Category: On Culture

Art, music, books, poetry, fashion, dance, television… the products of our imaginations and the people who make them.

Stocking Stuffers for the Astrofan
                    It’s that time of year again, and I have had a shufti around the internet and found some astrowonders to stiffen even the floppiest stocking. Every year one or other couture house goes astrowild — and this year [...]
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In the Key of Sagittarius: Benjamin Clementine
Although he was born on December 7, 1988, Benjamin Clementine sounds like he’s lived for a thousand years. Wow. Here is his chart. Sadly no birth time. But I think you can hear that Sagittarian freedom and wildness in the way he unleashes his voice. And the generation with Neptune in [...]
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Astrology of Now: When Sol Meets Jupiter
Wishing all my readers a glorious conjunction of Jupiter with the Sun — expansion and light, vitality and joy, optimism… What will you grow in the next 12 months? What will you give light and warmth? Conjunction is exact at now.
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Pallas Athena 3: Writers and Astrologers
Part 3 of my talk on Pallas Athena in Oxford this September.
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Astrology of Now: Sharing Secrets
The god of communications, Mercury, and Venus, the planet of peace and love, meet a few times a year to catch up on some gossip and maybe even steal a kiss. These two usually get along well since much of the time they are either in the same sign or sextiling — at least by […]
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Astrology of Now: Juno Asleep
Today, Juno, the asteroid of marriage, partnership, contracts, fidelity, and promises, stations retrograde at 0° Gemini, the sign of the storyteller. In fact, she will spend most of her retrograde (until Christmas Eve) in Taurus, where she may be taking another look at some of the decisions [...]
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Astrology of Now: Venus Down To The Bone
Every eight years, Venus, the planet of harmony and beauty takes a prolonged trip into the Underworld of Scorpio, where everything she stands for — from money to social skills to femininity — comes into question. As she goes deeper, she leaves behind her jewels, her silks, her [...]
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Into Autumn
And now the Sun enters Libra, the cardinal sign of autumn. Again we are at the beginning of a season. The equinox is behind us (September 23) and in the North the days will get shorter as we stumble towards the dark of winter. Now, this autumn season is the moment when we weigh and […]
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In the Key of Virgo: Leonard Cohen
The great Leonard Cohen: born on this day, September 21, 1936. Ascendant and Sun are both at 27° Virgo — a great heart — and they make a perfect square to the MC in Gemini (a career as a wordsmith). The two planets of art, Venus and Neptune, are also exactly conjunct too — at [...]
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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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In the Key of Virgo: Beyoncé
It’s easy to see that Beyoncé must have a powerhouse of planets in the sign of partnership — Libra — after all she is one half (arguably the more glamorous half) of the most powerful marriage in showbiz. She was born on this day, September 4, in 1981 Indeed, Beyoncé has Venus [...]
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RIP Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin brought everyone who listened to her glorious voice closer to heaven while she was here on earth. She seemed to her audience like a living vessel for the divine. Her voice seemed to effortlessly catalyse emotions. Just a quick look at her chart is instructive. • There is her [...]
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Juno and the Axis of Desire
This year Juno, the asteroid named after the goddess of marriage and commitment, will be spending a long time in Taurus, a sign associated with passion, desire, obstinacy and obsession. Taurus is, of course, the opposite sign to Scorpio — also a sign known for obsession, obstinacy and [...]
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Astrology of Now: Fish Magic
This glorious watery summer just keeps flowing on. The magnificent Grand Trine in Water — Sun in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces — continues to create magic. This week the Moon in Pisces joins in. In a few days time (July 10), Jupiter will station direct. Then watch [...]
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Imagination and Curiosity
Was there ever a more Gemini image than this one. Twins reading on a moving train? This painting was made during the last tour by Neptune, the planet of the imagination, through Pisces, his own sign. Neptune is, of course, currently in Pisces also, and there are some obvious parallels between [...]
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Astrology & Fashion: Papess Rihanna
Pop mogul Rihanna strode into the Met Ball dressed as a She-Pope a few days ago — and she looked awesome, in the true sense of the word. Indeed, she appeared to be channelling the goddess herself. And no wonder — truly she is blessed by the gods of beauty and mystique. She has a […]
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Astrology & Fashion: Audrey Hepburn & Hubert de Givenchy
One morning in 1953, a slip of a girl turned up at the atelier of Hubert de Givenchy, one of a group of young fashion designers striving to put Paris back on the map as the post-war capital of fashion. She was wafer-thin with short dark hair, thick eyebrows and huge eyes. She wore narrow […]
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The Legendary David Attenborough
He has given us the eyes to see beneath the waves, through the ice, into the dark belly of the earth, deep into the singing rainforest and the snowy taiga. He has shown us the world through the eyes of an eagle, a dolphin, an ant. From your sofa to the far Pacific islands or […]
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Venus in Gemini: The Twinkle
Those of you who follow this series already know that we’re looking at beautiful or extraordinary people to try and get an idea of how Venus, the goddess of beauty, works in each sign. Light, breezy, youthful, friendly, clever, funny — those are Gemini adjectives. Maybe the most famous Venus [...]
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What Aries Has To Teach The Rest of Us: “I Think Therefore I Am”
I’m always interested in how obvious a person’s Sun sign can be — not from how they look but from how they are. So I wondered how philosophers’ Sun sign might show up. This is going to be an occasional series but clearly, it was right to start with Aries. Aries learns best through direct […]
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