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Endless exploration and unbridled fiery enthusiasm are hallmarks of Sagittarius archer shooting for the heavens…no holes barred, whatever it takes to discover the meaning of life is on the agenda. November 2nd brings mental Mercury and loving Venus cozying up to each other in energetic Sag where they remain for most of November until Venus goes on her way into Capricorn.  Personally I’m very partial to Sagittarius which is ruled by big Jupiter, King of the Gods, BUT…

Any time a planet moves by transit  into Sag, we need to be circumspect about what this movement means for us and what part of our lives are likely to be impacted by the chart placement.  Sagittarius is a wonderful sign and can bring us much needed energy and courage… but it is a restless sign and for Mercury this translates into desire for hyper mental  stimulation, conversations that are unusual in nature and above all exploration that is driven by curiosity.  For Venus, relationships and beauty are the theme.  Venus in Sag can attract us to exotic venues and relationships that in the cold light of day and upon reflection might be risky. Details tend to be overlooked and the need for safety can take a back seat–even for cautious Cancereans.

And if this weren’t enough…on November 9th, Neptune the planet of nebulous dreams turns direct, adding more expansiveness to this mix.  What is one to do?  What can we call upon that can let us enjoy the enthusiasm of Sagittarius that’s exciting  but balanced?

Dr. Bach’s Clematis easily comes to mind.  One of the five remedies in Dr. Bach’s famous ‘Rescue Remedy’, on its own Clematis is classically described and suggested for emotional states of dreaminess and  being ungrounded energetically…in other words, ‘out of the body’.   While an extreme negative Clematis state would be Alzheimer’s, fortunately for most of us, the more modest manifestation of negative or shadow Clematis is far less dramatic…and if we’re considering such a state as it relates to planetary transit movements in our charts…thankfully temporary.

When one is in a ‘negative’ Clematis state, there is lack of focus  …very Neptunian in many ways.  This state doesn’t want to be in the present, instead it prefers to fantasize about the future and circumstances that are often unrealistic perceptions of reality…irresponsibly managing our finances to fund an intriguing idea because we ‘know’ the next lotto ticket we buy will be the BIG one…unhealthy relationships  erroneously  perceived as the damsel in distress  rescued by the white knight …or the high flying damsel as the answer to the  career of a struggling  knight…these are examples of Clematis’ shadow which can be fueled by Mercury and Venus in restless Sagittarius.

As I mentioned, I’m partial to Sagittarius…I really love Sagittarius’ energy and influence…but I’m also mindful of its pitfalls as all signs have a shadow.  So, when November 2nd arrives, you might want to have a little Clematis within easy reach!




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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


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 Rosslyn was and has been an important site long before Dan Brown and Hollywood arrived in the small village of Roslin, located about 7 miles south of Edinburgh.  The Chapel was founded in 1446 as a collegiate chapel for study by Sir William St. Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney, but was actually not finished until after his death in 1484.  In fact the story goes that Sir William had left funds for an extensive expansion of the building we see today, but for unknown reasons this work was never carried out. 

Beyond the myths and sensation created by Dan Brown, (who apparently never visited Rosslyn prior to the publication of his book) the first thing immediately striking about the Chapel is the interior’s intense profusion of ornate carving.  This surely was a building project that kept stone masons busy year round…quite a contract if you were lucky enough to get it.  Personally I can’t ever recall entering either a chapel or cathedral previous to this visit where the visual impact was so overwhelming…packed…even claustrophobic in some respects. 

One aspect particularly intriguing is that interspersed amongst the deeply symbolic carvings reflecting religious themes, there are carvings that are quite clearly pagan in nature.  For example there are over 100 representations of ‘the green man’ throughout, not to mention that the base of the famous ‘Apprentice Pillar’ is wrapped with dragons suggesting the Norse mythology of the Sinclair’s roots.

 Interestingly enough, despite the mystical legends and rumors that surround Rosslyn, there is no evidence to back up the claims that the Templars as a group were particularly involved in Rosslyn’s history other than the family testified against the Templars when that Order was put on trial in Edinburgh in 1309.  The reality is that Rosslyn Chapel was built by William Sinclair, a devout Catholic, so that Mass could be said for the souls of his family.

 Nevertheless, despite this reality that throws cold water on the DaVinci mythology and other stories proposing alternative theories around the bloodline of the grail, Rosslyn abounds with fascinating symbology that poses a fair share of questions but few answers, leaving much to the imagination if one wishes to travel that route. 

Unfortunately but understandably, photography is not allowed inside the Chapel.  However, there are several online sites in addition to the ones offered here that you can visit which are full of information. 

 Admittedly I was disappointed in learning the cold facts as I love good unsolved mysteries and legends, but given the extensive on-going 7.5 million pounds conservation project, Rosslyn is an important historical site and is worth the visit should you happen to be traveling to Edinburgh.


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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.



Image: Solar Fire Software




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 There’s no castle I’ve visited over the years that possesses a more dramatic presence than Dunnottar.  Located to the south of Aberdeen, Scotland, Dunnottar is dramatically perched on a massive flat topped rock of sheer proportions that end into the crashing sea. The visual effect of its physical presence is definitely an outward representation of its ‘colorful’ history.

Four hundred years after the birth of Christ, St. Ninian established Dunnottar as a religious site for his followers, most likely because of its extremely remote location that exuded peace at the time.  However in the years that followed, Dunnottar was to forfeit this peace, becoming a miniature reflection of Scotland’s turbulent history that included dramas around William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and the Marquis of Montrose to name a few.

Within this reflection are two events that particularly standout:  Dunnottar as the hiding place for the Scottish Honours (Crown Jewels) when Cromwell’s troops were advancing north of Edinburgh to capture them.  Fortunately Cromwell did not get his hands on the jewels, an outcome that would have secured his place as Scotland’s ruler…how they were hidden and where is a story worthy of a modern day thriller.






Even less honorable was the most inhumane imprisonment of 144 men and women by Charles II’s soldiers in a chamber known as the Whigs Vault.  For ninety days these individuals were deprived of water, food and sanitation because they refused to embrace the King’s promotion of Episcopacy, outlawing their own religion of Protestantism.  Many died from starvation and disease; several fell to their deaths in an effort to escape over the cliffs.  Those who survived the vault were shipped to the west indies…many not making landfall.   These stories a clear contrast between glory and dishonor.

As fascinating as this castle is, getting up to it is not for the faint of heart…the easy part is the parking lot.  From there, it’s a long and steep downward and then upward climb(I didn’t count the steps-it is fortress after all) and that’s before you even get to the castle itself.  Once you do, the stone steps are slippery and narrow through the rabbit warren of chambers up and down(no doubt to accommodate the size 2 feet in those days)…so being relatively fit is helpful…the good news is you won’t need to go to the gym for about 3 weeks…but, all worth the trip!

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