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Balance In All Things.

So from the New Moon in Libra we have moved into the influence of the Full Moon in Aries, plus it is also a lunar eclipse which apparently makes the energies even more intense. I would expect Aries to be pretty full on, I am no expert on astrology but I have a friend who is a triple Aries, she has spent an amazing life running around non-stop being a catalyst for others. She has always been extremely forthright too and the energy of this Aries eclipse encourages us to take action and to speak our truth.

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Sometimes taking action though can mean actually doing less, my challenge has been to not be overwhelmed by the busyness of my life, part of the message of self-love that came through so strongly with the Libra New Moon. That particular journey is not over my any means but I am no longer feeling overwhelmed so I can safely say that progress has been made, I’ve had to make some compromises but so far it seems to be working well enough.

Another theme that comes out of this astrological time is the balance between individuality and collaboration, something that I often talk about in this blog. More and more we are seeing projects and ideas that offer innovative ways to move into a more conscious expression of community, not just with each other but with everything in our environment. From sustainable cities with roof top gardens and pollinating pathways to tiny homes and a new way of schooling that doesn’t require teachers or a school room.

Vertical garden of the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France, created by Patrick Blanc

Vertical garden of the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France, created by Patrick Blanc

I’m going to continue exploring the astrological themes in my next post so tune in to a discussion on masculine and feminine energies, generally speaking the world needs to allow the feminine to be expressed more strongly but for me it is the masculine that I need to channel more.

Dear Father Sky, please lend me your strength and determination and the ability to take right action………….so be it, so be it, so be it.

Farms On The Move.

In every aspect of human endeavour, there is a pressing need to find new ways of thinking about how we can evolve and grow and flourish. Our civilisation is on the edge of extinction, and if we keep repeating the things that got us here, there is only one logical outcome, our society will collapse and I for one would not want to be around if that were to happen. Luckily I don’t actually believe that we will end up in our own version of “Mad Max”, or any of the countless end of the world movies that have been made over the years.

Mad Max II.

Mad Max II.

Agriculture is a part of our society that could do with some changing, and Joel Salatin has some inspiring ideas on what the new generation of farmers might look like. Firstly there is the fact that advances in technology have made it possible to create portable systems for growing food and keeping livestock. It means that you no longer need to own the land in order to be a farmer, this in itself is an incredibly radical notion, and makes it a lot easier for young people to get into an industry that requires a lot of capital for land and infrastructure.

Another suggestion that Joel makes is that young entrepreneurs create collaborative relationships with farmers, they can build a business that is complementary to the existing farm. It also means that the farmer has support as they are getting older, so there is a real win win situation going on here. It seems there are many different ways in which different enterprises can be stacked on top of each other, it reminds me of a story I heard Bill Mollison tell many years ago about a Japanese farmer. With ducks swimming in the rice paddies there is no need for weeding or chemicals, and the rice actually grows taller and is more dense than it would otherwise be. http://www.permaculturenews.org/author/Bill%20Mollison

There is no shortage of bright ideas on how to re-design the way that we live on this planet, the real question is will we manage to make the changes in time. As an eternal optimist my vote is definitely a big YES!

Outspoken agriculture revolutionary Joel Salatin has designs to redeem our food system. He is the author of a number of books including “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”.
In this video he passionately explains that this is the best time ever to get into farming and guess what: you do NOT need to buy a big parcel of land to get started.
Hear about his idea for “portable farms” to get young entrepreneurs started right here!