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Post election comments, astrological and otherwise

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As many of you know, I deliberately stayed out of the business of predicting who would win the 2016 election.  In light of the Uranus and Pluto cycles that the US is currently going through I privately believed that a Trump presidency fit right into the potential of breakdown and adjustment that these cycles are known for.  The only prediction that I made is that no matter who won, the US would be in for a rather long period of stressful conflict and soul searching and I am still of this belief.

If you supported Trump and quite a few of my readers apparently do, I hope that the benefits that you saw in your candidate will turn out to be realized in the coming four years.  If you were on the other side, there is nothing to be done but avoid falling into the rage and despair which turns us into the darkness that we fight against.

The study of astrology teaches us that everything is cyclical.  “Bad” things don’t happen in a vacuum – the challenges come during periods that we can identify through the planetary alignments, and usually occur when there is a lack of balance in our psyches, our bodies, our relationships, our communities, our nations.  There is no doubt that the United States is severely out of balance and not aligned with a higher purpose, and nature has unpredictable ways of restoring its ecosystems into balance.

Until the whole of humanity can live in peace and love with the Earth and its inhabitants, these cycles of war and devastation will continue.  But we must not allow this to depress or devastate us personally – we are in charge of […]

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By |2016-11-10T08:38:34-04:00November 10th, 2016|Inspiration|17 Comments

Sunday Inspiration: Pluto and the Force of Will

Over the next 10 days or so we will see Mars align with Pluto, forming an alliance that could have a strong effect in our personal lives as well as in the world at large.

Mars is often thought of as the planet of war, anger and aggression and all of these qualities are a part of the Mars archetype.  But Mars also represents the individual Will – the power that we all possess to create an intention followed by the initiation of an action.  When we have a desire to make something happen in our lives, that is our Will at work.

Pluto is usually defined as the planet of death and rebirth, or as I like to call it, the planet of destruction and regeneration.  Under the auspices of Pluto we often find that the forces of the subconscious become more powerful and relentless and that aspects of our lives are forever changed.  Pluto represents a force that acts beyond our control, and to me this force manifests as the Will of the Higher self.

When Mars and Pluto collide it can be with a deadly force of destructive rage and anger, or it can be with a conscious intention to focus the powerful energy to achieve a goal.  This after all is the force of Magick – the bending of matter in the earthly realm through the force of Will.  Under a Mars/Pluto conjunction this can only be done effectively when the individual Will (Mars) is acting in harmony with the Higher Self (Pluto).

This can be a powerful time of great reward if we utilize mindfulness and attention and infuse intention into our reactions.

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By |2016-10-09T08:37:15-04:00October 9th, 2016|Inspiration|5 Comments

Sunday inspiration: The healing power of scars

“All culture is really an art of scarring. Bodybuilding is the same. You break down the muscle fibers and they reconstitute themselves on a new plane. You become a gladiator, it happens in fragments of time. Physical and mental culture can be linked in a scar. The dramatic events change us. All is scar, really, everything that leads a cultural environment: friendships, death, marriage leave a trace within us, scars of the times. We wear them and show a way to survive everyday life, show we can still carry on, in fact can transform and master it.”

The Moon aligns with Chiron today in Pisces, peeling the veneer off of our scars and highlighting any areas that have not yet healed.  This provides us with an opportunity for greater healing; underneath these old scars are the roots of our strength and vitality, just waiting to emerge once the Truth of the past is revealed.

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By |2016-09-18T09:54:51-04:00September 18th, 2016|Inspiration|0 Comments

Reader question: How can we adapt in an unjust world?

Serenity Charm by James Avery

Gina asks,

As a person born in Aug 1966, I have (it seems to this amateur) that there is such an emphasis in my natal chart of Saturn and Chiron. I also have Uranus and Pluto in my 12th so I feel like I can get weighed down with the concerns of the collective and have experienced some eerie coincidences when I have experienced depression before a large event. So I can’t help but notice injustice (and there are so many). Then I can become cynical and embittered and distrustful.

Obviously this isn’t helpful to me or anyone.

I also was born with an Aries moon so my ire has really been stirred the last few years. So in my long winded way (sorry) in your blog entry when you suggest we ‘adapt,’ what do you mean. How do you see the balance between addressing injustices and adapting to new changes? What if the new changes seem unjust and unacceptable? Is it then time to break out the crying towel and have a misery party? I really would rather not.

This is a powerful question Gina, and not that easy to answer. First of all, the conjunction of Saturn (the Celestial Teacher) to Chiron the Soul Healer) in the mid 1960s is a difficult one that is often accompanied by deep soul wounds that create a great deal of emotional sensitivity.

When Saturn tightly aspects Chiron in the natal chart there is a requirement that we work diligently (Saturn) to heal our inner wounds which likely feel more intense than we imagine others to be.  You have fairly accurately described the tendencies of the other factors in your chart, and […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:28:18-04:00September 12th, 2016|Inspiration|4 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Why me?

Art by NC Wyeth Art by NC Wyeth

I have two good friends with cancer, so this question is coming up a lot these days. And recently I did a reading for someone who was taken ill with pneumonia and since then suffered a seemingly never ending series of health problems and pain.  I’ve had clients who have been in terrible car accidents that paralyzed them.  Horrific abuse as children. Being fired from a job at which they excelled.

These events may seem terrible on the surface, and it would be easy when undergoing a drastic and terrible time to feel like Job in the bible on whom Jehovah visited a never ending series of trials.  But hidden in nearly all of these events is a kernel of magic that can transform our viewpoint and the way we see our world.

Cancer has been much on my mind lately because of my friends.  The last thing they want to hear from me is that there is a gift of magic hidden in their cancer.  I’ve never had cancer, so how do I know?  And is that really helpful?  What if they can’t find that gift, does that make them somehow a lesser person?  And yet there are many stories of people with serious illness who have found a new way of looking at their lives that completely transformed them.

Nine years ago I wrote this article about “the bright side of cancer.”  In this article I quote a number of people, including Lance Armstrong who said “Cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he said. “I don’t know why I got the illness, but it did wonders for me, and I wouldn’t want to walk away from […]

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By |2016-10-08T12:17:06-04:00August 14th, 2016|Favorite posts, Inspiration|2 Comments
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