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Fairness Awareness

In June nearly half the solar system is moving from one sign into another. Mental functioning (Mercury) is especially quick and active for a couple of weeks. Artistic and relationship impulses (Venus) are sensual and fertile…

The full Skywatch will be posted on the first of the month.click here to continue reading.

Happiness Report

Have you heard of the World Happiness Report? It sounds like a children’s book, or a fantasy movie: too charming and healthy to be a real thing.

But it is. It’s an annual document compiled by the U.N. (1)  The most recent one came out last month on the Vernal Equinox, the first day of the zodiacal year.

From this date, astrologers infer key lessons about the cycle now underway.… click here to continue reading.

April 2017
Spring Awakening

As buds pop from barren trees in the Northern Hemisphere, April is popping with planetary activity.

First and foremost, the Sun is setting off the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square. As it moves through the key cardinal degrees April 8-14th, it ignites our Cardinal Cross issues (see last month’s and February’s Skywatches).

By now, these issues should be pretty familiar. On one level, they constitute the key themes of this calendar year.… click here to continue reading.

Citizen Snowden

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2015.

What makes someone risk his personal security for a public goal? Some people seem fated to embody the big, difficult ideas with which their collective is struggling. Edward Snowden, for example, was leading a remarkably unremarkable life that exploded into something extraordinary. This happened after he leaked classified data from the National Security Agency (NSA) to the media in June 2013. It was a move with profound ramifications for himself, his society, and the age we live in.… click here to continue reading.

Right Use of Power

The US Pluto Return

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2014.

None of us will live long enough to experience a personal Pluto Return. It takes this planet around 250 years to cycle through the zodiac. But Americans will experience a Pluto Return collectively, in 2022, when this tiny clump of power reaches the degree of Capricorn that it occupied on July 4th,1776.1

When a planet returns to its natal position, the native hunkers down with the archetype in question.… click here to continue reading.

Years of reckoning

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2016.

In any given period, Saturn represents the status quo, while the outer planets represent threats to the status quo. When we track the key angles between these planets, we see the unfolding of humanity’s learning curve: its growth spurts, turning points and breakdowns. Such transits are an astrologer’s best guide if we want perspective on the history-making trends of our times. They allow us to glimpse the cosmic meaning behind societal patterns, culture wars and sweeping global trajectories while they’re happening.… click here to continue reading.

People over Profit

Occupy Wall Street

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2011.

Throughout 2011, astrologers have watched the Uranus and Pluto square approaching like a revolutionary advance guard.1 Everywhere in the world, infrastructures are crumbling in the face of this long-awaited transit. The epochal Arab Spring has segued into winter; the European Union threatens to break apart at the seams; there is mounting chaos in Russia, Africa and India.

The weekend before the Autumnal Equinox.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part Four: Bigger than Trump

Granted, he’s like an appalling roadside accident from which it’s hard to look away. But in the interest of choosing our battles and clarifying our targets, we need to look beyond Trump, even if the media doesn’t.

The Orange One is a ruthless lightweight, whereas those lurking behind his throne are ruthless heavyweights. Mega-doners like the Mercers make the Koch brothers look like a pair of avuncular empaths.

Wall Street

Consider the forces that sent the stock market soaring a few days after the Inauguration.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part Three: My Country vs. Yours

The world desperately needs our intelligence right now. It needs us to keep our wits sharp and expansive.

This means avoiding the conventions of groupthink that weaken and diffuse them.

Such as dualistic thinking, which cramps our intelligence like a growing child dressed in tight clothes.

Here vs. There

We’ve talked about how every domestic issue is identified in the US media in terms of this party vs. that party. At least as limiting is the way every global issue is seen as this country vs.… click here to continue reading.