Astrology in my world: Mars, Pluto and the Astrological Musings blog

If you’re on my mailing list you received an announcement about the change to this blog, but some of you have emailed me wanting to know what has happened so here’s the scoop (the abbreviated version):

Many of you have been with me since the beginning in 2005 when I was on the Blogger platform.  In 2007 I was contacted by Beliefnet who wanted to carry my blog on their site, and in 2008 I agreed and signed a contract with them.  They pulled the RSS feed of all of my posts at that time.

As some of you know, over time the advertising on Beliefnet became more and more offensive and I started carrying an ad-free copy of the blog on my own website.  Last year Patheos contacted me about moving my blog to their site, and in January of this year I made the decision to move to Patheos. (Mars was stationing before turning retrograde but it was about a week from the retrograde turn.)

Everything was going fine until Patheos received a threatening letter from Beliefnet attorneys stating that they OWN the trademark and the blog Astrological Musings.  Rather than provide me with an opportunity to defend this charge, Patheos followed the advice of their attorneys and took the blog down.

Of course all of this is occurring with both Mars (aggression and defense) and Pluto (destruction and nuclear warfare) stationary in the sky, forcing latent conflicts into the open where they must be fought. I have filed for the trademark Astrological Musings and have sent a letter to the Beliefnet attorneys but in the meantime Beliefnet has hired another writer to write Astrological Musings on their site.

It’s hard to say how much effect my letter to Beliefnet […]

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By |2012-04-09T07:11:13-04:00April 9th, 2012|Astrology in my world|30 Comments

Pluto in Capricorn: AM is Banned in Australia!

Perhaps one of my Australian readers can enlighten me!  The ACMA Secret Censoring Blacklist has included my post onAstrology and the False Identity, according to the website  I’m listed right there along with babesf*%&k and brutalsexpics.

Has Astrological Musings become a victim of Pluto in Capricorn’s desire for more and more Big Brother-type control?  Wikileaks seems to think so:

The Australian communications regulator’s top-secret blacklist of banned websites has been leaked on to the web and paints a harrowing picture of Australia’s forthcoming internet censorship regime. Wikileaks, an anonymous document repository for whistleblowers, obtained the list, which has been seen by this website, and plans to publish it for public consumption on its website imminently. Wikileaks has previously published the blacklists for Thailand, Denmark and Norway. University of Sydney associate professor Bjorn Landfeldt said the leaked list “constitutes a condensed encyclopedia of depravity and potentially very dangerous material”. He said the leaked list would become “the concerned parent’s worst nightmare” as curious children would inevitably seek it out.

But about half of the sites on the list are not related to child porn and include a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist.

“It seems to me as if just about anything can potentially get on the list,” Landfelt said. The blacklist is maintained by ACMA and provided to makers of internet filtering software that parents can opt to install on their PCs.

However, if the Government proceeds with its mandatory internet filtering scheme, sites on the blacklist will be blocked for all Australians. The Government has flagged plans to expand the blacklist to […]

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By |2009-03-24T07:15:30-04:00March 24th, 2009|Astrology in the news|Comments Off on Pluto in Capricorn: AM is Banned in Australia!

It’s My Blogiversary! An Astrological Profile of this Blog

happy blogiversaryAstrological Musings is three years old today!  And what a ride it has been.  This blog’s beginning was somewhat sudden and with no real planning, so no electional chart was constructed to determine the most auspicious day for its launch.  I actually set up the Blogspot domain in May of 2005 but didn’t put the blog in motion until my sister visited for Thanksgiving and helped me get everything rolling.  I never actually did an analysis of the chart for the first blog post once it was up, not wanting to discover anything negative that might discourage me, but I thought this might be a good time to try it!

The chart for AM (11/19/2005, 9:25 pm, Chapel Hill NC) has the Sun in Scorpio reflecting the probing nature of this blog to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for astrological connections.  The Sun conjuncts the Nadir of the chart, the cusp of the fourth house of home and inner life, revealing the fact that the blog is almost exclusively written at home and delves into the inner

world of people, places and events to discover what goes on under the surface.

Leo is rising in the chart, reflecting the blog’s attempt to entertain and therefore bask in the admiration of its readers. :)  Mercury was retrograde in the chart which will shock many of you who would suppose that a professional astrologer would NEVER begin a venture with Mercury retrograde.  I would argue that Mercury retrograde is actually beneficial here, because we look not only to the future but also into the past to glean historical data that will help to forecast upcoming events.  

Mercury is in Sagittarius, helping to keep the […]

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By |2008-11-19T17:45:40-05:00November 19th, 2008|Astrology|Comments Off on It’s My Blogiversary! An Astrological Profile of this Blog
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