April 2015 Newsletter – ASNT President Message
Well Hello Spring!
What a great time to be an ASNT member! Our future looks bright with the visionary leadership of my fellow board members! In efforts to secure some well known and choice speakers, we are working to lock in their speaking engagements far in advance not only to be sure to get the date, but to ensure that we can advertise and invite other organizations to the events. Many thanks to Christy and Wayne Hall for their fantastic efforts here and even their frequent traveler awards contributions to the travel costs involved for our speakers to come to town!
So, as we brace ourselves for round two on the spring eclipse pattern, what’s poises to fast forward in your life? With the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra, what needs some balance out there? (Okay, dont make your list too long!) Our savings grace is when the great benefic Jupiter goes direct in Leo four days after the eclipse, so you get to charge forward with confidence. Something or someone, will have made that teeter-tottering balancing act you’ve been doing come to a head and the path will be clear. If not now, within two weeks or a month to the day after the eclipse. Personally, my balancing act has run out and I literally fell off my feet. I’m nursing a badly twisted, possibly fractured ankle as I write this!
Our next meeting on April 8th should be an exciting one, so be sure to attend! We are looking forward to Diane Eichenbaum discussing the chart of Alan Turing, the man who lead his team to “crack the code” of the Nazi’s during WWII that was the essential component to enable the ally forces to position against Hitler. This was made into a wonderful movie (The Imitation Game) that showed during the holidays and is on pay-per view now. If you haven’t seen it, you might want to before our meeting. Diane will discuss not only his chart, but her method of interpreting natal charts that she uses with her world-wide 15,000+ clientele.
Marie Loeb, ASNT President 2015
March 2015 Newsletter – ASNT President Message
In like a Lion! – Out like a lamb? This remains to be seen! Welcome to March. Well, the groundhog was right. (He must be an astrologer) Four more weeks of winter. As I write this, we here in north Texas deal with weather that is apparently having an identity crisis. Snow, ice, rain and 70 degrees coming up shortly – stay tuned! Sorry I’m of no help in that department, but to help sort out our own identities not only of the ones we love, but of astrology’s identity, and it’s “roots” as to say, we welcome Naomi Bennett of the Astrological Society of Austin as our guest speaker this month.
Santa brought Naomi a huge Christmas present this year; the publication of her new book “Foundations of Astrology” on December 23, 2014! It is available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon web sites. At present, if you would like for her to sign it at our monthly meeting, please order one and bring it with you. It’s so hot off the press, that even Naomi doesn’t have the usual lot of books to sell yet!
We will hear her wonderful diagnosis of aspects, and how they are used in science, your cell phone, and of course astrology. Naomi will revisit some of the basics that will not appear as so basic. And enlighten us as on the signs of the past, and signs of the future, and aspects as houses. Naomi addresses the proverbial “Are we in the Age of Aquarius” yet?
Well, after this week’s storm that blanketed the nation, the “Water Bearer” came bearing water pretty darn good! Perhaps the drought will be behind us this year.
Marie Loeb, ASNT President 2015
February 2015 Newsletter – ASNT President Message
Welcome to February!
As we enter the succedent mid season Aquarius house, the Board is mirroring that momentum with our monthly meeting conference call. We are starting to get in the groove, if you will, with the ideas and talents of our general membership and Board members shinning through.
Last month we had a fresh astrological view with Cynthia Novak taking us through our personal Vedic chart emphasizing not only the differences in format, but the various Vedic strongpoint’s that engaged her to start fusing together eastern and western astrology in her practice.
This month, we continue that theme, breaking out of our comfort zone and examining a wide variety of western astrology chart house systems, along with lunar phases as a foundation, and what system seems to work best for the different types of astrology and questions asked. We will be seeing this through the eyes and experience of our own north Texas astrologer, Christy Hall. Christy was invited to present this talk to the Astrological Society of Austin in fall of 2013, and was well received for her insights and perspective. And we learn all this all while Mercury is retrograde in the present sun sign of Aquarius! We all have various questions and curiosities on the different formats out there, so let’s review what we know, learn what we dont know, and break out of that comfort zone. What better way to help communicate chart interpretations than using what seems to work best!
Looking ahead, the Board is pulling together an impressive line-up of speakers, even keeping 2016 in mind. Remember, this is a two way street, we invite any suggestions that you may have.
I’m looking forward to seeing you on February 8th and hope you have a happy Valentine’s day this month!
Marie Loeb, ASNT President 2015
Here Comes Jupiter in Leo
By Claire Shepard
In Andrew Cohen’s book, Enlightenment is a Secret, he writes, “Realize perfect innocence and abide there always. Innocence is what we knew ourselves to be before we knew anything else. Before we knew anything at all, we knew this purity. Coming upon the perfect purity of this innocence, we are overwhelmed with awe, wonder, mystery and devotion.”
I believe this passage speaks exquisitely to the essential energy of Leo which rules children, love affairs and creative self- expression. It is the true foundation of any sort of creative process or approach to love. For many, accessing this place requires moving past old, early life conditioning and self-doubt which says we don’t have what it takes or that something within us is flawed. We are all here to love and to be creative. We all search and struggle to capture the awe, the wonder and the mystery.
Jupiter, planet of expansion, growth, optimism, and good fortune moves into the fiery sign of Leo on July 16, 2014 at 5:30:30 AM CDT. Jupiter in Leo will give us a special opportunity to tap into this place of simplicity. We all possess the Leo energy in our natal birth chart and here in its fresh and implicit potential we naturally love ourselves, honor ourselves and contribute through spontaneous passion, love and joy. This power, this innocence, is inherent in everyone.
The Jupiter transiting aspects coming from early August to Neptune, from late August to early September to Pluto, from late September to early October to Saturn will serve as the impetus to break out of old fears, restrictions and illusions about our possibilities. These aspects catalyze us viscerally to communicate our truest feelings. They dare us to experiment joyfully with fresh ideas including any and all forms of talent and abilities. Jupiter through Leo can lend us the courage to leap off with our most secretly held dreams of art, love, romance, sex and merriment. Jupiter, in its journey through the energy field of Leo, will provide chances to grow, to soar, recognizing where and how we can bring excitement, love and spontaneity to our lives.
Since Leo rules the creative child we must nurture these dreams and efforts keeping them close to our hearts while encouraging our children and friends to do the same. Keep an eye on the children. They are the spark. Watch, listen, and learn.
Our current culture may not value the crucial nature of these efforts however; if we look throughout history we know this is a highly prized part of any advanced civilization. The United States, established with the Sun in Cancer, is far more concerned with matters of money and status. My message is we have to support and empower ourselves from within through this process.
We will all be challenged to bring to life, our fire, our affection, from the truth and soul of our being. Our ability to move forward with this dynamic time will be directly proportional to our bravery in facing and healing the core issues which have held many of us back for so long. We may have to dig deeply into our belief systems about what is possible for us. We may have to closely guard our thoughts and listen to our gut, our instincts, for true guidance. Julia Cameron’s, The Artist’s Way is a book which leads us gently and happily through our resistances to creative evolution and change. Evolution and change which will enhance our confidence, bringing enchantment and abiding satisfaction to our lives. This is a book for everyone.
For many, this potent urge to express ourselves spiritually, emotionally and physically will no longer be a choice. It will be ripe to bursting, ready within us, yearning for a voice, an avenue. Repressing fire creates anger, depression and disease. It’s far easier to direct our force consciously and a great deal more fun and rewarding.
My intention is to focus and ground daily in nature and commit to this year-long moment. My intention is to stay mindful and nurture myself from what I have learned from Jupiter’s transit through Cancer this last year.. To affirm I am in the right place at the right time giving myself encouragement from one day to the next. By patiently and deliberately devoting our precious energy to our deepest, most personal passions and aspirations, we can realize an exhilarating new magic in our lives, a new beginning.
So be it.
Claire Shepard is a Fort Worth, Texas Depth Astrologer, Speaker and Writer. She may be reached at 817-585-1089.
This article first published in the Indigo Sun Magazine August 2014.