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Personal thoughts on the sign Cancer

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The Sun moved into Cancer at the Summer Solstice, and I have been thinking a lot about that sign.  I have a client who used to say “don’t call me a cancer!!” so I am now very politically correct, calling people born under that sign “Cancerians” rather than “Cancers.”  And this is somewhat representative of the Cancerian sensitivity. I was raised in a family of Cancerians.  My sister and my mother share the same birthday (or did up until my mother’s death in 2012) in the early degrees of Cancer.  My […]

Where the heck have I been, and other musings

A cardinal rule of blogging is to avoid apologizing when posts are few and far between.  But many of you have been with me since I began this blog in 2005, and I apologize for having abandoned those of you who rely on the wisdom of the planets to navigate a world that can often seem chaotic.  I know that this wisdom can be found elsewhere, but I frankly like being a mouthpiece for the planets and enjoy the camaraderie that my readership offers both myself and other seekers along […]

Astrology at the Expo

Twice a year I do readings at our local Body Mind Spirit Expo in Raleigh.  Because these are mini-readings they are perfectly suited to people who are trying out different consultants and different modalities, and while I have many repeat clients I also have quite a few newbies who have never had an astrology reading. Although I’ve been doing readings for many years, it’s still so exciting to read a chart for someone who is completely new to the art of REAL astrology.  Probably they already know their Sun signs, […]

Eulogy for my mother, one year late

When my mother died on December 19 of last year (2012) I had very little to say about her.  I wrote a post right after her death but it was more about me and my relationship with her.  I was exhausted from her illness and the challenges that surrounded it, and could find very little that was positive to say. When we started cleaning out her house I found boxes of old photographs and started to piece together a picture of my mother that changed the way I felt about […]

Sunday Saturn inspiration: “Routine is freedom from time”

“Routine is not a prison, but the way to freedom from time.  The apparently measured time has immeasurable space within it, and in this it resembles music.” ― May Sarton I’m afraid I have still been a bit in the Underworld after a very trying twelve months, but a bit more rest and rejuvenation and I will be back in full swing.  The Planetary Illuminations report had to go on hiatus in October but will be back in November. Saturn is preparing to square my Moon, and as the Prince of […]

Catching up and letting go – another personal story of Mercury retrograde

They say that bloggers should never apologize for a lack of posts, but some of you have been with me for years and the past few months is the first time I have ever gone more than a few days without posting.  It turns out that losing your mother is harder than I thought, and when you combine that with a resurgent real estate market (in my other life I own a small real estate company), there has literally been no time to breathe. All of this really combined to […]

Love song for the Solstice and a personal update

Photo by Pierre LeClerc I have been AWOL from this blog for awhile, largely due to the illness of my mother who died this past Monday. With my Moon (emotion, mother, needs) conjunct Pluto (destruction and regeneration) it’s not surprising that she and I had a complex relationship. I hated her intensely, yet during her illness I found I loved her with a ferocity that shocked me. After her husband died in 2000 she decided to move to North Carolina. Tis was bizarre because she and I were hardly in […]

Happy Thanksgiving to you, and Blogiversary to me!

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It was Thanksgiving of 2005 when this blog began.  My sister, already a prolific blogger, helped me get Astrological Musings set up on Blogger, and the rest is history.  At the time there were just a handful of astrology blogs: Elsa, of course, and Robert, and Jeff’s blog at the time was “Astrology at the Movies.”   Things have changed – currently there are 187 members of our Astrology Bloggers Facebook group. My second Saturn Return began last fall with a burst of productivity, but the second phase in the […]

Astrology in my world: more on the Saturn Return and adventures with Chiron

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As I’ve been writing in this blog, I am in the middle of my second Saturn Return (also see this article if interested).  The Saturn Return is one of the major astrological life cycles in which we are brought face to face with the realities (Saturn) of our lives.  During the first Saturn Return at age 28-30 we have to face the fact that we are no longer freewheeling youths and we have to face up to the responsibilities of adulthood.  The second Saturn Return at age 56-59 requires us to […]

“What happened to Lynn Hayes?”

I noticed that a surprising number of people used this search phrase to find this blog, so I thought I would put up a post with this very title to make it easier for people to find me. For the whole messy drama of why I’m no longer on both Patheos and Beliefnet, you can read this post.  And I hope that some of you will leave comments on the Beliefnet blog that still uses the title Astrological Musings illegally and against the terms of my contract with them. At […]