True.

A lovely lady with a true heart and deep booming voice from the depths of her soul, Johnette Napolitano, a dyed-in-the-wool LA woman was born under a 29 degree Virgo Sun / Mars.
POWER
Moon conjunct Mercury, Mercury conjunct Pluto all in Virgo.
Emotional depth / intelligence.

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Johnette has Venus conjunct North Node of destiny and Neptune in Scorpio.
The voice that brings the dark to light.
Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Leo both in sextile to Jupiter in Libra.
Unusual visionary creativity of spiritual depth coupled with a strong sense of justice.

Cheers to many more years, you’re amazing ~ xo
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Comeback Kid

Considering yesterdays rant on my poor health and the imminent re-birth of all things Pluto via direct motion, it is only fitting I celebrate the natal chart of a miraculous healer I greatly admire.  Pictured below is Edgar Cayce, also known as the ‘sleeping prophet’.

Mr. Cayce was struck with laryngitis in his 23 year, a case so severe he lost his power of speech, and had to quit his job and live with his parents.  When a circus hypnotist put Mr. Cayce into trance a year later, Edgar spoke, but upon awakening lost his voice again.  Then a local hypnotist put Mr. Cayce under with the suggestion that he diagnose himself  while hypnotised.

Edgar did so, describing his illness as being caused by psychological paralysis, and giving the recommendation of increasing blood to the voice box.  By his own diagnosis and power of suggestion, his health improved, and his voice returned to normal.  Thus began a life-long career in healing diagnosis and readings via the trance state.  To date, about 14,000 of his readings are available online or at Cayce headquarters.

Think that’s cool..?
It gets better, and by that, I mean weirder !

Eventually, Edgar started talking about his past lives, which came as a shock to him when he woke up from trance to read transcriptions of what he had said.  (Edgar was very religious and read the Bible once for every year of his life.)

He described one of his past incarnations as an Egyptian priest named ‘Ra Ta’ who was also a spiritual healer and leader of spiritual thought.  According to Edgar, buried at Giza time-capsule style, are records pertaining to Atlantis, in a secret chamber underground, guarded by the Sphinx paws, only to be unearthed when humans have evolved to a certain vibration.

There are a plethora of Atlantis readings, including descriptions of misuse of a giant crystal that destroyed the continent by earthquake and tidal waves.

To his surprise (Edgar was a devout Christian) he speaks in trance of former incarnations of Jesus, such as Adam and Enoch.  There is also mention of a ‘Hall of Records’ where every deed of every human ever is recorded.  (ok. whoa.  That’s gotta be an enormous library, like planetary-sized ala Doctor Who.)

Edgar also mentions that between incarnations on the earth plane, souls spend time going to planetary vibration school.  There we learn and hone skills needed before re-entering the physical Earth laboratory where free will dominates the 3 dimensional form.  Edgar describes his last sojourn as being in the Uranian vibration where the soul develops the psychic abilities.

Interestingly, during physical readings, Edgar placed his head to the south ; during life readings, he placed his head to the north and feet to the south.  Keep in mind Uranus has a polar axis at right angles to the other planets, it rolls around its orbit.  Edgar himself did not know why the change in polarities was necessary, only that the readings told him to do so.  (I intuitively knew this while doing my own healings, so good confirmation !)
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Edgar was a life path 8, a vibration of regeneration, power, harmony, mercy and using gifts for the betterment of earthkind.

Leo rising is a generous kind soul to others, Sun as chart ruler in the metaphysical 8th house is where he ‘shines’.  I will note here that in the readings Edgar describes his Uranus as ‘being at it’s zenith’, an indicator of his previous planetary sojourn.  (Zenith meaning the rising planet applying to MC.)

Uranus (in the decan of Mars or power) in the 1st squaring Moon and Pluto at midheaven (peak of achievements) indicates the public (Moon) saw Edgar as a very odd, yet powerful psychic (Uranus) that could communicate (Uranus higher octave of Mercury or clairvoyance) with realms beyond death (Pluto) and time (10th).   Uranus Rx in Leo (the heart) shows both his generosity through giving readings freely or by donation, and also his coming into full Uranian power later in life (retrograde) as he entered his 40’s.

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With maturity, North Node in Pisces, (sleeping and healers) fully activated, he began to lay the pioneering (Uranus) groundwork (10th house) for holistic medicine. (Uranus square Pluto and Moon, which are conjunct healing vibrations of Neptune and Chiron.)  Neptune vibrating high qi is healing; low qi, suffering.  Neptune in the sign of Taurus (rules the throat) indicates the bout of laryngitis, which was later transformed into a healing gift.

Interestingly, his Taurus (exalted) Moon (the unconscious) falls under the decan of Mercury (communication).  Neptune (sleeping) falls under the decan of Venus both of which are octaves of love, personal (Venus) and transpersonal (Neptune).  Jupiter loosely conjunct Mars (exalted) in steadfast 6th house (work) Capricorn trine the 10th (career) shows not only building a foundation of spiritual study (Association for Research and Enlightenment) through his work, but also his devout study of the Bible throughout his life.

Edgar had Sun (spirit) in Pisces, Venus (love, kindness) conjunct Saturn (karma, duty, Earth- I mention this because every giant Neptune needs a grounded Saturn), and Mercury (perception) all in Pisces, placed on the powerful natural 8th house of Scorpio.

Scorpio is the natural house of metaphysics and with Pisces taking up residence as the collective unconscious and lightbearer of the spiritual sun, that’s impressive.

A humble man who dedicated his life to helping others, Edgar changed the heart (Uranus in Leo) of spirituality and health for future generations.
Peace of mind was given (2nd house Virgo) and gained (22 degree part of fortune) through transforming (22 degree Pluto) and lifting the vibrations (Uranus) of the world (Moon) through his dedication to better physical and spiritual health (Neptune) for earthkind.
namaste~
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…for thoughts are deeds, and are the children of the relation reached between the mental and the soul, and has its relation to spirit and soul’s plane of existence, as they do in the physical or earth plane. What one thinks continually, they become; what one cherishes in their heart and mind they make a part of the pulsation of their heart, through their own blood cells, and build in their own physical, that which its spirit and soul must feed upon, and that with which it will be possessed, when it passes into the realm for which the other experiences of what it has gained here in the physical plane, must be used. ~ Edgar Cayce
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*edit:  This is turning into an epic post, but I have found some new info from Cayce’s readings, specifically, his comments on his own natal from the astral plane.  Ok, that’s cool~so I’m adding.
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TEXT OF READING 254-2:  This psychic reading given by Edgar Cayce in Selma, Alabama, on this 19th day
of March, 1919.
(Q) Do the planets have anything to do with the ruling of the destiny of men?
If so, what? and what do they have to do with this body?

(A) They do. In the beginning, as our own planet, Earth, was set in motion,
the placing of other planets began the ruling of the destiny of all matter as
 created, just as the division of waters was and is ruled by the moon in its path
 about the Earth; just so as in the higher creation, as it began, is ruled by the
action of the planets about the earth.

The strongest power in the destiny of man is the Sun, first; then the closer
planets, or those that are coming in ascendency at the time of the birth of the
 individual; but let it be understood here, no action of any planet or any of the
phases of the Sun, Moon, or any of the heavenly bodies surpass the rule of Man’s
 individual will power – the power given by the Creator of man in the beginning,
when he became a living soul, with the power of choosing for himself.

The inclination of man is ruled by the planets under which he is born. In
this far the destiny of man lies within the sphere or scope of the planets. With
 the given position of the Solar system at the time of the birth of an
 individual, it can be worked out, – that is, the inclinations and actions
without the will power taken into consideration.

As in this body here [Edgar Cayce] born March 18, 1877, three minutes past
three o’clock, with the Sun descending, on the wane, the Moon in the opposite
side of the Earth (old moon), Uranus at its zenith, hence the body is ultra in
 its actions. Neptune closest in conjunction or Neptune as it is termed in
Astrological survey, in the ninth house; Jupiter, the higher force of all the
 planets, save the Sun, in descendency, Venus just coming to horizon, Mars just
set, Saturn – to whom all insufficient matter is cast at its decay – opposite
 the face of the Moon. Hence the inclination as the body is controlled by the
Astrological survey at the time of the birth of this body, either (no middle
ground for this body) very good or very bad, very religious or very wicked, very
rich or always losing, very much in love or hate, very much given to good works
or always doing wrong, governed entirely by the will of the body. Will is the
 educational factor of the body; thence the patience, the persistence, the ever
 faithful attention that should be given to the child when it is young.

As to the forces of this body, the psychical is obtained through action of
Uranus and of Neptune, always it has been to this body and always will, just
 outside the action of fire-arms, yet ever within them, just saved financially
 and spiritually by the action of great amount of water – the body should live
close to the sea, should always have done so. The body is strange to other
bodies in all of its actions, in the psychical life, in all of its ideas as
 expressed in the spiritual life as to its position on all matter pertaining to
political, religious or economical positions. This body will either be very rich
or very poor.
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In this light~ Uranus moves to conjunct the ASC, Neptune would move from the 10th to the 9th putting the focus on spiritual teaching more so than the building of a spiritual school.  Mercury and Saturn move into the 7th indicating his family who became record keepers of his vast readings.

namaste~
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a light in dark places

May I introduce a very talented young gentleman who has been playing mandolin since the tender young age of 5.

Pisces Chris Thile formed the band Nickle Creek with members of his family when he was 8.  Winning the national mandolin championship at the age of 12, Chris was well on his way to fame and fortune in music well before he was old enough to drive a car. Pictured below is his solar chart, which remember, means there is no specific time of birth, so pay attention to the planets in signs, not the houses.
Chris is a life path number 5, he is here to face the challenge of many changes throughout his life.  His will be a life of freedom and adventure and finding personal balance.

One of the first things that jumps out at me is the Saturn (discipline, older people) tightly conjunct Jupiter (teachers) which rules Sagittarius where Neptune (string instruments) is placed.  This speaks to me of being under the tutelage of all the great musicians Chris has had the privilege of jamming with at festivals across the country since he was very young.  (Saturn and Jupiter in Libra, ruled by Venus which rules art)  Pluto is working overtime transforming Mercury Rx (communication, rules Gemini, which rules the hands, dexterity, and young people) and Venus (his art) and his Sun (ambition) in Neptune -ruled Pisces.  Chris also has Sun in the first decan of Pisces which is Neptune-flavored.  Mercury Rx conjunct Venus shows me that he will only continue to improve with age as his Mercury retrograde fully blooms.
Mars, the planet of action conjunct Sun in Pisces is an aspect par excellence for musicians.
Check the solo below, it’s smokin’ hot !

Moon in perfection-driven Virgo squaring (internal conflict) Neptune gives him the passionate drive to learn (Sagittarius of higher learning) his craft (Neptune) until he is the very best he can be.  Creativity and self-expression is his life path with North Node in creative, flamboyant Leo.  If you have heard him play, you know he is frisky and playful, a bit quirky and he loves to have fun ! (Individualistic Uranus square Sun, Mercury Rx, and Venus from Sagittarius)
I give the love of Star Wars and Tolkien to Mercury conjunct Venus in the sign of science, Aquarius (love of reading, science) sextile Neptune (film, fiction) in Sagittarius of philosophy.  Chris is not only very driven (Mars/action conjunct Sun), but he also loves baseball (Mars ruled) and is the great-great grandson of Baseball Hall of Famer, Sam Thompson (Sun along with Saturn can indicate males in the natal chart-and Sun rules Fame).
  Also of note is Sun (creativity, spirit) quintile (spiritual gifts) Venus ruled Chiron (wounded healer, herbalist and philosopher) which indicates generosity of heart and a willingness to help and inspire others via the arts. 
Thank you, Chris for your beautiful song in Elks Park.
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo.

Blue Mooneptune

“I was determined to carve out a music of my own.  I didn’t want to copy anybody.” 

~May I introduce the ‘Father of Bluegrass’,  Mr. Bill Monroe.


Changing the face of American music forever, Bill Monroe founded the Monroe Brothers, later the Bluegrass Boys; culling the best pickers around to play in his band – including Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and much later, Peter Rowan.

For five decades they created the ‘high lonesome’ sound.

I was very pleased to see his chart-> it’s another astrological slam-dunk, folks !

Virgo Bill Monroe is a life path 7.

Sevens are mystics, intellectuals- they are the builders of bridges between worlds.

Obviously a grand earth trine (ease of energies) anchored by rebel Uranus in hard-working Capricorn.  You don’t get to be the best without a LOT of practice and perseverance in your craft.

Neptune (rules string instruments) at the apex of the kite, exalted in Cancer. 

A kite formation indicates strong energies passing with ease along the trine, and more difficult energies in the opposition.

Uranus in Bill’s case is the inventive quality of his music expressed through the opposition with musical Neptune.  Powerful Mars in the dexterous sign of Gemini in square (inner conflict) to Virgo stellium, which includes Sun (Ego, spirit, creativity), Mercury (communication) and Venus (art, music) indicates Bill’s exacting work- Virgos are precise; seeking perfection.

He was also very demanding of those he played with.

Moon (feelings) conjunct Saturn (work, concentration) in methodical Taurus (ruled by Venus, his art) meant his music was his life, plain and simple.

Moon, exalted in Taurus, rules the throat.
Hello High Lonesome ! 

Uranus (rules vision) opposite Neptune (rules suffering as well as transcendence) indicates his life-long vision problems.

Saturn (time, building, father) conjunct Moon (public) shows the legacy of bluegrass music Bill has created, as well as the moniker, ‘Father of Bluegrass.’
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“You know, I never wrote a tune in my life. All that music’s in the air around you all the time. I was just the first one to reach up and pull it out.” – Bill Monroe

peace
GMA

Call of Spirit

This week I grabbed the memoir of Ashley Judd from the library shelf, “All That Is Bitter & Sweet”.  Only having read as far as the forward and prologue, I knew I had to look up her natal chart.  Her compassion for others and her desire to end suffering washing over me with every word I read.

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Here is an excerpt from the prologue: [She writes of a Forcibly Displaced Persons Camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo September, 2010.]  “Once again, I am staggered and humbled by the human capacity for suffering, resilience, and compassion that I experience in this hellhole, and all the other hellholes I have visited in the past seven years.  I thank Muntuzu Angel for our time together.  She whispers, while I am still holding her child, that I am a woman just like her, that I am no different.  We both cry, something transcendent passing between us.  I tell her that I will never forget her, and I will tell her story.”  Population Services International: http://www.psi.org/
  

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Ok girl, wow ! ~Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, North Node and Chiron all in Aries ! 
She’s a bit of a little firecracker, no wonder she was a cheerleader for the Wildcats, still shows up for games and sits with the students- lotsa school spirit & pride !  What I really love to see is her obvious thirst for knowledge with her Sun (spirit), Mercury (mind), and Mars (action), in the 9th of higher learning.  Sun, Mercury and Saturn are all trine Jupiter (expansion) from Leo (ruler of the heart) to the 9th of university studies (‘Leo’ school ‘pride’).  Venus (love) is conjunct Saturn (concentration) in the 8th house of transformation via deep research.
So there is an obvious love of study and expanding the horizons as well as travel (9th is the natural house of Sagittarius-loves new frontiers).
What gives her soul (Moon) happiness is not the Hollyweird ego (square Sun) but instead, helping others (Aquarius is the humanitarian; Moon the public).  Ashley has Aquarius Moon trine Uranus (reformers) and Pluto (universal welfare) in the sign of Virgo (those who serve others) in the 2nd house of self-worth.  These reformers (Uranus and Pluto) are also trine Mars (where she places her energy) at the midheaven which is her peak of achievements.  With Chiron in the 8th house, she heals her personal wound by bringing help to the unseen victims of abuse worldwide.  The need to mother the world is also seen by Cancer on the 11th house of social consciousness.
Ashley is a life path 11, a master number indicating a person who is dedicated to a life of service to others, which is also seen by her most aspected planets, Jupiter (generosity) and Neptune (healing, compassion).
Her bio:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Judd
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Triple Capricorn

James Earl Jones, the multi- talented actor/speaker with the amazing voice is a triple Cap (Sun, Moon ASC all in Capricorn)  Saturn, his chart ruler [which… hee hee Star Wars fans… is the father  in the natal chart] is in the first house sandwiched between the Luminaries. (Sun and Moon)
Ahem–> all of the above conjunct Mercury (speech) trine Neptune (films).  Hello ! !
One of the most famous lines in the history of cinema ! 

The amazing thing is Mr. Jones overcame a debilitating childhood stutter to become a speaker renowned for his deep resounding voice and precise diction. For ten years he rarely spoke because of his stutter.  Reciting poems; then later an interest in theater and film became the creative vehicles to improving his speech.  Amazing !


Uranus is not only an unpredictable focal point of a massive T-square; it is also the higher octave of Mercury and part of a courageous Fire Trine which includes Mars (action) and Venus (art, vocalists).  North Node (purpose in life) is to get some Aries ram energy behind that 3rd house of speech communication.  Very cool !  Mr. Jones is a life path number 5, here to experience changes and challenges.
He has certainly risen to the occasion ~

Show ’em how it’s done Capricorn !
Right On !

May the Force be with You
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Voodoo Woman

Susan Tedeschi has loved music from a very young age. She joined a band at 13, wrote her first song at 14, sang gospel choir, and later graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in jazz and rock.   According to her Lillith Fair bio: she found little inspiration in the church choir, and so attended predominantly African-American Baptist churches, feeling the music was “less repressed and more like a celebration of God.”
She is an outstanding vocalist and guitarist; nominated for several Grammys, and is the winner of numerous W.C. Handy Blues Awards.
Susan is an 11 life path- 11 is a master number for those who lead lives of inspiring others and service to the greater good of humanity.

Wowsers.  Look at that 8th house.  Susan is a Pisces rising with a chart ruler of Neptune (rules string instruments) packed into a powerful Scorpio stellium.  Ummm, dirty blues, yeah !

Sun is sandwiched between the two benefics Venus and Jupiter; an indication of a loving, generous spirit.  Mercury and Neptune conjunct give her a penetrating musical presence; guitar and voice.
Deep feeling Moon conjunct Chiron in trine to the stellium, emotional healing through the power of music.  I am inclined to think that North Node (purpose in life) at 29 degrees between Aquarius (electricity) and Pisces (Neptune rules) means ‘electric guitar’.
Judging by her powerful 7th house (relationships, including marriage) her husband, Derek Trucks has obviously had a huge impact (Mars, energy, desires/ Uranus, innovation, telepathy) on her artistically (Venus or art -rules Libra).  They speak the same musical language and find transcendence through intuitive musical expression.
http://www.derektrucks.com/

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