|The guy on the left is John Dee... |
when he talked, the Queen listened!
Who is John Dee? I’m glad you asked! Now for the bio (ahem): “John Dee (13 July 1527–1608 or 1609) was an English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, navigator and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy. In his lifetime Dee amassed one of the largest libraries in England. His high status as a scholar also allowed him to play a role in Elizabethan politics. He served as an occasional adviser and tutor to Elizabeth I and nurtured relationships with her ministers Francis Walsingham and William Cecil.”
So Dee was a pretty cool guy (and in my story his niece, Sophia, is pretty awesome herself!), and when he talked, Queen Elizabeth listened—she even changed the date of her coronation to coincide with an astrologically ideal date, based on his recommendation. And, arguably, that worked out for her. :)
But astrology isn’t just an old and fusty arcane art—it’s still being practiced today. For example, if any of you have had computer issues, phone issues (raises hand), conversational hang-ups, issues with contracts or agreements, or just plain old cases of ‘things-not-going-right’ in the past few weeks, take heart: --> Mercury has been retrograde. But as of April 4, 2012, we’ve pulled out of that retrograde period and things should be going smoothly again.
|Is our future written in the stars?|
But as with so many other divination systems, the reason I believe astrology isn’t an official tool of the U.S. Government (as far as we know), is that it merely gives you a map of possibilities and influences… you have to take action to make things work. Whether your woo tool of choice is astrology, Tarot readings, fortune cookies, manifesting, channeling/spirit mediums, rune stones, tea leaves or pick up sticks, you have to DO something with the information you’re given… and then you have to have the patience to keep on the path until you reach your goals. Even the immensely popular manifesting book --> The Secret didn’t give folks a no-work-required solution to health, wealth, and happiness… you still had to ACT to set things in motion.
|It's STILL all about the ride.|
On a more positive side, let’s consider those ‘astrologically ideal dates.’ If I believe that I will achieve greater success by tying an important decision/action to a given date, and I proceed with positive expectation to that launch date… well, what is the outcome? I’m taking action. I’m proceeding with a high level of harmony about the present and future. I’m excited and full of goodwill and gratitude. Truly, with all of that on my side, can the future be in any doubt?
Well, I guess we’ll see!
What about you? Do you have any superstitions that guide your life—whether in writing or in day-to-day activities?
Jennifer McGowan has been writing fiction since well before she knew any better. A past Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and 2011 Golden Heart finalist, Jenn is represented by agent extraordinaire Alexandra Machinist, of Janklow & Nesbit.
Jenn's debut novel, MAID OF SECRETS, will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in Spring, 2013. You can find Jenn online and on twitter.