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BLOODY MARY TUDOR…RICK SANTORUM’S IDOL OF WOMANHOOD AND LEADERSHIP-SERIOUSLY?

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Ancient Legends of Great Britain, Gaye's England, Scotland & Wales, Writer's Work Leave a comment

I had intended to blog about something entirely different this morning but have put it aside to post the following news article which actually appears on Susan Higginbotham’s blog.  Susan is an historical fiction author and if you like reading about the Tudor era, I recommend reading her works.

As for Rick Santorum’s remarks when interviewed in Madison…I’m a native of Wisconsin and quite familiar with the very liberal(at least it was when I was going to college) U of Wisconsin, which makes me wonder what the energy was like in the crowd…moreover, if Margaret George was home, I wonder what she thought about his very bizarre remarks regarding Mary…it boggles the mind.  This completely convinces me  the man needs serious therapy to work out his family of origin dysfunctions.

Madison, Wisconsin—She’s known to us today as “Bloody Mary.” But for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, she is a woman to be esteemed.

Speaking at a campaign stop at the University of Wisconsin, Santorum, when asked by a student questioner whether there was a historical woman he particularly admired, cited the first reigning Tudor queen. “First, she had strong religious principles, and she wasn’t too politically correct to act upon them,” said Santorum. “Second, she got married, unlike her younger sister Elizabeth, who didn’t think she needed a man to help her rule. Mary understood the importance of faith and family in a way that Elizabeth never did.”

Asked his opinion of Mary’s policy of burning Protestants, Santorum said, “You could argue—and I will argue—that Mary’s strong moral convictions were preferable to this wishy-washy notion of tolerance that the left has, where Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, goddess-worship, paganism, and atheism are all of the same value, are all points of view to be allowed. Where has that led us? Into a moral cesspool.”

Santorum, who has said that the notion of separation of church and state makes him want to “throw up,” hastened to add, “That’s not to say that I believe Mary was one hundred percent correct in burning Protestants. There are certainly decent Protestants, then and now, though I can safely say that if Mary had seen the state of the Anglican Church today, and of mainline Protestantism in the United States, she would have probably burned more of them.”

The candidate looked thoughtful when asked by another student whether he would support burning nonbelievers and non-Christians in an effort to purify the condition of religion in the United States. “Besides the obvious spiritual benefits, burning these people at the stake would have the side effect of bringing down the unemployment rate, both by reducing the surplus population and by putting right-thinking Americans to work ferreting out heretics, but as it stands now, it’s probably illegal under the Eighth Amendment. Until we get that amendment and the First Amendment tweaked a bit, we might just have to settle for singeing people.”

 


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


LIBRA’S NEW MOON URGES BALANCE, PUTTING US ON NOTICE THAT BUSINESS AS USUAL IS NO LONGER AN OPTION

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

While new moons always portend a push for new beginnings and growth, this particular new moon is packed with messages and energy!  Libra, the 7th sign of the zodiac with its glyph of scales symbolizes harmony, peace, love and beauty in our relationships and environment. However this new moon also comes in as a ‘super-moon’, the 4th of 6 we’ll have this year.  Super-moons happen when the moon is closest to the earth in either new or full expression, intensifying the gravitational pull on our emotions and our planet.  As a result, the energy of whatever other planets are acutely involved in the configuration of a new moon is magnified.

For this Moon, Mercury, the messenger of the gods, is sitting next to it, suggesting that we need to think about what’s out of balance— but this is only part of the story.  The Moon/Sun/Mercury are directly involved in the on-going Uranus/Pluto square.  For a few days, all three oppose Uranus in Aries, the planet of revolution, bringing an intensity to the concept of evolution.  In what ways do we need to think and act out of the box to move forward in a positive way?

Additionally, all three are squaring Pluto in Capricorn, which supports transformation in a way that is stable and sustainable.  There’s a lot of pressure for change in this complete configuration; the Moon/Sun/Mercury opposing Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn produces a ‘T-Square’ of high and intense energy.  Squares are turning points and tend to represent internal process; oppositions can represent external process. 

The circumstances of life in which this configuration takes place for each of us depends on the houses involved in our charts.  Never-the-less, no matter which ones they are, we’re all being called to seriously consider a course correction in our thinking and actions.  In other words, business as usual is no longer an option.

 

 

 

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FIVE MONTHS LATER, PLUTO IS FINALLY GOING DIRECT GIVING US THE GREEN LIGHT TO MOVE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER

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Pluto always seems to get a bad rap and that’s before its status as a bonafide planet was brought into question.  Over the years I’ve heard the following phrases to describe a Pluto transit through a chart: “the cosmic 2×4” or “the cosmic enema”…either way, the message reads  “if you don’t clean it (whatever ‘it’ is)  up, Pluto will do it for you; Pluto takes no prisoners.” On Friday, Pluto halted it’s retrograde motion that began back in April.  Now stationing for a bit before it moves forward, Pluto’s energy will be intense and direct, making sure we get its message.

The energy of this planet is all about truth, power and transformation…urging us to dive down into the depths of the innermost ‘knowing’ of ourselves.  It’s  an opportunity to become students in learning  the art of discernment, what is real? What is fantasy?  Where have we been deluding ourselves?   As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, when a planet shifts into retrograde motion (‘appearing’ to move backwards in the sky), we’re encouraged to go inward, to evaluate how the particular planet’s energy is playing out in our chart and in our lives…where do we need to make adjustments?  This message is particularly true of Pluto…learning the art of course correction for our greatest good, our destiny.

Currently, Pluto is in Capricorn, the sign that wants to be effective through practicality, self-sufficiency, stability.  Whichever house Pluto is currently poised in your chart will give you clues about your particular task.  Sixth house?  Could be your daily work, health, skill set; ninth house?  Might be education, your philosophy or your over-optimism that needs a reality check!

 If we haven’t plugged in, Pluto will make sure we do.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) this usually comes in the form of an outward, material manifestation that reflects the significance of blowing Pluto’s message off.  While this is often tough going when we’re ‘in it’, down the road we can come to realize that the experience was a life saver.

 

 


 

 

 


EDWARD BACH’S GORSE FLOWER REMEDY-THE REMEDY FOR HOPE ON 9/11

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I had planned to blog under Writer’s Work today, but  media coverage of the 9/11 remembrance triggered recall of my particular experience with the source of this wonderful remedy a few days following 9/11.

On 9/11, I had just begun giving an 8 a.m. training(outside in the gorgeous early morning ) to the Whole Body department at Baltimore’s Whole Foods when a staff member rushed out of the store to tell us  the 2nd tower had been hit. 

In the hours and days  that followed, it was questionable as to how I was going to get back to Chicago.  Flying was out of the question; a friend who worked for SBC in Chicago on wire taps with the FBI,emailed me.  All she said in her one line email was, ‘Do not get on any trains. At the end of the day, I was lucky; I had a rental car and ended up driving myself back to Chicago.  And while it was  a very long trip in so many ways, just as I came down a slip ramp outside of Washington DC to head West on the interstate, I saw something unbelievably remarkable.

The hillside to my right was flooded with the golden brilliance of massive Gorse bushes.  I had seen this bush cover hillsides in the UK over the years, but never before in the United States.  Knowing  the significance of Gorse as a flower remedy,  its appearance under the circumstances was indescribably powerful.

Dr. Bach’s flower remedy, Gorse is specifically given for the negative emotional state of mind which says, ‘there is no hope’, no light at the end of the tunnel; nothing will help; all faith has been lost.   Gorse shifts this internal message and perspective so that the individual comes to a place within themselves that believes there IS indeed hope.

As a flower remedy practitioner, I have seen Gorse shift states of mind from very transient,  situational  losses of  hope and faith to the drama of the extreme where the individual wants to go to sleep and never wake up. 

The healing energy of Gorse floods the heart and soul with faith reminding us always, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how illusive it may seem from time to time.

Gorse courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Centre. 

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