TMA This Week

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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Astro-web tour

By Mary Plumb | October 5, 2015

It’s been awhile since I collected others’ blogs and I think I found a good mix: some historical and political reports, a few great resources for research, some comforting words about loss, and a few comments about the near-term, that is, this week’s aspects. I hope you enjoy reading whatever draws you in this mix (and have time for it!).  
The prolific writer and political observer Jude Cowell of Stars Over Washington writes October 13, 2015: The First Democratic Primary Debate. She first considers the horoscope of the “ringmaster of the evening,” moderator Anderson Cooper. If you are new to Jude’s writing, she is a well-versed astrologer and includes Sabians, midpoints, eclipse degrees, and much more in her analysis.

Doug Kellogg’s site, 500 Year Party: An astrological study of history and politics, has many substantive articles, accompanied by the beautiful and colorful chart graphics of his design.(Doug is a long-time astrologer and software programmer.) In the new post, linked above, Doug discusses the generations as defined by outer-planet markers.

Another entry, A Brief Look at 2016, focuses on the upcoming transit of Saturn over the U.S. Sibly Ascendant in Sagittarius, referring back to previous cycles of Saturn transiting conjunct the U.S. Ascendant — 1986, Reagan’s second term; 1957, the Cold War, etc. This transit will be accompanied by Neptune square the Sibly Ascendant. The Neptune square “is part of a bigger complex that will come into play in the following years. This Neptune square starts in the early spring of 2016, and by late spring we have Saturn on the Ascendant and Neptune square the Ascendant.”

AstroFix: the blog of an astrology addict, is an active spot that displays a mix of modalities well suited for the digital format — there are snapshots of aspects, lots of graphics and gifs, a lively comment section. Here’s a sample: Pluto/Ascendant aspects: Mesmerizing. Magnetic. Intense. Captivating. Entrancing. You don’t reach out to people, you wait for people to be drawn to you. You’re an enigma and people are fascinated by you. You don’t engage, you hypnotize. Opening doors to secret places with just a look. Gaining access to mysterious places by looks and manner alone. Making people believe you are powerful. You intimidate people. Making people believe you do in fact know secrets. Curl of concealment. No one says hi to you first.”
Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissd wrote a nice piece about Pluto, How to Burn, inspired by the rampage of loss in the California fires which triggered her memory of grievous loss earlier in her life. “It takes a very long time to come to terms with this loss, far longer than you believe you’ll be able to tolerate. You no longer have friends. Some were too fearful that what was happening to you could happen to them. Others moved on with their own lives…. … You’ve lost everything. You spend a lot of time crying, lost and in denial. The day you begin to accept your new reality is as sad and terrifying as it is liberating. You realize you still have a heart, at least, beating wildly for air, and maybe that is enough…….Yes, you will feel destroyed again. But you cannot be destroyed. You are eternal. When you forget this, go outside and stand in your garden. Feel the air on your skin. Let your puppy lick your face. Allow life to show you its generosity… in giving so much more than it takes away. Trust the beating of your wild heart as you do the rising Sun. Live from inside. Here.”
Patricia L. Walsh, Agent 999 at C*I*A, writes on Saturn in Sagittarius. She concludes: “The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded seconds after launch (1986). Barring explosions, you may simply be torn between the urge for wider fields to romp in, while needing to handle responsibilities that limit your freedom. Focus is heightened, and there may be an urge to rush to the finish line as the goal is so clearly in sight, but that yellow brick road may have some misplaced bricks, causing bruised toes and stumbles. Slow down….and remember Dorothy’s biggest lesson, You already have everything you need…take time to notice what’s right in front of you ….. and keep your eyes on the road……….”
Philip M. Graves is a British astrological historian who has created a remarkable resource at his website, Astrolearn. There are various branches of his ambitious project, including “the establishment of a thorough online bibliography of printed astrological literature based upon direct access to and examination of the holdings of an archive of astrological literature.” Graves has collected astrological literature since 1995; he now has over 6,000 volumes of books and pamphlets, and over 9,000 individual issues of hundreds of periodicals.
In one section, there are succinct and detailed articles on 17 topics which he wrote between 2002- 2004 when he was an active and informed participant on several Internet forums. Topics herein include Introduction to Prenatal Eclipses and Introduction to Celestial Bodies.
There is also an assemblage of shorter articles, written for blogs or FB between 2006-2013.

Perhaps the main treasure of his work is the series of five DVDs archiving rare astrological literature. The DVDs are organized into five historical periods, beginning with From Lilly to Partridge: English Renaissance Astrology Texts, 1598 – 1723, and ending with Itinerant to Eternity: the Alan Leo Legacy, Volume Two — “Modern Astrology,” 1913 – 1938. The DVDs contain very high-quality, full-color scans from the original printings of books and journals that Graves has collected, “informed by an acquired wealth of specialised knowledge of the early modern history of western astrology, and driven by a passion to preserve and disseminate to today’s historians and astrologers its literary legacy.” The DVDs are extremely reasonably priced (approximately £45 or $70) with shipping and tax depending on the country. (Graves resides in Sweden.)

Astrolearn is an ongoing project “being run on a shoestring private budget,” and Graves invites others to be involved in his laudable work. He’s looking for new additions to his collection and is open to support from astrological organizations and individuals. His web site is unlike any other, so do go and see what he’s up to.  
The Astrology Dictionary, a growing site written by Chris Brennan, is “designed to be a comprehensive online glossary and encyclopedia for people who need to look up the meaning of an astrological term or concept.” Along with definitions, there is relevant historical information and diagrams. Defined terms include those used in modern (e.g., outer planets) and traditional approaches (e.g., katarche), all very handy for those momentary memory lapses.
Suzi Dronzek at starcana has a short guide to the week’s aspects — When Perfection Matters. “Being on the same page as another may be a bit more challenging with an uncomfortable Sun/Pluto square on Tuesday, October 6. While we may ‘talk a great talk’ because of a Mercury/Saturn sextile; making good on our word could be an issue with the Mars/Neptune opposition on Tuesday night.”
From Astrology by Lauren: Astrologer, Astro-Blogger, incessantly seeking, from the far side of somewhere: Lauren writes an entry called Damage Control, on the general week’s aspects, followed by specific delineations for each of the twelve signs. “Although Mercury is swift and ephemeral, Saturn is slow and deliberate. So this is great weather for working on long-term projects that require deliberate focus and concentration: editing, reviewing, studying, researching. Mercury/Saturn is also very good for creating plans, or some sort of road map, and organizing the next few months as well as our calendars.”

Onwards everyone. Have a good week and stay connected.

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Blogs for a New Year

By Mary Plumb | December 29, 2014

With Janus upon us, I offer a mix of writers on the themes of the times — from yearly overviews, to a focus on Mars or Saturn, or a close-in look at the “liminal space” at the very end of 2014.

C*I*A Agent 98, Lorna Bevan, writes on The Astrology of 2015. Her introductory thoughts: “2015 brings a year of transition from the deeply introspective Scorpionic revelations and the constant Plutonic unearthing of bodies, secrets and lies to a more collective approach focused on problem solving rather than railing against injustice. The Year of the Wood Sheep is known to be more conformist, cooperative and collaborative, waking you out of a preoccupation with yourself into a concern for bigger issues. There is a distinct leitmotif woven through the coming twelve months by significant planetary sign changes, aspects and eclipses which makes 2015 the Year of Gathering.” Her article includes an outline of the astrological highlights for the year, with extra attention to Saturn in Sagittarius.

Madalyn Hillis Dineen, Agent 84, writes on the 2014 Capricorn Solstice As Seen Through the Eyes of a Symmetrical Astro*Carto*Grapher. Her article offers an analysis of the Capricorn Ingress chart (set for London), the worldwide Astro*Carto*Graphy map, and the 90° dial set for Washington. The article gives an introduction to Uranian (i.e., Symmetrical) astrology in mundane work, and how to look at an individual natal chart in relationship to the solstice chart.

“The most important axis in the Solstice chart is that of the Sun itself, and examining the hard aspects and midpoints on this axis will tell us a lot about the conditions in the world. By looking at the aspects and midpoints of the MC and Ascendant of various places around the world, we can also give a general forecast for that particular place. To look at the conditions for a particular country, one would look at the MC and Ascendant for the capital of the country. For forecasting the general tone of the year for individuals, we begin by looking at the position of the native’s sun and progressed sun in the solstice chart and looking at the aspects and midpoints to those positions. We can even advance the progressed sun in 5-minute increments over the course of the year to look at what may come into play as time goes on.”

(For a more extensive article on how to predict using the winter solstice chart, here’s another article by Madalyn.)

Peter James Clark, Classical Astrologer, delineates the Winter Solstice chart including the seven hermetic lots. “The Winter Solstice chart provides us with relatively short predictions which are concerned specifically with the season of Winter. Solstice Charts are generally used to tell us of the current climate, both literally and figuratively, and employed with a particular interest in the season itself. That is not to say they cannot provide us with more. For people living close to the Ring of Fire, earthquake and tsunami warnings are crucial. These predictions also include weather predictions of a general nature because we are talking about a three-month period.”

Louis Acker’s Equinoxes and Solstices of 2014 and 2015 is a thorough discussion of current and upcoming energies. Scroll down about halfway through this long essay to find “the 2014 winter solstice chart.” In a snippet from his article, he writes: “The 2014 winter solstice chart has Uranus in Aries in the 10th house conjunct the South Moon’s node, which shows general public disapproval of the established economic-political power structure and out-of-control unconstitutional government…..In the first week of January 2015 the transiting Sun is square Uranus, conjunct Pluto, and conjunct Venus in the 2014 winter solstice ingress chart. These aspects also suggest the public disgrace of powerful and important people.”

Look further for the 2015 spring equinox chart (cast for Washington, D.C.) that has “24 degrees of Virgo on the Ascendant. Mars is at 22 degrees of Aries in the 8th house and starting to inconjunct the Ascendant. The seventh exact Uranus-Pluto square is on March 16, 2015, only five days before the Aries ingress. Mars in Aries is conjunct Uranus and square Pluto during the second week of March. This is an incendiary combination. Rash acts can have devastating long-term consequences.”

Teri Parsley Starnes at Starsdance Astrology looks at the week from December 28—January 3, 2015. “The weeks spanning the end of the year and the beginning of the next are a liminal space of time to look both ways: into the past to take stock of ourselves and the world and into the future to visualize what we desire to manifest. Capricorn is the sign best suited for this meditation. With its focus on foundations and aspirations, Capricorn supports the best possible outcome by thoroughly understanding what brought us here and what is realistically achievable. This solid basis for dreaming into our futures is both reassuring and sobering because we see the work ahead. However, under Capricorn, we aren’t meant to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the tasks but to refocus our efforts to support our dreams……Liminal spaces that invite us to pause, reflect, open, and imagine are rare and precious. Take advantage of this space in the next week as 2014 ends and 2015 begins and as we build to a feisty Full Moon on January 4.”

Mars travels in Aquarius until January 12. If you missed the link to Jeff Jawer’s article on our Facebook page (lots of you liked it), here it is. “The apparent mismatch of the Waterbearer as a brainy Air sign represents the idea that human intellect enables us to bear the heavy emotions symbolized by water. Passionate Mars in Aquarius is about the ability to act with relative objectivity, even in high stress situations. There is also an idealistic side of this sign, which makes this Mars transit an excellent time to act for the benefit of others. Working for a group or a cause in which you believe should be especially satisfying now.”

In an excerpt from his 2015 Astrological Almanac, here is Austin Coppock’s take on Saturn in Sagittarius. (He includes a bit about the transit for each of the 12 signs.)

David Crook at Stellar Insights always seems to say a lot in a few words. He looks ahead to the January 4th Full Moon in Cancer. “Generally speaking, both Cancer and Capricorn prefer stability and security, but these may be hard to come by at this time of mass change and upheaval. It seems prudent to adjust one’s attitude to the inevitable, rather then resist what needs to happen out of fear.”

Penny Thornton writes on The Year Ahead, 2015 at
“Last year presented more than its share of global conflicts and 2015 promises to eclipse 2014 in terms of international crises. Nations will come to the brink on more than one occasion, and Putin is not giving up on his mission to reclaim the land lost in the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. There will be trouble…….And with Saturn just beginning its two-and-a-half-year transit of Sagittarius, fears of another economic collapse may not prove unfounded. Saturn was in Sagittarius at the start of the Great Depression and it was in the same sign in October 1987 when stock markets across the world crashed….But if all this sounds too gloomy for words, I should remind you that it is the years of struggle that produce some of the finest events: dynamic alignments bring welcome change as well as conflict and controversy. So, at the stroke of midnight on 31 December, tilt your glasses and say three cheers to a year that promises remarkable things.”

Marina Macario at Darkstar Astrology has a five-page report on the 2015 Horoscope —Year Ahead. She includes fixed stars, eclipses, major aspects, asteroids, etc., and the article has links so you can go straight to the theme or time frame of interest. Her overview begins: “The astrology forecast for the year 2015, like last year, starts with a roller-coaster but then smooths out into an easier cosmic cruise through April to September. Winter, however, will give us some turbulence.” Her main themes for the year, in sequential order: Uranus Square Pluto; Grand Earth Trine; Crystal Cradle; Venus Retrograde; Uranus Yod and Cardinal Cross Flashback.

Okay, that should keep you busy and adequately informed/excited/inspired (?) for the crossing into 2015. All blessings of the times to everyone in this best of all possible worlds.

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Blogs for a new week..

By Mary Plumb | November 10, 2014

I think this is a good mix: some world events and politics (U.S. and international); a show of respect – and humor – for Saturn; a call “to remember who we really are”; some movies and television shows; a reminder of Neptune’s presence; a personal and inviting view of the days this week, and a graphic model of the great beauty and symmetry that is carrying the whole show along. Enjoy yourselves, and thank you to all these writers. What a time we are in – we are fortunate to have all the wonderful company.

In his current blog, Will Iraq Fall to the Islamic State?, Barry Goddard at Astrotabletalk looks at the chart for June 28, 2004 when the U.S. handed power over to the new Iraq government. This chart is strongly connected to the U.S. horoscope and the June 28, 2014 chart for the Caliphate. After a detailed analysis, including eclipses, Goddard concludes: “I’d say from the astrology that Iraq will fall to IS in 1 to 2 years’ time.”

Peter James Clark at Classical Astrologer Weblog has an article entitled The Planets Within – Toward a Shamanic Astrology.
“A world that contains an island of plastic the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean and allows natural crops to be replaced by cloned ones is in great need of a radical wake-up call. It is of the utmost importance that we remember who we really are. Astrology can be a powerful tool in this regard, both personally and in the larger context of humanity.”

Paul Saunders considers German Reunification — The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. (His website is Solaris Astrology.) He has a colorful chart for the event, which was on November 9, 1989. “The chart for this historic moment was quite remarkable with a four-planet stellium of Saturn, Neptune, Venus, and Uranus on the Capricorn descendant. Saturn was almost exactly conjunct Neptune in Capricorn, therefore structures and administrations (Saturn) were being dissolved and destroyed by the pressure of the collective. Uranus conjunct Venus showed a peaceful (Venus) revolution (Uranus). These last two planets were square to the Moon in late Pisces, therefore the people (Moon) were not going to be held back at this moment. Pisces is a sign that is fluid and free flowing. Like an incoming tide, it washes away any impediment in its way, and in the same manner the Berlin Wall was breached.”

Take three minutes and enjoy this video for a bigger perspective from wherever you are: The helical model — our solar system is a vortex

I just found Marcha Fox’s website Valkyrie Astrology and it has many interesting articles on techniques, the history of astrology, asteroids, mundane, and more. Surviving Saturn discusses the transit of Saturn in Scorpio and, if it’s in hard aspect to your natal Saturn, has some good advice. She’s funny and helpful. (In referring readers to Liz Greene’s book on Saturn, she writes: “This book was published in 1976 so is undoubtedly older than some of you but Saturn hasn’t changed much, believe me.”)

In conclusion (about Saturn returns) she writes: “This can be a difficult time as all transitions tend to be. However, it is a means to an end. Think of it as climbing a mountain and in the most difficult part, where the going is steepest, you’re tired and wondering why on Earth you ever took on such a feat. You do a lot of soul searching, questioning your judgment and wondering why you feel so bummed out. This is where knowing the astrological source of this trying time can help. It’s the prevailing energy for you and not a personal vendetta between you and the Universe. It’s a time to learn, mature, find new reserves of discipline, and ultimately to progress . . . Recognize what is going on and do your best to be objective about it. It’s like getting through that class that fried your brain in high school or college, i.e. algebra or differential equations. You’ll get through it as long as you keep placing one foot in front of the other and pushing forward with as much optimism as possible. Nurture your sense of humor, you’re going to need it. And when you get to the summit, the view will be glorious.”

Astrolass: astrology meets fashion, film and television, by Coeli Carr, has short articles in which she describes the outlines of the plot and characters on the screen (and what fashions they are wearing) and suggests the planets that are carrying those motifs. Current movies include Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, St. Vincent, and Citizenfour.
“Nightcrawler’s deceptively simple tale, set in the Plutonic blood-splattered underworld of Los Angeles, is, below the surface, an archetypally rich work. Lou is never not a good talker, even when spitting out clichés. He’s the consummate Mercurial Trickster, who’s not above blurring (Neptune) and crossing Saturnine boundaries and ethics, and committing Martial violence to effect his career ambitions and self-mastery. To get there, Lou Bloom doesn’t soar. He crawls. It’s ugly. And it’s eminently watchable.
Archetype: Trickster, Thief, Accountant, Entrepreneur, CEO, Manipulator, Amorality, Rules, Boundaries
Astrology Archetype: (Mercury ☿ Mars ♂ Saturn ♄ Uranus ♅ Neptune ♆ Pluto ♇)
Readers may remember Coeli’s blogs for TMA last summer:
Vince Gilligan: Astrologically “Breaking Bad”
Lorraine Warren: Hunting Demons in “The Conjuring”

Nancy Sommers of Starlight News Blog is unflappably consistent in keeping readers informed on U.S. politics. In her new article, The Aftermath, Sommers utilizes her usual range of techniques (. i.e., tertiary progressions, transiting sesquiquadrate and semisquare aspects, etc.) and looks in great detail at Obama’s natal chart and the 2013 Inaugural horoscopes.

Neptune’s station direct on November 16 inspired Jessica Murray’s latest blog, Out of Africa at MotherSky. She writes with her careful eye about Neptune’s “subtle but all-encompassing power.”
“Our liberation starts by taking a careful look at the way we’re feeling in our various media behaviors. Do we feel invigorated by what we’re hearing? or do we feel dis-empowered? The moment we dare to consider this, something shifts.
The Law of Correspondences dictates that we draw to ourselves energies in the outside world that match our own level of awareness. So once we make a choice to refuse to engage with dark Neptune, we will start attracting events, ideas, and people of heart and intelligence. We will call to ourselves Neptune in Pisces at its highest.”

For a gentle take on the times, read divine harmony’s weekly astrology forecast : week of 11/10 – 11/16. She writes a daily synopsis and is positive and affirming, qualities that are always good to include in our travels.

Have a good week, everyone. Mars conjunct Pluto (Nov. 10) and square Uranus (Nov. 12) should keep showing us exactly where we need to go.

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Astrological podcasts

By Mary Plumb | October 13, 2014

The Sun, Mercury, and Venus are in Libra, and the Moon in Gemini will be making a trine (from 27° Gemini) to retrograde Mercury at 10:58 a.m. PT on Monday morning. (This is about the time I post this blog.)

This week’s blog is a list of some astrology podcasts, a gentle, informative, and diverse interlude between eclipses.

Please enjoy listening. And, for you multi-taskers (of a certain demographic), remember that you can drive, take a walk, do the dishes and housework, (or lots of other things) at the same time.

Chris Brennan has been interviewing astrologers (and others in related fields) since June 2012. There are 21 episodes archived on The Astrology Podcast. Some recent additions include a recording of a live debate between Chris and Eric Meyers on Modern vs. Traditional Astrology; Chris’s solo show on the Rationale for the Significations of the Houses, and an interview with Christopher Warnock on Astrology, Magic, and the Occult.

Gary P. Caton has produced the Goddess Astrology Podcast since 2008; there are 127 episodes at the site. He speaks on the phases of the Venus cycle and the asteroids Ceres, Vesta, Juno, and Pallas, always with a deep appreciation of the visible sky and the awareness of ongoing cycles.

Dena DeCastro produced her Sirius Astrology Podcast from May 2007 to March 2013. There are 49 episodes at the site on a great range of subjects— interviews, (i.e., Steven Forrest, Tem Tarriktar, Eric Meyers, etc.), Black Moon Lilith, Midlife Transits, Retrogrades, Human Design, etc.

Nina Gryphon has An Archive of Astrological Podcasts. They were created in 2006 and are composed of discussions with Nina and Bernhard Bergbauer, a traditional German astrologer. There are five shows, each looking at various facets of one of the astrological houses. (Alas, only conversations for houses one through five were created.)

Axis Astrology is a new site for podcasts. Arwynne O’Neill and Alison Price are Vancouver, B.C. astrologers and they have conversations on various topics, i.e., current transits, book reviews, etc. They also have guests, e.g., Andrew Morton and Nina Gryphon. There are also graphics and relevant links for their topics at the site.

Eric Francis hosts Weekly Astrology from Planet Waves, “an astrology and public affairs program that stands at the intersection of the individual and collective minds.” Eric always includes music from independent recording artists. There are 233 episodes archived here — the most recent, Total Eclipse in Aries.

Matthew Stelzner hosts Correlations: The Archetypal Astrology Podcast with fellow astrologers Delia Shargel, Jessica Garfield-Kabarra, Chad Harris, and Richard Tarnas. There are 25 episodes (from July 2011 to August 2013) and links for supporting material and relevant astrological charts.

Here is a 25-minute conversation from Astrologer NYC and Leslie Hale on the BlogTalk Radio show, As Above, So Below. The topic: The Astrology of George Clooney’s 2nd Marriage.

New Zealander (and astrologer) Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Booker prize for her novel, The Luminaries. In this podcast with The Guardian she explains how she integrated accurate astrological details into her book.

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Astrology videos…take some time to watch

By Mary Plumb | September 8, 2014

I decided to take a new look at astrology videos available online. Here’s a treasure trove of varied content; some are short, many are longer, and with a quite in-depth look at their respective subjects. Please enjoy yourselves (and send suggestions, too).  I think there’s enough content here to fill a few days. Pace yourselves, friends.
Vedic astrologer Sam Geppi has short (about 4 minutes each), clear lessons on the planets. Here’s Jupiter and here’s the Moon. (His descriptions apply in the Western system as well.) The one on Jupiter gives a good understanding of the planet, which is now in Leo and will make its first of three trines to Uranus on September 25.
Online Astrology Lesson – Moon
Online Astrology Lesson – Jupiter

Vedic astrologer Ernst Wilhelm has many teaching videos. In these (posted in late 2013), he teaches precise techniques for assessing Jupiter is the Man (i.e., husband) in a woman’s chart, and Venus is Your Woman in Astrology (i.e., the wife). Both videos teach how to look at the horoscope in three different harmonics to fully understand how we are set up for partnership. (A bit over an hour each, his teaching is very interesting; when I have time, I’d like to try his technique out on a number of charts.)

Astrology Weekly had a page with links to the videos that Kelly Lee Phipps produced with 33 astrologers. He asked them: How did you get into astrology? These are short, some just a few minutes, and charming in their sincerity and diversity. Some of those answering: Roy Gillett, Rick Levine, Robert Hand, Daniel Giamario, Maurice Fernandez, Chris Brennan, and Arielle Guttman.

AstroShaman Benjamin Bernstein makes a video forecast for the week. The videos are about 10-15 minutes and he gives lots of details in his day-by-day analysis (i.e., the Kite formation between Sun, Juno, Vesta, Saturn, and Chiron, and the Yod between Sun, Vesta, and Uranus both peak this week). Here’s the link for September 8-14Astrology for the 21st Century has really good videos of animations of the planet’s movements. I have linked to them before, but they are well worth another mention. Here’s the YouTube channel to watch Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Uranus-Pluto square during 2014. These are thorough; you’ll see, for example, a top-down orbital view of the angular relationships between Mars and the Sun; a sky-backdrop view of the retrograde motion of Mars; and a view of the motion of Mars through the astrological chart-wheel.

In case you missed Nick Dagan Best’s talk at the 2007 Blast Astrology Conference, watch it here: Back That Thing Up. The topic is Venus and Mars retrograde cycles; it is a very entertaining and creative hour and 15 minutes.

Richard Fidler has posted (August 2013) an Advanced Course …for beginners: a crash course in practical astrology (part 1). This is an hour and 45 minutes and covers the planets and their attributes. There are many graphics and this is a good source for students.

Michael Erlewine posted a 55-minute talk in December 2013. Full-Phase Aspects: Astrology’s Mirror (Easy Way to Look at a Chart) demonstrates the cycles of the planets with lots of graphics (another one I want to watch in full).

Here is a two-hour talk by Sean Kelly, Program Chair and professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). The title is Archetypal Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness: From Anima Mundi to the Great Turning. It was published in May 2014.

View Bernadette Brady’s one-hour talk on Astrology and Complexity here. This work is based on her 2004 MA dissertation and her book, Astrology: A Place in Chaos (2008) in which she makes a case for astrology within chaos theory.

Programmer (e.g., of Sirius and Kepler) David Cochrane has a virtual school on his YouTube channel, with many videos geared towards serious students and pros. Research methods, astronomy for astrologers, astromapping, history of astrology, midpoints, introduction to Vedic, and composites are some of the subjects; most of the videos are about 35 minutes. (There are about 100 videos.)

Ok, that should do it for awhile, right? Have fun (and a good Full Moon week).

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New Moon week

By Mary Plumb | August 25, 2014

Happy New Moon day, everyone. I have a collection of blogs from different perspectives — most are pointing to the qualities and perceptions emphasized now with the lunation in the sign of Virgo, and there are a few mundane analyses for the brave to ponder.

I appreciate being able to bring such a variety of writers into TMA‘s world, especially now, perhaps. My own view feels temporarily engulfed in Mars and Saturn — very slow and very quiet. I seem to be called into some not quite familiar valley that feels mysterious and private and secluded. It will pass!

In the meantime, love to one and all. Enjoy these helpful and wise writers and what they have conjured up for this New Moon week.   

Let’s start with Emily Trinkaus of virgo magic. She writes Desire and Discernment — Mars Meets Saturn at Monday’s Virgo New Moon: “Mercury forms a precise sextile – 60-degree angle of excitation – to the Mars-Saturn conjunction, increasing the magical healing mojo of this New Moon. The Virgoan superpowers of discernment, refinement, synthesis, and analysis can be applied to the Mars-Saturn mandate to clarify your desires and get strategic about pursuing them.”

Molly Hall at About Astrology titles her entry Virgo New Moon — August 25th, 2014: Purify Thyself. “So with this Virgo lunation, we enter the zone of decontamination from all that’s wafted and streamed through. It’s a lunar re-set, to redeem your sanity. What are ways to sanitize your life? The answer to that lies in questions like, “What’s cluttering up my life?”  or “What’s toxic to my body, spirit, and mind?”

New Moon Call and Response from TMA‘s Dana Gerhardt’s column at MoonCircles: “Call Virgo and she’ll appear with the fresh grace of a virgin. This goddess wants nothing, is attached to nothing, and fears nothing. She walks the ripening fields, knowing that when the Harvest Moon rises, round as a pumpkin above the waiting barns, it’s harvest time. Her eyes are honest and appraising. The smallest details can’t escape her.”

Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissed calls her blog Virgo New Moon: Humble Harvest. “To flow with Virgo New Moon, take a few humble steps towards making your world a more perfect place. Streamline your life routines, organise your sock drawer, clean up your diet (Virgo New Moon is a great time to begin new health regimes), thank the invisible ones (farmers, service workers) who make your life easier, appreciate your pets…  Be humble: we have such a limited time on this Earth. No matter how imperfect your life is, no matter all you yet don’t have, your life is a humble harvest. Be of service, in the way you are able. Then revel in that ability. Maybe the best thing any of us can do is to offer what we can.”

If you enjoy mundane analysis, please read Jude Cowell’s Virgo New Moon: At the White House. “The transiting midpoint picture of Saturn-Neptune = Pluto continues to affect society in negative fashion as many folks are feeling downtrodden while others in charge are busy denying their guilt. Added in the New Moon chart, thanks to the Mars-Saturn conjunction, are the potentials of this picture — Mars-Neptune = Pluto: dreams of violence (Ebertin). And this picture hints at America’s problematic Mars-Neptune square from July 4, 1776, with its deceptive or misguided actions quality and ‘fog of war’ implications. I would say, Here we go again, but we never left.”

Also, Nancy Sommers at Starlight News. For those unfamiliar with her work, Nancy Sommers delineates many charts with quite detailed astrology. From her current blog, Extremism Erupts (posted August 12):  “In astrology, Pluto is the planet that describes fanaticism. When its influence is strong, we see an increase of intransigent and brutal struggles for domination. Both sides of the conflict perceive the danger as overwhelming, needing to vigilantly oppose the enemy at all cost. This can lead to a drive for total control as a way to destroy any potential threat. When Pluto is a primary actor in geopolitical struggles, life becomes a zero sum game: kill or be killed, win or die. Such is the mood today in Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Syria, and now Iraq.”

Marina Macario at Darkstar Astrology also writes on today’s New Moon.The New Moon on August 25, 2014 is at 2º Virgo and falls within 2.5º of the royal star of Regulus, the heart of the Lion. This is significant because Regulus entered tropical Virgo from Leo on November 28, 2011. This is the first New Moon to hit Regulus since it changed signs.”

And, Enid Rosa, Agent 79 at C*I*A, offers New Moon in Virgo: Intention Mission Activation. “We are in a cosmic storm of energy. Wow, it is intense! Each one of us has to take responsibility for our own thoughts, emotions, and actions. With the New Moon in Virgo we can calm the storm and focus on self-love. We want to honor the seasons and cycles of life by creating time and space to honor life passages. Things must change or die in order for something else to come in. We are in transformation phase! As we boldly go through this cycle, it is important to stay focused on love and joy!”

A note from Tem:

Dear Readers: TMA has just posted the new Oct./Nov. issue for digital subscribers, and hard copy will be mailed out on Aug. 29 to all print subscribers (and digital access is free with a print subscription). This new issue features an interview with Robert Hand, articles on astrolocality and earthquake prediction, and much more, including an educational resource guide with 60 mini-reviews of online astrology courses, schools, and apprenticeships. See the full Table of Contents below. To sign up for digital access:

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