Astrological Musings

Lindsay Lohan’s Annus Horribilis

Lindsey Lohan is an extremely gifted young actress; blessed with good looks, brains and talent she began modeling at the age of three. She acted in over 60 television commercials, and achieved early success at the age of twelve in a starring dual role in the film, The Parent Trap. However, over the past year Lindsey has become better known for her tabloid headlines than for her considerable acting skills and success.

Lindsey was born under the sign of Cancer – symbolized by the crab, Cancerians are sensitive, emotional, and can be prickly. Lindsey’s Sun is opposed by Neptune, the misty planet that represents creativity and spirituality but also the blurring of boundaries, showing her ability to
slip in and out of acting roles but also a tendency to lose her sense of self (represented by the Sun). Lindsey’s Moon (emotional security) is in Taurus (stability and pleasure), showing that she needs stability and material security in order to feel emotional secure, and it interacts
harmoniously with her drive for success as shown by Mars (drive and boundaries) in Capricorn (hard work and success). Jupiter (where we find meaning in life) in Lindsey’s chart is in sensitive and creative Pisces, giving her an added sensitivity and empathy to the needs of others.

Lindsey’s chart shows five planets in retrograde motion, meaning that at the time of her birth they were appearing to move backwards from our perspective on earth. This is relatively rare, and shows an individual whose attention is primarily turned inwards. Lindsey feels a great deal of empathy towards others, but she likely finds it difficult to make strong connections because
of this inward facing dynamic. This may play a major role in her very public conflicts with others. In addition, […]

By | 2006-06-23T10:47:00+00:00 June 23rd, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lindsay Lohan’s Annus Horribilis

Happy Birthday Cancer!

The Sun enters the water sign of Cancer (the crab) this morning, harkening the first day of summer. If you watch the way crabs move on the beach, you’ll notice that they are cautious and sidle up to that which interests them, they never approach anything head on. They have a soft shell (the sensitive inner nature of the Cancerian individual) which in later life can turn hard as a protective device, just like the soft shell of the crab that later in the season becomes hard and impermeable. Unlike the more vulnerable Pisces, you will rarely see the vulnerability in your Cancer friend but be assured that it is there. That hard crusty shell hides a soft and sensitive individual who is very easily hurt.

Ruled by the Moon and its changing phases, those born under the sign of Cancer or with Cancer rising in their charts may have a tendency to be a bit moody or cranky (which may be how the term “crabby” came to be!). Cancers are nurturing, and being a cardinal (or active) sign, their nurturing comes through action. Your Cancer friend will be the first one to bring you soup when you are sick, or to find just the right gift on your birthday. They tend to be family oriented and fascinated by geneaology and history, particularly the history of their “tribe”. Cancer is the sign of the mother archetype, the womb and emotional security. Cancer individuals seek emotional stability and safety above all things. Like a mother Lion, Cancers are fiercely protective of those they love and exhibit a strong empathy to those they care about.

Because their extreme sensitivity is hidden, a Cancerian […]

By | 2006-06-21T10:30:00+00:00 June 21st, 2006|Sun sign astrology|Comments Off on Happy Birthday Cancer!

Summer Solstice and the Nodal Shift

The Summer Solstice, the time of the longest day, will occur in the northern hemisphere on June 21 at 7:26 am EST (according to the US Naval Observatory) when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky. By current convention, the Summer Solstice marks the first day of summer in many parts of the world, particularly the US, but this was not always true. In the US, the first day of summer was celebrated on June 7 for many years, and parts of Ireland still celebrate the first day of summer at May Day. The summer solstice in many ancient cultures was celebrated as “Midsummer” instead.

In any event, the Summer and Winter Solstices mark magical points in the turn of the wheel of the year for many cultures. gives us a listing of midsummer celebrations in various cultures:

  • The Druids celebrated midsummer as the “Apex of Light,” where the rule of the Oak King gave way to the darker Holly King who ruled until the Winter Solstice.
  • In ancient China, the summer solstice celebrated the yin aspects: earth and the feminine. The winter solstice was for the yang: the heavens and the masculine.
  • Ancient Celtic peoples across Europe celebrated the Summer Solstice with bonfires to give a boost to the sun’s energy and promise healthy crops for the rest of the season. Lovers jumped through the flames to add passion to their lives and health to the crops.
  • In early Christianity the feast of John the Baptist was held near the Summer Solstice on June 24, supposedly the date of his birth unlike most Saint’s days which are held on the date of their death. This is peculiar to […]
By | 2006-06-20T10:22:00+00:00 June 20th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Summer Solstice and the Nodal Shift

What’s Your (Southern) Sign?

Here in the American South we have our own set of symbology:

OKRA (Dec 22 – Jan 20)
Although you appear crude, you are actually very slick on the inside. Okras have tremendous influence. An older Okra can look back over his life and see the seeds of his influence everywhere. Stay away from Moon Pies.

CHITLIN (Jan 21 – Feb 19)
Chitlins come from humble backgrounds. A chitlin, however, can make something of himself if he’s motivated and has lots of seasoning. In dealing with Chitlins, be careful. They can erupt like Vesuvius. Chitlins are best with Catfish and Okra.

BOLL WEEVIL (Feb 20 – Mar 20)
You have an overwhelming curiosity. You’re unsatisfied with the surface of things, and you feel the need to bore deep into the interior of everything. Needless to say, you are very intense and driven as if you had some inner hunger. Nobody in their right mind is going to marry you, so don’t worry about it.

MOON PIE (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
You’re the type that spends a lot of time on the front porch. It’s a cinch to recognize the physical appearance of Moon Pies. Big and round are the key words here. You should marry anybody who you can get remotely interested in the idea. It’s not going to be easy. This might be the year to think about aerobics. Or – maybe not.

POSSUM (Apr 21 – May 21)
When confronted with life’s difficulties, possums have a marked tendency to withdraw and develop a don’t-bother-me-about-it attitude. Sometimes you become so withdrawn, people actually think you’re dead. This strategy is probably not psychologically healthy, but seems to work for you. One day, however, it […]

By | 2006-06-19T10:49:00+00:00 June 19th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What’s Your (Southern) Sign?

Quotes on Science and Psychological Astrology

These quotes are from a very interesting, but fairly technical, entitled “Inner-active Psychological Astrology” (courtesy of the site).

“Only after I had familiarized myself with alchemy did I realize that the unconscious is a process, and that the psyche is transformed or developed by the relationship of the ego to the contents of the unconscious.”
C. G. Jung; Memories, Dreams, Reflections: P. 209.

“Mathematics has been and will continue to be the qualitative language of science, but astrology will become the qualitative language of the human condition.” — William Tiller – Professor of Physics, Stanford University

“Sooner or later nuclear physics and the psychology of the unconscious will draw closer together as both of them, independently of one another and from opposite directions, push forward into transcendental territory, the one with the concept of the atom, the other with that of the archetype.”
— C G Jung; Aion (1951). CW 9: Part II: P. 412

“That we can now think of no mechanism for astrology is relevant but unconvincing. No mechanism was known , for example for continental drift when it was proposed by Wegener. Nevertheless, we see that Wegener was right and those who objected on the grounds of unavailable mechanism were wrong.”
— Carl Sagan

“In Jungian psychology there is a clear appreciation that great transformative wisdom resides in the inner world of our dreams, fantasies, and feelings. However, synchronicity shows, that occasionally, this wisdom, this transforming meaning, expresses itself in the inner and outer worlds simultaneously. Appreciating this re-enchants and divinizes the world. From an astrological perspective, we might say that wisdom continuously speaks to us through planetary motions.”

By | 2006-06-15T13:19:00+00:00 June 15th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Quotes on Science and Psychological Astrology

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