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Jupiter enters Virgo, and Venus is retrograde all month, making another turnaround in its star-shaped progress through space...
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Looks like August will be another topsy-turvy month like July, thanks to Jupiter’s big bow wave mixed with generally choppy celestial seas. But this month adds a couple of new twists.

First: is Jupiter moves into Virgo just over a week into the month, putting a whole new spin on ambitions, aspirations, and general expansiveness. For the last year it’s been in roaring Leo, without much in the way of definition or boundaries except the brief square to Saturn just now, but once in Virgo the road to real progress will be a bit more clear. Instead of anything goes, it will be choose this, this, or that, then charge ahead – a choice of specific boundaries to expand, rather than no guidelines at all.

Second: Venus is retrograde all month, most of its occasional six-week backward stretch, and that puts a crimp on things, though perhaps a needed one. If your desires have led you a bridge too far and former pleasures and promises are no longer what they seemed, now’s the time to rearrange your needs so that you get what satisfies and not just sates. That can be in any area of life that is desire-driven: love, money, creativity, anything that you collect around you to make you happy. Basically, it means if you’re getting sick of something (or someone) now’s the time to reconsider and move on to more rewarding options. And, with Jupiter in more-specific Virgo, it may be a little bit clearer just what’s on offer, unlike this last anything-goes year.

Of course, all of this (for Northern Hemisphere folks) is happening in the slow, hot, “dog days”, so options aren’t as convenient as they might be, but the whole sky is warming up to a sizzling and sexy, rolling Venus-Mars conjunction lasting most of the fall, so start making your preparations now…

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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…


Other Recent Stories:

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…

Life on Pluto? (Express) – Not likely, but the like of its chaotic Moons might do things like that, somewhere…

MP Progress (Mirror) – The UK MP who promoted astrology for health appears to be moving up in the world…but supporters in trouble...

Disease of the Month (Time) – Now that Time has the seasonal disease story wrapped, astrology will become rampant in the halls of medicine…;-)

Could Astrology Save Your Marriage? (Daily Mail) – Well, the Mail seems to think so…

Kernel of Truth (LaboratoryEquipment) – Interview with the author of the recent Connecticut celebrity database study…from the horse’s mouth…

Moons in Chaos (Hubblesite) – Before New Horizons even scores, new light on Pluto and its mad moons emerges, a system in chaos…pix, story, video…

Doomsday Missed, Again… (Inquisitr) – Astrologer’s prediction of CA monster quake May 28 missed the mark, though the big new earthquake movie San Andreas opened right on time…a little viral promotion going on here…? ;-)

Pluto Approach (Space.com) – New Horizons ever closer to the mysterious Planet of Death, so far, so good…rendezvous in July…

Here’s The Moon! (Daily Mail) – In fabulous, mind-boggling detail…fabulous compiled photo…

Prediction Leads To Death (See and Say) – The often-tragic twisting self-fulfillment of vague predictions hews close to the bone…

Astrological Linguistics (New Indian Express) – Looking into the cultural aspects of astrology as expressed in language itself, fascinating work…

Galactic Evolution (Larouche) Despite the source, it’s worth considering whether our galactic revolutions help drive evolution of life…

Abo Sky Riffs (BBC) – A fascinating blend of sky lore, catastrophic history, and spirituality infuse Australian aboriginal beliefs and memory…

A Second Moon (Gizmodo) – What if we had one, like many other planets? How would it change our lives? Are we going to build or import one? Possibly…

Solar Arteritis (Healio) – Solar cycles, geomagnetic effects may be linked to giant cell arteritis, RA incidence…

Nature or Nurture? (The Guardian) – Which is it? Both, according to this pointless look that of course leaves out planetary influences, which are both…

Avoiding Belief (Fusion) – That’s a problem astrology researchers have – to keep from biasing their own investigations…

Seasons Influence Personality (Medical Xpress) – Well, so this says, based on celebrities, which may be a bit suspect…here’s the Daily Mail’s take…

Don’t Predict Earthquake #1 (ThaiVisa) – … in the Far East, because it scares people, says Thai government…

Don’t Predict Earthquake #2 (Slate) – …in California May 28, because it’s not going to happen, planetary alignment is bogus…we agree, at least about the alignment…

Gene Cycles (New Scientist) – As the Sun moves through the signs, your genes switch on and off…be careful!...

Golden Jaguar (Indian Express) – Just for good luck, says astrologer, treat yourself to a yellow Jag…

Bad Moon for Bucks (ANS) – Research shows that investments don’t go well made on a void-of-course Moon. But hey, we knew that…

Perilous Path (Nature) – New Horizons is threading its hazardous way through multiple (and perhaps some yet-unknown) moons of Pluto to get a closer look…

Life Cycles (Daily Mail) – Freezing and thawing cycles, fundamental to our Goldilocks water planet, may actually have created the stuff of life…

Clear The Beach! (Village Soup) – It’s the full Moon of the horseshoe crabs, and time to make some yearly space for them…

Cycles of Consciousness (NY Times) – We don’t have a “stream of consciousness” it appears, but more like cyclic pulses of it, like everything planetary…

The Moon’s Real Name (Universe Today) – All the other planets’ moons have proper names, so what is ours? Just, The Moon?…well, actually…

Asteroid + Volcanoes = Dinosaurs (Berkeley) – Did the asteroid impact trigger largest lava flows, together extinguishing all large life?...

Pluto Horizons (ANS) – New book about Pluto covers all kinds of aspects of the distant dwarf planet: from science, mythology, history, poetry, more…

Planets in Glass (Al.com) – Artistic and crafty new way to illustrate your horoscope…

Springtime on Mars (Nature) – And here, too. Does that mean our respective tropical Zodiacs are aligned, for the moment? Think about it…

Is the Universe a Hologram? (Science Daily) – Could be reality is as flat as the sheet your horoscope is printed on…

Earthquake Cycles (LA Weekly) – It could be more than just aftershocks…megaquakes seen as long-term, planetary-length, linked patterns…

Lighthouse Moon (HamptonRoads.com) – What better place to enjoy a full Moon than from atop a lighthouse? Sign on for it if you’re in the Hampton Roads area…

Upside-Down Moon? (Zee News) – Only in the rumors of the great Subcontinent…

Astro-Tolerance (Salon) – A refreshing sign of individual acceptance in a world of arbitrary and ill-considered intolerance…

Every Shape and Size (io9) – Here’s a cute spiral in which to put every piece of orbiting space stuff, from Jupiter down to those pebbles in your driveway…

Glassy Beads (AMNH) – Earth and everything else solid started out as little pebbles, like in your driveway…fun video here…

Moon Affects Your Health (Newsmax) – In all sorts of ways, various studies…

Seafloor Skies (Glacierhub) – The records of the heavens are inscribed on the ocean floor.

Astrologer Superstar, Internet (Verge) – Yes, Susan Miller, who does talk incessantly about herself, and Twitter followers love it…

Astrologer Superstar, Fiction (Badger Herald) – That would be the movie, and a terrible one, but classic for just that reason…

Swallowed Mercury? (Discovery) – Who did? We did…or something rather like that small planet…

Water, Water Everywhere (NextBigFuture) – Right here in our solar system…and maybe life with it, the last thing creationists want

Demystifying Pluto (Vox) – The coming snapshots should do that, for sure. Here’s the first one, more details here

Saturnian Types Live Longer (ANS) – Do says this study, or, in fact, doesn’t. They just bloom later and hang on, anecdotally…

Senseless Controversy (ANS) – The Beeb re-starts the now-ancient “13 Constellations” irrelevancy flushed away decades ago… these junior journalists aren’t old enough to remember the dreadful Sky Diamonds...Robert Currey corrects…

Stormy Saturn (JPL) – The dour planet’s epic seasonal weather tantrums may have been explained…

Martian Briney (JPL) – The Red Planet may have brine brewing about its midriff, as well as glaciers…

This Astrolabe’s for You (Christies) – Oh yes, you know you want your very own historic astrolabe, and the venerable auction house has the best choices ever…

Astrology Street (Hindustan Times) – A whole section of Punjab town is home to a 5,000-year old astrological tradition…

V is for Vendetta (Times of India) – Family feud leads to attempted murder charge on gang as astrologer escapes with his life…

Signs and Seasons (Washington Post) – The turn into Aries turns attentions to love, but how and why?...

Glaciers on Mars (NBI) – The hot planet turns out to be covered in moving ice, hiding beneath its red dust…

Seasons of the Sun (UCAR) – Our own star has its own seasons, which may tell us a lot about how, and when, it affects us…

Sister Spat (Science News) – The planet that smashed into us, ultimately forming the Moon, turns out was our sister…

Drop That Crystal Ball (Bangkok Post) – That’s what Thailand’s new PM would like to see happen, as astrologer predicts he’ll stay too long, just as he’s selling new deal…

Full Moon Parties Only (Bangkok Post) – No more new Moon, or quarter-Moon celebrations, too controversial, risky…!

Rage Into Adolescence (Mission Local) – Might be more interesting lunar libations closer to home…

Blood Moon Wrap (Washington Post) – Nicely-done summation of the whole thing…just as Israeli mystic conflates it with Obama, Iran deal, Messiah…

Fertile Full Moon (EarthSky) – Plant discovered that pollinates only at full Moon…a botanical werewolf?...

Two Tails (New Scientist) – The Moon has two tails. No really, it does, just discovered. Who’d have thought…?

No Connection… (Red Orbit) …of full Moon with craziness, says new study. Editorially handled with all sorts of links that show that there indeed is a connection…

Dedicated Astrologer (Sunday Times) – Starcaster who wants to serve mankind with his art, while his wife just wants money is the subject of new teledrama…

Risky Business (The National) – Astrologers in cosmetically-modern Dubai practice in a dangerous, legally grey area, where conservative mullahs say it is a crime…

Super Earth, Killer Jupiter (CalTech) – Our now-protective Jupiter may have wiped out bigger Earths…more here…

Bloodless Moon (Sydney Morning Herald) – Since this “blood Moon” barely passes through the edge of Earth’s shadow, it may not be red at all…

Heart of Iron (Space.com) – That’s not the way one thinks of the feminine Moon, but it’s the case, and about to be explored further with X-rays…

A Capricious Star (Universe Today) – That’s our Sun, this is a nice update on the why and how of sunspots, and our current weak cycle that nevertheless blasts us unexpectedly…

A Day in the Life… (Popular Science) -- …of Saturn. Until now, we didn’t really know how long that is…

Moon’s Former Orbit (Science News) – This is what Mother Moon used to act like…talk about fickle, but spectacular…

Back to Sleep (Daily Mail) – If we’d turn out the lights, we could get some sleep, according to the real, natural celestial timetables.

Tide of the Century (SMH) – At Mont-Saint Michel, thanks to Supermoon eclipse…

Fox, Seriously (Fox) – Fox News takes the four Blood Moons very seriously, like it was from one of the family…

End of the World Looms (Independent) – The third “blood Moon” that some think portends dire crises for Israel doesn’t seem to be affecting that country’s foreign policy…

Bloody Richard (LiveScience) – Richard III, it appears, didn’t do so well under the “blood Moon”, interesting historical note…

Medieval Is In (IOL) – Middle Ages astrology is suddenly hot these days…but then, so is Medieval religious and foreign policy, it seems…

Up On The Roof (The Guardian) – The key to the mystery monument to the stars may lie on what sat on top of it, and what they did there…

Lilly Unveiled (Pelicanist) – English astrologer William Lilly reimagined in new historical biography…

No Name Change (Bangalore Mirror) -- …unless you disclose who your astrologer is…!

Cycles in Collision (SeeItMarket) – Stock market and planetary trends head for a mash-up…

Blood Moon Three (Israel News) – Passover lunar eclipse is third of four that are supposed harbingers for Israel…

Bad Year for Marriage (Times of India) – Get hitched soon or you’ll have a long wait until there’s another good time…

Robot Astrologer (New Indian Express) – What’s replacing the venerabe but waning “parrot astrologer” on the Subcontinent…

The Horse Racing Astrology Built (ANS) – In county Kildare, winning horses were bred by the stars…

Astrology and Health Care (Telegraph) – Controversial UK Tory MP says astrology could help national health, others say that’s bogus

Animal Spirits (FRBSF) – Business volatility cycles are shifted by them…no kidding…

Four Hour Cycles (Psychcentral) – That would be a diurnal rolling sextile, even if it’s only mice…

Black Moon, Super Moon (Weather,com) – This new Moon is doubly special and weird, even more so as it changes sign two minutes after it happens…see our editorial and  “Skies” for those details…

Avoid the Temple (Gulte) – Or you might lose your office, astrologers and experience reveal…only on the Subcontinent and environs…

Astromapping (Daily Mail) – The UK tabloid has its doubts, but plenty to say on the subject nevertheless…similar UK articles on birthday travel and on relocation give our own takes…

Astrologer Rescued (Deccan Herald) – After being kidnapped – cars set afire, robberies, attempted murder, this one ran the gamut…

Surviving A Full Moon Party (Times of Malta) – If you must risk life and limb to revel under the Moon, here are some tips for getting through safely…hilarious, and real…

Sunspot Cycle Dangers? (OUP) – View from Oxford about new info, and new risks, of of our rhythmically percolating star…

Jupiter Gold (ANS) – Short-term gold prices linked to the big planet in new study replication…

Second Murder (Phuket Gazette) – Astrologer nabbed for yet another murder, plus another one tries his hand at kidnapping…the astro police blotter booming this week…

More Planets Lurking (U of Madrid) – Trans-Neptunian objects suggest that there are more planets in the solar system…

Super New Moon (IB Times) – Full Moons aren’t the only “super” Moons. An extra-close new Moon has the same effect, and this, the first of five this year, will be on TV in Dubai…

Full Lion Moon (Boston Globe) – More on fear of the dark, the full Moon, and being eaten by lions…

Government Promises Computers To Astrologers (Sunday Times) – Sri Lanka president, at advice of his astrologer, made big promises to his kind, then called snap elections prompted by the stars…which promptly got him booted from office…so, no computers, after all…

Full Moon Tea (Brisbane Times) – If anyone down-under offers you something of that name, politely decline…it will kill you…

Retro Confusion (NY Times) – Grey Lady lady wants to get what astrologers believe Mercury retro is all about, but loses the thread by overstatement…

From Archimedes? (Charlotte Observer) – More interesting speculation on the Antikythera Device, plus video of working repro…

Sunspots Cripple Lifespan (Daily Mail) – Norwegian historical study reveals those born during solar minimum lived five years longer than those born during the max…early genetic damage???...a real bombshell, original study here…

Weather, People, Animals… (Weather Channel) – …the full Moon affects them all, and here’s how, according to the mainstream Weather Channel…

Astrology and the System (ANS) – Future times may better favor astrology, as they are a-changin’, says UK starcaster Adrian Duncan Ross…mostly looking at Jupiter-Saturn conjunction cycle shift from earth to air…

Quit Smoking (USAToday) – Get a boost from the monthly lunar/menstrual cycle to help toss out that pack of cigs…

Predictions, Predictions 2015 (IBTimes) – We generally ignore these, but this set has some real corkers…

Bill Meridian on Marla Maples (ctrnetwork) – Our favorite cycles analyst Bill Sarubbi is always worth a listen, in this hour interview available as a podcast…

Is It A Sin?... (MyNews24) – …to believe in astrology? The fact that too many people think so, for conflicting reasons, makes this worth a skim…

What Do The Cycles Say? (Benzinga) – How do the economic cycles dovetail in 2015? It’s complicated…

Moon Man (The Concourse) – Bad enough that clowns like Ronald can be scary, McDonald’s Moon Man campaign takes the cake…

New Moon Floods (The Star) – It’s not just the Full Moon parties that have been imperiling folks in Southeast Asia, the New Moon has been a problem, too, doubtless aided by rising global-warming waters…

Star in the East (Daily Mail) – Nice discussion of the Star of Bethlehem from a contemporary astrologer’s point of view…about heliacal risings and how critical they were back then, mostly forgotten now…original article here…

Surviving the Full Moon (Stuff.nz) – Well, at least the notorious “full Moon” parties, which among other things in this fun article, can even kill you

Death By Grindstone (New Indian Express) – 85-year-old astrologer beaten to death by disgruntled client…the Subcontinent can be a dangerous place for the popular profession…

Misunderstood (ABPLive) – In interview, “ Sun-sign rape” astrologer claims he was taken out of context…

Court Won’t Nix Astrology (The Hindu) – Judges refuse to allow a ban on astrology-themed TV shows…

Reasons To Believe… (Lifestyle) -- …in astrology. We might add a pinch, maybe a barrel, of salt…

Stellar Waves (NASA) – Astrologers should be reminded, it’s all about waves, as our spacecraft are revealing…

New Moon Mixup (Irish Independent) – Christmas cards often depict a new Moon, and get it wrong half the time…can you tell the difference?...

Party Down (9news) – What makes a full Moon even crazier? Try lots of drugs…report and video on Thailand’s recently-notorious Full Moon parties…

Planet X Ahead? (Weather.com) – The search for Planet X (or rather Xs) beyond Pluto may be about to bear fruit…

Rape By Sign (IB Times) – Ongoing furor over astrologer who classified rape circumstance by Sun sign…

Why Women Believe… (Mashable) – …in astrology more than men. Because they’re just dizzy broads, soft in the head, according to this…men, of course, trust hard science…

Above Science (The Hindu) – Of course, there are those who think hard science is a mere handmaiden to astrology…

Older Than Ever (Tech Times) – That’s the latest opinion on the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism that Greek Classical astrologers used to track the planets…

Sky Gods (Ancient Origins) – Tengriism, the worship of sky deities, is said to have been the world’s earliest and oldest religion…

Coincidence, or Something More? (Coincider.com) – Jung blended astrology and synchronicity as if it were acausal (which we don’t), but there’s new thinking afoot, and a Weird Coincidence Survey to take, at our friend Dr. Beitman’s site…

Asteroid Day (Planetary Society) – Worried about a seriously-bad transit from a wandering planetoid? You’re not alone…December 3 marks Asteroid Day 2015 and the release of the 100x Declaration…stay tuned…

Astrology Reconsidered (ANS) – An interesting collection of essays on modern approaches to astrology from Astrology News Service…

Hot Moon  (NASA) – The Moon may have a warmer heart than anyone had thought…

Dark Night Conception (Daily Mail) – Another study shows the new Moon makes more babies…

Astrologer Passes (Stourbridge News) – UK Astrologer Dennis Elwell, dead at 84…

The Sky Is Falling… (JPL/NASA) – …and here’s a world map of just where and when small asteroids have been impacting us, with implications past, present, and future…don’t look up, or be careful when you do…!

Storms On Uranus (Berkeley) – The weird planet’s getting weirder, and Jupiter’s giant red spot looks like sunburn…

Animal Abuse (Herald) – It’s linked to the full Moon, according to new study…not surprising, considering people abuse is often already in that bag…

Giant Clock (Epoch Times) – Ancient Peruvian astro site continues to mystify, now more than ever…may go back to 15,000 BC…

Resonance Resolved (Phys.org)  -- Physics is a step nearer to agreement on exact resonance, which is critical, ultimately, to how planets affects us (or anything, including each other)…

Cycles To Peak (Benzinga) – Multiple cycles come nicely to a head shortly, investors should make the most of it…

Mystery Underwater Structure (UK Yahoo News) – Allegedly aligned with megaliths, and presumably the stars, a strange “building” off Malibu may be emitting radio signals…

Unbelieveable (Chapman) – New Chapman survey shows Americans equally doubt evolution and astrology, while The Secret and UFOs are largely taken as reality…

Astrology in the White House (Washington Post) – In the wake of the death of Nancy Reagan’s astrologer Joan Quigley at 87, here are some amusing astro-tales of the First Residence…

Moody Sommerkinder (Leader-Post) – More evidence for seasonal-birth mood swingers…

From The Police Blotter (Times of India) – Astrologer’s abductors are nabbed, while another astrologer is murdered…

Hot Explosions, Cool Sun (MPS) – The Sun is more active than it apparently should be in this part of the sunspot cycle, for spotty reasons

Venus and the Moon (NoisyVice) –Astrological attachements fuel pop combo…

Flippy Times (Gismodo) – Magnetic field could switch in an instant, not just over  a slow period…

Hot Moon (NASA) – New discovery of recent volcanism on the Moon will rewrite geological textbooks…

Moon Coins (Cryptocoins) – It appears bitcoin trading value peaks at new and full Moons…

Cycles Within Cycles (Summit County Voice) – This principle of nesting temperature cycle lengths at different scales could apply to planetary and psychological ones as well, so astrologers take note…

Contract Killers (Zee News) – London-based millionaire astrologer was mastermind behind multiple paid killings in revenge plot…now he’s on the lam in the UK

Ten Problems… (Cosmo) – …that only an astrology-obsessed person could have…

Outrageous (Slate) – That’s what this whiney skeptic Slate writer thinks it is when ailing pop astrologer Susan Miller gets promoted in Time Magazine

Bigger Blood Moon (KTLA) – This “blood” Moon eclipse will be bigger than last, and it may cause a Philippine volcanic eruption… ...P.S., it did, lava oozing, not an explosion...

Uranus at Eclipse (Space.com) – Total lunar eclipse will allow peek at Uranus with just a pair of binoculars, it’s that close…plus, more on its “Frankenstein” moon…

Full Moon Party Murders (IB Times) – Well, we warned you they were dangerous…

Lunar Square (Huffington Post UK) – Not another fantasy simulacra on the lunar face, there’s really a giant square there…

Micro “Moon” (Daily Mail) – It could be interpreted as our own Moon, but it’s not, it’s just stalking us – plus nice look at planetary orbital resonances…

Fascinatin’ Rhythms (NPR) – National Public Radio looks at India’s love affair with the stars…

Gunned Down (Pune Mirror) – On way to testify in court, astrologer accused in murder case is assassinated by motorcycle gunmen.

Sign Prejudice (New Republic) – In China, your Sun-sign can determine if you get hired, or blackballed…

Pluto IS a Planet (CFA) – Yes, Virginia, it is…once again…pundits and populace at last agree…

Perilous Parties (Cosmo) – “The truth behind Full Moon parties”…they get too crazy, and dangerous, and that’s the truth…

Big Seven (WND) – Seven-year cycle is everywhere, according to new Biblically-based book…

Planetary Distances (ANS) – Robert Currey looks at some of the ways astrologers incorporate relative planetary distances as a judgment factor…

Suppressing Astrology (IBN) – New Thai dictators are consulting future forecasters to get their timing better at repressing them…

Rapper With Degree (Eurweb) – This hip-hop self-promoter claims a degree in astrology, and numerology…no wonder this profession has so little credence…

Inauspicious Day (Deccan Chronicle) – Bad day to change the district capital…more like, bad week, month, year right about now…

Local Bubble (NASA) – Think an asteroid strike is threatening? Try a supernova right next door…it happened, and we survived, and inhabit the remains…see video version

Can’t Get a Break (MillstoneNews) – The last Super Moon allegedly laid some serious waste to this poor fellow’s life…

Old Rings (Nature) – Saturn’s rings: there at the start or more recently acquired? It appears to be the former…

Forecasting Frauds (Deccan Herald) – The Subcontinent takes its astrologers and their reports seriously, and so do Internet crooks posing as the real thing, raking in cash…

Sleepless Nights (CBS) – The full Moon makes you sleep less…a second, confirming, look at the matter…

Beltway Horoscopes (Mother Jones) – The bar-graph lists of Congress’s Sun-signs here actually mostly match average seasonal birth proportions, but there’s a nice link to the individual birth data of everybody in Congress, for your own probings…

Longest Month (EarthSky) – The next lunar month will be the year’s longest – it can vary by as much as a quarter of a day…

End of the World, Late… (Daily Mail) – So this asteroid is going to hit us 867 years from now…think we’ll have it in hand by then…

Dark of the Moon (New Indian Express) – Full Moon may bring lunacy, but old-time Subcontinental cops know it’s the new Moon that has people creeping around up to no good…cops in the West know, too...

Mars Meets Comet (NASA) – Martians will be all a-flutter to hear their planet is about to be grazed by a passing comet…and we’ll be there to see what happens…

Soft Core Moon (Daily Mail) – Does our supposedly cold, dead Moon really have a warm, creamy core still melting with change?...

Predicting Solar Cycles (UCAR) – Why use solar cycles to predict the weather, when you can use Earthbound weather prediction techniques to predict what’s going on in the Sun?…

El Nino Rewrite (U of Washington) – Earth’s orbital cycles supposedly make this often-devastating weather phenomenon a fairly recent thing…well, as it now appears, apparently not…

End of the World (InSerbia) – We haven’t heard that one seriously for a couple of years, but with all this current chaos, this Serbian astrologer is predicting it all, more or less right away…

Most Super (Mashable) – This second, of three, Super Moons is the closest with the mostest, so keep your eyes peeled and feet braced…as if things weren’t out of control enough already…

Lemon Moon (BBC) – If the full Moon makes you nuts, maybe it’s because it’s shaped like a fruit…and now we know how it got that way…

Pluto Redux (Newsday) – As Pluto probe approaches, debate over the status of this astrologically most heavy-duty planet reignites…

Astrology Rx (Independent) – British MP claims national health service should cover astrological services…

Drunken Capricorn (Cleveland.com) – Woman quotes her Sun-sign as excuse for driving under the influence…

Wealth and Worries (Times of Oman) – That’s what astrology keeps track of, claims writer…

Stripped and Slippered (New Indian Express) – Phony astrologer’s perverted ways get unexpected punishment from victims…

Prediction Rescinded (Hindustan Times) – …by the Grim Reaper. If your astrologer gives you an annoying read, maybe he’ll just die to prove it wrong…a funny personal tale, actually…

Bad News for Malaysia (IBTimes) – …or so predicted one of its top astrologers, and now it all seems to be coming true, with more to come, allegedly…




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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...

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Bad Company -- How to avoid it!

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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...

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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?...

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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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