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

Gemini… Shifting Directions

Sometimes life needs a break… Or is it that we need a break from life?

A job change can create a pause to reflect upon a shift in direction.  A new relationship can bring a desire to spend a year hiking or perhaps a friend ready to make a transition into the non-physical can open the space to be present for that precious process.  For whatever reason, sometimes it’s just time to change direction and do something totally different.

I decided to write a blog on astrology in 2011 and enjoyed ever minute of it.  As my journey  proceeded that year, I found elders around me that needed assistance.  And I, as the little Libra Moon that I am, found myself responding to the needs of “the other” or “the others”, as in this case.  I took this role on with great joy and integrity.  I even let go of my new blog to give full attention to the task at hand.

So, life moves on, my friend now joyfully speaks to me from the other side.  My other elders are also in better situations, so my own journey now comes back to me.  Perhaps this is my version of “empty-nest” syndrome.  I now have the freedom to express myself in this world.  But what to do?  Lost for months, taking classes to inspire my creativity, I really didn’t know what to do with this new freedom.  So, enters the Gemini Full Moon Lunar Eclipse.

Perhaps this writing is toward the person who knows a little more than Sun sign astrology.  This fantastic Eclipse landed just below my Ascendant in the 1st house.  Wow!!! What a hit to move myself back out into the world, expressing my truth through astrology, through writing, through the published word, and in the exposure of the 1st house.  Gemini being about writing and Sag, as the publisher.  I’m glad to be back and generally I suggest that people begin fresh starts at New Moons, but let say that this blog was really already started… I just came back with an explosion.  I always think it’s best to go with the gut, follow our feelings.  As Abraham-Hicks says our Emotional Guidance System is never wrong!

So, Where did this last Eclipse land in your chart?  Where is it that your truth needs to be expressed?  What 19 year cycle just ended, and what 19 year cycle are you beginning?  You can contact me at catherineblogin@yahoo.com for an astrological consultation.

Gemini Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

Well, in the 48 hours prior to this Eclipse I learned of 2 people in my life that transitioned into the non-physical. One of them actually transitioned 2 months ago. How interesting that the information (Gemini) did not arrive to me until just before the  Eclipse. This Eclipse shows us the energy between Sagittarius and Gemini.
Sag in its highest form is the gypsy. It’s the freedom we have when we recognize boredom and choose otherwise. Listening to the beat of our own drummer and following that music no matter how crazy it might seem. People with strong Sagittarius in their charts carry the imprint of what may look like a life of instability as they move around from relationship to relationship, job to job or home to home. However for this wandering muse life is truly pleasurable. Status quo is not their language, and how will the laughter and joy be found if the road is not well-traveled.
As for Gemini, communication and teacher are 2 great key words for this sign. Gemini laps up information and generally wants a fair shake at sending the information back into the world. My father, who carries a strong Gemini signature on the nadir of his chart and his Gemini partner love to talk. In fact, there is never boredom in their home when it comes to conversation. There are times when they both talk to me at the same time with neither taking a break for air for several minutes. I never know who to look at, so I give them both equal face time while turning my head back and forth.
Full Moons allow us to see and feel the full essence of our motherly moon. Her energy is felt so strongly on our planet, that we see the tides, and in fact all waters effected by her pull. Some Full Moons pull out the crazy in people, and some just keep us awake at night.
When the Moon is Eclipsed, the Earth briefly blocks the light of the Sun from the face of the Moon, creating from the Earth’s view, a shadow on the surface of the Moon. It is written that the Eclipses are powerful surges of energy that create doorways. Leaving the old, and moving into a new expression of the energy which the Sun and Moon are holding for that particular Eclipse.
As we look at our Sagittarius Sun and our Gemini Moon we see opportunities to empower ourselves with truthful communication. Sag represents what is real and freeing to ourselves, and the desire to express it with no holding back. On the opposite side of the zodiac, Gemini transfers information with no attachment to the information. A clear news reporter or lawyer is a prime example of “Just the facts Jack” as Jon Lovitz would say. Gemini and Sag are usually not concerned with hurting feelings, and the good thing about this, is that truth can come out of the closet.
So don’t hold back, reach for the freedom that your gypsy needs to live life to its fullest. Express your truth, live in the fun, and watch the opportunities multiply in front of you.