National Teacher Day is always the Tuesday of the first full week of May. An Arkansas teacher, Mrs. Mattye Whyte Woodridge, began corresponding with political and education leaders as early as 1944 about the need for a national day honoring teachers.

One of the leaders she wrote to was Eleanor Roosevelt, who persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day in 1953. In the late 1970s, the National Education Association, its Indiana and Kansas state affiliates, and its local affiliate in Dodge City, Kansas, all lobbied Congress on behalf of creation of a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only. NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when NEA and the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

"When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear" - thus by the power of manifestation based on personal growth and soul recognition by student and teacher.

Life, as you know is an ongoing experience as if we are in a university of the mind. The learning lessons are endless as are the teachers we encounter as we move through this reality.

The students often become the teachers as we share wisdom and help each other evolve out of the classroom and into consciousness.

How do we determine who is destined to teach, lecture, or lead others? Most teachers feel it in their souls as far back as grade school. It would also show up in Numerology and Astrology charts. Palmistry is another helpful tool.

Take a look at the hand you write with. Hold it in front of you. You are looking at the difference between your Index - Jupiter finger- and the ring - Apollo finger.

If the Apollo [sun] finger is longer - you were born to teach and lead. Your personality is strong and determined. You would not be one to dwell and could let go of things outmoded. If your Jupiter finger is much longer and thicker than the Apollo finger - you will most definitely find your way as an educator and leader - accomplishing your goals on whatever levels you chose - the warning here is not to abuse or control others to attain your goals. You will find yourself early in life and be independent as you search for your personal truths.

Those with a Jupiter finger that is shorter than the Apollo finger - are the 'late-bloomers' - who often listen to others and will not move forward without their consent for fear of failure or hurting someone. They will learn many lessons on different levels before finding their personal power. One day they will stand up and shout their needs and go after them with integrity - often to the chagrin of those who have used them in the past - or seen them as weak and indecisive. One must gain personal power without guilt or negativity. These people are also the day-dreamers. Many go into fields dealing with health and creativity. They can be compassionate, yet deep within, seek personal strength and goals, often burning out after years of caretaking and putting other's needs before their own. As we know, this always leads to illness.

There is nothing I embrace more than knowledge and creativity. I have been a teacher since age 20, and often played the role of teacher with neighborhood children, when I was growing up. I have taught on all levels of experience - to different age groups - all offering rewards and challenges, as with all things in life. Teaching, as with all things in life, must be filled with humor and energetic connection between myself and my students.

Last week I spoke with my first metaphysical teacher, back in the 1980's, Sue, who lives in Brooklyn. She still does readings and teaches from her home on the water, much as I do. She says her goal is to prepare others to go on to become teachers. Ah ... the program is playing out as it should ... Jolly, Good show!

My Palm Print

Though hard to see the size of my Jupiter and Apollo fingers in relationship to each other, as my hand is open, my Jupiter finger is much longer, though not thicker, than my Apollo finger, making me a teacher, independent, and destined to seek the limelight. This also goes with my Leo Moon. My Apollo finger tapers at the top phalange, making me creative in my teaching and life.

When the Student Is Ready,

the Teacher Will Appear.