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DR. BACH’S ANTIDOTES FOR AFTER SHOCKS OF PLUTO’S EXACT HIT ON URANUS

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology Leave a comment

While it may seem that there’s overkill chat regarding the Pluto/Uranus square and the first of seven exact hits this past Sunday, the reality is… not really.  Or, put another way to coin a phrase, ‘it’s never enough’.  Globally and on all levels, all of us are going to be living with this energy as it builds and wanes, builds and wanes until the final of the seven exact hits occurs March, 2015. 

How and where this energy is affecting us personally as we navigate this passage is and will be very individual.  Outwardly we’re already witnessing its effects in Mother Nature’s rage environmentally along with the struggle for political change around the globe. 

As I’ve mentioned previously, Pluto is currently in Capricorn where its mission is to break  up and eliminate those things and structures that no longer serve.  On the other end of the square, Uranus is sitting in Aries where as a restless rebel, it’s  full of aggression. 

Thus, this circumstance begs the question, what can we call upon to calm our own turbulent waters of emotion so that we may respond with clear vision and action to the environment around us?

As I wrote in Igniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies, Dr. Edward Bach did explore the subject of astrology as it related to his 38 Bach Flower Remedies.  Nevertheless, in his writings which are scant, he admits to stepping away from his theories of such connections because,  ‘one wants to be sure’.  However in Igniting, I speculate that while he made this statement publicly, privately I find it hard to believe that he did so; he was too esoteric in his philosophy and explorations.  Perhaps he felt the time wasn’t quite right for such speculation and therefore decided to leave it to others who would follow him.   

 Without delving too deeply into the whys and wherefores through the astrological lens, I offer these interpretations with remedy suggestions as a starting point for calming the internal reactions that may be stirring up for you. 

 I begin with the reminder (again) that each of Bach’s 38 possesses multiple subtleties when it comes to choice consideration, similarly to the numerous contemplations an astrologer ruminates across when interpreting the planetary relationships in a chart.

This said, Bach’s remedy Mimulus is classically suggested for calming ‘worldly fears’.  In other words, whether it’s an ongoing phobia or situational fear, you KNOW what’s frightening you.  You can finish the sentence, “I’m afraid of…”  You can name it and it relates to the mundane of everyday life AND I add from an evolutional perspective, our past…in this life  as well as perhaps a prior life which carries karma that has now ripened to be dealt with.  With Pluto currently sitting in the sign of Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn, there’s an energetic theme that demands we dig deep (Pluto) in order to  come face to face with long-denied fears (Saturn) and thus claim our power through transformation (Pluto). 

Among Mimulus’ attributes is the energy of courage; here there’s no coincidence, for ‘courage’ is a positive characteristic of the warrior planet Mars… which rules the sign of Aries… right where Uranus the rebel, is currently sitting! However, when Aries isn’t balanced it becomes (among other unattractive attributes), impatient! Happily, there is a remedy for this and it’s Bach’s Impatiens which also happens to be in his famous combination, Rescue Remedy.

Thus, we have two initial remedies capable of supporting us through the challenges ahead.  For directions on how to use them in combination as well as other information on flower remedies, please refer to my website:  http://www.gayemack.com

                                                                             MIMULUS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

IMPATIENS

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation



AS SATURN TURNS DIRECT WE CAN EXHALE AND PERSEVERE IN WRITING MODE SURVIVAL WITH THESE REMINDERS

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Worth the Read, Writer's Work Leave a comment

After five months of pure slog, Saturn, the ‘old Devil’, the task master in everyone’s chart, has finally finished his retrograde motion, Stationing Direct as of today.  When Saturn turns retrograde, his energy commands us to review, rethink and redo, sometimes over and over.  So if life or particular efforts have seemed stuck or full of chronic frustrations in a particular area since early February, making it seem as if you’ve been walking up the down escalator; this is no accident.  Most likely it’s the energy of this retrograde with specific purpose in mind and our best interests at the heart.   As I’ve said in prior posts, the energy of a planet’s retrograde is to encourage us to go inward, to contemplate, consider, revise.  In other words, a course correction. 

Highly respected evolutionary astrologer, Steven Forrest, identifies among Saturn’s ‘jobs’ as representing development of self-discipline, self-respect, faith in our destiny AND making peace with solitude.  I can’t think of any other phrases that hit the nail on the head when it comes to  critical characteristics required in the perseverance of writing, regardless of whether we are speaking about writing fiction or non-fiction.  I may have mentioned this in a prior blog, but it bears repeating here, I think.  Years ago, I had a very well-known astrologer and author tell me, ‘writing is the loneliest, hardest, work you will ever do.  Nearly forty years later I have to agree, this is as true today as it was  when I was just starting out as an undergraduate.

Ironically, as if right on time, this morning I received a blog posting notice from Susan Lakin’s ‘Live Write Thrive’ blog on which she posted an article from her guest, Brian Feinblum who blogs at Book Marketing Buzz.  The title of this post is, 16 Tips on How to Survive and Thrive as a Writer.

Brian’s article is excellent and incredibly timely for those of us who ‘write to thrive’  within Saturn’s recent energy framework over the last five months.  What follows is Brian’s brief introduction and his first five points of how to survive as a writer.  However, I encourage you to read his full article at Susan’s blog.  It’s ‘well worth the read’!

Today, people believe they can social network their way to the top, that they are one witty tweet or one viral video away from making millions. They want to be on a reality show, they want to blog their way to fame, they want to create the next Facebook—but they fail to put in the hard work that is needed.

Those involved in book publishing seek to cash in their lottery ticket. Everyone who writes a book has the hope—even the expectation—that they will have a best-seller on their hands. Who is there to give them a tissue box when their Book Scan numbers don’t register beyond a blip of sales? But, reality aside, here’s the pep talk all writers will need at some point in their careers. Put aside the need for hard work, luck, connections, great writing, hiring professional help, etc.

 The 16 Tips for Thriving

  • Always believe in yourself. You have something to offer others, something worth sharing, something unique and special.
  • Know the experts are not always right. There is rarely one singular way to do anything. Find your own style and way to do what you need to do to succeed.
  • Never accept defeat. Change course, yes. Give up, no. Admit you made an error or mistake but don’t throw in the towel.
  • Learn from others. Copy the habits of successful people when it suits you but don’t be just like them. The world needs you—not a replica of someone else.
  • Realize you can improve every aspect of your writing, editing, publicity, marketing, sales, distribution, etc. Push the bar higher and keep reaching beyond your comfort zone.

DR. EDWARD BACH’S REMEDIES WHEN THE MESSAGE OF ‘TRANSFORMATION’ IN THE PLUTO/URANUS SQUARE HITS YOUR HOUSES OF SELF-ESTEEM AND SOUL’S AGENDA

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology Leave a comment

Even if astrology isn’t your cup of tea, it’s hard to ignore the ‘buzz’ over the approaching ‘exact hit’ of the Pluto/Uranus square on June 24th.  This event has been touted in various facets of the media including the financial pages where it’s been discussed by highly respected financial gurus such as Ray Merriman who also happens to be an astrologer.   The building energy of this event is affecting us on many levels from personal to global.  Pluto cleans out what needs to go so that new growth can emerge and Uranus is the lightning rod to the process as we are already witnessing in the chaos of world markets, the weather, communications and politics.

 None of us is immune to what’s happening, so what this process means for each of us on a personal level is of import.  Everyone’s birth and transit charts offer up hundreds of permutation possibilities dependent on the energetic relations between the planets, signs and houses.  Interestingly, this is not unlike the possibilities offered within Dr. Bach’s 38 flower remedies, which actually there are over 200 million possible combinations of the 38!  And not unlike the energetic effect on us from the movement in the heavens, the vibration of the remedies can and does affect us basically on three levels; the mundane, themes in our emotional history and very importantly, our SOUL agenda with its karmic contract.

In astrology, whether it’s the birth chart or one of the calculated transit charts, the fourth house in one’s chart is the deepest house in the chart.  Among the mundane and emotional themes, it’s also ‘the seat of the soul’.  Because the Pluto/Uranus square is so significant and about ‘transformation’, I’m particularly interested in charts where the impact of the ‘transiting’ Square hits the second and fourth houses from this deep perspective.

Our Soul has an agenda that’s unique to each and every one of us.  That said, the issue of self-esteem, which is one of the second house themes, is ‘soul connected’.  How we are impacted by this theme, if at all, is dependent on many other factors in the chart that not only reflect our current ‘history’ but also our ‘karmic story’.  Nevertheless, if Pluto is residing in the second house, there’s going to be an upheaval in some manner in how you interpret your self-esteem.  How this will be triggered is impossible to predict, but it will require a re-examination and shift in some manner.  Pluto is currently in the sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn, ruled by Saturn is about stability, accountability, structure, responsibility…solid ground.  Is your self-esteem weak or is it perhaps due for a reality check?  With Pluto in the second house, by transit, the other end of this square will be in the fourth house where Uranus, the rebel who likes to ‘shock’, is teamed up with Aries, the sign of the warrior, Mars…no wishy washy here.  So what to do?

 Whether looking at this picture from an astrological or flower remedy perspective (or both), we have consistent themes of upheaval, change, transformation.  With over 200 million possible combinations of Bach 38 remedies there are endless considerations dependent on the unique circumstances for each of us.  However, consistently from the larger picture, there are two that readily come to mind first and foremost…Star of Bethlehem and Walnut.

 ‘Star’ as I’ve written before in previous posts, is THE umbrella remedy.  Classically and I emphasize, ‘classically’,  its indications are for ‘shock and trauma’…certainly this description might fit the transit fallout from Pluto and Uranus more profoundly for some than others.  As a practitioner I’ve always recommended this remedy for grief and loss…very possible results of this square for some, but again not necessarily dramatically across the board.  For many people change is readily embraced, for others it can be traumatic.  Thus, change is a very subjective process.  Regardless, Star is a BIG remedy; its energy is incredibly healing for everyone and goes incredibly deep which is why Dr. Bach, I’m sure, included it in his ‘Rescue Remedy’ formula.  Walnut on the other hand is always, always for ‘change and transition’.  Need we say more?  Walnut is for life changes; it helps us break the ties that bind, helps us move onward without distraction. 

 Finally, no matter where the Pluto/Uranus square is hitting your ‘circumstances of life’, calling upon these two remedies would not go amiss as you navigate this passage.  At the end of the day, the theme with Dr. Bach’s remedies, as with all flower remedies, really, is about participation, awareness, reflection & growth.

 

                                                    PLUTO/URANUS SQUARE HITTING THE SECOND & FOURTH HOUSES BY TRANSIT

 


AND YOU THOUGHT ESPRESSO WAS COFFEE–ENTER THE PRINT-ON-DEMAND ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE COMING SOON TO YOUR FAVORITE CAFE

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In a very Uranian manner, the wonder of technology has hit the realm of publishers and writers alike with the arrival of On Demand Books’ Espresso Book Machine!  Now, while you wait for your favorite café drink to be made, the book you’ve wanted to read can be printed for you in paperback format with lightening speed at the cost of approximately a penny per page. 

Just imagine, for those of us who still like to hold the real deal in our hands but have acquiesced to the age of ‘readers’,  no more trying to squint your way through pages on your Kindle, IPad or Nook while you sip.  And there’s more good news.   For authors desiring to go the self publishing route, On Demand Books offers this option as well. Print-ready PDF files (with cover) are uploaded to ODB.  Almost immediately the book is available for sale through the Espresso Book Machine’s global network. Full ownership and control over the digital files is retained by the author along with the rights to modify or delete titles from the system at any time.  As for payment, sales are tracked by ODB’s EspressNet software, which secures the author’s titles and provides all payments to the author as self-publisher.  Distribution is non-exclusive. 

 Additionally, even traditional houses such as Harper Collins, Hachette Group, MacMillan and Random house, just to name a few, have taken advantage as a way to increase their sales in partnership with the brick and mortar bookstores.  All in all it seems a win/win situation for everyone.   When I first read about this, I wondered where I’d been as evidently the system has been around for a few years.  Upon further exploration I discovered that current  locations for public access are not plentiful…yet.  Many are within university libraries and some bookstores.  Nevertheless I suspect the demand will grow through readers like myself. Check out ODB’s  website to find locations here and abroad.

As an author who has resisted self-publishing, I have to admit the advantages seem substantial when you consider them, especially for authors who haven’t been able to get in the door of the traditional publishing houses or for even those  of us who have.  Of course as always with self-publishing and even through a traditional publisher in these times, the onus of marketing falls on the author.  One can only hope that the wizards at ODB will come up with a marketing gizmo that cuts through the social network marketing jungle!

If all of this seems too good to be true, check out the YouTube Video to watch how this works as you wait for that latte…I’ll bet you shake your head!


THE MYSTERIES OF OXFORD’S MEDIEVAL GODSTOW NUNNERY-AN IDEAL SETTING FOR “A WATCH OF NIGHTINGALES”

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Ancient Legends of Great Britain, Gaye's England, Scotland & Wales, Writer's Work 2 Comments

A little over two miles northwest of Oxford, the tiny hamlet of Godstow  lies alongside the River Thames.  Bucolic in its landscape, Godstow remains noteworthy for two of its area landmarks, a medieval nunnery and The Trout (Inn, Pub) which 850 years ago(give or take), served as the nunnery’s 12th century hospice.   Sadly the years have not been kind to what was once an extremely wealthy nunnery, as the ruins are now scant.  Nevertheless, Godstow has held a fascination for me since the first time I walked its grounds nearly 35 years ago and why I’ve chosen it for the setting of my next historical mystery which is in the works, “A Watch of Nightingales.”

 One of the better known reasons for the nunnery’s high profile is that Godstow is where Henry II’s famous mistress, the fair Rosamund Clifford was buried upon her death in 1175(1174 or 1176 depending on which ‘authority’ one reads).  While some sources claim the fair Rosamund died of natural causes, there are myths pointing to Henry’s artfully scheming queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, as Rosamund’s murderess…a charge which Eleanor consistently denied…vehemently.

 Leaving Henry, Eleanor and Rosamund aside for the moment, the remaining stones of Godstow surely protect many other secrets, sending the imagination into the realms of ‘what if’?  Scholars cite the existence of ‘outrageous lascivious and licentious behavior’ between the nuns, clerks and scholars of Oxford.  Given that Godstow was built on a marsh island across the river from the Trout, how did they get into town, as it were?  And what sort of intrigues were behind these nocturnal assignations, not to mention that Godstow’s meadow and ditches were and still are, abundant with Birthwort, an herb used in childbirth and…as an abortive.

 In 2006, The Oxford Times ran an article reporting that in 1944, children playing by the Godstow river bank discovered a stone coffin lodged under the tow path, its lid resting about six inches above water level.  Further inspection revealed bones of an adult female.  This coffin was the first of several that have ‘appeared’ over the years, which then disappear into the riverbed, divers unable to locate further evidence of their existence.

Several years ago I discovered a fascinating symbol carved in the remaining stones of Godstow.    Eerily similar to symbolism used by ancient and modern Druids, research efforts to discover its meaning and source over the years remain elusive. Disappointingly, it could very well be the work of 21st century graffiti artists or ritualists.  Nevertheless, I prefer to remain mystified…it makes for good plotting in an historical mystery

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