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Check-in from around the web

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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