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THE LESSON OF DR. BACH’S GENTIAN DURING JUPITER’S RETROGRADE

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology 1 Comment

On August 30th Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, began its annual four-month back up motion in the heavens.   This mammoth planet known to astrologers as the King of the Gods, the planet of expansion, optimism and good fortune now bids us to contemplate a course correction.  As I mentioned in my recent posting regarding Mercury’s retrograde, when planets enter a retrograde phase,it’s a signal to us to go inside and quiet down to contemplate, re-evaluate what the energy and chart placement means to our evolutionary agenda.  This retrograde is in Taurus, so we are directed to consider earthly things such as security and priorities.  What is really important to us for our well being?  With Jupiter, where have we been over enthusiastic, over optimistic regarding these issues?  

Thus, because Jupiter is all about faith and optimism, we can become easily deluded and tricked in the face of reality— if we aren’t careful.  Jupiter in our charts reflects the necessity of walking a fine line of balance between having faith in ourselves and optimism in our dreams against reality.  When we lose our balance within this framework we can be easily opened up to the shock of disappointment and discouragement.  Jupiter’s retrograde highlights which old beliefs and self-imposed benchmarks  are no longer useful,  may be dragging us down; in other words, they need to be jettisoned.  This lesson can be and  often is,  disheartening.  We are ready to throw in the towel when it feels like the wheels are coming off…but there is help on the way!  

Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Gentian, is there to help us when we lose our Jupiter balance.  As one of Bach’s original ‘Twelve Healers’, the negative Gentian mood state  is all about discouragement, self-doubt and perseverance.  According to Dr. Bach the purpose of the Gentian remedy is to lead us to an:  understanding that there is no failure when you are doing your utmost, whatever the apparent result’.  

This understanding helps us realize that that steady perseverance is essential to overcoming self-doubt.  A vital key to our own soul evolution is to remember that cosmic law dictates trusting the perfect timing of the universe; that the universe provides us with whatever we  need for our expansion and growth. When we find change and challenge difficult, Gentian helps us to understand the value of, and engage in, perseverance in the face of adversity and disappointment.  

In case you are wondering…in my own birth chart I have Jupiter in my first house of ‘self’ and it is also my chart ruler… which is why I have Gentian in the large economy size on my desk! 

                                                                                                                                                                   

 Gentian Photography courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Center


DR. BACH’S ‘STAR OF BETHLEHEM’ FOR SHOCK AND TRAUMA

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Star of Bethlehem one of the most powerful remedies in the famous 38 Bach Flower Remedies repertoire, is classically  described as THE remedy for ‘shock and trauma’, whether it be a very recent shock or trauma or one that is very old, yet remains at some level within our consciousness and our bodies.  I had not planned to blog about ‘Star’ quite this soon, but given the recent events experienced by those on the eastern seaboard  in the last several weeks, first the earthquake and now Irene, it seems the time is now.  

Although these dramas  have been extremely traumatic for all of those touched by them, as a practitioner I have never met anyone who can not benefit from this remedy.  ‘Star’ is so deeply powerful that Dr. Bach included it as one of the five flower remedies in his famous combination, ‘Rescue Remedy'(Dr. Edward Bach Centre-UK),  which is also known as ‘The Five Flower Formula'(Healing Herbs Ltd.-UK).  

Grief is another form of wounding, which can be deep and long lived.  For this reason I have always called upon Star of Bethlehem for clients who are experiencing or have experienced loss of any kind, whether it be the loss of a loved one or a shattered dream.  In this context, we are within the boundary of the spiritual aspects of this remedy because as spirit in body, each of us comes into this incarnation with a karmic contract, soul lessons to master, wounds to heal.  

As I wrote in Igniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies,If there is one remedy that represents the Divinity found in each of the remedies, it is ‘Star of Bethlehem’…. [it]seems to promote a release from the wounds that cause us the deepest of hurts. Physical traumas heal; but inasmuch as we are spirit in body, the wounds that cause us the deepest grief are those rooted within us emotionally. These wounds have a symbiotic relationship to Star of Bethlehem that is divinely healing.

On the spiritual level, the flower, Star of Bethlehem presents a balanced image of six perfect petals of white, evoking the image of the spiritually-significant six-pointed star, the perfectly counterbalanced triangles, the phrase ‘as above, so below’ and the culmination of the colors in the spectrum. As a practitioner, I have heard this remedy referred to as the ‘ultimate healer of all wounds’ and ‘the Divine Mother essence’. In other words, it is truly a remedy for a heart in distress.”

Photography Courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Foundation


Bach’s “Larch” for Self-Confidence

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In 1935 when Dr. Edward Bach announced that his work ‘was finished’, he left us with what  are globally known  as the 38 Bach Flower Remedies.  While it has been suggested that there are over 200 million possible combinations of the 38, we can easily look at each of them from a far simpler perspective; one that is not so overwhelming  to contemplate, through simple ‘key phrases’ .  These brief statements are clues that can lead us to an appropriate remedy selection.   When we experience a  ‘lack of self-confidence’, Bach’s Larch is a good choice.  

In general, the remedies can and do work on multiple layers of ourselves and they can do so simultaneously.  In other words, they meet us where we are.  They can support us through ‘situational’ episodes that are temporary or at deeper levels wherein emotional themes have been part of our operating system for some time…perhaps over the course of our lifetime.  Going even “deeper”, some of the remedies support us in soul growth, the concept that was at the heart of Dr. Bach’s healing philosophy and work.   For a more thorough look at Dr. Bach’s work, log onto my website, www.gayemack.com   which has this information as well as  how I work as a practitioner with flower remedies.

As summer ends and fall approaches, it brings with it the start of the school year for our kids.  ‘Larch’   is an excellent choice for them if they are feeling some anxiety about their self-confidence as they enter a new situation.   This remedy is not only appropriate for the youngest of our children taking the next big step into their development, but for those who are old hands at the school scene.

 However, keep in mind that Larch isn’t only for school situations.  It is THE remedy for any situation wherein we are feeling unsure of ourselves, whether it be school, work, social or even situations involving personal relationships.    

 

 ‘Larch’ Photo Courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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