Listen/download: #006 Axis Astrology Podcast: The Capricorn Episode
Transits and Moon Phases for December 15-28, 2013
21-Dec-2013 – Sun in Capricorn: enterprising, calculating, stable, stubborn, driven, traditional, age well
21-Dec-2013 – Venus Retrograde
23-Dec-2013 – Mercury in Capricorn: authoritative, conservative, rational, perverse sense of humor
24-Dec-2013 – Mars opposite Uranus: quick to anger, lashing out, unpredictable, highly charged, accident-prone (this marks the first of several Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-squares which will be recurring in the cardinal signs throughout 2014 and as Mars triggers the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square)
Dec 17 Full Moon
Dec 21 Disseminating Moon phase
Dec 25 Last Quarter Moon phase
Dec 28 Balsamic Moon phase
This period sees the Moon from the Full Moon on December 17 and moving through the waning half of the Moon’s cycle. This means the Moon is slowly losing light as it sweeps towards the beginning of the next lunar cycle. The full Moon in Gemini is again a good time for social gatherings with a big emphasis on communication, chatting and networking.
The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas
Reviewed by Alison
The late Howard Sasportas was an acclaimed astrologer of the 20th century. His book “The Twelve Houses” is a thorough interpretation guide to the houses in a horoscope. Read the full review here…
The Node Book by Donna Van Toen
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Astrology 360: Uber-Capricorns
William James – 58.28% Capricorn (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910)
James was an American psychologist and philosopher known as “the father of pragmatism.” He studied medicine, physiology and biology… but was drawn to the scientific study of the human mind. Throughout his life he suffered from a variety of physical ailments afflicting the eyes, back, stomach and skin and from psychological symptoms diagnosed at the time as neurasthenia,” characterized by fatigue, weakness, loss of memory and generalized aches and pains. Capricorn is said to rule the bones, knees, skin, gallbladder and nervous system.
Two of his most enduring contributions to philosophy were:
- Pragmatism: “James defined true beliefs as those that prove useful to the believer. Truth, he said, is that which works in the way of belief, and true ideas… lead to consistency, stability and flowing human intercourse… directly verifying sensible experiences somewhere.”
- Radical empiricism “presumes that nature and experience can never be frozen for absolutely objective analysis, that… the mind of the observer will affect the outcome… since, empirically, the mind and nature are inseparable.”
Helena Rubinstein – 62.78% Capricorn (December 25, 1870 – April 1, 1965) was a Polish-American cosmetics industrialist, founder and eponym of Helena Rubinstein, Incorporated, which made her one of the world’s richest women. She had an ongoing rivalry with Elizabeth Arden, the other powerful woman founder of a cosmetics empire, who was also a Capricorn. “She studied medicine in Switzerland, then opened shops in Australia and Paris before moving to NYC after WWI broke out in 1915. She had a lifelong, vicious rivalry with Elizabeth Arden, the other great lady of the cosmetics industry. Both were keenly aware of the effect of marketing and luxurious packaging, beauticians in neat uniforms, celebrity endorsements, the perceived value of overpricing and the promotion of the pseudo-science in skincare. In 1928, she sold the American business to Lehman Brothers for $7.3 million, an enormous sum at the time. After the arrival of the Great Depression, she bought back the nearly worthless stock for less than $1 million and eventually turned the shares into multimillions, establishing salons and outlets in almost a dozen U.S. cities. One of Rubinstein’s numerous mantras was, “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.”
(Charts courtesy of Astrotheme.)
In the News: Pluto in Capricorn
Notable world events from the last transit of Pluto in Capricorn, 1762-1778:
- July 1762 – Catherine the Great comes to power, becoming the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 until her death in November 1796. Her reign was called Russia’s golden age.
- April 29, 1769 – James Watt is granted a patent for improvements to the steam engine, an invention which helps inaugurate the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.
- March 5, 1770 – Boston Massacre: Eleven Americans are shot, five fatally, by British troops in an event that helps start the American Revolutionary War five years later.
- 1774 – English explorer Captain James Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped European coastlines and the Pacific Northwest coast, discovered islands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, mapped lands on a scale not previously achieved, and left a legacy of scientific and geographical discovery.
- April 19, 1775 – Hostility between Britain and American colonies explodes into bloodshed, igniting the American Revolution.
- 1775 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart writes and performs his most famous sonatas and concertos during this time.
- July 4, 1776: Signing of the Declaration of Independence, US founding document and symbol of the American Revolution.
Notable world events from the current transit of Pluto in Capricorn, 2008-2024:
- September 15 – Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy protection, setting off a global financial crisis.
- September 29 – The DOW loses 777 points, the biggest one-day point loss in history.
- November 4 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American President of the United States.
- December 11 – Bernard Madoff arrested for running the largest financial fraud in history against thousands of investors.
- January 4, 2010 – The Burj Khalifa, tallest man-made structure, opens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- April 20, 2010 – Deepwater Horizon drilling platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 workers and spilling oil for 3 months.
- July 25, 2010 – Wikileaks publishes a trove of classified material later revealed to have been leaked by Private Chelsea Manning, who is sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison.
- December 17, 2010 – Beginning of Arab Spring, protest movements and unresolved armed conflicts erupt across several nations.
- March 11, 2011 – A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the east coast of Japan, leaving 15,840 dead, 3,926 missing, and crippling the Fukushima-Daichii nuclear plant which is later found to have suffered a meltdown.
- September 17 – Occupy Wall Street protests begin in US and spread to 82 countries by October.
- August 6, 2012 – Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, NASA’s elaborate exploration vehicle, lands safely on Mars.
- June 6, 2013 – Edward Snowden discloses US government mass surveillance program, is given temporary asylum in Russia.
- November 27, 013 – “Tikker,” a digital watch that counts down your life, is introduced. Another device called ALARMclock uses a sleek LED display to tell you how many days left you have to live, how much money you have and how many social network “friends” you have.
[Courtesy of Wikipedia]