A Mercury Retrograde Story: The Pilgrim’s Journey and Thanksgiving

In honor of both Thanksgiving and Mercury Retrograde here is last year’s post on the astrology of Thanksgiving.

"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" By Jennie A. Brownscombe.

"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" By Jennie A. Brownscombe.

Their charter wasn’t the charter for the area they settled. Setbacks and delays marked the start of the journey. Eventually the government of England revoked that charter and their colony was merged into Massachusetts Bay colony, a colony established after theirs. We are talking about the Pilgrims here folks, the people that inspired our Thanksgiving celebration. And who do you think the astrological culprit here is, folks? We’ll get to that in a minute. First, some back-story.

The folks who landed and settled Plymouth, MA, and who we call pilgrims in actuality were religious rebels who outwardly criticized Queen Elizabeth the First for trying to unite England under one religion. For Elizabeth, this uniformity was a political necessity as fractious civil wars between Catholics and Protestants (in our terminology) nearly tore apart the country prior to her reign. Though the Puritan’s religious beliefs were an offshoot of Protestantism, the Puritan’s civil disobedience was a wound to Elizabeth’s attempt to restore order in a country bleeding from the disputes of the past. As a result of the censure of their actions many members fled to Holland and eventually settled in Leyden, Netherlands which was much more religiously tolerant than England. However, though they lived there for a little over a decade, they became increasingly uncomfortable with the local culture, considering the Dutch “libertine” and with their children’s assimilation of Dutch culture. The Puritans decided it was time to leave the Netherlands, but where to go was the question.

On July 29, 1619 an English government patent was issued to John Wincob for a colony to be established at the northern borders Virginia colony but negotiations with the London Company over the territory to be settled stalled. In February of 1620 a London merchant, Tom Weston, approached the Leyden refugees with offers of funding the new settlement with the backing of seventy other merchants with assurances he could resolve the difficulties with the London Company. One John Pierce got involved and all of sudden the new colony was to be settled at the mouth of the Hudson River.

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ASC November Lecture: Maria Kay Simms & Your Progressed Lunar Phase Cycle

Maria Kay Simms

Maria Kay Simms

(Astrology Explored) On Thursday, November 17, 2011 
Maria Kay Simms will give a lecture titled “Moon’s Tides, Soul, Passages – the Power of Your Progressed Lunar Phase Cycle” for the Astrological Society of Connecticut at the Keeney Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.

The cycles of the moon have guided mankind from our earliest beginnings. The brightest light in the sky, its regular changes from waxing to waning marked the passage of time and eventually was associated with seasons and the activities of hunting and agriculture. Astrologers have expanded the meaning of the moon with the use of of many techniques, one of them called Secondary Progressions which marks the evolution of your emotion and intuitive senses during your lifetime.

During this lecture Maria Kay will explore how the Moon’s 9-fold phase cycle, her signs, elements and modes reflect your essential self, the season of your life and passages of soul. Ms. Simms will utilize a Power Point slide show designed to evoke intuitive understanding of the Moon’s signs and phases. You’ll see visuals from art, nature and seasonal cycles that are the basis for our major holidays. Continue reading

Astrological Society of Connecticut November New Age Fair

Astrological Society of Connecticut Logo (Astrology Explored) Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 20, 2011. It’s time for another great Astrological Society of Connecticut New Age Fair!

Come to the Keeney Center, 200 Main St., Wethersfield, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to enjoy a wide variety of new age items and services like aura photography, herbs, candles, books, crystals, CDs, foot reflexology, reiki and massage.

Astrology Reading at the ASC New Age FairThe most popular feature of the New Age Fair is the readings available from a varied selection of practitioners. Choose among psychic, medium, palmistry angel card, psychometry, past life, tarot and astrology readers. Readings are 20-minutes in length for $20.

Featured are free lectures on a variety of New Age subjects at 11 am, noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm.

New Age Fair Speakers – Sunday, November 20, 2011

11:00 a.m. Palmistry as an aid to understanding communication and love – Adam Latin
In this class we will look at the lines in the palm and identify how a person communicates and also receives love. Each person communicates in their own unique way but there are patterns and lines in the palm that help guide one away or another from a particular style of communication. Please bring a notebook or recorder as we will be covering quite a bit of information. I will be answering questions at the end of the class as time allows.

Adam has been a healing/helping professional since 2001. He’s a licensed massage therapist, Reiki Master, intuitive, mystic and teacher. In his intuitive practice he primarily uses palms and cards. He has studied with a wide range of spiritual and metaphysical teachers. You can reach him at 860-805-0482 or email adamjlatin@aol.com and he website is www.hopehealsall.com

12:00 p.m. Ready or Not – Here Comes 2012 – Janet Booth

Planets present plenty of challenges, which we can meet better when we know what we’re up against. The current theme is: the status quo has got to go! This applies on the collective as well as individual level. Find out how astrology can help you prepare for 2012.

A professional astrologer since 1979, Janet Booth (www.AstrologyBooth.com) has been published in The Mountain Astrologer, lectures nationwide, writes Janet’s Plan-its astrology calendars and hosts Looking Up on West Hartford cable TV (online at WHCTV.org). She’s a long-time member and former president of the ASC.

1:00 p.m. Life Patterns and how to get UNSTUCK – Karen Hollis
In this lecture Karen will discuss parts of her book that will be published next year: The Way of Tarot: Discover Your Life Patterns, Get Unstuck & Find Your Way to Happiness!

Chosen attendees will be allowed to pull (1) Tarot Card, and (2) Cards from a regular deck of cards to identify what might be keeping them stuck in one of eight life patterns Come learn The Way of Tarot!

Karen Hollis is a clairaudient medium and professional intuitive with 25 years experience. She is a sought-after Master Tarot Reader whose clientele come from around the world. Karen is lead psychic medium investigator with Ghosts of New England Research Society. She sees clients in her office in Connecticut or by telephone.

2:00 p.m. Strong Bones for Life – Carmen Ciarcia Catalano
Carmen will discuss the meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the movement of Qi within the body. She will discuss the typical western causes of Osteoporosis as well as treatments, and the Traditional Chinese Medicine causes and treatments.

Carmen is a licensed acupuncturist, and holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine having graduated from New York College for Health Professions in 1999. She has been in private practice since 1999 in Cromwell. Carmen also service on the medical staff of Hartford Hospital, and is a teacher (preceptor) of family medicine at Middlesex Hospital’s integrative medicine program. Her office is at 75 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, 860-613-0030 or email her at tcm1doc@aol.com

3:00 p.m. Crystal and Gemstone Healing for Animals – Donna Velardi
This class will give you the opportunity to enhance your relationship with your pet through a different perspective. You will learn about gemstone and crystal energies and how they can affect and benefit animals. Discussion of the animal’s chakras and the gem that corresponds with each and how to balance the chakra. You will also learn how to do a gemstone and crystal healing layout for animals. Several animal problems such as abuse, trauma, allergies, bereavement & stress will be discussed.
Donna Velardi is a gifted intuitive, animal communicator and certified animal massage therapist and has owned and operated Zodiapet for over 12 years. She received her certification in Animal massage therapy from Integrated Touch Therapy in Ohio. She is currently becoming a certified Life Coach. She is also a Reiki practitioner. Donna Velardi offers seminars and workshops on various metaphysical topics and has has written numerous articles for various publications. She can be contacted at 203-387-9738 or email: petastrologer@yahoo.com

Other Activities

Delve into the study of the stars at a Basics of Astrology class at 1 pm. It lasts 90 minutes and costs just $15, which includes your chart and a coupon for $5 off an astrology reading at the fair.


Admission is free and so is the parking. If the Keeney lot is full, try the public parking lot behind the fire station at 171 Main St. Families are welcome

For more information you can call the ASC InfoLine at 860-568-8617 or find us online at http://www.myASC.org.

The Astrological Society of Connecticut is one of the largest and most active local astrological organizations in the United States dedicated to educating people interested in astrology, sponsoring lectures, workshops, fund-raising fairs, and social activities.
The ASC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Contributions are tax-deductible.

Astrology, Power Outages and CL&P: CT customers left in the cold

Emergency Shelter Sign in CT for October 30 Snowstorm

(Astrology Explored) Eight days into the massive power loss experienced in Connecticut Light and Power missed its deadline of restoring 99% of the service to its customers leaving over 52,000 homes and businesses without power in the cold and the dark. CL&P now promises 100% power restoration by Wednesday.

Though CL&P picked up the paced of the restorations after the initial criticisms of how the power company was handling the crisis, this is cold comfort to the thousands that continue to sleep in homes with heat in temperatures dropping to below freezing each night, while the food in their freezers spoil and those that do have fireplaces or wood stoves scrounge for wood to burn at night. Continue reading