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Windsurfer Nancy Rios of the United States of America competed in the Women’s RS:X class race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center during day 4 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 12, 2008 in Qingdao, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images AsiaPac)  Nancy has Neptune in a grand trine with her Sun/Jupiter/Mercury and Moon!

Feb 3 Neptune into its own sign Pisces for 13 years until March 2025. Neptune takes 168 years to orbit, so only those of us living now get to experience the potency of this magic!  Neptune and Chiron have been traveling together since 2008.  Chiron is about two times as fast as Neptune, so now will be moving on, leaving Neptune behind, though both will be in Pisces for the next six+ years.

Neptune first entered Pisces back on April 4, 2011, jump started by the amazing Aries Stellium!  See the chart!  It retrograded back into Aquarius, finishing up support group matters, realigning finances, now Neptune is on his way, no going back!

Don’t ever think of Neptune, or its sign Pisces, as a lack luster planet or sign!  They quiver with life!  Ocean water is their element, and it takes power to meet power, or you die.  Intuition is prime.  The ability to morph, act, make music, transform themselves and others, is beyond words.  It takes strength to know when to retreat, to rest, be in recovery, to do it.  It is work to meditate, to live spiritual tenets, keep faith when the world is falling.

It’s from life generated in your own personal primordial tide pool, to gliding the silvery sails of Spirit!  It’s living  in colonies with your brethren, touching, close as sea anemones on a rock, bunks in ships at sea, monks in a monastery.  It is swimming at exquisite depth, total immersion, prayer/meditation, 100% tuned in, safely alert to danger, transformation possible!  Being swept away tsunami style, or still at the moment of tide’s turn, highs and lows, advance and retreat.  Sleep and dreams, daydreams, waking visions.  There is a terrific amount of involvement – fishing industries, boatyards and watercraft sales, ocean sports, retreats and spas, cruises – floating cities, ocean’s edge tourist towns with parties, music, drink, theatre.  Other places, some beaches, islands, are remote, untouched, one can be alone, time stands still, suspended.  Imagination is set free, visions accessed.  Some come gradually with each cleansing of life’s tide; some come whole in complete understanding, an insight, the Gate is open, the Threshold crossed.  Mythically, there are Mermaids and Magicians.  There are whole skies full of stars at night with no land in sight; you can hear the sound of your own thinking.  Close your eyes………

Each of us, in turn, will be touched, as Neptune goes through the degrees, one time activating one planet, then another, until it does them all.  What we call the Mutable signs, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, will be activated most strongly, perhaps confusion at first, but stirring  new options.  Fellow water signs, Cancer and Scorpio, may take things in stride, flowing with advantages that may have seemed hidden.  Leo and Libra will be nudged and niggled, peripherally, but perhaps too busy socially to pay the attention it may be worth.  Capricorn and Taurus, could do some good business incorporating Piscean talent and products, events.

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In response to the recent sensational articles about your possibly being a different sign, for example the Fox News article, let me tell you, you may be and always have been, and you are still what you always were!  Here’s how it goes…. 

Circles within Circles, Many Layers

There are TWO astrological systems.

One is based on the seasons, earth centered, what we predominantly use in the Western world today, called Tropical (Tropic of Cancer, Capricorn).  The other is based on constellations, stars, and is called Sidereal, primarily used in Eastern cultures.  Some feel seasonal Tropical astrology rules more mundane earthly matters and Sidereal is more spiritually oriented.  Both are correct working systems and describe the same things in the sky, just called by different names, in different terms. 

Sometimes they correspond exactly!  As stated at WikipediA, here are the technical details that make it so – ‘As the Earth spins on its axis, it “wobbles” like a top, causing the vernal equinox to move gradually backwards against the star background, (a phenomenon known as the Precession of the equinoxes) at a rate of about 30 degrees (one Zodiacal sign length) every 2,160 years. Thus the two zodiacs would be aligned only once every 26,000 years and were aligned about 2,000 years ago when the zodiac was originally established.’  Because astronomers study stars, they agree with Siderealists; we are that sign.  So, there are two different systems, one astronomical, one seasonal, both astrological.  At this time, there is a 25.5 degree variance, that’s why most people are one sign (a ‘month’) off whichever system you prefer to use.  For example, a Leo in Tropical may be a Cancer in Sidereal.  In my case, I am a Leo in both systems since I was born in late Tropical Leo.  But other planets in my chart do change ‘signs.’  This is nothing new, it has always been this way, but from time to time, someone thinks they have made a great discovery!  And it makes provocative news!

Since astrology is based on observational relationships, a lot of the descriptions in one system are like the descriptions of the other – ie Sidereal Cancer is described as a lot like Tropical Leo.  Makes sense since they are describing the same thing in the heavens, the same time of year the Sun passes through that constellation, same kind of weather for the farmer’s crops, how much clothes you wear.  Personally, I don’t care what you call them, or what system you use, as long as you do it well.  In time, research will level the playing field.  Now that we are recording birth times, research can be more comprehensive, factors can be isolated for accuracy of results. 

At one time there were as many as 18 signs in use, and at another as few as 6, with other variations in between.  Dividing the sky and the year is an arbitrary thing. Different cultures through time have used entirely different stars in totally different ‘constellations.’  We use the ones used by the Greeks and Romans. And since they were established, about 2000 years ago, stars have moved!  What we see in the sky now is not the same as what they saw!  In the recent articles, some are suggesting we add a 13th sign, Ophiuchus (Oh-fee-YOU-cuss), the snake holder – a constellation that has always been there, of course!  It’s also called Serpentarius – does that remind you of Scorpio (associated with snakes) and Sagittarius?  It would be between them!  See the proposed calendar dates.  Why, why not?  It’s so much fun to tinker with things!  To have 12 signs was chosen to  work well with our 12 months calendar even though they don’t correspond by dates.  It would be so cool if they did, don’t you think?! 

In addition to astronomy, mathematics plays a big part in how astrologers ‘divide’ the sky.  For a detailed historical accounting of the development of mathematics correlated with astronomy/astrology, of chart division, read R W Holden’s Elements of House Division, if you can locate one. 

Some people swear by one or the other system, Tropical, Sidereal; some use both and feel each one works better for particular things.  If you have time, check it out!  Most Westerners have their Tropical charts.  If you want, I would be honored to do your Sidereal chart, only $5.  I don’t to the interpretation, but you can enjoy pursuing it on your own once you have your chart!  I use the Fagan-Allen version, but can do Lahiri, DeLuce, Raman, Krishnamurti, Usha-Shashi, Djwhal Kuhl, Sri Yukteswar, JN Bhasin, Larry Ely, Takra I or II, Sundara Rajan, or Shill Pond versions!  You mean there are variations on the variations?!  But of course!

I love it how people, who don’t believe in signs, are defending their signs, saying it’s really them, and they don’t want to change to that other sign, yuk!  That’s pretty funny, and totally endearing!  What’s cool is they really do ‘know’ themselves. 

Stay true!

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Cancers to 2012, Emotional Temperance, Spiritual Balance

Night walk, evening birds settling, crickets, music drifting from open windows, a little jasmine, mmm.  And someone is baking an apple pie.  And you?  Are you worried, concerned for your children, something at school, your budget, your home needs some repairs, an elder parent needs more care than you might be able to give?  It’s ok.  Good time for emotional sorting, letting the day’s feeling flow by, letting go of what’s not important, what you can’t change, knowing things will work out, thinking about who you can rely on or reach out to.  Good.  Deep breath.  Just let go.  Bless you for being so loving and caring.      

This is the perfect environment to use your intuition clearly, to make excellent decisions.  Others may be inundated with their fears, some are even high on their troubles, sleep may be a distant fantasy, crazy is right beside you!  Your reminding them we have natural cycles, cycles within cycles, that it simply won’t always be this way, can help them recenter, restore them to spiritual balance.   Next time it might be them calming you!       

Maybe crabs walk sideways, to circle the issues, see things from all points of view.  They are walking around the Great Circle of Life, this time leading to 2012!  Hold my hand, let’s go together.       

Summer Solstice Magic!

Summer is precious time!  You can migrate north, or stay and tend your garden!  You can set up a pool for the kids, take a journey!  If you are an urban farmer, there is at least triple the work!  Plants are bigger, more hungry, more maintenance, plus harvesting, and as they finish producing, soil needs refurbishing, more needs to be planted.  Also it is a time, even now, to be thinking of fall planting.  This is so Cancerian a time, nurturing, providing food for your family, securing the time to come.     

Play is definitely on the agenda!  How can you resist the radiance of abundant flowers, the fine weather, wonderful outdoor swims and water sports, hiking, camping, barbeques, vacations!  The joy of these experiences together bring a natural bonding, support for each other.  Meeting new people on trips extends our cultural acceptance.  For young people, these are lifelong skills that strengthen our sense of self, we can be part of a larger community.      

The loving protection and shelter, care without demanding a payment that Cancers give, allow a safe space for a precious innocence, exploration without bias.  The relaxation, summer’s heat melting us, lets us feel our feelings more deeply.  Along with all the brilliant sky and sunlight, summer can be a coming home, no matter where you are.    

Summer Love & Magic! May your beauty shine among the stars!

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