Cuban Missile Crisis Finally Over

Dear Friend and Reader: The year seems to be ending on a positive note. Kenahorah! There are still two weeks to go, which include a rockin’ winter solstice, the Capricorn New Moon and a sign change of Saturn. Before I get into Cuba, New York’s ban on fracking and the solstice, in case you’re not aware, tonight … Read more

Reporting Live from the Uranus-Pluto Square

Dear Friend and Reader: Recently I’ve been getting more deeply into the work and the ideas of someone named Marshall McLuhan. He is a very cool philosopher who lived from 1911 to 1980, and I’m more excited about his ideas than ever. After working for many years as an English professor and not-exactly-bestselling author, Marshall … Read more

Hermes, Whispering at the Moon

Dear Friend and Reader: When the Moon opposes the Sun once a month, the planets don’t stop, though it’s one habit of astrology to pretend as if they do. Of course, most astrology is based on pretending to make the planets stop; they don’t stop at the time you’re born, but that moment, etched onto … Read more

Top Five Events of 2015 (and your December horoscope)

Dear Friend and Reader: If you made it through this much of 2014, you experienced some of the most wrenching astrology in recent memory. The cardinal grand cross of January and April, combined with Mars retrograde and some strategically placed eclipses, earned most of the current year the rating of whiplash machine. I’ll start with … Read more

Sagittarius: The Ultimate Misfits, or the Ones Who Get It?

Dear Friend and Reader: Saturday, Nov. 22, is the Sagittarius New Moon exact 7:32 am EST (12:32 UT) — and it got me thinking. Years ago, a Sagittarian ex of mine said to me, “You’re the only person who’s never judged me for being who I am.” He was a creative, sensitive poet-type and was … Read more

This is About Chiron

Dear Friend and Reader: This week something unusual happened: scientists landed a probe on a comet. It took them 10 years to get there, not counting all of the design and preparations, and required many feats of astrophysics. You may have seen some of the astonishing photos that were sent back to Earth recently by … Read more

Beneath the Frozen Waters

Dear Friend and Reader: Thursday morning I woke up thinking about the chart of George Lucas. His chart is distinctive because the Moon is his most elevated planet, and most of his other points are either below the horizon or in the 12th house, residing mostly in the dreamtime. His Moon is also in an opposition … Read more

The Saturn Files: Reckoning

Dear Friend and Reader: The Sun, Venus and Pallas Athene have all entered Scorpio, joining up with slow-moving Saturn. Mercury is currently in Libra and will be joining the Scorpio grouping on Nov. 8. That is an unusual influence coming from Scorpio, which represents a new phase of 2014 astrology — what I would call a time … Read more

This Hot Mess

Dear Friend and Reader: If you dare to watch the news, you may get the idea that civilization is unraveling, or at best, that the political situation of the United States is so mired in its own insanity that it’s never going to get out of the swamp. We are watching, silently for the most … Read more

All Roads Lead to Scorpio

Dear Friend and Reader: Next week we have one of the most interesting astrological days I’ve ever seen. On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 23, the Moon, Venus and the Sun are in Libra. By that evening, all three have moved into Scorpio, and then there will be an eclipse of the Sun conjunct Venus. … Read more