Astrological Musings

Calling All Skeptics!

Show me someone who doesn’t believe that astrology works, and I’ll show you someone who reads newspaper horoscopes. If I had my way I would ban those stupid things from every publication across the globe! There is simply no way that you can predict someone’s future from their sun sign. The astrological makeup of each individual is very complex, and requires a great deal of analysis and synthesis to be able to draw any conclusions. So when skeptics say that people with the same sun signs are very different they are exactly right.

Although I have offered many skeptics the opportunity to have a free chart interpretation session, they have unanimously declined. However, I frequently see clients who drag in their spouse, their children or parents who don’t believe in astrology, yet leave with a new appreciation for the way we have been able to delve into the complexity of their personality and behavior. The fact is, astrology has worked for thousands of years and is even more accurate now with the new tools of computer calculations.

My mission in this blog is to expose the amazing insights offered by astrological investigations to people who otherwise might just not be interested. Astrology is a gift from the gods – a map to decode the intricacies of our psyche and provide a guide to navigate the difficult waters of our lives. I am always happy to discuss any questions you may have and offer free interpretations for skeptics! Thank you for joining me on this journey.

By | 2006-01-06T11:31:00+00:00 January 6th, 2006|Miscellany|Comments Off on Calling All Skeptics!

Ariel Sharon in Serious Condition

Ariel Sharon has arguably been one of the most significant figures in world history over the past thirty years. (painting by W. Horvath: The Spiral of Violence) Because of the importance of Israel in world politics and the growth of international terrorism, decisions made there have had enormous global impact. Ariel Sharon has been a fierce warrior for his country, but has also been seen as a warmonger and destroyer of the Palestinian people.

Ironically, Ariel Sharon has many of the same astrological characteristics as Jack Abramoff (see article below). He has a Pisces Sun and Mercury, indicating a chameleon-like individual whom it is nearly impossible to really know. He has Mars in the late degrees of Capricorn, showing that he is intensely goal-oriented with a strong leadership drive. Mars in his chart makes a trine (harmonious aspect) to his Taurus Moon, linking the power of his emotions (Moon) to his drive for achievement (Mars). This can give a tremendous force of will to a Pisces Sun person that may otherwise be somewhat weak.

Sharon has Jupiter (faith, ideology) in Aries (the Warrior), and it is conjunct Uranus (the rebel). Both planets are in the twelfth house of the subconscious, showing that Sharon is driven by unconscious desires for war and rebellion. Additionally, he has Aries rising in his chart–his persona wears the cloak of leadership and aggression. With this much Aries in the chart, he can be perceived more as an Aries than as a typical Pisces which is much more flexible and desires to go with the flow. Sharon’s fingerprints can be seen throughout the course of Israeli history as in sparking the fires that fueled the escalating conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. However, Pisces is a sign that longs for peace, that craves an experience of flow. I suspect that this side of Sharon was buried deep within himself and never allowed much if any expression in his life.

Recently Sharon seemed to have started to mellow a bit; he orchestrated the pullout from Gaza and was in the process of beginning his own more moderate political party when he had his first stroke in November. Astrologically this corresponds to a period when Chiron (the wounded healer) passed over his Mars. The study of astrology is a study of potentialities – when we look forward we can see possibilities, but when we look backwards we are able to see clearly how those potentialities took form. The purpose of Chiron in astrology is to uncover those areas where we hide from ourselves and create dissonance in our personalities which then helps to create health problems. The name “Wounded Healer” comes from Chiron’s mythology but also describes the way Chiron operates in the birthchart and in our lives.

Currently Chiron is approaching a square to Chiron in Sharon’s birthchart, which we call the “Chiron square.” Squares are challenging aspects that create friction and conflict, and during stressful Chiron periods we are prone to emotional distress as a result of the peeling off of layers of protection that covers old wounds and painful emotions that we have hidden over the years. If left to fester, this distress can create severe health problems that worsen as we age. The Chiron square is exact on February 9 and begins a series of challenging transits throughout the month of February. I suspect that we will see Mr. Sharon’s health continue deteriorate during that time.

By | 2006-01-05T12:06:00+00:00 January 5th, 2006|Politics|Comments Off on Ariel Sharon in Serious Condition

Jack Abramoff Begins to Sing

One of my readers noted that I haven’t posted any profiles of women, but the Abramoff story is just too delicious and frankly, the only women in the news have been Lindsay, Britney and Jessica and I am not THAT much of a gossip hound. So let’s dive right into Jack Abramoff’s chart and see what makes him tick. (Photo courtesy of Village Voice)

Abramoff was born with the Sun and Mercury in the watery, misty sign of Pisces. Pisces is often represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions, and individuals with a Piscean nature can be very difficult to pin down. Pisces has been called the saint and the sinner, they can manifest as the highest of the spiritual and the most confused of the street people. Like water, Pisces people often adopt the shape of the container that they find themselves in. Consequently they are like chameleons, often able to fit in anywhere because they are nearly invisible and difficult to identify.

Mars in his chart, representing his drive and describing how he achieves his goals, is in Capricorn which is the most practical of signs. Capricorn is the builder, capable of enormous focus to achieve his goals, and for whom the ends always justify the means. Like George Bush and others in power today, Mars in Abramoff’s chart makes no aspects (or angles) to other planets in his chart, showing that he is a renegade, capable of operating independently and nearly completely for his own self-interest. He is not someone who will take orders from someone else, and in fact his history shows that from an early age he had strong opinions and took charge of his own destiny. He also showed a thread of ruthlessness in his early political years, saying as president of the College Republican National Committee: “It is not our job to seek peaceful coexistence with the Left. Our job is to remove them from power permanently.”

Abramoff has Saturn in Sagittarius, and it too is unaspected, showing that he has not been able to achieve the discipline that Saturn often fosters. Those with Saturn in Sagittarius often tend to have rigid (Saturn) ideologies (Sagittarius) that stem from early childhood experiences. We know that Abramoff grew up in a secular Jewish home and at the age of 12 decided to passionately embrace the religion of his forefathers, saying “I made the decision that I would become religious in order to preserve the faith in our family.”

A picture is developing of a guy with an ability to blend in anywhere (Pisces), who is a bit of a loose cannon (unaspected Mars), who acts alone and independently, and is guided only by his drive for achievement (Mars in Capricorn) and self-important ideology (unaspected Saturn in Sag).

Abramoff has been undergoing a couple of significant planetary transits that tell the tale of his downfall. Transiting Uranus (radical action, rebellion) passed over his natal Mercury and Sun in the summer of 2004, just as Saturn opposed his Mars. During this period he was forced to resign from the Greenberg Traurig law firm amidst investigations of his activities with the Indian casinos.

Transiting Pluto (destruction and power) hit Abramoff’s natal Saturn in February of 2005, returning again at the end of December. This is a very difficult transit where the destructive urge of Pluto can threaten all that makes us secure (Saturn). For someone like Abramoff who has lacked introspection and been focused only on accumulation of wealth and power, this can be a devastating time where authority figures (Pluto) strip away any semblance of one’s sense of stability (Saturn). During this same time, from April through August and then again in February of ’06, Uranus has been transiting Abramoff’s Sun. Abramoff was first indicted in August of 2005 for fraud charges relating to casino boats in Florida. Uranus transits can make us feel reckless and rebellious against any hint of authority, so it is not surprising that these planetary events would make someone like Abramoff pursue the ultimate rebellion of bringing down every participant in every venture which he has orchestrated over the past twenty years.

I for one am eager to see the results.

By | 2006-01-04T12:15:00+00:00 January 4th, 2006|Politics|Comments Off on Jack Abramoff Begins to Sing

Mercury Enters Capricorn Today

Mercury has been traveling through the upbeat sign of Sagittarius for a month or so, and now moves into the serious sign of Capricorn. Mercury rules the mental functions, communication, small machinery and telephones, and generally the way we process information. When Mercury is in Capricorn, the sign of goals, accomplishment and leadership, information processing happens to serve a purpose. Capricorn is the sign that says “the ends justify the means,” and the means is often to preserve the established social order which is also signified by Capricorn.

Over the next few weeks while Mercury is in Capricorn we are likely to see even more rationales for government malfunctions that claim to be “for the good of the country.” On the positive side, Mercury in Capricorn can be good for the financial markets as there is an added note of practicality to business decisions that promote sound “bottom line” thinking.

By | 2006-01-03T13:06:00+00:00 January 3rd, 2006|Astrology|Comments Off on Mercury Enters Capricorn Today

Looking Back at Goals of Years Past

This morning I sat down to set my goals for the year, something I used to do New Year’s Day but due to various social obligations this sacred process has now been relegated to the 2nd day of January instead.

At any rate, I have my lists of goals from every year going back to 1990, the year I was divorced, when I went through the Tony Robbins 30 day program in about 5 days and set economic and personal development goals and goals for “things.” Amazingly, very few of these things that I set my sights for have not occurred.

Those that have come true: Custom built house in the country on 5 acres with a pond (just like the goal I set), 10 rental houses in good neighborhoods, cruises to islands, shopping trips every year , rewarding relationship (married 6 years now), gain more confidence, develop a positive attitude, accumulate substantial retirement and savings account.

Those I’m still working on:   Mastery of French, healthier eating habits, better time management, learn to relax and let go to the flow of life.

This year I’m adding to the list:  Be present in every moment to appreciate the fullness of life, even in those more difficult times when I want to be somewhere else. Take a more active role in working to change things for the better starting in my own home and branching out to family, friends, my community, my country, my planet, and… you get the idea! It’s so easy to become discouraged when faced with difficulties that seem insurmountable, but experience has taught me that hidden in the most difficult experience is a golden nugget of light, a gift of wisdom and presence that can illuminate the darkest night and begin to create the changes that we all want to see in the world.

By | 2006-01-02T23:24:00+00:00 January 2nd, 2006|Inspiration|Comments Off on Looking Back at Goals of Years Past