A 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.
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!
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!
It’s back! Mercury Retrograde! How “sweet”! Gremlins will now move into your computer, your phone, your car, your refrigerator, your calendar, and on and on. Everything feels “kafooey”, and we have it for the whole month of June, into early July. Plus, Friday is a Full Moon so things will intensify. Today my home phone kept disconnecting, for no apparent reason. Then I called another friend on my cell phone, and she said electric shocks were coming through her phone. Tonight a thunderbolt shook my entire house. Always remember these Mercury Retrograde periods are mildly irritating. They are like Gremlins…cute, in a sort of obnoxious way.
“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.
I did a chart for a client yesterday, and her husband has his Moon squaring Nepture. This is often a sign of a person who battles with addictions. She recently found out that he has a secret addiction, which greatly disturbs her. She asked, “Is this permanent? Will I always have to worry about his addiction? He said he has stopped, but I don’t trust him.” Just because something is difficult in a chart, doesn’t mean it has to be permanent. If the individual knows they have this tendency, they just have to be more careful. It’s like a high strung terrier that wants to bark at the UPS driver. Everything in that dog’s makeup is hard wired to go bonkers when a delivery person arrives. The dog can be trained to stop this behavior, but it won’t be easy. We all have challenges in our charts. Moon square Neptune is one of the tougher ones, because it not only often causes addictive behaviors, but often the individuals will have a tendency to lie, in order to cover up their actions. This doesn’t have to be the case ( if there is self awareness) but the pattern is there. The planet Neptune can’t support life, just as addictions do not support life. According to NASA Neptune is a “gas giant”, and it doesn’t have a solid surface. When we step into the Neptune is our chart, it is where we can get delusional. However on a positive side, without the solid surface, we can take off into inner and outer realms of creativity and imagination. If you know where Neptune is in your chart, check to see if that area of your life is where you may have some fantasties, that are not based on reality. Also check to see where Neptune is transiting your chart. It will be an area where people show up who are either liars, addicts, or super creative, mystical, and romantic. We always want to vote for the later!