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Friday, February 28, 2014
Mom's hair and eyes

I am visiting my mom and we found her hair and eye colors with paint chips.

Here hair is not quite that red, I was using her iPhone and the lighting in the house combined to make it a bit golden.

back at my wedding in 2010

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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We are moving this week and while packing, I came across my great grandfather Willi Aeppli's book, The Developing Child.  While skimming it, I found a couple references to Steiner and a subject I'd been thinking about anyway.  It's a little far afield from color, but it connects through Steiner and his work with color and temperament.  What I've been thinking about is the physical aspects of PTSD, which includes carrying trauma in the body, which is triggered again during subsequent "fight or flight" episodes.

Here's where Aeppli quotes Steiner:

"The child, however, not only adopts external characteristics.  He also absorbs less tangible things, such as the adult's thoughts and feelings, and uses them to form his organs.  Rudolf Steiner said, 'Our thoughts live on in the physical body of the child.'  Later, they appear as strength or weakness of the organs. A time will come, Rudolf Steiner goes on to say, when prospective doctors, educators and psychologists will choose quite different themes for their dissertations than they do today.  They might, for example, discuss the following situation:  At the age of forty-eight* a man succumbs to an illness with such and such symptoms.  The illness is found to stem from certain ugly thoughts that confronted the person as a child of four or five (Rudolf Steiner, The Roots of Education).  It will behoove future biographers as well to adopt the basic attitude and insight expressed in this kind of dissertation theme." p. 203
 *(that's weird, I'm 48 right now)
"In a question and answer period Rudolf Steiner addressed this precise issue.  'Every soul trauma,' he said, 'also has an organic effect, especially in children. Everything that happens to the soul has corresponding physical repercussions that alter the course of the organism's development.  After a very specific number of years (life passes rhythmically), and as a result of these repercussions, a repetition of the initial effect on the organs occurs.  The re-traumatized organs now act back on the soul, which is traumatized in turn.  Therefore, instead of analyzing the patient's subconscious, we should be examining his physical health." p. 207

So one's own negative thoughts are stored in the body and effects health, but also the thoughts of your parents or teachers or other early caregivers.  So by extension, all of these effect the suppression of your natural dominant energy and probably even some manifestation of appearance (as effected by health).

Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Body Affirmations

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Wow, now this is a powerful site!

for example...

Here's a small list I created that is near my Zyla colors.

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Friday, February 21, 2014
When a type is wounded...

through the years of childhood

Update: 5/4/15 It's interesting now to have owned being T4 and to read this now...

Update: 8/21/15 Because I am nearly 50/50 T4 and T2, I found a way to make 2/4 work before I switched to 4/2.  I was approaching that transition when I wrote this, but not there yet.  I still felt injured by the messages about my Winter qualities, which I now celebrate.  So it's the same message, just flipped.


Originally written 2/21/14: I realize that all types -- whether dominant or secondary for you --have aspects of wounding. I have been thinking about how my 2/4 combination involves wounded types.

Recently, I had another couple times when I was told I was a 4, one by a professional on a brief Skype call.  I am becoming so at home with 2/4, that I realize how my 2/4 appears so 4 to people.  I suppose this is not true of all 2/4s, particularly blonde ones.  But since my hair is now so dark it reads nearly black, I think that contributes to looking closer to T4.  

Also, there are times and ways I act more T4.  There are aspects of my personality that are very 4, esp. if you look at my DISC.  

But I realized why I object to it.  I am not as strong as confident as I perceive the understanding of T4 to be in our community.  I am strong and confident, often, but usually through a T2 lens of either peacefulness or insecurity and anxiety, usually the latter pair.  Or it might be that my T2 calm is never pure, since the T4 is behind it wanting things to be perfected, or perfect, thus never satisfied.

I embrace the T2/Summer aspect of being a healer, but not everyone gets to see that or experience that aspect of me.  In part, I feel that this is my Scorpio energy, which most people don't really get to see, or if they do, they don't really get to know in depth. 

I embrace the T4/Winter aspect of being melancholic, deeply focused on pain through compassion, but also ever striving to improve things, thus highly frustrated with flaws in myself and the world.  Probably more people see this side of me, which is sad.  But my T4 is also probably my Sagittarius rising and moon, which is very heady and mental.  This is the aspect of T4 which is the High Priestess.

So let's look at the deeper level of wounding here.  My inner S4 (secondary 4) is the introjection of my family critical nature, like an inner critic or inner critical parent. And my inner S4 often attacks my T2 as being weak.  The strength of a true T4, acc. to Sinclaire, is the ability to set clear boundaries.  I mentally understand boundaries, but my body does not hold them.  I believe T2, being water, absorbs energy from people around them as a part of the T2 gift of empathy.  Thus, I am as strong a T2 as I can be (when my S4 supports me), but still a T2.

As a child, I pretty much raised myself in a lot of ways that I won't go into, but that is the 4 aspect proving competence.  I have accomplished more than any woman in my family, though many of them have gone to college, I'm the only one with a Master's (that I know of).  

For years in my profession (mental health), my S4 told my T2 to be good, kind, supportive, but not show weakness. Today I realize it is my weakness, or rather the acknowledgement of my human weakness, that is my strength as a healer and professional.

So my goal is to have the gifts of my dominant and secondary work together, not against each other.

It actually hurts when I am told I am T4, because it usually means the person doesn't know or understand me (which is usually not their fault!).  On the other hand, as a Jeweltone Summer, I am seeing more and more that I can dress very, very close to Winter or T4, and own my strength.  My colors are very close to Winter anyway.  But it's important to me to own the disctinction I understand about myself.

P.S. not meant to be directed at anyone who has considered me a Type 4 :)

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In the Facebook group, someone recommended books by Wendy J. Smith who writes on seasonal color analysis by heritage.  Here are my grandparents.

Maternal Grandfather
Malcolm Campbell
Scottish, Swiss, Dutch

Maternal Grandmother
Inez Heyman
German and Swiss

Paternal Grandmother
Eva Aeppli
Swiss citizen

Paternal Grandfather
Hans Leu
Swiss citizen

Two of my grandparents had a lot of contrast and were probably Winters, and the other two were either Summer or Spring.  Since I am Swiss on all sides, it makes sense to consider what the author notes about Swiss heritage.  She essentially says they are often Mixed Winters, which means that their secondaries are fairly even.  But my maternal grandfather being more Scottish, is a stronger Winter, being a dark celt almost.

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The question has come up as to whether the types are divided by introversion and extroversion (and whether it relates to MBTI temperaments).

  • "Sanguine (blood): Extroverted and people-oriented. Generally likes socialization, fun crowds, and showcases of people's talents; highly opposed to dwelling on the past. Exhibits optimism, compassion, good cheer, a love of fun, enthusiasm. On the flip side, they may be impulsive, gullible, self-indulgent,lustfulDrama Queenseasily distracted, or even an uber-slob or space case. Tendency to anger-burst, followed by "forgive and forget"; tendency to move on rather than blame anyone. Can often be a KeetThe LoonieSpirited CompetitorBoisterous BruiserBlood KnightThe PollyannaGentleman and a ScholarGossipy Hen, or Motor Mouth; or if female, a more plucky/outgoing Proper LadyKawaiikoGenki Girl, or The Chick.
    • Expressive high, responsive high; response's delay short, duration short.
    • The Inspired Influencer of DISC.
    • Corresponds to the season of spring and the (hot and moist) air element.
    • In a person's life, it corresponds to young childhood (roughly ages 0-13).
    • Will often correspond with the Optimist when in a Four Philosophy Ensemble.
  • Choleric (yellow bile): Extroverted and task-oriented. Mainly seeks success and completion of tasks, and likes to be in charge of successful projects. Exhibits leadership, dominance, ambition, and charisma; also tactical and very passionate. On the flip side, highly pridefuleasily angered or upset and may show arrogance, narrow-mindedness, obsession, and a Hair-Trigger Temper — but known for not showing any kinds of emotion otherwise. Rather than forgive, tendency to snap and move on while kicking to the curb; tendency to blame others. Likes to be independent and have control over others; could beThe Bully or a Bad Boss if in charge. The most likely to be things such as The LeaderThe NeidermeyerAnti-Hero, or The Lancer. If The Smart Guy, it's by being crafty and cunning. If female, will be a fierce Lady of War or a Tsundere. If heroic, Good Is Not Nice may come into play.
    • Expressive high, responsive low; response's delay short, duration long.
    • The Dominant of DISC.
    • Corresponds to the season of summer and the (hot and dry) fire element.
    • In a person's life, it corresponds with adolescence and young adulthood (roughly ages 13-35).
    • Will often correspond with the Realist when in a Four Philosophy Ensemble.
  • Melancholic (black bile): Introverted and task-oriented. These characters can be extremely passionate and have high ideals. The intentions and longings found in this temperament are mainly the making and following of rules, good manners being among those rules. These characters focus on the world of internal thought and the best way to apply those thoughts. Independent, courteous, organized, highly refined, hard-working (though tend to work a little too much), analytical; but also a detached, neuroticobsessive perfectionist whose insanely high standards can lead to depression. Rather than forgive, tendency to withdraw and brood; tendency to blame others, self, and "all of the above" (sometimes all at once). Prone to over-thinking on petty matters which easily makes them stressed to the point of paranoia and are also prone to gluttony or coveting. Often The Sneaky Guy or a very serious form of The Smart Guy and an excellent candidate for The Leader. Can often hide in a sour shell and, if female, be a more brooding loner-type Ice QueenDark Action GirlThe Ophelia,Femme Fatale or Mysterious Woman. Those melancholics who have taken to lives of action can be the Byronic Hero or a Manipulative BastardI Work Aloneis sure to come into play.
    • Expressive low, responsive high; response's delay long, duration long.
    • The Cautious and Conscientious of DISC.
    • Corresponds to the season of autumn and the (cool and dry) earth element.
    • In a person's life, it corresponds to middle-aged adulthood (roughly ages 35-65).
    • Will often correspond with The Cynic when in a Four Philosophy Ensemble.
  • Phlegmatic (phlegm): Introverted and people-oriented. Sometimes referred to as "the sweethearts" of the personalities. The dreams and passions of this temperament are mainly the spread of kindness, forgiveness, and restoration of peace and harmony. Generally calm, rational, quiet, and reliable; but alsodociletimid, and / or lazy, and frequently hides all emotions (other than sympathy). Tends to be dependent on others, either by choice or because of insecurity, they are also prone to Sloth. This temperament is a people person but sometimes expresses these traits in an awkward fashion. Tendency to perhaps brood temporarily, but then "forgive and forget"; tendency to blame self and are prone to awkwardness, indecisiveness but still remain focused. Can often be Weak, but SkilledThe HeartWide-Eyed Idealist, or a more relaxed version of The Smart Guy and, if female, may be an Emotionless GirlYamato NadeshikoTeam Mom, or more submissive Proper Lady.
    • Expressive low, responsive low; response's delay long, duration short.
    • The Support and Steadiness of DISC.
    • Corresponds to the season of winter and the (cool and moist) water element. (However, water also corresponds to melancholic characters that havecontrol over ice.)
    • In a person's life, it corresponds to older adulthood (roughly ages 65 and up).
    • Will often correspond with the Apathetic or the Conflicted when in a Four Philosophy Ensemble.
  • Leukine (white plasm): Ambiverted and dually-oriented. The "central" temperament that was created for those who didn't have one of the four clearly-established temperaments. This type of character can generally be described as middle-of-the-road and neutral. Tends toward either true apathy or rotating among nearly all the world's emotions (nothing too explosive or extreme) at a smooth, gradual rate. In a positive light, having more than one temperament or balanced among temperaments; but in a negative light, a non-temperamentThe Generic Guy, and a Standardized Leader. Usually reserved for protagonists, The Hero or other leaders when they are neither Hot-Blooded nor emotionless characters, and somewhat more independent but not as introverted.
    • Expressive moderate, responsive moderate; response's delay variable, duration variable.
    • Will often correspond with the Conflicted or the Apathetic when in a Four Philosophy Ensemble.
Some sets of four form a "Combo Ensemble" (blending two adjacent temperaments each based on a common aspect), as follows:
  • Sanguine and Choleric (the Artisan): Extroverted and dually-oriented. On the positive side, the most brave, passionate, energetic, and tactical (as "Artisan" suggests) of the temperament combos. But on the negative side, the most impulsive and emotional, and can cause the most drama to happen. Can range from Real Man (especially as The Munchkin), to genki Blood Knight if viewed in a negative light, and almost always highly selfish. Characters on the side of good with this combo tend to be Hotblooded, with some Idiot Hero tendencies. Also seems to be popular for Anime heroes.
    • Expressive high, responsive moderate; response's delay short, duration variable.
    • Corresponds to the double-element lightning (air + fire).
    • Often the Realist and/or the Optimist in a Four Philosophy Ensemble.
  • Choleric and Melancholic (the Rational): Ambiverted and task-oriented. The temperament combo most calculative (as "Rational" suggests) and insistent on things being in line with the Lawful Good. Especially good in instructing with authority and preventing bad influences over or hindrances against the project at hand. On the flip side, quite prone to greed, gluttony, hypocrisy, manipulation, and a judgmental, Holier Than Thou demeanor. Can be a Mood-Swinger andsuspect and/or resent sympathy from anyone else. Tendency less to forgive and more to be harsh in blaming others. Often can be The Smart Guy in terms of common sense and craftiness; also can be Insufferable Genius. The temperament combo most susceptible to being a Grumpy BearTsundereRules LawyerKnight in Sour Armor, relentless leader-like version of Neat Freak, or a Knight Templar. A villainous extreme would be such things as Straw Hypocrite and The Caligula. For heroes, I Work Alone almost always comes into play.
  • Melancholic and Phlegmatic (the Idealist): Introverted and dually-oriented. The most sensitive, deep-feeling, mannerly temperament combo and, as "Idealist" suggests, the most focused on the abstract and character ideals. Also focuses on following the rules and seeing justice and goodness done, being the community's moral compass. On the negative side, it is the most shy, timid, neurotic, and prone to harbor hurt feelings. Has some particular expectations of others, but in most common cases too timid to express them. May brood at times; tends to be harsh in blaming the self. Often The Smart Guy. Can range from bookish Nice Guy to Kuudere/Sugar and Ice Personality. On The Hero's side, Beware the Nice Ones is almost always a factor.
  • Phlegmatic and Sanguine (the Guardian): Ambiverted and people-oriented. The temperament combo that thrives most on relationships with other people and is the most emotionally strong for other people. Usually the most easygoing and least judgmental; and, as "Guardian" suggests, supportive and helpful atguarding a team or family from falling apart. On the flip side, often overly tolerant and/or permissive; often sluggish about any task that requires spending a bunch of mental energy. Often evaluates other people in a very optimistic light, an overlap of The Pollyanna and the Wide-Eyed Idealist (distinct from theabove "Idealist"). Usually the diametric opposite of an Insufferable Genius or Neat Freak. Taken to an extreme, can be a Cloud Cuckoolander.
    • Expressive moderate, responsive high; response's delay variable, duration short.
    • Corresponds to the double-element dew/cloud (water + air).
    • Often the Conflicted, but usually the Realist in a Four Philosophy Ensemble."

NOTE: This is only one of many correlations of the four humors and four temperaments.

  • Sanguine and Choleric (the Artisan): Extroverted and dually-oriented. T1/3 or 3/1 = SP
  • Choleric and Melancholic (the Rational): Ambiverted and task-oriented. T3/1 or T4/3 = NT
  • Melancholic and Phlegmatic (the Idealist): Introverted and dually-oriented. T4/2 or T2/4 = NF
  • Phlegmatic and Sanguine (the Guardian): Ambiverted and people-oriented. T2/1 or T1/2 = SJ
  • Corresponds to the double-element dew/cloud (water + air).

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Celebrities with the same Sun and Rising signs

Jennifer Garner, Olivia Hussey Lucy Lawless, Kourtney Kardashian

Donatella Versace, Catherine Tate, Chloris Leachman. Gabriella Sabatini
Michelle Phillips, Juliette Lewis, Ally Sheedy, Sandra Valentin

Karen Black, Liv Tyler, Suzanne Vega, dancer Lucinda Childs

Emmanuelle Beart, Gillian Anderson, Zelda Fitzgerald, Jennifer Lopez
Nicole Richie, Rachel Bilson, Cathy Downs, Beatrice Sabin

Deborah Kerr, Kate Winslet, Fran Drescher, Barbara Walters

Grace Kelly, Kathy Griffin, Rachel McAdams, Bjork

Nely Furtado, Scarlette Johansson, Alyssa Milano, Sinead O'Connor

Zooey Daschanel, Yvette Mimieux, Shirley Bassey, Giovanna Ravilli

Charlotte Rampling, Merle Oberon, Kim Novak, Robert Flack

Singer Bambou, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Cathy Downs, Nancy


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