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Fool’s Gold

Artist: Agostino ArrivabenrFellow Americans, we are entering the next phase of our country’s nervous breakdown.(1) Time to zoom out from the chaos with a cosmic wide-angle lens.

When an individual has a psychotic break, their sense of fundamental reality starts to drop away. When a group has one, what drop away are the cultural structures that are supposed to be stable and meaningful enough for a society to cohere. (2)

These include moral, political and journalistic structures that constitute our web of reality.… click here to continue reading.

Jan 2017
A Well-Crafted Poem

12799145_689420981200029_4825635591593789163_n2017 begins with a lesson about the fictional nature of reality. The Mars-Neptune conjunction on New Year’s Day asks us to accept that the world is slippery and unknowable. The best approach is a bemused spiritual detachment: to stand outside of events, in observation mode.

If our behavior (Mars) vacillates and equivocates right now (Neptune), it’s only appropriate. A test of how well we work with transient perceptions, this inaugural transit offers fertile ground for artists, dreamers and liars: those who work purposefully with ambiguity.… click here to continue reading.

Dec 2016 Preview
Swan Song

michael-parkes-art-2The feeling that’s in the air right now – that of crisis of faith — began the year, set the tone for its twelve months, and is resounding more vocally than ever as the calendar year winds to a close. Only now it’s spiked up with what Uranus-Eris hath wrought: the results of the November election…


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Nov 2016
Fair is Fair

12321449_704071916401602_4950885662257937940_nThe most important transit of November takes place on an American holiday devoted to gratitude. This is an utterly appropriate approach to the Jupiter-Pluto square.

Gratitude is the most fitting response to any transit of Jupiter, the planet of unasked-for blessings, or “fortune” (1). Unlike Saturn, its evil twin, Jupiter does not require that we earn what we get. What arrives feels like “luck.” (2)

Open-hearted enthusiasm is the hallmark of Sagittarius, the sign ruled by Jupiter.… click here to continue reading.

Tower of Babel, Part 3

Fritz Roeber (1851-1924) ~ Walpurgis Night 1910The Buck Stops Here

In this series we’ve looked at some of the assumptions underlying the media onslaught about the election. We’ve considered how it boxes us into a worldview not our own.

This is true of all media messaging. Is it possible to think outside of the box when we can’t see its walls?

Or its floor. In the San Francisco subway station, huge flat advertisements for electronics carpet the platform.… click here to continue reading.

Tower of Babel, Part 2


The Official Story

I don’t think anyone doubts, at this point in American history, that the mass media frames the official narrative.

Much is made of the fact that different media fiefdoms lean either to the “left” (HuffPo, MSNBC) or “right” (those earnest liberals now gobsmacked with incredulity about where all the Trump supporters came from have apparently failed to notice the rise, all these years, of Fox News.)

But this semblance of plurality is also part of the narrative.… click here to continue reading.

Tower of Babel, Part 1

babel-tower-fantasyPoint of Entry

I notice I’m not the only astrologer who’s been feeling reluctant to write about the presidential election. What is it about partaking in this great national conversation that feels so prickly? Besides my Moon in Sagittarius?

I think it’s because we smell the danger, to mind and spirit, of getting dragged into the shit storm, spattered with the hysteria, mired in the mendacity.

There are many different levels on which we could, conceivably, approach the subject of the election.… click here to continue reading.

Oct 2016
Keeping Us on Our Toes

nureyev+AvedonDon’t get comfortable. We aren’t supposed to be settling in, right now. The transits upon us are not about complacency, they’re about mass destabilization; and the more on-board we are with them, the more creative we will be.

Things are rocking and shifting. Our goal should be to align ourselves with the tumult, and let it inspire us.

Edges melting

This year has been dominated by the Saturn-Neptune square,(1 still within orb this month.… click here to continue reading.

Sep 2016
Faith and Doubt

1174549_462407887234674_9204120388209848055_nSeptember is upon us. The biggest celestial event of the year, the Saturn-Neptune square, reaches its third and last exactitude on the 9th and 10th.

Coming to a head right now are the issues we’ve been looking at in the Skywatches throughout this year.

Since late 2015 when the square began, the world has been shaken by a struggle between the planet of form (Saturn) and the planet of formlessness (Neptune).… click here to continue reading.

Aug 2016
The Lie that Tells the Truth

10615374_451355445006585_7706256029075251922_nThis month is buzzing with the Saturn-Neptune square, a rich and difficult transit. It’s vibrating the hinges off of August from beginning to end.

What happens during the next few weeks shouldn’t come as a surprise. All year the Sat/Nept conflict has been rattling our windows with its central theme: How to live in a world where realness works in tandem with falsehood. (1)

Each time this transit is triggered, something happens in our lives that’s a variation on the theme: that of apparent reality vs.… click here to continue reading.