Episode 97—May 15, 2018
Gorgeous spring has sprung and with it competing interests. Host Jennifer Ellsworth tells the history of the Gemini constellation, and shares the lessons the twins Castor and Pollux have about time management. She also reads an essay about the two sides of her own personality and reads a short story about a different sort of twin, an imaginary friend. It's called "Amen."
"...Amen comes every night after my prayers. He comes in through the window and walks across my floors picking up my broken pieces. When he has gathered them all up, we try to put me back together while he tells me stories. Amen tells the best stories..."
Moon Astrology: New Dandelion Moon in Taurus: From the ground up.
Swan seduction, gluten-eating orgy, and a river of dreams.
Episode 94—February 15, 2018
Happy New Year! The second new moon of 2018 welcomes Chinese New Year and the Year of the Brown Earth Dog. Host Jennifer Ellsworth offers an astrological forecast calling for loyalty and diligence to be rewarded. She also shares a true story that exemplifies those traits from Carol Visser, recorded at Lunar Datebook's Disruption! event; and reads a short story about a cosmic connection between two men, called "Moon Man."
"...Three minutes. June 14, 1946 10:54 a.m. and June 14, 1946 10:57 a.m. Three minutes separated their births—Silas in Waterville, Maine; Donald J. Trump in Jamaica, Queens, New York. On a total lunar eclipse. They were Moon Men, baby! Watch out! Of course Silas didn’t believe in astrology, knew it was all crap, but, but, but—..."
Moon Astrology: New Sap Moon in Aquarius: work for the greater good.
Up, around, or through; a crowded honeymoon; and Donald Trump's birth chart.
Episode 93—January 16, 2018
The upcoming Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31, 2018 sounds amazing, but what does it mean? Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores the astrological significance of a Leo moon in opposition to an Aquarian sun. She also reads an essay about the challenges of disciplining children, and explains a Mother Goose nursery rhyme in "The Lion and the Unicorn Parable."
"...Once upon a time, all the people in the world were warring with each other, distrustful, and greedy. The Lion got sick of it. He came out of the forest and roared, “Enough! I am King now.” Then he went old school, demanded balance, and enforced the law that said “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” He always took those eyes and teeth himself, never going further, it wasn’t a tooth for a tooth and the tip of your finger; but if you’ve ever had a lion at your door, you will appreciate the incentive that provides to avoid one there again..."
Moon Astrology: New Hunger Moon in Capricorn: Tame as verb.
Tarot card 8, a fire-breathing dragon simmers down, and no one mourns the king.
Episode 90—October 19, 2017
The Astrological Sign Scorpio may not be warm and fuzzy, but its no-nonsense attitude is necessary in the 11th hour of winter preparations. Host Jennifer Ellsworth celebrates this often-maligned Sign. She also meditates on faithfulness in an essay about marriage and a short story about a man who appreciates options. It's called "Morning Smoke."
...“You sly dog.”
Frank’s eyelids quivered. “Excuse me?” he said.
Meghan clucked her tongue.
“Excuse moi-“ Frank slid a hand under the sheet toward Meghan’s breast. She caught his hand, brought it to her mouth, and bit him.
“What the hell!” Frank’s eyes shot open.
“I know you didn’t deserve that, but I feel better.”...
Moon Astrology: New Root Moon in Libra: fill the cellar
Loyalty in low places, stacked wood, and dreams come true.
Episode 66—July 4, 2016
Want to learn America's fortune? Today host Jennifer Ellsworth examines the star chart for the United States—or tries to. She also tells about the last time she rode in the Brooks Fourth of July parade, intent on changing the world, and reads a poem about being stranded then saved. It's called "Ode to My Junky Car."
After I’ve cursed my blue streak
and safely found the shoulder
it’s easy to diagnose: Dead.
Moon Astrology: New Thunder Moon in Cancer: Families gather together and roar.
Ebenezer Sibley, tossed salad, and a friendly F-150.
Episode 55- January 23, 2016
With two more days of Mercury in Retrograde, host Jennifer Ellsworth explains this astrological phenomena, and why you may be suffering a communication breakdown. She also tells a true story about how she was lost in translation as an Italian exchange student, and reads a short story about a massage that affects the recipient in unanticipated ways. It's called "Magic Touch."
"...If we’re going to tell the story, let’s be honest. Richard was fat. Of the had-not-seen-his-penis-in-years variety. Of the only-one-position-works-for-sex variety. Of that, there had been very little- one week stretch, twenty years ago when he had fallen in with a distant cousin..."
Moon Astrology: Full Wolf Moon in Leo: Howl your heart out.
Planets as passing cars, La Piazza della Repubblica, and nighttime in the desert.
Episode 42- July 1, 2015
Venus and Jupiter unite tonight in a famous planetary conjuction. Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains this hook-up and tells a road trip tale about kind Californians. She also imagines a Honey-do list for the house-sitter in a piece called "Clearly Labeled":
"Thank you for house-sitting while we open up our camp. You’ll find we left a set of keys for you, though we hardly ever use them. They are for the basement door- we can’t locate keys for the other doors, so if you do lock yourself in- or out- make sure you have this key with you..."
Moon Astrology: Full Strawberry Moon in Capricorn: work before play.
Generous Lovers, the Star of Bethelem and Sweet Home San Diego.
November 30, 2014- Episode 22
It's round one of the Fate vs. Free Will fight. Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores astrology's core principles and founding father to learn the language of the stars. She also reads a poem about her hometown of Jackson.
"While so much of the world
works and worries and wastes..."
Moon Astrology: Waxing gibbious in Aries. Start a project.
Hermes Trismegistus, Musica Universalis and a roadmap you can't leave home without.
October 12, 2014- Episode 15
The exploration of the Precession of the Equinoxes continues as host Jennifer Ellsworth compares two Astrological systems. She also reads a poem about the moment a spirit leaves the body.
Moon Astrology: Waning toward last quarter in Gemini. Forgive your unfocused self.
October 5, 2014- Episode 14
The constellation Aries is slipping westward through the sky. Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains why. She also shares a journal entry about a feather hunt.
Moon Astrological Outlook: full moon in Aries Wednesday will put fire to your feet.