Astrology in my world

Meditation: the Discomfort Zone

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Many people believe that meditation will bring peace and tranquility, and at a certain point, when we are freed from the distress of our discomfort, we do achieve the equanimity which many of us long for.

When I began meditating many years ago I was taught that the mind and its thoughts and reactions was the source of all problems, and practicing meditation would free me of its influences.  I spent hours in sitting meditation, working hard to eliminate all thoughts.  I became very good at being numb, but I did not achieve inner peace.  The more numb I became to the insistent chatter in the brain, the more anxiety I began to feel until I finally experienced full blown panic attacks.

I now believe that the real secret of meditation is in learning a mindful approach to our discomfort.  When we feel emotional or energetic discomfort we often reach for something palliative to relieve the discomfort.  Food, drugs, alcohol – all of these are methods of reducing the level of discomfort in the body that triggers distress.   Mindful breathing and focus can help us to befriend the anxieties and emotional triggers to go THROUGH them and release them rather than go BEYOND them as I was taught years ago.

The breath holds the secret to befriending our discomfort.  Many of us hold our breath, either on the inhale or the exhale, in a fear of letting go to the experiences in the body.  This is a learned reaction to stress or unpleasant emotions, and learning to regulate the breath through deep inhalation and slow exhalation can help to decrease the anxieties around our discomfort and slow our reactions to it.

This is coming up for me personally because transiting Uranus is hitting a sensitive […]

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By |2015-04-23T09:19:43-04:00April 23rd, 2015|Astrology in my world, Consciousness|6 Comments

Astrology in my world: Saying goodbye to Amber

AmberThis week I had to send my beloved dog Amber into the light so it’s been difficult for me to write.  She was diagnosed with cancer about two weeks ago and we had been giving doggie hospice care until Tuesday when we said goodbye.

I usually look for Pluto or Jupiter where death is involved, and often in an emotionally intense time such as this has been I would expect to find Pluto and in fact my progressed Moon is within range of a challenging square to Pluto in my natal chart.  But even more significantly, that progressed Moon, my heart and soul’s expression, is in a strong square aspect to the South Node in my natal chart.  The South Node has to do with the release of something from the past in order to prepare us to move forward towards our future destiny.

We found Amber in a magical way.  When my old golden dog died years ago I felt a burning need to get another dog and called to volunteer for the Golden Retriever rescue organization.  It just so happened that it was Christmas and they desperately needed a foster home for a five month old puppy over the holidays.  Rich didn’t want to get another dog yet but I persisted, and since it was just for a week he relented.  Needless to say, when the week was up we didn’t want to let her go and she spent another fourteen wonderful years with us.

The passing of Amber coincided with an exact square from the asteroid Pallas to the Sun in my progressed chart.   is an astrologer who has taught me a great deal about the progressed chart (the evolution of the chart through the passage […]

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By |2015-03-26T16:21:35-04:00March 26th, 2015|Astrology in my world|19 Comments

Mercury Retrograde Musings: Blogging is hard

demise of bloggingWhen Mercury is retrograde we tend to look back at the past and revise things.  This morning I was going through my list of astrology blogs that I have followed over the years and discovered that almost half of the blogs on my list are inactive.  Several of them ended with posts that explain why the astrologers aren’t writing any more.

When I began this blog in November of 2005 there were just a handful of astrology bloggers.  Of those originals, some of us –  , ,  r, April Elliott Kent, , , ,   –  are still blogging in one form or another.  Each of us had a completely unique approach to astrological blogging – Elsa is down to earth and practical, Robert is philosophical and spiritual, Jeffrey’s Astrology at the Movies blog covered cultural trends, April’s brand of humor and insight is unique, Nancy’s coverage of politics in difficult times brought a new level of understanding to the mundane.

Over the years as the blogging world exploded literally hundreds of new astrology blogs have come along.  This has been a huge benefit, making it easy for many thousands of readers to learn more about the magnificent spiritual science that we love.  However, over the years many bloggers have given up and I don’t blame them.  Finding something interesting enough to capture readers several times a week, much less daily, is no small feat.

I have literally thousands of articles in the archives and I’m going to begin digging them out on some sort of regular basis because some of them are still relevant and, I hope, still interesting.  This kind of thing is perfect […]

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By |2014-10-15T08:31:07-04:00October 15th, 2014|Astrology in my world|0 Comments

Personal thoughts on the sign Cancer

Sun in CancerThe Sun moved into Cancer at the Summer Solstice, and I have been thinking a lot about that sign.  I have a client who used to say “don’t call me a cancer!!” so I am now very politically correct, calling people born under that sign “Cancerians” rather than “Cancers.”  And this is somewhat representative of the Cancerian sensitivity.

I was raised in a family of Cancerians.  My sister and my mother share the same birthday (or did up until my mother’s death in 2012) in the early degrees of Cancer.  My father was born at 29º45′ Gemini, which is pretty darn close to Cancer, and anyway he has five other planets in Cancer.  So this was a very Cancerian bunch, especially for someone born with three planets in Libra and a Leo Moon and is mostly air and fire with a bit of fiery water (Scorpio/Pluto) thrown in.  I always felt like the odd man out, like there was some emotional handbook that they all had but which I was never given.  It wasn’t until I started doing client consultations that I began to understand these mysterious crabs.

If you watch the movement of crabs at the beach you will get a good sense of the Cancerian personality.  They can be somewhat fearful, especially when they are younger and their vulnerable shells are still soft.  I know they are delicious at that stage, but they are also extremely sensitive and if wounded while their outer shells are soft they become hard and crusty and it can be nearly impossible to break through.  Crabs don’t approach anything directly – they sidle up slowly when you’re not looking and are very easily spooked.  However, once they are ready to grab the […]

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By |2014-06-24T13:08:33-04:00June 24th, 2014|Astrology in my world, Signs|10 Comments

Where the heck have I been, and other musings

saturnA cardinal rule of blogging is to avoid apologizing when posts are few and far between.  But many of you have been with me since I began this blog in 2005, and I apologize for having abandoned those of you who rely on the wisdom of the planets to navigate a world that can often seem chaotic.  I know that this wisdom can be found elsewhere, but I frankly like being a mouthpiece for the planets and enjoy the camaraderie that my readership offers both myself and other seekers along the path.

I have never had a period like the past two weeks where I have been literally unable to write a word.  All of this happened as Saturn turned retrograde in an exact square to my third house Pluto.  Some of you will know that the third house deals with writing and communication, and with my natal Pluto (and Moon) there I not only need (Moon) to communicate, but that need can be pretty compulsive (Pluto) sometimes.  Hence the nearly daily posts over the past eight plus years!  But over the past few weeks I have felt that Saturn contraction like a heavy weight, keeping me from being able to write or communicate.

The past twelve months have been intense, and a part of me is spiritually exhausted.   I believe that in shutting the door to my writing Saturn also required that I spend some time walking my talk and releasing some of the stuck energy that I accumulated during these rough times.  Being Saturn, this involved routine and daily practice: exercise, yoga, meditation – turning within to examine my own role in the challenges that like everyone I face on a daily basis.

I’m starting to feel […]

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By |2014-03-16T16:38:05-04:00March 16th, 2014|Astrology in my world|20 Comments
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