Astrology

Tales of the Neptune Retrograde Station

Neptune, the planet of divine creativity and illusion, turned retrograde on June 16th. This is not unusual – the outer planets turn retrograde (appear to move backwards from our perspective on earth) every year. Before a planet changes direction its apparent motion slows to a standstill, just as a car does when making a U-turn.

When a planet is stationary, it captures our attention.  If that planet is affecting something in our chart, it yells at us to take notice.  It shines like a laser beam, a focused point of light streaming its planetary energies to Earth.  And right now, Neptune has the spotlight.

Neptune is an outer planet – its influence is transformational rather than personal.  It inspires us to experience a Self that lies beyond our individual personalities – to experience divinely inspired creativity, to merge with the Soul in meditation, to experience the Godhead in all of its myriad forms.  It also tempts us with fantasy and illusion, fooling us with subterfuge and undermining our ideals.

Neptune will remain retrograde until November 22nd.  During this time the Neptune influence becomes more profoundly personal.  You may feel like you are wading through a thick fog in your life, unable to make a clear decision.  You may find yourself succumbing to strange illnesses for which there are no names.  You may be more susceptible to lies and deception and less able to discriminate clearly.

This is a time to turn within with a greater focus on the inner world than the outer.  Meditation and rest is important during this time as our physical energy may be diminished, especially if Neptune is transiting planets in your own chart.  You may be more sensitive to psychic energies than other times, especially if you tend to be hyper-sensitive, so plan accordingly.

Life on Planet Earth can be more complicated when Neptune is retrograde since it can be difficult to see clearly with the eye of consciousness.  This is a time to build a reliance on the inner eye and the inner voice – the voice of spiritual guidance within that helps us to see everything more clearly.  There can be temptation under Neptune’s influence to attempt a shortcut to divinity through drugs and alcohol, but this is not advised, especially under a retrograde Neptune since the path to addiction is so much stronger now.

The same thinning of the membrane of Self that creates the challenging delusion of Neptune can also bring about tremendous spiritual growth and heightened creative inspiration.  Music, painting, writing – all creative projects will help to utilize this period for greater expansion and mastery.

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By | 2017-06-28T11:03:29+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Astrology|1 Comment

The Astrology of the S-town podcast

S town astrologyThis post will be most interesting to those of you who have listened to this podcast.  If you haven’t yet heard it you might want to take a listen before reading the post, it will be much more revealing. 

S-Town is a serial podcast from the folks that bring you This American Life.  It begins as a story about a murder, and ends up as something else entirely.  Along the way, the darkness of a human soul is revealed. It’s a fascinating psychological study of a man imprisoned by his own rage and self-loathing and the layers of mysteries that lie within the people surrounding him.

I recently took a long flight and listened to most of the seven episode podcast on the way home and over the following couple of days.  At the very end of the series the birth date of the main character, John B. McLemore, was revealed:  March 15, 1968.  I wanted to learn more about this guy and delved into his chart.

I’ve tried not to reveal any podcast spoilers for those of you who intend to listen.

John B. McLemore was a southern gentleman who lived in Woodstock Alabama, which he calls S-town (using the full expletive rather than the polite version).  The story is full of twists and turns like the maze which John grew on the farm on which he lives.  Over the course of the podcast we learn that he is brilliant, but desperately unhappy and lonely – that he hates his life but feels trapped within it.

This is a theme that many of my clients struggle with – they want to change but they feel they lack the courage or the will to take the necessary steps to get there.  I usually see this as a fire problem – a weakness in the fire element or in Mars that keeps them from being able to take action.

McLemore’s chart (click to enlarge) is fascinating.  Born with the Sun in watery Pisces, his natural tendency is to go with the flow.  He is sensitive and finds boundaries difficult – Pisces is the sign of the ocean and boundaries simply stop the flow and prevent its easy trajectory.  Chiron (wounding and healing) conjoins his Sun, indicating a deep and painful soul wound that requires conscious growth in order to heal.  Uranus (electromagnetic energy, radical behavior) is opposite Chiron and the Sun, revealing a rebellious character (Uranus opposite Sun) who is also extremely sensitive energetically (Chiron opposite Uranus), and to top it all off Pluto (obsession and transformation) gets involved, opposite the Sun and widely interacting with Chiron and Uranus.

Already we see that this is not an individual who can fit easily into the mold enforced by small town life in the deep south.  Then we see that his Moon is in Libra, creating a longing (Moon) for connection (Libra) – but his Moon is opposed by stern Saturn which creates in him a predisposition to feeling lonely and isolated despite his desire for love.

Mars is in Aries, its own sign, which is the strongest place for Mars.  Mars is the planet of action and shows how we assert our personal Will: what we want and how we go about getting it.  An individual with Mars in Aries has strong desires and a strong Will; however, McLemore’s Saturn is also in Aries which creates insecurity around taking the steps to manifest that Will and attain his desires.

A chart like this does not make life easy.  I have counseled many individuals with similar charts, and often their fear keeps them stuck in places or relationships or jobs or other situations which are ok enough, but not really satisfying.  Often these people want to know when their chart says they will be able to make a change.  Or they want to know where they should move so that their live can be easier.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.  Astrology can’t fix our lives – we have to make the difficult choices and take the hard steps to make the necessary changes that will bring us the satisfaction and joy that we crave.

What astrology CAN and DOES do, however, it to reveal the internal workings of the chart so that we can better understand the inner motivations that create our problems, making it easier to repair and transform them.

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By | 2017-05-20T09:04:43+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Astrology, People, Psychology|1 Comment

Questions about “cusps” and birth signs

[A portion of this article is taken from earlier posts.]  The idea that a person was born on the “cusp” originates from Sun Sign astrology.  Your sign as you know it is actually the sign that the Sun was in at the time you were born.   If you pick up a book or newspaper horoscope about your Sun sign, or as some publications call it, your star sign (if you see a publication that refers to star signs, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction), it will refer to a range of dates for your sign.  This stems from the fact that the Sun doesn’t move from one sign into another on the same date each year and these publications have no way to calculate the exact position of the Sun in your chart.

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Approximate dates of Sun Signs

For example, in this diagram Aries is said to begin on March 21st, but this year the Sun entered Aries on March 20th.

A question I was asked: “I am looking to understand the “CUSP” between a Virgo and a Libra? After reading [horoscopes for] both for several months, I am finding myself more inclined to be or leaning towards Libra. Can you give me any insight that might point me towards my true sign?”

This individual was born at 29 degrees 17 minutes Virgo. If you were born in the last four or five degrees of one sign, the qualities of the next sign begin bleeding through. He is moving away from the characteristics of Virgo, the previous sign, and his focus is more on the next which is Libra. Mercury in his chart is in Libra, so his thought process is filtered through the Libran love of beauty and harmony rather than the Virgo desire for details and safety and this adds to his sense of the Libra qualities.

The Sun sign is the biggest single piece of the chart but it is only one piece. Because the Sun represents our quest or mission, a placement in the last degrees of a sign shows that you are completing that mission and beginning a new one during this lifetime. That is not true for those born at the beginning degrees of a sign; once you have moved into the next sign there is no more bleeding through. Still, the rest of the chart adds a richly layered tapestry of other influences to complete the picture. This individual has Sagittarius rising, a Capricorn Moon, a Leo Mars, Jupiter in Cancer, Venus in Virgo. All very different influences that come together to create a unique individual.

I believe that one reason there is so much skepticism about astrology is that people equate astrology with Sun signs and think that astrology means that everyone who is born under the sign of Aries is the same.  This misses the richness and beauty of the astrological pantheon and frankly is the reason I started this blog back in 2005.

Sun sign astrology, or “horoscopes” as they are inaccurately called, is fun and entertaining, but it should not be mistaken for real astrology.

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By | 2017-05-15T10:30:44+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Astrology, Lessons|5 Comments

The Black Moon Lilith in Astrology

Black Moon Lilith

“Lilith’s Daughter” by Drusila

As some of you know, I have been exploring the meaning of the Black Moon Lilith ever since I discovered she conjoined my Pluto and South Node, explaining a lot about the trauma in my past and relationship issues.

In my experimentation with clients I have come to think of Lilith as describing a primal female rage against the patriarchy and domination of men.  In the story of Lilith, she was Adam’s first wife and was equal to him. When she refused to lie under him Adam threw her out and asked Jehovah to provide him with a more suitable mate and it was then that Jehovah fashioned Eve out of Adam’s rib to ensure that she would remain submissive to him (except for that whole apple thing).  Lilith “flew away” or was banished, depending on who you believe, and spent the rest of her years howling in the night with rage for her children who were killed by the angels of God.  Under the patriarchal religions of the Piscean age she was transformed into a demon, a succubus,

The Black Moon Lilith (not to be confused with the Dark Moon or the Lilith asteroid)  is not a body in the sky, but a focal point between the Earth and the farthest point of the lunar orbit.  (See this image from Kelley Hunter’s excellent article about Lilith.)

In a regression a few years ago I uncovered an ancient life in which during a bloody battle I was raped and my children murdered in front of me.  I have always been fearful of having children and I felt that the residual anxiety from this ancient life had bled into my current one.  Coincidentally, shortly thereafter I calculated the position of the Black Moon Lilith in my chart and discovered its powerful placement in my conjunction from my Moon (mother/children) to Pluto (death and destruction) which are also aligned with my South Node (the past).  This seemed beyond coincidence to me and drove me to experiment with the Black Moon Lilith in every client chart.  I also noticed that the BML, as she is affectionately known, was tightly aligned with the Moon in the chart of my ex and the Sun in my husband’s chart.

From this research I have found that when  the Black Moon Lilith is aligned with another planet or angle (ascendant or midheaven) in the chart there tends to be, in its mildest form, an innate sense of the inequity of the dominant male culture and desire for justice. and in its most extreme, a profound feminine rage against the patriarchical system in general and sometimes against men in particular.  Men with a strong BML in their chart tend to be drawn to women who exhibit Lilith tendencies – powerful in nature and usually with a strong sexual vibration – although this often manifests as an attraction/repulsion dynamic due to a fear of the power of the Lilith archetype.

Rose McGowan astrologyRecently I listened to a podcast with actor Rose McGowan.  I have seen Ms. McGowan in films and television but knew very little about her.  She has been an outspoken warrior for women’s rights for years, but her naked expressions of rage against the unfairness to women in the film industry and her strong

Rose McGowan astrology

Click chart to enlarge

feminist viewpoints were so profoundly Lilithian I had to investigate further. Sure enough, her chart shows a tight conjunction from the Black Moon Lilith to her Moon and in a square to Pluto.  Last year Ms. McGowan revealed that she had been raped by a studio head, and in the podcast she alludes to other traumas in her past.

The rulership of the world by men began to dominate human consciousness during the Age of Aries, the warrior age (approximately 2000 bce to 0 ce), and continued through the age of Pisces, the religious age (approximately – 0ce to 2100).   It was during the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of the mid-1960s that feminine power began to re-emerge, a harbinger of the Age of Aquarius into which we are transitioning.

I believe that the archetype of the Black Moon Lilith is emerging now to help to heal the damage of the past several thousands of years. The fear of the power of women is evident everywhere in our political system right now as the dying Piscean age gives way to the Aquarius ideals and the men that run the world attempt to bring back masculine dominance.  Lilith teaches that we must learn to normalize the archetype of feminine power into our own psyches and our culture in order to find true harmony in the world, and the only way that this can be done is through reclaiming this power within our own selves as women, and for men to honor and respect and even embrace the wisdom of the dark feminine rather than fear it.

 
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By | 2017-05-18T12:49:28+00:00 May 7th, 2017|Astrology, People|10 Comments

“When will we see the end of these difficult planetary cycles?”

planetary cyclesSomeone left this question in a comment recently, and I quite frequently hear this question from clients.  It’s a difficult one to answer because there are so many layers of planetary cycles that begin on the personal level with your own astrological chart that is affected by planetary movements.  Then we have the astrological chart of the nation in which we live that undergoes planetary cycles which affect the political landscape.  Expanding even further, we have the dances of the slower moving planets including Saturn, Chiron, and the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Not everyone is affected by planetary cycles in the same way – human behavior is difficult to predict since it depends so much on the choices that we make.  Still, this Uranus/Pluto cycle that we have been going through since 2010 is one of the most difficult because of the degree of change that it brings about.

While the Uranus/Pluto cycle is technically over, it is being kept alive this year by Jupiter which is bouncing back and forth between squares to Pluto and oppositions to Uranus, “translating” and re-connecting the Uranus/Pluto conflict and maintaining a level of tension that requires adaptation and synthesis.

Still, there are always harmonious cycles flowing through the most challenging of planetary alignments that provide support and encouragement.  A harmonious trine from  Saturn (discipline and focus) and Uranus (innovation and radical change) could help to facilitate the changes and new patterns that are necessary in order to recreate our world in the new ways that are required for the future.  Under this aspect the structures that we build under Saturn are energized by the ingenuity of Uranus.  This aspect tends to make the idea of change seem more exciting than frightening as we look towards the future with new eyes.

Planetary cycles don’t make things happen – they create a storm with a signature that is particular to that planet in order to create necessary evolution.  A tornado will not destroy every house in its path, but the mobile homes and shacks without strong foundations are vulnerable to the force of its power.

 

 

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By | 2017-04-11T08:14:25+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Astrology, Planetary cycles|2 Comments
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