By Sharon Callahan
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A Message From Barbara the Evening of Her Passing
I have looked closely at the aspects the day Barbara died. It is so interesting to me that she picked Carol's birthday, and so meaningful. Barbara died on a day in which Taurus was at 28 degrees, security strong, earth support strong, nature in harmony. Carol is a Sun Taurus, so an Earth sign, and it was her Solar Return. It is easier for animals and people to go out on special days like birthdays or anniversaries, astrologically, as people generally tend to be more "sun" empowered on that day...hence the loss would be more astrologically supported for Carol, and no doubt Barbara felt that. Two days later (the 20th) the sun went into Gemini, and the transition would have been much more problematic (the twins/split/yes or no/indecision). On that date Mercury was in Gemini, its own sign, so communicating of feelings/thoughts much easier. Venus in Aries (a Fire sign) gives a strength and drive to love that she would have needed if she had felt weakened physically, to express her feelings at the end. Mars was retrograde at 29 degrees Sagittarius, giving a real boost to the spirit's liberation and allowing Barbara (and in harmony with her, Carol) to be sure of her decision (retrograde gives us the opportunity to reassess what we might have overlooked or been pondering). Jupiter is in Gemini, an Air Sign. I feel that this helped Barbara in her transition and gave her lightness of heart and spirit, knowing that Carol was so much with her, and though in emotional pain also was able to share Barbara's joy. Interestingly enough this was EXACTLY the right time for Barbara to make her transition because Saturn just went into Gemini at the beginning of the month. This tends to make people dour, very serious-minded, and takes the light-heartedness away from Gemini. If she had waited, or been held back, this transit would suggest she might have become burdened with uncertainty and perhaps become overly and falsely concerned about what was "expected" of her.