Today I woke up and I felt that familiar urge to write. To get the words out. Spout the ideas that I am sure are so unique, that nobody has ever thought of even thinking them…but then I remembered that I am just a white girl living in Denver, Colorado in the fucking crazy year of 2018. And so, as it goes, I feel hopeful and defeated all at once.
I thought 2016 was crazy, and that 2017 was truly bizarre…but 2018 is taking the cake. I won’t dive into the political rhetoric surrounding the strangeness, but rather, I just want to explore the ramifications of our social climate for myself personally, for my children, and ultimately our global community. And this is where my urge to write comes into play, I guess. Some deeper need I have to organize all of my super cool thoughts/ideas/solutions into nice little compartmentalized chapters. But I rarely write. Oh, I write Facebook posts, emails, and love notes to my husband; but rarely do I sit down as I am now – and write.
My urge to tell stories is strong – but what are those stories? I don’t even know. It feels somewhat irresponsible to be dabbling in storytelling when I see humanity and the earth deteriorating before my eyes. And so, as it goes, the conversation with myself about creative pursuits begins and within 7.3 minutes, I have lost the urge to tell a story. I allow myself to be sidetracked and diminished – every time.
But something else has started percolating in my brain lately…there is a simple solution to all of the problems we have in the world. The answer is in a gazillion different song lyrics and poems, inspirational posters and even tattoos. It’s so stinking simple that we overlook it – we forget that IT is just good old fashioned love.
Love is the answer to just about every problem and I bet I could prove it by telling stories.
Stories are after all, what we base everything on…so, as it goes, I ask myself, “What if we changed the stories we tell ourselves?” What if the stories I told changed someone’s mind, or better yet, their hearts? What if by doing what I love, I brought love to other people?
Could it really be that in four paragraphs I have solved my own personal dilemma with writing? Could it really be that by just allowing love to be part of the narrative, I have reframed the entire scenario? I really do feel invigorated and excited to write now…right now! The first story I am going to write is about a girl who learns to listen to and love herself so that she could change the world.
What’s your story of love?
We all want to “Save the World,” but it occurs to me that we need to save ourselves in the process. Sustainability became a huge buzzword about a decade ago and I always wondered if folks really understood what sustainability means. While it’s necessary that we consider sustainability when being a consumer, building houses, driving and procreating; it’s equally necessary that we consider the sustainability of our spirit.
In the last century many cultures have made technology a priority and disregarded the need and importance of living in sync with Mother Nature and Father Sky. The more we plug in, the more we become disconnected. Other cultures continue to strive to live in harmony, only to become endangered by their own species.
As a teenager reading Thoreau’s Walden, I became disgusted with technology and the destruction it brings and decided that I was going to channel some old pioneer woman energy, become a midwife and live life off the grid. This was all well and fine until I had a child.
Suddenly my whole life was about protecting him, making sure that he had the best of everything and my views shifted somewhat. Now I needed a cell phone; what if we broke down on the side of the road? Now I needed the internet to read up on the latest parenting tips, send pictures to the grandparents and email my friends that I never actually talked to anymore because I was too busy with the baby.
Ultimately we must look at how we can bridge the gap. The study and science of astrology is one of the best tools we have for understanding our spirit and it’s place in the physical world. Whether it’s the pull of the Moon or the warmth of the Sun, we know that without these energies we would not even have life on earth. Our relationship to these energies is the key to our sustainability, both physical and spiritual.
Many of us are living a life that is dictated by the mortgage payment, losing precious dreamtime, smothering our inner child, and all the while teaching our offspring that it’s all okay, as long as you have a nice car. By searching for fulfillment through the material world we have brought this chaos upon ourselves and it is has become pertinent that we get back to understanding the magic of life and the absolute necessity of living in sync with nature. But before we can do this, we must first understand our own personal nature.
At the moment you were born into this physical world, you became a part of it and it became a part of you. An astrological natal chart is essentially a map of the heavens at the time of your birth and can prove to be the best map through life that you can find.
The following is a generalized meaning of the planets and the signs in regards to Spiritual needs and tendencies. When we can recognize our needs on the deepest of levels and start to fulfill those needs, we are then able to serve the needs of others; this is the true meaning of sustainability.
Aries / Mars: Taking initiative and using your originality is the best way to sustain anything in your life. Remembering that we are here to learn, and learning is best done through exploration can make even the dullest of moments exciting. See what you can learn from any situation that makes you uncomfortable. By facing your fears and personal demons, you can strengthen the foundation from which you can launch into the next adventure.
Taurus / Venus: Steadfast resolve is your greatest gift. Whether it’s your ethics or your grandmother’s secret recipe, you do well to stand your ground. By being committed to what we believe is right, we can preserve those things in our life. However, finding the secret recipe might be the hardest part. Focus on the “things” in life that bring you the most satisfaction and joy, and you’ll likely find that they are not things at all.
Gemini / Mercury: Communication and community are central to your existence. This doesn’t mean that you are always a good communicator or even a good member of your community. It does mean that if you can integrate yourself into your community, you will find communication a pleasure rather than a challenge. Listening will bring you far more resources than speaking.
Cancer / Moon: We cannot live life without the balance of night and day. You cannot live life without the balance of emotion and logic. While you must not become capsized on logic, you must also not deny yourself the freedom to flow with your emotions. Being sentimental and honoring your history can serve as a wonderful outlet for your emotional needs while providing future generations a perspective not provided in the history books.
Leo / Sun: Life on Earth would not even be possible without the Sun. Take this notion and apply it to the thought that your life would not be possible without creativity. Everything in your life must be a form of creative self-expression. Remembering that it’s not about ego, but rather about creating the life that you want. When you start being concerned about what others think of you, you are denying yourself true self-expression. And frankly the old adage is true; most people aren’t actually thinking about you, they are too busy worrying about what you think of them!
Virgo / Mercury: Recognizing that we all have a job to do here on Earth is fundamental to your sense of well being. By serving the needs of others you are ultimately serving your deepest need. This may or may not revolve around your career. Take advantage of the natural gifts that you have and share them with others. And while you may feel inclined to make the simple into something more complicated, it’s truly best to make the complicated simpler.
Libra / Venus: Every time I get to Libra I immediately want to sing The Beatles’ All you need is love… All together now… It’s absolutely necessary that you find ways to relate with others. It’s not enough to be in a relationship, you must learn to see yourself through your relationships. With honest reflection, you can bring your life into balance by perfecting those relationships that are meaningful and detaching from those that are draining. This will help you renew your own personal energy.
Scorpio / Mars: With each situation you are given the chance for regeneration. This constant transformation is vital to your existence. Whether you are transforming your appearance, your career, your marriage, it’s important to recognize the cycles of all things. Watch the Moon or plant a seed; by living in harmony with these cycles you can find the peace that you so deeply desire. Use your calendar to mark important days and see if you can find any patterns.
Sagittarius / Jupiter: Adventure could and should be your middle name. Whether you are riding a mountain bike, a horse, or a wave, you are being called upon to discover the truth that lives in the broadest of horizons. The truth is, that what is true for you, may not be true for me. Gaining perspective on the World through the eyes of others, while helpful, is merely an excuse not to discover your own genuine insight. Listen to your inner voice; it will always tell you what you need to know.
Capricorn / Saturn: By paying attention and following through, you are ahead of the game, as long as you follow the rules. Rules all have a reason. While most rules are made to be broken, you must not let them break you. Stable flexibility is your oxymoron. Bring forth what you know about discipline, responsibility, and all that is constructive. Share this knowledge with others and you will be practicing the art of sustainability.
Aquarius / Uranus: Change and chaos are often seen as one in the same. But this is not always true. It is necessary for you to recognize what is simply the natural course of life, and what is truly frenzied. While you can’t really control either, you can control how you respond. Imagine yourself a spokesperson for change and a chaos whisperer. And while you are busy saving the world in your own unique way, take some time to take a nap.
Pisces / Neptune: Everything in life that is colorful, ethereal, dynamic, musical, and poetic is under your protection. Honoring the sacred is your specialty. Just as we must nurture and tend to our gardens, you must nurture and tend to your own spirit. Dreams are key to your survival. Sound dramatic? Well, you tell me.
You’ve likely heard one of your friends say, “Oh, it must be Mercury Retrograde.” And while you laugh and nod your head in agreeance, you were probably left wondering what the heck they were talking about.
The astronomical phenomenon referred to as Mercury Retrograde most recently started on July 26, 2018 and will end on August 19, 2018. As seen from Earth, all the true planets appear to periodically switch direction as they cross the sky. Though all stars and planets appear to move from east to west on a nightly basis in response to the rotation of Earth, planets generally drift slowly eastward relative to the stars. This motion is normal for the planets, referred to as direct motion. However, since Earth completes its orbit in a shorter period of time than the planets outside its orbit, we periodically overtake them, like a faster car on multi-lane highway. When this occurs, the planet we are passing will first appear to stop its eastward drift, and then drift back toward the west. This is described as Retrograde Motion.
Mercury in Roman mythology (Hermes to the Greeks) is the winged messenger of the Gods and thus in the archetypal sciences such as astrology and tarot, the planet Mercury governs all things that have to do with communication. While it only appears that Mercury is going backwards during its retrograde period, many will tell you that its affects can make one feel like everything is indeed going backwards. Computers and electronic gadgets may seem persnickety, lines of communication may become jumbled and misunderstandings abound.
With over twenty years of astrological study I have come to recognize that during any Mercury Retrograde period we are given an opportunity to tune into a Universal message. While we take the time each spring to clean our garage, we rarely take the time to do the same type of maintenance in our ethereal lives. If I could don the winged shoes and the caduceus I would tell people that this is a time to mentally relax, reflect and most importantly, pay attention to the words that swirl around in your head, and out of your mouth. Our words are incredibly powerful and yet we throw them around carelessly more times than not. However, we can use the power of words to help us learn to listen more effectively to our intuition, which will always provide us with the answers we most seek.
The following words can serve as a guide to navigating the murky time of Mercury Retrograde:
Mercury is retrograde several times a year. Use the schedule below to make to time to tune into the Universal messages…
In 2018, Mercury retrograde occurs during the date ranges of:
- March 23 to April 15
- July 26 to August 19
- November 17 to December 6
Did you know astrology could actually save you money while you save the planet? Forget traffic signs, find your zodiac sign to discover your best mode of alternative transportation.
Aries –Try a squad car. Saves you cab fare and gives that much needed rush of adrenaline. (Disclaimer: Don’t give them your real name.)
Taurus – Safety and security before speed, you would be quite happy walking…if it’s not too far.
Gemini – You are well suited for public transportation considering the variety of people watching and strange conversation provided.
Cancer – You are most comfortable on the water, try any kind of boat, but wear your life jacket!
Leo – Have someone else do your errands and then express your appreciation in song.
Virgo – Catch a ride with an ambulance and tell the paramedics the best route to take while making sure their supplies are of the highest standards.
Libra – Use your charm. (Disclaimer: Don’t give them your real phone number.)
Scorpio – Attend funerals and catch rides with the mourners. You can simultaneously share your wisdom and insights on death.
Sagittarius – Learn the value of good old-fashioned “horse” power. If that’s not adventurous enough for you, try hang gliding.
Capricorn – Practically living at work, transportation is really a moot point. Not to mention you’re already thrifty enough and needn’t worry about saving a few pennies.
Aquarius – You will be the first on the block with the solar – electric- hybrid – running- off – your – own – body – odor- car.
Pisces – Growing fins would be ideal, but a trip to the grocery store is best taken with an open heart and a full tank of gas.
Astrologically, Saturn has a reputation for being challenging or notoriously difficult. The archetypal father figure, Saturn is here to teach us. Most simply, if you are being responsible, disciplined and doing your work, Saturn will be your best friend and guiding light. If you are being lackadaisical then Saturn is going to kick your butt.
Whether by natal placement or by transit, Saturn shows the areas of your life that need the most work. I’m not talking about getting to your job on time, or paying your bills kind of responsibility. I’m talking about the responsibility that comes with having a spirit and dreams, talent and ambition. It’s the responsibility that comes from living here on earth, knowing that you’re going to make your mark and making it a good one.
We often find ourselves struggling with what others expect from us and who they think we are. All the while, denying what we need to feed our essence, consequently stunting our growth. This is where Saturn comes in as a seemingly bad guy because every 27 – 29 years he makes a return to it’s natal position in ones chart, challenging us in many varied ways. All of which depend up where Saturn resides in your natal chart.
Saturn in Aries &/or 1st House – Quite simply you are here to work on yourself – not be selfish or infantile, but to be consciously motivated by your own needs and desires rather than being a door mat. Whether this includes taking care of your body or listening to your inner voice, you are on call to answer to your Self.
Saturn in Taurus &/or 2nd House – The lesson for the day is love and value. How do you show your love? Do the people you admire know it? Are you more in touch with your deepest values or with the close out prices at the mall? Saturn wants you to recognize the spiritual value of “things” and the ultimate value of love, reminding us that we must work hard before we receive the reward.
Saturn in Gemini &/or 3rd House – Here you are held accountable to every word. What you say and how you say it have a direct relationship with your function in your community. Dogmatism is not an option as you are being tested in your ability to remain flexible and open minded. Mastering the art of communication is all part of the job.
Saturn in Cancer &/or 4th House – Both dominance and nurturing are called for with this placement. Balancing your inner masculine and feminine is key. Emotional stability is under the microscope as is your ability to express those emotions in non destructive or crystallized ways.
Saturn in Leo &/or 5th House – Are you having fun yet? Creative self expression is the test. Finding your inner child and letting it’s voice be heard is the only way that Saturn will be happy here. Ironically, it is this very placement that can often inhibit people from experiencing joy. Never lose your sense of wonder – let it be your guide.
Saturn in Virgo &/or 6th House – The test here is one of efficiency and service. Health is also a major factor as we all know that if we don’t have our health we have nothing. Surprisingly, many don’t realize the link between service and health. Think of the last time you went to work – were you happy to go there? Did your work leave you feeling elated or nauseous? Discipline is needed to undertake providing a service that you enjoy, or ultimately your health will suffer.
Saturn in Libra &/or 7th House – Relationships can take on a very serious quality with this placement. How you relate and practice intimacy may need to be loosened up a bit. Often overly concerned with what others think , the lesson here is to be yourself, understanding that those who love you do so because of who you are – not because of what they think you might be.
Saturn in Scorpio &/or 8th House – Transformation is the name of the game here. Recognizing that we all experience life in cyclical form makes it’s easier to flow with our cycles than against them. Get back to your primal nature! Explore your sexuality, your faith and the mysteries of yourself. Leave no debt unpaid and you’ll have no regrets.
Saturn in Sagittarius &/or 9th House – What do you believe? What is your truth? Are you standing up for what you believe in? These are questions you should be asking your self and everyone else. There is a certain sense of duty that follows your philosophies now. Feed your fires of curiosity and wonder, they will keep you warm and guide you on your chosen path.
Saturn in Capricorn &/or 10th House – On the surface it seems to be all about responsibility and discipline, but these are merely the tools needed in order to create a lasting and meaningful legacy for our future generations. Recognizing that all things are connected leaves no room for behavior less than positive. Patience and steady pursuit of your goals is called for here.
Saturn in Aquarius &/or 11th House – Getting to the root of what it means to be human is the job here. Rigidity or repression can cause you serious trouble. Never stop changing your mind. Dive into your humanness, forgive other humans. Make fellowship a priority in your life while recognizing that popularity is not tantamount to friendship.
Saturn in Pisces &/or 12th House – Your inner mystic has work to do. Living spiritually aware is a good start, but the mission is to manifest dreams and visions. Honoring the thread that ties us all together while living in a knot will not suffice. Let your imagination roam, release the artist in you. It’s okay to have your head in the clouds as long as your feet are firmly on the ground.
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One of my favorite things about astrology is that it describes the only way in which we are all equal. Living under the same sky not only connects us to other humans but to all life and matter. This is why certain signs and planets are said to rule things, meaning being drawn by the same governing energy. Everyday objects can be designated astrological rulership, giving no end to the possibilities of exploring our world through astrology.
Given that it is summer, I’d like to give you the opportunity to plan and explore your garden with starry eyes. Using plant life to harness and express energy is just another way that astrology can be useful in your everyday life. The following chart is not an exhaustive list; it’s simply meant to give you a place to start.
People have long sought ways to please their lovers, often taking extreme measures like altering their bodies to less drastic actions like paying a telephone psychic $5 a minute to find out what their partner wants, likes or needs. It seems too easy that you could just look at a lover’s astrological natal chart and know what’s going to please them, but really it is that easy.
All the energies present at the moment we take our first breath become a part of our astrological make-up, not so different from our biological make-up. Flesh and bones, our bodies are all unique. From Aries to Pisces, our intimate and spiritual needs are all unique. By using a lot of intuitive understanding and a little ancient wisdom you begin to see that we all need the same things just in very different ways. A practice that has been around as long as there have been humans, astrology serves as a useful tool when wanting to invigorate relationships and intimacy, giving us an opportunity to see ourselves and others as all connected.
When beginning the practice of astrology many people stop before they really get started because of the complexity of it all. Astrology is set up on a system of Rulerships, which means that each planet presides over a certain sign, while each sign corresponds to different things and situations i.e. Mars rules Aries, Aries rules action. With 10 planets (the Sun & Moon are called planets to keep things simple) and 12 signs in constant motion, there are endless possibilities in the realm of astrological expression. In order to use astrology you mustn’t get overwhelmed or even feel like you have to understand it completely. Whether you realize it or not, you already have an intuitive understanding of astrology.
The following four steps are simple ways in which you can bring new levels of intimacy and connection to your love life.
STEP ONE: Understand Yourself. Understanding of your own astrological make-up is essential. You must know yourself intimately to share yourself intimately. It’s a good idea to get a natal chart (a map of the planetary placements at the time of your birth) and meet with a professional astrologer. There are also numerous web sites and books made for people wanting to look deeper into themselves through astrology. And even if you just use the Rulership chart included here, you are on your way to understanding yourself through the elements.
Astrologers, books and websites can enlighten you as to why you need clean sheets and a tidy house before you can relax and enjoy a sexual encounter, explaining that Saturn (responsibility and discipline) is ruling your 8th House (sexual expression). This and all planetary placements represent lessons for our spiritual evolution, learned through interactions with others, the environment, and our own awareness. Astrology is often the key unlocking that which we were previously aware, but didn’t understand.
STEP TWO: Understand Your Partner. Just as you can come to have a true understanding of Self through astrology, you can gain this same insight into those with whom you relate. If your partner is inclined to be reserved in bed (maybe it’s that Saturn in the 8th house person) you can recognize and utilize the energy that rules their sexual nature to make them feel more comfortable and connected.
Considering the elements is an essential part of making astrology work for you. For example, someone with a strong Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) influence is likely to enjoy reading erotica to her mate in bed, while someone ruled by Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) may want the spontaneous quickies in dangerous places. Two lovers, one with strong Earth influence (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) and one with strong Water influence (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) may create virtual mud within their love life, or they may nurture (Water) and ground (Earth) each other in a way that makes true romantic bliss is possible. Knowing the inclinations of your partner on an intimate, spiritual level can help you give them what they need without them having to ask- what a gift!
STEP THREE: Use the Moon! Ruling our emotional nature and daily tendencies, the Moon is most like a body function. It reminds us all that we humans are prone to moodiness, inconsistent behavior and sometimes we just can’t help it. Arguments can be avoided or easily resolved when you are tuned into lunar energy, making more time and energy available for lovemaking and intimate encounters.
Focusing on the part of the body that each particular Moon sign represents can increase sensuality and awareness. For example, if the Moon is in Aries you might want to give your lover a temple massage or kiss longer than usual, as Aries rules the head.
Keeping track of Moon signs and how they relate to you and your partners own astrological make-up can help keep things fresh as the Moon changes signs every two and a half days. Obviously there are many calendars you can buy and there are no shortages of the websites listing such information.
STEP FOUR: Stock up! Astrology is more biological than you might realize. Each sign responds to environmental and external factors in unique ways. Whether you are planning or just want to be prepared for a romantic interlude, some essential items include….
Candles/Pillows/Blankets – Get colors that your and your partner respond to on an astrological level, or a color that represents an element you’d like to bring to your intimate unions.
Oil – Simple massage oil can be astrologically correct by adding essential oils or aromas that correspond to the signs.
Music – Astrology works through a system of harmonics created by each planet, much the same way all musical instruments have their own unique sound. Instead of broadcasting through a radio, planetary harmonics are expressed by us everyday in spectacular and beautiful ways. Just as the person we love can make our heart sing, music helps us to transcend time and space, allowing that love to flow through our bodies.
Imagination – Share your fantasies and dreams. Be creative and open yourself to wonders of the body and spirit connection.