Astrological Musings

The Hard Health Care Choices

An article in USA Today highlights the difficult choices that must made as we face the spiraling costs of health care.  This is the lesson of Saturn (tests and challenges) traveling through Virgo (the care and maintenance of the body):

Within a year of starting dialysis, more than half of older nursing home residents die, and nearly another third experience a significant decline in their ability to perform simple tasks, such as feeding themselves, researchers report today. The fastest-growing group of U.S. patients starting dialysis is those 75 and older, many of whom have health problems other than kidney failure, such as dementia or heart disease.

Some observers have questioned whether dialysis, which typically is performed three days a week for three or four hours at a time, is the best option for such patients.
Many doctors assume that palliative care is “a death sentence” for patients with permanent kidney failure, internist Robert Arnold, director of palliative care at the University of Pittsburgh, and nephrologist Mark Zeidel, of Harvard University, write in an editorial accompanying the study.

But, they write, small studies of frail elderly patients with permanent kidney failure suggest that death rates and quality of life don’t differ much between those who go on dialysis and those who don’t. “We must define who among this population will benefit most from dialysis and who will benefit most from conservative therapy.”

Conservative punduts decrying the use of “death panels” ignore the fact that such panels […]

By | 2009-10-20T10:50:10+00:00 October 20th, 2009|Health & Healing|Comments Off on The Hard Health Care Choices

The Mysterious Balloon Boy Case

As the world knows by now, 6-year old Falcon Heene’s parents called 911 emergency services on October 15, 2009 to report that young Falcoln had been abducted by an errant helium balloon.  The 911 call reported that Falcon had taken off in a homemade flying saucer, and the operator was skeptical from the beginning.  New details (it’s TMZ, but still…) report that Falcon’s father, Richard Heene, called the FAA first and then called a local TV station BEFORE calling 911.  The family wanted a news helicopter to follow the balloon.
The child was found that afternoon in a cardboard box in the garage.  In the “out of the mouths of babes” department, when asked on the Larry King show why Falcon didn’t leave the garage, and his parents repeated the question to him, Falcon said “you guys said that we did this for the show.”  That led to a very strong suspicion of a hoax which was confirmed on October 18.
I would love to see the father’s chart as he seems to be the driver of this fun ride.
I found a date of birth (9/11/1961, no time or place indicated) for Falcon’s father, RIchard Alan Heene Jr. on a website that exposes federal and state tax liens on a variety of individuals and companies.  I have no idea how accurate this information is, but it lists a wealth of information about the Heenes including tax liens and judgments going back to 1995.
This chart, which I emphasize is unreliable until it is confirmed elsewhere, reveals a Virgo Sun which one would not expect in this kind of individual who clearly has a hunger for fame, but it is unaspected (meaning it makes no aspect to any other planets in the chart).  The Sun represents the Self, the […]

By | 2009-10-19T10:48:14+00:00 October 19th, 2009|Events|Comments Off on The Mysterious Balloon Boy Case

Top Planetary Events of the Week, Oct. 19-25

This is written for Eastern time zone, please adjust for your own location. This week is relatively quiet from a planetary point of view.  Here are the most important events in the sky this week:
1.  Mercury will trine Jupiter on the 20th, and with the Moon in Sagittarius there will be an abundance of optimism and encouragement.
2.  Venus forms a trine to Chiron on the 23rd, helping us to feel good about all of the healing work that we’re doing and perhaps facilitating good feelings with loved ones.
3.  The Sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, marking the return to darkness and the time of contraction. and a conjunction of the Moon to Pluto deepens the intensity even more.  This is no time for superficiality – instead we plumb the depths of everything that we encounter.
4.  Mercury trines Neptune on the 24th, linking Chiron and Neptune with thoughts (Mercury) of healing (Chiron) and soul transformation (Neptune).
5.  Also on the 24th, the Sun forms a harmonious sextile to Pluto.  That dark intensity suddenly takes on new meaning; now we can work with it and transform it into light.
6.  The first-quarter Moon occurs during the evening of the 25th.  This is a time of adjustment after the New Moon.  Are we on track for the new things we initiated?

By | 2009-10-18T10:48:23+00:00 October 18th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Top Planetary Events of the Week, Oct. 19-25

Libra New Moon!

Silver Winter, New Moon by Gary Milek. Though the actual lunation (lunar event) occurred in the wee hours of the morning, the effect of the New Moon and her ability to facilitate new beginnings and change lasts for three days so there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of it!
The New Moon in Libra took place at 1:33 am Eastern time on October 18, beginning the new lunar cycle seeking the balance and beauty that Libra desires. At its best, Libra would like the world to be filled with beauty and happy people loving each other with perfect balance and harmony. And this New Moon forms a trine to the Chiron/Neptune conjunction, so there is the potential for a cascade of beautiful and soulful healing energy (Chiron/Neptune) that clears the way for the new beginning of the New Moon.  This is a beautiful time to begin new relationships or refresh the ones you have.
That said, the New Moon (which is the conjunction of the Sun and Moon) forms a square to the lunar nodes, suggesting that we will be tested. How much are you giving up to have peace in your life, and where is better balance needed?  The nodes of the Moon are signposts that point the way towards our future, and there is some temptation in this New Moon to revert to old behaviors that perhaps worked for us in the past, but will no longer work for us as we head into a more conscious and evolved future.  Better to leave those old and comfortable patterns in the past and create new ways of looking at relationships that are more healthy and empowering.
We also see Mars forming a square to Ceres […]

By | 2009-10-18T10:41:40+00:00 October 18th, 2009|Moon|Comments Off on Libra New Moon!

Astrological Musings Radio Rescheduled for Tuesday Night

The timing of my radio show about Visiocnrafting to coincide with the tragedy that ensued in Sedona is unfortunate, but I am going to use this example as an opportunity to distinguish the New Age hype of The Secret and other such books that tarnishes the work of serious practitioners like myself who work hard to help clients to improve and transform their lives.

I am out of town this weekend and was planning to do the show from our B&B, but just found out we have no internet access in the room.  So tune in on Tuesday evening, October 20, at 9 pm Eastern time for a discussion of the Visioncrafting process and how you can use it yourself to create real change in your life.  I will probably only take a few calls from people who want to make this kind of change so that I can demonstrate the process on the air.  If you’d like to be one of those callers please send me an email with a bit of a story and your birth data and telephone number.
Sunday is a New Moon in Libra, and the New Moon squares the lunar nodes EXACTLY.  This is a good time to break away from the blockages that have held you back from achieving your life’s goals and dreams!
Beginning on November 14th the show will begin at 11 am Eastern (8 am Pacific time).  There will be no show on November 7th.
I have written a workbook that you can use to facilitate your own process of transformation.  Check it out!
By | 2009-10-17T10:41:38+00:00 October 17th, 2009|Podcast|Comments Off on Astrological Musings Radio Rescheduled for Tuesday Night