Gaye Mack’s Blog

WAS ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE A DRAMA QUEEN LEO OR….

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Ancient Legends of Great Britain, Gaye's England, Scotland & Wales, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology, Writer's Work Leave a comment

In “Flight Through Time”, my 12th century mystery series, Eleanor of Aquitaine is the queen of the hour.  Historically a fascinating woman, scholars, historical fiction authors… not to mention Hollywood, can’t seem to get enough of her; nor can I.  If someone were to ask, “if you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you choose?” hands down it would be Eleanor.

 As I was working on a scene for my 3rd book, “A Watch of Nightingales”, the thought crossed my mind… ‘I wonder what Eleanor’s birth chart looks like?’  An hour of searching through various sources resulted in the disappointing realization that most likely we’ll never know.  While in the 12th century the midwife wasn’t noting time of birth according to the birthing suite clock, scholars can’t even agree on the year of Eleanor’s birth and no one of any authority even contemplates a date.  Disappointing news for sure but the thought  becomes an intriguing brain game of speculation.

 Eleanor was a woman  who by all accounts, was highly educated and welcomed travel…and travel she did, throughout her lifetime.  Even when her second husband Henry II  (the rogue!) had her locked up, he would take her on the road with him or more accurately, back and forth across the Channel.  She was a well read woman for her time.  In addition, her biographers (of which there are many) do not indicate that  she found travel extraordinarily distasteful .  Thus, one could suspect that  she might have been a fiery Sagittarius or that she had a strong 9th house (long journeys over water, higher philosophy). “Exploring the world as your oyster” would have been a suitable mantra for Eleanor.   Enduring relationships however, were an entirely different issue…not a strong point for her.   We know her relationships with her children, as well as her marriages, were not evenly balanced (despite the lone and suspect chart I found that places her as a Libra….really?).  She definitely was not a role model for harmony and integration. 

 In the realm of ‘what if’, it’s apparent that Eleanor liked the kind of drama often ascribed to the Leo sun.  No question,y she reveled in it and in her own way,  reveled being on the world stage.  No wall flower was she.  Alison Weir, the highly regarded authority on Eleanor, states that Eleanor’s court (obviously before her incarceration by Henry) was like no other in all of Europe.  She loved and supported the arts.  She had fine clothes and possessions… “gold for plates and goblets…favorite wines from La Rochelle.”  Her decoration was always the latest in fashion including glazed windows, tiled floors and carpets from the orient.  In a phrase this was a woman who was not economical and was all about “how it and she looked.”  Very Leonine. (I admit, she may have also had Venus in Taurus!)

On the other hand, this was a woman who was calculating in a very analytical way.  In all of her efforts to protect land holdings for Richard I, her favorite child, she plotted and schemed with military precision as if she were in a chess game for life against Henry who favored young Henry until his death and then, John.  Unfortunately no one liked the other son, Geoffrey. 

 She plotted with Richard behind the scenes; she plotted with her spies when Henry gave her more freedom around 1180 and onwards.  Bottom line, Eleanor never gave up plotting against Henry until he died at Chinon in 1189.  Now, one could say this is the shadow of Scorpio…and it would be fair.  However, keeping in mind that the Sun in a chart is the spirit, the spark, the vitality of our soul, Eleanor’s penchant for plotting like a military general, the analytical approach in her make-up not to mention her duty and service as Queen to her vast constituency as she moved the chess pieces of life around the board behind the scenes, I think point to a different sign.  While not the best face forward of it, I think she possibly might have been a…..VIRGO.

A final note:  the ‘Flight Through Time’ series is in production and not yet published.


THE FASCINATING PATTERN OF ECLIPSES AND OUR SOUL PATH

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

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


SHOCKING MYSELF IN THIS NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology, Writer's Work Leave a comment

As I wrote in my last posting,  Thanksgiving was framed by a new moon solar eclipse in fiery Sagittarius at 2 degrees.   Those (including astrologers) who subscribe to the belief that eclipse energy triggers change, solar eclipses open new doors diverting us onto a different external channel in some way…often this comes out of nowhere through an unexpected event.

 Individuals who have birthdays falling close to either November 25th or May 25th (Gemini being the opposite sign of Sagittarius and is therefore affected by this energy -me included), will experience the eclipse energy more so than others. With a solar eclipse, new opportunities can arise bringing with them new options.  And, sometimes the effect is a result of events in which we  had no part (such as world events) but yet they have a direct influence upon us.

 Admittedly, other than being aware of the forthcoming eclipse, I didn’t give it much more thought nor meditate on it, as I was distracted by the busy-ness of current projects and the holiday.  Days before the eclipse (during which time the energy was building) I had been reading various “publishing news” sites to which I subscribe, and was feeling extremely frustrated with prospects for the current mystery I’m working on.  This was compounded by bizarre responses from a literary agent regarding another book  I  have out for query.  Thus, this publishing landscape which seems to be changing hour by hour, is almost enough to make you quit as a writer and go flip burgers at McDonalds…almost.

Needing a break, I went to Barnes and Nobel and for ‘some reason’ perused the magazine rack.  On impulse I picked up the current issue of Writer’s Digest and along with their ‘year-end’ issue…noting to self that I hadn’t purchased an issue of this publication in probably 10 years.  I brought my purchases home and…forgot about them.   Thanksgiving evening I had some time to read and picked up the magazines.  With no specific target in mind, I flipped open to an article regarding the current publishing situation and forecasts in light of the ‘E-Publishing’ and ‘Publishing on Demand’ craze.  Hitting me like a Uranian ‘light bulb moment’, the article shifted perceptions I’d been hanging onto. 

Feeling a bit better, as I flipped through more of the magazine, an announcement for a mystery writer’s conference taking place in Chicago in February, caught my eye; I haven’t been to a writer’s conference since around 1992.  As I read more details regarding agents, publishers and PR types who will be in attendance, my interest was piqued.  However, what sealed the deal for me was that the organizers have retained the standard option for a writer to ‘pitch’ her/his project directly to agents/publishers face to face.

 Granted, this element has changed over the years as now you only get 2 minutes (yes as in two) to “pitch” rather than having a much longer time frame like we had twenty years ago, but still.  Needless to say, first thing Friday morning I went on line, did a little more research on the featured attendees, pulled up the registration and plunked my money down.  It wasn’t until a few hours later that I realized all of this had happened as the energy of the eclipse had hit my chart very significantly-a SHOCKING revelation!  Time will tell as to the outcome, but you can’t convince me that this was all a coincidence!!

Software: Solar Fire

Chart cast for 00:10am November 25th 2011-Chicago


TURNING RETROGRADE IN SAGITTARIUS, MERCURY DOUBLES UP ITS ENERGY MEETING DR. BACH’S CERATO HEAD-ON

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

If you read my last post, you’ll know there’s a LOT happening in the heavens on Thanksgiving.  Included in the coming attractions,  little  Mercury, ‘messenger of the Gods’, ‘director of all forms of communication’, will begin its final retrograde motion of 2011 as it appears to back up in its orbit until December 13th.

 On the practical level as always with a Mercury retrograde, it’s wise to make certain that  computers are continually backed up,  messages are double checked  before we hit ‘send’ or ‘delete’, details of appointments are re-checked  and that we are conscious of what’s coming out of our mouths.  When Mercury turns retrograde, it tends to play havoc with all forms of communication whether they be external or simply a mind that just will not STOP…this is Mercury’s energetic MO.

As I posted last time, along with Venus and the Sun and Moon, Mercury is now in the fire sign of Sagittarius  turning retrograde just hours before the New Moon Solar Eclipse on the 24th…translation: Mercury in Sagittarius is fired up with lots of energy encouraging us to ‘let go’ of beliefs or perspectives that no longer serve or benefit our evolution…but this isn’t the whole story.

When any planet shifts into ‘retrograde’ motion, we’re encouraged to contemplate; to better understand a particular part of ourselves(mercury-the mind), a particular message of the sign that it’s in at the time, (Sagittarius-beliefs) and what alternative action needs to be taken by us, if any.  Thus, during a Mercury retrograde, Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Cerato can be very helpful 

Like all of the remedies, Cerato can re-balance s temporary or situational mood state but it’s also one of Dr. Bach’s original ‘Twelve Healers’ and therefore a soul type.  While one may not be a Cerato Soul Type per se, those who have Mercury significantly placed in their chart are particularly subject to Cerato’s shadow energy which distrusts innate wisdom.  As a result, decision making can be very difficult at times; the individual has to ask everyone what they ‘should do’, rather than going within and trusting their own knowing. 

During Mercury’s retrograde motion where the message is really to quiet the mind and mouth, Bach’s Cerato can act as a catalyst, shifting our perspective from the external to the internal.  So whether we are dealing with a ‘temporary’ Cerato state or if we might well be a Cerato Soul… if we are prone to distrusting our own Divine wisdom, Cerato’s energy will support us in our effort to go within where we can come to ‘know’ this wisdom that is ours and to trust it.

CERATO

 Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation


GETTING READY FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IN SAGITTARIUS WITH DR. BACH’S AGRIMONY FLOWER REMEDY

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

There’s a lot going on in the heavens these days.  In case you’ve been wondering why you’re feeling unsettled, there’s good reason.  We’re just winding up the strong energy from last week’s full moon in Taurus urging us to rethink how we think about possessions, how we want to spend our energy, coupled with feelings that come with the realization that change is a constant fact of life.  And, if this full moon weren’t enough, the on-going square between Pluto and Uranus creeping to its first exact hit in June (which I wrote about in the last post), is cranking up the heat and rattling cages for everyone.

There’s no rest for the weary as the saying goes and the solar eclipse in Sagittarius on November 24-25th, puts an exclamation point on this expression.  Although not universal across the board, a great many astrologers regard eclipses as significant events that vary in impact depending on the details involved…this eclipse in the fire sign of Sagittarius will be particularly action packed.

 Sagittarius the archer, reaches for the heavens, always wanting to know answers to cosmic questions…why are we here, what is our purpose, where should we be going?  As the ruling sign of the ninth house in the zodiac, Sag is all about expansion and exploration.  Venus and Mercury, heart and mind, join the Sun and Moon for this eclipse.  Their presence adds another layer to this picture, pushing us on our evolutionary path to open our hearts and minds expansively in the recognition that there’s more out there than the awareness of our immediate world…that we are interconnected in the collective through divine wisdom.

 While this all may sound exciting, it can create anxiety in us as well.  One of the essential things to remember with the flower remedies is that each is capable of numerous dimensional applications .  This said, Dr. Bach also maintained there was an added exclusive dimension to be understood in each of his original Twelve Healers of which Agrimony is one.  In addition to their positive action in balancing situational emotions or those with which we have a history, each carries a soul lesson.  Astrologers who are also Bach Practitioners like myself, pair each of Bach’s Twelve Healers with one of the twelve astrological signs.  While Dr. Bach studied astrology, he never identified the exact pairings to my knowledge.  Nevertheless, there seems to be common agreement to these pairings; Sagittarius and Agrimony are typically paired…the question is why?    

 In his book, Free Thyself, Bach identifies the soul lesson of the Agrimony type as traveling a path that moves from Restlessness to Peace.  Sagittarius with all of its fire is ruled by Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.  Jupiter in its expansive energy and unbridled enthusiasm can create restlessness within us, especially if it or Sagittarius is significant in our birth chart or by transit, for example during a new moon eclipse in Sagittarius!

So, if you are beginning to feel particularly restless, unsettled or experiencing the kind of anxiety that can come with restlessness  as the energy of this eclipse builds over the next ten days, consider adding Agrimony to your healing tool kit!

 

 

                                                                                            Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Centre