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How astrology works is a mystery. An ancient art honed through thousands of years of practice, it is based on the Doctrine of Unity: the notion that the universe is an interwoven fabric, and epitomized by the Hermetic maxim, "As above, so below." The astrological concept of a celestial-terrestrial interconnection has been with us throughout the ages, reflected in many of the world's spiritual traditions.

Even though there is compelling circumstantial evidence for astrology's underlying principle of interconnection, we have yet to discover the scientific mechanism that can account for it. We are living in exciting times, however, when fields of modern physics and mathematics, are moving towards interesting, parallel understandings regarding the seemingly magical interplay of energy and matter. We are beginning to see validation for some of the observations mystics have been alluding to for thousands of years.

I realize that because I am an astrologer many people will automatically brand me as a lunatic; and yet here I am sticking my neck out anyway, risking ridicule. For even though astrology does seem inconceivable, nevertheless, over and over again, I personally see it working. I see its accuracy and usefulness when I apply it to my clients' lives and my own. So however "outlandish" astrology's claims are, there does seem to be something to this crazy old art. There are many aspects to this great big universe of ours we have yet to understand, and the underpinnings of astrology, the how and why it works, is one of those mysteries. As Iain McGilchrist wrote in his book on the two hemispheres of the brain, The Master and His Emissary:

Certainty is the greatest of all illusions: whatever kind of fundamentalism it may underwrite, that of religion or of science, it is what the ancients meant by hubris. The only certainty, it seems to me, is that those who believe they are certainly right are certainly wrong.

Balancing Light  THE LIBRA EQUINOX & NEW MOON  September 22-23, 2014

This evening, here in Pacific time, the Sun will enter the cardinal, air sign of Libra where our central star will stay until October 23rd. The Sun's entry into Libra each year marks the time of the equinox, the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere, the first day of spring south of the equator.

At this time of the year, the length of day and night throughout the world are nearly the same length, but not exactly. Equinox is Latin for "equal night;" however, because the Sun takes longer to rise and set in places that are further from the equator, daylight is still slightly longer or shorter in these locations. So equinox is as close to perfectly equal light (and dark) as we get. So issues of justice, balance, and harmony — and facing how our own light and dark aspects balance out — become fundamentally important when old Sol waltzes into equinoctial Libra. Archangel Michael symbolizes these Libran concepts. In this late medieval painting, we see him weighing souls on Judgment Day, and catching the devil trying to cheat by placing more weight on his side of the scales!

This year, the Libra New Moon falls just one day after equinox, at 01° 07' of this cardinal sign, and Lord of the Underworld, Pluto, arrives at its potent, station direct just two hours prior to the equinox: two powerful turning points and a new lunar cycle coinciding.  Read more....

To Err is Human  THE PISCES FULL MOON  September 8, 2014

penseeEvery month, as Luna waxes towards full, the world increasingly becomes a mirror, our kalyanamitra reflecting what goes on within. Sanskrit for "spiritual friend" kalyanamitra refers to a person or event in life that awakens us. Sometimes difficult and painful, as well as joyful, these events function as a guide and mirror: falling in love, a serious illness, an adversary at work, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one are all examples. Anything that shakes us out of our slumber and our too narrow experience of self. The special import of each month's culminating, illuminating pause in the cycle is revealed in the chart drawn up for the moment our two luminaries gaze at each other across the wide zodiac expanse. Looking at the chart for this swiftly approaching Full Moon, we see the tender Pisces Moon in a tight conjunction with Chiron, and both trine Saturn in Scorpio.

On the challenging side, Saturn and Chiron are both associated with pain and suffering. Channeled through a sensitive Pisces Moon, this Full Moon has more than just a little potential to bring painful issues to the forefront of our lives, particularly those with natal placements in the mid-degrees of the four mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces — but also the mid-degrees of Scorpio where Saturn currently falls. The flowing, harmonious trine to Saturn from Moon-Chiron can help us move through these difficult experiences that may be emerging right now, allowing us to forgive what and whom we need to forgive, and move on: freed from the grips of old karmic debts that have been playing and replaying in our lives.  Read more....

A Life Well Crafted  THE VIRGO NEW MOON  Aug 25, 2014

starsVirgo, symbolized by the Virgin — one who is "whole and complete" all by her lonesome — is the zodiac sign associated with work. Everyday work that is, not the ambitious and impressive 10th house* aspect of vocational aspiration and life purpose, , but all those necessary tasks we must attend to each day, like it or not, to keep the boat afloat.

Virgo oversees the 6th house of the natal chart, associated with all those mundane chores that fill up a large portion of our day: keeping the checkbook balanced, scheduling appointments, writing up agendas and endless to-do lists, schlepping the kids to and fro, making meals, doing the laundry, taking out the trash, helping with homework. Chores that the rich and famous hire servants or staff to do for them, but the rest of us "peasants," for the most part, have to do for ourselves. All of this kind of work falls within Virgo's domain: what we must do each day to make life work — everything that needs to be done to keep us on task and on purpose, with clean teeth and full tummies.  Read more....

Big Love  VENUS CONJOINED JUPITER IN LEO  August 17-18, 2014

Tomorrow morning, if you rise before the Sun, you'll see our two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, converging in the dawning light. To take in the show, all you need is a clear view of the east-northeastern horizon — no optics, telescope nor binoculars, are required. Venus and Jupiter in combination, astrologically speaking, is a big love, welcome dose of heart-warming goodwill and benevolence. Conjunctions are the strongest of all aspects, and when these two combine, it is easier to connect from the heart, we feel much more sociable, and generosity is definitely in the air, feelings of hope and optimism flow. We want to shower love and affection (and lavish gifts) on those we care about the most — as well as splurge a little on ourselves too.  Read more....

Opening the Heart  JUPITER IN LEO  July 16, 2014

Where Jupiter goes so goes optimism and enthusiasm. As the planet of horizon-widening experience moves through the zodiac signs, the ways in which we gather inspiration and bolster faith and hope in life shifts and changes, flavored by the sign through which this planet of Greater Fortune travels.

Tomorrow Jupiter will leave the Moon's sign for the Sun's sign, trading Cancer for Leo. Allow yourself to expand on the positive qualities of heart-centered Leo — generosity, courage, leadership, warmth, love, creativity, joy — and you'll increase your luck and good fortune. Leo is associated with the heart and the power to create, and so, over this next year, we are all meant to become better at "putting self in center ring," to shine, to seek and receive more love and attention, but to also give it away much more freely and unselfishly too. Leo is not just the star on the stage but the supportive loved one in the audience radiating courage-bolstering "I get a kick outta you" love and affection. Leo is the courage to live from the heart not the head.  Read more....

The Japanese woodblock print, Kingfisher and Iris, shown above, is the work of Ohara Shoson (1878-1945). Shoson is considered by many to be the foremost 20th century designer of bird and flower prints, or kacho-e.