperial Palace, the deluxe Keio Plaza, a stylish hotel in the heart of the vibrant Shinjuku District, or thePark Hyatt, a luxury landmark set on the 14th to 52nd floors of the prestigious Shinjuku Park Tower.

Day 2 – A morning tour…

Your morning sightseeing begins atop Tokyo Tower for great views over the city. With clear skies, you might even espy Mt. Fuji in the distance. Continue to the picturesque Imperial Palace Plaza and drive through Akihabara Electric Town. Stroll among the traditional merchants of the colorful Nakamise Arcade to visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest in the city. Your tour ends downtown at Tokyo Station where dining and shopping options abound. Meals B

Day 3 – Tokyo as you please

A free day to enjoy at your own pace. Your hotel’s heart-of-it-all location makes it so easy to explore, shop and dine on your own! From April to November a tour is available to visit the magnificent Toshogu Shrine, set against the splendor of Nikko National Park. Meals B

Day 4 – Onward to Mt. Fuji & Hakone National Park

Ascend midway up the scenic, forested slopes of Mt. Fuji to the mountain’s 5th station and the Fuji Visitor Center. Enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch and then cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Ashi to your choice of overnight accommodations, the lovely Kowaki-en or the luxurious Hyatt Regency. Both of General Tours inviting resorts promise idyllic settings surrounded by the natural beauty of Hakone National Park and the opportunity to experience a traditional onsen, or Japanese hotsprings bath. Meals B,L

Day 5 – Ride the Bullet Train to Kyoto

Travel this morning to nearby Odawara and step aboard the world-famous Shinkansen bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel of your choice – the first class New Miyako, the deluxe ANA Kyoto Hotel, or the luxuriousHotel Okura. Meals B

Day 6 – Out and about in Kyoto

Your morning sightseeing tour explores the city’s most significant sites, starting with the oft-photographed Kinkaku-ji Temple; this Golden Pavilion shimmers in its tranquil setting surrounded by pine forests on the edge of a peaceful pond. Then enter into the Age of the Samurai at Nijo Castle. Marvel at the ingenuity of the famed Nightingale Floor, cleverly designed to chirp in warning if intruders gained entry into the Shogun’s quarters! Visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. Meals B

Day 7 – Day at leisure

A free day to spend as you wish. Your hotel’s city-center location makes it easy to step out and explore at your own pace. Or, you might join an available excursion to visit Nara, the exquisite ancient capital of Japan. Meals B

Day 8 – Depart Kyoto

General Tours tour with ends this morning.

I want to take 9 with me to see Three Continents during spring break in April. From April 19-April 30 we would

Day 1: (Wed.) Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

Day 2: Arrive in Athens, Greece.
(Thu.) Time to rest or to start exploring the Hellenic capital. At 6 pm, meet your Athens Host and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 3: Athens–Piraeus (Embarkation).
(Fri.) Morning at leisure in Athens before heading for Piraeus. Around 11 am, sail into the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea, easily settling into the cruising routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool, and reveling in the delights prepared by the ship’s expert chefs. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander at whim through narrow paved streets lined with trendy boutiques and shady tavernas before returning on board. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Cruising.
(Sat. to Thu.) Enjoy your cruise to Istanbul, Mykonos, Ashdod (Israel), Port Said (Egypt), Alexandria (Egypt), Aghios Nikalaos (Crete). (B,L,D)

Day 5: Cruising.
(Sat. to Thu.) Enjoy your cruise to Istanbul, Mykonos, Ashdod (Israel), Port Said (Egypt), Alexandria (Egypt), Aghios Nikalaos (Crete). (B,L,D)

Day 6: Cruising.
(Sat. to Thu.) Enjoy your cruise to Istanbul, Mykonos, Ashdod (Israel), Port Said (Egypt), Alexandria (Egypt), Aghios Nikalaos (Crete). (B,L,D)

Day 7: Cruising.
(Sat. to Thu.) Enjoy your cruise to Istanbul, Mykonos, Ashdod (Israel), Port Said (Egypt), Alexandria (Egypt), Aghios Nikalaos (Crete). (B,L,D)

Day 8: Cruising.
(Sat. to Thu.) Enjoy your cruise to Istanbul, Mykonos, Ashdod (Israel), Port Said (Egypt), Alexandria (Egypt), Aghios Nikalaos (Crete). (B,L,D)

Day 9: Cruising.
(Sat. to Thu.) Enjoy your cruise to Istanbul, Mykonos, Ashdod (Israel), Port Said (Egypt), Alexandria (Egypt), Aghios Nikalaos (Crete). (B,L,D)

Day 10: Piraeus (Disembarkation)–Athens.
(Fri.) After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens. Sightseeing in Athens with a Local Guide features the Acropolis, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman Temple of Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping.

And then  in the summer, I want to take P with me to the Carribean to Haiti to found the Mother of God Home and to tour the islands.

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Solar Tsunami to Hit the Earth…and Other News

Ok, so late breaking fearmongering non-event warning of the day:

Nasa scientists braced for ‘solar tsunami’ to hit earth

The earth could be hit by a wave of violent space weather as early as Tuesday after a massive explosion of the sun, scientists have warned.

The solar fireworks at the weekend were recorded by several satellites, including Nasa’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory which watched its shock wave rippling outwards.

A Nasa spokesman was unavailable for comment.

“This means we have a very good chance of seeing major and prolonged effects, such as the northern lights at low latitudes.”

Astronomers from all over the world witnessed the huge flare above a giant sunspot the size of the Earth, which they linked to an even larger eruption across the surface of Sun.

The explosion was aimed directly towards Earth, which then sent a “solar tsunami” racing 93 million miles across space.

Images from the SDO hint at a shock wave travelling from the flare into space, the New Scientist reported.

Experts said the wave of supercharged gas will likely reach the Earth on Tuesday, when it will buffet the natural magnetic shield protecting Earth.

It is likely to spark spectacular displays of the aurora or northern and southern lights.

Scientists have warned that a really big solar eruption could destroy satellites and wreck power and communications grids around the globe if it happened today.

Nasa recently warned that Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”.

The Daily Telegraph disclosed in June that senior space agency scientists believed the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes “from a deep slumber” sometime around 2013.

It remains unclear, however, how much damage this latest eruption will cause the world’s communication tools.

Dr Lucie Green, of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Surrey, followed the flare-ups using Japan’s orbiting Hinode telescope.

“What wonderful fireworks the Sun has been producing,” the UK solar expert said.

“This was a very rare event – not one, but two almost simultaneous eruptions from different locations on the sun were launched toward the Earth.

“These eruptions occur when immense magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere lose their stability and can no longer be held down by the Sun’s huge gravitational pull. Just like a coiled spring suddenly being released, they erupt into space.”

She added: “It looks like the first eruption was so large that it changed the magnetic fields throughout half the Sun’s visible atmosphere and provided the right conditions for the second eruption.

“Both eruptions could be Earth-directed but may be travelling at different speeds.

I bet you $20 nothing happens. We’ve had all of these dire predictions of all of this frenetic energy and great changes coming and all this because of the Cardinal Transits but its been a wash. Just frustration and the sense that something has to happen but then, nothing. Like smelling smoke but not feeling heat or finding fire…

At any rate, nothing has happened on the apartment front yet, at least to my knowledge. Hopefully, without me knowing it, the Universe is conspiring to shower me with great blessings and the house of my dreams in a few days.

Today’s Reading:

Card of the Day: The King of Wands

Past: The Wheel of Fortune –

The Wheel of Fortune indicates that the second half of the soul’s journey has begun. After exploring the realm of inner dreams and visions, The Hermit enabled the unconscious to come to light. The efforts of the Hermit completed the soul’s first half of the journey; individuation of self and the establishment of ones position in society. Yet, the Hermit now understands that he is not a slave to his position to society. It’s a choice that enables him to move within society’s constructs or well outside of them.

The Wheel of Fortune represents the unifying aspects of the psyche; the unconscious and conscious have converged. The Wheel of Fortune is the mandala which represents a spiritual wholeness and inner stability. In a tarot reading, the appearance of The Wheel of Fortune indicates that a major part of the journey has been reached. The individual is free from the oppressions of society. He knows his true self. He has walked through the darker parts of himself and he now is able to unite with his destiny.

The correlating number to The Wheel of Fortune is ten. Ten is the first of the numbers that has double digits. It symbolizes a new beginning and the completion of a life stage. Ten is considered to be a perfect number; therefore it represents perfection, harmony, and a new beginning. Its association to the Wheel of Fortune signifies the wheels ever changing movement. The new road is presented to the individual. He is invited to either jump on the path to his destiny or choose to sit aside. The center of the Wheel of Fortune represents the universe. The spokes depict the channels that lead to Self.

The Wheel of Fortunes conveys a peace of mind, the relinquishing of guilt, and the substructure of universal order. In a tarot reading, the Wheel of Fortune imparts the principles of change. Its tarot card meanings refer to the fact that nothing in this world is constant. There is always the element of uncertainty and nothing can be controlled indefinitely. The only thing that is certain is change. The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that we must learn to have acceptance and understand that all things must move forward if we are to reach enlightenment.

The negative aspect of the Wheel of Fortune represents the individual who can not see the bigger picture of his journey. He remains enclosed in his own interpretation of fate. He is not unable to learn from his mistakes nor is he capable of seeing the clues that encourage him to take a different path. He remains forever tied to what he believes is his destiny. Thus, he misses important opportunities that may bring new directions.

Upright Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

You are beginning a new life cycle, one that promises fortunate circumstances. Things have been set in motion that you have little control of, yet if you accept the process, change and growth will occur. This is a process of destiny and if you let it work through you, events of great significance can manifest. In your current situation, you have no personal control to influence the outcome. Allow the universe to work for you. This may be a period where there are many changes. Expect new opportunities and be willing to take some chances. When the Wheel of Fortune appears upright in your tarot spread, it may represent a new situation that will require a decision of the utmost importance. This can represent a change in your destiny. Although things may be moving rapidly, be sure you look at the bigger picture. Know that your labors will bring big rewards.

  • Fate
  • Good fortune or luck
  • Quick changes
  • Life Cycles
  • Progress

Present:

Future: Five of Pentacles (Reversed) –

Reversed Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
The positive aspect of a Reversed Five of Pentacles refers to the end of a crisis or period of struggle. Issues surrounding money will improve. If you have been unhappy in your current job, things may turn around for you. Hard times are behind you. Emotionally, you may be coming out of a period of depression or apathy. You have found a new faith in yourself and in spiritual matters.

In some cases, the Five of Pentacles can indicate continued hardship and financial insecurity. In a tarot reading, the reversed Five of Pentacles can indicate an emotional impoverishment. This may be a period where you have nothing to give because you are emotionally tapped. In these circumstances, it’s important to remember to nurture yourself.

• New found faith
• Improved conditions
• Improvement with one’s health
• Financial hardship coming to an end

Let’s hope so!!!