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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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Some timely astrology blogs

By Mary Plumb | August 1, 2011

Here’s a diverse collection of links for you to enjoy at the start of the month.

Genevieve Vierling’s site is Blue Light Lady. There are colorful graphics throughout the site, which includes a series on each of the 12 signs. Her current entries are described as “News you can use.” A recent one, Uranus Retrograde and the Uranus-Pluto Cycle: Navigating the Best of Times, the Worst of Times Part III, is an overview of the outer planet square and ideas about our personal place in it. (She is a lovely writer, inspired, in part, by Richard Tarnas and Jeffrey Wolf Green.) She says: “I like to think that the most positive outcome of this next Uranus in Aries square to Pluto in Capricorn would be the innovative force of millions of individuals all taking action to create a better collective world.”

Lana Wooster writes weekly on the Aspects. In The week beginning 31 July 2011 she makes observations about the tragic events in Norway and Amy Winehouse’s death.  Of the singer’s death, Lana writes: “She had not been able to find the right structure for her life, and in addition was facing a Nodal Reversal, which involved the Mars/South Node conjunction around that weekend (so there was a significant karmic element to the timing of her passing).  Let us hope for a breakthrough in the understanding of addiction, and the true role of Rehab for the next generation, so that such huge talents are not snuffed out before their time.”

Hiroki Niizato is a highest honor graduate of Noel Tyl’s Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology. His site is very easy to navigate and full of short and simple lessons. How to Print Your Birth Chart & Midpoints List in Less Than 5 Minutes is a very useful guide for beginners. An earlier article, Midpoints in Astrology, is an exceptionally clear description of the subject.

Ask Christine Astrology: practice horary, the astrology of questions and answers is also a teaching site. (The author is a student of John Frawley. The current Horary lesson is What does Jupiter in Taurus mean?

Julie Rimmer is the prolific blogger at The Astrology Place. Her site is well designed with nice visuals and with lots of articles divided into basic topics, i.e., signs, planets and aspects, as well as Astrology Research, Astrology and the Movies, Celebrity Astrology, Mundane Astrology and many more. Some newer entries include Amy Winehouse Dead: Club 27 and Venus-Neptune Aspects: The Trouble with Aphrodite

Molly’s Astrology has a succinct forecast for each month. After noting key events for August (i.e., Mercury retrograde, Neptune re-enters Aquarius, Mars ingress into Cancer, etc.), she summarizes the month with “Mark your calendar!” For this month: “The best days to make your mark are August 1, 2, 4, 7, 15-18, 20, 25, 28, 29. Take it easy August 8-10, 22-24.”

Pat Paquette also writes a weekly forecast at RealAstrologers. For the week beginning on August 1, she writes: “Mars is cranky enough in Cancer without the conflicting aspects to Uranus, Pluto, and Saturn. I suspect we’re going to see a lot of events in the headlines based on anger, paranoia, and an excessive need to protect loved ones and personal property, although that’s more likely to occur next week and the week after……Next [this] week is tough, so have fun while you can and take time to make some backup plans, to the extent possible.”

Terry Lamb’s newest blog is A Guided Tour of Liminal Space. She has some lovely thoughts about being in a liminal state, which is one “’between the realms’, neither this nor that.” She writes: “When we decide to bring transformative processes into our lives (or life imposes them on us), we are also accepting a transformation of all that we cling to in life — our familiar surroundings, our context. Because Planet Earth is going through a transformative process as humans try to balance their relationship with it, we are all in this transition zone.”

News hounds will enjoy Nancy Sommers’s new blog, Turmoil and Trouble. How’s this for imagery describing the debt crisis and the current Saturn return, square the Sun (in the Sibly chart): “It is as if the US is morbidly obese and has just been told to lose 100 pounds in the next few months or expect a diabetic coma or a stroke.”

And, the ever-loving Michael Lutin brings us an alluring reminder (via Marilyn Monroe) of the Sun and Venus in Leo (coming to superior conjunction on the 17th) in the August 1 Daily Fix.

Pema Chodron is another ever-loving presence. Here’s a short clip of her teaching Tonglen practice, for a “world that is falling apart.”

Ok everyone, onwards and upwards. Here’s to a week that brings us all closer — to ourselves and to one another.

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A Collection of Blogs for Gemini Time

By Mary Plumb | June 6, 2011

In a bow to Gemini, I found a diverse collection of blogs, covering such things as the Maya calendar, Kim Kardashian, the eclipse paths, psychological astrology, and employing fun visuals and excellent graphics. Something for everyone to enjoy, I trust.

Happy eclipse season, everyone.

Art Gianfermo’s blog is called Aquarian Solutions: Providing mystical, occult and social commentary from an astrological perspective. He is currently writing on the 18-day phases of the Mayan calendar, which, by this reckoning, will end on October 28, 2011. “In my efforts to chronicle the swift, momentous changes aligned with the Mayan Universal Underworld and current astrological transits I have been researching the qualities of the rulers Gods/Goddesses of Aztec lore.”

Alison Gunn’s site, Beyond the Stars Astrology: Questioning all things occult, arcane, and interesting, is eclectic.  As her title says, her subjects and her writing are definitely interesting, and visually stunning. She uses graphics, video clips, Tarot cards and more with her fine writing on a range of subjects.
She has a unique series on the 12 houses, (i.e., The 6th house: I live to serve you, masterThe 9th house: Who Knows Where the Road Will Lead Us? Only A Fool Would Say and an archive of Excellent Posts from the Past, including such titles as My petition to include Athena in the planetary pantheonThe Wonder and Beauty of the Astrolabe; and The ‘Fixed’ Sky.

One article, Abandon hope, all ye who enter here, begins with the inquiry, “Why do we need astrology?” She concludes:  “It is the panacea of all those who suffer emotionally. For all of those who have abandoned hope that anything will ever change in their dreary, postmodern existences, astrology… does not have all the answers, no, but it helps people feel better. In this way, yes, of course it resembles religion; don’t think I hadn’t noticed that connection too. Astrology, however, is not the opiate of the masses, Karl. It is something much more interesting.”

Ralfee Finn writes a weekly column for Star IQ, which is also housed at her website, The Aquarium Age: Transformational Astrology.  Of the recent Jupiter ingress into Taurus, she writes: “Life is the greatest garden you will ever plant, and while Jupiter is in Taurus, the potential for gorgeous growth is gigantic.” Her blog is user-friendly and succinct, perfect for a quick check of the week’s energy. She also writes a bit on each sign. For Pisces, for the week of June 1 – 7, Ralfee writes: “Let the light move through the broken pieces and you’ll find the mosaic of your life to be far more beautiful than previously imagined. And then, just for a moment, be glad to be you.”

The Inner Wheel is a site “devoted to intermediate and advanced astrological interpretation.” Dawn Bodrogi has many articles archived on her very well-designed (i.e., easy to navigate) site, as well as information on her private practice. She teaches classes and tutors students with lessons “designed around the student’s own abilities.” Progressions and synastry are her specialties, and her recommended reading list is a useful compendium of (mostly) contemporary classics of modern astrological thought.

Carl Boudreau’s Astrology Blog has an accessible synopsis of this eclipse season. His view is subtle (he writes about Power Shifts and Quantum Shifts) but also worldly (i.e. Economic Prospects), and he has original graphics that get to the essence of the eclipse energies.

Linda Schurman is a well-known astrological cultural commentator. (You may be interested in my review of her book, What Next? A Survival Guide to the 21st Century.) She writes the Soothesayer Internet Newsletter, which features an article on the current eclipses and covers such timely themes as the U.S. debt ceiling and U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

Beth Turnage is the prolific blogger at Astrology Explored: An Astrology Media Press Blog.  She writes on celebrities (i.e., Kim Kardashian and William and Kate) and uses Astro*Carto*Graphy maps for current events (the May 22 tornado in Missouri) and to show eclipse paths. Along with tracking current affairs, she has longer pieces with  historical content — The Astrology of Royal Weddings: The Yod–Destiny Plays a Hand is a good example.

Feedback and comments welcome, as always.

Be well, one and all.

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Happy New Moon Week

By Mary Plumb | April 4, 2011

We’re taking off into another week, with the bold impulse of six Aries planets and the invisible grace of Neptune’s very new ingress into Pisces. Here are some blogs on the times — some are light-hearted, some are weighing the serious matters of the day — all are informed by the movements of the planets through the zodiac.

To start, this amazing site has been a Facebook favorite, but some of you may not have seen the Interactive 3D Model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky. Have fun.

The Oxford Astrologer: culture, society, astrology from mythopia has accessible and light-hearted fare on lots of topics. This week’s entry is on yesterday’s Aries New Moon. She has recently written on Elizabeth Taylor, Facebook, and 11 Good Things to Do While the Sun is in Aries (includes “fall in and out of love in a day”).

Kathy Biehl writes on many subjects at Astro-Insight for Personal Empowerment. She has a post on yesterday’s Aries New Moon, and recent entries have included Elizabeth Taylor and Charlie Sheen.

At Daykeeper Journal, Boots Hart writes on Neptune in Pisces, New Era, New Age.

At the same site, enjoy Alex Miller’s Black Hole Case Study: The Astrology of the Wisconsin Protests. (You can go back a week and read his LIz Taylor, Black Hole Venus.)

Neptune and Collective Mythologies is Dharmarucci’s evocative new post. He looks at the planet’s discovery chart and the current ingress and suggests that Neptune moving into Pisces “re- creates a feeling relationship that has been forgotten. And when you have knowledge and feeling working as one, then you have a new imaginative relationship, you have a new mythology.” (The article is right below the John Cleese YouTube clip.)

Verena Heinrich is a prolific blogger with a beautifully designed site, Shifting Realities. She incorporates Tarot symbolism and many other graphics, including an aspect calendar for April. Her thoughts on Neptune include: “After his ingress, Neptune will receive a semi-square from the Sun in Aries that happens together with a semi-sextile between Pallas in Aquarius and Pluto in Capricorn, and stresses personal initiative in order to advance our cause instead of wasting our energy on unimportant things.”

Nancy Sommers is always up-to-date on political matters. Her current entry is Lightning Strikes. Scroll down to read The Course of War, and her March 18 entry for a succinct list of some of the particularly stressful periods of time (i.e., Dates to Watch) through this month.

I missed this when it was first posted, but Erin Sullivan has a marvelous, long article on Egypt 2011 The Breaking of a Complex. A Mundane Astrological Study of the Revolution in Egypt.

Terry Lamb’s forecasts are thorough and multivalent; she describes overall themes and also gets very specific with monthly aspects. Enjoy her current article, Bright New Beginnings: April 2011 Planetary Currents.  

Jessica Murray is another fine astrological and social commentator. Her new blog is Death Metal Flying on the US and Libya.

Frederick Woodruff is a wonderful writer. His thoughtful assessment of the times, Your So-Called Life after the Jupiter-Saturn Opposition, includes “the ‘Where’s my Xanax?’ news.”  He adds:  “Neptune’s transit into Pisces corresponds with a renaissance, a revival in longing and the ways we explore that longing so as to feel connected at the deepest level of our being.”

Onwards! Have a great week, everyone.

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By Mary Plumb | March 14, 2011

9.0 earthquake, tsunami, possible nuclear meltdown, ongoing aftershocks, volcanic activity..

Can it get any worse?

Here we are all together now with shocks in every imaginable way being experienced on great swatches of this earth.

I felt very shaken and even scared for a moment as I fell asleep on Saturday night, after following the news for most of the day. Uranus moved into Aries and the earth’s axis actually did shift.

So far, I have figured out that the best thing I can do is to return to a stable ground within myself as these wildly unpredictable events continue to unfold. (Maybe my language is too mild: A nuclear expert on CNN called this an “unbelievably catastrophic event.”)

So the process in these last few days for me has been to stay informed, deeply look at what is happening, let the waves of feeling move through my mind and body, and find my way back to center with a deeper heart prayer for everyone. (Maybe other water-air types will find that a helpful idea.)

I have mentioned my friend, Norma Nakai Burton, minister of the Unity Church here in Ashland, in other blogs. In the service on Sunday she spoke of interconnection, and the one body that we are all part of. She led a meditation that was so helpful; I want to give you the basics of it.

After a few calming breaths, she gave the image of using our mind’s eye like Google maps. We scanned this whole magnificent earth. Then we dropped down in scale — she was very eloquent in taking us through this part — but the basic idea was to zoom in closer and closer and go all the way to northern Japan and focus prayers there. Any prayer or song or blessing or light that comes from your heart is good, of course. It was a very powerful visualization and I felt more settled. Using the very focused visuals that we all can see now with the internet and the TV and sending prayer quite specifically there, to that specific ground, feels like a useful idea for those of us not immediately impacted by the situation.

The astrology of these events is, naturally, like the events themselves,  great in scope and in some way breathtaking to behold.

Here are some fine blogs on the astrology of the time.

Ed Tamplin has researched earthquakes extensively. In this article, he looks at the chart for the Japan earthquake, the Fukushima reactor, Chernobyl and more. He also links to other of his very thoroughly researched articles, including Earthquakes and Astrology.

Theodore White was one of the astrologers who accurately predicted the earthquake: The Super Moons Of March And April: Large Magnitude Earthquakes and Storms Ahead.

The Japanese Nuclear Explosion by Dharmaruci discusses charts connected to the “nuclear axis” and speculates on Neptune’s April ingress into Pisces (which is accompanied by six planets in Aries).

Mark Lerner’s article at Earth Aquarius News is called Japan 8.9 Quake. He writes: “Major planets in our solar system, aligning with one another and shifting relative to our planetary home base, are the precipitating cause of what we are witnessing now in Japan and which may dramatically affect other places on Earth in the month or so ahead.” (Mark was the astrologer who originally identified the degrees of the “nuclear axis.”)

Robert Wilkinson at Aquarius Papers looks at various natal and progressed charts for Tokyo. He concludes:
“When something this big happens it affects us all, regardless of whether some know it or not. Over time events such as this one will teach us compassion, one-ness, and the clear need to overcome fear in all its forms. As John Donne once wrote in his 17th Meditation:

‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee….’ ”

Eric Francis has essays on the Sendai quake chart, the explosion at the Fukushima power plant and the chart for the first nuclear explosion (December 2, 1942). He also has a special edition of Planet Waves Podcast: Quake Chart Overview in which he summarizes the key astrological charts, and his interview with Karl Grossman, an environmental journalist with a keen interest in the nuclear industry.

I just found Australian astrologer Paola Emma’s fine site, Living Moon Astrology. Her newest post includes a wide selection of charts and methods (i.e., declination, lunar mansions).  She looks at both the December 2010 and January 4 eclipse charts, along with the 1898 and 1952 horoscopes for Japan. She also links to her many previous posts on mundane topics.

At Stellar Insights, David Crook looks at the 1898 (i.e., ‘Meiji’) chart for Japan, and the Feb. 12, 2011 solar return of that chart in Uranus Shakes Japan. He also includes an article from EarthSky on the March 19 Full Moon.

And, speaking of the upcoming SuperMoon, read Richard Nolle’s updated article SuperMoon: What It Is, What It Means .  (He coined the term in 1979.)

Michael O’Reilly’s The Astrology of Earthquakes (posted in 2010 at Neptune Café) has his essay on the subject, as well as articles by Richard Nolle, David Crook and Celeste Teal.

Michael, in his current NewScope column, notices the asteroids in the Japan horoscope for its formal surrender after WWII, September 2, 1945.

I know there are many other excellent and informative blogs out there. Please do add your suggestions. (Serious astrology on the web is getting much too big for me to track on my own!)

Have a good week everyone. Stay in touch.

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YouTube Astrology

By Mary Plumb | February 21, 2011

In the spirit of the current Mercury, Mars, and Neptune conjunction in Aquarius, let’s take a break and watch some astrology videos. I’ve collected a few, and there are many more on YouTube and around the web. I’d love to see some of your suggestions, too. (There’s always something new. I just heard about BrightCove, it’s apparently like YouTube with a higher quality video. Has anyone used that?)

Not everyone is on Facebook, so some readers may have missed Bruce Scofield’s lucid explanation of astrology, including the recent zodiac confusion. “To explain this whole astrology thing a little further is Bruce Scofield, a professor of geoscience and evolution.”

Kelly Lee Philips recorded Robert Blaschke’s 65-minute talk on Progression Theory at the Blast Conference in 2008.

Recorded at the Blast Conference in 2007, enjoy Robert Hand’s two- hour workshop on Reception from the medieval perspective.

Charles McClelland and Kelly Lee Phipps interview Richard Tarnas at the Baltimore NCGR Conference in 2007. This is an extensive interview – it’s an hour and 15 minutes.

Christopher Warnock of Renaissance Astrologyhas a collection of short videos on aspects of traditional astrology, including an eight-minute introduction to Horary, the Use of Talismans and the Mansions of the Moon.

Adrian Ross Duncan has a short demo of an astrological consultation here.

Joyce Hopewell has posted a short (approximately two minutes) introduction to the Huber Method of Astrological Psychology, followed by several other videos in which she describes key points in the method. She has other topics as well, such as Jupiter and the Art of Risk Taking.

Watch Steven Forest on The Future of Astrology, the 2007 keynote address from NORWAC.

Kelly Lee Phipps’s Return of the Magi series of interviews with astrologers begins by asking, “How did you get into astrology?”

Here are some of his interviews:

Adam Gainsburg

Glenn Perry

David Cochrane — this one is a full hour.

Gary Caton

Nick Dagan Best (45 minutes)

Lee Lehman on Classical Astrology (one hour, 36 minutes)

For some videos on early practices in astrology, Robert Schmidt has a ten-minute introduction to Hellenistic Astrology here.

Also, go here for Chris Brennan’s “A History of Western Astrology” (ten minutes)

Have fun watching videos everyone, and have a good week.

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