Friday, December 29, 2017

Winter Solstice, no ho ho ho here

Was going to apologize for not posting lately--then I see other astrologers posting that exact message! It's not just me then. Maybe--it's the stars. Here is the Winter Solstice chart. This is a chart showing the general "flavor" of the upcoming quarter (until Spring Equinox); some astrologers consider it a "general" chart for the entire year. 
Note the Sun is exactly aligned with Saturn at zero degrees ce). Saturn enters his own sign of Capricorn once every 29 years. They both enter Capricorn together rarely, and be glad--because this indicates a year (or at least quarter) of frustration, delays, hard work, difficult progress. In astrology, as in life, there's always an upside: the up side here is perseverance and indefatigability reap rewards (the movie "Darkest Hour," about Churchill during WWII just came out--should do well under these aspects). The downside of Sun-Saturn is ... well, where do we start? 

Jupiter, ruling the government in this chart aligns with the fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, called by the ancients the star of the "insufficient price." (It's twin star, Zuben Eschamali is "the price which covers,"). A hard fought (Jupiter is with war planet Mars) tax bill (Mars rules the 2nd house of money, Jupiter the 10th house of government, both are in the 8th house of taxes) passes (Jupiter trines the Ascendant) but it's not paid for and will prove costly (aligns with the star of the insufficient price). 
Neptune aligns with the Ascendant and there's a whole lot of delusion, confusion, and trickery going on. Scandal. Gossip. Eh, then again, maybe Jesus shows up to remind certain people that He said to take care of the poor and welcome the stranger. Neptune can indicate that water will be a problem, either its lack or abundance. Just another year in the age of Climate Change.
A whole lot more could be discussed here but we'll leave with, so what should we do? Work hard (Saturn likes that), stay engaged, be open to do-overs and have patience. Patience will be the key quality to cultivate. At best, Sun/Saturn is success due to steady, patient, willing work. Think Churchill's "Never, never, never give in ....". On days that doesn't help, well, Churchill drank for a reason, right? Keep our favorite spirit on hand and raise a glass to Saturn. Poor old Saturn doesn't get toasted often enough (probably why he's so grumpy).

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Thur Dec 21 Equine Astrology TOD

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Thur Dec 21: Today the Sun enters dour Capricorn and immediately aligns with even dour-er Saturn, kind of a downer aspect. It's good to remind ourselves of the upside of Saturn/Capricorn: excellence via perseverance and hard work. And the fun that comes with that:

Republican tax bill

Yesterday (Tues Dec 19), the very day planet Saturn entered his own sign of Capricorn (think "Scrooge"), Republicans passed a widely reviled tax bill that favors the rich. They passed it under Mercury retrograde so have to revote on it today due to errors in the bill. Do it under Merc retrograde, increase odds we'll have to re-do it! Today (Wed Dec 20) the Moon is Void of Course in Capricorn pretty much the entire day.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wed Dec 13 Equine Astrology TOD

Wed Dec 13 Equine Astrology Tip Of the Day: Tonight peaks the Geminid Meteor shower. The Geminids are the only meteor shower that does not originate from a comet; instead, they spring from 3200 Phaethon, an object known as a "rock comet"--not quite a comet, but more than an asteroid. Equestrians know Phaethon as the son of the Sun god who lost control of his father's chariot to his own downfall. Here's another idiot who tried to impress others using horses only to look more fool than cool.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day (sort of)

Current aspects through the rest of the month suggest it's going to be difficult to get what we want (sorry, Santa). It is however a good period of time to consider if what we "want" conflicts with the best interest of our equine buddies. It's also a good time to consider what it is we "want," period. Less channeling of equestrian statues and more of "The Thinker," is just this month's ticket.

Astrology and gift giving

It's the time of year when I get calls asking, "My boy/girlfriend is an (insert Sun sign), what would be a good gift for someone of this sign? First--after noting that an astrological reading with me is likely just the ticket (ha), I say, "Why don't you just ask them what they'd like?" No one likes that answer!--but psychology *and* economics say it's the right one. There, now we've saved you all that time studying the gift intended's chart! Whew.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mercury Retrograde: excessive entertainment

So, retrograde Mercury has disappeared into the beams of the Sun, and you know what this means ... right, it means there's a whole lotta absent mindedness going on out there. So if we don't want to be locked out of a running car, or slide through a stop sign because we forgot it's snowing and the roads are slick, or send a text message rant to entirely the wrong person, or dump the cat food in the dog's dish and vice versa ... you know what we should do; make like Buddha and deliberately practice mindfulness. Or prepare to be excessively entertained.