This week in the US is Thanksgiving week and one when despite our personal challenges and hardships it would be wise for us to express the attitude of gratitude.
This week can have us seeking serenity, sanctuary and sanity. It may seem a tall order with all the screaming meanies making the headlines.
“Handle with Care” would seem to be a key phrase for this week. Such an admonition may go unheeded, as this week could ratchet the energy up severalfold.
This week we might be all about business, focusing on the specifics of our projects, ridding ourselves of the extraneous, all the while going through swings of intense energy at times, other times when we may feel like the air has been let out of our tires.
November can be a month when we carom between irrational exuberance and depressive restrictions. This whipsaw can allow for extremes of action and sentiment, swinging from enthusiasm and optimism to downheartedness and limitations.
This week can have us looking for solace in any place other than where we are. We may be tripping the light fantastic this week.
This is a week of major changes with an increased chill in the air. The chill may not be only weather shifts but could also be a chill in mood and general atmospheric conditions. We might even be wondering if the bloom has come off the rose.
If our relationships have been a little dicey over the past few weeks, this week allows us to set things right with people.
This week could be reminiscent of the lyrics from Freddy ‘Boom Boom’ Cannon’s 1962 hit Palisades Park: “Up like a rocket ship , Down like a roller coaster, Back like a loop-the-loop, And around like a merry-go-round.”
Similar to the early autumn period when the days are balmy but the nights are crisp, October may be akin to what Charles Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’
This week may increase our interest in our relationships and a desire to seek balance in a ‘life out of balance’.
Autumn is upon us and enters on an emphatic note. This season may have various high notes, sharps, flats, lilting sounds and staccato all in the seasonal mix.
This week is a transitional week as we officially move from summer into autumn. The week may be punctuated by blasts and pops and radical departures from the norm.
Every now and then we get a week when we can catch our breath, a time when we have a brief reprieve from the hurly-burly of the reality of these times. This week could be one of those weeks, at least until we come to the weekend.
The energy is ratcheted up severalfold this week. We may be back on track, looking to go full steam ahead, but we could meet up with some unexpected vexing situations during our weeklong journey.
As you may know, over the past few years I have added to my astrology practice by joining my wife Carolyn in a college counseling practice: East West College Counseling LLP.
And now my wife and I have published a book On To College: What high school students and their families need to know about college selection, application, and admissions. On to College provides a compendium of information rarely covered by other college admissions books.
If you know someone who is a high school student or parents of a high school student or someone else who might be interested in our book, the book is available both in print and kindle editions. Available online, please click on link: On To College
Higher education has many issues to address for the present and in the future — questions related to college costs and affordability, security and safety of the college students and the liability of the college itself, the transition of college education into the Information Age and the matter of MOOCs [Massive Open Online Courses] and the challenge presented in 2010 by Bill Gates for an undergraduate degree to cost $10,000.
These are exciting times, and exciting times in higher education.
While over the years parents and their high school students have consulted me through astrology regarding the student’s college selection choice, my wife encouraged me to get involved with her with her college counseling practice. In California, she was both an independent educational consultant and a college counselor at the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach.
Initially, my involvement with her college counseling occurred on our vacations. It seemed that on every ‘vacation’, we would add on a college tour or tours. While living in California, we would often take short jaunts up to Portland, Seattle or Vancouver. Each trip would include a college tour or tours. Driving from Seattle up to Vancouver one time, lunch in Bellingham was capped with a tour of Western Washington University. And our days in Vancouver often included trips to UBC [University of British Columbia] and a tour of Simon Fraser. Portland visits had us touring Lewis and Clark College, and Reed College. Even day trips down to Santa Barbara incorporated a college tour or tours. Wherever we traveled, our ‘vacation’ included a college tour or tours.
Not that I have any regrets in doing college tours. They are interesting, informative and give me a handle on what is happening on college campuses today. I also had the opportunity of joining Carolyn on a college counselor tour of gap year programs in Israel subsidized by an Israeli Student Organization and the Israeli government with my only having to pay for my airfare. I have joined her on other college counselor tours and have also done various college tours on my own.
Eventually, I took and successfully completed the two-year University of California, Irvine Independent Educational Consultant Program. I now belong to several of the college counseling professional associations and over the past two years I gave seminars to high school students on the college selection, application, admissions process sponsored through the University of Miami.
I wanted you to know another facet of what I am doing and make you aware of our book On To College.
September is a month when we can get into high gear and accomplish a great deal. Industriousness, productiveness and optimistic confidence can help us virtually move mountains this month with an emphasis on advancing our deepest desires and our most ambitious goals.
This week brings the unofficial end to summer and has us back on track with our regular affairs.
I shall be back in Connecticut and available for in-person sessions in Stamford from Wednesday, September 24th, through Tuesday, September 30th.
Stamford is less than an hour train ride from Grand Central Station in New York City.
If you know someone who would like to meet with me while I am in Connecticut, please have them contact me to schedule an appointment.