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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

 


AND YOU THOUGHT ESPRESSO WAS COFFEE–ENTER THE PRINT-ON-DEMAND ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE COMING SOON TO YOUR FAVORITE CAFE

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In a very Uranian manner, the wonder of technology has hit the realm of publishers and writers alike with the arrival of On Demand Books’ Espresso Book Machine!  Now, while you wait for your favorite café drink to be made, the book you’ve wanted to read can be printed for you in paperback format with lightening speed at the cost of approximately a penny per page. 

Just imagine, for those of us who still like to hold the real deal in our hands but have acquiesced to the age of ‘readers’,  no more trying to squint your way through pages on your Kindle, IPad or Nook while you sip.  And there’s more good news.   For authors desiring to go the self publishing route, On Demand Books offers this option as well. Print-ready PDF files (with cover) are uploaded to ODB.  Almost immediately the book is available for sale through the Espresso Book Machine’s global network. Full ownership and control over the digital files is retained by the author along with the rights to modify or delete titles from the system at any time.  As for payment, sales are tracked by ODB’s EspressNet software, which secures the author’s titles and provides all payments to the author as self-publisher.  Distribution is non-exclusive. 

 Additionally, even traditional houses such as Harper Collins, Hachette Group, MacMillan and Random house, just to name a few, have taken advantage as a way to increase their sales in partnership with the brick and mortar bookstores.  All in all it seems a win/win situation for everyone.   When I first read about this, I wondered where I’d been as evidently the system has been around for a few years.  Upon further exploration I discovered that current  locations for public access are not plentiful…yet.  Many are within university libraries and some bookstores.  Nevertheless I suspect the demand will grow through readers like myself. Check out ODB’s  website to find locations here and abroad.

As an author who has resisted self-publishing, I have to admit the advantages seem substantial when you consider them, especially for authors who haven’t been able to get in the door of the traditional publishing houses or for even those  of us who have.  Of course as always with self-publishing and even through a traditional publisher in these times, the onus of marketing falls on the author.  One can only hope that the wizards at ODB will come up with a marketing gizmo that cuts through the social network marketing jungle!

If all of this seems too good to be true, check out the YouTube Video to watch how this works as you wait for that latte…I’ll bet you shake your head!


THE MYSTERIES OF OXFORD’S MEDIEVAL GODSTOW NUNNERY-AN IDEAL SETTING FOR “A WATCH OF NIGHTINGALES”

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Ancient Legends of Great Britain, Gaye's England, Scotland & Wales, Writer's Work 2 Comments

A little over two miles northwest of Oxford, the tiny hamlet of Godstow  lies alongside the River Thames.  Bucolic in its landscape, Godstow remains noteworthy for two of its area landmarks, a medieval nunnery and The Trout (Inn, Pub) which 850 years ago(give or take), served as the nunnery’s 12th century hospice.   Sadly the years have not been kind to what was once an extremely wealthy nunnery, as the ruins are now scant.  Nevertheless, Godstow has held a fascination for me since the first time I walked its grounds nearly 35 years ago and why I’ve chosen it for the setting of my next historical mystery which is in the works, “A Watch of Nightingales.”

 One of the better known reasons for the nunnery’s high profile is that Godstow is where Henry II’s famous mistress, the fair Rosamund Clifford was buried upon her death in 1175(1174 or 1176 depending on which ‘authority’ one reads).  While some sources claim the fair Rosamund died of natural causes, there are myths pointing to Henry’s artfully scheming queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, as Rosamund’s murderess…a charge which Eleanor consistently denied…vehemently.

 Leaving Henry, Eleanor and Rosamund aside for the moment, the remaining stones of Godstow surely protect many other secrets, sending the imagination into the realms of ‘what if’?  Scholars cite the existence of ‘outrageous lascivious and licentious behavior’ between the nuns, clerks and scholars of Oxford.  Given that Godstow was built on a marsh island across the river from the Trout, how did they get into town, as it were?  And what sort of intrigues were behind these nocturnal assignations, not to mention that Godstow’s meadow and ditches were and still are, abundant with Birthwort, an herb used in childbirth and…as an abortive.

 In 2006, The Oxford Times ran an article reporting that in 1944, children playing by the Godstow river bank discovered a stone coffin lodged under the tow path, its lid resting about six inches above water level.  Further inspection revealed bones of an adult female.  This coffin was the first of several that have ‘appeared’ over the years, which then disappear into the riverbed, divers unable to locate further evidence of their existence.

Several years ago I discovered a fascinating symbol carved in the remaining stones of Godstow.    Eerily similar to symbolism used by ancient and modern Druids, research efforts to discover its meaning and source over the years remain elusive. Disappointingly, it could very well be the work of 21st century graffiti artists or ritualists.  Nevertheless, I prefer to remain mystified…it makes for good plotting in an historical mystery

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THE FASCINATING PATTERN OF ECLIPSES AND OUR SOUL PATH

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For those able to witness it, yesterday’s solar eclipse presented a stunning image, even if you aren’t into astrology or astronomy.  But for those of us intrigued by, work in or study astrology, yesterday’s event signals change.  Change isn’t easy.   In fact most of us resist it on a sliding scale that ranges from extreme resistance, to ‘well this will be interesting’ (that would be the mutable signs!).  Solar eclipses work from the outside in.  In other words, our external environment changes in a way that affects us internally.  Specifically how this manifests depends on one’s own birth chart and what if any, planets and houses are triggered. 

This said, it’s important not to lose perspective here.   From an evolutional perspective, eclipses are the universe’s tool to help us grow and advance within our soul’s agenda.  Thus, the energized shift doesn’t necessarily have to be a massive event; it can be something smaller but nevertheless important to our personal journey as it stimulates internal change within us that’s significant in some way. And, sometimes this shift isn’t even realized until after the fact.  Yesterday’s eclipse took place at 00 degrees Gemini, so for example if your birthday was yesterday or within five days, you can expect some effect.  The same is true if you have natal aspects 0 to 4 degrees in the other air signs, Libra or Aquarius…or opposite Gemini, Sagittarius, or Sag’s fire partners, Aries or Leo.  

Much is written about the effect of both solar and lunar eclipses and to be honest, there are some astrologers who don’t assign much weight to them at all; but astrology is about patterns and as eclipses always come in pairs roughly 5 ½ to 6 months apart, patterns seem inevitable.  Personally, I find it fascinating to look at these patterns closely.  As for this pair, last November 24th we had a solar eclipse at 2 degrees Sagittarius , the opposite sign of Gemini.  If yesterday’s event affects your natal chart, think of the November eclipse as a type of preview…an introduction to the initial energy intensified by yesterday’s new moon.  It’s almost as if the first event gives you time to absorb the energy, get used to it so that you’ll be ready for the second act.  Think back to last November 24th and the days that followed…see if you can make a connection to events and shifts within you…you might just see a pattern!  And just when we think we can exhale….guess what?  June 3rd brings  the second of the  Gemini/Sagittarius Lunar eclipse pair !

Gemini’s Ring of Fire

 One of the many images posted on Facebook


THE LONG ROAD FROM IDEA TO MAKING A PUBLISHER’S LIST-THIS GRAPHIC SAYS IT ALL

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Although  I’ll be blogging in the next few days on Sunday’s  forthcoming solar eclipse, I just couldn’t help myself from posting this wonderful info- graphic, “How a Book is Born, which appeared on my Facebook page yesterday courtesy of publishing house Weldon Owen.  For those of you in the ‘writing to be published boat’ with me, you’ll smile and nod in agreement,  I’m sure.  For those who wonder what’s taking so long for your aunt’s, sibling’s, friend’s, et al, book to find its way to the shelves at Barnes & Noble(e-books not included here), this graphic says it all and should clear up any confusion! While I note that those hard working literary agent/managers somehow were excluded from the flow(another major step), nevertheless,  I’d love to use it as my Christmas card for those not following this blog and yet wonder, ‘what’s the problem?”  Enjoy and laugh–no doubt this graphic has already gone viral in certain circles!!