By Jade Emory
Oahu Island News, August 2003


When visitors first come to Hawaii they are offered the epitome of nature’s grandeur. Our magnificent mountains stand strong in silent solidity. Our fragrant flowers are like gemstones of the plant kingdom, gracing visitors in welcome leis. The colors of our ocean are so ethereal that they transport us to a sense of transcendence – waves wash away hurts held in heavy hearts.

Hawaii heals and that is why it attracts so many people holding high hopes. The sacred songs of dolphins and whales at sea, and of birds on land, create a sense of paradise.

Even without double rainbows and plunging waterfalls, we can still experience heaven within ourselves, and the trip is free.

ARIES, ever playful and courageous, knows that every life needs new springtimes. It holds the powers of joyful creativity, humor, and freedom.

TAURUS, like the mountains and tall towering trees, is steady, grounding, beautiful and green with nature’s infinite supply of life force. It celebrates stability with color and song.

GEMINI represents the cooling breezes, the freshness of new thoughts and ideas, and the lively chatter of shared dialog amongst friends.

CANCER is Divine Mother Earth and fresh waters, bringing forth fruit and flowers voluntarily, nourishing all.

LEO is analogous to our fire goddess, Madame Pele, of legendary loyal love, and the divine flame within all creation.

VIRGO is the Divine order in what appears to be random chaos. It is healing herbs for illness, and the valid intelligence and unconditional love of animals.

LIBRA is queen of beauty, balance, ethics, and social equality. It reminds us of the propriety of refinement and dignity.

SCORPIO is the indigo depths of the ocean, with vast treasures hidden way beneath the surface. We, too, hold treasures deep within our souls.

SAGITTARIUS stands for the enlightenment of religions and philosophies that enable Hawaii’s diverse population to live respectfully with consideration for each other.

CAPRICORN holds the golden traditions of Hawaii’s original royal culture pertaining to the sanctity of the land, waters and sky.

AQUARIUS is the growing tip on the tree of life, ready and willing to make changes for the benefit of all, unselfishly perpetuating the most humanitarian and high ideals.

PISCES represents the magical, subtle realms within ocean meeting sky, of spirit meeting matter, of form and content coinciding. King of psychic sensitivity, Pisces is the hidden mana that graces us with aloha.

Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at

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