In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for February 9 – 22, 2014. Arwynne reviews “Cosmic Trends: Astrology Connects the Dots” by Philip Brown and Alison reviews “Electional Astrology” by Joann Hampar. Our 360 topic of the day is Pisces and we discuss the archetypal characteristics of Pisces and the charts of some notable people with that sign strongly represented in their charts.
Planetary Ingresses & Aspects from February 9-22, 2014
11-Feb-2014 Sun square Saturn: Serious, studious, work; ability to focus but tendency to be overcritical, nitpicky, harsh.
12-Feb-2014 Mercury (R) in Aquarius: Blocked, delayed, confused group communications & tech trouble. Backup before upgrading!
14-Feb-2014 Sun trine Mars: Favors activity, boldness, starting new projects, starting an exercise program or a new job.
18-Feb-2014 Sun in Pisces: Mutable, feminine water sign ruled by Neptune; rules the feet and lymphatic system.
18-Feb-2014 Mercury square Saturn: Criticism; bureaucracy, blockages, delays, “red tape” and stress in communication.
During this podcast period the Moon is in the full light half of her cycle and therefore strong.
14-Feb-2014: Full Moon at 28 Leo.
22-Feb-2014: Last Quarter at 3 Sagittarius
Cosmic Trends: Astrology Connects the Dots by Philip Brown (Reviewed by Arwynne)
A fantastic and very readable resource on the generations, the outer planets and their influence on history, culture and society. Published in 2006, a couple of years before Pluto entered Capricorn, this book analyzes the placements of Pluto, Neptune and Uranus over the last several generations and how those placements are reflected in society. It’s a great reference book because it goes into some depth about the meaning of each planet, the signs they travel through and the aspects they make in combination with each other. It also provides a wealth of detail in the form of lists, sidebars and “activities” that invite readers to identify with familiar trends, both current and historical, in popular culture, politics, fashion and entertainment.
Electional Astrology by Joann Hampar (reviewed by Alison)
Electional astrology has nothing to do with voting in government elections but in astrology an electional chart is one that is et up for an event which will take place in the future. Typically electional astrology is used for choosing a wedding date or finding a good date to launch a business or IPO. This book takes you through the steps to find the best dates for certain activities and it is in sections with examples of election for each astrological house. Such as surgery and 8th house activity, buying a home, starting a journey or beginning a course which you will study. This really is my go-to electional book and is a must for every professional astrologer.
Astrology 360: Pisces
Pisces Sun-Moon People
Pisces Sun-Rising People
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (March 6, 1806 – June 29, 1861, 49% Pisces with Sun, Mercury, Venus, Pluto in Pisces) was considered one of the great English poets of the Victorian era. She was described as “a slight, delicate figure, with a shower of dark curls falling on each side of a most expressive face; large, tender eyes, richly fringed by dark eyelashes, and a smile like a sunbeam.” (It doesn’t get much more Piscean than that!)
She battled lifelong illnesses that medical science at the time was unable to diagnose.She began taking opiates for the pain and became dependent for much of her adult life. She wrote her first poem at six, and though she spent most of her childhood confined to her room, she was writing prolifically. She began corresponding with poet Robert Barrett at the age of 39 when he wrote to her in response to her published work. They married in secret and then moved to Italy where she lived for the majority of her remaining years. She and Robert were very happy together; they had a child when she was 43, and she died at 55 as a result of a chronic lung ailment. Her popularity in the United States and Britain was advanced by her stands against social injustice, slavery and child labor In addition to her well-known romantic poetry.
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Kurt Cobain (February 20 1967 – April 5, 1992, 38% Pisces with Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and the Descendant in Pisces) was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the Seattle-based rock band Nirvana. Born in Aberdeen, Washington and grew up with a troubled childhood, frequently addressed in his songs and interviews, Cobain is often cited among the most influential musicians of his time. In 1991, the arrival of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” marked the beginning of a dramatic shift of popular rock music away from the dominant genres of the 1980s. The music media eventually awarded the song “anthem-of-a-generation” status, and with it, Cobain ascended as the reluctant “spokesman” for Generation X. Throughout most of his life, he suffered from intense physical pain due to an undiagnosed chronic stomach condition and during the last years of his life, he struggled with drug addictions and from the media pressures surrounding him and his wife Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead in his home. His death was ruled a suicide by self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
[Courtesy of Astrotheme.]