Apologies to my readers who prefer words to video – after spending two hours writing the May Planetary Illuminations report, the whole report was lost into the Dark Web somewhere (no doubt due to user error!). So I’m preserving my writing energy for the rewrite, but offer the forecast here in video format for you to enjoy.
I just returned from a two-week trip to Greece. I have been fascinated by Greece my entire life – in college I read a book called The Sibyl about the Oracle at Delphi. I had an idea even then that I had had a life as a Sibyl, telling the fortunes of passersby in the service of the Mother Goddess. I never learned much about the history of Delphi, and didn’t know that in Greek times the role of the oracle at Delphi changed. And here is where I’d like to begin this story.
All of the ancient sites that we visited had at one time been temples to Gaia or some Mother Goddess before being rebuilt as the magnificent temples that we think of as representing the ancient Greece of democracy and the flowering of civilization. In Delphi in particular, the building which later became the Temple of Apollo was originally a temple dedicated to Gaia, or at least the Goddess who was later called Gaia. A creature called Python Delpyne, the Python of Delphi, protected the sacred site. In those days, we learned, the Sibyl spoke with her own voice – she transmitted message directly from the Divine to those who sought her counsel.
Me at the Temple of Delphi
In the legends that have come down to us, the god Apollo slew the dragon Python at Delphi and took over the sacred site. After the site was rebuilt in honor of Apollo (with a temple to Athena to placate the goddess worshippers), the Sibyl was no more. Instead she was replaced by an oracle called Pythia, who lost her own voice – she is said to have spoken gibberish […]
Last year reporter for the Atlantic explored the connection between millennials and astrology:
Many people I spoke to for this piece said they had a sense that the stigma attached to astrology, while it still exists, had receded as the practice has grabbed a foothold in online culture, especially for young people.
“Over the past two years, we’ve really seen a reframing of New Age practices, very much geared toward a Millennial and young Gen X quotient,” says Lucie Greene, the worldwide director of J. Walter Thompson’s innovation group, which tracks and predicts cultural trends.
Callie Beusman, a senior editor at Broadly, says traffic for the site’s horoscopes “has grown really exponentially.” Stella Bugbee, the president and editor-in-chief of The Cut, says a typical horoscope post on the site got 150 percent more traffic in 2017 than the year before.
In some ways, astrology is perfectly suited for the internet age. There’s a low barrier to entry, and nearly endless depths to plumb if you feel like falling down a Google research hole. The availability of more in-depth information online has given this cultural wave of astrology a certain erudition—more jokes about Saturn returns, fewer “Hey baby, what’s your sign?” pickup lines.
Before the Internet, the only form of astrology available to the masses was sun sign “horoscopes” in newspapers, a very watered-down form of astrology that is more poetry and creative writing than actual astrology. I started this blog in 2005, at the very beginning of the spread of astrological wisdom over the Internet, as a way to help to spread the word about the ways in which astrology can be seen at work in the real world.
This article takes an interesting stance in […]
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The Full Moon on the 19th is at the very last degree of Libra. The 29th degree is also called the “critical” or “anaretic” degree – it is a degree of completion and marks the end of one cycle and the evolution into another. There is a poignancy to this degree, and it is often associated with the idea of chickens coming home to roost – it’s too late to control the outcome, but the facts must be faced.
The 29th degree, sometimes called the “critical” or “anaretic” degree, is associated with the endings of cycles and new beginnings. The word “anaretic” derives from “anareta,” which in ancient astrology signified the planet of death in the natal horoscope. The Hellenistic astrologer Ptolemy’s writings use the word “anaretic” as an antonym for “benefic,” meaning dstructive or fatal. This is what has given the 29th degree such a bad rap, although endings are actually the harbinger of new beginnings and not to be feared.
This Full Moon in Libra, the sign of balance and integration, encourages us to find a way to leave behind anything in our lives that is standing in the way of our finding that internal balance. Something is bound to come to an end in order to help us to continue to grow in that integration and harmony. At the Libra Full Moon, the Sun is in Aries and a balance is required between our personal needs (Aries) and our ability to integrate those needs into our interactions with others in a way that will maintain equilibrium and balance. Libra’s love of beauty stems from this need for peace within, and at this Full Moon it will […]