Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Man of Metal and Nerve

Aries is strong. He's in excellent physical condition. He positions himself. He rushes enthusiastically into battle. A victory is assured.

And now, as the sun briefly comes in, Uranus, presently in Aries, is on some sort of triumphant roll, unsettling everything in range. Almost.
Victories atomize. Unexpected ones materialize.

Well, Uranus is leaving fairly soon and Aries might get a break.

It's unnerving. Or over-nerving.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Good and Bad

Traditional schools of astrology separated the planets into malefic types and benefic.
The malefics were bad, causing harm to the individual. The benefics brought goodness and helped the person. The judgments spread to everything.

But take two olives, strong Kalamata for example, and instruct two people to eat one.

One might exclaim in joy, "Ooh, that's so so divine."
Another might say, "Icchhk! That's disgusting!!"

Some could conclude that nothing is inherently good or bad. Even if one perceives an entity as threatening, it loses that aspect when not engaged with. 

Here's an interesting piece of art. Good, right? Oh wait....That's bad!

So over time, the malefic benefic dichotomy fell out of favor. Modern schools make it a point to avoid prejudice against a planet. But thoughts of good and bad remain. Perceptions seem to have their own personalities.

In Capricorn, judgment is precise, right and wrong are established and enforced. Quality is determined. In Aquarius, judgment starts to crack and fall apart. There are oddities to consider.
In Pisces, judgment is irrelevant.

Now, as Neptune slowly travels through Pisces, and the south node finishes its current journey there, it can be confusing. Good and bad happen, but so what?
It boggles the conscious mind.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Between the Moon and the Sun

Western astrology uses the sun as the dominant element in a person, but my experience leads me to view the moon as equal in influence. As the Sun circles in the sky, its orbiting moon crosses the resulting path in two places. These points are the nodes of the Moon, and what I see as an answer to the ongoing puzzle of the luminaries. Where these paths cross occurs an integration of the disparate selves. This opposition exists in every chart.

The south node represents that which the individual has mastered and is ready to leave. Job done. Some say it reaches back to past lifetimes and contains cumulative memory of teachings previously learned about this facet of the personality.
The north node contains the discoveries of the future. They meet, or oppose each other, in the present.
While studying these nodes for many years, I've found them to be an accurate indicator of perennial problems in a person's life. The enigma. The paradox. The clue to possibility, perhaps destiny.

Some say that people can integrate the two nodes and enjoy a good life. Some say choose one or the other. I am of the opinion that a person benefits by relinquishing a grip on the south node. The reason I think one gains by loosening from this point is because it requires no effort to effect the behavior. It's entirely automatic, habitual. It will continue to act without one's work, which frees up energy to be consciously applied elsewhere.

The south node is easy to be occupied with. It has a familiar draw.
For those who look toward the north node potential, I think the positive attributes enter by osmosis and fill the bank for later use. Or anytime, really.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rhyme and Reason

These two have been serving humankind, as they say, for ages. 

In this line of thinking, rhyme would be my servant. I kind of like that. I'm a poetry lover.

Rhyme and Reason are a good combo. The poetic drifter, Rhyme, gets meaning through smart Reason. Reason gets to loosen up. They are what's called harmonious. No wonder they stay together.

These two are so in love, they made music together, and produced a charming offspring, known to earth dwellers as Rhythm & Blues. 

Some don't realize that Blues is quite intellectual, you know, if you really look at it.

And as for rhyme as my servant, I'll pay anyway, for the excellent job.

Friday, February 10, 2017

South Node in Aquarius or the Eleventh House

The south node in Aquarius portrays detachment from personal involvement and a sublimation of self glorification that no longer serves the purposes of the individual's destiny. He often clings to the need to be different when what he wants most of all is to be embraced, and falling short of that goal, he magnifies his eccentricities thus verifying his belief that he's an aberration and has little need for individual love. A lover of humanity who pines for a lover. The SN's cerebral skills are well evolved but by now he knows enough. His proclaimed adherence to equality and democratic ideals betrays his true longing to be an autocrat and a superior shining star among the masses of ordinary human creatures. He knows he's cut out for greatness.

The misfit and rebel. The Aquarian SN identifies with the rejected, destitute, and downtrodden masking a deeper desire to join the ranks of the mighty and well entrenched in society's inner sanctum of wealth and position. Sometimes he will purposely be outrageous and unacceptable to ensure his lack of worth to those in the higher echelons. He will frequently be found in social services biding time in an ultimately unsatisfying career hoping for the chance to be served rather than always be of service to the unfortunates in common society.

This nodal native will often display rebellious behavior thinking it quite normal to be halted for fractures of the rules of the game, while inwardly seeking an equitable relationship with the ruling elite, and ultimately a prized superior position in the ranks. What he often does not realize is that expression of true confidence gives him the freedom within the upper crust to still be independent and as quirky as he wants to be, as long as he can let go of the obsessive need to be an outcast, and he remembers his innate non-attachment to material luxury.

Observation versus participation. Like a cool and rational scientist, the 11th house SN immerses himself in the crowd, maintaining enough separation to ensure that personal hurt touches him only peripherally. He studies human behavior and can be an expert on the psychological underpinnings of society's members, but he himself remains emotionally distant approaching personal involvement in a technological way. His longing for group love keeps him immersed in crowds, but his reluctance to step into the spotlight, fully animated, dulls his true ambitions. He remains an equal part of the congregation.

Shunning the Spotlight. Rage at the system masks his ability to use it as his audience. While once afraid of being found out, he now wants to bask in the glory of being discovered and even fully exposed in the limelight. Self consciousness and an attempt to maintain his intellectual prowess keeps him from enjoying the warmth of people and the admiration that comes from being his authentic uninhibited self, where each performance begets another successful performance and the crowd applauds enthusiastically.  He's coming to love the crowd loving him.

Circumstances beyond control. Aquarius often tries to control spontaneous events since he knows that circumstance will get out of his grip no matter what he does. He now understands some of the larger than ordinary influences that govern life on earth, but still he finds it difficult to let go and lose himself in moments of abandoned self expression. What will happen to the world without his awareness? A preoccupation with the future that once inspired the crowd to consider utopian possibilities now inhibits his celebratory immersion in the present.

Pessimism.  The SN 11th house is accustomed to looking at gloomier aspects of existence instead of a bright future, unless it's shaped by his visions. He's too aware of humankind's path thus far and perceives more of the same. That could be accurate, but now he wants to plan for better conditions at least within his own realm. He can indulge in playfulness this time around, if happiness is no longer thought of as foolish. Or even if it is. Like the performer who's come to expect the bad review, he overlooks the inevitable raves that are due to come his way. Happiness is a possibility, at least momentarily, as he learns to spread joy with his unpretentious self love, leaving the world to its own machinations.

The mind vs the heart. What gets the SN Aquarian's heart going is  association where conventional attraction need not be expressed. Overdone love of concepts and ideals prevents the native from experiencing the full pleasures of ordinary romance. Sexual expression of devotion can be problematic, if singular devotion even enters in. He frequently frowns on the melodramatic sentimentality of romantic escapades. Too many requirements for freedom can restrict affairs of the heart.

Alienation. The marked detachment of the 11th house SN can create the feeling of being a stranger. He's come to rely on his aloof nature, but now he longs to feel the heat of emotion and even suffer the results of losing himself in personal mergers, even when some admire and seek his mastery of separation. Dependency is not attractive, but he knows it's a by-product of the relationship he's really seeking. It's the antidote to his isolation.

Rejection of useless fun. The SN Aquarian secretly wants to forgo world weariness and enjoy life unashamedly. He resists silliness even though he  can have a great sense of humor and a talent for dry observation. Still, the childlike nonsense enjoyed by others eludes him or falls short of the mark when he tries it. It can take on a stilted nature. He is serious and embarrassed by flights into what he often considers stupidity, where mindless fun overcomes intellectual pursuits. He's ready now to join the party, if he can overcome his fear of eclipsing his vast intelligence and advanced state of evolution.

Everyman's man is now ready to leave service to the collective and shine with a brilliant ego, illuminating the environment and drawing the full attention of the crowd in a healthy glowing exchange of love given and love received. After years of supporting others as a democratic member of the group, his turn to step above the audience and be singled out as special has come. No longer bound to identify with the oddballs and misfits of humanity he can consider himself a full fledged accepted and adored part of the crowd, or ideally, the star. The curtain calls with the North Node in Leo.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Solid Footing

The trend nowadays is to step lightly and nimbly around the planet and barely leave a footprint. Well, to attempt to, ideally.

So I got to thinking and trying to imagine the total number of footprints a human creature makes in its lifetime. It boggled even my brain. I find it truly astonishing.

With Neptune in Pisces, and fairies flying everywhere, it's easy not to leave a footprint. It washes right away, anyway.

But with Pluto in Capricorn lumbering heavily on the dirt these years, footprints do sink in. Even these eventually disappear.

Maybe it's primarily gravity, upon which the sole feels its way, lightly or anywise. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Capricorn has great admiration for high quality. It likes commodities that are well made and enduring. People of this judicious sign are drawn to expert craftsmanship, carefully selected raw materials, and end products that efficiently serve a purpose.

These types love to own products that reflect status and authority. The color black, accents of gold, silver, sleek lines and simplicity attract their eye. Naturally brands with impeccable reputations are appealing.

While such people are prudent when it comes to finances, sometimes dramatically thrifty, if they see and want the best, they'll pay for it.

Of course cheap, badly made, short-lived detritus is tempting, but one can always find these things. Markets are broad. And abroad.

Elegance of form accompanies functional perfection with Capricorn's influence.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Revolutionary Tendencies

Well, it's excellent timing from my calculations.

Uranus, the astrological planet symbolizing revolution, just turned direct in Aries and comes to a square aspect with U.S. Pluto in Capricorn, positioned at 27°, by June of 2017. A strong challenge to the present government is approaching an extended climax.

On an interesting bend in reality, an unusual creature appeared in politics and took the lead. He upended the established order to become president of the United States. Job complete. Well done, against the odds.

America chose to take this tangential route, logically most likely. 
Having a Sun, Uranus, and the north node closely conjunct in the 10th house of public life, the new executive is an apt emissary for the unordinary planet. 
Mars rising is the other part.

Uranus influences the collective, but sole sovereignty remains intact with Aries. Fitting into the prescribed social construct is actually optional. As for the relationship between the self and the rest of humanity, one can get to it.

What does a united one world mean? It could be any universe. It could be The Universe. Who wants it? Let it keep its own self together, Aries might think. 

Or considering government ..... should it control this universe and that universe? 
By all means, says Pluto in Capricorn.

Uranus is a futuristic phenomenon. It breaks apart defining lines so earthlings can move into further dimensions and explore. Aries pushes out hard, adding to the barrier bust, pursuing freedom from constraints.

So America, with great nerve and in defiance of convention, has placed an executive anomaly into the presidency to shake up, dare I say disrupt, the normal proceedings in Washington, D.C. 
Pluto in Capricorn is getting a poke. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

President Muckraker

Although the incoming president of the U.S. has a Leo ascendant at 29°, marking his persona, almost all of the first house is in Virgo. When blended compositely with his strategic adviser's chart, they have five planets in Virgo.

In a cosmic match-up, the North Node of the Moon is just finishing its year and a half transit of Virgo.

The less than pristine nature of American broadcast and print journalism is very much on display at the moment. Virgo is famously opposed to filth.

Cleanup on aisle 1776!!

Saturday, January 07, 2017


"The study of vibrations and electrical force fields has revealed the permeability of a world previously assumed to be solidly material."

So says the Divine Astrologer regarding Aquarius, and its planet Uranus. 
That threw a curve into people's thinking.

It does get mixed up. Even if the invisible can't be seen people know it's there. Uranus draws attention to alternate worlds, and these days scientists are on it. They're measuring, counting, extracting, deconstructing, analyzing, identifying, and even naming names. They figured it out, while admitting they're not yet exactly sure of the number.

If you place several objects in front of babies, they'll organize them into sequences understood only by them. They're not schooled yet to put things in order the way people think they should.

The artist does a similar thing, although some follow a more traditional juxtaposition than others.

People are taught that this harmonizes with that, and that belongs with this, and deviations from the rules cause distress. I think it's reversed for artists. Maybe that's why they're so fond of mind altering concoctions that so deliciously blow the confines of their brains.

This is the world of Uranus, the entity responsible for invention and genius.

It can start out as a mistake that leads to intrigue and an urge to follow the strange path opened up. It can lead to anything. But it usually comes back to something.

As to the distress, one can easily hear it in discordant music. It's interesting. When departing from traditional melodies, harmonies, rhythms, etc., emotions get confused. I think that sends the observer further into the intellect.

Uranians can be distant, not especially warm, fuzzy, sentimental, and sweetly affectionate. The colder world of intellect is often preferable. A newcomer can turn on a heater.

But out of this invisible realm comes the unusual, the unanticipated, the whimsical, the wild, the inappropriate, the unique, and the brilliant.

And so invention is born. Whether this advances humankind or not could be a matter of opinion. I'll let the scientists figure it out.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

D. Tweeter Trump

Donald Tweeter Trump, Tweeter as he's commonly known, was born into a large hillbilly family in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They didn't have a TV.

He got his name because of his remarkable ability imitating bird calls. He could do them all. Nightingales, chickadees, wrens, robins, finches, you name it. He could even do a blue jay.

The family did fairly well, but as time went on they migrated north to New York, much like Jethro and the Beverly Hillbillies did on the opposite coast.
They settled first in the Borscht Belt and eventually moved to New York City.

Tweeter acquired millions and millions of friends on account of his gaiety and all around good disposition. Even prominent figures around the world are now tuning in and listening to his bird calls.

People back home in the hills often said that young Tweeter was headed for great things due to his impressive talent. They were right.

The family is mighty proud.

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Emotional States of America

Cancer, astrologically speaking, is the primordial mother, with her coos, kisses, and hugs. She protects and nourishes her young, which is everybody. She soothes all hurts as they come. She fills the intimate world with comfort, perpetually responsive to feelings. Feelings, of course, cross the full spectrum.

The United States is a Cancer by birth. Mother country is literal in this case.
She also has Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter in the sign, and Jupiter especially exaggerates the Cancer traits.

These days it makes sense to take into account the dense influence of Pluto in Capricorn slowly moving in opposition to Cancer.

Cancer, at the bottom of the astrological wheel, depicts home, refuge, and the mother, while Capricorn, at the top, is the symbol of father and success in the outer world. The current transit completes the parental axis.

In Cancer, emotions are supreme, but in Capricorn one learns that personal feelings are secondary when stepping up the ladder on the way to vocational fulfillment. Childish dependencies are excluded. Pluto in Capricorn transiting opposite Cancer now reveals an enhanced phase of maturity and worldly achievement. Things can be done.

Strict Saturn, Capricorn's ruler, forms a potentially useful square aspect to the Cancer placements in America's wheel. The family is able to manage itself, theoretically. 
The firm influence of the sober architectural planet comes in handy when it's time to draw and actualize plans and choose jobs, yet the value of expressing emotions within reason is usually appreciated.

In the land, crying is common, whining ever-present, fear misplaced, screaming acceptable, laughter spontaneous, and it's largely non-political, if even interpersonal. Emotions are hard to conceptualize. Their source is vague. A current event can trigger an ancient memory since linear time gets obscured in the instinctive realm of feelings. They come from anywhere looking for a logical sequence and looking for form, not always finding these things.

But by a stroke of happenstance, the country has that aforementioned Mercury in Cancer, which can study and comprehend emotion, with, believe it or not, objectivity.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas in Capricorn

Capricorn is the astrological sign representing preservation, conservation, and tradition. The United States has toyed with straying from her Christian roots over the years, but the experience runs steady.

The rituals of the Christmas holiday carry a certain sway. Even the shops are closed, after all. The world gets quiet.

It's occurrence around the time of the winter solstice in cold serious Capricorn probably adds to the attraction, with all the fire and light, the multi colors in particular. Warmth spreads. Spirits are high as Sagittarius ends. Peace on earth, goodwill toward all is a well received concept.

Of course, there are always those who protest the yearly event in this land of free expression. But if it were not these rituals, there would be others, probably just as objectionable, to mark the longest nights of the year. The dissident spirit is as good as any.

Thoughts of holiness combined with commercial jubilation create a celebration that has appealed to many for quite awhile. Participation is singular, although the display of light is omnipresent. Such are the miracles of human crafted illumination.

Pluto in Capricorn is investigating American traditions as it returns to its native position. Some are eliminated, some are kept, generally.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Perfect Nest

Astrological chart of President-elect Donald Trump
You see that circle with the dot high atop this chart? That's the Sun at 22° Gemini. Right next to that is the north node of the Moon at 20. Exactly in between the two lands USA Mars at 21° Gemini. Now that's cozy. 

America pokes and stabs the soon to be president's Sun, stimulating his not too limited confidence as well as attacking it. It's a convenient receptacle for American aggression. The fact that his ego is strong and resilient actually fuels the combative Mars and provides a continuing outlet, while further arousing the radiant sun. These fiery entities thrive on high vitality, the end result being forceful dispersion of ideas everywhere in varying degrees of substantiality, which is fine with Gemini. Communication flows, energetic, bellicose, and possibly educational. 

The north node nestling on the other side says, "Welcome."

Birds of a feather tweet and twitter, with fledgling concepts and animated words flying regularly from the nest. 

As circumstance would have it, both have Uranus nearby, upping the ante, intellectually speaking.

Monday, December 12, 2016

War of the Words

Mars likes to thrust, pierce, and draw blood either literally or figuratively. The United States has Mars in Gemini at 21 degrees and words are her weapon of choice. One can see this daily as the broadcasters on the public stage attack one another fast and vigorously. Verbal sparring is highly regarded and gossip is limitless. 

Now you take the brilliant Sun in Gemini with its Mercurial winged feet aflame, sprightly and nimble. And one who's verbally confident, firing magnificent phrases with every breath.

Or if you'd like, consider Venus in Gemini, with her preference for pleasurable and beautiful words. Singing, poetry, and the like.

Or how about mad Uranus in Gemini, shocking neurons and sending minds careening into dithers and frenzies. That's beyond war. There aren't even words for it.

There's some Gemini for you. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

One on One

 Jupiter and Saturn in Libra

Saturn in an astrological chart represents inhibitions, fears, and restrictions designed to assist the native in developing expertise in an area of life. One works hard to use these obstacles and comes to understand the value of time and patience.

Saturn in the sign of Libra means to establish solid, sustainable balance. Relationships are a major component of the equation.

If you study Libran types, you probably are familiar with their great skill in face to face exchanges. They are masters of the one on one.
Conversations, full of interesting and accurate observations, frequently go on for a long time, while they listen to what you say and respond with their own opinions. They enjoy debate and are surprisingly comfortable with disagreement, whether they like you or not. The love of ideas is paramount.  They see differing sides and possibilities in situations. The detachment and objectivity of the air element is theirs.

In Aries, self interest thrives, if even Aries is aware of the other. Across the wheel in Libra, the other is equally important.

Libras can actually be quite bellicose while claiming that they really didn't incite the battle. It's probably part of the complete balancing mechanism which sees and uses hostilities as a way to achieve harmony and peace.... the goal.

The United States has Saturn at 14 degrees Libra. It's my theory that the two party political system is highly favored because of this trait in her personality. She recognizes a way to real cooperation, one on one.

In a two party system, and with Saturn in Libra, the pendulum swings back and forth rhythmically regardless of the individuals elevated. Fears within each faction are natural when losses occur, especially the fear that creating and maintaining balance is too difficult a task. With Saturn, time and experience are essential.

Jupiter is transiting Libra this year and the urge to settle differences is increased, as well as the urge to escalate them. One might think the art of logic would be revitalized, justice and equality aside.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Making America Fun Again

The Zoloftian state of the American psyche could use a lift. Don't you agree?

It's true that antidepressants sort of work in a way, but fundamentally they mask the cost free and reliable natural source of optimism within the self. Probably they are useful in certain cases.

In national terms, the north node of the Moon in Leo, which America possesses, was born for fun. Where there's life, there's play. Because Leo loves itself so unashamedly  and unabashedly, how could such a country not enjoy herself?

Now add Mars and Uranus in Gemini and you have the added dimension of wild frolic. Fun and games ad infinitum.

Back in the beginning of last century, movies became high worldwide entertainment. America led the way. 
"There is no doubt that Hollywood has been the most popular and successful producer of film throughout the history of cinema", says the Directory of World Cinema.

Films came out in serial form and every week people all over the planet waited with excited anticipation for the next reel. The Perils of Pauline, Buck Jones, and Tarzan were among the favorites. Westerns were particularly adored. 
I think they're always anticipating the next show. So far, America has not disappointed her audience.

Oh, for sure, the country has a deep and serious side, most things do. But electro-magnetically speaking, the USA has a recipe for abundant happiness on the public stage. I admit it can resemble a circus at times, and there are dangers and sorrows in the drama, but Saturn in Sagittarius these days is traveling to some real sources of joy, beyond mere entertainment. Fun mixed with jubilation is a great cocktail. Set me up please.

Sunday, November 20, 2016


There are truths, whole truths, half truths, nothing but the truths, and honest lies. To name a few.

In Gemini, lies are fun. These pranksters enjoy the spoof. Frolic is the intent, and truths are okay too. They all go together.

As the wheel progresses, and after brutal Scorpio, people might seek some atonement, so they inject morality into the talk and speak of the nobility of truth. This happens in Sagittarius.
Then the ongoing lies are set in a framework of truth, yet they still travel together as discovered in Gemini.

Honesty is appealing to people even if the words don't exactly match the sensation. They seem to have an instinct for it. It can be a relief.

But occasionally people wonder, "Are you for real?""Really?" "That's true," they breathe out with satisfaction.

It's hard to say at times. It's difficult to know what to believe.

Saturn, halfway through Sagittarius now, invites logic into these matters of mind. Most of it is short-term, seen through a lens. Generally partially true, probably.