a grounded approach to the heavenly ecosystem

The Self with the Other: the Wisdom of Libra

The Sun traverses Libra from 9/23 to 10/23, joined in part by Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Moon (New on 9/28). Lessons and energies inherent to Libra season, and those born with Sun or Moon in Libra, or Libra rising: Opening up to: Being mindful of:

Wisdom of the Zodiac: Virgo

The Abbott’s Sphinx Moth welcomes the incoming Virgo energy, and we have a new Wisdom of the Zodiac for every Virgo’s ever-filling handbag/backpack/canvas bag/tote. The Sun traverses Virgo from 8/23 to 9/23, joined in part by Mars, Venus, Mercury, the Moon (New on 8/30), and the asteroid goddess Juno. Lessons and energies inherent to Virgo […]

Wisdom of the Zodiac: Gemini

The Sun traverses Gemini from May 21st to June 21st, joined in part by Mercury, Venus, and the Moon (new on June 3rd). Lessons and energies inherent to this season, and those born within it: Opening up to:  Being mindful of: These paintings are birthed from the being and brush of artist Leah Fargo, who […]

Saturn Conjunct the South Node in 2019

Saturn and the South node conjoin on April 30, 2019, just as Saturn stations retrograde (the South Node’s primary direction). Usually, this once-per-twelve-year conjunction would only last about a week. But this time, they roll together in reverse for six months.

Saturn’s Role in the Divinities

When I think of the sacred healing modalities in astrological terms, I see them reflected in the planets who orbit the Sun outside of Saturn.

Astrology and the Birth Chart Through the Lens of a Traditional Dagaran Teaching

I recently read the outstanding and revelatory book Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman by Malidoma Patrice Some. The book is an autobiographical narrative which gives amazing details on Malidoma’s adolescence and initiation into adulthood in the Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso. As Malidoma begins […]

Q & A: Astrology and Free Will

I received an e-mail question from a client recently that I found myself answering very thoroughly. Ever since I have been “out” as an astrologer, people have expressed their reservations about an inherent lack of Free Will in astrology. This is part of a bigger problem of astrologers presenting the planets as causing events or […]

Venus Out of Bounds

If the declination of Venus in a chart is greater than 23 degrees and 27 minutes north or south, this is considered Venus out of bounds. So what can this tell us about a person? The Symbology of Venus In astrology, Venus works as a symbol for a myriad of concepts: personal values, aesthetic tastes, patterns […]

The Astrology of Kevin Barnes and Mercury Out of Bounds

Perhaps you are familiar with Kevin Barnes and Of Montreal, the art-rock/funk/indie band formed by Barnes in Athens, Georgia, in 1996. Perhaps not. I’m here to examine Kevin Barnes, who has been the artistic mainstay of the band for twenty years. According to the INTERNET, he was born on May 30, 1974. We don’t have public […]

Out of Bounds Planets

The Mechanics For a planet to be classified as an out of bounds planet, it must be traveling through our sky at a remarkably high or low angle along the ecliptic–the path created forged by the Sun and Moon, occupied by the zodiacal constellations, that one strip of sky through which the first astrologers noted […]