Become a Wise, Old Owl

Situation

Today, we will enjoy an optimistic, opportunistic new moon in Sagittarius, setting the scene for events to unfold from today until the full moon on 12 December.

Wide, open vistas combined with an active imagination fuel you to enthusiastically take up that which the universe has on offer and turn it into a bright, happy dream.

Issue

But first, you need an accurate picture of what it is that is actually on offer and because Sagittarius is involved, there’s a good chance that wishful thinking, rather than realistic appraisal, becomes the order of the day.

This risk is elevated by the fact that Mars is in opposition to Uranus, an energy that encourages hasty, impatient, impulsive action.

If you want to make the best of the next two and one-half weeks, take up the persona of a wise, old owl, silently and purposefully twisting your head full circle, taking in all that which others, less observant than you, will fail to see.

Advice

When assessing any situation, it will always be tricky to get the right mix of impulse and slow, careful deliberation.

This is because of the way that our brains work.

The closer scientists look, the clearer it becomes that we’re more like animals than we’d like to think. Yet equally, we can and do benefit from the human cortex, the part of our brains that plans and deliberates. Allow all parts of your brains to confer freely and openly and make better decisions. But when you allow only one part of your brain to function at the expense of the rest, it can go horribly wrong.

From an early age, we are told that cool heads prevail. We are warned that we ought never allow our emotions push the agenda. But research now suggests what we really need is a good working balance of both intellect and gut feelings.

To accomplish this, cultivate your emotional self-awareness; notice heightened feelings of both excitement and fear and pay close attention as to how they do or do not influence your behavior. Ask yourself questions such as ‘what caused these feelings’, ‘where might they come from’, and ‘in what context am I most likely to experience them’.

Later, reflect back on the decisions that were made as the result of such these feelings – did they pay off or not? Should they be repeated or avoided?

Hindsight is the best sight, and so use it.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out Gary Klein’s book, The Power of Intuition.

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