The Scope


An Artist-Scientist is an archetype described by Carl Jung as an abstraction of life.

I’m not a fan of boxing myself, because I’d have to have lots of boxes to keep – which spells clutter. However, this box defines my makeup, both literally and metaphorically, so I keep!

I’m watching Emeli Sandé performing “Pluto” at the Royal Albert Hall, and I giggle a little as I think of the beauty of self expression – even when that means being so abstract in thought, you sound like you are reinventing gibberish.

There are moments and places for structure, order, learning, sharing, loving…and they are really all powered by the same planets we love and love to hate. That’s when art meets science – the wholeness of life.

According to an entry on Wikipedia, excerpted from Segal & Jung (1998), an Artist-Scientist symbolises:

  • The Power of the Mind

  • Infinite Creativity

  • Childlike wonder at the world

  • Boundless Curiosity

  • The finding of solutions in unexpected ways

  • Intuitive Improvisation

    These are concepts represented by the planets Emeli sings about in “Pluto”.

    Here’s to all you lovers of life, expression, sharing and all that they deliver!



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    The Scope

    The right side is always the right side.

    Post written on May 12, 2017

    My Entomology lecturer, for 3 of the 6 years I studied the behaviour of living things – Prof Waladde – taught me one thing I never forgot – The Right Side is Always the Right Side.

    This of course, had to do with insects. That was his way of making us, his students, remember how to pin beetles (on the right side) for lab specimens. Hpwever, life would be so meaningless; studying would be meaningless if I didn’t learn to incorporate lessons from various subjects of life into “how does this relate to the wider scope of things?”

    This beetle teaching resonated with a lot of aspects of my life, as I navigated through adulthood, with the only compass I had – and have learnt to trust on countless occasions – instinct. The right side, instinct, is always the right side. 

    It’s the feeling we have when we meet someone we are smitten with, who says or does one thing that doesn’t merge smoothly with who we are – no matter how small, or seemingly insignificant – only to learn months or years later that, that little voice we doubted is our basic foundation. It’s what has protected us from starvation and complex illnesses, because we were born knowing how to cry when we were hungry. No one taught us that – except maybe, for the nurse who spanked your bum at birth, because you weren’t in the mood to say ‘hello world!’ yet. We knew how to act bothered when we were not feeling at ease, making mommy run to the doctor, only to save us from something that could have been a potential danger if we hadn’t cried. 

    The Moon represents our instinct, our primal selves, before we were civilised, before we were taught how to be – at home, at school, on the streets. She answers the question: “how do I know that this is the best decision to make?”

    The answer was provided beautifully by Esther Hicks a few years ago in the video of The Secret, when she said…

    You can always tell by the way you are feeling if the thing you’re thinking about will please you when you get there.

    It’s been at least 2 years since I watched the video, so please pardon me if I got some words wrong. I hope that I relayed the message clearly enough though!

    I say, someone else can determine how you feel in a moment. They can affect how you feel. But, only you know how you should feel. Only you know what makes your soul joyful. Only you can determine your infit (your soul’s outfit). Only you know yourself! Even when you don’t believe it. In fact, I believe that whenever we doubt ourselves, we attract more doubt into our lives to prove that we are right. 

    I almost fell off a cliff at Gough Island in 2000, only because for a moment I had forgotten that I’d taken trips on a rubber duck around the island with only a life jacket as protection. However, even though I couldn’t swim, and still can’t, I signed up for the expedition knowing very well that I’d be floating on a ship over the Atlantic Ocean for 2 weeks before reaching land. That didn’t threaten me one little bit! I didn’t even get sea sick. I trusted that the same Source of the inspiration to go on the expedition would protect me! But in a moment of doubt, I forgot about the God I always trusted to carry me. I allowed doubt! He didn’t want me to go tumbling down a cliff onto ocean boulders and vanish, so he sent Richard – a teammate – to save the day. That moment was the beginning of a not-so-always-easy reminder to diminish self-doubt. I’m still learning to remember!

    Fear and self doubt are ego issues! Only and evolved ego can overcome fear and doubt, and that means going back to the Source and allowing what is be!

    Whenever we attract star boys,  then freak out when they are being uhm, star boys, we really need to just do a recon, and figure out why we attract people we believe to be bad for us!

    Do we question them because of how they make us feel?

    Do we question them because of what we’ve been taught (conditioning)?

    Do we attract them because we need them to remind us of who we are? The thing that makes us question our beliefs.

    Do we attract them for reasons that are so innate that only we can unpack?

    That’s my natal Scorpio Moon speaking, which happens to be conjunct the transiting Moon in Scorpio – loads of intense introspection. Thank goodness for the transiting Mercury being direct – he brings out the talkative Gemini Ascendant I am – which is definitely different to his retrograde motion that tends to bring out my Virgo more.

    I’m sure you get me ❤♏




    Intuitive Flow

    As I process and refine feelings, emotions (Moon) and thoughts (Mercury) I’m amazed at the way aspects work! We feel them. We can always tell when our planets form hard aspects, and when they form easy ones.

    The basics of the horoscope – the skeleton – lie in understanding the functions of each planet (their energies) and the placement of these energies in the zodiac signs and houses.

    It’s simple, really, once a deep understanding of each planet’s behaviour, the zodiac personalities and the house affairs is established. Aspects formed by transits become so intuitive that looking at a transit chart just becomes a practical, tangible way of confirming the same invisible energies we walk around with – even when we are away from technology.

    Uranus still rules technology, originality and sudden changes – whether we are blanketed by electric wires in the city or sheltered by a weeping willow next to the river, with only natural electricity (lightning) as a possibility.

    Below is an easy to remember list of the traits of each planet, sun sign and house. 

    *You can download an image file for easy reference.

    With time (Saturn), I can guarantee that your intuitive flow will have words to describe it! So, here goes…


    Sun – vitality, basic personality, creative energy, radiance.

    Leo – generous, warm, creative, enthusiastic.

    5th creation, procreation, recreation, love affairs, one’s children, creative expression, luck and speculation.

    Moon – emotions, moods, feelings.

    Cancer – emotional, intuitive, imaginative, loving.

    4th roots, ancestry, home, domestic affairs, the nurturing parent, family life.

    Mercury (Gemini & Virgo)  communication, logic, rational mind, intellect.

    Gemini – adaptable, versatile, eloquent, youthful.

    3rd exchange, perception, mental aptitudes, early childhood, siblings, everyday communication, early education.

    Virgo – modest, shy, meticulous, practical, diligent.

    6th discernment, work, health, employee.

    Venus (Taurus & Libra) – love, affection, attraction, beauty, sharing.

    Taurus – patient, reliable, warm, persistent, security-conscious.

    2nd attachment, values, own money, material security.

    Libra – diplomatic, easygoing, charming, strives for balance.

    7th companionship, cooperation, relationships, partnerships, marriage partner, contracts, joint ventures.

    Mars – action, physical energy, strength.

    Aries – energetic, adventurous, courageous, dynamic.

    1st actualisation, appearance, projected behaviour and persona (the mask), temperament.

    Jupiter – expansion, luck, benevolence, generosity, growth, wisdom.

    Sagittarius – free, optimistic, jovial, honest, straightforward.

    9th meaning, culture, religion, philosophy, publishing, higher learning, distant travel, foreign countries.

    Saturn – concentration, effort, time, restriction.

    Capricorn – practical, prudent, disciplined, patient.

    10th advancement, destiny, reputation, social status, fame, the other parent, employer.

    Uranus – originality, individuality, sudden change, the unexpected.

    Aquarius – friendly, humanitarian, eccentric, inventive.

    11th goals, fellowship, friends, associations, hopes, wishes.

    Neptune – escapism, dreams, intuition, inspiration.

    Pisces – imaginative, sensitive, compassionate, intuitive.

    12th dreams, integration, the unknown, subconscious mind, hidden resources.

    Pluto – transformation (over time), elimination,mutation, regeneration, power.

    Scorpio – determined, intuitive, forceful, passionate.

    8th empowerment, detachment, other people’s money, wills, legacies, taxes, debt, sex.

    Notice how I erred on the positive side of things?

    Well, that’s because intuitive flow feels good! Negative qualities of any sign manifest when we aren’t living by our own flow – our life path – our North Node.

    Peace and Harmony ✌♎