Tuesday, 6 June 2017

The State of American Vacation 2017

American work culture may be on the verge of major change. For fifteen years, American vacation habits saw unrelenting decline. But results from the latest, most comprehensive survey of American workplace attitudes toward time off shows the tide may be turning—and the trendline headed in a positive direction. Despite this encouraging sign, taking time off continues to be a challenge in America’s always-on work culture. American workers hold fast to the belief that the path to career success requires sacrificing vacation and embracing work martyrdom. But the data is unmistakably clear: planning for and taking time off benefits individual well-being and professional success, business performance, and the broader economy. America’s work culture has a long way to go to rewire its thinking. But for the first time in many years, there is reason to believe that change is possible. If it happens, 2016 may be the year that American work culture began to change. http://www.projecttimeoff.com/state-american-vacation-2017

A chart for the current  New Moon at Washington, DC is shown here. Notice that the Jupiter-Venus-Pluto T-square straddles the angles implying that it carries a significant message for the place. Venus-Jupiter is a combination that loves to enjoy life and that would include holidaying. Pluto in Capricorn reflects the need for change in institutions that tie us to the slavery of work.

What are Sabian symbols?
The Sabian Symbols were originally conceptualized in a partnership between astrologer Marc Edmund Jones and spiritual medium Elsie Wheeler in the early part of the 20th century, and published in a book by Jones called The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.  Channeled by Ms. Wheeler, there is one symbol for every degree of the zodiac, from the first degree of Aries to the 30th degree of Pisces. Jones was a Theosophist and therefore well acquainted with the concept of channeling Ascended Masters and the Babylonian Brotherhood. http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/astrologicalmusings/2009/07/a-history-of-the-sabian-symbol.html

Jupiter [13li32] is placed on the Ascendant and about to station direct at the same degree. The Sabian symbol for this degree is:

Phase 194: In the heat of the noon hour a man takes a siesta.
Keynote: The need for recuperation within the social patterns of everyday activity.

At the emotional-cultural level man today is not able to sustain constant activity. There must be rest periods, siestas or coffee breaks during which the individual withdraws within his own sphere of self-hood, not only for physical relaxation but for allowing the strange, but evidently necessary play of dream fantasies. Social structuring  cannot be maintained healthfully, without breaks, in whatever climate man may live. (Reference: An Astrology Mandala: The cycle of transformation and its 360 symbolic phases; Dane Rudhyar)

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