© Pat Paquette, 2014.
In 1997, I sold everything I owned, found good homes for my two cats, and went to France to write a novel.
The novel never got done (a story in itself, for another time), but the experience changed my life. One of the most important lessons I learned was that it’s actually possible to feel richer than the queen of England and not spend a cent. My record, as I recall, was an entire week. Not one centime.
When I made the leap, I was living in California. I intended to stay in France for three months – long enough to get a good feel for the location of my story – but I ended up going back and forth for several years. Continue reading
Detail from “Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice,” by Giambattista Tiepolo. c. 1750.
With Mercury out of retrograde and two eclipses behind us, we’re in for a lighter week, astrologically.
We’ve been through a lot over the past few months – well, all year, and three years before that. It hasn’t been one long crisis for most of us, but rather a series of challenges that have pushed and shoved us forward, carried us along on a rushing river. In the short periods of calm in between, we’ve barely had a chance to catch our breath, let alone time to reflect on what it’s all about. This week, we get that chance.
A lot has been written about the Uranus-Pluto square, which since 2012 has been exact five times. Continue reading
Brilliance of the Waning Light. © Osk Ingad Alden, 2014.
There have been many times in my life when I needed a big change but was afraid to take that leap until a replacement came along. But for me, at least, it never seemed to work out that way. I had to have the courage to jump without a safety net.
I’m sure it has been the same for many of you.
I have to confess that I very rarely jumped off the moving train on my own. More often, something (or someone) kicked me from behind. The fall can be that much worse when you’re taken by surprise and don’t have time to figure out the best way to land. Then again, even with forethought, you don’t know what’s ahead. Depending on how fast the train is moving, Continue reading
Before the Storm. © Pat Paquette, 2014.
There was a discussion recently in an astrology forum on Facebook, initiated by an old-time astrologer who ridiculed his colleagues for giving any credence to events related to Mercury retrograde.
I was all the more surprised when several others chimed in to agree with him. It’s not the first time I’ve read other astrologers pooh-poohing Mercury retrograde.
Granted, it’s tricky assigning a particular event to an astrological signature, especially since there’s often more than one working together. It’s also true that mix-ups we normally associate with Mercury retrograde happen when he’s moving forward. In some of those cases, though – at least in my personal experience Continue reading
© Fred Espenak, 2000.
It often happens that we’re surprised by events, when, looking back, the signs were there all along.
I could say that that’s one of the major themes of my life. There have been many instances, especially in my younger years, when simply paying attention could have saved me a lot of grief. But then, it’s not always that simple, is it?
There is so much noise from outside that it can drown out our intuition, which in any case is ridiculed as inferior to rational thinking. We are taught not to trust what’s in our hearts. Well, as I’ve said before, the heart is the seat of the mind; the brain is just a tool. Continue reading
Seatbelt required. Ulysses and the Sirens, by John William Waterhouse, 1891.
The captain has turned on the seat belt sign in anticipation of turbulence ahead and kindly requests that you return to your seats.
You’ll probably be more comfortable if you comply, but not doing so could be a lot more interesting, as long as you don’t mind a few bruises (and your name isn’t Ulysses). You just never know what you might stumble upon or whose lap you might fall into.
This state of instability with inherent opportunities for growth and change will persist through the middle of October. It might not even be possible to stay in one place if you wanted to, and there are no guarantees that it will be any less stressful. The thing with this energy is that you Continue reading
Accounting. © Mafoto for Dreamstime.com
There are a few major shifts this week that should produce a more balanced perspective and acceptance of things as they are, which can help reduce anxiety.
In world affairs, there’s a renewed emphasis on negotiations for peace, although the most important developments will take place out of the public eye and may bear little resemblance to what’s being reported in the media. Military operations will be covert or, at the very least, called something other than what they are. More about that in a minute.
On Monday, Pluto comes out of retrograde less than two hours before the Sun enters Libra – in astrological terms, the Libra ingress. Then on Wednesday (late Tuesday in western time zones), we have the New Moon at 1 degree Libra. Continue reading
Droplets. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.
This week we get a bit of a breather, and the inertia of the Saturn-Uranus conjunction has lifted.
Both Saturn and Uranus are in signs ruled by Mars. With the planet of action in fire sign Sagittarius as of Saturday, the pace has picked up noticeably. Meanwhile, Saturn is gaining speed, and he’s moving out of range of the jarring inconjunct with Uranus, which was exact by degree for six weeks. Many of us felt an unbearable pressure during that period, and trying to get anything accomplished was excruciating.
The going is still a bit slow, but at least it’s going. Better still, Continue reading
© Pat Paquette 2014
I’m having the week from hell – well, relatively speaking. It’s all First-World stuff. My home isn’t being invaded by neo-Nazis, burned by militant Islamists, or bombed by U.S. airstrikes.
No, I just had a three-day migraine, followed by two days of a “regular” headache. Right before it started, my darling kitty knocked my phone off the desk with enough force to blow off the cover and eject the battery. For several hours, it appeared dead (the phone, not the cat).
On the afternoon of headache day three, I received a warning from my hosting service that RealAstrologers had gone over its resource usage limit – the second warning in just over a month. If I don’t do something about it, the site will be shut down. Continue reading
The Defenestration of Prague, wood cut by Matthäus Merian the Elder (1593-1650).
It seems like everywhere I go these days, I get asked, “What’s going on up there?” and “When will it be over?”
My canned response to the first question is that the planets are in a difficult alignment that hasn’t happened since the beginning of the Great Depression. That’s a bit of an oversimplification, but I’ve learned that if I explain in detail as I do on my blog, most people’s eyes glaze over in less than 20 seconds.
There’s no quick answer to the second question. First we have to define “it.” Then we have to figure out which astrological signature is behind “it.” This is tricky, and astrologers all seem Continue reading