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THINK, ACT OUT OF YOUR BOX WITH COURAGE~ THE MESSAGE OF FEBRUARY’S NEW MOON & DR. BACH’S MIMULUS

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Depending on where you’re living, this Sunday (February 9th) closes out with or on Monday, comes in with a New Moon in Aquarius.  As I’ve written previously, the energy of new moons is always about beginnings and new operating instructions for our individual soul’s evolution; and, this one is particularly pushy in its message.  Aquarius, the sign whose psychological energy encourages us to shift our lens with the goal of embracing a wider scope of collaboration with the greater collective, insists that the time is now for each of us to act.  Uranus, the water bearer’s planetary ruler that delights in shock and disruption, is all about challenging the status quo, reformation through change, and in general loves thrusting us forward to be the thorn in the side of mind-sets that find comfort in routine.  

Not everyone will feel this energy so intensely, but for those who have Aquarius, Uranus or the 11th house emphasized in their birth charts, the  focus of the Aquarian/Uranian message is especially for you.  Where are you being asked to innovate, reform or act as an agent of change in your own life?  Again, as if to make the point, this New Moon is positioned in a close square to the Moon’s Nodes, those points in our charts that carry our karmic and evolutional story.  When these points are activated by transit as they are now, the call to action isn’t so much about our Karmic story in past lives, but more about our evolution in the present life.  This Aquarian moon squares the South Node in Taurus, asking us  through its planetary ruler Venus, to revise our values, to let go of the material in exchange for the greater value of love.  Opposite the South Node, the North Node which symbolizes the healing medicine in any chart, lies in Scorpio. 

While the energy of this New Moon is helpful in encouraging us to revise our South Node Taurean script, working with the energy of the North Node always takes conscious effort; it takes effort to disconnect from that which feels so familiar in the South Node energy.   Scorpio with its relentless planetary ruler Pluto encourages us to dig deep, to face that which we fear, to bring those shadowy, icky things up from our unconscious into our conscious so that we can acknowledge them which is critical in our evolution toward authenticity…no easy task!

 Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedy, Mimulus can be one of the tools to help you in this challenge.  As one of the three original flower remedies which he discovered in 1928, Mimulus is all about the challenge of facing our fears.  As one of Bach’s Twelve Healers, Mimulus can and does operate on multiple levels, meeting us where the positive energy is most needed for the circumstance.  From the mundane perspective, Mimulus is the remedy for those temporary situations that give us heart palpitations– public speaking, flying, going to the dentist and even phobias such as agoraphobia, acrophobia, muscophobia (fear of mice!); in other words we know the source of our anxiety.     

At the deeper levels, emotions with which we have a history, especially those that create a recurring theme of timidity within our psyche and behavior as well as  evolutionary challenges at the soul level, Mimulus gives us unwavering courage to stay the course, to meet the dragons of our fears head on so that we can claim our power; courage to think and act out of the box…courage to be an agent of CHANGE.  

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 DR. EDWARD BACH’S MIMULUS

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EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY, THE TEACHER-LIFE, THE TRANSFORMER

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For this posting, I’ve asked Simon Bentley, Principal of the White Eagle Lodge’s School of Astrology (based in England), to be a guest.  He has kindly given permission to post his piece, ‘Life, the Transformer’, giving us a perspective on soul growth and how the sacred science of astrology can assist each of us on our journey.  Many thanks, Simon!

 I wonder if we have ever stopped to think what the word [transform] actually means? Literally, the prefix ‘trans’ means ‘across’, so that ‘transformation’ comes to mean ‘moving across to another form’, and so, changing form. If we aren’t careful, we use this word very glibly, but looked at from a spiritual perspective it is a word of crucial importance, since we are constantly attempting to transform ourselves, change into a form suited to our current position on the spiritual path.

Eventually, we shall all learn to transform continuously, but until we reach such a point of evolution it tends to happen in fits and starts and is not always welcomed…Astrologers recognize that Pluto, despite the fact that astronomers ‘demoted’ it in recent years, is the planet that symbolizes this factor in our growth, and when it’s particularly strong in a horoscope one can be sure that there are significant transformational processes going on in the life.

At this time, Pluto tends to be manifesting in terms of those occurrences and changes in life that seem completely fated, over which we appear to have no control.  The ‘fits and starts’ mentioned above tend to bring to light some kind of major change, the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another, closely linked with Pluto’s action.   However, bearing in mind that every life, every incarnation of every soul, is part of the grand transformational process that eventually brings us to divinity, the significance of the word ‘transformation’ means far more in astrology than simply a reference to what Pluto may do. The whole of life is in some way transformational, and so it could be said that astrology is a science that illuminates the transformational process we call ‘life’. Astrologers are often called upon for advice when there are crises in life, turning points – moments of transformation, if you will.

 Astrology can help the soul to understand the process and therefore to be less apprehensive about it and to handle it more harmoniously. Most of life’s problems, as well as often being the inevitable outworking of karmic patterns, are brought about by our tendency to resist this process: astrology, by at least attempting to explain it, helps to remove our all too natural tendency to resist.  This raises an interesting point, especially for astrologers themselves.

It has always been considered that the planet of our science is Uranus, and I would not dispute that astrology is a Uranian occupation, revealing, as it does, spiritual truth and the action of the divine will in human life. However, if astrology is also an assistant to transformation, surely it is also Plutonic? Personally I have often suspected as much, and what I have found is that while astrology is undoubtedly Uranian, Pluto is commonly very active in the horoscopes of those who become professional astrologers.

As professionals they are called upon to help others to cooperate actively with the transformational process in their lives. But there are also implications for the astrologers themselves, and the origin of their vocation. They too are undergoing transformations in their own personal lives, and what they see and experience through their clients is part of their process as well.

 The use of the wonderful tool we call astrology is always, therefore, a two-way experience; if properly accomplished it’s that classic win-win situation which we all like to achieve! The client is better enabled to cope with his or her transformation; the astrologer is transformed to a degree simply by doing the job and thus learning from the client. So we could say that astrology itself can be – and hopefully is – used to hasten this process and thus speed up evolution, both individually and, through that, of the whole world.

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HEAVY WEIGHT SATURN IN SCORPIO CALLS FOR DR. BACH’S OAK, GENTIAN AND GORSE

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On October 6th that old party pooper, task master, disciplinarian Saturn moved into deeply introspective Scorpio, heralding a change in our agenda whether we want it or not.  ‘Don’t put off today what you can do tomorrow’ is the mantra; there’s work ahead. 

 As Saturn will travel back and forth between Scorpio and Sagittarius from December 2014 until September 2015( when it finally leaves Scorpio), we have a good amount of time to take care of the task at hand which is…attending to our inner landscape that’s deeply emotional,  reflected in feelings encased within the circumstances of life.   This transit is all about taking us to the depths of our unconscious that so far,  we’ve  carefully avoided.  It’s about bringing awareness into the light of our consciousness and facing it… a process none of us will escape.  Exactly where, when and how this energy will manifest for each one of us depends as always on the details mirrored in our individual birth charts.

 This particular transit is intensified by its position of ‘mutual receptivity’. Pluto, the planet whose energy demands a clearing of the decks, a discard of things that no longer serve a useful purpose in our evolution, has been in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn (since November 2008) the sign of practicality, self-sufficiency, stability; perhaps you’ve already had a preview of things to come.   On the other side of this ‘mutual receptivity’, so to speak, Saturn’s energy which rules discipline, responsibility and structure, now resides in Pluto’s sign of truth and depth, Scorpio.  So like it or not, each of us has our evolutionary work cut out.

 As a brief sidebar here, it’s important to note that while I’m referring to ‘personal work’, we have only  to cast our attention to the external world in order to see the wheels in motion of this transit. One would have to be totally oblivious not to see that change is afoot in our environmental, political, cultural and economic landscapes.   This all said, this transit can bring mood states upon us that are heavier than the proverbial 500 pound canary.  Saturn can twirl us into feelings of defeat, depression and gloom.  Compound that with the energy of deep diving Scorpio…well, you get the picture.  However, there is help on the way in our flower remedy tool box. 

 While I have blogged before on Dr. Bach’s Oak, Gentian and Gorse,  

 it’s useful to look at them again, this time within the context of this Saturn transit. 

 As I’ve said previously, I think of Bach’s Oak as the ‘energizer bunny’.  Oak is the remedy that provides us stamina when we think we can’t go one more step, much less the extra mile. Right alongside Oak we find Gentian, the remedy of perseverance, the remedy that can keep us from ‘giving up, throwing in the towel.  Finally, when we’ve lost all belief that we’ll never ‘get through it’, that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, we have Gorse with its blinding golden light and energy, assuring us that not all is lost and there is HOPE.

 

Dr. Bach’s Oak

            Dr. Bach’s Gentian

Dr. Bach’s  Gorse

                                                                                                         

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TOMORROW’S FULL MOON CALLS FOR BACH’S FLOWER REMEDIES WALNUT & CRAB APPLE

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While September goes out tomorrow with a full Moon in the fiery warrior Aries, opposing the Sun in harmony seeking Libra, we need to be aware that this isn’t just any full Moon.  This Moon presents us with a full agenda for making yet another course correction.  All full moons bring intense energy, a culmination of seeds that have previously been sown; the degree of intensity depends on the signs and planets involved. Aries and Libra are ‘cardinal’ and thus we are especially put on notice that new beginnings are afoot within us individually and on the global stage.  And, as if this weren’t enough, we’re also looking at  a tight ‘T Square’ with the on-going Uranus/Pluto Square which just had the second of exact hits on September 19th. 

We can see the effects of this energy  reflected  in the  ecological, political, cultural and economic upheavals around the globe, but what does all this energy boil down to for each of us personally besides bringing the message of change and new beginnings? If we look at this agenda  in  layers, the first layer of this ‘hot’ full moon urges us to find a collaborative balance (Libra) between our self worth, what we value and love represented by Venus(Libra’s planetary ruler) and the warrior energy of Mars(Aries’ ruler) pushing us to protect and defend what matters most to us.

Going down a little further, we look at how the energy of the on-going Pluto/Uranus square is strongly involved with this full moon.  In astrology, the energy behind a mathematical square of two planets represents a turning point, a crisis of change, so to speak, as  two energies vie for attention in one box.  The key is negotiation.

As I’ve posted before on this square, Pluto requires us to dig deep into the shadows of our internal landscape, bringing to light ‘stuff’ that we’ve managed to ‘stuff’ because it isn’t very attractive.  Pluto says, “It’s time to look at this in the light, clean it out as it no longer serves you well…and if you don’t do it voluntarily, you can be sure I’ll do it for you.”  In a phrase, ‘Pluto takes no prisoners’.  This ‘cleaning out’ can be represented by any number of things; philosophies, material possessions, relationships, careers; the list is endless.  Time to move on, unencumbered.

Uranus’ energy is quick, sudden and intense.  One of the things Uranus rules is electricity; got the picture? Move! Move! Move!  Uranus is the rebel; it wants us to ‘think out of the box’.  “Don’t be a lemming going over the cliff, how can you do yourself differently?”asks Uranus .  “Stop this dilly dallying and get on with it.”  Picture, feel this energy combined with the warrior Mars…definitely not for the faint of heart.  As I’ve said before, how and what these energies mean to each of us depends on where they ‘hit’ in  your birth chart.  This said, what resources are available to us that we can use to support us through this transition?

 ‘Transition’ IS the message of Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedy, Walnut, per se.  As with each of Bach’s remedies, Walnut helps to clean our distorted lens, it shifts our perspective specifically and in this case, helps us to cut the ties we need to cut in order to move and meet the demands for change brought by this full moon.  Walnut has many facets, as they all do, but in this case another important aspect to note is Walnut’s ability to protect our solar plexus from assimilating unhealthy energy from others as we the discard unhelpful ‘things’.

Bach’s Crab Apple  is another good choice for this transition.  Bach identified Crab as the ultimate cleanser of all wounds.  So, as we are ‘cleaning out’ here, this remedy supports our process on many levels, not the least of which is dealing with the shame-based guilt that is sure to rear up its ugly head.

 With Walnut, Crab Apple and the determination to work with the energies of this full moon, we’re good to go.  What action will you be taking?  Inquiring minds want to KNOW! 

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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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