Beautiful & Fun Things

By BoomSpress-BabyBoomersExpress
Stream Of Conscious Ramblings of a Life Long Learner

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter,
and those who matter don't mind." -- Dr. Seuss

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Hello, Paula Gaon here, Libra Sun, Cancer Rising, Aquarius Moon. Nice to meet you. I'm one of many aging BabyBoomers scratching my head and wondering where the time went and why I still feel so confused. That planned career never came to fruition, and earning a living is just a necessary chore. A few years ago, after that proverbial mid-life crisis-which I prefer to think of as an extended adolescence, and my mother's advice, decided to get back to artwork-ie clear out the accumulated cobwebs and neurosis and bring to light all that's been gestating the past 30+ years. So here it is. Look forward to sharing a few ideas and images with you! Come over & rap with us:

Thursday, September 22, 2005

A Sign of the Times?--A Few Notes on The Planet Pluto-Part 2

Hello again!

Hope that everyone had a pleasant week, in spite of Pluto's heavy-handed influences I suppose that we just have to believe that it's all for the best. To continue with a little history of Pluto's influence during the course of history, let's take a look at a few examples of things that have happened when Pluto was in Sagittarius. Remember that Sagittarius is the sign of expansion and morality, higher education, philosophy/religion, long distance travel (physical and mental); and that Pluto is the planet of power, paying the piper (See last week's post, link in Archives on right.)

When Pluto was in Sagittarius from 1506-1520:

1) The Protestant Reformation was begun in Europe by Martin Luther in Germany and King Henry VIII in England.

2) The Catholic Church starts construction on St Peter's, quite a big undertaking at the time.

3) Copernicus goes against Catholic beliefs proclaiming that planets circle the Sun.

4) Magellan sets sail from Europe to circumnavigate the EarthCortez enters Mexico, has Montezuma, native leader murdered and takes off with his gold. To this day many still come up against "Montezuma's Revenge".

5) Roughly 200 years later, when Pluto was again in Sagittarius, was an era of global expansion, colonialism/mercantilism--the first example of Globalization. Interesting, hey?

OK, so much for history and the current geopolitical picture. On a personal level, many of us are feeling the effects of Pluto on our Natal Charts--some more so than others. Unfortunately, I can only present a very general picture here for those most affected by Pluto's current placement.
Pluto is at about 22 degrees in Sagittarius now, near the end of the sign. In spite of the fact that each sign is 30 degrees, since Pluto is such a slow mover and also goes into retrogrades (appears to be moving backwards), it will be in Sagittarius until 2008. So the following influences will be in effect for quite some time. In general, these effects will be strongest for those born in the last half of the following signs. Those born in the first half are not likely to experience them.

1) Sagittarius

Sagittarians may find moderation difficult. Likes and dislikes could become more intense. Watch out for your ego. It may come on a little strong. You could also find that you're more assertive and competitive. Your social conscious is likely to be very strong and you're likely to be very intolerant of injustice and unfairness of any kind. The next 2+ years could be very interesting for you.

2) Gemini
The next 2+ years may not be so pleasant for Gemini. Geminis may feel defensive find it difficult to get along with others.

3) Virgo and Pisces
Virgos and Pisces may experience a new revolutionary spirit! As pressures build up, you guys may just suddenly explode! Compromise may not come so easily either. Hum, this could be interesting…

4) Libra
The next 2+ years could be nice for Libras and Aquarians. Communication and leadership abilities could be greatly enhanced making it a lot easier to get what you really want. Enjoy!

5) Ariesand Leo
Concentration and will may be greatly enhanced. Aries and Leos may have significant easement in using innate talents. Perception and insights may also be sharpened. Could it be that an Aries or Leo will make a far-reaching, significant discovery or breakthrough during the next 2+ years?

Sorry, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Capricorn, I'm not ignoring those of you born under these signs. It's just not possible to make any generalities based solely on your Sun Signs. In addition, please remember that the notes on the above signs are very general. No accurate readings can be made without one's entire natal chart. Let's just all remember to make the best of however the stars influence us!

A wise person knows the stars, a fool is ruled by them.

Have a good one,~Paula
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

A Sign of the Times?--A Few Notes on The Planet Pluto

       "The Phoenix"

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Ever wonder why the last few years have been so tumultuous? Think about it--natural disasters of the past few years--The huge Earthquakes in Istanbul, Turkey; Tzunami in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Katrina in the USA and Ophilia threatening further destruction. The political areana has been no less so. 1995 saw the first ever assasination of an Israeli prime minister. Israel has even retreated from her triumphant victory of the Six Day War and evacuated Gaza--a real turnaround in ideology. George Bush has had anything but an easy time in the US involvement in Iraqu. But the real shocker was, and will in all liklihood remain the big shocker at least for a generation the radical Islamic attack on the Twin Towers on 911--truly a day that will live in infamy.

When I think of the last few years, I can't help but point the finger at Pluto, the planet of power. As most of us know, Pluto is the farthest from the Sun, taking about 200 years to go around the Sun. But in astrological terms, it's anything but the cold dark planet that we learned about in fifth grade. In astrology, Pluto packs a puch. It's associated with crime, the underworld, viruses, obsessions, even terrorism and the will of the masses. Pluto forces us to look within and deal with what we'd probably rather keep buried--no running away from it. Absolutely nothing is gentle about Pluto.

So what's this got to do with all the craziness in the world today? Pluto moved into the sign of Sagittarius in November 1995 and will remain there until 2008. Now bear with me here. Sagittarius is the sign of expansion, long distance travel, physically and spiritually, religion/ philosophy (i.e. belief). Sagittarius is far-sighted, gregarious, bold. It's the sign associated with nature. If you're a kitty lover like me, you'll appreciate the fact that kitties (actually all animals) are considered to be Sagittarians. At it best Sagittarius is discerning; at its worst, moralistic, with a capital M! Starting to get the picture now? All this heavy duty power in an expansive, far-reaching, gregarious, fire sign, physical action. On top of that, religion figures into the picture; and Pluto doesn't know the expression, "Live and let live".

We're probably in for a lot more "action" on the world scene. Let's hope and pray for the best!

~Paula Gaon

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Time, Relativity, Art, and a Little Astrology

Imagination is more important than knowledge ~Albert Einstein: Original designer Mug, by Paula Gaon

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Hello hello,

Yes it's been awhile; no, I haven't forgotten about blogging--G-d forbid! Due to financial considerations, I've had to rearrange my schedule. Technically, this was no great feat, but practically it has scrambled my head a bit. By nature, I'm a
Night Owl. Evening hours activate the creative juices and I can literally build up a momentum that lasts until the wee hours of the morning. Granted, this recent change of schedule is only a matter of two hours in the morning right here in the neighborhood. I don't have any kids to blame for distractions, and even live alone, so there are really no distractions in the house. So what's the excuse? Simply, a problem of "relativity". I feel like everything has been turned topsy-turvy. When the momentum gets going, suddenly realize that I'd better go to bed in the next hour or so, or getting up in the morning and being alert for those couple of hours will be a real challenge. Then of course, changes never present themselves in isolation. There's always that little something that you have to take care of as a result of the change, right? So, another hour or 2 out, then home and really must rest and eat something before getting involved in Art, Astrology, or Blog, right. Even the Stars are influencing my normally reclusive life-style to be more outgoing. OK, so all things have their times and cycles. I suppose Albert Einstein was right when he said, "G-d doesn't play dice."

In any case, through the years, believe it or not, I've found Einstein to be a great source of inspiration. He certainly taught us the implications of Relativity in this world. His discovery redefined our concept of what energy; light and mass are and for better or worse bequeathed us Baby boomers and generations to come with the reality of nuclear energy. We still think of that E=mc2 equation as the quintessential stroke of human genius of our era. But what's genius really? I've come to think that it's really more in making connections more than the ability to acquire knowledge--i.e.,-Imagination. Seeing things from a fresh and different angle, or connecting bits and pieces of knowledge that are usually thought to be unrelated. Let's look at it like this. Suppose an extraterrestrial power has developed the ability to see other planets all throughout the universe. Depending on their distance from Earth, if they are looking at us now, because of the great distance and speed of light, they could actually be observing the Middle Ages, the American Revolution, or even the nuclear blast at Hiroshima. If they actually decide to visit our fair planet, they could be in for some real surprises. So, with all their genius, they could decide that somehow, they failed to calibrate their instruments correctly, or that what they saw is no longer relative to real time. In my humble opinion, a real genius would be able to extrapolate reality (or the perception of it) from what was observed on the home planet. Now that would indeed be a challenge!

So, back to the Relativity of my current reality, I'm having to learn to capture and recapture thoughts, impressions and intentions. One old fashioned trick I've had to rediscover is the plain old note pad. In this High Tech Era, we've tended to forget the power just scribbling something down, sketch, note, or idea, "To Do List". Our minds still retain ideas better when we write them down physically because the brain is neurologically connected to the motor controls, and physical activity can still facilitate thought.

Unfortunately, even I'm not old enough to really remember Einstein, but like many of us who were in college in the 70's, read the popular Life and Times book, which explained in fairly simple terms how he came to the Theory of Relativity. I remember at the time thinking that it was all a matter of making connections. Einstein was what is commonly known as dyslexic, but I prefer to think that he just had a very unconventional way of looking at things--a unique way of perceiving the world and making connections. Of course we can't travel at the speed of light, we're not light and by definition, the speed of light can only be attained by light. (Reminds me of when I was about 4 or 5. I kept expecting everyone in our car to get smaller and smaller as we traveled because when I stood in the front yard and people drove away, their car got smaller and smaller--now this is really getting wild!) When I look at pictures of Einstein, the depth that one sees in his eyes has always struck me. Always got the feeling that he wasn't looking at anything. Rather, he absorbed and processed--trying to understand of the mysteries, synthesis, and synergies of creation. He must have been a very spiritual and creative man. Hum, while I was typing this Blog, something my father (also an accomplished scientist), of blessed memory used to say popped into my head: "All of Nature is based on the mathematical number e, (i.e. growth curves, etc), except death itself. It must be division by 0 and undefined in this world as we know it."--Very spiritual and scientific…

Whatever, Nature has her frameworks, limitations and definitions and we must always find a way to perceive and cope with reality, whatever that is, to our own advantage.

For right now, the clock is ticking away in GMT +2, so I gotta get going!

Have a good one,