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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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DR. EDWARD BACH’S STAR OF BETLEHEM FOR GRIEF & LOSS~THE UNTIMELY PASSING OF PATRICIA MONAGHAN, EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN, AUTHOR & FRIEND

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For this blog posting I had planned to write about tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse, November 13th in the sign of Scorpio.  The Plutonian energy ruling this sign has been pushing us in many ways for some time and will continue to do so, demanding that we unearth those parts of us needing to be excavated and dealt with for our soul’s evolutionary growth.

 However, while attending my  semi-annual gathering of Steven Forrest’s evolutionary astrology apprenticeship program in San Diego, I received word yesterday of author, Patricia Monaghan’s passing. Patricia was an extraordinary spirit in so many ways and it is with humble gratitude on my part that she considered me a friend. 

 Her numerous published works both academic and personal, covered the vast landscapes of women’s studies, mythology, poetry and possibly areas that I’m unaware of.  Her love of the earth manifested in so many ways, her circle of friends and acquaintances reached across this country and across oceans. It goes without saying that her wisdom, wit and brilliance will be deeply missed by all who knew her and knew of her.

While  Patricia’s passing wasn’t a ‘shock’  for which I’ve recommended Dr. Bach’s Star of Bethlehem in previous posts, it has compelled me to re-post a piece I wrote over a year ago on its use for times of loss and grief. I’m reminded very personally that these experiences affect all of us in our humanity, whether it concerns someone close to us or loss of our foundations due to natural and/or man-made disasters.  It seems ironic now that I spoke of events affecting the eastern seaboard in this previous posting…perhaps another gentle reminder.  This said, I simply add, Goddess speed, Patricia…Goddess speed.

Star of Bethlehem,  one of the most powerful remedies in the famous 38 Bach Flower Remedies repertoire, is classically  described as THE remedy for ‘shock and trauma’, whether it be a very recent shock or trauma or one that is very old, yet remains at some level within our consciousness and our bodies.  I had not planned to blog about ‘Star’ quite this soon, but given the recent events experienced by those on the eastern seaboard in the last several weeks, first the earthquake and now Irene, it seems the time is now.  

Although these dramas have been extremely traumatic for all of those touched by them, as a practitioner I have never met anyone who cannot benefit from this remedy.  ‘Star’ is so deeply powerful that Dr. Bach included it as one of the five flower remedies in his famous combination, ‘Rescue Remedy’(Dr. Edward Bach Centre-UK),  which is also known as ‘The Five Flower Formula’(Healing Herbs Ltd.-UK).  

Grief is another form of wounding, which can be deep and long lived.  For this reason I have always called upon Star of Bethlehem for clients who are experiencing or have experienced loss of any kind, whether it be the loss of a loved one or a shattered dream.  In this context, we are within the boundary of the spiritual aspects of this remedy because as spirit in body, each of us comes into this incarnation with a karmic contract, soul lessons to master, wounds to heal.  

As I wrote in Igniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies,If there is one remedy that represents the Divinity found in each of the remedies, it is ‘Star of Bethlehem’…. [it]seems to promote a release from the wounds that cause us the deepest of hurts. Physical traumas heal; but inasmuch as we are spirit in body, the wounds that cause us the deepest grief are those rooted within us emotionally. These wounds have a symbiotic relationship to Star of Bethlehem that is divinely healing.

On the spiritual level, the flower, Star of Bethlehem presents a balanced image of six perfect petals of white, evoking the image of the spiritually-significant six-pointed star, the perfectly counterbalanced triangles, the phrase ‘as above, so below’ and the culmination of the colors in the spectrum. As a practitioner, I have heard this remedy referred to as the ‘ultimate healer of all wounds’ and ‘the Divine Mother essence’. In other words, it is truly a remedy for a heart in distress.”

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A BIG MONTH FOR SCORPIO, DR. BACH’S CHICORY, PINE AND STAR OF BETHLEHEM

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As I thought about the focus for this post, Scorpio’s energy kept pushing itself into my thoughts, increasingly deeper, increasingly insistent; clearly a reflection of its nature.  Paraphrasing the adage, ‘whatever you resist the most, this is what you need to embrace’, this is definitely one of Scorpio’s mantras as well as a mantra for Dr. Bach’s  flower remedy, Chicory.

 But first, a look at Scorpio and just a few of the astrological aspects that he’s part of this month.  Elementally, Scorpio’s a water sign.  To quote the esoteric astrologer Joan Hodgsonwater

“creates, nourishes and destroys physical form…[it] is concerned with the soul of things—with the psychic aspect of our being, that part of us which senses, reflects, and absorbs the impressions of the world around us.”

 By sign, Scorpio rules the eighth house in the zodiac, the house of among other things, the occult…those things, circumstances of life that are hidden, that are deep.  So first and foremost we’re talking about emotions, particularly those emotions lurking within the nadir of ourselves that we purposefully, consciously or with lack of awareness subconsciously, keep hidden.

On October 22nd, the Sun moved into Scorpio joining by ‘conjunction’ that task master, Saturn (remember HIM from the last post?)…what a pair, one that takes no prisoners amidst their joint message, “you have some work to do, and excavation is afoot;” never mind that we really DON’T want to go there!

As Hodgson implies, all water signs (Scorpio, Cancer & Pisces) are highly sensitive. This sensitivity is now combined with the no nonsense energy of Saturn demanding that we look at what’s been holding us back, for us to ‘see’ and acknowledge where we’ve been limiting ourselves within the landscape of our evolutionary growth…this is pretty scary territory, its deep territory.

And still, we’re not done.  On Monday, October 29th the Full Moon   is exact in Taurus, opposing the Scorpio Sun.  The Moon by its nature is all about emotion.  It doesn’t think.  The Moon’s energy is that intrinsic part of us that just ‘knows.’  So now we have the Scorpio Sun (in cahoots with the teacher, Saturn) shinning its light on earthly Taurus… whose goal is to find inner peace and tranquility.  The lesson is clear:  in order to find peace we must excavate our deeply hidden feelings despite our fears, guilt and perhaps even shame.

Enter Dr. Bach with his remedies.  Although I’ve written about Chicory, Pine and Star of Bethlehem before,

 http://gayemack.com/2011/11/08/dr-bachs-chicory-the-flower-remedy-that-meets-the-energy-of-plutos-hard-questions

http://gayemack.com/dr-bachs-pine-flower-remedy-for-shame-based-guilt-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/

http://gayemack.com/2011/08/29/dr-bachs-star-of-bethlehem-for-shock-and-trauma

here they are again in different circumstances.

When we are in a contracted emotional Chicory   state, we tend to expend a great deal of energy either consciously or subconsciously in order to avoid acknowledging feelings, emotions, past actions or behaviors that we’re responsible for.  This contracted energy  can manifest in overly tenacious, self-absorbed, controlling, micro-managing and often, narcissistic behavior that uses emotional manipulation to get what it wants.  Worse, it’s typically directed toward those who are closest to us because if we project all over others, we don’t have to look at our own ‘stuff’.

Fortunately, Chicory helps us to see what it is that we’re doing to ourselves and others; it’s essential energetic action helps us to ‘let go’ with a feeling of safety to do so and when we do so, we find that we have more support from others than we thought possible.

However, in this excavation process it would be an anomaly if one were not to feel some form of guilt; after all, feelings of guilt and shame are part of our human condition.  Fortunately we can look to Bach’s Pine.  As I’ve written previously, this remedy goes very deep.  It’s not unusual for someone to be taking Pine for a long time as the contracted Pine state can get set up when we are very young. Pine is very powerful and as you can imagine, has multitudes of applications…it’s the perfect pairing for Chicory and Scorpio’s energy.

Finally, we must always include Star of Bethlehem when embarking on any kind of emotional excavation.  Bach referred to this remedy in so many words as ‘the ultimate healer of all wounds.’  Whether we’ve been ‘stuffing’ such wounds and guilt for a life time or as recently as days ago, this remedy must be part of our healing process.

Chicory, Pine and Star of Bethlehem; perfect partners for diving deep, doing our evolutionary work and finding peace.

 

 

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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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WAS ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE A DRAMA QUEEN LEO OR….

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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.