Astrological Musings

Sunday inspiration: Father’s day musings

father's day astrologyFather’s Day (like Mother’s Day) can be very difficult for those of us who have lost a father through death or estrangement.

It’s interesting that the astrological Sun represents the father, and it also represents the Self.  While the mother has traditionally been the source of nurturing and emotional containment and therefore symbolized by the Moon, the father has traditionally been the figure of power in the household and the giver of name and identity.  In monotheistic society, the one god is seen as male, symbolizing that power.

In our modern world these roles are changing, such as when a father stays home to care for the children while the mother goes out to the workplace, and it is always interesting to see how this is reflected in the birthcharts of the children in these families.

Traditionally, though, challenging aspects to the Sun suggest a difficult relationship with the father.  We see this in the chart of Barack Obama, with Neptune in a square aspect to the Sun, who later wrote a book called “Dreams (Neptune) of my father (Sun)” about his struggle to understand himself (Sun) through the legacy of the father.  In my own chart Saturn and Neptune flank my Sun in a triple conjunction and Uranus squares the trio.  I had a very difficult relationship with my own father and we have been estranged for about 20 years.

The role of the father is to help to define the Self, and without a father in one’s life that job becomes more difficult.  Many of us search for years for father figures who will help us to find our Selves when they have become lost.  In modern society, only 16% of custodial parents in single parent […]

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By |2011-06-19T08:26:26-04:00June 19th, 2011|Inspiration|1 Comment

Much ado about Comet Elenin

Comet EleninOver the past few months I have read lots of exciting news about Comet Elenin – that it could be the Blue Star Kachina of the Hopi Prophecy, heralding the end times, or that it is actually Planet X, the Nibiru of Zechariah Sitchin fame that comes close to Earth every 3600 years.  Or that the Comet Elenin was a Brown Dwarf star headed for a collision of earth in September of 2011, ready to extinguish life on earth as we know it.

Despite the frenzy of fearmongering and misinformation, there are some interesting coincidences that have followed Comet Elenin which was discovered in December of 2010.  One scientist has found going back as far as 2006 that correspond to increased seismic activity.


The timing of the Elenin/Sun/Earth alignment of March 15th just after the spectacular horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11th has given rise to speculation that the perihelion of Comet Elenin in September 2011 could give rise to more dramatic seismic activity.  The earthquake in Japan was preceded by an and a coronal mass ejection (CME) that hit the Earth’s atmosphere on March 10th after an M-class flare on March 7th.  As astrologers know, alignments are generally stronger when they are in their applying phase than their separating phase.

Most scientists, of course, don’t believe that Comet Elenin has a strong enough magnetic field to have any effect on Earth.

“Comet Elenin will not only be far away, it is also on the small side for comets. And comets are not the most densely-packed objects out there. They usually have the density of […]

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By |2011-06-17T16:49:27-04:00June 17th, 2011|Astronomy|4 Comments

Post-eclipse wrapup

“So other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”

Some rather significant events happened yesterday, coinciding with the Sagittarius lunar eclipse:

  • Al Qaeda’s former #2, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, has been named the .  He was thought by many to be the mastermind behind the extremism of Al Qaeda, with Osama bin Laden serving more of a role as religious advisor.
  • Pakistan, our supposed ally in the so-called “war against terror” has that identified bin Laden’s location in Pakistan, confirming the obvious theory that Pakistan isn’t really helping.
  • after their team lost the Stanley Cup playoffs.
  • by a gay judge in California overturning the gay marriage ban in that state.
  • A group of lawmakers led by Dennis Kucinich have for violating the War Powers Act in the Libya incursion.
  • And most shocking of all, the woman that Hugh Hefner chose to be his (presumably) final wife just days before the wedding was scheduled to take place.  Gossip reports claim that her plan was to jilt him at the altar and make millions from post-jilting interviews, but evidently the market for such a thing is rather slim.

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By |2011-06-16T08:34:55-04:00June 16th, 2011|Astrology in the news|2 Comments

More details on tonight’s eclipse

The lunar eclipse tonight will be one of the longest lasting eclipses in 100 years, lasting about 100 minutes. It will be visible in eastern South America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Southern or Southeast Asia, and Australia but will not be visible from North America.  It is thought that eclipses have a more powerful effect in the areas in which they can be seen with the naked eye, but I haven’t really noticed a corollation.

total lunar eclipse June 15

(.) The eclipse will begin when the earth’s shadow is cast on the Moon at about 2:22 pm Eastern on June 15th/18:23 Universal Time (UT).  The total eclipse begins 3:23 Eastern/19:23 UT with the maximum eclipse occurring at 4:22 Eastern/20:12 UT.  The entire event will conclude at around 6:02 pm Eastern/22:02 UT.

Many of you have written me asking what to expect from the eclipse, and the truth is there is no way to predict this.  If your chart is individually affected because you have planets between 20 and 28 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces), or if you have a strongly placed Moon or an emphasis in Cancer and are therefore more sensitized to lunar events, you may feel as though something is erupting into consciousness.  You may be inspired to make a major change, or that something in your life is completed.

I believe it’s most helpful to simply observe your experience rather than anticipate it – that way you will be best prepared to greet any experience that opens up within you.  Eclipses often reveal something which has been hidden or which we have kept buried within us, so there is an opportunity for a greater awakening as well.

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By |2011-06-15T11:48:00-04:00June 15th, 2011|Moon|4 Comments

Sagittarius lunar eclipse and Full Moon, June 15 2011

Midsummer Full Moon

The energy for tomorrow’s lunar eclipse is starting to build, and it’s likely to have a profound effect on many of us. The eclipse will peak at the moment of the Full Moon at 4:14 pm Eastern.

This is a Full Moon in Sagittarius, the sign that represents our search for meaning. Sagittarius describes the Truth that we create for ourselves, and the urge for expansion and adventure that drives us in search for that Truth. The Gemini Sun opposes the Sagittarius Moon, urging us to integrate the Gemini/Sagittarius polarity of knowledge and learning. In Gemini we learn with an open mind; in Sagittarius we seek understanding and discrimination between that which is true and that which is not true. Gemini opens us to new experiences but lacks discrimination; Sagittarius creates more rigid ideology but learns discernment. Neither is better than the other, but the two require balance.

A conjunction of Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, to the Gemini Sun will weigh the balance heavily in Gemini’s favor, activating the mind to be curious and wide awake, processing our life’s experiences through the realm of thoughts and ideas.  This can take us away from the emotional heart where wisdom can settle and become integrated into our life, and a conjunction of Chiron to Neptune in the eclipse chart suggests that there is still soul work to be done.

This eclipse is a powerful one as the Sun and Moon are only one degree from a conjunction to the nodes of the Moon.  The lunar nodes are not planetary bodies but are points in the sky where the Moon crosses the apparent path of the Sun from our earthly perspective.  The nodes are connected with our evolutionary progress […]

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By |2011-06-14T06:00:00-04:00June 14th, 2011|Moon|9 Comments
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