Fixed Stars, Not Fixed Fates!

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

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Beginning astronomy students are taught to start from Ursa Major and "followrepparttar arc to Arcturus"; then "spin on to Spica". Arcturus isrepparttar 122348 second brightest star inrepparttar 122349 spring sky, a fortunate star ofrepparttar 122350 zodiac, while Spica is consideredrepparttar 122351 luckiest star of all. Are you lucky enough to have a planet at 23 Libra? Email me at and Iíll let you know.

Mizar and Alcor have a love story in American Indian mythology. Not everyone can see Alcor, but she isrepparttar 122352 7th sister ofrepparttar 122353 Pleiades,repparttar 122354 youngest sister, who fell in love with a mortal man. One nightrepparttar 122355 Windsong lifted him up intorepparttar 122356 stars for her His name is Mizar and they have been together ever since. All cultures speak ofrepparttar 122357 Seven Pleiades, but that is why you can only see six of them.

Astrologically,repparttar 122358 constellation Ursa Major is said to give a "quiet, prudent, suspicious, mistrustful, self-controlled patient nature, but an uneasy spirit and great anger when roused". Much like a bear, I suppose. The name Ursa Major (the Big Bear) comes from a myth about Zeus,repparttar 122359 king of gods. Zeus raped a young nymph named Callisto. Callisto gave birth to a son named Arcas. Zeusí wife was so angry she turned Callisto into a bear. Callisto roamedrepparttar 122360 woods for 15 years. One day she ran into her son, who had become a hunter. As he drew his bow to shoot her, of course not recognizing that she was his mother, Zeus took pity on Callisto and turned her son into a bear as well. Then he took them both byrepparttar 122361 tail and swung them up intorepparttar 122362 heavens which is why their tails are so long. Zeusí wife became furious again and drug a promise out ofrepparttar 122363 ancient ruler ofrepparttar 122364 sea that these two constellations would never get their paws wet. To this day they do not set belowrepparttar 122365 horizon ofrepparttar 122366 sea as other constellations do.

The constellation has had other meanings. In Arabic, Mizak and Alcor are calledrepparttar 122367 horse and rider. The rest ofrepparttar 122368 constellation is seen as a funeral procession ... perhaps because ofrepparttar 122369 slow and solemn motion ofrepparttar 122370 figure aroundrepparttar 122371 pole.

The Babylonians saw a chariot in these stars andrepparttar 122372 Romans, seven oxen. In Irelandrepparttar 122373 constellation is called King David's Chariot; in Denmark and Swedenrepparttar 122374 Stori Vagn or Chariot of Thor. Similarlyrepparttar 122375 Vikings, Poles, Germans and Medieval Christians saw it as a chariot for their gods.

The Plough, as it is called inrepparttar 122376 UK, isrepparttar 122377 bucket shaped figure onrepparttar 122378 back ofrepparttar 122379 Bear, outlined byrepparttar 122380 stars Merak, Dubhe, Phecda and Megrez. The Three Horses pullingrepparttar 122381 plough are located inrepparttar 122382 tail.

Ursa Major has also been calledrepparttar 122383 Wain byrepparttar 122384 Welsh, short for Charlie Wain or Charlemagne, while Arcturus refers to King Arthur.

The stars do not compel any more than there are chariots, bears and funeral processions inrepparttar 122385 skies. Most individual stars have Arabic names whilerepparttar 122386 constellations in our northern hemisphere have names derived from Greek and Roman mythology. There was a time 2000 years ago when these worlds were all one -- when shepherds sat alone on hilltops at night and stared intorepparttar 122387 sky. There was a time when desert caravans followed star maps reliably acrossrepparttar 122388 sands and sailors cried ďBy Jiminy!Ē torepparttar 122389 constellation ofrepparttar 122390 twins to keep them safe at sea. There was a time when astrology and astronomy were twins as well and Iím one astrologer who likes to return to those times every now and then.

Nancy R. Fenn has been a professional astrologer in the San Diego area for over 25 years. She's the astrologer who wasn't born yesterday.

Your Connection to the Elements

Written by Avalon De Witt

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Do something spontaneous. Search within for your purpose. Set some life goals for yourself. Complete a task you've been meaning to finish. Learn to trust your intuition. Listen to a motivational tape or energize yourself with affirmations. Empower yourself with divine thoughts and let your ideals awaken. WATER Season - Autumn Time of Day - Dusk/sunset Direction - West Color - Blue Archangel - Gabriel

If you have ever loved, you have experiencedrepparttar element of Water. Serenity is a result of Water's presence in our lives. Water isrepparttar 122347 most psychic of allrepparttar 122348 elements. It cleanses, nourishes and reflects. It is passive and malleable - it takes onrepparttar 122349 shape of whatever contains it. The Holy Grail is associated with Water,repparttar 122350 original Primordial Chaos. Water rulesrepparttar 122351 emotions andrepparttar 122352 subconscious. If you have prophetic dreams, you are usingrepparttar 122353 element of Water. If you are lonely, depressed, overwhelmed or having trouble opening your heart, let Water clearrepparttar 122354 way for you.

To get water flowing in your life,repparttar 122355 easiest, most accessible tool isrepparttar 122356 bathtub. Add essential oils or milk and honey to cleanse and nurture your Higher Self. Drink pure water to purify your body. You may try taking a walk inrepparttar 122357 rain. Notice how it gathers together to form puddles and pools. Throw a stone into a lake or a pond and watchrepparttar 122358 endless ripples. See how beautiful it is when it is contained.

Feeling compassion, shedding tears and giving to charity arerepparttar 122359 workings of this gentle element. Scrying bowls and table fountains are easy ways to get more Water into your life. Read poetry to get a feel for Water's subtle, soothing properties.

EARTH Season - Winter Time of Day - Midnight Direction - North Color - Green Archangel - Uriel

When you eat, exercise or save money, you are interacting withrepparttar 122360 Earth element. Stability is Earth's unique gift. Seeing, smelling, tasting and touching are functions of Earth. Earth is solid, rich, sultry, strong and dependable. It isrepparttar 122361 foundation for allrepparttar 122362 other elements. Earth is commitment, permanence, form. It is facts and law, practicality and consequence. Earth is about getting results. Poverty, insecurity, safety issues, obsessions and a sense of being "weak-willed"or incapable can all be resolved with earth. If you would like to strengthen your connection to Earth, put your bare feet onrepparttar 122363 ground. Walk, run, jump. Letrepparttar 122364 immovable nature ofrepparttar 122365 Earth element support you. You could also plant a garden or start a houseplant on a window sill. Roots such as potatoes, carrots, beets and turnips are known as "grounding" foods that can increase your personal Earth energy.

Learn to respect yourself, accept yourself. Define what dignity is to you. Stimulate your senses. Work with your hands. Knit, string beads, or do pottery. Place stones or a dish of sea salt on your altar, or wear a hematite pendant, to representrepparttar 122366 Earth in your spiritual workings. Strive to be at home in your body. INTEGRATE Figure out which elements you are lacking and integrate them into your life. Letrepparttar 122367 elements of nature bring you into closer contact with your True Self. As you grow on each of these levels, you will experience greater and greater joy.

Don't let yourself get too much of one element. Too much air can make you spacey. Too much fire can cause burn-out. Too much water can make you "wishy-washy." And too much earth can make you rigid. Keep your personal elements balanced and your life will reflect that balance back to you by giving you all that you need, on every level.

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