Before Louise Hay…There Was Florence

Filed in Libra

Florence Scovel Shinn

All that is mine by Divine Right is now released and reaches me in great avalanches of abundance, under grace in miraculous ways.


I now let go of worn-out conditions and worn-out things. Divine order is established in my mind, body and affairs. “Behold, I make all things new.”


I deny fatigue, for there is nothing to tire me. I live in the Kingdom of eternal joy and absorbing interests. My body is “the body electric,” timeless and tireless, birthless and deathless.

Florence Scovel Shinn is like the UR-MOTHER-LODE of the whole affirmations, The Secret, visualization scene that was really the signature trend of the Pluto in Sagittarius era (aka the mid-90s till 2008).

An artist, “metaphysician” (epic job title right there) and founder of the New Thought movement, she wrote several books that we were big in their day. She also devised the fruitiest, most over the top affirmations ever.

What she termed her “rebirth” (well before the term was fashionable) all occurred after the ‘shock’ of her divorce in the early 20th Century, a period when women could not even VOTE. She went on to self-publish her first book aged 54 and tour around giving sold-out lectures, preaching.

Your Word Is Your Wand

Born on September 24 in 1871, she was either a Virgo or a Libra. Her Moon was either Capricorn or Aquarius. She seems SUPER Air.  She had Mercury Retro and Lilith in Gemini. Florence Scovel Shinn also wrote a book called Your Word Is Your Wand – which seems very Lilith in Gemini.  Lilith in Gemini is the Word Witch!

Her Venus in Libra was Retro, squared by Saturn and opposing Chiron. But the grunt of her astral energies was the Mars conjunct Pluto in Scorpio. Mars Pluto is always an anti-fragile and regenerative combo but especially in Scorpio, the sign ruled by Mars and Pluto. Not only that, the Mars/Pluto was trine a JUPITER exalted in Cancer.

The Uranus Opposition that seemed to send her zinging into her new life was from Uranus in Aquarius to her Uranus in Leo.



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penelope.mMM Member

I just got this in iBooks for 99c loving it ???

MollyBlueDawnMM Member

Being still super sensitive about the unspeakable horror of Pluto in Sagittarius, I bristled at the mention of Pluto in Scorpio – too close to home! I had to look up the ephemeris for September 24, 1871 – Pluto was in Taurus, opposing Mars in Scorpio.

I guess no one is immune to Mercury Retrograde confusion!


How something that begins with Mars-Pluto in Scorpio can turn into a movement of drivel?!? Great life story, and the last sentence is good. I hope the rest of her stuff is similar and not like the first two-and-a-half quotes.
To each their own tho. Power to anyone for whom this stuff works. I am utterly allergic to affirmations and find them shallow and profoundly dishonest. We are forced to live so many lies just to survive; I will be dammed if I voluntarily tell myself more.


Actually, as I drift off to sleep, no. I have 7 planets in the 12th house and Jupiter rising. Of COURSE abundance comes naturally to me and things are magical, mystical, and divinely ordered, and reading affirmation lit is like reading kindergarten books over and over. The fact that I don’t want to read Dick and Jane Play with Spot is not a judgment of Dick and Jane but an expression on privilege. I apologize. Still, if I want to manifest something that matters (my other gripe with this is that it’s inherently selfish, way more than CM which was… Read more »

YumiMM Member

This is so uncanny. I just finished reading THE GAME OF LIFE yesterday (I requested the book from my library on a whim because the title was referenced to in two separate audiobooks I was listening to), and then twice today (to and from a destination I usually don’t go to) I had to take a freeway exit on “Florence” street, and then just now I read this blog post.

TripleLMM Member

. Good ol’ Walt Whitman.

” … (All is a procession,
The universe is a procession with measured and perfect motion.) … ”

Sheer “poetry.” *Chuckles to self.*

The Venus FlyMM Member
The Venus Fly


Noticed a change in the Oracle – and the cycle turns 🙂

ChrysalisMM Member

I found an old copy of ‘The Game of Life’ in a second hand shop a few years ago and read it regularly, it sits by my bedside and I dip into it when I need it. Her writing is fantastic – the style seems brutally fresh, pared back and honest compared to a lot of the current writing in that genre.

Caterina senangMM Member
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A life changer! I’ve had my dog-eared Florence Scovel Shin compendium for 14 years. Early 20th century Mysticism and timeless. Her affirmations are great. And fascinating that everything she speaks of comes directly from the Bible! She quotes it directly in a way that uncovers its secret esoteric messages normally swamped by religious rhetoric. And Mystic can you please tell me: if Pluto in Sagitarius was the era 1890s till 2008 – what is this current era and its expected duration? Thanks!


The picture is of anais?!?


I thought so too!

HoudiniMM Member

Yes, it actually is a picture of Anais Nin, erroneously – and widely- ascribed to Florence. One of those Internet mysteries.

LightningButterflyMM Member

Yep…was just coming here to post that. 🙂


I need to make this a wall tapestry in my new apartment.

PlutoMoonMM Member

9/24 (also my bday, ahem), is definitely Libra. Uranus zing for sure! And though we don’t know her birth time, I wonder where that Uranus sits in her chart? My guess is rising, but I also wonder if she had a progressed Ascendant change (perhaps to Aquarius, activating her Uranus?) around the time of her “rebirth”? There would then be a square to her Mars/Pluto energies and trine to her sun and Lilith/Mercury, perfect for deciding to write a metaphysical book and preach about it.

LiberatingVenusMM Member

My goodness – what a remarkable woman! #GirlCrush

MM, she must surely be a Libra for you to be publishing this now, with Tr. Jupiter (Lord of Abundance) currently on her Sun! Just look at that first quote – “Divine right” (Sun) “abundance” (Jupiter), and “grace” (Libra)!

LiberatingVenusMM Member

In fact, I just ran a chart for that date & location (Camden, NJ) with a noon time and she’s coming up w/ her Sun @ 1Libra11, Moon firmly in Aquarius – yes, Airy-fairy indeed!


Good morning Mystic.
It’s now 4.35am… I’ve been awake for an hour, lying in bed, reading your blog… Prepping for a productive day.
Thanks for the reminder about Florence. Back in the day, I used to have her inspiring words written out so I could read them every day.
Think that will be the first thing I do this morn… Write out those words and put them on the fridge.
And I will grab her book off my shelves and put it next to my bed… Need a reboot in the thoughts department and she will inspire nicely.
Hugs and love. Xx

Suzi EMM Member
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Suzi EMM Member
Suzi E

Here she is…

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Suzi EMM Member
Suzi E

Here’s Florence…

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Suzi EMM Member
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sorry about double post…please delete one 🙂

saturnplutofluxMM Member

I used to have that book too, my aunt was a huge proponent of Florence and regularly foisted her tomes on me.. 🙂 I did have quite a few of her affirmations stuck up around the house for a number of years. I had no idea she was such stylish looking lady!

InvictaMM Member

Can I be a metaphysician when I grow up too?

InvictaMM Member

That Lana Del Rey really IS a bookworm.
The Body Electric indeed. Great phrase.

SleepfulInBrisvegasMM Member

That’s the phrase that sprang out at me also.

sphinxMM Member

Great poem too:

I Sing the Body Electric

I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.

Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile the dead?
And if the body does not do fully as much as the soul?
And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?

SleepfulInBrisvegasMM Member

Thanks Sphinx. Awesome. As always.