Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Grammies vs Oscars is Neptune vs the Sun

It used to be that I'd find astrology in the most unlikely places--or so it seemed to me. Now I find astrology everywhere and it is no surprise. Reading Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals by Karen Dawn (profound book btw). In it she mentions that one year, watching the Oscars and the Grammies, she noticed that at the Grammies everybody thanked God, while at the Oscars, no one did.

And there, I mused, is the difference between Pisces and its ruling planet Neptune, and Leo and its ruling planet the Sun: musicians tend to be Neptunian ... usually have a Pisces Sun, Moon, Rising Sign or Neptune aligned with a personal planet or in some other way prominent. Hollywood and it's inhabitants, on the other hand, are much more Leo-Sun influenced.

How that plays into Karen Dawn's observation is simply this: Neptune and Pisces are associated with the concept of God, of forces much bigger than us and beyond our control or even imagining. Leo and the Sun are associated with the concept of self, of being the center around which everything else revolves and to whom everyone looks.

Ms. Dawn mentions that she is a musician and gives thanks in the book to Higher Powers. No surprise there either; Neptune's is the energy associated with compassion and the idea that All is One. Some folks are offended by the evolutionary idea that we come from monkeys (which of course is not at all what Darwin said but then I've yet to meet a creationist who has actually read Darwin), but as far as Neptune is concerned, it's not so much that we come from monkeys; it's that we are monkeys, at least in the context that if we subjected humans to the kinds of experiments we subject monkeys to, it would be as painful to us as it is to them. "Animal lovers" frequently have very strong Jupiters, but it is Neptune that dissolves personal boundaries to the point that love becomes empathy, and empathy impells action. Tofurkey for Thankgiving dinner anyone?

I don't usually watch either the Grammies or the Oscars, but next time I think I'll pay attention.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Void Moons through November 14th

On this Presidential Election day in 2008 we're about to head out and engage in every American's patriotic duty: shopping. As the Moon is currently Void, we'll wisely confine our "shopping" to a light meal and drinks at a local restaurant. And--oh, we'll also vote. Regardless of whom you support, we urge you to too. (Vote that is--not shop. Moon is Void! And in Capricorn. Very bad shopping juju, that).

Also note: THIS ASTROLOGER WILL BE OUT OF TOWN from THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6th THROUGH TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. If your stars are giving you grief, calibrate two telescopes and then call me in the morning (of November 12th that is).

On to the Voids--all times are given in Eastern or Pacific Standard time. The rest of you have to convert, because your astrologer can't handle the math!

LUNA enters the Void at 1:47 am EST on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th. SHE LEAVES THE VOID at 7:01 pm EST (4:01 pm PST) when she glides into the clarity of AQUARIUS. Aquarians think they see things clearly, at any rate--the same way that teenagers think they see and know all. It's a youthful-natured but inflexible sign. What we all want to know is which Presidential candidate ultimately ends up on top when the "Begun under a Void of Course Moon" election is over! This astrologer has a bottle of bubbly waiting for celebration--or consolation--whichever the case may be.

The MOON IS IN AQUARIUS ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5th. She is not Void. It's a First Quarter Moon--the phase that favors boldly going where no one has gone before (taking calculated risks, changing direction.) The stars now favor dragging ourselves away from CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Rush, Sean, Huffington and all the rest, and actually getting on with our lives.

The MOON REMAINS IN AQUARIUS on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6th. The Moon occults (passes in front of, thus obscuring) nebulous Neptune, planet of delusion, fantasy, and escape. If our candidate is not the one who won, and we're planning a trip away to get away from the gloating of the other side, better make it a long trip; Astrologer Bernadette Brady says that whichever side wins the election will likely remain in power for 12 years.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7th at 4:33 am EST (1:33 am PST). SHE LEAVES THE VOID when she drifts into delusional waters of PISCES at 5:43 am EST (2:43 am PST). It's TGIF and the stars favor fantasy. Movies are fantasy. Make popcorn and margaritas. Watch movies, like Walt Disney's Bambi. Make sure we invite all our hunter friends.

The MOON IS IN PISCES on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8th and she is not Void. You know how in the Harry Potter stories, Potter and his friends would board the train to Hogwarts Castle by running at a brick wall and just disappearing into it? That's what life is like the Moon is in Pisces. You know how sometimes it wouldn't work, and instead of finding himself on the Hogwarts train Harry would instead run smack-dab into a brick wall? That's what happens when the Moon leaves Pisces. When engaged with Pisces, whether by Moon or because that's whom we married it pays to remember that flying cars and enchanted trains make great fiction, but brick walls will stop us dead, every time.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9th at 11:28 am EST. (8:28 am PST). She LEAVES THE VOID at 12:26 pm EST (9:26 am PST) when she charges into ARIES. While Pisces can carry us off into a fantasy, Aries will sweep us away with enthusiasm. Either that, or run us down. Pushy energy dominates the day so drive slowly just to make sure the tailgater types get full value from their blood pressure medication.

The MOON IS IN ARIES on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10th and she is not Void. Venus, goddess of love and money is closing in on Pluto, god of unquenchable desire. This aspect builds in strength right through the upcoming FULL MOON (Nov. 12/13) and it should be a good week for astrologers, because what most people want to know when they ring up their astrologer involves money or sex (i.e., When am I gonna get more money? And when am I gonna get more sex? Yes, in that order). The Full Moon and Venus-Pluto bash will stimulate these as well as the third most frequently desired bit of information--how to get rid of the lunatic boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse we wanted so badly when we were single. (Funny how no one ever says they'd like to go back to being broke ...).

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th at 2:17 pm EST (11:17 am PST). She LEAVES THE VOID at 3:05 pm EST (12:05 pm PST) when she enters TAURUS. Taureans are supposed to be placid people, and when the Moon is in Taurus it's supposed to be a placid time--but those rules are gone with the wind when we're building up towards a Taurus Full Super Moon. A "Super Moon" occurs when the Moon is both Full and at Perigee (making her closest approach to Earth). Super Moons are like Full Moons on steroids. Sun is in obsessive, creative, power-hungry Scorpio. Moon is in sensual, stable, money-hungry Taurus. Scorpio (and thus this Sun's) ruler is Pluto. Taurus (and thus this Moon's) ruler is Venus. Pluto and Venus have slipped the planetary party and hooked up together amongst the stars of Sagittarius. Sun and Moon oppose one another (Sun sets as Moon rises and vice versa) but their ruler's are locked together trying to decide if this is True Love or another future private war. This is the Taurus-Scorpio axis in full flower and we're all about to be subjec--er, I mean, treated to the show. "The argument between wives and whores," feminist Andrea Dworkin has written, "is an old one, each one thinking that whatever she is, at least she is not the other." This is the Taurus-Scorpio axis in a nutshell, and if we think it's about sex, we're missing the point.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th sees the TAURUS FULL MOON. Sun in Scorpio opposes Moon in Taurus (see November 11th). The Ferengi are the fictional race of Uber-Capitalists in the world of Star Trek. Anyone who has watched Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has encountered the concept of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, such as rule number 109; "Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack." Less well known is that the Ferengi also recognize the Five Stages of Acquisition;
#1. Infatuation--I want it. (Taurus).
#2. Justification--I must have it. (Scorpio).
#3. Appropriation--IT'S MINE AT LAST! (Taurus and Scorpio).
#4. Obsession--"Precious." (Scorpio and Taurus).
#5. Resale--Make me an offer. (Taurus)
(The stages are Wikipedia's, the astrological connotations, mine).
This Full Moon will highlight which stage we are going through, and whether or not it's the same stage our sweetie is at (if applicable), and whether or not we'd be better served by moving on to the next stage. If the Universe is saying "move to next stage" and we don't want to, it will pay to remember Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #236: You can't buy fate.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID at 12:13 pm EST (9:13 am PST) on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH.. She LEAVES THE VOID at 3:11 pm EST (12:11 pm PST) when she skips into GEMINI. Typically a light hearted sign that doesn't believe in taking life Too Seriously, this Gemini Moon may find jokes trampled under the hooves of yesterday's rampaging Taurus Full Moon. My advice? Tofu. Lots of Tofu. The less real Bull, the better.

LUNA IS IN GEMINI on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14th. She is not Void. Astrological aspects favor feelings of rebelliousness and a desire to upset the status-quo. "My very first day on the job," Phyllis Hilliard tells us, "the boss asked me to make a fresh pot of coffee. Of course I walked right out the door." She probably did so under aspects like these. She adds, "He and the other sexist pigs at Starbucks can kiss my ass!" My advice? If the rebel urge strikes hard, first contemplate Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #117: You can't free a fish from water." Then decide if it's rebellion, or liberation we're really seeking.

More to come,
Never give your birthdate to an astrologer,
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total eradication. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
-Allen Konigsberg-
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

But Biden, er, I mean Mr. Ed, gave good advice!

Even comedy talk show hosts "get" astrology, in effect if not in substance: Last night (Halloween) Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report compared Senator Joe Biden (who has horsey Sagittarius Rising) to Mr. Ed the talking horse. The Rising Sign is the image we initially project, the "clothes" that may or may not make the man, but that we are often judged on anyway. And while it is true that judging a book by its cover--or a person by their clothes--is an error, it's not entirely an error. Naked people (as Mark Twain observed) have little or no influence on society.

As I recall, while Mr. Ed frequently got his human companion, Wilbur, into trouble--he also proved to be a great wing man, er, I mean, horse. Obama sure could have made McCain's mistaken, and chosen worse!