Astro-Files Confidential

Alice’s Adventures in Astrological Wonderland
The Book I May Never Write

Back in 2004 I was sitting on our porch with my morning coffee, idly surveying the street scene, when the idea for my first book Perfect Together: Astrology Karma and You sprang virtually full-formed into my head. I turned to my husband and said “Don, I know this doesn’t make any sense, but I have to write a book.”  Ignoring a nagging inner voice that asked “What makes you think you can write a book?”  I spent the next couple of years spilling it all down on paper.  During that time I came to know in some deep, non-rationally-knowing place, that the assignment was really about three books, what I would come to think of as “The Karmic Trilogy.”  Perfect Together is about your spiritual life purpose and karmic history as described by the Nodes of the Moon.  Your Astrological Compass, about the planetary karmic teacher Saturn, came out in late 2013.  And now, in 2016, I’m deep into the research for Healing the Karmic Wounds: Pluto and Chiron.

Recently, I’ve started to feel that there might be a fourth book some day, but knowing what the process takes and where I am with Wounds, I can’t imagine when space and time will become available to give it a voice.  I would call it something like Astro Files Confidential and it would consist of true stories (identities protected, of course) where the events in a client’s biographical “real” life unfold in ways that so closely reflect the astrological energies at play in their chart that even an astrologer would be amazed.

I’m concerned that if I wait too long to get going on this I might forget the details, or even worse, never get around to recording these stories in the first place, so I decided to start writing them down one by one.  Here is “Mary Loves John.”

I’ll let you know when I’ve completed another one.  For now, it’s back to the research.

Mary Loves John

Mary has been my client from almost Day One.  When I met her in a women’s workshop at the local community college where I was presenting an astrology segment, she had just returned to school to start the long journey that would lead to licensing as a psychotherapist.  She was juggling the demands of single parenthood, a full-time job, and her academic responsibilities.  Additionally, she was deeply committed to her own personal development, and was open to a wide range of ways to facilitate self-understanding and growth, including astrology, which is what brought her to our workshop.  And to me as a client.

Over the years, I watched Mary as she made the journey that took her professionally from beautician to psychotherapist, and personally from single parenthood in a modest rental apartment to the purchase of her own condo and the celebration of the arrival of her first grandchild.  There had been no room or time for romance, and in fact she had no interest in bringing it back into her full and happy life.

But when  she came for her annual check-in a few years ago, I had to tell her about a huge “love and marriage” theme that was building into her chart.
“Forget it, Alice,” she said.  “I’ve worked so hard to get where I am.  My life is just how I hoped it could be, and the last thing I need is another man in it!  Maybe you should take another look at that research,” she concluded with a smile.

 “Just humor me, Mary.” I replied. “This convergence of energy is going to happen one way or another, and it’s not likely to gather again in this way for the rest of your life.  I’m going to give you an assignment, and if you do it and it comes to nothing, well then maybe I’ll consider ‘hanging up my stars’ and looking for another career.”

I asked her to spend some time writing in her journal, describing in great detail the hypothetical “Prince Charming” that just might change her mind on the issue if her mind could ever be changed at all:  what he looked like, his personality, his interests, his work, etc.  Just so she could recognize him if maybe he showed up somewhere, without any pressure to do anything about it if he did.  Reluctantly, she agreed, and that was that.  Knowing her history of working so hard to become all that she could be, I was pretty confident that she would do it.

And boy, did she ever!

“You’re not going to believe what I have to tell you, Alice,” she announced as she settled down on the couch in my consulting room a year later.  Mary is truly a beautiful, stylish woman, and her lovely face was only lovelier, blushing with excitement.

“I didn’t have a clue about where to begin with the assignment, so I decided to describe the supervisor on my first job as a therapist.  I really liked the guy and admired so many things about him, and he had been an enormous help to me as I was getting started. I even liked his looks.  But he was in a long-term happy marriage and definitely not available, so he was a safe bet.  And I have to admit that once I got started, I really got into the assignment, adding more and more detail to the picture.”

“A few months later I ran into him at a professional conference and learned that his wife had died the year before.  A week after the meeting he called, and guess what?  We’re dating!  Go figure!  I’m starting to think I may have to eat my words from all these past years!”


Now, I’m going on record that (1) I’m not psychic.  I do not get visions or pictures of how life literally unfolds in the future.  (2)  I don’t make definitive experiential predictions like “Yes, you will get that job you’ve applied for!” based on astrological factors and trends.  Instead, I speak of energetic potentials and challenges, leaving plenty of room for the free will and judgment of the client to determine the outcome.   Astrology simply doesn’t work like baking a cheese cake.  You may have all the “ingredients” (i.e. energies) lined up in just the right measure, but there are no guarantees that what you take out of the oven isn’t going to be an apple pie.   Sometimes, though, it all comes together in a “goose bump” kind of way, and this was certainly one of those
times, a reminder that the Universe can and will go to all ends to make something happen so we can play our next card in this game of life. 


P.S.  The next year John proposed and Mary accepted.  It was either on a bridge in Italy or somewhere in Paris…I don’t remember.
P.P.S.  The year after that, they got married.


They’re living happily ever after.  Of course.


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