Today is not only Thanksgiving in the US, but it’s also the thirteenth Blogiversary of Astrological Musings. In 2005 my sister, already a blogger, helped me get started on the Thanksgiving holiday and the rest is history. I cherish the fact that many of you have been with me practically from the beginning, and grateful for all of you who have found me over the years.
When we experience gratitude we open our hearts and minds and counteract the contraction of fear and doubt. A gratitude practice is a very useful tool. It is human nature not to pay attention to the good things in our life and to take them for granted; a daily review of the […]
A portion of this post comes from an earlier article, but today’s political world is even more polarized than it was when this article was first written so the article is even more relevant.
[A 2007 scientific study] revealed that political orientation is related to differences in the way different brains process information.
Participants were college students whose politics ranged from “very liberal” to “very conservative.” Scientists instructed them to tap a keyboard when an M appeared on a computer monitor and to refrain from tapping when they saw a W.
M appeared four times more frequently than W, conditioning participants to press a key in knee-jerk fashion whenever they saw a letter.
The participants were wired to an electroencephalograph that recorded activity in their anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that detects conflicts between a habitual tendency (pressing a key) and a correct response (not pressing the key). Liberals had more brain activity and made fewer mistakes than conservatives when they saw a W, researchers said. Liberals and conservatives were equally accurate in recognizing M.
Researchers obtained the same results when they repeated the experiment in reverse, asking another set of participants to tap when they saw W.
Frank J. Sulloway, a researcher at the Institute of Personality and Social Research, at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the study, said results “provided an elegant demonstration that individual differences on a conservative-liberal dimension are strongly related to brain activity.”
Lead author David Amodio, an assistant professor of psychology at NYU, cautioned that the study looked at a narrow slice of human behavior and that it would be a mistake to conclude that one political orientation was better than another. The tendency of conservatives to block distracting information could […]
Thanks to the Internet, the magic of REAL astrology (as opposed to those Sun Sign horoscopes you still see everywhere) is spreading and the concept of Mercury retrograde has gone mainstream. This is exciting since even people who profess not to “believe in” astrology often are aware that when Mercury is retrograde things often don’t operate as we expect them to. Machinery glitches, communication breakdowns, an epidemic of “but I thought you said…” – all are widespread under the influence of Mercury retrograde.
In classical astrology, Mercury is said to be “debilitated” when it is retrograde; it doesn’t operate as it normally does which is to facilitate communication and messaging, as well as daily routines, short distance travel and plans of all kinds. As most of you know, I don’t particularly care for these ideas of positive and negative as they cause us to miss out on the benefits offered by astrological factors that we normally consider negative such as Mercury retrograde and Saturn and Pluto transits. I view the retrograde phase of a planetary cycle as being a part of the natural ebb and flow of nature. The waves of the ocean flow towards the beach, and then they must flow back to the ocean before returning to the sand. The joyful warm days of summer give way to the bitter cold days of winter’s hardship.
When Mercury is retrograde, it’s not uncommon to run into problems. Contracts written when Mercury is retrograde often have to be renegotiated. Plans made often have to be revised. Travel reservations are often stymied. Communication breakdowns are common. Mercury retrograde periods are excellent fr some things though – they are perfect for review and reassessment. They are perfect for do-overs and repairs. It […]
Jupiter left intense Scorpio for sunny Sagittarius on November 8, 2018, a planetary shift heralded around the world with the superlatives you would associate with a planet as big as Jupiter entering a sign as happy as Sagittarius. Astrological headlines declare “Outgoing, lucky and limitless”; “the upgrade your life needs”; “Getting to Yes”; “taking you on a beautiful adventure.” Everyone loves Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, luck and abundance.
Looking back to 2007
Because Jupiter rules Sagittarius its power to expand and open up new possibilities can operate unimpeded by other influences. Jupiter in Sagittarius seeks adventure, prosperity, faith and meaning in life. Jupiter generally takes a full year to go through each sign in the zodiac, and last traversed through Sagittarius in 2007. At the time, Pluto (obsession, destruction, regeneration) was finishing its journey through Sagittarius where it had overseen an obsession with bigger houses, more money, self-help and a relentless optimism that took a dive when Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008. It’s difficult to separate the influence of Jupiter in Sagittarius that year from the Pluto problems, but one thing we know for sure is that every aspect of astrological archetypes has a dark side and a light one. Saturn, that devil of hardship and difficult lessons, bestows strength and the ability to master the physical universe. And Jupiter, the light of beneficence, can encourage so much faith and confidence that we don’t see the train coming as we veer off the track.
Jupiter in the birthchart or by transit provides the impulse for us to grow and evolve. It is involved in the realm of faith and the search for meaning in life, and in doing so there is a bit of restlessness […]
The New Moon in Scorpio on the 7th which coincides this year with astrological Samhain, the ancient cross-quarter holiday of power at 15 degrees Scorpio.Samhain is one of the “cross-quarter” holidays that fall between the Solstices and Equinoxes. Astrologically, the Solstices and Equinoxes mark the entry of the Sun into the cardinal signs of initiation: Aries at Spring, Cancer at Summer, Libra at Autumn and Capricorn at Winter. The cross-quarter periods occur at 15 degrees of the fixed signs, with Samhain in the sign of Scorpio, the sign that corresponds to death and rebirth. The veils between the worlds are at their thinnest at this time, and our intuition is heightened so when we combine this with the power of the New Moon to create and begin anew we can see how magical this particular New Moon will be.
The Scorpio New Moon is all about diving deep into our passions, desires, and the power of our emotions. Under Scorpio’s tutelage we surrender any veneer of who and what we think we should be, and embrace our true selves with acceptance and honesty. This New Moon includes a blessing of Neptune to open the doors of perception and enhance our divine connection as well as our creativity, and the New Moon ruler (Mars) harmonizes with Venus to create balance between yin and yang. Venus and Ceres combine to enhance our desire to take care of ourselves and find a peaceful easy balance within. However, the Black Moon Lilith aligns with Mars which will activate the dark side of the Scorpio New Moon, aiding in the integration of the shadow Self.
The effect of the New Moon generally begins a few days before the lunation and lingers for a few days […]