By Mary Plumb | May 12, 2014
Astrology, Dharma, Health and Wellness: a metaphysical, health, and spiritual well-being blog is written by dharma student and astrologer, Kirby Moore. The entry, called Bodhisattva Astrology, follows an earlier one on the Cardinal Grand Cross. He writes: “So what I am trying to say…..is that this heavy aspect configuration of the Grand Cross in the Cardinal signs will either be felt internally by you (especially if you have a personal planet — Sun, Moon, Mercury, or Mars — around 12 degrees of a Cardinal sign); or if you fit the category described above — if the fatalistic astrology books do not make sense to you because your spiritual practice has started to bear fruit, then keep on doing what you know in your vast heart to be right action. Continue sharing your bright soul with the world and bringing presence and skillful compassion wherever you go.”
The Westologist: Cultural Insight by Pierre Assier is a beautifully designed collection of short blogs and illustrations in such categories as Arts, Ideas, and Symbols. He introduces the site: “Here you will find insights into western cultures. Hopefully the kind that sheds light on the world around us and makes it more enjoyable and meaningful.” A few entries that may be of particular interest include Ancient Gods in Weekday Names, Symbols: The Graces and the Fates, and The Scales of Justice.
Juxtaposition is astrologer Faye Cossar’s entertaining e-zine. It is a mix of astrology and random cultural notes. As per the sign of beginnings in the Aries 2014 edition, The Cosmos “Does Time” she writes about electional astrology. The Pisces 2014 edition, Power is the Drug, is about addiction and power (with some gorgeous shoes). She writes:
“We are all addicts..Most people born between the 1940s and now have what is known as a sextile aspect between Neptune and Pluto in their horoscope. Technically, the two planets have been in a dance where they have been about 60 degrees apart all this time. Sometimes the distance between them is exactly 60 degrees, making it a stronger theme for some. However I basically read this as meaning that this whole generation is ‘addicted (Neptune) to Pluto,’ i.e. anything Scorpio-like.
Addicted to oil and fossil fuels
Addicted to therapy
Addicted to research
Addicted to ravaging the earth to find ‘treasure’ — e.g. fracking
Addicted to cruelty
Addicted to rage
Addicted to sex
Addicted to abuse
Addicted to control.”
She adds a few interesting and eclectic websites for each month and some quotes, e.g., for April: “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” Lucille Ball
Richard Dagan is “an unaffiliated monk, a multiple, a medium, an ‘outsider’ who follows an inner path of psychospiritual study, practicing a range of therapeutic arts that include writing, free verse, painting, sculpture, and esoterica — astrology, altered states, and healing energies related to the experience of Self (Paramatma), such as kundalini, Qigong, and Neigong.” A recent entry at Shenjiva: My Journal of Arts is described “As transiting Saturn opposes the stellium — Working through a period of transition: An introspective exploration using geocentric and sidereal radices, working with selected fixed stars and asteroids, aspect patterns and sacred geometry, archetypal influences and associations, Anahata and kundalini.” He has lots of charts displayed, many footnotes and references to others’ work as he writes his ideas in a kind of intricate journal format. Among his many observations is a correlation between the Grand Sextile, aka Star of David aspect, and Anahata, the heart chakra.
Astrologer Alice Portman’s site is a treasure trove of astrological studies. She has a section of articles on the Vertex, beginning with What is the Vertex? “The Vertex axis is the Electrical Axis of the chart. The Ascendant-Descendant is the Magnetic axis. The MC-IC is the gravity axis.”
In The Vertex Axis in Relationships, she discusses Brad and Angelina and Jennifer’s charts. “Brad’s Vertex is conjunct Angelina’s Venus-Ascendant and his Moon-Venus-antiVertex is conjunct her Descendant. This is called a Vertex-Ascendant swap and indicates an enormously powerful connection between two people. If planets are involved as well, no wonder they couldn’t resist each other….I must make it clear that this connection doesn’t necessarily make for a happy, peaceful relationship; it irresistibly draws the people to each other, but other configurations determine what kind of relationship it will be.”
Some of her other categories are Determining Death from a Horoscope, with a very detailed analysis of Princess Diana that includes her year age harmonics, the daily age harmonic, secondary, tertiary, and solar arc progressions, and the same data for her former husband Prince Charles and her two sons.
Deconstructing the Grand Cross: A Present-Centered View by Glenn Perry, Ph.D. offers an interpretation of the unfolding of events in the season’s infamous celestial pattern. “Meanwhile, enormous efforts are being extended to find solutions to conflicts that have exposed fault lines in the structures and foundations of society. All of this makes sense when we consider the nature of the grand cross, which is more like a strait jacket than a frontal assault. The person within the strait jacket may be quite powerful and experiencing tremendous frustration; he is, after all, involuntarily restrained. Yet, it is precisely the function of the strait jacket to protect the person from harming himself or others. This is an apt description both of the grand cross and the world events in question.”
Astrologer Peter James Clark at the Classical Astrology Weblog writes on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 from the Hellenistic perspective. “The chart is, at first glance, somewhat unremarkable. An exalted Jupiter in Cancer is Lord of the Ascendant. In Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant is considered as the bow of a ship, but the metaphor works for aeroplanes…If this looks relatively benign, we need to look closer. Jupiter is the helmsman, but he makes no actual contact or attachment to the Ascendant. He is also out of Sect and in the house of Death…Jupiter’s connection to Fixed Stars included Sirius, meaning searing heat, as well as Canopus, the Celestial Navigator.”
Laurie Farrington at Astrolore writes Weekly Astrology Weather: May 12, 2014 through May 18, 2014. “The Scorpio Full Moon falls on Wednesday, asking that we look back to the Taurus New Moon, which occurred on Wednesday, April 30th. The results of what you started at that time should be clear this week…..This looks to be a powerful week as our values and beliefs deepen to match the changes that we have so recently embraced. Whatever these weeks have transformed in your individual life, this week you will begin to assimilate your new awareness into your own personal value system.”
And, just one more, for those in a celebratory (or decadent) mood Mixstrology: Cocktails for Each Sign of the Zodiac.
Have a good Full Moon week, everyone.