Astrological Musings

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

Astrology in my world: Conflicted about success

One of the challenges I run into often with clients who  come to me for Visioncrafting® work is a complex combination of emotions relating to success in our chosen field.  On the conscious level we want to be successful writers, business people, artists.  But lurking in the subconscious are old patterns and belief systems that keep us from bursting out and claiming the sense of accomplishment that rightfully belongs to us.

Fortunately, we can address those patterns and change the tapes that continually reinforce those belief systems once we can identify them, but digging them out of the subconscious isn’t always easy.  Fortunately we have a map in the form of a birthchart that helps us to discern where these patterns likely originate but then the rest is up to us.

I was just selected to speak at the United Astrology Conference 2012.  This is the biggest astrology conference in the United States – members of several different organizations convene every few years to illuminate each other.  This conference draws the best of the best so when I received the email informing me that my application to speak was accepted I was shocked.  Like other astrology bloggers I consider myself an outsider in the world of astrologers.  I don’t hold a certification, I haven’t published an astrology book … yet!!  Those of us who blog instead of publish books are renegades – we seek our own path to public recognition.

evidently also was shocked by her being selected to speak at UAC:

I’m not a big name, I don’t have a gift for schmoozing influential people, I haven’t spoken for a lot of astrology groups. If you have any two of […]

By | 2018-07-15T10:05:54+00:00 January 11th, 2011|Astrology in my world, Visioncrafting|11 Comments

More details on Jared Lee Loughner, Arizona shooter

Please see my earlier article for preliminary thoughts.

I’ve now found an unverified date of birth for the shooter (September 10, 1988, time and place unknown)  from his .   Loughner has both the Sun and Moon in Virgo but the notable thing in this chart is the challenging T-square involving Neptune, Mars and Chiron all between 6 and 9 degrees of the cardinal signs (Neptune in Capricorn, Chiron in Cancer, and Mars in Aries.  That Aries Mars has a powerful drive and motivation, but the square from Chiron suggests problems with the development of a healthy expression of Mars, and the square from Neptune erodes the confidence of Mars and results in one’s anger and rage being driven underground.

All of that complicated drive/anger/rage of Mars doesn’t fit well in the Virgoan personality which tends to prefer life nicely ordered into manageable pieces, and I suspect that there were two sides to this young man’s personality.  Then along comes not only the Saturn and Uranus transits that I reviewed in the post earlier today (see link above) but also a transit of Pluto over that Neptune and exploding  the Mars T-square like a powderkeg of anger and misguided rage which appears to have been directed against the government but was likely meant for people closer to him, perhaps his parents – perhaps himself.

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By | 2011-01-09T20:39:21+00:00 January 9th, 2011|Crime|1 Comment

Musings on the Arizona shooting (preliminary)

The shooting yesterday of Gabrielle Giffords yesterday along with seventeen others, which left six people dead including a child who, in curious synchronicity, was born on September 11th, has had a profound effect on Americans everywhere.  Unlike the other mass killings that we have seen in the past few years, this one was motivated by political rage and for that reason it epitomizes the fury in the American political system that has become a cancer in American life.

Progressed Mars in the (Sibley) chart for the United States turned retrograde in the summer of 2006, and as we look back we can see that it was at that point, with the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, that the country as a whole recognized that the war in Iraq was a massive fiasco.  I believe that this was the turning point in American military power, and that as long as the US progressed Mars is retrograde (which will be for quite a long time to come) American military force will need to revamp its strategy in the face of the new global realities.

The chart for the United States has a challenging square of Saturn to the Sun.  This aspect, in any chart, requires mastery in order to achieve greatness.  Sagittarius is rising in the US chart, bestowing the innate optimism and sense of entitlement of the Jupiter rulership.  But Saturn is always there, necessitating that the hard work be done before the luck of Jupiter can be manifested.  The solar eclipse on January 4th at 13 Capricorn opposed the US Sun which is 13 Cancer, and it also squared the US Saturn at 14-15 Libra.

The other significant national astrological event is that the US is in its Saturn return right now.  The last US Saturn Return was in 1981 […]

By | 2011-01-09T13:43:39+00:00 January 9th, 2011|Crime|Comments Off on Musings on the Arizona shooting (preliminary)
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