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Memorial for Barbara Schermer, in Chicago, on Sunday, July 13, 2014

You are cordially invited to join a memorial honoring Barbara Schermer.  
The memorial will include a Death, Dying, and Rebirth Ritual in the Kriya Yoga tradition. The ritual’s focus is upon remembering Barbara’s goodness and the blessings she has shared with each of us. It is performed to assist and bless Barbara’s transition to her new life and is vivified through the participation of those who are present.
If you will be unable to attend yet wish to participate, please hold a moment of time in remembrance on this day.
Details are as follows:
                            Memorial honoring Barbara Schermer

                                       Sunday, July 13, 2014
                                     The Temple of Kriya Yoga
                                         2414 N Kedzie Blvd
                                          Chicago, IL 60647

Parking is available on the Boulevard

You will be asked to remove your shoes upon entering the building.
Directions and interactive map:
Please share this information (via email, FaceBook, etc.) with others who may be interested in attending.
Should you wish to contact me for any reason please do so via email or phone:

Mark Mysliwiec


The Last Post

Barbara Schermer, 67, of Chicago and Ajijic, died on Tuesday morning at 4:00am CST, at home in Mexico. Barbara had been very courageous over the sixteen years she had faced bouts of cancer. She had many good years in between. Barbara was exemplary for her positive attitude and was much loved, even by those she only met in the four years we have lived in Mexico. She also gave anyone an example for how to live with death looking over your left shoulder, and she died with a dignity that would honor any Eastern saint.

Our love continued to deepen, especially in the last four years, and will remain with me forever.

I will leave the site up for a while to allow her many admirers to read or download her writings.—Bob Craft.


Living "Downton Abbey" in 2014

In 2014 we enter into a Downton Abbey kind of year with surprises, ambitions, intrigues, new loves, betrayals, revenges, and noble, courageous actions. The cosmos has complicated plot lines this year, as there are multi-faceted characters—Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars, in multiple interactions—squares (conflict within) and oppositions (conflict without) that manifest in both our collective and personal lives. In short, 2014 is more dramatic than any we have seen.

I thought about how to simply explain this and came up with the diagram below. You can use it experientially. Either engage it spontaneously to bring feelings to mind and journal your process, or use the diagram to interact with a close friend. I included the particular birth dates most affected along with remedies to address these challenges. The accompanying link explains more.

Most important is to realize that in a time of challenge there is always innate potential within.

See my article in the January 2014 Monthly Aspectarian magazine for an explanation of the diagram and how to use it.—Barbara.



Who? For those of you born on these birth dates regardless of the year:

12/29–1/17, 3/29–4/17, 6/30–7/20, 9/30–10/20.

For specific generations:

Saturn in Aries: 3/38–6/38, 10/38–4/39.

Neptune in Libra: 10/45–10/49, 5/50–9/50

Saturn in Cancer: 8/44–7/45..

Uranus in Cancer: 7/50–1/51, 5/51–8/52, 2/53–5/53.


Uranus in Libra: 11/69–3/70, 8/70–11/71, 4/72–8/72.

Pluto in Libra: 10/74–10/78, 5/79–8/79.

Saturn in Libra: 11/80–3/81, 8/81–11/81, 5/82–7/82.

Neptune in Capricorn: 2/87–7/87, 12/87–3/92, 6/92– 11/92.

Saturn in Capricorn: 1/89–12/89.

Uranus in Capricorn- 1/90-7/90, 11/90-1/92, 7/92–12/92.

Remedies: Stay in your center; pranayama (alternate breathing); Be resilient, resourceful and adaptable; Choose your cause; What’s new?; Who and what nourishes me? Seek to go deeper. Let go and forgive through the opus contra naturum. Be not do.


A Clip from My Latest Monthly Aspectarian Interview

Walter Perschke: It is always a pleasure to have these conversations with you. You serve up astrology in such a clear and practical way. Before we shift to our ongoing discussion, you said you wanted to first talk about the upcoming equinox and the meaning of the quarterly movement of the sun through the signs. What can you tell us about these four points each year?

Barbara Schermer: Every year is marked by two equinoxes (the third week of March and the third week of September) and by the two solstices (the third week of June and the third week of December). Equinoxes are the "equal day, equal night" time of year, and solstices, "sun stands still," are when the sun reaches it farthest southern or northern point in the zodiac. The winter solstice, for those of us living at the mid-latitudes in the Northern hemisphere (Chicago), gives us six plus hours of sunlight each day and the summer solstice fifteen plus hours of sunlight.

For many traditions and in many countries, both ancient and current, there are festivals marking these four quarters. They are considered, "spiritual portal points." What this means is we are more naturally in harmony with the movements of the sun and therefore can more easily realign ourselves to our own center and in yoga what is called the Sun chakra (the energy center between and just above your eyes commonly called your third eye). The ideas of actual portals seem to be supported by recent studies. There is new confirmed research emerging that shows there is a direct connection between the sun and earth in what are called magnetic portals. They seem to be from above the Earth's equator and move towards the south pole of Earth in December (winter solstice), or the north pole of Earth in summer in June (summer solstice)....

See the complete article here, as well as the Monthly Aspectarian magazine issue—for free.


Monthly Aspectarian Column Update

Hi All,

The latest issue of the Monthly Aspectarian is out, with the newest edition of my Cosmic Trends column. I hope you enjoy it!