Saturn, Pluto & Witch Hunts

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… Continue reading Saturn, Pluto & Witch Hunts

Words are Important – Use Them Well

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… Continue reading Words are Important – Use Them Well

Pluto in Capricorn: oppression and revolution

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… Continue reading Pluto in Capricorn: oppression and revolution

Pluto in Capricorn: bringer of crisis

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… Continue reading Pluto in Capricorn: bringer of crisis

Discovering my Grandfather: a piece of Russian history

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… Continue reading Discovering my Grandfather: a piece of Russian history