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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 this article from Reuters Blogs 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.


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By |2008-07-21T15:00:00-04:00July 21st, 2008|Planetary cycles, Popular Culture|Comments Off on Pluto and dark news for newspaper publishing

The Astrology of Brokeback Mountain

The success of Brokeback Mountain is nothing less than a phenomenon. Who would have thought a movie about two gay cowboys would sweep all of the awards shows? The answer may lie in the currently ongoing square between Jupiter and Neptune and the trine of Jupiter to Uranus. Jupiter represents expansion, opportunity, and the expression of shared beliefs such as theology and philosophy. Uranus instigates a break from conventional and mundane reality, representing innovation, radical change, and unusual behavior and beliefs such as astrology and homosexuality. Neptune rules things that are hidden, obscured. It also rules creativity and a yearning to transcend ordinary mundane reality.

Jupiter in aspect with Uranus brings about a break (Uranus) from conventional morality (Jupiter), an expansive (Jupiter) sense of freedom (Uranus) to follow one’s own destiny and path. Film is a powerful medium that enables the process through which Uranus brings about an eruption into consciousness of a new way of thinking or cultural identity. AstroNoetics has a fascinating (and long) article connecting Uranus with film.

When the creative fire of Uranus is ignited societally, cultures take a gigantic advance in novelty, breaking new ground in sciences, the arts, mores and freedoms. However, even though the creativity of the genie may be summoned with benign intent, the unstable and mutable creative fire of the genie—and thus of Uranus—may turn against culture but can never be “put back into the lamp.”

The success of Brokeback Mountain is likely to bring about a mini-cultural revolution that is powerful but bloodless. The fact that Jupiter and Uranus form a trine, which is a harmonious aspect, shows that the transformation will be smooth and relatively painless; an alteration of consciousness that occurs without major difficulty. The […]

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By |2019-08-26T14:53:21-04:00February 22nd, 2006|Popular Culture|Comments Off on The Astrology of Brokeback Mountain

The Astrology of Lost

All of the astrological signs are represented in the TV program Lost. Our astrological makeup is much more complex than just one astrological sign, but just for fun let’s take a look at these fascinating characters. Many of them are wounded souls on a healing journey, so we tend to see the shadow side of the signs but we can also see the direction they are headed in their evolution:

AriesSawyer is our Aries character. Primarily concerned with self-preservation, he is headstrong like the Ram and doesn’t work well in a group. Aries has to be a leader, and if he can’t be a leader he will want to operate alone. Sawyer originally set up his own camp and supplied himself with everything he would need. He is direct and not always tactful, and is not a good liar. He is passionate when stimulated, but can be cold as ice. As we see him begin to evolve we will see him take on more of the positive Aries characteristics: he may take on a greater leadership role in the group, and a possible relationship with Kate may soften his hard edges.

Taurus – we don’t know Mr. Eko very well yet, but he is a classic Taurus with his strong bull neck and deep rich voice. His comment “don’t confuse coincidence with fate” is representative of Taurus’s desire for a practical experience of reality, unfettered by confusion. Eko has in his brief appearance on the scene demonstrated the famous stubborn quality of Taurus and also the ability to remain calm and unruffled during a crisis. He makes decisions deliberately and is not impetuous, but once he’s decided on […]

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By |2019-08-26T13:42:26-04:00December 3rd, 2005|Popular Culture|Comments Off on The Astrology of Lost
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