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YouTube Astrology

By Mary Plumb | February 21, 2011

In the spirit of the current Mercury, Mars, and Neptune conjunction in Aquarius, let’s take a break and watch some astrology videos. I’ve collected a few, and there are many more on YouTube and around the web. I’d love to see some of your suggestions, too. (There’s always something new. I just heard about BrightCove, it’s apparently like YouTube with a higher quality video. Has anyone used that?)

Not everyone is on Facebook, so some readers may have missed Bruce Scofield’s lucid explanation of astrology, including the recent zodiac confusion. “To explain this whole astrology thing a little further is Bruce Scofield, a professor of geoscience and evolution.”

Kelly Lee Philips recorded Robert Blaschke’s 65-minute talk on Progression Theory at the Blast Conference in 2008.

Recorded at the Blast Conference in 2007, enjoy Robert Hand’s two- hour workshop on Reception from the medieval perspective.

Charles McClelland and Kelly Lee Phipps interview Richard Tarnas at the Baltimore NCGR Conference in 2007. This is an extensive interview – it’s an hour and 15 minutes.

Christopher Warnock of Renaissance Astrologyhas a collection of short videos on aspects of traditional astrology, including an eight-minute introduction to Horary, the Use of Talismans and the Mansions of the Moon.

Adrian Ross Duncan has a short demo of an astrological consultation here.

Joyce Hopewell has posted a short (approximately two minutes) introduction to the Huber Method of Astrological Psychology, followed by several other videos in which she describes key points in the method. She has other topics as well, such as Jupiter and the Art of Risk Taking.

Watch Steven Forest on The Future of Astrology, the 2007 keynote address from NORWAC.

Kelly Lee Phipps’s Return of the Magi series of interviews with astrologers begins by asking, “How did you get into astrology?”

Here are some of his interviews:

Adam Gainsburg

Glenn Perry

David Cochrane — this one is a full hour.

Gary Caton

Nick Dagan Best (45 minutes)

Lee Lehman on Classical Astrology (one hour, 36 minutes)

For some videos on early practices in astrology, Robert Schmidt has a ten-minute introduction to Hellenistic Astrology here.

Also, go here for Chris Brennan’s “A History of Western Astrology” (ten minutes)

Have fun watching videos everyone, and have a good week.

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Happy Winter Solstice

By Mary Plumb | December 20, 2010

Greetings to everyone as the lunar eclipse and solstice is upon us. There is fine, diverse, and eloquent cyber activity addressing different aspects of this auspicious time. Please enjoy what I came up with for this week’s blog.

Most importantly, all of us at TMA wish everyone a very happy, safe, healthy, and blessed darkest — and brightest — night!

Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Solstice12.21.10,  at CosmicSense, has some lovely photographs and some sound advice: “It would be wise to do what you can to avoid emotional exhaustion and over-stimulation of the nervous system (good luck)”

Melanie Reinhart conducts a ‘Twelve Holy Nights’ retreat every year, “a wonderful process of personal and spiritual renewal for lovers of astrology and its symbolism. It begins December 24th, and goes through until January 5th, and can be adapted to your own life circumstances around the festive season.” She shares her material on her website so you can join in from wherever you are.

Here are some highlights from Paul Winter’s annual solstice concert at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. (There is some free music to download.)

This was a popular link from last year’s solstice blog – A Body Posture to Celebrate and Tune Into Winter Solstice & Capricorn Energies

Nearby, Cosmic Tunes – Lunar Eclipse is a nice compilation of “the science and the symbolism” of this eclipse. “Running into Shadow and Polarity might mean tension, but it doesn’t mean disaster if we cultivate Quality awareness, Detachment, equanimity, and paying attention to our acts, words, & inner states.”

(This site is also coordinating a cyber solstice celebration.)

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse ~ The Light of Spiritual Initiation is Laura Boomer-Trent’s lovely view of this time, accompanied by lively graphics.

This YouTube video has great graphics about the solstice and will broadcast the solstice live from Stonehenge.

John Wadsworth’s Astrology Blog is a video on the eclipse that explains it as Wiccan Winter Solstice Song accompanied by artwork: “Enter the night and you’ll find the light.”

Here is a nice Winter Solstice guitar solo from Simon Touchette of The Tea Party (an Australian group).

And for some of the astrology bloggers on the times:

Robert Wilkerson at Aquarius Papers.

Jude Cowell at Stars Over Washington

The Art and Astrology of Maria Kay Simms (scroll down) for the eclipse and the month’s following lunar phases.

Heaven and Earth AstroBlog has a nice article on the solstice which includes the prominent asteroids and chart graphics.

Rob Tillett (from New South Wales) includes current events in his article on this eclipse (and the upcoming solar eclipse in January).

Barbara Hand Clow writes on the 2010 Winter Solstice.

CIA, the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, has a written report on the Capricorn Solstice.

And a YouTube video report.

In the excitement about Mr. Assange’s birth time (?), you may have missed Gary Caton’s fine recent TMA blog on the lunar eclipse.

Here’s a piano solo for the solstice.

A Winter Solstice video meditation

NASA’s site with great info: “If you’re planning to dash out for only one quick look — it is December, after all — choose this moment: 03:17 am EST (17 minutes past midnight PST). That’s when the Moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.”

Here’s a good overview of the meaning and history of eclipses from Horoscopes Within.

Here’s a great animation of the December lunar eclipse and current sky maps.

An invocation by Anrita Melchizedek from the Pleiadian Light Network.

For those interested in the Maya calendar, Maya Calendar Portal is a good site with contributions from diverse writers, including Carl Johan Calleman and Kenneth Johnson.

And, a Vedic perspective.

And, to end, for now with one more inspiring video on the beautiful synchroncity of this eclipse at the solstice: “Our Earth, our Moon our Sun are inviting us to spend a moment in time together.”

Blessings of the season to you all.

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The Royal Couple

By Mary Plumb | November 22, 2010

I spent lots of time last week researching eclipses for an NCGR talk, so the subject is on my mind. I am currently on a road trip in California, visiting a few friends along the way. I’m just leaving my first stop; this friend’s birthday was July 11, the day of the recent total solar eclipse at 19º Cancer. We had a wonderful long discussion of her experience, thus far, of having a solar eclipse on her birthday. I’m now going to another friend who was born on the day of this year’s annular (i.e., “ring of fire”) solar eclipse at 25º Capricorn on January 16. Hearing their stories is a grand and vivid display of the awesome power of eclipses.

I had looked back at the striking eclipse patterns in the life of Diana, the Princess of Wales, for my talk, so I was not too surprised by William’s engagement announcement. He was born on a solar eclipse on June 21, 1982 at 9:03 pm in London. With the natal Ascendant at 27º28’ Sagittarius, right in line of the upcoming total lunar eclipse at 29º Gemini on December 21.

William’s Sun in the birthchart is 0º06’ Cancer and the Moon at 4º58’ Cancer. Venus is at 25º Taurus, conjunct Diana’s Venus at 24º Taurus.

Diana’s Midheaven is 23º Libra. Using Porphyry house cusps, Venus dignified in Taurus is in the 5th of children and by Whole Sign houses, the Venus is in the 6th. Perhaps this is an echo of the fact that bearing a son was part of her “royal job description”?

In any event, William’s fiancée, Kate Middleton is now wearing the diamond and sapphire ring that belonged to his beloved mother, surely a strong (and appropriately luxurious) statement of her presence.

And, the lovely Kate (born on January 9, 1982)  also is born on an eclipse – a total lunar eclipse with the Sun in Capricorn and the Moon in Cancer. A time for her hasn’t surfaced yet, but the total lunar eclipse on the day she was born was at 19º16’ Capricorn /Cancer. As mentioned above, there was a total solar eclipse at 19º Cancer this past summer.

Many have written about the astrology of this love story; here are some of those links. And here’s to Venus moving forward slowly in Libra and to more sweet love stories unfolding for us all.

Judi Vitale writes happily on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Lovecast.

Marjorie Orr’s Prince William and patient Kate to marry considers that he has been “undergoing massive emotional changes in the past two years” as transiting Pluto has opposed his Sun and Moon (and his Sun/Moon midpoint).

Dharmaruci sees Kate’s ambition in William and Not-So-Innocent Kate. (Her Capricorn Sun is squared by Pluto, Saturn and Mars in Libra.)

Marina at DarkStar looks at the chart for the announcement of their engagement. Jamie, also writing on Darkstar, has articles on Prince William: Occult Prince and Kate Middleton Horoscope.

The keen and warm relationship observer, Elsa, notices the shared Saturn placement of the couple in Libra Seeking Balance: Kate & Wills – a Saturn in Libra Royal Couple

Penny Walters’s Prince William is getting married notes changes in his progressed chart signifying the marriage.

Penny Thornton looks at both of their charts and considers possible times for the upcoming wedding in The Royal Engagement. She writes: “Were they to be consulting me about the wisdom of their decision to marry I would give them an A-rating and open a bottle of Dom P to their brilliant future together.”

Anne Whitaker’s Prince William Great Britain’s Future King looks at the Saros series of his birthday eclipse.

Alex Sumner offers his choice of an elected chart for the couple to marry next year at Sol Ascendans.

And, do go here for a wonderful longish article The Jupiter Cycle of Lady Diana by Nick Kollerstrom. (He includes Charles, Camilla and William’s natal horoscopes and many event charts.)

I look forward to your comments on the royal couple – innocent or jaded – all are welcome here!

Have a good week everyone.

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It’s a New Day

By Mary Plumb | November 8, 2010

Okay, friends — Neptune and Chiron are direct, the Moon and Mars are in Sag, Venus is retrograde back into Libra, and the North Node is conjunct Pluto. I’m looking forward and outward after last week’s very introspective blog. No more whining, as my beloved (Capricorn) sister would (and does) say.

I’ve got a good mix of sites for you to visit.

First of all, in tribute to Vesta who was so pronounced at last week’s New Moon: Bob Marks has a wonderful website with lots of timeless content. Here’s an article with his quite interesting insights on natal Vesta through the houses, signs and aspects. (For the curious, here’s his same treatment for Juno.)

Anne Whitaker, Writing from the twelfth house, wrote very kindly about TMA’s new CD. Since, as far as I can tell, TMA is not known for an overly aggressive marketing strategy, I’ll be pleased to let Anne speak for us.

Ready or not, the elections are over and many of astrology’s political observers have commented:

Nancy Sommers’s of Starlight News looked at Obama’s November last week, finding some good news, i.e., “the Pluto transit quincunx his natal Moon (3 Gemini21), activating the natal square, is now behind him,” as well as plenty of caution: “the Jupiter station (23 Pisces29) sesquiquadrate his natal Neptune (8 Scorpio36) through most of November and the final Neptune crossing of Obama’s South Node (27 Aquarius19) in January 2011.”
In her blog posted on November 7, Minority Leader, Sommers looks at Nancy Pelosi’s (untimed) birth chart. (Her Sun is between 5º – 6º Aries; does she feel Pluto yet?)

Jude Cowell is a keen astrologer and a funny writer. In her blog at Stars Over Washington she wonders about Sarah Palin running for president in 2012. “One thing everyone knows: if she does plan to run, she’s got an awful lot of studyin’ and learnin’ and info-retainin’ to do.” And, she has a fine entry on Neptune’s station at its discovery degree.

Jessica Murray’s articles are always superb. Pretend Politix is an essay on her ever thoughtful MotherSky site. Her subject is Chiron and Neptune, both of which stationed direct on the U.S. Moon last week.

Lynn Hayes writes about Keith Olbermann on her widely read Astrological Musings column at Beliefnet. For a hint: Olbermann, born on January 27, 1959, has an Aquarius Sun opposite Uranus (in Leo) and square Neptune (in Scorpio).

On a different celestial subject, Venus’s heliacal rise was on November 5. David Crook has an elegant description on his Stellar Insights Astrology site, Venus as Morning Star.

I just found Jason Fleming El’s site, Sagittarian Mind: Astrology for the Higher Mind. He captures the essence of Scorpio in Scorpio Mixtape: Power Packed, which includes a soundtrack for Pluto and for Mars.

Although it’s not something I’m proud of, I’ve given up on trying to follow the financial markets. Lucky for us, many astrological observers are staying on top of it. The Forecast for the Week, at Wall Street Weather: Interpreting the Emotional Atmospheric Conditions of the Street and the World, includes analysis of Fed Chairman Bernanke’s decision to start “another round of quantitative easing (QE).” This is a very well-written site with clear astrological correlations and good links to other sources.

John and Susan Townley’s AstroCocktail site is another that is packed with high-quality astrology. Neptuned Out…Outer Planet Leads America Astray describes the current Sibly chart: transiting Neptune conjunct the Moon and the progressed Moon conjunct natal and progressed Neptune. He lists the eight times, beginning in 1791-92 (“The Bill of Rights. Chalk one up for the idealistic manifestation.”), when the progressed Moon was connected to Neptune.
As another sample from this site, here’s a very clear description (with great graphics) of the very intriguing vertex point, The Vertex: Crossroads of Destiny.

And, saving the best for last, in what seems to be a clear tribute to Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, New Reality Transmission is a project that is organizing a global exercise: “On 11-11, 2010, one million people across the globe will mentally project a unified vision of a new paradigm for our species… a new reality.” There’s a splendid slideshow, check it out. Thanks to Tom Lescher for pointing this out in his newsletter. (I love this kind of thing.)

May our destinies all converge in the most auspicious ways.

Have fun, everybody, and have a good week. Thanks for coming by.

P.S. The new Dec/Jan issue of TMA — with a detailed 2011 forecast by Stephanie Austin— is in the mail to subscribers. It’s not too late to subscribe or get a gift subscription for someone you love.

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Good Monday to all

By Mary Plumb | October 11, 2010

Good Sagittarius Moon Monday, one and all.

I’m listing some of the many lively and informative astrological blogs out there. Some of these sites are hugely popular and some are kind of tucked away; some I’ve listed before, and some I’ve just found.

Robert Wilkerson’s New Moon in Libra – What’s Happening October and November 2010, at Aquarius Papers, looks at the month’s aspects in the context of long-term cycles.

For those TMA readers who haven’t discovered the prolific and warm-hearted Elsa Panizzon, she edits AstroDispatch, a popular site that keeps up to date with many astro sites. She also has her own blog,, where she teaches some warm and wise astrology.

Dharmaruci’s AstroTableTalk has an entry called Jung’s Psychological Types and the Astrological Elements. Among his thoughts: “But if you’re going to write a blog, it helps to be an introverted thinking type!”

Marjorie Orr has another big site that is a bit complicated to navigate. Here are some good starting points: This page is a forum with frequent entries and ongoing discussions on mundane astrology and world affairs. (The site is based in the U.K. and has an international scope.) Heavenly Headlines looks at key themes for October and November.

The Astrology Room is another large and busy site, housing the work of four astrologers. Here’s a nice look at Venus Retrograde, by Jane Lyle, as an entry point into the site. (One thing she says: “If you’ve fallen out with someone, this could be the perfect time to kiss and make up. You reassess the friendship or love affair, and you think – I miss that person. Life’s too short.”)

Sasstrology: The Astrology of Sex, Love and Relationships is another very popular site that some of you may not have found yet. There are many writers on the site. Eric Francis’s The Venus-Mars Conjunction in Scorpio and Gender Experimentation is one of the features this month.

Mundane astrologer David Crook’s Stellar Insights has a new article with the ACG maps for the Venus station. He also wrote on the Eco-Disaster in Hungary, where toxic sludge has engulfed several towns. (Check out David’s  lovely slideshow on the lower left of any of his pages.)

Engaged Heart is a beautifully designed site with has a great section, The Art & Science of Astrology Podcast Series. There are 55 interviews with astrologers who spoke at NORWAC (Northwest Astrological Conference) in May 2009 and 2010. You can hear Darby Costello introduce her thinking on Venus, Adam Gainsburg describing his work with the Venus and Mars synodic cycles, Alan Oken on Astrology and Consciousness, and many more.

Amanda Owen has a nice article on Neptune, When Your Giving Drains Instead of Empowers You. (As my son said to me not long ago, “Mom, ‘no’ is a word.”)

Brightstarlights is a blog on Astrology, Fashion, and Pop Culture. There is an entry on The Brangelina Brood: “The sun sign of 5 out of the 6 children are one of the Sun/Moon/rising signs of their parents!”

Starstruck Astrology is by Michelle Piller. I just found this site, but it looks like she writes everyday on The Daily Planets. Her approach is in the site’s subtitle: “If you are here, you know that a shift in consciousness is circling the globe. People around the world are trying to speak the same language. It’s the language of a spirituality that transcends any one religion or culture – a simultaneous revolution and evolution.”

Mundane astrologer and prolific writer Nancy Sommers’s newest blog, Some Sketchy Election Predictions, is on the congressional races. Since she doesn’t have timed data for most of the people, she writes: “I will go out on a limb and tell you what indications I can glean from the information I do have.” (Once on the site, click on Nancy’s Blog on the left)

An earlier entry, Election Musings, considers the mood of the country and President Obama’s chart. Nancy has many commentators and followers. If you’re interested in politics and haven’t found her work yet, head over there and enjoy her astrological expertise and the comments of many like-minded friends.

And, for some great fun, astrologer Debra Silverman has videos on each of the signs, in which she seems to be channeling the essence of the personality of each sign. Silverman is a therapist as well and has very keen understanding of the zodiacal archetypes. Look to the top of the page where the signs are in a horizontal line – click on any one and enjoy!

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Summertime 2010

By Mary Plumb | August 16, 2010

Greetings one and all to another rousing week of summer 2010. It’s a fine week for the intrepid heavy weights, with Jupiter retrograde exactly opposite Saturn the day this is posted, and the last (in this cycle) square between the ever-loving Saturn and Pluto on the 21st.

Other sky signals happening now include Mercury stationing retrograde, Venus conjunct Mars, and Neptune opposing the Sun — all on the 20th. Uranus has also just moved back into Pisces, and the Sun enters Virgo on the 22nd.

I’m just going to offer a few thoughts about Jupiter and Saturn, then link to several astute bloggers on some of the week’s other topics.

My friend sent me a link yesterday to a New Dimensions radio interview, Preparing for Global Change, with a gentleman named Marshall Vian Summers. I thought his ideas were curiously in sync with the current Jupiter-Saturn opposition.

He spoke of the importance of really looking at your situation and noticing what is bothering you. He called this “appropriate discomfort,” which I thought a good image for the opposition. Summers spoke of stability and strength to weather change and the resiliency to absorb crisis. He also has an interesting idea on the “four pillars” that will bring balance into your life; though not exactly parallel, they do resonate with the four angles in the horoscope. (If you’re interested, you can listen to the interview for free until August 18.)

As astrologers we know that the opposition (180º) symbolizes the ability to contain paradox; it offers the gift of maximum objectivity. In this particular planetary pair, we could say it is the maximum tension between feeling remorseful and incomplete and feeling open and generous; between accepting reality as it is apparent right now and recognizing what is blossoming from this very moment.

In the Greek telling of the tale, Zeus (Jupiter) deposed Kronos (Saturn) as ruler and liberated his father’s imprisoned brothers, Poseidon (Neptune) and Hades (Pluto). Zeus escaped the fate of being swallowed and was rewarded with thunder and lightning. Zeus was gifted with the magnificence of thunder and lightning and became the God of the Sky; this story hints at the possibilities in our own Jupiter experience.

This opposition is the culmination of the conjunction of the two planets in May 2000 at 23º Taurus. (If you’re feeling brave, look back to that time and see if you remember how much money you had then.)

Today’s aspect is at 2º27′ Aries/Libra. This is the middle of three opposition aspects in this cycle. It was previously exact on May 22, 2010 at 28º Pisces/Virgo and will be complete on March 28, 2011 at 14º Libra (at the U.S. Sibly 10th-house Saturn return, but that’s another subject).

People born in 1930-1931, 1951-1952, 1969-70 and 1989-1991 have the Jupiter-Saturn opposition in the natal chart. I am living in close quarters now with someone born with the aspect. I have been marveling these past few weeks at how much steadiness this person displays. There is the familiar tendency for emotional pulls — way up and way down, elation and despair, shall we say — but as the opposition has come upon us, I can feel a tremendous resiliency and firm resolve.

He actually said to me last night, “I am learning if I just wait, good news will come.” Saturn, of course, implies waiting, and we can think of Jupiter bringing an expansion or release — a version of thunder and lightning when tension between the two forces is held.

My dear friend, Graca Medeiros, a very gifted Brazilian astrologer, spoke once about the absolute bull’s-eye-on-the-target of the energy lining up precisely at an opposition. I’ll never forget her saying, in her always passionate and melodic voice: “I love the opposition.”

Just in case some of you haven’t discovered Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology, he will always keep you open to the thunder and lightning on the horizon.

Rob Tillett has a thorough article on the upcoming Mercury Retrograde. He includes the Fixed Stars that are involved at the station and the Venus-Mars conjunction on the same day.

Astrologer Elizabeth Jones has an uplifting look at Uranus Re-enters Pisces ~ with Gifts in Hand? at her site.

Michael Lutin’s Daily Fix includes, “What an odd week this is going to be,” “The Mel Gibson effect” and a short video straight from Saturn-Pluto.

Boots Hart looks at current aspects in Celestial Edge Play; she calls Jupiter opposition Saturn “a new high in lows and a new low in highs.”

TMA frequent contributor Jessica Murray always has insightful commentary. Her new article, The Law of the Cure, is on WikiLeaks and the War in Afghanistan.

Jupiter-Saturn cycles are tied, of course, to large economic cycles. Three sites to inform you about current money matters are:

Richard Nolle’s AstroPro, Ray Merriman’s Merriman’s Market Analyst, and Arch Crawford’s Crawford Perspectives.

Have a good week, everyone. See you on the other side of Jupiter opposite Saturn and Saturn square Pluto. May all of our resources, visible and invisible, support us in becoming impeccable, flexible, steady, and trusting in all ways.

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Wonderful Astrology Blogs

By Mary Plumb | July 19, 2010

Here we go, another week in the eventful summer of 2010. I was roused by the symbolism of the earthquake in Washington on Friday morning, (1) and kind of disappointed when Mr. Obama said he didn’t feel it. (2) The President was within hours of a Mars return (i.e., his natal Mars at 22º35’ Virgo), so maybe this is just a display of an understated Mars in Virgo.

Earthquake in Washington, DC

Theodore White’s Global Astrology has a long, easy-to-read entry giving a synopsis of many of the key events keeping us alert in these interesting times, e.g., UFO’s in China, the real estate market, and climate change. He also includes mention of an increase in “a new social etiquette ahead” as Saturn enters Libra.

Willow’s Web Astrology writes on Post-Eclipse Emotional Backdrop Transformations and What the Crab Can No Longer Deny. She ends her provocative post:  “Accepting this mess is not easy – especially for those who have worked their entire lives to try to head this off. We didn’t. We couldn’t. And now we have to remember Plan B. We have to remember why we agreed to be here for this, what our end of the deal is. And complete it.”

Astro-Talk has a nice entry on Saturn’s ingress into Libra, Virgo to Libra: “Perfecting Me to Deal With We.” She asks a timeless and clear question from the cusp between these two signs: “If we can’t take care of ourselves, be healthy, and manage our energy and time, how can we possibly have healthy and happy relationships?”

Chiron’s ingress into Pisces coincided with the Deepwater explosion and ongoing disaster in the ocean. This week, Chiron retrogrades back into Aquarius until February 2011. Jeremy Neal has a thoughtful article on the essence of the archetype, Beware the Wild Centaur. He writes: “Chiron of course could not have become so universally respected as an astrologer, healer, and mentor if he had not first recognised his animal nature and then honoured and assimilated it consciously. If you understand that such a process is possible, then you are on your way to a Chirotic shift in consciousness.”

The prolific writer and excellent astrologer Robert Wilkinson offers a list of links to many articles he has written in the past few years about this summer’s aspects: Astrology in July, August, and September 2010 – Articles of Current and Future Importance.

Carole Devine writes about Alcoholism and Mel Gibson on her blog this week. Although others have commented on his natal Moon at 0º Libra — on quite spectacular display now — Carole demonstrates a lot of other astrological techniques (i.e., transits, solar arc, and secondary progressions). Among many interesting findings:
“Secondary progressed Mars is at the midpoint between natal Saturn and Mercury, all 29 degrees. Mars will be exactly there in less than two months, but it is so close, he can feel it now. The Combination of Stellar Influences says of this, ‘Incompatibility, unrest, the desire to quarrel. The tendency to treat others badly, separations caused by disputes and arguments, the tendency to bring about a separation by force, a change through force of circumstances.’ “
(Gibson’s natal Mercury-Saturn midpoint is 29º14’ Sagittarius; his secondary progressed Mars is at 29º05’ Sag.)

Frederick Woodruff’s The Gulf Holocaust: An Alchemical Sublimatio begins an eloquent exploration of the oil disaster with an illustration from a 16th-century alchemist. He addresses the question, “What stage within alchemy’s many elaborate processes is this one?” with elegance, grace, and a hope of ultimate redemption.


(1) June 16, 2010; 5:04 a.m.; Rockville, MD 38N54, 77W09.

(2) AP News

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Astrology Blogs

By Mary Plumb | May 31, 2010

TMA sends all good wishes for a safe and happy week to everyone.

Mundane astrologer Theodore White offers a survey of world events since Uranus enters Aries. Among his observations – two volcanoes, aid flotillas trying to get to Gaza, violence in the streets in Jamaica, and the mosque attack in Pakistan.

White’s earlier blog, Astrology Guide for 2010 , is a fine overview. I’ve linked to it before, but it deserves a second look.

Astrologer Robert Phoenix looks at the horoscope for BP CEO Tony Hayward.

Nancy Sommers’s Starlight News Blog has another of her finely-tuned assessments of the President’s horoscope. It’s titled “Pressure on the President” and includes such points as Obama’s current solar arc Saturn quincunx to the natal Sun and progressed Mercury square natal Saturn.

Pat Paquette’s blog is Uranus in Aries: Acting to Change the World. She writes, “Uranus in Aries now asks, ‘so what are you going to do about it?’ ”

Archie Dunlop makes a connection between Uranus in Aries (ruling the head) and the mounting evidence suggesting that cell phone use is not entirely benign.

If world events are getting you down, Esoteric Uranus looks at the metaphysics of the tilted planet as described by Alice Bailey.

Boots Hart has a long article called Uranus in Aries: Never the Same Old Thing which looks at the asteroids and fixed stars in the discovery chart, as well as its previous transits in the sign. (Remember the California Gold Rush, anyone?)

In Uranus in Aries: Radical Reinvention Barry Perlman offers thoughts on how we can “courageously hit the newly-shifted ground running, with fights for both survival and self-satisfaction burning hot in our bellies, and do whatever it takes to reinvent ourselves, making up the rules to this never-before-played game as we go along.”

It’s not too late in the season to get your hands in the earth: Here’s a nice site for Gardening by the Moon tips and an introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic gardening (and why the sidereal Moon sign is recommended). Both sites offer calendars for sale, along with lots of good free information.

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Reports from Around the Astrology Blogs

By Mary Plumb | April 19, 2010

So much happens in a week . . . It’s time again for a collection of astro-bloggers covering life from lots of angles: Sunday’s Mercury retrograde, Chiron’s ingress into Pisces, the volcanic ash in Europe, the summer’s aspects, speculations on the afterlife, and more.

Donna Cunningham’s Enough with the Mercury Retrograde Hysteria! is funny and makes some subtle points about the different qualities of Mercury’s retrograde period. (This Mercury retrograde is accompanied by a square to Mars in Leo.)

Nancy Sommers looks at global events in Mercury Languishes on her political site, Nancy’s Starlight News Blog: Connecting the Dots in World Affairs.

Chiron in Pisces – Water Over Rocks, by Mandi Lockley, offers a gentle view of today’s ingress. The author writes, “like Chiron we can eventually learn how to use the knowledge we learn from carrying our own pain to help others to carry their own.”

John and Susan Townley’s site, AstroCocktail, has lots of articles, including Waterloo??!!, a synopsis of the current planetary patterns. April, he writes is “the wide-open field with plenty of running room, a full gallop in any direction into a final fray that, whichever choice you make, is just a part of the bigger picture reflected across the entire landscape — personal, political, economical, and even spiritual.”

AstroCocktail has a great service in providing links to astrologically relevant stories in the media. I found this NPR story there:  a musical animation where you can “listen to the proportional relative tones of the planets, the music of the spheres.”

U.K. astrologer Dharmaruci’s new blog is Gaia, the End of the World, and Jung. He speculates on climate change and looks at the astrological signatures for James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis, and the horoscope of Carl Jung. Jung felt that his experience working with old people “had shown him that the Unconscious behaves as though life is going to continue.”

Ali Mostofi Bracknell has a short look at the upcoming UK 2010 Election Horoscope on his Astrology of Current Affairs blog.

Lara Owen continues her work on the Saturn-Uranus oppositions with a look at the last two (of five) oppositions, i.e., on April 26 and July 26. “Look for the underlying goodness and relief in letting go rather than in dramatizing and clinging. Trust the life force and the forward movement of your life.”

In her blog, Writing from the Twelfth House, Anne Whitaker (author of the recent Jupiter Meets Uranus: From Erotic Bathing to Stargazing) reports on changed travel plans due to the volcanic ash: The summer of disruption starts here: Jupiter and Uranus team up!

Astrological transits blog has a collection of easy-to-read articles summarizing economic and global trends with key upcoming dates to watch for and lists of historical events connected to transits in the past. In a good summary of the approach herein, the anonymous blogger writes: “What we need is a big change of thinking!”

In case we’ve forgotten to laugh, celebrate National Humor Month at Random Funny Astrology Bits, complete with Twitter updates. My favorite (along with the touchy Cancer Moon sulking because it was eclipsed): If I told you I have Venus-square-Neptune, would you still respect me?)

On the subject of wisdom and laughter, Michael Lutin is in a class of his own. (I was delightedly reminded of this recently at the NCGR Conference in Boston.)

Enjoy, everyone, and have a good week!

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Current (and Useful) Astrology Blogs

By Mary Plumb | March 29, 2010

I don’t mean to pick on the Catholic Church, but I can’t help but notice that the Pope seems to be in big trouble. Born on April 16, 1927, Pope Benedict XVI has natal Uranus at 0°51′ Aries, square the nodal axis. (The North Node is at 0°09′ Cancer, directly on the infamous — and currently very “hot” — Aries Point.) This places Uranus “at the bending,” that critical place where a planet squares the nodal axis. The native’s ability to integrate the planet becomes a key theme in keeping the life on track. (Please go here for an explanation of planets “at the bending” from my previous article.)
(Midpoint watchers may also be interested to see that Pope Benedict has the natal Mars/Uranus midpoint at 15°09’ Taurus, also on the Aries Point.)

The Astrology of Location and Pope Benedict XVI’s Destiny at Vatican City, written by Scott Wolfram before the Pope’s current troubles, looks at the Pope’s A*C*G and local space connections to Vatican City.

Although I suggested the explosiveness of the immediate situation with the Uranus/Aries Point emphasis, Glastonbury astrologer Dharmaruci takes a longer, more nuanced view in his article, Popegate 2010-2015. (He includes the Pope’s natal chart and solar return for 2014.)

Another big story is the Health Care Reform Bill, covered by Jamie Funk in his blog, Astrology of the U.S.A. Health Care Reform Bill. The author includes fixed stars, Lilith, and asteroids in his article. (This blog has been up for nearly a week, so there are some interesting comments along with Funk’s assessment and great graphics.)

Over at the Political Astrology Blog, Patrick Watson takes a more streamlined approach in President Obama Signs Health Care Reform Bill Into Law.Watson emphasizes the many dignified planets in the signing chart. He also reconsiders a previous prediction that he made regarding passage of the Bill.

There is an extensive, ongoing astrologer’s paradise happening at 2010 International Astrology Day Blogathon. This is a big collection of articles addressing The Cardinal T-Square of 2010: Saturn, Uranus, Pluto. Within its pages are various blogs organized under key themes, i.e., Uranus in Aries: Claiming a Self-Reliant Future; Look After Saturn and Saturn Will Look After You, and Pluto Problems Got You Perplexed? Here’s What Helps. This is a fine collective effort. (Each section is co-coordinated by a different astrologer —TMA favorite Donna Cunningham has brought together 17 (so far!) articles on Pluto.)

On a more immediate note, here’s a gentle look at today’s Full Moon at 9°17’ Libra.

Have a good week, everyone!

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