Element of Water

The intended readership of this article is the informed astrological neophyte, although I hope practicing astrologers will find something of value as well. In Astrology we use the four elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air. The fifth or Quintessence is the source of them all. We have become accustomed to thinking of such things in the […]

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Jupiter – Moon Conjunction

Mark your calendar for January 21, 2013 – a close conjunction of the moon and Jupiter as seen from around the world – the closest the moon and Jupiter will appear in North America until the year 2026! Courtesy http://earthsky.org/ Here’s the chart for the time of partile conjunction. It’s set for Greenwich Mean Time (22 January 2013 @ […]

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Heart & Sol

We are stardust. We are golden. And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden .- Joni Mitchell SOL.] The Sun is placed in the middle of all Planets, and is called amongst the Ancients, both Poets and Historians, Sol, Titan, Ilioa, Phebus, Apollo, Pean, Osyris, Diespiter: It’s needlesse to mention his Colour, being so continuallly visible to […]

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Bright Sky : Thunderbolts & Tin

This is to discuss some of the etymological and ubiquitous symbolic qualities of the Sky God known by several names, but most famously as Zeus or Jupiter. He is perhaps best known as the Master of the Heavens. He was identified by the Romans as Jupiter or Jove. Jupiter is known as the earth-shaker. At will, he could  summon […]

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Fall of Darius III

Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was the king of Macedonia in northern ancient Greece. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. He seemed like the embodiment of Mars. It’s hard to imagine what Aristotle taught him. There has been speculation that he either killed […]

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Charles I : End of an Epoch

The English Civil War had numerous causes but the character of Charles I must be considered as one of the chief reasons. He had what we might call today, delusions of grandeur. Of course in those times it was better known as the Divine Right of the Monarch. Like his father, he felt Paliament was there to […]

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De Magnis Coniunctionibus – An Introduction

The  intent of this article is to introduce the phenomena of the De Magnis Coniunctionibus or Great Conjunctions and provide a general overview. A later article will approach the subject in more depth The Great Conjunctions are those of Jupiter and Saturn.  The last Great Conjunction occurred in  May 31, 2000,. The next will be […]

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Venus : The Golden Mean & the Pentacle

What is now called the Fibonacci Series was allegedly discovered C. 1200 AD by Leonardo Fibonacci, It isn’t clear that Fibonacci understood the full import of his discovery or its relation to Phi or the Golden Mean. There is a good deal of evidence that the ratio was known in ancient times. It has been […]

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Whole Signs & Planetary Strength

It is usually implied that if one uses the whole sign system one will need to recalculate the chart using a quadrant based system to determine the relative strengths of the planets. I have always considered this highly suspect and self-contradictory. Why use the whole signs in the first place if you cannot tell planetary […]

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Newton on the Ganges: Asiatic Enlightenment of British Astronomy

Historian Simon Schaffer, the 2008 Harry Camp Memorial Lecturer, spoke on Newton’s fascination with discoveries about ancient Indian philosophy and discussed the global network of information on which Newton relied for his Principia Mathematica When we think of Sir Issac Newton, we don’t usually associate him with the exotic. Newton was a saturnine and complex […]

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