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Horoscope for the Week of September 3, 2019

MadonnaSeptember will prove to be very exciting as the Sun, Mercury and Venus in Virgo, eventually square retrograde Saturn and Pluto. No matter what we try to do, there will be times when it will seem impossible. The next few weeks will be one long life lesson. Oh goodie...

(Madonna has Mercury in Virgo)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
As hard as you think you have been making career progress, there will be times when it will all seem like one long slog. Don’t despair, Aries. This too shall pass. But not before you get a good idea of what you really need to do to gain professional traction. It may be a detour off the path or it may be a stern self appraisal. Don’t give up. Act up.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
As much as you want to get out and about, there may be events or things that restrict your full freedom of movement. Maybe it’s too much work to take a vacation. Or maybe expensive tasks around the house dry up your travel budget. Whatever it is, Taurus, keep things in perspective. Do what you have to do now and plan that glorious get away for later.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Fun, lust and passionate pastimes may be too much trouble, require too much psychic energy and are generally annoying. Poor Gemini. Save your heart for at time when it is joyfully received. For now, take a practical approach to life and clear a few things off your agenda. That will free you up for more festive things later and give you an accomplishment now.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Relationships may have a push me pull you feeling where partners want you to compromise, Are you ready to do so? Cancers are advised to not get too stressed out by these small bumps in the road. See things from anothers perspective and be a bit more flexible in your approach. For those seeking a connection, there may be sparks but wait for the light.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Work may not only feel more burdensome, it may also have a number of false starts and repeated attempts. Grrr. But maybe you are not really listening to those who can offer you some good advice, Leo. There are shortcuts that experts might share if you ask, listen and follow instructions. Of course, when in doubt, you can always delegate...

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Virgos may have more invitations than they can reasonably accept now. Being a bit more discerning may be difficult but ultimately more satisfying. The true pitfall is spending much more than you can afford for all of your jolly times. Just because something costs more doesn’t mean that it is worth it to you. Be practical and go for cheap thrills.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Family members want all of your attention and that may cause some frustrations for you. Libras yearn to make their mark on the world, which might mean going at it alone. There will be interesting opportunities to grow your audience and meet the right people to help you. How can you balance family with fame? Let me know when you figure it all out.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Scorpios pride themselves on their strategic abilities. But for now, try to remain on the sidelines without any decided goals. That is because you may not express yourself in a way that gets you any desired results. Stay calm, cool and collected while the planets move on. Your schmoose-ability will improve and slowly regain momentum. Then stand back world!

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
While you think that you have a firm grasp on your current finances, there will be times in the next couple of weeks that may shake your faith. That is because things are much more volatile and unpredictable than you expect. Try to ride the ups and downs by being practical and a bit more thrifty. Soon you will be able to shake your booty and live it up.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
It may be hard to make an excellent first impression now as your need to impress may overwhelm and overdo. So what can you do to make yourself known without becoming notorious? Sit back and let the crowds come to you, Capricorn. Be charming in a self effacing way and shine your light of good cheer on all. Oh will you have them fooled in a few weeks!

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
There will be the temptation to follow your intuition now, but try not to be led astray by phony voices and inaccurate gut feelings. Aquarians need to have their feet firmly on the ground and their minds fully focused on the realities. Only then will you be able to learn the facts and apply them accurately. Then you can make your big conquering move....

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Any social situation may result in some confusion or miscommunication, Pisces. That means that you may mean what you say but others are not receiving it correctly.Hold onto your emotions, if possible, and wait until the clouds clear before you announce your intentions. Friendships could hit a temporary stumbling block or get very complicated.

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Lucky Numbers for the Week of August 30, 2019

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 of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of August 30- September 5, 2019:

9, 13, 27, 34, 43, 47, 69, 70

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


Time to Rethink Everything You’ve Been Told about Jews and Astrology

David AM Wilensky writes about the relationship between Jews and astrology:

For most Jews, the entirety of Jewish belief about astrology is based on a single line in the Talmud: ein mazal l’Yisrael — there is no astrological sign for the People of Israel. It’s not real, we’ve been taught, and it’s not meant for Jews to engage with. But Lorelai Kude begs to differ — and she says the weight of historical evidence is on her side. Indeed, her master’s thesis is titled “Yesh Mazal L’Yisrael” — there is an astrological sign for the People of Israel.

Over the course of her presentation, it became clear that the place of astrology in Jewish culture is much more complicated than most Jews have been told. Citing Talmudic sources, artifacts, later rabbinic authorities and more, Kude made a persuasive argument for astrology as normative Jewish practice.

The ancient Beit Alfa synagogue in Israel famously features this zodiac mosaic floor.
The ancient Beit Alfa synagogue in Israel famously features this zodiac mosaic floor.

“We have a long history with the stars and seasons,” she said, referencing Genesis 1, numerous Psalms and pieces of the daily liturgy, such as Yotzer Or, which praises God as creator of light and heavenly bodies. In Numbers, there is a description of the Israelites’ encampment as they wandered through the desert. The 12 tribes were arranged in a circle radiating out from the Mishkan, laid out in the order of the zodiac signs with which each tribe is associated. On the same page as “ein mazal l’Yisrael” (Shabbat 156a) there is a story in which Abraham wonders if the planet Jupiter (Tzedek, as it is known in the Talmud) is the reason he and Sarah are infertile.

Also on that page: “He who is born under the sun will be a distinguished man… he who is born under Venus will be wealthy and unchaste,” and so forth. Talmudic horoscopes!

“The rabbis of the Talmud studied and taught astrology,” said Kude, who also acknowledged that they had a certain ambivalence toward it. At times, they seem to forbid astrology, while at other times making proclamations such as this nugget from Shabbat 57a: “He who knows how to calculate the cycles and planetary courses but does not, disregards the work of God… One who knows how to calculate astrological seasons and constellations and does not do so, one may not speak with him.”

“My contention is that there is so much astrology in Jewish culture,” Kude said. “Surviving material evidence — writing, art, calendars, Torah crowns, built into synagogue architecture — points to that.”

Kude spoke of a collection of 150 swaddling bands, which babies were wrapped in for their bris, at the Magnes Collection in Berkeley. Each has the baby’s astrological sign on it. “If astrology is so asur [forbidden], why did the frummest of the frum [pious] swaddle their babies in it?”

Even today, she said, Orthodox people are interested in astrology. “I have many clients in the haredi world who want to know more about their mazal — but they’d never tell anyone.”

 

Lorelai Kude explains David A.M. Wilensky’s natal chart in her Berkeley home, July 17, 2019 (Photo/David A.M. Wilensky)
Lorelai Kude explains David A.M. Wilensky’s natal chart in her Berkeley home, July 17, 2019 (Photo/David A.M. Wilensky)

“There’s something I call silly astrology,” she told me. “That’s not what I practice.” Her knowledge runs deep, and she has been collecting it since junior high, when she read her first book on astrology.

For her, reading a client’s chart isn’t about pithy predictions, but about giving them a new perspective on their own inner life and the challenges they face.

“Do you believe this is literally true? Or is it metaphorical?” I asked.

“It’s a mixture,” Kude replied. “A natal chart is a reflection of the inner workings of a person.” It is not a rational, causative relationship between heavenly bodies and us. Rather it is reflective, a two-way relationship. I’m still wrapping my head around that.

Based on the time and location of my birth, she used a free piece of astrological software — “Swiss engineering!” — to generate my natal chart, a graphical depiction of the location of all the heavenly bodies at that moment. (7:02 p.m. March 3, 1989 in Austin, Texas, if you’re wondering.)

“This is a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional reality,” Kude said. Even if she didn’t make a believer out of me, the image of my place in the cosmos at the time of my birth was worth the trip.

David A.M. Wilensky’s natal chart, as prepared by Lorelai Kude
David A.M. Wilensky’s natal chart, as prepared by Lorelai Kude

For Jewish clients, she emphasizes aspects of the heavens given weight in Jewish astrology. When people say that they are Pisces (like me) or Taurus, etc., they are referring to their sun sign. In Hellenistic astrology, the most widely practiced form of astrology today, the sun sign is of paramount importance. But, for example, in Sefer Yetzira, an esoteric Jewish text believed to be from the Second Temple period, there is an emphasis on lunar nodes (don’t ask).

My ruling planet is Mercury, “the planet of communication.” And it is located in my fifth house, which is about one’s creative urge. “You’re a creative communicator,” she told me. Pretty good for a writer, no?

Mercury is also in Aquarius, which, among other things, is “the space age sign, the sign of the future and future thinking.” “I’m a big sci-fi fan,” I told her. “Well, there you go!”

At times, it was a little eerie. We had met several times, but she brought up things she couldn’t have known.

“I just try to help people understand themselves more,” she told me toward the end of our two-hour session. “People say, I knew all that about myself, but I didn’t know how to say any of it.”

Am I believer now? No. But is astrology a legitimate expression of Jewish spirituality? Yes.

A final note: Look out, Jews! December of 2020 could be “a big turning point in Jewish history” because of Saturn and Jupiter (very powerful energies!) in Aquarius, the sign of the Jewish people. “I don’t like to make predictions,” Kude said. “But….”


Horoscope for the Week of August 26, 2019

Cameron-diaz-picture-001The Sun enters Virgo now and makes us more buttoned up and practical. Not a moment too soon! Let’s launch into some careful and productive action while the energy is right. Work today. Play tomorrow.

(Cameron Diaz has Sun in Virgo)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
As the summer progresses you may find that you can accomplish much more project work in a very short time. Aries seem to have a growing list of to-dos. So why not do it all now? Before you know it, you will not only have much more time on your hands to just relax, you will also have the ability to enjoy the results of your labor. A good combination!

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
While there may be some things that have to get done, Taureans now see the value in applying their efforts in more creative ways. What can you do that will move a mountain? What can you accomplish that will get the party circuit talking? Let your inspiration soar and don’t be afraid to try something totally new and exciting, Wow them through autumn.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Whatever needs to be accomplished around the house, do so now while the energy is hot and so are you. Geminis may want to invite family over or tackle some long deferred domestic projects. Whatever you decide to do, focus on the essentials - what do you really want to accomplish? Then you can get done what you need to get done quickly. After that, it is all relaxation!

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Cancers are especially expressive now and manage to charm even the most difficult people to their way of thinking. So toss out some of your great ideas and see how they fly. You will sound practical and strong. You may also have an opportunity to get more involved in a local or neighborhood initiative. Who knows what can happen when thing start to gel?

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Leos with an interest in money can make more of it now. Even if you don’t have a big interest and what ever your personal circumstances, try to become more knowledgeable about what you have and what you need financially. Ask the right questions and plant a seed for the future. Money may not grow on trees but they do grow in investment accounts.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
You are in the center of attention whether you want to be or not now, Virgo. Why ask why? Take advantage of the opportunities and make good use of all of this attention to be as sociable as you can. You are especially charming and charismatic and are full of great ideas to charge up the crowds. Those who you meet today will factor in important ways tomorrow. Hooray!

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
A secret admirer not only makes life easier for you, they can also whisper some great ideas to your benefit. So listen carefully for the messages from the winds, Libra, and allow yourself to dream a dream. Also learn to relax more by trying some things like yoga or meditation. It will free up your mind and de-stress your body. Then you can conquer the world!

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Scorpios find that their friends are not only a source of inspiration, they can also give you some very practical advice. So open yourself up to the possibilities and expand your social circle into a globe. Join new organizations or get involved in some fun new clubs. The idea is to ramp up your list of contacts so that you have a pal in every port. Or is it portal?

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Your long term plans need some attention, Sagittarius. So take some time out and see where you want to be in a few years. You have clearer thinking and a more practical outlook in what you can and can’t accomplish. (But I think that you can accomplish anything!) There will be those in power who can help you along if you ask for their advice. Then take over...

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
What new vistas will you discover now, Capricorn? The world is your oyster and it is time to slurp it up. Get out of your oldie moldy routines and see things in new and exciting ways. If time and money are tight, try something virtual or cyber. The most important thing is to refresh your mind, elevate your being and spread your wonderment globally.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
August may be hot but Aquarians are even hotter. You have so much charisma that you may not know how to best harness it for the greatest effect. Just don’t let it go to waste. Meet new people and see who sparks your attention. You may be surprised at how popular you become. Will all of this adulation go to your head? Oh why not! Enjoy it while it lasts.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Pisces will not only be able to strengthen current relationships, they are primed for new ones - in both business and pleasure. The secret to your success is to listen carefully to what others are saying while also assessing what they are actually doing. Once you have their true story, find ways to make it work for you while also making them feel good. Heh. Heh.

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Lucky Numbers for the Week of August 23, 2019

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 of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of August 23-29, 2019:

3, 7, 12, 27, 36, 44, 53, 76

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