A recent appearance by Nordhaus-Bike on host Jo-Anne Vandermeulen’
Nordhaus-Bike is president of ANB Communications, a Chicago, IL, USA-based consulting firm. An astrologer, writer, and artist, Nordhaus-Bike also is an expert on communicating how astrology can help anyone manage his or her busy schedule. She is the author of the book "Follow the Sun: A Simple Way to Use Astrology for Living in Harmony."
The radio show earned raves from Vandermeulen, who called the approximately 40-minute interview her “best show ever.”
“With science, math, and symbols, astrology can seem overwhelming,”
“If you know when you were born, you’re 95% of the way there,” she added, noting that where the Sun was when you were born determines your sign of the zodiac. “When someone says ‘I’m an Aquarius’ or ‘I’m a Pisces,’ that’s their Sun sign.”
Using the Sun for Time Management
In the video, Nordhaus-Bike shows how "following the Sun" means knowing your Sun sign and the characteristics associated with it. That information can help anyone manage time.
“People who are born with the Sun in Aries, for example, are fiery, passionate, and get things going, but they tend to be impatient,” Nordhaus-Bike explained. “So an Aries has to remember to slow down sometimes and not make a hasty decision, especially for something important. Otherwise, they might have to spend extra time correcting mistakes or fixing a situation they could have handled better if they took more time.”
The other part of "following the Sun" is knowing that different times of the year have different astrological characteristics based on the 12 zodiac signs.
“For example, Capricorn comes at around December 21—the Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere,”
An individual’s personal year begins on her or his birthday, she said, noting, “It’s a great time to review the past year, set new goals, and get organized.”
Preventing Problems: Watch Mercury Retrograde
In the video, Nordhaus-Bike notes how, three times a year, the planet Mercury really can affect time management.
“In astrology, we call it going retrograde,”
“So if Mercury is retrograde, in terms of time management we know not to launch a new project," Nordhaus-Bike said. “Then, after the retrograde passes, wait at least a few days and then you can start new things."
Mercury retrograde can bring benefits, however. Said Nordhaus-Bike, “If you pay attention to Mercury retrograde, it will show you what the weak links are in your communication and technology. If you fix those, then when you move ahead after the retrograde you’ll be in a much stronger position and can avoid losing time from technology or communication problems.”
Managing Moods: Watch the Moon
Knowing a little about how astrology looks at the Moon can help with time management, too, Nordhaus-Bike said in the video.
“The position of the Sun at your birth tells you about your typical way of working with time as well as your typical stress responses when time gets tight. But the Moon is more about our emotions—how we feel about time,” she explained.
“The Sun takes a month to go through a particular sign, but the Moon moves really quickly, traveling through a sign in about two-and-a-half days,” Nordhaus-Bike continued. “When you have a day in which you are on top of the world, followed by a day when you’re down in the dumps, that’s often because the movement of the Moon can change your mood. Also, women’s menstrual cycles are very connected to the Moon.”
She noted that, because the Moon changes signs every two-and-a-half days, we can be optimistic about managing time better. “If you’re having trouble managing time, the Moon tells you ‘this is going to pass soon,’ Nordhaus-Bike said. “You can immediately start to feel better and know that maybe you need to put a project aside or take an afternoon off, and then come back to it when the Moon changes signs. You can do that because you know you’re likely to start to feel better and to be more productive.”
Learning from Famous People
Nordhaus-Bike also talks about her book, "Follow the Sun: A Simple Way to Use Astrology for Living in Harmony," in the video. Follow the Sun features chapters that begin with information about the characteristics about each astrological sign. Each chapter also gives a lengthy biography of a famous person born under that sign. “It’s helpful and nice when we can learn from somebody else’s experience,”
“We can see how famous people made their choices influenced by their sign,” she noted. “We can feel inspired and uplifted by the wonderful things they did and what they overcame, and we can feel compassion for them for the times they stumbled. We can see how they’re human just like us and take comfort from that, knowing that our long life’s journey can become a little easier if we know a bit about astrology.”
About Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Nordhaus-Bike is a 1981 graduate of the University of Chicago. She worked as a benefits consultant, writer, and editor for various firms before starting her own consulting firm, ANB Communications, in 1993.
The author of the award-winning Living in Harmony astrology column for the Gazette newspaper in Chicago, Nordhaus-Bike has won several journalism awards and in 1997 was added to the "Wall of Fame" of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Since 2002, she has dedicated most of her efforts to writing, astrology, art, and performance. In the past few years she has focused her work in the performing arts on themes inspired by nature and by spiritual and mystical subjects.
Nordhaus-Bike lives in the Clearing/Garfield Ridge area of Chicago.
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