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Starwise for the week of December 25th

By Kathleen Johnson

CAPRICORN (Dec20-Jan 19) This week between the holidays can sometimes leave you feeling at loosed ends, especially if you're not working. The arrival of mercury in your sign on Wednesday shows you a project you can get involved with and that helps. Thursday is a strong personal day and although Saturday has quarrelsome moments, New Year's Eve brings a light-hearted feeling.

AQUARIUS (Jan19-Feb18) An old conflict tries to blow up today, but you can keep that from happening. Tomorrow is a good time to talk about money, and if you're bargain hunting, Thursday is the day to be out shopping. The moon adds a glow to your home life over the weekend, so it's a great time to have a party and incite all of your friends to enjoy the ringing out of the old year.

PISCES (Feb19-Mar20) You seem to be a bit off balance today, perhaps from too much emotional energy spinning around yesterday. Mercury will restore your balance tomorrow and Thursday is full of good times. Watch what you say at work on Friday and the weekend will be calmed. When Mars and Neptune join forces on New Year's Eve, you'll have whole bunches of energy to have fun with.

ARIES (Mar20-Apr20you're often the one with the best ideas and today is no exception as long as you call your intuition into play. The moon arrives tomorrow and there's an opportunity to show your skills at work. Friday is unexpectedly busy both at work and at play so if you can relax on Saturday, take the time to do so. Otherwise, you'll be too frazzled to really enjoy yourself on New Year's Eve.
TAURUS (Apr20-May20) The energies between you and your significant other are riding high right now, so if you can get away for the week, that would be grand. If not, you can still find lots of time for each other. Tomorrow is the best day to make your resolutions, while Friday is about making yourself happy. You have tons of stuff to do over the weekend and new Year's eve works out just as planned.

GEMINI (May21-Jun21) If you have your way, you'll spend the whole week with friends. The entrance of Mercury into Capricorn tomorrow settles you right down and helps you do the practical things that need your attention. Deal with finances on Friday and don't provoke anyone on Saturday. The moon arrives on New Year's Eve just in time to make you feel as if the year coming will be the best.

CANCER (Jun21-Jul22) The moon is a busy bee this week and although it stirs up a few sore spots today, everything simmers down tomorrow, especially with your significant other. Thursday may bring an unexpected change at your job, and Friday is fun no matter what you're doing. Don't push an issue with a friend on Saturday and be ready to feel good from the inside out for New Year's Eve.

LEO (Jul22-Aug23) The emotional energy of the day is intense, but it's not negative. It just demands your attention. It might be good to make a New Year's resolution regarding your health tomorrow and you win praise at work on Friday. Saturday has more chores than you care for, but New Year's Eve and day bring you on your heart's desires. What a way to start the New Year.

VIRGO (Aug23-Sep23) The beneficent aspects from yesterday are still making themselves felt, so life should go according to your plans. Mercury slides into Capricorn on Wednesday where it feels very much at home and does good things for your creative life. Romance is in the air all weekend and what could be nicer when a New Year is about to be welcomed by all.

LIBRA (Sep23-Oct23 The influence of the Pisces moon may mess with your health a bit, but that flits away tomorrow, a day with a nice cozy feel to it. Relationships demand your attention on Thursday while Friday is more about closing the door on a matter from the past. Be wary of what you say on Saturday for you never know who is listening. Sunday brings an easy flow of force into the New Year.

SCORPIO (Oct23-Nov22) Yesterday's Pluto power works deep within your being all week, so be sure and give yourself private time. Tomorrow is a great time to meet new folks, and an interesting opportunity arrives on Thursday. Keep a low profile on Saturday, but let your imagination flow freely on Sunday, especially when it comes to thinking about what the New Year can bring your way.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov22-Dec20) Life has been incredibly busy for the last few days, so take a breather now and catch up with yourself. Work on your budget tomorrow when the stars are with you and start your weekend early, maybe on Friday. You tend to be a bit grumpy on Saturday, but when the moon enters your house of relationships on Sunday, a wonderful  and inventive evening awaits you.

Remembering Kathleen Johnson - June 28, 1941 to February 27, 2008

     The Addison County Community was stunned to learn Wednesday morning February 27, 2008 that one of the area’s most popular and well liked personalities had passed away during the night at home in her sleep.

    Kathleen Johnson was a gifted professional who was often called upon to give astrological readings to the rich and famous and ordinary folks alike. Her column Starwise was the longest running feature in the 34 year history of the  Valley Voice.

    Voice Owner/Publisher, Cheryl White  was a close, personal friend of Kathleen. Cheryl said “I’m stunned and my family and staff are stunned.  We loved Kathleen and her friendship and her steadfast loyalty to our newspaper will always serve as the standard for how we do business here.  She will be missed and never forgotten by all of us.  What a terrible loss.”

    Cheryl’s comments will be echoed by many in the community who knew Kathleen. She was a person who’s grasp of human events and the human condition was almost uncanny.

    In the early part of the decade Kathleen was voted as one of the top 100 psychics in the country by her peers and  over the years she established a client list that read like a Who’s Who of national and international celebrities including business, entertainment and political luminaries.

    Kathleen never let the notoriety interfere with her love of Vermont and in particular her home county. The proprietary nature of her vocation did not lend itself to a flamboyant persona.  She she was a trusted confidant to many and was considered a true professional in every sense of the word.

    Her weekly column Starwise was always a first read for many long time Voice subscribers and her annual first of the year predictions were looked forward to like the dropping of the ball in Times Square every year by Voice readers.

    Knowing Kathleen was a special treat especially for this reporter and  long time Voice employee.  We were good friends for over 20 years both in the broadcasting business television most recently in print here at the newspaper.  

    Kathleen loved words and had a wonderful command of the English language both spoken and written.  

    She had a terrific sense of humor and she was very savvy about why people do some of the things they do.  Her advice was always wise and time tested.  She was a humanitarian of the first order.

    Like all columnists who are busy  with many things there would be times when Kathleen might be just a tad late with her weekly deadline and so instead of badgering her this reporter would telephone her and give her my best armature impersonations of famous people requesting that she get her column in before deadline.  

    They were not very good impressions but Kathleen loved them and saved them on her answering machine to play back later and enjoy a good chuckle.  I was told that the tapes were sometimes the highlight of her day.  

    She had become ill in recent months but seemed to be getting better.  Now, she is no longer with us and will be missed but never forgotten.

    Kathleen was very close to publishing another book and was making the rounds to publishers in the past several months.  

    Former Treasury Secretary William Simon wrote the forward to her latest book giving us some sense of Kathleen’s wide range of business and professional contacts.  Kathleen Johnson has touched the lives of more people than any of us will ever know.
  

 

 

    Kathleen Johnson - how can mere words describe such a complex, unique, warm, loving and vast soul?  She was a symphony, the blues, an opera; a poem, a work of literature, a play, a comedy.  She was a beautiful flower garden, exotic incense, nourishing food for the soul; she was the sky, the stars, the cosmos. Kathleen was a sensitive and generous friend, perceptive, witty, and intuitive. Her physical presence was magnetic, her laugh infectious, and her voice - her voice was music itself.

    I first met Kathleen shortly before Samantha's birth, her face radiant and glowing with the light of an expectant mother.  As our friendship evolved over the years we found ourselves sharing many of the same interests as parents, farmers, writers, observers of human nature, and seekers of Truth in its many forms.  She invited me to write a column on nature and gardening for her magazine Aquarian Voices, and later asked me to reclaim her mother Ruthie's beautiful gardens at her Brandon farm.  Most recently we worked together to bring forth her book on esoteric astrology, Mapping the Soul.  Kathleen provided the intuitive wisdom and astrological knowledge which only she could provide, while I acted as midwife and asked, “What do you mean by this? Please give more examples! This passage moves me to tears.”  As we worked together, we enjoyed deep conversations on subjects ranging from mundane to esoteric; we laughed at human folly (including our own) and wept at human pain, suffering and loss; we discussed the spiritual struggles of mankind and our hopes for the human race.

   Kathleen's physical body has left us, and her departure leaves a huge void in the hearts and lives of all who loved her.  But I know in my own heart that her soul lives on.

Karen Cadow Le Roy, Popoma Farm, Whiting, Vermont

   

   Kathleen Johnson was a big woman.  Hers was one of those minds that could remember nearly everything she read, and make connections between ordinary and esoteric realities. But most of all Kathleen was big with heart, gathering people to her wherever she went.  Wisdom born of a life fully lived, and kindness that never waivered kept close those of us fortunate enough to call her a friend.  Her passing leaves behind echoes of laughter, and stories told around the dinner table about her wild young adult years spent in the company of jazz musicians and opera singers in New York City, of her growing up years on the farm in Brandon and, of course, her adored daughter, Samantha.  

    Her passing leaves behind a hole that cannot be filled by anything but a spirit that even in death is larger than life.

Jennifer Barker

 

    Kathleen and I came to know each other through a mutual friend.  However, it was our children Samantha and my son Dan that formed a lifelong bond for our two families.  I can say without hesitation, Kathleen was the most remarkable person I've ever met.

    She had it all:  wit, intelligence, a sense of history, and a terrific sense of whimsy and humor.  Being a super “people person,” Kathleen gave freely and completely of herself to all she met.  Recently she shared with me that she was communicating through letters with a young girl in Afghanistan and showed me her picture.  Last week I came for a visit from my home on Cape Cod and Kathleen said to me, “This is the first time we've had a visit by ourselves since our children have grown and moved out.” We had a peaceful, perfect visit, combining rest, laughter, watching her favorite television shows, reading and enjoying each other's company as two old friends do.  Even though I believe Kathleen was an old soul who had lived through the ages, there was nothing old about Kathleen's spirit here on this plane.  She loved music, and when her health was better thought nothing of jumping in the car with Samantha and going to a rock concert.  One of my favorite stories was a time when, on her way to a concert, she heard a Bruce Springsteen song, “Rosie,” and pulled her car over to the side of the road and danced.

    So friends of Kathleen, despite your sadness over losing this remarkable person, she would want us all to take time to stop by the side of the road and dance to our favorite song, and in her memory, keep smiling.

Shelley Solworth

 

    How do I begin? To sum up and describe almost 30 years of friendship seems like an impossible task. But to say that we were merely friends would not be an accurate description of what Kathleen was to me. We started out as client and astrologer. I thought she was just about the coolest chick that I had ever met. We continued that relationship until Kathleen, due to some wild and crazy circumstances, needed some moral support. That was the beginning of an incredible journey. Her office at the farm was where many things happened…from private conversations to hanging out with friends to tremendous musical jam sessions. Those were some wild times…times that Kathleen and I refer to as B.C. ……Before Children!

    And so starts the next chapter of our life….. Kids! Her Samantha and my Jessie were born six months apart to the day. And just as their mothers, the girls became best friends. So needless to say, the four of us became inseparable and have gone on many, many adventures. There is a deep bond between the four of us that nobody dared mess with. We shared so much…. laughter, tears, inside jokes and  much love. There are so many stories……too many to mention.  But what would make us laugh (except Kathleen) was when we would call her "The  Kathleen Johnson" !

    Obviously a reference to her notoriety. Wherever we would go somewhere someone would always come up and say "Are you "The Kathleen Johnson"? and we would never let her forget it!

    So how do we get along without our Kathleen Johnson? I don't have the answer to that but I know that whenever I want to see her, all I have to do is close my eyes. When I hear a stream, I will hear her laugh. And when I see an eagle in the sky, I will know that she is now free of the physical constraints that she had in life.

    Good Bye my dear friend….The Kathleen Johnson.

- Jan

 

     I would like to consider myself lucky, blessed if you will. I was fortunate enough to be raised by two fabulous women. I was going to write amazing, but in all honesty fabulous is really the word. Lady number one is my biological mom. Most know her as the queen of the Brandon post office but more commonly as Jan Swahn or Jan Young depending on how long you've known her.  She is the best mom I could ask for I wouldn't trade her for the world.    However, there is a lady number two. Lady number two who equally embodies all the mommy qualities of lady number one is the one and only The Kathleen Johnson.

    Kathleen and my mom have been best friends for well over twenty-five years.  And in the mysterious or maybe even not so mysterious way the universe works they became pregnant right around the same time. Samantha Smith was born August 4th 1984 , Exactly to the day I Jesse was born six months later. From that time on we were a fearsome foursome, a force to be reckoned with.

    However, it wasn't until after the death of my father that the family bond between the four of us was cemented. I was five years old. Kathleen's house was where the majority of my time was spent. In my opinion that is when she really became my second mama. From the age of five to about fourteen that old farm house was my other home. Kathleen was always someone I looked up to, even at a young age. She was someone incredible that everyone knew and loved. Kathleen truly was famous. She brilliantly spread light, love, wisdom, and happiness on everyone who was privileged to be bestowed with her presence. She shared so much wisdom with me. I knew whenever I had a problem, Kathleen had a solution. She knew just what to say every time I needed help. Her voice and words were like a cup of hot tea; soothing and warm. I can't describe her.  But if you knew her, you know the feeling I speak of. Everyone who knew her fell in love with her.

    And now she is gone. But that smile that she always brings to my face is never going to leave. That is how I am coping with the loss of my wonderful Kathleen. I know that where ever she is she is peaceful. I can live the rest of my days knowing that she is somewhere where the love we shared could even possibly be trumped by the love and healing she is receiving now. I loved that woman with all my heart and soul. She was truly my other mama.

   And one thing that will keep me going is there is no doubt in my mind that the four of us have old souls. Our souls have shared many, many lives together. And I know that just because this one is over there are so many more to look forward to. I love you Kathleen, and in words I know you would sing to me, in the rest of my days here, I'll keep my eyes on the road and my hands upon the wheel.

- Jessie

 

 

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