©6-25-11 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
We’re only 4 days into summer, and I’m bored already. For someone with 4 planets in Gemini, that’s trouble! I’m a little tired of stelliums for the time being, and you probably are too. So here’s your chance to suggest some new topics, Readers. The 3 best suggestions will win their choice of one of my ebooks.
A tip for newcomers to this blog: it would be a waste of time to suggest:
- Sun signs (alas, I tried. Not into it)
- Cookbook articles about 12 of anything (12 signs, 12 houses)
- What sign is compatible with what other sign
- Interpret a major configuration like a Grand Cross or Yod (not feasible on a blog)
- Progressions (not my forte)
- Myths, archetypes, and past lives
You’ll enhance your chances of having a post written about your interest, if you first make sure it hasn’t been covered thoroughly. Try the onsite search engine at the top right hand corner of the blog, or download 1-Articles Index Skywriter 7-2011 , an index of Skywriter’s 530 posts by category. (This is an excellent resource for students. Save it to your hard drive rather than print it, and then all the links are live.)
I don’t promise to write all the article suggestions, but I did use quite a few from the December contest. You can see the winning entries here: Contest Winners—Best New Series Ideas for 2011 and here are some articles based on those suggestions:
Mimi: “The fifth house has some funny connotations. Gambling, having fun, creating, having children, playfulness, your first child. I’d like to see more details on what planets there mean.” See Things You May Not Know about The 5th House and Children and Highlights of Our Discussion on the 5th House and Children.
Elise: “I’d love to read a series about the Midheaven. The Midheaven is contemplated as so significant; however, I haven’t read anything really clarifying yet about this topic.“ Midheaven 101—What the 10th House Cusp Shows about You was the start of a series exploring the Midheaven that included The Midheaven in Synastry—Meaningful Career Connections and Research Question—What did You Want to Be when You Grew Up?
VR was the Grand Prize winner, with several great series ideas. “You could do an Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About (sign/planet/aspect) and Were Afraid to Ask series” was the inspiration for Everything You Ever Wondered about the 8th House… and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the 12th House—but Were Afraid to Ask.
A couple of hints: My favorite topics are the houses, aspects and vocational astrology. I particularly enjoy doing Question and Answer sessions on those topics. My private practice over the years was totally focused on psychological astrology as a problem-solving tool to address clients’ issues and barriers. For that, I got the answers from the basic natal chart and transits, the less clutter on the chart the better, as reciting a myriad of details detracts from productive dialogue with clients.
I referred clients to electional or financial or horary astrologers if that was their need–and I would refer you to Google other topics and go to sites of experts in those areas. I won’t write about facets of astrology I have only read about, just things that I used with clients week in and week out for 40 years and that I observe to work, not just know in theory.
Although I don’t write about things outside my specialties, I occasionally host guest bloggers who are experts on those topics, so you can also suggest topics for Question and Answer sessions like A Q&A Session on Retrograde Natal Planets by Erin Sullivan and Readers Ask: Q&A about the Moon’s Nodes by Donna Van Toen
Submit as many article ideas as you like, but only one prize to a person. If there are multiple suggestions of the same topic, the best and most complete suggestion will win.
So, how about you, Readers? Are there topics you’d like to know more about? Any Question and Answer ideas? Who would you suggest for guest Q&A sessions? Leave your suggestions in the comment section, and three of you will win free ebooks. (To see the selection of ebooks, visit Moon Maven Publications.)
UPDATE: Saturday, July 2 at 12:00 PM Pacific time. The contest is now officially closed, with approximately 120 entried. Tune in tomorrow, when the winners are announced.
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