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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

 


GETTING THE DUCKS IN ORDER ON THE BUMPY ROAD TO ‘PUBLISHED’ STATUS

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In my last post I wrote about the effect of Mars turning retrograde and how that signals a slow down and re-evaluation in our charts.  Currently I’m experiencing this Mars effect  in the ‘circumstances of life areas ‘(the houses) of my own chart which have to do with my ‘work in the world’ and ‘creativity’.

A couple of years ago I made the decision to shift my writing from non-fiction, academic material and return to the arena of historical fiction, specifically in the ‘thriller/mystery’ genre, which I’d explored in the early 1990’s.  While fiction offers endless creative paths to explore, the reality of going from idea to the printed page(hopefully by someone else other than your new best friend at Kinko’s),  is not for the faint of heart.  Anyone who has been or is on this road knows what I’m talking about.

After working for a year on  a major reconstitution of a manuscript  I wrote 20 years ago, year #2 saw an e-file accumulation of  literary agent rejections.  I stopped counting at 55 with the realization that two years of hard work was going nowhere.  While the rejections continued to come in, I decided to write book #2.  As this book neared completion the fires around E-Publishing and Publishing On Demand ratcheted up frenetically in the literary press.  I wondered if I should trash the whole idea of going the traditional route with a literary agent and try my hand at self-publishing.  A huge dilemma because self publishing no matter which route you take, requires enormous marketing demands on your part if you want to be successful.  Amanda Hocking and her explosive success is legendary but the reality is that the ratios of self published authors to actual success levels such as hers, are staggeringly depressive.

While mired in this personal dilemma, I ‘accidentally’ came across an announcement for a mystery writer’s conference to be held in Chicago. While  I hadn’t been to a writer’s conference in 20 years,  the program offered the opportunity to ‘pitch live’ to attending literary agents.  When I looked at the list of top level agents, I didn’t think twice.  It was an ‘either sink or swim’ decision on my part, particularly because I’d never pitched any of my manuscripts ‘live’ before.  Once I’d signed up, the reality of the preparation made me wonder what planet I was on when I made this decision!  A slick pitch is approximately 5 sentences…the first sentence should be no more than 25 words which informs the agent the title, genre, audience and general overview of the book…orally from memory in no more than 4(yes four!) minutes.  Your heart pounds, your palms sweat and you wish you hadn’t eaten lunch and could ask Scotty to beam you up.  Was all of this worth it?  Yes.

A week ago I signed a contract with one of the agents to whom I pitched,  Peter Miller, President of Global Lion Intellectual Property Management.  I’m still in shock because Peter represents an  impressive client list and possesses a huge reputation in the industry.  This said, seeing my manuscripts on store shelves is no guarantee even with his help, guidance and expertise.   The publishing industry is in flux and ultra selective, particularly for fiction.   I have much ‘clean up’ work to do.  Even though these manuscripts have been edited endlessly, they need  final, perfected polishing so that Peter can pitch them to major publishers and editors in the next few weeks in New York and then the London Book Fair in April.

Despite the excitement of clearing this first  hurdle, Mars continues to have his way with me, the work is hard and the agenda is chop wood, carry water…I won’t be holding my breath any time soon for that call from Good Morning America!


DURING MARS’ RETREAT, THE MESSEAGES OF DR. BACH’S OAK AND THE ANCIENT RUNE NAUTHIZ, PROVE TO BE STRANGE, BUT COMPATABLE BEDFELLOWS

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If you’re wondering why particular aspects(not to use a pun) of your life have slowed down recently, it very well could be related to the warrior planet Mars’, biennial shift in motion.  On January 23rd Mars turned ‘retrograde’ and will not station ‘direct’ again until April 13th.  As I have written in previous postings, any time a planet shifts into  what astrologers refer to as ‘retrograde motion’ (when a planet ‘appears’ to be moving backwards in the sky), the message of that planet’s energy is for us to quiet down and go within.  What we are to consider during these times is where and how the energetic representation relates  to our actions and in our lives.   

Mars with its fiery warrior energy is currently in the sign of the Virgin, Virgo…the organizer, analyzer, perfecter…the seer of how things could be, the idealist…the server.  But in her idealism and self-inflicted drive to grow, Virgo can be hypercritical and merciless in her self-evaluation, deficient in her self-esteem, particularly when combined with the warrior energy of Mars…well, you get the picture. 

For the next few months whether we like it or not,  we have the opportunity to take a breath in order to contemplate what and were we need to re-evaluate our behavior and goals.  Perhaps we need to consider making a  course correction.  Are there areas where we need to make serious changes?  What isn’t working in our lives and needs to go?  Where do we need to concentrate on building our self-esteem?  To contemplate and then carry out the action is not an easy task by any means and begs the question, where do we start? 

By looking at current transit placement in our natal chart, we can find  clues to these answers.  Whatever house(circumstance of life) in which  Mars has landed gives us the answer.    Is it the 10th… our work in world?  Or perhaps it’s the 7th where lasting partnerships and collaborations, reside.    Maybe it’s the double whammy of the 2nd which represents among other things, our self-esteem and self-value! 

Regardless of where Mars is sitting  for his months of retrograde motion, frustration is  characteristic of the energy we can feel which can be draining emotionally and physically.  However help is on the way in Dr. Edward Bach’s ‘Oak’ flower remedy.  When I teach about Oak in Bach’s repertoire of his 38 the flower remedies, I always envision it as the ‘energizer bunny’.  Its life force gives us strength to ‘carry on’  by providing us  the stamina and  sustainability we need.  The assistance found through Oak is not only for times of planetary retrogrades…we can call upon Oak during a particularly challenging illness or struggle when life seems to have been derailed through circumstances or ill judgement…any time when we feel we have don’t have ‘it’ in us to keep going.  As I said, the energizer bunny!

The ancient Norse Rune, Nauthiz puts the energetic interpretation of  a Mars retrograde quite well:  “This is a time to…restore, if not harmony, at least balance.  So mend, restore, redress—when fishermen can’t go to sea they repair nets.  Let the Constraints of time serve you in righting your relationship to your Self.  Be mindful that rectification comes before progress…consider the uses of adversity.”(The Book of Runes-Ralph Blum)                                                  

                                                                   

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LEO’S FULL MOON-CREATIVITY & HEART, MIND & VISION

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Admittedly, it has been almost two months since I last blogged…definitely a faux-pah in the eyes of the blogging police.  However, I have a good excuse for this temporary absence…at least in my mind and it falls into the category of ‘there are no accidents’

It has been almost 20 years since I attended my last mystery/thriller writer’s conference, but at Thanksgiving an opportunity appeared (notice I did not say, ‘by accident’) out of the blue for me to attend such a conference that was held in Chicago this past weekend.  The important thing about this conference was that not only did it offer the opportunity to really schmooz with some of the best mystery/thriller writers we have, but to  ‘live pitch’ one’s  latest project to some of the country’s top literary agents… but there was a catch. 

In order to do this, I had to finish my ‘current project’ which I’d already been  working on since last spring.  The expression, ‘pedal to the metal’ was an understatement as I became glued to my keyboard(and my wonderful, selfless editor up in Minnesota) racing against the clock, while dosing myself with numerous flower remedies.  I hardly saw anyone and only had clean clothes thanks to my husband who took over laundry and shopping duties…Christmas?  When did that happen?  You get the picture.  Thus my long apology for the silence as I endeavor to get back to work!

The outcome of this effort  is that the book is done, the conference was a success and my pitch was a success insofar that agents want to see the full manuscript….so now I wait. Even if I receive an offer for representation there’s no guarantee  a publisher will offer a contract…it’s a dicey business that’s becoming more chaotic by the day(note the current stand off between Amazon and BN), but writers are compelled to write, myself included, the torpedoes be damned.

In the midst of all of this effort,  my astrological work and studies languished(along with the previously mentioned laundry and shopping duties).  Only today did I realize we are under the influence of  Leo’s  shinning full moon, lit by the fire of February’s Aquarius Sun.  Astrologically, Leo rules our heart and creativity for it is from the heart that this authentic piece of ourselves resides.  Aquarius, the sign of the collective is ruled by that rebel of the planets, Uranus with its mental energy and vision.   If it weren’t for Uranus thinking out of the box, we’d all be still writing on clay tablets and I don’t mean IPads!  So what a better ‘opportunity’ than to sit in the energy of this full moon where we can each contemplate the job that is uniquely ours, that evolutionarily, we came to do?

This pairing of the Leo full moon and the Aquarius sun reflects the Divine message that we are to align our heart and head in carrying out the job, whatever that may be.  One thing’s for sure…each of us has one!  And if you need a little self-confidence, try some of Dr.Bach’s Larch flower remedy….having drunk a bottle of it this past weekend, I highly recommend it!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                


 


OCTOBER’S ARIES FULL MOON FIRES PASSION AND MISSION

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Sitting on a train out of Edinburgh bound for London I suddenly realize that some of my thoughts and actions over the previous 24 hours have been directly connected to this month’s full moon (which was exact at 2:17 a.m. GMT yesterday, according to Solar Fire).  My experience has been that when traveling, especially out of the country, I’m easily distracted and sometimes become very Neptunian; it takes extra effort just to stay focused on practical matters at hand such as getting on the right train, the right bus, following directions and definitely making sure you don’t leave anything critical behind in your hotel room…like your passport or the rental car keys.

 For these very reasons I totally lost track of yesterday’s full moon event until after I had made the (radical!) decision to approach literary agents in the UK regarding my current historical thriller, which for the most part is set on UK soil.

 Without thinking about a full moon connection, I diverted from ‘doing business as usual’ with US agents and launched into the slow process of querying London agents in a very ‘mental’ way.  It was only this morning that I realized this decision was reflected in my own chart at time of exact fullness.

As each of the Cardinal signs spurs us into initiatory action, Aries brings fire to such ‘forks in the road.’  Even when it isn’t full, an Aries moon is passionate about whatever it deems is the ‘mission of the day’.  The opposing Libra Sun lighting up this moon suggests that wherever the Aries focus is, it’s something you love and one that has an important connection that reaches out to others in some way.  Additionally, with Saturn sitting next to the Sun, we’re asked to consider issues of external authority that we may have been grappling with…or perhaps taking another look at our own ‘internal authority’. 

 As always, circumstances of life are represented by these placements in your own chart.  I’m reminded one more time, there are no accidents…For where I was at 2:17 a.m., Libra’s Sun shone brightly from the third house…communication and writing, to the passionate Aries moon in the ninth…publishing; impact to be determined.

 

 

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