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
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 @ 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

natal chart
Originally uploaded by knowitall.
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.


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.


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.


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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