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+00:00 September 16th, 2010|Life|3 Comments


  1. KaD September 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I’m just ending a cycle of Saturn trasiting my second house (after having it transit my first house). If anyone has advice on what works I’d appreciate it.

  2. September 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Remember what Saturn wants: Saturn wants us to face the reality of our life. Saturn through the second house is no time for speculation or sloppy money management; it’s a good time for saving, financial planning, and other dull but necessary financial disciplines. It’s also a good time to hone a skill or talent, because these things also fall under the second house, and you may find that your values are tested in some way.

  3. Lua Astrology September 17, 2010 at 2:59 am

    I remember when I first heard that quote about insanity and it really stuck with me. As a musician as well, I think music teaches me to be patient with myself but also to challenge myself.
    Re the Saturn comment above – I’ve just come to the end of this one myself! It hasn’t beeen easy but it definately has helped me structure my time versus money so that I can dedicate myself to my astrology and writing. And yes – also made me look at the ‘dull but financial disciplines’! I think I also had a hard lesson about learning to value myself more as well. As Saturn shifts into my third house I am now focusing on structuring my learning and discipling myself to write. It’s going to be an interesting one this as it opposes Venus, MC, North Node, natal Saturn, Mercury and then the Sun all located in the 9th!

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