Mercury in Aries April 16-May 5

from the Elemental Tarot: ” The classical figure of Mercury dashes across an urban landscape. In the sky the sun is a compass indicating the ultimate in creative possibilities and the multitude of directions in which he can travel. “ Mercury has moved from Pisces into Aries, and issues of communication and mental functioning (Mercury) now take on the fiery energy of the sign of Aries. Having just come through the explosive opposition of Mars to Pluto which forced confrontations and released a sudden aggressive force over the past couple […]

The Smartest Guy in the Room

Photo from Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Jeff Skilling is currently on trial for his role in the Enron debacle which brought down an entire company and most of its employees and was likely the major culprit in the California energy crisis of a few years ago. Under Skilling’s leadership, in less than a year Enron’s stock soared and then crashed in a spectacular flame of arrogance and deceit. Skilling’s story is the age-old story of hubris. David A. Skeel Jr. writes that “the very qualities that make […]

The Meaning of “Left” and “Right”

Here is a tidbit from Claire-France Perez on the etymologies of the word “left” and “right” as these words influence today’s political climate. She also gives an interesting analysis of upcoming cycles to the chart of the US: Left in Latin is “sinister” and the right, “dexter.” Dexter interestingly, has something to do with the pointer finger, dextrously expressive of one’s personal “righteousness”… and is informed by the left lobe of the brain, the sorter, the maker of hierarchies, the reader of text upon a horizon line, and Self-Declared Superior […]

Happy Eostre!

Artwork by Paulina Stuckey-Cassidy Many people will celebrate Easter Sunday tomorrow 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 the resurrection […]

Pluto in Sagittarius and the Gospel of Judas

Pluto in astrological symbolism represents the god of the Underworld – it shows where we may be compulsive in our natures as we delve into the underworld of consciousness to emerge into light as transformed beings. It also represents the process of death and dying as well as resurrection, it shows where we will experience endings and beginnings. In transformational astrology for individuals, it represents the will of the higher self that continually directs us on the path that is for our highest good, and keeps us from experiences that […]

Libra Full Moon: Seeking Peace in the Midst of a Storm

Photo by Tony Howell The Moon is full in Libra tomorrow – Libra is the sign of love and beauty, striving for peace, harmony and balance. This Full Moon harmonizes with the Mars/Pluto (see below) opposition, shining a light on any dark places to inspire resolution and illumination. Mercury (communication) is in direct conflict with the Mars/Pluto opposition tomorrow, showing that there will be communication difficulties. But if all viewpoints are permitted to enter the circle resolution can take place. Peace is not just the absence of war, it is […]

Tom Cruise – Candid Revelations or Self Promotion?

Tom Cruise has been shockingly open in recent interviews about his abusive father. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that he is promoting his new movie Mission Impossible III. For someone who has made a habit of filing lawsuits any time the press started delving into his personal life, Tom has been amazingly candid lately. From his sofa jumping on the Oprah show to public displays of affection everywhere since his relationship with Katie Holmes began, Tom Cruise appears to be opening up in a brand new way. But is […]

Rumors of War with Mars/Pluto

In the news today, Seymour Hersh reports that President Bush is planning to use nuclear weapons against Iran in order to prevent it from developing its own nuclear program, this while simultaneously penning deals to sell nuclear materials to India. Hersh reports that Iran is reportedly developing a “series of bunkers and facilities” with hidden command centers, and Bush cannot be dissuaded from taking military action despite the pleas of military chiefs. “A senior Pentagon consultant said that Mr Bush believes that he must do “what no Democrat or Republican, […]

Mars Opposes Pluto Today

Mars has been leading up to an opposition (180 degree aspect) with Pluto just in time for the direct turn of Saturn (see article below), and over the past week we have seen political situations accelerating as a result. With Mars (the aggressive instinct of the individual) opposing Pluto (the god of death and transformation), the fur will continue to fly for another week or so that will affect the fate of leaders (Saturn in Leo) across the globe. In our personal lives, aggressive confrontations will be more common than […]