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March 9, 1997

Saint Of The Day:
St. Frances of Rome

St. Frances of Rome was born in Rome in 1384, of a wealthy and aristocratic couple, Paul and Jacobella Busso, who married her off at age 13 to another aristocrat, Lorenzo Ponziano. She was a good wife and mother, and extended her goodness to the poor and the downtrodden around her. Tragedy struck when Neapolitan forces invaded Rome in 1408. Her husband was wounded, and then, after another attack by the same forces two years later, was lucky to get out of Rome with his life. Frances did not escape. She turned their ruined home into a hospital, and worked with the victims of the war. A son and a daughter died of the plague. Her oldest son, captured twice, fled and joined his father. When peace came, she nursed her husband back to health, continued her charities, and organized a religious congregation called the Oblates of Tor de' Specchi. She entered their house in 1436, after her husband died, and was made superior. She'd been a healer all her life; now she seemed to acquire a whole set of supernatural gifts. She died in 1440, and was canonized in 1608.

Model: St. Frances's courage. When everyone around her was losing their heads, she kept hers screwed on tight. And she survived. And thrived.

Your Birthday Today:

March 9

Day of the Explorer

Perceptive, Visionary, Abstract

Forfeiting, Detached, Stressed out

What's this? If you were born on March 9, you are inquisitive, concerned with exploring all the space around you. You're not satisfied until you get to the root of things. Ruled by the number 9 and the planet Mars, you may have psychic, intuitive abilities.

The natural. You dislike those who put on airs and try to remain natural in your approach to life. Because of your high idealism, you are always on the side of the underdog, the poor and the weak. You, however, are a powerful person with substantial magnetism.

The next dimension. If you have discovered your power, you use your instincts and intuition a lot. Your cognitive abilities are considerable, but you often go against logic when your sixth sense tells you. Some say you tap into another world, but actually, you just understand the real world so deeply, you can see the essence of a given situation. Flaky or not, you definitely have an elevated or detached point of view that makes you an excellent advisor when someone needs a fresh perspective.

The battle. You often feel tugged by both your stable, nurturing side and your free-wheeling, imaginative side. If you lock yourself into a heavy responsibility, such as a job or family, you may find yourself frustrated much of the time. When people become dependent on you, an escape hatch is necessary to allow you a little freedom to explore.

Change is good. You go through many changes, such as jobs, homes, and relationships. You enjoy the variety and excitement of new things. Some March 9 people don't recognize and learn to use their power until later in life. Difficulties may arise when they seize this new life with gusto and shun their former responsibilities.

A little advice: Want to explore? Get to know the real you. Just don't go overboard with your personal magnetism. And don't lose touch with others.

Also born on this day:
Yuri Gagarin (cosmonaut, first man in space) Amerigo Vespucci (Italian navigator) Leland Stanford (founder, Stanford University) Bobby Fischer (only American-born chess grandmaster) Ornette Coleman (jazz saxophonist, violinist, composer) Irene Papas (Greek actor) Raul Julia (actor) Jackie Wilson (singer, songwriter) Micky Spillane (detective story writer) Andre Couregges (miniskirt inventor) Joseph Franz Gall (German phrenology founder)