Francesco Pesselino – The Seven Virtues (male and female personifications To live a moral life, according to Plato, you needed the following qualities: justice, temperance, courage and prudence. These are the “cardinal” virtues and the foundations of a civilised society. But [...]See more
…And From The Archives: Whose Dreams Are You Dreaming?
Richard Diebenkorn. I was looking for something on this site and came across this post about the uses of astrology. I think it’s worth revisiting.See more
A Reader’s Question: Could Turkey Need a New Chart?
This is an 11th century map by Mahmud al Kashgari showing the lands of the Kurds, the Syrians and the Iraqis. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons Here is what someone wrote to me. It’s an interesting question. “I live in Turkey and there are some prophecies as well as political theories [...]See more
Where the Freakin’ Freak Is My Freakin’ iPad? or How This Horary Worked
Father Time, Edmund Dulac Horary astrology is not something in which I have much expertise. It’s never really appealed to me, since I’ve always though of it as not so much about psychology and stories and the great sweep of history and more about practical problems, the minutiae of [...]See more
It’s Not Rocket Science
No. Really. Astrology is not science. I know this won’t come as a surprise to you, because, well, obviously it’s not science. Astrologers use some scientific data, like the position of the planets at a particular time, and often some good statistics, but you could never do a double [...]See more
Things To Do While Jupiter’s In Cancer
The Princess and the Pea by Edmund Dulac. Here is the second part of Renée Lascala fresh look at Jupiter in Cancer. These ideas are not just for those of you who have planets in Cancer. All of us should honour the king’s visit to the sign of the Crab. Jupiter’s 2013-14 visit to […]See more
La Pensée Sauvage
Lévi- Strauss’s seminal book La Pensee Sauvage is translated into English as the Savage Mind, which is not quite right, of course, and sounds vaguely pejorative. Sauvage means wild, as in the opposite of domesticated. Pensée is thought. So you could read this more as Untamed Thinking. [...]See more
5 Steps to Dealing with “Bad” Planets in the House of Love
Preity Zinta and Shahrukh Khan in Veer Zaara Love: comes in like a thunderbolt, and goes out like a monsoon. Especially if some heavy planets are involved. It can be pretty depressing when you’re just in the midst of the monsoon part and you regard Uranus and Neptune in your house of [...]See more
Six Things To Do With Venus in Pisces
Ursula Andress – Sun, Venus, Mercury, Saturn in Pisces There’s an incredible amount of energy in the sign of the fishes this month, helped by the bicentennial transit of Neptune through the sign. Neptune is joint ruler of Pisces, along with Jupiter, but since he comes so seldom, [...]See more
Knowledge Travelling Through Time
William Blake: Seven Spririts of God. Now he had some really funny ideas. Whenever we receive wisdom that’s come down through many centuries, we can be certain that it has lost half its original bodyweight, accrued an encrustation of opinion, developed a strange lopsided bias, and [...]See more
The Skull Beneath The Skin
Imagine if you suddenly found yourself reading Don Draper’s (from TV’s Mad Men) chart. Rather casually a while ago, I agreed to draw up someone’s chart while he was here talking business with my partner. He was a suit-wearing, briefcase-porting, pen wielder — [...]See more
4 Things to Get Right With Saturn in Scorpio
October by James Tissot, who was born with Sun Libra, Saturn and Mercury in Scorpio. Saturn moving into Scorpio represents a major energy shift, and it’s time to apply some astrological knowledge instead of just theorising about it. Saturn likes rules, boundaries and organisation, so [...]See more
8 Things to Do While Venus is in Leo
The Bather, Ingres.He was born with Venus in Leo and Sun in Virgo. This picture combines Virgo mastery of technique & perfectionism with Leo luxury. The planet of beauty is in the golden sign of Leo, what could be more luxurious. Here are some suggestions of how to make the most of this [...]See more
Astrology of Now: The Space Between
When you’re trying to draw something right in front of you, the key to getting it right is often to look at the space between. When you start to look properly, you can see that space has a shape and vivacity all its own. Look at the “negative space” in this painting by [...]See more
Whose Dreams Are You Dreaming?
Like all things numinous and mysterious, the point of astrology is not always something that can be put into words. It’s poetic, it’s slantwise, it’s a feeling, an image, a fleeting thing. And just when you think you have it all pinned down and neatly explained, the meaning [...]See more
Keeping It Authentic
I had lunch the other day with a well-respected and very experienced astrologer, who also writes. Our conversation was pretty intense since we’d never met before and we have a lot in common, especially when it comes to thinking about how to do good, authentic astrology. We had to fit in [...]See more
It Takes All Sorts, So Why the Martial Emphasis?
A while ago I was asked to talk about astrology to some teenagers at the Museum of the History of Science here in Oxford. For a bit of fun, I asked them each to fill out a short questionnaire. They were to choose three words to describe themselves from a list of different character traits. [...]See more
What’s Your Job on the Ship of Life?
One of the things that astrology teaches is that we need all kinds of different skills and qualities to keep the ship of life afloat. Society needs to work together to get things done. And quite often the person who is most annoying in one role – say, the gossip at the school gates – […]See more
10 Things to Do With Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius
Ahh bless him. Revisit David Sshwimmer (Nov.2) and his Friends Oh my goodness – I do try not to get in a fritz about Mercury Retrograde. Indeed I laugh in the face of the doom mongers telling you not to move a muscle for weeks. But… Here’s what has happened in the past week or [...]See more