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Mars enters Virgo today

Ever since Mars began its sojourn through Leo in early June, we have seen a surge in violence and aggression. Leo is a fiery sign that demands expression of the ego, and Mars in Leo for a time was conjunct Saturn in Leo, combining the aggressive urge of Mars with the repression of Saturn. A notable event during this Mars/Saturn period was the killing of Al-Zarqawi, head of the so-called Al Qaeda group in Iraq. Perhaps the current heat wave can be linked to the fiery combination of Mars, the fire planet, in the fiery sign of Leo. The firing of nuclear missiles from Korea and the Hezbollah rocket attack on Israel that began the current mideast crisis demonstrate the demand to be recognized (Leo) through flexing of the military muscle (Mars). The refusal of all sides to engage in ceasefire talks in the middle east is also symbolic of the need for Leo to feed the ego.

Mars in Leo is stubborn (Leo is a fixed sign) but also generous and wants to be recognized for good deeds. Mars in Virgo is much more cautious and reserved, and places little or no importance on ego. Virgo desires an orderly existence of service to others, and in Virgo, Mars becomes the strategist, the planner. Venus moved last week into Cancer where it desires to nurture and care for others, so perhaps the combination of these two influences will soften the bellicose posturing we have been seeing in the world recently.

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By |2006-07-22T10:35:00-04:00July 22nd, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mars enters Virgo today

Haiku for Mercury Rx Rant

You’d think I’d know better, but our router died this week and I decided to go wireless. Hence this:

Installing a new
Wireless connection now is
Very bad idea.

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By |2006-07-21T12:53:00-04:00July 21st, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Haiku for Mercury Rx Rant

Mercury Retro at Huffington Post

HuffPo blogger Sheldon Drobny :

The global crisis has intensified recently with the recent Israeli military incursions into Gaza and Lebanon. This intensity of human crisis has fallen into an astronomical period in which the planet Mercury is in retrograde. In astronomical terms, retrograde is a time when the planets appear to have a backward movement in the sky.

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Those who wrote scripture in ancient times and those who followed the planets as well may have observed coincidental astronomical occurrences that helped explain their perception of an irrational world. And it may be that when Mercury is in retrograde, there are forces of nature that effect the human condition in profound ways during that period that cannot be explained by traditional science. But, it is important for us to understand that those in power who are exploiting a perceived crisis are transitory. As was the fiction of WMDs in Iraq, the fiction of organized world wide terrorism will be exposed by the empirical evidence and those false leaders will lose their power. And as the astrologers advise about Mercury in retrograde, “this too shall pass.”

Slowly but surely, real astrology is permeating into mainstream culture.

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By |2006-07-20T18:10:00-04:00July 20th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mercury Retro at Huffington Post

Ronald Reagan’s Astrologers

This treatise I’m working on charting the rise of the conservative Christian Right is a much bigger undertaking than I had imagined. Every road I take leads to three more, a fascinating journey. So I’ll post the second of three chapters tomorrow.

Meanwhile, since Ronald Reagan played a hugely instrumental role in the ascension of the Right in the US, I thought I’d offer a glimpse into his astrological world. Ronald and Nancy used the services of astrologers as early as the 1950s and 1960s, consulting Hollywood astrologer Carroll Richter and later Jeane Dixon (Jeane also served the Nixon White House). In 1974, then-Governor Reagan signed a law excluding astrologers from the category of illegal fortune tellers.

Nancy Reagan first sought out the services of Joan Quigley, an astrologer who was well known in celebrity circles, during the run up to the election between Reagan and Carter, Joan was responsible for timing the debates so that they were beneficial to Reagan. The debates are largely credited for Reagan’s win, so who knows what role the stars actually played. It sounds to me from my reading of the situation that Joan chose days that would be challenging for Carter (although frankly, Jimmy Carter was undergoing some difficult challenges leading up to the election – a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn preparing to conjunct his Sun, Neptune square his Mercury). (It’s odd to me that Reagan, a non-churchgoing astrology-using candidate was supported by the religous right over Carter, an avowed Baptist.) Another astrologer, Joyce Jillson, helped select George Bush as Reagan’s running mate.

After Reagan was shot by John Hinckley in 1981, a panicked Nancy Reagan was told by Merv Griffin that Joan would have been able to predict the assassination attempt. Nancy […]

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By |2018-11-19T21:16:11-04:00July 19th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ronald Reagan’s Astrologers

Saturn/Neptune cycle approaching

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I’ll be writing something on the upcoming opposition of Saturn to Neptune over the next week or so. Saturn strives for form and success in the material world, and Neptune seeks to detach us from the material world and show us that there is a world of spirit beyond this one. When these two planets engage in a tussle, there can be a great deal of confusion as the structures we depend on begin to erode. Saturn and Neptune will be exactly opposite on September 1, with the second hit at the end of February and the final wrap-up in June of 2007. The fact that this cycle coincides with the next election cycle could have an impact that we’ll explore over the next few months.

Meanwhile has some interesting words on the subject from the perspective of the financial markets:

This 36-year planetary cycle has been cited previously, but it is time to visit it again in lieu of what has occurred in the past two weeks [the downturn in the stock markets], and also given the fact that it begins its ten-month transit next month. It is not unusual to see the influence of planetary cycles of this importance starting several months before the aspect actually enters into an exact orb. [I usually see the planetary cycles begin when the planets are about 5 degrees away from the exact degree.] There is probably no single planetary pair combination that is so associated with “disgust” and general “discontent” than a hard aspect between Saturn and Neptune. Saturn is honor and integrity, and Neptune is idealization. It is a time that we wish to find leaders to put on a pedestal, a time we seek […]

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By |2006-07-16T11:18:00-04:00July 16th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Saturn/Neptune cycle approaching
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