Astrological Musings

Lake shorelines seen on Mars

Increasing the evidence that Mars once held life:

Now, sub-meter-scale images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show clear, unambiguous evidence of shorelines of a lake more than 450 meters (1,476 feet) deep that formed about 3.4 billion years ago.

The study indicates that conditions favorable for flowing water and lake formation may have existed for thousands of years on Mars during the Hesperian epoch, which has been thought to be a period during which surface conditions did not allow significant hydrological activity.

Evidently this is the first photographic evidence of its kind, proving once again that the boundaries of scientific knowledge continues to shift.

By | 2009-08-12T09:31:41+00:00 August 12th, 2009|Astronomy|Comments Off on Lake shorelines seen on Mars

Abundance and the Second House

The latest issue of Innerchange Magazine has my article “Self-Esteem and Prosperity: An Astrological Point of View.”   Here’s the link to the online version of the magazine; my article is on page 18 (page 20 of the PDF).

By | 2009-08-12T08:30:54+00:00 August 12th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Abundance and the Second House

Paula Abdul and the fall of American Idol

I confess that I am not an Idol watcher, but I HAVE been watching Paula Abdul over the past year and wondering what was up with her.  Last November an accused stalker committed suicide in front of Paula’s house.  Her behavior on American Idol was consistently eccentric (often called “loopy”) and led to rumors of drug and alcohol addiction. Paula claims that her odd behavior is the result of nerve damage from an accident back in 1992 that left her with a painful neck injury and the inability to sleep.

The planetary transits that Paula Abdul is experiencing now are liberating ones, suggesting that her leaving American Idol is going to free her to do other things that she has been wanting to do for quite some time.  We are fortunate in having a birth certificate for her so we have exact data to do her chart (6/19/62, 2:32 pm, LA, California).  Paula’s Sun is in Gemini and she is a person who needs a constant influx of new experiences in order to satisfy her need for change.  That Sun falls in the Ninth House of freedom and adventure and philosophy so it is clear that she will always need to follow her own dreams.

Libra is rising in the chart, which gives her the pleasing personality that has made her a favorite on the Idol program, and the sign of Cancer sits on the Midheaven of the chart, suggesting that in every aspect of her career (Midheaven) she has a desire to take care of others.  This nurturing quality is accentuated by the conjunction of the Moon (the nurturer and ruler of the sign of Cancer) at the Nadir of the chart, its own point.  This is a powerful Moon which shows not only that Paula has a very strong desire to nurture and care for others, but also that her own emotions and feeling nature is extremely strong as well.  Paula herself said, “”I’m a mother to Simon, Ryan, and Randy… and all the former contestants, you know I really play that role. That’s not a role to play actually, it’s who I am authentically,”

That strong emotional streak has created problems for her in her career in the past and I suspect that there is a large part of her which would just as soon be at home with children and pets, taking care of a family.  But Venus, the goddess of attraction, is in Leo in her chart which gives her the ability and desire to perform and to be seen, and it falls in the Tenth House of career and public life which is a magnet for good fortune in the career area even though that Venus is opposed by Saturn which creates self-doubt and insecurity.  Paula feels she has to work harder than others, but hard work comes naturally to her with the Moon in materialistic and disciplined Capricorn.

Over the past year transiting Saturn has been crossing some sensitive points in her chart (Chiron and Jupiter which oppose Pluto, and Mercury which squares the other three) and this has likely created a great deal of internal pressure and a sense of being restricted and confined.  The ongoing Triple Conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune has made a harmonious trine  to Uranus in her chart and to her Sun, inspiring her to heal the wound from her past (Chiron) and giving her the confidence (Jupiter) to go after the greater recognition that she feels she deserves.  She has been in continuing contract negotiations (she has reportedly been earning $4 million a year compared to Simon Cowell’s $45M and Ryan Seacrest’s $30M) which recently broke down as her contract was ending. Her place on the Judges’ panel may have also been jeopardized somewhat by the addition of Kara DioGuardi (Paula lite) back in February

The progressed Ascendant in Paula’s chart, the point that reflects our ever-changing persona and personal identity, is in a challenging aspect right now to Uranus (the desire for change), and is being aspected by transiting Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune.  Her departure from Idol is likely more than just a job change; it is a complete transformation of her identity and the way she chooses to reveal herself.  The planetary aspects for the next year are very favorable, and I think we will see Paula blossom as she is released from the restrictions of American Idol.

By | 2009-08-12T07:28:41+00:00 August 12th, 2009|People|Comments Off on Paula Abdul and the fall of American Idol

Perseid meteor shower at its peak!

The annual summer show of falling stars will peak tomorrow afternoon when it will be invisible, so tonight might be our best opportunity to catch the show.

The meteor shower will be somewhat difficult to see when it peaks after midnight because the Moon is still quite bright in the sky; astronomers suggest watching between 9 and 11 pm your local time.

Records observing the Perseid meteor shower date back 2000 years to ancient Chinese records of meteoric phenomenon (according to the book Meteors by Charles Olivier.  The Perseid shower was also known as the “tears of Saint Lawrence” because they occurred on the anniversary of the martyrdom of that saint.

Spaceweather reports that at 8:00 UT (4 am EDT) on August 12 the Earth will pass through a denser-than-usual filament of dust from the shower’s parent Comet Swift-Tuttle, and for an hour or so the rate of showers could surge to 200 per hour.

By | 2009-08-11T07:26:35+00:00 August 11th, 2009|Astronomy|Comments Off on Perseid meteor shower at its peak!

Astronomers at IAU ignore Pluto once again

The International Astronomers’ Union met again this week and some star-watchers hoped that Pluto would be under consideration to regain planetary status.  Alas, it was not to be:

Neither the pro-Pluto nor the anti-Pluto adherents have any interest in reviving the debate over planethood in Rio – and it’ll likely be a long time before the IAU gets back into planetary politics.
“There’s no discussion of dwarf planets. That has subsided,” said Lars Lindberg Christensen, who served as the IAU’s spokesman during the 2006 assembly in Prague and is filling the same role in Rio. …

read more here…

Until a Pluto transit feels like any other day, for me Pluto will remain a planet and no one can convince me otherwise!!

By | 2009-08-10T06:24:32+00:00 August 10th, 2009|Astronomy|Comments Off on Astronomers at IAU ignore Pluto once again