Thank you David Roell

When I first started studying astrology, I discovered a guy named David Roell, who had an astrology bookstore in southern California. This was during the winter of 1994-1995. I didn’t have astrology software; David had a chart casting service that I used copiously. He had every book you could imagine, and I spent most of my money casting charts and purchasing books.

David Roell, at age five and a few years ago.

David Roell, at age five and a few years ago.

I would do this by phone. Dave had a lot to say. He was lonely where he was, I think around Oxnard somewhere, in a neighborhood without a lot of people. My calls to him would turn into extensive astrology classes.

I would call his toll-free number, 1-800-475-2272, night after night, and get free lessons the entire winter, each of which went on as long as I could keep going. I learned a lot of astrology from Dave. He explained every book he sold me, and answered my questions on many, many charts.

He also warned me about some untrustworthy people in the astrological community, filled me in on backstory I would have no other way to find out, and explained the political ropes of the community. Starting way back at the beginning, I had some vital intel and took it under advisement, paying attention but never publishing a word of it.

Then after these conversations, all night I worked for the Jackie Stallone Psychic Circle reading tarot cards. That winter was one of the most interesting times of my life. Mars was retrograde in Leo and Virgo. Pluto was in the very last degree of Scorpio. The Uranus-Neptune conjunction was beginning to drift apart. That winter and spring is one of the few times I am actually nostalgic about.

One day at the end of a phone call, he said, “OK, you’re ready. Hang out your shingle and be an astrologer. Charge $50 an hour. And don’t undersell your tarot. Charge the same for that.” And that was it. He had graduated me. This was some time in early 1995.

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Scorpio Mars square Leo Jupiter — and Astrology Mailbag

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In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I comment on one aspect in the current sky — Mars square Jupiter, which will be exact Friday. I call this the “push the edge” aspect — it’s all about taking a chance on something you’re passionate about. In the second half of the program, I answer reader queries about the rising sign, locational astrology and how new planets are delineated by astrologers. Our musical guest is the magnificent Sloan Wainwright.

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Insight and Audacity — Mercury Ingress Leo

Mercury enters tropical Leo Thursday, shortly before 6:46 pm EDT (22:46 UT), indicating a potential for both insight and audacity. Insight works from the inside out to either empower or overwhelm. Audacity stimulates a similar response from the outside in. Your challenge will be to choose empowerment.

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Behind the potentialities for both deeper understanding and bolder expression are the powerful objects Mercury will emblematically merge with upon ingress to Leo — Jupiter and the Sun.

The Sun dominates the solar system with its gravity, and your daytime sky with its light. The Sun also rules Leo. The Sun’s power while traversing Leo (as it is now) is thus symbolically enhanced.

That’s how any other objects moving through Leo with the Sun (as Jupiter is, and as Mercury is about to do) might implicitly be interpreted as being overwhelmed by the Sun.

Nevertheless, there’s another way of looking at the situation. You have a choice. You can choose to perceive the implicit as only the apparent.

As if to emphasize its apparent hegemony, the Sun’s dominance also extends into the explicit. Jupiter even now remains out of unaided sight in the solar glare after passing behind (conjoining) the Sun on July 24. Mere hours after Mercury enters Leo, it too will vanish into the Sun’s rays as its orbit eventually takes it behind (and into conjunction with) the Sun on Aug. 8.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Aries monthly for March 23, 2010

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You’re getting a lot of bold messages to be yourself, but you also seem to have way too many choices for who that self is. Beyond all the seemingly tangible possibilities is a chaotic realm where you simply don’t have the answer. Every time you seem to get a clue, something changes. We’re accustomed to plastering those unknowns over with labels and other assumptions, rather than leaving the question open. While a mystery like this can be uncomfortable to live with, I suggest you stay in a state of uncertainty for as long as you possibly can. Consider it a kind of meditation. Embrace the chaos of who you are, who you are not and who you might be. This is designed to help you have greater access to your potential rather than pretending it doesn’t exist. At the moment far more is possible than you’re likely to be aware of. As the next two months progress, you’re going to get a taste of what this potential is; yet in order to have this potential be real you need to keep your mind open and make sure you’re ready to change, adapt and go on a new adventure at all times. Stay loose. Notice the game of pretend that we’re all taught to play the moment we’re confronted with an unknown. Unknowns are your best friend right now and I suggest you keep them near and dear to your heart.

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Virgo Moon Meets Nessus Transpluto Opposition

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Photo by Eric Francis.

The Moon ingresses Virgo Monday at 11:37 pm EDT (Tuesday 03:37 UTC). At that moment, it enters the opposition of Nessus and Transpluto. What I love about the Nessus-Transpluto opposition is that, besides the issue on which it comments, I am probably the only astrologer who has come within punting distancing of noticing it (OK I can think of one other). It’s a slowly-developing alignment associated with centaur Nessus (discovered 1993) changing signs from Aquarius to Pisces, and hypothetical, as in nonexistent, planet Transpluto (hypothesized some time in the early 20th century) making its excruciatingly slow sign-change from Leo to Virgo.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Monday, July 28, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Cancer monthly for Nov. 11, 2007

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Mars in your sign is pushing you to push yourself, but you can be carried forward gently enough by the momentum of deep dedication to your purpose. Remember that meaning is always a process of discovery; it is not fixed in any one place or time. For now, you are stretching out into the world. Soon, you will be stretching into yourself, breaking down barriers between you and your deepest desires, and fueling your spirit on your own inner fire. Then as the winter progresses, you will push back out into the world. To sum up, get ready for a time of retreat, which is preparation for a time of joyful conquering.

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Monday’s aspects, young Leo Moon

Following Saturday’s New Moon conjunct Jupiter, the Moon remains in Leo until it ingresses Virgo Monday at 11:37 pm EDT (Tuesday 03:37 UTC). As of the moment of this writing, the Moon is square Saturn in Scorpio (during which aspect I found my cellphone after three days). By my reckoning, using classical planets and Ptolmeic aspects only (conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition) the Moon will be void of course all night and all day Monday until it ingresses Virgo, at which time it becomes rather busy.

Question for classical astrology students — does Moon trine its own nodes count as not void? I have not encountered that particular guideline. Lee Lehman would know. Rob Hand would know. If so, the Moon’s void actually begins once it separates from a its trine/sextile to the nodes at 8:20 am EDT (12:20 UTC). The Moon will also be trine Eris, and sextile Ceres and Vesta.

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Navigating the dissonance of the light and the dark

By Amanda Moreno

My life has been a whirlwind lately, complete with Neptunian euphoria followed by Virgo crash-landings of exhausted obsession with detail, as I attempt to create a life for myself that is both meaningful and sustainable. These attempts seem to be working — but all of this exists in tension with this other “reality” of the world.

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On the one hand, I’m blessed to be spending more time on client work, astrology and writing. A new man has entered my life with whom I can fall into bubbles of bliss at the slightest contact. In a sudden twist of fate, I’ll soon be living with a dear teacher for a month to help out while she writes a book. Magic is combining with hard work to create something my heart is singing to receive.

Yet every morning I head to a coffee shop near my office and browse The New York Times while I wait. Today — more bodies on the cover. Wrapped in shrouds this time.

The work I did during graduate school was based in depth psychology and explored the use of astrological ritual to assist us personally and collectively through apocalyptic rites of passage. Apocalyptic images, such as the mushroom cloud, were a primary component of my work as was the understanding that images take the form of visual, auditory and kinesthetic imprints that are directly linked to emotion.

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The Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Sarah Taylor

Today, we continue the story of Swords — those thoughts and beliefs that we hold to, the ones that no longer serve us and yet keep us trapped, and the ones that can serve to liberate us if we choose the path of “conscious rebellion.”

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The High Priestess, Three of Swords, Princess of Swords from the Rohrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Rohrig. Click on the image for a larger version.

At centre, the Three of Swords. If this card describes anything, it describes a lack of clarity, and the sorrow and doubt that come from that. This card is often used to describe an emotional entanglement — however, here, what’s emphasised above all else is that the entanglement is one of perception.

A figure stands, head bowed, in front of what seems to be a door. Except this door dwarfs him, is boarded over (thought upon thought), with no handle in sight — the only way through being ‘over’, towards the stars and the light sources behind it. Two light sources, to be precise.

I wonder if these light sources are The High Priestess and the Princess of Swords themselves? I wonder if it is their combined presence that leads ‘over’ what it is that you feel that you are up against — mainly in the machinations of your own mind? I wonder if their wisdom — ancient and young — are what give you a precious light so that you can re-establish contact with a path that, heretofore, has appeared to be barred to you?

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