Aquarius New Moon: The Rebel and The Victim

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We have two New Moons in Aquarius this year, an oddity for this oddball sign. This New Moon falls at practically the very last millisecond before the Sun enters Pisces. These are two very different signs holding very different realms of experience. Yet each connect to the other, through two archetypes: the Victim and Rebel, two energy patterns I’ve been exploring in excruciating detail in my own life, thanks to hardball Uranus-Pluto transiting my Aries Moon. [Read more...]

This Is Love

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The newest love of my life is named Magnus. Magnus is a dog – a puppy, to be precise.

This morning, far away from the cuddles and licks I’m greeted with every morning in my own bed, I am missing Magnus and our morning ritual. 1. Magnus, patiently waiting for me to rouse from sleep, then joyously, eagerly bouncing around the bed like a fox bouncing through deep fluffy snow 2. Followed by copious licks, cuddles and kisses 3. Then, Let’s eat breakfast, Mom! He ignores the puppy chow and awaits fresh, buttery scrambled eggs -divided by two. So I scroll through Facebook. Even the video of the cat caught in a mechanical spring, freed by a strong fireman who turned out to be more tender than tough didn’t do it. My next plan of attack was to cajole John back into bed. For a few minutes that worked. Magnus is still not here. [Read more...]

Songs For Venus Signs

ipod-girl-1-musicAs a writer, I’ve always been inspired by song lyrics. The writing many of us enjoy reading often has a special lyricism to it, and I aim for a similar sort of harmony and symmetry in my own work. If a piece feels off-balance, or it can be made more lovely through the use of another word or expression, I try my best to correct it. Writing, for me, feels like craftsmanship. [Read more...]

Leo Full Moon: Shine On

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Who in the hell d’you think you are? A super star? Well, right you are. – John Lennon

This weekend, I took a walk down the block to visit a new friend. She served me tea, peppered me with questions about myself and soon enough out my reindition of “How I Met My Husband” tumbled out, which quickly led to other topics like: manifestation, healing from past relationships, spirituality and more. A half hour into the conversation, she sat back and looked at me for a moment, genuflecting, “I don’t meet many people like you. Your self-trust and self-knowing seems to guide all your decisions and choices. I don’t have that sense of myself, and many other people I know don’t, either. We all want it – this makes you unique.” [Read more...]

Aquarius New Moon: Liberation Moon

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When I think of the spirit of Aquarius, I think of the Nile River. Every year in ancient Egypt melting winter snow flowed from the Ethiopian Mountains into the Nile, essentially flooding the city surrounding. Since it was their only water source, a small flood or no flood meant famine, so they depended on this annual cycle for the following years crops. Change wasn’t easy. Each year they had to plan on the potential that their home and livelihood might be entirely wiped out. Yet to this day, the Egyptians still love their Nile. When I visited Cairo in 2008, they still called the river a precious jewel of Egypt. In Cairo, modern Egyptians stay up late- and one of their favorite things to do was strolling the Nile, where they’d convene for midnight family picnic dinners, or a date, setting up camp along the board walk and catching up with friends. [Read more...]

Saturn in Sagittarius: B* Slapped By The Unfamiliar

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Last night I was bitch slapped by Saturn.

Specifically, by Mars in Pisces, transiting my fifth house of risk, performance and self-expression, squaring Saturn in Sagittarius, now located in my second house of self-esteem.

What comfort zone was I pushed to face? I threw myself directly into the fire of my fears and went to a “speaking circle”, a way of being with an audience through“relational presence” (It’s not public speaking, the founder told me, it’s having an intimate conversation with each audience member). Essentially, it was eye-gazing (which I’m familiar with through spiritual exercises) – except you’re being intimate with total strangers while speaking (or not speaking), spontaneously and unrehearsed. For 3 and then 7 minutes. While being recorded on a camera. Oh, okay, why not just have your toenails pulled out, you ask? Or hey: wanna go scare up some mountain lions? [Read more...]

2015: New and Continuing Trends

It’s a New Year! Welcome! In 2015, some trends are continuing, while some are radically different from 2014. Here’s my very brief overview of what’s happening. [Read more...]

Cancer Full Moon: Computers Don’t Have Hearts

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Thoughtless, heartless, unkind, cruel…these were some of the words used by the author of the blog, Algorithmic Cruelty, and in the reader comments, to describe what it felt like to have his Facebook “Year in Review” feature a picture of his dead 8- year-old daughter with the caption “It’s been a great year…” Immediately, the blog went viral, commenters and author alike accusing the code writers of insensitivity and prompting a public apology from the Product Manager at Facebook. Clearly it had not been a great year for Eric Meyer, incidentally a web designer himself.

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Saturnalia Ritual Spell: Inhale Your Authority Back

painting-of-twelfth-night-a-reference-to-the-pagan-twelve-days-of-saturnalia-or-christ-mass-in-which-the-lord-of-misrule-is-persecuted-and-oftentimes-killedSaturnalia was a Roman festival involving presents, revelry, and a little bit of bad behaviour. First there was a radical reversal of the established social order, when for a brief period of time slaves would become masters, and masters would become slaves. Another cool aspect of the celebration involved a statue of Saturn, bound in straps -symbolizing the restrictions, responsibilities and limits of our lives. At the festival, these strictures were untied as revellers lightened their load, danced and rejoiced. After the festival of debauchery and hi-jinks, everything would revert to normal social order. From all appearances, people had resumed their regular roles and responsibilities. But after letting off steam, they now did so with greater ease and freedom. Spirits were lifted; folks were kinder, jollier, more tolerant towards each other. Clearly the ritual had magic in it. [Read more...]

Capricorn New Moon: The Tower and the Touchstone

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Every year as Capricorn season arrives with bells on, so does our awareness of the passage of time, along with just how tightly we’ve scheduled our self, how pressured we feel by our numerous commitments, and how many hungry mouths and empty bank accounts we’ve got to satisfy. This sobering influence, on the holiday known for its generosity and good cheer, creates that unique schizophrenia characterizing “the holidays”. I don’t know about you but many of my childhood Christmas memories involve experiences of extreme stress and wondrous magic, abundance and lack, side by side. Holidays are crazy-magic like that. [Read more...]