Astrological Musings

The Archetype and Astrological History of Ceres

CeresPart I: A history of the use of Asteroids in Astrology

Ceres was first discovered in 1801 and immediately classified as a planet. Shortly thereafter, several other bodies were discovered and classified as planets beginning with Pallas in 1802, Juno in 1804, Vesta in 1807, and later Astraea in 1845. When Neptune was discovered in 1846, it was much larger than the other bodies and was therefore retained as a planet and the others were demoted to the asteroid belt along with thousands more asteroids that were discovered over the next 200 years. The “major” asteroids languished there until in a surge of interest in women’s issues in the 1960s and 1970s inspired the later use of the asteroids in astrological analysis.

We could argue that the modern women’s movement in the US began in 1966 with the founding of the National Organization of Women (NOW) (it incorporated formally the following year) when the Uranus and Pluto were exactly conjunct in Virgo, setting off cultural revolutions of various kinds around the world. In the mid to late 1970s the feminist movement inspired research into the history of women in societies that were matriarchal in nature, and the subsequent return of goddess worship in the form of neo-pagan rituals. In 1976, with Saturn trine Neptune, Merlin Stone’s book When God was a Woman retold the Judaeo-Christian story from the feminine perspective, reaching back beyond the god Yahweh to earlier matriarchal cultures and female deities. This groundbreaking work opened the doors to the study of earlier goddesses and their applications in women’s issues.

In the astrological pantheon of the time Venus was the only feminine archetypes. The love goddess that we know as Venus is significantly watered down from her origins […]

By | 2018-07-15T09:25:54+00:00 October 9th, 2006|Favorite posts, Longreads, Planets|Comments Off on The Archetype and Astrological History of Ceres

Astrology makes the mainstream news

Thanks to for this delicious tidbit: An article in the Sentinel in New Jersey reports that three council members have birthdays within a 5-day span, and proceeds to consult a reputable astrologer (founder and president of the Academy of Astrology in New Jersey):

Mayor Francis “Mac” Womack and Councilmen Ralph Andrews, Bob Davis and Carlo Socio all have birthdays within five days of one another, but one area astrologer feels there’s no correlation between their birthdays and their rise to elected office.

Steven Joseph Sinopoli, the founder and president of The Academy of Astrology in New Jersey, said that compatibility and personality analysis is most dependent on time of birth, not the birth date. [This is not entirely true, other factors are more important such as Mercury and Mars compatibility and aspects between the charts.]

::details on each individual snipped::

Andrews said the makeup of the council is effective because the councilwomen are community-based, Davis is a fiery, exuberant individual, Socio lacks shyness, and Womack is the statesman, holding the group together, which was pinpointed by Sinopoli.

“We all get along real well. We’re fairly respectful of each other. I don’t know, [maybe] what we do with our birthdays has to do with making up who we are,” Andrews said. “I’m certainly not one to argue with the stars. If that’s what the stars say, the stars must be right. … To come together this way, it may be meant to be. I don’t know.”

“What we have here … is a vast amount of different personalities. Two people can be born on the same day, [but] that doesn’t mean they have the same personality. Even twins do not have the same personality, because they are […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:41:14+00:00 October 8th, 2006|Astrology in the news|Comments Off on Astrology makes the mainstream news

Stephen Levine on Awakening

As the weather turns colder and we head into the season of Scorpio, we are pulled deeper within, deeper into the Mystery.

There always seems to be a bit of discussion about what is the nature of the soul…. Some believe the soul to be eternal; others believe that time itself is impermanent. Eternity can have widely differing definitions depending on the peephole through which we are squinting.

For some, eternity means paradise with their beloved; for others, eternity is the time it takes and the births that must be taken to be wholly transformed into our indescribable original grace.

Some say that for a few moments before death we retrieve our soul. It sounded good, but I just couldn’t wait. It is advisable in fact to begin as soon after birth as you remember.

The definition of soul that seems closest to most people’s deepest experience is that of being “the witness,” the awareness behind it all, the presence in presence.

Soul as watcher, the awareness that combines with what is near to produce consciousness.

To retrieve the soul is to regain consciousness. That is why it is called awakening.

Awakening is not enlightenment, but is is a prerequisite. It is the breaking of the trance of blindly following conditioning. It is a coming into your own to find out who and what that might be.

We have literally passed out (or never passed in) and become unconscious. Now we must pass in (get fully born) to reestablish consciousness in the body/mind.

We need to coax the light back with mercy and awareness.

First awareness must reenter the belly – we must feel our feelings. […]

By | 2006-10-08T11:37:00+00:00 October 8th, 2006|Consciousness|Comments Off on Stephen Levine on Awakening

Chemical fire and the Aries Full Moon

A chemical fire at a hazardous waste management plant in a North Carolina suburb very close to where I live erupted late Thursday night in the shadow of the Full Moon, evacuating thousands of people and creating a health emergency. The fire produced a chemical fume of chlorine gas that spread across the area but fortunately a steady rain all day yesterday helped to clear the air. As of this morning the fire is “essentially out” but may still contain hotspots..

In March the company that owns this plant, with the Orwellian name of EQ Industrial Services (the EQ standing for Environmental Quality) , was fined $32,000 for safety violations. Last August a plant owned by the same company in Michigan caught fire in a similar fashion driving over 2,000 people from their homes.

I can’t help see the correlations between this fire and the chart for last night’s Full Moon. Remember Mars was conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon in Aries, which is ruled by Mars, a double signature that the fiery nature of Mars would be significant in this lunation. Mars of course doesn’t always bring literal fire, but it does bring an aggressive energy into the mix. We are seeing this in the battle within the Republican party over the Mark Foley debacle; we are seeing this in North Korea’s aggressive stance on testing a nuclear weapon. Conflict between the Russian government and the independent state of Georgia (formerly of the Soviet Union) escalated late last week as we entered the shadow of the full moon.

And all of this is nestled within the opposition of Saturn to Neptune, which in this case created difficulty and challenge (Saturn) as the […]

By | 2006-10-07T10:28:00+00:00 October 7th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chemical fire and the Aries Full Moon

Why Eris? Why not Sedna or Quaoar?

Ever since the tenth planet was discovered as UB313, nicknamed Xena and now officially named Eris, it’s been calling to me. I don’t know why Eris speaks to me and not the other recently discovered planets, Sedna and Quaoar, but it is very clear to me that Eris has something to say astrologically.

I felt the same way about Chiron. I began studying astrology in 1980, and although Chiron was discovered in 1977 there was little astrological information available about Chiron until the early 1980s. It was the late 1980s before I even heard of Chiron, but immediately it beckoned to me. At the time many astronomers and astrologers thought Chiron was a comet or an asteroid, but it was later classified as a Centaur. There are lots of other Centaurs: Ixion, Pholus Nessus, etc. Because Chiron was a Centaur in mythology and classified as a Centaur astronomically, many astrologers wanted to assign the rulership of Sagittarius to Chiron. However, Chiron was completely unlike the other Centaurs; his half man/half horse form occured as the result of his parents having taken on a horse form when he was conceived. He was half immortal and is associated with integrating the spirit into the body: a very different role than the rest of the Centaurs who were primarily concerned with drinking and barbaric behavior.

At any rate, Chiron spoke to me loudly and I began to use him in readings nearly immediately. Astrology books in the mid-1980s classified Chiron as an asteroid and lumped him in with the other asteroids such as Vesta, Juno and Pallas as well as Ceres. I attempted to work with these other asteroids but they remained quiet and yielded no information to me. Yet my work with Chiron became very important […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:41:14+00:00 October 6th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Eris? Why not Sedna or Quaoar?
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