Thursday, October 1, 2020

October Full Moon Report

Happy Full Moon in Aries everyone! 

An Aries Full Moon brings together the energies of Aries and Libra, Mars and Venus, War and Peace, Self and Other. 

Maybe this is a time for looking at when and where you put yourself before others and/or vice versa. Libra is the sign of partnership, Aries is the sign of the individual, so a theme that might be coming up for you is how to balance these opposing forces - remember, Full Moons are always about a balance of opposite signs. In addition, the key phrase for Libra is “I Balance”, it’s sign is the scales, but balance is a process of making tiny adjustments in relation to what life throws at you and not a mythical unchanging state of “being balanced”. Make sure your scales are not weighted too heavily on one side or the other.

I spoke previously about the current Mars retrograde in Aries, and this means that the Planet of war is at it’s closest to the Earth right now heating up tempers (the fact that Mars is so near the Earth in it’s orbit is what is causing it to appear to move backwards in the sky). One of the lessons of this time is choosing your battles. What could use a bit of Libran diplomacy and tactfulness, and what battles need Mars’ righteous fury? Remember, there is a time for both, and there are some very big battles for the collective good that need to be fought at the moment and at the same time there are also a lot of trivial squabbles we may be tempted to engage in that would benefit from a little more sensitivity. Libra is the sign of social justice after all, but it’s also the peacemaker and right now the trick is knowing which is being called for.

May any anger you’re experiencing right now be a sacred rage and not an ego driven temper tantrum 

Much love, L

Thursday, September 17, 2020

In which I start sharing my astro insights with you

 Happy New Moon in Virgo! 

A Virgo New Moon is normally a good time to set intentions around starting healthy habits; committing to daily routines or rituals; starting projects that require a high level of attention to detail.

These are all great things to think about today, but I wanted to bring a bit of attention to another astrological transit that is going on at the moment: Mars retrograde. This started last week and continues until Nov 13. When Mars goes retrograde (every two years), it’s movement as seen from Earth, appears to travel backwards. This can give us a feeling of a lack of forward momentum, of things slowing down or projects hitting a wall and because Mars is retrograding in Aries, the sign of it’s rulership, it looks like this retrograde could be an extra intense one. If Aries is particularly prominent in your chart this is likely going to cause some major frustration (Aries is not known for it’s patience), but people with prominent Libra, Capricorn and/or Cancer in their natal charts will probably also feel the effects of this transit more than others. 

Many astrologers have been talking about how tempers will flare at this time and while that is true, I think it’s more complex than that - How do you react when your plans are thwarted or things you want are subject to delay? For some people that might be with rage, but for others it might be a feeling of helplessness or depression. 

At this time the best course of action might be to go back to those Virgo themes of routine, attention to detail and service to the greater good (Virgo is after all the sign of the virgin, but in the sense of the Vestal Virgin temple priestesses of Ancient Greece, rather than our current definition of the word). Keep it simple and try not to take anything personally right now. Your plans will eventually start moving ahead again and will probably be all the better for this period of rethinking and revision. 

May you all experience some calmness and peace at this time 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Theoretically I love nothing more than sitting in my garden with a good book on a nice day.  I’m afraid the reality is that I don’t actually get much reading done when I’m out in the garden.  There are just too many diversions.  Fat and fuzzy bumble bees slurping nectar in the bee garden; wee hoverflies eyeing me up; jackdaws chattering away.  I’ll read a sentence, get distracted by a butterfly - I barely get more than a few paragraphs in by the time I’m ready to come inside.

Today I was joined by these two who sat above me and took cheeky sneak peaks over my shoulder the way I do when I’m sat next to someone reading on an airplane.  
I don’t know about collared doves in general, but the ones around here are curious fellows.  They like to come sit on the bird feeder even though I’ve never once seen them actually eat anything.  They sometimes try to perch on the window frames and more than once I’ve caught one strutting about on the upstairs window sill.  Whenever they catch me looking at them, they seem a bit embarrassed and try to act all nonchalant.  Don’t you think these guys look a bit shifty?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Telling Stories pt 2

Hello out there!  Do people still read blogs anymore much less ones on blogger?  I must confess that anytime I find myself on a blogger, wordpress, or typepad blog I'm surprised if I find an entry more recent than 2014.  That's fine though.  In a sense these low-fi blogs are like the zines we used to make in the 90s and in a very real sense I am doing this for me and not you.

My very first course at university was called Telling Stories.  As with most things from that era in my life I had a very narrow view of what I was interested in and what I was going to get out of it.  I took that course because it was the only one available to first years that had a filmmaking/film theory component (if you are at all familiar with TESC - my alma mater - then you will know that each term you get to take one course that covers a number of different disciplines).  I learned many interesting things in that first term - things about Rilke and Japanese Noh theatre and Carl Dreyer's Passion of Joan of Arc, but right now I'm sitting here wishing I could remember more about the overall theme that tied these individual threads together.  If I were to take a guess it would be the very human need to tell our stories.

The Garment Thread started its life with the intention to tell stories.  Stories about clothes.  Since first reading it, I have been deeply inspired by the Diana Vreeland quote:  “a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, & the sort of life you had lived before, & what you will do in it later.”   I wanted to write the stories of my clothing (and maybe also give myself a justification for hoarding so many of them).  I don't want to write the stories of my clothes anymore.  I want to tell different stories.  Stories about an ageing rock chick from Los Angeles living in the woods of Northern Ireland.  Stories about healing myself with birds and bees and gardens, rocks and seashells and crystals.

A teacher of mine recently told me that singing was going to be the key for me and I think that's true, but I think maybe more importantly writing is going to be the key for me.  So I'm going to give it a go and see what this key might unlock.  It was important for me to come back to this space to try to find my storytelling voice again because I strongly believe that the present is built on the foundations of the past.  Whenever I find a new blog that I love, the first thing I do is dig deep into the archives - five, ten years back and start reading from there.  I want to start from the beginning and understand the progressions.  If you have found yourself here and have any inclination to dig, then welcome - it's all here and I have no regrets.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The sun is hot and high in the sky these days.  An unusual and welcome change from what things are normally like around here. The archetype of a late Summer’s day.  We’ve just moved into Leo season and Leo season has always been good to me – time to bask in the heat with our pride like the big cats do out on the African savannah. 

I’m not a Leo.  At least not by the rules of conventional newspaper column astrology.  The more I study this infinitely fascinating subject, however, I realize that actually, I sort of am.  Not only is my natal chart heaviest with Leo planets, but I was born in the small hours of the night, making my Leo moon take on extra significance. I am full of big cat energy, even down to the name my parent’s gave me which means “Lionness”.  

But for a while now I have forgotten that big cat energy.  I have instead been a kitten for a very long time.  I have let those around me project their own fears of being seen and standing out, onto me.  I’ve spent so much effort trying to clamp down on the shadow sides of my chart, that I’ve been afraid to let the gifts be seen.  And one of those gifts is bigness.  

So this Leo season, I am going to try to be just a little bigger.  To roar every so often.  It does appear to be my birthright after all.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hello friends! I'm afraid it's been pretty silent around here for the last twelve months and the reason for that is that my computer died last June.  I have posted the odd thing here and there using Mr B's iPad, but it's not a device I like using for this sort of thing.  Mostly I have been accumulating loads of pictures on my camera in the hope that when I took my laptop back to California (some eight months later), something could be done.  My dad it must be said, encouraged me in this false hope and after all CA is the home of the Apple, so I guess it didn't seem too unreasonable that they might succeed where their Irish counterparts had failed.  Reader, I have to tell you now that no such recovery was possible and that consequently my computer and all that was on it is now lost to the ages.  

Okay, so that sucks, but now it means I can stop waiting to upload my photos.  Without further ado, here are some of the highlights of the last eight months:

Central Park NYC

giant prawns in Brighton

Belfast Castle


"a face like a slapped arse" I believe is the expression they use

new haircut (not so new now)

we DJ-ed a Halloween "Carrie" themed prom.  I trust you have all seen my costume by now, if not it is in one of my earlier posts

just a few of the fun things on display at the Mr Finch show at Anthropologie, Kings Road

the capitol building, Sacramento CA

Bravo Farms, Kettleman City
(no actual gators were present)