Permission Granted

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While not every degree of transiting Venus through house Gemini will offer the safest or best vibe, it’s a fact that little trumps it for the social beings that we humans are. Venus is all about relational balance and an appreciation of that balance: always on the lookout for quality exchange, a nice fit, the right tone, the experience of conversation, the role play…

And speaking of role play, here we have youthful, inquisitive, quick-thinking and quick-tongued Gemini first up to host the summertime story – do expect the tempo to double in a week’s time. Ah, those Twins: a bit on the hyper side, Gemini is aware that there are so many of us to meet, each with our unique story and style. Put these two archetypes together – Venus funnelling through Mercury’s social context domain – and you have the perfect recipe for summer entertainment: PLAY ­čÖé

Decompress with Play

We can expect that those that are usually the life of the party will be less irritating to those who prefer a quieter atmosphere and those who seem life-less will be easier to cajole into┬ásome fun. People will appreciate others more or at the very least will be better able to attempt empathy and move on with diplomatic speed. And every one needs appreciation and empathy. Find it in yourself for others in these days. Its free and particularly accessible all around you; just tap in. Start practicing now and as┬á╬Łeptune squares, you’ll finesse that energy, too, simply by default. Start practicing the mantra, ‘We are all One’, when you find yourself hanging around waiting somewhere…

Yes, that is the rosey side of the┬ánarrative but it’s as much truth as another perspective is. I could choose to focus on how badly warped my poor Venus channel is in some of my relationships OR I can create space for being with those that will enrich the transit and count on that rubbing off….sort of like gaining points or extra tools in my kit as I then move through my life’s mythic plot line with the less easy personalities. Think that sounds crazy? ­čśÇ

Well, Dr. Stuart Brown, founder and president of the National Institute for Play, would agree with me, I think. He says, ‘Its pretty important to get play right or you won’t get your myth right…I began to link the importance of a believed mythology…a way of describing a deep belief…A loss of that is a loss of something very very significant to being human…I started musing about how if your play is not healthy and not intricate, your myth won’t be. You will be enacting your mythic life in a way that’s probably got some pathologies. So its pretty important to get play right because play is more basic and more necessary to our developement than myth.

“If you think about what play produces…like empathy and trust…if you watch (a kid) dealing with fantasy and the internalisation of his narratives… what play does for kids is to internalise these narratives that are their own private story-telling to make the world make sense, which is a fragmentary myth. Its a belief system that the kid operates under…(Without healthy freedom to play) their internal narratives are not going to be very balanced and they are not going to have a means of being able to make sense of their world.”

He goes on to say that it continues to be important through all of life. And if you have lost your playfulness, you can begin to get it back anytime. You can do this alone and/or in a group. I know many who feel they never had time to play as a child. You can reclaim that loss. It is not complicated: do things that you remember you have enjoyed or that you imagine you would enjoy.

About five or so years ago, I got on a bicycle for the first time in more than 35 years. It was such a high! I couldn’t stop grinning; I struggled to adjust my breathing to the wind gushing in my face (yes, I am still a speed demon on a bike); it was scarey and exhilirating – and I didnt crash – Wahoo! I gain a lot from that kind of play, probably huge amounts I am not even conscious of.

Those less mobile can experience play through reading, theatre, movies.* Its about exercising your imagination. Maybe you are one of┬ámany who spend a┬áhuge amount of time commuting. Pop in some audio-stories by your favourite authors, dust off some music cds and karioke out – then go get yourself a new album and learn that one, too. As Elsa say, ”It’s not that we don’t have darker things looming. We most definitely do. But fun is as important as anything else in your life, isn’t it?”

The concept may be countercultural these days but so what? You already know that you have to set your own trends, create your own narrative. You can see other successful people that have done exactly that. Give Self Permission: It really should be as important as anything else in your life.

*Speaking of experiencing play through reading, check out the fantasy fiction at The Story of the Four wordpress site.┬áThis is rich content crafted into fantastic places and times – you can travel from your magic lounger in the shade.

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