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Planetary news this week: Astrological forecast for May 13-20, 2019

Video forecast here.  This week offers some respite from the planetary intensity we’ve been seeing lately.  Between May 11th and the 15th, we see only mild and pleasant planetary alignments that offer support and help us to regain our balance if we’re feeling out of sorts.

We do see two planets changing signs on the 15th:  Venus will move from fiery Aries to stable Taurus. Venus is quite happy there as the peaceful nature of Taurus supports the Venusian urge to form relationships and experience more beauty and equanimity in life.  This period while Venus is in Taurus, between May 15th and June 8th, is excellent for anything Venusian:  wealth, beauty activities, relationships of all kinds, love and harmony.   This is not a particularly emotional time, or a time in which processing of emotional stuff will be very easy or even desired.

Mars also changes signs on the 15th, moving from Gemini to Cancer.  Mars is NOT particularly happy in Cancer where it tends to be touchy and reactive rather than proactive and self-initiating.  While Mars is in Cancer (between May 15th and July 1st), our drive, desires, and ability to manifest our personal will, all of which Mars motivates, will be colored by our emotional sensitivities.  Mars is said to be in its fall in Cancer because Cancer is emotionally reactive; it is more difficult to be clear about our motivations and the true desires.  Cancer is the sign of nurturing and caring for others, and there is the potential for codependent behavior because of the focus on the needs of other people in an effort to care for oneself.

The Scorpio Full Moon on the 18th could bring out some of these issues since […]

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By |2019-05-13T12:10:39-04:00May 13th, 2019|Planetary news this week|3 Comments

Astrology in my world: Sunday tribe poetry

“Tell your story.
Shout it. Write it.
Whisper it if you have to.
But tell it.
Some won’t understand it. 
Some will outright reject it.
But many will
thank you for it.
And then the most
magical thing will happen.
One by one, voices will start
whispering, ‘Me, too.’
And your tribe will gather.
And you will never
feel alone again.” 

–L.R. Knost


I found this poem in a wonderful Facebook group called “Ravenous Butterflies” and it really resonated with me because of my current Saturn transit.  All of us are experiencing a tightening of the conjunction between Saturn (tests and challenges) and Pluto (total transformation) to some degree.  The combination of these two planets generally denotes a destructive force that can clear the path of any debris that is interfering with the natural movement of the Universe towards balance.  This has the potential to be a positive force, but it is also associated with contraction and challenge, especially now since both planets are in the contracting sign of Capricorn.  This week I’ll be writing a comprehensive post about this alignment, which just gives us a sneak peek this summer and culminates in 2020.

Anyone who has planets between 18 and 26 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries will be affected more personally by this planetary alignment (if you want to know how you are affected leave your birth data in the comments and I’ll tell you), and I am one of those people.  I have four planets in those degrees, including my own Saturn/Sun conjunction.  This Saturn/Sun conjunction is a rough challenge that often brings a deep sense of loneliness and isolation.  The beauty though of Saturn is that if you can live through the difficult early years, the years after midlife are so much easier.  I […]

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By |2019-05-12T08:30:34-04:00May 12th, 2019|Astrology in my world, Inspiration|71 Comments

A journey from modern Iraq back into ancient wisdom and modern science

This article was originally posted in 2009.  Astrologer Dave Mockaitis has a fascinating essay connecting the Yezidi, a Kurdish people on the border of Syria and Iraq, back to the Picatrix, a collection of Arabic texts that was widely used by mages during the Renaissance period.  He then draws connections back to the Sabians of Harran, adding a layer of interest to my post on the Sabian Symbols,

He then goes back to Hermes Trismegistus, a fascinating quasi-mythological figure who appears to combine the Greek Hermes with the Egyptian Thoth, leading many (including myself) to postulate that perhaps those two were actually the same being – perhaps an Atlantean survivor who served as the messenger of ancient wisdom (Hermes and Thoth are both gods of knowledge and magic).  The saying “as above, so below” is attributed to Hermes Trismegistus – the Thrice Great.

From Dave’s article:

The dictum “as above, so below” describes the connection between the core level of reality experienced by humans and the movements of the heavenly bodies. In contemporary astrology, it is generally thought that planetary phenomena cause or are reflected in events on Earth. However, the magical tradition takes this concept one step further by harnessing or cocreating with the planetary phenomena. Many hermeticists feel that these acts even comprise a spiritual practice because by working with the planets, they come closer to “the one” (Warnock “Hermetic Gnosis).

This ancient magical practice of working with the energy of the planets in an alchemical process rather than in a relationship where a dependency on one’s fate is created.  Dave concludes,

Approaching the planets as forces which can be worked with and embodied, the mage is in a position of active engagement with the solar […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:12:40-04:00May 11th, 2019|Astrology|2 Comments

The astrology of Baby Sussex

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And a baby was born unto Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the world celebrated.  I’ve made no secret of my unabashed admiration for Meghan and happiness at her marriage to Prince Harry, and was excited to look at the baby’s astrological chart.

Baby Sussex (as of the time of this posting a name had still not yet chosen) has a pretty exceptional chart.  Born just after the New Moon in Taurus, he has the Sun at 15 degrees Taurus which is a power point in the zodiacal reference, being halfway between the summer and winter solstices.  These midpoints of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio) have long been known to be significant and have been referenced in art and literature from ancient times (the Bull, the Lion, the Man, the Eagle) including the Book of Revelation.  He is a Double Taurus, with the Sun is rising in the chart just after the Taurus ascendant.  When the Sun and ascendant are in the same sign, the outward persona (ascendant) and the inner Self (Sun) are well integrated and there may be less work to do on a personality level than someone who has those elements in very different signs.

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Taurus desires comfort and peace; it is well known for its stubborn nature, but those fixed qualities also bestow an ability to persevere in the face of great obstacles.  Its main driver is towards equanimity and the ease and well-being offered through the accumulation of wealth and assets.

This chart also has a strong Gemini component in the first house of personal identity with the Moon at the very first degree of Gemini.  Gemini follows Taurus and reacts […]

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By |2019-05-07T17:33:30-04:00May 7th, 2019|People|3 Comments

Planetary news this week! Astrological forecast for May 6-13, 2019

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Now that the New Moon in Taurus has calmed things down somewhat, we can turn our attention to other matters.  Mercury, the messenger planet, moves into Taurus on May 6th and continues the trend towards a more peaceful environment.

This will help the disruption caused by a stressful opposition between Mars (aggression) which is creating a lot of bombastic rhetoric while in Gemini, to Jupiter (expansion) which is in Sagittarius where it tends to be optimistic but also somewhat self-righteous.  So there is a lot of righteous (Jupiter) anger (Mars) floating around for a couple of days.  Having Mercury in Taurus now instead of fiery Aries will certainly help, but between May 6 and May 8th it might be a good idea to avoid unnecessary arguments which simply serve to blow off steam.

Between the 9th and the 13th of May we mostly encounter mild planetary movements that serve only to support and facilitate, except on the 9th a stressful Venus/Pluto aspect could bring up some power issues in our interactions with others.  This lasts only a day or so and should be pretty mild.

Of course if your own chart is undergoing a stressful attack from one of the heavier planets, that stronger influence will take precedence over the faster moving cycles.

Video coming out later today!


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By |2019-05-06T08:55:06-04:00May 6th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments
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