Astrological Musings

Happy birthday USA! 2019 edition and look ahead to 2020

On July 4th we celebrate the birthday of the United States of America, and as astrologers we celebrate the Solar Return – the time when the Sun in the sky returns to its place in the astrological chart.  This country is at a pivotal point right now, and the astrological factors can tell us a great deal about where we are and what is coming.

I’ve been writing a lot about the return of Pluto to its place in the US chart which will occur in the next few years.  Pluto returns are very rare since they happen only every 248 years and very few governments last through their Pluto returns, although there are exceptions such as the Roman Empire.  Pluto transits tend to dredge up the darkness from the psyche so that it can be exposed to light and ideally dispelled, and we have seen this dark underbelly of the American psyche emerge over the past few years.  This is the clear influence of Pluto, which has been transiting sensitive points in the US chart since 2008.

We have an important election coming up in 2020, and the candidates will be decided in the Spring of 2020 so this is an important 12-month period for American politics.  Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, will join up with Pluto in early 2020 and the two will be hammering the US Pluto in January and February next year. However, this year there is also a harmonious trine from Saturn to the US Midheaven – the government and reputation of the country – which ought to at least help the reputation of the US among world nations.

The Solar Return chart is a snapshot of the year ahead and […]

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By |2019-07-04T08:14:01-04:00July 4th, 2019|Politics|7 Comments

Bernie Sanders in 2020 – the astrological perspective

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A portion of this article was taken from my 2016 profile which you can read here in its entirety. 

When Bernie Sanders ran for president in 2016 he was an unlikely candidate.  In 2020, however, he is one of the most widely recognized of the 22 Democrats running in the 2020 presidential race.  A look at Bernie’s astrological chart tells us a great deal about his personality.

Bernie Sanders (September 8, 1941, Brooklyn NY, time unknown) was born with the Sun in Virgo, the sign of service and humility.  His Sun is conjunct the North lunar Node, the point that shows us the way towards our future destiny.  Sun/North Node people typically have a sense from childhood that they have a special mission to fulfill – a particular path to walk.  For Sanders, this mission is exacerbated by a strong square from Jupiter, the planet of confidence and expansion.  When Jupiter is square to the Sun there is a sense of righteousness and potentially, entitlement.  This combination denotes an individual who is certain of their destiny and their right to fulfill it.

We don’t know Sanders’ ascendant (rising sign) without a time of birth (there is conflicting and speculative information out there, but nothing reliable), but his Aries Moon shows his fiery and passionate nature, especially since is Moon aligns with Mars, the planet that energizes and motivates us, but which also adds an aggressive quality to the chart.  This is especially true because Mars is in Aries, its own sign, which essentially doubles the intensity of the assertive quality.

The Mars/Aries dynamic quality is out of sync with the humility of Virgo, and finding a way to balance those two forces has likely been one of the themes of Sanders’ life.  Sanders’ chart lacks […]

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By |2019-07-02T08:09:39-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Politics|4 Comments

Mercury retrograde tips: July 2019

mercury retrogradeWhen a planet appears to move backwards, its astrological influence is altered somewhat.  The matters that the planet represents tend to work differently – not as straightforward, and often somewhat murky.  Mercury rules communication, conversation, mental function, and short travels so all of these kinds of things are sometimes affected when Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury will change direction on the 7th, but before the actual turn it slows down to a crawl and we begin to see the effects of Mercury’s upcoming retrograde.  Sometimes this is called the “shadow period” and you can read more about that here if you like. Mercury is retrograde for three weeks about four times a year, so this is not a rare occurrence.  Much has been written about how you should basically never do anything while Mercury is retrograde, but that kind of advice isn’t only unhelpful, it’s just wrong.  We can’t stop living our lives just because Mercury is retrograde, but we DO have to be more careful about the things we say and the decisions we make, and we should expect that we may encounter glitches along the way.

Every Mercury retrograde period is different, depending upon the signs that Mercury travels through and the angles that are made to other planets.  This particular retrograde period begins with Mercury in the sign of Leo – the sign that celebrates the Self and seeks joy in everything.  Mercury is pretty happy in Leo – it’s love for movement and discussion is enhanced by Leo’s expansive view of the world.  But Mercury is aligned with Mars right now, and that alignment will tighten when Mercury turns retrograde on July 7th.  Expect tempers to flare, resulting in arguments or […]

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By |2019-07-02T07:28:50-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Mercury retrograde|1 Comment

Eclipse season begins: the solar eclipse at the Cancer New Moon

artist unknown – if you know who created this please let me know. The first eclipse of the summer (there are two this month) occurs July 2nd at the New Moon in Cancer.  In a solar eclipse, which is always at a New Moon, the light of the Sun is obscured by the Moon.  The Sun’s light is typically stronger than that of the Moon; the Sun represents consciousness and the awakened Self, whereas the Moon is connected with our inner light – our emotions and instincts which tend to be more hidden.  So when the Moon obscures the Sun, the abundant energies of our inner world are unleashed.

An eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are near the lunar nodes – the points where the lunar and solar orbits intersect.  There is a sense of fate with these points, which gives eclipses a somewhat fated quality.  Your destiny is calling, and we must pay attention.

This eclipse is in Cancer, the sign of the Moon which amplifies that lunar effect of revealing our innermost longings and feelings.  There is a sense at this eclipse that our old emotional wounds – feelings of abandonment, of unworthiness – will be triggered due to a challenging square from Chiron, the planet whose job it is to expose these old wounds so that they can be healed, just as a wound to the skin is healed when exposed to the air rather than covered in a bandage.

Cancer’s focus is on family, in all its forms.  A sense of tribal belonging.  Perhaps that has nothing to do with our family of origin, but takes place in our communities or are friendship groups.  Or perhaps we live alone with five cats and THAT […]

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By |2019-07-01T07:04:03-04:00July 1st, 2019|Moon|1 Comment

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
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