Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Looking for Laughs in Your Natal Jupiter

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In Astrology and Humor, I gave celebrity examples to illustrate the various humor styles of the Jupiter signs. I want to talk a bit about a recent insight I had about Jupiter and the importance of “working your Jupiter” as a taproot to more happiness.

When it comes to transiting Jupiter, we wait for those lovely moments when the J-planet waltzes through our key houses, usually the angular ones, or trines our Venus or something equally delightful. But I did say moments.

As I’ve noted before, Jupiter transits seem like they last seconds compared to the outer planets, especially Pluto. The PUNCs feel like they’re pressuring us for decades. They’re like a not-so-favorite visiting relative who won’t go home. I got to thinking, why do we sit around waiting for Jupiter’s short-lived, relatively cheap thrills? It seems hedonistic at best and boring in-between visits by astrological Santa. There must be some deeper and more effective way of harnessing old Jove’s fun and playful energy. But then, my Jupiter is in Scorpio. I’m always stalking the deep end of the pool.

This aha came up as I found myself in very Scorpionic circumstances, noticing how my personal Jupiter sign was responsible for tickling my funny bone. My husband’s disability suddenly worsened recently, and he’s now in a wheelchair. He has some accompanying health issues to where, at least temporarily, I’ve been his 24/7 nurse, complete with bedpans and urinals—personal plumbing and lower chakra parts being very Scorpionic territory. If you remember that scene in Mr. Mom where Michael Keaton dons a gas mask and long tongs to do diaper duty, you have an inkling (stinkling?) of the potential for humor. I cannot tell you the Scorpionic things we have laughed about, almost till we both needed Depends. Also consider we’re both Virgos. “Can you imagine Mr. Monk doing this?” I asked one day. The visual alone of a semi delivering his day’s supply of wipes was enough to give me belly spasms.

Since Tim and I were born close together and both have Jupiter in Scorpio, we double our tendency toward gallows and scatological humor. (Don’t ask our reaction to the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles, the first time anyone dared to air certain sound effects on-screen.) And don’t get me started on sexual innuendos. We can’t help ourselves. He also made a comment after one of these hilarity conniptions that I’m entering into my Compliment Hall of Fame:

"You make life fun, even when it sucks.”
~ Tim to Joyce

Isn’t that, ultimately, what we all want to be able to do? To laugh and find the “light” even when life gives us lemons? Making lemons into lemonade is also a very Chironic concept, and we both have Chiron in Scorpio, as well.

So here’s what I’m thinking. Take another look at Astrology and Humor and the topics that are dear to your own Jupiter. Be sure you find comedians, movies and life circumstances that put you in the middle of those topics, because there’s where you’ll “find funny”—and healing.

The health benefits of laughing are well known, both physiological and psychological. Consider the turf of your natal Jupiter the pop stand where you get your joy juice, your elixir of life. If you’ve got “hard” aspects to Jupiter, they’re worth working through to get to your humorous.

Just one caution. Try to stick to the most appealing side of your J-sign. And remember, Jupiter tends to overdo everything. Some Jupiter signs would not want an excess of what makes them laugh, mine lately, especially!


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Radical Reposts: Humor – Wiseacres of Astro-Wisdom!

Auntie Joyce Channeling Quotables


Auntie Joyce’s Astro Aphorisms

Humor from under the Hair Dryer

I channeled these original aphorisms for you! Unless otherwise noted, they are original quotes by yours truly … Speaking of saying, I say if you can’t have wisdom, have fun!

Pisces: Pack a first aid kit in case of mergency.

Aries: Easier done than said. Taurus: Here today, here tomorrow. Gemini: East is East, and West is West, and never the twin shall meet ...

Originals by Auntie Joyce, except as noted. Aries: “The quicker the faster.” ~ Sr. Stella, slap happy 1950s nun and knuckle rapper. Speciality? The Ruler. (And Auntie Joyce does not mean “chart ruler.”)

Quotes for the Signs

While the Quotes series could be a post on its own, the irony of how famous words to live by match
astrological energies is often hilarious and, at the same time, profound. Therefore, I voted to put them into the humorous Astro-wisdom category.

Gemini: People change and forget to tell each other. - Lillian Hellman Cancer: All women become like their mothers. That's their tragedy. No man does. That's his. – Oscar Wilde

Aries: He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

Gemini -  Be kind to your shadow. ~Rebecca Lawless

Leo:  Swallow your pride occasionally; it's non-fattening! ~Author Unknown

Virgo:  No one is perfect... that's why pencils have erasers. ~Author Unknown

Quotes for the Signs #4  (13-Oct-09)
Aries - Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off. ~Author Unknown

Looking for #5 and #8? I must have misnumbered, because I can’t find them either! If you can find one using the search feature, a finder’s fee of the free eBook of your choice. The Radical Virgo is good with words, not numbers.

Aries: To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Taurus: Too much of a good thing can be wonderful! ~ Mae West

Capricorn: The difference between a boss and a leader—a boss says, “Go!”—a leader says, “Let’s go.” ~ E.M. Kelly

Aquarius: Being who we are rather than becoming who everyone says we must be is the ultimate simplicity. Nothing is more difficult to acquire in life." ~ Joan Chittister

Virgo - We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.  ~ E.B. White

Libra: Lust is easy. Love is hard. Like is most important. 

Quotes for the Seasons and Other Reasons

Aries - You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. ~Jonathan Carroll, "Outside the Dog Museum"

Here's a little combined wisdom and blarney for the whole Tribe of Twelve! This time, Pisces gets a pair from my Mercury in Libra that can't choose between equal goodies.

Pisces - An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth. ~Irish Saying

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers. ~Author Unknown

Cancer: No self-respecting mother would run out of intimidations on the eve of a major holiday. ~ Erma Bombeck

Leo: There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ~ Erma Bombeck

Virgo: One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.  Don't clean it up too quickly.  ~Andy Rooney

Aries - New Year's Day is every man's birthday. ~Charles Lamb
Taurus - Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~Oscar Wilde

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Radical Reposts: Humor’s in Season--for Any Reason!


Laughing at How the Tribe of 12 Do Things

If I say Twitter, do you think I'm giggling at you like a goofy schoolgirl—or do you start talking in a bunch of birdie buzz words like tweet, tweeps, or twoosh? Your tweet style from Aries to Pisces.

I got together with my wiseacre alter ego, Auntie Joyce, and we envisioned the favorite books of each zodiac sign. Feel free to disagree—or add to your sign's fave—in the Comments.

Like Lucy in the Peanuts cartoon who puts out her shingle asking 5 cents for Psychiatric Help, Auntie Joyce has donned her Dr. Dreamwork hat. Dr. Auntie J. is offering you a deal you can’t refuse at a price you can afford—free. Where else can you get her two-cents for what it’s worth? Here are some of her best mental health advice column comments. They come from around the zodiac, 12 diverse dreams and dreamers. Today we’ll cover Aries through Virgo—tomorrow, Libra through Pisces.

Libra Dream: I join Match.com and go to my e-mail daily, excited about the prospect of a new romance. After two weeks, there's not a single match. I wonder if I was too superficial, asking for tall, dark and handsome.

Laughs Any Time of the Year

Valentine’s Day (in a category all its own)
This is the time of year we tend to be fixated on synastry. You're probably poking around your beloved's chart right now, trying to figure out which of his or her many aspects to your planets are favorable.

There is comic relief to be found between the sneezes of the pollen sensitive, whatever their Astro-orientation. Here’s what I’ve observed on how the various zodiac signs "do" spring.

Tickle your eyes with these photos of the signs sunning themselves or otherwise behaving in their inimitable styles—under full-tilt rays.

Boo-ware of angry or cranky zodiacal creatures this Halloween season! They may be dressed as your husband, wife, lover, friend or children, but during this celebration of the dark side, be watchful of what goes bump in the night—or maybe in broad daylight!

What would happen if you threw a Halloween Scorp-off, a party where every one of the signs comes dressed as his or her version of Scorpio? Shore up your sides. This one’s a splitter!

Halloween Treat Break! Costumes I’ve Had the Nerve to Wear (28-Oct-11) I’ve been a Christmas tree (mixed holiday metaphors), The Purple People Eater (apologies to Sheb Wooley), Gilda from the Planet Glitz and my heroine Auntie Mame. How ‘bout you? What in someone’s astrology chart creates a passion for costume? If you know, don’t keep a mask on it. After all, I included pictures, embarrassing as they are.

Let’s get lore-id about the background of Halloween and its adjacent holidays, including All Soul’s Day and the discovery date of Chiron. Serious historical info delivered with tongue in cheek.


Let's face it. The holiday season can bring up old wounds like nobody's business, especially when you combine high stress with relatives. How many family fights have started at the holiday dinner table? Even when we vow to be on our best behavior, unresolved injuries, irritations, and family enmeshment can cause a person to go Scrooge without creative intervention. Here’s my suggestion. Shop their Chiron signs!
Ho-ho-hilarious from Aries to Pisces with a lot of wisdom and heart in-between.

Every holiday carol is likely to be loved by some signs more than others. I asked my alter ego, Auntie Joyce, to scratch her head and share her ideas and acerbic wit on which holiday tunes go with which singers in the zodiac.

The Twelve Days of Solstice—and Other Cracked Carols  (10-Dec-13) A classic rewritten for astrologers and astrology lovers, just in time for your Astro-group’s holiday party … or just for your own amusement.

Zodi-Yuks: New Year’s Resolutions from Aries to Pisces (26-Dec-10) Don’t know if any one of our zodiac characters can keep these, but they’re bound to keep you laughing.


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