Tag: personal story

Astrology of Now: Between the Eclipses
Subscribers to the horoscopes already know that I had my own private eclipse at the end of January: my darling mother died. Here’s some of what I wrote then: “She went back to bed one morning, feeling a little odd — and never got up. Yes, she had a Leo Moon, right in the path […]
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Astrology of Now: Me & The BBC
I don’t normally write about myself, as you know, but a couple of days ago, two things happened in quick succession. First of all I got a really big check in the post. This was for some portraits that I had drawn last year. I’d not gotten around to invoicing for them, so the check [...]
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Oh Hygeia
The goddess of nursing clearly decided she needed a personal word with me after that last post: I broke my wrist ice skating yesterday and spent the rest of the day at A&E! Hygeia turned up in the shape of a sweet bearded doctor. More later, I am off for round two.  
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A Mercury Retrograde Mini Adventure
I went for a run the other morning, starting through the University Parks — orderly paths thick with joggers and dog-walkers, an arboretum of specimen trees, a lily-pad spattered pond, smooth green playing fields — and crossed over the River Cherwell to run through the [...]
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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 [...]
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How I Broke My Achilles Heel
The boy hero was educated by Chiron, the centaur. Here depicted by John Singer Sargent Silver-footed Thetis, the sea goddess, leaned over the the River Styx, and dipped her demigod baby into its dark current. The magical water made the boy invulnerable. But there was one spot that stayed dry – [...]
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Venus Waves her Magic Wand Around My Home
Just What Is It That Makes The Modern Home So Different, So Appealing.* This week I came home with a painting that I’d (accidentally) bought at an auction that I just happened to be passing – oops. Honestly, the money sort of swooshed out of my purse. The funny thing was that on the same [...]
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My Own (Small and Rather Pleasant) Partial Eclipse
The Lizard, Cornwall You never know just how the movement of the planets is going to shape your day to day experience, no matter how much time you spend poring over ephemerides and reading reference books. Here’s what I mean. I’ve just been on the most gorgeous holiday with my [...]
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How Chiron Helped Me Get Healed
Giovanni Bellini‘s Adoration of the Sleeping Child. Let me tell you about the last time Chiron conjuncted one of my personal planets, because it was very lovely. My second baby was just one month old and I was living in the delicious fog of love that descends almost uncannily on so many [...]
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“Don’t Mind Me – I’m Just Your Astrological Mirror”
Beware of astrologers projecting their stuff onto you. Here’s what happened to me the other day. I go to various astrologers’ groups. Obviously, it’s important  to do this in order to talk about work, keep up-to-date with new ideas and exchange insights. Usually, the meetings [...]
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How being an astrologer is like being gay
Because at some point you have to come out of the closet, being an astrologer has something in common with being homosexual. “What do you mean “in the closet”?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s like this – most sensible people think astrology is a truckload of [...]
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Beginning at the beginning
  So you know you can cast a chart for just about anything. It’s just a diagram of the sky at a particular time – waiting to be interpreted. Naturally,  I thought I’d check the chart for this blog just as I launched it. And, guess what, astrology works. This chart was created [...]
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