Astrological Musings

The US has an illness, and this election is the symptom

An explicit recording of Donald Trump’s misogynistic sexual harassment was just released last night, threatening to torpedo the halfhearted support of Trump’s Republican colleagues while creating very little stir among his passionate supporters.

Portions of this article appeared in earlier posts. The Sagittarius ascendant in the US chart reflects the expansive tendency of the American empire which is probably the single thing that will be its undoing.  Like other empires before it, the expansion of the national identity (Sagittarius ascendant) through ideas like “Manifest Destiny” which inspired pioneers to trek across the undeveloped terrain and do battle with the native peoples and Mexicans and Canadians who were already living on the land. . . .

Since Pluto entered the contracting sign of Capricorn, however, the cracks in the foundation have become more evident. Pluto deals with issues of compulsion and use and misuse of power, and in the US chart Pluto lives in the second house of money.  You can read more about that here, but the hunger for money and resources combined with the relentless urge to continually expand the national identity (Sagittarius rising) is not a good combination for a sound economic policy.

Since 2014 Pluto has been no more than two degrees from an exact opposition (stressful aspect) to the Sun in the US chart.  (Geeky astrological detail: because Saturn squares the US Sun, Pluto is also transiting in square to US Saturn which applies even more pressure.) The candidacy of Donald Trump with his openly expressed xenophobia has opened the door to the dark Plutonic realms of the US citizenry.  His campaign rallies have […]

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By |2016-11-01T12:55:16-04:00October 8th, 2016|Politics|28 Comments

All About Favorite Jupiter 2016-2017 brings blessings of beauty and love

All About Favorite JupiterJupiter moved from the detail-oriented mental sign of Virgo into the relationship-oriented sign of Libra on September 9th 2016 and will remain in that sign until October 20th 2017.

Jupiter, the Great Benefactor

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system – filled with expansive gases and generating twice as much energy as it receives from the Sun, it is a powerful influence that demands attention.  Everything about Jupiter is big.  It has more moons than any other planet in the solar system (60!) including Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon.  It has the strongest gravity of any solar system planet, and a faster rotational speed.

Jupiter has sufficient mass and power that it was almost a star – just as the astrological Jupiter is in some ways like a second Sun.  We must honor the energy of the Sun in our charts to feel nourished and alive; we must honor the energy of Jupiter to feel whole and to give our lives meaning.  Jupiter is called the “greater benefic” –  inspires confidence and faith, it inspires us to expand the boundaries of our mind to break down limitations and gain greater understanding. It can bring good luck and good fortune and so can Venus, the “lesser benefic” and ruler of Libra, so the next year offers the potential for expansion and great positivity in our lives.

Libra, balance and harmonious connection

Libra is the sign of balance, harmony and justice.  While it is known as the sign of lovers and relationships, that association is not like the water element which promotes emotional connection but more of an intellectual idea.  The Libra focus on relationships asks “How can I […]

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By |2018-01-04T08:45:32-04:00October 7th, 2016|Planetary cycles|6 Comments

This week’s Libra New Moon is full of abundance and the power of love

“Justice – Sun Moon Tarot”

The Sun and Moon converge in the sign of Libra this week, showering New Moon blessings that pack a real punch.  Libra is associated with relationships and ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty so the importance of aesthetics and harmony is highlighted in this New Moon.  But Libra is represented by the scales of balance that requires an equal and opposite reaction to every action.  The act of bringing disharmonious energies into harmony is the lesson of Libra.

Under a Libra New Moon we forge new partnerships and find new ways to bring more beauty into our lives. Under the Libra influence, everything around us becomes a mirror reflection of our inner world.  It’s important to understand the interconnectedness between what we experience within, and what we draw into our lives from the outside.  This New Moon can aid in this understanding and facilitate our ability to alchemize every outer experience into a tool for soul transformation.

Lucky Jupiter is nearly exactly aligned with the New Moon, offering a gift of abundance and good luck with a sprinkling of confidence.  The combination of Jupiter and Libra is typically a happy one, full of optimism and an open heart.  But Venus rules the Libra New Moon, and Venus is in the powerful sign of Scorpio.  In Scorpio, Venus drops her guise as the “Goddess of Love” and is revealed as Inanna/Ishtar/Astarte – primal goddess of the power of love as well as war.  In the chart of this New Moon, Scorpio Venus aligns with the Black Moon Lilith, symbol of a primal feminine power (the Dark Feminine) that has long been a subject of fear and ridicule.

Carl Jung writes of the :

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By |2016-09-27T10:38:20-04:00September 27th, 2016|Moon|2 Comments

The astrology of the Brad and Angelina breakup

AngelinaJolieBradPittAAFeb09 (1)Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt yesterday.  Rumors have been flying for years in the celebrity press about his excessive drug usage, her rages, affairs on both sides but in public they appeared to present a united front leading many to express shock at the breakup.

The astrology of Brad and Angelina

When the two first made their relationship public I wrote:

Brad and Angelina are totally different astrologically – each offers the other what is lacking in their own chart. Brad Pitt is a Sagittarius and has Jupiter in Aries which conjoins Jupiter in Angelina’s chart, giving them a sense of opportunity and fortune when they are together. However, Brad has a stellium of planets in responsible earthy Capricorn which can feel heavy and burdensome and Angelina’s fire provides stimulation and excitement. All that earthy Capricorn helps to ground Angelina and gives her a sense of security that she lacks in her own chart. However, all of Angelina’s Aries planets square (conflict with) Brad’s Capricorn planets, creating an environment that is passionate and exciting but could ultimately be destructive. Mars represents our drive and desire and gives a clue to sexual compatibility. Angelina’s Mars is in Aries, which is all fire energy and no body–Brad’s Mars is in Capricorn which is all body and no fire. Their Mars are exactly square (conflict with) each other, which creates a very dynamic sexual attraction but doesn’t hold up over time without a great deal of effort and communication.

The saying “opposites attract” is true in astrology, but we often see that although opposites attract initially, it is difficult to sustain that attraction over time. Quite often in […]

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By |2016-10-09T07:54:01-04:00September 21st, 2016|People|6 Comments

Sunday inspiration: The healing power of scars

“All culture is really an art of scarring. Bodybuilding is the same. You break down the muscle fibers and they reconstitute themselves on a new plane. You become a gladiator, it happens in fragments of time. Physical and mental culture can be linked in a scar. The dramatic events change us. All is scar, really, everything that leads a cultural environment: friendships, death, marriage leave a trace within us, scars of the times. We wear them and show a way to survive everyday life, show we can still carry on, in fact can transform and master it.”

The Moon aligns with Chiron today in Pisces, peeling the veneer off of our scars and highlighting any areas that have not yet healed.  This provides us with an opportunity for greater healing; underneath these old scars are the roots of our strength and vitality, just waiting to emerge once the Truth of the past is revealed.

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By |2016-09-18T09:54:51-04:00September 18th, 2016|Inspiration|0 Comments
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