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J.K. Rowling’s Astrology Treasure

Fans of “Harry Potter” won’t be surprised to learn that the series mega-author is knowledgeable when it comes to astrology. Joanne Rowling, born on July 31, also writes her hero’s birthday as the end of the same month and cast fellow Leo, Daniel Radcliffe, born July 23, to bring him to life on the big screen. Only a dedicated, loyal and courageous STAR, like a Leo, can overtake the Dark Lord and make things right (or single handedly resurrect youthful enthusiasm for reading). Jessica, Joanne’s eldest child, was born on July 27, 1993. The themes of stars, symbolism, astrology and divination are at the very heart of the story.

In early 1994, as she was struggling to write the first Harry Potter book as a single mother in Scotland, Joanne was also working on another creative project: a beautiful hand drawn birth chart for the newborn child of a friend. Jack David Buchanan was born on February 19, 1994. At the time the sun was in Pisces, the moon was in Gemini and the sign of Leo was rising on the ascendant. Joanne drew an illustrated cover for the chart incorporating the water theme of Pisces, the dual theme of Gemini, and the lion who represents Leo. The horoscope recently sold for more than $20,000 at auction in the UK.

Mercury Retrograde

“I’m so sorry. Mercury is in retrograde, and that messes with technology, and I was trying to get on email to approve something, and my computer kept crashing.” – Virgo Cameron Diaz apologizing for being late in February 2008

Get ready folks, another Mercury retrograde period is upon us. Amazingly this is one part of the astrological lexicon that seems to have made it into the mainstream culture. People who don’t know a sign from a star seem to be filled with the knowledge that the planet Mercury is affecting their lives in mysterious and unexpected ways during the few weeks each year known as the Mercury retrograde.

Mercury goes retrograde about three times per year, for roughly three weeks each time. This means that from earth, it appears to be moving backwards in the sky (planets do not ever actually move backwards). The retrogrades of each of the personal planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars) are infrequent and short in duration and are times when we should avoid catalyzing new plans as much as possible in favor of taking stock of the situation and being patient.

As the planet of communication, Mercury is prone to sending mixed messages and disrupting the flow of information. Mercury has rulership over correspondence, such as email, letters, faxes, etc. It also rules all kinds of documents such as contracts. It is thus not wise to sign a contract when Mercury is retrograde. It is likely that one party or another will want to revise the contents.

Mercury retrograde is however, a good time to ponder all of the different pieces of information and ideas that have been coming your way recently. If you are thinking of signing a contract or beginning an important relationship or correspondence, this is the perfect time to really straighten out exactly what you hope to gain from the situation and be as clear as possible about your goals so that when Mercury goes direct again you can be clear and effective in your communication.

Thus, this can actually be a great time to take the pressure off of ourselves to be working all the time, and give ourselves permission to simply reflect and ponder the things we have been working towards. And do not worry if you do have important meetings or negotiations during this period. Just try to be as honest and clear as possible about your position AND take extra special care to listen to exactly what the other party is bringing to the table. It will be over before you know it.

Mercury Retrograde Dates 2011/2012

November 23 – December 13, 2011

March 11 – April 4, 2012

July 14 – August 7, 2012

November 6 – November 26, 2012

Leo Dream Team

“My dream dinner party is a fabulous birthday bash for my fellow Leos. Guests would include Andy Warhol, Jackie Onassis, Alfred Hitchcock, Lucille Ball, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Madonna, President Obama, Bill Clinton, Julia Child, Mick Jagger and Whitney Houston.”

- Leo Michael Kors (August 9, 1959)

Star Tattoo

“I’m a Virgo and the sign is a virgin. So when I was 16, I got the word virgin tattooed on my wrist, thinking I was sooo deep and cool. And now I just look really weird having virgin written across my wrist and I have to explain it.”

- Nicole Richie (September 21, 1981)

Taylor Momsen’s Leo Ways

“It’s like, yeah, I’m really going to go to a party with my cast and crew and all the executives at the network and dance on tables. [Tabloids] all want to make me out as this party girl, and I’m not. I’m underage! All I do is sit at home and play guitar. That’s seriously what I do. I’m a Leo. I’ve always been independent, and this is the lifestyle I have grown up with since I was 3.”