Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Constellations vs Zodiac Signs

By the way, an astrologer can tell you what actual constellation in the sky you are born in--which may or may not line up with your Zodiac sign. If different, the actual constellation will have a say (i.e, it's partly why we have some very chatty Cancers ... their Sun is aligning with some powerful stars in the constellation Gemini. But!--they are still Sun Sign Cancers, and while they will be a bit more mercurial than your average Cancer, their base personality is defined by Cancerian traits. i.e, approaching problems or goals obliquely, defensiveness, desire to comfort (others and self).

Here is Hillary Clinton's Solar sign horoscope with Zodiac signs and the actual constellations (outer ring). You can see the outer ring divisions are different in size from the inner--inner ring are evenly divided. Also the constellation ring includes a white space (that's Ophiuchus, of Neil DeGrasse Tyson fame). Even this isn't quite accurate--because this is the MODERN constellations as defined by Internationally agreed upon units. Ancient astronomy didn't define them so neatly--because you really can't. The constellations don't have clear definitions, but merge into one another. Pegasus and Andromeda for example, share stars--and the ancients were happy to let them share. But modern astronomers wanted clean divisions, so just chopped the sky up and said, "this star is in Andromeda, that one is in Pegasus." Astrologers have a more nuanced perspective.

Also, see how tiny Scorpio is? -- in ancient times, Scorpio and Libra were a combined constellation, with the balance scales of Libra being the claws of Scorpio.

Your Sun Sun Has Not Changed (despite what NASA thinks)!

We sure do love our Sun signs, if the number of calls, texts, emails I've received about the NASA report supposedly saying everyone's Sun Sign has moved is any indication. So, here's the tofu (I refuse to say here's the beef):
An Aries friend writes and says, "What's this sun sign change all about? I don't want to be a Pisces!" ...
I don't blame you, I wouldn't want to be a Pisces either! (Sorry fish twins!)--and, oh boy, not this again. The problem is caused because while all good astrologers are also astronomers, most astronomers don't have a clue when it comes to astrology.
The Zodiac has not moved and their are not 13 signs (Ophiuchus is a constellation, but not a Zodiac sign!).

The tropical zodiac which western astrologers use is anchored to the SEASONS, not the stars. At the Spring Equinox we begin the "sign" of Aries--that is, we begin the 12 part division of the heavens that marks the zodiac. Between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice we have (equally divided) the first three signs, Aries, Taurus, Gemini. Then, Summer solstice, now we start the second equal 3 part division of the sky--Cancer, Leo, Virgo, to the Fall Equinox, then we begin again with Libra, etc ...

If you look at the constellations, well then, you've got a lot better chance being born a Virgo than either Leo or Cancer---Virgo is a huge constellation, poor little Cancer, by comparison, is tiny (Aries smaller yet.). The confusion is partly because the constellations once better aligned with the seasons (and eventually, will be again), and partly because astronomers think they know what astrologers are talking about but really, they don't.
Ditto the Zodiac ... the Zodiac is essentially the path of the Sun around the celestial sphere (from the perspective of Earth) and the 12 different 30 degree divisions of the sky it crosses--each division named after a constellation. It's called Zodiac because most of the constellations the Sun crosses in this path (and the equal, 30 degree sky divisions named after those constellations) are animals. Zoo--diac, literally, "circle of animals."
Whew. That was close.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pluto Station on Debate Monday! Perfect (not!).

So, today, Monday September 26th, Pluto "stations." This means it comes to apparent standstill in the sky. Pluto is connected with territoriality, defensiveness and manipulative maneuvers. These traits or tendencies are stronger right now. And--tonight is the Presidential Debate. Perfect! (Said sarcastically). What's gonna happen? I don't know, I haven't looked at the debate chart. What I DO know is that astrology says that the Hillary wins the election. So calm down everyone and stop freaking out that "Trump is up in the polls." Romney was up in the polls right up to election day. So much so that he didn't even have a concession speech prepared! The election day "poll" is the only one that matters. But heck--don't take my word for it! Here's a bunch of other astrologers' predictions.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wed, Sept 21st Equine Astrology TOD

WED, Sept 21st Equine Astrology Tip of the Day: It's going to be more difficult for our horses to be precise today. Don't set our pony up for frustration, practice without him. Here's a 10 year old who shows us how that's done. (Man, look at 'er go! Mom and dad can save $$ on the horse--this little leaper doesn't even need one ...).

Wed, Sept 21 TMAstrology

TMAstrology for WED, Sept 21st: When pulled over by traffic police and asked why he was walking slowly along the painted lines of a busy highway, the Buddhist replied, "Because this is the middle way." It's difficult to stay between the lines today, so avoid coloring books and accept that life can be a bit blurry at times. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Trump needs a new astrologer

Donald Trump needs a new astrologer. (And if he finds one, I hope the stargazer insists on cash up front ... likely won't get paid otherwise). Trump, born on a Gemini-Sagittarius Full Moon, tried to pull of a "gotcha" in a faux "press conference." After making press wait an hour while fawning supporters praised him, Trump briefly said that he was putting an end to the rumor started by Hillary Clinton that Obama is not a US citizen (!--the man has no shame!) and that, he, Trump, was ending it by saying that Obama is a US citizen. I'm sure Trump feels he was very clever in arranging things this way, but today's FULL MOON ECLIPSE at 24 degrees Pisces-Virgo directly challenges (by square) Trump's own birth Sun and Moon. Eclipses, like all Full Moons, "reveal" upsetting secrets and bring sudden separations. If Trump thought he was being clever, I think he's going to find he just outsmarted himself. Upsets will follow.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Friday, Sept 9, Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Friday, Sept 9th: Today Jupiter
enters Libra, there to stay for a year. Libra people--and Libra horses, get a year of extra growth and expansion. Like their human counterparts, Libran equines can be a bit indecisive but they do give their all for their partners, like the great Australian racehorse Phar Lap, who ran to please his people. Phar Lap died under suspicious circumstances on April 5, 1932 at his "anti-birthday," the point near exact opposite of his Oct 4h birthday. This brings up another astrological truism: astrologically speaking, birthdays aren't great things. People get colds around their birthday, or have accidents, etc... a birthday is when the Sun in the sky "returns" to its birth position in our charts, and thus "eclipses" our birth sun. Another sensitive moment is the anti-birthday--the moment the Sun is opposite it's birth position. It's worthwhile to note take extra care on or near our horses' birthdays and to calculate their anti-birthday and take care then, too!

Jupiter into Libra

TMAstrology for FRIDAY, Sept 9th: Well, now that the frantic calls triggered by Merc Retro in conjunction with an eclipse have been handled ...Today JUPITER enters the sign of LIBRA, making life larger for all the Librans out there now through October 2017. If we have Sun, Moon, or Ascendant in Libra, look to what occurred in Oct 2004-Oct 2005 for a hint of what may happen. It won't be the same, for as Mark Twain says, history does not repeat itself ... but, he adds, it does rhyme. As Libra is the sign of partnerships, personal and business relationships for all of us may get fat and gassy too, just like Jupiter. Since we're only willing to fart around people we are comfortable with (unless we're Sagittarians, who are pretty famous for farting in front of kings and peasants alike), this is auspicious, generally speaking.