Category: people

The Fabulous Chart of Alice in Wonderland
You’re nothing but a pack of cards. One of the cleverest and most enchanting heroines in all literature was born on a sultry afternoon 160 years ago on the banks of the River Isis right here in Oxford. It was the 4th of July, 1862. Charles Dodgson rowed up the river with his friend the [...]
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“Dress Classy, Dance Cheesy”
Everyone’s talking about Psy, the South Korean rapper. Watch the video and see why. And naturally take a look at the transits to his chart – no birth time available. Mercury’s on his North Node, Pluto’s rocketing him to worldwide attention, by putting the heat under his [...]
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When The Past Comes To Life
Thomas Cromwell: fixer, strategist, statesman – Scorpio. Hans Holbein King Henry VIII – charmer, playboy, wife-killer and the first head of the Church of England – had an axe-man, Thomas Cromwell, whose job it was to facilitate the King’s desires – divorce, dissolution, beheadings, [...]
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The Soul of Star Trek: Part Two
My colleague Jackie Taylor has allowed me to publish her clever piece about Star Trek, which originally appeared in the Astrological Journal. This is the second tranche. To read the first part about Star Trek‘s (rather inauspicious) beginnings, click here. Central to Star Trek’s fame and [...]
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Literal Astrology
Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova, the great tennis player, gave a touching interview on the radio last week. She was wiping away tears within the first few minutes as she recalled being separated from her family when she defected to the West more than 30 years ago. She has the Moon [...]
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Steel Orchid Down My Way
This beautiful hybrid orchid is named after Aung San Suu Kyi. You never know who you’re going to see in Oxford. A while ago I got to say good morning to a fistful of bishops as I got out of the car. This afternoon, we saw Aung San Suu Kyi whizz past in a security […]
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Gemini Self-Portraits Redux
I’ve just re-read last year’s Gemini self-portraits piece again and it made me smile. Take a look and enjoy how surprisingly alike some of the artists look, right down to the facial hair and the rebel attitude. To see the whole piece click here. Main pic: Diego Velazquez, born June [...]
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Unpacking My Library: The Artist’s Way
Most self-help books have about three ideas in them which are padded out with a lot of white space and bullet points. But there are a few which are absolutely brilliant. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way has sold about a gazillion copies in the two decades not because it’s [...]
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RIP Maurice Sendak: “So he gave up being king of the wild things…”
“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him wild thing and Max said, “I’ll eat you up!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything.” Maurice Sendak’s short masterpiece Where The Wild Things Are is a [...]
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So You Thought Lilith Was Always a Woman…
In my last post I pointed out that the extraordinarily brilliant writer Patricia Highsmith had dark, disturbing Lilith conjunct her Mercury, the planet of mind and writing. One of the things that makes her writing so remarkable is her ability to get under the skin of evil. Her greatest [...]
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Lilith: Wild, Outcast, Wicked – Essential
Joan Crawford. picture by George Hurrell Lilith – baby-strangler, seducer, mistress of secret knowledge, outsider, feminist icon — Black Moon. In Jewish folklore, she is Adam’s first wife. But her roots are much older – an Assyrian she-demon, a serpent goddess, queen of the underworld. [...]
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Who Has The Guts To Take On France
Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France. Sun Aquaris/MoonPisces Like so many nations, France is in a right mess. Unemployment, social unrest, shambolic finances, a failing education system – and perhaps worst of all, no clear vision for the future. And France is in the midst of general election. [...]
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Inspector Montalbano Mi Piace Tantissimo
Can you guess this man’s sign? Let me give you some clues. His black shirt and his shaved head, his solitude and his silences, his solo morning swim in the sea. His job: he is a police detective. His love life: messy. Have you guessed yet? You’ll laugh when you look at the chart. [...]
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More on Robbins, Absent Fathers and American Dreams
As I was making soup just now, I had some (very obvious) thoughts about Anthony Robbins chart that I thought I’d better share immediatement. Right now, of course, Mercury is over his South Node and Mercury, so it makes sense to think about him again. Also he has just resold his abortive [...]
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Tony Robbins: Guru or Snake Oil Salesman?
Anthony Robbins, self-invented Anthony Robbins is a phenomeon. If you haven’t come across him yet – well, you will. In a nut-shell he is the top, or one of the top, personal development salesmen in the world – hosting seminars, writing books, making the infamous [...]
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Enter the Fairy Realm: Venus in Gemini
Steal away with the fairies for the next few months while Venus dances in Gemini “At the beginning of each summer, when the milk-white hawthorn is in bloom, anointing the air with its sweet odour, and miles and miles of golden whin adorn the glens and hill-slopes, the fairies come forth [...]
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Art in the Era of Neptune in Pisces
Daydreaming by DG Rossetti I think it’s time I drew your attention to a piece I wrote about Neptune in Pisces and the Pre-Raphaelites. The astrology is pretty exact. Click here to read it.
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Unpacking My Library: On The Road
This cover was designed by Len Deighton in the late 50s. If Jack Kerouac had not drunk himself to death at the age of 47, he would have turned 90 on March 12 this year. He was in many ways the perfect Pisces author – a drunken, dreaming mystic visionary who seemed to just spew out his […]
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Rebekah Brooks: Embodying Lilith
Rebekah Brooks: she made it up the greasy pole Oh, the irony. The woman who made a living dragging people’s good names through the mire is being dragged through it herself. Yesterday, she was arrested (again) at her home near Oxford. Rebekah Brooks was until last July the chief sewage [...]
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More Neptune: Picasso Holds Up A Mirror
Pablo Picasso loved the virile masculinity of the bull – the cojones. He painted and drew and modelled and made hundreds of bulls. It’s well known that he especially identified himself with the Minotaur, the mythical monster half-man, half bull: tender and bestial. So, astrologically [...]
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