Venus Loves Artist Jesca Hoop

“Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night.” -Tom Wait

Jesca Hoop was Tom Wait’s nanny, the legendary voice that sounds like he’s had one too many nights of whisky and Marlboro reds. As if that weren’t enough to pique your curiosity, when NPR first played her, her song was the most requested for two months running. What does this have to do with astrology? It’s admittedly incidental.

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Bay Area Young Astrologers Meeting – Come Join Us!

I receive many emails asking me about the Bay Area Young Astrology group in San Francisco. We’re a group of thirty-somethings who meet once a month in the city. To find out more about when we meet and who we are, JOIN our website…


This Yahoo group facilitates all of our messaging and calendar functions, as well as some member administration. JOIN the group to receive the latest messages and meeting reminders. Please direct all questions directly to the yahoo group.

After you join, your RSVP is requested here .

Our founding Members: Alex Villamil, Jessica Shepherd, Rebecca Crane, Bill Streett and Jonathan Pearl.

I look forward to seeing you there!


The Red Book has kickin’ Shakti Energy!

Sera Beak is just like you and me. And if she’s not, basically you want to be her after your done reading The Red Book.

“I want to find God in my own way, in my own time, and essentially, by my own self. And I have. She beats deep inside my chest. I see her reflected everywhere. She grows with me.”

“Yep, I’m a true modern devotee. I love the mystics, The Matrix, yoga and the White Stripes, meditation and designer jeans. In terms of cultural dialects, I am mulitlingual. I speak New Age and Aveda Skin care, Eastern philosophy and Elle magazine, Metaphysics and Hitachi vibrators. I love modern art and dinner parites, lavender chocolate and dirty maritinis, dancing and random road trips and hanging out with my girlfriends. My spirituality is real, alive and active, funky and fresh. It’s not separate from my daily life; rather, it’s so integrated and infused I can no longer separate the two.” [Read more…]

Ladies, you’re invited to a Girls Night Out with Cosmo + Moonkiss on 6/7!

Cosmopolitan Magazine has invited moi(!) to participate in an evening of cavorting among clothes and staring at the stars. Ladies, I’ll be giving mini-readings (4-5 mins). Fun! Fun! Fun! Join us for hors d’oeuvres, personal stylists, clothes and astrology. Venus enters Leo this week – trust me, you’ll be in the mood to party and shop.

The details:

The Bioré Style Swap is where women get together to
swap gently worn clothing and handbags. Join us for
clothes swapping, hors d’oeuvres, astrology readings,
personal stylist consultations, and more!

Thursday, June 7, 2007
6:30 pm
Bambuddha Lounge
(Located inside the Phoenix Hotel)
601 Eddy Street
San Francisco

What to bring:
Gently worn clothing items and/or handbags

To RSVP, visit

Anxious? Whipsawed with worry? Paranoid? Try Pronoia

“PRONOIA is a life manual for not just overthrowing the dictator within
(and so without) but more vital than this, a manual for creating an
intelligent, sexy and juicy alternative to the Big Should.” – Jessica Shepherd

That’s my official endorsement, appearing in Rob Brezsny’s book promotion for Pronoia. Why did I say this? OMGoddess! this book gives you permission to end all that unhealthy negative uptight thinking and unleash the wild, compassionate trickster you know in you are in your heart of hearts. (Apparently I can’t talk about this book without waxing lyrical, rowdy and poetic. I think there’s some kind of pro-love anarchy alchemical neurotransmitter thingy happening everytime I pick up Pronoia). The gist is: the world is conspiring to shower you with blessings. Think about it: it’s the ultimate conspiracy theory. The world could be full of drudgery, inhumanity, evil, violence and suck the life right out of you -or- the nastiness could be an invitation to be more JUICY, TRUTHFUL, PLAYFUL and ALIVE. Of all the un-truths Rob could rob from you, your dispirited worldview takes the biggest hit. In a good get all up-in-your-face-radical-on-your-worldview way.

“If you choose to become a practitioner of pronoia, your life will suck. It has to suck. Let me explain. As you cultivate the arts of gathering and bestowing the blessings that the universe is always conspiring to send your way, your life will suck in the best senses of the word. First, your life will suck in the same way that you use a straw to compel a thick milk shake to disobey gravity and squirt your mouth. Metaphorical translation: You’ll work hard to pull toward you the resources you need, perhaps even exterting yourself with a force that goes against the natural flow…” -RB

Read it and be changed.

Discovery:clarity in transit(ory) confusion

strong>The Astrology of Self-Discovery by Tracy Marks

Intermediate to Advanced

This is an invaluable book for getting down into the nitty-gritty of your own personal experience with a Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto transit. Yes, the a-ha! moment everyone has when they first understand the archetype of a planet (ie Saturn as responsibility, self-denial or Neptune as transcendence, necessary losses) is huge one giant leap toward self-understanding. Yet the psychological reality of it is a subtle, daily event that takes your attention and time. How do you deal with that? Enter Tracy Marks. (For you Scorpios who love to probe your psyche, psychological astrology is a field unto itself – you can imagine that it can get real complicated real quick.) Tracy Marks is pretty straightforward, she uses concrete examples, asking the right question, or suggesting the right activity for each big transit.

On Neptune: “Neptune can indeed be highly frustrating, immobilizing and even terrifying. Our grasp upon reality may feel shaky. We may feel paralyzed, unable to make any decisions or act in a forthright manner. Neptune may blind us to our internal feelings and keep us engaged in internal dramas that seem to go nowhere and which have little relevance to our actual circumstances…” She then opens up a number of possibilities tc consider that helps you get clearer. There’s even a “Neptune Worksheet” appropriately titled “Coping with Confusion” and one for each planetary whammy (all lifesavers!). Also notable a very helpful section on Eclipses and Lunar Nodes. Help is good.