Astrological Musings

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 when it was determined to rule the process of healing.

The discovery of each planet occurred during a period of intense change. Uranus’s discovery coincided with a revolutionary fervor that created the United States, arguably changing the course of the planet forever, as well as revolutions in France and Russia and the Industrial revolution. Neptune’s discovery coincided with a rise of mysticism and a worldwide interest in spiritism, as well as Helena Blavatsky and the theosophical movement. Pluto was discovered four months after the crash of the stock market and its discovery was followed shortly by the birth of psychology under the guidance of Sigmund Freud, the rise of Hitler and Nazism, and the birth of the atom bomb. Chiron’s discovery in 1977 coincided with the rise of alternative healing practices and the concept of the mind-body connection.

Yesterday scientists revealed that a new planet, UB313 (temporarily named “Xena”), is larger than Pluto and therefore a strong candidate to be considered the tenth planet in the solar system. Sedna and Quaoar, both recently discovered planet-like objects past Pluto, have not been accepted into “planethood” by either the scientific or astrology communities. (It should be mentioned, however, that the […]

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By | 2006-02-02T11:06:00+00:00 February 2nd, 2006|Astronomy|Comments Off on 10th Planet Proves Bigger Than Pluto

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 Democrat these days who has a consistent and strong message.

Howard Dean has a Scorpio Sun, accounting for his intensity and passion. Scorpios don’t do anything halfway, and they are the most emotionally courageous of all the signs. They don’t shrink from what must be done, yet they can be somewhat manipulative as well. But Dean’s Cancer ascendant (rising sign), while still emotional, softens the Scorpio edge and gives him the need to nurture others, and Chiron (the wounded healer) conjuncts his Sun, a placement commonly found in teh charts of healers of all types, including medical professionals such as Dean.

With Mercury (communication) also in intense Scorpio and in conflict (square) with Pluto, indicating intensity and a bit of compulsion, he is known for his blunt tongue and often finds his foot in his mouth. However, his Gemini moon desires to communicate and be understood, and rather than fall back in failure he continues to come out and speak for the Democratic party. Saturn (isolation) squares his Sun (spirit), a placement which is very difficult for the young person and often causes shyness and insecurity. However, difficult […]

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By | 2006-01-30T11:26:00+00:00 January 30th, 2006|Politics|Comments Off on Could This Be Howard Dean’s Year?

Planetary Cycles for February


The latest edition of Skywatch, a monthly report on current planetary cycles, is now posted at my website.

These planetary cycles and the energy climates they create are also reviewed on this blog for the most up-to-date planetary weather report!

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By | 2006-01-29T14:25:00+00:00 January 29th, 2006|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Planetary Cycles for February

New Moon Tomorrow


“The moon for all her light and grace has never learned to know her place….”
from Robert Frost’s poem, Two Leading Lights
art by Deanna Hartman

The New Moon occurs on January 29 at 9:15 am EST. The Sun and Moon will be conjunct in Aquarius, as part of a powerful collection of five planets in Aquarius within 13 degrees that also includes Chiron (the wounded healer), Mercury (communication issues) and Neptune (mystery and transcendence). Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is known as the “higher octave” of Mercury because it opens us up to a higher level of knowledge and understanding with briliant flashes of insight. For this reason Aquarius is associated with invention and technological breakthroughs, as well as the more psychological traits of eccentricity and uniqueness.

With such a strong Aquarian influence we may find ourselves opening to fields of knowledge yet not understand where this knowledge is coming from. We may find our nervous system accelerating to a point where it becomes uncomfortable for some of us, particularly if we are more grounded and cautious by nature. The New Moon will be opposed by Saturn, which will help to anchor some of this energy and ground it into the practical realm, but if you find yourself experiencing discomfort during this powerful time you may want to engage in grounding activities such as physical exercise and walks in nature.

New Moons are times of regeneration, of new beginnings. When the New Moon is in Aquarius, there is a call to awaken a part of ourselves that has been dormant and to reach for our highest aspirations.

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By | 2006-01-28T12:30:00+00:00 January 28th, 2006|Moon|Comments Off on New Moon Tomorrow

Evangeline Lilly & Dominic Monaghan Engaged


Kate, played by Evangeline Lilly, is one of my favorite characters on Lost, the fabulous ABC-TV program. Aside from her obvious beauty, she has a lovely androgynous quality that combines toughness with a sweet vulnerability. In my article The Astrology of Lost Kate is represented as a Gemini, with Charlie (Dominic Monaghan’s character) as a Pisces. I was curious to see not only how their relationship worked, but also wondered how closely their actual birthcharts reflect their character’s personas and took a look at their charts.

Evangeline Lilly is Leo, and her Sun is conjunct Mercury (Gemini’s ruler) which adds the Gemini flavor to her personality that we have seen. Dominic Monaghan is a Sagittarius, and her Sun is conjunct Neptune (Pisces’ ruler), adding that misty Piscean flavor. Obviously on a television program we only get a view of the actor’s persona and rarely see behind the surface at their real personality. That is why astrology can be so much fun!

Evangeline Lilly was apparently married in 2003 when the Lost program began shooting, and separated from her husband during the last two years as her relationships with Dominic Monaghan intensified. Evi’s chart reveals her to be rather similar to her Lost character – she has an unaspected Mars in Gemini, adding to her mercurial qualities. Mars in Gemini doesn’t like to be pinned down to anything; Gemini needs a variety of experiences – the “experience guzzler” as described by my friend Steve Forrest. When Mars makes no major aspects to other planets in a chart, it shows someone who is more comfortable operating independently than in tandemn with others. Evi has four planets in Leo, including Jupiter, Sun, Mercury and Venus, so she is very […]

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By | 2006-01-26T17:30:00+00:00 January 26th, 2006|People|Comments Off on Evangeline Lilly & Dominic Monaghan Engaged
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