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Blogs for a New Moon week

By Mary Plumb | February 4, 2013

Good Monday everyone. If anyone else is starting this week feeling a bit quiet (and slow?), a notable change in mood will surely come with the weekend’s New Moon at 22° Aquarius (Feb. 9 11:20 pm PT; Feb. 10 2:20 am ET). We are between eclipses, the past November’s total solar eclipse at 22° Scorpio and the May 9 annular solar eclipse at 20° Taurus. This week’s New Moon is square the nodal axis; seems like the Taurus/Scorpio houses await – and are ready for – a blast of clear Aquarian air.

I had fun finding an eclectic mix of blogs – some inspired by the beautiful clear nights we’ve had lately in Oregon (followed by very foggy mornings).

Sky Maps archived in the Public Libraries at the International Academy of Astrology (IAA). There are a dozen or so constellation maps for each month and they co-ordinate with Julene Packer-Louis’s Sky Watch column in every issue of TMA.

Earth Sky is a great astronomy site with highlights of what you can see in the sky for every day. Here’s the link for tonight, that is, the predawn sky on Tuesday, February 5, when the Moon and Antares pair up together.
TMA Editor Dena DeCastro has a series of podcast interviews archived at her site, including two with our distinguished — and ever modest — publisher, Tem Tarriktar.

Here’s an article on The Vertex: a Turning Point of Fate by Lorna Tedder at The Spiritual Eclectic. She describes how to find the Vertex and how to use it, including in synastry, with transits, and in progressed and solar return charts. She concludes: “Once you understand how the Vertex works in your life, you’ll never look at your astrology chart again without considering the Vertex or, as I imagine Duran Duran might have said if they’d been singing about the Vertex instead of the Reflex, the Vertex is in charge of finding your treasure in the dark.”
Now that Jupiter is moving ahead again, let’s not forget to notice when good luck comes our way. Molly Hall at Astrology has a summary of Jupiter in Gemini Transiting in the Houses.

Dharmaruci at Astrotabletalk has a new essay called What Sort of Astrologer am I? He concludes: “So there you have it: I’m a polytheistic evolutionary astrologer.”
Robert Hand has a paper at StarIQ called Freedom and Consciousness. He refers to some ideas of the late Anthony Damiani (author of Astronoesis) and suggests “that the movements of the physical planets are results of movements in higher worlds in which there is freedom, and that we participate in those worlds also, and therefore we have freedom.” The article also includes a look at dignities: “Detriment and fall do not really weaken a planet. It is more our problem. We are more creative with these planets when we are being conscious beings and less creative when we are less conscious.”

(The website has an archive of 23 of Hand’s articles.)
You can download Bill Herbst’s pdf of Astrological Patterns in 2013-2014 from his site. Bill is very specific, including mention of the rare isosceles trapezoid forming in the sky with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto in March 2013.
Enjoy these excellent videos produced to accompany 2013: A Round-up of Planetary Movements This Year at Astrology for the 21st Century.

Uranus square Pluto 2013

Venus in 2013

Mercury in 2013

Okay everyone, that should keep us busy for a while.
Onwards to a good week ahead of us. (What could possibly go wrong with Mars conjoining Neptune in Pisces?) 

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2012 Solstice links

By Mary Plumb | December 17, 2012

Happy Monday (Moon’s day) in this solstice week. The Moon ingresses into Pisces at 4:48 p.m. (7:48 p.m. ET) and it is also the night of the mystic Jalaluddin Rumi’s Reunion with his Beloved, his Wedding Night, considered the holiest night in the year by the Mevlevi Sufi Order. He died on December 17, 1273.

Here is a collection of blogs (and a few videos) on the season.

From Aepril’s Astrology: Winter Solstice: Shortest Light, End of Days, Rebirth of Sun! “This Solstice has an apocalyptic nature, to be sure. Much has been made about the Mayan calendar and the End of Days. Many of us are obsessed with Zombie Apocalypse, Vampires, the biblical book of Revelations, etc. The Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM Universal Time (7:11 AM EST) also marks the completion of the 5125 year great cycle of the Mayan Calendar. Emotional reactions to this pending event range from fear to dismissal to excitement and anticipation, or mixtures of many feelings. Uncertainty about the outcome is part of the package. Ultimately, it is rebirth that we’re experiencing now!”

Roeland de Looff writes The Astrology of December 2012: Ascension, Disaster or both. “The chart of December 21, 2012 is another incentive for not wasting our energy on pursuing material wealth but for enriching ourselves by finding inner peace. Whatever may or may not happen on December 21, 2012, finding inner peace, happiness and evolving in a spiritual sense is certainly the best and the only way to protect ourselves.”

Lynn Hayes writes Lynn’s Skywatch: Planetary Illuminations has the aspects for the month. About these immediate few days, she writes: “Between the 16th and the 22nd of December a series of minor planetary alliances involving Venus will bring out any hidden issues in our relationships with others and make it important to find balance and harmony as well as beauty in our lives. We will be more sensitive to dissonance as well. On the 16th a challenging square from Venus to Neptune opens up the creative centers and enhances our craving for aesthetic experiences, but can also bring confusion and a lack of clarity.”

Winter Solstice 2012: What is Ending? What is Beginning? Astrologer Genevieve Vierling reports on her extensive research on the Maya predictions for December 21, 2012 (including John Major Jenkins and the words of several Mayan elders). She concludes: “I would love to keep going, but I feel this is long enough. Too many words! We also need to ‘feel our way’ and trust what arises in our hearts. By keeping our hearts open we will receive exactly the truths and information we need to know through this gateway into a new cycle yet to be revealed. Namaste.”

Frank Piechoski writes on the Winter Solstice 2012 chart, with an accompanying world mundane map. “The main thing this chart suggests is the balance that is needed to get through the troubling times ahead. The world needs to deal with both the Mars/Saturn and the Mercury/Uranus see-saws that it seems to be riding. Aggression versus Restriction and Thought versus Enthusiasm are the themes for this time period.”

Astrologer Diotima looks at the solstice chart set for Washington, and a bi-wheel with the U.S. Sibly horoscope, at Faith gets a reality check: “The angles (Ascendant and Midheaven) of the transit (Winter Solstice) chart are almost identical to the natal USA chart — within a degree of each other. So we can assume that the effects of this Winter Solstice chart will be felt strongly by the whole country. You might also immediately notice that transiting Jupiter is almost exactly conjunct the USA’s natal Uranus, pulling that planet in to the transiting Yod. ”

Theodore White’s
Global Astrology
site has several new articles, including an assessment of the solstice chart set for Washington.
“The winter solstice chart shows a need for prudence, for honesty and avoidance of others who waste valuable time. The season calls for readjustments in how one views the world and for changes in personal life that have been disrupted by forces outside of one’s personal control.”

Here’s a site called Birth 2012 dedicated to broadcasting worldwide prayer and ritual events for the 21st and the 22nd. (Their mission statement, “Empowering the Movement to Birth a New Era,” can be found here.)

Unify Earth (“What we can imagine, we can create”) is coordinating people with events for December 21st. (The site was a bit confusing when I checked it, but it is a work-in-progress.)

Here’s a new 10-minute video, Capricorn: A Meditation for the Solstice, from artist, photographer, video producer, and astrologer Anne Nordhaus-Bike.

For the traditionalists, Paul Winter Consort had their 30th annual Winter Solstice Celebration at the Church of St John the Divinein NYC earlier this week. You can watch a short video of the highlights, including The Forces of Nature Dancers and Drummers, or download free music here.
A nice synopsis from the site: “In ancient times, observers watched the sun sink lower in the sky each day, and feared it would disappear completely and leave them in darkness.
People practiced special rituals intended to entice the sun’s return. Bonfires and candles, with their imitative magic, helped fortify the waning sun and ward off the spirits of darkness. These symbols live on in our modern seasonal customs: the candles of Hanukkah and Christmas are kin to the fiery rites of old, which celebrated the miracle of the earth’s renewal.
These traditions reflect our need to come together in times of extended darkness. We celebrate not only the rebirth of the sun, but the community of life on earth.”

Carl Boudreau has a 38-minute video on The Astrology of 2012, Winter Solstice, Mayan Calendar, etc. He bases his assessment on a triple composite chart between the December 13 New Moon, the solstice chart, and the December 28 Full Moon chart. (Among his comments below the video, someone posts: “I’ll be so disappointed if I still have to pay back my student loans after 12/21/12. I am hoping for a swift way out.” Carl responds: “Sorry guy, I don’t think the end of the Mayan Calendar or the winter solstice will have much effect on student loans.”

Tem posted some links at TMA‘s Facebook page, including Melbourne-based Agent 12 Julija’s article on the solstice. “It’s the End of the World as we Know It – so we’d best do something about it!”

Also, from Kenneth Johnson — long time student of Maya cosmology and the author of Jaguar Wisdom and many other books — his closing statement from an article on the time: “The elders of Momostenango are recommending these actions to their citizens for their private moments during the transitional days of Dec 20 and 21:
Turn off the computer.
Turn off the cell phone.
Turn off the television.
Experience the beauty of silence.”

Please see Ken Johnson’s website for information about his extensive work with the Maya.

Please post any other sites that you like for 2012 celebrations; I know there are many others out there.

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Happy Saturn in Scorpio

By Mary Plumb | October 8, 2012

We are committed to keeping readers up-to-date on the political front, so I will begin with (just) three blogs on current U.S. politics before moving on to Saturn.

Nancy Sommers writes on The President’s Chiron Return at Starlight News Blog. “During the September 20 to October 20 phase, Chiron is accompanied by some stressful Saturn transits to the president’s chart, suggesting the wounds are sharp and the struggle to overcome them difficult.”

Eric Francis at Planet Waves writes a thorough exploration of Mercury Retrograde Election Day. (This is the only time in history where Mercury stations retrograde on Election Day.) He concludes: “Question what you see and hear in the media. Question your own opinions. Educate others about what you learn. Use every tool at your disposal to get the word out. Take a personal stand and refuse to believe lies, and refuse to be manipulated. Research the truth yourself, and try to figure out what’s really going on. Yes, Mercury will be retrograde, and it may be hard to get to the bottom of things. But astrology is no excuse.”

Late addition: here’s a very informative article on the Vice Presidential Debate at Tracy’s Astro Salon. “First of all we know that both Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are scrappers. Pundits are pretty confident that both of them are going to come into event like prize fighters entering the ring. Fists up.” (The debate is Thursday, October 11 at 9 p.m. in Danville, KY.)

Okay, enough politics for the moment. Let’s move on to lighter fare – Saturn in Scorpio.

Matt Savinar at North Bay Astrology writes Saturn in Libra versus Saturn in Scorpio: The Lord of Karma Moves from the Sign of the Marriage and Family Therapist to the Sign of the Deep Cover Detective, the T-800 Terminator, and the Doctor of All that is Taboo.
(The movie clip from The Witness, illustrating Saturn in Scorpio, is a bit grisly; don’t watch it if you’re not in the mood for the sight of blood.)

Austin Coppock has an excerpt from his 2012 Astrological Almanac on Saturn in Scorpio. His subheadings: La Petit Morte, The Book of the Dead, If I Die Before I Wake, We Have Nothing to Fear But…Witches!, and Corruption (all with graphics).

Willow’s Web Astrology writes on Saturn in Scorpio. Of the time, she writes: “Legitimate power through Scorpio comes, in part, from facing fears head-on and working through them. Once we can no longer be coerced or controlled through our deepest fears, we’re liberated. And then we can start to hold some real power.”

A new entry at Solaris Astrology is called Learning to Accept that You Don’t Always Have Control. “The key during this period is to accept the restrictions placed in front of you. It may be that you will have to share responsibilities, allow someone to take over part of what you own, that you don’t fight against giving up some power to gain some freedom, you might bring someone into the most secret and intimate areas of your life or just step up to the plate and face your fears head on.”

Diane Lang writes Observations: Saturn in Scorpio Advice at her site Libra Seeking Balance. She begins: “Judging from the comments people are leaving, I thought I’d offer more information for the different signs on life with Saturn in Scorpio. First of all if you generally live by Saturn’s rules anyway then Saturn transits often end up being no more than fine tuning. You know . . . behave responsibly, pay your bills on time, be a dependable friend and lover, be respectful and don’t make too many rude gestures when frustrated.”

Donna Cunningham at Skywriter has an excerpt from Mandi Lockley’s newly published Saturn in Scorpio: Your Guide through the Dark. “Problems occur when we let our fear of danger get out of proportion to the threat at hand. Losing our perspective, over-defending ourselves, and giving in to irrational fears limit our choices and create a barrier to positive change and development.”

Saturn in Scorpio is Julie O’Mahoney’s current entry at The Astrology Place. “Many of these individuals handle other peoples’ crises well, but have difficulty when it comes to their own turbulent emotions. Saturn tries to block what it fears, and is afraid of how deeply it feels. The art of transformation fascinates Scorpio and life itself feels like one big roller-coaster of emotions, and in order to change they need to learn how to let go.”

A gorgeous picture, a painting from 1903, Cave of the Storm Nymphs, accompanies Julie Demboski’s Saturn Into Scorpio. “In Scorpio, Saturn becomes self-reflective; we look at the reality that surrounds us and see ourselves in it – and that sends us on an emotional (Scorpio is a water sign) journey, one that plumbs the very depths of the intimate ties between psyche and emotional perception.”

Ruby Slipper has a short blog called Lucid Dreaming: Saturn in Scorpio Trine Neptune in Pisces, reminding us of that aspect accompanying the first weeks of the Saturn ingress. “If you’re into it (and experienced), this is a fantastic influence for meditation, lucid dreaming, energy work…anything that involves focusing (Saturn) to achieve a heightened awareness (Neptune). Scorpio’s power can add some single-minded intensity.”

Marcia Wade, in Star Sister Astrology, writes Saturn in Scorpio: For You Are the Cosmic Shape-Shifter. “We don’t normally think of Saturn as a shamanic energy. We think of him as the ruler of structures, boundaries, and effort. He’s also the ruler of the world of form. In truth, nothing is more shamanic — more shape-shifting and infused with intention and energy — than matter. When Saturn is in Scorpio, we begin to understand the tremendous energy and life-changing power of our deepest desires.”

Divine Harmony writes on the positive side of Saturn in Scorpio. She talks about the difference between ego and Soul running the inner life. “Saturn is restriction and limitation and the ego wants none of that..Saturn is also about mastery of Self..” She signs her work, “yours in the alchemical fires of transformation, divine harmony.”

I will end with Agent 12 Julija of Cosmic*Intelligence*Agency, who sums up her blog with what sounds to me like very good advice. “Don’t be scared, but open your Third eye, delve into and uncover further the mystery of what you’re made of, what drives you, who drives you, what stops you and what turns you on or off. Get to know the devil that resides within, as the devil you know is better than the one you don’t know.”

These writers have some good ideas, don’t you think?

Have a good week everyone..

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Astrology blogs

By Mary Plumb | September 17, 2012

Every week is important these day, and we’re on the threshold of another one: a Pluto station, the equinox, Mercury in hard aspect to the second exact Uranus-Pluto square, Moon occulting Mars in Scorpio, and more. Here are some good and useful insights from various corners of the web.

Here’s an astronomy site with Everything you need to know: September equinox 2012. (It happens on September 22.)

Dharmaruci on Uranus Squares Stationing Pluto. “The next few days are very powerful: Pluto will stand still in 3 days time, which he does twice a year. I can feel him there, staring harder than usual, urging change, to bring new life out of the shadows and out of what might seem unacceptable.”

Jeff Jawer has a nice take on the Uranus-Pluto square as he describes the heart of the signs in Aries Meets Capricorn at Star IQ. “The challenge of these times is to reconcile the differences between individual freedom and social order.”

Jessica Murray at MotherSky catches us up on Uranus and Pluto on display on the world stage in The New Revolution. “On a personal level, the combatants consist of our egoic mind vs. our spiritual perspective.”

Nick Anthony Fiorenza offers what is essentially a textbook on The Uranus-Pluto Square 2012-2015. Revolution and Revelation includes beautiful graphics, fixed stars, synodic cycles, cultural and historical references, and much, much more. A wonderful resource.

Nobody says it like Michael Lutin. Here’s Next Week in Review.

Here’s to a prosperous, enlightening, soulful, creative, joyful, and purposeful week all around. Let’s stay connected with one another and enjoy the passage of time!

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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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