Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sovereignty of Mind

13 Months of Freedom
Transiting revolutionary Uranus has just reversed direction square to authoritative U.S. Pluto in Capricorn. It's headed back to 24 degrees Aries where it will turn direct and fairly slowly exit the sign, aspecting Pluto one more time.

You know that the United States has Mars in mental Gemini. The ruling planet of this placement, Mercury, finds itself positioned in Cancer at 24 degrees in the nation's wheel, across from Pluto, meaning the government molds people's thinking to its desires through all avenues of communication. The Uranus retrograde ends squarely on this Mercury and Pluto.

Sharing thoughts is revered but with these thoughts come many emotions, especially with Mercury in Cancer. Some are wonderful and some are decidedly unpleasant. Some people like that. Some don't. Some consume too much. Some don't get involved.

Mimicry is common with Gemini.

Governing people is a big job. To make it easier, Pluto in Capricorn, signifying the ruling body, often gives orders.

"You'll think what I say you'll think, you'll feel what I say to feel."

Uranus in Aries square Mercury says, "I'll decide what I think."

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Fiction and Fact

People love a good story and often care not if it's true, based on fact, or completely fabricated within the convolutions of the inventive brain.
They are titillated by the possibility of truth but by the time the stories reach the audience they usually have wandered far from the sketchy beginnings.
And so it is with news as the story is changed and embellished like a gigantic game of telephone.

With severe Saturn spending three months opposite U.S. Mars in Gemini and her president's Sun, fantasy, lies, and other distortions are coming to the fore to be handled as the group sees fit. Truth will peek out. Deceptions will continue.

I think true and false are about equal in importance. The story humankind creates is a loose weave traveling through history constantly adjusting to the tellers and the times. Fiction and fact are both enjoyed. Fantasy provides relief from reality and hard cold evidence relieves the anxiety of confusion.  Some fear that fiction can upset the flow of earthly events, but that isn't likely. Say what you will. it does what it does.

Sagittarius is known for honesty. It often attaches a spiritual dimension to the concept of truth. So truth becomes in essence a product of divinity, greater in scope than the mere human being. Maybe the small human is enhanced by its practice. Uplifted. Elevated, you might say.

Gemini, on the other hand, is famous for lies of  all colors, all shapes, all sizes. Yet Gemini also delivers information, sometimes accurate. And sometimes sources can actually be verified.

Together Gemini and Sagittarius oversee the education of humankind. With Mars in Gemini, the U.S. communicates with zeal and bellicosity. But this active Mars also is in square aspect with Neptune, so the people often wander into netherworlds, mists, and altogether nebulous reportage.

If clarification within the fogginess is desired, perhaps Saturn can bring some crystallization to the country's thoughts by the conclusion of the three month station.

"Where precisely are we?" one might ask. "What exactly is going on?"

Who's who and what's what?

What's up?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Earth to the White House!

America's feisty Mars at 21° Gemini, together with the president's ebullient Sun at 20° and North Node at 22°, are now in opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius, 21. It's part of a three month station as Saturn prepares to leave for Capricorn. 

To mark the occasion, a new Director of Communications, with Sun, Mercury, Mars, and the south node in Capricorn, and an official new Press Secretary, were just appointed by the infamous President Trump. You know, of course, that Gemini governs communication. Saturn tends to be serious. They're all kind of educational.

I, for one, would like to stay updated. What was that number again?

Friday, June 23, 2017

North Node in Leo or the Fifth House

His regal majesty is ready to take the throne. After serving humanity and being eclipsed by the magnificence of others for ages, the Leo North Node has finally found his kernel of self aggrandizement. He can now stand above the crowd and assume rulership of all creatures. His radiance emanates. His power is mighty. He is the undisputed king.

Superiority. The NN Leo is unquestionably better than everyone else. The position can even be sometimes considered divinely invented. He wears the mantle of grandeur with aplomb and considers it his destiny to reign supreme. While once terrified of relinquishing his democratic ideals, the Leo now knows that people can remain egalitarian while he prances in elevation, providing a perfect focal point for their ideals and aspirations. In fact, the audience is uplifted by his uninhibited expression of self importance. 

Ego. Some are cut out to be the center of the universe giving the ego full rein. Like the planets surrounding the sun, the Leo North knows he is the center of the world, once he emerges from the group and fully enters the limelight. Bragging comes naturally to this self admiring native. While once adverse to revealing his ego, he now relishes the freedom to enjoy its  infinite expanse.

Pride, and Vanity. This node holder is proud to be himself and seizes opportunities to show off his special position. He often dresses the part, exaggerates his royal affectations, and reacts to the praise of his watchful audience, defying cultural norms that belittle self absorption and dominant self expression. Even if not entirely approved of, the rapt attention bestowed upon him suffices. What often is cause for embarrassment in others becomes great uniqueness with a north node in Leo. Long building self esteem is emerging. Privilege is his pleasure.

Spontaneity, Hilarity, and Happiness. This NN is coming from the somewhat dour and sober Aquarius SN to the wild, warm, wonderful world of Leo. He slathers on the greasepaint and steps into the spotlight to put forth his all to the ever responsive audience.
Leo lives to have fun. He entertains in luxurious fashion in lavish surroundings with an abundance of entertainment. With his excellency as the center of attention, the NN Leo wants to make sure that the people around him have the best time of their lives. The stiff serious restraint of the Aquarius SN is exchanged for the free, often ridiculous animation of Leo. A raucous party inevitably results. Dull moments cease to exist. The warm personal love received equalizes all he remembers giving through his impersonal SN. Happiness results.

High Drama. As Great Executor of the ongoing human drama, the Leo North is appropriately unrestrained in his heroic gestures; full of fire, amplified, and larger than ordinary life. He does not hold himself in. The exaggerated staging automatically draws attention and travels to the far empty corners of others' lives, and to their own unfolding dramas. Leo knows that all people are stars of their own shows. With his memory of group immersion behind him, he finds that the kernel of self aggrandizement is vast. His significance is obvious.

Creativity. The Leo North indulges in creative endeavors with the innocence of a child completely impressed with his output and bursting with the urge to show it off to everyone. He knows they will all be as amazed as he is by his voluminous talent. Applause is expected yet nonetheless heartily appreciated as he soaks in the adulation with pleasure. Unable to contain the surge he expresses more of himself. He ecstatically makes a big joyful mess.

Heart and Guts. Activating the region of the heart, along with the solar plexus provides warmth and courage to the Leo NN. The ego breathes into life. Confidence manifests. Honor will be defended. The intellectual cautiousness of the Aquarius SN can now be abandoned for uproarious self promotion which actually benefits others due to the ancient memory of serving humanity.

A Lover for the Ages. Leo deserves to be loved and knows it. It's only proportionate to the attention he bestows upon the recipients of his affection. Falling in, staying in, and falling out of this state of being is one grand continuum, with all the accompanying melodramas and occasional fractured hearts. Money, gifts, sex if applicable, entertainment, support of all kinds are part of his abundant generosity toward his loved ones. It can be boundless after waiting so long to erupt. The operatic magnitude of his romances is nourishment for the storybooks.

Leadership and the Power of Will. In the Aquarius SN, the Leo NN was accustomed to circumstances beyond his control. Some larger power beyond the self determined events. But in Leo, he realizes that he has the ability to shape circumstance and determine his own destiny. He's heading the production.
This automatically leads to others bestowing power upon him to guide them through the extraordinary thickets of mundane existence. He knows from past experience how to help the group progress, but now he's ready to do the same while standing out to garner credit, respect, prestige, and admiration. He is exceptional.

The North Node Leo is ready to relinquish his world weariness and live it up. Life is personally for the taking, full of amusement, so he can let go of his concern about the future of humankind and revel in the exhilaration of the present. His emerging radiance lights up the world and his glorious confidence acts as a beacon. He encourages self expression in all forms. He reaches the sphere of longing and gives reason to the moment. Something big is happening. The lights are on. The star has arrived.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

King Donald I Travels Abroad

So the north node of the Moon, freshly, barely into Leo, just crossed President Trump's ascendant at 29. King of the Beasts, highlighted. 
Mars is involved, and so was fixed star regal Regulus, at the heart of Leo, also known as Alpha Leonis, or the Cor Leonis in ancient Rome. 

You can follow the Big Dipper to locate the constellation of Leo if you're looking into the sky.

Apropos of the moment, he was received as royalty in Saudi Arabia. 
They know royalty when they see it and act accordingly.

His kingdom awaits his return.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Spring Planting

According to some observers, Donald Trump is a plant, installed into the United States' Presidency by Russia. Some merely label it collusion. They like that word.

Going to the Latin root, colludere, collude means to come together, to play.

Considering that Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has Sun, Mercury, Saturn, and Neptune in Libra, and that President Trump has a big Jupiter in Libra, and Neptune, too, it's natural that these two gentlemen would get along. And they do. 

And wouldn't you know it? President Putin's Saturn is at 17 degrees, exactly conjoined with President Trump's Jupiter. Jupiter and Saturn .... an ancient couple.... and old coupala .... America is in on this, too, with her Saturn at 14. Added to that is transiting Jupiter traveling through this year.

Well, within this setup of cooperation, it's still too soon to know exactly what they/we are agreeing and disagreeing upon.

Trump, of course, is eager to eradicate the terrorist outfit, Isis, in tandem with President Putin.
I'm sure he'd also like to work some deals regarding resources and markets in the Russian leader's part of the world.
Maybe they'd even like to have an elegant dinner together in high Libra fashion, silver tinkling merrily.

The Russian president has Moon in Gemini describing him as chatty and clever, much like the American president with his Sun in Gemini. They have a lot to talk about. New relationships are like that. I'm sure America would love to be included. Russia is definitely on her mind.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Poking Pluto

Defiant and revolutionary Uranus in fearless Aries is transiting at the end of the 25th degree, very close to the square to U.S. Pluto, positioned at 27 degrees Capricorn. With this, and under the influence of a very full Moon in Scorpio, the Federal Bureau of Investigation got poked. Good timing. Aries is sharp and accurate.

Government organizations are handy, indispensable really, when they function with something somewhere within the vicinity of propriety, a Capricorn preference.

Pluto is a cosmic detective, so naturally, Scorpio and Pluto desire, maybe even require a sound investigative body, especially in Capricorn. 

Uranus introduces intellect-intelligence, perhaps genius.

Central Intelligence could use Uranus. That's my moderately educated guess.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Revvv It Up

As in Rpms.

Wheels on the road. Aries. Motion. Destination. Driving the point.

Aries likes a quick start. Instantaneous, of course, at least the first one of the day.
The interval between ignition and acceleration is non-existent. Potential energy charges out. 

Aries even sometimes likes the noise of the revolutions. 
Hum, whine, roar, and purr. And a staccato put-put.

Monday, April 10, 2017


Another celestial orchestration has occurred.

The big fat silvery developing full moon in Libra just graced the formal swearing in of America's brand new Supreme Court member. Libra oversees the balance scales of justice.

As it happened, the Moon was crossing US Saturn in Libra at 14 degrees on its way to President Trump's Jupiter positioned at 17 Libra. You remember Saturn, do you not? The one that wants to seriously debate?

And lo and behold. Transiting Jupiter is also at 17° Libra. 
Jupiter signifies laws and the courts.

The opposition party vigorously opposed the appointment, yet oddly, several years ago, the same gang voted unanimously to place the then judge on the Tenth Circuit Court. He was very very much approved of. I guess that's what you call balance.

Pleasing others foremost in partisanship simply ruins Libra's love of objectivity. 

Justice approves.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spitfires, Liars, and Linguistic Acrobats

The President of the United Sates, with his Sun and north node at 22 and 20 degrees Gemini respectively, and the United States of America, with her belligerent Mars at 21 Gemini, are at it again. The verbal battle is on.

"I don't approve of you, Mr. President!!" shrieks the United States.

"Don't worry", coos the Elected Tweeter, among other retorts.

The den of thieves, known as Congress, is frantically busy trying to cover its latest length of exposed track while lobbing insults at the president with astounding velocity. Some are twisting and whizzing like boomerangs. They've even forgotten how much they hate each other.

The Sun together with Uranus in Aries now has riled up the Marsian firemouths. U.S. Pluto in Capricorn and its nefarious machinations are resisting encroaching Uranus, due to arrive in June. Heaven knows what's going on there. The people are fidgety.

But lovely Venus is also in Aries, in retrograde, taking her sweet time. Venus in Aries loves herself. A little personal adoration might do this raging collection of miscreants some good. There's theoretically something to like.

Meanwhile, across from the Gemini confluence, in Sagittarius, is serious Saturn, where snippets of truth are being hurled with the incendiary devices. Why not pitch in?

Gemini's ruler, Mercury, is a wily one. As keeper of the crossroads he's been known to trick people into taking unintended directions. He plays with rocks. Thieves, cheats, and spinners of tall tales are under his auspices.

Understandably, humans lack full omnipotent power. A god figure was created for that purpose, and it comes to notice in Sagittarius. If there is a celestial something, I do hope it's on the up and up.
Saturn has a final retrograde before leaving for Capricorn, and in quite ordinary sublime planetary orchestration, the station occurs exactly opposite this shared American Gemini spot come late summer. About three months of it. That should be enough.

Liars unite!

Sunday, March 26, 2017


The north node of the moon is leaving Virgo in several weeks for a year and a half in Leo. I'm scribbling a mental note.

Virgo sees that living systems are maintained and working at optimum efficiency. All moving parts are synchronized and lubricated. When breakdowns occur, they are repaired. The hum of working activity is music.

An ideal Virgo body eats sparingly, enough to fuel the machine and not much more. The fires of combustion can be harmful, so keeping the level at what is essential works best. As guardian of the small intestine, Virgo breaks apart and picks through matter sending all elements to the appropriate receivers. Virgo is good at identification and classification.

Fortunately, when a poison happens to enter, Virgo comes to the task and alerts the mistaken body to its predicament. She even carries antidotes regularly.

On the other side, Pisces gladly turns down the antidote.

Of course, some machines are lemons and never work well, no matter what Virgo tries. But many function reasonably well and with this astrological entity on hand, they might even be improved with some fiddling. Hopefully, the north node will leave behind a little know-how.

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. 

The nerve.

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.