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Pandora Has A New Look

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Welcome to the new look of Pandora Astrology!

I’m really excited to offer you a new more searchable and user-friendly blog, filled with the articles you love to read and new ones coming out every month. If you want a reading, types of readings and their rates are also much easier to find here. Also this year I will begin introducing videos here and there, to get you and I acquainted with each other.

I’m really excited that you’ve come to visit my blog. Begin your explorations here:

“Hello!” video

The new navigation bar above makes things super-easy to find.  Here are some other fun things you can do:

  • Look up your Sun sign, Moon sign or Rising sign  (“What’s Your Sign?”)
  • Search for your favorite astrological topic in the search box on the right
  • Look at the cool pictures in the slider bar
  • Scour the FAQ for interesting astrological things you didn’t know
  • See what’s in the Free Stuff in the right side of the navigation bar (like a free PDF or teleclass)
  • Look at the Transits section to see what’s happening in the sky right now
  • Going through a big change?  Look here to find out what’s up: Are You Currently In Transition?  Those are just a few of the possible changes you might be in.

If you see anything wrong, any links that don’t work or you have trouble finding anything, feel free to let me know via email at:
Pandora at PandoraAstrology dot com.

Thanks for visiting!
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How Does Aquarius Love?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Do you love an Aquarian?
Are you an Aquarian in love?

Aquarius heart 3Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Aquarius in your chart (or Uranus, its ruling planet) will result in distinctly Aquarian experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Aquarius OR if you have Venus or Juno in Aquarius, this article is just for you.

Are you an Aquarius in love?
As an Aquarius you are a true humanitarian.  This is a double-edged sword, because you love everybody a little, so it’s hard to love one person a lot.  Trying to concentrate your affections on just one person feels like cheating all the other deserving people in your life and it seems tantamount to cutting off your friendships (something you’d never do).  This habit of spreading yourself around will earn you many friends and quite a few frustrated lovers who want to be special to you and don’t quite feel that they get their due.  They may even call you superficial.

How to manage your relationships as an Aquarius. . .
Fact is, you march to your own drummer.  Over your dating history, from the series of bumps and bruises you’ve experienced, you’ve developed an ideology about what love is and how it should be expressed.  This ideology is hard-won and you’re probably attached to it.  The thing is, your ideology may not match the assumptions your lover came into the relationship with.  You’ll question your partner’s assumptions and rattle their cage.  If your partner has Venus or Juno in Aquarius, this may be exactly what they signed up for.  If not, they’d best run for the hills.

Do you love an Aquarius?
Have you noticed that your Aquarian beloved has a tendency to spread himself around?  It’s hard to feel that you are special when your partner’s affection for you seems to be on a par with his affection for his mom, his neighbor and his neighbor’s dog.  Your Aquarian, whether male or female, may be uncomfortable with public displays of affection and while their coolness may hurt your ego, it’s not necessarily a statement of how much they really love you.And here’s another thing:  for your Aquarian, relationships may always diverge from the pedestrian norm—and that may be exactly as she wants it.  She likes to do things differently and even to experiment, so when accused of being downright weird, it doesn’t hurt her feelings—it just brings a cute smile to her lips.  Infuriating?  Yes.  Adorable?  Also yes.

How to handle the Aquarius you love. . .

  • Remember that your Aquarian needs freedom.
  • Love your Aquarian’s quirks.  They are what make her herself.
  • When your Aquarian reacts in a rebellious way, he is probably feeling trapped.  Back off and give him room to breathe.  His rational side will once again assert itself.
  • Resist the urge to use reverse psychology to get agreement from your Aquarian.  That button might break in the “on” position from using it too much.
  • Encourage your Aquarian to love more deeply and sustainedly, but don’t press him beyond his comfort zone.  That’s his job.
  • Remember that your Aquarian values friendship above all, and if she calls you her best friend, that’s the highest compliment in her lexicon.

How to find out more:
In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Aquarius that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about being an Aquarius in Love or loving an Aquarius, join my free teleclass on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 6:15pm PT/9:15pm ET.  There I’ll be saying much, much more about Aquarius In Love and there will be discounts available too!

Not an Aquarian?  Find out about YOUR sign in love by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up in your birthday month:

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How Does Capricorn Love?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Do you love a Capricorn?Cap heart 4
Are you a Capricorn in love?

Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Capricorn in your chart (or its ruling planet, Jupiter) will result in distinctly Cap experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Cap OR if you have Venus or Juno in Cap, this article is just for you.

Are you a Capricorn in love?
Great.  You got over the hump.  But the next question is, does the object of your affections know you care?  The reason I ask is, being vulnerable is almost as hard for Capricorn as it is for Scorpio, but for different reasons.  Scorps go around feeling hyper-vulnerable all the time, and compensate by being grouchy with the ones they love the most.  Capricorns just plain get calcified from the sheer emotional pain of life.  You see the difference?  After that first flush of adolescent love—and the attendant rejection—it becomes harder and harder for Capricorn to open up again.  By the time true adulthood is attained, there are usually some walls around the heart for a Capricorn to dismantle.  But doing so is worth it, Capricorn, because the world wants to love you.  Yes, let me say it again:  the world wants to love you.

How to manage your relationships as a Capricorn. . .
Who has broken into your inner sanctum?  Who has braved your dragons and your briar hedge, O My Prickly One?  Give that person a medal because they have seen the real you and persisted.  Now that they’re in, don’t make them work so hard next time.  If you thought opening yourself up to love was hard, wait till you try practicing that emotional openness over time.  Again I say:  It’s completely worth it.  The feeling of being loved and lovable is so blissful, it’s fills in all the little corners of your soul and reminds you  why you work so hard, why you do all the wonderful things you do.  Without that feeling, life doesn’t mean as much and ambition seems empty.  And with that feeling, life has vibrancy, excitement and you are buoyed up with purpose because supporting those you love is what you were made for.  No kidding.

Do you love a Capricorn?
Then prepare to spend your time softening up what is essentially a crotchety, curmudgeonly creature.  Not that your Cap wants to be that way—not by a long shot.  It’s just that suspicion, criticism and judgment are Cap’s first reaction to love.  Don’t take this personally, because it’s not about you.  Also don’t be surprised if it creeps in slowly over time because a habit like this is hard to break.  Here’s the key thing that will surprise you and help you manage your Capricorn with finesse:  treat him as if he’s much more sensitive than he looks or acts.  In addition to that, your Capricorn feels most loved when his burden is eased.  Promises mean nothing; actions mean everything.  Jumping cheerfully into the trenches with your Capricorn can bring a tremendous relaxation of spirit.

If you have Venus or Juno in Cap in your chart, the chances of you dating Capricorns is very high.  How to handle the Capricorn you love. . .

  • Does my description of Capricorn above sound like Scrooge?  Well, wouldn’t you be grumpy if your birthday was so near Christmas that you never got the attention that others seem to get for their birthdays in other seasons?  Pay special attention to his birthday but stop short of embarrassing him.
  • When your Capricorn criticizes others who are not present, take a step back and ask yourself if she’s pushing human warmth away.  Remind her that no one is perfect and help her learn how to manage her sensitivity to other people’s flaws.
  • Assume your Capricorn is driving himself way too hard.  Encourage relaxation and watch for that look of longing.  Your Cap has forgotten how to relax.  Show him gently and without shock to his hard-working system.
  • Work as hard as she does.  Or free her up to be the family provider—but only if she really wants that and not if she’s doing it because she secretly thinks you’re incompetent.
  • When the tough façade cracks, be gentle.  Be very gentle.  Go on being gentle, loyal, steadfast and kind with him for years and years at a time.  No emotional wall can bear that.
  • Praise and respect what she does, but love who she is.  Unconditional love combined with conditional praise is great learning for the little Capricorns and great medicine for the adults.

How to find out more:
In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Capricorn that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about being a Capricorn in Love or loving a Capricorn, get this teleconference call recording:

Capricorn In Love      MP3 recording      45 minutes      $9.97

In it, you’ll discover:

  • Why your Capricorn is so resistant to love—even though it’s obvious to you s/he craves it
  • What your Capricorn needs in order to sink into committed relationship with you
  • Signs Capricorn is most compatible with, and why
  • And if you are a Capricorn, you’ll learn the benefits you bring to every relationship you’re in and the relationship-killers you absolutely must avoid

To get the recording, email me at Pandora@legacy.pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download.

Not a Capricorn?  Find out about YOUR sign in love by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up in your birthday month:

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How Does Sagittarius Love?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Sag heart 1Do you love a Sagittarius?
Are you a Sagittarius in love?

Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Sagittarius in your chart (or its ruling planet, Jupiter) will result in distinctly Sag (pronounce it “Sadge”) experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Sag OR if you have Venus or Juno in Sag, this article is just for you.

Are you a Sagittarius in love?
You are?  Frankly, that’s surprising.  No other sign has as big a case of the “grass is greener on the other side of the fence” syndrome.  Sagittarius longs for what he doesn’t have.  Remaining focused on a relationship is the hard part.  Finding a way to feel free while you’re also committed is just as difficult.  Am I just feeding your ego when I say everyone wants to date you and you’re easygoing and willing to give it a try, but you don’t feel “lit up” by just anybody?  You bring your own happiness to the mix but you are vulnerable to those you can make happy.  But you’re more than just a vaudeville act, Oh My Sagittarian, and entertaining others will never satisfy you for long.  So . . . where to find satisfaction, where oh where?

How to manage your relationships as a Sagittarius. . .
Begin by finding someone who can hold your attention.  That might take a while.  Your best choice is someone who believes in you and who agrees with you about the things that bring life meaning.  However, there’s a pitfall here—if your partner agrees with you too much, you will be allowed to lazily meander through life instead of using your Sagittarian fire for the good of all, which is what you pledged to do by being born under this inspiring sign.  So best find a partner who can question you when you stray from your own best path, kick your butt when you need that, and who will also quickly return to a state of dewy-eyed worship when you’re back on the straight and narrow.  Got that?  Right.  A rare breed, I know.

Do you love a Sagittarian?
Then you have chosen a life of adventure.  I hope you have sturdy luggage because your Sag will not be done exploring this wide earth until she croaks (even if it’s done from the safe confines of an armchair).  If you look deep into her eyes and it looks like she’s somewhere else, she probably is.  Beware of confining her to a humdrum existence—when she starts to wear a chronically trapped look, she’s likely to do some damage.  Also don’t let her do that to herself, because she’ll likely make a sudden exit and blame you.  Does it sound like a Sag requires more care and feeding than you thought?  Yes.  But mostly it’s like having a golden retriever—an active mobile creature who simply needs a good run every once in a (short) while.

If you have Venus or Juno in Sag in your chart, the chances of you dating Sagittarians is very high.  How to handle the Sagittarius you love. . .

  • Tell him you trust him and give him enough rope to hang himself with.  You’ll be surprised at how quickly he comes back, and doesn’t get into trouble at all.
  • Laugh at her jokes and enjoy the show, but in the quiet moments, when she’s entirely deflated, remind her why you believe in her.  How you respond to her when she’s not trying to be upbeat will make all the difference.
  • Encourage him to speak to groups.  Watch him expand, expound and inspire.  There’s a big personality there, itching to come out (if it hasn’t already).
  • Keep up with her.  Be active, mobile and energetic.  Don’t hold her back or jerk on the chain too much.
  • Play with him, freely and unselfconsciously, like a couple of carefree kids.  He’ll feel seen.
  • Never accuse your Sag of having bad intentions.  Always assume her intentions are of the finest, even when she’s just made a mistake of a gargantuan order (or perhaps especially then!).  A gentle correction that speaks to what she was trying to do, rather than what actually happened, will achieve wonders where all the punishment in the world fails to create anything other than a sullen, cynical human being.  And a sullen, cynical Sag is a sorry thing indeed.

How to find out more:

In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Sagittarius that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about being a Sagittarius in Love or loving a Sagittarius, get this teleconference call recording:

Sagittarius In Love      MP3 recording      45 minutes      $9.97

In it, you’ll discover:

  • Why your Sagittarius is “a roamer,” and how to gracefully handle his/her freedom-loving nature
  • What your Sagittarius needs in order to sink into committed relationship with you
  • Signs Sagittarius is most compatible with, and why
  • And if you are a Sagittarius, you’ll learn the benefits you bring to every relationship you’re in and the relationship-killers you absolutely must avoid

To get the recording, email me at Pandora@legacy.pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download.

Not a Sagittarius?  Find out about YOUR sign in love by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up in your birthday month:

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How To Search For Your Birth Time

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Why is an accurate birth time important?
The birth data that’s needed by an astrologer is your date of birth, your birth town or city, and the exact time of day you were born.  Much of the information in your chart is dependant on the accuracy of your birth time to the minute, and here’s why. . .

The positions of the planets in the sky that give rise to differences in personality move quite quickly and make a perceptible and meaningful shift every 3 minutes.  Traits move from the foreground to the background and back again so that with a difference of just 15 minutes I (the astrologer) could easily be talking to a radically different personality.  That’s confusing enough, but it gets worse:  predictions are based on very specific timing of fast-moving points in your chart.  If your time is off by even a few minutes, the dates of events and experiences in your lifetime could be off by months, or (easily) even years.  The prediction could describe a time period accurately but be off by years and any astrologer worth her salt cares about that kind of accuracy.

Brief rant
Astrology is a precise discipline, and an astrologer’s ability to interpret should never be tested using poor data.  Yet, that’s what astrologers have had to deal with for centuries.  We are told that what we do is intuitive and not scientific, yet we are expected to prove astrology’s veracity with inaccurate or incomplete birth data, because hospitals have no concept of the importance of accuracy in this matter.  Most hospital staff do not know that the official time of birth from the standpoint of astrology is the first breath.  That’s the moment when the baby takes oxygen into its cells and begins to be an entity independent of the mother.  I have found that many clients’ birth times are questionable and in need of a little testing and rectification.  So first breath is the moment that should be recorded, at least for the sake of astrology.  But that is not well-known.

This leads to poor data and astrologers—and astrology itself—are judged by how well our system works with poor data.  Where’s the sense in that?  OK, rant over.

Why your mom’s memory is not the best source
Your mom may have the best memory in the world, but even she is just reporting what someone told her or what was written on a piece of paper.  This is because no mother alive is watching a clock at the moment her child is born.  I’m an astrologer and a mother and even so, it was my husband and my very kind Ob/Gyn who noted the precise time of my daughter’s birth, not me.

Your search begins with the hospital
Begin by calling the hospital you were born in. Get the Records dept. Ask them the procedure for getting a copy of your birth record.  That is vital medical information which belongs to you and is confidential. They will probably need you to mail (or better yet, fax) a copy of your driver’s license or ID and a letter stating your birth name and that of each parent, including mother’s maiden name. They will tell you exactly what they need and where/how to send it.  Ask how long it will take to receive the record.  It is very likely they will need to dig through a lot of records to find yours and they may need weeks to do that.

It’s possible the hospital no longer has the records–they may have been transferred to microfiche (remember microfiche?) or similar media and moved to the county seat, in which case the hospital may point you in the right direction.  If the hospital has burned down, flooded or endured a war, you may be pretty much out of luck and your search may end there, so you’ll need to search the memorabilia as I describe below.  But even though the hospital is an uncertain route, it is still best to start there.

Were you a home birth?
If you were born at home via midwife, you might try the midwifery to see if they have records or if they transferred anything to the county.  If you’re lucky, they still exist, are findable and still have the records.

Do it now
For all of these reasons above, it’s best to begin searching for your birth time as soon as you realize you will want an astrology reading at some point in your life.  The records can be lost or destroyed at any time.  Don’t leave your only access to this valuable information up to chance.

Search the memorabilia
Another thing you might try while you are waiting is to ask your mom to search for any written record of any kind from the days after your birth. I have had clients find a birth announcement, baby book, hospital bracelet, hospital bassinet card and even handwriting on the back of a newborn photo.  Any of these can be a fine source, so search the memorabilia.  Even if your mom is the rambling kind, you may be surprised at what you can unearth when you press for written information.

No luck at all?
If you have nothing more than a solid birth date and a span of time that day when at least one relative assures you you were born, then rectification is possible.  (I have received inquiries from clients who don’t even have a certain birth date and whom I have had to reluctantly turn away.)  Rectification, which means “making right,” is the process of moving your birth time back and forth and finding a time when everything clicks together:  your personality and your history.  You feel that the astrologer is describing you and your experience.  It’s a very distinct sensation when it happens.

Rectification is a lot of work for the astrologer and I avoid it, or simplify it, whenever possible, because more tedious work for me means greater cost for the client and if the client can find their birth time and save us both the effort, it’s well worth it to do so.  Searching out your birth time is definitely the first course of action and rectification only a last resort.

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Sexy, Melty, Mergy Goodness: October 2014’s Solar Eclipse

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This is a highly sensitive yet also very relational New Moon and Solar Eclipse.  Watery types will prefer to stay home and process emotions with those they are intimate with—not a bad idea if you approach it with real vulnerability and the intent to clear, let go and move on. See and accept your partner for who they truly are, and present yourself as lovable, flaws and all. Use this eclipse for bonding and your relationship will transform into a more deep, true and real version of itself.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: October 23, 2014
Time of eclipse:
2:57 PM Pacific Time
Type: partial (weak in intensity)
Visible in: North America and eastern Asia
At: 0º Scorpio
Shadow Agents: Venus in Scorpio, 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:
October 18-28
January 15-25
April 15-25
July 18-28

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.  There stands Venus in Scorpio, a ravishing creature in a deep, wine-colored dress, holding hands with Neptune in Pisces, who is wearing a long cloak and a mask.  Venus sashays into your living room, tugging Neptune gently behind her.  They are absorbed in conversation and don’t even see you as they pass by.
Venus:  But don’t you understand—I don’t want that!
Neptune:  That’s what I don’t get.  Why wouldn’t anyone want that?
You decide to interrupt, as they are, after all, on your territory.
You:  Can I help you with something?
Neptune (to Venus):  All I want is to be what you want.  And I can.
Neptune’s mask melts in and reshapes itself.  The robe melds to his body and suddenly he is a virile, heroic-looking man with a chiseled face and a strong chin.  Venus can’t help but feel the tiniest bit melty, just looking at him, though she’s trying not to.
Venus:  But I don’t know who you really are!
Neptune (in a strong baritone):  Does it matter?  I know what you like.
Neptune reshapes himself and now looks like a lovely wood-nymph, with garlands of magnolia flowers in her hair and a faintly woodsy smell.  Venus melts a little bit more.  The two join hands and are just about to kiss when Venus shakes herself.
Venus:  Damn it, fooled again!  What if I just want you to be yourself?
Neptune (in a rich, throaty alto):  I don’t have a self.  And I don’t care about having one.
You:  Pardon me for interrupting, but if someone I was attracted to said that to me, I’d run for the hills.  That’s a dangerous relationship.
Neptune:  Sure it is, among humans.  But we are gods, we are larger-than-life archetypal principles.  I don’t go around telling Venus not to be sexy or to control her attractiveness—
Venus:  As if you could!  (and she bristles at the very idea.  And then, with some pride)  As if I could!
Neptune:  —and she shouldn’t tell me not to be amorphous.  Because it’s just the way I am.  And I don’t want to be any other way.  Here, look at this. . .
Neptune reaches up to her face and pulls away the mask, showing blankness underneath.
Neptune:  There really is nothing there.  I enjoy trying things on, because there’s nothing to me.  I am all things and I am nothing in particular.  It’s just my nature.  Can you accept this?
Venus:  I suppose I can, since you show me so clearly.
Neptune:  And what I really want is for you to desire something from me.  Then I can become it, I can try it on.  I want to do this many times, over and over again.  Then I come to understand all things, because I have lived and expressed them.  And that is you fulfilling my desire.
Venus (snuggling closer):  Oh, that makes me so happy!
You:  But how will the humans reading this benefit?  Because humans are not that way.  We have selves, we have identities.  We need to know who we are when we enter into relationship.
Venus:  That’s true.
Neptune:  True, indeed.  But there’s a little of each of us inside each of you.  And a little of each of you inside each of us.  How else can I try out the immense varieties of experience, so that I can come to have compassion for all life-forms?
Venus:  And humans get to be different from each other—how else can I awaken love in the human breast, if there is not enough difference to make the Beloved fascinating?  So we are glad that you humans are not pure types of us.  I mean, I may be fantastic, but does the Universe really need another Venus?  (She flips her hair casually.)
Neptune:  Of course not, my dear.  It would be simply too much.
Just then, the door opens and the Sun walks in, wearing a long, flowing robe in deep shades of rust.
Sun:  I couldn’t help overhearing, but I was busy being eclipsed.  I got here as fast as I could.  Do I hear a crisis of personality going on here?
You:  On the part of the whole human race.  If we listen to Neptune, we’ll merge and blend and lose ourselves entirely.  If we listen to Venus, we’ll fall in love with love.  And if we listen to the both of them together, we’ll have codependent relationships and live in a real mess.  Been there, done that.
Neptune:  I suppose the problem is that in water signs, we agree far too much.
Sun:  Allow me to add that one must always come back to oneself.  Forays into the realm of intimate relating are delightful and soul-deepening, but without a self to return to, how can relating even happen?
Neptune:  And without self, how can there be the wonderful loss-of-self that happens in religious experience—
Venus:  —or in love?
Sun:  Exactly.  Merging is to happen for a time only, and Venus is here to show you how.  Surrender and loss-of-self is also to happen for a time only, and Neptune is here to show you how.  This eclipse is an excellent time to practice.  But remember that the Sun, even though periodically eclipsed, will always come out again.
Neptune (rising and sending a conspiratorial look at Venus, who blushes):  That said, I think it’s time we. . .
Venus (also rising and taking his hand):  I completely agree.
Neptune passes through several shapes as they head through the door, each one making Venus blush afresh.  The Sun beams at them both, then gives you a wink and takes his leave.

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.

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How Does Scorpio Love?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Scorpio heart 3Do you love a Scorpio?
Are you a Scorpio in love?

Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Scorpio in your chart (or its ruling planet, Pluto) will result in distinctly Scorpion experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Scorpio OR if you have Venus or Juno in Scorpio, this article is just for you.

Are you a Scorpio in love?
How does Scorpio love?  That’s easy:  passionately.  Headlong.  Fervently.  To distraction.  Or not at all.  If you’re a Scorpio in love, you have my sympathy and my celebratory back-slap.  The sympathy is because you probably feel helpless and in the grip of feelings much, MUCH larger than you are.  You are capable of a grand passion which sometimes sweeps through your being like a tidal wave.  What to do?  Get on top of the wave and enjoy the ride.  How?  By surrendering to it.  Which brings me to the congratulatory back-slap.  Because if you are newly in love, you are on the brink of doing what you came here to do—and that’s intimate relating.  Terrifying?  Yes.  But it’s also the most fun you can have with your clothes on.  No, I mean off.  No, I mean on.  You get the picture.

How to manage your relationships as a Scorpio. . .
I gotta say it:  Boundaries.  Get some.  If you’re like most Scorpios, you’ll learn this the hard way.  When you fall for someone, your first impulse will be to engulf them like the tidal wave I mentioned above.  You’ll want to pull them all the way into your life and you’ll find the tension of unspoken desire and unacted-on passion to be almost more than your body can hold.  But don’t be impulsive or you may get into something that’s not good for you and end up in a world of pain.  Then you end up with someone you can’t trust and it may be hard to know clearly whether they were untrustworthy or you were unable to sink into the relationship.  Getting close to someone slowly is the answer, but it comes with practice.  Excruciating practice.  Sorry, but I’m telling you true.

Do you love a Scorpio?
Ah, you’ve been caught in the gravity well of your local Scorpion.  See ya.  Goodbye.  You’ll be disappearing for a while.  But I can’t possibly begrudge you the time you’ll be spending away from all your usual friends and hobbies in the bed of that amazing Scorpion, because you’re about to experience connecting like you’ve never known before.  It reminds me of the song by the Police, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (by my favorite “honorary Scorpio” Sting, who is actually a Libra without a stitch of Scorpio in him, but has Pluto rising).  In that song the singer is blissed out on sex hormones and is quite convinced that the object of his affections is the cause, instead of looking inside himself at his own capacity for blissful passion and desire.  Beware this kind of projection—being told you’re magical is delicious and addictive.

If you have Venus or Juno in Scorpio in your chart, the chances of you dating Scorpions is very high.  How to handle the Scorpio you love. . .

  • Reassure.  Reassure.  Reassure.  Expect that your Scorpion feels perpetually pulled off-center and so will pull you off-center to compensate for his own feelings of vulnerable dependency.
  • Don’t give her what she expects, but give her something better.  She’ll expect you to read her mind and to come and go at her beck and call.  Instead, give her clarity on what you’ll do and won’t do in the relationship, so her expectations are set accordingly.  Then, when you cross your own boundaries to make her happy, she can appreciate it instead of taking it for granted.
  • Batten down the hatches:  there will be drama.  Plan to enjoy it and don’t let your life be wrecked.
  • Take responsibility for the contraception.  (Did I actually say that?  Yes, I did.)
  • If you’ve got strong Water in your chart (Scorpio, Pisces or Cancer), then take off your mask, play full-out and be vulnerable.  Nothing less will do and you will get—and give—the most satisfaction this way.
  • If your Scorpio is male, let him dominate you in bed.  That will be the most fun for everyone.  If your Scorpio is female and you’re not a virile guy, just run.  Now.  She will eat you for breakfast and you won’t even mind.

How to find out more:
In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Scorpio that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about being a Scorpio in Love or loving a Scorpio, get this teleconference call recording:

Scorpio In Love      MP3 recording      45 minutes      $9.97

In it, you’ll discover:

  • Why your Scorpio is so sensitive–and how to appreciate that sensitivity so s/he will really share with you
  • What your Scorpio needs in order to sink into committed relationship with you
  • Signs Scorpio is most compatible with, and why
  • And if you are a Scorpio, you’ll learn the benefits you bring to every relationship you’re in and the relationship-killers you absolutely must avoid

To get the recording, email me at Pandora@legacy.pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download.

Not a Scorpio?  Find out about YOUR sign in love by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up in your birthday month:

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Somebody Stop Me! October 2014’s Lunar Eclipse

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

This Full Moon (also a Lunar Eclipse) is loaded with vitality and sheer fun. Uranus, Mars and Jupiter team up to form a Grand Trine in Fire signs. During this Moon, Fiery people may be feeling quite full of themselves, not very open to feedback and apt to argue with those who would burst their bubble—try not to be one of those insufferable people. Instead, spread enthusiasm and good intentions far and wide, while remaining considerate of others’ experience of you.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: October 8, 2014
Time of eclipse:
3:51 AM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Most of Asia, Australia, Oceania, North and South America and Greenland.
At: 15º Aries
Shadow Agents:  Uranus in Aries, Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Leo

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
October 3-13
January 1-10
March 31-April 10
July 2-12

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.  There stands the Moon in Aries, with Uranus in Aries right behind him. Mars in Sagittarius is also crowding in the door, pushing past Jupiter in Leo to get by. The whole crew may be only four deities, but it has the energy of a large crowd. The Sun in Libra is in the background, attempting to shush them, but no one is listening to her.
Moon: Bring the keg! It’s time to paaaarrrr-TAY!
Uranus rolls the keg in and sets it up in a corner. It’s the biggest keg you’ve ever seen.
You: What’s in there?
Uranus: Ambrosia of course! Nectar of the gods! You’d better not have any—it’s strong stuff. It intoxicates us, so it would kill you.
You: Gee, thanks for bringing something I can’t have.
Uranus (oblivious): You’re welcome.
Mars (to Jupiter): General Bash-Em, reporting for our meeting.
Jupiter: We haven’t set up the War Room yet. (aside, to Uranus) I don’t have the heart to tell him this is a party, not a battle. (to Mars again) Where is your encampment?
Mars: My men have made camp outside. We have discovered that there are many pleasant grassy areas around here where we can pitch tents. The mess tent is right over there. (points)
You look out the window in the direction he’s pointing and see that he’s set up a large tent right over your herb garden and that your lawn is covered with small tents and soldiers in various states of battle array. The army extends as far as you can see, covering all your neighbors’ lawns too.
Jupiter: Well, invite them in!
You: Oh boy, this is going to really piss my neighbors off. I need all of you out of here—and your soldiers too!
But they ignore you and continue setting up party decorations. The Sun in Libra steps delicately around them and walks up to you. She is wearing a beautiful (and obviously very expensive) designer outfit with a gorgeous hat to complete the ensemble. Her hair is in a tasteful and classic French knot.
Sun: You don’t have to put up with this, you know.
You: I don’t want to put up with this, but what can I do about it? They’re gods and I’m just a puny little human.
Sun: This is an eclipse, remember? The Moon is about to go dark. He could get emotional, and very loud, but you don’t have to put up with this crap.
It strikes you as funny that a deity as well-appointed as the Sun is today should use the indelicate word “crap” but you put that aside and listen. The Sun reaches up and pulls a giant hatpin out of her hat, with a large pearl on the end.
Sun: Watch this.
Meanwhile, the festivities have begun and the Moon is at the center of things, zooming around like a comet, filling glasses, laughing and generally living it up. Jupiter is in the middle of a cosmic joke and Uranus is trying to make a spark come out of the electrical wall-socket. About 30 soldiers are spread around your living room, spilling beer everywhere and completely unconcerned. You could swear that Jupiter, Uranus, Mars and the Moon have literally expanded since they walked into the house. You can hardly believe they still fit in the room, they’re so large. The Sun somehow cuts directly through the fray and pokes the giant Moon with her hatpin. The Moon’s mouth forms an “O” of surprise, then the wailing begins.
Moon (louder than you ever thought possible): I NEEEEver get to have my own way!! I just wanted to have a paaaarrrrrty! I don’t want to go home! I’m having fun! Go away! This is MY party! I’ll cry if I WANT TO!!
Then the Moon simply. . .  deflates. Like a balloon, he shrivels up and become a little flat moon-shape on the floor.
Jupiter (deeply disappointed) You broke him!
Sun: Actually, I didn’t. He’s in a Fire sign. He’ll be fine.
You: Thank god the drama is over.
Sun: I’m the god you can thank for that.
She steps over the Moon, who is already starting to re-inflate, probably because Uranus and Mars have pulled out a pump and are pumping him up with hot air.
Uranus: You can do it!
Mars: Up and at ‘em, soldier!
Jupiter: Think of your pride, man!
Moon: Oh, I’m starting to feel ok. I think I’ll be all right. After all, tomorrow is another day!
All of them together burst into song.
Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, Mars: The sun’ll come out. . . tomorrow! Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow. . . there’ll be sun. Just thinkin’ about. . . tomorrow. . . clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow. . . till there’s none!
The Sun is leaving, but on her way out the door, she hands you the hatpin.
Sun: I think you’re going to need this. Cheers!
Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, Mars: Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow, you’re only a daaaaay aaaaah-waaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!
They all take a bow and slap each other on the back in congratulations. You sigh. It’s going to be a long night. 

Read about current year’s eclipses.

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Thank You, Mercedes Lackey

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Mercedes LackeyDuring one of the hardest periods of my adult life, a time when I was emotionally distraught on a regular basis, withdrawn and having trouble coping, I found Mercedes Lackey’s books and they saved my sanity.

Lackey writes fantasy and a large subset of her books are set in a fictional world called Valdemar, where intelligent beings called Companions mindspeak with humans called Heralds, who are one part marshal, one part angel and one part flawed human being. Companions are essentially large, white horses with blue eyes and they are both psychic and benevolent. Now that’s a lot to swallow if you, Dear Reader, are no longer a teenager, but if you sink into the story you find yourself quickly immersed in a world of heroism, good-vs-evil and derring-do to rival our best beloved legends. Strictly speaking, Lackey’s work is not literature (not any more than that of Stephen King, another of my favorites), but it elevates pulp to a high standard. Perhaps someday it may be called literature, as Dickens’ serials are now.

Lackey’s Valdemar books have become my go-to relaxation books to read. I can count on her to create a world where the good guys win in the end and a child will get to be a hero. When I first found the Valdemar series, I read one, then a trilogy, then avidly ate up everything Valdemar there was. Then, as I didn’t yet feel finished, I read them ALL over again with no break, this time in chronological order. I’m a fast reader and it’s been a couple of years, so I’m thinking of doing it again. While I was on my break, apparently she’s written 5 more and so now I’m reading those.

This blogpost is a fond letter to Mercedes Lackey in gratitude for saving my peace of mind. While reading one of her latest series, I became curious about her chart. In that way that happens when you immerse yourself in a writer’s oeuvre, I feel that I know my way around inside Lackey’s mind. That’s the reader’s arrogance and it occurs the most, I postulate, when the writer is really connected to her work and so the reader feels that connection shine all the way through and right off the page. So I went to Lackey’s chart with some idea of what I’d find.

I expected to find a warm-hearted, geeky girl who lives in her imagination, a rich place indeed. I expected to find a heroic streak, not likely lived out in real life, but in the abstract, through writing. And I expected to find a love of the otherworldly and a big, big faith in the triumph of good. I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s Mercedes Lackey’s chart:

Check out that Mercury in Gemini trine Neptune, circled in yellow. It’s not surprising to discover Lackey is one of the Neptune in Libra generation, a soul-group with a shared vision, a beautiful dream of love, peace and harmony, perpetually asking, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Her Mercury communicates from that place and the Neptune trine guarantees that she sees intuition as a natural extension of rationality and that her writing mind has a deep well of imagination to draw from. Writing, and especially writing fantasy fiction, is a natural talent with her, like breathing. In fact, it’s so easy that it’s almost surprising to see that she actually went to the effort to develop it (most people ignore their natural talents and don’t bother to cultivate them).

The “heroic, but lived in the abstract” side is shown in her Mars in Libra, the white-hatted, white-horsed fellow who wants to win the nice way, the fair way. This is a hero who plays by the rules and fights for the beautiful ideals of Neptune in Libra.

Lackey’s “warm hearted but geeky” side comes straight from her Sun in Cancer conjunct Uranus, which isn’t afraid to stand out and look a little weird in order to march to one’s own drummer. I’ve circled them in blue. Her Cancer Sun is the reason why so many of Lackey’s protagonists are children or teens, at least when they first appear in her world. After that, they grow up quickly.

That Cancer Sun also explains the nurturing handling of her main characters. She puts them through their paces but she is not their punishing god. Punishment is reserved for those with bad intentions. This attitude is also reflective of her Jupiter-trine-Sun, and that Jupiter placed in Pisces, evidence of a faith-oriented personality. Jupiter is also the ruler of her Sagittarius Rising, suggestive that she perceives the world through a Sagittarian lens—as a perpetual quest for meaning and righteousness. Lackey’s portrayal of religion in her works suggests that she believes it is possible to be spiritual and moral outside the bounds of religion, perhaps more so than within. Her Saturn in Virgo in the Ninth House (circled in green) suggests that she grew up in an atmosphere of intolerance, which she herself, as she matured, did not subscribe to. Chiron in Sagittarius in the First squared Saturn underscores that possibility. I’ve never read a biography of Lackey and I don’t even know if one is available, so all this is speculation and shouldn’t be taken as fact.

If it is so that Lackey grew up in an intolerant household, then she has clearly made it her mission to spread tolerant ideas and has created a fantasy world which can positively influence future generations.

That Saturn squares her Mercury, weaving writing into the Great Work of her life, a clarion call she responded to of course, and we get to enjoy the results. Put together with Chiron in Sagittarius, here we find a T-square, suggesting she, at times, has identified as one of the walking wounded and that her healing process is her gift to the world. Whatever that interpretation might mean to her is private, so we’ll draw a curtain over that and move on.

In her transits, Lackey has entered a fallow career period, which I say because Saturn has entered her Twelfth House. This lasts from about Halloween/Samhain of 2013 to January of 2015. It’s a time when Lackey should not expect a lot of herself, should rest, retreat and look inward, preparing for a time of intense work and cultivation of her reputation in 2015 from January to November. This coincides beautifully with a Jupiter Luck period she’ll be having beginning in November of 2015 and lasting for about a year. If I could advise Lackey, I’d say, “Dive deep now and you’ll bounce out really hard at the end of 2015.” She’s also having an intense set of transits to her Neptune, from Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto, over the next year and spilling into 2016, which may trigger a change in direction for her creative content, perhaps for the darker, and knowing Lackey, almost certainly for the better. It’s anybody’s guess what her writing will be like in 2016. Can’t wait to find out.

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How Does Libra Love?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Libra heart 1Do you love a Libra?
Are you a Libra in love?

Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Libra in your chart (or its ruling planet, Venus) will result in distinctly Libran experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Libra OR if you have Venus or Juno in Libra, this article is just for you.

Are you a Libra in love?
Have you noticed that sometimes you can fall in love with love itself?  The sensation of love and the romance that goes with it is intoxicating to a Libra.  And when that sensation takes you over, it’s easy to give too much or to yield too much.  Here we find Libra’s core dilemma—is it better to love or to be loved?  It gets tiresome being the nice guy and you may prefer to have the power of the relationship in your own hands and to be able to pull a partner in at will.  For this reason, ultimately you prefer to charm and seduce rather than pursue.  Why chase someone who isn’t really interested—and who can’t be wrapped around your finger?  That just throws you—and the relationship—off balance.

How to manage your relationships as a Libra. . .
Fairness is one of the most important factors in a relationship for Librans, but striking the balance between giving too much (which is Libra’s natural tendency) and taking too much (to compensate for over-giving) is hard—especially for the Scales.  Your desire to be rational is very right-minded, but how do you know what’s really fair in every situation?  Your mind doesn’t have the whole answer.  It can come up with endless, perfectly logical lists of reasons why to do A or B, but without arriving at a clear conclusion.  For that, you need your gut.  Get good at consulting your emotions, Libra, and decisions—and decisive action—will get easier.

Do you love a Libra?
Do you ever get the feeling that your Libra is just a little bit. . . vain?  Does your Libra secretly like holding all the cards by being “the cute one” in the relationship?  Is the idea of making a decision on his own excruciating for your Libra?  What will happen when your Libra ages beyond the cute years?  Has she gotten lazy, accustomed to getting by on charm?  How does your Libra know what’s really fair?  These things may be a minor annoyance for you, but for your Libra, they are a real problem and if you can help with them, you will prove invaluable to your Libra.  Begin by respecting your Libra’s mind, rather than getting distracted by his/her smoke-and-mirrors charm and beauty.

If you have Venus or Juno in Libra in your chart, the chances of you dating Librans is very high.  How to handle the Libra you love. . .

  • Appreciate the effort she puts into bringing beauty into your life—then tell her that you love her for her inner beauty, not her outer beauty
  • Encourage him to quit being such a “Mr. Nice Guy”
  • Remind her to stand up for herself and to check her emotions for a decisive answer, rather than arguing both sides until total lack of clarity ensues
  • Encourage him to practice making decisions without asking your opinion first, and also without overthinking them
  • When he plays Devil’s Advocate, consider that perhaps he is just presenting a counterpoint for the sake of balance and not because he believes it.  Ask him what he actually thinks and feels about it.
  • Libra’s polished and rational ways can lead to superficiality.  Although it’s distasteful, being a little less civilized (for once!) and a bit more raw might be a good antidote.

How to find out more:
In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Libra that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about being a Libra in Love or loving a Libra, get this teleconference call recording:

Libra In Love      MP3 recording      45 minutes      $9.97

In it, you’ll discover:

  • Why your Libra is so critical–and self-critical—and how to soothe his perfectionism
  • What your Libra needs in order to sink into committed relationship with you
  • Signs Libra is most compatible with, and why
  • And if you are a Libra, you’ll learn the benefits you bring to every relationship you’re in and the relationship-killers you absolutely must avoid

To get the recording, email me at Pandora@legacy.pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download.

Not a Libra?  Find out about YOUR sign in love by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up in your birthday month:

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