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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: 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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A Better Way  MARS STATIONS DIRECT IN SCORPIO  June 29, 2016

photoAs I write, Mars is currently moving at snail's pace inching its way to station direct. A single minute of zodiac arc (one degree = 60 minutes) separates the God of War right now from station standstill, but it will take Mars 36 hours to get there.

Gliding in retrospective, retrograde motion since April 17th, Mars has brought frustration, irritations, and an omnipresent, vitamin-deficient, wilted feeling of lethargy in varying amounts to us all. Like a furnace shut down with only the pilot light burning, we've lost a healthy portion of our normal heat and fire; for Mars represents the stamina and energy we need to compete effectively, to be active and assertive, to blow through obstacles, run the course, and deal effectively with our adversaries. The outward pulsing vigor and courage that this "planet of success" symbolizes is absolutely fundamental to life.

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Where the Wild Thyme Blows  THE JUNE SOLSTICE + SAGITTARIUS FULL BLUE MOON  June 20, 2016

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We are fast approaching summer solstice, for those of us who live topside Mother Earth. Marked by the Sun's entry into the cardinal, water sign of Cancer, we've reached the culmination point of Sol's yearly journey north. At this Northern Hemisphere peak of life-giving solar power, the masculine Sun glides into the arms of the feminine Moon, entering Cancer, the sign she rules — a blending of our male-female luminaries adding to the potent love magic at this, almost too heady, time of year. And this year, especially true with a Full Moon — that perfect opposition of Sun and Moon — falling on the same day. This will be the second consecutive Full Moon to fall in ebullient, Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius: this solstice Full Moon is also Blue.

Magic crowns this time of year for Midsummer has long been considered a night when the veil between the worlds is thin, when the green spirits of the dark hollows and lonely woods venture out. It is said on this night the fairy host once again roams Middle Earth to wreak havoc and remind all that the forces of nature are powerful, unpredictable, and not to be trifled with. Because of this, much of the associated Midsummer lore has to do with protection, but of equal importance is love, for fiery passion and benevolent magic also abounds at this invigorating time of the year. The Druids refer to the summer solstice as Alban Heruin, which translates, "The Light of the Shore" and consider it one of the few times each year when the bond between Heaven and Earth is at its strongest.

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Inner Wealth  THE FULL VENUS IN GEMINI  June 6, 2016

photoToday the Sun will perfect a conjunction to Venus marking the "Full Venus." We now stand at a critical point in Venus's journey around the zodiac wheel: the culmination of a cycle that began a little less than a year ago, mid-August 2015, when the Goddess of Love last conjoined the Sun while retrograding in Leo.

The Full Venus point breezes by quickly and can be easy to miss. However, in her book on the astrological Venus, Anne Massey notes that during the weeks when Venus travels through the sign in which she conjoins the Sun (Venus is in Gemini from May 24th through June 17th), "events and feelings in the lives of people seem to echo rewards for the choices made four years earlier," when a New Venus fell in the same sign and close to the same degree. This previous, related Gemini NEW Venus fell on this same day, June 6th, but in 2012, which also happened to be a rare transit of the Sun with Venus a visible black dot moving across the face of the Sun. Venus's far gentler way of eclipsing the Sun.

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Wide Awake  THE GEMINI NEW MOON + GRAND CROSS  June 4-5, 2016

photoLast month's Taurus New Moon came with a grand trine, linking all three earth signs, and tomorrow's new moon comes with another kind of grand — a grand cross, inscribing the zodiac wheel with a perfect square linking the four mutable (flowing, adaptable) signs: Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces.

A relatively rare pattern, this New Moon grand cross comes with a tight triple conjunction of Sun, Moon and Venus, all in Gemini, one of the four points of the cross, with Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune on the other three, plus bonus lunar nodes standing close by as well. Pretty powerful set up there!

Grand crosses are potentially stressful chart patterns, but on the plus side, they impart great determination and focus. FORMIDABLE sources of power, grand crosses are frequently found in the charts of our most highly successful individuals, successful perhaps, not necessarily benevolent.

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Into the Deep  MARS RETROGRADES BACK INTO SCORPIO  May 27, 2016

photoMars is currently perched on the initial degree of Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius soon to retrograde back into Scorpio, a sign the God of War co-rules with Pluto. This backwards ingress represents a sea change in the tone and focus of the entire retrograde. Becoming less scattered, we leave soaring, philosophical Sagittarius for the truth-seeking shadowlands of Scorpio — a shift from identity-related fire to introspective, intuitive water, from yang to yin, outer to inner, a shift that adds greatly to the already strong inner-focus of the retrograde cycle.

Forced to slow down and march back and forth over the same zodiac territory (a little less than 16°), this year Mars divides its retrograde time between two signs: Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, where Mars has been transiting since March 6th, where it stationed in mid-April; and Scorpio, which will infuse this second phase and last leg of the long retrograde cycle with intense emotional power.

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