Beauty and value in the second house

Last week I heard a show on NPR that highlighted a woman who had always been unattractive because of her big nose until she had an accident and the doctor suggested that while she was having surgery that she have her nose fixed. After the surgery, according to her own account she was “a babe.” As a result, she had a unique perspective on what it’s like to be pretty vs. “ugly.”

The second house is most commonly associated with money and wealth, but it also houses our personal resources, our self-esteem, what we value and how well we value ourselves. I’ve written earlier on the relationship between self-esteem and wealth, and there is a strong connection between them. In the second house we develop a relationship with our environment and learn what belongs to us and where we fit into the world. The strength of this sense of belonging to the world and having a secure place is what helps to determine our financial success and our ability to accumulate wealth and prosperity.

, cruelly, that beauty is tied to success. But these studies do not prove that it’s perfection that is tied to success – merely a perception of attraction. If cosmetic surgery enhances one’s confidence in one’s value, then it can have benefits to that individual. But if surgery becomes the tool in the pursuit of perfection, the point is missed and the inner lack of self-worth remains.

Life can also be difficult for the beautiful as they age. We have seen this with moviestars who go into […]

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By |2008-06-12T14:00:00-04:00June 12th, 2008|Life|Comments Off on Beauty and value in the second house

Pluto in Capricorn: The New Survivalism

quotes Barton Biggs who says that people should “assume the possibility of a breakdown [Pluto] of the civilized infrastructure [Capricorn].” Biggs is not an astrologer but the former chief strategist at investment firm Morgan Stanley.

Faced with a confluence of diverse threats — a tanking economy, a housing crisis, looming environmental disasters, and a sharp spike in oil prices — people who do not consider themselves extremists are starting to discuss doomsday measures once associated with the social fringes.“I’m not a gun-nut, camo-wearing skinhead. I don’t even hunt or fish,” said Bill Marcom, 53, a construction executive in Dallas.

Still, motivated by a belief that the credit crunch and a bursting housing bubble might spark widespread economic chaos — “the Greater Depression,” as he put it — Mr. Marcom began to take measures to prepare for the unknown over the last few years: buying old silver coins to use as currency; buying G.P.S. units, a satellite telephone and a hydroponic kit; and building a simple cabin in a remote West Texas desert.

“If all these planets line up and things do get really bad,” Mr. Marcom said, “those who have not prepared will be trapped in the city with thousands of other people needing food and propane and everything else.”

The frenetic stockpiling of resources at the end of 1999 as we rounded the corner to Y2K was more silly than survivalist – the notion that the world would end at the turn of the millenium was superstitious at best. Today’s survivalists are of course tapping into the sense that there will indeed be a breakdown of the social order, and they want to be ready.

Those of us who understand the work of Pluto […]

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By |2008-04-11T21:59:00-04:00April 11th, 2008|Life, Miscellany|Comments Off on Pluto in Capricorn: The New Survivalism

From the Advice Column: What’s wrong with my mom?

I realized I hadn’t posted anything from the advice column for quite some time. I’m very interested in the way health issues manifest in the birthchart, and this was a good example.

Q: My mother has been really nervous, lately — and her jaws are tense. She has generally been in good health — with the exception of having to take thyroid medicine for the past year — and once in a while suffering from a migraine headache.

All of a sudden beginning last month every joint in her body aches, and she can no longer get out of the bathtub on her own. She has been to a doctor, and I think she has rhematoid arthritis.

My mother had a very traumatic background when she was young, and things were not easy for her when she was raising us. I think she has tried to soldier on, but I wonder if something from the deep unconscious is trying to get her attention.

A: The timing of your mom’s sudden body aches coincides with Saturn’s entry into Virgo. Alice has the Sun in Sagittarius which is so lighthearted and optimistic, but her Moon is in Virgo and it conjuncts the Midheaven which heightens the intensity of her emotions and transiting Uranus has been working on her Moon as well as her Midheaven. Uranus transits to the Moon can indeed be quite challenging and create a fair amount of nervous energy, and your mother’s chart doesn’t have a natural release for that energy. I sense that there is an energy imbalance here and a difficulty in releasing a charge from the emotional body. […]

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By |2008-02-09T01:30:00-04:00February 9th, 2008|Life|Comments Off on From the Advice Column: What’s wrong with my mom?

Pluto in Capricorn: Enough Happiness Already

Capricorn is known for its dour nature and embrace of the difficult, the challenging, and the just plain sad. After all, it is ruled by Saturn whose domain encompasses all of this and worse. So with Pluto having just entered Capricorn perhaps it’s no coincidence that this article appeared in the latest Newsweek, declaring:

The plural of anecdote is not data, as scientists will tell you, but consider these snapshots of the emerging happiness debate anyway: Lately, Jerome Wakefield’s students have been coming up to him after they break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, and not because they want him to recommend a therapist. Wakefield, a professor at New York University, coauthored the 2007 book “The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder,” which argues that feeling down after your heart is broken—even so down that you meet the criteria for clinical depression— is normal and even salutary. But students tell him that their parents are pressuring them to seek counseling and other medical intervention—”some Zoloft, dear?”—for their sadness, and the kids want no part of it. “Can you talk to them for me?” they ask Wakefield. Rather than “listening to Prozac,” they want to listen to their hearts, not have them chemically silenced.

Mr. Wakefield would find it useful to know that his students are of the Pluto in Scorpio generation, trafficking in the realm of the dark and the intense, but that’s another story. For the past thirteen years there has been an ever more relentless pressure to take little purple pills and pills of many other colors in order to “fix” problem emotions. For many people, one antidepressant is not enough and thus we find the tragedy […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:38:59-04:00February 8th, 2008|Life|Comments Off on Pluto in Capricorn: Enough Happiness Already

Elsa on the Bill to Ban Fat Diners

I can’t even believe this is happening:

A state lawmaker wants to ban restaurants from serving food to obese customers — but please, don’t be offended.

He says he never even expected his plan to become law.

“I was trying to shed a little light on the number one problem in Mississippi,” said Republican Rep. John Read of Gautier, who acknowledges that at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, he’d probably have a tough time under his own bill.

More than 30 percent of adults in Mississippi are considered it obese, according to a 2007 study by the Trust for America’s Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention.

The state House Public Health Committee chairman, Democrat Steve Holland of Plantersville, said he is going to “shred” the bill.

“It is too oppressive for government to require a restaurant owner to police another human being from their own indiscretions,” Holland said Monday.

The bill had no specifics about how obesity would be defined, or how restaurants were supposed to determine if a customer was obese.

Al Stamps, who owns a restaurant in Jackson, said it is “absurd” for the state to consider telling him which customers he can’t serve. He and his wife, Kim, do a bustling lunch business at Cool Al’s, which serves big burgers — beef or veggie — and specialty foods like “Sassy Momma Sweet Potato Fries.”

Elsa agrees and is thinking of leaving the country:

This topic, the Mississippi Fat Ban has me stunned and mesmerized so I just keep writing. Excellent example of Saturn (restriction) in Virgo (diet) and Pluto in Capricorn (Shadow side of the government).

The bill won’t go anywhere, but I believe it’s quite possibly a harbinger of what we have to […]

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By |2008-02-05T00:42:00-04:00February 5th, 2008|Life|Comments Off on Elsa on the Bill to Ban Fat Diners
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