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The attraction of new horizons…what is the Jupiter Cycle?

Insights on Jupiter from Anne Whitaker:

Astrology: Questions and Answers

Optimistic, expansive and meaning-seeking Jupiter has been in the sign of Virgo since 11th August 2015, driving us all crazy ( well, me, anyway…!) with its cheerfully relentless insistence on work, work, work, and detail, detail, more detail.. . I jest, but only slightly….  Excitement is however, already building in anticipation for Jupiter’s shift into Libra on 9th September 2016, where he will remain until 10th October 2017; try googling ‘Jupiter’s shift into Libra’ and you’ll see what I mean.

Nearer the time, there will be torrents of words offered across the web regarding what this shift is likely to bring for all of us in general, but folks with the Sun and other planets in Libra in particular. However, for today I want to concentrate on  Jupiter’s 11-12 year cycle.

Jupiter - the Great BeneficJupiter – the Great Benefic

What is the Jupiter Cycle?

As ever, it is important at the outset of…

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 30, 2016 at 5:34 pm

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Five of the Best Books about Charles Dickens

Always a favorite!

Interesting Literature

The best books about Dickens

From detailed biographies of Dickens to ground-breaking works of literary criticism, there have been hundreds of books published about Charles Dickens‘s life and work. Here are five of our favourites – five of the finest books about Dickens for the reader seeking to negotiate their way through the great novelist’s work.

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm

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Symbolism of the Lighthouse


DP818541 Henry Farrer, Lighthouse, http://metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/382738

The world’s first lighthouse, the Pharos, was erected in the ancient city of Alexandria. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it turned the insignificant port of Pharos into one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. It was most probably built out of dazzlingly white limestone and around up to 600 feet (180 metres) tall. Not only was it a beacon for sea travelers but it also served as a sort of welcome centre or a shining portal for all newcomers into the magnificent city.

Mosaique_St_Marc_Alexandrie Mosaic in St. Mark’s basilica representing the saint arriving in Alexandria, showing the Pharos Lighthouse

It is quite easy to see why lighthouses stir our romantic core. They are a stark image – tall, austere towers which are nevertheless comforting as they are there to guide mariners to a safe harbor through treacherous waters. The symbolism of…

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 30, 2016 at 3:03 pm

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Eidolon: cheap and (not so) cheerful

Martuk ... the Holy

For a limited time — no, really — you can pick up Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast for a ridiculously low price.

But act now — no, really! — before the sale ends and you have to mortgage your house in order to get a copy (not really).

Eidolon Avenue front cover-WARNING

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 30, 2016 at 2:57 pm

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The Election is Distracting Us From the Issues

Campaign 2016:

Benjamin Studebaker

If you look at any major American news website right now, the lead story (and in some cases nearly all the stories) will be about the 2016 election. This has been true for about a year, and we still have another 6 months or so until November. Initially it feels as if this election coverage is going somewhere useful–candidates choose to run on different issues, and that gets us talking about those issues and about the various policy proposals to deal with them. But as time goes on and the field narrows, the candidates stop throwing out new ideas and start going after each other in a prolonged trench war that is more about character attacks than it is about the issues. But this doesn’t bother readers–readers remain far happier to click on election-related content than on any other sort of content. Even reduced purely to soap opera, election politics beats nearly every other kind…

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

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Enchanting (for Kala Snowflower)

graceful words from libramoon…

Operator's Manual

(forKala Snowflower)
Magical child, the world awaits you.
Not just this place,
any world you care to grace,
relate to, turn your lovely face to.
“We love you”
sing the winds, the seas,
the creatures large and small.
“We love you always”
Swing of exultation into the night;
you turn it to charming revelry.
Play that haunting melody.
It moves you
into a chance to name your trance,
to name us all
as we, before your eyes,
the skies will dance for you,
will open wide their hearts of stars.
Sparkling through the dark,
Shining into day.
You play.
All of creation joins voice to your song,
creating worlds of joy.

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 24, 2016 at 3:06 am

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Week of May 23, 2016

This Week in the Cosmos:

Libra Seeking Balance


We have a little more action this week with two planets changing signs and one major aspect – Jupiter in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius. Venus is reluctantly leaving one of her home signs, Taurus, for flirty, playful Gemini. Mars is doing the opposite because he is moving back into Scorpio again from fiery Sagittarius.

Mercury is now direct in Taurus though it won’t be really picking up speed until the weekend. Having the Sun and Venus in Gemini will help Mercury shrug off the effects of being retrograde and get lined out again. We may finally begin to be able to see some movement in our mental gears too. Mercury receives significant support from being part of a Grand Trine in earth with Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn that will remain in effect all week. Simple, practical solutions are best.

Tuesday is the day Venus leaves Taurus…

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm

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