Astrology

Religion, Science & the Solstice

I really like that compares the spiritual observation of the Winter Solstice with the observations of science:

Religion and science occupy separate and opposed spheres, no? Not to our distant forebears, from whom all of our illumination festivals derive. They could not afford the facile dichotomy between the sacred […]

By | 2009-12-22T14:46:14+00:00 December 22nd, 2009|Astrology, Religion, Science|Comments Off on Religion, Science & the Solstice

Mars Retrograde Brings Traffic Problems

Mars is the planet that rules action, so it stands to reason that it’s retrograde turn on the 20th would bring transportation problems, and so it did as several parts of the world faced challenging winter conditions:
Four passenger trains broke down in the Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) between France and Britain on Saturday as Mars stood still preparing to change direction, stranding more than 2,000 passengers for hours.
Meanwhile on Monday thousands in the UK were trapped in their cars overnight with more than 20,000 breakdowns noted by the end of the night as the result of a record breaking snowstorm.
It looks like the weather is the likely culprit and not Mars, but it sure is a coincidence!
By | 2009-12-22T13:28:37+00:00 December 22nd, 2009|Astrology, Astrology in my world|Comments Off on Mars Retrograde Brings Traffic Problems

More Democrats Believe in Astrology Than Republicans

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Thanks to my friends at for finding the study which compares beliefs of Democrats to Republicans: evidently 14% of Republicans “believe in” astrology compared to 31% of Democrats.  I put the words “believe in” in quotes, because astrology isn’t something you believe in.  You see it work, and then you know it’s true.
Republicans tend to be more conservatives than Democrats, and they are much better at conforming to established beliefs which is why they are more effective at passing their agendas than Democrats are.  Democrats are more Uranian, allowing for more diverse views and freedom of thought, which tends to result in a more open mind (although it also creates problems when trying to find a majority in Congress to pass anything).
Another interesting finding is that 30% of Democrats believe in spiritual energy compared with 17% of Republicans. However, 39% of those identifying as liberals believe that yoga is a spiritual practice, but only 30% “believe in” astrology.
White protestant evangelists who attend church weekly were the least likely to “believe in” astrology (only 8%) but 29% of Black Protestants and Catholics expressed belief in astrology.
There’s lots of interesting data here!  
By | 2009-12-18T15:04:41+00:00 December 18th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on More Democrats Believe in Astrology Than Republicans

Santa, Capricorn, and Mars Retro

Dharmaruci has a great post about getting things done before Christmas:

Have you noticed that there is no point trying to arrange anything between now and Christmas that hasn’t already been arranged? It just won’t happen. There is a good astrological reason for this: the Sun is in the final degrees of a mutable sign, Sagittarius. A sign of excess and office parties, yes. But being mutable, and at the end of the sign, it is particularly good for just going with the flow and letting things end, not beginning them.

I’d like to also add that right now it’s going to be hard to get things done because Mars is stationary and preparing to change direction on the 20th.  This is the astrological equivalent to being stuck in the mud while the wheels of your spin in an attempt to gain traction.
The mutable (flexible, adaptable) signs come at the end of the season, and the cardinal signs mark the entry into the next season.  Adaptable signs are not particularly energized but they help us to prepare for the next phase.
DR then goes on to compare the squeezing of Santa through the chimney to the Sun’s entry into Capricorn.   if only for the cute Santa pic!
By | 2009-12-17T15:04:43+00:00 December 17th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Santa, Capricorn, and Mars Retro

Take a Trip Back to 1969: Time Magazine Article on Astrology

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I found from April 1969 when I was looking for statistics on how many astrologers there are in the world today (according to Time Magazine, in 1969 there were 10,000 full time and 175,000 part-time astrologers in the US alone.  I’m fairly certain right now we number in the millions).  Remember in the late 1960s the hippie mystique was just going mainstream, with “flower child” boutiques and head shops springing up all over America and Europe.

One notable quote:

Preposterous as it may be, the astrology cult suggests a deep longing for some order in the universe–an order denied by modern science and philosophy. This is expressed by Danny Weiss, a 24-year-old partner in an astrologically hip music-recording outfit called Apostolic Studios, which is guided by top-ranking Astrologer Al Morrison, president of the Astrologers’ Guild of America. Danny Weiss believes that the uptrend in astrology is a result of “an awakening of religious consciousness. People have lost faith in their old beliefs,” he says. But “if you believe in the order of the universe, then you’ll believe in astrology because the order of the stars expresses that universal order.”

There is indeed a comfort in understanding that when we’re going through a difficult time there is an associated planetary event happening at the same time.  It helps us to see the underlying purpose of the challenge, and it helps us to see when we will move through the challenge and end up on the other side.

The article spends quite a bit of time on Carroll Righter, who wrote syndicated newspaper horoscopes which was a […]

By | 2016-11-15T08:33:07+00:00 December 12th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Take a Trip Back to 1969: Time Magazine Article on Astrology
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