Paying Attention

Paying Attention

I am frequently asked, when a major event occurs in my own life, “Well, did you see it coming?”  And I answer, “Not exactly.”  I knew something was up; I just didn’t know WHAT. I like to think of it as paying attention. When I get up in the morning, I look at...
Enter The Bull

Enter The Bull

Uranus enters Taurus today, after eight turbulent years in Aries. During those years we have seen a burgeoning Arab Spring; the rise of Isis; the astonishing election of Donald Trump; the growing choruses of “Me, Too!”, “Black Lives Matter!”, and “Idle No More”. ...
The Problem With Prediction

The Problem With Prediction

Astrologers, as most of us will be happy to tell you, are not fortune-tellers.  And yet, in large part, prediction is part of our stock-in-trade: we are in the business of reading the signs and giving a forecast. Like weathermen.  Like stockbrokers.  Like...
The Not-So-Merry Month of May

The Not-So-Merry Month of May

Tra-la!  It’s May!  The merry month of…no, wait— May this year is somber, like the spring that seemingly never comes. No matter the temperature outside, the astral weather is chilly.  It settles in with cold, hard pragmatism, demanding that turf lines be drawn...
Coping Strategy

Coping Strategy

Here’s how to get through this day: a checklist. Have I eaten? Have I slept? Have I drunk enough water? Am I stressed? And—if so—is there anything I can do about it? Have I laughed today? What Moon-phase is it? What are the rest of the planets doing? Can I figure this...
Fair Play

Fair Play

Heigh-ho!  It’s fair season again! Psychic fairs; holistic expos; wellness conferences abound…there’s a smorgasbord of events for every taste.  And we, the swamis, scurry forth from our winter hibernation and dust off our crystal balls or Tarot cards, and trot out the...
Sabian Symbols, A Refresher

Sabian Symbols, A Refresher

In writing a couple of weeks back about spring cleaning–the invaluable review of our inner assignments–I mentioned the usefulness of using Sabian Symbols to do that work.  What I did NOT do was explain what Sabian Symbols actually are, and how they came to...
Donning Halos

Donning Halos

Thinking about angels lately, since Saturn’s been occupying that degree (triggered yesterday by Mars) as it will be again, retrograde, most of May.  The Sabian Symbol for 9* Capricorn is “An angel carrying a harp”; and since Saturn transits describe the tenor of the...
The Season of Beginnings

The Season of Beginnings

Well, we’re over the hump of the Equinox; so now Spring should be clear sailing, right? Not exactly. Right now, Mars and Saturn are traveling together in Capricorn, in a tight 90* angle to the Aries Sun; so, for the better part of this week showdowns are likely...
Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

In addition to washing windows to let in the spring sunshine, and raking lawns to wake the frozen ground, I was thinking about annual astrological tasks the other day.  What do I mean by that?  Well, each planet embodies a sphere in our lives.  The Sun’s our basic...