21. “I deserve your fury!” Blessed are the peacemakers.

“I deserve your Fury!”  These words are attributable to Freddie Mercury, at least how he is portrayed in the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” during a scene where he attempts to re-engage his bandmates after a long absence.  Freddie was seeking no truce, but a Peace. An apology would have delivered a truce. “I deserve your Fury”… Continue reading 21. “I deserve your fury!” Blessed are the peacemakers.

20. By the Numbers: the Wisdom of Tarot

The Western Mystery Tradition considers the Tarot its most visually compelling self-development practice, contrast Astrology, Kabbalah, Spiritual Alchemy, and Gematria. Tarot may also be the most tactile of Western hermetic arts—the cards are literally touched (palpated) by the hands of the reader.  In certain instances the reader and the client shuffle or select the cards.… Continue reading 20. By the Numbers: the Wisdom of Tarot

19. Covid-19 and Pluto

On March 20, 23 and April 1, 2020, Mars will complete a transit of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in that order.  The fact that this transit can take place in a matter of weeks tells us how close Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn are one to the other. Their proximity in Capricorn is a very rare… Continue reading 19. Covid-19 and Pluto

18. Venus, Mars, Eros…tattoo

“Some dance to remember, Some dance to forget…”  This is a reminder how incarnated experience serves each of us differently at different times in our journey.  It is a marvel we don’t find the asymmetry, non-overlapping variability of the human condition more crazy making!  Is there anybody out there who gets me, in here?  Rhetorical… Continue reading 18. Venus, Mars, Eros…tattoo

17. Ever Rethinking the Lord’s Prayer

In our last Post, our first Practicum,  we looked at the symbols for planets.  We also introduced a concept most often associated with harmony—the Alchemical concept of octaves—and we suggested some planets are ‘higher octaves’ of other planets.  Neptune, for example, is considered the higher octave of Venus. Octaves resonate one with the other because… Continue reading 17. Ever Rethinking the Lord’s Prayer

16. Practicum 1.1– How and Why we Draw the Planets

Symbols, not words! Symbols, not words, are used to convey the content of the horoscope. Earth is the cosmic address of our incarnation into history. Earth is our literal and existential home.  Existential awareness is shaped by waking and non-waking experience. The Western Mystery Tradition values the natal horoscope as a metaphysical idiom for curating… Continue reading 16. Practicum 1.1– How and Why we Draw the Planets

15. The Dragon’s Head

Before we embark on this post—The Dragon’s Head, let us prepare for a pleasant journey. Our destination?  A discussion of Draconic Astrology as a thoughtful augmentation of the Natal horoscope.  The lens for this special viewing—reconsidering the Moon’s North Node as guide. Draco, in Greek, is dragon.  Draconic Astrology is a special, if rarely explored, subset… Continue reading 15. The Dragon’s Head

9. Original Light, Created Light

Cosmology! “the scientific study of large scale properties of the universe as a whole.”         The first image above is a “star swarm” located within our Milky Way Galaxy–23,000 light years from Earth. The second image is a Hubble “Deep Field View” of more than 10,000 galaxies–pictured as they appeared more than… Continue reading 9. Original Light, Created Light

3. Imaginal Aptitude—What if we don’t get it?

Today we test new waters.  We move from the sublime to the granular—from sweeping comments about waking and non-waking states, to a technical introduction of the Ascendant and its role in the hands of the Astrologer. Astrology anyone? When the editors at AF began studying astrology in the late 1960s every angle of every constellation… Continue reading 3. Imaginal Aptitude—What if we don’t get it?

2. Love and the river…let it be the Holy Grail, the Mystery of the Rood, the Great Prize…

It seems to please us, travelers all, to think of the journey this way: the zealator precedes the adept; the novice the sage; the apprentice the journeyman—when we know the mighty tree is present in the seed—and, bless the seed, it may only become a tree or try.  A challenge facing the Astrologers’ Folio: how… Continue reading 2. Love and the river…let it be the Holy Grail, the Mystery of the Rood, the Great Prize…