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 →
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 →
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.
It's been a good week for the Chirotic Journal, as I passed the million visitor mark and my latest article was published by the Mountain Astrologer Magazine online.
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.
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.
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 →
Here, among other effects, Orcus complicates issues of identity and creativity. Rudyard Kipling, with Orcus conjunct Sun in Capricorn and the 5th house, squaring Neptune, was perplexed by who he was, where he came from, and what he would become, from the age of 7 and on. It became an obsession to him after he... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.