Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Turns out this New Year has a lot going on-- it's a blue moon in more than one sense. First, it's the second full moon in the month. Second, it's the thirteenth full moon in the year. And third, it's rare-- a blue moon on New Year's eve hasn't happened in 20 years. If it had actually been BLUE, due to dust particles in the air, it'd been a blue moon by all four definitions.

But as my friend Wendy noted, it's ALSO the dawn of a new decade. Which led a friend of her's to quote the song "Aquarius". A quick internet search indicates he might not just be joking (lol).

According to Rex E Bills, The Rulership Book, 1976, Pgs 362-365, "Ages are believed by some astrologers to affect mankind while other astrologers believe the ages correlate to the rise and fall of mighty civilizations and cultural tendencies. Aquarius traditionally "rules" electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealists, modernization, rebels and rebellion, mental diseases, nervous disorders, and astrology." Ages last 2150 years each. Though there's a wide range of possible start dates for the Age of Aquarius, if you go with the song's opening line, "When the Moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars. Then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars." Then this alignment happened on Valentine's day, this year: February 14, 2009.

All of this as an introduction to a recap of 2009 in the Wise household (;

This year, Mark finished his classes and received his Associate’s Degree in Airframe and Powerplant. This year, Grandmother moved in with her son, Mark’s Dad, and I finally returned to school to begin finishing my Bachelor’s Degree and making art again for the first time in almost a decade. My oldest son is in second grade, almost as tall as I, and advanced to a camo belt in Karate. My youngest son started Pre-4K, talking more and making his own friends. This year, we went on local adventures—trips to Chuck E. Cheese and Fun Zone; Trips to a variety of wonderful local playgrounds. And playing tourist close to home: Dothan Botanical Garden, Dothan Museum of Art, Troy’s Pioneer Village and Pioneer Museum, and to Atlanta to the Museum of Art to see the Terra Cotta Warriors. And Mark and I celebrated our 10th anniversary. All in all 2009 lived up to what I hoped for it!

A new year, a new decade: Borrowing a quote from my friend Traci Moss, "May you all ring out the year with love and memories of wonder and salute 2010 with the hopes of continued love, laughter and new adventures!"

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