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 🙂

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 some 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 Νeptune 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 narrative 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? 😀

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 many who spend a huge 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. This is rich content crafted into fantastic places and times – you can travel from your magic lounger in the shade.

August Dream-Works

Summer time (Algarve)

Photo credit: Tiago J. G. Fernandes

When temps range between 40 and 50 degrees every day for weeks, the mind and body tend to shut down. Certainly, that’s what mine is doing – and I am a lover of heat and light so when I start to puddle, its meaningful.

I had a feeling back in early springtime that through June, July and August, I would be more in demand. Intuitively, I felt the need to pull back from anything not important and timely so that I could respond with my best to energy navigation assistance. By mid July, it was clear that either I wasn’t streamlining enough or I had missed some important cue along the way.

Saint Spyridon church (Corfu)

Photo credit: Filip Knežić

Now its mid August and, hindsight being what it is, I can say that it was the cue that I had missed. Note: remember to periodically seek a qualified reader‘s take on your wheel. You cannot see your own wheel like you see another’s.

The realization didn’t come like a lightning bolt but rather, as is often the case with me, by a series of one-liners. They floated across my hazed out mind and began to weave in and out of the recesses. And these expanded into a theme and the theme is helping me a lot in grasping perspective on my own journey and the journey of those I work with. It went something like this: if the 24 hours in the day are not enough for everything you think you need to pack in there, why is that? The sun travels through the archetypes of Cancer and Leo every single year. This is not new; these energies are quite familiar in and of themselves. So how is the application of these energies different this year?

This lead to: how has your life changed, shifted, moved since, say May/June of 2009 or 2011. Where were you and what were you doing with your time, exactly, in these seasons in those years? Can you even easily recall? I had to really think about it, myself.

It is stunning to consider the number of changes and shifts and MOVES that have occurred in the lives of my (predominately cardinal) family members and in my own. And that should signal me to come full circle back to the major theme/s in Time. We are just about exactly at the half way point of the Pluto/Uranus square and we have had Saturn plowing forwards and backwards through the arguably deepest channel in the wheel.

Walking the Labyrinth

Walking the Labyrinth (Photo credit: holisticgeek)

Of course, we have been talking a lot about family dynamics, the meaning of partnership – business or pleasure, community issues and how to best shine at work,  home and socially without being a jerk. We’ve sought to juice up our love life one way or another. We’ve taken some risks with how we work and how we earn money and other currency. We look at the transits and aim to align our uniqueness to the Flow. And while the very best insights come from zeroing in and really meditating on a single ‘life department’ or two, from time to time we must also zoom back out and see the whole picture.

This is one of those times so let’s take it. Let’s take stock of where we have come from, how far we have come, where we don’t seem to have budged at all and what the expected outcome from any of these scenarios is likely to be. Because we are smack in the middle of a process and it’s not one of the ones you can opt out of.

Every one I speak with can agree with this but some of them still don’t feel they know how to proceed. Guess what that means…it means they are simply at a point in the process-journey where it is more important for them as individuals to focus on self-specifics rather than grand plan. Because it is a fact that every body feels exactly as they do at certain points in time; no alarm bells should be going off. You can best occupy your waiting time by caring for your Self. If you don’t see an action to take, then take no action…

IF you continue to maintain a state of mind that says, ‘I want My journey, My experience so lets go, X (God, Universe, Self, whatever works for you). Introduce the (thought, idea, person, experience) that takes me to the next step, micro or macro in size; lets just keep this journey moving along.’

And IF you continue to remember that these steps are truly happening whether you are conscious of them or not, that helps a lot. Cast your mind back…2008, 2009, this time last summer. How about that? Can you see movement now?


Some goodies I have been pondering over the past month:

An intriguing springboard for a broader understanding. The belief-system equivalent of Darwin’s species tree: The descent of religions

from Evan Osnos: The complexities of individual lives blunt the impulse to impose a neat logic on them, and nobody who stays here for some time remains certain about too much for too long. To impose order on the changes, we seek refuge, of a kind, in statistics.

Love this from Julie D.: When people have less, they give less. But it’s important to continue to exchange energy (Scorpio) and support (Saturn) the people and things in your life that sustain you…We’re going to get through this time. To limit your losses, you’ve got to keep the lines open, even if the energy that flows through them is reduced.     (and I would add that we should look for energy to be flowing in currencies other than money.)

And this from elsa on Saturn work.

– Stay cool –