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DR. BACH’S ‘MUSTARD’ FOR SEASONAL GLOOM

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If Colonel Mustard did the dastardly dead in the library with a pistol, he’s clearly not your man to help with seasonal gloom.   As I look out my office window at the December rain that’s  pouring down, I’m reminded there’s an emotional fog that can come with the onset of the winter season or suddenly appears for no reason at all.  This fog can settle over any one of us, especially for those in the more northern areas of the country.   For some, this ‘funk’ arrives like clockwork throughout the months that I call ‘the dark ages’ when sunlight takes a holiday replaced by grey days that are endless.  For others, they’re fine one moment and in the next, they feel like they’ve suddenly fallen into a black hole.  When this happens, there’s relief to be found (besides taking vitamin D), in Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Mustard.

Mustard was not one of Bach’s Twelve Healers and therefore wasn’t one of the Soul Type remedies that I’ve been writing about in previous posts.  And, it wasn’t one of the ‘Seven Helpers’ which were next in the line of discovery.  However, it is one of the final 19 remedies which Bach discovered between 1934-35.  He described these remedies as being more ‘spiritualized’, functioning at a ‘higher vibration’ than the earlier 19 and that they functioned on a ‘different plane’. 

How and why these or for that matter any of Dr. Bach’s 38 remedies work, we don’t know as yet in a way that is understood by the bio-medical model.  But, at the end of the day, this isn’t really the issue.  More importantly, when there’s a resonance between a remedy’s vibrational energy, life force, prana or Qi (whatever word you want to use) and the individual, there’s a shifting of perception and mood.  With Mustard it’s as if the remedy ‘lifts’ the gloom up and out of wherever it has settled within the person’s energy fields and emotional experience. 

The key to identifying a ‘Mustard state’ is that there’s no one specific event or happening that throws you into the sense that you have a black cloud hanging over you.  It can simply be that you  are routinely sensitive to the lack of sunlight or that you occasionally experience a sudden onset of feeling low-spirited.  If you happen to be someone who experiences these moments or seasons of depressive gloom, Mustard is the remedy.

For clients who often experience a negative Mustard state, I recommend making a ‘personal formula bottle’.  This will help the 20ml ‘stock bottle’ you buy in the stores go a lot further, nor will the fact that the remedy is diluted in 1 oz of water, affect its power in any way.   On my website, look at the sub-link, What if you feel you need more than one remedy?  There you will find directions for making a personal formula bottle for one or a combination of remedies.

Mustard

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DR. BACH’S CHICORY-THE FLOWER REMEDY THAT MEETS THE ENERGY OF PLUTO’S HARD QUESTIONS

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

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!

 

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation


LOOKING AHEAD-DR. BACH’S CLEMATIS FOR UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS WHEN MERCURY AND VENUS LAND IN EXPANSIVE SAGITTARIUS

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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!

 

 

 Clematis

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation


DR. BACH’S CRAB APPLE-THE REMEDY FOR SHIFTING SELF-IMAGE SHAME AND RELEASING ENERGETIC DUST BUNNIES

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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!

 

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation


EDWARD BACH’S WALNUT REMEDY…PERFECT FOR THE FALL EQUINOX AND THE APPROACHING NEW MOON IN LIBRA

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology 4 Comments

The flower remedy Walnut is, “the Remedy for those who have decided to take a great step forward in life, to break old conventions, to leave old limits and restrictions and start on a new way,” so said Dr. Bach.

In this sense, Walnut helps us  cut the ‘ties that bind’, a phrase often quoted by the 1970’s motivational speaker, Dr. Leo Buscaglia.  Thus, it’s the perfect remedy for navigating the change of seasons as we welcome the fall equinox that took place last Friday.  I say this because there’s a lot happening astrologically around this year’s Equinox and the new moon that  involves shedding old ways (which I plan to blog on next time).  However, because Walnut is such a BIG remedy, I want to focus on it here…stay the course which is  another specific effect of this remedy.  It helps us to ‘stay the course’ and not become distracted by ‘the next shiny thing’ or others.

When I teach about the remedies, I remind people to think of them like the color spectrum;  we have our 7 primary colors, but within each color are thousands of subtle vibrational hues connected to that color…and so it is with the remedies.  When you read standard books about the Bach remedies in particular, there’s always some sort of ‘classical’ phrase or word to describe the action of each remedy.  For example, you’re likely to read that Walnut is for ‘change and transition’…which it is.   It helps us to navigate us through major changes in our lives…positive or negative. The circumstances could be marriage, divorce, new job, losing job, pregnancy, puberty, menopause…teething, surgery…the list is endless.

But Walnut is also helpful for several other states of mind and circumstances as well.  Like the ‘Walnut’ with its hard outer shell protecting the nut meat,  as a remedy it helps to ‘protect’ our solar plexus, the gravitational center of our body where we feel before we think.  It protects that delicate energy center within us from unhealthy ‘mundane’ outside influences that may be attempting to distract us from our intended life path.  On an energetic level, Walnut also helps to protect us from negative external energy that can be quite damaging particularly from those who do not have our best interests in their heart.

On a practical note, one question  I’m often asked relates to ‘nut allergies’…or ‘tree allergies’.  Not to worry…All of the Bach remedies (save Rock Water) are made from the ‘blossoms’ of the plant.  Because of the methods(sun and boiling) proscribed by Dr. Bach to produce the remedies, there’s no molecular structure in them…remember:  flower remedies are about energy and vibration…they’re about the plant’s healing  life force, Prana, Qi, energy…whichever term you are comfortable with…so no worries regarding allergies.  Although like many herbal tinctures, they’re preserved in alcohol(grape brandy), but there are ways you can still benefit  if you are alcohol sensitive.  For more information on this issue, check my website.