A new client came to me because of something involving Saturn in her chart that had come up in another reading. The information she was given was not only wrong, the Saturn placement was incorrect. The “astrologer” who gave her this information is online, and on his website he calls himself a “master astrologist” which is interesting in itself. We astrologers don’t call ourselves “astrologists” – that is an appellation typically found only in critical newspaper articles. His website also states that he is an occultist. The definition of “occult” is defined by Google’s dictionary as “something pertaining to the supernatural or magical beliefs, practices or phenomena.” “Magic” is “the power of apparently influencing the course of events through mysterious or supernatural forces.” While it’s true that some psychics or occultists use astrology in an attempt to manipulate reality and create magic, most professional astrologers do not approach the craft with that intention. Occult really means that which is hidden from view. A planet is said to be occult another planet when it hides that planet from our view. Occult practices can be defined as those which operate under the radar of the masses, in secret and perhaps in mystery schools. Astrology as practiced by occultists can be steeped in superstition, such as the famed occultist Sepharial (a contemporary of Madame Blavatsky and himself a theosophist) who writes of “good” aspects and “evil” aspects in his . This is a more traditional approach to astrology which considers astrology to be a map of one’s fate. Presumably then the occult tools assist one in transforming one’s fate and therein lies the magic. I take a different view. While it’s true that the horoscope […]
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Here is a look at the major influences for January – see the article for the details.
Having survived the dreaded end of the Mayan calendar, we now find ourselves looking down the lens of humanity’s future. I have often written that I believe we are now in the transition point as we enter the Age of Aquarius. More articles here.
Over the next three years we will continue to wrestle with issues of transformation and change as Uranus (radical change and innovation) continues to face off against Pluto (destruction and regeneration). But there are positive influences at work as well this year including a number of harmonious transits of Saturn (creating new form) and Jupiter (expanding our sense of what is possible). There is no doubt that change is happening, and we have seen that in our own lives since Pluto changed signs in 2008 and set off the Cardinal Climax over the next few years.
The sextile between Saturn and Pluto is waning, but it is still in effect for most of the month. This is a harmonious aspect that enhances our ability to create new forms (Saturn) around the changes that are rewriting our lives from the inside out (Pluto). Under this influence our changing environment begins to reflect the transforming selves within and help to bring us into greater integration and inner alignment.
There are no challenging exact alignments of outer planets again this month, so the planetary movements are faster and less intense as a rule. This article is late […]
Better late than never! The complete article can be found here and here is the introduction with thoughts on the Solstice and 2012:
INTRODUCTION: WINTER SOLSTICE 2012 AND THE MAYAN CALENDAR
For quite a few years now there has been a great deal of discussion of December 21, 2012 as the end of the Mayan calendar. There is some debate about whether this is the actual date of the calendar as you will see in these articles. I personally believe, however, that the idea of the end of the world, or the end of the earthly paradigm upon which we build our lives, would not have taken hold had there not been an energy of change that is palpable and impossible to deny.
When Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 after 23 years in Sagittarius it began to break down (Pluto) the structures of our worldly existence (Capricorn) that were corrupt and decaying. Economic systems, centers of power – until Pluto leaves Capricorn in 2023 we will see continued breakdown of infrastructure and the underpinnings of our world which no longer fit with the expanding paradigm of human existence.
Between 2008 and this year there have been a series of planetary connections that have fostered tremendous inner change (Chiron/Neptune conjunction) and outer transformation (the cardinal alignments and the ongoing square between Uranus and Pluto). You don’t have to be an astrologer to see that the world is changing and will never again be the same.
Personally, I am skeptical of the claim that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Mayan elders say that this is very like saying our calendar ends on December 31st. But this iconic event has become the symbol of the transformation that is taking place and for that reason it is important.
The Winter […]
While there is relatively little planetary action in the sky I thought I would take a moment to share some thoughts on this topic which is of great interest to me. For several thousand years, astrologers of all nations and cultures used only the visible planets and luminaries to cast horoscopes and predict the future. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – these were the basic elements of the horoscope (remember, a horoscope is the actual map of the sky at a given moment, not the daily forecasts you read in the newspaper). The ancient Greeks and Romans used a series of “lots” to add more detail to the charts, and after the fall of the Roman Empire when knowledge moved eastward, Arab astrologers continued their use and these chart factors became known as the “Arabic parts.” There are close to 100 of these “parts,” or “lots” and the most commonly one used today is the “Part of Fortune.” These points are derived from a mathematical calculation between three chart points, often including the ascendant. They are predictive in nature and reinforces the idea that the birthchart describes the fate of the individual. Astrology, of course, was used primarily to determine one’s fate and predict the future. The belief that the human experience was an evolving process and that the individual held the key to his or her own transformation would have been a completely foreign concept. In modern astrology, the traditional planets described above represent aspects of the personality. I will discuss my views on the Sun and Moon and the relationship to the soul in another article, but for now let’s think of the Sun as being the conscious mind and the Moon […]
One of these days I will write a post on my own personal astrology. It’s been quite something: the end of my Saturn return this summer and fall, the square of Uranus and Pluto falling right on my Chiron, and now Saturn sitting on my Mercury making it very difficult to come up with anything creative to say which explains why you have heard less of me recently.
But in the meantime… we had an election, and Obama was elected. There were no hanging chads, very few Mercury retrograde fiascos (unless you count Mitt Romney’s and voting problems in Florida that have more to do with their political system than Mercury. Now that we’re past the election, though, the political situation in the US seems very much the same as it did previous to the election: gridlock and partisan bickering.
Saturn is now in Scorpio and suddenly there has been an eruption of sex scandals and sexual abuse allegations. Saturn was last in Scorpio in the early 1980s, joined by Pluto in 1983. We saw this kind of surfacing of sexual abuse the last time Saturn was in Scorpio, but of course the presence of Pluto intensified the drama and brought out the dark side to a far greater extent than what we are likely to see now.
Neptune turns direct today so don’t be surprised if things are a bit murkier than usual right now. While Neptune is stationary in the sky, creative inspiration is powerful and we can find it easier to achieve a transcendence in our spiritual life that is normally more difficult. Meditation and prayer are important now, but so is music, art, nature and other activities that create a deep sense […]