Noviles and Novile Triangle Interpretation

The novile family (“Nineness”) is like a trine but to the third power

As I first described in Aspects on Steroids, noviles appear to have an ethereal character, but this falls away once one steps outside one’s incarnated reality. Noviles become quite matter-of-fact because their essential characteristic is joy from acceptance of the world as it is, joy from “loving it anyway,” finding the beauty in it. The novile family (“Nineness,” thank you David Hamblin!) is like a trine but to the third power. Unlike quintile and septile people, novile people do not try to change the world; they accept it as it is. And where Threeness—trines—harmonizes with the world subjectively and instinctively, Nineness perceives the diversity of the world, accepts the apparent chaos of it all, and feels love and joy.

As Zorba says, Nineness loves “the whole catastrophe.”

Joy only results when one acts spontaneously from a spirit/soul place. The mind cannot conjure joy. So Nineness acceptance is far from resignation, in case you were wondering. The joy, for me, anyway, results from seeing the pain, beauty, incongruity, immensity of the universe, our incarnated “world,” feeling it according to our values, which cause us to love some things and hate other things. I associate this kind of earthly “love” and “hate” with ego energy because it is vibrant and lacks detachment.

For example, in Life and Death, I shared the surprising joy I had discovered by realizing that I was already dead, that I saw so clearly that time only existed within the incarnated world. I discovered so much freedom from the lack of fear of death. I felt more alive than ever. I associate this kind of ethos with Nineness.

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Paleo Pancakes (Kind of)

Do you ever get a hankering for pancakes? Here is an easy way to simulate a “pancake-like experience” with no flour or fake flour, and no added sugar. Gentle cooking accentuates natural sugars, and seeds have a high fat content, so toasting sunflower seeds and raisins gives you that crunchiness of baked wheat, and the cinnamon with the raisin and egg completes the picture.

These paleo pancakes take about ten minutes, door to door, and they pair exquisitely with black tea. Enjoy!

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Taurus New Moon [Astro Weather]

Astro Weather Snapshot

Taurus New Moon 2021 carries much potential for healing, but its curious basket of energies will keep us guessing. Step behind the curtain for guidance on flowing with it and minimizing frustration.

  • roundel-taurusPracticality is the watchword this month. Do yourself and your colleagues a favor by pursuing things that have a strong pragmatic side to them. This is not the month for big visions; it’s a great month for building simple practical things that benefit your family and community.
  • If you like to play, flirt, and socialize, you’ll have a lot of fun this month. People are especially curious, changeable, flirtatious, and playful. This is a great month to dive into learning and exchanging information about things. One thing is sure; you won’t be bored!
  • Watch out for a weird disconnect between how people think and talk on one hand and how they actually act on the other. If you like to live according to reason, you may be surprised by people acting “irrationally,” emotionally, that is. The movement of action is indirect. As long as you plan for this, you can flow with it beautifully.
  • Romance is playful, fickle, and charming, and business relationships tend to involve more communication than usual. People will socialize more than usual; this is just how they roll this month.
  • This month shows significant social issues will need to be dealt with; a strong turn toward the collective is indicated. There is a strong pull toward local community, local business and possibly redistribution of wealth or material things.

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An Unusual Tool for Managing Plenty

When the supply of food, entertainment, and experiences is infinite, how do we manage our impulses and our experience of “satisfaction?”

One of the most profound and useful concepts I learned in business school has been very helpful to me in creating joy from experiencing everyday life, and I think it will help you, too, so I am sharing it here. Continue reading “An Unusual Tool for Managing Plenty”

Triple Frugal Paleo Food Hack

I have recently discovered an incredibly pleasing food hack that addresses the negative hit that working from home has had on my health, and I know many people have found the same thing: since we work from home, we move less, and it’s no fun trying to restrict food long-term. So I recently discovered a simple hack that rebalances my food and activity.

I love this hack because it’s healthy, frugal, and it saves time, too! I’ve tested it for a couple weeks now, and it works great for me. Here’s how it works… Continue reading “Triple Frugal Paleo Food Hack”

New Insights on Retrogrades in Astrology

The core symbolism of retrogrades is that the energy that planet symbolizes doesn’t flow with social norms. It’s not going in the same direction as the norm.

We can develop a new understanding of the significance of retrogrades in astrology by regarding them in the context of life itself. At the most fundamental level, incarnation refers to a relationship between a spirit/soul and a body in which it resides for the duration of the incarnation (life). In this context, retrogrades invite us to look at that area of life (the house in which the retrograde planet sits) from a detached, spiritual point of view.

Alternatively, if the spirit/body/incarnation metaphor doesn’t work for you, let’s say instead that you have different perspectives at different stages of life. Imagine yourself old, and remember how you saw life when you were 20, 40, etc. You are looking at your life, evaluating, and remembering things you tried and their results. The reflective space that we just created can help you understand retrogrades at a different level.

Since the energy from planets in retrograde motion doesn’t work the same way as “society’s” expression of that energy, it confronts us with being original, with breaking our own paths. The friction we experience in our younger years invites us to learn and develop some detachment from it. Here’s how to do it. Continue reading “New Insights on Retrogrades in Astrology”

How an Astrologer Lives with Astrology

Imagine for a moment that you have discovered or developed an ability that enables you to perceive life in unusual ways that are not part of others’ experiences of life. How would you live with the ability? How would you live your normal earthly life and this other perception of life? This is the subject of today’s post.

Practicing astrology as I do enables me to decode, perceive, and understand some of the universe’s energies that everyone feels and responds to without being aware of them. I help people bring those energies and their responses to them into consciousness, so they may live with more awareness.

Of course, I-the-earthling am also a client of me-the-astrologer. So how do these two live together? Let’s step behind the astrologer’s curtain and see what we discover. Continue reading “How an Astrologer Lives with Astrology”

Steack au Poivre (et Moutarde de Dijon)

Here is a marvelous simple yet divine main course that is easy, frugal, and paleo. The palette of vegetables with unusual flavors will have your tastebuds sashaying hypnotically, especially when paired with a Bordeaux. Enjoy in all seasons!

I used the tenderloin of a porterhouse and also trimmed off a piece of the tail of the strip section, and all was very tender and flavorful. I chose sides with Asian spices. Continue reading “Steack au Poivre (et Moutarde de Dijon)”