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Winter Solstice, Mercury retrograde, and Pluto Pluto Pluto

Winter Solstice 2016Dear friends, I have neglected you terribly and there is so much to catch up on.

First of all – Mercury has turned retrograde (December 19th through January 8th) so all of the usual warnings apply.  Of course I have been wildly disregarding my own advice and doing lots of online shopping to catch the holiday sales.  We’ll see how that turns out!

Mercury retrograde periods, especially this time of year, are excellent for reflection – for looking back at the past year to see what changes we would like to make in our lives.  With Mercury not turning direct until January 7th, we may want to continue the reflection period into the new year and begin implementation after the 8th.

The astrological Winter Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches 0 degrees Capricorn which just occurred this morning, December 21st.  These seasonal shifts are also energetic turning points: our bodies’ circadian rhythms adjust with the seasons by detecting changes and offer opportunities for us to let go of the past and evolve towards our best and brightest selves.

Finally – and I will be writing much more about this in the future – we are seeing the effects of Pluto everywhere in the world today.  The darkness of political power grabs, assassinations, mass murders in holiday markets, and the potential destruction in the US of our political system.  We have been dealing with Pluto, planet of death and regeneration, for quite some time as it moved through a cycle of a challenging square to Uranus – rebellion and change.  Right now Jupiter has entered the equation and is facilitating the expansion of Pluto’s destructive force and exacerbating the Uranian need for dystopia (look it up) and chaos.  On top of […]

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By |2016-12-21T09:10:54-04:00December 21st, 2016|Astrology|7 Comments

Your zodiac sign has still not changed!

About five years ago it was discovered that because of the shifting of the Earth’s axis, the constellation Ophiuchus was now closer to the apparent path of the Sun as we observe it from Earth, and astronomers conjectured that this then made Ophiuchus a thirteenth sign in the zodiac.

as “news:”  NASA had changed the system of the zodiac to incorporate the thirteenth sign.

It’s not news the zodiac that we use in Western astrology does not line up with the current placement of the constellations.  This is due to what is called “precession,” in which due to the earth’s wobble the relationship between the earth and the stars changes over a “Great Cycle” of 26,000 years.  This is why every 2160 years or so we go through another zodiacal age, like the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius that we are in right now.

You can read more about the science of here.

The astrological pantheon that we call the zodiac is a symbolic system.  The constellations do not align into nicely divided 30 degree sections as they do around the birthchart, and as many of these news articles mention there is a 13th constellation that the Sun passes through on its trip around the Sun called Ophiuchus.  This last idea has given rise to the question about whether the zodiac should have 13 signs rather than 12.  These are concepts that for many years have caused astronomers to dispute the validity of astrology.

Astrology is not astronomically correct.  Planets don’t really move backwards, and the earth isn’t the center of the solar system.  But that is how we observe the planets astrologically, […]

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By |2016-10-19T07:34:48-04:00October 19th, 2016|Astrology|2 Comments

Robotics and the Aquarian Age

age of aquariusNo one really knows exactly when the Age of Aquarius begins.  The Great Year, the period during which the sun rotates back through the twelve zodiacal signs at the Equinoxes, is about 26,000 years which makes each zodiac age about 2150 years but when you’re talking about numbers this big there is significant room for error.

During the 1960s the Broadway play Hair pushed the idea of the Age of Aquarius into the mainstream as some sort of golden age of love and understanding but if you know anything about Aquarius you’ll know it’s not exactly that simple.  Aquarius has nothing to do with flower power. Aquarius is an air sign – it’s domain is the realm of reason and detachment, not love and peace.  Aquarius has two rulers: its traditional ruler is Saturn which can be cold and goal-driven.  Its modern ruler, Uranus, is the disrupter – under Uranus fairness and equality becomes more important than individual relationships or needs.  Aquarius governs technology, astrology, science and revolution.

While signs of the Age of Aquarius have been on the rise (computer technology, an increase in awareness of LGBT issues, revolutionary fervor throughout the world) it has really ramped up since Uranus has been in Aries, the sign of individual expression and motivation.

The growing field of robotics is an indicator of how close we are getting to the Aquarian Age.  Take a look at Sophia, the new humanoid robot from Hanson Labs:

A “chatbot” from Microsoft called Tay flamed out in Twitter wars in less than a day as exposure to the deadly Twitter environment led to .

The reality of technology in general, and robotics in particular, replacing jobs is now upon us, although Mercedes Benz recently announced […]

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By |2016-03-28T08:24:54-04:00March 28th, 2016|Age of Aquarius, Astrology|1 Comment

Uranus full of surprises – even astronomers say so!

Uranus comic by Sammy DC

Uranus IS the planet of surprise and sudden changes in paradigms, so it was fun to see posted on Facebook by my friend :

University of Arizona astronomer Erich Karkoschka … believes that Uranus’s southern hemisphere rotates in a way never before seen in gas giants. A gas planet’s thick atmosphere, filled with clouds, typically shows the same rate of rotation at the top and bottom. But on Uranus, it seems, the southern hemisphere is cycling much more quickly than up north — as much as 15 percent faster.

“The unusual rotation of high southern latitudes of Uranus is probably due to an unusual feature in the interior of Uranus,” Karkoshcka . “While the nature of the feature and its interaction with the atmosphere are not yet known, the fact that I found this unusual rotation offers new possibilities to learn about the interior of a giant planet.”

Unusual features, new possibilities, faster movement – these are all highlights of the astrological influence of Uranus on humans.

The synchronicity between the planetary names and their astronomical qualities has always struck me.  For example, Uranus rotates on its side, unlike any of the other planets. And one of the archetypes of Uranus is dancing to the beat of your own drummer as they say – following your own star, living your own authentic life.

In ancient times the astrologers WERE the astronomers.  It’s nice to see scientists admitting that they don’t have all the answers!

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By |2018-06-11T11:56:57-04:00December 1st, 2015|Astronomy, Uranus|0 Comments

Now posted! Planetary Illuminations for December 2015

December 2015 horoscopes From DeviantArt

 

December’s planetary forecast is now up and you can read the entire article here.  Many of my readers find the terminology in these articles confusing, and for them I have a special version translated into simpler language that is easy to understand.  If you’re not on this mailing list and would like to be, you can sign up in the sidebar.

Meanwhile here is an overview of the major planetary events for December.

While the exact square (challenging 90 degree angle) of Uranus in a square to Pluto is over, the two planets are still within two degrees of that exact square and will continue to be in tight formation through April of 2016.  (If this is new to you, please see the explanation in the sidebar.)  This means that the intense pressure for change that we have seen since 2010 will remain in effect for the next five months or so as the old structures which have been broken down (Pluto in Capricorn) struggle to find new forms that best express our own authentic individuality (Uranus in Aries).

During the first 10 days of December the Sun and Mars, both fast moving planets that often serve to trigger larger alignments, will “translate” the Uranus/Pluto square and potentially set off any areas of our lives that require a shift.

Uranus is particularly powerful now because it is stationary, appearing to stand still in the sky, as it prepares to change direction.  Uranus has been retrograde since July and has only traveled a few degrees since May, so if like me you are undergoing a personal transit of Uranus you still have a ways to go before it completes its work.

When a planet is stationary in the sky […]

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By |2017-04-02T09:40:54-04:00November 30th, 2015|Astrology|0 Comments
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