Saturn in Libra and musings on Mad Men and beauty

Libra is ruled by Venus, and Venus is the goddess of love and beauty.  Venus bestows the power of attraction, and this includes physical attractiveness as well as personal magnetism.  With Saturn in Libra, our ideas of beauty and our ability to relate to others are tested, and those of us with Saturn in Libra are tested in our individual lives.

I was disturbed by the Mad Men finale the other night in which Don Draper threw aside his carefully crafted veneer of intelligent pragmatism and fell hook line and sinker for what Jungians call a projection, an experience of “limerence” in which one meets a person in whom they see their idealized fantasy rather than a real person.   Megan, Draper’s secretary, is not only a stunningly beautiful woman – she’s smart, loving, great with his children, and most of all, seems to have no needs of her own.  The perfect fantasy woman.

Peggy Olsen, on the other hand, is smart, perky and cute.  She has had a crush on Draper since the beginning, but he is completely out of his league.  And when Draper tells Peggy of his engagement to his fantasy woman, he has the nerve to say to her: “She reminds me ofyou.”   But even though Draper admires Peggy, she lacks the fantasy component that inspires his projection of illusion and anima.

The concept of beauty carries a huge emotional charge.   My latest issue of More Magazine carried an article about .  Women in particular are susceptible to resentment of other women that they perceive as having more beauty because superficial beauty is prized in our culture over other more […]

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By |2010-10-20T20:41:18-04:00October 20th, 2010|Life|Comments Off on Saturn in Libra and musings on Mad Men and beauty

National Face your Fears Day

I never knew there was such a thing, but I just discovered that today (October 13th)  is National Face your Fears Day.  This is rather appropriate astrologically because today the Moon is in Capricorn, the sign of pragmatism and doing what it takes to make things happen.  This morning (EDT) the Moon conjoins Pluto, the planet of fear and compulsions (as well as empowerment and transformation), and later today the Moon will align in a challenging square to Saturn, the planet that tests us and teaches us responsibility and discipline.

Throughout my life I have admired those who appear to courageously put aside their fears and go for what they want because I myself have not been so brave.  With Moon conjunct Pluto, I was born with a predisposition to feel that I was in danger, and my life experiences mirrored and reinforced those fears.

With such an intimate relationship with Pluto in my chart, I’ve learned a lot about fear.  I have always loved the quote “a coward lives a thousand deaths; the hero only one.”  I would like to say that I have mastered the art of facing my fears with courage and have found total empowerment in doing so, but I am still merely a student.

Facing your fears will take you only so far, and focusing on the fear as you face it can give it additional power.  Creating a vision of what your life will look like when you have moved beyond the fear can be a powerful motivator.  When we are focused on the positive changes that moving beyond fear will bring, the fear will begin to die away and the exhilaration of breaking through to a more authentic self will take its […]

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By |2010-10-13T07:15:57-04:00October 13th, 2010|Life|Comments Off on National Face your Fears Day

Happy 10/10/10!!

is an interesting article on the numerological component of October 10, 2010 and tens in particular:

10 is the number on which we tend to judge perfection. “10 out of 10!” “A perfect 10!” “On a scale of 1 to 10.” But 10 is not the number of perfection. It depicts ‘the very best we can do at the time’ which is something we can ALL aspire to. 10 provides a new level of determination that helps us create an opening in the ‘rut’ so that a real and meaningful change of direction can be taken.

10 is the basis of the decimal system on which most currencies and many other essential aspects of our lives are based.

The war in Afghanistan entered it’s 10th year in the 10th month of 2010.

And, of course, welcome to the decade of the TENS! A decade is an increment of 10 years in our linear time, in which specific themes define the nature of the 10 year cycle. Yes, we have been in the 2010s since the beginning of the year, but now in October, the 10th month, the number 10 is actually being recognized en masse, and can help us recognize what our individual next steps need to be.

10’s influence will continue until the end of 2019. This is good news because, although the world will not stabilize any time soon, and is likely to become even more volatile, this decade gives us a little more time to learn what we need to learn – about the very first and most basic number — #1. The number of THE SELF, which now has the opportunity to evolve to new levels in terms of increased awareness and innovation. New […]

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By |2010-10-10T17:36:58-04:00October 10th, 2010|Life|Comments Off on Happy 10/10/10!!

Practice makes permanent

I heard this quote over the weekend at a hammered dulcimer workshop: “Practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect, but it does make permanent.”  Evidently Warren Buffett obtained this piece of wisdom from a golf pro, the point of which is that if you do the same thing over and over again, you will obtain the same results.

As an astrological counselor and guide I often have clients who want to know when their lives will get better.  Usually I can point to a particular planetary cycle that is activating a challenging place in their birthchart, and I can tell them that on such and such a date that cycle will ease up and they will start to feel better.  But sometimes, especially after a long slog of Saturn or Pluto cycles, habits of negativity and fear start to build up and it takes more than the movement of those planets off the natal chart to provide release.  It takes a complete change of perspective, and a new course of action.

If a musician practices a tune over and over, but practices it incorrectly, the mistakes will become habit and a part of his repertoire.  Tony Robbins used to say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Whether you play the piano, or golf, or tennis, or practice yoga, bad habits can lead to injury and a failure to accomplish the goal of the practice session.

If we want to change our lives, we have to shift our course and do things differently. Holding a vision is crucial to making this change, but the actions that we take must reflect that vision if change is to occur.

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By |2010-09-16T14:59:27-04:00September 16th, 2010|Life|3 Comments

A new beginning, facing backwards

A reader on my page asked a really good question:  “how does [Mercury retrograde] work with a New Moon and we are supposed to start new things??”

Mercury retrograde periods are more appropriate for reviewing, re-doing, re-visioning, and renovating than for initiating something new.  This is an assimilation phase.  New Moons are times of new beginnings, because the Moon cycle begins anew when it conjoins the Sun.  So we have a bit of looking forwards and backwards at the same time.

There is a concept called Sankofa in Ghana in which we must look to the past to learn about the future.  I have written of this and the god Janus in a New Year post a few years ago.  The god Janus similarly looks both backwards and forwards at the same time.

At this time of new beginnings under the Virgo New Moon, it’s important to remember the retrograde pull of Mercury which keeps our  attention from wandering too far into the future.  Virgo is more about planning than actually taking action, which fits in nicely with the retrograde Mercury phase.  Planning, creating new ideas that look to the past (Mercury Rx) and take from it only those things that work and eliminating the rest (using the discrimination of the Virgo New Moon).   Following our duty to others, putting aside ego for the sake of service, creating a temple space for our physical body – these are good Virgo things to plan and create and gradually put into action once the plan is fully baked.

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By |2010-09-08T18:25:40-04:00September 8th, 2010|Life|2 Comments