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This blog is my opportunity to tell you everything I can think of and everything I experience about living well and how astrology can be used to do that. I’ve been blogging about astrology since April of 2007.

On July 31st, 2015, Venus retrograded from Virgo into 29º Leo. At the same time, Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio, also retrograde and the two square each other. This is apt symbology for continueing the story of Rapunzel, the maiden (Venus) in the tower (Saturn—restriction, constriction, isolation, ). Arriving in Leo, Venus is defiant. “I am remembering who I am!” she declares. This section is about her meeting the one who will release her—in the Grimm’s tale, it’s the prince, and in the Disney version, it’s Flynn, the thief. Either way, for her to entertain him is an act of defiance and subversion. This girl just wants to have some fun for once!

Leo, creativity and self-discovery

Even the synopsis of the Disney film on IMDB emphasizes the self-discovery aspect of the tale: “The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.”

In Tangled, Rapunzel is extremely creative with her time, which is very Leo of her. She paints, cooks, makes pottery, and literally swings from the ceiling by her hair. She covers every wall and ceiling with beautiful drawings and reads all the books she possesses over and over again. She even plays chess. In the Grimm’s tale the prince is drawn to her by hearing her sing—another creative act. Rapunzel is bursting with self-development.

The symbolism of golden hair

Hair is lush, sensual and a means for expression. Leo, being the Lion, is always aware of the mane. Her long hair, always blonde, (this is a German tale after all) is a symbol of lushness and golden beauty. Like gold, she is coveted, first by her parents, then by Mother Gothel, then by the Prince/Flynn.

In the Disney tale her hair is coveted for its healing powers. At the end, Flynn is willing to die rather than exploit the healing hair one more time—even though Rapunzel is willing to sacrifice her newfound freedom to save him. This is his growth in the story, which he begins as a thief, coveting a tiara he had stolen from the palace. He learns to value love over money. Mother Gothel, who covets the hair for its ability to restore her youth, receives the ultimate lesson—and dies of it.

Watch for the next post: Love and Rebellion.

Begin this article series here.

If you’re just finding this now, you might want to begin this thread at the beginning.

Life in the Tower
This Venus retrograde period begins in Virgo and then Venus retrogrades back into Leo (on July 31). A maiden imprisoned in a tower is an apt metaphor for this. Rapunzel begins her life with some very Virgo restrictions and when she arrives at adolescence, a Leo-style crisis hits because the tower can no longer contain her.

The budding of sexuality and expression in the second quadrant of the zodiac
The zodiac is a human development cycle. The first quadrant takes us through early childhood, while the second quadrant carries us from there to adulthood. This second quadrant contains houses that have to do with self development and learning who we are. Leo and Virgo appear here, along with Cancer. Cancer represents our relationship to family and heritage, the context we come from. It’s where we learn to nurture ourselves. It also represents the hormonal and emotional changes of adolescence. Cancer is followed by Leo, the symbolic teen years, a time of self-expression. In it you come to know who you are through creativity, performance and audience response. Here you develop self-confidence. Then comes Virgo, the threshold of young adulthood. It’s a time of shaping and perfecting oneself. Here we develop integrity and restraint. Here we prepare to meet the Beloved in Libra, sign of partnership and love. After we learn who we are, we are then ready to link with a partner and fully merge with them (in Scorpio).

Rapunzel’s part of the story begins in Virgo. She is a maiden, a virgin, inexperienced and innocent, untouched and isolated in her tower. Rapunzel doesn’t know she’s a princess or that she’s beautiful. Her life is a Virgo one of restraint, humbleness and modesty.

Venus retrogrades into Leo, sign of creativity and fun
This Venus retrograde period begins so extremely early in Virgo that Venus quickly retrogrades back into Leo. Virgo is of course the sign associated with virginity while Leo is associated with love affairs and sex for pleasure. What could this mean?

A Venus retrograde period takes our relationships backward before they can go forward. It is a time of retrospection and introspection. Rapunzel has been limited to a Virgo life before she had had any fun. How can she prepare to meet the Beloved if she doesn’t know who she is? Before Rapunzel can become a true partner (in Libra), she needs to become an independent young adult (Virgo) and before that she needs to really play and to discover herself (Leo). So back into Leo Venus goes, to discover fun, creativity and playfulness.

What is rampion?
leaf of campanula rapunculusWhile researching this story I discovered a page that tells the whole story of Rapunzel with helpful annotations. There I found this quote, with some interesting biological facts about the rampion plant that Rapunzel is named for. Rampion is an autogamous plant. This means that if it is not fertilized with the help of insects, it can split a column within the plant to fertilize itself. The split column will “curl like braids or coils on a maiden’s head, and this will bring the female stigmatic tissue into contact with the male pollen on the exterior surface of the column.” How cool is that?

A beautiful maiden in a tower in a fairy tale is an invitation for adventure to happen, just as virginity is an invitation for sexuality to happen. Nature dictates that budding sexuality be discovered, and very soon, that is exactly what happens. And what fairy tale would be complete without the arrival of the prince? More in the next post..

Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Virgo in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need September’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Virgo that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Saturn in Virgo (in your chart or in the chart of someone whose success matters to you), join my free teleclass on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.  There I’ll be saying much, much more about Saturn In Virgo and there will be discounts available too!

You have Saturn in Virgo if you were born in these dates:

  • 9/18/1948 to 4/3/1949
  • 5/29/1949 to 11/20/1950
  • 3/7/1951 to 8/13/1951
  • 11/16/1977 to 1/4/1978
  • 7/26/1978 to 9/21/1980
  • 9/2/2007 to 10/29/2009
  • 4/7/2010 to 7/21/2010

If you don’t have Saturn in Virgo, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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Pluto Has A Heart

“This is what I’ve been trying to tell you all along.

Don’t call me an ice dwarf.

I know I’m short, but really, do you have to make a guy feel so small?

You’ve demoted me from planet-status, isn’t that enough?

I have a heart.

I wear it on my sleeve.

I’m as transparent as I know how to be.

(I know that isn’t all that transparent, but it’s the best I can do,

because I’m as much a mystery to myself as I am to you.)

 

Yes, in my world things are black and white,

But my heart is pure as snow.

Now that you’ve seen it, do you believe me?

I have a heart, dammit!

I belong in this solar system.

I’m far from the sun and it gets cold out here, on the edge of things.

The edge has always been where you’ll find me.

I hold the darkness at bay.

Have a little compassion for me.

I do love you, from way over here.”

 

Yours truly,

PLUTO

What is Venus Retrograde?

Venus turns retrograde (or backwards) for about 6 weeks every year and a half. When she does, she pulls us into an inward journey, an exploration of the deeper mysteries of love. Relationships reach a crisis point at which clarity can come, followed by a deepening of intimacy or possibly an end to the relationship. Each Venus retrograde period is an opportunity to learn a new set of teachings about love and apply them to your own relationships (including close friendships).

Venus Retrograde 2015: Virgo and Leo
This year Venus begins her retrograde journey in 0º Virgo and travels backwards into Leo. I’ve decided on the story of Rapunzel as an apt metaphor for this journey: a tale of an adolescent girl who has lived in a tower all her life, and just wants to get out and have some fun. At certain junctures of Venus’ journey I’ll be posting articles about Rapunzel to illuminate the meaning of this transit. Stories evolve in the telling and this story is hundreds of years old, so along the way, I’ll compare various versions and interpretations of the tale that may add their own particular meanings, from the Brothers Grimm to Disney.

The Story of Rapunzel
There once was a girl who had lived her whole life in a tower, isolated from the world. Ah, but I begin too late. . . I must start at the beginning. This story really begins with a pregnancy, so we can understand why Rapunzel was in a tower and how she got her name.

Once upon a time. . .
There lived a man and his wife who lacked a child and were unhappy. They lived near to a witch who kept a garden behind her wall. The wife craved rampion (a leafy green vegetable) and asked her husband to take some from the witch’s garden as she felt she would die if she didn’t have it. The husband did so and was caught. The witch demanded his first-born child for his thievery, predicting that his wife would soon bear. When the child was born, the witch took her away, naming the girl Rapunzel, after the rampion her mother had craved. She hides the child in a tower, isolated from the world.

What does it mean?
Rapunzel is the product of a craving, which can be interpreted two ways: one is that, because a pregnant woman needs nutrition, her cravings are taken seriously by her husband, who risks all to feed her what she wants. This is therefore a story about appetites and their cost. The other possible interpretation stems from the fact that, in some versions of the story, the mother craves parsley, a known abortifacient. Perhaps the mother doesn’t really want a child and just wants to have sex without conceiving and therefore she is made to pay for her “sin” by losing her child. In either interpretation, the mother is subject to cravings, longings, desires that the husband is bound to fulfill and that cost them their child. Rapunzel is a product of longing and the name given her by the witch is ironic.

Mother Gothel, and the feminine craving for youth and beauty
The witch herself is a character full of meaning. In some versions she is a witch or a sorceress, in some a simple herbalist. In some she lures the husband to steal the rampion so she can claim the child. But in none of the older versions (Grimm’s German version or the Italian or French verisons) is it explained why the old woman would want to take a child and raise it. The Disney version handles this by giving her a uniquely modern motivation.

Disney begins the story with a magical flower that an aging woman finds. The flower keeps the woman young and beautiful and she conceals it under a basket, keeping it only for herself and singing a song to evoke the magical healing properties of the flower. She does this for hundreds of years. Then one day, the queen of the land, who is pregnant, grows deathly ill. She needs to get well, and fast. The king, hearing of the flower, sends his soldiers to take the flower and it is harvested and used to heal the queen, who safely bears a daughter. The magical healing qualities of the flower have come out in the baby’s hair, which is golden. The old woman, who is called Mother Gothel in the Disney version (and Dame Gothel in Grimm’s), appears and steals the child away. Mother Gothel knows that if Rapunzel’s hair is cut, even once, it will lose its magic. She hides the child in a tower which Rapunzel is never allowed to leave. Mother Gothel renews her youthful appearance and health each time Rapunzel sings a song that works the magic.

Rapunzel grows up believing Mother Gothel is her mother and knows nothing of her loving and distraught royal parents. Each year, the celebrate their lost child by sending lanterns into the sky. Each year, Rapunzel sees the beautiful lanterns and is drawn to them, but doesn’t have any idea they are for her. Rapunzel is the archetypal lost princess, with no idea that she is beautiful, magical and lost. She has all the power of primal innocence and Mother Gothel’s purpose is to entrap and exploit it, like a natural resource. Mother Gothel is the “bad mother” figure that appears in so many fairy tales and their Disney versions.

Distorted mother love and the Moon in Scorpio
The Disney version interests me because of the complex dynamics between Rapunzel and Mother Gothel. It’s especially interesting because this year’s Venus Retrograde period begins while the Moon is in Scorpio, a position associated with mothers who can be overprotective, manipulative or controlling.

Mother Gothel is the only mother Rapunzel has ever known. She pretends to love the child but really wants only to control and contain her and have access to her magic hair. “Mother knows best,” she sings, in a litany of things in the outside world that Rapunzel should be afraid of, justifying her imprisonment in the tower. Gothel’s every move in the course of the story is in defense of her access to the hair, a symbol of lushness and sexual beauty. She “protects” Rapunzel by keeping her in the tower, securing the girl’s obedience by pretending to be a loving mother. But as Rapunzel grows up, the tower will no longer contain her. Mother Gothel’s exploitation of this natural resource will come to an end.

Adolescence and the budding of sexuality
Rapunzel is conceived as a transgression (the husband has to climb a wall to get the rampion, which is protected/imprisoned behind it) and then is hidden in a tower, where she cannot transgress. But as the story moves on, she does transgress. This is the nature of adolescence: it is a time of desires and transgression. More in the next post, coming soon.

Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Leo in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need August’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Leo that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Saturn in Leo (in your chart or in the chart of someone whose success matters to you), join my free teleclass on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.  There I’ll be saying much, much more about Saturn In Leo and there will be discounts available too!

You have Saturn in Leo if you were born in these dates:

  • 8/2/1946 to 9/18/1948
  • 4/3/1949 to 5/29/1949
  • 9/16/1975 to 1/14/1976
  • 6/5/1976 to 11/16/1977
  • 1/4/1978 to 7/26/1978
  • 7/16/2005 to 9/2/2007

If you don’t have Saturn in Leo, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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Put Up Your Lightning Rod!


Jupiter and Uranus sit on top of Mount Olympus, surveying the mortal world below and taking the occasional swig of ambrosia from a chalice they are sharing. It’s a really BIG chalice and sparks are flying off the surface of the liquid.

Uranus: You know what I’m in the mood for?
Jupiter: What are you in the mood for, my friend?
Uranus: Delivering insight.
Jupiter: But isn’t that your bag? Isn’t that just what you do every day, no matter what?
Uranus: Sure, but usually it’s a little—you know—fraught.
Jupiter: Oh, you mean attended by total chaos, breakdown and revolution? So what? Everybody’s got a talent—that’s just yours. If you’ve got it, flaunt it—that’s what I always say. (He takes a large swig.)
Uranus: But I’m in the mood to be gentle. I’d just like to strike a few people with some ideas that are only a little offbeat, but which can bring real progress because they’re not hard to swallow. Or transmit.
Jupiter: That’s very restrained of you. (He emits a large belch.)
Uranus: And you, my dear deity, are drunk. Sodden. Loaded.
Jupiter: Don’t mind if I am. And I have the answer to your problem.
Uranus: Oh really? Do tell.
Jupiter: Lightning rods.
Uranus: What about them?
Jupiter: They attract lightning.
Uranus: Obviously. Develop your idea please, or you will lose my attention.
Jupiter: As you know, I know a bit about lightning bolts too. Lightning rods are made to attract them. Those few people who are ready for an idea should put up lightning rods above their heads and wait for you to throw them a bolt from the blue.
Uranus: And how are they to know that it’s time to do that?
Jupiter: (clears throat and opens his mouth very wide) Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyy, all you Human Beings! New ideas on the loose. Get ready!
Jupiter and Uranus scan the landscape eagerly as a handful, then a dozen, then hundreds and finally thousands of lightning rods pop up over homes in all corners of the Earth.
Uranus: Wow! I didn’t know you could do that.
Jupiter: Don’t be so amazed–after all, I do rule radio, television, advertising and all forms of broadcasting! I am the master of getting the word out.
Uranus: But what does this mean for the Gentle Reader who is reading this right now? What can the Gentle Reader do to catch a few good ideas?
Jupiter: It’s a metaphor, my dear old bolt-thrower. Those who are meant to understand it, will.

And the moral of the story is: Open your mind to new ideas this month—and they will strike you.

What Does This Mean For You?
This wonderful trine between Jupiter and Uranus began in September of 2014 and finishes this month—June of 2015.  It covers 14-20º of Fire signs, so if you have any planet in that span, you will love this transit.

Enjoy it through the end of June. Come July, the opportunity has passed!  This transit is especially nice if your birthday falls into these dates:

Arians born:  April 3-10
Geminis born:  June 4-11
Leos born:  August 6-13
Librans born:  October 6-13
Sagittarians born:  December 6-12
Aquarians born:  February 2-9

To read the other Jupiter-trine-Uranus post, look here: High Five! Jupiter Trine Uranus in Fire Signs
For more about Jupiter’s passage through Leo, read this: Jupiter in Leo—Your Time In The Sun

Are you benefiting from this Uranus/Jupiter trine?

If you want to know how to use this time more effectively,


contact Jamie for an astrology reading

to find out how it affects your chart.

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This Full Moon (also a Lunar Eclipse) suggests a feeling of persecution. “How unfair!” cries the Libran Moon, while Shadow Agents Pluto and Uranus pick on her. How will she learn to stand up for herself? Fortunately, Jupiter in Leo brings confidence and pride. During this Lunar Eclipse, learn to defend yourself and add teeth to your diplomacy.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: April 4, 2015
Time of eclipse: 5:05 AM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Asia, Western Australia, Oceania, North and South America and Antarctica
At: 14º Libra
Shadow Agents:  Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, 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:
March 30 – April 9
July 1 – 11
October 3 – 13
December 31 – January 10

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 strange sound outside, like a breeze growing into a wind, quickly growing into a monsoon. You head for the door when it is thrown open by the Moon in Libra, looking like a 1920’s starlet wearing a long gown. She throws herself at you and clings to you. The wind blows her skirt around and then suddenly dies down.
Moon: Save me! They’re after me!
You close the door and hold her. She’s shivering. Soon there’s a beating at the door. Through the peephole you can see Pluto in Capricorn, wearing a long, dark cloak and Uranus in Aries, carrying fiery thunderbolts in a satchel on his back. The thunderbolts give off an occasional sizzle that is audible even through the door.
You: You’re not coming in!
Pluto: What, not by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin?
He and Uranus snicker.
Uranus: I mean, really! That’s just plain silly.
Pluto: Clearly, I am to be the villain of the piece, so I’ll live up to the image.
He produces a flask from inside his cloak and drinks from it, then laughs in an evil way.
Pluto: Come out, Moon! I’ve got some flaws to detect in you this time! You’re not as pretty as you look, ya know!
Uranus: Yeah, and I’ve got an angry mob of protesters here who say justice is not as blind as she should be.
Pluto: Maybe we should take out one of her eyes?
The Moon gasps, looks at you and shivers more violently.
Pluto: Which story is this anyway? Am I supposed to tie you to the railroad track, so I can steal your inheritance? Am I supposed to rip your bodice, turn out to be a bad man with a heart of gold and fulfill your sexual fantasies? Am I supposed to put you out for the monster to eat? Am I the monster? Come on, Moon, give me a clue!
The Moon looks confused. Just then, you hear a rumble on the roof and see some soot drop down your fireplace. Suddenly, Jupiter appears at the opening and tugs his large self free of the fireplace, knocking over the andirons as he goes, but not upsetting his dignity.
Jupiter: I’m used to using fireplaces. After all, some see me as Santa Claus. He pats the Moon gently on the back.
Jupiter: Don’t you know Moon, that you are in charge here? Where’s your power? You’re not a victim of beauty, you wield it. Is it a weapon? is it a connector?
What’s the truth and what’s the pretty lies?
Moon: Those two really have me off balance. I can’t find my center with them around.
Jupiter: Rather than hiding and crying about the unfairness of the situation, why not claim your dignity and stand up for yourself? After all, fairness is a two-way street.
There’s a resounding toot from a horn and the door opens by itself. The Sun in Aries strides in, a larger-than-life warrior figure wearing full armor, with battle plumes on his helmet. Pluto and Uranus are still on the other side of the threshold, with a crowd behind them, brandishing pitchforks and axes and suchlike.
Sun: I sincerely hope everyone is remembering this is an ECLIPSE! Of the MOON! A time for us to look at our emotional shadow. And here and now, that shadow is niceness. False sweetness. Empty beauty. Passivity and excess yielding. And it is love without teeth that runs and hides at the first sign of trouble.
He looks very sternly at the Moon.
The Moon has started to look very pale and begins to go dark while the Sun brightens.
Sun: The powers of day assert themselves over the powers of night. Libra Moon, I am doing what you cannot–I am the Inner Warrior coming out to protect you.
He draws a sword and brandishes it at Pluto and Uranus. Uranus cheers while Pluto cowers, hiding under his cloak.
Pluto (resentfully): Like I said, why am I always being cast as the villain of the piece?
The Moon goes entirely dark and disappears. She is only gone for a few minutes before she begins to fade into shape again. When she takes her form again, she strides over to the Sun and takes his sword, then raises it above her head.
Moon: How could I have forgotten? I am JUSTICE! I am the Scales. Where there is unfairness, there am I with my sword.
She grabs a doily from a nearby tabletop and covers her eyes inexpertly with it.
Moon: I am Blind Justice, impartial and symmetrical! I am pure objectivity!
Uranus (aside to Jupiter): She’s something of a drama queen but she does speak sooth.

Read about other eclipses this year: 2015 Eclipses.

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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March’s New Moon is also an emotionally powerful lunar eclipse and it’s in the watery sign of Pisces. This is a Moon with many currents and many flavors, like a soup that’s not quite ready yet. A New Moon is a great time for beginnings but beginnings under this Moon are muddy indeed. Some of the things you begin this month may need time to cook or integrate or blend fully before they are ready for action. Instead of gobbling the soup before it’s ready, allow all the flavors to blend in the pot first—then taste it.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: March 20, 2015
Time of eclipse:
2:36 AM Pacific
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Europe, Northern Africa, Middle East, North-West Asia, Iceland and Greenland
At: 29º Pisces
Shadow Agents: Ceres in Capricorn, Pallas Athena in Sagittarius

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 15-25
June 15-26
September 17-27
December 16-26

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 Ceres in Capricorn, holding a giant cauldron. She brushes by you and into the kitchen, where she puts the cauldron on your stove. She is wearing a plain garment of a soft gray, and her every movement is pure efficiency. The cauldron is enormous and it covers three burners. She turns on the flame under it and uses a pitcher to add water from the sink. Then she begins pulling ingredients from the air, muttering to herself.

Ceres: Here’s some interesting karma. . . (she waves a grayish substance into the cauldron) . . .  and what about this experience? (she adds a yellow streaked with green) And here’s a twist. . . (a bluish-purple liquid pours into the cauldron from the air above it, causing bubbles and steam to rise). . . and a pinch of this! (the pinch is bright red and sparkly). You approach the cauldron, sniffing appreciatively.
You: Hey, this smells familiar! Is this the project I’m trying to create at work?
Ceres: Sure is! But it’s not ready yet. We have to let it cook awhile.
The front door bangs open and in runs Pallas Athena in Sagittarius, dressed in a bright orange jogging suit. She blows into the kitchen abruptly.
Pallas Athena: Hey guys, what’s cooking?
You: It appears to be a project I’m trying to get going at work.
Pallas Athena grabs the spoon.
Ceres, stopping her: Uh-uh-uh! Nope. Not ready yet.
Athena looks annoyed but holds back.
Athena: I’ve got a great sales plan for this project. I can sell it to your boss and your boss’ boss and your coworkers, and then I can sell it to the rest of the world too.
You: That sounds great!
Ceres: But not yet.
You: Maybe we can talk about it in the living room.
Ceres: Nope. We don’t know what it’s going to turn into. A leak would drain it of its power and change the recipe. Don’t even think about that sales stuff yet.
Athena looks irritated, but she pulls up a stool and sits on her hands.
Athena: Hey, what about this?
She pulls a thread of orange energy out of the air and offers it to Ceres who views it speculatively.
Ceres: That could work. Toss it in.
Athena does so while Ceres stirs. Together, the three of you watch the colors swirl and blend inside the cauldron, while steam brings a strange and intriguing mix of scents to your noses.
Ceres: Now off you go. Both of you. And no side conversations till it’s done. I mean it!
She shoves you out of the kitchen and Athena disappears in an orange cloud.
Three mornings later, you shuffle into the kitchen rubbing your eyes. Ceres is still there, stirring and humming to herself as the sun comes up and the birds begin to sing. She smiles at you and shakes her head.
Ceres: Not ready yet.
You fumble your way to the shower. Another few days later you wander into the kitchen again and there she is, stirring away. She dips the spoon into the cauldron and offers you a taste.
You: Wow, that’s fantastic! It really is!
Ceres shakes her head, amused.
Ceres: You really didn’t believe me, you silly human. Sometimes, you have to leave things in the hands of a deity. And you have to just walk away, trusting that the thing will sort itself out.
You: I will never forget it again.
Athena pops her head into the room for a moment and calls out: Neither will I!
Ceres: Oh yes you will, the very next time you’re in a fire sign again!

Read about other eclipses this year: 2015 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.

It’s March of 2015 and the final pass of this revolutionary transit is happening—Pluto and Uranus are meeting up in a stressful square for the last time. Jupiter stepped in at the end of 2014 to lend a hand and Mars did a little deft diplomacy while retrograde in Libra  (check out part 4 of this thread). Jupiter and Mars have now left the field, but the North and South Nodes have arrived to bring a sense of destiny to this story.

Human Being is still in his own dreamscape. The Great Edifice has fallen. The ground is littered with shiny black rubble with a bright red interior showing in its cracks and broken places. Dead bodies are scattered around. People cower and hold each other, crying and confused. Human Being is consoling them. Meanwhile, Pluto (still dressed like a ninja) cocks his head to one side and listens, then calls to Uranus, who (still in his orange coat) is on the other side of the pile of rubble, scanning the sky for lightning bolts. 

Pluto: Hey, Uranus—are we networked to other Edifices?
Uranus: Why yes, Pluto, in fact we are! And that brings me of the rest of our work here.
Uranus leaps into the center of the rubble and digs a bit. Then he pulls a lightning rod out of his pocket and sticks it in the ground like a flag.
Uranus: There, that should do it!
Then he crooks his finger at the sky in an inviting way. The thunderclouds above spew forth a giant bolt of lightning, which zaps the lightning rod and sends a jolt of electricity into the pile of rubble and the earth below.
Pluto: Wow, that’s impressive!
From that central point, jagged red lightning bolts travel through the earth’s surface in every direction—bursting forth in a web of red light extending to the horizon. Far off in the distance, another edifice appears, a black tower which suddenly fills with red webbing, cracks apart and crumbles. Then another edifice appears—and another and another, too many to count. One by one they crumble, until the dark landscape is filled with a red glow.
Uranus (with some satisfaction): I specialize in the cascade effect.
Pluto: Spectacular. But what is there left for me to do?
Uranus: You’ve already done it, my friend. My lightning network has carried your transformational death-and-rebirth to other, connected edifices nearby. Change has begun and now there’s no stopping it. In the immortal words of a science fiction character named Kosh, “the avalanche has started; it’s too late for the pebbles to vote.”
Human Being has walked up to Pluto and is tugging on his sleeve.
Human: What are we to do now? Many of us are suffering. Did we deserve this?
In answer, Pluto walks to the nearest corpse and touches the top of its head. The spirit belonging to the corpse rises out of the body and floats before Pluto.
Pluto: There is no death.
Spirit: There is no death. But what am I to learn from this? My involvement with this Edifice has killed me. Does that mean I did wrong?
Pluto: When you take on a physical body and enter the world, it’s possible to create many different kinds of experiences. Good people can die, bad people can go untouched, these things can happen. Events are not always a statement about your goodness. Now that you have passed away from the physical world, take some time to think about what your life was for and what it accomplished. Begin planning the next one. Know that all your experiences will be judged by a loving Universe and that they will all contribute to your understanding. Allow those you leave behind to grieve in peace. Move on into the light of universal love.
Pluto waves his hand and a door opens in the sky with golden light pouring through it. The spirit is drawn to the light and passes through the door. Other spirits follow until all the unquiet dead are released.
Human Being (tugging again, more insistently this time): But what about those who are still living? What does all this mean about our purpose? What’s our destiny?
Just then, a giant bubble appears in the sky, with two angelic figures inside it. The bubble bursts as they touch ground.
Human: Who are you?
Angelic Figures: We are the North and South Nodes. We have vital information about your destiny. Please sit down and listen.
Human Being gathers all the other people in a circle around the Nodes.
South Node: I’m in Aries and I want to stress how important it is that you let go of old, combative ways. You have learned how to be battle-ready, but fighting and arguing are not going to solve your problems right now. Draw on what you already know about how to protect yourself in the world and then disarm yourself. Existing in a state of angry war-preparedness is no way to live.
North Node: I’m in Libra and I’m here to tell you how important it is that you be kind to one another. It’s time to embrace peace, respect, diplomacy, fairness, equality, democracy, relatedness, harmony, symmetry and balance. Connecting with others does not mean dominating them.
South Node: Let go of anger. . .
North Node: . . . and create peace.
Behind the Nodes, where the edifice stood, light breaks through, rays piercing the sky.  There is a white shadowy shape, softer and more rounded.  It glows warmly.  Pluto and Uranus laugh exuberantly, then grab hands with the Nodes for a happy dance.
Pluto: There it is! The beautiful, safe and loving world I knew we could create!
Uranus: There it is! The beautiful, egalitarian society I knew we could create!
South Node: There it is! A world without war.
North Node: There it is! A world where everyone is heard.
Pluto: I guess I can take a break then.
Uranus: I think we can both take a break. Nodes, would you stick around to help people transition?
North Node: Sure!
The South Node is already lighting little fires to burn off the karmic rubble. The North Node turns her attention to blowing little bubbles of rational calmness, which, when they burst above someone’s head, result in an open-hearted dialogue.
Pluto and Uranus walk off, arm in arm, and for quite some time you can still hear the thunder and feel the distant earth-shaking rumble of their footsteps.
They will be back.

The Uranus-Pluto square is only one milestone in the grand cycle of Uranus and Pluto, which lasts for centuries. That cycle began when Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction in the middle of the 1960’s. Those were revolutionary times and the present global changes are the next phase of it. This square between Uranus and Pluto is like an earthquake with reverberations that will go on for decades until the next Uranus/Pluto connection, which will be an opposition in 2046. Expect the next level of really big change to happen then.

In the meanwhile, Uranus and Pluto will meet again much sooner, and in a more harmonious way. That connection will be a trine and it begins in July 2026, just 11 years from now. As to what it means, let’s see when we get there.

To read the first article in this series, start here:
http://pandoraastrology.com/blog/uranus-pluto-square-edifice-part1/

To learn more about Pluto and Uranus transits, look here:
This Year’s Stations of Pluto
This Year’s Stations of Uranus

Do you love an Aries?
Are you an Aries 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 Aries in your chart (or its ruling planet, Mars) will result in distinctly Arian experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Aries OR if you have Venus or Juno in Aries, this article is just for you.

Are you an Aries in love?
It’s not surprising. You fling yourself headlong into everything you do. Aries loves with an immediacy no other sign can match, and an intensity only Scorpio can match. Aries also brings an innocence and freshness that is irresistible to the object of your desire. When you love, you take your beloved on exciting adventures, but remember that you are a charismatic, exciting Fire sign and that you may be unaware of your effect on others. You come on like a box of fireworks—explosively attractive but also very willful and bent on your own direction. This self-determination is what wins you your way in the world, but it’s also sometimes overwhelming to others. You can find yourself in a new romance one second and out of it the next because you pushed where you should have been patient. Ease off the pressure—and let the object of your affections catch up.

How to manage your relationships as an Aries. . .
Some animals chase other animals because they run—and so it is sometimes with Aries. The thrill of the chase can overwhelm your good sense, and land you in relationship with someone who was fun to run after, but who you really don’t belong with. I could tell you to think ahead, Aries, but that would be counter to your nature. You learn by doing and that means lots and lots and lots of failures on the way to an inevitable success—inevitable as long as you have the hard-headed confidence that is the Mars-born’s birthright. Just don’t stop trying. There are lots more fish in the sea and after trying a bunch of them out, you can always throw them back and fish again. Just be sure to learn from your mistakes, and never make them twice.

Do you love an Aries?
Then give up. You’ve been conquered. The ramparts of your heart have been breached. You might as well surrender because the “You Belong To Aries Now” flag has been planted in your heart. You always know when you’re loved by Aries, which I like to fondly call Captain Obvious. Captain Obvious can’t keep his mouth shut when he loves any more than he can any other time. And it’s very hard to break up with an Aries who believes in the relationship. You want to knock their heads in—or at least rap their noses with a rolled-up newspaper—but oddly, you don’t want to burst their bubble. That selfsame hardheadedness that got you here in the first place can become a warmth at the center of your heart. Know that your Aries believes in you and loves to love you. That makes it worth the effort of being with him.

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

  • Keep it simple. Tell the truth. Be honest. Don’t play head games or manipulate.
  • When you have to deliver heard-to-hear feedback, begin gentler than you think you should. Aries people look much stronger than they actually are. You could crush her ego, so start out light.
  • Be trustworthy, because he will give you all his trust immediately when he loves. If he’s a mature Aries, he already knows he has a low tolerance for sneakiness and stealth, so the more adult he is, the shorter your relationship will be if you pull any funny stuff.
  • Aries women need a manly man in the bedroom and a man who respects them as an equal in all the other rooms. Are you “strong enough to be her man?”
  • Your Aries wants to be a hero. Give him opportunities to do just that and slather him with praise when he does.
  • When Aries people get angry, it’s an explosion of volcanic proportions that quickly fades, along with their bitterness. Aries does not hold a grudge—so it’s best if you don’t either.

How to find out more:
In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Aries that astrology has to offer.

Aries In Love is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97. To get the recording, email me at Pandora@pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download. You’ll love it!

Neptune in an astrology chart represents the Dreamer, the Visionary, the Artist in all of us. Neptune takes 14 years to pass through each sign of the zodiac, gathering all individuals born in that time period* under the banner of a shared dream, a vision of otherworldly magnificence and beauty. Pisceans of each generation are particularly captivated by their generational dream. Here are the generational dreams and dates of people alive today:

Neptune in Virgo:
Neptune entered Virgo in the end of 1928, returned to Leo briefly in the spring of 1929, then moved into Virgo to stay in July 1929. Neptune in Virgo natives share a practical dream of efficiency and prudence. It’s no accident that these are the Depression babies, born into a time of scarcity, following a time of (Leonine) excess. Hardworking, frugal, they are also sometimes called “The Silent Generation.”

Neptune in Libra:
Neptune left Virgo for Libra in October of 1942. It slipped back into Virgo briefly in April of 1943, then returned to dwell in Libra in August of that year. Neptune in Libra is a beautiful dream of love, connectedness and world peace. This is the Baby Boomer generation, the hippie flower children who came of age in the 1960’s, who burned their draft cards and said, “Give peace a chance.”

Neptune in Scorpio:
This is my own generation, born as early as December 1955, (with a break while Neptune slipped back into Libra in March-October 1956) and proceeding through most of the sixties. I like to say this generation’s dreams isn’t so much a beautiful dream as it is a beautiful nightmare of intimacy and intensity. Called Generation X, (almost as if to say, “after those Baby Boomers we have to name these kids something—but what??”) this group’s dream is intimate connection, no matter into what dark places it may lead us.

Neptune in Sagittarius:
In November 1970, Neptune entered Sagittarius, birthing individuals whose vision is an expanding dream of global unity and world connectedness. This is a generation of ramblers, travelers, wanderers and world citizens, asking “Why can’t we all get along on this blue and green marble?” Called Gen Y, this generation is a small one, but deserves a better name than Y. This generation invented the Gap year (when you travel for a year before going to college).

Neptune in Capricorn:
Neptune first flirted with Capricorn in January of 1984, but returned to Sagittarius briefly from June to November, moving into Cap for real in late November 1984. I like to call this generation’s dream “A dream of empires.” It’s a serious dream of effectiveness and authority. This generation has been dubbed “the Millennials” by William Strauss and Neil Howe—and they can’t wait to take charge.

Neptune in Aquarius:
Neptune left Capricorn for Aquarius in the last few days of January 1998, returning for a brief stint in Cap from late August 1998 through most of November that year. By December 1988, Neptune’s journey through Aquarius was well underway. This generation are children and teens now and theirs is futuristic dream of progress and technological advancement. I like to call them “the Tech Generation.”

What is your generation’s dream? And what is your relationship to that dream? How can you advance the dream of your generation?

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* I live in the USA, so my understanding of generations occurs in that cultural context.

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Do you love a Pisces?
Are you a Pisces 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 Pisces in your chart (or its ruling planet, Neptune) will result in distinctly Piscean experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Pisces OR if you have Venus or Juno in Pisces, this article is just for you.

Are you a Pisces in love?
Who was that masked man? Who was that mysterious woman (didn’t she belong to a French lieutenant a long time ago?) Oh, it’s just you, Pisces, International Person of Mystery. Do you ever feel like you’re just too deep for the people in your life and that it’s a rare person who gets you—and a rare day when you get yourself? It’s because you are not just one person, but many possible people. There are so many directions that call to you that it’s hard to choose. This applies to relationships as well and you may find that you like to try out people. While you may seem impressionable and more like a follower than a leader, it’s really just that you’re on a longer, more late-blooming path than your peers. There’s a lot to figure out in your life, and in yourself, and it’s going to take some time.

How to manage your relationships as a Pisces. . .
Date people who are good for you. Look hard at your dating history and ask yourself, did I date that person because I knew I could be indispensible to them? Because I could shape myself to be what they needed and because I wanted to be needed? Every time you do that, Pisces, you need to ask yourself another, harder question: Was that relationship good for me? You have a unique ability to match the person you’re with and to give them room to be themselves and to support their will. But where in all this do you find your own will? What direction do you want to go? As you age, you become more sure of yourself and make better choices. And here’s another thing: learn to end your relationships concretely, instead of just drifting away, hoping to avoid a confrontation. Practice clarity.

Do you love a Pisces?
Then you must be feeling equal parts yearning and frustration. Why does your Pisces dream so much and do so little? And how did you get caught up in the perpetual search for the real person inside? You must love a mystery. This is a good thing because your Pisces’ puzzles will take decades to solve. Strong marriages have been built on less. Here’s a key: be gentle with your Pisces. When you are harsh, s/he will just float away. When you are neglectful, s/he will fade and seem to disappear. Instead provide loving, supportive structure and above all, believe in your Pisces. If you do that in times when your partner can’t, you will win entry to the inner sanctum. And that’s a downright magical place to be.

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

  • She’s a late bloomer. For Pisces, life begins at 40. Let her meander around and try things to discover what fits. She may not really settle into herself until her 30’s are ended. Cultivate her in the meanwhile—the end results will be spectacular.
  • Don’t be taken in by his fantasy of who you are—or who he is. Indulge it, but don’t believe it (do you get the difference?).
  • Encourage her to practice some form of art. It almost doesn’t matter what form, as long as it suits her and she sticks with it.
  • When you must deliver criticism, keep it brief and surround it with loving faith in him and the understanding that he’s doing his best.
  • Her spiritual life is important and if you want to nestle into her heart, relate with her in the spiritual domain. Sharing that means a lot to her.
  • Does your Pisces seem unimaginative? Then something has gone terribly wrong and he may also be quite depressed. To help, begin by gently inquiring about his dreams. Persist at this. At first he may not know what his dreams, his visions are. But when you finally crack open this Pandora’s box, you’ll find he’s a veritable Walter Mitty of fantasies, dreams, imaginings and fancies. Look through this stuff with him as if he’s 8 and showing you his treasure box. Celebrate each rediscovery. Support him to choose one dream and pursue it. Then step back and watch him blossom. This could take the rest of your lives together. And doesn’t it sound nice?

How to find out more:

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

In it, you’ll discover:

  • Why your Pisces can flip from super-attentive to unfindably elusive—and why your ability to believe in your Pisces’ dreams can make or break this relationship
  • What your Pisces needs in order to sink into committed relationship with you
  • Signs Pisces is most compatible with, and why
  • And if you are a Pisces, you’ll learn the benefits you bring to every relationship you’re in and the relationship-killers you absolutely must avoid

Pisces In Love is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97. To get the recording, email me at Pandora@pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download. You’ll love it!

Aquarius heart 3Do you love an Aquarius?
Are you an Aquarius 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 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,get this teleconference call recording:

In it, you’ll discover:

  • Why your Aquarius is such a social creature—and why your jealousy and possessiveness could destroy this relationship
  • What your Aquarius needs in order to sink into committed relationship with you
  • Signs Aquarius is most compatible with, and why
  • And if you are an Aquarius, you’ll learn the benefits you bring to every relationship you’re in and the relationship-killers you absolutely must avoid

Aquarius In Love is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97. To get the recording, email me at Pandora@pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download. You’ll love it!

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, Saturn) 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:

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

Capricorn In Love is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97. To get the recording, email me at Pandora@pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download. You’ll love it!

If you’ve had an astrology reading with me lately, you may have already met Liam. He’s been auditing my sessions and watching me work. Liam has been a student of mine since July of 2013. I have invited Liam to join my practice because I like the way he thinks about astrology and because, despite the difficulty of setting up and running an astrology practice, he’s deeply committed to doing so. During audited sessions, Liam has given insights to the client that wouldn’t have occurred to me and that were powerful and useful. I think you’ll like him just as much as I do. And now, I’ll let Liam speak for himself. . .
-Jamie Kahl Miller

Hello to the Pandora Astrology Community!
by Liam Carey

Liam headshotI’m very happy to be here and honored that Jamie has invited me to be a part of her great work and enterprise. I am Liam Carey and I am an astrologer in private practice in San Francisco under the banner of Trinity Astrology (www.trinityastrology.com) as well as an astrologer in residency here with Jamie at Pandora. Going forward, I will be writing feature articles for Jamie and Pandora Astrology readers, writing tweets and other social networking tools, and join her in doing readings for those who elect to go deeper into their charts.

I have been a student of astrology for 5 years both formally and informally and started reading charts professionally in 2012. I was deeply drawn to astrology around my third Jupiter return, a transit that occurs about every twelve years for an individual and symbolizes, among other things, the evolution of one’s understanding of truth and aspirations. I found that astrology had something of both for me once I was able to feel the depth and breadth of its symbolism. Realizing astrology’s power, I earnestly embarked on a path of discovery.

I feel that astrology is a poetic language of symbolism that can map or verify synchronicity and, as such, belongs in the realm of art rather than the often mistaken classification as a science. I use astrology, as a tool of self-growth and navigation. I have been able to grow by understanding my particular “fate” (i.e. “the cards I have been dealt” or my birth chart) and using that knowledge to forge my destiny (the way I play my cards). As a navigational tool, astrology gives insight into the meaning behind present events and helps me prepare for possible future ones.

In this way I am very much a free-will astrologer. There are some things about your make-up that are certain; however, the way you engage with and use those influences is in the your own hands. With astrology on your side, you manage those influences better and live a finer, better life.

I very much look forward to working with you all in whatever capacity you make use of. Whether it’s simply you reading what I write, responding to what I write or through personal readings, the goal for me is growth and evolution personally and encouraging/aiding the growth and evolution of others in whatever small way I can.

Thanks for welcoming me to Pandora Astrology!

Liam

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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:

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

Sagittarius In Love is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97. To get the recording, email me at Pandora@pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download. You’ll love it!

 

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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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.

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