Happy Valentine’s Day!

The history of Valentine’s Day is a fascinating one. In its zeal to replace the beloved pagan gods with Christian saints, the historical truths were often stretched in order to create the appropriate qualities to be worshiped in the stead of the old gods. A variety of legends have survived concerning the origin of St. Valentine, but most agree that he was executed some time in the 3rd century C.E. It’s difficult to fathom what in these legends constituted saintly behavior, but Valentinius was promoted to the rank of Saint […]

This is not Darth Cheney’s week

(photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.com) Cheney’s technique for dealing with the press is “never explain, never apologize” but the press is calling on Cheney to come clean about his shooting of his hunting partner over the weekend. This embarrassing episode comes on the heels of his potentially being named by ex-aide Scooter Libby as the instigator for the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Cheney is such a fascinating character (see the earlier profile in this column) – filled with potential to be a powerful voice of good, his greed and […]

Planetary News This Week

Mercury (communication) is approaching a conjunction to Uranus (inventive creativity and revolutionary thinking) which will be exact on February 14th. When these two planets interact we tend to see abrupt (Uranus) changes in opinions (Mercury), radical (Uranus) new ideas (Mercury), and sometimes revolutionary (Uranus) reactions to discussions (Mercury). Because Mercury moves quickly any effects of this conjunction will be swift and only last for a few days. In the news, we have the revelation (Uranus) the Cheney instructed Scooter Libby to talk (Mercury) to the press. Iran’s president tells his […]

Kanye West’s Messiah Complex

You’ve got to admire Kanye West’s cojones. In the most repressive political climate since the Puritans ran this country, West is not afraid to express his controversial (but well-researched) opinions on everything from the origin of AIDS (a man made disease placed in African communities with the polio vaccine, an idea that is gaining respectability) to the lack of caring of the Bush administration for black people after Hurricane Katrina. Now on the heels of his song “Jesus Walks” he appears as Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine […]

Saturn/Chiron and the World Healing Crisis

In ancient Greek mythology, Chiron was the son of the god Kronos/Saturn. Saturn desired to mate with Philyra who, with the help of Hera, changed herself into a horse to escape Saturn’s advances. Saturn, however, became a horse just in time to accomplish his goal and the result was Chiron, half man and half horse. Chiron was no ordinary Centaur; he was half-divine and after having been abandoned as a baby on a mountaintop by his horrified mother he was later, according to some accounts, adopted by Apollo became a […]

The Ebb and Flow of the Cycles of Time

(Art from mandalas.com) As humans, we tend to think that happiness is better than sadness, that good luck is better than bad. We may avoid difficult confrontations and pursue more comfortable situations. When tragedy strikes our well-protected lives, we shout out to our god of choice: “How could you do this to me??” We believe that our birthright is the pursuit of happiness, and we spend our lives trying to protect ourselves from sorrow. The soul, however, has a different journey. The soul travels an ancient evolutionary path that seeks […]

Sheryl and Lance Call It Quits

I am always suspicious when a couple is excessively demonstrative in public, constantly talking about how happy they are as if they have something they need to prove, even if only to themselves. And even though I’m a big Sheryl Crow fan, something about this relationship bothered me from the beginning. Then when I heard her new Wildflower CD it seemed she had changed, softened but not necessarily in a good way. So I wasn’t really surprised to hear that Sheryl and Lance announced that they were splitting up. Sheryl […]

10th Planet Proves Bigger Than Pluto

For 5,000 years astrologers worked with the same seven planets (Mercury through Saturn – now known as the “inner planets.” The discovery of Uranus in 1781, followed by Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930 changed astrology forever by introducing the concept of “transpersonal” planets. Where the inner planets rule issues of personality and individuality, the outer planets rule issues of individual rights and the collective (Uranus), transcendence, mysticism and spirituality (Neptune) and death and transformation (Pluto). Chiron’s discovery in 1977 added another layer of complexity to the astrological framework […]

State of the President 2006

George. W Bush gives his State of the Union address tonight, a good opportunity to take a look at what the year ahead has in store for our Prez-dent. (To learn more about Bush’s astrological dynamics review his profile here.) In the 2004-2005 period Bush went through his second Saturn return, the time when transiting Saturn “returns” to the same degree as Saturn in a person’s birthchart. The first Saturn return occurs at age 28-30 and represents the time in our life when we are forced to leave behind the […]

Could This Be Howard Dean’s Year?

My sister Jill is often doubted by our family, but darned if she doesn’t always turn out to be right. She supported Howard Dean, or HoDee as she likes to call him, in the last election whereas I fell for the smear campaign waged by both the Republicans and his own Democratic party that painted him a lunatic. Dean doesn’t look much like a lunatic these days – he was the one of very few Dems in the primaries that stood out against the war, and he is the only […]