The North Node In Leo Manifesto

 

The sign of big hearts, big mouths and big hair emits a steady warmth from May 9th, 2017 through November 6th, 2018 as the North Node travels through the sign of Leo. Leo is a fixed sign, ruled by the Sun; the North Node shows where to travel to find our bliss. While in Virgo, the North Node taught us the importance of using discernment, discretion, critical thinking and attention to finer details in the face of doubt and uncertainty. Now, we’ve got some finely honed skills, we know how to use them and we’re not afraid to show it! [Read more…]

Quick Programming Note!

2007 Oklahoma ice storm. Photo by National Weather Service.

2007 Oklahoma ice storm. Photo by National Weather Service.

 

Quick post to let folks know I’ll be unavailable for readings from Thursday, January 12th through at least Sunday, January 15th. There is a potential ice storm headed my way starting late Thursday and not clearing until late Sunday. The details keep changing, but right now they’re expecting a quarter inch of ice, which has been enough in the past to bring down power lines. We’re still very much under a Pisces stellium and I’m guessing there will be more rain -and thus more freezing rain/ice- than expected. So, I’m not scheduling any readings until this thing passes just in case I end up without power and such. Should we have a major ice storm, I might have to postpone readings longer but if so I’ll update that info here.

 

Thanks and sorry!

 

UPDATE 1/15: Thankfully, only had flickering power outages and a warmer Sunday melted off ice residue. Readings are back in service again!

 

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon Supermoon In Gemini December 13th, 2016

 

The final “Supermoon” of 2016, the Full Moon at 22 degrees Gemini takes place on Tuesday, December 13th (6:06 PM CST). (Updated post, see below!) This looks excitable and quirky to me. This Full Moon does make some very uplifting aspects: trine Mars at 25 degrees Aquarius; Mars is still sextile/in mutual reception to Uranus retrograde at 20 degrees Aries so this Gemini Full Moon sextiles Uranus too. That’s a lot of action flowing! The Full Moon also trines Jupiter at 18 degrees Libra, which I really like. It makes for a fun, witty and high energy mood. The Gemini Full Moon does make two tough aspects: an opposition to Saturn at 19 degrees Sagittarius and a square to Chiron at 20 degrees Pisces. [Read more…]

Do You Have “Joyful” Planets In Your Chart?

 

This has nothing to do with how joyful you are as a person, but brownie points to you if you automatically replied “yes!” before you even read beyond the post title!

 

“Planetary joy” is something of an older, traditional thing that’s not used as often anymore. It designates each of the seven traditional visible celestial bodies a house that they are/were purported to really express their inherent qualities the best in. A planet in a house it “rejoices” in gives that planet a type of dignity. A lot of people know what essential dignity is: a planet in its domicile, for instance. (Mercury in Gemini -the sign it rules- would have essential dignity.) Planets can also have dignity if they are in a house of their jollies. These things did not come about by guesswork or accidents; there was good reason underlying the matchmaking or it wouldn’t have stuck around for long.

 

So, what houses do the traditional planets find “joy” in?

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

Freddie Mercury astrology asteroid

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:

 

Freddie Mercury asteroid astrology

 

(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.

 

 

 

Writing About Jupiter In Libra For The Huffington Post (And Various Other Sundries)

 

Today, despite the Virgo stellium and mutable T-square in the sky, I published my first post on The Huffington Post as a contributing blogger. It’s titled 6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Jupiter In Libra. Just as it sounds, too! It’s a basic overview of maximizing the transit of Jupiter in Libra that begins September 9th, simple enough for astrology newbies to understand it. It is a simplified version of my in depth look at Jupiter in Libra: Preaching The Gospel Of Love And Justice.

 

I’m excited and ready for this transit, so I figured my first HuffPo entry should start there. I fully realize that the space weather in 2016 hasn’t been the best at sowing widespread optimism; while we’re still in for a lot of turbulence ahead I do genuinely feel that the ingress of Jupiter into Libra will lift spirits.

 

At the end of my HuffPo article on Jupiter in Libra, I point out that one of the biggest social media websites in existence, YouTube, was a product of the last transit of Jupiter in Libra from late 2004 through most of 2005. I am working on a post about the direction I think social media is taking and the astrology behind it; not sure yet if I’ll post it here or on Huffington Post. That’s a new experience for me and one I’ll need to feel out.

 

For those of you on social networking sites, I’m curious about your opinions of social media as it exists today. What sites do you use the most? Which ones have you abandoned and why? If you could design your own social network, what would it have that you don’t see now?

 

I’ve also toyed with the idea before of a Viva Combusta! astrology forum, one of those old school, bare bones types. Would you join if such a thing existed? Do you guys miss in depth conversation like what takes place on forums, or do you prefer using social media for specific purposes and contacts only?

 

Let me know your thoughts on online interactions in the comments below, or email me at vivacombusta@hushmail.com

 

 

Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Leo August 2, 2016

 

The sublime New Moon at 10 degrees Leo takes place on Tuesday, August 2nd at 3:45 PM CST. Compared to the other wild and often stressful lunations we’ve had so far in 2016, this Leo New Moon looks great! It’s not a particularly potent one, which again is something to be grateful for. The Leo New Moon forms a very tight trine to Saturn retrograde at 9 degrees Sagittarius; a stabilizing harmonious aspects that takes the uplifted mood and roots it in solid form. Buoyant but not over-the-top.

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