Touchstone of Astrology 



"We must find a way of knowing ourselves, but it must be a way of


a gentle way into our heart and mind,

one that does not crush us but takes us into the TRUTH of who we are

from the perspective of a kind and

loving angel." 

                                                             Dixie Gladstone

Women are in a "transitional stage in their consciousness". We have more choices than our mothers or their mother’s before us. Since I wrote this article many men have signed up for Feminine Astrology. The feminine principle belongs to everyone, male or female. It is because it has been so wounded and repressed for the last 5,000 years that in order to get back into a balanced relationship with both sides of our brain - both right (feminine) and left (masculine) that I dedicate this extra emphasis on the feminine ways of looking at the cosmos.

So if I use a lot of 'hers' and 'shes', instead of 'he' and 'his', woman instead of man, or if I seem to be talking to the 'girlfriends' and you are a man reading this, I cannot apologize, but only say that some necessary shifting and rearranging is an essential part of my way of seeing astrology. Astrology cannot come into its own true place in our lives and help us walk into this 21st century without a revisioning and inclusivity of the Divine Feminine.

A woman’s Higher Awareness wants to be here now.

If you are a man, your higher inner feminine awareness wants to be here to heal and rebalance the masculine principle that has been severly wounded during this time of patriarchial rule and the dominance of war, power, and material status.

Man or woman, we are all in this together.

You have a Soul and that is what is guiding your whole being. Your purpose does not have to be glorious but it must be a real and authentic expression of your essential self, not coming from the expectations of others or of the outer world, but from the deep heart at the source of your Soul's life.

It is not enough to PLAY a ROLE (such as Mother, Father, Doctor, Artist, Lover, Wife.....) without the engagement of our higher awareness if we are striving toward spirit and a way to be in contact with our SOUL. The very presence of SOUL itself is being asked to step forward in each woman's awareness as she becomes her own unique being. 

The mandala of the SELF is revealed through your birthchart ; it is always pointing the way for you. 

No two people can have the same birthchart. Your uniqueness is written in the stars. Your birthchart is based on a spiritual system of Mathmatics, Geometry and the unknown elements at the sacred level of LIGHT itself. This makes astrology incorruptible over time and space.

That Light is your spiritual being and it contains the mysterious journey of your soul as you walk and breathe in your wonderful HUMAN body! It describes what you need to do or be in order to become an individual whole and complete.

Astrology is a MAP OF YOUR SELF that comes from another dimension, one that is beyond the solid, material world that we are aware of through our body and its five senses. The true light of YOU comes from a subtler, more basic FORM of the Self that carries the blueprint of your Essential Being. It emanates from the LIGHT of SPIRIT itself and as such it cannot be touched by what is happening down here in our material world.  In other words, your mind can’t mess with it because it represents something more powerful than thought itself.

One of our Sistars wrote to Sharon and me recently:

 "Dear Sisters, I am so happy to see you are doing this. I have been searching for the Ancient Truths reflected in the Star Mother ever since I can remember."

We know this deep inside, that there is a greater mystery that wraps itself around us like starlight! We are wanting, YEARNING to learn the Language of Light.

The hand of Goddess is in it. Our hearts know the TRUTH even if we cannot quite decifer the HOW of it! The mathmatics of it gives it integrity. Astrology goes beyond DIVINATION because of its mathematical roots and truths. It can be apprehended by our minds and souls. This truth of our Self comes through our chart. Even the last six thousand years of partriarchial dominance could not destroy or distort it. It's truth lies in its interpretation as we grow as a species, become AWARE, and then we interact with our own archetypes. In this way we fully engage in LIFE.

Astrology has always been a TOUCHSTONE for me. I need something to refer to when I am in a difficult place in my life - and not surprisingly, that can be almost every day.

One of our Soul Sistars, Ellie Pope, said to me:

 "Astrology is a Way of looking into the eye of GOD as far as we dare look!"

Knowing our stars helps us mediate between our human way and the heavens. The infinite world of the divine gets modulated, or "stepped down" through your birth chart so you don't take the full energy of God's Light.

Your Astrology chart is not biased but is unconditional, nonjudgemental and helps you to open into an ordered way in your mind. The intelligence of your Light-filled Real Self comes all the way down into your personal life experience as you uncover the autonomous wisdom that it is trying to give you.

(MUSIC) "The first time ever I saw your face" speaks of this mirror in those you love.......enjoy

Astrology is more than a tool, it is the most personal of relationships you will ever develop because it is a mirror of your SELF. It is a safe way to experience deeper truths about yourself so that you are not swallowed up by the great mystery of the infinite cosmos. Its symbols help mediate between our human way and the heavens, between the ever changing world and the larger infinite world of the divine.

The skies are a metaphor, a myth of your life.

Would you like to see how my sister, Sharon, creates her beautiful Art for the Soul for you? Take a moment to visit SHARON ON U-TUBE by clicking below on the photo of Sharon (when you are done viewing this 4 min video, hit the 'go-back' blue button on the top left of your screen in order to get back to our web site unless your computer has already opened another window):


This is a wonderful video describing how she paints her archtypal images of the Divine Feminine. Be sure and view it - you won't want to miss out on getting to know Sharon better!

Listen to the words of the Star Goddess: the dusts of Whose feet are the hosts of heaven, Whose body encircles the Universe:

I Who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the desire of the heart of man, call unto thy soul, arise, and come unto Me.

For I am the soul of Nature Who gives life to the Universe.  From Me all things proceed, and unto Me all things must return; and before My face, beloved of gods and of men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.

                            Doreen Valiente, “The Charge of the Goddess”/ Traditional,Starhawk


LOVE to you all from the SISTARS,

Dixie Gladstone and Sharon Russell

(this article from Dixie) (ART FOR THE SOUL from Sharon can be found here)

P.S. We really are sisters both by blood and by soul choice!




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