Astrological Musings

The Astrology of the Seven Year Itch

I was intrigued to read that US Census Statistics reveal that first marriages which end in divorce last seven to eight years. Having seen the movie “The Seven Year Itch,” I thought this was an interesting statistic considering that the astrological Saturn cycle is about 7.4 years. (First the conjunction, then the opening square at about 7.4 years, the opposition at nearly 15, the closing square at 22-23 and the Saturn Return at 29-30). Looking for synchronicity everywhere, as most astrologers do, it seems clear to me that the Saturn cycle influences the so-called “Seven Year Itch.”

A relationship chart is typically a “composite” chart, where the midpoints of the two charts are taken and a chart drawn up for the “relationship.” The composite chart of the relationship is fascinating as it describes not only what the relationship will appear like to others (ascendant), what the couple will need in order to fuel the relationship (Sun) — it also shows how well each individual will be able to manage the relationship. But a composite chart would not necessarily travel through a Saturn cycle in seven years.

An event chart for a marriage would follow the seven year Saturn cycle. The first seven years (just as with an individual chart) form the waxing square, the period where the individual identity is developed. A young person at the age of 7 during the opening Saturn square (when transiting Saturn is 90 degrees from natal Saturn) is often tested by peers or the school environment. There may be challenges to and from authority, and a readjustment is necessary to fit into the social structures that surround us. Perhaps a marriage needs to go through a similar […]

By | 2006-07-15T00:41:00+00:00 July 15th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Astrology of the Seven Year Itch

The Blossoming of Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank seemed to have everything an actor could want: two Oscars, critical acclaim for her craft and a stable marriage to Chad Lowe. But life is not always as we perceive it from the outside, and underneath the smiles was a life in crisis. In a new interview with Vanity Fair Magazine, Hilary Swank reveals that her marriage had not been working for quite some time but that she fell back into a caretaking role that lasted for several years.

It ultimately took the revelation of her husband’s substance abuse problem to motivate her to make changes in her life. In the Vanity Fair interview Hilary says, “I took care of my mom; I took care of my dad; I took care of Chad. And I don’t want to carry that any more….In the end, I sacrificed part of myself.”

Hilary’s astrological chart tells the story of an individual with a strong desire for self expression that is overpowered by an overwhelming sense of duty. Her Sun is in Leo, the sign of confidence and celebration of the Self. Leos tend to be dramatic; bigger than life – generous and big-hearted but with a critical need to be noticed and appreciated. Her Moon (emotional nature) is most likely in Capricorn, the sign of responsibility and self-determination. Those with a Capricorn moon tend to have a steely resolve to stay the course no matter what their feelings are; duty outweighs selfish emotional needs. Venus in her chart, showing how she relates to others, is in the family-oriented sign of Cancer and she is nurturing and caring to those she loves. Venus, however, is conjunct the discipline and restriction of the planet Saturn which adds another level of responsibility (Saturn) to those she […]

By | 2018-07-15T09:17:58+00:00 July 12th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Blossoming of Hilary Swank

New title

You may notice I’ve been experimenting with different titles; I realized that without including “astrology” in the title I wasn’t being picked up in blog searches. So I’ve tried a few different ones to include the word “astrology” – any feedback is welcome and appreciated!

By | 2006-07-12T23:47:00+00:00 July 12th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New title

The End of Cowboy Diplomacy


Time Magazine this week declared,

All the good feeling at the White House at President Bush’s early birthday party on July 4 couldn’t hide the fact that the president finds himself in a world of hurt.
A grinding and unpopular war in Iraq, a growing insurgency in Afghanistan, an impasse over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, brewing war between Israel and the Palestinians — the litany of global crises would test the fortitude of any president, let alone a second-termer with an approval rating mired in Warren Harding territory.

And there’s no relief in sight. On the very day that Bush celebrated 60, North Korea’s regime, already believed to possess material for a clutch of nuclear weapons, test-launched seven missiles, including one designed to reach the U.S. homeland.

Even more surprising than the test (it failed less than two minutes after launch), though, was Bush’s response. Long gone were the zero-tolerance warnings, “Axis of Evil” rhetoric and talk of pre-emptive action.

Instead, Bush pledged to “make sure we work with our friends and allies … to continue to send a unified message” to Pyongyang. In a news conference after the missile test, he referred to diplomacy a half dozen times.

If you’ve missed my earlier articles on the President, one of the hallmarks of his chart is un unaspected Mars (meaning that the planet Mars makes no major aspects to other planets in his chart). Because Mars is the planet of aggression and warfare, when it is untempered by other planets in the birthchart it tends to operate as a loose cannon. Bush also has a stellium of four planets in Libra (hence the famous charm) including Jupiter which squares his Sun. The square aspect tends to brings […]

By | 2006-07-12T10:22:00+00:00 July 12th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The End of Cowboy Diplomacy

The Astrology of the Full Moon

photo by Bill Bridge

The Sun and the Moon are opposite in many ways: The Sun is visible in the daylight, the Moon at night. The Sun is hot, the Moon is cool. The Sun is predictable and rises every morning in the same place and with the same shape; the Moon is changeable, rising at different times and shapeshifting throughout its cycle. The Sun is masculine, the Moon feminine.

Oddly, from Earth the Sun and Moon appear to be virtually the same size despite the fact that in physical reality the Sun is vastly larger than the Moon. Astrologically, however, the Sun and Moon (both called “luminaries” or “lights”) are similar in power and influence. The Sun is the conscious Mind and Spirit, illuminating the day with the spirit of conscious awareness. The Moon is the instinctive emotional realm, ever changing and deepening our need for security and safety. The Moon changes in response to the light of the Sun, waxing and waning as the Sun alternately obscures and reveals her.

During the New Moon, when the light of the Moon is hidden by the Sun and emotions and instincts are tamed by the Sun’s lights, the conscious Mind is strong and focused. When the Moon is fully revealed by the Sun’s light at the Full Moon, there is an opening of the subconscious and a power arises that is beyond the realm of space and time. Alice Bailey writes, “the fully-lighted orb of the moon indicates a free and unimpeded alignment between our planet and the sun, the solar centre, the energy source for all life on Earth.”

In many ways, the Sun represents that which is obvious, and the Moon shows the potential, the inner […]

By | 2006-07-11T08:56:00+00:00 July 11th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Astrology of the Full Moon
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