Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Happy Birthday Charlie Watts!

Shy but versatile Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts was born this day in 1941. Charlie has Jupiter in Gemini and Cancer and Saturn in Taurus. Charlie's legendary drumming is a perfect demonstration of Jupiter in Gemini rhythm and Saturn in Taurus steadiness:

Charlie became interested in drumming at the crucial age between the first Jupiter return and final Saturn opposition in the early teenage years. Intense neurological development during this time means that the habits of a lifetime are forms. Many prominent people experience some sort of significant event at this age that is cultivated and becomes a part of their identity in adulthood.

Jupiter in Gemini learners can find it enormously difficult to stick to commitments. They are often reluctant to look at things too closely because they are always on the lookout for something more interesting.

As I wrote in "Growing Pains": "Imagine entering a library that holds a copy of every single book or magazine printed. What would you choose to read first? Second? To Jupiter in Gemini learners, the enormous library is both heaven and hell. It is heaven because they know that books are the key to getting on in this world. Viewed this way, books hold all the information people need to know to be successful, respected and, most importantly, knowledgeable. To these learners, knowledge is God — and they see God as a harsh judge of those who don’t read. The enormous library becomes a hell of feeling obligated to read every book in preparation for the Big Book Review that God will ask them to write one day."

However, Charlie's learning style did not seem to flit from one interest to another: he stuck with drumming. The ruling planet of Jupiter offers another key to fine-tuning how a pupil learns. As Charlie has Mercury in Cancer: (again from "Growing Pains"): "These learners are creatures of habit and memory and tend to avoid unfamiliar territory if at all possible. They have learned that the unfamiliar is where the hurt is. Because they take everything to heart, they have a diffcult time in sorting fact from opinion. Teachers can guide them to select reliable sources of information and to be remorseless when disregarding useless information. Parents can encourage an interest in local interests and o set major changes by allowing their child to bring a little reminder from home when inevitable changes arise."

Like Bob Dylan (who also had a long career in the Music business and features in "Growing Pains") Charlie has Saturn in ever- enduring Taurus and is one of the richest drummers in the world.  

About the Astrologer

Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound research and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.

About the New Book

There are two dogs fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one dog is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The dog I feed.”

We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.

Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of  highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong dog.

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