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An astrology makeup line

Upset about the wildfires in Russia?  Nervous about the struggling economy?  Sad over the tragedies occurring around the world?

Cheer up!  You can change your mood with , “the gift of beauty from the stars.”  This website offers makeup to coordinate with your Sun Sign.

The vendors of this product evidently haven’t gotten the memo: the appearance is governed by the rising sign or ascendant, NOT the Sun sign!

 

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By | 2010-08-10T17:32:29+00:00 August 10th, 2010|Popular Culture|1 Comment

The astrology of the sexual revolution: Part 2

astrology beat generationBeginning in 1954 when Tupperware parties began putting money in the pockets of housewives and Playboy Magazine began sowing seeds of dissatisfaction in the lusty hearts of suburban dads, the ground was being fertilized for the sexual revolution that was to come later in the 1960s.  Saturn continued to travel through Scorpio until January of 1956, testing the structures of power and forcing confrontation in areas of sexuality.  It was during this period that sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey’s funding was cut off due to threats from conservative sources.

Neptune entered Scorpio in late 1956 as Saturn entered Sagittarius.  The entry of Neptune (escapism/spirituality) into Scorpio (sexuality, intensity) corresponds with the very beginnings of the free love and drug culture.  The publishing of Albert Ginsburg’s work Howl is considered to mark the birth of the Beat Generation, a counterculture which was largely concerned with pushing the boundaries of sexuality and drug use, both Neptune in Scorpio matters.  Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was also published at this time, reflecting the growing expansiveness of Saturn’s passage through adventurous Sagittarius and the desire to test the limits of religion and philosophy, Sagittarian influences.  Under the Beats, marijuana use became more widespread resulting in the Narcotics Control Act of 1956.

This mid-1950s period also corresponded to the rise of Rock and Roll as a dominating force in the popular culture, along with the mainstreaming of African-American entertainers and a growing interest in jazz.

During this period Neptune was within range of a square to Uranus (radical change and new ideas).  Although the two never did fully align, the Uranian influence instilled the beginnings of a revolutionary fervor to break out of any rigid boxes […]

By | 2016-11-15T08:32:33+00:00 July 24th, 2010|Planetary cycles, Popular Culture|3 Comments

Just in Time for the Saturn/Pluto Square: The 2012 Movie

If you’ve watched any TV over the past week, chances are you’ve seen the trailer for the new 2012 movie starring John Cusack.  The special effects in this trailer are absolutely incredible, and it appears this will be a really terrifying movie.  It’s a joke in my house that I can’t watch a movie unless it’s rated PG, and I think I’ll have to skip this one until it comes to the small screen in my house where I can fast forward through the scary parts.  Which might be all of it.
For some reasons humans love to scare themselves, and nowhere is this more true than in the doomsday business.  You may remember 1999 when we were sure all of the power grids were going to collapse because of the way digits were recorded in computers.  For thousands of years humans have been predicting the end of the world, and now the famous Mayan calendar will end on December 12, 2012.
Maybe it’s the Saturn that sits right on my Sun, but I tend to be a bit skeptical about many of these things so I was glad to see an article about a Mayan Indian elder who pooh-poohs the idea that the world will end next year.
Saturn will enter Libra at the end of this month and will form a square to Pluto that will closely align in early November, just in time to see this frightening movie about the end of all civilizations on earth which is being released on November 13.  Coincidentally, the exact square from Saturn to Pluto peaks on the 15th.
When the Lord of Karma (Saturn) and and the Lord of Death (Pluto) collide t can shake people up.  The last time they met was between August and November of 2001 and […]

By | 2018-06-11T11:15:21+00:00 October 11th, 2009|Planetary cycles, Popular Culture|Comments Off on Just in Time for the Saturn/Pluto Square: The 2012 Movie

The Astrology of Barbie

No doll has been as well-loved or as despised as the Barbie doll.  Created by Ruth Handler in the 1950s, she was first introduced to the world at the International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959 which is considered Barbie’s official birthday.

I was unable to find the time of day that Barbie was first introduced, but assuming that she was introduced sometime between 10 am and 3 pm her birthchart shows a tight conjunction between the Sun and the Moon, both in Pisces.  Pisces is the sign of the dreamer, the mystic, and the creative imagination and there is no doubt that Barbie captured the imagination of many a young girl in the 1960s, including me.

She also served as the hook upon which to project all of our adolescent fantasies, another key theme of Pisces. MG Lord, author of Barbie’s unauthorized biography, wrote “People project fears and prejudices onto her; when a person talks at length about Barbie, one usually learns more about the speaker than the doll.”  Ruth Handler herself said, ” “I wanted [little girls] to be able to dream their dreams through Barbie.”  Barbie – the Pisces dreamer and the one who is dreamed. For more on Barbie’s feminist roots see this excellent paper.

Born right after the New Moon (the New Moon that day occurred at 6 am – was there an astrologer in the house?), Barbie is a New Moon personality – fresh, original, optimistic, and ready to begin a brand new life.  Barbie was the first of a series of adult-looking dolls for children that changed forever the way dolls were seen by parents and children all over the world.

Barbie is often criticized by feminists but Barbie was actually one of the […]

By | 2009-03-07T07:15:36+00:00 March 7th, 2009|Popular Culture|Comments Off on The Astrology of Barbie

Pluto and dark news for newspaper publishing

Pluto entered Capricorn back in January of 2008, beginning its long trouncing of the governmental and other societal structures that are in the Capricornian domain. But then in April Pluto retrograded back into Sagittarius where it will remain until December, completing its work on our optimism, philosophies, religion, ideologies, interest in foreign nations, globalization, entertainment and publishing – all things Sagittarian.

So on the state of American newspapers was an eerie reminder that Pluto is nearly done ravaging through Sag. The article is entitled “Darkness on the Edge of Town: Newspapers 2008,” and what a great title on the power of Pluto, lord of darkness. The article quotes research from the Pew Research Center that concludes:

“Meet the American daily newspaper of 2008. It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. Business coverage is either packaged in an increasingly thin stand-alone section or collapsed into another part of the paper. The crossword puzzle has shrunk, the TV listings and stock tables may have disappeared, but coverage of some local issues has strengthened and investigative reporting remains highly valued.”

The rise of the internet under Pluto in Sag has eviscerated paper publishing and transformed media altogether.

By | 2008-07-21T15:00:00+00:00 July 21st, 2008|Planetary cycles, Popular Culture|Comments Off on Pluto and dark news for newspaper publishing
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