The Power of Pluto

The small planet of Pluto packs a gigantic punch! It’s interesting to me that this tiny giant was discovered in 1930 and its designation as an official “planet” has been debated until 2006 when it was re-classified as a “dwarf planet.” Pluto has had so much impact on the way we perceive astrology as well as the ways in which astrology can be used as a transformative tool. We’re now in the midst of a powerful grand cross, a configuration that includes Uranus in the sign of Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, Mars in Libra, and Jupiter in Cancer.  Under this grand cross, each planet sits right in the middle of each element: Air, Water, Fire and Earth. My interest in Pluto in this configuration is the magnitude of such a small object and its significance in terms of the cycle by which the individual and collective psyches are affected. Pluto’s symbolic associations include the Hindu god Shiva, and goddesses Kali and Shakti, Medusa,...
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Synchronicity: Being in the Flow of Life

Each month, I send out a subscriber-only newsletter and I want to share with you a section of the last newsletter.  I include a Q&A that covers a wide range of topics  including writing, editing, metaphysics, astrology, and other similar info.  This month's Q&A was particular poignant, so I wanted to make it available here for you. Stephanie from San Francisco, California wrote: How do you explain synchronicities and what do they mean? What if I told you that your question is itself a synchronicity? Leading up to this newsletter I’ve been thinking about and wanting to write about co-creatorship. The mention of Sagittarius and the planet Jupiter, earlier, starts to discuss this. Not only that, in the second interview installment with M.J. Rose, she mentions near the end the idea of synchronicity as the term was coined and defined by Carl Jung. Bravo Stephanie for being in the flow!   Synchronicities are most often seen as 'coincidences' that appear when we do not expect...
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M.J. Rose on Writing, Reincarnation, and Aromas

In the last post we learned about M.J. Rose and her adventures in the publishing world. In this post, we'll learn more about her writing style and inspiration. What is the one thing that always puts you in the space or frame of mind to write when you’re working on a project—even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired? "I have a talisman for every book…an object that belongs to the main character. All I have to do is focus on it. Right now it’s an old silver and amethyst ring that I believe my character, a 16th century perfumer, wore on his forefinger all his life." How do you approach plot when you’re writing a new novel? Do you use an outline in your process? "I spend a long time on my main characters, creating scrapbooks for them filled with all the mementos of their life. I give about three months to this process not writing a word, but finding my characters in the...
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A Little Phrase on "The How"

I often receive information first thing upon waking.  Information comes from the dream, from the ether, from the higher self still moving back in to body.  It's lucid and fluid and sometimes, almost, just out of grasp.  Words are quicksilver, and the mind, when slow to follow, loses a race against the never ending inner monologue that picks and chooses what it highlights and when, speeding along toward a finish line stationed at the horizon. This morning I woke from a dream.  The week prior had been long and filled with many dreams of people I knew, and places I had been before, some places beautiful and only existing in dream, and some places to where I'd never like to return.  But what remained was a little phrase, whispering into my ear, when eyes were still closed and the new day had not yet officially begun.  A little phrase that came in, lingered a bit, rolling in like fog and disappearing...
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