A few weeks ago I went to Dulcimer Week at the Swannanoa Gathering, which is a series of music workshops held at a wonderful little college outside of Asheville. I’ve been taking hammered dulcimer lessons for about a year and a half, and it’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Even harder than learning astrology!
I’ve always been fairly musical (Neptune is conjunct my Sun within one degree) and with Gemini rising I like to say I’ve forgotten more instruments than most people ever learn. Gemini needs constantly new input and gets bored easily. But then I also have Saturn on my Sun, so while Neptune is inspiring me to channel the divine inspiration, Saturn is always telling me I can’t do it. Plus all three are in my fifth house of creative self expression, making the whole thing that much more complicated. And to put the icing on the cake, Uranus makes a square to all three and provides the urge to flee when things get too hard.
Anyway, the hammered dulcimer is a gorgeous instrument but I have had trouble understanding the way it’s mapped out, which is unlike any other instrument. I have a great teacher, luckily, and take lessons every week like a good Saturn girl (applying diligence and discipline). But I am not a good practicer (Sun square Uranus, Gemini rising).
So at the workshop, surrounded by all of these fabulous players (as well as beginners) I had a crisis of confidence. That voice of Saturn became very loud: “You’ll never be good enough,” “If only you had practiced all this time,” “You might as well quit.” I became very depressed with all that negativity bouncing around in my head.
Then I […]
A collaboration of abstract paintings by Denver artist Tracy Weil and “horoscope-inspired poems” by writer Drew Myron is on display in Colorado at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The exhibit, called “Forecast,” will also feature astrology readings although the article doesn’t say who will do the readings.
Myron and Weil call themselves “amateur astrologists,” so I hope they are not the ones doing the readings. Astrologist technically isn’t a real word.
The orbiting Kepler telescope has spotted a Jupiter-sized planet around another star — a sighting that demonstrates it can see Earth-like planets if they are out there, scientists reported on Thursday.
The planet, called HAT-P-7b, was already among the 300 or so known so-called extrasolar planets, the team led by the U.S. space agency NASA reported. But measurements of its orbit by Kepler show the telescope will be able to see smaller planets, they reported in the journal Science.
“Kepler is operating at the level required to detect Earth-size planets,” the team, led by William Borucki of the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, reported.
In the conversation with Steven Forrest that I taped for last week’s radio show I asked him his thoughts on adding new planets to the astrological repertoire. Steven’s philosophy is “as above, so below,” the principle on which astrologers usually rely in explaining how astrology works, applies to most things in the sky. Asteroids, Chiron (a sort of permanent comet), other bodies in the Kuiper Belt, all of these planetary bodies belong to our solar system and have some astrological effect for humans on planet Earth.
It seems to me, though, that astrology was given to us as a tool to observe planets in OUR solar system. Once we begin talking about planets outside of our solar system I would make the assumption that there would be no astrological effect on Earth.
Eris, Sedna, and Quaoar are all “trans-Neptunians,” meaning they are located past Neptune but still within our solar system. I have just started incorporating Eris into client charts, and some astrologers are looking at Sedna and Quaoar. There are quite a few other trans-Neptunian bodies that are used by […]
The minute I heard about this, intuitively I felt that this was a case of erotic asphyxiation, and now the BBC is reporting that Carradine was found with a curtain rope around his neck “and other parts of his body.” TMZ claims that Carradine’s rep says that the death was 100% accidental, and I can’t think of too many ways that someone dies accidentally with a rope around their neck.
Carradine (born 12/8/36, time unknown, Hollywood CA) had a very difficult astrological chart, including a Grand Cross including the Sun, Saturn, Neptune and Chiron. The Sun represents our essential Self and our personal quest, and when challenged by these three major players (Saturn, Neptune and Chiron) there is some damage to the Self that needs to be healed over time. David Carradine was one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, with over 200 film and TV appearances to his credit which is typical of someone with a strong Saturn component.
I was not able to find any particularly significant planetary event to mark Carradine’s death which is unusual. Transiting Saturn had been setting off this Grand Cross beginning last fall, and was sitting nearly exactly opposite Saturn in the chart and square to the Sun when this event occurred so perhaps he was feeling exceptionally empty inside and looking for excitement. His progressed Sun had just entered Pisces which has a powerful imagination and longing for an experience that is deeper and more transcendent. But Saturn transits will test any effort to escape one’s reality.
I’ll be watching for the […]