Astrological Musings

“Self-knowledge is only the beginning”

self understanding One of the more challenging yet rewarding aspects of my work with clients is taking the leap from “here is why you have had these problems” to “here’s what you can do about it.”  It’s always reassuring to hear that your desire to flee a committed relationship comes from the fact that libertarian Uranus challenges your “I want to be closer” Venus.  Or that you are afraid of success because Saturn’s voice of “You’re not good enough” sits right on your Jupiter in Leo that says “But I should be fabulous!”

After a few years of exciting realizations like this coming out of consultations, I started to realize there was a big need for something more – a way to help a client strategize their way out of the boxes they put themselves in.

has an interesting article on the same topic:

It is practically an article of faith among many therapists that self-understanding is a prerequisite for a happy life. Insight, the thinking goes, will free you from your psychological hang-ups and promote well-being.

Perhaps, but recent experience makes me wonder whether insight is all it’s cracked up to be.

Not long ago, I saw a young man in his early 30s who was sad and anxious after being dumped by his girlfriend for the second time in three years. It was clear that his symptoms were a reaction to the loss of a relationship and that he was not clinically depressed.

“I’ve been over this many times in therapy,” he said. He had trouble tolerating any separation from his girlfriends. Whether they were gone for a weekend or he was traveling for work, the result was always […]

By | 2011-01-21T15:46:11+00:00 January 21st, 2011|Consciousness|Comments Off on “Self-knowledge is only the beginning”

Full Moon in Cancer, January 19 2011

Cancer Full MoonThe Full Moon occurs on January 19th at 4:21 pm Eastern at the 29th degree of Cancer. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so the Moon is particularly powerful during the Cancerian Full Moon.

Like the Moon, Cancer is emotional and vulnerable – tender and soft and needing to be nurtured. A cardinal water sign, the emotions of Cancer are active rather than passive – there is a need not only to feel deeply, but also to take action in some way such as offering food or providing some other kind of sustenance.

In the dance between the Moon and the Sun, the cycle begins at the New Moon with the Sun/Moon conjunction, and reaches its apex at the Full Moon when the Moon opposes the Sun and challenges its authority. Ancient customs of howling at the Moon to release one’s instinctive side reflect the fact that the subconscious interior of our innermost being is more easily accessible when the Moon is full. And when the Moon is full in Cancer, it’s time to delve into the realm of feeling and open the door for the inner child to enter.

This Full Moon occurs at the 29th degree of Cancer. The 29th degree is the completion of one sign and the transition to the next, so here we are completing the sensitive emotionality of Cancer as we prepare to move into more of a focus on Self in Leo with the solar polarity moving from the practicality of Capricorn into the quixotic unpredictability of Aquarius. The lunation makes no aspects to any other planets so it is not likely to be experienced with much intensity. A pleasant sextile from the Sun to Jupiter helps […]

By | 2011-01-18T18:54:38+00:00 January 18th, 2011|Moon|Comments Off on Full Moon in Cancer, January 19 2011

Rachel Maddow refuses to change her sign

There’s no such thing as bad publicity, and astrology has had LOTS of publicity over the past few days with the big news over the 13th sign and the precessional shift.  Rachel Maddow weighs in and explains the whole thing, except I’m not sure that her astronomy is correct when she ties the Moon into the situation. The astrology comes in at around four minutes and be sure to catch her very last line:

By | 2018-07-18T12:48:47+00:00 January 16th, 2011|Astrology in the news|Comments Off on Rachel Maddow refuses to change her sign

Your “zodiac sign” has not changed!

zodiac sign has changed have been circulating in the news media like wildfire over the past few days as astronomers discover something that astrologers have known for nearly 2000 years, that the zodiac that we use in Western astrology does not line up with the current placement of the constellations.  This is due to what is called “precession,” in which due to the earth’s wobble the relationship between the earth and the stars changes over a “Great Cycle” of 26,000 years.  This is why every 2160 years or so we go through another zodiacal age, like the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius that we are in right now.

You can read more about the science of here.

Astronomers will be disappointed to learn that this debate has raged through astrological communities ever since the phenomenon of precession was discovered sometime around 130 bce.  The astrology that is typically practiced in the West is called “tropical” astrology which is based on the seasons and the earth’s relationship to the Sun.  Another branch of astrology originated in India and is called “sidereal” astrology which relates to the stars rather than the Sun.

Some people like to call the zodiac “star signs,” and while they are incorrect in terms of Western astrology, in which signs are called “sun signs,” the terminology “star signs” is accurate where sidereal astrology is concerned.

The astrological pantheon that we call the zodiac is a symbolic system.  The constellations do not align into nicely divided 30 degree sections as they do around the birthchart, and as many of these news articles mention there is a 13th constellation that the Sun passes through on […]

By | 2018-07-18T12:52:06+00:00 January 14th, 2011|Astrology in the news|8 Comments

The agony of Bill Zeller

Bill Zeller suicideA reader requested that I look at the chart of Bill Zeller, a brilliant programmer who was best known for creating innovative software such as the MyTunes application.  Mr. Zeller committed suicide on January 5th after struggling for a lifetime with memories of repeated sexual abuse as a child.

It’s unfortunate that we don’t have a time of birth for Mr. Zeller, but the solar chart (born 10/26/1983 in Connecticut) reveals a stellium (tight conjunction) of four planets.  His Sun and Saturn are tightly conjoined in Scorpio, suggesting a pattern of rejection and coldness (Saturn) from the father, and also a tendency towards depression, especially as a young person.  (The beauty of Saturn is that if we can survive his trials as young people we can have a very productive old age.)  A Scorpio Sun reveals an assignment to experience life as deeply as possible, including the dark emotions that lurk under every rock and within every crevice.  There is a powerful emotional intensity with Scorpio that cannot be denied.

Also embedded in this stellium are Mercury and Scorpio in a nearly exact conjunction.  Mercury is either at the last degree of Libra or fully into Scorpio, depending on when Zeller was born, and Pluto is at the last degree of  Libra where it is fully “on the cusp” of Scorpio.  Mercury represents the way we think about things, and with Mercury on the cusp of Scorpio and conjoined by Pluto we have a “double whammy” connecting Mercury–the mind– with Pluto/Scorpio’s intensity.

Mercury is also conjunct the Sun which bestows a high degree of intelligence on the individual, but traditional astrologers, calling this a “combust” aspect, suggest that Mr. Zeller’s capacity for reason would be diminished by […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:30:17+00:00 January 12th, 2011|Death, People, Psychology|6 Comments
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