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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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Take Advantage of Great Aspects for New Starts in May 2011

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerFirst of all, what a week with the President announcing the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday night May 1, right before Monday night’s New Moon! With that announcement occurring during the dark of the Moon, you can be sure there’s something hidden that we’re not being told. We’ll see what comes out later about this. Remember that secrets cannot be kept for long any more. It will come out.

Next, we have a particularly great set of cycles to plant new seeds for prosperity! This is a major conjunction between Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in the sign of Aries. These cycles are already in range. They peak on May 11th and stay in range through May 15th. This set of cycles is especially great for announcing new books, workshops, articles, conferences, seminars, or classes. It’s also terrific for introducing new products or services or starting new projects related to health care, legal matters, international issues, publishing, and education. In addition, it’s great for anything entrepreneurial or physical. So have at it! Take the time to plant some prosperity seeds now. Do whatever will bring you the most reward downstream.

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The One and The Many: The Sagittarius Gemini Axis

by Austin Coppock

Austin Coppock Astrologer

Crabs, rams, half horse dudes and virgins- at first glance the Zodiac looks like a mess. A grab-bag of odd and outmoded symbols assigned arbitrarily to random places on a wheel.However, after a little study, what at first appeared to be a trash can for archaic symbols becomes a mandala of unparalleled symmetry, a lovingly crafted organizational system for thousands of years of insights.

Chess - The One and the ManyOne of the more interesting facets of the Zodiac’s architecture is the relationship between opposing Signs. The Zodiac contains 12 Signs, each arranged around a wheel. This gives us 6 pairs of signs staring across the circle, complementing and contradicting each other. Each of these is an axis, representing the polar extremes of approach to one of life’s big questions.

The Lunar Nodes have a special relationship to pairs of opposing Signs. The Nodes move clockwise and opposite each other, always transiting opposing Signs simultaneously. The Nodes visit each pair of Signs for about a year and a half before moving on. In March of 2011, the North Node entered Sagittarius, while the South Node slipped into Gemini, activating the axis. The Nodal dragon will be splayed across this pair well into 2012, pulling us into the issues that emerge amidst this polarity, and challenging us to engage in the underlying alchemy of the present.

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Planting Seeds with the New Moon in Taurus May 2011

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

We begin a new month, a new phase of the pagan wheel of the year, and a new lunar cycle all within a 48 hour period at the beginning of this May 2011. May 1st, also celebrated as the pagan holiday Beltane, falls just a day before the New Moon in Taurus. Since today was the nicest weather day for several weeks now here in Portland, I found myself wanting to get out there and stick my hands in the dirt and do some meditation-as-gardening along the way.

My own natal Moon in Taurus felt completely at home and at peace, playing in the mud. But it was not just about playing. I found that I was able to use my gardening today to invoke the themes at play in all three cycles – Beltane, New Moon, and new month. With conscious awareness, I used each step of the process as symbolic of the inner work. This is the everyday magic that can happen when we are aware of our center within the cycles at play (lunar, astrological, and seasonal) in any given moment. We can turn a simple activity like gardening into a ritual by infusing it with purpose and intent.

Step 1: Uprooting

First, I had to uproot some old dried up shrubs that had been making my front garden look ugly for a while. That was the hardest part to do, both physically AND metaphorically. This was so difficult that I actually had to ask for help, reminding myself that we all need help sometimes.

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Mercury Direct and the Latest News On Comet Elenin

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerApril 23rd is the last day of Mercury retrograde! Yes, I can hear great sighs of relief out there! We had a very tough retrograde period this time, with plenty of frustration, anger, aggravation, irritation and delays. You may even have encountered plenty of sharp criticisms and/or rigid thinking. That’s related to Mercury conjunct Mars and both of them opposite Saturn. This is starting to lessen now, but you can expect these challenges to continue somewhat through the rest of the month. A better use of those energies would be to direct them towards planning and logistical work. The lesson now is to get the details right and that will make a big difference.

When Mercury is stopping to turn around and go direct, notice that it’s not moving at all. For Mercury, this is the hardest situation and it requires plenty of patience. Things will still be slow over the ten days "shadow period" as Mercury moves direct, but problems will be getting fixed. So just take a deep breath or two. We’ll all get into new territory finally on May 11th after Mercury gets past the area it’s been retracing. Until then, be patient.

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Neptune in Pisces April 2011

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

At the edges of the solar system, the slow-moving blue planet Neptune takes about 15 years to move through one sign. So its entry into a new sign on Monday, April 4th is a noteworthy astrological event, much as Uranus’ shift into Aries was last month. But Neptune is not just moving into any new sign – it is moving into its own sign, Pisces. Neptune’s last entry into Pisces was in 1848, shortly after its discovery in 1846.

The current transit of Neptune in Pisces is just a “preview tour” in 2011, as it will move back into Aquarius on August 4th, before finally settling fully into Pisces on February 3, 2012, where it will stay until 2026.

In our natal charts, Neptune represents our Inner Mystic – the part of us that can move beyond our ego-identification and our focus on mundane, earthly things. If we use our Neptune in its highest potential, we are able to access the transcendent, the mystical, or what some may call the divine. This might include our more traditional spiritual practices, but Neptune isn't just for buddhist monks. Neptune can also take us into deeper experiences of music, film, or nature. How many times have you found yourself lost in a wonderful dream-like state while listening to a piece of music or watching a film that you love?

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Mars Conjunct Uranus and Mercury Retrograde

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer The Universe has quite a sense of humor! Today is April Fools Day and it’s an all day Time-Out with Mercury retrograde! Time-Out is the phrase I use in my Good Timing Guide to denote days in which it's better to not take certain types of actions. So today it's not only possible that little will come of whatever important tasks you’re trying to do today, but you’re also likely to experience a lot of delays while you’re madly working to accomplish nothing! So my advice is this: take a break and clean up your office or home. Get organized instead. 
Later today Mars enters the sign of Aries. Mars is in charge of this sign, so he’s right at home there. Mars represents warrior energy. He also represents our motivations and the physical actions we take to express them. In Aries, Mars is quick to take action, spontaneous and impulsive. But there's more. As soon as Mars arrives in Aries he’s quickly going to meet up with the planet Uranus, which is quite a disruptive change-maker. Together these energies are highly volatile and can be explosive. Tomorrow April 2, the Moon joins this gathering and lights a match. So be careful out there! Don’t drive if you’re angry and avoid the risk of causing an accident. We’re also at the start of the cycle of Mercury retrograde, and these two cycles combined are associated with road rage and accidents. So stay extra alert while you’re driving.

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Can We Predict Earthquakes with Astrology?

by Judith Hill

Judith Hill astrologerIs it possible that earthquakes can be triggered by planetary placements or configuration?

This age old question was explored in a pioneering research project in the late 1980s by researchers Judith Hill and Mark Polit. Previous researchers had struggled to find that "one" cosmic condition that might trigger all great quakes. Uranus was a favorite research planet in those days, probably due to its reputation for sudden, unexpected change!

Hill and Polit discovered that geographic regions are as unique as people. They designed their experiments around seismic regions where the largest quakes could be linked within two hundred miles.

Their complete world  sample of regionally grouped 20th century "Great Earthquakes" allowed them to compare the planetary patterns by region.

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The Super Moon Hype

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

Dispelling the SuperMoon Hysteria

As you may have heard, the upcoming “SuperMoon” (aka the Full Moon of March 19th in Virgo) has been enjoying quite a bit of notoriety over the past week or so on the internet. Unfortunately, once again astrologers are getting a bad rap for allegedly being the purveyors of inaccurate information. So, as an astrologer, I’d like to dispel some of the hype that’s come up around this term.

The upcoming Full Moon on March 19th is not so terribly different from other Full Moons. SuperMoons actually occur frequently, although they may vary in their distance from the earth. The March 19th Full Moon is not the closest that the Moon will ever be or has ever been to the earth. However, it may be slightly closer than other SuperMoons over the past several years, and is the closest it will be until 2016.

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Get Ready to Rumble with Uranus in Aries

Get Ready to Rumble with Uranus in Aries

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer

First of all, it's hard not to notice the Farewell to Pisces that Uranus gave us yesterday and today. When planets are at the beginning or the end of a sign, they're exceptionally strong. Pisces represents the oceans and Uranus represents a change-maker or a disrupter. Uranus' last full day in Pisces was yesterday. So the earthquake and tsunami in Japan March 10, 2011 are a a little " Forget-Me-Not to Pisces!

Today on March 11th we have a MAJOR planetary shift as Uranus moves into the sign of Aries and the revolution resumes in full swing! The last time we had Uranus in Aries was between January 1928 and March 1935. Notice that we were having very challenging economic times back then as well. Plus last summer Uranus tiptoed into Aries from late May through mid-August. So we had a little preview last summer. This time Uranus will stay in Aries for most of the next 8 years, so this influence will be with us until early 2019.

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