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Musings on the Zodiac

The Complexities of Virgo






Yours is an Earth sign with fleet-footed Mercury as ruler. As the embodiment of the Archetype of the Temple Guardian you not only keep the sacred lamps burning in the temple, but also in the sacred space of your own home. You excel at organization, planning, and sorting out details. Because of your investigative and analytical mind you will be accomplished in whatever occupation you choose. Employers can count their blessings with you on the job. The Earth element means you stand firmly on the ground, and that you feel deeply connected to the Earth and all its bounty. You might find yourself designing and tending an expanded area around your home spotted with rock and stone arrangements, fruit trees, wild-flowers, and delicate spring crocuses.


Like the quicksilver mutability of Mercury itself your mind is capable of uncovering multiple gems of splendid ideas to expand or promote one task or plan. Your changeable Virgo nature is often in the mood to move things around, from rearranging the furniture to insisting your partner put his tooth brush away just so. Some people in your home and in the workplace might become annoyed if you're on them too many times, too critical about details and methods of operations. As you learn to accept things you cannot change and understand what can be altered and what cannot, you might find your compulsion with details to be a boon when approached with your amazing imagination and insight.


The Greek god Hephaestus, the lame and ugly husband of Aphrodite, is known as the god of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, and sculpture. Perhaps, like Hephaestus, you might enjoy such artistic pursuits as pounding and molding metal into jewelry or even carving sculptures out of stone or marble. Or at least appreciate such artistry while browsing in museums. While living in the underworld at his forge Hephaestus crafted stunning weapons and armor for the gods—veritable works of art. He symbolizes your Virgo gift of the ability to change that which is ugly into that which is beautiful.


Mercury the winged messenger assures that you are the quintessential communicator. The kind of writing or communication we might expect from you will be colored by the position of Mercury in your birth chart (see Appendix). On the downside, while being focused on detail you sometimes forget to take in the larger picture, the proverbial missing forest for the trees. You love to be useful and to serve your fellow humans. In whatever capacity, you minster to the public with graciousness and humility. Your impeccable nature will serve you well in your desire to make a difference in the world, small or large. 


What about the symbol of the Virgin for Virgo? The image alone lets us know that your personality can be complex, say nothing of confusing, since you actually might harbor a secret wish to be a nun, and at the same time you yearn to be in loving partnership. Vestal Virgins in Greek mythology lend depth and breadth to understanding the meaning of the Virgin image. The Roman Vestal Virgins, along with the Greek counterparts serving goddess Hestia, took vows of chastity starting at age 12.  It was believed this vow would insure they were as pure as the fire they guarded. Never entering into sexual relations with any man for the 30 years they performed their duties in the temples. But, wait…there is more to this story, a more ancient view from the age of goddess worship.


According to the Greek historian Herodotus and other accounts, in some cultures as far back as 6,000 BC, during the goddess era, temple priestesses served as sacred prostitutes to help a man in need of guidance to commune with the goddess, to find answers to life's mysteries or dilemmas. While in Babylon Herodotus observed that the sexual act offered by temple priestesses was considered as sacred and pure as the temple fires the Vestal virgins guarded. For these priestesses and those they served, there was no distinction between sexuality and spiritualty. (The sacred prostitution among temple priestesses was not even a little bit similar to profane prostitution, a profession which has gone on forever.) In some temples the man prepared himself by living in retreat in one of the temple rooms for many days, taking note of his dreams and purifying himself through meditation and diet. Sacred union with temple priestesses was not for personal love or lust, but for divine love.


The knowledge of the existence of these sacred prostitutes from ancient times might inspire you as Virgo. You might easily identify with them. You might feel astonished and relieved with this evidence that the opposing forces of nun and lover (spirituality and sexuality) thrived in harmony among temple priestesses. These ancient women expressed both ends of the Virgo's opposing nature, without conflict. As you come to befriend the contrasting forces that tend to do battle inside your mind, you might find your sense of inner balance restored. Of course, as Virgo, you will want to analyze the entire topic well and do your own research.


Meanwhile, you still must live day-to-day with this Virgo nature of yours. It's not all about a search into the ancient past. In daily life your zodiac sign's image of Virgin implies an expectation of a flawless nature in yourself and others. Because of your compulsion to have everything just right with people and things, you often encounter relationship stumbling blocks. When you don't find what you're seeking, you might notice that you harbor a secret wish (conscious or unconscious) for a marriage with a god. That's how high your expectations might be. Who can meet up? Nevertheless, you do encounter lovers (or even a soulmate) with whom you experience glorious moments of joining with the divine. Such deep understanding allows you to live with more acceptance of self and other.

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We Just finished Cancer: And She is a Lot More than You Might Have Imagined




Mysterious and moody Cancer ruled by the mysterious watery Moon and with expansive and benevolent Jupiter as exalted ruler. As a water sign, your essential nature will include the characteristics of water—deep lakes, rushing rivers, soft mists, stormy seas, flooding rains. Because of your soul connection to the ocean and all the mysteries contained within the waters and its extremes of mood (from dark and wild to calm and crystal clear), you will find your muse there. You are drawn to express yourself through the arts—visual, literary, dramatic, and/or musical.


Dreams often will rise out of the depths of the ocean of unconsciousness, unseen creatures and visions, all hiding from awareness until they appear, often without your bidding. These lie at the source of your mood swings and are likely to provide muse for your artistic gift. You might not always understand what causes you to fall into particular states of mind. Or, how to account for it when you become overwhelmed by feelings.



Like Aries, Cancer is Cardinal, which means you move towards your goals or ambitions in an assertive manner, greeting restrictions as challenges rather than obstacles. You will be considerate, as a rule, in the manner of your approach, wishing to be kind and gracious, rather than brash. Though often, as with the crab, the image for Cancer, you might tend to be "crabby" if your mood is low or someone (usually someone close like a family member) rubs you the wrong way.


Like the crab you might tend to move towards a person sideways or through the back door, hoping not to be seen, or wishing to soften the message you bring, especially if whomever you are approaching might be against your plan. As example, Hera, the wife of Zeus, did not like the great Heracles and wanted him to fail at his twelve labors. Hera asks the crab to disrupt Heracles. Devoted to the wife of Zeus, a mother figurehead in her own right, the crab obliges. She sidles up to Heracles from behind while he is battling with the Hydra, and she pinches him in the heel. He stomps on her and that is the end of that. (The crab's shell is easily broken.) Hers was a losing battle from the start.


But if you are devoted to another, as the crab was to Hera—a dear friend, your boss, your spouse, or even your spiritual leader—you will attempt the impossible when requested of you. Such is often the nature of motherhood. Often your sideways approach turns out well. Oftentimes no one will even know how you managed. Meanwhile, back to the story of Heracles, Hera rewards the crab for her valiant effort and her devotion, by making her immortal. And so is it, the crab lives forever in the heavens above as the constellation of Cancer. Immortality might very well be the best reward you could ever imagine for your devotion and for your artistic expression, as well through the difficult and joyous tasks of mothering, or fathering as a mother would.



Cancers are often known to care for others. In the magical film "The Blue Butterfly" (based on a true story) we witness a classical Cancerian woman, a nurturing and affectionate mother portrayed by Pascale Bussieres (who was herself born under the sign of Cancer). She convinces a curmudgeonly entomologist, played by William Hurt, to go on a Blue Butterfly hunting expedition. Filmed in lush rain forests, the tale features the mother's terminally ill 10-year-old son whose dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on Earth, the mythic and elusive Blue Morpho. The boy believes the butterfly will heal him. A dramatic adventure story about courage, redemption and love.


You, as Cancer, might love tending to others as a massage therapist. Or maybe you work with abused women, or run a cozy gourmet restaurant. Your home might be filled with the smells of bread baking or other delectable cooking odors. You welcome friends or relatives at your door with a warm hug. Your soft body (under the sometimes-scary crab shell) offers an embrace deep with feeling and warmth.


Mary the Mother of God personifies the Archetype of Motherhood in its highest expression. As is Amma, the "Hugging Saint," a humanitarian and spiritual leader from India who spearheads a vast network of charitable activities. Also known as Mother, Amma lives to serve humankind and all of nature.


Motherhood is filled with complexity. Your mother might not have fulfilled the expectation of motherly nurturing. Nor do you as mother of your own children. The cold and watery moon that rules Cancer, remains mysterious and always changing. Cancer's mood swings are always in motion like the waves on the surface of the sea. We get clues from the ever-changing moon and her magnetic force over the ocean tides, that there are a multitude of potential expressions hidden in the Archetype of Motherhood. After all, the Universal Mother created the world with infinite potentials, and so she nurtures the gruesome and the agreeable—mothers of all descriptions.



The birth mother often goes missing from fairytales. And in come the other mothers—the stepmothers, the fairy godmothers, the wicked witches (some posing as mothers). Sometimes the good birth mother dies at birth or shortly after. The Archetype of Motherhood is filled with intricacies. The Russian fairytale featuring the beautiful girl Vasalisa and frightening witch Baba Yaga helps to illumine the depth and breadth of this archetype, painting in the infinite colors of motherhood, including its shadows and craggy corners. (Now you're going to have to read my book when it comes out, Your Bright and Shining Star: How to Weave Story and Archeytype into your Astrological Readings.

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We're in Taurus Now and Here's the Scoop on Your Archetype



The Archetype of the Earth Goddess

Earthy and sensual Taurus, ruled by incomparable Venus, with the mystical Moon as your exalted ruler. You are the embodiment of love and beauty and pleasure; the nurturing of the Earth and all its beings lies deep within your nature.


You will love to grow flowers and arrange them in lush profusion all over your house. If invited to dinner, you will come bearing flowers or cakes or freshly baked bread. Your vegetable garden is so full that you provide a cornucopia of offerings on your table and for the table of others. Your cellar or kitchen closet is jammed-packed with canned fruits and vegetables, and your freezer, too. If a friend is ill, you will be the first to volunteer to care for them, and you'll greet them with a long and warm full-body hug.


As a child you likely enjoyed little soft animals to care for, such as bunnies, puppies, or baby ducklings. You probably loved playing in the fields, rolling down hills with your friends, and picking wild-flowers to give to a childhood sweetheart. Playing on the muddy banks of rivers or lakes, digging into soil, forming images out of mud, building castles, watching things grow. Growing your own vegetable and flower garden. And you might have cared for a favorite doll, you as its loving mother.


You are likely to be curvaceous and even voluptuous in the same way as the countless goddess figurines found in archeological sites all over Europe.


Your sensual nature will lure you easily into physical love. You are seduced by objects of beauty, and will surround yourself with all manner of shapes, forms, textures, and colors—paintings, sculptures, rocks, shells, drift wood—that appeal to your aesthetic sensibilities. Your home will feel inviting and warm. Your kitchen will allure all who visit with smells of cooking aromas.

You are creative and deeply intuitive.


Gaia, a Greek deity, gave birth to the Earth. In the grand scheme of our earthly world, the Age of Taurus (about 4,000 B.C to 2,000 B.C.), was a matriarchal culture, a time of goddess worship. The golden calf was an object of Mother worship. 


After the Age of Taurus, at the beginning of the Age of Aries the Ram (Biblical times), an edict went out that Goddess devotees were prohibited from worshipping their primary goddess image--the Taurus bull. In those days and long after, we in the Western world left behind our connection to the Earth Goddess, and worship of God as woman.


But you cannot get rid of an archetype and so she lives forever with us, and emerging from her secondary position to take government roles, heads of charity roles, professors, doctors, lawyers, an abundance of women rising to offer nurturing to the world. Additionally, goddess-worshipping paganism has been in revival for many years.


Earth Goddess Demeter presides over the fertility of the earth, assuring that plants grow according to season, that the harvest is plentiful, and that people and animals are in love and coupling. She teaches humans how to sow and cultivate grains. Demeter nurtures the plants as they grow into maturity.


But, horror of horrors, Demeter's daughter Persephone gets abducted by Pluto/Hades. Demeter falls into despair and the earth goes dry. 


Needless to say, drastic measures had to be taken to raise Demeter out of her depression. A wise person invited Baubo to entertain Demeter. (Baubo is also known as the "female fool" and prominent in the Eleusinian mysteries.) Several goddess friends join the party to cheer up Demeter. The women and Baubo sit in a circle around Demeter, chatting and gossiping.


Baubo tells a bawdy joke that makes Demeter smile. The goddesses begin to dance around and around Demeter to the beat of lively drums and lyres. Baubo stops in front of Demeter, gives her a cheeky smile, and then throws her skirts over her head, revealing her nude self. Demeter falls into gales of laughter.


Now with her spirit restored, Demeter persuades her brother Zeus to convince Hades to release Persephone during planting, growing and harvest season. The rest of the time Persephone has decided she likes her new Underworld husband, and serves now is Queen of the Underworld. Earth Mother Demeter is happy once again, and with Persephone's help, makes sure the earth to flourish once again.

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Mercury All-Over-the-Place Retrograde. Who IS He Anyway?

Mercury with Caduceus.



No matter what sign you are, you have been most probably affected by the recent Mercury Retrograde, the effects of which are not entirely over until April 5.


These disruptions in your life can include anything from mechanical breakdowns (cars and computers) to miscommunications or disrupted communications. Sometimes if you start something during Mercury retrograde it will come right back at you, rather like a boomerang.


His wings on his feet seem to fail him when he is going in reverse. 


He rules Gemini and Virgo and if strong in your chart, he helps you excel in examining, researching, and sorting out details. You tend to carry on ad infinitum cataloguing, arranging, and figuring out why things are the way they are and how they fit into the scheme of things. You might love to study, from the most obscure of topics to the most mundane, anything that holds your interest. You might also be a healer. 


Who IS this Winged Messenger?


Hermes or Mercury (Roman version), is depicted carrying a magic wand given to him by Apollo. A Caduceus encircled with two intertwined snakes with two outspread wings at the top. Quicksilver Mercury, with his winged feet, flies around delivering messages. And sometimes he plays tricks (Mercury Retrograde anyone?). Even when moving direct, Mercury plays tricks. 


According to legend, when Hermes threw his staff at two fighting serpents the creatures stopped biting each other and wound themselves around his staff. And so his staff also became associated with peace.



A Connection to Kundalini Shakti.


Who'd have known that the Caduceus symbolizes the spinal column, the central channel for the flow of psychic force or nerve energy, which brings to life to the entire body. . .In the Indian (Hindu) system the snake or Kundalini lies coiled at the base of the spine and when awakened rises upwards along the spinal column. A person with an awakened Kundalini becomes wise and is one with the universe. The places where the snakes cross on the Caduceus represent the spinal energy centers, the same as the chakras.


Mercury will be close at hand if you are a healer who works with energy fields. Or you teach or practice a style of yoga that focuses on the energy centers or chakras. To meditate well, you consciously or unconsciously harness the energy fields of the body and connect them to the outer realms.


The power of oratory or singing comes from the magic of connecting with all the nerve centers, and moving the energy up the spine to your throat, the center of communication.  If you are a high public official you will draw upon the powers of the nerve centers popularize ways to benefit the world.


If you are operating on the highest levels you draw on the power of the Caduceus of Mercury as well as his enchanting skill with communication.


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The Archetype of the Virgin Warrior



 Don't worry! You can be married or partnered and still fall into the archetype of the virgin warrior. Often partnership might come along later in life, and of course there can be love affairs along the way. The essence of the archetype lies in a quality much deeper than the obvious.  As you read along you might be surprised to find yourself suddenly exposed. Or perhaps you already know it. Perhaps you recognize your forthright and impeccable drive to make a difference.


My definition of virgin refers to impeccability, a tendency towards crystal clarity in approach to a task or to life itself. The warrior part of my definition is the energetic one-pointed focus towards accomplishing a goal or ideal. The virgin warrior archetype is the alchemical outcome of these two qualities—with far-seeing precision and charismatic zest she strives to make a difference in the world.


To identify the classical patterns in yourself and others, you might find clues in childhood, perhaps with fantasies of being Lady Marion in the Robin Hood legends. Or even pretending to be Robin Hood himself. Perhaps you loved climbing trees, playing at wild horses, running through the woods imagining yourself as a hero or heroine bringing a villain to justice.


As a small child I was let to run freely in the woods at our mountain cabin. I'd spend hours searching for wolf prints on the trails in the forest and imagining myself as a friend to the wolves. In pre-teen years my friends and I galloped our horses across the grassy hills and explored along creeks and canyons. Perhaps playing an ancient drum for a women's ceremony might appeal. The tom boy or eternal girl (puella eterna) might also describe an aspect of the virgin warrior.


I began to identify, and then to understand the archetype of the virgin warrior while watching Richard Wagner's four Ring Cycle operas "The Nibelung's Ring." [i] In fact I was stunned. Suddenly I found myself there in the character of the lithe and graceful Valkyrie Brunnhilde, the god Wotan's eldest daughter, born of Earth Goddess Erda. The virgin warrior lives deeply within what C. G. Jung calls the collective unconscious, and for this reason many women will find her active in their lives at one time or another, or at least recognize the qualities as soon as they are revealed.


From an astrological perspective, those of you who live with a prominent virgin warrior archetype are likely to find Aries, Mars, and Virgo featured in your chart.


Aries, the first sign in the zodiac, a cardinal fire sign ruled by spicy Mars. Often known as the adolescent of the zodiac, you are willing to go off on adventures and invite excitement into your life, often with little forethought. Given that the head rules Aries, with the image of the butting Ram you can tend to be head-strong and argumentative. You have a clear-cut sense of right and wrong, no questions asked. With all of these firm, yet potentially annoying qualities, we are attracted to your Aries' magnetic spunk and warm personality, your overflowing joy of life, and your willingness to explore the unknown without fear of consequences. You might be athletic or enjoy dancing, especially a dance with a strong beat. You are usually strong and graceful. As with most Aries people you will display a definite sense of purpose. A nobility of spirit pervades your personality


Mars. Since Mars is known as the god of war, you might jump to the conclusion that a battlefield and contentious nature alone defines you. To a certain degree such a delineation is warranted, as most of you with a vibrant Mars energy might tend to find yourselves in verbal and even physical fights. Yet upon examination there is more to delve into than a mere combative nature. You can usually be depended upon to accomplish just about any mission. Even mission impossible! You will have a determined sense of purpose and strive for it with gusto. When you shoot your arrow at the target, you hit the bullseye nearly every time. You are unstoppable. You will go about work, no matter what kind of job, with an enthusiastic let's-get-it-done attitude, even when the task might be as humble as restocking the fruit and vegetable section of a supermarket. The highest nature of Mars is your ability to zero in and get to the core of an issue or task or concern in any area of life—archeological dig, research project, or baffling crime.


Virgo, an Earth sign with the winged messenger Mercury as ruler, excels at organization, planning, and sorting out details. Fleet-footed Mercury assures that you are the quintessential communicator. The kind of writing or speaking we might expect from you will be colored by the position of Mercury in your birth chart. On the downside, if you are too focused on detail you sometimes overlook the larger picture, ending up with the proverbial problem of missing the forest for the trees. You love to be useful and to help your fellow humans, and you serve others with graciousness and humility. Virgos are concerned with their own health and that of others. You might even end up in the healing arts. The truth is, because of your investigative and analytical mind you will be accomplished in whatever occupation you choose.


The symbol of the virgin lets us know that the Virgo part of the virgin warrior's personality can be complicated, and sometimes confusing, because you might harbor a secret (or overt) wish to be a nun, and at the same time you yearn to be in loving partnership. Vestal Virgins in Greek mythology lend depth and breadth to understanding the meaning of the virgin image. These ancient Greek virgins beginning at the early age of 12 took vows of chastity and kept the temples lamps lit and guarded the sacred space. The Greek historian Herodotus observed in goddess temples in Babylonia that some priestesses served as sacred prostitutes to help a man in need of guidance to commune with the goddess, to find answers to life's mysteries. Sexual union with these priestesses was not for personal love or lust, but for divine love.


Brunnhilde. A brief look at her story sheds further light on the Virgin Warrior Archetype and its Mars, Aries, Virgo combination. Imagine the curtains have opened on a stage designed with a craggy mountain ledge. Dressed in Valkyrie armor, carrying her shield and spear, the god Wotan's daughter Brunnhilde bounds onto the scene with fiery Aries/Mars energy. She bellows her battle cry, "Heyo ho! Heyo ho!" She's very much a teenage Aries-type tom boy, and in her beauty she typifies Virgo. She is devoted to her father and to her task as Valkyrie. She discharges her tasks impeccably, as any Virgo would. Using her special Valkyrie magic spell she insures the outcome of who lives and who dies in battle. (That's what the Valkyries do, in addition to serving mead in Valhalla.) One day when Wotan commands Brunnhilde to assure that a certain favorite warrior die in a duel, Brunnhilde knows her father is wrong. While she has previously followed her father's orders with Virgo precision, she suddenly and intuitively decides to listen to her inner guidance. With virgin warrior clarity and determination she refuses to obey Wotan's command.


A big lot of trouble follows, including the downfall of Valhalla and all the Norse gods, in the "Twilight of the Gods." When one age dies, another is reborn. So it will be that when today's virgin warriors are compelled to break with authoritarian norms, there are bound to be challenges.


For the virgin warrior archetype the battle is more a metaphor than actual, more of an energy, a thrilling and purposeful enthusiasm towards fulfilling a sense of destiny. Your impeccable and clear-sighted Virgo/Mercury nature, combined with fiery and focused Aries/Mars will serve you in your desire to make a difference in the world, small or large. In this time when women with feminine grace and love are becoming more assertive, and with a visible presence in all fields. With women's voices being expressed in great numbers all over the world, their input respected in high places, their powerful presence as spiritual leaders, perhaps it's time to take notice of the archetype of the virgin warrior.


In what ways does she live within you? How can you keep watch over the sacred fire in the temple of your life? How can you offer your inborn gifts, impeccably, in large and small ways every day? I have heard that to make a difference in the world, all we need do is to light our one candle and step forward.



[i] "The Nibelung's Ring" by Richard Wagner: Deustche Grammaphon DVD recording of 1990 Metropolitan Opera live performance, NY.

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New Moon in Aquarius

A big line-up in humanitarian Aquarius on this New Moon--the dazzling Sun with the nurturing Moon, fleet-footed Mercury, and Dark Moon Lilith. All these planets together in such close connection signal unique contacts with friends and associations, and ingenious ideas for change. If this line-up is strong in your chart, you might even write an article  or give a speech about the necessity for a profoundly inovative way to affect new ways of approaching life and making a difference. And, making a difference in small ways, if everyone does it, can bring about enormous change.


Our Lady the Dark Moon Lilith is in the mix of Aquarius planets (and you don't ever want to mess with her, or with anyone who reprents her). She's powerful and like Goddess Kali, will do all she can to cut away all the nonsense and the ego-involvements that interfere with clear and clean outcomes. 


Usually I'm not deep into politics, but last night Stacy Abrams gave one of the most inspiring talks I've heard in a long time. Her response to the State of the Union. To me her speech was the embodiment of this Aquarius line-up--her vision, her compassion, her  belief in the goodness of human nature, and her no-nonsense and cut to the chace words. 


Stacy Abrams began her speech by telling a story of how her family had only one car. On a stormy night they went to pick up her father who was walking home from work. He got into the car, soaking wet and chilled to the bone. Stacy's mother asked, "Where is your coat!?" He said, "I gave it to a homeless man." Stacy asked why. He responsed, "Because I knew you were coming for me and I knew no one was coming for him."


This is the age of Aquarius. 


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Let's Start Here

Newgrange, Ireland


Introduction to an archetypal view on astrology.


You find yourself wandering into an astrology wheel, meandering around from sign to sign, discovering stories there, stories written in ancient stones like petroglyphs, mysterious and compelling.


You find suns and moons and people and spirals, all etched into the stones. You close your eyes and sense an energy of those eons ago, with sacred fires burning, white-robed priests and priestesses chanting, tall ethereal spirit beings appearing from behind trees. A woman in a thatched hut deep in the forest diagnosing and healing wounds of flesh and emotion. A king who has lost his way while longing to seek counsel from the wise ones.


Etched in stones, you'll find spiral designs from ancient cultures all over the world.


We might decide these spirals are the astrology wheels filled with a layered plot indicating your destiny, a labyrinthine pathway to a spiritual discovery or even a pot of gold promised.


All the while you let  both knowledge and intuition guide you. The art of allowing insight to lead you on a journey into your zodiacal wheel. The art of allowing the astrological details—details passed down over centuries—to color your pathway. The art of plying the building blocks that form the foundation upon which you expand and illuminate your own life through story and archetype.


It's a never-ending maze of discovery and vision.



Stay tuned for continuing entries



Ⓒ Savitri Bess, 2019 (you will need written permission to copy entries from "Zodiac Blog") 

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Critter in Moss Coat

You're walking along, and there at your feet is a little critter, alive in the wood, with moss coat, emerging from its cave. Does it have two heads and one central horn, or is a moving picture, head to the right leaving its shadow on the left? They can do and be whatever they wish, invisible to most eyes to see, living there, in this case, right on the trail, in a gnarly twisting curling piece of wood. 

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Who Lives in This House?

Since I just arrived from Ireland where a farmer used to tell me about all the leprachauns he sees in the early morning hours, or late at night, dancing on the hill, the little ones with green jackets and red hats, I imagined a faery living in this tree here in Maine, in Acadia National Park. Why not? My friend Danny, who has a rath (hill fort) and a dolmen (tomb) right on his property in County Wexford, says that some leprachauns have picked up and landed in all manner of places outside of Ireland.

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The Case of the Turquoise Oar

Row row row your boat....whoops....well.....if your oar is stuck in a pond just carry on as no matter what you do or say, the truth is .....merrily merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.

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