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Archive for July 2007

when gathering at Gather.com

 Jimson weed in bloom

Hey, did I ever mention to you that there’s pretty cool content to be found at http://judecowell.gather.com if you want to take a peek?

Not just on my Pages, of course, but all over the social networking site they call http://www.gather.com  and there you may view images–photos and art–or read articles on every subject under the sun. And you don’t have to join to view and read–only to comment and interact with other members.

My own Pages have something of an assortment from yours truly…articles on various topics (not just on Art or Astrology or Politics or Limericks–quelle relief!) and although most of my Gather images are drawings or collages (see http://collagemirage.gather.com  if you like a pasty collage or two–better yet, get out the Modge Podge and have at it, Lazybones!),  you’ll also find a few family photos as well.  Like me at 18, me at…well, you get the idea.

Yes, Blasts from One’s Past are semi-hoots in the Memory Lane Department, I guess!

I hereby would like to cordially and formally invite you to view (and join if you wish) a Group I began some time ago called Art Flower.  Gather Groups are a good way to organize content and meet up with your friends and connections on the site. 

The link for Art Flower is:

http://artflower.gather.com  and it’s for publishing flower images or articles on bloomery, gardening, bouquets, and related topics. The image here is actually the icon for the Group…it’s a Jimson weed flower from the Deadly Night Shades family.

So drop in when you can…hope to see you at Gather!

Written by Jude Cowell

July 31, 2007 at 7:15 am

John Roberts’ condition: after the fall

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/07/john-roberts-falls-saturn-at-midheaven.html  is where you’ll find planetary info (“As above, so below”!) on Chief Justice John Roberts’ fall today at his vacation home in Maine.

There’s also a short update on Roberts’ condition with AP article link in case you missed the news–a seizure cause his fall and subsequent rush to the hospital.

Seems he had a similar episode in January, 1993.

Doctors call this sort of thing “a benign idiopathic seizure” and with no stroke or other known cause, it could possibly mean a diagnosis of epilepsy for John Roberts.

Written by Jude Cowell

July 31, 2007 at 1:23 am

Solar Eclipse of Sept 11, 2007

Yes, it’s true…our upcoming partial Solar Eclipse occurs on Sept 11, the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. You may wish to read about it at:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/07/sep-11-2007-solar-eclipse.html where you’ll find that the US natal Mars (military; the warrior; police force; firefighters; male persons; energy; initiative) will return to natal position (21Gem23) on Sept 11 as well…a big day.

Uranus, planet of sudden events, and the Sun and Moon of this Eclipse form two Mutable T-square patterns which point to apex (focal planet) Mars. And as you know, Mutable energy can be scattered and easily misdirected if not not well-managed. Bush continues to be under stress for as “they” say: troubles are often self-created.


Hope you get a chance to check out the Eclipse info at Stars Over Washington–and don’t let Cheney’s doctored (but not by yours truly) snarl scare you away. Imho, his snarl is scary enough without the extra fangs!

Written by Jude Cowell

July 28, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Have you seen Gretel’s Green Chiffon?

Gretel’s Green Chiffon

No, it hasn’t gone missing…I was merely wondering if you’ve seen Gretel in her new costume now appearing in the Cosmic Persona Designs Gallery, that’s all.

Follow this trail to see a full view of Gretel (pictured upclose here) at: http://cosmicpersonadesigns.blogspot.com/2007/07/gretels-green-chiffon.html  especially if chiffon’s your thing…

and if you’re in a political mood–for there’s much going on in Washington today what with a subpoena being issued for Karl Rove and the ongoing controversy over Alberto Gonzales’ truthiness issues–you may wish to check out the current Progressed midpoint pictures of  “proud to be a liberal” JFK–for our charts continue to be impacted by the planets in their courses–and our placements change by progression even after we’ve passed into history…as the Scriptures say: a day for a year!

Follow http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/07/progressed-midpoints-of-jfk-72607.html to see if any of the midpoints sound pertinent to the sorry state of America, July 2007–for midpoint pictures are a great way for the non-astrologese-speakers among us to score some starry info without having to take the course.

Your Reluctant Astrologer (moi) translates so that you don’t have to!

Written by Jude Cowell

July 26, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Ron Paul, that’s all

Today I’ve been posting on the natal chart of Ron Paul, presidential hopeful for 2008.

Even without a correct birth time, the Solar (sunrise) chart tells us quite a bit about the man who never votes for any bill he thinks violates the US Constitution. Being partial to the document myself, it behooved me to find out more about Dr. Ron Paul.

Plus,  Mr.A.Cat has added his two paws’ worth with a new rhyme at: http://limslimericks.blogspot.com/2007/07/kitten-from-paul.html  or you may wish to go directly to:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/07/ron-paul-aug-20-1935.html for some lowdown on the Libertarian doctor and politician with Sun in royal Leo and Moon in stubborn Taurus the Bull!

 And please feel free to let me know what you think–either here or there.

Written by Jude Cowell

July 24, 2007 at 8:02 pm

Water, Eclipses, and a March for Impeachment

Are you all about Impeachment these days? Cindy Sheehan has been leading a March for Impeachment today in Washington and you’ll find my post on it here:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/07/march-for-impeachment.html  which includes the Impeachment March’s chart (began at 10:00 am edt.) There was a Mystic Rectangle over Washington as the March began, yet what are its chances of reaching its desired goal ?

Click to find out–for my own goal with Stars Over Washington is to give those who don’t speak ‘astrologese’ some details in English concerning the goings-on in our nation’s capital and elsewhere bwo the stars and planets over Washington DC.

Note: today’s chart may also be viewed for general influences if you have no interest in Impeachment. Ex: it includes a reference to Bush’s colon surgery on Saturday as well.

And I wish to send a heartfelt Shout-Out to all my friends in the UK who are dealing with towns drowning in water, and also to those in Texas, in the Sudan, and elsewhere in the world whose flooding troubles continue. Sadly, homelessness over the globe abounds and we’re all subject to this threat under current influences.

As above, so below:

Solar Eclipses have generally been seen through the centuries as a major culprit when it comes to natural disasters–and deservedly so. Some Eclipse Series are ‘easy’ and some are very difficult especially for areas of the world in which the Eclipse is viewable…areas which are in an Eclipse’s path or shadow.

So which Series is the world laboring under now (at least until the next Solar Eclipse of Sept 11, 2007)?

That would be the 9 New North Series, which first manifested August 21, 1664 at 28Leo50. The current Eclipse occurred Mar 19, 2007 at 28Pisces07–Pisces being a Water sign.

Add to that the Saturn (earth; stability)/Neptune (water; dissolution) opposition which was exact (partile) for the third and final time on June 25, 2007…this difficult opposition is still within orb of influence–and their current cycle (the conjunction) began in 1989 as Bush Sr. took the Oval Office.

Bernadette Brady, in her masterful book,  Predictive Astrology (The Eagle and the Lark), gives details on the 9 New North Series as:

“a very physically expressive Series; accidents; great physical effort; violence; or any sudden physical event. Safety must be guarded during this Series which may be positive or negative.”

The 9 New North Series last occurred in 1989 at “17Pisces”…the spot in the zodiac where quirky, erratic Uranus has been visiting of late…and Uranus is the planet of sudden events, disruption, and lightening (wildfires!) This Series will occur again in the year 2025 in Aries.

Well there’s a bit of info for you and hopefully you may mosey over to SO’W for more details–and if you click-to-enlarge the Impeachment March’s chart there, you will see the Mystic Rectangle highlighted in Pink and some thoughts upon this interestingly-named pattern.

Written by Jude Cowell

July 23, 2007 at 7:11 pm

what’s your Cosmic Persona?


My very first art blog in 2005 was http://cosmicpersonadesigns.blogspot.com  named from my long-time interest in masks (new and ancient) and from Astrology’s interpretation of the Ascendant (what’s rising…describes the WHAT of any chart) as being our ‘mask’ or persona–how we see the world and how the world sees us. And the name seemed nebulously appropriate for online stuff considering how we all ‘hide’ behind screen names, pen names, faked avatars and profiles, and such.

Mix in my previous classes in Fashion Illustration, Lay-out, and Design at Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum, and it isn’t far to “Cosmic Persona Designs”…one of which you see before you.

http://www.louvreatlanta.org/en/home/ has info on the current partnership between the High Museum and the Louvre in Paris which brings amazing art to the High on into 2009. Check it out–esp if you can manage to mosey over to Peachtree Street and check  out the exhibitions in person. You won’t be disappointed.

So my question is: do you know your own cosmic persona? If not, you may want to have your natal chart calculated and find out.

btw: a big Thank You! to those who have downloaded some of my art images at http://stores.lulu.com/judecowell/  which is my Lulu Storefront–I really appreciate it, you guys, whoever you may be behind those interesting looking masks!

Written by Jude Cowell

July 22, 2007 at 11:59 pm

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