Astrological Musings

The eye in the sky

This photo which I snagged from won first prize in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s astronomy image contest. They claim it’s a gas bubble, but a conspiracy nut like me will never believe that! For the scientists out there:

English’s winning image shows a giant bubble in the Milky Way’s dusty gas disk. The bubble has been sculpted by the wind and radiation force from a few dozen hot, massive stars along with the explosive force of supernova explosions from dying stars. The bubble, seen in the faint radio glow of hydrogen gas, is some 30,000 light-years from Earth and measures 1,100 by 520 light-years. If the bubble, in the constellation Vulpecula, were visible to human eyes, it would appear to be eight times the diameter of the full Moon in the sky.

By | 2006-10-17T19:32:00+00:00 October 17th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The eye in the sky

Desperate Despot: – The astrology of Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong Il has defied the UN and has begun a second test of his nuclear capabilities. Dr. Jerrold Post is a political psychologist with the CIA that recently about Kim Jong Il’s psychological makeup:

“He’s not clinically crazy, but he is crazy like a fox and has some major insecurities that help explain how he acts,” Dr Post told The Sunday Telegraph.


Dr Post traces Kim’s insecurities back to his childhood, though in this case it was his relationship with his father – rather than the mother-child bond that is the hub of Freudian analysis – that shaped him. He is the son of the late Kim il-Sung, North Korea’s founder and creator of the state religion of juche, who was given semi-divine qualities by the country’s propaganda machine.

“It is hard enough to follow in the footsteps of your father when he was once a monarch, president or prime minister, as I’m sure George W Bush could testify,” he said. “But those difficulties seem trivial when you succeed a father who had god-like qualities.”

Kim’s rampant insecurities are fuelled, like Napoleon’s, by his lack of height. The dictator only reaches 5ft 2in without his platform shoes, although he tries to appear taller by maintaining a bouffant hairstyle.

Dr Post runs off a checklist of Kim’s character traits — malignant narcissism, extreme self-absorption, grandiose views, paranoid tendencies and defensive self-aggression. To a layman, they appear alarming attributes for a man who may already be in control of a nuclear bomb.

“Kim believes that big boys have big toys. He wants to be a major league player with major league weapons,” said Dr Post, who […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:43:16+00:00 October 17th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Desperate Despot: – The astrology of Kim Jong Il

When cold hard reality bumps up against unrealistic expectations…

…you have the end of the fantasy over Western democracy in Iraq. of a 10-member commission formed to assess US progress in Iraq have ruled out the prospect of US victory in Iraq. The commission is headed by James Baker, former secretary of state under Bush I.

Both option papers would compel America to open dialogue with Syria and Iran, two rogue states that Iraqi leaders and American military commanders say are providing arms and funds to Iraq’s insurgents. “Stabilizing Iraq will be impossible without greater cooperation from Iran and Syria,” the “Stability First” paper says.

The option also calls on America to solicit aid and support from the European Union and the United Nations, though both bodies in the past have spurned requests for significant aid for Iraq.

The panel has agreed not to release their findings until after the November elections, which is a real cloud on the democratic process in which voters need to know the truth in order to make an informed choice. Fortunately enough of the policy concepts have been leaked to create a question as to the wisdom of “staying the course” without a new plan.

Republicans John Warner and Chuck Hagel are echoing the same theme. Warner in particular is speaking out strongly about the grim outlook in Iraq having just returned from Baghdad.

All of this of course coincides against the final square of Jupiter (unrealistic optimistism) to Saturn (cold hard reality) that we are heading into right now. Watch for more news like this, particularly as we get closer to the US election. The square of Pluto to the nodes offers a hint that change is coming.

By | 2006-10-16T19:53:00+00:00 October 16th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on When cold hard reality bumps up against unrealistic expectations…

Sunday inspiration blog

This quote from the great Yoga master Patanjali is the perfect inspiration for the upcoming few weeks:

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Birth Lotus by Wendy Feldmann.

By | 2018-07-15T09:26:34+00:00 October 15th, 2006|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday inspiration blog

Sunday inspiration for the Venus retrograde shadow

This poem so beautifully describes how we can learn to see each and every situation as a “guide from beyond” with something to teach and a gift to give. 

This being human is a guest-house:
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all,
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture.

Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice:
meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

–Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks

By | 2018-10-14T12:19:45+00:00 October 14th, 2006|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday inspiration for the Venus retrograde shadow

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