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May:  retrograde Mercury and Mars make things seem to run backwards, but actually the sky above  is just shifting gears...  



May looks backward, but it’s really not. It’s just the solar system resetting its gears. Beginning with both Mars and Mercury retrograde, it seems like things are in reverse, but in fact it’s about getting to know them better, after which further progress can be made. In fact, when any planet is retrograde, it means Earth is nearer its closest approach, engaging its rhythmic gravitational tug big-time.

But that also means look before you leap, as all the necessary data isn’t in yet, the push-pull isn’t resolved. Retro Mars means energy levels at unexpected high or low levels, which often means pointless conflicts, and retro Mercury simply means it’s time to edit how ideas and their frameworks are put together, proofread your life before publishing.

Beneath it all are the seeds of another break-out summer, as Jupiter turns direct just past the first week of the month after lingering in mid-Virgo since September, so big plans should be cemented and the decks cleared for the action that will be coming sooner than you may be ready for it. The big mutable grand cross and grand earth trine of last month will be repeating, then breaking up, so there continues to be lots of heavy stuff in the wind, just not final commitment to forward motion. There’s still a month or so of readjustment, backing and filling, and then it’s full-tilt ahead, take no prisoners. Now’s the time to make sure you’re set for the game.

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Jonathan Cainer Passes (Guardian) – The former Daily Mail astrologer is no more, from a heart attack at 58...



Astologer Hacked (Ahmedabad Mirror) – Astrologer claims bookies tapped into his site, wanted to know the future for sports odds-making...


Space Weather Protection (Washington Post) – Real storms from above could cripple us, and now Congress is taking action...


Extinct Aliens (Nature World) – Something to look forward to...it’s estimated that alien civilizations in the sky probably have already existed, but they’re long out of business...


Makemake Moon (Crikey) – Distant planet, distant moon, the more you look, the more you find...


Helical Madness (djsadhu) – Yes, we move in a spiral, everything does...check the other different YouTube videos that follow as well, lots of engaging visual approaches...


Debunking the Debunkers (538) – Astrology gets put down a lot, but can you believe the debunkers? Here’s why not...




Other Recent Stories:

Sleepy-Wakey (Science Daily) – Women are more sensitive to diurnal time shifts...is it the Moon?...

C-Story (NIExpress) – More C-sections because astrologers are choosing birth time?...haven’t heard this one for a few years...

Planetary Hum (New Republic) – This sounds like an infrasound terrestrial phenomenon, but it could be ultrasound interference of interplanetary frequencies...

Retro Celebration (Bustle) – Here’s what to do when it’s raining retrogrades, cute...

Transit of Mercury (Sky and Telescope) – The rare, ultimate cazimi Mercury is on its way...watch the Sun (carefully) to see it...

Emergency Moon (Advancing Care) – It may or may not be proveable, but ER folks firmly believe the full Moon brings more business...

Wildly Popular (Times of India) – Subcontinental upstart is biggest astrology site, or claims to be...

Subtle Cycles (ABC) – Like planetary influences, and brain magnetism, the cues that engineer sleep-time shifts aren’t obvious. It’s takes tiny tweaks, not big changes, to make major adjustments...

Moon Lock (UniverseToday) – We put the brakes on the Moon, so when will it return the favor?...

Wobble Trouble (Maritime Exec) – The Earth’s real axis (not the normally wide-ranging magnetic poles) has taken a sudden shift Eastward...

Sleeping Children (Cantechletter) – Does the full Moon affect kids’ sleeping patterns? No, but yes, it would appear...

Hot Comets Breed Sweet Life (RawStory) – As their crystals heat up approaching a star (like the Sun) they start to synthesize sugars, like a vat of home brew...

Astrologers Call All The Shots (Gulf News) – In West Bengal politics...officeholders (and seekers) don’t make a move without a glance at the stars...

Are Turkeys Affected by the Full Moon? (Field and Stream) – Why so long in asking? So many questions, so little time...

Boom and Bust (SeekingAlpha) – Economic cycles are swinging more intensely, and note the graph, it’s the Jupiter wave we’ve been talking about, and its hard aspects to Saturn...

More Than Tides (CNRS) – Mother Moon may affect us lots more than we thought...by keeping us hot (yes!), it may maintain our magnetic field that keeps out deadly space winds...

Gobbling Giant (Microcap) – Jupiter just ate something splashy – part of its symbolism we forget, demonstrated: it engulfs and devours...

Moon Tubes (National Geographic) – Volcanic tunnels, big enough to live in...perfect discovery for a worm moon...

The Sky Is Falling (Esoterix) – That seems to have been a problem, over the years, and the memory lingers...but just when, actually, did it?...

Dinosaur Rings (SETI) – Saturn’s rings and icy moons may be new, in planetary terms, from when our own dinosaurs were in flower...

Lunar Tilt (NASA) – Arctic ice reveals shift of lunar axis way back...

“Like The Moon” (Huff Post) – That would be Donald Trump, according to 10-year-old wise beyond his years. Cruz, like the Sun, Kasich, like the Earth. But this kid is actually feeling the Bern...

Darkness in the Afternoon (NCRegister) – Re: Easter...was the darkness during the day of Christ’s crucifixion a solar eclipse, as the Greek text seems to say? Probably not, but that evening’s lunar eclipse may tell yet another tale...

Cayce’s Astrology (ANS) – He covered a lot, much of which has come to pass, and the rest, well, maybe yet...

The Unseen Homeless (Forbes) – That would apply to half the planets in the universe, according to the latest. “Rogue” wanderers without home stars are everywhere, but invisible...

Dueling Cycles (PhysOrg) – Double cycle interplay is warming things up...

Jupiter Sweeps Clean (Science News) – The big planet cleaned our clocks before migrating further out to become our protector...

Mystery Mounds and Menhirs (ATA) – The way to the next world was through Cygnus and Orion for Amerindians, Neolithic French made do with a monster menhir...

Why Don’t Planets Hit Each Other? (Forbes) – Well they do, sometimes, and used to do it a lot...

It’s About Heritage (DNA India) – Astrology is, and should be supported, researched and brought into the modern age says Subcontinental pol...

Chasing #9 (UniverseToday) – The Kuiper Belt could provide the clue to big, slow, terrestrial planet in our own system...

Reverberation (SpaceWeather) – Our magnetic field literally shakes, and shakes us with it, when solar storm blasts like great ocean swells crash over us, or even just pass by...keep track of it all at www.spaceweather.com ...

Mourning Nancy (ANS) – Who’s going to miss her more than astrologers? She helped put them back on the political map...

Dark Mercury (CS Monitor) – For something that rules writing, it appears it’s covered in pencil lead...

Sky Emerald (Siberian Times) – It may have come to Earth when comet struck Tunguska...

Circling Snowflakes (MNN) – Planets form the way snowflakes do, and each as different as well...

Surfin’ in the Rays (Daily Mail) – By full Moonlight, down under, what could be more fun...great pix...

The End, My Friend (Express) – Super New Moon, total eclipse, asteroid close encounter, how could this not be the end of the world?...

Astrology vs. Religion (Phila. Tribune) – Many Christians still disapprove of astrology because, clearly, they don’t understand it...

Frog Songs (Desert Sun) – A lyrical reminder that when the Moon rises, lots of folks get involved...

Moon and Tides (Techinsider) – It’s more than just the Moon...and astrologers should make the inference that it’s more than just one, or all, of the planets, too...context is everything...

Surprise Meteors (SETI) -- ...and a potentially threatening comet behind them...

Moon Forever (Spaceref) – It’s an international postage stamp, very cool, get ‘em while their around...

Warming Topping Natural Cycles (Missoulian) – It appears global warming may be trumping long-term astrolonomical (such as Milankovitch) cycles...

Pluto’s Lunar Ocean (Astronomy) – Subterranean, liquid water ocean may have flourished on Charon...the planet(s) of the next world get even stranger...

Spanish Pyramid (Ancient Code) – First one in Spain, looks real to us, link to great video in Spanish...

Planets Cause Quakes (Indian Express) – Do they, really? Well, it’s about gravity vectors, and that’s a really good start...

Stone Circle? (Beaver Island) – On Beaver Island, MI? Maybe, but the island’s really strange history is worth a read, regardless...

East Meets West (ANS) – Vedic and Western astrologers in major palaver seek common ground...

What Is A Planet? (Forbes) – We deal in planets, but what really defines one? Starts with Pluto, but lots more to think about...

Rolling Poles (Nature) – The Sun’s magnetic poles are somersaulting, driving sunspots in their wake..

The Best Planet (Atlantic) – That would be Uranus, according to this lengthy and fun but strictly astronomical take. But look at all the perfect astrological keywords used to describe the oddball spheroid...

Flocking Politicos (Hindustan Times) – Jupiter conjunct the North Node (Rahu) in Vedic Leo promises bad juju, has Subcontinental politicians nervously consulting their starcasters...

The Floating Hills of Pluto (JHUAPL) – Like the land of the dead, the planet of the same is chock-a-bloc with ethereal mysteries only now being uncovered...

Super Earth (NPR) – We’re missing a whole third class of planet in our system, with all kinds of odd potentials...but the mysterious “ninth planet” now under consideration just might be one...

Sports Astrologer (Fusion) – How do you get to be one? Tales from the upbringing of athletics starcaster Andrea Mallis, with a word on the Super Bowl, too...

Smelling the Stars (Racked) – An astrology-born perfume, based on your own natal chart? How sweetly celestial...

Tricky Math (Yahoo) – The Babylonians, it appears, were using some fancy calculus (literally) to track Jupiter’s orbit...

Rainy Moon (Eurekalert) – The Moon’s phase affects local rainfall, and although maybe not every mood, definitely your sleep...

Head-On Collision (UCLA) – That’s what formed the Moon, not a glancing blow...we are two planets, together...

Lunar Crimes (mocregister) – When the Moon is full, the cops have to come out, they’re expecting it...

Climate Mix (Heartland) – A lot of planetary cycles go into historical weather, and despite this denier’s take, adding human effluence to the stew could throw off the rhythm...

Tribal Honors? (Huff Post) – The lunar cycle, writ in blood, for bonding?...

Mercury Retro On Amazon (Ayurastro) – Phenomenal research, really, and even more refined here...

Name the Moon (Deathandtaxes) – Does our Moon really need another name, at $1 a chance?...hilarious weirdness...

Planet Nine (Caltech) – It’s big, and it’s hanging out in a weird orbit twenty times farther out than Neptune, with a cycle of ten to twenty thousand years...but not directly observed, yet...and oddly, it could be useful, for us...

Full Moon Behavior (Hickory Record) – New book out on research on full Moon effects on various types of folks and events...

Five Planets (Sky and Telescope) – All visible at the same time, what a locomotive chart looks like, first hand...

French Pups Score Points (ANS) – Pedigreed dogs show distinct characteristics depending on planetary angularity, research journal reveals...

Disrupted Cycles (Summit County Voice) – Usually it’s planetary cycles working their will on us...now, it seems in quite the reverse, we’ve knocked out a big one all by ourselves...

Moon Migration (DispatchTribunal) – Arctic marine animals chase the moonlight in winter...

No Way to Start the Year (Washington Post) – With all sorts of signs, seasons, and planetary cycles available, we had to start off on January 1...here’s why...

Are Horoscopes Still A Thing? (Smithsonian) – A good question, from the concierge of America’s attic...

Credit Cycles (ValueWalk) – Back in 1867, folks were thinking about all this in strangely deeper ways...

Changing and Unchanging Cycles (Huff Post) – There are a lot of them, a thoughtful article wrap...

High Water, Full Moon (CityWeekly) – A horoscope-y kind of way to think about when something happens...

Lunar Cycle, Life Decisions (Mirror) – This writer makes major decisions based on the Moon...might give that a second thought...

Quo Vadis, Astrologer? (Independent) – In this day of science and cynicism, what place for the starcaster?...

Bipolar Sleep/Wake (IBTimes) – Diurnal cycles are linked to bipolarity...not surprising, actually...

Signs Meme Takes Tumblr (Techinsider) – Astro-themed meme had social media site in thrall throughout 2015...

Zodiac Killer (GlobeAndMail) – That’s what this columnist felt like when faced with astrologers’ glib advice...

Planetary Stamps (Collect Space) – Of the postal variety, coming this year, pretty...

Inherited Traits (Eurekalert) – Another diurnal, seemingly sky-driven, set of characteristics turn out to be genetic...

Gene Cycles (The Scientist) – Diurnal cycles change with age, some even get better.

The Spectrum (FastCodeDesign) – Of Earthlike planets, we couldn’t pass up this graphic...more here...

Giant Comets Threaten (RAS) – They threaten us...more than asteroids...very traditional, actually...

In Praise of Skeptics (ANS) – They give astrologers courage...well, we hope so, anyway...

Christmas Moonlight Swim Peril (Afloat) – It’s common knowledge that this Christmas sports a rare full Moon, and even a two-tailed comet. But few know the hazards it will engender for swimmers off Ireland...swimmers, in winter, off Ireland?...mirabile dictu...

Gods, Monsters, and Scientists (New Scientist) – Does (or will) the host of new voted-in names for recently-discovered objects have any symbolic meaning, as the traditional planet names seem to have? Hard to tell, considering...

Lurking Beyond Pluto (Fox) – Earth-size planets, perhaps two of them, frozen in space…

Stonehenge Glaciers (Telegraph) – Stonehenge moved there by glaciers? No it wasn’t…the Telegraph will print anything…

Heart Yes, Horoscope No (NY Times) – Being brought up in a culture steeped in astrology…a unique and conflicted outlook for a modern woman…

Space Weather At Pluto (Wired) – It’s beautiful, and throughout the system, in NASA visualization…

Astrologer Cracked Case (Manorama) – Next to still water and four coconut trees, said the starcaster to the cop, and sure enough, the loot was found right there…

Ban Astrology on TV (India Today) – That’s what Subcontinental officials again threaten to do…

Earth Without Moon (Huffington) – We’d likely not be here, too boring for life…

“Stonehenge” of the Levant (EpochTimes) – On the Golan Heights, 40,000 tons of black basalt—stacked into at least five concentric rings, unexplained…

Superflares (Warwick) – The Sun could let out blasts 1000x greater than we’ve ever seen, judging by what’s just been noticed elsewhere…

Jupiter’s Whirlwinds (MPS) – They go opposite of ours, because it is, quite appropriately, like a boiling pot…

Aligned to the Moon (Discovery) – An ancient Greek temple, in Italy, why wouldn’t it be?

Are Scientists Wrong? (Irish Times) – …to dismiss astrology? Nice that someone is asking the question, if a bit airily…

The Lost Light of the Moon (Daily Forward) – Elaborate, sophisticated Talmudic reinterpretation of women and the Moon, their place historically and philosophically…

Astrologer In Office (MMTimes) – After years of astrologers advising the Myanmar dictatorship, now one has actually gotten elected under new democracy effort…

Eleven Ghosts (Manorama) – Meanwhile, next door, Indian astrologer leads exorcism of spirits causing bus accidents, to some scandal…

The Moon and Your Body (Care2) – More on just how the Moon affects you, for real…

Flying Gold, No Eclipses (New Scientist) – We could have had eclipses every month, but we got gold instead…

Mars Crunching Moon (Berkeley) – The Red Planet is in the process of crushing its moon Phobos into what will become a dusty, Saturn-like ring…

Dies In Jail (DW.com) – Astrologer who challenged government mysteriously dies in government detention…

Hairy Dark Matter (JPL) – It’s sprouting from Earth, and the other planets, does this explain anything astrological?...

Our Planet Moon? (New Scientist) – Is our Moon a planet? According to new definition, yes, and Pluto still wouldn’t be. Get it together, astronomers…

All The Rage (Standard) – This season’s fashion plate is chock-a-block with astrological themes…

Mini-Pluto (Discover) – Just discovered: three times the distance of Pluto, rather much smaller…named V774101, so far…

Full Moon Rising (El Dorado News) – It’s not often this interesting, or weird, in El Dorado…

King Tides (The Weather Network) – The lunar pull isn’t just a daily or monthly affair – around Vancouver, it’s a seasonal peril as well…

Astonishing Pluto (JHUAPL) – After all the pointless debate about the status of the planet of Death, it and its wild moons are turning out to be the most amazing planetary outpost in the entire solar system….

Retro Mind Set (ANS) – An evolutionary psychological problem may be what keeps much of science from further investigation of astrology…

When Cops Turn To Astrology (The Hindu) – Why did all those newly-promoted officers turn up to work for the first time at odd hours? Odds are, an astrologer was involved…

Save the Owls! (AsianAge) – Astrologer seeks to protect useful species from lethal Diwali black magic hanky-panky…

On-Sale Cycles (Lacrosse Tribune) – Those items you want at the grocery store on sale are on a 12-week rhythm…snatch ‘em up now, or wait three months…

Dwarf and a Planet? (Science20) – What if there are more rocky planets like Pluto farther out? Or even bigger ones? What would that imply?…

Fourteen Songs About Astrology (Paste) – Says it all…so many, who knew?

Jupiter Unbound (Washington Post) – When the big boy went nuts…It may have been a while back, but it shows just how much mutual influence planets have on each other, and thus whoever’s on them, the essence of astrology…

Mystery Earthworks (NY Times) – Giant prehistoric structures broader than the pyramids along with mysterious symbols are spotted in Kazakhstan by NASA flyover…does this set back our civilization dating?...

Getting Certified (ANS) – Standards for astrology…there need to be some, just to establish legitimacy, but not everyone agrees how it should be done…

More Little Lunatics (XYZ) – Do kids get crazier on full Moon, or do teachers get better at coping with it? A good across-the-board question in this sort of investigation…

Seers, Speculators, and Spirits (AsiaOne) – Thailand’s astrological politics is a mix of animism, religion, and real astrology…

Less Lunar Impacts (Discovery) – Long research reveals Moon may not be so bruised, and neither may we…

Dead Skull Comet (NASA) – The “Halloween asteroid” flyby is really a comet, a dead one that resembles a skull…and then there’s the fireballs to keep track of…including one of our own

Giant Solar Storms (Lund Univ.) – Tree rings reveal massive solar storms in the Dark Ages that next time round could devastate modern technology in a flash…U.S. government is preparing for it...

Business Cycle Dragons (FtAlphaville) – Chinese have been tuned in to natural economic cycles from the get-go…

Potholes on Pluto… (Mysterious Universe) – …and pyramids on its moon. Horizon photos raise a host of mysteries from the planet of Hades…

Convicting Confessions (Mumbai Mirror) – Admissions of guilt to an astrologer and a priest combine to put away a rapist and murder in special women’s court…

Moon In Peril (Express) – Halloween asteroid flyby will miss earth, but could it blow up the Moon? Not likely, but the Express loves the thought…

Lunar Cycling (Bangor Daily News) – Something else to do at full Moon, a trend that’s all the rage…

Early In The Game (Hubblesite) – It appears we are one of only the first set of planets likely to develop life in the universe, the rest are yet to come…food for thought…

Mass Extinctions (RAS) – Triggered by comet/meteor showers, on a regular cycle…every time…when next?...

Black Magic Murder (Times of India) – They’re at it again, this time the astrologer provides the tipoff…

Pluto’s Plenty (CMNS) – Pluto and company are enormously more interesting and varied than ever dreamed of…

Changing Its Spots (NASA) – As Jupiter moves through Virgo, it appears to be morphing…

Secret Storms (Agenciasinc) – If you’re matching solar outbursts with behavior, you’re missing some…

400 Planets (Express) – All right here in our solar system…the price of calling a once major one a dwarf…!

Twin Tastes (Time) – Identical and fraternal twins have different aesthetics, seems it’s who’s inside that counts…astrologers take note…

Ripples (Hubblesite) – Not happening locally, lately, but a reminder that waves (and these most mysterious) are what it’s all made of, here, too…

Wahoo! (BDoutdoors) – Full Moon is always good for fishing, but this Blood Moon eclipse brought out the really big guys...

Curious Orbits (Forbes) – The planets’ circles/ellipses are really kind of neither…

Investor Psychology (CMmarkets) – The cycle graph here could describe a lunar, or any other astro cycle…

World Without Ends? (Guardian) – Now that would be boring, wouldn’t it? So, now that the Blood Moon has failed us, here are some more dates for an imminent Judgment Day…

Animal Moon (AZCentral) – Can animals sense the lunar cycle? You bet they can…and sportsmen know it...

Bloody Weekend (Slate) – America managed a private blood bath on the Blood Moon weekend, because it’s individually armed to the teeth…

Moon Surfing (theinertia) – Almost everything is better under the full Moon, it’s the happening thing…

Perplexing Pluto (Jhuapl) – Snakeskin texture and unexpected land forms have experts baffled over new photos…

More Blood (News.com.au) – Down Under lists all their versions off the Blood Moon…interestingly different…

Singing Solar System (engadget) – This wonderful simulation program has been updated, so if you missed it before, it’s even better now…

Mercury Won’t Collide With Us (Sciencemag) – Who thought it would? Under certain probabilities of chaotic orbit interactions, it still could…

Shrinking Moon (NASA) – Earth is massaging the Moon, and squishing it in the process…

Art Imitating Death (Express) – British TV show plot is shadowing the Blood Moon comet strike paranoia in almost real time…

Big Data Astrology (Networkworld) – All kinds of diseases correlate to birth months in major study…

Apocalyptic Trumpets in the Sky (Express) – The Express has been having a field day with the “Blood Moon” signs and portents…now, around the globe, a dark orchestra sounding from above…

Astrology Startups (QZ) – They’re getting bigger on the Subcontinent, though investors are still wary…

Looks Like Earth (JHUAPL) – That would be Pluto, astonishingly enough…how did it get that way?...

All Hell Breaks Loose (Express) – That’s the laundry list of disasters in progress and yet to come from imminent final “Blood Moon”. The end of the world is always so interesting, each and every time…hang on to your hats!...

Astro-Smackdowns (New Indian Express) – The Subcontinent is so much more intense about the subject, be it man, in this case woman, or occasionally child…

Astrology War (Guardian) – In Myanmar, who gets elected may swing on who’s got the most convincing astrologer…shades of the English Commonwealth astro-politics of William Lilly and John Gadsbury…

Can’t Tell The Difference… (LiveScience) – …between astrology and astronomy, 22% of everybody. And it goes downhill from there…and these folks vote, but for whom?

Mercury’s Movements (AGU) – If Jupiter significantly imprints Mercury’s orbit and seasons, think what it does to us…

SuperHenge (BBC) – Aligned, giant stone monoliths have been found just underground near Stonehenge that dwarf the original…

Don’t Marry Yet (Greatandhra) – Good advice from an astrologer…

Disguised to Kill (Times of India) – Murderer poses as astrologer to get cheating evidence, then on to homicide…

The Weirdness of Twins (Patheos) – St. Augustine thought twins disprove astrology (they don’t, if only because of the butterfly effect), but perhaps he should have visited the mysterious town of twins or come across his own doppelganger…

Shemitah Cycles (Money Control) – Jewish calendar rhythm coincides with market troubles, especially its last few days…

Little Lunatics (Spencer) – When the Moon gets full, kids go nuts, just like the rest of the world…

Nab Astro-Killers (Hindu) – Six rounded up by cops in astrologer murder case…

Moon’s Gravity (MNN) – It affects us…most of this is familiar, except the “leaf tides”, which are another good place to start research…

Can We Predict Death? (Mumbai Mirror) – A scientist takes a look at the issue after an astrologer succeeds, sort of…

Last Blood Moon (CNN) – The final fling of the frightening four is upon us…so will the world end, again?...

Dedicated Enemies (ANS) – Astrology nay-sayers in the scientific community are a determined lot, and they intimidate those who would do real research…nice piece by Ed Snow…

Seeds of Life (CFA) – This is beyond everyday astrology, but the way it treats space and time scaling and its logic is magnificent…

Astrology Seed Funding (VCCircle) – New astro-effort initiative receives investment funding…

Moon Moves Plants (New Scientist) – Well, apparently it certainly helps to…maybe like a neon light…;-)…

Festivals, Festivals (Glide) – Full Moon and even Moon phase festivals and events are just so in this year, even for international museums

When Asian and Western Astrology Collide (Standard) – Actually, they’re more alike than one might surmise…

Equatorial Magnification (AGU) – Space weather is amplified at equatorial latitudes, not just nearer the poles…does this apply astrologically?...

Cycles Fast and Slow (Cornell) – Sometimes we think fast, sometimes more deliberately, and it alternates in cycles…it’s evolutionary, and sounds suspiciously planetary…

Greenwich Meridian Misplaced (Daily Mail) – To cast a chart correctly, you need to know where zero longitude is. Appears it’s not quite where we thought…

A=432 (Epoch Times) – Or it should, if you want the right vibes…maybe even Stonehenge is tuned to it. Actually, that resonance is about midway between Neptune and Venus (the latter just barely flat of the current A=440)…here’s lots more…

Converting Pluto (Mirror) – Thanks to a perceived script simulacra, ISIS supporters want to rename the Planet of Death in their own honor…

Ancient Monolith (Daily Grail) – At least 9000 years old, maybe 40,000, could this huge now-underwater mystery stone pillar be part of another primeval astro-observatory?...

Stolen Onions (Business Standard) – Someone nick your onion crop? Consult an astrologer, cops advise…

Not Sunspots (IAU) – No, it appears global warming is not coming from the Sun…must be us…!

Blue Moon Murder (WFLA) – Ritual Florida killing appears to be linked to recent full Moon. Witches afoot…more from the Washington Post

More Mini-Moons (Science News) – Like the always-vanishing planet Vulcan of old, captured and vanished, we seem to have a lot of little transiting Moons that are flashes-in-the-pan…would we had ephemerides to check them out…

Medical Advice (Newslaundry) – It can be risky to give out planetary advice on medicine, as we have noted in our latest article

“Derogatory Remarks” (The Hindu) – PC is everywhere, even in the Subcontinent…

Birthday Travel (Daily Mail) – We swear by it, and so does friend and best-selling auther writer Wendy Leigh, who even gives us credit!...

Moon Cycles, Market Cycles (Wall St. Sector) – They’re coinciding…

Seasonal Effects (Alternet) – An obligatory dismissal of astrology, followed by a nice listing of actual astrological impacts…ah, science...

Ancient Earth Magnetism (Sciencemag) – It’s older than we thought, our early-start protection…

Blue Moon (NY Times) – It’s just another blue Moon, but nice NY Times pic and explanations of its varying definitions and relative commonality…

Pluto Redux (ANS) – Astrologers have always known it’s a planet, not an "–oid" of any sort, with far-reaching effects. Now that it’s on camera, it’s more impressive than ever…

Ancient Skies (CNET) – Tomb illustrations may show celestial patterns over Japan a very, very long time ago…

Professional Standards (Business Standard) – That’s a call we’ve been hearing for years, now echoed in the Subcontinent…complete with some college courses to that effect…

Full Moon Detective (NY Times) – Seems the hit cable series True Detective is tapping the full Moon, in tune with all those popular parties of late, must be a trend…

Extinction Cycles (Forbes) – Wooly mammoths and all that, was it local or celestial rhythms that did it?...redux…

To Consult or Ignore? (Economynext) – One minister in trouble for consulting astrologer, another in trouble for not listening to one…what to do?...

Midwife Tale (Connection) – Full Moon bringing babies is not just an old wives’ tale, says young midwife…

Maunder Minimum Redux (New American) – More details on the solar cycle cancellation theory supposed to chill things down…

Time’s Taboos (Night Shirt) – Maybe it’s the future that’s predicting the past…even the ancients were on to the multiverse…

Mysterious Weather (BBC) – Solar effects drive weather effects drive really strange things that happen to you…

Child Star (Times of India) – Casting horoscopes at age two, for this little one not even the sky is the limit…

Greenland’s Icy Mountains…(AGU) –…are being kept cool by inner activity of the Sun, despite global warming…

Thirteenth Century iPhone (Daily Sabah) – That would be the astrolabe, essential to any astrologer’s or navigator’s kit at the time, and a very cool piece of work…

Arrival Pluto (NBC) – New Horizons has arrived, sending out pictures, the story is everywhere, too much to cover here, so look around…some of the new implications…to keep up with this go to NASA's Pluto page and its toolkit...

Solar Ice Age? (RT) – In fifteen years? Internal rhythms in Sun may put a brief dent in global warming, would be nice…more here

Pluto Posing (Time) – This next week as New Horizons makes its rendezvous, the pictures are starting to arrive. Here’s a cool video, even ways to celebrate…Pluto party, anyone?...

Glorious Failure (The Statesman) – Who knew astrologer/occultist Aleister Crowley was also a major mountain-climber? Well, he tried…

Astrology Lab (Free Press Journal) – At the Sankskrit Institute, a new scholarly program…

Sick of It (Cosmo) – Fourteen things astrology buffs are sooo tired of hearing…

Double Dynamo… (RAS) – That’s what drives the heartbeat of the Sun…

Zodiac Murders (Newsweek) – Western astrologers may compete, and many are charlatans, but on the Subcontinent, it’s becoming a hazardous profession. More on the lethal astro-turf wars here…

Fractal Drumming (ScienceMag) – If variable frequencies is what astrology is about, here it is at another scale…

Great Moon Hoax (Smithsonian) – Wonderful historical tale, a sign of its times…

Astrologers Pip Counsellors (Times of India) – Kids like it better than going to a shrink…and who can blame them?...

Hands-On Venus-Jupiter (NY Times) – This Polish photo of the Venus-Jupiter conjunction is hard to beat!...

Self-Congratulations (DunyaNews) – Pakistani astrologers think Venus-Jupiter will improve the country’s lot…

The Other Jones (Webwire) – What pioneer astrologer Marc Edmund Jones was doing when he wasn’t casting charts…new biography…

Rare Moon (Forbes) – Lots of planets have moons our size, but ours is special. It’s virtually made of us…

Iowa Fraud (KIMT) – “International Astrology Foundation” nabbed for scam. Saying it was “fiction and obvious fantasy”, they even used Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s photo, more here…

A Crystal Glass (USM) – Is the Universe ringing like a crystal glass? How cosmic…well, it is the cosmos…

Sun Sign Pregnancy (Harper’s Bazaar) – Most folks shoot for a specific day or even elect an exact time for a Caesarian…this one was easy…

Election Sweep (Washington Post) – Yes, it’s almost 2016…so an astrologer, a numerologist, and a psychic walk into a bar, and…

Uranus + Neptune = Salt? (Carnegie) – Well, maybe, yes, but literally…who knew? Aquarius craves salt (some say) and Neptune rules the briney…

Moon Paddle (Gulf Coast News) – Full Moon is all the rage, with notorious parties around the globe, lighthouse tours, now paddleboats, beach camping, what’s next…?

Solstice Silliness (Discovery) – Solstices are a bit more rare than full Moons, so they get to ramp up the festivities even more…

Femmaliths (EpochTimes) – Did mysterious females raise the Portuguese “stonehenges”? There was a time, it seems, when everyone on earth felt compelled to arrange rocks against the sky…

More Blood (Express) – The final “blood Moon” is on its way, last chance for the end of the world…

Solar Pains (Medical Xpress) – Arthritis is linked to solar cycles…

Financial Madness (TradingFloor) – Full Moon gets the trading floor all freaked out…

New Seismic Cycle? (Channel News Asia) – Historic upswing in earthquakes, a long-term planetary rhythm?

Star Listens to Stars (Boston Globe) – After making astrology-themed hit album, this recording artist is heeding his astrologer…

Full Moon Fishing (Advocate) – If there’s one set who indisputably follow the Moon, it’s fish…

Sun Blaster-caster (Sci-news) – New tool may allow prediction of coronal mass ejections a day in advance, before they disrupt Earth’s communications…

Vancouver Full Moon Party Watch (News1130) – B.C. cops will have upcoming Canadian lunar revelries on their radar, based on their track record elsewhere…




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Life on the Ocean Wave -- Transits are waveforms, and like the surface of the ocean, their angle of approach and interaction can make for choppy water or a following sea...

Minefield in the Sky -- The year-long cardinal grand cross -- and what to do about it...

Secrets of the Signs -- A glance at harmonic structure and the overtone series reveals the likely physical basis for the signs, and more...

Odds Are: Perfect Storm -- Sometimes ordinary astrological phenomena serreptitiously team up to be a rolling disaster...

Twelve Questions About Astrology... -- ...absolutely fundamental ones...that we can't quite answer, but must...

Relocation: The Diurnal Return -- The secret to relocation may be the daily return of your angles, in another place...

Planetary Purchase -- Buying and selling electronically requires a whole new way of selecting chart times...

American Circus -- America's greatness, and failings, are there in the birth chart, and particularly on display now...

The Race Is On! -- When transits run neck and neck with progressions, particularly Saturn and the Moon, it can change your life, for decades!...

The Viking Sun Stone -- Norse navigators steered their longboats with a special crystal that tracked the Sun. Now it's back! 

Soul Mates -- That feeling of fated encounter, lifetime connection, has astrological indicators...

The Shape of Time, Part I: The Time Train -- If time is three-dimensional, it explains a lot. And if it is, as a thought experiment, it's like being on a train...

Astro Tookit -- What techniques determine your style and approach to the art? Everyone is different...

Rectify!! -- Even hospital birth times require rectification, for reasons you might not imagine...

Meet the Moon! -- The lunar return(s)...there's more than just one kind, though only one kind is generally known...

Titanic Skies -- The ill-fated White Star liner was only partially ill-starred, but celestial circumstances snowballed into an unprecedented disaster, foreshadowing world events...

Rulerships Deposed -- The often-confusing system of rulerships, exhaltations, falls is part of a dated world-view, like feudal nation-states...time to update!

The Horoscope Trap -- The natal chart isn't you, you predate it. But it's a map to a lifetime of behavior modification that becomes character and can be tinkered with...

Window For War -- Israel's wars always happen at the same astrological time...the same as Pearl Harbor, the invasion of Poland, Anzio, the First Gulf War...and it's coming up again soon...what's happening here??!!...

An Astrologer's Toolkit -- After forty years of practice, here's how one astrologer chooses his tools, winnows his methods, with twenty full-article explanatory links...

A Bridge Too Far -- Too Much of a good Jupiter thing can make life crazy...

Retro Tides -- When lots of planets are retro, it gets crazy...

Derailing Destiny -- When you  move for a solar return, you alter your fate...

Music Archive: Ocean! --  a lost group of folk into pop...

Neptune Boomers: 
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Dark Visions: S&M Sex -- the astrological signatures, by sign and house, of joy through pain...

Bad Company -- How to avoid it!

Uranus Strikes -- Mars and Uranus meet again...

Jupiter Skies: Pump Up The Volume -- Giant planet to rule the skies in the 'teens...

Zodiac Signs: Physical Facts --Constellations don't endure, but signs last pretty much forever...

Colors of Change -- A synesthetic view of stars, skies, and the mood below...

Sunrise or Sunset -- Is that light breaking the dawn, or just a clearing evening sky?...

Neptuned-Out! American Madness -- The U.S. gets a quadruple dose of Neptune, redolent with confusion, fear, and separation...

A Guide To Astrology Reports -- Are they a valuable tool, or a waste of time? It depends...

Retro Rhythms -- What gives with retrogrades? Physically, and metaphorically, they're moves in a celestial hoedown...

Real Progressions -- A physical basis for the mystery of progressions...it's about fractal resonance across time...

The Vertex: Crossroads of Destiny -- This little-used "third angle" can be the most important location in your chart...

A Time To Glean -- After the summer sky storm is over, opportunities will abound...

La Petite Mort: The Big O -- The grand cross in the bedroom...

Artful Dodging: Crisis Tips! -- More than one way to skin a cat...

When the Sky Is Falling!--  A checklist of dangers, and opportunities...

Birthday Stars -- Where you go on your birthday can affect your whole year...and you get to choose... 

Show Me The Money! -- The real money in astrology is not is selling astrology, it's in using astrology to sell...

An Astrologer's Tale -- A multimedia bio-triptych...three new articles in one about how this astrologer got here, from visions to reincarnation, and throughout all, music... 

Can I Help You? -- An astrologer's quandry. Are we supposed to help, comfort, cheer, or just observe and advise? It depends...

Many Rainbows -- Mulitiple scaled spectra -- from rhythm to sound to light to the planets, all share the same meanings in the same relative positions...

Composite Charts: They Grow On You -- They might seem to be mere mathematical artifacts, albeit highly insightful, but they may grow exactly like natals... 

Sun Sign Sins -- From the venial vice to the mortal sin, take your pick...it's a humorous take...or is it?... 

Arc Transform Charts -- The how, why, and whether of the subtlest kind of harmonic chart there is...  

The Breathing Tide -- Retrograde periods are the breath points that allow us to adapt to harsh outer planet changes... 

Circles And Stones -- Henges and sacred places -- they're everywhere, across history, and they may still be forming by association and accumulaltion... 

Windowpanes: Through A Glass, Darkly -- Are our windows on reality simply refelections of ourselves, or is that just getting in the way of the larger, deeper landscape?

The Gathering Sky: Aspect Dynamics -- When big aspects are in the offing, actual events are determined by the pressure that builds up before them...

Lagrange Points: A Mystery Solved -- The basis of all planetary aspects may be as simple as gravity itself...

Deconstruction: A Pluto Primer -- When everything seems to be falling apart, the grass is already growing under your feet...

Arc Transform Charts -- This most unique and delicate of all harmonic charts is perfect for ultra-fine tuning...

The Planetary Order I: Rising Ahead Of The Sun -- The planet ahead of your Sun is your opening act and calls your tune...first of three...

The Planetary Order II: Your Ducks In A Row -- Which planets come first, next, and last is the key to your whole life schedule...second of three...

Planetary Order III: Islands In The Sky --The common chart patterns reveal scattered islands whose dynamics come from time...third of three...

The Celebrity Astrology -- Is our fascination with celebrity charts just entertainment, or is there a greater meaning in it all?...

and visit our huge celebrity archive at Matrix Astrology Software...

The Moon On Deck -- More on the physical reasons astrology works -- and why it precedes its usual explanations...

Cedar Skies -- Beirut astrologer Carmen Chammas's predictions have come a little too close in powderkeg Middle East...

The Sunshine Astrologer -- Interview with Vanity Fair astrologer Michael Lutin...

The AstroBlogosphere -- There's a fresh, new world of astrological opinion exploding on the scene, check it out now!...NEW and constantly updated!

The (Not So) Void-Of-Course Moon -- When the Moon goes void, it's not just a blank slate...there's a whole lot happening to hang on to...

Aspects And Orbs -- The Taming Power Of The Small.  Include the "smaller" aspects, which aren't so small! 

Mar-Uranus, Redux --Snapshots in the sky: the Mars-Uranus conjunction tells where the next world crisis will be...

Darning Your Threads --Rectification by association: find the most common degrees around you, from the people you know and daily events, and establish your correct Ascendant and Midheaven...

ThePersonal Void-Of-Course Moon --There'sanother Void-Of-Course Moon that's your very own...

Threads Of Destiny -- Your relationships, your world, are painted by overlapping planetary threads...

Adolescent Nation  -- why America is only 19 years old, complete with a year-by-year growth chart...

It's Not On The Map! -- The nature of composite charts means you can’t map them – because they’re not real charts at all, they’re artifacts. Here's how and why...

Seize The Day -- astrology is all about startups, from moment to moment, so switch on your engine...

Of Time And Tides -- "There is a tide in the affairs of men"...really, there is, and it floats your boat...

Paul Kammerer's Seriality (2 meg .pdf) -- the inventor of synchronicity (no, not Jung) uncovered how everything weird in this world actually, naturally, works...

Professor Seward's Foray From The Beyond -- do you speak to the dead? Yes, I don't...or maybe, I...well, anyway, it's a true story, honest...

Toward a Physical Basis for Astrology -- There is a physical link between the planets and you. It's simple physics, no metaphysics required...just gravity, inertia, and time...

Heavenly Vacations -- where does your Sun-sign find most pleasure in the sun? Here's a traveller's guide...

Your Birthday Headlines -- what was happening around the world on the day you were born? Does it tell you as much  as your horoscope?...ripped from the pages of the Times...

America, Quo Vadis? -- Americans will believe anything these days, with progressed Moon just into Pisces...it wasn't always that way -- how we got here, what's next...



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Touch
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Biological Time
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