New Year, New You. Birthday Resolutions for Leo

Birthday Resolutions

Astrologically the best time to make your New Year’s Resolutions isn’t New Year’s Day as many of us understand it. It is our own New Year’s Day; the day when the Sun returns to the place that it was at the time of our birth otherwise known as our birthday. This is a time when many of us do review what we have done to date and make a commitment to ourselves that (if things are not as we wish them to be) this year will be different. On our birthday we often decide how we want things be in the coming year and if we choose to make a resolution to accomplish something we are more likely to succeed than if we make a resolution at a time that has less personal significance for us.

Now when it comes to making birthday resolutions we are more likely to be successful if we pick resolutions that fit in with who really are as opposed to going for one that we think we ‘should’ make.

Why not resolve to become more like to like your Sun sign? Why not pick a few of those wonderful Sun sign strengths and character traits that you have waiting for you to develop, and develop some of them further? Why not play to your strengths and make some resolutions and goals that you will make you feel fulfilled when you hit them? How do I know that you will feel fulfilled when you become more like your Sun sign? Take a look at the blog manifesto for the answer to that one!

Developing your Sun sign strengths will make for more lasting results than trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution that is at odds with you really are. Let’s face it Aries is going to find sticking to a resolution to be less impatient much harder than resolving to be more assertive or to set up their own business. That’s not to say that developing your Sun sign strengths is always going to be easy, sometimes it will be rather challenging, but the results will be both satisfying and long lasting.

So with this in mind I am making a few Birthday Resolution suggestions based on your Sun sign. There is one Bithday Resolution suggestion that applies to all the Sun signs and that’s to love your Sun sign. Be proud to be a member of Team Aries, Team Taurus, Team Gemini, Team Cancer, Team Leo, Team Virgo, Team Libra, Team Scorpio, Team Sagittarius, Team Capricorn, Team Aquarius or Team Pisces. Have a look at some of the forums that are devoted to one specific Sun sign in order to connect with people who are the same Sun sign as you. Find out what makes them (and you) fabulous!

Rather than suggest you make Birthday Resolutions to deal with your Sun sign’s negative traits I’m going to suggest that you make New Year’s Resolutions that will bring out your Sun sign’s positive traits. The more you express those the less likely you are to express those nuisance negative traits that hold you back.

So what talents and traits might Leo resolve to make the most of?

New Year, New You. Birthday Resolutions For Leo

Leo when being true to their nature is usually full of fun and confidence. They are usually a natural leader too, so if you are stuck in a support role rather than being centre stage you need to find other activities where you can be the leader. You also need plenty of praise and appreciation so a wise Birthday Resolution might be to identify, befriend and surround yourself with people who really do rate you as highly as you rate yourself.

Leos are naturally sociable souls so making a Birthday Resolution to meet more people (unless you have enough high quality friends already) would serve you well. Most Leos blossom when surrounded by friends or with a close friend so if you are short of friends make a promise to yourself to get some. There will be some posts coming up on choosing friends that are good for you in the coming year.

When it comes to friends most of us do our best to fit in with them and sometimes (if they are underachievers) that can hold us back. We can end up in a position where we don’t want to be more successful than them in case we lose them as friends. Make a Birthday Resolution to upgrade your friends if they’re holding you back!

As Leo is a natural mentor you might also make a Birthday Resolution to bring some other people on. If you are good at sports you might like to do some coaching at your local sports club. You might even like to devote some more time to playing sports in order to get even fitter.

Not only does Leo like to be fit in terms of health; they like to be fit in terms of appearance as well, so any Birthday Resolution to look even better would work well for you. Whether it’s losing weight or getting a new hair style you’ll be able to see this resolution through with ease.

Leos also love acting so making a promise to yourself that this the year that you’ll learn to act, sign up to become a film extra or join your local amateur dramatic society is a promise that you are likely to keep.

Leo is happiest when being creative so if you’re starved of opportunities to be creative make a Birthday Resolution to create plenty of opportunities to unleash that Leo creativity.

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Death Cartoon – Decisions, decisions…

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When in doubt flip a coin!
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Love, Hate. Sex, Death. An Extract from ‘Pimp Your Brain – Neuroplasticity for Pleasure and Profit’ Part 2

Love, Hate. Sex, Death. An Extract from ‘Pimp Your Brain – Neuroplasticity for Pleasure and Profit’ Part 2

Social abilities have driven the evolution of the brain and body and the ascendency of mankind as the current uber-species on the planet. The genetic imperatives behind effective mate selection, food acquisition and sharing and staying alive in highly hostile and toxic environments resulted in increased neural efficiency and bigger brains than our primate ancestors (with whom we share some 99.8 percent of our DNA). For primates, social success and relationship success were interleaved.

The more social the primate, the larger the cortex in comparison to the rest of its brain. This is because complex relationships demand greater brain power. The great apes developed spindle cells (von Economo neurons) that support, amplify and reinforce social capability. These cells reside in the cingulate cortex and insula, regions that function in terms of being self-aware and feeling and expressing empathy towards others.

Relationships at all levels were clearly an important catalyst in brain evolution. The most sociable primates have larger brains. The human brain has tripled in size over the past three million years and it’s clear that cooperation and and empathy have assisted in this cerebral evolution.

We have more spindle neurons than any other primate. These provide an interface from the cingulate cortex and insula to other brain regions. Social bonding encouraged co-operation. The tribe that slayed together stayed together, defeating less socially cohesive tribes, grabbing resources. The result – blood and carnage, territorial conquest and the effective passing on of genes. Qualities we now apparently delight in (or play lip service to), such as altruism, language, morality and religion underpinned cooperation. Or were at its least fellow travellers.

Related neural networks reinforce empathy and compassion – up to a point.

Let’s say you are looking at someone, either with interest or indifference. That person does something, performs an action. Networks in your brain’s perceptual motor systems fire up. They yawn, you yawn. They order a type of drink, you decide to do the same. They support the football team that has just defeated the football team you follow and… Well, you can write the script here.

Mirror neurons mimic the behaviour of others. Your insula and associated circuits become active when strong emotions such as anger or fear are experienced. They also fire when you see others having those feelings. Especially those for whom you care. Limbic networks responsible for expressing your feelings clarify the feelings of other people.

When you fall in love, endorphins and vasopressin engage in the neurochemistry of bonding, as does the master player, oxytocin, which is responsible for feelings of cherishing and care. It also tames the amygdala and promotes approach behaviours.

The neurotransmitter dopamine kicks in to give you those feelings of intense rewards and affects other pleasure seeking networks. Things stabilise and oxytocin bonding starts to assert itself. When lovers part, their limbic systems intensify and it’s well known that physical and social pain rely on overlapping neural systems.

Given that neural networks produce compassion, bonding and care, it’s interesting to consider why there’s never an absence of violence, cruelty and selfishness in the world. This is partly an evolutionary and survival legacy – genetics, epigenetics, economics and culture also figure in our constant schism between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

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Coming Soon … Zodiac Sign Flowers Photobook

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Zodiac Sign Flowers Photobook Cover

Here is the cover for the Zodiac Sign Flowers Photobook. I’ll be posting more info about the book over the coming days.

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Love, Hate. Sex, Death. An Extract from ‘Pimp Your Brain – Neuroplasticity for Pleasure and Profit’ Part 1

Love, Hate. Sex, Death. An Extract from ‘Pimp Your Brain – Neuroplasticity for Pleasure and Profit’

Imagine, if you will, the primordial forest of your ancestors.

The bleak winter landscapes of eldritch eras long past that still prowl your subconscious and haunt your dreams. Ice cold bitterness surrounds you. Wolves howl in the distance. Snow hangs in the stretching branches of mighty trees. In the distance, a lone fire burns to ward off the terrors of the night.

Stars twinkle in the plutonian sky. The waxing moon soars above, what appears to be a sardonic smile radiates from its fat and milky face. Your rational mind goes into hibernation and you shudder at what seems to be the mocking laughter of the gods. A shooting star provides a scintilla of hope, temporarily illuminating the Stygian blackness around you.

Your breath seems to freeze in the air and your entire body trembles. You notice, as you approach the fire, an ancient shaman, sitting silently. He seems approachable and has the wisdom of aeons etched across his face. His eyes seem to capture you and draw you into other worlds, long forgotten and unimaginable. Your body convulses and the shivering you feel isn’t just due to the cold. You know that he’s a man of power, of ancient knowledge, of esoteric secrets.

You ask how he won this wisdom. He smiles, and replies:

‘In my heart two wolves reside. One of pure love. The other of unfettered, feral hatred. Everything depends upon which one I choose to feed each day.’

In a state of pure relief, you stand awestruck by this revelation of shamanic lore. Then he continues.

‘And how I recognise which is which. Before one licks the grease of the meat off my hand, whilst the other howls, bares his fangs, and tries to bite it off’.

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before. But it does make a fundamental point about emotion, love and hate, sex and death. Stories have some basis in fact and observation. That’s why the best ones are told and retold, eternal tropes that flicker across our TV and movie screens, regularly revamped and rebooted.

Let’s call the wolf of love Lupus and the wolf of hate Fenris. OK, here we go with the Manichean (binary) metaphors for love and hate, good and evil, positive and negative. But bear with the humble writer here…

The polarities of love and hate are woven into our minds, our bodies, our genes, our very nature. We are capable of compassion or cruelty, nurture or destruction, whether individually or as a species.

We are, as far as we know, the only species on the planet who can redeem it ourselves and ensure nobody starves or is mistreated. Or one of us can simply press the red button and unleash upon us the apocalypse.

Sometimes Fenris bares his teeth, showing aggression even towards those we love, whilst Lupus rolls on his back like a fat playful puppy, eager to have his tummy tickled.

Lupus, however, is also a powerful beast, honed by evolution to enable us to relate to each other, forming families and building tribes, communities, corporations and nations. Lupus, a metaphor for social connection, has been the evolutionary imperative for survival, culture, cooperation and civilisation.

Although it’s also fair to say that Fenris has always been in the vanguard, his mighty armies forging ahead, carving out empires and nuking the opposition; whilst Lupus negotiates, working at a political level, encouraging trade and making deals, leveraging people and resources for power and prosperity.

Clearly one can’t thrive without the other.

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I Love My Job – What Jobs Would Pisces Love?

I Love My Job – What Jobs Would Pisces Love?

Pisces enjoys work that allows for freedom of expression, which usually means working alone or in an autonomous position. The emotional, dreamy Piscean has to walk a tricky tightrope balancing a need for accomplishment with a desire to let their imagination run free. Typically Pisces needs work where he or she has plenty of outlet for human understanding and/or creative imagination. Consumed by their psychic perceptions and visits to higher planes, Pisceans tend to feel things more intensely than most – a quality, which is aided by their keen intuition. While the Piscean can feel overwhelmed with information and sensory perceptions, he or she can often appear to ‘pull’ a way of helping humanity, and the universe in which we live, out of thin air. The Achilles heel of Pisceans may be their tendency to dally in a dream state much too long. A reality check every now and again can be helpful.

The typical Piscean does not aspire to hold an executive position and can only tolerate being part of a team if there is an opportunity for frequent changes and adaptations, as befits this Sign’s mutable nature.

The Piscean can swing between two extremes as an employee. A happy Piscean who works in an attractive environment, where they can be creative and serve humanity, will be an extremely loyal worker. He or she will work with focus and efficiency on those activities that truly inspire. Although nobody knows how you operate and your timekeeping leaves a lot to be desired you will always manage to get the job done. As an added bonus – no employee understands their employer better than you or contributes more to the creative vision of your company.

An unhappy or frustrated Pisces will become depressed, lazy and totally useless and certainly won’t stick around to discuss the potential for improvement.

The Piscean employee is never open about their career goals; sometimes they don’t even know themselves. You are undemanding as an employee expecting little in terms of material reward.

Due to your sensitive, psychic and compassionate nature you find working in a culture where bullying and politicking is the norm toxic

To find out more take a look at my AstroCoaching for Pisces book – click on this link to find out more

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I Love My Job – What Jobs Would Aquarius Love?

I Love My Job – What Jobs Would Aquarius Love?

Aquarius will tend to like working as part of a group, possibly in a charitable, trade union or non-profit making organisation, as this is a sign that is powerfully motivated by working for the good of humanity.

The Water Bearer also enjoys plenty of stimulation, variety and a chance to express their inventiveness and creativity. It is no good expecting the water bearer to fit into a conventional corporate structure.

The mentally quick Water Bearer will enjoy and intellectual challenge, whether it’s dreaming up a totally new way of carrying out a given task or attempting to totally restructure the organisation for the good of colleagues and clients. Aquarian’s are very firm in their beliefs about how best to the job – they’ve spent a lot of time considering them, so will be viewed as a renegade or pioneer, depending on your point of view.

The typical Aquarian employee appears aloof, for you do not force your ideas or company on others, but gathers a wide circle of friends. With your humanitarian and insightful nature, you appeal to your colleagues while your stunning intellect and fresh minded approach to doing things usually keeps your employers happy. Your apparent lack of competitive drive tends to ensure that co-workers feel at ease with you. As a Sign which appears to others to have no worries about money or future security, you work for the joy of it until boredom kicks in, so a challenging, varied, vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment is a must. You are likely to switch jobs or careers a great deal when younger, in later life having analysed what suits you and what doesn’t, you will probably settle down with one employer. Early employment is often approached with a spirit of inquiry and fact gathering. The Water Bearer often explores via experience a variety of working roles and environments until they have sufficient data to decide what they really want to do and where they really want to do it. It is not unusual for younger Aquarians to opt for temping or contracting initially while they work out what they enjoy doing.

You are a worker who will regularly go off into a mental exploration of future possibilities, looking at everything from a broad perspective and combining wide ranging knowledge with keen insight to advise superiors about innovative growth opportunities. You tend to focus on humanitarian visions rather than your own needs and will thrive in an environment where you can develop business alliances and products for the common good.

You are tolerant and non-judgemental of colleagues, occasionally prying into others’ lives out of curiosity and as a learning exercise, but never betraying confidences. You do not like to be tied down to schedules, set routines or responsibilities; a free-wheeling creative role is best for you. Entrepreneurship would suit you provided that you can become more comfortable with decision-making, command, competition and combat. As a sign who is also more stimulated by intellectual stimulation and invention than making money, to truly excel as an entrepreneur you are best teaming up with a forward thinking Fire sign.

Negotiating savvy is not something that most Aquarians are blessed with, you tend to be uncompromising in your viewpoint yet you are unprepared to push your point of view on others. You are too likely to become interested in uncovering the motivations of others and in so doing find yourself wanting to do what’s best for them – even at your own expense!

To find out more take a look at my AstroCoaching for Aquarius book – click on this link to find out more

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Friday Photo Fun – Smokin’ Hot – Leo Goes Psycho!

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He’s smokin’!
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Wouldn’t want to meet him on a dark night!
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Friday Flash – Locked In – Friday Flash Fiction Part 3 of 3

Friday Flash – Locked In – Friday Flash Fiction Part 3 of 3

True to form, the great god Mediocritus returned to my life. Hospitals are not the healthiest places. They’re full of sick or dying people, after all. Some rather nasty bugs tend to party and breed there. And of course, I managed to get infected by one just a day before I was due to be discharged. I entered a deep coma. The problem was that I was conscious of everything that was being said about me, but couldn’t communicate. They call it locked in syndrome, and needless to say, it’s not that uncommon.

The doctors said I was in a vegetative state and would probably never recover. A completely new strain of virus had caused this, one they’d never seen before in anyone, probably a genetic mutation of an existing one.

I now have a stream of visitors, surgeons, interns, nurses, a journalist from the Lancet. And I can hear everything that’s being said about me. Learned articles will be penned about me, maybe even a TV program about this tragic victim of fate. I wonder who’ll play me when they make the movie?

Maybe I’m not a mediocrity after all.

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Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Pisces Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Pisces Flower Photo – Water Lily Photo – Friday Flower Photo

Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Pisces Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Pisces Flower Photo – Water Lily Photo – Friday Flower Photo

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Pisces Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Water Lily
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Water lilies are associated with all the Water signs and are most closely linked to the zodiac sign of Pisces.

To find put more about which plants and flower belong with which Zodiac sign take a look in Zodiac Flowers – Flowers And Plants For Each Sun Sign follow this link to find out more and get your free sample. Also take a look at Zodiac Sign Flowers – Flowers And Plants For Each Sun Sign click here to find out more and get your free sample.

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