Astrological Musings

From the Advice Column: Will I Ever Receive a Proper Diagnosis?

I’ll be on vacation until November 12th so forgive me if I don’t participate in the comments.  I will try to put up a timely post or two during that time, but meanwhile I’ve selected some oldies but goodies for you.

have a particular interest in energy medicine and the underlying causes of illness as they appear in the birthchart. This is particularly true of mysterious symptoms that defy diagnosis. That said, I am not a medical professional and my comments are not to be considered a substitute for regular medical care. Still, I strongly believe that most illnesses originate in an energy imbalance and that correcting this imbalance can improve our health.

Q: Twenty years ago, I had an attack of shingles in my head.. leaving me with vertigo, deafness, no taste or smell on the left side of my head, paralysis there too, and intellectual deficits. Up until this point, I was a journalist. Afterwards ? Well I had days when I couldn’t remember what side of the envelope the stamp went on. The nerves at the lower end of my spine got involved somehow and though I can walk, etc. I’ve lost functions of elimination… I have to use catheters daily to drain my bladder etc. (I know TMI…) this has been for two years now.. I underwent several tests this summer to try to find out the underlying cause of my physical problems.. and got.. No answers. I’m wondering what to do next ? Is there any light at the end of this long and painful tunnel?

A: Your chart shows difficulty expressing the energy of Mars, something I like to call a “Mars problem.” Mars, being the god of War, is the planet that urges us to defend our borders, to respond appropriately when attacked, and gives us the drive to get what we want. Mars is our desires and often is tied into our physical energy (although the Sun is also an important piece of the vitality puzzle). This is a very complex issue and situation but I will try to shorten and simplify it to fit into this format.

Your Sun is conjunct Neptune, both in Libra – a lovely and creative placement for imagination and beauty, but Neptune does tend to drown out our physical energy at times. This Sun/Neptune conjunction is the apex of what we call a “T-square”, meaning the Sun and Neptune are square to a tight conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer on one end and Mars and Chiron in Capricorn on the other. This is a powerhouse of a dynamic that when balanced properly can give you a great deal of power for change and evolution. But when it gets blocked that powerful energy can implode within us.

Let’s break this dynamic down: The conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in the first house seeks a an independent, innovative and exciting approach to life. However, their placement in the sign of Cancer combined with your Cancer ascendant makes it difficult to do things that are truly for you. You are geared towards taking care of others, and hope that this will serve you in the end.

This combination of Mars and Chiron in Capricorn show that you are a hard worker and very disciplined with a tremendous focus on what needs to be done. You are able to push through most obstacles and keep your eye on the goal. This can lead you to ignore signals your body is sending you to warn you of impending health crisis until it is too late. The conjunction of Mars and Chiron often signifies a difficulty expressing ones own needs which is reflected in several places in your chart. The Sun conjunct Neptune also can be a signifier of one who is sacrificed or made a scapegoat. And in Libra, the Sun strives to achieve balance and often gives up one’s own self in the process.

The opposition between Jupiter/Uranus and Mars/Chiron can be explosive. Jupiter opposite Mars expands the aggressive instinct and requires an outlet for this increased energy. Uranus opposite Mars evokes rebellion and resistance to control. Chiron opposite Uranus heightens the flow of energy through the body and in itself can create energy imbalances if not grounded properly, and the opposition of Jupiter to Chiron, while it provides an enhanced perception of multidimensional reality, can also increase health problems should they occur.

The picture I am getting here is of a person who has a tremendous amount of energy and spark of life, but who gets bogged down with the day to day responsibilities of watching out for others. Aries is on your midheaven, revealing the key to achieving your highest goals and aspirations is through aggressively asserting your needs and independence.

At the time that your first shingles attack occurred you were undergoing quite a few transits of Mars which were stimulating your need to express yourself in a more powerful way. Perhaps there were things you were angry about that were buried in the need to do what needed to be done. This was exacerbated by a transit of Jupiter across your Aries Midheaven that opposed the conjunction of the Sun and Neptune and set off the whole six-planet T-square combination. Without an outlet, all of this energy just imploded into the shingles attack (shingles are an immune system disorder that is commonly associated with stress).

About three years ago your Moon progressed into Aries (the last time this happened was 30 years before if you can remember back that far) which enhanced your need to have that Aries experience of independence and asserting one’s own needs. Xena the warrior princess is the Aries archetype of women: she is noble and kind but doesn’t take any s*&t from anyone! This would have been an excellent time to take up kickboxing or some other kind of aggressive activity that would help to release some of this energy and increase your sense of empowerment. If you had no such outlet again the energy would have imploded into your nervous system.

At the same time you began your Chiron return, when transiting Chiron was conjunct Chiron in your own chart and again set off the T-square dynamic. Chiron brings to the surface all of our hidden painful wounds from the past, demanding that these wounds be brought into conscious awareness where that can be healed. Resistance to this process can lead to health problems.

I want to emphasize that the opposition of Chiron and Uranus, which is very common in the charts of people born between 1953 and 1985, shows a particularly sensitive nervous system.

Without doing a full reading on this individual I am reluctant to make specific recommendations, but understanding what is needed to regain the balance of appropriate aggression and expression of one’s own needs and desires (Mars) is the first step to recovery.

By | 2009-11-04T12:14:12+00:00 November 4th, 2009|Health & Healing|Comments Off on From the Advice Column: Will I Ever Receive a Proper Diagnosis?

Crop Circles in Brazil

Crop circles don’t have anything to do with astrology, and perhaps they have no place in an astrology blog. But I love a good mystery (my Mercury is in Scorpio – there!  I made an astrological connection).
From Professor A.J. Gevaerd, via Colin Andrews:

[O]n October 29th, in the same town of Ipuaçu, by a few miles from the precise spot here last year’s circles have been found, a new sign in a wheat plantation was registered. This time, however, it is nothing like a circle, but a figure far more complex and with precise measures in its internal features. Take a look at the diagram:


The case was first reported by newsman Ivo Luis Dohl, consultant of the Brazilian UFO magazine, who lives nearby and was the same investigator to report last year’s cases. He is on site 24/7 evaluating this new case and waiting for others to come, and in permanent contact with the magazine HQ in Curitiba. This new circle was found by Bernardete Trevisan, who lives in the área where the formation was found. She called Vagner Visoli, officer from the City Hall, who went to the place and called Ivo Dohl.

Visoli was the first to arrive at the formation area and assured the Brazilian UFO Magazine that he found no indication of human action at all. No footprints, not tractor tracks (except for old ones produced during plantation process, weeks before), no indication at all of how the formation was produced. With lots of experience in wheat plantation, however, Visoli was afraid to enter the formation. He took the first pictures, which were sent for analysis.  The origin of this new crop formation is not known yet. However, agricultural technicians have assured that there is no method, equipment or instrument that could produce such effect on the plants and cause them to lay down so tidy as it can be seen in the photos.  Besides, nothing could cause the plants to bent and form such precise figure.

So far, this has been what is believed to be the first Brazilian crop formation in 2009, and if this country has really entered in this phenomena last year, as reported above, it is reasonable to expect that many more formations would happen this year. The Brazilian UFO Magazine team is prepared to investigate and report any new activity.

The question of why crop circles mainly turn up in one area (Wiltshire) in Britain is an interesting one.  If these circles are hoaxes, and so easily made as some claim, why are copycats not making circles all over the world, particularly in the United States where there are plenty of wheat fields?  The circles that have turned up elsewhere have been notably inferior and more obviously hoaxes, such as this one in Germany.
As I wrote before, I suspect that these circles might have some relation to the British secret service.  In any case, it’s a fascinating mystery!
By | 2009-11-02T12:17:37+00:00 November 2nd, 2009|Mysteries|Comments Off on Crop Circles in Brazil

Top Planetary Events of the Week: Nov. 2-8

Sorry this comes a day late!  What with the Skywatch and the Full Moon I got a bit behind. 🙂
This is written for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your own locality.
1.  Full Moon on the 2nd!  Moon is in Taurus, squared by Mars in Leo.  For more information read my Full Moon post.
2.  Busy Moon on the 3rd in challenging square to the Big Three (Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune).  Emotional rollercoaster likely, but Taurus will try to keep the peace.
3.  Moon enters Gemini late on Tuesday opening the doors of communication and mental activity.
4.  Neptune turns direct on the 4th!  Creativity, spirituality – and perhaps confusion enter the mix.
5.  Sun conjoins Mercury in Scorpio on the 5th – Gemini Moon wants superficiality but the Scorpio Mercury must go deep.  Today you have to choose, and Scorpio usually wins.
6.  Moon enters Cancer early am on the 6th.
7.  Venus enters Scorpio on the evening of the 7th, and now there are three planets in Scorpio.  Intense, focused, fierce!
8.  Moon enters Leo on the 8th, the harbinger of a busy astrological day.  More focus is put now on the role of the individual and that means ME.
9.  Mercury squares Jupiter, bringing the potential for arguments and a bit of arrogant behavior on the part of SOMEONE.
10. Venus sextiles Pluto, softening the effect of #9 and encouraging the conversation to deepen and enrich the lives of everyone.
No radio show Sunday the 8th!  I’ll be in Jamaica, Mon.
By | 2009-11-02T12:15:18+00:00 November 2nd, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Top Planetary Events of the Week: Nov. 2-8

Taurus Full Moon November 2

The Taurus Full Moon occurs when the Moon in Taurus opposes the Sun in Scorpio, creating a 180 degree angle and a tension between the conscious mind (Sun) and the emotional instinctive reactions (Moon), and the challenging square of both luminaries to Mars will definitely spice up the Full Moon!

Mars is in Leo now, where the role of personal development is emphasized, and the Full Moon occurs in the sign of Taurus. Taurus is focused on stability and physical security, as well as the peace and serenity that comes from a life that is full of contentment and material gifts. This Full Moon could highlight any areas of our life where our personal ego gets in the way of our ability to achieve comfort in our lives, but will also help to energize us to fulfill the dreams of the Full Moon.

Any lunation, or lunar event, encompasses all of the planetary combinations that occur at the time of the event. Taurus’s ruler Venus, the planet of love and beauty as well as harmony and peace forms a harmonious trine to Neptune on the day of the Full Moon. This harmonious dance between the planet of spirituality (Neptune) and the goddess of love helps to wrap our experience in a veil of magic and conscious awareness which helps us to utilize the energy of Mars in a more productive way.

Of course the approaching square from Saturn to Pluto is also a part of the lunation, adding a touch of darkness to the event and a requirement that we not forget that death is at our door while we celebrate at the party of pleasure. Humans are the only species with an awareness of death, and this more than anything is what inspires us to greater spiritual wisdom.

By | 2009-11-01T12:19:27+00:00 November 1st, 2009|Moon|Comments Off on Taurus Full Moon November 2

Astrological Musings Radio, now at 11 am EST Sunday!

The show on November 1st will be the rescheduled show for Saturn’s entry into Libra.  I’m also going to talk a bit about the upcoming square from Saturn to Pluto.  Many of my clients lately have upcoming transits from these two power players, so I’ll be talking about how best to anticipate and manage times like this.
I’ll also give you a rundown on Monday’s Full Moon in Taurus.

From now on the show will be at 11 am Eastern, but there will be no show on November 8th when I am on vacation.  Here’s the November schedule (topics are subject to change depending on current events):
November 15:  Scorpio New Moon and the nature of Scorpio and the Underworld
November 22: Sun enters Sagittarius: Looking for optimism in times of darkness
November 29: Mars turns retrograde: How are we affected?
You can also download or subscribe to the podcast or listen to archived shows, here are the details!
By | 2009-10-31T10:27:47+00:00 October 31st, 2009|Podcast|Comments Off on Astrological Musings Radio, now at 11 am EST Sunday!