The Dog Days and a Special Offer for Subscribers

where I will be spending the hottest hours of the days ahead

where I will be spending the hottest hours of the days ahead

We are preparing here for yet another week or so of 40-42′ heat which means we are preparing to live and move as efficiently as possible; in fact, there will be a lot of not-moving… So I just wanted to pop in, see how you are and share a few things with you.

On the heels of this post will come two more as follow-ups.

1. I am going to reblog a post from the Rewriting the Rules site that I think is an accessible and helpful read. The content can be a profound part of comprehending your wheel and is used in some kinds of coaching work. I also want to give a shout out to a most articulate post on depression, one which gives the sensations their due but doesn’t let them take over the entire scene, over at The Belle Jar. Please do click the link and check it out. (it is not all doom and gloom – the twitter feed has been pretty funny lately!)

2. I am very happy to offer my subscribers a FREE GIFT! When ordering a Natal Reading, get a FREE Moon by Moon Reading during the month of August. How cool is that?!  Simply click on this link to check it out in more detail (see the section on Coaching Services) and send any further questions you may have along with your date, time and place of birth to (copy/paste):

elemental.living@yahoo.com

You may decide you just want a Here and Now Reading for a more specific issue; that’s fine, too, of course. I look forward to hearing from you.

I close with the following food for thought from Dr. Cambell:

The static state is one of three possible states of being; the other two are evolving and devolving to include descriptors like living, i.e. the gathering of data/learning for survival and the process of organic death. While the latter two are stable in their existence, it is the static state which is UNSTABLE. And yet, how many of us feel the most stable when we are simply maintaining the status quo?

STAY COOL. 🙂

street art found in a tiny little village north of Paphos

street art found in a tiny little village north of Paphos

A Here & Now Overview

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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.*

Starting with the bigger picture and working down to the selfie…

Pluto and Neptune – outer archetypes that are in retrograde. Their agenda is ultimately about macro phenomenon. Human beings learn to adjust to the themes of outer archetypes in groups that are parts of a whole while individuals learn to apply the streamlined interpretations in their microcosm. A growing number of individuals applying the basic themes will eventually ‘turn the ship’.

As an example: the world banking structure hasn’t appeared to have weakened enough to make integral changes since the economic recessions (to its shame) but we, as individuals, have certainly had to take our budget situation more seriously. You now have more respect for the value of money and security and you probably value the non-material more than you used to.
The Point: What you think, feel and DO matters even if you think it couldn’t possibly.

The retrograde indicates the focus belongs inward. This is a time for continued evaluation, tweaks and finer tuning, ruthless removal of trash and rubble – but with a generous helping of self acceptance and appreciation of the distance covered, the stance or place gained.

It’s all relative. You might feel as though you’ve only come a few pitiful inches but do not underestimate what it has cost you and give props. So many mind connections that have needed unwiring, rewiring – probably several times over so far – and that’s just what your conscious mind knows about. Think about this: the really important evolutions you’ve been making may be in an area of life that seems to have no connection at all to the area where you’ve been putting in maximum conscious effort. Yet. These are the mysteries of life. One day it will click. Affirm and celebrate yourself from time to time. Uranus, the only forward moving outer archetype, channels the message, ‘I am my future-best Now Self.’

The Bridge

Saturn and Jupiter – the translators and mediators between the outer archetypes and our personal markers. Jupiter (your personal joy guide) is in a fixed-ego sign: ‘I create for my passion/obsession’. Saturn (your personal instructor in the School of Life) is retrograde in another fixed-ego sector of life that is about our ties to another/our strategically oriented emotion-based network. Both are at the tail end of these signs and thus are not encouraging a frenetic, mad pace in your outer existence; this is not the time for brand new, this is the time for assessing and perfecting what you’ve got so far. Is what I am doing healthy? Relationship cracks: just superficial or time to invest more trust? How do I define ‘Joy’ today?

Yea, sure…

All well and good, we say BUT, me, my feet are on fire! I’ve got to move. You snooze, you lose.

Some kind of vice has loosened its grip and we feel a bit compelled to strike out on the next leg of the journey – quick! before we lose the momentum. That’s coming from Mars conjunct the Sun and now we are talking a personal energy (the lower octave of Pluto). Mars conjunct the Sun is your ego/mind/personality/projection/desire on steroids. Handle with extreme care. Keep in mind that Pluto is retrograde in the area of life that has to do with sound structure. Knowing this is the key to channeling your personal energy wisely. If you are still building on sand or you did a slipshod job of building, you will have to use your Mars for mixing concrete and reinforcing beams. You can daydream about later stages (absolutely!) but work in the Now. Remember that you work for your future-best Now Self.

And in context of all that…Happy New Moon!

On June 16th, in Gemini at 25′. Also a part of the scene: that Mars/Sun conjunction and the ruler of the New Moon, Mercury, freshly direct at 5′ in its home turf. Wow! Put your Mars to work for your conscious mind – check it’s perimeters and boundaries again. Work smart, not hard. Network. Remember not to stretch yourself too thin; focus on a maximum of two goals at a time. Leave useless baggage and free up your hands…you will need them. 🙂

*- quote attributed to Victor Franko by neuroscientist and mindfulness practitioner,  Dr. Goldstein, at Wisdom Labs. To aid you in better recognizing that space, watch how simple it is.

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The Psyche & the Machine

individual -v- group

individual -v- group (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

The Macro: We live in a world that celebrates science, logic and reasoning. We also live in a world full of proof that the effects of culture, belief systems and blended society will alter the perceptions, motivations and actions of the individual. These archetype energies present in forms acceptable to the authorities in power – indeed they are appropriated to guide the group; energies used in ways outside the acceptable range are constricted or forbidden. The permissible lines, of course, are continually shifting in degrees: Groups exist in necessary flux.

The Micro: Within the singular individual, the collision of logic and archetypes almost always results in archetype allegiance. The individual instinctively shapes his or her ‘happiness’ to the group creed. We have to survive and would like to do that rather well if we can. Our daily interactions involve others and each of them is coming from their own unique experience. Somehow, we have to integrate our own journey with so many others in a way that is useful and harmonious. This is no easy feat and it can even be exhausting: Individuals can be in a continual state of denial of those deeper parts of themselves that cannot plug into the creed of the majority, the black-and-white daily life of responsibilities and rules that run our world. We instinctively get why the hive mentality evolved to hold court but the wrongs inherent never really cease to pinch and jab the uniqueness of the soul.

English: Universal archetype expression of the...

English: Universal archetype expression of the ancient legend Green Man. One of many modern renditions of the Green Man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Archetype creeds have existed as long as the species. The imprinted need for them is indisputable. Thus, even in the face of clear and obvious proof of false application, an archetype can float in solid control over the masses: Psychological safety trumps rational comfort every time. At any point in history, one can find multiple contradictions between verifiable science-truth or the relative truth of another group’s creed and the belief system of the majority. Other undeniable and obvious phenomena are simply rendered ‘not real’ to the majority. This is survival in its primal state and it’s been essential, to be sure. I was born in the mid20th century in a part of the world that spoke – and still speaks –  of abandoning the ‘wrong’ primal urges and gets excited about scientific discovery taking us into the stable realm of Fact. Yet still the majority simultaneously speak, hear, live and judge from within the same archetype energies!

Fascinating and even luxurious stuff. Do ‘they’ know they are doing this? Are ‘they’ so busy trying to survive well that they don’t have time to think about it? Is it as basic as the imprint to stay within the sheep fold? I think so. My own primal conclusion is that the individual must find their own archetype creed, know why it is right for them and practice it as harmoniously as possible within the group archetypes. This is not the first time in our history that the plate tectonics of large people-groups are grinding and shoving but it’s the first time it’s happened on a global awareness scale, and by extension, the first time it seems that there will be no denying the urgency of the individual to genuinely seek stability and peace within the self in order to then find the right place to plug in. ‘The old jobs are gone and they are not coming back.’ This statement has been made all over the developed world and it’s a brilliant metaphor for the state of primal gnosis and personal comfort.

I happen to be one of those people that appreciate the need for the black-and-white. Most of the time, I need to get from point A to point B and I don’t want a lot of someone’s baggage blocking my way. The thing is that I have also found that my process of getting from point to point has a lot to do with baggage. We’ve all got it, whether we are aware of it or not, and it isn’t going to just go away. It will affect how we get through our day, our relationships with family, friends, coworkers and authority. Baggage is what determines how we feel about ourselves and it can seem anything but logical and rational. The impulse is to quickly slam that closet door and make every effort to get back to robotic civility at any cost.

World, Peace, and Universal Flag representing ...

World, Peace, and Universal Flag representing all life on earth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

And wow, what a cost. Life is hard, so hard. People are having to dig deep within to find hope, courage and determination. To do that, they are simultaneously coming face to face with their baggage and it’s all tangled and moldy from years – sometimes generations – of being locked up tight. We have not been doing something ‘wrong’; we have simply been part of a group on a journey. And now the various groups are merging on a superhighway. Gone is the mental image of the meandering path or the road towards the horizon. Now the movie scenes depicting space settlements with all sorts of ships docking and taking off, moving at various altitudes on invisible tracks -but never colliding!- seems the appropriate imagery for where we are now. Technology steps up to take its place as an archetype energy venue with full rights to a larger and larger chunk of the cloud controlling the masses. It is a god to many: it can be so refreshing to know that there are no shades of grey. The machine operates as it was programmed by software genius gods to work. If it’s not working, then there is a problem with input commands or some such. There is a logical reason why the curser just keeps blinking away at you. You just have to suss it or find someone who can. No airie fairie stuff here. Whew!

Conversation

But in what appears to be a world coming to embrace the human-machine marriage, comes news from the arenas of physics, engineering, mental and social sciences. Members of these fields are stepping into the media spotlight with discoveries and research that clearly support those out-of- fashion ideas about knowing oneself and our interconnectivity to the planet, literally all living things and the many types of the human species. Enough ‘important’ people have come out and spoken about the healing that needs to happen in the personal psyche for healthy physical bodies, communities and countries. It is now cool to talk about our baggage. Instinctively, the whole listening world is both thrilled and not just a little frightened…which gets us back to the efficient movement from point A to point B.

Celebrating and Evolving Your Identity

The main message running through all of this 21st century news is this: You are a unique and valid individual – a blend of logic and feeling. Get to know this individual well and in the process, your awareness of everyone and everything else will increase exponentially. Meet yourself right where you are and start up a conversation.

That sounds great, doesn’t it? But what the hell does it mean?! Well, I am going to be honest with you: It means that you might have moments when you feel a lot worse than better during the first few chats. The goal of getting up and out often takes you in and down first. Here at this blog, we use the universal method of astrology as our main tool in the box. For some very basic and simple reasons, this system can be used by anyone, anywhere regardless of race, colour, religious God/s, political persuasion or sexual preferences. If you are interested but not sure how to begin, welcome to a great place for first steps. If you have experience to share with us, it is most welcome. In the coming months we will get to read about the stories of others in their ongoing merger of personal path with the superhighway.

Self-Conversation for Dummies

Conversation by Patrick Bohnen

Conversation by Patrick Bohnen (Photo credit: Kraemer Family Library)

Humanity really is infinite complexity in simplified packaging. No two packages are the same but there are laws which govern each package’s existence in the finite space – even as there are laws at work that we know we haven’t yet got a handle on. I have spent years reading religions, mythologies, philosophies and psychology to varying depths. I also enjoy sciences and history. Out of the stacks have come some basic distillations that I treasure. And that’s really it. Self-conversation is the ongoing thoughtful examination of subjects that attract you: Determining the ‘why’ of the attraction is a great start.

This is not rocket science; this is I AM science and you are the lead researcher. There is no time table but here and now. What do you think? How do you feel? Where are those thoughts and feelings coming from? Knowing this reveals the motivations behind your actions. Awareness begets healthy motivation begets healthy action begets success in your life on genuine terms. And this works even as you interact with others who are not aware on multiple levels. Go ahead and realize you are living in an amazing time where self-gnosis and million dollar holidays spent zooming through the stratosphere are simultaneously celebrated and DIG IN!

Everybody loved Steve Jobs because he was a Buddhist designer in the glam-tech world. The minute I type that, I start to break the magic of it but I can’t help myself from stating: The masses adored the energy he projected and created; we did not need or even want to know why, but now he is celebrated for his ability to be simultaneously in self-dialogue and others-dialogue. That doesnt have to be a reality only for superstars who have ‘arrived’. There were many times he felt completely lost, many times his ego blocked his way, but he kept up his dialogue and honoured his personal truths.

You, too, are co-creating your universe/the universe, second by second by second. That’s a fact. Make it a conscious work.

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