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Musings on Values and Balance, a Libra Thing

Yesterday I was picking blueberries and musing on the Olympics and how they are a clear example of Pluto’s final hurrah in Sagittarius. China spent billions creating the various beautiful venues and the views are still obscured in smog. What I’m wondering about is the apparent emphasis on appearances over the health of the people in many countries around the world.

In this country the migration from rural America to the cities over the past 100 years or so is reflected by a population who on the whole has no real understanding of where their food comes from or what it takes to grow it, harvest it and get it to the grocery store. Hopefully now that Ceres has gained dwarf planet status, her influence will be encourage more awareness of this problem. We need more people growing their own food and fewer like my very bright stepson-in-law who can speak several languages, makes big bucks working for Microsoft and didn’t know that blueberries start out green.

Honestly I anticipate it will take some major catastrophic event to start the path to restoring balance both here and in China because humans as a group are very fond of their “things”. It has always puzzled me why so many people tend to place more importance on having a fancy car over having clean air, water and a healthy environment to raise their children in.

Restoring balance by renewing our bond with nature and her cycles and developing appreciation for simplicity voluntarily beats the heck out of having Pluto in Capricorn being agitated by the upcoming square from Uranus in Aries do it for us. The voices of the elders and the grandmothers have been drowned out by the excesses encouraged by Pluto’s trip through Sagittarius further supported by the sextile from Uranus in Aquarius during the mid 1990′s to early 2000′s.

So I’m nagging again . . . :-)

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On a personal note, the eclipse on August 16 brought us a spike in temperatures with 4 days over 100° F (37° C). The Moon-Neptune was in my 3rd house, the Sun my 9th, and forming a grand cross with my ASC-DES . . . totally messed with my head and left me in an exhausted fog. We usually have summer temps around 80-85°F (26° C) so we don’t have AC installed. Plus this is our biggest month for harvesting fruits and vegetables. Fortunately the weather has cooled down considerably, the onions and garlic are cleaned and drying and I’m starting to feel like a human being again! Life down on the farm is OK but boy am I looking forward to the first hard frost!!

For those who enjoy my synastry posts, I have a new one over on Real Astrologers: The Synastry of Obsession. Plus Pat and I are wondering about your eclipse experiences and have a post up asking for feedback: How did the Eclipses affect you?

Here’s a photo of some of those onions I mentioned. These happen to be a variety called “Candy” – they are mild but store reasonably well.

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17 comments to Musings on Values and Balance, a Libra Thing

  • Pat

    It has always puzzled me why so many people tend to place more importance on having a fancy car over having clean air, water and a healthy environment to raise their children in. Ha, Neith (you nag). I was saying this 10 years ago, telling people that in this great country, things are so cheap that everyone can afford a microwave, two cars, and a satellite TV, but we don’t have clean air, pure water, or healthy food. Ten years later, I might add to that last sentence, “at any price.” Soon, only the wealthy will be able to afford what should be freely available to everyone. That is the choice the collective has made, and I agree that only a catastrophe will knock people out of their complacence. And I don’t think we are that far away…

  • Pat

    Oh, I forgot to say how much I love the garlic lying in such neat, Libra-like rows. :-)

  • Pat

    Oops, make that “onions.” Ha, ha, looks like I mix up my lily family.

  • neith

    That is the choice the collective has made, and I agree that only a catastrophe will knock people out of their complacence. And I don’t think we are that far away…yeah, the collective needs a swift kick in their collective butt! And the universe will be happy to supply one. :-)Oops, make that “onions.” Ha, ha, looks like I mix up my lily family.LOL! Our garlic is big but not that big! Yes, it was I who pulled those onions and laid them out so neatly . . .

  • Devil Mood

    I think things are already starting to change slightly. I notice it on Etsy, for instance, there’s just so many people selling and not that many buying because people already have it all and everything is so cheap these days, I think they’re slowly starting to value what’s good, what’s real (Capricorn?).Not everyone will plant their own vegetables but as always it’s important to have a balance and an awareness of the equilibrium of the Earth. I completely agree – why do they value an SUV over the future of the Earth? It’s absolutely insane. And yet, you mentioned you don’t have an AC because the temperatures are not very high…what if they were? You would have one… and what about the damages of AC to the atmosphere? Hmmm…it’s hard to be completely disengaged with the feel-good society. Myself included, certainly.Oooh you mentioned that Synastry post to get at me, didn’t you? ;) kidding hahah

  • Joe

    Yeah, I’ve long felt this way. Insane amounts of money are spent on soap operas on TV, or campaign ads like the $2.8 million (or billion or some damn thing) that somebody just spend on attack ads on somebody else All that money should go toward health care, or food, or bridges, or something to help real people.*gasp!* But that would be almost socialism! *faint!* *end sarcasm*

  • neith

    Hey DM!Hmmm…it’s hard to be completely disengaged with the feel-good society. Myself included, certainly.I include myself in that list too. I am inordinately fond of hot & cold running water and indoor plumbing. Central heating is a pleasure too. It's the excessive indulgence just because they can and placing a higher value on making a big show than taking care of basics that's troubling. I'm sure there is a reasonable balance to be had, Libra that I am . . . :-D

  • neith

    *gasp!* But that would be almost socialism! *faint!* *end sarcasm*ROFL!! Yeah, Joe, I’ve had socialist leaning all my adult life and never quite was able to grasp why this country in particular was so opposed to them. Did you read Lynn Hayes’s post on Psychology, Rush Limbaugh and the Faith Forum? She makes an interesting connection between astrology and beliefs.

  • casey

    ummm, actually, Joe, soap operas have had a steadily shrinking budget and viewerships for the past 10 years. They really haven’t recovered from the O.J. trial. They’re so broke that the commercials are now actually in the show, with characters saying things like “Hand me that Glad Wrap”…or how what that Butterball for Thanksgiving dinner…it’s very annoying.hmmm. I didn’t even know we had an eclipse. I have been an ostrich. And it’s continuing to be a very bad year. My ex- has liver cancer and it does not look good. He’s a late degree Leo with some Cancer and Gemini…We’ve been in family crisis mode. And whenever a new family member hears about the new baby, the response is always “Oh, dear.” Then my usual health weirdnesses continue. You guys met me the year of the weird mouth thing. I continue to have problems with little pointy bones. My doctor also thinks I may have Rheumatoid Arthritis in my back. And then two weeks ago, was the Attack of the Bed Bugs where I had an allergic reaction to a bunch (and I mean a BUNCH) of insect bites which we think were bed bugs. I’ve got some Neem oil coming to both continue spraying the bed with and to make into soap.So I’ll be making some soap, neith, dear, and I’ll send you some. Being out in the country, you’re probably used to little critters and this stuff is supposed to be a great natural repellant. Plus good for all kinds of skin ailments like eczema. I bonded with my ex’s girlfriend at his birthday party. I believe I’ve mentioned before that she’s a Pisces named, ahem, Casey. We have MANY, MANY similarities in our world view. And she loves soap too. hee.

  • Joe

    hehe, well soaps were just a convenient punching bag. I’m sure I could have come up with something else, if I applied myself. :o)

  • neith

    Casey, as usual i end up laughing my head off over your comments but dang, you are getting the short of the stick right now! Bed bugs, my god. i just saw a bit on the news about bed bugs in college dorm rooms. I heartily dislike sneaky little blood suckers on principal after being exposed to kissing bugs when i lived in Tucson.Sorry to hear your ex has been diagnosed with liver cancer. That’s a really tough one. Do you know if Pluto is hitting his chart by transit?I bonded with my ex’s girlfriend at his birthday party. I believe I’ve mentioned before that she’s a Pisces named, ahem, Casey. We have MANY, MANY similarities in our world view. And she loves soap too. hee.This just cracks me up!! Pat & i just had a conversation about how some of us really have "types". And it sounds like your Leo ex is consistent in the "type" of woman he's attracted too.So I’ll be making some soap, neith, dear, and I’ll send you some. Being out in the country, you’re probably used to little critters and this stuff is supposed to be a great natural repellent. Plus good for all kinds of skin ailments like eczema.Neem oil, huh. Seems to me it’s one of those best used in very small quantities but is extremely effective. My Aries is willing to try anything that will sooth the eczema on his hands. Are you going to use one of your wonderful fragrance blends to camouflage the oil?

  • neith

    hehe, well soaps were just a convenient punching bag. I’m sure I could have come up with something else, if I applied myself. :o)ROFL!! Joe, you and Casey have me laughing and laughing . . . :-D

  • casey

    And I'm also putting in a combination of lavender and tea tree oil in it…if the oil ever gets here. Anyway, this one will probably be all lavender. Or maybe lavender & lemon. I stupidly forgot that I had their stuff sent to the old office and it's sitting at the UPS office and I'm waiting for a postcard to tell me how to get it.Shoot…it's in YOUR neck of the woods. Mountain Rose Herbs…Eugene, OR. hmmm…I'm not sure of his birthtime. I remember him as having a Cancer rising, I think…His transiting Pluto is either in the 6th or is entering the 6th if I'm right. Here's a link to his chart:http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?cid=sn4file0sjXzL-u1152717376;lang=e;gm=a1;btyp=24;mth=gw;sday=25;smon=8;syr=2008;hsy=-1;zod=;orbp=;rs=0;ast=;nhor=32;nho2=1He has a ton of planets in Libra. And absolutely nothing in the my sector of the universe.

  • neith

    And I'm also putting in a combination of lavender and tea tree oil in it…if the oil ever gets here. Anyway, this one will probably be all lavender. Or maybe lavender & lemon.Classics all along with sandalwood. Tea tree oil is another of those that promotes healing the skin as i recall.He has a ton of planets in Libra. And absolutely nothing in the my sector of the universe.Yes, those born August 1946 had no water or earth unless the Moon was in one of those signs or their Ascendant was. By my b-day there were more planets in water signs though I have no earth except my MC. He is drawn to water-earth types like yourself as a means of balance like all his Libra demands. Not a very well grounded personality . . . :-)Here’s some text on his Jones Chart type, “The Bundle”:Bundle type, all planets contained within a 120° arc. A highly-focused, uni-faceted individual, capable of great intensity and depth in one given area, often to the exclusion of all else. Leading Planet is the Moon.Moon in Gemini leading . . . chatty, is he?!

  • casey

    He’s a scammer. Almost a con-artist.

  • casey

    Do you see any of the health stuff? I think it looks very empty over there…

  • neith

    Do you see any of the health stuff? I think it looks very empty over there…Pluto has been trine his Sun the past few years and that's the planet i associate with cancer. Plus Uranus has been squaring his natal Moon-Uranus conjunction during the same time period – always extremely irritating.heh, he & I both have Uranus at 21 Gemini, so we're both getting the second pass of the Uranus square right now. The last pass will be Feb-Mar 2009. I've been dropping things lately like crazy and have twitchy moments. ick