Marlena Applebaum

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Astrological Counseling

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September 27, 2014

Mercury retrograde



The next Mercury retrograde period is immanent (Oct 4th thru 25th), and we have been in the shadow period since Sep 13th. Mercury goes retrograde 3 to 4 times a year, so it is something to embrace! Yes, Mercury is a little mischievous, but there is nothing to fear or dread about Mercury appearing to go backwards for a few weeks! Having awareness of when it is and what it means, however, helps to either avoid those stereotypical mishaps associated with it, or have more patience and understanding about the message Mercury is trying to convey through those mishaps, when they do happen. If I were to try to briefly sum up my observations about Mercury retrograde it would be this:


Mercury retrograde gives us an opportunity to slow down and be more conscientious about how we are thinking, speaking, connecting, and interacting. Things that are said, heard, decided, bought, sold, created, or destroyed, etc. by you or those you are dealing with or relating to, during Mercury retrograde and possibly during the shadow period before it, will often need to be revisited and altered after Mercury goes direct. Knowing this makes all the difference. Read more...

July 30, 2014

“The starry inscription at one’s birth...”



“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma… The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate — the result of past good and evil — but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom… The starry inscription at one’s birth, I came to understand, is not that man is a puppet of his past. Its message is rather a prod to pride; the very heavens seek to arouse man’s determination to be free from every limitation.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda



June 19, 2014

The mind-body constitution



“The basic mind-body constitution is determined by:

*The soul’s karma (subconscious conditionings) and dominant state of awareness prior to conception.
*The mind-body constitution of the parents.
*the mental and emotional states of the mother.
*Conditions in the mother’s environment prior to giving birth.
*The planetary aspects which prevailed at the time of birth.”

~Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda

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