The 2020 Eclipse Cycle

Hello dear friends, I am writing today in a somewhat less structured way, as I want to start keeping a kind of astrological commentary or diary here. There is just so much going on and it seems impossible to document everything, because the sheer volume of water under the bridge...
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Through a Glass Darkly

The US Pluto Return of 2022 Sometimes I feel a little uncomfortable with the study of very fresh events, especially where there has been some profound unpleasantness. It can feel ghoulish to get involved. In the case of George Floyd, that poor man whose life was so brutally cut short,...
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Housekeeping

Hello friends, Yes, housekeeping, we're all doing a great deal of that just now, unless you are the recipient of some especially shambolic, or dare we say, malicious governance, in which case, you might be enjoying more freedom than is good for you. Here in the UK we have Boris Johnson, whose exact conjunction of... Continue Reading →

The Long Shadow

Hello friends, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” So said Carl Jung, and this is never more true than when dealing with Pluto, whether it be your own or the Pluto of others’. Pluto is a black barb hooked into our consciousness,...
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Strange Times

Hello friends, First of all, I want to send you my very best wishes in these disconcerting times and I hope that you are safe and well. If you've read my piece on the transit of Ixion into Capricorn then I think this will explain some of the reasoning behind...
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Ixion and the Good Life

Hello friends, There’s an old Chinese curse, which goes “may you live in interesting times!” The idea being that prosperity, ease and comfortable living mostly goes on when the general ambience of life is rather dull and uneventful. We are in the midst of interesting times, no doubt, and no sooner are we come to... Continue Reading →

Chiron in Taurus through the Houses

The classic "wounded bull" manifests in the sense of being good enough, and generally impacts the sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Usually there is an uncomfortable class consciousness and sensitivity to poverty, with an accompanying feeling of inadequacy. Compensations can manifest as an excessive preoccupation with status symbols, hallmarks of...
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Chiron in Taurus, the Wound of Insecurity

When the centaur Lord Chiron is in the sign of Taurus, the woundedness manifests in the realm of comfort, security and self-esteem. Indeed, the pain of Chiron here is likely to be felt as discomfort, insecurity and low self-esteem. As with all matters of Venus’ realm, there is a sharp...
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Frida’s Forge

Frida Kahlo is well known as a trailblazing artist. She was, for example, the first Mexican artist to have a painting displayed in the Louvre. But her passion for painting was discovered almost by accident. Well, literally because of an accident, that nearly killed her. In 1922, a bus she...
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Hephaistos through the Signs

Throughout these delineations I’ve been careful to not over-assign roles in the relationship dynamic that typifies Hephasitos in the chart. But generally speaking, in the context of Hephaistos as a kind of minor chord of Chiron, it’s entirely likely that you will take on what might be termed the “lacking”...
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Hephaistos, the Misfit Archetype

According to Carl Jung, marriage is prone to archetypal dysfunction. The myths are but representations of experience learned ten thousand times over and more through all of history and humankind, and these patterns are accessible to each of us through humanity’s collective unconscious. They are like old comfortable clothes that...
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The Great Gravy Train Robbery

Predicting the outcome of elections is hard. The British general election of two days ago has ushered in the most right-wing government Britain has ever seen. This bold conclusion is ably supported by the announcement today that Tommy Robinson, a far-right campaigner and member of various white supremacist organisations has...
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Degrees of Separation

Today I want to teach a very simple astrological technique which I have developed over the years, which I hope will precipitate many fascinating insights. It is a technique that I use all the time because without fail it provides clarity to important life transitions and is so very easy...
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Communion with Hades

I am checking in after a little absence because it's remarkable how quickly time flies and how much work you can get done without even the slightest disturbance on the surface of life and it might seem that there is nothing going on, in the depths of one's personal...
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Making Sense of Makemake

When I was researching Orcus, I made a breakthrough after watching an interview with Stacey Keach where he talked about his "trilogy of wardens". What a great turn of phrase. As a Sun Gemini, closely conjunct Orcus, you would expect multiplicity or ‘many-ness’ to be a feature of his persona....
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On Writing

Hello friends, I am endeavouring to write more often on here. I feel safe just talking with you here because we are sympatico in our little journey of trying to understand the esoteric mechanics of the universe. So, astroesotericists, instead of astrophysicists. So, what I write in these posts is...
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The Shadow part I: the Conundrum of the Luminaries

The Shadow is the collection of unresolved, unrecognised and unreconciled facets of personality. It is accepted that integrating the Shadow into one's consciousness can have enormous creative and healing benefits, but this unexamined self is difficult to apprehend, for precisely the reason that it is hidden from consciousness, and when...
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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...
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