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WHEN THE SUN MOVES INTO LEO, LIONS MAY NEED EDWARD BACH’S ELM AND VERVAIN REMEDIES FOR EVOLUTIONARY BALANCE

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On July 22nd, the summer sun left the quiet, nurturing sign of Cancer,  and roared into the fire sign of Leo.  No doubt about it, nothing is quiet about this sign.  Jupiter may be the king of planets, but Leo is royalty in the zodiac and like royalty, all things are about ‘expression’.  Where Cancer prefers involution, Leo thrives on evolution… “All the world’s a stage” for The Lion.  Like its feline counterparts, Leos like to preen, be seen AND HEARD! And, because this sign rules the zodiacal 5th house of ‘creativity’ (among a few other things), there’s an innate flair for dazzling drama other signs can only sigh and fantasize about (well there are a few exceptions about the fantasy thing, which I’ll leave for you to speculate on!)

Like all astrological  signs, Leo has a shadow side that can get in the way of its soul evolution.  In the body, Leo traditionally rules the heart, blood and cardiac system.  Typically those born under a well aspected Leo sun have big hearts but never doubt that they need to shine.  In evolutional astrology, the Leo sun is here to develop personality and ego, but there can be predictable bumps along this path.

Leo is a ‘fixed sign’ like Taurus and Aquarius.  Despite the lion’s endearing enthusiasm for ‘going big’, he or she, can become zealous, overbearing, over the top, intense and prideful along the way.  And, they can easily take on too much, more than they can handle and in the end,  burn themselves out.  When Leo moves into any of these energies, Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedies, Elm and Vervain, immediately come to mind as resources for getting the lion back on track. 

 Elm is typically regarded as a ‘temporary’ mood state (which is why it’s another remedy I have in the big bottle on my desk!).  “Overwhelmed Elm” succinctly describes the mood, which is one that overachieves, takes on way too much and then hits the wall.  The action of the Elm remedy is one that shifts the perception of everything being ‘priority’ to one of prioritizing in the very ‘Capricornian’ manner of one foot in front of the other; chop wood, carry water.

 As one of Dr. Bach’s original ‘Twelve Healers, the energy of Vervain is both a mood state and a soul type.  Vervain is all about ‘over enthusiasm’ fighting for the underdog, seeing the ‘right’ in all things.  Vervain is ‘heart centered’, but like the well meaning Leos, when this soul type or the temporary mood state moves into its negative or shadow energy, it becomes intense, zealous and can be intolerant.  The beauty of this remedy is that its energy brings these shadow behaviors into balance, particularly regarding tolerance so that the soul can come through, bringing harmony to the Leo’s heart with evolutionary intent.   

ELM

VERVAIN

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DR. BACH’S ANTIDOTES FOR AFTER SHOCKS OF PLUTO’S EXACT HIT ON URANUS

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While it may seem that there’s overkill chat regarding the Pluto/Uranus square and the first of seven exact hits this past Sunday, the reality is… not really.  Or, put another way to coin a phrase, ‘it’s never enough’.  Globally and on all levels, all of us are going to be living with this energy as it builds and wanes, builds and wanes until the final of the seven exact hits occurs March, 2015. 

How and where this energy is affecting us personally as we navigate this passage is and will be very individual.  Outwardly we’re already witnessing its effects in Mother Nature’s rage environmentally along with the struggle for political change around the globe. 

As I’ve mentioned previously, Pluto is currently in Capricorn where its mission is to break  up and eliminate those things and structures that no longer serve.  On the other end of the square, Uranus is sitting in Aries where as a restless rebel, it’s  full of aggression. 

Thus, this circumstance begs the question, what can we call upon to calm our own turbulent waters of emotion so that we may respond with clear vision and action to the environment around us?

As I wrote in Igniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies, Dr. Edward Bach did explore the subject of astrology as it related to his 38 Bach Flower Remedies.  Nevertheless, in his writings which are scant, he admits to stepping away from his theories of such connections because,  ‘one wants to be sure’.  However in Igniting, I speculate that while he made this statement publicly, privately I find it hard to believe that he did so; he was too esoteric in his philosophy and explorations.  Perhaps he felt the time wasn’t quite right for such speculation and therefore decided to leave it to others who would follow him.   

 Without delving too deeply into the whys and wherefores through the astrological lens, I offer these interpretations with remedy suggestions as a starting point for calming the internal reactions that may be stirring up for you. 

 I begin with the reminder (again) that each of Bach’s 38 possesses multiple subtleties when it comes to choice consideration, similarly to the numerous contemplations an astrologer ruminates across when interpreting the planetary relationships in a chart.

This said, Bach’s remedy Mimulus is classically suggested for calming ‘worldly fears’.  In other words, whether it’s an ongoing phobia or situational fear, you KNOW what’s frightening you.  You can finish the sentence, “I’m afraid of…”  You can name it and it relates to the mundane of everyday life AND I add from an evolutional perspective, our past…in this life  as well as perhaps a prior life which carries karma that has now ripened to be dealt with.  With Pluto currently sitting in the sign of Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn, there’s an energetic theme that demands we dig deep (Pluto) in order to  come face to face with long-denied fears (Saturn) and thus claim our power through transformation (Pluto). 

Among Mimulus’ attributes is the energy of courage; here there’s no coincidence, for ‘courage’ is a positive characteristic of the warrior planet Mars… which rules the sign of Aries… right where Uranus the rebel, is currently sitting! However, when Aries isn’t balanced it becomes (among other unattractive attributes), impatient! Happily, there is a remedy for this and it’s Bach’s Impatiens which also happens to be in his famous combination, Rescue Remedy.

Thus, we have two initial remedies capable of supporting us through the challenges ahead.  For directions on how to use them in combination as well as other information on flower remedies, please refer to my website:  http://www.gayemack.com

                                                                             MIMULUS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

IMPATIENS

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DR. EDWARD BACH’S REMEDIES WHEN THE MESSAGE OF ‘TRANSFORMATION’ IN THE PLUTO/URANUS SQUARE HITS YOUR HOUSES OF SELF-ESTEEM AND SOUL’S AGENDA

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Even if astrology isn’t your cup of tea, it’s hard to ignore the ‘buzz’ over the approaching ‘exact hit’ of the Pluto/Uranus square on June 24th.  This event has been touted in various facets of the media including the financial pages where it’s been discussed by highly respected financial gurus such as Ray Merriman who also happens to be an astrologer.   The building energy of this event is affecting us on many levels from personal to global.  Pluto cleans out what needs to go so that new growth can emerge and Uranus is the lightning rod to the process as we are already witnessing in the chaos of world markets, the weather, communications and politics.

 None of us is immune to what’s happening, so what this process means for each of us on a personal level is of import.  Everyone’s birth and transit charts offer up hundreds of permutation possibilities dependent on the energetic relations between the planets, signs and houses.  Interestingly, this is not unlike the possibilities offered within Dr. Bach’s 38 flower remedies, which actually there are over 200 million possible combinations of the 38!  And not unlike the energetic effect on us from the movement in the heavens, the vibration of the remedies can and does affect us basically on three levels; the mundane, themes in our emotional history and very importantly, our SOUL agenda with its karmic contract.

In astrology, whether it’s the birth chart or one of the calculated transit charts, the fourth house in one’s chart is the deepest house in the chart.  Among the mundane and emotional themes, it’s also ‘the seat of the soul’.  Because the Pluto/Uranus square is so significant and about ‘transformation’, I’m particularly interested in charts where the impact of the ‘transiting’ Square hits the second and fourth houses from this deep perspective.

Our Soul has an agenda that’s unique to each and every one of us.  That said, the issue of self-esteem, which is one of the second house themes, is ‘soul connected’.  How we are impacted by this theme, if at all, is dependent on many other factors in the chart that not only reflect our current ‘history’ but also our ‘karmic story’.  Nevertheless, if Pluto is residing in the second house, there’s going to be an upheaval in some manner in how you interpret your self-esteem.  How this will be triggered is impossible to predict, but it will require a re-examination and shift in some manner.  Pluto is currently in the sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn, ruled by Saturn is about stability, accountability, structure, responsibility…solid ground.  Is your self-esteem weak or is it perhaps due for a reality check?  With Pluto in the second house, by transit, the other end of this square will be in the fourth house where Uranus, the rebel who likes to ‘shock’, is teamed up with Aries, the sign of the warrior, Mars…no wishy washy here.  So what to do?

 Whether looking at this picture from an astrological or flower remedy perspective (or both), we have consistent themes of upheaval, change, transformation.  With over 200 million possible combinations of Bach 38 remedies there are endless considerations dependent on the unique circumstances for each of us.  However, consistently from the larger picture, there are two that readily come to mind first and foremost…Star of Bethlehem and Walnut.

 ‘Star’ as I’ve written before in previous posts, is THE umbrella remedy.  Classically and I emphasize, ‘classically’,  its indications are for ‘shock and trauma’…certainly this description might fit the transit fallout from Pluto and Uranus more profoundly for some than others.  As a practitioner I’ve always recommended this remedy for grief and loss…very possible results of this square for some, but again not necessarily dramatically across the board.  For many people change is readily embraced, for others it can be traumatic.  Thus, change is a very subjective process.  Regardless, Star is a BIG remedy; its energy is incredibly healing for everyone and goes incredibly deep which is why Dr. Bach, I’m sure, included it in his ‘Rescue Remedy’ formula.  Walnut on the other hand is always, always for ‘change and transition’.  Need we say more?  Walnut is for life changes; it helps us break the ties that bind, helps us move onward without distraction. 

 Finally, no matter where the Pluto/Uranus square is hitting your ‘circumstances of life’, calling upon these two remedies would not go amiss as you navigate this passage.  At the end of the day, the theme with Dr. Bach’s remedies, as with all flower remedies, really, is about participation, awareness, reflection & growth.

 

                                                    PLUTO/URANUS SQUARE HITTING THE SECOND & FOURTH HOUSES BY TRANSIT

 


EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THAT FULL MOON!

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Last night’s full moon in Scorpio is the belle of the ball right now.  Her brilliance is not only lit up by the Taurus Sun but her photographs are all over the news media, Facebook, Google, NASA and endless other sources.  How stunning she is in her perigee, a point in the moon’s orbit that at unique times brings the moon closest to Earth.   She seems so close that we can almost reach out and touch her!  Aside from the breath taking visual, as always there’s meaning here through the evolutionary astrological lens.

Full moons are always about polarity highlighting particular themes that have come to a ‘full culmination’ point within our personal evolutionary process.  For a moon in Scorpio change is upon us.  We are urged to consider that which is emotionally deep within …something that’s been hidden until now needing to be looked at ‘in the light’.  It might be very old ‘stuff’ wanting to be healed from prior times in this life or memories of past lives. 

The energy of the opposing Taurus Sun encourages us to take the time with ourselves for this shift.  Taurus is methodical, grounded and careful. Ruled by Venus, Taurus loves beauty and nature.  Perhaps spending time in nature in an environment that’s peaceful and nurturing is just what’s called for.

There are several of Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedies that can support this healing.  Those readily coming to mind are Agrimony, Star of Bethlehem and Walnut Agrimony helps us to feel safe in acknowledging within ourselves and verbally to others, those things which have been hidden, so that we might receive the external support to help us through the healing.  Star of Bethlehem as I have written in other posts, is considered by those of us who are practitioners, as the umbrella remedy.  Dr. Bach in so many words referred to it as the ‘ultimate healer of all wounds’…I have never met anyone in over 20 years who cannot benefit from this beautiful and extremely powerful remedy.  As a reminder ,it’s one of the five in Bach’s ‘Rescue Remedy’ or the ‘Five Flower Formula’ from Healing Herbs Ltd.  Finally, Walnut…the classic choice for life’s transitions.  Walnut helps us to move forward to get our foot over the threshold and ‘cut the ties that bind.’

So whatever needs to come to light in your life, whatever needs to be discarded through healing so that you can move on, look to the embracing energy of this beautiful full moon in her glory and add these remedies to your ‘healing kit’.

     Software:  Solar Fire


MAKING IT STOP: DR. BACH’S HOLLY FOR THE BULLY AND VINDICTIVE BEHAVIOR

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Writer's Work 4 Comments

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that recently I’ve been focusing on the subject of writing as a craft instead of my earlier blogs on Dr. Bach’s flower remedies.  However,  yesterday’s Facebook post by a friend regarding the distressing news of yet another young boy taking his life after relentless bullying because he is gay has caused me to take pause here and briefly return to the subject of Bach’s remedies and particularly Bach’s Holly which I blogged on last year.

 I’ve always found the dynamics of Dr. Bach’s Holly to be among one of the more fascinating of the 38.  Classically, Bach described it for ‘those things that vex the mind’; specifically, greed, envy and jealously.  But additionally, Holly, like many of the remedies, has a much deeper back story. 

 To begin, the leaves of the Holly bush reach out with sharp stickers that can be viewed(and experienced painfully!) as a protective barrier against danger, while the Holly berries are a vibrant red, perhaps reflecting rage and anger.  Over the years of working with people through private practice, workshops and training retail staff, I’ve observed a consistency of drivers behind those who manifest the negative Holly state of ‘in your face anger and rage’… it’s a deep wounding and sensitivity within the person, typically at the unconscious level. 

Somewhere in their emotional history, these people have experienced some type of aggression themselves.  It could be physical, emotion or both; it could be in this life, in a past life or both.  The bottom line is that the heart Chakra has closed down, fear is the driver and the agenda is emotional protection at all costs. 

In the case of bullies (and others) the perception is skewed as it is in all negative states of Bach’s 38 remedies.  In the negative Holly state, the interpretation ironically, is that everyone around them is on the attack toward them; danger is in the air.  Thus, the protective reaction becomes outwardly defensive through aggression and vindictive behavior…it can manifest as emotional manipulation, taunting or ridiculing as Kenneth Weishuhn in Iowa experienced and/or physical abuse. The negative Holly state IS THE BULLY ON THE PLAYGROUND.

However, the positive action of the Holly remedy is one that softens the reactive fear driving the aggressive behavior and opens the heart Chakra…the perception is shifted to reality versus a skewed interpretation of both the internal and external personal landscape.  Holly gives permission to ‘step back’ and reconsider our reality. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could put Holly in our water source!

HOLLY

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