Posted by: Donna Cunningham | November 28, 2009

5 Timely Items You Won’t Want to Miss

©11-28-09 by Donna Cunningham, MSW 

With all the tight astrological aspects just now, the world is popping and so is the blogosphere. Today we’ll look at the latest developments in some of the topics we’ve been considering here–the Pluto-Saturn square, the sweatlodge tragedy, how to survive in the current economy, and what to do about an iffy birth time.  Some of you will have heard some of it—especially if you’re a subscriber—but I guarantee that ALL of you won’t have heard all of it.  Here’s what’s going on:  


WANT PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF THAT FLOWER ESSENCES WORK?  I’ve written frequently about the flower essences here because in my 25 years of working with them, I’ve seen how much positive change and growth they can catalyze in trying times like these. Many of you may be tempted to try them yet are wondering if it’s a placebo effect.  

Just out today is a study by Dr. Deborah Bier, who has contributed several articles to this blog.  It shows photos of an experiment conducted by Deborah and her students. They show clearly the positive effect an essence mixture has on germinating and growing plants. These photos have never been published anywhere before!  See the study at:

 THE LAKOTA NATION HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST JAMES ARTHUR RAY:  On 11/11, the Lakota tribe of North and South Dakota filed a lawsuit against the United States, the state of Arizona, James Arthur Ray and the Angel Valley Retreat Center. Additionally, Arizona tribes are forming a Council for Indigenous Traditional Healing to reclaim native ceremonies. Read more about the developments here: Lakota Nation files lawsuit against parties in sweat lodge incident.  

CAN’T AFFORD CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR? YOU’RE NOT ALONE: Are you appalled by the spectacle of Black Friday? Do you hate the thought of getting gifts that you don’t like or want from people that you then are obligated to buy a gift they don’t need or want? A just-released book may give you the courage to call a halt to commercialized Christmases. It’s Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays by Joel Waldfogel. Read a review and an interview with the author on at  Scroogenomics: an orgy of wealth. Follow the links to download the book’s Table of Contents and Chapter 1 [PDF] or go to the Shopping Cart.Skywriter Donna Cunningham relocation astrology 

BIRTHTIME UP FOR GRABS? If there’s a question about the time of birth, it may prevent you from making effective use of predictive tools like transits and progressions. 

For the professional astrologer, your services to your clients can be vastly improved by getting an accurate birth time.  James Alexander’s enthusiastic description of Polaris Software may convince you to use this invaluable tool to rectify those iffy charts. (See it at Getting the Birth Time Right—Polaris Software Makes It Possible

In addition, Astro*Carto*Graphy maps and Solar Map calculations may be off considerably in showing places that are optimal for a move. As you can see from the Solar Maps results shown here, a difference of half an hour can mean a costly 440 mile error. The two lines running from top to bottom are places where the Sun and Saturn fall on the relocated Midheaven–two very different sets of career placements. (Sorry the image is blurry–Wordpress can be a bear sometimes!) 

MY SERIES OF ARTICLES ON ASPECTS CONTINUES IN TMA: Just out on the newsstands is the December/January issue of the Mountain Astrologer—their 22nd Anniversary Edition. (Do you remember when it was a mimeographed newsletter?) There are features on the U.S. Saturn Return, the astrology of the water crisis, and the H1N1 flu, in addition to my article on conjunctions—part 2 of 8 in a new series.Donna Cunningham Skywriter 

 Each article  in the series zeroes in on one particular aspect, which I take apart and put back together. One way I do that is a section called, “Thinking INSIDE the Box,” a graphic spin-off of astrodrama. I use words that evoke that aspect —not the pair of planets in the aspect but the essence of the aspect itself. How does it FEEL? What emotions and patterns of response typify a 90° angle versus a 120° or a 180° angle. This morning I was working on a graphic for the inconjunct (a.k.a. quincunx), the subject of an upcoming piece. Above, you’ll see what that aspect feels like to me. 

So that’s the latest about the latest.  Have a good week. 

Posts in the Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit: 

FREE EBOOKLET FOR SKYWRITER SUBSCRIBERS ONLY:  a 50-page excerpt from my out-of-print book, The Moon in your Life, also known as Being a Lunar Type in a Solar World.  Read more about it here: NEW: FREE BOOKLET FOR SKYWRITER SUBSCRIBERS!  If you’re already a subscriber and want a copy, forward your most recent email notification to me at  To sign up for a subscription, go to the top right hand corner of the blog and click on “Subscribe.”

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  1. I have been telling everyone, posted on Facebook, etc., about the Scroogenomics book! Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. Was exchanging emails with a British friend just last week about how ‘obligated’ she felt in regard to the Christmas burden of gift-giving and how she so hated this time of year. I do not come from a Christmas tradition, so I have no issues with not giving everyone gifts, but I think this book could be the perfect tool for those who need a little courage:)

    • Hey, we just created a buzz on Facebook, one of those that authors dream about. Hope it’s not bah humbug for Scrooge’s author. Donna

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