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    Twelve Signs of the Zodiac: Libra – Appreciation

    Musing on the sign of Libra I see the scales of justice, striving for balance and fairness. I hear Stevie Wonder’s song “All in Love is Fair.” Libra desires fairness in all things but love too?  John Lennon, a very famous Libran implored us to “give peace a chance.”       Yet, the word that most connects me to Libran energy is “appreciation.” Appreciation is a kind of gratitude expressed in painting or music, literature or  just Life at its fullest. Eugene O’Neil – October 16, 1888 “Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.” Eugene O’Neill quotes the poet Baudelaire in his moving…

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    Twelve Signs of 2021: Virgo – “To Be of Use”

    It is completely unimportant.    That is why it is so interesting.                              ― Agatha Christie The sign of Virgo, ruled by the planet Mercury, is associated with the sixth house. Virgo and sixth house matters concern work, health, and service. Mercury signifies a sharp and analytical mind. My long-time favorite mystery writer, Agatha Christie, was born under the sign of Virgo. Her analytical mind brought forth colorful characters and unforgettable detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss. Marple. There are many famous Virgoans (they must be the busiest people of the zodiac).  Even Greta Garbo who “wanted to…

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    Twelve Signs of 2021: The Spirit of the Sun: Leo

    Excerpt from my soon to be published memoir, “Coming Alive.”     Ah Love! Could you and I with Him conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire, Would not we shatter it to bits–and then Re-mould it nearer to the heart’s desire! -Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Laura’s Party A party at Laura’s to celebrate the Sun-in-Leo. The Sun entered the sign of Leo in 1979 on July 23rd. I met Laura in a health club on Commonwealth Avenue near Boston University after seeing an ad she placed in the Boston Phoenix for a polarity massage. Laura was imposing. Indeed, her dark brown curly mane-like hair resembled a lion.…

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    Twelve Signs of 2021 – The Spirit of Water

    Settling into the water sign Cancer is like crawling into bed with a good book, dreaming in a garden or by the ocean, eating home-baked bread or tasting a blueberry muffin. This month I tuned into Louis Armstrong in my art studio.  Lingering with him on a beautiful day he sang to me from his heart. Love to me, is like a summer day  If it ends, the memories will stay. Still, and warm, and peaceful, Now the days are getting long I can sing my summer song. Cancer is ruled by the mysterious changeable Moon. The cycles of the moon are easy to follow. This past weekend the new…

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    Twelve Signs for 2021 – The Air Spirit: Judy Garland

    My favorite Gemini is Judy Garland, born under the sign of the Twins. The spring cycle of the zodiac moved us from the fire of Aries to the earthiness of Taurus and now to the Air Sign of Gemini. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, now is the time to reconnect with friends, siblings, and people nearby. A great time to write or keep a journal.  Life is just a bowl of cherries. Don’t take it serious. Life’s too mysterious. Perhaps you have heard that Mercury has been traveling Retrograde since late May. Moreover, we are in an Eclipse season (Lunar  on May 26, Solar on June 10). I…

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    Twelve Signs for 2021 – The Spirit of Earth

    Sing God a simple song…Lauda, Laude. Make it up as you go along…Lauda, Laude. (“Sing God a Simple Song” Leonard Bernstein) After howling with passion during the Aries sun cycle there is a balm to be found in the fixed sign of earth, Taurus. Earth Day is aptly celebrated in late April when the sun enters the sign of the Bull. Ruled by the love planet Venus, it symbolizes  beauty and the pleasures of the senses including voice. Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand, and Cher are some of the many vocalists born under this sun sign. How are you nourishing yourself this season?      Last week I sought respite in…

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    Twelve Signs for 2021 – The Spirit of Fire

    Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture.” Vladimir Nabokov Last night when I discovered this quote on a blog, I immediately recalled my dream from the night before.  In the dream my dog let out a howl responding to a loud noise. In his elder years, Duchy took up a new habit. Whenever Judy puttered in the basement too long he stood at the stairs and howled for her. Would our society be less violent if we had howling stations, open spaces like driving ranges, to release all the pent up…

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    Twelve Signs for 2021 – Landscapes of the Imagination

    This month begins with the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces, the Fishes. The New Moon is also traveling  in Pisces this weekend. My mother gave birth to me under the sign of the “two fishes.” A new moon heralds new beginnings. In spite of understanding this sign above all others, in its characteristic illusive way I struggle to grasp it. While I live out the poetry of this sign, I struggle in vain to grasp it, like the slippery minnows of childhood running through my legs at Old Silver Beach. Martin Buber in his classic “I and Thou” posed the eternal question: “But how can we incorporate into the…

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    “Italy”

    Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life. -Anna Akhmatova You may have the universe if I may have Italy. -Giuseppe Verdi Consider your origin; ye were not formed to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. -Canto XXVI, Dante Alighieri Italy is a dream! When my parents and I arrived at Kennedy airport in New York, we saw a bunch of tired, bored college students stretched out over the carpet and chairs in the terminal. They were to be among the eighty students I would live with in Tuscany. My mother’s worries about the dangers of the pinching and prowling behavior of…

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    Twelve Signs for 2021 – The Music & Mission of Nina Simone

    Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac. Ptolemy recorded the constellation back in the second century. Its name means “cup bearer” or “water bearer” in Latin. The first mystery to solve is why a “water bearer” is grouped with the air signs of Gemini and Libra? The key is that Aquarius brings and pours out the water. Water symbolizes emotions. The special quality of Aquarius supplies spiritual energy to bring humanity into a more conscious future. It has the qualities of impartiality and detachment as an air sign.  Healing Waters The quality of healing energy reminds me of the scripture chosen by my preaching professor, Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva…