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LEO’S FULL MOON-CREATIVITY & HEART, MIND & VISION

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Admittedly, it has been almost two months since I last blogged…definitely a faux-pah in the eyes of the blogging police.  However, I have a good excuse for this temporary absence…at least in my mind and it falls into the category of ‘there are no accidents’

It has been almost 20 years since I attended my last mystery/thriller writer’s conference, but at Thanksgiving an opportunity appeared (notice I did not say, ‘by accident’) out of the blue for me to attend such a conference that was held in Chicago this past weekend.  The important thing about this conference was that not only did it offer the opportunity to really schmooz with some of the best mystery/thriller writers we have, but to  ‘live pitch’ one’s  latest project to some of the country’s top literary agents… but there was a catch. 

In order to do this, I had to finish my ‘current project’ which I’d already been  working on since last spring.  The expression, ‘pedal to the metal’ was an understatement as I became glued to my keyboard(and my wonderful, selfless editor up in Minnesota) racing against the clock, while dosing myself with numerous flower remedies.  I hardly saw anyone and only had clean clothes thanks to my husband who took over laundry and shopping duties…Christmas?  When did that happen?  You get the picture.  Thus my long apology for the silence as I endeavor to get back to work!

The outcome of this effort  is that the book is done, the conference was a success and my pitch was a success insofar that agents want to see the full manuscript….so now I wait. Even if I receive an offer for representation there’s no guarantee  a publisher will offer a contract…it’s a dicey business that’s becoming more chaotic by the day(note the current stand off between Amazon and BN), but writers are compelled to write, myself included, the torpedoes be damned.

In the midst of all of this effort,  my astrological work and studies languished(along with the previously mentioned laundry and shopping duties).  Only today did I realize we are under the influence of  Leo’s  shinning full moon, lit by the fire of February’s Aquarius Sun.  Astrologically, Leo rules our heart and creativity for it is from the heart that this authentic piece of ourselves resides.  Aquarius, the sign of the collective is ruled by that rebel of the planets, Uranus with its mental energy and vision.   If it weren’t for Uranus thinking out of the box, we’d all be still writing on clay tablets and I don’t mean IPads!  So what a better ‘opportunity’ than to sit in the energy of this full moon where we can each contemplate the job that is uniquely ours, that evolutionarily, we came to do?

This pairing of the Leo full moon and the Aquarius sun reflects the Divine message that we are to align our heart and head in carrying out the job, whatever that may be.  One thing’s for sure…each of us has one!  And if you need a little self-confidence, try some of Dr.Bach’s Larch flower remedy….having drunk a bottle of it this past weekend, I highly recommend it!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                


 


DR. BACH’S “OVER-WHELMED ELM” FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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As the Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s draw near, so does the stress that comes with these celebrations…on top of the astrological buzz that I’ve mentioned in past postings…and this month is crammed, that’s for sure. However, it doesn’t really matter if you are ‘in to’ astrology…the annual return of the holiday season always comes with assorted stresses…usually it’s a matter of how intense each year is going to be and what a dichotomy it is.

If the economy is in good shape, it seems we tend to carry on, ‘over do’ with the fun things…going to and hosting social gatherings, shopping, cooking, holiday events, cards…pushing us into an over the top frenzy to the point where reality hits us with the question, “What was I thinking?”

 Currently of course, the state of the economy and our country is on everyone’s mind; these are tenuous times, the future seems uncertain, especially the political climate.  Never-the-less, when Thanksgiving approaches we seem to rev up into ‘automatic pilot’ and as in previous years, despite vowing never again, we launch ourselves into the holiday fray…even though it may not be as robust as in past years.  And, although the source of our stressors (am I going to be first in line at the 4 a.m. ‘blue light special’? Will I want to kill my sister with the turkey fork at Christmas dinner?  How am I ever going to get everything done?) is probably somewhat different this year, they are part of us like clockwork and taxes.

 Dr. Edward Bach’s Elm flower remedy is a fabulous tool for combating the feeling that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew and are up against the wall…I have the large economy size on my desk at all times, by the way!  While Elm is a star at holiday time, I want to mention a few things about the action of the remedy in general.

 The negative Elm state is typically a ‘temporary’ state and can appear in any of us at any time.  In other words, it isn’t one of the soul types that I’ve been writing about, nor is it particularly what I would identify as a ‘personality type’, although it may seem so.  While we all can have the experience of ‘taking on too much’ for a particular reason, there are individuals who repeatedly find themselves in the negative Elm state.  So what does this look like; is it different than the occasional experience of feeling overwhelmed?

Yes and no.  On the surface it develops pretty much as the state I described that happens during the holidays…or it could be a forthcoming wedding or a ‘one-off’ important project.  But the difference is that there are individuals who are ‘prone’ to a repetitive imbalanced Elm state.  These are the people who tend to over achieve…particularly if they are perfectionists by nature.  The tendency is to take on, take on, over commit then crash and burn.  In these cases, there is a deep, on-going dynamic that drives the behavior which has an affinity to the remedy, Pine.  (for basic information on Pine, see my post of 8/19/11). 

 What I love about Elm is that in my experience, when we are feeling ‘overwhelmed’, a simple dose or two can swiftly shift our perspective into one where we can ‘step back’.  It fosters our ability to ‘see’ that not everything is a number one priority.  It helps us ‘see’ possibilities for prioritizing, delegating and exhaling!

 

ELM

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COMPOUNDED BY THE ON-GOING PLANETARY BUZZ, THESE STRESS-FILLED DAYS CALL FOR DR. BACH’S HOLLY

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While we’re decking the halls with holly, it goes without saying that the holidays are always stressful, no matter how much we look forward to them and want to enjoy them. Aside from Mercury going direct on Tuesday after its approximate three week retrograde, the on-going Pluto/Uranus Square and tomorrow’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini (which is ruled by Mercury by the way), Mars has been ratcheting up its warrior energy in nit-picky Virgo since mid-November.

 No question, we need Mars’ energy; when it squares the Sun as it has been doing since November 20th  it can rocket us out of a rut or…affect us negatively by acting as an impulsive hair trigger that gets us into deep water, pisses us off or just simply aggravates us about everything.  So, if you’ve been feeling the latter energy with this square, there’s help on the way.

 First of all, we have just one more day of this square and then we can exhale for a bit.  However, owing to the stresses of the season, we might continue to feel aggressive and agitated.  If so, this is where Dr. Bach’s wonderful Holly flower remedy comes in.

 Like all of the 38 remedies, Holly has beautiful facets to it.  Additionally, it’s a deep remedy which warrants  much longer discussion than this space allows, but I can talk about some of the indications that tell us when we’re in a negative Holly state and how the remedy can shift us. 

In the broad sense, negative Holly is about aggression, jealousy, envy,  greed and rage; simply, its anger is very much in the spirit of Mars’ shadow energy.  Holly will go on the offense as a defense (think road rage, the bully on the playground, emotional and/or physical vindictiveness) because the individual’s emotional interpretation is that they’re being attacked in some way, either by an individual, circumstances or the world at large, even when there’s no indication this is the case.  You cannot miss negative Holly energy…it’s in your face, not like smoldering Willow which I’ll blog on at some point.

 The irony here is that at the core, whether the state is temporary or chronic, the individual is extremely sensitive. If you’re familiar with the ‘doctrine of signatures’ so often referred to in herbal studies, you’ll see what I mean by looking at the plant’s leaves which are protected by the very prominent ‘stickers’ surrounding them. 

 From the remedy perspective Holly’s life force, prana, Qi, vibration,  softens the perception of being attacked; it helps us to step back and reinterpret the reality around us and at the same time supports us with a feeling of safety that promotes a willingness to open the heart center…and what could be more appropriate at this time of the year?

HOLLY

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation

 


DR. BACH’S ‘MUSTARD’ FOR SEASONAL GLOOM

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If Colonel Mustard did the dastardly dead in the library with a pistol, he’s clearly not your man to help with seasonal gloom.   As I look out my office window at the December rain that’s  pouring down, I’m reminded there’s an emotional fog that can come with the onset of the winter season or suddenly appears for no reason at all.  This fog can settle over any one of us, especially for those in the more northern areas of the country.   For some, this ‘funk’ arrives like clockwork throughout the months that I call ‘the dark ages’ when sunlight takes a holiday replaced by grey days that are endless.  For others, they’re fine one moment and in the next, they feel like they’ve suddenly fallen into a black hole.  When this happens, there’s relief to be found (besides taking vitamin D), in Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Mustard.

Mustard was not one of Bach’s Twelve Healers and therefore wasn’t one of the Soul Type remedies that I’ve been writing about in previous posts.  And, it wasn’t one of the ‘Seven Helpers’ which were next in the line of discovery.  However, it is one of the final 19 remedies which Bach discovered between 1934-35.  He described these remedies as being more ‘spiritualized’, functioning at a ‘higher vibration’ than the earlier 19 and that they functioned on a ‘different plane’. 

How and why these or for that matter any of Dr. Bach’s 38 remedies work, we don’t know as yet in a way that is understood by the bio-medical model.  But, at the end of the day, this isn’t really the issue.  More importantly, when there’s a resonance between a remedy’s vibrational energy, life force, prana or Qi (whatever word you want to use) and the individual, there’s a shifting of perception and mood.  With Mustard it’s as if the remedy ‘lifts’ the gloom up and out of wherever it has settled within the person’s energy fields and emotional experience. 

The key to identifying a ‘Mustard state’ is that there’s no one specific event or happening that throws you into the sense that you have a black cloud hanging over you.  It can simply be that you  are routinely sensitive to the lack of sunlight or that you occasionally experience a sudden onset of feeling low-spirited.  If you happen to be someone who experiences these moments or seasons of depressive gloom, Mustard is the remedy.

For clients who often experience a negative Mustard state, I recommend making a ‘personal formula bottle’.  This will help the 20ml ‘stock bottle’ you buy in the stores go a lot further, nor will the fact that the remedy is diluted in 1 oz of water, affect its power in any way.   On my website, look at the sub-link, What if you feel you need more than one remedy?  There you will find directions for making a personal formula bottle for one or a combination of remedies.

Mustard

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation


SHOCKING MYSELF IN THIS NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE

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As I wrote in my last posting,  Thanksgiving was framed by a new moon solar eclipse in fiery Sagittarius at 2 degrees.   Those (including astrologers) who subscribe to the belief that eclipse energy triggers change, solar eclipses open new doors diverting us onto a different external channel in some way…often this comes out of nowhere through an unexpected event.

 Individuals who have birthdays falling close to either November 25th or May 25th (Gemini being the opposite sign of Sagittarius and is therefore affected by this energy -me included), will experience the eclipse energy more so than others. With a solar eclipse, new opportunities can arise bringing with them new options.  And, sometimes the effect is a result of events in which we  had no part (such as world events) but yet they have a direct influence upon us.

 Admittedly, other than being aware of the forthcoming eclipse, I didn’t give it much more thought nor meditate on it, as I was distracted by the busy-ness of current projects and the holiday.  Days before the eclipse (during which time the energy was building) I had been reading various “publishing news” sites to which I subscribe, and was feeling extremely frustrated with prospects for the current mystery I’m working on.  This was compounded by bizarre responses from a literary agent regarding another book  I  have out for query.  Thus, this publishing landscape which seems to be changing hour by hour, is almost enough to make you quit as a writer and go flip burgers at McDonalds…almost.

Needing a break, I went to Barnes and Nobel and for ‘some reason’ perused the magazine rack.  On impulse I picked up the current issue of Writer’s Digest and along with their ‘year-end’ issue…noting to self that I hadn’t purchased an issue of this publication in probably 10 years.  I brought my purchases home and…forgot about them.   Thanksgiving evening I had some time to read and picked up the magazines.  With no specific target in mind, I flipped open to an article regarding the current publishing situation and forecasts in light of the ‘E-Publishing’ and ‘Publishing on Demand’ craze.  Hitting me like a Uranian ‘light bulb moment’, the article shifted perceptions I’d been hanging onto. 

Feeling a bit better, as I flipped through more of the magazine, an announcement for a mystery writer’s conference taking place in Chicago in February, caught my eye; I haven’t been to a writer’s conference since around 1992.  As I read more details regarding agents, publishers and PR types who will be in attendance, my interest was piqued.  However, what sealed the deal for me was that the organizers have retained the standard option for a writer to ‘pitch’ her/his project directly to agents/publishers face to face.

 Granted, this element has changed over the years as now you only get 2 minutes (yes as in two) to “pitch” rather than having a much longer time frame like we had twenty years ago, but still.  Needless to say, first thing Friday morning I went on line, did a little more research on the featured attendees, pulled up the registration and plunked my money down.  It wasn’t until a few hours later that I realized all of this had happened as the energy of the eclipse had hit my chart very significantly-a SHOCKING revelation!  Time will tell as to the outcome, but you can’t convince me that this was all a coincidence!!

Software: Solar Fire

Chart cast for 00:10am November 25th 2011-Chicago