April 22, 2011
Astrology is, sadly, a much misunderstood topic. People think that their daily horoscope published in local papers is tantamount to good astrology. They then become disillusioned and confused when this is not accurate and it slowly dawns on them that the likelihood of everyone born in the same month having the same sort of day is actually slim to none.
Astrology is so much more than just your Sun sign. Astrologers will look at the position of all the main bodies in the heavens when they are calculating your astrological chart – the planets, usually the dwarf planet Pluto, and many will also use the Centaur Chiron, plus a couple of “hypothetical” bodies. The position of something like Saturn or Mars may even be more important than the placement of your Sun.
How does astrology actually work? In actuality, I have no idea, but I have seen enough evidence to know that it does. I do recall speaking to a gentleman one day about astrology, and he was happy that it was a viable paradigm due to the influence of gravity. That does make a lot of sense to me. The moon, for example, is a fair way from earth. The gravity of the moon, however, is strong enough to make the tides and affect the oceans on the planet. The oceans are pretty big, If the gravity of the moon can affect the oceans, surely we are delusional to think that it doesn’t affect us. Anyone who has worked in a call centre or an emergency ward will be able to tell you about how the full moon influences the behaviour of the general public.
Every person on the planet has a different astrological chart. Even just a few minutes difference in times of birth can mean different placements of the faster moving planets, ascendants, and house cusps, which can mean different interactions of bodies in the charts. One thing I would love to eventually do in my astrological studies is collect data for twins and examine what small things differ in their charts to make them such different human beings.
I don’t believe that astrology can accurately predict the future – it can give you an idea of things which may happen, but ultimately it is up to you. I think instead it is actually a tool for self improvement, and can be a bit of a road map to your life. When you look at a road map, you can see the where you want to go, and you can even get a good idea of how to get there. But you have no idea what will happen to you along the way and how the journey will turn out.
Astrology can give us an idea of how people perceive the world, and what has happened to them to give them this perspective, and how those thoughts and feelings make life challenging. If you are feeling down in the dumps, unsure about what you should be doing and which way you should be turning, an astrologer is an excellent person to consult. Chances are, your directions have already been given to you, and you are trying to put off a journey you haven’t quite come to terms with yet.
My goal as an astrologer is to help people get more out of their lives, to help them understand their emotions, thought processes and the choices that they make, to help them make better choices to direct them to a more satisfying and happier destination.
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March 5, 2011
I found myself watching Gaddafi’s latest rant on the telly this morning, and found myself wondering if the same evil spirit had taken over both him and the delightful Charlie Sheen. While that seems like a relatively random comparison, these things rarely are and a quick examination of their astrological charts showed something very interesting. Both have Jupiter and Ceres at the same degrees (more or less) as each other. What is currently aspecting these two bodies makes for very interesting reading.
I’ve written more about Charlie’s chart here, which gives you a good understanding of the other things happening in his chart to make him a tad unbalanced. Gaddafi’s natal chart is also interesting – as interesting as you would expect the chart of a dictator at any rate – with the moon, Neptune, Mercury and Jupiter all playing a large part in the make up of his personality. If nothing else, he does love his people and wants to do the best by them, even if he is a tad delusional about what that best might be.
Both men have Jupiter at 29 degrees of Gemini. Neptune is at the moment playing the end of it’s long game of exiting Aquarius and will be retrograding back and forward over this point for the rest of this year and January 2012, leaving Aquarius for good on February 3. Thus, Neptune is currently quincunxing Jupiter in both men’s charts and the quincunx is one of the more difficult transits to deal with. The phrase I would generally use for this sort of transit or aspect of Jupiter and Neptune would be “delusions of grandeur”. I’m not sure if Gaddafi has any share in Sheens tiger blood or Adonis DNA, but he certainly has a very interesting perspective of what is happening in his country right now, blaming Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and drugs as the reasons his people are rioting in the streets, rather than being able to acknowledge that they have had enough.
The other body placement these two share is Ceres in the last degrees of Pisces, where it is currently getting a double whammy from Uranus and the Black Moon. The mental stability of both Gaddafi and Sheen has been questioned – and will continue to be questioned by the looks of it, and rightly so. Uranus does rule the nervous system and I always find Ceres says a lot about health in the natal chart. With the black moon coming into the equation, the push to the mental (im)balance which has already been given by Uranus is being followed up with a lot of deep, dark shadow material from the subconscious of both of these men finding its way to the surface. Of course, Neptune is also making an aspect to the Ceres in both charts, which is why it feels as though a tap has been switched on to the internal thought processes of both these men and nothing can be done to switch it off.
Chiron is also playing a role here and was one of the astrological factors to setting the wheels in motion a few months ago. Chiron is going to spend the rest of this year retrograding over 29 degrees of Aquarius, and I feel that Chiron may end up being part of the kill or cure of the situation. The other player in this game is Mars, which is currently in the early stages of Pisces. Both men have sensitive points around 10 degrees of Virgo (Gaddafi’s North Node and Charlie’s Sun). Next week, Mars will aspect both of those points and I daresay we will see an upping of the ante. Both men have a lot to lose, and seem to be doing their best to shuffle off this mortal coil with minimal effort or thought on their own part. Hopefully their choices will lead to better paths for them over the next week.
February 21, 2011
As the fallout from the success of the people’s rebellion in Egypt sweeps across the Middle East, Libya teeters on the verge of middle war as the youth of that country tries to force Gaddafi out on his ear. Unfortunately, this will not have the same happy ending as has occurred in Egypt.
The chart I’m using for Libya is December 24, 1951 at 12.01 am.
Uranus in transit is making a huge impact on Libya’s chart as it is quincunxing the event chart’s Moon and squaring the Sun. In these sorts of charts the moon represents the people and the Sun the ruling regime. Normally the sextile between these two bodies would indicate that there is not much friction between the people and the ruling regime. However, with Uranus in this powerful position, all previous bets are off. Uranus is like a shaft of light streaming in through your bedroom window on a morning after a week of rain and misery. You wake up, enthused as this new energy and possibly a little confused as to where it has come from. Uranus is currently having just that effect on the people of Libya. They have seen the revolt in Egypt and appear to have collectively had the though “Why didn’t we think of that?” So, bless them, they are now out there giving it a red hot go.
The two other wonderful things happening in transit is Pholus crossing the IC and the event chart’s retrograde Mercury. People have seen the challenge by the Egyptian people as something they can also achieve. It’s as though the population of young people have suddenly realized they don’t need to put up with the regime anymore and are demanding a different outcome and different living standards. While journalists are now forbidden and the news channels in Libya aren’t broadcasting what is happening in the streets, there is vision from camera phones making it into the west so we can see what is happening behind the borders.
The last major transit I will look at in the Libyan event chart is Chiron, Neptune and the Sun currently transiting the North Node, which will also be presently transited by Mars. The current regime does only have a limited life span, and little left to offer. This is part of what is fuelling the frustration of the angry crowds. However, the people are not yet on the right wave length to have the same effect the Egyptian people have had. Notice the absence of women. There are no women in the streets demanding Gaddafi stand down. The protests are violent and there have been many deaths. With Mars dancing its current dance, the bloodshed will continue for the foreseeable future.