I’m not really one of those persons who consults their horoscope at the drop of a hat, but then again, when things are playing out in patterns that seem to be repeating themselves all around you for no discernible reason, it’s a good idea to look for influences celestial. Mercury Retrograde has been in effect since November 16th and will go direct on December 6th. This time I have done my best (as they advise) to take the time to re-do and go inward, instead of taking direct action. Mercury going backward (or appearing to) will be very hard on Yang processes (like starting a project, anything mechanical or technological, and direct communication.) So the best thing to do is anything that is prefixed by “Re” (Like reflect, review, renew, reunite, reconstruct. ) You get the picture, right?
Now, for a very social, Five Element Acupuncturist, staying home to journal and practice Yoga can become a little confining during a three week retro-cycle, so I took the time to re-connect with community last week as a part of my Mercurial observation, and I was well rewarded. My great friend Hayes Paden, MA, LPC attended the Blue Ridge Community College Branding Conference on Thursday with me and we had a blast! The conference was sponsored by the SBC, Brand Door, and Asheville SCORE among other great business and marketing groups. Incredible speakers and presenters like Phil Davis of Tungsten Branding and Gary Heisey, founder of Brand Door inspired me to bump it up in the ongoing marketing and Branding research I am building for Huang Di: The Yellow Emperor Mobile Acupuncture and Herbal First Aide Clinic project. Tag lines and elevator speeches are ringing in my head!
Jason De Los Santos of Remedy Health and Wellness caught me by the coffee table to exchange a few words about the power of choice as Phil Davis put it in his keynote address. We both agreed that the choices you make every day in business should reflect your brand (or basically what you stand for personally.) Brand, to me, is a buzz word for personal integrity, or how you present yourself to the world.
Community Health is a huge component of Huang Di: Yellow Emperor Mobile Acupuncture and Herbal First Aide Clinic project. Health Education is another major role in bringing Alternative Modalities, Herbal Remedies, Qi Gong, Yoga , Nutrition awareness and self care information into populations that may not have access to these types of treatments and ideas. These ideas and great connections contribute to my Brand Reflection – Review – Reconstruction during this planetary phase of renewal and strengthening, before the dark of Winter.
Some say Mercury Retrograde is a bummer … but I say it has been a great opportunity to go within and strengthen ideas that will emerge in Spring! Happy Holidays!