Monthly Archives astrology: November 2010

The astrology of Julian Assange: we have a birth date!

Updated 12/2/10  with more chart details. As you may know, on Tuesday the Wikileaks website released hundreds of cablegrams from diplomats in a variety of countries around the world.  The feedback against Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has of course been profound.  In fact, Interpol has just issued a “” for Assange for an investigation into his “sex crimes.”  This makes a date of birth available for Assange, something we have been craving since he burst onto the scene.

that his next target is Big Business.  In any case, Assange isvirtually single-handedly acting out the planetary drama of Pluto (destruction and revelation of secrets) in Capricorn (governments and Big Business) about to be set off by a square from Uranus (radical revolutionary behavior) in Aries (individual rights).  In fact, right now Uranus is at a virtual standstill and is acting most powerfully, which has stimulated the revolutionary fervor of the Wikileaks action.

Julian Assange astrologyJulian Assange (born July 3, 1971 according to the Interpol documents, time unknown, Townsville Australia) has the Sun in Cancer, with a nearly exact square from the Sun to Uranus which explains his radical tendencies.  People with the Sun in Cancer or with Cancer strong in their charts are extremely sensitive to the needs of others, and as a rule feel the pain in the world far more than the average person.

You can read a quasi-biography of him here in my earlier post; very little is known about his early life but he was used as a model for a work of fiction which reveals some clues.

Chiron is also square to Assange’s Sun, and […]

By | 2010-11-30T17:51:00+00:00 November 30th, 2010|Crime, Politics|9 Comments

Skywatch for December is posted

I’m a day early this month!  I’ll be sending out my monthly newsletter with a simplified summary that is easier to understand, so if you’re not on my mailing list please sign up in the sidebar.  Meanwhile, here’s a hint of what is to come (and for more information about that big eclipse on the Solstice, read through the original article):

Skywatch for December
December begins with the Sun and Mars in Sagittarius, the sign that inspires us to reach beyond the limits of our day-to-day lives.  The only planet in retrograde motion right now is Uranus – the planetary rebel that seeks liberation from restriction.  Uranus will be turning direct (forward) on December 5th, and is at a standstill right now in preparation for its change of direction so its influence is at its peak, inspiring radical behavior and disruption in the natural flow of events.

Chiron and Neptune are still within a degree of each other in a conjunction that has been one of the prevalent planetary forces for the past two years.  Chiron and Neptune are the two great soul teachers, and under their auspices we have been forced to find the deeper truth that lies within rather than live a life of superficial comfort.  These two planets will begin to separate now and the emotional intensity of the past couple of years will begin to subside.

Venus has just entered Scorpio and Mercury has just moved into Capricorn, so we are deepening the reach of our relationships (Venus) and are developing a more pragmatic approach to the way we lay out the details of our lives (Mercury). In fact, Mercury is sextile Venus on the 1st, enhancing our appreciation of beauty and making it easier for […]

By | 2010-11-30T10:20:22+00:00 November 30th, 2010|Astrology|Comments Off on Skywatch for December is posted

Leslie Nielsen has died at 84

Leslie Nielsen astrologyLeslie Nielsen, whose 60-year career saw his transformation from serious stage actor to hilarious funnyman in films like “Airplane” and the “Naked Gun” and “Police Squad” series, died peacefully in his sleep yesterday after a bout with pneumonia.  He was 84.

84 corresponds to the number of years Uranus takes to travel around the Sun, and if weLeslie Nielsen astrology live to be 84 we will experience the Uranus Return, the time when Uranus returns to its place in the birthchart.  Personal Uranus cycles occur every 21 years (ages 21, 42, 63 and 84) and because Uranus is the planet that inspires radical change and a revolutionary departure from the past these cycles are often marked by a significant event in our lives that changes us forever.

Mr. Nielsen’s Uranus return is actually over – he went through it last year and earlier this year.  But Jupiter, which has been traveling in close tandem with Uranus, was in an exact conjunction with Uranus in his chart on the day that he died.  Jupiter represents liberation and the freedom to begin a new adventure, and Jupiter alignments are often found at the time of death.

Even more significantly, though, is the transit of the Pluto/North Node conjunction over the ascendant of Mr. Nielsen’s chart at the time of death.  (Data from .)  The ascendant describes the persona and the way in which we approach […]

By | 2010-11-29T06:16:18+00:00 November 29th, 2010|People|Comments Off on Leslie Nielsen has died at 84

The North Node/Pluto conjunction November 2010

The North and South Nodes of the  Moon are important parts of the astrological chart, but they are not planets.  Rather, they are points in the sky that mark the passage of the Moon across the path of the Sun.  I like to think of them as signposts in the sky that point us in the right direction so that we can accomplish our evolutionary journey.  The South Node is associated with the past – things and emotions which give us comfort but also hold us back.  The North Node is associated with our destiny and helps us to align with our future self.  On November 27th Pluto conjoined the North Node for the first time since 1994

Geeky astrological detail – some astrologers use the “True Node,” the exact position of the Nodes, and some use the “Mean Node,” the average position of the Nodes which tend to vacillate forward and reverse rather erratically.  In my work I have found the Mean Node to be more accurate but as in anything else, astrologers will differ which is why you may find differing dates for this conjunction.

Transits involving the nodes of the Moon do not usually set off major events the way planetary transits do, but they do tend to signify a change in course that alters the path of our journey.

The last few times Pluto conjoined the North Node occurred in 1961 (in Virgo), in 1977 (in Libra), and in 1994 (in Scorpio).  1961 marked the beginning of the turbulent 1960s (which were helped along by the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto from 1962-1968).  The years after the 1977 conjunction saw the fall of Iran and the rise of religious dogmatism around the world which necessitated […]

By | 2010-11-28T17:40:28+00:00 November 28th, 2010|Astrology|2 Comments

Evolutionary implications of the holographic universe

Holographic Universe image from Mondolithic Studios

Modern science is turning our notion of what constitutes the Universe on its ear, and nowhere is this more evident than the theory that the Universe itself is a hologram.  Beginning with quantum physics and particle/wave theory, which suggested in the early part of the 20th century that the Universe is operating on many different levels than our three-dimensional reality would suggest.  One of its early proponents, Niehls Bohr, wrote: “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it”.

I make no pretense of understanding quantum theory, but I know that somehow it explains the nature of the multidimensional physical reality that mystics have talked about for thousands of years. David Bohm’s theory of the Implicate Order suggests that everything is connected with everything else – the principle that underlies all of holistic spirituality. Since everything in our Universe is made up of energy, and the movement of energy enfolds the entire Universe of space and time, this “enfoldment” may continue endlessly into infinite dimensionality.

It is psychedelicized thoughts like this that used to send me into a tailspin of terror!  But this concept of an endless flow of connectivity between dimensions is something that has been in the forefront of mystical thought since the beginning of time.  The very basis of astrological thought, the adage “as above, so below” is a holographic concept.  From the Upanishads, written in the second millenium bce:

As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, both fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and stars. Whether we know it in this world or know it not, […]

By | 2010-11-28T07:38:19+00:00 November 28th, 2010|Consciousness, Science|Comments Off on Evolutionary implications of the holographic universe
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