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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.

What Really Matters  THE SCORPIO NEW MOON & SOLAR ECLIPSE  Oct 23, 2014

starsA 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

horizonTomorrow'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 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.