Mars Retro and the Protests in Iran

Iran is in the news again as new anti-government protests result in a tough crackdown by that country’s military.  The Wall Street Journal writes: “Authorities appear concerned that the protest movement could pick up new steam after Monday’s demonstrations. Students have revitalized protests that erupted after the June re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which the opposition says he won by rigging the vote.”
I’ve written several posts (see the one from June here and the one from September here) about the astrology of these protests, mostly relating to the transit of Saturn (constriction) and Uranus (revolution) which have both been challenging Mars (anger and war) in the chart of Iran.  In those cases Saturn was equally powerful to Uranus and the crackdowns were successful.
That may not continue, however, because as transiting Mars, which stimulates aggression and loosens the restrictions that we keep on our anger, slows down to make a “station” (standstill) in a tight conjunction to the ascendant in the chart of Iran, the aggression that is simmering under the surface in the people will continue to erupt throughout the month of December.
Transiting Uranus will return to irritate the anger of the people in February through April as it returns to make the final  challenging conjunction to Mars as well as Mercury (thoughts and ideas) in the Iran chart.  Transiting Jupiter (expansion and freedom) will step in beginning in May and exacerbate the situation and at the same time, transiting Uranus (stimulating rebellion and the quest for authenticity) will harmonize with Jupiter (religion and ideas) in the national chart.
Taken together, there is a lot of energy […]

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By |2009-12-09T16:51:03-04:00December 9th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Mars Retro and the Protests in Iran

The Astrologer’s Journey, From the Inside Out


One of the phenomena of the Internet Age is that anyone can be an expert.  Unlike the dark ages of the 20th century when you had to publish a book to gain recognition and renown, now all you have to do is open a free Blogger or Word Press account, write stuff that is relatively fascinating, and soon you have a following.  This phenomenon has of course benefited me greatly, because here I am.  But many of the younger people that are learning about astrology on the internet are missing the opportunity to learn from the elders in the field.
Partly this may be because the field is changing so rapidly.  When I was beginning back in the early 1980s, I was on the cutting edge because I worked with Chiron.  In those days we were limited somewhat to what we could calculate by hand, although even then there were math wizards like John Addey who spent their time devising complex interplanetary aspects that were defined down to one-half a degree, called “harmonics.”  With computer technology becoming more and more advanced, it is simple to switch between Vedic and Western astrology with the touch of a mouse, and to calculate planetary positions of over 10,000 asteroids.
But just because we can do more things now and do them faster, does that mean we are more knowledgeable?  Do we understand the nature planets from the inside out?  Do we honor their wisdom and look to them for understanding, or do we merely try to manipulate them with mathematics?
John Townley has a sterling pedigree in the astrological community: he was the first to introduce the composite chart technique which is now in common use in […]

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By |2009-12-04T16:58:36-04:00December 4th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on The Astrologer’s Journey, From the Inside Out

My Interview on the Occult of Personality

The Occult of Personality podcast is one of the most interesting sites around.  If you have any interest in the magical and mysterious, you’ll want to check out this site.
Greg and I sat down recently for what I think you’ll find a very interesting interview about astrology and the meaning of life and it’s the latest podcast. Check it out here.

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By |2009-11-28T12:29:44-04:00November 28th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on My Interview on the Occult of Personality

Thoughts on Home, Family and the Fourth House


At the holidays there is a focus on family which often necessitates an examination of what family means to us as individuals.  Many of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s remember the paintings which turned Norman Rockwell into an adjective as well as a painter “the Norman Rockwell family, the Norman Rockwell holiday.”  For those of us in a family experience which was less than idyllic, which I would guess is most of us, these images evoked a fantasy of comfort and security and safety in the bosom of a group of people who loved us unconditionally.
This is the ideal that lives in the fourth house in the astrological chart.  In the fourth house we look for a sense of home and family that nourishes and nurtures us and which offers a sanctum from the outer world.  In the fourth house we discover the essence of who we are by becoming deeply integrated with our inner selves and the core essence of who we are.
In the fourth house we also discover the ancestral roots that have fed our genetic history, and our psychological history from those roots also play a large part in forming the inner selves that are deeply protected within us.  From the core Self within we build a home and network of family relationships, and these are also found in the fourth house.  Sometimes we are rejected by our family of origin, or we detach from them and create our own family; however, it is the actual family lineage that lives in the fourth house rather than an adoptive family.
The sign on the cusp of the fourth house (which we also call the “nadir”) and planets […]

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By |2009-11-27T12:29:47-04:00November 27th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Thoughts on Home, Family and the Fourth House

Check Out My Occult of Personality Podcast!

The Occult of Personality podcast is one of the most fascinating podcasts anywhere, and I’m proud to say I’m now a part of it!  You can hear Greg’s interview with me here, and be sure to check out some of the other offerings and if you like the site, consider leaving him a donation.
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