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December: Saturn moves into its own chilly Capricorn, joining Pluto, first step in a stormy, two-year rendevouz...

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December features frosty skies, whatever hemisphere you’re in, mainly because cold Saturn moves into Capricorn’s chilly domain, the giant planet’s own sign, where it joins wrecking-ball Pluto to further disassemble our expectations of stability for the next couple of years.

This big move coincides with all the major planets from Earth outward beginning to cluster inside just half the sky, culminating in a fateful huddle with Jupiter and Saturn in 2020. So, as Earth swings from one side of the solar system to the other, it kind of feels like a slingshot or roller coaster ride, as we either fall toward the populated side of our system or pull away from it, only to be dragged back in. Basically, we’ve got two practice runs before the big one, so time to get a feel for the swing of things.

That track really begins in earnest next month, but with Mercury retrograde most of December, it’s a great time to rethink your plans for the next couple of years, figure out what your options and bottom line might be when push comes to shove, the beginning of which is already underway, clear to anyone watching the news. Expect more of the same, and bigger, right over the horizon, so when you start to make those new year’s resolutions this time around and next, figure that you may actually have to not only keep, but cling to them...


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Hummm! (Washington Post) – The Earth rings like a bell, and hums mysteriously, too, perhaps even in resonance with other planets? Lots more being found out, as we read...



Weapons from the Sky (RT) – The first iron weapons were heaven-sent, while the Bronze Age was still under sway...


Shoreline Zodiac? (Mysterious Universe) – Mysterious horoscope fragment suggests Newton’s strange theory may have been right...it’s going to be tested...


Truth or Terror? (India Times) – Exact astrological predictions of attacks make authorities wonder if it’s the stars or just collusion...


Gold Train (Economic Times) – It appears gold arrived at Earth in a separate package from the skies, early on...


Henge Feast (Mysterious Universe) – While building that great astrological observatory, Stonehengers were gorging themselves with seasonal fare...


King Tide (SLO news) – The big lunar tide of Supermoons, and just how it works...




Other Recent Stories:

Cosmic Collisions (Mercury News) – Right here on earth, that deer in your headlights is there because of the Moon...

Why Astrology? (NY Times) – In a rare coverage of the subject, the Grey Lady talks to journalist/astrologer Eric Francis Coppolino about the modern appeal of the stars...

Bad News for Bitcoins (Bitcoin) – So say the stars, and perhaps quantum physics, too...

Lunar Compendium (ANS) – You can’t do astrological research until you know what’s already been done, how, and why. Finally, there’s a starting place for everything done so far on the Moon...

Monster Quakes (Daily Mail) – The Moon’s tug will take its toll next year, according to the Daily Mail who has repeatedly given you the planetary end of the world...

Black Thai Parties (The Sun) – Just what makes those full Moon parties so fetching? Perhaps the buckets of mystery booze...

AstroFrecks (Bustle) – Your stars on your face, permanently? Hmmmm...

Cosmic Orchestra (NY Post) – Making Earthly music out of particles from outer space...

Psych Test (ANS) – Psychology personality test parallels astrology analysis...revived from the past, but always interesting...

Nibiru Bombshell (Express) – We do love the Express, now first video images of the end of the world planet from outer space!

Millennial Madness (Marketwatch) – Those kids, those kids, into spooky stuff like astrology instead of proper religion...it’s a trend...

Wiped Out (Daily Star) – That could be us, by a solar storm...what’s notable is that they continue on apace, regardless of phase of sunspot cycle...

Weirdly Nine (Sci-News) – Homing in on the mysterious big planet nearby means looking at a whole different angle on things...crisscrossed and sometimes backwards...a newSuper-Earth”?

Moon River Waves (9news) – The Moon’s pull stacks up 13-foot tidal waves in Chinese river...

Party Beneath The Stars (Mysterious Universe) – Neolithic sky-trackers built Orkney megalithic stone circles for a good time...

It’s Gravity, Stupid! (ANS) – Meaning, that’s the physical basis for astrology, something we’ve been saying for decades. But it’s about wavelike tidal variation, not gravitational waves, which are something else entirely...

New Moon Puts Prey On Edge (Twin Cities) – And in the process may help lions protect plant life...

Big Things Hitting Us... (Europlanet)...fairly recently in history is one reason astrologers look fearfully to the skies. Here are a couple more strikes, in the Baltic, that would have given European culture pause for celestial thought...

Fake News, Astrology Edition (Wildhunt) – No subject is subjected to totally imaginary claims like astrology, here’s just a few of them...

Another End (Express) – With so much news to top lately, why not the end of the world, again? On September 23, so make your reservations now...and, this “Christian conspiracy theory” (love the phrase) includes Planet X... [update: it didn't pan out, but The Express has lots more like it, pick one you like]...

Astrologer Dies (Frontier Myanmar) – “ET”, nicknamed for her appearance, a major influence on Burma’s astrology-mad military, is no more...

Eclipse Plus... (Inforum) – Add the full Moon, and folks roll right off the shallow end...

Monster Spots (WTOP) – Out-of-season sunspots and their solar storm blasts are roiling the skies as terrestrial storms abound...

Sleepless (MNN) – The full Moon can keep you awake and really mess with your slumber patterns...

Astrologers Aren’t Psychic (ANS) – No, they actually get if from the charts they read, says new study, clearing starcasters of one debunking prejudice...

Armenian Stonehenge (Smithsonian) – Henges, henges everywhere! During a certain period of history, it just was the pop culture thing to do, all around the globe, across unrelated cultures...here, the work of early Kardashians?...

Raining Diamonds, For Real (Washington Post) – As previously speculated, now experiments confirm how Uranus and Neptune may have hearts of diamond...

Eclipse Rip Menstrual Cycle? (TeenVogue) – A good question from the editors at Teen Vogue, but another similar mag says no way...

What Can We Truly Say About Twins? (ANS) – What indeed, as they are a key to astrological research. Whatever to say, say it twice...

Death By Eclipse (Haunted Ohio) – Spooky associated horrors as the Sun winks out temporarily, others more permanently...

Tracking the Effects (Googlegroups) – An eclipse studies group is collecting and tracking the various effects of the eclipse, from personal stories to physical anomalies...

Astrologers Agree (The Stranger) – That the eclipse is bad for Trump. They just don’t agree exactly what it’s going to do to him, as opinions differ, and differ...

Long Pig in Albion (NY Times) – Turns out that before charting the skies, what those Somerset pre-Stonehengers may have been eating was each other...

Silver and War (Silverseek) – Precious metals and conflict are tied together in (sometimes astrological) cycles...

Eclipse Baby (Altered Dimensions) – This guy wants to impregnate you during the eclipse, advertising for partners...

What Astrologers Know (Medium) -- ...about eclipses, that you don’t...more speculation about the big American Eclipse...

Spooky Scene (Mashable) – Eclipse will display an array of four planets as Sun goes dark and night sky briefly appears...see pix...

Scientific... (Mother Jones) – Astrology “scientific”? Europeans have a different take than others...

Lunar Impact (Extreme Tech) – Maybe that two-planet collision that formed the Moon actually didn’t happen...and further, the Moon stayed magnetic, a different scene entirely...

Lunatic Behavior (NewsPressNow) – Missouri psychiatric museum exhibit features the full Moon research, lore, and goings-on...

Traditional Vs. Modern (ANS) – Astrology is caught between traditional and modern thought, and pleases neither...

Slickers Like Stars (Today) – Belief in astrology is greater among city mice than country mice...

A Twisted Top (UDA) – Just discovered: the Sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface. How does it do that, and what does it imply?...

Political Disaster (Newsweek) – Astrologers are beginning to weigh in on the Great American Eclipse...and Trump is the number one target...extensive complete text here...

Animal Signs (NY Times) – Young Chinese don’t buy the traditional “year of” signs from their culture...they’re increasingly turned on to the Western version...

Wet Moon (CNN) – Associated with water, ruling the cardinal water sign, the Moon has seemed too dry to fit the bill...now, deep in side, maybe it’s not..

Sky With No Limits (Smithsonian) – There was a time, briefly, when it was a woman’s job to scan the skies...

Eclipse Sonification (Exploratorium) – That means set to music, for regular folks. No less than the world-famous Kronos Quartet will be performing an interpretation of the coming Great American Eclipse as it happens, in real time, in San Francisco...

Moonlight Messages from the Past (Mysterious Universe) – Ancient petroglyphs on Cornwall monolith appear to have been visible only by moonlight, suggesting full Moon rituals...

Solar Secrets (NY Times) – The Sun’s magnetic cycles brewing inside make for the solar storms that blast your brain and critical electronic infrastructures...Times video shows how, when, why..

Lookin’ For A Home (Villager) – Bizarre NYC astrologer can’t afford her digs...

Retro Astrology (Atlas Obscura) – What the stars say about you, from the 1930s on British Pathe film...

Blow Up The Moon (Gizmodo) – What would happen if...this has become a meme...

Sound Reduction (NAM2017) – What if space-time and the whole cosmos can be reduced to sound and music, with “sonons” as the smallest particle? Used to be just philosophical, now the physicists are on to it...

Getting Physical (Astro) – Do the planets’ physical properties match their symbolic ones? Long a debate, still being updated as space probes unlock their secrets, here’s one interesting wrap...

The Origin of Frogs (BBC) – Though not generally considered celestial, these amphibians owe their abundance to the big asteroid strike...

Sun Song (RAS) – The resonating sound waves of the Sun, 100,000 times lower than middle C, reveal thinning magnetism, as solar minimum approaches...

New Planet Suspicions (Bloomberg) – Why didn’t we notice the perturbations that suggest major undiscovered big planets in our system? Maybe because they just arrived? A little paranoia from ordinarily-staid Bloomberg...

“Border Science” and Politics (Vice) – It’s a bad mix, and we should learn the lesson, as new book on Nazi esotericism points out...

Boom Cycle Nearing End (CNBC) – Astrological or not (opinions are mixed), economic good times come in cycles, and this one is way past its expected end date...note the metaphor to old age, which astrologers might heed...

Lizard Parts (Daily Mail) – Why don’t American astrologers ever get busted for selling endangered reptile gonads as fake herbs? No imagination, we suppose...

Like a Light Switch (GATech) – Uranus’s magnetic field switches suddenly off and on, every day. “A geometric nightmare” according to astronomers, astrologers would say it fits like a T...

Born At 8 A.M. (Scientific American) – What many old-timers already knew: why so many people (Americans, at least) have Sun in the twelfth house, or the first...and the further details are fascinating...

Lunar Haircut (thehairshaman) – A best time to cut your hair? You bet...love this...

China Sun Altar (Euronews) – 3000-year-old concentric circles in 300-ft.  henge-y formation found on northwest grasslands of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regions, w.video... 

Planet Ten (New Scientist) – Monster planet #9 hasn’t been tracked down yet, and now there’s another one, the size of Mars, lurking...

Great American Eclipse (ANS) – The first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent in a long time hits smack on the increasingly-beleagured U.S. president...

Youthful Oldster (Science News) – Jupiter, planet of new stuff, growth, ambition, turns out to be the oldest planet of all...

Australia’s Stonehenge (ForgottenOrigin) – They came from the Pleiades, and still have it in their sights, apparently...

Bed of Nails (OneIndia) – Astrologer doing wicked things, really...

Bonehenge (Mysterious Universe) – Stonehenge writ smaller, with corpses...

American Stonehenge? (Huffington Post) – Ancient pueblo is set up to see the stars...

Spider Moon (Atlantic) – Jumping spiders can not only see the Moon, but what’s on it...

Astrologer Nightmare (Times of India) – This astrologer woke up to a deadly elephant attack...

Be Ahead When You Quit (ANS) – The aspects on the date you quit drinking is highly significant, a real rebirth chart, according to new astrological research...

Wreaking Havoc (Huffington Post) – Sometimes an astrologer’s advice is just what the doctor didn’t order, at least as far as family is concerned...

Magnificent Mercury (Atlantic) – There’s a lot more to the tiny planet than you thought. No wonder it’s so significant...

Full Moon Flash (Guardian) – This publisher releases books on the full Moon, then destroys them...

The A-Device, Decoded (Daily Grail) – There’s a new documentary all about the oft-mentioned ancient celestial Antikythera Mechanism, which has been under intense scrutiny lately...lots to see and read...

Astrology Tech (Gadgets) – Analytic apps are changing the way astrology is done, from selective one on one to data selection for anyone...

High Strangeness Portals (Daily Grail) – An astrologer looks at anomalistic clusters and places...

Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude (NPR) – Astrological houses change radically between equator and the Arctic Circle. Not surprisingly, critical animal behavior does, too, in an unexpected way...

Full Moon Habitation (NewsOK) – This apartment building is designed to frame the Moon...

World War III (Business Standard) – To prevent the end at hand, astrologers palaver in a plenipotentiary planetary pow-wow...

Climate Cycles (NZHerald) – As spring comes unraveled in America, the whole world pattern is changing, as never before...

Ancestry Horoscopes (Fortune) – Genetic tracing service is wearing an astrological overcoat in the Subcontinent...

Mars Origins (Science News) – The Red Planet may actually be from the asteroid belt...

The Glass Block (The Nightshirt) – Yes, it works something like this, as we have been saying, and repeating...

Getting Heady (ANS)—That’s what’s needed if we are to understand astrology with a twenty-first century mind...

No Easy Explanation (ANS) -- ...for how astrology works. Well, that’s for sure...

Eclipse Stamp! (USPS) – U.S. Post Office will issue a stamp in honor of the coming solar eclipse, which will be visible across America. A first: its thermochromic ink is heat sensitive, so when you touch it, the Sun image turns to a full Moon!...

Cometary Genesis (Mysterious Universe) – Did comet strike give rise to early civilizations?...new evidence...

Consulting the Skies (Euractiv) – Bulgaria’s PM consults astrologer to time cabinet announcement, while at astrologer's behest Indian villagers appease rain god by murdering an ancient tree...

Do You Believe? (PhysOrg) – In astrology? Sure – or maybe, no – because it’s not a belief, just a thing...

Dark Eyes (Daily Star) – Ochi Chernye, Melania Trump is not a happy camper say her stars, which tends to show in every camera shot...Saturn explains it, says one astrologer, but Trump might be quite sufficient reason...

Cycles Converging (Open Democracy) – Three historical cycles ending as we speak, another view of the coming vortex we’ve been talking about.

The Seven Sisters (Curious Fortean) – The Pleiades have similar tales across cultures that presumably never met...perhaps a window into yet-untraced prehistoric unity?...

Round and Robust (DailyGalaxy) – That’s what the Sun’s giant magnetosphere, extending past Neptune, looks like, not the previously-thought blown-about, dragging comet shape with a tail. This could alter thinking about how it moves through space and time, and how it structures our own versions of same within it...

Seasonal Personality (Time) – If you don’t like Sun-signs, here’s the same sort of thing with more official “scientific” involvement...

Cold Spot (Mysterious Universe) – On Jupiter, making waves...until it disappears, again...

Stonehenge App (Yahoo Finance) – Not for what you see, but what you hear...!

The Astrologer Who Helped Foil Hitler (Daily Beast) – Louis deWohl, a perennial tale, but new to some, of an extra layer of WWII disinformation...

Peer-Reviewed Astrology (Skeptiko) – This is the way it ought to be done...or at least the way official science proceeds with it, instead of off-hand dismissal...

Why the Patriarchy Hates the Moon (Atlantic) – Both the Soviet Union and America planned nuclear strikes against the Moon, just for show. It’s a guy thing, and it just starts there..

Full Moon Hot Sex (refinery29) – You can do it by yourself, in groups, with someone/something else, my oh my, even fun it at Jackson Hole...

Shellcracker Fever (The Ledger) – At full Moon, of course...them shellcrackers are a-jumpin’, right into the boat...

Orbiting Mars... (Daily Mail) -- ...the remains of an ancient planet..

Charting the Skies of History (Kyoto U) – How did history’s skies affect us, and how do we know? Here’s how...

Frost Fairs and the Little Ice Age (RAS) – The spot-less Sun dropped the temperature, but wasn’t as chilly as some thought, but very colorful, great paintings...complete tale here...

Witness the Moon (BIN) – It’s not a new Moon if no one tells the Sanhedrin about it. That’s why the calendar is all wrong...for centuries, who knew?...

Go Find It, Yourself (ANU) – Be the first one to finger the new planet! Down-under university is organizing citizen team to scan the skies for the mysterious, giant Planet Nine...

Songs of the Planets (Space.com) – Well, more like squeaks, crunches, and groans, but our neighbors are not silent, that’s for sure...

The Deadly Dryas (Daily Grail) – Platinum layer suggests the sky came down, big time, about 10,000 BC, destroying early civilizations. But where did it hit? Carolina bays suggest the Great Lakes...

Mars Monster Volcano and the Dinosaurs (JPL) – Both went extinct at the same time...curious coincidence, or cosmic connectivity?...

Chronotherapy (BigThink) – The diurnal cycle of the earth’s rotation is the most compelling one of all, and the most researched. You can really mess with it, for good or ill..

Cycle Committee (Livemint) – You’d think everyone would already be tracking critical business cycles, with or without planets, but strangely, not India...

Rings Around Mars? (NASA) – Could have been some, and may yet be, as shattered moon pieces rain down from a crushed satellite at the Roche limit...could it happen to us?...

Raining Meteors (SETI) – A single meteor show is many, we’re colliding with endless swarms, remains of cosmic history, from all over...wonderful animated projections as seen from Earth, outer space, and more...

Redheads and Mars (ANS) – Is natal Mars position tied to red hair? And if so, is it entirely in the DNA or partly developmental? Or something else?...replicating research, creating issues for both astrology and genetics...

New Planets, Old Questions (SLTrib) – Like, do we have company, and what might that imply...

Forty Days and Forty Nights (Bustle) – That’s how long Venus is retrograde, every time. Any connections with all the other “forties” in religion and myth? Maybe...

Redefining Planets (Smithsonian) – So maybe Pluto’s a planet after all, maybe even the Moon, and a hundred more locals...does just saying it really make it so?...

New Moon Ritual (WellAndGood) – Well, it’s all the rage, try it yourself, focus for the coming month...

If the Moon Were Destroyed (Forbes) – Unlikely, but it wouldn’t be good...this seems to be a meme, for some reason...

Planet Moon (Phys.org) – Is our Moon really another planet? Astrologers used to be the only ones to treat it that way, as scientists laughed, but now...

Alternate Universe? (CNBC) – With Trump in it? No, say astrophysicists, it’s the real thing...perhaps just another cycle of oppression says one Wiccan...

Chaotic Solar System (UW) – Proof of resonance transition with Mars, when dinosaurs walked the Earth...watch the video, avoid collisions...

Astrotel (Coastal Living) – A new Downunder hotel is dedicated to your personal stars...

Spooky Meteor Noise (Sandia) – How can approaching meteor noise go faster than actual sound itself? Maybe this is how, or...

Secrets of the Coach (ANS) – What does it take to coach an NFL team to victory? Earth signs, to start with, says new astrological research...

Deplorable Astrology (Raw Story) – “Science Guy” Bill Nye compares Trumpery to astrology, a seriously ignorant cheap shot...but then, how would he know?...

Planet X to Hit Earth (Mysterious Universe) – Well, a piece of it, maybe, but still...

Lunar Libations (TimeOut) – Full Moon festivities are becoming a real happening thing, all over...

Stonehenge In Sicily (MNN) – Who’d have thought it? Complete with aligned menhir and focal tunnel for the Sun...

Everything Direct (Business Insider) – No retrograde planets for a whole 28 days and it’s already started! What does it all mean? Rather not as positive-foot-forward as this is speculating, we think, just watch the news...

Rogue Nine (Space.com) – Could the mystery planet lurking nearby be a cosmic wanderer, roped in?...

Online Comeback (Daily Dot) – That would be astrology, on Twitter, Facebook, you name it, with a new twist and attitude...

Many Moons (Space.com) – Instead of being born of one big collision, now maybe Luna came from lots of little ones, all mushed together...

Lost Sounds of Stonehenge (BBC) – The megamonument was more than an astro-observatory, it had a unique, resonant “voice” of its own...

Busy Night Skies (Scunthorpe Telegraph) – All kinds of things happening upstairs, on the way. Downstairs, too...

A Star is Coming (Calvin) – A “red nova”, a stellar event the likes of the Star of Bethlehem may be on its way, between 2018 and 2020, for the first time predicted ahead of time, see graphics...and, video here...

Clearing the Logjam (ANS) – More on research parameters and disillusioned devotees-turned-debunkers like Geoffrey Dean (and Susan Blackmore, in another context), where previous focus has on testing (often clueless) practitioners instead of potential underpinnings of astrology itself...

Ancient Astrologers, Modern Times (Ancient Origins) – What would starcasters of old have had to say about 2017?...

Anxious About the Future (Hindustan Times) – The Subcontinent is equally at dis-ease about what’s up this year, flocking to fortunetellers of all kinds...

Astrological Research (ANS) – What’s next? Now that pioneering Gauquelin work is getting more, credence, maybe more statistics...

A Virtuous Cycle (Business Insider) – We love cycles, but is this really one?...

Amazon Henge (NY Times) – Yet another huge, granite astronomical observatory, where only total primitives were ever thought to have been...and speaking of Amazons, at the original Stonehenge, the women outnumbered the men...

Quantum Time and Gravity (Wired) – Quantum gravity could unearth the real nature of time...

Storm Surge (WRAL) – Weather kicks up reproduction a notch, whether full Moons do or not...

Resume Partying (The Sun) – The riotous full Moon party is back on, after a hiatus...more photos here...

Shorter Days (Economist) – Historical eclipse records from ancient astrologers disclose our slowing spin...

Super Debt Cycle (Goldseek) – Another economic cycle set peering down into the 2020 vortex...

Food for Thought (American Thinker) – Are historical cycles a thing, really? Especially those rounded anniversaries?...

Cycle Bust (Goldseek) – Here’s an economic view of the coming spin we’ve been talking about...

Weird Moon (Slate) – Nice long Slate article on how the Moon got its tilt, among other interactions...

Star of Bethlehem (UPI) – Here’s an old chestnut, rephrased, it was a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction...

Daylight Savings Twins (ANS) – Time change can switch who’s older, or seems to be...

Older Than Stonehenge (Mysterious Universe) – And it’s right next door, who know what it was used for...circular concentric trenches, for Sun worship?...

Full Moon Sex Festival (ScienceAlert) – On the Great Barrier Reef, the largest surge of mating juices in the world, all driven once a year by the full Moon...

My Astrologer Should Have Warned Me (FirstPost) – About note-exchange money crisis, so he’s suing him...

Hun Henge (Mysterious Universe) – Newly-unearthed Stonehenge-size stones in Kazakhstan may have been erected by flocking Huns...

Slushy, Icy Heart (MIT) – That’s Pluto, a hidden, water ocean no less...

Missed the Boat (ANS) – Seems astrologers also got blindsided by Trump...except, of course, for the fish...

Comet Defender (MIT) – This kid has figured a way to keep yet another part of the sky from falling on us...

Mad Moon Down Under (The Age) – In Brisbane, at full Moon they foam at the mouth and run, and the cops believe, yes they do...

Superest Moon (Sky and Telescope) – Supermoons happen all the time, but this one’s the fattest in 69 years.

Dark Matter Meets the Light (d-ipt) – If you see gravity as evolvingly relative, dark matter vanishes...as it would with temporal dimensionality...

Diurnal Genetics (Daily Mail) – If a gene can make you more sensitive to solar cycle, might this apply to planetary sensitivity in general?

Emergency Exercise (JPL) – What if the real sky is actually going to really fall? The government has a real plan, sort of, and they’re practicing how to do it...

Gobbled Up (Space.com) – The rings of Saturn, true to form, may be from dwarves it chewed up, keeping the mangled remains...

Subcontinental Scrapes (Statesman, others) – Astrologers misbehaving again, from elephant pearls (!), to flag protests, to murder most foul...

Super Tilt (SETI) – Early Earth may have had a totally horizontal tilt, which would have made signs and seasons a very extreme thing, indeed...

Hurled Into Space (Astronomy) – That’s what may have happened to our earlier brothers and sisters, Earth’s young siblings cast into the void...

Astrologers Nix Trump (ANS) – Now, when the writing seems clearly on the wall...could have been done months ago...[and they all got it wrong, anyway]

As Above, So Below (CBS) – Weatherwise, in this case, as NASA connects space weather with local weather...

Going Mental (ANS) – Argentine hospital using astrology for therapy...

Wrong Tilt (Caltech) – Sun’s not behaving right, planets have wrong ratios, must be the mysterious Nine...

Old Data, New Conclusions (ANS) – The Gauquelin research reanalyzed using new methodology...

More Munchkins (Space.com) – Yet another dwarf, albeit small...

Kidnap Astrologer (Indian Express) – It’s a dangerous life for starcasters on the Subcontinent...

Clever Columbus (Accuweather) – How the explorer fooled the natives with a blood Moon eclipse...”that navigatin’, calculatin’, Christopher Columbo”...

Hillary’s Time (ANS) – Her birth time, that is. Nobody has it, except that maybe it was 8 AM (Scorpio rising), or 8 PM (Gemini). No word from her staff...

Planets Pulling on the Sun (Science Daily) – Do planetary tugs help drive the sunspot cycle? An old astrological speculation creeps into science...

Polski Stonehenge (Mysterious Universe) – New archaeo-sky observatory discovery suggests Poles may not come from Slavic roots, but from Celtic...maybe that explains all those Irish pubs in Warsaw...

Dem Bones, Dem Bones (JSTOR) – Ancient Chinese had a bone divination system that makes astrology look simple...

A Solar Storm Near You (UM) – Coming soon, a local forecast that will tell you if your neighborhood is under bombardment, making folks crazy, popping electronics...

The Heart of Pluto (Brown) – More astonishing possibilities, an undercover ocean with the makeup of the Dead Sea...

No Dark Matter? (Case) – Could be imaginary, just another set of fundamental natural laws...

Asteroid Watch (CFA Harvard) – Wondering if that Earth-killing asteroid is waxing nigh, or simply flying by? Now there’s a public place to keep tabs on all of them...

More Moon Quakes (Atlantic) – Yet another study linking earthquakes to phase of the Moon...

The Moon Is Our Mantle (WUSTL) – We are covered in Moon-stuff, from the beginning...

Electro-Magnetic Astrology (ANS) – Well, here’s another mariner with a physical basis theory wrapped around solar EM interaction. We favor the gravitational approach, but it could be a little of both, as Johndro surmised...

Waiting for the Spots (Huff Post) – As this sunspot cycle declines, speculation about a general disturbance in the rhythm. Do we know what comes next, or not?...

Dangerous Usage (Indian Express) – In a child-unfriendly world, listening to an astrologer can bring on lethal consequences...

Personality by the Numbers (Marie Claire) – Here’s a whole company that uses astrology and Briggs-Meyers personality subsets to relate the staff to each other...

Cows Go Moo-oon! (Phys.org) – Lunar cycle linked to cattle births...

Stars for Youth (Economic Times) – Startups are adopting astrology services, surprisingly driven by the youth market, not traditional older Subcontinentals as expected...

Another One Bites The Dust (Latino Fox) – The perils of the profession: famous Columbian-born astrologer found dead in apparent Cancun murder, while Brit starcaster Jonathan Cainer’s death seems to be tied to another kind of dust...

Family of Nine (ExtremeTech) – A cluster of new-found outer planetoids point closer toward massive, unknown Number Nine...

Solar Sound Waves (SWRI) – The sound of the Sun, eight octaves deep...

Eclipses Change Weather (Daily Mail) – Well, a little bit, anyway, where it gets shady...but if you like the butterfly effect, maybe that means everything...

Very, Very Dark (Keck) – A whole galaxy that is 99.9% “dark matter”...might we be looking at it from the wrong temporal angle?...

Weather Bomb Shakes Earth (BBC) – Yes we do resonate, and finally it’s getting measured...

Contradictory Cycles (Business Review) – Business cycles aren’t financial cycles and they’re all different across the ocean...astrological cycles may be simpler...

Sacred Sex under Dark of Moon (Austin Chronicle) – Well, someone has to do something to make astrology exciting...

Maya Tracking the Skies (LiveScience) – They were better at doing that than we were, a long time ago...

Cloud Threatened? (DataCenter) – Can a Sunburst kill the “Cloud” in which our increasing collective memory resides?...

It Ain’t Easy (ANS) – Being an astrologer, but not as hard as it used to be...it’s all about expectations...

Balmy Venus (Time) – The planet of love may once have been much more like we choose to imagine her symbolically: lush, green, and inviting...

Woodhenge (Daily Mail) – Another one, that morphed...

Swallows Diamonds (Newsminute) – Astrologer accused of murder gobbles gems in alleged suicide attempt...

Near-Armageddon Sun Storm (AGU) – But for some hipper-than-usual scientists, 1967 solar storm would have triggered WWIII...

Flower Power (LA Times) – Sunflowers naturally track the sky, even at night...for those of us who have forgotten how, there’s always a cyberpillow...

Hard to Stamp Out (FirstPost) – That would be astrology and other related “superstitions” on the Subcontinent. Atheist legislator is having a hard time because there are just too many to accurately enumerate and define...

Old and Cold (New Scientist) – Or, too hot...our planet has a limited lifespan during which life is supportable...

Red Hot (Space.com) – That’s Jupiter’s Red Spot, it’s cooking.  And if astrology is about wave forms, here are two of them, in action...

Sky Above, Stream Below (Daily Mail) – Turns out Mayan temples didn’t just orient themselves to the stars, they also were connected underneath...

Sun Stone Research (Daily Mail) – New investigations of how Vikings traced the Sun and navigated in the northern mists with our favorite gemstone...which you can try for yourself...

It’s Alive! (JPL) – Largest dwarf planet Ceres (look it up in your charts) may be surreptitiously covering up its scars, a planet on the move...

Total Destruction (Miami Herald) – Of the world, if Donald Trump is elected, says veteran Latino astrologer Walter Mercado. The man doesn’t mince words...

Magic Twelve (Medscape) – The attraction of astrology-like concept of twelvefold completion even leaks into chemotherapy...and maybe not always for the better...

Weird Orbits (Popular Mechanics) – Why don’t the inclinations of the main planets line up with the Sun’s equator? Could be the elusive #9...

Royal Nod (ANS) – The Prince of Wales lends his imprimatur to the ancient study of the stars...

PhaseQuakes (SFCBS) – The phase of the Moon could shake you up, according to new research...

If The Moon Vanished (Live Science) – This is becoming a meme...reasons to love Luna...

Russian Stonehenge (Ancient Code) – Not new news, but one we missed...from the days when everybody did henges beneath the sky...

Lunar Wound (Brown) – The “Man in the Moon” has a black eye, from a big hit...

Jewish Moon (Forward) – Five lunar connections to Jewish beliefs, from the calendar on...





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 More Articles:

The Hankar Crystal -- An integrated planetary combo that gives the key to character core: a compelling fragment of the work of French WWI artillery Colonel Raoul Hankar, via L. Edward Johndro and Al H. Morrison...

Outside of the Box -- We are approaching astrological research upside down, so no wonder few take it seriously...we need to start from the bottom up, not the top down...

Retrograde Ground -- The popularly-infamous retrograde periods are about close approach, an opportunity, not something to be ignored or avoided and waited-out...

Astrology and Medicine -- Where ancient meets modern, a whole new approach is needed to make this work today...

Surfing The Sky -- Waves, waves, waves...that's what the whole shebang is made of, with great metaphors for, and the physical basis of, astrology...

Tool Time! -- Here are 16 steps in order of operation to analyze a chart based on the dynamic, physical approach...

Listen for the Signs -- The Zodiac signs are created by the changing phase of Earth's rotation and revolution, with a little help fro the Moon, like a revolvling Leslie organ speaker...

Order of Battle -- Like battle tactics, chart analysis has changed as the concept and technology of astrology has...and it's happening again...

Teach Your Children Well -- The habits that cement your horoscope start early, so it's up to the wise parent to help you to be aware and get a handle on them early...

Arrival: The Shape of Time 2 -- If time is three-dimensional, then secondary progressions aren't so hard to explain...along with a lot of other things...the sequel to "Time Train"...

Does Accuracy Count?! -- Modern astrologers are (or used to be) hung up on precision. Considering astrology's origins and philosophy, is this delusional?...

Runaway Train -- Jupiter skies, the cardinal grand cross with Uranus and Pluto, even the recent Mars retro, all happened just like this once before. And the train derailed...

Baby Boomers! -- The largest generation the world has ever known has stars in its eyes...why? Pluto in Leo, Virgo, something else?...

Space vs Time Composite Charts -- They look similar sometimes, but they're worlds apart in concept and effectiveness...

Birthday Trouble -- Tough skies require creative strategies when traveling for a solar return...

Life on the Ocean Wave -- Transits are waveforms, and like the surface of the ocean, their angle of approach and interaction can make for choppy water or a following sea...

Minefield in the Sky -- The year-long cardinal grand cross -- and what to do about it...

Secrets of the Signs -- A glance at harmonic structure and the overtone series reveals the likely physical basis for the signs, and more...

Odds Are: Perfect Storm -- Sometimes ordinary astrological phenomena serreptitiously team up to be a rolling disaster...

Twelve Questions About Astrology... -- ...absolutely fundamental ones...that we can't quite answer, but must...

Relocation: The Diurnal Return -- The secret to relocation may be the daily return of your angles, in another place...

Planetary Purchase -- Buying and selling electronically requires a whole new way of selecting chart times...

American Circus -- America's greatness, and failings, are there in the birth chart, and particularly on display now...

The Race Is On! -- When transits run neck and neck with progressions, particularly Saturn and the Moon, it can change your life, for decades!...

The Viking Sun Stone -- Norse navigators steered their longboats with a special crystal that tracked the Sun. Now it's back! 

Soul Mates -- That feeling of fated encounter, lifetime connection, has astrological indicators...

The Shape of Time, Part I: The Time Train -- If time is three-dimensional, it explains a lot. And if it is, as a thought experiment, it's like being on a train...

Astro Tookit -- What techniques determine your style and approach to the art? Everyone is different...

Rectify!! -- Even hospital birth times require rectification, for reasons you might not imagine...

Meet the Moon! -- The lunar return(s)...there's more than just one kind, though only one kind is generally known...

Titanic Skies -- The ill-fated White Star liner was only partially ill-starred, but celestial circumstances snowballed into an unprecedented disaster, foreshadowing world events...

Rulerships Deposed -- The often-confusing system of rulerships, exhaltations, falls is part of a dated world-view, like feudal nation-states...time to update!

The Horoscope Trap -- The natal chart isn't you, you predate it. But it's a map to a lifetime of behavior modification that becomes character and can be tinkered with...

Window For War -- Israel's wars always happen at the same astrological time...the same as Pearl Harbor, the invasion of Poland, Anzio, the First Gulf War...and it's coming up again soon...what's happening here??!!...

An Astrologer's Toolkit -- After forty years of practice, here's how one astrologer chooses his tools, winnows his methods, with twenty full-article explanatory links...

A Bridge Too Far -- Too Much of a good Jupiter thing can make life crazy...

Retro Tides -- When lots of planets are retro, it gets crazy...

Derailing Destiny -- When you  move for a solar return, you alter your fate...

Music Archive: Ocean! --  a lost group of folk into pop...

Neptune Boomers: 
The Drug Generation --
Drugs inspire or destroy, by evolving aspect...

Dark Visions: S&M Sex -- the astrological signatures, by sign and house, of joy through pain...

Bad Company -- How to avoid it!

Uranus Strikes -- Mars and Uranus meet again...

Jupiter Skies: Pump Up The Volume -- Giant planet to rule the skies in the 'teens...

Zodiac Signs: Physical Facts --Constellations don't endure, but signs last pretty much forever...

Colors of Change -- A synesthetic view of stars, skies, and the mood below...

Sunrise or Sunset -- Is that light breaking the dawn, or just a clearing evening sky?...

Neptuned-Out! American Madness -- The U.S. gets a quadruple dose of Neptune, redolent with confusion, fear, and separation...

A Guide To Astrology Reports -- Are they a valuable tool, or a waste of time? It depends...

Retro Rhythms -- What gives with retrogrades? Physically, and metaphorically, they're moves in a celestial hoedown...

Real Progressions -- A physical basis for the mystery of progressions...it's about fractal resonance across time...

The Vertex: Crossroads of Destiny -- This little-used "third angle" can be the most important location in your chart...

A Time To Glean -- After the summer sky storm is over, opportunities will abound...

La Petite Mort: The Big O -- The grand cross in the bedroom...

Artful Dodging: Crisis Tips! -- More than one way to skin a cat...

When the Sky Is Falling!--  A checklist of dangers, and opportunities...

Birthday Stars -- Where you go on your birthday can affect your whole year...and you get to choose... 

Show Me The Money! -- The real money in astrology is not is selling astrology, it's in using astrology to sell...

An Astrologer's Tale -- A multimedia bio-triptych...three new articles in one about how this astrologer got here, from visions to reincarnation, and throughout all, music... 

Can I Help You? -- An astrologer's quandry. Are we supposed to help, comfort, cheer, or just observe and advise? It depends...

Many Rainbows -- Mulitiple scaled spectra -- from rhythm to sound to light to the planets, all share the same meanings in the same relative positions...

Composite Charts: They Grow On You -- They might seem to be mere mathematical artifacts, albeit highly insightful, but they may grow exactly like natals... 

Sun Sign Sins -- From the venial vice to the mortal sin, take your pick...it's a humorous take...or is it?... 

Arc Transform Charts -- The how, why, and whether of the subtlest kind of harmonic chart there is...  

The Breathing Tide -- Retrograde periods are the breath points that allow us to adapt to harsh outer planet changes... 

Circles And Stones -- Henges and sacred places -- they're everywhere, across history, and they may still be forming by association and accumulaltion... 

Windowpanes: Through A Glass, Darkly -- Are our windows on reality simply refelections of ourselves, or is that just getting in the way of the larger, deeper landscape?

The Gathering Sky: Aspect Dynamics -- When big aspects are in the offing, actual events are determined by the pressure that builds up before them...

Lagrange Points: A Mystery Solved -- The basis of all planetary aspects may be as simple as gravity itself...

Deconstruction: A Pluto Primer -- When everything seems to be falling apart, the grass is already growing under your feet...

Arc Transform Charts -- This most unique and delicate of all harmonic charts is perfect for ultra-fine tuning...

The Planetary Order I: Rising Ahead Of The Sun -- The planet ahead of your Sun is your opening act and calls your tune...first of three...

The Planetary Order II: Your Ducks In A Row -- Which planets come first, next, and last is the key to your whole life schedule...second of three...

Planetary Order III: Islands In The Sky --The common chart patterns reveal scattered islands whose dynamics come from time...third of three...

The Celebrity Astrology -- Is our fascination with celebrity charts just entertainment, or is there a greater meaning in it all?...

and visit our huge celebrity archive at Matrix Astrology Software...

The Moon On Deck -- More on the physical reasons astrology works -- and why it precedes its usual explanations...

Cedar Skies -- Beirut astrologer Carmen Chammas's predictions have come a little too close in powderkeg Middle East...

The Sunshine Astrologer -- Interview with Vanity Fair astrologer Michael Lutin...

The AstroBlogosphere -- There's a fresh, new world of astrological opinion exploding on the scene, check it out now!...NEW and constantly updated!

The (Not So) Void-Of-Course Moon -- When the Moon goes void, it's not just a blank slate...there's a whole lot happening to hang on to...

Aspects And Orbs -- The Taming Power Of The Small.  Include the "smaller" aspects, which aren't so small! 

Mar-Uranus, Redux --Snapshots in the sky: the Mars-Uranus conjunction tells where the next world crisis will be...

Darning Your Threads --Rectification by association: find the most common degrees around you, from the people you know and daily events, and establish your correct Ascendant and Midheaven...

ThePersonal Void-Of-Course Moon --There'sanother Void-Of-Course Moon that's your very own...

Threads Of Destiny -- Your relationships, your world, are painted by overlapping planetary threads...

Adolescent Nation  -- why America is only 19 years old, complete with a year-by-year growth chart...

It's Not On The Map! -- The nature of composite charts means you can’t map them – because they’re not real charts at all, they’re artifacts. Here's how and why...

Seize The Day -- astrology is all about startups, from moment to moment, so switch on your engine...

Of Time And Tides -- "There is a tide in the affairs of men"...really, there is, and it floats your boat...

Paul Kammerer's Seriality (2 meg .pdf) -- the inventor of synchronicity (no, not Jung) uncovered how everything weird in this world actually, naturally, works...

Professor Seward's Foray From The Beyond -- do you speak to the dead? Yes, I don't...or maybe, I...well, anyway, it's a true story, honest...

Toward a Physical Basis for Astrology -- There is a physical link between the planets and you. It's simple physics, no metaphysics required...just gravity, inertia, and time...

Heavenly Vacations -- where does your Sun-sign find most pleasure in the sun? Here's a traveller's guide...

Your Birthday Headlines -- what was happening around the world on the day you were born? Does it tell you as much  as your horoscope?...ripped from the pages of the Times...

America, Quo Vadis? -- Americans will believe anything these days, with progressed Moon just into Pisces...it wasn't always that way -- how we got here, what's next...



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To The Manor Born -- Barron Trump is only part of a fortunate time-litter with good progressions all their lives.

All Kinds Of Trouble -- The Israeli-Arab Wars have all been characterized by afflicted Mars...until now...

Dark Days: The End Of The Beginning -- the first part of fate reining in America is about done...now comes the rest...Mars, Saturn, and Pluto all put in their contributions...

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Celestial Configurations of Africa and the Caribbean
-- The definitive mundane collection of the nation-states of Africa, with historical notes and background...

Touch
-- Threads of destiny are spun through the hands of a gifted, mute boy...new TV series on Fox...

Five Star Day
-- Here's an indie film with an astrological premise that actually is worth seeing, finally!...

When Jupiter Meets Uranus
by Anne Whitaker -- A uniquely-researched look at this important cycle currently underway...

Soul-Sick Nation
by Jessica Murray -- An astrological view of America, and how we got into all this trouble...you haven't read anything like it...

Cosmos and Psyche

by Richard Tarnas -- Astrological foundations reinvestigated by academe's leading humanistic philosopher...heavy duty!
by Wendy Leigh -- With Princess Grace's horoscope by John Townley

Sunshines

by Michael Lutin -- The Vanity Fair Astrologer adds the South Node to the usual Sun Signs for a new pop take...


The Fated Sky
by Benson Bobrick -- An eye-opening history of astrology as never before attempted...
 
Home Astrology
by Paul Wade -- Give your house a makeover from start to finish...a new astrological trend...

Biological Time
by Bernie Taylor -- A watershed in scientific thinking that astrologers should be thankful for...



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