This Week’s Horoscope deals with Sex and Darth Vader

The Salem Love Psychic’s Horoscope

The Salem Love Psychic

So what is going on this week: three planets turning retrograde!  Jupiter, Saturn, and most important – Venus. First, we will have a Scorpio Full Moon followed by a committed partnership Grand Trine!

Thursday, May 7th!

The last Super Moon of this year is  a Scorpio Full Moon which brings about a good time to release tensions in the certain nether areas of our personality through:

  • sharing resources
  • occult practices
  • wealth
  • power
  • charisma
  • sacred sex
  • investigation
  • research
  • transformation
  • death and rebirth
  • shadow work

Taurean Mercury opposes the Moon, brings about a time to have a dialogue about long-ignored issues on very practical matters. It is a good time to lay a new foundation or shore up old ones to build upon to strengthen old friendships and relationships. Miscommunication sometimes slips into our relationships and wedge their way in until they threaten to split us up. Now is a good time to clarify what might have been said in the past so those people you care about know your true intentions. You might find out they were building your future relationship on false pretenses that you need to address before harm falls in.

A Scorpio Moon already feels things intensely. This lunation’s Moon-Neptune trine is a bit tricky. While you are trying to clarify what you had said in the past, be careful that you are talking to another person’s ego or true self. At times some people’s ego is weak when confronted with things it feels ashamed of or frightened by. These are times that part of a person’s psychology hides and lets the Shadow out. The Shadow’s first job is to go on the offensive to protect the ego. Once it has secured the ego, then it scolds the ego and tries to teach it some important lessons.

Ever got in an argument with someone and they start screaming, or raising their voice, accusing you of things and behaviors that you know damn well to be their own? Well they are! The Shadow uses you to interpret and pass its message on slowly through time, piecemeal, to the ego. So the Scorpio Full mixed with the Moon-Neptune trine will bring up a lot of emotions in which some ego’s might not handle causing their Shadows to fight the fight that is not theirs.  It is a very emotional time as seen by the symbols of the moon and Neptune which represent the emotions combined with the sting of the Scorpion.

For some people should have died years ago! The parts of their personality that have been causing them harm for decades now. The harmful person should of died years ago, to give birth to the person they were born to be.

Sometimes when we do not tell someone the harm they are causing, it is our fault. We allowed parts of ourselves to die, that should never have died, to keep alive parts of others that should of died years ago. The moon is the symbol of the ego-death. It is not time to order the casket and flowers, but a celebration of the death of the smoker, the spouse, the employee, victim, or the slayer for your true self to rise from the ashes. Like the snake shedding its skin which does not fit them any longer for a fine new suit that does.

As a collective, as a society, this time calls for us to put to death the workaholic, the distant parent, the negligent friend. Many of us have found ourselves trapped by the long commute and longe work hours that we have forgotten our children, parents, friends, spouses, and most importantly, ourselves! The American work culture coupled with the high costs of housing has created the fear that has been wedging into our lives for over 10 years now. We need to kill this way of living and have a long talk with ourselves!

The Moon’s final aspect is a tight Vesta quincunx which will help you have these conversations. It will grant you the fortitude not to take the Shadow’s words personal. It will give you the strength to understand the people in your life are not meaning harm, but lashing out. When one is suffering a loss of a loved one, they lash out unintentionally and for the short term, we forgive all that they say when they are grieving. For many will be grieving the loss of the parts of their personalities they were using for crutches for too long.

Collectively it is a good time to stop hoarding and sharing our wealth to those charities for people who find themselves short on cash and food. So stop stocking up on toilet paper…

It is a good time to release tensions. Spring has sprung and a little rutting will do us all good. It is time to enjoy the fullness of life. So get naked and don’t judge yourself or others for what we all need, for if we didn’t, there would have never been any life on this planet! 

This act is also sharing of ourselves. Most important is how we open up ourselves before and after sex with our conversations. Conversations about what brings each of us bliss.

Sabian Symbol

Find yourself within a state of Bliss, and hold it. When you are there you will find others where you are or bring others there who are ready. Do not try to bring people up who insist on falling. They are on another journey. Insist people come to your level and do not stoop to theirs.

Be the person standing outside of the hole and throw a rope down to help someone out, but never pull them up without them do any climbing themselves.

When you are the best person you can be, you have so much more to offer others.

This Sabian Symbol calls for you to understand the Buddhist meaning of the Joyful Participation of Sorrow. It is a time to be like Grandfather in Little Big Man who walked into the slaughter of his tribe with a joyful smile or like Chauncey in Being There just walking through life. The removal of fear and desire is helpful. Do not put judgments on these times. Like a Zen koan, understand when a knife is harmful and when it is not. A knife in surgery will save your life and a knife in an alley will end it. Do not put value judgments on either of these also. For the doctor could of been a hack and a near-death accident could make you reaccess your life for the better.

The Joyful Participation of Life! To desire life, you fear it will be taken from you. Just be. Just be within all the aspects of what comes to you. In the movie About Time,  the main character learns he can relive the day. At first, he changes all his mistakes and erases the aggravating things that happen. Then he learns to just embrace them a second time smiling.

Losing the fear of the other person’s Shadow will work out a stronger ego in those we care the most about once w do not react to them, but only smile and hug them. For all that a child having a tantrum needs, is a hug.

For us adults, a little of the slap and tickle…

Sunday, May 10th!

The Grand Trine begins today, peaks on Wednesday, and ends on Sunday. It includes Mercury, Juno, Pallas Athena, and Saturn. Once we have worked through the temperamental ego and let their Shadow rest once more, we build on the conversations and trust which strengthen friendships and tightens the bonds and joys of our relationship. The Grand Trine helps us find bliss within each other after the new foundations were laid out on Thursday and past communications clarified. 

It is a time for our True Self to talk to the True Self in others around us!

Mercury is still breaking ground in this new relationship between ego and Shadow for it is in the house of Gemini, the twins. Recall times when Lucifer and Yahweh, after the fall, sit and talk to one another in the bIble. The twin brothers, the two sides of Venus: the morning star and the evening star.  Realize double-speak, but don’t fall prey to it. The ego is testing its trust of you so he can in time balance his Ego and Shadow to become the Self.

Pallas Athena, closely conjunct practical Saturn, can help you negotiate a person’s behavior as they are balancing out their Ego and Shadow sides. Give the other person leniency, but snap at them when they overstep and make sure you follow it up with a hug and a smile.

Juno focuses this Grand Trine to support the ongoing relationships in your life that will bring you to your shared bliss. Those relationships that have found new life, by now you should of let those that needed to die to pass.

Grand Trines are like going downhill on a bike. If we do not pedal hard going downhill we might find going up the other side harder. Grand Trines gives us great presents, but they will pass if we do not provide a foundation for them. If we do not learn to make those presents for ourselves, they might become a once in a lifetime event.  Wouldn’t you want those amazing times to happen every day and get even better! So work with the Grand Trines and learn from them to make the most of this time and the rest of your life as you enact upon the lessons learned.

Monday, May 11th!

This is the beginning of four planets turning retrograde. Followed by Venus on Wednesday and Jupiter on Thursday. I will talk about Saturn today, and the rest next week.

Saturn turns retrograde at 1°57′ Aquarius. The planet turns direct again in  4-1/2 months, on 9/29, at 25°20′ Capricorn. The Ego acts like the king. During this retrograde, the Ego learns to humble itself within its communications with others as it moves their True Self through adolescence. Aquarius and Capricorn are great teachers of the subtle and fun art of conversation!

In alchemy, the king acts like Darth Vader. It threatens its son with death. The son brings new ideas and confronts the father with his faults and mistaken beliefs. The father swallows and, for what it seems, kills his son. Then the King sweats on what his son stands for and fights out those beliefs in his mind. The dross of his son is left behind and his truth arises. Then the reborn son and the king become one. 

Think of how the Beatles where so hated with their mopish hair and loud music, now they are hallmarks of society! 

Society fights all new ideas, but those that speak truth fight it out with the old guard and in the end are always embraced. It is the battle of the dreamer and the technician.  Einstein was a dreamer who fought the battle with the technician of this world to bring us the physics we know today.

So at the end of the virus, those stalwarts of our society have to realize how they have been hurting their flocks and become part of the cure and not the disease. They need to embrace the importance of themselves and not the corporation they brace up. They need to see the importance of those other Selves around them,  for if they can not see their Self they will never be able to see yours.

This virus will bring death to the personas of society and ill-placed social duties. Darth Vader dies to give life to Anakin. 

The king is dead,  Long live the King!

So come back next week and we will discuss the other three retrogrades!

Rev. Barbara is the Salem Love Psychic and the owner of the oldest continuous Psychic Parlor in Salem MA.

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Still Stuck in Whiting Due to Virus

Chris Dowgin in bowler hatSo while I have not seen your faces, or that many faces of anyone at all, I wonder how many faces you have seen? The healthy safe requirement is 6ft, not acres stuck up in your house. This time makes me curious, are we no longer social creatures?

Is the virtual experiences we receive through Netflix, Fortnight, and Facebook plenty. Maybe there is some truth to the supposition that the little grey aliens with big heads and fingers are, in reality, us coming back from the future.  Why, what do we need with tall muscular bodies if all we do is sit in front of a box and exercise our mind and fingers.  Is that future fine with you?

How many of you have looked up a good friend you have not seen in a while and relished in their company. I was hoping more of us will, but I fret it is not so. Maybe there is still hope, it has been winter in which is a time we tend to shut ourselves away from each other. Partly due to a hibernation itch that is brought on when the sun chooses to hide for several months each year. Is it the weather; just not warm enough to enjoy the great outdoors?

Well in 2 days I get to see another batch of strangers, some faces will be familiar, as the state parks reopen in NJ. I will head back to Double Trouble State Park and ply my flute on those who pass by for a smile or a conversation. Though I find myself in the most densely populated state in the country, I find few besides these hikers who make a pretense of being sociable.  I met a few who will stop and talk, but rare are the few who follow up with a call after an exchange of numbers happen. Maybe this will have changed as the park reopens.

Sometimes you restrict something and the desire for it grows. You restrict a rubber band’s desire to be at rest and it snaps against the pull you place upon it. Has this forced isolation forced people to be social once more, probably not. Once all of these restrictions are removed we will, like lemmings, just throw ourselves off the social cliff back into our jobs and commute. We could of found a silver lining in this virus to end the ten-year social virus we have lived through, but in truth, we will live the life of the frog in the slowly boiled pot.

There are times when you wish for someone to prove you wrong and this is my time.


Stuck in Whiting Without Fresh Fish

Yep, this SARS 2 virus has docked our fishing fleets leaving me without any fresh Salmon or Yellow Fin…and I am stuck in Whiting. Well, haddock and pollock I can tolerate, but raw salmon or tuna…Yum! One last comment on fish, this virus seems fishy with more people dying of the Flu and Flu Like Illnesses, but that is not the concern of this article.

The purpose is that I gave up a town I had lived in for 30 years where at one time I just had to head out my door and within minutes I could find a conversation. A half-hour walk took an hour due to all the conversations you found along the way. Walk into a bar and at least 50 people knew your name, but times have been different.

I blame it on the movies. Originally I thought it was quite interesting to see all the films that used the North Shore of Boston as locations. Watching the grips and carpenters setting up for shots…then I realized that the area has befallen the same fate as London.

Think of all the movies over the years filmed in London from Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter; London I think is the second most expensive city in the world. Well from The Russian’s Are Coming, The Russian’s are Coming to Hubie Halloween the North Shore has befallen the same fate. It cost more to Live here than in New York City. We just can’t afford to live here anymore.

That and the corporations and universities attract a whole bunch of people, without having enough homes in the area to accommodate them all.

So what does that add up to? Me going 4 years with only talking to people 3 days out of the week. Pretty bad when you know 5,000 friends…

When I  bump into one of them and I ask how they have been the usual answer is that they have been working. Which is a horrible answer. It doesn’t even answer my original question. The right answer would be…lonely.

Google’s Ngram Viewer shows that the word “loneliness” appeared infrequently in books until the early 19th century, when it steadily increased in relative frequency to the late 1960s, shooting way up until the early 1980s, then declining roughly to levels that prevailed between the 1930s and 1960s.  AARP, Harris Poll, UCLA Loneliness Scale, United States Joint Economic Commission, and Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy stated in an article that “[l]oneliness is a growing health epidemic. We live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s.”

So maybe the SARS 2 epidemic will cure the loneliness epidemic? 

I had a teacher who lived in New York City and taught in Whiting NJ; he never went to the Statue of Liberty. He said it was going to always be there and there was no hurry to see it. The good thing with friends is that they are always within one phone call or a mile away. Most people figure that their friends will always be there; well I have been gone from Salem now for 4 months and most of my friends think I will always be around.

So the blessing of this Lockdown? The lesson that your friends will not always be there. We have a national mandate not to visit your friends. We are forced into isolation. You can be arrested now if you choose to visit a friend, but why would you want to visit a friend? You have not wanted to for years now; well at a frequency that really just doesn’t add up to much. So how could this lesson turn into a blessing? It might create a desire for something that is denied to you…

For many years we have been like the frog in a pot where the temperature has been slowly raised; if left there long enough you will boil.

Which leads me into another parable:

Once upon a time, there was a nonconforming sparrow who decided not to fly south for the winter. However, soon the weather turned so cold that he reluctantly started southward. In a short time, ice began to form on his wings and he fell to earth in a barnyard, almost frozen. A cow passed by and crapped on the little sparrow. The sparrow thought it was the end. But then the manure warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy, able to breathe, he started to sing. Just then a large cat came by and hearing the chirping, investigated the sounds. The cat cleared away the manure, found the chirping sparrow and promptly ate him.

So the lesson is that everyone who shits on you is not necessarily your enemy and everyone who gets you out of shit is not necessarily your friend. So if you’re warm and happy in a pile of shit, keep your mouth shut.

I have no idea why I mentioned that parable.

Oh yeah, the virus has just thrown you into a boiling pot of hot water. It has turned the water REAL UP! Do you wait for the fox to lift you UP?

No, you jump OUT!

Get OUT and visit someone.  Be Careful, but get OUT! Eight feet is better than miles of coaxial or 3G waves. Go see a FRIEND! Especially since they are trying to tell us we are all going to be dead in a few months…I have lost at least one friend during this Lockdown, of Lung Cancer. She proved that she will not always be there; which leads to a loss for all of us.

There have been studies that those people who have a natural tendency to have peak experiences will have even more when they are around others with the same tendency. The opposite can happen as well. Those people who tend to have more peak experiences when around depressed people will have more sad events than they could of had with a different population.

I will not say the people we associate with around the water cooler are not good people, but the nature of work is you are there to work which puts limits upon how deep a friendship can develop. Some of us are lucky enough to meet someone at the water cooler and develop a good friend, but they must be invited into our homes and break bread with us on a regular-bases to break that barrier that work instills.

So at the water cooler is a bunch of guilt-ridden people who are overtaxed and are not refreshed by the joy that seeing a good friend can create within your soul! As Bob Seeger had said within one of his songs; Seeing an old friend is good for the soul!

Aquaintances can act as MREs , but eventually we all need a good steak!  Or salad for you vegans. Steak or salad, we all need our friendships we have developed over many years. Friendship is the salary we have received for years of labor. Just remember women go into labor to give us all the blessings of life. They do not work at it. There is a difference. We work to keep acquaintances; we labor to develop friends.

So remember your mother labored for 9 months to give you life, so you better not work it away and disregard their efforts!

I wish for many of you not to befall the fate of my friend. Three boys grew up on farms next to each other and went through Kindergarten to High School as best friends. Two of them became the third’s best man at his wedding. Then…


They moved away from each other and worked for 30 years. Now when their joints are stiff and their hair gone, they labor to get together twice a year to go fishing. First problem: why did they wait 30 years to go fishing? The second: why only twice? That man who got married; his father worked two jobs and said he would enjoy himself in retirement, got sick and did not enjoy his time in the later years of his life.

So our lives were frozen in our loneliness and the virus…it has just shit on us. So can COVID-19 be a good thing? Yes!

In a strange way, the Avian Flu ended WWI.

The Lockdown gives us time to reconnect to hobbies or develop them in the first place. It has us spending more time with family. Many children are going to look back at this time as a great memory. They are going to remember the summer vacation that their parents shared with them. They are going to remember all of the fishing trips, the hikes in woods, the balls tossed, the stories told, and smiles shared. At the excuse of our children, we might reconnect with all those hobbies that feed our soul! At the excuse of our children.

So remember if we ignore our friends, family, our hobbies…ourselves; our children will grow up and do the same.  How did this happen? Remember that Ngram? As we became an industrial civilization and moved away from the labor of the farm we moved to the work of the factory without our childhood friends and family we labored to develop. So from the dawn of the 19th century till the early 80s loneliness strived in our society taught from parent to child.

The Wizard of Oz.

So you might think that reference came out of leftfield.

There was a man within his teaching of the meaning of the book described the Tinman as the factory worker who left his heart back on the farm.

So what happened in the 80s?

Google’s Ngram Viewer shows that the word “loneliness” appeared infrequently in books until the early 19th century, when it steadily increased in relative frequency to the late 1960s, shooting way up until the early 1980s. So what happened in the 80s to slow this trend? Downsizing. The Tinman went home.

Look at pictures of yourself or your parents from the 80s. We looked horrible. We all looked older then than we do today 40 years later. I have seen this fact in hundreds of people’s photos of then and the person who stood in front of me recently. The downsizing led people to reevaluate. It might of led some to return home and reconnect. It slowed down our economy and…our lives.

As we shut down the economy, many younger people in our population will return to their families and see those friends they labored for. The shut down also has forced many to work from home. Imagine if we could get a large bunch of us to telecommute:

  1. It would possibly get rid of the rush hour.
  2. Many could lose the hour commute daily.
  3. The environment would improve.
  4. The removal of our dependency on oil might end some wars and our soldiers can come home.
  5. We would have less roadkill.
  6. The burden on harbor cities would be diminished reducing housing costs throughout the country.
  7. Homelessness could drop.
  8. With housing costs dropping people will have more time to gather with each other.
  9. The amenities we move to large cities for can be developed even in the most rural areas for the economy to support them will be at hand. The difference? We would actually have time to use those amenities.
  10. Our dependence on acquaintances would drop for the need of real friendships. The isolation of working at home will lead many to get out of the house and socialize after dinner.
  11. The possibility of those people who tend to have more peak experiences can teach others how to have them.

Now another lesson I have gathered from The Wizard of Oz is that Dorothy was at a precarious point in her life, like many fairytale adolescents… her life is on the razor’s edge influenced by memories of her mother expressed by the polar opposites of the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch.  Your children will also find themselves on the edge of a cliff wondering what to do. What have you taught them to help their leap of faith into their adulthood? Will their memories of you be split between the good witch and the Wicked witch. This forced shut down is letting them see the good witch and you will have fond memories of this time for years to come.

So will we pass on the virus of loneliness for the next generation? How long can this pandemic spread?

I have friends from Senegal who have fond memories of times before the 80s. In their neighborhoods, they were still traditional with traditional communities.  They lived in traditional homes that didn’t change within the last hundred years. Their children roamed the town. Then at dinner time; they never looked for their children. They knew somewhere in the village they were being fed and it would be a great insult on their friends to call their children home. In the 80s they got European homes and European traditions. They said things changed, they had become modern.

So the people in Senegal are still traditional fishermen, but their lives got fishy too. The industrial world has spread the pandemic to the Traditional World.

You turn on the news now and all you hear is how they want to cure the SARS 2 pandemic, but I say how do we end the loneliness pandemic that has been growing unchecked for 220 years? Can one virus kill another?

So many things can happen at this time. Do we feed the Good Wolf or the bad Wolf? The bad wolf  would be that we come out with low employment, lower wages, the primaries suffer and the wrong candidate arises, we can have a dictator, Habeas Corpus does not get restored, the virus was timed by the Russians (who dropped the cost of the oil, created the Brexit issue and Trump through Cambridge Analytica, Britain’s break from Europe 2 weeks prior to the pandemic, created the precipice Europe sits on through Trump’s Trade War that the Pandemic just pushed them over), house foreclosures, failure of small businesses, and an ever-increasing debt which splits us further from friends and family as we are forced to work longer and harder pushing us further into the loneliness pandemic which will kill more than COVID-19 can ever kill in the next couple outbreaks.

So I ask, are you the frog that kept his friends and family within the pot or do you all jump out now that the virus has set the pot to a boil?

As a nation, do we feed the Good Wolf and end the pandemic forever!

If so, my travels might end sooner than later and I might just go back home to my friends. If not I will be finding new ones, I hope.

So I hope you will learn this last lesson from the movies, most of Netflix is filled with B-rate movies. So get out of the house and have your own real adventure with your community of friends and family! Increase those peak experiences!