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by Elaine Kalantarian

springHow 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. The astrological concept of a celestial-terrestrial interconnection has been with us throughout the ages, reflected in many of the world's spiritual traditions, and epitomized by the Hermetic maxim, "As above, so below."

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.

What's a Blue Moon?
THE AQUARIUS FULL "BLUE" MOON  July 31, 2015

"Once in a Blue Moon" — we've heard the phrase and know its colloquial meaning implies something improbable, something rare, absurdly rare even — an event with the probability of occurrence falling at slim to none, as likely as pigs taking wing or hell freezing over.

In researching the meaning of a Blue Moon — when I first decided to call my astrology business by this name — I discovered, in an article published by Sky & Telescope magazine, that the most commonly held definition of a Blue Moon — two full moons in the same calendar month — is actually based on a misreading of a Farmer's Almanac article by an amateur astronomer.

In his 1946 article, "Once in a Blue Moon," for Sky & Telescope magazine, amateur astronomer James Hugh Pruett cited some of the comments from Laurence J. Lafleur's 1937 almanac article, but added the following: "Seven times in 19 years there were — and still are — 13 full moons in a year. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon."

Turns out this is not what Lafleur meant at all and the mix up was due to which "year" Lafleur was referring to — and it wasn't the calendar year, but the tropical or seasonal year which is measured from one winter solstice to the next. Problem was Lafleur did not identify this detail and Pruett assumed wrong. Pruett's article, published in a popular scientific magazine with a large circulation, was from then on cited enough over the following years that this mistaken definition became the accepted one.  Read more....

The Square Dance of Change  THE URANUS-PLUTO SQUARE  Mar 16, 2015

starsUranus and Pluto are no cosmic lightweights. They are the pair that were active in the sky during "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" of a decade, the 1960s. Conjunct at that time in the Mercury-ruled, earth sign of Virgo, the 60s marked the genesis and starting point of a very long cycle between these two planets: a long, slow dance performed as they inch their way around the zodiac wheel, a dance that will last over a century.

The square aspect in astrology is associated with conflict, stress, and change, big change — all the more so given who is squaring off. Astrologer Dane Rudhyar noted that an opening square in a planetary cycle, as this one is, signals a time of "crisis in action" and a call for "managerial, forceful activity" — or in other words, time to take the bull by the horns! Personal bull as well as collective bull that is, for outer planet transit effects are both individual and global. The fundamental drive with the opening square is the building of new and better foundations that will support the escalating growth of this waxing, building phase.   Read more....

Sailor's Warning
MARS & THE FINAL URANUS-PLUTO SQUARE  Mar 11, 2015

starsThis morning we had one of those beautiful, but rather unsettling, "sailor's warning" red dawns. Fitting, I guess, as Mars, the red planet, is swiftly striding towards two major aspects which will perfect tomorrow: a conjunction to wild, unpredictable Uranus and a square to that diver of the emotional depths, Pluto. One of the most formidable planetary triggers, Mars will be setting off Uranus and Pluto as they, in turn, approach their own "crisis point" — a square which will perfect next Monday, the last in a series of seven exact squares between these two outer planet dynamos since 2012.

An apt finale, next Monday's square will not only involve Mars, but will also be the first alignment with both Uranus and Pluto in direct (overt) motion. Adding to the intensity, a total solar eclipse occurs four days later, on March 20th at 29° Pisces, the very last degree of the zodiac wheel.  Read more....

The Japanese woodblock print, "Kiyomizu-dera Temple" — temple of the Goddess of Mercy — is the work of Ito Yuhan (1882-1951). The temple was established in 778 and is located halfway up Otowa Mountain in the eastern part of Kyoto City. It is part of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here is an official website with more information about this lovely temple, as well as an informative Wikipedia page.