Monthly Archives astrology: November 2018

Social media, depression and Pluto in Sagittarius

Recent news articles have warned of a growing epidemic of depression, loneliness and isolation due to social media.  While social media ostensibly makes it easier to connect with others, online contacts do not have the same quality of connection as face to face communication.  In addition, we often forget that our online presence is carefully curated to show only the highlights of people’s lives and not the backstory, and our lives pale in comparison.  This is especially true of Instagram, where professional influencers use carefully crafted images to sell products based on an idealized lifestyle.  This of course is nothing new – advertisers have been doing this since time immemorial.  But with Instagram we can potentially spend hours and hours each day in envy of the idealized lives of beautiful people and gorgeous glossy photos.

The rise of depression is , who were born while Pluto was in Sagittarius between 1995 and 2008. Pluto moves through a sign approximately every 12 to 30 years, and each sign that Pluto moves through marks a new generation with a new set of issues and priorities (other posts on generations can be found here).

Sometimes called “Generation Z” and described by social scientists as being born between 1995 and 2009 (Pluto was in Sagittarius between 1995 and 2008 making this a very close fit),  this generation is finding it difficult to live in today’s Capricornian world, with both Saturn and Pluto traveling through Capricorn which is more about success and achievement.  Sagittarius bestows an open mind and an eagerness to explore other cultures – it often tends to be fascinated with the media, philosophy and religion.  Sagittarius is optimistic and needs the freedom to adventure and […]

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By |2018-11-28T09:01:38-04:00November 28th, 2018|Generations, Life|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Gemini full moon makes everything possible

The Sun enters Sagittarius on the 22nd, ending the Scorpio season and beginning the festivities of the holiday season, and the Sagittarius season begins with a Full Moon on the 23rd at the very first degree of Gemini opposite the Sagittarius Sun.  The Gemini/Sag polarity is all about collecting and assimilating information – this is a time to open the mind and see what drops into it.  It’s time to keep an open mind, and prepare for an awakening and a shift in belief systems where necessary.

Gemini is the trickster – under its influence things are not always what they appear.  But there is a flexibility and adaptability available to us now which can offer a change of perspective and awareness.

This Full Moon has a special abundance of positive Jupiter Juju with Jupiter aligned with the Sun and opposed by the Moon, helping to instill a new level of confidence you never dreamed possible.

Full Moons are the peak of the lunar cycle – the lunar light is in ascendance over the solar conscious experience, and the emotional intensity available to us can be channeled through the Will in order to create real Magic.   This Full Moon is energized by Mars which helps to focus the power of it, and because Mars is in Pisces the power is softened and allowed to be sweet yet intense.

Sometimes lunar events are sweet and mild, and sometimes they are potent and rocky.  This Gemini Full Moon is loaded with potential, as well as the fuel to light the fire to help us to accomplish great things.

Some things to keep in mind to get the most out of this Full Moon:

  • Reality can change in an instant, so be prepared for a […]
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By |2018-11-25T08:29:19-04:00November 22nd, 2018|Moon|0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers, I give thanks to you ❤️

thanksgiving gratitudeToday is not only Thanksgiving in the US, but it’s also the thirteenth Blogiversary of Astrological Musings.  In 2005 my sister, , helped me get started on the Thanksgiving holiday and the rest is history.  I cherish the fact that many of you have been with me practically from the beginning, and grateful for all of you who have found me over the years.

Not too many of us in the United States are left with the illusion that the first Thanksgiving was a romantic feast where native Americans and white folks forged a beautiful friendship that lasted hundreds of years.  Most of us know the tragedy and devastation that European settlement of the US brought.  And lots of people don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as a result.
But if we forget about the Pilgrims and gorging on the traditional 10-course meal from which it takes weeks to recover, we end up with a day to give thanks.  Finding something to be grateful for, even in the midst of a miserable time in our lives, is one of the most healing things we can do.  Back in 1910 metaphysician Wallace Wattles wrote, “Gratitude brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the universe,” and since then this idea has really taken hold and become a part of daily rituals for many of us.

When we experience gratitude we open our hearts and minds and counteract the contraction of fear and doubt.  A gratitude practice is a very useful tool.  It is human nature not to pay attention to the good things in our life and to take them for granted; a daily review of the […]

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By |2018-11-22T09:22:48-04:00November 22nd, 2018|Holidays|5 Comments

The roots of political orientation in personality

A portion of this post comes from an earlier article, but today’s political world is even more polarized than it was when this article was first written so the article is even more relevant.

[A 2007 scientific study] revealed that political orientation is related to differences in the way different brains process information.

Participants were college students whose politics ranged from “very liberal” to “very conservative.” Scientists instructed them to tap a keyboard when an M appeared on a computer monitor and to refrain from tapping when they saw a W.

M appeared four times more frequently than W, conditioning participants to press a key in knee-jerk fashion whenever they saw a letter.

The participants were wired to an electroencephalograph that recorded activity in their anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that detects conflicts between a habitual tendency (pressing a key) and a correct response (not pressing the key). Liberals had more brain activity and made fewer mistakes than conservatives when they saw a W, researchers said. Liberals and conservatives were equally accurate in recognizing M.

Researchers obtained the same results when they repeated the experiment in reverse, asking another set of participants to tap when they saw W.

Frank J. Sulloway, a researcher at the Institute of Personality and Social Research, at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the study, said results “provided an elegant demonstration that individual differences on a conservative-liberal dimension are strongly related to brain activity.”

Lead author David Amodio, an assistant professor of psychology at NYU, cautioned that the study looked at a narrow slice of human behavior and that it would be a mistake to conclude that one political orientation was better than another. The tendency of conservatives to block distracting information could […]

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By |2018-11-27T16:53:24-04:00November 19th, 2018|Politics|0 Comments

Mercury retrograde and the “Shadow Period”

Thanks to the Internet, the magic of REAL astrology (as opposed to those Sun Sign horoscopes you still see everywhere) is spreading and the concept of Mercury retrograde has gone mainstream.  This is exciting since even people who profess not to “believe in” astrology often are aware that when Mercury is retrograde things often don’t operate as we expect them to.  Machinery glitches, communication breakdowns, an epidemic of “but I thought you said…” – all are widespread under the influence of Mercury retrograde.

In classical astrology, Mercury is said to be “debilitated” when it is retrograde; it doesn’t operate as it normally does which is to facilitate communication and messaging, as well as daily routines, short distance travel and plans of all kinds.  As most of you know, I don’t particularly care for these ideas of positive and negative as they cause us to miss out on the benefits offered by astrological factors that we normally consider negative such as Mercury retrograde and Saturn and Pluto transits.  I view the retrograde phase of a planetary cycle as being a part of the natural ebb and flow of nature.  The waves of the ocean flow towards the beach, and then they must flow back to the ocean before returning to the sand.  The joyful warm days of summer give way to the bitter cold days of winter’s hardship.

When Mercury is retrograde, it’s not uncommon to run into problems.  Contracts written when Mercury is retrograde often have to be renegotiated.  Plans made often have to be revised.  Travel reservations are often stymied. Communication breakdowns are common.  Mercury retrograde periods are excellent fr some things though – they are perfect for review and reassessment.  They are perfect for do-overs and repairs.  It […]

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By |2019-02-25T14:33:53-04:00November 14th, 2018|Astrology|17 Comments
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