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Astrology is not a science

Many people who think of themselves as scientists like to call astrology a “pseudoscience.”  Pseudoscience is defined as “a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method” but some writers go so far as to call some of these fields of study “fake sciences,” meaning they purport to be science but are not.  These theorists claim that because astrology is scientifically incorrect (planets don’t move backward and the Sun doesn’t orbit the earth) it is a fake science. From what I can remember from high […]

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For the retrograde: The renegade Venus

The image of Venus has really changed over the years, morphing from her early days as a complex warrior queen and sexual goddess to a more two-dimensional character, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. While Venus is retrograde I thought it would be a good time to look at the OTHER side of Venus.  The archetype that we now call Venus/Aphrodite was a female goddess that originally presided over sexuality, fertility, and war in ancient Bronze Age Mesopotamian civilization.  She was called Astarte in Greece, Ashtoreth in Hebrew, Inanna in […]

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Astrology lesson: The effect of planetary cycles

A client asked this question so I thought it might be a good thing to cover in this column:  Do planetary cycles like the Uranus/Pluto square (see the sidebar) affect everyone the same? I used this example to explain how planetary cycles work:  When it’s raining in your community, rain pours down on everyone.  But everyone is affected differently.  Some people love being out in the rain and they may be dancing in the streets.  Some people hate to get wet, and they will stay indoors or cover themselves with […]

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How to be an astrologer: Chris Brennan’s Top Ten Tips

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A few years ago Chris Brennan wrote a comprehensive list of what is actually involved in becoming an astrologer which is well worth visiting . Back in the old days when we had to learn logarithms and buy mountains of ephemerides and atlases in order to cast a chart it was much more difficult to become an astrologer. Nowadays all you need is a computer, but the craft is still a complex one that deserves comprehensive study and respect before hanging out one’s shingle. Follow the link to the details, but here […]

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The Reclassification of Pluto

The International Astronomical Union met in 2006 to discuss reclassifying our solar system, and as a result Pluto was deemed to be a dwarf planet, the former asteroid Ceres was promoted to planetary status, and the newest planet, formerly named UB313, was named Eris after the goddess of discord. Because the astrological Pluto deals with the transformation that comes from looking death in the eye and annhilation of the personal ego, it stands to reason that the reclassification of Pluto could open a door to how this process operates. The […]

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Pars Fortuna, Aspects and Energy

A reader wrote me about the significance of the multitude of Kites, Mystic Rectangles and Yods in her chart but upon closer examination, many of these aspects involve the Part of Fortune and the Nodes of the Moon rather than planets or luminaries. Which brought up an interesting point of discussion: what really do aspects describe, and what points should be considered? In the birthchart, the Sun represents our essential Self, the Moon our emotional nature, and the seven traditional planets each represent an aspect of our personality. The outer […]

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Transits and Transformation: Turning Crisis into Healing

As humans, we tend to think that happiness is better than sadness, that good luck is better than bad. We may avoid difficult confrontations and pursue more comfortable situations. When tragedy strikes our well-protected lives, we shout out to our god of choice: “How could you do this to me??” We believe that our birthright is the pursuit of happiness, and we spend our lives trying to protect ourselves from sorrow. The soul, however, has a different journey. The soul travels an ancient evolutionary path that seeks wisdom and connection […]

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About Retrogrades

I’m in the process of migrating old articles to the blog platform, here’s a chance to catch up on some oldies but goodies.  The study of astrology looks at the motion of the planets in the solar system from our perspective here on earth, and because of anomalies in the orbits of the planets, occasionally during their travels around the sun they appear to move backwards. As a planet turns retrograde, it appears to slow down gradually until it appears to be almost standing still. This is called “making a […]

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Lynn’s Skywatch: Planetary Illuminations for August 2013

The August Planetary Illuminations are posted now and you can read them in their entirety here.  If you are on my mailing list (and if you’re not, scroll down on the sidebar and sign up!) you will receive your report translated into English in your email box. Meanwhile, here is the introduction to get you started: The month of August begins with the Star of David and Grand Sextile still in effect, though it is waning. You can read more about that configuration here, but it contained an alignment of […]

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Musings on Uranus as he retrogrades today

Painting by Gay Nichols.  As one of the outer planets, what I like to call the “transformational” planets, Uranus turns retrograde for about half the year, every years.  This ebb and flow of planets moving forward and then retreating before moving on again is a natural part of life and if we are able to slow down the rush of our thoughts we can find ourselves rocking to the rhythm of this eternal planetary wisdom.  This is very much like the seashore, where the waves flow in and recede again, […]

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