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Jupiter is set free, into Leo, and the sky opens up like an explosive new dawn.

As July begins and the solstice season really gets rolling, the gates are opening and the race is on. The nasty cardinal grand cross and/or T-cross that has held the world in bondage is over, though the still-rampant Uranus-Pluto square section of it still remains, especially in war-torn areas. The price of Uranus (revolution and change) is still too-often death and destruction (Pluto).

But, the fabulous news is that the two planets which could really energize and improve things – Mars and Jupiter – are finally moving forward and free of their previously-paralyzing restrictions. Most notable, Jupiter swings into larger-than-life Leo and out of confining Cancer by mid-month, ushering in a year of positive thinking and optimistic outlooks long overdue.

Add to that Mercury just finished with its triannual retrograde and back into gear, as the month progresses it’s all systems go with refreshingly little to hold things back. If you want to start a juggernaut, now’s the time, and if there is any caution needed it is that it can be easy to find yourself on a runaway train as the long-frozen brakes suddenly get released. So mind your speed, especially should you see a curve coming up ahead – it’s closer (in time) than you think and may be upon you before you can adjust the throttle…

Now that the Jupiter swing is fully underway, perhaps it’s a good time to review our prescient, preview coverage of the broader implications – and also the dark side – of this major historical cycle, in order to understand it better… it can run the gamut from heavenly redemption to catastrophic hubris, and we’re already seeing signs of both…

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Prediction Rescinded (Hindustan Times) – …by the Grim Reaper.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…


Dinosaur Killer (PSI) – Now we know what astral body didn’t extinguish the dinosaurs, thanks to recent Russian meteor strike…the division of astrological influence that really means business…


Sextrologists at War (NY Post) – Is there really such a thing as a “sextrologist”? These two publicity hounds think so, and they’re suing each other for the exclusive rights…


Navigating Down Under (Discovery) – Aussie aborigines used stars to guide them, predict emu egg supply, more…


Three SuperMoons (NASA) – In a row, this summer…should make the concomintant Jupiter breakout go to extremes…


Where The Land Is (Prince George Citizen) – Northern and Southern Hemisphere summers aren’t the same…perhaps a key to why the tropical signs aren’t flipped Down Under, though this author doesn’t go there…


Other Recent Stories:

Flattened Planets (Smithsonian) – Here’s a comparison graphic of the smaller planets, laid out like a flat map, gives a new feel for their size…

“Plus” Zones Confirmed (ANS) – New analysis portrays planets on angles (as per early Gaucquelin studies) as statistically significant…

Self-Deprecation (Channel 4) – “Thai fortuneteller who has lost faith in the future”, or rather, has figured out he’s a wealthy hustler...

Ancient Star Computer (Epoch Times) – More on the venerable, but still baffling, BC Antikythera Mechanism…new dives and exosuit may soon discover more

Expanded Sun (TechnoBuffalo) – The Sun’s atmosphere appears to be seriously much larger and more influential than thought…

Planetary Beer (CWDetroit) – Inspired by the Holst suite and the orbs in general, these multiple microbrews sound delicious…we’ll take the Uranus black double IPA, though the Saturn barleywine sounds like a knockout, too…

The Threat of Astrology (io9) – Why, it’s turning our women (among others) into illogical, anti-intellectual mush (heard this one before), a little disappointing for usually-edgy io9, though there’s a nice rebuttal here…

Midsummer Merriment (IBTimes) – Summer solstice is an important milestone in all sorts of world cultures, since the dawn of history…

Predictions for the Pitch (New Indian Express) – All kinds of animals are getting in on World Cup betting, not the least the venerable parrot astrologers…

Shakespearean Astrology (ANS) – Was The Bard a fan of astrology? You bet…his times were soaked in a background of cultural symbolism involving the planets, and thus so was his material…

Nurture vs. Nature vs. Astrology (io9) – Says commentator Cosima Herter: "genetics is not a synonym for determinism any more that astrology is."  

Slippery Customer (NASA) – Another narrow miss is caught by Earth’s growing surveillance CCTV net…

Only the Lonely (ANS) – Astrologers are a solitary breed, a misappreciated middle ground between science and philosophy…Grant Lewi’s take is timeless…

Theia Revealed (Space Reporter) – A piece of the Moon that isn’t the Moon may be traces of long-lost Earth-collision planet Theia…

Bangkok Futures (Bangkok Post) – The same astrologer that advised Thaksin is now predicting coup leader adversary’s futures…a country in crisis that really listens to its fortunetellers…

Skeptics Skepticized (ANS) – Aggressive astrology naysayers may have problems of their own…

Earthquake Tides (PittsburghCBS) – Solar and lunar tides trigger earthquakes, making them predictable, says author…

Stone Circles (Ancient Origins) – They’re everywhere, in Africa (who knew?) Not to mention, stone monoliths…astrological? Maybe, and maybe more…

Henry Miller… (Huffington Post) – …was into astrology, big time. Who knew? Fascinating article…

Quantum Malarkey (Slate) – Real “scientists” are as goofy over “quantum consciousness” as some astrologers, it seems…

Winds Above, Storms Below (Science World Report) – Solar pulses drive the weather on Earth, in surprising detail…

Cycles Everywhere (Wall St. Sector Selector) – Everything is cyclic, you just have to know which cycles are the ones to watch…

Victory at the Polls (Island) – Most Subcontinental astrologers had the BJP correctly pegged as a big winner way ahead of time, and they will be reaping the rewards…

Sneaky Stars (Think Advisor) – Hiding astrology-based investment strategy gets advisor, already in dutch for astro-Ponzi scheme, in big trouble…

Lunar Trauma (Nature World News) – The Moon was knocked around in childhood, has had a tilted perspective ever since…

Monthly Moods (Slate) – Turns out that studies on women’s sexual taste changing with time of month may be invalid because they’re too broad…but that might not be the case with wider, concomitant lunar phases…

Attempted Murder (Indian Express) – Why doesn’t America have creepy starcasters like this? Or do we, and just nobody’s noticed?...plus more from the UK astro police blotter…

The Problem With Astrology (Times of India) – …is astrologers, says Indian chief justice, lamenting the trivializing of the profession…we must agree…

Astronomers Create First Realistic Virtual Universe (CFA Harvard) – The very title inspires…they also do space dust…

Near Miss Superstorm (NASA) – A “Carrington Event” sized solar blast missed us by an inch…if it hadn’t, all hell would have broken loose. What to do when it, eventually, does…?

Is It Time To Take Astrology Seriously? (BuzzFeed) – Is it? It rather depends on how you define “astrology” and what you want or expect out of it…

Voodoo Scientists (Greater Kashmir) – What a great name for the profession, and maybe the parrot, too…

Liquid Consciousness (Extreme Tech) – If consciousness is an actual state of matter, as this MIT theorizer suggests, then the planets are likely tangled up with it…

It Takes A Village (Press TV) – A preponderance of astrologers and growing interest in the art puts hitherto obscure hamlet on the map…

Musical Fertility (NY Magazine) – Women’s taste in music, and musicians, changes with time of the month…

Thick and Fast (CBS) – Turns out we’re getting hit by a lot more asteroids than anyone thought, more reason to get a handle on it…nice video realization here…

Aries Atheists (OpEd News) – The four most militantly anti-religion atheists (and often anti-astrology, as well) turn out to be Aries…we’re not surprised…

Moon Gardening (Vancouver Sun) – If you’re doing your spring planting, don’t forget that the seeds could use a little lunar assistance…

Improved Mousetrap (Market Oracle) – That’s what Gann and other planetary-based market predictions systems are…

Crowded Sky (Next Big Future) – Dwarf planets in our system are gathering like Munchkins…or, rather, we’re finally noticing them…what’s important may be another matter…

Extraterrestial Vitamin (Latin Post) – Vitamin B3, it appears, may have come from the skies above us, the product of asteroids…

Precession = Life (Science aGoGo) – Turns out our astrological sign-defining tropical precession may be the very thing that favors life…here, and elsewhere…

Overpaid Help (Telegraph) – What The News of the World paid Mystic Meg revealed in trial…as is so often the case, pay is inversely proportional to talent…

Strangest Poll Superstitions (Deccan Chronicle) – In the midst of elections, here are some Subcontinental prescriptions for coming out on top…and even more here…

Cosmos Misses the Mark (Religion and Politics) – The new science series gets the science part OK, but gets the cultural, sociological, religious, and political parts wrong...not to mention astrology...

Ghostwriters (Hollywood Reporter) – 1950s-60s Hollywood leading man Robert Mitchum and his wife Dorothy (just passed) started as ghostwriters for astrologer Carroll Righter…who knew??!!...

Go Full Moonwalking (The Guardian) – A lovely idea, take in some rays, we should all do it…or, for the more energetic, try running…

Backing Their Candidate (India Today) – In a rarity, astrologers not only predict a winner in national elections, they’re actively supporting him…

Super Planet Crash (UCSC) – Get to know your orbits and their implications with this totally cool game…!

Indian Sea Change (NewIndianExpress) – Elections will bring major change, say Subcontinental starcasters, as politicos flock to find propitious dates and times…

Hurtling Through Space (io9) – New visuals of what the helical path of the Sun and solar system really looks like…

Upper/Lower Case (Florida Today) – Should Sun, Moon, and Earth be capitalized? We always thought so…times are catching up…

Bioweapons Connection (Miami Herald) – The 1995 murder of astrologer Lilian Rosa Morales may have been connected to her husband’s development of biological weapons for Cuba…a cold case heats up…

Red Moon (Sierra Club) – How, when to watch April’s lunar eclipse…first of rare four-straight “blood moons” that some think foreshadows…well, the end, of course…

Lunar Dreams (Scientific Computing) – New sleep research reveal full Moons make for a different kind of dreaming...

Medieval Multiverse (MNN) – Astrologer-philosopher was formulating precursor to leading-edge cosmology way back in 1225…

Myanmar Madness (Gulf News) – New documentary details astrological craziness that military junta enforced during dark days of Burma..

Falling Sky, Falling Man (Daily Mail) – Sometimes heavenly bodies are a near-miss…skydiver nearly hit by a meteorite, see video...

Showing Her Age (NBC) – Now we know exactly how old she is, our mistress Moon…more details and story here…

Close To Mars (NASA) – In the midst of the retrograde, by definition, Mars is bright, up front, and up close…

Solar Research Interview (ANS) – Astrologer John Townley discusses recent research about genetic developmental effects of the Sun’s magnetic variation…

New Planet, Plus (EarthSky) – The outermost-yet planetoid has been discovered, and nicknamed after U.S. VP, but its perturbations suggest a much bigger, monster planet out by the Oort Cloud. Turns out, Planet X may yet surface…

Stars Make Love To The Universe (YouTube)—Shakira certainly makes all that stuff upstairs sound enthralling…

Vedic Takes LA (SCPR) – The City of Angels is becoming the city of astrologers, Subcontinent style…

An Astrological Triumph (Digital Journal) – That would be St. Peter’s Basilica, which is knee-deep in astrologal paintings, floors, and structural symbolism of the day…

Lucky Slot (Hindustan Times) – Dark-horse competitor sneaks in to steal politician’s pre-planned astrological spot for vote registration…the Subcontinent at its best…

Attacked! (Lancashire Evening Post) – Astrologers misbehaving migrates to the UK…

Cycle Crisis (Futures) – The Crimea landgrab has developed just as major financial cycles are coming to a head…

Malaysian Mystery (Gulf News) – Now that flight #370 remains missing, the astrologers and other more etheric experts are beginning to weigh in…

Near Miss (NASA) – Perfect storm that recently nearly hit the Earth, revealed…next time…

Regulus Eclipse (Sky and Telescope) – The tiny asteroid Erigone will black out the massive fixed star Regulus (the “Heart of the Lion”” on March 19-20, a rarity indeed. Read more about Erigone and figure out the symbolism, if you can…

Beatles Astrology (ANS) – Yes, the Fab Four were into the stars, and George even had his chart rectified…

Hunt For Planet X (Daily Mail) – Don’t worry, you don’t have to put that mysterious giant planet in your horoscope, it doesn’t exist…anywhere…

Dark Matter Done It (Arxiv) – That comet/asteroid impact that likely killed the dinosaurs…might have been triggered by dark matter, could be more…

Back To Bosnia (Waking Times) – More on the sky-aligned pyramids, if pyramids they be…

Shadows of Petra (Agencias) – The ancient monastery, and others of its ilk, are aligned with the signs and seasons…

World War III (ValueWalk) – Russian astrologers predicted it would coincide with the Sochi games…on Putin’s payroll?...

Voynich Manuscript Decoded? (New Scientist) – The mystery document with all sorts of strange astrological charts may have been solved, by botanical clues…disagree? Download it yourself and have a try…

A Way of Thinking (Yareah) – That would be astrology…nice sentiments, indeed…

Your Own Planet (Washington Post) – Turns out, LDS folks may not actually get their own posthumous planet, after all…who knew?...

Solar Rhythms, ELF Waves, and Genetics (ARSA) – A direct connection between the Sun and all sorts of genetically-driven diseases and conditions, just fabulous work. Download whole paper here…

Moon Man (Stuff NZ) – A predictor being sued changes the goalposts…could (and has) happened to astrologers…

Mad About The Moon (BBC) – What the Moon has done for us, from the beginning on…nice, in-depth evolutionary piece from the Beeb, worth watching online…

Most Likely, Least Likely… (Washington Post) – …to think astrology is scientific, or believe evolution, or even know the Earth goes around the Sun. This study, reported earlier, is being jumped on by all sorts of interest groups and interpreted in the damnedest ways…

Near-Miss Asteroid Vanishes (io9) – It just missed Earth, with lots of news coverage, and then…

New State Seen In Stars (Times of India) – The brand-new state being born was predicted by the stars, along with troubles to come…

Still Crucial (Economic Times) – To Subcontinent politicos, this venerable starcaster is still a modern must…but, there are more…

Blood Moon Hiding? (WND) – Is NASA part of a conspiracy, or just repairing it’s site? A little conspiracy paranoia, but still, what do the “blood” Moon eclipses mean?...more here...

Back to the Stars (Irrawaddy) – Star consulting again takes a front seat in Thailand’s troubled political situation, this time with populist ex-PM Thaksin’s former wife looking to ease him back in, where riots have failed…

Taking It Seriously (UPI) – The percentage of young adult Americans who think astrology is a science or at least kind of one is way up. Even most astrologers won’t claim that…

Distorted Press (ANS) – Starcaster Robert Curry rightly says media coverage misdescribes what astrology is…but not toward the “scientific” belief mentioned above…makes one wonder…

The Astrologer Did It (ANS) – A subgenre of crime fiction is growing, in which an astrologer is the sleuth…but in the Subcontinent these days, as you can see from our coverage below, the astrologer is sometimes the perp…

Sex Magic Astrologer (Sydney Morning Herald) – More Subcontinent astrologers behaving badly, and in yet another, ongoing case in court, unbelieveably…

Prediction Tax (Times of India) – If you predicted someone’s election, and then she rewarded you after she got elected (against all odds), would you have to pay income tax on it? You bet…

Sleeping With The Moon (PR Newswire) – New product is taking advantage of recent lunar phase study to get folks a little better night’s sleep…

Stormy Tides (The Independent) – This year’s particularly wretched winter storms have been having all the help the Moon can give them…

New Year Moon Myths, Facts (Space.com) – Lots of fun details on the Moon, its phases, and so on…gung hei fat choy to all!...

Russian Futures (Moscow Times) – A rocky year ahead for the Winter Olympics host, according to local starcasters…but an ancient prediction that a Vladimir would save all…

Werewolf Diet (Time) – If you can grow great grapes that make wonderful wine by the phases of the Moon, why not diet that way? Water weight, tides, and all that involved…

Child Sacrifice (Times of India) – More astrologers behaving badly, from our Subcontinent police blotter…

Black Moon (EpochTimes) – Two new moons in a calender month, new term, and this one’s a (new)SuperMoon, too…nice graphics, observation hints…

Planets On Your Wrist (TheVerge) – Yes, you can have them right there, humming along, but don’t ask the price, it’s from VanCleef and Arpel…

AstroPsychology (ANS) – Dr. Glenn Parry rephrases his dictum that psychology is actually astrology, or is it the other way around?...soft science defined by soft science…

Scary April (The Guardian) – Susan Miller says grand cross makes April so scary she’s giving classes on it…well, we’ve been telling you that for some time…

Astrologers’ Consciousness Levels (ANS) – It seems we’re a dreadfully aware bunch, if you accept the definitions of awareness in this somewhat strange study…

Solar Cycle Freeze (Orlando Sentinel) – Solar cycle will send us into an ice age, not global warming…heard this one before…

Stronger Jews (Israel International News) – Egyptian starcaster says Saturn going into Sagittarius will aid the Israelites, and always has…

Kepler Appreciated (ANS) – Astronomers pooh-pooh his astrological work, but without it, there would be no modern astronomy…

Maxi-Moon, Mini-Moon (Wunderground) – Worth being reminded that this New Year’s cardinal grand cross SuperMoon (new Moon variety) is followed by a full Moon of minimal effect…and that’s always the case, even when you reverse it…

Earthly Star (NASA) – Earth, Jupiter, and Venus make a blended Christmas Star, as seen from STEREO’s space camera…plus, from NASA, a nice Star of Bethlehem conjunction tale

Three Cycles to Watch (Marketwatch) – In the coming year, some repeating periods are coming to fruition…

Emotional Cycles (Reality Sandwich) – Basic four personality types from traditional astrology may be seasonal and cyclic, and quite real…fascinating research…

Ritual for Child Sex (Times of India) – Sounds more salacious than it is, but astrologers shouldn’t be guaranteeing a couple a boy (or girl) child by planting a lemon tree…health department is investigating…

Shakin’ and Quakin’, Again (Novinite) – Bulgarian starcaster drumming up anxiety, scaring the horses, and neighbors, for which he was sued last time…

Peace Predictions (The News) – 83-year-old Bejan Daruwalla, India’s high-profile astro-sage who “looks exactly like an astrologer should look like”, journeys to Pakistan to forecast end of seemingly-endless Subcontinent superpower conflict…

Free Apps (BRW) – That’s what everybody expects in astrology, makes it hard to make a living, even for rich and popular Sun-sign purveyors like Susan Miller…well, you get what you pay for…

Mini-Moon (Washington Post) – Supermoons, at their biggest and closest, are much-heralded. This one was the opposite…but it was also right on the Galactic Center…does it matter?...it’s going to be a complicated December, anyway…!

Self-Indulgent (NY Daily News) – People into astrology are so self-involved, just too into themselves…or so this odd bit of research would have you believe…

New Moon at Saturn? (Daily Mail) – Is the Dour One spawning a little one? Looks like it…

Was Jesus A Gemini? (ANS) – Or was Christ a Capricorn? This one’s an old chestnut reinvented, with an exact time of birth, yet…but our only Christmas-star story this year, so far…

Hitler’s Astrologer (GeeksofDoom) – The comic book, The Shadow at work in 1941…we love it…

Another Lifetime (Un. of VA) – Kids recalling past lives, with Virginia’s Jim Tucker back in the news at his alma mater…no astrology here, except thatit happened to us, sort of…

Cricket Astro-Fix (Economic Times) – Astrologer is calling the shots on big league cricket team, government is investigating…

Financial Forecasting, How Real? (The Telegraph) – More on Arch Crawford, among others, with yeas and nays, in the pages of The Telegraph…and here's theother big one...

Skeptical Rebuffs (ANS) – Some retorts for those who think astrology is hokum, but use hokum to make their own points…

Zodiac Killer (New Indian Express) – Well, sort of. An astrologer who murdered five people, now in custody…we can’t resist the police blotter…

Astrological Case Files (ANS) – A collection of 54 short stories about what it’s like to consult with an astrologer…

Flame or Fizzle? (Sky and Telescope) – Comet ISON, once touted to be the comet of the century, may have made it past the Sun…after which it may, or may not, be a spectacle after all…running updates here…

Dirty Girl (The Guardian) – Venus is drifting in a cloud of dust…who knew? Maybe it explains something…

Crowdsource Asteroids (NASA) – Groupthink approach may fine-tune threats, ward off disaster. Could we do this with astrology?...

Seasonal Birth Disorders (The Atlantic) – Multiple diseases are associated with  births in certain times of the year…is it astrology? Many would hate to admit that…

Prize Winner (PBS) – Author is youngest ever to win Booker Prize, for a mystery novel with an astrological theme…

What Happened To Mars? (NASA) – Once warm and wet, it’s now cold and dry…how’d that come to pass?...NASA intends to find out…unless Russia does first…

Halloween Storms (NASA) – The atmosphere was all a-glow, despite this weak (though freaky) solar max…

Wikipedia Biased… (ANS) -- …against astrologers, and proponents of every other edge science that official skeptics hate, such as Rupert Sheldrake…

Fishy Omens? (CNN) – It’s not astrology, but it may be forecasting…does this double-sighting presage the next “big one” to hit California?...

An Asteroid Named…What??!! (ANS) – With something like 17,000 named, small asteroids roiling around, what are the chances of their conjunctions being meaningful…? Is this nominative determinism, or something else, entirely?...

Comet Strike (WITS) – Tangible evidence, for the first time, of early comet collision with Earth, destroying all in its path…

Lonely Newborn (Institute for Astronom y) – A brand-new planet, wandering lost in space…

Diamonds In The Air (National Geographic) – When lightning strikes on Jupiter and Saturn, the atmosphere crystallizes…

Call My Broker…No, My Astrologer! (Business Week) – Starcasters cast increasing weight in panicky financial markets these days…

Oaths of Office (The Hindu) – Subcontinental politicians can get totally twisted up trying to get it straight with the stars…some hilarious tales of just such attempts gone awry…

Mars Trojans (Icarus) – Yet more gatherings at Lagrange points L4 and L5, most recently Neptune, this time around Mars…that sextile-trine orbital point is so mellow, everybody wants to be there…

Last Gasp (Urania) – First it was the comet of the century, then maybe only a bit of a contender, now a breath away from R.I.P. …

Astrology Not Vedic (Times of India) – It arrived with Alexander the Great, with the Greeks, says Subcontinent scientist…

Seeking Your Fortune (NewsObserver) – Want to be a card-reader and astrologer for a living? All you need is a good business plan…just take this PhD’s advice…if only being a doctor or lawyer were this easy…

Astro Dumplings (ANS) – Long-banned in China, astrology makes a comeback as new generation discovers it, Western-style, online…

Astro Dumplings (ANS) – Long-banned in China, astrology makes a comeback as new generation discovers it, Western-style, online…

Sun Shots (Thunderbolts) – Why do ancient glyphs and legends have people shooting at the Sun?...and even more rock stuff…

Muddy Memories (Thunderbolts) – Are myths, planetary or otherwise, formed much more recently than we believe?…goodbye archetypes…

As Bright As Venus (NASA) – Well the “comet of the century” hasn’t entirely fizzled out, after all, but will hardly be a sky-dominator…

Solar Flatline (Daily Kos) – Solar activity, only recently frenetic, has suddenly hushed, when it ought to be peaking. What’s up?...more here…

God, Fate, and the Stars… (New Indian Express) – …as discussed earnestly by persons of varied persuasions on the Subcontinent…

Myanmar Mainstream (PRI) – Astrology remains a constant in the life of Myanmar citizens, regardless of political change…

Dog Signs (Your Daily Journal) – In a society that now has a cable TV channel just for dogs to watch, no surprise there should be a canine Sun sign column, with a site to match…

Long Ago and Far Away (Aeon) – As we start planning to alter our own planets, maybe it’s been done already, just not here yet…looking for transiting, artificial planets…

$500 Candles (WFMJ) – And that was just the start of this $28,000+ Pennsylvania swindle under the name of astrology. A good reason to separate general fortunetelling and other mystic uncertainties from the more formal arts of the sky…

Planets Don’t Influence Sun (AANDA) – Periodicity of solar activity, recently thought to be associated with planets, may not be, after all…but indicators either way seem awfully far-fetched…

Multi-layered Saturn (Science Recorder) – Monster storm reveals the dour planet is a mixture of layers that tell multiple stories…astrologers might metaphorically take note…

Synchronized Butterflies (ESO) – Planetary nebulae across the universe – that can’t possibly be connected – somehow all line up…with us! Something very cosmic is going on here, and no one knows what it is…

Cosmic Crash (Dartmouth) – Newly-documented asteroid/comet impact around 10,000 BC appears to have changed everything…

Mars Hoax Redux (Digital Journal) – Every year since 2004, this chestnut has been making the rounds…no, Mars is not extra close (quite the opposite) and will never look as big as the Moon…

The Wet One (Daily Galaxy) – Ceres, no longer just an asteroid but a dwarf planet, may be more nourishing that even astrologers dreamed…it could be the gateway for water in our part of the system…

Martian Origins (Smithsonian) – Now it’s not a matter of life on Mars, but rather, did life come from Mars…the planet of war may be more like the home planet…hmmm…

Not Written In The Stars (ArchDruid Report) – Ill-funded astronomers might do well to follow Kepler’s lead and try a hand at professional astrology, as skeptics’ crusade wanes and flickers…

Bitterly Cold (CBS/AP) – That’s what the Northeast U.S. can expect this winter, according to tidal and sunspot-based predictions from Maine’s Farmers’ Almanac

Tracking The Dog Star (New Scientist) – 11,000-year-old temple Gobekli Tepe was used to keep an eye on Sirius…even more in the latest issue ofEdgeScience

South Atlantic Black Hole (Technology Review) – A vortex, just like in outer space, based on another seminal observation of motion from our old friend Lagrange…and her's more on the outer space version that kicks off star formation...

Shocking Abuse (New Indian Express) – Neighbors thought he was a pious planetary pooja-maker, but this astrologer had darker things in mind…from our astro police blotter…

Antikythera Redux (Bibliotecapleyades) – Well, here’s the amazing Greek orrery device in a brand-new, working model…very pretty, indeed…

Happiest Years (Daily Mail) – Ages 23 and 69 are the happiest years of our lives, says new research…must be some cycles crossing there…!

Planetary Ponzi  (Orlando Sentinel) – Broker who used astrology in bunko investment scheme sentenced to the slammer…

Saturn Reruns (ContactMusic) – Well, it’s Saturn returns, of course, and a pop group’s album all about the same…

Clovis Comet Catastrophe (Daily Mail) – Evidence suggests that a comet laid waste to the Clovis People, among  the earliest settlers of North America…

Russian Fireball Traced(The Province) – The source of the dramatic meteor strike that injured a thousand in Russia recently has been uncovered, the mother lode which it broke away from…

Philippine Astrology Honored (Rappler) -- To commemorate the birth centennial of poet, journalist, publisher, and astrologer Serafin Lanot and mark the existence of astorlogy in Philippine culture and history the Lopez Museun presents "Poetry of Stars: An Overview of Astrology in the Philippines from Aug.15-17... 

Pluto Cartography (Wired) – When you’re on that outer planet, it’s hard to track just where you are…interesting take on the ins and outs of latitude and longitude…

Megalithic Mystery (Daily Grail) – Site of 9000-year-old “ringing” megaliths in Indonesia may be peak of ancient pyramid…another astrological “observatory” from a lost civilization?...

Department for Astrological Affairs (Oman News) – Here’s one Mideast country making it regulated official policy, while next door you can get beheaded for it…got to watch where you step over there…

Another Grand Slam? (Sports Pulse) – Roger Federer could do it again, according to this starcaster…

Restless Moon (ANS) – Research review reveals that it takes longer to fall asleep during a full Moon…even in a dark, isolated laboratory…

Comets’ Graveyard (RAS) – Discovered: where comets go to die, and are sometimes reborn…

Comet Kaput (Urania) – The “Comet of the Century” promised for this fall appears to be headed for premature disintegration…bummer…

Astronomer Love (ANS) – Mike Brown, the guy who downsized Pluto, says he has a warm spot in his heart for astrologers…hmmm…

Shooting (at) Stars (BBC) – Indian army mistook Jupiter and Venus for Chinese spy drones, tried to shoot them down…

Prince for PM! (3news) – Vedic starcaster predicts young George will grow up to run for prime minister…and win! We like that, as there’s a lot more edge on his chart than most are noticing…is it legal? Not for all royals, but in his case, yes...!

George VII... (MACs) -- ...that's what he'll eventually be, if he survives a challenging childhood and lives a long, long time...our personal take on the new Prince of Cambridge...

The Royal Kid (IBTimes) – Every astrologer on earth chimed in on this one, everyone gushingly admiring of this month’s grand trine, ignoring the two dire T-crosses…well, almost everyone…

Another Supermoon (Westwood Patch) – It’s getting to be almost ordinary, third one in a row, but with all the solar activity recently, it’s definitely another stirring of the pot…maybe it will pop out the royal kid…[note: it did!]

Astrology and Marriage (Smithsonian) – Here’s a study that shows multiple levels of stupidity, from Sun-sign assumptions to bad astrologers, to absurd conclusions based on irrelevant premises…

Weakest Solar Peak (io9) – Not enough Sunspots, as cycle reaches late peak, but we’ve certainly been noticing them when they happen…

Movie Role Research (Mirror) – Helena Bonham Carter used natal chart to help understand Liz Taylor’s character better in new film portrayal…good idea…

Oldest Calendar (National Geographic) – 10,000-year-old Stone Age lunar observatory just discovered in Scotland. A “pit calendar”, it was both accessible and easily-adjustable…

New Moon at Neptune (NASA) – Just a little tyke, no wonder they missed it thus far…

A Whale of a Tail (NASA) – Not just comets have tails, so does our entire solar system as it drills through the space around our galaxy…now we’ve got pictures…

Seasonal Afflictions (Time) – Babies conceived in May tend to be premature, in summer they tend to be heavier, plus season immune differentials, even weight of the moms…science explores tropical astrology without the catchy sign names…

The Eyes Have It (Philippine Daily Inquirer) – Or, rather, they don’t, at certain parts of the lunar cycle – enough to make your eyeballs pop…

Many Paths  (Bellingham Herald) – Evolutionary astrology sees the starry art more as a matter of faith and belief…

Merged Moon (The Australian) – It appears we have two moons in our one, according to latest theory…

Naming Pluto’s Brood (Seti) – the most outer planet’s newest moons now have names, straight out of the underworld myth… the dogs, and the river…

Murder Most Foul  (Times of India) – Astrologer suspect, among others, to get brain scanned (!) in conspiracy killing…a deleted computer horoscope and other shifty stuff are under the microscope…

Myanmar Mystics and the Military (Japan Times) – The ruling junta used to do the damndest things, like cross-dressing to end-run the prediction of a woman coming to power, and they still do…

Saturn’s Yearly Storm (Science World Report) – Turns out, Saturn’s weather goes nuts once a year, once of its year, that is…

High Wind on Venus (Daily Galaxy) – Venus’s extreme weather, however, has not yet been so well-explained…

Midsummer In Iran (Iran newsblog) – If you were an astrologer in modern Iran, you’d be killed…progress, anyone?...reflections from a native…

Cosmic Rocks (UTK) – Native Americans put their views of the sky and its meanings, now being deciphered, on the walls of caves in the Appalachians…

No Astrology On Indian TV? (Afaqs) – A broadcasting challenge to televised astrology in the most unlikely of nations…

Uranus Stalkers (CSMonitor) – Lurking in the wake of the topsy-turvy planet are its own set of Trojans…

Windy Venus (ESA) – Venus is experiencing increasingly high winds, beyond all record…

Saturn Vibrates Like A Bell (Daily Galaxy) – And the rings reverberate accordingly…and isn’t that what it’s all about, here and there?



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

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

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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...

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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...

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

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

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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...

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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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