Sunday, June 05, 2016

Gardening With Clever Gemini

An inventive horticulturist in a moment of genius.

"I use golf balls partially buried in hanging baskets to keep the birds from building nests. The foliage covers them and the birds think the plant is already occupied. Has worked for years."

It's Gemini season with its many amusements.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Doing

If a task list is annoying, it might be worth examining which tasks can be deleted, delegated, or deferred.

Picking and choosing. 


In pursuit of efficiency. And pleasure.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Lofty Intentions

"I set this matter down not to instruct others but to inform myself."

John Steinbeck

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Undoing

With the combination of the lunar South Node and Neptune, both in Pisces now, things are bound to unravel.
The South Node is weary of the repeated experience, but Neptune is not. Come late summer into the fall, they'll be tightly together again. Briefly. 
Until then, people might feel like they've returned to square one and beyond. Getting back to square one might look like progress.

The strength of Neptune lies in the sea. There are places in the depths of the water unstudied by humankind. The oceans have not been mapped by the constantly exploring, charting, graphing, and analyzing human. The details are a mystery.

It might seem as if one isn't getting anywhere -- but is there anywhere in particular to go? Not in the world of Neptune. Choice becomes irrelevant.

Out of the convoluted apparent confusion of Pisces comes determined straightforward Aries, on a mission, unstoppable. Aries knows where it's going. Or It goes where the Aries goes.

Perhaps the unplanned motion introduces Aries' lucid direction.

From the mists of Neptune, stark pathways can appear. Sometimes undoing what's been perceived as completed leads to a re-doing and a superior conclusion, if such a thing exists. 
There is a perpetual chaos that asserts itself with Pisces. Certainty is temporary. The making of illusions in the deep sea goes on, luring earthly creatures. The world of imagination plays its part.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Curing Ills

The human imagination involved in concocting remedies for maladies is dazzling. It seems that people have grabbed almost anything that isn't lethally poisonous and given it a try. In fact, poisons are significant, since many potions contain harmful elements. Maintaining the body involves a curious mix of the threatening and the benign. Noxious factors are within and without and somehow the body's mechanism processes it all with varying degrees of difficulty or ease. Some instinct has urged humans to explore the world around them in search of remedies in a remarkable matching of illness to antidote. The choices are vast.

With Jupiter conjunct the North Node in Virgo now, there is an opportunity to discover expanded ways to fix bodily malfunctions. New substances for old complaints can be tried and different paths to relief might show themselves. If and when it's a good idea to seek professional help remains perplexing, yet sometimes it's obvious. Sometimes it's best to do nothing and let time and the self do the work.
This planetary configuration also provides the chance to discover what the body is trying to communicate, which can be quite a study. 
"Why is the condition present?" one might ask. "How did it get there? What is really the cause? What is it telling me? Am I  doing something wrong? How can I correct it? Or is it just a natural and logical progression as my body continually adjusts to living?"

Pleasure and Healing

Everyone is familiar with the pleasure and pain see-saw humans ride. One leads to the other unfailingly. It's thought that people seek pleasure and attempt to avoid pain, but are they actually seeking both? There's the fullness of experience to consider and the enduring relationship of these two entities.  They volley with one another.

The increasing interest in medical cannabis deals specifically with this subject, speaking of herbal antidotes. People have a choice whether or not to experience the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) altered state associated with the plant.  Some prefer it deleted, and it's done.  Maybe the pleasurable sensations are part of the treatment of pain. It's not yet known. Jupiter in Virgo is bringing further investigation into the possibilities. Trying to find the essence of the medicinal factor is a job Virgo likes.

But the idea of pleasure in and of itself being a healing potion is intriguing. Some people feel that more pain is the answer to pain, or at least a different kind. It's part of the cure. Others think that more gentle remedies are the solution, while some insist they don't work. Adding to the astrological mix is Mars in Scorpio for the moment, and Scorpio says that deep pleasure is borne by pain. It likes the merging factor.

Probably all the techniques contribute something of value, and with the transits of Virgo, people can try them and find out.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Diversity

Another Sagittarian interest.
It starts with an attraction to variety in Gemini, and becomes a study of differences within the world population -- language, food, music, clothing style, cultural customs, religion, on and on and on. An anthropological banquet.

In the clamor for multiculturalism, various facts can be overlooked.


The flavors of a culture are often consistent. Groups contain mimicry.

Some people enjoy the sensations in a foreign society, others have a natural aversion to them, stemming from largely unknown sources. Some people don't notice. Some pretend.

Some like deep fried eels, some can't stand them. Some people like Jesus, others don't.

Disliking certain groups is normal. The subsequent engagements with the disliked tell the story. They are as varied as the people themselves.


Of course, this makes for complicated travel decisions occasionally.


"Darling, let's go to China this year."


"No Dear, I don't like their food.


"How about Italy, then."


"They make too much noise."


"And what about Turkey, Dearest?"


"Turkey sounds good."


"Or perhaps Montana."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nurse Jill Has News

As a result of changes in professional medical policy, I am currently offering some new and interesting remedies for all that ails you. As you probably know, I like to make use of herbs, flowers, buds, and assorted plants in my prescriptions. It takes experimentation to discover the  precise treatment for the individual. I'm a Virgo. I like that.

And speaking of Virgo, people of the astrological persuasion know that the North Node has just entered Virgo and is going to be there for a good while, joining Jupiter, so I plan on staying busy dispensing your medicines. I think you'll find the new selections wonderfully effective.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Captain of the Ship

 One of the handy characteristics of Sagittarius is the ability to take life's pokes, punches, and prods philosophically. There's a resilience in its nature.

One discovers a number of different reactions to the unpleasant aggressions coming from anywhere. It's easy to attribute the acts to other people, and that's commonly done. Sometimes the person, her*himself, is perceived as the miscreant, while other times a punishing god is pinpointed. And still other times, no one and nothing are specifically responsible.

No matter what, the truth is evident. People are in charge of their own ships. They find it difficult to detach from the view of things being done to them; that that they are victims of superior powers. In a mundane sense, this is frequently accurate, but further contemplation reveals the impossibility of establishing a real source of authority. The decisions concerning one's destiny are a mystery.  


The Greeks created the three Fates as an explanation. They calmly spun, measured, and cut the threads of human existence to their liking. But what influenced their moves? I suppose some entity or entities guide humans' every move, and what or who they are is a continuing puzzle. 
Each event is a bridge to another, and a comprehensible view of the sequence comes and goes.


Outside pressure is in the winds, and its genuine source is mostly unlearned. Acting with and against the forces comes automatically, as they ebb and flow. Skilled navigation comes with experience. And maybe intent.


Establishing metaphysical longitude and latitude is a lifetime endeavor, as is reading the winds and currents.

If one uses the metaphor, that is.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Update

I'm happy to inform you that Al has taken up jogging and has remained alcohol free for quite some time. He no longer attends AA meetings but has joined a chess club instead, where he exercises his intellectual and social muscles regularly. Unfortunately, cigarettes still factor in to combat his nervous nature. But Al says that at his age it doesn't matter. You can go ahead and bury him with his smokes.