Weekly Astrology Forecast: Can’t Resist a Last Royal Wedding Update

Weekly Astrology ForecastWill and Kate wasted no time in exchanging I’do’s, the official “I now pronounce you man and wife” was just 20 minutes after the official start of the ceremony. Very much like clockwork, the full roster of the royal family arrived and seated exactly on ssheduule, keeping no one waiting for the moment millions of people around of the world was waiting for, the revelation of Kate’s dress. Kept a tightly guarded state secret, not even the the name of the designer was known.

The dress is as you would expect all Kate. Conservative, yet romantic, the bodice of the gown was sculpted to fit with military precision over Kate’s spare figure. No frou frou, fluffery here, exactly as you expect from a Sun sign Capricorn. Yet the sleeves were all lace and the lace came and fitted over the main shell of the bodice, obviously a nod to her romantic Moon in Cancer. Continue reading

Relationship Astrology: Composite or Davison Relationship Chart?

(Astrology Explored) Relationship astrology is a vast field with a multitude of techniques that seem to compete but actually compliment each other. One of these cases is the difference between the composite chart and the Davison relationship chart.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver Composite Chart

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The composite chart takes the middle point or more correctly the midpoints between each zodiac aspect for the charts of two people. Midpoints between planets in a birth chart are said to be sensitive points. When one of the planets in solar system passes over or transits the midpoint, both the areas of life represented by those two planets are affected. In a relationship which represents the joining of lives a third entity is created, that of the relationship itself. Taking the midpoints of two individual charts and putting them into it’s own zodiac wheel displays the energies of the relationship, what it is for and how the individuals in the relationship react.

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Blog Talk Radio: Conquering the Universe with Matthew Currie

Matthew Currie

Matthew Currie

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Update: 5/12/11–You, me, and Matthew Currie. Tonight 7:00 PM PST 10:00 PM EST. Matthew will bring the wine. See below for directions. Don’t be late.

Not to take any of the limelight from Wills and Kate’s special day Friday, but Thursday night prior, April 28, Matthew Currie and I will get together and talk about skeptics and the people behind them 7:00 PM PST-10:00 PM EST.

Matthew has been looking for a skeptic to come on his Blog Talk Radio show, “Conquering the Universe with Astrology” for quite sometime but for some strange reason no one wants to do it.

Why?

Throughout Astrology’s history, this ancient practice has had its detractors. However, since the 1975 publication of the Humanist Manifesto “Objections to Astrology” astrology and its practitioners has encountered especially vicious attacks. These attacks have been led by the organization the the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. These folks have tried every argument, trick and manipulation available to discredit astrology. I’m sure Matthew and I will discuss this and other aspects of the tactics of the CSI and the organization that backs them.

Join us for what promises to be a very interesting hour.

Update: Oops! Proving yet again the power of Mercury Rx and its shadow period, Matthew’s computer suffered a total meltdown. April 28th’s show is cancelled. But not to worry. We’ve shuffled around the calendar and came up with a new date. I’ll let Matthew announce it. See you then!

Weekly Astrology Forecast: Hold ’em or fold them-the hand of destiny

Weekly Astrology Forecast(Astrology Explored) Astrology for the week of April 22 through April 28

Pluto, the planet of transformation. Saturn, the planet of lessons, and the whole stellium of planets in the sign of Aries continue the cosmic dance of the T-Square sharpening our lessons about relationships with rasp of this difficult energies of this aspect configuration. The opposition of the T-Square is in the relationship axis of Aries/Libra representing “I” versus “We. Pluto applies his special persuasion with the challenge aspect to each of these points.

As the Sun progresses further into the inconjunct aspect with Saturn, a yod, called the finger of God is formed with the Sun, the Moon in Pisces sitting with Chiron and Neptune and Saturn in Libra. With the introduction of the Pisces zodiac sign, spiritual values need to be applied to get the best result. But whatever happens at the end of the week is fated or feels like fate, or aligns synchronistically with fate. However, you look at it, destiny plays a hand. Are you going to ante up or fold yours?

Aries—the pressure is on, Aries and you need to produce! Whether it money, love or a really good story to throw your competitor’s off the scent, make sure you put on your best performance.

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Astrology and Calendars: When Is Easter? Its All Cleopatra’s Fault

Easter Calculation Manuscript(Astrology Explored) Julius Cesar confused everybody. And of course it was all Cleopatra’s fault. At least that is the saw that runs around academic circles.

While Julius lived before the Christian celebration, his decision on what calendar to use affected when Easter shows up on our calendar. Easter bops around our calendar, appearing in March sometimes, April at others and on different Sundays too! How did this happen?

Prior to the institution of the Julian Calendar, Rome operated on a 355 day lunar calendar. It was kind of a strange calendar to begin with making an average of 29.53 days for each lunar month. But the Romans had their reasons, and mostly this involved the timing of religious events, the polytheistic Romans having many ceremonies to honor the gods. These religious events were very important to the Romans, when businesses and the courts shut down, much like our bank holidays. This 355 day year was at odds with the solar year. The regular 10 day difference was strangely ignored some years, then in a game of catch-up lumped two years of mismatching days adding a 20 day intercalary month to religious calendar. While this seems odd to us, with our atomic clocks, for the Roman priests this was their one ticket to secular power. It was the responsibility of the Roman priests to decide when an intercalary month was needed and where in the year this month could be inserted. Quite often the intercalary month was inserted when the priests wished to influence the timing of an election or another important event. There are reports they even accepted bribes to do so.

When Julius Cesar got involved with the very educated Cleopatra, he was immersed in a court well versed in the scientific knowledge of the world. Remember that the Romans imported their gods, the literature and the culture of Greece, making them in some ways their own, but forever Rome was beholden to the scientific and philosophic stores of knowledge from Greece. The Greek Ptolemy dynasty of Egypt sponsored research into a solar calendar and Egypt adopted a solar based calendar for their year. Caesar himself was an intelligent and learned man, waging war very successfully as an exercise in logic and logistics. Caesar saw the political advantages of having a fixed year calendar that essentially progressed as the sun moved approximately one degree against the backdrop of the heavens and instituted the Julian Calendar.

However, in doing so he totally threw the Roman world out of sync with surrounding cultures that used a lunar based calendar. And this is why we scratch our heads at the ever changing date of Easter. Since this holiday is the one religious holiday that is associated with the Jewish holiday, Passover, it’s calculation is based on the moon. This calculation is quite specifically the “The first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox”. The vernal equinox is, of course, the first day of the zodiac sign of Aries.

Happy Easter!

The Age of Pisces and The Washing of Feet

Christ Washing Peter's Feet by Ford Madox Brown

At the Last Supper Christ shared with his disciples, he took the servant’s role and washed the feet of each of them.

Peter, who missed the point of ritual, protested. but Jesus gently rebuked him, saying that if Peter didn’t let him wash his feet, Peter couldn’t be his disciple. Peter then goes over the top saying, “Wash my head and my hands, Lord.”

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Astrology and the Skeptics: Debunkers Tool of a Religious Agenda?

Wearing the guise of science one organization mounts attacks on paranormal subjects from Big Foot to psychic John Edwards. Included in their attacks is a quite well orchestrated war on astrology conducted with questionable tactics. These tactics include funding “studies” on astrology and declaring that astrology is disproved, setting up websites with disinformation on astrology, and influencing organizations like Wikipedia and the British Broadcasting system and using the argument that astrology is a pseudoscience pushing a point of view (POV) that treats astrology with derision.

One wonders why all this energy is expended to plant an image of fakery and disreputability to one profession. Real scientists know that there are more “things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies” and don’t dismiss outright what they don’t understand.

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Weekly Astrology Forecast: Toddler on a Sugar High

Weekly Astrology ForecastWeekly Astrology Forecast for the Week of April 15 to 21

Five planets sit in the zodiac sign of Aries, casting a wide net in their spread over the sign. The planet of the unexpected, Uranus, sits at 1 degree of Aries while the primary motivator, the Sun sits at 22 degrees. Smooshed in between is Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter. If not for Saturn in tension aspect to these planets, the freewheeling energy of the first fire sign of the zodiac would be like a runaway train. “Let’s do this! Let’s do that!” Aries will say, much like a toddler on a sugar high.

Instead, Saturn puts the brakes on, and Pluto in Capricorn says, “We need to do this way.” There is a lot of tension in our personal and business relationships. Pluto calls us to transform them in major ways. Capricorn always has a method to its madness and an agenda. With those hard aspects, it looks like someone is going to force somebody to do something they don’t like. Who will that be?

Aries—you are always prone to a certain degree of restless energy, Ram. This week however, you feel like you are going to jump out of your skin. Recognize this for what it is the need for more time at the gym. Get crackin!

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Sunday’s Cardinal Grand Cross: Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes

April 10. 2011 Grand CrossIn a Facebook group to which I belong someone asked this question of the group.

Rumor has it the Moon in Cancer becomes part of a Grand Cross in the cardinal signs as the Moon squares Mars in Aries (1:53AM PDT), opposes Pluto in Capricorn (4:02AM PDT), squares Saturn in Libra (2:46PM PDT), and also squares Jupiter in Aries (10:27PM PDT).

Makes me dizzy. How do retrogrades affect these things?

This is such an excellent question that I thought it would be good to pen a few observations.

Retrograde is a do over. “Look,” the planet says, “You didn’t pay attention to me the first time, you are going to pay attention to me now!” Like with Saturn, it will hit a sensitive point in your chart, move forward, and move back three times before it moves on. My astrology teacher said, first time is like a tap, the second time its like a smack, and the third is ‘Whap! Upside the head!”

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Weekly Astrology Forecast: Forced Adjustments Of Attitude

Weekly ForecastAstrology for the week of April 9 through April 15

This question arrived in my in-box this morning.

Is it true that 7 planets are lined up, in Aries, for April and half of May?

What does this mean to me?

Um, not quite. 5 at any one time. Right now we have Uranus, Mars, Jupiter, Sun and Mercury Rx. When the Sun moves out, Venus will join the lineup.

There is a lot of meaning to this, but the first thing is, get out your white towel (ala Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe) and don’t panic.

No seriously, because there is lot of tension here and those folks with tension (opposition) challenge (square) and stress (inconjunct) aspects to this stellium may be prone to all sorts of whining, nervous fits, panic attacks and forced adjustments of attitude.

Aries is known as a trailblazing sign, a real go-getter. But Aries, at the first zodiac sign, and a fire sign, is also, well, let says diplomatically “self-oriented”. Everything is done in context of how the self is affected.

This is more than a little annoying to the rest of us who operate from different orientations, not the least of which are the other fire signs, who think their needs should take top billing.

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