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The Women in the New-Moon Mirror

Today’s New Moon is in coolly compassionate Aquarius, and is defined by a square between Venus in Pisces (love, love and more love) and tough-lesson Saturn in break-the-mold Sagittarius. In English (not asstro-speak), this new moon is all about impersonally dealing with your personal blocks, especially in terms of how they hold you back from embracing humanity-at-large. Astrological shifts tend to occur just when we need them most, and it’s time for us to check our privilege, our personal biases, and our laziness so we can more fully resist this anti-humanitarian (read: anti-Aquarian) regime. In other words, this will be a powerful lunar cycle if we use it to march into a bigger picture. Goddess knows I’m looking at the woman in the mirror and lacing up my combat boots.

Astro Mentor

This is Virginia Bell. She is not only a gifted astrologer but a lovely friend and mentor whom I trust implicitly. Once a year, I consult her professionally and, with big-picture perspective and kind wisdom, she helps chart a path that aligns me with my calling and the lessons I must court given the astrological aspects coming into the play. She cites such wide-ranging sages as Jane Austen, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Marianne Williamson, Rumi, and Jung, and connects my chart to those of our country and world, which I love since I ardently believe no human trajectory exists in a vacuum. Every visit she offers me a guiding catchphrase and question to consider. This year’s catchphrase: “Creative chaos.” The question: “Where am I thinking too small?” Gosh, I just love her.

Salutations and Solar Returns

Today is my solar return, though according to the Christian calendar my birthday is tomorrow. I share this day (technically January 19) with three women whom I consider geniuses, cultural alchemists, phoenixes who make art from their ashes so as not to waste an inch of this Earth’s precious resources. Sweet and sour Janis Joplin died young—she burned herself right up at age 27, talk about economical—but Dolly Parton and Cindy Sherman keep reinventing themselves with a pixie purity and a fulsome smarts that I only hope is my true legacy. Continue Reading →

"All, everything I understand, I understand only because I love."
― Leo Tolstoy