Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Astrology and Myths

There are a couple of books out there that explore the connections between astrology and myths. Planets and Possibilities by Susan Miller looks at the myths associated with each sign. There's also a book called MythAstrology by Raven Kaldera. I have yet to read it, but it looks like it goes much more indepth, exploring the myths associated with each possible planetary position.

My friend emailed me a link to an article by Raven Kaldera and on that site I found another article about astrology and mythology.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

the eclipse report

Around the time of the eclipse in Libra, I found both social and work activity increased for me. Libra (the social butterfly sign) is in my 10th house (achievement) and 11th house (friends). It'll be interesting to see what the eclipse later this week brings.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Uranus in Pisces

Uranus first dipped his toes into Pisces in March of 2003, then took the full plunge on Dec 30th, 2003 and will be hanging out for about seven years. Uranus is the planet of revolutionary change, independence, radical thought, rebellion, and wild eccentricity. If you're a Pisces, Uranus will expand your imagination and inspire you to become more yourself. I keep thinking that the crazy cat lady from the Simpsons' is a great way to describe Uranus. So think of how you can be like the crazy cat lady in a less extreme way. One of my astrology books also says to avoid drugs like the plague. I hope you're avoiding the plague.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

fate vs free will

When the subject of astrology comes up, there is often the question of whether everything is fated and therefore predictable or do we have free will. I feel that before we are born our souls decide on what circumstances we need to grow and our astrological charts are maps to help us understand what we need to learn. As we become more conscious of our purpose, we are able to co-create our lives more actively and our path will be less predictable. Ultimately, though, I think life is always a mixture of fate and free will. The way I look at it is that fate is the actions both nature and other people take that influence our lives. Free will is how we choose to act and react. Synchronicity happens when fate and free will are working together harmoniously.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

eclipses

There's a new moon eclipse today in Libra and a full moon lunar eclipse on Oct. 27 in Taurus. Check out Susan Miller's great article on how to deal with eclipses.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Pluto in Sagittarius

Pluto is currently transitting Sagittarius, which is my ascendant, and has been since 1995. Pluto is the planet of transformation, the unconscious and the unknown. Looking back on my life since 1995, a whole lot of transformation has taken place. At first, it was incredibly terrifying, like being thrown into a world with no light. Now I am in a place where I no longer run from the dark parts of myself and instead sit with them without having to fix them. I've been reading Pema Chodron's books and they fit in perfectly with what I'm learning from this Pluto transit. Sitting with the dark parts allows for transformation, while trying to fix them only creates superficial change. There are still four years left in this Pluto transit so who knows what else I will learn.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

The Case for Astrology

A great astrology book to check out (if you can find it - it's out of print) is The Case For Astrology by John Anthony West and Jan Gerhard Toonder. It covers the whole scope of astrology from the origins up to the somewhat present day (the 1970's). It's filled with great lines from astrologers. An example: "Twenty-five hundred years ago, Hippocrates declared that a doctor who was not also an astrologer was not worth his salt." I love dipping into this book at random.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

planetary gossip

I was reading Chrissie Blaze's October horoscopes and there are going to be two quintiles this month - an extremely rare occurance. Oh my.

I also found an article about what Jupiter in Libra means for the world as well as for each sun sign. I love the idea of a year filled with benevolent justice.

Monday, October 04, 2004

interfaith meeting at McDonalds

Last night, I dreamt that I was at McDonalds and was invited to join an interfaith meeting that happened to be there. The leader of the group was a friendly, large black man. I tried to sit down in one chair, but there was something wrong with it so I moved to another. Then we talked about Buddhism and Wicca.

In my chart, transitting Pluto is conjunct my ascendant and natal Neptune in Sagittarius which is opposed to the transitting Moon in Gemini that conjuncts my Natal Moon and Jupiter. The seat switching in my dream is the Moon in Gemini. The leader of the group seemed like a combination of Jupiter and Pluto ~ he symbolized the benevolent unknown to me, because he was friendly and a stranger ~ so clearly the opposition is bringing out the best in each planet in me. The interfaith meeting is Neptune in Sagittarius. McDonalds is Jupiter, the planet of expansion, of course.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

astrological dream interpretation

I was exploring the Astrology Alive website and found an incredible article on combining Jungian psychology and astrology in dream analysis. I got so excited reading this article, as I am much more interested in using astrology as a tool for self-discovery than for prediction. I am going to start approaching the analyzing of my dreams with the methods they mentioned.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Astrology and Health

by Erika Niedowski, Sun Staff. August 20, 2004

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Governed by Neptune and symbolized by the fish. Compassionate, introspective, artistic. Often dreamy and impractical. May be prone to schizophrenia, epilepsy or bipolar disorder.

It may sound like some kind of new, madcap astrology, but a number of scientists are becoming convinced that our birth month may predispose us to particular diseases later in life.

Studies have shown that schizophrenia is more common among those born in late winter or early spring. Multiple sclerosis is associated with births in April, May and June. And epilepsy occurs more frequently in those with birthdays from December to March.

The findings may seem whimsical or -- depending on which month you eat cake and unwrap presents -- alarming. But researchers hope the emerging patterns will offer clues into the origins of a range of illnesses that, despite advances in treatment, have no known cause.

"It makes you think differently about disease," said Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, who has studied the association between birth month and narcolepsy.

"Most people tend to think that disease is really something that is determined by your genes or what happens just before the disease occurs," he said. "Maybe there are a number of things that can happen well before."

In the latest study, published in the current edition of the journal Neurology, scientists at the National Cancer Institute found that adults born in January and February had the highest risk of brain cancer. Those with birthdays in July and August had the lowest risk.

The paper's lead author, NCI epidemiologist Alina V. Brenner, says, though, that the findings could be the result of chance.

But separate studies in Britain and Norway have identified a similar correlation between birth season and risk of brain tumors in children, with a statistical "excess" of births in winter and a "deficit" in summer.

If the association turns out to be real, Brenner said, it suggests that exposures early in a child's development -- at any point from conception to the first few months after birth -- could have a hand in the genesis of the disease. Though it's not clear what those exposures are, they could include viruses, environmental toxins or even something as seemingly benign as the weather.

Seasonal birth patterns have been most firmly established in schizophrenia patients. Several years ago, a group of Danish researchers reported that the risk of developing the disorder was highest among those born in February and March and lowest among those with birthdays in August and September.

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, research psychiatrist at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, has ruled out the possibility that chance alone explains the findings.

"It could be chance if it were one study of 250 people, or a few dozen people here or a few dozen people there," he said. "When you're dealing with a couple hundred thousand people and 200 studies, the chances of it being chance are zero-point-zero. It's remarkably consistent."

void, of course

Last night, I was reading an article about the void of course Moon. I'd never heard of this before. Obviously, I'm not as know-it-all as I think I am. ha. It'll be interesting to see if the time I spend goofing off corresponds with the VOC Moon. I wonder if the Moon is VOC if it is making aspects to the planets in a persons' natal chart. hmmm...

I've been finding a ton of great links so watch the links section.