Astrology in my world: Saying goodbye to Amber

AmberThis week I had to send my beloved dog Amber into the light so it’s been difficult for me to write.  She was diagnosed with cancer about two weeks ago and we had been giving doggie hospice care until Tuesday when we said goodbye.

I usually look for Pluto or Jupiter where death is involved, and often in an emotionally intense time such as this has been I would expect to find Pluto and in fact my progressed Moon is within range of a challenging square to Pluto in my natal chart.  But even more significantly, that progressed Moon, my heart and soul’s expression, is in a strong square aspect to the South Node in my natal chart.  The South Node has to do with the release of something from the past in order to prepare us to move forward towards our future destiny.

We found Amber in a magical way.  When my old golden dog died years ago I felt a burning need to get another dog and called to volunteer for the Golden Retriever rescue organization.  It just so happened that it was Christmas and they desperately needed a foster home for a five month old puppy over the holidays.  Rich didn’t want to get another dog yet but I persisted, and since it was just for a week he relented.  Needless to say, when the week was up we didn’t want to let her go and she spent another fourteen wonderful years with us.

The passing of Amber coincided with an exact square from the asteroid Pallas to the Sun in my progressed chart.   is an astrologer who has taught me a great deal about the progressed chart (the evolution of the chart through the passage of time) and she says that Pallas is nearly always present in one way or another at a major event in someone’s life.  I have found this to be true.  I am still researching Pallas but she is a very interesting planetary body in many ways (I have also found her active in the charts of transgendered people.)

I don’t think we will get another dog right away.  Amber was really very special.  Her real magic was in opening the hearts of all those who knew her, including mine, and for that I am forever grateful.

By | 2015-03-26T16:21:35+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Astrology in my world|19 Comments


  1. Tracy March 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Be Well My Dear Lynn, Thank you for sharing a bit of Amber’s magic with us all.

  2. Katy March 26, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss.

  3. Kate March 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Ah Lynn, my thoughts will be with you as you grieve or your soul-friend. You are so right to take time; the world does not always allow us enough space to mark our losses and give grief it’s due. I have three Goldens; all their very own unique selves. My first and my special girl is a very old soul indeed. Big hug, take care of your good self. XK

  4. Vincent Baine March 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    They are with us just long enough to break our heart. I have more framed pictures of pets who have passed than I do of humans. Across the Rainbow Bridge with Amber! Always in your heart.

    • March 26, 2015 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you all for sharing your comments. I grew up with
      dogs and my mother loved dogs far more than people. One of
      the first books I ever read was “Lad a Dog,” a real heartbreaker. I’ve heard so many people say that losing a pet was so traumatic that they would never have another, but it seems to me you have to keep loving or else what are we here for? And a dog (and many cats) will open up our hearts like few other things can. They are so trusting and their love is unconditional. They are great teachers of love.

  5. skye March 26, 2015 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Dearest Lynn, my heart is with you — I’ve been there as well. And Amber is right by your side. Right now. She loves you just as you love her. Thank you for sharing her love with us. Be well, Lynn.

  6. Jill March 26, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I feel her loss more intensely than I ever thought I would. She was so special…truly an angel with fur.

  7. Jude March 26, 2015 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Dearest Lynn, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Amber . I also am a Golden girl, and lost my 14 year old Golden , Hunny . She also was a once-in-a-lifetime dog . It’s so difficult to lose the unconditional love that they give ! After a time , we got another Golden . She’s the sweetest , but I guess I’ll always have my favorite!
    I feel comforted that when I cross over , she’ll be right there jumping up to greet me ! May you feel comforted by all the unconditional Love she gave you ! Much Love & Light ❤️

    • March 27, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

      Thank you Jude… I used to tell Amber she was a “dog of a lifetime.” I have a friend who used to show dogs and I asked her what do you do when you lose your dog of a lifetime – she told me, you get another one. It’s hard to imagine getting another dog right now but I’m sure when the time comes it will be another Golden. Amber was a mix, we think she was part border collie and probably some other things mixed in, and she was always so healthy. Something about Goldens – they are wonderful doggies.

  8. skye March 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Hi again Lynn 🙂 I remembered a touching poem a friend sent to me about losing a pet baby.
    The author is unknown… It makes me happy/sad/happy… I think it speaks to all of us from our babies …

    For those who may have lost a pet.

    Afterlife & A Loss For Words

    I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
    I could see that you were crying…you found it hard to sleep.

    I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear.
    “It’s me, I haven’t left you…I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

    I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
    You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.

    I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
    I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

    I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
    I want to reassure you that I am not lying there.

    I walked with you toward the house, as you fumbled for your key,
    I gently put my paw on you. I smiled and said, “It’s me.”

    You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
    I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.

    It’s possible for me to be so near you every day.
    To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”

    You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
    In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

    The day is over…I smile and watch you yawning
    And say, “Goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”

    And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
    I’ll rush across to greet you and we will stand, side-by-side.

    I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
    Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.

    -Author Unknown

    • March 27, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Thanks you for this – it made me weep. Our dogs are angels when they’re with us, and hopefully they become angel guides when they cross over.

  9. Linda March 26, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Yes, we feel we cannot love another when we feel loss. But then again we find out that we have more love to give than anyone can imagine. This is what I found out when I lost my commaradarie and best friend, Shorty. But I was led to another after a few weeks and I found I have limitless love to give to others.

  10. Gina March 27, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Lynn: Thank you for sharing and I am very sorry for your loss. I have always felt a deep loss after the death of my each beloved pets (dogs and cats). Each one brought special gifts and taught me so much about love, devotion, fun and the simple beauty of life. I love animals and they have so unselfishly helped me with healing though some truly difficult experiences with unconditional love. Each one of them is truly a divine gift! Many Blessings to You, Amber and your husband!

  11. Nina March 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I’m very sorry for your loss. We recently had to do the same for our dog, Pete. He was going to be 10 on April 27. It was cancer as well. On Friday, March 13, at 1:01pm I held my best friend while he took his last breath on earth. I’m a sun conjunct IC and Pete was my only friend. I have traumatic brain injury and I’ve had a hard time talking to people. My family got Pete for me. I feel him now more than ever saying, “mom, it’s time you go talk to people.” Interesting astrology side note, my progressed sun just conjuncted my natal pholus. I’ve recently read that it can be a time of helping someone cross over using medicine to relieve the souls from pain. I read that the other day as I was doubting my decision. It also said that the souls were intertwined. I’ve never thought of him as a ‘dog’ just my friend/hairy son :-). I know I will see him again.

    • March 28, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Nina, the vet that we used to let Amber go said to me “It’s better to do it one day early than 15 minutes too late.” That made such an impression on me and made me realized that I could save Amber a great deal of pain if I was able to let her go. Hopefully you will take comfort from that as well. I’m sorry you lost Pete – we always called Amber our “little girl.” When you don’t have kids the pets becomes the kids and absorb all of the love. In time you will want to get another furry angel and probably so will I.

  12. ScorpioX3 March 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing Amber’s story with us, Lynn. Re your response to the beautiful poem Skye shared, “Our dogs are angels when they’re with us, and hopefully they become angel guides when they cross over.” I very much believe this. Though I have lost treasured furry friends, I’ve felt the presence and protection of a few of them and feel assured they will greet me with love when I transition too. Like humans in our lives, our furry companions don’t come to us by accident. Thank goodness for that. ((hugs))

    • March 28, 2015 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Yes L – thank goodness! I treasure every precious moment with these furbabies.

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