This is similar to the one I looked at but a photograph doesn’t tell you an eighth of it. I had a strangely lovely experience yesterday. I went to pick up a carpet that had been cleaned and got talking to the owners of the shop. Now I know very little about oriental carpets. I […]See more
Dr Seuss vs Dr Freud
Dr Seuss (2 March 1904). You’ll see how he fits in at the end. My friend P the psychotherapist, came around for dinner the other night. I know she’s rather dubious about my chosen career but she’s also curious. She asked me how often I like to see a client. I told her, [...]See more
Are You the Captain of Your Own Ship?
Man at the Helm, Theo Van Rysselberghe If you’ve ever steered a boat (or dreamt you were doing so), you’ll know that sometimes you just catch everything right: the sail pulls taut, the boat leans and slices through the waves; she strains and leaps at your fingertips, you move with [...]See more
Can Astrology Make You A Better Mother?
Gustav Klimt’s Mother and Baby A friend’s child has a Moon-Pluto conjunction in the 8th House. Unfortunately, she’s an astrologer so she knows just how badly that reflects on her. Obviously, she must be a possessive vampire mother who devours her children and uses their bones [...]See more
Primavera: Love is All Around
Yesterday, we walked through purple violets, pale yellow primroses and cowslips, pink campion and bluebells. White petals from the mayflower tree spattered the ground beneath our feet and scented the air around us. Truly, the goddess of beauty, Venus, rules. Who doesn’t love this time of [...]See more
12 Ways to Feel the Magic of Neptune in Pisces Now
Neptune’s Horses by Walter Crane. Neptune, the great god of the sea, has dived into the ocean of Pisces. This is a moment laced with magic for each of us. How and where can we find it? That great numinous beast (with the help of his white horses) spreads glamour, confusion, dissipation, [...]See more
11 Good Things to Do While the Sun is in Aries
Virna Lisi back in 1965 Fall in and out of love in a day Take up a martial art Have a very close shave – literally or metaphorically Take a risk Create some performance art Scream at the top of your lungs Tell someone what you really think about them Dig the garden – […]See more
7 Good Things to Do While the Sun is in Pisces
In this country we’ve had one of the longest, gloomiest winters I can remember. Right now spring flowers are bursting out, but it’s into a grey, cold world with tupperware skies and a biting wind. Low Tide by Renoir (b. Feb 25). Astrologically it’s a changing time; that is [...]See more
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 [...]See more
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 [...]See more
“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 [...]See more
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 [...]See more
Equal Rights for Goddesses?
As you know, there are seven heavenly bodies in traditional astrology. The boys – Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The girls – Moon, Venus. Five against two. Now does that seem fair to you? Does that even seem like life? Ceres, goddess of fertility, is sometimes assigned to [...]See more
Martin Luther declares war on the Catholic Church. copyright Trustees of the British Museum. Serendipity – what a lovely word. I’ve just had a beautiful serendipitous moment. You find out one thing while you’re looking for something else. In this case, I looked into the past [...]See more
Synchronicity, dreams and a case of exact astrological aspects
I’m going to tell a story that starts off badly and ends up well. Last night I dreamt that I was the only person left in the world and I could not find anything with which to kill myself. I woke up abruptly, terrified, with these words going through my head: “The world will not [...]See more
Newspaper horoscopes: should you bother?
Desire Dehau reading a newspaper by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1890). They didn’t have horoscope columns back then but it’s a nice picture. I wrote this a while ago for a pilot partwork, but I think it’s worth republishing. Every day in newspapers and on the internet, [...]See more