TMA This Week

Mid-August blog sampler

By Mary Plumb | August 20, 2012

Before my collection of work on world events and politics, here’s a sweet beginning to this week’s TMA blog. Nadia Gilchrist at Ruby Slipper Astrology has weekly forecasts for each sign. As part of the week’s Overview, she writes: “The Sun enters Virgo on August 22nd and the focus shifts to the micro level. What’s wrong? What’s missing? How can it be improved?”

Linea Van Horn’s blog does a masterful job of explaining the astronomy, myths, and star patterns of this exceptional time in The Galactic Embrace: You and 2012 at Daykeeper Journal.  “We are in one of these rare phases RIGHT NOW when the Winter Solstice Sun aligns with the Galactic Center. You can check this for yourself by using a handy “Precessional Dial,” a tool I put together to help myself understand the mechanics of precession.” (You can even download her “Precessional Dial” tool as a PDF.)

Jude Cowell looks to the November eclipses and the USA election at Stars Over Washington. “With all eclipses behaving in Uranian fashion as ‘wild cards of the Universe’ and thus having a reputation for uncovering even the darkest of secrets, we may expect November 2012 to be revelatory for its unmasking of Scorpionic secrets with a distinct potential for betrayals and suspicion that, when used in political propaganda, may have the effect of swaying voters in one direction or another.” 

Linda Schurman’s monthly blog at Soothesayer thoughtfully covers politics, the economy, and world events. This month she concludes: “My take is that we must learn to embrace the lights in the sky that tell us what is to come; the end of the predator-prey society; a humanity of greater intelligence, living sustainably in concert with nature, and winning its connection to itself through great inspired acts of sacrifice and love. The time has come.”

Nancy Sommers at Starlight News Blog writes on Romney and Ryan in her newest piece, The Fog of Bromance. “…..Romney and his gang are pounding the pavement with so many distortions and dodges and so much dissembling that it continues to be difficult to discern what they are really talking about. And, of course, that is the goal.”

Paul Saunders at Solaris Astrology looks at the horoscope for modern Russia (1991) and the Pussy Riot trial. “Transiting Uranus, the planet of protest and rebellion, is now exactly to the Russian Nodal Axis, showing a turning point and a moment of fate for those who wish to overthrow the old guard and fight for new fresh values.”

The Astrology News Service has many fine articles. Here’s an interview by Edward Snow with Nina Gryphon, one of the five astrologers on the presidential election panel at UAC in New Orleans.

And a wonderful interview with Armand Diaz, author of Integral Astrology. The title: Scholar Describes Integral Role for Astrology in Dynamic New Paradigm That is Emerging in Western Civilization.

Also, a review of a recent book from Nick Campion: Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions

Ed Tamplin’s Weekly Horoscope looks at Julian Assange and the long imprisoned “forgotten man,” Bradley Manning. “Manning’s evolving horoscope reveals his progressing Sun squaring judicial Jupiter in 2013. The solar arcing Jupiter also opposes his military Mars, as judgmental Saturn comes to aspect his own Jupiter. Even the transiting Jupiter will oppose the prisoner’s Sun by mid 2013…..This emphasis on the judicial process in 2013 suggests that the Obama administration will try and postpone Manning’s trial until the election is done and dusted. And Manning too will mirror the Uranus-Pluto principle of individual against Big Brother.”

Curtis Manwaring uses Hellenistic techniques (i.e., zodiacal releasing, time lords, the lot of acquisition) in his very interesting and detailed study of Election 2012 – Obama vs Romney and Beyond.

Anthony Louis, who wrote an excellent book, Horary Astrology, posts a blog delineating a horary chart. “On 13 April 2012 at 9:18 a.m. I decided to use only the traditional planets and Regiomontanus houses and asked, ‘Who will win in November, Obama or Romney?’”

There is a delineation of the Romney and Ryan composite chart at Mundane Astrologers. Among its features: the Sun on the Ascendant in Pisces opposite Pluto in the 7th house, and the Moon in Scorpio (conjunct Neptune and Jupiter) in the 9th. As part of An Informed Prediction, the author writes: “From my admittedly biased perspective this ticket lacks the clarity to reach its goals. The continual reference to restlessness combined with confusion over ideology will muddle not only the message to the public, but within the campaign itself.” (This site has lots of good information and discussions about the different U.S. horoscopes.)

Okay, that should keep everybody busy for a while. Have a great week, one and all. 

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New Moon Blogs

By Mary Plumb | July 16, 2012

The New Moon at 26°54′ Cancer is on July 18 at 9:24 pm PDT (July 19, 12:24 am EDT). The energy of Cancer supports, nourishes and sustains us all. Here are some blogs about the New Moon, perhaps a moment of deep nourishment in these complex times.  I plan to avail myself of some of their gentle wisdom. I hope you enjoy reading them.

New Moon Manifesting offers some ideas for working with the emotions, Cancer’s favorite habitat. “These three steps are a guideline to resolving old emotional wounds:
1) Journal to clearly identify and express your emotions 2) Ask your Creator to remove the old emotions during meditation or yoga 3) Ask your Creator to replace the old emotions with the ones you want.”

Mars in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn (exact on July 17) is a strong note these days. WebGenie at The Spirit Science (the site is temporarily down) writes: “Instead consider that perhaps your enemies are merely fans in denial waiting for you to destroy your comfort zone of contempt by making them your friend. There is an opportunity to reach  further and develop courage and inner strength.”

Ruby Slipper calls this New Moon, The Grabber: “Cancer can get clingy if it relies on externals (people, food, situations) to soothe it.  If you have a gaping void inside and you need someone/something else to fill it, you’ll just activate the Shadow side of Cancer (desperately dependent). To use this energy successfully, you must be able to nurture yourself first.”

Stephanie Gailing at Planetary Apothecary writes on the Cancer New Moon: “You may feel you are being urged to begin a new chapter of your life. And yet, it’s natural that you may feel like you are facing some resistance. This may be even more evident today given that structured Saturn is squaring the Sun and Moon. Try to work through the fear of change that Saturn can inspire by focusing on channelling its planetary energy another way.”

Cristina Laird at Deretornoacasa writes: “The new moon in Cancer reminds us that to feel safe we must be in the ‘right place’, i.e. the space, whether physical, mental, or virtual, which we call home.’ If for some reason we are not in that ‘place’ then we will feel a great internal concern that will guide us to get up and go out and look for it. Cancer looks for that ‘place’ eternally, which is rarely next to someone, but in an inner place where our soul, our spirit, and our body are one. It is so elusive that it may last seconds, yet it gives Cancer a sense of peace and security.”

Gretchen Lawlor and Heather Roan Robbins are long time contributers to the We’Moon calendar. Gretchen describes the essence of Cancer in 2012 (at the crossroads of Uranus and Pluto). Scroll down for Heather on this New Moon. She writes: “We may be challenged to let go of old modes of operation and pushed out of our comfort zone, but can rise to the challenge and find capacities we didn’t know we had. Even though strong emotional winds blow through, we need to think and act strategically. A New Moon in Cancer tonight offers a chance to start over and take better care of ourselves and others in the new cycle ahead.”

Healer Kali Johnson writes a blog at Soulistichealing. She describes this lunation as “leaning into faith”: “The Greek word for danger was peria, which translates into ‘an experience.’ What if we had the faith to see what we perceive as dangerous as simply an experience?  Instead of fearing the experience, we can try to have some faith in the experience.  We can have faith that what is happening or what we are experiencing is not harmful, but is a part of our natural and ever continuing evolving and development.”

And, don’t miss Kathy Rose’s video.

Have a wonderful week everyone..

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Uranus-Pluto-Time blogs

By Mary Plumb | June 25, 2012

I saw something yesterday that captured a crucial view of Uranus-Pluto — an amazing documentary, Katie Teague’s Money and Life. (It’s in what I believe is called post-production phase, not quite finished yet.) It’s beautifully written, and informative (lots of great interviews) and provocative in explaining the bigger picture of the financial story. It is also an inquiry into what money is and what it means to us.

Ann Krielkamp’s site has Barbara Hand Clow’s article on the first exact square.
This seems to be a very useful insight: “Many people are already noticing that they feel good when they are riding the new energy wave, yet they feel chaotic and terrible when they resist the changes and cling to the old ways. This evolutionary tidal wave is rolling anyone who can’t flow.”

You can download Ray Merriman’s comprehensive article, Consequences of the Debt Explosion, from his website. Looking back to 2008 he writes: “Today the zeitgeist has changed, which is also typical Uranus. We have been in the Twilight Zone for four years. We are getting adjusted to this new world, even though we still haven’t a clue as to when, where, and how it will end.”

Dipali Desai’s blog at Celestial Space follows up an earlier post on the big square. From the new entry, Second Part to the Many – Uranus Square Pluto:
“Remember, planets do not cause anything. They symbolize things happening (already) within Consciousness….. Do your best not to be fatalistic when you speak or think about astrological transits and planets. Think about it differently and you may just feel more empowered than before.”

Leah Whitehorse scans the news a bit before looking at the astrology in Uranus Square Pluto – Radical Revelations. She includes the Sabian symbols:
“The first of the squares on the 24th June 2012 will involve the Sabians:
A Crystal Gazer (Uranus 8ARI23)

An Angel Carrying A Harp (Pluto 8CAP23)

Both of these Sabians seem to encourage us en masse to turn to our spiritual side in order to deal with the changes and tension that are occurring.”

From New Moon Astrology: After a long and thoughtful discussion of the build-up to the first square, the author (named Anita) ends with this personal note: “I am ready to ride the wave in front of me, take the wheel instead of being taken for a ride — as well as help anyone else who may also be in the throes and wake of this pernicious energy pattern.”

Astrologer Divine Harmony writes: “A lot of clients and friends in my life are going through REALLY intense times. Some people have every aspect of life seemingly falling apart before their very eyes! I try to help my clients see that what is occurring is happening for a reason. And very often the things that are up for them right now are things they should have dealt with years ago. Only now are they being forced to do so after having had many opportunities to complete/deal with things previously. The point of this awareness is not to go into victimization or get stuck in a woe-is-me mindset. The point is to see clearly what the lesson is and then get on board with learning it, mastering it, and moving on.”

Blue Light Lady Genevieve Vierling writes on the Summer Solstice horoscope. “My eye goes right to that opposition of Pluto in Capricorn to both the Sun and Moon in Cancer. Pluto feels oppressive to the tenderness of a New Moon in Cancer trying to get a hold on security and safe places to nurture and be nurtured……This certainly looks to be a rough three-month period ahead.”

Virginia Bell Astrology posted a blog on June’s planets. “Our secret weapon, our hidden asset, lies in Chiron and Neptune, these two great gods of compassion and forgiveness, currently in healing Pisces. Uranus and Pluto can generate self-righteousness and impulsiveness. Chiron and Neptune remind us that we need a new paradigm for this time in history; brute force and fighting are not enough; we also need fairness.”

You can download a pdf on Uranus-Pluto from psychological astrologer Margaret Gray’s site. Her paper, “Prometheus Unbound Meets Hades Bound! A Cosmological Drama in 7 Acts,” has wonderful graphics and a rich understanding of the myths associated with the planets. (She is keen on Venus’ relationship to Inanna and Uranus’ connection to Prometheus.) The author has lots of practical suggestions and looks at the transits as they connect to one’s individual chart, i.e., the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.

Onwards into the week, everyone. It’s good to know you’re out there.

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Random Wonderful Blogs

By Mary Plumb | April 23, 2012

Jeremy Neal of Chirotic Journal has an intriguing new post, Decommissioning Pluto. He concludes his current thinking on the planet: “…..this is the key insight into the raison d’etre of Pluto. Its true power to transmute the soul is realised in the forgoing of it. We cannot remove the poison cell, it’s a part of the human condition, all we can do is decommission it, a little like Chernobyl or Fukushima, and never go there again.”

Linea Van Horn has a lovely article on the current sky, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, at Daykeeper Journal. You can still see Jupiter and Venus in the evening sky. “Now, Venus is higher than Jupiter, and both are still very bright. The monthly visitation of the crescent Moon only increases the beauty of the alignment. Soon, Jupiter will disappear into the rays of the Sun, and this lovely and fortuitous coming-together will be but a distant memory.” (We are having some clear nights in Oregon after weeks of rain; Venus just about knocked me over last night, so bright and so beautiful.)

Thanks to Linea’s article, I went to the Transit of Venus site, which you won’t want to miss. This is an awesome gathering of information about the upcoming, and past, Venus transits. There is a great 4-minute video explaining how the transit has been used for astronomical measurements.
“Without question, Earth, Venus, and the sun will line up in a row as the nodes of their planetary orbits intersect on June 5-6, 2012.  This is not a mere “close conjunction.”  Rather, it is a near-perfect alignment, a rare transit of Venus, and it has a track record of influencing humans since the first recorded observation in 1639.”

And for Venus watchers, don’t forget David Tresemer’s fascinating book about the event, The Venus Eclipse of the Sun 2012.  Here’s my review.

Here’s a new blog to me: Ari Mostofi of the U.K. at Astrology of Current Affairs.  His current post gives some good advice for these next few days with the Moon in Gemini.

The always interesting and provocative Jude Cowell of Stars over Washington finds a link (via a key midpoint picture and the fixed star, Alcyone) between the May 20 solar eclipse and the “shot heard round the world,” (April 19, 1775), which began the American Revolution.

John and Susan Townley’s site AstroCocktail is just brimming with great articles. The current forecast advises: “Now what we’re experiencing is the sparking on and off of the celestial starter, trying to get the engine of destiny revved up again so we can all finally start getting something accomplished.
That doesn’t mean charge ahead full tilt first thing – it means recharge those weak batteries and test your circuits to see that everything is in phase before you put the pedal to the metal and burn rubber into the summer.”

Nina Gryphon’s wonderful traditional astrology blog, Gryphon Astrology, is back. She recently completed a research project on 132 years of Presidential election year charts and demonstrates her findings with a prediction for this year’s outcome. Here’s her article on the 2012 election. (Spoiler alert: I think most readers of this blog will be happy with her predicted outcome.)

TMA columnist Dana Gerhardt has a lovely column on the Taurus New Moon at Mooncircles. She includes the Santeria Venus ritual for invoking Venus blessings, especially potent now with the Sun in Taurus.

Another site that I just found, Patrice Thompson’s Cosmic Life Coach, has an entry on today’s Sun trine Mars. “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

Have a wonderful week, everyone. I’m so glad you’re out there and we’re all in this together!

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By Mary Plumb | January 30, 2012

Jude Cowell’s Stars Over Washington looks back at the Reagan administration and “America’s secret-invisible-shadow (Neptune) government (Saturn).” She writes on some key aspects and events of that time and concludes: “And this is the president the Republican candidates dream of emulating – if that tells us anything about America’s future direction if regressives take back the White House and succeed in returning our nation to their plutocratic vision of ‘the olden days’.”

Genevieve Vierling’s blog at Blue Light Lady is called Neptune into Pisces: Enchantment Or Sorcery? She begins intriguingly: “How will we discern the difference between the realm of true enchantment, the kind of magical experience that uplifts and inspires the soul, and the realm of sorcery, which can equally enchant us through the dark arts of seductive glamour and beguiling deception?” She explores previous transits of Neptune in Pisces, and speculates on how the current collective themes may manifest in several realms: the socio-political; the environment and our physical health; and spiritual-religious movements.

Molly’s Astrology for February 2012 is a clear and practical look at some key events of the month, including Neptune’s ingress into Pisces, a Jupiter-Neptune contraparallel, and Mars’ continuing retrograde. She concludes: ”The best days for your top priority plans are February 1, 11-14, 16-19, 23-27. Take it easy February 8-10.”

Leah Whitehorse displays a good understanding of the astronomy (and meaning) of her subject in Black Moon Lilith – Mean Bitch or True Witch? She has some good graphics of the elusive Black Moon’s position in space and writes: “Looking closely, you can see that from Earth’s point of view the second foci and the moon’s apogee are in the same sector of space, at the same degree in the zodiac as each other. So really when astrologers say Lilith is the second foci or Lilith is the apogee of the Moon, both are right. Personally, I take both points into account in the symbolism.”

Ruth Hadikin is a guest blogger at She is an esoteric astrologer writing on Aquarius-Leo: The Flow of Love and the Flowering of Human Consciousness. It always seems like a good idea to include an uplifting view, and she writes: “The fully integrated Aquarian Soul knows that the way to flow the energy of love and life is through skillful use of the mind; that mental energy is not meant to be wasted as we currently do in petty conflicts or the pursuit of mental games to amuse the ego, but that our mind is meant to be a focused vehicle for the influx of spiritual energy.”

Beth Turnage has a great service at AstroBlogging. She’s showing us some tricks to maximize our blogging efforts in Learn to Love Your RSS Feed. (Personal note: Tem, I know I need to spend some time here.)

The amazingly prolific and vigilant political astrologer, Nancy Sommers of StarLightNews, writes on Romney Rumble. For those who may not know her work, she includes solar arcs, eclipse patterns, and so-called ‘minor’ aspects in her analysis. Tucked into her assessment of “the reality-show slugfest known as the Republican Primary,” she writes: “I am not ready yet to predict who I think will win the November election, although I strongly lean toward President Obama at this time. I am waiting to see who Romney’s VP nominee will be and what his 2012 solar return looks like.”

Alex Miller, known for his pioneering work on Black Holes and asteroids, writes at DayKeeper Journal (which also has nice artwork and photos). His new entry, Astrology of the Costa Concordia Shipwreck, concludes with this evocative sentence: “Finally, asteroids Poseidon (the sea), Requiem (the funeral mass for the dead), and Osiris (Egyptian god of the dead) combine at 10, 11 and 13 Scorpio, inconjunct Francesco/Chaos and squared to a pair of Black Holes at 12 and 13 Aquarius.”

Lara Owen’s site, writing for inspired, awakened living, has a nice clear blog, Astrology of 2012. She concludes: “Stay well, keep cheerful, and enjoy this once-in-many-generations chance to reshape our collective reality!”

And, thanks to Kate Sholly for reminding me of EngagedHeart, which houses 55 interviews with top astrologers. There are audio podcasts with Robert Hand, Rick Tarnas, Demetra George, Alan Oken, Jeff Jawer, and many others. I linked to it a few years ago, but like me, many of you may enjoy another visit.

Have a good week, everyone…

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Solstice Week Blogs

By Mary Plumb | December 19, 2011

With apologies to the entire southern hemisphere, there is no mistaking the longest, darkest nights in my community and myself. The mood seems quiet and still; there is a beckoning to confront our inner reality, sometimes accompanied by melancholia or a hint of depression, if we stop long enough to notice.

Along with the seasonal promise of the returning of the light, this year we are also adjusting after the profound re-orientation made possible by the total lunar eclipse and Uranus station last week.

The eclipse was magnificent here in Oregon. The skies were clear and the eclipse was accompanied by startling meteors from the Geminids shower. It was a perfect cold early morning for the awesome presence of a total lunar eclipse. May all the prayers and intentions set then be carried far and wide!

I’ve assembled a full list of blogs here, starting with astrological writers, then some songs and other pages to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

Many blessings of the season to one and all. May we find nourishment and grace in the still moment of the Sun’s journey.

Divine Harmony has a nice look at the week in tis the season to be growing. Along with holiday wishes, she concludes: “this is it!   tis the season to be GROWING!  it’s time to wake up and get on board the Self-mastery train.  2012-2015 are going to be intense- and you want to be centered in yourSelf and on the right path so you can be the change you wish to see in the world :)”

Genevieve Vierling at Blue Light Lady delineates the Winter Solstice 2011 chart set for Washington. “This Winter Solstice gives us an amazing pattern to work with.  Its basic statement is about integrating energies that can further transformation (Sun conjoining Pluto).  The message of Capricorn is always about holding light during the darkest of times.  So I’m encouraging all of you to gather together and bring in the light!”

Jude Cowell’s astrologically sophisticated Stars Over Washington offers a thorough look at the solstice chart is set for Washington. Among her many observations: “The presence of America’s natal Saturn 14Lib48 and Neptune 22Vir25 (conjunct President Obama’s natal Mars) snugged around the Solstice 2011 ASC gives a midpoint picture of some concern: Sat/Nep = ASC: limitation of freedom; oppressive circumstances; depression.”

David Crook at Stellar Insights informs us about a new e-book, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery, by Irene Worthington Barton. The author, a retired high school astronomy teacher, “claims that her findings reveal there were 10 major celestial events announcing the birth of Jesus Christ, the last being the position marker over Bethlehem.”

Michael O’Reilly at Neptune Cafe has an article explaining how the “Maya came up with 2012 as the zero point of their Long Count calendar system.” Referring to the work of John Jenkins, O’Reilly ends the article: “Jenkins doesn’t dabble in predictions, although he makes one notable exception when he notes that May 20, 2012 is not only when the Sun aligns with the Pleiades, but is also a Solar Eclipse. ‘If we were pressed to make a prediction based on all these scientific facts and archeological clues, we could suggest that Mexico City will be destroyed by a violent earthquake.’ ”
(A longer version of this article appears in Dell Horoscope’s 2012 Yearbook.

Alex Miller considers the asteroid Rudolf in his newest blog Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Rock Chunk. “From the creator of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to the writers, singers, composers and actors who made the character famous and disseminated it to the world, asteroid Rudolf weaves its magic holiday spell, making its ruddy-beaked namesake truly ‘the most famous reindeer of all.'”

At the same site  — Maya del Mar’s Daykeeper’s Journal — read Jessica Murray’s Ninety-Nine Percent. “OWS is not really a political movement at all. It’s something much bigger, which is why the unions have been unable to co-opt it, the corporate publicists have failed to discredit it, and the media doesn’t know what to do with it.”

Kathy Biehl writes with subtle insights in her blog on the December 24 New Moon (at 2º34’ Capricorn), Astro-Insight 2011 Capricorn New Moon. “The Sun and the Moon are meeting in the sign that naturally encourages an eye to the future, long-term planning, and determined, unemotional effort. This year, their conference has the destabilizing participation of the two cosmic change agents, Pluto and Uranus.”

Robert Wilkinson’s Astrology in December 2011 – The Hard Edge of the Irrational Now reminds us of the “very strange and unpredictable” nature of these times.

Lynn Hayes at Astrodynamics posted a lovely poem for the solstice that captures the quiet of these days.

Linda Schurman’s The Soothesayer Internet Newspaper covers a range of political, economic, global and environmental matters every month. She concludes her December letter: “This season reminds us of the great sacrifices love demands; a divine love that gives birth to a new form of life, embodying a new consciousness that will reach upward toward the constellations that have made us a grand promise of insights yet to come.”

Don’t forget the amazing 3-D Solar System Scope. This year they’ve added a Neverending Book where you can add Christmas and New Year’s wishes, and read greetings from 82 countries. A very cheerful offering and a happy display of worldwide community spirit.

I posted this last year and got some appreciative response, so here it is again: Yoga for Capricorn and Winter Solstice.

Here’s a nice all around site for understanding the astronomy of the December Solstice. (There’s also a link to a page that explains – from the astronomical point view  – that the December 21, 2012 solstice will not be “the end of the world.”

For those unable to get out into a snowy landscape and who are open to a digital meditative experience, try Winter Solstice

Or, Relaxation in Snow

And, if traditional Christmas music is not too corny for you, here’s

Charlotte Church singing O Holy Night. The singer who was famous when very young has a stellium of Sun, Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus in Pisces.

Birth data: February 20, 1986; Cardiff, Wales

Jackie Evancho, an 11-year-old singer, has Mercury in Pisces and the Sun at 19º Aries, its degree of exaltation. Her first release, ” ‘O Holy Night,’ entered the Billboard 200 at #2, making Evancho the top-selling debut artist for 2010 and the youngest solo artist ever to debut in the top 10.” Here’s her version of  Silent Night.

(For another glimpse of an exalted Sun, here’s a short clip of her singing Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro, when she was ten.)

Birth data: April 9, 2000; Pittsburg, PA

Here are some songs by Enya:

A Winter Solstice

The Spirit of Christmas

Silent Night

Newgrange in eastern Ireland was built around 3200 BC, 500 years before the Great Pyramids and more than 1,000 years before Stonehenge. It is aligned with the rising Sun on the winter solstice, which pours into the stone room. “The intent of its builders was undoubtedly to mark the beginning of the new year. In addition, it may have served as a powerful symbol of the victory of life over death……Unfortunately, as with many Irish events that depend upon sunshine, if the skies are overcast, there is not much to be seen. Yet all agree that it is an extraordinary feeling to wait in the darkness, as people did so long ago, for the longest night of the year to end.”

The winter solstice at Newgrange will be streamed live here

Happy Solstice everyone.

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Organizing for 2012: Calendars and Datebooks

By Mary Plumb | November 28, 2011


Jim Maynard’s Quicksilver Productions offers four versions of his beautifully produced and consistently reliable calendars. Each of the formats is a complete astrological reference. They contain clearly written introductory material on the signs of the zodiac, the planets and aspects, the Moon’s signs and phases, and planting information. The exact times for daily aspects, planetary stations, the Moon’s sign changes and void-of-course fit clearly and neatly into each day’s display. There is also a guide to visibility of the planets, eclipse and meteor information, and more.

The artwork is always a striking feature in the calendars. The 2012 cover is a painting of Stonehenge, and the zodiac signs for each month are interesting digital collages in lots of warm colors. Celestial Influences 2012 ($12.95) is a wall calendar; the Celestial Guide 2012 ($11.95) is a spiral-bound (available also as a loose-leaf) engagement calendar; the Astrologer’s Datebook ($8.95) is a smaller version of the guide, and the Pocket Astrologer ($6.95) is a compact version. The wall calendar and Pocket Astrologer are available in either Eastern or Pacific Time; the Celestial Guide and Datebook include data for both Eastern and Pacific Time.


Mother Tongue Ink Productions has produced a version of the We’Moon calendar for 30 years. Available as a wall calendar or sturdy spiral datebook, the work is described as Gaia Rhythms for Womyn and contains a compilation of art and writing by women from around the world.

The theme for 2012, around which the art and writing is woven, is Chrysalis. The book “is dedicated to all women who commit their hearts, time and skills to the Chrysalis places — the broken, re-forming places — and work to bring about healing and justice.”  The beginning pages introduce some key astrological ideas (i.e., Sun and Moon signs and transits; eclipses and Mercury retrograde). The Moon’s phase, sign changes, and aspects, and the other planet’s significant aspects, are shown for each day. There is astrological commentary, along with a plethora of poems, essays, and artwork. There is an asteroid ephemeris (that includes Psyche, Eros, Lilith, Toro, etc.) and a planetary ephemeris. The datebook is $18.95.

We’Moon on the Wall calendar ($14.95) includes lunar rhythms (daily moon phases and signs), key astrological information (planetary ingresses and retrogrades), holy day writings, predictions for each sun sign, and other astrological articles from We’Moon 2012.

Readers may also be interested in In the Spirit of We’Moon– Celebrating 30 Years, An Anthology of We’Moon Art and Writing from the We’Moon Datebook. This is a lusciously produced and lovingly assembled compilation of words and visuals. Astrological writers are represented and the overall experience of living in tune with natural rhythms is a common thread throughout this unique book. Please go here for ordering information. ($25.95)

Astrocal makes a visually beautiful series of products, including a wall calendar, Astro Calendar 2012, and a full color spiral bound Astrological Diary. The monthly wall calendar pages are designed in a circular graphic — the month is arranged as a spiral. (The format is clearly explained and, if you get confused, the web site has lots of additional pointers for getting familiar with the layout.)

The circular monthly page shows phases and signs of the Moon, the ingresses of Moon and planets, and planetary stations. Other information is arranged in tables and graphs, e.g., Sun and Moon Rise and Set for each day of the month (given for London); main aspects (i.e., conjunction, trine, opposition, square, and sextile) for the planets (including Chiron) for the month; a monthly forecast, and a section called The Night Sky, which gives quite specific information of highlights of the visible planets. For January 16th, for instance, the calendar says: “The Moon is 2° below the star Spica, with Saturn above and left of Spica, in the southern sky at 05:00.” All times are GMT and BST. (There is a World Time Zone Map for converting to your area.)

The forecasts are nicely written. They are not sorted by Sun sign, but instead capture the most significant planetary movements and patterns of the month. £11.99 each (approximately $19 U.S. dollars + shipping). You can order from the web site.

Paula Belluomini is the astrologer who writes The Professional’s 2012 Wall and Pocket Calendars. They are elegantly designed, very colorful and illustrated with many graphics. Daily planetary aspects, lunations, extensive information on eclipses and other astronomical events, an introduction to the Moon cycle and health, and an ephemeris which includes declination are some of the features. Both Eastern and Pacific Time are shown. One especially nice feature is the page where the horoscopes for each of the lunations (set for Washington, D.C.) are assembled together, a month at a glance.
The Pocket calendar is $11.95; the Wall calendar is $15.95, and there is a special price for purchasing both.

Philip Levine has produced Cosmic Window Personal Appointment Calendar for 28 years. It is based on your specific birth data and is available in a technical or non-technical version. He includes such details as Chiron transits, the Sabian Symbols for the birth chart placements, a summary of the year (including progressions), Major Activity cycles for the year, and more. He also offers A Calendar of Archetypal Influences, co-designed with Richard Tarnas. The calendars are available in either printed or PDF versions, can begin with any month, and are $75 each. Please see the web site for details.

Planetary Calendars has been in publication since 1949 and is a simple, no frills design with some unique astrological information. The calendar guides you to watch for favorable and unfavorable days based on the conditions of the planet ruling your Sun sign.  Each day in the monthly calendar shows (in a simple and effective design) which planets are in good condition and which are not favored. Exceptionally favorable or adverse days are also marked. The calendar has monthly forecasts written by Ralph and Lahni DeAmicis; they include Fixed Stars and asteroids.
The wall sized Planetary Calendar (smaller than most) is 8 ½ x 6 ½ and is $12 (to U.S.); $15 outside the U.S. The pocket-sized version is $10 (and $12). There is also an electronically delivered PDF for computer or smart phone for $8.

Janet’s Plan-its 2012 Celestial Planner is an Easy-to-Use Astrological Calendar ($18.98). Written by Janet Booth, it is in a datebook format with (some) room for writing appointments. You can learn a lot of astrology using this calendar; the book is absolutely packed with information. Along with such essentials as sign changes, Moon void periods, a full ephemeris (including how to read it), etc., Janet includes weekly highlights, seasonal synopses, daily messages, best and worst days for various activities, and extensive notes on ingresses, aspects, and eclipses. She also includes minor aspects, (e.g. quintile, bi-quintile, septile, etc.), out-of-bounds planets, important midpoints, Eris, and mutual receptions in her interpretations. The 2012 edition has an “All Star List” of major astrological phenomena sorted by degree; health tips for the signs by Diane Cramer; rituals for each of the eight phases of the Moon by Maria Kay Simms, and the “Moon Family” tables for 2012 from Dietrech Pessin’s Lunar Shadows III.

Astrid Fallon has an assortment of colorful tools for astrologers. Her Astro Diary is an appointment book with a chart of the planetary motion for each week. It is formatted for GMT. The Rainbow Ephemeris 2012 is available in French and is an extensively detailed and colorful design. Astrid is a very careful observer of the skies — I’m not sure who else has noted the upcoming (rare) series of Pluto and Jupiter occultations. Her ephemeris also has a page on the June 6th Venus transit with astromapping and declination data. Please see her website for more information.

Gardening by the Moon Calendar is available as a wall calendar ($14.95), or as a digital download by the month ($12 for 12 months). There are three versions of the printed calendar for short, medium, or long growing seasons. There is also a more elaborate digital Moon Planting Matrix ($49.99) that allows you “to customize for your exact frost dates, time zone, and the vegetables and fruits you want to grow — with our usual easy to read moon phase and sign, and more precise planting lists. It includes a database with more cultivation information on each plant, and capability of storing notes and harvest records.” (You can download a free trial sample from the website.)

Llewellyn’s 2012 Astrological Calendar ($13.99), Daily Planetary Guide ($12.99) and Pocket Planner ($8.99) are all available from the from the website.
The wall calendar features a monthly overview; forecasts for each sign; a guide to the planets, signs, houses, aspects, and transits; travel forecasts by Bruce Scofield; best days for planting and fishing, along with the Moon’s sign, phase, and void-of-course dates, a graphic planetary retrograde table and major daily aspects, monthly ephemeredes and 2012 eclipses.
Daily Planetary Guide has an aspectarian for Eastern and Pacific Time zones and room for making notes. It contains essential information: planet and Moon aspects and ingress times; Moon sign, phase, and void-of-course periods; planetary stations; ephemeredes (with Chiron and four asteroids); instructions for planetary hours; a guide to visible planets, weekly forecasts by Pam Ciampi, and more. Jim Shawvan writes on “Opportunity Periods.”
Pocket Planner is comprehensive and compact. It includes daily Moon signs, phases, and aspects; 2012 week-at-a-glance, and three years of ephemeris and aspectarian data  (from 2011 to 2013).

Elizabeth Jones makes an Astro-Event Guide in a PDF format. This is a comprehensive chart that is color-coded and very handy to use. (Some users print out the PDF and have it laminated so it holds up well as we course on through the year.) The guide contains key events by month (ingresses, aspects, lunations, and more); key events by degree; Mercury retrograde periods (including when it comes to the ‘shadow point’); lunations and eclipses; planetary stations and ingresses and key aspects between planets (e.g., Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). It is available in all four U.S. time zones and GMT. (If you purchase one, you can download any or all of the zones you want from one page.)

And here’s an offer to TMA readers: Elizabeth has made the 2011 Guide available for free. Try it out for this month. Once you get to the website, enter this code in the cart: AEG-FREE-TMA. Remember, once you are on the page to download, you can get any of the five time zones, or even all five. Thank you, Elizabeth.

I also found some free calendars. For quick reference, here’s a page called Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events 2012

You can download an Astro Calendar in either Eastern or Pacific Time. The calendars include daily aspects, void of course Moon, and Daylight Savings Time Changes, as well as new Moon, and monthly ephemeris.

MoonCat’s Astrology Monthly MoonSign and Planetary Aspect Calendar is also a free PDF download. (The MoonCat astrologer, Danielle Astrid Ricard, includes the 72º quintile aspect on the pages.)

Another free calendar is at this easy-on-the-eyes astronomy/astrology site. There is a digital art calendar for each month noting New and Full Moons, with a few words from esoteric astrology about each.  There are lots of other interesting links here, such as the World Sunlight Map and lists for Astro-Images and Astro-Models & Animations links.

You can also download a free wall calendar with Moon events, lunar void of course dates, planetary ingress, direction changes, and more, from Moon Tracks Astrology Calendars. This is a basic format, and it looks like, if you printed it out, there would be space for adding appointments or notes.

I have included basic prices; please see respective websites for shipping fees or taxes.

Please feel free to suggest any other calendars that I didn’t find.

I happened to see an astrological writer friend yesterday, who has already wrapped up the forecasts for 2013 and is well into 2014. I didn’t ask her how it all turns out, guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Have a good week, friends, and onwards into 2012.

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Astrology Blog Mix

By Mary Plumb | October 17, 2011

Good Monday to all. I’ve got an eclectic collection of blogs from some of the many talented astrologers commenting on the nature of the times. Astrology is an entirely creative and inspiring way to view the world — Tem’s wonderful letter in the current issue says it beautifully. If you haven’t read it already, enjoy it here.

Leah Whitehorse at Lua Astrology, Navigation by the Stars, has a weekly column, Weekly Cosmic Tides. Of today’s Mercury opposition Jupiter, she writes, in part: “The best way to use this energy is to listen to someone else, talk through your plans, and remain humble.”

At Nancy’s Starlight News blog, the ever keen political observer, Nancy Sommers, writes Cain Unable.  Referring to Herman Cain’s chart, she writes: “Astrologically, Cain’s recent success is indicated by the multiple Jupiter transits to his chart from late August through October 21. These include the Jupiter station quincunx his Venus (9°Sagittarius27′), as well as the Jupiter transits quincunx his Neptune (8°Libra24′), quincunx his Mercury (7°Sagittarius56′), and sesquiquadrate his Sun (21°Sagittarius23′).”

Celeste Teal writes U.S. Forecast and New Moon Reports every month. She discusses mundane and personal implications for the New Moon set for Washington. For the lunar month beginning on September 27, she says: “Overall, it appears that peace and harmony in the country is disturbed by upsetting or unfortunate changes. The Cardinal T- square ties into the U.S. Venus and Jupiter, forming a Grand Cross on the NM angles. It reflects the general tone. There is agitation in the country, with confusion and disorder.”

World Astrology with Adrian Duncan considers Barack Obama’s chart and the 2012 election in Hello Again Obama. Read his blog for his reasoning behind this statement: “But whoever becomes president of the United States of America from January 20, 2013 to January 19, 2017 is not to be envied, and here’s why.”

Jeremy Neal (born in 1967) writes evocatively on The Chirotic Journal. His new blog is called The Magi of Uranus-Pluto. “We all crave a life characterised by stability, by predictability, by safety, but the Uranus–Pluto adepts of the ’60s are the generation that safety forgot. They have found themselves assuming the helm of a society that looks ahead and can see only darkness, and all the predictions are gloomy; shadows beset every horizon and we can take nothing for granted.”

Roy Gillette writes on What are the Prospects for the Euro? in the AA Journal. He includes consideration of the World Economic Background and assesses the European Union chart (1993) and first trade chart for the Euro (1999).

Joyce Hoen of CHTA Astrology writes on the Week Ahead. Her subject this week is Windows & Apple, Bill Gates & Steve Jobs. “Interestingly enough, both gentlemen were born with the Moon at 7+ Aries sharply sesquiquadrate Saturn in Scorpio, the one in the spring, the other in the fall of 1955; and, interestingly enough, both gentlemen have 22° Virgo on one of the axes of their charts.”
(There are lots of archived articles at the site. Here’s the Wayseer Manifesto, part of Counter-acting the Pluto-in-Capricorn repression of Uranus.)

Robert Wilkinson’s Aquarius Papers – Global Astrology has a great synopsis of this week’s aspects, Astrology Now in mid-October 2011 – Very Productive Days Ahead. “Relax into the next few days, since there’s a lot of good that can come forth, a lot of productive actions, feelings, and thoughts, all leading us to sound understanding and, for those with planets in early Taurus, a lot of promise for the future!”

Samuel F. Reynolds of Practicing Astrologer writes eloquently on Chiron in Pisces – Coming home. He begins: ”I’ve been a Chiron skeptic for most of my astrological career.” After telling his story, he concludes, “I’ve come to understand Chiron [as] learning to trust my body to a process or a state that’s beyond my control, while at the same time learning a set of motions that helps me cooperate with this process.”

Jessica at Moonkissd has an insightful blog, The Karmic Wave Breaks on Amanda Knox. Curious about the case whereby recently Knox was found ‘not guilty’ and released after three years in prison, she writes: “Given that I had just done a slew of charts for clients for whom ‘the karmic wave is breaking…’ (when outer-planet transits trigger the nodal configuration, i.e., our past life karma, the ‘karmic wave breaks’) I wasn’t curious so much about her guilt or innocence, but about her past-life karma; after all, a murder trial is not something a typical, unconscious 18 year old faces in a lifetime.”

And, my sister Kate Plumb has a fine new entry on her blog, Something’s Happening Here. She discusses Thomas Friedman’s recent column “about two books that present alternate views on the general social turbulence of the times.  One author sees current events as a ‘Great Disruption’ and the other as a ‘Big Shift’.” She also includes reference to Wendell Perry’s article on the “Are You Ready for the Neptune in Capricorn Generation” in the current TMA.

Onwards, to a great week everyone.

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Full Pisces Moon

By Mary Plumb | September 12, 2011

Hello friends,

With the Full Moon in Pisces approaching on Sunday, I spent some time watching the 911 coverage, as I imagine some of you did too. Here are some fine bloggers’ comments on the time.

Kathy Biehl at Astro-Insight writes eloquently about today’s Full Moon in Pisces, “on the morning after a somber anniversary that is itself bound up with these energies.” She observes: “The pond of existence is jiggling and reverberating with ripples from more pebbles than a human mind can count.”

Julie Rimmer at The Astrology Place writes personally about this lunation, Full Moon in Pisces: Why Do I Feel So Sad?  “Piscean sadness is usually elicited by a feeling that something is lost and a painful yearning for it to be returned.” (Anyone who watched the coverage of the 911 events on Sunday will certainly relate to what she has written.)

Lynn Hayes at Astrological Musings! looks back to September 11, 2001 and at today’s Full Moon. “The Full Moon is the culmination of the lunar cycle and well known for its effect of heightening emotions as the lunar instincts are illuminated by the reflection of the Sun.”

Robert Wilkinson looks at today’s lunation in Destiny Still on the Move: Major Rewards On The Way! Robert is well known for his attention to what he calls the “grand irrationality” series of aspects, based on the 7th harmonic. “The Sun in this Lunation biseptiles Pluto, triggering the Grand Irrationality.” And further: “Jupiter and Neptune rule the Moon in the Lunation. They are just coming off a near quintile, showing we can now find unique qualities and gifts of intuition and growth as we ‘tend our garden’ while emerging from some old life cocoon.”

Mandi Lockley writes about September’s aspects on her blog Astroair Astrology, uplifting astrology for downshifting times. Of today’s Full Moon she writes: “Practical hard work might feed the belly, but connecting with something bigger than yourself will feed the soul. This is the Harvest Moon, so whatever you believe in spiritually, it’s a time to give thanks and set your spiritual intentions for the next month.”

April Elliot Kent’s Big Sky Astrology blog is called Full Moon in Pisces: Dancing with the Leaves. She writes: “Which is more important: results or process? At this Full Moon, the Sun in Virgo argues for efficiency and results. But across the zodiacal wheel, the fully illuminated Moon in the opposite sign, Pisces, makes the case for enjoying the process of life. For dancing with the leaves and having an absolutely wonderful time.”

In The Astrology of September 11, 2011, Beth Turnage looks at the results of the 911 events. “The resulting catastrophe scarred the current generations of Americans for the rest of our lives.” She concludes: “We are in a war, but it is not jihad. It is a cultural war partly but a financial war mostly. And I think you agree, this is not what we signed up for.”

Pat Paquette’s Full Moon in Pisces, Pluto Direct entry considers this Full Moon being at the halfway point between the past summer’s eclipses and those coming up in November and December. “What direction are you heading in? What progress have you made since last December, when the new series of eclipses in Sagittarius and Gemini began? What challenges are still before you? Are you limiting your potential for success by clinging to erroneous beliefs?”

At the same site, guest writer Ruth Hadikin writes about the zodiac archetypes of this lunation from the view of esoteric astrology: Virgo-Pisces: Returning.

Ruby Slipper Astrology (There’s No Place Like Home) offers Horoscopes for September 11th to September 18th with a short forecast for each sign.

And at TMA’s favorite columnist, Dana Gerhard’s web site, here’s an Intuitive Message for the Full Moon in Pisces, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs by Julia Bondi.

My feelings at this Full Moon (appropriately) veer all over the place. I have a deep appreciation for the bravery and heart shown by so many every single day, and an undeniable awareness of the terrible cost of the ongoing “war on terror.”

Here’s a short video I love (I know it’s a commercial)

And a song

And a political comment

Best to all..

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Good Monday to all

By Mary Plumb | August 29, 2011

The eye of the storm has passed and we’re mostly left with flooding, downed trees and power outages. Condolences and blessings to those families who lost loved ones, and gratitude to all who helped each other out as the winds and rain came through.

My family members are all safe and sound. In fact one, especially dear to me, in Brooklyn, had a much needed day off and slept through it all.

Enjoy the new week and the fresh air, everyone.

But, before I turn it over to some eloquent colleagues, in case you missed it, here’s some rare news about the diamonds in the sky.

Henry Seltzer writes a monthly column, Current Configurations. Scroll down for his report on yesterday’s New Moon. Here are some of his words of wisdom:

“With Chiron in the picture of this New Moon we can also expect that our inner woundings might somehow arise to the surface for greater acceptance and healing. It helps to remember that you are never angry for the reason that you think you are, and that words spoken hastily are difficult to take back so that everyone benefits by applying patience.

Eric Francis is the dreamy guy at Planet Waves. Of the current Mercury and Jupiter stations — Mercury went direct on the 26th and Jupiter turns retrograde on the 30th — he writes:

“There is a reminder here to see the world from one another’s point of view (many, many relationships are signified by the Mercury-Jupiter contrast) and to make sure that your own viewpoint changes and evolves on a fairly regular basis. Keep your files updated, and respond to your actual environment and the actual facts as you know them.”

Austin Coppock’s weekly blog is up. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Down to Business this week.

Peter Stockinger’s Traditional Astrology Weblog looks ahead to the November 25 partial solar eclipse at 2°36’ Sagittarius. He includes some of Lilly’s words on a solar eclipse occurring in the 1st decanate of Sag, and includes a map of the eclipse path.

“We can observe that the path of the eclipse’s angularity is running straight through parts of Europe. The eclipse point is squaring Mars, known as the ‘Lesser Malefic’, and we can see from the map above that, at the time of the eclipse, Mars is conjunct MC in France and, more importantly, Belgium. Brussels, located in the heart of Belgium, is the place where the EU Single European Act was signed in 1993.”

Jeff Jawer of Star IQ writes on The Fall of Mercurial Moammar Gadhafi. (Gadhafi has five planets in Gemini.)

Nancy Sommers writes on August Storms. The hysteria over the debt ceiling, wildly volatile Wall Street and the loss of the Navy seals in Afghanistan are some of the events just behind us. She includes the President’s solar return and the U.S. Sibly charts and concludes:

“It may, however, be that as the US Saturn return passes after August 28, some of the gloomy irritability that has swept through the country in recent months will lift, at least for a few months.”

Have a good week under the ever-beautiful skies.

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