Astrological Association of St Petersburg : February Meeting
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The first Thursday of the Month
The Astrology Association of St. Petersburg
 is excited to present  The Moon and Destiny with

PO Box 173    Springfield, PA  19064
610- 543-2259

Amanda Owen, an astrological consultant, lecturer, and teacher based near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a cofounder and long-time president of the now defunct Philadelphia Astrology Society (PAS). Her study of astrology began in 1974; she has maintained a private practice since 1985.

Amanda is the author of Lucky Stars  (Random House, 2001). Lucky Stars received excellent reviews and praise from astrologers including popular authors and columnists Michael Lutin, Donna Cunningham, and Kelli Fox and non-astrologers including Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute and author of The New American Spirituality (Random House, 1999) and Christiane Northrup, MD, best-selling author of Womenís Bodies, Womenís Wisdom (Bantam, revised 1998) and The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, 2001). Dr. Northrupís website features Lucky Stars, refers Amanda for consultations and provides a link to Amandaís site.

Amanda lectures frequently throughout the United States and maintains a busy teaching schedule. She has been profiled on television and radio. She authored a monthly column entitled Little Stars for Horoscope Guide magazine answering parentsí questions about their children and has written a variety of articles for astrological publications including Horoscope Guide, American Astrology, Mountain Astrologer and a variety of publications of JBH Publishing. She also writes occasional articles for CosmoGIRL! magazine and wrote their Backpack Astrologer, a prediction guide for 2002-03, (read by over 600,000 people) which was featured in the September 2002 issue. Additionally, she and has written content for their website at features Lucky Stars and provides a link to Amandaís website.

Amanda created and directs The Pennsylvania Time Project (PTP). She researches and collects information regarding birth time documentation from Pennsylvania hospitals and distributes that information to astrologers world-wide to assist them in utilizing correct data for accurate astrology charts and readings.

Amanda uses astrology not only to assist with timing, but also to help people to deepen their understanding of themselves. "People consult an astrologer when they are searching for answers and solutions to their life issues, dynamics, and concerns. Their birth charts show both the things that come easily in life and those areas where they get stuck. Often we donít move forward past our stuck places - not because we donít want to - but because we donít know how. The birth chart is a symbolic map of the psyche or personality and provides a view of the many possible roads in that map. It is the astrologerís job to help the client to see those roads and also, importantly, to validate and to bring illumination to the individualís experiences."

Amanda is currently at work on her second book Receive: When You Stop Chasing Your Dreams, Theyíll Start Chasing You

Reminder: Please bring a Book and a dollar for shipping to the January Meeting for Doug the New Orleans Astrologer who lost all his books.

The Moon and Destiny 

Security is a state of mind; change is constant. In this lecture, the Moon Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) provides important information regarding security, comfort, and safety needs (the natal moonís placement by sign, house and aspect) and how to work logistically and effectively with family karma. Both family curses and blessings will be covered.  Please bring a #2 pencil to this briefing. (This lecture is interactive. You will be filling out a MEMA form throughout the lecture.)

Neptune: The Key to Attraction

If you donít meditate, donít have an artistic bone in your body, and donít really feel like devoting your life to the less fortunate, what can you do with the symbolism of Neptune?  Traditionally, astrological literature offers little when it comes to utilizing what this planet has to offer.  Ideally, opening to the Neptune experience minus the distortions of deception and escapism rests within the balance between giving and receiving.

There are steps that can be taken to shift the Neptune experience from confusion, victimization, or deception to the highest possible spiritual level. In this workshop we will examine Neptuneís natal placement by house and aspect as well as transiting Neptune to discover how a boundary-less state can serve you instead of hinder; bring you the dream instead of confusion or disappointment.
Amanda Owen
PO Box 173
Springfield, PA 19064
Order or read about Amanda's book Lucky Stars at

Info:  Sarah Lyons 727-347-4737,  Julia King 727-488-5504 

>From:  Well Within Natural Medicine,  Melanie Smith []

Chinese Astrology - Year of the DOG.

          Sun Nien Fai Lok
Happy  Chinese New Year of  the DOG,

January 29, 2006 will usher in the year of the Fire Dog.  It is Year 4,704 since the beginning of the Yellow EmperorĻs reign.  

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival is the main Chinese festival of the year and it is not a religious event.  As the Chinese use

the Lunar calendar for their festivals the date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year. The date corresponds to the new moon (black moon) in

either late January or February. Traditionally celebrations last for fifteen days, ending on the date of the full moon. In China the public holiday lasts

for three days and this is the biggest celebration of the year.

Rat 1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996

Ox 1901 1913 1925 1936 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997

Tiger 1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998

Rabbit 1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999

Dragon 1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000

Snake 1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001

Horse 1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002

Goat 1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003

Monkey 1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004

Rooster 1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005

Dog 1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006

Pig 1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007

*Please note: The Chinese year ends on the first new moon of the following

year. For those of you born in January and February please take care when

determining your sign it may be that you need to use the previous year.


What's in Store for 2006?

Paradoxically the year of the Dog will bring happiness and dissent in the

same boat. The Dog's domestic auspices will bring harmony to home life,

patriotism to one's country and unwavering fealty to whatever cause you wish

to support.

On the other hand, his rigid willpower and unbending sense of justice will

also lead to major confrontations with the weaker side getting the upper

hand. It is a year in which controversial issues will be awarded a hearing

and unconventional but effective changes will be introduced. Equality and

liberty will be advocated by the Dog's noble influence.

We will become more idealistic in our views, shedding some materialism by

doing charitable acts or otherwise championing some worthy projects. It is a

year in which we will shift away from the pursuit of the almighty dollar and

become a little more reflective. A perfect time to reassess our sense of

values, polish up our virtues and go on crusades against tyranny and


In spite of the Dog's dismal outlook, he brings stability because people do

not usually dare to challenge his authority when they see how intent he is

on keeping the peace. The year of the Metal Dog is more feared than others

as he is said to bring war and calamity. (Not to worry - 2006 is the year of

the Fire Dog)

Needless to say, the Dog's resoluteness and intensity will cause clashes,

upheavals and rebellions of all sorts, but it will be his good sense and

largesse that will also smooth things out in the end. His unselfishness will

predispose us to be more big-hearted than we normally are.

This will also be a year in which we will wish we could relax more without

the cynical Dog constantly casting worries on our minds. Then again, perhaps

it will be the Dog's ever-watchful eye that will be the main force in

keeping this time calm.

Aside from this feeling of uneasiness, there should be no cause for alarm.

We can go about our business as usual since the Dog makes the perfect


The Dog's year will lend integrity to our intentions and make us act in good

faith. Nothing should concern us so long as we stick to the righteous path.


This may be the most likable sign of all in the Chinese cycle. A person born

in the year of the Dog is honest, intelligent and straightforward. He has a

deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice and fair play. A Dog native

is usually animated and attractive and will exude sex appeal. Generally

amiable and unpretentious, he will know how to get along with others as he

is not too demanding. The egalitarian Dog likes to meet others halfway, is

always willing to listen to reason and can be counted on to do his share.

If you have a forthright Dog for a friend, you must know that when you are

in trouble, all you have to do is dial D-O-G. For no matter how much he or

she complains, scolds or feigns indifference, the Dog person cannot ignore a

real call for help. At times, the Dog protects the interests of others more

avidly than his own. If anyone will bail you out ten times out of ten, he

must be a Dog. The Dog-born sometimes sticks to the object of his affection

no matter how unworthy the person is. You don't find a Dog leaving home just

because he discovers that his master has the proverbial feet of clay. He

makes allowances for such frailties and he will probably stick it out

through thick and thin. And if he does leave home, well, don't blame him, it

must be a truly dismal place indeed! The Dog does not desert easily.

Like his equally humanitarian friend, the Tiger, the Dog seldom directs his

wrath at someone personally. He will take you to task over one specific act

or offense without hating you entirely or forever. His anger is more of a

bright flash. It could come without warning and may die as quickly, too. But

it will always be a justifiable kind of anger--without malice, without

rancor and without jealousy. When all is said and done and proper

reparations have been made, he can bury the hatchet.

Not all Dogs look for fights. It would be more just to say that the Dog

person is an open-eyed and open-minded observer, with the objective of

preserving social goals and guarding the interest of the public at large.

Once in a while, when the Dog decides to take up a cause he thinks is right,

he will emerge victorious. Fortunately, he is not one to champion bad causes

because his ideals and morals will be of the highest order. As the symbol of

justice, the Dog person is very serious about his self-imposed


Collectively speaking, the Dog is not materialistic and ceremonious; he

prefers plain talk. He usually sees through people's motives anyway, so

fancy language just affects him the wrong way. He is a natural lawyer and

will listen to your case objectively. But don't pry into his affairs as he

will become secretive and withdrawn. The Dog was born with his defense

shields up. You will have to gain his confidence gradually and wait for him

to open up.

The Dog is reputed to be cynical, but this is a callous generalization.

Actually, it is more fitting to say that puppies are universally lovable and

irresistible, young dogs are frisky and full of life and only mature or old

dogs earn the right to be the diehard cynics of the Oriental zodiac. Staunch

public defenders and members of the Old Guard must indeed belong to the

elite Dog unit, getting bleary-eyed with disillusionment as the years go by

but remaining ever faithful in rallying to the bugle's call. Raving with

disgust at how low our morals have sunk, the Dog will still be found pitting

his strength against the forces of evil and answering every S.O.S. that

comes his way.

Even as young pups, the Dog will be able to spot the good guys and the bad

guys. He'll want to be one of the good guys, of course. She will be Joan of

Arc and he will be Sir Galahad.

The Dog, whether he admits it or not, will have an inborn need to divide

people into fixed categories. To him, you are either a friend or foe; black

or white. No mousey grays or other shades of in-between. He has to know how

to classify you before he can relax in your company. His decision to trust

or not to trust you is often a final one. And if he does suspect you, well,

he may not be rude enough to come right out and accuse you without the

evidence, but you can be sure he will be watching you from the corner of his

eye. However, even snarling, barking, mad dogs have a good idea of how the

legal system works and won't come after you without that warrant. But when

he's onto your scent and picks up your tracks, it will be difficult to shake

him off.

On the whole, the Dog is only violent when stirred or attacked on his home

ground. He will work hard when he has to or wants to; otherwise, he has a

certain "lie by the fire" kind of laziness. Yet, while he is tolerant of and

acquiescent to his friends, he can be critical of and emotionally cold to

people he dislikes. Practical, fearless and the owner of one very sharp

tongue, the Dog person is ultra-realistic and outspoken. He will make a good

judge as he spares no one, not even himself, in the final analysis.

Like the late Chou En-lai, who was born in the year of the Dog, the native

of this sign will be loved for his warm charisma and superb insight into

human nature. With his astute intelligence and noble character, he makes a

good but sometimes reluctant leader. People trust him and hold him in high

esteem because of his sense of duty and discretion. The Dog's leadership is

unemotional, although altruistic. But he is also prone to bouts of erratic

and cantankerous behavior. This may be because he is really an introvert at

heart and hates all that pretense on the social scene.

The Dog-born does not care very much about money, but should he have

desperate need for it, no one is better equipped to find it. In many cases,

he will be born into a good family; if not, he will elevate his status in

life by himself without shunning his family or hiding his humble origins.

Even while he puts on a bright and cheerful appearance, the Dog is by nature

a pessimist. He tends to worry unnecessarily and will expect trouble to be

lurking in every corner. But there are times when his predictions come true=

Dr Light  Wishes You Well for the New Year!