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.

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