August 2015 Newsletter – ASNT President Message
Pluto, Pluto, where art thou Pluto? Are you on Kepler 452b?
First he’s a planet, then no he’s not, now, but on this July 14th, NASA passed a probe around him with the ashes on board Pluto’s discoverer, American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. The spacecraft, called New Horizons, has spent more than nine years traveling to the outer reaches of the solar system. Apparently during this timeframe Pluto got its’ downgrade to a dwarf planet, that ever that means. (Be careful NASA, dynamite comes in small packages!!). The verdict now? He’s cold, icy and they forgot to pack their ice skates on this trip!
We Astrologers know him to be the “Transformation” planet. Apparently so, with the classifications all mumbled up, he’s living up to his reputation.
If that’s not enough news, just nine days later, NASA made another big announcement: Kepler 452b. A planet discovered in another solar system, 60% larger than ours with a 365 day orbit, (sound familiar) with most likely a rocky terrain with the hopes of having incubating life forms since it has the ability. That’s pretty major!!
No, Southwest Airlines won’t be flying there anytime soon, but it will be very interesting to see what is discovered in its solar system and if there are any other parables to ours. Maybe the concept of assigning houses will become more clear (we can hope). The one thing I’ve learned this year is the subjectivity of this profession. It’s worse than my architecture profession! And the more I read for clarity, the more I get mumbled up, just like Pluto. But no matter his designation, I’m fond of him; he cracks the whip at whatever is out of control for the masses, and for the long-haul. Like I said at my first membership meeting as President Elect: the study of houses that Pluto controls and transforms, is what made a believer out of me. It can’t possibly be a coincidence. It is so nice to be able to forecast forward to the next Pluto transformational challenge when he strides into the next sign in 2024. We are predicted to have our coastlines flood and crest at the middle of Pluto’s long sojourn: the year will be 2032. The next sign is of course Aquarius: The Water Bearer ! Any questions?
ASNT President 2015
July 2015 Newsletter – ASNT President Message
“Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Astrology, that’s who!!”
It’s kick off month for astrology by the numbers, better known as Numerology, and even some astrology by the color, better known as a blue moon. The next two months we host speakers on numerology, a deeper and different look at the rhythms and cycles on the subject. Be sure to join us on the second Sunday.
But let’s take a look at the first full moon before we look at the second one of the month, hence the blue moon. It rolls in July 1st, in Capricorn while our sun is in Cancer. Maternal homebody Cancer and entrepreneurial Capricorn. Astrological opposites. Try to find your meeting of the minds in that full moon synergy, and your in line for the next new moon, (plant seeds after you figure out what to do) this time in home base Cancer on the 15th. A Mars-Pluto opposition plays out on the same day. With Pluto jousting in Capricorn this decade, be on the lookout for big mouthed, big business types being Mars like forceful fighting for their turf. (Hmmm, sounds like the presidential debates we get to look forward to.) Pluto is transforming you, Mr. Big business – bye, bye! Micro brewery’s are all the rage, could other micro businesses be far behind? Hey, who do you trust? The guy next door or some faceless suit in New York?
We cap off the months end with a second full moon – a blue moon on the 31st. Blue Moon is also a well known micro brew beer. See the pattern here? The sun will be in Leo by then, and the full moon takes place in Aquarius. Hear the roar for scientific, innovations in store for us. Perhaps it will be about Cuba’s medical discovery that fights Aids from spreading from mothers to their infants. My, won’t big business pharmaceuticals be at wits end they didn’t figure it out first!
Have a great July and remember to join us on the 12th!
ASNT President, 2015.
June 2015 Newsletter – ASNT President Message
If not, you will be! It’s the season of Gemini, and this month opens with dualism at its best. It starts out with a Sagittarius full moon on the 2nd, with behind-the-scenes Neptune squaring it in its hometown sign of Pisces (another dual sign). Whatever is lurking behind the scenes in foggy Neptune, will come out of hiding at the full moon. Remember, if you think it is, it probably is. You’re about to find out. With Gemini’s ruling planet, Mercury still retrograde, it’s go-back and clean things up time. You are probably re-visiting things for the second time right now (if not even more). Mars is in Gemini as well, so clone yourself and get things done in true Mars fashion (charge ahead!!), then you’ve got the summer to relax – maybe!
June 16th brings a, Gemini New Moon. Fresh starts, new plans. Then on June 21st it’s Summer Solstice. My, the year is already half finished, where has it gone!
Be sure to Join us Sunday, June 14th as we welcome not just one, but two professional astrologers from the Austin, Texas area: Ms. Donna Woodwell and Mr. Russ von Ohlhausen.
They will present astrology in its purest form as a joining of science and mathematics. If anyone out there is an astrology non-believer, or sitting on the fence, it’s time to join us for this meetings seminar and see how science forms astrology and how it plays out on the world’s stage.
Marie Loeb, ASNT President 2015
May 2015 Newsletter – ASNT President Message
Will April showers bring May flowers? If it didn’t flood them out, it should!
For those of who missed last month’s speaker, Diane Eichenbaum was absolutely wonderful! Diane presented Alan Turing’s chart, with analysis, along WWII and his solar return, Steve Jobs and other computer notables.
If it wasn’t for this man, I don’t know that we simply wouldn’t be as a society where we are now., Whether it be the effects of the invention of the computer, or the fact that he cracked Hitler’s code that lead to winning WWII. The symbolism of Apple Computer’s logo, bite and all, was a real eye opener.
As we enter Taurus and the second spring sign, we are faced with a feisty Scorpio full moon on the 3rd be prepared for something to come to a head in whatever house yours falls in. A transformation sign in a transformation mode – ouch!
And dont forget the Mercury retrograde from May 18 – June 11th. For myself, being born Marx, I find I go into overload those few weeks. I call it my “Take a Number Mode”. Things tend to go better for me communication wise, and my calendar pushes out about 3 weeks; hence the “Now Serving” predicament I get in. Donna Henson says it’s because other people tend to see things my way during this transit. I’d like to hear what other MerRx’s have to say about this. Not much is written about it. Then comes the big debate – is Mercury really in a detriment mode, or is the fact that Mercury is between the sun and earth, and not on the far side of the sun, further from us, and blocked by the sun, a stronger Mercury? Hmmmm. Sounds like a seminar in the making!
We skip this month’s meeting due to Mother’s Day, but we will have our regular meeting again next month. See you then, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Marie Loeb, ASNT President 2015
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.