Illuminating Treasures

The University of Cambridge has provided online, samples of thousands of charts with notes from the practices of two astrologers working in the time of Shakespeare: Richard Napier and Simon Forman. The charts and their notations make for a month's worth of interesting reading if you have any inclination toward morbidly obscure history (come on, I know that you do).

The Exaltation of Jones

Some say heaven is a place on Earth and I say heaven is wherever Norah Jones decides to go walking. Can you tell I'm a fan? Maybe it's more accurate to say that Jones is simply an angel sent here to heal us and her only disguise is a cape to cover her beautiful wings. Am I pouring it on too much? Well, I'm not if you take a look at the planets in her birth chart.

A Saturday with Jupiter

Now and then we walk into a room and you can tell something good just happened. Like it was a birthday and the song just finished. Or a good story was passed around the table. The air is just a bit electrified and even though you’ve just arrived, it’s clear that maybe a dinner was shared with real appreciation. It’s as if the laughter leaves traces behind in the room. A meditation hall is like that.

The Pisces from Kentucky

Two thousand years ago, writers mainly associated Pisces with the ocean. People born under this sign were known as great navigators who could spend their lives crossing the depths. One source says they have the desire to sweep tranquil waters with dragnets and then display their treasures from the deep on the shore for all to see. This could be a metaphorical description of what a Pisces person does whether they ever sail the ocean or not.

Chiron in Modern Times: Bill W.

It seems that the people who heal us the most in life are the ones who have lived through our own dilemmas. A good physical therapist is the one who broke her leg in a skiing accident. The psychologist who gets it is the one who walked through madness and returned. Bill W. spent much of his life in dark depression and a haze of alcohol and he co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous.

Nicholas Culpeper, Dr. Diligence

With a powerful Venus-Uranus combination he was unconventional and impulsive and had moments of beautiful revelation, perhaps even periods of real epiphany. Culpeper would die young, but first he would write 79 books and translations that catalogued hundreds of plants and their medicinal properties.

Raising Little Gandalf

I was walking with friends near a swimming hole that only a few people know about, so I won't say where it is. It's about a mile into a dark patch of woods full of poke weed and skunk cabbage. Uprooted trees with their huge earthy mass of roots sticking up into the air. Almost a primordial jungle, but still in New England. We picked a few wild blueberries and sat among some nice mossy tree stumps...

Moon Over Mount Shasta

A few years ago I worked with a millennial who had an abundance of charm. He was tall and thin, sort of a David Bowie from back in the Ziggy Stardust days. He had been hospitalized for many months and was getting his feet under him again. He told me about the deep stuff that had happened to him in his life, including hearing voices and being tuned into another realm...

Neptune At Its Finest

At the age of sixteen, Maya Angelou became the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco. That's only one of her many distinctions. She was the poet who could sing. Her public readings were particularly masterful because she would deliver lines in that deep, commanding voice and then suddenly sing lines, too, a capella, clear as a songbird...

The Senator’s Daughter

A note arrived from an old friend asking me to help him choose a wedding day using astrology. This I did not expect. The philosophy here is that a zodiac chart reflects a starting point that will show the nature of whatever begins at that moment. A person's life starts at birth and a marriage … Continue reading The Senator’s Daughter

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Exploring Leo’s Lion Imagery

Leos are everywhere, aren't they? These creative, good-looking sun worshippers are often actors, singers, or performers. If they aren't on the stage then they might be sitting in the director's chair. They are born in the sign of event planning, games, and flamboyance, politics, ideals and kindness.   We have all heard of the lion … Continue reading Exploring Leo’s Lion Imagery

When Mercury Walked Among Us

Even if you aren't a fan of the rock group Queen, few people would disagree when I say that Freddie Mercury was one of the greatest singers in rock music history.  He had a 3-octave range that went from a bass low F to a soprano high F and he could easily change his singing … Continue reading When Mercury Walked Among Us

Starstruck: Tonya v. Saturn!

      I remember watching the screen when Tonya Harding went through her good times and bad times, and the movie "I, Tonya" is a great exploration into the long series of unfortunate events. If we look at Tonya's birth chart it isn't surprising to see Venus and the Sun as the symbols of … Continue reading Starstruck: Tonya v. Saturn!