Pluto and the Personal Planets Revisited

Today, I will begin to summarise the various insights relating to Pluto's contacts with the personal planets that I have written over the last few weeks: they represent the sum total of my experience of the combinations with Pluto and their various manifestations into the life. I intend to look at case studies for each... Continue Reading →

Tales from the peregrine Moon: Sylvia Plath

In the pursuit of perfection in poetry there can be few luminaries as bright as Sylvia Plath, and it was her profound struggle with depression and grief which underpinned most achingly her gift, which, in pursuit of the sublime aim of describing the indescribable can have few equals; Plath was noted especially for her uncanny... Continue Reading →

Relationships and the Davison Composite

Today I would like to revisit the theme of relationship astrology, and explore another method of determining compatibility between two individuals by the analysis of their astrological combination. Typically this is achieved through synastry: the application of one nativity to another wherein the aspects between each party's placements are studied. Of course, even before any... Continue Reading →

The 8th House: A Good Death?

If you're a halfway competent astrologer and you have no interest in knowing how you're likely to meet your maker, then stop reading now. Today I am going to explore some of the key insights relating to death in the nativity; it is a profoundly difficult subject for very obvious reasons and not one that... Continue Reading →

Why is a square?

It seems like a perfectly obvious question, but it's one that most astrologers seldom think to ask, not least, I suspect, because there are certain unquestioned assumptions in astrology as much as in any other field of study: and thus a square is simply a square because it's a square! This logic has always troubled... Continue Reading →

More Marital Breakdown

I would like to very briefly pursue another theme from the previous post and explore a little further some of the implications found within the astrology of Denise Richards, the (now) ex-wife of Charlie Sheen. The couple are still involved in an acrimonious custody dispute over their two children. Back in May Celebrity Justice ran... Continue Reading →

Trines vs. Squares, Case Studies

The fact that today I don't get a single hard transit, Venus conjunct Uranus woke me at 8:04 this morning and she crosses my Ascendant around lunchtime (and I am looking good today, if I say so myself), has got me in the way of thinking about the quality of aspect experience in the nativity.... Continue Reading →

The Making of an Astrologer

Would you be interested to see the nativity of a born astrologer? Somebody for whom the impetus to astrology would have been astonishingly powerful, irresistible even? When you look at the chart then, notice all of these indicators: Sun peregrinated in Virgo on one of the astrologer's degrees. (11° 35'), an overwhelming need to shine... Continue Reading →

The astrology of marriage

Today, I want to discuss, broadly and without being too definitive about it, the astrology of marriage. Almost immediately, there is a slight difficulty because semantics are involved, but in this instance I determine marriage to be any significant partnership with another human being in which you share affection, a duty of care and -... Continue Reading →

The Astrology of Byronic Unhappiness

There is a consistent thread running through much of the new age spiritualism of our times, it is most easily rendered apparent through the understanding of the dichotomy between the head and the heart, the measurable of rational science and the immeasurable of non-rational wisdom; I have more than a passing familiarity with both; and... Continue Reading →

Feminist Astrology and Germaine Greer

As a work that is traditionally hailed as being antithetic to male comfort, I find that Germaine Greer's "Female Eunuch" probably says more about the negative stereotyping of women by women than it does about men. Of course, she argues (throughout her writing) that this is merely the extension of a patriarchal tyranny, that culturally... Continue Reading →

The Grand Trine explored…

The Grand Trine: even the moniker creates a regal ambience; if you could buy and sell aspect patterns on Ebay then there's little doubt that the beautifully equilateral one would conjure as much interest as any possible configuration, excepting possibly the Golden Yod (which everyone in the know would want but would have no clue... Continue Reading →

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