Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Chocolate for Astrology Lovers



Here's the perfect gift for all those astrology nuts out there - an astrological chocolate bar!

Available at Sainsbury's in the UK or Bloomsbury & Co online in the US

Aries: Eats the whole bar on the way home from the shop

Taurus: Loves good chocolate, especially if it is in expensive packaging

Gemini: Chooses their chocolate by taking a bite out of each piece

Cancer: Makes even the smallest bar last for at least a month

Leo: Likes to be in charge of dividing up the chocolate

Virgo: Cuts their chocolate into bite size pieces with a knife and fork

Libra: Chooses two bars; one for themselves and one for you both to share

Scorpio: Hides their chocolate and then becomes obsessed that someone will find it

Sagittarius: Will only eat imported chocolate

Capricorn: Likes to be seen eating only the best and the most expensive chocolate


Aquarius: Loves chocolate-but likes to think they actually prefer carob health bars

Pisces: Shares their chocolate and forgets to leave some for themselves

Monday, 29 March 2010

Libra Full Moon – Who Am I, Who Are You & Where Do We Draw the Line?

I love Full Moon times. A Full Moon is so obvious you can’t miss it, its huge and round, brightly illuminating the night sky. Don’t you want to just reach out and touch the Moon when it’s full? Isn’t it just so beautiful and perfect?

This Full Moon falls in the sign of Libra. I had a long conversation with a friend this morning and we quickly got onto the topic of selfishness vs. selflessness. Where does the balance lie between looking after your own interests and taking care of the interests of others?

This topic came up because a person who I love very much needs my help right now and because I care, I really do want to help them, as best as I can. The trouble is I’m currently in a space where I’m in need of some ‘me’ time, for the sake of my mental/physical/emotional health. So what do I do?

This question captures the essence of the Aries-Libra dynamic, an issue being highlighted over the next couple of days as the Moon in Libra opposes the Sun in Aries.

Purely and simply, Aries is ‘self’ and Libra is ‘other’. Aries is Me, Libra is You. Without me, there cannot be you. Without you, there cannot be me. It is the interplay between me and you, self and other, that makes relationship. The answer to my quandary lies in a creating and maintaining a healthy balance between my needs and the other person's needs. The key to doing that lies in setting up clear, mutually acceptable boundaries and expectations in our relationship and in learning to claim my own space within that relationship.

These Full Moon issues illuminate the wider messages the sky is currently giving us - the message of Saturn in Libra and the message we will be forced to listen to when Uranus moves into Aries. The closest major aspect this Full Moon makes is a square to Pluto – a reminder that when the balance is not right in our relationships, we are in danger of wandering into difficult territory -  an unbalanced situation, where one or both parties uses power, control, manipulation, even bullying, to get what they think they need/want out of a relationship.

Here are some excellent articles on Saturn, Uranus and Libra to help you with these questions and issues.

Saturn Transit Libra: A Lesson in Boundaries Astrologer and energy healer Kachina Houska offers this simple visualization and energy technique to help promote boundary development within relationships, a positive and valuable way to connect with the energies of Saturn in Libra.

Uranus in Aries ~ How easily can we adapt as Uranus moves from the nebulous realm of Pisces into the dynamic and forceful sign of Aries? Tony Vowles shares his views on handling this uncomfortable energy and offers tips on staying balanced through the transition.

Pluto and Bullying: How to Recognize and Deal with It: A recent rash of front page stories have made us aware of bullying’s potentially deadly aftermath. Donna Cunningham explains the astrological signatures and links to resources for understanding and dealing with this problem.

These three articles feature in the Cardinal T-Square Blog-A-Thon, which forms a large, permanent collection of articles by a number of talented astrologers on the issues of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. For the links to all the articles, go to: http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/

With love,
Mandi
http://www.mandilockley.com/

Data for the Full Moon:
29 March 22.25 EDT / 30 March 03.25 BST
Sun 9 Aries 17 / Moon 9 Libra 17
 

Friday, 26 March 2010

Astrology in Action: When Mars Crosses the Line!

In this blog, I’m always at great pains to point out that when a transiting planet (particularly one of the slower planets) crosses a natal planet or angle in our chart, this represents a highly personal process of development and enfoldment, not a dramatic ‘one-off event’ timed to the day the transiting aspect becomes exact.

I always stress this important point because I do not want anyone to fear that something will ‘happen’ on a particular day. Most often nothing will happen and even if something does, there’s no way I could predict what! To even try would be to take away the freewill of whoever the event is predicted for. On the contrary, my work in astrology is about empowering poeple, not taking away their choices.

That said, very occasionally an ‘event’ will occur that is perfectly timed to the transit of a planet across an angle or over a natal planet. While these cannot be predicted in advance, these events often reflect the astrological symbolism very literally. In my experience, these events are always worth noting and analyzing for the learning they can bring, because most often they reflect something else, something bigger and more personal.

To illustrate what I mean, here is a personal example that happened to me as Mars in Leo was crossing my IC on March 20th.

I was at home, upstairs, on my laptop. The Saturn Collection of articles I coordinated for the Cardinal T-Square blog-a-thon had gone live that morning and I was on the social networking sites publicizing it.

The blog-a-thon had sure created lots of energy and I was about to find out how much!

As I worked, I suddenly become aware of a very nasty burning smell coming from downstairs. I ran down to find lots of smoke and sparks and a few small flames coming from a light switch. The switch had blown up and instead of activating the fuse, it exploded into an electrical fire. The electrician said we were very lucky - had we been out or asleep it would have developed into a major fire. Thank goodness we were all OK and there was no major damage.

Now for the astrology! Transiting Mars (heat-fire) in Leo (light) was conjunct my IC (home), opposing my MC and my Mars in Aquarius (electricity) and Moon (home).

Isn’t it stunning how literally the event reflected the astrology? Talk about ‘as above-so below’!

Now, I won’t drag this blog post out by analysing in-depth why I think this event happened, only to say that the reaction to the fire set in motion another series of personal crisis events from which I am still  reeling, triggering as they did some of the deep issues I am dealing with as Saturn and Pluto transit my natal Sun in early Capricorn. The fire (the literal fire and the other, personal 'fire' situation that ensued) had been trying to start for a while unseen - under the floor (Pluto) and in the walls (Saturn) - and eventually, by force of motion all the energy exploded outwards (triggered by the Mars transit) and the issue suddenly needed ugent attention. The electrician fixed the light switch and now I need to fix the other, more difficult problem. Wish me luck!

If you find that, as happens occasionally, an event ‘does’ happen that is perfectly timed to a transit, make a careful note of it, see if you can see what triggered it, what its effect was and look to your longer transits to see how the event might reflect something bigger in your life.

I could go on – you wanna hear my story about the dental work I had when Saturn crossed my IC? Probably not – but I would love to hear if you have any examples of literal events that happened when a transiting planet crossed your angles or other planets and what you think they meant.

Shameless Cardinal T-Square Blog-A-Thon Plug: It is perfectly safe to read the blog-a-thon articles - they are totally fire proof, I promise! The Saturn, Uranus and Pluto collections as well as all the other special events form a permanent resource that myself and all the other coordinators hope you will want to return to time and again in the coming months. All the links you need are on the top right side bar of this blog or you can go now to the main blog-a-thon hub page: http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/

With love,
Mandi

Sunday, 21 March 2010

IAD Blog-A-Thon: Sunday's Events

 Online from Sunday 21st March:

  From Auntie Moon: Uranus in Aries: Claiming A Self Reliant Future
Unpredictable Uranus is ending his sojourn in Pisces and will soon enter irascible Aries. Following a period of reluctantly dealing with the real world, Uranus steps up to proclaim personal freedom. This is not the freedom bell that Uranus usually rings for everyone, but the unabashed self-proclamation of “My Rights, Every Day!” Coordinated by C.J. Wright, the 17 articles and additional media presentations in the Uranus collection are as erratic as Uranus himself. You will discover some of the disruptive changes Uranus loves to spring on us and receive suggestions on how to work with rather than against yourself as you evolve and grow.

Online NOW:


From Astroair Astrology: Look After Saturn and Saturn Will Look After You

  From Sasstrology: Saturn in Libra And Relationships


Discussions at AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum

For full details of all these fantastic events, see  http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/
 Don't forget that these pages form a permanent resource - if you can't read them all today you can go back to them time and time again, so don't forget to bookmark them

Note: We’d appreciate it if you’d pass along word of this event to your friends, fellow students, and others with an interest in astrology, particular those with concerns about the cardinal t-square.

Note: Live links to these Collections will be added on the day they open, but will remain a permanent resource. Check on the blogathon’s own blog at: http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/

 

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Look After Saturn & Saturn Will Look After You (IAD Blog-A-Thon)

Astroair Astrology Proudly Presents The 2010 International Astrology Day Blog-A-Thon Saturn Collection
Transiting Saturn’s oppositions to Uranus were accompanied by sudden change, shocks and upsets to the status quo, resulting in economic crisis. As the ripples reached our personal lives, our ability to remain flexible yet strong in the face of disruptive change has been tested, none more so since Saturn moved into Libra and began to square Pluto in Capricorn, a transit signifying restriction and hard, hard work. Now, with the upcoming entry of Uranus into Aries, signaling the start of the Saturn-Uranus-Pluto cardinal t-square, many of us are worried and puzzled about what it means for ourselves and our loved ones.

How This Article Collection Can Help
When facing and working with the energies of the three planets in the t-square, Saturn is the most easily accessible energy, providing a sound anchor for working with Uranus and Pluto issues and unlocking the more optimistic promises of the t-square. This collection of articles, therefore, aims to help you to work positively with a whole variety of natal and transit Saturnian issues, during these t-square times and beyond.

Written by experienced astrologers, these essays invite you to view Saturn not as a planet to be feared, but as a necessary, helpful teacher whose lessons can help you through life’s challenges. They also offer some useful, practical resources, some down to earth advice and some inspirational coping and healing tools.


How To Use This Collection:

When you click on the links below you will go to the authors’ own blog or website, so you can read their article and explore what else they have to offer. Before you start clicking, bookmark this page so you can find your way back here. Scroll to the end for the link to the Pluto and Uranus collections and all the other special Blog-A-Thon events.

Saturn The Wise Teacher

Saturn Without Suffering Obstacles, fear, failing, falling and suffering...Jessica Murray of MotherSky takes on all the big themes of Saturn and discusses how, by accepting Saturn’s teachings and consciously changing our attitude towards them, we can truly grow from the experience.

Saturn is the Gateway Amanda Owen explores Saturn’s role as the gateway to the outer planets and explains how in taking responsibility for our lives (Saturn), we set ourselves on the path towards the highest gifts that Uranus, Neptune and Pluto can offer…uniqueness, divinity and power.

Growing Up and Growing Old

Coping with the Quarter Life Crisis Our early twenties should be exciting times as we embark upon adult life, but for many this can be a confusing and stressful time, with many challenges to navigate. Verena Donath discusses the astrology of the so-called Quarter Life Crisis and what it means for the current generation.

King Saturn and the Archetype of the Father Stefanie Iris Weiss and Sherene Schostak, the Saturn Sisters, discuss father issues, finding Saturn’s heart in the daddy archetype and how learning to say and mean ‘no’ is essential for setting healthy boundaries and becoming the author of our own lives.

Astrology Can Improve Parent-Child Relationships Being a parent is probably the hardest job anyone will ever have. Using client examples of parents with strong Saturn-Moon-Pluto configurations, astrologer and counselor Gretchen Lawlor demonstrates how astrology can help parents strike the right balance between nurture (Moon) and structure (Saturn). For more articles by Gretchen, go to www.gretchenlawlor.com

Getting a Handle on your Second Saturn Return If you’re currently having, or coming up to, your second Saturn return, you’ve also got the Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn dynamic complicating the picture. Victoria Bazeley, whose specialty is helping clients deal with their midlife transits, explains all and provides some very useful suggestions for making the best of this important time of life.

The Astrology of Love in Midlife Just because we get older, it doesn’t mean that we lose our need for love, passion and partnership. With Saturn in Libra putting the spotlight on relationships, Lara Owen discusses the importance of the transits and progressions of midlife to relationships, including the Saturn opposition in our early forties and the second Saturn return in our late fifties.

Practical Saturn

Saturn Transits – What Do They Mean For Your Career? If Saturn is moving through one of your career houses, is this bad news for your job prospects? Not necessarily, explains astrologer and therapist Donna Cunningham. Working with the issues Saturn brings, could be just what you need to get you right on track!

RESOURCE: For some helpful tips and resources on how your birth chart can help with your vocation questions, see Giz a Job! Using Astrology to Make Career Choices

Surviving Financially Difficult Times with Saturn Astrologer Jan Tud of astrogrrl.com explains why for many of us, the next couple of years will be crucial for taking control of our finances and developing a healthier relationship with money. She also offers some useful tools and resources to get us started.

Tightening your Belt with Saturn Transiting Saturn in your 2nd or 8th house? Fearful for your finances? These transits don’t have to be disastrous, especially if you take a realistic and practical approach. Mandi Lockley makes a few suggestions to help you get prepared.

Astrology of Time Management: Bringing Balance into Productivity The demands on our time are ever-increasing in modern life, and now with transiting Saturn being aspected by Pluto in Capricorn and eventually by Uranus, effective time management could be considered a survival skill. Hiroki Niizato presents an astrological perspective on time management as part of his 7-part series on facets of Saturn.

Coping and Healing Tools

Taking Up the Long Conversation with Astrology with Saturn in Libra squaring Pluto bringing up difficult questions for so many people, Jessica Shepherd asks how can astrology help, exploring the value of the creative dialogue between astrologer and client in this beautiful and moving article.

Saturn Survival Tips (He is your Ally, not your Enemy!) The Saturn Sisters, as the name suggests, are experts on Saturn. “Don't have too many rules or too few rules” and “Remember that limits create freedom” are just a couple of their snippets of sound advice for getting the planet of blocks and limitations firmly on your side.

Saturn and the Healing Power of Crystal Quartz Shakti Carola Navran, author of Jewelry and Gems for Self Discovery shows how Quartz Crystals and the Hermiker Diamond, which symbolise clarity, insight and balance, can be especially beneficial tools for coping with the current astrological climate.

Tapping For Saturn: Astrology And EFT Astrologer and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner Kathy Loveless demonstrates how this simple, versatile but powerful healing tool can help you release and overcome the negative emotions and karmic patterns associated with Saturn transits and natal Saturn aspects.

Saturn Transit Libra: A Lesson in Boundaries Astrologer and energy healer Kachina Houska offers this simple visualization and energy technique to help promote boundary development within relationships, a positive and valuable way to connect with the energies of Saturn in Libra. See also Kachina’s Tips For Maintaining Physical Well-Being during these stressful Saturn-Pluto times.

For more helpful coping and healing tools for many of the issues our transits bring - including Saturn transits - check out the wonderful collection of articles on astrology and essences at Vibration Magazine Blog

Saturnalia (Mostly for Fun)

The Astrology of Aging Gemini’s in denial, Virgo’s feeling smug for once and Pisces has lost the plot altogether! Astrologer and cartoonist S.A. Hopkins, takes an irreverent look at the bodily effects of old father time. You can also see more of his cartoons at www.astrologic.us


How Strong is Your Saturn? Are you Saturnian? Find out with this quick and simple quiz from Donna at Sky Writer, then do the quizzes for Uranus and Pluto and compare your scores…You can also enter The T-Square Championship – with a great prize for the highest combined Saturn, Uranus and Pluto score. Discuss and compare your scores at the Astrocreeps Forum

The Sounds of Saturn We’ve all used music as a cathartic self-help tool at some time or other, even if we didn’t realize that was what we were doing. In that spirit, here’s a selection of rocking classics and melancholic dirges – perfect accompaniments to a Saturn transit.

RESOURCE: For further info, dates and data for the T-Square see: The Cardinal T-Square – What’s It All About?

RESOURCE: Don’t forget to check out Donna Cunningham’s Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit on her Skywriter blog

I really do hope you found this collection of articles helpful, enjoyable and insightful. If you would like to comment on individual articles you can do so on the author's own blog in most cases or you can discuss what you've read on the Astrocreeps Forum.

This collection is part of the 2010 International Astrology Day Blog-A-Thon, a permanent collection of articles launched 19-21 March. The theme of the blog-a-thon is the upcoming cardinal t-square. Click on the link below to go to the main event blog where you can follow the links to the Pluto and Uranus article collections, as well as all the other special events including: Sasstrology's Saturn in Libra relationship special; Vibrational Magazine's special on combining astrology and essences; Sound bytes from time past at the Astrologers' Memorial and Jude Cowell's stunning Cosmic Art Show.

For links to all IAD Blog-A-Thon Collections and Events Go To:

Please do bookmark this page before you go so you can come back and read more articles in this collection!
Photo Credits:
Saturn photography courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Neon Saturn courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Saturn spies the Moon by Jude Cowell

It was a real pleasure and honour to coordinate this fantastic collection. A huge thank you to all the wonderfully talented authors who contributed and a big thanks also to Donna Cunningham for conceiving and driving this important event and giving me the opportunity to get involved.
The International Astrology Day Blogathon articles collections are for educational purposes only.

Inclusion in the Blogathon Collections does not mean to imply recommendation or certification of any of the authors or their companies. We ask website visitors to make their own judgments about the quality of services or products described. Articles are not meant to be advice, and the information is not meant to replace medical or psychological treatment. Opinions expressed by authors and readers do not necessarily reflect those of the Blogathon coordinators.

Friday, 19 March 2010

The IAD Blog-A-Thon - Saturday's Events

Saturday's Events

Online starting Saturday, March 20th:
Transiting Saturn’s oppositions to Uranus were accompanied by sudden change and shocks to upset the status quo, resulting in economic crisis. As ripples reached our personal lives, our ability to remain flexible in the face of disruptive change is being tested by Saturn in Libra’s square to Pluto in Capricorn and the upcoming entry of Uranus into Aries. Coordinated by Mandi Lockley, the 17 articles in the Saturn collection will help you work with a variety of Saturnian issues. Experienced astrologers invite you to view Saturn not as a planet to be feared, but as a necessary, helpful teacher whose lessons can help you through life’s challenges. Others provide useful resources, down to earth advice, and inspirational coping and healing tools.

Online from Saturday, March 20th
As the planet of obstacles and inadequacy moves through Libra, all types of partnerships are challenged. Is there an equitable give-and-take in your marriage? Are you having trouble manifesting a satisfying relationship? The articles featured on Sasstrology will do more than offer insight into the meaning of this transit. The experienced astrologers featured here will help you to create solid partnerships that can survive the ups and downs that occur when two souls attempt to create one union.

Online NOW:  

Pluto in Sagittarius was an era of speculation and easy credit, and we expanded far past what was wise. Pluto in Capricorn is a time of facing reality, getting grounded, paying the bills, and being accountable. Coordinated by Donna Cunningham, the 15 articles in the Pluto collection help you understand a variety of Pluto-related difficulties and suggest resources and healing tools to sort them out. They include the debt trap, sleep disorders, bullying, fertility issues, erectile dysfunction, grief, patterns we carry over from previous generations of our families, grief, healing from abuse, and a variety of other persistent problems.

Vibration Magazine Presents:
Not to be confused with aromatherapy, flower essences are a superb, natural, and inexpensive healing tool that can catalyze personal growth and smooth out the rough edges of times like these. The combination of astrology and flower essences is outstanding in helping people understand and address difficulties that arise during difficult transits. This collection of 15 articles by astrologers who are also flower essence practitioners will suggest ways astrology and essences can enhance one another.

This vast collection of pages about astrology’s great contributors ably maintained by Liz Houle contains tributes and photos of colleagues we’ve loved and lost. Take a walk down memory lane, starting at this page of sound bytes from archived tapes.

Visionary artist and astrology blogger, Jude Cowell presents a series of luminous images of heavenly phenomena. Take time out to rest your mind and feast your eyes on her exquisite slide shows and special galleries.

Forum for Readers’ Experiences and Comments
Jan Tud (astrogrrl) of Astro Creeps and Tarot Freaks will be hosting a forum for readers’ comments about their experiences with these transits and about the articles. You can register and then join the astrology forum discussions.

Online from Sunday 21st March:

Uranus in Aries: Claiming a Self-Reliant Future
Unpredictable Uranus is ending his sojourn in Pisces and will soon enter irascible Aries. Following a period of reluctantly dealing with the real world, Uranus steps up to proclaim personal freedom. This is not the freedom bell that Uranus usually rings for everyone, but the unabashed self-proclamation of “My Rights, Every Day!” Coordinated by C.J. Wright, the 17 articles and additional media presentations in the Uranus collection are as erratic as Uranus himself. You will discover some of the disruptive changes Uranus loves to spring on us and receive suggestions on how to work with rather than against yourself as you evolve and grow.

Note: We’d appreciate it if you’d pass along word of this event to your friends, fellow students, and others with an interest in astrology, particular those with concerns about the cardinal t-square.

Note: Live links to these Collections will be added on the day they open, but will remain a permanent resource. Check on the blogathon’s own blog at: http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/

IAD Blog-A-Thon Quick Links



Discussions at AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum

For full details of all these fantastic events, see  http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/
 Don't forget that these pages form a permanent resource - if you can't read them all today you can go back to them time and time again, so don't forget to bookmark them

The IAD Blog-A-Thon Is Here!

The transiting cardinal T-square of Pluto, Saturn, and Uranus of 2010-11 has got everyone who knows even a little astrology talking and worrying and predicting – on blogs, on forums, in magazines, at conferences. Already we’ve seen huge shifts in our economies and our political structures and even environmental shifts in the earth itself. Many of us have found this instability reflected in their personal lives and we’re wondering what’s next? How will we and our loves ones be affected?

The idea behind this exciting web-based Blogathon event for International Astrology Day is to help with these questions by providing some valuable insights into how the main players in the T-square - Saturn, Uranus and Pluto – operate and by offering some helpful tools to work with the issues they represent.

This exciting event was conceived by renowned astrologer and therapist Donna Cunningham, who put together a wonderful team of coordinators to assemble a collection of almost 70 articles by over 50 talented astrologers!

It has been an honour and a privilege to be a part of the Blogathon team and coordinate Saturn collection. The full team comprises Donna Cunningham (Pluto); CJ Wright (Uranus); Sasstrology’s Jeffrey Kishner (Relationship Special) Liz Houle (Astrologer’s Memorial sound bytes) and Jude Cowell (Cosmic Art Gallery). Neeti Ray (of Astrology Expressed) and Fabienne Lopez (of Astrology Unboxed) have worked tirelessly to publicize this event, along with many others and Jan Tud (Astrogrrl), is hosting a forum at the Astrocreeps and Tarot Freaks, where readers can discuss their experiences.

These article collections form a permanent resource, so you can bookmark the main event blog link at http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/ and come back time and again to browse through this remarkable body of work.

Today's Events
Let the Blogathon Begin!
Online starting Friday, March 19, 2010:
Pluto in Sagittarius was an era of speculation and easy credit, and we expanded far past what was wise. Pluto in Capricorn is a time of facing reality, getting grounded, paying the bills, and being accountable. Coordinated by Donna Cunningham, the 15 articles in the Pluto collection help you understand a variety of Pluto-related difficulties and suggest resources and healing tools to sort them out. They include the debt trap, sleep disorders, bullying, fertility issues, erectile dysfunction, grief, patterns we carry over from previous generations of our families, grief, healing from abuse, and a variety of other persistent problems.
Online Friday, March 19, Vibration Magazine Presents:
Not to be confused with aromatherapy, flower essences are a superb, natural, and inexpensive healing tool that can catalyze personal growth and smooth out the rough edges of times like these. The combination of astrology and flower essences is outstanding in helping people understand and address difficulties that arise during difficult transits. This collection of 15 articles by astrologers who are also flower essence practitioners will suggest ways astrology and essences can enhance one another.


Multimedia Events Celebrating Astrology Starting Friday:
This vast collection of pages about astrology’s great contributors ably maintained by Liz Houle contains tributes and photos of colleagues we’ve loved and lost. Take a walk down memory lane, starting at this page of sound bytes from archived tapes.


Visionary artist and astrology blogger, Jude Cowell presents a series of luminous images of heavenly phenomena. Take time out to rest your mind and feast your eyes on her exquisite slide shows and special galleries.

Forum for Readers’ Experiences and Comments
Jan Tud (astrogrrl) of Astro Creeps and Tarot Freaks will be hosting a forum for readers’ comments about their experiences with these transits and about the articles. You can register and then join the astrology forum discussions.

Blogathon Schedule for Saturday and Sunday

Note: Live links to these Collections will be added on the day they open. Check on the blogathon’s own blog at: http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/.


Online starting Saturday, March 20, 2010
Look after Saturn and Saturn will Look After You:
Transiting Saturn’s oppositions to Uranus were accompanied by sudden change and shocks to upset the status quo, resulting in economic crisis. As ripples reached our personal lives, our ability to remain flexible in the face of disruptive change is being tested by Saturn in Libra’s square to Pluto in Capricorn and the upcoming entry of Uranus into Aries. Coordinated by Mandi Lockley, the 17 articles in the Saturn collection will help you work with a variety of Saturnian issues. Experienced astrologers invite you to view Saturn not as a planet to be feared, but as a necessary, helpful teacher whose lessons can help you through life’s challenges. Others provide useful resources, down to earth advice, and inspirational coping and healing tools.

Online Saturday, March 20th
Passing the Tests and Trials of Saturn to Build Better Relationships
As the planet of obstacles and inadequacy moves through Libra, all types of partnerships are challenged. Is there an equitable give-and-take in your marriage? Are you having trouble manifesting a satisfying relationship? Coordinated by Jeffrey Kishner, the articles featured on Sasstrology will do more than offer insight into the meaning of this transit. The experienced astrologers featured here will help you to create solid partnerships that can survive the ups and downs that occur when two souls attempt to create one union.


Online starting Sunday, March 21, 2010

Uranus in Aries: Claiming a Self-Reliant Future
Unpredictable Uranus is ending his sojourn in Pisces and will soon enter irascible Aries. Following a period of reluctantly dealing with the real world, Uranus steps up to proclaim personal freedom. This is not the freedom bell that Uranus usually rings for everyone, but the unabashed self-proclamation of “My Rights, Every Day!” Coordinated by C.J. Wright, the 17 articles and additional media presentations in the Uranus collection are as erratic as Uranus himself. You will discover some of the disruptive changes Uranus loves to spring on us and receive suggestions on how to work with rather than against yourself as you evolve and grow.

PLEASE NOTE: We’d appreciate it if you’d pass along word of this event to your friends, fellow students, and others with an interest in astrology, particular those with concerns about the cardinal t-square.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Aries Speaks!

As the Sun moves into Aries, here are a few quotations from some Aries people that you may well have heard of!

But first, a very short story that demonstrates nicely the difference between Aries and Scorpio, those two Mars ruled signs, as told to me by the Aries!

We had a row and I lost my temper, picked up a glass of water and threw it all over him. He didn't respond, just turned and left the room. I thought I'd got away with it, but 15 minutes later he came back and he'd filled a very large bucket!  You can guess for yourself what happened next!

There's a line in the picture where he snarls, 'Nobody tells me what to do.' That's exactly how I've felt all my life.
Marlon Brando, Actor, Sun Aries, Moon Aries

I have a lot of money stashed away, but I do live my life from day to day.
Elton John, Performer, Sun Aries, Moon Taurus

There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.
Bette Davis, Actor - Sun Aries, Moon Gemini

Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness. Erica Jong, Author - Aries Sun, Cancer Moon

Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in black and other minority men.
Gloria Steinem, Feminist, Activist - Aries Sun, Leo Moon

To begin, To begin.
William Wordsworth, Poet - Aries Sun, Virgo Moon

I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book.
Gloria Swanson, Actor - Aries Sun, Libra Moon

I'd like to produce, direct, write, score, and star in a film in exactly the way Chaplin did. I'll do that before I'm thirty.
Eddie Murphy, Actor - Aries Sun, Scorpio Moon

Fire has always been and, seemingly, will always remain, the most terrible of the elements.
Harry Houdini, Illusionist - Aries Sun, Sagittarius Moon

I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.
Al Gore, Politician, Activist - Aries Sun, Capricorn Moon

Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.
Tennessee Williams, Playwright - Aries Sun, Aquarius Moon

Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream.
Hugh Hefner, Magazine Publisher - Aries Sun, Pisces Moon

Tapping For Saturn: Astrology And EFT

A big welcome to guest blogger Kathy Loveless, Astrologer, EFT-ADV, who in this beautifully insightful and helpful article discusses the creative use of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in co-operation with Saturn natal aspects and transits.

What is EFT and How Does It Work?

EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, has become a popular healing tool in today’s fast-growing field of energy work and complementary medicine. It has been shown to be effective in assisting healing on a physical, mental and emotional level.

With this technique, one practices a simple sequence of tapping points located along the body’s meridians. These points correspond with some of the key acupuncture points. (A simple online diagram is available at http://www.emofree.com/ and from there you can also download a free manual which gives you all the EFT tapping points and basic procedures to enable you to start using it on yourself immediately).

EFT is acupressure which is applied through our fingertips. We simply tap a sequence upon the face, hands, and torso of our body, while focusing on and stating a current problem or painful condition we want to get rid of.

Each statement we make is countered by a positive ending, i.e. “Even though I have this problem, negative feeling about myself”, (etc) “I deeply and completely love and accept myself.“ This point-counterpoint phrasing seems to help discharge the source of the problem from our energy field and “resets” our system, allowing the stuck pain, emotion, or habitual negative behavior to be released.

Tapping on these points while focusing on our problem often brings about a reduction or disappearance of our pain or distress level. However, the memory of our problem does not leave us; the only thing which disappears is the emotional distress or physical pain which had become stuck.

(EFT disclaimer: The information contained in this article is provided as a general information only and is not intended to represent that EFT is used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases or psychological disorder. EFT is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment. Any stories or testimonials contained herein, do not constitute a warranty, guarantee, or prediction regarding the outcome of an individual using EFT for any particular issue.)

Healing Our Ancestral Patterns with EFT: Aspects of Saturn in the Birth Chart

When we look at a birth chart and see one or more challenging aspects involving Saturn, it can indicate that the person is carrying forward issues to do with self limiting emotions. The emotions might include fear of failure, a limiting outlook on life, or a pessimistic view of the future that can lead to physical ailments or hypochondria.

Saturn will, in the course of one’s life, come around and “touch off” these issues for review and test to see if we’re making headway in releasing these innate fears.

Of course, our birth planets and their aspects represent our family ancestral patterns. Our shared history and DNA influences our temperament, challenges and experiences. For example, a whole family may exhibit difficult Saturn aspects in their individual charts, though each person was born several years or even a generation apart. Perhaps the charts of your whole clan contain variations of Jupiter and Saturn aspects, revealing several individuals who have wrestled with depression or bipolar disorder.

So, how do we break the link with a negative ancestral or “karmic” imprint? I believe it is by consciously addressing Saturn, which is linked to “cycles of time and chronic illness”; and by turning on the light in the birth chart. EFT gives us a tangible method of working with Saturn to release these imposed restrictions that can manifest in the emotional and physical challenges of a family. To help the individual transcend this cycle, an acupressure tapping sequence would be accompanied by an affirmation:

“Even though I share this connection with so many ancestors who have had depression, I choose to release my link from this chain of illness I see in my chart; and I deeply and completely love and forgive myself and any others for anything I or they may have done to contribute to this family affliction. I am now healing this depression and all its origins and genetic variations, from 100 generations back into my past and 100 generations forward into my future.”

Using EFT to Work With Saturn During Difficult Transits

In dealing with “chronic” problems, we turn our attention to the planet Saturn and how this sometimes feared, seldom revered, planet actually operates in our lives to help us achieve success and wisdom on all levels of experience here on Earth.

Wherever Saturn is active in our chart is where we need to spend some time and effort in testing the foundation in that particular area of our life. I find that turning the light on in the chart and consciously engaging, in this case, Saturn in the healing process, is very empowering and helps to dissipate fear and depression. Careful examination of the chart in conjunction with a pre-treatment consult is necessary to identify the emotions surrounding the issue. If that emotion is fear, isolation, worry, depression, restriction, loneliness…you are quite likely experiencing a challenging Saturn aspect. By examining the emotional issue in question, we can determine what practical methods we can use to begin to heal.

For example, when a client was going through a difficult Saturn transit to her Sun, she was diagnosed with osteoporosis. EFT sessions were begun to allay her fear and depression. As her fear faded, her sense of empowerment and faith began to flow once again. She spent more time outdoors in the sun; she was guided to make gem elixirs for increased bone strength. She attracted other “resources” to help heal and empower herself, including inspiring information on Vitamin D and K – tangible things to honor and support the process of healing this Saturn-Sun related imbalance.

She was directed to ask herself: “What structures (Saturn) in my life are no longer strong or safe enough to support me?” – Every physical restriction has an emotional component. It was revealed that she held a suppressed fear of getting old and of not having much time (Saturn) left to fulfill her own dreams (Sun). EFT could be used to address this wounded part of herself. As new “roots” of an issue are revealed, they can also be tapped on and released, using this process.

The Saturn-Uranus-Pluto T Square – All for One and One for All

Most of us have read with keen interest the possible meaning of this dynamic planetary configuration. Certainly there is a theme of powerful Change and Rebirth. I believe these changes can be through us as well as to us. Saturn in this picture represents where we hold onto the old, afraid to embrace the new (Uranus).

Every one of us is experiencing this planetary dynamic in some department of our own lives. We can use the keywords of Saturn to help us with identifying our personal issues and use EFT or other empowering healing tools to add grace and healing to this challenging life passage.

Group work can maximize the grace in a planetary transition like this. Most healing work, when used in a group, can be very potent. An all for one and one for all effect is often reported. With EFT, the whole group taps along with a person who is addressing a concern, only to find afterwards that they, too, are experiencing “well being” or healing effects. Physical location is not a limitation; these surrogate tapping energies can be directed to people and places in need around the world. Like prayer, EFT can be another powerful form of subtle activism.

NOTE: This is part of a collection of articles about Saturn transits for the International Astrology Blogathon, March 19-21, 2010. The rest of the collection can be viewed here from 20th March: Look After Saturn and Saturn Will Look After You. For the main event page, for links to the Pluto and Uranus collections and the rest of the Blogathon events, go to 2010 Astrology Carnival

Recommended Sites:

For those wishing to explore EFT and its many applications, you may learn much more by going to http://www.emofree.com/ where you will find articles on hundreds of its possible healing applications, as well as a list of trained EFT practitioners.

For those interested in Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) by Tapas Fleming – go to www.TATLife.com There are many flower essence resources; I find Lila Devi’s site an important resource. http://www.spirit-in-natureessences.com/


Recommended Books:

The Heart & Soul of EFT and Beyond… by Phillip Mountrose & Jane Mountrose

The Genie in your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention, by Dawson Church, PhD

The Promise of Energy Psychology (Revolutionary Tools for Dramatic Personal Change), by David Feinstein, Donna Eden, and Gary Craig, founder of EFT

The Essential Flower Essence Handbook by Lila Devi

About Kathy Loveless, Astrologer, EFT-ADV:

I am a practicing astrologer with over 15 years of consulting experience. I attended 4 years of structured classes at the Michigan based Academy of Astrology, where I achieved my certification in astrology Born to truth-seeking parents, I thrived on the variety of metaphysical teachings and practices I was exposed to early in life, including astrology, meditation, and energy healing. By my teens I had begun a serious study of astrology. I developed a strong spiritual foundation which I bring to my practice. I have always tried to link astrology with healing in some way. So, when a client’s chart reveals stressful conditions, I can present simple yet effective forms of self-healing, to reassure them that we are not victims of our chart, but instead, powerful co-creators in this process called Life!

I have an advanced certification in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), a simple acupressure exercise which is used to release mental and emotional blockages in the energy field. I am also a certified flower essence therapist, trained through Lila Devi’s two year practitioner course on flower essences. Though gentle and safe to take, these “unassuming little genies” work wonders in restoring balance and well being on every level!

I offer a full range of astrological services, including birth chart analysis, monthly or yearly forecasts, relationship compatibility charts, vocational “calling”, and more. I live in Michigan with my husband, John. Together, we enjoy travel, spiritual philosophy, and all kinds of live music. We also love time spent with our two grown daughters and two precious young grandchildren.

To learn more, I welcome you to visit my website: www.StellarObservations.com. You can contact me by e mail at: Kathy@StellarObservations.com