Mensa Munda

We have thought about the idea of a solar persona a few weeks ago and followed the marvellous story of the Rising Sun/Son of the Montmartre, Maurice Utrillo. We learned in that fascinating history how he had grown up with uncertain paternity, and we posited the view that the solar principle in astrology correlates with the important psychoanalytic concept of the persona. We can examine the persona in many ways, but my fundamental appreciation of this concept is that, like so many other facets of self-expression, it makes a good servant and a poor master. The ideal in terms of...
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Not Enough Pluto

Not enough Pluto. Yes, it really can happen, and it's potentially devastating. We have looked closely over the years at several cases where a person is born with a surfeit of Pluto energy. The principle is that to have sympathy with an energy does not always mean to have more of it, indeed, Pluto is subtle, deep and most of all hidden, so to have Pluto in positive, outgoing and extrovert signs, like Leo, Libra and Sagittarius is uncomfortable for Pluto, who enjoys Scorpio for precisely the reason that he can remain subtle, deep and hidden. The cautionary tales...
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The Rising Sun of the Montmarte

As we have seen from our recent study of US President, Donald Trump, issues of paternity are of supreme import in understanding matters of identity. Identity is an ever-evolving and ever-elusive construct that has to be understood by the astrologer in order that they can help an individual refine and conceptualise their sense of self. It is arguable that there is no greater mission in all of astrology. Roman theatre masks. Carl Jung first devised the concept of a ‘persona’ as a psychological term of reference. Originally, it was a Latin word for an actor’s mask, which presented the...
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Continued: Who is Donald Trump?

If you are reading this, then thank you, sincerely, for your support. To understand this chart, or any chart for that matter, we need to understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of the placements. Just as a matter of process, these can be calculated by hand but it is laborious, and I have written an app to calculate these for you, and all you have to do is subscribe and you can use the calculator to determine the relative planetary strengths and weaknesses. I am also in the process of writing an accompanying guide to these scores, but suffice...
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Who is Donald Trump?

Few individuals divide opinion and promote disagreement as intensely as Donald Trump. Americans in particular, are deeply divided on his merits, while, for the most part, the rest of the world looks on, perplexed. He is a man of singular views, voiced unreservedly and this is possibly the major driver of both his popularity and... Continue Reading →

The Almuten Conundrum

As you may well have heard, it is generally regarded as “a good thing” if a planet falls within a compatible sign! The logic being that the positive qualities of the celestial power can be more easily and more potently expressed and the soul within is lent that celestial power, and his or her life... Continue Reading →

Pluto: Cycles of Horror

For a few years now, I’ve pondered a theory that Pluto’s sojourn in the signs is reflected in society’s horror tropes. Let's take a look at how your Pluto generation most enjoys scaring themselves.

Master and Servant: Rulership Theory

It's worth getting to grips with rulerships. Astrology starts to make a lot more sense when you can begin to pick apart the avenues of causality that exist within our charts, and rulerships give you this exact perspective.

Pluto and Me: the Two Great Invisibles

It's the great conundrum of science and the reasoning mindset that it cannot attune to states of being that are in excess of itself. So science cannot get to grips with love - whether personal or altruistic - except to say something banal and senseless about chemical activity in the brain. The only evidence that can be made in support of love is anecdotal; circumstantial even. The reasoning mind cannot say anything insightful about it at all. Philosophers and great thinkers throughout time have attempted to tackle these thorny subjects. Unfortunately, when Descartes concluded that 'I think therefore I am' he committed an act of genocide on higher states of consciousness for all future generations.

A Change of Perspective

With the inconjunct and semi-sextile, you have aspects that are vaguely out of tune with one another. Planets that are 150° apart are awkward, and whilst the aspect creates a desire for connection, there is an discomfort, and a vague clumsiness surrounding the association. They're like strangers thrown together on a blind date, both hoping... Continue Reading →

The Astrology of the Mayan End Date

Much has been written about the astrology of the Mayan end-date tomorrow, with particular reference being made to the Yod formed from a Saturn Pluto sextile to Jupiter, retrograde in Gemini. For me, this Yod holds no especial promise. Indeed, it has some intimation of a fixation with communicating a glib set of values to... Continue Reading →

November 2012’s Lunar Eclipse

Something remarkable is going on in the heavens right now, but it’s not generally known about. There’s the eclipse of course, at 6 Gemini – Sagittarius, but this actually forms a Grand Cross with Chiron’s current opposition to Orcus. Chiron – Orcus is the wound of integrity of course, and in the Virgo and Pisces... Continue Reading →

The Astrology of Oblivion

What a delight Neptune is, with his glorious, undermining illusions.

A few months ago, somebody asked me to look at the case of an aging relative who was becoming ‘confused and forgetful’. We talked about it for a while, science, in the form of a kindly, but ultimately noncommittal doctor had no answer to the problem, nor any advice it seemed, except to “monitor the situation”. The fear was, naturally enough, Alzheimer’s.

Saturn in Scorpio: Time to Get Real…

While Saturn travelled through Libra, we were tasked with new learning. Saturn is always about learning as evidenced by the fact that wherever he resides in your chart is a place where you are especially under-prepared. If you have Saturn in Libra therefore, you start out with a difficulty in relating in a mature and... Continue Reading →

The September 2012 Full Moon

Any full Moon represents either the culmination, or we might say fruition of a relationship, or the end of it. There is much talk about lunar cycles and how they ought to affect us as individuals, but rarely is there a recognition of the basic implication of Sun and Moon when it is discussed. Sun... Continue Reading →

Orcus, ToC

I've been asked a couple of times for the contents of the book; here it is: Table of Contents Acknowledgements. Part I Mythology.  The Swearing of Oaths. Orcus the Implacable. The Etruscan Orcus and the Grim Reaper. Orcus the Wild Man. Hubris. Imprisonment.  Stacy Keach. Mike Tyson. Terry Waite. Nelson Mandela. Punishment. Unconscious Programming. Dehumanisation.... Continue Reading →

Pluto’s Wealth

A seemingly vast number of people have presented me with the question: can Pluto be a good thing? I approached this question in my last article and made the seemingly unequivocal answer of ‘no’. Whilst, upon initial examination, this is as much as the topic needs, there are of course other nuances to consider. The... Continue Reading →

Decommissioning Pluto

Most often I am asked, "is there any circumstance in which Pluto can be good?" Or some approximation (evaluative or otherwise) thereof. I think this misses the point almost entirely and betrays a fundamental misconception about the intrinsic nature of Pluto. Pluto is unconscious domination energy. You can ask then, is there any way in which nuclear material can be good? because this is fundamentally the same question. Let us examine it just a little and uncover its innate paradoxes.

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