Astrologer’s Desktop – From my world to yours

March 17th, 2011

This woman from Pompeii reminds me of me - and I like that she survived! (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Hello, friends.

There’s so much going on these days, both personally and globally, that I’ve found it hard to focus on any one topic long enough to write about it.  But I don’t want to get out of touch with you!  So this post is sort of a brain-hologram, citing some of  the astrological and related items vying for attention in my mind.  Maybe one or two will strike a chord with you.

  • I’ve definitely decided to attend and have been accepted to the MA program at The Graduate Institute which begins in May.  The program is a two-year, mostly online, course in Archetypal Cosmology and Conscious Evolution.  Here is an excerpt from my application essay:
  • In spite of my study of astrology, consulting, and writing there are still fundamental questions that I do not feel I have answered.  My time at the Ashram [10 years] and 25 years of meditation and other spiritual practices have given me many answers.  But when it comes to astrology I have not found a way to bridge my spiritual knowledge and the tenets of astrology.  I want to be able to support people in working with their life’s purpose but I haven’t examined that purpose in astrological terms to a point that I can easily apply my wisdom to other people’s situations through astrology.

    The fundamental questions I’d like to explore while I attend the Institute are:  Why do people go through what they do?  Why do they suffer?  What insights can I offer them which allow them to gain a new framework for their life?  How can I help others through astrology?  And after hearing Dr. Perry [the director of the program] speak the other day, what is this universe such that the laws of astrology work as they do?

    I feel that the program in Archetypal Cosmology is just what I am looking for.  It seems like, initially, a framework to examine the psycho/spiritual meaning of life.  I look forward to taking the time to really contemplate the issues; to bring myself to a deeper and deeper awareness of my own knowledge through the structured application of my mind which a course of learning provides.  I look forward to exposing myself to this newly articulated astrological wisdom, to learning the construction, and hopefully, to contribute to the evolving understanding.

  • My Leadership through the Signs series on my other blog, Astro4Business Intersections, is going really well.  People seem to be getting a lot out of looking at real-life leaders through the lens of the Sun Signs.  And I’ve learned a ton myself.  I really enjoy learning about people’s lives; it’s probably why I like astrology so much in the first place.
  • I’m trying to cover at least 3 people for each sign, and I’ve managed to reach that goal with Aquarius and Pisces.  I hope and pray I can continue.  It takes a lot of research and sometimes I’m in the middle of a study when I realize there is not enough material available to truly understand someone’s leadership style.  This happened to me with Aquarius Betty Friedan.  I read and read and took copious notes before realizing that none of the material clearly showed how she led.  Certainly she was a leader in the 1960’s women’s movement but her style of leadership was too obscure for the study.  It did lead me to fellow Aquarius Germaine Greer, but by that time I needed to move on to someone whose information was more readily available.

    I may be running into the same issue with Aries Nancy Pelosi.  I’m reading everything I can on her, but within my timetable of one week per person I’m not sure how far I’ll get.  This project takes a lot of focus and time.  I enjoy it and think it’s really useful; it also hones my thinking for a book I’d like to write in the future.  You’d think after all these years studying astrology, which is the study of time, that I’d have figured out how to create more of it!  If anyone has suggestions for other Aries leaders, let me know.

  • In a few days I’ll be returning to England to spend five weeks with my grandson, Teddy.  Those of you who have been reading for a while know that this is a two-three times per year event and with my school starting in May I wanted to be sure I went now.  I try to keep up on my blogging when I’m with Teddy, who is about 2 ½ now.  Usually my writing gets a little erratic while I’m there, but I will try to post the weekly forecast on my Astro4Business blog and note the major events in this one.  And there are major astrological events coming up in the next few weeks so be sure to check often or subscribe so you don’t miss a post.  I know the RSS feed isn’t set up for this blog yet.  I have to ask my genius son when I’m in England to put it up for me.  Thanks for your patience.
  • Japan, Japan.  All our love, respect, and healing energy are flowing your way.  The events there are so catastrophic that I haven’t felt it was proper to explore the astrological underpinnings.  But of course they are there, particularly since the earthquake happened on the day that Uranus moved into Aries.  A new start, huh?
  • A respect for nature and for human ingenuity goes hand in hand with the study of astrology, and trust that the natural cycles are for our benefit, as hard as that is to see sometimes.  Life, death, transformation, birth, destruction, destiny:  these are the daily contemplations of every astrologer.  And yet this knowledge doesn’t make it easier to sleep at night, or to focus on our day to day activities in the midst of such a calamity, does it?

    All of the outer planets made an appearance in this disaster, one after another.  Pluto in Capricorn, an earth sign, brought an earthquake.  Next, Neptune, the god of the sea, responds with a tsunami.  Then Uranus, which rules nuclear energy, decides he’s not to be outdone.  Every time I hear about that Uranium in that Japanese power plant I send a prayer to Uranus, please, we respect you; you don’t have to outdo your brothers.  But in Aries he’s looking for a fight and not likely to be easily pacified.

  • Time for a swim!

    There’s tons more on my desk, both in my astrology world and my accounting world.  Tax season, of course, and I continue to woo a large non-profit client and seem to be making some headway lately.  This is a dream client and one I could parlay into other non-profit work which I love.

    Astrology work has also been very busy, with Straight to the Point Response requests coming in several times a week.  I really like this SPR work; it enables me to look at specific issues in business and life without delving into a longer and more comprehensive reading.  I get to interact with many different people and it tunes me into what’s happening out there in people’s lives.  It suits my Gemini/Sagittarius nature to a T.

    Then there’s the constant information flowing in through the various magazines and newspapers I read.  There’s always something fascinating happening which leads me to Wikipedia for a birth date and then to my astrology program to see what I can glean from the person’s chart.  I just wish, as I said above, that there was more of me or more time to share with you everything fascinating in this world, through the lens of astrology.  But little by little, step by step, I will share what I can.  One thing I know for sure, the source is unending so there will always be more in the future.

  • And last but not least, in El Paso where I live, it’s in the mid-eighties today, the pool cover came off the pool early this week, and I’m going swimming before I head off to cold and damp UK.

All my best to all of you.
Check out my other blog for all things business, including weekly and monthly forecasts.
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  7. SnowMoon says:

    I would be interested on your thoughts:

    It is a popular misconception that astrology promotes the idea that the planets “cause” events to happen. The relationship of the influence of the planets on mankind is more like that of a thermometer and body temperature. The thermometer only indicates, but does not itself bring about the fever. The planets indicate, but do not cause events to happen. The stars do not rule our destiny; they merely record a destiny that has already been formed. They are a symbol, not a force; they are a transmitting energy, not an originating power. The planets do not dictate, but indicate the energies that are influencing a situation at a given time. Astrology is determinism to the extent that the unchangeable law of karma shadows it; however, life, which is guided by free will, does not follow any preordained pattern. It is through free will that man may guide his future and thereby take charge of creating his own destiny!

    • admin says:

      Hi, Vanessa. So glad you left your comment.

      Yes, I mostly agree with you, although I’m not certain myself how and why astrology works. I decided some time ago that I didn’t have to know the how and why because my concern at not knowing was blocking me from doing my work. I think it’s sorta like God/dess or prayer; it works even if I don’t know why. But I love your image of a thermometer and body temperature. I hadn’t heard that before and I think it’s apt.

      The only part I disagree with you is when you say that life does not follow any preordained pattern. I’ve seen too many correlations between planetary and lunar activity, especially the Saturn cycle and progressed Moon cycle, to disallow preordained patterns. And I think possibly it’s only the most conscious beings who can actually use free will, rather than conditioning and other societal imprints on our actions. For myself, I take great comfort in the repeating patterns of nature and the guidance I can use for my life from observing them. I look forward to your continuing thoughtful and engaging comments!

      • Nicole says:

        Hi Ellen–and maybe Vanessa :) ,

        Regarding your response to Vanessa’s post (and Vanessa, I really liked your elucidation. Of course I am so new to the craft generally that I am unsure as to what I believe).

        But at one point, Ellen, you responded : “I take great comfort in the repeating patterns of nature and the guidance I can use for my life from observing them.”

        So my question is, do you find that you “guide” your actions based on the patterns you see in astrology, and there in turn live out your planetary alignment? Or is it more of a guiding your emotions/reactions to what exists so you don’t fight against it? Or, I guess another option, do you see the patterns and think, hey…I’ve always wanted to go back to some formal study, let’s say…in New Mexico, and the planets seem to support this action now.

        Do those nuances make sense in their differences?

        Always intrigued.

  8. ruth says:

    Dearest cousin, I am very happy you have chosen to go back to study. I think you are definitely guided to find what you are looking for. And I am very excited for your trip back to visit Teddy, and, of course, his parents.
    I am in the midst of lots of production related to school. Very, very busy. But there is a lot I want to share with you…where to get the time!! So, in the next few weeks, I am going to gather my thoughts, and sit and write you a letter. Meanwhile, thanks so much for all the good information you are sending our way, via all your hard work. I cannot tell you how valuable it is to me. Love to you…

  9. Natalie says:

    It’s really weird. At one point this week, I realized that I hadn’t kept up any of my blogs for three weeks. I’ve been so busy it just slipped my mind. So I know how you feel Have a good trip to England, and good luck on your new studies. It sounds really fascinating!

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