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REACHING FOR THE STARS WITH DR. BACH’S ASPEN & WATER VIOLET AS DECEMBER’S NEW MOON ARRIVES AND URANUS GOES DIRECT

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Not only will  December 13th bring us a new moon in Sagittarius, but a few hours after this exact conjunction with the Sun, Uranus finally ends its retrograde motion which began last July.  And this isn’t all; these two astrological events come packed with significant energy, pushing open the cosmic gate, compelling us to step through.

For more than a year, the doomsday mongers have been wringing their hands in anticipation of ‘the end of days’ through their misinterpretation of the Mayan Calendar coding.  But this isn’t the first time such dire news has been predicted.  Back in 1184 the Toledo (Spain, not Ohio!) astrologers put all of Europe in a panic over an ‘unusual’ forthcoming planetary alignment.  Obviously we’re still here but if you’re interested, you can access one of my prior posts on this event.  As in the case of that misinterpretation, we’ll be here long after this December.  Nevertheless, we ARE due for important shifts in our perspectives and actions; no longer will the focus on the material and duality serve us well.  This ‘Super New Moon’, (when the moon is closest to the earth) marks a momentous fork in the road along with the solstice (December 21st). 

 Cosmic Law reminds us that the macrocosm is a reflection of the microcosm and visa versa.  In other words, the state of our landscape outside is a reflection of the energetic landscape within us as well as the reverse.  As I write this posting, the morning news is full of the ‘level 5’ earthquake in Japan with its Tsunami warning, the escalating concern over Syria’s government using deadly bio-chemicals on its people and the intransigence stalling compromise in Washington.  The energy coming in with this new moon, Uranus’ forward motion and other timely planetary alignments will compel us to adjust our lens to new perspectives around participating in the solution rather than exacerbating the problem.

 Astrologically Uranian energy ‘rules’ the sign of Aquarius-the mental sign that sees the ‘bigger picture.’ Once this planet’s motion begins to move forward, we’ll be pushed in our soul evolution to ‘think and act out of the box’, personally, nationally AND globally.  As refreshing and exciting this interpretation of the Sagittarius New Moon and Uranus’ forward motion might be, they understandably come with the trepidation that always accompanies us when we step into the unknown.    Mythological half-man, half-beast, Sagittarius shoots his arrow to reach for the stars, unconcerned about the mysteries, for the excitement of the exploration is where it’s at.  Archetypically Uranus is the ‘light bringer’-the force behind those ‘light bulb moments’ of insight and wonder of the cosmos.  Nevertheless, some support as we step out into the unknown, is helpful.

Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedies Aspen and Water Violet come to mind.  Bach placed Aspen in his category of fear, but Aspen’s fear is illusive rather than concrete knowing-not unlike the illusiveness of the Pisces/ Neptune energy, which I blogged on last time.   There’s a facet of Aspen’s energy that’s a mix between nervous anticipation and excitement.  You feel it in your gut, but you can’t quite put your finger on what ‘it’ is.  Often Aspen can be about heightened sensitivity or an intuitive perspective that simply needs quieting and grounding.

 The energy of Bach’s Water Violet is very ‘old’.  In my book, Igniting Soul Fire~Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies, I discuss the concept that as one of Bach’s original Twelve Healers, Water Violet was a ‘soul type’.  In this manifestation, the ‘Water Violet’ comes into this life with a very deep knowledge, vision and wisdom that’s meant to be imparted for the greater good.  However, because of karmic betrayal issues, the type is reluctant to interact with others or to share its wisdom.  Thus, as a remedy, Water Violet energetically provides the courage needed in order to shift this perspective so that the individual can step out into the unknown with conviction, sharing its vision in the deep knowing that this is its destiny.

 

 DR. BACH’S ASPEN

 

DR. BACH’S WATER VIOLET

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CLEMATIS & MUGWORT FLOWER REMEDIES~HELP IS ON THE WAY WHEN NEPTUNE HITS YOUR CHART

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For today’s post I was verily tempted (as they say in the 12th century!) to blog on the effects of the current Gemini full moon.  Perhaps this is because I’m a triple Gemini with a Sagittarius full moon and partial to these two signs, who knows? However the energetic pull of Neptune just won’t leave me alone, demanding center stage for reasons I can’t quite understand (very Neptunian, by the way!)  However, as Neptune’s energy is about intuition in many respects, I’ve decided to take the hint and chat about what happens to people when Neptune’s orbit hits a sensitive point in the birth chart, otherwise known as a ‘transit’.

 For those unfamiliar with ‘astrospeak’, a brief side bar on what ‘transit’ means.  Each of the planets in our solar system has an orbit that rotates them through the twelve signs of the zodiac; some planets for example like speedy Mercury and Venus move quite quickly.  The ‘outer planets’ i.e., those furthest from the Sun take a very long time to lumber their way around the heavens.  For example, Uranus takes 83.75 years, Pluto takes 248.6 years and etheric Neptune takes 163.72 years. 

 From an evolutional perspective, there are no accidents in a chart.  Everyone’s chart is uniquely orchestrated for optimum soul growth opportunities.  When a planet’s orbit ‘hits’ a sensitive point in our natal chart, such as the birth position of the Sun, Moon, Ascendant (i.e., the sign on the horizon the moment of your birth), as well as other important points, this is called a ‘transit’.  Transits can be very important because the energy they carry comes with a personal agenda for us.  Whether or not we take advantage of these perfectly ‘timed’ events is another matter; we can respond positively or negatively, the choice is ours. This said, for the sake of space here, I want to zoom out to Neptune and talk about what it feels like when its orbit hits a sensitive chart point.

 A significant Neptune transit typically throws us into a landscape of fog and sand.  At the deepest levels Neptune stands at the edge of consciousness…it’s the planet of self-transcendence.  Known as the dissolver, its energy confuses the mind.  Intentions become fuzzy, goals evaporate; you can’t see the way forward. Relationships dissolve or change in ways you could never have imagined.  These are just a few of the effects of Neptune’s transit.    Many years ago before I was leaving for a trip to India, I met someone who said to me, “India.  You’ll either hate it or love it…either way you’ll never be the same.”  This is how I look at Neptune’s transit.  Because we can’t figure it, (whatever ‘it’ is), out…we can find the experience frustrating, annoying, angering, depleting.  The mental air signs of Aquarius and Gemini have a terrible time with this transit as do the ‘get things done’ signs of Aries and Capricorn.  Where’s the map, where’s my compass?  Forget it, you don’t have one.

 The best way to navigate a Neptune transit (which can last a couple of years depending on retrogrades) is to understand there is ‘no time’.  You can’t articulate specifics but you sure can feel them.  The good news is that if you quiet down, go within you can perceive other dimensions for which there is no language but the experience is there; sit with it.  The information is valuable and it’s there if we can just listen.  For these reasons, understandably the ‘Mystic’ is the archetype of Neptune.

 Fortunately, there are helpful resources to support us when faced with such a transit.  From a flower remedy perspective, Dr. Bach’s Clematis and Flower Essence Society’s Mugwort remedies are ideal.  Clematis was one of Bach’s original Twelve Healers which I discuss as ‘soul type’ remedies in my book, Igniting Soul Fire~ Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies.  Clematis’ vibration helps us to stay focused and grounded, but not in such a way that access to the higher realms is prohibited. As with all of the remedies, it’s about ‘balance’.   Mugwort, found in the FES repertoire, assists our ‘dream-time’– the realm of Neptune.  In general Flower remedies can be very helpful in sharpening the images of our dreams, helping us to remember them in our waking state.  Mugwort, according to FES’ Repertory, has the positive quality of “integrating psychic and dream experiences with daily life; multidimensional consciousness.” 
     

 Wisdom of the Universe within Us

 

Further Reading:

The Inner Sky-Steven Forrest

Planets in Transit-Robert Hand

The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption-Liz Greene

Navigating through the Neptune Fog”-Kathy Rose

            (Article: April/May 2010 The Mountain Astrologer)


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EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY~THE SACRED SCIENCE THAT’S BEYOND FORTUNE TELLING

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For today’s post, I welcome Judy Tsafrir, MD as my guest.  Judy maintains an active, holistic  psychiatric practice in the Boston area and as you will read below, in addition to traditional psychiatric approaches. evolutionary astrology is among the tools  she incorporates into the healing models for some of  her patients .  For those of you who are interested, you can read more about Judy and her practice by going to her three websites:

http:www.judytsafrirmd.com, http:www.bostonastrologer.com, http:www.bostontarot.com

BEYOND FORTUNE TELLING

“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside us as fate”~ Carl Jung

It is my belief that we need to attend to body, mind and soul in order to balance and heal ourselves. The physical, psychological and spiritual are inextricably linked components of a whole person, who is part of nature and the cosmos; the microcosm that mirrors the macrocosm. If an individual comes to see me, and is interested in exploring metaphysical perspectives and practice, I am glad to do so.

The modern prevailing contempt for astrology has resulted in a loss of precious ancient knowledge. For most people in our culture, astrology is an unfamiliar metaphysical practice, which is deeply misunderstood and misrepresented. If anything is known about it, it is the daily or monthly horoscopes in newspapers and magazines, which are gross oversimplifications.

In popular astrology, everyone is reduced to representation by one of the 12 zodiac signs, which defacto is very non-specific. This, of course, trivializes the field, and astrology is dismissively equated with superstition. In contrast, the practice of astrology by a skilled and refined practitioner, paints a highly specific unique portrait of an individual’s personal reality.

The astrological birth chart (horoscope) is a map of the sky when we were born. In The Inner Sky, one of my mentors, Steven Forrest, described the birth chart as “a blue print for the happiest, most fulfilling, most spiritually creative path, available to the individual.” He observed that astrology is rooted in nature, as we are.  I have no rational explanation of how astrology works, but only have observed empirically that it is an extremely useful and sophisticated body of knowledge, which has great healing potential.

It is a methodology for increasing awareness, and is in no way about fate or determinism.  Each person is the author of his or her own reality, and ultimately responsible for his/her unique situation. No astrologer could reliably predict an individual’s response to their birth chart. When looking at the horoscope, we have no way of assessing the level of a person’s psycho/spiritual development, or consciousness. This can only be determined by learning about an individual, and the way he or she thinks about themselves and others, and the way they live their life.

The clear validity of sophisticated astrological interpretation is a profound and endlessly fascinating mystery to me.  It is an indispensable tool for understanding myself and others, making meaning, and directing my energies.

Astrology describes character, pointing to an individual’s strengths and vulnerabilities, affinities in work and love, seasons of growth and decline, beginnings and endings, and times when we find ourselves sailing both with and against the wind. It has the capacity to provide helpful insight into the past, present and potential future. Astonishingly, it is capable of commenting upon most aspects of the human experience.

Flower Remedies are another therapeutic modality that can support an individual’s psycho/spiritual growth and development. They bear resemblance to homeopathy, in that the mechanism of action is on an energetic level, rather than on a material plane. On occasion I also make of use of the Tarot with my patients. The cards can illuminate a situation, expand the scope of the conversation, and provide additional insight and clarity.

I consider these energetic practices tools for healing, along with medication, nutrition, detoxification, life style changes, and therapeutic conversation. I take the lead from my patients in this regard.

 

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EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY, THE TEACHER-LIFE, THE TRANSFORMER

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For this posting, I’ve asked Simon Bentley, Principal of the White Eagle Lodge’s School of Astrology (based in England), to be a guest.  He has kindly given permission to post his piece, ‘Life, the Transformer’, giving us a perspective on soul growth and how the sacred science of astrology can assist each of us on our journey.  Many thanks, Simon!

 I wonder if we have ever stopped to think what the word [transform] actually means? Literally, the prefix ‘trans’ means ‘across’, so that ‘transformation’ comes to mean ‘moving across to another form’, and so, changing form. If we aren’t careful, we use this word very glibly, but looked at from a spiritual perspective it is a word of crucial importance, since we are constantly attempting to transform ourselves, change into a form suited to our current position on the spiritual path.

Eventually, we shall all learn to transform continuously, but until we reach such a point of evolution it tends to happen in fits and starts and is not always welcomed…Astrologers recognize that Pluto, despite the fact that astronomers ‘demoted’ it in recent years, is the planet that symbolizes this factor in our growth, and when it’s particularly strong in a horoscope one can be sure that there are significant transformational processes going on in the life.

At this time, Pluto tends to be manifesting in terms of those occurrences and changes in life that seem completely fated, over which we appear to have no control.  The ‘fits and starts’ mentioned above tend to bring to light some kind of major change, the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another, closely linked with Pluto’s action.   However, bearing in mind that every life, every incarnation of every soul, is part of the grand transformational process that eventually brings us to divinity, the significance of the word ‘transformation’ means far more in astrology than simply a reference to what Pluto may do. The whole of life is in some way transformational, and so it could be said that astrology is a science that illuminates the transformational process we call ‘life’. Astrologers are often called upon for advice when there are crises in life, turning points – moments of transformation, if you will.

 Astrology can help the soul to understand the process and therefore to be less apprehensive about it and to handle it more harmoniously. Most of life’s problems, as well as often being the inevitable outworking of karmic patterns, are brought about by our tendency to resist this process: astrology, by at least attempting to explain it, helps to remove our all too natural tendency to resist.  This raises an interesting point, especially for astrologers themselves.

It has always been considered that the planet of our science is Uranus, and I would not dispute that astrology is a Uranian occupation, revealing, as it does, spiritual truth and the action of the divine will in human life. However, if astrology is also an assistant to transformation, surely it is also Plutonic? Personally I have often suspected as much, and what I have found is that while astrology is undoubtedly Uranian, Pluto is commonly very active in the horoscopes of those who become professional astrologers.

As professionals they are called upon to help others to cooperate actively with the transformational process in their lives. But there are also implications for the astrologers themselves, and the origin of their vocation. They too are undergoing transformations in their own personal lives, and what they see and experience through their clients is part of their process as well.

 The use of the wonderful tool we call astrology is always, therefore, a two-way experience; if properly accomplished it’s that classic win-win situation which we all like to achieve! The client is better enabled to cope with his or her transformation; the astrologer is transformed to a degree simply by doing the job and thus learning from the client. So we could say that astrology itself can be – and hopefully is – used to hasten this process and thus speed up evolution, both individually and, through that, of the whole world.

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A BIG MONTH FOR SCORPIO, DR. BACH’S CHICORY, PINE AND STAR OF BETHLEHEM

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As I thought about the focus for this post, Scorpio’s energy kept pushing itself into my thoughts, increasingly deeper, increasingly insistent; clearly a reflection of its nature.  Paraphrasing the adage, ‘whatever you resist the most, this is what you need to embrace’, this is definitely one of Scorpio’s mantras as well as a mantra for Dr. Bach’s  flower remedy, Chicory.

 But first, a look at Scorpio and just a few of the astrological aspects that he’s part of this month.  Elementally, Scorpio’s a water sign.  To quote the esoteric astrologer Joan Hodgsonwater

“creates, nourishes and destroys physical form…[it] is concerned with the soul of things—with the psychic aspect of our being, that part of us which senses, reflects, and absorbs the impressions of the world around us.”

 By sign, Scorpio rules the eighth house in the zodiac, the house of among other things, the occult…those things, circumstances of life that are hidden, that are deep.  So first and foremost we’re talking about emotions, particularly those emotions lurking within the nadir of ourselves that we purposefully, consciously or with lack of awareness subconsciously, keep hidden.

On October 22nd, the Sun moved into Scorpio joining by ‘conjunction’ that task master, Saturn (remember HIM from the last post?)…what a pair, one that takes no prisoners amidst their joint message, “you have some work to do, and excavation is afoot;” never mind that we really DON’T want to go there!

As Hodgson implies, all water signs (Scorpio, Cancer & Pisces) are highly sensitive. This sensitivity is now combined with the no nonsense energy of Saturn demanding that we look at what’s been holding us back, for us to ‘see’ and acknowledge where we’ve been limiting ourselves within the landscape of our evolutionary growth…this is pretty scary territory, its deep territory.

And still, we’re not done.  On Monday, October 29th the Full Moon   is exact in Taurus, opposing the Scorpio Sun.  The Moon by its nature is all about emotion.  It doesn’t think.  The Moon’s energy is that intrinsic part of us that just ‘knows.’  So now we have the Scorpio Sun (in cahoots with the teacher, Saturn) shinning its light on earthly Taurus… whose goal is to find inner peace and tranquility.  The lesson is clear:  in order to find peace we must excavate our deeply hidden feelings despite our fears, guilt and perhaps even shame.

Enter Dr. Bach with his remedies.  Although I’ve written about Chicory, Pine and Star of Bethlehem before,

 http://gayemack.com/2011/11/08/dr-bachs-chicory-the-flower-remedy-that-meets-the-energy-of-plutos-hard-questions

http://gayemack.com/dr-bachs-pine-flower-remedy-for-shame-based-guilt-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/

http://gayemack.com/2011/08/29/dr-bachs-star-of-bethlehem-for-shock-and-trauma

here they are again in different circumstances.

When we are in a contracted emotional Chicory   state, we tend to expend a great deal of energy either consciously or subconsciously in order to avoid acknowledging feelings, emotions, past actions or behaviors that we’re responsible for.  This contracted energy  can manifest in overly tenacious, self-absorbed, controlling, micro-managing and often, narcissistic behavior that uses emotional manipulation to get what it wants.  Worse, it’s typically directed toward those who are closest to us because if we project all over others, we don’t have to look at our own ‘stuff’.

Fortunately, Chicory helps us to see what it is that we’re doing to ourselves and others; it’s essential energetic action helps us to ‘let go’ with a feeling of safety to do so and when we do so, we find that we have more support from others than we thought possible.

However, in this excavation process it would be an anomaly if one were not to feel some form of guilt; after all, feelings of guilt and shame are part of our human condition.  Fortunately we can look to Bach’s Pine.  As I’ve written previously, this remedy goes very deep.  It’s not unusual for someone to be taking Pine for a long time as the contracted Pine state can get set up when we are very young. Pine is very powerful and as you can imagine, has multitudes of applications…it’s the perfect pairing for Chicory and Scorpio’s energy.

Finally, we must always include Star of Bethlehem when embarking on any kind of emotional excavation.  Bach referred to this remedy in so many words as ‘the ultimate healer of all wounds.’  Whether we’ve been ‘stuffing’ such wounds and guilt for a life time or as recently as days ago, this remedy must be part of our healing process.

Chicory, Pine and Star of Bethlehem; perfect partners for diving deep, doing our evolutionary work and finding peace.

 

 

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