Sunday, January 31, 2010

Astrological & Tarotscope Happenings, February 2010

February Astrology with Astrological Happenings Horoscope is a bit of a quieter month to indulge ourselves in, but as I always say - take advantage of the quieter timing to recharge our batteries! Our thought-processing and ways of communication for the next few weeks can feel like a strategic game of chess as Mercury enters intelligent Aquarius February 10. We're mentally focused, staying a few steps ahead of the next person, focused on our goal. With supreme concentration at a high, this is quite favorable for brainstorming terrific ideas for advertising, and some friendly competition in work/business. In relationships and romantic partnerships, you may sense a bit of distance and frigidness in the air. Many of us can find a new inspiration as we become friends with ourselves again, detaching from outside emotional connections - which can sometimes just confuse us. It's important to break away from our own routines in order to be true to our own spirit, but also to escape the boredom of daily habits. Words and intentions are crystallized now and it's important to heed and make wise decisions based on facts, rather than emotions.... Read more >>


February Tarot with Tarotscope Happenings - Happy birthday AQUARIUS! (January 20-February 18) Eight of Pentacles: Apprenticeship. You are learning much now, and this information is worth great value. Modest gain. Wisdom and knowledge is priceless, stay focused on your goal. Invest all that you learned and experienced, to guide you toward a rewarding future. Save something for a rainy day. You are working your way up the ladder, slow and steady. Patience is profitable. Your determination and effort are the steps to your success. Commitment and loyalty allows you to progress into great growth. Understand that it takes time to develop. Standing at the top of the hill and winning is not what gives one self-respect, for it is the climb, and surviving when everything was working against you. You are so close to blossoming.

Not an Aquarius? Read your sign here >>

Suzanne "Starcana" Dronzek, is a Spiritual Tarot Astrologer with over 20 years of practice and experience in spiritual astrology, intuitive tarot, and the metaphysical arts. "My passion is to help others help themselves, thru awareness and their true potential". To personalize my general write-up for personalized inner guidance, personal development, spiritual enrichment, and/or relationship compatibility, pleases request a private and professional consultation via telephone. For complete information about her astrological consultations and tarot reading services, call Suzi (724) 832-9283, or visit her website:

Friday, January 29, 2010

Girl Gov: Opportunities for Girls to Learn and Experience Government

Spread the word. Applications are due February 2, 2010.

Girl Gov

Girl Gov ( is an initiative of the Allegheny County Change
Agents. Regional Change Agents is a project of the Women and Girls Foundation.
Girl Gov is a one-day legislative shadowing program for
girl’s grade 8-12 who live in Allegheny County.

The Girl Gov shadowing program will take place on Monday, March 8th
(International Women’s Day). Participants in the program will be selected
to shadow a state representative for a day in Harrisburg, PA. The Women and
Girls Foundation will sponsor a day-long trip to Harrisburg for all
participants. Transportation and meals will be included.

I would love to do this NOW.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pittsburgh Run Haitian Orphanage Needs Your Help! (Updated 1x)

UPDATE: Latest news here.

Brebis de Saint Michel de L'Attalaye (BRESMA) orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti run by Pittsburgh (Ben Avon) sisters Jamie and Ali McMutrie covered by CNN:

For updates on how you can help go to That's Church and Let's Help Them Get Out of Haiti

You can donate to the orphanage at:

DONATIONS NEEDED: (Drop off in Pittsburgh)

There is a need for:
•diapers (infant, baby, toddler)
•powdered baby formula
•crackers/snacks (appropriate for small children)
•warm coats/winter clothes/shoes (baby, toddler, children)
•bottled water.
There is no need for:
•baby food
•or summer clothes at this time.

If you would like to drop off items you can do so (after 11 a.m.) at 1212 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please proceed through the gate. Leave your donations in the right front apartment (1212) on the first floor. The doors will be unlocked. There will be a sign that says “BRESMA Donations”. [map]

More ACTION ITEMS @ That's Church

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Criminalizing Condoms in the Nation's Capitol

Watch out, ladies! Carrying three condoms in D.C. makes you a prostitute:

Police in D.C. are setting up “Prostitution Free Zones,” in which officers can arrest anyone they suspect of being a sex worker. And the police have been accused of using the number of condoms a person has in their possession as an indication of their intent to sell sex. While this law can be a nuisance to people who aren’t in the sex trade (condoms are often sold in packs of three), it really is dangerous to sex workers because it forces them to abandon safe sex practices, which puts their health and that of the public at risk. D.C.

It's not known whether this rule applies to men...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010



Makes me feel a lot better about the icicles on my house.

More on this topic here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Remember this?

Well, it seems Hermann's esteemed fellow gender equity champion Tim Murray decided to take CMU professor Kathy Newman to task on comments she made to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about discrimination in the profession of culinary arts. Murray has closed down his homoerotic man blog and started a new (with much recycling, we'll give him that!) much-ballyhooed-by-Chad forum for his wingnut agenda. Or should we make that walnut?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hlavac Firing: the Link

Here ya go ....

Police Dept. just fired Ofcr. Hlavac

Many of us were there back in 2007, fighting against the promotion of several officers who had domestic violence charges against them. Hlavac was one of them and, despite our efforts, he was promoted.

The paper just reported that the PD's firing Hlavac and that the mayor is going to install a zero tolerance of domestic violence for ALL city employees.

This took three years and many feisty women, who would NOT shut up & would NOT go away.
Thanks ladies.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

“Get Your Feet Wet in Local Politics This Year”

Article I wrote for The Bulletin, (it's on pg. 7), includes tips on how to run for committee:


Monday, January 4, 2010

Is hell freezing over?

Today Pittsburgh has a female President of Council and a female President Pro Tem

Pittsburgh has 3 female City Council members.

And, once again, Bill Peduto makes some lemonade.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Astrological Happenings, January 2010 Horoscope

Happy New Year friends!

It's a brand new decade, and we all get a fresh start and clean slate for 2010. Can I get a whoohoo?!! So what plans or resolution do have you to create a better year than last? If you haven't thought about this seriously, then take a few minutes now, to create a list of just three things that you would like to say goodbye to. You can name an attitude or resentment that you carry, an individual, finance struggle, procrastination, etc. Then beside each 'goodbye item', write down what you are going to replace it with. For example, one of my resolutions read: 'I am saying goodbye to paperwork procrastination, and replacing it with daily bookkeeping'. I wrote this on a post-it note and have it available as my personal mantra to keep me focused as well. Be sure to read your list out-loud to transform negativity into positive outcomes. Ask the Universe, or simply pray, for what would help to enhance your life, then mention what you are willing to do, to help create this good fortune. Vocalizing always helps to 'seal the contract'. The strength of yesterday's lunar ecliptic energyis decreasing, but her cardinal/emotional vibes are still quite mighty, thelping us to FEEL like this is the right time to make changes. During the next six months, we'll be closing emotional doors for self-protection, so that we may stabilize our own inner circle. We'll also be choosier as to who we allow into our personal lives.

The lunar vibrations of motherly Cancer is a quite potent way to start off our new year. We can expect to receive or work for more love and compassion in our lives. This particular warmth could come from our outter surroundings.. but because this is is an extra watery moon, we will be more likely to see our own reflection and actions, through our connection with others. Pondering, you may even ask yourself 'was this really the doings of others', or 'was this something in-which I personally manifested'? Intense self-nurturing can return to us like never, helping us to rediscover our inner-child, while reconnecting us with our individual needs, so that we can take better care of our personal securities. We're still available to others, but our defenses are turned up on high for self-protection. Just like when we were kids and we still played with the bullies we fought with. We had fun and played, but our defenses were available if we needed to protect ourselves. For our country, the latest terrorist act was a good lesson to show us what we need to know in regards to enjoying friendly relations with others, but protecting our homeland and shielding it from harm should be on priority.

Speaking of a clean slate for 2010, there are many individuals who have a hard time letting go of individuals or emotional situations from their past. If you're in a similar position, here is a cool quote I found that may interest you for 2010. "Don't worry about people from your past... there is a reason they didn't make it to your future." And truly, we all have our own individual paths, some of us growing much faster than others, or some growing and extending in a different direction. It doesn't make either individual wrong or right. It just happens. Simply thank this individual for what you learned during your time together - then bid them well on their journey, and begin on yours. With an astrological note, we start this new year with disciplinarian Saturn traveling through Libra until 2012. Libra rules the seventh house; our personal relationships, our enemies, and our professional partnerships. We will be coached by Saturn now to 'quit talking about the uneasiness that you are experiencing in this area, and to do something about it'. Saturn in Libra is our search for balance and fairness in our connections, and our weakest points will be found, so that we can either rebuild the friendship, or let it decay. Mars, the planet of action, turned retrograde last month, so we may feel a bit stunted from making any major moves until March 2010. We can use this valuable time to re-charge our own batteries, and figure out a way to create some healthy boundaries, to keep others from overloading on us. We all have lessons to learn in reshaping our relationships, so each of us can experience equality and happiness.

Taskmaster Saturn stations on January 13, to begin his REtrograde journey for the next four months. During this phase, we are encouraged to slow down, return to ourselves, and REview our recent steps. We're asked to REevaluate our current situations/relationships, so that we can REstructure what isn't working, so that we might REbuild a better tomorrow. As Saturn strolls through our partnerships, we should discover where weakness lie - giving us an opportunity to REconstruct stronger foundations. We can also REturn (mentally or physically) with our past history or with past individuals during this time as we REtrace past choices. When or if Saturn finds the flaws and we choose to avoid fixing them, we can expect a breakdown, a break-up, or a breakthrough - but we have always have a choice in the results. Saturn is extremely tough and never gives up, and he expects that of us too. We must give one-hundred percent of hard work and dedication to what we are searching for, and if we're not sure, Saturn will create various obstacles to help us be sure. Will-powered individuals who invest genuine time and energy to achieve goals will find success, while less-enthusiastic's walk away empty-handed.

Our first Solar Eclipse and New Moon of the year appears on January 15, in ambitious Capricorn, and we can find ourselves 'emotionally ready' to roll-up our sleeves and get down to business this year. As doors close, new doors are opening - trust the process. The Capricorn vibrations helps to increase our devotion and enable us to be more committed to our goals. After three weeks of being in retrograde, Mercury also stations today, and prepares for his direct journey. Communications begin to improve, decreasing misunderstandings and glitches in our technological toys and appliances. Two thumbs up for signing on the dotted line with contracts, and for purchasing your major items.

Jupiter leaves his year of travel in Aquarius, and journeys into the mystical realms of Pisces January 17. Jupiter brings fortune, philosophy, higher learning, and morals to help enlighten murky waters and clouded visions. Jupiter in Pisces is very spiritual and connected with the metaphysical field, allowing us to believe that anything is possible. Some of us may turn to religion or an alternative faith to find answers now. Jupiter volunteers to spread his goodness and love in BIG ways, and packs in a little hope and faith as well, so it will be up to us as to how we apply these 'bigger than life' gifts to our lives. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, representing closure, karma, and endings. Jupiter will expand on this, and on Pisces' other abilities such as compassion, forgiveness, and healing. A year of wellness can be greatly benefited by also concentrating on healthy food choices, exercise, and meditation. Jupiter in Pisces enhances and magnifies our dreams, wishes, intuition, and imagination. Think of the possibilities as to how these vibrations can change our luck and invite new opportunities in our world. If you know your natal birth chart, look at the house in-which Pisces rules, as that is where the magic can be seen. On the flip side, Jupiter can make the dream appear to be bigger than life. Too much talk, and not enough action will only accumulate thoughts of hopelessness, guilt, and blame. It is critical to find a healthy balance of your own effort, to reap rewards. Uranus has been residing in Pisces since 2003, while stirring things up - creating inspirations and changes in the way that we believe. Add the influential weight of Jupiter, and he will simply 'super-size' the happenings to help create the change in the way we believe, and in the way that we trust. Big shocks and powerful insights can result from this match.

We crave for changes as Venus enters the chaotic world of Aquarius January 18. We want something different and unique, with an urge for spice in our life. We could become a bit frivolous when it comes to taking care of our finances, assets, and relationships as we search for a light at the end of the tunnel. As we escape our routines to chase life - we find ourselves surrounded with a crowd of individuals that we don't know, which excites our interest for the strange and unknown. Our curiosity spikes our intrigue, and we become more socially-concerned and generous with selfless acts and good will. We then get a taste of enriched intellect as Sun enters inspirational Aquarius January 19. We become more independent, desiring more freedom from our typical crowd. We appear careless and rebellious as we wonder if the grass is actually greener on the other side. As we become allies with solitude, we become reacquainted with ourselves and our inner spirit. We do as we please now, no rules, no regulations, no limitations. We are the lone wolf who is free to do as we please. We enjoy socializing, meeting new people, and getting involved for good causes. Opening ourselves to the 'bigger' world, opens our minds to 'bigger' things, bringing enlightenment and a new faith in people. We end the month with a Full Moon in majestic Leo January 30. Secrets are revealed, answers come to light, and our mood and behavior is in the spotlight. And Leo LOVES the spotlight! Leo Moon is great for putting ourselves 'out there', so be sure to look your very best!

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Thank you for your loyalty and support of my ramblings and my 'Happenings'. I look forward to bringing you more insight in2010.

Wishing you a Blessed New Year filled with joy, peace,and prosperity.