In 1970, just out of high school, Denver-born Cynthia Hansen Zehm decided to visit the Southwest corner of the state. The incredible beauty of the Telluride region called her and she moved to town in 1977.
When she first moved to Telluride, Cynthia opened a store right above the current location of the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon. The Ritzy Gypsy sold her hand-made leather clothes and consignment from other local fibroids.
Cynthia met her husband Richard, a wild man skier from California, and the two built a house on Hastings Mesa.
Cynthia , a third-generation astrologer, never considered reading stars and planets a professional option until she watched her partners making money doing readings In the loft of their store.
Cynthia began writing her column 20 years ago in 1988 for The Telluride Times. Alacazem is a pun on the French “a la” or “by,” the “ca” for “Cynthia” and “zem” for “Zehm.”
Her column will be published weekends starting in December on this blog, “Telluride Inside…and Out.”
by Cynthia Hansen Zehm
September 5 to 12, 2008
I love Indian Summer! This last week has been one of Colorado’s best – deep, crystalline blue skies, a touch of autumn in the air and the brilliant, warming rays of a September Sun. The first golden leaves of autumn are starting to appear, the Virginia creeper on our front gate is touched with crimson and the azure bluebirds that have been with us all summer are gathering on fence posts and treetops to softly sing about their upcoming journey to their winter homelands south of the border.
Thank you all for being a part of the cosmic consciousness. We are all here together on Earth to do what we can, shaping the world and the Universe with our love, our laughter and our light. May you be blessed and happy in these very special and often challenging times; may you walk in beauty and experience grace. Peace and joy!
Evening: Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter
Aries (Mar. 21-Apr.19)
Self-improvement continues as a focus this week and the results of your work here begin to take shape in your relationships. The combination of Mercury, Venus and Mars in Libra provide the impetus to move forward regarding love and pairing. Whether it’s getting out or getting in, you’re ready for change. Onward cosmic traveler!
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
Songs of the heart and forces of will are themes as you begin to see the power of humility. Silence is often golden and waiting to speak until others have expressed themselves proves a valuable tool in ffective communication. Cultivate inner peace and lead by example. Trying to get others to do it your way is a waste of time. Let go, let God.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Autumn sparks the spirits and opens the hearts of multi-faceted twins. Mother Earth delivers gifts of harvest and time at home sweet home generates feelings of deep comfort and solace. Count your blessings and cultivate attitudes of gratitude. Listen to your heart and follow your intuition. Pursue passions and express your creativity. Enjoy the joy.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Home-based projects and issues of family take center stage as several planets enter your solar 4th house of personal foundations. You may experience strong emotional reactions to a variety of situations and circumstances. Remain as calm as possible and focus on the solutions. Step out of the past and live now, in the ever-present present.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Personal responsibility and efficiency are themes as the Virgo zodiac month reaches its zenith. Be as self-aware and self-sufficient as possible. Accept your life as yours and others’ lives as theirs. Understand the difference between what you can change – you – and what you cannot – everyone else. Breathe deep and walk in beauty.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
Birthdays continue, candles flicker and life goes on. Celebrations this year are more serious and less indulgent than in years past as Saturn reminds the Virgin that it’s time to take personal responsibility for the condition of every situation, circumstance and relationship in your life. You have the power, embrace it. Take positive, right action and go forth.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Angelic spirits encourage, guide and protect you as solar rays illuminate divine forces within and all around you. As above, so below. The world is a magical place and sparkling mirrors of metaphysical potential are everywhere. Open your heart to the wisdom and beauty of nature, look for omens and follow the light. Cultivate inner peace.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Friends and associates continue as a strong, influential force in your week. Consider goals and aspirations, cultivate relationships with people who inspire greatness and encourage progress. Practical plans for achievement are favored, craft realistic strategies and pursue positive options. Remember: perseverance furthers.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Pluto hovering near the Galactic Center in Sagittarius resumes forward motion and touches off powerful themes of personal metamorphosis, social change and global transformation. You see the depth and light of spirit, the interconnectedness of existence and the power of being fully present. Be the change you want the world to be. Live free.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Open minds and philanthropic acts are favored as Virgo energy encourages spiritual generosity, cultural sensitivity and global compassion. Foreign cultures, political views and religious beliefs are themes. Explore and discover what others think and feel as you craft strategies for peace and work toward universal brotherhood.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your and other people’s monies and resources continue as a theme. You may find yourself pooling finances, ideas or talents to come up with pro-active, positive solutions for longstanding, ongoing problems. Look at the bigger picture and understand the process of change and the virtues of growth. It’s time to explore worlds of unlimited possibility.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
Other people and the manner in which they are living their lives is a strong, influential factor in your thoughts and emotions this week. Remain open to input and process ideas, but know that ultimately choice is up to the individual. Lead by example and understand the concept of attraction rather than promotion. Humbly and simply, be and do your best.