Astrological Musings

The 2019 Sagittarius Full Moon and the Galactic Center

The Galactic Center, currently at 27 degrees Sagittarius, is the rotational center of our galaxy – like the Sun, which is the center of our solar system and the major astrological factor of personal significance, the Galactic Center is the force that binds the galaxy together.  Astrologically and symbolically, the Galactic Center is the heart of the Universe – the soul of wisdom for our solar system and our species of humanity as well as all of the other planetary systems and species that may exist in the farther reaches of the Milky Way.

This week’s Full Moon is at the Galactic Center, suggesting potential for a portal of awareness and insight at this time.  Sagittarius is the sign of exploration and adventure, but also the sign that seeks meaning and truth.  Under this Full Moon, we can expand our awareness and the limitation of our own ideas and achieve greater understanding that can help us in very practical ways.

This Full Moon experience is irritated by a complex planetary system involving Mars, the planet of drive, motivation and war.  Mars is in emotional Cancer right now and the rumblings of anger and frustration may be more difficult to access.  But Mars aligns with Mercury (the mind and communication) at this Full Moon, heightening the intensity of our conversations and making arguments and disputes more likely.  This is exacerbated by a stressful opposition from Mars and Mercury to both Saturn and Pluto.  Saturn represses and attempts to block these energies, and Pluto blows them up in order to transform them into more productive pathways of personal evolution.

When the planetary energies are this intense, there is no point in trying to avoid them.  Instead, we can pay attention to […]

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By |2019-06-16T09:37:27-04:00June 16th, 2019|Moon|3 Comments

Our Wired Future – the Age of Aquarius?

This article was originally posted in 2007 – for some reason it never found its way home from Patheos so I’m reposting it here.

We like to think of the Age of Aquarius as the time of peace, love and understanding:

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
Aquarius!!*

It’s a nice fantasy, and while Aquarius is indeed concerned with issues of fairness and equality and honesty, we mustn’t forget that Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius,  is the planet of liberation and revelation, but also of technology. Bill Gates’s keynote speech in 2009 to the Consumer Electronics show delivered a vision of the “Connected Experience” as provided by Microsoft, which connects everything we need for 21st century life so we never have to leave the house.  Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, and the tendency of Saturn to be cold and hard takes a bit of the bloom off the fantasy of the Aquarian Age as being a utopia of kindness and love.

Don’t get me wrong – I am a technology addict and acclaimed gadget geek, and I love the connectedness that the wired experience provides. But there is a danger that a wired life of technology is beginning to replace real life. We’re connected via internet, television and cellphones, but how connected are we to our communities and family? At the dawn of the technology revolution it’s very exciting, but my friend Tim Boucher (whose blog is now defunct) looked down this road and delivered this chillingly prescient report:

How many years this will take to happen, I can’t say. Maybe five years? But the world is going to look like this. […]

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By |2019-06-12T07:03:49-04:00June 12th, 2019|Age of Aquarius, Future Shock|0 Comments

Pluto: A Case Study

This article has been updated from an earlier post. 

Last week I saw a client (let’s call her Sylvia) whose birthchart demonstrates the power of Pluto. Sylvia’s Sun is in the hard-working sign of Capricorn: Capricorns typically have a difficult life when they’re young but because they’re such hard workers (ruled by the Celestial Taskmaster himself, Saturn) they can be quite powerful as they age and incorporate life’s lessons. She also has a Grand Trine including Mars, Jupiter and her Moon, bestowing a sense of inner trust (Jupiter/Moon) that life has meaning as well as a dynamic will (Mars/Jupiter) for self-preservation (Mars/Moon). These are the tools that have helped her to navigate a difficult life that has been Pluto’s gift to her. Note to astrologers: to protect her privacy I will not be posting her chart.

Pluto in the astrological chart shows where we come face to face with the underworld of our emotions: fear, compulsion, obsession. Pluto often shows where we face the cold reality of death in order to come to a greater understanding of life. Astrologer Liz Greene says that Pluto represents the essential life force in nature that often must destroy in order to survive. The power of Pluto is that basic, and that intense. When we’re in the middle of a Plutonic disaster (our spouse leaves us, we lose our job, our house burns down, our cat dies) we are lost in the underworld of our fear and the pain of loss that is Pluto’s realm. But once the storm has passed we find ourselves rebuilding the wreckage of our lives with a new sense of empowerment that comes from having faced our fears and survived.

Pluto is conjunct Sylvia’s ascendant (persona and identity) within one […]

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By |2019-06-09T14:29:23-04:00June 12th, 2019|Astrology|Comments Off on Pluto: A Case Study

Planetary news this week! Astrological forecast for the week of June 10, 2019

Jupiter square Neptune

One of the major planetary factors in 2019 is the challenging square from Jupiter to Neptune.   Jupiter is the Great Liberator, it’s expansive and bestows confidence and a general feeling of good luck and abundance.  Neptune is a transformational outer planet – it inspires us to dissolve the shackles that keep us bound to the material world and the restrictions we put on ourselves and to emerge into an ocean of divine bliss.  Jupiter and Neptune are connected through their rulership of Pisces – Jupiter is the traditional ruler, and Neptune the modern one.

Jupiter and Neptune are both quite strong right now, since Jupiter is Sagittarius which it also rules, and Neptune is in Pisces which is also ruled by Jupiter.  So in addition to the 90 degree aspect the two are making to each other, which denotes conflict that requires adjustment, there is another affinity between them that intensifies their interaction.  This can manifest in its higher form as enhanced creativity and imagination, an opening of the higher centers of awareness.  Or it can manifest as delusion, illusion and confusion if we allow ourselves to be lost in a glamour of fantasy and deception.  Under this influence if something seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is.  We like to think of fairies as magical creatures that bring delight, but remember the ancient tales of the faery realms in which humans could get lost for years, under their magical spell.  Magic is a two-edged sword.

Although this aspect will not culminate until June 14th, the entire week is sprinkled with fairy dust.  this is a wonderful time for creativity, for higher intelligence and spiritual wisdom.  It’s the perfect time for a […]

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By |2019-06-10T07:17:56-04:00June 10th, 2019|Planetary news this week|5 Comments

Sunday musings: Pondering the Free Will question

Astrologer Ray Grasse posed this question on his Facebook page:

How much free will do we have in dealing with our horoscopes? It’s a complex question, but here’s one way to answer that question.

I had two individuals come to me separately who were born within days of each other, who had extremely similar charts. As it so happened, they both experienced the effects of transiting Saturn over their natal Neptunes around the same time, just one week apart, right before meeting me.

I asked each of them what happened that previous week, since I was curious how the Saturn transit manifested for them. The first one said he reached a tipping point with his long-term substance abuse and joined Alcoholics Anonymous, while the second one sheepishly admitted that he was arrested for drunk driving around that same time!

Think about that. It was the same essential planetary symbolism in both cases, but in the one case the client chose to manifest that energy from the inside out, you might say, by using his Saturnian discipline to take control of his Neptunian escapism, while in the other case the client wound up letting that symbolism manifest from the outside in, by not applying his discipline and letting the world manifest it for him. (It reminds me a bit of the old line by Carl Jung: “When an inner situation is not made conscious it appears outwardly as fate.”) So despite the similarities in their charts and transits, they chose to manifest those patterns in dramatically different ways, one of them more constructively, the other more destructively.

Certainly there is much about our fate we can’t change.  We can’t change the family we are born into.  We […]

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By |2019-06-09T14:24:07-04:00June 9th, 2019|Fate, Inspiration|4 Comments
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