Beyonce and the Yod: Destiny’s Child

National Ledger has my profile of Beyonce Knowles up on their site (turn on your popup blocker!
I’ve snipped part of the article here, you can read it there if you’re interested. But her chart has some fascinating configurations which may help to explain her starpower.

Venus in Beyonce’s chart is part of the Libra stellium, a placement that with Venus in its own sign virtually always confers exceptional beauty. However, her Venus is conjunct Pluto, the god of the underworld with its compulsions and fears. The Venus/Pluto combination indicates an insecurity at a deep level about her own value and her tendency to choose relationship partners that may be dangerous or have an edge in some way. However, Neptune makes a favorable aspect to this combination which adds inspiration and creativity (Neptune/Venus) and a strong sense of social justice (Neptune/Pluto).

On a deeply personal level, Beyonce’s Moon is in Scorpio, showing that she is intensely emotional and private about her emotional life. The Moon shows our emotional nature, and in Scorpio there is a depth of feeling not found in other signs as well as a need for privacy and even secrecy. Her Moon conjuncts Uranus, the planet of rebellion and radical ideas which identifies her as someone who needs a great deal of independence and autonomy. The Moon/Uranus combination can create resistance to establishing a deep emotional connection with another person as there is always an urge to flee with Uranus. It is probably not likely that Beyonce will marry until she is older, despite the strong Libran pull towards relationships and partnership.

Chiron opposes the Moon/Uranus conjunction, normally a stressful pattern that can indicate a painful history in the relationship with the mother. […]

By | 2018-07-15T09:19:28+00:00 September 6th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Beyonce and the Yod: Destiny’s Child

Lunar eclipses, dragons, and the Nodes of the Moon

Lunar eclipses occur when the Full Moon (Moon opposing the Sun) occurs close to the nodes of the moon (the point at which the sun’s path and moon’s path meet). Molly at North Node.com has a lovely animated graphic that shows how an eclipse works.

The nodes of the moon describe our evolutionary journey, with the North Node (also called the Dragon’s head by the Chinese and other ancients) demonstrating the direction in which we are heading and the South Node (the Dragon’s tail) identifying the karmic past and issues best left behind. The involvement in the eclipse phenomenon perhaps gives a clue to the effect of an eclipse, where the Sun and Moon are aligned in tandem with the evolutionary lunar nodes but the earth blocks their light. The symbolism to me is clear: The eclipse marks a turning point, but the significance may not be obvious as both the solar conscious principle and the lunar instincts are obscured and we journey in darkness.

Some individuals experience lunations (moon events) more than others – the more “lunar” types (watery signs, conjunctions of the Sun or Moon to Neptune, or Moon near the ascendant or midheaven) will experience the New and Full Moons more intensely than others and be more affected by the eclipses as well. In addition, if the eclipse (the one on September 7 occurs at 14 degrees Pisces/Virgo) aspects a sensitive point in your chart you will be more affected than otherwise.

The symbolism of the legends from China and other ancient cultures of the Dragon (North Node) eating the Moon in a lunar eclipse would seem to tell us that eclipses are times when our instincts (lunar light) and conscious mind (solar light) are temporarily sacrificed (obscured by […]

By | 2018-07-15T09:19:23+00:00 September 5th, 2006|Favorite posts, Featured posts, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lunar eclipses, dragons, and the Nodes of the Moon


We’re heading into the shadow of the Full Moon which will be a partial lunar eclipse. (Although the Full Moon doesn’t occur until September 7, its effects will begin to make themselves known in the next day or two.) There is a lot of energy here the Moon making a tight conjunction to Uranus as the earth slips between the Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces, obscuring the Moon’s light. During the Full Moon emotions are often at peak intensity and the eclipse generally tends to bring unsettled issues to a crisis point where they can be activated and transformed. Often this occurs when subconscious elements break through to the conscious mind and force a resolution.

Pluto, having traveled retrograde for the past 5 months turns direct September 4, and change is inevitable. The Plutonian intensity will begin to effect changes in a way that requires surrender.

During this Pisces/Virgo Full Moon the details of everyday life (Virgo) are overcome by a magnified sense of the majesty of life and the experience of cosmic consciousness (Pisces). The eclipse will tend to obscure our awareness and bring confusion, and the tight conjunction of the Moon to Uranus will stimulate our nervous system and keep us from sleeping well. Uranus demands that we break free of patterns that are holding us back, and the emotional need for change (Uranus/Moon) will be stronger than the Virgo Sun will be comfortable with. Expect some emotional dissonance during this eclipse period, and prepare to be awakened!!

By | 2006-09-04T03:30:00+00:00 September 4th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Eclipse!!

Saturn/Neptune, William Lilly and the Great Fire of London

340 years ago today, the Great Fire of London burned down two-thirds of that great city. (Details and anecdotes of the fire itself can be found at .) The renowned Renaissance astrologer William Lilly had predicted this fire fourteen years before in a series of drawings that were part of a book called Monarchy or No Monarchy. He was later suspected of having set the fire himself in order to prove his predictions correct and in order to depose the monarchy. (For more information on Lilly’s predictions see Maurice McCann’s definitive article on the subject.)

Lilly was not the only one to predict that London would be destroyed by fire: many believed that in 1666 tragedy would befall the city as the result of the year being the number of the beast in Revelations. The city was just recovering from the Great Plague and for many it seemed as though the end of the world had come.

The square within a square on the left side of the drawing represents the format for the blank horoscope used in medieval and renaissance times. This was a secret clue for Lilly’s fellow astrologers, or “sons of arte,” that the drawing was a horoscope in disguise.

The two babies suspended above the fire represent Gemini, traditionally associated with London. McCann writes, “by suspending the two babies upside down Lilly showed that the drawing, or rightly the horoscope, should be inverted, which would time it for the early hours of the morning. By inverting the horoscope the 14th degree of Gemini appears at the all important Midheaven. We may therefore infer that Lilly predicted that the time of the blaze would be about 5.26 am on the 2nd September 1666.”

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By | 2006-09-02T12:36:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Saturn/Neptune, William Lilly and the Great Fire of London

Skywatch posted & new links added

Skywatch for September is now posted here, including information on the upcoming eclipses. More details on the eclipses will be posted here of course as they unfold.

I’ve also had a chance to visit the sites of my frequent visitors and commenters and have linked their VERY cool sites in the links section here. Visit them and be amazed!

I also want to give a shout out to Jeffrey Kishner for tirelessly promoting and linking all of the astrology bloggers. I’ve just discovered that Jeffrey (whose excellent blog offers just the right combination of gossip and psychology) has a second blog called Lunar Tunes. Thanks to Jeffrey I’ve found some other great astrology blogs and I’ve added a few to the list here as well.

By | 2006-09-01T11:15:00+00:00 September 1st, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Skywatch posted & new links added


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