Friday, October 23, 2009

Astrology Carnival: Twenty-Seventh Edition

Yay! The new edition of the astrology carnival is finally here.

Patricia Lantz shares a piece for this edition's Neptune theme called Following your bliss: the search for God during a Neptune crisis posted at Atlanta Astrology Examiner.

Ella Moss writes about compatibility in Astrology at work posted at Zodiac Times.

Surbhi Bhatia ponders The Mystery Called Astrology posted at The Viewspaper.

Mark Shulgasser muses on Virgo and Soap posted at Gemini and . . .. If he was real, Mr. Clean would definitely have Mars in Virgo.

For the next edition of the carnival, the optional theme is Jupiter in Aquarius. Feel free to send in any astrology-related articles, though. Also, if you have any suggestions for a theme you'd like to see, let me know.

You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below. Past posts and future editions can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

5 Questions with Anne Whitaker



I recently got a chance to do a little interview with astrologer Anne Whitaker, who recently put out the book Jupiter Meets Uranus about the 1997 Jupiter/Uranus conjunction. The next Jupiter/Uranus conjunction is in 2010 so there's plenty of time to study up on it.

I hope everyone enjoys this interview!

What transit always shows up for you in surprising ways?

They all do, especially the long-lasting ones. The deep challenges that force our growth lurk in the realms of the unconscious, just waiting to hitch a ride on the nearest really tough transit. For example, I didn’t think that ten years of Neptune transits was going to involve an enforced descent into the Underworld for most of that period! However, the good news is that I have now emerged, much improved (unless you ask my husband....!) with enough notes to keep me writing for a further ten years.

What is your funniest transit or retrograde experience?

There are several, but not all of them can be aired publicly! The one which comes immediately to mind is the occasion, in March 1985, when Saturn turned retrograde on my 28 Scorpio IC. In the middle of lunch with an old friend who at that time was a bank manager, without warning, I passed out. Just then, a friend of his, who was also a bank manager, was passing by the restaurant window. I came round and insisted on going home – very groggily, with a bank manager holding me up by each arm. Very Saturn in Scorpio, don’t you think?!

Would you rather be ruled by Uranus or Jupiter? Why?

What a question! Both those planets are strong in my horoscope, Uranus in the tenth house leading an eastern bowl shape, with Jupiter in the third closing the bowl, and the two in bi-quintile aspect. My Ascendant is also on the Jupiter/Uranus midpoint. However, if forced to choose I would go for Jupiter, provided the aspects weren’t too difficult. My reasons are probably dictated by the stage I’ve got to in life: that disruptive, eccentric, unpredictable, stubborn individualism characteristic of a Uranus-ruled life feels too tiring to contemplate now! Jupiter’s boundless energy and optimism, ability to inspire others and be inspired by the more positive dimensions of life, and willingness to be open to a sense of meaningful connectedness to that which is greater than oneself, are especially attractive to me at this point.

What advice would you give to someone learning how to read their own chart?

One, there are dozens of ways of evading personal responsibility – resolve at the outset never to do so by blaming your horoscope or your transits for your difficulties in life. Two, realise that objectivity is something to be aspired to, which can never be achieved by mere human beings. This being the case, try to recognise that you can be most objective and therefore most helpful by reading the horoscopes of strangers, provided you have appropriate training and supervision. When approaching your own horoscope, or those of your loved ones, you will inevitably colour the planetary picture before you with your own hopes and fears. Three, the illuminating light which is gradually cast as your understanding of the symbols in your chart grows, will be wonderfully helpful in shedding light on your gifts, pains, motivations and aspirations. But bear in mind that possessing astrological knowledge has a shadow side – for example, I have never known anyone including myself who didn’t look at upcoming transits, especially of Saturn and Pluto, without a certain amount of fear. To help my astrology students with this, I used to point out that 99.9% of the human race from the beginning of time has managed to stagger through life without the aid of astrology! So – enjoy the fascination of deciphering the astrological map of your life. But don’t get too precious about it – and be aware that this wonderful knowledge has a double edge....

What astrology books do you re-read or use the most?

The two astrologers who have most inspired and educated me have been Liz Greene and the late Charles Harvey, with both of whom I was fortunate to study – unofficially from the mid-1980s and formally between 1995 and 1998. As reference books for my interest in mundane astrology, my three favourites are: The outer planets and their Cycles by Liz Greene, Anima Mundi - the astrology of the individual and the collective by Charles Harvey, and Mundane Astrology by Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion and Charles Harvey. My copy of Stephen Arroyo’s Astrology, Karma and Transformation , that wonderful in-depth companion on the ‘stormy journey of the soul’ is now so well-thumbed that it is starting to fall to bits – and when I feel like some outrageous, light-hearted, funny, but deadly accurate astrological analysis I turn to Debbi Kempton-Smith’s Secrets from a stargazer’s notebook.

Anne's bio:
Anne Whitaker has been an astrologer since the 1983 Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Sagittarius. She also has a long background in adult education, social work, counselling and supervision. Anne holds the Diploma from the Centre for Psychological Astrology where she studied with Liz Greene and Charles Harvey (1995-98 London, UK), an MA degree, and postgraduate diplomas in education and social work. Based in Glasgow in Scotland, she is now focusing on writing, and on running her popular website for writers and readers : “Writing from the Twelfth House” http://www.anne-whitaker.com which has just been included in the prestigious and prolific USA astrology blogger Jude Cowell’s Top 10 Astrology Blogs for 2009.

“Jupiter meets Uranus” – a research study of the 1997 Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Aquarius, set in its mythological and historical context – is Anne’s first book. To see an outline and some reviews, click on BOOKS on the Home Page, and follow links. Her second book, “Wisps from the Dazzling Darkness - a sceptic’s take on paranormal experience” is currently being serialised on her website until she has time to look for a publisher.

Monday, June 15, 2009

"I'm A god, not THE God"

This scene from Groundhog's Day makes me think of the Neptune/Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius:



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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Astrology Carnival: Twenty-Sixth Edition

I hope everyone enjoys reading the submissions for this edition as much as I did!

Anne Whitaker writes about Scotland's Horoscope posted at Writing from the twelfth house.

Janet Provan writes about Mars and Venus in I'm too Sexy for my hat, what you think about that? The Venus/Mars conjunction posted at Midnight Sun Astrology. I totally agree with this article because I have a Venus/Mars conjunction in Aries ;)

The Viewspaper provides a musing on astrology, science and blind faith in A Tryst with Astrology posted at The Viewspaper.

Asheesh gives us Taurus Love Compatibility With Taurus and Western Astrology posted at My Free Horoscopes.

Praveen writes a bit about niche marketing and astrology in Niche Business Focus: Astrologists Sara Freder and Larry Pesavento posted at My Simple Trading System.

For the next edition of the carnival, the optional theme is Neptune. Feel free to send in any astrology-related articles, though. Also, if you have any suggestions for a theme you'd like to see, let me know.

You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below. Past posts and future editions can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Astrology Carnival: Twenty-Fifth Edition

Welcome to the twenty-fifth edition of the astrology carnival! It's sponsored by Venus so be sure to read it reclining on a sofa while eating chocolate.

Matthew sent in two Venus articles: Venus in Aquarius in The Seventh: An Interview and Drunk Dialing with Venus Retrograde in Aries posted at Matthew the Astrologer.

Astrology Researcher writes about a Venus-ruled sign in The Strengths Of Libra posted at About Libras.

Asheesh gives us two articles: Sagittarius Love Compatibility With All Signs and an intro to Chinese Astrology in Chinese Astrology Years - Chinese Astrology - Animal Zodiac posted at My Free Horoscopes.

Anne Whitaker shares Evoking the Twelfth House: Writing from the twelfth house posted at Writing from the twelfth house.

Khan explores how Workers Use Astrology to Guide Their Careers posted at Higher Education and Career Blog.

Radim explains How to interpret a horoscope, explores the Branches of Horoscopic Astrology, and ponders the question Are There Bad Astrologers? (all posted at LivingNewAge.com).

For the next edition of the carnival, the optional theme is the U.S.'s Pluto Return. Feel free to send in any astrology-related articles, though. Also, if you have any suggestions for a theme you'd like to see, let me know.

You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below. Past posts and future editions can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Such a Scorpio

I'm reading/working through Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance and came across a brilliant quote drenched with Scorpioness:

"We artists are indestructible; even in a prison or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell."
~ Pablo Picasso

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Astrology Carnival: Twenty-Fourth Edition

Welcome to the twenty-fourth edition of the astrology carnival! There's a bunch of great articles in this edition - it's the biggest one so far - so grab a cup of coffee or some tea and get reading.

Wendy Rae writes about the work of Christopher Witecki (your stand-up astrologer) in Soulgarden.tv Review ****/* posted at Spiritual Life Design.

Horoscope Wisher shares Cancer and Capricorn Compatibility posted at Star Signs.

Chris gives us a really fascinating article on meta-skepticism and Gauquelin's Mars effect study in Skepticism in Theory and Practice: A CSI Case Study posted at Martial Development.

Joe let me pick an article from his blog so I went with Modalities... Also Known As Quadruplicities posted at Joe's Astrology.

Anne Whitaker sent in An Astrologer at Work, a fantastic 3-part article on in-depth astrology posted at Writing from the twelfth house.

candy shares How To Determine Your Sun and Moon Signs posted at Carrie and Danielle.

Radim gives some tips on How To Start With Astrology posted at LivingNewAge.com.

RE Ausetkmt gives us some astro-analysis of the election of Obama in What do the stars say about the Election Today - Barack/Biden WINS ! | BadGalsRadio - RootsRock since 99' posted at BadGalsRadio Daily Blog.

For the next edition of the carnival, the optional theme is Venus. Feel free to send in any astrology-related articles, though. Also, if you have any suggestions for a theme you'd like to see, let me know.

You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the astrology carnival using the carnival submission form. You can also email me (theknowitallastrologer @ gmail.com) your link (make sure you mention that you want it included in the carnival) or post it in the comments below. Past posts and future editions can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pluto Reflections

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Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius right now which means I am actually getting a chance to catch up on some things like reading astroblogs and submissions for the Astrology Carnival (the next edition is coming soon. There are a lot of submissions this time so it'll be a good one). I just read April's post about Pluto's last day in Sagittarius, where she asks, "How are you different now than you were thirteen years ago? And how has Pluto in Sagittarius left its mark on you?"

Since Pluto opposed my Sun right before entering Sagittarius (my ascendant), I've spent about half my life in a Pluto transit. And Pluto didn't just transit my ascendant. He also was conjunct Neptune, opposed my Moon and Jupiter, and trined Saturn, Mars, Venus and Eris. How do I sum all that up? Well, I recently finished Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and I think one of the characters said it best: "Enlightened and endarkened. The ultimate."

The biggest mark Pluto in Sagittarius has left on me is a deep understanding of authentic power. See, Pluto rules the things we give power to, so for most people that's our fears. We give our power over to our fears, because we think this is what will make us invincible to hurt. Then our fears become masks and roles we take on in order to protect and hide the part of ourselves that is most vulnerable to being hurt. These masks and roles can be of great service at times when dealing with day to day stuff. They can also be enormous fun. The problem is when we become too identified with them, especially during, oh, we'll say, a Pluto transit to your ascendant. What Pluto then does is rips off the masks and starts poking you where it hurts the most just because he can. At least until it slowly dawns on you that being vulnerable is not something to protect or hide. At least until your realize there is no such thing as more or less power, or power over, or power sunnyside up. You're either owning your power or giving it away to something outside of you. You're either being your real self or a fake someone else.

I could go on endlessly trying to describe my hard to put into words Plutonian transformation, but basically, I feel like I should be wearing a shirt that says, "Pluto destroyed my ego and he is too a planet."

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