Astrological Musings

Birthday Request: My Solar Return

I’m going to be off on Monday the 12th for my birthday, and my solar return is at 4:44 pm which if you’ve been following my Facebook updates is pretty hilarious.  For the past few months I’ve been seeing repeating numbers everywhere.

At any rate, if any of my astrologer friends feel like giving me a gift perhaps you might like to take a stab at my solar return chart which I’ve posted here.  My natal chart is here.  With Pluto conjunct my  Mars in the return chart it looks like I’ll be developing my Will (Mars) all year.  Geez, I thought I was done with Pluto!  And Jupiter in the return chart making a square to natal Jupiter should be interesting.
(To my non-professional readers, the solar return is the time when the Sun returns to its place in your birthchart.  The chart for this event can be used to get a sense of the energies that await us in the coming year.)
Take a stab if you like – I’ll be back Tuesday with more exciting astrological news!
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By | 2009-10-12T17:12:53+00:00 October 12th, 2009|Sun|Comments Off on Birthday Request: My Solar Return

Just in Time for the Saturn/Pluto Square: The 2012 Movie

If you’ve watched any TV over the past week, chances are you’ve seen the trailer for the new 2012 movie starring John Cusack.  The special effects in this trailer are absolutely incredible, and it appears this will be a really terrifying movie.  It’s a joke in my house that I can’t watch a movie unless it’s rated PG, and I think I’ll have to skip this one until it comes to the small screen in my house where I can fast forward through the scary parts.  Which might be all of it.
For some reasons humans love to scare themselves, and nowhere is this more true than in the doomsday business.  You may remember 1999 when we were sure all of the power grids were going to collapse because of the way digits were recorded in computers.  For thousands of years humans have been predicting the end of the world, and now the famous Mayan calendar will end on December 12, 2012.
Maybe it’s the Saturn that sits right on my Sun, but I tend to be a bit skeptical about many of these things so I was glad to see an article about a Mayan Indian elder who pooh-poohs the idea that the world will end next year.
Saturn will enter Libra at the end of this month and will form a square to Pluto that will closely align in early November, just in time to see this frightening movie about the end of all civilizations on earth which is being released on November 13.  Coincidentally, the exact square from Saturn to Pluto peaks on the 15th.
When the Lord of Karma (Saturn) and and the Lord of Death (Pluto) collide t can shake people up.  The last time they met was between August and November of 2001 and you might remember the events that occurred then.  Certainly there was change and fear ruled the land.  Their previous meeting in 1973 and 1974 was less eventful, but the opening square of Saturn to Pluto in 1982 resulted in widespread economic recession, and the opposition of Saturn to Pluto in 2005 which included Uranus was also quite powerful and created some major changes.
When Uranus enters Aries next year it will begin to align with Saturn and Pluto just as it did in 1965, although the full impact won’t be felt until 2011.
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By | 2009-10-11T16:44:39+00:00 October 11th, 2009|2012, Popular Culture|Comments Off on Just in Time for the Saturn/Pluto Square: The 2012 Movie

Top Planetary Events of the Week, October 12-18, 2009

Back by popular demand!  The most important events in the sky this week:
  1. Ceres enters Scorpio on Monday the 12th.  For a few weeks our caretaking intensifies and there is more of an interest in caretaking through facilitating dramatic experiences.
  2. Also on Monday, Mars forms a harmonious sextile to Saturn.  This is a great day to get things done and organize your accomplishments.
  3. Jupiter turns direct on Tuesday after a long sojourn in reverse. It will catch up to Chiron and Neptune and reconnect for the healing dance.
  4. Also on Tuesday, Venus is sextile Mars – very nice aspect for balance in interpersonal relationships.
  5. Sun trines Chiron on Wednesday the 14th, shining healing energy all around.
  6. Venus enters Libra on Wednesday, enhancing our social lives and bringing our attention to the beauty that is all around us.
  7. Venus squares Pluto on the 15th – watch for power struggles and the green eye of jealousy and other dark emotions to surface.
  8. Mars enters Leo on Friday the 16th.  Desires are BIG for the next few weeks, and everyone wants something.
  9. New Moon in Libra on Sunday the 18th!  Big focus on relationships with the New Moon and Venus all in Libra, the sign ruled by Venus and all about love and balance.
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By | 2009-10-11T16:42:20+00:00 October 11th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Top Planetary Events of the Week, October 12-18, 2009

Astrological Musings Radio: All About Chiron

Update The archived show is now available here:

Chiron is one of the newer planets in the astrological pantheon, and while many people know that it’s the “wounded healer,” its role in personal transformation is not widely understood.  This Sunday at 10 am Eastern I’ll be talking about Chiron, the mythology and the archetype, and how it works in the astrological chart and planetary cycles.

You can listen to the archives later or download it to your computer or as a podcast, but if you listen live you can join in the discussion in the chatroom and call in about your own chart.  I start taking calls about halfway through the show.
To listen live simply click the player below, or visit the show page (if you click on the player before Sunday morning at 10 you’ll hear last week’s program).  You’ll find more information and instructions here.
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By | 2009-10-10T16:38:11+00:00 October 10th, 2009|Podcast|Comments Off on Astrological Musings Radio: All About Chiron

The Nature of Grief and Astrological Cycles

Throughout this year, with Chiron and Neptune traveling together, many of my clients have called megrief.jpg with overwhelming feelings of grief.  Often there is an event that appears to have caused these intense emotions, but sometimes the feelings appear to stem from events that occurred long ago.  A client who had mourned the loss of her mother that happened nine years ago.  Another who grieved the loss of her first marriage many years ago.  Suddenly, after many years, the emotions welled up seemingly from nowhere to take over their lives.
From my article on the Chiron/Neptune conjunction:

When Chiron and Neptune are working together, they combine to assist with the work of the soul. The body, the mind, and the ego are all most interested in living a life well-grounded in the material world that offers the maximum of pleasure and the minimum of pain. The soul does not pursue pleasure and avoid pain; instead, there is an embrace of experiences that will assist us at the deepest level to completely learn the lessons that are presented to us so that we can release the past and move forward with greater wisdom.

Chiron facilitates this aspect of soul work by uncovering any wounded places that have been left unresolved so that we can be freed of the blocked energy that our unreleased wounds hold within the body/mind/spirit system. Neptune assists by reminding us that there is a world of experience that lies beyond the boundaries of the material world. Under the influence of Neptune we either open up to experiences of a powerful mystical nature, or else we become confused and deluded as the nature of our personal reality is blurred and we have nothing to replace it with. Neptune bestows creative genius and a spiritual connection to our Divine self as the physical world is transcended, or it can cause us to indulge in escapist and addictive behavior in an effort to escape the prison of our own mind.

Challenging astrological cycles do often coincide with painful events in our life, but whether the grief we feel is over a current loss or an old one, the feelings are the same.  Psychiatrists know that grief and emotional pain are stored in the psyche with the same intensity that they held during the original event.
Chiron has been a great teacher and guide for astrologers’ understanding about the nature of grief, but Saturn and Pluto play a role as well.
Under Saturn transits we are painfully aware of our faults, our loneliness, and the blocks that keep us from our happiness.  Saturn is associated with depression which has a different tonal quality than grief.
Under Pluto transits we often find ourselves facing unpleasant truths and frightening memories from our past, and Pluto can bring up deep and dark emotions that unlock doors to emotional pain.  But it’s Chiron that opens the doorways for the emotional pain that we store in our psyche to spring forth into the conscious mind where it can, with conscious focus and attention, be processed and released.
Often a client will ask me, “When will this be over?  Will I ever be happy again?”  They will say “I don’t want to ever feel this again.”  We spend our lives running from our pain, but the problem with that is as long as we run, the pain remains stored in our psyche and our bodies.  Later it may erupt in physical pain and nondiagnosable illness.
What is required is the courage to look into our own soul and open the doorway to the feelings, to see what they have to tell us and to teach us.  It’s not an easy path, but it’s the only way to wholeness.
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By | 2009-10-09T16:34:19+00:00 October 9th, 2009|Health & Healing|Comments Off on The Nature of Grief and Astrological Cycles
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