Monthly Archives: December 2015

A must-have book for astrologers’ libraries: Alexander Ruperti’s “Cycles of Becoming”

Alexander Ruperti, 1913-1998, author of one of the definitive books on planetary cycles, “Cycles of Becoming”, was one of the great astrologers of the Twentieth Century. I have just found this fascinating interview with him on astrologer Lynn Bell’s website. Do read it, and after that, buy his book. It’s an essential for all astrologers’ and students’ libraries. Come to think of it, my 1983 copy is now falling to bits. Lynn, you’ve just inspired me to go buy a new copy!…/32-astrology-s-place-in…

Alexander Ruperti

Alexander Ruperti

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Talking about The Star of Bethlehem…from Chris Brennan’s ‘The Astrology Podcast’

I’ve just recently begun subscribing to professional astrologer Chris Brennan’s excellent The Astrology Podcast, a “… weekly podcast featuring discussions on technical, historical, and philosophical topics related to astrology…” hosted by Chris Brennan himself. Most appropriately for the season and for Solstice day, I thought I’d post the link to the latest podcast here, so that those of my readers who have not come across this excellent resource can enjoy a discussion between Chris Brennan and astrologer Kenneth Miller, talking about the astrology surrounding the Star of Bethlehem and the birth chart of Jesus.

The Magi and the Star of Bethlehem

The Magi and the Star of Bethlehem

“…During the course of the show we talk about the history surrounding this topic, some of the different theories about what the Star of Bethlehem was, and try to explain some of the ways that astrologers and historians have approached the subject in the past…”

The Star of Bethlehem

Enjoy! And a very happy Solstice to all my readers…


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Working Saturn/Neptune…a New Moon meditation

I use a very graphic, grounded, simple image to help my students get to grips with the inter-relationship between the longer-lasting planetary transits of Saturn, planetoid Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and the faster-moving Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. I ask them to imagine cooking a pot of soup.

The Moon, Sun and inner planets meeting the slower-moving outers is like turning the heat up under the slow, steady bubble of the soup for a short spell. The effects of this bubbling-up are usually powerful, symbolically pushing us towards the potential for greater awareness, and hopefully positive change. But the circumstances are usually pretty uncomfortable, at times highly disruptive. Painful too.

The last week of November 2016 saw Mercury in Sagittarius briefly charging-up Saturn, in long-term square to Neptune in Pisces for most of the next year. The first week of December saw the Sun shine a fierce light on the same territory. Those of us with planets/Nodes/Angles in the first ten or so degrees of the mutable signs are likely to have had an uncomfortable fortnight.

Here’s a taste of what my particular soup is like at present, so to speak…

I’ve recently had nearly a year of Saturn transiting my South Node/IC, widely squared by Neptune. Currently, Saturn is transiting my Fourth House, T-Squaring the Ascendant/Descendant axis which has Neptune currently crossing that axis, squaring Saturn. A potent and uncomfortable planetary brew!

Yesterday, with the New Moon just taking shape in optimistic, philosophical  Sagittarius, was a really good, nourishing day. Perspective has been emerging on what has been a very difficult fortnight, including a whole week of a very unpleasant cold which has pushed me into rest and seclusion. I have often found – perhaps not unconnected to having several Twelfth House planets – that big psychological shifts are accompanied by the necessary retreat period that a short bout of illness brings…

In essence, I have been wrestling with what matters to me at the very core, and those encumbrances I really need now to leave behind. All very connected to Saturn over the IC, moving into the Fourth House, and the square to Neptune’s prompting to allow certain ties to dissolve, and certain old disappointments and hurts to slip into the stream of  Time..I now have at last gained some very much needed detachment from pathological aspects of familial bonds and feel freer just to let people go, for good or ill.

Life, of course, in its usual fashion presented me with a tough test of this hard-won perspective. The day that the Sun was conjunct Saturn, turning up the heat on the Saturn/Neptune soup so to speak, a much loved young relative set off on a three-month solo trip to India…to date, he has sent me six pictures of  splendid colonial churches, sinking into decay…so I know he is ok thus far!

One of the great gifts of Neptune, which is a hard gift to appreciate, is that it dissolves those Saturnian structures which not only keep our lives on track, but also can keep us stuck in patterns which are undermining and/or blocking our development. I was reflecting on this when I dipped into an interesting-looking new online astrology magazine, Real Imaginal, created by Erica Jones.

She mentioned  Healing Fiction,  a book by archetypal psychologist James Hillman, in which he claims that “… a fluidity of identity, a multiplicity of perspectives—in short, the presence of an uncertainty which offers the possibility for a creative response—is what will foster psychological wholeness and good health…”

This quote sums up beautifully what I currently think and feel about what the current Saturn/Neptune square is offering us, if we choose to work with it as honestly and creatively as possible. None of it, of course, is easy. Throughout the difficult two–week period just described, one of  Jung’s observations kept coming to mind: “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” 

I would be really interested to have some feedback from any of my readers who feel able to share their experiences of those two weeks…or any thoughts on how to work constructively with Saturn/Neptune…


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Saturn/Neptune and the Winter Solstice: wisdom from ‘Sophia’s Children’

It’s moving to see in how many ways the archetype of Descent and Waiting is celebrated across cultures and faiths as the Winter Solstice draws us in towards its dark, nourishing embrace. Jamie, over at one of my favourite blogs “Sophia’s Children” has just published a soul-nourishing post, in which she points out that ‘…aligning with the Spirit of this time and season is in our cells, bones, and DNA … the ancestors remember and whisper to us…’


Winter Solstice: Capricorn

Jamie says:

“…since we now have the Saturn-Neptune Square as a key archetypal-energy ‘headliner’ for the coming year, let’s remember Caroline Casey‘s perspective of Saturn‘s archetype encouraging us to “be the authors of our own lives,” reclaiming our authentic vision (Neptune) and our author-ity (Saturn), and establishing healthy boundaries where they might have been a bit squishy and power-draining … or softening boundaries that are calcified and overly rigid (Saturn and Neptune).

To read more of this wise and comforting post, click HERE



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