Health & Healing

The Astrology of the State of Emergency

I hope this will be my last post on the swine flu!! Eric Francis has done a beautiful job of analyzing the chart (, 12:34 pm, Washington DC) for the state of emergency that was announced Sunday and breaking down the climate of fear that surrounds this whole swine flu thing.

Eric writes (my comments are in brackets):

This chart reminds me of a Jaguar with someone riding the clutch. The engine is roaring and the power is not getting to the wheels. It’s an extraordinarily powerful chart — but the Moon is void of course. That is to say, the Moon has made its last aspect and is essentially drifting through Taurus at the time of the announcement.

Mars is square Pluto to one arc minute — 1/60th of a degree. This is just stunning. Check out the 9th house — that is the house of international things. We are likely to see a big response here. Mars is in the international house and Pluto is in the health house, the 6th. They are in a perfect square and that says action: international response.  [Also likely conflict between nations on how to handle the crisis.]

Mars, Venus and Pluto are all activating the Aries Point [0 degrees Aries] (the personal is political), so this is a chart with far-reaching public energy. Uranus is close behind, in Pisces, right on the 9th cusp, adding a sense of urgency, though it’s in Pisces — more emotional than mental. But the Moon void is the first factor that leads one to wonder where it’s all going. Generally, you need a strong Moon to have a strong chart. The activating agent in this horoscope is the very precise Mars […]

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By |2009-04-29T07:42:13-04:00April 29th, 2009|Health & Healing|Comments Off on The Astrology of the State of Emergency

Chiron Neptune and the Swine Flu

When you combine the Wounded Healer (Chiron) with the planet that inspires devotion and illusion (Neptune), you often get mysterious illnesses among other things.  Chiron and Neptune  are sitting on Jay Leno’s ascendant and induced a mysterious illness yesterday, and now there is , a never-before seen mixture of swine, bird and human flu viruses.

A conspiracy theorist by nature, I am always a bit suspicious of new flu viruses since we all know that flu bugs are stored in labs all over the world, and then there’s the matter of the  But whenever we are dealing with Chiron, there’s a sense that unresolved psychic debris is coming to the surface in physical form where it disturbs the natural balance of the body’s ecology, and that is true for a society as well.

There’s also news of a mysterious respiratory illness that has surfaced in Mexico but appears to be affecting mostly Canadians, and a mystery illness has swept a high school in Westchester County New York.

Whenever Chiron is activated it’s a good time to try to bring the body, mind and spirit into balance.  That is as true on a cultural level as it is for the individual!

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By |2019-05-11T07:34:49-04:00April 23rd, 2009|Health & Healing|Comments Off on Chiron Neptune and the Swine Flu

Why we need to get out more



In our increasingly urbanized world, it turns out that a little green can go a long way toward improving our health, not just that of the planet.

That could mean something as simple as a walk in the park or just a tree viewed through a window. It’s not necessarily the exercise that is the key. It’s the refreshing contact with nature and its uncomplicated demands on us.

Here is how it works: Modern life — commuting, computing, paying taxes — can place a burden on our brains and bodies. In recent years, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Landscape and Human Health Laboratory and elsewhere have compiled evidence that suggests that a connection to nature is vital to our psychological and physical health because it helps recharge our brains so that we’re better able to cope with the stresses in life.

I live on five acres of land in a semi-rural area, but I still get most of my exercise at the gym or in my house, rather than spending time outdoors working with the land.  Now the Wii gives you the opportunity to play all of your outdoor sports at home, using computerized equipment.  I’ve been writing that technology is changing the human brain, and I would think that the less we interact with the natural world the more we facilitate that alteration.

In a 2001 study detailed in the journal Environment and Behavior, Kuo and her colleagues surveyed parents of children aged 7 to 12 who had been diagnosed with an Attention Deficit Disorder. They asked the parents to rate activities that seemed to alleviate their child’s symptoms and which seemed to aggravate them.

They found the […]

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By |2009-04-23T07:28:00-04:00April 23rd, 2009|Health & Healing|Comments Off on Why we need to get out more

The astrology of the healthcare bill

This issue is so emotionally charged that it’s difficult to take a rational and reasoned stance in doing any kind of astrological analysis, but I think Jamie Funk has done just that in his analysis of the signing of the healthcare bill.

The bill was signed into law at the moment that the Moon hit the 5 degree point of Cancer, opposing Pluto in Capricorn exactly and setting off the square from Saturn which is nearing its opposition point to Uranus.  So with the Moon, Pluto, Saturn and Uranus we have a very tight Grand Cross, the most challenging aspect possible.  Uranus is still what we call “out of sign” because since it is in Pisces, which is a mutable sign rather than the cardinal signs that make up the Grand Cross, the effect of that GC is weakened somewhat.

Jamie points out that the Moon in the chart conjoins the ascendant, with Pluto on the descendant.  Both planets are angular (on the ascendant) and therefore have a more powerful effect.  There is a sense of life and death as the planet of the Underworld (Pluto) threatens the Moon’s security which, in its own sign of Cancer, is even more important to both sides of the debate.

Jamie also brings he fixed stars into the discussion, making this a very interesting read although for astrological newbies it may be a bit complex.

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By |2009-03-26T05:58:33-04:00March 26th, 2009|Health & Healing|Comments Off on The astrology of the healthcare bill

It’s official! Optimism can save your life

For years, researchers have been studying optimists and pessimists, and they have found that an optimistic outlook carries certain advantages. Optimistic people are better achievers, are more resilient in the face of difficulties and cope with stress more easily than their more negative counterparts. And now, there appears to be one more reason for wearing those “rose-colored glasses”–a longer, healthier life!

In a new study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh reviewed questionnaires that surveyed the personality traits of more than 100,000 women aged 50 and over who are participants of the Women’s Health Initiative, an ongoing government study that began in 1994. They tracked the women’s rates of death and chronic health conditions for an average of eight years. What they found was a strong link between optimism and a person’s risk for cancer, heart disease and early death. …

So, where does optimism come from? For some lucky people, being optimistic comes naturally. But experts say that for those who aren’t as fortunate, optimism is an attitude that can be learned and practiced. By avoiding negative environments, making every effort to seek the company of positive individuals and celebrating your strengths instead of bemoaning your weaknesses, even pessimists can begin to exercise their optimistic muscle. Just remember: It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

read more here…

I grew up in a family where negativity was encouraged and optimism was punished, and with Saturn on my Sun I am not a natural optimist.  However, after being shoved out of the nest at a relatively early age I had to fend for myself, which meant I was able to begin making choices about the kind of people I wanted to surround myself with.  I learned […]

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By |2009-03-09T07:26:49-04:00March 9th, 2009|Health & Healing|Comments Off on It’s official! Optimism can save your life
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