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daruma doll x3   Daruma dolls represent the bounceability we all now need to flourish in these times. Nassim Taleb describes the early 21st Century as living in a world we don’t understand. As I have been discussing with you Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn is the astrological perfect storm for creating the necessary conditions for an environment punctuated by a real sense of transformation and shift. Todays solar eclipse in Taurus simply nudges us all one step forward in our own complex and changing inner and outer worlds. It will compel all of us to start to initiate some action towards transformation in our lives. But everything is moving so fast you say… Taleb suggests anti fragility is what is required to survive and thrive in an era such as ours. These years are being described as  Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous – We live in times of VUCA!

  • V = Volatility. The nature and dynamics of change, and the nature and speed of change forces and change catalysts.
  • U = Uncertainty. The lack of predictability, the prospects for surprise, and the sense of awareness and understanding of issues and events.
  • C = Complexity. The multiplex of forces, the confounding of issues and the chaos and confusion that surround an organization.
  • A = Ambiguity. The haziness of reality, the potential for misreads, and the mixed meanings of conditions; cause-and-effect confusion. So what is anti fragility? The Japanese call it daruma and they have a little figure as a talisman to enable you to get through these seemingly random and arbitary times. Today I will remember to be like a daruma doll. The Japanese motto is “Be knocked down 7 times, but get up 8!” So the seeds sown today will begin to truly emerge by the time of the solar eclipse in Scorpio later in the year even though you may be knocked down, disappointed, frustrated during the process. Get up! That is anti fragility!