Nights of Love and Danger

Nights of Love and Danger

On Tuesday, October 10, Jupiter will move into the astrological sign of Scorpio. Jupiter takes about one year to move through each sign, and during that period that sign’s themes receive the amplifying power of the biggest planet in our solar system. Jupiter’s keywords are abundance, expansion, exaggeration, and inflation. In other words, it makes things bigger. Whether you want them bigger or not...

Either/Or, Both/And

Either/Or, Both/And

As we’ve been sailing through Cancer season this year, I’ve been contemplating how the glyph of Cancer looks similar to the Taijitu symbol – that’s what we sometimes call the yin-yang symbol. The astrological sign holds some of the same energy of duality and paradox, as it is both solid and fluid, both open and protected. Cancer is often described as nourishing and mothering, but it can just as easily starve or defend itself against those it perceives of as “the other” or the out-group...

What is Joy? What is Power?

What is Joy? What is Power?

I realized recently how little respect I give joy in my life. I feel it, sure, but I don’t think about it much. I haven’t given it the conscious attention it deserves. See, I have an instantaneous negative reaction to phrases like "Trust in the divine plan," or "Everything is unfolding as it should," because I think American society sustains its destructive bent via denial and repression.

Magical Activism

Magical Activism

I want to talk about magic today. Full Moon magic. Eclipse magic. Star Magic.

Your magic.

Because there is a lot of work to do people, but if you are doing it without magic then you might just be making noise, exhausting yourself, and even creating a mess that someone else will have to clean up....

Intersections: Facing Many Directions at Once

Intersections: Facing Many Directions at Once

The Goddess Hecate is guardian of the crossroads. In places where she was widely worshipped, people would leave offerings to her as a sign of respect wherever two or more roads converged. Hecate is the “all-seeing” one, able to face multiple directions at once. She reminds us that at any moment, there are many possible ways that one could go.

She is the one I am calling to as I write about the year to come. This year will require our ability to hold multiple perspectives at once – for example, simultaneously looking to the past, present, and the future. It will also require us to look closely within as well as without in order to see more clearly the roots of strife and the sources of beauty.

The Plural of Apocalypse

The Plural of Apocalypse

You’ve probably heard it before, if you travel in mystically inclined circles, that the word apocalypse roughly translates into “the lifting of the veil.” The Greek origins of the word pin it down to “an uncovering”. Understanding the word apocalypse in this way, we can say that it is a revelation of something hidden, concealed, unknown.

As we approach the end of 2016, I have no problem naming this the Year of the Apocalypses...

Our Bias Against Discord

Libra does not like discord. Not one bit. But it also needs it to exist in order for the harmony, agreement, and beauty to exist. These are themes that might be up for exploration as we head into the New Moon in Libra on September 30 Libra is the sign which holds the balance between light and dark, tension and harmony, justice and diplomacy. The planet Jupiter recently moved into this sign, where it will remain for a year, greatly amplifying these themes in our lives and in the world around us.

The Human Search for Meaning

“Perhaps it's true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house---the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture---must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story.”
- Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

The Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st might be the kind of day that Arundhati Roy describes above...Read More.

Inheritance and Identity

Inheritance and Identity

The solar month of Cancer, from the Summer Solstice on June 20 through mid-summer on July 22, invokes a time of celebrating the fruits of our labor. Gardens are lush, markets full of fresh produce. We gather together in chosen families and families of origin for celebrations, barbeques, and parades. The month of Cancer happens to host the birthday of the United States as well, with its dual desires for protection on the one hand and creativity on the other.

Off the Map

The wandering I want to encourage for the next month is the type that allows spaciousness within each moment. A wandering that allows wondering, like that old Christian hymn intones. Wondering is a state of pause and reflection. To wander with wonder invites spontaneity. It leads to unexpected and uncharted zones. That’s where we are going for the next three months: Off. The. Map...

Dancing with the New Moon in Aries

There is a magical way of looking at the story of our lives as if everything that happened were a decision we made from a place of higher consciousness. This may seem cruel for those of us with battered and blue histories, but it can also feel empowering at times to look upon these events with a bit of detachment coupled with a belief in the fantastic idea that life is unfolding exactly as it should. To see our life stories as sacred maps charting the course we have taken and will take...

Remembering Wholeness

In astrology, the Solar Eclipse is said to provide a potent portal for setting intentions and revealing startling truths that have been buried. Physically, the light of the Sun is obscured, while the body of the Moon takes full focus. Metaphorically, we could say that what is usually hidden from us comes into sharper view. The Moon is a symbol of the feminine, the soul, and the mysterious; it is that which rules the inner landscape as opposed to the outer world of accomplishments...

On Being Late

The Sun is currently moving through the astrological sign of Aquarius and our New Moon today is held in this energy. This sign deals quite a bit with the theme of time. Aquarians can be impatient with chronological time, wishing for things to appear as it does in their visions. Those with planets in Aquarius vibrate to a quicker frequency than can put them “in the flow” of life, but can just as easily make them feel out of place with linear, clock-time reality...

Astro-overview for 2016: How deep is the place from which your life flows

The astrology of 2016 provides us with ample opportunities to create a more authentic, less fearful version of ourselves and the world. The most important tool we have this year is our presence. Being present simply means allowing yourself to regard what is actually happening, to slip easily out of our ideas like slipping out of our clothes at the end of the day...

Safety and Risk

The illusion of safety is something that modern civilization has worked its ass off to create. Borders, security forces, intelligence gathering are only some of the ways it has tried to stave off uncertainty and chaos. What is safety really? Is it protection from danger or risk? Or could it be a different kind of freedom, one in which fear no longer rules our lives?