What Is “Love?”

Tonight I am thinking about relationships I have had, and I will share a few things that I have learned about what most of us call “love.” As I’ve written before, English is poor in words about love; in Greek, there are many distinct words that translate to “love” in English. Tonight, I am thinking about 7th house relationships, “I—Thou” exclusive relationships in which one has an intimate dance with “the other” and learns about oneself in the process.

Even more interestingly perhaps, I’ll share how doing charts has enabled me to discover a new way to think about relationships and love. Continue reading “What Is “Love?””

Leo New Moon [Astro Weather]

Astro Weather Snapshot

newmoon-leo-2020Do you like fire and flames and prancing? This Leo New Moon will feature plenty of pizazz on the surface, but beware the undertow! There are subtle frustrations to navigate this month, and many people won’t understand them because these forces are subtle and strong, and people aren’t in the mood for them:

  • There is harmony among what people want, how they feel, and how they perceive and think. Expect people to be playful, a tad pompous (that goes with royalty, you know), and generous, yet easily miffed.
  • Yang energy (Mars) continues to be under intense pressure, and this can result in lost tempers and angry words. If this happens to you, take it in stride, and don’t take it personally even though it may feel that way. That’s the energy right now.
  • Don’t be surprised if people act insistent about their rights to go it alone and be quite uncompromising when they do so.
  • Overall, the fire energy, accentuated by tight grand trines, will want to play, do things, and express itself, but it will face many obstacles and frustrations. You can take be unflappable by anticipating it; that’s what Astro Weather is all about. You can dress for the weather.
  • You may have a conflict with a close relationship. You may wound someone or be wounded by someone close to you. If this happens, try not to take it personally; it’s the energy this month.
  • Look for sudden changes around your house, home, and near neighborhood. People you live with may get passionate about fixing up the house or making other changes.

Read on for the insider’s guide to dancing with this month’s curious energies. Continue reading “Leo New Moon [Astro Weather]”

An Unusual Reason for Not Wearing a Mask

It’s hard to find a more emotional topic than “to mask” or “not to mask” as most people consider it a life and death issue. I can’t remember talking with anyone who was on the fence or undecided. And many people struggle with tolerating people who make the other decision.

I have also learned that, among my non-medical friends, I have unusual reasoning behind my choice, so I will share that here in case it’s interesting or helpful to you. If you’ve been reading a while, you might guess that it’s grounded in my dark night journey. Continue reading “An Unusual Reason for Not Wearing a Mask”

Decoding Septiles [Astrological Aspects]

Septiles are another one of those astrological aspects that have been overlooked by most astrologers for centuries, and this omission is actually an element of their character! Septiles, the family of aspects that results by dividing the circle by 7, are special in many ways, and very revealing.

I am forever indebted to Dane Rudhyar for helping me discover septiles. His “Less Familiar Aspects” addresses all aspects, including common and uncommon aspects (“contacts”). One element of his genius is seeing things holistically, putting things in context. If you want to understand aspects at a totally new level, I highly recommend it. The aspect wheel below is based on Rudhyar’s discussion.

Septiles Are Mysterious

To approach septiles, it is best to put oneself into a detached space because they are like Neptune; they indicate links to non-earthly reality. Of course, one may divide the circle by any prime number, but 7 is the only number that does not divide the circle evenly; it results in an irrational number (one that doesn’t repeat and goes on to infinity). It shares this trait with other mystical numbers like π (pi), and the Golden Ratio.

Rudhyar interprets this irrationality as signifying that septiles cannot be “completed” in earthly terms; they cannot be understood in terms of earthly words, thoughts, or “rationality.” As when considering Neptune, one has to decouple from earthly grounding. I promise, I won’t do that here, but I just wanted to give you a background for how to work with them in astrological charts. Continue reading “Decoding Septiles [Astrological Aspects]”

How Neptune Transits Reveal Spiritual Journeys

I am in deep reflection about the spiritual meaning of Neptune’s transit of houses.

Brief Reflections on Neptune

glyph-NeptuneNeptune is difficult to think about and write about, I think because thoughts and words are chiefly earthly artifacts, so they are in the wrong dimension. But we are here, so here we are. I think Neptune is more difficult to grasp than Pluto or Uranus, at least at a fundamental level.

I increasingly think about incarnated life as living on two channels, a spiritual one that transcends this incarnation, and an earthly one that IS this incarnation (more in On Being Incarnate). For me, Neptune is connected to the spirit channel where thoughts and earthly actions don’t really apply. I have to use my “higher sense” and perception. I see incarnations as spiritual journeys.

I have an immediate selfish reason for wanting to perceive Neptune. It has a unique place in my birth chart, being part of one quintile yod and three septile yods. It also bisects my tight Pluto–Chiron opposition, which is central to my early life drama. I sense that Neptune is closely related to septiles. Continue reading “How Neptune Transits Reveal Spiritual Journeys”

Joy and Ecstasy

I have a client who is in a very intense relationship, so I’m doing a composite chart to help her figure it out. Her relationship has her feeling the whole spectrum of emotions, and it reminds me of one of my own experiences. I am reflecting on joy and ecstasy, and I notice some things that surprise me—and may surprise you. Continue reading “Joy and Ecstasy”

Pluto Opposition Chiron

This is an astrological black queen, and when you are dealt it, you have a lot in your hand.

Each of these bodies signifies an explicit process: Pluto’s transformation and Chiron’s healing encapsulate several phases, so the opposition carries myriad variations. Pluto’s process starts with the pressure to release, to let die, and when the native resists, it destroys. Then comes the process of regeneration. Chiron’s process starts with an unwarranted wound, a series of realizations and attempts to heal, acceptance of the inability to heal it completely, wisdom/gratitude in ideal cases, and the desire to help others heal. This opposition puts these bodies in a polarity. These facts are the basis of how it works. Continue reading “Pluto Opposition Chiron”

[ White Space ]

In innovation circles, “white space” refers to an open and safe place in which people can create and explore creative and disruptive ideas. There are myriad frameworks and methodologies for creating and maintaining white space. Last week, I had a surprising discovery, that some of the most intelligent people in business need to learn how to create white space for themselves as individuals as well as professionally. Here’s what happened. Continue reading “[ White Space ]”