While there is relatively little planetary action in the sky I thought I would take a moment to share some thoughts on this topic which is of great interest to me. For several thousand years, astrologers of all nations and cultures used only the visible planets and luminaries to cast horoscopes and predict the future. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – these were the basic elements of the horoscope (remember, a horoscope is the actual map of the sky at a given moment, not the daily forecasts you read in the newspaper). The ancient Greeks and Romans used a series of “lots” to add more detail to the charts, and after the fall of the Roman Empire when knowledge moved eastward, Arab astrologers continued their use and these chart factors became known as the “Arabic parts.” There are close to 100 of these “parts,” or “lots” and the most commonly one used today is the “Part of Fortune.” These points are derived from a mathematical calculation between three chart points, often including the ascendant. They are predictive in nature and reinforces the idea that the birthchart describes the fate of the individual. Astrology, of course, was used primarily to determine one’s fate and predict the future. The belief that the human experience was an evolving process and that the individual held the key to his or her own transformation would have been a completely foreign concept. In modern astrology, the traditional planets described above represent aspects of the personality. I will discuss my views on the Sun and Moon and the relationship to the soul in another article, but for now let’s think of the Sun as being the conscious mind and the Moon […]
It was Thanksgiving of 2005 when this blog began. My sister, already a , helped me get Astrological Musings set up on Blogger, and the rest is history. At the time there were just a handful of astrology blogs: , of course, and , and blog at the time was “Astrology at the Movies.” Things have changed – currently there are 187 members of our Astrology Bloggers Facebook group.
My second Saturn Return began last fall with a burst of productivity, but the second phase in the spring was marked by a blog crisis of major proportions as Astrological Musings quit BeliefNet to move to Patheos, only to be dropped by Patheos under threat of a lawsuit from BeliefNet. Who knew Astrological Musings was so valuable!
The Saturn Return wasn’t all I went through this summer and fall – the Uranus/Pluto square fell right on Chiron in my natal chart, opening up old wounds and unearthing layers of emotional sensitivity that were ripe for the healing process. During this period my mother nearly died, an incredibly intense experience that took me literally into the realm of Pluto and clearing some of the karmic garbage between my mother and myself.
I have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. I am grateful that many of the readers who started this blog with me back in the early days are still with me. I am grateful for the healing that has taken place with my mother and my sister, even though it was painful and disturbing at times. I am grateful for the love and support of my husband […]
Today’s Scorpio New Moon is a total eclipse, amping up the power and volume of the Scorpio energy to sweep away the debris of the old and decaying aspects of our lives. Scorpio is intense and passionate, but also courageous and powerful – let go of any desire for the superficial today.
Scorpio is closely connected with death and the occult, and the idea that the veil between this world and others is thinner than we’d like to think. In this lunation the Sun and Moon are closely aligned with the North Node (future destiny) and opposite the South Node (past karma), giving us an opportunity to propel ourselves forward into a compelling future that is based on the big Truth rather than our ideas that underpin our beliefs about reality. (A lunation is said to be an eclipse when the Sun and Moon are near the lunar nodes, signifying an event that carries importance and a fated quality.)
Saturn trines Pluto at this New Moon, and since Pluto as the modern ruler of Scorpio has a seat of honor at the table of this eclipse and Saturn is in the sign of Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, this is a dynamic alignment which fosters personal growth through focused effort.
The ancient Celts looked at the Scorpio time of year as the darkest time of year (in the Northern hemisphere) before the world began anew at the Winter Solstice. There is a quality of rebirth and regeneration with Scorpio that immediately follows the necessary destruction of the old, and we can be the witnesses of this magical transformation if we only open our eyes.
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One of these days I will write a post on my own personal astrology. It’s been quite something: the end of my Saturn return this summer and fall, the square of Uranus and Pluto falling right on my Chiron, and now Saturn sitting on my Mercury making it very difficult to come up with anything creative to say which explains why you have heard less of me recently.
But in the meantime… we had an election, and Obama was elected. There were no hanging chads, very few Mercury retrograde fiascos (unless you count Mitt Romney’s and voting problems in Florida that have more to do with their political system than Mercury. Now that we’re past the election, though, the political situation in the US seems very much the same as it did previous to the election: gridlock and partisan bickering.
Saturn is now in Scorpio and suddenly there has been an eruption of sex scandals and sexual abuse allegations. Saturn was last in Scorpio in the early 1980s, joined by Pluto in 1983. We saw this kind of surfacing of sexual abuse the last time Saturn was in Scorpio, but of course the presence of Pluto intensified the drama and brought out the dark side to a far greater extent than what we are likely to see now.
Neptune turns direct today so don’t be surprised if things are a bit murkier than usual right now. While Neptune is stationary in the sky, creative inspiration is powerful and we can find it easier to achieve a transcendence in our spiritual life that is normally more difficult. Meditation and prayer are important now, but so is music, art, nature and other activities that create a deep sense […]
Samhain by Phantom’s Siren
Until the rise of the neo-Pagan phenomenon of the mid to late twentieth century, I think it’s safe to say that most Americans had never heard of Samhain (pronounced Sow’-en), the ancient Celtic autumn festival. It is likely that our modern celebration of Hallowe’en developed to take the place of the ancient festival. The Christian All Hallows festival to honor the souls of the saints that had passed on was originally celebrated in May but was moved to November 1st in 835 by Pope Gregory IV.
In any case, the Samhain festival celebrates the dead and it is said that the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest at this time, making it easier to communicate with those on the other side. Feasts were held in which the dead were invited to participate, and in later times costumes were worn to protect against malicious spirits.
Samhain is one of the “cross-quarter” holidays that fall between the Solstices and Equinoxes. Astrologically, the Solstices and Equinoxes mark the entry of the Sun into the cardinal signs of initiation: Aries at Spring, Cancer at Summer, Libra at Autumn and Capricorn at Winter. The cross-quarter periods occur at 15 degrees of the fixed signs, with Samhain in the sign of Scorpio, the sign that corresponds to death and rebirth.
Technically, Samhain this year occurs on November 6th when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Scorpio. In the northern hemisphere there is a sense that darkness is descending and we begin retreating to the shelter of our homes where the pathwork of the inner life can take place.