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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.

Donald Trump and the USA Chart

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  Feb/Mar 2017

With his progressed Sun moving into his first house (significant beginnings) and Jupiter trining his Sun/Uranus for most of 2017, Donald Trump’s electoral success makes astrological sense. This is the year of his Jupiter Return, a year to cash in on many fronts (2nd house).

Cardinal Cross

But it also means that the transiting Jupiter-Pluto square impacts him all the more powerfully (peaking in Jan, July – early Sept, and Nov 2017).… click here to continue reading.

Skeptical but Aware

We know that what we see on the news isn’t reality.

On some level of awareness, everybody knows that no matter what type of corporate media they’re watching —  straight-up propaganda like Fox News, or propaganda-lite like CNN — they’re seeing a carefully sanctioned story line.

But this doesn’t let us off the hook for what’s going on in our world. It doesn’t mean we get to stop paying attention.

Is an event meaningless just because we don’t believe what the anchorman says it means?… click here to continue reading.

Jun 2017
Fairness Awareness

There are five planetary ingresses in June. Nearly half the solar system is moving from one sign into another.

On the 6th Mercury moves into Gemini, and Venus into Taurus. Each is entering the sign of its rulership.

Our mental functioning (Mercury) will be especially quick and active for a couple of weeks. Aesthetically and emotionally (Venus), artistic and relationship impulses are sensual and fertile.

Cancer

On the behavioral front, Mars enters Cancer on June 4th, highlighting domestic and defensive matters (ego protections included).… click here to continue reading.

Apocalyptic Comic Strip, Part 2

(Continued from Part 1)

Still not getting it

It isn’t for any lack of information. An avalanche of critical consensus has described what happened in November as a massive rejection, by ordinary Americans, of the status quo.

Trump’s win has been called “a very, very bad answer to some very good questions.” In a colossal waste of opportunity, those questions are still not being addressed by the anti-Trump forces with the most power.… click here to continue reading.

Apocalyptic Comic Strip, Part 1

 

Nobody told this brain-washed Manchurian Candidate that he was supposed to shoot the president, not grab the throne for himself.

Iain Sinclair

Donald J. Trump is like a figure in an apocalyptic comic strip, created for us by gods(1) who decided we were too slow to get the point via more subtle means.

Up until last year’s election, the decay underneath the surface of economic and political life was not, apparently, obvious enough.… click here to continue reading.

May 2017
Thrown for a Loop

A week and a half into May, the god of surprise may appear at our window and set it rattling.

Mercury conjunct Uranus is meant to unsettle our opinions and communications. It often does so by lobbing something unexpected our way.

This is a cosmic trick, to force us to think differently.

If we could suspend our fear of surprise for just a minute — okay, maybe for a week: the conjunction peaks 5/9-10, but the Full Moon exaggerates its effect — we could get a lot out of transits like this.… 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.