Astrological Musings

Happy Birthday Taurus!

Art by Cameron Anne Mason

The Sun has moved into Taurus, the sign of the Bull, of earthly delights and pleasures. Taurus is an earth sign and ruled by Venus, the goddess of love. Under the rulership of Venus, Taurus seeks peace, harmony, aesthetic pleasures and serenity. However, Taurus is deeply rooted in the physical body in a way that Venus cannot explain, and for this reason I assign a dual rulership of Taurus to Earth, or Gaia.

In Greek mythology, Gaia was named for the land (“ga”). Born from Chaos, she was the wife and mother of Uranus, and with him bore rather monstrous children (the Titans, the Giants, and the Cyclops. To protect her children from her husband (Uranus is the idealist and does not care for imperfections) she hid them, including Kronos or Saturn, within herself. Finally she asked Kronos to castrate Uranus, thereby separating earth from sky. Over time, Gaia has become associated with the planet earth itself: with fertility, agriculture, and the sensitive ecological balance of the planet on which we make our home.

Taurus is primarily concerned with security and stability – it longs to set down roots and resists change. Taurus is acquisitive and enjoys accumulating wealth in tangible form such as coins that can be counted, or antique collections. Taurus is rooted in material reality and often resists the pull of fantasy or imagination, preferring to depend on that which she can see.

Taurus loves the finer things of life, but is not concerned with status. Taurus prefers a lovely old car that is unceasingly reliable to a fancy sportscar that requires lots of maintenance. Delicious food, soft fabrics – […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:15:44+00:00 April 21st, 2006|Signs|Comments Off on Happy Birthday Taurus!

Mercury in Aries April 16-May 5

from the: ” The classical figure of Mercury dashes across an urban landscape. In the sky the sun is a compass indicating the ultimate in creative possibilities and the multitude of directions in which he can travel. “

Mercury has moved from Pisces into Aries, and issues of communication and mental functioning (Mercury) now take on the fiery energy of the sign of Aries. Having just come through the explosive opposition of Mars to Pluto which forced confrontations and released a sudden aggressive force over the past couple of weeks, we will find some relief in the fresh innocence and simplicity of the Aries Mercury.

Aries is the sign of initiation as we have noted, and Mercury’s travel through Aries brings with it an excitement over new ways of thinking. Ideas that may have previously been kept within us have an opportunity to be expressed as there is now a sense of courage (Aries) in communication (Mercury) that may have been missing before.

Mercury in Aries can bring an environment conducive to argument and disagreements (since Aries is ruled by Mars, the god of war), but over the next few weeks as Mercury travels through Aries it will make several beneficial contacts with other planets that will soften this effect. Today and tomorrow Mercury makes a trine to Saturn in Leo, lending stability to the fire of expression and grounding (Saturn) us, enabling us to build bridges (Saturn) through communication (Mercury). On the 22-24 of April, Mercury will harmonize (sextile aspect) with Chiron, offering a new way to conceptualize (Mercury) the healing of old wounds (Chiron). On April 28-30, Mercury will sextile Neptune, soothing the rough edges and bringing imagination and a sense of divine inspiration (Neptune). And on May 2-4, just before […]

By | 2006-04-19T10:45:00+00:00 April 19th, 2006|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Mercury in Aries April 16-May 5

The Smartest Guy in the Room

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Jeff Skilling is currently on trial for his role in the Enron debacle which brought down an entire company and most of its employees and was likely the major culprit in the California energy crisis of a few years ago. Under Skilling’s leadership, in less than a year Enron’s stock soared and then crashed in a spectacular flame of arrogance and deceit.

Skilling’s story is the age-old story of hubris. writes that “the very qualities that make Icaran executives special – self-confidence, visionary insight, and extreme competitiveness – spur them to take misguided and even illegal chances.” This sentence could have been written for Jeff Skilling.

“In part, Jeff Skilling’s influence can be explained by his particular brand of intelligence. When people describe Skilling they don’t just use the word “smart” — they use phrases like “incandescently brilliant” or “the smartest person I ever met.”
Skilling in the late 1980s wasn’t a physically striking man — he was smallish, a little pudgy, and balding — but his mental agility was breathtaking.


He could process information and conceptualize new ideas with blazing speed. He could instantly simplify highly complex issues into a sparkling, compelling image. And he presented his ideas with a certainty that bordered on arrogance and brooked no dissent. He used his brainpower not just to persuade but to intimidate.
Without question, Skilling’s formidable intelligence had a lot to do with turning Enron into a company that was successful — at least for a while.

But he also had qualities that were disastrous for someone running a big company. For all his brilliance, Skilling had dangerous blind spots. His management skills […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:41:13+00:00 April 18th, 2006|Crime|Comments Off on The Smartest Guy in the Room

The Meaning of “Left” and “Right”

Here is a tidbit from Claire-France Perez on the etymologies of the word “left” and “right” as these words influence today’s political climate. She also gives an interesting analysis of upcoming cycles to the chart of the US:

Left in Latin is “sinister” and the right, “dexter.” Dexter interestingly, has something to do with the pointer finger, dextrously expressive of one’s personal “righteousness”… and is informed by the left lobe of the brain, the sorter, the maker of hierarchies, the reader of text upon a horizon line, and Self-Declared Superior Lobe. Horror films are described as “sinister.” That’s the left hand, ruled by the RIGHT LOBE of the brain (a very important piece of the consciousness puzzle), the one that astrologizes, that follows the winding narratives around the many bends of the human psyche. The right brain is more inclusive, and performs in the opposite way of the left lobe. Music and love-making occur on the right lobe. Conversation and art, anything with patterns (like astrology) and abstract concepts are processed in the right lobe. The right lobe informs the left hand.

The concepts of Unity, Brotherhood and Humanity or E Pluribus Unum are products of the right lobe. We may use the lobes of the brain as another metaphor for the political left and right in the US. And so, when we speak of “Left” and “Right,” let us also include these ancient associations in our considerations, and then look again at the national ascendant and now see the locus of the American Identity: The White House.

Let us also see a great white light, the SUN, the Appollonian center of power in this country, the very face of our nation to the world, in fact. Thus, “White” is important to the classic symbolism for the […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:41:13+00:00 April 17th, 2006|Politics|Comments Off on The Meaning of “Left” and “Right”
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