Déjà-vu: I see who
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When I turn 65 this month, I can say I’ve lived and dived into the banquet of life, as advocated by my heroine, Auntie Mame. I have no intention of stopping.
The Transits of Saging, Current and Evolving
50 - Chiron Return60 – 2nd Saturn Return84 – Uranus Return90 – 3rd Saturn Return100 – 2nd Chiron Return120 – 4th Saturn Return126 – 2nd Uranus Opposition150 – 5th Saturn Return3rd Chiron Return165 – Neptune Return (for extreme optimists)
168 - 2nd Uranus Return (wizened and wired)
248 – Pluto Return (for those with way too many fixed signs)
I’m sure it’s no coincidence that my first novel is about a longevity organization and people who look 20 years younger than their actual ages and easily live to 100. As a natal Sun square Uranus, I have a close resonance to changing currents.
Seven Insights on the Cusp of 65
1. Love is still the only answer to every question. To love and be loved has always been the best thing on Earth. Expressing love beyond the personal, in creations and sharing talents, completes the circle to make us part of something bigger than ourselves. Experiencing love in all these forms is my proudest accomplishment and greatest joy.
Joyce as Virgo - August 2012
2. No matter how feisty you are, I have to agree with Bette Davis, “Old age is no place for sissies.” There are aches and pains, sagging, wrinkling and creaking. There may be significant health challenges. These things force you to reorder your priorities, especially about being beautiful from the inside out. Inner beauty has always been the only kind that counts in the end, anyway. If that rude Arthur comes calling, as my mother used to refer to her arthritis, it’s a reminder that a bit of stiffness in the body is nothing compared to rigidity of the mind and spirit. The latter must be avoided at all costs to enjoy this trip.3. Maintenance of a senior body takes a lot of time—but it’s worth it. Accept it, decide to make the commitment, or suffer the consequences. I’d say I spend at least 40% of a typical week on exercise classes, cooking whole foods, yoga, qigong, meditation and visits to the chiropractor, doctors and acupuncturist, as needed. I try not to whine, considering the fact that I used to spend much more than that at a “regular job.” Not only that, but the 60% I have left is high quality because I’m willing to put self-care first.4. Fight for what you believe in, right injustices, but the longer I live, the fewer things I feel are worthy of getting my knickers in a knot. Someone sent me an email recently that catalogs all the changes that have taken place in a typical baby boomer’s lifetime. It almost blew my circuits to contemplate. If I haven’t seen it all, damn near! I’ve seen that the more the world changes, the more people are the same at heart. We might email instead of writing letters, life may be a lot faster on its way to transpiring at light speed. We grow and adjust and those who care just keep getting better. We find new ways to cope with old problems, and karma keeps taking care of those who have the misguidance to harm others. When I was in my twenties, a man I knew used to refer my current state of mind as “mellowing,” almost as if it were a bad thing or a weakness. I actually think it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me.5. A bad day or two—or even a bad year or two—doesn’t constitute a bad lifetime or any reason to give up. If astrology teaches us anything, it’s that things are constantly shifting. We live on a moving planet.6. Given the powerful nature of the transits of Saturn through Pluto to themselves and how they keep honing us to be better versions of ourselves, I actually welcome more of them. With the 1st Chiron Return as the new midlife point, we can get a glimmer of what wholeness is, what our holes are that need filling, what blocks and parts of ourselves we’ve denied that we still need to integrate. We get to move onto do just that with half of our life left to live. It’s like a mid-term report card and review on what subjects we need to better apply ourselves, as well as which one’s we’re acing.7. Laughter is still the best medicine. We’ve heard it, we know it—but how many times have you laughed today? Probably too few. I’ve always loved the metaphysical double entendre, Lighten Up.
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The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly--that is what each of us is here for. ~ Oscar Wilde
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