The Traveler’s Essential Tool

…Evolution comes via the new which often means we must endure the unfamiliar. We have to try knowing we could well fail the first few times; we will not be graceful, cool, in control of the outcome. Our feelings could get hurt, we might look stupid; our imagination is certain there is a level of danger involved…


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The north node (NN) is a consistent beacon on your journey of growth. It travels your wheel of energy and can often be counted on to represent the area of your life that makes you squirm uncomfortably when you contemplate the need to make a change of some sort, be it with a relationship, mindset or material issue. The reason for this is simple: no one wants to give up the safe and the familiar…even the dear old ball and chain.

From day one of life, we adapt to a pattern and continue on to eventually become our own pattern maker (At least, that’s the plan). Our rising to start the day, the activities and responsibilities we carry out, the people we interact with, the goals we work towards, the morals and value system we develop dictate what we come to expect experientially. We make choices and decisions that favour the least disruption to routine, resemble most closely what we currently know as ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable’ and thus, we insure that we evolve at a somewhat controlled, incremental pace for the sake of keeping our proverbial boat as steady as possible. After all, slow and steady wins the race, right?

Right. Generally speaking. There could be all sorts of static and/or discomfort in some areas of your life that have nothing to do with you or your issues. We all know what it’s like to walk innocently into a situation and get blindsided by someone on a collision course with personal demons. But how can you know when this is the case and when it really is a message for you? And when you are repeatedly experiencing friction or a brick wall and your kneejerk reaction becomes just about identical every time but doesn’t solve the problem, can you step outside of yourself and get a refreshed perspective? Yes. Check out your NN.

The NN in astrological energy is all about your path of evolution; the essence of what you are to grasp and achieve in the life of your mind/ body/spirit. Philosophically speaking, one could say it’s your reason for being. Evolution comes via the new which often means we must endure the unfamiliar. We have to try knowing we could well fail the first few times; we will not be graceful, cool, in control of the outcome. Our feelings could get hurt, we might look stupid; our imagination feels certain there is a level of danger involved. The thing is, there is no other way forward.

Sidebar: Free Will says you don’t have to move forward. You can stay where you are – or move sideways. You can even eventually fall in love with your pins and needles, if you like. Or come, over time, to believe your will was overruled by someone or something else. These choices are all about atrophy – and that brick wall, on some level or another, is your self-fulfilling lot…

But, on the flip side (there is always a flip side), the new could be brilliant. You have an optional way of thinking and working that, like a gift, is presenting itself to you. It’s just that you don’t yet recognize it as yours. Think of it as your very own personal compass. The traveler’s essential tool.

Upside: If you will be open to your ‘true north’, as it’s also called, you will find that you get to move quite a few spaces forward on the board game of life. It’s like rolling double sixes.

Walk this Way

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With the NN transiting Scorpio, we can all apply the archeptype spectrum of Pluto to the subject as applies to our unique wheel. Pluto is dramatic and its spectrum of metaphors runs accordingly. It is known as the Destroyer and the Phoenix rising out of the ashes of the destroyed. It is the Gatekeeper of Secrets and the Relentless Seeker. It is the Predatory Yang and the Seducing Yin. The Healer and the Grim Reaper. Pluto is all about power-connections: in money, sex, valuables, information, access and the fruits of its manifestations are all about motive.

This archetype energy allows for no compassion in its divine mission to expose what a person is all about. The phrase, ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’, is a pure Scorpio saying. But then again, so is the saying, ‘Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back.’

At the moment, the NN has just 4’ to go in my 2nd house. The 2nd house is about possession, both tangible and intangible. It describes the Self’s relationship to its possessions or lack thereof, what those possessions fulfill for Self-identity and the level of importance they carry. The central message for my life journey at this time can be found neatly encapsulated here.

There are a myriad of issues in my public and private life that vie for attention, tapping on various parts of my pattern and getting the responding tweaks. For some time now, my pattern has been feeling more and more constricted. I could easily tell myself that it’s because others are acting a little oddly or out of character. A lot could be blamed on power hungry municipal employees. I could tell myself that it’s down to loss of momentum in the local economy and that the buzz in the air is about everyone having to have a smaller -but still merry – christmas.  I could rationally deflect and it wouldn’t be a big deal. In fact, it wouldn’t be inaccurate. Like everybody, I’ve got lots going on to distract me. But that wouldn’t be the full truth; symptoms are not the root. And it wouldn’t be the optimal perspective I have the opportunity to focus on now. My neatly encapsulated message is presenting the chance to evolve towards my future via my possessions and the meaning I attach to them. If I can come to healthy terms with my real-life, actual, physical, beloved baggage, many of the side issue preoccupations would become either easily dealt with or, in the end, inconsequential.

I can be supportive and helpful as others deal with their issues but I am responsible for

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The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest. Photo credit: Wikipedia

my own. And right now I have an Everest mentality, as pertains to my material possessions, to climb (Pluto says, ‘Hell with climbing. Knock it down flat!’ Uh, no thanks, not just yet…). Scorpio is ‘fixed emotion’, by the way, so that’s how I view what I possess. I have a huge amount of sentiment and history attached to most of my things…it’s not about money-value for me at all…I can defend my position well. Of course, Pluto doesn’t give a flying hoot. Energy is energy is energy. What happens to all that sentiment and history if you don’t have the physical reminders? Does it just vanish, stop being? Well…Somehow it seems to be less validated…and my memory likes prompts…and all of these things are so functional, too…its not fair.

Intellectually, I understand that there are Truths here; that the sooner I get them integrated, the sooner I can leap forward somehow (even that isn’t quite true: it’s clear how I would move ‘forward’) – and I am sure I will get them… Some transits are harder than others, aren’t they?

In what area of your life is the same old – same old response from you just not cutting it anymore? Where do you see that growth needs to occur but you just don’t want to go there?

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Mutable Soul

Praise to the rituals that celebrate change,

Old robes worn for new beginnings,

Solemn protocol where the mutable soul,

Surrounded by ancient experience, grows

Young in the imagination’s white dress.

–          Dana Gioia


Off the Grid

So that’s the plan. A piece of land with a panoramic view above the middle of almost nowhere. A dirt road that doesn’t technically exist cut into the side of a mountain , in a place with no water or electricity, leads down to a small pre-fab house. Today’s chores: continue to weld pergola beams together, clean away all of the tree branches and thorn bushes protruding into the road so that you don’t feel pushed towards the cliff’s edge on your rickety way. Reward:



Democracy is not for the lazy or indifferent. All that urgent indignation we endured – and continue to – from every faction whirled up from complacent demographies. Most politicians are careerists. As they move from the local to somewhere in the glocal sphere, are we keeping them on their mark? Are we there to witness when they stray

Money and Magnifying Glass

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from original ideals or goals? When we see a worrying partnership forming up, be it with big business, pharmaceuticals or exclusive ideology?

There has to be an understanding of and commitment to co-creation with politicians as they  attempt to be ‘our’ voice. The successful ones ARE our voice whether we can hear ourselves in it or not. They are only human, after all, and it’s obvious their staffers create a protective bubble for them. In other words, they eventually live in a vacuum: it’s not the real world.

Otherwise (and since we don’t want to BE the politicians), we must accept an atmosphere of extremism. Squeaky wheels are always getting the oil (dammit!). Maybe we could find a moment to look into who’s running/serving on the local council, or the state parliament, and what their agenda/long term vision is…


Straight talk about the importance of the spirit, the fable, the archetype of religion spanning humanity: Marilynne Robinson + Marcelo Gleiser on The Mystery We Are: What do a fiction writer and an astrophysicist have in common? Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson, together with physicist Marcelo Gleiser, connect dots between the cosmos, our minds, and all the ways we discover the story of where we came from.

Jumping Over the Garden Wall

An excerpt from an article by Paul Budde, Who is Going to Dominate the Internet? Old systems breaking down because new systems are flourishing.

  It was interesting to see how, a decade or so ago, some of those vested interests in the telecoms and media world tried to copy their traditional business models over to the online environment. They simply tried to create another walled garden business for their businesses, this time on the Net. ..However these walled gardens were not popular with their customers and most simply jumped over the wall onto the free and open internet.

 As predicted in the late 1990s, a more successful model would be to establish vertical portals, with very deep

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content. Several of these highly specialised sites are still operating around the world, some based on language differences; others on niche markets, unique products and services, special interests, etc; and the number of such ‘long tail’ sites continue to grow.

The rules of social networking are mutable. Necessarily so.  – Natasha Lomas

Pluto in Capricorn

Simply put by daykeeper journal: Pluto’s impulse goads an organism, person or a culture to experience the style of an archetype in its purest, most raw form. No impediments. Zodiacal signs are strict differentiations of universal conditions — the archetypes or noetic forms of manifestation. Capricorn’s style is pragmatism. The Capricorn message is “Wake up! Get real.” Pluto in Capricorn says “Get real — or else.”

Spending your most precious commodity…Thoughts for serious reflection in this season from the Oxford Astrologer about where you are putting your energy:

And finally, a compelling work for your consideration. Something about this poem just arrested my mind in its tracks. It takes such a magical journey from its first line to its last. Wow.



They said something mean about me

and didn’t notice it was mean.

So my heart wandered

into the rainy night without them

and found a canopy

to hide under.

My eyes started

seeing through things.

Like gauze.

Old self through new self.

My flexible body

went backwards

and forwards

in time.

It’s hard to describe but true:

I grew another head with better ideas

inside my old head.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Reflections welcome…