Classic Astrology

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The Bible & Astrology

By Julie Loar

With the recent spate of spectacular astronomical news—as in February’s meteor strike in Siberia, the close encounter with asteroid DA14, or the dramatic appearance of the purported comet of the century, Ison, expected later this year (see page 10)—it’s tempting to draw disturbing conclusions from purportedly prophetic Biblical passages. Consider this reference in Revelation 8:10-11, “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as if it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers…

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The Geometry of Transformation

By Julie Loar

The summer of 2010 will witness some powerful planetary configurations. A Grand Cross forms in June at the full moon, and a Cardinal T-Square takes shape as July comes to a close. These astrological aspects may be the most in­tense in seven decades. Astrologers are watching, wondering, and trying to interpret their influence. Everyone on Earth will feel these energies, although the perceived effect will differ based on individual charts and states of con­sciousness. These configurations will also have a strong connection to the birth…

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Mercury, Messenger of the Gods

BY JULIE GILLENTINE

“Words are of course the most powerful drug used by mankind.”—Rudyard Kipling Mercury lives at the Sun’s front door and as a result has the smallest orbit of the planets, only eighty-eight days, two to three times faster than Venus or Earth. But in contrast to Mercury’s speedy orbit the planet rotates very slowly on its axis, making only one rotation in fifty-nine Earth days, leaving one side of the planet in darkness for weeks at a time. Mercury’s orbit is also quite eccentric causing…

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The Galactic Alignment of 2012

By Julie Loar

We shall not cease from exploring, and at the end of our exploration, we will return to where we started and know the place for the first time.   —T. S. Elliot, Little Gidding V   The spectrum of scenarios expressed about December 21, 2012, ranges from apocalyptic “end of the world” rhetoric to the promise of a golden age or a mass ascension of humanity to a higher state of consciousness. Famous prophets and prophecies such as Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, the Hopi Blue Star,…

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Blue Moon

By Julie Loar

“Everyone is a moon with a dark side never shown to anyone else.” —Mark Twain July of 2015 has a second Full Moon in the same calendar month, which according to the modern definition is a “Blue Moon.” Tracing the origin of the expression is an enlightening object lesson in the mechanism of folklore and idiom. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first reference to a Blue Moon appeared in the year 1528 in a poem titled Rede Me and Be Not Wroth: “If…

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Lilith

BY JULIE LOAR

“Don’t curse the darkness—light a candle.” Chinese Proverb Our concept of the solar system is in a state of flux, and it’s a challenge for astrologers to keep pace with the discover­ies and their significance. We lost Pluto as a planet, and Dwarf Planet Eris, who upset the apple cart, has an even larg­er mass, adding insult to injury. In 2001 an asteroid was identified which may be larger than Ceres, the first discov­ered. Ceres itself is now believed to be a “mini-planet,” boasting pure…

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Moon Signs

BY JULIE GILLENTINE

“Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest thy love prove likewise variable.”—Juliet, Romeo and Juliet—William Shakespeare The ebb and flow of the oceans are part of the ever-changing constants of life, and the Moon’s gravitational pull on Earth’s waters is the biggest influence on tides. It’s often been said that since our bodies are at least seventy percent water (estimates vary), then the Moon must have some effect on the watery aspect of our nature, creating…

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Jupiter in Gemini: June 2012 – June 2013

By Julie Loar

“There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins.” —Josh Billings   Gemini, the Twins, was one of 48 constellations described by second century astronomer Ptolemy and remains one of the 88 constellations agreed upon by astronomers internationally since 1930. The name is Latin for “twins” and corresponds in myth to the famous Greek twins Castor and Pollux. Those are also the names of the two brightest stars in Gemini. Although Castor is designated as alpha, it is actually the…

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Jupiter in Virgo: August 2015–September 2016

By Julie Loar

“To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe     Virgo is the only female among the zodiacal constellations, and other than the twins, Castor and Pollux (Gemini), and the Water Bearer, the only human figure. Virgo is depicted as a maiden, holding a palm branch in her right hand and a single ear of wheat in her…

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Sign Language

BY JULIE LOAR

The practice of Astrology dates back thousands of years, and the perceived relationship between what happens in the sky and a resulting resonance on Earth remains perennial. Humanity has long observed the changing and recurring patterns in the sky, correlating these in terms of meaning in the lives of individuals and collectives. Astrological records date back to 1645 BCE in Babylon, and the earliest horoscope dates to 410 BCE. Astrology’s origins can also be traced to several other cultures, including Egypt, which developed sophisticated calendars…

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