No, Your Astrology Sign Hasn’t Changed

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Astrology clock, Prague

 

Once again, there’s a bunch of stories being floated around (like this one) about how everyone’s star sign is different and wrong, astrology is completely ignorant of astronomy and therefore inaccurate, and of course how us astrologers and astrology lovers are just ignorant of all science of any kind. Bunch of low IQ knuckle draggers, we are! I don’t think many of my readers believe the stories being circulated about how astrological Sun signs are no longer accurate, since my readers tend to be more astrology literate (and more literate in general) but I have seen questions about this showing up in my blog dashboard coming from search engines, so I figure it’s as great a time as any to clarify:

 

Your astrology sign has not changed and will never change.

 

The reason behind these stories claiming everyone’s zodiac sign is different than what astrologers are telling people, and that there’s a 13th sign called Ophiucus that astrologers aren’t telling the population about, is because NASA and other astronomical organizations will occasionally send out news of changes in the location of constellations. The constellations do move. What astronomers don’t ever trouble themselves to clarify when they trash astrology publicly is that the constellations do not figure into astrological zodiac signs. The zodiac signs share their names with the constellations, but yes astrologers do know the difference.

 

Astrology uses a 360 degree circle divided into 12 separate signs of 30 degrees each. The starting point of the circle is based not on the starting point of constellations but the beginning of the March equinox, since the astrological zodiac is based on an Earth view relationship to the Sun. Just as your wall calendar is divided into 12 segments based on our relationship to the Sun. The starting point at the March equinox is known as “the Aries point” which is zero degrees of the astrological sign Aries. This has never changed and will never change and it’s not because astrologers are ignorant of astronomy (in 2016?! puh-leez) but because we use a different system of measurement. The static astrological system of measurement used by astrologers just shares the names of the moving astronomical constellations, that’s all.

 

You’re still the sign you think you are, ok?

 

A few years back, the very astute traditional astrologer Deborah Houlding did a full writeup for Astrodienst clarifying the confusion, if you are looking for an in-depth explanation I recommend reading the highlighted link. Per Houlding’s article:

 

“Why is the zodiac divided into twelve equal divisions, rather than any other number of equal or unequal divisions? For the same reason that there are twelve calendar months in a year. The zodiac is a circle which maps out the Sun’s position throughout the year… Hence the zodiac adopts the general template that is used in all calendars: there are four major divisions, defined in the zodiac by four equal quarters separated by 90°, which determine where the ecliptic intersects with the equator to create the astronomical commencement of the four seasons…

 

The zodiac is a very elegant combination of astronomical and calendrical principles. Although the correlation of zodiac degrees and days in a year is not precise, the use of the zodiac as a reference system that monitors planetary movements and interactions, or considers the impact of seasonal changes, remains perfectly valid. The system has a great depth of philosophical reasoning built into its design, partly because the period in which its development began to aid mathematical astronomy occurred at the time that philosophers, such as Pythagoras, were exploring the mystical nature of shapes and geometrical relationships, and generating metaphysical theories on why numerical arrangements could determine qualities as well as quantities…”

 

Memorize Houlding’s explanations for the next time some science-ier than thou smartass tries to puff themselves up by ridiculing astrology lovers.

 

 

Real Time Astrology: New Moon In Libra September 30th-October 1st, 2016

 

The New Moon at 8 degrees Libra takes place on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 7:11 PM Central Standard Time. For those of you in later time zones, this of course means it will take place in the wee hours of Saturday, October 1st. Since it is the second New Moon of September, you’ll see it referred to as a “Black Moon”. The Libra Black New Moon will conjunct Jupiter at 4 degrees Libra. It will also sextile Saturn at 11 degrees Sagittarius and inconjunct/quincunx Neptune retrograde at 9 degrees Pisces, thus triggering the waning Saturn-Neptune squares. It will also square Mars and Pluto in Capricorn (2 and 14 degrees, respectively.)

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Weirdo Book Reviews: The Book Of Retrogrades by John McCormick

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L: Cover of “The Book Of Retrogrades” by John McCormick. R: Photo by Nom Pourflickr.

 

“What does it mean if I have Mercury/Venus/Mars retrograde in my birth chart?” is a fairly common question among people trying to learn astrology. I’ve been asked to answer this question by several readers in the past, and since I aim to please I will oblige. Since Mercury is still retrograde in Virgo, I’ll stick with last month’s theme of killing two birds with one stone and also do a book review/recommendation: this time it’s John McCormick’s The Book Of Retrogrades.

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Quickie Observations On Hillary Clinton

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I did a writeup earlier this year on my observations of the U.S. Presidential election in November, mostly focusing on the void of course Moon on that day that I thought would affect the actual voting process. In the comments section, I had a reader ask me about Hillary Clinton. I’ve already done a writeup on Donald Trump, I haven’t yet but soon will do a similar one for Clinton. At the time the question was asked, Mars was retrograde in Scorpio, which is the sign found on Hillary’s ascendant and therefore the Mars retrograde was hitting her hard. It was unknown at the time what the results would be of the investigation into her emails. I wrote a quick response with that in mind:

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Stop What You’re Doing Immediately And Find Where Freddie Mercury Is In Your Chart!

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Good old fashioned lover boy.

 

Just when Mercury retrograde was starting to get me down, the real star powered Mercury made everything right again!

 

There’s been a dizzying amount of astronomical discoveries so far in 2016 (the non-discovery of Planet 9 or Planet X or whatever notwithstanding) that I’ve been meaning to write about but haven’t got around to yet (with Mercury retrograde, I’ve been doing battle with people plagiarizing my writing, for real). But today, September 5th, 2016, the most important moment in astrology and astronomy history (maybe ever) was announced. Today, to commemorate what would’ve been Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, asteroid #17473 was renamed Freddiemercury. Asteroid #17473 was discovered in 1991, the same year Mercury left this world, providing proof he really was from another dimension. As I’ve written about before, any celestial body worth its salt will have a synchronistic connection and backstory to its name; the synch of Freddiemercury is all the proof I need that this virtuoso cosmic body should be used in every astrology reading henceforth!

 

No, seriously, find Freddiemercury in your chart. Now. Go to https://astro.com and put in your birth data to make a free chart. Once you’ve saved it, at the top of the screen click “Free Horoscopes” and click on “Extended Chart Selection”. Once there, scroll to the bottom of the screen. You’ll see an empty bar that allows you to enter asteroid numbers. Put in 17473 and click “Click Here To Show The Chart”. Boom! You now know where Freddie Mercury lives on in each of us!

 

Since it’s Mercury’s birthday today, let’s have a look at his chart:

 

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(You’ll notice he had his own namesake asteroid Freddiemercury in very tight conjunction to his planet Mercury. Tee hee.)

 

No surprise he was a Leo rising, is it? Sun in the 1st house, beautifully artistic Sagittarius Moon in the 5th, Venus raunchy in the via combusta. Jupiter in Libra. And, like many celebrities, he was a 12th house person as well; for him it was Pluto and Saturn behind the scenes. Underneath the flashy exterior, a world of pain and dreams and beauty and lonesome yearning for something this world never offers. Saturn in hard aspect to Jupiter lead to his overbite caused from having four extra teeth, which he wouldn’t remove because he believed it created the beautiful sound of his voice, and who’d ever want to lose this:

 

 

The piano playing, though? That’s all Mercury (no pun intended). Venus and Leo and the 5th house and Jupiter in Libra, etc.: these are things in astrology that show creative artistic appreciation and potential but the manual dexterity performers run on is, more often than not, their Mercury and/or Mars. (Which is why I’m currently writing about a musician and not playing music myself…) Freddie Mercury was a Virgo and Virgo runs on proper skills. Those people who go on and on about what a flamboyant “showman” he was are doing his memory a disservice; he was a proper songwriter, producer, and multi-instrument musician as much as, or more, than anything else. He did it so well he made it look easy.

 

So, happy birthday Freddie Mercury and thank you for even glamming up something like astrology.

 

 

 

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Pisces September 16th, 2016

 

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 24 degrees Pisces happens on Friday, September 16th at 2:05 PM CST. While the September 1st eclipse was a near total eclipse, this one on September 16th is a penumbral eclipse, though no less complex. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse opposes Mercury retrograde at 17 degrees Virgo, squares Mars at 23 degrees Sagittarius, and widely opposes Jupiter newly in Libra (at 1 degree). It will be tightly conjunct Chiron, which is retrograde at 22 degrees Pisces. The North Node in Virgo/South Node in Pisces is at 12 degrees, so while this eclipse does involve the Moon’s Nodes it, of course, isn’t nearly as tight as the previous Virgo New Moon Solar Eclipse. However, many themes of that eclipse will be repeating themselves here, most notably the strong mutable T-square (which I covered in my previous Virgo eclipse article.)

 

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Real Time Astrology: September 2016

 

Imagine driving in the dark on a bad stretch of washed-out road and drunk drivers swerving around you. That’s a literal possibility this month, but also an apt description of the astrological weather. We’ll come out the other side of things just like we always do, but not without turbulence.

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Real Time Astrology: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo September 1st, 2016

The New Moon Solar Eclipse at 9 degrees Virgo takes place on Thursday, September 1st, 4:03 AM Central Standard Time. It is an annular solar eclipse, meaning it will create the visible coronal ring (“ring of fire”) most people associate with eclipses. The closer an eclipse is to the Moon’s Nodes, the stronger; with the North Node at 12 degrees Virgo this does set us up for a powerful and intense eclipse! The Sun, New Moon and North Node all in Virgo will be joined by Mercury retrograde in exact conjunction to Jupiter at 28 degrees Virgo. That’s quite the five star stellium! The Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse/stellium will also form a formidable mutable T-square by squaring Mars at 14 degrees Sagittarius and Saturn at 10 Sagittarius, and opposing Neptune retrograde at 10 degrees Pisces.

 

The orbs are tight for this one; no room for anything but a major event. The depth, power and complexity of everything that’s going into this eclipse gives me a sense of a “perfect storm”, in that it will probably be easier to assess the aftermath than it will be trying to understand it as it unfolds.

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