Recipe No. 7 – How To Ask For A Raise.

Step One: If you’re self-employed, ask yourself. Promptly grant that raise. If you are otherwise employed, you’ll need to keep reading.

Step Two: Timing is key. Notice when your boss is not busy, sitting down, and in a good mood. Yelling “RAISE! GIMME!” in the vicinity of your boss will probably not work well.

Step Three: Remind your boss about all your hard work. Be confident, not arrogant. Politely, but firmly, ask for a raise.

Step Four: Be prepared to quit. Bosses like to give sorry excuses like, “we just can’t afford to give you a raise right now,” and “in all fairness to your co-workers…” Have a signed resignation letter on deck. It may help to get you that raise after all.

CONGRATULATIONS! 👏 YOU ASKED FOR A RAISE!* 💰💰💰

*Asking for a raise and/or threatening to quit your job does not guarantee getting a raise. Hey, but at least you asked. 

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Recipe No. 6 – How To Become A Cult Leader.

Step One: Have an idea. A good one. One that will sell itself.

Step Two: Prey on minds that believe they need what you’re selling. Usually, in some form or another, the sell is about a particular lifestyle or image. They will begin to follow you, oh great leader.

Step Three: Keep your followers on their toes. Make sure they are so brainwashed and bathed in fear that it will take a great leap in life to stop following you. Ever.

Step Four: When minds start to wake up to whatever they’ve believed, make sure you have enough money to keep your cult going. Discredit non-believers at every turn. Be so fearful and powerless- errr, I mean fearED and powerFUL that you don’t have to appear to be grasping at straws to maintain “order.”

CONGRATULATIONS! 👏 YOU HAVE BECOME A CULT LEADER.* 😱

*A cult can be seen as such depending on perspective. Scientology? Consult the dictionary definition. An economy based on consumerism? You decide.

Recipe No. 5 – How To Fall In Love.

Step One: Project. Make sure you do NOT see the person you’re attracted to clearly.

Step Two: Find a lovely gated community together on Cloud No. 9.

Step Three: Begin to see your mate for who he/she really is. Learn how to forgive. Over and over and over again. And then. Some more.

 

CONGRATULATIONS! 👏 EVEN IF YOU’VE FALLEN FOR ONE GIANT CON, YOU’VE STILL FALLEN. IN. LOVE. ❤️ 💕 

Recipe No. 4 – How To Get Through a Power Outage in the Middle of a Summer Day.

Step One: Get naked. The A/C won’t be working for a while, so it is best to take precautions.

Step Two: Eat food before it spoils. Start with the freezer – ice cream or popsicles are first in this crisis.

Step Three: Divvy up your time with your most-charged devices. Save your cell phone for last – you never know when you might need to phone a friend (or answer a call) for that tricky Who Wants To Be A Millionaire question.

Step Four: Still no power? Take a nap and pray 🙏 that your devices will be re-charged again in the convenience of your own home rather than at some random Starbucks outside of the zone of affected power-outage customers.

CONGRATULATIONS! 👏 YOU MADE IT THROUGH A 1ST WORLD CRISIS. 😱

*Inspired by yet another no A/C situation at my job today. Almost the 3rd power outage of some kind at my job/home this summer. I stand by this recipe. It is utterly complaint-proof. 

Recipe No. 3 – How To Appear Mature.

Step One: Learn how to tie a tie. Male or female – makes no difference. Mature adults know how to tie ties.

Step Two: Open up a Roth IRA, a 401K, and learn how to talk about ROIs like it’s your job.

Step Three: Have dinner parties, game nights, or write a novel about your life. If you’re wanting to appear REALLY mature, you’ll do all three.

CONGRATULATIONS! 👏🎇 YOU AT LEAST LOOK LIKE A MATURE ADULT. 👩‍💼👨🏽‍💼💼

Recipe No. 1 – How To Be A Tyrant.

Step One: Bully others, subtly or overtly.

Step Two: Hear gossip about your actions, behavior, reactions, words, tone, or otherwise “you” related items. Be invested enough in your ego to give a fuck.

Step Three: Fire anyone who doesn’t agree with your “leadership” style. Show them how much you give a fuck about their opinions of you. Show them your weakness – errr, I mean your power.

👏👏 CON-GRATULATIONS!!** YOU ARE NOW A TYRANT.

**Side effects may include: dizziness from abuse of power, a high level of displaced emotion, a see-through illusion of strength, an abnormal level of insecurity, a life based on fear with little or no access to your heart, a low level of ability to think before you act/speak, and overwhelming loneliness.

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I started reading a new book AFTER getting this post ready. First chapter, no joke: Mind As Tyrant. Synchronicity in my life never gets old.

“Whenever you find yourself living a in a time that is riddled with chaotic and/or deceptive energy, you may notice that you feel rather small. …What is really needed is a way to think outside the box.” – The Matter of Mind: An Explorer’s Guide to the Labyrinth of the Mind, by Master Djwhal Khul through Kathlyn Kingdon

Mars.

Mars says “I act.”

MARS IN ARIES

Mars in Aries is at home! Mars rules both Aries and Scorpio, so whenever it shows up in its “home,” the energy flows more naturally. Of course, that is not to say that things will be smooth; rather, it just means that the energy moves with a certain ease or freedom. Mars (no matter what sign) caters to the Sun, so this energy is about enabling the individual Will to act on its intentions and to create movement. The Mars in Aries native, specifically, may be more likely to attack, to be aggressive, to be a go-getter, to move quickly, and, in general, to behave like a firecracker! If their Sun is in a certain placement, it shifts the focus – still, it adds fuel to a fire. The energy here simply wants to release fire energy – and fast!

MARS IN TAURUS

Mars in Taurus can be likened to the image of a bull chasing a red cloth. It’s like an instinctual desire to go after something that the eye + brain know to “catch.” Mars is a consort to the Sun, so the individual Will energy (the sign/house an individual Sun is located in) plays a key role in understanding how this energy is showing up for any native with Mars in Taurus. What can be said, without that type of focus, is that Mars in Taurus describes a drive for stability and self-sufficiency. The Mars in Taurus person may be more likely to go after material or monetary investments, to have values that cater to the need for stability, and, in general, have a passion for the “good life.” The ideas of the “good life” may be different for each native: the “good life” may range from a vision for living off the grid and on the land…or it may be feeling comfortable in a luxury condo in the middle of Manhattan. Comfort is key and sought after!

MARS IN GEMINI

Mars in Gemini is like the quick-moving Mercury…on speed! The individual with Mars in Gemini will most likely have a fast mind, a fired-up intellect, and/or a need for constant mental stimulation. As with all Mars energy, the Mars in Gemini native will better understand this part of their make-up when they understand their Sun sign energy first and foremost. Their minds are quick to learn, though, so any and all information taken in will lead to other paths in need of further stimulation. The Mars in Gemini person may be more likely to gossip and stir up mental constructs of reality. The motive is not necessarily some kind of attempt to create psychological warfare; however, this type of energy may be more prone to unleashing random mind-reality constructs (whether conscious of it or not)! At its best, this energy is highly charged to move current collective informational trends forward. Marketing, advertising, and political columnists or cartoonists may be likely to carry this type of energy somehow. The natal chart is imperative to reading this energy well, but given here are some tidbits of information for those with Mars in Gemini!

MARS IN CANCER

Mars in Cancer is the crab – moving sideways – with intent! Mars is not exactly comfortable in Cancer, but that does not mean that those with Mars in Cancer have trouble finding comfort. In fact, quite the contrary – Mars in Cancer natives tend to be highly emotional and highly sensitive…which leads them towards seeking what makes them comfortable on the instinctive + emotional levels. These types will be more likely to find environments that allow them to survive, to thrive, and to be emotionally comfortable in their well-protected shells. Moreover – and as with all Mars signs – the individual Sun sign/house is important to understand as well. Basically, the Sun acts as the Will; Mars brings/offers energy and action to implement the individual Will. If the natal Sun is in Libra in the 9th and the natal Mars is in Cancer in the 6th, the energy may be reflected through health or work environment, as the Will desires spiritual balance. That’s just an example; the energy can really vary here. Mentoring and readings are available for further insight into your unique energetic makeup!

MARS IN LEO

Mars in Leo is a lovely placement for Mars energy because it is comfortable in the fire element as well as the inherent creativity-oriented realm! There are always going to be perceived “negative” and “positive” placements for anything; however, this energy is generally experienced more positively. Mars in Leo natives tend to be highly attuned to their own desires and Will. This tendency is partially due to the fact that Leo is ruled by the Sun, and the Sun acts as the symbolic Will that Mars energy enacts. The individual with Mars in Leo may tend to come off as reckless, child-like or childish, and/or highly creative somehow. Regardless, they also tend to bring people together in joy, love, and fire-y light! The house placement for Mars as well as the Sun sign + house information is needed to more fully understand how the overall amalgamation of energy is playing out. However, the natal chart is truly the best way to understand this energy and how the interplay of energies manifests for any given individual. RAWWWWRRRR to the Mars in Leo native no matter what!

MARS IN VIRGO

Mars in Virgo is an interesting placement for Mars, energetically. Mars rules both Scorpio and Aries; so, when one thinks of how this energy shows up in Virgo based on that information alone…well, everything becomes quite particular. No surprise since Virgo is all about details! With that said, the Mars in Virgo native may be highly skilled in editorial work, philanthropic investments, surgical or medical research work, and more. These individuals tend to discern well, to dissect well, and to see how the smaller parts cater to the “whole” in whatever field or environment they find themselves in. Generally, the energy tends to be of service to others; however, there are many other manifestations that occur with this energy. Again, and as with all of Mars’ possible placements, the native Sun energy helps to paint a clearer picture: the Sun’s Will is only propelled in a direction that Mars energy offers.

MARS IN LIBRA

Mars in Libra can be extreme! It can also be highly balanced – it simply depends on how one uses this energy. Libra is about balance, but it also holds its own duality in extremes. The Mars in Libra native may be extremely attracted to and motivated by partnership at the same time that it nearly demolishes relations at the same time. Or, perhaps, the Mars in Libra individual brings a tornado to any already existing balance…in order to propel it forward in a new direction! The Sun sign/house placement is just as important to understand if this energy is to be intermingled well. Mentoring, readings, and natal chart services are offered for those interested in further integration. Regardless, I diplomatically salute the skills of the Mars in Libra native!

MARS IN SCORPIO

Mars in Scorpio is at home! Mars rules both Aries and Scorpio, and – like mentioned above (Mars in Aries section) – whenever Mars shows up in its “home,” the energy flows more naturally. Still, that does not mean that the energy will be a smooth, utopian river. In fact, with Mars in Scorpio, the energy becomes extremely powerful and is often felt as rather turbulent! The turbulent, crisis energy that comes naturally to the Mars in Scorpio blend may not be exactly delightful to those who are not native to or familiar with its movement. The highest potential of this placement is a strong catalyst – almost regardless of the Sun sign/house. In other words, no matter the individual Will, this energy will carry transformation because it is so extremely potent. The Mars in Scorpio native will have some part of themselves that comes off as a powerful mover-and-shaker…highly sexual, highly probing, highly forceful, or otherwise intensely transformative in some way. Depending on the individual, this energy can be used “positively” or “negatively.” A closer look into the natal chart can offer insight about utilization of this energy – for both the individual Will as well as for the collective.

MARS IN SAGITTARIUS

Mars in Sagittarius is quite agreeable energy, and it tends to act as a type of ambition towards capital T “Truth(s). Mars energy is often easier to navigate when involved with a fire sign, like Sagittarius. The house placement will add a flavor to the “where” the energy is showing up, but regardless, the Mars in Sagittarius native may be more motivated to find freedom in and through belief. How the thoughts/reflections on belief and freedom show up are totally unique; in fact, in an extreme of this energy, the native may somehow become attached to a form of fundamentalism in their ever-unfolding path. The mutability to this placement often allows the individual a plethora of options for the concept of ‘freedom.’ The more stubborn and strict fundamentalist energy will generally cater to certain types with certain links to the word ‘freedom.’ Overall, the Sun sign and house energy is highly connected to understanding one’s focus, as it is with all Mars placements. I definitely recommend checking out information on your house placement for Mars! If you are still more curious, check out options of individual readings here!

MARS IN CAPRICORN

Mars in Capricorn is activated ambitious energy! More than likely, the Mars in Capricorn native will exhibit a natal chart with strong ambition in some portion(s) of life activity. Of course, it takes a lot of “big picture” weaving and dissemination to understand exactly how this energy may be patterning. Regardless, there are key ideas and keywords to take in here: the energy tends to point towards a focused drive in the areas of control, work, performance, ambition, public image, parenting, discipline, and the like. The house placement is pivotal for understanding this energy, as much as (if not more so than) all other potential Mars sign energy (see below). Plus, as mentioned in all of these Mars’ descriptions, the Sun sign and house energy are important to understand fully. Mars is the apparent action energy to the individual Will; without Mars energy, the Will would sit idyll…waiting for something to propel or force the creative energy in some direction. Mars in Capricorn natives are patient enough (even for supposed “fated” events)…yet, the idea here is to use action-oriented energy to progress in some worldly form!

MARS IN AQUARIUS

Mars in Aquarius is the warrior for individuality! This placement of energy tends to depict those that are not only prone to eccentricity, innovation, and future-minded trends, but also distinctive freshness, revolutionary style, and large-scale social change. The specifically aware Mars in Aquarius native may have other components to further amp up what this energy already holds. As with all Mars energy, the Sun sign and house energy collectively blend to create a larger picture for how and where this flow of drive and action manifests. It is already difficult to generalize natal chart placements in this form, but the Mars in Aquarius energy makes this difficulty quite poignant: one never knows how the energy will truly show up without further insight and connection. If you’re really interested in learning more specific information, I recommend Mentoring Services!

MARS IN PISCES

Mars in Pisces appears to be the most gentle placement there is for Mars energy. In fact, regardless of Sun sign/house energy and/or other detailed natal chart configurations, this Mars placement brings a subtle, compassionate blend for clarity and change. Natives with this placement tend to have a fire-y rage watered down to some part of a spectrum of two major extremes: vision for a particular type of humanitarian paradise and connective Oneness; or, a dream of perpetual simplicity and letting go. Pisces is a sign opposite to Virgo, but the duality inherent in the energy actually becomes quite vague…there is awareness of the illusory nature of whatever we call “reality.” Judgements and critical notes of what it means to be “perfect” are noted – and then dropped off with any anger or rage that arises. In other words, the Mars in Pisces native may be very aware of conflict and pain, but the energy generally gets diluted and distilled into what the essence of Being truly is.

Phases of the Moon: Day Twenty-Nine.

Not heard
So extremes are enacted:
Scream or go silent.

Not seen
So extremes are reactive:
Deny or disappear.

Already wounded
With a world’s wrong recipe
On how to help heal. To calm.

Step One: Blame the victim.
The wound expands, bleeding
For its scream to be seen.

Step Two: Discern transparency.
Manipulate for a self-service
The system scrambles to caulk its cracks.

Step Three: To the Board of Trustees.
To the wolves with a pack of cigarettes,
And the antidote to their own mistrust disease.

Step Four: Create a new story.
Mix egg whites, blend yellow with black pepper,
Add the cream of the crop-
Depending on the season of expenditures.

Step Five: Change of season.
It’s happened, and it’s not in your control-
It’s time to let go and to trust.

Step Six: Faultiness finds fault.
Neither yours, nor mine, nor others.
It’s time to see the side mirror, find peace.

Step Seven: Magic transfers power.
The wolves hand over their creation for all
Their destruction offers space to rebuild.

Step Eight: Clear the spiders
Who live in the cracks of your car
Webs are indeed closer than they appear.

Step Nine: Accept no blame.
Stitch the wound with your grief
All the pain, not forgotten, can find relief.

Remember who you are
Remember where you come from
And write a new recipe with strength.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Last poem + last Phases of the Moon series posts (for now)…! Originally called, SOLD: Recipe For Healing, this poem so eloquently leads me into my next project. I am gearing up for my new (and more humorous) Inklings series: Recipes. Tomorrow I will share the opener to the next series. Onward!

July 21st, 2017.