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Monthly Horoscopes for
Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Happy Birthday Virgo, you have the ability to truly understand and relate to yourself as this new season begins. The trigger could be the Full Moon we had in Pisces on the 16th Sept, where there was an imbalance of the will and the emotions taking place in your sign, you are quite capable of understanding the reality of life and the laws of the Universe. Trust for you though could be an issue; just be careful of mental pride and over self confidence in enforcing your ideas or thoughts onto others. This is a time where you can plant the seed of your ideas but not whole idea. Throughout October there will be a need for you to watch your health, try not to overdo it by burning yourself out, you will be feeling irritable and impatient and this will take its toll on your nervous system. On an inner level you will be having some wonderful spiritual experiences, where information and new concepts will be coming in, just be open and willing to expand your mind and see the whole picture rather than just the details. The end of October will bring a bit more clarity and peace into your life where an opportunity for you to gain balance and peace in your relationships.
Read about your true Sun Sign, Virgo
Pluto is Baaaack!
Anyone who has been keeping up with the latest revelations about Pluto, now knows that it's not a dead ice-ball in space, not even worthy of being included in our planetary systems. Pluto is actually a miniaturized planetary system that acts like a delicate, complicated gyroscope as it spins crazily around itself and travels its slow, measured pace through our solar system, cutting away at our grand but foolish schemes and dreams, and making room for the future. Pluto may be tiny, but it can pull thousands of even smaller planetoids with in it some kind of electrical field, powerful enough to darken our skies like a galactic murmuration of a trillion birds, sweeping over us in patterns that not even our fastest computers can correlate.
Even the author of "How I killed Pluto", Mike Brown, has changed his position and now acknowledges this mystery object as a harbinger in the discovery of new planets. These as yet unseen planets are part of our solar system and revolve around the Sun, but their orbits are so elongated that they may come within sight of earth only once in a hundred lifetimes. Brown is now part of a team of astronomers who, having found the orbital trail of one of these planets, is now are searching the skies to actually get a glimpse of the planet itself. There may be many more discoveries to come. How these planets maintain their orbits around the Sun defies ordinary gravitational theory, and calls for a new look at physics, which so far, traditional cosmologists have resisted with all their might. Pluto may force them to concede to the facts as we become privy to them, as they have no choice but to accept them.
Pluto will go into direct (apparent) motion on Sept 25. Pluto has been retrograde since April 17, 2015, during which it lost almost 3 degrees of travel, to 16 degrees Sagittarius. Now it is going to cover the ground and retrace its movement back to 19 degrees, only coming out of its shadow at the end of January, 2017. In spite of the forward motion, the danger of a Plutonian loss in still acute until then. We are not out of the woods until Pluto has broken into new territory, and can resume its task of helping us remove the clutter and trash which has accumulated in our lives, and like a forest fire, making way for new growth.
Many astrologers believe, as I do, that Pluto is at its most active--and destructive--at the moments of its change of direction. The end of September, then, is a very dangerous time when Pluto can reach into our world and snatch the living and drag them away from us. Pluto can mean the inopportune end of the best made plans, and the descent of the innocent into hell. The most destructive part of Pluto's revenge is war, so we can expect that the death machines of all the countries now involved in conflicts will go berserk, unfettered by civilian control or any sense of humanity. Sagittarius, of course, is a violent and explosive sign with little or no cohesion between its two poles of man and beast. On the beast side of the equation, police murders of African Americans will continue unabated. Pluto has released the worst elements of human barbarism in the very organizations that were designed to protect us and uphold the law. In the Middle East, the butchery will accelerate, as the merciless bombing of civilians will destroy any hope of a cease fire and blow out the last flicker of human compassion. The military is free to go mad with power and destroy all the wealth and culture of humanity until they run out of money.
Only when civilization has been reduced to smoking ruins can we awaken again and resurrect political control over these subhuman bureaucrats and their robotic henchmen. Then and only then, can we expect to rediscover the finer parts of our humanity, and move forward into a world community ruled by a philosophy of love for our fellow human beings. We can only work and sacrifice to make this day come soon.
Real Virgo: Sept. 15-Oct. 30
Virgo by Hiroko Sakai
Virgo and the True Zodiac
In the real Zodiac, the signs are not bound by 30-degree cusps, as if the sky was a giant pizza where everyone gets an equal share. Nothing about the Universe is that simple! The real Zodiac is divided by the length and breadth of the constellations that serve as the backdrop for our astronomical navigation and astrological interpretations. Both are variables, and will duly change over the course of history. Over the eons of human celestial observation, the constellations have been altered by astrologers (and astronomers) to reflect our deepening understanding of the Universe, and also, to reflect human consciousness. The cusps we use today will change in the future, as the constellations change shape along with the connection between them and our progress as living beings on our tiny planet. The Zodiac is at the intersection between the infinite and the infinitesimal.
In 13 sign astrology, we use the cusps given to us by the lunar calendar and astronomic observation, the same cusps used by NASA, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and star-gazers all over the world. The Western "tropical" system of astrology uses a hopelessly outmoded and outdated ephemeris that does not and never will reflect the true positions of the constellations and the eponymous stars that we depend on for our acclimation to our galactic view of the Universe. Tropical astrology needs to be jettisoned because it merely serves to confuse us in our quest for knowledge. It serves only to make astrology the subject of ridicule!
Each sign has a different set of cusps, and the demarcation of the Sun's journey through the signs is dependent on our perception of a view of them that reflect all the constellations that we see intersect the Zodiac, the narrow band upon which we base our maps of the heavens. Take it or leave it, the 13 sign Zodiac is visually and mathematically correct. Any other system is bogus.
Each sign in the Zodiac (including Ophiuchus, the 9th sign of 13 signs) has its own territory. The degree and number of days the Sun spends in each sign depends on how much of the zodiac each constellation inhabits. Here's chart with that information:
Dates of passage
Days in sign
16 Sept – 30 Oct
12 March – 18 April
14 May – 19 June
10 Aug – 15 Sept
18 Dec – 18 Jan 32
20 June – 20 July
19 Jan – 15 Feb
19 April – 13 May
16 Feb – 11 March
31 Oct – 22 Nov
21 July – 9 Aug
30 Nov – 17 Dec
23 Nov – 29 Nov
"There is no god higher than truth"
—Mahatma Gandhi, Oct 2, 1869
THE SUN SPENDS MORE TIME IN VIRGO THAN ANY OTHER SIGN
With 45 days of the year to proliferate, Virgo IS the common man, or woman, since they would make up the largest Zodiac group of humans on Earth, by sheer numbers. There are more Virgos by far than any other sign. So Virgo is everywhere, invisible, collectivized, bustling, the professional class; the proofreaders, the grifters, the cold-blooded critics. They have many faces. The preeminent Geisha, the master carpenter, the faithful companion, the blushing bride, the everyday intelligent service worker with a calming, rational gaze. There's a hint of fire in the eyes. One has to wonder what is going on behind her calm gaze, is there something deeper—the glimpse of a smile—maybe even a sneer? Is anger roiling like a sea of lava under her pacific exterior? It's hard to penetrate the virgin's veneer. Smoky, surreal Virgo is always taking shape, like a playful cloud in your coffee.
The Way of Virgo
"The Way is pure and clean--to detox and purge. The way of the Virgo stomach is to supply it with the necessary bacteria, the precious working class that toil day and night to digest the foods and divide nutrient from waste. If your stomach is a biological factory, it's like Toyota wants to produce the perfect car--your stomach and bowels' only purpose in life is to produce the perfect poop. The Virgo can tell everything from the bowel movement. This is the quality control for the stomach. The difference of one bacteria dominating the stomach over another can make a tsunami of difference to the Virgo, or anyone, for that matter. The bacteria are the difference between life and death, with all the furor and drama of armies at war, set marching to dominate the history of your health. Napoleon said: an army marches on its stomach. He was a Leo but he had a very practical make-it-happen type of military Virgo mind.
The Virgo is on the cutting edge of adaptation--the cutting edge of revolution. Thus she earns the name of Virgin--one with an ever-recurring ability to remake herself. But others can see this purification ritual as endless, pointless, and hurtful. The Virgo literally USES UP the energy in every relationship she has--she will never relent, however her eye is always on SPICA, the brightest blue star in the sky, the navigator's friend. Back on Earth, people make jokes about Virgo--the "support system of the asshole"--to taunt the fault-finding Virgo, but actually there's a kernel of truth in this. The Virgo DOES control the bowels, the digestive system, and, as a result of their health, the health of the kidneys. Poorly functioning kidneys are the sign of disease of the Virgo.
The Virgo seeks purity--the perfect shit, the perfect skin, the perfect smell. Unlike her spawn, Libra, she seeks perfection in herself before she judges others. Unlike other mutable signs, hypocrisy is physically painful for the Virgo. They abide by the simple ethic of honesty, they can afford it. Virgo seeks to be above reproach--so that her critical barbs are ever more painful for others. Her gossipy, sharp tongue brings on war--people will make life long enemies or friends according to which side you take in a Virgo dispute. War is the most difficult part of the Virgo life, and the most transformative. No Virgo wants to go to war, but, once liberation or self-preservation is the issue, she will make the sacrifices, take the stand, fight to the end.
The Virgo loves people--but after a lifetime of having unlovable people feeding off her like vampires, she gets her fill, and turns her love and desires for control over to the animal kingdom, which IS pure in its simple, natural, dependable ethics, wherein the Virgo finds true beauty. The Virgo's search for flaws and her expert and withering critical eye is most applied to herself--at least, at first. She also is a tester--she is always on thin ice and treads carefully, requiring assurance, acceptance and encouragement. They seek consensus. They are asking for your vote."
(From The Book of Virgo)
Aug 10-Oct 6
Money and the fool are soon parted
The dance of Mercury is a trompe l'oeil for us, a trick where the eye deceives the brain. Mercury is ahead of us, and we don't know it. Are we moving forward or is Mercury moving back? It's a perfect time for trickery and deceit. Mercury is impartial, and with only a backward glance, trips up our assumptions, sometimes at great cost to us. An austere Virgo Mercury give way to a Leo "Nothing but the best for the King" animal, grabbing what we need for short term gain. Then the Virgo will return like a giant vacuum cleaning up with all the money. As a parable, Virgo is the careful, hard working ant, while Leo is the brash, freewheeling grasshopper. Mercury retrograde lures the grasshopper to his doom, but the ants aren't safe, either. At any given moment the entire hive can be destroyed by a larger colony. Welcome to the insect world, where resources are always limited, and the threat of destruction is ever present! MORE
Bank runs are a consequence of bad debt. Will we get one in 2016?
SATURN IN OPHIUCHUS:
What does Saturn in Ophiuchus foretell for us? It seems a contradiction, Man's artificial machine, the Man-State of Hate, in the sign of the ethereal outsider and spell-binder. The state is shaken to its foundations by the black arts of radicals and the mystical power of the masses. Yet the state can eliminate anyone, and has unlimited murderous power. At times this position seems to be a predictor of the persecution of the non-conforming and free-thinking and rebellious Ophiuchus and her coven of outcasts. If the state can catch you, it will burn you at the stake. Yet this placement is also the state being consumed in a Green Fire of purification. It may not look it at first, like frost over the leaves, but the destruction is final. Ophiuchus represents a large swell of women's voices and attitudes that bring the state to its knees, causing a breakdown in the systems that hold it together.
URANUS: WAR AND PEACE
On July 31, Uranus went retrograde, with an apparent motion from 32 to 28 degrees Pisces before it goes direct at the end of 2016. This is a repeat performance of 2015, when Uranus went from 29 to 24 degrees Pisces during July-December of that year. All in all, it must be admitted, Uranus in Pisces wants peace, but in retrograde, seems only to get more violence!
Uranus in Pisces has been called the Jesus syndrome, when new ideas, from Christian ethics to socialist economics, emerge to create a more humanistic society based on love. In Pisces, Uranus is weaponless, so these new, revolutionary ideas are subject to repression and their adherents, to martyrdom. In retrograde, Uranus is retreating from confrontation, shirking the pain. Uranus retrograde is hung up on past hurts, and historical injustice. Freedom is still out of reach, in spite of the fact the first inkling of a new, kinder and more humane philosophy is on the rise, at least among those who have the higher consciousness. But what good does consciousness do when faced with an AK-15 assault rifle?
Billionaires and Presidents
Karl Marx famously said of the French counter-revolution, "History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, and the second time as comedy". This is also true of our history of presidents. Donald Trump and John Kennedy have a lot in common (see chart), both billionaires, both of them not trusted by the very establishments from which they sprang. Aside from character issues, the big difference is that, Kennedy presided over a rising economic tide in 1960, while Trump's America of 2016 is on the decline. Kennedy was the tragedy of America, while Trump is the farce.
|Sun in Taurus||Sun in Taurus|
|Maverick billionaire||Maverick billionaire|
|Father ran brothels||Father smuggled liquor|
|Traitor to his party||Traitor to his class|
|Trophy wife (Melania)||Trophy wife (Jacqueline)|
|Creepy opponent (Clinton)||Creepy opponent (Nixon)|
|Unscripted Tweets||Unscripted speeches|
|Boorish self-confidence||Sexy self-confidence|
|Silly bouffant hair style||Cool bouffant hair style|
|Media villain||Media star|
|Powerful enemies||Powerful enemies|
Like the Kennedy Magic, which connected with the baby-boomer's rise to power, Trump also has tapped into a vein of lost power among the otherwise privileged white population that has been the main beneficiary of American hegemony. The message of "Ask not what your country can do for you" and "Make America great again" is not that different, except Kennedy was drawing from the idealistic heart of youth, while Trump represents the fallen hopes of a distressed middle-class, as they cascade into poverty. Today this white population is older, infirm, no longer relevant, and angry that immigrants have swooped in to take advantage of their complacency, arrogance and political confusion. White people hardly identify with their working class origins, preferring to aspire to a parasite existence of cutting coupons, living off home equity and collecting rent, like their wealthier brethren, who are, like them, white, but hardly working class. MORE ABOUT TRUMP
FOLLOW THE MOON'S PHASES:
• Egyptian by Femi Ibim
• Hellenic by Kim Lovelace
A lot of what you learned about your Moon from mainstream astrology is false or misleading. The 12-sign Zodiac just doesn't represent the truth. A 13 sign astrology horoscope reveals the facts about your real birth planets and luminaries by finding the right sign and degree. 13-sign astrology also includes the sign Ophiuchus, the goddess of women's power and accomplishments. The 12-sign, tropical view of the horoscope deficient and outdated.
Another vital placement in the horoscope is the The Black Moon and Lilith, which is linked to the dark, hidden extreme in Lunar polarity, the opposite of the lighted moon, our romantic archetype. Again, traditional astrology rarely acknowledges this mysterious influence, and gets the sign wrong.
• Learn more about Lilith
• Black Moon/Lilith in your chart
The Candidates and their Transits Until Nov. 4
Click on the candidates to view their future transits
The Selenite Story
By Kim Lovelace
Selenite is a beautiful Crystal and is named after the White Moon Selena because of the magical soft glow this Crystal holds, the White Moon Selena in Astrology represents good karma and offers us great healing abilities, especially when we face and deal with our fears and issues of the Black Moon Lilith in our Astrology Charts. Selenite is a stone of protection and will shield a person or space from any negative energies or harm. MORE
Comparison of the Zodiac systems
|Aries||Mar 21 - April 20||April 15 - May 15||April 19 - May 13|
|Taurus||April 21 - May 20||May 16 - June 15||May 14 - June 19|
|Gemini||May 21 - June 20||June 16 - July 15||June 20 - July 20|
|Cancer||June 21 - July 21||July 16 - Aug 15||July 21 - Aug 9|
|Leo||July 22 Aug 22||Aug 16 - Sep 15||Aug 10 – Sep 15|
|Virgo||Aug 23 - Sep 22||Sep 16 - Oct 15||Sept 16 – Oct 30|
|Libra||Sep 23 - Oct 22||Oct 16 - Nov 15||Oct 31– Nov 22|
|Scorpio||Oct 23 - Nov 21||Nov 16 - Dec 15||Nov 23 – Nov 29|
|Ophiuchus||NA||NA||Nov 30 – Dec 17|
|Sagittarius||Nov 22 - Dec 21||Dec 16 - Jan 14||Dec 18– Jan 18|
|Capricorn||Dec 22 - Jan 20||Jan 15 - Feb 14||Jan 19 – Feb 15|
|Aquarius||Jan 21 - Feb 19||Feb 15 - Mar 14||Feb 16– Mar 11|
|Pisces||Feb 20 - Mar 20||Mar 15 - April 14||Mar 12 – April 18|
[These books are for 12-sign astrology; However, aspect and transiting angles are the same in all systems.
Go to our Ophiuchus Rising page for the meanings of the angles, planets and asteroids in Ophiuchus]
Key Words for Astrology -- Paperback
Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope -- Paperback
Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes -- Paperback By Stella Starsky, Quinn Cox
Transits Simplified -- Paperback
Astrology of Human Relationships -- Paperback