Follow me on Twitter

Hmm… that last post revived my desire to maintain some kind of link with the astroblogosphere, even if I’m not able to blog regularly for the time being. I’ve really appreciated all support I’ve had over the years, so in the spirit of the new moon and the new year, I’m going to try and stay in touch via Twitter. I hope to be able to give something back too.

Follow me on @hitchhiker72 and let’s see where we go!

2013 – down the rabbit hole

John Tenniel's Alice (1865)

John Tenniel’s Alice (1865)

I hadn’t intended to do a year end post but I received a couple more email subscriptions recently and I’m surprised people are still noticing this blog so long after it has been lying dormant. So I thought I’d have a go and give myself a chance to reflect on the previous year.

2013 was a whirlwind year – I had, and still have, so many unfinished writing projects that blogging seemed like a luxury, an escape, even an excuse. So I stayed away, metaphorically and physically. In 2013, I had a three-month work stint elsewhere which required moving out of my rented flat. When I returned there was the search for a place to buy, to call my own. I have found a place, and am waiting for the process to follow through. In the meantime, I am lodging with a friend, in a small spare room, surrounded by my possessions, mostly boxed away, waiting to be let out for the next phase of life. What I have on hand are my computer, a few books that I dip into from time to time, and the bits and bobs needed for daily life – contact lenses, toiletries, clothes, socks. This experience is revealing how little one really needs to get by on a daily basis, and that’s without sacrificing any modern conveniences or implements.

The year was spent on the move but not really in flux. More like a transition. If the few years before were spent life editing and uncluttering, the past year was more like an affirmation that it was all worth it. And that all is okay in my world. I can be on the move but not flustered, in limbo but not lost. The astrology of the year has been intense but I feel like something at the core is settling now. It is worth remembering that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for all their mayhem ends with calm, contentment and peace.

Lastly, [Alice's sister] pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.
— Lewis Carroll, 1865

In 2014, I look forward to stopping a little and building a space, metaphorically and physically, a place to always come home to.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 28,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 237 posts. There were 5 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 67kb.

The busiest day of the year was March 10th with 281 views. The most popular post that day was Happiness is ….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were astrodispatch.com, libraseekingbalance.com, cafeastrology.com, juliedemboski.wordpress.com, and realastrologers.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vesta, theodore gericault, delacroix, sex and zen, and elvira mistress of the dark.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Happiness is … March 2010
4 comments

2

Controlled chaos, or thoughts on the Saturn-Uranus opposition September 2008

3

Sex and Zen I: Vesta March 2008
2 comments

4

The mad woman leaves the attic October 2009
6 comments

2009 — through the looking-glass

What is there left to say about 2009 I haven’t already done? (See archive on sidebar!) 2008 ended with a measure of optimism, 2009 is ending with a measure of relief. tPluto square nPluto, tPluto opposite nVenus, tSaturn conjunct nPluto, Jupiter, my chart ruler playing hide-and-seek all year with Chiron and Neptune as part of Lucy’s Clusterfuck of Doom, and so on and so forth, haven’t by any means been fun, but they have been ultimately revealing.

The bumpiest ride since my Saturn return — just over one seven-year Saturn cycle since then — has undoubtedly been uncomfortable, but I think it’s also done the job of shaking loose more bits of old baggage. None of those cycles are yet complete but I look forward to entering 2010 lighter and leaner (meaner, too?). Looking ahead to the fact that nearly all the eclipses in the coming year make contact with a personal planet or node in my natal chart, I suspect that 2009 was merely the preamble to further changes in 2010.

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Astrology podcasts

The internet has really done a lot for astrology in the past decade. Apart from amazing blogs (some listed on the sidebar), there are also some really good podcasts I thought I’d draw your attention to. I find it useful to be able to listen to them while cleaning windows, or ironing, or doing some other mundane chore. Some offer short snippets of info into current transits, while others do a full length radio programme, complete with guest interviews and live callers. I enjoy some of the live readings as they really bring astrology to life as a tool for everyday living.

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Safe space, my space

I just read this article by Judith Gayle, who is as ever amazingly frank and astute:

We humans have various energy fields that overlap: physical, emotional, mental. Each has its own frequency, existing as layers in a single space. Emotions have a resonant signal; they attract more of the same, and send signals to those who match, drawing them in. Fear is a particularly dense vibration; a teeth-rattling one. It works like a magnet to pull more fear toward it. Literally, that’s how we get ‘what we deserve.’

When we choose to connect with people, we make a choice to share energy fields, and we take it on faith that they’ll be respected. We all have such spaces be they in the home, in the work place, the car, or even in the mind or the psyche. The dreamspace it seems to me is one such space where possibilities we don’t even consider can get played out. Likewise, this blog is a similar space, as I wrote recently about my 100-Acre Wood.

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Poll: Jupiter direct

I remain phenomenally busy through October, but thought I should mark the week Jupiter goes direct, since Jupiter rules my chart and I’m badly looking forward to a break after a v.e.r.y. l.o.n.g. s.u.m.m.e.r.

For a list of what else is happening astrologically this week, have a look at Lynn Hayes’ post and Pat Paquette’s on Real Astrologers.

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