Astrological Musings

The Fifth Sacred Thing and upcoming Water Wars

10491447_sIn 1993 Starhawk, an early spokesperson for the neo-pagan movement, wrote a book called The Fifth Sacred Thing.  In this post-apocalyptic novel, set in San Francisco, a theocratic dictatorship has seized all of the assets of the earth: air, food and water, and is the sole source of pharmaceutical antidotes for the ecological poisons they themselves create.  The Fifth Sacred Thing is Spirit, after the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

It is a scenario that is not so far-fetched today, but in 1993 a world such as this seemed far in the distant future.  But in the 20 years since then, and in the 20 years hence (the story is set in 2048), Pluto will have traveled through fire (Sagittarius, 1995-2008), Capricorn (2008-2023), Aquarius (2023-2043) and Pisces (2043-2066).  And the world’s population will have increased by 2.5 billion, most of these in the poorest countries with the fewest resources.

Pluto’s journey through Sagittarius (expansion and foreign cultures) globalized the planet in a way no one could have imagined previously.  Pluto is now in Capricorn (capitalism and society) where it is breaking down the structures upon which humanity has relied for hundreds of years.  When Pluto moves through Aquarius (technology and revolution) we are likely to see the kind of technocracy and rule by machines that have been imagined by science fiction writers for years. And Pluto in Pisces (ocean) is likely to bring the water wars.

Humans can live without food for a while, but we cannot live without water.  When water becomes scarcer than gold, it becomes a precious commodity.  Wars over water are nothing new, especially in the southwestern United States where water was diverted from rivers to fertilize the barren deserts of California and […]

By | 2013-09-06T07:30:49+00:00 September 6th, 2013|Ecology, Future Shock|0 Comments

Virgo New Moon, September 5 2013: Perfecting the human experience

Virgo New Moon

The Moon is new in Virgo on September 5th at 7:36 am Eastern time.  At the New Moon the energy of the Sun and Moon unite in a burst of enthusiasm, and each month as the New Moon progresses through the signs we have an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the principles of each sign in sequence.

At the Virgo New Moon we move out of the Leo quest for personal satisfaction and find a desire to serve and perfect the human experience.  Under Virgo’s vision we are able to see where various aspects of our lives and the lives of others can be improved and sometimes, Virgo can help us to make those improvements in a practical way that has a lasting effect.

This New Moon is in a trine to Pluto which helps to strengthen and empower our Will and resolve, and both the Sun and Moon are opposite Chiron at this time.  This suggests that there may be painful emotions that arise during this time so that they can be released, allowing us to clear the slate for new patterns and pathways to develop and take root.  I think of Chiron as being a “higher octave” ruler of Virgo, so its presence in the Virgo New Moon is a welcome facilitator of the kind of re-evaluation and analysis that Virgo inspires.

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune)  harmonizes with the New Moon (sextile aspect) which will provide a feeling of abundance and confidence.  Discipline and some kind of plan will be required in order to really utilize all of this positive energy with Mars (energy and activity). in a challenging square to Saturn (structure and hard work) that is part […]

By | 2013-09-04T06:37:46+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Moon|1 Comment

Grand Sextile – the final bow

Grand Sextile

On August 31st the Moon in Cancer opposed Pluto in Capricorn, reuniting eight planets (including the Moon) plus the Lunar Nodes in a magical dance.  Echoing the Grand Sextile that occurred just a month ago, this alignment merges the powerful force of conflict and crisis with a more supportive and harmonious balance that facilitates the process of soul growth and evolution.

We are nearing the midpoint of the challenging square (90 degree) alignment between Uranus and Pluto that began officially in June of 2012 but the energy really began forming back in 2011 when the planets began to dance in close proximity to each other.  (Please see the sidebar for an explanation of this cycle if it is new to you.)  With seven exact stations, this cycle will continue into early 2015 and continue to inspire the breaking down of structures that are no longer working (Pluto in Capricorn) by the radical influx of new ideas and a desire to break away from the past to a more individualized future (Uranus in Aries).

This summer’s Grand Sextile, and the Grand Trine (involving Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron/Neptune) that encompasses it, provide a soft landing in which these changes can take place.  The Grand Sextile includes a series of sextile (60 degree) formations which contain an element of excitement and stimulation – this not only can make change easier but it can also help us to look forward to the new energy that is flooding our lives, helping us to release our futile resistance.

The Grand Sextile will wane over the next few weeks, but the Grand Trine will continue in effect for some time giving us an opportunity to walk through the doors of change willingly, leaving the […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:03:20+00:00 September 1st, 2013|Planetary cycles|4 Comments

How to be an astrologer: Chris Brennan’s Top Ten Tips

how to be an astrologerA few years ago Chris Brennan wrote a  of what is actually involved in becoming an astrologer which is well worth visiting . Back in the old days when we had to learn logarithms and buy mountains of ephemerides and atlases in order to cast a chart it was much more difficult to become an astrologer. Nowadays all you need is a computer, but the craft is still a complex one that deserves comprehensive study and respect before hanging out one’s shingle.

Follow the link to the details, but here is a synopsis:

1.  Study your own birth chart.  (Or better yet, have a professional reading from an astrologer you trust.)

2.  Make use of free resources (especially, Chris says, ).

3.  Get lots of books and read voraciously.  I completely agree!  I have a different book list from Chris’s though.  These are the books that I find essential for the beginning astrologer:

  • Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs – there is no better sun sign book anywhere.  Learning about the twelve signs is critical for understanding the way planets interact.
  • Linda Goodman’s Love Signs – you may laugh, but once again Goodman does a masterful job at pointing out the way signs relate to one another and once you understand this you have a better sense of what it means when your Moon in Leo is square your Venus in Scorpio.  Just read Goodman’s Leo-Scorpio relationship stories and it will all become clear.
  • Sakoian/Acker’s The Astrologer’s Handbook – simply the best “cookbook” resource out there to get you started.
  • April Elliot Kent’s Essential Guide to Practical Astrology is a great overall resource.
  • Steven Forrest’s The Inner Sky is another great resource for understanding the signs.
  • Rob Hand’s Planets in Transit […]
By | 2018-08-04T08:44:12+00:00 August 30th, 2013|Astrology|6 Comments

Mars in Leo, August 27 2013

Art by Frank Frizetta

Mars leaves Cancer today for the powerful sign of Leo.  Mars is a fire planet, and when it travels through the fire signs the energy of Mars is expressed more fully and with more power and intensity.

While in Cancer we may have found it difficult to motivate ourselves to take any kind of action, since emotions and feelings were more important under the Cancerian influence.  This infusion of fire will likely instigate a fair amount of activity so it is wise to be somewhat careful not to allow the fire to burn out of control.

Mars provides enthusiasm and fuels our desires, and in Leo those desires become more about fulfilling our individual needs for pleasure and for fun.  Leo is a celebratory sign – there is an open and generous heart and an ability to see the positive even in the midst of darkness.

The energy of Mars in Leo is infectious and can help to motivate even the most sluggish of individuals.  There is some danger that the Leo openness can expand the aggressive force of Mars, and because Leo is a fixed sign there can be a tendency to become stuck in ones desires and find it difficult to seek alternative pathways.

Mars in Leo will align in a strong square to Saturn in Scorpio around September 5-10th which will cool our heels and remind us to use caution before exploding out of control.  A plan to utilize this sudden infusion of new energy will help us to get the most out of it!

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By | 2013-08-27T19:17:04+00:00 August 27th, 2013|Planetary cycles|3 Comments
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