Gloria Star July2017

What is your favorite food?

Ice cream. Vanilla ice cream. Let me be really specific. Vanilla gelato.

What are you most afraid of?

Losing touch with my core self. I spend a lot of time refocussing my spiritual practice again and again to reconnect to those aspects of my inner self that somehow get lost in the process of living.  

What is your favorite season?

Spring. Despite the pollen. I love it most because of its contrast to winter. Everything comes back to life, the colors start to pop, and everything is so vibrant.

Describe an important turning point in your life.

UAC 1995. A bunch of us did Michael Lutin’s Alien Follies. I was an alien version of Marilyn Monroe. Slinky dress, pushed up breasts – just green. It was a confluence of all the things I love. Dressing up, performing, being with people who love astrology as much as I do, talking astrology, enhancing my astrological knowledge. I realized I could do all these things and not give anything up.

What’s the one guiding principle at the heart of the way you live?

Oooh. I have several. Just one. Okay. Always make room for joy!

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Where are you the happiest?

Hiking in the desert. Best part of it is the silence because I am such a word guy. It's a great balance for my life. 

What is your most vivid memory?

I used to sail a lot. A mast crashed down two feet from where I was sitting. Two feet closer and I would have been dead. 

What would you change about yourself?

I would be a fifth house Sun so I didn't work all the time and I had a personal life. 

Who is your hero?

I have several. First, Tristan Jones who sailed solo around the world and wrote so eloquently about it. Turns out half of it was lies but he taught me how to write. Also Ram Dass (spiritual teacher) who was such a beacon for many who left the western academic world. 

What superhero power would you choose?

To fly. So I could just soar above the world like a hawk. 

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Becca Tarnas

Astrology as a Spiritual Practice

My astrological foundation is rooted deeply in archetypes and planetary patterns, the relationship planets have with each other. The way the character of each of the planets expresses itself and illuminates a multitude of potentials and possibilities leads us constantly to fresh perspectives and revelations. Our charts can be the greatest dialogue we have with ourselves.

This was the core that drew me in. Yet, when I first started practising astrology,   I didn’t have a sense of it as a spiritual practice until my relationship with the planetary archetypes expanded, leaving me with a deeper sense of just how extraordinary the dimensions of astrology truly are and just how extraordinary our relationships with planetary archetypes can be. This, in itself, carried a strong spiritual sense that I hadn’t encountered elsewhere in my life. And that encounter was profound.

Now not a day goes by that I don’t see life through that lens. Astrology provides a tool to explore, to plumb the depths, to point to a deeper purpose. As such, it is a spiritual practice. The more we get to know our chart, the more it is a daily call to a spiritual practice.

Astrology acts to awaken us to profound awareness. It connects us to something beyond the human realm. To soul, in my experience. The more we explore this map, this cartography, the more doors open, the more there is to know. There are always places to go in a chart, always things to delve into.  

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Alan Annand

Mercury Rx Body Mitten

Feeling wobbly, forgetful, and introverted during this Mercury retrograde cycle? This can be a great time for renewal and self-reflection. The Mercury Retrograde Body Mitten (TM) is designed specifically to contain and counteract the powerful negative mental and energetic effects of Mercury retrograde. Each body mitten is hand-knitted by celibate Virgos using hypo-allergenic squirrel wool inter-woven with strands of unicorn hair that were marinated in lavender oil infused with emerald powder. This energetic matrix provides a comfortable and fashionable garment to create an aware and stable personal environment before, during, and after Mercury retrograde. 

Production of our body mittens follows a strict process of spiritual guidance, prayer, and attunement to the planet. After knitting, garments are dyed a limited range of peaceful colors (aquamarine, blue, green, mauve, teal) in a solution of Clematis, Narcissus, and White Chestnut flower essences to help ground thoughts and calm an over-stimulated mind. The communication port located equidistant between the crown and throat chakras helps to release ideas and thoughts through communication, while the grounding port located below the base chakra allows optional access to reality, and discreet bodily functions, as required.

Mercury Retrograde Body Mittens come in several sizes. If you have a moderate-sized neurosis, just slip into our Mer-X size model, and you’ll immediately feel comforted by the warm sense of enclosure and protection the body mitten provides. For New Age devotees crippled by more complex anxieties, say, involving both Mercurophobia and claustrophobia, you might want to consider our Mer-XL model which gives you greater freedom to thrash around inside your own little insular world. And for co-dependent reality-denial couples, nothing says “I honor the neurotic me I see reflected in you” better than our Mer-2XL model, which features an inner partition liner (not shown) for couples who want to enjoy togetherness without actual physical contact.

Note: the Mercury Retrograde Body Mitten is not suitable for children, animals or the elderly with mobility problems. It is, however, eminently suitable for breastfeeding mothers in arch-conservative environments.

The Mercury Retrograde Body Mitten: when the world gets too scary for three weeks at a time, you’re safe in your own little world.