Behind the Astrologer’s Curtain

I recently spoke with a group of friends who came to have their cards and charts read at The Chakra Shoppe, where I currently see clients on Saturdays. One woman said that she’d had her chart done years before, would another astrologer see something different in it? And I realized that many people have little insight into how astrologers work or how charts are done.

In this post, I’ll take you behind the astrological curtain. It answers all kinds of questions you might have, like: What happens? What does the astrologer do? Are all charts the same? How can you discern an astrologer’s competence?

The chart is less important than what you understand from having it done… Continue reading “Behind the Astrologer’s Curtain”

Scorpio New Moon [Astro-Weather]

newmoon_scorpioFasten your seat belts! We’ve embarked on a very intense Scorpio New Moon that’s bound to shed light on darkness, while Chiron’s influence imparts healing. Since Uranus is opposition Sun and Moon, revelations will affect careers. The month will have a strong family tone.

You or people you know may experience conflicts between career and family this month; if you are affected, don’t push it under the rug because the month has very strong healing potential. Don’t be surprised if some of these issues are quite dark.  The month’s Scorpio energy will be only too happy to bring secrets to light—about others—or to have kinky romantic encounters.

If you are involved in an organization that supports families, you will see unusual interest and support, so it’s time to reach out to your supporters and community. Read on to go with the flow, even if you encounter choppy waters. Continue reading “Scorpio New Moon [Astro-Weather]”

Leo New Moon [Astro Weather]

Did you hear the trumpets sounding with Leonine spendour this week?

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This month has Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars in Leo, but Mercury is retrograde and receded into Cancer too far to join the party.

Strengthening the royal vibe, New Moon (Sun conjunct Moon), Mercury, and Venus are in the 5th house, which signifies self-expression and is associated with Leo. Expect much pomp and circumstance in general: business associates, friends, and family will tend to be more generous than usual, if a touch prone to lingering in the limelight.

Back stage, this month has mischief afoot that will tend to tie knots into royal tails as things turn out to be not what they seemed.

Read on to enjoy the show, anticipate surprises, and advice for how to avoid stepping on any royal toes! Special bonus: a real-time story about how these energies emerged in my life—while I was writing this post! Continue reading “Leo New Moon [Astro Weather]”

Human Flow An Existential Glimpse Into the Future?

Human Flow is a rare documentary film “experience” because it has you wading into the experience of being a refugee, not the cause of your refugee status, but the experience of it, the long lines, mud, ambiguity, uncertainty. Above all, it is a very uncomfortable way of being. “Je ne suis pas bien dans my peau” (I don’t feel right in my skin).

This is not an esoteric academic concern. I have been leading the go-to-market strategy of EyeZone Films, a film production company that produces humanitarian films, the first of which are about (mostly) Syrian refugees in Turkey, Germany, and the USA. However, EyeZone’s point of view is that we, all of us, have to change the experience of being refugee.

More and more people are fleeing where they were born, due to war, famine, or persecution, and the figures are accelerating. The Syrian war is the latest driver to reflect the impact of human violence, but climate change will soon eclipse war as the main reason people leave.

What is striking is the common experience reflected in people’s faces, eyes, and voices.

Continue reading “Human Flow An Existential Glimpse Into the Future?”

Relationship (Updated)

Tonight I’m feeling the magic of relationship in a spiritual way, and in a love way, and I shot this picture because I saw it on my table, and it captured what I feel. Let me take you on a little voyage because I have discovered some things that may help you take your relationships, with your partner, children, parents, coworkers, and enemies to a transcendental level.

Look at how the two are different but connected, Yin and Yang. Balanced. I think they are exquisite together.

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Arnica, A Huge Healing Health Hack

I was pedaling back from a meeting in the neighborhood today in heavy snow, the kind with luscious large fluffy flakes. It was really coming down, so I took residential streets and went slowly. However, about a mile from home, I happened on one of those famous Chicago road deformations—it was upon me before I knew it due to its white blanket camouflage—a large dip and curl in the pavement that was slick under the snow, and I went down on my left knee and ankle. There wasn’t a car in sight, so I got up, examined myself and found my knee sore but okay, my bike okay, so I pedaled home. Continue reading “Arnica, A Huge Healing Health Hack”

Aquarius New Moon [Astro Weather]

newmoon-aquariusThis Aquarius new moon is dynamite! Expect pressure to change and surprises of all kinds related to your reputation, career, worklife, family life, and your individual expression. You might feel a sudden desire to change, or others in your life may be the drivers. This month carries a lot of energy and focus on your daily work and worklife (6th house), and potential opportunity for expansion. You could see lightning fast change and opportunity in your reputation and career (10th house), especially if you’re open to it. Read on for how to prepare to navigate drama gracefully and how to seize opportunities. Continue reading “Aquarius New Moon [Astro Weather]”

Spiritual Reflections on Two Classic Sci-fi Films

Quest for Fire and The Matrix are both classic sci-fi films about survival within adversity, but I found that their parallels were eclipsed by striking differences. Moreover these differences hold insights into the importance of humans’ relationship to nature and the universe (or god) and its effect on human survival. I’ll reflect on each film first and add my observations and spiritual reflections at the end. Continue reading “Spiritual Reflections on Two Classic Sci-fi Films”

A Simple Way to Transform Your Relationships

I think of my and others’ earthly identities as “clothes” for their spirits, vehicles for navigating their lives on Earth. Spirits are incarnate in their bodies, and here I’ll show how this point of view enables me to interact with people more fully. Then I’ll share suggestions for how you can try this, too. Continue reading “A Simple Way to Transform Your Relationships”

Ego and Spirit in Relationship: The Four Agreements

4agreementsThis post offers some insights and practices for how ego and spirit can work together to empower you in relationship to your self and, by extension, to other people and the universe. These practices have helped me to create immense freedom for myself, and I give this freedom to other people, which creates joy and more harmony in the world. This series extends Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements, which I’ll summarize here and build on.

The Four Agreements is a kind of handbook of ancient Toltec wisdom, and I highly recommend it. If you haven’t read it, Toltec Spirit has an excellent summary. I find that the book offers a rare approach to relating to oneself and other people through the four agreements, which are practices that help readers live with more spirit. Ruiz doesn’t refer to ego and spirit, but his stated goal is to help readers live with spirit, to take back what they lost during “domestication.” The four agreements are: Continue reading “Ego and Spirit in Relationship: The Four Agreements”