Aug 082015
 

I have exciting news!  Harper Collins bought my first astrology book! It will come out Sept 13, 2016. The Harper Collins team is fantastic and I feel very fortunate. They are already getting me out there, as you can see from this July 24th live interview on the San Diego Living show.  Let me know what you think!

 

May 012015
 

2015+-+March+-+Nemesis,+Ixion,+Sisyphus,+Pholus+-+Ixion+by+Hendrick+Gottzius+(Netherlandish+1558-1617)A client recently asked my opinion about the current retrograde movement of Pluto, which will be there until September 25, 2015. Whenever a planet appears to be going in reverse (even though it is not) it just means that this planet’s energies get more intense.  Pluto is all about digging for the truth.  Pluto wants us to transform. These are times to get rid of the outworn, outdated, and obsolete things in our lives. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth.  There is nothing easy about Pluto, so when it is retrograde it means hunkering in for some deep occurrences that will possibly make your life feel topsy turvy.  But remember, in the end, just like the caterpillar that thinks it is dying, there is always a butterfly that appears.

Jan 262015
 

 

The best way to find a good astrologer is to get recommendations from a friend.
Astrology is all about the interpretation. You could go to 50 different astrologers and they would all have a different “take” on your chart. It is a lot like reading music. Fifty musicians would all have their own style of playing the same music. A good astrologer will never predict your future. However, they call tell you the upcoming “weather” patterns. For certain, astrologers can see when storms are approaching, or when there will be long periods of sunshine. The client just needs to be prepared, but it doesn’t mean anything bad or good will necessarily happen. Certainly during the storms, things are not as easy. And during the sunny days we should “make hay while the sun shines”. Stay away from anyone who makes broad pronouncements like, “You will always have trouble finding a mate because of Saturn in your 7th house of marriage”. These are very damaging statements and not true. We are here to learn lessons. If you learn the lesson, you don’t have to learn that lesson again. The whole idea is to literally outgrow your chart. The chart just points to the lessons and to the gifts. We are to focus on the gifts, so we hopefully flow through life in an easy manner. And we are to learn the lessons so we can tick them off and never do them again.

Jan 222015
 

I just finished a reading for a client who had a significant astrological aspect indicating trauma.  As is often the case, the person said that nothing really bad had happened to them….that she could remember!  Another clue that there was trauma, was that she could not remember anything before the fifth grade.  The chart always tells the true story.  I have to be patient, and wait for the client to eventually reveal the memories.  What happens is that many people tend to bury the painful memories in order to survive.  Just as my client was preparing to leave, she remembered a trauma.  It was significant.  Sometimes as astrologers we just have to be patient, and allow the thoughts to percolate.  The beauty of astrology is that the chart will show things that a psychotherapist could never know.  A good astrologer has the ability to allow the truth to bubble to the surface for healing.  An astrologer can’t facilitate the healing, in the way that a therapist is trained to do, but an astrologer can find the root causes of many traumas.  I have always felt that astrology is fantastic to use in conjunction with psychotherapy, and especially in conjunction with my favorite tool for trauma – EMDR.  To find out more about EMDR, check out the videos of Dr. Andrew Dobo on You Tube.  Let me know if you’ve experienced EMDR and help spread the word about this amazing technique to help heal emotional wounds.  And don’t forget that Mercury went retrograde on January 21st.  Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius, so wherever Aquarius is in your chart is where you will feel the “backward” motion.  It goes direct on February 11, so just mark it in your calendar.  (You can read earlier posts about Mercury retrograde to get the feeling tone of this period.)

Dec 242014
 

Adoration_of_the_Magi_Tapestry1Over 5,000 years ago, astrology evolved from the observations of celestial movement made by people dependent upon natural rhythms for their survival. They noticed that planetary movements had an influence on the timing for planting and harvesting. The ancient civilizations of the Akkadians and the Sumerians worshipped the star. Their astrological observations were further developed by the Babylonians into an astrological system.  The earliest artist renderings, depicted the constellations in the familiar animal and mythical form, are on Babylonian stones dating back to 1100 B.C.  They have recognizable symbols for Sagittarius, Capricorn and Scorpio carved into them.  After the fall of Babylonia, astrologers moved their schools. The science of astrology moved to Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as to the Orient.  The structure of astrology, as we practice it today, was fixed by the Romans during the time of Christ’s birth.  As we approach Christmas day, think about the three wise men who found baby Jesus.  They were following the star of David.  These wise men were called “magi”, which means astrologer.  Much of the art found in monasteries,churches, cathedrals and abbeys reflects the acceptance of astrology into the church doctrine.  Even the Vatican is amply decorated with astrological themes, as is the cathedral of Notre Dame.  So during this holiday season, consider the connection between astrology and Christmas, and I wish all of you a safe and happy end to 2014.

Nov 212014
 

A friend sent me a Thanksgiving prayer.  It included giving thanks to the stars and to enlightened teachers. I have included these two segments below.

On this Thanksgiving, I am indeed grateful for having the gift of being able to read astrology charts.  It is a wisdom that has been passed onto me.  I feel blessed to be able to share it with others.

Here is the prayer:

We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to all the Stars.

We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring Teachers.

Amen

Nov 062014
 

HoroscopeA major principle of astrology is the idea that “As above, so below.”  In quantum physics, this means that what applies to the solar system also applies to the smallest atom.  We human beings are just little pieces of the universe.  The ancients believed the study of the stars, and planets, is basically a study of the inner workings of a human being.  This isn’t a crazy idea, when you consider that everything evolved from the stars from the Big Bang.  Carl Jung was hugely into the study of astrology.  He did an analysis of astrology to figure out its connection with synchronicity.  He studied 483 married couples and checked out the way their birth charts worked together.  He found that long lasting relationships had a certain astrological pattern which were found to be three times higher than the rate of coincidence.  Have any of you experienced the gift of astrology in determining compatibility either from a reading with me or someone else?  I believe astrology can save us a lot of heartaches.  The astrological wheel is a beautiful tool for understanding our place in the cosmos, and with each other.