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The Astrology of the Summer of Love

It’s hard to believe for anyone who is old enough to have lived through the summer of 1967 which was called the Summer of Love, but this marks the 50th anniversary of that fertile and creative time when traditional values of love and community were turned on its head and some of the best music ever created was born.

Astrologers have a name for what happened in the 1960s: We call it the “Uranus Pluto conjunction.”  During this time Uranus, planet of revolution and radicalism, conjoined Pluto, planet of transformation through destruction and regeneration, in the conservative sign of Virgo.  This cataclysmic planetary dynamic changed forever the social order (Virgo) and laid the groundwork for the recent upheaval which occurred during the period between 2010 and 2017 when Uranus formed a square (90 degree) aspect to Pluto for the second phase of that revolutionary cycle.

While the first exact conjunction of Uranus and Pluto didn’t occur until October of 1964, the two planets began to align in 1963 and beginning in the early 1960s one could hear the whispers of revolution all over the world.  In 1961 Timothy Leary took his first LSD trip and began researching the effects of psychedelics on mental health.  By 1965 the revolution was in full swing, with the assassination of Malcom X, the Watts riots, the formation of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane and so many other great bands, and with them the emergence of the “hippie” archetype. After the San Francisco Examiner wrote an expose of the migration of young Americans to its city, the swarms of youth increased and by 1967 the Human Be-In in San Francisco brought about all kinds of incredible happenings the likes of which no one had ever seen before.

Much of this was fueled by the rise of psychedelics thanks to the harmonious sextile from Neptune to the revolutionary duo Uranus and Pluto. Neptune rules the expansion of consciousness, and this consciousness expansion was the theme during much of the 1960s.  Consciousness raising was a buzzword that spread from the Black Panthers to the housewives rebelling against the doldrums of their daily life.  While Neptune was and will be sextile Pluto between 1948 and 2032, it was in 1966 that Neptune formed that harmonious sextile to Uranus, stimulating the desire to find new ways (Uranus) to find the divine through spirituality, drugs and art (Neptune).

The Summer of Love was a powerful time for those who lived through it.  But change is frightening and difficult, and the openness of that summer could not last forever.  Light soon turned to darkness as human society began to struggle to come to grips with a changing world, and the world has never been the same since.

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By | 2017-07-10T07:31:41+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|7 Comments

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 sales of arms and oil, or to enable individual prejudices against certain groups or religions.

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By | 2017-05-28T09:03:15+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|17 Comments

Looking backward to look ahead

happy new yearThe Romans celebrated the first day of the year as a festival to Janus, their god of gates, doors, beginnings and endings. They named the month of January after him, and portrayed him with two faces: one looking back and one looking forward. Janus presided over transition from past to future, the passage from childhood to adulthood and into old age. One of his faces was often portrayed clean-shaven with the other bearded.

Gates and doors are both portals from one experience to another. We enter through a gate and leave a part of ourselves behind; we enter the world of the unknown when we transition from one phase to another. Sometimes we seek change, sometimes we embrace it. Other times we fight it – holding on to the past for dear life. However we approach change it is, of course, inevitable. No matter how hard we wish for the day to remain, the night will come – followed by the next day of new beginnings.

For many, the first day of a new year is a day like any other, and to think otherwise is just a trick of the calendar. But a magical life is filled with symbols and meaning, and the passage through the doorway into a new year can be filled with the magic of transformation.

I love the African concept of “Sankofa,” which literally means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” The word “Sankofa” comes from the Sankofa bird which flies forward while looking backwards. Sankofa teaches that we must look backwards to look forwards, reclaiming and preserving the past as tools for the future. In this way we can pass through the gateways without losing any part of ourselves in the process, achieving a wholeness and grace of spirit.

I wish you all a magical passage into the New Year!

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By | 2016-12-31T12:01:28+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments

The breakdown of Kanye West (and a birthtime controversy)

kanye-westKanye West was hospitalized yesterday after an erratic onstage rant that led to his walking offstage and canceling the rest of his tour appearances.

Kanye West (born June 8, 1977, Atlanta Georgia, no confirmed birthtime*) has always been one of the more intriguing figures on the public stage.   I wrote about him back in 2006 after release of his song “Jesus walks” featured him as Jesus and quoted him as saying “saying that he would be a character in a modern bible because he is an inspiration to the culture and is definitely in the history books already.”  But the legend is not only in his mind – he has won 21 Grammy awards and is one of the best selling artists of all time.  He is also a fashion designer of some repute and of course is married to the most Selfied personality of our time: Kim Kardashian.

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Here is what I wrote about his chart in 2006:

What kind of astrological forces create an individual with such confidence and tenacity? West is a Gemini, with the Sun closely conjunct Jupiter. Geminis are mercurial creatures, able to slip in and out of personas and wear different masks in different situations. They are curious and thirsty for experience. Jupiter (expansion and opportunity) closely conjuncts his Sun, giving West not only a high degree of confidence/arrogance but also a certain amount of easy luck. His Sun/Jupiter conjunction is opposed by Neptune (see this article about the current Jupiter/Neptune square), opening up his spirit to a high degree of creativity (Neptune), but also posing the danger of falling into Neptune’s misty illusions. However, disciplined Saturn makes a harmonious aspect with both his Sun/Jupiter and his Neptune, providing West with a strength of character and an ability to create strategies and plans (Saturn) to achieve his goals and take advantage of his natural luck.

There is more, of course – a Pisces Moon that challenges (square formation) this Sun/Jupiter and bestows intense emotionality and further conflicts with Neptune to release enormous creativity but also the tendency towards delusion.  A Venus/Chiron conjunction in Taurus that demonstrates a wound (Chiron) to his self-esteem (Venus) and sense of security. A challenging square from Saturn in Leo, which can never be quite famous enough, to that Chiron which necessitates the continual unfolding of his wounded nature in order to heal and evolve.

Kanye has been under a powerful Pluto transit over the past few years (the transit of Pluto in a challenging square formation to his natal Pluto) and this Pluto transit is being triggered right now by Jupiter which is directly transiting natal Pluto, opening up the barriers of consciousness and liberating his inner restraints.  For some this could be a positive event but for someone as already unfettered as Kanye, the result has been a collapse of his psychological system. At the same time, transiting Saturn (tests and restriction) is opposite his Sun/Jupiter, enforcing limitations and restraint and possibly causing the economic problems which have been rumored lately.

Sometimes these powerful Pluto events dredge enough material from the subconscious that an individual is able to create powerful transformation in their lives.  I hope that will be true for Kanye West.

Birth Time Controversy

There is an unverified birth time for Kanye of 8:45 am floating around the internet with a scurrilous past. Astrologer Chris Brennan wrote about this on his blog in 2015 (here).  Apparently at that time Astrotheme listed a 2007 interview with Blender Magazine as the source of the birth time.  Chris went so far as to order a back issue of that interview, and the birth time was not cited there.  The Astrotheme webmaster wrote in a comment to this article that they had received this tip in an email and because they are French they couldn’t read the article and didn’t verify the time.  Chris mentioned in this article that Matthew Currie had written a post on Kanye West and cited this birthtime from Astrotheme.

At some point after that 2015 discussion on Chris Brennan’s blog, Astrotheme changed the source of the 8:45 am birth time from Blender Magazine to Matthew Currie’s article.  And somehow Astrodatabank took the lead from Astrotheme (oh no! How could that happen!) and posted Matthew’s article as the source for their birth time.

Consequently, this birth time is extremely suspect and should not be used.

 

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By | 2016-11-22T14:21:59+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|6 Comments

The return of Planetary Illuminations

January 2015 astrologyEarlier this year I put the Planetary Illuminations report on hiatus.  I had been undergoing a Big Uranus Transit and re-evaluating how I wanted to spend my energy.

I always knew I would revive  this monthly report – after 25 years it’s in my blood.  However, I am making some changes.  I won’t be posting the report on this site so if you want to receive it you can sign up in the sidebar.  The new report will be shorter and more to the point, with both the simple language version and the technical language version, but with helpful and practical tools to utilize current planetary energies for greater personal empowerment and transformation.

If you’re on my mailing list you will soon be receiving your Illuminations.  If you’re not already on the mailing list please sign up!  You can unsubscribe at any time.  Thank you dear readers for your many years of support.

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By | 2016-08-01T10:58:42+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|3 Comments
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