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“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
– Carl Jung

EACH STORY is a mini-awakening. It is a character moving toward greater consciousness and authenticity by confronting their “Shadow” (the unconscious) through conflict.

SO, EVERY GOOD STORY is about making the unconscious, conscious.
AND, each good story helps the reader awaken vicariously through the struggle of the character.

I’M WORKING ON an epic fantasy trilogy.
Here are my working premises:
When a reindeer herder, isolated and enslaved in a frozen realm, uncovers a betrayal of his family’s powers of prediction, he ventures into the lair of his oppressor, past icequakes, dragons and merciless guards, to find what he thought was lost forever, only to reveal brutal truths that shatter his long-held beliefs about family, enemies, and the very nature of his world.



(Supporters of an Unconditional Basic Income may be interested in one of the societies portrayed in my novels which is based on similar egalitarian values.)



FEBRUARY 27 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallAs the Moon moves into Cancer this morning, the energy calms down. Aspects between Juno, Neptune and Venus show us how our own sense of beauty can be all the direction we need. It’s a day for pantsing, writing raw material as inspiration flows, with no forethought involved. Don’t try to tackle that outline or do research today. Write more from the heart. Ideas will arise from nowhere as long as you are there, available, with your fingers poised over the keyboard. All you have to do is get out of your own way today and WRITE!

FEBRUARY 26 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallThe Moon moves through Gemini making for a communicative day on many levels. Mercury trine the North Node in Libra puts our thoughts on the future of relationships. It’s an innovative day, with new ideas popping up, but don’t try to get too deep or intimate. This is a day for lots of surface business. It’s a practical day as well. With Saturn trining Mars and Juno, we could see our passions and commitments taking form, especially where it comes to friends and groups. Vesta in Aquarius sextiles Uranus in Aries. It’s the perfect day to plan a writing event!

FEBRUARY 25 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallToday is a balancing act between being honest or being nice, following the crowd or being true to yourself. You may have to use some strong and transformational words today that may step on some toes. You will go back and forth wondering whether you should say something or not. Ultimately, the truth will out. Your only decision will be how gentle your words are, in communicating that difficult truth.

FEBRUARY 24 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallWriters of complex interpersonal, psychological material have the stars on their side right now. First, there is a focus on self-love, and being brutally honest about who supports us and who doesn’t. Second, we have a yod pointing to the North Node in Libra, giving a focus on the future of relationships. Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces is exposing hidden complexes, dysfunctions, and delusions to the harsh light of day. Big changes can occur between your characters that seem upsetting, but are ultimately healthy. If your writing makes you feel uncomfortable today, you’re probably on the right track.

FEBRUARY 23 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallThere’s a grand trine today that spells love, love, love. Especially self-love. Venus/Mars trine Juno in Leo gives romance writers the green light this morning. Add a Juno/Saturn trine, and the focus is on committing to the expression of love in all its forms. Upsets around supper time can be smoothed over with some calm talking and some earthy nurturing. Tonight we find out how dreams can be healing, as long as we don’t analyze them too much. Don’t be too realistic tonight. Just weave lovely visions.

FEBRUARY 22 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallWe are capable of expressing great wisdom early today with the Moon trine Pallas in Sagittarius. But later, just focus on committing to hard work and concentration. Mars and Venus are conjunct in Aries giving us a balance between writing beautiful words and forceful statements. The Moon moves into Taurus this evening bringing it all down to earth. By the end of the day, we’ll have done some good, solid work that will also be lyrical and deep.

FEBRUARY 21 ~ Writing With The Stars ~ daily astrology for writers

moonclouds_smallAs Mercury advances through Aquarius, our thoughts are on humanity in general and technology. With a semi-sextile to Neptune, science fiction writers are in their element. Speculation about the environment or futuristic visions of women in society are highlighted. This evening, as the Moon conjuncts forward-looking Uranus and trines Jupiter in Leo, dramatize what the world would look like if nurturing the planet’s ecology became more important than economic profit.