The Astrology of Halloween: Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Aluminum Foil KnightsHalloween is here and you are thinking about what you are going to wear to the party. Well, you don’t have much time, and surely haven’t had a clue so far. Let your astrologer lead the way.

Fires signs, Aries, Leo and, Sagittarius men are far too busy to actually pick out a costume. Instead they delegate this task to their significant others, and then complain that the costume is too stupid, silly or dull to wear. They will dig up that silly hard hat that let’s them siphon off beer from two cans on either side of their heads, put on a flannel shirt and some jeans and calls themselves construction workers. Fire sign women will dress up as movie stars, of course.

The earth signs men, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn secretly envy their fire sign friends’ chutzpah, but opt instead to go out as either policemen, firemen or some version of gun-toting hunter or cowboy. The real naughty ones will dress up as sailors and then try to act the part. The women opt for Fairy Princess, Cinderella or Snow White, and then wonder why the sailor boys are trying to pick them up.

The water sign men, Cancer, and Pisces, don’t bother to ask their significant others to get a costume, nor do they pick one up themselves. They usually forget there is party to go to until they get home from work and see their honey decked out in full regalia. These are the people who poke holes in the bed sheets and call themselves ghosts, or wrap a towel around their waist and call themselves Egyptians. If the wife gets to them before they can deface the bed sheets, they’ll wrap it around themselves, calling it a toga, then give a fine display of ‘roman fingers all night long. The only exception to this is Scorpio, who still, after all these years, gets a kick out of their vampire cape and teeth, which they always have on hand for those special occasions. The women will dress up as Playboy bunnies, Vampira, Mistress of the Dark or a saucy medieval barmaid.

The air signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius give a lot of thought to their costumes, but that’s about it. At the last-minute they’ll call their water sign friends to get some ideas, and after their wives and honeys pull the scissors out of their hands, make a quick run to K-Mart, Wal-Mart or that temporary costume store on the corner, spend way too much money for the last costume on the shelf and then expect their significant other to be the butt end of a horse or cow. After that idea is nixed, they will wrap themselves in cellophane, or in the case of Aquarius, tin foil, and spend an uncomfortable evening dealing with the consequences of their costume choice. The women will dress up in some version of magical creature, be it fairy, sprite, or angel, which they would have to be after spending an evening dealing with all this nonsense.

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The Astrology of Halloween: The Moon, Witches and Samhain

Weekly Astrology Forecast(Astrology Explored)

Our tradition of Halloween was passed down from one of the ancient Celtic Fire Festivals, Samhain, (pronounced sow’ in). Each of the 4 fire festivals were celebrated at the midpoint between the 4 equinoxes, representing the Celtic view of the balancing of light and dark forces.

From Wikipedia:

Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”. It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days. Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year.[3][4][5] It has some elements of a festival of the dead. The Gaels believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain; because some animals and plants were dying, it thus allowed the dead to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.[6]

The Gaelic custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them. In Scotland the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.[7][8] Samhnag — turnips which were hollowed-out and carved with faces to make lanterns — were also used to ward off harmful spirits.[8]

So now that we have an overview of ghosts and jack’o’laterns we turn to another symbol of Halloween, the witch. In Irish mythology this image is represented in the more complex form of the Morrigan, a diety of three persons (said to be sisters) which represent the dark forces of the Moon. It was not unusual in pre-Christian religions to represent a powerful female deity in three aspects since this followed the natural cycle of the Moon, with the New, Full and Balsamic moons representing the life cycle of women, maiden, mother and grandmother.

The Morrigan, was the dark goddess of war and prophecy, and also said to protect the sovereignty of kings (i.e. nations). How she is related to Halloween is in the story of the fight over Ireland between the enemy Fomorians and the people of the Sun God, Dadga, the Tuatha Dé Danann. To insure victory in battle, Dadga performs with the Goddess of War, the Morrigan, the sacred ritual hieros gamos on Samhain itself. Thus ritual magic performed under the aegis of women of power was forever wedded with the day when the veil between this world and the otherworld was thin enough for ghosts to visit the living.


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The Astrology of Books

Beth Turnage

Beth Turnage

It was a Uranian utterance. I was talking with Roxanne Coady, owner of R. J. Julia Booksellers about categorizing books. “Oh,” I said blithely, with utter Aquarian disregard for the consequences, “That isn’t hard with astrology. I would assign the books a zodiac sign.” Roxanne laughed. “That sounds like fun!”

So on and off for the past month I’ve been going through the book lists and picked a book that I believe each zodiac sign would enjoy reading. Tuesday night, October 26, 2010, between 7 and 9 PM I’ll be in the bookstore with my recommendations of books for you according to the predominate zodiac influences in your chart. I also wrote a general list of the types of things book wise each zodiac sign would enjoy. If you happen to purchase any $25 worth of books during that time, based on my recommendations or not, I’ll give you a free 15 minute reading.

Since I’ve never done anything like this before for an event, I have a back-up plan should there be more people than time available for readings so don’t worry about missing out on a free astrology reading.

It should all be good fun and with birth info from your hard to buy for friend or relative might even give you a leg up on your holiday shopping.

Come on out and check out the astrology of books. I looking forward to seeing you there.

October 23, 2010
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
R. J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443-3047
(203) 245-3959


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Astrology, Synchronicity and an Informal Experiment

Weekly Astrology Forecast(Astrology Explored) One day I was discussing at lunch a piece I was working on about fashion and astrology. “What does astrology have to do with it?” said a person at the table. “Astrology has to do with everything!” I reply.

Carl Jung proposed the theory of synchronicity in the 1920’s, which describes a conceptual framework where separate events, though not related in causal relationships, mesh as simultaneous occurrences that appear to be meaningfully related. With this theory, Jung breathed new life into astrology. Astrology theorists could not pinpoint the physical mechanism that described how astrology works, but at least we could say we saw a relationship between the movements of the stars and the activities on earth that may not be causal but were related in meaning.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, developments in physics brought new theories to the table that attempted to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. The result was String Theory, which posits that matter is not composed of discrete particles, but strings that stretch from one end of the Universe to the other, wending their way not just through this dimension but up to fourteen other dimensions. In this model, the Universe is much like a rubber band ball, though with a lot more play in the strings. Thus, should one end of the string should be pinged it would be felt at the other end of the string. With this model of the Universe events that appear related are not just synchronous, they are casual. The problem with String Theory is just that, it is a theory. Up to this point the theory has yet to make quantitative experimental predictions, which a theory must do in order to be confirmed.

So much for a proof for astrology, because if String Theory or its related Brane theory could be proven, there wouldn’t be much doubt to the philosophy that we are all interrelated with the stuff of the heavens.

While I wait for the scientists to prove what we astrologers already know, I am conducting my own informal experiment. Under the good graces of R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, I am categorizing a number of the books into the different signs of the zodiac. Next Tuesday night, October 26, 2010, between 7 and 9 PM I’ll be in the bookstore with my recommendations of books for you according to the predominate zodiac influences in your chart. If you happen to purchase any $25 worth of books during that time, based on my recommendations or not, I’ll give you a free 15 minute reading. It should all be good fun and with birth info from your hard to buy for friend or relative might even give you a leg up on your holiday shopping. Come on out and say hello. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Aries—It is safe to say you are feeling out of your element. It hard to keep a positive attitude under these influences, but you mustn’t let a temporary feeling lead to irrevocable changes.

Taurus—While you are feeling wild and sexy, your significant other is blowing cold air on your amorous advances. Try listening to what he or she has to say.

Gemini—You handle relationships and additional duties with ease. Some say you make it look easy. You say there is nothing to it. On yes there is! Take a bow, Gemini.

Cancer—Someone dumps a whole bunch of work on you. At least your friends are sympathetic. Relationships with children can go well now.

Leo—People in authority and the people around them are particularly difficult for you this week. Just do your work and try to avoid office politics.

Virgo—Later in the week you can have a bit of luck. You might want to apply for that job that you think you haven’t a shot at, or buy a lottery ticket. In any case, the point is to shoot for your dreams.

Libra—Demands between work and home crank up. How long do you expect to go at this pace, Libra?

Scorpio—You have a chance to show higher ups your mastery of a situation. They’ll be impressed, though not show it right away. Communications from home are welcome.

Sagittarius—At the end of the week, Mars moves into your sign, giving you a super dose of energy. As energetic as you are, take care not to overdo.

Capricorn—Later in the week, you find out some very helpful information, which can be instrumental in helpful in carving out some new plans. You find out you were right after all.

Aquarius—Midweek presents a sterling opportunity to convey your views. Public meetings go well.

Pisces—Your love life is swirling with all sorts of intriguing possibilities, but you might find the upkeep more labor intensive than you’d like. Stay away from the married ones. Trouble!


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Unlocking the Secrets of Your Twelfth House: An ASC Workshop

Janet BookMy good friend Janet Booth is giving a workshop on the often misunderstood 12th house this coming Saturday, sponsored by the Astrological Society of Connecticut.

Janet will take us on a journey through the murky waters and dreamy depths of the 12th house, investigating the meaning of signs and planets located here, as well as transits and progressions to this least understood part of the chart. This particular house is one of the three water houses whose meanings are the key to your subconscious and the hidden things that impact your life.

She’ll take a look at all the different meanings of the twelfth house and discuss the viewpoints of various astrologers on this most potent of houses. She will talk about the Neptune, Pisces, twelfth house connection which Janet says is the preview of coming attractions of the next decade.

Bring your chart to help you unlock the secret of your twelfth house.

Janet is full-time professional astrologer since 1979. She has been published in The Mountain Astrologer, lectures nationwide, and hosts “Looking Up” on West Hartford, CT cable TV. She holds certifications from NCGR (Level II) and Professional Astrologers Inc. She’s served the Astrological Society of Connecticut in many capacities, including president at the millennium.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Comfort Inn, 1330 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT
Members $40 | Non-Members $50
Registration begins at 9:30 AM at the door, or pre-register online.
For more information, call (860) 568-8617 or email: program@myasc.org

The ASC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Contributions are tax-deductible.

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Astronomy and Astrology: The Celestial Light Show of the Orionids and the Hunter’s Moon

The Constellation Orion(Astrology Explored) A meteor shower and the Full Hunter’s moon combine on Thursday October 21 and Friday the 22nd. to provide a celestial light show.

The annual meteor show is thought to originate from the leftovers of Halley’s comet, and “appear to shoot from the second-brightest star in the Orion constellation, or from the hunter’s elbow.”

Because of their apparent position, these meteors are called Orionids.

Comets and meteors share a checkered past when it comes to astrological prediction. Jim R. Lewis writes in his book “The Encyclopedia of Heavenly Influences”:

“As extraordinary heavenly phenomena that did not appear to follow the same regular patterns as the stars or planets, comets were traditionally regarded as signs of unusually important events. In Western countries, in particular, they were regarded as omens of disaster—such as plagues, famines, and war. In China, they wee also traditionally regarded as omens—either good or evil.”

Orion was a mythic hero in Greek literature, though his story comes to us in pieces and those pieces do not always agree. Wikepedia tells us:

Orion was the son of the sea-god Poseidon and Euryale,[7] daughter of Minos, King of Crete. Orion could walk on the waves because of his father; he walked to the island of Chios where he got drunk and attacked Merope,[8] daughter of Oenopion, the ruler there. In vengeance, Oenopion blinded Orion and drove him away. Orion stumbled to Lemnos where Hephaestus — the lame smith-god — had his forge. Hephaestus told his servant, Cedalion, to guide Orion to the uttermost East where Helios, the Sun, healed him; Orion carried Cedalion around on his shoulders. Orion returned to Chios to punish Oenopion, but the king hid away underground and escaped Orion’s wrath. Orion’s next journey took him to Crete where he hunted with the goddess Artemis and her mother Leto, and in the course of the hunt, threatened to kill every beast on Earth. Mother Earth objected and sent a giant scorpion to kill Orion. The creature succeeded, and after his death, the goddesses asked Zeus to place Orion among the constellations. Zeus consented and, as a memorial to the hero’s death, added the Scorpion to the heavens as well.

Like his uncle Chiron, Orion was half divine, half mortal. Unlike Chiron, for all his courage Orion seemed to lack wisdom.

From the Encyclopedia of Heavenly Influences by James. R. Lewis

“As extraordinary heavenly phenomena that did not appear to follow the same regular patterns as the stars or planets, comets were traditionally regarded as signs of unusually important events. In Western countries, in particular, they were regarded as omens of disaster—such as plagues, famines, and war. In China, they wee also traditionally regarded as omens—either good or evil.”

This full moon is in the zodiac sign of Aries, the god of war, and is in direct opposition not only to the Sun but the planet of duty and restrictions, Saturn in the relationship sign of Libra. The moon is trine to the planet of transformation, Pluto, which is not always a good thing. It is all too easy for this Aries moon to go overboard, to try to control people and events much too tightly. Like our buddy Orion, there is a tendency to a little too far, to try to take rather than negotiate. Unlike Orion we should be circumspect in our actions, negotiate rather than take by force, consider the consequences of our actions rather than leave our actions in the hands of the intoxications of the moment. After all, Mars and Venus are in the sign of the Scorpion, the foe of Orion. As with all things Scorpio, the message is that rather than to try to control other people, we need to learn to control ourselves.

Orion was transformed by his death and rather than suffer the usual fate of going to Hades and being judged for his life, was set in the heavens as a constellation. But he is not alone. The Scorpion is set in the heavens as a companion and a reminder of the consequences of intemperate and ill-advised actions.

And for those that watch the skies and who don’t want to contemplate the meaning of the synchronistic event of the Orionids streaking across the Hunter’s moon, at least they can enjoy the celestial light show.


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Moon Astrology: The Hunter’s Moon and the Month of Ivy

Fairies and Moon(Astrology Explored) The Full Moon after the Harvest Moon is what the American Indians called the Hunter’s Moon. The Moon at the full is reddish orange and the indigenous tribes gathered and prepared the meat that would sustain them through the winter. For the ancient Celtic tribes, this is the Moon of Ivy, the evergreen plant that is said to harbor fairies dancing in its abundant folds. This association with fairies, an immortal race that rides the backs of butterflies, invokes the themes of the timelessness of the soul, physical death and resurrection. It is the time of Samhain, (Sow’ when) when the veil between this world and the next thins and those sensitive enough can communicate with the souls of the departed.

For the astrological significance of this moon we turn to the book the Celtic Lunar Zodiac by Helena Paterson, a painstaking and rich work that recreates the meaning of the lost Celtic Calendar.

“Astrological rulership is partly designated to the moon, for in esoteric astrology the sun and moon are said to veil or eclipse hidden planets. The moon in the month of the ivy is therefore veiling a hidden planet yet to be discovered, and which, according the ancients, lies on the other side of Pluto. The of name of Persephone has been chosen because of the evidence for this planet . . . This choice of name is not by chance, but fits into the mythological cycle of the planets in our universe. In Greek mythology, Persephone, daughter of Ceres, the great earth mother goddess, was kidnapped by Pluto, god of the underworld, forced to remain with him for six months of the year.”

This planet was discovered, but not named Persephone. It is now called Sedna, the Inuit Goddess of the Sea, who among other things, demands a shaman to visit her from time to time in her watery depths, to tell her stories and comb her long beautiful hair so she would allow her sea children, the seals, the whales be hunted for food. Sedna was transmuted into the Goddess of the Sea by the betrayal of her father. He murdered her rather than face the wrath of Sedna’s demon husband. Persephone, of course, was forced into marriage to the powerful god of the Underworld who kidnapped, then raped her, to make her his bride.

In the story of Persephone and Sedna the common theme is that of facing the overwhelming force of the male principal as controllers of our destinies, those that will use any means, murder, kidnapping, rape, to secure what they desire. But the story of Persephone and Sedna hold hope as well. Against impossible odds, Persephone is released into the light six months out of the year and despite her betrayal Sedna provides the bounty in the frozen wastes to those that considered her the Mother of the creatures of the sea.

The message is that no matter what the hardships, the female bounty of birth and life will not be denied even as we enter into the Month of Ivy and the dimming of the light for the winter months.


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Tracy Marks Speaks At The Astrological Society of Connecticut

Tracy Marks(Astrology Explored) Tracy Marks, licensed psychotherapist, astrologer and astrology author, comes to the Astrological Society of Connecticut for a lecture and workshop that will delve into challenging aspects of our personality.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:00 PM
Tracy with give a lecture on “Integrating Polarities – Oppositions by Sign”

According to Tracy::
“Our natal oppositions, ascendant axis, MC and nodal axis indicate polarities within us which may create conflicts between ourselves and people around us. In this lecture, we will explore the difficulties of un-integrated oppositions, and the meanings of each of the six sign oppositions when their energies are blended rather than pulling us in two directions. The focus will be upon transcending internal contradictions, re-owning projections, and becoming more whole in ourselves.”

Thursday Evening Lectures:
Free for ASC members, $10 for non-members
Half price for students with valid ID
. NOTE: Non-member fee may be applied toward membership.

The lecture will be held at the Keeney Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.

For more information go to The Astrological Society of Connecticut website.


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The Astrology of Venus in Scorpio: Persephone and Pieces of Rose, Part 3

Hades and PersephonePersephone

(Astrology Explored) Daughter of immortal deities, called the Goddess of Spring, Persephone’s story is Scorpionic in nature. Her birth, her life and her eventual role as Queen of the Underworld speaks to us about unrelenting forces that transform our existence.

The French say, “Mama, yes; Papa, maybe” and certainly this is true in Persephone’s case. Some accounts have Neptune as her father, others, Zeus. As with all things Scorpionic, there is more than a little mystery involved here.

The daughter of Demeter was given more than one praise of her beauty in Greek literature. She was called “white armed” and “slimmed ankled”. As Persephone came into puberty, all the male gods vied for her hand in marriage a situation that was said to be sparked by Aphrodite (Venus) herself. Aphrodite became concerned that Persephone would turn out to live life as a virgin just as her cousins Artemis and Athena. She, in a moment of Plutonian overkill instructed her son Eros to let loose his arrows on every god in Olympus. Even Zeus was so struck by Persephone’s beauty that:

The ruler of the universe, the charioteer of heaven, bowed his neck to desire–for all his greatness no thunderbolts, no lightnings helped him against Aphrodite in arms: he left the house of Hera, he refused the bed of Dione, he threw away the love of Deo, he fled from Themis, he deserted Leto – no charm was left for him but only union with Persephoneia.

Demeter was so alarmed by all this attention towards her daughter, that she sought the advice of an astrologer, which I include here in its entirety because of the fascinating detail of the astrologer’s process.

She hastened with quick foot to the house of Astraios the god of prophecy [or more specifically astrology] . . . She laid her left hand on the knees of the kindly ancient, and with her right touched his deepflowing beard in supplication. She recounted all her daughter’s wooers and craved a comfortable oracle; for divinations can steal away anxieties by means of hopes to come. Nor did old Astraios refuse. He learnt the details of the day when her only child was new born, and the exact time and veritable course of the season which gave her birth; then he bent the turning fingers of his hands and measured the moving circle of the ever-recurring number counting from hand to hand in double exchange [reckoning the number of days in the years of her life on his fingers]. He called to a servant, and Asterion lifted a round revolving sphere, the shape of the sky, the image of the universe, and laid it upon the lid of a chest. Here the ancient got to work. He turned it upon its pivot, and directed this gaze round the circle of the Zodiac, scanning in this place and that the planets and fixt stars . . . When he had noticed everything and reckoned the circuit of the stars, he put away the ever-revolving sphere in its roomy box, the sphere with its curious surface; and in answer to the goddess he mouthed out a triple oracle of prophetic sound : `Fond mother Demeter, when the rays of the Moon are stolen under a shady cone and her light is gone, guard against a robber-bridegroom for Perephoneia, a secret ravisher of your unsmirched girl, if the threads of the Moirai can be persuaded. You will see before marriage a false and secret bedfellow come unforeseen, a half-monster cunning-minded: since I perceive the western point Ares the wife-stealer [the planet Mars] walking with the Paphian [the planet Venus], and I notice the Drakon is rising beside them both . . . ’

Concerned and alarmed by this prophecy she bore her daughter away in a chariot drawn by dragons to a secret cave. The dragons were then given the task of protecting Persephone. All seeing Zeus however, found the hiding place, and transforming himself into a dragon, seducing Persephone with cunning. He lured the girl into a sleep by surrounding her with his soft coils and sweet kisses. Their union produced Zagreus, who by virtue of his father’s deception, was born In the snake like shape of a dragon. Zeus took this child to Olympus, intending to set him on the throne of heaven, but the Titans rebelled against Zeus decision and tore the child into pieces. Grief stricken Zeus put the pieces of Zagreus’ heart in a drink and gave it to Semele, the moon goddess to drink. She became pregnant with this genetic material and bore to Zeus, the god Dionysis, known to the Romans as Bacchus, another god whose mystery religion was revolved around transformation through the consumption of wine. Thus Persephone was associated with two mystery religions, that of the Eleusian Mysteries and the rites of Dionysis.

Persephone herself was forever transformed by her foray into the Underworld. On the surface, Persephone can be viewed as a voiceless victim. Her fate is decided by Zeus, her husband and her mother. But Pluto is seductive for sure. Unlike Zeus, Pluto is intent on making her a permanent fixture in his life. He makes solemn pledges to her:

“… I shall be no unfitting husband for you among the deathless gods, that am own brother to father Zeus. And while you are here, you shall rule all that lives and moves and shall have the greatest rights among the deathless gods: those who defraud you and do not appease your power with offerings, reverently performing rites and paying fit gifts, shall be punished for evermore.” (Hades to Persephone, Homeric Hymn to Demeter 2.363).

Was it the power that Pluto offered that ultimately seduced her, or was it the dark charm of lord of the Underworld? Those among us who have experience of love that can not be denied know the addictive nature of such relationships. Whether by one or both, Persephone is initiated in to the sexual world as a wife.

There is evidence that Persephone’s own nature may have had an manipulative element to it. Persephone blamed Hades for the consumption of the pomegranate seeds, telling her mother that he secretly forced the seeds in her mouth. Yet how he “secretly forced the seeds” in to her mouth is yet another story. She would have needed to take the food willingly for the doom of Hades to fall upon her.

There are other stories of Persephone’s Scorpionic nature. When Venus gave Persephone the youth Adonis to care for, the dark goddess was just as enthralled as Venus with his beauty and refused to give him back.

Hades had one affair, with the nymph Menthe, who jealous Persephone trampled and transformed in the mint plant. (Crushed mint was added to a drink made of grain that was said to be drunk by her mother Demeter, and possibly was served during the enactment of the Eleusian Mysteries). Clearly, Persephone was not about to share her dark husband with anyone. Hades was not known to step out on her again.

And despite her initial (and probably faint) protests over her marriage, Persephone fulfilled her role as Goddess of the Underworld, sometimes even displaying more power than Hades himself.

Here is the influence of the Pluto we know, secretive, controlling, manipulative. The story of Persephone is illustrative of the lies, obsessions and jealousy as any one subject to Venusian, Scorpionic and Plutonic forces, the epitome of Venus in Scorpio.

As with all those under the influence of a Pluto influenced Venus, Persephone epitomizes the archetype of transformation. From innocent goddess of the spring to the queen of the underworld, Persephone held the promise of life and ultimately the promise of the life to come.


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Weekly Astrology Forecast: Far Reaching Effects

Weekly Forecast(Astrology Explored) The recent controversy over the “robo-signing” foreclosure scandal which has halted foreclosures in some states and may facilitate a 90 day foreclosure moratorium by the governent shouldn’t come as a shock. These news comes just before the new Moon in Libra, which put the focus on new starts in our relationships. Seeing that Moon joins up with Saturn, and Mercury, these relationships features binding contracts in a business context. Mars and Venus in Scorpio expose the machinations of lenders who faultily and even fraudulently processed huge numbers of foreclosures. . Moon in stress aspect to Jupiter and Uranus present some unwelcome surprises that promise to have far reaching effects on our already stressed economy.

Aries—You find yourself being moved to places, physically or mentally, that you don’t want to go. Your most important relationships demand that you make some sacrifices for the sake of what you want, so it does no good to complain. Lighten up! Buy a lottery ticket Saturday.

Taurus—Relationships aren’t going quite as expected, but its not you, dear Bull that is the problem. The truth is other people have things going on that they don’t want to share with you, and you know, sometimes, it’s better just not to know.

Gemini—Other peoples secrets are not your concern, so don’t bother to try to figure out what they are. Children and older people fill up your time anyway, and to tell you the truth, you find you enjoy that more than mucking around in the dark places other people create from themselves.

Cancer—At the end of the week a yard sale or the sale of some old, maybe even antique, items can net you some extra cash. Don’t spill a single tear over this, as you get more money now than you normally would and you’ll still have the memories, which are worth more than the space these items take up.

Leo—Older people and children provide companionship now, as your friends seem be hiding. They are, because they don’t want to risk your disapproval. Next month they’ll reappear looking all innocent, wondering where you’ve been!

Virgo—The Virgin likes to have things neat and orderly in order to feel comfortable. You have the ability now to clean away anything that clutters your life with dispassion. This could be the basement, the attic and or anybody that you deem beyond redemption. Cleaning the house is fine, but cleaning out your phone list requires a little more discretion.

Libra—Romance is problematic. Maybe your sweetheart is here today, gone tomorrow, or maybe you are reassessing your level of commitment. You certainly want more, and there is no reason you don’t deserve it. Don’t settle for less.

Scorpio—Venus in your own sign is retrograde, having you look at the state of relationship status. Hah! You have to have a relationship first! Feeling feisty, you are on the hunt. Watch out world.

Sagittarius—You could be in a few surprises, as your sweetie has decided to spice things up. Always up for a good time, let the good times roll.

Capricorn—If it wasn’t for your patience and stamina, you wouldn’t get anything done. Other people are resistant to your suggestions, thinking them more like orders from a drill sergeant. Medicine goes down better with a spoonful of sugar, so try to offer up some with the medicine you dish out.

Aquarius—Other people are receptive to your message, especially if you offer some helpful hints to solve their problems. No one but Aquarius can look at a situation sideways and come up with something completely different and completely workable. Good job!

Pisces—If your luck has seemed a little screwed up lately, it’s because you are focusing on issues from the past that prevent you from seeing things clearly. The past is behind you, the future isn’t until tomorrow, and today is for the living. Live!


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