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Astro-Singalong: Full Moon In Aquarius, Jupiter And Uranus Opposing Mars And Saturn

(Catch me at Tedda Hughes Gallery tonight, 7:30 to 9, 1623 Polk Street, San Francisco!)

When you were young and your heart was an open book
You used to say life and let live
(you know you did, you know you did you know you did)
But in this ever changing world in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry
Say live and let die

Live and let die
Live and let die
Live and let die

What does it matter to ya?
When you got a job to do
You gotta do it well
You gotta give the other fellow hell

When you were young and your heart was an open book
You used to say life and let life
(you know you did, you know you did you know you did)
But in this ever changing world in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry…

-Paul McCartney & Wings, “Live And Let Die”

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Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn Effects, Described As A Dungeons & Dragons Random Treasure Table

(Roll Percentile Dice)
01–17 Bag of Bitching. Bag is a Capricorn which is suddenly questioning its place in life. Roll vs. Endurance or lose sanity for 2d10 rounds.
01–12 +3 Sword Of Sharpness. If player character is a Cancer, player must roll vs. Intelligence, or will use it on his/her spouse/partner while attempting to clarify what direction the relationship is going in.
13–24 Acid (2d4 flasks, each of which explode upon examination). Specifically Gemini acid, upset over recent financial dealings and/or relationships and/or STD test results.
25–36 Hole Of Infinite Sucking. Will probably be found inside a Sagittarius bank account.
37–48 Holy water. Originally created by a Virgo to fight vampires, this particular holy water was recently used to scrub out the memory of a doomed relationship. Now mostly dirty and useless.
49–62 A vial of antitoxin. It is empty, recently swallowed by an Aries attempting to leave his/her poisonous work environment. The Aries lies nearby, choking.
63–74 Everburning torch. Comparable to the ulcer Leos are experiencing trying to get their daily lives together recently.
75–88 Wand of Wisdom, pointed at the head of an Aquarius while they try to figure out why nothing is working out recently. The wand does not appear to be working out either.
89–95 A telephone (melted). Formerly owned by an astrologer overwhelmed by clients with sudden personal issues and collection agents.
96-00 =5 Magic Armor (roll d%: 01–10=Small, 11–100=Medium). Pretty much mandatory for everyone the next couple of weeks. Will protect you against anything (does not actually exist).

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Carrie Prejean, Intolerance, And Your Mother

Normally I try to reserve comment on anything happening in the news amongst the famous without a solid, confirmed time of birth. But even without a time of birth, sometimes something will stand out really clearly. Like the transits being experienced by Carrie Prejean, the Miss California contestant who famously spoke out (half-coherently) against gay marriage and became a temporary icon of the anti-gay-marriage crowd.
Ms. Prejean has been fired, due “solely on contract violations, including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization.”
Apparently it’s okay to make gays second-class citizens, but not if you don’t show up as scheduled for mall openings and recruitment drives.
Carrie Prejean was born May 13th, 1987 (time unknown) in Vista, California. I wouldn’t usually look at career and public issues within the context of a birth chart without a time: those issues belong to the Midheaven, the 10th House, and its ruler, none of which can be determined without the time of birth. What stands out to me as far as the transits she’s having is that the current Moon-Neptune conjunction is squaring Carrie’s Moon, which is not at all a comfortable thing for one’s Moon-based issues.
The Moon in the birth chart can be said to rule a lot of things even if we don’t know the house placements. Like, for example… your Mother.
Gee… now all of a sudden that line of Carrie’s about “…in my family, I do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman” makes perfect psychological sense, doesn’t it?
Thank God that’s over with. We can get back to life in a world without bigotry. Now if you’ll excuse me… some neo-Nazi just shot up the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

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Nadya Suleman And Her Children, Part One: The Superfluous Six

This is the first of two blog entries about Nadya “Octomom” Suleman and her fourteen children. For those of you who don’t have the time or patience for detailed astrological analysis, I present a brief astrological joke:
An Aries walks into a bar. You got a problem with that, pal?
Now, the analysis. For those of you who want to play along at home, complete birth data for Nadya and the kids is here.
If you want to see what a person’s relationship with their parents is like in a birth chart, there are three places to start: the 4th House and 10th House (and the planets ruling them) and aspects from the mother’s chart to the child’s Moon. It might be a mistake in any individual case to read too much into any one placement or aspect, but Nadya Suleman gave us enough babies that we could start noticing some patterns… even before the octuplets. Since we don’t have a time of birth for Nadya, I’m going to toss out any aspects to or from her natal Moon, which is somewhere in Leo (a noon birth would put the moon at 24 degrees).
4th/10 rulers: Mercury and Pluto
Elijah’s chart has a debilitated Venus in Aries as the ruler of the Third House… speech and communications. That, plus a retrograde Neptune in the 12th near the Ascendant, and Mercury conjunct a debilitated Jupiter in Gemini (both closely opposed by Pluto) makes him the most likely candidate to be the “mildly autistic” child with a speech problem.
Mercury opposes Pluto, conjunct Jupiter, no other major aspects. Pluto is trined by Venus in Aries (debilitated). Surprisingly, no planets in Nadya’s chart make any significant aspects at all to either Elijah’s 4th or 10th rulers.
Nadya’s Mars sextiles his moon, her Venus opposes it, and her Neptune squares it. Also noteworthy: Elijah has a prominent Moon-Saturn square.
4th/10 rulers: Moon and Saturn
Moon is trine the Sun and sextile the Midheaven, but is squared by Mercury and Pluto, which oppose each other and are conjunct the Nodal Axis. Saturn is conjunct Mercury, and thus is square Saturn, opposed by Pluto. So: some difficult 4/10 issues there.
As with Elijah, Mom’s Venus weakly opposes Amerah’s Moon, Mars gives a weak sextile, and Neptune squares it.
4th/10th rulers: Venus and Mars
Joshua has an interesting Venus: at 27 degrees Leo, it is conjunct both the natal Sun and Jupiter within a degree, which is pretty powerful. Also noteworthy: that pile-up is in the first house, and is not aspected by anything else in the birth chart. Combine this with Uranus and Mars at 1 and 7 degrees Pisces (conjunct the older siblings Moons, so undoubtedly they get on each others nerves a lot) in the 8th House, and it paints a very interesting picture of the parent-child relationship. Powerful? Yes. Stable? Nope.
The natal Moon at 1 degree Gemini only gets two aspects from Mom’s chart: a conjunction with the South, a square from Venus, and a weak opposition from Mom’s Neptune.
4th/10th rulers: Venus and Pluto
Aidan has a strong Venus at 22 Pisces, conjunct the Sun (which is iffy) and trine Saturn (which is solid, but Saturn is debilitated in Cancer). Unfortunately for Aidan, that fairly strong Venus is closely squared… by Pluto in the 12th House.
Natal Moon at 10 Gemini only receives two major aspects in the birth chart… a weak trine from Neptune in the 1st House, and a tighter square from Uranus at 7 degrees Pisces (note how that portion of Pisces keeps showing up in these charts). This can often result in digestive/dietary problems (a common issue with autistic children) and combined with a third house ruled by a void of course Mars in Capricorn, makes Aidan my educated guess to be the second autistic child of the lot.
How does Nadya’s chart interact with Aidan’s moon? One major aspect only… her Neptune opposes his moon.
Finally (whew!)… Calyssa and Caleb, born two minutes apart:
4th/10th rulers: Venus and Pluto.
At first glance, Venus and Pluto look strong in these charts. Venus is in Libra and Pluto is trine Saturn. But they do square each other… weakly, but it’s there.
Also: I’m going to break one of my own rules about generalizing too much based on a single placement. These children have a 12th House void of course Moon in Capricorn receiving no aspects other than a square from Mercury, and is ruled by a debilitated Saturn in Leo. If that isn’t a strong astrological signature for depression, I don’t know what is.
…And speaking of depression, there are only two major aspects from Mom’s chart to the twin’s Moon — an opposition from Mom’s Sun and Saturn in Cancer (Saturn within five degrees, the Sun weak at almost ten degrees), and a close square from Mom’s natal Uranus. All of which is very… depressing.
In all fairness, it would be wrong to look at any single mother/child astrological comparison and declare it to be a “bad” relationship based on one or two difficult factors. Lots of people have good mothers who still get on their nerves, and lots have difficult maternal relations with no immediately obvious reason. But when you have six charts to look at (or fourteen in this case) and you see the same sorts of things over and over again… it’s hard not to leap to some less-than-flattering conclusions about the mother.
Coming soon: we’ll have a look to see if throwing an additional eight babies into the mix helps things or not.
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Moon In Cancer On The Ascendant: An Interview

“It’s a little Anxious,” he said to himself, “to be a Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water.”

-Piglet, Winnie The Pooh

(SCENE: The Interview Room. MATTHEW THE ASTROLOGER sits behind the desk. There is a knock at the door and it opens just enough for MOON IN CANCER to stick its head in and look around furtively)

MIC: Am I next?

MTA: Yes. Actually, you’re first. Come in.

(MIC enters and hesitantly takes a seat) First? Why’s that?

MTA: Well, you are on my Ascendant.

MIC: (Smiles) Yeah, ask me how that feels sometime.

MTA: Actually that was my first question. How does that feel?

MIC: I… I don’t like it. Not a very safe place to be. I’m not comfortable with it.

MTA: I wouldn’t have guessed that from casual observation. Moon on the Ascendant has a reputation for being personable. Kind of outgoing.

MIC: (Excitedly) That’s a huge scam, actually.

MTA: Really? I would have never guessed that. You seem cheerful and outgoing. You’ve probably had a lot of people suggest you should go into sales or something like that.

MIC: It’s a cover. A huge one. You know… Cancer rules “coverings,” medically speaking… like the sheath around the brain.

MTA: I knew that. I asked you here today to discuss your personal experience, and even this early into it, it’s been very revealing.

MIC: (Checking to see if its fly is done up, nervously) Revealing? How? I don’t like the sound of that.

MTA: It’s interesting. Like, for example, the way you walk. It’s kind of like…

MIC: Like Charlie Chaplin, six months pregnant? I know. I’ve been working on that my entire life. My parents were very critical of that. There were also critical of that nasal whiny five-year-old voice of mine… which again, I’ve struggled hard to overcome.

MTA: Ah, the parents. Bet there are some issues there.

MIC: I’d rather not talk about it.

MTA: But parenting is always an influence, and especially with Moon in Cancer. You mother, for example —

MIC: I said I’d rather not talk about it.

MTA: Okay. Cancer does have a reputation for defensiveness —

MIC: Part of that comes from childhood. I was a huge kid… at times approaching three hundred pounds.

MTA: Wow, that’s… well, you don’t look like that now.

MIC: I know. Four months of nonstop prescription speed and self-deprivation when I was fifteen. Somehow, I think I permanently re-wired my metabolism.

MTA: That’s interesting. Why do you think your weight was like that?

MIC: The classic. Emotional issues. Of course that all stems from my upbringing.

MTA: Which of course you don’t want to talk about.

MIC: Right. I actually have a tremendous memory for things in general, usually. And for emotional slights, real or imagined, most of all. And I’m willing to admit that sometimes they’re imagined. (Looking around to see if anyone else is listening in) Truthfully, it’s caused me a lot of pain over the years. I feel EVERYTHING.

MTA: That sounds terrible. How do you cope with that?

MIC: Through a rich fantasy life… and by empathizing with everyone to the point where their pain trumps mine. And I cry a lot. Sometimes I make myself cry. NEVER with anyone watching though. Movies usually do it. Do you have any idea how many times I’ve watched the last 15 minutes of Magnolia or Kundun? Or Silent Running?

MTA: The 70s sci-fi movie with Bruce Dern? The one with the three little robots?

MIC: Yeah. Works every time. “When I was a kid, I put a note into a bottle, and it had my name and address on it. And then I threw the bottle into the ocean. And I never knew if anyone ever found it…” And then that damned Joan Baez song. Works every time. (sniffling) Excuse me.

It’s a handy trick really… provoking sadness when no one is around. It’s like relieving pressure from a boil. I learned it at a young age.

MTA: I’ll bet that has something to do with —

MIC: I don’t want to talk about it!

(Part of the “Personal Planets” series. Click HERE to collect ’em all!)
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Today I’d like to draw your attention to a valuable resource on the Internet for those of you tired of the “you believe in that stuff?” look whenever the subject of astrology comes up in conversation.

If you want simple, easy-to-see proof that astrology actually does have an affect, you need look no further than Astrofaces, one of the first astrological web sites that really grabbed my attention.

Astrofaces is trying to compile a collection of photographs of people’s faces, sorting them by Sun/Moon/Rising sign, and letting the results speak for themselves. Of course if you’ve been into astrology long enough, and seen it in action in the real world, you can probably already spot that lazy/sexy Taurus-rising walk or that proud Leo rising cranium.

It’s quite another thing, though, to have visible proof staring you in the face that yes, astrology works. And it’s quite the kick introducing your friendly neighborhood skeptic to have a browse.

Have a look at other people with your Sun Moon and Rising signs. Even if you’re used to the notion, it can be a little startling at first.

I only have one problem with all of this though:

Why haven’t you sent your picture in yet?

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