January 2015

Happy New Year members!  Wow – where did that 2014 go?  Hopefully the holiday season was a good one for you and your family.

As I take over for the wonderful Donna Henson, I would like to take this chance to say thank you to her and the previous Board for all of their hard work and accomplishments they have put forth on behalf of the membership.  I am looking forward to serving you this year.

As the new Board and I plan for the upcoming year, we are working on bringing several exciting programs to the membership.  Christy Hall is working on contacting several notable headliner speakers as possibilities for us this year.

So fasten your seat belts!  Our first meeting is with Cynthia Novak as our guest speaker, introducing us to Vedic astrology and the and Dhasa sheet.  A square peg in a round hole??  Hey, why not – Gary Paton called the Astro wheel a Monopoly game board, and the last time I saw a Monopoly board – it was square!  We shall keep an open mind and explore.  Cynthia has kindly offered to do each meeting attendee’s chart, so if you haven’t done so yet, and plan to attend the next meeting on January 11th, please send your date, time and place of birth info to her at cynthianovak@cynthianovak.com or cynthianovak@sbcglobal.net before hand as she will not be able to do them at the meeting.   Be sure to mention that you are with ASNT. She will respond with a confirmation e-mail.

One last note, I recently watched a film from the 1930’s called the Young Mr. Lincoln.  It is a historical drama about President Abe Lincoln’s formative years when he was an aspiring lawyer. To make a long story short- he won his first substantial case (a murder) using astrology!

So, as we look forward to a wonderful 2015, we too, get to use our astrological prowess and insights to understand and position ourselves and our mindsets to take advantage of the energies, or lack thereof in our lives.  Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next Lincoln!

Best Regards and hope to see you on January 11th.

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.