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Mercury turns retrograde tomorrow night.

Although for me it won’t make much difference, I’m sort of getting used to the kind of technological craziness I’ve been experiencing lately with the square of Jupiter to Uranus and evidently I’m not alone. Although this aspect made its exact hit back in January, the effects are still with us and will continue for another week or so.

Mercury is stationary now preparing to retrograde late tomorrow night, and communication and equipment difficulties are likely to increase. have refuted the Mercury Retrograde phenomenon, but just ask my assistant who doesn’t believe in astrology about Mercury Retrograde and she will roll her eyes and say “oh no, not again.”

In my experience, Mercury Retrograde is more about personal communication than actual equipment malfunction, although when there is a malfunction it is likely to be from user error. We don’t read the instructions, or we forgot to service the photocopier. Or we don’t listen to each other: I say I’ll meet someone at the office, she’s waiting for me at the house.

During Mercury retrograde periods we have a clear view in hindsight, making this a good time to rethink our priorities, re-establish old friendships. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, renew your commitment to your Valentine if you have one, and to yourself if you don’t. Linear thinking is temporarily suspended; take a different route!

By | 2007-02-13T00:09:00+00:00 February 13th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mercury turns retrograde tomorrow night.

Valentine’s Day Love Triangle

Thanks to Dharmaruci for describing the tight Yod aspect between Venus, Mars and Saturn that is moving into formation now and will be strong on Valentine’s Day. A Yod aspect involves two planets in sextile that are each 150 degress (quincunx) from the apex planet. The sextile is an exciting and harmonious aspect and the quincunx an irritating and somewhat stressful aspect, so the combination of the two together typically results in a process that is more dynamic than either the sextile or the quincunx can be on their own. Sextiles generate excitement but typically don’t effect change, and the quincunx is challenging with no way to resolve the stress.
From the article:

The two planets dancing together in this Valentine sextile are Venus and Mars. Venus is in exaltation in Pisces, full of compassion, love, acceptance, with a deep love for both humanity and the Creator. There is the ability for selfless service, especially towards those suffering in the world. It is harmonizing spirit and form. But it can also loose the sense of its own identity especially if illusions or psychic influences overtake sensibilities.

Mars is also in exaltation in Capricorn with the strength to make commitments, stay the course, and ultimately may desire to penetrate and set free anything that inhibits, restrains or represses inner freedom. But it can also be extremely controlling, moralistic and inhibited, often through traditional religious conditioning.

If no cooperative effort is made between this Mars and Venus, the low side of the energies is our love being chained and hidden as we are psychically controlled by government or religious authorities and conditioning. But with just a little effort, these two planetary energies […]

By | 2007-02-11T16:45:00+00:00 February 11th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Valentine’s Day Love Triangle

UFO sighting in the UK

There seems to be a rash of UFO sightings over the past couple of months (Jupiter/Uranus anyone??) but this is a big one:

PEOPLE screamed and cars came to a halt when dozens of mysterious lights hovered thousands of feet above Archway.

The “squadron” of flying orange objects left passers-by staring skyward in disbelief at around 5.30pm last Thursday. Police received four calls within a matter of minutes.

WHILE no one is in any doubt something happened in the sky above Archway last Thursday, experts are at odds over what caused the spooky sight.

The truth is out there – somewhere – and my search started with the account of eyewitness, James Zafar.

He said: “When I called 999 there was a big silence and then he came back on the phone and said we’ve tracked it by radar. Then he said, ‘you are real really lucky, you’ve just seen a meteor or shooting star.’

“They definitely mentioned the radar and that leads me to think they know all about this.”

But police would only confirm that they received a number of calls about the lights and that there was reference to radar and a meteor on their records. They could not say where this information came from.

Of course there was a skeptic who came up with this explanation:

[A]stronomer and self proclaimed “UFO sceptic” Ian Ridpath also dismissed any astronomical or climatic explanations.

He believes the phenomenon was caused by “sky lanterns” or “UFO balloons” – one-off miniature hot air balloons that can be ordered online for use at parties.

Mr Ridpath said: “These things are always being reported. This very probably is the most likely explanation. What surprises me is that someone hasn’t come along […]

By | 2007-02-10T17:25:00+00:00 February 10th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UFO sighting in the UK

What I learned from the skeptics challenge

For the past few years I have written to anyone who wrote a post or an article debunking astrology offering to do a free reading for them so that they can try it for themselves before making a judgement on a subject they knew little about. I received no response from any of these people. Last summer someone undergoing a painful experience wrote to me – he was skeptical of astrology but open to hear what I had to say, and we had a very meaningful exchange that was helpful for him and the process he was going through.

Then Paul came along, a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic, in response to my post quoting Richard Tarnas that skepticism without magic is an empty prison. Paul responded to the Skeptics Challenge and I sent him a short reading of a few of the major points in his chart, requesting that he reply to my email and let me know what he thought of it. He did not reply to that email, so I sent a second email, to which I also received no reply. However, a reply to his comment referred to his blog so I went there to take a look and found there a challenge to me for a scientific study of astrology. I thought it peculiar that he didn’t contact me directly about this challenge but instead posted it on his blog with no real way for me to find it except for a link in a post. You’ll find more details about  along with the longest comment thread ever seen on this site.

My goal for the Skeptics Challenge was that […]

By | 2018-11-23T13:37:43+00:00 February 10th, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

View of the Comet from Down Under

Diana shares her experience of Comet McNaught:

My first sighting of comet McNaught was with a group of people, all gazing expectantly into the darkening twilight, and it was a little girl who caught first glimpse. And as our eyes focused on the fuzzy bit of brightness, and its awe-inspiring tail…that same little girl squealed with delight, ‘it’s red! it’s red!’ Some of the adults shook their heads thinking this was an over-active imagination, but I recalled looking through a telescope with my own kids when they were small, and the astronomer who was assisting us, asked the boys what colours they could see…and they could see many colours in some constellations. The astronomer explained to me that children’s eyes see colour more vividly than we do, I think we lose that capacity around age twelve.

Another member of that family present on that first night, was a 92yr old woman, very frail, and poor of eye sight. We weren’t sure she would be able to see anything, but her family wanted to share the experience with her. For a few minutes she couldn’t see it and then there was a sudden twinkling, which we all could see, and the old woman called out, ‘I can see it, it’s sparkling!’. Now that old woman is not someone I would describe as ‘optimistic’ in fact she is very gloomy and longing for death…but that night, after seeing the comet, she said, ‘I feel….[and she struggled for the word]…content.’

I’ve seen the comet since that night. Sat and stared at it in absolute wonder. And I’ve got to say, […]

By | 2007-02-05T11:35:00+00:00 February 5th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on View of the Comet from Down Under
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