Thursday, 26 May 2011

Can Astrology Make You A Better Mother?

Gustav Klimt's Mother and Baby
A friend's child has a Moon-Pluto conjunction in the 8th House. Unfortunately, she's an astrologer so she knows just how badly that reflects on her. Obviously, she must be a possessive vampire mother who devours her children and uses their bones to pick her teeth. 

Another friend of mine has one child with a 12th house Moon - and another with a flaky Moon-Neptune conjunction. So she must be helplessly and hopelessly childlike and at the same time emotionally distant.

Looking at your child's chart can really give you some sleepless nights, because there you are, a  little crescent in someone else's psyche. Sometimes you can see yourself quite clearly through your child's eyes and, well, it can be uncomfortablle.


Monday, 23 May 2011

Astrology of Now: Talk Dirty

A hot Venus-Mars conjunction in sexy Taurus plus cheeky Mercury; Sun moves into chatty Gemini and what do you get?

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Ireland and Britain: A Miserable Marriage Turns Into a Beautiful Friendship?

The Queen's trip to Ireland this week shifted
Anglo-Irish relations a lot closer to normal.
The relationship between Britain and Ireland has often been like a bad marriage: with Britain in the role of abusive husband. He loves her and he hits her. He can't understand it when she doesn't love him back, so he hits her again.

The bitter divorce took most of the 20th century and the decree absolut still hasn't happened, but this week, it really looked like Britain and Ireland might have reached a place of mutual respect and amity.

So with marriage in mind, I took a look at the synastry between the charts of Britain and Ireland – and, well sometimes astrology is pretty obvious really.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Madhuri Dixit: Living Goddess

Bollywood produces beauties by the bucketload.

If you're a leading lady in Indian popular cinema, there's a look you ought to have – long smooth hair, pale skin, almond eyes. It goes without saying really, that your sexual charisma needs to be pretty volcanic.

Since all the other leading ladies look like you and have a certain sex appeal too, you also need to have an X factor. It may be sheer pizzazz like Kajol or glorious feline grace like Aishwarya Rai or it could be simply that you are the best dancer to trip across the silver screen in a generation – yes I'm talking about Madhuri Dixit. Happy Birthday (May 15, 1967).

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Dominique Strauss Kahn: A Tragedy Unfolds

"That old black ram is tupping your white ewe."
Othello strangles Desdemona
 from Othello

Othello rose to the highest public office; he fell because of a fatal flaw, a personality defect so big that it opened its mouth and swallowed him.

Right now we are witnessing a tragedy. Dominque Strauss-Kahn may or may not be guilty of the crime for which he has been arrested, but he will certainly no longer be head of the International Monetary Fund and his career in politics may be finished.

I hesitate to grace his alleged behaviour with the label Shakespearean, because that would dignify something that is essentially sordid, vulgar and for the victim, frightening and dirty. Nevertheless, the story unfolding is following the rules of tragedy.

Othello's flaw was jealousy; Strauss Kahn's is arrogance. The particular punishment chosen for him is humiliation, the perfect opposition to arrogance.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Algol: Decapitating the IMF

Medusa, the snake-haired gorgon, turned men to stone just by looking at them. Some say she was enraged by her violation by the sea god.

The only person to escape her fatal gaze was the hero Perseus, who used her reflection in his shield to aim the blow that cut off her head, which he then whipped into a leather bag. He gave his prize to the goddess of strategy, his mentor Pallas Athena. She still has the head of Medusa on her shield.

One of the most important fixed stars is known also as Medusa's head, Algol. This is a star of death, destruction, rage – and decapitation. Algol is associated with angry women.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Astrology of Now: Fred Astaire

Thanks to Aya for pointing out that Fred Astaire was born with the Sun in Taurus and Venus conjunct Mercury in Aries. The grace of Taurus and the athleticism of Aries!

That's what's in the sky right now.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Astrology of Now: Words of Love

My last post got lost in the Blogger inferno, so I'll summarise it thus:

Tell the people you love that you love them right now – do it, even if you've done it a thousand times before. Talking about love now will put you in tune with the universe.

Mercury, the god of chit chat, is walking hand in hand with Venus, the goddess of love this week. They are in the last few degrees of Aries right now. On the 16th, they will move into Taurus.

Aries is all about being upfront, brave and real. It's also the sign of starting something new. Mercury is asking you to talk, write, sing, shout it out. This may be something artistic rather than emotional - either way begin it now.

The move from Aries to Taurus is a shift from oneness to twoness. It's no longer all about me (and my declaration), but all about you and me. Taurus is Venus's own sign remember, so she'll be ready to kick off her shoes and take her friend/child/lover dancing in the spring rain.

This combination of planets is all about communicating love, art, beauty. And really what could be more lovely than talking about those subjects full of delight. We ought to do it more often, so let's enjoy ourselves and go with the flow.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Venus and the Virgin

The Virgin at La Salette, France
"MAY is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
    Her feasts follow reason,
    Dated due to season—
Candlemas, Lady Day;        5
But the Lady Month, May,
    Why fasten that upon her,
    With a feasting in her honour? ..."    

 From the May Magnificat by AE Housman

If you were a visitor from another planet and your pod landed in Europe, you might be able to guess that the stone building with the tower that you found in every village and town was a place of worship.

Montserrat, Catalunya
The altar, the quiet, the attitude of the people within – all these would give you clues to the nature of the building's use.

But if you were to hazard a guess at the nature of the religion these Europeans were following, I think you would be likely to send this mistaken report home to Planet Zorb.

"The earthlings in this place seem to worship a mother goddess. She is depicted as young and beautiful and usually holding a baby earthling. Sometimes she has a crown of stars, and sometimes she stands on stars… Sometimes she is very, very sad."

The love of the Virgin Mary goes deep here – and I believe the adoration of the holy mother is much older than the Catholic Church would like us to think.

Here's an example of the connections between the ancient goddesses and the mother of god.

Taurus Self-portraits

Leonardo's newly discovered self-portrait.
His Sun is at 3° Taurus adjusted
from the gregorian calendar.
Many years ago, I used to work with a lot of graphic designers. Of course, all sun signs were represented in this group, but the one that cropped up most often was Taurus.

Taurus is ruled by Venus, of course, who is the planet of art as well as of love and beauty. Venus's genius is the creation of harmony. 

One of the things I notice with these Taurean artists is the raw talent. Leonardo da Vinci (left) is probably still the most famous artist who ever lived. He was a polymath - inventor, scientist and artist. But the thing most of us remember him for is his sheer brilliance at drawing.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Neptune and Bin Laden Update

If you read my post of May 4, you'll know that I think Osama Bin Laden is an example of the dark side the Neptune archetype.

A few more pieces of information have come to light that reinforce this notion.
  • It has emerged that the codename for the operation to get Bin Laden was Neptune's Spear.
  • The depressing footage of Bin Laden watching himself on television captures a Neptunian moment. This is the planet of illusion and of image, don't forget. We see the "real" Bin Laden watching the "TV" Bin Laden. One is the mirror of the other, but the mirror/TV distorts and glamorises. What is more we are watching him on the screen too. This is illusions within illusions. Where is the truth?
  • And one last thing, if the touted birth chart for Bin Laden is correct Neptune had at last reached Bin Laden's Midheaven at the moment of his death.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Astrology of Now: One Wedding, A Funeral and Two Fairytale Endings

St George and the Dragon
by Jean-Francois Sulpice.
The soldier prince Mars married the queen of the May, Venus, last Friday.

A monster was slain on Monday.

How can these things possibly connect symbolically? The charts, after all, are very similar with a heavy emphasis on Aries opposing solo Saturn in Libra.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

The Grim Reaper Comes for Bin Laden

According to the live Twitter feeds on the ground in Abbotabad on the night of April 29/May 1, US helicopters arrived at 45 minutes after midnight, around 1.15 am there was a big crashing sound and by 1.35 all was quiet again. That information took a bit of interwebthing diggiing.

As I suspected Neptune is at the forefront of this chart – rising in the first house (see my previous post). But I think it might be even closer to the angle when/if we get the exact time.

If you ever doubted Osama Bin Laden's assassination was a result of 9/11, take a look at Saturn and Mercury in this chart and compare them to the Twin Towers chart. In the TT chart they are in perfect trine. In this one they are opposed and they align along the Twin Towers Ascendant/Descendant axis.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The Ballad of Bin Laden

There are two opposing narratives about Osama Bin Laden. One is that he is an evil terrorist, who darkly manipulates invisible minions around the world and is responsible for the deaths of thousands. The other is that he is a martyr for Islam, fighting the hegemony of Western decadence.

We don't know his birthdate. It is said to be March 10, 1957, which would give a Pisces Sun, of course. But I'm not even going to go there since the data is just too dirty. What I am sure of though, is that Bin Laden is a perfect exemplar of the dark side of the Neptune archetype.

Neptune is the planet of illusiion. It creates a fog wherever it goes. It represents things that are ungraspable, numinous, untouchable, immaterial. As an outer planet, it tells us about mass psychology. It is the planet of sacrifice and martyrdom. Neptune is also a spiritual leader – for good or ill.

As an enemy, Neptune is the one you cannot see, he turns up when you least expect, he slithers away when you think you have caught him, he has a mysterious influence on other people, he hypnotises them. And just when you think you've finally nailed him, he leaves the material world entirely and transforms himself into a legend.

Neptune has just moved into Pisces (the sign of the sea), its astrological home. Bin Laden has been taken by ocean. The symbolism of his disturbingly strange burial at sea says it all.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Going A-Maying

Here is what the English poet Robert Herrick wrote about the morning of the first of May, about 400 years ago, in Corinna's Gone A-Maying. Read it and feel a rush of blood to the head.

Flora designed by William Morris
GET up, get up for shame! The blooming morn
        Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
        See how Aurora throws her fair
        Fresh-quilted colours through the air:
        Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
        The dew bespangling herb and tree!
Each flower has wept and bow'd toward the east
Above an hour since, yet you not drest;
        Nay! not so much as out of bed?
        When all the birds have matins said
        And sung their thankful hymns, 'tis sin,
        Nay, profanation, to keep in,
Whereas a thousand virgins on this day
Spring sooner than the lark, to fetch in May....

Come, let us go, while we are in our prime,
And take the harmless folly of the time!
        We shall grow old apace, and die
        Before we know our liberty.
        Our life is short, and our days run
        As fast away as does the sun.
And, as a vapour or a drop of rain,
Once lost, can ne'er be found again,
        So when or you or I are made
        A fable, song, or fleeting shade,
        All love, all liking, all delight
        Lies drown'd with us in endless night.
Then, while time serves, and we are but decaying,
Come, my Corinna, come, let 's go a-Maying.

Yes, this is the goddess of love's month.

Here in Oxford we are all recovering from the riotous pagan outburst that is May Morning, when the streets fill at dawn with dancers, singers, drunks and lovers. Being Oxford, it is a weird mixture of earnest, chthonic and at the same time slightly silly.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Monthly Horoscopes: May 2011

This is an exciting month, especially for the romantically inclined. 

Mars, Venus and Mercury spend most of it in a threeway tango through the end of Aries and into Taurus. From the 7th to the 18th Mercury and Venus are actually in step, which surely must mean a good week for talking about love - or more boringly, for commerce. When Venus finally catches up with her hot-headed lover Mars on the 23rd, get set for some steamy days and nights.

To find out how this works for your sign click here. Remember to read your ascendant, if your know it, as well as your Sun sign.