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14980735_10153842924416968_3378903504728679467_nI just got back from an astrology workshop in Bali. It was one the most gratifying and transformative experiences of my life. The astrological community is like that: you go in and meet friends. You connect with the people there and feel a sense of homecoming.

I was thinking of the experience and since she created it, it is Evelyn Roberts I want to mention first. The workshop was residential. The environment in which we were housed had a lot to do with the transformative aspect of doing a Heaven and Earth workshop. You are plunged into the heart of nature: its beauty, its creatures and its rhythms.

I’m terrified of spiders; I saw spiders and learnt to co-exist. I discovered that the sound of a frog jumping into a pond is my favorite sound. I got to hold baby chicks. I discovered it’s true: mother hens are very protective. I ate local food, at fixed times and in fixed quantities and came back free from my addiction to junk food. I also came back feeling like I could take anything on. I came back stronger.

I reconnected with old friends and made new ones. I refined the delicate line of togetherness versus necessary solitariness. I learnt a very important skill: I’m a better listener now than before I went. And I learnt (thanks, Brian!) how to say goodbye.

c-n-bAre you familiar with Carole Taylor and Brian Clark? Carole is associated with FAS, UK and Brian with Astro*Synthesis, Australia. I don’t know what to say. That’s striking because there isn’t much that I can’t capture in words. But with Carole and Brian I cannot. They are superb astrologers, very articulate and fundamentally just brilliant people. Listen to them for just a minute and you know you are in the presence of greatness. And you cannot be touched by greatness without being transformed.

 

 

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Inherent in each ending is a new beginning. We don’t see that when we go through loss and goodbyes, but it is always true. Just as it’s true that a new beginning implies an inevitable ending. Perhaps we sense that, because when we are happy, we are afraid that it won’t last. It doesn’t: we begin, reach fruition, give of the fruit and then there is decay and death. And in the womb of that death there is another rebirth waiting to happen.

The progressed lunation cycle (PLC) is 29.5 years long and has eight distinct phases:

  1. The Progressed New Moon: Start of a new beginning
  2. The Progressed Crescent Moon
  3. The Progressed First Quarter Moon
  4. The Progressed Gibbous Moon
  5. The Progressed Full Moon
  6. The Progressed Disseminating Moon
  7. The Progressed Last Quarter
  8. The Progressed Balsamic Moon

2Astrological time is cyclical. It is the ongoing story of beginnings and endings. One can capture this cycle broadly using the PLC. I recently did a table of my PLC, and those time periods captured my life and its biggest turning points: Leaving the country as a child, coming back, another relocation, the years when I thought I was lost, going to university, meeting my future husband, doing well at work, losing my husband to cancer, retiring from the corporate world, it was all right there.

I met my husband at a progressed new moon in my chart and lost him to cancer when the progressed moon was full. I started the disseminating phase August 2016 and I see this as a time when I work with clients and share what I have learnt.

1.jpgIf you’d like to work on a life review or a life preview in terms of the lunation phases for your entire life (80+ years), I’d be very happy to do this with you on a call. We will explore in depth the current phase of the cycle you’re in along with the start of the current cycle and then see where you are headed next. The cost is USD 45.

If you want just the data, via email, with notes on what each phase means, that’s an option, too.  The cost is USD 15. If you’re opting for just the data, here are links that can help with self-study:

http://www.astro.com/astrology/in_progmoon_e.htm

Your Personal Lunar Phases: The Cycle of Your Relationships

Honoring the Gods

VenusI’m trying to focus on developing my Venus function and getting more control over Mars. I should say I am trying overtly to be a little bit more Venusian. Very necessary for me right now since my progressed Sun moved into Libra recently and my progressed Venus has been in a steady direct-after-a-lifetime of retrograde movement.

Synchronistically, the goddess showed up in my life through a friend who spontaneously guided me about color and makeup. It doesn’t sound like a biggie but it is for me. Because if there is one god I have downplayed in her overt expression in my person, it is Venus. I’m guilty of not honoring her enough. So now I’m making amends in little things I do.

I’ve been meaning to write about honoring the gods for years now. Because I understand that to have the kind of peaceful life I want, I must honor and appease all gods that live within me. I think it’s true of all of us. There are some functions that flow wonderfully for us and we invest in them and develop them to a high extent. Others we have an uncomfortable relationship with and we may express them erratically or with some unease. Hence we end up with a lopsided personality and thus a lopsided life. Not ideal. Unless, that’s what you want and, sometimes, that is what we want. Perhaps it’s my progressed sun in Libra but the word “balance” has become so important for me: in all aspects of my life. Continue Reading »

"Do you believe in fate or free will?" The answer that works for me: "Yes. I believe in both fate and free will."

“Do you believe in fate or free will?”
The answer that works for me: “Yes. I believe in both fate and free will.”

This post is a result of a conversation I had with a friend about her astrology reading. She mentioned that her reading had indicated a positive event but it turned out that something very different happened. I don’t know the astrological details but I know the astrologer who did the reading. I highly respect his work: it’s astrologically sound, very precise and he operates with great integrity.

Astrology is Symbolic

Astrologers often mention that death charts have very good transits: especially that of Jupiter, the planet that bestows good fortune, indicates long journeys and expands our horizons. In the months leading upto his death, all through the radiation and the chemo, my husband had Jupiter transiting his twelfth house: the house of prisons and hospitals stays. The doctors were amazed, Titu felt no pain at all; and death took him very gently. Jupiter not “saving” him but protecting him and taking him onwards to the greatest trip of all.

Another Personal Story

About 13 years ago, I moved to my current location and got a job I stayed in for 12.5 years. It was a job I loved and I got it when Jupiter went over my Sun which is in the sixth house (house of work) trining my Jupiter-ruled MC (indicator of career path). Jupiter cycles are 12 years long: it takes that much time to go around the chart once. So recently, it was back on my Sun having finishes an entire cycle. Continue Reading »

Venus square Mars: Natal

Love.

You made it

like war.

 

You won every battle

And we both

lost the war.

It wasn’t that late, but it was late. I was out to work up some sweat. It’s safe enough in my street but once I step out, the safety zone ends. There is a dark part of the road to navigate, a big ditch to avoid, ensuring you are not run over by passing traffic (the dark stretch is also narrow) and then there are lights but there are also so many men.

Half of them are security guards, but uniforms or not, they are men. Others are just men out for smoke breaks. Innocuous men, preoccupied men, creepy men, attractive men. It’s an environment that automatically makes you hypervigilant if you are a woman. And like most women, I’m very good at automatically scanning my environment covertly and move accordingly.

But at one point this evening, from the other side of the road and away from all the men, I scanned it openly. And I was reminded of TV shows body guards. You know those guys in black suits with dark glasses (if you are the American president) or dressed more casually if you are Maria Carey whose eyes are always peeled, looking everywhere, looking for danger. That, I thought, is  the Scorpio Moon, That image of someone scanning the environment for threats. Dark glasses optional. Continue Reading »

“I had the time of my life

And I never felt this way before

And I swear this is true and I owe it all to you.”

It encases your soul, your heart, your mind. Your body exalts when the breeze plays over your face and streams gently through your hair. It sings in quiet celebration when you entwine with the one you love. The gift of the senses: to smell, to taste, to feel, to touch, to hear. Your eyes through which your soul glows also receive the beauty of orange dawns that break in the east and the lilac sunsets that spill their heart on the horizon.

And when you love your body, when you hydrate it, feed it almonds and fruit and stretch it gently, slowly, just a little bit more in a yoga stretch and then release…you feel the body joy of a body that you have loved and that love is its own reward. Continue Reading »