In yesterday’s post I stated that the first of the Pluto/Uranus squares would happen in February 2012…actually the first of these squares happens on June 24th, 2012! Where I got ‘February’ is a mystery with no explanation other than Neptune, the planet whose energy can distort our thinking and perceptions, is currently making some hard angles to my own chart! My apologies for this oversight, trusting I’ll be more awake in future…like Pluto transits, I view this particular Neptune transit of mine in the same category…”Wake me when its over!”
OOOPS! STOP PRESS-CORRECTION TO YESTERDAY’S BLOG POST ON THE PLUTO/URANUS SQUARES AND DR. BACH’S CHICORY REMEDY
In conventional and evolutional astrology, Pluto is often looked upon as the ‘bad boy’, ‘the cosmic 2×4’ and not infrequently, phrases inappropriate for a blog post. Why is this? When Pluto is ‘transiting’ (hitting) a sensitive point in our charts, such as our Natal Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, (and there are others depending on the blue print of one’s individual birth chart), Pluto will ‘clean out’ that which is no longer useful. As human beings, change can be difficult filled with unknowns and risks which is why we resist… ‘better the devil you know’, etc., etc.
But when we hang on, we aren’t growing. The phrase, “change or be changed” is very Plutonian and whether we like it or not, the energy of Pluto’s outcomes are necessary for our soul growth. Plutonian energy asks the hard questions: What needs to go? What price are you paying for hanging on? What do you no longer need to defend or be defensive about?
And, because Pluto is one of the slow moving planets, its energy gives us plenty of time to ‘get the message’ and adjust. “Wake me when it’s over,” is a phrase that readily comes to mind. But ideally during a Pluto transit, it’s much better if we’re awake and aware of what we need to change or what shifts we need to make in our selves, in our lives…letting go rather than resisting which invites Pluto’s 2×4! Such needed changes can manifest materially, emotionally or both; it all depends on the evolutional message reflected in the birth chart.
Edward Bach’s Chicory remedy is one of his original ‘Twelve Healers’ which I identified as deep soul type remedies in Igniting Soul Fire-Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies. Thus, like Pluto’s action, Chicory can affect us at our deepest levels.
From an emotional perspective, Chicory is a good bedfellow for those times when Pluto’s energy cranks up the heat in our lives. As a flower, Chicory is that blue flower that grows alongside the highway. Entrenched, it miraculously emerges out of concrete and gravel. Mimicking the signature of the flower, the energy and behavior of the negative Chicory state is also entrenched.
Typically narcissistic, negative Chicory uses emotional manipulation to get what it wants; “I’ll love you more if you…” or “how can you do this to me after everything I’ve done for you,” are common attitudes in the negative Chicory state. In other words, control and neediness are the motivators which predictably have the potential to drive others away, leaving the individual in a state of lonely isolation.
On the other side, the action of the Chicory flower remedy helps us let go of our fear-driven controlling behaviors so that we can receive and embrace what we need for our soul’s evolution. During a period of ramped up Plutonian energy in our charts, this remedy can shift our perspective to an awareness that supports recognition of what’s holding us back and what needs to go in order to pursue the positive.
In the coming months I’ll be revisiting the dynamics of Pluto’s energy with other flower remedy considerations as June will bring in the first exact Pluto square to the disruptive energy of Uranus…the planet of rebellion and vision of future strategies. The forthcoming series of these tight and highly charged squares will affect everyone internally and externally as well as on the global stage. While change should not be viewed as negative from an evolutionary perspective, we will need to fasten our seat belts and have our remedies within reach!
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LOOKING AHEAD-DR. BACH’S CLEMATIS FOR UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS WHEN MERCURY AND VENUS LAND IN EXPANSIVE SAGITTARIUS
Endless exploration and unbridled fiery enthusiasm are hallmarks of Sagittarius‘ archer shooting for the heavens…no holes barred, whatever it takes to discover the meaning of life is on the agenda. November 2nd brings mental Mercury and loving Venus cozying up to each other in energetic Sag where they remain for most of November until Venus goes on her way into Capricorn. Personally I’m very partial to Sagittarius which is ruled by big Jupiter, King of the Gods, BUT…
Any time a planet moves by transit into Sag, we need to be circumspect about what this movement means for us and what part of our lives are likely to be impacted by the chart placement. Sagittarius is a wonderful sign and can bring us much needed energy and courage… but it is a restless sign and for Mercury this translates into desire for hyper mental stimulation, conversations that are unusual in nature and above all exploration that is driven by curiosity. For Venus, relationships and beauty are the theme. Venus in Sag can attract us to exotic venues and relationships that in the cold light of day and upon reflection might be risky. Details tend to be overlooked and the need for safety can take a back seat–even for cautious Cancereans.
And if this weren’t enough…on November 9th, Neptune the planet of nebulous dreams turns direct, adding more expansiveness to this mix. What is one to do? What can we call upon that can let us enjoy the enthusiasm of Sagittarius that’s exciting but balanced?
Dr. Bach’s Clematis easily comes to mind. One of the five remedies in Dr. Bach’s famous ‘Rescue Remedy’, on its own Clematis is classically described and suggested for emotional states of dreaminess and being ungrounded energetically…in other words, ‘out of the body’. While an extreme negative Clematis state would be Alzheimer’s, fortunately for most of us, the more modest manifestation of negative or shadow Clematis is far less dramatic…and if we’re considering such a state as it relates to planetary transit movements in our charts…thankfully temporary.
When one is in a ‘negative’ Clematis state, there is lack of focus …very Neptunian in many ways. This state doesn’t want to be in the present, instead it prefers to fantasize about the future and circumstances that are often unrealistic perceptions of reality…irresponsibly managing our finances to fund an intriguing idea because we ‘know’ the next lotto ticket we buy will be the BIG one…unhealthy relationships erroneously perceived as the damsel in distress rescued by the white knight …or the high flying damsel as the answer to the career of a struggling knight…these are examples of Clematis’ shadow which can be fueled by Mercury and Venus in restless Sagittarius.
As I mentioned, I’m partial to Sagittarius…I really love Sagittarius’ energy and influence…but I’m also mindful of its pitfalls as all signs have a shadow. So, when November 2nd arrives, you might want to have a little Clematis within easy reach!
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Our internal environment shifts once again, this time into deep mode when the sun enters the sign of Scorpio tomorrow,October 23rd. In addition, Scorpio’s energy is intensified by the New Moon on Wednesday(October 26th). These powerful aspects make Dr. Bach’s Crab Apple remedy the perfect choice to pluck out of our healing tool box as we come face to face with our emotional and very personal underworld during this annual Scorpionic journey.
Similar to the action of Pine (which I wrote about in an earlier post) but with subtle differences, Bach’s Crab Apple helps shift a negative internal perspective of our self -image that often comes with deep shame and the misguided evaluation that we’ve failed in the pursuit of perfection. In so many words, Dr. Bach identified this remedy as the ‘ultimate cleanser of all wounds’ and in this sense, it’s one of the most powerful remedies in the repertoire because it goes so deep.
However, interestingly enough, Crab Apple is one of the very few remedies that can directly affect us physically. As a practitioner, my primary focus is always on the emotional body when working with the remedies, but in my experience over the years, I’ve discovered that Crab Apple is a wonderful remedy to take at the first sign of a cold or the flu which comes with the fall and winter territory for many people. Furthermore, it’s a terrific remedy if you are feeling toxic for any reason, including attachments from ‘energetic vampires.’
When dealing with physical concerns, besides taking ‘Crab’ orally as you would with any of the other remedies, it’s very powerful in a bath. And, if you’re someone who tends to be ‘sensitive’ to energy, you’ll ‘feel’ the vibration of this remedy cleansing, doing its job as you rest in the water.
At the end of the day, whether struggling with feelings of shame-based guilt over ‘who you are’ and ‘how you look’, which can be intense at this time of the year, drained from unwanted and potentially harmful energetic attachments or simply dealing with a garden variety annoying virus, Crab Apple IS about the body. It’s one of the most powerful resources in your tool kit…reach for it…you’ll be glad you did!
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Sitting on a train out of Edinburgh bound for London I suddenly realize that some of my thoughts and actions over the previous 24 hours have been directly connected to this month’s full moon (which was exact at 2:17 a.m. GMT yesterday, according to Solar Fire). My experience has been that when traveling, especially out of the country, I’m easily distracted and sometimes become very Neptunian; it takes extra effort just to stay focused on practical matters at hand such as getting on the right train, the right bus, following directions and definitely making sure you don’t leave anything critical behind in your hotel room…like your passport or the rental car keys.
For these very reasons I totally lost track of yesterday’s full moon event until after I had made the (radical!) decision to approach literary agents in the UK regarding my current historical thriller, which for the most part is set on UK soil.
Without thinking about a full moon connection, I diverted from ‘doing business as usual’ with US agents and launched into the slow process of querying London agents in a very ‘mental’ way. It was only this morning that I realized this decision was reflected in my own chart at time of exact fullness.
As each of the Cardinal signs spurs us into initiatory action, Aries brings fire to such ‘forks in the road.’ Even when it isn’t full, an Aries moon is passionate about whatever it deems is the ‘mission of the day’. The opposing Libra Sun lighting up this moon suggests that wherever the Aries focus is, it’s something you love and one that has an important connection that reaches out to others in some way. Additionally, with Saturn sitting next to the Sun, we’re asked to consider issues of external authority that we may have been grappling with…or perhaps taking another look at our own ‘internal authority’.
As always, circumstances of life are represented by these placements in your own chart. I’m reminded one more time, there are no accidents…For where I was at 2:17 a.m., Libra’s Sun shone brightly from the third house…communication and writing, to the passionate Aries moon in the ninth…publishing; impact to be determined.
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