The Astrology of Illness: Randy Travis Undergoes Heart Surgery

Randy Travis

Randy Travis 2003

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As the New Moon in Cancer touched off a critical T-Square in the horoscope of popular Country Western star Randy Travis he was sent to the emergency room and admitted in the hospital for treatment of viral cardiomyopathy.

Wikipedia tells us about Travis:

Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and 16 of these were number one hits. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music,[1] Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than three million copies. The album established him as a major force in the Neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums.

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The Astrology of Death: James Gandolfini passes in Italy

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

(Astrology Explored) Just as he was enjoying a trip to Italy with his teenage son, and days before he was to receive and award at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, beloved American actor James Gandolfini died suddenly and unexpectedly of a suspected heart attack on June 19, 2013 in Rome, Italy. He was a relatively young 51 years of age.

Astrologers don’t like to talk about death. For one thing, people who don’t know much about astrologers often assume that is the first thing we will predict about them. The second is that is it considered unethical to predict someone’s death. The last thing we want to do is alarm our clients. No doubt even this post will upset some.

Actually, predicting death is not as easy. We may not have a fixed point of death in our chart, but many checkout points were the soul can out to move on. In my own personal experience, when transiting Uranus opposed my natal Uranus I developed a tear in my aortic valve which luckily was diagnosed and treated before I keeled over dead. Other people, such as John Ritter were not so lucky. Deaths do seem to cluster around the major transits, the Uranian opposition around 42 to 44, either of the two Saturn Returns at age 29 or 58, the Chiron return in the early 50’s, and the Pluto square at around age 82 to 84. Continue reading

Astrology and the News: Stupid Criminal (& Clone) Stories

confused clone(Astrology Explored)–From the Middletown Press Police Blotter

ILLEGAL OPERATION UNDER SUSPENSION, IMPROPER USE MARKER PLATE, OPERATION UNREGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLE, FAILURE TO WEAR SAFETY BELT — On April 19 at 6:58 p.m., Sansal Gokcek, 23, of Century Avenue, Bridgeport, was seen by an officer speeding while driving a Honda Accord on Randolph Road without wearing a seatbelt. His plate wasn’t registered to the car, the report says. Gokcek, who delivers pizza for Roberto’s Pizzaria, said he tried to register the car at DMV but couldn’t because his license was suspended. The next day, he was stopped on Saybrook Road for operation of an unregistered vehicle and while license is suspended and failure to wear seatbelt.

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The Astrology of the State of the Union Address: President Speaks to US Chart Hotspots

Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address

Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address

His first volley in his re-election bid, President Obama, in his 2012 State of the Union speech, spoke directly to issues that concern the American public at large. The speech at around 9:00 PM EST on January 24, 2012, the information used to cast the chart we will discuss.

We’ll take a look astrologically at Obama’s State of the Union address. The chart below has relevant sections and planets highlighted in different colors so I can point you to the astrological point I’m addressing.

The American Dream and the Issue of Fairness

“ . . . the basic American promise [is] that if you worked hard, you [can] do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement.
The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of Americans barely get by, or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

The chart of the United States (inner wheel), its progressions (middle wheel) and transits (outer wheel) reflects this theme of fairness. The progressed Mars and Moon of the United States, (in the purple section of the chart) in the zodiac sign of Libra, sit on the Natal Saturn of the United States. This natal Saturn reflects the promise of the America dream; if you work hard, you can raise your children with freedom from want, own your own home and have freedom from want in your retirement years. This Saturn is in the tenth house, where the sun shines brightest in midday. Our reputation as the “land of opportunity” comes from this Saturn. Continue reading

The Astrology of Disasters: Tornadoes and Mundane Astrology

United States Map for May 22, 2011

Tornado Alley defined by the planets

(Astrology Explored) For an area of the United States that is known as tornado alley, the fierceness of May 22nd’s tornado shocked the residents of Joplin Missouri. Even with a 20 minute warning over a hundred people died. This twister ripped a path of destruction 1 mile wide, leaving the regional hospital in tatters.

In mundane astrology, the astrology of places and events, astrologers attempt to pinpoint the location and source of likely problems. We know that certain regions of this country are likely to suffer from weather problems such as mudslides and wildfires in California, severe winter storms in the Northeast. “When”, “where”, and “how severe” are important questions that occupy a mundane astrologer.

If we look at an Astro*Carto*Graphy map of the United States, for May 22, 2011, set for our nation’s capital we see that most of the area that is called Tornado Alley, is bounded by Neptune on the right and Mercury on the left. Thus the elements of a tornado, water (Neptune in Pisces) and air (Mercury which is ruled by air sign Gemini) bound either side of this sensitive area. If you look at the chart of NOAA chart of the United States, you will see that the vast majority of the tornados that occurred on this date are within those boundaries. Continue reading

Astrology and Prophecy: Preacher Says World to End–Astrologer Disagrees

Judgment DayApparently this astrologer has failed to schedule in an important event in my daytimer. According to minister Harold Camping judgement day is arriving this coming Saturday. Here is the pitch:

On Judgment Day, May 21st, 2011, this 5-month period of horrible torment will begin for all the inhabitants of the earth. It will be on May 21st that God will raise up all the dead that have ever died from their graves. Earthquakes will ravage the whole world as the earth will no longer conceal its dead (Isaiah 26:21). People who died as saved individuals will experience the resurrection of their bodies and immediately leave this world to forever be with the Lord. Those who died unsaved will be raised up as well, but only to have their lifeless bodies scattered about the face of all the earth. Death will be everywhere.

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Astrology and the News: Massive Animal Kills Captures Media Attention

Google Maps 'Aflockaplypse'

(Astrology Explored) Fellow astrology blogger Lynn Hayes asked our Astrology Blogger group if anyone found any astrological correlations between the recent massive bird kills reported in the media for the past several days. Various colleagues speculated on shifts in the magnetic field (since birds navigate by them) and the effects of newly discovered planets but there was no one conclusion.

This is not surprising since a plethora of theories have sprung up about these kills, from fireworks, to sudden cold air masses and even to “alien activity.” Still in astrology we practitioners have a love of our synchronistic events so it is only natural for us to look for a portent in the activity of the skies.

Digging into the phenomenon in more pedestrian sources this astrologer found the map below with an intriguing pattern of reported mass animal kills.

Map of recent animal die-offs

The pattern looked familiar. Since we recently experienced a solar eclipse I looked at that eclipse path of that but did not find a correlation. However, take a look at this:

Path of Lunar Eclipse December 21. 2010

Wow! The reports follow the path of the eclipse with the heaviest concentration in the area where the eclipse cast its shadow during the light of day, the United States.

But apparently, despite the media attention, wildlife experts assert that mass die-offs are not that uncommon.

“This is really not the unusual thing that people are trying to make it into,” said Robert Meese, an avian ecologist at the University of California, Davis. “A lot of this stuff happens without anyone documenting it.”


Records kept by the United States Geological Survey list at least 16 die-offs of more than 1,000 blackbirds or starlings over the past 30 years, said Marisa Lubeck, a spokesperson for the USGS in Denver. But group deaths among animals have been going on for a lot longer than that.

In a review study published in 2007 in the journal Ibis, researchers looked through European and North American bird journals and other references dating back to the late 19th century. They found frequent reports of deaths of birds in the hundreds, thousands or more.

So the question becomes why is does the media focus on events that are natural and not so unusual events to point of even coining a name for them, which in this case is Aflockalypse?

As one commenter said responding the news reports:

Why should we believe these “experts”? If they don’t even understand why this is happening and give us bogus excuses like “it’s because of fireworks,” or “cold stress”, etc. etc. – why should we believe them. If it is true that these phenomena “happen all the time” then why are we watching these news stories so carefully – if these incidents are being reported with such emphasis, they must somehow not be like the typical mass deaths that the “experts” are used to?

Well perhaps the answer is in the stars after all. Take a look at the chart of the Winter Solstice eclipse:

Mercury is the planet that is associated with communications and with birds. Notice that Mercury is the caboose of a choo-choo train of planets, that which we call a stellium, involving the Sun, Pluto and Mars. Pluto and Mars together represent death and destruction, favorite topics for the media news mill trying to get our attention (and our ad dollars). All of that is opposite the moon, representing the public in the sign ruled by Mercury, Gemini. If there was ever a topic that fits the bill of this eclipse it that of birds falling dead from the sky.

Eclipses are famous for focusing our attention on a certain area in our lives for a time period from six months to some sources up to a year. Certainly the sychronicity of reported animal kills following the path of the Winter Solstice eclipse shows that our attention is fixed on the path of the eclipse. No doubt, if we believe the scientists, there are animal kills in other part of the world that are not being reported as assiduously. As the media hype for a supposed 2012 apocalypse ratchets up, we can expect more of these alarming stories to be portrayed in the media. Our job as discerning consumers of the news is not let these news bites shape our view of the world. That is for us to do.

Text used in newspaper image from Tech News Daily. Image created from Newspaper Generator.

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The Astrology of Disasters: “A Hellish Night”—The San Bruno Fire

Smoke from San Bruno Explosion

Smoke from San Bruno Explosion

(Astrology Explored) In what TV Anchor Robin Meade called a hellish night America wakes to news of a terrible gas explosion and horrific fire that at this moment has destroyed 53 homes, damaged about 120, and claimed 28 casualties and at least one life in the bedroom town San Bruno, CA. Pacific Gas and Electric had sent a crew to investigate a gas leak after residents complained of smelling gas, but no action was taken. There are reports that the smell of gas permeated the San Bruno neighborhood where a 24 inch gas feeder line exploded for a least three weeks prior.

Frustrated fire workers were told to stand down after initial attempts to control the resulting fires were hindered by low city water pressure because of the explosion. San Franciso Hospital reports two burn patients are battling for their lives and the hospital is gearing up to treat more burn patients.

The LA Times reports:

Huge orange balls of flames were billowing into the nighttime sky. Residents reported a huge shake, as if an earthquake had struck when the blaze broke out . . .

While San Bruno deals with this tragedy, finger pointing is already starting at Pacific Gas and Electric who is no stranger to litigation because of unsafe business practices. In 1994 an investigation by Erin Brockovich led to the biggest settlement on record for civil class action suit. Pacific Gas and Electric had dumped 370 million gallons of cancer-causing chemicals into unlined ponds in Hinkley, California.

But what makes San Bruno the scene for such an accident?

Though long settled by native Americans, then annexed as a Mexican territory as part of the Spanish mission system, the real growth of San Bruno occurred after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.

The date of incorporation for San Bruno is December 23, 1914 as reported by the City Clerk of San Bruno on the City Clerk’s page of the San Bruno website.

While we have no time for the date of incorporation, we do have the time and date of the explosion September 09, 2010, at approximately 6:15 PM. Since we have the timing of the event, the event is at the center of wheel while the planets for the chart of the city of San Bruno is on the outside.

While many of us are aware of the Cardinal T-Square involving Uranus, Saturn and Pluto it is telling how the Sun of San Bruno hits Pluto almost exactly in that configuration and its Moon hits Uranus.

Neptune rules natural gas and gas leaks and is involved in this manner. San Bruno’s Moon sits on the Uranus/Jupiter conjuction. Uranus/Jupiter makes and inconjunct to transiting Venus/Mars and Venus/Mars makes a trine to Neptune/Chiron. Neptune on its own is bad enough but coupled with Chiron signals long festering wound, which may explain why the gas leak was not acted on when first reported.

The Moon, Venus and Pluto appear to be prominent in the timing of this event.

In the Ingress, Lunation and Eclipse charts an afflicted Neptune indicates marine disasters, dam breaks, tidal waves, gas leaks, vermin infestations, contagion, political instability, fraud, corruption and other elements of distortion . . .

Just a day prior, was the New Moon in Virgo in opposition to the Moon of San Bruno, setting up the events of the next day. On September 9 Pluto the planet of the underground takes control. Venus moves to 1 degree of Scorpio, the zodiac sign ruled by Pluto. This Venus exactly sextiled the San Bruno Sun and trined the San Bruno Pluto. Notice that the event Pluto and San Bruno’s Pluto are in opposition.

With all that Plutonian energy involved you can be sure we’ve only heard just the tip of the iceberg in this explosive event.

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Astrology Chart San Bruno Fire

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The Astrology of Earthquakes: The 7.1 Quake of Southern California

Astro World MapOn Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 3:40 PDT an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale tore through Southern California, with the shocks being felt through California, Nevada and Arizona.

Preliminary USGS information indicated the epicenter was 19 miles southeast of Mexicali, in an area that has been hit with magnitude 3.0 quakes all week. Earlier this weekend, a series of small-to-moderate quakes hit the geothermally-active area.

The prediction of earthquakes has been a spotty business at best, with mixed results. However, some astrologers persist in the study of earthquakes and some even get it right. Richard Nolle in his March 31, 2010 prediction for April says:

These are the very kind of solar, lunar and terrestrial configurations that signal an increase in newsworthy storms with high winds and heavy precipitation (and subsequent flooding); as well as an up-tick in notable seismic activity, including magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions . . . Still, as I mentioned in last month’s forecast, astro-locality mapping the March 30 full moon, the anchor for this period, shows some special risk zones, including a longitudinal vulnerability running from Adelaide-Melbourne up through Tokyo in the east, across the pole and down across central Greenland and eastern Brazil. I’d also keep an eye on the Sun-Moon horizon arc running through the Middle East (touching Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey), across western Russia and the north of Greenland, and down through Canada, the Pacific Northwest and California – including Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

How Is It Done?

Astrologers specializing in weather forecasting use various tools, one of them being the astromapping the planets against the surface of the earth. Pioneered by the late Jim Lewis, Astro*Carto*Graphy as he named it, maps the longitudinal position of each planet, the hypothesis being that the influence of each planet is especially strong along the longitude where it sits.

In addition, astrologers study weather events to find common threads that reveal an astrological pattern. Robert Currey says:

On my small sample, a high frequency of aspects between Saturn and Uranus, Uranus in Capricorn or Saturn in Aquarius – which any astrologer will know are all similar energies – appear in the charts for these quakes. This is more of an intuitive leap and serious research is needed to draw any conclusions

Astrologer Ed Tamplin postulates that along with a correlation with the new and full moons, earthquakes tend to happen when most of the planets are within one half of the zodiac with Uranus in challenge aspect to Saturn, Mars and or Pluto being significant.

Indicators of the Southern Califiornia Earth

Easter Sunday’s seismic event featured the opposition of Uranus and Saturn, both making a challenge aspect to the Moon in Sagiittarius which is a few degrees away from Pluto thus drawing Pluto into the mix. The result is a T-Square in (mostly) Cardinal signs, under pressure and demanding action to relieve it.

The trigger for the event was of the moon moving into orb with Pluto.

Mars was activated from an inconjunct to Pluto. As Ed Tamplin suggests, most of the planets were sitting in one half of the chart, in the western part of the chart though the moon is in the gibbous moon phase.

Curiously, in an astrocartography chart of the event, the planet of deep wounds Chiron is in Aquarius, ruled by shocking Uranus, and sits at the descendant making a stress aspect (the inconjunct) to Saturn, one point of the T-Square. Chiron’s astrocartography line slices right through the Pacific Northwest down through Los Angeles, 187 miles west of Mexicali., three degrees of longitude apart from each other.

Since the Moon has moved into a tighter orb with Pluto, today, April 5, 2010, may be a day to watch for further seismic activity.

Astromap courtesy of Astrodienst.

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