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Wednesday 24 December 2008

Far Side of the Moon

On Christmas Eve in 1968 Apollo 8 was the first manned space craft to venture to the dark side of the moon. The brave astronauts that night were Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders.

To the biggest recorded TV audience in history to that date the men recited, in turn, the first ten verses of Genesis from the Bible.

1968 was a 5 T'ai Chi year- and these are always "turning point" years. It paved the way to realise JFK's dream of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.

Picture of the Mission Insignia bearing the astronauts names.


Tuesday 23 December 2008

Great Mother-New Father

Today is the 82nd birthday of American poet, Robert Bly.

Many regard this bard of Norwegian ancestry as the father of the men's movement in the US.

Do his I Ching Astrology Stars reveal anything about his personality, poetry or passion?

His 2 Earth Birth Star is drawn from the I Ching trigram Mother. Overall this brings out in him a caring and nurturing quality.

His 1 Water Inner Star gives him his depth, spirituality, independence and courage.

But it is his 6 Heaven Outer Star that gives him his sharp edge, clarity and wit.

In June 2004 he recited some of his mytho poetic work at a conference in Maine, entitled: "Great Mother- New Father."

The title summarises his I Ching Astrology profile perfectly!

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Monday 22 December 2008

Happy New Year - yes already!

I Ching Astrology uses the first day of Spring in the Chinese Solar Calender- 4 February- as the traditional starting point of the year. This date is also used by several other systems of astrology that emanated from China and Tibet.

However, in the Imperial Court of China, great respect was paid to the Winter Solstice. Traditionally 21 December was the equivalent of their New Year's Eve and 22 December, New Year's Day. This, of course, exactly matches the celebratory year of the contemporary pagan cultures in Europe: with the Solstices marking the beginning of a whole new cycle,  from hibernation towards germination and rebirth, and the reverse.

From either perspective, Southern or Northern hemisphere, the Solstices always represent a turning point in the year.

I wish you a Happy New Year!


Sunday 21 December 2008

A Light in the Dark

Born on the Winter Solstice of 1118, Thomas à Beckett became King Henry II of England's most trusted advisor and mentor, but finally his implacable adversary.

He rose to become the Lord Chancellor of England and later Archbishop of Canterbury.

His martyrdom at the hands of Henry's knights was triggered by the king's now infamous words: "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" Becket was canonised a saint soon after his death.

The Birth Star of Henry was a 3 Thunder Star. This was the fuel and indeed support for Becket's own 9 Fire Star. But as a partnership, Thunder and Fire, can prove volatile. And his relationship with Henry became an almost archetypal battle between church and state.

Becket's 9 Fire Birth Star made him an inspiration and a natural leader and spiritual guide.

In fact Henry II sent his eldest son, Henry, to live with Beckett. His son later declared that he received more love, inspiration and support in a day from Beckett than he had received in a lifetime so far from his own father. Perhaps yet another source of animosity between the two men, who were once such close friends.

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Saturday 20 December 2008

It's in his elements...

Born in on 20 December 1946, the ever youthful Uri Geller is 62 today.

Does I Ching Astrology provide any insight into his extraordinary skills and his talent for reinvention? The three Stars that make up his I Ching Astrology Profile include: Fire, Wind and Water - all powerful and elusive elements.

His 9 Fire Birth Star gives him the tendency to show off and inspire.

His 4 Wind Inner Star makes him changeable and intuitive.

His 1 Water Outer Star gives him that elusive presence and style.

It is curious to note that Houdini and David Blaine both share the same profile.

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Friday 19 December 2008

"Non, je ne regrette rien"

Legendary french singer and entertainer Edith Piaf was born today in 1915. Her father was an acrobat and her mother a singer from Italy. She was raised around prostitutes and as a teenager became partially blind.

With money raised from the working girls, she visited a shrine and her sight was restored. Tragically, her only child died at the age of two. The trials and tribulations of her life produced some of the most haunting and moving of songs.

Her sensitivity and influence can be seen in her 4 Wind Birth Star.

Her charm and wit were there in her 7 Lake Inner Star.

Her femininity, love and warmth are revealed in her 2 Earth Outer Star.


Thursday 18 December 2008

Pitt moves into mellow times

Pitt's latest movie - released Christmas Day in the USA

Brad Pitt is 45 today. Hollywood actor and more recently environmentalist was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1963.

In I Ching Astrology, all Stars go through a process of rebirth every nine years. Major events tend to occur in our lives when we are: 9, 18, 27, 36, 45 (like Brad), and so on

After a high profile marriage and separation from Friends' star, Jennifer Aniston, and a fairy tale partnership with Angelina Jolie and the arrival of twins this year, it is quite likely that he will now settle down. However, his 1 Water Birth Star makes him romantic, independent, sexy, attractive - but with a natural tendency to explore, sometimes in unpredictable ways!


Wednesday 17 December 2008

Young at Heart

Children's author, Jacqueline Wilson is 63 today and still enchanting children of all ages.

Her ever popular book "The Story of Tracy Beaker" became a must-read for a generation of children and popular "cult-TV" programme.

What does I Ching Astrology say about her style?

Her 1 Water Birth Star makes her deep and mysterious. Her 7 Lake Inner Star makes her fun, reflective and witty. Her 8 Mountain Outer Star makes her knowledgeable, hard-working and at times, reclusive.

And this 1-7-8 profile is reflected throughout the nearly 100 books that she has written to date.

She lives in a small cottage in the quiet London suburb of Kingston Upon Thames.


Tuesday 16 December 2008

Beethoven: Brilliant. And bi-polar?

Born in a Bonn this day in the 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was probably the greatest romantic composer of all time. Sadly, at the age of 26 his hearing began to decline. However, this did not prevent him from continuing to compose and perform.

He also suffered from major mood swings that nowadays might be attributed to bipolar disorder.

What does I Ching Astrology reveal about Beethoven's character and genius?

His 5 T'ai Chi Birth Star gave him a comanding and a controlling presence.

His 1 Water Inner Star gave him his depth, soul and romanticism.

However, it was his 9 Fire Outer Star that gave him the colour, passion and flamboyance that he was so famous for.

Bipolar disorder often manifests in debilitating and erratic behavious: from stillness (Water) to manic states (Fire). His Inner and Outer Stars confirm this potential.

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Monday 15 December 2008

Reaching to Heaven

Gustav Eiffel was born today in 1832 in Dijon, France. His engineering skills with metal are legendary and immortalised in the iconic Eiffel Tower. Lesser known but equally significant achievements include the creation of the framework for the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the French people to the USA

Both structures reach to the Heavens and are symbols of hope.

Eiffel's Birth Star in I Ching Astrology is the 6 Heaven Star. The Element of this Star is, almost unsurprisingly, Metal.

The qualities of the 6 Heaven Star include: leadership, perfection, dignity, strength, a sense of style and confidence.

These characteristics, along with his attention to detail and vision, are plain to see in these are seen today in these two much belove and beautiful structures.

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