Category Archives: Astrology

What Would We Do Without Virgo?

Well without Virgo in the world, no one would know where anything is. Who would do the filing, the tidying, who would notice that things are not quite as they should be? And who would fix it? Getting it done, well done.

I’m interrupting this post with a special. Brevity is the trademark here, but I’ve just been to Oxford in England for an (amazing) astrological summer school and there’s a (brief) account of it on a hidden page, here



Back to Virgo, of all signs the most analytic. There he is, The Hermit. The major arcana card ascribed (by members of the Golden Dawn) to Virgo. What is his wisdom?

For today, let’s say he’s talking about how smart it is to get things in order!




The eight of pentacles, the Sun in Virgo.  Skill, craftsmanship. Knowing how to do a thing, and doing it!





The nine of pentacles, Venus in Virgo, well-ordered abundance.

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The ten of pentacles, Mercury in Virgo, the possibility of the fulfillment  of the mysterious perhaps, as suggested by the placement of the pentacles in this card? But only once there is a place for everything, and everything is in its place.

Tarot in Leo

It’s that Leonine time of year. Midsummer  in the northern hemisphere. Bold, assertive, entertaining. Leo is the star of the zodiac. Right downstage centre in a follow-spot. The stand-up, the charismatic speaker, the principal dancer.

The five of wands is Saturn in Leo. Last ten days of July.




Saturn, ruler of boundaries, restriction, delay, can also teach the useful lessons of patience, attention, and detail. This image from the most famous deck in the world is often characterized as competition, but the flip side is co-operation.




The six of wands is Jupiter in Leo.



The first ten days of August.

Expansive Jupiter is nothing if not celebratory. Bold in Leo, bringing a touch of regality in fixed fire, the card is rightly named, The Lord of Victory.




The seven of wands is Mars in Leo.



The middle ten days of August. Called The Lord of Valor.

Imagine undifferentiated rage, some thug going beserk. Now think of elevated, skilled force. A master martial artist perhaps.

Maybe this guy is an apprentice.


Tarot Telesummit

The Tarot Telesummit is an amazing resource. Twenty experienced tarot professionals each giving a seminar on some aspect of the cards and how to work with them.

But wait! There’s more!

Yesterday I did a talk on the astrological correspondences in tarot. There’s a system that is basically very simple. Click to get the free re-play today (August 2nd 2016) only – after today there is a charge.



All The Tarot You Can Eat

servicesI am excited to tell you that I have been invited to be a guest speaker at Telesummit 3 Tarot Wisdom It’s quite an honor as the field of experts includes some of the best known names in tarot today. I’ll be talking live on Monday August 1st at 1pm Eastern time, USA.

My subject is the correspondence between the cards and the planets of the ancient world. My talk is called ‘The Stars in the Cards’ and will include a step by step demonstration of how this technical knowledge can greatly enhance your readings.

Click the link to register for free. Access 20 tarot specialists.

Did astrology see it coming?

Here are 3 views on the macro effects of the planets from 3 distinguished sources.

The natal chart of the UK gives the Sun in Capricorn. Currently Pluto is transiting Capricorn. There is a very interesting article by Liz Greene here, not least because it was written in 2005.


The natal chart of the EU has a stellium in Scorpio. And here is a very interesting technical analysis by Anton D’Abreu given in the blog of the Oxford Astrologer (Christina Rodenbeck) here.

And there’s this too not directly on the Brit/Euro dynamic but interesting about Neptune from Steven Forrest

And then, In the English natal chart (25th December 1066) transiting Saturn in Sag has been back and forth over natal Saturn in Virgo, Pluto touching the natal Sun/Mercury in Cap, and the Sun presently in Cancer trine natal Pluto. Does the English chart still apply? Scotland voted to stay in the EU – more referendums, perhaps?

To Me Fair Friend …

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This is the encouraging image in the RW Tarot deck for the 2 of Cups. Well we got past those challenging images in the 9 and 10 of Swords — Mars and Sun in Gemini, respectively — more on that another time … I just didn’t want to go there this year.

And hey, I have a Gemini moon, so I’m not dissing the sign.

But now here we are at the start of northern hemisphere summer with lovely Venus in Cancer. The esoteric title of this card being ‘The Lord of Love’.



And This Happens Three Times a Year … !?!

… And it happens to however many billion of us there are on the planet at the moment, but when the following occurs, it’s hard not to think the planet has singled you out:


  1. I got an excited message from the admin office at my actor’s union, telling me that several thousand dollars in repeat fees were waiting to be claimed. I returned the call. After a brief discussion, the lady explained that there was a mix up. A little later I received a check for $10.97
  2. After several grueling sessions with the filing, the paperwork, my own temperament, I went to see my accountant only to find I had forgotten to bring a vital sheaf of papers.
  3. I will do a Tarot and Astrology presentation with a good friend and colleague in Winston-Salem next week. We sent out a flyer with a typo in the contact details. We wondered why the phones were silent!

But yes, the splendid astrologer extraordinaire Ms Sheila Roher, lately of New York City now relocated to North Carolina, and I, will be hosting a fun evening talking about the cards and the stars on Wednesday 18th May in Winston-Salem.

If you know anyone who might be interested, please contact me for details.

Can You Be Serious? How Can This Stuff Possibly Work?!

At first blush, for some of us, the art of reading psychology, interpreting events, and considering future or as yet un-manifest possibilities from the position of the planets in the solar system seems amusingly counter-intuitive at best, and dangerously absurd at worst. To think that national leaders have altered policy and personal life according to the dictates of heavenly bodies.

Well it simply isn’t rational, reasonable or reliable.

I recently took in a well presented youtube video on developments in astronomy over the past couple of decades. The astronomer, obviously highly intelligent and well educated, prefaced his presentation by saying that not only is space-time stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. He also said that we should allow ourselves to consider that everything in our current understanding may be mistaken. Then, scarcely drawing breath, he declared astrology to be ‘rubbish’. This was done without a trace of ironic self-awareness. It was a confident pronouncement on a subject of which the clever gentleman clearly knew not very much.

In politics you expect this kind of thing …

… Surely not in science.

Except, consider the trouble Galileo had when moving the perspective from the Ptolemaic, terra-centric, to the helio-centric that we now understand as closer to the actual mechanics.


I once played Neils Bohr, the great Danish scientist, the founder of Quantum Physics. I grappled to understand the physics and the maths in the play, falling short by quite a distance. But I did gain the knowledge that at a sub-atomic level a particle can also be a field. That is significant.

When you also consider that we, inhabiting three dimensional space-time, see everything at a certain speed, and that, to quote George MacDonald, “size is nothing, but form is much”, and also, as Zoroaster is reputed to have declared, “as above, so below.”

I have seen variations of the idea that solar systemic construction is analogous to molecular and atomic structure expressed in; Marvel comics, in at least two of the novels of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and in that excellent exposition by Rodney Collin Smith in his book, Theory of Celestial Influence. And while the correspondences may not be exact, it is a starting point for those of us (like me) who lack the physics, the maths, the geometry, to discuss with empirical proofs.

Douglas Adams had it right when in the opening paragraph of his masterpiece, Hitch-hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, he said, “Space is big, really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

For your consideration here is a splendid scale model. If you watch you will notice that the creators of this model are considering the orbit of Neptune to be the outer boundary of the solar system … apart from that, it’s great for a sense of the spaces involved.

Not only is Space big in the ordinary sense of miles, light-years, and similar metrics raised to the nth degree. It is big by successive orders of magnitude.

Personal space, social space, global space, solar space, galactic space, inter-galactic … inter-universal, inter-dimensional? And going in the other direction to the infinite smallness of the sub-atomic, relationships of distance, motion, speed, energy are what holds matter together.

The great Russian thinker Piotr Demianovitch Ouspensky put it simply when he explained in his book ‘Tertium Organum’ that the trace of a movement of a body in any direction perpendicular to itself is its fourth dimensional aspect.

A point moved in any direction will demonstrate in the trace of its movement; a line.

A line moved in any perpendicular direction to itself, will, in the trace of that motion, describe a plane.

A Plane moved perpendicularly to the plane in which it lies, will become by its trace, a solid.

And, a three dimensional body with its motion traced will describe the fourth dimensional aspect of its existence.

The fourth dimension is what we call time.

Sir Isaac Newton invented calculus. By formula he was able to move between dimensions. The area of a circle when raised a dimension by calculus becomes the volume of a sphere.

What if our three dimensional perception of solar motion and the motion of the Sun’s planetary family is inadequate to the fourth dimensional influences that fall upon us? What would the next higher dimensional aspect of the body of the solar system look like if we were able to perceive it?

I have no idea of the exact validity of these conjectures, but as someone with an aspected Uranus in Leo in the 11th, I very much enjoy views which are conventionally supposed to be heretical. A highly articulate example of such is here

I invite discussion, disputation, and other free exchange of ideas from skeptics and those better qualified than I. Do bear in mind though, at an intuitive level I don’t need convincing. After all, it seems self-evident that certain national leaders in several divers countries were put here to make Nostradamus look good.