Life’s a Head Game

limited thinking I feel like life is an ever evolving plasma that I’m suspended in. Sometimes I can manipulate the plasma a little bit and sometimes I just have to float. I’ve been floating for the past few months and that’s tiresome now, so I need to take a shot at manipulating the plasma.

For someone with a western emphasis in her chart, that can be harder than it sounds. Folks with an emphasis on the western hemisphere (the right hand side of the chart) are folks that things are more likely to happen to. We’re the responders. People with an eastern emphasis (the left hand side of the chart) are instigators, initiators. They’re more adept at making things happen. They give responders something to respond to.

Have you ever seen the movie Orlando or read the book by Virginia Woolf? Orlando has to adapt in the most unusual ways over several centuries. After very, very long sleeps, Orlando not only wakes up in a new place, but in a new body with a new gender. If you’ve contemplated change over long periods of time and suddenly found yourself in a new world that you have created or that has been thrust upon you, you are Orlando.

Mintelligence withinaybe eastern hemisphere types create their worlds and western types have a new world thrust upon them. If planets are scattered around the wheel, there’s a good chance you can handle both. What do you think about that?

Whether eastern or western, we’re faced with the same task ~ thrive in the world we’re in. That’s where the head game comes in. We’ve all played this game and we’re all darn good at it. We see what we want to see and find what we’re looking for whether that’s good stuff or lousy stuff. Affirmations are supposed to help us stay on the path. Mantras can serve as guides in getting where we want to be. Prayer. Resolve. Proper support. Use the tools that work for you. It’s a process.

It all starts with that icky, burdensome feeling of knowing that you want something to change. But what exactly? Don’t think about changing someone else. You can’t. Think only of changing something about yourself or your own life.

Really good quote by Tony Soprano ~ There’s not a geographical solution to an emotional problem, or something to that effect. As enticing as it is to run away, we take our junk with us. Dump the junk. Dump some of the junk. No one dumps all of it at once. Start small. Ask yourself this. If I could drop one thing, what would it be? Work on changing that.

If you’re a creator, start creating. If you’re a responder, start responding.

Whatever is happening out there is only a mirror of my own limited thinking.
I trust the intelligence within me.

That’s my daily draw today, and that’s my plan. If you need to change that sentence, change it. I’m changing it a little. I’m replacing intelligence with intuition. I’m calling it my watery intelligence. It’s my best guiding force and I’ve put it on the back burner in pursuit of a more linear way of responding. For someone with a lunar rating of 80 on Donna Cunningham’s planetary tests, that’s backassward!!

My first step is to reconnect with my intuition through the use of more intuitive tools. That means more oracles, tarot and dream work and less astrology for now. Astrology is what’s happening to me. I’m responding by tapping into and trusting the watery intelligence within me.

To kick start this process, I’ve created Tarot Gal, a place for free readings. It’s brand new and there’s not much there. If you’re interested in a free reading, click here. I’ll respond to as many as I can manage. It’s my hope that we all benefit.

Images from Louise L. Hay Wisdom Cards. These are the front and back of one card. Interested in purchasing this deck?

Woman in lotus pose

Full Moon in Scorpio ~ Lotus Moon


Super Moon! Scorpio! Full Moon Madness! Cinco de Mayo!

That’ll make a person nervous.

This is the Moon of Secrets. It’s at 16° Scorpio, the second decan, influenced by Pluto and Neptune, classically Mars and Jupiter. This degree of the zodiac is in a part of the sky known as the Heart of the Scorpion with one of the brightest stars in the sky (Antares) at the heart.

Word on the street is that this is a tough celestial neighborhood. You lock your doors when you drive through this neighborhood, if you know what I mean. People who grew up here had a hard scrabble life. They’re tough and fearless. The survivors hope to make it out. Many come back and make a difference. Continue reading

Pile of old books

Moon in Gemini ~ Project Gutenberg and Free E-Book Downloads


I am laughing at myself because I’ve just spent several hours downloading free books from Project Gutenberg, free books for the Kindle from Amazon, and other ebooks from other websites. OMG!! What fun!

Here’s the Moon in Gemini at work on the mind:

  • Decided to read through the June issue of Dell Horoscope
  • Caught Chris Lorenz’s review of Time on Your Hands: A Study in Palmistry by Maiya Gray-Cobb (Gemini/Mercury are associated with the hands)
  • Logged onto Amazon to check it out
  • Did a search for more books on palmistry
  • Saw Cheiro’s Palmistry for All listed as a free kindle download (I only have Kindle on my pc)
  • Noticed Thought-Forms for free download with a note that it might be found elsewhere on the web.
  • Searched and found a color copy at Project Gutenberg
  • Searched Project Gutenberg for other topics

And on and on and on.

So now I have several new e-books downloaded to read through at my leisure. Now I’m going to make some phone calls and settle in to writing some reports.

Just had to stop and laugh with Luna.


Ruler of Taurus ~ Venus or Earth?

What’s your take on this?

The subject came up again in Diane L’s recent post Observations: Lovely Taurus Season is here! over at Libra Seeking Balance. She has a direct link in the comments section to Philip Sedgewick’s very interesting interpretations of Earth in your chart. Diane and I agree that Earth is the ruler.

[Note: the Earth is always directly opposite your Sun. If you’re a Sun sign Taurus, your Earth is in Scorpio; a Sun sign Capricorn has the Earth in Cancer.]

I’d love to know what you think, both pros and cons. Weigh in with a comment or just by voting in the poll below. It’s important as astrologers to explore our art, our science, so that we can make it the very best it can be. Who knows? You might even change my mind. ;)

Check out the Venus/Earth debate on Donna Cunningham’s blog Sky Writer.

Mercury Rx and the Paper Shredder

Both Mercury and Mars are currently retrograde. Mercury in Aries and Mars in Virgo. Can these two planets in mutual reception, working together in retrograde, help us?

Mercury Rx has a bad reputation. Behind that bad reputation can sometimes be a lack on our part ~ not getting ourselves up for a task.

Like that pile of papers sitting smugly on the floor “out of my way.” Out of my way? I don’t think so.

I’d been moving that pile of papers around for about eight months. Old bills (some unopened), receipts, and charts I’d been working on had become a constant irritant and reminder of where I’d lacked focus. I hated that pile!

Every time I looked at it, I could hear it chiding me. “Loser. Lazy. Inefficient Loaf.”

Could Mercury and Mars Rx rescue me from this heckling demon of demoralization?


Behind my desk chair, nuzzled between two file cabinets sat the beloved paper shredder, goddess of an erased past. And on top of it, another pile of detestable papers. More of the same ~ old bills, receipts, charts and more charts. Gawd!

I couldn’t take it anymore!! (Two exclamation points required.)

The time was right. Continue reading

When Symbols Get Stale

As astrologers and readers, we look at the same symbols over and over again. We spot the Sun in a chart and register it immediately, a learned response. We pull the tarot Sun from our favored deck and have an automatic reaction.

Is this what happens when we boil our symbols down to stereotypes only to have them become stale and ho-hum?

I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be able to “read” tarot again because of the symbolic associations I’ve made for the past 30 years. The meanings are so ingrained that I bore myself. It feels like my intuition evaporated. Ever felt that way?

With tarot, we can switch to another tarot deck or maybe stop using the tarot completely, using an oracle deck to rev up our intuition. With astrology, it’s different. There are only so many symbols to work with. We can’t swap them out for another artist’s interpretation. Continue reading

March 2012 Moon Phases

The Sun starts the month of February in the sign of Pisces, and then moves into Aries on March 20, the first day of Spring and the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, March 20 marks the first day of Autumn and the Autumnal Equinox.

When the month begins, the Moon is waxing (growing in light) until the Full Moon in Virgo on March 8th and then wanes (decreases in light) until the New Moon in Aries on March 21st. At that time, it begins to wax again. Need to know more about waxing and waning? Click here.

Click on the individual calendars to see a larger version or click here to see all lunar phase calendars for 2012.


Northern Hemisphere Southern Hemisphere


Check out monthly skywatching events at

The UK site, Sky-Watching, has some interesting events listed for March. Don’t miss the March 20th event! Will we be able to see Saturn with the naked eye?


Mercury in Pisces ~ Absorbing It All

Mercury is in Pisces February 15 – March 2nd when he enters Aries. He will retrograde back to Pisces on March 24 through April 16.

Mercury is a slippery fellow ~ moving backward and forward through the zodiac ~ so we need to keep our eye on him. In Pisces, he’s  probably a bit…distracted. There’s so much to absorb.

Naturally associated with the thinking signs of Gemini and Virgo, Mercury is awash with sensitivity and heightened perception while in the water signs. In Pisces, the most nebulous and impressionistic of the water signs, he enters the world of poetry, metaphor, and music. Pisces communication predates language. Words aren’t necessary, but they are often beautiful.

Imagine engaging in rambling stream of consciousness musings, accompanied by a soft and mesmerizing new age soundtrack. Everything won’t be germane, but some true and beneficial nuggets will arise that can inspire and bring surprising clarity out of the chaos.

Find a piece of new age music, put the headphones on, and just start talking. If you can tape yourself, better yet. You might be surprised at the things you hear during playback. The things that are important to you will creep through. Those are the things that Mercury is focused on subconsciously. Imagine what focused attention can do for you. 

Medwyn Goodall’s Water Song will give you five minutes to sample this technique. Try it and see what you discover in the fog.

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