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Enneagram anyone?
May 1, 2010

So it was that I went to Judith Searle’s fascinating workshop on the Enneagram – I’m always up for any kind of workshop that will give me greater insight into what makes people tick. 

It is ‘where the inner and the outer worlds meet’ according to Judith.  So are you primarily a Trail Blazer, a Critic, a Lover, an Achiever, Aesthete or Analyst?  Maybe an Optimist, Pessimist, or a Connector. 

It’s interesting to work out if your type links to your star sign too. 

Take a look at Judith’s website www.judithsearle.com    

A different way of personality typing

The Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
April 19, 2010
Icelandic Volcano
Mercury and Neptune weave their magic

 Just as Mercury turns retrograde and Neptune infuses the atmosphere with a mysterious air we are at the mercy of the meanderings of a cloud created by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which means air travel is in suspended animation.

It is the most perfect reflection of the cosmos.

All very Alice in Wonderland – whether you are falling down rabbit holes like Camilla or very, very late for a very important date.

Image c/o Washington Post

Best-Dressed Dog
April 15, 2010

When I get back from Palm Beach, I chat with Margrit about issues with animals in New York. 

Since I’ve been here I’ve seen dogs with dummies in their mouths (yes really – the pet shops sell them here), dogs put in prams specially built for dogs (yes really again).  The ridiculous outfits – I’ve seen dogs in shoes and socks, red Wellingtons, not to mention the cashmere coats, cowboy gear and diamante hair accessories. 

Animals here, like most humans in NYC live an urban, concrete existence, couped up in small spaces with very little opportunity to be free. Central Park rules are that dogs must be on the leash after 9 am.  Yet people keep a huge variety of dogs in this town.  Lots of St Bernards, Weineramas, Retreivers and Labradors and of course the handbag sized smaller types too. 

Margrit’s workshops have gone down a storm here and she’ll be back to give owners and animals her wisdom, help and advice. 

Check out her website at www.theanimalhealer.com. She is brilliant.

Animal Healing and Cat Connections
April 15, 2010

As I leaf through the brochure from the Open Center I realise Margrit Coates an animal healer from the UK who used to write for the Daily Mail’s website when I was doing their horoscopes is due to come to New York to hold some workshops. 

Animal Whisperer extraordinaire

Margrit (a Cancerian) is a wonderful woman who has a rare and amazing gift for healing animals – she is a true animal whisperer.  We have a great catch up when I call her in England and as it turns out she house and cat sits for me in New York whilst I whisk off to Palm Beach for a few days.

Be Open to Everything
April 15, 2010

Have discovered a brilliant place – The Open Center on E30th Street.  It is a treasure trove of brilliant people, trainings and workshops that expand the mind.  There is something for everyone from feng shui, yoga, Buddhism, sustainability, brain gym, Tai Chi to detox, Ayurveda and rejuvenation.

I first went along a few weeks ago to the amazing Golden Thread talk by Ralph White – who founded the Open Center 26 years ago. 

Open Center, New York

A treasure trove of brilliant people, trainings and workshops

I was blown away by the fascinating esoteric philosophy, which is at the heart of renaissance thinking, art and medicine – the combination of celestial and terrestrial wisdom.  The belief in ‘the correspondences’ which means that all plants, human physical, mental and emotional conditions, animals and minerals are connected and reflected in the cosmos. 

Ralph White talks about ‘the crisis of materialism’ that defines modern life – but scratch the surface and a lot of alternatives that pertain to this esoteric wisdom aka. The Golden Thread are there.  Biodynamic farming and homeopathy to name just two are enjoying greater use and credibility.  I left feeling really excited by the talk and all that is available. 

Go to www.theopencenter.org

Central Park Crazies!
April 7, 2010
I’ve seen so many crazies in Central Park. You never know what you’re going to see next.

One day it’s a dog in a dress, the next it’s a skate-boarder with pink hair.  But today I walked around the fountain and there was a guy in a wizard’s hat complete with wig sitting on the bench.

I tried not to stare.  But he said ‘Good Morning my dear’ in such a voice I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Boy did I click my heels fast!

Saturn is back to Virgo today and Pluto has gone retrograde.  Maybe that’s why there’s a bit of an underground movement going on.

Car Crash Dummy
April 6, 2010
What to do with my Neptune transit?  It will go on till February 2011 and runs the gamut from magical experiences to loss and disappointment.

If I was my own client I would be advising something creative, so off to The National Academy School of Fine Arts for a sculpture course.  We have a sitting model and a lump of clay.  It’s great to be at school and the smell of plaster dust is quite intoxicating (another Neptunian dimension).  The other students comprise one young guy who turns out surreal heads with oversize lips – Angelina Jolie eat your heart out.  These are big smackers.  And a couple of older women who claim no previous experience but obviously worked with Michelangelo in a previous life.  The course director looks like something left over from Woodstock.

First week I’ve massaged that head for 6 hours and feel I’ve really got stuck in.  Second week I arrive – my head is nowhere to be seen.  Woodstock Man helps me search and uncovers one.  ‘This is yours’ he says.

I’m nearly convinced but mine had a long neck, like E.T.  ‘Lucky I didn’t start working on someone else’s sculpture’ says me.

Woodstock Man’s eyes go misty.  ‘We used to swap around a lot in the 60’s’.  Somehow I didn’t think he was talking sculpture!

Anyway, suddenly in comes Roadie (his side-kick) who announces that there had been a terrible accident!  My head has fallen over (such a big head you see!)  Roadie uncovers the body of Car Crash Dummy, my erstwhile beautiful woman who is now mortally injured, lop-sided and destined for the scrap heap.  But I spend another 6 hours repairing her.

Such is Neptune.  Don’t get attached.  Just let go…

Crazy Easter
April 4, 2010
Crazy Easter Parade on 5th Avenue.  This is not the usual floats and fandango viewed from behind someone’s back of the head, but a walk, mix and mingle affair.Everyone is strolling around in incredible hats aka Easter bonnets.  I’ve seen the sushi hat, the organic egg, the Mad Hatter, free range flowers.  It’s all here.  Including Michael Jackson who was parading outside Radio City Hall with all the other showgirls with deep voices.

Maybe it’s just the Venus and Mars vibe – it’s all pushing and pulling, see and be seen, cross-dressing, cross people and some very hot cross buns.

Surrendered Wife!
April 2, 2010
I am here on a surrendered wife visa!

Definitely no green card for me.  It feels strange.  Curiously in New York you can hardly buy a latte without being asked for ID.  Right now I have no US bank account, no social security number – I am effectively a non-person. 

Which is interesting considering I’m in that Neptunian realm as it squares up to my Mercury and it’s all about being very Pisces – just coasting along, ego-less, form-less etc. 

It works fine.  Unless you want something like entry to view a school, or sinus medicine from the pharmacy – then you’d better become real and manifested with photo-I.D to prove it, pronto. 

Still there are some good places here… 

Sag Harbour, for instance, which I reckon is for all those who haven’t been lifted (a rarity in New York).  Or you can enjoy the language – it always makes me laugh when I walk down the street and stand outside the laundry where there’s a big sign saying ‘Drop your pants here’.  I can hardly resist doing so! 

This sign made me laugh out loud

New York State of Mind
April 1, 2010
I’m in a New York state of mind…You have to be when you get out of the front door and the vibe hits you immediately, honking yellow cabs, blossom flying in the wind, skittering dogs, Upper Eastside Madams.

I'm in a New York State of Mind

I leg it up to the Guggenheim and am transfixed by a couple seemingly making out in the downstairs hall.  A big crowd is gathered around and I wonder if they are going to get arrested.  But no.  This is an exhibit.  For exhibitionists.

Intense tantric ballet, they gaze so intently at each other, rolling and entwining and disentangling and attaching again.  They can be viewed as you walk up round and round the cylinders that make The Gugg – and they are still at it when I walk down 7 floors, one and a half hours and one cup of Earl Grey tea later.

Is this the Aries horoscope for today or an April Fool?

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