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PAIRING SCORPIO’S LUNAR ECLIPSE WITH DR. BACH’S ASPEN & WALNUT FOR MANAGING FEARS OF THE UNKNOWN AMIDST CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

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 Originally I’d planned that my small hiatus from blogging would go until the end of April!  However, try as I might, I can’t ignore the importance of this eclipseWhile New and Full Moons always signify  beginnings and completions in some fashion, eclipsespower-boost’ these energies . The Scorpio  Full Moon  on April 25th illuminates energetic patterns and behaviors  holding us back from growing in our evolution.  As such, these elements  need to go.  There’s a building intensity  globally, locally and personally, to dissolve that which is outmoded in spite of the fiercest of resistances as new energetic patterns and behaviors push hard for incorporation into our internal databanks, waiting to be actioned. With the full moon opposing the Sun in Taurus, we’re reminded to nurture a fundamental relationship to our physical world, its beauty and what we most value.

When Dr. Edward Bach discovered the final 19 flower remedies to complete his famous 38 Bach remedies, Aspen and Walnut were among them.  He identified this group as I’ve written previously, as possessing a ‘higher spirituality’ functioning at a higher vibration than those remedies already discovered.

Among the  key characteristics of Aspen is that it allays our fears of going into unknown territory.  So often we are seduced in the belief, “better the devil you know than the one you don’t.”  However, as I’ve also written previously, the devil we know can take us right down the road of self-destruction, whether it be the result of a bad relationship, job or other life choices.  Aspen provides us the courage and faith needed to venture into uncharted waters, while Bach’s remedy, Walnut  is the remedy to help us make changes that we need to make.

Classically this remedy helps us to, in the words of the well-known author Dr. Leo Buscaglia, “ cut the toxic ties that bind.”  It helps us to get our foot over the threshold, to let go of those things, patterns and behaviors that no longer serve us well.   All of these considerations are a tall order, as our egos never want to ‘let go.’  This said, there’s a caveat in mind/body/spirit philosophy… “that which you resist the most, is that which you need to let go of.”  Before you’re brought to your knees in resistance, reach for Dr. Bach’s Aspen and Walnut…it bears repeating, you’ll feel better in the morning!

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DR. BACH’S ASPEN

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 DR. BACH’S WALNUT

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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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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.


EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THAT FULL MOON!

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Last night’s full moon in Scorpio is the belle of the ball right now.  Her brilliance is not only lit up by the Taurus Sun but her photographs are all over the news media, Facebook, Google, NASA and endless other sources.  How stunning she is in her perigee, a point in the moon’s orbit that at unique times brings the moon closest to Earth.   She seems so close that we can almost reach out and touch her!  Aside from the breath taking visual, as always there’s meaning here through the evolutionary astrological lens.

Full moons are always about polarity highlighting particular themes that have come to a ‘full culmination’ point within our personal evolutionary process.  For a moon in Scorpio change is upon us.  We are urged to consider that which is emotionally deep within …something that’s been hidden until now needing to be looked at ‘in the light’.  It might be very old ‘stuff’ wanting to be healed from prior times in this life or memories of past lives. 

The energy of the opposing Taurus Sun encourages us to take the time with ourselves for this shift.  Taurus is methodical, grounded and careful. Ruled by Venus, Taurus loves beauty and nature.  Perhaps spending time in nature in an environment that’s peaceful and nurturing is just what’s called for.

There are several of Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedies that can support this healing.  Those readily coming to mind are Agrimony, Star of Bethlehem and Walnut Agrimony helps us to feel safe in acknowledging within ourselves and verbally to others, those things which have been hidden, so that we might receive the external support to help us through the healing.  Star of Bethlehem as I have written in other posts, is considered by those of us who are practitioners, as the umbrella remedy.  Dr. Bach in so many words referred to it as the ‘ultimate healer of all wounds’…I have never met anyone in over 20 years who cannot benefit from this beautiful and extremely powerful remedy.  As a reminder ,it’s one of the five in Bach’s ‘Rescue Remedy’ or the ‘Five Flower Formula’ from Healing Herbs Ltd.  Finally, Walnut…the classic choice for life’s transitions.  Walnut helps us to move forward to get our foot over the threshold and ‘cut the ties that bind.’

So whatever needs to come to light in your life, whatever needs to be discarded through healing so that you can move on, look to the embracing energy of this beautiful full moon in her glory and add these remedies to your ‘healing kit’.

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