Sep 222014

Most people do not realize that astrology was the way medicine was practiced into the 17th century, like oriental medicine, which is much more widely accepted.  Medical astrology dates back to 400 B.C. and the time of Hippocrates, who said, “He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool.”  If there is one sign of the Zodiac that is obsessed with health and weight it is Libra.  How ironic that their Zodiac symbol is the scales?  And how facinating that many of the most famous celebrities who sell diet plans or tools to lose weight are mostly Libras?  Think of  Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch; former Weight Watchers spokesperson Sarah Ferguson; author and Thigh Master pitchwoman, Suzanne Somers; and Dr. Atkins of the famous high protein Atkins diet. Libras are always weighing in, usually with their opinions, which are often well thought out.  They are the most mental of the air signs.    There is a New Moon in Libra on September 24th, which coincides with the Fall Equinox.  A great time for Libras to set some health resolutions for the upcoming winter months. PS To everyone….. Don’t forget that Mercury goes Retrograde on October 4th!


Jun 182014

News Flash!  In case you haven’t noticed, this Mercury Retrograde period seems more pesky than usual. That is because Mercury Retrograde is doing a somewhat bothersome dance routine with Mars opposite Uranus. I heard a great quote about awkward dancing:  “A vertical frustration born to a horizontal desire.”  When you take the planet of aggressive energy (Mars), and put it against the planet of unexpected events (Uranus), it feels like two opposing forces fighting to take the lead. Think of this Mars/Uranus opposition as if you are the guy on the back of this unusual bicycle.   And the Mercury Retrograde adds to this feeling of going in reverse. Just hold onto your handlebars. Try to enjoy the scenery, because you don’t have that much control. Fortunately, with Mercury Retrograde it is usually just annoying delays and communication problems. It’s all over when we get to July.  Let me know if this Mercury Retrograde feels more intense for you!


Dec 072013


“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” April 20 1964, Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial

Nelson Mandela died on a day when clearly the angels were with him. The astrological aspects were pleasant and he went out with a gentle wind.  Neale Donald Walsh, author of CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, calls the day of our death our “Continuation Day”.  I believe he is correct.

I wanted to look at Mandela’s chart to see how a man could endure so many years in prison and not become bitter.  His Moon was in Scorpio (which wants to go to great depths) in the 12th house which rules prisons.  So his emotional intensity could handle the darkness of the place, because he understood darkness at the most profound level.  His beautiful Venus conjuct Jupiter was another reason for his lack of bitterness.  Moreover, I am struck by another deeply talented human being who was totally missing an element.  Nelson Mandela did not have any planets in earth.  What this means is that he was either completely grounded, or completely from another realm, and very much able to detach.  This would be a quality that would be useful to have in prison! So this amazing man that I have always admired, and who actually shared my birthday of July 18th, has left this plane.  I hope that from wherever he is now, he will continue to help us here on earth with that idea he cherished, of harmony and equality.



Jun 072013
Dr. Christiane Northrup on The Oprah Winfrey Show

Dr. Christiane Northrup on The Oprah Winfrey Show

One of the most well known medical doctors in the USA, Dr. Christiane Northrup, recently posted a comment regarding her strong belief in astrology:

When someone asks me why astrology plays such an important role in my life, I know they don’t see astrology the way I do. Astrology connects us to the universe—to the whole. It helps us make meaning out of seemingly meaningless events, especially the ones that test our resolve. It imbues the universe with the magic that our souls crave.

Maybe it has something to do with my being an OB/GYN. The phrase “moon time” was used for eons as a euphemism for menstruation. Of course, once-upon-a-time women lived together in clans, and so forth, and their menstrual cycles were synchronized with both each other and the moon. And any Labor & Delivery ward will confirm that more babies are born during a full moon than any other time of the month.

So when someone questions my belief in astrology, I reply with some questions of my own: “Do you believe in the phases of the moon? Do you believe in the seasons?” And then I add, “Because astrology is about aligning with the forces that rule the moon, the tides, and the turning of the planets, and then finding your unique place within this system based on how the planets were lined up at the moment of your birth.”

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Jun 022013

“All anyone can see in a birthchart are tendencies that will become facts if he does not do something to alter them.”


Isabel Hickey

This is a great quote by Isabel Hickey, who was the teacher of one of my astrology teachers.  I believe our birth charts are like an orchestra, filled with many people playing instruments.  What does our life sound like?  What choices are we making with what we have?  Will we play the same song over and over again.  Will we let the trumpets take over and the flutes never get a chance?  An astrologer is like an orchestra conductor.  Allowing all the nuances of all the parts to be heard…. so that in the end, it is hopefully the best piece of music for us.  But as Isabel Hickey states, without understanding our tendencies, the music could be hard on the ears.