29 May 2006

... inconjunction not indigestion ...

i would argue with anyone that inconjunctions are the most powerful transits to use to effect personal transformation. the current inconjunction of mars to pluto(rx) will last for almost two weeks.

for many people, last week was a doosie ... and as certain planets affect businesses more than others, other planets affect relationships more than others ... mars is a planet that affects both quite strongly -- for everyone given its proximity to earth. mars and the energy it represents strongly affects the happenings of interpersonal relationships and material manifestation ...

of all the key words and concepts that are ascribed to mars, the one that sums it all up for me is "the urge to act decisively." so, you can see how that would affect both business and relationships in a most important way. after all, business cannot be done if decisions are not made; relationships become stagnant until someone does something different.

so mars is inconjunct that retrograde pluto ... if you remember earlier this year in mid-late march, pluto was inconjunct with mars just prior to pluto's turning retrograde. so, the current energy is much the same only a bit more intense and even more unconnected.

to use an analogy ... where in the initial inconjunction was like two strangers riding up in an elevator together, unknowingly going to the same office to attend the same meeting on the same subject. the two people would otherwise remain complete strangers never having anything in common or knowing anything about one another, except for this meeting. the meeting is called consciousness. if you are aware that two parts of you do not know each other or how to work with or, for that matter, against, each other, you can introduce them, and coordinate the workings of the energy.

well, now with the retrograde motion of pluto inconjunct with mars, its like the two people are in two different elevators going to the same place, but using different doors and attending a meeting with the same person only using two different conference rooms. not only that, but they do not know about each other or that they are working with the same person. to bring the two together to work on the same project requires much more effort. because of pluto's current location on the 'dark side of the earth', it is very difficult to bring these energies together, but if one is able to do that during this transition, the results are remarkable.

the easiest way to connect the two is to look at the environment around you as your barometer of effectiveness of your decision. any assertion will be responded to by the universe immediately ... it probably will not make sense to you immediately, but use the deepest of self-reflection to understand how that response is relevant to the assertion or the decision you made.

evaluate both positive and negative responses of the universe equally. practice objective self-reflection and honest probing of your intent and desires. soon, you will have both energies in the same conference room talking (perhaps still through translators) and scheming of how to work with each other to achieve your desired future.

peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

26 May 2006

Rx for jupiter retrograde ...

DUK ALERT: chiron and neptune have recently slipped retrograde ... to join pluto and jupiter on the 'dark side of the earth'.

jupiter keywords: expansion, growth, big picture
sun keywords: me, me, me, me, me; the ego ... the piece of you that is unique to all of the universe

jupiter has completed its solar opposition and is moving to a position that will cause perhaps the most amount of stress during its retrograde process, the inconjunct to the sun ...

layman's terms: the planets have moved from a place where at once they were opposed to each other: where they could see eye to eye and air their grievances and perhaps agree to disagree, if necessary; to a place where they are no longer in relationship ... they no longer understand or have the ability to understand each other's needs, energies or relationship.

but it is a time 'alone' so to speak for jupiter and the sun, to sort out exactly our expansion (jupiter) from who i am (sun) ... "the retrograde movement emphasizes what we do not have, and we come face to face with all the hopes and dreams that have been suppress during the first half, now released in inflated, overdramatic display which cathartically clears the air." (erin sullivan "retrograde planets", p. 337). some people may be strongly affected and others not at all, if jupiter is affecting an area of life that is unfamiliar or is near overload already the manifestation can be something completely out of left field. this transit will be especially strong if a chart has a strong jupiter or sagittarian emphasis. depression is a familiar state during the jupiter retrograde -- as one reconciles what one wants with what one has.

if you are dealing with major upsets, disruptions and shifts, remember that the universe is merely adjusting you to perfect alignment for your purpose. perhaps you had started to expand in a way that the universe did not want to you go ... perhaps there is a deeper level of consciousness at work that is trying to come to the surface and become your reality.

personally, i believe that the impact being felt by many during this retrograde period has to do with jupiter ruling sagittarius, pluto retrograde in sagittarius, turning retrograde just before conjunction with the galactic center, all of this in sagittarius.

THE PRESCRIPTION ... start over. open a new book and begin an outline for your plans for the future, revise and adjust the path of expansion you were following.

perhaps yesterday, all of your focus on expansion was within the context of your job, and now -- the job is just gone (or the security of the job that used to be a given is now gone: a stock repurchase setting up a merger or acquisition of your company in the near future; perhaps there was an announcement of new projects and you were not in the planning loop).

time to look at what you really want to be doing ... use your current situation as the beginning and your desired life as the ending. write an outline for the plan to get you there. start today.

in a couple of weeks, jupiter will move trine the sun and you will begin to get a glimpse of what can actually materialize and what may need to wait until the dreams and plans are laid in a solid foundation that structure is completely integrated with you and your destiny.

this is the prime time to really transmute your ideas of what your future is based on everything you have learned and have been programmed that your future is to be and what your true destiny is. those two things can be as different as apples and ladders. shedding years and years of terran, social, parental and self programming is not easy, and the degree to which these retrograde periods are affecting your mundane life is to how far off you know you are off track in the direction of your journey.

jupiter returns to direct movement on 7 july, 2K6 ... if your current adjustment is attached to jupiter's transit, expect to be able to begin work on the new plan then. use the expectation and excitement energy to motivate and energize the extra work that it may take as you put your nose to the grindstone and start the work to lay the foundation for your life.

peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

19 May 2006

... feeling a bit underpowered ...

borrowed and adapted from steven forest's 'the proverbs of hades under the plutonian stimulus ...'

these statements can reveal where one has been "too ..." something. if what is happening in your life is reflected by the circumstances of negativity, look inward to where you need to raise your personal level of power ... if these do not speak to you immediately or need some clarification of how to use power ... i highly recommend a review of the 48 Laws of Power.

gullibility draws lies and liars ... stop looking to others for your truth

naivete draws betrayal ... see the darkness within you

sweetness draws bitterness ... time to stop hiding

vulnerability draws attack ... realize our truly violent reality

modesty draws violation ... you are a sexual being

innocence draws shame ... understand your sexuality

harmlessness draws violence ... set up a boundary or two

generosity draws parasites ... sometimes just being you is enough

nuturing draws vampires ... you control your emotional energy

belief draws disillusionment ... don't be lazy, experience life for yourself

fear draws savagery ... warriors are honorable

spirituality draws embarrassment ... your actions are speaking so loud, i can't hear what you are saying

caring draws dependency ... sometimes they need you to say "no"

your environment will reflect the positive and negative reactions to the life you are leading ... see the signs, see the symptoms and make the internal changes to bring the life you want to reality.

peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

17 May 2006

... pluto retrograde significance ...

David N. Scott
"....but I must confess a lack of knowledge as to precisely what the significance of Pluto Retrograde is...?"

thank you for your comment ...

significance ... none.

just as "summer" in and of itself has no significance. except that today, most people have now ascribed meanings like 'vacation', 'hot', 'corn on the cob', 'the time after final exams', or 'the months of june, july & august' with the word "summer" ...

to the extent 'pluto' has significance it is in the concepts and ideas it represents: transformation, renewal or rebirth, new perspectives. pluto represents the subtlest internal energy that only you and perhaps your intimate partners or therapists will ever realize in your life. it can bring the smallest shifts of personal perspective to make the largest shifts in how you experience and interact with the world around you.

a good illustration that is not applicable to most people, is perhaps one of say someone who is transsexual ... the day they 'realize' or shift their perceptions that "i am a woman in the body of a man" they can begin to empower that personal perception and, for some, begin to transform their physical appearance with the outside world to manifest their inner truth.

it is a shift in "how i see the world and my relationship in it" ... e.g., i used to wake up every day and go to work and do my life but i realized i was not happy at all or only rarely. TODAY, i wake up, i realize that i can choose to be happy ... and i make the choices no longer out of compromise to my happiness, but in support of my happiness. then decisions start manifesting the things in their life that bring personal happiness ... sometimes its eliminating people, a job, a cycle of relating ... i think you can get the picture.

to the exent 'retrograde' has significance it is the concept and idea of a reflection, reevaluation, correction ...

i always describe 'retrograde' periods for any of the planets as such ...

if we are to 'row, row, row our boats gently down the stream ..." and you come to a fork and you make a choice to go to the left and your rowing gently down the stream once again and ... well, maybe i should've made a right instead ... this is not what i was expecting ...

the retrograde period represents the 'back wash' that happens in a fork, that can easily carry you back against the stream's current, back to where the fork happened and you can have a 2nd look at the options, reality and context of your previous decision.

SOME times, you realize yes, I made the right decision, I just needed to clarify, understand or readjust something in my mind or boat to make the trip down the left side profitable, manageable, or pleasurable.

OTHER times, you say ... yeah, i do want to go down the right side after all, and you have the opportunity to change your mind.

KEY ABOUT RETROGRADES ... if you continue trying to row down the stream while in the backwash, many obstacles and interruptions and a very difficult time errupts. the gentle rowing is more like swimming up stream or fighting against the flow. if you feel that, examine it in terms of, in this case, pluto's intent to bring a whole new you to life.

... the significance to you ... i don't know, but, on some level you do ... for my clients, i look to the areas of life (as shown on an accurate astrological chart) that pluto is affecting and that helps give conscious clarity as to what the symbols personally mean.

p.s. ... loved the superman suit!!!!!!!

peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

11 May 2006

... pluto retrograde and the individual ...

i love reading things like this ... '[pluto's] direct or retrograde condition has no bearing on personality, nor does it influence your ability to function at a social level.'

cool ... so what does it have bearing on? i mean, for real ... if it does not have any bearing on my personality, where does it come into play?

read on ... 'when retrograde, the need for social reform, demonstrated by your generation as a whole, may be incongruent with the larger role you need to play in life's drama.'

it goes on to say, 'you must experience personal rebirth before finding opportunty play a part in global regeneration.' (taken from 'your hidden powers, intercepted signs & retrograde planets' by joanne wickenburg, published by afa).

and all this means ....

nothing, unless you want to exercise your power on a global level. most people have no desire to do that ... most people don't think they have the ability to do that ... most people think it only happens in other people's lives ...

what is 'rebirth' ... remember the 'letting go', that's what it is .... waking up today a whole, new person that has lost the dependency on bad habits, has released old patterns and is living in the moment of creation.

its simple, really. it takes work and discipline and lots of help, but it really is simple to be yourself.

peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

10 May 2006

... why do i care about pluto retrograde ????

ok ...
you have started a buiness ... you've had a business for years ... you have a job ... you are looking for a job ..........

retrograde is code for a period of time when a planet SEEMS to be moving backward ... for pluto, this can last for several months, about 6, give or take depending on where pluto is sitting on its elliptical track around the sun ... when you begin to feel the need to reevaluate.

the planet in retrograde will clue you into what your experiences are trying to get you to reevaluate and look at again. in this case, things will seem to be happening out of nowhere and affect you for no reason ... as pluto deals with things that are unconscious coming into consciousness. e.g., things that are just below the surface that now need to change or the will cause you problems. and while the moon handles this on the most personal levels on a monthly basis in its cycle, the pluto one lasts for months because it is dealing not just with your unconsciousness, but everyone's. however, since we cannot control anyone but ourselves, in general, we are only concerned with that which involves our life.

what area in life is searching for reevaluation and reconsideration depends on what 'house' (or slice of the pie for those of you who have seen as astrological chart, but don't know what the terms mean -- a transit chart will reveal that information) pluto is working in at the moment, as well as what area of life pluto affects for your entire lifetime -- as that is revealed on your 'natal' or birthdate horoscope.

so ... if something is trying to connect you to the entire world ... e.g., a new found desire to join the peace corp. or the marine corp., or ideas of how to save your little piece of the planet get so loud that you just think you might go out and actually do something ... this is the time to do it.

this is a good time to have a pow-wow in the office to contemplate 'how is our company affecting the planet' ... yes, no matter how small your business is ... it affects everything on the planet. for most small businesses, a simple look to see where you are interacting with the local community is a good start -- and i'm not just talking about interacting in terms of business, but in terms of INTERACTING on all levels. do you even bother? do you think you have nothing to offer? do you think no one needs my business to help them, unless they are a customer? well, these are the types of questions that get raised during a pluto retrograde period.

why is it important to interact outside of just the business-customer relationship ... because people make the world go around. if all we want to have in our world is business-customer relationships, then that's all we will have. if you cannot give to the community, the community cannot give to you.

pluto is trying to help you expand. if you choose to expand, life will be begin to unfold in ways you may not have expected. if you choose to adhere to the status quo ... well, sometimes that works, and you can go through your depression, your obstacles and your isolation ... until the phase is over and things smooth out and life can continue as it was only be prepared for next time. because there will be a time, if you are not in the flow, where you can be pushed under so deep, you may actually be forced to change. ... this goes the same for any partnership, business enterprise or project.

pluto is the planet of rebirth and wisdom.

and ... that's why i pay attention to when pluto is retrograde. i am trying to change and transform my life as fast as possible ... if i can take a non-stop flight, why not use it.

peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

08 May 2006

Rx for Pluto Retrograde and Jupiter Retrograde

... breathe ... breathe ... breathe ... repeat 10x 3x a day, but at a minimum, once in the morning and once at night ...
with all this retrograde action ... of pluto & jupiter ... breathing, relaxing, being is the most critical thing ...

there's such a urgency in the retrograde cycles ... you feel EVERYTHING so intensely ... remember ...

rome was not built in a day ... nor

was it deconstructed overnight ... there is time for everything that is to be.

relax and breath.

dream time has been interesting ... be sure to journal and learn from your dreams ...

peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to get into shape!'

music: hbr1 ... thanks "Tropenfrischler Einmal Mond und Zuruck" ..

04 May 2006

letting go . . . .

well, tell me, please ....

just how can you have the life you want if you don't let go of the life you have?

a commitment to the status quo prevents you from controlling your life and its dynamics.

if your life is not everything you want it to be, first let go of all the things you don't want ...

... sometimes you can put it in storage, first ... (things like 'friends' who don't always act like friends are good for this option).

... sometimes you can fill up the trash cans and take them to the curb ... (things like your parent's ideas for your life)

... sometimes you need to build a bon fire and just burn it up ... (things like your draft card ... what? you don't think that's coming?!)

... sometimes you just need to walk away ... (like when the disrespect is just too much or the compromise is too great).

TRUST THE UNIVERSE ... if you let go of what you don't want, the universe is READY to fill it up with what you do want ... so understand yourself and what you want and be free.

peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

01 May 2006

... power of words & thoughts ...


words have meanings
meanings spawn intents
intents devise plans
plans generate actions
actions reflect truths
truths reveal disparities
disparities expose inequalities
inequalities breed disrespect
disrespect fuels war
peace & harmony,
6/6/03 3:54pst

words have meanings
meanings are changeable
change needs direction
direction follows intent
intent underlies truth
truth is individual
individuals need leadership
leadership teaches respect
respect fuels love
peace & harmony,
30.3.06 10:30 pst

i received one of those chain emails today ... i didn't know if was supposed to be funny or not, i happen to find it particularly profound as it taught the basics of success, especially in a work environment. first, it plays off my DUK #2 blog, so its timing was particularly interesting to me. IF you are at a job where the "original" thoughts or expressions listed are common or an everyday occurrence ... QUIT NOW! IF you are in a job that you cannot quit ... like its actually a good job, but lately it has become a cycle of one of the following 'original' thoughts, try to transform in to the suggested alternative. because, in truth, your job is only as good as your words, attitude and respect (both for yourself and others). if one or more of the entries particularly hit you ... work at consciously changing your THOUGHTS so that your words will reflect the positive alternative to the dis-empowering reactionary response. anyway, i don't know who wrote it, but 'gina stephano' sent it to me ... here's the email. p&h, elaine, fmbe2sis!!!


Dear Employees:

It has been brought to the partners' attention that some individuals
throughout the firm have been using foul language during the course of
normal conversation with their co-workers. Due to complaints received
from some employees who may be easily offended, this type of language will
no longer be tolerated. We do, however. realize the critical importance of
being able to accurately express your feelings when communicating with

Therefore, a list of 18 New and Innovative "TRY SAYING" phrases have
been provided so that proper exchange of ideas and information can continue
in an effective manner.

1) TRY SAYING: I think you could use more training.
INSTEAD OF: You don't know what the f___ you're doing.

2) TRY SAYING: She's an aggressive go-getter.
INSTEAD OF: She's a f___ing bit__.

3) TRY SAYING: Perhaps I can work late.
INSTEAD OF: And when the f___ do you expect me to do this?

4) TRY SAYING: I'm certain that isn't feasible.
INSTEAD OF: No f___ing way.

5) TRY SAYING: Really?
INSTEAD OF: You've got to be sh___ing me!

6) TRY SAYING: Perhaps you should check with...
INSTEAD OF: Tell someone who gives a sh__.

7) TRY SAYING: I wasn't involved in the project.
INSTEAD OF: It's not my f___ing problem.

8) TRY SAYING: That's interesting.
INSTEAD OF: What the f___?

9) TRY SAYING: I'm not sure this can be implemented.
INSTEAD OF: this sh__ won't work.

10) TRY SAYING: I'll try to schedule that.
INSTEAD OF: Why the f___ didn't you tell me sooner?

11) TRY SAYING: He's not familiar with the issues.
INSTEAD OF: He's got his head up his a__.

12) TRY SAYING: Excuse me, sir?
INSTEAD OF: Eat sh__ and die.

13) TRY SAYING: So you weren't happy with it?
INSTEAD OF: Kiss my a__.

14) TRY SAYING: I'm a bit overloaded at the moment.
INSTEAD OF: F__ it, I'm on salary.

15) TRY SAYING: I don't think you understand.
INSTEAD OF: Shove it up your a__.

16) TRY SAYING: I love a challenge.
INSTEAD OF: This f___ing job sucks.

17) TRY SAYING: You want me to take care of that?
INSTEAD OF: Who the f___ died and made you boss?

18) TRY SAYING: He's somewhat insensitive.
INSTEAD OF: He's a pr_ck.

Thank You,
Human Resources