Sunday, February 26, 2012

Down with Mercury Wrecko! Up with Mercury Respecto!


 

Rodin’s “The Thinker”

 10 More Ways to Celebrate Mercury Retrograde

March 12 – April 4, 2012

(23o Pisces 51’ – 6 o  Aries 49’)


© 2012 by Joyce Mason
All Rights Reserved

Another Mercury Retrograde is right around the corner! It almost always sneaks up on me, and I find it difficult to practice what I preach about setting aside time to reflect on the Mercurial issues in my life because I haven’t planned for it. This time I’m giving you—and mea heads-up! Here’s another chance to make the most of this recurring period of mental rest, while learning to appreciate its charms.

Mercury rules Gemini. Think of how charming a Gem can be, the social butterfly of the zodiac. (Also consider how challenging it would be for a Gemini to have his or her flit-about wings clipped or talkative nature shooshed.) Yes, Mercury Retrograde’s charms are sometimes difficult to see for its frustrations—but frustration comes from bucking the tide. Aside from the usual first step of checking out where this Mercury Retrograde falls in your chart, here are some suggestions to help you flow into the rethink, reconsider and retrench mode that are on point with Mercury Retrograde. Welcome one more chance to slow down, go inward and experience mental calm.


  1. Give Mercury a place of honor on your altar. I found a postcard of a museum sculpture of the Winged Messenger, and he holds a prominent place on mine during every Mercury Retrograde. Since I’m a writer with a Mercury-ruled Sun, he lives there more often than not. If you have a prominent Mercury or an emphasis on the Mercury-ruled planets of Gemini or Virgo, you might want to consider making Mercury a permanent resident in your sacred spot. Whether moved in or “just visiting,” make Mercury visible as a god or archetype deserving your respect. Just as we are quiet in church, the quicksilver god simply asks for his 3.5 weeks of reverence a few times a year.

  1. Thank Mercury and your higher power for the wonder of your mind. List all the things your mind does for you. Tell your mind you’re so appreciative; you’re giving it a few weeks off from firing like an automatic weapon. Follow through. Record the results.

  2. Rediscover meditation. Meditation usually aims at getting you out of your mind chatter, at reaching a state of no-mind. If you already meditate regularly, experiment with some new meditation techniques. If sitting in the chair without wiggling or talking to yourself in your mind is a chronic challenge, commit to sitting 10-20 minutes a day in the silence during Mercury Retrograde. About mid-way through this Retro, write down what you’re learning from this practice.

  1. Appreciate the Mercurial people in your life. Who in your life has a strong Mercury or planets in Gemini and Virgo? Write down their names and which of their Mercurial qualities you like and which ones you don’t particularly care for. What do you learn about your feelings toward a “good working” Mercury?

  2.  Reintroduce yourself to your own Mercury.  Now, do #4 about your own Mercury. What parts of it do you like? Not like? Example: I find it very annoying, how my Mercury in Libra is so indecisive about little things.  I bought half a pound each of two kinds of ham at the deli recently, rather than choose one over the other. On the upside, I do relish how it enables me to see all sides of an issue and want peaceful, loving, connected communications that are fair to everyone in the conversation.

  3. Find out which of your friends have natal Mercury in retrograde. Discover how they experience it, and what their experience has to offer you for when you are experiencing this condition temporarily. What do you discover to help you during the current or future Mercury Rx cycles?

  4. Follow your dreams for hints on how to focus your Mercury Retrograde. When you know the symbol system of astrology, you may find it creeping into your dreams, even if you don’t see glyphs or people wearing a t-shirt or jewelry with their zodiac sign. For instance, during Mercury Retro, you might find yourself running and running but getting nowhere. Or you might find yourself talking a lot but no one’s paying any attention to you. Those are pretty in-your-face signals to run around or talk less, two of the hallmarks of a well spent Mercury Retro.

  5. Reconsider your next short trip you have planned. What are your goals for it? Does what you have planned actually meet those goals? Is the timing right? When Mercury goes direct, make any adjustments that are necessary based on this reflection.

  6. Reflect on thinking as art. Spend some time contemplating Rodin’s The Thinker or any other artwork, movie or song where thinking or reflection is the theme. What do you think The Thinker is thinking? What do you learn about thinking and yourself?

10. Review your relationship with busyness. I shared previously how helpful I have found the work of Maria Nemeth, a psychologist and professional coach who focuses on all aspects of  personal success. Maria made her mark doing seminars to help people learn more about the topic in the title of one of her books, The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment In one of her recent presentations I attended, Maria talked about how our addiction to busyness keeps us from asking ourselves meaningful questions about our lives. (When I shared this with a dear friend, her one-word response was identical to my own: “Busted.”) Our busy minds send us to the Busy Place. If we do nothing more during any Mercury Retrograde than to pause and ask those questions we’re too busy to ask at other times, we will enhance our lives and discover the greatest gift of this recurring, retrograde cycle.


Retrograde Rest Stop

Mars and Saturn [1] also will remain retrograde through this entire Mercury Retrograde period. With three planets appearing to move backwards in the sky, we have a considerable cosmic signal for a slowdown. It makes sense on a certain level that we would have this rest period to gather our resources before the changes brewing in 2012 break through to become more obvious and demand more of our time and energy. Right around the corner is the first exact square between Pluto and Uranus on June 26 at 8 degrees of Capricorn/Aries. The next exact square occurs September 19 at 6 degrees. The Cardinal signs are turning points, and even with intelligent guesses of how this energetic will affect us personally; with Uranus involved, there will probably be elements of surprise and things we didn’t see coming. Rest up to embrace change and have your personal resources at the ready for fast evolution, both inside of you and outside in the world.

In keeping with Mercury Retrograde’s prescription for reprising things, here’s the original 10 Ways to Celebrate Mercury Retrograde post, if you want to reread it. Now you’ve got 20 ways to celebrate! I hope I haven’t sent my readers who share Mercury in Libra with me into choice overload! (Pretend you’ve got Mercury in Aries. Pick one, any one. Roll with it!) There are no wrong choices, only different paths to Mercury Respecto.


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Photo Credits: Le penseur de Rodin © patleem - Fotolia.com; Rest Stop Sign © Michel Bazin - Fotolia.com


Note: [1] I recommend this excellent article by Jeff Jawer on the current Saturn Retrograde cycle, Saturn Retrograde in Libra: Relationship Review.


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Astrological Intimidation and How to Avoid It



Be an Ambassador for Astrology: Reflections and a Quiz

 
© 2012 by Joyce Mason
All Rights Reserved


If “it takes a village” to raise a child; it takes a village to raise consciousness and our body of knowledge. This applies to every aspect and tool of enlightenment, including astrology. “No man is an island” for this reason.

Putting Our Heads Together

Astrology is both simple and complex, linear and intuitive. Its applications are endless. All the knowledge, skills, and esoteric art it takes to realize astrology’s enormous possibilities cannot possibly fit into one head. (Your head would explode.) It has become increasingly clear to me: we, as speakers of the star language, must put our heads together ongoing to apply astrological knowledge to better living. The wise words of Hermes and his Law of Correspondence have become a motto for describing the heaven-to-earth interface: “As Above, so Below.” This implies that cosmic patterns replicate patterns on the ground and in our lives. It also implies that astrology is meant to come out of the clouds (and our heads) into the most practical aspects of living.

We learn early on, if we’re lucky to have siblings, that sharing is essential part learning and having a happy life. I learn more from astrological community than all the books I have read on the subject put together. The information revolution has opened new doors for connecting in these conversations on blogs, websites, social networking groups, online classes, Skype and more.

Yet I still see a lot of astrological intimidation present in these gatherings. I am no exception to feeling it. It has taken a lot of work to overcome enough of my own Virgo self-doubt to become so public with my work. I know well that I don’t know everything. I am aware of the holes in my astrological education that need filling, but no longer think I have to be sidelined until I fill every one of them. I will likely die still having some cavities.

At some point, I had to recognize that there are many things I do know, some of them well. Often I have a unique perspective. The same is true of you.

I am saddened when I see bright people holding back in astrological conversations what they know for fear of being wrong, looking ignorant, not knowing enough or a whole host of other concerns that deprive us of their gifts—and deprive them of the joy of giving.

How do we create an atmosphere that turns this around?


Ambassadors for Astrology

Becoming an ambassador for astrology is a concept you’ll be hearing more about on these pages in the future. It’s the mission of my local astrological organization—I’m president—and one I take to heart.  

An ambassador is a diplomatic official representing his or her country in foreign lands. In this case, the “country” is the cosmos (astrology).

In most countries, ambassadors from an array of other countries have individual embassies in the host country. You are most likely to encounter an ambassador when you’re traveling and run into trouble. Example: You lose your passport. You’d go to the embassy of the country you come from to see your ambassador. The ambassador—or the ambassador’s representativeswould help you replace your passport or otherwise cut the red tape in any thorny situation in which you find yourself on foreign soil. Performing this role as astrologers is one way we can help those who feel lost in the foreign country of our astrological language and customs. It’s a matter of being welcoming and hospitable. That image of ambassadors and hospitality is reason why there is a worldwide hotel chain called The Embassy Suites.

Some people, in astrological conversations, feel like they’ve lost their passport.

Astrologers are most likely to seem foreign to newbies (and even olderbies) when we talk primarily in astrobabble, especially when we speak it like Erudites from the Planet Brainiac. There’s nothing wrong with being smart. We can use all the brains we can find, applied to our convoluted modern challenges. However, we can’t exempt ourselves from communicating what we know in an effective way that does not alienate others.

Not everyone is a scholar, and not all important astrological information comes from scholarship. Much of it comes from life experience and bright people who put two and two together and help come up with answers “four” us all. There are many routes to learning; not all of them are academic. Various paths accommodate the diversity of humankind.

I believe good astrological communication starts with telling us why we should care about a certain theory or technical issue in astrology, continues with explaining it in simple language, and then invites others to share their feedback and reactions based on their experiences.

Here’s the subtle part. Style and attitude make a difference in whether something is perceived as intimidating. When we know a lot, for some of us, there’s a danger that we may slip into acting patronizing or condescending. It’s important to assume anyone drawn to astrology is an intelligent colleague on an equal footing.

The challenge lies in how to communicate something you know to others who may not know yet.

Astrology is not exempt from the rules of good communication. Good communication requires speaking in terms simple enough that they are easy to understand by everyone in the conversation. It’s important to know your audience and adjust accordingly. If many are beginners to astrology, stop to define terms. Invite questions and take even the most basic ones with enthusiasm and support of the asker.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? In reality, it often takes hard work to nugget things down to their essence. Yet it’s worth the effort for the rewards.

Astrology: Life-Long Learning

We’re taught in school that we can master a subject. We also hear that the older we get and the more we learn, the more we know we don’t know. You could never know everything there is to know about astrology. This discipline we love, half art and half science, has endless permutations, applications, and new principles being discovered, not to mention new planetary bodies (centaurs, dwarf planets). Astrology is not for the feint of heart when it comes to education. To love astrology is to commit to a life-long learning process in order to understand the continuous, vast gifts it gives for understanding people, life and living it to the fullest.

In this set-up, we’re all teachers and learners. There’s no room for I/Thou, if you want to continue to learn and grow. An attitude of inclusion and curiosity about what the “next guy” thinks or knows will enlighten everyone in astrological conversations. It will eradicate astrological intimidation, enhance dialogue, and help us all learn more. I am often pleasantly surprised by how new people to astrology have fresh perspectives or insights that often elude the most seasoned stargazers. Maybe it’s beginner’s mind. In any case, you won’t hear some of these amazing insights without speaking the language in a way that it is understood across many levels of current knowledge.

Be an Assertive Learner


I’ve talked about how an astrologers or astrology students can be intimidating to others. However, in human dynamics, as my malaproppin’ mama used to say, “It takes two to tangle.” It’s also important to make a decision not to be intimidated. Don’t remain lost and let feelings of apprehension creep up and take hold. When you start feeling your brain fogging and your eyes glazing over in an astrological conversation, don’t be afraid to ask questions. I’m not following that. Could you try it another way? If you don’t know a term or concept, be willing to ask. Can you remind me what x means? Or remind me how y works and fits into this. (There are diplomatic ways to ask questions where the asker doesn’t feel small and the asked doesn’t feel “questioned” in a negative way.) Let the question mark be your passport. Willingness to admit you don’t know everything goes for the newest kid on the block to seasoned astrologers. Back to the beginning of this article, we cannot know everything. Astrology is meant to be a dialogue, not a monologue.

If you’re too uncomfortable to do this in the moment at first, stay after the presentation and talk to the speaker or catch the individual one-on-one in some way. (In an online forum, follow up with a private e-mail.) Ask for clarification. You'll be doing him or her a great favor, because the best information on earth will not be useful until it is well communicated to a diverse audience. We gain information in astrology according to how many minds join the party for continued planetary explorations.

Your Report Card – Astrological Ambassador Quiz


How are you doing on creating an atmosphere that’s a welcome mat in your astrological life? Like many things I write, this is meant to be a think piece for self-evaluation.

Here’s a short test on being an astrological ambassador. Grade yourself from A (Excellent) to F (Failed) on each item. Put numbers to the letters to get your total score at the end: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, F = 1.


1. __ I interact regularly with people at various levels of astrological knowledge.

2. __ I welcome the simplest questions about astrology and respond to them with enthusiasm, even when it’s difficult to synthesize what I know into something uncomplicated.

3. __ I let people know with positive feedback when their astrological ideas are unique, well thought, and helpful. (Encourages the practice.)

4. __ I am willing to admit openly that I don’t know everything about astrology.

5. __ I don’t refer to myself as an expert. (Can be very intimidating for dialogue. I prefer “specialist” in a particular topic or area of astrology.)

6. __ I refrain from astrobabble as much as possible, unless I know everyone present speaks astrology at virtually the same level of knowledge as I do.

7. __ I refrain from name-dropping about well-known astrologers. While giving them due respect for their advanced skills, I do not act as if they were gods and goddesses. (Imagine how hard that makes it to approach them. Putting them on a pedestal also rubs off on others.)

8. __ I avoid making assumptions that everyone at the presentation or in the conversation knows the topic as well as I do or the background involved. This is especially true if it involves topics that may be related to astrology, but are not “astrology” per se, such as history, mythology, mathematics, and astronomy. Most people do not have expertise on all these subjects.

9. __ When I speak or help bring in speakers to a group, I avoid using the word lecture in favor of words like presentation. (Who wants to be lectured to? It has a ring of talking down to others.)

10. __ I ask questions when I get lost in an astrological conversation.

11. __ I thank other astrologers who deliver astrological information in presentations or articles with exceptional clarity. (This helps encourage the practice.)

12. __ I am willing to explain astrology to people who don’t know a thing about it, thereby being an ambassador who encourages new people to visit the Country of the Stars.

____ TOTAL

Scoring


48 – 60: Bravo! Keep up the good work!

36-48: Keep these questions handy with a goal toward more 4’s and 5’s in the future.

Under 35: Take this article to heart and consider how you can become a better ambassador for astrology.


Let me know your ideas for making astrological conversations more welcoming, less intimidating, and a positive think tank for everyone involved.

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Photo Credit: © Greg Blomberg Fotolia.com


Postscript: I learned something from my own article! I’d like to encourage readers at any time to e-mail me privately in response to any article on The Radical Virgo. Not everyone feels comfortable posting on the public wall in Comments. In my experience, some of the best ideas often come from those who prefer personal communications. The welcome mat is out! Come on in.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Be Mine! Win a Free Reading and Revisit Previous Valentine Features




Another February 14th is right around the corner, and with my Venus-ruled chart, I can’t resist sending you my version of a Valentine. At first, I wanted Auntie Joyce to tell all—her secret list of the best gifts she has given her love interests, who span every sign of the zodiac. (Auntie came of age during the sexual revolution and certainly has had her share of kiss, but she wasn’t quite ready to tell.) I think we’ll save that for next year. She needs time to work up her courage to reveal how she lured potential partners from Aries to Pisces with her astro-savvy presents. She also needs to quit hyperventilating, while she reminisces about her single life, when she was still seeking the perfect earth or water sign.

I decided a more practical idea, especially during Mars Retro, would be to re-do something that worked in the past, the Valentine’s comment contest we had in 2010. This one’s updated with a new spin.

From the time of this announcement and through the rest of February, anyone who makes a substantial comment on any post on the Radical Virgo—or makes the Valentine two-way by sharing what you appreciate about the Radical Virgo blog in a comment—will be entered into a drawing. The prize is a free e-mail mini-reading or $50 off a full-length reading with me.


More Than One Chance to Win!

Each time you make a substantial comment on The Radical Virgo with a specific response and reference to blog content (any post), your name goes into a hat for a drawing at the end of the month. (Generic comments like “nice blog” will not qualify.) Same goes for your “Valentine’s” about the blog. To better equalize the spirit of chance in the “game,” the maximum number of comments accepted for the contest will be three per person. You may make as many comments as you wish, but your name will be placed in the hat a maximum of three times. The contest ends at midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on February 29. The Radical Virgo reserves the right to determine if a comment meets the intent of the contest. The drawing will be made on March 1 and the winner announced no later than March 5.

Prize

If you win, you can choose either the mini-reading by e-mail or $50 off my normal $150 astrology reading by phone or in person, if you’re local to Sacramento, CA. I will ask you to focus on a single issue, if you choose the e-mail reading—up to three issues in a full, discounted reading. (This discount can also be applied to Astro-Tarot, my favorite reading that combines the best of both symbol systems. If you want a reading as soon as possible, please note it will be subject to the first vacancy in my schedule.

Why Readings--Now

It’s 2012, change is thick in the air, and the conversation in the sky is urging us to grow. I encourage you to get a professional opinion from me or another astrologer you trust, if you’re wondering how to navigate these interesting times. I have never enjoyed doing readings more than I have lately in this climate of fast evolution! If you want to know more about my readings, how I do them, and see some client feedback, see Personal Consultations on my website.

Quotes Worth a Déjà View

For a smile and a possible good line for your homemade Valentine, see 2010’s Valentine Quotes for the Signs. You might also enjoy another look last year’s, Love’s Many Aspects.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and a hearty year of joining our love and purpose to create the world we want to see. That’s what Neptune in Pisces offers us. “Sees” the moment!

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Fun Fest: Fiction for Under a Dollar and Astro Gadgets and Gismos




Article © 2012 by Joyce Mason
All Rights Reserved
Photo credits below

I’m sending this via carrier pigeon from my Mars Retro cocoon! Thanks for all the hits on 10 Ways to Celebrate Mars Retrograde. I’m practicing what I preach, as much as possible …

… but I did want to poke my head out of the pod for a couple of minutes to share a few bits of news and fun tools. Those on my mailing list already know: I just put out my first fiction e-book in PDF format with Kindle, Nook, etc. to come within the month. You can now buy it on joycemason.com and on the sidebar of The Radical Virgo for only $0.99. Matters of Life, Death and Laughter contains three stories to make you laugh, cry and think. They are very Jupiter in Scorpio!

Now, onto some other fun. I co-presented a wonderful program in January at NCGR-Sacramento Area Astrologers with one of my favorite local astrologers and colleagues, Linda Kaye. I want to share the overall content with my readers and introduce you to Linda. Our program was called Astro Gadgets and Gismos. Linda focused on her use of Astrodice as an astrological oracle, and I shared my experience with AstroDeck, a keywords card system for studying your chart, bit by bit.




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Astrodice

The Astrodice have been around for a long time, but I hadn’t tried them for ages. They are an astrological oracle. There are three dice, one each for planet, sign and house. One way to use them: You, your client or friend thinks of a question. You throw and interpret the three-part astrological “sentence.” Example: How can I improve my finances?

Astro Dice throw: Jupiter, Libra, 6th

Possible interpretations: Promotion through work relationships, the importance of referrals, expansion of finances through friendships and willingness to work, expand your work but keep it in balance, partner with someone and work together to expand income potential for both of you.

Linda mentioned that the Astrodice provide an easy way to do readings at fairs or other events where mini-consultations are required in short time periods, or where you don’t have precise birth data or your computer handy. She also likes to use the Astro Dice as a wrap-up to a reading. They seem to work well, not only as an effective last thought, but often recap major themes that preceded them.

Chiron card created to go with my Astrodeck.
AstroDeck

First, let me get the bad news over with. This wonderful keyword tool is out of print, but a deck comes up for auction on eBay every few months. What’s more, it’s easy to make your own rendition of this terrific tool.

What It Is. AstroDeck consists of four sets of colored cards with lists of key words for each:

  • Red for planets
  • Blue for signs
  • Green for houses
  • Yellow for aspects

There’s a card for every planet, sign, house and aspect. The primary way to use them is to take any chunk of your chart, usually what I call an aspect configuration, and lay out the cards to delineate it. Each card has a long list of key words for each of the components.

The AstroDeck doesn’t include Chiron, my specialty, so I created a facsimile Chiron card. It’s constructed similar to the AstroDeck cards, so it should give you the flavor of what they look like.


Why I Like It

  •   Variety is the spice – We tend to have “pet” keywords for planets, signs, houses and aspects. The AstroDeck gives a reminder of more choices and combinations.

  • Keywords enable you to “go deep” into each piece of chart, then glean a more thorough synthesis

  • It helps us when we’re stuck for whatever reason, such as being too close to an issue or having a Neptune transit that makes us foggy—or we’re in too big a hurry for a Mars aspect.

Potential Users

AstroDeck works great for anyone and everyone! It’s great for beginners and just as helpful to the seasoned pro. Chart reading is a creative act that involves the client and astrologer. AstroDeck or tools like it can allow for greater client participation in the process and overall, a larger landscape of possibilities for expressing any astrological energy combination. It helps us remember that each astrological signature has a variety of ways it can express, and we can harness that energy toward the expressions we want most.

Ways to Use Keywords

With a long list of choices, I recommend first seeing which keywords light up for you or feel right. Start with those. Another way to explore is to close your eyes and point to a word on each card—our use a pendulum. If you’re really compulsive, you can try them all on! Obviously, not all these interpretations will fit at a given time, but playing with the least likely certainly opens the mind to possibilities.


How to Score a Good Used Deck

        Create a Saved Search on eBay to be notified when decks become available (every 3-4 months on average in my experience, so far)
        Use keywords AstroDeck + astrology. It’s very important to use the word astrology, as “Astrodeck” is also a form of decking and artificial material used in various products. Without the starry reference, you may end up lost in a maze of links to a type of Astrodeck you didn’t mean.
        Rule of thumb for a good buy is $20-30, including shipping. You might find one for a less or a little more. (I've done well on the side of bargains.) They’re getting rarer, so figure that into your analysis of whether the price is worth it.
        Periodically check in a general search engine, like Google, with the AstroDeck + astrology keywords. You may unearth something somewhere other than eBay.


How to Do It Yourself      

It’s probably a weekend project—or at least a day of the weekend, but it’s worth the time for the learning you’ll get both in the process of putting it together and using the card system from then on.

  • Get out your favorite beginning astro books or any that feature keywords.
  • Make no more than a half page list for each planet, sign, aspect and house. (Use columns to fit in as many as you can.) Be sure to include both likeable and less likable connotations of each and parts of the human body the signs and planets they rule. For instance, for Saturn: discipline, wisdom, earthiness, getting grounded ambition, self-control. Rules bones, knees, teeth
  • Go to Michaels or another craft store. Buy half-sheets of cardstock, multi-color, in a package. The brand I bought was Recollections with 5 different colors. It cost $3.99
  • Buy a package of glue sticks, too ($1.99).
  • Choose a color for planets, signs, houses and aspects. (I replicate the AstroDeck colors, because I already associate red with planets, blue with signs, etc.)
  • Trim your half-page keywords so they’ll fit with the colored edge showing on the cardstock. If you have a spiffy printer, fancy enough to print directly on the cardstock, skip the glue sticks and simply print on the appropriate colored sheet info for each planet, sign, house and aspect.

Note that you’ll spend only about $6 and have a keyword tool that’s priceless.


Got AstroDeck Info?

I believe AstroDeck could enjoy a renaissance, if republished now. I’ve been unable to find out a thing about the creators and their former company, Soliton, in Woodstock, NY. If anyone knows anything about Authors Louis S. Acker, Mary Orser or Irwin A. Weisberg and James Wasserman/Studio 31 who produced the cards, please let me know. I’d love to encourage them to re-release AstroDeck. I think its time has come again. The world is becoming more astro-savvy, in part thanks to the Internet.

I own two of the decks, so I’ve got a spare for “parts” in case I lose anything from Deck #1! That’s how committed I am to these brilliant “flashcards.” I’ve gifted a deck to my best friend, a fellow astrologer, as well.

And I went right home and purchased some Astrodice after Linda’s demo at our astrology group.

Let me know how you like sampling my fiction—and these gismos and gadgets!

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