This blog now has its own Facebook Page, where I publish all kinds of astrological stuff – blogs, videos and articles from leading astrologers for instance  – in fact anything astrological which takes my fancy and I think might interest YOU, dear reader. Do go over, visit for a while, leave a Like or even better, a comment. See you there!

A selection of FREE downloads from Anne W and selected astrologers she admires

I’m happy to be able now to offer some of my work to readers for free. All I ask in return – apart from feedback as, when, and if it suits you – is that I be given full attribution for any extracts published, and a link back to this site:

www.astrologyquestionsandanswers.com

Also, from time to time, I will add to the list articles, recordings and videos by leading astrologers whose work I admire. Scroll down to find Donna Cunningham, Dr Bernadette Brady, and Steven Forrest in conversation with Mark Jones,  at the foot of the page.

More to follow…

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Does astrology wound as well as heal?

Wounding, healing and the art of astrology

It is important at this point to emphasise to readers who are familiar only with Sun Signs that to get ‘beyond the Sun Signs’ requires an individual’s horoscope to be drawn up for the date, place AND time of birth. Human beings are complex and contradictory. It’s not possible to approach any satisfying symbolic exploration of that complexity through the Sun or Star Sign alone.

Astrology itself neither heals nor wounds. Having  arisen aeons ago from attempts to create a meaningful context to human life through observation of the physical movements of the planets in the heavens, whether such a framework is experienced as wounding or healing is heavily predicated upon the attitude of the individuals who choose to use it:

“The fault, dear Brutus, is  not  in our stars,
But in ourselves, that  we are underlings.”

(W.Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2)

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It is easy enough to talk about the positive healing benefits of an astrological framework, providing as it does a major defence against meaninglessness and insignificance. Feeling connected at a personal level to loved ones and friends is recognised as a major factor in promoting and maintaining physical, emotional and mental health and happiness.

Feeling connected at a more cosmic level lets us see that  we are not random accidents in time and space, but threads in the weave of a greater pattern – very small threads perhaps, but contributors nevertheless. This awareness promotes a sense of spiritual well being.

There is also the sheer fun, excitement and intellectual discovery which the study of astrology brings.

Every bright light, however, has a dark shadow; in the promethean nature of our art  lies its shadow too. It is all very well to steal the gods’ fire, as Prometheus did, with the noble intention of  liberating humanity from some of its bonds with the powerful enlightenment which that fire brings.

But fire burns. It is impossible to light up the darkness of our human limitations of perception, without the hand that holds the illuminating fire being burned by it. It’s not so easy to talk about that. But it does less than justice, in exploring the impact of the astrological model on human consciousness, to concentrate on the healing aspects of the interaction,  whilst glossing over the wounding dimensions. Exposure to the model brings both.

I  always attempted to restore a sense of perspective on this issue by pointing out to my astrology  students that for the whole of human history most of humanity has managed to stagger through life without the benefit of astrological knowledge.

On one occasion, I asked a small group of my  tutorial students, who had studied and practised for long enough to experience both the light and the shadow facets of our great art, to write something about its healing and wounding dimensions. I was delighted by the honesty and perceptiveness of their feedback. Here is what Charlotte, 35 at the time of my asking, had to say.

Charlotte

(not her real name – data withheld for confidentiality)

 I’ve never really been asked to consider the wounding aspects of astrology in such a direct way before. I did have a bit of a job focusing on the question without the more positive aspects coming up all the time! I think the serious study of astrology knocked me out of the idyllic vision I had had of my family background. I had to accept that my parents weren’t perfect, and the overall effect of this was enlightening but also disappointing. It kind of knocked me into the real world and showed me things as they were which I found quite hard to come to terms with.

Seeing things in black and white on the astrological chart  led to a lot of resentment on my part, raising a lot of difficult questions which I’m still working hard to understand. I think this can sometimes sidetrack me and stop me getting on with things, and lead to some disasters which might not have occurred otherwise – although I would say I do have a natural tendency to analyse things anyway. Astrology just provides more scope for this.

There is also the question “ why me? Why did I have to have this chart?” which may be quite childish, but did lead at one time to some resentment at the apparent unfairness of it all. Especially when you are grappling with hard Pluto and Saturn aspects. You know you have your work cut out for you, and that life is not going to be easy. The prospect of living your life with these aspects can be quite daunting and depressing, and lead to a lot of despondency at times.

Another factor that’s hard to take on board is that you are responsible for yourself. You can’t go around blaming other people for your misfortunes all the time. You have to take responsibility for your part in the drama. It’s your stuff, and you’re the only one who can deal with it. This can lead to a lot of self criticism on my part, and a good deal of depression if things aren’t working out.

Looking at  it from a promethean point of view, Prometheus stole fire from the gods. He knew he would suffer for it, but he also, I think, knew on some intuitive level that he was doing the right thing. And in the end he was released from his suffering. Personally, I couldn’t not know. Otherwise I wouldn’t have pursued the subject as long as I have. I just hope it works out for me in the end too”.

This is one person’s vivid perspective on the implications of knowing her natal horoscope. I’d be interested to have comments on this issue from my readers.

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1000 words copyright Anne Whitaker/”Charlotte” 2014
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Meditation on the Leo New Moon…

Whilst having a summer break, to enable me to catch up with a series of writing deadlines to the end of August, it has been my pleasure to share posts which I have enjoyed reading. Here is a lovely, meditative post by Emerging Pattern – since I am a Leo with the New Moon just fallen on my Sun/Moon conjunction, this affirmation of creativity and its joys really appeals…hope you enjoy it too!

Moonlady - reaching for the New Moon

Moonlady – reaching for the New Moon

https://emergingpattern.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/blank-paper-a-new-moon-in-leo-conjunct-retrograde-venus/

Jupiter in Virgo and Phoenix-Time for Gen-X: To Serve or Not to Serve

Anne Whitaker:

Some deep words of analysis, wisdom comfort and affirmation for the Uranus/Pluto in Virgo tribe, as Jupiter enters Virgo today…from Jamie over at Sophia’s Children. Thanks, Jamie!

Originally posted on Sophia's Children:

Jupiter and Juno, by Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798). Pubic domain image due to date prior to copyright term. Jupiter and Juno, by Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798). Pubic domain image due to date prior to copyright term.

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

~ Gospel of Thomas, Saying 70

As Jupiter readies to shift its expanding essence from the yang-fires of Leo to earthy-Feminine Virgoan fields,we may find remedy for what ails us (and culture) in the authentic service of the ‘my cup overfloweth’ variety.

Or by Phoenixing, but more on that in a bit. First, The Service Thing. Then the Gen-X Phoenix Thing.

Real service (vs. the deadening, soul-draining martyr-ish kind)comes only when we bring the freshly activated whole-heartedness of risen-Leo and root it in the taproot of the sacred, aligned with and tending the Holy Divine in…

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Engaging and inspiring: The Mountain Astrologer’s Janet de Prosse interviews Jeff Jawer

I’m still musing over Venus retro and the Jupiter in Leo 12-year cycle…but so busy (tr Venus Retro from Virgo, now in Leo, amplified by tr Mercury and tr Jupiter, square my MC with tr Saturn on the IC!) with review and article deadlines, that I simply have not had the time to write the post mentioned recently on this blog’s Facebook Page. But it will keep…and in the meantime…

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The Mountain Astrologer

I like to share articles and interviews from time to time which I find particularly interesting, engaging, inspiring – which broaden my perspective, deepen my understanding of astrology – and bring to life the humour and vitality of the writer(s).

I found all of the above this week whilst browsing through The Mountain Astrologer magazine’s June/July 2015 issue, in the form of  Janet de Prosse’s 2005 interview with the late and much-loved Jeff Jawer, who died in February 2015. Tem Tarritkar has kindly given me permission to post the pdf of this wonderful interview here. Read, reflect, and enjoy!

Janette deProsse • The Riches of Symbolism: An Interview with Jeff Jawer

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200 words copyright Anne Whitaker/The Mountain Astrologer magazine 2015

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How significant is astrological Pluto in the horoscopes of atomic scientists?

I’ve just read this brilliant article about the significance of Pluto. Do read it!

“…Pluto was discovered in 1930 and astrologers soon began to notice its prominent placement in the birth map (horoscope) of scientist Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of X-rays. The planet also showed up prominently in the horoscopes of other atomic scientists and the event charts for the first sustained nuclear reactor start-up in Chicago, the first atomic bomb tests, the bomb’s subsequent use in World War II and in reactor accidents since then.

For example, when a lunar eclipse occurred very close to Pluto in April 1986, Crawford wrote: “If you don’t feel this one, you’re probably not alive.” That was truly prophetic as the Chernobyl meltdown four days later raised background radiation levels world-wide…”

To read the rest of this article, click below:

Astrology News Service

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200 words copyright Anne Whitaker  2015

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Getting a Grip on Saturn-Neptune Aspects

Anne Whitaker:

For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the extensive writings of master astrologer Donna Cunningham, here is a sample – her deep and perceptive ‘take’ on Saturn/Neptune’ aspects. Since we are currently within a Saturn/Neptune energy field, which came closest to its first exact square in March 2015, and will not move out of orb until the end of 2016, Donna’s insights are especially pertinent now…

Originally posted on Sky Writer:

©3-29-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Note: The following is an excerpt from a longer chapter on Saturn-Neptune aspects in Donna’s ebook, The Outer Planets and Inner Life, volume 3:  Outer Planets in Aspect, available at moonmavenpublications.com.

  Saturn and Neptune are possibly the two planets whose concerns and ways of operating are hardest to reconcile.  One way to fathom the degree of comfort or discomfort in planetary pairs is to compare keywords and phrases like those in the table below.

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