Though I am primarily an astrologer, I also work with the tarot. Astrology and the tarot are perfect partners, complementing each other in many ways. If you work with the stars and not the tarot, chances are that the cards of the tarot will pique your interest once you begin to investigate them.
Having an astrological perspective when working with tarot cards gives a reader a definite...
In a time of recession and economic challenge, retooling and rethinking life's work could be indicated for you. Are you in the best possible occupation, based on your Sun Sign? Sally Cragin, author of Astrology on the Cusp and The Astrological Elements, explains what each sign can expect in 2013 if they are deciding on a career change.
I was talking with a woman at the gym the other day and she told me a story about trying to meet up with a friend coming in from out of town. It was a tale of missed calls, lost e-mails, and misunderstood words. When she was done, I commiserated, then asked her when this happened. Her reply matched with my suspicions, and I said, "Did you know you were doing all of that during Mercury...
Many of us are cognizant of the Sun's affect on our moods. Yet, a planetary object even closer to the earth affects our tides, our body rhythms, fertility cycles, even mood changes, and is seldom considered in conjunction with our moods. The moon has captivated poets, philosophers, songwriters, and lovers for millennia and is, by far, the most notable object in the night sky. Here, astrologer and author Sally Cragin details how the moon's phases and transits affect our moods and our lives.
Were you, or someone you know, born on the cusp of two astrological signs? Perhaps you feel torn between identifying with some aspects of one sign, other aspects of the other sign, and feel squeezed in the middle. Finding accurate horoscope information can be difficult for those born on the cusp; here Sally Cragin, author of Astrology on the Cusp, presents a brief overview of the quirks and gifts cuspy individuals are given.
In astrology, the Sun symbolizes aspiration, the desire to reach our ultimate potential. But rather than earning our Sun sign’s gifts from the outside world, what if we carry the seeds of their potential within us from the moment we’re born? In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her companions each wish for the very qualities that they already possess. In this article from Llewellyn's 2012 Sun Sign Book, learn what strengths each Sun sign possesses—and may not be fully realizing.
In our rapidly changing economic climate, over 10 percent of the United States population will look for opportunities to switch careers in 2012. Hoping to tap into new and emerging networks, an increasing number of avid job hunters will look at career paths that have been designated "green." While looking at the realistic "Big Picture" that includes some of the obstacles to progress, this article broadly highlights career possibilities in green industries, by astrological sun sign.
Not just a brilliant source of light and life, the Sun is a powerful
planet that influences our daily lives. Illuminating, inspiring,
and enlightening, it influences creativity and artistic achievement.
The wheel of the zodiac has twelve houses, and each one represents a different Sun sign; each sign and house represents a different
creative type and a distinct artistic personality....
The twelve astrological signs represent character traits and styles of
expression. Almost any word that can be expressed as an adjective
belongs to one of the twelve signs, but the signs represent more than
just a list of personal quirks. They represent paths of development,
and the processes and methods that illustrate how to walk along
those paths. Not just the character trait of...
Opposites attract—wouldn’t you agree? In millenia past, the earliest stargazers apportioned each of the four elements to a particular gender. So
fire and air are masculine; earth and water are feminine. But that means
that the oppositions (which are fire and air and earth and water) are both
the same gender. This adds an element of harmony and compatibility for
gay couples, who share a...
Fire SignsFire sign folks can decide at a very early age that yes, they want to be a fire
fighter or an EMT or a police officer—and then happily follow through.
Those professions aside, there is nothing ignoble about fire sign folks
having a variety of career interests and pursuits.
Fire sign people, and those with heavy fire sign influence in their
chart, are most content in jobs where...
What can you expect from your new Capricorn boss? Your girlfriend is a Pisces, and you can't seem to get her to "lighten up?" Sun signs of each element can combine in myriad ways, making relationships sink, sizzle, or add stability, and knowing how pairs of sun signs combine can make life easier at home, in bed, or at work. Sally Cragin, author of The Astrological Elements, explains just how our sun signs combine.
Some sign combinations that have traditionally been considered to be stress-producing: signs that square. These are the pairs that often rub each other the wrong way,until they realize that they can also produce energy-releasing sparks. Any two signs that square each other are actually dynamic duos that help us powerfully grow,once we learn how to consolidate their energies better in a...
Affirmations for Mars (and for Aries) I am a pioneer and a leader.The strength of the spiritual warrior is with me now. I am passionate about living. I react quickly and powerfully to every challenge. Impulsive I may be, but my initial impulse is right. I am not rude, I am direct and speak the truth. I am pulsing with energy as I act in the drama of life. I am sure and certain in all my...
Affirmations for Uranus (and for Aquarius) I am a caring friend to all.I am spontaneous and original. My personality is magnetic and all-attractive. I enjoy change and adventure. I am fascinated by life and am fascinating. My motives are pure and humanitarian. I live in perfect freedom. I love radical change and upheaval. I am fully awakened in the most perfect spiritual consciousness. I possess...
Could it be that the length of a woman’s skirt has more to do with the weather than the fashion prescriptions of designers in Paris and Milan? Mini-skirt, maxi skirt, slacks, shorts, global warming, global cooling. What to wear? Many high-profile women, such as Oprah and Michelle Obama, are now wearing skirts below their knees. It must be the fashion, right? A long time ago, fashionable women...
The zodiac was originally constructed as a method of measurement, showing the amount of time it takes for the sun to pass through the constellations. Although this movement is really representative of the earth revolving around the sun, from earth it appears as through the sun transits the heavens. The zodiac takes the form of a circle, and its divisions number twelve equal parts. Each part is...
Gemini is the natural third zodiacal sign, associated with Mercury, and related to the hands and arms. Born under this sign, you possess intellectual curiosity and are fond of talking, gesticulating. In the kitchen you are active and quick; you experiment, and you are conscious of what close relatives think of your culinary concoctions…You love change, travel, variety; you are restless and...
The vernal equinox has come and gone. Winter feels like it’s a million miles away (at least, for those of us who reside south of Minnesota). With the influx of spring, our energies are high, and everyone is ready for warm weather. The energy of Aries energy is all around us. When we think of characteristics of the sign of Aries, words like ‘adventurous,’ ‘independent,’ ‘enthusiastic,’ and...
Here are a few examples of some planetary invocations—one for each of the planets. Most of these invocations are nonspecific and invoke the symbolic power of the archetype but they can easily be tailored to your particular needs and desires. Experiment with the power of invocations and see your life transformed daily.
An Invocation of the Sun
Great Sun of Life, primal radiance, beloved of my...
Mars indicates an area of life that is vitally important to your spiritual growth. Whatever path you choose, this factor will come up again and again, modifying your direction or suggesting a specific focus for your studies. This source of energy and spiritual guidance is a deeply personal and private part of your life. Others will see how it affects you, but they are unlikely to understand the...
Affirmations for Aries:
I am the beginning of all beginnings.
I am the fire of cosmic mind.
I am the sublime and mighty warrior.
I will things to happen.
I embody the intelligent power of the life force.
I am the pulsating radiance of new life.
The universal intelligence stands behind all my endeavors.
I am one with the Source of All Power.
I am one with the Doer of All; yet by myself...
Consider this: No matter how many years you’ve been an Aries or a Virgo or a Scorpio, or whatever your Sun sign happens to be, you’re still busy defining what that is. Each Sun sign is a particular signature for expressing all that it is to be human. With positive bits, challenging bits, silly bits, and quirky bits. So, it makes sense that each would have its own particular blind spot. A part of...
Is it any wonder why the ancients proclaimed that our destiny was “written in the stars”? Evidently, our fate here on terra firma is a lot less predetermined than we’ve been led to believe because when we view our natal sky from this perspective it’s a lot more than just a celestial reflection of our earthly destiny. It’s a universal documentation of the agreement we made to live up to it. An agreement the ancients called a horoscope, but based on their scientific principles I prefer to call our very own “contract with the universe.”
Discover how the astrological goddesses of knowledge, relationships and self-fullfillment affect your birth chart, energies, and specific personality traits.
What roles do the celestial archtypes play in our lives? With analysis of Pluto, Charon, Eris, Ceres, and more, discover the mythical and astrological ways these heavenly bodies affect you and your birth chart.
Whether you are just falling in love or you’re a newlywed who still hasn’t come down to earth after the honeymoon, it's essential to learn the fine art of communication. Many times when lovers hear how important communication is in keeping love ...
Ancient astrologers observed the blazing morning star Venus vanish once every eighteen months and re-emerge as the brilliant evening star. Venus has phases just like the Moon, only we cannot see them as easily as we can the waxing and waning Moon. Have you noticed a brilliant star due west in the sky after sunset? That would be Venus. She grows bigger and brighter as she moves closer to Earth...
About every thirty years, the taskmaster Saturn (a.k.a. the Lord of Karma) visits you. This year he is paying a call to our Leo friends, those born July 23 - August 22. He will knock on their door July 17th and enjoy an extended stay until September ...
The Divine Feminine in Christianity is an inspiring and provocative theme, challenging the dominance of male deities within the contemporary Christian “pantheon.” The irony is that historically, Goddess worship has always been a big part of ...
Anyone can use astrology in their daily lives, but it hasn’t always been that way. Once astrology was reserved for kings and nations, and only the court astrologer/ astronomer could cast and interpret the chart. Now anyone with a computer can obtain ...
Holiday Shopping 101: Astrology Indicates Best Holiday Shopping Tactics Some of you have your holiday shopping completed, right? I don’t. I always have someone left to check off my shopping list a few days before Christmas. Astrology offers a ...
It’s that time of year again — when spring arrives, we want to open our windows and doors, air out any stuffy corners and generally re-organize our homes, our business and our lives. I thought you might appreciate some insight into just what spring ...