Saturday, 30 October 2010

Was Dracula a Scorpio?

Creepy thoughts should never be limited to autumn nights. In fact when I started this blog back in the summer the very second post was on the subject of horror movies.

Back in July, my five year old's musings on vampire squid lurking behind the shower curtain prompted me to investigate the astrology of fangboy from Transylvania. To find out where Dracula put his Pluto click here.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Venus in Scorpio: Passion and Pain

A Man and A Woman (1966)
Venus is the planet of love and money; two things it's good to at least try and get right. And two ways in which we fall into horrible, relentlessly repeating patterns. After a certain time, we can look back at our lives and discern these themes and variations that repeat and overlap. And it's one of the ways in which astrology is truly effective and helpful.

What are the themes that repeat in your life? What gets you into trouble over and over again?

Is it a soft spot for sailors? Or red shoes? Or bad, bad girls? Or is it your roving eye and devilish charm? Or, lending money to the wrong people (again)? Sponging, lying (to be kind), just walking out the door, falling in love too fast, realizing too late…?

Every 18 months, Venus' retrograde periods give us a chance to review our loves and our bank balances.

Right now Venus is retrograding through Scorpio, one of the signs of her detriment (the other is Aries where she retrograded last year). Scorpio is about deep, true emotion. It's about passion. It's about jealousy. It's about loyalty and deep devotion. This is not about letting go. This is about hanging on, digging deeper, scratching the scab, turning over the rock.

Why is Venus in trouble here? Because Scorpio asks her to tear away her accustomed veil of charm and beauty and be raw and dirty and real. Venus is not all that comfortable with real, she likes everything to be "nice": polite, well-mannered, pretty. In Scorpio, sweet nothings won't swing it any more. In Scorpio, Venus has to tell the bold, bald truth.

But the gritty truth can set you free: tell her you can't live without her; tell him you hate him and you're leaving. What is it you really feel? Act on the deep truth of your emotions.

Real passion brings the possibility of real pain. That is why Scorpio is so very dangerous for Venus.

And if you're not a lover? Does money make you mad? Are you telling yourself the truth about your debt? People I've known with Venus in Scorpio natally have often found it hard to spend money. I guess stingy is the word I'm looking for or possibly tight-fisted, mean or even miserly. But times are hard now and maybe those people who scrimped and saved and held back in the good times will have more to fall back on now. On the other hand, planning doesn't seem to have helped anyone.

Old love affairs, old debts. Which is it? Look at the Venus cycle to find out a pattern

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Wikileaks' Festival of the Dead

Come, sit by the fire, and I'll tell you a spine-chilling tale. A horror story so bleak and terrible that fearful images of maiming, torture and violence will keep you awake all night.

Death and Life, Gustav Klimt 1911.
We approach All Hallows Eve, the dark turn of the year when the dead walk at night and the living stay close to their home fires, holding their families and loved ones close. Traditionally, we recount stories.

This is the month of the scorpion, who lives under rocks, whose masters are Mars, the god of war, and Pluto, lord of the underworld where the shades of the dead walk ceaselessly.

And suddenly, the shades of the dead are among us. 104,000 dead, asking to be heard.

Wikeleaks turned over the rock.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Equal Rights for Goddesses?

As you know, there are seven heavenly bodies in traditional astrology. The boys - Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The girls - Moon, Venus. Five against two. Now does that seem fair to you? Does that even seem like life?

Ceres, goddess of fertility,
is sometimes assigned to Virgo or Cancer.
So then there are the new boys: Neptune, Uranus and Pluto. Now that's eight against two. Even more lopsided.

Thank goodness for the "dwarf" planet Ceres and her smaller sisters Juno, Vesta and Pallas. But do we hear astrologers talk much about them? No, it's all Chiron this, Chiron that. (I have to admit Ceres does seem to be getting more press lately.)

Now this feminine deficit is strange, and not only because it does not reflect real life, but because the ancient pantheons - Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman - are evenly divided between male and female deities.

And these pantheons were intimately linked with the planets in particular. Planets were named after gods and in some ways were considered to be gods. Understanding the movement of the stars was seeing into the minds of the gods. Astrology, mythology and religion were all linked. So there ought to be an equal division in the sky, n'est pas?

More relevant to our times perhaps is this question: if we modern astrologers consider the planets to represent certain energies, then why are so many of these energies symbolized by male deities? 

Perhaps it's a mistake to assign gender at all, since there certainly is no such thing as a man's chart or a woman's chart. Perhaps we should see all these energies as genderless - or else somewhere along the way, we've lost an important building block of astrology…

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Shrinking Britain

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. George Osborne
is going to be one of the most hated public
figures of our time. But he can take it
This afternoon George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, gave the most important speech of his life - and maybe ours.

Is this a full frontal ideological assault on the welfare state that has served us since the end of the Second World War? Or is it simply a radical response to desperate economic times?

Put the transits for his speech on the UK chart and what do you get? Very simple astrology…and an explanation, for Britain at least, of what the Cardinal Climax means for the nation.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Nights of the She Warrior

She rides a tiger. A trident, a scimitar and a thunderbolt are among her favoured weapons. Yet she smiles and clasps a lotus in one of her ten hands.

She is Durga, champion of compassion - one of the many faces of the divine feminine - Shiva's equal, demon's bane.

And her annual festival is being celebrated by millions of people across India right now, in the days between the New Moon in peaceful Libra and the Full Moon in the sign of the warrior, Aries.

Go figure.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Libra: Peace or War?

Baroness Thatcher has Libra Sun and
Leo Moon like Mahatma
Gandhi and David Cameron.
A belated Happy Birthday to you, Mrs T. 
(ex-PM Margaret Thatcher Oct 13, 1925)

And to you Silvio. 
(PM Berlusconi, Italy September 29, 1936)

And Bibi, Happy Birthday, to you in advance. 
(Netanyahu, the come-back-kid, Israel Oct 21, 1949)

And to you Dave. 
(Cameron, UK Prime Minister. Oct 9, 1965)

Not an entirely edifying list, and I know we're all astro-sophisticates here and we say boo to Sun signs, but ... 

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

From beneath the earth…

After making the sun and the moon and the sky and the mountains and the sea, and after making the animals and the birds and the trees, the creator decided to make something really special. So he fashioned men and women out of clay. But he did not want them all to be the same, so he painted them with different clothes, taught them different languages and music.

Then he buried them in the earth.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A Libran's Seven Social Sins

Mahatma Gandhi. Libra Sun/Leo Moon

Here's something to think about while the Sun sails through the last ten degrees of the sign of justice and balance, Libra.

Mahatma Gandhi, that arch-Libran, said there were seven social sins
Politics without principles
Wealth without work, 
Pleasure without conscience, 
Knowledge without character, 
Commerce without morality, 
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice.

There is no better summary of the Libran aspiration for a life of balance and harmony.

 At the end of last week, there was a truly dynamic New Moon smack in the middle of the sign of balance (14°). The power of that new moon is still in force for another week and a half. Have a look at your chart and see which house this falls in. That is the area of life where you should be starting something new. Think about dealmaking, persuasive argument, partnership and Gandhi's seven social sins.

Can you make it relevant?

Friday, 8 October 2010

Being Indulgent

Practical, understated chic. Perfect for a weekend
 in the Cotswolds. With calves like that
maybe his Jupiter's in Aquarius!
"Just bought a pair of boots," he muttered, trying not to look too pleased.

I thought for a minute. We already live with a small river of his shoes that runs between the bedroom and the front door - and to me they all look the same - like men's shoes. I thought for another minute.

"Jupiter in Pisces," I said.

You can't nag a man about restraint and shoes when he has the planet of abundance in the sign of feet. That would be cruel.

And besides purchasing new footwear does make him glow quite sweetly.

Nobody's Perfect: the astrology of Curtis and Monroe

Two kids from the wrong side of the tracks play pretend.
Norma Jean Mortensen teaching Bernie Schwartz how to kiss - one of the sweetest scenes on celluloid. That great movie Some Like it Hot.
still makes me laugh.

Of course, Norma Jean and Bernie had blossomed into Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis some 10 years before the film was made. By 1959, they were the biggest stars in Hollywood.

One of the reasons Some Like it Hot (1959) is a great movie is that you can see Monroe and Curtis are a perfect fit. She is the female version of him and vice versa. The whole audience can see what's hidden from Monroe; she's found her male counterpart. When she looks at him she's looking into a kind of mirror. In the film they are a pair of broke but talented beauties trying to make it in the great big world without getting hurt. You know that there's not much between them and the soup kitchen. It's partly this vulnerability and instability that makes them so attractive.

And in real life the two stars shared remarkably similar stories. Both came from terrible broken homes, both had become stars overnight. Both battled with drugs and alcohol. They were almost the same age.

Even in a town of beautiful people Monroe and Curtis were remarkably beautiful. Cancer-rising Curtis was known as "ice-cream face" by the studio photographers because of his super smooth skin, and we all know about Marilyn's downy glow.

So does their astrology show the mirroring we see in Some Like It Hot?

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

A God for Every Sign - yay

I find reading old astrology books a very good way to get to sleep. Dane Rudhyar is marvellously soporific. I hope some of it will filter into my dreams, and be reborn as a brilliant insight.

Last night I turned to CEO Carter, who is an old stand-by in the wee small hours. And in the footnotes I found this reference to Manilius, the Roman astrologer and poet.

"It is interesting to note that there was an allocation preserved by Manilius, of the 12 signs to the Twelve Great Gods. In this Aries is  ruled Minerva, Gemini by Apollo, Cancer by Mercury, Leo by Jupiter, Virgo by Ceres, Libra by Vulcan, Sagittarius by Diana, Capricorn by Vesta, Aquarius by Juno, and Pisces by Neptune. Taurus and Scorpio are unchanged."

So Taurus is ruled by Venus and Scorpio by Mars. The lover gods were in opposition then as they are today.
Minerva opposes Vulcan. (Wisdom vs craft? Not sure about this pair yet.)
Diana opposes Apollo. (They were twins, were they not.)
Vesta opposes Mercury. (Goddess of the hearth vs god of speed.)
Jupiter opposes Juno. (It's an institute you can't disparage.)
Ceres opposes Neptune. (Land vs sea.)

Welcome back to the Zodiac ladies.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Heavenly grrrl power!

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Brazil.
Is the mother goddess giving a helping hand?
In Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; in Australia Julia Gillard, who's next? Are sisters finally doing it for themselves?

Here's what I think happened in the heavens that might give us a clue.

On the October 9, the dwarf planet Ceres moves into Capricorn for a longish visit. She was there in April, May and part of June before slipping back into Sagittarius for the rest of the summer. 

Now not enough is said about this lady.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Astrologer's Serendipity

Martin Luther declares war on the Catholic Church.
copyright Trustees of the British Museum.
Serendipity - what a lovely word. I've just had a beautiful serendipitous moment. You find out one thing while you're looking for something else. In this case, I looked into the past and found out something about the present.

So here's what happened.