Saturday, December 30, 2006

Jupiter and the Laughing Buddha

Whenever I see images of Hotei (aka the Laughing Buddha), or read about the mythology associated with him, it always makes me think of Jupiter. So with Jupiter in Sagittarius, I thought it'd be fitting to share a bit about Hotei:

Hotei is known as a wandering monk. With his large belly and expression of laughter, he represents happiness, abundance, generosity, and contentment. Hotei carries a bottomless bag filled with food and gifts which he freely shares. He holds a fan that symbolizes the ability to grant wishes. In Japanese Buddhism, he is one of the seven lucky gods. And in Chinese Buddhism, his belly is associated with the largeness of his soul.

PuTai, the historical figure Hotei is believed to be based on, wrote a line of poetry that could have been penned by a Sag, "Among the white clouds, I search for truth."

for more on Hotei check out the following links (with thanks to my friend who emailed most of these to me):
Legend of Hotei
Hotei
Learn More about Hotei
Hotei, Pu Tai, Maitreya: All known as the Laughing Buddha

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

astrology and collaging

A few months ago, a friend was showing me a book she took out from the library called SoulCollage that's about using collaging to explore archetypes. I made a mental note to look for it the next time I went to the library, but, apparently, that note was written on the etch-a-sketch part of my brain. Which is why I was so delighted to see Michele's latest blogging about SoulCollage®. I am in love with her idea of applying collaging to astrology and using it to explore your chart. I've used collaging in other forms, but never thought of using it to explore astrological archetypes before.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Astrology Carnival: Eighth Edition

Welcome to the eighth edition of the astrology carnival!

Jennifer submitted a great article on Eris called Chaos frightens me (posted at Saturn Return Can Bite Me). It made me think that maybe the discord and chaos associated with Eris is really the intentional kind, rather than the random kind associated with Uranus. And after watching Mean Girls again last week, I think they are definitely ruled by Eris.

For the next edition of the carnival, the optional theme is Jupiter in Sagittarius. So, if you want to, write a post on your blog about Jupiter in Sag to submit, or send in a link to one you've already written. Feel free to send in any astrology-related articles, though. Also, if you have any suggestions for a theme you'd like to see, let me know.

The ninth edition of this carnival will come out around the middle of January. You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Astrology of Blogging: A Meme


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So I wasn't technically tagged for this meme (found via April's blog), but that's not stopping me from joining in on the fun.

The idea (as suggested by Twilight) is that astro-bloggers will have charts with the following prominent in some form: Mercury (for writing), Jupiter (for publishing), Saturn (for consistency), and perhaps a dash of Uranus (for astrology).

My incriminating evidence:
~ Mercury in the 5th square Saturn in the 9th and opposed Uranus in the 11th (Saturn also squares Uranus)
~ Jupiter (angular) in Gemini sextile Saturn
~ Uranus is my 3rd house ruler
~ and Mercury and Jupiter are my chart rulers

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Saturn Retrograde in Leo

From December 5th until April 19th, Saturn is retrograde in Leo. A Saturn retrograde gives us an opportunity to look at our daily lives and ask ourselves if our choices are limiting us or helping us to achieve what we truly want.

This is a good time to look at the foundations of your life and to make sure the boundaries, habits, and structures you have set up support you, instead of getting in your way. Ask yourself where you need to set limits in your life, and where you need to clear out unnecessary clutter or obstacles.

For those who have been dealing with a Saturn transit or return recently, this retrograde will let you know how well you have been dealing with Saturn's lessons. It may feel like a sudden reversal of fortune, but it is really the resulting momentum of continually taking on, or avoiding, the responsibilities Saturn requires of us. With Saturn, you reap what you sow. If you are faced with a seemingly unexpected brick wall and are unable to create what you want, that's Saturn letting you know that you have to stop building brick walls. And if you are suddenly receiving good fortune, that's Saturn rewarding you for all your hard work.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

gifts for astrology lovers

Since the gift giving season is upon us, I thought it would be fun to offer a few ideas of things to get the astrology lovers in your life, or to put on your own wish lists.

Calendars

LLewellyn's 2007 Astrological Calendar ~ the Llewellyn calendar provides daily astrological data and is always filled with beautiful images. It's the only calendar recommendation I have, really.

Books

There are so many possible books to suggest that I'll keep it simple by recommending a couple of classics and a couple from my own wish list.

Linda Goodman's Sun Signs and Linda Goodman's Love Signs ~ these are great books for people who are just starting to get into astrology and for those who are more advanced students (they'll need replacements for their dog-earred copies).

The next two books I haven't read, so proceed with caution. They look so intriguing, though:
Mythastrology: Exploring Planets & Pantheons ~ if you know someone who loves astrology and books like Women Who Run with the Wolves, I think this could be a good choice.

Buddhist Astrology: Chart Interpretation from a Buddhist Perspective ~ and this one could be good for someone who is exploring buddhism, as well as astrology.

Check out April's great list of astrology books for more ideas.

Fun

Astrological Greeting Cards ~ these cards are amazingly beautiful. There's also a coloring book based on the images on these cards.

Astrology Sampler ~ A cross stitch kit for the astro-crafty.

Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below. Share your wish lists, too!

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Jupiter in Sagittarius

On November 23rd, Jupiter ended his visit in Scorpio and returned home to his castle in Sagittarius. After dealing with the Pluto transit for more than a decade, Sagittarians deserve to spend some quality time with their rich uncle Jupiter.

Wherever Sagittarius lands in your chart, is where Jupiter will bring expansiveness, growth, renewed optimism, new opportunities, and unexpected blessings into you life. Jupiter can be a little indiscriminate with the expansiveness, though, so any negative habits may begin to take on a life of their own, if you're not paying attention. Think carefully about what you want to expand in your life, and use this time to create the changes you desire. This a good time to apply the lessons learned from a Saturn transit or return. Jupiter isn't a taskmaster like Saturn, so instead of rewarding hard work, he tends to simply reward action. But a little bit of Saturn's discipline can take Jupiter's opportunities a lot farther and make this year of growth much more productive.

If you happen to have Neptune in Sagittarius, Jupiter will make a conjunction to it during this transit. Issues connected to faith may come up. Those who lack faith and those who have blind faith will be challenged the most by this transit. I don't mean faith just in a religious sense, but that's definitely included. The question that will be raised by this transit is, "Who, or what, do you put your faith in and has this faith had negative or positive consequences in your life?" This transit will allow for an expansion of faith in your life.

Jupiter will also expand upon the transformation's that Pluto's transit through Sagittarius has created in your life. Jupiter's transit will allow for a processing and deeper appreciation of the journey Pluto's transit has taken you through. Jupiter will also open a window to let in some light and air into the dank, dark Pluto caves Sagittarians have been living in.

A few days before the Juptier moved into Sagittarius, me and some friends decided to start working through the book Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings. Seems like the perfect companion for a Jupiter transit through Sagittarius.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Astrology Carnival: Seventh Edition

It's a little bit late, but here's the seventh edition of the astrology carnival!

This edition's submission is from Slade, who shares his thoughts on Why You Shouldn’t Read Your Horoscope posted at Shift Your Spirits.

For the next edition of the carnival, the optional theme is Eris. So, if you want to, write a post on your blog about Eris to submit, or send in a link to one you've already written. Feel free to send in any astrology-related articles, though. Also, if you have any suggestions for a theme you'd like to see, let me know.

The eighth edition of this carnival will come out around the middle of December. You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Astrology and the Dream Chocolate Factory

The other night I had a wonderful dream about chocolate. In the dream, I was eating all these chocolate Easter eggs while chocolate Easter bunnies kept showing up en masse, multiplying quicker than real bunnies. I couldn't figure out where to put it all and was strategically thinking about how I'd eat it. Best dream ever!

It's been awhile since I've done an astrological dream interpretation on one of my dreams, so I started to think about how to interpret this one. What has shown up in this dream is Jupiter (as the mass quantities of chocolate) transiting Scorpio (as the fertile chocolate bunnies) in my 12th house (as the eggs, which also symbolize rebirth, and the general Easter chocolate theme). When I woke up after having this dream, I first thought it was a silly, PMS dream, but now I'm starting to think there may be more to it. Maybe it's trying to tell me this is a fertile time for me to seek out rebirth in my life, to ponder where I am need of a rebirth. I can say one thing for sure: my subconscious knows how to get my attention.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Astrology Carnival: Sixth Edition

Welcome to the sixth edition of the astrology carnival! This time there are two submissions.

Lynn DeVries asks What About Pluto? at Mystical Realm.

And Avant News reminds us that the future will be funny with the article Horoscope Correctly Predicts Demise of Taurus.

The seventh edition of this carnival will come out around the middle of November (maybe sooner depending on how many submissions I receive). You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below.

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Astrology Carnival: Fifth Edition

Welcome to the fifth edition of the astrology carnival!

Jennifer gets to hog the spotlight this time with her exploration into Vocational astrology posted at Saturn Return Can Bite Me. As a fellow Outer Planet Person (as Jennifer describes them, they are "people who have Uranus, Neptune, and/or Pluto aspects to the Sun, Moon, ascendant, or midheaven, or are heavily aspected in general."), this quote about OPP's from Donna Cunningham really stuck out for me: "Finally, after years of meandering, some transit sets off their 10th or 6th House or the Midheaven, and they find their calling. This transit often coincides with a re-evaluation of the life path, in which the individual changes to a nontraditional career." Back in the nineties - when transiting Pluto opposed my natal Sun in the 6th - I decided to become a writer. I had been studying advertising art in high school at the time, but it didn't offer the creative freedom I wanted. Sometimes I don't know if I chose writing, or if it chose me, but either way it feels like something I need to do in my life. And that quote definitely coincides with my experience.

The sixth edition of this carnival will come out around the middle of October. You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below.
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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Eris in my chart


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Knowing that Eris is currently transiting Aries, I was curious to see where exactly she would show up in my chart. And she showed up in an interesting place indeed: conjunct Mars and Venus in Aries, opposing Pluto in Libra, and trining Saturn (in Leo), Neptune and my ascendant (both in Sagittarius). It'll be exciting to explore how the Eris archetype shows up in my life.

I've been reading up on Eris a bit, and she isn't just associated with strife, but also with striving. As Hesiod said wrote about Eris: "She stirs up even the shiftless to toil; for a man grows eager to work when he considers his neighbour, a rich man who hastens to plough and plant and put his house in good order; and neighbour vies with his neighbour as he hurries after wealth. This Strife is wholesome for men. And potter is angry with potter, and craftsman with craftsman, and beggar is jealous of beggar, and minstrel of minstrel." Eris may end up ruling of healthy competition in astrology and maybe even competition with oneself (as Monica on Friends once said, "That's my favorite kind!").

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Eris

A little about the mythology of Eris:

She is the Greek goddess of discord and strife, which is quite fitting given that the discovery of Eris in our solar system has caused discord. Eris is one of Ares' attendants. How appropriate that Eris was discovered while transitting Aries, the sign ruled by Mars (the Roman name for Ares). She is the daughter of Nyx (Night). She delights in war and the bloodshed of men. She is given credit for causing the Trojan War.

hmm... based on this bit of information, it seems to me that at this time Eris is an important archetype for people to be exploring within themselves.

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Pluto, Pluto, Pluto

Sometimes, I think that astronomy and astrology are a divorced couple who are fighting over their children - the planets. And, of course, Pluto is the focus of most of the fighting, since he is the problem child, the runt of the litter, the black sheep of the family.

That said, I don't think Pluto being demoted to a dwarf planet by astronomers will drastically alter astrology. Astrology has evolved over time and this is just another step in its evolution. It'll be interesting to see how things change and what new ideas are developed as a result of this, especially as astrologers explore the other dwarf planets. I must admit I'm most excited about Eris (they finally named it - yay!) and discovering what it will offer to astrological readings.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Know It All About The Know-It-All

Thanks April for tagging me for this trivia/meme thing! I love doing these things. Now on with the fun:

Things that scare me
Tornadoes. Mice, rats, anything small that I can hear moving, but can't see. Tom Cruise.

People who make me laugh
My friends (a certain group of friends in particular ;) ). My brother. Jon Stewart. Myself.

Things I hate the most
Fundamentalism and dogma.

Things I don’t understand
The Surreal Life. Every news channel in the US. Hustle & Flow (it's a comedy right?).

Things I’m doing right now
Laundry

Things I want to do before I die
Travel to India, Italy, France, Iceland, Britain, Egypt and somewhere in South America. Learn at least one more language.

Things I can do
Cook. Bake (aka make tasty messes with chocolate). All sorts of crafty things (I have a crafty blog, too). Win contests (I once won something like 400 chocolate bars). Write with my left hand. Laundry.

Things I can’t do
Whistle. Blow my nose (I don't know why). Operate heavy machinery

Ways to describe my personality
Energetic, enthusiastic, optimistic, with a witty, sarcastic sense of humor. I'm either very quiet/shy or outgoing/talkative, depending on my mood and how well I know the people I'm with.

Things I think you should listen to
As many different perspectives and ideas you can get your hands on.

Things you should never listen to
Anyone telling you you aren't capable of thinking for yourself or of creating what you want in life. All the news channels in the US.

Things I’d like to learn
Another language. Some more html. More about Buddhism. And everything else.

Favorite foods
Cheesecake. Potato lasagna and spinach alfreado lasagna. Butter chicken. Chocolate. Anything I don't have to cook. Popcorn. Chips (especially Old Dutch). Cheddar turkey burgers. Szechaun chicken. Chicken in black bean sauce. French fries. Drumstick cheese cake. Peanut Butter Bees (homemade reeces peanut butter cups). Tim Tams. Ice cream.... Has it become clear that Jupiter is my ruler and Taurus is my sun sign yet?

Beverages I drink regularly
Water. Slurpees. Pepsi. Tea.

Shows I watched as a kid
The Cosby Show. Family Ties. MASH. Growing Pains. And in case it wasn't clear that I'm Canadian... SCTV. Degrassi Junior High.

Now it's my turn to tag ~ I tag:
Chandira
Jennifer

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Astrology Carnival: Fourth Edition

Welcome to the fourth edition of the astrology carnival. I think my favorite part about doing this carnival is discovering new blogs that I probably wouldn't have found out about otherwise.

Here are the great submissions for this edition:

Christopher writes a different take on the astrology warning Chandira wrote about in the last edition of the astrology carnival in Astrology Warning.

Audrey gives us Starring Audrey: Week of August 14th, 2006 posted at Queercents.

And frugal shares some Lessons from Astrology.


The fifth edition of this carnival will come out around the end of September. You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below.
Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Astrology Carnival: Third Edition

This is the third edition of the astrology carnival. Fittingly, there are three submissions for this edition.

Chandira writes about what the planets may be stirring up in September Astrology Warning. I think this is a good reminder to make sure you are tuned into, and listening, to your intuition.

Jennifer explores Affinities at Saturn Return Can Bite Me.

And diana shares an article on the basics of Astrology.

The fourth edition of this carnival will come out around the end of August. You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Saturn Return and Buddha

I've been reading about and exploring Buddhism for the last few years, especially during my Saturn Return. What's fascinating to me about the Buddha is that, when he was 29 (during his Saturn Return), he chose to leave the sheltered life his father provided for him, after he was confronted with the suffering that exists in the world. For the next six years, he studied and practiced meditation in a journey to discover how to find liberation from suffering. At 35, he achieved enlightment and then spent the rest of his life teaching and sharing what he learned with others. This is obviously a very shortened version of Buddha's story, but it's still is a great illustration of how a Saturn Return can manifest in a person's life and shows what's possible when a person takes responsibility for themselves.

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Astrology Carnival: Second Edition

Welcome to the second edition of the astrology carnival.

There's only one submission this time which means Joanne gets to hog the spotlight with her wonderful article on Mars and Venus in Relationships posted at Natural health, alternative healing, nutrition, natural birthing, green living and healthy families. It made me think more about the role Mars and Venus play in my chart and how their energy is expressed in my life. I must admit I tend to take Mars and Venus for granted while focusing more on the intense dramarama planets like Pluto and Saturn.

The third edition of this carnival will come out around the middle of August. You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below.

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Saturn Return in Leo: My Journey Part 5


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This may just be my last entry on my Saturn Return. Even though the transiting Saturn is still pretty close to my natal Saturn, it feels like my Saturn Return has run its course (In my experience, when an aspect is applying between planets it feels more intense than when separating). We'll see if I'm speaking too soon.

I think the biggest lesson I was reminded of during this time is that the most important thing you can take responsibility for in your life is accepting yourself. Of course, that's also one of the hardest things to do. Looking back on my life, the biggest/stupidest mistakes I've made were all tied to trying to win acceptance from others. My abandonment issues from my childhood can make it feel pretty scary to not have the acceptance and approval of those around me, so at times it can still be ever so tempting to change direction even though I know it will only be yet another mistake. But with my abandonment issues, the most responsible thing I can do for myself is fulfill all my own needs for acceptance to the best of my ability so I don't set myself up for more big,stupid mistakes.

Read the previous parts of my journey: Saturn Return in Leo parts 1, 2, 3, and 4

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Astrology Carnival: First Edition


Welcome to the first edition of the astrology carnival. I hope everyone enjoys these great submissions!




Chandira writes about
Mercury Retrograde, Jupiter Direct, insomnia and the 4th of July.




Jennifer shares her Saturn Return experiences in Why "Saturn Return can bite me" you asked?




Renee gives us a fun article for dog owners and lovers: Dog Horoscope: You either believe it exists or it doesn’t, no in between posted at Small Dogs Paradise.




Brandon explores cosmology in Is Cosmology for Quacks? (My two cents on the subject is that cosmology is definitely a part of astrology, especially shamanic astrology).




Michael presents Visualizing the Zodiac, a fantastic site for exploring the symbolic meaning of each degree of the zodiac.



That concludes this edition. There will be another edition around the end of July. You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me your link or post it in the comments below.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Astrology Carnival

I started an Astrology Carnival. The idea is this: Those who are interested submit links to recent blogs entries they've written related to astrology. Then I will collect those links together and post an edition of the carnival on my blog. I will only be posting links to your blog, the link to the blog entry you submit, and maybe a brief summary of your article or my thoughts on it. Right now, I don't have any rules or guidelines other than the articles needing to be astrology related, but that may change. First, I thought I'd see if anyone is actually interested in this!

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Jupiter Retrograde ends July 6th

Hooray!

Jupiter has been retrograde in Scorpio since March 4th and will finally move forward this week. I've really been feeling this retrograde as Jupiter is one of my ruling planets. It also doesn't help that during the retrograde Jupiter opposed my sun and squared Saturn (both transitting and natal). So for the past few months it has felt as if Saturn took over things. Sure, I learned a lot, became more disciplined with my work, and realized where I need more discipline in my life. But the whole entire time, any attempts I made to move forward felt as if I were banging my head against a brick wall. Not my favorite hobby.

However, I did notice an interesting pattern between Jupiter and my freelance writing income. I checked back over my financial records (my sun in the 6th makes me do these things), and my income dried up whenever Jupiter turned retrograde and flowed when direct. This year was no different, as far as the drying up part goes. We'll see how the flow goes.

Needless to say, I'm very happy to have my pal Jupiter back from his nap (Um, in case you think I have lost my mind, I have. That's what banging your head on a brick wall will do).

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Planets in Retrograde

I'm a bit behind on writing about the current retrogrades (maybe I was in retrograde?), but here's what's happening ~

Neptune went retrograde in Aquarius on May 22nd and will move forward on October 29th. Look at how you can take better care of yourself physically, spiritually and creatively. Ask yourself if there are any boundaries you need to set with people in your life. Also, ask if there are any areas of your life where you are deluding yourself and need to take responsibility, instead of making excuses (in a few months, when Saturn opposes Neptune, this will come up anyway, so why not get a head start).

Uranus went retrograde in Pisces on June 19th and will move forward on November 19th. Uranus likes to create sudden changes, and can make us feel like we need a sudden change in the area of our charts it's transitting. Uranus will push us to create more freedom in our lives and can make us feel like we have to make sudden, reactive decisions. Instead, pay attention to whatever Uranus is bringing up in your life now and use that to inform your decisions.

Mercury goes retrograde in Leo on July 4th and will move forward in Cancer on July 28th. Do the usual Mercury retrograde things, like backing up important computer files and being extra conscientious in all communications to avoid misunderstandings. If anything you own is need of repair, fix it before the Mercury retrograde begins.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

8 Random Things About Me

I just noticed that Barbara at Silverwheel Astrology tagged me for this game (and April thought she was tardy ha!). Thanks for thinking of me Barbara! Now on with the fun ~

1. I drink Slurpees in the winter when it's like -40 degrees out (I drink them in the summer too).

2. Ever since Pluto started transitting through Sagittarius (my ascendant), I've had many intricate dreams filled with spies, conspiracies, and murder.

3. I write greeting cards.

4. One of my unofficial missions in life is to try as many cheesecakes as I can (I call it the Cheesecake Odyssey).

5. I shampoo my hair with a puck of soap that smells so good I sniff it throughout the day (my hair and the puck).

6. The Rocket was the last movie I saw that I loved.

7. I am very susceptible to creative peer pressure. None of my friends have ever been able to convince me to smoke, drink, do drugs, or even go out when I'd rather sleep (Taurean stubbornness does come in handy). But if someone were to say, "want to knit a million scarfs?", I'd probably say okay.

8. I eat and cook really slow. So slow, that people around me have started to refer to it as Wendytime. I once made one of Rachael Ray's 30-minute meals and it took me an 1 1/2 hours (I don't like to cook on more than one element at a time because I tend to read emails as I cook. I'm slow like a Taurus (sun sign) and distracted like a Gemini (moon sign) hee). I'm also the only person I know to somehow get sugar in her shoes while cooking.

~my tag victims (mwhahahaha)~
The Rural Observer
Moira Verdi
Nancy


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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Saturn Return in Leo: My Journey Part 4


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As I work through my Saturn return (or as it works through me), I find it fitting that the subtitles of two of the books I'm reading right now are "starting from scratch" and "creating a spiritual life from scratch". It feels necessary to let go of all the inherited beliefs, thoughts, and ideas I've been carrying around. The first three decades of my life were, for the most part, spent dealing with, reacting to, and healing from the situations others created. Now, I feel like I am being emptied of all the conditioning and entering a space in my life where I can make choices from a pure place within me. Of course, that doesn't mean all of my choices will come from that place. Another way to put it, is that I feel like I am becoming less of a product of my past and instead simply becoming more myself, living more in the moment.

I've been continuing to study Buddhism. How much more Saturn in the ninth house could that be? (for those who aren't familiar with the ninth house it's the house that rules higher learning, especially spiritual learning) I came across a passage in Awakening to the Sacred about karma that I wanted to share as it connects with one of Saturn's lessons:

"The laws of karma are actually very empowering. We may always be aware of strong emotional and psychological winds blowing from past events and experiences, but even so, how we sail through these winds can make all the difference. No matter how strongly we've been conditioned, we don't have to go through life perpetuating old patterns... Building new patterns is the best way to work with karma."

Saturn Return in Leo parts 1, 2 and 3

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Pluto Transits

I came across an article by Bob Marks about Pluto's transits through the houses and signs. With Pluto in retrograde, it's a great time to look deeply into the areas of our lives he's working on and consider how we want them to be transformed. Pluto reminds of us of how necessary change is and how liberating it is to participate in change instead of just letting it happen to us.

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Pluto Retrograde in Sagittarius

Pluto, the planet symbolizing transformation, went into retrograde motion on March 29th in Sagittarius and moves forward again on September 4th. When Pluto turns retrograde, it gives us an opportunity to take a deep look into our unconscious minds and clear out any weeds that are keeping us from flourishing. Pluto reminds us that death is a necessary part of life. Old habits, old ways of thinking, old patterns, need to die in order for new life to be born within us. The more we embrace, and are aware of, this process, the easier it becomes to create the changes we desire in our lives. And the easier it becomes to recognize problems for what they really are - fertilizer.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Mercury and Jupiter Retrogrades

Mercury went into retrograde motion in Pisces today (March 2nd). The retrograde period will last until March 25th. So as always, be extra careful in your communications to avoid confusions and conflicts, and keep focused on what you are doing to avoid unnecessary mistakes. This is a really good time to catch up on unfinished projects and tie up loose ends.

On March 4th, Jupiter will be going retrograde in Scorpio until July 4th. The lesson of Jupiter retrogrades is that even though it seems like Dr. Evil has stolen your mojo, it's not really something that can be taken from you (an external object that can be possessed), but something you've really had in you all along. (I was watching the second Austin Powers movie on the weekend hee).

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Mars in Gemini

On February 17th, Mars will move into Gemini for six weeks after enjoying an extended stay in Taurus. Mars will bring renewed energy and focus to the area Gemini falls on your chart, making it easier to take action and create changes in that part of your life. Those with Gemini prominent in their charts will feel the greatest boost of energy and drive.

If you are feeling uncertain about what kind of action to take, use the next month to figure out what you would like to build in your life and when Mars moves into Gemini use that time to start sharing your plans with those who can help you. Then the actions you need to take will start to fall into place.

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