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Let’s look ahead a bit: the Great Conjunction

By Mary Plumb | November 5, 2020

It seems a good moment to remember that we are at the very end of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle and soon to be infused with a breath of air from a different realm. Lofty, moveable, and light are qualities brought with the air element, and we know that, after 200 years in earth, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions move into air next month. (Not a moment too soon.)

Saturn re-enters Aquarius on December 17 (he dipped into the sign for three months this spring), and Jupiter enters Aquarius on December 19. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is on the 21st at 1°29’ Aquarius.

Watching the Sun, Moon and Planets is a wonderful website written by astronomer Jeffrey L. Hunt. Here’s his report on the November 7 sky. “Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines from the eastern sky during morning twilight.  Mercury joins Venus as a morning planet.  The speedy planet is to the lower left of the star Spica that is below Venus.  The morning bright gibbous moon forms a long line with Procyon and Sirius.  In the evening sky, bright Mars shines from the east while Jupiter and Saturn are in the south-southwest.”

He posts nearly everyday with graphics showing the night skies. Here is one of his essays on the December 21 conjunction. “The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurs on December 21, 2020.  Jupiter passes Saturn in the southwestern evening sky.  This is the closest conjunction of the two planets since 1623.  Jupiter – Saturn conjunctions occur every 19.6 years.”

He also writes on the 2020, November 2: Jupiter-Saturn Heliocentric Conjunction, i.e., as viewed from outside our solar system that occurred on November 2nd  1°48′ Aquarius.

Peter Stockinger’s writes Welcome to the Information Age: The Great Conjunction of 2020 and its Future Implications on the Traditional Astrology Weblog. “This Great Conjunction is taking place in the first decanate of the fixed Air sign Aquarius, wherein Saturn, the greater malefic is domicile ruler. We can see that in the chart cast for London, Jupiter and Saturn are tightly conjunct the Descendant (and therefore also opposing the Ascendant). This angularity strongly indicates that the conjunction will be particularly potent for the United Kingdom.

In the long run the old, highly organised and well structured, but conservative and pragmatic forces symbolised by Saturn are likely to be replaced with new ideas based on humanitarian principles. In other words the old, established political, financial, and most likely also social structures all of us have grown up with and have learnt to accept them to be taken for granted are likely to be replaced. This will not happen over night and also not without a lot of resistance though, as the prominence and strength of Saturn in the Great Conjunction charts testifies.”

Aquarius planets seem to ask us to remember the visible sky; here is another astronomy site, Space.com which gets specific about the rare closeness of the two planets at this conjunction. “Most of the time, when Jupiter overtakes Saturn, they usually are separated by more than a degree. But come December 21, they will be separated by just about one-tenth of a degree or 6.1 arc minutes……The ‘Great Conjunction’ on December 21, 2020 will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Jupiter and Saturn together through a telescope. The last time these two planets appeared so close was on July 16, 1623, when they were only 5 arc minutes apart.”

Jupiter conjunct Saturn: December 21, 2020, published in July 2020, looks at the economic conditions brought by the pandemic. “Governments are navigating their nation’s Covid-19 pandemic and economic recovery. They’re providing financial stimulus and easing lockdown measures. They have to spend (Jupiter) to contain the economic fallout (Saturn) but they just can’t keep spending…….Scientists are striving to find a vaccine; health care workers are trying to save lives; and business is trying to open up and employ people. Economic recovery won’t happen till people get back to work and start spending. Business has to get to work creating jobs……Public health and economic problems are chiefly political matters. They’re solved by politicians who make decisions as they see fit. And in 2020 some are prepared to sacrifice the public’s health on the altar of economy activity.

Jupiter conjunction Saturn brought economic crisis and financial readjustment on a global scale and humanity is relying on Jupiter’s banks to prevent a pandemic of Saturn’s poverty. It’s relying on Jupiter’s optimism and financial help and Saturn’s caution and careful planning to navigate a successful economic recovery.

But when Jupiter’s hope and optimism is defiled by Saturn’s fear and pessimism his over-optimism and irrational hope can make big mistakes.

When Jupiter’s irrational exuberance moves too fast lockdown restrictions are eased too soon and the coronavirus can come surging back; and when Saturn’s irrational caution moves too slow lockdown restrictions are eased too late and the economic hardship is exacerbated and prolonged.”

Greg Bogart’s Jupiter Saturn astrology explains the astrological meaning of their cycle. “The twenty year cycle of Jupiter and Saturn defines the story of our efforts to pursue constructive long-term projects, to build our life structures and enterprises. Jupiter-Saturn as a pair represents a positive, focused attitude, the attempt to define and focus our ambitions, whatever we seek to achieve. They signify our search for success in all of our activities. The major phases of their cycle correspond to turning points in our efforts to actualize our ambitions.

At the time of Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions we start to see new directions for our ambitions. We begin to formulate new goals for social activity and achievement. If the transiting conjunction (or other major phases of the cycle) falls in a powerful place in our natal chart, we may see specific accomplishments occurring at that time. The conjunction is the beginning of a formative process that will continue to unfold over the next twenty years.”

He looks back to the conjunctions in 1980-81 (Libra) and 2000 (Taurus), and has thoughts on the conjunction for each of the 12 houses of the birth chart.

Grey Crawford’s The 2020 Great Conjunction: Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius (published on astrology.com in October 2019) captures the mood of these days. “Jupiter and Saturn will form their next conjunction on December 21 of 2020 in the first degree of Aquarius, and so most of 2020 will take place during the end of their cycle. There will be an atmosphere of anticipation building during the year of being on the precipice of a new era, while simultaneously old issues will resurface in need of resolution.” Further, he writes: “Vitally, not only will Jupiter and Saturn be uniting in Aquarius, they will also be forming a catalytic square aspect with Uranus in Taurus. At this pivotal moment in our journey, the lightning bolts of Jupiter and Uranus will not only bring down old societal structures but will also impel us to release old personal dreams and drama we have been attached to.”

Also at this site, Narayana Montufar writes, November Forecast: Embracing Yet Another Deep Transformation. Her thoughts for today, November 6 include: “This Mercury-Saturn square perfects on Friday, November 6, the same day that the moon in Cancer will square Mercury itself, besides forming three oppositions to the Capricorn planets. It goes without saying that this day will not be easy, so it’s key to keep our schedules light and not book any important meetings. And since communications will be challenging, if possible, it might just be better to take the day off and focus on rest and self-care.’

The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius is an interesting essay by Mike Zizis. “Conjunctions represent the concept of instinct. The sign in which the conjunction occurs reveals the nature of that instinct. Aquarius the water-bearer pours new life onto the parched earth thru innovation, a detached kindness, a flowering of care for the group, and often ingenious individuality.”

He looks back to the previous conjunction in Aquarius, which was in January 1405. “Constantine Palaiologus was the last of 12 emperors named Constantine in the 1,123-year existence of The Eastern Roman Empire. This was a strictly Christian and thoroughly theocratic medieval empire. Do these times resemble our own?”

“Constantine was born with this conjunction embedded in his birth chart. Jupiter conjunct Saturn also represents the death or end of the old king {Saturn}, and the reign of the new king {Jupiter}. These two planets in Aquarius symbolize a flowering of culture, science, and vision.”

I imagine lots of local astronomy groups will have events and, if any reader are in Kenosha, WI, here’s a live event:

“The extra-close Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in 2020 won’t be matched again until the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of March 15, 2080. At their closest, Jupiter and Saturn will be only 0.1 degrees apart. That’s just 1/5 of a full moon diameter.

Reserve your tickets today for this spectacular show. The planets are low in the sky so we have to get an earlier start to this rare great conjunction. Tickets are limited so reserve early.

This event is weather-dependent and will be canceled by e-mail 24 hours before the scheduled start time in the event of a cloud cover forecast greater than 30%.” ($12)

Have a great week, everyone. May we all enjoy being under the stars together.

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Balance point: updates on the Libra Equinox

By Mary Plumb | September 21, 2020

The Sun moves into Libra on September 22 at 6:30 a.m. PDT (9:30 a.m. EDT; 2:30 p.m. GMT).

The equinox is one of the two sacred days in the year when the celestial equator is in perfect alignment with the Sun and all the influences upon our planet are at an equilibrium.

May we all have a quiet moment to listen for, or sense, the equipoise of this day and move on, more able to utilize composure and balance as it is most needed in the days ahead.

Here are some thoughts and inspirations on the astrology of the time – both the Virgo New Moon and the equinox.

Esoteric Healing is a YouTube channel where Sky offers this 37-minute talk which graciously speaks to The Last Moments of this RARE Astrology Transit: Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto retrograde in Capricorn.
(Although Jupiter went direct on September 13, the long implications of the transit are addressed.) “Let’s look back and hold space for ourselves as we spiritually move through one of the most pressurized times in human history. We still have a ways to go.”

Although we are a few days past the New Moon in Virgo (September 17), Becca Tarnas gives the aspect highlights for each day until the next New Moon: Transits for the Virgo-Libra Lunation. “The dominant alignment through the entire month is Mars retrograde in a square to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium, which will be highlighted at hard angles by both Mercury and the Sun as the weeks progress. There is no denying the times are difficult and filled with uncertainty, and finding grace and equilibrium in the midst of the turmoil and heaviness can be challenging. Libra is a Venus-ruled sign, and if we find ourselves struggling or down-hearted, it can be important to remember our connections with loved ones and community.”

Classical Astrologer P. James Clark delineates the chart for the Autumnal Equinox 2020.“The Moon is in the 20th Lunar Mansion is with Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion and Watcher of the West. This reminds us that the stellar constellation is in fact Scorpio. She is in the Term of Jupiter and the Decan of Luna. This powerful presence on the Ascendant sets the tone for the chart as calculated for Greenwich. The fallen Jupiter is the Lord if the Ascendant in the Decan of Mars but the Term of Venus. It is a demanding chart and one that brings the call for justice and balance in an otherwise very hostile field. This Mansion is intense, but not without promise.”
(His written work is enhanced with beautiful illustrations.)

C*I*A Transmission — Libra Equinox panel: the next 3 months. Julija Simas of C*I*A hosts a panel on the astrology of the months ahead. This 2 hr. 15 min video features Laura Boomer-Trent on the physical/spiritual aspects of the Sun at this time. Liz Hathway looks at the charts of the U.S. presidential elections. Christos Archos considers the psychological landscape for the EU and humanity in general. Then the whole team looks at the Equinox Chart and the next three months, including lunations, eclipses and more.

Christina Rodenbeck at Oxford Astrologer has a short and elegant post: Astrology of Now: Poised. “…… this is the moment to look back at 2020 so far, pause, and weigh a few things in the scales. What have you gained and what have you lost? What is worth preserving and what is spoiled? How have you fared in this strange year? How heavy is your soul weighed against the feather of truth?”

Jude Cowell writes Stars Over Washington. One of her current articles (accompanied with her handwritten and extremely detailed chart) is DC Horoscope: Autumn Equinox 2020. She begins: “Well, here it is, the DC Horoscope of Autumn Equinox 2020, timed by the moment the Sun reaches 00 Libra 00:00 on Tuesday September 22nd at 9:30:31 am EDT with Scorpio rising in DC. Chart-ruler Mars (co-ruler Pluto) makes two applying aspects in the chart, a square to Saturn (1A36), then a square to co-ruler Pluto (4A27) and of course, a Rx chart-ruler ups the chances of delays and difficulties, temporary though they may be.”

Have a great week everyone.

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Astrological Voices on YouTube

By Mary Plumb | July 8, 2020

Since many of us are spending so much time at home, I thought it was time to catch up on YouTube astrologers. I spent more time rambling around than I realized (the Moon was void), but when my local Ascendant moved into Scorpio, I noticed how much time had passed and focused on creating this list. (Some of you may already know, but there are more YouTubers out there than you can imagine. Some are funny or sourced by a particularly expressive personality, and have lots of subscribers. Do a search someday when you want to see what’s going on with astrology in the depths of your screen.)

For now, I’m sticking with a short list that I hope will offer some versions of astrology you’ll enjoy.

Acyuta-bhava Dasa and his wife Ashley (an herbalist with natal Mars in Aries) team up for a 38-minute talk, Plant Medicine for Mars in Aries, discussing herbs to help support us during this long transit of Mars in Aries. Dandelion, nettles, coffee substitutes, and more, this is a lovely and useful presentation.

Amanda ‘Pua’ Walsh, founder of Astrology Hub, has developed a wonderful community. There are different levels of membership and training and lots of free interviews. Rick Levine is a frequent guest. Here is the link to the July Forecast (1 hour 17 min).

And here is a 57-minute talk with Christopher Renstrom on Mars in Aries/Uranus in Taurus.

Among the topics they discuss: “How Saturn is the voice of the oppressed and Mars reflects authority and why both sides of this conflicting energy will need to lean into change and compromise. What to expect when Mars moves into retrograde and how to harness this energy by embracing the opportunity for constructive change. The slow-burning change of Uranus in Taurus and how this energy is revealing itself in our world today.”

I just found Stormie Grace’s channel and I love it. She’s relaxed and fun and has an easy and informative way of talking about astrology. Here’s an example of her weekly horoscope, July 6, 2020 Mercury Direct (10 minutes).

She also has a great selection of interviews, talking to lots of young astrologers as well as the oldsters. While I was scouting around, there was a wonderful live talk going on: Astrology of China with Christopher Restroom and Gary Caton.

Here’s TMA writer Elizabeth Grace on Hemispheres in the chart. It’s a teaching video and has lots of chart examples. (1 hour 22 min).

A few more from Stormie’s channel: Samuel Reynolds: Your Moon in Changing Times (1 hour 22 min).

Astrologer Alejo Lopez (from Majorca), All About Eclipses (53 minutes).

Here is the whole list (30 videos) of the interviews: Eat & Greets 2020 Collaborations.

I’ve linked to Ablas Roland Legrand’s channel before, but was happy to remember him again as he is definitely a valuable resource. (He was an especially cool drink of water after my above-noted YouTube wandering.)

On June 15 he posted The long transit of Mars in Aries, much tension and retention in view. It’s a bit over an hour and he begins with a look at the chart for Mars’s exact ingress. His approach is a careful analysis of chart factors and he points to the various chart factors along the way. This video covers the transits of each Sun-sign period as long as Mars is in Aries — that is, through the Capricorn ingress. He includes Lilith which points to “what is darker, what is incomprehensible,” in his analysis.

Patrick Arundell has a channel I had not seen. Here’s a 25-minute talk titled Ghislaine Maxwell: Personal Horoscope. There is no known time, but he explains the reasoning behind several suggested times. (If you don’t keep up with celebrity gossip, Maxwell is the British socialite recently arrested by the FBI. Her natal Saturn is at 28°56” Capricorn. She had been a fugitive from the law and, on July 2, as soon as transiting Saturn retrograded back into Capricorn, she was arrested.)

I hope you found some new channels here for your next dive into astrology. As I don’t travel in the same digital circles as some of you, I love getting your suggestions, too. I always like to see as far and wide as I can.

Have a good week, everyone.

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A New Breeze: Hello Gemini Planets

By Mary Plumb | May 13, 2020

Mercury, Venus, and the North Node are already in Gemini, and the Sun and Moon will come along for the New Moon on May 22. With appreciation for the sign’s inherent curiosity and bringer of diverse ideas, here are some blogs on various themes, points of view and timelines. Please enjoy reading.

ZenRen, astrologer and Reiki Practitioner, writes on current planetary themes illustrated with artwork, her own and others. The entry on New Moon in Gemini May 22, 2020 includes this welcome and cheerful thought: “There’s a lot happening on this new moon, starting with a conjunction between Venus Retrograde and Mercury in Gemini in the wee hours of the morning. This influence is so positive and pleasant. Small happy surprises are likely.”

In Mercury Retrograde – Summer 2020 — with a drawing by Raoul Dufy — she writes: “In The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz writes that ‘nothing in life is personal.’ This is important for the crab to remember, beholden as she is to the tides of her innermost being, jostled by the moon. These tides are not inherently uncontrollable — they are the chitta and vritti of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and their unruliness inspired the entire practice of yoga and meditation!”

Roland Legrand founded ABLAS, A Better Life School of Astrology, in Australia in 1982. His videos are quite thorough and touch on mundane and personal topics. This link is to a 25-minute presentation, The New Moon of May 22, 2020: Movement and Communication. Regarding May’s Jupiter and Saturn retrogrades, he says: “Be aware, the retrograde is always hiding something.”

Political astrologer Jude Cowell has been writing Stars Over Washington since 2005. In the entry for May 10, July/December 2020: Pluto opposes Trump natal Saturn, the author looks at the president’s transits and also considers the chart for the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction set for Washington D.C. She juggles lots of charts and includes her handwritten notes, a visual display of how she integrates different data points. One succinct observation: “So 2020’s Pluto opposition to the authority, authenticity, maturity, and sense of reality (Saturn) of Trump includes his management (Saturn) of current crisis conditions which are cosmically imprinted upon current and future events by the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Pluto — January 12, 2020 at 23° Capricorn — conjunct Trump’s natal Vertex of fate encounters and opposing his cold Saturn in the watery, subjective, tribal sign of Cancer.”

John Townley of AstroCocktail writes a regular What’s Happening: Astrology and the News column. The current blog begins: “May is for mourning — not just for the pandemic dead and dying but for the foolish decisions (or lack of any) made during the all-planets-forward winter and spring. During this roller coaster period, when the planets have the pedal to the metal, hasty actions abound, little thought is given. Then, as all the planets go retrograde in the following six months, life is tied in knots with redesigning and regretting earlier obliviousness.”

The Oxford Astrologer writes on New York, The City with Jupiter Rising. Using the January 1, 1898 chart (for the Greater New York, when the five boroughs were united), she writes: “New York City is taking a battering. The virus appears to be stomping through the five boroughs like a horrible hungry ghost, killing people, emptying streets, destroying livelihoods. And yet, at the same time, New York’s famous resilience, resistance, sense of humor, and sheer vitality persist.” And further: “The epochal triple conjunction — Saturn-Pluto-Ceres — in January was at 23° Capricorn, next to New York’s North Node, its destiny point, the direction it goes. The North Node sucks things in. Maybe some of the swirling darkness of that conjunction was inhaled then and got stuck in the city’s lungs (ruled by Mercury).”

For readers interested in history, Doug Walker has a wonderful compendium of articles at Historical Astrology: Using astrology to chart the ebb and flow of history.  On the introductory page, Walker writes: “While the focus of this site centers on the astrology of American history, it also covers U.K. astrology, and people and places in Europe and around the world. Included are historical horoscopes, synodic planetary cycles, and mundane planetary definitions. As historic astrology is our focus, we do offer a brief history of astrology in various places. For these astrology histories, see the sections on Sumerian astrology, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman astrology. Plus, there is a section on very ancient Egyptian astrology.” These are thorough, well written articles on a very easy-to-read (i.e., well-designed) web site.
As an example of his range of topics, here’s a link to The astrology of Eris, which begins, “The astrology of Eris has been acting as a powerful, silent, invisible player in the story of man.”

Editor Edward Snow of The Astrology News Service (ANS) always has wonderful articles. ANS is a collaborative effort of the major astrological organizations to “proactively improve astrology’s image by educating the public about astrology’s believability and value to society.”
Here is a link to Snow’s article detailing an astrological prediction of the pandemic: French Astrologer Andre Barbault reports pandemics occur when outer planets from Jupiter to Pluto orbit in close proximity

And, for the intrepid: How Bad Will it Get? by Mitchell Scott Lewis, who predicted the 2008 global economic crash. In his analysis, he writes: “I have never strayed from my belief that this longest bull market in our history was a stock bubble that would burst and bring down the economy of the U.S. and the world. My timing was the following: In 2020 we would see the markets become very volatile with wild point swings of 1,000 points a day up and down. That would be followed by a powerful recession that will last at least until 2022 … I did not know that a pandemic would be the trigger that would set this off. I wasn’t looking for it, but I did know that for whatever reason, we were about to see a total collapse and recession.”

And here’s another view of the upcoming New Moon, from Jamie Partridge at Astrology King: New Moon May 22, 2020 – Recovery and Rebuilding. “The May 22 New Moon gains a strongly positive influence from Saturn. But Mercury and Venus square Neptune is just as strong. With fixed star Alcyone, this signals a turning point in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic … While the risk of infection may still be high, we should be over the worst by now. The New Moon trine Saturn suggests that recovery will be slow but steady. Some restrictions and hardship will remain, but progress can now be made. Saturn will keep you realistic and wary of the dangers posed by Alcyone and Neptune.”

Okay, I think that’s enough for now — I hope these links offer worthwhile and engaging thoughts for your week.

Have a good week everyone.

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Astrology Podcast Update

By Mary Plumb | February 24, 2020

I thought it time to refresh my podcast scouting and surveying once again. Some in this collection may be quite familiar to TMA readers, but nowadays people are coming to astrology from so many angles and adjacent fields that I’m including podcasts with different points of view and levels of familiarity with our great art. All are welcome here! Have fun and enjoy listening to your favorites, and, hopefully, find a voice that’s new to you.

(Most of these podcasts are available from other platforms and pod-catchers along with the one mentioned.)

TMA columnist Nina Gryphon has produced ten episodes of her Magical Elections Podcast. She explores the intersection of astrology and magic and offers one Magical Election for each month. The elections include consideration of the pertinent Fixed Stars and Lunar Mansions, along with more general planetary conditions.

Astrology Bytes features Theresa Reed in very short, bite-sized beginners’ lessons that are geared for fun and easy learning. Recent examples include The Imum Coeli or Nadir (5 minutes), and The Descendant (4 minutes), explained with simple instructions and no complicated jargon. She also records longer episodes (30 – 45 minutes) with other astrologers on specific topics. Guest teachers include Sarah Faith Gottesdiener on Lunar Types, and Queer Cosmos with Colin Bedell. Theresa Reed offers a similar format on The Tarot Bytes podcast. Find her on all platforms, such as Stitcher.com

This Week in Astrology with Benjamin Bernstein includes the day-by-day aspects, Sabian symbols, and other features. Episodes are about 15 minutes long, and he is both practical and spiritual in orientation. Here’s the current episode: Feb 23–Mar 1, 2020: Pisces New Moon (#522).

Adam Sommer records solo shows and also interviews guests on his podcast, Holes to Heaven. He muses on astrology, psyche, myth, and other such topics, with musical interludes. “If you enjoy astrology or magic or medicine, this is your show. If you enjoy the cosmos and all the mysterious ways it manifests in our lives, you have found the place.” Recent episodes have included A Show for Ketu: “Wyrd” Stories; Imaginal Realms with Becca Tarnas; Cosmic Geometry with Adam Tetlow, and Astrological Mavericks with Michael Bartlett. Find Adam’s podcast through his website Holes to Heaven.

Gary Caton has produced his Hermetic Astrology Podcast for more than a decade. Gary wrote a book on Mercury’s unique travels around the zodiac — Hermetica Triptycha: Mercury Elemental Year — and is especially lucid on the inner-planet cycles and visibility in the sky. Here’s his YouTube video on Mercury Rx Loop in Pisces, happening now (1 hour, 20 minutes).
You can find Gary’s podcast at his website Dream Astrologer.

Living Astrology is Janet Hickox’s 60-minute weekly podcast, combining astrology with Human Design, the Gene Keys, and other metaphysical topics. She has other online platforms, including live, weekday morning transit reports on her Living Astrology Facebook page. Janet’s most recent podcast is titled Monday, Monday: Astrology for the Week Ahead.

The Astrology Podcast is the prolific endeavor of Chris Brennan and various guests. He teams up with Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees for detailed monthly (and annual) forecasts. Leisa Schaim is another frequent co-teacher; they recently recorded a two-hour episode, Relationship Placements in the Birth Chart, at the Denver Astrology Group. Other recent episodes include Chris’s interviews with Demetra George, Asteroids in Astrology; with Kenneth Miller, Yavanajataka: Greek Astrology in Sanskrit?; and with Christopher Warnock, The Picatrix: A Grimoire of Astrological Magic. Chris covers topics in great depth, informed by his interest in the history and philosophical underpinnings of astrology.

Check the website for the complete list (243 episodes thus far) and for easy access to each episode. (The list also includes time and topic markers — very useful, as these episodes are often quite long.)

Access Astrology features Heather Roan Robbins, Mark Wolz, and Anne Ortelee discussing transits for the week ahead, reference to current events, practical advice for our personal lives and “how to navigate the shoals and make the most of the moment.” The talks are about 30 minutes each, and they take calls during the live recording on Blog Talk Radio.

Renee Sills releases podcasts at Embodied Astrology on the New and Full Moons and at the beginning of each zodiac sign. She is a second-generation astrologer, a Somatic Movement Educator, and (as she says on her website) a Leo Sun/Ascendant and Taurus Moon. She also has a very soothing voice. Recent episodes include Inner Alignment — Somatic Movement Practice; Emotional Release; and Waking Up in the Dream — Astrology for Pisces Season.

Amanda Pua Walsh hosts The Astrology Hub Podcast: Practical Guidance for Living Your Life on Purpose. Amanda offers weekly forecasts and interviews. Recent topics include an Interview with Colin Bedell: Shame Triggers and Rephrasing our Astrology in the Modern Age; and The Vibration of Love, an interview with David Cochrane, creator of Vibrational Astrology. Amanda is the CEO of The Astrology Hub, “a platform for the tools that Astrology offers to be shared with the world.”

In a podcast-adjacent topic, see Author and popular astrologer Chani Nicholas, who has been commissioned by Spotify to create monthly astrology playlists. Have any TMA readers listened?

As is the case with all things nowadays, there are more podcasts (and everything else) out there. Please consider this collection a start, one to be continued.

Have a good week, everyone, as we are now firmly entered into the Year of the Rat (aka Mouse, as some say).

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Blogs for the New Year

By Mary Plumb | January 13, 2020

Pam Gregory brings a spiritual perspective to her much loved YouTube channel where she posts regularly. She discusses the long term implications of the Lunar Eclipse in Cancer 10th January 2020 in a 25-minute video.

And, here is her 20-minute description of the New Moon in Aquarius 24th January 2020, which includes noting that the lunar nodes are changing signs this year and the strong cardinal energy of 2020.

Melanie Reinhart has recently focused her pioneering astrological work on Chariklo, the largest of the Centaur objects, and the one with the most stable orbit. Melanie has taught and written extensively on the “potent  inner processes” she finds with the Centaurs. Chariklo is Chiron’s mythological wife and is currently traveling in Capricorn with the Saturn–Pluto conjunction! For those drawn to “inner processes,” Melanie adds a potent layer to the themes of our times. Here is a free 15-minute introduction to her talk, Chariklo and the Saturn–Pluto Conjunction in 2020 at Astrology University.

Terence Guardino’s 29-minute talk, Full Moon Eclipse in Cancer * Jan 10th 2020 * Amazing Predictions! covers the meaning of the eclipse in each of the 12 houses of the natal chart.

Acyuta-bhava Das, formerly known as Adam Elenbaas, hosted and assembled “an all-star astrology panel talk on Saturn’s upcoming conjunction with the planet Pluto.” There was a large turnout and all “the proceeds we raised went directly to the fire relief efforts in Australia.” The participants in this nearly three-hour event were Gray Crawford, Acyuta-bhava Das, Rebecca Gordon, Jason Holley, Sabrina Monarch, Samuel Reynolds, Leisa Schaim, Becca Tarnas, and Patrick Watson. (There are timestamps for the astrologers, and for the questions discussed, in the comments section.) Thank you to all who participated in this generous offering to our southern neighbors.

Charlie Obert has a 30-minute video called 2020 Grand Conjunction and Beyond. He discusses the change from Earth to Air in the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction series (including historical and cultural events), as well as practical advice on Surviving 2020 and Beyond.

Charlie’s site, Student of Astrology includes his very thoughtful essay, My Worldview. He concludes with these words: “This website, and my work with astrology and philosophy, is an ongoing attempt to include as many different schools and techniques of astrology – not to figure out which one is true, but to examine each for their characteristic strengths and limitations. I think that using multiple schools gives us multiple descriptions, multiple viewpoints, that will enrich our understanding of the multi-level complexity of the cosmos we inhabit.”

Lynn Bell’s article, Cutting down the Overgrowth, Saturn Conjunct Pluto was written in April for the 2020 edition of the Wellbeing Astrology Guide in Australia. Lynn posted it on Facebook on January 9.

The ghosts of past Saturn Pluto cycles have been rising. For now, the crisis with Iran seems to have calmed. There is…

Posted by Lynn Bell on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Austin Coppock, “Teacher of Astrology and Esotericism,” writes on Jupiter in Capricorn – Of Dark Wings and Magic Rings. “Jupiter faces a heroic trial in Capricorn, as do all planets in their Fall. The planet of big vision, divine favor, and good cheer is tested mightily by the hard realities conjured by Capricorn. If Jupiter brings us visions, then Capricorn challenges us to prove them, to bring earth, stone, and sweat into accord with inspiration.”

Molly McCord has a 10-minute teaching video, Part 1: January 10, 2020 Cancer Lunar Eclipse: Soul Transformations, Soul Growth. If you haven’t seen her work, Molly shows the chart and points out the planetary glyphs as she describes the eclipse, attended to by the Saturn–Pluto conjunction and Uranus’s station. “Consider this a triple-whammy of energies as we begin the new year, new decade, and a new era in our world.” Molly completes her interpretation in a 12-minute video, Part 2: January 10, 2020 Cancer Lunar Eclipse: Connecting With Source During Epic Changes. (She brings Jeff Bezos, born on January 12, 1964 into the picture.)

Kelley Hunter writes on 2020 Vision Lunar Eclipse. Looking at the horoscope of the eclipse she writes: “I don’t usually show charts, but this one speaks for itself, as a work of astral art.” She delineates the planets positions at the eclipse,  including Chiron’s mythic wife, Chariklo, at 24° Capricorn. Kelley concludes: “Amidst the chaos around us, we can each stand tall, let go of old ways of being that no longer ‘fit’ who we are becoming. We engage our creativity and imagination. A beautiful and brave new world lies ahead. We take this journey together letting Earth and Cosmos support well-being, mutual support and joy of life.”

Happy New Year one and all!

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In the heart of Virgo time

By Mary Plumb | September 3, 2019

Hello, friends. Here are a few blogs and podcasts on diverse subjects and interests to get us going into September.

Jude Cowell, writer at Stars Over Washington, presents an article titled Sept 12, 2019: Democratic Debate and some Moon Talk, where she looks at the astrology of the ten candidates who have qualified to appear on the upcoming televised debate. Among her keen observations for the dynamics of this debate:

“And if we consider the September 12th debate vibes of Sun Virgo-Moon Pisces we know that influences are on the Mercury-Jupiter-Neptune side (rulers of Virgo and Pisces) so that common sense with a streak of idealism and a tinge of over-promising may be noticed. Yet Earth-Water blends are perhaps the most practical of combinations and has an innate ability to understand what’s truly important. (Note that we may hear a candidate say, “what’s really important” during the debate—it’s been used before). Plus, someone’s capacity to see both the forest and the trees may also be on display.”

Carole Devine (Devine Observations) writes about surprise presidential contender Marianne Williamson on her blog. Williamson has Gemini rising, with Mercury in Leo square to Mars in Scorpio, and has been a passionate devotee of A Course in Miracles for decades. Carole also connects that long dedication to one topic to Williamson’s Pluto in the 3rd house. Carole includes the natal factors, transits, solar arcs, and secondary progressions in her assessment of the next few years for Williamson.

I linked to Jeremy Neal’s article, Beware the Wild Centaur, some years ago, but recently read it again. He offers a complex view of the mythological Chiron by drawing upon different versions of his story from classical sources. If you’re in a Chiron transit or return (or close to someone who is), this is an inspiring view.

“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.”

Here are a few podcasts for your listening and learning pleasure. Some are available through a website — you’ll see those noted below. There are many ways to “catch” a podcast, and if you’re new to finding your way, the simplest instructions are to enter the podcast name in your search engine.

Mary English Astrologer Blog is the name of a podcast where Mary teaches astrology and helps listeners to learn about their own chart. Most of her podcasts are 30–45 minutes long, and there are currently 142 episodes. Recent topics include Arabic Parts, relationship analysis of several natal charts, and how the current outer-planet transits are affecting each sign.

Gary Caton has been producing Hermetic Astrology Podcast for over a decade. His most recent entry is Venus-Mars in Virgo 3.0. “The two planets closest to Earth are joining in the sign of the Harvest Goddess — the 3rd of 3 consecutive Venus-Mars conjunctions to occur in Virgo. Tune in as Gary delineates this conjunction in terms of the mythology of the sacred marriage and gives experiential examples how this energy plays out.”

Astrology Alchemy podcast offers 10- to 15-minute talks with quotes and poetry at each New and Full Moon. The latest entry is New Moon in Virgo on August 30, 2019. “The Astrology Alchemy podcast gives you inspiring insights from current astrology cycles that support your path of turning your personal ‘lead’ into ‘gold.’ Hosted by archetypal astrologer Sheila Bélanger, who has over 35 years experience as a professional astrologer.”

The newest entry at Steven Forrest’s Evolutionary Astrology Podcast is Can We Recover the Higher Potential of a Botched Transit? (14 minutes).

That’s it for now, friends. Let’s catch the wind of today’s Moon in Scorpio sextile Mercury, Mars, and the Sun in Virgo to carry us all forward with a deeply healed and integrated body, mind, and spirit.

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Links for the week

By Mary Plumb | April 1, 2019

I may have wandered a bit in the subject matter of this selection of links for this week’s blog, but I’m thinking of it as a display of the rambling tendencies of the Balsamic Moon in Pisces, along with Venus, Mercury, and Neptune, as well as my interest and focus going in many directions. I hope you find something that helps to give a great start to the week.

Esoteric Astrology, produced by Monadic Media, is a one-hour introduction to the subject with four different speakers, accompanied by graphics and music. This video includes introduction to the study of the Seven Rays, which emanate from the seven stars (“seven rishis”) of the Great Bear. The seven sister stars of the Pleiades and Sirius are also very important in this approach, which considers the long cycles of the evolution of consciousness and, in essence, tries to understand how the soul wants to pattern the nature of consciousness in the life. A summary from the YouTube introduction states: “Esoteric Astrology has been called the ‘science of all sciences’ because it is a system of relating every single living entity together. It is truly the science of relationships; human, planetary, zodiacal and stellar.” The speakers are Heidi Rose Robbins, William Meader, Phillip Lindsay, and Michael Robbins.

Esoteric Astrology: Revealing the Soul’s Intention is a video of a talk given in April 2018 at The Theosophical Society. this one-hour and 40-minute presentation, William Meader describes how each of the signs of the zodiac shapes the consciousness. He includes the traditional and esoteric rulers of each sign, the Rays that are connected to each, and the higher and lower influences within each of the zodiac signs and their respective Rays.

There are many talks and videos of the late Jungian psychologist James Hillman (1926 – 2011) on the web (some uploaded from the Intellectual Deep Web). As a start, I recommend Accentuate the Positive: Reclaiming the Country from the Nation, a 26-minute talk given at the 2006 Bioneers National Conference. “The renowned psychologist and author dispels the fog of duality and polarization that enshrouds our society, such as under-thinking while over-working, or preaching democracy while failing to vote. Paradoxically, knowing what’s wrong with our nation is what paralyzes us. We play the mind game of opposites — red or blue states, religion or science, winning or losing — and fail to find a third way. Searching out the meaning of the symptom might release us from this stalemate. On-the-ground community building, voting and governing the government, Hillman believes, could help us reclaim an Earth-based culture and more decentralized society from our stalemated, empire-building nation.”

Here is Hillman’s seven-hour seminar given in March 2005 in Santa Barbara, California: In Defense of Carl Jung. (This is audio only.)

Steven Forrest writes on the (current) Shadow Dance Between Pluto and the South Node. “The South node of the Moon, like Pluto, brings wounded material to the surface. The combination of the two symbols last month and this month suggests that the ’boil’ of the fear-driven side of conservatism is currently bursting. Everything truly terrifying about it is being laid on the table of collective consciousness.”

For those in the mood for something (even) darker, Astrology in Crime, written by Mountain Misst, is devoted to “criminal profiling in the 21st century; a blurring of psychology, astrology and mythology — all realms of pseudo science.” There is an article on the recent murder of a woman and her two daughters in Frederick, Colorado. The author looks at the chart for the time of the call to law enforcement and the natal charts — with asteroids — for the two adults involved.

Another article at the same website is on the recent Boeing plane crashes.

(There is also a horary section where the astrologer employs methods from Guido Bonatti and William Lilly.)

At Awakenings: Astrology with Sarah Varcas, the U.K. author offers March 2019 – April 2026: Uranus in Taurus, Thinking Outside a Broken Box. She writes: “With Uranus’s final arrival into Taurus where it now remains for seven years, the consequences of the choices we make in our relationship to mother nature and the material world will come ever thicker and faster … But at a time when messages of doom and despair are rife, this is not one of them! Uranus can be our saviour, our liberator from past mistakes. It awakens a more radical knowing enabling us to recalibrate the future and create a sustainable world to replace a dysfunctional one.”

March 2019 – April 2026 Uranus in Taurus

And here are some current forecast videos:

Rick Levine Astrology Forecast for April 2019 is 55 minutes long.
“GREEN LIGHT SPECIAL! The long wait in the deep fog is over and the cosmos is letting us proceed.”

The Astrology School features Chris Brennan, Kelly Surtees, and Austin Coppock for a 2-1/2 hour April forecast. “The forecast for April features a grand fire trine, three outer planets stationing retrograde, and Mercury finally leaving its retrograde shadow and moving from Pisces into Aries.” (The video is time stamped, so you can can skip ahead to any specific topic.)

In this 32-minute video, Adam Elenbaas of Nightlight Astrology delineates the major transits for April 2019.

Here’s Pam Gregory on the first half of April and the New Moon in Aries 5th April 2019. (28 minutes)

And the always expressive Barbara Goldsmith gets to the heart of this cycle’s energy in the eight-minute New Moon in Aries, April 5th — A Fresh Start!

Have a great week everyone.

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New Moon Week

By Mary Plumb | March 4, 2019

There are March/Pisces New Moon predictions, one short political story, and several links for serious study in this week’s collection of YouTubers.

March 2019 Predictions Emotional Storms Explode is Vedic astrologer Joni Patry’s 20-minute video. She explains this month’s shift of Rahu and Ketu into Gemini and Sagittarius (sidereal zodiac) relative to what 2020 may bring. (She looks back in U.S. history to 1945, 1963, 1982, and 2001 when the nodes were previously in these signs.)

Astrologer Timothy at Rasa Lila Healing speaks to Pisces New Moon March 6, 2019 — Unwinding Into Our Natural Essence, Our Soul’s Devotional Service. This is a 35-minute presentation. I did not watch the entire video, but did hear this: “Pisces is undefined, unknown, never will be understood … as soon as you give a label to Pisces, it starts to become more inaccurate.”

Marina at Darkstar Astrology uploads videos frequently. She includes fixed stars and decans in her work. Mercury Retrograde March ~ Wings of Wisdom is a 17-minute consideration of the topic, which includes the current retrograde for each sign. (Her thoughts on the signs are time-stamped, so you can go right to whatever sign or signs are of interest.)

Nadiya Shah is a much-loved astrology web pioneer. If you don’t know her work, here is good start (21 minutes): Mercury Retrograde + New Moon in Pisces! March 3-9 2019 Astrology Horoscope.

David Cochrane’s astrology site is always being updated. Here is a new 30-minute video for beginners to his method: Natal Chart Interpretation with Vibrational Astrology: An Introduction. “Vibrational Astrology (VA) is a modern system of astrology. It incorporates ideas from many other systems of astrology, some of which are ancient and some of which are also modern.” In this video, he delineates Vincent van Gogh’s horoscope and has written notes to accompany his talk.

Who doesn’t need some new thoughts about Capricorn at this point? Here is Cochrane’s 32-minute talk, Capricorn: Witness Consciousness. “Using the research features and over 85,000 chart data and over 22,000 chart data with AA accuracy in the Sirius 2.0 software, we see if the four people with the most Capricorn actually have Capricorn personalities.” One of his conclusions: “Capricorn gives a person the inclination to adopt a detached view of the world.”

For those following (or obsessing with) the U.S. news, here is The Trump/Cohen conundrum — an astrological marriage from hell, an 11-minute video by Steve Judd. With no birth time for Cohen (born on a day when the Moon changed signs), Judd makes a case for Cohen’s Moon sign based on his widely watched seven-hour appearance at the House Oversight Committee.

And, for longer viewing (and thoughtful listening), Chris Brennan’s Astrology Podcast (aka The Astrology School) has just added an interview (1 hour 45 minutes): Reincarnation and Astrology, with Steven Forrest.

For an impeccable introduction to a timing technique used in Vedic astrology, The Vimshottari Dasha System in Vedic Astrology is a 1 hour 50-minute interview by Chris with Freedom Cole. Along with calculations and interpretive tips, Freedom gives simple ways to start integrating vimshottari dashas into the study and practice of anyone (e.g., modern Western astrologers). There are also links to free software.

For readers interested in Hellenistic techniques, zodiacal releasing (recently recovered from the work of 2nd-century astrologer Vettius Valens) is a time-lord technique “which divides a person’s life into chapters, and helps to establish your overall life story.” In this masterful 4-1/2 hour presentation, Zodiacal Releasing: An Ancient Timing Technique, Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim take us through the technique and make it accessible to start exploring. (As with the vimshottari dasha, the free web calculation sites are amazing and simple to use.) If you’ve been daunted by the complexity inherent in ZR, Chris and Leisa’s clear explanation is an ideal guide to this rediscovered ancient astrological technique.

Onwards, have a good week everyone.

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Blogs for Eclipse Week

By Mary Plumb | January 21, 2019

The total lunar eclipse will have just passed when you read this. (It was exact on Sunday night at 9:16 p.m. PST and Monday morning 12:16 a.m. EST.)

Using Dane Rudhyar’s lunation cycle guidelines, the effects of any phase lasts for 3 1/2 days, so the next few days are still bathed in the Full (Super)Moon eclipse energy.

(For readers who may not know, the phenomena of “SuperMoon” — accepted internationally — was first identified by astrologer Richard Nolle. Here’s Richard’s complete explanation from TMA’s way back machine.)

Meanwhile, California Senator Kamala Harris, born on a Full Moon, announced her candidacy for president this morning. Here’s my article about her natal chart (with AA birth time) from last year.

Now, on to other thoughts on the implications of this eclipse.

Astrologer Mark Lerner at Great Bear Enterprises writes on The Real National Emergency on the Horizon: The January 21, 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse. “Less than seven hours following the exact moment of the Total Lunar Eclipse, Mars in its home sign of fiery Aries squares Saturn in its home sign of earthy Capricorn. Note: The red planet Mars will also be square to America’s Sun in Cancer and opposite America’s Saturn in Libra, and the beautiful ringed planet Saturn will be opposite America’s Sun and square to its natal placement at the time of our nation’s birth on July 4, 1776. In addition, Mercury in Capricorn will have just opposed its natal placement in Cancer in the USA birth chart. And be aware that our nation’s Moon is conjunct Pallas in late Aquarius while modern China (born October 1, 1949) has the Moon and its rising sign in early Aquarius.”

Life Under A Lunar Eclipse Nothing Is Quite As It Seems is at Awakenings: Astrology with Sarah Varcas. She writes: “If … a lunar eclipse brings to a head issues which have been simmering beneath the surface for quite some time, it may be very clear that a watershed moment has arrived and cords need to be cut, alliances forged or feelings expressed which have previously been silenced and held-back. Some honest self-appraisal can help you discern if this is the case: are your emotions at this time new to you, swirling you up into a storm of activity you may later regret, or are they familiar but louder and more insistent, demanding, finally, to have their say?”
(The author explains how to look at an eclipse in your natal chart as well.)

Also on Sarah’s website is another article, All Life Is Family, about the North Node in Cancer (November 2018 – May 2020). Here, she writes: “It’s a long road ahead and there are many trials to be faced. But we walk it step by step, with every breath we take, every penny we spend, every thought we think and decision we make. The North Node in Cancer reminds us we do not act in a vacuum nor live in a consequence-free world. The ripple effect is alive and kicking and we must now, more than ever before, consider deeply the many waves we create.”

Molly McCord’s January 20: Leo Full Moon Lunar Eclipse – Align With Your Soul’s New Messages” is 20 minutes long. She shows the horoscope and points out the planetary glyphs as she’s speaking, which is very helpful for beginners who can got lost in the unfamiliar squiggles. One of her themes is “connecting to your inner light” and inquiring “who am I now?”

Pam Gregory’s Total Lunar Eclipse 20-21st January 2019 is an 18-minute, clearly explained delineation of the eclipse chart, including mundane examples (e.g., leadership issues, especially in France, the U.K., and the U.S.). She mentions that this is the last last chapter of the Uranus-Pluto square, with its ongoing “clash in the cardinal signs.”

Robert DuHamel uses a whiteboard and simple diagrams and photos to demonstrate the astronomical factors of the Lunar Eclipse 20/21 January 2019. No astrology here, this 13-minute video is in the Science and Technology category and is a good place to refresh your understanding of the physical features of eclipses. He shows the path of visibility, explains the phenomenon of the SuperMoon, and why it looks red (the “blood moon”).

Another visual presentation of the astronomy of the total lunar eclipse is this 5-minute video produced by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and demonstrated by a woman using globes and lights to show the different phases.

Short and simple, here’s a 3-minute video from National Geographic, Lunar Eclipse 101.

In Barbara Goldsmith’s 10-minute video, Eclipse in Leo January 2019 – Shining Your Light, she speaks to the joy, creativity, and “uniquely ourselves” qualities of the Moon at 0° Leo. She is cheerful, encouraging, positively radiating the essence of Leo: “Don’t hold back on your joy.” She shows us a painting she did for the eclipse and plays the violin as well!

Terence Guardino at Astrology Answers has a 5-minute Weekly Horoscope January 21st, 2019. He breaks this “very active” week down, day by day, for a quick guide to the daily planetary highlights (for example, Mars square Saturn on Monday, Venus conjunct Jupiter on Tuesday, etc.), always with practical advice.

Dorothy Morgan’s Astrology Forecast January 21st – 27th Aftermath of Lunar Eclipse is another day-by-day guide. It is 14 minutes long and focuses on integrating the energy after the eclipse.

Total Lunar Eclipse 21st Jan 2019 – Sudden Events and News That Unsettle But Bring Opportunities, with Dolly Manghat, is an 11-minute video with ideas for managing what might be turbulent times that bring anxious thoughts. “Life does become hectic … patience, self-control and adaptability will help you take advantage of the new opportunities that are arising.”

Bhabajeet Kalita, a soft-spoken Vedic astrologer at Exotic Astrology offers a 25-minute video on Total Lunar Eclipse in Cancer – January 20th, 2019. He includes a description of Rahu and Ketu as they “affect our existence (the Sun) and how we feel about our existence (the Moon).”

Enjoy yourselves, have a good week — and on this day when we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., may justice prevail!

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