Something about risking no’s to get yes’s…

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Saturday 10 August

Moon in Virgo

I’m going to Taiwan tomorrow morning- for a week.

I’ve spent the last couple of days in research mode- I intend using the time to come up with some pitches to travel magazines.

When you’re just starting out, most of the jobs you get are written on, what we call, spec. That means you pitch a story to an editor, offering to write it for them to have a look at, with no commitment from them to buy it. It’s a risk, but without the runs on the board, it’s also necessary. No editor is going to provide a commission until you have some decent travel copy to show them. So I do it- and given that I love to travel, and I love to write, it doesn’t feel much like work…even when the rejections come in.

Jupiter rules my Midheaven (and as a Pisces rising) my chart. My Jupiter is in Cancer in the 5th, so although he serves me well creatively, my work, my words, are a little like my children- to be nurtured and protected. It’s also where I need to take more risks and that means risking a no in order to get a yes.

Where am I going with this?

I’ve already started to pack- and the taxi won’t be here until 6.30am tomorrow.

I’m usually a pack on the morning of departure type of girl. The first time I went to Hong Kong to work for a week, I didn’t start to pack until my boss phoned to say the car was leaving his place- he lives not much more than 10 minutes away. I zipped up the bag as he pulled into the driveway…he wasn’t fooled.

Anyways, the Virgo Moon has helped me get my act together this time.

Speaking of the Moon, she has just joined hands with Venus and will be void of course for the rest of the day.

As with all voids, this can go either of two ways…or indeed, more.

You can go deeply into the “there’s way too much to do, and I’m never going to get it all done, and no one will notice if I have, so I’m not going to do anything” mode. Or you can go into self martyr, I’m so not appreciated, but I’m going to go about my day with a long suffering look on my face so that you know that I’m not appreciated. Or…you can just do it.

The key to the last option is to mindfully go through your routine, noticing all the little imperfections along the way, and choosing not to dwell on them. This is great energy to get all those things done that require detail and organisation- the things that you may have been putting off over the month.

And if you choose to do nothing? That’s ok too. Just be aware that it’s a choice- the to do list will still be there tomorrow.

I’ll leave you with that thought…