Time Lords, Transits and Tradition

by Austin Coppock

Austin Coppock Astrologer

Traditional astrology has a bad reputation.It’s hard to discuss it without getting stuck on the grim determinism that traditional astrologers were supposed to have ascribed to, a nightmarishly linear and choiceless march to the grave. Indeed, the difference between traditional and modern astrology is most commonly identified with the extremes of the Free Will/Fate debate, with “modern” standing for “Free Will” and “traditional” standing for “Fate.”Yet this is not entirely fair, or accurate.

These philosophical extremes have been present for virtually the entire recorded history of astrology, with different authors presenting different positions.Each period presents a complex intertwining of choices and obstacles, destiny and decisions.Taking the time to understand how people in different places and periods saw this tangle is wonderfully educational, as it opens our eyes to different astrologies as the complex systems they are.

In the spirit of dispelling misconceptions and encouraging exploration, I’d like to present a small offering on how predictive techniques, philosophical positions and therapeutic solutions intersect in modern and traditional astrologies.By traditional, I refer primarily to Vedic, Hellenistic, Arabic, Medieval and Renaissance astrologies.

Full Moon in Aquarius

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer August is traditionally the month for vacation, relaxation and recreation. All good ideas! But while you're at it this year, stay aware of your surroundings, inner and outer. Don't let this be a month for not attending to personal matters. Rather, with Mercury retrograde in Virgo, look at personal commitments and routines, see what needs clearing, and take time for you.

The early days of August provide lots of changes. The royal Leo Sun and its companion Venus in Leo begin the month with a stimulating trine to Uranus retrograde, increasing excitement as well as anxiety over finances. The debt ceiling issue looms, but real solutions for real people seem remote for now.

Mercury Retrograde and the Debt Crisis

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

The current shenanigans on Capitol Hill would almost be amusing to watch if the potential repercussions were not so serious. (OK, I did laugh quite a lot at McCain going off on his own party calling their plan “bizarro.”) But throughout most of the current Debt Ceiling Crisis, I have been watching in mounting disbelief as the government plays an extended game of “chicken” with our economy. I noted with apprehension that the deadline for the Debt Ceiling to be raised is August 2nd – the very same day Mercury Stations retrograde. I looked to the Mercury Station Chart, and its transits to the U.S. Chart in order to get a sense of what kind of situation we might be looking at in August. I also considered the overall transits for the U.S. in the upcoming month.

The July 2011 Astro Weather Update

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer

Venus Square Saturn

The first important cycle I have to tell you about this July is one associated with scarcity, or feeling like there’s not enough money. This cycle is Venus square Saturn, while the Moon opposes Venus and also squares Saturn. This cycle is most intense July 15, so you may feel like you have too many expenses that week compared to the amount of your pay check. In any case, this is temporary, so if this impacts you, just take a deep breath. You may need to conserve your funds this weekend, but you will be fine soon.

Another way these cycles can show up is in needing to account for your money, doing those bank reconciliations so you know how much money you really have. Long-term relationships or feelings of depression can also be challenging under this cycle, especially if there are money issues in the relationship. It’s better to focus on creating enough, rather than feeling like you don’t have enough.

Speaking of not having enough, I want to mention that this week there were towns in Iowa that were completely destroyed. Unless you’re in that situation, chances are you’re better off than you realize. Be grateful for whatever you do have in moments such as these. Venus square Saturn peaked this week and stays in range through July 19th.  

Expand Your Reach: Pluto Trine Jupiter July 2011

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer Wham! Pow! Shazam! The July 1st New Moon in Cancer arrives with its powerful eclipse in a Cardinal Grand Cross and we see the beginning of a powerful web of changes—globally, institutionally, individually and in our communities!

Now, you could easily say, “but I thought we were making powerful changes last month, last year, with the last eclipses, and…” AND you’d be right! But there is still more to come. I hope you’re not too out of breath.

The New Moon in Cancer at 1:54 AM PDT Friday July 1 2011 is trined to Neptune in Pisces. This hints at warm and fuzzy feelings with a focus on nurturing, safety, and family connections. But let's take a better look. The Sun and Moon are also opposing transformational Pluto and forming tense squares with wild and crazy Uranus and stodgy, fear mongering Saturn! This suggests a strong undercurrent of slow-moving, deeply intense and dramatically change-producing influences are working on us.

The Jupiter-Pluto Trine in Earth: 2011 – 2012

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

Jupiter enters Taurus, cooling his heels after a year-long trek through Aries on June 4th, 2011. Jupiter and Pluto will then enjoy a trine to each other for about a nine month period from June 2011 through March of 2012 (with three exact trines: July, October, and March). Jolly, optimistic Jupiter meets brooding, intense Pluto…hmmm. At first glance, these two don’t seem too compatible. However, they are meeting by the trine, a harmonious aspect. The trine aspect generally means that both planets will be in the same element. Jupiter is in matter-of-fact Taurus, and Pluto is in let’s-get-real Capricorn. So what happens when these two planets meet by a trine in the earth element?

The Cardinal Grand Cross and Lunar Ecplise June 2011

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer

June is chock full of important astrological events. The Gemini New Moon arrives accompanied by a partial Solar Eclipse at 2:02 PM PDT on June 1. This "darkening" of the Sun is only visible on certain parts of the earth (according to NASA, this eclipse is visible in e Asia, n N. America, and Iceland), but its importance extends to the entire planet. The term "Solar Eclipse" defines an alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, such that the Moon is located between the Sun and the Earth, causing the Sun to be hidden from view on the Earth. Because it always occurs on a New Moon, a solar eclipse marks a time of new beginnings.

June 2011 Eclipses and Opportunities

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerAt the start of this June we’re in a cycle that’s associated with not seeing something clearly. This is the cycle of Mercury conjunct Sun and it’s due to the fact that Mercury cannot be seen when it’s too close to the Sun. However, when this cycle peaks on Sunday June 12th we get several hours of perfect clarity. This occurs between 11:32 AM – 10:10 PM PST June 13th. This period feels like being in the eye of a hurricane, the one place of calm. After that period of clarity, this cycle continues to present challenges to seeing clearly until it’s out of range on June 19th.

Wait to make important decisions during this period, unless you make them on June 12th. Also, if you have my Good Timing Guide, you'll notice that June 12th has an Orange Final Result, which indicates that deals or situations that are expected to come together are likely to later fall apart. Pay attention on June 12 if you’re about to make a deal.

On Wednesday June 15th, we’ll see the second of three eclipses, which will be a total Lunar Eclipse. However it occurs during the afternoon on our side of the planet, so we won’t get to see it. This eclipse has the same primary meaning as the one we had on June 1st. It is related to growth and expansion, but it comes with loss, separation, aggravation or inihibition.

The May Full Moon

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer

After April’s excess of Aries fire, May’s New Moon in Taurus, May 2 at 11:52 PM PDT, arrived like a wee vacation, allowing us a few moments to breathe in some earthy solid Venusian energy. The breather was shortlived, however, for the energetic backdrop was still the heartbeat of Aries, with Uranus, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars continuing their march through the warrior’s sign.

A Taurus Sun is powerful fixed earth energy, wanting to move us slowly and surely toward a solid outcome. During the first half of May, however, the fiery initiative of Aries continues to dominate Taurus. Aries urges us to take brave immediate action and forward motion regardless of outcomes.

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