Starshine News Winter 2018
Vol.22, # 1
Like a silver thread in a gossamer gown, 2018 will pull all these threads together for me. I feel that this next year asks me to bring some projects, and dreams of projects, to a finish.
2018=11 in Numerology. 11 is the upright pillars of initiation that one passes through. It is a personal initiatory process, not social (22) or professional (33). So it will ask us to look at what our process, so far, is bringing us to initiate, to start, to accept in ourselves, and to be willing to step through those gates, those pillars without a push from behind. Although the push is always there.
I see a culmination of much of my life’s work informing my choices and in the completion process of some visions, a letting go of some things I had felt compelled to keep track of. Lightening the load after the delivery of the message, perhaps. A finishing up of old pieces and a freer expression moving forward is what it seems to me to herald. And I am in alignment with all this.
What are you sensing it holds for you?
Be well, Jyoti
As the Light is rekindled, bring it into you. Light a candle and with a drawing motion, draw the flame with your hands to your brow chakra, to your eyes, to your heart. Fill yourself with the Light.
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Winter 2018 Astrology Column
January begins with a Full Moon on the 1st at 7:24PM/MST and asks us to acknowledge deeper truths. Uranus is stationing Direct until the 5th and we can expect things to go differently than planned. Intuition is high on the 6th, creativity is a focus on the 8th, and the 9th brings intensity and opportunities of empowerment. Learning situations excel on the 12th, and on the 13th/14th we want freedom to express ourselves. The New Moon on the 16th at 7:17PM/MST brings stability and healing. Mercury conjuncts Pluto on the 24th and we peer beneath the surface of things. On the 26th, with Mars entering Sag, a sense of adventure ensues. The Blue Moon/Lunar Full Moon Eclipse on the 31st at 6:27AM/MST wants us to look at our beliefs about relationships and where change needs to occur. Use your intelligence.
Early February has Venus entering Pisces and a sense of compassion is ignited, and our own sense of boundaries is good to check out. Where can we say no, when it is our truth, and feel okay with it, and let others have their own feelings. In the Solar New Moon Eclipse chart on the 15th at 2:05PM/MST, the planets form a 149degree Bowl—the key features are depth and freedom, and where do we stand in that mix. Insights on the 17th, imaginative queries on the 21st, and we end the month with an urge to speak our minds.
March begins with a Full Moon on the 1st at 5:51PM/MST and brings us insights into our values and asks us to expand our lives. Life feels more stable. Expansive thinking on the 2nd, spiritual insights on the 4th, and from the 6th-12th, with Jupiter stationing, we deepen into our philosophical views. On the 8th, Mercury enters its shadow of the next Retrograde (Rx) cycle, in Aries, and we prepare for the next 3 weeks of introspection and truth seeking. Look at self-limitations on the 10th, and a bid for freedom on the 11th as we begin Daylight Savings Time.
Expansiveness on the 13th, is followed by the New Moon on the 17th at 7:12AM/MDT. This new cycle of healing wants us to look at what’s changing in us now; trust issues, limiting belief systems, and how have we grown since the Aug.’17 Eclipse. What have we already let go of. The Spring Equinox on the 20th at 10:16AM/MDT suggests things out the ordinary may show up. Insights into our futures. Mercury turns Rx on the 22nd at 6:19PM/MDT and we begin the 3 week internal self-examination. Power struggles on the 23rd, clashes on the 24th, and owning your own authority on the 29th is focus. The month of March ends with another Full Moon/Blue Moon on the 31st at 6:37AM/MDT and we’re asked to balance impulsivity with keeping everything evenly keeled. Happy Spring!
Full Moon Jan 1 7:24PM/MST
New Moon Jan 16 7:17PM/MST
Full Moon/Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse Jan 31 6:27AM/MST
New Moon Solar Eclipse Feb. 15 2:05PM/MST
Full Moon Mar 1 5:51PM/MST
New Moon Mar 17 7:12AM/MDT
Spring Equinox Mar 20 10:16AM/MDT
Full Moon/Blue Moon Mar 31 6:37AM/MDT
Enters Shadow Mar 8
Rx Mar 22
Direct April 15
Catches up May 3
Winter 2018 Book Reviews
The Aunt Bessie Cozy Mystery Series by Diana Xarissa. Miss Elizabeth Cubbon, fondly known by most of the residents of her Isle of Man village as Aunt Bessie, is not your typical protagonist. Strong and independent in her eighth decade, she remains quite active both physically and mentally. An avid reader and researcher, she also develops a knack for helping solve mysteries. Her cottage by the sea in the village of Laxey becomes a meeting place for her friends to work on solving crimes over tea and biscuits daytime and dinner with puddings evenings. Don’t be surprised if you feel hungry while reading these books.
The Isle of Man is a self-governing crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Northern Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann. Although English is the predominate language now, Manx came before. The author uses British spellings and terminology for the most part with a few Manx words thrown in. Each delightful book has interesting translations and word usage explanations at the end. Guest Reviewer: Kate Guilford
A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Julian Gray. 1906…our heroine Miss Emmeline Truelove travels with her companion, Lord Silverton, to find the new Duke of Olympia aboard the old Duke’s yacht. Since his death, the heir must be found to continue the family line. They travel to Greece and Crete, meeting ransacked rooms, assaults and the threat of murder. Loved this book.
The Royal Assassin (A Victorian Bookshop Mystery) by Kate Parker. Georgia Fenchurch and friend, the Duke of Blackford, come together to solve a plot to kill a visiting Russian Royal during Queen Victoria’s England. Princess Kira and her entourage take over Hereford House with demands, secrets and everything not being as it seems. Our investigative duo work with local authorities to find out who is really who. Good story. A series.
The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan, author of The Little Shop of Happily Ever After. A light-hearted start in a small English village turns into a trip abroad, and broadens into a theme of hope, struggle and joy, and an unexpected Christmas Surprise to gladden all hearts. I love her stories.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. This book hooked me early and kept me fascinated. The story is told through the voices of four of the main characters and moves back and forth from a wild elephant reserve in Africa to urban America. It dives deep into the lives of a young teenage girl, a crazy pink-haired psychic, a wild elephant herd, and a former detective still haunted by an old "cold" case. I chose this book to read in preparation for a book-signing lecture by the author, Jodi Picoult, and I raced through the last 20 pages as the plot suddenly took on a whole new flavor that I had not anticipated, which made it even more delicious. The lecture was a sold-out event and I found Picoult to be an intelligent and passionate speaker, talking about the different topics she has spent years researching. Her themes are not cupcake fluff - but after listening to her today I am definitely going to pick up her new book, Small Great Things. Stay tuned .... Guest Reviewer: Annette Price
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This the author’s first novel in a series of a young girl, Flavia de Luce solving various crimes in the 1950 in an English village. It is written in her 11 old independent voice. A wonderful look at this village’s customs, and society. Delightful. Guest Reviewer: Ann Griffin
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Victoria at 18 is preparing to exit state supervision. She has no money, no employment and no close human relationships. The author uses adoption, foster home, emancipation, homelessness, single motherhood and attachment disorder as markers in her debut book. When all seems hopeless and unforgiving, enchantment comes over and over as Victoria uses her inner dictionary of the knowledge of flowers to communicate and heal grief, mistrust and solitude. Loved reading about victory from shambles. And I adore flowers. Uplifting. Guest Reviewer: Ann Griffin
The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack
Bryan awakes from yet another painting he has unconsciously painted in the night.
The scene is vibrant and beautifully executed; he’s the hottest new painter in New York, without even being trained. He has no idea of the content or people in his paintings. He asked his friends to show his work in their gallery in hopes of someone connecting with the content. He experiences his past lives and those of others he knows even dating back a thousand years earlier, to King Thoth with fascinating ancient history. One woman remembers his painting as her childhood dream and so begins to unravel the past memories of several people connected together by an experimental drug neuroscientist used in the past to help memory issues. A thriller- romance. Wonderful read!! Guest Reviewer: Ann Griffin
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates. Growing up Southern, and pondering with more feeling feeling into the angst of the city of Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, etc, etc, etc, white privilege, Standing Rock more and more, Coates takes me into a revelatory deeper black experience in his book written as a letter to his 15 year old son.
“…to be distanced, if only for a moment, from fear is not a passport out of the struggle.”
I am moved into the plunder of black life drilled into this country in its infancy. “The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant ‘government of the people’ but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term ‘people’ to actually mean. In 1863 it did not mean your mother or your grandmother, and it did not mean you and me,” Coates says. The question of the author’s life (now a national correspondent for The Atlantic ) is how to live within a black male body questioning constantly within its hazards and redemptions. I agree: “This is required reading.” Toni Morrison. Guest Reviewer: Ann Griffin
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. Three New York Times best-selling authors come together to craft a story of time and love. We follow three women of different time: 1892, 1920 and 1944. Threads of their lives, seemingly unrelated, lead us through the culture of New York City. The common thread is a mansion house, at one time a residence, then a hospital. All three fall deeply in love, yet in spite of conventions, they all make their own choices. Very well woven.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Count Alexander Rostov, of Russian aristocracy, is sentenced in 1922 to house arrest in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel, across from the Kremlin and Bolshoi. A man of depth, charm, and humanity prevails with grace and intelligence over4 decades. I was enchanted immediately by this well crafted story and world created through Towles’ eloquent prose. Loved it. Named one of the best fiction books of 2016. Guest reviewer: Nancy Overton
It took a night and a day to cry
tattered banners wave in limp fashion
Arc D ‘triumph and the moon cast shadows
a new enemy condemned for stealth murders
Flags fly in remembrance
ask for prayers in stern resolve
intertwine with mourning
aroma of freshly baked baguettes
eradicates stale scent of grenades
Montmartre’s cobblestone streets join
flower pots on window ledges in Les Halles
echo the national anthem
A glass of Lillet to toast
tears drop as rainfall
howl at the moon.
(From Here, There and Everywhere…)
Here, There and…Everywhere: A Travel Anthology, Ed. by Jyoti Wind. $18.95 + $4.s/h. Available: firstname.lastname@example.org. 303.541-9106.
Over 30 writers contributed to these stories of travel all over the world and back again.
From the back cover:
I vicariously let go, fly to wherever I’m taken, sink into quiet reflection reading these passages. What a delight! Walls of bamboo trees with enough space in between to let in air and light,
To be awakened by a rooster crowing, birds singing and a swish, swish of someone sweeping sand with a broom… a village which relied on its natural resources, sea, jungle, rivers for sustenance… live simply. (A Room to Remember by Susan Fernie). Ann Griffin, Author of Where Life Flourishes
Wind has brought the world to the reader. The experiences within will feed your desire to travel where you haven’t been yet. The armchair traveler will remember the images and emotions felt in these first-hand accounts of experiences that are far more than just visiting. These stories, in prose and poetry, will remain deep in your memory long after you put the book back on the shelf. Arlene S. Bice, non-fiction author, poet, teacher, editor, publisher.
From: Here, There and…Everywhere: Bicycling in Ireland, Part 1
We take a long way from London to get to Ireland, by train and ferry. This is the mid-eighties, when my mate and I take our bicycles over to ride the southern parts of the country. We’re on the train heading for Fishguard Harbor, experiencing the magical English countryside, that takes you right back to a Fairy Tale from childhood. We pass through Reading, Swindon, Newport, and Cardiff to finally arrive at 9 PM at Swansea, where we spent the night. Getting sick on the ferry over wasn’t what I had had in mind. But arriving on Irish soil helped. The cabbie took us up from the harbor to a very modern B & B whose owners were named Bill and Patricia. An excellent omen we thought. The sun was bright, even though slightly windy the next day, as we take off for our first day of biking. We head for Wexford and lunch. The light breakfast of Weetabix just doesn’t hold when you are biking. We also bought a hefty loaf of bread. The Irish bread is the best I’ve ever had. The grain is milled differently, creating a heavenly texture that can be eaten forever, especially if biking. We take a break in a sunny hayfield with huge rolls of hay all around us.
On our way to New Ross we stop at a beautiful l00- acre fourth generation farmhouse. It was now run by Kathleen, a spinster and great hostess. In her six-tabled dining room, all tables are set, even though we are the only guests. She serves us a feast fit for a bicycle queen and king. Kathleen graciously brought us lamb chops, creamed potatoes, rice and stuffing, and cabbage and celery cooked together. Then, no less than apple tart with whipped cream. Alright! With meals like this I would be able to bike the entire country. (Excerpt from Bicycling in Ireland I, II, III by Patricia Jordan).
The Queen and Her Domain:
Empowerment Through Embodying Personal Royalty
In this ritual workshop, we will explore what being the Queen of your own life looks like. We will bring other parts of us to bear witness in the claiming of our own inner Queendom, your own Inner Authority. Sunday, Feb.4, 1-4PM Boulder, $65
Astrology for Children and Families
Children’s Charts Insight into personality and tendencies. How to assist the child’s growth. For over one year of age.
Family Charts Family dynamics and healing.
Composite Chart Interpersonal relationships of two individuals, parent-child, siblings, etc.
“When the world
pushes you to your knees,
you’re in the perfect position