Monthly Archives astrology: April 2007

Philadelphia shuts down “fortune-telling”

20529745_sMany cities and towns have old laws on the books against “fortune-telling,” but they are rarely if ever exercised. Now Philadelphia has taken a giant step backwards by “closing storefront psychics, astrologers, phrenologists and tarot-card readers who charge money for their services.”

I don’t know how a storefront psychic is different than one who works over the phone, and there is no disputing that there are a lot of charlatans and scam artists out there as there are in any business. We can see in television programming of shows such as Medium that psychic awareness is becoming more accepted in the mainstream, but these archaic laws remain on the books.

In 1998 (with Saturn’s restrictions approaching a square to Neptune’s spirituality) the Gypsy Cafe in Cary North Carolina was issued a citation for fortune-telling. Then in June of 1999 (with Saturn exactly square to Neptune) a psychic shop in the North Carolina mountains was shut down by police citing a 1951 law prohibiting “fortune-telling” as a professional, and amateur fortune-telling can only be practiced as part of a church or school social event.

In response, the Ancient Arts Freedom Association held a peaceful demonstration in downtown Asheville in which about 50 participants practiced various forms of divination. Police, rather than arresting everyone, issued a citation to just one participant (a tarot reader). Appearing in court with her ACLU lawyer, she hoped to be declared guilty so that she could appeal the decision to a higher court and have the law erased from the books. Instead, the judge declared the Asheville law to be unconstitutional. Unfortunately, however, this decision was not binding on other North Carolina jurisdictions.

It makes sense that this issue would arise again as Saturn opposes Neptune. While I decry […]

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By |2007-04-28T11:10:00-04:00April 28th, 2007|Life|Comments Off on Philadelphia shuts down “fortune-telling”

More on upcoming Mars events

5061842_sWe are in range now of the Mars/Uranus conjunction which is exact on the 29th and occurs in concert to a square of Mars to Jupiter on the 30th. Mars moves relatively quickly, but these are intense energies that have a strong impact even though the experience will only last a week or so.

This cycle will be softened somewhat by the fact that Mars is in Pisces and therefore more considerate of others, but in some ways that could be more difficult as both Uranus (radical rebellion) and Jupiter (fanaticism) enter into a conflict with the god of war.

There is a tremendous amount of energy released with these combinations, and Mars in Pisces will desire to shove any conflict that comes up under the rug. This is where it can become dangerous since that energy needs to be released during this time. Vigorous physical activity is one of the best ways to release that energy so that it doesn’t erupt in major conflict or create reckless behavior. Mars will make a quincunx (150 degree) aspect to Saturn at the same time and Saturn’s tendency to restrict and limit may push Mars into a corner where it feels it must react. A trine from Jupiter to Saturn now will aid us in making a conscious effort to be responsible (Saturn) during this period will also facilitate Saturn’s ability to enhance the energy of Mars so that it flows in a productive manner.

Update: Several of you have written me of being personally affected to the extreme with this transit. If find yourself having problems look at your chart and see what planets you have between 12 and 25 or so degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius. Those […]

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By |2007-04-26T11:54:00-04:00April 26th, 2007|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on More on upcoming Mars events

Gee, maybe we’re not alone after all…

It seems to me to be the height of hubris when, knowing that the universe is vast and filled with an unknowable number of planets many people still feel that Earth is the only one with life.

an earth-like planet in my very own constellation of Libra, the sign of relationships. The discovery team has estimated that the likely mean temperature of the planet would support the liquid water that would be needed to sustain life.

London bookies raised the odds on extraterrestrial life from 1000 to 1 to 100 to 1. Place your bets!

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By |2007-04-26T11:19:00-04:00April 26th, 2007|Science|Comments Off on Gee, maybe we’re not alone after all…

Pluto, the Galactic Center, Ceres and Bees

Jill wrote a post yesterday about the sudden disappearance of honeybees, and subsequent research turned up which connects weather anomalies to changes in the Gulf Stream circuit, an event which occurred between December 11 and 19th just as Pluto was making its first conjunction to the Galactic Center. There is a link which shows a short period where the Gulf Stream stops flowing towards Europe and flows back down without completing its normaly circuit. Earlier this month I wrote about my hypothesis that the effect of Pluto conjunct the GC, which historically has seemed to bring about major shifts in human civilizations every 248 years that it occurs, seems to have brought the issue of climate change to the forefront of mass awareness.

The disappearance of the honeybees appears to have begun with a sudden dropoff in bee poulations in mid December. There is some speculation that may have a role to play. Another peculiarity is that many of the bees are abandoning the hives and leaving their stores of honey and pollen, suggesting that there is something toxic in the hives themselves, and scientists have found up to four different kinds of viruses and fungi in the bees that remain in the hive.

A loss of bees would be devastating to agriculture, since honeybees are responsible for 80% of pollination of crops around the world. Looking back to the reclassification of Ceres which linked it to the Plutonic archetype, we should remember that in her grief the mythological Ceres caused starvation and famine before she negotiated the partial release of her daughter from Pluto’s underworld. In playing god through technological interference with the processes of nature, we may be replaying the drama of Persephone’s abduction and […]

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By |2018-11-19T21:26:34-04:00April 24th, 2007|Ecology|Comments Off on Pluto, the Galactic Center, Ceres and Bees

Dow average breaks another record

8417899_sDespite predictions of stock market failure due to the fall and spring eclipse cycle, the stock market continues to defy the odds. Both astrological and financial pundits have been watching for a correction but Jupiter combined with Pluto in the relentlessly optimistic sign of Sagittarius seems to be buoying up the perceptions that drive the stock market. The markets rise with optimism and fall when investors become more pessimistic.

suggests that the upcoming second phase of the square of Jupiter to Uranus will cause a “sharp reversal” in US stocks. During the second phase of the cycle in mid-May (although the two planets are within one degree in late April), Jupiter is traveling retrograde and Uranus direct as they meet for the second time. While normally we would have to revisit areas where we experienced some quick luck with Jupiter retrograde, a trine from Saturn to Jupiter is likely to stabilize the markets and minimize any sudden shifts of experience. Meanwhile, Jupiter will continue to expand the desire for freedom promoted by Uranus.

Things COULD get very interesting on the 28th when Mars in Pisces conjuncts Uranus and sets off the square to Jupiter. Mars in Pisces often operates secretly so watch for disruptions behind the scenes.

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By |2007-04-22T21:00:00-04:00April 22nd, 2007|Money and markets|Comments Off on Dow average breaks another record
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