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Reflection Prompt: Eclipse Season

Here’s a reflection prompt, culled from evolutionary astrology forecasts for the iterative processes through which we create our mindscapes and engage our cultural space. These reflection prompts intend to stimulate self exploration.

The time period during eclipses can feel more dramatic, more emotional, more electric. Solar eclipses stimulate things that are coming into our personality (ego experience) and lunar eclipses disseminate things that are leaving that filtered-vision of reality.

We met a solar eclipse on July 12 (paired with a new moon, working in the areas of home and baseline power vibes). We will meet a lunar eclipse on July 27 (paired with the full moon, working in the areas of tribes and teachings and carrying the Mars retrograde two-steps forward, three-steps back flavor of this summer). Then, in August, one more solar eclipse on August 11 (paired with the new moon, working in the area of your potentially bestest, brightest, show-stealing persona).

There’s a lot going on outside and within.

The July solar eclipse might have really ripped into you. It affected the tender areas and might have wrung your being out from your mind to your heart to your tummy. The July lunar eclipse might do the same, double dutch, since the Martian flavor can make the tender areas burn. When you make it to the August one, how are you going to wear your shiny, polished mind armor, phoenix?

REFLECTION PROMPT: How do these words feel: personality, home, baseline power, tribe, teachings? 

Extra strength RX: Take reflection time to listen. Open to a blank page. Gaze upon in. Be quiet in the space of unwritten words, and let the universe do it’s job while you do yours to be human and bear witness. Insights might come that help you use the potential of this reflection space (a charged point in time and space).

July 16, 2018

Solopreneurship is resistance

Some background into the way I run my life, how I think, and why, especially in this cultural-political climate, my reasoning won’t change: I have made the pursuit of continual personal evolution my lifestyle–explore what is in me, and evolve toward the highest version of my being, and keep learning from the world around me. I need freedom to do that. I need to manage my time and resources well. I leverage microbusiness as a way to create the schedule and opportunities I want.

My DIY lifestyle is expansive: create-my-occupation, create-my-interaction, create-my-space in the world.

I’m self-employed, and I’ve been self-employed for most of my professional life. I have a solopreneur ecosystem, that is, a single-person entrepreneur. I am in the business of creating income streams for myself.  I have an established niche as an independent creative writer and energy healer, and I also do corporate writing and editing work. This combination is a juxtaposition of sorts, I know, but I feel that it works for what I need out of this life. I stay outside some lines—economic, educational, status—and inside others—the New Age subculture—and the cocktail is just right. I wouldn’t have my lifestyle any other way. My goals wouldn’t be met in any other way.

A few months ago, after I sent a bill to a corporate editorial client, I had a conversation with a person from the company and it went something like this:

“The venture capitalists want you to bill differently. They are using a different business model that you must fit.”
“Excuse me?” I firmly said, “But that’s not how I work.” This corporation doesn’t get to tell me how I run my business.

And it was at that moment that my business of one received a smack-down of vailidity, an action that I feel was incited by the actions of the current president. Corporations can do whatever they want to the people. At that moment, the president became “45.” If I am just a number to him and his corporations-turned-people eaters, then he was just a number to me, too. I knew, as soon as the election results were posted back in November 2016, the reckless, narcissistic business man named Donald Trump and his havoc-economics would significantly impact my financial status. What I didn’t know was how—until, slightly over one year into his presidency, this client raised concerns about my bill and essentially about being able to pay me because my way of working didn’t fit the corporation’s operating model. If I did things their way (which included being openly available but not being compensated for that open availability), I could continue to work for them.

I stopped working for the client immediately after the phone call. I told them I do not accept their rules and ways of doing things. So there went that contract, and it was an intense experience to watch the income stream disappear, but it was the right thing to do.

I’d like to bring up a few parameters of independent contractor solopreneurship. Solopreneurship is having a million and one different ways of making money as a single person. A solopreneur can be a microbusiness of one, and profits usually look more like a two-figure salary than anything in the millions (like a small business). It’s a fiscally risky way to live as a business of one. I am in the business of communication—I’m a writer and editor for hire with a roster of clients for whom I render work at will. I sign agreements that say my working contract can be terminated at any time. I’m not eligible for employer-based health insurance plans for companies because I am not regularly employed. United States legislation around independent contractors state that we work on our own schedule and own physical set-up—the situation gets blurry when a company says that we must be onsite at certain time over a duration of time (that starts to be permalancing and a whole other discussion). What that also means is that when projects suddenly change direction, or there’s a budget cut, or something somewhere happens, we are the first to be let go. We aren’t eligible for unemployment because we aren’t leaving permanent jobs. And, we pay self-employment tax on top of everything else.

We operate with a bunch of risk.

But we receive–when played well–complete validation of who we are through the work that we do.

I’m able to pursue fringe interests and offer energy work because I have financial and time flexibility. The trade-off (for me) is valid.

So when I think back to that conversation earlier in the year, how a new level of non-morality in big business has been greenlit (thanks, 45), I recognize how solopreneurship is my act of resistance to the creepy, crawly values of the current administration and the outdated patriarchal structures. I won’t step in line for a permanent, traditional, “safe” position for fear or want of a steady paycheck, or health insurance, or company culture. I won’t do what Big Corporation tells me to do. I will always choose the way of the individual, and take those professional risks.

May the resistance be DIY!

Reflection Prompts and More: Martian Weather

This summer, we are under the influence of some intense astrology. Ways to tap in, harness the power, and balance the body will be shared here.

Let’s start with the Mars retrograde. It happens for 9 weeks (June 26-August 27), and the influence is felt a little bit before and a little bit after the actual dates.

Let’s get curious about our relationship to the Mars archetype, inner warrior, aka the Martian in us—where does our inner warrior take us? Reflect with the prompts, and come back to them from time to time. You might have different responses during different phases of this retrograde cycle.

REFLECTION PROMPTS: How do we initiate things? When are we quick to anger? What are our defenses holding back (holding up)?

DIY Your Experience: Take some time to include cooling body practices. Go for a swim. Do some yin yoga—holding in supported hip releasing poses like pigeon and lizard are especially good. Be super gentle in both because while yin has a cooling aspect, lots of emotions can come up. Process and release them all. That’s where stuff gets hard! This hip-opening sequence is also juicy n’ good for moving through this summer heat.

You can also envision yourself in this fiery summer as if you were in sacred combat for higher purposes—that which serves the greater good. The struggle is real and the struggle is worth it, so use some visualization to play  positive-outcome images.

You might also balance body heat by drinking cucumber water or mint tea.

Attack with grace from all sides, Martian warriors!

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