>To start, I’d like to just discuss astrology for a few moments, to explain the importance of having a good Astrologer. I believe in Astrology at a theoretical level, as well as having had the Empirical evidence of having seen numerous predictions come spookily true. By a theoretical level I mean this – we are watery beings and subject to tides like everything else on this planet. If the Moon can affect our biology to the point where it affects a woman’s fertility (as they just “discovered” recently), then I am sure that the other planets and the Sun exert some pull on us, however faint. As we live in an Energy Universe, a physical pull is also an energetic pull. So far, so straightforward.
The tricky bit is working out which astrological influence is the strongest at a particular time, and that’s where Mystic Medusa comes in …. Her intuitive ability to put her finger on the most important influence of the time is what I call the Astrological Weather Forecast. Unless you do a full birth chart (free at Astrodienst) and pay someone a LOT of money to do a personal reading on a daily basis, Mystic’s is simply the most accurate outlook on the day/week/month ahead.
I have been signed up for Mystic’s Daily emails for quite a while now, and find them extremely useful. The only thing I have to be careful about is not getting too Diceman about it. What do I mean by this ? The Diceman is a very interesting book, which I am not linking to as its also bloody horrible. The central premise is that the protagonist decides to leave all his decision making to a roll of the dice, and then proceeds to act like an immoral dickhead. When I am sad, or low, I have a tendency to allow my Divination too much emotional space in my life. I start having a good day, or a bad day according to the results I get. Its hard to do with Mystic, as the second part of her talent is to offer bracingly fresh advice on how to cope with the current astro, and hiding under your doona is rarely an option. Which is a pity cos I honestly think 2010 would have been much better from under my doona 🙂
The other thing I really like about Mystic’s Astrology is her choice of artwork to illustrate her Horoscopes. I love Art and have had hours of fun clicking on just the artworks and following them up. In doing this one day, I ended up on the site of Gala Darling, an AMAZING woman who has bootstrapped herself into the most fabulous existence in New York, and whom I will be devoting an entire post to, as she rapidly became one of my greatest Inspirations. Its funny how a love of pretty pictures can lead you to a most joyous kick up the bum…
Anyway, I digress 🙂 I have a been interested in Astrology for a very long time – since I was 15 and a friend of mine worked out my chart for me – by hand back in those days. She got my Moon wrong, as she had forgotten to compensate for the fact I was born in Europe, but she was astonished by the rest of my chart – Scorpio in Mars, Mercury and Venus. Turns out my Moon was in Scorpio too 🙂 I’ve been intrigued ever since…
Fast forward 12 years to a job I was doing at the Australian Tax Office. I fell to chatting with the Senior Research Librarian, a bloke called Rob, who turned out to also have a deep and abiding interest in Astrology. Turned out his wife was doing a PhD on Almanacs… (Librarians are ALWAYS unusual people. Always. Do Not Be Fooled.) He recommended the Astrologer in The Australian as being devastatingly accurate, so I checked out her page on The Australian online; and found Mystic Medusa
For a long time I could only get Mystic’s astrology via the newspaper’s site. And then it disappeared. PANIC ! Using all my search skills at once I went looking and this time, found Mystic’s site, and I have never lost her since…
I have purchased many of Mystic’s astro-products – The Solar Buzz, Luna Luxe, Sleazometer, Zap Zone Regenerator and Astroscape 2011… These astro-products give you an overview of a particular aspect of the Year’s astrology (sometimes longer for the Plutonic and Saturnalia), in fact, just popping in to her site for this post I have spotted a couple more that I want: but I have never had a full Cosmic Consult done. Mystic only does a few of these every now and then, as they are a huge amount of work.
Now I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I had had a couple of Reconnective Healing sessions done a few months ago and had had a series of serendipities unfold in my life. Feeling stronger and more focussed by the day I decided to grasp my life by the scruff of the neck. I had done an IChing reading by hand and pulled hexagram 18 Repair (also known as Decay). Now the original Chinese text recommends 3 days of consideration before making a move. R.L. Wing’s interpretation (more of which later in this Blog) says, in part,
“Look, instead, for an avenue of constructive action, an area of positive growth. Be energetic once you have found your path of action. Don’t be lulled into inertia by the magnitude of the task. The situation will develop new energy and inspiration once the problems are removed”.
Hmmmm, now my problem has ALWAYS been that I have so many interests that it has been nigh to impossible to pick one to use as a career. My love of books led to me becoming a Librarian, which was hopeless, as apart from public Libraries, Librarians have nothing to do with books these days, on the whole. (My advice if you love books and want to make a career of it is to open a secondhand bookshop 🙂 So I hadn’t had much luck turning my loves into a career, and was stymied as to a path of action. Time for some pointy astrology, I thought….
So I clicked on over to Mystic, and discovered that she was doing Cosmic Consults – she had put the post up 5 minutes previously – while I was constructing the hexagram ! The coincidences speed up from here, so hold tight ! I madly ordered one, and this is what I wrote to Mystic as my questions:
>This is where it all started really:
Just over 5 years ago now I was scouring the web looking for Inspiration – something I do a lot. I LOVE Googlemancy – typing in a question or statement and then hitting “I Feel Lucky”. I was sad and sick with a thyroid problem that was about to become much worse, although I didn’t know it at the time, and had put my lethargy, weepiness and unhappiness down to PND, as indeed had my Doctors.
Hoping to pep-talk myself I typed in something like “I need to be bolder and stronger”, hit the button and was wooshed by ethermagic straight to Lisa Taylor Huff’s Blog The Bold Soul. This doesn’t work anymore BTW – the web has gotten bigger and you hit wikis a long time before you get to The Bold Soul these days – I guess I was in the right place at the right time, because Lisa’s story exploded in my mind – I’ll let her words do the talking –
I was 45 and single and stuck in a rut in NJ. I decided to move to Paris to pursue my dream of living abroad and writing. I got all that and more, when I met the (French) man of my dreams. This is not a movie; this is my life. Can you freaking believe it?
>I am interested in a very wide range of subjects and want to write about them all 🙂
Because of this I have made a meta-list of my interests, so that I can stay focussed;
1)Metaphysics, Spirituality and the Occult.
I have been studying the occult from a very early age – a love of fairy stories led to me being banned from reading them at the age of 7 (Melissa* is not to read any books with ghosts, fairies, goblins, elves or pixies in them. She has an over-active imagination.) So I turned to mythology and religious tales instead. Apparently this didn’t count in the stimulating-my-imagination problem, and so I was left alone to devour the myths and legends of the Greeks, Romans, Nordic Peoples, various African and South American tribes, Chinese and Russian folktales, and the haunting legends of the Dreamtime. What struck me the most, and still does, is the similarities across thousands of years and kilometers, between peoples who could not have known each other.
At the same time I found a book of my Father’s on Hatha Yoga and began enthusiatically practicing the exercises. One problem with all this book learning was only revealed to me many years later – about 3 years ago now – when I was talking to a Yogic friend about this and saying it had taken me years to learn how to do circular breathing – in one nostril and out the other – he laughed and said “Why ?” with a genuinely puzzled look on his face, as he held one nostril closed, and then the other… I cannot imagine the look on my face as I told him that I didn’t know you could use your hands… but he almost wet himself laughing. When he finally stopped giggling, he asked with amazement “You can do this WITHOUT using your hands?!”. Yeah. It took me years. I have very muscular nostrils now….
After an abortive attempt to study law at University, I switched to Philosophy and for the first time in my life I felt the pure joy of doing something for nothing but love. The same joy I feel now, writing for you. I loved it and was really good at it. I find Metaphysics and the Meaning of Life, The Universe and Everything fascinating, and I was invited to do an Honours degree, which I found hard work, but incredibly rewarding. I didn’t get a good enough mark to go straight to a PhD, and toyed with the idea of doing a Masters in Philosophy, but foolishly, I tried to monetize my talents, and ended up working as a Librarian instead.
Nevertheless I kept up my studies. I became more and more interested in divination and started to study the Tarot, Runes and IChing. I did a great deal of reading about Wicca (YAY Fiona Horne) and other pagan religions, although not Buddhism. I had come across Buddhism during my studies and had been unimpressed by the institutional sexism in many of the Schools of thought and so had dismissed it as irrelevant to me as a woman. Sarah Napthali puts her finger on this point, as she does so well, by saying that we can use the teachings without having to adhere to a religion that may well have accreted unfortunate institutions over the centuries, as most religions do. I’ll have to look up the exact quote. Since reading her work (I haven’t actually finished yet !) I have decided to start adopting Buddhist practices in my life, and have already become calmer, more focussed, and more centered. This has made such a difference to my life that I want to make it a central theme of this Blog – What Would Buddha Do ?
As I became more and more unhappy with my life choices and my life path, I turned more and more to prayer and divination; and then to energy work; then to my Angels and Guides; then back to energy work and divination. I felt, as I wrote in my first post, as though I was stagnating and going nowhere, no matter how hard I struggled and thrashed about.
Over the last few months, since I had my third baby, my life has taken an AMAZING change for the better, and its something I want to write about in more detail, as I would like to leave a trail of breadcrumbs for other people who may be thinking or feeling the way I was…
Let’s just say I have been moving blindly, never knowing the path at my feet, or even knowing if I am on the path or not. I made a hard decision to have faith in my path, to believe that it is there and that I am going the way I am meant to, even though I cannot see the path and am lost in fog…..
…and the fog parted… and there was my path…and here I am.
I have had many people holding my hand while I was lost – one of the reasons I wanted to write a Blog (as opposed to a novel, say) was because I wanted to acknowledge and thank the people who have helped me find out that I have always been on my way; and that I am going in exactly the right direction and always have been.
2) Visual beauty
I am a very visually orientated person and so I have a great interest in art, but also in design – particularly interior design and garden design. I follow the English Country school of both – probably my Pommy background – we emigrated to Australia when I was 10. Also the English Country School of decorating is perfect if you have small children and are deeply uninterested in housework. All that chintz amd clutter covers a multitude of sins 🙂
The corollary to this love of visual beauty, and clutter and chinzt, is that I often feel itchy in my home. This is something I am currently working on by doing a massive de-junk, but I’m really hoping that Goddess Leonie’s Creating Your Goddess Haven e-Guide is going to help as well. I just joined her Goddess Circle today and am VERY excited.
My favourite colours are Hot Pink, Sunshine Yellow, and Unbelieveable Blue.
My favourite art is Classical & my favourite Period is Georgian. One of my Fashionista friends has called my tastes “Twee” to my face. LOL.
I loathe Modernism & Neo-Brutalist architecture. As far as I’m concerned art and architecture needs to be human in its scale and humanist in its ends. It should also be beautiful and uplifting. A dead cow in formaldahyde is just gross as far as I’m concerned, and anyone who thinks that this is Art is a deluded fool. I suspect Buddha would think this a bit harsh, but I find the money spent on art these days obscene – and even more obscene that, once purchased, it just gets stored in a secure warehouse, to be brought out every decade or so for an exhibition. Art as investment ? NO NO NO. Art is something you hang on your wall. Eat your food from. Drink your tea from. Sit in. Tile your toilet with. I’m hugely into the Arts and Crafts Movement, not so much because I like the style, although I’m very fond of William Morris, but because I like his thundering Manifesto:
“You understand that our ground is, that not only is it possible to make the matters needful to our daily life works of art, but that there is something wrong in the civilisation that does not do this: if our houses, our clothes, our household furniture and utensils are not works of art, they are either wretched make-shifts, or what is worse, degrading shams of better things.”
I have strong opinions, at least partly because I live in a place where in order to move into the future you have to demolish the past. When I tell people that Perth and Paris were built and rebuilt at the same time, I see jaws drop. When I tell people that up until the 70’s they looked almost identical, I see disbelief in their eyes. I have worked in the archives of all of the major Government agencies here, and I’ve seen pictures of how beautiful Perth used to be, before they began the wholesale destruction of its classical buildings in the 70’s. Sigh. I try not to think about it.
This love of the visual extends into my painting, which I have only just begun, and my love of arts and handicrafts. I also knit, crochet, make soaps and cosmetics, sew and am just reviving my ceramics and sculpture.
I also have a deep and abiding love for the beauty of nature. I am the sort of person who stops to watch a sunset, who collects pretty pebbles and shells, and who loves flowers. I love scenery, and have a terrible habit of using other people’s holiday photos as desktops 🙂 And my own too, but I haven’t had the opportunity to really travel for a while, and gosh, isn’t Italy beautiful ?:)
3) Self-help & healing.
Having been miserable, and sick with thyroid problems, for so long, I have tried everything and have become very interested in Hypnosis, acupuncture, herbal healing, NLP and energy work. I am currently studying a BSc to become a Naturopath.
I have had amazing results from these modalities, but perhaps the most remarkable results from two Reconnective Healing sessions I have had – that’s when I felt the logjam in my life really start to shift. I was able to halve my medication, while still losing weight, and then all these interesting sychronicities and serendipities and coincidences started to happen. Fascinating !
This is a brief outline of my interests – I can see that I will have plenty of material to write about on this Blog, but I would like to start this Blog by describing the people who have Inspired me to make this journey of discovery and healing – and that is a Journey that began 5 years ago in Paris….
* Melissa is my name, but I have been known as Molly forever 🙂
>All this time the metaphor I have used to describe my life is of feeling like a leaf caught in an eddy behind a rock in a river.
The metaphor of my life as current in a greater river is incorrect to this extent – a more accurate description would be of a stream leaping and tumbling downhill. So if I am not a leaf in an eddy behind a rock, then why this feeling of stagnation ? Of not moving ? Of swirling around and around and thrashing about, but never going anywhere ??
And then I realised – I haven’t been stuck in an eddy – I’ve been FORMING A POND. Humming and teeming with bugs and green slime and iridescent with life and fecund beauty. Full of small whiskery creatures who call me “Mummy”, and with dragonflies and birds darting over my waters, and rushes fringing my banks.
All this time I thought I was lost, I was right here, filling with life.
I wrote in March that, “Now I am waiting for the lightning strike that will galvanise all that lurking creativity into some new, fabulous life.
I have literally been in the mush, and am now gathering my strength ready to emerge dripping, with the gobbets of my old life slipping off my newly emergent wings.
Tomorrow really may be that day in which I finally start living as I mean to go on.”
Well, the lightening has struck 😀 and here I am FINALLY living as I mean to go on !