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Poem: NO SOUND by Dr. Gail Cloud

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No Sound
Deep in my meditation in the recesses of my mind Came the single bird call Came the single bird song, solo Assisting me to go deeper, to let go Enter the twilight zone of my mind I am not alone His call at once soothes me and guides me Soothes me and guides me Where I hear no sound No sound

What is Medical Astrology?

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When people talk about astrology, most people have an association with that which makes sense to them. They might associate astrology with a study of the stars configurations or a way of understanding their selves, or even just as related to their sun signs. What is medical astrology, though? How does medical apply to the stars in our charts?

Medical astrology is a particular field of astrology which does use the information that is gleaned from one’s birth chart as well as from what is going on in their charts at present and in the near future. Most people who ask for a medical astrology reading have a specific reason like they are presently ill and just can’t shake it, or that no one can figure out what is wrong with them, or even they had a sudden accident and want insight as to what is going on in their lives presently that they can learn from. They might also like insight as to what herbs, medicines, and treatments that would be most helpful or effective for their recovery. We can…

In the Meantime: Reacting and Responding

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I have many clients ask me about what they should do as they are integrating new insights they gained and have yet to implement them into their outside world. It takes time for all of us to incorporate new understandings into our lives. As we are thinking about, and working on new insights internally how do we go about our lives relating to those we care most about without making our old reacting patterns? That is such a good and important question. The comfortable, simple answer is that we don't. We do react in our old habitual ways as they are almost automatic; they are so familiar.

What I find happens most of the time is we respond habitually, and then we think about what we did and why we got triggered the way we did. Our immediate response is automatic, and then we can have the leisure to work out what just happened. I wish change were more immediate, but most often it is not. What I can do, however, is give someone some suggestions as to how they can stave off more aggressive…

The Backwards Planets - Mercury in Retrograde

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In our solar system, we periodically have planets that as they are orbiting around the sun and around us, look as if they are going backward. They are not going backward. They are speeding up and slowing down and crossing other planet’s orbits making them look as if they are going in retrograde, or going backward. I am sure that those of you who follow astrology have heard of these events, and most specifically of Mercury going in retrograde. Mercury appears to go backward about three times in a calendar year, and each time is lasting three weeks before speeding up and looking as if it is now going forward. As with all the planets, Mercury can be seen as an archetype and one that is about how our minds work, what we think about, how we think, how fast or slow our minds go, whether or not we can control our minds, and how we perceive others, events, etc. Mercury is a messenger. Where and how Mercury is in your chart depicts these aspects in yourselves. In other words, are you a slower p…

In the Meantime: Transitions

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We speak the words, IN THE MEANTIME a lot. As I open myself to this process of being in this meantime, I become more acutely aware of how often we even say these words. I was speaking with a client recently, and this person was talking about the transition he/she is in currently in regards to a change or transition to a new career to represent the new phase they are entering. That made me think of a new phase I am entering and also the phases I have made in my life to this point.
Life itself engages us in many transitions. We transition from infant to toddler, to small child, to child, to pre-teen, to teenager, to young adult, to middle age, to retirement. I like to think of retirement in terms of time to retire; put a set of new wheels on us to reflect the stage of life beyond raising children and beyond the normal work years where we are actively working to make enough money to support ourselves and our family. In this phase, we are rethinking about what has meaning to us, what legac…

Fire Element: The Right to Life (Astrology Blog)

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I find the element of fire in the eyes of many people studying astrology can be misunderstood. When people who have a little knowledge of astrology hear that someone is a Leo or an Aries sun sign, or who have more than two planets in a fire sign think they know you in some way. Being someone with a sun in Leo and a moon in Aries, I frequently hear things they may think they know about me and they see that aspect through a narrow lens. I listen to stuff like, “oh, wow, watch out for you,” or things like that. It is easy to look at the astrological signs and their houses literally. There is nothing wrong with that. It just doesn’t take into account a myriad of dynamics at play in a person. Hearing that I have five planets in the 5th house in the sign of Leo, people often think I have a big ego, or a significant need to be heard and seen so that I can be loud and even obnoxious maybe even that I like to have things revolve around me. The truth is we all have some of those aspects within …

In the Meantime: Trusting the Process

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It is often said that we have to hear something at least twice for us to remember it. There is a lot of truth to that. It goes into our short term memory, and if we don't repeat it or use it, we also lose it because the new information didn't have enough time to be integrated into our long term memory. There is another factor I find to be true. If we aren't fully engaged or interested in what we are learning the new material also doesn't stay with us.

Sometimes even if we are genuinely interested, it is just too much for us to absorb. I find that dynamic often happens when we engage in deep personal work or a therapeutic environment. There is only so much we can take in at a time. I frequently get feedback after a session where much inner territory was covered that they can't remember much of what we talked about. I sense that, often, in those periods, we enter an IN THE MEANTIMEzone. This is a zone where we consciously remember a little of the session, and our unco…