Neptune in Pisces (2011 – 2025) – Beyond Beliefs
Neptune in Pisces (2011-2026):
Beyond Thought, Beyond Beliefs, Freedom from all Illusions
(Published in the Sept 2011 edition of The Mountain Astrologer)
In recent years, we have watched powerful new ingresses of slow moving planets as they entered new signs. Pluto first moved into Capricorn, and then Uranus and Jupiter moved hand in hand into Aries’ fire of creation simultaneously opposing Saturn as it emerged into Libra. In the backdrop of this unique Cardinal configuration, an equally dramatic development is set in motion when Neptune progresses into its own sign of Pisces for an extended period of approximately 14 years. With a world already shaken by natural events and socioeconomic unrest, our yearning to transcend illusive schemes and aim for a direct perception of the Truth becomes not merely a quest for spiritual seekers, but a survival imperative for all. With Neptune moving into Pisces, humanity is possibly confronted with one of its most serious existential crises ever; and with the stakes so high, along with a paralyzing sense of insecurity, this transit renders us humble and disarmed as we stand unsheltered from the facts of the Truth.
The Peer Group Process
A Human Dimension to the Profession of Astrology
(Published in the July 2011 edition of The Mountain Astrologer)
I came back from the seventh OPA retreat in Asilomar, California hopeful. The first reason for my optimism was that I experienced the community of astrologers in a different light. Professionals and amateurs alike were truly interacting in meaningful ways; it was not solely about delivering a presentation and then going back to one’s own personal business. Rather, it was a very creative mode of learning where astrological knowledge was presented through multiple mediums. Workshops included creative writing, spiritual development, and counseling training. But more than anything, despite the large numbers, it felt like family, warm and intimate. Of all Astrology organizations, it seemed OPA had a very unique message and truly unique programs.
Career Orientation in Astrology
Neptune, The 12th House and Pisces
Career Orientation in Astrology
(Published in the Oct/Nov 2007 edition of The Mountain Astrologer)
the Pisces archetype reflects how a person can tap into public/collective consciousness and its needs! The 12th House content, together with Neptune and Pisces planets, can represent our ability to address the public and also affect it. From this perspective, we can also conclude that Pisces’ influence represents our ability to provide services to the public and answer its demands professionally! This archetype basically describes the way an individual will deliver the fruit of his personal skills and efforts to the impersonal public. The archetype in polarity to Pisces, namely Virgo (the 6th House, Virgo Sign, and Mercury) reflects the person’s skills and practical capacities. In order to have a more complete picture of one’s professional potential and orientation, the whole axis of Virgo/Pisces, 6th House/12th House, and Mercury/Neptune’s placement must be analyzed. From personal observations, it seems that this axis describes professional orientation, more so than the 10th House/MC does.
From Saturn to Pluto
Most astrologers are familiar with the nodal axis of the Moon, but less attention is given to the fact that planets too have a nodal axis! The nodal axis is constituted of two intersecting point where the planet in question comes to cross the ecliptic. Astrologically, these two points are of paramount importance with regards to describing developmental issues pertaining to the planet’s themes.
We must remember: every planet has a Nodal Axis!
The Nodal Axis of the Moon
The Power of the South Node: Transcendence of Duality
The Nodes of the Moon are points of intersection between the cycles of the Moon and those of the Sun; the North Node is where the Moon crosses the north point of the ecliptic (the path of the Sun), likewise the South Node where the Moon crosses the south point of the ecliptic. Despite the fact that they represent points of intersection and not actual bodies, the influence of the Nodes is extremely potent and essential to chart analysis.
Astrology as a Profession
Astrology is growing into a beautiful and multifaceted entity. Today, it is more refined and diversified than ever before. The revival that started at the beginning of the 20th century has stimulated research and development in ways that cannot be compared with previous times in history. The field of astrology is now wide, rich and complex; it encompasses forecasting, divination (horary), psychological evaluation and coaching, medical evaluation, analysis of mundane trends, as well as spiritual development and self-realization. Astrology reflects life in all its forms and as the individual opens up to new dimensions of being, these new insights are integrated within the field of astrology as well. There is much more to excavate and learn about it, but already today, many approaches and techniques make it a valuable tool for understanding existence and orienting efforts. The various approaches have all proven the relevance of their foundations in the course of time and experience: the Vedic, Traditional (Medieval, Hellenistic, Babylonian, etc?, Galactic, and so called Modern (Psychological, Karmic and Evolutionary). The diversity therein is akin to life itself: a source of fascination and conflict. Religious wars exist inside the field of astrology because our critical mind wants to discriminate what works from what doesn’t in order to find truth and reliability. A common problem, however, is that many assumptions are made based on prejudice and self-righteousness; as in every other field, there are ideological and political disagreements.
A Powerful Tale of Survival
September 2, 1999 | 9:00 p.m. | Banjul, Gambia
Baby girl found in a garbage dump soon after her birth in the city of Banjul in Gambia, Africa. It was a rainy evening when someone heard crying, found her, and brought her to the hospital. She was found to be perfectly healthy. The person who brought her in intended to adopt her, but there is no information if he actually did or if she was brought to an orphanage.
The Twilight Zone
The millennium on the threshold announces the end of the Piscean Age and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius * The good news: cooperation and interdependence between nations and states will prevent wars * The bad news: there will be natural disasters on a large scale, and intoxication with power will bring humankind to self-destruction * And there is a tranquilizer to boot: no need to panic just yet; each age lasts approximately two thousand years.