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Astrological Musings now on Patheos

Dear friends, I’m pleased to announce that the spirituality website Patheos is now carrying this blog, so please follow me over there and correct your bookmarks. If you subscribe to Astrological Musings and receive posts in your inbox, you can sign up for the new site here. If you have any difficult navigating the site or have any feedback please send me an email and let me know!

RIP Robin Williams, the astrology of Mars and depression

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Robin Williams lost a long battle against depression and substance abuse when he took his own life this week at the age of 63.  Like many comedic geniuses, Williams had a dark side that was evident in some of his darker film roles which allowed the multidimensionality of his personality to emerge through the veneer of hilarity. Depression and addiction take many forms in the astrological chart.  A prominent Saturn can cause depression through a sense of one’s own failure.  A strong Chiron can bring one’s inner wounds to the surface […]

The sparkling light of the Aquarius Super Moon, August 10 2014

The Moon is full in Aquarius on August 10th – the second Supermoon (TM Richard Nolle) of the summer.  When the Full Moon is a Supermoon it appears larger than usual in the sky and its influence is more powerful.  Full Moons represent the culmination of our emotional awareness – the peak of insight and intuition and an opening of the heart. Aquarius is known as the Water Bearer – while Aquarius is an air sign and tends to be rather uncomfortable in the realm of feelings, it acts as […]

Soulmates: Are you really made for each other?

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As an astrologer I am often asked for an analysis of compatibility between two charts.  “Is this person my soulmate?” is usually the way the question is phrased.  The idea that there is one perfect person who is just made for us, a “twin flame” as it is often described, is a captivating one.  We may feel that once we find this perfect person, who harmonizes with us in every way, we would feel whole and complete and our lives would be made more satisfactory. What I have seen in […]

August astrological forecast – Planetary Illuminations – now posted

The full report is posted here at this link, and if you’re on my mailing list you will soon be receiving my easy to understand abridged version.  You can sign up in the sidebar if you’d like to be added to my list! Meanwhile, here is the introduction to the month along with details about the first week in August.  Enjoy! MAJOR EVENTS As August begins, Mars has just entered Scorpio. In Scorpio, traditionally ruled by Mars, the aggressive force of Mars is permitted virtually free reign. We can view this […]

Mars in Scorpio, 2014

Mars went into Scorpio just before the New Moon, and will remain in Scorpio until mid-September. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio (as well as Aries), and when Pluto was discovered it was assigned as co-ruler of Scorpio.  Mars is the planet of war, and its dominion is aggression, passion, drive and desire.  For that reason it rules the pure physical desire of sexuality.  In Scorpio, it takes on an added emotional depth and intensity and a desire that is transformed from the purely physical to an intense need […]

Magic and Happiness catch fire at the Leo New Moon

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 I found this image on a free wallpaper site.  If this is your art, please be sure to let me know. The Moon is new in Leo on the 26th of July, fusing the Sun and the Moon in the sign that opens the heart and encourages us to find our own best expression.  Consciousness becomes alive under the sign of Leo, and our sense of self is highlighted and encouraged to flower. Both the Sun and Moon align with Leo at this time, and Jupiter has newly entered Leo. […]

Pallas and John Travolta news

Homosexuality is not what it used to be.  Half a century ago, gay men and women hid their affiliation in a closely guarded cloak of secrecy.  In today’s Aquarian world where even in the US twenty states plus the District of Columbia now permit gay marriage, more and more well-known people are coming out of the closet, including even football players. But not John Travolta or Tom Cruise.  Both of these men, both Scientologists, interestingly enough, have struggled through their entire careers to keep the G word from erupting into their […]

John Oliver proves that Sagittarius is rising in the US chart

There is a big debate among astrologers about the rising sign of the US chart.  I use the “Sibley” chart, named after Ebenezer Sibley who created it, and has Sagittarius rising on the ascendant.  Michael Wolfstar O’Reilly insists that Scorpio is rising in the chart because the power that America wields is reflected in the Scorpio archetype, and because the symbolic Eagle is also tied into Scorpio.  In this article he also explains how the Gemini rising chart came about. Michael and I have had some spirited debates on the […]

More reader advice: the Pluto square Pluto transit

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Lynn, per your recent post you wrote: “Pluto transits can be devastating periods of loss, but they can also be times when we discover our latent strengths and emerge into great periods of personal power as we see here.” I currently am experiencing Pluto conjunct my Ascendant and Pluto square Pluto transits, both lasting through about the end of this year. I just entered into a major dispute with a colleague that may turn into a legal battle. What should I look at in my chart for signs of where […]