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

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology Leave a comment

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.   

 


BUSY END OF AUGUST-MERCURY GOES DIRECT AND NEW MOON COMES IN WITH A GRAND TRINE

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology Leave a comment

Finally, we can take a small breath as Mercury speeds up changing to direct motion…always refreshing!  So the question is; on your internal channels what did you think about, reconsider during this retrograde?  Did you map out adjustments to your plan, set a course ahead that includes these  If so, forward movement can now prove to be beneficial in the quest, whatever that might be. 

On the mundane, how many heart stopping moments did you experience with communication…like hitting ‘send’ before double checking the addresses or deleting the thread of an oh, not so great, conversation about someone?….Or booting up your computer only to be faced with the ‘blue(or worse, black) screen of death’?  You can thank Mercury’s retrograde energy meant to make us stop and think!

And now we have a new moon in Virgo exact on Sunday(28th) at approximately 10:04 p.m. CST.  Leo’s full moon earlier this month was about our heart centered creativity; now Virgo is telling us to get down to brass tacks in an earthly way and get busy.  Service is Virgo’s  key goal, but like all of the signs it has its ‘shadow’ which can be hyper criticism, arrogance, over analysis, self-deprecation…take your pick.  Virgo can easily ratchet up its shadow in us if we are predisposed to any of these tendencies.  Self-deprecation seems to be a favorite that says we are ‘never enough’.  I wrote on an earlier post under “Balance” about Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Pine…check it out for Pine is a perfect remedy to help us balance out this particular shadow side of Virgo.

And there is more!  This new moon positioning itself in Virgo comes with a packed agenda.  Venus, the planet of beauty and love is even closer to the Sun now, joined by the moon…reminding us that our interpretation of self-worth and loving ourselves is very important to our evolutionary soul growth.  This new moon is also part of a earth bound Grand Trine to Jupiter(King of the Gods, planet of fortune and expansion), and Pluto(the alchemist, transformer, change).  

Grand Trines are easy energy, but they can be deceptive because we can become too complacent with this ease of energy, waiting for things to happen without our input of effort.  Virgo says, “get off your comfy sofa and put some elbow grease into your plan.”  If you do, this Grand Trine energy can be a great support in letting go of outmoded beliefs and plans to be replaced by more useful ones that you may have ‘thought’ about during the recent Mercury retrograde.  

In a chart there are no idle actors; the energy of every planet placement has a purpose on the stage, but it is up to us to participate in the script.

                         Chart calculated via Solar Fire software


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