Astrological Musings

The Mindbody Connection

sarnoOne of my brilliant readers recommended the work of Dr. John Sarno to me because of my interest in energy and healing in the birthchart. After a quick Google search I was hooked and ordered his book: Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection. I like the way he melds the words “Mind” and “Body” to show that the two are really united rather than two separate entities.

This is the third of three books Dr. Sarno has written on chronic pain.

His premise is that many of the health problems that plague our modern culture are the result of repressed emotional pain and anger that we are unable to bring to a conscious level, so the body creates a distraction in the form of back pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, gastrointestinal disorders etcetera. Dr. Sarno’s program consists of first eliminating any medical cause for the presenting problem and then encouraging his patients to examine their emotional motivations to see where they might have an underlying emotional conflict that is not being expressed appropriately. In 75% of the cases that he treats this mere attention to the patient’s emotions creates the cure; 25% are referred for psychotherapy to uncover the unconscious root of the problem. Dr. Sarno has found that individuals who have a high need to be perfect, or “good” and who impose strict pressure on themselves develop a “reservoir of rage” that without expression is converted into physical problems.

Dr. Sarno writes:

What is actually causing the pain in these people is not the herniated disc, or some of those other structural things, but a condition of mild oxygen deprivation, which is brought about by the brain simply altering the blood flow to a particular […]

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By |2013-09-09T06:51:31-04:00September 9th, 2013|Health & Healing|3 Comments

Sunday inspiration: You are your own journey

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“No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it.

Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.”

― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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By |2013-09-08T08:02:14-04:00September 8th, 2013|Inspiration|3 Comments

The Fifth Sacred Thing and upcoming Water Wars

10491447_sIn 1993 Starhawk, an early spokesperson for the neo-pagan movement, wrote a book called The Fifth Sacred Thing.  In this post-apocalyptic novel, set in San Francisco, a theocratic dictatorship has seized all of the assets of the earth: air, food and water, and is the sole source of pharmaceutical antidotes for the ecological poisons they themselves create.  The Fifth Sacred Thing is Spirit, after the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

It is a scenario that is not so far-fetched today, but in 1993 a world such as this seemed far in the distant future.  But in the 20 years since then, and in the 20 years hence (the story is set in 2048), Pluto will have traveled through fire (Sagittarius, 1995-2008), Capricorn (2008-2023), Aquarius (2023-2043) and Pisces (2043-2066).  And the world’s population will have increased by 2.5 billion, most of these in the poorest countries with the fewest resources.

Pluto’s journey through Sagittarius (expansion and foreign cultures) globalized the planet in a way no one could have imagined previously.  Pluto is now in Capricorn (capitalism and society) where it is breaking down the structures upon which humanity has relied for hundreds of years.  When Pluto moves through Aquarius (technology and revolution) we are likely to see the kind of technocracy and rule by machines that have been imagined by science fiction writers for years. And Pluto in Pisces (ocean) is likely to bring the water wars.

Humans can live without food for a while, but we cannot live without water.  When water becomes scarcer than gold, it becomes a precious commodity.  Wars over water are nothing new, especially in the southwestern United States where water was diverted from rivers to fertilize the barren deserts of California and […]

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By |2013-09-06T07:30:49-04:00September 6th, 2013|Ecology, Future Shock|0 Comments

Virgo New Moon, September 5 2013: Perfecting the human experience

Virgo New Moon Virgo by Carolyn Quan

The Moon is new in Virgo on September 5th at 7:36 am Eastern time.  At the New Moon the energy of the Sun and Moon unite in a burst of enthusiasm, and each month as the New Moon progresses through the signs we have an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the principles of each sign in sequence.

At the Virgo New Moon we move out of the Leo quest for personal satisfaction and find a desire to serve and perfect the human experience.  Under Virgo’s vision we are able to see where various aspects of our lives and the lives of others can be improved and sometimes, Virgo can help us to make those improvements in a practical way that has a lasting effect.

This New Moon is in a trine to Pluto which helps to strengthen and empower our Will and resolve, and both the Sun and Moon are opposite Chiron at this time.  This suggests that there may be painful emotions that arise during this time so that they can be released, allowing us to clear the slate for new patterns and pathways to develop and take root.  I think of Chiron as being a “higher octave” ruler of Virgo, so its presence in the Virgo New Moon is a welcome facilitator of the kind of re-evaluation and analysis that Virgo inspires.

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune)  harmonizes with the New Moon (sextile aspect) which will provide a feeling of abundance and confidence.  Discipline and some kind of plan will be required in order to really utilize all of this positive energy with Mars (energy and activity). in a challenging square to Saturn (structure and hard work) that is part […]

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By |2013-09-04T06:37:46-04:00September 4th, 2013|Moon|1 Comment

Grand Sextile – the final bow

Grand Sextile

On August 31st the Moon in Cancer opposed Pluto in Capricorn, reuniting eight planets (including the Moon) plus the Lunar Nodes in a magical dance.  Echoing the Grand Sextile that occurred just a month ago, this alignment merges the powerful force of conflict and crisis with a more supportive and harmonious balance that facilitates the process of soul growth and evolution.

We are nearing the midpoint of the challenging square (90 degree) alignment between Uranus and Pluto that began officially in June of 2012 but the energy really began forming back in 2011 when the planets began to dance in close proximity to each other.  (Please see the sidebar for an explanation of this cycle if it is new to you.)  With seven exact stations, this cycle will continue into early 2015 and continue to inspire the breaking down of structures that are no longer working (Pluto in Capricorn) by the radical influx of new ideas and a desire to break away from the past to a more individualized future (Uranus in Aries).

This summer’s Grand Sextile, and the Grand Trine (involving Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron/Neptune) that encompasses it, provide a soft landing in which these changes can take place.  The Grand Sextile includes a series of sextile (60 degree) formations which contain an element of excitement and stimulation – this not only can make change easier but it can also help us to look forward to the new energy that is flooding our lives, helping us to release our futile resistance.

The Grand Sextile will wane over the next few weeks, but the Grand Trine will continue in effect for some time giving us an opportunity to walk through the doors of change willingly, leaving the […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:03:20-04:00September 1st, 2013|Planetary cycles|4 Comments
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