Saturn, Pluto & Witch Hunts

November 13, 2009

When I think about Saturn/Pluto, I think of witch hunts. No witch hunt in particular, just in general. The combination of these two planets brings together the elements that make for a good witch hunt—fear, projection, paranoia, persecution. Saturn holds boundaries and presides over fear and it seems to me that almost everything that we might fear can be […]

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Halloween is My Favourite Day

October 29, 2009

I love Halloween. As a child it was my favourite time apart from Christmas and in some ways it still is. It was exciting dressing up and going out in the night with a group of other kids, collecting tons of repulsive sweets that would rot our teeth. (If Candy Corn isn’t the work of […]

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Saturn Square Pluto: the last quarter

October 16, 2009

At the end of this month Saturn will enter Libra and immediately square Pluto in Capricorn. To get some sense of what this might bring it may be helpful to look at it as a part of a larger cycle. All planets have cycles in which they go around the zodiac and return to their […]

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Words are Important – Use Them Well

October 3, 2009

When I saw the first BBC news report of the death of Natalie Portman, the young girl who died immediately following vaccination with Cervarix, the anti-papillomavirus vaccine, what really jarred, apart from the tragedy of it, was this: The reporter talked about the ‘vaccine that protects against cervical cancer. Wherever this topic comes up in […]

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Pluto in Capricorn: oppression and revolution

September 23, 2009

Reflecting on the recent protests in Washington DC against government in general and President Obama in particular, I was struck by the prominence of  the old revolutionary flag with the snake and the ‘don’t tread on me’ motto. I expect that the protesters  know nothing about astrology and precious little about history but their identification with a […]

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Pluto in Capricorn: bringer of crisis

September 11, 2009

How best to describe the Pluto energy? Imagine a serene mountain landscape, so peaceful that it is impossible to image anything disturbing its tranquility. But beneath this lovely and apparently unchanging view, there are powerful invisible volcanic forces  that can, and sometimes do, blow off the top of a mountain with no warning. Just like […]

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Discovering my Grandfather: a piece of Russian history

August 31, 2009

Some years ago I lived near Cambridge in a wonderful flat that was the top floor of a large Georgian house. The owners, Terrence and Iris Armstrong, were friends as well as landlords and I was often invited to Sunday lunch which I enjoyed since they almost always had interesting guests. One time they particularly wanted […]

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Neptune Confuses the US Health Care Debate

August 19, 2009

What is going on with the US health care debate, if you can call it that. A street brawl more like. The much-needed proposal to reform health care that most Americans seem to want is, if the media are to be believed, losing ground. On one level it is very clear why. The powerful  insurance and pharmaceutical […]

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Parking and the Kindness of Strangers

August 10, 2009

Unlike Blanche DuBois I do not depend on the kindness of strangers but when it comes to me I feel restored in my spirit. I experienced kindness just the other day when I had the misfortune to scrape the bumper of another car while trying to park near my home. My first hope was that […]

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A Findhorn Farewell

July 31, 2009

Recently I attended  a regular Findhorn ritual—a leaving meditation. This is not only an opportunity for the one leaving to say goodbye, it is also a conscious act of stepping out of one phase of life into another. It marks an important event and assists the one leaving to disconnect energetically from the passing phase and […]

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