Birthday Gift From The Unvierse

My birthday is on New Year’s Day, and it’s the time of year when I feel closest to the rest of the solar-calendar world in thought. Most people look back over the past year at this time, evaluate what they’ve accomplished, and set intentions for what’s to come next. As a Capricorn, I do that nearly all the time, with the critical voice of Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, in my head.  Have I done enough, is the work worthy (that might be the voice of Pluto in Virgo in my 1st house), and how do I get to that next summit?

For many years, I’ve felt that I could get much more done if I only had more time, more energy, more money. I desperately wanted clones, or to be consciously living 12 incarnations at once, so I could get all the work done I want to do in this lifetime. I used to say it, “oh, if only I had 12 of myself, I could accomplish something real, something lasting and good.”

Over the past 1.5 years, I’ve been building a metaphysical community.  I met a man who runs a restaurant called Café Aquarius, who for some reason trusted me enough to use his building as the venue for a center we call the Café Aquarius Astrology Center, or the CAAC.  I had huge visions for this center, but found I had to start small, and grow it slowly. But grown it has done, and it’s now attracting many people. We have 10 readers, an amazing organizer/front desk wonderwoman, and myself.

Recently I was reading one of my staff’s monthly e-zine articles and suddenly came to a profound realization: I’d been given the 12 incarnations I’d always wanted. Instead of me doing all the work I’d meant to do—professional readings, blog and e-zine articles, workshops, lectures, teaching, studying, consulting—here are people of like mind, of even better talents, of wonderful spirit, doing that which I, on my own, never could get off the ground in the proper way. My wish for clones has been granted, but in a much, much better way than I had imagined.  12 of me would’ve gotten some stuff done, but not in the way that the CAAC angels are doing it. It’s so, so much better to have a tribe of wonderful people than 12 copies of oneself! All the different perspectives, talents, abilities, social networks, etc that they bring to the mix is amazing.

There have been so many lessons I’ve learned in building and running this center. Lessons about personal power, about (yet again) the fact that not everyone thinks exactly like I do, lessons about the joy of community, about knowing that the fulfillment of doing one’s work in the world has little to do with the money one earns, and lessons of patience and perseverance.  Also lessons about letting go, especially of control. I recently had some huge personal issues that kept me from attending a CAAC event, and voila! It went off just fine without me. The CAAC staff so enjoys being together, they are willing to put in time, energy, and effort to make our events happen, and to bring their services to the public.  And because I trust them so, to forward the vision of the center, to run events without me, we can now grow even more. We plan to have more events per month than I’ll be able to personally supervise, and they will happen in fine form, because my “spiritual family” is in charge.

What a wonderful, awesome, immensely blessed gift they all are! So this posting is a huge thank you, for the past year, for the lessons learned, for the growth and evolution of our center and its community. Most especially, this is a deep bow of gratitude for the knowledge that the Universe will give us what we want and need; we just have to recognize the form it takes when the gift arrives.

May you, too, find your wishes granted, your joys manifest, and your energies ready to achieve the New Year’s goals.  Happiest of holidays to everyone!

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Magical Times

Today is the 12th of December, 2012, or 12-12-12. Twelve is a magical number in many cultures/religions: ancient Greeks had 12 Olympians in their pantheon, there are 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva, Jacob had 12 sons who created the 12 tribes of Israel, Jesus had twelve disciples, and in some forms of Islam, there are 12 successors of Muhammad.  King Arthur had twelve knights, and Christmas has 12 days. In Western cultures, there are 12 hours to the day and 12 hours to the night, and 12 months to the year. And as we know, there are 12 signs to the Zodiac, 12 houses to an astrological chart. So today, the day of 12, is a magical day.

12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva

olympians from History of Olympus blog

12 Greek Olympians

The Last Supper Restored, Leonardo Da Vinic

12 Disciples of Jesus

In the Tarot, 12 is the Hanged Man. This is the card that shows us we must turn ourselves upside-down to break out of our limiting habits of perception, to escape from that which has been holding us back. With the rebellious planet Uranus in a long series of tense aspects to the lord of the Underworld Pluto, this reworking of our deepest realities is absolutely happening, on both collective and personal levels.

#12 Hanged Man Tarot Card

We are now just shy of the infamous Winter Solstice of 2012. On December 21, the Solstice becomes exact. Many people have asked me about this upcoming magical, predicted day.  This is the day when Mayan calendars made thousands of years ago come to the end of a huge cycle. This is a day when Jupiter, king of the gods in Greek mythology, sits across the sky from the Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn, almost all of the planets that are visible to the human eye (Mars is a bit outside of that range.)

Chart for Dec 21, 2012

So, are we going to have a huge evolutionary shift? Will we humans realize that we are all connected—to each other, to other life, to the divine? One can but hope. Will it be the end of the world? If the evolutionary shift I just mentioned happened, then yes, the world as we know it will end, and we will be working on a higher plane. Will there be disasters and planetary/worldwide events that cause everything to die? (I hope not. I have to drive to work that day.)   But hey, it never hurts to be ready, right? To tell everyone that you love them, to realize what good work you’ve done with your life, to ask forgiveness for the wrongs you’ve done, to forgive those who’ve hurt you. Why not go ahead and do all this, just in case, eh? And maybe that alone will be the beginning of our new age.

My dearest wish is that our new age focuses more on the collective than on the personal, but in a good way. There are cultures, of insects and animals, and even humans that are collectively motivated. Ants, bees, some Eastern human cultures, and the imaginary Borg come to mind.  There have been problems with some of these—repression of the natural sense of self, the perception that a single life is dispensable, as long as the whole is maintained—but I believe we can evolve to balance these out.  With both Neptune (connected to Spirit) and Chiron (teacher of compassion and healing) in the sign of Pisces (the collective of the Divine), the time is right. The time is magical.

bees

Bees live collectively

In Western Astrology, the 12th house is the house of Pisces, the house of full evolution of a lifetime cycle. It’s the place where the individual needs and desires are dissipated in the all-encompassing realm of the collective.  It’s the Heaven before one is born again, the place of fully feeling connected before entering a new cycle of individuality lessons. Perhaps that is where our magical 12-oriented time has us now, in the 12th house of human evolution. Perhaps we will enter a time of understanding our connectedness, and our world as we know it will change.

May it be so! Will this happen overnight, on the 21st of December, 2012? I don’t know. Given my current perspective and experience, I cannot quite imagine it. Will it happen over the course of a number of generations, gradually morphing the way humans think about themselves, each other, other life on our planet, and the Earth itself?  Will something magical happen that brings us all together, something akin to an outerspace alien invasion or new inventions that bring Star Trek like realities of plentiful resources well-distributed? We don’t know. But if we put our minds and hearts to the latter, we can make some magic happen. This is a magical time, and we can use it to the fullness.

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2012 Time of Pisces

The year is 2012. The month is February. The Sun is in the sign of Pisces. So are the Moon, Mercury, Neptune and Chiron. I’m setting down these facts because the energy of Pisces is foggy and ethereal. Things like facts, borders, boundaries, and structure tend to drift away. Case in point: I meant to write this post on Tuesday, when the New Moon was sitting almost exactly between Chiron and Neptune. But somehow the week floated past me, and the Moon has moved on a few degrees past that exact placement.

We all know that 2012 is a big year. You may already have felt the pace of life picking up, the intensity spiraling upwards. This time of Pisces in 2012 is full of rare and important astrological events. First, Chiron is in Pisces. He’s been there a full year now. Chiron represents energy of compassion and healing, of becoming aware of and understanding psychological wounds, and having the ability to forgive and move on. Chiron was in Pisces during the 1960s, and I believe it was that healing energy that saved the world from falling into complete rebellious anarchy. The flower children hippies who wanted to stop war and start rebuilding society were channeling that healing energy. (See articles by Eric Francis for an in-depth look at Chiron in the sixties.) Now Chiron is back in Pisces, and we need his energy there just as much as we did four decades ago.  There are still wars to stop and societies to rebuild.

We Can Still Use the Flower Power of the 1960s

Neptune has recently joined Chiron in Pisces. Neptune is the planet of inspiration and connection to the Heavens, of altered states and spiritual striving. He can also represent loss and grieving, deception (the lying to oneself or saying what others want to hear type of deception), and dysfunction. Pisces is Neptune’s sign. It’s a collective sign, where the illusion of separateness is dispersed, and where we get the awareness that we are all one, all fingers on the hand of the Creator. It’s a watery sign, with the double fishes showing the polarity that emotions and spirit can manifest. When Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is home for 14 years, we get the strongest Pisces energy. Since it takes Neptune 164 years to circle through the Zodiac, these years of his dwelling at home are rare and important.

Today, the Sun is sitting right between Chiron and Neptune, close enough to be considered in conjunction with them both. That means that the Sun is lighting up their energies, further brightening the sparkling Piscean mist.

Mercury, too, is zipping through Pisces, so it’s a perfect time to communicate about Pisces energy (Mercury is the god of communication).  So now that I’ve told you the facts of the planetary placements, what is it that I want to communicate about Pisces? It’s hard to get a grip on concepts or put into words what Pisces energy is about. Even with this extra special year of Pisces, the poetry begins to appear and then fades back into the fog.

Pisces Time of Blurred Boundaries

I guess I can start with the fact that many astrologers are wary of Neptune in Pisces.  Last year, when Neptune was readying to step briefly into Pisces, the huge tsunami hit Japan. Some astrologers worry that the fogginess of Pisces and the deception of Neptune can combine to create populations who are like sheep being led to the slaughter, believing in fantasies our leaders put out, not able or willing to question and rebel. I, personally, think that the Uranus squares to Pluto we’ll be experiencing this year will counterbalance that energy.

I’ve heard from many people who’ve lost loved ones and feel disoriented, unable to define themselves without their usual markers. Many people seem to be experiencing the familiar structures of their lives dissolving. Even within larger entities like governments and corporations, reorganizations and mergers are changing the rules by which we used to work.

Who Am I? Where are my defining boundaries?

With Pluto in Capricorn already crumbling many large institutions, and our trust in things like banks and world markets severely damaged (when was the last time you heard the phrase “You can take that to the bank” as a metaphor for solidity?), having a good idea of the structure of the future would be comforting. But with all this Piscean energy, we don’t have a clear path. We have misty, foggy, cloudiness, with nobody really knowing what comes next or what direction to turn.

But there’s another side to Pisces. As with every planet and sign, there is an entire spectrum of energies. My favorite part of this mystical, spiritual sign is the dissolution of identities. In the ocean of Pisces, we are not white people and black people, or Jews and Christians, or Americans and Europeans, or even men and women. We are people. Like Sting said in his song, If The Russians Love Their Children, Too, “…we share the same biology, regardless of ideology…” And we share biology, not only with humans, but with every living thing on the Earth. When we exhale, we give a gift of carbon dioxide to the trees and plants. When they exhale, they provide us with the oxygen we need to survive. Our world is an intricate web of symbiosis, so vast and mostly unseen, that we tend to forget its nature. The energy of Pisces, especially with Neptune in Pisces, can bring us back to the feeling, the knowing, that we are all connected.

It’s this deep, internal wisdom that Neptune in Pisces can bring us. With Chiron also in Pisces, I believe we can come to a place where we feel ourselves part of the larger whole, and overcome our superficial differences. We need to do this, to save our beautiful planet, and the other beings that make up our ecosystem. This is an enchanted time, when the collective identity can help us evolve to a higher level. May the mists of Pisces dissolve our separateness, and bring us the common goal of saving and evolving life on Earth.

The Spiritual Side of Pisces Can Bring Us Together

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September Offerings at the CAAC

Wow, the second posting in two days—energy is moving!

As you know if you’ve been following this blog, most of my time this year has been spent designing, opening, and growing the Café Aquarius Astrology Center here in Northern California.  It’s been very much more than opening a business; it’s been a journey that’s caused me to examine and (hopefully!) improve myself as well. Step by step, on I go…

The road of consciousness goes ever on...

One of the very interesting things, to me anyway, about the CAAC, is that it changes all the time. I have a lot of fixed energy in my chart, which means I usually get an idea in my head, and work hard, steadily, and even stubbornly to make it happen. But with this business that depends on the public coming and engaging, things change. How many people show up changes, and who those people are is always different. What format we use to make everyone’s CAAC experience the best it can be also seems to morph each month.

I’ve been extremely fortunate in that our staff, customers and clients have been willing to participate in this experiment with us. We’ve gotten suggestions on how to run events, how to charge for them, how to market them, and how to pay for them. We’ve implemented some of those changes, and I can safely say that everything we’ve changed so far has been an improvement. So while I’m still the organizer, leader person, I feel like the CAAC has become everyone’s business.  We’re all building and growing it together, and that feels great.

So, for those of you in the SF Bay Area, here’s what’s on offer in September at the Café Aquarius Astrology Center. You can find more info and RSVP for events on our MeetUp site.

Intro Night: Tastes of Sweets & Soul   Wednesday, 7 September

This month we have a new reader, who works with a system called Destiny Cards.  Using a combination of Numerology and regular playing cards, Suzanne can tell you a lot about yourself with your birth date and the cards. Really, Suzanne read for me and I was astounded to see how much she knew about me, and what’s coming up this year.

There are so many systems and models for looking at ourselves, and our world.  It’s fascinating to see the accuracy and insight we can tap into. So come taste a number of different metaphysical readers’ tools with our mini-readings, and then sign up for a full reading to happen next week on Readings Night.

Intro Night where people get mini-readings from all of our experts.

Beginning Astrology Course: 9 weeks

We’ll start with the basics of Astrology—the planets, the Zodiac signs, and the houses—and learn how to read the symbols and interpret the planetary placements. All this is done from an archetypal, or psychological point of view. And since the archetypes in modern Psychology stem from the ancient myths and religious traditions, our discussions will be filled with gods and goddesses, with heroes and heavens, with shadows and light. Which is exactly what looking at the stars and planets give you, a way to understand the shadows and lights in your own life.

Medieval Zodiac Wheel

Each class is 2 hours, and by the end of the 9 weeks, you’ll be able to read and interpret birth charts. You’ll also be much more aware of your own psyche, your gifts and your challenges, and the ways you move through the world and respond to life.

Readings Night  Wednesday 14 September

On Readings Night folks come in and get a full reading from one of our experts. Full can mean anything from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the Reader and what you want and need. People who came to Intro Night sign up for readings on Readings Night, so our Readers keep a schedule for the evening. If you couldn’t make it to Intro Night but still want to sign up in advance, you can contact us at ca.astrologycenter@gmail.com. We recommend that you do come to Intro Night or make an appointment in advance, so that you don’t have to wait when you come to the CAAC for Readings Night.  We try to make your time with us pleasant and useful, so if you do have to wait, there are Astrology books and magazines available, and a display table where you can study the offerings of all of our Readers, too.

Astrologer Community Night  Wednesday 21 September

Astrologers will get together to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. With the Sun entering Libra, we’ll talk about balance and equality—how can we balance the varying needs of our lives, how can we help rather than compete with each other, etc.  Bring your own chart, or those of a person in the public domain, and we can chat about them as well.

Libra, sign of balance and equality

Some folks have asked me why there’s a charge for this group meeting, so let me explain briefly here. All of the events at the CAAC take a lot of time, energy, and money to produce. We’re still in the beginning stages of our business, and as anyone who’s ever built a business knows, it costs a lot to fund a new enterprise. So we’re charging for all events right now.  Our vision is to expand and grow (with the help of our patron planet Jupiter) to the point where we can offer some services for free. But we’re not there yet.

I understand that it’s difficult to come up with extra money right now, even for something as valuable as communing with your tribe and learning more about Astrology.  We’ve had pretty low attendance for this event so far (unlike the other ones).  We’ll keep trying this Astrologer Community Night in the months of September and October. If it just isn’t happening, then we’ll scale back from providing this forum for astrologers to socialize and enjoy time together.

Lecture Night: How To Attract Clients You Love by Allison Bliss  Wednesday, 28 September

Allison Bliss (in pink) during one of her famous walking meetings

Allison Bliss is a hugely successful director of an Oakland marketing agency.  She’s taken all her experience and knowledge, and put together a presentation to show us how we can attract clients that are not only more profitable to us, but clients that are more satisfying to work with. Having those kinds of clients can truly stabilize our businesses and make it easier to achieve our business goals, and Allison is going to tell us just how to get them. She’ll take us on a vision quest to examine and refine 4 critical tactics of running our businesses.

Allison’s talk applies not only to astrologers and metaphysical business owners, but also to any hardworking entrepreneur who is trying to provide a product or service. With fascinating information and interactive exercises, Allison will teach us how to better market our businesses, and even how to enjoy doing it.  This is a talk that cannot be missed, so mark your calendars now!

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Returning to Good Fortune–Jupiter Retrograde in Taurus

It’s September. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re in the last stages of Summer. The weather (except for hurricanes) is usually gorgeous. It’s back-to-school time, too. Which is perfect this year, as Jupiter is in Taurus. Back to the basics as the god of learning and teaching rides through the sign of understanding the world via the senses of the body. Good things come from learning and knowing, from experiencing the world and discovering meaning and creating philosophies based on that knowledge.

Jupiter, King of the gods, represents expansion, meaning, generosity, and good fortune

Jupiter has just turned retrograde in Taurus, meaning he looks like he’s going backwards in the sky. There are many interpretations of retrograde motion: some say the energy that the planet represents becomes weakened, others say it turns inward. Most astrologers believe that when a planet retraces the area of the sky it’s just come through, you, too, will tend to retrace what you’ve just been and done. You get a second chance, and this time, you can travel that territory with more conscious awareness about it.

For me, this has been a wonderful time in many ways. I opened the Café Aquarius Astrology Center (CAAC) on the day Jupiter entered Taurus. It’s the perfect combo for the king of the gods in the sign of Earthly pleasures: Astrology and food. We think of Jupiter as our patron planet, and always say a prayer of gratitude and honor when we open the center. Jupiter has been good to us. The CAAC has grown in the past few months, and we’ve gotten lots of good feedback. We have lots of folks who come to our events, who like us on FaceBook, who connect on MeetUp, and who are expanding their knowledge about themselves and others via our metaphysical services.

CAAC Poster showing the combo of tasting and learning

For us at the CAAC, having Jupiter retrograde is just fine. We’re happy to retrace our steps, to expand, to think bigger, to grow and serve more. Jupiter will stay in Taurus during this retrograde; he’s not going all the way back to Aries. So it’s more good fortune and growth for us, but with a bit more meaning behind it. Now that we’re past our first phase, we can look back and see how all the work to bring the CAAC together helped us grow. I, personally, have been through some massive internal transformations that were brought about by starting this business, dealing with people, and realizing my own trips about power, organization, perfection, leadership, centeredness, relaxation, and confidence. I’ve gone back over childhood incidents that informed patterns of my behavior, things that I’m only just now recognizing and learning to let go of. I’ve met wonderful people, and tried to learn from them how to view life differently, more positively (Jupiter is the king of upfullness.)

Simple, colorful ingredients shine like the Summer Sun

I’ve noticed that many other metaphysical places are starting to connect food with consciousness. I’ve seen bookstores bring in salsa salesmen, social event planners focus on astrological dinners, and even a new brand of Zodiac beverages being sold at Café Aquarius.

At first I was uptight, thinking “hey, this is my idea, you can’t steal my thunder!” But then, and I’m happy to say, rather quickly, I let all that go. Jupiter’s in Taurus for everyone; we’re all on the same wavelength. Let’s get together and have a banquet, learn how to help each other with our businesses. We’ll collaborate instead of compete. That’s true Jupiter spirit, right there.

Appetizers blossom during Jupiter in Taurus

Vegetable mandala--the bounty of Summer with the spirituality of Jupiter

So I’m happy to live through this Jupiter retrograde. For me, and for us at the CAAC, it means another four months of our founding energy of grounded, simple, sensual expansion. We’re opening our minds, growing our connections, and munching on cosmically delicious food that helps us keep our feet on the ground. What could be better?

Next post: CAAC offerings for September.

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Part 2: Walking the Talk

When last I posted, my plan was to write Part 2 the next day. Just goes to show you what can happen to plans. Running a business more or less on my own makes for very, very busy times. So the next day turned out to be three weeks later. This is part of my lesson, I’m sure, learning to let go of plans, preconceptions, and perfections, and just go with the flow. Not easy for someone with as much fixed energy in their chart as I have, but I’m working on it.

Upcoming Lecture at the CAAC

And that’s what Part 2 is about, other things that I’m working on. In the Busy as the Summer Bees post I told you about the new Café Aquarius Astrology Center I’ve brought into bee-ing (okay, bad pun, but really, would you have passed it up?) Part of the CAAC’s offerings is a Lecture Night once a month, with talks on astrological topics. Tomorrow, on 27 July, I will be opening the series with a lecture titled Heading into 2012, Or What To Expect For The Rest of 2011.

Heading into 2012 Lecture at the CAAC on 27 July 2011 at 7:00pm

Basically, I’m going to go over some of the more important transits (where the planets are and will be, and what geometric aspects they make to each other in the sky). I’ll tell you about the energies associated with those planetary placements, and how they might affect your life, and the world in general. Not exactly a 5-month horoscope, but kinda, sorta, something like that.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and would like to attend this lecture, you can do these things:

  • Visit our MeetUp site and RSVP for the event. I’d appreciate that as it helps me know how many guests to set up the room for.
  • Contact me at ca.astrologyceneter@gmail.com for more information.
  • Come to the lecture at the Café Aquarius Astrology Center, 1298 65th St, Emeryville, CA 94608. At 7:00pm on Wednesday the 27th of July. There are free shuttles to within one block from the MacArthur BART and other locations. There is also free parking in the garage across the street from Café Aquarius.

Public Speaking

I’ve been asked by a number of people when and where I’ll be speaking. I’m just now starting to work on a public speaking schedule; the setting up of the café put all that on hold for a while. But I’m back at it, and will soon be available. I’ll be presenting on a number of topics from now until the end of the year.  If you’d like to consider having me come to your group, school, workshop, meeting, etc, then please feel free to contact me at ca.astrologyceneter@gmail.com.

Public speaking dates to come

Public Teaching

Another project I’m heavily into right now is teaching Astrology. I have two main courses that I’ll be teaching, starting in September:

  • Introduction to Psychological Astrology: a 9-week course in which you’ll learn the fundamentals of Astrology, and how to use the ancient myths and psychological archetypes in your chart interpretations. By the end of the course, even if you’ve never seen an astrological chart before, you’ll be able to understand the symbols and know how to interpret them.  If you’re already familiar with Astrology, this course focuses on the psychological component, which can broaden your ideas and give new meaning to the way you read charts.  This course will be held on Monday nights at the Café Aquarius Astrology Center, 1298 65th St, Emeryville, CA 94608.

Course on Beginning Psychological Astrology coming this September

  • San Francisco Astrological Society Intermediate Satellite Course: small, informal groups that focus on a specific theme. This year we have three themes: the Saturn Cycle, Outer Planet Transits, and Venus and Relationships. Each topic will have 3, once-a-month classes to go over the topic, and look at our charts in relationship to that topic. The groups will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  You can check San Francisco Astrological Society for more information or contact Fabienne Lopez at flopez4799@aol.com.

Intermediate Satellite Groups coming this September

So, yes, still busy, sharing  models of the world that bring new insight, information that helps with inner and outer work, and working to aid the rise in consciousness that our entry into the Age of Aquarius has begun. Walking the talk, as best I can, with only one body in this incarnation…

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Busy as the Summer Bees

{This is the first of a two-part blog posting.}

Here in the northern hemisphere, we’re in the midst of Summer. All those things that germinated last Winter, and poked their heads up in the Spring, are now blossoming in their fullness.

Brilliant bougenvilla

That is also true of my new projects.  And of me. I’ve been through some intense transformations. I’ve got a Capricorn Sun, and Pluto, the planet of transformation, is in my sign and heading straight for my Sun. That, along with Jupiter in my Moon sign of Taurus, has expanded my world, and my work. I am busy as the Summer bees, hopping from one project to the next, building hives and making honey. Like the bees, I was struck with an epidemic illness, but am on the mend and working again.

Here’s what’s happening these days (first project):

Café Aquarius Astrology Center  (1298 65th Street, Emeryville, CA)

Café Aquarius Asrology Center poster

Intro Nights

We opened the CAAC back in June, and were actually rather successful. Our very first event, June’s Intro Night: Tastes of Sweets & Soul, brought in quite a few people. It was wonderful. People found new guidance, met old friends, supported each other, and the atmosphere was fun and friendly.

Folks in line at Intro Night

As with all new things, this event also showed us some gaps in our structure and processes (more Pluto in Capricorn). We’ve been working to improve things, and here’s what we’ve come up with.

Intro Nights at the CAAC now have a new format. When you come in, you’ll get a ticket with a number on it. The first 5 or 6 people (depending on the number of Readers) will be seated with a Reader. The rest will wait in the front area, enjoying the refreshments, checking out the Readers’ information at the Display table, and chatting with other folks. When it’s your turn, you’ll get to talk to a Reader for 5 minutes—hear about their tools & practice, and maybe even get a very brief little mini-reading. Then a timer will ding, and our Timekeeper will announce that it’s time to switch. You’ll get up and go sit with the next Reader in the circuit, and get 5 minutes with them. By the time you’re done, you’ll have visited every Reader. You’ll know a bit about how their Astrology, or Numerology, or Graphology works. You’ll have had your fingerprints and your Tarot cards read.

This is a wonderful way to shop around for a metaphysical reading. If you’re looking for guidance about issues in your life, or just interested in yourself and your future, you can see which of the Readers and tools you resonate with the most. You can schedule appointments for a longer, more in-depth reading next week, when we do our Readings Nights.

Readings Nights

Our June Readings Nights also went very well. Some folks preregistered for appointments and came in to see their Reader. Others just dropped by the café to see who was available, and chose from the buffet of metaphysical experts to get a reading. We had people of all ages come, and everyone enjoyed themselves and the atmosphere.

Readers and Clients at the CAAC

This month, Readings Night is on the Wednesday the 13th.

A bit of personal intensity for me came between Intro Night and Readings Night in June. I got very sick. By the time Readings Night happened, I was spacey and coughing and extremely tired. I thought at first that I was simply exhausted from the effort of putting the CAAC together, promoting it, and my stage fright during the first events. But it turns out that I had actually succumbed to a whooping cough epidemic that was going on here. Succumbed is the right word. I was very, very ill. I could do nothing, had no energy, and even breathing was an effort. It required total surrender, to the point of cancelling some of our first events, and me needing to stay in bed.

This illness was part of an intense internal transformation that I’ve been going through; I think it was the turning point. There was nothing I could do other than turn inwards and deal with my issues. Now that I’m on the mend, I still notice that whenever I become too stressed, I immediately get fatigued. Huge transformations don’t happen overnight; they take time and energy, and mine are still in progress. The fatigue reminds me to stop, breathe, and understand that stressing out is one of the things I need to let go of.

So I’m happily, and calmly, continuing on with the CAAC events.

Astrologer Community Group Nights

We had to cancel June’s Astrologer Group Night, but we’re doing one in July, on the 20th. Astrologers are coming together, to meet each other, to share stories and experiences, to create community. We’ll spend the first few meetings deciding on how to organize ourselves and what we want to do with our time together. One thing I’m setting up is a mentoring program. I’m going to gather together a number of seasoned astrologers who are willing and able to help fledgling folks who are interested in learning and expanding their own practices. So if you’re an astrologer and in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come join us!

Lecture Night

We had to cancel our first lecture last month, too, but that’s okay, because it was going to be me who spoke, and I couldn’t talk for more than a minute without severe coughing. But now I can, and will, on the 27th of July.  I’ll be talking about the planetary placements for the rest of the year, what we can expect as we head into the infamous year of 2012.   There’s a lot going on, so come hear things from the perspective of a psychological astrologer. We’ll be offering delicious desserts from Café Aquarius, so it will be another combination of cosmic information and earthy delights.

You can find out more about the Café Aquarius Astrology Center, and RSVP for all the events there, on our MeetUp site. And you can visit us on FaceBook. Please like our page there; it will help us get in with the Groupon folks.

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