Category: Articles

Compassion Tsunami

You probably know the feeling. You build your castle of sand by the seaside, but the tide begins to approach your carefully built walls and parapets. Your next smart move is to build a mote. It fills up. You strengthen your walls. But it is all to no avail. Water will always find the lowest point where it can flow over, and all your defenses are bypassed. Welcome to Neptune in Pisces, and welcome to the overflow, which is taking place as Jupiter in Virgo makes the exact opposition to Neptune here in mid-September 2015. And refugees from godforsaken lands like Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan pour over the European borders, overwhelming efforts to register, contain and control them. Read More

Back in the USSR

The most popular man in Russia right now is Vladimir Putin. Fresh from the international success of the Sochi Winter Olympics, he has managed to engineer a referendum in Crimea that has brought this peninsular, which in the past has been ravaged by war, back into the Russian family. 96% of the residents of Crimea voted to leave Ukraine and unify with Russia. It’s odd, because in 1991, when Ukraine became independent during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, 56% of Crimea voted to leave Russia, and 90% of Ukrainians generally.  Of course it did not help that non-Russians were terrified of showing themselves and basically boycotted the vote, opposition media were closed down, and activists arrested. The good old Soviet times are coming back. Read More

Astrology and the System

At a time when there is an economic crisis in the world, it does not seem to be a very good idea to have aspirations to be an astrologer. Mother and father are not going to jump for joy, and your government is not going to support you. Your school will not welcome your questions on the subject, your university will not provide any courses, your employer will not appreciate your skills. You may have discovered the magical correlation between human behavior and the cosmos, you may embrace a holistic view, you may value the spiritual riches that come from being receptive to transcendental influences. But this is not going to get you a job. Read More

As Above, So Below

In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft will pass by Pluto. Launched in 2006, it is the fastest spacecraft ever and has been designed to investigate this distant planet, and all the other bodies in the space beyond Pluto. Although Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet” status a few years ago, it is actually quite a large place, with a diameter of 5000 miles (8000 kms). No spacecraft has ever been able to send back information from Pluto or any of the thousands of bodies thought to be in the Kuiper Belt, which Pluto is a part of. The only detailed visual information we have of Pluto comes from the Hubble space telescope, which recently discovered a new moon orbiting Pluto, bringing the total to five, of which Charon is the largest, with a diameter half the size of Pluto, (This has led to Pluto being considered a double-planet.) The other moons are Kerberos, Styx, Nix and Hydra. Hmmm… does not sound so cozy.

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Cosmic Teachings

It is probably a good thing that people are not aware of what is going through the mind of an incarnate astrologer, as we gingerly negotiate the choppy waters of time, constantly attributing meaning to events through astrological symbolism. Hardly a single event can arise, before our devious minds have assigned an astrological label to it. Meetings and plans are carefully tuned to the ongoing planetary dramas. For astrologers, it is an enriching process. For skeptics, it must seem crazy. Read More

2014 – The Year Ahead

A high proportion of educated people in the West read or have at one time regularly read their sunsign horoscopes, and 75% of the are women. Sunsigns are simply based on the position of the sun at birth, which will be in one of the 12 signs, which are then evenly distributed in the population.  (Note 1) In the USA 33% of people actually believe in astrology, which may account for the fact that there are several millions websites dealing with the subject. Most of these people – that would be around 100 million – believe in astrology on the basis of sunsigns alone. Read More