Astrological Musings

Sunday inspiration: The unsung intelligence of life’s web

web of life.  Like brilliant ideas and hypotheses made literal flesh in space and time, natural intelligence is what you see when you look down a microscope at a cell. All those busy chemical cycles and all that frenetic protein manipulation — that is natural intelligence. The cyclical networks of molecules and enzymes, communicating with one another, sustaining themselves and repairing themselves — that is natural intelligence. The myriad exquisite nanotechnological machines known as ribosomes that effectively convert DNA code into long strings of amino acids that subsequently fold up into the Lego-like building blocks of life — that is natural intelligence. Indeed, the genetic code is itself an expression of natural intelligence. A code. Think about it. Codes are usually associated with us — machine code, binary code, Morse code, video/audio codecs, sign language and such. Codes — language-like systems in which one sort of information is transcribed into another — are the hallmark of intelligent purposeful activity. Yet Nature got there first. To be sure, the genetic code is so subtle and sophisticated that it took the human race hundreds of years to figure it out. …

evolution likewise involves the specific manipulation and specific reorganization of information. Just as the human brain/mind system takes in information, stores information and manipulates information, so too does the evolving web of life do the same. Information about the environment is stored in DNA — in as much as our genes contain information about the historical environment our ancestors lived (and survived) in. The reason the human organism can live and survive is because we are, through evolution, adapted to do so. Everything about our constituent bio-logic makes sense, […]

By | 2012-06-17T07:41:00+00:00 June 17th, 2012|Consciousness, Inspiration|3 Comments

Jupiter in Gemini, June 2012 – June 2013

Jupiter in GeminiJupiter moved into Gemini on June 11th, and unlike some periods during which Jupiter retrogrades back into the previous sign at some point in its travels, it will remain in Gemini without interruption for about a year.

Jupiter is the planet of good fortune – of faith and optimism and our ability to encapsulate the world in a theology that provides our life with meaning.  Jupiter represents the evolution of our philosophies and our shared vision of meaning that we call religion.

Jupiter is often called the “Greater Benefic” (with Venus the Lesser) because of its generally expansive nature.  However, there is a dark side to Jupiter as well – the lack of practicality that blind optimism can engender, a self-righteousness that goes with strong beliefs.  Jupiter’s dark side can appear relatively benign when compared with a planet such as, say, Pluto, but when expansion turns into a relentless quest for more that never ceases it can become a bit of a problem.

I like to say that Jupiter in the natal chart shows where we want to be god.  Jupiter was the king of the gods, and he was always battling to defend his crown. When Jupiter goes through a sign it has a tendency to expand the qualities of that sign, and because Gemini rules all matters of communication, short travel, learning and intellectual stimulation we are likely to see a magnification of these experiences.

Jupiter is said to be in its “detriment” in Gemini because Gemini is opposite the sign of Jupiter’s rulership – Sagittarius.  Of all the polarities, the Gemini/Sagittarius opposition is the least problematic because they share so much in common.  Both are concerned with issues of learning and knowledge, they just approach the issues differently. […]

By | 2012-06-15T08:15:06+00:00 June 15th, 2012|Planetary cycles|5 Comments

Family net worth is back to Pre-Pluto in Sag levels

In the news:

 The recent economic crisis left the median American family in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, the  said Monday.


A hypothetical family richer than half the nation’s families and poorer than the other half had a net worth of $77,300 in 2010, compared with $126,400 in 2007, the Fed said. The crash of housing prices directly accounted for three-quarters of the loss.

This is interesting from an astrological viewpoint because Pluto entered Sagittarius in 1995 and began the obsessive (Pluto) push towards grandiosity (Sagittarius) that created the housing bubble, a variety of stock market bubbles, and an ever-widening circle of debt.  Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and began the contracting phase of the cycle, from which we are still recovering.

Pluto was in Sagittarius between 1503 and 1516.  During that time King Henry VIII ascended the throne and presided over a building boom that created what was perhaps the world’s first housing bubble.  He nearly bankrupted the country by spending lavishly on ships and palaces in which he hung 2000 tapestries.  When Pluto moved into Capricorn, the British treasury was empty after years of extravagance and high taxes were imposed in order to fund foreign wars (sound familiar?).

Pluto next traversed Sagittarius between 1748 and 1762.  That period saw the expansion of the British Empire into India, but after Pluto entered Capricorn in 1762 and Britain lost control of the American colonies its influence began to wane.

Astrologers were ready for this same pattern when Pluto entered Sagittarius, and we foresaw the contraction of 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn.  So it is no surprise that on average, […]

By | 2012-06-14T19:50:41+00:00 June 14th, 2012|Money and markets|1 Comment