Virgo – Puttin’ the “GO” in GO-GETTER and GOGO Boots

Virgo, the mutable earth sign, ruled by Mercury – placid on the outside, frantic in the mellon.  If you were born between August 22 and September 23, you are a Virgo and probably know exactly what I’m talking about.

Virgos get a bad rap as a nitpicky-perfectionistic prudes, but that is WAY too simplistic.  What they are is discerning.  Their quicksilver mercurial minds are always working, always analyzing, and instantly examining, compartmentalizing, saving or discarding all the data that comes their way.  They are very comfortable in the world of the mind and very particular about who they share their emotions and body with, because they always feel vulnerable and don’t have that strong of an outer armor to protect them other than their keen mind and the choices they make.  No matter what kind of crap happens to them, they do not seem to grow a tough exterior, even if they do become a little cynical.

They are loyal and devoted friends and romantic partners and will really “let their hair down” with the person they love.  They are emotionally available almost immediately with the person that they feel they can trust.

The “Virgin” as their symbol isn’t so much a prissy nun but much like the goddess Artemis as being the archetype of someone independent and self-sufficient (as well as a total natural with animals, Virgos are total animal whisperers).  For men, it would be The Hermit of tarot card Major Arcana fame.  They like a romantic companion, but don’t NEED one, and this might make them appear aloof, cold, or prudish, but trust me, it’s not true.  Yes, they might be living a lot in their minds, but they ARE an Earth sign and Earth signs are tactile and sensual.  They like to exercise and use their bodies, they have a deep connection to the physical despite relying so much on their logic.  They would be the stereotypical go-go dancer/Chippendale’s guy putting herself/himself through Med School.  Or personal trainer.  Really, any physical work is just as fun to a Virgo as a nerdy research desk job.  They don’t see themselves as “above” any kind of work and sometimes physical work makes them worn out enough to actually shut their brain up and fall asleep at night.  DIY projects are a big appeal to Virgos for that reason.

Virgos are a phenomenal blend of great ideas and hard work — they have their lazy streaks, but even when they’re lazy they’re reading up on things that interest them or doing some kind of craft with their hands.  Where Aquarius wants to change the world through policy, Virgos like to make a difference at the ground level.  Check any Habitat for Humanity teams and there’s bound to be a healthy amount of Virgos with hammers in their hands.

Our friend the Virgo is curious and interested in a great many things but unlike Gemini, they are more likely to commit to doing more than just reading about what they’re interested in, they like to actually apply their knowledge, but only after analyzing the pros and cons of getting involved.  Virgos like to have all the information before making a decision, which can paralyze them sometimes since they hate making mistakes and hate being forced to decide to do something blind.  Virgos have the reputation of being critical but that critical eye is way more often turned towards themselves than outward, which is why making mistakes feels like a failure rather than a lesson learned.  They can be very unfair with themselves.

Virgos aren’t all OCD neat freaks, though — yes a calm environment outside can cause calm within, but there are many Virgos who value an organized mind rather than their external surroundings and can end up on Hoarders if they’re not careful.

Virgos like to be in charge, but not for the glory, they like to be in charge to be sure things are done RIGHT.  Virgos are intensely practical and usually do know a better way to do things or handle things.  Trust them if they say they have a better way, they really do.

Nervous energy is a problem for Virgo along with workaholism.  Quieting their minds is so important and a lot of their stress will show up physically with bad digestive disorders or insomnia.

Virgo trying to fall asleep at night.  CUT THAT OUT, listen to a guided meditation CD!

Virgo trying to fall asleep at night. CUT THAT OUT, listen to a guided meditation CD!

 

Virgos would find meditation appealing because it’s practical and peaceful and a great way for them to learn how to let go of all the “busyness”.

Natural rulers of the 6th House, Virgos tend to be drawn to things having to do with plants, animals and health.  Green thumbs abound among the Virgos.  Virgos make excellent intuitive and energy healers, especially after working on themselves for a while.  If poorly aspected, Virgo can be a major hypochondriac and should stay far away from Web M.D. when not feeling well.

Virgo’s traditional birthstones are Peridot for August and Sapphire for September, which would enhance their energies along with Carnelian, Green Tourmaline, Moss Agate, Citrine, Dumortierite, and Sodalite:

Peridot, Sapphire, Carnelian, Green Tourmaline, Moss Agate, Citrine, Dumortierite, and Sodalite

Peridot, Sapphire, Carnelian, Green Tourmaline, Moss Agate, Citrine, Dumortierite, and Sodalite

Good balancing stones for Virgo would be Amethyst, Lepidolite (great for soothing over-active minds) Blue Lace Agate, Rainbow Moonstone, Garnet, Bloodstone, Aragonite (helps with an overly critical attitude) and Rose Quartz (for self-love and self-forgiveness)

Amethyst, Lepidolite, Blue Lace Agate, Rainbow Moonstone, Garnet, Bloodstone, Aragonite, Rose Quartz

Amethyst, Lepidolite, Blue Lace Agate, Rainbow Moonstone, Garnet, Bloodstone, Aragonite, Rose Quartz

 

While Virgo is an Earth sign they still need grounding, especially since they are ruled by Mercury and very likely to have a lot of anxiety:

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virgos can get very irritable because they take on a lot of responsibility and sometimes feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, a great stone to help with irritability is Pink Calcite:

Pink Calcite

Pink Calcite

Pink Calcite can help with forging a deeper connection between the upper chakras and the heart chakra, a pathway between the mind and emotion for more balance.

Pink Calcite is also a “releasing” stone that can release blocked emotions and stagnant energies allowing Virgo to move forward out paralysis into taking action (which they love to do!)

When held, Pink Calcite is very calming, and who couldn’t use that? Not just Virgos, but all of us.

 

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Woo Woo Girls Infinite Guide to Wisdom Radio Show!

Our first radio show was “live” last night over at http://www.w4Divas.com — we will have a new show every other Monday at 7pm.

If you missed our first show — which was all about the importance of Grounding and the various ways you can ground your self and maintain your energy field — you can go to the Woo Woo Girls website and listen right HERE.

Still waiting for my Earthing Mat. 🙂

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NEW MOON in Taurus May 17th/18th~ | MYSTICMAMMA.COM : consciousness, spirituality, astrology, wisdom, inspiration new

NEW MOON in Taurus May 17th/18th~ | MYSTICMAMMA.COM : consciousness, spirituality, astrology, wisdom, inspiration new.

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Pisces – A Tale Of Two Fishies

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Gemini may be the Twins, but they are not the only “Dual-Sign” in the Zodiac.  Pisces symbol can look like a fancy capital “h”, but they represent two fish, swimming in different directions:

 

Yin Yang Fishies

Yin Yang Fishies

Pisces is always pulled between the here and now and their deep inner life.  They’re pulled between the highest of human nature and the lowest.  They are a Mutable Water sign meaning they are the WATERIEST of all water signs.  Adaptable, idealistic, emotional, empathetic (to the point of being empaths), intuitive (more psychics are born under the sign of Pisces than any other sign), altruistic, creative, and usually loyal, Pisces acting from a place of self-esteem and love are amazing human beings.  They can be very determined once they make up their minds.  Some of the most passionate activists are Pisces – they want to right wrongs and have no problem getting their hands dirty in order to help.

Pisces are natural healers, counselors, teachers, musicians and artists.  However Pisces often embodies the archetype of the “tortured artist”.  Pisces feels everything deeply and have a hard time fully expressing it in words, so they constantly feel misunderstood.  This can make them feel lonely, and Pisces is one sign that really doesn’t like to be alone.  It’s not that they need to be surrounded by people and action, they just really value their connections to others. They would prefer to have a handful of deep, true friends than a large circle of fun acquaintances.  Some of the more outgoing Pisces will have large circles of fun acquaintances, though — the bustle and noise can distract them from whatever may be bothering them. They can be very serious, but they can also be a ton of fun – that dual-nature in action.

Ruled by Neptune, Pisces biggest issue is their tendency towards escapism – and they’ll use anything: romantic obsession, alcohol, drugs, work (especially in caregiving functions), gambling – anything that takes them outside of themselves.  Some of them could probably use Al-Anon even if they’re aren’t any alcoholics in the family, because they wrap themselves up so much in other people they kind of lose the edge where they end and the other person begins.  Some Pisces will go as far as to let other people make decisions for them and just float along happily in their wake — it protects them from having to stand on their own two feet and make decisions for themselves, which scares them because deep down, they just don’t know what they want to do half the time.   Of course, not all Pisces are like this — you have the feisty independent ones that strike off on their own and are so focused on their ideals and calling they don’t care what ANYBODY thinks of them.  Pisces IS a sign of extremes.

Their highs are high and their lows are LOW, when Pisces is in the depths of depression it can make YOU depressed just hanging around them.  They would hate to hear that, though, because most Pisces people turn all of their heavy feelings inward and hate the idea of hurting anyone else unintentionally.  Pisces can be very defeatist and pessimistic, dwelling on the mistakes of the past and beating themselves up on how they could have done things differently.  Pisces doesn’t seem like it, but they are as big of a perfectionist as Virgo, except instead of using it to drive them to action like Virgos do, many give up before they even start because they know they won’t get it right.  Sometimes all they need is someone else to point out all the good they have in their life and BOOM, they can see it and it instantly lifts their hearts.  A daily gratitude list would go a long way in boosting Pisces’ mood and outlook on life.

Pisces is also the natural ruler of the 12th house which is the house of Karma, the occult, and it rules institutions: jails, hospitals, sanitariums and especially “things that are unseen” which also mean the underworld – shady subcultures and the darker side of the counter-culture, including organized crime.  I am NOT SAYING that Pisces are criminals or sociopaths – I’m saying that there is a dark streak in Pisces and that some are ATTRACTED to these things.  It could be as simple as being fascinated by serial killers and true crime books.  Some Pisces like to date “the bad boy”or girl and in some cases, they’re pretty bad. Pisces are close to death, the ultimate oblivion and the Other Side, and high risk lifestyles can turn them on.  Some Pisces are attracted to psychology or social work because they want to solve the puzzle of the criminal mind.  Some Pisces go into mortuary work. At any rate, while many Pisces come across as loving, gentle souls who only want to help, there’s this little dark streak in all of them, do not underestimate them.

Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February and Aquamarine for March.  Both of these enhance Pisces energy as well as  Fluorite, Chrysoprase, Charorite, Labradorite, and Bloodstone.

Amethyst, Aquamarine, Fluorite, Chrysoprase, Chaorite, Labradorite, Bloostone

Amethyst, Aquamarine, Fluorite, Chrysoprase, Chaorite, Labradorite, Bloostone

Our Pisces friends could use some Fire energy to infuse them with a little bravery and motivation and Air energy for logical thinking and perspective. Fire: Carnelian, Garnet Orange Calcite, Fire Agate, Sunstone.  Air: Apatite, Blue Calcite, Celestite, Selenite, Sodalite

Carnelian, Garnet, Orange Calcite, Fire Agate, Sunstone, Apatite, Blue Calcite, Selenite, Sodalite

Carnelian, Garnet, Orange Calcite, Fire Agate, Sunstone, Apatite, Blue Calcite, Selenite, Sodalite

Of course, we can’t forget our Grounding stones – Pisces needs more grounding than the other water signs because of their mutability.  Snowflake Obsidian will help them in particular because it helps ward of the negativity of other people and Pisces can use some solid emotional boundaries so they don’t take on other people’s feelings.  They have enough of their own.

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

 

 

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To give you an example of the Two Sides of Pisces,  Jesus Christ was most likely a Pisces (seriously, he was NOT born on December 25th – the calendar has changed at least twice since his birth) and Kurt Cobain and Albert Einstein were Pisces.  So was Osama Bin Laden and John Wayne Gacy.

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Major Noodge Onboard And Reporting For Duty — Capricorn

MNOMystical/Machiavellian, Noble/Nurturing, Observant/Oppositional  – I could have chosen all of these for my ‘MNO’ title, but settled for the cheap joke.

I wanted to follow Leo with Capricorn because Capricorn is sort of like a flipped over Leo: Cardinal Earth energy.  Where Leo is the most grounded of Fire signs, Capricorn is the most “Fiery” of Earth signs.  Cardinal energy filtered through Earth gives you someone who is loyal, practical, appearing calm, detached and serious on the outside, usually self-disciplined, persevering and patient YET  a driven, ambitious, risk-taking (not reckless, though, they do their research) ball of feelings on the inside.  Where Leo is usually an open book, Capricorn is the embodiment of “still waters run deep”.  What you see is NOT what you get.

Ruled by Saturn, you can call Capricorn the original “emo”: they are very grounded in reality and tend towards pessimism and an endless aching sadness they can’t always shake, even if they can bury it in a flurry of activity.  Maybe it’s because they know that all their hard work doesn’t change the basic flawed nature of our world. They’re the most creative of the Earth signs and have a deep wisdom and understanding of human nature, I personally think all Capricorns are old souls that have seen too much. They carry the scars of their past lives through this one.

This isn’t to say they don’t have a sense of humor – they DO, Capricorns are HILARIOUS. It tends to run towards the dry, ironic or sarcastic.  They’re excellent at deadpan delivery, mostly because they don’t laugh at their own jokes, just smirk when everyone else is in stitches.  They appreciate a good laugh and have an appreciation of the absurd.  They do however need help lightening up when it comes to themselves.  They hold themselves to very high standards and can be merciless with themselves.  If you can distract a Capricorn from their “To-Do” list and get them to laugh and have fun, they’re going to remember that and turn to you when they need a break.

Capricorns want what they want and they go full throttle to get it, once they make up their mind.  My Capricorn niece was given the “Most Persistent” award in KINDERGARTEN.  If they want to have a good time, they really make it happen.  Like their symbol “The Goat” once they break through one barrier, they are on to the next, they have an innate restlessness that drives them towards MORE in whatever area they’re interested in.  They might start out wanting to run a 5K and end up an Ultramarathoner.  If your Capricorn is a slacker, they’re the SLACKIEST slacker that ever slacked, but if you look a little closer, they’re actually doing a bunch of stuff, it just looks like they’re not doing anything.

This relentlessness can be a challenging thing when it comes to some of the Capricorns that have other funky stuff going on in their chart and get mixed up in drugs or alcohol because like Guns ‘N Roses sang, “I used to do a little but a little didn’t do it so the little got more and more…” There’s always a new line to cross.  And like the actual goat, they can be insatiable gobbling up everything in front of them until it’s all gone.  This energy is another reason why there’s the cliche of the Capricorn as a workaholic.  Happily for them, if they turn away from the substances and escaping into work and towards recovery they bring that same energy into healing that they did in the using/overworking, they have great potential for huge spiritual growth.

Capricorns are known for great business-heads and are excellent entrepreneurs, they enjoy working towards something tangible and take pride in their work whether they’re a CEO or valet parking attendant.  They’re resourceful and naturally politically astute and automatically know how to play “the game” wherever they are, and  yes, can be Machiavellian.  It’s good to stay on their good side.  They need to feel respected, they like acknowledgement of their achievements, and can get bitey if they feel unappreciated.  If you want them to really like you, don’t publicly embarrass them, they might like to watch a trainwreck for their own amusement, but they don’t anyone to reflect poorly on them.

Capricorn

They can be pushy.  They will not give up until they get some kind of satisfaction and if you are in the way of that they will push you, too.  Unlike also-pushy Cancer, it will come out more like instructions instead of disguised as worrying about you.  Cancer can be a Noodge, but Capricorn is the ULTRA NOODGE. Because they’re low key, they are usually not obnoxious about it.  You won’t realize they’re pushing you for a little while, kind of the old “frog in a pan of cold water then turn on the burner” thing.  You’re minding your business, hanging out with a Capricorn and the next thing you know, you’re doing all kinds of productive stuff you didn’t sign on for – you’re a boiled frog. They would make excellent personal trainers if fitness is their thing, as long as you aren’t looking to be handled with kid gloves: they want to make you tough, because they know the world is cruel.

When Capricorn loves you, they want to take care of you – much like their astrological opposite, Cancer – but instead of fussing over you like a sexy grandma, they’re like a sexy Boy/Girl Scout: they want to teach you to be self-sufficient, they want you to be prepared for the ugliness of the world, they want to protect you by teaching you to protect yourself.  They don’t want to make chicken soup for you, they want to get you fully inoculated and give you a complete First Aid Kit.   They won’t redecorate your house to make it more comfy, they want to set up a mutual fund portfolio for you.  This might make them appear unromantic or dispassionate, but nothing is further from the truth, when Capricorn drops their play-it-cool demeanor and lets you into their heart, you’ll need a garden hose to get them off of you.  They ARE an Earth sign and like I said before, insatiable.  And if you break their heart, no other sign is going to pine like they do: they will throw more heartbreak into their already giant pool of melancholy and consider it more proof that the world is harsh and unfair.  They might even write emo songs about you.

December’s traditional birthstone is Turquoise and January’s is Garnet.  Both of these stones enhance Capricorn’s energy along with Ruby, Azurite, Labradorite, Malachite and Onyx.Turquoise, Garnet, Ruby, Azurite, Labradorite, Malachite, Onyx

Turquoise, Garnet, Ruby, Azurite, Labradorite, Malachite, Onyx

Capricorns don’t need too many fire stones since they have all that Cardinal energy, but Carnelian and Fire Agate can’t hurt.  Capricorns need Air for big picture perspective and for taking things less seriously: Amethyst, Iolite, Kyanite and OOOH, Botswana Agate would be excellent to help Capricorn let go of old wounds, fight their pessimism, and soothe and calm their inner turmoil. For Water energy, Rose Quartz, Amazonite, and Blue Lace Agate.Carnelian, Fire Agate, Amethyst, Iolite, Kyanite, Botswana Agate, Rose Quartz, Amazonite, Blue Lace Agate

Carnelian, Fire Agate, Amethyst, Iolite, Kyanite, Botswana Agate, Rose Quartz, Amazonite, Blue Lace Agate

You know I’m going to suggest grounding stones, the usual suspects BUT WITH A TWIST:

Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Hematite, Apache Tears

Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Hematite, Apache Tears

APACHE TEARS are excellent grounding stones for Capricorn: they’re a type of obsidian (volcanic rock) but less opaque than their big brother Obsidian. Apache Tears are used for deep healing.  They give grounded loving support for processing deep sadness.  They will gently help someone reach a level of acceptance to process and let go, thereby shifting their energy to remove any blockages.  Apache Tears can help to transmute negative thinking so one can become aware of positive opportunities as they arise.  Apache Tears can bring logical thinking and an open mind/fresh perspective which can help some of the more rigid Capricorn peeps react spontaneously and go with the flow of life.

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JKL – Jungle King/Queen Leo — The Big Bad Cat With The Sweet Meow

YEAH YEAH YEAH, I'm TOTALLY cheating here, but I had a very busy weekend and issues at work yesterday, so sue me.

YEAH YEAH YEAH, I’m TOTALLY cheating here, but I had a very busy weekend and issues at work yesterday, so sue me.

If you ask me to play Zodiac FMK*, my answers would be Scorpio, Leo, Sagittarius – no offense to any sign, this is how I personally get along romantically with men of those signs,  and this is how I would have answered even 20 years ago.  In 2012, I actually DID marry a Leo!! This might make me mildly biased but I will do my best to put my gushy adoration aside and tell you what I know about the people born between July 23 and August 21.

Leo is a Fixed Fire sign — passionate, warm, and creative yet pragmatic, calm (until provoked), loyal, and stubborn (but open to reason if you leave them alone with it long enough for them to think it’s their idea). Leo’s are outrageously generous – they are like the Ghost Christmas Present in the classic 1970 movie “Scrooge”:

Natural entertainers, Leo throws great parties, they give great gifts, they make a mean margarita, they tell hilarious stories. They enjoy life and all it’s pleasures, material and immaterial and they love to share it with everybody. They’re generous with their warmth and confidence, too.  If you need somebody to believe in you, Leo is GREAT at that.  That’s because Leo totally believes in themselves, too.  They’ve got lots of irons in the fire and need to have a project — and unlike some other fire signs that move on to the next project without finishing the first because they get bored, Leo GETS IT DONE, thanks to that Fixed Energy.

Woe to you if YOU are their project, though.  They can’t resist a fixer-upper but nothing makes them more furious than when they give you their excellent advice and you ignore it.  They won’t want to waste their breath on you again and might be a little standoffish at first, but eventually they will forgive you, because they’re big-hearted and can’t hold grudges for too long, life is too short!

They do have a temper though, and they might quietly simmer for a while before exploding out of what FEELS like nowhere, but that’s really just them finally roaring after the last straw.  Their roar is definitely worse than their bite and you can smooth things over by being properly contrite and flattering your way back into their good graces.  Leos love it when you love them, they soak it up like a sponge.  Deep inside they are vulnerable and they are like a Sunflower in the sunlight, they need that light or they wither and close up.

They need to be admired.  They might be modest or really out there, but every kind of Leo needs to feel like you think they’re amazing.  They want you to turn to them for help and direction, they love to help you and tell you what to do (but you better do it).  They need to be needed, but their pride will not let them say this out loud, so if they feel like they’re being taken for granted or that they’re not respected, they will suffer in silence until it’s too much to bear.  Nothing sadder than a sad lion.

Don't do this to your Leo, love them up a lot.

Don’t do this to your Leo, love them up a lot.

Some people think Leo is a high-maintenance friend, family member or love interest, but they’re really not if you are the outwardly expressive type.  If you like to play your cards too close to the chest, you won’t be in the game very long.

Yes, they can be melodramatic, vain, bossy, and stubborn.  They will also be the first to agree that they are totally worth it.

July’s traditional birthstone is Ruby and August’s is Peridot: both enhance Leo’s energy along with: Amber, Carnelian, Emerald, Sunstone, and Green Tourmaline:

Leo Enhancing Stones

Leo could always use Water stones to get in touch with their softer side that they usually hide under laughs or imperious superiority:  Rose Quartz, Larimar, Aquamarine, Moonstone– the Air stones also help them keep a cool head and give them space to RESPOND rather than REACT (something all Fire Signs need help with getting that space) – and any Crown Chakra stones to help them connect to their Higher Power so they don’t have to feel the pressure of being their OWN Higher Power: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate, Herkimer Diamond.

Rose Quartz, Larimar, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Herkimer Diamond, Blue Lace Agate

Rose Quartz, Larimar, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Herkimer Diamond, Blue Lace Agate

And of course, because WE ALL NEED IT, the Grounding Stones:

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

*FMK – Um, have carnal relations with someone in the crude terminology: F**k, Marry, or Kill.  A fun game with friends where you give them three choices and have them put one in each category.  For example, the Brady Bunch Boys.  For me it would be in their age order: Greg, Peter, Bobby.  

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I Am NOTHING Like The Description Of My Sun Sign – Astrology Is Bullsh*t!!!!

I I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a variation of the title of today’s blog post.  I mean, seriously, there are really only 12 kinds of people?

productive sex I’m not an Astrology apologist.  If anybody asks me, I tell them the truth: I believe in everything and nothing at the exact same time.  I’m a total open-minded seeker of insight and knowledge and a snarky raging skeptic at the same time.  Total Gemini!!!! (haha, see what I did there?)  I believe in a Higher Power that I choose to call God, I believe that everything is energy and certain energies have a dominating frequency that can affect other energies, I believe that there is life on other planets, I believe that the sun will rise tomorrow, I believe that the Jets will someday win a Superbowl again — nobody has to agree with me, and I respect everybody’s beliefs. Unless you’re a Scientologist, and in that case I say private message me, let me get you some help to get out of that crackpot cult.

I have been studying astrology for at least 30 years – and if you want to believe one of my genuinely psychic friends, multiple lifetimes — and the more charts I read the more “coincidences” I run into.  If you have Saturn in the 4th house, you have Daddy issues. If your Sun in 6th house, you’re a plant whisperer.  If you have Mars in Pisces, you have a very hard time expressing your anger and tend to turn it inwards or end up raging out for the endorphin rush.

Here’s the deal: I don’t know if anything is true. I have no absolute certainty about anything that can’t be proven by science, and this includes scientific THEORY – theories aren’t facts.  The only way one can have FAITH is if they have DOUBT.  If you know for sure about anything beyond the proven physical world, then good for you, I admire your conviction but I’ll be over here like:

I don't nowI believe that my body will die and my spirit lives on and I’ll see the ones I love again in the afterlife and heck, my soul might even come back down here in a different form and I’ll run into YOU again in a different form.  But I don’t know if that’s true and it don’t care that I don’t really know. I’ll find out if I was wrong when I’m dead, and if then, so what? My faith has kept me sober for almost 20 years and has brought great comfort and peace to me in the worst of times, and if I find out I was praying to nothing, it won’t matter, because IT WORKED ANYWAY.

I DIGRESS.  Back to Astrology.  People have been using Astrology since 2,000 BC on different sides of the planet before they even knew the other side of the planet even existed.  The Mayans, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese and India and Persia all used it to search for meaning, determine their calendars, diagnose and prescribe for physical/mental illnesses, decide when to plant or reap, predict the weather, or predict when it was best to travel (how do you think the Wise Men knew when to look for and find the baby Jesus?) .  Astrologers were theorists, researchers, and social engineers, as well as counselors to both kings and commoners.

It was after Rome fell and the rise of Christianity that astrology began to be shoved underground only secretly show up on tarot cards and later to flourish again in the Renaissance.  The Age of Enlightenment was when Astronomy and Astrology were split into two different disciplines for the first time and anything remotely mystical was disdained and discarded.  Astrology became popular again in the 19th century during the rise of Spiritualism and then New Age.  It’s unfortunate that astrology is painted with the brush dipped in “WOO WOO” but it was good enough for Pythagoras, Issac Newton, Queen Elizabeth I, The Founding Fathers (that’s right! Washington, Jefferson AND Franklin all used astrology), Albert Einstein, J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, Louis Pasteur, Carl Jung, Henry Miller, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Thatcher,  and Ronald Reagan, then it’s good enough for me.

anti astrologyThank you, Willie Wonka, don’t mind if I do!!!!!

There is SO MUCH MORE to your Natal Chart and your personality than just your Sun Sign.  Your Natal or Birth Chart is created based upon the position of the planets the heavens in relation to the time of day and place where you were born.  A Chart looks like a pizza with 12 slices, and those are the different Houses, and the planets are spread throughout the houses in the signs they fall under that day from the angle of your birthplace. This is how you, Eminem, Barbara Walters, and Gandhi can all be Libras yet have very different personalities.  I can’t get into the entire thing or this post will go on forever, but here is a very brief overview of the Planets and what they mean in relation to your personality. These fall under “Personal Planets” – the planets that directly affect the personality:

Ascendant or Rising Sign:  Your outer persona, the first impression you give, and your first instinctive reaction to situations.  Or as I like to say, your candy coating!

Sun Sign:  The way you think, believe, respond to life, and the filter through which you view the world – and it is influenced by the other personal planets.

Moon Sign: Your emotional side, how you express your emotions, what you need emotionally, your subconscious.

Mercury: How you communicate.

Venus:  Creativity, where you seek happiness, Romantic side of love.

Mars: “The Action Planet” Athletic ability, how you express anger/agression, the sexual side of l0ve.

Jupiter: “The Expansive Planet” This is what brings you luck, what comes easy to you, whatever sign or house Jupiter is in is magnified in your chart.

Saturn: “The Karma Planet” Saturn indicates the life lesson you are here to learn,  the “cross you bear”, any kind restrictions, limitations or an area where you will be forced to overcome a struggle.

The “Outer Planets” orbit around the sun much longer than the others and are considered “generational” planets that have more to do with how they interact with the other planets in your chart rather than influencing your personality directly.  For example, most people my age have Pluto in Virgo. Generation X has had to work harder for less payoff than the Boomers or seemingly the Millenials.  However, Pluto in Virgo won’t mess with someone with a Sun Sign in an Earth sign as it would with say, someone with a Mutable Sign as their Sun Sign: Pisces, Gemini, or Sagittarius: those are considered “hard” aspects and it causes inner conflict, especially since Pluto is a planet that represents personal power and subconscious desires.

Uranus:  Transformation, innovation, discovery, lightning-bolt insight – where you are quirky (planet) or areas of your life where things happen “out of the blue” (house).

Neptune:  Spirituality (or lack thereof), Dreams, Intuition, Fantasies, any addictive or escapist tendencies

Pluto: Secrets, your Shadow side, “The Underground” stuff you are drawn to, attitude towards death, any kind of psychic abilities or attractions to the occult, personal power.

You can have a Fire sign as your Sun Sign, but if the rest of your chart is all Water and Earth signs, or a ton of Fixed signs, you’re going to be LESS impulsive, LESS driven, less outgoing and more persevering than the average Fire sign.

Let’s take a look at David Bowie.  Does he LOOK like a Capricorn?

David Bowie's Chart

He’s got a funky Aquarius rising – innovative, quirky dresser (at least he was), unconventional.  Despite his wild rock star lifestyle, he was married to Angie for 10 years and now to Iman for the last 23 years — why get married at all, if you’re David Bowie? Because SECRETLY (12th house Sun, 12th house Mars) deep inside, despite the crazy sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, there’s a traditional man who wants a wife and family even if part of him struggles with intimacy.  (His 7th house is loaded, which is another story). LOOK AT ALL THOSE FIRE & AIR SIGNS —  3 planets in Leo (including Saturn, which explains his need for attention/total desire for privacy) Neptune in Libra, Uranus in Gemini, Venus in Sagittarius.  Without even delving deep into this, we can see that he’s not the “typical” Capricorn while having some definite Capricorn traits: the man did put himself up on the stock market.

He’s great blend of Cardinal, Mutable, and Fixed signs, he also has a relatively balanced amount of Air, Fire and Earth — but homeboy has barely ANY water signs.   The impression I get is that he’s not the most emotionally supportive guy around, but is “solution focused” — he wants to push up his shirtsleeves and get in there and fix stuff, but probably doesn’t have much patience to listen to someone vent their feelings.  He doesn’t dwell too much on his own, he’s too busy using them as fuel.  If I were to make him a piece of jewelry, it would be heavy on Water Energy stones.

There are all kinds of places to get free birth charts online.  A site I like a lot is called Cafe Astrology — they give you a free natal chart and report to go with it.  I don’t always trust algorithms to see the cool synchronicities and connections a competent astrologer can see, but it’s a start if you’re interested.

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“Hold My Beer” – Sagittarius, The Sign Most Likely To End Up In The Hospital After Saying That

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If there were ever a sign to say “Hey, hold my beer a second” or “Watch THIS!” before doing something totally batshit crazy, it would be Sagittarius.

If you were born between November 22 and December 21, or have ever worn a GoPro camera on your head while dressed as Darth Vader riding a BMX bike off your roof onto a trampoline – you are a Sagittarius.

I saw this picture on somebody’s Facebook page earlier this week and immediately knew that this was going to be a post about Sagittarius:

Hold My Beer

Not all Sagittarius folks will risk life and limb to get a laugh out of their friends or an epic You Tube video, the saner ones would egg on the ones who would though, because even if they are too cautious to DO it, they want to SEE it – but not to watch anyone get hurt.  They honestly don’t have a mean bone in their body, they just love seeing their friends achieve their dreams.

Sagittarius are dynamic, optimistic, generous, straight-forward, philosophical, friendly, open-minded, affectionate, adventurous and big-hearted love muffins….unless you don’t let them come and go as they please.  Sagittarius deplores feeling “trapped” and pull a disappearing act if they sense any kind of restriction, even if it’s only in their imagination.

They are natural entertainers. They want to know where the action is, they want to be in the mix, they love being on the dance floor surrounded by friends and shouting out the lyrics and then will rally a big group to go on to the next place.   Some Sagittarius people are fascinated by anything foreign, exotic – the total opposite of them.  They love to travel and learn about new cultures or cuisines.  They’d rather spend money on experiences rather than “things”…they like to travel light anyway.  Often Sagittarius loves being part of sports teams and need to burn off a lot of their energy with physical activity, if they don’t they can get cranky or get into trouble 🙂

Sagittarius very much live in the “now” and the future.  Not to say they’re not sentimental, they can be, but they care more about what is going to happen NEXT rather than what has already happened.

Sagittarius people are often called blunt.  Often Sagittarius blurts things out and then are surprised if what they say is met with a negative reaction. They’re only telling you the truth! They just didn’t stop long enough to think of a more tactful way to say it.  They really do mean well, they can just be a little clumsy with other people’s feelings. They often act from the “gut” and don’t look before they leap, think before they speak, or mull anything over too long before acting.  This can get them into accidental drama, especially with their mouth.  Their impulsiveness can also work FOR them because their boldness can lead them into excellent situations that less brave folks might have passed up.  This is why a lot of Sagittarius people seem lucky.

Sagittarius does NOT have a dark side…but they DO have a shady side.  They are honest people, but lie by omission – they can tell you only what they want you to know.  They would rather avoid you than tell you an unpleasant truth or get into a big THING with you, they hate long hashed-out emotional conversations, they don’t need “closure” why should you? They go from one thing to the next really quickly and unless they use a calendar or datebook they can forget that they promised to be somewhere, they have a ton of stuff going on in their mind: this can make them appear irresponsible at times.  They ARE responsible, but HATE being reminded of their responsibilities by others and will rebel by not doing what you suggest they should do…even if they WERE going to do it.  They can be ornery that way.  They take even the gentlest constructive criticism HORRIBLY, and will not take ANY advice you give them, even if they asked for it.  Despite their sunny nature, they do have a temper (that Fire in them) and will lash out when pushed too far, they can be nasty, which shocks people who haven’t seen that side of them.

Good thing they’re such love-muffins most of the time!!!!!

November’s traditional birthstone is Citrine/Topaz and December’s is Turquoise: either of these stones enhance Sagittarius’ energy.  Other great Sagittarius stones are: Azurite, Blue Lace Agate, Tanzanite, Malachite, Sodalite and Sugalite.

Citrine, Turquoise, Azurite, Blue Lace Agate, Tanzanite, Malachite, Sodalite, Sugalite

Citrine, Turquoise, Azurite, Blue Lace Agate, Tanzanite, Malachite, Sodalite, Sugalite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystals to balance Sagittarius’ Mutable Fire would naturally include Grounding stones.

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sagittarius could use a little Air Energy Crystals for clear thinking, logic, and perhaps the space to respond rather than react:  Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, Selenite, Amethyst (which is an all-round great stone for Sagittarius because it is also protective and Lord knows they can use that)

They can use a little Water energy to connect their head to their heart and help round out all that restless energy:  Rose Quartz, Aquamarine, Amazonite, and Prehnite.

Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, Selenite, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Aquamarine, Amazonite, Prehnite

Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, Selenite, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Aquamarine, Amazonite, Prehnite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a picture of a customized astrological bracelet with matching earrings I made for a Sagittarius who found me on Etsy, she had a bunch of other stuff going on in her chart, too, but most of the stones I’ve mentioned were used.

Sagittarius custom bracelet and earring set

Sagittarius custom bracelet and earring set

 

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Gemini – The Sad Clown Who Never Shuts Up

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If you were born between May 22 and June 20, then you lucky thing, you are a Gemini.

Lucky? How can you be lucky when half the time I tell someone I’m a Gemini I see them cringe and I feel like I have to jump in and say, “I’m not like the others! I have a Cancer Moon and a Virgo rising!”  Why do they cringe/wince about Geminis? I have NO IDEA, we’re FRIGGIN’ DELIGHTFUL.

OK, Seriously.  Geminis are one of the three “dual signs” in the Zodiac.  The other two are Pisces and Scorpio (which you will hear more about when I get to them).  Gemini has many facets to their personalities and can seem like they’re two (or more) different people.

There is the side of Gemini that is vivacious and upbeat,  intensely curious about everything.  Some Geminis want to suck up as much knowledge as possible and then turn around and share it with everybody they meet.  They’re excellent teachers of almost any subject in which they’re passionately interested. They very observant and are natural storytellers.  They are lightly flirtatious and use wit and humor to try to charm everyone from their boss to the ice cream man, and can find something in common with people from all walks of life.  They are totally motivated by curiosity and wanting to experience everything they possibly can.  Geminis can lack focus because there are so many things they are interested in, so many new things to learn.  Yes, Gemini can gossip – but it’s not out of malicious glee all the time -sometimes it’s just because it’s a VERY entertaining story!

Then there is the other side to Gemini — intense, deep, chaotic with emotions, and unprotected from the collective pain of the world.  The flip side to finding the humor in everything is seeing the painful truth in everything – when Gemini is depressed, they are REALLY depressed.  Sometimes they need a hand getting out of the hole but would rather die than ask for help because THEY KNOW EVERYTHING, they think, so they think they should be able to rouse their natural energy and get themselves out of it.

Some Geminis CHOOSE to keep things superficial and deny their emotions because it’s just SO MUCH EASIER.  It’s hard for a Gemini to be taken seriously when everyone is used to their clown side, and it can make people uncomfortable when they finally see behind the red nose and juggling and see the self-doubt, the pessimism, the dark sadness that can seem endless – so Gemini rarely shows this side because other people’s reactions almost feel like rejection and they can’t bear it – but they can’t bear just being the clown all the time either.

The only way you’ll ever know the deeper side of Gemini is if you are a true and trusted friend, if a Gemini is ever telling you dark truths about their life without joking about it, you are in their inner circle.  Be careful once you’re there, though – they’ve trusted you with their truth and now are vulnerable, and they hate that.  Use it against them at your peril.  Since they’re so observant, they can find your own vulnerabilities and verbally cut you to shreds if you’ve hurt them, or as the drag queens say, “Read you to FILTH”.  If you’ve hurt a Gemini, they may forgive you but they will never deeply invest in you emotionally again – once you’ve lost their trust it’s extremely difficult to completely get it back.

May’s traditional birthstone is Emerald and June is Pearl — both of these stones enhance Gemini energy as well as Agate, Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Green Tourmaline, and Tiger Eye.

Botswana Agate, Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Green Tourmaline and Tiger Eye

Botswana Agate, Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Green Tourmaline and Tiger Eye

 

Gemini needs grounding stones DESPERATELY — they can get all up in their head and forget where they are.

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper

Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To balance Gemini’s frenetic mental energy, I like to double up on grounding stones, but also add a little fire for motivation (Garnet, Sunstone, Pink Tourmaline) and water to help connect the heart and mind so they’re not operating at cross-purposes.  Gemini thinks they can talk themselves out of their feelings when they should be working WITH them, not against them: Rose Quartz, Larimar, Lepidolite and Rainbow Moonstone.  Lepidolite has the extra benefit of containing lithium in it – great to soothe frazzled nerves and quiet the mind.  I also think it’s beneficial for Gemini — and really, everybody — to wear or carry Pyrite.

Rose Quartz, Rainbow Moonstone, Larimar, Lepidolite, Garnet, Sunstone, Pink Tourmaline, Pyrite

Rose Quartz, Rainbow Moonstone, Larimar, Lepidolite, Garnet, Sunstone, Pink Tourmaline, Pyrite

 

Pyrite is a very protective stone that wards off negativity and physical danger, it boosts positive energy, physical strength, and enhances self-esteem while reducing anxiety, soothing the nervous system.

Something else that can benefit Gemini (and everybody, too) is Earthing. I cannot wait until the ground warms up enough for me to take my shoes off and walk around my yard!

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Fixed Signs (And Cardinal And Mutable) – Modalities of the Zodiac

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Cardinal signs are the signs that get thing started, they have a lot of leadership qualities, they are motivators, they can be impulsive – the degree of impulsivity is related to the element.  Cardinal signs are driven but tend to be more excited about *STARTING* projects than finishing them.  They don’t always see things through to the very end because another idea captures them and they are passionate about starting something else.  The Cardinal signs all happen at the beginning of the seasons: Aries (Spring), Cancer (Summer), Libra (Fall) and Capricorn (Winter).  They like change, they like creating change.   Aries is a Cardinal Fire sign: probably the “fieriest” fire signs there are because of the added Cardinal energy.  Cancer is very driven towards emotional connection, family and creating a beautiful, safe home.  The Cardinal energy shows up in Libra with their passion towards art, fashion, and fairness.  Libras are often driven to create beauty in their work and environment.  Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth sign – their drive and motivation is for grounded, practical success in both business and home life – they make excellent leaders and can also overcome the Cardinal tendency to leave things unfinished

Fixed signs, on the other hand, do not like change as much.  Fixed Signs are the signs found in the middle of the seasons.  Fixed signs are as fixed as their element, meaning Taurus is the most steady and stubborn of the signs (Earth) while Aquarius (Air) may not appear to be as “Fixed” but they can be stubborn about their ideals and the way they think.  Scorpio, a Fixed Water sign is more emotionally “Fixed”; they love long and hard and have a difficult time letting go of past hurts. Oh, they will be okay, but they never forget. They love finishing projects.  They work well with Cardinal signs as long as Cardinal signs aren’t too pushy since Fixed signs resent any form of manipulation and like to do things the way they do them.

Mutable signs are the signs that signify the end of a season and changing over into the next.  They tend to have a little bit of both Cardinal and Fixed energy.  Mutable signs are flexible and easygoing, they can roll with changes.  They might need a little more motivation to start something and they definitely need some structure in order to finish things.  Mutable signs are a little more adventurous and their open mindedness comes from their curiosity and a need to know “what next”.  Geminis are Mutable Air — fluid communicators – quick witted and natural storytellers.  Virgos are the most flexible Earth signs, they are quick to take practical action and a little better at rolling with the punches than the other Earth signs.  Sagittarius are the most laid back of the fire-signs – slightly less driven towards accomplishment and more driven toward experiencing new things. Pisces are the “wateriest” of the water signs – the mutable energy makes them more obviously open-hearted than the other water signs and increases the intensity of their intuition.

When determining what stones to choose for custom astrological jewelry, I look at the client’s chart and determine what Modalities dominate the chart and look to balance out that energy.  Like with the elements, some people have a balanced amount, and some have a very heavy amount of one kind of modality and not enough of the other.

I’m sure you can guess what kind of stones I would use to compliment or balance the Modalities:  Grounding stones = Fixed signs, Air/Water Stones = Mutable signs, Fire stones = Cardinal signs.

See, each one of us is made up of so much more than just our Sun Signs.  Some people have told me that they felt like they are nothing like their Sun Signs and once I do their whole natal chart we can see all the other signs that influence their personalities and abilities.   If you’re interested in a Natal Chart reading, you can purchase one here – I’m available for phone readings or in person, if you’re local.

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