Astrological Musings

Some scientists agree…the Universe is a conscious being

Since the beginning of time, humans have debated the source of consciousness.  Is it all in the physical brain?  Are we just a pack of neurons in a physical body?  Is the sum total of all that we experience contained in the physical body?

A recent article in Aeon Magazine postulated:

Some consciousness researchers see the hard problem as real but inherently unsolvable; others posit a range of options for its account. Those solutions include possibilities that overly project mind into matter. Consciousness might, for example, be an example of the emergence of a new entity in the Universe not contained in the laws of particles [emphasis added].

Panpsychism is the theory that consciousness is the root of all things – a universal feature that links all beings and things.  This kind of theory is a part of nearly all eastern religions as well as most ancient philosophies, but fell out of favor with the emergence of the scientific method which required empirical proof rather than speculation.

With Neptune, the planet that inspires in us the direct experience of divine consciousness, in its own sign of Pisces, it’s not surprising that there is a bit of a resurgence in the idea of pantheism and the idea that the Universe is itself conscious.  Scientist Gregory Matloff has hypothesized that

humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit. A “proto-consciousness field” could extend through all of space, he argues. Stars may be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths. Put more bluntly, the entire cosmos may be self-aware.

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I myself have always felt it to be true that there is a Universal […]

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By |2019-01-09T15:36:25-04:00January 9th, 2019|Consciousness, Wonders of the universe|2 Comments

Planetary news this week, January 7, 2019

This week, while we are coming off the influence of the solar eclipse at the Capricorn New Moon, Uranus is at a standstill in the sky as it prepares to change direction.  In its role as the instigator of radical change and transmission of information from the higher mind, Uranus helps to expand our consciousness as it inspires us to break out of routines that keep us stuck in our day to day ruts.

When any planet prepares to appear to change direction (of course we all know that planets don’t really change direction, they just seem to from our vantage point on Earth) it slows down, just as a car does before making a U-turn.  At these times that planet’s influence is more intense than usual, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing to break out of a routine or someplace you feel stuck over the next week since Uranus turned direct on the 6th.

Venus enters Sagittarius today (January 7) which will be nice for our relationships and our general sense of well-being.  While in Sagittarius for a few weeks, Venus will encourage us to socialize more and enjoy having fun with the people around us.  There will be less emphasis on confrontation and processing hard stuff, and more of a focus on sharing ideas and just enjoying each other.

Venus is associated with the monetary system, and while Venus is in Sagittarius, especially since Uranus has turned direct, we may see the globalize financial situation stabilize for a few weeks as the principle of confidence under Venus in Sagittarius offsets the heavy solidity of the Capricorn stellium at the eclipse.

Still, the challenging square from Jupiter (optimism) to Neptune (delusion) that culminates on January 13th is […]

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By |2019-01-07T08:04:04-04:00January 7th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Today’s partial solar eclipse is a powerhouse of grounded energy

solar eclipseToday’s New Moon in Capricorn is the first eclipse of the year: a partial Solar Eclipse in which the light of the Moon blocks out the Sun.  This eclipse occurs with five planets (including the Sun and Moon) all in the practical and grounded sign of Capricorn.

Though a solar eclipse typically brings out the heightened emotions of the Moon as the solar conscious principle is blocked by the lunar influence which is more reactive, this Capricorn New Moon is all about creating a new foundation which is solid and well balanced.  Any eclipse carries with it a heightened energy which can be utilized for creation and for personal transformation – we can see this energy at work in the fact that eclipses are usually associated with powerful weather events.

That is particularly true of this eclipse – though it is a partial eclipse, the Sun and Moon are aligned with Pluto, planet of destruction and rebirth.  Capricorn can be somewhat ruthless in its efforts to create a solid structure, setting aside personal emotions for the sake of the greater goals.  As in any eclipse, the Sun and Moon are also aligned with the lunar nodes, and in this case the North Node is in the sensitive nurturing sign of Cancer.  This Cancer North Node urges us not to forget the feelings and needs of those around us while we concentrate on our plan.

Fortunately, a Grand Trine of water (emotion and sensitivity) link Venus (relating and interpersonal connection) with Chiron (wounding and healing) and the Cancer North Node. Keep in mind that eclipse energies typically build for about three days before the event and take about three days to subside.   Finding this emotional balance within as we put the grounded […]

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By |2019-01-05T10:12:53-04:00January 5th, 2019|Moon|1 Comment

Your astrological calendar for 2019

Astrology of 2019Here is a listing of the 2019 planetary events.  The movements of the Sun and Moon are excluded from this listing because their effects are so brief, but I include them in my free monthly Planetary Illuminations report (use the link below or in the sidebar to subscribe).

This list will be most helpful to those readers with a solid basic working of astrological terms and principles.  If you are not at that level, no worries!  My monthly Planetary Illuminations report will provide you with this information in simple English that is easy to understand.


January

1/5 Solar eclipse 15 Capricorn
1/6 Uranus direct
1/7 Venus enters Sagittarius
1/13 Jupiter square Neptune
1/20 Sun enters Aquarius
1/21 Total lunar eclipse 0 Leo – supermoon
1/24  Mercury enters Aquarius
1/31 Saturn sextile Neptune

February

2/3 Venus enters Capricorn
2/4 New Moon 15 Aquarius
2/10 Mercury enters Pisces
2/14 Mars enters Taurus
2/18 Chiron enters Aries
Sun enters Pisces
2/19 Full Moon 0 Virgo

March

3/1 Venus enters Aquarius
3/5  Mercury turns retrograde 29 Pisces
3/6 Uranus back into Taurus
New Moon 15 Pisces
3/20 Sun enters Aries
Full Moon 0 Libra
3/26 Mercury turns direct 16 Pisces
3/31 Mars enters Gemini

April

4/4 Pluto opposite North Node
4/10 Jupiter turns retrograde 24 Sagittarius
4/17 Mercury enters Aries
4/19 Full Moon 29 Libra
4/20 Sun enters Taurus
Venus enters Aries
4/24 Pluto turns retrograde 23 Capricorn
4/29 Saturn turns retrograde 20 Capricorn

May

5/4 New Moon 14 Taurus
5/6 Mercury enters Taurus
5/15 Venus enters Taurus
Mars enters Cancer
5/18 Full Moon 27 Scorpio
5/21 Sun enters Gemini
Mercury enters Gemini
5/22 Neptune trine North Node

June

6/3 New Moon 12 Gemini
6/4 Mercury enters Cancer
6/8 Venus enters Gemini
6/16 Jupiter square Neptune
6/17 Full Moon 25 Sagittarius
6/18 Saturn sextile Neptune
6/21 Neptune turns retrograde
Sun enters Cancer
6/26 Mercury enters Leo

July

7/1 Mars enters Leo
7/2 Total solar eclipse 10 Cancer
7/3 Venus enters Cancer
7/4 Saturn opposite North Node
7/7 Mercury turns retrograde 4 Leo
7/8 Chiron turns retrograde 5 Aries
7/16 Partial lunar eclipse […]

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By |2019-01-01T08:19:00-04:00January 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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