Follow the Sun:A Simple Way to Use Astrology for Living in Harmony, was written by award-winning astrology author Anne M. Nordhaus-Bike, the book offers a timeless, annual guide to using astrology for living in harmony with yourself, others, and nature. Follow the Sun reviews each astrological sign, shares ideas for making the most of that sign’s energies and opportunities, and shows how a public figure born under that Sun sign expressed its energies.
This full color book is enhanced with numerous images, including reproductions of all 12 original watercolors the author—a professional artist who has exhibited her work widely—created to symbolize the signs of the zodiac.
Every chapter of Follow the Sun also offers suggestions for balancing your life.
"Besides giving you simple yet powerful tools to work more effectively with the energy of a particular Sun sign, these suggestions will help you align yourself with the seasons and nature’s cycles," Nordhaus-Bike said. "Over time, you will feel your life take on a more cyclical rhythm that will support your health and happiness on all levels."
Follow the Sun: A Simple Way to Use Astrology for Living in Harmony
is available at numerous online bookstores, including Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and AuthorHouse.com. It also is available at some local bookstores, and readers may order the book through their local booksellers.
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s behavior exemplifies both the positive and the negative expression of Taurus’s earthy, fixed energy. For instance, instead of idealism and pie in the sky, he makes practical plans for tangible projects to build parks, libraries, and new housing developments. His administration can be depended on for garbage pickup and graffiti blasting—and machine politics and corruption. Symbolized by the Bull, Daley’s Taurus Sun Sign makes him hard working and gives him great physical stamina and a stocky, bullish appearance (much like his father, who was a Taurus, too).
Daley also exhibits Taurus’s plodding nature, patience, and solid rather than sharp intelligence. Although he failed the bar exam on his first try, he persevered, finally passing on the third attempt. Defeated in his 1983 mayoral run against Harold Washington, he bided his time working as State’s Attorney rather than opposing Washington a second time and won the mayor’s job in 1989 after Washington’s death.
Daley also exhibits the Bull’s love of tradition and tendency to possessiveness, seeing the mayor’s office as the family fiefdom and showing no sign of letting it go. He has expressed Taurus’s stinginess by privatizing numerous city services to reap considerable savings; he embraces its preoccupation with the material world by pouring billions of dollars into capital improvements for schools, parks and recreation, new affordable housing units, and infrastructure.
Those investments embody the Bull’s tendency to seek security—both physical and emotional—via material wealth. Daley also has addressed this urge to security via community policing, adding more than 1,000 officers to police ranks, and bringing an innovative lawsuit against gun makers for the toll their products take on the city.
His security fixation veers sharply to the negative when, out of self-interest, he refuses to debate candidates running against him, enriches pals by allowing them sweet deals on city land and contracts, jealously guards power for himself, and insists on controlling the City Council—even though Chicago’s government was designed as a strong council-weak mayor system. When the City Council actually defied the mayor last year by passing an ordinance requiring big box retailers to pay employees a living wage, Daley killed the measure with his first veto since becoming mayor.
Daley also exhibits Taurus’s stubbornness and resistance to change. Although two separate courts had overturned a Chicago ordinance allowing police to gut the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of assembly by ordering people congregating in public spaces to disperse simply based on suspicion a gang member might be present, Daley kept pushing for the ordinance. He also has made himself notorious for bullish outbursts of temper whenever anyone crosses him and when the press asks legitimate questions about his decisions or his administration’s actions.
Resident Pens Astrology Book
By NADA SHAMAH• Friday, November 25, 2011
When someone thinks of astrology, names such as Guido Bonatti or Nostradamus come to mind.
Such people used the sun and stars to guide them.
For one Clearing resident, astrology has meant so much that she incorporates it in her everyday life, and even used it for the topic of her book, Follow the Sun: A Simple Way to Use Astrology for Living in Harmony.
Anne Nordhaus-Bike grew up in the northwest suburbs.
A 1981 graduate of the University of Chicago, Bike majored in art history.
Bike began her career after graduation as a business and technical writer. She worked with companies such as Ameritech and Dental Products Report.
She went on to join a consulting firm, where she earned recognition as
as a national leader in communication and training and was one of the authors of Fundamentals of Flexible Compensation.
“Over time, writing took on more urgency because of the need to make a living, and my life shifted to a career as a writer and communications and public relations professional,” Bike said.
Still driven by her love for writing, Bike began writing for a monthly magazine, The Gazette, which she helped found with her now-husband, William Bike. With The Gazette, she served as the fine arts editor for 20 years.
In 2006, Bike began working on her astrology column, Living in Harmony, which paved the way for her book.
In her book, Bike incorporates her love of astrology, writing, and her other passion, art, into a detailed guide on how to use astrology for living in harmony with one’s self, others and nature.
For quite a few years, Bike stepped away from her love of art to focus on her career.
But, she said, “In 1996, painting re-entered my life when a friend urged me to take a watercolor class to help reclaim my artistic side. Since then, my painting has blossomed in new and unexpected ways, and my art making has expanded into numerous other media.”
Follow the Sun discusses each astrological sign, and gives ideas for making the most out of the sun’s energy.
“Astrology is as easy or difficult as one makes it to be,” said Bike. “If someone can take some time, look at their sign and research it, they will learn how and why things happen.”
In her book, Bike uses a colorful way to help readers remember which color is associated with which sign.
“You can use the sun and signs to live a happier, more harmonious life,” she said.
In her book, Bike details a few well known figures in Chicago and explains how the sun and their sign tells a story on why they are who they are — or were.
Bike details the lives of former Chicago Mayors Richard M. Daley and Harold Washington, as well as Cong. Oscar DePriest and jazz legend Benny Goodman.
Another well-known figure that Bike looked into was Oprah Winfrey.
She says that studying the signs of these people helped tell stories of how and why they lived — or have lived — such productive lives.
Another well known Chicagoan Bike looked into was legendary mobster Al Capone.
Bike says that Capone’s signs indicated that although he had a reputation of being a ruthless man, he was truly brilliant.
“Every chapter of Follow the Sun also offers suggestions for balancing your life,” she said. “Besides giving you simple yet powerful tools to work more effectively with the energy of a particular sun sign, these suggestions will help you align yourself with the seasons and nature’s cycles.”
This is not the only book written by Bike.
One of seven children, Bike had a twin sister. Her mother died in childbirth, leaving Bike to never know her birth mother.
Interest in her mother’s family led to reaching out to them to put together The Tschirley Family in America, which is currently housed in the Library of Congress.
Bike offers services for anyone who is interested in learning more about astrology and their sun sign.
Bike says that her wish is that people turn to her book to help them to live a more harmonious life.
Follow the Sun is available online at www.amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
For more information on Bike and her book, Visit www.anbcommunications.com.