New Life On Mars series gets title — The Killing Times

A few weeks ago we brought you news that the creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes – Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah – had revealed that they were working on the third iteration of beloved supernatural-tinged procedural. During a live watch-along of Life On Mars, Graham issued a number of tweets that revealed […]

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Why Essentialist Astrology? — The Wisdom of Our Grandmothers (Reblog)

Two years ago, I started musing about starting a new school of astrology known as Essentialist Astrology. For an explanation of my thoughts on the subject, see: Essentialist Astrology, Defining My Practice I have started a new YouTube Channel devoted to Essentialist Astrology. My first video is below:

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Haiku: Uranus

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Sudden new events
The world turning upside down
Constant invention

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Haiku: What’s Going On

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We don’t know the past
The future is uncertain
What’s going on now?

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Lunar Eclipse, July 5 2020 – Tension, Change, Fireworks… and Healing?

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The up and coming lunar eclipse on Sunday July 5 falls on a very sensitive point of the USA independence chart.

This will be almost exactly conjunct the Sun’s position in the eighth house in that 1776 chart, activating the important second and eighth house axis, which is all about national security, money, finance, investment, banking. The USA would appear to be at a significant point of change in these affairs.

Intriguingly, the Sun at this time is exactly conjunct the fixed star Sirius, Canis Major, or the ‘dog star’, which is thought to be largely beneficial, his effects ranging from guardianship (protection), honour, perhaps even to spiritual healing and rebirth, some believe. Sirius is obscured by the Sun from early July until the second week of August, these are the so called ‘dog days’.

This might be highly significant, especially as this period will last until Sirius’ rising at the beautifully termed Lion’s Gate in August. We could all do with some spiritual, mental and physical protection and healing right now.


In the chart for the eclipse itself, set for Washington DC, the tenth and fourth houses are particularly activated, highlighting the dichotomy between the government and opposition in the United States, the Sun and Moon also squaring the ascending degree of the chart.

And talking of ascendants, Aries is rising and therefore Mars is the chart ruler, who happens to be powerfully placed in his own sign. The whole situation is therefore energised, even bellicose, so we might expect some ‘fireworks’. Mars is in difficult aspect to Mercury, so expect caustic commentary and irritation too.


That said, Mars is in positive aspect to Venus in Gemini the third house – potential here for some ‘good news’ – we could do with some of that.

Interestingly, the Sun and Moon make a positive aspect to Uranus in Taurus in the second house, indicating the potential for positive change in regard to the economy, money, finance and banking. There are likely to be a few surprises here.

It certainly has the potential to be a weekend we won’t easily forget.

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Haiku: In The News

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Claim and counter claim
This is war in all but name
Forget right and left

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Haiku: News is News

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The concept of news
There’s no breaking sensation
We are hooked like fish

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Haiku: A Question of Trust


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Haiku: Toxic!

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It’s hard to believe
the toxic stream of bad news.
Keep your own counsel

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Haiku: The Burning Question

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Will we ever learn –
watching all the world burning?
Did we start the fire?

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Poem: Adventus (Update)

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I wake up
and the world has changed

there’s a strange quality to the light,
lurid colours of the sky creating
anthropomorphic shapes in clouds,
warnings weaved through vapour trails
like a painting by Roerich

I hear the blackbird
he’s singing a new song,
displaced by the cunning air
in an odd synchronicity
which cavorts with my mind,
a nameless advent

a voice in my head
says to ignore the news,
make a lover of the duvet
and I resolve play Vaughan Williams
around the clock,
cry out my heart to his glorious fifth
till that sweet second
to midnight comes

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