Astrological Musings

Sunday inspiration: The poetry of Nature

“There is a religion in every thing around us – a calm and holy religion in the unbreathing things of Nature, which men would do well to imitate.  It is a meek and blessed influence, stealing in as if it were unawares upon the heart; it comes quickly, and without excitement; it has no terror, no gloom, in its approaches; it does not rouse up the passions; it is untrammeled by the creeds and unshadowed by the superstitions of man. 

It is fresh from the hands of its Author, glowing from the immediate presence of the Great Spirit which pervades and quickens it; it is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star.  It is on the sailing cloud and in the invisible wind; it is among the hills and valleys of the earth where the shrub less mountain-top pierces the thin atmosphere of eternal winter, or where the mighty forest fluctuates before the strong wind, with its dark waves of green foliage.

It is spread out like a legible language upon the broad face of the unsleeping ocean; it is the poetry of Nature.  It is that which uplifts the spirit within us, until it is strong enough to outlook the shadows of our place of probation; which breaks, link after ink, the chain which binds us to materiality and which opens to our imagination, a world of spiritual beauty and holiness.”

–John Ruskin, 19th century poet and artist

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By |2019-06-30T13:06:38-04:00June 30th, 2019|Inspiration|3 Comments

The astrology of Joe Biden’s last chance

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This is the first in a series of profiles on the Democratic presidential candidates.  Disclaimer:  While I attempt to be as fair as possible, I do have opinions and they often leak through in this column.  Please take this into consideration when reading this article.

Joe Biden would like to be president.  His first attempt to run back in 1988 was sabotaged by accusations of plagiarism, and his second attempt in 2008 resulted in the election of Barack Obama with Biden achieving the position of Vice President.  Joe (to me he is just Joe, rather than Mr. Biden) was born with four planets in Scorpio which qualifies him as much as any other candidate, than any other astrological sign except for Aquarius, with which it is tied.  Scorpio is the sign that is concerned – ok, obsessed – with power and the wielding of it.

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We have a birth time for Joe:  8:30 am, as sourced by astro.com and indicated “from memory” which is not very reliable.  However, that birth time gives us an ascendant or rising sign of Sagittarius which does make sense and reflects Joe’s down home folksiness which is not at all what you would expect from someone with four planets in Scorpio.  He may be easygoing, but make no mistake – he is a fighter, and he wants to win.  With his Moon in stable Taurus, he is stubborn and does not like to back down so he will not give up easily.  His Moon is challenged in a square to Pluto, creating even more intensity and the

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By |2019-06-30T16:13:24-04:00June 28th, 2019|Politics|14 Comments

Planetary news this week! Leo season begins, Mercury retrograde, and an upcoming eclipse

astrologyThere’s lots to unpack this week!  Here’s what you need to know.

Saturn and the South Node

I have written about this a few times this year so this may not be brand new to some of you.  Saturn is the planet of tests and challenges – it’s like our teacher, always looking over our shoulder to see where improvement is needed.  The South Node represents lessons from the past and qualities which we have incarnated to work through.  The combination of Saturn with the South Node nearly always brings up issues from the past that are unfinished, or situations where poor choices may have resulted in some kind of crisis.  This cycle has actually been working on us since April of this year, but lessened somewhat and is now culminating once again as Saturn and the South Node will collide in an exact alignment on July 3-4. Not everyone will experience this as a test of past choices or behaviors, but it’s a good idea to consider, if there is some kind of crisis, how a pattern from the past may have contributed to situations in which we now find ourselves.

Personal disruptions 6/24-28

On the 24th and 25th there is the potential for a great deal of creative energy, but personal relationships could be unclear as Venus squares off against Neptune.  The Sun “translates” an awkward aspect between Uranus and Chiron on the 27th which could be uncomfortable for a day or two due to an energy imbalance between the electric energy of Uranus and the physical emotionality of Chiron.

Mercury and Mars move into Leo

Mercury and Mars both leave the emotional sign of Cancer this week, moving into Leo, a more buoyant and self-oriented sign.  Mercury transitions […]

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By |2019-06-24T10:55:26-04:00June 24th, 2019|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Sunday inspiration: Light in a stormy world

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.

Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes


We live in dark times, but that doesn’t mean that we must be engulfed in darkness.  I love these words from Clarissa Pinkola Estes, inspiring us to clear our own dark places from our personalities so that we may emerge into the world as lights to dispel the darkness.  ❤️

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By |2019-06-23T09:41:10-04:00June 23rd, 2019|Inspiration|2 Comments

The astrology of Greta Thunberg

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I am often asked to profile good people for a change, instead of the mass murderers and psychologically unbalanced individuals that fascinate me.  So I picked Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish woman who at age 15 has become an internationally known climate activist.  Greta has been diagnosed with Asperger’s and, curiously in light of her subsequent emergence as an outspoken activist, something called “selective mutism” in which a child is unable to speak under certain circumstances.

Greta’s astrological birth chart shows that she has the both the Sun and Moon in the practical sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn people like to Get Things Done, and Greta was born just after the Capricorn New Moon so there is a sense of beginning something new.  The New Moon personality has a quality of innocence combined with an intense energy to begin something new and create sweeping change. Her Mars (depicting her drive and the way she asserts herself) is in the intense and powerful sign of Scorpio, and it is aligned with Venus which shows she is intense and independent in all of her interpersonal dealings.

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Greta’s Sun is conjunct Chiron, the dwarf planet of wounding and healing.  This alignment signifies an individual who came into this world with a deep soul wound that she will be faced with throughout her life so that it can eventually be healed.  The Chiron archetype is that of the mentor – having healed our own wounds we then can choose to become a healer of others and a mentor to those who share our own affliction.  Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, faces off in a stressful opposition to both her Sun and Chiron, adding more stress to this […]

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By |2019-06-21T08:52:19-04:00June 21st, 2019|People|0 Comments
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