Circles, Cycles and More ~ My Romance with Astrology

Happy International Astrology , Full Libra Moon and Spring Equinox! ( Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere 😀 )

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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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solar system courtesy of wikipedia.org, public domain

 

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

  1. I so enjoyed reading more about your journey within your Astrological world and how you think Linda.
    I still have the chart you did for me, and often reflect upon its accuracy, While I am not in any way astrological in nature, at one time of the day I would consult my Zodiac sign daily, something I have not done in a few years now since giving up the daily news papers years ago.. 🙂
    It is wonderful to have such passion and to reflect back on how that passion came into being.
    The 60’s were full of wonder for the race to the Moon and the Moon landing I remember well following the whole Moon Programme in Science at School..
    I think our teachers can have a great influence on us.. For me it was my English teacher.. My parents didn’t take any notice of how I did in school, Because my fate of working in a factory was already sealed, I had to bring in a wage being the eldest of Five.
    So when a teacher decides to encourage and mentor you in your passion.. It remains held within our hearts.
    Lovely to read where your beginnings and interest all began dear Linda..
    Sending Love and Well wishes
    Take care.. ❤

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Sorry for the late reply. I am not as on point with my comments lately, lol!
      I agree with you about the importance of teachers. While I only had this teacher for a short time, it was clear that she saw me, at a time when I was not seen at home. She tapped into my creativity and it sparked something precious.

      Love to you my dear friend. ❤

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  2. Love reading all about your romance with astrology… the child absorbing the worlds impulses to reveal and ignite inner passion that you’ve managed quite beautifully to master and bring you into this now moment. Some of us are more linked with the stars above and others to the stars below… and ultimately it brings us all (if we choose) to discover and experience the source of love within ourselves🌈💃🏼❤️ keep smiling and dodging the hitman! 😘 much love Barbara x

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  3. Hi Linda,

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely background on yourself. I enjoyed every bit of it–traveling through the unexpected history of your adventure with astrology. I’m one of those people who plan absolutely nothing by astrology, but who also recognize that something significant is going on here… How to make sense of that from your point of view, I don’t know, but as an engineer and someone who keeps a fairly tidy mind, the thought of consulting a chart before I do things is overwhelming. I trust instead, that my heart knows of these things, and have been very often amused to discover my feelings and intuitions at particular times have not been too far awry from these influences astrologers are able to map.

    So, I have profound respect for the art, but not the inclination to consult it on a daily basis. But let me say that I delight in the knowledge, and evidence, of how profoundly joined we all are that astrology provides. It is one of those spheres of knowledge that suggests a Oneness at the heart of all things–a shared Movement by all–that I love to reflect upon. And I remain ever grateful by the reading you gave me.

    It’s amazing how things find us as children. It’s as if the universe is helping us along the path of discovering who we are, and always intended to be. I remember my parents letting me subscribe, somewhat to their chagrin, to a book series for children that explored planetary mysteries: the Bermuda Triangle, the Abominable Snowman. I actually remember my father being concerned about my second grade fascination with these tiny books. I wish I still had them! But I look back and see the seeds of a lifelong suspicion that there is more to life than meets the eye. I did not “make” that in myself. It was just there. And somehow who I am found me, and you, too, it sounds like.

    It is heartening to acknowledge that we are known, and loved, and part of the Whole.

    With Love
    Michael

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    1. Hi Michael,
      Thank you for such a beautiful and deeply nuanced comment. This was a very personal post and my intent was to not only give readers a glimpse into how my calling was shaped, but to also illustrate who people and events show up in their own space and time to help us grow into more of our true selves. Thanks for sharing how your childhood books were a foreshadowing of your fascination for mystery. It is cool to learn more about you and your journey, which I find so interesting and unique. We are all made of stardust, and yet, we move to our own rhythms and glow from an individually tailored spark.

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  4. Such a warm reflection on your long-time- “less” (irony of being timeless, but true!) relationship with astrology. I can relate to so much here, and also I can appreciate how unique your relationship is 😃 to astrology, and your own path and intuition! This to me is the very essence of it. Very cool! Really powerfully passionate writing. I liked your art choices, too. Curious about which chart you have choosen above in your post. Hope you are well!

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    1. Thanks for expressing to me that you really get it! Writing this piece was helpful for me to “chart” my evolution and how the Universe conspired so precisely to lead me here! I have no idea which chart it is, I just wanted to show a chart, lol!

      blessings, Linda ❤

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  5. i love this linda and learning more about your “romance” with astrology. it is so fun to hear how each individual’s journey is shaped and how we come to the place we’re at, the things we love and can’t do without, and in essence, knowing what is fundamentally a part of who we are. ❤ thank you for sharing your love of astrology – something my aquarian brother introduced me to and helped me become familiar with on a very simplistic level – enough to help me in understanding myself along the way

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    1. So glad you found my “romance” interesting. Like you said, it is a fundamental part of my core, and I suspect has been in many incarnations. More and more folks have acquired some knowledge of astrology and apply it to their lives. Mercury retrograde seems to have even gone mainstream! 😀

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      1. I did! I love hearing about people’s journeys. I believe you’re right about astrology having been with you before. It’s fun to see so much going mainstream as we move forward. Everything is streaming through the collective as we melt the walls and illusions. 💚 So much love to you

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