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Social media, depression and Pluto in Sagittarius

Recent news articles have warned of a growing epidemic of depression, loneliness and isolation due to social media.  While social media ostensibly makes it easier to connect with others, online contacts do not have the same quality of connection as face to face communication.  In addition, we often forget that our online presence is carefully curated to show only the highlights of people’s lives and not the backstory, and our lives pale in comparison.  This is especially true of Instagram, where professional influencers use carefully crafted images to sell products based on an idealized lifestyle.  This of course is nothing new – advertisers have been doing this since time immemorial.  But with Instagram we can potentially spend hours and hours each day in envy of the idealized lives of beautiful people and gorgeous glossy photos.

The rise of depression is especially notable in teens, who were born while Pluto was in Sagittarius between 1995 and 2008. Pluto moves through a sign approximately every 12 to 30 years, and each sign that Pluto moves through marks a new generation with a new set of issues and priorities (other posts on generations can be found here).

Sometimes called “Generation Z” and described by social scientists as being born between 1995 and 2009 (Pluto was in Sagittarius between 1995 and 2008 making this a very close fit),  this generation is finding it difficult to live in today’s Capricornian world, with both Saturn and Pluto traveling through Capricorn which is more about success and achievement.  Sagittarius bestows an open mind and an eagerness to explore other cultures – it often tends to be fascinated with the media, philosophy and religion.  Sagittarius is optimistic and needs the freedom to adventure and […]

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By | 2018-11-28T09:01:38+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Generations, Life|0 Comments

Musings on hate, violence and healing

In the early days after I started this blog in 2005 I found it interesting to profile people in the news.  Primarily this was for my own interest in order to explore the motivations of people who do weird things, but also to illustrate in real life the value of astrological understanding.  In attempting to understand the minds of criminals, I would often profile individuals who committed appalling acts of violence.  But over the past few years, the number of mass shootings has increased to such a degree that I can no longer bear to analyze the charts of those who commit such heinous acts.

In reflecting with dismay and horror at the synagogue shootings this week I realized that it’s more than just guns that are the problem, at this point.  Yes, America has a gun problem as I have written about many times including here.  But the real problem is the level of hate that has been unleashed in this country and in other countries as a world that has become too small for the 7.2 billion people that reside here.  The globalism and loosening of borders when Pluto was in Sagittarius between 1995 and 2008 encouraged immigration into countries such as Germany and England which needed workers.  Under Pluto’s trip through Sagittarius, the sign of travel and embrace of other cultures, globalism brought a rich new tapestry of music, food and culture into nations whose cultures, unlike the US which is famously a “melting pot” of different nationalities, were already well defined and well established.  Additionally under the Sagittarian influence the spread of social media (Sagittarius is associated with both media AND social interaction) took a secure foothold in international culture.  By […]

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By | 2018-10-29T15:05:31+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Crime, Life|12 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Waiting for the storm

I’m at the beach right now, waiting for Hurricane Florence to hit the North Carolina coast.  We know the storm is coming, but we don’t know when or where it will make landfall, and whether or not we will be able to stay out our week.

It struck me that this experience is very similar to the anticipation those of us who know something about astrology feel when we are waiting for a big planetary cycle to hit.  We know that something is going to happen, but we don’t know what.  Pluto has not budged all year from an intense transit to a sensitive system in my chart, and when I was watching the approach of this Pluto transit I was a little overwhelmed, wondering what it would bring.

Like hurricanes, planetary cycles are unpredictable and follow no prescribed pattern.  A Pluto transit will bring a health crisis for one person, death of a spouse to another, a burst of personal empowerment to a third.  Some of this depends on other aspects in the chart and how well an individual internalizes the energy of the transiting planet.  Someone with a lot of Pluto and Scorpio in their chart, who has learned to manage the intensity of these Plutonic energies of total destruction and regeneration, may have an easier time with a Pluto transit than someone who has not had to deal with those energies throughout a lifetime.  Individuals with heavy Saturn placements have likely had years of stress and difficulty and have built up the internal reserves to sail through the challenges and tests of a Saturn transit without a lot of resistance whereas someone with a lighter chart will find Saturn extremely difficult.

Like planets, hurricanes and tornadoes strike […]

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By | 2018-09-09T12:49:06+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Inspiration, Life|10 Comments

Low esteem and materialism go hand in hand

updated from 2007. 

Researchers have found that low self-esteem and materialism are not just a correlation, but also a causal relationship where low self esteem increases materialism, and materialism can also create low self-esteem. The also found that as self esteem increases, materialism decreases. The study primarily focused on how this relationship affects children and adolescents. Lan Nguyen Chaplin (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Deborah Roedder John (University of Minnesota) found that even a simple gesture to raise self-esteem dramatically decreased materialism, which provides a way to cope with insecurity.

“By the time children reach early adolescence, and experience a decline in self-esteem, the stage is set for the use of material possessions as a coping strategy for feelings of low self-worth,” they write in the study, which will appear in the Journal of Consumer Research.

read more here 

This is no surprise to astrologers, who place self-esteem and material needs in the second house of the birthchart. The second house, associated with Taurus, deals with our material needs and our desire for wealth and financial security, but also with our values and our sense of self-esteem, our talents and skills and how we feel about them. Clients with a challenged second house often find that their ability to achieve financial security is tied closely with their self-esteem.

The article goes on to say:

In the book “Happiness: Lessons From a New Science”, Richard Layard exposes a paradox at the heart of our lives. Most of us want more income so we can consume more. Yet as societies become richer, they do not become happier. In fact, the First World has more depression, more alcoholism and more crime than fifty years ago. This paradox is true of […]

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By | 2018-07-18T12:45:43+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Life|1 Comment

The astrology of the Me Too movement, and Black Moon Lilith

The phrase “Me Too” was first used back in 2006 by Tarana Burke to help spread the message that would help the young girls she worked with to heal from sexual violence.  But like so many things, the timing had to be ripe for that message to spread around the world, and that happened back in October 2017 with the Harvey Weinstein revelations and we can see the astrological correlations for that in the planetary movement of the planet Uranus – the radical revolutionary, the planet which tends to suddenly turn the established order on its ear.

The “Me Too” movement began in the United States, and while its message has spread around the world, its influence is predominantly American.  The first glimmer of the movement began back in June of 2017 when female workers in Silicon Valley began to express frustration with a “culture of harassment.”  At the time, Uranus was exactly conjunct Venus, planet of relationships and human interaction. This fast moving planetary dynamic would not have been sufficient to motivate a national movement in itself, but Venus in the US progressed chart was also affected which means that the archetype of the American woman was particularly affected by a need to change the established order (US Progressed Venus was at the exact same degree as the Uranus/Venus conjunction).

When all of this first came down I couldn’t help but think this sudden eruption of rage smelled just like the Black Moon Lilith (follow this link for other information about this fascinating planetary point).  The Black Moon Lilith embodies a primal feminine rage against the patriarchy that is very interesting in astrological charts where this point is prominent, and […]

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By | 2018-09-05T08:10:34+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Life, Politics|1 Comment
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