Tag Archives: below-the-horizon

Far from a Dilettante, He Was a Master of All He Did–Farewell, Umberto Eco

On special request from reader Sara Priebe, my tribute to Umberto Eco… In a 2011 Washington Post review of The Prague Cemetery, Michael Dirda described him as half savant, half bon vivant. And he was every bit the scholar and proliferate author of nearly two dozen nonfiction books and another six highly popular novels.  First on

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And we have lost another great, this time from Earth, Wind & Fire: RIP Maurice White

Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire Maurice White has left us as of yesterday according to a news release from the Associated Press (AP) earlier today. But perhaps it was that close to the shift between Wednesday and Thursday since Earth, Wind & Fire announced his passing as having taken place early this morning. Earth, Wind &

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“Holy Terror series: Happy Birthday, Sir Winston Churchill”

I might have missed the day were it not for a recent airing of the CBS-TV Stephen Colbert Late Show.  But leave it to Ted Koppell to have said just the thing to have caught my attention, and I knew I had to have a look at the chart of this man–Winston, not Ted, or

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Holy Terror, Part 1

I had only been studying astrology a little over a year when a tragedy hit someone close to me at the time. A complex tale, the person’s father, years before, had moved to a country far from his and his father’s birthplace. Over the course of the next roughly 20 years, the father had launched

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The Peeling of Life’s Onion – Next Cut

Please take note: this is actually the fourth article in the series on the Peeling of Life’s Onion. The other articles, in order, are On Astrology, Astrologers, Learning–and the Peeling of Life’s Onion, Saturn Goes to Church – the Peeling of Life’s Onion – in Layers and Textures, Part 1, and Saturn Goes to Church –

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Saturn Goes to Church – The Peeling of Life’s Onion – in Layers and Textures: Part 2

Continuing from Saturn Goes to Church – The Peeling of Life’s Onion – in Layers and Textures: Part 1 with my apologies for the length. I was shocked to see how long this was!   Part 2 But keep in mind the Peeling of Life’s Onion. We often see Saturn as cold, unrelenting, the disciplinarian, the teacher.

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Saturn Goes to Church – The Peeling of Life’s Onion – in Layers and Textures: Part 1

Please note, this is a two-part article at this time. It may need to be expanded into more parts, but please do not think the article stops at the bottom of this page. It goes on to part 2, located here. The link under the word “here” is live. When I was 15, I read a

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On Astrology, Astrologers, Learning–and The Peeling of Life’s Onion

As a person with a Scorpio rising and a dominance of planets–all of my sociable (terrestrial) planets and luminaries (Sun and Moon) below the horizon–I’m frequently misunderstood and even accused of things I’m not. It brings to mind a conversation I had some time ago with another astrologer (I haven’t asked his permission so it

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Pluto, Full On – Part 3

At last, we have reached the point where I began–Pluto’s shift in apparent motion to direct again. And with these shifts to retrograde and direct, back and forth like the pendulum swings–yes, a direct reference to Edgar Allen Poe for who better than he could describe the horror we often feel when Pluto makes its

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Burkina Faso in Flux, Part 2

Burkina Faso in Flux, Part 1 The 4th house rises in the Solar Return (SR). Are you surprised? I’m not. Take note of the MC at an anaretic degree of 29 Taurus 46. Mars sits at the apex of this chart, and yet it seems Mars–just about a week after the Independence Day anniversary–came and

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