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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

Footnote:

(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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Astrology on YouTube

By Mary Plumb | March 5, 2018

Perhaps it was Neptune, the Sun, Chiron, Mercury, and Venus all being in Pisces on Sunday, but I became entranced with YouTube astrologers and didn’t find my way back to my other, planned topic for today’s blog. I hope you find something here that equally captivates you.

Dr. Dorian Greenbaum’s presentation on Philosophy and Fate in Hellenistic Astrology is an erudite and enjoyable way to spend 45 minutes. The talk was given at the Sophia Centre in Bath, U.K. in June 2016.

Aaron Cheak, Ph.D., has a 1-1/2 hour talk that originated at Kepler College, Astrology, Alchemy, and Magic in Hellenistic Antiquity.

Esoteric Astrology is a one-hour video based on an introductory article about the subject by Phillip Lindsay. For those unfamiliar with the term, Esoteric Astrology is based on the work of Alice Bailey. “Esoteric Astrology looks at the natal chart from the angle of the soul and how it utilizes the zodiacal energy to expand consciousness during each incarnation. This is an especially artistically produced video, which offers a very good introduction to the material.

A YouTube channel called Archetypes in the News has a 20-minute presentation: Feb. 19, 2018: Donald Trump and the 13 Russian Indictments. This astrologer (I couldn’t find his name) is politically oriented; his talk echoes an article by Thomas Friedman, “Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now.” (If you want to get right to the astrology, forward to the 8.26 mark.)

Astrology Forecast for March of 2018 is a nearly two-hour video of an episode of the very popular Astrology Podcast, with astrologers Chris Brennan, Kelly Surtees, and Austin Coppock. “The forecast for March features a shift of inner planets from Pisces to Aries, Jupiter stationing retrograde in Scorpio, and Mars ingressing into Capricorn where it will eventually meet up with Saturn and Pluto.”

Rick Levine’s Astrology Forecast for March 2018 is 75 minutes. He describes this month’s highlights: “March is a study in impulse versus restraint. The cosmos is saying yes with Venus and Mercury entering spontaneous Aries on March 6, followed by the Sun on the Equinox on March 20. However, there is resistance as the Aries planets square Saturn on March 10, 13 and 29.”

Go here for Sam Geppi’s 25-minute presentation, March 2018 Vedic Astrology Predictions.

Maxine Taylor’s Trumpology Report, March 2018 is a 30-minute astrological forecast for Trump and the U.S. horoscope. (She has many other videos here, covering Trump’s children, Stormy, Melania, Elizabeth Warren, eclipses, etc.)

And my last suggestion for this week is Robert Cosmar’s YouTube channel, The Astrology of Life. He is a very experienced astrologer, speaks with a measured voice, and posts many videos, mostly short (10-15 minutes) and on timely subjects.

Back in May 2017, he posted Is Trump’s son-in-law headed for trouble?” With no birth time known for Jared Kushner, Cosmar looked ahead to transiting Pluto conjunct Kushner’s Sun, exact for all of 2018, and said: “… it’s not going to be a pleasant time for him.”

In a video posted on March 2, 2018, Hope Hicks and the President, Cosmar places her solar planets in Trump’s natal chart. Among his observations: Hicks’s Neptune is closely opposed to Trump’s Mercury – “white lies” anyone?

Here are Cosmar’s thoughts on the Florida School Shooting Event Chart (10 minutes).

To get a feel for Cosmar’s approach, watch this eight-minute video, Healing America’s Wounds: Jupiter in Scorpio. “It is time to face the consequences of our darker nature and admit we fall very short of the purpose of our existence. Pain is a great teacher and sometimes the only teacher before we destroy all that we are and what we have or had.”

I know there are countless others out there uploading quality astrology onto YouTube channels. Readers, please let me know your favorite spots.

Have a good week, everyone.

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A Thanksgiving Feast of Astro-Links from TMA

By Mary Plumb | November 19, 2017

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As an early start to this week’s collection of blog and video links (posted as the Moon in Sag applies to conjunct Mercury), here is an uplifting 15-minute video from Pam Gregory on New Moon in Scorpio (November 18). She speaks to the upcoming Jupiter trine Neptune, in effect through summer 2018.

Christina Rodenbeck, The Oxford Astrologer, addresses a current situation in #metoo: Emotional Insight. She writes: “Jupiter in Scorpio, working smoothly with both Neptune and Pluto, does more than just reveal the turgid secrets of the past. Two heavy-duty, ‘collective’ planets in water create a wave of emotional understanding — and Pluto provides insight. This is how the silence around sexual harassment was broken. Not everyone suddenly ‘gets it’, but a lot of people do. This is about a collective sense of empathy. There has been a collective shift in the idea of what is acceptable behavior.”

Barry Goddard of Astrotabletalk, looks at the upcoming Saturn-Pluto conjunction “from a different angle” than a previous entry. Posted on November 14, Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn: 1518 and 2020 includes this thought: “If we look at the Saturn Pluto conjunctions of 1518 and 2020, they both have the Sun at 21/22 Capricorn. This suggests a connection between the two conjunctions, and that the successful opposition to entrenched establishment – in that case the multinational church – could, in 2020, see the beginning of a successful movement against multinational companies whose only interest, like the church at the time, is themselves.”

Stepping back to the bigger picture, here’s a post from last year by Australian astrologer Paola Emma at Living Moon Astrology: More than ever relevant today: the spiritual function of Neptune in Pisces, 2011 to 2025, striving for unity in a divided world. In a section called “the present era of Neptune in Pisces,” she writes: “Outlasting many other transits that preoccupy astrologers at the present time, this influence gives us real hope that we will be guided toward greater spiritual unity in the next decade and beyond. The fate of the planet, I feel, depends very much on the way we will be able to embrace Neptune in Pisces, avoiding its downside of extreme passivity and escapism.”

The Iran Nuclear Deal by SkyReader Sherry looks at the deal announced in June 2015. “The mundane chart of the Nuclear Deal is contentious to say the least. It has a grand square in cardinal signs which signifies constant friction and obstacles to its effectiveness.” She includes charts for Trump and the Republic of Iran (1979).

And here’s Steven Forrest on Jupiter Enters Scorpio (posted on September 30, 2017). “What will Jupiter in Scorpio mean for you personally? Well, we know you are soon scheduled to “have a long talk with yourself” about what you really need and what you really, truly feel – that’s Scorpio.”

Here is Barbara Goldsmith on Jupiter into Scorpio: Oct 2017 – Nov 2018: Soul Relationships

Chani Nicholas adds layers of detail in her Horoscopes for Jupiter in Scorpio: October 2017 – November 2018.

Away from current events, here are some perennial articles:

Richard Fidler has a series of instructive videos, “….a humble offering to astro-pilgrims.” Here is Part 1, Advanced Astrology…for beginners: a crash course in practical astrology (1 hour 50 minute).

If you have the inclination, here is a video series of hard-to-find material: Astrosophy and How to Read Birth Charts 2015, by Brian Gray, former Director of the Foundation Program in Anthroposophy at Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA. Here is the first lecture (1 hour 50 minutes); lectures 2, 3 and 4 follow.

Christopher Warnock of Renaissance Astrology has many short (under 10 minutes) videos. Here’s a sample:
Magic: From Fear to Joy
Picatrix: Secrets of Ancient Magic
How Do Astrology and Magic Work?
(Warnock discusses “three traditional ways of explaining how astrology and astrological magic work: direct causality, the Unity of the Cosmos and magical/spiritual personalities.”)

Barbara Goldsmith has a very active You Tube channel.

Here she is on Critical Degrees in Astrology: How they affect YOU. (9 minutes).

Erin Sullivan, author of The Astrology of Family Dynamics, has a presentation at the Evolutionary Astrology You Tube channel called Family Dynamics – the 12th House – the Ancestral Lineage (posted in August 2017). In this 1-hour talk, Erin includes current research into epigenetics.

(Readers may also enjoy Erin’s classic lectures on The Planets, The Signs and The Houses – recorded in 1995 and available online since 2015.)

Also at the Evolutionary Astrology channel, Boaz Fyler (a student of Maurice Fernandez) teaches on The Death Chart.

There are many timeless articles at Seven Stars Astrology: Ancient Hellenistic and Persian Astrology in Practice. Readers can start with Twelve Easy Lessons for Absolute Beginners, “a quick and dirty introduction to pre-Medieval ancient astrology.”

Those familiar with the basics might go to the four-part series on Astrology Predictive Techniques. Here is 1: Profections Intro.

(Some readers will go straight to 4: Profections in the Style of Vettius Valens.)

Okay, that should keep us busy for a while.

May all U.S. readers have a good Thanksgiving holiday and everyone, everywhere, have a blessed week in all ways possible.

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Blogs for a new week…

By Mary Plumb | September 25, 2017

Transiting Mars in Virgo was semisquare (45º) Jupiter, opposite Neptune, and sesquiquadrate (135º) Uranus within about 30 hours this weekend. I taught on Saturday, and could not stay still on Sunday. (Mars rules my natal chart.) The sky was heavenly blue, the air was clear — no more smoke — and I am a few miles from a mountain hike where I can see Mt. Shasta and Mt. Ashland, both with fresh snow. Wanderlust took hold — I also have Neptune conjunct Mars natally — and I went for a much longed for airing out.

I came home happy to search for some blogs for you. This is a bit of a mix, with some teaching sites (modern and medieval), some news sites (Trump and the footballers), and a few YouTube classics. Be well, everyone. I hope you all have a chance for some clean fresh air in your days.

Alison Gunn, PhD, has articles teaching many aspects of astrology at her site. Wrestling the Dragon: The Meaning and Purpose of the Lunar Nodes begins with her curiosity about the modern association of “the Nodes with one’s spiritual purpose.” Her well-illustrated essay traces the history of the lunar nodes, from the Babylonian creation myth Ti’amat to Jung. She writes: “There’s a treasure that’s hard to attain waiting for you at the end of your struggle against this dragon; I think this sums up the North/South nodal challenges rather neatly.”

Along with lots of other topics, she has a series on the 12 houses. Here is the last installment, The 12th House: Know Thyself, or Else.

Rhyan Butler’s site, The Medieval Astrology Guide, is a beautiful source for clearly written material on a sometimes difficult to understand subject. He explains different philosophical approaches and techniques for identifying the Guardian Daimon and concludes: “Being aware of this connection between a native’s soul and a planet is tremendously helpful in remedial work, as reinforcing this connection has a calming effect on the soul and increases resolve. It’s not uncommon for people to go through periods in their life where they feel alone and directionless, but the Guardian Daimon is always there in our corner to provide support and guidance when we need it.”

Back in the modern world, Nancy Sommers, at Starlight News Blog: “connecting the dots in world affairs,” writes in September Madness:
“The Inaugural chart, which is essentially the chart of the Trump administration, points to significant trouble for the entire month of October, with transiting Saturn returning to its natal position (23º 37′ Sagittarius) and then square to Mars (24º 22′ Pisces) and semisquare to the Moon (9º 22′ Scorpio). This suggests a very vigorous blocking of his agenda and a potent period of protest against him. Furthermore, transiting Uranus will be square to the Inaugural Midheaven (26º 13′ Capricorn) from October 2 through October 26, and given the concurrence of Saturn transits, suggests unexpected, powerful revelations and events that impact this presidency in a negative way.”

Christina Rodenbeck at The Oxford Astrologer writes about the current newsmakers in U.S sports. “I couldn’t help but note that on the day American footballers staged a peaceful protest across the country, Neptune, the higher octave of Venus (planet of peace), and Mars, the planet of warriors, came into perfect opposition.”

Here are a few treasures from the vaults:

Robert Hand’s two-hour lecture on Reception, recorded by Kelly Phipps at the 2007 Blast Conference in Sedona, Arizona (organized by Moses Siregar).

And, from the 2008 Blast Conference (also recorded by Kelly): Robert Blaschke on Progression Theory. “Robert Blaschke passed from this earth in January 2011, but not without gracing us with his abundant wisdom and technical expertise. Not only was he a Christ-like, gentle soul and all-around great human being, he was truly a master astrologer.”

Go here for Part 1 (two hours) of Richard Tarnas’s lecture, Our Moment in History: World Transits: 2008 – 2020.
“Tarnas’s annual ‘state of the world report’ from the archetypal astrological perspective, the first of two public program lectures given at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, November 12-13, 2011.”

Keep going here:
Part 2: (one hour)
Part 3: (90 minutes)

And here’s an update — a one hour lecture from Mr. Tarnas that was recorded in May 2017: An Archetypal Perspective on Our Precarious Moment in History.

To conclude, here’s a short (5 minute) video of Pema Chodron teaching Tonglen, for a “world that is falling apart.”

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You Tube Astrologers

By Mary Plumb | April 10, 2017

Any collection of You Tube astrology must begin with David Cochrane’s phenomenal collection of tutorial videos.

This is a very broad and diverse selection of astrology. I’ll suggest a few links to get you started.

Beginners are warmly welcomed and encouraged: Here’s a 44-minute Introduction to Astrological Interpretation, Part 1: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects, Rulerships

Students can keep going here: 20 Free Astrology Lessons: A Complete Course (10 hours). David is a wonderful teacher; this series has been viewed 40,000 times.

He also has 21 tutorial videos in the Astronomy for Astrologers Course, 77 videos on Harmonic, Vibrational and Symmetrical Astrology and many other intermediate and advanced techniques.

Here are another few varied (and randomly selected) topics:

Possible Indications of Mental Illness (31 minutes)

Divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Astrological Analysis (24 minutes)

Whole Sign Houses, Quadrant Houses, and Equal Houses: Three Different Models for Astrology (32 minutes)

Jeffrey Wolf Green’s School of Evolutionary Astrology offers a number of videos, including a long introductory lecture (over 2 hours) from the 1980s, a two-part lecture on the meaning of the Planetary Nodes (1995), and videos from Jeffrey’s last public appearance (2005).

Mark Jones of Pluto School has a 90-minute video presentation, The Power of the Circle, that was recorded at Kepler College in November 2013.
There is also a 52-minute conversation with Steven Forrest.

Check out Samuel Reynolds’s 10-minute clip on The Real Fight for Aries, part of his ongoing (and always inspiring) Zodiac Lounge series.

Astrologer Steve Judd posts lots of 6 – 8 minute videos, sometimes daily. One current video blog Sunday sermon/early mid-April includes the U.S. missile attack in Syria.

He also has weekly and yearly forecasts. Here’s another sample (8 minutes): Global Forecast 2017.

Terence Guardino is a Western & Vedic Astrologer who posts frequent videos. Here’s a 15-minute video: Donald Trump: One Term President

And here’s Tony Howard’s lovely interview with Astrologers Lynn Bell and Adrian Duncan on the Consultation Chart, an often overlooked (and under-appreciated) technique. (38 minutes)

I also found a new free series called The School of Living Astrology with Northwest astrologer Tyler Penor. Tyler has studied astrology for 15 years and his approach is to use astrology for “wisdom, clarity, health and healing.” There are four introductory videos that he filmed outdoors — this is the Northwest, you can see trees and hear a bit of wind rustling. Check out his warm-hearted introduction to see what he’s up to.

Amanda Walsh’s new web venture, Astrology Hub, is a lively and blossoming community. Here is a 30-minute chat (with Q&A) between Amanda and Donna Woodwell: How Will the Great American Eclipse Affect Donald Trump?
(This conversation originated on the Facebook group, The Astrology Eclipse Portal.)

Correlations: The Archetypal Astrology Podcast has a new conversation (3/3/2017) posted on You Tube. Matthew Steltzner, Jessica Garfield-Kabbara, and Delia Shargel discuss Jessica’s article “Re-Visioning Saturn,” from Archai, the Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. Matthew writes: “We have a lively discussion about becoming conscious of the patriarchal roots of our Western traditions, including archetypal astrology, and the process of maturing our understanding of the archetype of Saturn using the concept of the ‘static’ and ‘dynamic’ Masculine and Feminine.”

(You can also download Jessica Garfield-Kabbara’s article Re-visioning Saturn.)

Greg Carlwood of The Higherside Chats podcast interviews his “powerhouse guest,” astrologer Austin Coppock. This is a 70-minute interview on Astrology & The Elite.

OK, friends, that’s it for now. Have a good week and enjoy yourselves!

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The Upcoming Solar Eclipse and more: Astrologers Weigh In

By Mary Plumb | February 20, 2017

Greetings, dear readers. Here’s a mix of blogs for this week — mostly non-political (except for a few nostalgic looks at the past president) — and looking at the big sky picture including the solar eclipse, Eris the troublemaker and Saturn in Sag.

Willow’s Web Astrology catches us up with Necessary Discordant Notes as Uranus Makes its Final Conjunction to Eris in Aries. “With the current Eris–Uranus–Mars conjunction in fierce-and-feisty warrior sign Aries, this is no time to hold back. This is no time to stay silent out of habit or fear or a desire to remain socially meek and acceptable. It’s time to get your concerns on the map. It’s time to throw down.”

For anyone longing for another look at President Obama, Christina Rodenbeck, The Oxford Astrologer, has a short piece looking at his horoscope — both back and ahead a bit: Catch You Later, President Obama.

(Here’s her homage to George Michael: Just A Little Broken: RIP George Michael.)

Peter Stockinger at the Traditional Astrology Weblog writes on the Solar Eclipse of 26 February 2017: “Jupiter is the planet ruling this eclipse. At the time of the eclipse, he will be located in Libra. He is retrograde, which adds a certain degree of debilitation. It is also noteworthy that he is conjunct fixed star Spica. Robson knows that when Spica is with Jupiter we may expect: ‘Popular, social success, wealth, ecclesiastical honor and preferment’.”

Chanini Nicholas also considers the Solar Eclipse in Pisces: New Moon Horoscopes for the Week of February 20th: “Occurring on the same day as the rebellious Mars–Uranus conjunction, Sunday’s solar eclipse is a new moon, generally a time of new beginnings, but this moon is a wrap up of what has already occurred. Occurring near the south node and Neptune, Sunday’s eclipse is the last in a series of eclipses in Pisces. This past two years has taught us much about the dangers of being deluded into thinking that someone will come along and save us. The past two years have taught us much about the importance of kindness and what happens when compassion leaves us. The past two years have taught us much about what we need to lose in order to gain a fair and just world.”

Ichrak Dahou at Atlas Astrology writes on Saturn in the Third Decan of Sagittarius: “The third decan of Sagittarius points to elimination in order to increase coherence, division in order to create fruitfully, and focus in order to embody more fully a more transcendent or deeply considered strata of understanding and consciousness.”

A Stunning Scale Model of our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert is a 7-minute video that puts things in perspective. A group of friends “constructed a model by drawing circles in the desert around a 1.5 meter sun and a marble-sized Earth small enough to get lost in filmmaker Wylie Overstreet’s pocket. The result is a stunning work of land art that allows viewers to see the full circle of the Earth with their own eyes.”

Susan Herskowitz, The Uranian Astrologer, hasn’t posted a new video blog for a while, but there are lots of articles and videos in her collection, including The Barack enigma. Beneath the distance and detachment.

(She also profiles Chelsea Clinton, Pope Francis, Taylor Swift, and others.)

If you are new to the subject, go here for Susan’s introductory article: What are the Transneptunian Planets?

Aaron Cheak, PhD, is a scholar of comparative religion, philosophy, and esotericism. When you have time for a long essay about Mercury’s inner–outer, Eastern–Western, microcosm–macrocosm implications, settle in for his recounting of a marvelous journey — to New York, Halifax, Los Angeles, Seattle, and beyond:
Curiouser and Mercurioser: Ruminations on a Hermetic Retrograde. “At certain times, Hermes only leads us to clarity when we abandon our preconceived plans. As with the Greek principle of aporia, only when we reach the point of pathlessness can a new way open before us.”

Ok, that’s all for now. Be well, enjoy yourselves and one another as we travel together in Sun-in-Pisces land.

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A new collection of astro-blogs…

By Mary Plumb | September 19, 2016

There’s always a lot to digest post-eclipse, and this week I visited some long-time bloggers to see what they are up to. Some of these I haven’t linked to in awhile; here’s a sample from their excellent (and diligent) work.

Nancy Sommers of Starlight News wrote Heil Donald (posted on September 6) about Trump’s recent immigration speech that “brought to mind the savageness of a Nazi rally scapegoating the Jews.” Further on she writes: “It is hard not to see Trump running into more trouble over the next ten days, with transiting Saturn moving into a sesquiquadrate with his natal Venus (25°44′ Cancer) through September 17.  There is also the transiting Pluto station currently sesquiquadrate his natal Ascendant (29°55′ Leo) and square to his natal Chiron (14°55′ Libra) through October 2, a configuration that not only puts him into the midst of a major power struggle, but also constantly attacks his vulnerable sense of self-worth (2nd-house Chiron), which he skillfully hides within the brazenness of his narcissistic ramblings.”

In the write up for the “harrowing uncertainty” of September, at John Townley’s AstroCocktail he writes: “Underneath still lurks the treacherous T-square of Saturn and Neptune, this time with first the Sun and then retro Mercury, so what seems solid isn’t, and promises are as easily broken as made. In classic “October surprise” fashion, the truth is made clear next month, as this passes, so don’t rush into the first offer you see, as it could be a well-laid mine. But, la de dios no tiene trampas, as they say. Keep a sharp watch on deck, set full sail, lash yourself to the mast, it’s going to be a show…” (Check the current homepage for a visual of what he’s talking about.)
This site also keeps a current archive of News Stories of interest to astrologers from around the globe, monthly — or yearly — sky video animation, and pdf forecast for the month.

Frederick Woodruff at Astro Inquiry has a new view of an always relevant topic: Depression and the Solar Consciousness. “Depression is a critical function of Saturn. We could say depression counterbalances the incessant solar radiation and propulsion of the heart. Without the mitigating function of Saturn, the solar principle could not be experienced as such. This is experienced in a literal way, with the heart’s expansion and then contraction as it propels the circulatory system’s various functions.”

Alex Miller at Daykeeper Journal has an The Veepstakes Winner: Astrological Profile of Mike Pence. (He’s made him interesting!): “Also in the solar mix is asteroid Eurydike at 19° Gemini, which represents a sense of loss, harking back to a past which is now gone beyond hope of recall. This says much about Pence’s conservatism, which seeks to reclaim a golden era that never truly existed, except in perception.”

Ed Tamplin’s Weekly Horoscopes September 2016 includes comments on Hillary’s Neptune Moment: “The obscure gas giant accompanies a cloud of confusion, unknowing, and uncertainty. It came following the September 11th memorial, when a video of an unsteady Clinton being escorted toward her black limo went viral. It also proved something once and for all. Hillary was definitely born around 8:00 a.m. and not 8:00  p.m. Based on 30 pivotal life events, I have always made the time 8:06 a.m. The morning birth time meant that from August 25 to October 7, 2016, Clinton’s secondary progressing Moon would join both her progressed and natal Neptune. During that period she would face increasing rumour, a possible scandal, or a health problem, as Neptune tends toward energy loss and respiratory ailments. Clinton went down with pneumonia.”

The prolific UK astrologer Marjorie Orr has charts and commentary for many current news events, including the death of the chief exorcist for Rome, Father Gabriel Amoth, who was “against yoga because it encouraged Eastern religions; and against Harry Potter, since it gave children an interest in black magic and wizardry.” She also has a chart for the Saturday bombing in NYC. “The explosion came a day after the Lunar Eclipse with the Full Moon in Pisces square Mars in Sagittarius. At the time of the bombing, transiting Mars was moving through the 8th house, and (forming) an explosive trine to Uranus, as well as having moved to exactly square the Lunar Eclipse degree. The Lunar Eclipse set for NY has Uranus on the IC, so very unsettling.”

Michael Wolfstar has written his weekly NewsScope for years. Topics for the week of September 12 — which will probably be updated by the time you read this, but you’ll have access to this column as well — include Hillary Clinton Overheated: “Looking at her progressions, she currently has a progressed Sun-Mercury conjunction at 11º Capricorn, which is being squared by her progressed Moon at 11º Libra. These three planets are all within 0º03’ of exactly aspecting each other. And they’re all aspecting her natal Neptune. However, Hillary is being propelled forward by her powerful Mars, as she attempts to match Trump’s ability to endlessly insult and criticize.” Other topics are Kim Jong Un Unhinged? and Tom Hanks Stars as “Sully”. (Update: this morning’s NewsScope covers an analysis of Uranus/Pluto, Apple and Edward Snowden.)

Don’t forget to note and honor the Autumn Equinox this week: Thursday, September 22 at 7:22 a.m. PDT. May we all have a moment of beauty and balance beyond measure!

Have a good week, everyone.

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Mars and Saturn – together at last

By Mary Plumb | August 22, 2016

The long coming, often dreaded — or feared — conjunction of Mars and Saturn is upon us this week. (1) Fear is not a requirement, however; in situations that are ripe for consolidation, there is an anticipation to get on with it.

Although longer trends point to our ever greater sensitivity to the needs of the larger group — whether those in our immediate families, our communities, our nation, or all who are in this world at this time — there is a clear moment now for individuality, determination, commitment, and adequate discipline for our personal projects and material lives. Think about what you are trying to accomplish in your life, be it on the level of business, relationship, health, long-term visions, or spiritual goals, and know that the capacity to stabilize our intentions and be willing (and able) to work very hard is pronounced at this time. Concentrate deeply, even for a moment! The god of will force, desire, and wild and untrammeled passion (Mars) is joining with the god of persistence, steadfastness, and steady movement toward fulfilling our tasks in life — our dharma (Saturn) — to help us know what we must do and to access the strength and moral imagination (Sagittarius) for the next chapter in our lives.

Footnote:

(1) Mars is conjunct Saturn at 9° Sagittarius, and also on the very powerful star, Antares, on August 24th.

Here are some videos and blogs to add to the story:

Steve Judd has an accessible video on Mars conjunct Saturn (7 minutes long). “The positive side of Mars comes across when one is assertive and projective; the negative side comes across when one is confrontational and aggressive … Mars and Saturn are uneasy with each other … it’s like the outlaw and the sheriff.”

 

Lynn Bell writes Coming to Meet: Saturn and Mars. “For some, August is the time to circle back round to a difficult decision. If there was a near confrontation back in March or April, late August may be the moment to come forward again, perhaps wiser and warier than a few months ago.”

 

Intuitive astrologer Jean Wiley speaks on Quantum Notes for August 22-28th: Mars conjunct Saturn (16 minutes long). She brings in Mercury’s slowing speed as it approaches retrograde (August 31); its conjunction with Jupiter (today); and Saturn square Neptune along with the month’s title event on the 24th. She says, “Everyone is wrestling with ‘not enough.’ ”

 

Vedic astrologer Sam Geppi has a thoughtful 20-minute video on Mars and Saturn and Depression. “Saturn teaches Mars that you have to be careful about the structure that you destroy which makes Mars better but it doesn’t make Saturn better. Saturn winds up feeling the pain.”

 

The astronomy site Earth Sky has lots of graphics to accompany Mars and Saturn put on a show. “Mars is about to move in between Saturn and the star Antares. Watch them form a line on our sky on August 23 and 24.”

Nick Anthony Fiorenza’s long, complex, beautifully illustrated article is called Mars and Saturn in Ophiuchus conjoining Antares, Heart of the Scorpion: Mars Retrograde, the New Mars 780-day Synodic Cycle, the New Saturn Cycle, the New Mars-Saturn 2-year cycle. Among his many ideas: “Saturn-Antares teaches us about the limits we have placed upon our own power, and here it tells us the power is within to change our own self-imposed limits. As Mars moves to join Saturn, Saturn wants to control, to fix or put a hex on Mars, which is our creative force. For those less willing to relinquish false illusory ideals and to embrace the power within self rather than giving that power away, the Mars-Saturn-Antares T-square with Neptune and Lunar Nodes can incite extreme behavior to fight and control to a climax, both by authoritarian factions usurping the life force of the unawakened, as well as by those taking a revolutionary stand against authoritarian rule.”

Tony Howard has a piece called Mars and Saturn: Concerted Effort Wins the Race. “If you’re having a Mars-Saturn experience with fear of inadequacy, focus on what you can do and start to vanquish your fears through daily action. Put a practice in place – like journaling – that will help you take stock of your accomplishments, no matter how small.”

OK, that’s it for now, friends. See you on the other side.

(Our blog will be back in two weeks. I hope we all make helpful and loving changes to ourselves and our world with the September 1 solar eclipse at 9° Virgo.)

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