At the Crossroads of Life ... Keep an Open Mind!

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

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In addition to learning a common language like lingua franca (Latin wasrepparttar lingua franca of educated people in Europe for many years), crossroads experiences stimulate a desire to learn a foreign language. Did you know that learning a foreign language increases your intelligence? One reason is that it builds bridges of communication betweenrepparttar 122362 right and left side ofrepparttar 122363 brain, increasing flexibility. A person who can come at a problem with right and left brain flexibility has doublerepparttar 122364 resources of someone relying on just one orrepparttar 122365 other. In addition, onrepparttar 122366 Gemini side, you learn to speak another language but onrepparttar 122367 Sagittarian side, you developrepparttar 122368 telepathic ability to understand someone else's language. This ability often transcendsrepparttar 122369 words being spoken and heard as many people with language ability will tell you.


Here is an example of some ofrepparttar 122370 kinds of important information that are exchanged at a crossroad.

Be careful, it is no longer safe to drinkrepparttar 122371 water at xx Be carefulrepparttar 122372 king of xx is dying andrepparttar 122373 country is run by renegades who no longer honor our trade agreements Warning, there was a spring flood which washed awayrepparttar 122374 trail at xx Good news! The mountain pass is clear now. Good news! The king of xx wants trade in his country and has clearedrepparttar 122375 bandits out ofrepparttar 122376 gulch at xx. The price of amber has dropped. Don't be fooled into paying high prices. The market for silk has shifted further west … be careful not to buy more than you can sell. Xx's supply of xx is terrible this year. Best go in another direction with what you have to sell. People who stay at home inrepparttar 122377 town and village don't need this kind of information. But if they are wise, they listen to news from travelers because it can portend things inrepparttar 122378 future. For example a traveler returns and says, "I have been to xx and they will pay fabulous sums of money for this stuff that washes up onrepparttar 122379 shore around here [amber]". Or he might say, "There are restless tribes marauding close to here. We need to be careful or they will wipe us out." There is no way for a connection to be made between towns and villages if someone doesn't travel.


Today of courserepparttar 122380 internet is very Mercurial. It brings information back and forth between people who find each other through common interests. They are travelingrepparttar 122381 air waves, so to speak.

A characteristic of staying at home inrepparttar 122382 village is that things change very slowly inrepparttar 122383 village. Alongrepparttar 122384 trade routes there is constant change. The energy is "mercurial", fast changing along trade routes. It is like quicksilver where cultures collide. People learn to borrow good things from one another to improve their own. There is an open mindedness among traders and among people who live along allrepparttar 122385 borders ofrepparttar 122386 world. Such places are ruled by Mercury. What can we learn from all of this?

The planet Mercury rulesrepparttar 122387 sign Gemini. There are 12 signs but there are really only 6 "polarities". Gemini and its opposite sign Sagittarius make up one of these polarities and it is best to understand these two signs as complimentary opposites. They are different degrees ofrepparttar 122388 same qualities. Therefore, when we speak about Mercury, which rules Gemini, there is always a Sagittarian flavor inrepparttar 122389 stew.


An example of a quintessential Gemini/Sagittarius individual isrepparttar 122390 Russian Tsar, Peterrepparttar 122391 Great. Peterrepparttar 122392 Great (1672-1725) had his Sun and Mercury in Gemini inrepparttar 122393 3rd house opposite his Moon in Sagittarius. Peter was a genius and master of many trades. He was an innovator and facilitator. He traveled to and borrowed from various countries in Europe, bringing backrepparttar 122394 best of England, France,repparttar 122395 Netherlands and Italy. He consolidated Russian territory, createdrepparttar 122396 Russian Navy, dredgedrepparttar 122397 city of St. Petersburg fromrepparttar 122398 swamps and introduced new styles of dress and customs to his people. He was "ahead of his times".

The flexibility and open mindedness of someone like Peterrepparttar 122399 Great are characteristic ofrepparttar 122400 "crossroads" energy ruled by Mercury. In a manner of speaking, Peterrepparttar 122401 Great visited everywhere and tookrepparttar 122402 best of everything. His open mindedness and flexibility were winning qualities and they are "crossroads" qualities.

Peter had both Gemini and Sagittarius qualities. A typical Gemini trait was his interest in "curiosities". At a time when many rulers created museums to preserve freaks and oddities of nature, Peter was no exception. You can still visit his museum in St. Petersburg today. Peter was a Sagittarius in his love of everything "foreign" and in his mastery of many different talents.


For a graphic idea ofrepparttar 122403 spread of ideas and information, considerrepparttar 122404 spread ofrepparttar 122405 black plague contagion which began in 14th century Europe by followingrepparttar 122406 caravan routes. Fromrepparttar 122407 lower Volga River basin in 1345, it spread torepparttar 122408 Caucasus and Crimea by 1346, Constantinople by 1347, Alexandria inrepparttar 122409 autumn of 1347, Cyprus and Sicily in that year, Italy by winter 1347, Marseilles by January of 1348, Paris in spring 1348, followed by Germany andrepparttar 122410 Low Countries in that year, Norway in May 1349, eastern Europe by 1350, and finally Russia in 1351.

Epidemics have been tracked historically and illustraterepparttar 122411 prinpciple of exchange or cross pollination that takes place atrepparttar 122412 crossroads.


Mercury is alsorepparttar 122413 god of borders. Living in Southern California, our population is a mix of Caucasian, Arab, Mexican, African-American, Oriental and Island people. I can't say that we get along easily allrepparttar 122414 time, but we do get along. Hopefully Southern California getsrepparttar 122415 best of all these cultures and wins. When I leave California I missrepparttar 122416 stimulation of border/crossroads energy. If I go someplace homogenous like a town inrepparttar 122417 midwest, I find it fascinating by contrast. The upheaval and change that occurs when 7 different cultures "collide" has its special challenges and gifts and a homogenous culture has its stability.


Mercury is alsorepparttar 122418 god of symbolic crossroads. This reminds us how important it is to be open minded when we stand at a crossroads in life. Mercury reminds us that keeping our minds open to as many choices as possible isrepparttar 122419 best way to facerepparttar 122420 unknown.

Nancy R. Fenn is an astrologer and intuitive consultant in the San Diego area. She enjoys working with creatives, intuitives and visionaries to help them discover their mission in life.

Who Are the Key Players in Astrology?

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

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The Gauquelins Influential in other ways were two French psychologists Michel (1928-1991) and Francoise Gauquelin. The Gauquelins set out inrepparttar 50s to prove whether or not astrology was accurate. Although their results were not amazing, they did establish some correlations in favor of astrological predictability and perhaps more importantly, produced great amounts of statistical data which are still used by astrologers today to develop their theories of prediction.

Linda Goodman Linda Goodman Although often downplayed withinrepparttar 122361 professional astrological community Linda Goodman (1925-1995) was a tremendous popular force inrepparttar 122362 revival of interest in astrology inrepparttar 122363 second half ofrepparttar 122364 20th century. Unsteady in her writing, Goodman’s first books, “Sun Signs” and “Love Signs” were stupendous. Later books wandered far afield. Like many professional astrologers, my first exposure torepparttar 122365 field was with these two books. I kept “Love Signs” by my bedside for many years, looking forrepparttar 122366 perfect Capricorn lover.

Sydney Omarr Sydney Omarr (1926-2003) is mentioned because he is perhapsrepparttar 122367 best known of his genre, astrologer torepparttar 122368 stars! Omarr was an outstanding nationally syndicated columnist during much ofrepparttar 122369 20th century. He wrote “My World of Astrology”. His annual Sun Sign prediction books are popular sellers every year among his faithful followers.

Lois Rodden Lois Rodden (1928-2003) made a major contribution when she developed a system of rating sources for birth data which revolutionized our field. Believe it or not, prior to this astrologers never citedrepparttar 122370 source of their birth information! Rodden began a practice of citing sources such as birth certificate, family Bible, hearsay, biography or autobiography, for example, giving a rating to each source as to its accuracy. Because of Rodden, many astrologers now routinely citerepparttar 122371 source of their birth date when writing about famous people or historical figures and undoubtedly our field has more credibility because of this.

Two major astrologers working inrepparttar 122372 21st century are Rob Hand and Liz Greene. Both are available at

Rob Hand Rob Hand is an astrologer in Reston, Virginia specializing in a philosophical and classic approach to astrology. Hand has written a number of encyclopedic texts which are a must for your reference library, such as Planets in Transit, Planets in Youth (one of my favorites), Planets in Composite and others. Hand is spearheading a project to translate ancient astrological texts from Latin, Green, Sanskrit and other languages in order to present information about astrology by translators who are sympathetic to its nature. Visit for more information.

Rob Hand was one of two prominent astrologers (Michael Lutin is another) who predicted 911. I believe that Hand’s ability to do this particular thing is based onrepparttar 122373 9th house influence in his astrology chart, his knowledge of history and his development as a philosophical thinker. There is nothing like knowing history (one’s own, another’s orrepparttar 122374 collective) to enhance one’s abilities to see patterns and make connections forrepparttar 122375 future.

Liz Greene Liz Greene is a British Jungian analyst/astrologer currently based in Switzerland. Greene brings in-depth Jungian psychological insights torepparttar 122376 field of astrology, is a superb and prolific writer and has produced unsurpassed volumes onrepparttar 122377 nature ofrepparttar 122378 outer planets Saturn, Neptune and Pluto as well as many other books of interest in interpretating astrology. Anything Liz Greene writes is well worth reading.

Martin Schulman Martin Schulman, a contemporary astrologer about whom I have found little biographical information, introducedrepparttar 122379 concept of karma into astrological interpretation with a series of books onrepparttar 122380 Moon’s Nodes including “Karmic Astrology: The Moon’s Nodes and Reincarnation” and “Ascendant: Your Karmic Doorway”. Schulman is in a class of his own.

Astrologers are an independent, eclectic, futuristic and dynamic group of people. We welcome all who are interested into our field. Most astrologers are self taught (it is our nature) but you will find small classes available wherever you live if you look carefully! In additionrepparttar 122381 Kepler College of Arts and Sciences was founded in 2000 in Lynwood, Washington. Kepler College isrepparttar 122382 only college inrepparttar 122383 western hemisphere authorized to issue BA degrees in Astrological Studies. The entire curriculum is based on astrology. If this is an approach you would like to take, try

If you would like some excellent books about classical astrology and its development throughrepparttar 122384 ages, visit .

Nancy R. Fenn is a professional astrologer in the San Diego area. She enjoys working creatives, intuitives and visionaries to discover their mission in life.

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