POSTED BY BEVERLEE, Friday, April 24, 2009
I'm introducing a new feature today: the Inspirational Quotation of the Day. Each day I'll post a quotation that reflects the energy of the current Solar Cycle. Check it out here.
POSTED BY BEVERLEE, Friday, April 24, 2009
SUSAN BOYLE UPDATE
POSTED BY BEVERLEE Thursday, April 23, 2009
Since my previous post about Susan Boyle’s chart, when I was not altogether certain of her birthdate, I have learned that she indeed was born on April 1st, 1961.* That’s the good news. The bad news is that my astrological software did not provide the correct coordintes for her birthplace, Blackburn, Scotland, and thus I have discovered that Susan’s ascendant is not in the sign of Cancer, but in the sign of Gemini. Fortunately this changes little about my earlier analysis of Susan’s chart with one exception: her chart is not ruled by the Moon, but by Mercury.
Though I was a bit reluctant, miffed even, to have to give up my first intuition about Susan’s being born in the sign of Cancer, or even having Cancer rising, I then saw through a glass darkly and now see more clearly her potential, which had lain dormant all these years. Her Mercury is in the sign of Pisces, which has much to do with musical ability. Furthermore, it resides in her 10th house of career and destiny along with her pioneering Aries Sun, and is in a water Grand Trine with her 1st house Mars and Neptune, ruler of her Pisces Mercury residing in the 5th house of creativity.
Several commentators have noted Susan’s “pluck”. This asset is clearly portrayed by her Mars in the 1st house of personality which in essence says, “I will never give up! Never! Never! Never!” That Mars is also the focal planet in a Cardinal T-square with her Sun/Moon opposition. A T-square formation lends a great deal of dynamic energy to a chart.
The Grand Trine, of course, gives one help from others, which we are witnessing in the media coverage of her enormous talent. Whether or not Susan emerges as the eventual winner of Britain’s Got Talent, she will undoubtedly have her dream of becoming a professional singer realized, with a little help from her friends.
And with Susan’s dream realized, we all become winners, as we gain wider access to her thrilling vocal ability. Go, Susan! We love you!
*Clarification of why we heard Susan say she was 47 years old during her audition. The show was taped in January, prior to her 48th birthday.
THE PHENOMENON OF SUSAN BOYLE
POSTED BY BEVELEE, Monday, April 20, 2009
Are you one of the 30 million plus YouTube viewers of Susan Boyle’s Britain’s Got Talent triumph? Did you, like me, have tears streaming down your face, virtually from the moment when she began to sing? Ever since I saw her, I’ve been hoping to find her correct birth data, because, as you know, I long to burrow into the “meaning” of things! How did this 48-year-old spinster finally achieve the long-overdue eminence for which she had always yearned? Would the stars reveal the secret to her success, I wondered.
The answer is yes! A resounding “yes!” exactly like those she received unanimously from BGT’s three judges. For Susan Boyle is not the only one “gobsmacked” by her sudden vault to worldwide renown; each of us who watched her and listened to her thrilling voice was gobsmacked as well. (Definition of gobsmacked: flabbergasted, astounded, shocked). No matter how often we hear her enchanting rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, we remain utterly captivated. And when we listen to her earlier rendition of “Cry Me a River” and “Killing Me Softly”, we are once again transported by the haunting quality of her voice which, except for local pubs and clubs, has for so long been hidden from a wider public view.
My take on why Susan Boyle has become a worldwide overnight sensation is that deep down inside of us we each harbor a dream…just as Susan did; some of us never see that dream realized, so we are thrilled, when against all odds, we observe someone else’s seemingly impossible dream fulfilled. It’s the Cinderella story. Without the “makeover”! I was so pleased when Larry King asked her during his interview whether she was going to change anything…her hair style for instance, and she replied, “Why should I change?” Right on, Susan! You are who you are, and there’s nothing wrong with who you are. Why change it to try and conform to the expectations and prejudices of others?
My first astrological intimation about Susan Boyle was that she might have been born in the sign of Cancer. Now, I have to tell you that there has been a dispute about her birth date. One astrology list quoted June 15th 1961, but others claim that she was born on April 1, 1961, and one astrology list has claimed that Susan had verified this date and the time. So, I may be jumping the gun here, but I’m going with the April 1st date, because it gives her Cancer rising in her chart which is the energy I had first intuited about her.
This means that the upcoming Solar Eclipse in July at 29 degrees of Cancer falls in her 2nd house of resources and self-esteem, and if ever I have observed a dramatic turning point in someone’s chart caused by a Solar Eclipse, this would certainly be it. Moreover, the Eclipse will oppose Susan’s natal Saturn. This appears to me a picture of her need to take on new and greater responsibility than heretofore, which a career as a professional singer would certainly require.
Susan’s prenatal Eclipse was at 26 degrees of Aquarius falling in her natal 10th house—the house of career, authority figures, and more importantly, one’s destiny. The house where one’s prenatal Eclipse fell is always one of great importance. At this exciting time in her life, Susan’s progressed Uranus happens to oppose that prenatal eclipse point, freeing her of past limitations and restraints. Her progressed Moon, the ruler of her chart, is also moving to an opposition to that prenatal eclipse point, another indication, I believe, of her dream being fulfilled.
What, astrologically, has caused such a long delay in Susan’s achieving her dream? I would attribute her late success to the fact that Jupiter in her chart conjuncts Saturn. Jupiter is about expansion while Saturn is about limits. These two do not get along and it does not bode well for the native to find them posited together in a chart. It's like an inner tug-of-war going on all the time.
Moreover, Susan’s Moon is conjunct Pluto in the 4th house of home and family. I always conclude that a Moon/Pluto conjunction symbolizes an over-controlling mother, and indeed, Susan was left alone at home the only child—youngest of nine children—to tend to her aging mother. However, Saturn is now passing by transit through that 4th house and Susan’s mother died two years ago, freeing her to ar long last set her own course.
In addition, Pluto, the planet of transformation, is moving toward a trine to her natal Pluto—a very favorable aspect for one’s metamorphosis into a higher level of achievement.
Susan was born during a Full Moon phase; some astrologers, and I am amongst them, believe that the phase of the Moon into which one is born is even more defining than the Sun, Moon or Ascendant. Here is some of what astrologer Buz Meyers has to say about Full Moon personalities (of which I happen to be one):
“Sound and hearing are very important to these people. They’re listening to the highest power of who they are. Order and balance is important to them; this is very strongly based on beauty, symmetry. [Full Moon correlates to the sign of Libra BB] Full Phase people are very attuned to music, symphony. Music is a powerful tool for them.”
I also note that Susan’s progressed Venus, which was retrograde at her birth, is now by at 17 degrees of Aries in her 10th house—very close to that 18th degree of Aries about which astrologer Michele Adler has written so eloquently, explaining that the 18th degree of Aries is all about passion. Susan’s passion has long been to become a professional singer. Interestingly, transiting Venus is now retrograding through her 10th house of career and destiny. Has Venus backed up expressly to finally give Susan her chance for fame and fortune?
I pray so.
THE EIGHTEENTH DEGREE OF ARIES
POSTED BY BEVERLEE, Wednesday, April 08, 2009
My friend, Astrologer/Author/Teacher Michele Adler, has posted an enlightening blog about the eighteenth degree of Aries, which I’m sure you’ll find fascinating as she delineates at length, what the degree implies and how it has shown up in the charts of famous people.
I’m a big fan of Michele’s, having found so much value in her book, “Predictive Astrology: Cycles of Change, Seasons of Meaning”. Michele has a vast store of astrological information at her fingertips, which she shares in such clear language that it’s not only informative but a joy to read her blogs.
She quotes her first astrology teacher, Oscar Weber, who once said. “One of the best ways to learn astrology is by reading the newspapers.” I agree completely and would further add, if you want to know what’s going on in the heavens, watch CNN!
Check out Michele’s latest blog here.
APRIL FOOL'S DAY
POSTED BY BEVERLEE, Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The origins of April Fool's Day are shrouded in mystery but you can learn about April Fool's Day facts here. And here's a wonderful 52-year-old April Fool's prank that is as freshly delightful as just-baked-bread.