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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Election Primary 2008

AstroFutureTrends did an excellent analysis of the major Republican and Democratic candidates for the Primary on February 8, 2008. This is just one step of the process to election and moving into a new home at the White House.

If there is anything that is true about this election is that people are passionate one way or another. There does not seem to be any "anyone is better than..." philosophy. Interestingly enough, making announcements when the Moon is Void of Course doesn't seem to be the only Astrological road block for Mitt Romney.

Here is the low down, but for in depth coverage, visit the post Astrology of Super Primary Day

Hillary Clinton: The Feb. 5 lineup of planets in Aquarius will be closely opposing Clinton’s powerful lineup of Leo planets and squaring her Scorpio stellium. A candidate needs strength to move ahead and all these fixed planets in challenging aspect will certainly give her a big boost. I'll try to write more about Clinton in a later blog because the power of all these planets hitting any one's horoscope like they are going to hit hers could be very difficult to handle--although it can produce great success.

John Edwards: On the day of the New Hampshire primary, two weeks before super-primary day, Jupiter will have opposed Edwards' Mercury, planetary ruler of his Gemini Sun. This shows the culmination of big plans, although it could be that the project is too big to manage to a successful conclusion. In other words, Edwards may come out of New Hampshire in good shape, but be unable to carry that momentum into super-primary day. Saturn will square his Jupiter on super-primary day, and this means frustration and limitations.

John McCain:
Saturn will be hitting his Sun, and Pluto will be hitting his North Node. Will this mean “lights out” on his candidacy or just the opposite—a newly forged light saber for the candidate who used to claim (in 2000) to be battling against the Dark Side? Saturn conjoining the Sun can sound like a downer, but in reality it is often a time of serious, even Herculean, effort. Pluto’s entry into Capricorn will engender new respect for the elderly—including a man who would be the oldest president ever elected.

Barack Obama: His Leo planets (Mercury, Sun, Uranus) will also be opposed by the Aquarius lineup on super-primary day, but not as closely as Clinton’s. Saturn will conjunct his Pluto. Pluto will be opposing his Venus, probably not such a good thing for a political candidate in the heat of an election.

Rudy Giuliani: He will have Saturn squaring his Gemini Sun-Uranus conjunction, indicating a difficult time for his candidacy. However, he too has a powerhouse of Leo planets (Mars, Pluto, Jupiter, Moon) which will be opposed by the Aquarius stellium on primary day.

Mitt Romney: Saturn on Feb. 5 will be opposing his unassuming Pisces Mars, indicating difficulties and blocked efforts. It’s hard to see this one taking off on Feb. 5.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Mars and the Revamped Volvo Logo

When you think of Volvo, what comes to your mind? Safety. Boxy. Kids and family. Road trips. A trunk big enough to stuff 5 kids into with room to wiggle. Maybe the fastest station wagon of its kind in the 80's with a turbo engine. Who else would have thought to put a turbo into a station wagon? It took Subaru this century to do it. I am sold on European cars. How many US or Asian vehicles can actually brag about going 1 million miles on the same engine?

Volvo comes from the Latin term "volvere", which means "roll". When you put that term into the first person singular, it becomes volvo. Plainly: "I roll".

Recently Volvo revamped their logo and when I first came upon it, it was described as a blatant mix of several runes. Could be. I looked closer. I did some fancy Internet research and also found that some claim this logo is a recreation of the 1926 logo. So it is. I can see that.

In the original logo, it is referenced as the chemical symbol for iron. Could be. I am by no means a chemist.

However, I am an Astrologer, and to me, no matter what you call it, it is MARS. Plain as day. Mars, mars, mars! The company line is the new logo "conveys strength, taste and modernism". Mars indicates strength, but taste and modernism?

Here is my theory: Several years ago, Ford bought out Volvo and agreed to run the company as a joint venture. This means the holding company for Volvo is run by Leif Johansson, President & CEO of AB Volvo and Bill Ford Jr, Chairman & CEO of Ford Motor Company. (As a side note, Brits will either be happy, or shattered to learn that Ford now owns Rover & LandRover.)

What else would happen when family, safety, kids and road trips meets Mustang man? Mustangs scream Mars: Speed, sleek, power and, depending on your generation, Route 66. Perhaps Volvo is trying to capture a different demographic here in the states. That of the single bachelor on the prowl.

I am trying to narrow down a date for Ford, but it was created in 1903 in Dearborn, Michigan (near Detroit). Volvo, in it's recreation from ball bearing manufacturing, has a date of August 10, 1926 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Astrology charts to follow in a later post.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

100 Secrets of Happy People - Review

Over the course of the past few years, I have been working on a book about positive thinking and happiness. It has a twist, and I hope that it comes across as being fun and hip, yet simplistically useful.

One of the things that I find so wonderful about Astrology is that life is how you perceive it to be. For instance, if you perceive an absent father, that's what you have. You might have other people in your home that were raised by the same parents who have an entirely different perception. Your chart shows absent father, theirs shows a close bond with dad. Regardless of why you have perceived it, the outlook is there. This concept in Astrology is what led me to write about positive thinking and happiness in the first place.

As part of my writing, I will pick up books and articles that I hope will inspire me, or delve into parts of happiness that I have not yet tackled. As part of that, I could not help but pick up a book at my local Hallmark store called The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People - What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. It is written by a man who claims a Ph.D. My stab at happiness is light hearted and fun, but I always try to tie in scientific factoids. It seemed a perfect fit.

I should have been clued off to the fact that this book is sub par from the price tag. It was more than half off. Since I have found quite a few gems in those "bargain bins", I pushed on ahead. Each "blip" (you can hardly call them chapters) starts with a quote from a scientific paper. Then, the author explains what the paper says in normal speak.

Sadly, the good doctor only has about 5 themes, not 100. I will save you the read:

1. Believe in yourself
2. Have friends
3. Stay active
4. Laugh and have a sense of humor
5. Happiness is unrelated to age, but it is related to how you see life

These same themes repeat in the book over and over and over. 100 times, in fact.

I have to commend the author, though. Knowing this piece of garbage with a semi-smiley face (how original) on the cover was published gives me a lot of hope!!!

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Butterfly Effect and Astrology

For the past few weeks, I have been pondering something called "The Butterfly Effect"... No, not the movie...

Wikipedia describes it as: The butterfly effect is a phrase that encapsulates the more technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory. Small variations of the initial condition of a nonlinear dynamical system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system...

...The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear (or, for that matter, prevent a tornado from appearing). The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.

It seems to me that so many things in life are effected by the little things. A smile to a cashier at the grocery store puts her/him in good mood, so the grump behind you gets treated a little differently. You let someone in line before you and everyone seems to be more polite that day while driving. A small transit is felt a lot more than a larger, long term transit.

I keep wondering about Chaldean Priests, who sat upon a watchtower to study and record the position of the stars in the night sky. How did this first happen? What was that one, distinct, first event that started all of this observation?

George and Harold are laying on their backs, and it is midnight. Suddenly George nudges Harold and says, "Hey, last time I saw that red round thing in the sky (Mars) we had a battle. You think it will happen again?" Harold shrugs his shoulders and says, "Hard to say. Let's wait and see."

Or perhaps George nudges Harold and says, through a mouth full of Beer Nuts (or the Chaldean equivalent), "I've seen that bar", but Harold hears, "I've seen that star". Suddenly Harold, the Chaldean Priest, whips out his rock and chisel and starts describing the night sky as it appears at that moment in time. George, too embarrassed to correct him, let's Harold continue with this obsession. Low and behold, one fine day, some of the same planets are seen in the sky... And they seem to have meaning! Now George struts around the Priesthood and winks, saying, "I pointed that out to Harold, ya know."

It is mind boggling to think that astronomy and astrology could well have been recorded so early in time all from one small non-related misunderstanding.

At some point in any endeavor, there has to be a first moment of awareness. To be of any note, there has to be some sort of snowball effect, for the momentum to follow into other people's awareness. These small moments may seem random, but are in theory, everything but random.

Wow! This is heavy! Is it any wonder it has taken me two weeks to pen it? Can you find the little things in your life that snowball into something bigger? They will seem random and of little consequence, but cause a much larger change.

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AstroCocktail's Astro-Blogosphere

John and Susan Townley recently ran an article on their AstroCocktail website covering all the exciting trends in Astrology Blogging. Both John and Susan Townley are accomplished authors. See some of their books on Astrology.

Yes, it's a complex network. Most likely Astrology is a little more simplified than some of the hotter topics out there. We are a tight knit bunch in some ways, and yet every one's own opinion and style is celebrated and respected.

Due to their high caliber work and reputation as Astrologers, it is an honor to have been included in this list of Astrology Blogs.

Check out The Astro-Blogosphere for yourself!

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

March 3rd Lunar Eclipse

Did you miss seeing the Lunar Eclipse?

Lucky for you, you can catch up on what you missed at Astrology News 2007.

Also learn about what the eclipse means to you Astrologically!

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Friday, March 02, 2007

What's In Your Astrological Wallet?

Yes. Yes. First insurance companies let the cat out of the bag, and now financial companies have chimed in. APACS, a British payment firm, cross referenced the Sun Signs and financial habits of 2,000 customers. Your sign could show how good you are at holding onto money and paying off debt. Will we see higher interest rates for Gemini's in the future?

Again, as with all the studies that only look at the Sun Sign for a "complete picture", a lot of elements in a chart show financial tendencies. But, for giggles and grins, I am happy to say that I use my debit card a lot. A Capricorn once pointed out to me that it is an ideal way to have records of your spending. Considering Capricorns are supposed to be good at all this financial stuff, I am glad I took his advice. As to how financially "creative" I am, that comment stumps me. I find when things are tight, I need to stand down on the control button and trust that the Universe will take care of me. As soon as I release it, something always works out. Usually from unexpected places and sources.

What's in your Astrological Wallet?

Aries (March 21-April 20)

The numbers suggest Aries do a good job of keeping track of their finances, but don't regularly inspect their credit card and bank statements for anything that may be off.

Taurus (April 21-May 20)

These bulls are described as "meticulous in their financial management" and consistently take care of business. But they're cited as being lazy when it comes to shredding documents.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Uh oh. It's a twin spin when it comes to trouble. The company maintains Geminis are the least organized of all the Zodiac signs, not keeping good records about their bank and credit card statements.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Cancers would rather issue a cheque than use cash. And while they keep their chequebooks up to date, they don't always pay all their monthly bills in full. Hmm, wonder if that means they're only writing half of that cheque in the first place.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Leos are lazy when it comes to using separate PINs for separate accounts. It's a habit the survey claims could put their accounts at risk.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

They're the most modern of all the signs, preferring to check their accounts online. But they don't get rid of documents they no longer need and they often don't practice 'safe shredding'.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Never ask a Libra to keep track of your money. If you believe the numbers, they don't keep track of their own. They're said to demonstrate a "distinct lack of interest and attention to detail when it comes to their financial management." Not only don't they check their statements regularly, they often don't notice discrepancies when they do. Their best bet? Get an accountant to look after things. Unless, of course, he or she is also a Libra.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Use their debit cards more than anyone else. But there's a method to their spending madness. Scorpios are said to be financially savvy and creative with their cards. Although the survey doesn't explain how debt cards and creativity actually go together.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

They mean well and they try. But the Archers aren't the most financially organized group. Still, they always manage to pay off their credit cards and check their statements on a regular basis.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

Top of the heap. Capricorns are the best at managing their finances. Despite that glowing recommendation, they don't always pay off their credit card bills when they should.

Aquarius (Jan. 21- Feb. 19)

They like to use both cash and credit cards, but could use some work keeping track of their financial statements.

Pisces (Feb. 20- March 20)

Second only to Capricorns at being fiscally responsible. They pay off their charge cards promptly and are dogged in keeping track of their statements.

Read the full story from City News

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The Vacuum and the Void

A friend forwarded me a wonderful news letter from AstroCocktail. The topic of the day seems the Void of Course Moon.

AstroCocktail has a brilliant piece on Aspects and the Void Moon. If any of my VOC postings have made you go "hmmmm" then give it a good read!

  • The (Not So) VOC Moon

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