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The Ascendant

Planets and signsYou are probably most familiar with your Sun sign (your basic personality and mission in life) which is calculated from the day of your birth. We cannot be totally satisfied until we live out our Sun.

The Ascendant (aka the Rising Sign) is the sign that was on the horizon “rising” at the time of birth. To calculate the Ascendant, we need not only your birth day, but also birth time and place. Rising signs advance by the minute so the more accurate the time, the better.

The Ascendant is our personal dresser. It’s the face we use to greet the world. It’s our physical “style” (dressed or undressed...), how we appear to others at first meeting and how we approach new things or new people. For example, you are a chatty, friendly, accommodating and intellectual Gemini sun sign but when people first meet you, they see your fiery, demanding Aries ascendant. Get out of my way!

If you meet someone with the same Sun sign and Ascendant sign, they are inside as they appear to others on the outside. They are more of an open book, so to speak.

The following is a topline of each type of Ascendant:

Aries - You even resemble a Ram with a strong face and pioneering gait. Others better get out of your way! You give the impression of having great reserves of courage (even if you are a nervous nell of a Pisces Sun). Rescuer of the weak, you gravitate to those who give the impression of being in need of protection. Do you wear an inordinate amount of red? You look good in red...

Taurus - You look like the type of person who enjoys the good things of life. Cuddly Bulls emanate comfort ... and stubborness. It looks like no one can push you around (even if you have a pushover of a Libra sun sign). You may even resemble a Bull with a compact body, flattened forehead and nostrils that flare like a bull when angered.  Do you enjoy things having to do with the earth like pottery or  gardening? Get your hands dirty.

Gemini - People think, “Now this is someone who knows a thing or two!”. Oh have you got them fooled! Wiry Twins are quick-witted, chatty and even something of a flirt. Play it for all it’s worth! You emanate energy and can stir up a crowd, but your attention wanders easily. Green is by far your best color so be sure to wear lots of it. Hopefully you’ll have a bit of it in you pocket too.

Cancer - No matter how charged and wired your sun sign is (take note all Gemini and Leo Suns...), you always appear calm, cool and collected. Folks with Cancer rising tend to have a round moon like face with expressive, compassionate eyes. People confide in you because you look so nurturing and understanding. Of course, if you have a manipulative Scorpio sun sign, you will use all this “insider information” to your advantage!

Leo - Here are a few choice words to describe a person with Leo rising; bold, daring, generous, regal, dramatic and confident. You exude flair and generally require a lot of space (for your ego) and attention in social circumstances but give lots in return for any adoration. Do you favor wearing purple? How about showy garments? All the world is a stage and you are the star performer. Take a bow, sweetheart.

Virgo - You give the impression of being very stern and conservative but that’s just an act. In truth, Virgo ascendant people are simply perfectionists who want everything just so. (This goes for even wild and woolly Sagittarian Sun folks who constantly bump into things.) You care or at least give the impression that you do; Virgos are very self-sacrificing. While you are not inclined to wear the latest fashions you have that timeless, classic look. That means hot pants are out.

Libra - A crowd gathers; Who is that vision of loveliness making a grand entrance? It must be someone with Libra rising. Libra is ruled by Venus the planet of beauty and love so folks with this ascendent are blessed with good looks, charm and grace (even for clumsy Sagittarian natives). You are a diplomat and seem to have something nice to say about everyone you know. Maybe that’s why you are always on the “A” party list.

Scorpio - There is a seething passion about you even if you have a carefree Libra or Gemini sun sign. You favor wearing black or rich, sensual colors like purple or forest green. Folks with Scorpio rising are sexually attractive and emit an intense, “come into my lair” vibe. You seem to say, “Don’t try to deceive me - I’ll know it and seek revenge”. Of course, that’s just a facade.... isn’t it?

Sagittarius - Because Sagittarius is the sign of the centaur (half human half horse) those with Sag rising tend to have a horse-like gait and gangly appearance. You love a good joke (and even a not so good joke) and have a jolly, belly rousing laugh. Even with a quiet, shy sun sign like Virgo, those with Sag rising are boisterous and friendly. You have many friends and are considered to be the life of the party. Just be careful before you knock something or someone over! Graceful you’re not.

Capricorn - It looks like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Folks with Capricorn rising appear to lack self confidence but if you’re fortunate enough to have a spirited sun like Aries, you can use this type of ascendant to disarm folks. You get better with age and become more confident because you learn by doing and experiencing. Those with Cap rising tend to get better looking as time goes on, like a fine wine or cheese. (Well maybe not cheese...) Good looking? Successful? So why do you look so glum??

Aquarius - You are elected leader of the pack, whether you want to be or not. Those with Aquarius rising are prone to joining great causes to help humanity. (Well at least that’s the impression you give.) You have a friendly, open appearance never seem to meet anyone you don’t like. But you don’t get too close. Others may say that they know you, but don’t really know you. Ever think of running for politics? I’d vote for you.

Pisces - Those with Pisces rising give off mystical, otherworldly or spiritual vibes. Are you a guru or something? Do you favor flowing garments in soft, creamy colors? Even those with more a more practical and pragmatic sun like Capricorn have a soft, ephemeral quality to their appearance with a Pisces rising sign.  Chances are you are also a bit of a romantic. Pack a few extra tissues when you go to a movie. Yes, you’ll even shed a tear for the Terminator.

Astrological analysis goes beyond Sun sign and Ascendant. We have signs in every planet. Your natal horoscope is like a set of fingerprints revealing the potential (and the challenges) within the "real you".  How do you love? (Check what sign is in Venus) How do you think? (Check what sign is in Mercury) How do you fight? (Check Mars) If you would like to receive information about a full personality profile reading please contact Madam Lichtenstein at the snail or e-mail addresses or phone number below.

Ask Madam Lichtenstein - Any Advice for Pisces?

Tarot reader 1Washington, DC: I'm a Pisces -born Feb 23-, and everything I read says that I'm creative, sensitive, spiritual, moody, intense, etc. -- pretty right on the money. I'm pretty comfortable with a lot of those characteristics, but I find that my criteria for friends and significant others are pretty demanding: I seem not to want to pursue a relationship unless there's some sort of deep connection, but at the same time I almost seem not to have the patience to get to know people long enough to find out -are Pisceans also shy and sheltered?-.

Any advice for us mystical Pisces on how to keep from getting too mystical and isolated?

Charlene Lichtenstein: Find out where you are practical (by checking your birth chart). We all have some earth signs somewhere in our charts! See what is going on in your 11th house of friends and 7th house of partnerships so see what you are afraid of.

Horoscope for the Week of February 17, 2014

Albert einsteinLet the love waft into the atmosphere. The Sun makes its move into Pisces and sends out a romantic zetz. Is it hot in here or is it your peekaboo mini shorts? Whew!

(Albert Einstein had Sun in Pisces)

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If you suddenly become haunted by crazy dreams and feel that you can predict the future, give it a divine try this week. Aries can not only see what others are up to behind the scenes, they can also craftily plan ahead to ward off any ghosts. Good thing too. You may find yourself tasting too many evil spirits to be able to make a good assessment after a while.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Friends armed with wine, food and song arrive at your door in droves. There will be little solitude for you this week so don’t even try to escape. Be sure to plan a few jolly get togethers with  pals and also spend some time checking out a few new social groups. Taureans have personality plus now. There are no minuses so multiply every happy minute.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis plop right in the corporate catbird seat. You are where you want to be - recognized and rewarded for your talents. Plan your professional ascent and solidify your position by maximizing your assets with the powers-that-be. While you will work hard to make your own success, you also have a leg up over the competition. Don’t trip on the corporate ladder.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
You have spent too much time talking to yourself and your narrow sphere of cronies. Fate sez that it is time to increase your global influence, Cancer. While you may be content to shyly park inside your shell, don’t fall to that temptation. Get off your couch and travel to some far reaching destination. Grab on to adventure. No names please!

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
What is it that you really need in life Leo? This week gives you a clue. Pour yourself into any social pool, fill your cup to brim and enjoy every drop. If this is all a harbinger of things to come, you will find yourself on everyone’s A-list lasting from spring through the summer. You are hot, sexy and ready to take action. But will you exercise restraint? Hey, whatever turns you on!

Relationships seem to achieve a greater connection, harmony and balance now. Maybe its because you prefer to avoid arguments and tend to compromise. Or maybe its because partners feel the same way. Whatever brings you to this higher plane of existence, lie back and enjoy it while it lasts. Make love, not picky complaints, Virgo.

You can gain the upper hand at work, Libra. You not only have a more helpful attitude on the job, you are also able to balance many mundane tasks all at once. In fact, you become a regular office stiff - always available, reliable, compliant and courteous. But you deserve more. Try to use your hard earned brownie points for a raise, days off or even a long lunch.

Scorpios just wanna have fun. And why not? Opportunities arise for you to explore your more creative side. Consider taking an art class, participating in a theater troupe or even trying to write your saucy memoirs. Take a few creative risks. Err does that include an all nude pool party with an underwater ballet show? Only if you include the underwater opera too.

Don’t wander too far afield this week Sagittarius. There is much to recommend staying close to home and enjoying your familiar surroundings. Not only will you find plenty of activities to keep you busy, you can also repair family ties that bind. Small gatherings of friends will go especially well. Practice being a couch potato and see what bakes.

Despite what others may think, you actually have plenty to brag about, Capricorn. Don’t sit back and wait for an opening. Try to get your opinions across now. It is amazing how brilliant you will seem for a change. You will be given opportunities to present the best of your best to the multitudes. Will you get a thumbs up or down? As long as it is not the middle finger....

If you have been carefully counting your pennies, you will have  an opportunity to cash in this week. If you have been doing your fiscal homework and have carefully nurtured your green pile, you can now make a mint whether you are a bull or a bear. The real question is - How much dough do you really need to get a good market rise in your personal stock, Aquarius?

Show the world what you are capable of accomplishing while the beneficial energy percolates this week. Not only are you especially charming and charismatic, you can also strategize and make ample gains with the glitterati. Pisces can not only launch new ideas and projects, they can also find solid backers to help guide them along. Or will you guide them....?

Lucky Numbers for the Week of February 14, 2014

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 February 14-20, 2014:

3, 14, 17, 26, 43, 49, 60, 73

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


The mindful revolutionThe cover story of Time Magazine is about the Mindful Revolution. Sort of a Zen approach to life where we cut down on all the statica nd distraction so as to better manage our stress and become more healthful. It is a lovely idea but it takes discipline and time to perfect.

 There are many approaches to increasing mindfulness. Here is short video that offer some great perspectives and may be your route to a Mindful Life.






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