I have a confession to make...
I'm turning into my mother.
I don't know when it happened.
It's showing up in little ways.
I can't remember certain words or the names of things I've known my whole life.
I'll ask for a stapler, for example, but instead of saying "stapler" I'll call it "the thing-a-ma-jig" or "the whosie what's-it that keeps papers together..."
I'm not hip anymore. Okay, I never was. But now it's really bad.
I'm not current on anything current...
Mention the latest popular reality TV show and I have no idea what you're talking about.
Point out the latest fashion models or movie stars and I've never heard of them. (It's cool - I'm sure they haven't heard of me, either. :))
Seriously - I have no idea who most of the people are in "People."
And I'm way behind when it comes to popular music. (And don't get me started with technology - I still don't have an iPod, and have yet to download a single song
from ITunes. Yeah, it's bad...)
But believe it or not, I know who Katy Perry is.
Why? Because my 17-year-old niece (who happens to be extremely hip and oh-so-current) showed me one of her videos a couple of years ago. And we both love
Why? Because she's so positive...
Really. Check out her "Firework" video and you'll see what I mean.
It's easy to want to roll your eyes and turn away from Katy ... with her amazing figure, ridiculously short skirts, nose-bleed inducing high-heels, and bubble gum song lyrics, you could dismiss her at first blush.
(She sang "Yesterday" on the recent Fiftieth Anniversary of the Beatles coming to America special - and was AH-MAZE-ING...)
In doing research on Katy, I was even more impressed with her personal story.
As is typical, this seeming "overnight success" worked really hard for a long time before "making it" - and had several dashed dreams along her road to fame and fortune.
According to Wikipedia, Katy's been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and was named by Billboard as 2012's Woman of the Year. She's sold 11 million albums and 75 million digital tracks worldwide. (Gulp!)
She's released her own fragrance, Purr. She has also made her film debut, voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs (2011). She was spotlighted in her own 3D biopic-concert film, "Part of Me" (2012).
The only thing Katy hasn't seemed to figure out is love. (Know the feeling?)
If you happen to be current or have a cool relative to keep you up to date on such things, then I'm sure you know Katy was briefly married to the British actor/comedian Russell Brand (he suddenly served her with divorce papers after a mere fourteen months. It probably didn't help that she spent the first year of marriage on a 41 city concert tour!).
Yup, another pop star/movie star marriage gone wrong.
(There are a couple of pop star/movie star marriages that work. You know, like... um... uh... give me a sec., that rock star guy and his actress wife... yeah, THEM.)
And just days ago, she and her on again/off again boyfriend (who she'd been seeing since the Summer of 2012), John Mayer, suddenly called it quits.
(You know John Mayer - the amazingly successful singer/songwriter/guitarist of such hits as "Your Body is a Wonderland," "Daughters" and "Waiting on the World to Change." I've been a fan of his for years... See? I'm not totally out to lunch.)
Now, to follow self-proclaimed former drug and sex addict Russell Brand with the likes of John Mayer, whose past lovers and romantic dramas are the stuff of legend (he famously called Jessica Simpson "Sexual Napalm" and was on and off with Jennifer Aniston a few years ago) wasn't necessarily the smartest romantic decision Katy could have made - though I bet it was fun.
(During one of their break ups last year, she famously called him "Broken" to the press... oops.
What happened? Why didn't it work out? And will anyone EVER last with either of these two?
Let's go to the astrological vault, shall we?
According to the calculations of Vedic astrology, (which differ from those of Western astrology by almost an entire sign) both Katy and John are Libras.
This isn't a big surprise as Libra is one of the more artistic/musical signs since it's ruled by Venus, the planet of the arts.
Katy doesn't just have the Sun there, she was born when the Moon was there as well.
Libra women are often very attractive, as Venus is also the planet of beauty and fashion - two things Katy is known for.
Speaking of Venus, in Katy's chart it falls into the sign of Scorpio, in a smaller "sub-sign" from the original zodiac of Vedic astrology called "Anuradha" - which means "the star of success."
To have Venus, the planet of music, the arts, fashion, and beauty in a constellation called, "the star of success" is part of why Katy has found success in Venus endeavors.
The only tricky thing about being a Libra is that Libras are in a difficult cycle of Saturn now that began in September of 2009.
The planet Saturn only goes through your Sun or Moon sign every thirty years.
In Vedic astrology, we consider this a very big deal.
We believe (and observe!) that Saturn has such an impact, he can be felt when he's in the sign before the Sun or Moon, the sign of the Sun and Moon, and the one after the Sun and