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THE FASCINATING PATTERN OF ECLIPSES AND OUR SOUL PATH

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For those able to witness it, yesterday’s solar eclipse presented a stunning image, even if you aren’t into astrology or astronomy.  But for those of us intrigued by, work in or study astrology, yesterday’s event signals change.  Change isn’t easy.   In fact most of us resist it on a sliding scale that ranges from extreme resistance, to ‘well this will be interesting’ (that would be the mutable signs!).  Solar eclipses work from the outside in.  In other words, our external environment changes in a way that affects us internally.  Specifically how this manifests depends on one’s own birth chart and what if any, planets and houses are triggered. 

This said, it’s important not to lose perspective here.   From an evolutional perspective, eclipses are the universe’s tool to help us grow and advance within our soul’s agenda.  Thus, the energized shift doesn’t necessarily have to be a massive event; it can be something smaller but nevertheless important to our personal journey as it stimulates internal change within us that’s significant in some way. And, sometimes this shift isn’t even realized until after the fact.  Yesterday’s eclipse took place at 00 degrees Gemini, so for example if your birthday was yesterday or within five days, you can expect some effect.  The same is true if you have natal aspects 0 to 4 degrees in the other air signs, Libra or Aquarius…or opposite Gemini, Sagittarius, or Sag’s fire partners, Aries or Leo.  

Much is written about the effect of both solar and lunar eclipses and to be honest, there are some astrologers who don’t assign much weight to them at all; but astrology is about patterns and as eclipses always come in pairs roughly 5 ½ to 6 months apart, patterns seem inevitable.  Personally, I find it fascinating to look at these patterns closely.  As for this pair, last November 24th we had a solar eclipse at 2 degrees Sagittarius , the opposite sign of Gemini.  If yesterday’s event affects your natal chart, think of the November eclipse as a type of preview…an introduction to the initial energy intensified by yesterday’s new moon.  It’s almost as if the first event gives you time to absorb the energy, get used to it so that you’ll be ready for the second act.  Think back to last November 24th and the days that followed…see if you can make a connection to events and shifts within you…you might just see a pattern!  And just when we think we can exhale….guess what?  June 3rd brings  the second of the  Gemini/Sagittarius Lunar eclipse pair !

Gemini’s Ring of Fire

 One of the many images posted on Facebook


THE LONG ROAD FROM IDEA TO MAKING A PUBLISHER’S LIST-THIS GRAPHIC SAYS IT ALL

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Although  I’ll be blogging in the next few days on Sunday’s  forthcoming solar eclipse, I just couldn’t help myself from posting this wonderful info- graphic, “How a Book is Born, which appeared on my Facebook page yesterday courtesy of publishing house Weldon Owen.  For those of you in the ‘writing to be published boat’ with me, you’ll smile and nod in agreement,  I’m sure.  For those who wonder what’s taking so long for your aunt’s, sibling’s, friend’s, et al, book to find its way to the shelves at Barnes & Noble(e-books not included here), this graphic says it all and should clear up any confusion! While I note that those hard working literary agent/managers somehow were excluded from the flow(another major step), nevertheless,  I’d love to use it as my Christmas card for those not following this blog and yet wonder, ‘what’s the problem?”  Enjoy and laugh–no doubt this graphic has already gone viral in certain circles!!

 

 


EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THAT FULL MOON!

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Last night’s full moon in Scorpio is the belle of the ball right now.  Her brilliance is not only lit up by the Taurus Sun but her photographs are all over the news media, Facebook, Google, NASA and endless other sources.  How stunning she is in her perigee, a point in the moon’s orbit that at unique times brings the moon closest to Earth.   She seems so close that we can almost reach out and touch her!  Aside from the breath taking visual, as always there’s meaning here through the evolutionary astrological lens.

Full moons are always about polarity highlighting particular themes that have come to a ‘full culmination’ point within our personal evolutionary process.  For a moon in Scorpio change is upon us.  We are urged to consider that which is emotionally deep within …something that’s been hidden until now needing to be looked at ‘in the light’.  It might be very old ‘stuff’ wanting to be healed from prior times in this life or memories of past lives. 

The energy of the opposing Taurus Sun encourages us to take the time with ourselves for this shift.  Taurus is methodical, grounded and careful. Ruled by Venus, Taurus loves beauty and nature.  Perhaps spending time in nature in an environment that’s peaceful and nurturing is just what’s called for.

There are several of Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedies that can support this healing.  Those readily coming to mind are Agrimony, Star of Bethlehem and Walnut Agrimony helps us to feel safe in acknowledging within ourselves and verbally to others, those things which have been hidden, so that we might receive the external support to help us through the healing.  Star of Bethlehem as I have written in other posts, is considered by those of us who are practitioners, as the umbrella remedy.  Dr. Bach in so many words referred to it as the ‘ultimate healer of all wounds’…I have never met anyone in over 20 years who cannot benefit from this beautiful and extremely powerful remedy.  As a reminder ,it’s one of the five in Bach’s ‘Rescue Remedy’ or the ‘Five Flower Formula’ from Healing Herbs Ltd.  Finally, Walnut…the classic choice for life’s transitions.  Walnut helps us to move forward to get our foot over the threshold and ‘cut the ties that bind.’

So whatever needs to come to light in your life, whatever needs to be discarded through healing so that you can move on, look to the embracing energy of this beautiful full moon in her glory and add these remedies to your ‘healing kit’.

     Software:  Solar Fire


NIGGLY MARS AND DREAMY NEPTUNE IN THE LITERARY EDITING SALON…WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?

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That fiery warrior  Mars has been putting all of us to a hard time this winter and spring, first with its retrograde action that began in mid-January slowing EVERYTHING down, not to mention Mercury’s retreat mid-March, messing up communication and things having to do with communication!  And, just when we thought we could see the light at the end of the tunnel when both of these planets changed direction moving forward…

We forgot that action minded Mars, now in detail minded Virgo is also in opposition with dreamy Neptune,  which is in its home sign of Pisces–‘opposites’ being the operative word here.  In astrological oppositions, there’s just ‘no way around’ it, not like squares where, despite the friction, there’s room for negotiation. With oppositions, you have to live through the transit, do your best and contemplate the lesson; it sort of like the ‘builds character’ thing, although I must admit that I’m anticipating the separation of this opposition in mid-May with glee. 

When in balance, Mars is all about action, take charge, move on, chop-chop, while Neptune contemplates mysteries of the Universe, imagination and harmony in the collective.  Out of whack, Mars can be a bully, self-focused and dictatorial; Neptune can totally lose it in fantasy, escape and addictions…let’s not even go there.

So where in the realm of writing does this astrological evaluation come in with editors and the editorial process?  Despite grumbling about this process as it relates to my own projects from time to time, editors are too often misaligned and scape-goated.  At the end of the day, for those of us who aspire to being published, a good editor is worth her/his weight in gold, there to make us and our writing Stand Out.  At its best, good editing is altruistic.  Several weeks ago as if Divinely timed, an author friend of mine posted a wonderful article on her Facebook page about editors from Salon.com, entitled, “Let Us Now Praise Editors, by Gary Kamiya…it’s a wonderful read if you’re interested.

Nevertheless, despite knowing all of this intellectually, I’m sure I’m not the only writer who’s been grumbling during this current Mars/Neptune opposition that can manifest as a rewind of passages, chapters, essays, query letters…you name it, at the gentle(or not so gentle) mercy of the editorial blue pencil, pen or in my case, my editor’s yellow highlighting in Word! Bottom line:  revise, revise, revise. 

However, as I mentioned a few paragraphs ago, there is light at the end of the tunnel…the energy of Mars’ action butting heads with Neptune’s imagination will soon ease off at which point hopefully those of us who write can look back and admit that we’ve gained some wisdom in the process.


MAKING IT STOP: DR. BACH’S HOLLY FOR THE BULLY AND VINDICTIVE BEHAVIOR

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Writer's Work 4 Comments

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that recently I’ve been focusing on the subject of writing as a craft instead of my earlier blogs on Dr. Bach’s flower remedies.  However,  yesterday’s Facebook post by a friend regarding the distressing news of yet another young boy taking his life after relentless bullying because he is gay has caused me to take pause here and briefly return to the subject of Bach’s remedies and particularly Bach’s Holly which I blogged on last year.

 I’ve always found the dynamics of Dr. Bach’s Holly to be among one of the more fascinating of the 38.  Classically, Bach described it for ‘those things that vex the mind’; specifically, greed, envy and jealously.  But additionally, Holly, like many of the remedies, has a much deeper back story. 

 To begin, the leaves of the Holly bush reach out with sharp stickers that can be viewed(and experienced painfully!) as a protective barrier against danger, while the Holly berries are a vibrant red, perhaps reflecting rage and anger.  Over the years of working with people through private practice, workshops and training retail staff, I’ve observed a consistency of drivers behind those who manifest the negative Holly state of ‘in your face anger and rage’… it’s a deep wounding and sensitivity within the person, typically at the unconscious level. 

Somewhere in their emotional history, these people have experienced some type of aggression themselves.  It could be physical, emotion or both; it could be in this life, in a past life or both.  The bottom line is that the heart Chakra has closed down, fear is the driver and the agenda is emotional protection at all costs. 

In the case of bullies (and others) the perception is skewed as it is in all negative states of Bach’s 38 remedies.  In the negative Holly state, the interpretation ironically, is that everyone around them is on the attack toward them; danger is in the air.  Thus, the protective reaction becomes outwardly defensive through aggression and vindictive behavior…it can manifest as emotional manipulation, taunting or ridiculing as Kenneth Weishuhn in Iowa experienced and/or physical abuse. The negative Holly state IS THE BULLY ON THE PLAYGROUND.

However, the positive action of the Holly remedy is one that softens the reactive fear driving the aggressive behavior and opens the heart Chakra…the perception is shifted to reality versus a skewed interpretation of both the internal and external personal landscape.  Holly gives permission to ‘step back’ and reconsider our reality. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could put Holly in our water source!

HOLLY

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