009—Axis Astrology Podcast “The Mind Planets—Mercury and Uranus” (Jan 26 – Feb 8, 2014)

Listen/Download: #009 Axis Astrology Podcast: The Mind Planets, Mercury And Uranus

In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for January 26 – February 8, 2014. Alison reviews “Synastry: Understanding the astrology of relationships” by Rod Suskin and Arwynne reviews “Dynasty: the Astrology of Family Dynamics” by Erin Sullivan. Our Astrology 360 topic is “The Mind Planets: Mercury and Uranus,” so we talk about several people in history with these two planets strong in their charts as well as some of the major aspects between Mercury and Uranus and what it means in the charts of people who have aspects between them.


Planetary Ingresses and Transits for January 26 – February 8, 2014

30-Jan-2014 Jupiter opposite Pluto: Drive for success, power of persuasion, legal & ego struggles
31-Jan-2014 Mercury in Pisces: Poetic, pleasing communications, listening, moody, dreamy, indirect
31-Jan-2014 Venus Direct
6-Feb-2014 Mercury Retrograde


Moon Phases

This podcast period sees the Moon start a new synodic cycle at the New Moon and start to grow in light.

30-Jan-2014: New Moon in Aquarius

6-Feb-2014: First Quarter in Taurus


Book Reviews:

Synastry: Understanding the astrology of relationships by Rod Suskin (reviewed by Alison)

Rod Suskin is a South African astrologer based near Cape Town and he was one of the first astrologer’s horoscope columns I used to read way back in the 1970’s in the Fair Lady magazine. This book is about the astrology of relationships and takes the reader from the basics through relationships and the individual, chart comparison and how to use astrology to interpret the complex issues in human relationships. This is an intermediate book and required reading for any astrologer wanting to understand their clients issues and even their own personal relationships.


Dynasty: the Astrology of Family Dynamics by Erin Sullivan (reviewed by Arwynne)
“Erin Sullivan’s latest book is a breakthrough both in astrology and psychology. The Astrology of Family Dynamics makes for gripping reading and shows us that astrology is the only system that demonstrates the complexities of the family as an organic whole, the family’s place in the collective, and the role an individual plays in carrying on the ancestral line. To date there is no book dedicated to family patterns, the psychology of family dynamics, in natal astrology. Not only does this book fill a gap in astrological literature, it also adds an essential new dimension to the psychology of families and groups.” Amazon


Astrology 360

Mercury: “What style of communication do we use? How do we make decisions? How do we pick up, process, absorb and exchange information? These questions are answered in part by Mercury’s placement by sign. You may be an Aries, but you could also have Mercury in Taurus, so your style of communication is not quite as spirited as one would expect from an Aries.” (CafeAstrology)

Library photos mentioned in the podcast (eye candy for the Mercurial): Fuck yeah the libraries

Uranus: “In Astrology, the energies of Uranus are electric and crammed with change. Uranus is forward-looking. It balks at tradition, and celebrates originality and individuality. Uranus is associated with technology, innovation, discovery, and all that is progressive. On the up side, Uranus is associated with enlightenment, progressiveness, objectivity, novelty, and ingenuity. Negative expression of Uranus is rebelliousness without a cause and irresponsibility.” (CafeAstrology)


Your Brain on Uranus: In the chart, the position of Uranus by sign will be shared with other people of the same generation due to its comparatively slow movement through the zodiac (84 years to complete one cycle). Uranus is associated with astrology and astrologers as well as many other types of unusual, eccentric and/or brilliant thinkers, e.g. mad scientists, computer programmers, physicists and theorists. When she was asked if Uranus, like Neptune, can signify psychic abilities, Donna Cunningham said: “I believe it has to do with reasoning that occurs at such lightning-like speed that it appears to come from some unseen and supernatural force rather than the person’s reasoning power… people say, ‘You must be psychic.’ But instead, it’s observation and putting together dozens of memories or things you read and hardly remember where it came from, all at the speed of light.”


Mercurial Minds

harrietbeecherstoweHarriet Beecher Stowe (born June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut, with 27% Mercury; Virgo rising, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the MC in Gemini) was an American author and abolitionist, whose influential novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery, eventually reaching millions as both a novel and a play. It made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible, energizing Northern anti-slavery forces while it angered and embittered the South. The impact is summed up in a statement apocryphally attributed to Abraham Lincoln. When he met Stowe it is claimed that he said, “So you’re the little woman that started this Great War!”


Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983, Elizabeth City, NC. 26% Mercury with the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Ascendant in Gemini. Mercury in the 12th house is opposite a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in his 6th house) is an American former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), before leaking details of classified NSA mass surveillance programs to the press in 2013. He shared classified material on a variety of top-secret NSA programs, including the interception of U.S. telephone metadata and the PRISM surveillance program with Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian. Snowden said his disclosure was an effort “to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.” He is currently in exile in Russia where Vladimir Putin has granted him temporary asylum (more likely to piss off the United States than out of a genuine interest in free speech or government transparency!).

(Charts from Astrotheme)



Alan_Turing_photoAlan Turing was born June 23, 1912 in London, UK (26% Uranus in Aquarius conjunct MC), a technical genius in logic, computation and mathematics. During World War II he was recruited to serve in the Government Code and Cypher School and was largely responsible for Britain’s success at deciphering Nazi Enigma codes to their ships in the North Atlantic. He envisioned a time when “ladies will take their computers for walks in the park,” but his own reality was not quite so whimsical. Homosexual acts were a felony in Britain in 1952 when he was convicted and given a year’s probation on the condition that he took estrogen injections. Two years later, he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide. In 2009, UK PM Gordon Brown announced a posthumous pardon and apology on behalf of the nation to honor Turing’s contributions and sacrifice.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (25% Uranus, September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories, regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled “Lost Generation,” Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that dealt with themes of youth, despair and age.

(Charts from Astrotheme)


Mercury-Uranus Aspects

Mercury conjunct Uranus: Chelsea Manning, Sigmund Freud





Mercury opposite Uranus: Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Friedrich Nietzsche



Mercury square Uranus: Baudelaire, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth I, Dick Cheney, Adolph Eichmann



Mercury trine Uranus: Machiavelli, Abraham Lincoln, Robert McNamara, William Blake



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