Astrology

The need for a new Alexandrian library

Alexandrian libraryRecently there was a discussion on the professional astrologers’ Facebook group about the demise of astrology publishers and the need for a repository of the astrological classics.  It wasn’t until the early 1990s (under the conjunction of Uranus, astrology’s ruler, and Neptune) that a group of astrologers who formed began translating the classics and bringing back some of the medieval and, later, classic Hellenistic techniques.  Much of that knowledge resides on the web, in blogs and website articles but very few of them have made it into the hands of the public. Of course the argument can be made that most of this material is too dense and esoteric to be interesting to the public.  And there is some debate (mostly from me and other modern astrologers like me) about the validity of the ancient techniques in today’s advanced civilization.  But the question of what happens to knowledge that would otherwise have been in books, when books disappear, is a crucial one that bears discussion. In Sri Lanka a has just opened and was dedicated by the President of the Nation.  How incredible would it be to live in a country where astrology is given this level of respect. But it’s likely that a new Alexandrian type library would need to reside online since that is where the world of knowledge is heading.  This would require organization and funding, neither of which are in great supply in the astrological world.

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By | 2013-07-10T07:33:47+00:00 July 10th, 2013|Astrology|5 Comments

Solar Maximum and global warming

solar maximumIt seems pretty much everyone agrees now that the earth is warming, and the extreme weather over the past week certainly seems to confirm that both the weather AND the climate is changing.  Steven Forrest’s July newsletter included an article about the current Solar Maximum which reminded me that I haven’t written on this topic for quite awhile.  Steven links to a The Night Speaks which discusses the research of Aleksandr Leonidovich Chizhevsky who divided the sunspot cycle into four phases that correlate to human behavior: 

Phase One: The solar minimum. With sunspot activity at its eleven-year low, humanity is in an easygoing mood, tolerant but lazy. People are occupied with personal concerns and little inclined to organize themselves into any kind of unified, history-shaping force.

Phase Two: The solar increase. Social energies begin to coalesce. Exciting new Ideas and charismatic spokes people appear, planting seeds that quickly germinate into mass movements. Alliances form. According to Chizhevsky, at this point in the cycle some fundamental problem arises and demands radical solution.

Phase Three: The solar maximum. Energies abound. Everyone is excited, eager to respond en masse to leadership or inspiration, for better or worse. An air of enthusiastic drunkenness suffuses the polity. Emigration increases. Wars begin. Tension is high.

Phase Four: The solar decline. Exhausted and often disenchanted, humanity now loses steam. The seductive easy answers of the previous several years break down. Unity and collective focus drop off. Disillusionment increases. Groups disband. People go back to tending their own gardens – and gradually we descend again into the peaceful lassitude of Phase One, the sunspot minimum.

Chizhevsky divided the four solar phases into periods of three, two, three and three years respectively. Due to the varying lengths of the […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:12:58+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Astronomy, Sun|0 Comments

Planetary Illuminations for July 2013

My Skywatch article, Planetary Illuminations for 2013, is now posted and you can read it in its entirety here.  If you are on my mailing list you will soon receive your abridged version which includes translation into English from the original astrologese.  If you aren’t on my mailing list you can sign up in the sidebar.  Meanwhile, here is the introduction to give you an overview for the month:

As July begins, Mercury is in retrograde motion. This is a time when our attention is drawn back to the past in order to review and reconnect with the things that our important. Attempts to begin new projects or make major purchases may be thwarted so care must be taken in these areas. Expect glitches and delays and you will not be upset when they occur.

The influence of the Uranus and Pluto planetary cycle is still very strong since those planets are only two degrees apart from their square (90 degree) formation. You can read much more about that on the Astrological Musings blog but suffice it to say that this is a powerful period of transformational forces urging the destruction of structures (Pluto in Capricorn) which are decaying and preventing the regeneration of radical new ideas to grow and take form (Uranus in Aries).

The water element is powerful now, with six planets in water signs, so the realm of feeling is of paramount importance now. Feeling, intuition, innate understanding – these are the characteristics of a strong watery emphasis. In addition, Jupiter (abundance and expansion) has just entered the sign of Cancer, so the vulnerability and nurturing qualities of Cancer will soon be more important. Cancer longs to feel safe emotionally and connected to a tribe of caring individuals, and the role of the family will continue […]

By | 2013-07-01T08:20:43+00:00 July 1st, 2013|Astrology|1 Comment

Mercury retrograde, June 26th through July 20th 2013

Mercury retrogradeMercury turned retrograde this morning and will appear to travel backwards from our perspective on earth for about three weeks.  Even people who don’t believe in astrology have come to believe in Mercury retrograde periods which can often bring communication snafus and equipment breakdowns.  Mercury rules (among other things) the mind, mental activity, interpersonal communication, short trips, and communication equipment.

Retrograde periods serve an important purpose – they encourage us to slow down, to look back over our lives and re-evaluate our path.  It can be frustrating to feel that we are going over the same ground again and again, but if we look carefully we will see that actually progress is being made.  Perhaps there is something that we failed to notice before – something that needs to be redone before we can truly move forward again.

Many of you already know this, but it bears repeating: during Mercury retrograde periods it’s important to be careful about communication.  Don’t be surprised if contracts require renegotiation.  Missed appointments are common.  Important documents may be lost in the mail.

These are typically not the best periods for initiating a major purchase or making a big decision, unless the decision is to REdo another decision that was made before.  But often in life we must make these decisions during Mercury retrograde periods, and then we just have to try to be extra careful to be clear with our communication and think through every possible pitfall.  Then when glitches occur we can just laugh and say “Aha!  That’s just Mercury retrograde.”

These are great times to study, to go back and relearn something you thought you already knew, to redo your website, to update your goals – anything that you can REdo, REnegotiate […]

By | 2013-06-26T16:39:08+00:00 June 26th, 2013|Astrology|4 Comments

Planetary Illuminations for June are posted

You can read the entire article on my website here, and if you are on my mailing list you’ll soon receive an abridged version translated into English which is easier to understand.  (If you’re not on my mailing list you can sign up in the sidebar.)

Meanwhile, here is an introduction for the month of June.  Enjoy!

As June begins we see the influence of the square between Uranus and Pluto begin to wane somewhat, but the two will not see more than two degrees of separation until the end of the year. This clash between revolutionary rebellion (Uranus) and destruction and regeneration (Pluto) will continue throughout the year but in June there are quite a few more harmonious planetary interactions that will provide support and help to facilitate the process of change that is inevitable under this influence.  Read more about the Uranus Pluto square here.

Chiron and Neptune both turn retrograde this month, at which point there will be four retrograde planets (Saturn and Pluto are both already retrograde). We have been in a relatively rare period over the past few months where there have been only one or two planets traveling retrograde (meaning they APPEAR to move backwards from our perspective here on earth). When a planet is said to be retrograde its operation is more internalized – more personal if you will. When there are fewer retrogrades life chugs on at a faster pace… retrograde planets tend to slow things down and force us to look back into the past so that we can revise our viewpoint.

As a planet prepares to turn retrograde its motion slows down to a crawl and its influence is more powerful, especially if that planet is affecting our own chart […]

By | 2013-06-01T09:48:10+00:00 June 1st, 2013|Astrology|0 Comments
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