Speaking of Pluto

Pluto vol. 1I studied what is called evolutionary astrology, epitomized by the seminal books on Pluto written by Jeffrey Wolf Green back in the ’80s. (I think they’re out of print now.) I take them out every five years or so and read them in light of my more recent life experiences; they’re just fascinating.

Although he doesn’t refer to it in his books, I read elsewhere that Jeff (a former Buddhist monk) channeled all his Pluto material. The books are pretty wild, it wouldn’t surprise me.

Afternoon Roundup…

The clown car is getting bigger as George Pataki enters the race…

It should be a mild Atlantic hurricane season and here’s the summer forecast for the U.S….

Astrologer Susan Miller tells how to survive and plan for (yeah, right) the Mercury retrograde

Here’s a nice NPR story about independent booksellers making a come back…

For many rural areas, Walmart has become the center of life. Here is one person’s experience…

And if you are having a sad lunch break, here is a cat that is even sadder than you…


NASA exclusive: How to see the lunar eclipse this Saturday

Emily Bills for redOrbit.com – @emilygbills It’s eclipse season! On Saturday morning, anyone east of the Mississippi River will be able to wake up early (between 4:00-5:00AM CST, with maximum viewing around 7AM CST) and view the first total lunar eclipse of 2015. This particular lunar eclipse is unique for a few reasons. For one, it’s… Continue reading “NASA exclusive: How to see the lunar eclipse this Saturday”

The long, long night of the lunar eclipse


I went to sleep about midnight and shortly before 2, C. woke me up. “I just got this alert on my phone. There’s a tornado warning and we’re supposed to take shelter.”

I call the front desk. She tells me there’s no alert, and I said, “Just for the sake of warning, if there is an actual alert, what are we supposed to do?” You know, since we’re up here on the 27th floor.

“I don’t know,” she said. “That’s a good question. I guess you would come down to the lobby.”

It’s hard to describe what the wind sounds like up here, even when there isn’t a storm. It’s kind of like a freight train going through the room, only worse.

I finally give in, take a half an Ativan, and finally fall asleep again. It’s a bright, shiny day here at the beach and no tornadoes. Happy lunar eclipse!

You might be a shooting star

Meteor Shower

Tonight, 2-3 a.m on the East Coast:

VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — A newly discovered meteor shower may be visible in the wee hours of Saturday morning if the weather cooperates.

One name for the meteor shower in “Comet 209/P Linear.” The other is the Camelopardalids.

Villanova astronoyy professor Ed Guinan says this meteor shower is the remains of a comet which is scattering debris in the Earth’s orbit.

Meteor showers, caused by the passage of Earth through a debris field during its orbit around the sun, normally occur on the same dates every year. But this is new debris field in the Earth’s path.
Guinan says that since it’s so new, we don’t know what to expect.
“It may be spectacular, (we) might see 200 to 400 meteors an hour,” he notes. “On the other hand, since it’s never been seen before, no one knows what’s going to happen. It could be just a few shooting stars. So this is the odd thing: it’s never been seen. So this is kind of fun.”

Imagine that

Solar storm in Hatchers Pass


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More strokes happen when geomagnetic storms are afoot, according to a new review of stroke literature – although it’s not clear what protective measures anyone could take, researchers said.

Geomagnetic storms happen when the Earth’s magnetic field is disturbed by solar winds or coronal mass ejections, which throw out powerful magnetic fields from the sun.

Among more than 11,000 people who had a stroke, the event was almost 20 percent more likely to happen on days with geomagnetic storms, researchers in New Zealand found.

“The results were a big surprise to us,” said lead author Dr. Valery L. Feigin of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at the School of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies at Auckland University of Technology.

“What we were particularly surprised with was the size and consistency of the effect of geomagnetic storms on the risk of stroke occurrence, suggesting that geomagnetic storms are significant risk factors for stroke,” Feigin told Reuters Health by email.

Upcoming grand cross eclipse


Let’s just say that I remember the grand fixed cross eclipse in 1999 very well (it was a huge turning point), and I’m hoping this one is nothing like it, but since it hits right on my ascendent, I doubt it. Keep calm and carry on, I say!

If you keep up with my update articles, you’ve probably caught more than one reference to extremely bumpy astrology headed our way in April. Guess what? That’s now only a month away.

This perfect-storm of contributing factors—namely, (1) a very-tightly-orbed cardinal grand cross between Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto, (2) while Mars is still retrograde in Libra, a sign of his detriment, (3) smack in between two eclipses—is just the sort of configuration that’s had us astrologers chatting and conjecturing well in advance. (For example, horoscope queen Susan Miller says: ‘April’s so scary that I’m giving classes on it.’)

But I’ve also been around this block enough times to recognize, sometimes the astro-happenings we beforehand herald with the most sensational hype, in the end, come and go with surprisingly little fanfare… though, to be clear, that’s not to say they proved insignificant. I try to keep a safe distance from the business of stirring fear responses by giving power to doomsdayish predictions, for I’m not sure what value it provides to warn that the sky is falling when we all still must live under that same sky each and every day until it really does fall.

You can read more if you’re interested.