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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.

"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

— William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I fully 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.

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....

The Shape of Each Soul  THE AQUARIUS FULL MOON  Aug 10, 2014

When I was a kid, I was drawn to the unusual. At the ice cream store, given a choice between chocolate, vanilla, or something altogether new and different, I almost always opted for the weirdest, most off-beat flavor. Even though every single time, I had to endure some amount of ribbing from my sister who would invariably sneer, over her standard scoop of chocolate chip, at my pink bubblegum or strawberry cheesecake. I also preferred nature hikes in the woods over trips to amusement parks; and one Christmas I asked Santa for a rock tumbler and science kit, something that — given it was the 1960s and I was a girl — was quirky, at least for my rather conservative northern Virginia neighborhood. But probably one of the best weirdo things about me was the fact that I played the inexcusably geeky violin.  Read more....

The Flowers & Fruit of Our Labor
LUGHNASADH: CROSS-QUARTER STATION OF THE SUN  August 7, 2014

How did July slip by so fast! The wheel of the year is turning once again, and we are fast approaching another seasonal milestone, the midpoint between solstice and equinox. One of the four "cross quarter" days, which, in addition to the solstices and equinoxes, mark the progression of the Sun and the seasonal changes through the year. Maybe it's my age, a well-seasoned 54, but it does seem like these milestones arrive and pass in a flash. Time really does seem to be zooming by.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the Sun has been climbing steadily higher each day, as it drops and wanes in equivalent measure here in the North. Even though cold, foul weather may last a few weeks more for our friends in the South, winter has lost its firm grip. In the Southern Hemisphere it is now Imbolc. Although it may be hard to believe, warm weather is just around the corner. Mother Earth is quickening, spring is now in the "Belly of Winter."

But here, on the flip side of Mother Earth, the Sun no longer shines as high in the sky as it did just a few weeks earlier at Summer Solstice. What we have sowed, tended, weeded, watered and protected since the Vernal Equinox is showing the fruits of our labor. Here in the North, it is Lughnasadh, the halfway point from summer solstice to the autumn equinox, the beginning of the long harvest season.  Read more....

Rìo Abajo Rìo  THE LEO NEW MOON  July 26, 2014

Today, we arrive at the Leo New Moon, a brand new cycle with this fixed fire sign enthroned. Regal, noble, courageous Leo is strongly associated with creative self-expression, joy and happiness; and when the New Moon falls in the Sun's own sign, it is a good time to examine how well we are stoking this important fire, applying our creative juices, pouring this essential sunny vitality and energy — not for others' sake, nor the sake of work or family, but for the needs of our own heart and soul.  Read more....

Recharging Inner Power  MARS IN SCORPIO  July 25, 2014

The energies are shifting. Jupiter has already left cardinal Cancer for fixed Leo and the Sun as well. And now Mars will be leaving cardinal Libra moving on to fixed Scorpio. Over the next month with the Sun, Jupiter and Mars all in fixed signs — along with a centering, personal happiness-oriented Leo New Moon which arrives tomorrow further emphasizing the fixed modality — we will (even you insanely busy Aries and ambitious Cappys out there) be prompted to slow way down. We are shifting from an "action-focused-outward" cardinal centrifugal force so powerfully emphasized for many months now, to a temporary, but blessed flow of steady consolidating power via both Leo and Scorpio.

So toes hanging over the edge of Libra's diving board, Mars has gathered his focus, and is now ready to dive into the deep waters of Scorpio. Mars' energy will become less scattered, and vitality will, for a time, flow inward, recharging our batteries, which for many of us have been limping along on emergency reserves for way too long..  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.