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Virginia Bell
Virginia Bell is a full time writer and astrologer based in New York City. She has created astrology columns for magazines such as Us Weekly, TV Guide, Tennis Week, Fashion Mini, The Daily Front Row, and Refinery29. She currently writes for the CBS magazine, Watch! and is writing a book entitled You are Never Too Late; Using Astrology to Thrive in the Second Half of Life. Her website is:; her blog is:

Entries by Virginia Bell

Getting Older Doesn't Have to Be Hard

(7) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Getting old isn't hard. Not for me anyway. Do you know what was hard? Being young, stupid and scared with no skills or support. Now, that was scary! When I was young everything was a crisis; I couldn't see around the next corner. What aging has given me is perspective,...

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The Big Juicy Secret Nobody Tells You About Aging

(79) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:27 AM

It actually gets better as you get older. You get better. Life gets better. The merry-go-round slows down and you can finally enjoy the ride. I'm not going to tell you it's easy; especially in this economy or that it happens automatically like your invitation to join AARP. But it...

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Menopause: Your Mother's Story Is Not Your Own

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:50 AM

My mother went mad during menopause. Whatever was holding her together all those years finally collapsed. I always remember her as never really sick but never well either. She would run from one doctor to another but they never found anything wrong with her. They gave her pills to calm...

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What Do Gwyneth Paltrow, Corey Feldman and Lance Armstrong Have in Common? Two Words: Midlife Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:31 AM

It can start from the inside, a deep rumbling that seems to say "Is that all there is?" Or it may come from the outside in the form of a crisis such as a health challenge, a death in the family, the loss of a job or relationship. Either way...

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The Aging Revolution: There's Never Been A Better Time To Be Older

(26) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 7:34 AM

I'll be honest; I wasn't thrilled about turning 70. I've always been youthful, healthy, and extremely active and although nothing had changed suddenly everything seemed different. I felt lost, fearful, and untethered; this was unknown territory. The 50s were fabulous and freeing; there's no other period where you have a...

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How I Pray

(9) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Years ago, I was visiting my aunt Mary Kate in North Carolina. One morning, I woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep. I wandered into the kitchen around 5:30 a.m. and found my aunt sitting at the kitchen table deep in thought.

"Amma Kate," I asked, "Do...

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A New Book From the Maureen Dowd of Astrologers: Jessica Murray

(8) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 3:40 PM

"What a time to be alive," begins Jessica Murray in her powerful and extremely relevant book, At the Crossroads: An Astrologer Looks at These Turbulent Times (MotherSky Press). Indeed it is! This past year has gotten more buzz than PSY's "Gangnam Style" and created its very own brand thanks to...

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How I Learned to Forgive (Or the Best Damn Psychic Reading I Ever Had)

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 12:00 PM

He wasn't the classiest psychic I had ever gone to, not by a long shot. He was nothing like Vincent Ragone, the great medical psychic who had a three-year waiting list and was said to be sought after by U.S. presidents, religious leaders, and celebrities alike. Nor was he like...

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It's Never Too Late to Be a Late Bloomer

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Late bloomers are a special breed and often misunderstood. They can appear ridiculous to the rest of the world as they pursue some private dream or else bounce from one profession to another. In the end, they have a longer road and a tougher climb for it requires tremendous faith,...

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The iPad and Mercury Retrograde

(12) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 1:08 PM

It always amazes me that people and corporations will spend millions of dollars to launch a product, produce a movie, begin construction, or open a business and don't bother to spend an extra few bucks to consult an astrologer about the timing of it. Hey, life (and business) is hard...

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An Astrologer Looks at Fifty

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 4:05 PM

Each and every one of us will come to certain crossroads or cycles in our life and although we are all unique and our individual paths may differ, the timing of these cycles is the same. They are the great turning points in life. In psychology these life cycles represent...

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William and Kate: Star-Crossed Lovers or Soul Mates?

(9) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 2:21 PM

We know every detail about the wedding; the cake, the guest list, the seating, the timeline, the bridesmaids, the preparations and the protocol. All right already; let's get down to what's really important. Admit it: you're dying to know what the stars say. Is this all just a media circus,...

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New Zodiac Sign: Astrology Makeover or Misinformation?

(128) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 8:07 AM

The economy has tanked, the housing market has collapsed and the environment is being compromised. And now some astronomer in Minnesota is telling us that our astrological signs have changed and we're not who we thought we were. To quote Dorothy Parker, "What fresh hell is this?" Fear not: Although...

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I'm Younger in My Sixties Than I've Ever Been Before

(24) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 6:10 PM

It didn't happen overnight, this late-in-life sense of youthful possibility; it crept up on me slowly, like time-released vitamins. Once I hit 50 I felt liberated. I no longer had to maintain my status as a sex object. At 60 I experienced even more freedom. Then, over the past few...

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Dear Lindsay, Please Don't Join the 27 Club

(16) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 3:16 PM

Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Brian Jones were all members. So was Kurt Cobain; in fact, according to his sister, he spoke about wanting to join the 27 Club and he succeeded. Robert Downey Jr. almost became a member. Amy Winehouse is terrified she will become a member....

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Trial By Fire: How Opening A Restaurant Cured My Eating Disorder

(10) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 12:26 PM

It doesn't make sense that someone with an eating disorder would open a restaurant but that's exactly what I did. I was determined to own a restaurant. Plus, I was sick and tired of organizing my life around what I ate or didn't eat, how much I exercised and what...

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Sarah Palin: America's Trojan Horse

(110) Comments | Posted December 30, 2009 | 12:22 PM

Ever since she burst on the national scene in the summer of 2008 Sarah Palin has captured our attention and has successfully held it with the tenacity of an American Idol finalist. Love her or hate her we are still riveted by her story and her ascent. How did she...

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Astrology & Politics, Washington's New Odd Couple

(5) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 11:27 AM

In 2006 the astronomers demoted Pluto to a dwarf planet. Pluto probably couldn't care less; like the rest of the celebs with one name he knows the importance of good buzz and a high profile. Besides, since the planet of death and rebirth entered no-nonsense Capricorn (the sign that rules...

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