Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers, I give thanks to you ❤️

thanksgiving gratitudeToday is not only Thanksgiving in the US, but it’s also the thirteenth Blogiversary of Astrological Musings.  In 2005 my sister, already a blogger, helped me get started on the Thanksgiving holiday and the rest is history.  I cherish the fact that many of you have been with me practically from the beginning, and grateful for all of you who have found me over the years.

Not too many of us in the United States are left with the illusion that the first Thanksgiving was a romantic feast where native Americans and white folks forged a beautiful friendship that lasted hundreds of years.  Most of us know the tragedy and devastation that European settlement of the US brought.  And lots of people don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as a result.
But if we forget about the Pilgrims and gorging on the traditional 10-course meal from which it takes weeks to recover, we end up with a day to give thanks.  Finding something to be grateful for, even in the midst of a miserable time in our lives, is one of the most healing things we can do.  Back in 1910 metaphysician Wallace Wattles wrote, “Gratitude brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the universe,” and since then this idea has really taken hold and become a part of daily rituals for many of us.

When we experience gratitude we open our hearts and minds and counteract the contraction of fear and doubt.  A gratitude practice is a very useful tool.  It is human nature not to pay attention to the good things in our life and to take them for granted; a daily review of the […]

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By | 2018-11-22T09:22:48+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Holidays|5 Comments

Happy Yule and Christmas to my dear readers!

Father Winter

A portion of this article was originally posted in 2011. Anyone who has read this blog for more than five minutes will know that I am rather skeptical not only of Christianity but of any organized religion.  Still, I love the Christmas season, with its pagan-derived trappings of pine trees decorated with colorful balls and lights, songs of celebration, and the sharing of food and sweets with family and friends.  After all, the week of the Winter Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years as Yule.  And even if it’s only for a week, it’s lovely to hear people of all religions talk about peace on earth and goodwill to men.

The timing of the celebration of the birth of the Christ on December 25th likely comes from the pre-Christian Roman holiday Sol Invictus celebrating the invincible Sun and the patron saint of Rome and her soldiers which was established in 274 ce.  Christianity was established  as the official religion in Rome in the mid 300s.

Around this time of year people always ask about the astrological meaning of the Star of Bethlehem, and an MSNBC article presents a compelling case for the actual birthdate of Jesus based upon the astronomical Star of Bethlehem:
Historical records and modern-day computer simulations indicate that there was a rare series of planetary groupings, also known as conjunctions, during the years 3 B.C. and 2 B.C.
The show started on the morning of June 12 in 3 B.C., when Venus could be sighted very close to Saturn in the eastern sky. Then there was a spectacular pairing of Venus and Jupiter on Aug. 12 in the constellation Leo, which ancient astrologers associated with the destiny of the Jews.
Between September of 3 B.C. […]

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By | 2017-12-25T08:07:46+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment

The Winter Solstice and the return of the light: today!!

Winter Solstice astrology Deviant Art

The Winter Solstice is upon us: the day when the Sun enters Capricorn in the tropical zodiac. We have already talked about Saturn having just entered Capricorn, and Saturn and the Sun align today as well.

The chart for the Winter Solstice is often used to forecast the energies of the coming season (until the Spring Equinox at zero Aries).  The conjunction of the Sun to Saturn at the Winter Solstice embeds this energy into the energy of the season, bringing our attention away from relaxation and pleasure to a more disciplined and focused approach. While the primary focus is on that which is real, a harmonious trine between Jupiter (expansion) and Neptune (creativity and inspiration) helps us to continue to grow our dreams while setting and realizing our concrete goals.  Mars is tied in there too, in Scorpio where it is quite powerful, helping to fuel and energize our thoughts to action.

We also have the asteroids speaking out quite loudly in this chart, with Ceres (nurturing) aligned with the North Node to help support us on the journey to the future.  Vesta, encouraging us to allow our own creativity to emerge from our heart’s fires, is aligned with Jupiter and tied into that lovely trine described above.  Pallas, goddess of creative intelligence, aligns with Uranus, representing intuition and multidimensional awareness. Juno, bestower of marriage and keeper of the nuclear family, aligns with the Moon to strengthen the bonds of those we live with and love. And last but not least, the Black Moon Lilith – the primal feminine power – aligns with Pluto, planet of empowerment and transformation, forcing us to face any darkness in order to transform it into light.

This […]

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By | 2017-12-21T08:27:40+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment

Summer Solstice: A Crescendo of Light

Summer Solstice Art by Danielle Barlow

The Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year.  For many in today’s (northern hemisphere) world that means beach holidays and cookouts, but on a more esoteric level it is the fulfillment of the light of consciousness.

The esoteric year begins at the time just after the Winter Solstice with the return of the light as the days begin to lengthen and the darkness diminishes.  The light of the Sun is associated with the principal energy source in the human experience, and the astrological Sun (your Sun Sign as it is called) represents that energy source, that illumination, within your own Self.  As the light returns we become more expansive – brighter and more awakened.

The turning of the year between the cardinal points (zero degrees of the cardinal signs) begin with the darkness of the Winter Solstice at zero degrees Capricorn, moving through the Vernal Equinox at zero degrees Aries, culminating at the Summer Solstice in Cancer, and waning at the Autumn Equinox in Libra.  Equinoxes are times of balance and equilibrium; solstices are times of ebb and flow.

The Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness in the individual.  The Sun is newly in Cancer – associated with the Moon, the soul (scarab in ancient Egypt) The Moon, ruler of Cancer, is associated with the harvest and the cultivation of the land. The Sun aids in this cultivation in our external lives, and the power of the Moon cultivates the emotional body and the Soul.  In esoteric studies the “central sun” acts as the point of integration between Spirit and Matter.  At the Solstice the Solar and Lunar powers unite to fuel a transformational shift.

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By | 2017-06-21T08:47:13+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment

Memorial day musings 2017

Memorial Day originated as a special day to honor those killed in any kind of military action. But times have changed.

Suicide now kills more soldiers in the middle east than die in combat.  Veterans returning from war are dying as the result of a failure to provide adequate treatment.  Whereas 6,886 soldiers have died since 2003 in various US military operations, the US Department of Justice reported that 4,813 people were killed by police in the US between 2003 and 2009, and the Washington Posts reports that over 900 people have been killed by police each year since they started tracking in 2015.

As is well known, gun violence and medical errors kill far more Americans than terrorism, yet the proposed US budget includes a $54 billion hike in defense spending which includes more Navy ships and Air Force planes, neither of which are effective in the current battle against religious extremism.

Over the past few years Pluto, planet of death and rebirth, has been opposing the Sun in the US astrological chart which has intensified the eruption of murder and violence in the country.  This will likely only increase as we get closer to the time of the US Pluto Return in 2020-2023.

I propose that on this Memorial Day we honor not only the fallen heroes, but also the fallen citizens whose only crime was to be nonwhite; the veterans who returned from war to find their lives decimated and with no hope of a bright future; the innocent victims of the mentally ill who are freely able to purchase assault weapons.

And let’s also remember that freedom goes beyond sending young boys to be cannon fodder for billionaires to enrich their pockets through […]

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By | 2018-06-11T11:56:11+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Holidays|17 Comments
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