Astrology Weekly Newsletter

April 9-15, 2006

In this issue:


Editorial

Horary Astrology

Last week was very special to me, as I came across many horary charts for very special questions, on major human knowledge issues, such as religion, prophecies and UFOs.

These kinds of horary questions are rare, because they require real focus and genuine interest toward learning more on the hidden strings of our world. People battling with real life issues like jobs, relationships, house, have less time to meditate on major life themes. I think horary astrology is a good way to get a better insight on these topics as well, just like with any other system. All it takes is patience and dedicated work to accumulate knowledge, experience, skills, during many years, up to one lifetime or more.

Another reason why these questions are so rare is that the mainstream horary astrologers teach that these issues are out of the range of horary. These astrologers base their knowledge on medieval or ancient astrologers, who weren't that concerned as us on such issues, nor the society of their time allowed them to think and speak freely as we may do today, nor they had knowledge of the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, and the other known space objects that are natural rulers of "supra-human" and "supra-natural" forces and events.

The accelerated pace of technical and scientific development and well as the wide availability of knowledge, together with the increased awakening of our spiritual and cosmic consciousness are factors that lead to changes in the way we understand horary astrology.

I am particularly fond of astrologer John Frawley's understanding and approach to horary; his work (books, lectures) is very important in setting free astrologers' minds on horary technique and philosophy.

I came across most of these special horary questions on the online forum set on this website and discussed them with the other members of the growing astrology community. Another similar horary question came by email. Interestingly, all these questions last week in a few days time, triggered by some unidentified astrological configuration.

They were gathered in the More Horary section, together with other similar questions.

Here come the links to the questions and articles with my interpretation. The reader might have another view on these charts; I don't claim that my interpretation is complete not that it represents the only way to solve these charts. As it happens all the time, only by looking at the same object from different perspectives, one can get the full picture.

Anyway, your feedback is most welcome, criticism, suggestions or comments. If you have some more similar horary inquiries, please send them also. Thank you!


Book Review

Moon Tides, Soul Passages

by Maria Kay Simms

What could I tell you about this book without being subjective? I was born with the Moon in Cancer; the author, Maria Kay Simms, was born with the Moon in Cancer; and I picked up the book from the post office and started to read it while the Moon was in Cancer. It was therefore natural for me to feel in tune with this book, with its rich content in Moon symbolism.

But there is more meaningful lunar symbolism at work: I was born during a Last Quarter Moon Phase, a period described in this book as "the crisis of consciousness", a time when contemplation of life mysteries is required in order to determine the inner changes which will ultimately set the stage for the emergence of a new cycle of experience. This book was published during a Last Quarter Moon Phase (it was released on Nov.4, 2004) as it serves to feed our consciousness in order to reflect on our life cycles in correlation with Moon's influence. Also, when the book was published and currently Maria Kay Simms herself is passing through a Last Quarter Progressed Moon Phase.

This book opens with a call on experiencing astrology by direct observation of astronomical cycles and ritual celebration. With all the available technology it is easy to forget that astrology is much more than computer generated charts and mathematically precise planetary positions and aspects, but a part of the world, just as the day - night cycle, the seasons, the weather, the nature.

When the smog and the light pollution dim the light of the stars and make direct astronomical observations impossible, one can always watch the Moon's phases go by, on and on.

The Moon's cycle powerful symbolism is correlated with the seasons' passing, starting on winter solstice, or with Pagan spirituality, which sees God-Goddess, by any name called, not as a transcendent entity set apart from the Nature, but rather as immanent with the life force.

The book goes in depth explaining this symbolism, the Wiccan Wheel of the Year and the eight Sabbats as correlated with the eight Lunar Phases.

Then it offers insight on the Moon in the 12 zodiacal signs, ordered by element and mode, and the associated mythological Goddesses from different ancient cultures, such as Babylon, Celtic empire, ancient Greece, ancient Egypt and others. It passes to describe the Moon in the 12 astrological houses with modern examples.

The progressed Moon cycle represents the core of this book. As the author explains it: "the seasons of your life - constantly changing seasons - are marked by the phases of your Moon. The phase you were born with has a life-long theme for you that is as much a part of your soul as your Moon sign or Sun sign. I hope to provoke you to think about your birth phase and how your life expresses it".

This is where beginners in astrology and advanced practitioners will benefit alike from the detailed description of the influence of each Moon phase, both at birth and by progression, with many examples and stories.

The last part of the book is focused on living with the Moon in daily life, information on transiting Moon in each sign or phase: keywords, general mood and activity descriptions, tips for buying, selling, trips, food, dos and don'ts.

An experienced Wiccan priestess, the author offers at the end, simple rituals of the "self-help" exercises type, for experiencing the Moon, invoking her energy, which are available for anyone, even for those with no connection to Wicca at all.

Together with the book, one finds a CD with small neat program designed specifically for this purpose, which calculates the birth and progressed Moon phases for the entire lifespan as well as the transiting lunar phases for the year ahead.

So, as far as I am concerned, this is a complete Moon book: symbolism, mythology, interpretation by sign and house, progressed phases, transits, rituals and software, this book has it all.

If this sounds interesting, you may wish to read it.

In the image below, it's me, reading the book :))


Sky Events

Aspects

Mars opposition Pluto - April 8
Sun sextile Neptune - April 9
Mercury square Pluto - April 13

The Moon void of course

Check out this page for void of course Moon tables for your own timezone: www.astrologyweekly.com/void-of-course/.

Full Moon

Next Full Moon on April 13, at 4:39 pm GMT, at 23Lib36 will be conjunct Spica, a most fortunate fixed star. With its dispositor, Venus, exalted in Pisces, and favorable aspects to Mars and Pluto, this upcoming Full Moon will represent a great boost of positive energy to whoever has natal planets or angles close to its degree

Ingresses

Mars enters Cancer - April 14
Mercury enters Aries - April 16

Retrograde planets

Currently in retrograde movement: Jupiter and Pluto.

Jupiter retrograde: March 4, 2006 - July 6, 2006.

Pluto retrograde: March 29, 2006 - September 4, 2006.


Miscellaneous

Forum news

During last week important changes took place that lead to an improved astrological forum: a new moderator was appointed, in the person of "Arian Maverick", a person with extraordinary energy and initiative, who contributes a lot to the development of this astrological community. Together we reorganized the forums, by creating new categories. Since horary was the most debated branch of astrology, we split the horary forum into many categories, which will make it easy for study to any student of horary.

Also, last week, we passed the 10.000 posts mark, which makes it one of the biggest astrology online forums.

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