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Astrological Transits: The Beginner’s Guide…by April Elliott Kent

Are you a student of Astrology? Then here a pleasant tribute to a wonderful and insightful astrologer whose work you should know if you don’t!

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Some people are just so easy to converse with!

That’s how I feel about April Elliott Kent.

When she and I met, I didn’t realize that I’d be taking my astrology anywhere. As a solo practitioner of astrology, I didn’t really have any astrology friends. I was mostly closeted about it for a while. I was discovering it all on my own, with the help of books, while maintaining and editing my own constant reflections upon the transits. To me, it was my private scientific investigation.

Eventually, I had this blog, and I was meeting with the occasional client. I was still feeling out what exactly I wanted to do with my clients in the astro realm. I kept looking for the “WE,” the co-creating. How could I really be of service in a way that also worked within the flexible framework of my highest values and within my integrity?…

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Written by Jude Cowell

September 30, 2015 at 2:59 am

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►Greek Mythology: “The Gorgons”.-

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Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, (1554). Perseus with the head of Medusa. Details. Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, (1554). Perseus with the head of Medusa. Details.

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In Greek Mythology, the Gorgons were three monsters, daughters of Echidna and Typhon. Their names were Stheno (“forceful”), Euryale (“far-roaming”), and the most famous of them, Medusa (“ruler”).  Although the first two were immortal, Medusa was not, and she was slain by the demigod and hero Perseus.

It was said that their  appearance would turn anyone who laid eyes upon it to stone. The name “Gorgon”  is Greek, being derived from “gorgos” and translating as “terrible” or “dreadful”.

Hesiod in his “Theogony” imagines the Gorgons as three sea daemons and makes them the daughters of two sea deities.

Homer speaks only of one Gorgon, whose head is represented in “The Iliad”as fixed in the centre of the aegis (meaning a mirrored shield) of Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom,  and whose counterpart was a device on the shield…

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Written by Jude Cowell

September 27, 2015 at 10:49 pm

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Lunar Eclipse 27 September 2015: A New Vestal Path

We have a lunar message from Julie…

Written by Jude Cowell

September 26, 2015 at 3:15 am

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Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt forgotten!

Consider my eyes opened! Most everyone has heard of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt–usually referred to as ‘Humboldt’–but if you’re like me you had no idea of his impact and that some people consider him more influential than Charles Darwin!

During his career Herr Humboldt (1769 – 1859, Berlin) met with two US presidents: Thomas Jefferson (a scientist himself) and James Madison. Wonder if there’s a record of what they discussed!

Brief bio of Alexander von Humboldt

Written by Jude Cowell

September 25, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Using Tarot to Delineate the Ascendant

A revealing look via Tarot of President Barack Obama’s natal Ascendant by Tony Louis:

Anthony Louis - Astrology & Tarot Blog

Recently Zanna Starr posted a review of Tarot Beyond the Basics in which she commented that she was interested in using the tarot to delineate the Ascendant of her natal horoscope.  For those who don’t have the book I thought it would be useful to provide an example of the method on this blog.  Let’s take a well-known natal chart which is rated AA in the Roden system, the chart of Barack Obama. Here is it with Placidus Houses:

President Obama's chart, rated AA. President Obama’s chart, rated AA.

In many ways the Ascendant is the most important point in the natal chart.  The Ascendant is specific to the individual’s specific time, date and place of birth, and thus it becomes a symbol for that person’s unique individuality.  A note in Wikipedia states that the Ascendant is “considered to be of great significance in all schools of astrology because it in effect serves as…

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Written by Jude Cowell

September 18, 2015 at 4:35 am

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7 Great Words and Phrases Coined by H. L. Mencken

How interesting!

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A septet of great words invented by the American wit, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

H. L. Mencken (Henry Louis Mencken, to give him his full name) was born on this day in 1880, so to toast this great American journalist, critic, and all-round wit, we’ve put together a list of seven words and phrases he is thought to have originated. Fans of word-origins may also enjoy our pick of the most enjoyable and amusing words P. G. Wodehouse invented.

BOOBOISIE: In 1922, Mencken coined the word ‘booboisie’ for uncultured and uneducated members of the general public, i.e. ‘boobs’, modelling the word after the more famous ‘bourgeoisie’.

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Written by Jude Cowell

September 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm

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Personal Dream Symbolism – Saturn in Scorpio, final degrees, final lessons and transformation

Sep 9, 2015: Saturn is at a critical 29th degree of Scorpio and conjoining the 2009 US Inaugural Moon (the people), a depressive influence though it may provide perseverance. Keeping a dream journal to help navigate these shifting times is a great idea:

ROSE AND THE LILY

Saturn in Scorpio, Transformation, Pluto

I felt this dream was too strange for me to comprehend, after a quick search on google, none of the symbolism was speaking to me. Now I realize I have to start documenting my dreams, you do really learn so much… and perhaps if you do not yourself dream but feel like as though you would like to, then maybe all you have to do is ask/communicate with yourself.

This dream I experienced was one of those real emotional dreams that lingered on me for days after. I know when this happens it means I have not listened to the true meaning behind the dream, and so it keeps coming back to me, just like our lessons do in life. We have to sort it out eventually.

It really is a good idea to keep a dream journal, I just wish I could do it! I’m just not a scrap booker, with all my cardinal Libran energy. I start projects and then when they…

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Written by Jude Cowell

September 9, 2015 at 6:41 pm

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