May 11, 2017

The air is filled with a terrifying sound and everyone runs for cover. Did you fail to make the proper sacrifice at the Temple, or did you burn the pan-seared scallops? Either way, you’ve incurred the wrath of a powerful being who’s had millions of followers over the years. Zeus is the all-father of the Greek Mythos, and Gordon Ramsay is the all-father of an impressive array of TV shows and restaurants. Let’s line them up side by side and… Read more

May 10, 2017

(Spoilers for the basic concept behind “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but nothing that should keep you from watching it or reading on) The new series The Handmaid’s Tale (based on the novel by Margaret Atwood) is a huge hit for streaming service Hulu. If you’ve watched it or are familiar with the concept behind The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s no surprise that a lot of the praise (and a lot of the disapproval) the show is receiving is based on the show’s… Read more

May 4, 2017

It’s May the 4th — Star Wars Day (“may the fourth be with you” — get it?) 2017. So, about today specifically, for those of you who have as much nerdy love for Star Wars as I do: since the Moon is in Virgo for most of the day, trine the Sun, this is a day for saying what you love or what you need, and doing so straight from the heart. “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi — you’re my only… Read more

May 1, 2017

A typical horoscope lays out what you can expect for yourself in the next week or month based on your Sun Sign. That sort of thing is great, sure… especially if you happen to be the only person on your planet. Astrology, like life in general, is a lot more complicated than “there are twelve types of people, and here’s what’s going to happen to them.” This “horoscope” is a listing of the major planetary aspects for May 2017. Each… Read more

April 23, 2017

Mars is now in Gemini, and will be there until June 4th. Mars rules sex and violence (think of it as “The HBO Planet”). Gemini has a reputation for expressing ideas… usually in the form of talking. Put these two concepts together and you can see how this could be a time when the wrong word could get you in a lot of trouble. And no, Mercury Retrograde is not going to help that risk at all. Ever had to… Read more

April 20, 2017

THE TAURUS MANUAL: SECTION FIVE — COMMON TAURUS ISSUES   MY TAURUS IS MOVING VERY SLOWLY. HOW CAN I ADJUST HIS OR HER SPEED SETTINGS? Yes. Speed adjustment is often an issue with Taurus. Unfortunately, many people assume that this is because of some sort of inherent stubbornness, or possibly that the Taurus in question is somehow too pleasure-oriented to rush through anything. The truth is that Taurean slowness can be because of either or both of these reasons. Unfortunately,… Read more

April 16, 2017

  <<write introductory paragraph about Mercury Retrograde and include link to previous article on the subject>>   Mercury, which is still retrograde (and thus requires patience and careful handling) enters Aries on Thursday and <<no time to write an elaborate description, just fill in a paragraph and keep moving. Make that deadline Matthew!>>. At a time like this, attention to detail is like <<insert analogy about being cautious here>>. The good news is that <<reminder that Mercury Retrograde is over… Read more

April 12, 2017

Venus Retrograde ends on Saturday, April 15th (at 6:18 AM Eastern Time, for those of you who love fine details). Those of who follow astrology have probably encountered the notion that when a planet is retrograde, the things it rules go a little wonky (see my notes on Mercury Retrograde HERE). However, you don’t nearly as often come across advice as to what to do after the retrograde period is over. We tend to just breathe a little sigh of… Read more

April 5, 2017

Mercury Retrograde begins on April 9th, bringing with it two universal constants. One is a that broad number of human endeavors will go slightly haywire, and the other is that astrology buffs will seemingly blame damned near everything that goes wrong on it. This happens four or five times a year, and even those who keep track of these things often find it sneaking up on them. Mercury itself is incredibly important in astrology, yet often gets little attention. It’s… Read more

March 31, 2017

On April 9th, Mercury turns retrograde. For those of you who like astronomy, this means that the planet Mercury will appear (from Earth’s perspective) to go “backwards” from its usual direction in its orbit. However, those of you more familiar with astrology will recognize that Mercury Retrograde is a time when Mercury-ruled things (messages, e-mails, contracts, short trips, escalators, and so on) will be more likely to malfunction. On the one hand, this appears to be a very real effect…. Read more

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