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 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

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 @ 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

Jan18th chart

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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