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Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Moon spends most of the day in Scorpio, growing darker and finishing up emotional business. She sextiles the Sun in late afternoon, giving a final push at completing old business. At 5:40pm EST she enters Sagittarius, lightening the mood, and then spends the overnight hours sextiling Mercury until before dawn, allowing for clearer communication of ideas.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Early this morning brought the exact square of Mercury to Uranus, which is great for inspiring new and crazy ideas, though they may not all be viable. Just after dawn the Moon in Scorpio finished her sextile to Jupiter, making for a gentle, if subdued, daybreak. For the rest of the day, the Moon will trine Neptune, both in water signs, allowing for some deep dreaming. Play with the boundaries between reality and illusion and be inspired. Late tonight until just before dawn, the Moon will sextile Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, which will make us want to focus on Read more…

December 2019 Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse, December 2019

Today’s Solar Eclipse occurs just after midnight Dec 26 EST (still Dec 25 in other US time zones). It’s annular (meaning ring-like) which means that the Moon’s apparent diameter will be a bit smaller than the Sun’s, making the light of the Sun appear as a ring around the Moon. Because of the time of day, it will not be visible in the Western Hemisphere. Astrologically, eclipses are always seen as less-than-optimal. The Moon is combust the Sun (that is, the Sun overpowers it because of its proximity to it), so the Moon is “damaged.” At the same time, the Read more…

When is an Equinox not an “equi”-“nox”?

Image Public Domain Most folks know that the word equinox comes from Latin, meaning “equal (equi) night (nox).” We talk about it as one of the two days of the year when there is an equal amount of daylight and darkness over the whole Earth. We’re taught that the Sun spends exactly twelve hours above the horizon, from its time of rising in the east, to its setting in the west.However, that’s not really true. In my location in middle New England, the day and night were equal about four days ago. In more southerly regions, it might have been between Read more…

Day and Night at the Equinox

Day and night are not really equal on the equinox, which occurred here on the east coast of USA on Saturday 21:54. Daytime starts when sun’s orb begins to come over horizon and ends when it disappears. Also, sunlight is refracted over horizon. That means on fall equinox, day is still longer than night. A few days after fall equinox, and a few days before spring equinox, day/night is actually pretty equal. Today, daylight will be ~2 minutes longer than dark and tomorrow, ~1 less.

Current Eclipses Affecting Natal Charts

I had a private question about how a Lunar Eclipse can affect one when it falls on the birthday. Here was my response:Well, it’s happened to me (solar eclipse). It all depends on a number of things. But a few guidelines: Eclipses are like shining a big spotlight onto an area of your life. They usually bring turmoil in that area. Lunar eclipses less so than Solar ones. Eclipse effects are usually not felt on any given day, so don’t expect big things on your birthday. The effects often start a bit before the eclipse and last for about 6 Read more…

Mercury Retro Series (a.k.a. the Mercury Retrograde Survival Kit)

Since I find myself often writing to correct lots of misperceptions about retrograde planets in general, and Mercury retrogrades in particular, I’ve decided to assemble all of the links to previous posts on the topic in one blog post, so that I can easily refer to them in the future. So here they are in (almost) chronological order, and are probably best read in this order. 1. Retrograde Schmetrograde 2. Retrograde Planets3. Retrograde Planets: What to do?4. Not Again With This Retrograde Thing! (Not Really, Read On…)5. Mercury Retrograde – Again6. Here We Go Again7. Retrogrades and the supposed “Shadow”8. Harping on Mercury

Harping on Mercury

Yes, that’s me harping. It seems that every time Mercury goes retrograde, I write a flurry of blog posts on the matter. You’d think that it was a big deal with me (Mercury retrograde); in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Whenever Mercury goes retrograde, the internet is flooded with Stupid Astrology. And so here I am, harping on the matter once again.Let me be clear about what I mean by “Stupid Astrology.” I am first of all, not blaming non-astrologers for posting or re-posting spurious information about astrology (unless of course, they are non-astrologers claiming to be actual astrologers). But Read more…

Astrology and Mythology

I was reading a blog recently by a non-astrologer, who made some musings about the current Mars retrograde. One of the things that struck me (amongst some otherwise good ideas) was the idea that Mars is the active, aggressive part of sexuality. This is, indeed, the understanding of many modern astrologers, and it is certainly from these modern, pop-astrologers that the blog writer, along with many others, gets his information about astrology.  Traditionally, Venus is all things having to do with love and sex. This runs the gamut from love to lust; from passive to not only active, but even Read more…

That’s Not Astrology

One of my complaints about many modern astrologers is that what they are doing simply isn’t astrology. They employ astrology to give what they are saying a veneer of respectability. One might question whether astrology can really lend anything a sense of respectability, given how it is perceived by the mainstream media. But the public is generally more accepting of it than we might at first think. But the public is also misinformed about astrology. Folks generally don’t know much more about it than their Sun sign, and maybe a bit of what that supposedly means. But my complaint isn’t Read more…