A voyage into our personal dark sides! Join us as we attempt to shed the light of awareness onto the shadowy aspects of the psyche in hopes to become better masters of our own worlds. We will learn about the shadow and the persona of Jungian psychology and find out some fascinating things about goats!
In this episode, we explore the fascinating energy of enthusiasm. A dash of science and a drop of history rounds out an exploration of our biggest planet, Jupiter, the sky god Zeus. We take a closer look at lightning, and hear some excellent wisdom from inventor and cosmologist Arthur M Young.
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This episode is all about the symbology of the Sun and it’s home in the human body that is the heart. We explore how the heart is like the king of our psyche, and a king rules best with magnanimity. We explore some mysterious facts about the heart and then confront the reality that our lion-hearts are wild creatures! Joseph Campbell soothes us with solar wisdom towards the end.
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Each sign of the zodiac has it’s guideline-oriented gifts as well as it’s “watch outs”. The gifts are often ignored in poor Virgo, so today we are going to explore them and give them there full dues!
Always smart to begin in the body.
Virgo is associated in the small intestine (the gut). This is the central location of the MICROBIOME, a truly fascinating subject.
These microbial cells even outnumber our human cells, so we might be MORE microbe than we are human!
We are covered head to toe with these microbes, but the vast majority of them are in the gut. The gut-brain is truly a second brain as it’s many neurons that are embedded in the lining of the gastrointestinal system are influenced by the same neurotransmitters of the brain itself. The brain influences the gut-brain and vice versa.
For example a nervous though that arises in the brain can cause butterflies in the gut. On the flip side the gut will majorly influence the brain’s mood as it’s microbes produce many neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA.
The word “diet” is derived from the Greek word “diaita”, which means “way of living“. It points more towards a daily way of life than a strict code of food groups. Hence, Virgo is also associated with daily work and routine.
Here is what I find interesting:
Most people are familiar with probiotic foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut that encourage gut health, but less familiar is the very important prebiotic food group.
Prebiotic foods, like bananas, onions, leeks and asparagus, are a type of starch that doesn’t break down as quickly and thus survives further down the digestive track to nourish the beneficial bacteria.
Interestingly enough, wheat, the grain always depicted with the Virgin, is a prebiotic food.
With wheat feeding the microbes and the microbes being what we mostly ARE, the phrase “staff of life” begins to take on a deeper resonance.
The Greeks and the Romans knew Virgo as the goddess of wheat, or the harvest. This is a humble goddess who dutifully tends to the needs of the land.
What needs to be tended in order to grow good crops? The soil of course! And what do we find in the soil?
There is a saying that real farmers grow soil and not crops. The microbes in the soil help decompose organic plant matter and then recycle them to be used as plant energy with nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen.
Chemical fertilizers cause bacteria to die and supply the nitrogen and phosphorus directly. Biofertilizers, as used in organic farming, do not supply chemicals in favor of using our live microbial friends to do natures work.
With modern agriculture techniques such as chemical fertilizers and genetic engineering, the healthy microbes of our soil has taken a beating. The soil of the earth is the same concept of the lining of our guts. Both need healthy microbes to be honored as they truly do run the show.
The grains that used to be the staff of life are turning on some of us (myself included!) and causing all sorts of immune issues.
But we can still turn to the Virgin for guidance in these matters.
So for those of us who seem to react poorly to modern wheat we must strive a little harder to incorporate the dietary lessons of the Virgin.
Virgo needs us to respect and nourish our humble microbes!
A little food each day that nourishes are microbes. A little prebiotic food everyday goes a long way to improving our health.
Improving the gut improves our mood and improves our brain which improves our decisions which improve our lives!
Virgo takes small steps.
Until next time!
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Today we are going deep into the astrological makings of a very complex man. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Howard Hughes!
The first thing that really draws my eye into his chart is that Mercury at the very bottom of the chart. It is in Virgo (the ever over-analyzing, perfecting and exacting scrutinizer) and it is under some serious pressure.
Howard Hughes seems to have acquired the brunt of his OCD from his mother, who used to scrub him clean all through his childhood and teach him to be afraid of germs.
His Mercury is found at the bottom of the chart right on the 4th house cusp. This is the place in the chart that is associated with the Mother and early childhood (because it is the house that is connected to the sign of Cancer).
Mercury is the planet associated with our thinking. It is always listening and responding to our environment (like DNA!)
Hughes Mercury (thinking) is under pressure from both Mars and Pluto via the square aspect (an aspect of 90 degrees). So let’s meet the personal “bullies” of Hughes’ mind!
Mars is energy! It is motivation and stress. The stuff that propels life along. Hughe’s Mars is located in the 7th house of relationships. It’s a common know fact that Hughes did “go (very) big” in the dating field.
Hughes was infamously entangled with a bevy of beautiful starlets. The glitz and glamour would satisfy his Venus in Leo as well as his Moon in Leo. Venus for a man will point to something he is drawn to in a woman. The Moon points to an emotional hunger that we yearn to satiate. This is also connected to the mother and early life.
It’s interesting to think of all of that OCD doting that his mother did for him was still a form of constant attention. Hughes was known to be a hypochondriac in childhood to secure the constant attention of his parents, both of whom died within his later teenage years. Hughes went to court and bought out the rest of the family for the inheritance and became a billionaire.
Ok, so back to the pressure on his Virgoan mind.
Let’s meet the next “bully”, the ever secretly-up-to-something Pluto. And as a side note, these “bullies” are not inherently bad, they are just motivators. The aspect of the square suggests that it’s a bit more challenging for Hughes.
Pluto motivates in a very hidden way. In Gemini this may take the form of always seeking mental stimulus, and variety of thought. It lies opposite of the Mars in the 7th house of relationships so we can expect to find a lot of variety there too (and there sure was!).
Pluto is like a rabbit hole. It’s job is to constantly renew us and purify us through emotional purging. Hughes’ rabbit hole was so very mental, so full of variety and choices. For a mind that is suited towards precision and order (Mercury in Virgo) this influx of variety might have been a bit overwhelming.
It would have been nice to see Hughes’ Virgo mind take the Virgoan modest approach to these heavy-weight bullies. To humbly (Virgo) take things in stride and be aware of his own tendency to over-worry (Virgo pitfall). We can bring so much peace back to our psyches with a bit of awareness. This is the department where the horoscope truly shines as a tool. It serves us to give ourselves a break and be on the lookout for unhealthy habits!
Until next time!
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Picture something innocent. A child for example, enjoying an ice cream cone, sitting on the front steps to his house in the early evening. All that is happening is the sounds and sights around him and the wonderful taste of the ice cream.
Then he hears his mother scream so he runs into the house and finds her crying hysterically on the floor holding the telephone. His older brother was killed overseas.
Now I want you to picture what became of the ice cream, the sounds and sights outside. 30 years later are they still there? We wouldn’t think twice in agreeing that this event changed this little boy’s life forever. But what we might not think about quite as readily is HOW.
The planet in focus is Pluto, the lord of the underworld. In the natal chart he is lord of your own private underworld. It’s the moment you lost your childlike innocence and descended into a darker place.
Persephone is a young innocent maiden gathering flowers in a field until the ground opens up and Pluto (aka Hades) abducts her, sending her mother Demeter into unspeakable grief.
What is interesting about Persephone’s character is that she eventually became “pardoned” from hell. Demeter’s grief was rendering all agriculture dead so Zeus finally caved and insisted that Pluto release her. But she ends up only being able to live 6 months of the year above the ground. Why?
Of course there can be many ways of interpreting this. The direction that I like to take it in starts by taking a closer look at a pomegranate.
Persephone only lives above ground half of the year to signify the fact that she is no longer only an innocent maiden. She is also a new and regenerated person because of these seeds from hell (new motivations birthed from the deep subconscious).
In your own private underworld a transformation inevitably takes place. Something is reborn. And that reborn something continues to grow. It is a new motivation. It is driving you in your newfound desires and directions. But since it is born from such a deep place you may not be aware of it.
Back to the example of the little kid eating ice cream. The traumatic event (aka the ground opening up) is where he meets Pluto. The seeds that he will eat is the implantation of a new motivation. This will likely remain unconscious but will still be in the driver seat of many of his future choices.
Pluto is where we look in the birth chart to attempt to shed light on our hidden motivations.
One of the most significant tragedies of his life was the death of his mother, Julia, that occurred when he was 17. She was hit by a car while crossing the street. The death of his mother ended up being a powerful common ground he shared with Paul McCartney, who’s mother died when he was 14.
The car that hit his mother was driven by an off-duty police officer which contributed to Lennon’s distrust in people in authority (Aquarius Moon). Also the fact that Lennon was not raised by his mother but by her sister Mimi instead further illustrates this Aquarius (themes of abandonment) Moon (mother).
The Leo pomegranate seeds so to speak, eaten from the time Lennon spent in hell continued to grow and motivate him from the depths. The boys’ friendship turned into the Beatles (Leo 5th house Pluto).
Not to mention that both Pluto and his Moon square his Mercury (thinking processes) in Scorpio (always transforming and evolving). Lennon could never just be a Beatle, no matter how successful they were.
To summarize, Pluto is the planet that shows us where we lost our innocence. This is a repeated process in life so it is not always just one defining event.
Pluto is the underworld where we ate the seeds that started new and hidden motivations within ourselves. They are likely to be very powerful and it is worthwhile to ponder them. After all they are very much in the driver’s seat as we careen down the long and winding road!
Where is your Pluto?
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I recently was in the mood for a chic flic type of evening so I settled on Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts. While I wasn’t wild about the movie as a whole, it did leave me with one eye-opening lesson. A Venus lesson as it turns out. Seek Venus (even through a chic flic!) and ye shall find!
So here is a question: Do you have enough sweetness in your life? And here is another: Do you do enough of nothing?
Introducing an amazing Italian phrase..
Maybe this is something that already comes naturally to you and if so, great! But for other people, myself included, doing nothing usually is accompanied by some sense of stress, like I should be DOING something more productive. If I am on vacation I might let myself “do nothing” but in daily life? Not without that subliminal stress.
Venus is here to say: there’s a new kind of sherif in town!
The next thing I know is I am getting SO much more out of my down time. What used to feel like procrastination now feels like Italian savviness.
Venus in the natal chart can give us clues into personalized ways in which we prefer to “do nothing.”
Not everyone wants to just lay on a hammock. Some people might to read (Venus in Gemini?) or play sports (Venus in Aries?) or watch old movies (Venus in Cancer?).
I have Venus in Virgo, which might tend toward healthy-minded routines and analytical studying. I also have Mars in Virgo almost conjunct my Venus. I realize that I am often trying to relax by reading and contemplating a book, but all too soon my Mars tries to turn the time into something productive. And the next thing I know I feel like I am not studying/ cleaning/ doing enough.
Sabotage! What is nice is that if I let my Venus do it’s thing, like read and highlight a book for fun, my Mars becomes gently coaxed. The next thing I know is that I am feeling very naturally motivated without force. “I think I will start that writing piece!” instead of “I should really be writing”.
What sign is your Venus in? How does it relate to your Mars? When was the last time you enjoyed IL DOLCE FAR NIENTE?
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This post is co-written with my twin sister and is about delving into the infinite mysteries of OUR FAVORITE THING EVER: TWIN PEAKS!!!!!!!!!! Here we go!
Who killed Laurel Palm Tree?
In ancient Rome and Greece, laurel wreaths were adorned as symbols of victory.
A similar motif involving laurels and unrequited love is central to the writings of Dante and Petrarch. Dante with his love for Beatrice, and Petrarch with his 365 poems to Laura. Notice how both men are dressed in red, aka fire.
But can fire ever really catch its romantic opposite (water)?
Let’s explore the laurel a little more. The Collins dictionary defines it as this:
“A laurel or a laurel tree is a small evergreen tree with shiny leaves. The leaves are sometimes used to make decorations such as wreaths.”
Evergreen trees are distinct in that they retain green leaves throughout the year. The other main type of tree is the Deciduous tree, which loses its leaves during the colder seasons.
So is she dead or not? Well.. this is also a theme that seemed to be toyed with during the first season.
Twin Peaks has Waldo the myna bird as well as Waldo’s vet, Dr. Lydecker.
When Madeline first enters the show she comes through the door as Leland is watching the infamous “Invitation to Love”. The screen is a split screen, showing an actress playing two parts (just like Sheryl Lee is doing).
Let’s go a little further with the names, and a little deeper into those woods!
Anyone want some pie? Let’s head on over to the double R!
Bright red is often seen in Twin Peaks- adding to its je-ne-sais-quoi-ness.
The traffic light also celebrates the bright green, as does the opening credits
So the evergreen trees remain vibrant and alive.. and now, 25 years later, the show is coming BACK, as in, it didn’t die.
And all we know is… exactly where we will be on May 21st, with cherry pie, trying not to faint from excitement.