The #Astrology of Anaretic Degrees

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(Astrology Explored) Why Is The 29º Of A Planet (the anaretic degree) considered More Than All The Other degrees?

Mercury is retrograde which is my excuse. I have bunches of good astrology articles on Quora that aren’t getting as much love as they should and the WordPress phone app makes it easy to post, so I’m sharing a few here.

Astrologer Anthony Picco asked me the above question on Quora, and pleased as punch I answered it straight away.

Astrologers consider 29 degrees of any sign an anaretic, or critical degree. Actually, there is a broad list of critical degrees, and not just the number 29.

Here is a list critical degrees I got from Cafe Astrology:

Classic critical degrees are as follows:

0, 13, and 26 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn)

8-9 and 21-22 degrees of fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius); and

4 and 17 degrees of mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces).

And then there are 29 degrees which also seems significant. But why? Continue reading

The #Astrology of the #MuellerReport

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Robert Mueller

As of today only a handfull of people know what Robert Mueller found in his investigation of the Russia’s involvement with Donald Trump’s campaign for president. As people wait for William Barr to release a redacted version of the report can astrology give a heads up as to what Robert Mueller found?

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The #Astrology of the #NotreDame Fire

Fire of Notre Dame 4/15/2019
By Julie Anne Workman – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11590000

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Paris and the world suffered an inexplicable loss with the destruction of much of the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral. Starting at around 6:50 PM, Paris time, initial reports stated that the fire started on the roof. Four hundred firefighters battled the blaze for nine hours before they extinguished it.

The great Medieval churches weren’t just the sign of the Roman Catholic Church’s wealth, power and might. They had a divine mission.

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The #Astrology of #Trump-#Machado–bad love is better than none at all

Donald Trump  photo: Michele Sandberg at http://flickr.com/photos/flasporty/, license gfdl

Donald Trump
photo: Michele Sandberg at http://flickr.com/photos/flasporty/, license gfdl

(Astrology Explored) The New York Times reports:

As America Sleeps, Donald Trump Seethes on Twitter

The tweets started around 3:20 a.m. on Friday. Inside Trump Tower, a restless figure stirred in the predawn darkness, nursing his grievances and grabbing a device that often lands him in hot water.

On his Android phone, Donald J. Trump began to tap out bursts of digital fury: He mocked Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe and a popular Latin American actress, as a “con,” the “worst” and “disgusting.”

In a final flourish, before the sun came up, the Republican presidential nominee claimed — without offering any evidence — that she had appeared in a “sex tape.”
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The #Astrology of Chiron: The Guerilla Guide to Life Repair

Chiron astrology(Astrology Explored) Bam! You go for a house, or a car, or any kind of credit and find a bill sent to collection sinks your chances for the loan or a decent interest rate. What do you do, lie there and take it? . A useful little book shows the way out of your financial woes: The Guerilla Guide to Credit Repair. As the title suggests, if you follow the suggestions in this book, your pedantic financial institution won’t know what hit it.

There are times in life, where an event seems to come out of nowhere, as in our like a guerilla attack and hits you where you live. This is Chiron, called by Barbara Hand Clow as the rainbow bridge between the inner and outer planets. Because Chiron can hit us in unexpected ways, we may feel we are under attack by guerilla forces. But it is also our own guerilla guide to life repair.

Chiron–The Wounded Healer

We call Chiron the wounded healer. Chiron was a centaur, half human, half horse. Although he was an immortal being, he suffered a festering wound in his hoof that would not heal. This wound demonstrates an important connection between Chiron and his spirituality. As Pisces rules the feet, and is the zodiac sign of spirituality, the wound symbolizes Chiron unable to close the gap between his higher self and his earthly body. Continue reading

The Astrology of Disasters: Missing Malaysia Flight MH 370

(Astrology Explored) According to news reports, around 2:40 AM March 8, 2014, Malaysia Air Flight 370 mysteriously lost contact with air traffic controllers at the Vietnam border and did not arrive at its destination. Of the 239 passengers on board, three were American, including IBM Executive Philip Wood.

Vietnamese air force jets spotted two large oil slicks off the coast of Vietnam but it is not confirmed the oil slicks relates to the missing jet. Meanwhile, authorities found the names of two passengers on board with stolen passports and are investigating whether terrorist activity connects with the disappearance the plane. Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said they were looking into all possibilities.

There is also evidence that the plane turned back from its projected course.

Inspectors 10 days earlier found the airplane sound mechanically.

The lack of a radio call “suggests something very sudden and very violent happened,” said William Waldock, who teaches accident investigation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

What can astrology tell us about this missing plane? Was it the target of a terrorist attack? Or the victim of mechanical failure? Continue reading

The Astrology of Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: Step Away From That Saturn

White Rabbit(Astrology Explored) That powerful sucking you are feeling right now is a Moon-Saturn occultation in Scorpio. Fear not, it will pass.—Matthew Currie, FB Post

You felt it too. There was a little twisting in your gut. Something didn’t feel quite right. Is Pisces or Cancer a significant influence in your chart? You turned on the water works. If a white rabbit drove up in a car and told you to get in, you just might do it.

You entered the Saturn in Scorpio zone.

To be fair, it was a little more potent than usual. The Sun entered Pisces and perturbed Neptune and Chiron who are taking up residence there. Additionally, Jupiter, the planet of expansion, is trine Sun, Neptune, and Chiron! The Moon in Scorpio kicked it off, but we’ll feel the residual effects until the Sun moves off Neptune and Chiron. Continue reading

The Astrology of Neptune and Jupiter: Social Perceptions and Personal Addictions

View of Neptune via Triton (Astrology Explored) Bonnie (not her real name) comes to me with a problem. She and her boyfriend ended their relationship six months prior, but she finds her grief at the ending of the relationship has not subsided. Her friends, in fact, have grown tired of listening to her go on about the situation and suggested many times that she move on. The question she wants answered is, “Will we ever get back together?” This is her secret hope and her fervent prayer. After looking to see if such a thing is possible, and seeing that it is less likely than she thought, the challenge becomes helping Bonnie accept a new future. The reason that this is so very difficult is because of how the brain works.

In the middle part of the last century psychologists and psychiatrists held the view that a mentally healthy person had a reasonably good grasp on reality. A mentally healthy person’s perceptions about the world around him or her would align with how things “were.” Then in the 1980’s new research on social perception found out that this wasn’t the case at all. They found that our perceptions are based on “incomplete data gathering, shortcuts, errors and biases.” These errors in perception are called illusions(Taylor and Brown, 1988). These illusions promote three different perceptions that are out of synch with objective reality. The first is that we, all of us, have unrealistically positive views of ourselves. In other words we think we are better people than we are.The second is that we have exaggerated perceptions of personal control, that we direct and control the world around us to a greater degree than is actually true.The third perception we carry is an unrealistic optimism, especially for the future. We believe the future will bring better things and opportunities will get better, despite objective reality. However, far from the negative connotation of the word in general usage, illusions serve a useful and highly adaptive function.They help us navigate reality by shielding us from reality’s most damaging effects.This led to one researcher Robert Rosenthal to declare that “perception is reality.” Interestingly enough, researchers found that the people whose internal reality matches objective reality suffer from depression. In other words, most of us, except the depressed (ruled by Saturn) have fallen off the reality train a long time ago.

The keywords in what is described above are illusion and optimism which are tied into a single psychological process. For an astrologer, illusion and optimism are two different processes, the first being tied to Neptune, the second to Jupiter. But even in our own tradition, Jupiter and Neptune are bound together in a cyclic process described by Dane Rudhyar.In a 166 cycle of conjunctions, with Jupiter moving forward to the next zodiac sign signifying social evolution. Rudhyar says:

Jupiter deals particularly with social-cultural-religious feelings and the expansion that comes to the individual who operates warmly in terms of these feelings, reciprocated (usually) by others, either emotionally (happiness) or in terms of concrete values (wealth)

While Neptune:

is, thus, related to everything that is vast, immeasurable, indefinite, universalistic, but also loose, unfocused, misty, glamorous, unreal, escapist.

Under the dictum, “as above, so below” inherent in us, reflected in the presence of Jupiter and Neptune in the macrocosm, we all have the ability to make our own reality. We frequently do.

The evidence then suggests that we process our perceptions as we see fit and normally this works well. However, when it come to processing a situation where loss is profound and does not resolve itself under the normal grieving process, the situation gets very interesting. The lover (what psychologists call the secure attachment) is gone, but the feelings remains with nothing to anchor to in objective reality. What is left is the shadow side of Jupiter and Neptune. The shadow side of Jupiter is overindulgence; of Neptune delusion. The combination of overindulgence and delusion becomes no less than an addiction.

So it is we see people like Bonnie, asking us if we see any hope for their relationship as desperate as anyone on crack.

Of course, our job as astrologers is not to provide therapy but clarity. In gently defining the problem for the client and sending them to someone who can help them, we do the best thing we can. Hopefully they can release their addiction and come back into the light of the normal process of dismissing reality.


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Astrologer’s Mailbox: Golden Girl Seeks Career Advice

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Question: I closed my small business 2 years ago and wonder if I’m to find work again or what ?

Birthdate: 9-9-1948
Birth Time: 6:49pm cst
Birth Place: Great Lakes, Illinois

Dear Golden Girl,

I’ll do my best to condense a very complicated situation into a few paragraphs.

When you shed your business two years ago you felt like a weight was lifted off your shoulders. And when your moon progressed into Aries you were perfectly happy to live off the proceeds and do what you wanted. However, you weren’t exactly careful about conserving your resources and when they became a little thin, you took out a loan to continue the lifestyle to which you became accustomed. Now the piper wants payment. Continue reading

Reader’s Astrology Question: Troubles With A Relationship Yod

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Hello!

– I am new in astrology, and looked up my own and my lovers composite and synastry chart. – even something that’s called Combin chart…in our composite chart is a pattern obvious, called Yod, – I have been searching for some profound explanations, but couldn’t find anything,- in fact I got instead completely confused. Then I found your comments and that seemed very experienced!
would you please have a look at it and tell me?

Saturn is the basis of this Yod pattern, and seems to be anyway the planet that troubles us most, – at least that is, what I see…
– we have a sort of beautiful/difficult connection, on and off for almost 8 years now, and I’d love to know, what you say to all this:

Woman born January 1st 1962 in Trier, Germany,
Man born August 9th 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden

I’d be happy for any light you could bring into my darkness… thanks a lot.

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