Blue Moon Astrology
The Online Home of Astrologer and Writer Elaine Kalantarian
How astrology works is a mystery. An ancient art honed through thousands of years of practice, it is based on the Doctrine of Unity, or belief in a universal interconnection of matter — the macrocosm within the microcosm.
The belief in a celestial influence has been with us through the ages, reflected in myriad ways in many of the world's spiritual traditions. Epitomized by the Hermetic maxim, "As above, so below," one of the main tenets upon which astrology is based.
Although there is compelling circumstantial evidence for astrology and its 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 view astrology as a symbolic language that describes archetypal processes, the planets representing distinct and specific energies that shape — but do not wholly determine — our inner dynamic. My interest in becoming a professional astrologer stems from wanting something more soulful to contribute in life — a vocation that enables me to work with people in a richer and more meaningful way. I feel that the best kind of astrological consultation consists of illuminating one's personal dynamic processes rather than delineating set personality descriptions or traits. Here's more about my background and experience, and the consultations I currently offer.
THE SUN ENTERS PISCES February 18, 2014
Earlier this morning here in Pacific time, the Sun left the fixed air sign of Aquarius and entered the mutable, watery realm of Pisces where our central star will stay until equinox, March 20th.
Mystical, ethereal Pisces is one of four mutable signs, along with Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. Characterized by a freeflowing, adaptable nature, mutable signs occur at the end of the seasons when life is in flux and instability and change are in the air. Unlike the other "mutables" however, Pisces is also a responsive, intuitive water sign. Mutability, combined with the sensitive, formless water element — it is no wonder Pisces individuals often feel surreal and insubstantial, as if they are made of nothing more than fairy dust. With one foot on earth, the other in the clouds, Pisces is drawn to the numinous realms, where the earthy illusion of separation recedes like some vague dream. Read more....
Joyful Participation in the Sorrows
THE LEO FULL MOON SQUARE SATURN February 14, 2014
When I was in college, I bought a little pad of white sticky notes inscribed with the pessimistic statement, "Life's a bitch and then you die." I actually thought it was funny. I wasn't a nihilist or a cynic, but after losing my Mother to cancer, and a couple years later seeing my Dad suffer a major heart attack necessitating triple bypass surgery, after moving three thousand miles away from my familiar hometown network of supportive cousins, friends, and a boyfriend, with whom I had just fallen in love, I could, unfortunately, relate to the dark humor expressed on those little, nondescript notes. Life did indeed seem to be a bitch intent on taking away everything and everyone I loved. Read more....
Spring in the Belly of Winter
IMBOLC, A CROSS-QUARTER STATION OF THE SUN February 3, 2014
By early February, here on the north coast of California, there are signs that winter — mild as it is — is losing its grip. In the vineyards that cover much of our rural valley, rows of winter cover crops show the first haze of bloom. They form careless bands of incongruous, shaggy growth between the neat, ordered lines of hard-pruned vines. Where the vineyards end in open pasture, newborn lambs walk on tentative legs. They hang close by their mothers who munch grass a shade of impossible green, luminous in the warm afternoon sun. Read more....
Power Concedes Nothing Without Demand
VENUS DIRECT CONJOINED PLUTO February 1, 2014
Venus stationed direct yesterday in Saturn-ruled Capricorn closely conjoined Pluto, a planet associated with the use and abuse of power, and opposite Jupiter, whose effects can enlarge, inflate, and inflame. Jupiter's effects also center on issues of justice, ethics, and the rule of law. "Agent of change" Uranus, in fiery Aries, is also involved here, widely squaring both ends of this opposition adding unrest, challenge and upheaval to an already powerful combination. Planets are especially potent at their stations, even without the added amplification of such intense supporting actors.
The events in the Ukraine, which have been simmering continuously as Venus retraced her steps over the past 40 days, have come to a head this week as Venus slows and stops apparent motion. After two months of primarily peaceful protests, instead of working with and responding to the voice of the people, the Ukraine government instead passed harsh, anti-democratic laws designed to intimidate and squash dissent, and which has resulted in an escalation of violence, with many protestors injured or killed. Read more....
Year of the Yang Wood Horse
THE AQUARIUS NEW MOON & CHINESE NEW YEAR Jan 30, 2014
Today, we have a New Moon falling in the arch-humanitarian sign of Aquarius, a time of the year when we contemplate what it means to belong — to search out and find our kindred and join forces these soul-affirming, like-minded folks.
The Aquarius New Moon also heralds the Chinese New Year and this time around we make the rather abrupt switch from an inward, reflective "yin" water snake year to an action-oriented "yang" wooden horse. A rather wild hodgepodge of planetary influence on this Aquarius New Moon definitely reinforces the galloping extroversion and courage characteristic of the Chinese Yang Horse. "This will be a promethean year," Feng Shui teacher Karen Carrasco stated emphatically in her article on this year's Chinese animal switcheroo. Get ready to take on the grace, beauty, power and fire of horse as your personal totem this year. Read more....
Quiet Reflection THE NEW VENUS Jan 11, 2014
Earlier this morning here in Pacific time, Venus reached a critical point in her cycle, perfecting a conjunction with the Sun which marks the midpoint of her in-progress, 40-day retrograde cycle. Venus has been "moving backwards" as appears from our vantage point on Earth, since December 21st, and will continue to retrace her steps through the cardinal sign of Capricorn until January 31st.
When a personal planet such as Venus retrogrades, unresolved issues arise relative to what the planet and sign represent, and we are meant to contemplate where we've been, where we are headed and take the time to reflect and review if our current direction fits with who we are now. Venus is not only a relationship planet associated with love and romance, but is, and probably more importantly, represents what we value and cherish. Venus, as a force for growth and development in our lives, especially while in practical, earthy Capricorn, gently reveals the discrepancies between our inner values and the structure of our outer lives. Read more....
The Square Dance of Change THE URANUS-PLUTO ALIGNMENT Nov 1, 2013
This Friday, our two outer-planet dynamos, Uranus and Pluto, will align once more in a challenging square aspect. The blending of Uranus and Pluto is probably the most transformational and potentially explosive of all the planetary combinations, all the more so when activated through one of the most dynamic, action-oriented of all aspects, the square. Producing a whopping seven exact squares, all falling in a three-year period, their first exact alignment occurred in June of last year, and the last will fall in March of 2015.
This year, we arrive at the midpoint of Uranus' and Pluto's extended "square dance" of change with two exact alignments: the first occurred last May, and the second this Friday, November 1st. The 2013 exact squares are especially significant as they coincide with the two eclipse seasons of the year, tremendously bolstering the potential for radical change. 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.
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