Check Out These Birthday Twins!

I stumbled across an article on Yahoo! about uncanny sets of birthday twins — folks who were born the same day, month, and year. One example the article gives is George W. Bush and Sylvester Stallone, who were both born July 6, 1946.

Of course, as astrologers, we know that to be “real” birthday twins, the individuals in question must have been born at the same time and in roughly the same geographic location. I’d love to hear about true birthday twins, if anyone has any data.

Speaking of shared birthdays, longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas and President-elect Barack Obama were both born Aug. 4, though in different years. Interesting then that Thomas takes Obama to task for picking the same old faces for his economic team in this column on the economy.

In her column, Thomas says we’re in a Depression. I’m listening, because the lady has seen a thing or two. She has covered the White House since John F. Kennedy’s administration. Obviously, Thomas wasn’t a member of the White House press corps during the Great Depression, but she was a teen during the worst of it, having been born in 1920.

Monica’s Astrology Book Club

Pamela Cucinell over at Sunburst Oasis just sent a comment saying that Oprah’s chart isn’t looking so good right now. Voila!  What a great time to launch Monica’s Astrology Book Club. No, I don’t think I’m the next Oprah. My second house of finances doesn’t look as good as hers, but I do like to promote things I believe in.

Have you ever noticed how people with a lot of Sagittarius in their chart have a missionary zeal for something they’ve just discovered? “You’ve got to try this restaurant, it’s great!” says Ms. Sag Rising to her co-worker. “This new movie is going to win the Oscar, I’m sure of it,” exclaims Mr. Sag Sun to his roommate.

On that note, I bought a book at the United Astrology Conference bookstore that people have been telling me about for a few months. Yeah, my Mercury/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn moves slowly.

If you read just one astrology book this year, this is it. You don’t have to be an astrologer to appreciate the message. It’s Soul-Sick Nation: An Astrologer’s View of America, by San Francisco astrologer Jessica Murray.  It was first excerpted in Mountain Astrologer and was published in book form by MotherSky Press in February, 2008. For more information, visit

Drop me a line if you’ve already read Soul-Sick Nation and let me know what you think!

Speaking of books, I’ve learned that an old college newspaper chum has an online bookstore catering to various pagan pursuits at Can you imagine that? It seems The Daily Orange at Syracuse University has spawned occult offspring! If you go to the Pentacle Press site, you’ll immediately see the benefits of having an art background. (The proprietor was a satirical cartoonist when I knew him.)

When writer types design Web sites, they often make them too cluttered.