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Season’s Blessings and Love

By Mary Plumb | December 24, 2018

The TMA staff sends all friends, family, neighbors and loved ones – near and far, known and unknown – our warmest wishes for a safe, happy Solstice season and a New Year that is bright with unbounded hope and unvarnished dreams coming true!

Thank you for your loyal support for TMA and we look forward to traveling in 2019 with each and every one of you.

Tem, Kate, Nan, Linda K., Mary, Jan, Sara, Linda B., Rae and Ann

Photo by Jeremy Gallman/Unsplash

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Mercury retrograde

By Mary Plumb | August 16, 2017

Mary Plumb corrects a very public error – writing a blog based on an incorrect birth time.

Oh dear, this is embarrassing…although before I wrote the blog on Sam Shepard I had been in personal touch with AstroDataBank to clarify the time, I just got an email that they have changed the record and it is more likely CWT after all. (I based the blog on CST.) I apologize for my error. (In an attempt to make this a teaching moment: the current Mercury retrograde in Virgo is quite close to my MC degree…right out there in full view for all to see.) Mary

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Do You Have IGS? (Irritable Gods Syndrome)

By The Mountain Astrologer | April 24, 2017

The same astrological research team that discovered the relatively unknown but widespread condition known as SLDS (Severe Libra Deficiency Syndrome) (1) has finished its research into IGS,(2) and discovered that a full 95% of the population are afflicted by Irritable Gods Syndrome. It turns out that political leaders, economic trends, and social conditions have been unfairly blamed for the difficulties and stress most of us experience, including unrequited love, chronic health issues, “developmental” despair, and fated encounters with used car salespeople. All along it was just cranky planetary gods.

An IGS attack can occur at anytime, so it is good to be near an ephemeris.

The classic symptoms are:

  • A persistent experience of difficult astrological transits, as if the planets were “out to get you” — if you have IGS, they are out to get you!
  • Every time you check the transits, the Moon seems to be square or opposed to an outer planet.
  • When Saturn changes direction, it always seems to do so on an important point in your chart, such as on your Sun or Ascendant.
  • Your progressed chart has been stuck in the cosmic muck for much too long now.
  • You suspect you have a retrograde Moon in your natal chart (at least that’s what your partner claims).
  • When you finally meet someone you are attracted to, and compare your natal charts, their Mars and Saturn are opposing your Sun, Moon, or Venus — it is as if the gods are taunting you.

IGS is nothing new, really. Almost all mythological stories feature one or more gods continually messing with each other and relentlessly messing with humans. I seem to recall something about one poor soul having to push a boulder up a hill. Hmmm…

Is there a cure for IGS? Although NoPlutoMoTrine, Retnograde, and a few other drugs have been suggested, and although Vedic astrologers have developed a large encyclopedia of remedial measures, the only certain cure for a severe case of IGS is reincarnation. But maybe in a different solar system.(3)


(1) SLDS is otherwise known as “being an Aries” or having Mars in a fire sign on the Ascendant. Notable people with SLDS include many presidents.

(2) “Research” in this case means 25 minutes with an ephemeris and some strong coffee, while talking to a few test subjects at the local donut shop.

(3) Wouldn’t it be nice if we could make trades with other solar systems (like sports teams do) and swap Saturn or Neptune for something new under the Sun? (We know, be careful what you ask for.)

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TMA blog news

By Mary Plumb | November 24, 2014

Good Monday everyone,

I forgot to tell you last week that TMA‘s blog is moving to an every-other-week format. We’ll have a new blog next Monday. In the meantime, here are some recent entries you may have missed:

Have you seen the Sun at midnight?

Travel well, Alice Howell

Astrological podcasts

Let’s spread the warmth, the spiritedness and generosity of the Sun in Sag in mutual reception with Jupiter in Leo as far and wide as we can! Have a wonderful, love-filled and joyful Thanksgiving, everyone.

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End of summer holiday

By Mary Plumb | September 1, 2014

Greetings to all,

In the US today is Labor Day which became a federal holiday in 1894 in honor of the American work force. The Moon is void-of-course for another few hours, and Mercury enters Libra (crossing the Aries Point) late tonight – tomorrow will be a whole new day. For now, we are resting the blog (and the bloggers) and I speak for the TMA staff in wishing everyone a very good holiday. With Sun in Virgo, may we take a break from unnecessary labor, and thoroughly enjoy the tasks that need to be done! See you next week.

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A big week…a quiet blog

By Mary Plumb | July 21, 2014

We are taking a break this week from TMA’s blog.

No new article, just all good wishes for us all to welcome change where it’s most resisted and blossom into deeper joy – with Saturn and Uranus stations, the Sun-Jupiter conjunction on Thursday, Mars’ ingress into Scorpio on Friday and New Moon in Leo on Saturday. What could be better?

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TMA announcement and early June blogs..

By Mary Plumb | June 2, 2014

I am pleased to be writing an educational products article for publication in TMA. If you produce an astrological DVD or CD, or an astrological course or webinar series that people can take from their homes, send the information to me:

Please describe your product briefly and provide your name/address/phone and web site URL. I look forward to seeing your product and considering it for inclusion in the article, which will appear in the Oct/Nov issue of TMA. Please contact me in the next week or two. With Mercury about to go retrograde, I want to have plenty of time to thoroughly appreciate your materials! Thank you.

And, here are some timely written and spoken blogs for this first week in June. Have a good week, everyone.

Evolutionary astrologer Rose Marcus at AstroLink has a June Overview, along with specifics for each sign. She is particularly keen on the significance of Ceres’ direct station in Libra on June 1 (having been retrograde since February 27). “No doubt you have been working your way through a significant relationship issue, whether that’s with another or yourself. Perhaps the karmic implication or recall has not been lost on you. Ceres is a regenerative influence that is quite similar to Pluto. She requires a journey to the dark side in order to be reborn into the light. Ceres confronts and resurrects in order to reclaim. This Ceres transit is one of the reasons that you may have felt so triggered or done-in by experiences that might otherwise have gone by with less notice, less reaction; that you might have taken in better stride.”

Andrew Smith’s entry, Mercury Retrogrades from Cancer into Gemini, at C*I*A, gives a clear description of the mechanics of the planet’s cycle and explains “what is actually taking place in consciousness during a retrograde period, so that you can understand what process is invoked during a Mercury Retrograde cycle.”

Michele Finey has another article at C*I*A, June 2014 Solstice and Lunation Reports. About the chart for the Cancer Ingress, she writes: “Uranus, Moon and South Node together suggest the potential for wild over-reactions that hark back to some past experience. Since this is a Solstice chart, the effects are likely to reverberate for several months…..We might expect some primal reactions to erupt from the unconscious. Other people might overreact to what we are saying or doing. Equally, we may find that we suddenly become angered, emotional, or behave in unpredictable ways when a painful memory resurfaces.”

David Cammegh, (Divine Order, not New World Order), has links to videos (about 15 minutes) for each sign. He’s upbeat and philosophically-minded and does a nice job of delineating June’s transits for each solar sign.

Here’s Carl Boudreau’s 29-minute video on The Astrology of June 2014 – Relationship Skakeups. He shows lots of charts and quite detailed analysis. “We will all be more respectful of boundaries and expectations and we will expect others to do the same. This radical attitude shift, multiplied 7 billion times, will bring wave upon wave of change.”

Tracy Atkinson is a Vedic astrologer, thus her entry on Jupiter speaks to that planet’s move into (sidereal) Cancer on June 18. “As you may remember from some of my past blogs, Jupiter is named Brihaspati and is the teacher or guru to the gods. In the mythology of Jupiter he instructed and protected the gods, and taught them how to get their share of the soma or divine nectar by using mantras to drive away their enemies, the demons or asuras. From this, we can see that mantra is one of the prime tools for conquering our personal demons and creating a state of peace.”

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Good Monday

By Mary Plumb | May 19, 2014

We’re taking a break from a blog this week. In honor of the Sun’s last day in Taurus and giving us all a chance to enjoy the lushness of the day.

Kate and Tem are getting ready for NORWAC and I am enjoying the company of Kate Petty who is in Ashland to be our guest speaker tonight at SONCGR (Southern Oregon chapter of NCGR) – informally known as Astrology in Ashland. Here’s the event: Astrology in Ashland

Please come if you’re nearby!

Have fun everyone near and far..

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Time out for the blog…

By Mary Plumb | March 3, 2014

Dear friends,

Several streams converged in the past few days and manifesting a blog did not make it to the surface!

I hope that’s not a disappointment (I know you have lots of other things to read).

And, the April/May issue of TMAThe Music Issue – is out now. Check out the contents here.

Have a good Mardi Gras and we’ll see you soon.


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Summer (blog) vacation

By Mary Plumb | August 18, 2013

Hello loyal friends and newcomers to TMA,

We’re taking a summer rest this week but will be back next week with renewed cheer!

Best to you all…

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