Classic Astrology

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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Jupiter in Capricorn

BY JULIE GILLENTINE

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be de­parted from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me, spirit?”—Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the ringed planet Saturn. Capricorn is depicted as a Seagoat, with the head and body of a mountain goat and the tail of a fish or dolphin. The fish tail represents all…

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Jupiter in Scorpio: October 2005 – November 2006

BY JULIE GILLENTINE

“Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue— to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.”—Socrates Scorpio is the eighth sign of the Zodiac and is a fixed water sign. British astrologer Ronald Davison has said, “Each water sign prepares the way for a new kind of manifestation. Every fixed sign represents a particular gathering to­gether of power.” As a fixed water sign Scorpio embodies tremendous emotional power which can be used construc­tively or destructively. Where…

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Haumea and Makemake

By Julie Loar

“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.”  —Pete Seeger   About two decades ago astronomers began to understand that Pluto was just the most visible member of the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of thousands icy, rocky debris circling the outer solar system. Other small, planet-like bodies, called Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), joined the Sun’s family; and when a world named Eris was found in this region and seemed to be larger than Pluto, astronomers reluctantly decided to…

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Say Hello to Planet 9

By Julie Loar

CAPTIONS: A predicted consequence of Planet 9 is that a second set of confined objects should also exist. These objects are forced into positions at right angles to Planet 9 and into orbits perpendicular to the plane of the solar system. Five known objects (blue) fit this prediction precisely. (NASA) Caltech professor Mike Brown and assistant professor Konstanin Batygin. (Photo: Lance Hayashida/Caltech)   On January 20, 2016, Konstantin Batygin and Michael Brown, at the California Institute of Technology, announced calculation-based evidence of a massive ninth…

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Eris in Aries – 1926-2048

By Julie Loar

“Truly, Eris is a goddess to fear.” Euripides, Phoenician Women Pluto was discovered in 1930 and was considered to be a planet for seventy-six years. Then, along came Eris. At first, she was heralded as the tenth planet, since she is larger than Pluto. But the net result was Pluto’s demotion, the IAU defining a planet for the first time, and the creation of a whole new category of objects in our Solar System—dwarf planets. Astronomers suspect that at least another forty known objects in…

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Saturn in Virgo

BY JULIE GILLENTINE

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”—Confucius The ringed planet Saturn entered the sign of Virgo on September 2 and will transit through the sign of the celestial virgin until July 2010, nearly three years. Virgo is the only female…

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Ceres: Goddess of the Asteroid Belt

BY JULIE LOAR

In January 1, 1801, Giuseppe Piazzi pointed his telescope in the direction of the rocky objects that orbit the Sun be­tween Mars and Jupiter and discovered what he thought was a new comet. Piazzi named the object Ceres, after the Si­cilian goddess of grain, and Ceres became a planet for 50 years. Three other objects were discovered in the next few years: Pallas, Vesta, and Juno, which were also considered to be planets. Later, William Herschel, discoverer of Ura­nus, argued that they were too small…

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Uranus-Pluto

By Julie Loar

Astrologer Dane Rudyar has called Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, “Ambassadors of the Galaxy,” as they inhabit the outer part of the Solar System. Large astrological cycles, and aspects between these “ambassadors,” are thought to influence the evolution of consciousness. Rudyar died in 1985, so he didn’t live to see Pluto’s change of status or other dwarf planetary entities emerging from the remote and frigid darkness of our Sun’s domain. A cycle of aspects between two planets begins when they form a conjunction. Called synodic cycles,…

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The Nabataean Zodiac

By Julie Loar

At its height around 100 BCE the Nabataean empire included parts of Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. The heart of the kingdom was Petra, “rock” in Greek, that was known as Naqmu to the Nabataen culture. It was a fabulous city carved into living rock that poet John William Burgon described as “a rose-red city half as old as time.” Petra was established as early as 312 BCE but was unknown to the modern world until its discovery by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig…

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