Astrological Musings

Sunday inspiration on the search for faith and meaning

photo by Aaron Siladi

As I write this, humanity is in crisis around the world – a global pandemic which already strains the world’s economic and humanitarian systems.  In the scope of days, our world has changed and our lives will likely not be the same for quite some time.

Pope Francis recently said in his meditation on calming the storm:

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.

In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.

read more here…  He then ruins it for me by saying don’t worry, if you have enough faith the Lord will protect you.  Religion promises that if you’re a good person good things will happen to you, and that if you have enough faith the Lord will save you from bad things, and I don’t see that life works that way.  In a […]

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By |2020-03-29T12:31:58-04:00March 29th, 2020|Inspiration|8 Comments

Bring on the fire with the Aries New Moon: March 24, 2020

We have had a dearth of the fire element for quite a few months now.  Mars, the fire planet, was in the sign of Sagittarius in mid-January, but a stellium of planets in earthy Capricorn acted as a blanket to dampen the fire energy.  In practical terms, when there is adequate representation of the fire element among the planets, it becomes easier to access the motivation and inspiration of fire.  We have instead been under the influence of earth primarily, which is practical and good for creating structures and plans, especially in Capricorn which is the sign of achievement and success.

Over the past week or so, Mars (currently in Capricorn) has been traveling through the Capricorn stellium of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, and under the new reality of the Coronavirus which requires greater restriction (Saturn 29 degrees Capricorn) of movement (Mars), we have seen quite a few people rebelling against (Mars/Jupiter) the call for isolation.  Some countries are using police to keep people in their homes, and in my lifetime I have not seen such a powerful example of Saturn in Capricorn.

On the day I write this (March 23), we have just passed through the portal of the Vernal Equinox, the Aries point which is ruled by Mars. Mars has just traveled by Jupiter and Pluto and the Martian energy of aggression and fiery rhetoric as well as power struggles has been intense.  We have seen this in the struggle of governments around the world to agree on measures to try to contain the virus, and perhaps in our own homes as we spend more time together than we may be used to.

Into this mix comes the New Moon in Aries.  Aries is the first sign of […]

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By |2020-03-23T09:34:04-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Moon|0 Comments

Sunday Inspiration: For the Interim Time

The spread of the Coronavirus is probably the single biggest event to occur in our time because it affects the entire global community.  It’s frightening, and confusing – and yet if we take a broader view it makes so much sense.  Many of us have been shouting about climate change.  The world is overheating, and species are dying off.  Poor nutrition and lifestyle choices are wreaking havoc on human health, even in the so-called “blue zones” where people historically have lived to be 100.  This has already threatened to overburden the health care systems around the world.  Wealth inequity has made kings of many, and paupers of even more.  I do believe that nature, and Universal Intelligence, are always striving for balance and the world is out of balance.  

Then along comes this virus to stay STOP. With far less driving and flying, air pollution from carbon emissions is already clearing and greenhouse gases will abate.  With nobody traveling,  the ecological damage caused by overtourism will begin to heal itself.  People are having to stay home and cook, potentially helping to create improved nutrition and health.  Neighbors are helping and supporting each other.  Most of us will come out of this a lot poorer than we began, but perhaps we will be richer in the things that matter.  There is a sense that we are all in this together.  

We don’t know how this will unfold, how long it will take, or what our fate will be in the end.  We are in the time of in-between.  So I offer this poem by John O’Donohue, a favorite of mine, and wish you peace and comfort for the coming days. 


For the Interim Time

When […]

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By |2020-03-22T08:59:29-04:00March 22nd, 2020|Inspiration|15 Comments

The meaning of Saturn in Aquarius

art by Krystle Marie Smith

Before we can understand the meaning of Saturn in Aquarius, we need to understand Saturn’s role in human existence.  This is especially important because as the traditional ruler of Aquarius, Saturn is said to be in its domicile in Aquarius (as well as in Capricorn).

Understanding astrological Saturn

Before the discovery of the modern planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (not to mention Chiron, the asteroids, and all of the other points that are now used to some extent by astrologers) there were seven planets and lights: the Sun, the Moon, and the five visible planets.  Saturn marked the outermost boundary of the solar system, and was surrounded by rings of containment.  These physical attributes reflect the astrological depiction of Saturn as governing limitations, physical boundaries such as gateposts and doorways, and the limitations we place on ourselves through self-doubt and fears.  Saturn was traditionally viewed as the Lord of Death – unlike the modern planet Pluto, which is associated with death as the ending of one aspect of life and the beginning of something new, death under Saturn is finite and final.

Saturn (in the northern hemisphere where astrology developed) is associated with the two zodiac signs of winter: Aquarius and Capricorn: mid-December through mid-February.  These are cold and dark times, where social isolation and the lack of sun can lead to depression and loneliness, other attributes of Saturn.  And yet Saturn is also a treasure trove of material success – the hard work of Saturn leads us eventually to mastery of the material world and the potential for an abundance of riches. Under the influence of Saturn we are sometimes weighted down with responsibility and a relentless drive for career […]

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By |2020-03-20T19:35:31-04:00March 20th, 2020|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|1 Comment

Friday repost: A Saturn lesson

Saturn will be moving into Aquarius on March 21, 2020 so I thought it might be a good idea to review the meaning of Saturn.  Astrologer Frederick Woodruff has some interesting things to say about Saturn. 

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The Greeks associated Saturn with gravitas, the quality of substance or depth of personality. Gravitas is a sort of plumb line for the soul and it’s time we employ it. This means creating a way for and welcoming the effects of depression. The Jungian James Hillman has written extensively about depression serving as a curative for the widespread manic activism that dominates our culture. In The Planets Within, Thomas Moore explains: “Feeling low and heavy we are forced to move inward, turning to fantasy rather than the literal action of the ego. And that turn inward is necessary for the soul, for it creates psychic space, a container for deeper reflection where soul increases and the surface of events becomes less important.”

We need this inward turning as a remedial form for establishing balance. In order to make something from nothing — another function of the Saturnian expression — we must first encounter the quiet of the dark, to become inspired and enlivened by that which is beyond the ego’s control — and this can only come from fresh visions, enlivening inculcations from the imaginal realm. Saturn depresses but also establishes. So the second half of the equation is finding a way to give shape to the images, the insights we encounter in Saturn’s gloom-world.

If the Saturnian impulse to create and give substance isn’t utilized — by first welcoming the type of depression that facilitates the process — that same force will turn against us and become tyrannical. Saturn gone wrong places us […]

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By |2020-03-13T13:06:06-04:00March 13th, 2020|Planetary cycles|0 Comments