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Dec 2017 PreviewGolden Moment

The remarkable degree of strife and instability being felt right now, even by denizens of the relatively cosseted First World, is forcing us to come up with an equally extraordinary degree of understanding to match. It’s either that, or go under…

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

The Other Side, Part Three

Native Son

(For Part Two, click here.)

There are ways of looking at this appalling presidency that have nothing to do with politics per se.

Those of a Jungian frame of mind, for example, might propose that Trump is a creation of the collective consciousness.

A transpersonal astrologer, and even some historians, might say that he is not an aberration but an epitome.

Uncle Sam’s Evil Spawn

The man may well be certifiably crazy, as attested by the Duty-to-Warn shrinks.… click here to continue reading.

Oct 2017
Shift in the Wind

Jupiter changes signs on October 10th. This big gas giant, signifier of the way we acquire knowledge, is going into Scorpio for the first time in twelve years.

Re-balancing

Consider the difference between Libra, where Jupiter’s been for the past year, and Scorpio, where it will be until late 2018.

Since late 2016, the transit through Libra, sign of justice and equilibrium, has forced us to prioritize issues like income inequality, racial and gender discrimination.… click here to continue reading.

The Other Side, Part Two

(For Part One, click here.)

We (Not You), the People

Everywhere we look, cultural institutions are dissolving. What’s the best way to participate in this chaotic historical moment without losing our sanity?

Or, to put it in more spiritually ambitious terms, how do we express ourselves from the center of our charts while a shit storm rages around us?

First of all, let’s press into service a raw truth about life that we’ve learned from physics, from astrology, from gardening: breakdown entails the release of power.… click here to continue reading.

Sep 2017
The Furies

The big configuration that puts 2017 on the map is peaking this month. This is the Jupiter-Uranus/ Eris-Pluto T-square. The last two Jupiter oppositions with Eris, exact to the minute of arc, take place Sept 9th and 27th.

During 2017 this column has covered the symbolism of Jupiter in Libra  (fairness and equality), its opposition to Uranus (challenges to ethical status quo) , and Pluto’s square to both of them (breakdown of notions of normality).… click here to continue reading.

The Other Side, Part One

Beyond Incredulity

It’s hard, isn’t it? watching Trump’s most vicious fans on the march, righteous and emboldened.

It is painful in a different way — as in, bitterly ironic — to watch marginalized rural folks cheering for policies that would eviscerate their own interests. It is galling to see struggling, out-of-work Americans fawning over a billionaire who brags about tax-dodging and union-busting.

It is exasperating to hear self-avowed Christians championing a man whose every act flies in the face of everything their religion holds dear.… click here to continue reading.

Aug 2017
Behind the Moon

For a while now, astrologers have been looking at the transits of late summer 2017 with mixed emotions: some with dread and some with awe, but all with great respect.

Uncle Sam singled out

The Great American Eclipse, so called because its path of totality highlights the USA from coast to coast, coincides with the New Moon of August 21st. This tells us that it’s a beginning. But it’s a super-charged beginning — one that colors not only the whole month, but the rest of this calendar year at least.… click here to continue reading.

Truth or Dare: Major Transits of 2017

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  Feb/Mar 2017

The opposition between Jupiter (understanding) and Uranus (shifts and shocks) will be asking Americans to get real in a new way this year. Worldwide, it will rattle complacencies. Starting in December ‘16, we saw an upswing of urgency against a backdrop of long-term crises. The confusion and chaos of 2016’s Saturn-Neptune square has quickened into a more wakeful mood as the major transits of 2017 return us to the themes of the Cardinal Cross, now in its assimilation phase.… click here to continue reading.

Jul 2017
Dive Right In

Mars sets off the Cardinal Cross this month, igniting our gnarliest issues. Problems that have been dogging us for years make themselves known, daring us forward.

If we’re smart, we’ll dive right into them.

“Can you cook and sew, make flowers grow?” (1)

Mars is now in Cancer (6/4-7/20), a moody, close-to-home placement. In this sign the martial impulse is security-conscious and subjective.

Mars is the urge to self-assert; Cancer is the instinct to protect.… click here to continue reading.