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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Saddam Hussein Hangs - Learn His Secrets


A very public death for a man who lived a very public life. No matter what people may think about his atrocities or his politics, do we really ever wish to become that which we proclaim to be against? This photo I chose is a snap off of YouTube. It smacks oddly of exactly those "kidnap" videos we abhor. Enough people want to see it, though, because it has become a Viral Video.

  • Saddam Hussein Astrology Chart

  • Washington Post:For Saddam's Page in History, A Final Link On YouTube



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  • Friday, December 29, 2006

    First Insurance, Now Astrology Predicts Erectile Dysfunction

    Okay. Being a Scorpio (I admit it) I couldn't pass up this post. It seems that insurance companies are not the only corporations using Astrology to make predictions. This is a press release from Firstmed, self described as "the UK's leading online impotence clinic". What does that mean exactly? How do you treat human beings with a problem so sensitive and personal ONLINE? I get that you have a certain amount of anonymity online that you wouldn't have sitting across from 12 other people in a waiting room, but how do you treat the individual?

    The plus for this type of company in terms of target audience is pretty clear. Gather leads based on birth dates and target your advertising towards those folks heavily. The press release does not say how many were involved in their study or over what period of time it took place.

    Also, in the release, they state that this might give some insight into the psychological reasons behind ED. You think that if they actually communicated with their "clients" that they might find some insight? Obviously I believe that Astrology is a valuable tool, and can give a huge amount of psychological and other information about a person. However, Astrology is more than just the Sun Sign. It is naive and misleading to believe this study really shows anything psychological about their clients. If anything, Capricorn, with their natural stamina, want to extend their natural "talents".

    Out of detective-like curiosity (did I mention I am a Scorpio) I went to Firstmed's website. Their title on the bar of my browser says: "Buy Cialis, Viagra, Levitra Online | Male erectile dysfunction / Impotence Clinic UK". Why, I would venture to guess that this company is no more than the spammers that swamp my corporate inbox daily. It's a way for people to score some sex candy. As you probably know, most of the people who use these drugs and purchase them online, don't actually suffer from ED, they just want more stamina. One of these pills isn't called the "weekender" for nothing!

    ED drugs are about the only drugs where the side effects are actually appealing and a selling point! "4 hours or longer" and "7 hours or longer". Here's the PR, reposted so I don't have to link to their silly release for their cash cow.


    Capricorns Come in Last According to New Firstmed Consulting Studies

    There are many known disadvantages to celebrating a birthday around the Christmas season -- joint birthday/Christmas presents, people unavailable on the big night due to office parties etc. Less known is that according to recent studies, those born around Christmas may have a higher probability of erectile difficulties.

    (PRWeb) December 28, 2006 -- It seems that feeling upstaged by the biggest holiday of the year may have more of an effect on the male ego than we previously realized. Studies conducted by Firstmed Consulting, a UK online ED clinic which focused on the star-signs of their customers, reveal that Capricorns are by far the highest suffers of the medical condition.

    Often described as one of the most stable and serious of the zodiacal types, Capricorns are said to be patient and prudent, ambitious and disciplined, over conventional and rigid. These independent, rock-like characters may have many sterling qualities but the ability to maintain an erection may not be one of them. Whether you believe in astrology or not, characteristics attributed to Capricorns such as being pessimistic and fatalistic, may well give us insight into the psychological causes of ED. Many men react to an occasional episode of erectile dysfunction by becoming more anxious, which results in further sexual problems, hence more anxiety. This is called the "impotence domino effect" of anxiety - failure - more anxiety - more failure.

    At the other end of the scale, living up to their reputation as a fire sign, it was the Sagittarians who emerged victorious. Sagittarians are said to posses a strongly idealistic nature, capable of suffering many disappointments without being affected. Perhaps it is this optimistic nature that allows them to avoid the anxiety that consumes other men following an occasional episode of ED

    See below to see how the rest fared.

    1.Capricorn (23 December-19 January)
    2.Cancer (23 June-23 July)
    3.Taurus (21 April-21 May)
    4.Virgo (24 August-23 September)
    5.Gemini (22 May-22 June)
    6.Libra (24 September-23 October)
    7.Aquarius (20 January-19 February)
    8.Leo (24 July-23 August)
    9.Aries (21 March-20 April)
    10.Pisces (20 February-20 March)
    11.Scorpio (24 October-22 November)
    12.Sagittarius (23 November-22 December)

    This information has been brought to you by Firstmed.co.uk, the UK's leading online impotence clinic.

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    First Insurance, Now Astrology Predicts Erectile Dysfunction

    Okay. Being a Scorpio (I admit it) I couldn't pass up this post. It seems that insurance companies are not the only corporations using Astrology to make predictions. This is a press release from Firstmed, self described as "the UK's leading online impotence clinic". What does that mean exactly? How do you treat human beings with a problem so sensitive and personal ONLINE? I get that you have a certain amount of anonymity online that you wouldn't have sitting across from 12 other people in a waiting room, but how do you treat the individual?

    The plus for this type of company in terms of target audience is pretty clear. Gather leads based on birth dates and target your advertising towards those folks heavily. The press release does not say how many were involved in their study or over what period of time it took place.

    Also, in the release, they state that this might give some insight into the psychological reasons behind ED. You think that if they actually communicated with their "clients" that they might find some insight? Obviously I believe that Astrology is a valuable tool, and can give a huge amount of psychological and other information about a person. However, Astrology is more than just the Sun Sign. It is naive and misleading to believe this study really shows anything psychological about their clients. If anything, Capricorn, with their natural stamina, want to extend their natural "talents".

    Out of detective-like curiosity (did I mention I am a Scorpio) I went to Firstmed's website. Their title on the bar of my browser says: "Buy Cialis, Viagra, Levitra Online | Male erectile dysfunction / Impotence Clinic UK". Why, I would venture to guess that this company is no more than the spammers that swamp my corporate inbox daily. It's a way for people to score some sex candy. As you probably know, most of the people who use these drugs and purchase them online, don't actually suffer from ED, they just want more stamina. One of these pills isn't called the "weekender" for nothing!

    ED drugs are about the only drugs where the side effects are actually appealing and a selling point! "4 hours or longer" and "7 hours or longer". Here's the PR, reposted so I don't have to link to their silly release for their cash cow.


    Capricorns Come in Last According to New Firstmed Consulting Studies

    There are many known disadvantages to celebrating a birthday around the Christmas season -- joint birthday/Christmas presents, people unavailable on the big night due to office parties etc. Less known is that according to recent studies, those born around Christmas may have a higher probability of erectile difficulties.

    (PRWeb) December 28, 2006 -- It seems that feeling upstaged by the biggest holiday of the year may have more of an effect on the male ego than we previously realized. Studies conducted by Firstmed Consulting, a UK online ED clinic which focused on the star-signs of their customers, reveal that Capricorns are by far the highest suffers of the medical condition.

    Often described as one of the most stable and serious of the zodiacal types, Capricorns are said to be patient and prudent, ambitious and disciplined, over conventional and rigid. These independent, rock-like characters may have many sterling qualities but the ability to maintain an erection may not be one of them. Whether you believe in astrology or not, characteristics attributed to Capricorns such as being pessimistic and fatalistic, may well give us insight into the psychological causes of ED. Many men react to an occasional episode of erectile dysfunction by becoming more anxious, which results in further sexual problems, hence more anxiety. This is called the "impotence domino effect" of anxiety - failure - more anxiety - more failure.

    At the other end of the scale, living up to their reputation as a fire sign, it was the Sagittarians who emerged victorious. Sagittarians are said to posses a strongly idealistic nature, capable of suffering many disappointments without being affected. Perhaps it is this optimistic nature that allows them to avoid the anxiety that consumes other men following an occasional episode of ED

    See below to see how the rest fared.

    1.Capricorn (23 December-19 January)
    2.Cancer (23 June-23 July)
    3.Taurus (21 April-21 May)
    4.Virgo (24 August-23 September)
    5.Gemini (22 May-22 June)
    6.Libra (24 September-23 October)
    7.Aquarius (20 January-19 February)
    8.Leo (24 July-23 August)
    9.Aries (21 March-20 April)
    10.Pisces (20 February-20 March)
    11.Scorpio (24 October-22 November)
    12.Sagittarius (23 November-22 December)

    This information has been brought to you by Firstmed.co.uk, the UK's leading online impotence clinic.

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    Wednesday, December 27, 2006

    Lacking Things in Your Chart - Manifesting What You Need

    In Astrology, you tend to draw into your life those things that complete you.

    In my own chart, I have only one Planet in a Fire Sign and my Ascendant. Fire in your chart gives you energy and purpose.

    The Planet is Saturn and it is in Aries. Saturn tends to restrict everything it touches, and mine is square Mars in Capricorn (ruled by Saturn), opposite Venus in Libra and Uranus in Virgo. Yes, my temper is hard to coax out, but when I have had it, that's it. When I get to the point of explosion (not very often, but it does happen), take a regular Scorpio temper and quadruple it. Stingers a-flying and never miss their mark.

    Through the years, and especially in leadership roles, I have learned to control (Saturn) this and work on my diplomacy (Venus in Libra).

    Since I lack Astrological fire, I can always tell when I am ignoring my raw energy or anger. I will burn myself with anything possible. Making toast, cooking, drinking coffee, smoking, or, my personal favorite, electrocution. It's chronic.

    The past several years, however, I burn myself less. I attribute this to my partner, a Leo very heavy in Astrological fire.

    What do you lack and how does it manifest for you?

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    Tuesday, December 26, 2006

    Manifestation of Taurus with Money

    I lived in a flat in London with 3 other people. It's the anchovie in the tin experience that many people living in big expensive cities go through. Considered a trade off to being in the environment of culture and all the ammenities a big city has to offer.

    There were two Scorpios, a Pisces and a Taurus. Needless to say, the Taurus was even more focused on money, trying to keep her feet firmly planted on the ground with all this water ebbing and flowing. One of the Scorpios was later replaced by a Cancer, so the water in her living situation didn't get much better with time.

    The flat itself was a previous mansion flat. That, in London terms, means that once it was super huge, but has since been sectioned off. For us it meant that the previous quarters where the hired help stayed was now seperated by a wall, to make two, three or four different smaller flats out of one large flat. There was a large living room, a large bedroom and a tiny broom closet of a bedroom. Originally, the two in the living room (I was one of the two) paid the same as the one in the larger room. We were supposed to rotate into the room, so it would be fair and equitable for all. This never happend and the Taurus always had reasons why she should not leave "her" room.

    This meant that I shared the family room with someone else. Since it was also used as everyone's living room during the day, there was little to no privacy. Luckily, my roomie and I got along well and our schedules were pretty compatible. We lived close in, and this was the trade off.

    One day the Taurus called a "flat meeting". She felt that everyone else should take on more burdon of the rent (although she had a large room to herself). She flips out some calculations of how much she thinks everyone should pay. I take out a piece of paper and add it up. She is making all this fuss over 50 pence, which at that time was around a dollar. No, not 50 pence per week, or month. 50 pence PER YEAR. That is what all this squabbling was about!

    We were all busy people and I could not believe that all this hooplah was for something so petty. In my best benevolent Scorpio way (wink), mostly to get my point across, I pull a one pound coin out of my pocket and tossed it to her. She picked it up and looked puzzled. "What's this for?" she asked.

    "That's my payment for the next two years in advance."

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    Monday, December 25, 2006

    Falling into Astrology

    In my previous post Astrology Talk: Being an Astrologer - First Meetings I promised to tell you all how I "fell" into Astrology. The reason I call it "falling" into Astrology is that it was not a planned event, but I feel a strong pull of fate.

    Keep in mind at this point in my life, I only knew about the horoscopes in the papers. I didn't even follow them much. I was living in London, England in a Russell Square flat with 4 other people. We all came from the performing arts in some way. Warren (Pisces) was a dancer and recently finished the German cast of Cats. Wizi (Scorpio) was an Australian acrobat, also from the same cast. Christie (Taurus) was German and had something to do with the behind the scenes of some tours.

    I had recently returned for a tour in Germany as well. In between performing jobs I became a Jill of all trades. I worked in several places at the same time. I worked in a club on weekends and their Camden Market extension on weekend days. I also put together my own workshops for acting. My mainstay at the time was what should have been a part time gig working at Champion Sports on Oxford Street. I liked keeping busy and hands in lots of pies. It helps stave off my personal boredom, something I always struggled with in jobs. The only thing that ever kept me going at a regular job was the idea that it was a "means to an ends", allowing me to survive between acting gigs.

    I ended up being pretty good at my job at Champion because I was continually working more than my 32 hours. One of the managers asked if I would be willing to put in more hours as I got more work done than those who had been there for a few years. I struck a deal. Yes, if they paid me overtime for anything over 32 hours and I gave them the days and times that I needed off due to my other work.

    A different manager (Capricorn) did not appreciate this side deal and tried everything to undermine me. He decided one busy day to close all the registers but mine. This caused a huge line to form. It was one of the nights that I had to be off by a certain time to get to the club for my bar tending gig, which I reminded him of. He immediately let everyone else go, but kept me. He walked off the floor instead of ringing in any customers to thin the line.

    I ended this frustrating experience deciding I would never take another job that really did not interest me. I wasn't learning anything new and began being treated like the retail cattle that I was. I needed the check to make sure I could pay my rent and survive in expensive London, so it was the difference between survival and personal happiness.

    Finally, I walked out, leaving a long line of customers in the process. On the way to my locker, I ran into the manager who abandoned me, chatting and having tea. Other managers begged me not to quit, but I had it. They were great, but something in my life was not working so I cut the cord. I felt spiritually void.

    Stressed out walking home, wondering what ever I would do and how long it might take me to find another job, I walked through Covent Garden, as I did every day. Covent Garden is a beautiful cobble stoned area lined with classy stores. One store was Equinox - The Astrology Shop. There was a huge brass zodiac in the window and always very nice star, sun and moon merchandise in the other window. I went in a few times to buy gifts for people, but never had my horoscope done. Nor did I buy any books from the largest Astrology book collection in one place in the world. That was odd for me as I read voraciously.

    On my way past, I thought, "Astrology. Now that's something interesting that I don't know much about." I went in, expecting to ask for an application.

    I wasn't dressed for an interview. I had a pair of Lycra shorts on underneath my torn in the butt jeans. All this was covered by a long wool coat. I asked at the desk if they happen to be hiring and was told "no". I asked if it was possible to get an application anyway. Through this interaction, out from the back of the shop a sprightly good looking man came out. He introduced himself as Robert Currey, which meant nothing to me.

    He took me in the back and I explained that I quit my job today and decided that I would never take another position unless it was something that I wanted to do. He asked me what I knew about Astrology. Now here is where my acting training came in... If you are asked to do something that you can't do, you say yes and learn it before the next audition. How hard could it be to learn about 12 signs? If I could memorize all parts to a 3 hour play in a week, this would be a cake walk.

    I think my response was something along the lines of, "I know a good deal, but would need to learn more."

    "What do you know?"

    "...Uhhh... There are 12 signs." I responded.

    "What's your chart like?"

    "I'm a Scorpio..."

    "Do you want to take off your coat? It's warm in here." And it was warm. And I was very warm. I didn't want to show my butt torn jeans in this impromptu interview, so on it stayed.

    Robert called up my chart. Luckily I knew exactly when I was born thanks to good old fashion German anal retentive record keeping.

    We spoke for nearly an hour and at the end of it he struck a bargain with me. A trial period to see how I liked it and how I fit in. I would start out in the back and could eventually work my way to the front.

    To this day, I have no clue what prompted Robert to hire an arrogant young woman who knew little about Astrology. I am so thankful he did. But I was eager to learn. I was eager for a new challenge. At that time I didn't know it, but my Venus in Libra on Midheaven really enjoyed the thought of being surrounded by so many beautiful objects.

    When I reported for work, my first task was to write all the void moon times and details into a desk calendar. I had a list, and had to use a pictorial guide for the symbols. This took me a long time. I also had to allow for time changes. We were in GMT, so it wasn't as complicated as it could have been if we were in another part of the world.

    For weeks the only work I did was the back side grunt work. Mailings, reorganizing this or that, but everything had some type of Astrological lesson strategically built in. I would keep my eyes and ears open to what people said and how they explained Astrology. I learn best by osmosis.

    I began to read Astrology books so that I could learn more. Equinox at that time had brochures with neon style Astrological glyphs all around. When I closed my eyes to sleep, I was being chased by Astrological glyphs. What I was overwhelmed with in the daytime, I was teaching myself while I slept.

    My learning curve was fast. Robert paid for all his employees to take classes, so I took some.

    Soon, I was in my element, working in the front of the shop, which meant dealing with the public. This is something that I really enjoy. Besides learning and feeling more spiritually fulfilled, I also liked the fact that every day at Equinox was a new adventure. Learning Astrology is limitless. People always had different questions and there were always different tasks that needed to get done for the shop to function as efficiently as possible.

    I was affiliated with Equinox in one way or another for about 8 years in many capacities. Through Robert and Equinox, I have been blessed to meet some of the world's top Astrologers and to learn from the best of the best.

    One thing of note, which I obviously did not know when I embarked on my Astrological journey, but discovered later. Pluto was just starting to transit over my Sun when all this began. This is always a life changing experience. Pluto over Sun literally tears away the old stuff that doesn't work and drags you in the muck over and over. When it finally passes, your outlook is completely changed and like the Phoenix, rising from the ashes, you emerge a new person.

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    Winter Forecast - Yule Time, Winter Solstice and Beyond

    This is a great analysis of the current and continuing chart for the Winter Solstice. It includes world events, including a little bit of info on George W Bush and Osama bin Laden.

    Read the horoscope written by Sage.

    Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday time!

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    Tracking the Capricorn Santa

    That's right! Want to see where Santa is RIGHT NOW? You can track this famous Capricorn at NORAD Tracks Santa 2006.

    Capricorns are steadfast and determined. They have high stamina, which is perfect for traveling around the world in a very short time on a sleigh. It also takes some persistence to train reindeers how to fly in complete unison.

    Happy Holidays to all!

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    Saturday, December 23, 2006

    Jim Webb and George Bush Butting Heads

    Senator Jim Webb and George Bush reportedly found themselves butting heads at a recent White House reception. According to the article in the New York Times, 'Sen. Jim Webb Says Story on Rift With Bush 'Emanated from the White House', George W. had "asked about Webb's son, who is serving in Iraq. Webb suggested that troops should start coming home from Iraq, and Bush snapped back, "I didn't ask you that.""

    Webb claims he said nothing publicly about the testy response from George Bush, so it must be assumed that the story of the incident was leaked by the White House itself. You have to love how much game playing there is in US politics, no? Trite.

    Jim Webb is a recent Senator of Virginia. According to his web site (or is it Webb Site), Jim Webb for Senate, he was born for leadership and the military. "Both sides of Jim’s family have a strong citizen-soldier military tradition that predates the Revolutionary War." That's impressive. He served in the Marines and it seems his son is also carrying on the tradition of service. This gives him a unique point of view on Iraq, Iran and the current situation in the Middle East.

    But where does his name sound familiar? James H. Webb is the author of six best selling books and worked on many Hollywood feature films, including "Rules of Engagement" starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.

    In any exchange, there are two sides to every story and things often get exaggerated. It seems that the New York Time, in this case, glossed over the actual details of the exchange with Bush. In WikiPedia, you can find a nice write up about the biography of Jim Webb.

    About midway down, they go into further detail in "Terse Exchange with Bush", stating:

    "On November 28, 2006, at a White House reception for those newly elected to Congress, Webb declined to stand in the line to have his picture taken with the president, whom Webb often criticized during the campaign. The president approached Webb later and asked him, "How's your boy?", referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq. According to Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, aides warned the President to be "extra sensitive about talking to Webb about his son, since Webb's son had had a recent brush with death in Iraq."[18] Webb replied "I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President." Bush responded, "That's not what I asked you. How's your boy?" Webb responded "That's between me and my boy, Mr. President." Webb was so angered by the exchange that he was reportedly tempted to "slug" the president and later remarked "I'm not particularly interested in having a picture of me and George W. Bush on my wall."

    To read more about Jim Webb's horoscope go to Stars Over Washington. This is fantastic blog about politics and Astrology.



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    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Free Astrology Software - Configuration Hunter

    Configuration Hunter is an awesome and powerful tool for any Astrologer. It works on Windows machines only (can we pray for a Mac version soon?). This goody was created by Romanian Astrologer, Dan Ciubotaru, who now lives in Bucharest. Dan also runs a great blog Living Astrology.

    His creation is so jam packed with features that I won't cover them all here. Below is a quick blurb from the website:

    "About Configuration Hunter Software

    "Configuration Hunter is a free astrology software and it was designed to help you in your astrological activities and it was built on the Swiss Ephemeris (www.astrodienst.com). It is not created to replace any other astrology software that you are working with but to extend their existing functionalities.

    "The primary goal of this application is to offer you the ability to search for aspects and configurations within a chart or a series of charts and to display the results in a simple and analytical manner. It has no fancy graphics , only pure information."

    Download it from Dan's website and let him know how much you appreciate his efforts to produce such a vast piece of freeware!

  • About Configuration Hunter

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  • Esoteric Astrology eBook - A Cautionary Tale

    What kind of wackiness is this? I am tooling around looking for some cool fresh stuff for all you good folks who come to read my blog and I discover this link that I am kind of excited about.

    It states: "Esoteric Astrology" by Alice Bailey and Djwhal Khul. Get it now free."

    Alice Bailey is an Astrologer with a very spiritual approach to interpretation. You don't get a "cookbook" Astrology book with her on board. I enjoy reading her writings, especially her analysis of how the 12 Labors of Hercules parallels the Zodiac. Color me blond, but I have never heard of Djwhal Khul, which doesn't really mean anything as to his (or her) abilities as an Astrologer and writer.

    Anyhow, so I follow the link and get to this site. It has no information, just a link to download this file for "free". I look around at the other postings (none). Three categories are Astrology, Inspiration and Biotechnology. Hmmm. That's an interesting mix. I decide that perhaps this is a newbie blogger and they haven't really posted anything yet, and the date on this is December 20th. That doesn't mean the content isn't good, just not built up.

    Even though I usually don't download things from sites I don't know, against my better judgement, I download the file and notice underneath the link that I am supposed to put in this URL as the password to access this encrypted file. I do, and suddenly I glance at the time estimate... 20 million PLUS minutes! You have got to be JOKING ME! I don't pay extra for fast cable access for nothing! There is over 1200 pages in this thing! I download everything to my desktop. Can you imagine how long it would take me to clean up that mess?

    Are you laughing at my misfortune yet? This was so absurd that I had to share. Being a blogger isn't all fun, games and glamor. I thought I would just let you know, in case you stumble upon the same link. I don't want to put in the blog because I don't want to push any traffic to the site. What you want to look for is a website/blog with a title that makes no sense.

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    Tuesday, December 19, 2006

    Google Earth to Venture into Google Space


    On Playfuls.com a story ran regarding the newly unveiled venture between NASA and Google. Google seems to have their benevolent hands in all sorts of pies these days! They already run Google Mars, amongst other items. Perhaps that was a tester for Google Space?

    As I stated before, this was announced when the Moon was not Void of Course, so I expect great things. Stay tuned for a full Astrological interpretation!

    Here is a blurb from the article:

    "NASA Ames Research Center and Google have jointly announced the signed a Space Act Agreement that formally establishes a relationship to work together on a variety of challenging technical problems ranging from large-scale data management and massively distributed computing, to human-computer interfaces.

    "As the first in a series of joint collaborations, Google and Ames will focus on making the most useful of NASA's information available on the Internet. Real-time weather visualization and forecasting, high-resolution 3-D maps of the moon and Mars, real-time tracking of the International Space Station and the space shuttle will be explored in the future.

    "This agreement between NASA and Google will soon allow every American to experience a virtual flight over the surface of the moon or through the canyons of Mars," said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin at Headquarters in Washington. "This innovative combination of information technology and space science will make NASA's space exploration work accessible to everyone," added Griffin."

    Read the full article below:
  • Playfuls.com: Google Earth Soon to Follow Google Space

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  • Monday, December 18, 2006

    An Astrological Evening - The Hidden Scorpio

    My brother invited my SO and I to dinner at a Chinese restaurant. My experience, living in Portland, is that the Asian food here, on the whole, leaves a lot to be desired. I was spoiled living in San Francisco and London, where there is excellent Chinese. Even venturing into "China Town" leaves a lot to be desired. There are the odd hole in the wall Thai places here that are excellent, but Chinese food just doesn't seem on the Northwest menu.

    The dinner was a celebration for my niece. She was celebrating her 20th birthday. A large group of my newly married into family were there. Great people. Fun. Good hearts. And the food was surprisingly good, depite being located in the outskirts of a large mall.

    I had to smile to myself when my brother and his wife were trying to decide on which foofy drink to order. Someone had suggested the Scorpion (close to my heart for obvious reasons). The Scorpion drink had a big picture plastered along the bottom middle and offset by two other drink photos. The entire mixed drink menu was organized by name and photo. The photos were labeled with letters for easy reference.

    "Where is the Scorpion?" My bother asked. "I can't find the Scorpion." He continued, "I can't see the Scorpion. I don't understand this. It's as if the Scorpion is hidden."

    Scorpios get a bad wrap as being secretive and hidden. They aren't really. They just don't feel the need to tell you everything. It's not usually on purpose. It's only that us Scorpios didn't feel it was important enough to pass on. It's funny how my mind works sometimes. There are times when I get a huge chunk of information and soon forget it and never pass it on. Other times I pass on the trivial things. To most people this appears as being deceptive, or secretive.

    There is an undercurrent of things hidden in the Scorpio energy. It stems from being severely intense and focused. It's all or nothing. Deep thoughts run throughout the day, but we are so used to dealing with them that they seem like nothing.

    Scorpios also have a hard time acknowledging pain. Physical pain makes us suck it up and keep going. It's sign of weakness, and Scorpios can't abide by weakness. Emotional pain makes us broody, and perhaps a little vengeful. In the long run, we know that if we wait it out, karma will take care of its own, with or without our help. Scorpios believe this because we have seen it time and time again.

    Often, others think Scorpios are incredibly strong, and this means that unless the Scorpio learns good communication (and worse, admitting to being vulnerable) they get looked over in times of crisis. By looked over, I mean emotionally. It's hard to guess what a huge flowing river needs.

    It's easy to overlook the hidden. That's exactly why it is hidden! So keep searching the menu for the Scorpion and see how many of these energies you can pick out in your daily life.

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    Burning Flatulence Causes Emergency Landing... On a Void Moon

    The moon was void from 5:13am (PST) on December 6th through December 8th at 3:52am (PST). On December 7th, a plane landed prematurely when a burning smell was noticed by some passengers.

    Can you imagine all the plans that people made for being picked up upon their arrival, or where they were staying, the meeting the following day or any of the plans we make when traveling? Well, since the plane had to be diverted, all those plans had to be postponed while passengers were disembarked and a dog sniffed the plane for signs of explosives. Explosives zero. Safety matches YES.

    I have been on a plane from New York to California where just about everything went wrong on the flight. A man had a heart attack (emergency landing). A case fell from the overhead onto the head of the man next to me, who jumped across the seat in front of us to beat the person up who forced his case into the overhead (seat reassignments and minor triage). A second emergency landing in Denver (during a blizzard) to arrest a couple who kept smoking pot in the bathroom. To top it off, as we were landing in San Francisco, a woman began to give birth. At that time, I had never heard of a void moon or the moon being void of course. I looked it up later as I kept a very detailed diary of the events of my trip. Guess what? The moon was void. It was also void when the flight was booked.

    However, in all my travels, I have never encountered anything like this story!

    Here is the Wiki News Article, followed by other accounts:

    "An American Airlines flight from Washington to Dallas was forced to land in Nashville after a Dallas woman lit her flatulence to disguise its odour; several passengers noticed a suspicious smell.

    "The Dallas woman, who had ignited her fart in the lavatory, had not been forthcoming about the burning smell noticed by other passengers. All passengers and crew were disembarked while the plane and luggage were searched.
    Wikipedia


    "A bomb sniffing dog located her spent matches and the woman admitted to lighting her fart to disguise odor after a "lengthy questioning" by the FBI. She said her flatulence was caused by a medical condition.

    "A spokeswoman for Nashville airport said "Since there was no malice involved and the incident was accidental, she was not charged with anything."

    "After the flight resumed, the woman was not allowed back on the plane."

    Read more:
  • BBC News: Flatulence leads US jet to divert
  • CNN: Flatulence on plane sparks emergency landing

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  • Sunday, December 17, 2006

    Google and NASA to Make Big Announcement Dec. 18th

    The folks at NASA are courting Google. The entire courtship has been hush-hush so no one really knows what the two will announce on a December 18th press briefing. Google already has Google Earth and Google Mars (Astrology Talk: Googling Mars). There is talk that iEarth may be released publicly later in 2007 which allows for folks to take measurements of different places and structures from the comfort of their home or office.

    The press release hints that the NASA and Google relationship centers around something called "Space Act Agreement". Apparently this has something to do with "research, technology and monitoring of the upper atmosphere".

    I await the December 18th announcement. The Moon goes back on course in the wee hours of the morning (PST), so it should be a good outcome for an announcement of such magnitude.




    Read the ZDnet article:

    NASA to reveal major Google announcement Monday by ZDNet's Garett Rogers -- According to NASA Ames, a discussion about the agreement with Google has been scheduled for Monday, December 18. Not much is known about what is going to be discussed, but the press release gives us a couple clues: NASA Ames Research Center hosts a media briefing Monday to discuss a major announcement involving Google, Inc. WHAT: Media [...]

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    Saturday, December 16, 2006

    My Favorite Ancient Gadget - Astronomical Clock

    I have covered the Antiythera Mechanism in two previous posts. What can I say? This 2000 year old Astronomical Clock fascinates me. I think it is quickly becoming my gadget of choice.

    The Washington Post has a wonderful discussion the the clock and you can read it here: Science: Human Behavior and the Antikythera Mechanism.

    This falls right in line with my book review of Arthur Koestler's book, Sleepwalkers. On page 80, he speaks of how everything at that time was thought to be in perfect circles. However:

    "There exist some fragmentary remains, dating from the first century AD, of a small sized Greek planetarium - a mechanical model designed to reproduce the motions of sun, moon, and perhaps also of the planets, but it's wheels, or at least some of them, are not circular - they are egg-shaped. The orbit of Mercury in the Ptolemaic system... shows a similar egg-shaped curve staring into one's face. All these pointers were ignored, relegated into limbo as a sacrifice to circle worship."

    We had it! We had it right! We had it right, but by being told we were wrong, we fell past being right, back into stumbling around trying to figure out the cosmos we live in. We as people seem to have consciousness like waves. We get a concept, then get side tracked by another concept (especially a more aesthetically pleasing one), and only hundreds of years later do we "rediscover" what we once knew. Batteries in ancient Egypt, for instance. Should we then, as human beings, be so amazed that previous inhabitants had some of the same technology (or variations of it) that we now take for granted?

    It is obvious by Koestler's mention of this Astronomical clock that in 1959, when the book was written, the true use of this amazing device was still not known.

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    Angelina Jolie Astrological Profile, and Brad Pitt to Boot


    Ah. What can I say. Angelina Jolie intrigues me. She is one of those actresses who has a true sense of freedom on screen. That is very rare to find, and believe me, I spent most of my life around actors of all types.

    I have been looking for an Astrological take on this wonderful Golden Globe (more than once) winner. I hadn't posted any until now, because Jeffrey Kishner has got it down on his blog Astrology at the Movies.

    Once I tease you with his intro paragraph, I know you will go there to read the whole article:

    "Angelina Jolie was born under the sign of the Twins, and the dynamics in her chart only serve to underscore how widely divergent her two "selves" are from each other. She is both a compassionate mother to third world children, and a sexually confident, dark and aggressive woman."

    What I enjoyed most about his post is that he also looks at the synastry of Brad Pitts chart against the backdrop of Jolie's. Things that make you go hmmmm...

  • Astrology at the Movies.

  • Also check out Celeb AstroBlogy: Another Baby for Angelina?

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  • More on Astrology and Insurance Companies

    This post just in from Astrological Musings, the blog finely written by Astrologer Lynn Hayes. Lynn's post is much more thorough than the one I put up earlier:

    "You may have seen a study by Allstate Insurance correlating driving habits to sun signs. This analysis was done by a Vedic astrologer, Carol Allen, but I have to say it doesn't make sense to me. Aries make great drivers because they stay out of trouble? Leos are good drivers because they are generous on the road? Taurus drive the most luxurious cars? (Actually, that would be Capricorn - Taurus likes the cars that are the most comfortable and the most reliable, it's Capricorn that seeks the status of luxury.) Perhaps it's the Vedic astrology that makes these interpretations different than mine would be. Sun signs of course do not provide an accurate picture of ones driving habits - you can have a stable Capricorn with Uranus in the first house in square to Mars, and they will be as reckless as any fire sign.

    "Another insurance company in Australia did its own study described in this article by astrologer Nancy Fenn of 160,000 claimants that seems more accurate, finding Geminis to be the worst drivers (multitasking), with Taurus (stubborn) and Pisces (spacey) close behind. Capricorns were safest, probably because of their strong sense of responsibility.

    "Allstate has now gone further into astrology, using sun signs to predict retirement habits. This is pretty fascinating: Impulsive Aries are the most likely to say they've educated themselves about investing, but the least likely to save. Only 1% of Taureans, with their need for material security, have not saved for retirement. 96% of Cancers are worried about the future. 71% of Libras (me) are least likely to stick to a budget, and most likely (33%) to expect to provide financial support to family members.

    "These numbers are significant enough to have an impact in the public awareness about astrology, which is very exciting!!"

    To see more great posts go to Astrological Musings

    Further study links:
  • Which Signs Are the Best and Worst Drivers
  • Is Retirement in Your Stars?

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  • 2008 Elections - Hilary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama - Who Will Take it Home?

    Everyone is speculating on the 2008 elections for US President. There are many interesting dynamics that will come into focus the next few months as candidates announce their intentions and party's choose sides.

    AstroFutureTrends blog is covering different aspects of Presidential hopefuls by comparing the common sense of who the forerunners will most likely be, and the Astrological transits for their charts at the time of the 2008 election.

    Personally, I think that the election will have its fair share of surprises. Watch out for these upsets as candidates announce their intentions to run for the Presidency.

    Until then, keep up to date at AstroFutureTrends

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    Astrology Signs and Insurance Rates - Accidents and Tickets

    Years ago I read that the auto insurance companies were doing a study into the driving habits of various Astrological signs. I have no doubt that Astrology in general effects driving habits. Lee Romanov, from InsuranceHotline.com, has completed such a study over a 6 year period. From this study, she has written a book called Car Carma, which details the results.

    For years, the insurance industry has claimed such ridiculous things as credit score in determining who a good driver is, or where you live. In my own experience, I had a 2 door 4 cylinder gutless wonder of a car and was told my rate went up because all two doors were now considered sports cars. In an experiment, I changed to the same year, 6 cylinder four door with tons of power, and it went up because it was a 6 cylinder and considered to be a sports car. If you have an older car that costs less to replace, they charge more because apparently they feel it will have more damage. Yet, if you own a vehicle with super high safety rating, such as a Saab or Volvo, you pay more for a luxury vehicle. It seems you just can't win.

    The insurance industry should charge your insurance rate based on tickets, accidents and claims. For example, I know of people who have hit hard times and have appalling credit, but have not had a ticket or accident in 20 years. Yet, they are being charged more than someone with a higher credit score with tickets and accidents.

    Anything to make a buck. This study, however, is pretty interesting as far as only using Sun Signs goes. It would be interesting to do a cross study to see which of these signs also have poor vs good credit scores.

    I am a Scorpio with no tickets since 1993 (scored #7 for tickets). I have never had an accident that was my fault (#2 for accidents). Now the key is "that were my fault". I have been in 2 major accidents as a passenger and last year was rear ended by someone who now I am convinced was a Libra!

    Tickets & The Driver's Sign

    Here are the Astrological Signs that had the most influence over drivers, causing them to have the greatest number of tickets, from worst to best.

    1. Pisces – Worst
    2. Aries
    3. Aquarius
    4. Capricorn
    5. Libra
    6. Taurus
    7. Scorpio
    8. Leo
    9. Cancer
    10. Virgo
    11. Sagittarius
    12. Gemini – Best

    Accidents & The Driver's Sign

    Here are the Astrological Signs that had the most influence over drivers, causing them to have the greatest number of accidents, from worst to best.

    1. Libra – Worst
    2. Scorpio
    3. Capricorn
    4. Aries
    5. Aquarius
    6. Sagittarius
    7. Pisces
    8. Taurus
    9. Virgo
    10. Gemini
    11. Cancer
    12. Leo – Best

    To read the full article and order Car Carma, visit InsuranceHotline.com

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    Friday, December 15, 2006

    Astrology, the Weather and Meteorology - Astrometeorology

    In my last post, I told you about the wind storms here. Oddly, I am sure that the Pacific Northwest Meteorologists play twister to decide which way they call the weather. A few years ago, we had a very bad snow blizzard. As I was looking out the window watching the blizzard in full force, a weatherman less than 3 miles away claimed it stopped snowing and was warm and sunny. Guess it was too much to peek out his window.

    Anyway, no major damage for the windstorm, but they warn of it continuing through Monday. Or maybe snow. Or maybe just rain... No wait... Maybe... Well, let's just see!

    There is a man named Theodore White. Theo is an Astrometeorologist. He tracks weather and storm patters past the normal 5-10 day period and has much better accuracy than our own Meteorologists here in the Pacific Northwest. (He is at 85%, they are somewhere around 50%).

    Theo uses classical scientific astrology and a branch off of that includes meteorology. This same method was used for The Old Farmer's Almanac over 200 years ago.

    This is what he says about wind storms: "** Wind Storms > Transits indicate to me that this is the winter of powerful winds. Gusty winds nationwide in late autumn, and most of winter is a serious concern of mine for the entire country. Expect sometimes very gusty, sustained windy conditions in December, January & February ~ especially in the Midwest, Heartland, the Northeast & Atlantic corridor, Pacific Northwest, Inter-Mountain West, Upper & Central Plains, and Colorado Rockies. Indeed, for most of the country this winter. Even California & the Southwest will not be immune to the very windy conditions. It is advised for nearly all Americans to prepare for & guard against sometimes powerful, gusty winds. Take in outdoor objects that can serve as flying debris, and prepare in advance for potential power outages due to the windstorms of autumn & winter.** "

    Visit Theo at Weather Matrix.




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    Astrology and the Void Moon - Personal Account

    Last night I planned to return home and continue writing the mega post about my personal Astrological journey. I love it when the universe throws a cog into plans! Just as a side note, the post was put up at 2:40am on 12/13. I started that post when the moon was Void-of-Course and finished it during the Void as well. It wasn't posted until 40 minutes later. At the end of that post, I promised to continue with the second leg. Well, true to form, NEVER PROMISE ANYTHING WHEN THE MOON IS VOID OF COURSE!

    I think I told you that I often ignore the Void Moon times until something goes screwy. Then I will check back. The reason I do this from time to time is to make sure that my perceptions are accurate. It also makes for some fun times slapping my forehead with my palm.

    My day started off with warnings of a Wind Storm, estimating winds in the Portland area up to 100 miles an hour. It was touted as the worst wind storm in 10 years. My entire schedule was thrown to the wind (pun intended) due to various unexpected issues, such as a windshield wiper bending at a 90 degree angle on the freeway in the wind blasts. This needed the motor of the wiper immediately replaced. Of course, it was the driver side wiper.

    I got calls from every person who I ever had a small interaction with, and this depleted my cell phone battery much faster than usual. I was able to plug it in for 5 minutes at a time while at work since it continually rang off the hook.

    Work itself was great and productive. I decided to change my plan and go with the flow, and this always seems to work with a void moon decision gone awry.

    However, as I left, the power was out on the island where I live. Not only was the power out, but none of the flashlights we had have worked very well. Those that do, seem to disappear into the deep recesses of gnome land and are never seen again. I expect to find them one day, along with ever single sock ever lost from the wash. A quick trip to Target was in order. Thankfully Target was the only place on the island that has the foresight to have a back up generator.

    The power was out. My phone by now barely had a trickle of a charge. There was no way I could complete the post promised the day before.

    This is a real life example of the little quirks that happen when you plan things on a Void Moon. The best remedy once done? Just change your plans and go with the flow.

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    Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    Being an Astrologer - First Meetings

    I have decided to skip putting up a smaller article for a few longer ones. Since it takes more time to put together the longer posts, and I have a regular J.O.B. (and I don't get paid enough blogging to quit that J.O.B... YET) I can not commit time to do both. It's my hope that you take away a little bit of insight from these longer articles that are lacking when I do shorter posts. If you ever have any questions, or wish to see an article on a certain subject, email me. I am always happy to respond.

    When people first find out that I am an Astrologer, their reactions are interesting. You get those who think they are being clever, putting on their best poker face and challenge, "So. What sign am I?" My reaction largely depends on my mood, their approach and the overall atmosphere. I usually smile and explain that personal appearances are usually reflected in the Rising Sign, not the Sun Sign. Usually this gets them to shift in their seat a little, and re-phrase their question. "What's my Rising Sign, then?" Sometimes I will play, but other times, especially if I really want the conversation to take on a different topic, I'll ask them if they know what their Rising Sign is. Most people who take this approach when they first meet Astrologers still think of Astrology as the 12 signs of the Zodiac in the newspaper horoscopes. Either they answer something off kilter like, "The Moon", or they don't know and will be honest about it. Usually at this point, they are grinning like a kid caught with their hand in a cookie jar. The simple answer: "If you don't know what your Rising Sign is, then how will you know if I am wrong, or right?"

    Although I take my responsibility of passing on Astrological knowledge very seriously, these sorts of encounters get a little tedious. Thousands of Astrologers every day must go through similar scenarios. Sometimes this sort of interaction comes from a genuine interest in the topic. They just don't know any other way to broach the subject. Most of the time, however, it's intended to be a personal test. The "I Read My Horoscope But Never Won The Lottery" crowd. It's not really their fault that they just don't know the ins and outs of Astrology or how complicated it actually is. After all, no one came out of the womb knowing everything. We learn as we grow as people. They just haven't become conscious of it yet.

    These types of interactions can be a great opportunity to bring a little of that awareness into some one's life. How many people get a chance to do that so often? The amount of information imparted depends upon a few factors: time, inclination, openness, attitude and sychronicity. If the timing is right, I usually take out a piece of scratch paper and draw a rough chart, with house divisions, the zodiac and planets. I draw each of these as I explain what the item is and try to relate it in some way to the person. Obviously, it's quick, taking no longer than 5 minutes. After all, I am not giving a class in Astrology, just trying to open some eyes.

    I begin by explaining which part of the chart indicates the Rising Sign. The question, "What does it mean?" is usually next off the lips. "Well, technically your Rising Sign is the constellation on the Eastern most horizon at the time of your birth." Does that really tell them what it means? Yes, but not in the way they expect. This leaves them with some curiosity as to what else they might discover with Astrology, and also shows them that there is more to Astrology than whipping out an interpretation. I graze over what the Rising Sign means to them, and then head to the Zodiac, planets, aspects, houses, and if the mood is right, the other basic elements of an Astrological chart. They key is always to technically explain something, then pull in something personal to them without interpreting a chart. If it isn't personally meaningful, then it's boring. This doesn't mean being individually specific.

    It's fairly rare for everything to come together in order to allow that much information to be passed in such a short amount of time. I am firm believer that when someone is spiritually, emotionally and intellectually ready to gain certain information, the universe will line up to provide it. Shakespeare said, "The fates lead the willing, and drag the unwilling." If something is meant to be in your life, it will be, whether it's an easy process or a hit on the head with a brick process. Who am I to shirk my responsibility and pass up an opportunity to create enough of a spark of interest, and possibly change a life forever?

    This may sound rather over dramatic, but Astrology certainly changed my life. I am very fortunate that someone (thanks Robert!) saw enough of a potential in me to give me the opportunity to learn. This brings me directly to the second reaction when people find out I am an Astrologer.

    You may have guessed it, and if you are an Astrologer have most likely heard it enough yourself. It's the "Teach Me" response. Usually what they are after is someone to hang out with who will show them everything from the ground up. In order to mentor someone in Astrology, I feel that they have to earn that mentorship. They have to meet you half way. Someone really has to show me that they want this knowledge. To me, this means that they will take personal responsibility for furthering their own knowledge. There are many wonderful books on the subject, or structured classes you can take in a classroom setting. The Internet has also provided some good material for the budding Astrologer. It's not that I am an elitist. I really am the opposite, believing that knowledge of Astrology should be readily available to everyone. But I also know that when things come easy, they are not appreciated fully.

    If someone really wants to learn about Astrology, they will be voracious in what they read, or hear on the subject. They will take some classes, or find a way to teach themselves the basics. How to cast an Astrology chart is a great start. Even though we all use computers these days to calculate charts, you still have to know how it is done by hand. It can take someone starting out an hour or two to calculate their first chart. That shows some element of dedication.

    It might seem that I just want my part in taking someone under my Astrological Wing to be easier. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    I had a very good friend in London, Ivan, who taught me a very valuable lesson. Ivan was an absolute master at creating electronic music on a keyboard. He had an edgy, unique approach and style, remaining completely dedicated to the art and mechanics of it all. For my birthday, a very special friend bought me a top of the line Yamaha SY85 synthesizer (thanks Joel!). I knew basics of the keyboard portion, but had no clue how to sample, mix, use midi or layer sounds on this complicated beast. I wanted to learn as quickly as possible. I was confident in my ability to pick things up just by watching someone else while they talked me through what they were doing. Ding! The light bulb went on. I would ask my friend Ivan. Surely he would teach me!

    I went over the Ivan's house and asked him if he would teach me. He was never a man for wasting words, and he said, "No". I told him I would pay him if he spent a little time showing me a few things. He again simply said, "No". I pretended it didn't bother me too much that I had just been turned down and made a list of excuses in my mind why he might say no. He didn't have enough time. He didn't have the patience. He didn't... Everything I came up with was wrong.

    We sat and shared a cup of tea in his kitchen. I looked out his kitchen window into his small fenced back yard. Just beyond his yard was an Underground track going overhead. Each time the train passed, the 150 year old house would shake. At first this was very hard for me get used to. I came from California where if it shook, it was called an earthquake.

    Finally I decided that rather than second guess Ivan's reasons, I would ask him outright. His answer wasn't something that ever occurred to my reality at the time. Come to think of it, when I taught him how to drive a stick shift, it's a good thing I didn't throw his reasoning back at him!

    To understand his answer you have to know a little bit more about Ivan. He was Norwegian and very dedicated to studying Runes. Runes take on very personal meanings based on your experiences. He would study Runes in everything, every day. He slept in Runic positions. He kept Runic journals. He spent days and sometimes weeks carving one Runic symbol into just the right rock with a nail. The process of all these things is to alter your conscious awareness of the symbolic Rune. Just as Odin hung upside down for days and nights, finally sacrificing his eye for knowledge, so too must those who seek certain knowledge make their own personal sacrifices.

    Ivan explained to me that he could certainly show me the ins and outs of my synthesizer but that would not be best for me. "If first you learn yourself by doing, you will have earned it. It will stick with your senses and you will be able to figure anything out. It will mean more to you and your work will show it." Just to prove to him that I could focus on the synthesizer long enough to learn, I did. I thought of the effect I wanted to create, and reverse engineered it. I taught myself all the ins and outs of the keyboard, and when I was finally able to play some of the end results for Ivan, he was impressed.

    A mentor should be someone who helps you build on your current knowledge. They fill in the gaps of the things you can't learn in school or from a book. They provoke you to think differently. They challenge your senses so that you stretch beyond your comfort zone.

    As with any esoteric or abstract knowledge, you have to be ready and open to the information. You have to take some steps yourself to learn. If not, you risk only mimicking someone else's thoughts and views. How will you know if something is truly right for you, or if you need to change course to something that sits more comfortably with you as an individual? In order to truly learn and grow, you have to have some type of desire and dedication already in place. No one can take the place of your own volition, propelling you towards a goal that is important to you.

    If someone takes your hand at step one, chances are you won't stick with it. If you do, you learn only one perspective. One of the beautiful things about Astrology is the "ah-ha" moments that never cease. Astrologers have these all the time, when they discover something new or fresh. Or when they see some element of Astrology in action. In order for the study of anything to continue evolving, there needs to be free thinkers and those who can start thinking a little outside the box. If Jim Lewis only stuck with "normal" Astrological subjects, we would never have Astro*Carto*Graphy the way we do today.

    My next post is going to be on how I "fell" into Astrology and how that effected my life. I hope you enjoy these longer posts. I try to impart knowledge that is interesting and changes people in some way.

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    Monday, December 11, 2006

    Nicole Richie Arrested for DUI

    At 25, Nicole Richie has more than most Americans. She is the daughter of singer Lionel Richie and has come into the lime light in the last several years for her reality series, "The Simple Life", with fellow socialite, and on again, off again, friend, Paris Hilton. Out of the two of the stars, Nicole Richie seems to have her head on a little straighter and is very likable.

    Recently, however, she seems quite conflicted. Weighing in at a self professed 100 pounds, fingers have pointed at a possible eating disorder. Now, she finds herself behind bars in a very cold concrete jail cell for a few hours.

    Nicole Richie was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and Vicodin. Upon her discovery by police, she fessed up to the pot and Vicodin. She's following in the footsteps of Paris Hilton, who was also arrested for misdemeanor drunk driving on September 7, 2006.

    CHP officers took her into custody without incident after her Mercedes SUV was discovered stopped in the car pool lane of Highway 134. She failed the sobriety test that was given to her. The police arrived after several emergency calls came in regarding a vehicle, that fit the description of the sleek black Mercedes Richie drives, going the wrong direction on the freeway.

    Want to learn more about her horoscope? Check out Celeb AstroBlogy: The Skinny on Nicole Richie.

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    The Life and Death of Augusto Pinochet

    His full name is a mouthful, yet flows well off the tongue: Augusto Jose Ramon Pinochet Ugarte. General Pinochet led a military overthrow of democratically elected President Salvador Allende in 1973. In an interesting twist, it was President Allende, who one month earlier, appointed Pinochet as Army Commander in Chief. They were Masonic Brothers in the same Lodge. The day prior to his promotion, the Chilean Parliament voted on a resolution to remove President Allende from office, stating violations of the Constitution as the reason. Allende died before being captured in the coup, and it is unclear whether he committed suicide as an autopsy was not completed until 1990.

    Years of deregulation and privatization followed, as Pinochet released his new economic policies. It was his vision to build a Chile of free enterprise and economic growth. Since the late 1980's Chile has seen that economic growth take place. Of course, a military coup is hardly a peaceful take over. Shortly after taking power, a military Junta took control and a blood bath of slaughtering those who opposed the ideas of the new military dictatorship soon followed. Over 2000 deaths are attributed to this political cleansing, and many more fled the country to escape the new regime. In a recent New York Times article on his death, it was stated that 3200 were killed or disappeared and tens of thousands were tortured, detained or exiled.

    Prior to his coming into power, Chile had a strong democratic tradition. In fact, many resigned their posts (later to die mysteriously or violently) rather than oppose the democratic system. The United States approved of Pinochet and gave approval and material support to the coup. The exact extent of which is not known.

    In 1990, Pinochet relinquished control of Chile over to Patricio Aylwin, the newly elected President. However, his stint as President had it's perks. He was later sworn as Senator-for-Life, which gave him immunity from prosecution. In an odd twist, a trip to see health specialists in the United Kingdom ended in his arrest on an international arrest warrant issued in Spain for human rights violations. In 2002, he resigned as Senator amidst claims that he was not healthy enough to stand trial.

    To his own people, he is a figure who inspires strong feelings on all sides. His supporters say he brought about changes for a free market system, economic growth and staved off communism. Those who opposed him say that he disassembled the democratic process, and tortured and persecuted those with differing views.

    This past November 25th, on Pinochet's 91st birthday he released a statement: "Today, near the end of my days, I want to say that I harbour no rancour against anybody, that I love my fatherland above all. ... I take political responsibility for everything that was done."

    On December 3, 2006, Pinochet had a heart attack and seemed to be recovering, however, his health took a down turn and he passed away 7 days later. His death is surrounded much the same way his life had been: full of controversy. His own government touts his praises, while the White House apologized for his behavior.

    Shortly after his death was announced, in Santiago, Chile, police were using tear gas and water cannons to subdue a crowd of over 6000, heading for the Presidential Palace. Along a 10 block stretch, protesters threw rocks, chanted, and sowed a good bit of havoc on the streets.

    Pinochet was born November 25, 1915 at 7:30pm in Santiago Chile. The first thing that struck me when looking at his chart was that he has three Grand Trines. Two in water and one in fire. Grand Trines are things that come easy to us, and so we tend not to fully develop that potential in them. Take as an example someone who has a "natural talent" as an artist. They can whip out a master piece in no time flat with little to no effort. Usually these people never feel challenged enough, so the don't truly apply their potential into a segued success. However, the student of art who has "natural talent", yet still has to work on technique and method, will be much more successful. The act of making art is still challenging for them.

    His chart shows a man deeply conflicted. Emotional, empathetic and intuitive, yet also rash and with such a high need for self preservation at all costs that even perceived threats, real or imagined, will be removed. Once a rash decision is made, it is stuck to like glue and seen through to the end, with little to no thought of how it effects anyone. I would not doubt that Pinochet had his share of moody emotional outbursts, usually in private, with an overwhelming conflict of the need to over intellectualize emotions and actions. He would become stagnant in this way and simply continue on the existing course if he could not resolve his inner conflict.

    Yet, all throughout is the repeating pattern that this was a man who had much emotional and intellectual depth. His primary focus in life was to make order out of chaos, which most likely made him feel right at home in the military, if not in his station as President. There is some speculation as to whether he lead the coup, or went along with it reluctantly. He later claimed that he lead the coup, however, from his chart I would guess that he was reluctant at first. Yet, with his need for order, saw an opportunity to create his own order on a wider scale later on when the coup was successful.

    Read the AstroTheme complete analysis of Pinochet's horoscope.

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    Sunday, December 10, 2006

    Review of Arthur Koestler's "The Sleepwalkers"

    It has been many years since I have picked up the book "The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe". It was given to me by a very good friend as a gift while I was living in London. Recently, I had the chance to revisit this fiendishly addictive book originally printed in 1959. Koestler focuses on man's changing perception and vision of the cosmology, or large scale properties of the universe, around him. This daunting task is expressed with a passion few authors possess. Koestler writes as if each individual subject matter is very personal to him and puts you in the driver's seat.

    Born in 1905, Arthur Koestler spent most his life as a foreign correspondent. He has written several novels about the human condition, and states that his scientific writings are an extension and completion of these observations.

    Koestler traces the first sign of awareness of the greater universe to the Babylonians over 3000 years ago and takes the reader on a wild trip through time and space to the time of Newton. Reading about the Hellenistic world, the reader is pulled into the mindset and lives of such well known figures as Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle, but is sure to include just as important, if less known, free thinkers. Koestler drags the reader through a thorough analysis of Babylon, Egypt, Greece with ease and interest. Of course, more modern greats such as Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler and Galileo are also given equal weight.

    It does not matter which era Koestler writes about, his individual stylistic blend of science, mythology, religion and daily life is as refreshing as it is intriguing. It is through this blend that history and the human condition, the search for reason and order out of chaos, comes to life.

    What really intrigues me about the way Koestler writes is his flair for dreaming, yet sticking to science. You truly feel as if you could understand, not just these great astronomers and astrologers, but also empathize with the general public of the day. You begin to understand not just the principals theories and point of view, but also the echo of the age in which they were born and lived. "Sleepwalkers" also give a unique perception to the reader of what the astrology of the day actually meant and how it was used in various significant times throughout history.

    Where would we be today if no one ever thought past survival? Would we still believe that the earth was a disc sitting on top of a pillar? One thing is for certain, Koestler has mastered the blending of Humanities with Science. I wonder what he would say if he added the chapters from Newton onward? Perhaps perception is best left to be analyzed in hindsight.

    We can add to our knowledge, but we cannot subtract from it. - Arthur Koestler






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    Saturday, December 09, 2006

    Earn a Degree in Astrology - AA, BA, MA

    A hop, skip and jump away from glorious Seattle, Washington sits a unique place of learning known as Kepler College. Named after Johannes Kepler, born in 1571, one of the greatest astronomical minds in human history. It is only fitting that this unique place of higher learning should be named after him, being a forerunner in its own right. Kepler College is a Liberal Arts college, and the only place in the United States that a person can earn an actual degree in Astrology. That's right, they offer AA, BA and MA programs! It won't be walk in the park, however. If you want this degree, you are going to have to do some serious learning. The study curriculum is very intense covering psychology, world history, comparative religion, astronomy, science, mathematics, literature, anthropology, philosophy, classical languages, economics and more.

    The faculty of Kepler College is equally as impressive, with many well known and highly respected astrologers and authors including Nicholas Campion, Dr. J. Lee Lehman, Karen Hamaker-Zondag and Robert Hand. Mr. Hand has written many books that any serious astrology student is familiar with, including Planets in Transit and Planets in Composite.

    This is what Kepler College says about its BA program: " Kepler College has been authorized by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue Bachelor of Arts degrees in Astrological Studies. The entire degree program takes four years to complete (each year consists of three 15-credit terms). As students earn their BA, they will take a journey that begins in the ancient past, exploring the history, uses, philosophy and practice of astrology from ancient times to modern day to see how astrology influenced the development of modern civilization. Students will learn about the controversies and arguments that surround the field, discover their own answers and may even elect to take part in current astrological research studies. In their third and fourth year, students will be expected to select a particular field of study in which to concentrate their studies and which will be the focus of their final project."

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    Friday, December 08, 2006

    Hillary Clinton - Will She Run for President?

    Hillary Clinton is one of those people who either inspire respect and awe, or simple disregard. She produces those strong love her/hate her feelings in others from all walks of life. Currently, however, she seems to be top choice for first woman President of the United States. Let's face it, much of politics is a crap shoot. Do we have the best for the job, or do we have those with the money and connections to money in power? Sometimes, as in the case of her husband, Bill Clinton, obscure figures emerge and win in the end, beating out those who had previously been speculated favorites.

    The Democratic Party buzz, is all about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. There are others close to lime light, but not yet in it, who just might swipe away the Democratic Party nomination.

    What type of a President would Hillary be? Presidential seat or no, her political career will carry on.

    Here is a great analysis of Hillary Clinton performed by noted top astrologer and author, Erin Sullivan. When you first meet Erin, you are immediately struck at how seriously she takes life and astrology. She is very intense and an excellent, thorough author. Here are some links to a few of her books:

  • Astrology of Midlife and Aging

  • Astrology of Family Dynamics

  • Saturn in Transit

  • Retrograde Planets

  • Dynasty
  • Thursday, December 07, 2006

    Ancient Astronomical Calculator Spurs More Questions

    November 30th, I posted on the Antikythera Mechanism - 2000 year old Astronomical Clock. While looking through my local paper today (The Oregonian) I came across a very short blurb about this fascinating instrument. It sparked my imagination even more than the first posting did.

    First, in 1900, a boat of sponge divers were forced to lay anchor off the small Greek island called Antikythera. It was a fluke, but while there, why not dive? This twist of fate caused Elias Stadiatos to discover the wreck of a cargo ship. When he came to the surface, he spoke of what struck him most. The wonderful statues of naked women. At that time, no one knew what a treasure had really been uncovered.

    The Antikythera Mechanism, at it is now so unromantically called, was cased in wood. Archaeologists helped with the underwater dig at 200 feet down, but the effort had to be abandoned in 1901 due to the difficulties of a dive that deep without the equipment we have available today. As the wood casing dried out, it fell away, and revealed the gears of the clock. The Economist published an article September 19th, 2002 touting this ancient treasure as the forerunner to actual clock making techniques. That's an easy enough tie in to make when you consider this artifact is the first known example of the use of complex gears.

    However, if you dig deeper, the truth is even more overwhelming. It showed an incredibly exact model of the movements of Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as lunar and solar events. It took half a century for enough of the mechanisms details to be revealed to really have a concept of what it was truly made for. Before that time, everything was guesswork, from toy, to orrery, to planetarium, to a navigation device.

    The largest revealed inscription in 1955 was very similar to an astronomical calendar written by Gerinos of Rhodes around 77 BC. Transcribing and identifying the inscriptions was such a slow process due to the high levels of calcification. Over the next century, pieces of the puzzle became much clearer.

    The gears were first thought to be distorted, damaged or squashed. However, later, it was found that nearly every piece of the artifact was in the correct and original placement. The gears are impressively complex. Each was cut with the same angle (60 degrees) and size of teeth, so that any gear could fit with another gear. There is evidence that the pieces of the device were cut from a sheet metal plate of bronze. No other metal was used and all pieces are the same thickness. Even signs of at least two repairs became obvious with time. First, the spoke of the drive wheel had been repaired. Second, one tooth of a gear had been replaced. This shows that the device was used, in use and valuable enough to fix.

    I don't know if I should be more amazed that our ancient brethren had the knowledge, patience and workmanship to create such a wonderful astronomical time piece, or that it has taken us, in all of our modern arrogance, a little over a century to understand it enough to replicate it.

    Jupiter, Mars and Mercury Dance in the Sky

    At 6 am on Sunday, take a hot cup of coffee outside and look towards the horizon in the East-Southeast. In about 20 minutes, you should see Jupiter, Mars and Mercury rise together. This will be the closest cluster of planets appearing over the next 47 years. You should be able to see all three of them with the naked eye, but around 7 am, as the Sun begins to rise, they will slowly fade from our view. Truly a dance you do not want to miss!

    The following day, Mercury will pull away from it's other two dance partners in the sky. It should be a perfect example of planetary grace and motion. Jupiter, on the other hand will become brighter and can be seen higher in the sky as we head towards Christmas.

    Towards the midle of the month, you will be able to spot Saturn, rising with Leo high above the eastern horizon by 11 pm.

    Read more about this wonderful time to discover the night sky in the Washington Post article Early Birds Can Glimpse Mars, Mercury and Jupiter.

    Wednesday, December 06, 2006

    Plans to build bases on moon "long overdue"

    A Swiss space expert has welcomed Nasa's decision to build a permanently occupied base on the moon.

    Bruno Stanek, who covered the 1969 Apollo landing for Swiss television, told swissinfo that for a comparable amount of money the space station programme had led to a "dead end".

    Unveiling the agency's plan for a return to the moon, Nasa said on Monday it would establish an international base camp on one of the moon's poles, permanently staffing it by 2024, four years after astronauts land there.

    "This was long overdue," Stanek said. "The International Space Station and the sophisticated ? and luxurious! ? space shuttle always ate up a lot of the Nasa budget. The new plans for flights to the moon and beyond just want to spend the same limited funds in a more efficient and focused way."

    The plans represent a sweeping departure from the Apollo moon missions of the 1960s and will open a new phase of space exploration after the shuttles are retired in 2010.

    Nasa said the first step in establishing the base would be a new generation of lunar spaceships, which would undergo tests from 2009.

    Manned flights would begin in 2014 and astronauts would land on the moon for the first time since the Apollo mission of 1972 in 2020.

    Read the whole article at NZZ Online

    Tuesday, December 05, 2006

    December 2006 & 1st Quarter 2007 Void Moon Tables

    A great resource for the Moon Void-of-Course Tables. These are all already converted to Eastern Time Zone, so deduct for you time zone to get the right hours of the Void Moon where you are.

  • December 2006

  • 2007 Void Moon Tables


  • Some tips for surviving the time period when the Moon is Void-of-Course:
    * Don't commit to anything. Instead, say "the hope is..."
    * Don't carry out any important business.
    * Don't make large or important purchases.
    * Don't plan things, even if they take place after the Void Moon.
    * General rule of thumb: If it's important, it can wait.

    Instead:
    * Relax.
    * Be creative for creativity sake.
    * Follow your regular routine.

    Monday, December 04, 2006

    Sagittarius: Clumsy and Lovable - How Does That Effect You?

    Sagittarius is the period from the end of November (it falls around the 20th, but like all signs, varies on the date each year) through most of December. Sagittarius is full of joyful glee, innocent optimism and a geeky type of energy that is more endearing than annoying. The energy is light hearted and playful, much needed after Scorpio's intensity and just before the seriousness of Capricorn. Sagittarians tend to be extroverted and are great at inspiring others and energizing them.

    The ruler of Sagittarius is Jupiter. Jupiter is lucky and expands everything it touches. Often Sagittarius indicates a little bit of foot-in-mouth disease. It's not that they mean to be hurtful, they are just bubbling with so much enthusiasm that sometimes a thought gets away from them and into their mouth too fast. Did I mention Sagittarians tend to be very endearing? Especially as they trip, or act in another clumsy manner. They don't get bent out of shape about it. It happens far too often for that. Instead, they will either carry on as if nothing happened or laugh at themselves.

    Sagittarians have a high sense of spirituality and are driven by some higher purpose. Sitting naturally in the 9th house, Sagittarians find themselves at home with higher learning and spirituality. That does not necessarily mean at a University, although it often does. It can also manifest by someone who is constantly searching for answers and continues to learn new things.

    Sagittarius is shown as the half man/ half horse archer, the Centaur. Their symbol is an arrow with a line through it. It takes much finesse, concentration and strength to hit your target with an arrow. It is an art form. Now try it while balancing your human torso on a horse's body!

    Have you noticed a lightening of mood overall? Currently there are some wonderful things happening in Sagittarius and with it's ruler, Jupiter.

    To learn about what's in store for 2007 visit The Aquarius Papers

    2007 Astrology Calendars

    A must have for any budding Astrologer. I prefer the Planetary Guides because it gives you daily planetary information to start your day off on the right foot!

    Sunday, December 03, 2006

    Compare Your Chart to Celebrity Charts

    AstroTheme is a very cool little astrology website. I have looked at many Astrology and Astrology related sites, but this one is jam packed with interesting and useful tidbits, including the charts of over 31,000 celebrities. You can sign up for a free membership, and it is well worth it.

    I was playing around on there the other day and compared my chart to several celebrities. You can also match different celebrities together. With over 31,000 to choose from, it boasts to be the largest despository of celebrity birth information. You can choose from Scientists, Politicians, Actors, Musicians, Reporters, Sports, Writers, Painters, Metaphysical, Inventors and World Events! You can put your cursor over the different things shown in the chart to learn more. Scroll the page down to see how you match up in your affinity with each other. CeleStar: Affinities Between Personalities or with You

    Saturday, December 02, 2006

    Charismatic Barack Obama

    When I first saw the musical "Les Miserables", I was an extension student in England. Our group was honored to clutter up the very last row of the nose bleed section in London's Palace Theatre. Most of the other students were Political Science Majors, still very idealistic about changing the world. There was one girl in particular who was very quiet, reserved and the type who always thought twice and spoke in a precise manner. The song, "Do You Hear the People Sing?" started. It spoke of the passion of a group of young revolutionaries who dreamed of creating a wave of support by standing up to the inequities in France. At the end of the song, they ask, "Who will be strong and stand with me?" This mousy girl stood up and screamed a passionate, "Yes! Yes! YES!" When asked what brought her out of her shell, she said, "I just couldn't help myself."

    This is the same eruption of passion that the young politician, Barack Obama, seems to instill in those who have the ears to listen to him speak. There is always some darling politician of the moment who gets praised for one thing or another. They fade in and out like dental floss. I heard a speech Barack Obama made on a radio program, and the words he painted, his conviction, his fairness and passion make me want to stand and scream, "Yes! Yes! YES!" I had never heard of him before that speech. He is, if nothing else, a fine orator and inspirer of other people.

    A few days later I heard a story of a woman who worked for an organization. She was invited to have an audience with President Bush. They were speaking and the Pres glanced her button in support of Barack Obama. He stated his dismay at her support of such a controversial figure. President Bush misread her button to read, "Osama". It could be that this up and comer may well yet become George W's nemesis.

    Read Barack Obama's incredibly detailed astrology chart & interpretation at AstroTheme.

    Friday, December 01, 2006

    Seal and Heidi Klum Give Birth to a Bouncing Baby Sagittarius

    The handsome couple, supermodel Heidi Klum and singer Seal, had a Sagittarian arrival of a bouncing baby boy in November. Johan is full of Sagittarian enthusiastic energy. The handsome couple has evolved into a more handsome family. Their little tyke won't be all fun and games, however, with a strong focus on intense Scorpio.

    Celebrity Astrologer Kitty Taurus tells all... and exposes an astrological thing or two!

  • Heidi and Seal's New Son's Horoscope