May 2009

An Introduction to the Role of Planets in Astrology

There are ten planets which are considered to be the spine, so to speak, of astrology. The Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all make significant contributions to our astrological lives. The energy exuded by these planets is not the only factor involved, however. The decisions we make as far as what to do with this energy plays more of a leading role than does the energy itself.

If you were born today - 29 May

If your celebrating your birthday today, you share it with one of the best known and highly regarded former U.S Presidents, John F. Kennedy, born today in 1917. Despite only being in office for two years before his assassination, his administration saw some important events in American and World history including the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Space Race.   Kennedy is the epitome of why Geminis make great public figures.  They are bright, engaging, entertaining and effective public speakers.

The Gemini twin symbol is often mirrored in their personalities,  which is perhaps why so many Geminis love to take on the pseudo personas of the acting world. Melanie Brown, born today in 1975, enjoyed playing out an exaggerated role in her early career as "Scary Spice" in the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls are the most successful female group of all time.

If you were born today - 28 May

If your birthday is today, you share it with author Ian Fleming, born today in 1908, Fleming is best known for creating James Bond, he wrote 12 novels and 9 short stories on the character.  Fleming was a typical Gemini, with a flamboyant personality, a love of being around people and a dynamic social life.  He was interested in exploring the world, both literally through his extensive travels and figuratively by keeping his finger on the pulse of cutting edge technology.  Could it be that Bond was a Gemini too?

British actress Rachel Kempson, was born today in 1910.  Although you may not be familiar with this stage actress, her family will certainly ring a bell, as she married Sir Michael Redgrave whom she made many stage appearances with.

If you were born today - 27 May

The symbol for Gemini is the twins and it is true that many Gemini's have a twin-like personality, often changing their minds and flitting between interests.

This could be said of Henry Kissinger, born today in 1923. Kissinger was criticised by the anti-war political left for his part in the Nixon administration Congressional unauthorised American bombing of Cambodia.  He flip-flopped on his views of America's role in Asia during his role as the Security of State under the Ford administration and he received the Noble Peace Prize in 1979 for helping to establish a ceasefire and American withdrawal from Vietnam.

If you were born today - 26 May

Gemini's have a tendency to be restless and are always on the go, moving from project to project, interest to interest trying to settle down.  You may feel scared to commit, fearing that tying yourself down to one things means that you have to miss out on others.  The good news is that Gemini's are also great communicators,  so your impulsive habits and lack of commitment don't harm your relationships as much as they might.

Geminis do well within the entertainment industry because of their confidence and self assurance, or at least an ability to put on that face, and many celebrities who celebrate their birthday today are known for their strong personalities and their sense of individuality.

If you were born today - 25 May

Geminis are both intelligent and intellectual people and Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, born today in 1879 in Canada to a Scottish father, used both to build his business empire. He had interests in both the "London Evening Standard" and the "Daily Express" and has been nicknamed as the first baron of Fleet Street. He built the Express into a witty journal (Geminis are also known for being quick witted) with dramatic photo layouts, and by 1934 it's daily circulation had reached over 1.7 million.

Doggy Astrology

According to Stacey Wolf,  one of the most respected astrologers and pet psychics in the world,  I'm a poodle.   No, I don't mean in a past-life sense, but rather in the way that as a Pisces I love to be close to the people I love, cosy and comfortable in my surroundings, and yes,  pampered.  I have to say that she's right! 

Stacey has come up with a fun doggy equivalent for each star sign,  citing a breed whose temperament and habits best match the traits typically seen in each house of the zodiac.   Her pairings are pretty spot on, and in many cases written with the kind of humor that you will find in any of her writing.  They are a great point of inspiration if you are looking for a fun gift for a dog lover's birthday. 

Never Throw Rice at a Pisces

Your zodiac sign can affect every part of your life, so it makes sense that you would want a bit of insight into how it might affect one of the most important events in your life, namely your wedding.  This is exactly what Stacey Wolf does in her book 'Never Throw Rice at Pisces .'  The first (and only) wedding book to guide a bride through the ups and downs of planning her big day,  it offers advice and tips designed for the specific personality traits of each zodiac sign.

Are you an indecisive Pisces torn between which dress to wear?  A loyal Leo trying to please everyone but yourself?  A Taurean bride hopelessly overspending the budget on extravagant items?   This book can help you hone in on the aspects of the wedding that should be most important to you, as well as guide you through your own star signs particular foibles.

The Luck of Antique Zodiac Charms - Gemini

If you are a Gemini, the sign of the twins, (May 21 - June 20) your antique lucky charm is a key. Keys come in many shapes and sizes, and even a variety of colors. Antique keys are especially intriguing for you as they hold the answer to an unknown question.  Who did they belong to?  What did they open?  What was inside?  Why did it need to be kept safe?  Geminis are curious creatures, and love to explore options, so these questions will keep you guessing for a long time.

If you were born today - 21 May

English poet Alexander Pope, born today in 1688, displayed his creative Taurean personality in his work, and is regarded as one of the greatest poets of the eighteenth century.

Other creative Taureans born today include musician Leo Sayer, Rapper The Notorious B.I.G, and American actor Laurence Tureaud, better known to most as Mr T.
 "I pity the fool who doesn't remember my birthday!"  (Sorry!  Couldn't resist.)

Elizabeth Fry, born today in 1780, was an English prison and social reformer, and a prime example of what Taureans can achieve with their natural determination, focus and commitment to a plan. Fry was the driving force behind new legislation to make the treatment of prisoners in England more humane. She also established a "nightly shelter" for the homeless in London after seeing a young child living on the streets in winter. In Brighton she also started a visiting society, where volunteers visited the poor at home, to provide them with help and comfort. This society was later set up in other towns across Britain.

If you were born today - 20 May

If you are celebrating your birthday today, you share the day with the winner of the first Nobel Peace Prize, Frédéric Passy. Born today in 1822, Passy was the joint winner with Henry Dunant in 1901, for his writing and speeches advocating peace.

Taureans are known for their determination, and this determination won John Cruickshank, born today in 1920, the Victoria Cross during World War II.  Cruickshank is a real testament to Taurean tenacity: despite having twelve wounds from flak shells, two of which were serious wounds to his lungs, the Flying Officer continued to release his depth charge onto a German U-boat, sinking it in July 1944.

Taureans have their own special brand of practical creativity, which they get their ruling planet, Venus; The Creator.

If you were born today - 19 May

Taureans are known for their reliability, and admirably always do their best regardless of what they are doing.  This is a personality trait which Joe Gilmore, born today in 1922, certainly had in his career.  Although you might not know his name,  he was known by most of the celebrities of his day, as he was the longest serving Head Barman at The Savoy Hotel's American Bar.  During his time there he has served both royalty and celebrities including Sir Winston Churchill, ErnestHemingway, Noel Coward and Frank Sinatra.  

I bring up Joe as a celebrity birthday worth mentioning, because it is important to remember that in life, just as in the movie world, there are no small parts.  As a Taurus, it is important to feel valid in whatever career you pursue, and you must enjoy your work as you are likely to be very devoted to it.

If you were born today - 18 May

Taureans born today share their birthday with a rather unlucky Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia who abdicated after the Revolution of 1917 and was killed along with his family by the Bolsheviks on the night of 17 July 1918.   Perhaps it was highTaurean focus that led him to strive for power for Russia at any cost, earning him the reputation 'Bloody Nicholas.'

Once Taureans have a goal in sight they rarely let up, and this was certainly true for the Tennis star Fred Perry, born today in 1909.  He was a three time Wimbledon Champion, and was the World No 1 for five years, four of which were consecutive. He was also the last Englishman to win all of the Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open Men's Singles titles.

If your birthday is today - 15 May

Taurean's born today share their birthday with Pierre Curie, born today in 1859, Curie was a French physicist and husband of Marie Curie. He jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 with his wife and Henri Becquerel, for their research into radiation phenomena.  Their determination in their work put them at risk working with radioactive substances, but lead to many scientific and medical advances.

While Taurean creativity may be better suited to scientific endeavours, it often manifests itself in the arts too.  The creative Shaffer twins were also born today in 1926. Play writer Peter's works includeEquus , Amadeus and The Royal Hunt of the Sun, while his brother Anthony, was a novelist and screenwriter.  Anthony adapted his play "Sleuth" into the film version starring screen legends Sir Laurence Olivier and MichealCaine and also wrote the screen play for the 1973 cult hit film "The Wicker Man".

If your birthday is today - 14 May

Taureans receive their creative personality trait from their ruling planet, Venus: The Creator. Thomas Gainsborough born today in 1727, used this quality to become one of the most famous landscape and portrait painters of 18th Century Britain. Other creative Taurean's also born today are Australian actress Cate Blanchett (from Lord of the Rings) and English actor Tim Roth (remember The Rocky Horror Picture Show?)

Another creative but also determined Taurean born today is film producer, director and screen writer, George Lucas, who is best known for his sci-fi franchise, Star Wars.  In order to try and get the first film made, he waived his directors fee, instead negotiating to own the licensing rights, which the film company thought would be worthless.  This turned out to be one of many shrewd business moves, and the rights   have earned him hundreds of millions of dollars to date. He also worked with his college friend, Steven Spielberg on the Indiana Jones films along with many other epic movies.

If your birthday is today - 13 May

Taurean's born today share their birthday with a Nobel Prize winner for Medicine, Ronald Ross, who after falling ill with malaria in 1897, used hisTaurean determination to study the disease and discover the malarial parasite in mosquito's salivary glands. He was also involved in the search for ways to prevent malaria.

Another determined Taurean born today in 1937 is Trevor Baylis, who in response to the need to communicate information about AIDS to the people of Africa, invented the wind-up radio. The radio does not need either batteries or an electrical source but instead stores energy in a spring, which is used to power the electrical generator and work the radio, thus allowing broadcasts to be heard around the continent.

Taureans have a creative side to their personalities, which has been used in the careers of twenty two times Grammy award winner singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder, as well as another musician and member ofFleetwood Mac, Danny Kirwan.

Your Horoscope for 13th May

If your birthday is today - 12 May

Taurean's can sometime have a lazy side, but this is not true of Justus von Liebig, born today in 1803, the German chemist who as well as making important contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry, is considered as one of the greatest chemistry teachers of all times.  On another strange note, he also foundedLiebig Extract of Meat Company, which later trademarked the Oxo brand beef stock cube.

Neither is it true of Florence Nightingale, also born today in 1820. "The Lady with the Lamp" as she is often nicknamed, was a pioneering nurse and writer and she is credited for founding the modern nursing profession, with International Nurses Day celebrated on her birthday.

Katherine Hepburn was also born today in 1907. Her creative Taurean side lead her to become the American Film Institute's Greatest Female Star in the History of American Cinema, and she has the most Best Actress wins at the Oscars, scooping up the award four times.

American businesswomen and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mary Kay Ash was also born today.

If you were born today - 11 May

Taureans are known for their determination, which Harriet Quimby born today in 1875 showed when she became the first women in the United States to gain her pilots license and in 1912 she became the first women to fly across the English Channel.

Taureans also have a creative side, which Spanish artist Salvador Dali, born today in 1904, used in his career. His best known work was "The Persistence of Memory" in 1931, although one of my favorite of his paintings is a little known piece which depicts Christ on the cross, and hangs in a small museum in Glasgow, Scotland.

If you were born today - 8 May

Taurean's born today, share their birthday with the first Nobel Peace Prize winner, Henry Dunant; a Swiss businessman and social activist, born today in 1828. A book he wrote after witnessing the aftermath of the Battle ofSolferino in Italy, noted his thoughts on the need for a neutral organisation to care for wounded soldiers lead to the formation of the Red Cross. In additional his ideas also lead to the 1864 Geneva Convention. Both of which earned him the Nobel Prize in 1901.

Another Taurean born today in 1926 is broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough, who certainly possess the Taurean personality trait of reliability, as his career as a broadcaster of British natural history programmes has lasted for over fifty years and for which he has won many awards.