Astrology is full of math. Now, I don't know about you, but math was not my favorite subject in school. And I LOVED school… Math problems had a way of "thunking" my brain shut (or was it "clunking?") in mere moments. It didn't matter what kind - Algebra with its X's and Y's - since when did letters become numbers, anyway? Geometry with its "planes" and funny triangles… And Calculus and Trigonometry with their… uh, you know, their… um, give me a sec… Oh - who can remember what the heck was in Calculus and Trigonometry? I sure can't! (I spent a whole summer doing nothing BUT Calculus and Trig and I forgot it the minute I passed the final exam - and to this day it's one of the great accomplishments of my life that I passed that exam!). But I digress… When I first began studying astrology almost nobody had personal computers. (Yes, Grandma Moses and I used to hang out…) We had to do all the calculations by hand. Fun, fun. Soon one of my teachers got a computer and would run charts for me for $5 a chart. (Let's just say you had to be a really good friend for me to get your chart for you…) Whew - that made things MUCH easier and more fun. You see, astrology is hard enough without having to do the astronomy or calculation side of things. Just interpreting what planets mean in what zodiac signs, and in what "houses" of the chart, and in what combinations, is heady enough stuff to make my brain thunk and clunk… Almost. Luckily - I LOVE psychology, and understanding behavior, and learning about how people connect and disconnect, and watching events unfold in harmony with what the charts indicated… This stuff is fascinating enough to hold my interest, and make my brain come alive. And, once a computer and the God's of software do the computing for me, I LOVE looking to the data of astrology. I truly appreciate the math. Seriously - it's sooooooo endlessly fascinating. For example, your chart is divided into twelve sections (called houses) and each "house" has a certain amount of energy or power, which is reflected by a number. A "high" number means that the part of the life that house represents will go well and come together easily. While a "low" number means - you guessed it - that the part of the life that house represents will NOT go as well and NOT come together as easily. (And yes, there's a "house" of partnership and the number there tells you a LOT about your love life…) In a relationship between you and a man, there's lots of math, too. And in my favorite compatibility technique, your relationship gets an overall score that's the reflection of how you'll "vibe" together. There are eight aspects of compatibility that are each given a number, and individually each number is not so "life and death" for the couple (though they can be fascinating). But the overall total number is a very important indication of the power of the relationship to be effortless, or not.
By Carol AllenMany people have been asking me for an astrological overview of this new year… A big blog site asked me to write an article about it… a wonderful women’s group asked me to come and speak about it… a friend suggested I offer free calls to you all on the subject… and a colleague with a popular online newsletter asked ... Read more
By Carol AllenI don't know about you, but I'm bundled up good. Seriously, I look like a crazy bag lady or something. I'm wearing the works—hat, scarf, sweater, leggings, thick socks with long underwear. It's layers galore. I've got the heater blasting, and all my pets (my dog and two cats) are lying on heating pads in their little pet beds. (They ... Read more
By Carol AllenIf you've been feeling funky lately, it's likely because you were born on planet Earth! (And that you live in this solar system—I'm just guessing!) Seriously: the planetary influences are intense now, and have been for a while. Fortunately, they’re not so VIOLENTLY intense as they were in the summertime (so much so that I ... Read more
1. The Scent: Vanilla
It's long been believed that vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac: as early as the 1700s, physicians recommended it to male patients to ensure potency. And the guys at AskMen.com say the sweet, welcoming odor has a euphoric effect that sets the sensual mood.
The Perfume: Shalimar By Guerlain
This powdery vanilla scent is sexy and all woman, not candy-sweet. Inspired by the love of an Indian Emperor for his wife (for whom the Taj Mahal was built), this delicious fragrance starts fresh and light, with lemon and bergamot, and reveals itself to be sensual and soft, with base notes of vanilla and incense.