Odds & Ends

Elizabeth Spring asked me to do a guest post on North Node Astrology while she was out of town. I choose to write more on the upcoming Uranus square Uranus transit and other thoughts related to this stage in my life. Here is a snip from “Transitions, more thoughts on Uranus sq Uranus“:

snip Having successfully negotiated my second Saturn Return a couple of years ago, this final Uranus sq Uranus transit marks the next step in the maturation cycle and it’s feeling like it will be liberating. All Uranus transits encourage us to express our uniqueness and this one is no exception. With my natal Uranus inconjunct Mars/Mercury/Ascendant my expression of individuality is going to be a very public one and most likely out of sync with my peer group as usual. The Uranus in Aries generation who are now in their seventies opted for what I call the “country club/golfer” look – short dyed hair, aggressively tanned with lots of plastic surgery if they could afford it. Yuck! No way! snip

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With a strong Mercury in my chart it should come as no surprise that I have spent many hours over the course of my life with my nose buried in a book . . . my grade school teachers had to remind me to go outside and play during recess rather than read. Well, after all this time I find out reading is very good for the brain! I get newsletters from Real Age.com and this is a quote from the latest:

snip On cognitive tests, book lovers outperform people with lower reading levels. No surprise there. But the big news is that people who read regularly may develop a “cognitive reserve.” What’s that mean? That they’ve got extra brainpower to keep the mind rolling when brain cells are under attack. In a study of factory workers, the brains of the big readers functioned just fine on cognitive tasks, despite on-the-job exposure to toxic substances, like lead. snip

What do you know?! 😀

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Update, March 11, ’08: I wrote a longer post on the synastry of my immediate family and have it up on Neith on Synastry. Thought about posting it here but in the end felt it a better fit on my synastry blog . . . little Libra dithering! 🙂

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago when we were visiting the grandbaby. She’s still a Pisces elf child and a cutie pie! We had lots of fun playing . . . 😀

25 responses to “Odds & Ends

  1. Well, after all this time I find out reading is very good for the brain! As one who was reading at age 5, I say: Vindication is sweet!

  2. As one who was reading at age 5, I say: Vindication is sweet!LOL! My sentiments exactly!!!

  3. Ok… I haven’t read a word yet… just need to report first that my immediate reaction upon seeing that pic was “Oooooooooooh……!!” and the urge to want to hug you both tight-tight-tight!!!!((((((Gramma & Indi))))))xoxoxo:-)

  4. I’m with Jane on the hug response.And vindication is indeed sweet. Nose in book, crossword puzzles too- prepared for the toxic world- who knew?

  5. That photograph is just delighful. I keep coming back to look at it.I’ve read your post at NNA and thank you for sharing your thoughts on coming to terms with the ageing process. Something very much on my mind right now. I agree with you but I think the details on how we manage this vary from person to person, according to lifestyle, personal history. I’m currently debating stopping dying my hair to cover the grey. Momentous stuff :-)! Part of me wants to let stop butI’m telling myself that while I’m still in the job market it’s probably best to continue. I think the real reason though is FUNK Pure and simple. Fear of change. I wonder too if I had a partner right now whether it would be such an issue. As you see it’s taking me into uncomfortable territory ….Much food for thought, Neith. Thank you.

  6. That’s such a sweet picture. Not just the baby, you too! :)That article looks curious and it’s also interesting for me, going through an Uranus transit myself. Having Mercury at the highest point of my chart, it’s no surprise that I’ve been reading for a living since forever. I used to have lunch while taking peeks at the Famous Five. 😉

  7. and the urge to want to hug you both tight-tight-tight!!!!LOL! We are a pair all right! What’s even more fun is to watch granddad & grand-baby together. They both have Moon in Aries & Venus in Pisces and her Mercury/Uranus is conjunct his Pisces Venus. They have a great time! And i know he’ll teach her all the silly little songs children love so much . . . 🙂

  8. And vindication is indeed sweet. Nose in book, crossword puzzles too- prepared for the toxic world- who knew?I just had to share that info. We already know those who learn to read early continue to do so have a significant advantage but this, this is the icing on the cake!BTW, blogger was done here all for about 5-6 hrs today. Probably the Mercury/Neptune conjunction in the sky today . . .

  9. I’ve read your post at NNA and thank you for sharing your thoughts on coming to terms with the ageing process. Something very much on my mind right now. I agree with you but I think the details on how we manage this vary from person to person, according to lifestyle, personal history. Appreciate your expression on interest in this topic, mm, as it’s much on my mind too. Your observation about this being a very personal process is accurate IMO.Something I’ve noticed is passing into one’s sixties is a big change. I didn’t notice an appreciable difference in my physical being from my twenties thru my forties but the changes from passing through menopause in my fifties were noticeable indeed. About half the people in my family started greying in their thirties – dramatically. I have been highlighting my hair for many years but don’t know if I will continue doing so. Having it done professionally is expensive!! But I can relate to what you are saying regards being in the workforce too. Tough call these days.Yes, we all have much to ponder and being able to discuss our feelings about all these issues with a non-judgemental audience is VERY helpful!!

  10. That article looks curious and it’s also interesting for me, going through an Uranus transit myself. Having Mercury at the highest point of my chart, it’s no surprise that I’ve been reading for a living since forever. I used to have lunch while taking peeks at the Famous Five. ;)The Uranus cycles are as powerful as Saturn cycles and usually much more obvious. Especially if we have Uranus in aspect to our personal planets or Angles . . . as you do!Yes, I figured you for a reader too, DM!! 😀

  11. “..my expression of individuality is going to be a very public one and most likely out of sync with my peer group as usual.” I think you look very beautiful. You radiate the contentment of the fulfilled woman.You’re The Empress of the TAROT.The generations that follow need to see how beautiful 60 and 70 can be (without trying to pretend you are 40).Maybe that’s the public way you’ll express all that energy of your Ascendant !

  12. Did anyone happen to catch the astro allegory post over at Collaborate With Fate? Well worth saving, IMO.

  13. I think you look very beautiful. You radiate the contentment of the fulfilled woman.You’re The Empress of the TAROT.The generations that follow need to see how beautiful 60 and 70 can be (without trying to pretend you are 40).Maybe that’s the public way you’ll express all that energy of your Ascendant !Thank you very much for your kind words, Nathifah! In many ways, my journey to becoming a grandmother is a common one in these times . . . through my step-daughter (I have no children of my body). My Gemini stepdaughter and I are genuinely fond of each other but I LOVE her little Pisces elf child! Becoming a family is much, much more about love than blood ties . . . 🙂

  14. Did anyone happen to catch the astro allegory post over at Collaborate With Fate? Well worth saving, IMO.You are right, Joe! Wonderful insights into the nature of the Signs. 🙂

  15. Is there something in the alignment of the planets? Two best friends just had their dogs run over and killed by cars, within 24 hours of each other.

  16. Two best friends just had their dogs run over and killed by cars, within 24 hours of each other.Ouch! That’s is a very sad thing to hear . . . :-(Off the top of my head, if you have access to their charts, look at their 6th Houses, planets there in, if they have Virgo or Sagittarius Moons in particular being aspected by transiting Uranus – well, you get the idea. I associate sudden loss with transiting Uranus.

  17. “Becoming a family is much, much more about love than blood ties . . . :-)”Couldn’t agree with you more.I have three grandchildren,two of which are not blood ties and I couldn’t love them more if they were; The three speak to me in a foreign language! I love it. It reminds me there really is no me or you, no yours or mine.We are all ONE.

  18. Hey Neith, I found Kathleen Burt’s Archetypes of the Zodiac at a thrift store for cheap! :DAnd let me tell you, it was worth every one of those 99 pennies. The section on Scorpio taught me more in one hours’ time than a year of psychotherapy could. Wow! I’m glad it came my way.

  19. I have three grandchildren,two of which are not blood ties and I couldn’t love them more if they were; The three speak to me in a foreign language! I love it. It reminds me there really is no me or you, no yours or mine. We are all ONE.Thank you for this wonderful illustration of extended, blended family! I can’t help but feel this is the direction humanity is headed in but at this point in time there are just us “seed” people who understand this to our bones . . .Nathifah, would you consider sharing your birth data with me? If so, please use my neithnet@gmail.com email address. Thank you . . . 🙂

  20. Hey Neith, I found Kathleen Burt’s Archetypes of the Zodiac at a thrift store for cheap! :DAnd let me tell you, it was worth every one of those 99 pennies. The section on Scorpio taught me more in one hours’ time than a year of psychotherapy could. Wow! I’m glad it came my way.Yay!! Now that was a FIND! That’s a great book, and it’s our friend, Casey, who first brought it to my attention. I have great respect for the sheer volume of research Kathleen did for the book plus she has an easy to read writing style. Did you notice the questions at the end of each section? 😀

  21. you’re welcome!I’m back from a short visit to Austin and the Hill Country and another Van concert! woo!You asked us to let you know how the week was affecting us and I’m having major little brain farts. Doing completely stupid things like forgetting my PIN number at the gas station and driving like it’s a one-way feeder when it was a two-way street. yikes! (Austin. At least we didn’t get majorly lost.)And I’m being forced to learn new stuff at work and feel completely out of my depth. bday coming up. sigh.My aunt the Pisces had another little microstroke last week. My brother the Pisces is getting good contracting jobs but the bank won’t lend him money to build a new spec house. And that’s a good thing, I think. Yeah. I really thought the Virgo chapter was good in that book. funnily, I can’t remember the Pisces one.

  22. I’m back from a short visit to Austin and the Hill Country and another Van concert! woo!Very good news!! A real change of pace for you!Yes, happy b-day!! Another year zipped by, didn’t it?! :-DMy brother the Pisces is getting good contracting jobs but the bank won’t lend him money to build a new spec house. And that’s a good thing, I think. I think so too. My S/O came home with a story about a builder here locally who owes $400K to the local paint/carpet store and 2 MILLION to the local building supply place. His financial backer cut him off and he is going to have to sell his crappy houses to get out of the hole. This is the type of thing that can seriously depress the local housing market ’cause you know he’s going to sell those houses cheap!

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