Category: Aspects of Astrology

Explore articles on the planets, signs of the Zodiac, asteroids, aspects, eclipses, history of astrology, and more.

What Astrologers Are Saying About the Eclipse on December 21
I have to admit my heart sank a little when I looked at the chart for the Lunar eclipse on the solstice tomorrow morning. The poor little Moon! She’s all alone out there – opposed by  a firing squad of the butchest planets – Mars, Pluto, the Sun (and his henchman (in this case) [...]
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Captain Beefheart: Creativity Nurtured by Saturn
  Captain Beefheart (far right) and the long-suffering Magic Band, back in 1969. A creative visionary died this week. Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) (born January 15, 1941 at 4.25pm) was a legendary avant-garde musician and performer and a damn fine painter. In both his chosen [...]
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8 Good Things to Do with Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius
  Mercury back through Sag means review the map of your life – or plan to take a trip that you’ve taken before. So last week, I found myself watching the first series of the West Wing, which wasn’t a bad way to enjoy the messenger planet’s review of the sign of [...]
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Astrology of Now: Honour Thy Father or Else!
Riot police in Parliament Square.* The god Pluto wears a helmet of invisibility. Are you enjoying the ferocious fisticuffs between Mercury, Mars and Pluto? Speedy Mercury is thought and words and youth; Mars is war and action; Pluto – well, he comes like a shadow in the night, carries a big [...]
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Death and the Maiden
Death and Life, Gustav Klimt 1911. Death catches up with us all – but in what guise. As a virus? A car crash? Will it come slowly or will it be sudden? Are our days numbered from the moment we are born? Medieval astrologers certainly believed they could foretell the hour of your death. The [...]
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7 Good Things To Do When Mercury Retrogrades in Capricorn
Take a leaf out of Rodin’s notebook and have a little think. Here’s one of the simplest ways to use astrology: work with the energy of the retrogrades. So hurray, Mercury retrograde is here again, so it’s time to re-think, re-evaluate, review and renegotiate. This time [...]
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Astrology of Now: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be
So it’s been seven years – May 2003 to be exact. What a lot has changed since Uranus, the planet of future forward, went into the final sign of the Zodiac, Pisces. Courreges, 1960s. Well, that was when we thought the future was shiny.Uranus was in Virgo, opposite where it is now. Seven [...]
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December Horoscopes
It snowed here last night, blanketing the city in magic. I hope it heralds a beautiful holiday season. To kick it off, I’ve written you a December horoscope, which is intended to give you a bit of a foretaste of this month. I expect the shape of this horoscope to evolve over the year, [...]
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Royal Wedding: The Bling of Power
  We had a flying visit from our Indian friend this week with whom I had our usual discussion about things astrological.   We soon got around to the subject of that great big ring.   What ring? The engagement ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton. It’s a large sapphire surrounded by [...]
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What’s Cooking in the Astrology Kitchen?
Take some onion, pepper and feta… or some planets, some stars and some intuition We each develop our own tastes in astrology. Some like it hot, some like it cold and some like a quick stir-fry with a dash of transits and a sprinkling of midpoints. A couple of things that I came across recently [...]
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Korea: Toxic Sibling Rivalry
Poster  for the 2004 Korean blockbuster, The Brotherhood of War. So South Korea is a successful, entrepreneurial (if rather corrupt) Leo Sun and North Korea is an angst-ridden, self-hating Virgo. Sibling rivalry is rarely this toxic. The two countries were born just a few weeks apart on the 15 [...]
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Sagittariana: Goddess of the Hunt
As I write this, the Sun is poised to slip into the sign of the centaur, Sagittarius. And this forest being, half-man, half-horse will take us, at a gallop, into the heart of winter. According to the Romans, his mentor is Diana, goddess of the Moon, wild creatures and the hunt. And there is a [...]
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“Don’t Mind Me – I’m Just Your Astrological Mirror”
Beware of astrologers projecting their stuff onto you. Here’s what happened to me the other day. I go to various astrologers’ groups. Obviously, it’s important  to do this in order to talk about work, keep up-to-date with new ideas and exchange insights. Usually, the meetings [...]
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Burma: The Ugly Face of Astrology
Did you know that the moment of Burmese independence was chosen by an astrologer? That’s why everyone had to get up before dawn to inaugurate the brand new state at 4.20am on 4 January 1948. Burmese astrology, like its cousin Hindu astrology, is surprisingly similar to ours, but with a [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi: Embodying the People’s Dream
Steel Orchid. She stands, tiny and fragile behind the iron fence, then graciously she accepts the gift of a flower and puts it in her hair. The people of Burma are cursed to have such terrible governance, but blessed with such a leader. Aung San Suu Kyi is indomitable, indefatigable, brave, [...]
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Astrology of Now: Coming Up For Air
Ophelia by John Everett Millais. We’ve been deep in the dark waters of Scorpio lately. You may have been diving for pearls, but sometimes it gets quite hard to breathe down there – all that psychodrama can be suffocating. Breathe easy now. Venus slipped backwards out of Scorpio and into [...]
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Astrology of Now: Get Ready to Catch the Wave
Hokusai’s Great Wave print (1831). Watch the wave. Water is pulled up into its belly. Some pushed forward from the ocean and some sucked backwards, pulled against the tide, across sand and shingle. The energy gathers. The wave grows – higher, stronger, faster – for a moment it seems to [...]
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Fire and Rain
Giant showers of caramel glitter, acid green parasols of fire, ruby red rain. And the real rain came in thin drenching sheets. And our faces shone in the light of thousands of falling stars, showers of glitter, flowers of burning light. Bonfire night. The wettest I can remember. Sun, Moon, [...]
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Uranus in Pisces: Liberating the Imagination
Prometheus, the revolutionary fire-stealing Titan whom historian Richard Tarnas argues should be associated with the planet Uranus. I agree with him Uranus has navigated the Piscean ocean with panache over the pat seven years, making waves in all kinds of directions. At the same time, [...]
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Astrology of now: Pay Attention to Your Dreams
Here in Oxford, we are having an extraordinarily beautiful autumn. The leaves are lambent red and gold, yellow and bright green. The air is very still, slightly damp and shining. It is unusually warm, so the light is not crisp and sharp, but gleaming. In short it is like a dream. I cycled back [...]
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