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Interesting view of the upcoming Galactic Alignment

By |2018-06-11T11:09:18-04:00May 26th, 2012|Age of Aquarius|

This year there is much talk of a Galactic Alignment that has been described in Mayan texts and has been used as a prediction by some that the world will end in 2012 and by others that we will somehow become immediately transformed into light beings and ascend into an elevated level of consciousness.

According to Wikipedia,

[T]he Sun’s December  position (in the northern hemisphere, the lowest point on its annual path; in the southern hemisphere, the highest) is currently in the constellation of , one of two constellations in which the zodiac intersects with the . Every year, on the December solstice, the Sun and the Milky Way, from the surface of the Earth, appear to come into alignment, and every year, precession causes a slight shift in the Sun’s position in the Milky Way. Given that the Milky Way is between 10° and 20° wide, it takes between 700 and 1400 years for the Sun’s December solstice position to precess through it. It is currently about halfway through the Milky Way, crossing the . In 2012, the Sun’s December solstice will fall on 21 December.

I have been debunking the idea that the 2012 phenomenon has anything to do with astrology.  Several years ago Pluto transited the point of the galactic center, which to me was a crucially important planetary event (here are links to some articles I wrote on that topic). I also believe that we are in the transition now between the Piscean age and the Aquarian age which is bringing about intense shifts of planetary energy as well as personal consciousness. But any particular significance of this year’s Winter […]

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There’s a reason they call them cosmic!

By |2018-06-11T11:09:28-04:00April 26th, 2012|Astronomy|

cosmic raysCosmic Ray Origin still mysterious

I don’t know much about cosmic rays, but I do love it when science can’t explain everything.  Cosmic Rays are a bombardment of tiny electrical particles to earth from deep space and scientists recently discovered that the supernova explosions or gamma ray bursts which formerly were thought to cause these rays to enter our atmosphere are not actually the cause, leaving  us to wonder what is really going on here.

We who are working in the field of consciousness and personal evolution talk about how the energy is changing now, and about the shift in consciousness.  But we never discuss where this energy creating these shifts come from – there is a general consensus that we can feel these energetic changes but not being scientists we tend not to analyze their source.

that incoming cosmic rays reached a new high in 2009.  Space scientist Richard Mewaldt of Caltech is quoted in the article: “It’s sort of like everything’s working in the same direction right now, to allow cosmic rays greater access to the inner solar system.”  This occurred during the “solar minimum” when the sun’s energy was at its lowest, perhaps permitting more of the powerful rays to reach the earth’s atmosphere.  Some speculative journalists like David WIlcock have written of a stream of new energy coming from the Galactic Center, and astrologically Pluto conjoined the Galactic Center in 2006-2007 which potentially could have opened a doorway for these forces.

For a fascinating article about planetary and consciousness changes,.

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Solstice Full Moon: December 21, 2010

By |2010-12-19T18:06:38-04:00December 19th, 2010|Moon|

Solstice eclipse 2010The Full Moon on December 21st is at the last degree of Gemini and it occurs on the same day as the Solstice, a relatively rare event.  There is a fair amount of dispute on the web as to exactly how rare it is: the Spaceweather site originally listed the year 1378 as the last time an eclipse fell on the Winter Solstice but astrologer Kathryn Cassidy has been .  The Spaceweather site now lists the year 1638, but that was NOT the last eclipse that fell on the Solstice.  The actual date for the last time an eclipse fell on the Solstice was December 22, 1703.  That was a VERY powerful eclipse because the nodes of the Moon were in a nearly exact conjunction with the lunation (the opposition of the Sun and Moon).

Eclipses occur when a lunation (new or full Moon) occurs near one of the nodes of the Moon (see this earlier article for more details). Astronomers use a wide orb of 15 degrees to define an eclipse, but when the lunar nodes are closer to the Sun and Moon the effect of the eclipse is more intense.  This eclipse is a strong one, with the lunar nodes within four degrees and Pluto within six.  So Pluto becomes part of the Full Moon and therefore the eclipse, marking the necessity for letting go and deep transformation.

The Winter Solstice occurs when the Sun enters the sign of tropical Capricorn.  The chart for the Solstices and Equinoxes are often used as a predictive tool to gauge the upcoming events of the next three months.  At the Solstices and Equinoxes the Sun moves into one of the […]

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Musings on the financial crisis and the Life Path

By |2009-02-15T08:23:41-04:00February 15th, 2009|Life|

I did readings all day yesterday at the Body, Mind Spirit expo in Raleigh yesterday, and while there was a noticeable lack of vendors at the show, the attendance numbers were way up.  It was interesting to see what kind of experiences people were having, but I did notice an underlying theme: people’s lives are being changed, whether they ask for it or not.  We would expect that people who come for readings are in a time of crisis of some sort, but this feels different than the usual assortment of life experiences.

These changes and transformations are occurring at a much deeper level and have to do with the big question:  What is my life path?  One querent was laid off and was trying to figure out what to do next, forced to evaluate how he wanted to shape his life.  One, having “found out” that her marriage was over after staying home to raise her young children, was facing beginning a new career that would have more meaning for her.

This, I believe, is a function of Pluto now traveling through Capricorn.  I know that I have experienced this myself – how to incorporate my real estate business, lucrative but exhausting, into a life that has a strong spiritual foundation as well as an active and wonderful astrological consulting practice?  These are big questions – we think of Capricorn as ruling career, but it’s really more than that.  Capricorn, Saturn, the Midheaven and the Tenth House are all concerned with how we express ourselves through a Life Path – a work that feeds our soul and aids our spiritual development.  This can be our career, but not always.  If you’re a waitress, but your soul longs to […]

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Comet Holmes and the Blue Star Kachina

By |2018-07-15T09:51:14-04:00January 15th, 2009|2012|

My post the other day on Philip Sedgwick’s blog cited an article by Bruce Fenton on his site 2012 Rising about the Hopi “Blue Star Kachina” prophecy.  My post echoed Philip’s dismissal of Comet Holmes as the “Blue Star Kachina” because I had completely forgotten the astounding behavior of Comet Holmes as it exploded in the sky last year. In a matter of hours, the comet brightened 400,000 times in a manner that scientists could not explain.  I really should have remembered it because this became a bit of an obsession to me at the time.

Now that we are under the influence of Mercury Retrograde, I’d like to go back and revisit the comet with this new perspective.  One of the fascinating synchronicities about the explosion of Comet Holmes was the fact that it exploded in brightness just as Pluto conjoined the Galactic Center.  No one really knew what to expect under this influence, but there was quite a bit of conjecture and an exploding comet seemed to be quite significant.

Bruce responded in the comments to my post the other day that Hopi elders had agreed that the Comet Holmes was the Blue Star Kachina that had been prophesied, and  commented that this was a distinct possibility:

Comet Holmes gaseous shell is blue/turquoise in color. I viewed it through my unfiltered telescope last year and it was definitely blue in tint. Hubble pictures confirm the same. Comet Holmes appeared “out of the blue”. This small, insignificant periodic comet, whose orbit moves just inside of Mars and then to the other side of Jupiter, put on a display that had astronomers shaking their heads in disbelief. In a matter of 40 hours it brightened from mag 17 (invisible to only the biggest telescopes) to mag 2.8 (easily naked eye). […]

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Philip Sedgwick on 2012 and my thoughts on the Mayan Calendar and Age of Aquarius

By |2018-07-15T09:51:14-04:00January 14th, 2009|2012, Age of Aquarius|

Philip Sedgwick has a post on his new blog at Matrix that is chock full of interesting points to share.  Philip is an interesting astrologer – he was one of the first astrologers to work with the Galactic Center point which was so much in the news over the past few years as Pluto made a conjunction to it.  He is still exploring realms outside the boundaries of ordinary astrology, looking for ways to integrate the new Solar System into the astrological language.

Philip wrote an election blog for Huffington Post last year, and his commentary on that experience made me very glad I was picked up by Beliefnet and not, say, the New York Times which frankly was my fantasy.  It just shows that the Universe knows what’s best.  At any rate, Philip’s experience was not very enjoyable:

In honor of Mercury’s impending retrograde, allow me to back up first. Last fall I had the pleasure of writing a blog regarding election polling and the upcoming U. S. Presidential Election for the Huffington Post. My posts appeared under a subcategory entitled Huffpollstrology. But when I started writing for HuffPo, the first post was placed in the column with the standard array of mainstream bloggers. Oh my! I discovered that despite the stats about the general public loving to read sun sign columns, approximately 80% of the comments received about my first post were hostile, hateful and ignorant of the topic they condemned, which in the realm of blogging has nothing to do with anything. The ridicule came in from the obvious religious quarters, those who despise superstition and well educated and/or intelligent folks who condemned the idiocy of those who put credence into astrology. The spiteful comments continued through the tenure of my columns leading up to the […]

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Do galactic cycles influence earth’s history?

By |2008-07-29T14:05:00-04:00July 29th, 2008|Planetary cycles|


One of the arguments against the validity of astrology is the argument that there is no scientific evidence that humans on earth are influenced by planetary bodies. For many skeptics there must be scientific proof that a thing is possible, and of coures as scientific knowledge continues to expand by leaps and bounds we are learning more than ever before how little scientists really know about the universe around us.

that contact between the earth and the Milky Way do have an effect on biological species here:

Early last year, research revealed that the rise and fall of species on Earth seems to be driven by the undulating motions of our solar system as it travels through the Milky Way. Some scientists believe that this cosmic force may offer the answer to some of the biggest questions in our Earth’s biological history.

Last year Pluto made a conjunction to the Galactic Center of the Milky Way for the first time since these measurements were available. There are lots of theories about what that meant astrologically and you can read my ideas here. Once we start really paying attention to the rhythm of our lives, the fabric of time and space does become more magical and it becomes more obvious that everything really is connected. It’s good to see that science is catching up with magic!

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Welcome to 2008! An astrological look ahead

By |2008-01-02T22:08:00-04:00January 2nd, 2008|Planetary cycles|

Padma Planet, by Aya

2007 was a pretty big year, astrologically speaking. We had the conjunction of Pluto to the Galactic Center, the first time this has occurred since the Galactic Center was mapped. We had the opposition of Saturn to Neptune, the midpoint in the 36-year dance between those two planets. Jupiter squared Saturn in 2007, threatening to topple the optimism that has buoyed financial and housing markets, but not succeeding.

And who could forget the square from Jupiter to Uranus which brought us a series of rebellions that threatened even the most fractious of factions. Under this influence a series of bizarre and fantastic scientific discoveries lived up to astrologers’ expectations of surprising events, including the creation of “interspecies entities” including human/animal hybrids (no George Bush didn’t make that up).

So what’s in store for us in 2008?

Saturn, which is now traveling retrograde, has just entered Virgo for a 2-1/2 year stint where it will challenge our ideas of health and healing and probably create challenges for work situations and employee relations, all aspects of Virgo’s associations. Still, Pluto and Jupiter, both in Capricorn throughout the year, are allied with Saturn and helping to facilitate its changes. Other than this, we don’t have any major planetary cycles until we get closer to the end of the year, when Saturn faces off in opposition to Uranus just in time for the 2008 elections to overturn (Uranus) the status quo (Saturn).

There are two eclipse cycles this year, the first in February when we see an Annular Solar Eclipse at the New Moon on February 6, and a Total Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon on February […]

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An astrological look back at 2007

By |2018-07-15T09:45:05-04:00January 1st, 2008|Planetary cycles|

Happy New Year everyone!

Today I give you Phil Brown’s look back at the year in astrology and fantastic link extravaganza. I’ve copied the whole article here for your convenience, but please be sure to visit for other of his terrific articles.


A totally subjective and random look at the wonderful world of astrology in 2007

Biggest astrology trend (a repeat from last year): Astrology blogs. They’ve been growing exponentially. Check out Jeffrey Kishner’s , a “comprehensive guide to every Western astrology blog on the web.” By the time you scroll to the bottom of the list, you’ll be in a new time zone, your head spinning in a blissful astro-blogosphere tag cloud. Then check out the blog podcasts and vidcasts. Top Ten Astrology Sources will also keep you happily busy for most of your waking hours.

Second biggest astrology trend: Interest in Mayan cosmology and 2012. Although the apocalypse is what’s simmering in a part of the collective consciousness right now, respected experts in Mayan cosmology are not forecasting any sort of 2012 pre-Columbian rapture. John Major Jenkins’ (which doesn’t really predict an apocalypse and is probably the best of the 2012 books–a fascinating read) has steadily outsold most astrology books on the list of astrology bestsellers. Bruce Scofield’s has been finding a much wider readership. And there’s been .

Planet of the Year (and probably next year, too): Saturn. When contacted, Saturn merely griped that he could not accept the Planet of the Year award because he was too busy “tightening my rings, sir.” Indeed, […]

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The Exploding Comet and the Galactic Message

By |2007-10-25T08:23:03-04:00October 25th, 2007|Astronomy, Consciousness|

holmes.   The timing of the exploding Comet Holmes at the exact moment of the conjunction of Pluto to the Galactic Center is a fascinating coincidence. Add to this the timing right at the Full Moon and there is a sense of something very significant going on.

Comets have long been thought to be harbingers or omens, and this new comet has defied the understanding of scientists and their efforts to strip the magic from this type of event. If the Universe was trying to get our attention, it makes sense that It would create a vision in the sky that was unlike anything ever seen before.

Pluto conjuncts the Galactic Center approximately every 250 years. In this earlier article I reviewed some of the history of previous cycles that heralded a shift in focus of the human species.

We are clearly on the brink of a shift in human evolution:

  • Threats of mass extinction ignore the fact that extinctions are already occurring at a rapid rate. Species are becoming extinct at a rate , and a third of all amphibians and primate species with nearly a quarter of mammals are threatened.
  • The Middle East, “cradle of civilization,” is now the fulcrum of a major shift in global power from two “superpowers” to a multitude of smaller powers and tribal allegiances.
  • A new race to space pits China against rivals Japan and India for the first moon landing by an Asian country.
  • Syria has possibly  of countries possessing nuclear technology, bringing that number to ten or possibly eleven, depending on the degree to which Iran has acquired this technology.
  • Scientists are working hard to , the possibility of which would […]
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