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How to Stop Writing Interpretations When You’ve Reached the Good Enough Point

How to Stop Writing Interpretations When You’ve Reached the Good Enough Point

You probably know that Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance master, painted "The Last Supper." It's one of the most famous paintings in the world. The original was commissioned as a fresco painted on the end wall of the dining hall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. What you may not know is that da Vinci hated frescos.

Most frescos are created using dry pigments mixed with water, which are brushed into wet plaster while the wall is being built. Da Vinci hated the limitations of the technique. The choices of colors are limited because of how the pigments react to the lime in the plaster. But the biggest challenge is that you don't have time to perfect the painting. You only have until the plaster dries to finish the work, and once the pigment soaks into the plaster, you can't make any changes to it. 

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Red Flag Warnings: Three Encoded Ways Counseling Clients Tell You You’ve Screwed Up

Red Flag Warnings: Three Encoded Ways Counseling Clients Tell You You’ve Screwed Up

When sharing his thought on prison reform at a fundraising event in 2015, President Obama said, "We should be reforming our criminal justice system in such a way that we are not incarcerating nonviolent offenders in ways that renders them incapable of getting a job after they leave office."

Everyone laughed it off (including the President), but just because it's funny doesn't mean it's not true. This is a classic example of a Freudian Slip where messages from the unconscious mind show up unexpectedly.

The unconscious mind is vast and deep, and because it's unconscious, we have no idea what it contains. The unconscious mind communicates with encoded messages.

As an astrological or spiritual counselor, it's important to understand this. Your clients are always sending out unconscious, encoded messages. Your client will tell you when you've made a mistake — even if they're not conscious of it. 

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The Unexpected Value of Cookbook Interpretations

The Unexpected Value of Cookbook Interpretations

Have you heard the legend of the $250 cookie? It's been around for decades, but the most current version goes like this.

A woman and her daughter were having lunch at a café at a Dallas Neiman-Marcus and decided to try the famous "Neiman-Marcus Cookie" for dessert. They were so impressed with it, they asked for the recipe. The waitress allows that she couldn't give them the recipe, but she could sell the recipe for "two fifty." The woman agreed and the recipe was added to her tab.

When she received her credit card statement a few weeks later, she was shocked. She wasn't billed $2.50 for the recipe—she was billed $250! She demanded a refund, and the store refused. She consulted attorneys and was told she had no case. So to get her revenge, she makes the $250 "Neiman-Marcus Cookie" recipe available to everyone on the internet.

Snopes.com does its usual, thorough job of debunking this myth, but what's interesting is the recipe itself. It makes a tasty cookie, but not a cookie worth $250. But that doesn't mean the recipe is worthless. 

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Access Your Inner Astrologer

Access Your Inner Astrologer

Most astrologers know about the planets, but a talented astrologer knows them. There's a difference.

When you know about something, it lives in your head. You have an intellectual appreciation of it, but it's an abstract concept.

When you know something, it lives in you. You embody it. It's subjective and real and automatic. You can access and communicate it without thinking about it.

Knowing the planets is easy. You just have to access your inner astrologer. 

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The Art of Interpretation: Variations on a Blueprint

The Art of Interpretation: Variations on a Blueprint

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, "Yesterday" is the most appreciated song the Beatles ever recorded. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, between 1965 and 1986, over 1,600 versions of "Yesterday" were recorded making it not only the most popular Beatles song, but also the most recorded song ever.

If you wanted to listen to every recording of "Yesterday" back-to-back, it would take more than 56 hours. And even though you would be listening to the same melody time and again, you wouldn't get bored. Frank Sinatra's cover of "Yesterday" is different from Elvis Presley's. And you would never confuse Tammy Wynette's "Yesterday" with "Yesterday" performed by Daffy Duck. They all sing from the same sheet music, but they each bring something different to the interpretation. The art of musical performance means that "Yesterday" has a an infinite number of variations.

The art of astrology works the same way. Instead of sheet music, the natal chart contains blueprints. You work from the two-dimensional blueprints to build something three-dimensional, like a chair. But you can build an infinite variety of chairs from the same blueprint. 

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