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Peak Moments of 2012

By Tem Tarriktar | December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays to all of our readers!

Mary Plumb is taking a well-deserved holiday break, so I thought I would fill in this week and contribute my article from the current Dec/Jan issue of The Mountain Astrologer. It is one of eight articles from our “Astrologers’ Forum on 2012.” If you haven’t seen that issue yet, you can still purchase it directly from TMA. Better yet, especially if you are a regular reader of this blog, why not subscribe to TMA? You’ll enjoy a year of great articles and forecasts, get free access to the digital version of TMA, and help us fund this blog. If you appreciate the quality of the writing and editing we provide, please support our work with your subscription dollars. Digital-only subscriptions are also available for only $33/year and include the current Dec/Jan issue, plus 6 more, for a total of 7 issues. You’ll also get your issues earlier; we expect to post the upcoming Feb./Mar. 2012 issue before January 1.

Here is my article, Peak Moments of 2012 and Forecast for Each Sign

Happy New Year!

–Tem (TMA Publisher)

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A Summer Monday

By Mary Plumb | August 8, 2011

If you, dear readers, are anything like me and my friends and family, you will understand that I am taking a week off from the blog. Time needed to assimilate, maybe, and have a bit more time to enjoy beautiful summer weather.

Transiting Mars is out-of-bounds (now at 23N46) and continuing to engage the brilliant and bright energy of Uranus (which it squares on Tuesday morning), and confront the hidden reserves of Pluto. (Mars is opposite Pluto on Wednesday night. Let’s make the most of it — this particular aspect won’t happen again until July 2013.)

Mercury is retrograde, of course, and rules siblings. Here’s a link to my sister Kate’s recent blog on this retrograde:

With Mercury retrograde, if you have time to reflect here are some articles on our site that you may have missed, or that deserve another read.

TMA’s Beginners Series There are 13 parts; plenty to keep you busy for a while.

In case you missed the very cool digital flip-book, here’s the entire June/July issue.

Book Reviews appeared only on the web from March 2007 through September 2008. There are lots of wonderful books reviewed here.

Robert Blaschke’s blog on Mercury Retrograde.

Gary Caton on The Moon and Mercury Overthrow the Sun.

Laughter Yoga, scroll down for the link to the video.

Love to one and all,


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Week Off

By Mary Plumb | January 24, 2011

Hope everybody has a good week.  We are taking a week off from the blog.  I plan to reread the recent blog posts from our guest blog authors, and all of your fine comments.

Mary Plumb

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News from TMA — A Digital Option Coming in 2011

By Tem Tarriktar | December 27, 2010

Hello everyone, and Happy Holidays:

Mary is getting a well-deserved holiday break from the blog this week. So here is a chance to bring you the latest news from TMA headquarters in Grass Valley, California.

After a lot of hard work by our staff, the new February/March issue of the magazine is being printed this week! It is scheduled to be mailed out to our faithful subscribers on January 4, and to be in the stores by late January. This is a particularly interesting issue of TMA, a theme issue on archetypes, dreamwork, alchemy, and the water houses in the chart. This issue was orchestrated by TMA Special Projects Editor Kate Sholly, and features articles by Ken Johnson, Jodie Forrest, Ray Grasse, Dena DeCastro, Laurence Hillman, Arielle Guttman, Glenn Perry, and Alice O. Howell. We hope you’ll send us feedback after you have time to look it over. (Here’s  a sneak peek at the Table of Contents.)

In addition to keeping up with our relentless production schedule, I have been investigating what it would take to offer our readers the option of accessing a digital version of TMA, for subscribers who would like to have access while traveling, or don’t have the space to store printed magazines, or don’t want to use the paper in the first place. In my discussions with our circulation manager and with a technical consultant, it looks like there may be a logistically viable way for us to do it, while also making extra content available digitally that there isn’t room for in the printed magazine. I plan to post details of how this will work in a week or two, and I hope to have the digital option available to existing (and new) subscribers by late spring or summer of 2011. Subscription options will be: 1) just print; 2) just digital; or 3) both print and digital.

So let us hear from you, readers! What topics and writers do you want to see more of in TMA? What should we add on when we offer a digital option? And how can we expand/improve our forecast section?

I wish each one of you has a happy, low-stress, yet stimulating year ahead,


P.S.: A special thanks goes out to those of you who subscribed or gave gift subscriptions these last few months (the gift subscription sale ends on January 5th). Your subscriptions directly support our work, and I find it personally encouraging that our subscription numbers (as well as our prices) have stayed level even in the hard economic times of the last two years.

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TMA Blog Rests This Week

By Mary Plumb | August 30, 2010

Mary Plumb and all our great guest bloggers are taking an early Labor Day holiday! We’ll be back on Monday, September 6. In the mean time, do enjoy all the fine blogs from past weeks, especially Robert Blaschke’s recent Aberrations in the Venus-Mars Cycle.

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Good Monday!

By Mary Plumb | February 22, 2010

Hello to all TMA‘s dear readers. This is not my usual blog, just a warm note to let you know I’m taking a little break this week as I get ready to go to Boston early tomorrow for the NGCR conference. I’ll be TMA‘s eyes and ears, so please come and find me and say hello.

I’ll be there with my sister, Kate Plumb, a fine companion and terrific astrologer from New York. As she likes to tell people, we shared a room for 18 years. I think she mostly remembers that I was messy (that is, a Pisces). I mostly remember that she used to get up in the middle of the night to rearrange the furniture (that is, a Capricorn). To be fair, we each have a tendency to exaggerate – she’s got Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn, I have the same conjunction in Aquarius.

Please do come find me in Cambridge with any and all praise, ideas, complaints, feedback to Tem and his amazing TMA crew. I’ll gladly carry all your wishes back to everyone at the office.

Next Monday I will have a new blog, and I hope to see some of you soon in person!

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TMA news

By Tem Tarriktar | November 8, 2009

Hello everyone,
Mary is getting a well-deserved break from the blog this week. And I want to bring you up to date on some TMA news.

After a lot of hard work by our staff, the new December/January issue of the magazine is done! It has been mailed and shipped, and subscribers around the world will be reading it soon. This issue includes an article on the history of flu pandemics and the astrological outlook for the current flu outbreak. Another article delves into the fresh water crisis developing on our planet, with some interesting chart delineation. There is an interview with Jungian astrologer Alice O. Howell you won’t want to miss. Add to that Dana Gerhardt on Sagittarius, an insightful look at Offstage Leo, and many more astro-morsels, such as an in-depth look at the upcoming U.S. Saturn return.

There is still time to order a subscription at our sale price of $33, good until November 16, for any address in the U.S. or Canada. Gift subscriptions are also $33, which is $6 savings off the regular price. Order here or call (800) 287-4828. You can also order a single copy if you prefer to buy one at a time.

Our Facebook page is worth checking out, especially if you want to participate in discussions on over 20 astrological topics, like the Saturn-Pluto Square, the 12th House, Early Degree Cardinal Planets in Your Chart, and so on. Just search for us on Facebook and click on “Discussions” — then, become a fan of the magazine if you like.

Feel free to let us know what you like most (or like least) about TMA — you can comment below if you like, or send an e-mail to editorial@mountainastrologer with the subject line “Reader Survey.”  What type of articles interest you most? Which writers would you like to see more of?

And look for bits and pieces of the new issue to be posted here in about a week!

Happy Transits,

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News from The Mountain Astrologer

By Tem Tarriktar | July 12, 2009

If you enjoy the magazine and/or following this blog, you may also want to read and post comments (and check out our discussion boards) on The Mountain Astrologer’s Facebook page.

The new August–September issue of The Mountain Astrologer is now reaching subscribers and will soon be in stores. It is packed full of good articles, including a feature on how to use Feng Shui with the energies of each New Moon as it activates one of the houses in your chart. In these intense times, we could all use a chuckle or two, so we have posted our astro-humor section for you to enjoy here. We have been running humor in each issue since 1988!

We are busy now preparing the next issue, which will feature a dozen articles that we have specially selected from TMA in the 1990s, from issues have been sold out for many years now. These articles deserve a second look, and some of them have updates. Writers include Bruce Scofield, Dana Gerhardt, Will Keepin, Al H. Morrison, Greg Bogart, Linda Johnsen, and Barbara Schermer. There will also be fresh articles from Donna Cunningham (on aspects) and Jeff Jawer (on the big cardinal sign outer-planet  transits coming in the next few years). You won’t want to miss this issue of TMA, scheduled to be mailed to subscribers the first few days of September.

If you want to invest in your astrological education and keep up to date with astrological theory and practice, we are running a special TMA subscription offer until July 31. If you subscribe directly from this web site, we will automatically add a free issue to your subscription, to give you 7 issues for the price of 6 ($39 for any address in the U.S. or Canada). That is a savings of $16 on newsstand prices, and you can start with any issue you like. This offer is for new subscribers only (you are considered new if you have not been a subscriber for a full year), and your first issue will be in the mail within a few days. Incidentally, we don’t sell or share our subscribers list … ever!

And for those of you who missed the June issue featuring Ray Merriman’s article on the Economy, you can pick it up as a back issue here. We still have a few boxes in stock.

Many thanks to our Web Editor Mary Plumb (and prolific contributor Robert Blaschke) for posting so much timely material on this blog, and thanks to all for your insightful comments and suggestions. Let’s hear from more of you in the weeks ahead.

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Merriman’s New Article

By Mary Plumb | May 11, 2009

There is a letter in the new (June/July) issue of TMA from a reader requesting more articles with an in-depth analysis of planetary cycles and financial information. Ray Merriman’s article, Is It Camelot or an Economic Armageddon?, in the new issue, (which subscribers will have any day, if it’s not there yet) addresses that request in his article.

Merriman coined the term “Cardinal Climax” in 1999, and much has been written on Saturn, Uranus and Pluto all entering cardinal signs in hard aspect to each other. Pluto in Capricorn is the harbinger, followed by Saturn moving into Libra this fall, and Uranus into Aries in May 2010. The impact of the Cardinal Climax is from 2008-2015.

This configuration is currently joined by the rare (i.e., in 3,000 years it has occurred only once – in 1843) mutual reception between Uranus in Pisces and Jupiter and Neptune in Aquarius. Merriman relates the 1843 mutual reception to events surrounding Andrew Jackson’s abolishing the Second U.S. National Bank and what is happening now with our current private bank, the Federal Reserve.

The charts of the current key players are discussed in the article – the U.S. national chart, Obama, the Federal Reserve, Robert Gates, Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke (all with planets in early degrees of cardinal signs).

For readers who may not be familiar with Ray Merriman, he is a financial astrologer with a keen understanding of long-term cycles. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones and financial matters are not of interest to you, Ray’s descriptions of the psychological implications of these transits are invaluable.

A brilliant point he elaborates on, for example: Once Saturn is past its last opposition to Uranus (in July 2010), that planet will be in waning phase with all the outer planets. Saturn is fearful, and the last square is fretful. He writes: “With the waning square, the light is on the decrease: The future seems more and more uncertain.” However, the longer cycles of the outer planets (i.e., Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are in waxing squares to one another, implying a time of growth. ”In the waxing square, the light is still on the increase: The future is brighter.”

I thought Ray’s article was a riveting overview of the great issues that are keeping some awake at night. (Lest this sounds like TMA bragging, I personally had nothing to do with the editing, etc. I read the article along with many of you as it arrived in my mailbox.)

This blog is merely a hint of what he’s written about. Once you’ve read it, come back and let’s talk about it.

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Hello TMA Readers

By Tem Tarriktar | February 1, 2009

Hope you are enjoying our February/March 2009 issue, and look forward to your comments on the articles, especially the articles exploring the Lunar Nodes in-depth. Feel free to post any comments about that issue, or the magazine in general, here. We are currently working on the April/May issue, which includes a major article on President Obama’s chart.

I wanted to write a quick note to call your attention to three new things available on this site. First, we have posted an article written by expert financial astrologer Ray Merriman from our October/November 2005 issue. In that article, he projected likely economic trends and events in the years ahead. Second, we posted the entire June/July 2007 issue as a free pdf download, so that visitors to this site can view a complete sample issue of TMA. Third, we have a special Back Issue sale in effect through March 31; you can get them for only $3.50 each, plus shipping charges. In our “Back Issues” section, you can view the table of contents of the 50 issues we still have available, dating back to 1999. If you are new to TMA, this is an incredible opportunity to get these for your library before even more of these gems go out of print.

We also plan to update our article index in early February, to make it easier to find more of your favorite topics and authors in astrology. And finally, many thanks to our webmaster Mary Plumb for her fortitude in keeping this site updated!
Tem Tarriktar
TMA Publisher

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