Some words from Annandale

GC At The Devil's Beeftub

Welcome to the new and revamped! This is my very first blog post, and I’m not sure how things will proceed from here, but I do have a few articles that I ‘m looking to polish up and post here, and I’m looking forward to interacting with many of you.

It has been almost a full four months since I climbed aboard the big bird and flew across the atlantic ocean, back to my homeland after 32 years in the US. I left Sedona, Arizona, my hometown for the past 19 years, with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, anticipating that my return would be to a country rather foreign to the one that I left so long ago.

I had been feeling the need to return to Scotland for the past several years, and in the end my decision was precipitated by the death of my beloved siamese cats Eros and Buddha in 2012, and then by the rapid deterioration of my right ear. I’m still waiting for a full diagnosis from an EN&T specialist, but the symptoms I have seem to be “Hyperacusis”, and I appear to have a sub-set of that called “Recruitment”, which meant I was suddenly unable to teach classes or workshops because of my acute sensitivity to sound. After several months of watching my life and my finances draining away, I reached out to my circle of friends for assistance, and raised enough money to get myself and my most treasured belongings over the great pond.

Thankfully the UK has universal health care, and so ever since I arrived here, I have been addressing all of the health issues that had been neglected over the past 3 decades due to health care being prohibitively expensive in the US. I have also been reunited with my dear old Mother who has welcomed me into her home after such a long absence. Needless to say we have been enjoying catching up with the lost years and sparking all kinds of old memories.

The past few weeks have been spent designing and creating the new website which launched on Thursday November 26. I chose to publish the new site on Thanksgiving day in the US, partly because I liked the astrology of the day, and also as a symbolic thank-you to all of the Americans who have taken classes from me, had consultations with me and have welcomed me into their hearts and their homes over the past 32 years. I came to the US as an eager young astrologer, and it is through my experiences with all of you that I return to my homeland, a seasoned astrologer with a lifetime of experience. In particular I want to thank all of the angelic beings that made donations to my immigration fund, bought my excess possessions and booked last-minute readings in an effort to help me reach my goal. Thanks to all of you, and to all of those who supported my vision in a myriad of other ways, I am now settled into a new life, living in a moist and cool climate, after so many years in the dryness and warmth of the high desert. Surprisingly, I find Dumfriesshire relatively unchanged in the years that I have been absent, and the countryside looks much the same as it has for the last several decades. I have been enjoying lots of long walks with my Mother’s lovely black labrador, Sable, as I adjust to a different world.

When I started this post I thought I’d talk some astrology, but on reflection I’ll leave that mostly for another day. What I will mention though, is the continuing and ongoing square alignment between Pluto and Uranus, that is still grinding away on both collective and personal levels, exposing out-of-date forms and demanding change at profound levels, both personally and globally. The world is changing faster than our ability to keep up with it, and I fully expect the next year or two to accelerate this process. In one sense these may seem like scary times, but I am confident that where we’re headed will make all of our current discomfort worthwhile. In the meantime, hold onto your hats, keep your compass pointing to “T” for Truth, and enjoy the ride!

many blessings


reunited after 32 years

12 Responses to Some words from Annandale

  1. lindsey jane November 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Oh I’ve missed your words, I do enjoy a reason for thought and wondering and you always deliver, your journey is fascinating and your astrology experiential knowledge is superb……..Love and Light my friend x

    • Gavin November 30, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      Thanks Lindsey! I hope this is the first of many blogs!

  2. Joyce Mason November 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Gavin, you are a living model of accepting the need for major change in your life with grace and self-empowerment. You are an inspiration as I struggle with my own big changes the Uranus-Pluto square is insisting upon … and how to relate to a world in flux. I have been blessed to have you as a teacher, mentor and friend. You are never far from heart, and I love the world we live in that allows us to stay connected no matter how far apart we are in physical distance.

    Blessings on your new blog from a passionate blogger. It’s addictive in the nicest kind of way. Look forward to more …

  3. Gavin November 30, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Thanks so much Joyce, for all your support and friendship. Have a great Holidays!

  4. Nancy Freeman December 2, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    Dear Gavin–I am so grateful to hear the good news from you and that all is well there…. and everything is the same–how wonderful. How has European countries managed to pack all the people in without destroying the environment like we do here.
    I have been busy on my new book–Eat More! Lose More! a comprehensive system to get healthy, lose weight and have more energy… how does it get any better than that!! I was really inspired and passionate about sharing my knowledge with the mid-American who has no clue that what they put in their mouth affects their mental and physical well-being. Interestingly, although I have created 7 or 8 websites–this one gave me the most challenge–as it turns out the hard drive of my hosting company was faulty–but it took them a week of frustration for them to figure that out. And same with the uploading process for my Kindle Book–which I have done 4 before this… I keep persevering–I don’t have any other option… I want to get this completed as I have a new inspiration of my next book: PEACE “One day the Generals will call a war and no one will show up.” I’m going to use personal stories from soldiers from all wars–including my great-grandfather who kept a diary of his experience in the Civil War.
    So that’s it from here. We actually had a cool November with a bit of rain… so at least I’m not having to water my desert garden every day…
    Lots of good wishes and hugs to your Mom. I know she is so happy to have you there!!

    • Gavin December 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      Thanks Nancy! Things are starting to seem normal here for me. Of course the weather has been cold and damp and the nights long, but I’m enjoying a nice quiet, simple life in the country. Good luck with all your projects! Gavin

  5. Linda Green December 6, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    Hi Gavin,

    I had a wonderful reading with you in Sedona and have listened to the recording and viewed my maps several times. I’m so happy for you that all has worked out for you
    in transitioning back to your home country. It sounds beautiful and relaxing and very restorative – just what you needed with your health challenges. Your mom and Sable sound like great “bookends” in your present life helping you to adjust.

    I look forward to another reading with you and to savoring the soulfulness that resounds from your wisdom and experience – you’re truly unique.

    Wishing you so much good and happiness – and Happy Holidays too

    Linda (San Diego, CA)

    • Gavin December 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks for your kind words Linda. I look forward to connecting again soon. Enjoy the last days of 2013 and have a great start to 2014! Gavin

  6. Nancy December 16, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    Hi Gavin–heard news of a big, bodacious storm hitting Scotland about a week ago. I’m sure you kept warm. Note the new website… and I’m creating another one and writing another book… I’m having fun, and wishing something would give a few beans now and again. I just checked Jupiter will be on my ascendent in July 2014–I hop I can make. Last Jupiter transit over it I had lots of abundance–new home and new car!!

    Hugs to Mom!

    • Gavin December 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      The storm was a couple of weeks ago and knocked out our power for two days, so it wasn’t exactly warm! Still, we survived and all is back to normal now. I hope Jupiter brings you many good things and you have success with the books!

  7. Nancy December 16, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    PS–your website is beautiful. What software are you using for your blog??


    • Gavin December 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      the site and blog were all created on WordPress.

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