Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Happy birthday Allen Ginsberg!

"Howling" Allen Ginsberg was born this day in 1926 with outrageous Jupiter in Aquarius (like Walt Whitman) and Saturn in Scorpio. Theoretically, had they all been born in the same place, he could have shared a classroom with Marilyn Monroe and Mile Davis (all 3 were born within days of each other)!

Jupiter in Aquarius pupils can be a little, um, different. As I wrote in "Growing Pains": "To say Jupiter in Aquarius pupils march to the beat of a different drummer is a bit of an understatement. These pupils seem to have an internal beat that is completely off  whack to fellow pupils or to yourself and indeed seems to have no logical rhythm at all. Teaching them to read will be impossible if you have them sitting in a circle reciting the sounds of every letter the way children usually do. These pupils appreciate inventiveness, experimentation and doing what has never been done before. Stumped for ideas? Ask the pupils. Their creativity will astound, inspire and worry you all at the same time"

Saturn in Scorpio pupils are generally very conscious of their own personal power as well as the power of other people. And they are not afraid to exploit this knowledge. Again, as I wrote in "Growing Pains" : Astrology presents the entire human life cycle and that includes bodily functions most of us would be happy not to discuss. Ever. However, sex, death and going to the toilet have to be assigned to a sign, and that sign would be Scorpio. Girls with Saturn in Scorpio will have no problem with shouting out across a mixed classroom, in front of a male teacher (the older the better), that her period is due or what she got up to with which boy the night before. It’s more fun for her if the male teacher quickly lunges for the toilet pass, apologising profusely for his insensitivity out of sheer embarrassment. Boys will ask female teachers (the younger the better) seemingly genuine questions in sex education and then laugh like crazy afterwards at her blushes (bottom humour seems to be particularly hysterical). If you teach this group, you’re going to have batten down the hatches and prepare to be tossed about on the ocean of teenage sexuality. Prepare to learn something you missed out on when you took sex education at their age. For girls, Saturn in Scorpio is about torturing the male gender with what they can never have, because they’re in control of their bodies, thank you very much. For boys, Saturn in Scorpio is about threatening the female gender with what they could do if they really wanted. For teachers, this really does mean you should never leave yourself in a position where your intentions could be twisted and manipulated into something far more sinister than you ever realised." 

Ginsberg was known for his anti-authoritarian stance and blatant sexuality. He learned through experimentation and understood how to exploit sexuality. His poem "Howl" outraged public decency was published during his first Saturn return in 1956 and was later at the centre of an obscenity trial just afterwards in 1957.

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 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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