The Mechanics of Trauma & Healing Through Uranus-Pluto


Have you ever experienced trauma? If you’ve ever felt: 1) powerless, 2) alone 3) threatened and 4) surprised by the unexpected, you have. Physiologically, when trauma occurs, our body goes into a state of emergency and the “freeze response” gets activated (if we can fight or flight, generally we have a sense of power).  This freeze response must then be either discharged or repressed. [Read more…]

Venus Meets The Uranus-Pluto Square: Peeling The Onion

loyalty_commitmentWe really don’t know what we’re getting into when we fall in love with another, do we? We fall under the spell of love, we fall for someone trustworthy, kind and true, and trust that no matter what comes our way, the tender feelings we have for one another will insulate and protect us from what inevitably comes next. Given the right person and barring red flags it would be silly to think it’s not worth the risk. Love is the ultimate reality, and many know that God is Love, too. [Read more…]

Checking In On The Uranus Pluto Square

Phoenix_detail_from_Aberdeen_BestiaryThere is a cosmic tone happening right now, and it will continue through 2015. Many people are questioning whether their life as it is, is truly sustainable. Individual circumstances vary but the feelings of unhappiness, despair are common and at core there is a deep inner knowing that what we have been doing for the last XX years is not supporting the future person we want to become. This is not only true for some of us individually, but as we are seeing, it is true for us collectively as a whole. Systems in our government are broken,  false starts leading to perpetual impasse. Individuals are in jobs, relationships and situations that are holding them back, yet the path forward is unclear for a time, and then when the truth of what must happen does reveal itself (in a dramatic, painful call from the authentic Self), answering that call feels, and perhaps is, threatening to the survival of the body, job, relationship, Self and Ego. Something may need to be given up, to die, to move forward; something may need to so dramatically change that even if outer circumstances stay the same, it feels like a death is occurring. [Read more…]

The Fantastic T-Square

fantastic 1910There’s an aspect brewing this August, and in honour of a fortuitous dream my good girlfriend, Erin Reese, had on my behalf, I’m calling it the fantastic t-square. The fantastic dream had nothing to do with t-squares, not really, except that it was so full of wonder and marvel that I could happily spend the energy of my own two t-squares, and probably also my next few lifetimes, working toward that vision. Plus, I started writing this as a Facebook post, but realised I had much more to say than I could fit into a little box.

On with the blog. The good news, first: Jupiter is in Cancer, its exaltation. This month, Jupiter in Cancer brings possibility, expansion, potential to those impossible tight places we’ve been wrestling with in our lives (Jupiter opposes Pluto, exactly, on 8/7 and will square Uranus on 8/21). As a person with two cardinal t-squares, trust me when I say: t-squares are packed with energy and momentum. Here’s the formula: what needs to change or die (Pluto) + restlessness + new opportunities (Jupiter, Uranus) = sudden new paths. However, the path is perilous with t-squares, as they call on all of our abilities to patiently hold, focus and channel great tension. And while time and wisdom tames natal t-squares, they are not known for their patient contemplation. So there’s an element of volatility at play during the month, even if it’s all for greater freedom and good -which it is. [Read more…]

2013: Just The Essentials

Around New Year’s I like to plan some yearly goals. This is less about resolve, more like focusing and clarifying my mind on what I’d like to accomplish in the coming year. This year, I’m going extra gentle on my “worldly ambitions” and instead going for the feelings I’d like to possess (vitality, serenity, peace, fulfillment) and mapping out how to get those. Like Janus, the Roman Saturn who stands at the threshold of new beginnings and new years (January), to have an effective plan, it helps to clearly evaluate where one’s been. The new year is as much a time of beginnings as reflection. [Read more…]