TMA This Week

Blogs for a new week..

By Mary Plumb | November 10, 2014

I think this is a good mix: some world events and politics (U.S. and international); a show of respect – and humor – for Saturn; a call “to remember who we really are”; some movies and television shows; a reminder of Neptune’s presence; a personal and inviting view of the days this week, and a graphic model of the great beauty and symmetry that is carrying the whole show along. Enjoy yourselves, and thank you to all these writers. What a time we are in – we are fortunate to have all the wonderful company.

In his current blog, Will Iraq Fall to the Islamic State?, Barry Goddard at Astrotabletalk looks at the chart for June 28, 2004 when the U.S. handed power over to the new Iraq government. This chart is strongly connected to the U.S. horoscope and the June 28, 2014 chart for the Caliphate. After a detailed analysis, including eclipses, Goddard concludes: “I’d say from the astrology that Iraq will fall to IS in 1 to 2 years’ time.”

Peter James Clark at Classical Astrologer Weblog has an article entitled The Planets Within – Toward a Shamanic Astrology.
“A world that contains an island of plastic the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean and allows natural crops to be replaced by cloned ones is in great need of a radical wake-up call. It is of the utmost importance that we remember who we really are. Astrology can be a powerful tool in this regard, both personally and in the larger context of humanity.”

Paul Saunders considers German Reunification — The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. (His website is Solaris Astrology.) He has a colorful chart for the event, which was on November 9, 1989. “The chart for this historic moment was quite remarkable with a four-planet stellium of Saturn, Neptune, Venus, and Uranus on the Capricorn descendant. Saturn was almost exactly conjunct Neptune in Capricorn, therefore structures and administrations (Saturn) were being dissolved and destroyed by the pressure of the collective. Uranus conjunct Venus showed a peaceful (Venus) revolution (Uranus). These last two planets were square to the Moon in late Pisces, therefore the people (Moon) were not going to be held back at this moment. Pisces is a sign that is fluid and free flowing. Like an incoming tide, it washes away any impediment in its way, and in the same manner the Berlin Wall was breached.”

Take three minutes and enjoy this video for a bigger perspective from wherever you are: The helical model — our solar system is a vortex

I just found Marcha Fox’s website Valkyrie Astrology and it has many interesting articles on techniques, the history of astrology, asteroids, mundane, and more. Surviving Saturn discusses the transit of Saturn in Scorpio and, if it’s in hard aspect to your natal Saturn, has some good advice. She’s funny and helpful. (In referring readers to Liz Greene’s book on Saturn, she writes: “This book was published in 1976 so is undoubtedly older than some of you but Saturn hasn’t changed much, believe me.”)

In conclusion (about Saturn returns) she writes: “This can be a difficult time as all transitions tend to be. However, it is a means to an end. Think of it as climbing a mountain and in the most difficult part, where the going is steepest, you’re tired and wondering why on Earth you ever took on such a feat. You do a lot of soul searching, questioning your judgment and wondering why you feel so bummed out. This is where knowing the astrological source of this trying time can help. It’s the prevailing energy for you and not a personal vendetta between you and the Universe. It’s a time to learn, mature, find new reserves of discipline, and ultimately to progress . . . Recognize what is going on and do your best to be objective about it. It’s like getting through that class that fried your brain in high school or college, i.e. algebra or differential equations. You’ll get through it as long as you keep placing one foot in front of the other and pushing forward with as much optimism as possible. Nurture your sense of humor, you’re going to need it. And when you get to the summit, the view will be glorious.”

Astrolass: astrology meets fashion, film and television, by Coeli Carr, has short articles in which she describes the outlines of the plot and characters on the screen (and what fashions they are wearing) and suggests the planets that are carrying those motifs. Current movies include Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, St. Vincent, and Citizenfour.
“Nightcrawler’s deceptively simple tale, set in the Plutonic blood-splattered underworld of Los Angeles, is, below the surface, an archetypally rich work. Lou is never not a good talker, even when spitting out clichés. He’s the consummate Mercurial Trickster, who’s not above blurring (Neptune) and crossing Saturnine boundaries and ethics, and committing Martial violence to effect his career ambitions and self-mastery. To get there, Lou Bloom doesn’t soar. He crawls. It’s ugly. And it’s eminently watchable.
Archetype: Trickster, Thief, Accountant, Entrepreneur, CEO, Manipulator, Amorality, Rules, Boundaries
Astrology Archetype: (Mercury ☿ Mars ♂ Saturn ♄ Uranus ♅ Neptune ♆ Pluto ♇)
Readers may remember Coeli’s blogs for TMA last summer:
Vince Gilligan: Astrologically “Breaking Bad”
Lorraine Warren: Hunting Demons in “The Conjuring”

Nancy Sommers of Starlight News Blog is unflappably consistent in keeping readers informed on U.S. politics. In her new article, The Aftermath, Sommers utilizes her usual range of techniques (. i.e., tertiary progressions, transiting sesquiquadrate and semisquare aspects, etc.) and looks in great detail at Obama’s natal chart and the 2013 Inaugural horoscopes.

Neptune’s station direct on November 16 inspired Jessica Murray’s latest blog, Out of Africa at MotherSky. She writes with her careful eye about Neptune’s “subtle but all-encompassing power.”
“Our liberation starts by taking a careful look at the way we’re feeling in our various media behaviors. Do we feel invigorated by what we’re hearing? or do we feel dis-empowered? The moment we dare to consider this, something shifts.
The Law of Correspondences dictates that we draw to ourselves energies in the outside world that match our own level of awareness. So once we make a choice to refuse to engage with dark Neptune, we will start attracting events, ideas, and people of heart and intelligence. We will call to ourselves Neptune in Pisces at its highest.”

For a gentle take on the times, read divine harmony’s weekly astrology forecast : week of 11/10 – 11/16. She writes a daily synopsis and is positive and affirming, qualities that are always good to include in our travels.

Have a good week, everyone. Mars conjunct Pluto (Nov. 10) and square Uranus (Nov. 12) should keep showing us exactly where we need to go.

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Astrological podcasts

By Mary Plumb | October 13, 2014

The Sun, Mercury, and Venus are in Libra, and the Moon in Gemini will be making a trine (from 27° Gemini) to retrograde Mercury at 10:58 a.m. PT on Monday morning. (This is about the time I post this blog.)

This week’s blog is a list of some astrology podcasts, a gentle, informative, and diverse interlude between eclipses.

Please enjoy listening. And, for you multi-taskers (of a certain demographic), remember that you can drive, take a walk, do the dishes and housework, (or lots of other things) at the same time.

Chris Brennan has been interviewing astrologers (and others in related fields) since June 2012. There are 21 episodes archived on The Astrology Podcast. Some recent additions include a recording of a live debate between Chris and Eric Meyers on Modern vs. Traditional Astrology; Chris’s solo show on the Rationale for the Significations of the Houses, and an interview with Christopher Warnock on Astrology, Magic, and the Occult.

Gary P. Caton has produced the Goddess Astrology Podcast since 2008; there are 127 episodes at the site. He speaks on the phases of the Venus cycle and the asteroids Ceres, Vesta, Juno, and Pallas, always with a deep appreciation of the visible sky and the awareness of ongoing cycles.

Dena DeCastro produced her Sirius Astrology Podcast from May 2007 to March 2013. There are 49 episodes at the site on a great range of subjects— interviews, (i.e., Steven Forrest, Tem Tarriktar, Eric Meyers, etc.), Black Moon Lilith, Midlife Transits, Retrogrades, Human Design, etc.

Nina Gryphon has An Archive of Astrological Podcasts. They were created in 2006 and are composed of discussions with Nina and Bernhard Bergbauer, a traditional German astrologer. There are five shows, each looking at various facets of one of the astrological houses. (Alas, only conversations for houses one through five were created.)

Axis Astrology is a new site for podcasts. Arwynne O’Neill and Alison Price are Vancouver, B.C. astrologers and they have conversations on various topics, i.e., current transits, book reviews, etc. They also have guests, e.g., Andrew Morton and Nina Gryphon. There are also graphics and relevant links for their topics at the site.

Eric Francis hosts Weekly Astrology from Planet Waves, “an astrology and public affairs program that stands at the intersection of the individual and collective minds.” Eric always includes music from independent recording artists. There are 233 episodes archived here — the most recent, Total Eclipse in Aries.

Matthew Stelzner hosts Correlations: The Archetypal Astrology Podcast with fellow astrologers Delia Shargel, Jessica Garfield-Kabarra, Chad Harris, and Richard Tarnas. There are 25 episodes (from July 2011 to August 2013) and links for supporting material and relevant astrological charts.

Here is a 25-minute conversation from Astrologer NYC and Leslie Hale on the BlogTalk Radio show, As Above, So Below. The topic: The Astrology of George Clooney’s 2nd Marriage.

New Zealander (and astrologer) Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Booker prize for her novel, The Luminaries. In this podcast with The Guardian she explains how she integrated accurate astrological details into her book.

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Astrology videos…take some time to watch

By Mary Plumb | September 8, 2014

I decided to take a new look at astrology videos available online. Here’s a treasure trove of varied content; some are short, many are longer, and with a quite in-depth look at their respective subjects. Please enjoy yourselves (and send suggestions, too).  I think there’s enough content here to fill a few days. Pace yourselves, friends.
Vedic astrologer Sam Geppi has short (about 4 minutes each), clear lessons on the planets. Here’s Jupiter and here’s the Moon. (His descriptions apply in the Western system as well.) The one on Jupiter gives a good understanding of the planet, which is now in Leo and will make its first of three trines to Uranus on September 25.
Online Astrology Lesson – Moon
Online Astrology Lesson – Jupiter

Vedic astrologer Ernst Wilhelm has many teaching videos. In these (posted in late 2013), he teaches precise techniques for assessing Jupiter is the Man (i.e., husband) in a woman’s chart, and Venus is Your Woman in Astrology (i.e., the wife). Both videos teach how to look at the horoscope in three different harmonics to fully understand how we are set up for partnership. (A bit over an hour each, his teaching is very interesting; when I have time, I’d like to try his technique out on a number of charts.)

Astrology Weekly had a page with links to the videos that Kelly Lee Phipps produced with 33 astrologers. He asked them: How did you get into astrology? These are short, some just a few minutes, and charming in their sincerity and diversity. Some of those answering: Roy Gillett, Rick Levine, Robert Hand, Daniel Giamario, Maurice Fernandez, Chris Brennan, and Arielle Guttman.

AstroShaman Benjamin Bernstein makes a video forecast for the week. The videos are about 10-15 minutes and he gives lots of details in his day-by-day analysis (i.e., the Kite formation between Sun, Juno, Vesta, Saturn, and Chiron, and the Yod between Sun, Vesta, and Uranus both peak this week). Here’s the link for September 8-14Astrology for the 21st Century has really good videos of animations of the planet’s movements. I have linked to them before, but they are well worth another mention. Here’s the YouTube channel to watch Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Uranus-Pluto square during 2014. These are thorough; you’ll see, for example, a top-down orbital view of the angular relationships between Mars and the Sun; a sky-backdrop view of the retrograde motion of Mars; and a view of the motion of Mars through the astrological chart-wheel.

In case you missed Nick Dagan Best’s talk at the 2007 Blast Astrology Conference, watch it here: Back That Thing Up. The topic is Venus and Mars retrograde cycles; it is a very entertaining and creative hour and 15 minutes.

Richard Fidler has posted (August 2013) an Advanced Course …for beginners: a crash course in practical astrology (part 1). This is an hour and 45 minutes and covers the planets and their attributes. There are many graphics and this is a good source for students.

Michael Erlewine posted a 55-minute talk in December 2013. Full-Phase Aspects: Astrology’s Mirror (Easy Way to Look at a Chart) demonstrates the cycles of the planets with lots of graphics (another one I want to watch in full).

Here is a two-hour talk by Sean Kelly, Program Chair and professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). The title is Archetypal Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness: From Anima Mundi to the Great Turning. It was published in May 2014.

View Bernadette Brady’s one-hour talk on Astrology and Complexity here. This work is based on her 2004 MA dissertation and her book, Astrology: A Place in Chaos (2008) in which she makes a case for astrology within chaos theory.

Programmer (e.g., of Sirius and Kepler) David Cochrane has a virtual school on his YouTube channel, with many videos geared towards serious students and pros. Research methods, astronomy for astrologers, astromapping, history of astrology, midpoints, introduction to Vedic, and composites are some of the subjects; most of the videos are about 35 minutes. (There are about 100 videos.)

Ok, that should do it for awhile, right? Have fun (and a good Full Moon week).

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New Moon week

By Mary Plumb | August 25, 2014

Happy New Moon day, everyone. I have a collection of blogs from different perspectives — most are pointing to the qualities and perceptions emphasized now with the lunation in the sign of Virgo, and there are a few mundane analyses for the brave to ponder.

I appreciate being able to bring such a variety of writers into TMA‘s world, especially now, perhaps. My own view feels temporarily engulfed in Mars and Saturn — very slow and very quiet. I seem to be called into some not quite familiar valley that feels mysterious and private and secluded. It will pass!

In the meantime, love to one and all. Enjoy these helpful and wise writers and what they have conjured up for this New Moon week.   

Let’s start with Emily Trinkaus of virgo magic. She writes Desire and Discernment — Mars Meets Saturn at Monday’s Virgo New Moon: “Mercury forms a precise sextile – 60-degree angle of excitation – to the Mars-Saturn conjunction, increasing the magical healing mojo of this New Moon. The Virgoan superpowers of discernment, refinement, synthesis, and analysis can be applied to the Mars-Saturn mandate to clarify your desires and get strategic about pursuing them.”

Molly Hall at About Astrology titles her entry Virgo New Moon — August 25th, 2014: Purify Thyself. “So with this Virgo lunation, we enter the zone of decontamination from all that’s wafted and streamed through. It’s a lunar re-set, to redeem your sanity. What are ways to sanitize your life? The answer to that lies in questions like, “What’s cluttering up my life?”  or “What’s toxic to my body, spirit, and mind?”

New Moon Call and Response from TMA‘s Dana Gerhardt’s column at MoonCircles: “Call Virgo and she’ll appear with the fresh grace of a virgin. This goddess wants nothing, is attached to nothing, and fears nothing. She walks the ripening fields, knowing that when the Harvest Moon rises, round as a pumpkin above the waiting barns, it’s harvest time. Her eyes are honest and appraising. The smallest details can’t escape her.”

Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissed calls her blog Virgo New Moon: Humble Harvest. “To flow with Virgo New Moon, take a few humble steps towards making your world a more perfect place. Streamline your life routines, organise your sock drawer, clean up your diet (Virgo New Moon is a great time to begin new health regimes), thank the invisible ones (farmers, service workers) who make your life easier, appreciate your pets…  Be humble: we have such a limited time on this Earth. No matter how imperfect your life is, no matter all you yet don’t have, your life is a humble harvest. Be of service, in the way you are able. Then revel in that ability. Maybe the best thing any of us can do is to offer what we can.”

If you enjoy mundane analysis, please read Jude Cowell’s Virgo New Moon: At the White House. “The transiting midpoint picture of Saturn-Neptune = Pluto continues to affect society in negative fashion as many folks are feeling downtrodden while others in charge are busy denying their guilt. Added in the New Moon chart, thanks to the Mars-Saturn conjunction, are the potentials of this picture — Mars-Neptune = Pluto: dreams of violence (Ebertin). And this picture hints at America’s problematic Mars-Neptune square from July 4, 1776, with its deceptive or misguided actions quality and ‘fog of war’ implications. I would say, Here we go again, but we never left.”

Also, Nancy Sommers at Starlight News. For those unfamiliar with her work, Nancy Sommers delineates many charts with quite detailed astrology. From her current blog, Extremism Erupts (posted August 12):  “In astrology, Pluto is the planet that describes fanaticism. When its influence is strong, we see an increase of intransigent and brutal struggles for domination. Both sides of the conflict perceive the danger as overwhelming, needing to vigilantly oppose the enemy at all cost. This can lead to a drive for total control as a way to destroy any potential threat. When Pluto is a primary actor in geopolitical struggles, life becomes a zero sum game: kill or be killed, win or die. Such is the mood today in Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Syria, and now Iraq.”

Marina Macario at Darkstar Astrology also writes on today’s New Moon.The New Moon on August 25, 2014 is at 2º Virgo and falls within 2.5º of the royal star of Regulus, the heart of the Lion. This is significant because Regulus entered tropical Virgo from Leo on November 28, 2011. This is the first New Moon to hit Regulus since it changed signs.”

And, Enid Rosa, Agent 79 at C*I*A, offers New Moon in Virgo: Intention Mission Activation. “We are in a cosmic storm of energy. Wow, it is intense! Each one of us has to take responsibility for our own thoughts, emotions, and actions. With the New Moon in Virgo we can calm the storm and focus on self-love. We want to honor the seasons and cycles of life by creating time and space to honor life passages. Things must change or die in order for something else to come in. We are in transformation phase! As we boldly go through this cycle, it is important to stay focused on love and joy!”

A note from Tem:

Dear Readers: TMA has just posted the new Oct./Nov. issue for digital subscribers, and hard copy will be mailed out on Aug. 29 to all print subscribers (and digital access is free with a print subscription). This new issue features an interview with Robert Hand, articles on astrolocality and earthquake prediction, and much more, including an educational resource guide with 60 mini-reviews of online astrology courses, schools, and apprenticeships. See the full Table of Contents below. To sign up for digital access:

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Check-in with interesting blogs

By Mary Plumb | July 7, 2014

Hello everyone. I’ve got a varied assortment of links for this week’s blog – I’m not sure if there’s a common theme, but all are meant to be informative and enjoyable. Happy reading!

Pam Younghans writes a weekly astrology journal at North Point Astrology. Saturn and Uranus both station within 25 hours of each other on July 20-21. She writes:
“During the two weeks on either side of a planet’s ‘station,’ when the planet is virtually standing still (from Earth’s perspective), we tend to feel that planet’s effects more directly. I often use the analogy of a train station to explain this effect: If we’re standing on the platform and a train is approaching, at first the vibration and the sound are distant. As the train gets closer and also starts slowing, the vibration and sound get stronger. When the train finally comes to a halt, the vibration and sound are at their most intense in our experience. Then, when the train is ready to leave the station, we have a reversal of our experience, with the sound and vibration slowly diminishing.”

Ed Tamplin is very thorough on world events. His weekly horoscope includes the U.S. Solar Return chart. “The USA’s birthday horoscope, for 2014, features a Cancerian Sun opposite Pluto, with the Libran Moon squaring both. Mars, the planet of war, is opposed to revolutionary Uranus. The Mars Uranus opposition, in a challenging square to the U.S. Ascendant, indicates unstable international relations. The unpredictability of Uranus in fiery Aries suggests sudden eruptions or insurgencies and the increased prospect of aerial and cyber warfare.” Ed then discusses the last time Pluto was in hard aspect to the U.S. Sun (October 1977).

Lorna Bevan writes at Daykeeper Journal. In her article July—the Wheel of Fortune Turns, she writes: “During this summer of grace, the harmonious water trine between Saturn and Chiron will form and reform the sacred geometry of a series of Grand Water Trines as Mercury, the Sun, and Venus follow each other through Cancer. Wherever 16 degrees of Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio fall in your chart is your Merkaba, your soul vehicle and chariot, your three-sided pyramid of healing, recharging, and ensouling.”

Doug Walker’s site, Historical Astrology, has many substantive articles on Using Astrology to Chart the Ebb and Flow of the Historical Process. A recent addition, The Astrology of Ancient Sumer is informative and easy on the eyes with a fine layout and multiple graphics.

Jude Cowell at Stars Over Washington posted a new article called Laid by the Stars: The District of Columbia Boundary Stones. She writes about “the laying of the District of Columbia boundary stones on the land that President George Washington selected (former surveyor as he was).” She also has a post on the U.S. Solar Return chart.

In The Corruption of Tony Blair, Christina Rodenbeck looks at the current business affairs of the former Prime Minister. “Since leaving office in 2007, Tony Blair has become a multi-multi millionaire. Like Satan himself, he has become a fixer, middle-man, adviser to the international .001% — dictators, autocrats and tyrants — from Kazakhstan to Abu Dhabi to Manhattan…..On the day that Blair won the election, Pluto, the dark lord, master of our darkest desires, tempter, transformer, was smack on Blair’s descendant, the angle of partnership, of contracts. If we were going to be entirely metaphysical, which we are, we might surmise that he made a pact with the devil when he crossed the threshold of Number 10.”

Jeremy Neal at Chirotic Journal writes about Rolf Harris, Hadean Times: The Rise and Fall of Rolf. (He was a television personality in Britain during the 1960s and 1970s, convicted in 2014 of twelve charges of indecent assault.) “Many of my generation are reeling somewhat from the news that Rolf Harris, whose cheerful, positive, and uplifting manner is somehow keyed into the DNA of our childhoods, has turned out to be a fake.”
The author includes Orcus and Ixion in his delineation.
“Clues to narcissism can often be gleaned from the placement of Ixion, who delineates the areas and the styles of personal entitlement. Once again, Ixion, like Neptune, is peregrine conjunct Atlantis 1198. This gives a style of narcissism, if one can call it so, that invades the privacy and sexual boundaries of others (+Atlantis, in the 8th house). It operates secretly, covertly, and peregrine: it’s either full on or completely absent.”

Steve Judd has a short video on the Chiron return (age 51). He speaks of a “comprehensive understanding” of interdependence that is possible then, as well as a time when our own self-sabotage becomes very obvious.

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Blogs for a Full Moon week…

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… 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.

Portman also has articles on Diurnal Charts, Your Career in Your Natal Chart and much more.

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.

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Check-in from around the web

By Mary Plumb | April 21, 2014

Michael WolfStar’s weekly NewsScope column, Astrology Rising, includes astrologer Susan Miller’s horoscope. “Probably the most influential astrologer in America today is Susan Miller. Her website, Astrology Zone, gets some 20 million page views every month.”

NeptuneCafe’s Front Page has links to The Oxford Astrologer on Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” with husband Chris Martin, and lots of articles on Putin’s Russia.

Louis Acker’s new article is Eclipses of 2014 and 2015: An astrological analysis including 4 total lunar eclipses.
Readers may also enjoy 2014 and beyond. (A shortened version appeared on our blog last week.) The original version includes coverage of Neptune in Pisces and the unusual pattern — from March 2013 to October 2014 — of “a long series of stationary Mercury positions closely conjunct or trine Neptune.”

An observer from outside our field, Amanda Petrusich, writes Is It Time For Us To Take Astrology Seriously? “In an April marked by angry eclipses portending unexpected change, the ancient, long debunked practice of astrology and its preeminent ambassador might be weirdly suited for the 21st century.” She concludes: “But then I’m reminded, again, that inaccuracy, or, at least, a belief in the fluidity of truth, is at the heart of the present-day zeitgeist: Our news is often hasty and unverified, our photos are filtered and retouched, our songs are pitch-corrected, our unscripted television programs are storyboarded into oblivion, and most everyone shrugs it all off. Astrology might not offer the most accurate or verifiable information, but at least it offers information — arguably the only currency that makes sense in 2014.

In that way, astrology seems perfectly positioned to become the defining dogma of our time.”

Julie O’Mahoney’s The Astrology Place makes use of graphics and gifs along with her many short (and beginner friendly) blog posts. A current one is Portals to Hell: Pluto. In case anyone needs reminding, “The goal of a Pluto experience is to cross a threshold into a new resurrected life.”

April Elliott Kent’s Astrology Study: Eclipse Aspects to Natal Planets: The Narrative of Change gives her quick, clear ideas. For an eclipse aspecting natal Venus she writes: “If only each of us were endowed with flawless confidence, great relationships, bountiful self-esteem, and oodles of cash! Eclipse aspects to Venus remind us that the world will not always give us the treatment, whether kind or cruel, that we think we deserve.”
She also gives specific degree areas that are sensitive during this April’s eclipses (the Full Moon eclipse is coming on the 29th).

Artist and astrologer Rafael VR tells about a Planetary system on the wrist. This is a $245,000 watch produced by the jewelry company Van Cleef & Arpele and Christiaan van deer Klaauw, a company that manufactures astronomical watches. It took three years to complete and has 396 separate parts. The watch, essentially an astronomical clock, shows the six planets visible to the eye — the Moon is not included — as they move around the Sun in real time. The planets are made from precious stones. It is beautiful. He concludes: “Want one?”

TMA writer Donna Cunningham offers Information on Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed’s Identity Theft Threat.

Onwards everyone! Have a good week (and try to get some sleep).

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Blogs for a New Moon week..

By Mary Plumb | February 24, 2014

SunnyCat Astrology is Zane Maser’s Blog on nature, healing, astrology, and the inner life. In her current blog, she reminds us of the significance of the Year of the Green Horse: “Wood initiates not only the sequence of the Five Elements but also the 60-year circle of the Chinese zodiac. Wood is associated with springtime and the expansion of budding new life. A lush, fecund growth will soon cover the earth as deciduous trees green once again. This fortunate Year of the ‘Green Horse’ — the first one since 1954 — is considered a fruitful one of promise and the attainment of heart-centered goals. Favorable happenings are afoot! The independent spirit of this horse is able, energetic, hardworking, bright, friendly, and warm-hearted…..Some of the astrological signatures for the year corroborate this upsurge of optimistic energy for quick-paced, forward movement, such as the Uranus-in-Aries’ impulse to break free into fresh territory……Plus, we are beyond the midpoint of the momentous Uranus-Pluto squares (7 in total through March 2015), so we are more than halfway up the horse trail on the Mountain of Change — to the point of no looking back but rather upward into greater Light and a leaner body, soul, and spirit.”

Go to Tad Mann’s site to access his art and written works and sign up for his monthly newsletter. Here’s a quote from February’s letter: “This is a time when we all tend to feel the need to be inside, to conserve energies and intimacies, and so letting it out will feel much better than you can even imagine. With Pluto and Venus still in their forceful embrace it might be that you swing from the extremes from overdoing it and being the eternal naive. Being opposite to open and optimistic Cancerian Jupiter and squaring the impulsive Uranus in Aries, creative urges can be spot on now, so move on it and know that the world is ready for whatever it is that you imagine.”

Astrolore: Let the Universe Support Your Growth offers Astrology Weather Report February 24 – March 2, 2014. “This week as the Moon moves through Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces your outlook is apt to be less about those in your immediate surroundings and more about humanity in general. You may seek to become more engaged with humanitarian issues rather than personal issues.”
There is also a day-by-day report on the planetary aspects.

Kenneth Johnson’s article Mind and the Vedic Moon begins: “One of the most abiding sources of confusion I have encountered among students who approach Jyotish from a background in Western astrology is the concept of the Moon as symbolic of ‘the mind.'” His description is concise; he concludes: “In the end, then, the Vedic perception of the Moon is not that different than the Moon as perceived in Western astrology. The concept of manas invites us to envision our moods and feelings, our emotional experience of life, the material stored in our astral bodies, as the authentic ground from which mind and intellect arise — in other words, our essential field of conscious awareness. Happy Moon = quiet emotions, quiet mind. Unhappy Moon = turbulent emotions, troubled mind.
May your conscious awareness be as tranquil as a full moon shining in a lake of calm water.”

Pat Paquette at RealAstrologers includes a scan of current mundane events in her always interesting weekly forecast. From her Weekly Forecast February 24: Jupiter Square Uranus, New Moon in Pisces: “Mars turns retrograde eight hours after the New Moon in Pisces on Friday. Although the chart for this New Moon is dominated by the cardinal T-square, the New Moon is in favorable aspect to Jupiter and Pluto and so might provide a ‘way out’ for some of the tension. That said, I’m hesitant to predict entirely positive outcomes. Not only does Pisces have a dark side, but the Sun and Moon are in conjunction with Chiron. We might think of it as something like a healing crisis.”

Marina at Darkstar Astrology writes on Mars Retrograde 2014. She includes the fixed stars Mars will cross in his backwards, then forward again, motion. “Mars stations retrograde on March 1, 2014. Mars will traverse slowly backwards from 27º to 9º Libra. Like all retrogrades this period gives us a chance to look at things from a right-brain perspective.”

Jessica Murray at MotherSky writes as compellingly as ever in her new blog, No More Free Lunch.”Last month’s Full Moon brought news that sent a chill down the collective spine of the 99%. Net neutrality received its deadliest blow yet when a federal court moved one step closer to allowing corporations to decide which websites get the fast access everybody wants…..The Full Moon was at 26° Cancer/ Capricorn. Transit trackers familiar with the US Sibly chart may recognize these as the placements of America’s Mercury and Pluto. It was one of the most astounding astro-synchronicities I’ve seen in a long time.”

How Have You Grown from Saturn in Scorpio’s Transits? is the current post at Donna Cunningham’s Skywriter. She talks about her own progress during this time (i.e., “Well, it’s been more like hobbling forward than power walking, but I’ve made some important progress.”) and invites comments from us all: “So, Readers, what have you accomplished through hard work during this transit? Maybe now that we’re through the halfway mark of this transit, can you see progress despite the fact that it’s been anything but easy?”

Anthony Louis writes on The Uranus-Pluto Square of April 2014. He includes the Ukrainian national horoscope (August 24, 1991) and the chart for the grand cross on April 21, set for Washington, D.C. “Individuals born with their Sun or personal planets and chart points at 13 degrees of a cardinal sign will be most strongly affected in their personal life. In the tradition of Chaucer and T.S. Elliot, April may be the cruelest month for such individuals. Thus those born with their Sun around 13 degrees of a cardinal sign, that is, those born within a few days of January 4th, April 3rd, July 5th, or October 6th of any year) will feel this transit most acutely as it affects their natal Sun. A study of each individual’s birth chart will be necessary to see what other planets and chart points are affected. If you accept July 4th as the birthday of the United States, then this country is in for a period of major upheaval.”

Barry Goddard at AstroTableTalk has an entry called The Astrologer’s Secret Fire. “The real training for astrology usually takes decades. Learning the system and how to bang the symbols together so that words come out of your mouth is the easy bit. Anyone can go and get a certificate like this, and unfortunately it is generally seen as a qualification to practise the craft, you are a ‘professional’……But astrology is not about that at all. The real qualification is the refashioning of the personality so that it becomes a vessel for the gods. And that is something the gods do to you if you are lucky or unlucky enough, it is not something you can decide. It is for the daimons who were assigned to you at birth.”

And to end with a cozier theme, Adam Elenbaas writes on the importance of the Moon in compatibility in Lunar Love on his Astrology Study site. “At this point in history it seems safe to say that even our best spiritual philosophies, eastern and mystical or western and monotheistic alike, place too great an emphasis on the quest for transcendence. We ask someone about their Sun sign because we’re all interested in each other’s individuality. We’re each very concerned with our personal quest. But if the Sun is by nature more personal and less ‘dependent,’ compared to the Moon, then wouldn’t it be at least equally important to ask about someone’s ‘Moon’ sign when considering a relationship, which is by nature more of a ‘dependent’ situation?”

Have a happy, nourishing, fun, full week, everyone. Let’s enjoy the passage of time together!

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Catch up with astrology on the web….

By Mary Plumb | January 20, 2014

This week our collection of blogs represents lots of points of view and subject matters, as well as discussions of the past (i.e., see Chris Brennan’s), present (e.g., sex scandal in France), and future (e.g., Austin Coppock and Crystal Pomeroy on 2014). Something for every mood, I hope.

Have a good Monday and enjoy the first day of the Sun in Aquarius.
Paul Saunders at Solaris Astrology writes on French President Francois Hollande’s love affair with actress Julie Gayet in France Rocked by Presidential Sex. He considers the horoscopes of all the players — the president, the actress, and his primary partner. “It is very revealing that transiting Jupiter, the planet ruling his permanent partner of the moment (Valerie Trierweiler), is now conjunct Hollande’s South Node, a point of detriment, and as it has moved there she has gone into hospital and is suffering greatly from stress.”
Frederick Woodruff interviews Jessica Murray, Finding a Way Through, at AstroInquiry. Enjoy this conversation between two intellectually robust astrologers.
Austin Coppock has a synopsis of the big themes of the year in The Astrology of 2014. (This is an excerpt from 2014 Astrology Almanac.)
Crystal Pomeroy writes: 2014: The Year of the Spiritual Warrior at DayKeeper Journal. “If the sacred masculine supports heroic progress in 2014, the sacred feminine is the center that insures deep and lasting results. From St. George saving the maiden to the celestial Toltec warrior who defends his mother from attack while still in the womb, warrior myths remind us that the hero’s ultimate goal is to defend the inner life. Whether you prefer mindfulness, meditation, prayer, forgiveness, journaling, or any discipline or combination, this is a year to keep the inward flame burning through daily practice and a commitment that goes beyond the surface.”
As the Sun moves from one Saturn sign (Capricorn) to another (Aquarius), let’s keep listening to the ringed planet. Julie O’Mahoney writes: Saturn: The Big C (by which she means commitment) at The Astrology Place. “With Saturn we need to rise to the challenge, we need our mettle to be tested, and it rules those places we feel less developed, inferior, not good enough. Saturn is the place we compensate for our weaknesses, but some of our greatest talents and capabilities arise from our feelings of inadequacy. It is thought that humans will do anything to avoid pain to preserve a sense of self, but this avoidance results in the creation of psychological defences that are so common with Saturn in the natal chart.”
Enjoy Gary Caton’s current 50-minute talk at his Goddess Astrology Podcast. His subject: Venus Conjunct the Sun in Capricorn.
Teri Parsley Starnes at Starsdance Astrology writes about Time. “What is your relationship to Time as a Mysterious One? Does this question catch you by surprise? Have you never thought of Time as a being with whom you could have relationship? If so, I invite you to entertain that notion. It could shift your whole life. I know it has mine…….Pressure and panic are signals that I am not in alignment with Time. Too focused on the future, I lose my anchor to Present Being. Like a child who feels neglected and who knows she is the center of the world (don’t we all know this?), Present Being warns, ‘If you lose me, you lose everything! Future won’t help you and it won’t help me. Come back to me. I need you.'”

Chris Brennan collected a list of Top 10 Astrologers of All Time. It’s a mini-mini course on astrological history; he explains why he chose these ten (and lists some Honorable Mentions), and gives a snapshot of their respective contributions and place in history.

Jeremy Neal at Chirotic Journal writes The Astrology of Paul Walker’s Demise and the importance of transNeptunian objects Ixion and Orcus. “Studies of Walker’s demise cite varying opinions about the gathering portents implied in his astrology. In my view, none of the analysis has identified the single overwhelming stormy petrel of the piece, which is the Hadean transit of Ixion to Walker’s Sun and Saturn.” (Editor’s note: “stormy petrel” – “a person or thing that foreshadows trouble” The Free Dictionary)
We’re always open to your suggestions for links to help keep us informed about the myriad astrology writers on the web. (I remember when TMA first started collecting astrology websites — 1995, I think. It’s rather a more complex picture nowadays.)

Thank you.
Have a good week everyone, Mary

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Solstice blogs

By Mary Plumb | December 23, 2013

We wish the happiest solstice season to all of TMA’s wonderful readers and friends. Here is a collection of blogs considering (mostly) astrological perspectives on the times.

Alan Oken’s Christmas Message 2013 is a short (four minute) greeting from his home in Bali telling of the esoteric significance of 0° Capricorn.

Venus stationed on the solstice; Jim Sher describes her current cycle in Venus Retrograde 2013-14.

Julija Simas at C*I*A has a thorough description of the Capricorn ingress, including an explanation of precession, links to other blogs, and the AstroCartoGraphy map. “A year ago at this Solstice 2012, the world was excited about the supposed ending of the Mayan Calendar; it was a time to contemplate the dawning of a New World, a new awareness, the coming of a big shift. A year later, and after another couple of Pluto-Uranus squares, we can sense a shift, a change, and a deep change within, yet we also sense so much more ahead. We knew this was all symbolic, we gave it meaning, and we continue to live in hope as we desperately still want our world to change for the better.”

Classical Astrologer Weblog’s entry Winter Solstice 2013 sets the chart for Victoria, British Columbia. “The darkening of the Year and corresponding lightening of the Year are equally valued. Night and Day are equal, as is the spiraling in and spiraling out of human consciousness. It’s the eternal relationship of feminine and masculine, complementary and inseparable.”

Here’s an  eight-minute video that describes the early Pagan festivals, traditions, and rituals around the Winter Solstice. The Romans celebrated Saturnalia to honor the god of agriculture. “They gave coins for prosperity, pastries for happiness and lamps to light one’s journey through life…..In Sumerian history, the god Nimrod was said to bring gifts and put them under the evergreen tree….Kissing under the mistletoe also has Pagan origins….The Druids believed mistletoe fell from heaven and grew onto a tree that sprang from earth. Mistletoe thus represented the joining of heaven and earth and later man to woman.”

Astrology Notes from Nancy has a piece on the meaning of the solstice. “We can overcome the Cold Winter Sun by evoking our highest and most loving instincts and being that person who brings loving kindness and warmth to all of our fellow-men. Be that light, be your best self, be love incarnate — dwell and flourish in the burgeoning light! Blessings to all.”

Peter Stockinger’s Traditional Astrology Weblog sets the ingress chart for Brussels (capital of the European Union). Citing Bonatti, “Saturn is the planet with the most essential and accidental dignity and has therefore to be Lord of the Revolution….Jupiter will turn direct, ending Saturn’s reign on 16 March 2014, just five days before the 2014 Aries ingress. Up until then we will have to stay under the rule of Saturn in his role of Lord of the Revolution.”

Nick Dagan Best has a five-minute talk with graphics on his work with the Venus retrograde cycle: Nelson Mandela: Venus Cycles and the Freedom Struggle.

Abella Arthur has an article, Venus Rx Retrograde in Capricorn, wherein she gives the essence of the planet and sign, keywords, hints on how to use the time, and a collection of Venus music videos, including this 1959 clip of Frankie Avalon singing Venus. (The author includes his horoscope. “Frankie Avalon has a full Venus house — Venus aspects all the planets in his chart. Venus is at the apex of a grand trine including Saturn & Mars! He has Venus conjunct Neptune!”)

From a different musical corridor of the Internet, Frederick Woodruff created a
Winter Solstice Compendium
, a collection of sacred music and chants and hymns. (He also links to a solstice interview with astrologer Jessica Murray.)

And, we close with this lovely poem from Wallace Stevens (1879-1955). (The gentleman, born October 2, has a deep feeling for stillness; he had natal Saturn in Aries opposite the Sun in Libra.)

The Snow Man
One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

May we all appreciate the dark and the quiet of the season.

Have safe, happy, healthy holidays, one and all.

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