|I still think we need a few more early nights!|
Well. . .if one is going to invoke chaos (as only someone with Saturn in Pisces can!), one had better learn to love it.
And I don't know, I must have been walking around with a chaos magnet these past couple of weeks.
But it's all good. Honestly.
Gopal Bhattacharjee, his lovely wife Churni and I finally got to celebrate our successful conference together last night. Now we know not everything was perfect, we understand a few things could have gone better but we're pretty sure about one thing: we met our objectives in helping East and West understand each other a little more. We're building a bridge, we expected a little (snork!) argy-bargy and we're enormously grateful for all the support we've received and continue to receive as already we're planning our 2020 conference!
I decided I needed a little time away from Kolkata immediately after the conference. I did
question my sanity as I packed for a week long tour because all I wanted to do after the conference was shut myself in a quiet room with the lights off for a few days. I hadn't really even recovered from the jet lag I had accrued during my very brief visit to Cape Town just before the conference. But once the shock of being on yet another plane wore off, and with the support of my fabulous travelling companions, I really had a wonderful adventure. Hanuman ki jai! I'll write more about this in a future blog.
|First time as a bridesmaid with my beautiful Ana in Cape Town|
Planning and organising the conference was so intense that I really did put my life on hold. I don't say this to gain sympathy
(although I wouldn't mind a little) but just to point out that WHOOSH I suddenly have a lot of things to put back together. So as Gopal and Churni and I clinked our glasses to our successes last night, a few things started to dawn on me.
|With Dorothy and Ra: Number 1 travel companions!|
At 3:00 am this morning. I mean I thought I was doing well keeping my Western astrology class going this week.
And then I discovered I didn't actually post my Christmas blog when I got to my office this morning. And I came across a note to myself that read : "Don't forget to book flights to Serbia". And then I remembered I have lectures to prepare for the Johannes Kepler Institute of Astrological Research and Education in Belgrade next month.
My website still has 2017 yearly horoscopes up. I'm not even going to put the link in until I fix that. Yikes.
I have three books that need to be finished. And several requests for interviews that I need to chase up and a few webinars (one for the Organisation for Professional Astrology) that I need to pull together. All of which needs to be done before the United Astrology Conference in May.
Of course there's also the conference in Italy in June
Oh and my teaching agency back in London is on my case.
So all of this is to say, it's been a little crazy.
I like some craziness. I love the chaos of craziness because I work well without too much structure. Actually, I dislike structure altogether but I know other people need it so I just try to roll with it most of the time.
But I honestly think today is just one of those days that I look at the mess and think: "OMG, I need to spend a little time fixing up."
So I went for a good run at the gym. I'm getting better and I like it a lot better too. I organised my desktop (I can always tell when things are getting the better of me when my desktop is LOADED). And made a plan for catching up that included looking at my diary and making a commitment to clearing some of that massive to-do list.
It's just one of those days I need to take a bit of time to put the pieces back together.
But in the midst of the chaos, I found out another one of my articles will appear in Dell Horoscope!
So you see, it's all good!
I'll sign off with a photo of yours truly dancing at our Astrology Mega Party in Kolkata. Why am I posting a photo of my klutzy self dancing? Because I have NEVER been to an astrology conference where everyone danced with such abandonment and merriment. No matter what we disagree about or who we disagree with, today I am going to remember that astrologers laughed and danced together like never before in India. For a few hours, the astrology community boogied together and enjoyed each other's company whether they used the sidereal or the tropical zodiac.
I hope we will remember that it is totally possible to put our differences aside and just boogie with the chaos. I hope we can do it again in 2020.
|A true riot of colours and sounds and there was even a drone hovering around to take more photos|
|How they set up a party in India!|
|Lynn Bell and Maurice Fernandez letting loose!|
|Everyone was dancing!|
|I think it's fair to say they had no idea what they were getting themselves into|
|I may not be much of a dancer but yes, even I got up to dance|
|Now THIS is a proper DJ!!|