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Bill Cosby and the Run Away Mars chart.

jello-pudding-pops-bill-cosbyBill Cosby, you comedic childhood icon, what is this we hear about you! In private, away from the publicity, you are suddenly having your sexual morality questioned! Are you a serial rapist? Did you decide no meant yes? Did those ladies…those ladies really say no? Did they say no in a way you could not hear or respect? Countless fans of your humor are baffled and asking questions, you are falling, falling at the end of your life. Your show was just cancelled. 13 ladies have come forward saying you took them as property not as human beings with emotions and feelings and the wish to be respected. Hmmm…this sounds like a case of MARS. A run away Mars. Let us take a look at the chart.
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Aries Ascendant, ruled by Mars. Check. This man is a strong Mars figure. But what can we tell about that Mars? We can see that it is in Scorpio where it is in traditional rulership. That means it gets what it wants, is driven to get what it desires. What does it desire, it desires Scorpio things, sex, deep emotional experiences, power over others. Where does it desire this, in the eighth house, that which belongs to others. There may be an argument here for the eighth house to represent sex. Modern astrologers say that, but traditional astrologers tend to associate sex with the fifth house, the house of enjoyment. Hmmm….the 8th is the house of the little death, that comes from Freud, orgasm is a little death. In one interview with a victim, she said he got her drunk and gave her a pill. She woke up with her last memory of him being on top of her. That is perhaps a little more 8th house than 5th house, don’t you think.

Bill actually has an amazing chart. He has Jupiter in the 10th, Saturn in the 1st and Sun and Mercury in the 4th. That is four major planets on the angles. This gives a lot of power to the native, Jupiter in the 10th likes to bestow fame. Saturn in the first is ruled by this lusty Mars that gets what it wants. When Saturn is involved things are without question. Bonatti says that those who have Saturn in Aries are going to have a hard heart, little compassion and little pitty. A lack of ability to empathize with others sufferings or feelings. We can see this as perhaps part of Mr. Cosby’s problem. His sexual lust did not have the capacity to empathize with the feelings of the women it was directed at. They became objects for his will rather beings with their own valid souls in his eyes.

His Jupiter in Capricorn is what endeared him to the public as a father figure! It also gives him fame, and Jupiter rules joy and the 10th is what is in the public so we as the public saw him as a happy guy enjoying the jello pudding delights of the world. We did not know of his darker side. That Jupiter in the 10th is in fall though, A planet on the midheaven in fall and retrograde is going to create a career wipeout eventually. Jupiter rules the 12th. The 12th is hidden things, so any good astrologer is going to know that there are hidden things about his career, and those things will be revealed, and be the cause of the downfall. Jupiter also rules the 9th, those hidden things will be associated with his travels, Also we can say that he is in conflict with his own faith. Jupiter in Capricorn always has a little conflict going on, this is because it is seeking enjoyment through domination. Jupiter does not want to dominate, it wants to have faith that everything will turn out alright so its as conflicted as wanting some fish but refusing to get wet.

So when. when are we going to hear about all this dirty on Bill Cosby. Well, this year it happens that directed Uranus is conjoining his native Pluto in the Fourth house. Pluto is the hidden things, and Uranus is the upheaval. That is one clear sign for this year, but it is not very personal, so I want more. Ah! Pluto is transiting in conjunction to his mid-heaven. Remember Pluto is ones hidden things, and the Midheaven is the making of all public. Hidden things are made public in Cosby’s life right now. Oh, here is another, Saturn is conjunct his Mars this year. Thus he is learning hard lessons in relationship to his Mars and its rulership of his personality.

Yes, I think this man did take advantage through his will, of his fame, and his lack of empathy, to have sex with as many women as he could, whether they wanted it or not. No, I do not think he regrets it.

Sorry Bill Cosby, in the court of astrology, your story is clearly written, and lacking a good astrologer you were not for warned to cultivate empathy, and to be careful that you did not hurt others in your actions.

Do you want to know your pitfalls, what you should consciously watch out for in your chart? We all have our shadow and Astrology can be one of the most gentle ways of pulling them out into the light of day. Order a reading, and during this darkest time of a year, bring some light to your chart.

Mars in Capricorn is About Fire and Stone.

Three things you should know about Mars in Capricorn. It is willful, lusty, and ruthless. That is the way the energy is, this is not some peaceful, the world is a good place thing. It is the raw fire that makes the world the way it is. We can wish for peace, maybe we can get peace, but there is war and there is lust. There are the police. There is the Military. There are the good and bad elites, kings, ministers, presidents, dictators, druglords, rebel leaders. They are part of our world, they are part of the story of this earth and they always have been. They are part of your story, and they always have been. There is part of you which is ruthless and willful. That wants the world to be the way you want it. That part is the Warrior King, or Warrior Queen. From now until December 4th is our time to get in touch with that piece of our wholeness and put that card into your deck!

Why is it so. Mars is the planet of lust and desire in action. It is not a passive desire like Venus, but an active desire that seeks what it wants and takes it. Mars is lust with aggression. If you want a nice iced coca cola while you are sitting by the pool you have two choices, wait for the pool barmaid to come and give you one, or get up and go get it. Venus waits, the Mars goes and gets it. What does the Mars get in Capricorn, it gets resources, it gets physical, it gets its desire. Capricorn rules authority garnered by resources, hard work, and wisdom. Combine the thrust and lust of Mars with the gathering of authority, resources and hard work and you get how Mars becomes a ruler. It rules by getting what it wants. This is the truth of exalted Mars in Capricorn.

From a feminine example Mars in Capricorn is found in the chart of Megan Fox. You can see the lusty authority, it is magnificent, perhaps it was a little to much for Hollywood to handle. Rumor has it her presumption of authority is what did her career in. None the less, her greatest movie fame came from the Military Mechanistic Transformer movies. The Transformers, wow, that is so Mars in Capricorn. Worry not for her career though, Jupiter conjoins her midheaven by direction at the age of 37, she will come back, or find her true fame at that point.

Interesting to note is that her midheaven is in the 9th house by whole sign. She is known to be into the mystical and even tried to explain how astrology works to Conan O’brian and even told him what his spirit animal is. She also read Ellen Degeneres astrology chart for her. She was courageous enough to take her alternative beliefs and cast them into the mainstream media. Now that is some ballsy Mars in Capricorn stuff! That is what we are talking about, the authority to believe in yourself and do what you know is your truth no matter who pushes against it. This is Mars in Capricorn!Meganfox

From a masculine perspective Mars in Capricorn is found in the chart of Jake Gyllenhaal. He is so intense and creepy isn’t he? Not to mention that in all of his recent movies are super Emo killers. I know people who can not watch movies with him in them because he gets so intense. He has a Leo rising, a Gemini Moon, and a Sagittarius Sun, none of which say super intense and creepy, but Mars in Capricorn in the sixth house of work ethic nails it! Fearless lust. The movie that catapulted him to fame was Brokeback Mountain, perhaps the first mainstream movie to openly deal with homosexuality in a way that society freely embraced, one could even say it was the coming out of the closet movie for America itself. Speaking of which a rugged cowboy with sexual feelings he can’t get over, that sounds like the lust of Mars in Capricorn again doesn’t it! If that does not, perhaps Jarhead does! If it does not, perhaps a warrior prince of an ancient culture does. What we do know from all these movies, is Jake is cast as a man who no matter what the odds get what he wants, and is willing to wreck whole cultures to get it. That is Mars in Capricorn.
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These two are meant to be examples of embracing your ruthless will in getting done what you need to get done. The next month you should take advantage of the Mars in Capricorn energy to discover your inner warrior, have great sex, and create goodness in the world by embracing the spiritual, sacred, eco-warrior with in you. Humanity needs Mars in Capricorn in the just sense, and you can be that. Do not let your warrior reside in the shadow any longer!

Sometime between now and December 4th do one at least one thing with FEARLESS INTENSITY.

If you wonder about how to bring your warrior out, give me a call for an astrology reading, and we will discover who your warrior is, and what it wants to do during Mars in Capricorn. Readings are $150 dollars for 90 minutes and include a recording of the reading. .

Tear your heart open, it is an eclipse.

V0045118 Kali trampling Shiva. Chromolithograph by R. Varma.A dear client asked recently if I believed in the Law of Attraction. Oh. boy. Do I ever! It is so complicated though, I wish it could be simple, but it is complicated. The Simple definition according to Wikipedia: the Law of Attraction means that like attracts like, thus positive thoughts attract positive experiences and negative thoughts attract negative experiences. New Philosophies have developed espousing the truth of this such as “think rich and grow rich” or “think your happy and you will be happy.” Sounds great right!

What does this have to do with the Eclipse at zero degrees Scorpio on the 23rd of October? You know, the one you have been hearing about that occurs in conjunction with Venus in detriment and combust (two scary words for a traditional astrologer). The one embodied in this chart right here: oct232014eclipseYes this eclipse, well this has everything to do with law of attraction! The law of attraction works, I swear it does, but it works on four different levels. The first is the conscious level, this is the Solar level perhaps, it is the “I will” place. I think most people are kind of riding the law of attraction belief system on this level. It is also simultaneously working on the subconscious level, the “I feel” level of the Moon. Oh, this is building up a theory that can be applied to eclipse magic! exciting! The law of attraction also works on the Unconscious level, that would be the part behind the Sun and the Moon, or the Nodal point of “being” (which is where eclipses occur) Finally it works on the karmic level of previous intentions and actions made by the stream of being. or the Nodal Axis.

So what does that have to do with you, me, or anything for that matter? Aside from the inconvenient truth that we are all running along in a large co-created karmic soup pretending we are experiencing a dream as reality, what does it have to do with the law of attraction? To become masters of our minds, we have to come to learn and understand our various impulses on a conscious level, subconscious level, unconscious level, and karmic level. This is not easy and takes lifetimes according to most holy men. No better time to start than the present though, why, because this eclipse occurs in the sign of Scorpio, the house of revealing your inner experience. Scorpio is all about inner experience, the raw power of it, and coming to reveal it and make it conscious. If we do not master the intentions and manifestations coming from all four levels of “our Law of Attraction” then we are going to be creating different experiences than just the ones we are consciously intending.

What you think and do during an eclipse is more potent than other times. This is according to Buddhist and Hindu philosophy. Your aspirations and actions are increased by magnitude during eclipses. This is eclipse magic that we spoke of before. Make some positive aspirations as the four levels of being line up interdependently with the coming together of the luminaries in the sky. Say your law of attraction aspirations during the eclipse.

What is a Scorpio Eclipse really about, it is about tearing your self open to reveal your hidden side. Scorpio rules death, and death is the final tearing open. The journey of they mystic is to go into their self and reveal it while still alive, then to come back and share the wisdom they find. During this eclipse cycle, we will all be asked to go inside and illuminate our darkness. It is as Carl Jung said, enlightenment comes from bringing light to the darkness. This is what you can do during this cycle, you can explore the different levels of you being and bring them together. Ah. A therapeutic eclipse cycle. But its not always easy.

This eclipse is Saros Cycle is 17 North, according to Bernadette Brady it brings an impulsive energy to events, socializing becomes hectic and deep issues emerge that motivate the individual effected. There is a degree of joy in the movements that occur. You can expect that if you have any of the traditional planets within two degrees of 0 Scorpio, 0 Taurus, 0 Leo, or 0 Aquarius. Have fun. Impulsive behavior can be used to open the heart, to make the leap past fear into the unknown. Fear comes from layers of the subconscious and unconscious mind. They are there hindering our positive thoughts and aspirations that we make for ourselves and others. We have to get past them through our experience, so let this eclipse motivate you to go beyond fear.

Impulsively do something you have feared doing over the next month. Examine the result.

When you make your New Moon aspirations, whether it is during the super potent actual time of the eclipse, or whether it is during the other 10 New Moons a year, be sure they are not in any way aspirations that harm others. Your universe is a closed karmic loop after all. Since your aspirations come from your mind, and your experiences with others are all filtered through your mind, then all results of your intentions will be experienced by your mind.

I hope this has been ok, it is a rather deep Scorpio treatment of the meaning of eclipses, but hey, that makes sense doesn’t it.

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Of Love, Eros, and Pragma

loversOh, the number one question for astrologers: relationships. Astrologers are asked to understand what in the chart makes a relationship work, what causes a relationship to fail? When we are young, Eros dominates and we just go for it, but as we mature, the more we become weary of what happens when dating goes wrong, the more cautious we become in choosing our prospective life partners. For many millenia marriages were arranged. It was astrologers who were counted on to help arrange successful relationships. Now relationships are romantically based, they are ruled by Eros. Eros is the principle of passionate love. Eros by definition comes and goes, it is the thrill and rush of initial hormones that cause the wildness of youth and the impulse of lust to bring forth crazy wild eyed rug rats that are our the future. Successful long term relationships though rely on Pragma. Pragma is the love that comes from acceptance and familiarity over time. Pragma can not be found instantly, it is something that must develop over time, with its development then the form of Love known as Familia can occur, that is family relationship that is the basis of the wholeness of the family experience.

Astrology accounts for the movements of Eros and the possibility of Pragma within the chart. Eros is found in the motions and symbolic presentations of Mars and Venus. For a relationship to have spark, romance, be capable of causing train wrecks in life, it must have Venus and Mars aspects. Trines and conjunctions are the most dangerous, the magnetism of them will at the very least throw you for an emotional a ride when they come along, if not sabotage your entire comfortable existence.

I love Eros, Venus is strong but tortured in my own chart, because it rules the midheaven, but is in fall in Virgo. Thus when people come to me for readings and I see Venus and Mars aspecting, I am thrilled. But alas, it is not always the best thing, because Eros by nature burns, it is an all consuming desire that overwhelms the body and minds of mortals. One must be a Hero, a Bodhisattva, a Buddha or a Saint to truly resist the Gods Mars and Venus when they strike. It is very difficult. Having them aspecting between two people is a great start to a relationship, because Eros will always allow you to come back and find the love through physical interaction if it is present in the chart. Make no mistake though, Eros comes and goes, and that is the danger. If your relationship is founded on Eros, then what happens when its not there? What happens when the transits of your life story push the Eros out, boredom happens. If you are of the cult of Eros, at that time, you will leave the relationship, and if you have children, houses, cars, mutual assets…well, then a lawyer is going to make some money off of your divine comedy. What is the medicine for Eros in the world of love and astrology?

Pragma is the medicine for Eros. Pragma is the form of love that endures compared to the passions of Eros. Pragma is the understanding that builds over many years of friendship and trust. It is found in the chart by the motions and locations of the luminaries. The Sun and the Moon are essence planets of the chart, and when they interact by trine or by conjunction, they indicate a long term understanding between two people. This long term understanding grows into a mutual affection through knowing one another. This is why astrologers always seek Moon and Sun aspects in relationship charts, because it means the people represented by the two charts will have understanding and thus be able to stay together in a loving and harmonious relationship despite the comings and goings of lust. This will outlast the movements of Eros, helping to avoid the costly lawyer fees associated with the ups and downs of Eros.

Now if you are looking for love, looking for a soul mate, looking for someone to help you raise your children, looking for someone to be there for you when you retire, someone you can walk on the beach with when you face is wrinkled from many revolutions around the sun, then you really want both Eros and Pragma in the synastry charts. But if you can only have one, and you want it to last, then you want Pragma, that is the lasting quality that develops over time.

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houseboatThe moon is in Pisces today Trine Saturn in Scorpio. Being a Virgo, Pisces is in the opposite place from my Sun or illumination, so it is going to be my shadow. The signs opposite any given planet you have are natural shadows to the energetic purpose of that planet. I also happen to have Mercury in Virgo, so I like thinking that is clear and rational, Virgo being an earth sign, I also like it to be stable. Thus intuitive, indecisive,thinking that is just floating ideas, as well as communication in such ways, which are all Piscean, are just challenging for my rational mind.

The rational mind though has a shadow, and in my case it is intuitive, indecisive thinking that has no boundaries or marching orders. Thinking that just is. This is the Pisces thinking. Being a shadow, it is hard for me to acknowledge it in others as having a purpose, let alone my self. And yet, there it is, a part of a whole, certainly true, and very undermining, because I refuse to relate to it. Carl Jung said somewhere enlightenment is found by illuminating the dark. In astrological terms it means we should all really spend sometime studying the opposite signs from our major dynamic energies. A Virgo Sun should spend time coming to know the Illumination of a Pisces Sun, for that is the Illumination of the Virgo’s Shadow.

What, then is Pisces. A Pisces is unknowing, intuiting, vast mind. It is mind that lets things unfold. Pisces is the natural Taoist mind. This is the supreme manifestation of going with the flow of the vast ocean. Sitting in the current and letting it take its course with deep trust. Allowing for all possibilities. Taping into the mind that is not individuated but rather deals with archetypes that are universal. Every Pisces I know is frustratingly hard to communicate with (hah!) not because they are not enjoyable to speak with, but because the conversation never gets anywhere. But Pisces does not need to get anywhere, it is at the end of the Zodiac and has already been everywhere! It is laughing at the need for something to happen, because everything has already happened, and the deep faith Pisces has means they are comfortable and assured that whatever else needs to happen, it will happen in the right way at the right time. That is the Pisces way. Faith and Trust in the vast cosmic nature, or god, or life nature. Since modern life really conflicts with this, modern life being made of spreadsheets, angles, streets, corners, stop lights, rules, and regulations, Pisces might just have to drink to get in touch with that reality. Pisces will sabotage any boundaries, because those boundaries are an image and a mirage to the Pisces Mind.

What do do when the Moon is in Pisces then? This is a struggle for a Virgo at least, and perhaps for otehr signs, I find myself at a complete lack of motivation and certainty this time of the month. The Moon is translating the Pisces archetype into the plane of relative mind, and suddenly, boom. All the boundaries are lost and the direction becomes a flow, rather than a direction. Wait, is that a mental wandering again…well so be it, when the Moon is in Pisces wander…freely, and by no means ever…lay a foundation for a house, unless its a houseboat.

New Moon in Libra 9.24.2014

ImageJ=1.43uThe new moon is in Libra today starting the astrological month of Libra. The Sun and Moon were conjunct at 1* Libra which makes it an early conjunction, indicating the start or beginning of new things.

In terms of our own aspirations and using the New Moon as a skillful way of creating goals for you life, we should set down Libra type goals this month. Libra is associated with balance, art, diplomacy, equality, justice, partnership and self expression. Aspirations for self development in the month are harmonious with the energy of the month when they are made in those areas of life. One of the greatest flaws of the Libra archetype is indecisiveness. As an exercise in setting the month straight be decisive with your aspirations for the month.

Looking at the implications of the month, in considering the New Moon chart the following qualities stand out: The ruler of Libra, Venus, is in Fall in Virgo. This is relatively common and happens about a third of the time that we have a Libra month. The indications are that matters of love and the heart as well as matters having to do with leisure and debauchery will not go smooth over the next month in general. Mars and Neptune are square. It is a waning square and thus has to do with the closing out of what is indicated by the Mars Neptune cycle. In this case we can say that it indicates dissolution and confusion in the matters of war and aggression. Uranus is returning back to an applying square to Pluto, the second to last in the dance they have been doing since 2012. The final square will be in 2016. This square will arrive in December and I will post about it closer to that time, but remember it in your mind over the next few months as tensions begin to arise again in the world. Uranus has been in Aries, which indicates the new, and Pluto in Capricorn which is resources. For all the pain that has been experienced by humanity in the past 5 years, I believe the final indications of this square will be that it was when society as a whole on the earth began to acknowledge, or remember, our roll as stewards of nature rather than harvesters of nature. Unfortunately the first square brought the Gulf oil spill, the second Fukushima disaster, the last one the struggle for gas pipeline ownership in the Ukraine. Thus the square teaches through hard lessons, and the quicker you learn the lessons the less pain involved with them. This is true for natal charts as well as mundane charts.

The New Moon occurs in the first Decan of Libra. Ibn Izra has this to say: A man in a shop in the market with scales in his hand, and he wishes to buy and sell. We can say also then New Moon aspirations can be made for profit through buying and selling.

Best wishes to you during the month of Libra, may you stall balanced, decisive, and communicate well.

The Spirit in Everything. I.

8Serpent brings wealthWhen you walk down the street today, or get into your car, do you have a sense of the spirit of your car, or the spirits alive within the world around you, that occupy your life with you. Chances are that you do not, especially if you are a westerner. There were and are cultures and traditions that hold everything in the world to have spirit, and to be alive. Those cultures and traditions tend to be called primitive by those of us who live in the modern world and enjoy the amenities of modern medicine, modern electronic internet products, and modern transportation.

But are we richer emotionally and psychologically than the societies that have kept or had a deep understanding of the universe as a place filled with life and spirit? Do we experience the feelings of interconectedness of Na’vi in Avatar, or are we wandering a desert landscape of nihilism like Mad Max, speeding to our own fiery death. For us to be aware of the spirit in our lives, is to be able to find meaning and wholeness. It is to gain a richness of being, that we are part of a living fabric, rather than isolated pieces of matter. How did we as humans loose this view? It is accordingly to the Vedic and Buddhist traditions the nature of the times. We are living during the dark age where matter and material has paramount value over spirit. We are deep in the darkness of matter. It is something that happens cyclically to the spirits that are trapped in matter and body.

In understanding how, or why, astrology can have a meaningful effect on ones life experience, I believe we are better off if we hold a view of the world as a container, and its contents, as being alive, rather than just purely matter. The idea that matter is apriori to things themselves, or the beings of things can be traced to the philosophical musing of Aristotle. Before him, in the west, we had Plato who invisioned things as coming forth from a perfect and alive universe that had a wholeness of mind, as well as a multitudes of mind that experienced that wholeness. But then came along Aristotle. I am not sure he meant for us to look at all physical objects of the universe as being devoid of a being that experiences, but that is how the west took him, eventually forming the modern scientific materialistic world view.

The result is that we have riches beyond compare, but for the most part we are dissatisfied with our lives. It is so bad, so terribly bad, that we are as a species destroying the natural fabric that constitutes the basis of life on earth. When people look out into nature and they see a realm of life, of spirit, then they naturally would avoid harming that nature and life. But when we look out and see nothing but resources for promoting our riches, why would we not harvest those riches.

Many of us, do have respect for nature, and are aware of the great extinction that we are creating. It is the sixth great extinction, according to those who study the matters, but unlike the other five, it is caused by the dominant species on the planet, rather than being the result of natural dynamics. The question is do we behave in a way that can help negate this extinction? I was in Florida last year, speaking with some longterm friends who live there. They spoke casually of the fact that sea level rise would put most of Florida underwater in the next 50 years. They talked about how they were already paying taxes forward for shoreline defense. As they were talking I watched beautiful parots fly through the palm trees, and gazed at the incredible subtropical light which illuminates the Florida landscape. Then I looked at all the condominiums running air conditioners 24 hours a day keeping rooms at a cool 65. Then I lowered my eyes and counted the streams of SUV’s that were driving by. It was discordant, we are all aware of the problem of climate destruction, but we keep on living in a consumerist based mindset.

Is the answer to this mindset to stop modern technology and corporate political dominance of the world. As an astrologer, I can tell you that is not going to happen! We are entering the age of Aquarius, scientific rationalism and social containment through corporate structures are with us for the next two millennia. Abandoning it is not an option. But, we as individuals, can start bringing the sacred spirit back into our lives. That will be of benefit. We can start seeing the life in everything and respecting it, whether it is our houseplants, our cars, our clothes and food cans, or even our toilet. In Tibetan Buddhism there are prayers for dedicating your piss and shit to the ghosts in the toilet that will partake of it once you leave the bathroom. That is seeing and honoring the spirit in everything. That is a perception change, and one which can create a perspective change that will cause us as humans to respect the world rather than destroy it.

Build a spirit house in all you see and do, for the spirit in you goes on, but the matter in you will fall away.spirit house

The Good, the bad, and the Wood Horse.

I have a friend. He is a very good Chinese Astrologer. He is also Chinese, which, they say makes a huge difference. It is the belief of the Chinese people for the most part that every aspect of their culture is informed by thousands of years of philosophical history. Thus, it is their belief that we as westerners can only ever scratch the surface of the cultural meaning inherent in any Chinese Philosophy or Art. Astrology is one of those Arts. Here in the west, we like to take all the information we can find and use it to justify why we are the way we are. We have adopted Chinese Astrology in that manner to. This particular gifted Chinese Astrologer friend of mine says that the Tong Shu almanac cycle was never meant to be adopted to vast predictions of the year ahead. Rather it is only for personal understanding of one’s own destiny. This would then require looking into the Year, Month, Day, and Hour pillar of the individual. It would further require analyzing the elements that make up the heavenly stem, as well as the elements that make up the animal described by the earthly branch. It gets complicated. Saying it is the Year of the Horse, or even it is the year of the Wood Horse, is very simplistic. It is like saying you are a Scorpio at a party,(watch them all run!)

Hey, Horses Run! What a great way to start. Horses Run.The Horse year is by nature always fast paced. Horse is associated with the Fire element. It is considered to be Yin Fire, which is a slow burning smoldering fire. Yin Fire is like lava, or coals in the fire pit and ash pit. Its nature allows for an alchemical cooking. That means in general one should work hard on your enterprises this year, and the results will be successful after a long run, not a short sprint! It is a Wood Horse year, as we know fire burns and consumes wood. Thus it should be a year where fires and heat are in the news plenty. That can be safely said, but what to do with that? This year one should rely heavily on there intuition. Intuition is ruled by water, and water will quench the fire and nurture the wood, bringing balance to your horse this year.

The Horse is a great year to start or increase exercise programs, again, horses like to run. Pay attention to your nutrition, because horses need good solid food for all the running they do. You will do well to drink your 8 cups of water a day this year to quench the fire and nurture the wood.

In the general affairs of the world, we will see bold and combative movements in general. The shootings in America are already proving to be brazen rather than the sneaky shootings of the snake year. Likewise, Russia decided to take Crimea, home of the Tartars, or Horse People, with sudden and brazen action this year. Before the year is out, we will probably see a few more sudden and bold political, military, and powerful moves by nations, for Horses don’t calculate they Run.

Most people suggest investing in wood related industries, such as logging or construction during wood years, but you might also want to consider Fire related industries as better off. These include Television, Internet, Computer App, Weapons, and Oil and Gas. These are in harmony with the fueled fire.

In terms of personal effects, it all depends on your Four Pillars. For example, someone with a strong water chart would find this year to be great, as the water will be balanced by the wood and fire. Whereas someone with a weak water chart, might find this year to be overly exhaustive. It is best to consult a Chinese Astrologer for specific guidance. (of course I can do that for you.)

Best of Luck during the Yang Wood Horse!

A brief refutation for the upcoming Cardinal Square

world devourerOn April 20th there will be a big cardinal square involving Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. As is usually the case, some folks are writing intense and perhaps scary articles on the suggested effects of such an astrological occurrence. For whatever reason I have begun to love seasonaly refuting what might be termed “doomsday astrology.” So… we go.

A friend wrote recently asking about the upcoming grand square involving Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars. He had read some dire predictions and I seek here to give ample reasons why most of us will not be impacted. This does not mean there is not valid guidance in various attempts by astrologers to explain how to use the energy of this Grand Square it is rather saying, do not take everything personally, nor dramatically. For the most part, planetary astrology is not personal, only natal astrology is personal.

Of course if you would like a personal reading on how this transit might effect you, please feel free. I would love to connect and consult with you.

To start with we must understand that the astrology of nations is different than the astrology of individuals. It will cast a pallor upon the lives of individuals whose charts otherwise would not be affected by a given transit. The great astrologer Mas’hallah, who came up with the date for placing the foundation stone for the city of Bhagdad (which was known as the city of peace for 500 years, a relative success story in terms of historical time.) As well as the Jewish astrologer Abraham Ibn Ezra, both stated that when we speak of astrology we speak of astrology for Nations, Cities, and People. The first has power over the second which has power over the third. Likewise the astrology of the king, president, prime minister, or dictator has power over his subjects. This being said, in general a grand square will only effect those whose chart points it exactly touches in terms of specific points. For instance, if you have a planet or sensitive point (Ascendant, Midheaven, Part of Fortune, Part of Spirit, or either of the Nodes between 12 and 14 degrees in a cardinal sign) then and only then will you actually be effected in a material way by the given transit.

This brings us back to the first point, say this transit was to trigger Isreal bombing Iran’s Nuclear facilities, then Iran was to close down the Arabic Gulf with its little gun missile boats hitting oil tankers, then the U.S. to respond with the 5th fleet, then…. As one can imagiune, the various national charts would trump millions of personal charts. The question is, will that happen.

We have to consider a few things, the most important being, which national charts are effected. So far, during the Waxing Pluto Uranus Square, we have found that the most affected areas have been in the Middle East. We have seen dramatic effects in Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia. These collectively have been come to be known as the Arab Spring. Now why has this square effected this area. I would hypothesis that it is because the Middle East is now ruled by Mars and or the constellation Aries. Aries represents the first, and this region of the world is the “cradle of civilization”, like wise this region is Hot and Dry, which is the temperate nature of Mars. In addition this region has been associated during the last century with war and strife (Mars) and raw energy (Aries). This deviates from the writings of Ptolemey, but I think it is worth considering. Uranus is in Aries, and that would be why we are seeing the revolutionary impulse of the square occurring in this region.

What is important to note about this transit, is that it is a waxing square which is life affirming according to the great astrologer Dane Rudyhar. It has brought hope during times of stress and movements, more or less successful, towards democratization and awareness of oligarch over reach. This is opposed to when we as a world experienced the same tensions as a waning, or life negating square during the 1930’s (again according to Dane Rudyhar) the results were the rise rather than distrust of oligarchic power in the form of Fascist states as well as the Industrial Military Chemical complex and all of the ill it has wrought upon society subsequently.

So my initial response is one of hope rather than despair with Jupiter, the planet of hope, keying into this T Square. Further more the use of Mars for war has been a rather recent innovation and I have not yet read a paper showing historical proof for it. From the time of the Mesopotamian astrology to Rome (5000 years) which is a far greater time in astrological study than since Rome (2000 years) Venus was the planet used to indicate war and pestilence.

All of that being said, does the chart touch a key aspect of the chart for the United States of America? The U.S. Sibley chart, which is the main chart given to the U.S.ofA. (there are at least 3 charts in use by a large amount of astrologers, and multitudes of little off shoots) has Saturn at 14 degrees Libra, which would indeed then be activated. However Saturn in the Sibley chart does not Rule the Asc, Midheaven, Sun, or Part of Fortune for the national chart. It does rule the Moon, which for a nation indicates the people. The Moon however is in Sect and has power, it is also not the spirit ruler of the chart, since it is a day time chart. It also rules the second house and the third house.Thus at best I would forecast a rising of people against the 1% perhaps a movement similar to occupy wall street for this spring and summer. Likewise I would consider a stock market that makes radical moves in a bubble direction. That would be the extent of my forecast given all the aforementioned factors. I believe everything else would be hyperbole or fanciful conjecture in search of emotional effects upon the readers. This is only in accord with the U.S. Sibley chart, the effects could be dramatically different for other national charts depending on where the Grand Square hits. If we are to use the second most popular chart for the U.S., the Scorpionic America Chart June 10 1977, the Grand Cardinal Square does not hit a sensitive chart point at all.

To double check on the matter I am going to look at the Aries Ingress chart for Washington D.C. to see if there are any other stress points. The Aries Ingress occurs at 12:57 PM March 20th in Washington D.C. Jupiter conjuncts the Horizon in Cancer, The Sun is in Aries on the Midheaven. Now this has been said to indicate a nation will go to war and will have success at such endeavors. I will have to study this further, as our country is in a state of ongoing war and has been so for decades now. But there is no indication in the chart, at a cursory glance, of impending doom. Again, this only reflects the U.S, One cannot speak to other nations without looking at their own unique situations astrologically.

Of interest is the National Chart of the Ukraine. I pointed out on my facebook page, heartastrology, on February 18th that the Ukraine’s chart meets the criteria set forth. Seeing as how this proved to be an accurate prediction of where the “event” of this transit would occur, before the actual even occurred, I will write a post concerning how it fit for the readers general education.

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,