Astrological Musings

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.

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By |2018-07-15T09:26:34-04:00October 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

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By |2018-10-14T12:19:45-04:00October 14th, 2006|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday inspiration for the Venus retrograde shadow

Attention: Transformation Directly Ahead!!

Mercury will turn retrograde later this month (October 28) and in doing so it will enter into a dance with Jupiter and Saturn as they face off one final time, and all at the time of the New Moon in Libra. The “shadow period” of Mercury retrograde is said to begin about two weeks ahead of the actual event, as Mercury slows its motion in preparation for the change of direction. This is similar to a car which, when preparing to make a U-turn, must come to a near complete stop. This is also called a “station” and can be as powerful as the retrograde event itself.

Venus, the Sun and Mars are in pretty tight formation now in Libra, and the New Moon on October 22 will take place in the midst of this Libra party. At that time Mercury will conjunct Jupiter as it approaches its final square to Saturn, and the confidence of Jupiter will rub off on our thinking and plans (Mercury), defying the negativity of Saturn. The positive energy of the new beginning at the New Moon combined with the buoyancy of the Mercury/Jupiter combination is likely to overcome the doubt of Mercury’s simultaneous square to Saturn that coincides with the end of the Jupiter/Saturn event.

Shortly thereafter, though, we are likely to experience a major shift as the Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, followed within hours by Mars and Venus. The shift into Scorpio marks a transition into darkness. There we leave behind the light airiness of Libra and descend into the Underworld where we face the dark side and expose our subconscious. By the morning of October 24 those three planets will all be conjunct in Scorpio.

At the same […]

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By |2006-10-14T11:36:00-04:00October 14th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Attention: Transformation Directly Ahead!!

Cory Lidle’s Plane Crash

The story of Cory Lidle’s plane crash into a New York City building seems bizarre to me. The trajectory that the plane took to crash into the building was completely unexpected, and the presence of an experienced flight instructor on the plane as it crashed for virtually no reason defies explanation.

Susan Custer has posted and her analysis. I have somewhat of a different take than Susan’s:

Lidle was an Aries, independent and self-directed. Aries people don’t like to take orders, and Cory Lidle was no exception from all accounts. Pluto was nearly exactly opposite his Sun, showing an individual who has difficulty with authority figures (Pluto represents power and death) and a need to come face to face with death and experience life on the deepest level. His Jupiter squared both the Sun and Pluto, adding a reckless (Jupiter) approach to the need to confront death. He was known for immersing himself completely in whatever he became involved in, and flying was no exception.

Jupiter in his chart was in Capricorn, giving him a strong work ethic and need to achieve that conflicted with the independence of his Aries Sun. Mars in his chart was in Taurus, which desires peace and serenity and stability — not the adventures that his Aries Sun required. There is thus an inner conflict between the need for accomplishment and stability of the earthy Capricorn and Taurus battling with the adventurous Aries.

As Susan writes, depending on the exact placement of his Moon Lidle had a Grand Cross in the Cardinal signs of Aries (Sun/Chiron/Mercury), Libra (Pluto), Cancer (Moon) and Capricorn (Jupiter). The Grand Cross is the most difficult of all of the major aspects, but it also creates the […]

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By |2006-10-13T14:08:00-04:00October 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Cory Lidle’s Plane Crash

Saturn/Neptune and the Demise of the GOP

Even conservatives are now reporting the likelihood that the Democrats will win at least one seat in the house in November. The number of emerging scandals decimating the Republicans is staggering:

  • First Bob Woodward’s book State of Denial reports what many have been saying for years: that the Bush White House flagrantly ignored reports from his generals on the ground and the intelligence community that the insurgency was growing and the US-led attempt to transform Iraq into a democracy was a failure – all the while proclaiming success to the American public.
  • Then the Mark Foley scandal erupted, indicating that GOP Speaker Denny Hastert knew about allegations of Foley’s improper conduct and did nothing to eliminate it. Yesterday an email was published from Foley to Jeb Bush where Foley complained about being snubbed by the President during a visit to Florida, and there is speculation that the knowledge of Foley’s misadventures went all the way to the White House.
  • Next comes a new book by David Kuo, the #2 man in Bush’s Faith-Based Initiatives program, who claims that the Bush White House exploited evangelican supportives, promising faith-based initiatives and failing to fund them, all the while calling them “the nuts” and saying they were “out of control” and “ridiculous.”
  • The parliament in Iraq passed a law allowing the formation of federal regions, a move that is likely to lead to civil war.

The opposition of Saturn to Neptune which began in late August and continues until next summer was predicted to bring the end (Saturn) of illusions (Neptune). It was, after all, the dominating planetary influence during the Watergate scandal. Neptune tends […]

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By |2006-10-13T10:21:00-04:00October 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Saturn/Neptune and the Demise of the GOP

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