Astrological Musings

Trivial Nonsense Meme

I wondered what a “meme” really is besides a way for bloggers to get to know each other, so I looked it up:

a neologism that first appeared in the 1976 book by Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene. Though Dawkins defined the meme as “a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation,” memeticists vary in their definitions of meme. The lack of a consistent, rigorous and precise definition of a meme remains one of the principal criticisms leveled at memetics, the study of memes.

This sounds very like astrology, so I feel right at home.

Anyway, tagged me for this and it seems a good way to lift me temporarily out of my Pluto obsession (Mercury in my chart is in Scorpio) so here goes:

1. Things that scare me:
The fact that I will probably never understand the mysteries of life.
Heights and highway driving.

2. People who make me laugh:
Stephanie Miller
Jon Stewart
Amy Sedaris

3. Things I hate the most:
cruelty
arrogance

4. Things I don’t understand:
Monty Python
blind religious belief
horror movies

5. Things I’m doing right now:
wondering about Pluto’s next act
putting off cleaning out my closet
petting my dog

6. Things I want to do before I die:
understand the mysteries of life
fully appreciate my life
learn to relax

7. Things I can do:
read a birthchart
program the VCR
raise a great dog

8. Things I can’t do:
go to a scary movie
watch Ann Coulter
travel alone

9. Ways to describe my personality: (this was missing on Jill’s but I found it elsewhere):
calm demeanor belying an inner wildness
friendly and kind but solitary

10. Things I think you […]

By | 2006-08-26T00:57:00+00:00 August 26th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Trivial Nonsense Meme

Political implications of Pluto’s demotion

My first thought when astronomers began the discussion of declassifying Pluto was “they don’t know who they’re dealing with.” Anyone who has been through a transit of Pluto across their natal planets and seen the devastation and transformation that Pluto inspires understands the awe in which astrologers hold this tiny planet.

subscribes to the view that Pluto has been dissed:

Various countries and cultures have frequently been given the rulership of one or another astrological sign when a nation demonstrates the sign’s particular characteristics. In many ways, the Arab culture has collectively demonstrated many of the attibutes of Scorpio: in its intensity and depth of emotion, its desire for revenge when affronted, and its wealth based on the hidden resource of oil which itself is derived from the death of previous life on earth. Moreover, terrorism, largely derived from extremists within the Islamic culture, may be seen as a manifestion of the most dangerous Scorpionic/Plutonian qualities: obsession, fanaticism, death and violence used to manipulate and transform, and psychological warfare of the most devious and vicious kind. And finally, nuclear power, in its capactiy to unleash the hidden power in the atom and create untold devastation, is also clearly a member of Pluto’s domain.

How ironic then, how unbelievable an example of brutal synchronicity, that while the world quakes at the potential of terrorist machinations and at the pending destabilization of a large swath of the Middle East, largely fueled by Plutonian issues relating to religious fanaticism, revenge, oil, and the grasp for nuclear weapons, the Bush administration refuses to even talk to many of the key players involved – Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and the global scientific community has collectively dismissed Pluto as a “dwarf.”

In a few days, […]

By | 2006-08-25T10:41:00+00:00 August 25th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Political implications of Pluto’s demotion

Perhaps Earth not a planet as well?

Eric Francis has a on the recent news articles demoting Pluto:

Today’s session of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) general assembly had yet another surprise outcome, as astronomers voted overwhelmingly that the Earth is not a planet.

“We are just following the laws of science,” said Prof. Melvin Peabody of Yale University’s Bush Observatory, announcing the vote at a hastily convened news conference.

There were several discussion points on the Earth issue. First, it was established that no scientist discovered the Earth. No record of it could be found in the planetary catalogues, and after searching the night sky for many years, no scientist has seen it through a telescope.

“We tried looking through both ends, as well,” said Dr. Karl Zeiss of the University of Okoboji’s Planetary Science Department. “It was a long and fruitless search. We even tried looking during the day, when the light was better, but we didn’t find anything. I was deeply disappointed. I had hoped that would find the Earth somewhere out there.”

The presence of street lights on Earth also seemed to help tip the scales.

“This is a bizarre phenomenon,” said Dr. David Edison, 12th cousin of the inventor of the light bulb. “And it can only happen here. We have seen street lights nowhere else, not even on Uranus. I am forced to conclude that if there are street lights, it must not be a planet. I have no other choice.”

All kidding aside, this is a truly momentous event in so many ways. Astrology teaches that all of life is synchronistically connected, and I have no doubt that hidden in this event is an illuminating discovery for astrologers as well. I’ll keep posting more as I […]

By | 2006-08-24T22:07:00+00:00 August 24th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Perhaps Earth not a planet as well?

Pluto’s been demoted!

Astronomers from 75 countries today voted to remove Pluto’s status as a planet. Pluto will now join Ceres and “Xena” under the classification “dwarf planets.”

Pluto’s change of status won’t affect the way it operates astrologically; however, the new classification is very interesting and perhaps in this way gives Pluto an independence of operation that it didn’t have before now that it has its own classification along with Ceres and “Xena.” The fact that both Pluto and Ceres are tied to the story of the underworld will I’m sure be relevant to this new dynamic, and the naming of Xena will add another dimension. I’ll write more later as it sinks in.

By | 2006-08-24T16:17:00+00:00 August 24th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pluto’s been demoted!

Happy Birthday Virgo!

Virgo is one of the least respected signs of the zodiac. Virgo gets blamed for being perfectionistic, critical and cautious yet rarely receives accolades for its exceptional attributes: service to others, , attention to health and self-improvement, and practical application of the mind. The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin, but not the celibate definition of virgin that we use today. Rather, the virgin in ancient times was an unmarried woman, and individuals with Virgo prominent in their chart tend to be self-directed and concerned primarily with the development of their spirit and perfection of the body.

Virgo, being an earth sign, is grounded in earthly matters. Like the sixth house with which it is associated, Virgo deals with the rituals of everyday physical reality. In its effort to keep life organized into manageable segments, Virgo can be cautious and easily worried if things seem to be going out of control and this can cause emotional difficulties that sometimes result in physical ailments. Virgo is naturally attuned to the delicate balance of the body/mind connection and often is very careful about the foods used to fuel the physical engine. There is often an affinity for creative work of a practical nature (such as pottery or sculpture) as they are good with their hands, as well as skills repairing virtually anything (taking things apart and seeing how they work is a classic Virgo trait).

Virgo can be frugal to the point of stingy, part of the caution with which they approach most aspects of their life. They need to be prepared for every eventuality which often requires hoarding of financial assets as well as the odd bits of string and other remnants of their past. But where Virgo may be less than generous with […]

By | 2006-08-23T01:34:00+00:00 August 23rd, 2006|Sun sign astrology|Comments Off on Happy Birthday Virgo!
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