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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

 


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


URANUS-THE LIGHT BRINGER OF ‘LIGHTBULB MOMENTS’ FOR DR. BACH’S WATER VIOLET

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As I wrote in one of my previous postings, the on-going square between Pluto and Uranus is such a big deal that I’d be revisiting these two planets from time to time, particularly to look at how the energies of these heavenly bodies can and do interact with the various energetic characteristics of Dr. Bach’s flower remedies…especially at the deepest levels of our being.  For this posting I had actually intended to write on another subject but at the last moment, suddenly changed my mind…an example of how Uranus’ energy can affect us when it’s winding up in our charts…sudden departures from normal patterns that come out of nowhere.  So to Uranus first.

Personally, I like Uranian energy…most of the time…because it can and does, bring us flashes of inspiration…light bulb moments…those ah ha!, moments.  Without looking at specific charts, it’s pretty certain that those responsible for our greatest advances in technology (which Uranus rules), either had or have strong Uranian energy in their birth charts or were undergoing a major Uranian transit when  they were suddenly inspired with ideas that depart from the norm.

When Uranian energy transits a sensitive point in our birth chart, its purpose IS to break up stagnant patterns.  Whether the intent is creative or personal life changes, it hits us like a jolt of lightning(which by the way is another thing Uranus rules), shattering us out of what might be construed as a deep sleep.  Such jolts can be uncomfortable because it’s typically intense and relentless in achieving change.  However in the larger view, a Uranus transit propels us think/act differently that’s positive for our evolution; the ease of how we navigate such a transition depends very much on how strongly we resist, which brings me to Dr. Bach’s Water Violet remedy.

Reincarnation is a core tenant of Evolutional Astrology, and thus pairs beautifully with Dr. Bach’s concept of Soul lessons and types which I wrote about in Igniting Soul Fire~ Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies. The Water Violet Soul is very old in this context and therefore carries with it an enormous amount of wisdom and experience.  The karmic issue for these souls is experience, but it’s sadly won through betrayal and most assuredly, unpleasant outcomes.  With such experiences comes grief …a major hurdle to presently overcome for Water Violet because the energy of the past is entrenched in the cellular memory. 

Thus  because Water Violet carries such deep grief from the past, it tends to be introverted and may appear aloof, driven by a strong reluctance to interact for fear of yet one more betrayal and yet… its karmic job IS to interact, to share its deep wisdom which will bring JOY to this soul…the virtue, according to Dr. Bach.

The power of Uranian energy is not shy as it comes upon us suddenly, deliberately pushing for change. So if Water Violet’s picture resonates with you in any way even in your personality, this remedy can be very supportive and strengthening during a Uranus transit, fostering courage to engage and receive joy in return.


TURNING RETROGRADE IN SAGITTARIUS, MERCURY DOUBLES UP ITS ENERGY MEETING DR. BACH’S CERATO HEAD-ON

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If you read my last post, you’ll know there’s a LOT happening in the heavens on Thanksgiving.  Included in the coming attractions,  little  Mercury, ‘messenger of the Gods’, ‘director of all forms of communication’, will begin its final retrograde motion of 2011 as it appears to back up in its orbit until December 13th.

 On the practical level as always with a Mercury retrograde, it’s wise to make certain that  computers are continually backed up,  messages are double checked  before we hit ‘send’ or ‘delete’, details of appointments are re-checked  and that we are conscious of what’s coming out of our mouths.  When Mercury turns retrograde, it tends to play havoc with all forms of communication whether they be external or simply a mind that just will not STOP…this is Mercury’s energetic MO.

As I posted last time, along with Venus and the Sun and Moon, Mercury is now in the fire sign of Sagittarius  turning retrograde just hours before the New Moon Solar Eclipse on the 24th…translation: Mercury in Sagittarius is fired up with lots of energy encouraging us to ‘let go’ of beliefs or perspectives that no longer serve or benefit our evolution…but this isn’t the whole story.

When any planet shifts into ‘retrograde’ motion, we’re encouraged to contemplate; to better understand a particular part of ourselves(mercury-the mind), a particular message of the sign that it’s in at the time, (Sagittarius-beliefs) and what alternative action needs to be taken by us, if any.  Thus, during a Mercury retrograde, Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Cerato can be very helpful 

Like all of the remedies, Cerato can re-balance s temporary or situational mood state but it’s also one of Dr. Bach’s original ‘Twelve Healers’ and therefore a soul type.  While one may not be a Cerato Soul Type per se, those who have Mercury significantly placed in their chart are particularly subject to Cerato’s shadow energy which distrusts innate wisdom.  As a result, decision making can be very difficult at times; the individual has to ask everyone what they ‘should do’, rather than going within and trusting their own knowing. 

During Mercury’s retrograde motion where the message is really to quiet the mind and mouth, Bach’s Cerato can act as a catalyst, shifting our perspective from the external to the internal.  So whether we are dealing with a ‘temporary’ Cerato state or if we might well be a Cerato Soul… if we are prone to distrusting our own Divine wisdom, Cerato’s energy will support us in our effort to go within where we can come to ‘know’ this wisdom that is ours and to trust it.

CERATO

 Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation


GETTING READY FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IN SAGITTARIUS WITH DR. BACH’S AGRIMONY FLOWER REMEDY

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology 2 Comments

There’s a lot going on in the heavens these days.  In case you’ve been wondering why you’re feeling unsettled, there’s good reason.  We’re just winding up the strong energy from last week’s full moon in Taurus urging us to rethink how we think about possessions, how we want to spend our energy, coupled with feelings that come with the realization that change is a constant fact of life.  And, if this full moon weren’t enough, the on-going square between Pluto and Uranus creeping to its first exact hit in June (which I wrote about in the last post), is cranking up the heat and rattling cages for everyone.

There’s no rest for the weary as the saying goes and the solar eclipse in Sagittarius on November 24-25th, puts an exclamation point on this expression.  Although not universal across the board, a great many astrologers regard eclipses as significant events that vary in impact depending on the details involved…this eclipse in the fire sign of Sagittarius will be particularly action packed.

 Sagittarius the archer, reaches for the heavens, always wanting to know answers to cosmic questions…why are we here, what is our purpose, where should we be going?  As the ruling sign of the ninth house in the zodiac, Sag is all about expansion and exploration.  Venus and Mercury, heart and mind, join the Sun and Moon for this eclipse.  Their presence adds another layer to this picture, pushing us on our evolutionary path to open our hearts and minds expansively in the recognition that there’s more out there than the awareness of our immediate world…that we are interconnected in the collective through divine wisdom.

 While this all may sound exciting, it can create anxiety in us as well.  One of the essential things to remember with the flower remedies is that each is capable of numerous dimensional applications .  This said, Dr. Bach also maintained there was an added exclusive dimension to be understood in each of his original Twelve Healers of which Agrimony is one.  In addition to their positive action in balancing situational emotions or those with which we have a history, each carries a soul lesson.  Astrologers who are also Bach Practitioners like myself, pair each of Bach’s Twelve Healers with one of the twelve astrological signs.  While Dr. Bach studied astrology, he never identified the exact pairings to my knowledge.  Nevertheless, there seems to be common agreement to these pairings; Sagittarius and Agrimony are typically paired…the question is why?    

 In his book, Free Thyself, Bach identifies the soul lesson of the Agrimony type as traveling a path that moves from Restlessness to Peace.  Sagittarius with all of its fire is ruled by Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.  Jupiter in its expansive energy and unbridled enthusiasm can create restlessness within us, especially if it or Sagittarius is significant in our birth chart or by transit, for example during a new moon eclipse in Sagittarius!

So, if you are beginning to feel particularly restless, unsettled or experiencing the kind of anxiety that can come with restlessness  as the energy of this eclipse builds over the next ten days, consider adding Agrimony to your healing tool kit!

 

 

                                                                                            Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Centre