Posted by: aspicco | December 6, 2016

Mercury Will Be Going Retrograde Soon…

I always have mixed feelings discussing Mercury retrograde. Many people use it as an excuse. Most of those people know just enough about astrology to use it as a new boogeyman. But honestly, with a little bit of preparation and awareness, it isn’t that hard to weather the few weeks of Mercury retrograde. It happens 3 to 4 times a year and the next time it is going to happen is starting on December 18th, 2016  and ending on January 8th 2017.

Before I get into the specifics of this upcoming period, let me give you a general picture of what Mercury retrograde implies. Mercury is the planet that symbolizes communication, thinking, local travel, your immediate neighborhood, and electricity and electronics. So when it goes backwards you have to keep an eye on those areas of concern. There will be missed phone calls, dropped phone calls, mixed-up plans for appointments or travel, and lots of various miscommunication. Sometimes the Internet and computers get a little quirky, too. But, like any retrograde planet, you can have a lot of success with things that you “re.” You can reassess plans, you can rewrite things that you think need to be worked on, and you will expect to rearrange your plans from time to time.

This time around Mercury is going retrograde at 15° Capricorn 7′. And although I am not a mundane astrologer (one who uses astrology to look at world events) I do find it curious that it is going retro the day before the Electoral College votes on who won the Presidency. Capricorn can often be seen as the symbol of tradition. But it is going to go backwards. At the same time, Mars is leaving Aquarius and entering Pisces. Mars, the planet of action and assertiveness, is entering a sign known for its compassion, sensitivity and empathy. Also on the day Mercury goes retrograde this year, it will be making a conjunction with Pluto. Pluto can often symbolize major shifts in society. And since it is in Capricorn, a symbol of practicality, it may have a tendency to assist in correcting mistakes. When Pluto first entered Capricorn in 2008, that was when the banking crisis hit. And many astrologers considered Pluto in Capricorn as the energy behind the corrective measures that needed to be taken to properly restore the economy. I am not making any predictions at all about the election but I do find it a curious shift at that time.

The next key days would be December 28th and 29th. At that point the Sun, Moon and Mercury will all be conjunct in Capricorn. If you are prone to sitting down and assessing your life during the previous year and looking at the possibilities of the upcoming year, these would be a great days to do it. The energies of Capricorn are excellent for long term planning and taking a look at the big picture.

On January 2, 2017 the Moon, Mars and Neptune will all be conjunct in Pisces. The Moon and Neptune make this conjunction every month but adding in Mars adds a lot of energy to the situation, in a very emotional way. If this connects with you, you may find January 2 to be very deeply felt. With it all in Pisces there maybe an overwhelming sense of empathy, Compassion and a connection to everyone else in the world.

Mercury keeps backing up until January 8 but on January 3 it will back into Sagittarius for a few days before it goes direct. So expect about a week of mental release so to speak, For Sagittarius is a bit more open-minded and playful mentally than Capricorn.

And Mercury will go forward again. Until that happens, remember to double check your appointments, leave a little extra time as a buffer when you are traveling, and make sure you have a Plan B. Expect a little difficulty in moving forward, but that is what Mercury retrograde does.

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NOTE: My Internet radio show is also called Cosmic Tuesdays. It is on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm on the HeyZRadio network. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together. I interview astrologers, psychics, palm readers, authors, yoga teachers, reiki msters, aromatherapists, Kabbalah experts, acupuncurists, energy channellers, NDE survivors, witches, medical herbalists and all kinds of interesting people.

 

Posted by: aspicco | September 20, 2016

SPI • RITUAL

I have spent most of my life as a fairly undisciplined person. A big chunk of my astrological chart even suggests a certain amount of spiritual chaos is my natural operating style. It has worked to my advantage, but not all the time. Other than my ability to do astrology readings, most of my psychic and/or intuitive abilities are strictly random and catch-as-catch-can. I have often found myself a little jealous of professional psychics who can tap into their abilities pretty much whenever they need to.

It is not that I haven’t taken courses in training that have emphasized discipline. I just have a tendency to abandon the discipline after a short while. I continue to use the abilities I have learned. I send reiki energy to people regularly, either in person or remotely. I am certainly capable of giving an excellent astrology reading using the rules, regulations, and beliefs of astrological teachings. And yet there is a part of me that resists discipline.

Many years ago there used to be a guy who lived across the hallway in my apartment building. We would often get into philosophical disagreements. The only thing that stayed with me during our ongoing discussions was his belief that any system can help a person if they follow that system with regular self-discipline. He claimed giving a solid, viable structure or system to anyone who was, perhaps, lost or confused, would help. He claimed it did not matter what the structure was, as he felt the very nature of structure would help a person delineate and define themselves. I thought it was more important to have the right kind of system or structure in order to find a way to improve yourself. I still believe that. Not every system works for every person because one size does not fit all.

Recently I have been trying to look at my life in the bigger picture, trying to ascertain where I have made mistakes and where I have functioned in the healthiest possible way. Although I frequently recommend daily, regular meditation to many people, I am embarrassed to admit that I myself am a very sloppy meditator. I often tell my astrology clients who are looking to improve their potential creativity and psychic abilities that regular meditation is one of the basic building blocks. You need to exercise your intuition the same way you need to exercise your body. You might not be able to lift 100 pounds right away, but if you practice weightlifting on a regular basis eventually you will. And I apply the same concept to intuition. The more you learn to train your intuition, to exercise it, to meditate on a regular basis, the more likely you will learn to trust your intuition and strengthen it.

So last week, while I was writing, I accidentally put a space in the middle of the word spiritual. And I saw for the first time that the word “ritual” was a major part of the word spiritual. And a ritual is something done over and over again in the same way. And yes, doing something over and over again in the same way is a method to blank out the logical brain a little bit and let intuition come through. So “ritual” is a form of exercise and discipline.

I guess I am going to have to stop being so lazy.

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NOTE: My Internet radio show is also called Cosmic Tuesdays. It is on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm on the HeyZRadio network. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together. I interview astrologers, psychics, palm readers, authors, yoga teachers, aromatherapists, Kaballah experts, acupuncurists, energy channellers, NDE survivors and all kinds of interesting people.

Posted by: aspicco | June 21, 2016

What Does “Age of Aquarius” Mean, Anyway?

Thanks to the hit song by The Fifth Dimension from the Broadway musical “Hair” we all seem to know “this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” but what does that mean, actually? Well… let’s see if I can give a shot at explaining:

Generally speaking, ages in astrology last a little over 2,000 years, and there is no common consensus among astrologers as to exactly when one ends and the other one begins. Some claim the 1960s were when the Age of Aquarius began. Some say the past couple of decades. Me, when I look at some of the meaning and symbolism of the Aquarius, I could see it as beginning at the dawn of the Industrial Age. Aquarius is partially about new ideas, new inventions, and new technology. And it is also about using that new technology to help the world. The symbol for Aquarius is the water bearer. In ancient times the water bearer was the one who went to the well or river or any source of water and brought it back to the tribe. The water bearer was an individual bserving the greater good.

And the ages of astrology go backwards through the zodiac, so we have left behind the Age of Pisces. Pisces embraces everyone in the world as one. Aquarius acknowledges we are all one, but also respects the individual, respects personal freedom and everyone’s uniqueness. If one looks at the start of Aquarius connected to the Industrial Age, which is generally dated as beginning in the 1700s, this is also when human rights became an issue. The individual became important. Monarchies were getting toppled. The American colonies and France both had revolutions to overthrow royal rulers. The Dutch abandoned royalty a century earlier.

So I think the past 300+ years or so have been the growing pains and adjustment period of the start of the Age of Aquarius. The past 30 years in particular have seen quite an acceleration in Aquarian activity. The Internet and all of its social connections have certainly shifted power from the top-down model. In a funny way we are becoming more tribal again. It has given us the ability to connect with many other like-minded individuals regardless of location. In my own experience, before social networking, I had direct contact with maybe 10 or 20 astrologers, and I live in NYC. Now I have access to hundreds of astrologers’ opinions through Facebook groups and online websites. And this carried through in many areas of interest. Scratch the surface of the web and there are mutual interest groups for politics, embroidery, Bob Dylan fans, cooking clubs, and on and on. Everyone has an equal say, and if they don’t like one group they can find another or else start their own. The other side of the past 30+ years includes a swelling of interest in “new” ideas that challenge the status quo belief systems. “New” can mean ancient practices seeing a revival, such as astrology, numerology, feng shui, etc., and it also can be applied to modern inventions like biofeedback, reiki, quantum physics and more.

I believe much of the current upheaval in the world is the result of traditionalists resisting change, and traditionalists always will. And I am not knocking tradition. There are many valuable things that should be kept and brought forward. The dawning of a new age (actually I think it is mid-morning already) does not mean trashing everything that went before. The ideal response will be to keep what resonates and still serves us, and trash the rest.

And one of the best guidelines for what to trash vs what to save can be found in the symbolism of Aquarius, where personal freedom matters, where respect for each individual matters, and where each individual respects the common good, and each other. And Aquarius is also about new ideas, crazy challenges and uniqueness.

Personally I encourage people to let go of traditional beliefs and to cobble together their own spirituality, create their own religion. In the Age of Pisces when many people wanted to merge together, mutually held beliefs mattered, but that was then. The new truth is, one size does NOT fit all. We can have common ground and still all be unique and distinct. Every one of us matters, whether they are public figures or socially involved or introverts hiding out at home, participating in the world via the Internet.

We are deep enough into the Age of Aquarius that I think it is time to embrace it, and not fight it. If it is the future vs the past… well… the future usually wins. The clock keeps ticking.

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NOTE: My Internet radio show solo is also called Cosmic Tuesdays. It is on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm on the HeyZRadio network. A half-hour shorter, but just as good. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together. I interview astrologers, psychics, palm readers, Kaballah experts, acupuncurists, energy channellers and all kinds of interesting people.

Posted by: aspicco | November 11, 2015

Everyday Mysteries and Magical Events

For me, physical reality has always been a wiggly thing. Yes, there are scientific “rules” and many things are allegedly impossible but I see evidence to the contrary. To me, the laws of physical reality are essentially only very strong suggestions that operate most of the time, but some events “fall between the cracks.” Some things happen in a unique, rare, inexplicable manner and are not verifiable… but they happen.
Years ago, when I was in art school, when signing my art with my name, I started adding a star in a circle to it. It resembled a pentagram, but at the time I did not know what a pentagram was. Like any artist, I just liked the way it looked. A few years later I had one of my ears pierced and a friend gave me a gift of two earrings custom made to match my signature, one silver, one gold, and they became fixtures in my ear. I wore either one almost non-stop. At some point in the 1990s I decided to stop wearing the earring. I was in my 40s and it seemed to me to be a little bit of a desperate attempt to still seem cool, so I took both earrings, placed them in a small wooden case, put them at the back of a drawer, and let the hole in my ear lobe close up. End of an era, so I thought.

One afternoon, about 10 years later, while wandering the apartment in my stocking feet, I stepped on something that startled me. It was my gold pentagram earring. I checked the wooden case at the back of the drawer. Still there. And the silver earring was in it, alone. Called my wife at work. Nope. She hadn’t touched them. Okay. I took the mysterious hint, had my ear re-pierced, and started wearing the silver and gold again.

One day in late spring the gold earring was missing from my ear. Reached up one afternoon. Gone. I assumed it had come loose somewhere. Crestfallen, I went to get my silver earring. Also gone from where I kept it. Um—?

Called a psychic friend of mine who, among many other wonderful things, sometimes helps me locate lost objects. She said her spirit guides claimed I needed learn to live without them before I could have them back. Okay. This has been a difficult year for me emotionally and spiritually, and this news did not make me any happier, but okay, okay. I knew there was more to it than just that, but okay. I used an old turquoise star earring as a placeholder. Months went by, and my astrology business dried up. I was teaching and lecturing but no clients. Nothing seemed to be going smoothly. My wife bought me a sweet surprise gift of a pair of silver Capricorn earrings, and I started wearing one. I am a Cap. Seemed like a decent replacement. I pouted a little yet, but went on, trying to work it all out.

This past weekend I volunteered at a psychic fair and did 6 short astrology readings in a row. And I approached these readings in a new way. It went very well. This past week I got booked to do a conference in late November and will be reading dozens of people over a weekend. I recently launched a new Internet radio show (see below). And just two days ago, as I was cleaning, I moved the coffee table. Face down on the floor of the living room was my gold earring. It still had the back on it. What—? But I was delighted. It is back in my ear. I still can’t find the silver one but, ok, so far so good.

For me, physical reality has always been a wiggly thing. Have things like this have happened to you?

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NOTE: The Internet radio show I had been co-hosting these past 18 months with Sharita Star has gone on hiatus. Sharita has other things she needs to focus on right now, and so I will continue solo with a radio show also called Cosmic Tuesdays. It is on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm on the HeyZRadio network. A half-hour shorter, but just as good. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together.

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Posted by: aspicco | September 22, 2015

Wait. What? That Was Intuition?

I love astrology. Really, I do. I love the reliability of it. I love that it works whether I am feeling inspired or not. Give me someone’s birthday data and I can do a reading for them.

But I am also lazy. (I have mentioned that previously.) So sometimes I look at psychics and mediums a little enviously. They don’t have to calculate charts. They don’t have to analyze the planets. They just “tune in” and get the information. And to that end, for most of my adult life, I have tried to improve my intuition. I believe we all have some intuition, some psychic abilities, even if some of us are more skilled than others. I am also of the belief that psychic abilities, like muscles, can be improved with exercises and paying careful attention.

I have also tried all my life to not let my logical, rational mind bully me. On one level this has wreaked a bit of havoc with my self-discipline, as I resist routine, but it has also opened my mind to be better at free association and picking up “vibes” when I’m looking for a psychic flash in a given situation.

This past week I was working on a project and decided to have a drink. I brought a glass with ice to my desk, opened a 16 ounce bottle of soda and filled the glass. I put the unfinished bottle of soda down on the desk and a thought flashed through my mind “put the cap back on the bottle. You could spill it.” But I dismissed the thought, assuming it was my logical mind applying rules. Within less than 60 seconds, I knocked over the bottle of soda, spilling it all over the floor. I ran and got some paper towels while cursing myself for being clumsy and proceeded to mop up the mess.

While I was on my hands and knees cleaning the floor, I thought about the situation. And I realized I tripped myself up with my resistance to logic and rationality. When the thought in my head told me “put the cap back on the bottle. You could spill it,” it was not my rational mind but my intuition talking to me. To me, the rational mind is always applying the same warning to the same situation. If I was a rational person I would always replace the cap on an open bottle of soda, because that would be the rational rule I would routinely apply to the situation.

So foolish me, I used my anti-logical prejudice to ignore a genuine intuitive insight. I was psychic enough to know I was going to knock over the soda, but I did not trust myself enough to take the necessary steps to prevent that particular future from happening. And to me that is one of the useful aspects of being intuitive: to prevent unwanted events from occurring.

Intuition can be a subtle thing. Sometimes it is simply a thought fluttering through your mind like a butterfly. I have to learn how to stop talking myself out of my intuition. After all, as much as I love astrology it would not have been able to warn me about knocking over a soda.

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NOTE:
I co-host a weekly internet radio show called “What’s Your Sign? I Have Your Number” with Sharita Star, numerologist and a fellow astrologer. It is on the HeyZ Radio Network on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at http://heyzradio.com/shows/signs-numbers/ We discuss astrology, numerology and have assorted guests, ranging from fellow astrologers to psychics, mediums, entertainers, tarot card experts, reiki masters, authors, and all things metaphysical. To listen, go to the chat room on their website when the show is on the air. If the sound gets spotty during the broadcast, refresh your browser. There is also a downloadable app here: http://heyzradio.com/app/ if you wish to listen via smart phone or tablet.

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NOTE #2:
Once a month I host an astrology meetup in NYC, usually during the second week of any month at the Quest book shop. If you are in the NYC area and are interested, you can register for free at http://www.meetup.com/nyc-astrology/ and get monthly announcements of upcoming lecturers. All levels of astrologer are welcome, from beginner to experienced professional. There is an intro chat for beginners, and then the main lecture. Oct 13th will be a lecture titled “Working With Our Moon” by noted astrologer Heather Roan Robbins (www.roanrobbins.com)

Posted by: aspicco | May 5, 2015

Love In All Its Forms…

This past week I was reminded of some of the unexpected forms love can take in our lives.

A few days ago, via a Facebook post, I learned a friend of mine had passed away via a short bout with lung cancer. At the end, she was surrounded by family. I met her back in 2002. She was a vibrant, alive, troubled and energetic woman. She was a political rabble-rouser, an artist and a theatrical performer. She had hard times, she wrestled with her demons, but she always arose again to start another fight, do another benefit or performance, and to have another go at it… whatever “it” was for her. Sometimes we drifted in and out of contact. Sometimes I encouraged her. Sometimes she encouraged me. I had met her as a fellow fan of a Bob Dylan, but it turned out we enjoyed many of the same music, and once, when I heard she wanted to learn more about one musician, I mailed her my CDs. I was thinking of selling them. I sent them to her instead. She asked me what she could do for me. I said send me some interesting postcards. I got dozens of them. A few of them are still up on my wall. I can see them as I type this.

So I sit here, saddened that she is no longer here, but happy and enriched to have known her. And I never physically met her. Never got a chance to hug her. She lived in Christchurch, New Zealand and I live in New York City, but she touched me and I like to think I touched her. I was a little surprised at the depth of my response to her death. I didn’t quite consciously realize how much she meant to me until now.

And I am more oblivious than I realized, emotionally, because I got another reminder this week, too. I have a friend I have known since high school. We were friends during our college years, we drift, we connect again, we drift again, but when we connect we are always close, always honest and direct with each other when talking about the things that mattered.

Well, recently she told me there were a few times in her life when she didn’t love herself, but that I was there to love her, and it helped her through. I was honored and flattered (and maybe a little surprised) to have been such a good friend, and a little embarrassed, too, because I had no idea whatsoever she was feeling that way at those times. How did I help someone without even being aware I was helping?

Well… I did.
And this is why, every day, we need to be loving and kind.

Let me close with a favorite quote of mine:

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.” ~ Thomas Merton

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NOTE:
I co-host a weekly internet radio show called “What’s Your Sign? I Have Your Number” with Sharita Star, numerologist and a fellow astrologer. It is on the HeyZ Radio Network on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at http://heyzradio.com/shows/signs-numbers/ We discuss astrology, numerology and have assorted guests, ranging from fellow astrologers to psychics, mediums, entertainers, tarot card experts, reiki masters, authors, and all things metaphysical. To listen, go to the chat room on their website when the show is on the air. If the sound gets spotty during the broadcast, refresh your browser. There is also a downloadable app here: http://heyzradio.com/app/ if you wish to listen via smart phone or tablet.

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NOTE #2:
Once a month I host an astrology meetup in NYC, usually on the second Tuesday of the month at the Quest book shop. If you are in the NYC area and are interested, you can register for free at http://www.meetup.com/nyc-astrology/ and get monthly announcements of upcoming lecturers. All levels of astrologer are welcome, from beginner to experienced professional. There is an intro chat for beginners, and then the main lecture. May 12th will be a lecture on How I Look at Interpreting A Birth Chart.

One of the basic premises of many spiritual and religious beliefs is “we are all one.” Some interpret this as “we are all connected yet separate, akin to different computers all connected via a network.” Some suggest we are all one entity in many parts, similar to the way our bodies are made up of millions of individual cells: blood cells, brain cells, nerve cells, etc.

The Seth Material has said the entire universe is one entity or consciousness and we are all part of it. Even so-called “inanimate” objects have consciousness, too. Seth used the term/title “All That Is” for convenience and probably to avoid the word “God” (which can be a potential minefield with all of its baggage). Seth’s concepts come very close to the term “pantheism” and as I have previously said (http://wp.me/pJ9hq-2c) pantheism make the most sense to me.

If everything has one consciousness, why are there so many of us? I go back to the analogy of the human body: like the cells in our body, we all have different functions. And in some ways, I look at astrology the same way. We need every sign and every planet for each one’s unique expression. If we were all the same it would be an extremely boring world, wouldn’t it?

And even though we may be one massive consciousness composed of resilience of individuals, every one of us is completely unique. Once, in one of my darker moments, I made a flip remark to a coworker when we were discussing how to grow and evolve in life. I jokingly tossed off the comment “hey, I can always get it right in my next life…” And he looked at me in all sincerity and said “but this is the only time you will be Anthony Picco.” It threw me for a moment. He was right. This is the only time I’m going to be Anthony Picco. Sure I could “get it right in my next life,” but I would be a completely different person with different tools and skills at my disposal. And that to is something that astrology backs up. Although I have never done the math, the planets keep moving at different speeds and have done so for millennia, and it is highly unlikely that across the centuries the exact same chart has repeated itself. There are so many chart possibilities.

So I encourage anyone to embrace his or her uniqueness. Your personality, your skills, your insights, essentially everything about you, is special. Sure, some of us may take on a lot more than others but I don’t think life should be an ongoing competition. Yes there are times when competition can be fun, educational and challenging but in the big picture I feel life should be about expressing ourselves as thoroughly as possible in our own unique ways, and also continually finding ways to evolve and improve and grow. I believe the truer we are to our unique self, the healthier we are. And I believe every improvement we make, every positive involved step we take, ripples out across the world like the surface of a pond when a pebble is dropped in… after all, we are all connected and we are all one, so every ripple that anyone makes affects everyone else.

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NOTE:
I co-host a weekly internet radio show called “What’s Your Sign? I Have Your Number” with Sharita Star, numerologist and a fellow astrologer. It is on the HeyZ Radio Network on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at http://heyzradio.com/shows/signs-numbers/ We discuss astrology, numerology and have assorted guests, ranging from fellow astrologers to psychics, mediums, entertainers, tarot card experts, reiki masters, authors, and all things metaphysical. To listen, go to the chat room on their website when the show is on the air. If the sound gets spotty during the broadcast, refresh your browser. There is also a downloadable app here: http://heyzradio.com/app/ if you wish to listen via smart phone or tablet.

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NOTE #2:
Once a month I host an astrology meetup in NYC, usually on the second Tuesday of the month at the Quest book shop. If you are in the NYC area and are interested, you can register for free at http://www.meetup.com/nyc-astrology/ and get monthly announcements of upcoming lecturers. All levels of astrologer are welcome, from beginner to experienced professional. There is an intro chat for beginners, and then the main lecture. March 10th will be a lecture on Planetary Returns.

Posted by: aspicco | January 28, 2015

The Various and Sometimes Unexpected Uses of Creativity

I have been an astrologer since 1986, but I still learn from almost every reading I give. In astrology, there are more often than not fairly typical ways that people express things in their charts, and sometimes I can fall into a little bit of a rut by only sticking to those archetypes. Fortunately I am not a “by-the-book” kind of astrologer, so I always pay attention to what my client is telling me.

More often than not, the area where people will surprise me the most is “creativity.” I take a very long view on creativity. I expressed this idea at length in a previous post last year (http://wp.me/pJ9hq-f1) but in a nutshell I think creativity covers far more than the so-called “creative arts,” like music or painting or writing. I think all of us are creative every day in many, ways. The problems we solve, the spontaneous things we think of, the choices we make, are all forms of creativity. I consider the healthy exercise of our creativity one of the more important aspects of our lives.

Several weeks ago during a reading I became a little confused. When I see something that is clearly a major influence in someone’s chart, and they insist nothing of that sort is going on in their lives, my first response is questioning the birth data. “Are you sure you have the correct birth time?” But not every bit of confusion in a chart reading can be clarified by correcting the birth time. Sometimes a major influence is in effect for the entire day of a person’s birth and it is unlikely a person doesn’t know what day they were born. My second response is “What am I overlooking or misunderstanding in this chart?”

This client was particularly fussy and precise, and these traits turned up in the chart, but there were also many indicators of a profoundly creative nature. I usually expect that to have a major influence in a person’s life. Even if it were not a career choice, I would expect some sort of writing/painting/music/poetry, etc. Yet there seemed to be no evidence of this. I knew I had the correct birth time, because this person went to the trouble of getting an exact photo static copy of it before the reading.

So I rolled onward, continuing my reading, hoping to figure it out as I went. I got to the part of the reading when I suggest new methods to try and work around, or work with, the more difficult parts of a chart, and every suggestion I made was met with several “scenarios” of how that suggestion could go wrong… and after a bit, I saw exactly how the creativity was coming out. All these “scenarios” were acts of creativity, creating excuses out of thin air. When people dream stuff up, and fantasize, they are being creative… but I had never considered that the fantasies of fear and failure were also forms of creativity. I would not call them particularly helpful forms of creativity, but there they were. I had fallen prey to my own Pollyanna-like beliefs. This client was richly creative.

I encouraged a different use of creativity… maybe painting as a hobby? Learning a musical instrument? I am hoping if the urge for creativity is satisfied differently, there will be less use of it to block progress.

And then I wondered, do I use my creativity in the healthiest possible way?

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NOTE:
I co-host a weekly internet radio show called “What’s Your Sign? I Have Your Number” with Sharita Star, numerologist and a fellow astrologer. It is on the HeyZ Radio Network on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at http://heyzradio.com/shows/signs-numbers/ We discuss astrology, numerology and have assorted guests, ranging from fellow astrologers to psychics, mediums, entertainers, tarot card experts, reiki masters and all things metaphysical. To listen, go to the Chat Room on their website when the show is on the air. If the sound gets spotty during the broadcast, refresh your browser. There is also a downloadable app here: http://heyzradio.com/app/ if you wish to listen via smart phone or tablet.

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NOTE #2:
Once a month I host an astrology meetup in NYC, usually on the second Tuesday of the month at the Quest book shop. If you are in the NYC area and are interested, you can register for free at http://www.meetup.com/nyc-astrology/ and get monthly announcements of upcoming lecturers. All levels of astrologer are welcome, from beginner to experienced professional. There is an intro chat for beginners, and then the main lecture. February 10th will be a lecture on Medical Astrology.

About 4 years ago I wrote a blog post called “Mercury Is Going Retrograde and I Don’t Care.” (http://wp.me/pJ9hq-6w)

Personally I feel the concepts of Mercury retrograde are used like an easy out… and kind of make a joke of the whole concept. Recently a fellow astrologer posted a comment in a professional astrologers’ forum, and he added statistical evidence that, to me, justifies my dismissal of the “OH NO HERE COMES Mercury retrograde” scare. (While he was at it, he also kicked around the “void of course moon” concept… and found it wanting.

So here follows a very lightly edited, re-posted guest blog by Alphee Lavoie:
“This is a very crazy time for astrologers; Mercury is retrograde. WOW!! Everybody will have communication problems: don’t travel, don’t do anything, because it’s going to turn out wrong.

Nothing like that will happen to you unless that particular Mercury retrograde hits planets in your chart.

A few years ago a well-known astrologer from Europe came to lecture to our group on Mercury retrograde. She was giving a lot of examples but it didn’t make sense. She said that last month, while Mercury was retrograde, she was going to a party and while parking her car, her gearshift broke. She claim it happened because Mercury was retrograde. Mine didn’t break, and out of million people in the world, probably none of them broke.

Two weeks ago there was a fire in O’Hare Chicago airport and thousands of flights were cancel all over the world. Mercury was not retrograde. A lot of astrologers sweep that under the rug. S**t happens when Mercury is not retrograde and the Moon is not void of course.

Astrology makes a big deal how when the moon is void of course, you can’t do a thing.

Couple weeks ago an astrologer send me a check and information to rectify their chart, but not to work on this rectification while the moon is “void of course.” I send back her check and I said I work while the moon is “void of course.”

I can only come to the conclusion that astrologers that believe in both of these phenomena are not full-time astrologers. Because if they totally believe that this is true, then they can’t do any astrology work while these things are happening. You can do no readings , you can do no electional work, no horary, no writing, no rectification… so you just sit and twiddle your thumbs.

If their only income is from astrology, like mine has been for the last 50 years, how does it pay the bills? They must have some other income somewhere.

Take a look at the graph below for 2014. The GREEN shows when Mercury was retrograde and the moon was void of course. Take a good look at this graph. The only time that astrologers can do their work is the time showed in the white space. Now you tell me how they can make a living as a full-time astrologer.”
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Many thanks to Alphee Lavoie for permitting him to post his comments.
Find him at:
http://www.alphee.com/
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I have recently begun a co-hosted internet radio show called “What’s Your Sign? I Have Your Number” with Sharita Star, numerologist and also a fellow astrologer. It is on the HeyZ Radio Network on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at http://heyzradio.com/shows/signs-numbers/We discuss astrology, numerology and have assorted guests, ranging from fellow astrologers to psychics, mediums, entertainers, tarot card experts, reiki masters and all things metaphysical.If you have any trouble listening, go to the Chat Room on their website when the show is on the air, and you can listen there. If the sound gets spotty during the broadcast, refresh your browser

Ever since I was a young child, I was curious about people who identified themselves as psychics and mediums. Regardless of all the scientific dismissing of their skills, it seemed pretty obvious to me that there was ample proof that some of these people were genuine. And so, over the course of the past 50+ years I have done my own research. I am not a scientist. What I am about to write is not intended as any kind of scientific proof, but merely sharing the things I have observed, the background material I have read about the phenomena, and the ongoing conclusions I have come to about the topic.

Who/What Are Dead People Anyway?

If you pore over most of the spiritual and religious texts that have been produced during last 5000+ years, there seems to be a pretty good consensus that each of us will survive the loss of our physical body. Many people refer to this transition as “death.” But what is death anyway? And who are the entities that mediums contact, bringing us messages and representing dead friends and relatives? Having experienced a number of readings from professional mediums, it has been quite clear to me that whoever is identifying themselves as my maternal grandfather, or my uncle or my mother, have proven to me that either they are who they say they are, or they have access to all of the information that those dead relatives would know. And the circumstances in which I have received these readings preclude any possibility of someone researching my history to trick me, or fool me. Even if someone had gone to the trouble of spying on me, many of the things told to me by my dead friends and relatives are really known only to them, and me and were never written down anywhere. So, whom am I talking to?

I know many people would refer to these entities as the “souls” of my dead relatives, but I do not want address this topic using the traditionally associated ideas of standard religion. What I want to do here is riff on some concepts.

Now, as far as I know, it has been said that every cell in a human’s body is replaced every seven years. That means the physical body you are using right now was made up of completely different cells eight years ago. And yet, all of us still maintain our personalities and our memories. Obviously to me, we are not just our physical bodies. It would seem to me there is some overall matrix or template that holds together the notion of each individual human being as a separate entity with its own distinct personality.

Einstein is probably most famous for his equation E = MC2. Although I could not interpret precisely what the equation is saying scientifically, it is my layperson’s understanding that he is essentially saying that “energy” and “mass” is the same thing in different forms. So essentially everything is energy.

So it would seem to me that each one of us, including all our personalities, our emotions, our memories, etc., is held together by a unique energy matrix. And when we depart this physical world, the energy pattern remains. We still exist.

Perhaps, one way of looking at it is, the “database” of who we are, including our feelings and memories, still remains and still seems to be quite vital and functioning. And these personalized “databases” seem to continue to grow and evolve. I have heard, via professional mediums, various “dead people” claim they made mistakes, and have come to understand better now that they passed over. I also have heard a few still resisting any emotional or spiritual progress.

Out of curiosity, do any of you have any interesting tales of readings via personal experiences with mediums? Any thoughts or comments?

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SPECIAL NOTE:
I have recently begun a co-hosted internet radio show called “What’s Your Sign? I Have Your Number” with Sharita Star, fellow astrologer and also a numerologist. It is on the HeyZ Radio Network on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at http://heyzradio.com/shows/signs-numbers/

We discuss astrology, numerology and have assorted guests, ranging from fellow astrologers to psychics, mediums, entertainers, tarot card experts, reiki masters and all things metaphysical.

If you have any trouble listening, go to the Chat Room on their website when the show is on the air, and you can listen there. If the sound gets spotty during the broadcast, refresh your browser.

We are working on creating an archive of previous shows.

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