Monthly Archives astrology: March 2012

Keith Olberman fired from Current TV

Keith Olbermann astrologyKeith Olbermann became a folk hero when he was one of a very small number of media personnel that spoke out against the war in Iraq.  His popularity as host of the Countdown show on MSNBC was on the wane when he was fired last year by MSNBC and went to work for Al Gore at Current TV.   (You can read my original astrological profile of Keith Olbermann here.)

Olbermann’s progressed Sun just moved into Aries about two weeks ago.  Aries is the sign of initiation and independence, and Olbermann has always been stubborn (Mars in Taurus) and with a tendency towards vindictiveness (Mars opposite Scorpio Jupiter).  When the progressed Sun changes signs (which only happens every 30 years), there is a shift in attitude and the personality begins to take on the color of the new sign.

It’s an interesting astrological fact that the signs next to each other in the zodiac have nothing in common so when the progressed Sun moves from one sign to the next it is a really big shift.  In this case Olbermann is moving from Pisces, which generally seeks the path of least resistance and a path of peace.  This has likely moderated some of Olbermann’s natural tendency towards bossiness with that Mars/Jupiter opposition, but then when his progressed Sun moved into Aries the gloves would have come right off.

There aren’t any real details available yet about what happened behind the scenes, it will be interesting to learn what really happened.  Current TV is claiming excessive absences and it does appear that Olbermann was taking more vacations than usual.

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By | 2012-03-30T06:00:22+00:00 March 30th, 2012|Politics|0 Comments

Mercury and Mars and the Trayvon Martin case

revised with correct birthdate for Trayvon Martin. Being in the middle of my own personal maelstrom I didn’t even hear about the Trayvon Martin case until late last week.  Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old young man who was shot by George Zimmerman, an armed community watch volunteer, in Sanford Florida on February 26th.

Zimmerman claimed self-defense and was not arrested by police, and there was no investigation until the FBI stepped in on March 20th, shortly after Mercury turned retrograde on the 13th.  Mercury rules communication and its retrograde periods, when it appears to be traveling backwards, are often times when situations are revisited in order to find a new perspective.

Mars has been traveling retrograde since late December, creating tension and bringing aggression and assertive energy into the forefront of our consciousness.  Mars is the planet of drive, desire and anger – but also enthusiasm and motivation.  We NEED Mars to get out of bed in the morning, but when Mars is corrupted or repressed it can be unleashed in ways that are not helpful or comfortable.

George Zimmerman was born October 5, 1983 with the Sun in Libra bestowing a need to create harmony and peace in the world around him.  Yet he has a conjunction of Jupiter to Uranus, the two planets of liberation and freedom, in a challenging square to his Virgo Mars.  People with Mars in Virgo tend to be perfectionists: they see where their world needs to be changed and redefined and re-ordered for greater efficiency.  When Jupiter squares Mars there can be an overblown sense of confidence and assuredness in one’s own mission, and when Uranus squares Mars there is a fierce rebellion and desire to create change.  Mars in Virgo doesn’t […]

By | 2012-03-27T04:45:21+00:00 March 27th, 2012|Crime|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration from the trees

“There are times when I cannot believe I am separate from this earth, when I could swear the wind blows through me as it does the woven needles of the pine tree by the creek, when I feel my feet planted deep in the earth with the roots of trees and wild flowers, drawing essence.”   – Cathy Johnson   (Thanks to for the quote and the image from Maine.)

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By | 2012-03-25T06:00:06+00:00 March 25th, 2012|Inspiration|0 Comments

Astrology in my world: The Grand Trine at work

I apologize to my readers about the light posting lately, I have been pulled in about 100 directions at once.  I generally do have my fingers in a lot of different pies: I am an astrologer, I have a real estate business, I’m a musician of sorts and play several instruments without playing any of them very well.  I’m very accustomed to having a lot of things going at once and with Gemini rising I enjoy all of the stimulation and change. But over the past few weeks since this Grand Trine has been in effect I feel like I’m in the middle of a whirlygig – like a circus ride that’s spinning and spinning with no way to get off. The Grand Trine closely aspects Chiron and Mars in my chart, and my wound (Chiron) tends to be in my need for DO-ing (Mars in Capricorn).  The circular energy of the trines feels somewhat like a whirlwind that lacks a cohesive or stable reference point.  Everything in my life is so amazing, and pretty fabulous, but there is just so much of it.  This is the burden, if you can call it that, of the Grand Trine. I’m reminded of a show that was popular when I was young called “Stop the world, I want to get off.”   Fortunately, as an astrologer I understand that once Mars turns direct again in April the sense of chaos will lift.  For now, though, I’m trying to remember to breathe and find my own center in the center of the maelstrom.

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By | 2012-03-22T06:54:38+00:00 March 22nd, 2012|Astrology, Astrology in my world|1 Comment

Why your Ipad can’t cast a birthchart

A friend of mine recently had a new baby, and he asked why her actual birthchart has a different rising sign than the “real one.”  With his Ipad (the Iphone and other smartphones also have this capability with the right application) he was able to determine exactly which constellation was on the Eastern horizon when the baby was born, and it was not the same as the rising sign, or ascendant, on the computer generated chart that he made on the Web.

The reason, of course, is the difference between the Tropical system of zodiac signs and the fact that unlike zodiac signs, constellations do not line up in neat 30 degree segments that fit perfectly around a 360 degree wheel.

Zodiac signs are based on and named after the constellations that we see the planets move through, but it’s often thought, erroneously, that the signs ARE those constellations.  For more details about this please visit Chris Brennan’s .  So while your planetwatching app may be brilliant at astronomy, it doesn’t know much about astrology.

Astrology makes no claim to be astronomically correct.  The Sun doesn’t orbit the earth, and planets don’t move backwards (retrograde motion).  We observe the movement of the planets from our vantage point on earth, and we assign symbolic meaning to the segments of the sky that are named after and are rough representations of the constellations and which we call the “zodiac.”

Some astrologers, possibly those who are of a more scientific than magical mind, have attempted to put forth the use of the constellation zodiac in astrology since it is more “accurate.”  Others have tried working with the heliocentric model (Sun-centered) rather than the geocentric (earth-centered) model used in western astrology.  The thing is, western astrology with […]

By | 2012-03-19T05:00:50+00:00 March 19th, 2012|Astrology|0 Comments
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