Astrological Musings

A quiet period in planet town

July planetary cycles Photo from NASA

My readers will be relieved to know that over the next week or two the planetary energy is much more mellow than what we have been experiencing over the past few months, especially in July.  The outer planets which have created so much pressure and power are beginning to move away from each other and will not make any major aspects for the rest of the year.

Even Mars will be relatively quiet and not give us too much trouble by not playing nicely with the other planets until it enters Cancer on August 4th.

Mercury will be turning retrograde on August 2nd at the first degree of Virgo so it will dip its toes into the organization of ideas that Virgo inspires and then retrograde back into Leo where the focus is on ways to enhance the sense of Self.  I’ll be writing more about this process as we get closer, but we can utilize this retrograde period to assimilate the shifts and changes that have occurred in our lives and be better prepared for next year’s planetary realignments.

Clarification: Dharmaruci made the point in the comments that the actual square of Uranus and Pluto is still tightening and won’t actually begin to separate until early August.  That is certainly true, but their interaction has been intensified by the energy of the eclipses and with that intensity lessening we will begin to resolve some of the conflict of Uranus/Pluto.

DR also points out that Mars will be entering Cancer on August 4th, at which time it will begin to set off Uranus and Pluto, and then Saturn but these will be more like the kind of aftershocks we experience after an earthquake rather than […]

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By |2011-07-19T08:01:21-04:00July 19th, 2011|Astrology|6 Comments

On Rupert Murdoch’s sudden change of fortune

Rupert Murdoch astrology Photo credit AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth

Rupert Murdoch is quite possibly the largest media baron in the world.  A native Australian, his reach extends throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas and the would strike terror into the heart of conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck  if his conspiracy research would include his own employer.

Now it appears that Murdoch’s media empire is in danger of collapsing over the scandal in London in which his former newspaper News of the World is accused of wiretapping the phones not only of celebrities and politicians, but also crime victims such as the young girl who was kidnapped in England a few years ago and later found murdered, and victims of the September 11th tragedy.

Rupert Murdoch’s chart () with its Pisces Sun and Sagittarius Moon doesn’t immediately suggest the chart of someone who would become one of the most notorious characters in the modern world.  Pisces people tend to be dreamy and imaginative and dislike confrontation of any kind.  Which is why Sun Sign astrology doesn’t work.

Murdoch’s chart shows that he has Capricorn rising and Saturn in Capricorn in the first house of personal identity.  That’s a strong influence in the sign of hard work, initiative, diligent application of one’s skills to the goal no matter what it takes.  I’m a bit skeptical of the 11:59pm birthtime which evidently is taken from a biography of Murdoch and is likely not exact enough to rely upon.  In addition, to be born “one minute before midnight” could be more of a literary conceit than an actual fact.  If Murdoch was born even 15 minutes prior, his ascendant would be Sagittarius, the […]

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By |2011-07-16T08:51:16-04:00July 16th, 2011|People|4 Comments

Capricorn Full Moon! July 14-15, 2011

Full Moon Capricorn July 15 2011 Image by Donovan Zimmerman

The Capricorn Full Moon the 15th occurs with the Moon in Capricorn opposite the Cancerian Sun. Signs in opposition are like the Yin/Yang symbol – each sign contains what the other lacks, and the Full Moon requires that we integrate those opposing forces. The Cancerian Sun is concerned with family and feeling – a connection to our tribe and our ancestors. There is an emotional focus that personalizes everything we see. The Capricorn Moon is all about responsibilities and prefers to put emotions aside until our responsibilities and tasks are behind us.

The Cancer/Capricorn polarity also describes the relationship between the parent and the child – the outer world  and the inner one.  We begin as a child, and then become a parent, and then sometimes a parent to our own parents.  All polarities contain a balance and requires an integration of the two ends of the axis. In order to achieve in the outer world we must have a balanced inner life.  We cannot truly find that inner place of home until we resolve our place in the world.

The Venus/Saturn square will still be in effect at the time of the Full Moon which suggests that this focus on Capricornian accomplishment could stand in the way of harmony in our relationships (since Saturn rules Capricorn it provides support in this case for the need to build structure and put aside our personal feelings for the tasks at hand. Capricorn’s purpose is to master the material world. and personal feelings (both our own and those of our loved ones) are not always considered as part of the master plan.

The square of Uranus and Pluto, which is within a degree […]

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By |2011-07-14T05:57:32-04:00July 14th, 2011|Moon|1 Comment

Androgyny and the Aquarian Age

I have always found it interesting that the worldly definition of “Uranian” according to Wikipedia is

Uranian is a nineteenth century term that referred to a person of a third sex — originally, someone with “a female psyche in a male body” who is sexually attracted to men, and later extended to cover homosexual gender variant females, and a number of other sexual types.

Delving a little deeper, I find that the origin of this association with the word Uranian with the “third sex” originated with a German scholar named Karl Heinrich Ulrich who was what we could today call transgender, meaning he identified as a woman Oscar Wilde in a man’s body.  The term Uranian was picked up by Victorian writers such as Oscar Wilde, who wrote: “”To have altered my life would have been to have admitted that Uranian love is ignoble. I hold it to be noble – more noble than other forms.”  (Ulrich’s chart shows Venus opposite Uranus, and Uranus squares the Moon in Wilde’s chart.)

As we transition into the  Aquarian age, it’s not surprising that gender roles are blurring and homosexuality is becoming more openly accepted.  Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet that inspires us to live a life that is authentically true to ourselves as possible.  Uranus governs radical behavior and rebellion against the status quo, and this includes greater acceptance of lifestyles that don’t fit into the rigid social norms that fall under Saturn’s domain.  With Pluto, lord of destruction and regeneration, traveling through Capricorn, Saturn’s sign, these rigid social structures (Capricorn) are being pummeled and demolished.

As an astrologer I use the term “Uranian” to describe any person or trait that reflects this […]

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By |2011-07-13T06:05:07-04:00July 13th, 2011|Age of Aquarius, Future Shock, Life|1 Comment

Does astrology work in the southern hemisphere?

southern hemisphere astrologyTropical astrology is based upon the turning of the wheel of the seasons, with Aries at the Spring equinox and the rest of the cardinal signs marking the beginning of the other equinoxes and solstices.  But what happens in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are reversed?  When the first day of Aries marks the first day of autumn, does astrology still work?

For some reason I have more clients in Australia than in any other country, and often when reading charts for people born “down under” the question of the accuracy of “northern-centric” astrology.  Time and time again, the chart proves its accuracy.

One of the flagship astrological software programs, Solar Fire, comes to us from Esoteric Technologies in Australia.  Charts in Solar Fire for southern hemisphere births are calculated exactly the same as for those in the northern hemisphere.  (I had a short Facebook chat with Jamie Darkstar who confirmed that Australian astrologers use the same charts that we do here up north, but he reminded me that many of the experts in fixed stars, as Jamie is, are Australian.)

Western astrological symbolism comes down to us from the ancient Greeks who saw the sky  from the perspective of the northern hemisphere which is a mirror image of the sky from the southern hemisphere.  But it’s important always to remember that astrology is a symbolic system – the signs are BASED on the constellations, but they are NOT the constellations.

The famed Dane Rudhyar and some other astrologers have proposed reversing the astrological chart to better fit with the astronomical reality of the southern hemisphere.  Others disagree:

For contemporary astrologers, signs are seasons, however they are psychological seasons, not literal ones.  While the Sun in a sign pinpointed the […]

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By |2018-11-09T16:49:59-04:00July 11th, 2011|Astrology|5 Comments
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