Astrological Musings

Prepare for August’s planetary twists and turns

Although it’s the solar eclipse on August 21 that is making all the headlines, a more important planetary dynamic is the fact that three planets change direction in August: Uranus, Mercury and Saturn.

Planets of course don’t really change the direction of their orbit, but from our perspective here on earth sometimes the planets appear to move backwards which we call retrograde.  When they reverse course again to move forwards we call that direct.

  • On August 3rd Uranus, planet of radical change and independence, turns retrograde and for the first few weeks of the month we can expect changes and rapid turns of events, shifts in financial markets and political scenarios. If our own chart is affected by Uranus we could see surprising events occur in our own lives as well.
  • Mercury, ruling the mind and communication, turns retrograde on August 12th, and for the next three weeks you can expect some snafus in communication or technology as well as a tendency to look back into the past in order to correct or revise something that needs to be improved.
  • Saturn, planet of discipline and hard work – the Celestial Teacher – has been retrograde since April 6th and turns direct on August 25th.  Now is the time to reap the rewards of your hard work.

With all of these planets shifting the direction of our focus, as well as two eclipses (the Full Moon on August 7th is also an eclipse though it is less powerful than the Solar Eclipse) creating a tidal surge of transformation, this month of August offers a plenitude of opportunities for personal growth […]

By | 2017-08-02T09:59:46+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Planetary cycles|2 Comments

It’s here! The Solar Eclipse of August 2017 – what does it mean for you?

August 2017 Leo eclipse The Solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 falls in the sign of Leo, the Divine Child – the innocent heart, the soul of magic and wonder.  Leo rules the heart and the vitality of the Self: it encourages us to open our hearts to love for others and for ourselves. Ruled by the Sun itself, Leo is the essence of Kingship – the divine and royal part of ourselves that is full of self-respect and kindness.  Leo encourages us to express our best selves and while Leo is associated with the need for admiration, ultimately our best selves find expression without the need for others’ notice and attention.  Creative self-expression and the courage and confidence to allow our inner beauty to be expressed through outward means are the force behind the Leo New Moon.

A solar eclipse occurs at the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (next to each other) in the sky.  As the Moon moves through its orbit it passes between the Sun and the Earth, briefly obscuring the light of the Sun.  A New Moon is only an eclipse when the lunation (Sun/Moon conjunction) occurs near the lunar nodes, the points where the Moon crosses the path of the Sun.  Here is where astrology gets involved:  The descending (South) and ascending (North) nodes of the Moon represent a path of Fate from the past (South Node) to the future (North Node).  For this reason, an astrological eclipse can bring about events that have enormous significance, especially if they fall on a point in someone’s individual chart.

The chart this eclipse is a fiery one!  This is the second Leo New […]

By | 2017-07-31T17:27:11+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Moon|14 Comments

“Stay Woke” and the Aquarian Age

Some of this content may be controversial to some readers. I welcome comments as long as they remain civil and add to an intelligent discussion. 

“Stay Woke” is a slang term defined by the Urban Dictionary as: “Deriving from “stay awake,” to stay woke is to keep informed of the shitstorm going on around you in times of turmoil and conflict, specifically on occasions when the media is being heavily filtered- such as the events in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014.”  While most of us white people just started hearing the phrase recently, it was and then   in 2008 before it spread through African American communities after the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

The idea of being “woke,” or awake, is in my view a harbinger of the Age of Aquarius.  During the Age of Pisces there has been a sense of sleep.  Pisces teaches us to go with the flow – to connect with our dreams, to seek comfort in transcendence and the bliss of losing one’s self.  Under the Piscean influence humans relinquished control to the religious institutions which have dominated the power structures of the past 2,000 years.  Aquarius is the sign of awakening – of rational thinking.  Neither is better, and both have their dark sides.  But the idea that we need to wake up – keep our eyes open and see behind the curtain of Piscean illusion – looks to me like the transition between the Piscean Age and the Aquarian.

The meme of “Stay Woke” often edges into conspiracy theory.  As someone with a healthy amount of suspicion myself, this seems normal in a world where you are […]

By | 2017-07-19T08:07:31+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Consciousness, Popular Culture|12 Comments

The astrology of Shia LaBoeuf’s perpetual troubles

Shia LaBoeuf astrologyShia LaBoeuf has been an acclaimed actor since he won his first award at age 15.  His career as a performer began as a stand-up comedian at the age of 10.  But his long history of troubles with the law began before then when he was arrested for shoplifting at the age of 9.  He was arrested again at the age of 11 for stealing.  As an adult, despite his success in films and great respect from film credits, he continued to indicate a lack of impulse control and ability to manage his rage:

  • In 2005 LaBoeuf was arrested for threatening his neighbor with a knife and driving into his car.
  • In 2007 he was arrested for refusing to leave a Walgreen’s when asked by security.
  • In 2008 he was involved in a car crash and arrested for drunk driving although he was later exonerated for the crash.
  • In 2014 he was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing at Studio 54 in New York City after which he began treatment for alcohol addiction.
  • However, in 2015 he was arrested in Texas for public intoxication.
  • In January 2017 he was arrested for misdemeanor assault at a protest rally against Donald Trump although these charges were later dismissed.
  • And finally, on July 8 2017 he was arrested again for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in Savannah Georgia, threatening to kill the policeman who arrested him.

Shia LaBeouf astrology chart click to enlarge

LaBoeuf has the Sun in Gemini, the shapeshifter sign that hungers for experience and easily moves in and out of different roles in life.  His Moon is in Leo, the sign which craves attention and validation from […]

By | 2017-07-12T14:36:17+00:00 July 12th, 2017|People|3 Comments

The Astrology of the Summer of Love

It’s hard to believe for anyone who is old enough to have lived through the summer of 1967 which was called the Summer of Love, but this marks the 50th anniversary of that fertile and creative time when traditional values of love and community were turned on its head and some of the best music ever created was born.

Astrologers have a name for what happened in the 1960s: We call it the “Uranus Pluto conjunction.”  During this time Uranus, planet of revolution and radicalism, conjoined Pluto, planet of transformation through destruction and regeneration, in the conservative sign of Virgo.  This cataclysmic planetary dynamic changed forever the social order (Virgo) and laid the groundwork for the recent upheaval which occurred during the period between 2010 and 2017 when Uranus formed a square (90 degree) aspect to Pluto for the second phase of that revolutionary cycle.

While the first exact conjunction of Uranus and Pluto didn’t occur until October of 1964, the two planets began to align in 1963 and beginning in the early 1960s one could hear the whispers of revolution all over the world.  In 1961 Timothy Leary took his first LSD trip and began researching the effects of psychedelics on mental health.  By 1965 the revolution was in full swing, with the assassination of Malcom X, the Watts riots, the formation of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane and so many other great bands, and with them the emergence of the “hippie” archetype. After the San Francisco Examiner wrote an expose of the migration of young Americans to its city, the swarms of youth increased and by 1967 the Human Be-In in San Francisco brought about all […]

By | 2018-06-11T11:52:44+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Life, Planetary cycles, Uncategorized|9 Comments
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