Astrological Musings

Solar Maximum and global warming

solar maximumIt seems pretty much everyone agrees now that the earth is warming, and the extreme weather over the past week certainly seems to confirm that both the weather AND the climate is changing.  Steven Forrest’s July newsletter included an article about the current Solar Maximum which reminded me that I haven’t written on this topic for quite awhile.  Steven links to a The Night Speaks which discusses the research of Aleksandr Leonidovich Chizhevsky who divided the sunspot cycle into four phases that correlate to human behavior: 

Phase One: The solar minimum. With sunspot activity at its eleven-year low, humanity is in an easygoing mood, tolerant but lazy. People are occupied with personal concerns and little inclined to organize themselves into any kind of unified, history-shaping force.

Phase Two: The solar increase. Social energies begin to coalesce. Exciting new Ideas and charismatic spokes people appear, planting seeds that quickly germinate into mass movements. Alliances form. According to Chizhevsky, at this point in the cycle some fundamental problem arises and demands radical solution.

Phase Three: The solar maximum. Energies abound. Everyone is excited, eager to respond en masse to leadership or inspiration, for better or worse. An air of enthusiastic drunkenness suffuses the polity. Emigration increases. Wars begin. Tension is high.

Phase Four: The solar decline. Exhausted and often disenchanted, humanity now loses steam. The seductive easy answers of the previous several years break down. Unity and collective focus drop off. Disillusionment increases. Groups disband. People go back to tending their own gardens – and gradually we descend again into the peaceful lassitude of Phase One, the sunspot minimum.

Chizhevsky divided the four solar phases into periods of three, two, three and three years respectively. Due to the varying lengths of the […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:12:58-04:00July 2nd, 2013|Astronomy, Sun|0 Comments

Planetary Illuminations for July 2013

My Skywatch article, Planetary Illuminations for 2013, is now posted and you can read it in its entirety here.  If you are on my mailing list you will soon receive your abridged version which includes translation into English from the original astrologese.  If you aren’t on my mailing list you can sign up in the sidebar.  Meanwhile, here is the introduction to give you an overview for the month:

As July begins, Mercury is in retrograde motion. This is a time when our attention is drawn back to the past in order to review and reconnect with the things that our important. Attempts to begin new projects or make major purchases may be thwarted so care must be taken in these areas. Expect glitches and delays and you will not be upset when they occur.

The influence of the Uranus and Pluto planetary cycle is still very strong since those planets are only two degrees apart from their square (90 degree) formation. You can read much more about that on the Astrological Musings blog but suffice it to say that this is a powerful period of transformational forces urging the destruction of structures (Pluto in Capricorn) which are decaying and preventing the regeneration of radical new ideas to grow and take form (Uranus in Aries).

The water element is powerful now, with six planets in water signs, so the realm of feeling is of paramount importance now. Feeling, intuition, innate understanding – these are the characteristics of a strong watery emphasis. In addition, Jupiter (abundance and expansion) has just entered the sign of Cancer, so the vulnerability and nurturing qualities of Cancer will soon be more important. Cancer longs to feel safe emotionally and connected to a tribe of caring individuals, and the role of the family will continue […]

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By |2013-07-01T08:20:43-04:00July 1st, 2013|Astrology|1 Comment

Mercury retrograde, June 26th through July 20th 2013

Mercury retrogradeMercury turned retrograde this morning and will appear to travel backwards from our perspective on earth for about three weeks.  Even people who don’t believe in astrology have come to believe in Mercury retrograde periods which can often bring communication snafus and equipment breakdowns.  Mercury rules (among other things) the mind, mental activity, interpersonal communication, short trips, and communication equipment.

Retrograde periods serve an important purpose – they encourage us to slow down, to look back over our lives and re-evaluate our path.  It can be frustrating to feel that we are going over the same ground again and again, but if we look carefully we will see that actually progress is being made.  Perhaps there is something that we failed to notice before – something that needs to be redone before we can truly move forward again.

Many of you already know this, but it bears repeating: during Mercury retrograde periods it’s important to be careful about communication.  Don’t be surprised if contracts require renegotiation.  Missed appointments are common.  Important documents may be lost in the mail.

These are typically not the best periods for initiating a major purchase or making a big decision, unless the decision is to REdo another decision that was made before.  But often in life we must make these decisions during Mercury retrograde periods, and then we just have to try to be extra careful to be clear with our communication and think through every possible pitfall.  Then when glitches occur we can just laugh and say “Aha!  That’s just Mercury retrograde.”

These are great times to study, to go back and relearn something you thought you already knew, to redo your website, to update your goals – anything that you can REdo, REnegotiate […]

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By |2013-06-26T16:39:08-04:00June 26th, 2013|Astrology|4 Comments

The astrology of whistleblower Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden astrologyNot since last year’s exposure by Julian Assange and Wikileaks of classified documents has there been such a dramatic exposure of secret spying as the current scandal involving Edward Snowden, the young man who has blown the whistle on the surveillance of the National Security Agency on ordinary Americans and revealed the details of the PRISM program to the international press. Snowden had traveled to Hong Kong but on June 23rd took a plane to Moscow, ostensibly under the protection of the Wikileaks organization, with plans to seek asylum in a country with a more open government, potentially Ecuador.

Incidentally, the Uranus/Pluto square (see the sidebar for a description of this planetary cycle) has a big part to play in the disruption by wild card factors (Uranus in Aries) of the state power structures (Pluto in Capricorn) and the revolutionary force of Uranus in Aries battling against any repressive factor is another highlight of this cycle.

The Planet Waves crew sent away for and received a copy of  which makes it much easier to do a comprehensive analysis of his chart.  This is an extremely significant event and even “Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked what became known as the Pentagon Papers, said today on CNN that Mr Snowden had done an “incalculable” service to his country and that his leaks might prevent America from becoming a surveillance state. (.)

Snowden’s chart shows a strong Gemini influence, with not only the Sun in Gemini (at 29 degrees, an important factor we will discuss later); but also a triple or quadruple whammy involving the ascendant (Gemini ascendant, ruled by Mercury, conjoined by Mercury which is in Gemini, ruled by Mercury). […]

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By |2013-06-24T06:43:06-04:00June 24th, 2013|Politics|7 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Finding balance in the Capricorn Moon

June Supermoon from Theoi.com

Today’s Full Moon is getting a lot of press because it’s literally the biggest Full Moon of the year – a Supermoon as coined by astrologer

From a post on the : “When the Moon’s feminine energy is combined with Capricorn’s discipline and drive for success, the result is a powerful, successful and disciplined female. The Greek goddess Athena immediately came to mind as a feminine archetype that knows her own worth and is not afraid to engage in the affairs of the world.”

That combination of engaging deeply in the realm of feelings and the inner heart (Cancer) and mastering the affairs of the world (Capricorn), like all polarities, can be difficult to achieve.  The appellation Athena means “Divine intelligence” and she was born literally from the mind of god (the head of her father Zeus).

When we live too entirely within the realm of feeling (Cancer) we risk losing the intelligence of the world that aids us in its mastery.  But if we place our entire attention on the machinations of the outer world and building structures to contain our lives (Capricorn) we risk losing the intuitive intelligence that connects us to others and helps us to work together for more effective life strategies.

That makes this image of Athena a brilliant one for the Capricorn Full Moon – she embodies the Divine Intelligence that helps us to bridge compassion and effectiveness, nurturing and discipline, the inner emotional realm and achievement and success.  Protecting one’s inner world and loved ones (Cancer) in order to grant success in the material world (Capricorn) is in fact Athena’s domain.

So at this Full Moon we seek to allow our hearts to […]

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By |2013-06-23T06:43:50-04:00June 23rd, 2013|Inspiration|4 Comments
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