Greetings everyone – welcome to the February ChatterBulletin and the sign of Aquarius! Last year we focused on the topic of “light” because Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the Planet that is connected with the “ether,” and therefore “light.” And prior to that in 2011 it was all about “individuality” and the Aquarius’ need for space, which is why many of them love to fly! As I’ve said before, the sign of Aquarius is often mistaken to be a Water sign, when it is in fact an Air sign. As you can see in the illustration above, Aquarius is pouring the waters from his urn down onto the earth. These are the “Spiritual Waters” and it is the job of the Aquarius to deliver this higher level of thinking to the general populous. They are the “Captains of the Spiritual Ship” since they are the most spiritually evolved signs of the zodiac. They’ve learned what they need to know, and they find it somewhat annoying when the people around them don’t appear to know what they know as well. But let’s look at how they deliver their spiritual messages – through groups and social activities. So our theme for this month is simply Groups.
A couple of years ago in the Aquarius newsletter we gave you some tips for healthy blood and circulation, but this time I’m concentrating more on Tips for Healthy Circulation. Simply put, the body was made to be in motion, we have flexible limbs and joints that need to stay lubricated, but we have become a sedentary species, spending far more time sitting on our backsides than ever!
Roasted Potato Leek Soup
IT’S HARD ENOUGH TO WRITE A GOOD DRAMA, IT’S MUCH HARDER TO WRITE A GOOD COMEDY, AND IT’S HARDEST OF ALL TO WRITE A DRAMA WITH COMEDY. WHICH IS WHAT LIFE IS.
This month’s quote comes from a much-loved American actor Jack Lemmon, an Aquarius born on February 8th, 1925 in Newton, MA, and who died June 27th, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. One of his best and perhaps most iconic roles was in Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe & Tony Curtis. They pretty much set the stage for the later “drag” roles of Dustin Hoffman’s “Tootsie” and Robin Williams’ “Mrs. Doubtfire.” But back to Jack and some of his other classic movies, such as The Apartment, Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, and The Odd Couple followed by Grumpy Old Men, both with Walter Matthau.
How fitting indeed that my February interview for the PhotoServe Features section should be with an Aquarius! And so it is – as this month my conversation is with Brooklyn-based portrait photographer Rayon Richards, an Aquarius born on February 6th.
Tom Colicchio, Top Chef Judge © Rayon Richards
And how fitting also that Rayon chose photography for his profession – little did he know that Aquarius is connected with the “light” and the “ether” without which there would be no photography! And, the word “ray” is even in his name! We had spoken a while back about doing an interview, but things happen when they’re supposed to – we were obviously meant to do this now….
Our ChatterArtist for this month is a client with whom I have been working for several years now, and that is Miami-based lifestyle & resort photographer Stephen Flint,naturally he’s an Aquarius, born on January 31st in Haiti to English parents. Interesting, right? Steve then lived in Jamaica and Trinidad for 10 years before moving to the U.S. in the early 1980’s, where he has lived ever since. And, as an “Island Boy” at heart, it really comes as no surprise to me that he primarily (though not exclusively) shoots hotel and resort lifestyle, and a lot of water sports, mostly in Florida and the Caribbean!