Miscellany

Five years later: The War in Iraq

Judging from the chart for the war in Iraq, events are about to make a surprising turn. After two years of a challenging transit (square) from Pluto to the Sun/Mercury conjunction in the chart, which seems to have had the effect of relentless and unending death and destruction (Pluto), Uranus (radical change) is about to transit Pluto (power and transformation) in the invasion chart.

Pluto sits prominently on the Midheaven of the chart which seems appropriate for the chart of a war, but it also opposes Saturn exactly on the IC (nadir) which suggests a terrible challenge for the families of war who have lost their homes (fourth house) and connection to their country. The fourth house deals not only with the personal and individual home, but also with tribal affiliations and Saturn at the cusp of the fourth house can show rigid delineations of those affiliations as well as tests and disappointments. This angular Saturn/Pluto opposition describes an endless war that rips families and tribes apart. The transit of Pluto across the angles and opposing Saturn in the invasion chart continued into the end of 2005.

Uranus will be square to the Saturn/Pluto MC/IC opposition for the next two years which is likely to bring about an increase in internal rebellion that breaks up the status quo (Uranus) and shifts the course of the war. A harmonious transit (sextile) of Chiron to these points has also just begun and this could bring about some internal healing to facilitate change.

Uranus is the awakener, and until the people of the world wake up to what is transpiring in the name of the so-called War on Terror, the travesty will continue. In the 1960s, we turned […]

By | 2008-03-23T00:57:00+00:00 March 23rd, 2008|Events, Miscellany|Comments Off on Five years later: The War in Iraq

Musings on the Ascendant

The rising sign, or ascendant, is the sign that was on the horizon at the East at the time that we were born. No matter what house system you use, the ascendant and midheaven (noon point) are always the same, it’s the intermediary house division that changes.

Being the cusp of the first house which is the house of personal identity, the ascendant describes our personality or our disguise as I like to call it. These are the traits that describe the way you meet the day-to-day events of your life as well as the way you appear to others. The ascendant is usually something that we grow into and an understanding of the ascendant can serve to facilitate our interactions with others since it’s that sign that is projected outwards.

The late Howard Sasportas says that the ascendant is the lens through which we look at the world. He writes, “We ‘dream the world up’ according to the sign on the Ascendant and then we enact the dream. It is both the maze we create and, at the same time, the way out of the maze.” Sasportas adds that the ascendant points the way in which we grow into our Sun sign. When the ascendant is very similar to or compatible with the rest of our chart, this process can be a smooth one. But often the ascendant is quite different from other chart elements and that can cause some problems, especially early in our lives when we have not yet recognized the impact that the personality traits seen by others as described by the ascendant has on our own lives. This is one of the cases […]

By | 2008-03-19T11:19:00+00:00 March 19th, 2008|Astrology, Miscellany|Comments Off on Musings on the Ascendant

Dolphins Save the Whales

has nothing to do with astrology, but it’s wonderful nonetheless and shows the interconnectedness of all life:

THEY famously attempted to warn mankind of the Earth’s impending destruction in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only for their behaviour to be dismissed as playful acrobatics.

But now, solid evidence has emerged of the dolphin’s altruistic nature. In a act of selflessness which has astounded experts and confirmed the friendly nature of the species, a bottlenose came to the rescue of two whales stranded on a beach in New Zealand.

The dolphin – nicknamed Moko by local residents, who said it spent much of its time swimming playfully with beachgoers – helped two pygmy sperm whales, facing imminent death after becoming stranded on a sandbar, swim to safety.

Until Moko’s arrival, rescuers feared the mother and calf would have to be put down to prevent them suffering a prolonged death on Mahia beach, about 300 miles north-east of Wellington.

Malcolm Smith and his team from the New Zealand Conservation Department had tried in vain to rescue the animals for an hour-and-a-half. With their effort faltering, it seemed only a matter of time before the operation was called off.

“They kept getting disoriented and stranding again,” Mr Smith said yesterday. “They couldn’t find their way back past (the sandbar] to the sea.”

Just as it seemed all hope was lost, Moko appeared. The dolphin approached the whales, leading them 200m along the beach before navigating them out to the open sea.

Mr Smith believes the dolphin heard the whales’ distress calls and came to their aid.

“It was looking like it was going to be a bad outcome for the whales … then Moko came along and fixed it,” he said. “They had arched their backs and were calling […]

By | 2008-03-18T11:05:00+00:00 March 18th, 2008|Miscellany|Comments Off on Dolphins Save the Whales

Nerd Signs – the Y2K Compliant Horoscope

Thanks as always to for providing a link to this wonderful article:

zodiac version 2.0

Thousands of years ago, people in primitive cultures looked upwards and imagined patterns and signs in the stars that bespeckled the night sky, much the same way that stock traders and market analysts do with economic data today. They imagined the stars were arranged in the shapes of animals and people: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius, formed the zodiac that encircled the heavens.

The heavens may seem a permanent and unchanging creation, but over a span of thousands of years, the positions of the stars do change and the circumstances and infuences that affect our daily lives have changed even more. By the later part of the twentieth century, the movement towards universal deregulation led to an increasing pace of mergers, buyouts, and divestitures, often leaving zodiacal consumers uncertain of what their sign would be the next day or what level of support they could count upon.

At its peak, this celestial merger-mania was on the verge of dividing the cosmos between the signs of Microsoft and AT&T, leaving little room for individuality and variety in horoscopes. Cosmic consolidation to a mere two sun signs would be devastating for those who depend on their daily astrological forecast to plan their lives, predict romantic possibilities, and make investment and career decisions. Some analysts warned that if half the world’s population were to receive unexpected checks all on the same day, the resulting chaos in the international banking system would be catastrophic–or at the very least result in inconveniently long lines at teller windows and ATMs.

After the initial “boom” times of celestial merger-mania, the need […]

By | 2008-03-02T12:51:00+00:00 March 2nd, 2008|Miscellany|Comments Off on Nerd Signs – the Y2K Compliant Horoscope

Blogger’s Meme

has tagged me with a meme, which is always an interesting diversion, so here goes:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five people.

The nearest book to me is Astrology, Psychology and the Four Elements by Stephen Arroyo, which I recently purchased through Amazon because I couldn’t find my ancient copy. This is one of the early books I read that sent me down the path to a more transformational metholody in astrology readings, and I recommend it to everyone at every level. An understanding of the elements and the way that channel energy through the personality is invaluable!

At the top of page 123 is a section titled “Over-Emphasis on Air and Fire, Lack of Water and Earth”:

This type at best represents an idealistic, aspiring, positive-thinking person whose intentions and motives are above reproach. Their approach to life is not particularly realistic, however, and they often find that they must learn about the darker side of life through hard experience and disillusionment. They often neglect the very needs and feelings which can give them more stability and inner strength.

Coincidentally, this book is available in the bookstore to in the left sidebar!! Now, it’s your turn: , , , and .

By | 2008-02-29T19:06:00+00:00 February 29th, 2008|Miscellany|Comments Off on Blogger’s Meme
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