Circles, Cycles and More ~ My Romance with Astrology

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Here we are, about to bid goodbye to Scorpio once more. While I feel the most ” like me ” at this time, the Saturn influence has made this past month at times bittersweet and often cruel or painful. But I am still convinced that we all are loved at every moment.

So I am going to tell you a unique love story. It is the romantic tale between Astrology and me. Thank you to the reader who inquired if I blogged on my astrological beginnings. Your inquiry helped me realize that I have only briefly mentioned those early awakenings. Since now is such a great time to pontificate on all 8th house matters, I am capitalizing on the current energy ( 4 Scorpio placements: Sun, Moon ,Mercury and Saturn) by sharing my love affair tonight.

 The Age of Aquarius, sorta

It was the 1960s in middle class America. I was a precocious , shy child ; quite insecure and fearful. I considered myself imperfect and I lived it. My world was not safe and I only had myself to rely on. At least that is how I felt.  But in second grade one of my teachers took an interest in me. She made me feel special and important. I mattered and it felt wonderful. We had a homework assignment and my project was to construct a solar system mobile out of papier-mache. I vaguely recall my teacher helping me assemble all the planets. They were beautiful. I loved the different shapes and colors contained in this model. Around the same time I became very excited about the space program and loved looking upward at the stars. I was so curious about what it was like to travel in space. Part of me sailed with the astronauts on every televised mission. My imagination knew no limits. What child doesn’t enjoy gazing into the vastness of the diamond sky?

I recently asked my mother if she knew who or what influenced my attraction to astrology. Unfortunately, she was not able to reveal anything. Most astrologers credit a mentor or other significant adult who introduced them to the practice early on. Or perhaps one originates from a long lineage of astrologers. I really had no one like that in my life.  I am aware, though, that astrology was quite popular in a very simplistic way while growing up. The occult vibe was always in the air. Ouija boards ( which scared me actually), magicians, the ” What’s your sign? ” pick up line, magic 8 ball, etc., were grist for the mill. I recently came upon an old Patty Duke Show episode on astrology, where she and her twin cousin pose as astrologers/ fortune tellers to raise money. The plot was so corny, but there was some actual astrological content in the episode. When she told her brother that she found all these astrological posters and books in the library, I cracked up with laughter. Maybe in Hollywood, California, but certainly not where I lived! I watched the show as a child and still remember its catchy theme song . Patty Duke portraying identical cousins was the theme, such a Gemini premise!

I could not find this particular episode on YouTube, but here is a short clip featuring the theme song, in classic black and white.   Patty Duke Show

Planets and hippies and slinkys, oh my! 

I still do not know exactly how I made the leap, but in second grade I began exploring the sun signs. As a child, I also met a woman ( hippie type) on vacation who shared some knowledge with me, This is a faint memory, but still a piece of the puzzle. My parents brought me back a coffee- table astrology book from their trip to Chicago. It was way over my head , but it increased my knowledge. I still have it to this day and take a peek once in a while. Being a visual person, the symbols fascinated me. I am also enchanted with circles. Check out my blog and you will see an abundance of circular imagery.  Any round or spiral like shape still reels me in. Whether collecting seashells on the beach or playing with Spirograph wheels , the 8 ball, or Slinkys, I was in my element, pun intended!  Even my parent’s dishes were full of fancy. I took some of them with me when I moved out of their house. Behold the hacienda pattern:

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Even my meals are mandala inspired.

 

So we take a sensitive lonely child who happens to have a strong Scorpio/ Uranus, 9th house signature and expose her to pop occult culture in 1960s America. Presto, she is transformed? Well, maybe not on the surface.  I suppose that’s all it took to get the ball rolling, because I was counseling pre-adolescent girls on zodiac sign relationship compatibility by the time I hit 6th grade! The predictive aspect of interpreting patterns also appealed to someone who was frequently uprooted through childhood. Cultivating some sense of control helped me cope with a very unpredictable upbringing. Both my interest in astrology and counseling developed as a way to attempt to heal myself.

Keep in mind that this is a world before major bookstores or the internet. It is still amazing to me that my environment created just enough of a spark to get me hooked. There also seems to be a sacred geometry factor here too with my interest in seashells and all things circular. Did I mention globes and kaleidoscopes? To learn more about my kaleidoscopic journey, check out my about page.

 

 The incredible beauty of an astrological chart, be still my heart.

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A little help from my friends

I read whatever was available on astrology and the metaphysical ( numerology, altered states of consciousness, etc)  in high school and college. There were few choices of substance, but I applied what I read out in the real world.  Then I met a real astrologer at my sister’s 16th birthday party. She provided all the guests with their very own solar chart. I was so excited! At this point I also became obsessed with psychics and tarot card readings. I would travel to Philadelphia with friends to get readings.  A few years later my boyfriend taught me how to interpret houses and aspects. In no time, I was further down the rabbit hole. More books were available, especially once I moved to Philly. As my horizons expanded, resources began to materialize, little by little. It was not until my twenties, however, that I began to really come into my own. By ” chance “, a few professional astrologers joined my social circle. At that point I was invited to monthly lectures and bought my first ephemeris. I learned to calculate a chart by hand! I took a few intro classes at a local community college and was a fixture at the local astrological society. The other attendees were my people. We spoke the same language and saw the world similarly. What a revelation after all this time. I was the newbie and certainly among the youngest in the group. But I was embraced and nurtured by these “elders” of the tribe.  A few of these folks remain in my life, for which I am grateful.

Before long, I was casting charts for everyone and anyone. Once I got over my fear of computers, a supervisor at work taught me how to use his basic program. My mind was blown that one could enter some data and generate a chart! I was so finished with the painstakingly slow process of mathematical calculations. This was a game changer and I am so glad I faced my fear of computers. In order to survive in our techno- crazy world, I would have had to do so eventually.

 

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The love affair continues

While my seeker personality has taken me all over the place in the quest for truth, my loyalty to astrology remains. While I don’t clearly understand why it works and struggle with this issue, especially when it is directed at me by a client, it just works. I take comfort in the fact that this practice predates the scientific study of astronomy and is used by most cultures around the world.

Why do I love it so? Words do not come easily here, but I will do my best to explain. There is the artistry that never fails to enthrall me. The psychological and spiritual knowledge that astrology can reveal brings clarity and peace to so many. This gift fulfills me so much as a professional ” helper”. The symbolism combined with reverence for the natural world resonate with me on a primal level. Experiencing the energies personally is incredible; a cosmic roller-coaster ride.

Inside my head

I will end this article by allowing my readers ( especially the non-astrologically minded) to take a brief glimpse inside my head. Astrologers approach life very differently from the rest of the world. When one is aware of the hourly, daily, weekly, etc. rhythms of the moon and other planetary bodies, you see the world in a unique way. For example, I plan social activities, business meetings, important phone calls, medical appointments and most travel according to transits. No job interview on a void of course moon.  Avoid a difficult conversation when the moon is conjunct mars. No car shopping while Mercury is retrograde. Delay the casino trip when Jupiter is squaring Neptune. Meet a new guy, find out his birthday! Saturn transiting the 8th house, be careful with credit cards. Pluto transiting the 6th house , don’t aggravate your supervisor. Welcome to my world, where I choose when to be spontaneous ( that is supposed to be funny, but perhaps ironic is more appropriate).

While not all astrologers make decisions as I do, most are regularly aware of planetary movements and how they can influence our lives. I often wonder how most people navigate life without an ephemeris (  a table of the assigned places of a celestial body for regular intervals ). But then again, I still encounter all kinds of obstacles, just like everyone else.  I am grateful though that I have some awesome tools at my disposal that help me serve others and enchant me in the process. I am never bored and always captivated.

Talk about romance!

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To learn how astrology can make a positive difference in your life: please contact me here. The holiday season is a great time to treat yourself, or a loved one, to a reading.

related post:

https://litebeing.com/2013/02/02/happy-february-why-astrology-works-a-biased-view/

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48 thoughts on “Circles, Cycles and More ~ My Romance with Astrology

  1. Thank you for sharing your story. That is impressive that it started at such a young age. As if the universe had conspired to bring you to your passion early.
    With that much passion and knowlegde in astrology combined with your passion for psychology and helping people, you’ll hopefully find a way to make a living from it.
    Hugs,
    Karin

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    1. Glad you enjoyed hearing how my passion came to be. I most likely have practiced astrology many times before this life. Which would explain my early fascination without provocation.

      Hope you are correct and I can work with more people who will benefit from what I offer. 🙂

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  3. Thank you from me, too, for sharing this love story of yours. I greatly enjoyed reading it. Personal stories give so many treasures. And it was lovely to say hi to you as a child/school girl among other things.

    I also love the new header and background of your blog. The atmosphere is serene-blissful-magical.

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    1. Hi Deelia,
      So glad you related to my story. I am so amazed and grateful that astrology came to me. Have to believe it was a skill I carried with me from somewhere else since I am mostly self taught and it has been with me almost my entire life 🙂

      I attempt to write the kind of stories I like to read. I adore biographies and am reading one now by the actress Rosie Perez. We all have stories and they are so fascinating and unique ❤

      Glad you like the new look. I enjoy playing with it to keep things interesting.

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  4. Hi Gummy,
    I loved your story. Your own generous predictions for me are most appreciated, and I can’t thank you enough for talking me off the ledge about this coming square. Because of the original reading I got about it, I was quite frightened, but your reassurance was such a push to embrace the waters.

    Like Sarah, I was most tickled imagining you counseling relationship compatibility in the 6th grade. It brought up such a vivid image for me, of you using your gifts in a middle school hallway, lockers all around, books and binders in your hand, you saying “No, no, no, you can’t date HIM! Stay away from those Leos!” LOL (PS. No offense to Leos)…

    It is so fascinating to hear from people who have been connected to the Occult from childhood. I had an exotic childhood with lots of travel and interesting locales, but I could not have grown up in a MORE consensus culture environment. I don’t think I even considered the idea of Spirituality until my late twenties, although those who know me say I’ve been Occult since long before birth, lol.

    I also enjoyed this from your story: “The other attendees were my people.” I can only imagine how heartwarming it must have been for you to find a group of like-minded individuals who embraced your interests. I get the same feeling when people respond to the Fairy Tales.

    Always nice to learn more about my Gem Moon Sis!
    Amanda

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    1. Hey Gummy,
      I think your childhood was very exotic and I hope you take from it whatever can be transformed into practical magic in the present time.I actually remember sitting in my classroom and talking to one of the students in particular. Still remember her name 🙂 We had just moved to a new school ( again) and I think I wanted to impress them so I could make some friends. I spoke with such authority, which seems very funny from this vantage point!

      I hope you have some great people in your town. You have plenty here at WP, we all love you! When I reflect on my 20s, I found the right friends so easily, as if I did nothing at all, they all just showed up and led me to more and more awesomeness. In fact, on Sunday I met up with a friend I met from the original circle who led me to the astrologers. Had not seen her in over 20 years and we were both amazed how we did not miss a beat! Do what you must to embrace where you are in life NOW. Linear time moves so quickly and you blink an eye and you are eighty.,lol!

      Love to you Gem moon sis and have a birthday that is abundant with joy,vitality, love, creativity and expansion of the possible.

      xoxox Lindalite

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  5. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for sharing so much of your story and love affair with astrology.

    Your story reminds me of the many connections I have had with Astrology. My mother, before her “born again” period, was very into it. She had a number of astrology books around the house when I was growing up. We regularly read astrology stuff to each other. In my twenties I started to study charts and remember doing the time-consuming math and consulting the ephemeris. But, I never really felt drawn to interpreting charts. I have a keen awareness of the moon cycles and have come to enjoy the mythological and alchemical aspects to the astrological signs, more as I become more familiar with those subjects from you, Monika and Gray.

    I do believe as you say, we all need a passion and we’re all a little different. That’s as it should be though, right? The world would be very flat if we were all so similar in our likes and dispositions.

    The reading you did for me was amazing though. You did capture whole lot of pieces of me with very specific elements you couldn’t possibly have known about. A number of your predictions, or trends have surfaced this year as well. Perhaps over the holidays I’ll revisit your reading and my notes and write something up. I am finally over a very big hurdle at work so the time and energy for other things has opened up.

    Much love,
    Debra

    P.S. I had an eight ball too! 🙂

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    1. As I suspected, you have so much knowledge up your sleeve! If you took the time to calculate charts by hand, I would regard you as an avid student of astrology lol! But I understand that interests and passions change over time.

      I am really pleased the my reading still has ripples for you and that the transit energies yielded some of my predictions. Part of what I do is use my intuitive skills to zone in, but the methods are as old as rain, and they work!! How old is rain? It is so cool to know someone from my generation who has similar memories. While much of what I recall is faint ( and as we know, memories are distortions) it still is cool to imagine us listening to similar music and calculating charts by hand 🙂

      You know I would love it if you write something up BTW, fingers crossed! love, Gem moon sis!

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  6. I am so pleased you shared your story here Linda.. It brings me a different perspective.. While I so understand about how connected we are to the Stars and the alignments.. My own world does not revolve around them.. But having said that.. It is through your own good self and others like you who show us what affects are happening in the Astrological world, that brings me a new awareness of why I often feel as I do.. And why at times things can flow and other times things are blocked..
    We are all of us connected via the cycles~ Circles in life.. And would that people could see how ALL of us are connected in this vast Cosmic cycle that has no beginning or end..

    I am enjoying being within your circle Linda.. And your romance with the Stars…

    Love and Light..
    Sue xx

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    1. I am glad that you enjoyed learning more about me and how I “fell into” Astrology. I know that I find other people’s stories fascinating, such as your posts about your awakening and transformation. It is not necessary that we all study or understand the same tools of Self- understanding, what matters is that we become more and more of who we really are. I cannot garden at all, and am grateful that others do, and hope that if I had to learn to survive that I would find a way.

      Long story short, we must find a way to our selves ( IAM)

      Love and hugs,
      Linda

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      1. Exactly Linda.. we are each of us unique and we are all of us upon that journey of discovering who we are..
        I happen to have just posted a link to a fellow blogger which is about finding ourselves .. I know you like Eckhart Tolle and so hope you do not mind me leaving the link for you.. delete if you need too.. But as its already in my paste box.. I will leave you these thoughts Much Love xxx

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      2. Thank you for the video. I will check it out. Tolle is one of the few that really resonates for me. I believe he is a mystic and speaks from that space.
        I also agree that we are not put here to do the same things and express the same ideas. I would like to think that we can come together as a group or community when the group energy surpasses the effects of an individual.

        xoxo Linda

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  7. I often feel sorry for those without a passion for astrology. I mean, it is not a condescending feeling but just a reflection on how much they are missing.
    Thank you for sharing your fascinating story. When I first encountered astrology it was love at first sight, a real lightning bolt. Then I checked that on that day Uranus in Aquarius trined my Mercury.

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    1. Hi Monika,
      I feel more sorry for those who lack passion for something or someone, be it temporary or long term. I cannot remember my life before astrology, but it really seems to be in my Soul’s DNA and perhaps is not meant at this time to be a universal pursuit. I like how your Astrology ” meeting chart” revealed a significant transit.

      Thanks for commenting here. It is such a treat when you grace these pages ❤

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    1. Hi Kellie,
      Glad you enjoyed my story and noticed the importance of the time period. These days anyone with computer or smartphone access can read up on any topic under the sun ( pun intended)

      peace,
      Linda

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  8. What a fun read. Earlier I was busy reading all about the mythology of King Arthur (truth really burst my magical bubble) anyways that is why I didn’t get to read it earlier. I bet you were a cool little kid. 😀

    This song came to mind Linda.

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    1. King Arthur, wow what a cool time period. Can you take me with you to school? I want to take all the subjects I overlooked or missed while in college. Richard Gere was in the movie, but it was meh…

      Great video, thanks! I like Austin Powers and remember Twiggy and the British Scene. Those were the days, so they used to say.

      Thanks for your kind words here. I continue to surprise myself in terms of what I blog about sometimes. This one required some deep soul searching and looking back ( 3D limitation) Namaste

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  9. Your reminders of spyrographs and the magic eight ball have me laughing. This is such a beautiful story of your becoming. Counseling girls in the sixth grade? You have such a big heart this is no surprise.

    As one of your readers and a client of your services, this is so illuminating. Thank you for letting us in and getting a sneak peek at the beginning of your wondrous journey. Big hugs!

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      Did you play with these toys? I think the 8 ball ( 8 for the occult) has made a resurgence
      Thanks for your generosity of spirit. It was a pleasure to read for you and now you have a sense of the genesis of my entanglement with symbols, the universe, and more.

      Truth is, I really think that my involvement precludes my current incarnation. Just do not have any tangible evidence so I wrote about what I have lived through till now..

      Big hugs back!

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    1. hey Eric
      It is very possible that you are also one of my people, since my crew here at WordPress is family to me.,

      The astrologers, psychics, healers, artists in my circle are a wild bunch of loving, unique beings . I dedicated my blog to one of them, beloved Robert. Like many of these folks, he could push my buttons, and be quite a character, but all in all a treasure.

      You are so welcome!

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  10. Circles…cycles…’round and ’round they go! 🙂 I’m looking forward for Saturn’s move to blessed Sagittarius too! The last 2+ years have been the most restrictive of my life. Much healing and foundation building has taken place, but ready to expand jovially! 😉
    I love the header image too!

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    1. Hey Julie,
      Thanks for your kind words. It has been restrictive in so many ways for me as well. I guess you identify more with your Vedic chart in regards to the Saturn transit and in general. I still see Sag when I look at you, lol!

      Let joviality and freedom find its way into our hearts and manifestations going forward. 😉

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      1. Thanks Linda! It’s definitely been the Western Saturn restrictions, especially 4th house stuckedness. 😛
        Vedically Saturn just moved into Scorpio on 11/11, but there he is my buddy, so all is good moving forward in both systems! 🙂
        May the next month and year bring you much expansion!

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      2. I just finished recording the December Tarotscope and this week’s Oracle reading. They’ll be up by tomorrow (they take hours to load onto YouTube), but I think you will like all the release, relief, and expansion coming! 🙂

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