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Astrotheology: The Sun of God

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The fact that our Judeo-Christian mythos is a derivation of earlier religions and legends has moved into the mainstream, and the idea that the divinity of Jesus has parallels with other gods is no longer a shocking idea.  Most of us realize now that Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas day – shepherds don’t watch their flocks in December, even in ancient Judea – and that the Christmas holiday was adopted because it was already being celebrated as the Winter Solstice in the pagan world. The Winter Solstice is celebrated as […]

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Venus turns retrograde at the Winter Solstice

The Solstice occurs today (Winter for us northern hemispherians, Summer for the Aussies and Kiwis) – a time when the days are shortest in the north and longest in the south as the wheel of the year turns and takes us from light to darkness, and back to light again. The Solstice Sun is locked in a square to Mars, energizing the seasonal shift and requiring that some level of action occur.  Over the past five years or so, ever since Pluto entered Capricorn, the Solstice and Equinox Sun has […]

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Happy Eostre!

reprinted from 2006.  Artwork by Paulina Stuckey-Cassidy Many people will celebrate Easter Sunday as the day that Christ rose from his grave and achieved godhood. In ancient mythology, the archetype of the dying and rising god actually began thousands of years before Jesus with the stories of Osiris and Tammuz, Adonis and Attis — all legends of gods that suffered an untimely end but were reborn into physical existence in order to spread their religion. Festivals celebrating the death of the god in winter when the crops were dying and […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to you, and Blogiversary to me!

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It was Thanksgiving of 2005 when this blog began.  My sister, already a prolific blogger, helped me get Astrological Musings set up on Blogger, and the rest is history.  At the time there were just a handful of astrology blogs: Elsa, of course, and Robert, and Jeff’s blog at the time was “Astrology at the Movies.”   Things have changed – currently there are 187 members of our Astrology Bloggers Facebook group. My second Saturn Return began last fall with a burst of productivity, but the second phase in the […]

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The astrological Samhain

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  Until the rise of the neo-Pagan phenomenon of the mid to late twentieth century, I think it’s safe to say that most Americans had never heard of Samhain (pronounced Sow’-en), the ancient Celtic autumn festival.  It is likely that our modern celebration of Hallowe’en developed to take the place of the ancient festival.  The Christian All Hallows festival to honor the souls of the saints that had passed on was originally celebrated in May but was moved to November 1st in 835 by Pope Gregory IV. In any case, […]

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Chart for the Summer Solstice, 2012

by Lynn Hayes image by Visual Alchemy.  The Summer Solstice (northern hemisphere) occurs in the tropical zodiac at the exact moment when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer.  This coincides with the longest day of the year and the most fertile season in agrarian cultures in the northern hemisphere.  (Of course for my Aussie and Kiwi friends as well as those in southern Africa the seasons are reversed and the Summer Solstice occurs in December with the entry of the Sun into Capricorn.  If you’re curious about astrology in […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I am a bit of a grinch about St. Patrick’s day because of the symbolism of the chasing of the snakes and serpents (natural wisdom) out of Ireland.  But I do love Ireland and today I will be at a pub playing Irish music, wearing green. So I thought I would share something about ancient Irish astrology as it might have been practiced by the Druids.  Unfortunately very little of their wisdom and practice comes down to us in any kind of authenticated form, but this article sheds a light […]

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Sunday poetry for the Winter Solstice

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artwork by Jane Miluski WINTER SOLSTICE Journeying around the sun, at Yule, she turns furthest from the light. Here In the dark of the long night she is veiled, and here she comes to the fullness of her union with creation. To enter is to hold Death closest to our hearts. And as we do, Death has her sensuous way. Slowly, we come to a clearing, and the solstice. And in deep stillness, we enter. Our journey from the sun has come to its full, and we wait in a […]

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Samhain – a day of remembrance

Samhain (an ancient Gaelic word pronounced Sow’-en) is the ancient Celtic holiday that has come down to us as Hallowe’en (derivation of “All Hallows Eve”).  Although it is associated today with witchcraft and doings of the devil, in pre-Christian times Samhain was simply the time when the veils between the worlds were at their thinnest.  It was a time of reverence for the process of death and the mysteries of life. The astrological Samhain actually occurs at the midpoint of Scorpio which is the “cross quarter” between the Autumnal Equinox […]

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The Autumn Equinox: Sun enters Libra

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art by Wendy Andrew. The Sun entered Libra this morning at 5:04 am EDT (9:04 am GMT) , marking the Autumn Equinox in the turning of the wheel of the seasons.  The beginning of each season is marked by the entry of the Sun into one of the cardinal signs – the signs that initiate action.  (The cardinal signs are Libra, Aries, Cancer and Capricorn.) Libra is the sign of balance -under the influence of Libra we seek harmony between aspects of life that are dissonant.  At the sign of […]

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