On the Art of: Living in the Now




If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.  – ancient aboringinal saying






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Sunday Surfing 28/02/16

Greetings on this day of Sun/Neptune conjunction…I am totally claiming that as the reason this is hours late getting out. Lets warm up with an easy one; can you see Saturn in Sagittarius in this…

Ancient cultures aren’t that different from us, says [space archaeologist Sarah] Parcak. People told mother-in-law jokes in Mesopotamia, and have been posting cats on walls since ancient Egypt. Parcak sees herself and her fellow archaeologists not as adventurers looking for objects, but as spokespeople for the people and cultures who came before. “The most important thing that we do as archaeologists is acknowledge that past people existed and lived lives worth knowing,” she says. “I wish for us to discover the millions of unknown archaeological sites across the globe. By creating a 21st century army of global explorers, we’ll find and protect the world’s hidden heritage, which contains humankind’s collective resilience and creativity… A hundred years ago archaeology was for the rich, 50 years ago it was mainly for men, now it is primarily for academics. Our goal is to democratize the process of archeological discovery and allow anyone to participate.”

Why does gravity wave and why does it matter? Great questions and a great primer on this latest scoop.


This is just so good, no matter who you are or what you’re doing: Dr. Bradberry shares research from the queen of happiness.

‘The breakthrough in Dr. Lyubomirsky’s research is that you can make yourself happier—permanently. Lyubomirsky and others have found that our genetic set point is responsible for only about 50% of our happiness, life circumstances affect about 10%, and a whopping 40% is completely up to us. The large portion of your happiness that you control is determined by your habits, attitude, and outlook on life.’

The article goes on to list some examples of lifestyle that might be draining your personal kool-aid and I found I can be guilty of two. How ’bout you?


Mathematics and certain basic theories can be and must be validated by experiments as “fact”. However, interpretation of what it all “means” usually is a map masquerading as a territory. And unfortunately, that happens continuously, and is communicated to the less knowledgable public which does not have the means to understand the errors.  Edgar Mitchell (7 April 2000) in correspondence with Cynthia Sue Larson

Yes, we are letting our inner geek out for some air. But from a philosophical point of view, I can see Mitchell’s sentiment applying across all social strata…it’s HUGEly important not to confuse the map with territory on the journey of living. The map is helpful, for sure, but it’s a tool, not REALITY. Continuing our geek-out right along this theme…

‘(Sir Arthur) Eddington imagined a team of scientists investigating ocean life. They throw a net, with gaps two inches wide, into the water. Each time they retrieve their catch, they find it full of creatures that have two basic characteristics. Each creature has gills and is more than two inches long. Eddington then asks which is a fundamental property? Are see creatures all larger than two inches or do they all have gills? By analogy, we retrieve from the sea of knowledge only what the mesh of our methodology allows. Our methodology could retrieve a sea creature without gills on the next try, but a net two inches in size will never catch creatures less than two inches. Hence team of scientist would conclude a two inch creature size is a fundamental property of the ocean world. Since all knowledge is filtered through our Brain, which by analogy has characteristics, such as a two inch net spacing, it is very likely that some of its characteristics are inadvertently assigned to the reality we are trying to measure. Therefore interpretations of experimental results can project properties onto the real world that are actually unrecognized artifacts of the methodology we use to perform experiments.’

That’s part of an essay by Wolfgang Baer, Research Director, Nascent Systems Inc, Formerly Associate Research Prof. Naval Postgraduate School. There are more great (though sometimes somewhat heavy) geek-out essays in that link. I recommend. 🙂 


Benjamin Franklin: I wish it were possible… to invent a method of embalming drowned persons, in such a manner that they might be recalled to life at any period, however distant; for having a very ardent desire to see and observe the state of America a hundred years hence, I should prefer to an ordinary death, being immersed with a few friends in a cask of Madeira, until that time, then to be recalled to life by the solar warmth of my dear country! But… in all probability, we live in a century too little advanced, and too near the infancy of science, to see such an art brought in our time to its perfection.
—Letter to Jacques Dubourg, April 1773

Well, there is nothing wrong with wishing. And now I recall the saying, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ ha ha

And in closing…

‘Historically, the music industry has run on hunches. John Hammond is the archetype of what later became known as A&R (artists and repertoire) – the business’s talent scouts. Being an A&R man in the industry’s heyday was a dream job: you were paid to go to gigs and hang out with musicians eager to win your approval. If you spotted more than one or two successes, you were said to have good ears, and handed a fat salary. But the ears of A&R now compete with algorithms.’ Data vs. Hunch



This and That and More on Scorpio Energy


Yes, finally, I decided to sign up already. Family encouragement and curiosity had their moment (after years) on Wednesday and I signed this site up. How funny the timing: it seems that facebook is on the decline in usage. Oh dear but oh well. I have a habit of arriving late, if at all, to community trends. If you have any pointers for the page, let me know. If it’s not too late, I hope I connect with you and that you ‘like’ this site.

I have updated the example and offering section of ‘The Light, The Dark & the Line Between’ post. This time, music and a political chuckle are featured.

A poem for the times…

Humankind is being led along an evolving course,

through this migration of intelligences,

and though we seem to be sleeping,

there is an inner wakefulness

that directs the dream,

and that will eventually startle us back

to the truth of who we are.

From Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

Maze (미로)

photo credit: golbenge

More on Scorpio for Self- Analysis

Everyone’s wheel has the house of Scorpio, meaning that some segment of your being operates within the principles that govern this archetype energy.  It’s important to remember that archetype spectrums span from one extreme to the other; energy can be expressed by the individual or group as pro-active or re-active and Scorpio gives us a particularly vivid example of what this means.

As previously mentioned, this energy drives as deep as it must to get to the heart of a matter, regardless of personal comfort. This is a brilliant attribute in the subjects and matters naturally attributed to this entity: physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers in all disciplines, investigators and detectives in all fields and stick-to-it-tiveness, dogged determination, tireless pursuit.

Thus, the flip side of the Truth Seeker is the Truth Shielder. The house of your Being ruled by Scorpio energy is naturally capable of both seeking the truth in others and effectively hiding your truths. In this area of your life, you will often fight to keep others OUT. A great macro example of this is evident in the world these days. Pluto, Scorpio’s ruler, is currently transiting the house of Capricorn in the earth’s wheel. Capricorn holds

Tug of war.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

influence in, amongst other things, government and ruling structures and the top echelons of business hierarchy. There is a concerted effort going on in many nations, on the one hand to expose the corruption and on the other, to hide and protect the status quo. Pretty obvious, yea? That’s Pluto/Scorpio energy 101.

As the sun travels through this archetype’s domain (until Nov 22nd), there will be an intensity of pressure, a raising of the stakes for us. This brightest light of all will be shining on every situation/idea/belief that pertains to what you seek and what you hide. You can take advantage of this clarity to consciously ask yourself exactly what these are and if you are spending your energy wisely on this course. You can expect to get some answers. For some, this will be a time of digging in your metaphorical heels, pulling all the curtains and sliding all the door bolts. For others, this will be a time of seeking and finding. Which category are you in?

Some examples:

First house: who am I to the various people I know? What parts of me do I share with others and what parts do I withhold? WHY? Is there someone attempting to get closer to you? What is their motivation? How will you handle it?

6th house: does your body keep sending you signals that you ignore? If there is an ache or pain, it’s a message to take seriously. Or perhaps you will discover a new treatment strategy for an ailment. In terms of fulfilling daily obligations, are you serving as and where for optimum effect? For many, care and service will be rewarded with appreciation. Your efforts will be SEEN. Nice!

9th house: you may have begun to seriously investigate expanding your knowledge base or a long distance move. You will find dependable information is at hand. Perhaps your interest in matters of philosophy, spirituality, a specific religion is increasing. Go for it! Plumb the depths and see if it’s ‘right’ for you. Either way, you GROW. Those of you who have found this site and signed up for post notices are a solid Scorpio affirmation for the energy in my wheel. Thank you 🙂

Know what part of your Being runs on Scorpio principles? First clue: where is the intensity? If you need some help articulating your house meaning, let me know.

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‘…I would like to take you up on your offer for key words about my creativity…’  George, Inverness, Scotland

George is a 10th house Capricorn sun conjunct mercury, Gemini ascendant with Leo ruling his creativity.  Key words/phrases for him to think on are:

to provide, to protect, to lead/guide others via a system or structure easily well communicated with  natural confidence and ability. Taking the mental idea to the physical plane, dynamic and social public image, natural leader in relaying and demonstrating concepts, grounded and realistic approach to subjects, a serious minded star on the stage, a natural performer. Ideal scenario: work and play combined in one for sense of balanced life.

After a few email exchanges, I learned that George is currently a successful insurance agent and thinking about moving into the tourism industry for a much needed change of pace. Pluto is sitting right on top of his natal Jupiter in the 9th and Mars is moving through his 7th so this makes perfect sense. He wants more action and new kinds of interaction. There is no need for one to remind George to consider the economy before making any leap; its front and centre in his mind all the time anyway.  Keep in touch, George, whatever you decide to do. All the best!

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