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An astrologer, artist, feng shui practitioner, father of 4, and long time practitioner of Buddhism.

Astrological Observations 2: Predictions for the upcoming year

questioning astrologyAbout this time of year, as well as in the spring during the Aries Ingress, and of course during the change of the Chinese astrological year, we, the professional class of astrologers, cart out our yearly predictions. I have noticed, after watching the cycle for a few years now, (about 10 with avid professional interest and to note, watching cycles is what astrologers actually do, nothing more nor less) a pattern has started to appear before my very eyes. Every year, it seems, the headlines from astrologers are it is a crises year!

This is good for business no doubt! Every year seems to bring a great cataclysmic alignment that has not happened since who knows when, or since the last great calamity that shook society. Every year brings about hard outer planet squares and oppositions that are really going to rock society. Every year also brings about a few great grand trines that are the soul opportunities of a lifetime, or for that matter lifetimes! What is this about? How could we be in such a state of ongoing transformation and crises?

The answer is first, that it is good for business. If I were to write an article about how challenging the next year will be, then a few folks would read it and want to call. That would be good for me, and for them I suppose. I do tire however of the scare tactic advertising that classical astrologers use, as well as the soul evolution opportunism that New Age Psychological astrologers use. Every year will be one of immense challenge and opportunity for all beings. That is written in the stars. In Buddhist thought there is the idea of Impermanence. The core of this concept is that every day is an immense opportunity. It is one of the four thoughts, and those who master these four contemplations of Impermanence, Preciousness of being a human, cause and effect, and the nature of life as suffering, tend to give up sleep. They train their minds to recognize the disasters and opportunities on hand at every waking moment. With that recognition, they really take advantage of the time they have in their human bodies. A hat tip to them! If you gain this kind of recognition, astrology just becomes a skillful tool for timing. For the rest of us, perhaps the dire yearly astrological prognostications can serve to help remind us of that, I would say that is the benefit of general yearly prognostications!

Why would I say that? It is because the ups and downs of the year are very dependent upon your chart. For instance, we are in a 5 year experience of the Pluto Uranus Waxing Square aspect (Google it if you want to read some dire predictions!), it has not turned out necessarily as bad as it could have. The historic Fukushima Nuclear disaster happened pretty close to and exact hit. Also, if you live in Syria, it has turned out to be a particularly bad time, but that is another story. What I have noticed, is a large percentage of my clients over the last year had this dynamic planetary alignment aspecting a pivotal point in their natal chart. This general aspect affected them, because it touched a personal point in their chart. For a lot of folks, whose charts it did not aspect specifically, they did not really feel it with the same gravitas. The dire predictions associated with this grand cosmic square aspect, has not been dire, terrible, or rough.

Please understand that when we speak of astrology, we are speaking of bunch of planets, planetoids, asteroids, assigned epic myths going around in a circle aspecting themselves over and over year after year. This creates a great and dramatic story line, but that is what it is, archetypal descriptions of a grand drama. Because of this inherent paradigm in astrology, every year is going to be a crises and an opportunity for evolution. Keep that in mind as you read this years prognostications from the professional class of astrologers selling their wares, and you will have the grain of salt that makes all astrological soup taste better. I hope to write my predictions in March for your enjoyment by the way. Enjoy your New Year, it will be a good one.

Much Love,

Astrological Observations 1: a day about Neptune.

This planet is so mysterious.
This planet is so mysterious.
Hmm….I am going to try a new approach to astrology blogging. Rather than writing long thought out pieces that have their own integrity, and then procrastinating endlessly, when the muse is not present for such endeavors, I will just blog out daily thoughts on Astrology and perhaps other topics. Bare with me dear audience, it could be messy, genius, or boring. At the very least it shall become a little more productive.

I have been under the sway of a Neptune transit to 5 of my personal planets for the last 5 years. It started with Neptune Square Jupiter, then moved onto oppose Venus, Sun, and Mercury, and will end with a Square to my Natal Saturn next year. Mercury by whole signs rules my sixth house as well as my ninth house. So one would expect the opposition to effect the areas that those houses rule within my chart. That is how astrology is supposed to work.

As it turns out, with the aspect being exact this week, the oddest and strangest phenomena has happened. How Neptunian! One of the six chickens I own disappeared. No trace, just vanished. Not only that, but each of the six chickens was assigned to one of my family members, and the chicken that disappeared was the one who was “mine” with in the family context. According to William Lilly in his book Christian Astrology, the sixth house (remember it is ruled by my Mercury which is receiving an opposition to Neptune right now) rules….get this…..”the small animals which one possesses.” Neptune has everything to do with disappearance. Neptune also is associated with mystery and uncertainty. Two days after disappearing, we heard thumping outside at night. This morning I woke up and went outside to a beautiful frosted yard with…. you guessed it, Garu’s (the chicken who disappeared) feathers scattered about the yard. Now a Raccoon, which is always the number one suspect in these parts, only eats the gullet and always leaves a carcass. You guessed it, Mr. Neptune said no carcass, in fact, not even enough feathers to determine whether my sixth house possession was alive or not. Just Mystery…mystery my friend Neptune. I loved that chicken, it was a pet after all, so I spent the day in a minor depression, which as all astrologers know, is ruled by Neptune.

Some strange facts about Neptune. Neptune actually has an internal heat source, which keeps it as warm as Uranus even though it is a billion miles farther away from the Sun than its closest neighbor. No one knows what the source of this internal heat is, after all, it is considered an ice planet. Neptune’s magnetic field is not in any way aligned with how the planet rotates. Why it is the way it is, no one knows. Neptune’s moon Triton, one of 13 orbits the planet in the opposite direction of the other 12 moons. Again why this is is uncertain, and uncertainty is ruled by Neptune.


Mercury Retrograde. When to use it, and when to not.

hidden foxHere we are in the heart of Mercury Retrograde and I wanted to take a perusal through the headlines to see if we could find its typical effects.

The most obvious and immediately striking headline is the technical computer difficulties of the American Affordable Care Act. Now why would the AFA be struck by this motion? These difficulties were there before Mercury went Retrograde, but they were for the most part being ignored. As soon as Mercury went retrograde they were all any one was talking about. The law was signed on March 23 2010 and has a 5* Cancer Moon. This moon is being afflicted by a square from the Sun, Mercury, and Saturn. Mercury will go direct while trine the natal moon of the AFA. This promises well, that by the time Mercury is direct, many of the glitches will be worked out, and the public will move onto other interests. This ties in with important information I would like to express about the phenomena of Mercury Retrograde.

I had a friend tell me that Mercury Retrograde is really effecting her right now and it usally does not. I asked her if she had a lot of planets in Scorpio. Of course she does! Mercury Retrograde effects you strongly if its station aspects a natal planet. That is what to look for when you want to know how you will experience any particular retrograde. You will also find significance if Mercury then chooses to go direct on one of your natal sensitive points. I use an orb of 3* to show whether there is a noticeable effect or not. In most cases transits to outer planets do not produce verifiable noticeable effects. The time when this would be different would be when the outer planet is deeply involved in a stellium that Mercury’s motion is triggering.

If none of your sensitive points are being triggered during the retrograde or direct point, then sit back and enjoy, except for a few minor hiccups, you will be mostly a spectator to Mercuries drama this cycle.

The benefits of an “inquisitive” professional astrology reading.

woman-with-flower-590x295What are the advantages of a professional astrological consultation one may ask. The answer would depend on what you are seeking. If one wishes to look into how they think, how they emotional react, what the roots of those reactions are, then that is called psychological or inquisitive astrology. This is a reading that is about how you, as a soul, shine in this world. This is a type of astrology that was propagated by the Theosophists, Dane Rudyar, Stephen Arroyo, Steven Forrest and many other great astrologers. It has a specific purpose, and that purpose is to help you get to know yourself. Proponents of this type of astrology tend to think that it is the most valid form of astrology, because they say destiny is not predetermined, and this form of astrology is pure, in that it speaks to the archetypes that make up the psyche of the human. This allows us to gain insight into how we are, where we are coming from, and to gain tools into how to reconcile our disparate voices, and the inherent contradictions they have within themselves.

From this perspective the planets with in the chart are energies that are alive within us. These vital energies are either clean or rough in there expression. If they are dominated by Trines or Sextile aspects they are clean and it is hard for us to percieve their effect. The astrologer helps the client understand how they are effecting others through these planets, so the client can become more conscious of they way they effect the world. If the energies are aspected by Square, or Opposition, then the client is most often already distinctly aware of these energies. For they will be receiving constant feedback from others within the world about how these matters. The client will then benefit from known what the energies are, and how to begin to skillfully use them, how to avoid using them in a destructive manner, and how to put them into use for accomplishing personal aims.

This category of reading falls under the ancient western spiritual axiom, “know thyself” which is inscribed on the head stone on the walls of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Remember how I said this is a reading about how you Shine, Apollo was the deity of the Sun, and knowing thyself was his indication that we need to learn what our light that we have to shine on the world is. These things can be revealed through astrology, and as the Greek philosophers stated, until you know yourself, how can you know anything else, likewise, once you know yourself you will know others. It can not be underestimated how beneficial this is in ones relationships with lovers, children, business associates, and friends. How incredibly practical and enjoyable. Astrology here then is a bridge which is a useful tool on the path to self knowledge, and this is what a good “inquisitive” reading will do for you.

For ‘inquisitive” readings it is better for their to be multiple consultations as this form of astrology takes contemplation and dialogue. The astrologer must be flexible enough to let the client express themselves fully as the archetypes the chart displays. At the same time it is the astrologers job to keep the pace of insights going. For you as the client, the result should be fresh views on one’s strengths and pitfalls as human within society. For some people that society will be a larger general question, but often times it has to do with how one works within ones family, work environment, and general social circumstances. As a result of the understandings you gain, there will be greater compassion for yourself and for the ones you love. The benefits are immense and deep.

As a celebration of the Leo new moon, I am offering an inquisitive reading, where we look at the archetypal and psychological elements of your chart together for half price. That is 60 to 90 minutes looking at the various factors of your chart from the perspective spoken of above.

Much Love,

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The meaning of a Professional Astrologer

Mars at warAs Mars perfected its square to Uranus yesterday, I had a client claim she did not owe me money because I did not explain that a second session would cost money. This is a rather sad but common occurrence in the profession of astrology. First off, I am a professional astrologer. I have invested thousands of dollars in in equipment and in studying with the best astrologers of our time to ensure that my skills are accurate and sharp. I have read thousands of charts and had thousands of clients in the last 10 years. The result is that I can confidently say my chart analysis will benefit you and help you make valuable life decisions that can save you heartache, time, money, guide you personally and professionally and even help you on your way to deep spiritual insight. This is what a professional astrologer is and what a professional astrologer can do. If you call me for an astrological consultation this is what you are getting, and like any other professional, you will be charged for it.

The reason for this is two fold, fist and foremost you will get more from the reading if you pay for it. You will value it and actually listen to what is said. What is said will only benefit you if you really think about it and then act upon it. Second, this is not a hobby for me. It is a profession and I have a family that I support with it. If you want a hobbyist reading, go find a friend who is approaching the study of the art, or better yet study astrology yourself. I respect that. But if you call me, you are getting a professional, and like any professional you will be paying for the service . My time is not free, whether you are an associate or friend or stranger does not matter. A professional reading from me has a fee associated with it. You do not call a doctor and expect them to offer you a free service because they do not mention the fee. You do not go see a therapist and expect them to offer you a free session, just because they do not mention the fee. Same with the lawyer, a lifecoach, an investment banker, or any other professional.

Just because you may have a few friends who have studied astrology, or paid for a reading from a non professional who was not able to see into your chart with accurate clarity, does not mean you do not need to respect the profession of astrology. The hobbyist, the charlatan, those who mix the art of astrology with there spiritual belief system and use it as a vehicle for their philosophical imperialism all give less than accurate readings, because they do not rely on the empirical accuracy of a tradition that is over 20,000 years old (for more information on this read Nick Campions “the dawn of astrology”) These are not professionals, they are people who use astrology for their own means. A Professional Astrologer is profound and worth it and the reading they give you is of tremendous value. If you talk the whole time, and treat the session as a therapist event that does not mean you do not pay for the session. If I have to say the same thing to you 40 times in a session in hope that you can hear it, you still owe for the session. If you walk away feeling you did not like what was said, you still owe for the session. If you call, you owe for the session. Treat it with respect and you will be rewarded for consulting it.

Mars rules my second house, that of financial matters. Uranus means conflict, revolution, energetic reaction, and sudden insight. May all beings benefit.

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Astro Weather: Venus Trine Pluto

Without Sex and Death would there be beauty and love. For the next two days Venus will be Trine Pluto. Venus as the lesser benefic can be intense when in this aspect. It calls forth images of intense passion as we have urges towards pleasure. Energetically Venus is the urge towards the pleasure of incarnation.

Pleasure in our current society is a commodity, and the struggle to attain it is one of the roots of conflict within our society. Venus was considered by the Meso-American cultures as well as the Chinese and Babylonian astrologers to be a harbinger of war. Because desire is endless, the powerful have an innate and intense habit to dominate those without power to gain and control the resources that bring pleasure. The fight over this power, is a cause of war. Pleasure is even used as a means of having power over the working class. This is found through the constant selling of sexual imagery, alcohol and intoxicating substances, and the pleasure of food, fashion, music, movies and all forms of entertainment. All of the items just mentioned are ruled by Venus. Pluto has been given rulership of power by modern astrologers.

When Venus is trine Pluto, then the mechanisms of Power and Pleasure are available to use and meditate on. When one meditates and gains mastery over the energies of Power and Pleasure for personal transformation into wisdom this is one of the considerations of Tantra.

Those who have Venus trine Pluto in their Natal charts will have an ease of using sensuality as a commodity of power, this can be a creative gift or a manipulative gift depending on the motivation and wisdom of the individual.

How do you use beauty to have power over others. How do your desires control your actions, and have power over you. How can you transform your experience of desires into the power of wisdom. These are subjects to meditate on over the next few days.

the Mysterious Air of Neptune

The Neptune Theater, where I saw the delightfully elusive Cocteau Twins
The Neptune Theater, where I saw the delightfully elusive Cocteau Twins

I was requested by a few folks to write on the effects of Neptune going Retrograde. Seems some folks are taking this seriously. First, Neptune goes apparent retrograde in motion every 12.07 months. So whatever effects you are noticing, well, we would see variations on those effects every 12 months approximately. What are the effects of Neptune going Retrograde, this must be a matter of debate. Most people associate Neptune with either spiritual qualities, dissolving effects, or depressive qualities. Neptune is the fog bank, the fog bank keeps things hidden, it went retrograde while Trine Saturn in Scorpio (hidden secrets) and Square Mars in Gemini (Aggressive act of information or thought). So, in retrospect, we can say Neptune going retrograde revealed hidden secrets of aggressive information. This is a pretty objective reading, which is easy to do in hindsight. If Neptune did something spiritual, it would be hard to tell, it is not easy judging whether a spiritual event has occurred, because spiritual events always depend on subtle subjective phenomena and experience. Unless they portend miracles, but miracles are often illusions, which is also ruled by Neptune. Neptune going retrograde can create spiritual disillusionment. The judging of miracles as illusion, or spiritual delusion, the judging of illusion as miracles. I hope that last paragraph was not confusing, but if it was, confusion and uncertainty are ruled by Neptune.

But to whom and where does this stuff occur. Some folks like to give out broad prognostications. It does not work like that really, this universe, the universe of astrology, and its philosophical basis is more clockwork than that. We look at Neptune as a gear in that clock. Nations, cities, individuals, relationships are clocks. You are an astrological clock. If the Neptune going retrograde gear hits one of your gears, or a nations gear, then you can expect your clock, or the subject of astrological judgements clock to move. For example: Neptune when retrograde at 5*Pisces. The United States of America has Jupiter (justice, openness) using either the sibley chart or the Scorpionic chart at 5 degrees Cancer. The Neptune going stationary, then retrograde, gear fit into the U.S.A gear. The result is we got an event that is verifiable, not just an abstract positive or negative aphorism. However if you look at Canada’s birth chart, they do not have any planets aspecting 5* Pisces. For Nation charts to click, you want aspects with the outer planets to be very exact.

My own chart has Mercury at 3* Virgo ruling the 6th house of health and Saturn in the sixth house of Health at 6 degrees Gemini. Thus I got a gear connect with Neptune going stationary then Retrograde. What happened, in the middle of summer I came down with a debilitating flu. (I would like to postulate that Neptune rules viral infections. For instance, Saturn and Neptune were opposed during the Spanish Influenza.) So what is my take on Neptune going retrograde, that a Neptune and whatever other planet was involved event occurred when it did so, if you have a gear which connected with it in your chart.

Be well.

Whiskey Poem

Woke up in a field of whiskey
And torn bras strewn
Like spider webs across
The broken rusted truck parts
I call home.
This field of dreams
Is dying one old man
Soaked in old spice
Hoarse with old crow
At a time.
And while the sun is always rising
For those whose flesh
has not yet
Begun to rot
from the over activity of
swollen sexual organs,
I am now beginning
to eat my days
One bowl of grits at a time
In a sour mash of jazz music
And corporate
Clockwork bank scandals
that lead only
to a shinning box
of Ebony,
covered by a few
handfuls of crumbling dirt.
~ For Jeffrey Haloff and Charles B.
A field of Whiskey
Goetia and Heroes
Voices of animals
the distant callings of angels
Swirling night after night
Body after body
From distant caves chard
With the black of Men and Women
Who we can only guess at
By the Cleavages of bones
And dust of sorrow
Upon blackened moist walls.
Who brought this first into our blood
This throbbing warmth
Of a demon and genius
This Fluid of Life and Death
That scatters itself like broken glass
Generation after generation
Onto the floors of cracked dreams
And crystal brandy snifters .
That man, or that woman,
Who first quenched parchness to
to find stumbling, muttering
Incomprehensible and heroic words?
I wish to kiss them,
For making man,
And woman
Something miserable yet interesting,
A field of dreams
Where animals and Goetia
play and heroes rise.

Torn Bras
Victoria secret catalogs
The scent of sex
clamors over the dust and moss
of this world like
fruit flies
over wine in July.
Keep it covered they say
over and over again
those apostles of the dead
with their black tongues and black eyes
But nothing can keep this covered
and thank you to the earth
for producing a generation fearless
in its sopping fruit dripping
with youth and moans
who have torn asunder
the veils that separate
flesh and spirit
like dawn tears away
darkness’s velvet curtain
So roses and lilac may bloom.
May they rise
glory of taught muscles
and swinging thighs
with endless fertile bacchanal dance
trumpeted by Satyr’s cryptic flutes
and swayed by nymphs glances
and red lipped moans
volcanic creative spirit
sundering red and white explosion
life tremors vibrant threads
unabashed free release
from strings of deceitful lords
that would cover
your ecstatic lightning
in leaves of fig
uselessly trying to contain
your flesh born birth right bliss
attempting to strap and own
like those cheap bras from Victoria
that tear and scatter across the floor
useless in commodity.

Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to analyze its repercussions.

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Thursday, Thors day, and the gods were once planets.

The Planets were inseparable from the Gods for most of human history. We have come so far in our modern edge and scientific mindset that we the educated west tend to completely dismiss as superstition the ways that our ancestors thought. Every new generation thinks it is the smartest, best, and most intelligent generation that has lived. But are we more intelligent then our forefathers, our customs and technology are different, but are we better as humans, are we more or less connected to the universe we live in? We used to have a rich mythology that we as man new our place in, now we have a vast cosmos which never ends extending in all directions with planets. Humanity and the earth it lives on are no longer places where we have cosmic meaning. Modern Science has brought us into a vast cosmological soup of nihilism where we are but a function of a universe that carries on with or without us.

When one considers such a thing, the rise of fundamentalism is seen as having a function. For fundamentalism offers faith to its followers, faith that they are part of something, that they have a place in the universe. This appeals to people on a deep emotional level, a level that goes deeper than the intellect and what it knows. This principle of Faith can be found in Jupiter. Jupiter as an old god, a planet who would circle the Zodiac every twelve years from our perspective on earth is giving the meaning of faith, spiritual joy, good fortune. For this reason it is considered the greater benefic in astrology.

We all need the principle of the Greater Benefic in our lives. A belief that everything is going to work out well, for the better, and if we have hope, and strive hard, and do good, then things will work out well for us. I have found often times that those who do not have well aspected Jupiters in their charts struggle with faith. Not the kind of faith that is religious necessarily, but an even more basic faith that things will work out. This is the kind of faith that gives hope during difficulties and saves us from Nihilism.

Look at where Jupiter is in your chart, that is the place in your life where you are lifted out of depression and given a higher purpose in life. Therefore it is a place where you know you can go to for comfort when you are faced with challenges.

May Jupiter be kind to you and serve you well,
Written on a Thursday, the day that belongs to Jupiter.