Real Time Astrology: April 2017

 

The month of April is typically a dynamic month anyway, as history has shown time and again. I do think this particular April will be especially memorable, though I must caution it will be for very mixed reasons. We know we have to take the good with the bad and at the same time, right?

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Hurry Up And Wait!: Mercury Retrograde In Aries & Taurus April 9th-May 3rd, 2017

 

Do you ever read much good about Mercury retrograde periods? They’re a notorious pain in the ass; even people who don’t follow astrology much or at all have heard the reputation Mercury retrograde has. The last Mercury retrograde fell largely in Capricorn and was particularly brutal, the kind of retrograde that earns its stereotype. Well, the upcoming Mercury retrograde from April 9th until May 3rd would like a chance to literally rearrange our thinking. It’s gonna get weird… [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: New Moon In Capricorn December 28th-29th, 2016

 

The last New Moon of 2016 falls either late Wednesday night on December 28th or in the wee hours of Thursday, December 29th (0:53 AM Central Standard Time). The New Moon will be at 7 degrees Capricorn, tightly conjunct Mercury retrograde at 6 degrees Capricorn. The New Moon will sextile a close conjunction of Mars at 7 degrees Pisces and Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces. The New Moon is nine degrees away from a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn, an orb too wide to typically be used. However, when Mercury stationed retrograde on December 19th, it did so in tight conjunction to Pluto; this Capricorn New Moon is tightly conjunct Mercury retrograde so I’d expect some Plutonic news coming through at this lunation.

 

The conjunction to Mercury retrograde and the whiff of Pluto accompanying it will be a big story here. [Read more…]

The Grown-Up Job Of Thinking For Yourself: Mercury Retrograde In Sagittarius & Capricorn December 19, 2016-January 8, 2017

 

Are you really in control of your own mind? Are your thoughts really your thoughts, natural and organic, or have your individual thoughts been replaced with the thoughts of others that you’ve mistaken as your own?

 

Worthy questions to ponder as we close out 2016 and open 2017 with a Mercury retrograde period, which will start and take place largely in the sign of Capricorn and end in the sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the sign of the pursuit of Truth and the higher mind of beliefs and philosophy. We start our Mercury retrograde shadow period in this sign. When Mercury turns retrograde on December 19th, it will do so in Capricorn and conjunct Pluto in Capricorn  (15 and 16 degrees, respectively). Mercury retrograde is a time of divorcing our minds from the thought processes of anyone or anything external and paying closer attention to our individual mind; conjunct Pluto shows that this divorcing process will be more obvious during this Mercury retrograde than most, as Mercury Rx conjunct Pluto is mental purging. This purging is necessary to reclaiming the authority of our organic thoughts (Capricorn being the sign of authority – both our own and that of others). [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: December 2016

 

Good news: 2016 is nearly over! I think most will agree that this year has been exceptionally tough, owing to exceptional astrological space weather. Bad news: there’s still a full month left for 2016 to push our buttons. December 2016 has enough sweet surprises in stock to make us think it was saving the best for last. But, in keeping with the general theme this year, the good times won’t last. [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: November 2016

 

2016 has seen each month bring a different flavor, alternating between the sublime to the out of control. November rides the middle ground; not as upsetting as earlier in the year but definitely bumpier than the relative calm of October.  [Read more…]

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.