While I am an astrologer, and will gladly check your personalized horoscope for you, I almost never check mine. On the rare occasions that I do check my planetary transits, it’s because I’m being smacked upside the head by the unexpected.
I checked my transits just last week.
Nothing is happening, exactly. But, I’m experiencing DRIVE like I’ve never felt before, as if an invisible force is relentlessly whipping me to go faster towards my goals. It’s both invigorating and uncomfortable as hell.
Last October, I wrote about Saturn moving into the sign of Scorpio. Saturn has not been in Scorpio since the mid 1980s. To quote myself directly, “…whatever your personal goals, during the next 2-3 years, you’ll have more drive and determination to achieve them. Saturn in Scorpio is not a lucky break but a chance to prove yourself, through diligence, dedication and hard work. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pursue your dreams with the relentless passion of a woman obsessed. Thanks to Saturn in Scorpio, no dream will be impossible.”
If Saturn moved into Scorpio last October, why am I just now feeling this so strongly? Saturn is currently sitting right on my ascendant (the line that marks the rising sign, on the left-hand side of a chart). It’s also conjunct (right next to) my natal Jupiter. No wonder I’m not sleeping!
Anyway, it was no surprise that when I saw the article, “Secret Ingredient for Success” come across the NY Times, facebook feed, I was all over it. I devoured the article, and only then, noticed it was an opinion piece based on a book coming out on January 29, titled, The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well. And get this – the opinion piece was written by the authors of the book. They got an OpEd in the NY Times to promote a book that wasn’t even out yet? I guess they learned a lot about this “secret ingredient”!
I followed the book’s page on facebook, and got sucked into the hype. I never get caught up in hype, especially when it involves spending money. But, do you know, I got up first thing this morning and bought the book? I could have pre-ordered it but was afraid it wouldn’t deliver immediately.
Wait. What did I just do?
Are the authors marketing pros or is my intuition telling me that there is something in this book that is going to revolutionize the way I do things? I’m sure about the former but am also optimistic about the latter.
I did have to teach this A.M. but have been reading for a good three hours, and am one third of the way through. Each chapter profiles a different person who has been successful in his or her field. There are artists, writers, entrepreneurs, actors, athletes, game show winners, and others I haven’t read yet. The authors profile 36 people in total.
In the introduction, they list 10 characteristics that the “superachievers” have in common. Three of them are some variation of PERSISTENCE (called “stubborn” back where I’m from): dedication, intelligent persistence, and patience. The other characteristics are community, listening, telling a story, testing, managing emotions, evolving, and happiness.
I WILL have this book finished no later than tomorrow. (Crack that whip!) I’m sure many posts will come from it.
In addition to this book, I have two books headed my way that are going to deepen my research on the Moon. Look for reports on those in upcoming Moon-day articles (and my upcoming book!) and the Dancing with Diana: Synching Your Life with the Moon class that will begin in April.