Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gifts for Astrology Lovers

Here's this year's list of astrology related gift ideas. I may add ideas later as I think of them. Feel free to make suggestions, share your wish lists, or ask for more ideas if nothing here is a fit.

Calendars

Llewellyn makes the best astrology calendar. They also have a 2008 Astrological Pocket Planner available.

Etsy Finds

I did some searching through Etsy for some astro-gifts, because I thought this would be a great opportunity to promote some designers and artists. Please keep in mind that, when ordering from Etsy, availability may be limited because they are handcrafted items, if something you like has been sold ask if they'd be willing to make another one for you, and make sure to read shipping details for each shop as they may be located in a different country.

Here's a list of my faves:

Suzanna Coombes has some gorgeous Zodiac Symbol Pendants available at her Metalandstone shop.

Alicia Istanbul also has some beautiful Zodiac Pendants

And Erika Schulz has incredible Zodiac Paintings.

Books by fellow astro-bloggers

April'snew book, Star Guide to Weddings, is coming out soon and is available for pre-order.


Phil also has a book out. It's called Cosmic Trends: Astrology Connects the Dots

Astrology Books

I'll keep this short as I can easily go overboard with recommendations here. I'll add more as (if) people ask for ideas. I thought I'd suggest books for two of the most commonly known (or so it seems) planetary afflictions: Saturn Return and Mercury Retrograde.

Surviving Saturn's Return is geared towards women who just turned, or are approaching, thirty and are therefore going through their first Saturn Return.

And since everyone has probably suffered from a Mercury Retrograde meltdown at some point, we could all benefit from having a copy Chrissie Blaze's Mercury Retrograde: Your Survival Guide to Astrology's Most Precarious Time of Year.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Mars Retrograde in Cancer and Gemini

On November 15th, Mars turns retrograde in Cancer and will move forward on January 31st, 2008 in Gemini. Out of all the planets, Mars retrogrades the least. A Mars retrograde only happens about once every two years and two months.

When Mars turns retrograde it is a time to pause and think stategically about your current course of action. This is not a great time to get embroiled in conflicts so do your best to avoid them. Mars is quick to anger, and sometimes that anger can get short term results that seem beneficial. A question to ask yourself during this retrograde is whether your anger is truly productive (ie keeping others from crossing your boundaries and taking advantage of you) or destructive (ie a way to manipulate others and make yourself feel powerful).

During this retrograde cycle, Mars will be opposing Pluto two more times - January 2nd and March 7th (the first opposition took place on Sept. 21st). This is a powerful time to create radical transformation. To keep Mars from picking fights and getting twitchy from not being able to move forward at the rate he is used to, it is important to channel his energy into clearing away any emotional and mental debris that may be impedding your progress. Look deeply at where action is needed in your life and where lack of action is causing problems to fester. The area of your chart where Mars is transitting will be where Pluto will challenge you to drop your arrogance and false self. The area Pluto is transitting is where Mars will poke your deep seated fears, doubts, and vulnerabilities and challenge you to own your power. Pluto and Mars are asking all of us, "Who do you really want to be in this life, and why the bleep aren't you making it happen?"

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