The poet, the lover and the Rowan tree

The poet Katherine Raine fell in love with author Gavin Maxwell. Theirs was a stormy relationship, not helped by the fact that Maxwell was gay. Maxwell became famous after he travelled to Iraq with Wilfred Thesiger to explore the marshes (subsequently drained by Saddam Hussein). He wanted to bring an otter home with him. Thesiger found one, who Maxwell named Mijbil and he wrote about his experiences in the best selling book and film Ring of Bright Water, which is a line from one of Kathleen’s poems.
He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water
Whose ripples spread from the heart of the sea,
He has married me with a ring of light, the glitter
Broadcast on the swift river.  
Their relationship ended with her curse by a Rowan tree. This blog looks at their synastry and major transits at this fateful time.

The Times they are a changing…the Autumn Equinox

It is always useful to start predictions by retrodiction, looking back to the last quarter. On the solstice we saw a debilitated chart, the Moon (the people) was in detriment in Aries (bad tempered and impatient) and the government (and the establishment) was weak shown by a Void of Course (VC) Venus.

Astrology, Karma and Destiny

Some people accuse astrology of being fatalistic, it is written in the stars and then destiny will unfold as it is written. Well maybe, but the question of the astrologer’s art, is what is written and how do we interpret what is written and on what level does the native operate? Because what is written must be expressed through the vehicle of the individual in question, which of course may be intimated through the horoscope, but how the person choses to use these energies cannot be predicted. The astrologer should always allow for serendipity, because of course, we do not operate in a vacuum, other people enter our drama and have their effects.

Teflon Tony and his sleezy mates: the dark side of Air.

Here in the West, we live in a very Airy culture: spin, social media, surface charm and fun are the zeitgeist. Those who can talk and persuade and provide ‘alternative facts’ have the power in these times of reality tv and bought and paid for journalism and corrupt politics.
As you would expect the best proponents of these dark arts have a preponderance of air in their charts.

Full Moon in Aries: Maya Angelou

There is the annual Full Moon in Aries on the 16th at 18:55 GMT. This is the first of the three Full Moons which religions of the world celebrate. The Aries Full Moon coincides with the Christian festival of Easter, the May Full Moon for the Buddhist Wesak, and the June Full Moon celebrated inContinue reading “Full Moon in Aries: Maya Angelou”

The Elusive Emily: Jupiter Neptune

Next week there is a rare conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune. In this blog I look at the horoscope of poet Emily Dickinson who had the same aspect in her unusual horoscope and see how the muse is evoked by these planets,

The Lucky General?

I have been hesitant to write about the terrible events in Ukraine, partly because the horoscopes are unreliable. There is one for Putin, and then also another. The horoscope for Russia could be one of several, 1917, 1922, 1991 etc. etc. Likewise for Ukraine there are several horoscopes. Marjorie Orr at star4cast.com has brought upContinue reading “The Lucky General?”

The Dalai Lama: an exemplar of the Compassion of water

We moved into Phlegmatic season at the Solstice: Phlegmatic is the temperament of Water, the emotion associated with Phlegmatic temperament is compassion and kindness. The Dalai Lama exemplifies this temperament.