April 2009

Lucky Gemstones of the Zodiac

Since the beginning of civilization humans have believed that gemstones have certain powers.  From healing, to bringing good fortune their lore is found in myths, legends and historical accounts from almost every society and culture. Like everything in life each gemstone vibrates to a unique energy pattern, subtly influences everything which surrounds it.  Factor in the effect of gemstones' colors on our psyche and mood,  and it is easy to start to see how carrying a gemstone as a lucky charm might just work.  Well, it can't hurt, right?  Here are the traditional gemstones for each star sign: Aries: Since red increases your strength and endurance, you may wish to carry garnets or rubies. Garnets are especially good for the prevention of money loss. Taurus: When courage and strength are needed, you will receive assistance through moss agates, which will also help you reach goals and expel negative energies.

If you were born today - 27 April

Those born under the star sign of Taurus are a complex bunch.  Often cursed by a tendancy for laziness, they are also extremely determined and hard working once they put their mind to something. Taurean's born today share their birthday with Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King. In the years after her husbands assassination she used her Taurean determination to carry on her husband's fight for racial equality as well as become a prominent figure in the Women's Movement. Another determined Taurean born today was Sheila Scott.  Born in 1927, Scott was an ground breaking English female pilot, who broke over 100 aviation records and was the first person to fly over the North Pole in a small aircraft. Darcey Bussell, also born today, used her creative Taurean side in her career as a ballerina.

Taurus the Bull

The Taurus star sign traditionally covers people born between 21 April and 21 May, however the constellation is no longer aligned with these dates, due to equinoxes. Since 2002, the Sun has actually appeared in the Taurus constellation between May 14 to June 19. This is why astrologers urge people to have a personal birth chart done, based on their actual date of birth, in order to give them more accurate horoscope information.

If you were born today - 24 April

Creative Taurean Robert Penn Warren was born today in 1905.  The author received a 1947 Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the Kings Men and another two Pulitzer Prizes in 1957 and 1979 for his poetry, making him the only person to have won the prize for both fiction and poetry. Other creative and determined Taureans born today are Academy Award winning all sining, all dancing actresses Shirley MacLaine and Barbra Streisand. Streisand is also listed 15th on the list of Best-Selling Artists of all time. The two performers are close friends and celebrate their birthday together each year.

If you were born today - 23 April

If you are celebrating your birthday today, you share the day with who two highly creative Taurean's, the first is who many describe as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare.  Although Shakespeare's actual birthday is not known it is widely celebrated on this day, which is also St George's Day.  Athough Shakespeare lived from 1564 till 1616,  his works are still highly read and topical today. Secondly, the painter J M W Turner was born today in 1775. Turner's style of painting is thought to have laid the foundation for Impressionism and he is commonly known as "the painter of light". Also born today in 1899 is Minoru Shirota, the creator of the pro-biotic drink, Yakult. Shirota was inspired by the writings of microbiologist Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov and was determined to find a stronger strain of lactic acid bacteria which could help to kill the harmful bacteria living in human intestines.

If you were born today - 22 April

Are Taureans really lazy?  With this lot born today, we don't think so! Taureans are determined people and Vernon Johns, born on this day in 1892 was determined to change the lives of African Americans.  He was a civil rights leader from the 1920's and is considered the father of the American Civil Rights Movement. Another determined Taurean born today, who definitely did not have the Taurean personality trait of laziness is film and television producer Aaron Spelling, as at 2009 Spelling's company holds the record as the most prolific television production company.  His creativity and good business sense led him to create extremely popular TV shows that fit perfectly into the trends of their day. Hollywood icon Jack Nicholson is celebrating his birthday today, he is one of only two actors who has been nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade since the 1960's. Although Taurean's can be la

If you were born today - 21 April

People born today are the first to be born officially under Taurus, the fixed earth sign. The next few weeks, and in fact months, look good for Taureans,  as the chart is strong for personal relationships and Pluto and the Moon are promising plenty of fresh energy and ideas.  Always practical, Taureans will find this new energy works well with their planning abilities and decisions and goals made now should stand you in good stead for the coming months.  Take some time this week to complete unfinished projects, and clear the deck for new ones so that you are starting on a good footing. If you were born today you share your birthday with two very famous English females.

Lucky Charms for Taurus

Tauruses, (April 20 - May 20) you sometimes get a bad rap as being known for your stubborn and hot-headed ways. However, you also have a lot of great qualities (of course!) Two of these are loyalty and strength, which are very valuable traits to you. Your luck lies in the shape of a horse or even a horse shoe which symbolizes these attributes and embodies your spirit of determination. Try adding a silver horse charm to a necklace or bracelet, or pin a horseshoe brooch to your collar. Cuff links with a horseshoe shape or emblem are a great way for Taurean men to attract all of the luck they need to fulfill their destiny.

If you were born today - 20 April

Aries born today are born on the last official day of the Aries sign, and many of you may display Taurus personality traits mingled with Aries.  Depending on which year you were born,  you may even fall under the Taurus sign of the zodiac. If you were born on April 20th, you share your birthday with one of the most famous figures in history, Adolf Hitler who was born on this day in 1889.

If you were born today – 16 April

Aries like to be first in life, like their star sign and Aries celebrating today, share their birthday with one of the first major film stars, Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin certainly had the Aries personality traits of drive and ambition as his career in the entertainment industry lasted for over 65 years. Also born today was Wilbur Wright who with his brother Orville, is generally credited with inventing and building the world’s first airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained human flight. Talk about ambition and the guts to follow your dreams.  Aries are certainly rarely timid, and have a real tendancy to throw caution to the wind and follow their passionate ideas, wherever they may take them. Actors Peter Ustinov and Jon Cryer were both born today. Ustinov had plenty of Aries energy as he was also a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, screenwriter, television presenter, newspaper and magazine columnist and comedian.

If you were born today – 15 April

If your birthday is today, you share the day with a very prominent name from history. Leonardo da Vinci was born today in 1452, and he certainly had lots of the Aries energy! He was an inventor, scientist, mathematician, engineer, sculptor, architect, musician, writer and painter, who gave us possibly two of the most famous paintings ever, the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper” as well as his iconic drawing, “The Vitruvian Man”. Also celebrating today is multi award winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson, who shares da Vinci’s Aries energy and has plenty of Aries ambition. Another actress, Emma Watson, has a birthday today.  She is best known for her role as Hermione Grange in the “Harry Potter” film series.

If you were born today – 14 April

If you were born today then you share you day with, a number of people who have used their Aries drive and ambition to carve out a career within the entertainment industry. Actress Julie Christie, celebrates today, one of her best known roles was as Lara Antipova in Doctor Zhivago, one of the all times top box office films. Actors Robert Carlyle and Adrien Brody are also celebrating today.

If you were born today – 10th April

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: one of the strongest personality traits of Aries is their desire to be first if life, and the famous people born today have certainly managed to reach the top of their fields. Bernardo Houssay was a Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine, for his role in the discovery of the role pituitary hormones play in regulating the amount of blood sugar in animals. In winning he became the first Latin American Nobel laureate in the Sciences.

If you were born today – 9th April

Aries love life and tend to go after what they want with a sense of ambition, determination and fun.  Their lust for life often gives them a really attractive energy that attracts many friends and lovers, and while their fiery temperament can sometimes be hard to live with,  their loyalty and affection usually more than makes up for it.   They can often find themselves in trouble as they find it hard to commit to one person, or schedule, but any broken promises are never accompanied by malice,  and their genuine nature makes them easy to forgive. The ambitious Hugh Hefner also has a birthday today, Hefner has used his Aries drive to build the Playboy empire and must still possess the intoxicating energy that many Aries have, to still be attracting “bunnies” at the age of 82, but maybe the money helps a little too! Other famous faces who came into the world on this day include fashion designer and Creative Director for Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs, for

If you were born today – 4 April

Aries are full of energy and excitement, which is probably why they make good entertainers. A number of people who have careers with the entertainment industry were born today. Cheerful Irish television personality Graham Norton celebrates today, although it is hard to imagine him any more chirpy than he is on any other day.  If only we could all be so giddy! Actors Robert Downey Jr, and Hugo Weaving (of Lord of the Rings and Matrix fame) also celebrate birthdays today.

If you were born today – 3 April

Aries are ambitious, determined and often LOVE being in the spotlight.  Not surprising then, that Aries who are celebrating their birthday today share the day with some big names in Hollywood. Marlon Brando was born today, with a career that spanned over 50 years, Brando certainly used his Aries drive to keep working. One of his best known roles is Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” for which he won an Academy Award. Doris Day (full name Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff - boy, what a mouthful!) was also born today.  She was one of the most popular actresses and singers of her time,  appearing in a huge number of films and releasing over 650 songs.