On June 5th, retrograde Venus in Gemini passes between the Earth and the Sun, forming an inferior conjunction. This wouldn’t be so rare (a Sun-Venus conjunction happens once every 584 days) were it not for the fact that Venus’ nodes, currently in the signs of Gemini-Sagittarius, are also aligned with the Sun’s path. When this happens, visually -with appropriate viewing aids- we can see the ‘transit of Venus’ as she passes in front of the Sun. The last time this happened was 2004; the next time will be 2117. This is a once-in-a lifetime transit! Collectively and personally we are seeding new connections: ways of connecting to our self and each other, our self-worth & value, art and creativity, and our relationship to the feminine. Read more
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How To Bewitch a Man by Fiona Horne
When I saw a pic of Fiona Horne in a copy of US magazine at the gym, I was tempted to dismiss her. Yes, she looks like a Playmate (and she is). She’s the whole package, blonde, full chested, in an utterly bewitching L.A. kind of way. She’s the kind of gal that makes an alpha female (or male) want to stare at her secretly in wonder, ‘what’s she about?’. I owned up to my own judgment and read on. She had just appeared on the Tyra Banks Show. Tyra thought all witches were green and rode on brooms till she was impressed upon by Ms. sexy Fiona. Plus one for turning that around. I’m interested. Then she suggested a self-love spell for Britney Spears (included in this book). My heart is tugged. I’m warming up. This is what good witchery is, in a word: help. I check out the book. It is Hollywood but it’s grounded in the craft. This is also modern witchcraft for the modern woman (oft a lonely lady wading through a swamp of near misses). Some witchery books give you spells but you feel like the author is quite possibly a witch hermit living in Ireland, it’s just hard to relate to personally. You can really feel Fiona’s fun and sexy style come through in How to Bewitch and it’s inspiring. I especially love Bewitchers Mantras, like “Obstacles are not there to stop me but to guide me to a better opportunity.” “The universal ruler of love is conspiring in my favor.” (I use this often) “I am a Bewitcher. I have power over men.” Sha-zam.
Skymates II: The Composite Chart by Steven and Jodie Forrest
I’ve come to decide this book is the definitive book on Composite Charts, aka the chart of a relationship (A composite chart uses the midpoints of a couple’s natal charts to create a third chart). As defined by Steven, the composite is the 3rd entity in a relationship. Each of you are individuals, but what you two attract and where you’re going AS A COUPLE is what this book is about.Â You’ll need the composite chart as defined by the technique named in this book, which is totally accessible and free!! to anyone on Â www.astro.com. (Instructions: After you’ve entered you & your partner’s birth information onto this web based software, go to extended chart selection; Composite chart, ref. place method. Be sure to enter the place you met in the reference place box under “Options.” )
If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook For Finding Love on the Spiritual Path by Charlotte Kasl
If the Buddha Married: Creating Enduring Relationships on a Spiritual Path by Charlotte Kasl
You too can move from love & relationship elementary school to L&R college graduation day through Charlotte Kasl’s deceptively compact gem-like books. As the title suggests, Ms. Kasl has an obvious penchant for Buddhism but she’s all-faith inclusive, citing many different religious backgrounds. I love these books, they’re love and marriage 101 for people who have a spiritual life, an emotional life, a crazy 9-5 life and hit all the speedbumps along the way. The speedbumps can blow a tire at 55 mph but the pace of contemplation and reflection (more like an easy 15- 25 mph) is gentler on the spirit of the relationship.
Hey Fire signs, check out the “Fair Fight Rules” in If the Buddha Married. There’s nothing like a passionate argument to stoke the fires of love. But please, when you fight, fight fair.
Skymates: The Astrology of Love, Sex and Intimacy by Steven and Jodie Forrest
Beginner to Advanced
Love. Sex. Intimacy. Astrology. This book is so lyrically compelling that I’ll just quote page 1, chapter 1, paragraph 1: “Nothing strips us so naked. Nothing is quicker to reveal the angel we hide behind our eyes, and nothing is so quick or unmask our priveate madnesses. Who has not been lifted high by love? Who has not felt the world change in a moment of secret tenderness? And who has not been ripped open by love and left bleeding and alone, wide-eyed at four in the morning?” Yeah, you know it.
What this book IS NOT: a sign-by-sign sextrology guide to pick-up lines, love matches and compatibility formulas (although these are great, see my FUN ASTROLOGY section)
What this book IS: one of 3 books I would take to a desert island with me. This is intimacy as in INTO-ME-I-SEE and INTO-YOU-I-SEE. It covers everything, from Venus (“Venus in Fire people attract by showing us how much fun they are, how colorful, plucky, adventurous and noblespirited…”) and Mars signs, to practical advice: “Sagittarius must choose his or her potential lovers extemely carefully. Our culture attempts to stabilize marriage by engendering an essentially false interdependency between partners…With the Archer’s love of independence, it cannot allow itself to be caught in these snares.” And what happens when your partner’s Venus touches a planet of yours? You’re VENUSIFIED! Genius! I am Venusified by my husband (his Venus is on my Ascendant). When we learned what it meant to be Venusified, we went to town with this word.
The real boon of this book is its enteraining, storytelling style and its breadth. He wrote this with his wife too, who undoubtedly contributed to it’s excellence.