Blue Moon Astrology
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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.
Illumination THE SAGITTARIUS NEW MOON Nov 22, 2014
Sagittarius, the sign of tomorrow's New Moon, is represented by that hybrid creature, half-man, half-horse, the Centaur-archer, a symbol of the quest for wisdom and enlightenment.
Ruled by philosophical Jupiter, Sagittarius represents none other than the search for the meaning of life, but in a horizon-expanding, active and adventurous way. Where Scorpio (sign ruling the cycle now ending) finds her answers in the deep caverns of the soul, Sagittarius meets them like a friend on the open road of life. The Archer rules all hope-filled and inspiring, vista-widening experiences, including religion in its higher function as a source of divine guidance and wisdom. Sagittarius is the eternal traveler, in mind and body, the ever-restless spirit, Odysseus taking the long way home. Read more....
Beauty THE TAURUS FULL MOON Nov 6, 2014
At twilight for the last few nights, flashlight in hand, I've walked down through the garden to the chicken coop to remove two delinquent hens from nest boxes. The evidence of this new, unauthorized sleeping habit are two boxes littered with poo the next morning.
When you build a chicken coop there are a few important things to keep in mind. Discovered over time and experience by generations past, they help support desired chicken behavior. The roosts, or perching poles, for one, need to be installed horizontally and at a certain height, in particular higher than the nest boxes so as to discourage their use as a cozy nook for the night. Despite this attention to detail however, Dora, one of our Dutch Wellsummers, and Roxy, a big White Rock hen, have for some reason began a recent rebellion against our careful design. And so I have a new nightly chore, one I'll have to repeat each night until they get the message and rejoin their better behaved sisters. Read more....
At the Mirk and Midnight Hour
SAMHAIN: CROSS-QUARTER STATION OF THE SUN Oct 31, 2014
Here we are at yet another turning of the wheel of the year: dark Scorpio's own solar festival, Samhain, is upon us. Marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter here in the north, at Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in) we dive into the darkest portion of the year.
One of the four Celtic solar festivals, or "cross-quater" days, along with Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh, as we drop into the dark of winter, folks south of the equator are, in turn, celebrating the beginning of the growing season: Beltane. In the lands "down under," old Sol is reaching higher and higher in the sky, the days are lengthening, summer will soon be kicking into gear.
As the last of the tomatoes, cucumbers and other summer crops are picked in my dying garden, it's hard to believe six months have passed since they were planted out, when we were celebrating Beltane. Gardening, perhaps more than anything else, links me with these never-ending cycles of Mother Earth. Read more....
What Really Matters THE SCORPIO NEW MOON & SOLAR ECLIPSE Oct 23, 2014
A lunar eclipse fell two weeks ago across the relationship signs of Aries and Libra, and now a solar eclipse looms ahead, this one in intimate Scorpio. The last eclipse of the year, and also finale eclipse in Scorpio, not another will fall in this Pluto-ruled sign until 2022.
Looking at the chart for tomorrow's New Moon and solar eclipse, the most significant aspect is its close ties to Venus, which approaches conjunction to the Sun. This Sun-Venus conjunction will perfect just two days after the New Moon and marks an important phase in Venus's cycle: the Full Venus." And this will be the last Scorpio Full Venus in quite some time, the conclusion of a cycle that began back in 1926. This eclipse then represents two Scorpio conclusions: the last Full Venus as well as the last Scorpio eclipse in our current eclipse cycle. What Venus signifies and what a "Full Venus" signifies are central motifs in the workings of this eclipse. Read more....
The Ties that Bind THE ARIES FULL MOON & LUNAR ECLIPSE October 8, 2014
Tomorrow's Full Moon, also a total lunar eclipse, will fall across the relationship signs of Aries and Libra, with the eclipse degree intimately linked with those two, outer planet troublemakers: crazy, eccentric Uranus and deep, dark Pluto, currently drifting towards their next exact square alignment. At the time of the eclipse, Uranus will tightly conjoin the Aries Moon, while Pluto squares both ends of the Sun-Moon opposition from Capricorn. Eclipses, due to their own inherently wild nature, operate similar to Uranus and Pluto without any help at all; but this one, conjunct Uranus and square Pluto, is an undeniable statement of the potential for big change to sweep through our lives. Ready or not. Read more....
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....
The lovely Japanese woodblock print shown above is the work of Hasui Kawase (1883-1957), a prominent Japanese painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the chief printmakers in the shin hanga ("new prints") movement, Kawase studied ukiyo-e and Japanese style painting. Ukiyo-e, literally "pictures of the floating world," is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, and were very popular in the rising metropolitan culture of Edo (Tokyo) during the second half of the 17th century.
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