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Ibiza Astroblog October 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Hmmmmmm….. Where to start?  We seem to be cursed to live in interesting times!

Autumnal Equinox occurred during mid-morning last Friday (23rd).  The nights now become longer than the days, following the Sun slipping into Libra to mark the magic moment.

Equinox means “equal night” and this happens because the Sun is positioned above the equator and at this time of the year – day and night are equal in length all over the world. This also happens at the Spring Equinox in March.

Weather patterns were predicted from quarter day observations in old country folklore, and in modern times, astro-meteorologists use the points of the four quarter days to give a broad prediction for the next three months.

The current equinox chart can be found on my web site: www.ibizaastrologer.wordpress.com

From it I can tell you that the next three months will see generally quite cold crisp dry weather, the blustery winds of the summer will abate, and we will have some fiercely sunny days; cold but sunny. The risk too of some exciting electric storms too.   The chart (as they all do) carries a puzzle, with Neptune ominously hovering retrograde.  Some cold cloudy days I would guess.

Each New Moon too gives its forecast for the following lunar cycle of 28 days, and each week sees an aspect formed between Moon and Sun which provides a weekly forecast.

Looking back at September, there was a rare conjunction during late-morning yesterday (Sept 27th) with five planets in Libra. The Sun, Moon, and Mercury in close conjunction, while Saturn and Venus sat in conjunction a little farther on.  Both those conjunctions suggest strongly conflicting emotions – internal conflict (maybe external too!)  producing sudden outbursts as Mercury in placid Libra is precisely opposed by Uranus in aggressive Aries.   New Moons suggest the start of things…. Hopefully it’s not a continuing theme.

Let me add fuel to that particular fire by observing that the aforementioned stellium in Libra emphasises a T square, with Uranus in opposition to it and Pluto square to both the stellium and Uranus.  So…. Add intense pressure indicated by Pluto and sudden and unexpected happenings from Uranus……  I suspect from other factors in the chart that it may have connections with property and wealth, – not huge amounts, but that owned by most ordinary folk.  The current fragility of the Eurozone makes me fearful that this may be a tipping point.  I hope not, and the composition of the stellium at least gives me optimism.  I think nevertheless that we will see a crisis peak around this time.  Some good news though, with Venus aligning with Saturn on the 30th.  The sunrise chart for that day suggests that solutions will be found.  Maybe the world will put on its sensible shoes at last and we’ll turn the corner….

So many planets so close together on one side of the Earth have strong gravitational pulls, especially with the Moon crossing the equator on the 26th, and closing to Perigee on the 28th.  All of which distorts the Earth’s crust, producing higher tides and possibly earthquake activity.  Hmmmmm….. a not-so-funny time.

Moving onto October, life ambles along without any big dramas obvious.

Full Moon on the 12th is in aggressive Aries, opposing the Sun in peace loving Libra.  An interesting conjunction of Sun and Saturn on the 13th follows closely.  New Moon in Scorpio on the 26th and that’s the headline news for October.  The first week of so of October sees mostly Lunar aspects forming and parting, as Moon flits past the others, creating one emotion one moment and another emotion next moment.

On then with the day-to-day transits interpretations; some this week, more next.  Remember that if your ruling sign or rising sign planets are involver you’ll probably feel the effect more than some others, and the effect rises and falls over the period indicated.

01 Oct 2011 to 04 Oct 2011 Mars Square Jupiter: Upward spirals consume evermore energy without making much upward progress, and those urging on their stallions may actually be beating a dead horse. Wasting energy in the interest of imagined accomplishment can really tax resources, so take a second look before you jump in and burden yourself in the general fray.

06 Oct 2011 to 07 Oct 2011 Mercury Conjunction Saturn: It may be hard to get your head into gear, but once you do, you can go into great detail. Thoroughness is the watchword and you will not want to be in the company of scatterbrains. With the ‘Thinker’ as the model, there is the risk of taking things too seriously, but anything begun now will wind up a heavyweight for sure.

07 Oct 2011 to 08 Oct 2011 Venus Trine Neptune: Getting creative and dreaming up new joys and pleasures comes with ease, and there are plenty of others playing in that sandbox, so share and share alike. Spiritual and material pleasures do not need to conflict, but can go hand in hand for self-satisfaction and the benefit of all. Believe it, and it will come true.

09 Oct 2011 to 02 Nov 2011 Venus Enters Scorpio: The hunt for objects of desire is in full swing for a few weeks, so expect  some very intense satiation all around. It doesn’t show much on the surface, but when the doors close and the shades go down, it’s all the way – literally or figuratively. Dipping your toe in is not what’s happening now, so beware if you try to — you may be pulled in headlong with the rest.

12 Oct 2011 to 12 Oct 2011 Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon  in Libra brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals sealed now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking the fruit from the tree, not planting one.

Ibiza Astroblog October – part two

Well, as expected the Supermoon brought some dramatic weather during the past week.  Now we have a short period of respite before the busy time at the end of the month.  Lots of things coming to fruition, and one major thing starting.  Mars commences a phase which in past times has brought dramatic events around the world.  And so it will be again.  Starting at the end of October and lasting through ‘til June 2012.  Mars – warrior planet, ruler of Aries and traditional ruler of Scorpio.  I’ll expand on it more next week.

11 Oct 2011 to 13 Oct 2011 Mercury Trine Neptune: It’s easier than usual to put difficult and elusive concepts into words and put them to work for the general benefit. If you have a dream, now you can speak about it and people will understand. Listen to the same from others, who now have the same opportunity to share their inner visions and unite with you.

12 Oct 2011 to 14 Oct 2011 Venus Sextile Pluto: Quiet confidence in achievable goals makes things run smoothly and cooperation in the mutual interest means everybody gets just the right piece of the pie. Giving easily without a thought to the cost breeds instant karma and it all comes back again in spades. Fearless love is its own greatest reward.

13 Oct 2011 to 02 Nov 2011 Mercury Enters Scorpio: There’s an air of secrecy about for the next few weeks, as if everybody’s trying to keep a copyright on what they’re thinking, so pulling out ideas may be like pulling teeth. Critical elements are often withheld until you’ve passed the entry test – but once honestly shared thinking gets going, it runs deep.

12 Oct 2011 to 15 Oct 2011 Sun Conjunction Saturn: If everyone is taking things very seriously, there may be a reason – or there may not be, so lighten up. When progress is slow, spirits dampen, and vice versa, but forced endurance creates strength, so these clouds have silver linings. Commitments made now will hang around for a long time, so choose with care.

14 Oct 2011 to 15 Oct 2011 Venus Opposition Jupiter: Too much, too little, can’t be satisfied — the story you may be hearing today. Real needs and imagined desires can get mixed up, causing ups and downs that can alternately deprive and then waste. Finding the balance is the trick, so all get only their fair share and no one gets left out. Watch phrase: measured generosity.

16 Oct 2011 to 17 Oct 2011 Mercury Sextile Pluto: Tuning in to the Force can be easier than you think – you might be doing it right now. When you work in sure knowledge, it works through you. Thus, what you take for granted is your very support structure. Foundations laid now will have that subtle support that protects without any armour at all.

17 Oct 2011 to 18 Oct 2011 Mercury Opposition Jupiter: Separating the wheat from the chaff is a stop and go operation, and just as a good idea seems about to be fruitful, a problem arises. Each time, however, you get closer to a final fix, so the frustration will be worth it if you see it through to the end. A time to refine big ideas until they have definition.

21 Oct 2011 to 23 Oct 2011 Sun Trine Neptune: Visions that might otherwise be gossamer fables can take on real substance and efforts initiated today can turn dreams into reality down the road. Your confidence in your own personal imaginings is the right stuff for others to rally around, and a general agreement on inner reality is at hand.

23 Oct 2011 to 22 Nov 2011 Sun Enters Scorpio: Still waters run deep, but only when you can get below the surface. The coming month’s theme may be probing the depths, or seeming to, while keeping out distracting disturbances. That makes for high intensity when you’re inside someone’s door, or they’re inside yours, but complete mystery when you’re/they’re not.

24 Oct 2011 to 28 Oct 2011 Mars Sextile Saturn It takes firm ground and good traction to run a long race, and that’s what is available for those willing to take advantage of it now. Put the heat on low and slow cook that roast until it’s perfectly tender. Playing the long game is easy — Rome wasn’t built in a day, and that’s how it became the Eternal City.

26 Oct 2011 to 26 Oct 2011 Moon Conjunction Sun New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, rebundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.

25 Oct 2011 to 28 Oct 2011 Venus Square Mars: Try, try again and you may wonder why you did. Sometimes an object of desire eludes the chase and constant and repeated forays tangle things even more. You may have to call it perfecting your technique, and that may be the long and short of it. Anyone can have an off day, one that holds lessons for tomorrow.

27 Oct 2011 to 29 Oct 2011 Mercury Square Mars: The seemingly best ideas can get tangled indeed when they are not implemented correctly, and correcting that can be a tangle in itself. Thrashing things out seems to mark the current environment, and you can join in if you must — or if you can afford to, sit out the fray on the sidelines and let others spin their wheels.

22 Oct 2011 to 04 Nov 2011 Jupiter Trine Pluto: New frontiers, hot prospects, expanded operations are not hard to sell right now — in fact, the soft sell will be the most successful. Whether you are promoting your affections or your consumer product, act as if it’s the only way to go in the world and is pretty much of an accomplished fact already. The more faith you have in yourself, the more others will have in you, and the more likely things will work out right for you, since everyone is expecting them to.

28 Oct 2011 to 29 Oct 2011 Sun Opposition Jupiter: The best-laid plans need revamping when the envelope is pushed too far, and there may be some bursting bubbles in the neighbourhood right about now. If you’ve gone a bridge too far, now’s the time to regroup and patch up the plans that seemed to be working fine moments ago. When that’s done, you can move confidently again.

28 Oct 2011 to 30 Oct 2011 Sun Sextile Pluto: Quiet self-confidence allows forward motion without interference and without making waves. If you look like you know where you’re going, the crowd will part to let you pass. Commitments or relationships begun now will share that enduring quality and make it easily through the storms of life and into the sunshine.

31 Oct 2011 to 01 Nov 2011 Venus Square Neptune: Desires deceive and getting hold of what’s wanted seems to be a continuing and elusive task. Watch out for illusions and delusions being sold as the real thing, then snatched out of reach just before consummation. If you’re unsure, don’t invest time or money or you’ll be perpetuating the situation.

31 Oct 2011 to 02 Nov 2011 Mercury Square Neptune: It’s easy to insist on cutting your way through the confusion only to find yourself more at sea than before. Perhaps it is better to roll over and go back to sleep and wake up on the other side of the bed. Elusive concepts flee in the face of challenge, so watch the show without requiring explanation. No subtitles.

Well, that’s the transits for October – More about the long term next week.

May the Stars be with you…

Your Ibiza Astrologer.

Ibiza Astroblog – August 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Welcome to August!  I thought it was going to be a quiet month, but having looked at the charts, it seems we’re in for a bit of a busy time.

In fact, the month of August is influenced greatly by the New Moon of July 30th, as New Moons carry a broad prediction of weather for the coming 28 day lunar cycle.  Of course August will be hot on Ibiza – it always is with  the Sun is in Leo, which it rules, – a bit like the King being on his throne.  But don’t expect an absolute scorcher this year because there will be lot of warm and wet influence by Venus and the Moon, with odd days of Saturnian cool.

The 30th brought not only a New Moon, but another earthquake deep under the ocean floor just off the east coast of Japan.  Not as devastating as the previous one, but 6.3 which is a good shaking for anyone.  I looked at the chart for this latest quake, and interestingly, to the minute it struck, Saturn, planet of earth and underground workings was passing over the IC.  The IC is the point directly opposite the point of Mid Heaven at that moment.  Of course cynics will dismiss it as pure co-incidence….. Amazing co-incidence though!

The New Moon saw the beginning of some powerful Solar Flare activity, which sounds rather ominous…. Just be extra careful for the next week or so!  The weather will suffer uncertainty too. To add fuel to that hot spot, Mars is ‘Out of Bounds’ until the 22nd.  Out of Bounds means it has moved outside the Earth’s boundary of tilt (the ‘ecliptic’) which is just about 23.5 degrees.  When planets move outside this, they are regarded as becoming somewhat maverick in their influence, so Mars out of control for a few weeks should be exciting.

Of course revolutionary Pluto in establishment Capricorn is still continuing with its upheavals.  I note the latest revelations in the on-going News International saga.  Since Mars went OoB on July 24th it has been revealed that the NoW fully financed mobile phone so kindly given to the mother of Sarah Payne by then editor Rebekah Brooks had been hacked.  Moreover, the reporter/investigator who was jailed for the prior NoW phone tapping has now stated openly via his solicitor that he ‘was instructed’ to hack phones.  Mrs Brooks is reported as declaring Mrs Payne as a ‘very dear and great friend’.    Yet more corrupt establishments crumbling?  The recalling of James Murdoch to answer further questions will also be revealing.

As a partial aside from astrology, I confess that last month, I took the love of my life to Amante Beach Club, for dinner at the evening of the Full Moon.  The setting there is fabulous with stunning views of the Moon rising romantically out of the sea, shimmering across the water with the big ferries lit up in its beams.  The Amante food and service were impeccable, so a big thank you to everyone there who made our evening so special.  The next Full Moon is on Saturday the 13th at 20.57, which means that you can sit at your table and countdown the minutes to the precise moment of the Full Moon.  Wow!  Romantic moments don’t come much better than that!  I do know those special menu-evenings get booked well ahead, so don’t miss out, book today.

I think that’s enough ramblings; time now for the transits forecast.  These describe what’s happening as the planets orbit the Earth, some fast, some slow just like a Grand Prix.  Some bring elation, some  bring disaster.  The dates give the effective period of the influence.  No Moon aspects remember – it just moves too fast…. Blink and both the aspect and its effect has gone.  Remember too that whereever you read this, it was created by IbizaAstrologer, part of Astroibiza.com.

31 Jul 2011 to 02 Aug 2011

Venus Trine Uranus: A broad scope of varied and original experiences are open for exploration, and it’s easy to lose your fear of risk and embrace the new. What might have seemed a bit over the top before now looks like your cup of tea, with others jumping in to try out the most exotic tastes. There’s nothing like a hands-on education.

31 Jul 2011 to 02 Aug 2011

Sun Square Jupiter: Overblown, repetitious plans could use a little trimming and when you see that time-wasting windbag headed your way, make tracks. A tendency to overdo with diminishing returns colors actions, and if brevity is the soul of wit, you’d never know it now. Buck the tide, simplify, and don’t commit until that’s done.

03 Aug 2011 to 26 Aug 2011

Mercury Stationary Retrograde:  The strongest moment in the retrograde period.  Grinding to a halt, Mercury looks around for weaknesses in technology and communication systems.  Moving backwards, then forwards again eventually it tests to destruction those things it finds wanting.

03 Aug 2011 to 19 Sep 2011

Mars Enters Cancer: People will be exerting themselves with some amount of caution for some time to come, as the inclination is to put all your energy into one, cherished effort and nurture it through, ignoring other prospects or demands. That doesn’t make for good team play, but it favours solo artists who know what they’re up to.

02 Aug 2011 to 04 Aug 2011

Mars Trine Neptune: Ideal thrusts and parries are easy to make and the show is entertaining enough to make progress without getting bored. Putting energy into dream-building is just the thing and the more you put your shoulder into it, the more help you’ll get from others you convince to follow your star. Belief and deeds go hand in hand.

04 Aug 2011 to 04 Aug 2011

Moon Sextile Sun: Taking it easy and letting things happen will let opportunities continue to grow that are already underway. Situations beginning now will be cooperative and helpful to you as they progress. A general atmosphere of getting along together prevails and will continue to if you just go with the flow.

03 Aug 2011 to 06 Aug 2011

Mercury Sextile Mars: Making the most of previous arrangements causes seemingly ordinary procedures to become prime producers. When things are in order, all runs so smoothly that you hardly notice how well it’s going. It might be a time to take a second look at what it takes to get it right so you can better maintain your trajectory.

05 Aug 2011 to 03 Feb 2012

Neptune retrogrades into Aquarius: The coming fourteen-year period will likely see the idealization of the common folk, even to the level of thinking they’re essentially a lot better off than they are, even superior, and thus subject to all sorts of scams. The blessing is the discoveries involved in recovery from that. Epidemics are a hallmark of this period, so expect at least one significant one.

04 Aug 2011 to 06 Aug 2011

Venus Square Jupiter: An inclination to overdo beyond diminishing returns is fueled by the desire to get things just right. One more added touch, just another taste, try it once again, until satisfaction goes out the window. Sometimes less really is more, even if it doesn’t seem like it, so backing off may save you both time and money.

04 Aug 2011 to 06 Aug 2011

Sun Sextile Saturn: Small investments are the safest, and small returns mount up. Conservative thinking can pay off if you don’t make a big deal out of it. Any boat you launch now will be hard to rock, even in a storm, so it’s a good time to ease her away from the dock and put gradually to sea. The world awaits, but don’t rush.

07 Aug 2011 to 09 Aug 2011

Venus Sextile Saturn: The little things in life can be the most satisfying, and, when closely viewed, often loom larger than they really are. Simple desires, simply satisfied, have a way of sustaining life that allows both joy and unhindered progress. Today’s endeavours will share that quality as they develop, quenching your thirst, banking your fires.

08 Aug 2011 to 09 Sep 2011

Mercury retrogrades into Leo: There’s a sense of fun in just chatting over the next few weeks, and the details of what’s said are less important than originality and creative spirit. It’s a time for birthing ideas, not putting them through school, so join in with the general creative urge to talk things out. For once, for the moment, it’s the feeling that counts.

05 Aug 2011 to 10 Aug 2011

Mercury Opposition Neptune: Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered was written for this moment – maybe befuddled, as well. Just when you’ve got your head on it, it vanishes, a Chimera in broad daylight. And it’s happening to everyone else, too, a regular blind man’s bluff. Don’t press it, just marvel as it comes and goes, then passes altogether.

08 Aug 2011 to 11 Aug 2011

Mars Square Uranus: Sparks fly as honing in on issues gets problematical and irritation makes for rough handling. Mistakes born of haste are not easily corrected and repeated efforts are best marked off to experience. Itchy and edgy, the mood is unsettled and it’s not the best time for laying down foundations where steadiness is required.

09 Aug 2011 to 12 Aug 2011

Mars Opposition Pluto: There may be some disarray about as head-on collisions, encounters with walls and trees, and total engine failure both literally and figuratively litter the landscape. When opposing sides meet, it’s the immovable object that wins, since irresistible forces have taken the day off. So don’t strain yourself, and when in doubt just back off.

13 Aug 2011 to 13 Aug 2011

Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals sealed now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking the fruit from the tree, not planting one.

Well Astrobloggers, that’s the weekend’s  fabulous Full Moon; remember it’s at 20.57 for military types, or three minutes to nine in the evening.  Watch and enjoy it somewhere special!

12 Aug 2011 to 20 Aug 2011

Venus Conjunction Sun: Ego compounding desire can make this moment hot but near-sighted at the same time. In the passion of the moment all are more likely looking out for number one than for the general good, and the possibility of missing the long-range win is real. Seek what you want, but remember you’ll still have needs tomorrow.

16 Aug 2011 to 17 Aug 2011

Mercury Conjunction Venus: This is an ideal time for achievement in arts and letters — whether it’s redecorating, taking great pictures and movies, or doing a makeover. A keen eye for the beautiful is in sharp focus and a strong sense of shape and proportion makes for good judgment in all aspect of design, now and for posterity.

16 Aug 2011 to 17 Aug 2011

Mercury Conjunction Sun: High mental energy burns hot, a real brain boiler. The trick is to keep up with everyone without missing a stitch or dropping the ball. Great ideas abound, but don’t buy everything you see until you give it a second, cooler look. Everyone can be too close to the subject to realize that what recommends it is only the heat of the moment.

17 Aug 2011 to 20 Aug 2011

Mars Sextile Jupiter: Cruise control is the key to forward motion, so don’t waste time pumping the pedal, just set it for the speed limit and keep your hands on the wheel – the rest will take care of itself. When operations are well-tuned, you can afford to be on automatic along with the rest of the world, driving without distraction.

20 Aug 2011 to 22 Aug 2011

Venus Opposition Neptune: Difficulty in focusing in on just what it is you want is universal, so don’t try to pin down other people’s orders (or your own) too tightly as no one has as firm a grip as usual. Where you can put off decision, do so, as whatever you initiate will partake of this uncertainty down the line and this moment could stick with you longer than you might like.

21 Aug 2011 to 15 Sep 2011

Venus Enters Virgo: Finicky taste abounds for the next few weeks, and you’ll find people turning up their noses at situations they would have gratefully embraced only weeks earlier. Competition will, of course, change all that soon enough, so if you’re wise you can pick up the neglected seconds now and they’ll be worth double in no time. In fact, you may want to keep them.

22 Aug 2011 to 24 Aug 2011

Sun Opposition Neptune: Attempts at self-assertion can be met with sporadic confusion and uncertainty caused by misinformation, or even disinformation. You’re not the only one making your way through the mists, however, so sound a fog horn if you want to avoid collisions. A good time for introspection and revisiting your dreams.

23 Aug 2011 to 23 Sep 2011

Sun Enters Virgo: You don’t know how abundant your harvest is until you count all the sheaves in your granary, and that kind of attitude abounds in general for the next month or so. Life is grand in all its little details, but only if the details don’t belittle it. Seeing the forest for the trees may be a challenge now, but enjoy each tree as you pass.

23 Aug 2011 to 27 Aug 2011

Mars Square Saturn: Trying to push on too hard in the face of incremental resistance puts a strain on everyone, with some accompanying lessons to be learned. To wit, don’t pursue energy-wasters once you’ve spotted what’s happening. If you’re not getting anywhere, move on to the next and return another day to finish up.

25 Aug 2011 to 26 Aug 2011

Venus Trine Pluto: When you’re sure you’re going to get what you want, you probably will, and that kind of attitude all around makes for a general win-win situation. Cross-purposes are at a minimum and a fundamental agreement on mutual goals and desires means one hand washes the other and vice versa for joint pleasures.

26 Aug 2011 to 28 Aug 2011

Moon Enters Leo: Creative and uncensored feelings can make for an almost party atmosphere if you follow the flow and avoid the usual impediments for the next couple of days. The world is looking for a lover, and you can put yourself into that picture however you choose. Make a breakout, or just let the rising tide carry you along.

26 Aug 2011 to 24 Nov 2011

Mercury Stationary Direct: At last!  Mercury stands still from its backward journey, the searchlight is again remains fixed on communication and technology today, before Mercury sets off again covering the same ground, endeavouring to ‘get it right’ this time.

27 Aug 2011 to 29 Aug 2011

Sun Trine Pluto: A strong sense of self-assurance can enable everyone to pull together now, based on the faith that it will come out all right in the end, whatever happens. Endeavors begun with that in mind will be virtually bulletproof and a firm foundation is there for you if you choose to take a chance.

29 Aug 2011 to 29 Aug 2011

Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, re-bundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.

29 Aug 2011 to 31 Aug 2011

Venus Trine Jupiter: Bounty and generosity go hand in hand and snowball when everyone is willing to tap assets without holding back. To live is to give, and get back accordingly. Launch it now and there will always be plenty to go around, a veritable birthday for the golden goose. The operant idea is growth through good feeding in all respects.

30 Aug 2011 to 25 Dec 2011

Jupiter Stationary Retrograde:  It seems we’ve missed an opportunity somewhere along the line!  Jupiter is planet of expansion and growth, and today it’s looking hard at them.  It moves backwards until Christmas Day when it starts over in a renewed attempt to get things moving.

Until next month, best wishes from,

Your Ibiza Astrologer

Ibiza Astroblog – June 2011

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

I’m sure that the May blog attracted the comment – well he got that date wrong… referring to the tragic earthquake in Lorca on May 11th.  I had suggested that “Around the 17th could be a time of more destructive seismic activity/storms/weather”. I looked at the chart for Lorca on the 11th and it showed several significators for disruption of some sort, but not of the magnitude that transpired.

Fortunately the 17th passed without seismic drama in Europe, but note the following report from an earthquake watch website in the USA:-

18th May 2011 – Nicaragua’s Telica volcano spewed a massive cloud of gas and ash into the air Tuesday following several strong explosions. Material was ejected 1.2 kilometres into the air above the crater of the 1,060-metre volcano, the seismological institute Ineter said. A total of 50 explosions were recorded. Since May 9, Ineter has recorded 59 seismic shocks in the area, and Telica had ejected a large amount of sand on nearby cities since Friday. Sixty nearby villages were evacuated as a precautionary measure. The volcano is located in Leon province, some 130 kilometres north-west of Managua. It last erupted in 1948.

I have to say that my Ibiza Astroblog does seem to be acceptable, even desirable, as it now appears on several other web sites relating to Ibiza, a number without my prior knowledge or permission.

For the record, Ibiza Astroblog originates at Ibiza Astrologer Go there to sample the liqor from the still!  The guys here at ibizaholidays.com are among the good ones, where I regularly post, and am happy to do so.

June 1 sees a New Moon, and partial solar eclipse, at 11° 1’ Gemini and it makes  no major aspects to anything else in the sky.  That suggests it stands alone on its own influence, and that influence is of Mercury, ruler of Gemini.  Mercury is the winged messenger, so I expect that new ideas will abound, together with new ways of doing things.  In a word… Gestalt!

While the eclipse stands alone, we still experience the  Saturn-Uranus opposition, which is the classic stop:go contradiction, with both sparring partners squared to Pluto in Capricorn.  No change there then, but maybe the eclipse will trigger a burst of energy, and we see some kerfuffle in the financial/political arenas.  There’s also the remains of the  Venus-Mars conjunction in Taurus.  The romance of Venus, swept of her feet by passionate Mars!  In Taurus no less – suggesting that someone somewhere will be getting all steamed up about protecting families and homes.  That perfected a week ago, just about the time the dreadful forest fire started, and people were moved to passionate and dramatic action to save our beloved island.  I heard a rumour (I can as yet call it no more) that the fire was started as a protest against the poor conditions of some people here…… That would demonstrate another face to the Mars & Venus conjunction.

Mercury, planet of thoughts communications swings to its extreme of orbit and goes ‘out of bounds’ (OOB) between 10th – 28th.  Just like driving off the edge of the road, onto the dirt, it’s uncharted territory, which means that the unexpected can easily happen.  That could be a new discovery, a fantastic innovation, or a total haywire catastrophe…… OOB, the rules just don’t apply.

After the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 15th, comes the Summer Solstice on the 21st.  The Sun enters Cancer.  The longest day!  The end of spring, the beginning of summer,  quarter day…..    Well, I shall not be watching the sunrise at Stonehenge, but I shall be watching!

Sunrise on the 21st, Solstice day is at 06.35

The Solstice is in early evening on the 21st at 19.17 which is the precise time the Sun enters the sign of Cancer.  More about that later.

On to the daily transits for June….  Again this month, the period of influence is shown.

31 May 2011 to 02 Jun 2011

Sun Trine Saturn, so there’s a certain pleasure in feeling well-grounded, and this moment would make a firm foundation for whatever you choose to build upon it. If your plans are already made, it’s time for the cornerstone to be laid. Go with what you’ve got, as there’s a no-frills feeling that’s saying keep it simple, take it slow.

01 Jun 2011 to 02 Jun 2011

Moon Conjunction Sun: The New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, rebundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.

02 Jun 2011 to 16 Jun 2011

Mercury Enters Gemini

The coming few weeks will be ideal for wide-range brainstorming, as the

general climate is up for more open communications and generally batting ideas around without having to commit to them immediately. There’s a breezy feeling to it, like air running through your hair, freedom of speech at its safest and best.

03 Jun 2011 to 09 Nov 2011

Neptune Stationary Retrograde:  Old dreams come into focus as visions and insights from them prevail.

02 Jun 2011 to 03 Jun 2011

Mercury Square Neptune: It’s easy to insist on cutting your way through the confusion only to find yourself more at sea than before. Perhaps it is better to roll over and go back to sleep and wake up on the other side of the bed. Elusive concepts flee in the face of challenge, so watch the show without requiring explanation. No subtitles available.

04 Jun 2011 to 11 Jun 2012

Jupiter Enters Taurus so a year of slow expansion is now ahead, during which the best-laid plans take a long time to lay down, but once they’re in place, there’s no stopping them. The future looks bright, but gradual, and the sure-footed approach is the accepted way to go. It’s all about doing it well, making it all come true at the right time.

04 Jun 2011 to 05 Jun 2011

Mercury Sextile Uranus so the wellsprings of the mind are like water, often taken for granted. When ideas flow fresh from the tap, one assumes they are always there, as at this moment. Launch it now and that will likely always be the case, but a look inside the mechanics of your everyday creativity might help you drink when wells run dry.

07 Jun 2011 to 08 Jun 2011

Mercury Trine Saturn: Steady focus and clear reductive thinking get reliable results that inspire confidence in others, particularly those on the conservative side. Keep your eye on long-term operations and slow but steady development. Think big but not fast, what is begun now is for posterity, and that’s forever, so you’ve got time.

04 Jun 2011 to 14 Jun 2011

Jupiter Sextile Neptune A more realistic and satisfying way to blend dreams, hopes, and expectations by sharing is in the wind, if you are willing to take a deep breath. Actually, a series of shallow breaths describes it better. What once you may have kept to yourself, it is time to exchange with others who have been in the same situation. Fortunately, the air is very conducive to doing just that, and what might have been hard to say before comes more easily with the knowledge that it is a two-way street of mutual trust and reward. You may find this critical to your happiness, or you may just find yourself in a general situation where it helps others and it’s the best thing to do to go along. Either way, you win.

There’s more next week… starting with Venus entering Gemini…

Until then, be happy – it’s inside you just let it out!

Your Ibiza Astrologer – Ibiza Astrologer

Astroblog for May 2011

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Perusing the May charts, I’m reminded of the ancient Chinese curse:  “May you live in interesting times”.

I think May will be interesting, but it’s being rather enigmatic about it all.  Apparently a quiet month, quite chilled out, but there are a few land-mines about which could blow up in someone’s face.

The month begins with Mars conjunct Jupiter.  Mars is second of the malefics after Saturn, and is about war, fire, and aggression, while Jupiter is the great benefic and is about benevolence, munificence, expansion and growth.  Another cliché:  Marriages being made in heaven….. but so are thunder and lightning…. That’s the paradox of Mars and Jupiter.

Although a few hours earlier, but far less powerful, there’s another enigma with Venus opposing Saturn.  Warm wet Venus opposing cold dry Saturn.  It’s almost a confusion or challenge between good and evil….  Same coin, different face?

Meanwhile, retrograde Saturn is hanging about almost stationary all month, and as such is close to a square with both Pluto and Uranus.  Like a veiled threat…… Saturnian order and discipline, squaring up against intense Pluto, and sudden shock Uranus.  Revolution against authority?  Maybe the clue is in those May 1st aspects…. Which leads to another cliché….  “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”.

There’s a New Moon in Taurus on the 3rd, and that too might be an interesting time…. Taurus playing host to Moon and Sun, as paternal Taurus does, but the chart for the New Moon places it in the 12th house….. of institutions, prisons, and hidden enemies.

At least the New Moon chart has one piece of good news, with the 4th house cusp in Leo, which is ruled by the Sun.  And that my friends indicates a 28 day lunar cycle with plenty of warm sunshine!  Mercury is still in Aries, and remains with the Uranus influence for a while, so unexpected gusts will continue, while Neptune continues to provide bits of cloud.

Around the 17th could be a time of more destructive seismic activity/storms/weather.  Remember your brolly, and be prepared for interrupted journeys.

And on to the major aspects for May.  I’m prefixing each aspect with an indication of its duration, rather than the date on which it perfects.  Many many other aspects join the major ones, and the exact timing of an event depends upon the optimal moment.  Hence a major aspect can be the point of change for several occurrences, albeit not at the same moment.

30 Apr  to 01 May – Venus Opposition Saturn: Journeys of desire proceed despite interruptions, but at a slower rate. If at first you don’t get what you want, try it again differently until you find your way around the roadblocks. Where resources fall short, cleverness intercedes and patience perseveres. Fortunes are seldom made overnight, so take one step at a time.

29 Apr to 03 May Mars Conjunction Jupiter: Boundless energy and enthusiasm can overwhelm, like a crowd of runners all attempting the hundred-metre dash. You may want to think about not

joining that herd but siphoning off some of the energy around you in a more reasoned way. Eagerness often lacks staying power, but passion can be a thrill when directed.

03 May to 03 May Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new.  Re-bundle your energies into a new package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. A time for laying cornerstones, – walls and rafters come later.

05 May to 20 May Mercury Conjunction Venus: This is an ideal time for achievement in the arts and writing – whether it’s redecorating, taking great pictures and movies, or doing a makeover. A keen eye for the beautiful is in sharp focus and a strong sense of shape and proportion makes for good judgment in all aspect of design, now and for posterity.

11 May to 21 Jun Mars Enters Taurus:  The need to get on with things takes a slow turn for a while to come. Actions become of necessity more deliberate, sometimes ponderous. Although headway may be gradual all around, it’s a good time for laying solid foundations and putting your sweat into investments that will last a long time.

10 May to 12 May Venus Conjunction Jupiter: Big appetites and a large bite out of life depict the day.  That means dig in right there, but don’t overdo. Spectacular beauty will characterise launches in love or money, but take things with a barrel of salt.  Nevertheless, enjoy.

10 May to 12 May Mercury Conjunction Jupiter: Various new plans and schemes fill the air.  If you can latch onto one that really works, you can go far. If there is a problem, weed out the best from the rest and settle on what to do with it. No time now for details, just get the concepts right.

11 May to 13 May Mars Sextile Neptune: Small illusions and occasional flattery grease the path for everyone, so good manners based on consideration of others makes even the most insincere friendships rewarding. Gilding the truth doesn’t always mean lying, just spreading cheer and optimism that enlivens and revitalises all concerned.

16 May to 09 Jun Venus Enters Taurus: There’s harmony in simplicity in the air.  The old pleasures haven’t lost their appeal. For the next few weeks, you don’t need a fancy cuisine to take a nice bite out of life.

16 May to 02 Jun Mercury Enters Taurus: There’s a certain ponderous quality to communications in the coming weeks, which is great for gaining ground and making sure you know what’s really happening. Solid, well-crafted ideas have appeal whereas flights of fancy have a harder time getting heard because a leap of imagination is difficult with both your feet on the ground.

05 May to 20 May Mercury Conjunction Venus: This is an ideal time for achievement in the arts and writing – whether it’s redecorating, taking great pictures and movies, or doing a makeover. A keen eye for the beautiful is in sharp focus and a strong sense of shape and proportion makes for good judgment in all aspect of design.

15 May to 17 May Mercury Sextile Neptune: The messages of the spirit are clearest when you are not directly seeking them. It is now that wisdom unheralded and unnoticed displays itself around you. A special comfort comes from knowing secrets without shouting them. A quiet word and a knowing glance tell all.

15 May to 17 May Venus Sextile Neptune: Good taste is everything and it’s at its most real when you don’t even notice it. What feels right unquestionably is right. Enjoy the drink that’s already been poured – you’ll find it suits you more than you ever imagined.

17 May to 17 May  Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals done now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking fruit from the tree, not planting.

19 May 22 May Mars Trine Pluto: Forceful action is highlighted by confidence and follow-through, doubling the available power at hand. Swing through and not at the ball, and it will soar straight and true. Today’s beginnings will mature to be self-reliant and reliable, fuelled by faith and conviction.

20 May to 21 May Mercury Trine Pluto: When you’ve got it all thought out, run with it and everyone will follow. Forceful words expressed in a friendly manner brook no opposition. A powerful concept sweeps the field better than an onslaught.

19 May to 22 May Mercury Conjunction Mars: Ideas catch fire and the mind races as your thinking cap jams with the hammer down. A heady time indeed, but you’ll need to keep pace with the rest of the world which is experiencing the same thing. Strike while the iron is hot!

21 May to 21 Jun Sun Enters Gemini: The month ahead promises a lot of heightened communication – at least that’s the general expectation, so expect to hit a chord if you say more rather than less. Intellectual solutions are the rage, but that may be simply to paper over what’s being ignored underneath. Keep you options open however as you never know which sound bite is going to wind up being true.

21 May to 22 May Venus Trine Pluto: When you’re sure you’re going to get what you want, you probably will! That kind of attitude all around makes for a general win-win situation. Cross-purposes are at a minimum and a fundamental agreement on mutual goals means one hand washes the other and vice versa.

21 May to 23 May Sun Square Neptune: Deceits and deceptions are hard to distinguish from honest mistakes and confusions. When in doubt it’s probably best not to try to find out. It’s easy for everyone to get into a tangle over minor misunderstandings that waste time and energy.  Don’t let it lie and don’t make moves – you want to be on a solid foot.

21 May to 25 May Venus Conjunction Mars: It’s sparkle time!  Love and desire are born and animal magnetism is instilled into every step you take. It’s the perfect time for love, romance, and passion and it has star power written all over. If you want to start something with high profile public appeal, now’s the time.

24 May to 26 May Sun Sextile Uranus: Sometimes you can see just as well with a flashlight as with a floodlight if you are examining something small. The simplest solutions are often the most ingenious, and it’s the household gadget that makes most inventors rich. Small and clever is the order of the day, and what’s more it has staying power.

And that’s it for May!

Solstice next month!  Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

Until flaming June, enjoy with my blessing, an enigmatic May.

Your Ibiza Astrologer

 

 

Ibiza Astroblog for March 2011

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I remember the occasion many years ago hearing the quote ‘May you live through interesting times’ with the explanation that it was an ancient Chinese curse.  Maybe not Chinese in origin, but we are in the throes of interesting times.  Cast back to my 2011 forecast… ‘… revolution, earthquakes, hurricanes & floods…’  And the Fat Lady hasn’t even begun to sing yet!

In conversation recently, someone described my forecast as ‘gloom & doom’….  And I suppose there is news that’s not welcome…. But is the alternative, which is totally uninformed even better?  I don’t think so.  At least we know that these bad times will eventually turn to good times, and can prepare accordingly.

So…..  To March.  Days of the mad hares… In like a Lion, and out like a Lamb….  It will indeed be an interesting month.  Not least because the Vernal Equinox on the 21st sees the day becoming longer than the nights, and it heralds the New Year as the Sun passes into Aries, first sign of the zodiac.  The old ‘quarter day’ it is a very significant moment, as important as the Gregorian ‘new year’ of January 1st.  A few days before that on the 19th, there is a full Moon in Virgo which is particularly important to note.  It is a ‘SuperMoon’ which means that the Moon is at perigee… closest to the earth in its orbit. In fact it will be the closest perigee for 2011, so the Full Moon will appear bigger that any other all year.

The critical thing  to watch though is that the gravitational pull is strongest on the Earth’s crust, even stronger that the Full Moon of Feb 18th, and the perigee of Feb 19th. You may recall I predicted earthquakes around this time, and Christchurch  was at the epicentre on the 22nd after some early warning shakes.

So the SuperMoon of the 19th is arguably the most extreme of 2011, and the close proximity to the equinox means that it occurs almost directly over the equator, stressing and distorting the Earth’s crust severely.  Think earthquakes, floods, electrical storms, hurricanes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.  Not all, but the potential is raised for any and all. Maybe not in Ibiza, but the window between the 16th and the 19th will be interesting to watch.  Of course the tides will be highest and lowest across the world as the Earth’s crust suffers greatest distortion for 2011.

Of course folklore tells of people ‘going funny’ at the Full Moon.  Think back over the past couple of weeks……. A lot of people have ‘gone funny’ but regrettably not in a ‘Ha Ha’ way.  The SuperMoon of the 19th will make them, and others go even funnier.  To fire them up, we see Uranus, the ‘awakener’ move into Aries the Ram sign of the zodiac on the 11th, ready to fire up sudden dramatic actions with typical ‘head down eyes closed’.  But this is not a short term affair, Uranus remains in Aries for seven years, not finally moving into Taurus for good until March 2019.  See my daily comment, that sums up the situation.

Areas under particular duress are North & central America, from Mexico City to Chicago; China and Siberia are vulnerable, as is West Africa and Western Europe. Even New Zealand is in the frame again, albeit the edge, and hopefully the previous quakes have left no ‘booby traps’ under the Earth’s crusts just waiting to be nudged.

At the end of the month, we see the opposition of Jupiter and Saturn perfect.  The absolute paradox of expansion and contraction opposing each other.  Freedom and restriction opposing one another.  Look at the world, watch it in action!

And the good news?  It gets better!  The March Full Moon sees the harshest of the short term aspects, and while I will not predict Utopia, things do start to mend and get better.  There are longer term issues between 2012 and 2015, but more of that another day.

But to the nitty gritty of March, day by day……

The 1st sees Venus Sextile Uranus:  You don’t have to go crazy trying to discover new sensations. Sometimes the slightest variation in a time-honoured recipe will turn things around with hardly any effort. Try a new ingredient, a new position, a new side road — you’ll be surprised what’s just next door and around the corner, and maybe who’s doing it too.

Next day, Venus enters Aquarius, and everything is worth a try for the next few weeks.  Branching out to have a little of each is what it’s all about. That of course includes taking the banal with the sublime, and if mixed tastes are not your style you may want to tread water for a while. On the other hand, there will be some dishes up for grabs you wish you’d known about earlier, so don’t turn a blind eye.

The 4th and Mars Sextile Pluto means that being firm but not controlling is the key to getting along for everyone. Stick to your guns but don’t point them at others and all will go smoothly. When expectations are clear, it is easy to achieve harmony and mutual cooperation.

In the evening, there’s a New Moon in Pisces. To focus your mind, you must empty it first – if you can’t do that, you’ll never line up the sights. The compelling urgency right now is to take your attention away from the details and let the white noise take over until something materializes in the midst of it, a new figure stepping out of the mist. The challenge is to follow the swirls of the current until you feel the change in the waters around you, sense the nearness of the shore, and then direct your stroke to the sound of the waves on the beach. The courage is in knowing there will be a resolution when there isn’t yet one in sight.

The 9th and Mercury Conjunct Uranus suggests that lightning-flash ideas lead to sudden, keen insights about how to make things work better. Leading-edge inventiveness abounds. In general, it’s a good time for that “aha!” light bulb to go off over your head, so keep your mind open and write down what comes to you.  Later in the day, Mercury enters Aries, so everybody’s going to be quick-witted for a few weeks, or at least will be giving it a try, which means the foot-in-mouth syndrome escalates, as people speak before they think. Nevertheless, there’s a sharpening of minds that cuts waste and makes for rapid-fire unfolding of ideas. Follow-through after the onrush will be the challenge.

Next day, the 10th Venus Sextiles Jupiter.  There is an opulence in good taste that surpasses grandiose, and the key to satisfaction is not how much you have but what you do with it. Taking just what you need to feed your desires creates a gentle spiral of growth and gratification. By making it ‘just so’ the afterglow of contentment lingers.

Early on the 12th Uranus enters Aries. Discoveries are increasingly made by forcing the issue over the next seven years. Breaks and discontinuities seem to come from out of the blue, even though they have been gestating for some time. Belief systems around you change radically at sudden shear points, revealing the obvious only after the fact, leaving the most aggressive in charge.

The 13th and Mercury Squares Pluto. Forceful arguments have less weight, the more you put into them. Pounding debates only exhaust their participants. Attacking the issue will wind up destroying it. Yet that’s the general inclination, so when in doubt just say nothing. Hightail it to some seclusion where you can wait out the battle, then pick up others’ pieces.

On the 15th Venus Trines Saturn. Beauty and wealth both come from the bottom up — built, not just acquired. Desires are truly fulfilled only by plumbing their depths and knowing what it is you really truly want. Addressing these issues now allows for lasting satisfaction where recurrent cravings no longer unsettles your sleep.

The 16th and Mercury Conjuncts Jupiter, so all kinds of new plans and schemes fill the air, and if you can latch onto one that really works, you can go far. If there is a problem, it is sieving out the best from the rest and settling on what to do with it. No time for details now, just get the concepts right and lay big plans for the future.

Friday the 18th, Mercury is Opposite Saturn Navigating past the logjams of the mind can be a challenge, and sometimes you just can’t get your head together and focused. The brain drain is a pain, and only periodically with periods of mental energy and clear thinking. It’s happening all around, so best wait until things lighten up before making commitments.

The 19th and the Full Moon in Virgo. This “Worm” Moon has more than the usual craziness of full Moon, it also has an in-and-out-of-focus quality that can change from moment to moment. Just when you think you’ve got things pinned down, life goes into soft focus and you forget your line and have to wing it. It’s really hard to script what’s going on, so maybe you shouldn’t try too hard, and certainly don’t insist others toe the line, as they’re having the same issues. What you bring out of this period will be better intuitive communication and a better understanding of just how unreliable pre-set cues can be. It’s less about saying what you mean, more about meaning what you say – even if it isn’t all that clear, it can still get across.

20 minutes into the 21st and it’s Sun into Aries. There’s a fairly sudden shift of energy as a month of urgency begins, painting action and purpose on a previously passive environmental palette. Patience and gestation won’t do anymore, time to get up and go – but exactly where to may be the puzzle. Preventing premature detonation while delivering a timely bombshell is the challenge of the month ahead.  Later the same day…. Sun Conjunct Uranus, and a feeling of explosive urgency is in the air.  You can fall into some serious personal discovery if you ride that wave. You can also get into some heated debate in a flash as there’s an all-or-nothing tinge to events that resist reining in. Exploit the moment, but wait on pursuing it too far until heads cool.

The 27th and Venus Conjuncts Neptune. Mystery holds much appeal; the more difficult it is to put a finger on the more people will want it. Dreams, fantasies, fiction, and the generally ineffable are all good sellers, no matter who is buying. A time to be gloriously unspecific and totally undemanding of the suddenly gossamer fabric of reality.  Later, Venus enters Pisces, and the more ethereal the better for a few weeks, and if you can’t quite put your finger on it, that’s just what everybody wants. The elusive, mysterious, and hard to get or understand are what’s on the general menu, though satisfaction may be hard to find afterward. But just the right taste could lead straight to heaven.

Next day, the 28th and Sun Squares Pluto. Personal confrontations abound and you will do well to avoid them.  They lead nowhere but take up a lot of time and energy and leave resentment in their trail. Force plays and squeeze plays are no substitute for fair play, and you’ll never regret walking away. Let the air clear and be ready to move on unimpeded.

Later on the same day, Jupiter moves Opposite Saturn. This generational aspect, which happens only once every 20 years, marks a major social and economic struggle between the new and the old, the traditional and the radical, in which both sides spar and harden against each other. It is very much a time to choose one and leave the other behind in relation to the larger part all play in the big picture. Prejudices increase, along with paranoia and general fear of the unknown, leading many to cling to false idols and defend or advance them dangerously. Where you can find movement that leads both to what is right and also profitable, there you will become elevated above the fray.

The 30th, and Mercury moves to Stationary Retrograde in readiness to commence it backward journey in Aries for a few weeks.  Just when you think you can enjoy the limelight, you have to turn around and put some more spin on your tale to satisfy the onlookers. That scenario can characterize the next three weeks when your image may need some polishing and you have to resolve differences of opinion on your status. But, a few stumbling blocks well attended to now will open up a path of clear sailing down the road. Part of this may be that you haven’t really picked up the smaller stitches because you’ve not quite got the bigger picture in focus. Refocus, pull all the threads together, and then you’re on your way.

So, there you have it, March…. Mad as a hare…..

The days are now longer, the Sun is now higher, flowers bloom in its warmth, and we are here to delight in them.  These are the truly important things.  Sadly, so very many people in the world have lost their way.

With the blessings of the Cosmos until next month….

Your Ibiza Astrologer

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They should know better!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Every so often I have to respond to foolish questions. One regular old chestnut is based on: “Astrology is rubbish because the earth has moved since the time of the ancient Greeks. So when you say Jupiter is in Aries, it’s actually in the constellation of Pisces… as you can see if you look at the sky.”

In the light of the recent mischievous regurgitation of the same old nonsense about a ‘new’ thirteenth zodiac sign, let me explain again. The zodiac signs are clearly and deliberately different to the constellations which carry the same names.

The tropical zodiac used by Western astrologers is based on the Earth-Sun relationship. Not on stars.

Zero Aries is defined by the Vernal Equinox.

Zero Cancer is defined by the Summer Solstice.

Zero Libra defined by the Autumnal Equinox.

Zero Capricorn is defined by the Winter Solstice.

All based on declination, not longitude.

There is a zodiac based on star positions, with Aldebaran as fiducial (marker). That is

the Sidereal Zodiac, in use in India. It is a radically different system that cannot be

compared to the Western Tropical Zodiac.

There has indeed been a ‘heavenly shift’ since the time of the ancient Persians and Greeks. It is due to a phenomenon called the precession of the equinoxes. Astrologers have always known about this. It’s precisely why they decided long, long ago, not to use constellations for most of their work. Constellations are unreliable and unequal. There are arguments over where each begins and ends. Plus, over time they change. The ecliptic is the path that the sun appears to follow through the sky, with the constellations behind it, the ancients divided the sky into twelve equal parts and named each of the parts after constellations.

Astrology and astronomy once were one and the same thing.  The study and interpretation of the planets and stars was not an easy one, requiring great talent to fully acquire the art.  Numbers was an easy way out, so many focussed on the new ‘astronomy’.  Only half the ticket, but better than none!

It’s all to do with the splitting of astronomy from astrology in the 1600′s.  Since then, astronomers have played with their super-duper telescopes and found out absolutely wonderful things about quasars, black holes, neutron stars and about how old the universe really is and what the so called ‘big bang’ is all about.  After all, they’ve got to do something to justify the multi million pound budgets they get for exploring space.  Consequently, slagging off astrology is an easy option.  Like a petulant child trying to emasculate its parent, but knowing deep down it can’t do without them.  So, there they are secure in their ivory towers, funded-to-the-hilt astronomers dig at astrology out of ignorance and fear.  Astrologers by comparison get nothing in terms of funding or support.  Until 1660, there was no astronomy, it came about as the visual side of astrology; and then the scientists got hold of it.  And of course astronomy can mathematically prove everything, whilst astrology can’t.  But astronomy is devoid of all magic, it has no soul or spirit.  It is android.  Astrology recognises, understands and embraces the real magic of the Cosmos

Typically astronomers are like Richard Dawkins, frightened and denying of what they do not understand.  Consequently most astronomers have become the total antithesis of the open minded greats such as Galileo, Kepler, Copernicus and Newton; all of whom were very proud to be astrologers.  To quote Sir Isaac Newton’s reply when challenged on his astrological work and knowledge: “I have studied the subject Sir; You have not”!  Invariably those who question or deny astrology have never studied it.

There is much from the ancients that was lost and forgotten.  We shall re-discover it with the aid of science, as science itself is recognising that there is indeed some form of great cosmic deity.  The world will then once more begin to understand how astrology, dowsing and healing are all integral to the great geomancy and the power of the Cosmos.  Until then we must endure the dominance of the overbearing ‘stars by numbers’ as a substitute for the great art form.

Wishing you the true Magic of the Cosmos,

Ibizaastrologer

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