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The Stonewall Horoscope

Pride flagWith the overturning of DOMA and the rollback of Proposition 8, it has been an exciting and encouraging week for not only the LGBT community but the progressive community in general.


Today is Gay Pride Weekend in NYC and there is a big parade and celebration planned.This year marks the 44th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion which is said to the the event that launched the Gay Pride movement. I say that with any large event with powerful implications, timing is everything. You will see from my analysis of the Stonewall Rebellion night that astrology played a huge role in giving it its power and impact. This is from the book HerScopes:


It was in June 1969 during the riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, that the Gay Liberation Movement was launched. Here is an astrological analysis of that event. I would say that it was in the stars ....

The Stonewall Horoscope -- An Astrology Chart Analysis
Astrologers are often consulted to give proper perspective and intelligent illumination to certain major events. For those of us who enjoy a little 20/20 hindsight, I modestly offer an astrological analysis of the events at Stonewall in 1969. I, for one, believe that the planets set the whole thing in motion.

June 28, 1969 at 1:20am, an unexpected police raid was carried out on a bar in Greenwich Village, New York City. Usually, the patrons would submit to whatever humilities the police would dole out, but on that particular night, enough was enough. The riots lasted five days and ultimately launched our liberation movement. Was it the drinks? Was it the planets? What was it that night that made the Stonewall Riots the event it was and the turning point it turned out to be? What was it, indeed...

Astrologically, the night was primed for revolution:

The Sun, which changes signs every 32 days or so and rules our life's ambitions and true personalities, was in sentimental and sensitive Cancer that night. It was quite true that emotions were exceptionally high during that period (Judy Garland's funeral was held the day before in NYC and it has been said that many in the community were devastated by her death.)

The Moon, which changes signs about every two days and rules our emotional reaction state, landed in Sagittarius on June 28. Mars, the planet of action and aggression was also in Sag at the time. Rebellious Sagittarius; Poke in the eye Sagittarius; Need I say more? Not only does this particular sign not listen to authority, but it absolutely revels in that wonderful type of "up yours" attitude.

Contemplative Mercury, in quick thinking, quick action Gemini, contributed to the highly charged energy and Venus, the planet of love, was in stubborn Taurus. Taurus the bull will not be put aside when it is finally pushed to the limit of patience.

"The Ascendant", which rules first impressions and beginnings of things, was in fiery, no holds barred Aries. Word of advice - Aries is the steamroller sign. Don't ever say no to an Aries.

"The MidHeaven", which is the sign that was in the highest spot in the sky at that time of night, was in Capricorn. Capricorn knows how to gain the long term advantage; what to do and how to do it. It is also one of those unstoppable signs once it gets going. The old goat knows just how far to push without getting totally squashed.

So what do we have so far? Highly charged emotions coupled with an "in your face, don't even try to hold me back" attitude just waiting for a justification to act.

The true beauty of astrological analysis is the interaction between the planets, called "aspects". Aspects cause the energy to take off in one direction or another. It's what gives us our oomph. The planetary oomphs that night were fairly dramatic. Here are just a few of them:

The Sun had a pleasant aspect to Saturn. Saturn can be a hard taskmaster, but when it "sextiles" the Sun, one can experience a terrific learning experience. It can also set things in their proper direction. Stonewall set the entire movement in the right direction and there was no turning back. In addition, the Sun had a difficult face off with explosive and unpredictable Uranus; who we want to be becomes open to sudden, unexpected changes. We are not pretty during this time. We don't sit up and shut up.

Mercury and the Moon didn't see eye to eye - emotions and logical thoughts were not in synch. We do what we are compelled to do, rather than what is logically the most prudent (and respectful) thing to do.

Mars gives the energy and impetus to act. It had a few planetary tete a tetes that night and, with the exception of delusional Neptune, they were all good. Action produces lucky (Jupiter) and unexpected (Uranus) results. Need I point out that Mars wa s sitting in the area of the horoscope that affects sex and deep psychological revelations?

The planet that probably set the whole affair on the map is Pluto. Pluto was having some pretty major interactions with others planets that night:
1. conjunct Uranus and Jupiter- unexpected major transformations that prove to be very lucky;
2. sextile Neptune - not sure what to expect, but big, big, big;
3. square Moon and Mercury- allowing emotions and ideas to cause some pretty major changes;
4. trine Venus- big, beautiful transformations.
Pluto is unleashed power and major change. There is no turning back with this planet. It erupts and changes the landscape. That night, it changed the landscape forever.

Some hack writer once wrote, "(it is) not in the stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings". I must disagree. Were it not for the stars that warm June night, who knows what type of life we would be leading today. I shudder to think.

Read the history of the Stonewall riots with the book Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution.

Rob Frydlewicz, on his blog History As You Experienced It, talks about what the Stonewall Rebellion meant to the people who experienced it. Rob writes about what neighbor Liz Solomon saw that night and the Stonewall rebellion that spilled out through the streets through the next day.

Horoscope for Month of July 2013 and Week of July 1, 2103

BLUE IVY CARTERJuly heats your tamales as a bunch of planets oppose volcanic Pluto through the month. Don’t be surprised if what you thought is true and solid is not. Never fear, fluidity is what keeps us on our toes and makes us work harder for success. Change is often good and in this case, needed.

(Blue Ivy Carter has Pluto in Capricorn)

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If your domestic situation is in need of a summer cleaning, expect a big broom to sweep clean this week. Aries either decide on new furnishings or new company to decorate their abode. The more time you spend on all of this, the less you want to spend on the job. Will all of this activity change your life’s goals? It depends on what your goals are. Unemployment?

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Talk is cheap, so they say. But talk of global adventure and changing the world could be expensive. Taureans have grand plans that they need to put into action sooner than later. But careful planning and implementation are essential because of unforeseen obstacles. The world can become your oyster, if you like searching for pearls in every dish..

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
The world is looking rosy and lush. Why not increase the overgrowth by lavishing your lover with expensive gifts? But are they suitably grateful? Be sure to communicate carefully so that your lurid words match your extravagant actions. Even better, try to find ways to romance on the cheap. Nude food painting can be combined with lunch, Gemini.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
The spotlights turns on you. Is it a a harsh strobe or a rosy glow? The quality of your appearance is up to you, Cancer. But be aware that partners and partners-to-be will be watching and assessing your charms. Give it all you’ve got and pour on the charm. The hearts that you capture now will warm you throughout the summer... and then some.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Mystery surrounds you whether in secret admirers or secret enemies. Keep your ear to the ground and see if you can discern friend from foe. And speaking of secrets, there are things that you can do to remove the cosmic clutter from your life that might be creating obstacles to success. There is no mystery here: you know exactly what you have to do.

Dive into the social swim and see who sails by and hoists you up. Virgos can reach out and make new friendships very easily now. And the people you meet now lead  you into all sorts of artistic enterprises. But don’t overdo it. The temptation will be to light your candle at both ends. That will quickly result in a very small and burnt candle.

Reach for the corporate star, Libra. It may be within your reach. You have worked too hard for too long to let this rare opportunity go by without a grab. But understand that everything has a cost. Here it may be too much time at work and not enough time nurturing home and family. Balance as best as you can and weigh the scales with the extra cash you earn.

Expand your horizons with either a quick and fanciful vacation or a week of nothing but lounging around the house and surfing the internet. Whatever lowers your stress will work. And the less said the better. Your words have a powerful but unintended effect. Think first and talk second. Better still, don’t talk at all. Let your actions speak louder than your words.

Even if you don’t feel especially feisty, the planets conspire to make you a delightful sexy morsel this week. Sagittarians attract anyone they set their minds to attract. Your amours will be plentiful and wooing them will be costly. This can get you into both fiscal and emotional trouble! Are your eyes too big for your whatevers? Oh whatever!

How independent and fancy free do you really feel, Capricorn? You may find that you need to find (or create) the boundaries in certain one-to-one relationships so that you can truly be you. Finding your center is an important goal that should be very achievable now. It will not be without some compromise for the love of others but nothing that you can’t live with.

Working hard has its benefits. But working smart is ... well.. smarter. Aquarians need to put something extra into their efforts so that they really pay off. Sometimes that means gaining underhanded advantages. Sometimes it is just going with your gut to get you through the weeds. Consider your options before the field is overgrown and you need some mowing.

Let your creativity go on a wild tangent and see where it leads you now. Any artistic adventure will bring far flung friends closer and ratchet up the fun and frolic. But learn to conserve your energy so that you can go the distance in any party-fueled pursuit.  It would be a shame to turn into a pumpkin just before the harvest moon ball, Pisces.

Lucky Numbers for the Week of June 28, 2013

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of June 28-July 4, 2013:

3, 5, 10, 21, 27, 28, 49, 55

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month

How to Smell Wealthy Using Aromatherapy

MagnoliaThis might be good information for anyone trying to impress - whether in a singles bar, or in a business situation. Try a little aromatherapy to smell wealthy!

As it turns out, the magnolia tree smells like wealth. So spray a little magnolia scented essential oil on you and see what happens.

This bit of aromatherapy insight comes courtesy of Cool News and perfumer Frederic Malle who is a grandson of Serge Heftler-Louiche, founder of Parfums Christian Dior. In fact Frederic puts his concept into action with Jurassic Flower – a scent that smells like magnolia trees (or prosperity).

The scent was commissioned by the Mark Hotel in New York and permeates its corridors, kind of like "Glade air freshener for billionaires." While it may seem like an obvious idea, Frederic says "most hotels are not scented," although "some casinos" in Las Vegas are. It’s also possible to purchase a spray bottle of Jurassic Flower at his boutique for $150.

Should you visit Frederic’s boutique to get a whiff of wealth, you’ll be directed to a "smelling column … a transparent cylinder about 7 feet high … which circulates the fragrance." You access it through an opening in the cylinder. Frederic says he has "an educated nose," explaining that he approaches his craft like "an art historian." His "education, experience" and powers of deduction enable him to "recognize the component parts and know what to add or subtract to make something special."


Superstitions From the Theater World

Ghost lightWho would have thought that there were so many superstitions among theater folks. Steppenwolf , one of the most important theater companies in the US reports that the following superstitions are part of life on the stage. Backstage sent artistic intern Jack Tamburri on the hunt of the origins of these superstitions, and he came back with the following list:

1. NEVER say the word Macbeth in a theater. It would bring certain disaster. Actors, instead, call it “The Scottish Play” and the title character “the Scottish Lord” in order to avoid pronouncing the word. In actual fact, Constantine Stanislavski, Orson Welles and Charlton Heston all suffered some catastrophe during or just after a production of “The Scottish Play.” In 1849, more than 30 New Yorkers were killed when rioting broke out during a performance of the play. Abe Lincoln read it the night before he was assassinated. If someone else quotes from “The Scottish Play“ inside a theater, you must utter the words “Angels and ministers of grace defend us!” Then the offender must leave the house, turn around widdershins (counterclockwise) three times, swear and knock to be readmitted.

The superstition seems to have arisen, in part, from the play’s depiction of witchcraft, still a vital (though contested) belief in 1606, when the play was first performed. Like Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, in which staged incantations were occasionally reported to have raised real devils, “The Scottish Play“ was believed to flirt dangerously with the “Powers of Evil,“ bringing catastrophe down upon productions over the succeeding centuries.

Those seeking rational reasons for the “Scottish Curse” have pointed to several features of the play as conducive to accidents: dim lighting and stage combat chief among them. Authentic productions often use broadswords, which are heavy and difficult to wield deftly, capable of inflicting considerable blunt trauma. Moreover, as Shakespeare’s shortest and one of his most popular plays, Macbeth has often been a last–minute addition to a company’s repertoire when the company is in financial straits late in the season. Therefore, it can be dangerously under–rehearsed, and it can portend the closing of the company (which probably would have closed regardless which play was chosen).

2. NO WHISTLING! Whistling in a theater is also forbidden because it brings bad luck to the whistler. In the olden days, stage hands were out–of–work sailors (theaters and ships share a profusion of ropes) who communicated with complex whistles. So, if you were walking around stage whistling a tune, you could accidentally call down a sandbag onto your head!

3. Never wish and actor "Good Luck". Tell them to break a leg. Why? This bizarre phrase has a number of purported meanings…

    If the havoc–wreaking spirits (Sprites) heard you ask for something, they were reputed to try to make     the opposite happen. Telling someone to “break a leg” is an attempt to outsmart the Sprites and     make something good happen.

    To break a leg was to hope the actor would have so many curtain calls that his trousers would be     creased permanently.

    In Shakespeare’s time, to break meant to bend. So, bend your leg, means take a lot of bows.

    One popular etymology derives the phrase from the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln. John     Wilkes Booth, the actor turned assassin, leapt to the stage of Ford’s Theater after the murder,     breaking his leg in the process. The logical connection from this event to wishing someone good luck     is none too clear, but such is folklore.

    Evidently, in the days of early vaudeville, the producers would book more performers than could     possibly perform in the given time of the show, since “bad” acts could be pulled before their     completion. In order to ensure that the producers didn’t start paying people who hadn’t actually     performed, there was a general policy that a performer did NOT get paid unless they actually     appeared onstage. So the phrase “break a leg” referred to breaking the visual plane of the “legs,” or     curtains that lined the side of the stage. In other words, “Hope you break a leg and get onstage, so     that you get paid.”

    It came from the understudies telling their primaries to “break a leg” enough times that it came to     be considered bad luck if they didn’t say it.

    In Ancient Greece, people didn’t applaud. Instead, they stomped for their appreciation and if they     stomped long enough, they would break a leg. Or, some would have it that the term originated during     Elizabethan times when, instead of applause the audience would stomp their chairs – and if they liked     it enough, the leg of the chair would break.We‘re in the “dark”
    You never say a theater is “closed,” but instead that it is “dark.” If you say a theater is closed, you     can invoke plagues, Puritans or embezzlement. A dark night (when there is no performance) is     normal and healthy.

4. Whatever you do, don’t turn off the Ghost Light.
    Every theater has a Ghost Light, a light that is left onstage which is never turned off. It’s there to     guide the first and last person into and out of the theater. For centuries, a myth has held that the     light is protection from spirits, because if the theater ever went completely dark, lonely and resentful     ghosts would realize everyone had gone and proceed to cause all sorts of mischief.

5. Other superstitions -- Choose your wardrobe colors carefully! Wearing the colors blue and yellow will cause actors to forget lines. Wearing green is unlucky. No Peacock feathers allowed inthe theater! And no real flowers, mirrors or jewelry should ever be used on stage. You should use a rabbit’s foot to apply makeup. You should never clean your makeup box. You should NEVER wear brand–new makeup on opening night. Never place shoes or hats on chairs or tables inside the dressing rooms. Always exit the dressing room left foot first. Absolutely no knitting in the wings. Never open a show on a Friday night. And never speak the last line of a play before opening night.

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