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.