Category: Authors

What Does Frankenstein Have To Tell Us About the Future Now?
Well, Pluto, Lord of Transformation and dweller in the outer reaches of our solar system, is approaching his next entry into the sign of systems, Aquarius — and everything is going to change. Mind you, this is a process… Sally and I decided to look back at the chart of someone born [...]
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Was Sherlock Holmes A Capricorn? Astrology Talk Investigate
In honour of Pluto, the detective, entering Aquarius, the sign of networks and the internet (and maybe podcasts!), Sally and I are launching a new feature: Astrology Talk Investigates. We’ll be looking at mysteries, histories and more, focusing on just one question, every month. Do send [...]
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In Conversation with Astrologer Barry Goddard
You probably know that I do a Q&A for subscribers to the horoscopes (which happens most months). The format varies, and this month, we were lucky to have Barry Goddard over to chat about astrology and shamanism, what Pluto wants, and more. He also answered questions from the audience in a [...]
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Book Review: Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead
If you haven’t read eco-thriller Drive Your Plough (or Plow) yet, you are in for a treat. I asked my friend Heather, astrologer & playwright. to review it briefly. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk. At last a great story which dares to touch on astrology.  [...]
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Mars in Gemini — in His Own Words
Mars, the planet of pepper and passion, is in the sign of Gemini for a very long time (20 August 2022 – 23 March 2023). The warrior is unbuckling her sword, laying down her shield and lying down by the campfire to trade stories for a long stretch too. In short the red planet is [...]
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June Horoscopes & Live Q&A
The month of June is upon us and I am glad to report a cuckoo in the garden and roses in bloom. Some tiny, furry Geminis are imminent too. Though my little queen cat’s impending motherhood has made her rather aloof, which is a pity. I’m digressing — but then it is Mercury [...]
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Mother, Memory, Cake: Inside the Cancerian Mind
“… one day in winter, as I came home, seeing that I was cold, my mother offered me some tea, a thing that I did not ordinarily take. I declined at first, and then for no particular reason changed my mind. She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called petite madeleine, [...]
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Toni Morrison and Black Moon Lilith
I’ve been thinking about the American writer Toni Morrison today, the day after she died, and remembering her book Beloved, which won her the Pulitzer Prize, and is considered by most critics to be her masterpiece. Beloved tells the story — in densely poetic language and imagery [...]
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Astrology in Moby Dick
” Halloa! here’s signs and wonders truly! That, now, is what old Bowditch in his Epitome calls the zodiac, and what my almanac below calls ditto. I’ll get the almanac and as I have heard devils can be raised with Daboll’s arithmetic, I’ll try my hand at raising a [...]
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Steppenwolf
A man, who feels himself to be half wolf, wanders through the rainy night streets of a European city. He comes across a strange door in a wall and sees this sign, or thinks he sees it, but then does it disappear? Magic Theatre  Admission not for everybody — Not for everybody — MAD PEOPLE  ONLY [...]
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A Passion For The Wild
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” Shepherd, naturalist, philosopher, traveller, mountaineer, writer, defender of the wild, environmental activist and immigrant, John Muir  through his passion and [...]
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Dickens
It’s Charles Dickens birthday today. He lived the potential of his chart well. Writer and storyteller Virgo Rising, Gemini MC You see this combination quite often in writer’s charts. Both signs are ruled by Mercury, the planet of communications. Jupiter in Gemini, Jupiter in the 10th Jupiter [...]
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RIP Victoria Wood
Just gutted. She was only 62. A comic genius.  
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What Aries Has To Teach Us: Erich Fromm and René Descartes
Aries is not a sign associated with philosophy — that is Sagittarian territory according to tradition. However, the Ram knows how to get to the essence of things. In fact, the father of modern western philosophy himself, René Descartes is an Aries Sun. His Sun conjuncts Uranus, the planet of [...]
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The Lost Library of John Dee
John Dee — astrologer, alchemist and magus, one of the great characters of Tudor England — had the greatest private library in the western world. But when he was off on a European tour, it was pillaged by “friends” and the contents were lost. Some turned up in other collections over the [...]
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Toni Morrison
“If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.” Mercury and Sun in Aquarius It’s Toni Morrison‘s birthday today. She’ll be 85. The Nobel Prize-winning author (Mercury in Aquarius conjunct MC) and teacher (Saturn-Venus in the 9th) has Aquarius Sun, Pisces Moon, [...]
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John Steinbeck’s Three-way Split
I split myself into three people. I know what they look like. One speculates and one criticizes and the third tries to correlate. It usually turns out to be a fight but out of it comes the whole week’s work. And it is carried on in my mind in dialogue. It’s an odd experience. Under [...]
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Terry Pratchett Mort
Hilarious, cosy, and wildly imaginative, Terry Pratchett cheered a lot of people up. He died yesterday, but his Discworld series will undoubtedly be read by generations to come. One of his greatest characters was Death himself, a rather comforting and kindly sort of person. “Don’t think [...]
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On Pisces
Sadko In The Underwater Kingdom by Ilya Repin (Wikimedia Commons) From Tunisia to Elizabeth Taylor, you never know who you’re going to swim past down there in the blue, blue sea. With the Sun still in Pisces, visit or revisit these OA posts on or about the sign of the Fishes. A Fortnight [...]
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Do We Need Narcissus?
Narcissus (suddenly): “Have you ever been in love? I mean really in love?” You: “Well, obviously, I marr—“ Narcissus interrupts: “Me – I’m super sensitive so when someone like me falls in love, well it’s probably unusually intense. I mean I [...]
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