pisces me

Imaginative, compassionate, universal, transcend everyday reality, enter a realm of oneness and non-duality, art, music, spirituality, absorbs feelings and emotions like a sponge, sensitive, impressionable, kindly or artistic nature, receptivity, dreamy, addictive, empathetic, open, seeks to heal.

Assertive, volatile, restless, hasty, energetic, primal, impatient, rebellious, independent, needs activity, irritable, passionate.

Sensitive personality, caring, warm, emotional, sympathetic, motherly, shy, dependent, home-loving, crabby, instinctive, hospitable, protective, secure, reflective.
Body type and appearance: pale skin, soft, rounded features, dark hair, grey eyes, short stature, large upper body, fluid movements, soft clothes, blue or dark colours.

Imaginative, vague, poetic, visualization, intuitive, irrational, receptive, the unconscious mind, confused, non-verbal communications, subtle.

Pleasure loving, art and beauty, loyal, possessive, natural, sensual, good  voice, love of luxury, food and wine, physically affectionate, sensuous art

Domineering, loud, commanding, winning contests, competitive, egotistical, strong-willed, spirited, acting, leading, bossy, proud.

Dynamic, aggressive or pioneering public image, ambitious, confident in public, optimistic, self-assertive, takes initiative, clear aims, establishing individuality.

Organized, ethical, moral, enjoys service, thorough, workaholic, integrity, many jobs, perfectionist, impeccable, planning, medicine, healthy, health interests, physically fit.

Hard-working, self-critical, health problems, fear of chaos, nit-picking, craftsmanship, practical skills, serving others, hypochondria, anxious, worrying, perfectionist.

Strong-willed, transformative, sexually liberated, taboo breaking, courageous, danger-loving, compulsive, explosive, volatile, psychological insight, extremist.

Spiritual beliefs, exploration, prophetic, literary, idealistic, gurus, search for God, long journeys, confusion abroad, religious freedom, false prophets, tolerant, utopian.

Transformation of society, fated partnerships, intense attractions, fame, divorce, breakdown of relationships, anti-social, revolutionary.

Astrology: a beginner’s guide
By Graham Boston
ISBN 0340720808
Published 2003

the right rain

I try to do right by everyone around me, everyone I encounter, strangers I will never see again and friends, family who I will.
But please forgive me; I am just now learning the awe-inspiring ocean wave feeling of doing right by myself.
The balance of both, the symmetry of rightness is the rainfall I wish to get soaked in now.


I can’t help but feel that life got away from me already.

Have you felt that before?

I had such high hopes but upon becoming an adult years ago and living on my own, I’ve muddled through year after year without a plan or focus.

I had such high hopes that a path would make itself clear, that I would seek and receive clarity, that I would be one of those people who magically went to college, received a degree and a job right away, and felt fulfilled. I believed the lie.

But it isn’t always a lie. Some people do live that. Are they happy? Do they feel fulfilled? Some of them have already paid off their college loans. I have no hope of ever doing that.

I’m not seeking pity; I’m just confused, tired, run-down, and still seeking that glimmer of hope because I’m stubborn. I refuse to believe that my life is encompassed by me moving to a new place every two years, becoming disenfranchised, trying out jobs like new clothing, and then donating the entire lot to a clothing bin before moving on.



Yes, I support, donate money to, and am a regular patient at my local Planned Parenthood in Rocky River, Ohio.

They have offered a sliding scale to help pay for my yearly gynecological visits and recently for my IUD insertion (just in case my insurance didn’t cover it). Every person I have encountered there has exuded kindness, professionalism, understanding, and a profuse willingness to sit and answer any and all questions I’ve had.

I feel safe there. I know that my health is in good hands. During my IUD insertion, the clinician doing the procedure talked me through everything, letting me know what to expect, when I would feel pain, and she stayed with me afterwards until my color was back and I wasn’t feeling lightheaded anymore.

I was provided plenty of information on all forms of birth control when I went in for a consultation. My decision not to have children was respected and not questioned. I was empowered with knowledge in order to make the best decision about my health that I could.

And I walked out with an ‪#‎IStandwithPlannedParenthood‬ sticker to display proudly on my van.

Those who do not support PP are afraid. They are afraid of the empowerment I felt going there. Knowing that I would get all the information I needed in order to make an informed decision on my own health. On my future. If they can’t control me, if they can’t control all of us who rely on PP, they are faced with women who have torn off the patriarchal veil we’ve worn since birth and who now demand our freedom, our equality, and our right to choose for ourselves.

Fear is their only defense. It doesn’t have to be ours.


Running through insincere fog


May I tell you a story?

A story about photographs that injure, sunlight that hides, and people who breathe inadequacy and redundancy.

About a reality that isn’t real and sawdust that chokes, but when the rain comes, it sets forth little rivers to wash it all away. I can’t see my boots but I know they are there as the water slowly rises to my ankles.

Her eyes are the real stars of the show. And each flutter of lashes bring them closer. Closer than compliments and an insincere blush.

May I tell you a story about the time canvas almost killed me? How speaking rudimentary Spanish saved me? And everything in between?

Her concrete smile followed me everywhere, even through walls, and her illegal lover thieved touches in the spotlight as she sank further down the rabbit hole. She knows the truth and she knows I know the truth.

And one day, my zebra-striped memories will give me pause, will maybe trigger a twitch at the side of my mouth as I regale you with astounding stories of the two years I ran away from home, from me, from a musty, book-aura’d life.

And then I will tell you how long it took to reclaim. It is a satisfying, continual work in progress but a lengthy one. I declare myself, my love, my journey and my niche in this world; not alongside a red, metal star but underneath real ones I can wish upon.

Whatever it takes.

Casting my simplified birth chart

I picked up an astrology book (The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk) from a thrift store the other day and have had a lot of fun reading through it, learning about the zodiac and decided to cast my own birth chart, following the directions in the book.

Whether you believe in astrology and horoscopes or not, you have to admit it’s an interesting read:

My simplified birth chart, complete with 12 Houses, 10 planets and 12 zodiac signs


My Sun sign, Pisces
My Sun sign, Pisces
A cusp is the point at which a new astrological sign begins. When someone speaks of being “born on the cusp”, he or she is referring to a birth time at or near the beginning or the end of an astrological sign.
Each astrological sign is divided into three parts, and each part is called a decanate or decan.
What sign Mercury was in on the day of my birth


The position of the Moon in your horoscope is second only in importance to the position of the Sun. The Sun sign (in my case, Pisces) is the part of you that is most apparent on the surface; it is what others see. The Moon sign (in my case, Aries) is the part of you that you see.


What sign Venus was in on the day of my birth


What sign Mars was in on the day of my birth
What sign Jupiter was in on the day of my birth
What sign Saturn was in on the day of my birth
What sign Uranus was in on the day of my birth
What sign Neptune was in on the day of my birth


What sign Pluto was in on the day of my birth
What Chart Type Are You? This interesting personality guide was devised by the well-known American astrologer Marc Edmund Jones. Jones formulated seven distinct personality types based entirely on the pattern that the planets form in a chart.
In What Part of the Horoscope Are You Strong? The various parts of the horoscope circle all have specific meanings.
In What Part of the Horoscope Are You Strong? The various parts of the horoscope circle all have specific meanings.
One of the things to look for in a chart is which elements are dominant and which are weak or lacking. Is there more earth than fire? Does this chart accent water more than air? Does one element dominate or is one element missing? Is this chart evenly balanced between all four elements? My chart: Deficient in Air – The subject is likely to have difficulty expressing exactly what he or she means to say. There may be misunderstandings or crossed wires in communicating. He or she is probably not too interested in abstract ideas or intellectual pursuits.
You should study a chart to see which “qualities” are prominent. The astrological signs fall into three groups of Qualities: Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. My chart: Weighted in Mutable – The subject is likely to be vacillating, unreliable, or unable to accept responsibility.


The first things an astrologer examines in a chart are the four Angles of a horoscope. These four Angles are the most important points in a chart; they indicate power, strength, and activity. In astrology, they are sometimes called wide-open doors, because planets here can act freely and unimpeded.

Babylonian astrologers named twelve separate categories of life, which have come down to us from that time almost unchanged. These twelve divisions are called Houses…each House represents a separate area of specific function of your life. There is a House of domestic life, a House of personal wealth, a House of marriage, a House of career, etc.

FIRST HOUSE – It is the most personal and most powerful House in your chart, for it symbolizes you – your mannerisms, your style, your disposition and temperament.
SECOND HOUSE – This is the House of Money and Possessions. It relates to what you own in life and what you will acquire, your income, and your financial prospects.
THIRD HOUSE – The Third House relates to your immediate environment in three major areas: self-expression, your family ties, and day-to-day travel. This House governs the way you think, speak, and write.
FOURTH HOUSE – This is the House of Home. The Fourth House governs your home life in the past, the present, and the future. It indicates what kind of home you had in childhood and your relationship with your parents. What you have brought into this life from your ancestors is in its domain.
FIFTH HOUSE – This is the House of Creativity and Sex. The Fifth House rules over everything you do for pleasure and to express yourself creatively. This is the House of your heart.
SIXTH HOUSE – This is the House of Service and of Health. Often called the House of service to others, it indicates your need to help others and to be useful in the world…this House rules your relationship with people you work with, with those who are subordinates, and with your employers. The Sixth House also relates to your state of health and especially applies to illness brought on by worry or emotional upsets.
NINTH HOUSE – This is the House of Mental Exploration and Long Distance Travel. The Ninth House can be thought of as a widening of the Third House; study, travel, and mental pursuits are expanded in the Ninth House onto a much wider plane. This is the House of the higher mind. Under its domain are higher education, philosophy, and the study in depth of profound subjects.
TENTH HOUSE – This is the House of Career and Public Standing…the Tenth House rules all matters outside of the home – your profession, your status in the community, and your public reputation. This House also reveals in what esteem you are held by others. This House has a great influence on your material success in life.
ELEVENTH HOUSE – This is the House of Friends and of Hopes and Wishes…the Eleventh House has to do with long-term dreams and goals and with intellectual pleasures. This House often indicates the kinds of friends and acquaintances who can best further your interests and objectives in life.
Your Ascendent or Rising sign (the terms are interchangeable) is a very important part of your horoscope. Your Ascendent is the sign that reflects your outward demeanor and to a great extent determines how the outside world looks at you…the personality you outwardly project is almost always a perfect blend of your Sun sign and Rising sign. Your Ascendent is the sign that was rising at the time of your birth.

**All images and quotes are taken directly from The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk (2001 edition)

Indiegogo campaign: BUST Mag Internship or bust!



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