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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

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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Blogs for the week (with Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius)

By Mary Plumb | November 27, 2018

I haven’t visited discussion boards (an early web phenomenon) in a long time, but they are definitely still happening. The mega-site Astrodienst, widely used for calculating charts, also offers a very active Forum for discussions.

You need to register as a Forum member to comment, or just browse and read. Threads include Horary, Mundane and Political, In-depth chart discussion, Other branches of astrology (e.g., Hamburg School, Asteroids, Fixed Stars, Asteroids, etc.), and, along with English, discussions occur in French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and other non-European languages.

Astrodienst also has a huge archive of timeless articles, including a section of Advanced Astrology Articles, further divided into categories; these include Astrology and Medicine, where you can read Carla Pretto’s Born Prematurely – An Astrological Perspective.

And in the Fixed Star Astrology category, you will find Fixed Stars, why bother? by Bernadette Brady.

(There are many more categories in the Advanced section — Sensitive Points; Predictions and Analysis; Astrology of Locality; Art, History, and Play in Astrology; etc. — it is easy to dwell here for hours on end.)

Astrodienst also posts articles from The Astrological Journal. “Astrodienst is proud to team up with the Astrological Association of Great Britain to bring you a selection of articles from its international bi-monthly Journal. This is the AA’s flagship publication, a feast of articles covering all branches and aspects of astrology and featuring the very best in astrological writing. Regular contributors include Nicholas Campion, Darby Costello, Erin Sullivan, Melanie Reinhart, John Frawley and AA President Roy Gillett.”

As a recent example, remember Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn in December 2017? It took place a few days before the winter solstice; I wrote a personal story about it that begins: “On December 21, the winter solstice, when the Sun entered Capricorn, Saturn was waiting, having arrived there on the evening of the 19th. We all knew this was coming, the co-presence of Saturn in his own sign at the potent moment of the Sun’s standstill.”

João Medeiros offers a far more objective (and longer) view of this ingress in his article, The Combustion of Saturn, originally published in The Astrological Journal in October 2018. His inquiry: “What does a combust Saturn fresh in a new sign tell us of the times to come? War, fire and pestilence? The author discusses this overlooked ingress chart, in a journey through past centuries up to the current 2018–2020 phase.” He reports his findings on “all eight combustions of Saturn within the cycle from 1900 to 2017 and the main events they could be related to.”

Readers, take heart. He writes: “After a more careful examination of past combustions of Saturn, I am no longer so pessimistic about the current transit (from late 2017 to late 2020). The proximity of Venus and the dignity of Saturn (ruling Capricorn) symbolise the strong possibility of institutional agreements that can foster peace, even against the background of nuclear threats and climate change.”

Another active discussion board is at Noel Tyl’s website. Also arranged by topic — Medical Astrology, Asteroid Studies, General Astrology Discussion, etc. — these threads are busy. The Mundane section has the birth incorporation date for Paradise. California, scene of this month’s terrible and deadly wildfire; the Famous and Well Known thread has info on Robert Mueller, Nancy Pelosi, celebrities (with known birth times) who lost their homes in the California fires, and countless other categories. I did not spend a lot of time here, but enough to see that a sophisticated level and variety of astrological techniques are shared herein, as well as an up-to-date resource for data.

Glorija Lawrence is a Cosmobiologist, the form of astrology popularized by Reinhold Ebertin (1901–1988), Doris Greaves (1919–2007), and others. This approach employs a 90-degree dial and no house systems, but uses midpoints, solar arcs, and other methods of prediction.

You can be introduced to the methods at Lawrence’s website, CosmoAstrology where there is also an extensive archive of posts arranged by topic — e.g., Tragedy, Survival, Celebrities, Actors, Activists, Places in the World. Glorija Lawrence is a very good teacher; she was mentored by Doris Greaves and was her assistant on a tour of the United States in the 1990s. One of the innovations in Greaves’s approach is to consider the synastry of ingress charts (most often used for mundane work) with personal charts.

Lawrence’s most recent post is Murder on the Dock – An Insight into Murder through Astrological Profiling. This is a good place to start if you are new to the subject, as she very clearly takes the reader through the method.

Here is another quote from her work. About the death of actor Paul Walker, Lawrence writes: “Paul Walker had just turned 40, and his solar arc for that year did not reveal a great deal of information for his impending death, other than Mercury to Mars which sometimes indicate rash or premature action which was certainly the case when he took that fateful trip. However, if we look at the September Ingress cast for 22nd September, 2013 it casts a very different picture with a lot of volatility in the chart. Ingress Saturn/Node was to natal Mars and Ingress Mars was across to the natal Saturn/Pluto indicating bereavement and the loss of one’s fortune or possessions.”

Starlight News, the long-running political blog by Nancy Sommers, also has a very active discussion thread. From her newest post, Sound and Fury (dated November 22): “Of interest to our discussion is the transit of Neptune conjunct the US progressed Sun (12 to 14 Pisces), which spans the 2016 campaign through January 9, 2019. We are currently in the final and protracted period of the intensified potency of this transit, from mid-September 2018 to January 9, 2019. This transit points to a just under three-year period of US leadership (the Sun) being dishonest, emotionally susceptible to hyperbole, and projecting an illusory narrative that tends to enthrall a segment of the populace until ultimate disillusionment sets in. Reality is hidden under a fog of lies, deceptions, and unrealistic expectations.”

At Verena Heinrich’s site, Shifting Realities – Astro Talk, she writes about the New Moon for each month and includes the Sabian symbol and the Tarot card for the degree of the lunation. Her assessments are warm-hearted and encouraging.

Regarding the recent sign change of the nodal axis (from Leo/Aquarius to Cancer/Capricorn), she writes: “This has taken us to a cross-roads destiny-wise, challenging us to make the necessary changes in order to instigate progress. Now that the North Node will be traveling through Cancer for a year and a half, matters of home, family, property, belonging, tradition, support, care, dependence and nurturance will become the prevalent themes in our life, while we’ll be seeking to remove limitations, boundaries, burdens, restrictive or outdated rules and structures as well as obstacles and other blocks from our path and with Uranus traversing through Aries for the next 4 months, the independence (or freedoms and rights) we’ve been fighting for and the individualization we’ve been striving for the last 7 years, will be up again for review in this regard.”

Nicholas de Vore’s book, Encyclopedia of Astrology (1947) is available here — the complete text, in a simple layout, for quick access.

On another subject, here’s Liz Greene’s essay, Air, Water, Earth, Fire: The Psychological Types.

And to get to the bigger picture, I’ve linked to this interactive Solar System and Night Sky model before, but it continually adds new features.

Enjoy yourselves … these few days mark the once-every-12-years conjunction of Jupiter with the Sun in Sagittarius — exact late on November 25 in U.S. Pacific time. Onwards!

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Lingering over the Virgo New Moon

By Mary Plumb | September 10, 2018

Yesterday’s New Moon at 17° Virgo carries the usual encouragement of a new beginning, with emphasis on the qualities of its zodiacal sign. And though it is fraught with more than the usual tenderness (Neptune) inherent at the Sun–Moon conjunction, it is also aided by a great wave of support from the invisible depths of all the worlds, to assist us with the work at hand (Jupiter sextile Pluto). The energy of this lunation is accessible for at least the next few weeks, and I decided to linger over its possibilities and track them with a bit more attention. I couldn’t quite find adequate words for this New Moon, but here are some others who did. Enjoy.

Embodied Astrology is written by Renee Sills, the daughter of an astrologer. Her horoscope columns for the New and Full Moons “focus on how astrology manifests in our everyday experiences and through our bodies.” For this New Moon in Virgo, she writes: “The new moon also acts to emphasize a grand trine between Pallas and Mercury (conjunct, also in Virgo), Saturn in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus. Saturn has just recently turned direct, and Uranus continues its retrograde through the early degrees of Taurus. Pallas brings strategy and insight to Mercury’s mental-ness. In Virgo, they both function to stimulate our minds. We seek to categorize and differentiate.“
Renee is a generous contributor to the collective astrological dialogue; she also has links to her guided meditations and podcasts of various themes for the month.

Thoughts from Chani Nicholas’s New Moon in Virgo September 2018 include: “After the drama of Eclipse Season, the new moon in Virgo wants to help us find the remedies to our current conditions. It’s asking us to realign, readjust, and reorganize our energetic output so that our systems can best support us … May this new moon encourage us all to love our flaws a little more and criticize ourselves a little less so that we can redirect that energy towards what is useful, regenerative, and supportive of our long-term growth.”

Nadia Gilchrist of Ruby Slipper Astrology offers a very clearly written planetary overview for the month — for example, Mars returning to Aquarius and the third and final Jupiter sextile to Pluto — and then translates the month’s astrology with highlights for each of the 12 signs.
Here is her New Moon column and her thoughts on Venus’s Transit of Scorpio and Venus Rx.

Andrew Ifandis writes New Moon in Virgo – 9 September 2018: Gifted Perfection at his website Cosmos of Astrology. He notes: “What is important at this particular new moon is that the opposition to planet Neptune is aided by two Wedge formations and is also part of a Cradle pattern. The Cradle pattern connects with sextile aspects the Sun & Moon to Jupiter, Jupiter in sextile to Pluto and Pluto in sextile to Neptune.”
He also lists “The Gift of this New Moon,” the ways we can make best use of “complicated aspects” in the lunation chart.

Nicole O’Byrne, a Transformation Coach, works with astrology, Tarot, and ritual “to connect her clients back to their magic and cosmic selves.” Here is her New Moon Ritual for Virgo: “Write 10 Manifestations that you want create in this next cycle. Go out under the dark cool night, with a piece of paper and green pen. Bring a green candle and set it on the ground in front of you. Stare into the flame, feeling its warm energy fill your heart with golden light. Feel your body against the ground, feeling supported and loved. Now write 10 Manifestations that you want to happen during this next lunar cycle and make sure to write out ACTION STEPS, on how you could achieve them. When you are finished, read the list out loud, directing it towards the fire. When you are complete, whisper ‘I Will, My Will, Divine Will’ 3 times and then blow out the candle.”

John Townley’s AstroCocktail has kept track of the news and planets for many years. Sadly, his wife of 21 years and fellow astrologer, Susan Townley, passed away earlier this year. His website is treasure hunt of eclectic and interesting links to stories in the news and his unique astrological work. You can download a PDF of his monthly forecast or animated charts for monthly and yearly transits. His September forecast begins: “September is a locomotive — literally, locomotive-pattern skies predominate and the multiplicity of retro planets begin to go direct again, bringing on a more ‘normal’ pattern of expectations. It’s the approaching middle of this year’s roller-coaster ride, from dead-halt to all-systems-go which will again crank up for two months of madness in January and February. It’s going to happen every year this way for another eight years so get used to it.”

Have a good week, everyone.

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Revisiting Chiron

By Mary Plumb | July 9, 2018

Transiting Mars and the summer eclipses are dominant and visible players in our current story arc. I had planned to write on one of those topics for today, but a different impulse drew my attention yesterday, and I decided to follow it.

Chiron entered Aries on April 17 and made its first station in that sign on July 4 at 2°25’ Aries. The transiting Moon was at 29°58’ Pisces at the precise station (according to the IO software); her sensitivity, depth, and emotional content were present at that moment. (1)

Within his multilayered symbolism, I have seen Chiron as the shaman or, broadly, the one who takes us out of ordinary time — he travels between Saturn and Uranus. I listened to what was arising in me and followed an inner thread. I also relate to the experience of healing and wounding, which many of these videos and blogs address from different angles.

The context: I’ve been having conversations recently with a family member whose natal Chiron is at 2° Aries. My natal Moon is at 2° Cancer, so this Chiron station has been squaring my Moon as well as pinging the natal square between our charts. Although Chironic themes have been arising between us, on Sunday I surrendered to the Centaur. Some readers may recognize the process of attending to a “wound”(gently and kindly) in the spirit of gaining insight.

I hope these links are useful to you and provide insight. As I’m fond of reminding myself, we’re all in this together! So happy to know that you all are not far away.

I don’t know the fellow’s name at White Light Astrology, but he uploads videos frequently. This video, Chiron in Aries 2018 – 2027: The Healed Warrior, is 33 minutes long. (He mentions that he was born with Chiron conjunct North Node at 10° Libra, which makes him about 22 years old.) He is energetic and blunt and uses Jesus, Angelina Jolie, and Eminem as examples of Chiron in Aries. He speaks of Chiron as representing where we are sensitive and Aries as symbolizing our sense of self. About Chiron in Aries, he writes: “Where is your healing coming from. Are you ready to take action on your healing?”

In this 15-minute video, Sue talks about Chiron in the birth chart. She makes the point that at Chiron’s discovery in 1977, those who practiced the alternative healing modality therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, reflexology, etc., were thought to be a “bit strange because it wasn’t mainstream at all.” Sue (Fletcher) goes through Chiron each of the houses in her video.

Leah Whitehorse’s 35-minute video, Chiron enters Aries 2018, is a class on Chiron’s astronomy, mythology, and meaning, as well as historical events and upcoming themes. Leah has natal Chiron in Aries and seems to have a particular feel for this placement. She has timestamps for her talk if you want to go straight to a theme of interest.

In The Fearless Fifties: Chiron Return, Robert Wesley Branch tells the story of the mythological Chiron and the story of his own Chiron return. The 23-minute video has nice graphics, and his voice makes this a wonderful story to listen to. He emphasizes “the energetic opportunity to (once and for all) heal old emotional, spiritual and psychological wounds.”

Here is a 90-minute webinar of David Cochrane’s presentation at Kepler College (2014) called Chiron: Wounded Healer, Quiet Charisma, or Focused Self-Expression? David’s work is based on his research with charts with an “extremely strong Chiron.”

The Wounded Healer is a six-minute video with song and quotes from spiritual teachers, which display Chiron’s well-known significations. “In his search for his own cure, he discovered how to heal others.”

Claire Dunne is the author of an acclaimed illustrated biography, Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul. This is a 25-minute video of a talk she gave on her book at Watkins Books in London in 2013.

On the other hand, here is a brisk five-minute video, wherein Steve Judd describes Chiron through the houses. He speaks about that area as where the shadow resides and where we can begin to really face ourselves.

Religious studies scholar and author Christine Downing gave this 80-minute lecture on
Only the Wounded Healer Heals
at the San Diego Friends of Jung in 1993. (This is audio only.)

Jessica Garfield-Kabbara gives a 35-minute lecture on Chiron: The Archetype of the Wounded Healer. This talk is an excerpt from an online course, Archetypal Astrology: Working with the Fundamentals. Among other topics, she discusses the need to “titrate” our Chiron wound — to paraphrase: experiencing the poison in our wound just enough to be able to claim the wisdom therein.

And here’s one more evocative, short (six-minute) video on The Wounded Healer, with music by Deuter. It is designed for you to have a virtual healing moment. Among the quotes: “When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.” Rabindranath Tagore


(1) “2060 Chiron, provisional designation 1977 UB, and also known as 95P/Chiron, is a minor planet in the outer Solar System, orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus. Discovered in 1977 by Charles Kowal, it was the first-identified member of a new class of objects now known as centaurs—bodies orbiting between the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt.” Wikipedia

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Aries New Moon and more….

By Mary Plumb | April 16, 2018

I’ve assembled some links on today’s New Moon, and a few writers on current events before settling down with a guide to Venus in the night sky.

Nadia Gilchrist at Ruby Slipper Astrology calls the New Moon in Aries, the Firecracker Moon. “This won’t just be a new beginning, it will be surprising, liberating and disruptive. Events will move quickly, and you may have to hit the ground running. Mercury in Aries will station direct (5:20 AM EDT) on this day, so this will also involve results from Mercury’s retrograde, which began on March 22nd. ”

Jamie Partridge’s blog, New Moon 15 April 2018 – A New Day includes mention of the Fixed star Al Pherg at 27°03′ Aries. “Robson said it gives preparedness, steadiness, determination and final success. This is a terrific star to have with a new moon. It means your fresh start or new project has a great chance of succeeding”

New Moon April 15 – Bloody Pens by Marina at Darkstar Astrology writes: “This is certainly a very dramatic new moon! In relationships, it could be make-or-break time. Uranus will force change if one does not make that change willingly. It is time to be brave and even provocative if you want to take control of the new moon’s revolutionary energy.
The worst thing to do at this new moon would be to suppress anger as it could cause a right old tempest later on. Cards need to be put on the table and truth exposed.”

U.K. astrologer Gregory Scott has a 17-minute video on
New Moon in Aries April 16, 2018

New Moon in Aries April 2018: Second Chance by Leah Whitehorse includes mention of Venus and Jupiter. “Venus opposite Jupiter can give us an urge to want it all and it’s hard to discriminate between what is good for us and what isn’t. We need to stay mindful of excess and over-consumption. Just because we want it, doesn’t mean we should have it.”

Leah also notes:
“Uranus is an unstable, unpredictable energy yet it can also represent awakening too. We may feel jazzed up, electric, sparkling with great ideas that we want to set into motion. This is a lunation where we could receive cosmic downloads as Uranus is the higher frequency of intellectual Mercury. Universal information is available which can help us dare to display our unique talents. Flashes of inspiration could fortify us with the courage to take independent action.

But it is unpredictable – remember, the tiger is coming out of the cage! Mercury is still on the degree of his station too and sometimes this can also be a shaky influence. The main caution advised is to pause for breath if possible. Take a moment, survey your surroundings, listen. This is new territory.”

Awaken and Unfurl! The New Moon in Aries 16 April 2018 by Andrew Smith at C*I*A includes a quote from Rumi and this concluding thought: “I cannot think of a better mantra for this Cardinal Fire lunation than written by the late poet/philosopher John O’Donohue when he beautifully asks you to ‘Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning that is at one with your life’s desire.’ – To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.”
(You can also link to an audio version and hear Andrew reading his lovely words.)

Robert Wilkinson includes many factors in his analysis of The April 2018 New Moon, Pt. 2: Signs, Sabian Symbols and What It All Means: “This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in this Aries New Moon chart. This Lunation will help us express our unique qualities and individual part to play in the greater Whole, give us new opportunities if we open our imagination, and allow us to get beyond old inhibitions. With the Lunation conjunct Uranus, it’s transformation time!”
He also describes Mark Jones’ planetary pattern at this lunation: “Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Jupiter in Scorpio, and proceeds through outer planets in Capricorn, Pisces, and Aries. This is a hemispheric distribution, with all the outer planets in about half the signs (excluding TransPluto, since Jones didn’t use it in defining his patterns). That means the pattern du jour is primarily influenced by the position of the inner planets, shifting the pattern every so often.”

From New Moon in Aries 15 April 2018: Wild Card by Julie Demboski: “The New Moon is also in close semi-sextile to Sedna, and is novile both Neptune and Hygeia (the latter exact), but is outside acceptable range to anything else. This makes the interesting scenario where we will have the NM event, then an emotional reaction (as the Moon reaches Uranus just a few hours later), then enlightenment (when the Sun arrives in a couple of days).”

Astrology of Now: War or Peace? by Christina, The Oxford Astrologer writes: “Mars, the planet of war, aggression, action and passion, is pounding his way through the sign of Capricorn. At the start of April, he contacted somber, stony Saturn, sitting there in his own sign, and at the end of the month, he contacts that underworld crime lord Pluto. These two powerful outer planets are both now in this sign of the establishment, governance and earthly power.

Jude Cowell comments on Trump Strikes Syria: April 13, 2018. She offers a bi-wheel of Syria – using the time when Bashir Assad took over the government, “at dawn on November 13, 1970” – and Trump’s natal chart. One comment: “My Latin days are far behind me but I do remember that in olden times the Roman army had sense enough not to wage war when Jupiter the General was retrograde as it is now.”

Angela, of Ohio Astrology writes that United States Bombs Syria 30 Minutes Too Early: “….the air strikes began ‘shortly after 4 am local time.’ In Damascus, the moon entered Aries a little after 4:30 am.”

“During the air strikes in Syria, Mars was in 15 degrees of Capricorn. Mars generally likes being in Capricorn because Mars is outward directed energy and Capricorn is ambitious and goal-oriented. Mars likes goals and ambitions for they are something to target.

Mars transiting Capricorn joins up with the long-lasting Pluto transit of Capricorn. Combined, there is a lot of authoritarianism and dominance in the global energy. Authoritarianism appears to be seeping into the average life across the globe from electronic monitoring to loss of civil rights.”

The author also looks at “some other US invasions” – Vietnam, Iraq, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan.
Regarding the March 30, 2003 invasion of Iraq, she writes: “Mars was in 9 degrees of Capricorn. Our last three invasions occurred with Mars in Capricorn.”

Enough war!

Let’s remember Venus: Venus Visits Night Sky this Month: How to See It.
“Now that Venus is finally gaining prominence in the evening sky, it will team with the moon (on April 17), the Pleiades (on April 24) and more, making for some eye-catching configurations.”

Be well everyone and have a good New Moon week.

May all of your endeavors carry your own uniquely spirited imprint!

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