Astrological Musings

The November 14th Supermoon in Taurus – Building a solid foundation

Taurus Supermoon November 14The concept of the Supermoon, originally coined by astrologer , has reached the mainstream as NASA calls this the biggest Supermoon since 1948.  A Full Moon or New Moon is called a Supermoon when it is at its closest to the Earth .  We don’t see the New Moon, of course, but the Full Moon appears larger and its astrological influence is stronger during a Supermoon than at other times, with higher tides and often extreme weather incidents.

Richard himself thinks that this is being overblown in the news:

The media have made a pretty big deal over this, but the truth is that the perigee (closest approach to Earth) for the November 14 occurs when the Moon is 356,511 kilometers away from our home planet. That’s only 1,348 km. closer than last month’s (October 16) SuperMoon; and only 66 km. (41 mi.) closer than the closest SuperMoon of 2011. This is really gilding the lily!

In any case, this Full Moon falls in the sign of Taurus – the sign of the Earth itself.

Taurus is the earthiest of all of the earth signs – it is a fixed sign so it encourages stability and perseverance, but is also stubborn and unyielding.  As an earth sign, Taurus is concerned with practical matters and physical comfort.  Sensual experiences of food and touch are important for Taurus, and for all of us under the Taurus Full Moon.

When the Moon is full in Taurus, the Scorpio Sun is exactly opposite the Moon.  Full Moons are the apex of the lunar cycle, and the opposition  (180 degree) aspect requires integration of polar opposites.  Where Taurus longs for peace and comfort, Scorpio demands intensity and […]

By | 2016-11-13T08:31:44+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Moon|2 Comments

Post election comments, astrological and otherwise

Art by Sam Brown

As many of you know, I deliberately stayed out of the business of predicting who would win the 2016 election.  In light of the Uranus and Pluto cycles that the US is currently going through I privately believed that a Trump presidency fit right into the potential of breakdown and adjustment that these cycles are known for.  The only prediction that I made is that no matter who won, the US would be in for a rather long period of stressful conflict and soul searching and I am still of this belief.

If you supported Trump and quite a few of my readers apparently do, I hope that the benefits that you saw in your candidate will turn out to be realized in the coming four years.  If you were on the other side, there is nothing to be done but avoid falling into the rage and despair which turns us into the darkness that we fight against.

The study of astrology teaches us that everything is cyclical.  “Bad” things don’t happen in a vacuum – the challenges come during periods that we can identify through the planetary alignments, and usually occur when there is a lack of balance in our psyches, our bodies, our relationships, our communities, our nations.  There is no doubt that the United States is severely out of balance and not aligned with a higher purpose, and nature has unpredictable ways of restoring its ecosystems into balance.

Until the whole of humanity can live in peace and love with the Earth and its inhabitants, these cycles of war and devastation will continue.  But we must not allow this to depress or devastate us personally – we are in charge of […]

By | 2016-11-10T08:38:34+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Inspiration|17 Comments

Scorpio New Moon at All Hallow’s Eve 2016 – what could be more perfect?

Scorpio New MoonThe Scorpio New Moon occurs late on the 29th/early on the 30th depending upon your time zone.  New Moons are widely heralded as times of brand new beginnings, and the sign that the New Moon falls in defines the energies at work as we reboot and begin again.  The Scorpio New Moon demands that we find our passion – take a stand.  This is not a time for superficiality; under the influence of Scorpio we must dive into the subconscious and unearth our most secret desires.

The planet Mercury, the messenger god, aligns with the Sun and Moon to motivate a greater understanding on the intellectual level.  Traditional astrology calls a Sun/Mercury conjunction “combust” and assumes that the Sun weakness the energy of Mercury, but in my experience a Sun/Mercury alignment adds the light of consciousness from the Sun to the mental workings of Mercury to illuminate and add greater insight and awareness.  At this time of year the veil that separates the planes of earthly existence from other planes grows thin, and Mercury, in its role of messenger, aids in communication between the worlds.

This New Moon has the potential to release creativity and magic thanks to a lovely trine to dreamy Neptune.  Under the realm of Scorpio we can harness emotion in its purest form – raw, instinctive and potent.  Neptune encourages us to open our hearts to a more transcendent magic.

This New Moon comes at the time when the veil between worlds is said to be thinnest, at All Hallows Eve, and the astrology is perfect for a powerful shamanic journey.

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By | 2016-10-29T18:27:49+00:00 October 29th, 2016|Moon|4 Comments

Hillary Clinton birth time controversy

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Many astrologers are hard at work trying to predict the outcome of the election.  Over the past year astrologers have come out in favor of both candidates for a variety of reasons.  My personal feeling is that when astrologers attempt to predict the future and fail it gives the noble field of astrology a bad rap, when the fault is not in the astrology but in the fact that the future cannot be accurately predicted.

Anyway.

An accurate astrological reading is dependent upon accurate data.  We can glean a great deal of information just from a birthdate, as I typically do with my profiles on this blog where a time of birth is not available.  But an accurate time of birth sets up the structure of the chart – it shows the rising sign (persona) and the Midheaven (career) and describes the houses in which each planet lives and plots a general plan for our lives.

We have an accurate birth time for Donald Trump because was posted online.  But Hillary Clinton has not produced a birth certificate, not surprising given her four planets in Scorpio and her Scorpionic penchant for secrecy and to keep her cards hidden in the game of politics.

Numerous birth times have been provided for Clinton.  The most commonly used time until recently was 8 pm which would put her ascendant in the late degrees of Gemini, almost in Cancer.  A rounded off birth time such as 8 pm is nearly always somewhat incorrect, usually early, and I always felt that a birth time even 10 minutes later with Cancer on the ascendant was a  better fit.  Cancer rising […]

By | 2016-10-24T08:16:58+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Politics|12 Comments

Your zodiac sign has still not changed!

About five years ago it was discovered that because of the shifting of the Earth’s axis, the constellation Ophiuchus was now closer to the apparent path of the Sun as we observe it from Earth, and astronomers conjectured that this then made Ophiuchus a thirteenth sign in the zodiac.

as “news:”  NASA had changed the system of the zodiac to incorporate the thirteenth sign.

It’s not news 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.

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 its trip around the Sun called Ophiuchus.  This last idea has given rise to the question about whether the zodiac should have 13 signs rather than 12.  These are concepts that for many years have caused astronomers to dispute the validity of astrology.

Astrology is not astronomically correct.  Planets don’t really move backwards, and the earth isn’t the center of the solar system.  But that is how we observe the planets astrologically, […]

By | 2016-10-19T07:34:48+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Astrology|2 Comments
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