How astrology works is a mystery. An ancient art honed through thousands of years of practice, it is based on the Doctrine of Unity: illuminationthe notion that the universe is an interwoven fabric. The astrological concept of a celestial-terrestrial connection has been with us throughout the ages, reflected in many 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.

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.I realize as 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. 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.

We live in an age in which too many people do not respect, or even tolerate, the unknown, mysteries. If something has not been proven, it must certainly be bunk. This judgmental (and actually unscientific) narrow-mindedness is exactly what Carl Jung was getting after when he stated: "I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud." It also reminds me of something 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."

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What is a Blue Moon?

"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.

Yet a Blue Moon is more than just some improbable event. Officially — and yes there is an official Farmer's Almanac definition — a Blue Moon is the third Full Moon in a season that contains four. Seasons usually sport three Full Moons, one each month, but every couple of years or so we get a bonus Full Moon due to the roughly 11-day difference in the number of days between the natural, lunar month (28 days) and the calendar month, which is, as we know, on average 30-31 days, excepting February of course.

But why is it the third Full Moon and not the last one designated as Blue?

The answer is complicated and due to the Christian ecclesiastical calendar which is, surprisingly, lunar. The dates for Easter and other Christian holy days, those moveable feast observances, are calculated in reference to the Moon rather than a set calendar date. And a year with an extra, 13th moon skewed the calendar, and so the solution was to call it "Blue" and not count it.

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The Cup of Truth  THE FULL MOON IN SCORPIO  Apr 21-22, 2016

photoAt every Full Moon, Luna's silver light illuminates what is normally hidden from view. The shadows recede and the world becomes an oracle, a time of revelation with insights reflected through the unique archetypal lens of the sign in which Luna falls. And no Full Moon has such revelatory powers as this one, unveiling its secrets through the Pluto- and Mars-ruled sign of Scorpio, with both of Scorpio's planetary rulers hovering powerfully at station retrograde.

At the Scorpio Full Moon, we are meant to embark on a very different kind of hero's journey, to dive down into the realm of darkness and retrieve some very odd riches. Not what we usually think of as treasure, like gold coins or jewels, Scorpio treasure consists of fragments: the darker aspects of ourselves that we, for one reason or another, deny. Scorpio treasure is everything that's NOT nice, that doesn't sparkle and shine. It is, instead, very dark stuff indeed made up of all our taboo curiosities and desires, unexpressed anger, rage, greed, and the many temptations and inclinations we don't want to admit, even to ourselves, we possess.  Read more...

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Tao of Taurus  SUN ENTERS TAURUS  Apr 19, 2016

photoToday, our central, life-giving star departs the cardinal fire sign of Aries to enter the tranquil pastures of Taurus — the beginning of a new solar month flavored by this sensual, stabilizing sign. A fixed, earth sign, Taurus could not be more UNLIKE bold, on-the-go Aries. Well known for being rather stubborn and somewhat inflexible, Taurus the Bull's higher purpose is not to irritate but to consolidate — to identify the nonessentials and start snipping away. There are four things the Bull detests the most and they are: clutter, complications, distractions, and being rushed. I probably should have listed "being rushed" first for Taurus will immediately dig in her heels if anyone, however charming, tries to suggest any course of action she hasn't already thought through completely and deemed worthy. For Taurus's raison d'être is to shepherd what has already been initiated further along the road to completion. In order to do this, she must be practical, realistic, and most of all focused on what really matters, focused on the priorities — for example, finding that luscious clover patch.  Read more...

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Out of the Depths  PLUTO STATIONS RETROGRADE  Apr 18, 2016

photoMars stationed retrograde yesterday, and earlier this morning Pluto did as well, both hovering at standstill. huichol artCo-rulers of the Scorpio Full Moon coming later this week, as the lunar light increases, glimpses of what these two, introspective, retrograde cycles mean for you personally may rise from the depths, Pluto style.

As I discussed in the context of Mars, planets are more power at their stations and we definitely see these pronounced effects in the world. Retrogradation also seems to shift the planetary impulse towards introspection. Planetary energies go underground and we embark on an internalized reflection period. As Pluto is already associated with what's hidden and buried, with psychological depths, in many ways its retrograde cycles seem to increase its "diving-into-the-depths" strength. Makes complete sense doesn't it? Perhaps we should start thinking of Pluto retrograde as its normal motion. After all Pluto is in retrograde motion for almost half the year, every year.  Read more...

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The King and the Knight  MARS STATIONS RETROGRADE  Apr 17, 2016

photoWe are less than two days out from Mars' station retrograde now with the God of War moving at a snail's pace, inching its way to a stationary halt. Are you feeling the slowdown yourself: that lag in energy, motivation, get-up-and-go?

Mars retrogrades every two years, and this year its backwards journey will begin in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius. A big part of the retrograde review then may involve examining the underlying motivations for our goals, actions and behavior. Are they sound and realistic enough? Are they goals that enhance or detract from establishing enough meaning and real substance in our lives? or is too much of our energy and focus dedicated to allaying fears and avoiding risks? Are we living a life that is a true reflection of who we are, or are we merely surviving?  Read more...

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