Why Sun Signs are Stupid

I love this video from – and while I completely agree with his rant against reducing astrology to a simplistic look at sun signs, I would like to point out that all of us do have Suns, and they are all in signs, and that the Sun is the most important single piece of the chart.  However, it is still just one part of a celestial puzzle, and every piece is an important one.


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By |2009-05-19T08:16:36-04:00May 19th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Why Sun Signs are Stupid

Video: Introduction to Horary Astrology

Christopher Warnock has a beautiful video series on traditional astrology.  I don’t practice these techniques myself but this video is a good introduction to the horary technique.  Some knowledge of astrology is necessary to understand the techniques applied here, though.

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By |2009-04-03T07:53:03-04:00April 3rd, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Video: Introduction to Horary Astrology

An interview with Deb Houlding on traditional astrology

When I was at the Blast astrology conference in September I attended a lecture by Deb Houlding, proprietess of the fabulous website, on the ancient art of Horary.  Although my astrological skills fall squarely in the field of modern astrology, which is more humanistic and geared towards spiritual evolution than the more ancient methods, I confess I am fascinated by the ancient techniques and their claims to exactitude and details.

Skyscript has an  by Garry Phillipson which I recommend for everyone.  Even if you don’t know much about astrology you’ll find the story of how she became interested in astrology in general and in the Renaissance techniques of William Lilly in particular quite fascinating.

The more we learn about the incredible field of astrology, the more there is to know.  Not one of us, no matter how learned, can ever claim that we have mastered it!

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By |2018-06-11T13:07:17-04:00March 22nd, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on An interview with Deb Houlding on traditional astrology

Venus retrogrades today and casts her spells in reverse

Venus turns retrograde this morning, shortly after being squared by the Moon at 8:06 am.

Venus usually slips through our lives like a whisper, and we barely experience her transits.  Her influence is usually soft and encouraging and I often say that we only really take notice when we experience discomfort of some kind.  Even the challenging transits of Venus are benign, offering us only an opportunity to indulge in greater indulgence.

Perhaps the timing of this retrograde Venus at the height of Girl Scout Cookie season could spell disaster to some of us (me), but what else does this retrograde period have in store?  Planets are said to be traveling in retrograde motion when they appear to move backwards from our perspective on earth. During these times their influence causes us to look back instead of forward as we encounter the experiences of that planet.

Venus is famous for her influence on relationships.  As the goddess of love and beauty, she bestows an attractive power and grace, but that attractive power draws more than love.  It can also be a magnet for financial wealth and personal possessions so in that way, Venus is said to rule our values and the things that we love as well as the people. Venus also rules our ability to love and relate to our self, and the kind of talents and personal resources that we possess as well as the material possessions.

This Venus retrograde period occurs in the forceful sign of Aries.  In Aries, Venus has been more motivated to grab for the gusto – to impel us to go after what we want and who we want. Venus turning retrograde makes that more difficult.  We still have the desire, but the actualization of […]

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By |2009-03-06T05:10:41-04:00March 6th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Venus retrogrades today and casts her spells in reverse

Matthew is back! And with weightloss tips yet.

For the most astrological fun you can have with your clothes on, catch up on Matthew’s reposts at including what appears to be the entire Zodiac’s Guide to compatibility.  Who could forget such classic moments as these:

: Aries goes to war for love and concocts strategies for taking over Love Island..

A game show where Geminis get to compete for money on these important questions.

The 12-screen Multiplex of Love for Leo.

Leo in love

As if these tasty morsels were not enough, Matthew  for the new and improved (size 12) Jessica Simpson and his own fitness secrets (surfing the net while lifting a slice of pizza), along with tips on losing weight with astrology such as timing the start of your diet with Mars.  And then he endears himself to all women with these words:

Perhaps the single most important thing to keep in mind is this: On the one hand, the fashion industry has dictated for about the last fifty years or so that “underfed” is a good look. On the other hand, biology has dictated for about the last million years that having a little “excess” weight is an attractive thing. It indicates good health, a plentiful supply of resources, and the means to bear and raise children (in the area of extra boob and bum matter).

And besides, if most straight males are honest with you about it, they’d prefer a woman with a little excess weight over one who’s underweight. Unless of course you’re trying to catch a man who takes all his advice from fashion magazines.. in which case, your relationship may have much larger problems than […]

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By |2009-02-11T08:15:21-04:00February 11th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Matthew is back! And with weightloss tips yet.

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