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Just for Fun – Rocket Man by Elton John

As I was finishing Zumbha class the other night, this was the final tune. When this first came out, I loved it so much I would pull off the side of the road while driving just so I could give it my undivided attention. There are many versions on YouTube and I thought this was the best, even though it couldn’t be embedded.

Ahhhhh….who could resist? Enjoy!

Rocket Man

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Neptune in Aquarius – inspired minds

NEW AUDIO VERSION: Neptune in Aquarius – Inspired Minds

I can’t really write about Neptune without getting into some of her more subtle aspects and connect the dots from the urge to connect…to loss of ego…to dreams…to inspiration.  Certainly there are overarching trends that affect all of us as Neptune continues its passage through Aquarius and we will continue to explore them in the coming posts.  But there is an inner aspect to Neptune that I feel is also critical for any business person to master and there are particular ways this energy is making itself felt during these times.

My inspiration for this post came from thinking about the sign Aquarius and its connection to the realm of mind and ideas.   I’ve also been rereading Julia Cameron’s Finding Water, the third book of her Artist’s Way trilogy.  Julia’s advice includes what she refers to as Morning Pages, three pages of long-hand writing you do first thing in the morning.  Strictly stream-of-consciousness, mind to paper without stopping or censoring.

I think of this kind of writing as opening a direct channel from Neptune.  In this kind of writing I am absolutely freed from my ego because no one will ever read my thoughts.  While Julia encourages each of us to  write whatever we feel, no matter how petty or trivial, I notice that very quickly I tune into another channel, one full of new thoughts, good ideas, and unexpected wisdom.  The inspiration channel – better than TV!

For example, through this channel I designed an alternate way to present astrology charts to clients using a large surface, images representing the signs, and objects representing the planets.  Very visual, colorful, it gives a direct intuitive experience instead of a flat, two dimensional one.  This is not how I usually think – I am generally very linear and diagrammatic.  But when I open to the Neptune channel, in pours color, art, design.

I have used the Neptune channel for client financial issues, and for large accounting design projects.  There is brilliance in this universe that is not a product of my usual left-brain focus and it is generous.  In fact, the more I can allow the realm of my rational mind to open to the waves of the Neptune energy, the more inspired I am in my work and the better ideas I have for my business.  And then I feel I am part of a larger whole and that there is a place for me in the collective.

It’s such an interesting time with Neptune transitting Aquarius because the non-rational (Neptune; right brain) is pouring into the earth through the rational (Aquarius; left brain).  The realm of thought and ideas has become today’s conduit for the creative.  Expect to be inspired.  Whether you feel stuck in your business or career, or you’re ready for something new, find a way to open to the energy of Neptune in Aquarius.  Some suggestions for luring the inspiration of Neptune in Aquarius:

  • Walk by the sea or any body of water with pen and paper or a digital recorder.  Look at the sky, look at the birds, the clouds, the water.  See colors and shapes.  As my acupuncturist tells me, Don’t think!  When inspiration strikes, record it. 
  • Make some sacrifice for your community.  This could be as simple as volunteering in the community garden to proofreading for Digital Proofreaders.  Sacrifice is particularly dear to Neptune and Aquarius rules community and the distribution of knowledge to all.
  • Record your dreams and learn dream interpretation techniques.  Dreams are one of the languages of Neptune and the effort to explore their meanings invites her wisdom.  I have been studying with Judith Schafman, PHD ( and have recognized several business ideas in the symbols of my dreams.
  • Keep pen and paper by your bed and pay attention to early morning musings, just in the space between sleep and awake.  This blog was a gem I found in that space.
  • Go to Julia Cameron’s website,, and download the PDF on Morning Pages.  Try it for a week.  I promise you’ll be amazed.


Neptune is available to everyone at any time; she doesn’t hold back.  She just needs an empty space to fill.  Think of her as leaping over from your right brain into your left brain and finding a quiet space there to settle in and chat.  She is an endless source of energy and inspiration, more than all of us put together can hold.  We can all enjoy inspired minds while Neptune is in Aquarius.

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Jump Ship, Chapter 4

Hello, everyone.  This is our final post about Jane, the CEO who is considering whether to remain with her current company or accept an offer for a comparable position from a competitor.  Did you vote?

I must say, I was surprised, as was Jane, when I compared her natal chart to the chart of the two companies.  If I had voted, I would have voted jump ship!  But investigating each company’s compatibility with Jane, I changed my mind.

Below is a chart that shows the considerations.  In the first column are the natal planets in Jane’s chart and what part of Jane’s personality is affected by the contact with each company.  The next two columns show the likely outcome for Jane when she mixes her energy with the energy of each company.

Jane’s Natal Planets

ABC Company

XYZ Company

Sun – whether Jane can shine; whether her talents will be appreciated Jane will always be noticed; she will be respected but seen as difficult Jane will be appreciated but not as a major player
Moon – whether she can express her feelings; how her femininity will be respected She could be caught in internal conflicts; the situation will feel unstable to her She will be respected as a woman; she will be able to express herself truthfully
Mercury – whether she can speak freely, whether her thinking is respected Her communication style and good mind will be appreciated Her communication style is seen as uplifting and grounding
Venus – how comfortable she will be; how happy; whether it will be advantageous financially This company is advantageous financially for Jane; she is liked by the leader, and is in alignment with the company philosophy and purpose It will be a challenge to get raises; she will always be fighting for the money she deserves; there will be sudden financial gains and losses
Mars – how freely she can take action and reap the rewards of her efforts Her high energy will be appreciated. She will be seen as a fighter for the company They will appreciate her energy but won’t feel she makes a real impact
Jupiter – whether she will learn, expand her skills and exercise her own judgment She is seen as wise; as someone who can resolve difficulties This company will dampen her enthusiasm; she will feel stuck and hampered
Saturn – how open the company is to her sense of discipline, systems, and business sense Jane’s stable, responsible presence will make it safe for company take risks She fits well into organizational systems.
Uranus – how creative she will feel; how innovative she will be allowed to be She is seen as unique but she instills confidence. May push the company out of the box She will be seen as rebellious and hard to manage
Neptune – how inspired she will feel; whether the work will move her She cares about the altruistic nature of the work and is particularly inspired by other women in the company She will feel inspired by the work but feel hemmed in by rules and structures
Pluto – the extent the experience will transform her Company and Jane will transform each other She can be successful but only with difficulty. She can help transform the company attitude toward women but only with struggle and adversity.

As you can see, it’s not a black and white situation.  This is where the dialogue between the counseling astrologer and the client becomes so important.  As Jane and I discussed her compatibility with each company and also the major life-changing time she is experiencing in her own life (see blog,Jump Ship?), she decided to stay with ABC for now.  Big changes are coming anyway; even if she jumps ship now, she won’t land in anything with the permanency she is looking for.  So she decided to let things unfold on their own, and keep her eye on the horizon for the next ship.

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Jump Ship, Chapter 3

Hi, everyone.  If you missed the last couple of posts about Jane, take a look at them before this one.  For those up to date, let’s continue our saga.

Jane is a CEO in the midst of the decision whether to jump ship in order to secure a position with an older, more established company.  Jane’s intuition and network hadn’t let her down; according to the astrology chart, her current company, company ABC, really is in trouble.  So next we looked at the company making the offer, Company XYZ. 

Company XYZ is almost thirty years old.  Those who are familiar with astrological cycles know that the 30 year mark is a time of maturity, the time the planet Saturn returns to the position it was at the start.  Past mistakes have become lessons learned by the end of Saturn’s first cycle around the natal chart.

Company XYZ was incorporated by an intelligent leader with a humanitarian goal, and that leader is still in place.  The company’s true purpose, which is derived from this gifted leader, matches how the public perceives the company.  The second tier of management of the company is powerful:  the company tends to hire adventurers, pioneers, and explorers.  Sometimes this has led to sudden separations and bad press, but generally the key leaders have a good mix of the practical and the visionary.

On the other hand, the company survived very difficult early years and carries deep questions about trust and betrayal, and somehow this especially falls on female leadership.  And yet, the company was incorporated under a powerful combination of two outer planets, Neptune and Pluto and has the potential to irrevocably change the religious, spiritual, artistic, medical or healing focus of society.

Currently, XYZ is not afflicted by the same Pluto transit ABC is experiencing.  Pluto is affecting it, as it is affecting all of us, but it forms no major contacts to any of the strengths or weaknesses of the company as shown by the chart. 

So, it’s a good company, but is there an opening for Jane?  We wonder, how many women have advanced in the company?  Jane fits the profile of the second tier of management.  Is there any room for her in the first tier?  Tomorrow, we’ll look at Jane’s chart and compare it to each company to see which one is a better fit.

For fun, why don’t you read the last blog and in the comments section vote:  if you were Jane, would you stay with company ABC, or would you jump ship, to company XYZ?

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Jump Ship, Chapter 2

Hello, all.  If you missed the last post about Jane, take a look at it before this one.  For those up to date, let’s continue our saga.

You remember that Jane has to decide whether to stay in a tenuous position with her current company, ABC, Inc., or jump ship and accept an offer from the competition, XYZ, Inc. 

ABC is a major corporation and a really interesting company as shown in the astrology chart.  It has a brilliant, forceful, intuitive leader with a real humanitarian vision.  He has shepherded the company through many acquisitions and a major merger with a competitor that enabled him to take the company to the top of the field.  Not only is this man charismatic, he is also disciplined, practical, and goal oriented.

This is great, and yet can be a real problem.  The rest of the organization is at cross-purposes with itself.  The structure is like two see-saws at square angles to each other, full of stress and tension among the various officers, employees, and other stakeholders.  All of the many conflicts are brought to the leader and with his blend of strong determination, foresight, and sheer good fortune, he puts the company back on track time and time again. This is not a company that could find its way without him.  He steers the vehicle single-handedly and brilliantly.  Without him it would surely crash.

He loves running the company this way – he is a true power broker, handing out power to this one and then that one, taking power away at will also.  When you are in his inner circle of advisors, the sky is the limit career-wise.  If you are out of his good graces, there is no longer a place for you.

And so we looked at the transits.  Pluto, the planet we’ve been discussing and tracking in its transit through Capricorn, is poised to stimulate the grand conflict that is at the heart of this company.  A high-magnitude earthquake is coming and this company will teeter.  The trouble will last several years with a lot of wreckage along the way.  The question is, can this one man control and guide the company through this?    How much stamina does he have?  Or will his foresight and judgment finally dictate that he puts a true management structure in place to address the myriad problems that are about to arise?

Is there a place in this scenario for Jane?  Tomorrow we’ll look at the other company.

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Jump Ship?

A very successful client of mine, we’ll call her Jane, is trying to make a career decision.  Although she is relatively happy with her current position as CEO of a subsidiary of a publically held corporation, she has become concerned about her job security.  Jane is looking for some permanency in her life and she feels she may be “on the bubble”.  Jane told me the parent corporation has been in the news lately for some quality problems which has the corporate office scrambling for scapegoats, and accidents and problems with regulatory agencies have begun to tarnish its reputation. 

In the midst of this, a recruiter called Jane with an offer to interview for a comparable position with the competition.  This competitor is an older, more established company.  Jane had heard that there are fewer opportunities for big career moves with this company but it has a solid reputation for stable, conservative actions and long-term steady growth.

How can astrology help with this decision?  First we can study Jane’s chart to examine this feeling of impending doom and whether there is any indication that the trepidation she feels inside might be foretelling an actual separation.  Then we can compile the charts for both companies and see what the major dynamics are and how each will fare in the upcoming months. 

Compiling an astrological chart for a publicly held U.S.A. company is fairly easy.  The date of incorporation is a matter of public information and can be found readily on the internet.  The date of incorporation is like the birth date in a person’s chart.  You can read a great deal about the opportunities and challenges the company will face based on the incorporation date.

A quick look at Jane’s chart easily revealed the sense of tension and imminent threat she was feeling.  We’ve talked about Pluto in Capricorn at length in the last few posts.  This powerhouse of energy is passing over one of the most sensitive points in Jane’s chart, her ascendant.  The ascendant is a major gate through which we relate to the world and with a key transit like the one Jane’s having, we’re sure to see changes in how she presents herself, her day to day life, and how people perceive her.  Change, in a big way, is coming into Jane’s life and transformation will be the result.

Jane is ready to step into her power.  Her rebirth may be tough and it will probably be dramatic. As we talked over the situation, the question became, which company was more likely to allow her to claim the sense of power she will be experiencing.  We agreed to look at the two charts, compare them to Jane’s, and see what more was revealed.  More on Jane’s story in the next post…

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