How astrology works is a mystery. An ancient art honed through thousands of years of practice, it is based on the Doctrine of Unity: illuminationthe notion that the universe is an interwoven fabric. The astrological concept of a celestial-terrestrial connection has been with us throughout the ages, reflected in diverse spiritual traditions the world over and epitomized by the Hermetic maxim, "As above, so below."

Even though there is compelling circumstantial evidence for astrology's underlying principle of interconnection, we have yet to discover the scientific mechanism that can account for it. We are living in exciting times, however, when fields of modern physics and mathematics, are moving towards interesting, parallel understandings regarding the seemingly magical interplay of energy and matter. We are beginning to see validation for some of the observations mystics have been alluding to for thousands of years.

"The ancient perception of unity between the human soul (the microcosm) and the vast world soul of the cosmos (the macrocosm) has become impossible for most people today, and the ancient formulation "As above, so below," has been relegated to the junk heap of "outdated superstitions."

— Stephen Arroyo

I realize as an astrologer many people will automatically brand me as a lunatic; and yet here I am sticking my neck out anyway, risking ridicule. For even though the claims of astrology do seem inconceivable — founded on superstition; nevertheless, over and over again, There are many aspects to this great big universe of ours we have yet to understand; and the underpinnings of astrology, the how and why it works, is one of those mysteries.I see its accuracy and usefulness when I apply it to my clients' lives and my own. However outlandish astrology's claims are, it does indeed work. There are many aspects to this great big universe of ours we have yet to understand; and the underpinnings of astrology, the how and why it works, is one of those mysteries.

We live in an era with a troubling lack of respect and intolerance for the unknown, the wild, and the mysterious. If some idea or notion has not been proven, it must certainly be bunk, rubbish. This — actually unscientific — narrow-mindedness is exactly what Carl Jung was getting after when he stated: "I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud." It also reminds me of something Iain McGilchrist wrote in his book on the two hemispheres of the brain, The Master and His Emissary:

"Certainty is the greatest of all illusions: whatever kind of fundamentalism it may underwrite, that of religion or of science, is what the ancients meant by hubris. The only certainty, it seems to me, is that those who believe they are certainly right are certainly wrong."

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What is a Blue Moon?

"Once in a Blue Moon" — we've heard the phrase and know its colloquial meaning implies something improbable, something rare, absurdly rare even — an event with the probability of occurrence falling at slim to none, as likely as pigs taking wing or hell freezing over.

Yet a Blue Moon is more than just some improbable event. Officially — and yes there is an official Farmer's Almanac definition — a Blue Moon is the third Full Moon in a season that contains four. Seasons usually sport three Full Moons, one each month, but every couple of years or so we get a bonus Full Moon due to the roughly 11-day difference in the number of days between the natural, lunar month (28 days) and the calendar month, which is, as we know, on average 30-31 days, excepting February of course.

But why is it the third Full Moon and not the last one designated as Blue?

The answer is complicated and due to the Christian ecclesiastical calendar which is, surprisingly, lunar. The dates for Easter and other Christian holy days, those moveable feast observances, are calculated in reference to the Moon rather than a set calendar date. And a year with an extra, 13th moon skewed the calendar, and so the solution was to call it "Blue" and not count it.

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So Many Kinds of Yes
THE ARIES EQUINOX  March 20, 2019

artWhen the Sun enters the cardinal fire sign of Aries each year, it signals the official start of spring, the beginning of a new season of growth and fertility — here in the north. For south of the equator, it is the start of autumn with the harvest season in full swing. The Aries equinox also marks a brand new astrological year, no matter where you call home on the planet, marked by the Sun's entry into this initial sign of the zodiac wheel.

The Druids refer to the vernal equinox as Alban Eiler, which means "Light of the Earth." One of the four alban or "light" gates of the year that correspond to the equinoxes and solstices, Alban Eiler is considered a time when the energies of fertility are at their highest. "Alchemists once went out at first light," John Michael Greer writes in The Druidry Handbook, "during the time from Alban Eiler to Belteinne [May Day] to gather dew from the wet grass, knowing that, at this time of year, it was charged with powerful energies of renewal and life." At Alban Eiler, Coel, god of the hidden life force, is honored, and Aengus Og, the Irish God of Youth and Love, is also remembered.

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Transforming the Ghosts of the Past

artLuna is waxing towards a full supermoon — and a particularly potent relationship mirror it is. Falling across the Aries-Libra axis on the very day of equinox, with Venus and Mars, the Moon and Sun's rulers, in an almost perfect square, with Mars, currently striding through Venus's own earth sign of Taurus. Chiron is here too, tightly opposed the Libra Full Moon adding a significant subplot to this key illumination point in the lunar cycle.

Aries and Libra, ruled by Mars and Venus, are the archetypal lovers; but they are also antagonists as well. The astrological significance of Libra's seventh house parallels this as it is also the house of "open enemies." Adversaries, brutally honest friends and other challengers who test us, make us face ourselves in often painful, and sometimes wholly unwelcome ways, are equally symbolized by the seventh house. Our partners — and our enemies — reflect important knowledge back to us, but to gain this wisdom, we must first have the courage to peer into these mirrors.

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Till Human Voices Wake Us

artThis week's Pisces New Moon is especially noteworthy with Neptune, God of the Deep Blue Sea, tightly conjoined a New Moon it rules.

The Pisces New Moon, even without a Neptune conjunction, signals a time each year when the creative juices flow. Pisces and Neptune mark where our muses reside, where the soul and spirit flies — here images, sensations and feelings take precedence over tangible, mundane reality. Pisces is the rabbit hole, the other side of the looking glass, the rusty gate that opens to a wild, overgrown path leading us deeper into our own mystery.

A sensitive water sign, ruled by both horizonless Jupiter and misty, otherworldly Neptune, this mutable water sign is the 12th and final, culmination point of the zodiac wheel, the last astrological stop in the human journey towards higher consciousness. Pisces is where we learn to connect with the eternal.

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Deep Adaptation

artAt every full moon, our two luminaries gaze at each other across the wide expanse of the zodiac wheel, highlighting a different pair of complementary signs each month. This time around, a Pisces Sun will be reflected through a Mercury-ruled, feet-firmly-planted, eyes-wide-open, Virgo Full Moon.

A combination of earth and water, Virgo and Pisces form a polar pair that symbolize no less than the intersection of the mundane and the sublime, the real and ideal, the temporal and the eternal. These are the springs from which full moon insights are currently flowing. Are you struggling with any of the more adverse aspects of Virgo? too self critical or too critical of others? rigidly earthbound? working too much or too hard? Or perhaps overly practical and reliant on the mental-intellectual? too much in your head? Conversely are you struggling with the more harmful aspects of Pisces? escapism, impracticality, over-indulgence, and a lack of self-discipline?

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Benedicto  JUPITER ENTERS SAGITTARIUS  November 8, 2018

artTomorrow, Jupiter will emerge from the deep waters of Scorpio, dry off and enter his very own sign: "sunny-side-up" Sagittarius, represented by that hybrid creature, half-man, half-horse, the Centaur-archer, a symbol of the quest for wisdom and enlightenment.

Sagittarius and Jupiter both represent the search for the meaning of life, but in a horizon-expanding, active and adventurous way. Where Scorpio finds her answers in the deep caverns of the soul, Sagittarius meets them like a friend on the open road. The Archer rules all hope-filled and inspiring, vista-widening experiences, including religion in its higher function as a source of divine guidance. Sagittarius is the eternal traveler, in mind and body, the ever-restless spirit, Odysseus taking the long way home.

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