My client called me the other day, confused by the way the very ground of a decision she had just confidently made had quickly emotionally bottomed out. “Yesterday I was so sure of my decisions but today I’m feeling anxious, uncertain about everything.” I looked at her chart: the Sun, currently in Pisces was transiting her Twelfth House, the house of Pisces. During the 30-day or solar transit we each experience annually, our fears loom larger, life feels topsy-turvy, chaotic. Any load we’ve been carrying around, preventing us from moving forward, demands deep surrender, release –without knowing what’s next. During this time we undergo a mini-lesson in being comfortable with uncertainty. If it weren’t so confusing it’d be downright spiritual. Read more
This morning I tried my hand at a new skill: making buckwheat crepes. I followed a lovely video done by Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, and everything was going along smoothly. The sunshine is out, the birds are singing, and I’m making…crepes! I fantasize about buckwheat crepes becoming the specialty I am known for. Friends invite me over for the weekend for my crepes. Working along with the video, I don’t accurately gage the batter pour and I learn lesson number one: crepes are best consumed as extremely paper-thin, delicate wrappers and are meant to highlight the delicious insides – otherwise they’re just pancakes. Undeterred by imperfection, I shred some goat cheese, and before the thick-ish crepe cools (quickly) sautee some spinach (where was my sous chef?). Oh well, I have time to perfect my new skill. Sitting down to a floppy pancake looking thing with cold cheese I optimistically tuck in only to discover the reason why it is always a good idea to wash even pre-washed spinach.
There is a worm in my crepe. I humbly power through the rest of my breakfast, anxious to be done. Read more
Virgo is undoubtedly one of the hardest working signs in the zodiac, and Virgo’s virtues –meticulousness, fastidiousness, and mental focus– she applies to keeping the inner workings of our lives, keeping body, home & business running smoothly, seamlessly. Because I’ve known so many Virgo folks (and those with mega-Virgo planets) who make it their job to assist others be their best, I often think of Virgo as the invisible helper– someone who tirelessly works on behalf of others, sometimes going unrecognized, often doing the grunt work that few others have the aptitude or desire to do – save Virgo.
In an attempt to organize and streamline my unfinished office, I bought a unfinished desk. I had spent months looking for a great desk and I finally made a practical choice, a plain but sturdy one, which, with elbow grease, has potential. Fretting that I had just purchased something more to add to my to do list, I asked my husband, who thought the desk was just okay, how he would refinish it. He snarkishly replied that he’d send it back to where it came from, aptly reflecting my mounting dispiritedness. When we take on a spiritually monumental growth task: to publish a book, start a business, refinish a room, renovate a house, or learn a new skill, at some point we will be daunted by the work, overwhelmed, and all of our our personal inadequacies will be triggered. We may procrastinate. We may even give up. Yet the humble work of perfecting what is unfinished has sacred potential. At the space between who we are and the perfection we desire, there sits The Virgin, purifying & perfecting us.
I love cinematic hollywood starlets of long ago, movie stars who epitomized glamour and initiated our love affair with the movies. Women like Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn…the list goes on. These women excite a rare glamour nostalgia for me, nostalgia not for a time, but for the women themselves – a rare combination of sophisticated, feminine, tough and real. These strong women put up with a lot, like, sexism before feminism, and being ‘sold into’ unfair studio contracts. Now, just as then, Hollywood has always first and foremost been about money yet it’s important to remember that Hollywood (or any corporate machine) does not create drive, ambition and greed – people do. Read more
“No one can make you inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt, Venus in Virgo
“I wouldn’t do nudity in films. For me, personally… To act with my clothes on is a performance; to act with my clothes off is a documentary.”- Julia Roberts, Venus in Virgo
“I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.” - Brigitte Bardot, Venus in Virgo
If you were born when Venus was in the constellation of Virgo, the Virgin…
No Venus sign likes to be taken for granted, yet because Virgo is so competent, she often takes on more than most and never asks for credit for it. Unlike the sign that comes before her, Leo, who carries her self as a grand event demanding notice, inwardly Venus in Virgo can feel unnoticed, like the grain of sand on an endless beach. Adding salt to the sand, she is often filled with self-doubt about her personal worth so she’s inclined to play down her efforts even more. This is a shame, because whereas other Venus signs are guilty of too much good marketing and not enough follow-through, Virgo’s attentiveness, precision and devotion to detail makes her good work the worthiest. Her good works are often more worthy of praise than any Leo (sorry Leo)! Read more