Today is not only Thanksgiving in the US, but it’s also the thirteenth Blogiversary of Astrological Musings. In 2005 my sister, , helped me get started on the Thanksgiving holiday and the rest is history. I cherish the fact that many of you have been with me practically from the beginning, and grateful for all of you who have found me over the years.
When we experience gratitude we open our hearts and minds and counteract the contraction of fear and doubt. A gratitude practice is a very useful tool. It is human nature not to pay attention to the good things in our life and to take them for granted; a daily review of the […]
Historical records and modern-day computer simulations indicate that there was a rare series of planetary groupings, also known as conjunctions, during the years 3 B.C. and 2 B.C.The show started on the morning of June 12 in 3 B.C., when Venus could be sighted very close to Saturn in the eastern sky. Then there was a spectacular pairing of Venus and Jupiter on Aug. 12 in the constellation Leo, which ancient astrologers associated with the destiny of the Jews.Between September of 3 B.C. […]
The Winter Solstice is upon us: the day when the Sun enters Capricorn in the tropical zodiac. We have already talked about Saturn having just entered Capricorn, and Saturn and the Sun align today as well.
The chart for the Winter Solstice is often used to forecast the energies of the coming season (until the Spring Equinox at zero Aries). The conjunction of the Sun to Saturn at the Winter Solstice embeds this energy into the energy of the season, bringing our attention away from relaxation and pleasure to a more disciplined and focused approach. While the primary focus is on that which is real, a harmonious trine between Jupiter (expansion) and Neptune (creativity and inspiration) helps us to continue to grow our dreams while setting and realizing our concrete goals. Mars is tied in there too, in Scorpio where it is quite powerful, helping to fuel and energize our thoughts to action.
We also have the asteroids speaking out quite loudly in this chart, with Ceres (nurturing) aligned with the North Node to help support us on the journey to the future. Vesta, encouraging us to allow our own creativity to emerge from our heart’s fires, is aligned with Jupiter and tied into that lovely trine described above. Pallas, goddess of creative intelligence, aligns with Uranus, representing intuition and multidimensional awareness. Juno, bestower of marriage and keeper of the nuclear family, aligns with the Moon to strengthen the bonds of those we live with and love. And last but not least, the Black Moon Lilith – the primal feminine power – aligns with Pluto, planet of empowerment and transformation, forcing us to face any darkness in order to transform it into light.
The Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. For many in today’s (northern hemisphere) world that means beach holidays and cookouts, but on a more esoteric level it is the fulfillment of the light of consciousness.
The esoteric year begins at the time just after the Winter Solstice with the return of the light as the days begin to lengthen and the darkness diminishes. The light of the Sun is associated with the principal energy source in the human experience, and the astrological Sun (your Sun Sign as it is called) represents that energy source, that illumination, within your own Self. As the light returns we become more expansive – brighter and more awakened.
The turning of the year between the cardinal points (zero degrees of the cardinal signs) begin with the darkness of the Winter Solstice at zero degrees Capricorn, moving through the Vernal Equinox at zero degrees Aries, culminating at the Summer Solstice in Cancer, and waning at the Autumn Equinox in Libra. Equinoxes are times of balance and equilibrium; solstices are times of ebb and flow.
The Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness in the individual. The Sun is newly in Cancer – associated with the Moon, the soul (scarab in ancient Egypt) The Moon, ruler of Cancer, is associated with the harvest and the cultivation of the land. The Sun aids in this cultivation in our external lives, and the power of the Moon cultivates the emotional body and the Soul. In esoteric studies the “central sun” acts as the point of integration between Spirit and Matter. At the Solstice the Solar and Lunar powers unite to fuel a transformational shift.
To put […]
Memorial Day originated as a special day to honor those killed in any kind of military action. But times have changed.
now kills more soldiers in the middle east than die in combat. Veterans returning from war are dying as the result of a to provide adequate treatment. Whereas soldiers have died since 2003 in various US military operations, the US Department of Justice reported that people were killed by police in the US between 2003 and 2009, and the Washington Posts reports that over people have been killed by police each year since they started tracking in 2015.
As is well known, gun violence and medical errors kill far more Americans than terrorism, yet the proposed US budget includes a $54 billion hike in defense spending which includes more Navy ships and Air Force planes, neither of which are effective in the current battle against religious extremism.
Over the past few years Pluto, planet of death and rebirth, has been opposing the Sun in the US astrological chart which has intensified the eruption of murder and violence in the country. This will likely only increase as we get closer to the time of the US Pluto Return in 2020-2023.
I propose that on this Memorial Day we honor not only the fallen heroes, but also the fallen citizens whose only crime was to be nonwhite; the veterans who returned from war to find their lives decimated and with no hope of a bright future; the innocent victims of the mentally ill who are freely able to purchase assault weapons.
And let’s also remember that freedom goes beyond sending young boys to be cannon fodder for billionaires to enrich their pockets through […]