Category: Perspectives on Power

History, politics, economics, revolution, terrorism, the Catholic Church, current affairs: all through the lens of astrology.

France’s Battle With Herself
As some of you may know, I’ve spent a lot of time in rural France this year. Since my mother died, I’ve been over every month to deal with my father’s affairs. In this role, I’ve had a lot of conversations with workers and professionals in one little corner of the [...]
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Astrology of Now: Inferno to Paradise
A huge fire whirl, sometimes called a fire devil, roars down a road; people are incinerated in their homes; the sun is reduced to a glowing orange ball behind the smoke; chaos. Spin the globe, blood-red flowers drip from lamp-posts, memorials, statues; wrap around park benches, line streets, [...]
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Astrology of Now: Blue Wave
In case you’re not being deluged with US news wherever you are, I’ll let you in on a secret, it’s Election Day in the United States again. Not for the prez but for a proportion of the members of Congress, various governors and sundry state elections. However, rarely has a [...]
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Phenomena: The “News”
This morning I woke up and turned on the radio. The news poured out like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:  pestilence, famine, war, death. So I changed over to a music station and had my mind cleaned by Bach. This set me wondering though, about the effect of constantly hearing the news on [...]
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“Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person”
This amusing and insightful talk by philosopher Alain de Botton is a wonderful demonstration of a Sagittarian at full throttle. Brilliant, of course, persuasive and wide-ranging, offering tons of good advice — also, overwhelming and a bit of a know-it-all. I’m posting today for [...]
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Barren and Fruitful Signs
At the fag-end of this luscious autumn, with the scent of rotting apples in the air, and a surprising, last flush of magenta roses on the other side of the pond, my thoughts have turned, briefly, to fertility. Here is what the English Renaissance astrology William Lilley, had to say about the [...]
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Pallas Athena 4: Nations and Treaties
In the fourth part of this talk, I look at nation-building, treaties and politics. If you’re catching up, here are links to Part 3 https://youtu.be/ksDTL3rfKfI Part 2 https://youtu.be/6Zx-UZxurIQ Part 1 https://youtu.be/yIU0_3WsboQ
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Pallas Athena: Part Two
The second part of my talk at Trinity in September.
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Video: The Goddess
We’ve just had a wonderful weekend here in Oxford discussing the meaning of Ceres, Vesta, Juno and Pallas in the horoscope. This is my general introduction to the weekend. Enjoy!
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Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony
Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against US Supreme Court judge nominee is heart-wrenching. I’ve just listened to it. Here is the chart for the start of proceedings this morning in Washington DC. It’s absolutely stuffed with symbolism. Here are just a few of the things that [...]
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Look At Juno
Those overlooked goddesses! We should be talking a lot more about the impact of transits from the biggest asteroids — Juno, Vesta and Pallas. Note that I say Ceres is an asteroid, actually she’s classified as a “dwarf planet”, like Pluto. See what I mean overlooked [...]
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All The President’s Crimes
Trump fans, stop reading now. You won’t like it. US President Donald Trump may have done Americans a favour by revealing just how much the system has rotted, and how much needs repairing. While Obama was like a lovely bandaid on the running sore of corruption in American politics (with a [...]
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Juno in the Garden (Part One)
“Th’ whole world’s in a terrible state o’ chassis” Captain Boyle in Juno and the Paycock In Sean O’Casey’s play, Juno and the Paycock, Juno Boyle is the matriarch of a broken family. While her children are wrecked and her husband is a wastrel, she [...]
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Kim Kardashian and the Plutocrat President
When two reality TV stars meet in the Oval Office behind the big desk, you know the world is topsy-turvy. Well, we are where we are… and here at The OA we love a great picture. The official White House photographer(s) just keep on giving… What’s also interesting is that this [...]
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Bankrolled by Moscow? Arron Banks Natal Chart
The smug and squishy features of one Arron Banks, the millionaire who bankrolled the campaign to leave the EU last year, are all over the British newspapers today. Why? Because he’s been shown to be a world class liar. He said he’d met some Russians a few times but it turns out he [...]
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That Royal Wedding
The bride, a Leo, was radiant. The groom, a Virgo, appropriately hot and a bit bothered. The crowd was many and varied. Some of the guests looked like they’d walked off the set of Brazil, in rictus for the TV cameras. There was, it appeared, a genuine cadaver at the wedding, and an [...]
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La Bromance: Emmanuel & Donald
  There’s nothing surprising to an astrologer about the singular affinity of Presidents Macron and Trump. Indeed, their synastry is excellent. They flatter and reflect each other — one polishing the other’s shine. Furthermore, the fact that they seem to hold opposite opinions on just [...]
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#RoyalBaby
Just popping up the freshly-hatched Royal Baby’s chart for you to peruse and enjoy. Wow, this one has pizzazz! This kid looks like he’s going to be glamorous, handsome and popular — maybe also the apple of his mother’s eye. But oh my what a Capricorn conjunction — Saturn-Lilith-Mars-Pluto — [...]
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Astrology of Now: War or Peace?
No doubt about it: this is a tough and dangerous month. Here’s why. Mars, the planet of war, aggression, action and passion, is pounding his way through the sign of Capricorn. At the start of April, he contacted sombre, stony Saturn, sitting there in his own sign, and at the end of the month, [...]
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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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