Archive for May, 2013

Arguing With Joy: May 2013’s Lunar Eclipse

Friday, May 24th, 2013

This eclipse is about the argument between joy and logic.  Do you react to your dreams with rationality, thus killing and squashing them?  Or do you overreact with joy and delight, perhaps blowing their possibility out of proportion?  This is not likely to be a very strong, dramatic eclipse (as eclipses go), unless you have something in your chart right at 4 degrees Sagittarius.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: May 24, 2013
Time of eclipse: 9:25 PM PST
Type: penumbral (very weak in intensity)
Visible in:  the Americas, western Africa, southwestern Europe.
At: 4 degrees Sagittarius
Shadow Agent:  Neptune in Pisces

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
May 20-30
August 22-September 1
November 21-December 1
February 18-27

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  The Moon, Sun and Neptune are clustered on your doorstep, engaged in a fierce argument.  They sweep into your living room.
Moon: I’ve really had enough of this.  I’m going to be happy, whether you like it or not!
Sun:  You have no reason to be happy.
Moon:  I don’t need a reason!  I just am!  It’s a wonderful thing to be able to find joy and meaning in life, even when it “doesn’t make sense.”
Sun:  Yeah, if you want to be deluded and not live in reality.
Moon:  Well, that’s your definition of reality.
Neptune:  You’ve asked me to mediate your argument today and I have to interject something here:  I don’t care a lot about reality.
Sun:  To your detriment.
Neptune:  I’m not in my detriment—I’m in my home sign right now!  Pisces is where I belong!  You’re the one in a difficult sign.  You don’t like being in Air signs.
Sun:  You and the Moon are nothing but a couple of unruly Water planets.
Moon:  And proud to be so.  Very happy to be in Sagittarius, I might add.
Sun:  But when you are eclipsed, you’ve got to look at your own shadow.  And the shadow of Sagittarius is buoyancy without groundedness.  Is it a good thing when you’re  clueless, blunt, dunderheadedly optimistic, and outright denying the negative?
Moon:  I don’t care, I’m having fun.  Why should I care if anyone else is?
Sun:  Exactly my point.  You’ve gone too far, Moon.  You should care about others, because you are the Universal Mother archetype.
Neptune:  With all this arguing going on, how can I possibly listen for my dreams?
Neptune pulls out a giant pair of earmuffs and puts them on.  Suddenly, all sound in the room is muted.  Neptune rubs her hands together and a ball of energy springs to life between them.  She pulls her hands apart and the ball expands, till it barely fits into your living room.  Inside the ball appears a vision.  
Neptune:  What a lovely vision of what’s possible I’m creating here.
Inside the ball you can see a castle in the clouds.  It seems to be occupied by happy people, doing things they enjoy.
Moon:  Great—I’m sending joy into your vision.
The Moon waves some golden sparkles into the ball, making the image positively glow.
Sun:  I’m going to have to send some rationality into your vision.
The Sun waves some darts into the ball, but Neptune protests.
Neptune:  Hey, don’t burst my bubble!  Don’t squash my dreams, don’t harsh my mellow!
Sun:  You’ve got to balance your optimism with sense.

As, in fact, do we all.  What are your cherished dreams and what logic are you resisting?  During May’s lunar eclipse, it may show you your shadow.

Read about current year’s eclipses.

The effects of an eclipse last for about six months.
If you’re feeling this eclipse

and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above,
contact Jamie for a reading.



The Best and Worst of Gemini (or Gemini, Are You a Chatterbox or a Communicator?)

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Gemini sign types (usually born between May 21 and June 21) are famous for their wit and their love of words and communication.  But Gemini, how do you know when you’re talking too much and boring your listeners?  Communication is a two-way street every Gemini learns to walk both sides of.

Gemini, when you’re at your best. . .
. . . you’re the sharpest tool in the shed.  You’re a little quicker to grasp ideas and smarter in using them.  You love information and like to keep your thought process logical.  Chances are you did well in school because yours is the kind of mind teachers love to teach—eager, curious and fascinated with ideas.  This could all get rather dry, but fortunately you are also deeply interested in the art of conversation.  Using the right words and really getting the idea across is as important to you as really getting what others say.

. . . and at your worst. . .
Dare I say it?  Sometimes, instead of talking, you lecture.  Sometimes instead of conversing, you chatter.  And you’re a teeny bit prone to gossip.  Moving information around from one person’s head to another is your main preoccupation, but when that information is actually opinion—and negative opinion at that—you begin unravelling the very social ties you sought to create.  And people who listen to the negativity begin to wonder what you’re saying when they’re not around.  Once you become labeled as a gossip or as snarky, it’s hard to go back.

Handling your Gemini nature
Warmth in communication is crucial.  Care about the person you are talking with and let your words communicate that caring.  Talk less, listen more.  Share your wisdom, but also inquire into the wisdom of others.  Most of all, Gemini, be curious, because this is your great strength.  Learn the fine art of asking questions:  warm, gentle, evocative questions about personal matters and sharp, pointed, incisive questions about impersonal matters.  People around you will share everything and you’ll never be bored.

Clueing others in about you
Let the people in your life know that you value their opinion and are genuinely interested in their perspective.  Let them know you are interruptible.  Let them know that you need your mobility, freedom and flexibility, but that you’re willing to slow down and really connect with them in conversation as you flit about.  Some of your friends (maybe all of them!) will need more time to think things through than you do—this doesn’t mean they are stupid, but that they have a different thinking style.  Allow them their time and respect their form of intelligence.  Enjoy the Aquarians and Librans in your life—they are comfortable with your need for lightness and flexibility and they’ll never bore you or drag you down.

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Uranus And Pluto Topple The Great Edifice (part 2)

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Our story began with Pluto and Uranus scaling the Great Edifice—and you might want to begin there too.  Now it’s May of 2013 and they’re at it again.

Pluto and Uranus are busy at the Great Edifice, a huge monolith in the collective astral dreamscape.  Pluto is rappelling on the Edifice’s surface, searching for fault lines.  Uranus is preparing the explosives he will stuff into the fault lines Pluto finds.  The two are figuring out their strategy for bringing the Edifice down.  Human Being is watching all this, feeling a mixture of excitement and terror.  He tugs at Uranus’ arm.

Human:  Why are you doing this?
Uranus:  Good question.  I mean, look at this edifice.  It’s tall.
Pluto:  It’s shiny.
Uranus:  Damned regular.
Pluto:  Yep, not a scratch on it.  Perfectly cubic.
Uranus:  Perfectly PERFECT, you mean.
Pluto:  Right.
Both together:  Something MUST be wrong!
Human:  What do you mean?
Pluto:  There’s got to be something wrong here.  This thing is TOO shiny.  I smell a rat.
Uranus:  How like you. You’re always smelling a rat.
Pluto:  It’s not just paranoia.  Rats are everywhere.
Uranus:  In this case, for once, I totally agree there’s a rat.  I just disagree on your methods.
Pluto:  Yeah sure, but we’ve decided to work together, so how about we try to get along?
Human:  Speaking of methods, does this have to be accompanied by physical chaos?  I mean, can’t a giant structure like this change without having to crush a lot of people under its weight?
Uranus:  Only if you embrace the change that needs to happen.
Pluto:  Then it can happen gently.
Human:  Yes, but how?
Pluto:  Not my job to figure that out.
Uranus:  Not my job either!
Human:  Oh.  You’re saying human beings have to do it.
Uranus:  Good guess!
Pluto:  We’re here to do the work on the archetypal level.  We’re fomenting change inside the human heart.
Uranus:  But you human beings have to do the right thing with the breakthrough ideas we give you. . .
Pluto:  . . . and with the instincts we arouse in you.  Some of you will naturally know how to change the system without violence.
Uranus:  While others will have to blow things up really big in order to be heard.  Maybe because the authorities aren’t open to change.
Pluto:  Maybe because they are hopelessly corrupt.
Human:  So there’s no help for it—this is going to be a mess?
Pluto:  You might have to break a few eggs to make this omelet.
Uranus:  But we guarantee our results.  And—
Human:  I know where you’re going with this!  And each person has freewill about how they choose to respond to this transit, as with every other transit we experience.
Uranus:  Exactly.  So the real question is:  How gracefully can you accept change?  How gracefully can you accept new ideas?
Pluto:  How gracefully can you accept the passing away of the old and the necessity of moving on to the new?
Human:  Let me ponder that for a few months until your next pass, in November of 2013.

And so should we all.

Read part 3 of this post thread.


Why Do Helpers Get Stuck When They’re Trying To Do Good?

Monday, May 20th, 2013

This morning I was having a powerful conversation with my intern Erica in our office here at Pandora Astrology.  It was about how important it is for people-helpers and healers to do their work in the world unimpeded by fears of not making enough money, fears of marketing, fears of failure (and the crushing emotional weight that comes with it) and fears of success (and the fear of being a target that comes with it).  And about how very hard it is to set up a client-based practice as a helper when those fears are dogging you.

Read more about this on the FEMTalks blog. . .


Parenting: A Spiritual Path To Healing Family Pain

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Parents try very hard, against all odds, to raise their children in the best way they can.  And parenting is very, very difficult.  Here’s one of the chief reasons why parenting is difficult:  being a parent triggers every aspect possible of your own broken, unfinished, painful, wounded childhood.  It starts the day your kid is born and from there it never stops.  And yet I know of no parent who would ask for a different path than to have this exact child at this exact time and to enjoy the privilege of getting to know this unique person who has entered their life.  It’s a fact of raising kids that, no matter how they drive you crazy, once you’ve got them, they get into your heart and you don’t want to give them back.

Parenting is one of the areas of life that most people are extremely eager to get right and yet it’s also one of the areas of life that is most often pointed to when things go wrong.  I suppose it began with Freud, this idea that whatever’s wrong with us stems from a bad childhood and that we should blame our parents for everything that’s broken in our adult life.  This is actually a useful idea as far as it goes—it allows us to see our own wounding and attempt to heal it, and that’s an important path to walk.  But when we are becoming the parent ourselves, we may find that the blame we laid at our own parents’ door makes it hard for us to even think clearly about how we want to accomplish the difficult and delicate task of parenting our own kids.

Why should that be?  It becomes very hard to sort through the aspects of their parenting style that we want and don’t want in our own.  In functional to moderately dysfunctional families, it’s a rite of passage when you sit down with your parents late one night and confess to them that now, finally, you get it.  Parenting is hard.  It is mysterious.  It’s always in flux.  And you become humble, even appreciative, of what your parents had to go through in order to raise you at all.  Then you thank them for that and you feel more peace in your heart.

For those of us from very dysfunctional families, that rite of passage may not happen.  If the way you were parented was such an unmitigated train-wreck that you cannot figure out how to forgive and move on, then parenting a child yourself seems daunting to the point of impossibility.  In fact, you may decide not to take it on, and that decision may be a conscious or an unconscious one.  In this sort of situation, what’s needed is a larger—much larger—perspective.  A spiritual perspective.  This is where astrology can offer powerful help, because a person’s chart is their life-plan, a clear map of the purposes they came into this life to fulfill.  Your chart contains all the challenges you came here to face, along with the reasons for facing them.  I call it the Owner’s Manual of your life, because you don’t have to see it as a rigid, dictated-to-you fate, but as instructions for how to live your own finest possible life.  It clearly describes how to turn even most train-wrecked circumstances into evolutionary gold.  And, read properly, it explains why you’d want to face the challenges you did.

When you look at your chart, your own Owner’s Manual, you begin to understand that you may have been drawn to your parents for reasons that go beyond just one lifetime.  And when you look at your parents’ charts, you may come to understand that your family has patterns in it that have been passed from generation to generation, and that you decided to be the place where the buck stopped.  You can actually see and deconstruct those patterns because they are right there in the charts.  You can then understand your parents’ life-plan and you can see how it connects with yours.  And once you realize there is a beautiful design behind it all—more than a plan, a purpose—even behind the pain, then you can relax.  It enables you to engage in that purpose and take your family’s soul-group agenda forward into the next generation.

We all begin life heart-open, trusting in the wisdom and compassion of these beings we call parents.  So when they mess it up, the betrayal sears deeply into our soul, leaving thick scar tissue.  They say that living well is the best revenge.  But revenge is no solution, because it heaps pain on pain and binds your soul and its path even more closely to the souls of those who hurt you.  But if not revenge, then what?  What can adequately express a soul’s anger at being hurt by exactly the people they began life trusting and loving the most?

If you feel hurt by your parents, I say that living your chart well is better than revenge—it is a fulfillment of your life’s purpose and your family soul group’s purpose.  It goes beyond stopping the buck.  Why survive when you can go on to thriving?  And why stop there when you can unload the dumptruck of karma that your family is carrying and, by understanding and forgiving their need to carry it, take those beloved beings right along with you?

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Vocal Lessons: May 2013’s Solar Eclipse

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Mercury appears during May’s Solar Eclipse to remind us of the importance of voice in getting our essential message out.  A Solar Eclipse brings events that show you your shadow, your own dark side.  What does your shadow have to say?  Has your shadow lost its voice?

Details About This Eclipse

Date:  May 9, 2013
Time of eclipse:  5:28 PM PST
Type:  Annular (weak in intensity)
Visible in:  Australia, Indonesia, Oceania
At:  19 degrees Taurus
Shadow Agent:  Mercury in Taurus

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re likely to experience this eclipse:
May 4-14
August 6-17
November 6-16
February 3-13

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  Mercury is there, carrying a metronome, a packet of sheet music and a music stand.  He bustles into your living room, sets up the stand, placing the music on it.  He puts the metronome on a convenient table and starts it ticking.  He does all this so fast, you don’t have time to protest.
You:  Ok, what’s this all about?  I recognize you—you’re Mercury.
(You’ve spotted the familiar thinking cap he’s wearing, with wings on it.)
Mercury:  I’ve come to give you some vocal coaching.
You:  What makes you think I need that?
Mercury:  Because I’m involved with the current eclipse and I’ve noticed that you don’t use your voice to its capacity.  Now follow me: la, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH!
You:  Uh, la, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH!
Mercury:  You’re a little off-key and your projection stinks.
You:  Gee, thanks.  Leaving now?
Mercury:  Sure, if you project.  Take a deep breath and fill your lungs to the bottom.  Now really use your diaphragm.  Send that sound all the way across the room, as if you’re talking to someone two houses away.  Make it come from the bottom of your being.
You:  La, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH!
Mercury:  Don’t shout!
You:  I don’t really get the difference.  I’ve never done this before.
Mercury:  You are a musical instrument and your voice is the medium.  Notice the good feeling of humming. . .
You try humming.  
You:  It does feel kind of good.
Mercury:  It feels good to send a vibration through your body.  Sound is pleasurable.  It’s a subtle pleasure that beings made of meat and bone don’t always notice, but it’s there.  When you use your voice, it feels good, as well as getting the point across.  Now take that deep breath and try again, this time from the very bottom of your lungs.
You:  La, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH!
Mercury:  Much better!
You:  I may be getting the hang of this!
Mercury:  Now do that again, and send the sound over to the next house.
You:  La, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH, LA, LA, la, lahhhhh!
Mercury:  You really are catching on.
You:  This is all very nice, but why should I care?
Mercury:  Because your voice is not just a physical thing, it’s also a metaphor.  Every human being is born with a message they are to deliver to the world.  Is yours getting out there?  Are other people hearing it?  The more you develop your voice—and enjoy it—the more your message comes across.
You do a couple more scales and trills, getting more comfortable with it all the time.  
Mercury:  Now for the real point of this exercise.
Out from behind him steps your Shadow.
You:  I thought I’d released you!  Thought I’d sent you on your way, burned you up, transformed you!
Shadow:  I’m wherever you’re not looking.  And since your eyes are placed in the front of your head, there’s always something you’re not looking at.
Mercury:  Your shadow needs a voice.
You:  Ok, Shadow, what do you need to say?
Shadow:  I’m your body, which has needs you ignore all the time.  I can’t speak for myself, so I need you to speak for me.  Speak of what it feels like to be hungry, cold, lonely, untouched, empty, naked and alone.  Speak of what it feels like to be fed with love, to be touched kindly, to be clothed by someone who cares, to be sheltered in the arms of someone who loves you.  I am your mute animal body—speak for me.
Mercury:  And don’t just speak—sing!  Feel the vibration of it in your throat, your chest, your heart.  Let it open you up.
You’re a little at a loss, but you try.  
You:  La, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH, LA, LA, la, lahhhhh!
Mercury:  That’s not a bad start.  I’ve got to go now.  I’m leaving you alone with your Shadow now, to practice that.
He folds up the music, the stand and grabs the metronome, is gone in a flash.  You go on practicing.  Suddenly, Mercury pops his head back in the door.
Mercury:  Oh, by the way—Epiphany Day is coming, a time when insights pour forth.  Give your Shadow a voice and epiphanies will rain down on your head!   Read about current year’s eclipses.

Read about current year’s eclipses.

The effects of an eclipse last for about six months.
If you’re feeling this eclipse

and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above,
contact Jamie for a reading.



The Best and Worst of Taurus (or, what’s to love—and fear—about your friendly neighborhood Bull)

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Taurus sign types (usually born between April 20 and May 20) are known for their peaceable ways and their patience.  But Taurus, have the people in your life learned to fear you when you get to the end of your rope?  It’s appropriate if they have, because nobody’s nicer than you when you’re feeling solid and nobody raises hell like you when you decide to.  Fortunately, you don’t decide to very often.

Taurus, when you’re at your best. . .
. . . your good traits are many and varied.  You are supportive to others, practical in your own right, a realist without being cold.  You are both grounded and warm, and you really know how to enjoy life.  You are solid and consistent; you have integrity.  When you promise, there’s no doubt you will deliver.  You’re a staunch friend, a tolerant relative, an unassuming guest and a dependable business partner.  You’re willing to take more than your share of the load, without demanding the credit you secretly desire.

. . . and at your worst. . .
. . . your patience is legendary, but it does come to an end.  Once you write someone off, it’s really over.  Once you realize a person, place or thing is not for you, you simply, pragmatically and completely remove that item from your life.  It’s as if it never existed.  Do people fear this trait in you?  They should—the only time you go to extremes is when you’re forced to.  Your uniquely Taurean finality is nature’s way of telling others that it’s best not to push you too far.  And it’s appropriate for your friends to know this, so they don’t take undue advantage of your otherwise warm and accepting nature.

Handling your Taurus nature
Honor the slow pace at which you like to live and don’t let others push you faster than you really want to go.  You are much more effective when working at your own pace.  But beware:  your stability and love of pleasure can easily convert you into a couch potato.  Get up and get moving—don’t spend all your leisure time eating and watching television.  Enjoy life, but don’t overindulge because weight is easy to put on but hard to take off.

Clueing others in about you
Reassure your friends, family and coworkers that, while your methods may be slow, you are thorough and the job will be done on time and done well.  If you know you’re going to need more time to do it right, insist on it.  Nobody brings more quality to a project than you and no doubt your co-workers have noticed that.  Avoid pushy people who try to control you.  Your best companions will be the other Earth signs:  hard-working, ambitious Capricorns and helpful, detail-oriented Virgos.  You can relax fully around them because they pull their own weight.

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