April Roundtable Call

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Consulting the Oracle by John Waterhouse

Jeannette and I will be tabling your Astrology and law of attraction questions today over at GVA. It’s a chance for everyone to learn how to put Astro-LOA to practice, and for those in the ‘hot seat’, have some illumination. Feel free to listen and join in, or stream online.

What kind of questions? Anything goes – astrology queries about your chart, or a clients’, or a tricky manifesting goal/issue. This is a chance to practice your Astro-LOA skills and contribute to the answers/solutions/suggestions as well. Also, if you have a Horary Astrology question, that can be fun to look at too.

April 15/16 GVA Roundtable * Please note the new times *

LA  3 pm
NY  6 pm
Lon 11 pm
Syd 8 am

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Open to everyone.

See you there!

xKim

Lunar Eclipse à la Rilke

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‘Boundlessness in Bloom’ by Duh Huynh

The full moon @25 Libra is a total eclipse – the perfect time to let go of ‘tolerations’ and get a move on with your life.

The eclipse means the moon is conjunct the North Lunar Node and opposite the sun/South Node. Symbolically, it’s a time of culmination and release.

Expect some emotional cleansing, the ‘good for the soul’ kind. You might also find something you’ve been waiting for arrives – the news, the green light, the big opportunity, and if not, you understand where, how, when and why it’s time to regroup. Either way, it feel like progress is possible, and it is! The focus might well be on relationship. You could see the light in terms of how to live your connections in a more fulfilling-to-you way Hint: if you want to improve your relationships ‘out there’ in the world, improve your relationship to yourself. It all begins with you.

How can you best align with the energy of the eclipse?

First, release those ‘tolerations’. Here’s how Jeannette Maw describes them:

To tolerate something means to “allow the existence of, to permit or endure or put up with something.” This implies that the something (or someone) is less than ideal and tends to drain a person’s energy. Thus, a toleration is often a hindering influence to the vibration. More . . .

To recognize those toerlations, we need to feel everything; exclude nothing. Aries sun offers courage to do this and the Libra moon give balance and grace. Because the eclipse is along the Via Combusta, the fiery road, you have support for the release old grudges, out-worn ways of being and plans, goals and perceptions you’ve long surpassed. Bitterness, fear and resentment, you can kiss them goodbye too. The proximity to the ‘safe haven’ fixed stars of Spica at 23 Libra 50′ and Arcturus at 24 Libra 14′ will defuse and dissolve whatever you dredge up from the Via Combusta. Roll up your sleeves, and do the inner work. Whatever has kept you from your own growth and happiness is released, with conscious awareness and intention.

If ever there was a Rainer Maria Rilke Eclipse, this is it:

It is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatic, will live the relation to another as something alive.

Libra is about our personal, one-to-one socially significant relationships. Wherever Libra is in your chart, that’s where you want to share your Self, your life and your unique talents and gifts. Use this opportunity to tune in and see where you can open this door to a shared experiences, and also clean any closets or clutter found blocking the way.

FULL MOON Eclipse @25 LIBRA Apr 15
LA   – Tue – 12:43AM
NY   – Tue – 3:43 AM
LON – Tue – 8:43 AM
SYD – Tue – 5:43 PM

NOTE: The energy of the eclipse can be felt 30 days before, the time of, or 30 days after (give or take 3 days in each case). That means circle your calendar for (March 15), April 15 and May 15. Also, for those of us mature enough to recall, note what was happening April 15th 1995, the last time we had a Lunar Eclipse at 25 Libra. What was the energy like then? How did you align to it? Ideas?

AriesARIES: The eclipse highlights a contrast between career/creative goals and your love life giving you a chance to see things from a different perspective. Take time to consider all sides then make a choice that feels like the most challenging. After all, you are meant to have adventures!

TaurusTAURUS: There is an indulgent feeling in the air, a sweet song that lures you away from practical goals like sensible eating and a good night’s sleep. The eclipse in Libra will enchant you and then suddenly snap you back to ‘reality.’ Fortunately, a path once traveled is easily found again. Learn to walk both.

GeminiGEMINI: The Muse is awakened, called by the full moon eclipse in your house of creative self-expression. This is where you follow your heart’s desire be it a lover, work of art, manuscript or film. You’re officially clocked off! If it doesn’t start with ‘free spirited’, it’s not on the docket. Reconnect with your rapture.

CancerCANCER: The Lunar Eclipse in your home sector brings the urge to retreat, but not alone. You want those close to you gathered around. Easy done. Host a family dinner, have friends over for a film night, dance or ritual, organize a working bee. Take the initiative and bring loved ones together for a purpose.

LeoLEO: After weeks of crazy communications, this full moon is a time to clear up any lingering misunderstandings. Start first with yourself. What wires are crossed? What inner messages have you missed? Once sorted you go on to straighten out any kinks with friends and family. A simple, let’s start again will do.

VirgoVIRGO: Mars is still retrograde in your house of $$$ and talents, and after ruling Mercury Rx for weeks before that, you might feel like your spinning your wheels. Not so! To get your life on track, think of three things you want to do this year, set clear intentions to do them and roll up your sleeves. By mid May, the plan unfolds.

LibraLIBRA: This is your yearly full moon (eclipse), one that has you feeling intense, focused and a little overworked. Set the tempo for the rest of the year now by creating perfect balance between home/family, career/creativity, lovers and others and your own ‘me’ time. Think equal portions, clear intentions, easy done.

ScorpioSCORPIO: This eclipse is tagging 12th house of the unseen real, bringing up content from the unconscious like a dog digs up an old bone. It might help to remember that for the dog, that buried thing is a treasure! The key to sailing through this lunation is to relax, let go and allow. Notice your dreams. Glean the message and move on.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: The key words for the centaur are socialize, tantalize, realize. This is not a go it alone time. As you mix with like-minded others, the eclipse shines on your goals and wishes for the future. Are they current? On track? Still relevant? Take time to sort through, eliminating anything past its use-by-date.

CapricornCAPRICORN: The eclipse lights up your house of public relationship, reputation and career. There could be some limelight, or at least an interview or two. The key is to ‘create no response’, that is, pay no attention to any gossip or whispers. Your authenticity stands. Just acknowledge credit where credit is due.

AquariusAQUARIUS: This is an explorer’s eclipse for all Water-bearers, one that has you looking to distant horizons, speaking of sweeping events and notions and finding new paths to enlightenment. Under the cool rays of the moon you will see things from a fresh perspective. Think awareness, contemplations, assimilation.

piscesPISCES: The eclipse in your regeneration sector has you thinking intense thoughts and prepping to make life changing decisions. There is no rush. Actually, it serves you better to pace yourself this month, launching new plans after Mars goes direct on the 19th of May. Now is for composure and intimate connections. And inner peace.

Post in the comments where this eclipse is lighting up your chart. We’ll compare notes!

Happy New Moon Everyone.

xxxKim

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Astro-LOA Flash – Venus into Pisces

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Walking in the Rain by Tomfans

Astro-LOA Flash: Venus into its sign of exaltation, Pisces, and Mercury over the Zero Degree Aries Point this week makes for a pre-eclipse energy shift.

You want to limber up for this one. It’s about letting go of any grudge matches or the desire to settle an old score or ‘make things right.’ Instead, think of automatic clean slates.

The more you grant them, the freer and more fabulous your life will feel. Can you pre-pave that now? It does a world of good!

VENUS INTO PISCES times (for those who’ve been asking!)
LA – Saturday- 1:30 PM
NY– Saturday – 4:30 PM
LON– Saturday – 9:30 PM
SYD – Sunday – 6:30 AM

NOTE: Venus glides into the sign of Pisces this weekend, her sign of exaltation. Here she blends personal love with compassion, and the desire for intimacy with freedom of the spirit. Growth comes through openness and understanding. Again, compassion. Her element now is water, fluid, weightless, yielding. Through the sign of Pisces, we see in the ‘other’ a piece of our own heart.

How does this happen, this forgetting ourselves to ‘be with’ another? For example, why are we, as a species, able to override our most powerful instinct for survival and risk our lives to save a total stranger?

To have compassion for an ‘other’ we have to believe that what is happening to them is happening to us.

Arthur Schopenhauer wrote on this topic (not well received by his peers at the time, btw). He felt that the reason we are willing to give up our lives for another we don’t even know is because in that moment of risk we make no distinction between them and us. We experience the oneness of all life.

Venus in Pisces can help us get in touch with the sense of oneness, the thread that connects us to everything that ever was, is or will be. These next 25 days are excellent for getting in touch with our links to life, the environment, Mother Earth, and every rock, river, tree, forest, creature and being in our world. It’s also a great time to ‘do’ something to contribute. Participate. I’m an IS Foundation girl. What’s your favourite way to nurture, give back to and uplift the planet?

And where is Venus transiting through Pisces is in your chart? Expect major attractions there, connection and abundance . . . even the sweet rush of love. Enjoy!

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New Blue Moon

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Always Take the Weather With You, by Crispin Korchen

March 30/31st is the New Moon in Aries!

Until then, retreat and reflect with dark moon. Think – self-nourishment, sanctuary . . . (NOTE: Mars Rx means test drive before you buy)

With the New Moon in Aries conjunct Uranus, the #1 planet of change, this is the magnum intention setter of the year. You want to be clear about your desires and then shoot for the stars with your healthy ambition, goals and WILL.

Eros/Pluto in Capricorn is woven into this lunar event, bringing deep transformation at the core of your being. If you aren’t living your passion now, you’ll soon find out why, and how to support creative change. Check out where 0 – 20 degrees of Aries is in your natal chart for added insight. (see tutorials here or ask if you need help).

This is the first decanate of Ariesa raw and vigorous decan with the assertive and action packed energy of Aries expressing without much tempering.  The more you can express a potent, healthy assertive quality in the area of your chart where the new moon resides (9 Aries) the better you will feel.  Find 9 degrees of Aries in your chart and you’ll know the house, or area of life, where you want to fuel your fire! *reference for all 12 houses below*

NEW MOON TIMES
LA  – Sunday – 11:45 AM
NY  – Sunday – 2:45 PM
LON – Sunday – 6:45 PM
SYD – Monday – 5:45 AM

Remember, the New Moon in Aries is a blast of fresh energy and enthusiasm, giving us a kick start for the entire astrological year ahead. It’s a time to honor the core words I am . . . (You fill in the blank. I am what?) Where Aries is in your chart, you take the road only you can travel! Get thee on thy journey!

AriesARIES: New Moon in Aries in your solar first house means power boosted drive, enthusiasm and amped up determination. You are ready to take action, make things happen and blast out into the world in a new, independent, adventurous ways. Aim high; Go large! (Remember: Mars Rx means test drive before you buy).

TaurusTAURUS: Your new equinox cycle begins in the house of dreams, imagination and compassion. Think spiritual and altruistic notions surfacing with powerful intentions. You may feel to help those less fortunate and heal old hurts from within. Giving never felt so good. Big heart!

GeminiGEMINI: There is a group or joint effort that has your full attention right now. Prep for more connections, more socializing and more public recognition. You get quoted, so keep that in mind when speaking to others! The next few months are manifesting heaven!

CancerCANCER: Career action pushes you into the public eye. You feel bold, adventurous and ready to challenge the status quo, especially if it feels stuck and predictable. Make waves now. Stir it up, and prep for big value/financial shifts with Jupiter into Leo in July!

LeoLEO: News from overseas or a foreign source brings the desire to put change into motion. (Remember: Mars Rx means test drive before you buy). Think paradigm expansion and provocative insights! The core feeling at the base of it all is freedom and the experience of new, unforeseen horizons. Go with it! No resistance.

VirgoVIRGO: A grant, loan, inheritance, royalty, tax refund or joint application you’ve been waiting on gets the go ahead, while legal issues around shared finances smooth out. If any co-creation seems to be held up, moving at a snail’s pace, that’s all about to change. Green light!

LibraLIBRA: If a relationship has been idle, snagged or even floundering in the shallows, set an intention for clarity. Think release from struggle, clear sailing and going with the wind. Anything ‘stuck’ or repressed tangles will blast apart. So let them, and do what feels right for you.

ScorpioSCORPIO: This is your health, fitness and body awareness month with opportunities for healing transformation. It might trigger a change of diet or eating habits, new form of exercise or fresh daily work routine. Rethink what isn’t making you happy and say yes to what is

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: The Aries New Moon is a wild, zany, romantic and creative adventure, lifting you out of any ruts or stagnating patterns and bringing fresh, vitality and new horizons. Your watchword is exploration, now more than ever. Get free! Get inspired! Get going! (Remember: Mars Rx means test drive before you buy).

CapricornCAPRICORN: The inner soul world is calling, and it might manifest externally as repairs to the home, moving house, redesigning or perhaps attention needed for the body. It feels like you have to rush, ‘clock ticking’, but there is time. Relax. Deep breaths. Self nourish.

AquariusAQUARIUS: Communications are almost a safety hazard right now as lightning bolt ideas, thoughts and insights zap through every conversation. With so much Aries in your 3rd house, words have bite! Focus on projects, plans and creative release. Write, speak, teach, learn!

piscesPISCES: The New Moon in your values sector has you setting intentions around your approach to $$, talents and self-worth.Time to sort beliefs around what you do ‘for a living’ and those you’re responsible for. Heads up for a rush of inspired action! (Remember: Mars Rx means test drive before you buy).

Have a wonderful NEW MOON Everyone!GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_mdm

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* Quick Reference Guide for the houses *

1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house - $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, employment, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – Sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house – Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative states

Aries and the Equinox

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Aries – the ram

Astro-LOA Flash: The sun over the Zero Degree Aries Point heralds the equinox, a festival of magnificence!

Whether you are ‘springing forward’ or ‘falling back’, this is strong juju, energy to move your forward along your path.

Wherever Aries is in your chart, fireworks go off, bells ring and eyes light up! Glimpse a sense of purpose and renaissance of spirit as your desires, vitality and drive seek to express in the world.

Yes yes, Mars, the ruler of Aries, is retrograde, but you will feel this like an inner victory dance no matter what!

Appreciate NOW everything that is working out in your life as well as your desires for the future.

As the first degree of Aries, this point suggest how our “will to be”, or sense of I AM, moves out from the subjective and into manifest reality. Ask:
What am I creating today?

Where Aries is in the chart is where our inner warrior is ready, willing and able to stake our claim, stand up for our rights, boast of our accomplishments and assert, initiate, proclaim and adventure. He is also ready to PLAY, compete and revel in the creative energy of life. Do you let him?

The designers of the zodiac denoted (ARIES) by the symbol of the ram, noted for the ‘directional force’ of its headlong charge. Yet curiously in some old zodiacs the ram is shown not charging, but with its head turned to look back on itself, and the direction from whence it has come.

This gesture seems to tell us something important about the relationship of consciousness and self-awareness to the forward movement of the universe, namely that awareness is oriented in the reverse direction to the thrust. Mysteriously, consciousness and will face different ways. – Dennis Elwell 1987

Dennis Elwell goes on to discuss what boils down to our orientation in time and space. The point being, awareness doesn’t necessarily travel from the past into the present into the future. Possibly, it is quite the opposite. Read more here . . .

Are you in touch with your Mars? Is he expressing by signs, house and planet in authentic ways? Are you the boss in your Aries house? Calling the shots and self-directing, especially in that area of life? Check where your 0 Degree Aries Point is in your chart before you answer, then welcome the Equinox. Connect to this powerful and pro-active, playful, assertive side of your life.

Let us know if you need help finding where Aries is in your chart.

Quick list of the 12 houses:

1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house - $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house – unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative states

Care to share where you have the early degrees of Aries? What house has Aries on the cusp? This is where you want to be the boss and express your sense of Self in the world. Go! Go! Go!

Danaides, by John William Waterhouse

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Full Moon in Virgo 2014

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Crispin Korschen, Seeking sweetness, oil on canvas, 460x610mm

Astro-LOA Flash: Full Moon in Virgo is perfect for bringing more ritual into the daily routine, amping up ‘heart’ and ‘creation’. It’s a time to appreciate what is working and feel compassion and reverence for all life, beginning with your own.

Performing ritual is in our blood. It’s archetypal, meaning it’s a connecting principle found in all cultures, in all places and all times. Recent studies have shown even simple rituals can be extremely effective in promoting a greater sense of well being. What rituals are you practicing? Are they supportive or . . .?

FULL MOON @26 VIRGO 01 March 16/17th
LA – Sunday – 10:09 am
NY - Sunday – 01:09 pm
LON – Sunday – 05:09 pm
SYD – Moonday – 04:09 am

Virgo stand(s) for instrumentation, implementation and technical competence. Dennis Elwell. It is about skill development, and the rituals in life that are constantly creating and re-creating our experience of reality.

Thinkritual magic, illumination, initiation and awareness! You recognize habits that no longer serve you and start creating habits that make life better. Now. Read your ‘solar houses’ below, and the house where you find 26 degrees Virgo.

AriesARIES/6th house: The Full Moon in your house of health is the perfect time to let go of unsupported habits in the realm of diet, exercise and daily ritual. Think of your body as your best friend. What do you feed her? How do you keep her fit and active? When do you let her rest? Play? Explore? Connection?

TaurusTAURUS/ 5th house: The creative and playful sphere of the heart is awakened at this Full Moon. Ask what rituals do you have in place around your artistic expression? Is it haphazard, random or so strict there’s no room to breathe? Set into motion some healthy ways to connect to your inner child. Make them fun!

GeminiGEMINI/ 4th house: The Full Moon shines on your home, family and emotional security sector. What are you doing to feather your nest, metaphorically and literally? Ask how ritual can improve this area of life. Regular family dinners? Time with rels that could use your expertise? Renewed Feng Shui in the home? Go big!

CancerCANCER/ 3rd house: This is the perfect time to create new habits around self-talk, verbal communication and written or spoken expression, teaching and leaning. Notice how you connection socially around familiar haunts then start putting more conscious awareness on your thoughts. Remember, they do become things!

LeoLEO/ 2nd house: Full Moon amps up your house of money, a representation of your inner core values and self-esteem. This is excellent for boosting feelings of self-worth and setting in place new habits of care, respect and generosity. Let go the critical and embrace the abundance of non-judgment. So freeing!

VirgoVIRGO/first house: This is your ‘birthday’ Full Moon and ideal for fueling any new project that has your ‘heart’s desire’ in it. Most likely opportunities are rolling in. You get to pick your favorite and lavish it with positive energy. The trick is to not become totally obsessed. Start a habit of balance in everything you do.

LibraLIBRA/ 12th house: The Full Moon in Virgo is your ‘Dream Moon’ as it activates your unconscious mind. Up comes all the buried treasures in the form of inspiration, epiphanies, synchronicities and head over heels love interests. Treat this like a preview of coming attractions. Nurture, respect, revel and enjoy!

ScorpioSCORPIO/ 11th house: The Full Moon in the house of friends is a wonderful opportunity to bring healthy habits of connection into being. Your powers of discernment and leadership are heightened, helping you know intuitively which birds of a feather you want to flock with. Remember, to have a friend, be a friend. Spend some time there!

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS/ 10th house: Attention to detail and a feeling of new awareness lights up your career sector. This is where you put strong healthy habits into place. If you’ve been overworking, pull back. If it’s been hard to focus, you practice new skills. As support and opportunities arrive, create the perfect combination of work and play.

CapricornCAPRICORN/ 9th house: This is your ‘Exploration Moon’ as a thirst for the unknown activates every cell in your body. What you thought was a closed door, a limitation or block, opens wide and you walk on through. The habit of open-mindedness can be developed now with very little effort. Easy breezy enlightenment time!

AquariusAQUARIUS/ 8th house: The Virgo Full Moon is a chalice of overflowing opportunity where you create new habits around shared resources. This means anything from finances, borrowed or loaned, creative projects and even intimate, erotic expression can take on new meaning in your life. Think Renaissance!

piscesPISCES/ 7th house: This is your ‘Relationship Moon’ where you can examine your personal one-to-ones and put into place more supportive, loving and caring habits. Old unconscious behaviors dissolve, replaced by mutual respect and reverence for life with another. Boundaries improve creating more room for unconditional love.

It takes 21 days to start a new habit. Let’s set fabulous intentions now!

Have a wonderful Full Moon everyone! xKim

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Free Call – Mars Rx and You

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the-foolThe March Monthly Call at GVA – Mars Rx and You is ready to download from talkshoe - great call everyone! Thank you!

Jeannette Maw and I will be talking about Mars retrograde in Libra, where is it in your chart and what kinds of relationships are you looking to re-explore and rebuild. What are your deepest driving desires?

You are your deepest, driving desire. As is your desire, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny.
You are your deepest, driving desire. – Upanishad

To brush up on what transits are and how to spot them in your chart, here are two short tutorials, Transits part 1 and part 2.

More on Mars Rx and reflections.

If we aren’t sure what we’re meant to ‘do’ at this time, this powerful transit can help us pinpoint where we are ‘up’ for re-direction of our energy, desires, and powers of initiation. Let’s explore this together!

Tune in and learn more about where this energy is activating your life. Bring your charts, and make sure they are up on the GVA forum with the link handy, so all can see. To do so, become an Open Member (it’s free) and post your chart in the Gallery. Tutorials here on how to.

March 11/12 2014
LA – Tue – 1pm
NY – Tue – 3 pm
LON – Tue- 8 pm
SYD – Wed – 7am

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Images of the Zodiac: Contemplating Pisces

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A wonderful post on all things Fishy! Thank you Symbol Reader. This is such a treasure.
“A fish is a slippery and three-dimensional monster that exists in all manner of curves, whose colouring and surfaces & translucent fins suggest the very reason & riddle of life… a fish is a truth.” – Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in 12 Fish by Richard Flanagan

Originally posted on symbolreader:

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Johfra Bosschart, “Pisces”

One of the best novels I have read in my whole life is without any shadow of a doubt Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in 12 Fish by Richard Flanagan. Its narrator, William Buelow Gould, is a forger serving a sentence in a penal colony on Sarah Island (today’s Tasmania). While imprisoned there, he creates remarkable paintings of fish. In the original edition of the book, each chapter is printed in a different colour, which makes the book look extraordinary. The narrator is very unreliable and scattered: he does not tell the story in a linear fashion, but more in a circular way, jumping forwards and backwards and letting his imagination spiral and twist in all directions. The book is wonderfully irrational and one hundred per cent Piscean. The main character’s anathema is scientific classification; he says that in the world “where science knew absolutely every…

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Reflections on Mars Rx

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Loving in Reflection by Rave250

Loving in Reflection by Rave250

Mars is about to ‘stop’ in the sky (metaphorically)  and turn retrograde, just before hitting the exact conjunction with the North Lunar Node.

Even though we like to initiate new things on the new moon (March 1), think of it as a reflecting time in your journey, a chance to go back over anything set in motions late last year when Mars entered the sign of Libra.

Libra is an idealistic, objective AIR sign, interested in collaboration, union and partnerships of all kinds. Aries linked Mars, on the other hand, is all about leading, directing and being the independent contractor.

Libra by HOUSE is an area of life where we need to share our ideals, socialize, experience beauty and refinement and accommodate to the needs of others so we may have ongoing relationships and unions. You can imagine how Mars will stir things up! The finely tuned balance between self-direction (I am) and collaboration (we are) must be found and expressed through ideas, companionship and artistic creation.

Mars Rx in Libra asks us to reflect on these notions of balance, sharing AND independence, will AND willingness.

The key here is to allow for reflection before you set new intentions. This is not about push, try, struggle. Just the opposite, and Mars, who is the KING of PUSH, may resist this reflective time. He just doesn’t always want to sit still.

If you have resistance to relaxing, Jeannette Maw has some excellent hints and tips. If life seems to have turned uber emo, check out Janette Dalgliesh’s Dealing with Emotional dilemmas. Jeannette’s Relaxing in the Rapids is a great metaphor as well.

Times for Mars through the Rx zone – thank you Cafe Astrology.

26 Dec 2013 00:44 am 09° Libra 02′ Mars Enters Rx Zone
01 Mar 2014 11:25 am 27° Libra 32′Rx Mars Stationary Retrograde
19 May 2014 09:28 pm 09° Libra 02′ Mars Stationary Direct
21 Jul 2014 02:47 am 27° Libra 32′ Mars Leaves Rx Zone

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_mdmHave a great week, everyone, and feel free to comment on Mars Rx in your chart.
xxKim

Quick note: We’ll be talking more about this transit on the free monthly GoodVibeAstrology.com Call. Check the calendar for times in your zone.

See you there!

Nodal Shift Afoot

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Serpiente alquimica – Ourorboros

Astro-LOA Flash: After close to two years in the sign of Scorpio, the North Lunar Node (which moves in a retrograde direction) has transited into the sign of Libra.

Think ‘personal relationship and the perspective gained from collaboration, sharing and working together.’

For a recorded discussion of the nodes, go to Free Astro-LOA at GoodVibeAstrology.com

Because the South Lunar Node is always directly opposite of the North, it has moved from the sign of Taurus to Aries. The balance we are creating is between the ‘I am’ and the ‘we are’. Where there is aggression, we can find compassion. Where there is self-denial, we can gain independence and distinction. Look to 29 Aries and Libra are in you chart to see the houses, or areas of life, to focus on. No rush. We have this polarity activated for the next 18 months.

The Nodes represent a cycle of energy – The North Lunar Node, the Dragon’s Head or Caput Draconis, draws us toward new horizons of experience. It represents the areas of life where we can, with conscious effort and choice, break new ground and obtain valuable new experiences. Like the Sun, exalted in Aries, the North Lunar Node, when approached with courage, awareness and a sense of new possibilities, brings consciousness and growth. It can be our highest excitement!

The and the South Lunar Node, also known as the Dragon’s Tail or Cauda Draconis, draws us into the ‘past’. This represents instinctive desires that call us back to a place where we feel, if not comfortable, at least familiar. Like the Moon and her association with intuitive impulses, the South Lunar Node can operate without conscious volition. It is an instinctive response.

Howard Sasportas put it like this: “Pretend you are going on a trip and you have your bag ready to pack. The South Node represents everything you have included for your journey; the North Node represents the things you gain along the way.” I love that metaphor!

In terms of deliberate creation, the Nodes can show us where we might be resisting out next big thing, offering ideas of how to release fears and attachments to outcome so we can live our most fulfilling and happy lives.

Astro-LOA Tip of the week from Jeannette Maw: When you want to manifest something new, there’s a powerful question to answer that paves the way there. What does it feel like (to have it)?

NOTE: I often see the Nodes, activated by transits, synastry or relocation, representing people. In other words, the message of the Nodes is usually delivered by a compelling (or repelling-but-memorable) other. Something to keep in mind!

Let me know your recent experiences. Where is this shift in your chart? What have you noticed so far? How do you use the chart to find relief?

Writerly Checklist

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Anne Hathaway in Becoming Jane

Having a group of beta readers and an editorial team is ideal for polishing a work before publication, especially considering it takes 1-2 years to get a manuscript ready for print, not including the year(s) that go in before it’s even sold. Always,my books are a team effort, especially the collaborations. But even though writerly insights com from such critique and review, I also aim to continually develop Self-critical capabilities, and that means building specific skills through practice.

This takes objectivity and awareness, a kind of stepping aside and walking around the work to see it from a new perspective. One of the most valuable ways to support this ‘walking around the work’ is the ‘crit-checklist.’  Below is my current version. It’s what works best for me.

Crit-Checklist for the Amassia Series

1) Is my Muse on board? Create the space by showing up through a daily writing practice

    2) Does the story have legs? Original AND marketable ideas and characters?

    3) Impactful beginning and ending, hooks, twists and Macs (magics)

    4) Are the characters real? Check each GMC – goals, motivations, conflicts.

    5) Is the world immersive? No incongruent events/characters?

    6) 1st Draft  – check pace, conflict, continuity, growth arcs, heart. Do we care?

    7) 1st Draft Revisions – check structural logic and continuity for meaning

    8) Create the Outline – re-check narrative flow, stakes, internal logic

    9) 2nd Draft Revision – copy edit, tighten to word count and clean it up

  • check passive voice
  • adverbs and adjectives
  • out of synch metaphors
  • spelling, grammar
  • POV consistency
  • heart
  • how can it matter more?

  10) 3rd draft revisions – chapter by chapter and  scene by scene evaluation

  • begins with an impact?
  • ends with a hook?
  • page turner?
  • any dead spots?
  • proofread  – proofread  – proofread

   11) Personal quirks:

  • Am I telegraphing events before they happen?
  • Is there TMI (too much information/exposition)?
  • Are the characters GMC strong and believable?
  • Are transitions fluid?
  • Is the narrative free of cliche, been there done that, this-again feel?

Note: my preference is not to focus on spelling/grammar/outline until the story is down. Too much critique in the early, vulnerable, stages of writing can pinch off the creative flow, for me anyway. You?

I’d  love to hear your approach. I know there are many published, working and emerging writers who drop into the 11th house. Tips? Experiences? Projects? What’s up?

For a growing list of posts on writing and publishing, links are here.

Namaste everyone, and happy writing!

February Roundtable Call

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Consulting the Oracle by John Waterhouse

The February Roundtable Call is here

Jeannette and I will be tabling your Astrology and law of attraction questions tomorrow. It’s a chance for everyone to learn how to put Astro-LOA to practice, and for those in the ‘hot seat’, have some illumination. Feel free to listen and join in, or stream online.

You can post your chart on the open forum (join for free) or in the Gallery at GVA in advance. The Roundtable will be recorded, and available to listen to later, so those charts need to be accessible for the call and for those tuning in afterwards.

What kind of questions? Anything goes – astrology queries about your chart, or a clients’, or a tricky manifesting goal/issue. This is a chance to practice your Astro-LOA skills and contribute to the answers/solutions/suggestions as well. Also, if you have a Horary Astrology question, that can be fun to look at too.

Remember to have the link to your chart in the Gallery ready so we can all see! (if you can’t view the gallery, it means you haven’t joined up as an open member yet. It’s free!) Here is the tutorial for creating your chart online, and uploading it to the Chart Gallery. (Again, if you can’t access this, it means you aren’t aren’t signed up. You can do that for free, as an Open Forum Member.

February 11 GVA Roundtable * Please note the new times *

LA Tue Feb 11 – 12 pm
NY Tue Feb 11 – 3 pm
Lon Tue  Feb 11 – 8 pm
Syd Wed Feb 12 – 7 am

To stream online, (or download after the call) visit Good Vibe Astrology on TalkShoe.

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_smlOr dial in on Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 25859

Open to everyone.

See you there!

xKim

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