John Denver

Born Henry John Deutschendorf, I had the pleasure to see him perform a 1973 concert with my mother and my sisters.  It was my 1st concert, and I wasn’t even a teen.  The funny thing… I remember where I sat in reference to the stage.  I can also remember seeing his presence on the stage, but no other details are held in my memory… only that my mother was stopped for speeding on the way home, and she lied to the officer about her awareness of her lead-foot.

It was the time of 8-track tapes and long cigarette-smoke filled rides across Kansas, as my father used his lead-foot to get us to our vacation destination… the rocky mountains.  John Denver’s voice filled our station wagon for hours, and the grand finale would be the cresting of  Pikes Peak over the flat horizon and John Denver singing about his 27th year.

He was actually born on December 31st, 1943 at 3:55pm MWT, in Roswell, New Mexico, which aways made me think that he was truly from another planet.  After all, how can one be so talented and be just a simple earth man?

His birth was at the time of year, just beyond the Winter Solstice when the Sun was beginning to give the light back to the northern hemisphere.  The Sun was in the sign of Capricorn, which gave this man his business sense.  The sign of the goat is just that, a relentless animal that spends its time mountain climbing… to the top of his domain.  Capricorn is the foundation builder of the zodiac and it doesn’t mind taking its time to verify that each detail is placed perfectly in alignment for its final goal.   Hence, we see a well choreographed performer.  Even as a young musician in the Chad Mitchell Trio, you can see his seriousness with his craft.  Cappy’s don’t mind studying the competition and yet, if they sense a competitor is gaining on their heels, the goat will jump miraculous strides to the next level of success.

There is an awkwardness, well let’s say nerdiness with the person who carries this sign.  When I look to John Denver, I don’t see a nerd, but a well-defined artist.  However, with this sign, he may have lived this discomfort inside himself.

Now Capricorns have an incredible ability to focus.  (Sidebar… This is a good sign to team up with if you really want to accomplish a goal.)  John’s ability to set his sights and go for the gold was a natural part of his personality.  He showed this through his musical success.  His desire to move above the earth plane and travel into space was successful as he also lived the life of a pilot.  This goat could not stop making incredible goals.

But the business sense is not what spoke to our hearts.  No, it was his Moon in Pisces that taught us to feel the natural world which channeled through his soul.  A Pisces Moon is so sensitive to the world.  It is the one water sign which does not have a shell to cover its delicate body.  He could truly feel the eagles fly, he could truly feel the children’s laughter, he could truly feel the pain of nature’s destruction.  Pisces Moon is music and the ability to channel it from spirit realm.  The Moon herself is quite sensitive, but when she is held by the sign that is most connected to spirit and knows no boundaries, she becomes ultra-sensitive.  John would have carried this high sensitivity, and chances are, even though he learned to craft this into his music, he probably needed much time alone and in nature to recharge his batteries.  Nature was his church.  A Pisces Moon would also be quite sensitive to the critiques of others, and many times in life people with a strong sensitive Pisces placement may choose to numb the intense feelings.  Fortunately, John’s Capricorn Sun gave him enough discipline that we have much music of his to listen to today.

Finally, we’ll touch on John’s Gemini Ascendant.  Gemini is the sign of the storyteller.  It is the communicator which loves to read, loves to write and loves a good story.  Most of his songs read like a novel.  One can see the movie playing on the screen as he so gracefully describes the scene with his words.  He was a muse with his language, and could hardly wait to talk to his followers.  I have several cd’s of “live” John Denver concerts, and it is so pleasurable to hear him verbally play with the audience.  He is quick to respond to silly audience cat-calls and like a businessman his Capricorn Sun quickly gets the show back on track.  Gemini is also the teacher.  His music is known for its activism.  Even his early songs tell stories which he wants to teach the audience to be conscious of the planet, conscious of each other, and conscious of love.  I have found that when I’m feeling heavy in my world, I can put some John Denver music into my car player, and take a drive through the mountains.  I always come out smiling and remembering what is important in life.

 

John Denver’s birth information from Lois Rodden via Zip Dobbins

New Year’s Day… From Lion to Virgin

At  2:45am EST on 12-30-12, the Moon moved into the sign of Leo the Lion.  I only mention this because it seems to me that the New Year celebration started about a day early this year.  This makes sense as an Irish Music Circle I attended was so full of the big loving lion heart.  Everyone smiling and so willing to share their musical knowledge with those sitting outside the circle dreaming of holding one of the inner chairs.  Laughter and music creativity filled the room all night long.

The New Year rang in with a continuation of this joyful cat energy.  Leo is one of the best signs to have a party.  Everyone is welcomed, everyone is forgiven, everyone is an actor on the stage of silliness.  And no matter what you did at the party… light-hearted Leo knows we are just here for fun, and all is well.

Now, energy shifts… 12:35pm EST on 1-1-13, New Year’s Day, the Moon enters the sign of Virgo.  Not bad timing.  We have had a blast over the last couple of days, letting go of responsibility and giving ourselves permission to enjoy the season.  Yet now, the Virgo Moon quickly brings us back into shape, just in time for the last half of the work week.  So there is time to get some laundry accomplished.  There is time to clean the house.  There is time to walk 5 miles through the mountains.  There is time to get everything back in order.  Virgo Moon has that passion, Virgo Moon has that energy.  Virgo is excited to clean and to renew and re-establish.

So, as we enter this New Year, we can really have a light-heart knowing that we started it with the permission to enjoy ourselves the Leo Moon way.  We can look at this year as being ruled by a Leo heart of loving compassion and we can know that there is really no-thing too serious that we can’t fall to the ground with an out of control belly laugh.  So, consider 2013, the year of the belly laugh.

Happy Winter Solstice & Goodbye Mayan Calendar

There was a flash mob in Denver today, dancing to the song… “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”.  What a brilliant song for today.  In the wake of much concern about the Mayan Calendar declaring that it’s all over for us, I was glad to hear that most people over the last few months just recognized that we are in transition, and the world goes on with a new world order.

I’m sure the Mayan guy worked hard to complete the job, but at some point, he probably went out for a coffee break and got diverted and perhaps forgot to write “ETC…” at the end of the 2012 year.  Or could it be the Mayans were spiritual and knew our current society would be ready to launch into a new experience, and beyond 2012 their vision of structure would no longer work for us.  The trick?  This was a piece of information for us to figure out… and recognize the respect the Mayan’s must have had for us, knowing that we would have the wisdom to create our own future from this point forward.

I talked about life with a friend into the early hours of the morning, and if it wasn’t for the need for sleep we would have talked right through the exact time the Sun moved into the constellation of Capricorn at 6:12am EST today, 12-21-12.  What cool numbers!  Together we therapitized each other and spent hours sharing our life’s lessons, so we could honor the Solstice by declaring how we would move forward in life with conscious growth toward our most precious desires.  This was a busy day in the world.  Many Solstice celebrations are still ringing.  Dances of universal peace, drumming, chanting and yoga so many different options of joy.

The Winter Solstice marks the time of year when the Sun moves into the last quadrant of the zodiac.  If you can imagine the astrological wheel, this quadrant exist between 12 o’clock and 9 o’clock, (The wheel is read counter-clockwise).  The sign of Capricorn rules the 10th house, which is the piece of the pie from 12 o’clock to 11 o’clock.  For us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is our winter.  Today, the darkest day of the year, I have to say that I’m glad not to be up in Alaska where they have very little light.  From here, the light will grow.  From here, our conscious will grow.

It’s interesting that at such a quiet time of hibernation, the Sun moves into a sign which is quite a worker bee.  We have two different energies happening.  It’s time to go inward and honor the quiet of the season, and yet it’s time to build our foundation for our next year.  Perhaps the best way to begin our foundation for the next cycle is to rest well, reflect on our lives, give our bodies good quality of food and to be responsible to the dreams that we want to manifest on this planet.  It’s one thing to dream, it’s another to plant the dream into solid ground.  This is what Capricorn can do for us now.  It is the sign that can give roots to our desires.  Stay conscious in your body, and don’t be afraid to make changes that can result in having your dreams come true.  As the Mayans predicted, it’s our turn to fully embrace the creation of our own future.

New Moon in Sagittarius

I have to admit, that since the Moon entered the sign of Sagittarius at 5:22pm EST, on December 11th, 2012, that I have been dancing from one new event to another.  I have met many new faces, some whom I may never see again, and I have been quite open to the lite conversation.  All this is the sign of Sagittarius.

It’s not a mistake that at this time of year, in the northern hemisphere when the light is becoming less and less, and the elements call for inward hibernation, that there is an excited movement to move out into the world with our holiday socializing.  This is so Sagittarius.  Laughter, dancing, swinging from the chandelier, it’s all about having a good time.  Sag also represents the connection to family.  For many, we either journey back to our family of origin,  or perhaps gather with the family we have created over the years, or we adopt a group for the holidays to share a smile and perhaps a meal.  It’s a great time to create new friendship.

The magic of this time period has to do with the month-long transit of the Sun in Sagittarius.  From approximately November 21st to December 21st, the Sun sashays through this gregarious sign.  Attending every party it can find, eating every piece of eye-popping food it can wrap its lips around and laughing until the cows come home, is its way of life.  It is a silly sign, and even though it’s willing to stay up until all hours of the night to make sure it’s not missing a thing, you can make sure that once it’s rested up, Sag is ready for the next adventure.  At this time of year, we are all Sagittarius and gaining weight is the norm.

At 3:42am EST, on December 13, 2012 the Moon buddies up next to the Sun.  Both in Sagittarius, now our masculine and feminine lines up.  When the Sun and the Moon conjunct, the sky is dark at night, the world become quiet and it’s time for peace.  Quite contrary to the actual sign of Sagittarius.  Perhaps it’s a gift to have a softening of Sag in the middle of its annual run.  New Moons are inward times, where we have the opportunity to reflect and renew.  They are the seed planting time which allow us to set intentions for future manifestations.  For this New Moon, it will be Sag-style intentions.  From who and where do we gain our joy?  What type of activities inspire us? Does our life-style match our core philosophy?  and to what foreign places would we like to travel?  Reflecting on, and answering these questions at the New Moon and releasing our answers to the universe creates an opportunity for manifestation of these personal desires.  The Moon is about feeling, and when we can really feel the joy and happiness that these answers can bring us, we can create this happiness into our lives.

Shirley MacLaine

There was a made-for-tv movie, in the mid 1980′s based on the book, “Out on a Limb”.  I just so happened to be going through my own transformation from a religious based belief system to more of a spiritual understanding of life at this point in time.  The movie was profound for me, and between this beautiful piece based on Shirley MacLaine’s life and several of her books that followed, her wisdom became a foundation for me as I was birthed into my new way of life.

Shirley was born April 24, 1934 at 3:57pm in Richmond, Virginia.  Her Sun is in Taurus, and both her Moon and Ascendant are in Virgo.  Taurus and Virgo are earth signs and therefore show a strongly grounded person.  Both signs are quite successful at creating a good foundation and maneuvering the physical experiences of this material world.  This groundedness has probably served her well in her hollywood life.

Now, both her Sun and her Moon are placed in 2 different water houses.  Water houses are the 3 houses that are normally ruled by the 3 water signs in the natural zodiac.  These are highly sensitive houses and each have a psychic-type of energy to them.

Her Taurus Sun is situated in the 8th house which is normally ruled by the water sign Scorpio.  Taurus, which is slow-moving and takes time to smell-the-roses, is influenced by its opposing sign of Scorpio due to its location in this house.  The 8th house represents the place where we take a deep look at ourselves.  We are willing to take such a deep look, it’s like rip-to-the-bone, let’s feel the pain type of deep.  This is the Scorpion style, yet Taurus is not so interested in taking such a deep look.  With this connection, the Scorpion need to psychoanalyze is now accomplished in a Taurean way.  Because Taurus doesn’t mind spending a lifetime doing whatever it’s inspired to do, this tells us that Shirley naturally has been willing to peel one layer at a time in her search for her own truth.  Taurus brings a patience and perhaps a stubbornness to doing this work.  Perhaps this stubbornness occurred early on in her life around looking deeply at herself.  I can only assume this, as the spiritual teachings that she has shared with the world publicly blossomed in the 1970′s to 1980′s.

One last thing to remember here, is that we are speaking of her Sun.  The Sun represents who we are in the world.    It is the message we are here to share.  It’s an important planet to nourish, as the rest of the planets in our own individual chart depend on the warmth of the Sun.  When we feed it properly, it shines in a way that brings self-esteem and gives us what we need in all aspects of our life and this allows us to live to our full potential.  By doing her 8th house personal transformation and showing this is who she is, Shirley is fulfilling what she came here to do.  The 8th house is actually quite a private house, so even though she has shared with us much of her personal journey, chances are there are many layers in which we are unaware.

Next, let’s look to her 12th house moon.  the 12th house is like a spiritual closet.  It is the part of our selves that is hidden from everyone, and it is the telephone booth to the spirit world.  This is truly where Shirley and each of us for that matter connects to spirit.  Moon represents the way we nurture others, and the way we nurture self.  Shirley’s motherly instincts come through in a non-physical form.  Her ability to care for others comes through her prayers and well-wishes.  It’s like magic.  The thoughts and feelings she holds about a person or a situation, are sent like beams of energy out to the intended receiver.  This is a powerful ability, and used properly, can change worlds.

Now let’s also acknowledge that with the Moon in the 12th, her motherly abilities are not really visible to the rest of the world.  Add the fact that the Moon is in the sign of Virgo, and perhaps this nurturing instinct comes across somewhat militant.  With the 12th house ruled by Virgo, we have a person who likes a spiritual regimen.  This could come out as some form of structured meditation practice, but it also reminds me of “Two Mules for Sister Sara”.  I’m sure when Shirley played a nun in this Clint Eastwood western, she was far more connected to the role of the nun than the world realized.

We’ll move now to her Virgo Ascendant.  The ascendant is how people see us when they first meet us.  Shirley would come across as a well-organized person.  Planning everything from front to back with every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed.  There is a perfection that is a lens through which she sees the world, and the world sees her.  She is a manager, and this shows with how she has managed her life and the successes she has achieved in all of her endeavors.  Judgement… probably harsh at times in her life has been the norm with this sign so strong in her chart.  That said, Virgos are generally well accomplished because they are willing to work triple time to reach their goals.  They are their own harshest critics, and chances are she has learned to soften this with her spiritual practice since this sign also rules her 12th house.

The Ascendant also gives us an idea about the looks of a person.  Her short haircut has probably been for efficiency, as a Virgo needs to streamline everything around her to make life as easy as possible, as there is so much to tend to.  There is also the sassy factor, which wows the crowd for her stage and screen work.  She has figure out how to catch our eye with her simple yet well-groomed style which shows a brilliance in her managerial skills.

With the Virgo and Taurus so strong in Shirley’s chart, she will continue to have energy to produce, and we will probably always see her creativity manifesting something for us to enjoy.  Her ability to re-create herself at different phases, excites me to know that there is probably more surprises on the horizon.

Virgo Moon as the Wise Bookkeeper

After the Moon transited the playful sign of Leo in the early part of this week, our energy moved quite dramatically into the serious mode of Virgo.

Several weeks ago, I had options in scheduling an appointment for this week.  The choices were early in the week, as the Moon was to be in the sign of Leo or later in the week, as the Moon was to be in Virgo.  I wasn’t paying attention to the Moon sign when I was setting the meeting, instead I intuited to schedule it later in the week.  As I sat yesterday prior to the appointment, organizing my outline to create the most efficient timing for my 1-hour encounter, I realized that I had woke early and was organizing the material in a profound manner.  I was patting myself on the back for my brilliance when I became aware that the Moon had made her transition into Virgo just as I began to put the outline together.

I continue to be amazed at the observation of the planets and their effects on us.  I love to watch the Moon especially, because she allows us to feel our way through life.  It’s so easy to recognize her influence.  There are times when I schedule certain activities knowing that the Moon will be in a sign that will support that particular experience.

Until December 7th at 1:35pm EST, the Moon will continue her transit through the sign of Virgo.  Our analytical mind is sharp in this sign.  That’s why many Virgo’s take on money crunching jobs.  It’s a great time to work with numbers or spend time organizing anything. The mind is tapped into wisdom under this Virgo Moon that nurtures these skills.  Focus on what you need to get accomplished, and Virgo will make sure you are successful.

Moon in Leo… Forgiveness

On December 2nd, at 8:57pm EST, the Moon moves out of the sign of Cancer and into the loving sign of Leo.

Now, when we look at the entire zodiac, there is a beginning and an ending.  Aries being the 1st sign, begins at our Spring Equinox.  If we look at the entire zodiac as a complete lifetime, we can see our birth as the Arian experience, and then the progression through each sign as the different stages in life.  So, fast forward to Cancer, the sign the Moon just exited.  The Cancer energy is child-like.  Still dependent on Mom and Family nurturing, it is a very sensitive time in life.  All of the waters signs are very sensitive and very emotional and yet, this particular water sign, is the point in our development where we learn from our family, how much we need to use our hard crab shell to protect our delicate emotions.  It is a serious sign, as there are basic needs looking to be met.

There comes a point in our development where we realize there is more than just family.  There is outside and there is play and there are swing sets and leaf piles and friends and laughter and running and jumping.  And though, we are still connected to the pride, creating our own excitement becomes the goal.  This period is around the age of 10 or 11, and a child capable of being 100% present at this point of life hears no judgement.  It’s all about fun.  And if we are really lucky, our environment just allows us to play.

So, the silly child, who wants nothing but to be free out on the playground of life, doesn’t have time to hold onto the Fort-Knox walls the preceding sign of Cancer has built in protection of its sensitivities.  This is a sign that requires total release of every pain to be free to play.  Not that you can’t find a lion licking its wounds, or positioned in attack mode from a threat, but for that lion to be the best it can be, the wounds have to heal quickly.  There is a natural instinct in this powerful beast to let it all go.  I have watched many lions and lionesses over the years racked with pain, and when given the opportunity to make amends, shift from attack to loving mode.  Their true life happiness comes from laughter and play.

Until 6:51 am EST, on December 5th, the Moon will be maneuvering through the sign of Leo.  The freedom to enjoy the deepest laughter and playfulness this sign has to offer comes when our entire life becomes a mantra of forgiveness.  We never have to face those who have treated us unjustly.  We really don’t have to understand any detail of any situation to achieve a release of the pain.  It’s actually quite simple.  As a memory comes forward of abandonment, or rejection, or anything that brings up the pain of how one has been treated, shift it with a soft, quiet statement of, “I forgive everyone”.  This statement begins to provide a release that brings an opening to enjoy life again.  Whether there is one person who imposed a wrong, or 1,000, it doesn’t matter.  Whether it happened 80 years ago, or 5 minutes ago, it doesn’t matter.  The simple statement of “I forgive everyone”, begins an unraveling of anger, hatred and resentment, and begins a healing self journey that attracts situations of joy.

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