ALACAZEM 2012.07.26

ALACAZEM 2012.07.26

July 26 to August 2, 2012   Visible Planets: Morning: Venus and Jupiter  Evening: Mercury, Mars and Saturn

When I wrote the intro to Alacazem last week, I was looking forward to a family visit. My brother Jeff, his wife Mary, their two grown children – my niece Devan and nephew Blake – along with my niece’s two young toddlers, Grant and Presley, were driving down from Denver for the weekend – planning to arrive late afternoon Friday, July 20th. The final days of Mom, home and apple pie Cancer seemed perfect for some time with someone who had been in my life since birth – my older brother – and his easy-to-be-around, much loved family. Dinners at the old oak dining table from our childhood, a trip to the pool or our secret swimming hole along the San Miguel, complete with picnics and short nature hikes would be just right.

On that Friday, July 20th, around 11:00 a.m., I decided to give them a call and find out where they were in their travels and get an ETA. I dialed my niece Devan’s cell phone.

I found out shortly thereafter that they had gotten a bit of a late start. Their cousin Ashley – my brother’s wife Mary’s niece – had been shot at a midnight movie premier of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora and was currently in I.C.U., paralyzed. Ashley’s 6-year old daughter, Veronica, was with her mother in the theater and had been shot also. Tragically, Veronica did not survive the shooting. Devan asked me if I had seen the news. No, the television had been off all morning; I knew nothing.

“You might want to turn on the TV,” Devan said. “I’m sure it’s on every station.” Oh, my God. I was surprised they were still coming. You can imagine our conversation over the next few minutes. “Are you guys OK?” I asked. “We’re just glad to be together,” Devan said. “We’re all together and we’re safe. It just feels good for all of us to be together.”

Devan, her darling children, my nephew Blake, Mary and Jeff. A beautiful, happy, healthy family. Tragedy strikes. No matter how good we are, how bad we are, how much we love each other. Death is a part of life, it’s how it ends for all of us. At times like this, I embrace the words that my sweet niece Lise – who is today no longer with us here on Earth – wrote on a wall in her Fort Collins High School as advice for the young kids she was mentoring: “Live each and every moment of your precious life.”

It was, and continues to be, good to be together. Prayers and blessings for Ashley and Veronica, their loved ones and all others who have been directly or indirectly affected by this tragic event. May we walk in beauty, live in gratitude and find the courage to live fully, helping others and ourselves. Hope, peace and love…

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) The Leo zodiac month translates as one of feeling and following a path of heart. We too often listen to our minds – the ceaseless chatter of what ifs and why nots – leading us down roads of fear and doubt. Courage and strength are allies now. Let go of your attachment to outcomes, cultivate faith and live fully in the present, simply doing the next right thing.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Home and family relationships take center stage as solar rays shine light upon maternal/paternal roles and responsibilities. Treat others – especially those closest and dearest – with compassion, sensitivity and respect. Life deals us cards from a deck of heartbreak, trauma, challenge, joy, success and triumph. We never know what we are going to get. Be kind.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) With ruler Mercury, and several other planets retrograde, you may find yourself re-working projects, re-writing scripts or dealing with repeating patterns in your life and other relationships. Take it slow, relax in the process and cultivate patience. Everything happens in its own time and at its appropriate pace. Spirit has no time, surrender to the cosmos and choose joy.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) As your birthday month draws to a close, take a deep breath and ask your angels for guidance. The road ahead glimmers with hope and possibility. You are loaded with plenty of talent and potential, but you may feel lacking the courage or confidence to go forth. Forcing solutions on problems creates more problems. Tap into your heart and follow the light.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Happy Birthday month to the kings and queens of the zodiac. Regal and proud, loving and courageous, Lions can fall victim to ego-based thinking and behaviors, preventing the joys of humility and grace. Accept your life circumstances and the people in it exactly as they are in the present moment and focus on what’s good. Gratitude is the key to happiness.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) The Leo zodiac month heralds a time of introspection, surrender, humility and – ultimately – grace. You may find great comfort in quiet spaces and places, solitude and silence. Prayer and meditation are allies now, even amidst chaos and drama. Be true to yourself and the light of spirit.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Friends and fellowships, groups and social gatherings may be on your agenda this week and zodiac month. Leo energy encourages a more convivial approach to life and people; get out and about. Cultivate contact and interaction with those you admire and respect, expand your sphere of experience and influence. Joy is everywhere; seek and you shall find.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Career responsibilities, desires or achievements top your list of priorities as the Sun enters your solar 10th house of the social and professional. You may feel as if others are watching your behavior and performance. Guess what? They are. Simply do your best and be yourself. You have more than enough talent and ability to get to wherever you want to go. Let it flow.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) The bigger picture – the stars, galaxy and universe – surround you now. Fortunately, you understand the spiritual fabric of life here on planet Earth and beyond. We are all interconnected and interfaced, a butterfly in Peru affects a polar bear in Alaska. Say your prayers, feel your heart. Follow the light and go in the directions that feel good, and help others.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You may feel deeply emotional or mysteriously intrigued by matters of intimacy in relationship. Psyche, soul and spirit dance with images from the past, illusions in the present and fantasies for the future. Take your time, feel your feelings and stay firmly grounded in the facts. We can create good or bad, depending on our attitudes and perceptions.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) As the Sun enters your opposite sign and your solar 7th house of long term relationships, prepare yourself for several weeks of one-to-one relating. Pairing and sharing are dominant themes now. Recognize your part in every situation and circumstance. Take responsibility for what you say, do and feel. The quality of your life is up to you. How are you doing?

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Themes of health and self-improvement dominate the week and upcoming month. Chances are you’ve already made great progress here, but, of course, one can always be stronger and better. Take a good look at yourself in the proverbial mirror. What are the areas that could still benefit by way of attention and practice? Do your best and enjoy the process.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @



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