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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.


(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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A few blogs to attune us to the week upon us

By Mary Plumb | June 13, 2016

As a gesture to the mutable cross now in the sky — with its suggestion to keep moving and touch in, or touch down, only temporarily or lightly before the next thing needs attention — here are some links that capture the moods of these days.(The current mutable planets are: Sun, Venus, Mercury in Gemini, Saturn in Sag, Jupiter/North Node in Virgo, and Neptune/South Node in Pisces.)

Laura Boomer-Trent, Agent Dakini at C*I*A, writes on the soon-upon-us Full Moon (June 20): 2nd Full Moon Sagittarius 29°32′ — A Golden Solstice Light: “To make the most of this incredibly influential Solstice Full Moon, turn up the inner light-switch and illuminate a very personal kind of heart-centered Love-Wisdom, which can then hold sway upon all kinds of issues that appertain to flux and flow, be that cash flow, emotional flow, or happily in the universal flow. When the constantly shifting ideas and actions of Gemini move into cautious Cancer, this Solstice Sun’s quest is to be fully informed before entertaining the idea of taking risks in the name of truth and freedom, security or power.”

Jude Cowell at Stars Over Washington sets the solstice chart for Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2016; 6:34 p.m. EDT) and brings lots of details into her analysis, e.g., midpoints, fixed stars, the U.S. Venus return, and unaspected Uranus. Here’s a sample from her solstice essay, Summer Solstice 2016: Endings, Partings, and Denials of Guilt: “From the Grand Cross there are, of course, midpoint pictures with potentials for impractical plans, distrust, philosophical discussions, short journeys, and/or fortunate separations. In fact, separation is a theme of this Summer Season 2016, especially with the Pre-Natal Solar Eclipse of this solstice at the IC, the Foundation of the Matter. The eclipse at 18°55′ Pisces manifested on March 9, 2016 in the 18 South Saros Series, and its separative influence will be felt through the summer as it affects Campaign 2016 and the candidates as well as individuals with 19° Pisces prominent in their natal charts.”

Dorothy Morgan, New Hampshire Astrologer, is personal and very approachable in her writing. In a short essay on the Full Moon she writes: “Full Moons are all about letting go but Sagittarius is one sign that says ‘Yes, I can do it, bring it on.’ Unfortunately, we often end up exhausted by having too many things to do. Sagittarius is known for over-committing, over-doing just about everything. For example, I have never seen a Sagittarius go into a store and not come out with more than they needed. More is always better in their eyes.”

On Divine Harmony’s weekly astrology forecast 6/13 – 6/19, here’s a bit of what she wrote for Monday. “Monday, June 13th at 8:39 a.m. Venus in Gemini quincunxes retrograde Mars in Scorpio, creating tension and friction between the Divine Lovers. Last month Venus opposed retrograde Mars (exact on 5/24) and now they quincunx each other, making for two intense interactions between the relationship-governing planets.”

Kathy Watts at Head’s Up! The Writer’s Astrological Almanac offers a monthly forecast with entries for each day (times are PDT). For the Full Moon on June 20 she writes: “Monday June 20 at 4:02 a.m. we have the Full Moon at 29° Sag. The last degree of any sign is especially strong. Look for a major breakthrough or blast of enlightenment that makes your artistic world bigger. The Moon now goes void-of-course. At 4:55 a.m. the Moon enters Capricorn and is in that sign when, at 7:55 a.m. Mercury opposes Saturn. At 10:11 a.m. Mercury squares Neptune. In the morning you may sometimes feel that the creative magic is close but it keeps slipping away. Stick with it. At 3:34 p.m. the Sun changes signs, bids farewell to Gemini, and moves into the sign of Cancer. Heads Up. The Sun is now a guest in the Moon’s house. It’s also the first day of summer (in the northern hemisphere, anyway). Look at an ingress chart to get a peak at what the next three months may hold.”

If you haven’t seen enough of Mars retrograde, here’s Peter Stockinger’s Traditional Astrology Weblog. He reminds us that the April retrograde station occurred with Mars on the fixed star Antares (where Saturn and Mars will both be on August 23). “Antares, or Alpha Scorpius, is also known as the Heart of the Scorpion. This is due to the fact that the fixed star is located in the middle of the constellation Scorpio. Diana Rosenberg, one of the most knowledgeable fixed star astrologers, knew that Antares had strong connections with the great issues of humankind, especially intolerance, racism, and human rights.”

Have a good week everyone and trust in the one heart that holds us all.

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2016 Forecasts

By Mary Plumb | December 28, 2015

All together now — as we cruise/slide/stumble/leap/slither/crawl/drift/drop/tumble right into 2016, here are several astrological bloggers who’ve looked ahead to share their ideas for the days to come.
Although I know there’s all manner of wonder — and trouble — ahead, I am taking heart in the North Node conjunct Jupiter as the calendar turns and I imagine Janus looking forward with a cautious and measured hope and good cheer for all. 
Peter Stockinger’s Traditional Astrology Weblog is instructional — you can learn how to start to assess what is important in the range of planetary movement upon us. In 2016: An Astrological Preview, he briefly covers Retrograde motion of the planets; Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits; Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons; Solar and lunar eclipses and Solar ingress charts.
Dipali Desai at Celestial Space writes Winter Solstice – December 21, 2015. “This year’s Solstice definitely opens a symbolic doorway. It opens the way to welcoming in transiting Uranus in Aries at 16 degrees shifting into outward expression. This also represents that the ‘Uranus square Pluto’ transit that has been going on for the last two-to-three years will be ‘reactivated,’ … thus, the major themes of ‘wake up, shake up, break-free and liberate’ are also highlighted. It is indeed a time of accelerated transformation and big transitions. Uranus square Pluto will continue to symbolically … push things up for purging until about April 2016.”

Marina Macario of Darkstar Astrology considers The Astrology of 2016. “The main astrological influence over 2016 will be Saturn square Neptune, which will get activated by various inner planets, and then, most importantly the lunar nodes. People will be feeling like they need to armour themselves, put up their defences and wall themselves in moated castles. All this despite being told we must dissolve boundaries, hold hands in a circle, and sing Kumbaya.”
Agent 98 – Lorna Bevan, at Cosmic*Intelligence*Agency (C*I*A) calls her piece The Astrology of 2016: A Change of Frequencies.
“2016 is not simply another year in a linear time-line; it is not a passing trend. It will infuse and enmesh itself into consciousness, rather than seem to pass us by. It is an energy threshold, a turn in the story, or as the current astrology describes, an entirely new evolution of both consciousness and world events — at the same time. It marks a permanent shift of frequency as planets on the Mutable Cross of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, encounter the tuning forks of the Galactic Centre, the Great Attractor along with black holes, pulsars, and masers.”

(FYI: also from C*I*A, an Interactive Webinar on Navigating the Transits of 2016 with Margaret Gray, on Sunday, January 3, for a $20 fee.)

Here’s a column that Michael Lutin wrote for artnet news, Michael Lutin’s Astrological Predictions for Art World Success in 2016.
“The world is not ending, no matter what the doomsday people say. Society as we have always known it, however, IS. The key words for 2016: stability in the midst of chaos.”
He has advice for each sign — a snippet of his words for Capricorn: “You’re an ultimate realist, however, so no matter how many risks you take, or how spiritual you are, praying or chanting, your mantra will always be, God bless you, ‘I want the best and I want it cheap!'”
Erin Sullivan’s December 2015 Newsletter has an in-depth look at the main themes of the new year, infused with her deep experience of archetypes and myth. Of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, she writes:
“Their dance is incestuous, if we take it from the origin myths … it is a family affair and it is a brother/father battle that has now taken its action to a global scale. There is something about this time that seems strangely familiar as if it has happened before, which it has – even if millennia ago – mythically, sociologically and politically!”
And, a bit more from her very rich observations: “Jupiter opposite Neptune brings an inflated sense of ‘holiness’ and godliness, and it being t-boned by Saturn suggests ultimately that we are in a war of the Titan Saturn with the Olympians Jupiter and Neptune. So, we are watching massive inflation of aggression, weirdness, alarm and another pathology of Jupiter/Neptune: the ‘holy wars’ coupled with astoundingly ridiculous — and worrying — parodies of ‘authority’ …  If we can see beyond the veil and into our psyche and watching the world, the anima mundi — and the cycles of Neptune and Saturn ­— it is apparent we are in a muddle on planet Earth.”

And, for a different approach, Sally Kirkman writes very practically on The Three Biggest Opportunities in 2016 for Each Sign. For Capricorn:
“1) Saturn turns your attention away from chasing after ambition or status toward finding a path that’s fulfilling on an inner level.
2) Love offers you a road to temptation, and if you’re ready for a passion-filled year ahead, this is one option.
3) Your attitude towards money and possessions shifts, and what you value highly in life is starting to change.”
For a farther look, U.K. astrologer Jessica Adams finds something very interesting to look forward to in Christmas 2016 Astrology Predictions:
“The most unusual line-up in years takes place at Christmas 2016, twelve months away, as I write this in Christmas 2015. If your personal horoscope has any factors at 20 degrees, you will be profoundly affected, as Jupiter at 20 Libra, Uranus at 20 Aries and Saturn at 20 Sagittarius all link up in the heavens.
Uranus is opposite Jupiter, which is rare. What is even more remarkable, though, is that Uranus is also trine Saturn, and Saturn is sextile Jupiter. What does it mean? Massive opportunities. Extreme change. Tremendous life lessons. And all at the same time!”

If you like to listen as well as read, here’s Chris Brennan’s podcast, Astrology Forecast for 2016. Chris, Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock discuss some of the major transits and alignments for the year ahead.
(Here’s a YouTube video of the podcast.)

All of us at TMA wish all of our dear readers a joyful, healthy, and fun-filled 2016. Stay in touch, so happy to be on the road with you!

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