I spent all morning working on a New Moon Astrology post, tried three times, then ultimately decided to give up. I looked at all the information and found myself saying, “Who cares?” and, “What’s the point?”
I walked away from the computer and started doing errands. It then occurred to me that I did have something I could write about. These days, I can’t do anything that has no meaning to me personally. I’d rather stay home and keep silent.
Pluto is all about depth and meaning…not ‘meaning’ as in ‘definition’, but true meaning (with a little ‘t’). True meaning (with a little ‘t’) is personal. Symbols have definition, but what they mean to each of us is individual.
Mercury is about communication (conveying ideas). Mars is about expression (what one does with passion). Both are in homey, cuddly, expressive, emotional Cancer.
Mercury-Mars conjunction opposite Pluto illustrates how difficult it is to muster the energy to do or say anything when it has no meaning. [This reflects my personal plight because today is my Progressed Mars Return.]
Alternatively, if one has strong conviction (strong purpose), he or she has additional energy—Pluto adds to Mars rather than taking away from it.
Look around and notice that the ones doing and saying are the ones convicted. The ones holding their peace are the ones conflicted.
The New Moon ties in with all of this…thus carrying it over into this new lunar month (and sun ingress Leo). Some years, Leo can be like a cat sleeping in the sunlight. This year, I think it’ll be more like a restless kitten clawing away at the furniture.
Saturn, by the way, is almost as deep into Scorpio as it will get. In 2-1/2 weeks, it’ll station direct and work its way back into Sagittarius. The sting is strong, but its days are numbered.
Sometimes we fight because we’re angry—other times because we feel threatened. It’s more fun to fight for something we believe in and most rewarding to fight for something (someone) we love.
Here’s a very cool video of the New Horizons fly by:
Last weekend, I received an interesting reaction to the title of my new novel: Scribe to the Pantheon of Rome. It was primarily a facial expression, but it stuck with me.
Two years ago, I was struggling with titles for my books. The first version of my first novel was called A Fool’s Journey. To me, the title was perfect. The Major Arcana of the Tarot is called The Journey of the Fool, since the Fool is the start. My story illustrated the whole deck, and was thus a fool’s journey, as in one example.
Unfortunately, most people didn’t seem to get it. They think of fool as an idiot, rather than one who proceeds without caution or concern.
When I finally arrived at Journey to the Temple of Ra, I was VERY happy. That moment in the book is a significant turning point for John. Thus the majority of his journeying is about getting to that temple.
When I chose the title for the second book, I wanted something that was congruent.
- Journey…to the…Temple…of Ra
- Scribe…to the…Pantheon…of Rome
The Pantheon is another temple after all.
I didn’t choose Journey to the Pantheon of Rome, because Rome (and the Pantheon temple) are not so much a destination…merely an unexpected stop on the way.
To me, the title chosen is pertinent and cleaver, but unfortunately might be beyond what most will understand.
For example, scribe is a verb as much as it is a noun. [“To scribe” means to write.] “Pantheon” is the name of a temple in Rome, but it is also the term used to describe the entire collection of Roman Gods. So the title of my 2nd book has two distinct and pertinent meanings. John writes his way along a journey to the temple in Rome called the Pantheon (and beyond). John is also a writer for a collection of “gods”. So you see, the title is significant either way you look at it.
Not that you asked, but now you know.
I recently received an email that started with:
“Perhaps you could write  an explanation of your Journey book[.]”
This is an excellent idea, so I am doing that here. One reader asked:
“Why did you write this as fiction?”
In his mind, the teachings were better conveyed within a spiritual/metaphysical self-help type book. My answer is this: I specifically chose to write fiction (novels) so the teachings would not be directed at the reader. Most of you will probably not agree with all of the points of view in the book; isn’t it better to witness them and decide for yourself what to keep and what not too? Besides, I’m a skeptic myself. I’m not sure I believe everything I’ve read or heard or channeled or wrote.
Regarding the channeled material, I was asked:
“Why don’t you advertise that, btw?”
My first thought was to allow the channeling in Ra to be a surprise. I did advertise the book as an allegory, just not specifically channeled. I have channeled on my blog, so I figured some readers would suspect it. In Scribe, channeling starts pretty early in the story, so no need to be coy about it any longer.
One reader was surprised by the inclusion of sexuality in the book and asked if I had mentioned it to my blog readers. Again, I did not to allow it to be a surprise. My novels are not about sex, sexuality, or homosexuality, but each of these is touched upon.
My novels are meant to be realistic. Even the mystical/magical aspects are very close to experiences that I have had first hand. Yes, I have channeled. Yes I have had premonitions. Yes I have experienced telepathy. Yes, I have had visions. Yes, I have heard—clear as day—non-physical beings…even recently deceased humans. Yes, I have seen unexplained healing. I have tapped into cosmic consciousness even if only with the help of chemicals.
I expect that many people out there have experienced a bit of this or that. My hope is that they will resonate with the experience(s) portrayed in the books and maybe find words to describe them. I also hoped they would then be able to explore further the experiences that interested them.
This question is more about me, but fun to answer:
“Do you have a twin flame out there somewhere?”
There is one person in my life I thought could be my twin flame. I’m not so sure any more. I will say that this man is possibly as different from me as they come. He has challenged me repeatedly. I have experienced strong love, but stronger frustration in the friendship. But I have learned tons from the relationship…tons about life and tons about me. If he is my twin flame, he is my dipole—the yang to my yin, the smile to my frown.
I have taken creative liberty in my books for the sake of entertainment—another reason to write fiction rather than non-fiction, but it is all based on things real.
My books are not autobiographical, but the energetic and emotional experiences are often ones that I have had. I have been in many of the locations, but not all of them. Some characters are loosely modeled after people I know, others came out of nowhere. Many have written their own lines.
“Who was the audience you wrote for?”
This is a huge question! Even though I guessed the majority of my audience would be those who are into the New Age (or New Thought) movements, I didn’t write specifically for them. I wanted Journey to be an introduction to all things metaphysical. I wanted it to be for the emerging New Ager: a person who had experiences that they were maybe afraid to talk to others about. I wanted people to know that they are not alone in their experiences…not just the metaphysical ones, but the human ones…and the unpleasant ones.
When I read my own books, there are times when I cry for the characters. I feel bad for the pain they endure and the experiences in their past that they struggle with. And then there are those characters I wish were in my daily life, because they are bringers of joy.
I suspect that many of you have read channeled books. But have you ever read a story that contained channeling within it? Have you ever read of Tarot Readings that did something other then predict death, which RARELY happens in real life. How about energy work? Healers that are neither freaks nor doctors?
I’ll end with this question:
“Did you know including John’s sexuality would make some of your readers uncomfortable? Was that a reason to include it?”
There are a number of things in my books that can make someone uncomfortable: gay characters, abuse, sexual encounters, and statements that challenge one religious belief or another. In some cases, I did want to challenge my readers and in other cases, I was just being real and drawing from my own experiences…some of which were incredibly uncomfortable to me.
My books are not racy. They are not graphic. They are not arrogant. They are not meant to be gospel. They are meant to teach, to give hope, to inspire, and to expose you to things you may or may not have experienced (yet).
I started Journey in 2006. I wrote most of Scribe in 2011. Scribe takes just about everything to the next level. It benefits from all that I learned in the 9 years from 2006 to now. I can’t wait to hear people’s reactions to it.
In last week’s blog post, I asked for feedback and got some. I still welcome more. If you have thoughts or opinions about my book(s), my blog, my readings, or my ideas, you are welcome to share…publically or privately.
One thing I now understand is this: for many, it was never very clear what kind of book Journey to the Temple of Ra is. For example, one reader asked why I did not advertise the book as containing channeled material within it. Further surprise was the exploration of sexuality, relationship, and sexual orientation.
Then there is the unobvious difference in my blog writing and my books. I’m sure some of the style overlaps, but in my mind, my books are quite different, or at least bring something very different to the table. Maybe some of you have other opinions on how the one body of writing compares to the other.
Another straight up question I received was: “Who was the audience you wrote for?”—which is one I cannot easily answer.
To rectify this, I offered a full 50% of the book as a free ebook excerpt a while ago. Interestingly, not a single request came through.
Scribe to the Temple of Ra, as the sequel to Ra, does not hold back as much. From the excerpt above, you get a clear picture of the material and subject matter of the book.
There is still much to be gained in terms of information for me. So I again ask and encourage feedback. For example:
- How many of you simply have no interest in reading an ebook (free or otherwise)?
- How many of you would consider buying or have interest in buying Scribe as a paperback book?
I am tempted to ask more specific questions about my blog writing, but I suspect many would not feel comfortable sharing that level of feedback to me or you would have already. [The few that have say my writing and the subject matter is too difficult to understand.]
I am sure there is an audience out there for me—for my blog writing and my books, which may not be the same audience. I’m not sure how to effectively reach that audience.
And maybe I am better suited for something very different than what I’m doing. Do you have any ideas! Ha ha.
If nothing else, feel free to peruse the excerpt…
And if you prefer that I publish an excerpt of Ra on my blog as well, I am happy to do that.