Monthly Archives astrology astrology astrology: October 2008

New Moon Today!

Photo by John French. I’m pleased to interrupt the political whirlwind to bring news of a New Moon in Scorpio.

The New Moon occurs at 7:15 pm tonight (October 28) Eastern time, with the Sun and Moon aligned at 5 degrees Scorpio. Scorpio is intensely emotional and private, and this New Moon offers an opportunity to begin to really plumb the depths of our own emotional natures and find our source of empowerment. What is it we are truly feeling?  What motivates us below the surface? Where do we lose power and how can we regain it? Where have we misused our power? These are Scorpio issues, best handled in the privacy of our own soul.

The upcoming opposition from Saturn to Uranus which will culminate on November 4 is a part of the lunation, and suggests a pull between that which feels safe (Saturn) and that which is new and untested (Uranus). Uranus seeks to impel change in order to create a world with greater authenticity and freedom, and this New Moon provides a chance to strip away the fluff and nonsense of our life (Scorpio), leaving only that which is real and allows us to thrive and continue to grow.

People like me with lots of Pluto and Scorpio in our charts enjoy these times more than those with lighter charts who prefer times of ease and joy, but it’s all part of the natural cycle of life.

Mars is also in Scorpio now where it charges fearlessly into combat, and Mars is square to Chiron now where that combat can bring up some painful issues that need resolution.  Fortunately Mars is harmoniously linked to the opposition of Saturn and Uranus […]

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By |2008-10-28T15:19:20-04:00October 28th, 2008|Moon|Comments Off on New Moon Today!

Political Advertisement: Spiritual Leaders for Obama

In this blog I try to present as balanced a viewpoint as possible when analyzing the astrological charts of public figures.  But we are facing a historic election and I am unabashedly using this pulpit for a political message:  Vote for Barack Obama on November 4.

Today’s spiritual leaders have gathered together to present the case for Obama.  Deepak Chopra, Pema Chodron, Shiva Rea, Jon Kabat-Zinn and many others write:

As spiritual leaders signing this letter we are stepping forward
to say: “We can make a difference” As our spiritual practice
empties, opens and strengthens us, we are naturally moved to
engage in the world with compassion, equanimity, and the
dedication to live our values.
We know many of you are already both concerned and
involved in this year’s Presidential election. Yet, in the past
weeks, many of us have heard friends in the spiritual
community expressing ambivalence about voting. When
asked why they wouldn’t vote we heard things like: “It doesn’t
make any difference”; “I’m more interested in spiritual
practice than politics”.
This election, we have an opportunity to create a paradigm
shift in the nature of politics. Senator McCain has voted with
President Bush over 90% of the time leading to policies that
have increased violence the world, furthered environmental
destruction, tried to force religious views on the country, and
shown a staggering lack of compassion for those most in need.

Play a role in bringing peace and justice back to the planet.  Vote for Barack Obama on November 4.

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By |2008-10-27T15:24:12-04:00October 27th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Political Advertisement: Spiritual Leaders for Obama

US Has Attacked Syria

This comes as Saturn approaches within one degree to an opposition of Uranus. Mars today is in an exact square to Chiron which just turned direct and this event is certain to push with aggression (Mars) old wounds (Chiron) in the Middle East.

A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces targeted the network of al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters moving through Syria into Iraq. The Americans have been unable to shut the network down in the area struck because Syria was out of the military’s reach.

“We are taking matters into our own hands,” the official told The Associated Press in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids.

The attack came just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the Syrian border, which he called an “uncontrolled” gateway for fighters entering Iraq.

A Syrian government statement said the helicopters attacked the Sukkariyeh Farm near the town of Abu Kamal, five miles inside the Syrian border. Four helicopters attacked a civilian building under construction shortly before sundown and fired on workers inside, the statement said.

The government said civilians were among the dead, including four children.

This was the first large-scale US raid conducted within Syria by air and eight people were killed, including four children. Talks between Syria and the UK were canceled as a result of the raid and it is feared that diplomatic efforts by Syria towards Israel […]

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By |2008-10-27T15:22:06-04:00October 27th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on US Has Attacked Syria

Power to the (Working) People!!

Ray Merriman has a new article up about Saturn in Virgo and the Saturn/Uranus opposition. Ray writes:

Saturn in Virgo … relates to the growing frustration of those who do the work – the working class, the middle class. They look around and they see that they do all this work. Yet when the business fails, it is they who suffer, not the management that made the decisions that led to the failure. The workers are the ones who lose their jobs or give up benefits. And oftentimes when those in management make these failed decisions, they leave the company and receive huge financial bonuses, known as “Golden Parachutes.” And even while they are there, if the company prospers, it is these decision-makers who also receive huge end-of-year bonuses – at least huge in comparison to the much smaller bonuses given to those who did the hands-on work. It is not that these conditions have not existed forever between management and labor, between the wealthy and the middle class. It is just that now, in the first decade of this new century, the rate of growth and rewards between management and the work force has widened to its largest distortion ever.

I might add that it is largely the Pluto in Virgo generation that is suffering at the hands of the power elite, and I think it’s also noteworthy that this executive compensation issue went to the extreme under Saturn’s ride through Leo, the sign of ego and kingship.

Ray believes that the opposition from Uranus to Saturn will lead to an uprising (Uranus) of the working people against the power structures (Saturn).  I would like to think that’s true, but I don’t believe […]

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By |2008-10-26T15:26:19-04:00October 26th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Power to the (Working) People!!

Chiron Turns Direct! And Other Planetary News

“The Wounded Healer” by Alex Grey.

Chiron has been traveling retrograde since May 25, and changes direction today.  It has been virtually at a standstill since August, holding our feet to the fire as we release the wounds of our past in order to gain in wisdom and true knowledge. The accumulated understanding we’ve gained over the past month or so will have an opportunity for release now.

Chiron is known as the “wounded healer” (read more about Chiron here), but he is much more than that.  Under the influence of Chiron, we revisit the wounds of the past and transmute them into wisdom and the ability to heal and protect in the service of others.  As the bridge between the personal (inner) planets and the transformational (outer) planets, Chiron also provides the inner teachings that facilitate our transformation from ordinary human to transformational being.

Chiron is just completing a conjunction to the North Node now, the 15th being the final phase of a three -part conjunction that began June 1 and hit for the second time August 11.  The Nodes are not planets; they are signposts in the sky that mark the places where the Moon crosses the path of the Sun’s passage through the zodiac. The signposts point to our past (the South Node) and to the future (the North Node). Throughout May Neptune and Chiron both conjoined the North Node, signifying an important event to facilitate inspiration (Neptune) and healing (Chiron). When planets conjunct the North Node they by necessity oppose (180 degrees) the South Node, setting up a tension between the influences that hold us back (South Node) and the pull to continue evolving (North Node) by fully experiencing the wounds of […]

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By |2008-10-25T15:28:44-04:00October 25th, 2008|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Chiron Turns Direct! And Other Planetary News