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 diverse spiritual traditions the world over 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 the claims of astrology do seem inconceivable; nevertheless, over and over again, 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 it. 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 a time in which too many do not respect, nor even tolerate, the unknown, the wild and mysterious. If some idea or notion has not been proven, it must certainly be bunk, garbage. This judgmental (and 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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If the Owl Calls Again  THE SCORPIO FULL MOON  May 10, 2017

artI few years ago, I had one of the those wild, vivid dreams. The kind of dream that, even while it is happening, you realize it's important, that some extraordinary message is being conveyed and you need to take notice. I'm not exactly sure what sets these dreams apart. It's not only what happens in the dream, but also the quality of the projection screen: the light seems clearer and brighter, and every facet, down to the smallest detail, is in sharp focus.

At the crazy culminating point of the dream, I woke suddenly, sat straight up in bed, and glanced around the room to get my bearings. I remember looking at the clock and it was exactly 3 am. I took the time to review the dream in my mind, and then went back to sleep. The next morning I wrote it down as I remembered it.

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Soothing, Healing Contentment

artMy favorite place in the world is my garden, especially at this time of year when Nature demonstrates a no less than magical ability to bring forth life. Just a few weeks ago, at equinox, the garden was only bare bones and stubble; since then it's been green growth run riot. (I took the photo here today, with a few of my hens on garden bug patrol.) After living and gardening in this same spot for almost 20 years, the transformation still astonishes me. Even the most rational minds would have to agree it is a miracle what Mother Earth pulls off every spring. From seemingly dead canes pruned back last January, the roses are now three-foot tall shrubs crowned with their first buds. The first spring lettuces and the potatoes are both filling their beds, and the snow peas, stretched halfway up their trellis, will soon open their pretty white flowers.

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Where Heaven and Earth Meet

artThe current Venus retrograde "contemplation project" — re-evaluating all matters of the heart — will be shifting gears very soon. Nearing that power point, most cardinal of cardinal degrees, Zero Aries, the genesis point of the zodiac wheel, Venus will float over this "alpha" degree to the "omega" — 29° Pisces — in 36 hours. The retrograde cycle will not only shift signs, but flow backwards over the zodiac's starting point to its end, while ushering in a distinctly different Neptune- and Pisces-flavored final journey.

Exiting through the back door, Venus leaves this fiery, yang sign with objectives and impulses very much at odds with our demure, receptive Goddess of Love, who'd rather avoid such brash and impatient (to her, ill-mannered) "Mars-y" methods. No, Venus's strength lies not in direct action but attraction: drawing what she desires through a passive, but no less powerful, magnetic process. In this post-feminist world of ours, we tend to think of this kind of behavior as wrong or manipulative, but it isn't always. In some situations it can be the wiser, more effective approach.

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When All Other Lights Go Out
THE ARIES NEW MOON & NEW VENUS  March 27-28, 2017

artYears ago when I was a second grade teacher, I inadvertently ignited a school-wide conflict which ended in my decision to leave teaching for good. The trigger was a note sent home to the parents of my students.

Invariably each morning, two, three, sometimes four different mothers would breeze in the room while class was in session. Each would sing out to their child across the room while waving some item in the air: a lunch box, soccer gear, gloves, hat or some other item that had been mistakenly left behind that morning. Sometimes the mother would leave blowing kisses to her child. All of my students stopped working to watch the entire performance, and it would take a minute or two to get everyone back on task again — just in time for the next mother to come sailing in.

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So Many Kinds of Yes  THE ARIES EQUINOX  March 20, 2017

artSpring is my favorite season of year and the older I get the more I appreciate it, the more I need it — this return of life, of the Sun, which higher in the sky each day actually feels warm again. Although the nights are still cold, daffodils scattered around the yard and the cheerful orange and yellow calendulas are blooming proof that winter is truly over. At the forest's edge, trilliums and milkmaids are blooming among ferns, emerging from their winter's sleep, they spiral their emerald heads skyward dressed in their green fractal lace, a perfect symbol of spring.

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artWhat a week! We began with a solar eclipse, the next day, Mars conjoined Uranus ratcheting up the buzzy restlessness, then Jupiter and Uranus arrived at their second exact opposition — and just a few hours ago, Venus stationed retrograde. That's quite a lot of swirling activity in one week!

The star of the moment, however, is Venus at station standstill in the cardinal, fire sign of Aries, ruled by Venus's favorite guy, Mars. We don't get a Venus retrograde every year, there's about 19 months between them; so unlike Mercury, which seems to be going retrograde all the time, when Venus begins her backwards waltz through the zodiac, it can be especially disorienting. In Venusian ways, and one of the biggies is relationships: thinking about them, longing for them, longing to get out of them, longing to improve them. Whatever our particular romantic situation is, when Venus stations retrograde it is the beginning of a major contemplation project regarding love. The matters of the heart.

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