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Archive for June 8th, 2009

I’ve always liked reading about asteroids. Although, not as high-profile as the planets and the luminaries, nonetheless, they shed a lot of light on issues connected with them. So if you are looking for answers, it’s worthwhile to factor them in.

Juno has a special place in synastry because of its association with marriage. Michael Wolfstar of http://neptunecafe.com/ once told me that he has seen Juno connections in most enduring marriages. Majority of the astrologers agree with this point of view. But not all (You didn’t think it was going to be non-controversial, did you?). Magi Astrology has a unique take: according to it, Juno rules affairs and mistresses and Chiron rules marriage. There are times when I am open to new ideas and so when I went through the Magi site, I decided to just to keep an open mind and spent several happy days reading the charts they had posted and their take on various things. If you want to explore this more check out the Magi at http://www.magiastrology.com/ So now when I want to look at synastry in two charts, I look at both asteroids.

But sometimes when you want the truth, you eventually find it sitting smiling right under your nose. My husband’s Juno is conjunct my ASC, to the degree! And the Juno of my great unrequited love is conjunct my ASC with an orb of one degree. I find these Juno connections rather startling and both men have played important roles in my life. Does this conclusively prove Juno rules marriage? I don’t know. Note the other guy was the great “unrequited” love of my life. Make what you will of it, but since the orbs are so tight, I thought it merited a mention here.

One thing you can bank on, though, is that if you are looking at couple synastry, Juno has an important role to play. If you want more concrete information on Juno, then head over to Sasstrology and look up Julie Demboski’s Juno series. Julie’s meticulous and detailed coverage of this asteroid is a learner’s delight. Even old astrology hands can benefit from her clear delineations. For case studies that you can sink in, you can do no better than Wolfstar’s http://neptunecafe.com/Juno.html

So the next time you find yourself wondering about lasting connections, hop over to you computer and check out the Juno linkages.

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“Do you believe in Astrology? I mean, really believe in that stuff?” How many times have you heard this? If you are reading this note, then this is something you probably live with every day of your life. How do you react? Because along with the mildly curious, there are some who are more than happy to jeer and cut. These reactions have made me keep my enduring interest in astrology hidden from people till I know them better. You would, too, if you were the butt of many jokes as a teenager. But I’m older now and wiser and I’ve given this question, that inevitably pops up, a lot of thought. Not so much the question, but the answer.

Do I believe in it? It’s like asking someone who passionately studies and loves music if they believe in music. It does not compute! Ever since I got my first astrology book about casting a chart, all I’ve wanted to do was learn how to do it. There was never any question of whether I believed in it; I just wanted to learn how!

Recently I decided that I was not going to cross swords over this question. Not engage in a fruitless conversation about, “How can you believe in this stuff?” I read on a blog, recently, that one can look upon the planets as being mirrors of what is happening on earth. Not as causes, but as patterns reflecting events. I liked that, it’s a good answer to give a friendly and curious soul who unwittingly asks this question. As for others, those who attack it, I’ve decided that I am going to leave this battle for other astrologers who know more about astronomy, myths, legends, facts, case studies and have the numbers to build a solid defence.

Just this morning, a young kid I work with asked me the same thing and sure enough my Mars heard the battle cry in his innocent provocation and wanted to punch him in the nose. Saner counsel reigned and the moment passed. I tried out my I-will-be-calm-and-non-con frontational-about-it attitude and all was well.

But it’s hard, isn’t it, to have a passion for something and to have to defend it all the time and be seen a bit (bit? ha!) odd because of it?

Before this descends into an orgy of self-pity, let me get to the point of this post: I got a message this afternoon from someone saying that they got this job that they were so hoping for. So when I got home today (this was written originally on 29-Apr-2009), I looked at the natal chart and the transits. Transiting Venus at 1 degree Aries is currently conjunct the MC which is, you guessed it, 1 degree Aries.

So, do you believe in astrology?

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As a teenager, I was in love with Pluto. Dark, mysterious, moody: easy to fall in love with, easy to romanticize. I read and re-read Linda Goodman’s chapter on Scorpio and dreamed… Inevitably then, like an iron filing to a magnet, I fell in love with a strongly Plutonic type and had my heart broken. Eventually, I married a Scorpio sun with a stellium in the sign of the eagle. So, as you can see, I have nothing against Pluto; moreover, I can still see his appeal. But wait a minute! This post isn’t about Pluto!

Isn’t that just typical, though? Saturn got ignored again, and let’s face it, Pluto is hard to ignore. But that’s the thing with Saturn; you can’t ignore him for long. Because now, a decade and a half after being smitten by Pluto, if you asked me who the hottest guy in the solar system is, the goat would win hands down. I fell for Saturn gradually, slowly, over a period of time. But having fallen for him, I know this one’s a keeper.

When I look back over the past few years I note that I’m past my first Saturn return, that I survived his transit over my sun, Mercury and Venus; and I’m still staying put even though he’s been passing back and forth over my descendant this year. It must be this unwitting propinquity that made me see beyond the harshness attributed to the ringed-one and look for the good.

 goat

And there is a lot of good: you’ll go thorough boot-camp, no doubt; but, hey, who says you have to moan about it? Give in, surrender, obey. Because when you graduate, you will be an adult. And no matter what people say about childhood being the best time of our lives, I love being an adult: the responsibilities that you shoulder are the ones you chose, the limits that govern you are the ones you define and the liberation that your hard work wins for you is completely your own.

Don’t believe everything you read about goats as being stuffy: okay, so they might be when they are kids. But as they age, their dry wit can have you howling with laughter. My younger Cappy brother, who spent his childhood frowning at the antics of his fire sign siblings is now a successful (naturally) banker. This yesteryear wet-blanket is now a psychological rock for his more volatile sibs. He still frowns at our antics, but we forgive him that, because when we need advice we can trust and use, we turn to him. One of my most loyal friends is a girl goat who will always have a piece of my heart. And recently I met a dyed-in-wool Cappy man, who despite his lack of a social smile, proved to be one of the most fun people to hang out with.

So if you are single and looking for a star to hitch your wagon on, you can’t go wrong with Saturn. You may miss out on the outrageous antics of sun, Mars and Jupiter and you may have to forego Pluto’s mysteries, but if what you want is real and true and stable and lasting, you can’t go wrong if you fall for a goat.

 Sometimes we just need to be reminded that if we embrace Saturn and his lessons and limitations, we will, of a surety, reap the rewards of enduring success and the kind of freedom that only comes after we’ve paid our dues.

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