The End of Milosevic

Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Serbia and later of Yugoslavia, died Saturday in the cell where he had spent the last five years in a protracted trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Milosevic’s rule was characterized by a rabid nationalism and drive for power of his Serbian ethnic group within an area of mixed ethnicities and cultural histories. Seeking a purely Serbian state, he supported a series of wars to drive non-Serbs from designated areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These wars destroyed the Serbian economy and turned the […]

Planetary News

Mars squares Uranus today, and the aggressive enthusiasm of Mars gets a radical (Uranus) twist, causing reckless and impulsive behavior and abrupt changes in direction. Combined with Mercury retrograde, this should add an interesting layer of events to the whole controversy with the Dubai ports deal which came to an abrupt end when Dubai “transferred” control of the leases to manage terminals at 6 US ports to an “unnamed US company.” Agreements entered into when Mercury is retrograde often have to be REnegotiated and REconsidered, and when in Pisces Mercury […]

Is Ignorance Bliss?

I ran into one of my list members last weekend, and he said to me, “Thanks a lot, Lynn, for telling me about Mercury retrograde. Now I’m having all these problems.” He was joking, of course, but his implication was that the anticipation of Mercury retrograde somehow instigated the series of events of which he was complaining. Had he not known about the Mercury retrograde period, his life would have gone on without any problems. This reminded me of a time years ago when a close friend of mine who […]

Congratulations Reese Witherspoon!!!

Reese Witherspoon walked away with the Best Actress trophy at the Oscars the other night, making this the perfect time to profile her. I first saw Reese in Pleasantville, where I was struck with her presence and magnetism that seemed far too great for a person of her young years. The next film where she really impressed me was Election, where her bright beam lit up the entire movie. I had a feeling that her obsessively driven character in that film wasn’t far from the real Reese Witherspoon. Reese Witherspoon’s […]

Venus Enters Aquarius as Jupiter Retrogrades

Venus changed signs last weekend, leaving the compassionate sign of Pisces and entering the more rational Aquarius. Venus affects our dealings with others, and the way we feel about ourselves. In Aquarius Venus is depersonalized; the importance of the collective becomes more important than individual expressions of affection. However, with Jupiter in square to Neptune as it has been since January, there is a blurring (Neptune) of ideals and values (Jupiter) that renders all of our interactions pretty fuzzy right now. In Aquarius, Venus will seek to advance the agenda […]

Presenting the Oscars: Jon Stewart

Home boy has made it big for sure. Back when hardly anyone was reading this blog, one of my first profiles was of my favorite tv news anchor, Jon Stewart. In celebration of his birthday last fall (visit that article to learn more about Jon’s chart and personality), I noted that Jon would be going through simultaneous challenging and harmonious aspects of Saturn, the god of hard work and discipline. Challenging aspects of Saturn can cause us to feel overburdened and overworked, and the harmonious transits bring success as our […]

History and Mythology Meet in March

From Roxana Muise comes this report: March was named for Mars, the great Roman warrior god, son of Juno and Jupiter. This was an appropriate association, for in the ancient world of the Mediterranean, the third month was known for its intense and tempestuous weather. The inner theme of March deals with developing wisdom and compassion, and finding one’s life path. The search for self is associated with Venus in a series sequence with Mars. It is a solitary process that initially precludes association with others. Venus is esteemed in […]

The New Marc Maron Show!!

My sister Jill is a rabid Marc Maron fan. From the early days of his show Morning Sedition on Air America radio, she was singing the praises of Marc Maron, who she calls the Funniest Man in America. So when she asked me to do a profile for him and his new show of course I said yes. The fact that she promised to peddle links to Astrological Musings everywhere she could didn’t hurt either! According to his publicist: “Marc Maron is a stand-up comic by trade but his performance […]

Pluto and the Galactic Center

Pluto will conjunct the Galactic Center this year for the first time in 248 years. The Galactic Center is the center around which a spiral galaxy such as our own galaxy, the Milky Way, rotates, in the center of which may be a “Black Hole. Although the conjunction will not be exact until December 28, Pluto is within 1 degree of this conjunction all year. Because of the rarity of this event, it could have great significance and astrologers are widely discussing its possible meaning. Pluto last approached the Galactic […]

Mercury Retrograde Alert!!

( graphic borrowed from www.crystallinks.com.) Mercury turns retrograde on March 2, 3:30 pm EST. Because planets travel at different speeds, sometimes they appear to move backwards as we observe them from our vantage point on Earth. Astronomers call this “retrograde motion.” The principle is similar to the effect of passing a slower moving vehicle on the highway: as you pass it, it appears to be moving backward when actually you are moving forward. This phenomenon puzzled ancient astronomers, who called the planets “wanderers.” As the planets appear to slow before […]