Astrological Musings

Full Moon tomorrow and other planetary news

On January 1 Mars made a sextile to Neptune, harmonizing the aggressive instinct (Mars) with a heightened sensitivity and compassion (Neptune). Our drive for action is tempered over the next couple of days with concern for the feelings of others, and our physical energy is channeled into pursuits that have a higher purpose. Neptune is not content with mundane reality but demands that we pursue a relationship with the divine essence within us. This is a wonderful time for creative endeavors such as art or music.

On January 3 Venus (planet of love and values) leaves the earthy sign of Capricorn where it has brought practicality to our relationships for the more intellectual sign of Aquarius. In Aquarius Venus seeks fair play and honesty in all relationships and may be unconventional. We may suddenly find ourselves interested in people that are very different from us, or new acquaintances may enter our lives and bring the unexpected. This same day (and for the next day or two) Mercury (communication) harmonizes with Uranus (innovation and radical change), bringing new and original ideas and insights, accelerating the thought process and enabling understanding at new levels of awareness. Uranus opens the doorway to other dimensions of consciousness, and the harmonious aspects with Mercury can bring radical change to the way we think about an issue.

These influences set the stage for the Full Moon in Cancer that takes place at 8:59 am EST on the 3rd. The Moon makes a trine to Uranus, accentuating even further the Uranian (unusual) quality to this period. The Full Moon occurs when the […]

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By |2018-06-11T11:44:35-04:00January 2nd, 2007|Moon, Planetary news this week|Comments Off on Full Moon tomorrow and other planetary news

Henry and I both got it wrong

My regular readers know that earlier this year I had forecast a difficult year for the stock market. Six planets retrograde over the summer and a difficult aspect between Jupiter (optimism and prosperity) and Saturn (discipline and disappointment) filled me with trepidation over the financial markets. Evidently I was not alone: Henry Weingarten, one of the foremost financial astrologers in the US and manager of the Astrologers Fund, also predicted a “hellish stock market and a recession.”

Why was he so wrong about 2006? Mr. Weingarten based his outlook on his expectation that another terrorist attack would occur on American shores this year, and that the country would be going into a recession in the third or fourth quarter.

Although admittedly wrong, our stargazer says certain market trends, coupled with some astrological readings with a distinctly negative bias, pretty much ensure grim tidings ahead.

While the market could stage a brief rally in January, things will change radically before the end of the month, he says. In brief, he expects the market to “come down hard” by March 30, with the Dow falling between 500 and 1,000 points. An even bigger drop — on the order of 10% to 20% — is seen occurring during the same time period in the Nasdaq, which he believes is now totally stalled.

I disagree with this assessment. I feel that the stock market remained strong because of the determined optimism of Jupiter’s passage through Scorpio, which rules other people’s money and therefore the stock market, as well as the continued travel of Pluto through Sagittarius and its irrational exuberance. The astrological indicators are relatively benign for 2007. Except for the ongoing opposition of Saturn […]

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By |2007-01-02T00:30:00-04:00January 2nd, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Henry and I both got it wrong

Looking backwards to look ahead

happy new yearThe Romans celebrated the first day of the year as a festival to Janus, their god of gates, doors, beginnings and endings. They named the month of January after him, and portrayed him with two faces: one looking back and one looking forward. Janus presided over transition from past to future, the passage from childhood to adulthood and into old age. One of his faces was often portrayed clean-shaven with the other bearded.

Gates and doors are both portals from one experience to another. We enter through a gate and leave a part of ourselves behind; we enter the world of the unknown when we transition from one phase to another. Sometimes we seek change, sometimes we embrace it. Other times we fight it – holding on to the past for dear life. However we approach change it is, of course, inevitable. No matter how hard we wish for the day to remain, the night will come – followed by the next day of new beginnings.

For many, the first day of a new year is a day like any other, and to think otherwise is just a trick of the calendar. But a magical life is filled with symbols and meaning, and the passage through the doorway into a new year can be filled with the magic of transformation.

I love the African concept of “Sankofa,” which literally means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” The word “Sankofa” comes from the Sankofa bird which flies forward while looking backwards. Sankofa teaches that we must look backwards to look forwards, reclaiming and preserving the past as tools for the future. In this way we can pass through the gateways without losing any part […]

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By |2018-11-19T21:17:25-04:00January 1st, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Looking backwards to look ahead

Barney’s Holiday Extravaganza

If you’re wondering why President Bush can’t come up with a plan for Iraq until after the New Year, it’s evidently because of Barney’s Holiday Extravaganza.

But for a real treat, watch the Daily Show version:

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By |2006-12-31T21:38:00-04:00December 31st, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Barney’s Holiday Extravaganza

Book Review: Phil Brown’s Cosmic Trends

You probably already know Phil from his blog , he is one of my favorite astrobloggers. I am late in posting this review of his excellent book Cosmic Trends which is now available in bookstores. Or order it on this site (see link to the left) which will send a few sheckels in my direction.

Over the past 30 years I have probably read over 200 astrology books, and it takes a lot to excite me. Philip Brown’s new book Cosmic Trends: Astrology Connects the Dots did just that. This is a book that truly does connect the dots between seemingly unrelated events, drawing a beautiful picture of the ebb and flow that connects our popular culture with our inner worlds and gives life a new sense of meaning.

In this book, Phil brings the complex symbols of astrology down to earth in a way that anyone can find useful. This book truly does make connections between astrology and our everyday lives that provide a window ino the workings of astrology and open up the mystery for all to enjoy.

Newbies to astrology will love the way Phil demonstrates the way the planets operate astrologically by using every day examples such as describing the way Neptune cycles have affected fashion trends. Astrology experts will find a new way of thinking about the way astrology connects to our mundane reality. There are profiles of famous people that are entertaining but also offer insight into the role of those individuals in the public culture and astrological cycles.

On every page there is a new surprise that is both educational and enlightening, as well as just plain enjoyable. This is […]

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By |2006-12-30T23:13:00-04:00December 30th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Book Review: Phil Brown’s Cosmic Trends
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