Astrology, the Kepler telescope, and extrasolar planets

The orbiting Kepler telescope has spotted a Jupiter-sized planet around another star — a sighting that demonstrates it can see Earth-like planets if they are out there, scientists reported on Thursday.

The planet, called HAT-P-7b, was already among the 300 or so known so-called extrasolar planets, the team led by the U.S. space agency NASA reported. But measurements of its orbit by Kepler show the telescope will be able to see smaller planets, they reported in the journal Science.

“Kepler is operating at the level required to detect Earth-size planets,” the team, led by William Borucki of the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, reported.


In the  that I taped for last week’s radio show I asked him his thoughts on adding new planets to the astrological repertoire.  Steven’s philosophy is “as above, so below,” the principle on which astrologers usually rely in explaining how astrology works, applies to most things in the sky.  Asteroids, Chiron (a sort of permanent comet), other bodies in the Kuiper Belt, all of these planetary bodies belong to our solar system and have some astrological effect for humans on planet Earth.

It seems to me, though, that astrology was given to us as a tool to observe planets in OUR solar system.  Once we begin talking about planets outside of our solar system I would make the assumption that there would be no astrological effect on Earth.

Eris, Sedna, and Quaoar are all “trans-Neptunians,” meaning they are located past Neptune but still within our solar system.  I have just started incorporating Eris into client charts, and some astrologers are looking at Sedna and Quaoar.  There are quite a few other trans-Neptunian bodies that are used by […]

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By |2009-08-05T07:20:14-04:00August 5th, 2009|Astrology, Astronomy|Comments Off on Astrology, the Kepler telescope, and extrasolar planets

The collision of Jupiter and the Triple Conjunction

Jupiter and Chiron reached their exact conjunction on Wednesday for their second time in this cycle, just as it was discovered that a huge body in space slammed into Jupiter, giving it a bruise “as big as the Pacific ocean.” Chiron of course is known as the “Wounded Healer,” and the synchronicity of the wound to Jupiter becoming known to us here on Earth as Jupiter conjoined Chiron is an interesting one.  Those two are within a degree of an exact conjunction to Neptune as well, and the Triple Conjunction is still very much in force.

In another striking coincidence, it was fifteen years ago to the day that the comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with Jupiter.  At the time, Uranus and Neptune were conjunct in the sky, combining the radical new ideas of Uranus with the spiritual inspiration of Neptune.  This was the best and the worst of times for the New Age movement – there were brilliant new insights flooding the airwaves, as well as the most stupid of deceptions and illusions.

Jupiter in astrological symbolism represents the field of unlimited possibilities, but it also has to do with our formulation of a sense of meaning in life.  If we look back to the 1994 collision of the comet with Jupiter, we can see that this time period created drastic changes in the way we constructed our belief of the meaning of reality.  Perhaps we are on the verge now of another big breakthrough of consciousness.  Or perhaps it was just another space collision.

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By |2009-07-23T07:44:34-04:00July 23rd, 2009|Astronomy, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on The collision of Jupiter and the Triple Conjunction

Lucifer: Satan, or Venus?

I was taking in my daily dose of hilarity on  this morning where he has a  that begins with a comment about Lincoln’s Sun being conjunct Lucifer which has caused some astrologers to say that Lincoln is the Antichrist”

The whole thing about Lucifer being Satan is bizarre to me.  Lucifer is the “Light Bringer,” the “Morning Star.”  So how did he get from bringing the light to representing the devil?   from the Theosophical University Press has some interesting information on the subject.

Lucifer means lightbringer, from the Latin lux “light” and ferre “to bear or bring.” The word Lucifer is found in only one place in the Bible — Isaiah 14:12 — but only in the King James and related versions: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! . . .”  In other translations we find: “O shining star of the dawn!” (Moffatt) or “O morning-star, son of the dawn!” (Hebrew Bible). The King James Version is based on the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Jerome. Jerome translated the Hebrew helel (bright or brilliant one) as “lucifer,” which was a reasonable Latin equivalent. And yet it is this lucifer, the bright one or lightbearer, that came to be understood by so many as the name for Satan, Lord of Darkness.

Lucifer is mentioned only in the Old Testament, and Satan doesn’t come into the picture until the new Testament.  Jesus is also known as the “Morning Star” in the New Testament, which confuses the issue even more.

But before either the Old or New Testament, Venus was known as the “Morning Star.”  Plato, who is thought to have been born in 428 b.c.e. and therefore predates the New Testament and some of the rewrites of the Old Testament, wrote in his work called :

Time, […]

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By |2009-07-10T07:53:02-04:00July 10th, 2009|Astronomy, Religion|Comments Off on Lucifer: Satan, or Venus?

Full Moon Eclipse and the Mars square

If you’ve been feeling tense and anxious over the past few days, you are not alone!  Mars, planet of aggression and the pure expression of Will, has been in a square formation to Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune.  The square of Mars to Jupiter expands our desires and fuels our physical energy, but also makes us resistant to authority and longing for freedom.  Mars in square to Chiron irritates our sensitive places and induces emotional reactivity.  Mars square to Neptune can erode our confidence and create confusion.  We know we don’t feel good, but why?  It’s a mystery.

Mars is in Taurus now, and the Triple Conjunction is in Aquarius.  These are fixed signs and there is not a lot of flexibility here.  Often with a fixed square like this there must be an eruption before the adjustment can take place and you may be feeling this come to a head today.

All of this is part of the Full Moon eclipse in Capricorn that occurs today.  The Full Moon occurs when the Moon is 180 degrees from the Sun, and the two are in signs that are polar opposites.  With the Cancer/Capricorn polarity we are needing to balance the outer and inner worlds, the practical application of matter (Capricorn) and the sensitive emotional needs of the heart (Cancer).

Saturn is interacting harmoniously with the Full Moon and that helps us to ground the energy better than we would otherwise with all of the Mars chaos swirling about right now.  Over the next couple of days, though, Mars will begin to settle down as it moves away from the Big Three and prepares to enter Gemini on the 12th.

Warning:  Geeky astrological details ahead. A lunar event becomes an eclipse when […]

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By |2009-07-07T06:46:54-04:00July 7th, 2009|Astronomy|Comments Off on Full Moon Eclipse and the Mars square

The Mars Hoax is back, and Venus and Mars hook up

Ever since 2003 when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years and loomed large in the sky with its glorious red shine, every August our email boxes fill with well-meaning messages from friends determined to inform us of this spectacular event.  While technically not a hoax, this has become more of an urban legend.

There are lots of exciting things in the sky, including a , but this isn’t one of them.

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By |2009-06-11T06:09:15-04:00June 11th, 2009|Astronomy|Comments Off on The Mars Hoax is back, and Venus and Mars hook up