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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton: The Ultimate Scorpio

#HRC Hillary Rodham Clinton s a Scorpio with her Moon in Pisces. Everyone who has described her has emphasized her Scorpionic traits: persistence, intensity, laser-like focus, long memory, loyalty, the passionate pursuit of that which is desired. 

Scorpios are also private, even secretive. When they speak about her compassion, empathy, lifelong advocacy, concern and care for children, they're talking about her tender Moon in Pisces, hidden way down in her 4th House, the most private place in her Natal Chart. Even if she wanted to - even if she used her mighty Mars in Leo ("fight" might be the most used word in her vocabulary: "I fought" / "I'll fight", etc.), she still couldn't succeed in exposing us, the public, to her most private emotions. 

Trump also has Mars in Leo. He's a "fighter" as well - but he fights for himself and his ego (Mars conjunct his Leo Rising). 

Everything people hate about her can be found in her 12th House. Sun, Chiron, Venus and Mercury in Scorpio, in the place of subconscious/unconscious, hidden enemies, secrets, confinements, dissolving of ego boundaries. Her intensity is seen as obsession, her focus as devouring greed, her sacrifice as selfishness. Impossible to NOT be misunderstood with a 12th House like this - also impossible not to be underestimated.

President Obama said of her: "She was doing everything I was doing, but like Ginger Rogers: backwards and in heels!"

The public may never really "know" Hillary, but for 40 years she's been the big screen for our collective projections (Neptune in Libra in her 11th House). We may never "know" her, she may never satisfy our curiosity. If she cries we'll call her weak, if she doesn't weep we'll call her cold-hearted. What's important about her chart and the way she's intrinsically wired is that she will NEVER give up. She just isn't capable of it.

When she addresses the DNC Thursday, July 28th in Philadelphia, the Moon will be in her 7th House by the time she steps onstage to make her acceptance speech. She will try to be all things to all people. Transiting Mars conjunct her natal 1st House Jupiter will expand her toughness. Transiting Jupiter in Virgo in her 10th House will enlarge her public image as rational and analytical, but opposes her tender (yes, tender) Moon in Pisces, "hidden" in her 4th House, where only her most intimate friends and family ever see it. Ironically, it's what America wants to see from her - will she give us a peek, or will her famous Scorpio Rising privacy fetish hold fast? 

Transiting Sun in Leo squares her natal Scorpio Sun, challenging her to rise to peak performance level and embrace the drama, making it her own. Transiting Venus in Leo conjunct her natal Saturn in her 9th House (AND squaring her natal Mercury) would vote for dressing the part - maybe something with a subliminal paramilitary theme, like Cersi's coronation dress in Game of Thrones. :) 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sivan - Time to Sail the Seven Seas

Chodesh ‪#‎Sivan‬ Tov!

Sivan is the month in which we receive both the ‪#‎Torah‬ and the ‪#‎Ger‬, the righteous convert whose soul makes Claal Yisrael shalem (complete). Ruth the Moabitess, the great-grandmother of King David (whose birthday and yartzeit we commemorate on ‪#‎Shavuot‬) is the archetype of the righteous convert. ‪#‎Zevulon‬, the Tribe associated with the Month of Sivan and the "mazal" (Zodiac sign) of ‪#‎Gemini‬, travels by sea to gather up and bring back home the riches of other lands and peoples, in order to bless his family.

We too must "travel by sea", cross borders and boundaries, cultures and comfort zones, to find those treasures and bring them "home" to our own hearts and souls, to enrich and make whole that which is lacking. 

Sivan/Gemini's Planet is ‪#‎Mercury‬ ("Kochav"), ruler of both written and oral communication - apt indeed for the month Torah was given at Mt. Sinai.
(Pictured: "Zevulon" by Linette Joel)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Harnessing the Spiritual Power of Ramadan

Ramadan always begins on a New Moon / Rosh Chodesh  of the Jewish Calendar (Head of the Month). This year (2016), Ramadan begins on Rosh Chodesh Sivan, as it did in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1984, 1985, and as it will occur in 2017 and 2018 as well.
The Islamic calendar is a lunar system, and the annual occurrence of the month of Ramadan runs on an approximate 32 year cycle varying as to which Hebrew month it falls in, throughout the years, decades, centuries. Unlike the Hebrew solar/lunar calendar, the Islamic calendar has no feast or fast that must fall in a certain season (as we do with the Month of Nissan, Chodesh Aviv, which the Torah mandates must start in the Spring). 

The Sons of Ishmael enact great spiritual power during the fast of Ramadan. Their zealous devotion in fasting from sunrise to sunset during the entire month of Ramadan functions to stimulate, trigger and if needs be, to provoke the Jewish people, cousins of the descendants of Ishmael, to desire and even envy the Muslim level of devotion, surrender and commitment, stimulating us as we seek to emulate, and indeed, exceed it. 
The area we need to renew our commitment and passion in is indicated by the month Ramadan falls in each year. Last year (2015), Ramadan fell on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. During Tammuz years, we look at our patriarch Reuven, to which Tammuz corresponds.  
The tikkun of Reuven had to do with filial duty, and proper care for parents. The Jewish people were being provoked by our Ishmalite cousins to do tshuva this past year in the "Chodesh Tammuz" in the areas in our life, where respect and responsibility to our parents and elders are concerned.  
 Were we successful? How did last year go for us (for you, for me, for us as a community) in terms of "Kavod Av v'Am"?
 This year Ramadan begins on Rosh Chodesh Sivan. Sivan is the month during which we're given the Torah (Shavuot is the Chag which falls on the 5th/6th day of Chodesh Sivan). Sivan is associated with the Tribe of Zevulon, the Planet Mercury ("Cochav") and the function of Mutable Air - Transformative Thought.

Zevulon traveled the Mediterranean in ships, interacting and trading and conversing (Mercury / Gemini) with all the peoples and societies around ancient Israel, in order to bring back riches - both spiritual and material - with which to bless and support his brother-tribe, Issachar (those whose time was given to wisdom-learning, such as the Seasons & Times, and Torah study).

An important aspect of Chodesh Sivan is that of the "Ger", the righteous convert, the soul which enters Claal Yisrael to complete the fullness of our common soul-root.  Ruth the Moabitess is the soul associated with Shavuot, and as she is the archetype / soul root of all righteous converts, she is also the great-grandmother of King David, prototype Messiah and King of the Jews. The story of Ruth, who married Boaz and gave birth to Oved, who was the father of Jesse, the father of David, is read during Shavuot. King David, David the "Sweet Singer of Israel", beloved of the Lord, was born and died on Shavuot. 
The tikkun which Ramadan will trigger for us in 2016 is the test of how we treat the convert, how we relate to the one who desires to draw close for the sake of the blessings of belonging. Those who imagine themselves to be righteous in Torah will be challenged to experience transformative thought in relation to the convert. Indeed, anyone who falls outside our ghetto-mind will come under the category of "other" - and we are challenged as a People to transform our thought towards the "other" until we can see the "other" contains something we ourselves cannot be complete without! Just as the Jewish People were not complete until Ruth came to add her spiritual DNA to the mix, producing MOSHIACH in archetype - King David himself - Ramadan during Sivan years challenge us to SEEK that which is MISSING in our Claal, so that we all might be complete and shalem, whole. 
Just as the Hebrew Calendar and the Jewish Year is the manifestation of Sacred Time, our cousins have been given the Islamic Calendar to know the times and the seasons they are to enact their devotions, which are intended to arouse us to a purer and more passionate response to our own spiritual calling. It is a dance of devotion between root souls - Isaac and Ishmael, both sons of Avraham - and in the end, the time of one is the time of both and the time of both is the time of All.

To contemplate / meditate upon which Hebrew Month Ramadan has fallen in since 1930, I present the following data:

Ramadan in Nissan - 1957, 1958, 1989, 1990, 1991
Ramadan in Iyar - 1954, 1955, 1956, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2019, 2020, 2021
Ramadan in Sivan - 1951, 1952, 1953, 1984, 1985, 2016, 2017, 2018 
Ramadan in Tammuz - 1948, 1949, 1950, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2014, 2015 
Ramadan in Av - 1946, 1947, 1979, 1980, 2011, 2012, 2013 
Ramadan in Elul - 1943, 1944, 1945, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2008, 2009, 2010 
Ramadan in Tishrei (Rosh HaShanah) - 1940, 1941, 1942, 1973, 1974, 1975, 2005, 2006, 2007 
Ramadan in Cheshvan - 1938, 1939, 1970, 1971, 1972, 2003, 2004 
Ramadan in Kislev - 1935, 1936, 1937, 1967, 1967, 1969, 2000, 2001, 2002 
Ramadan in Tevet -  1933, 1934, 1966, 1998, 1999 
Ramadan in Shvat - 1930, 1931, 1932, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1996, 1997 
Ramadan in Adar (I and II) - 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995


Friday, March 18, 2016

Where Are We In Sacred Space/Time?

Panel from "Vayikra" by Barbara Mendes  
We are currently in the 19th year of the current 19 year Metonic Cycle. This year (5776) is the final year of the 304th Metonic Cycle since "Creation".

To know where you are in Sacred Space/Time: Divide the Jewish Year number (5776) by 19 and find the remainder. 5776 divided by 19 is 304 with no remainder.

This year (5776), which followed the Shmitta year, SHOULD have been a "Yovel" ("Jubilee") year, if the majority of Jews world-wide had been living in Israel.

Nobody knows what the "magic number" is, and how many Jews (by one!) it will take to create a numerical majority in Eretz Yisrael. We only know it's CLOSE. 

We missed this opportunity for "Yovel". Will we miss the next one? That's in the year 5828 (which begins September 20, 2066). 

Meanwhile: We've got the tikkun of 5776 to deal with. Clearly (from an AstroloJewish point of view) the Eclipses / Blood Moons of the previous Passover/Sukkot cycles which climaxed with the Solar Eclipse on Rosh HaShanna 5776 and the Lunar Eclipse/Blood Moon on Sukkot 5776 were "signs in the heavens" and a signal to announce a specific new phase in our common energetic reality. Immediately the theme of this new phase became clear, as the "Stabbing Intifada" began in Israel on Erev Rosh HaShanah itself. The shocking, brazen increase in violence and terror which began in September 2015 (the start of the year 5776) is the sign/signal that the "birthpangs" we're feeling are moving from the "Transition" phase of labor to the fully effaced, "Pushing" stage.

How many "Pushes" will it take to birth this new reality? How painful does it have to be?

Each of us, in our own way, contributes to the aggregate energetic life-force moving the world in the direction in which it's going. 

Each of us, in our own way, has our own private and public sphere of influence - starting with our own hearts, minds, and bodies - and reaching to the furthest reach of every relationship we have in life, with family, friends, colleagues and strangers. 

"The Butterfly Effect" begins INSIDE us.

If we don't change, the world won't change. Please G*d that we should change IN TIME. 

- Lorelai Kude ("AstroloJew")

Sunday, February 28, 2016

2016 Mars Retrograde - It's Gonna Be A Killer!

#‎Election2016‬ The ‪#‎Mars‬ ‪#‎Retrograde‬ of 2016, which will profoundly affect ‪#‎America‬ because the whole thing is happening in America's 12th House (where everything "falls apart"!) actually BEGAN its process on 7 Adar I / February 16th at 23 Scorpio. 

7 Adar was Moshe Rabbaynu's Birthday AND Yartzeit. The Parsha was Tetzevah, in which HaShem appoints spiritual leadership for His people.

On 18 Nissan / April 17, Mars will begin its Retrograde period at 9 Sagittarius, and travel all the way "back" to 23 Scorpio (Moshe's bday/yartzeit), then "return" back to 9 Sagittarius. That is the week of Pesach. We experience the "Or Ganuz", the Original Light of Redemption at this time.

Mars Retrograde continues through 23 Tammuz / June 29th. This is also the time the Democratic Nominating Convention (DNC) rolls around (July 25-29th in Philadelphia). The Parsha is Matot, in which Reuven, Gad and half the Tribe of Menashe ask to stay on the other side of the Jordan, where it was always "Summertime, and the living is easy". Moshe OK's this exception to G*d's original plan with the condition that the "Galut" Tribes would promise to come to the defense of the Tribes who inhabited Eretz Yisrael.

Mars goes Direct on June 29th and finally returns to 9 Sagittarius where it all began on 18 Av / 22 August - Parsha Ekev - the "blessings" portion of "The Blessings and Curses".

This entire Mars Retrograde period begins with Moshe Rabbaynu and ends with the blessings. In between there's going to be a lot of turmoil, trauma, drama, treachery and betrayal, fanaticism, scare tactics, dogmatic extremism, back room dealings, back stabbing both literal and figurative. 

America's 12th House is where all the unconscious/subconscious projections happen. Expect "The Other" to be vilified even beyond current inflated bogeymen. 

In Israel's Natal Chart, the Mars Retrograde happens in Israel's 1st House ("Personality", ego, public persona, "mask") and 2nd House (values, possessions, material world, land, real estate). Expect a lot of MARS (aggression) directed at Israel during that time and over these particular issues. 

Expect ALL the leading US Presidential Candidates to put the pressure to Israel in regard to "Settlements" and Land issues during this transit.

The most dangerous time period during the entire Retrograde will be May 28-30, Memorial Day Weekend - Parshat Bechukotai) / Lag B'Omer, where Mars will be Retrograding over 29 Scorpio, the "Ultimate" / "Critical" Degree of Scorpio - the same Degree Mars will be in during "Super Tuesday"'s US Primary Elections.
29 Degrees Scorpio in America's 12th House is a recipe for deceit, possible election fraud, or G*d forbid violence or even death. The Parsha for the week of Super Tuesday is Vayakhel.


(Pictured: US Sibley Chart for 2016 Election Day with Transits, and Modern State of Israel's Natal Chart with Transits for 2016 US Election Day )

Monday, February 8, 2016


Bernie Sanders has practically eclipsed (no pun intended) Hillary Clinton with his performance in the Iowa Caucuses and now, on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary, is poised to become something previously unimaginable to any observer of American politics: the front runner for the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States of America.

The Democratic National Convention will be held July 25-28th of 2016 in Philadelphia. During that time, crucial aspects to both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton's natal charts are occurring.

(Note on the pictured charts: Bernie's birth time is unknown, therefore the Houses in which his planets fall are unknown. I'm using the 8:05am birth time for HRC, quoted by both her and her own mother, although there is controversy* and not every astrologer agrees on this birth time)

Looking at Bernie and Hillary Clinton's natal charts with Transits for July 25th, it's striking that both of them share a sensitive, compassionate Pisces Moon, as well as Mars in Fire signs (his in Aries, hers in Leo). Both portray themselves as "sensitive"to other, and as  "fighters", but they're stylistically different. Mars in Aries is "The Fighter". Mars here is in its home sign (Aries) and expresses itself as impulsive, spontaneous, energetic, courageous, belligerent, reckless, impatient.
Mars in Leo is dramatic, optimistic, self-confident, imperial, grand, theatrical, and extremely sensitive to criticism. Both Mars in Aries and Mars in Leo are "rescuers" of those they perceive as less advantaged or more needy than themselves. Mars in Aries can literally "ram themselves" (imagine the Ram's horns, the Ram being the Zodiac symbol of Aries) in the head, banging away over and over to make a point - think Bernie Sanders' now familiar litany about Corporate America, Wall Street, Campaign Finance Reform, etc. - he doesn't deviate from his message.

Unfortunately, Hillary's Mars in Leo at 14 Degrees is conjunct her natal Pluto in Leo, also at 14 Degrees. Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo is MASSIVE POWER, MASSIVE CONTROL, and sorry to say, massive entitlement and hubris. It's a kind of "royalty" (Leo) expectation of power and control (Mars/Pluto) and it's an explosive combination - only her extremely tightly-wound stellenium in Scorpio (Mercury, Venus, Chiron and Sun) conspiring with her ultra-disciplined and ultra-aware of how the public perceives her Saturn in Leo that keeps her from exploding in public. She HAS "leaked" some of that massive, powerful stuff before, and it clearly scared folks - because, TRUTH: She's a woman; and if we were looking at a man's chart we might laud him for his toughness instead of suspecting him of being a power/control freak.

People accuse Hillary of being "secretive", and they're right. She's secretive and probably even paranoid - with good reason, because she's a target for the most vile GOP smears in history, AND because she's got an ultra-paranoid stellenium in Scorpio in her 12th House. SHE KEEPS SECRETS, maybe not because the content is so very confidential, but because she doesn't TRUST others (again, with good reason from every point of view!). Her Sun, the Asteroid Chiron (the "Wounded Healer"), and her planets Venus and Mercury are all in Scorpio, Venus/Chiron in Scorpio makes a big, hard Square to her natal Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo: SECRET RELATIONSHIP "DEALS" BETWEEN LOVE AND AMBITION. This could be her played-out-in-public tolerance and (seeming) forgiveness of her husband's public betrayal as the price she realized she would have to pay to retain and grow her personal ambition and power. Again, nobody would think of criticizing a man for these kind of arrangements, and it's only fair to point out that her rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, has been divorced, fathered a child out of wedlock with a woman he never married, and remarried again after that. Nobody has yet to make those facts a reason why he isn't fit to govern at the highest level - but Hillary, being a woman, will have to 'splain and spin her "Stand By Your Man" relationship philosophy to a generation of women voters who would have kicked old Bill to the curbside for what he did.

Hillary's natal Jupiter is at 0 Degrees Sagittarius, in her 1st House. The general rule "A Planet is not established in a sign until it reaches 1 Degree" is very much at work here. Hillary SHOULD have been "lucky" (Jupiter in Sagittarius) but she missed it by a couple of inches every time. 1st House Jupiter keeps her in the public eye but not always for the best reasons. Her North Node at 23 Taurus conjunct her DC (7th House Cusp - the area of marriage and equal partnerships, legal matters, etc.) is a FATED law career (opposite her natal Mercury, her "Communicative Self" in Scorpio 12th House) which may have ultimately derailed because of secrets and secretive dealings (even when there's not necessarily anything to hide!) and a FATED marriage (North Node on 7th House Cusp), both of which were "supposed" to bring her security - but neither did, really. Her Vertex (the "Rabbit's Hole" of the natal chart, a la Alice in Wonderland) in Cancer in her 8th House tells of a woman whose instinct to nurture, care-take and possess (Cancer) is the "Rabbit's Hole" of her 8th House - sex, death, rebirth, reincarnation, SHARED RESOURCES, inheritances, in-laws, SHARED VALUES, and "intimate stuff you share with others"), the hole into which she always falls down. This could also indicate a morbid fear of poverty (which seems illogical considering how wealthy the Clintons are). But there's nothing "logical" about the Vertex, it's an irrational point on the chart which functions to illustrate the virtual Rabbit's Hole / Achille's Heel at work in one's life.

Not knowing Bernie Sanders' birth time is a distinct disadvantage in this discussion. However, looking at the placement of his natal planets, it's easy to see why "Democratic Socialism" took hold of young Bernie Sanders when it did.  His natal Pluto at 5 Leo and natal Chiron at 9 Leo are closely conjunct and his "Wounded Healer" (Chiron) was traumatized by the destructive power (Pluto) in Leo ("royalty", the upper/ruling class). He feels compelled to fight (Mars in Aries) for justice (Venus in Libra) and, like Hillary Clinton, has a powerful Stellenium, but in Virgo (hers is in Scorpio, as mentioned before). His Sun, North Node, Neptune and perhaps most importantly, his Mercury are all in Virgo. Bernie's Mercury is at 29 Virgo, and the 29th Degree of any sign is known to be the "Ultimate" or "Critical" degree. Mercury is his "Communicative Self", and as we've now all seen, he communicates with his 29th Degree of Virgo Mercury, which has analyzed umpteen million different facts, synthesized them, and spits them out as digested - "this is useful and therefore good, this is not useful, and therefore bad", and even destructive. Virgo's role is "borer", to separate, sift, analyze, and remove what is useful from what no longer serves.

Bernie is relentless and might be reckless (Mars in Aries) BUT all that Virgo puts the brakes on a bit  and forces him to run everything through his super-sharp analytic skill set. "Is it fair?" is the question he asks himself (Venus in Libra) when pondering an issue. Mars in Aries might vote for impulsive action, the stellenium in Virgo would check the impulse against Moon in Pisces (what does he feel/intuit about a decision) and Venus in Libra ("Is it Fair?").

Bernie's Saturn at 28 Taurus could be a hint of stubborn and dogmatic allegiance to a preconceived notion or belief in which he's already invested value. The most glaring example I can think of is how reluctant he was to believe the Department of Veteran's Affairs was as idealistic about its mission as he was. However, once scandal really was proven to him, nobody was more zealous about cleaning it up. As the New York Times put it: "Faith in Agency Clouded Bernie Sanders’s V.A. Response". That's a classic example of Saturn at 28 Taurus TRINE Mercury at 29 Virgo.

The NYT writes: "Mr. Sanders eventually changed course, becoming critical of the agency and ultimately joining with Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, and other colleagues to draft a bipartisan bill to try to fix the veterans health care waiting list. ... But a review of his record in the job also shows that in a moment of crisis, his deep-seated faith in the fundamental goodness of government blinded him, at least at first, to a dangerous breakdown in the one corner of it he was supposed to police. Despite inspector general reports dating back a decade that documented a growing problem with wait times, Mr. Sanders, who had served on the committee for six years before he became its head, was quick to defend the agency and slow to aggressively question V.A. officials and demand accountability."  Again - textbook rigid Saturn in stubborn Taurus supported by his analytic communicative self - because his birth time is unknown, it's useless to speculate in which House this phenomenon occurs, but it does. The political question becomes: is it scalable? Does this propensity towards loyalty to the ideal (ideological) at the expense of the pragmatic real (as Hillary's propensity towards secrecy, justified or not) reveal a reason why voters who now #FeelTheBern might eventually experience a #BernOut?

The Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia on July 25-28th of this year. The Sun will be conjunct Bernie Sander's Pluto (transformative change) in Leo. The Moon will cross over his Mars in Aries on Monday, July 25th, giving him tremendous emotional energy. Jupiter in Virgo will trine the Moon's conjunction at 20 Taurus with his Black Moon Lilith - expansion and enlargement (Jupiter) of his profile with women (Moon, BML) and in Taurus, "Mother Earth" - environmentalism.

The Moon will then cross over Bernie's Saturn in Taurus on Wednesday, perhaps an indication of a solidifying structure and conjunct his Uranus at 0 Gemini on Thursday morning. Uranus at 0 Gemini is only 2 degrees from Saturn at 28 Taurus - this Saturn/Uranus conjunction is "The Grouch and the Anarchist", or "The Wise Old Man and The Fool". With the Moon directly on these pressure points, the emotional impact of his persona and his policies will challenge the Democratic Party's most fundamental and closely held identity perceptions.

Transiting Uranus at 24 Aries will conjunct Bernie's natal Mars at 23 Aries. This is EXPLOSIVE ENERGY - no other way to read Uranus/Mars in Aries transits! Will his campaign explode or implode? Transiting Mars in Scorpio adds even MORE energy (aggression?) as it makes hard Inconjunct (Quincunx or "Yod") to the Moon's conjunction of Saturn and Uranus. This aspect compels me to warn readers that it might also indicate, G*d forbid, extreme aggression against Sanders in the form of violence. Let's hope the "explosion" will be one of enthusiasm instead!

Transiting Chiron, the "Wounded Healer", will be exactly conjunct Bernie's Moon in Pisces at 24 degrees. He will be seen and perceived by his supporters as a compassionate, empathetic and willing to take extreme measures to heal the scars of injustice in our society, and by his detractors as the ultimate "Bleeding Heart Liberal". 

Transiting Jupiter at 20 Virgo will be conjunct Bernie's North Node, his karma or "Tikkun" point. Jupiter expands everything it touches. This is his moment. The Transiting North Node conjuncts his Sun at 13 Virgo! Destiny calls, and the call will be extremely LOUD. One way or another, Bernie Sanders is going to fulfill his destiny at the DNC. Either he'll become the nominee or he'll have forced a good portion of his agenda on Hillary Clinton, who will have to go far left in her campaign promises in order to compete with Sanders. Either way - it's his star time.

Transiting Chiron will be very close to Hillary Clinton's Moon in Pisces as well, and in her 4th House (home and family, domestic security) her image as a mother and grandmother may go a long way towards softening her hard reflection her self-defensive Scorpio stellenium causes. Letting herself be vulnerable (a risk for a woman in politics, as displays of emotion are usually used against them) might be a risk she's forced to take as the race comes down to the wire. Transiting Sun in Leo will Square Hillary's natal Sun in Scorpio AND her natal Asteroid Ceres in Taurus. If Hillary doesn't get into environmental advocacy well before the convention, she may be "exposed" by the Leo Sun as not caring enough about "Mother Earth".

During the beginning of the Convention, the Moon will conjunct Transiting Uranus at her natal asteroid Hades at 25 Aries. Unexpected "hell" may be abruptly (or embarrassingly) glimpsed and it may have something to do with a woman / women (Bill's other women?). Then the Moon will transit through Taurus, conjuncting her natal Ceres (the "good mother" and "proud grandmother" on display) and finally, her North Node at 23 Degrees Taurus, on the cusp of her 7th House. HER karmic / "Tikkun Point" gets hit by the transiting Moon during the Convention, just as Bernie's gets hit by transiting Jupiter. In her case, the Moon/North Node opposes her natal Mercury in Scorpio and she may choke on her words - or not be able to fully and deeply and thoroughly express herself the way she truly longs to - and in fact, MUST do, in order to win the nomination. Hillary Clinton  must overcome her reticence to show deep emotion and vulnerability to win trust - and yet to do so, she must overcome immense innate challenges. We'll see if she rises to the occasion - for if she does, and becomes the nominee, her acceptance speech (Mercury) might go down in history (Herstory!) as one of the most transcendent and meaningful moments in the history of American women.

Transiting Venus at 15 Leo will be conjunct Hillary's natal Pluto / Mars conjunction, HOPEFULLY "sweetening" any diabolical aspects of her power/control/entitlement issues - but the downside is that although Venus in Leo is "The Queen in her castle, Queen of all she surveys", that's NOT the image a "Progressive" Democrat will want to project to the public. 

If the 8:02am birth time for Hillary Clinton is right, Jupiter (good fortune, expansiveness) will be transiting her 10th House (her public persona, her business/vocation) in Virgo, as well as the transiting North Node. These two important transits of her 10th House is a powerful indication of good fortune and karmic "fated-ness" or destiny sweeping her away in full view of the public, but not without a fight. Mars at 29 Scorpio - the ultimate, critical degree of the most intense sign of the Zodiac - will conjunct her natal Jupiter at Zero Sagittarius. Remember the mention of her not-as-lucky-as-it-should-be Jupiter at the beginning of this missive? Mars comes in its most intense, passionate, focused, nuclear-powered form and if there's a metaphor for "pressing your luck", this is it.

So - what's going to happen in July? Bernie or Hillary?
I can't tell you that - what, am I a fortune teller? No way. I'm just delivering the astrological "weather report". As Bob Dylan said: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows", but as I say: "You DO need an astrologer to know which way the Planets go". As we move throughout the Primary season and closer to the Democratic Nominating Convention in July, we'll keep our eyes on the skies (and the news) and bring periodic updates via this blog as well as our FACEBOOK PAGE (which was linked to our TWITTER ACCOUNT @Astrolojew during Mercury Retrograde, so there's a password issue).

With all disclaimers firmly in place, the lengthy analysis is offered to illustrate that both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are approaching the nomination with both an internal and external perception of "destiny". "Too Close to Call" because their intensity and commitment is equally matched. Sanders will give everything he's got to get there because he's swept up in the climax of a lifetime of idealism. Hillary Clinton will give everything she's got to get there because she's swept up in the climax of a lifetime of almost-but-not-quite. Neither are quitters. Both are prepared to go the last mile and beyond. Let's see what happens next!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Vayetzi - Birth of a Nation

#‎Vayetzei‬ The Parsha this week unveils the birth of 11 out of 12 of the Tribal Patriarchs and is primary to understanding the Cycle of Sacred Time which is the Jewish Year. 

The order in which they were born, the spiritual identities of the four mothers who gave them birth, and their unique functions both outwardly in physical reality as well as inwardly in the realm of symbols and archetypes within the individual personality all have their seeds in this Parsha. 

The corresponding Parsha is BaMidbar, in which the positions, directions and functions of the now-mature Tribes are described, and which is the symbolic archetype of the Zodiac itself (the Tribes around the Mishkan (Tabernacle) is the reflection of the heavenly arrangement). 

Study and meditate on this graphic, because it is the map to both your inner and outer reality.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Most Intense Week of Cheshvan Coming Up!

Detail from my "12 Tribes" Plate
Chodesh Ram Cheshvan 5776 is coming to an end later this week. Everything about this month has been deceptively external - violence, death, treachery and betrayal, shocking events - which distracts us from the deep internal work of this Fixed Water (Establishing Emotion) month. This week, particularly Monday night through Thursday morning, unplug (if you can) from the external noise long enough to hear the sound of your own voice crying in the wilderness of your own heart. What is she saying? 

The deepest message from the root of your own soul wants your conscious mind to hear it, know it, absorb it. 

The flag of the Tribe of Menashe (Cheshvan's Tribe) was a ra'im (a wild ox). It is the horn of this wild ox which is alluded to in Psalms 92:10: "But my horn hast thou exalted like the horn of the wild-ox". 

"Horn" is a metaphor for strength, honor, power, dominion, glory, dignity, prosperity and triumph. In struggle the horn is an symbol of fierceness and the ability to both attack and defend.

Don't be afraid to use your horn to dig DEEP this week. Fiercely defend yourself against toxic distractions, and you will triumph! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Learn Astrology Using Your Own Personal Natal Chart - 2016 Classes!

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You will participate in two 90-minute live online classes per month with your small group (limit 6 members per group) as well as one private half-hour meeting with Lorelai every month during the 6 months of the course. 

You'll learn about:

  • The cycle of sacred time, the Jewish Year, and you
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You'll come away from this 6 month course with an intimate working knowledge of your own personal natal chart as well as practical diagnostic skills for practicing astrology on your own!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Unity: Armageddon's Antidote

The Jewish Year balances upon the East/West axis of Nissan and Tishrei, Yehudah and Ephraim. The two Full Moon Festivals – Pesach and Sukkot – lie directly opposite each other in the Jewish Year, balancing the Nissan/Yehuda/Aries/Mars energy with the Tishrei/Ephraim/Libra/Venus energy.

The Haftarah for Shabbos Chol haMoed Sukkot is Ezekiel 38:18–39:16. “Gog v’Magog”, aka “Armageddon”. Directly across the Jewish Year, the Haftarah for Shabbos Chol haMoed Pesach is Ezekiel 37:1–17, the “Valley of Dry Bones”, in which the prophet is told to take two sticks – one for Yehuda and one for Ephraim – and they became “one together” in his hand. 

The resurrection power which is the unity of Yehuda and Ephraim is positioned directly across the Jewish Year from Gog v’Magog, the “End of the World”, Armageddon, the final battle. Need this apocalyptic vision be literally fulfilled? Not if unity within the Jewish people is achieved BEFORE all hell literally breaks loose.

Unity is the antidote to just about everything that ails us, and lack of unity the reason for most of our woes. Unity will literally bring us back to life as a whole people, unity is what can withstand any external pressure.

Blessings to everyone, everywhere, to see each other with eyes of love, to seek unity, and together may we have a supernaturally sweet, uplifting, restorative and refreshing Shabbos Chol haMoed Sukkot – and may those places in our hearts which seems to have withered and died be brought back to life!
The Jewish Year

Monday, September 14, 2015

Rosh HaShana! Shana Tova u'Metuka - Happy New Year 5776

As we approach Rosh HaShanah 5776 I want to bless us all for a sweet, healthy, happy New Year. 

May this be a year of revealed blessings, a year of tender mercies, a year of unexpected delights, a year of profound connectivity to the Divine root of our own souls, and a year when we see the face of G*d reflected in the faces of both our dearest loved ones and total strangers. 

May we all be signed, sealed and delivered for LIFE.

G'mar Chatimah Tovah l'Kulam
Shana Tova u'Metuka

- Lorelai Kude ("Astrolojew")

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Moon / Solar Eclipse Erev Rosh HaShana 5776

The New Moon / Solar Eclipse (at 20 Degrees Virgo) Sunday at 9:41am Jerusalem time makes Erev Rosh HaShana the energetic doorway to the fourth and final "Blood Moon" of the rare "Blood Moon Tetrad", which will occur on Sukkot.

These upcoming "Days of Awe" are indeed awesome days. The New Moon / Solar Eclipse conceals and the Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse reveals. Many will look at the upheavals, chaos and fear in this world and point outward. Those who are wise will look inward and see where upheavals, chaos and fear are hiding inside our own souls, and root them out entirely. When we've taken out the proverbial trash, then we'll understand how much of our external reality is being created by our own internal perceptions. May the light illuminate all that seek it.

Tikkun Elul

Shavua Tov! It's the 29th of Elul, the final day of Tikkun HaChodeshim 5775!

We've been counting down the months from last Tishrei until this Elul in preparation for Rosh HaShanah 5776. Tikkun Elul is all about "Fixing Discernment". Elul is the month associated with Virgo, and the function of Virgo is that of "borer", separation of what is useful from what no longer serves a purpose.

In Elul we refine our discernment, and the morning Shofar call is meant to be an auditory attunement of our souls. Without the right attunement, we go "off key", and that manifests itself in a critical spirit and punishing perfectionism. 

"Attunement" is very close to "Atonement" - the way to atone for being out of tune is to deeply, profoundly integrate the reality that nobody and nothing is "perfect". Fixing the distortions of context and perspective heals discernment, and healthy discernment becomes wisdom.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Tikkun Av

28 Elul, "Tikkun Av", fixing the Ego (the very last thing that wants to be fixed, and it will assure you, even as you try, that it doesn't need fixing)!

Av is associated with the Tribe of Shimeon, the zodiac sign of Leo and the Sun. So powerful is Leo's energy that Av is the only month capable of holding all the destructive, negative power of ego gone wild. At the same time, Av is the month destined to herald the birth of the Messiah.

"Ego" is where the greatest danger AND the greatest deliverance comes from. Ego can go to pride and hubris, or great strength and dignity. The Sun, the most powerful influence on humankind, shines on the good and the wicked alike.  

Where has Ego blocked the (proverbial) Sun from shining in our lives? Where Ego casts a giant shadow, that's where the fixing must happen. If it's ever time to say: "I'm sorry", it's now. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tikkun Tammuz

27 Elul, "Tikkun Tammuz", during which we fix our emotions. Tammuz is the Sign of Cancer, associated with the Moon, and vulnerable to the most extreme emotional fluctuations. Reuven, the patriarch of the Tribe associated with Tammuz, was told by his father Jacob that his nature was as "unstable as water". Today we fix our emotional instability. Easier said than done, right?

Yet Reuven himself demonstrated the secret of this fixing when he acknowledged his father's frank assessment without bitterness, rebellion or resentment. Self-awareness and honest self-assessment anchors unstable emotions to a fixed reality: We are all Works in Progress. Neither veering towards morose nor grandiose, but aiming for equanimity in our in our daily lives and integrity in our relationships. Being able to accept critique from those with our best interests in mind without going off the deep end is emotional maturity. 

May Tikkun Tammuz give us the energetic opening to fix where we've been off the deep end or stuck in the shallow end with our feelings!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tikkun Sivan

26 Elul, "Tikkun Sivan", we're "Fixing Communication". Sivan is the month associated with Gemini, the Twins, the Planet Mercury ("Kochav"), and the Tribe of Zevulon. The holiday of Shavuot occurs during Sivan, and the energy of the month was given to us to refine and elevate the way we communicate with ourselves, each other, and G*d.

Miscommunication comes from lack of understanding. Sometimes we have to slow down just to hear ourselves think. Do you regret misunderstandings which occurred this past year? Is there a way to go back and refine what you meant to say? What have you left unspoken and unshared, what have you been carrying around in your heart which should have been out in the open long ago? 

Fix your own internal communication system by listening to your own heart and shutting off all the noise in your head. Once you know what your heart is really saying, you'll know how to share your truth with others.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tikkun Iyar

25 Elul, "Tikkun Iyar". The last time Iyar was upon us (April 19 - May 18, 2015), we were counting the Sefirot haOmer. Does that seem like a long time ago? Or just yesterday?

Iyar is connected to Taurus, the Fixed Earth ("Establishing Manifestation") sign, and the Tribe of Issachar. Were you taking the opportunity to build yourself up last time around? How have you manifested what you laid the foundation for during this last Iyar? If manifesting the reality you've built from the ground up is eluding you, reflect on where you may have missed a step or two. Take the time for a do-over, if the do-over will make the foundation of what you're building in your life stronger and more secure. 

Issachar is said to be the Tribe of Torah Scholars. Nobody ever got to be a Chocham by skipping steps or calling in their performance. Take the time to shore up your foundation so you can build something worth keeping.That's what "fixing manifestation" is all about.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tikkun Nissan

It's the 24th of Elul, "Tikkun Nissan", we're fixing those things we can still fix from last Nissan (21 March - 18 April, 2015). Nissan is the month associated with the sign of Aries and the planet Mars ("Maadim"). Mars is your energy, your "koach", your "Chi" (life force), it's your Yetzer - neither "tov" (good) nor "ra" (bad), but simply the impetus, the get up and go, the raw energetic "Ummmph" a person needs to do anything at all in this world.

Nissan is when we inaugurated the Tabernacle, it's the time of the Exodus from Egypt, it's a time of energetic rebirth and the raw power that accompanies newness. It's about INITIATIVE - taking initiative with courage. The Tribe of Yehuda is connected to Aries. Yehuda is about overcoming discouragement and accepting the mantle of leadership. So too in our own lives we allow discouragement to tell us others must lead and we must follow, because (as Yehuda himself did after the incident with Yoseph being sold into slavery) we've made mistakes and feel unworthy. 

When you allow life to take the initiative, you become reactive. Did you lose your individual initiative somewhere along the way? Has the world beat you up so badly you feel like "it's no use even trying"? Are you discouraged? Today's energy is to fix discouragement and re-energize your individual initiative so that you may boldly go where you've never gone before - to the next level! Chazak, Chazak! Be strong and of good courage!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Tikkun Adar

It's 23 Elul, Tikkun Adar, we're halfway through Tikkun HaChodeshim and only 6 days from Rosh HaShanah!

During Tikkun Adar we're fixing our belief. We look at what we believed in this past Adar (February 19 - March 20th, 2015) and where our faith might have sprung a few leaks. Adar isn't about dogma and it's not about doctrine - it's about pure faith, starting with faith in one's own self. How many times have we let ourselves down by not believing in ourselves when we really needed it the most? 

At Purim during Chodesh Adar, we drink "ad lo yodeah", until we don't know, can't tell the difference between Mordechai and Haman (between our "light" and our "shadow" selves). We can fix our broken belief when we get to "ad lo yodeah" - beyond "knowing", into the realm of pure faith. 

Believe in yourself because G*d believes in you. Don't give up on yourself because G*d hasn't given up on you. Keep on going "ad lo yodeah", no matter what, until you can't tell the difference between "you" and G*d's illuminating spirit within you. Because - truth - there's no difference. That spark of Divinity IS "you". 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

23 Elul - Energetic Potential for both "Universal Peace" and "World War"

Today is the 23rd of Elul, in Jewish history this is the day the dove returned to Noah's ark with the olive branch in his mouth. This motif has become the universal archetype of the cessation of hostilities between G*d and man, and the beginning of humankind's "Second Chance" on Earth. 

23 Elul was also the date on the Hebrew Calendar that the horrific tragedy of 9/11 occurred in 2001.

How to reconcile the tremendous moral gap between these two events? 

It's a spiritual principle that whatever has potential for kedusha (holiness) also has the same degree of potential for evil (and the other way around as well - those with the biggest "Yetzer HaRah" - "evil inclination" - become the highest and holiest when that energy is turned around for good)

If 23 Elul has inherit energetic potential for the expression of "peace on Earth", it must also have the energetic potential for "world war". We've seen it used both ways. We can use it ourselves in our everyday lives. Today when that energy is available to us, let's use it for good.

Tikkun Shevat

Shavua Tov! It's 22 Elul, Tikkun Shevat in the process of Tikkun HaChodeshim, and we're "fixing" knowledge.

Shevat is the month associated with the Sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer, and is the "New Year of the Trees". 

Serach, a daughter of Asher (The Tribe of Asher is the Tribe associated with Shevat) taught the secret of fixing knowledge by the way she broke the news to her elderly, sad and frail grandfather Jacob that his son Joseph was still alive in Egypt. By her gentle, gradual and sensitive way of breaking dramatic news, Serach shows us knowledge can be a weapon, and isn't something to hit someone over the head with. 

How have we used our knowledge against others, or ourselves? Have we been arrogant and unteachable? Is it more important to be right than it is to be fair, sensitive or open to learning from others? This is our opportunity to "fix" our knowledge and our knowing. 

As Reb Shlomo said: "What do we know"? May we "fix" our knowing in the deepest way!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tikkun Tevet

Tonight is 21 Elul, the fourth night of Tikkun haChodeshim תיקון החודשים, and we're fixing the Month of Tevet of this past year (December 22, 2014 - January 20, 2015).

Tevet is associated with Saturn ("Shabtai"), the Tribe of Dan, the sign of Capricorn, and the ability to structure, organize and use the material and spiritual world in tandem and with responsibility and maturity. The greatest threat to Tevet's power is the destructive force of anger.

This is your opportunity to sweeten the judgement of anger that may have been destructively expressed this last Tevet. Can you see where your anger may have come from fear, hurt, mistrust, or the disappointment of a broken ideal - even a broken heart? Let the healing power of this day of Fixing Tevet give you a fresh perspective and a fresh approach towards impediments you may have brought upon yourself because of anger.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Tikkun Kislev

Tonight is 20 Elul, the third night of Tikkun haChodeshim תיקון החודשים . We are now fixing Kislev (November 12th - December 12th, 2014). 

"Fixing Inspiration" is one important aspect of what may have gone wrong this last Kislev. Associated with the Tribe of Benyamin, the Sign of Sagittarius and the Planet Jupiter ("Tzedek"), Kislev is the month that supplies us our yearly dose of inspiration. 

Did we drink deeply enough? Did we appreciate it, or did we take it for granted? Did depression, anxiety or doubt make the abundance of inspirational Kislev energy unable to be absorbed? Can we use this day to fix our ability to receive, retain and reflect inspiration?

The Mecurial Kim Davis

Kim Davis (September 17, 1965) is a Virgo with Moon in Gemini, making her Sun/Ego and Moon/Emotions a double-dose of Mutable (changeable)Mercury, Planetary ruler of both Virgo and Gemini.

Adding to her Mercurial nature: Jupiter at 29 Degrees (the "Ultimate" or "Critical" Degree of any sign) of Gemini, and North Node in Gemini enlarges and enhances her changeability.  With her Moon in Gemini as well as her Jupiter and North Node, Kim Davis is a woman whose very sense of destiny is dependent on adaptability to circumstances in which she finds herself and not upon the impetus of her own will. "Stability" is not her middle name - at least not in the areas ruled by the Moon (her emotional self) and enhanced by Jupiter's expansiveness and the North Node's sense of destiny. 

When a personality such as this meets a dogma such as "Not my will, but Thine, O Lord", this is what we call "a match made in heaven". 

Mercury in it's home sign of Virgo, right behind the Sun in Virgo, Uranus and Pluto conjunct in Virgo, and Saturn, the Planet responsible for things like structure, order, responsibility, etc. is OPPOSITE all that Virgo - Saturn in Pisces: the sign least likely to have functional, strong personal boundaries. 

Saturn: The part of her personality in charge of saying "no" is disabled and overwhelmed by its placement in Pisces, the boundary-less sign, and its opposition to the Sun (Ego), Uranus (Unique Self) and Pluto (Death and Resurrection, Transformative Self) in practical, constantly sifting and evaluating Virgo. 

Basically this woman is someone who has spent her life changing from one thing to another. The only stability she has exhibited is in her employment (over 25 years at the same job). But wait, there's more.

Her Venus, Mars and Neptune in Scorpio give her a strong, passionate, stubborn, intense, secretive,  and focused sexuality. At the mercy of all that Mercurial energy, her passionate need for intimacy may have taken all sorts of twists and turns along the road of life. 

Kim Davis is a woman whose lifetime of boundary-less enslavement to her darkest passions resulted in repentance and a deep need to set a boundary and stick to it - a boundary in the area she herself perceived as the mortal enemy of her soul - that of forbidden and secret sexual desires. 

I'd love to know her birth time to determine which Houses these Planetary clusters fall in! I'm guessing she might have Sagittarius Rising, putting all that Gemini drama into her 7th House of Marriage and Partnerships, all that Virgo into her 10th House (public persona, career and vocation) where she is perceived as both "steady" (employed at the same job for almost 30 years), analytical (critical/picky) and in some ways, "purer-than-thou" (Virgo's shadow side). Sagittarius Rising would also put her Venus/Mars/Neptune in Scorpio in her 12th House, right where she'd feel the most guilty about her "secret" passions (and most likely the place from where she "repented" when she became a born-again, Apostolic Christian after four marriages and a set of twins born out of wedlock). 

If anyone discovers her birth time, please forward me the information at: - thanks! :)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tikkun Cheshvan

I9 Elul, Tikkun Cheshvan - Day Two of Tikkun haChodeshim, תיקון החודשים , the "Fixing" of the Months of this past year as we count down to Rosh HaShanah.

Cheshvan is about the deepest and most intense intimacy, the kind that transcends time and space, circumstances and limitations, even life or death. Think back to last Cheshvan October 24th - November 22nd, 2014. What or whom are you missing? If intimacy was breached, can it be repaired? Intimacy is impeded when secrets exist between two people. Which secrets are you no longer obligated to keep now?

May we go together from strength to strength as we move through the months of 5775 in preparation for 5776!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tikkun Tishrei

It's תיקון החודשים Tikkun haChodeshim and today, 18 Elul, is Tikkun Tishrei.

We look back to last Tishrei - September 24th through October 23rd, 2014. Where were you? What were you doing?

Tishrei is concerned with PARTNERSHIP relationships. How did you relate to your partners last Tishrei? A spouse, a business partner, a significant other? Is there something you left unsaid, or wish you could say all over again in a different way?

Tishrei is associated with the Planet Venus - "Noga" in Hebrew. Bright and beautiful, romantic and inspiring, "Noga" is the Star connected to Libra/Tishrei and the Tribe of Ephraim. Meditate on that Venus/Noga energy when you close your eyes and think about last Tishrei. What kind of "light" shines for you? Is there anything you can change? 

I bless you all (and thank you for blessing me back!) that you should find the deepest depths of spiritual connection, release and transcendence during Tikkun HaChodeshim.

Tikkun haChodeshim, 5775

Tuesday, September 1st at Sundown begins 18 ("Chai" = "Life") Elul, the Baal Shem Tov's birthday AND the beginning of Tikkun haChodeshim - the fixing of the months of the previous year (5775), as we prepare for Rosh HaShanah 5776.

On 18 Elul we examine ourselves for what we did, said and thought during this past Tishrei. On 19 Elul, we look at ourselves as we were this past Cheshvan, etc. etc. until we arrive at 29 Elul, and our self-examination for what we've said, done, thought, etc. for this month.

Good tools for doing Tikkun haChodeshim yourself - use a journal. Write down your reflections. Check your Facebook history, your personal calendar, journal or datebook from past months for where you were at during different times of the year. 


May we "fix" whatever can be fixed, may we let go of what is beyond ours to fix, and may we have wisdom to know the difference!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Chodesh Elul Tov!

Chodesh Elul Tov from Astrolojew!

Elul is associated with the Zodiac Sign of Virgo. Virgo is the Mutable Earth (Transformative Manifestation) Sign, whose function is that of sifting, separating and purifying.

On Shabbat there is a form of "work" called "borer" which we are forbidden to do. "Borer" is about separating the useful from the not-useful. This is Virgo's function and it is Elul's specialty. All month we do "borer" to our own soul - sifting, separating that which is useful from that which no longer serves, analyzing ourselves under the microscope of our own truth, confronting and owning our part in whatever it is that is holding us back from fully engaging with our spiritual lives.

Wishing everybody a good "housecleaning". Don't be too harsh or hard on yourself, and don't let judgmental, punishing perfectionism fool you into thinking that you're really bad. Remember Elul is an acronym for "Anee l'Dodi v'Dodi Li" - "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine". What is beloved is already perfect. Love is perfect. You are perfect. Elul is the perfect time to become deeply connected with that reality.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bernie in the Sky with Diamonds

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was born 14 Elul, 5701 (6 September, 1941) in Brooklyn, NY. It was Shabbat, Parshat Ki Tietzei. 

The Full Moon of Elul is always in Pisces. Although his birth time is unknown so we can't calculate his Ascendent (Rising Sign), we can see his Mars in Aries - Venus in Libra opposition as a perfect balance of harmonious, naturally placed energies - this person was BORN a "feminist"

He has powerful Virgo placements in his chart - his Sun, North Node ("Karmic Setpoint / Tikkun Point"), Neptune, several asteroids, and most strikingly his Mercury at 29 Degrees Virgo (29 is the "critical" or "ultimate" degree of any sign). He is MR. ANALYSIS. Virgo's role is to sift and to separate what is useful from what is not useful - that's why they call Virgo's "picky". They call themselves "discerning", which would be more accurate. 

Mercury, the ruling Planet of Virgo, at Virgo's "ultimate" degree, is the quintessential analytical communicator. His Saturn in Taurus gives him an internal, fixed structure which is illustrated by a lifetime of persistence and consistency.  

Uranus at zero degrees Gemini is interesting, as the general rule is that "a Planet is not established in a Sign until it reaches 1 degree". Any zero degree Planet is like a free-form energetic free-fall and sort of like a Joker is to a deck of cards. Uranus is his "unique" self, and this placement almost abrogates the ego need for differentiation and individuation. Combined with his compassionate Pisces Moon, it's no wonder he self-identifies as a "Socialist".  

Pluto/Chiron conjunction in Leo is the most striking indication of someone who is willing to effect radical change in order to right a wrong and heal what is wounded.

Starting this week, transiting Jupiter will be in VIRGO until the middle of September, 2016. Jupiter EXPANDS everything it touches. This is going to be GREAT for Bernie. Keep on watching the stars to see how it all unfolds. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Why Pluto Matters

July 2015 has been an historic month for Pluto. After a nine and a half year journey, the spacecraft "New Horizons" finally reached the outer limits of our galaxy, and has sent us stunning photographs, startling and unexpected data, and generated a myriad of new questions regarding the mysterious, far-off  of the planet (nee asteroid, nee planet) at the furthest edge of not only our solar system, but our imaginations as well.

Pluto was "discovered" in 1930, but astronomers and astrologers had long suspected it's existence. Pluto was assigned astrological rulership of Scorpio, previously associated with Mars (classical co-ruler of both Aries and Scorpio).  Astrologers, philosophers and those concerned with symbolic meanings and archetypes understood at once that Pluto's mythical qualities - power, desire, passion, secrecy, remoteness, intensity, focus, privacy - belonged to the zodiac sign of Scorpio, associated with the Hebrew Month of Cheshvan.

"Phoenix Rising", Alisa Manning
Pluto's symbol is that of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Pluto understands, embodies and demonstrates the spiritual and biological truth - that something must die in order for something else to be born.  Pluto's "discovery" in 1930 coincided with the most intense period of human history, one which saw the rise of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, WWII and the discovery of atomic power (ruled by Pluto). From the ashes of the Holocaust rose a reborn State of Israel. The "Pluto Generation" saw the rebirth of a people, a nation and a hope that had all but been extinguished in the ovens of Europe.

Cheshvan, the Hebrew Month associated with Scorpio and therefore Pluto, is known to be the "Month without holidays" in the Hebrew Calendar (read more about the "incepted" months of Cheshvan and Iyar in the Jewish Year HERE). Yet there is a well-know midrash that teaches that the Holy Temple itself, the Third and "Messianic" Temple, will be built during Chodesh Cheshvan. This third, final and "Messianic" Temple is promised to the Jewish People as not only a sign of redemption, but as the actual, physical place on Planet Earth from which universal love will flow to all peoples and all nations. This "font of all blessings" is prophesied to be build during the "deprived" month of Cheshvan, truly a "phoenix rising from the ashes" of history, time, death and rebirth.

Pluto reminds us that the (atomic) power, passion, intensity, focus and will that is associated with its symbols and archetypes is at work in our world as well as in our personalities. Everybody has Pluto somewhere in their chart. By House and by Sign, the position of Pluto illustrates the role of power, passion, personal ego, death and rebirth in your life.

A personal example: like many of my generation, I have Pluto in Virgo. It falls within my 11th House of the "Claal" - community, friends and friendships, affinity groups I belong to, the collective consciousness. At 2 Degrees Virgo, my natal Pluto sextiles my natal Neptune in Scorpio (Pluto's ruler) in my 1st House, supporting my "function" in the arena of the "collective" as one of transforming (Pluto) perception (Neptune) through the raising of consciousness (Scorpio) via analyzing. sifting and evaluating (Virgo) processes. The role I often play in friendships, groups to which I belong, affinity associations and the claal/collective is one of consciousness transformation. I have often acted as a "midwife" to bring to birth new levels of awareness - but first the old ones have to die so the new ones can be reborn. This is the function of Pluto in my natal chart. How it functions in your Natal chart is your own individual manifestation of that transformative energy.

A little about "rulership" of planets in both classical and modern astrology:

Classical astrology assigns double rulership to every planet except the Sun and Moon. In classical astrology, planetary rulership looks like this:

Sun - Leo (Av/Shimon)
Moon - Cancer (Tammuz/Reuven)
Mercury - Gemini (Sivan/Zevulon) and Virgo (Elul/Gad)
Venus - Taurus (Iyar/Issachar) and Libra (Tishrei/Ephraim)
Mars - Aries (Nissan/Yehuda) and Scorpio (Cheshvan/Menashe)
Jupiter - Sagittarius (Kislev/Benyamin) and Pisces (Adar/Naphtali)
Saturn - Capricorn (Tevet/Dan) and Aquarius (Shevat/Asher)

As stated elsewhere upon multiple occasions in my writings on astrology, the Tribe of Levi is not assigned a planetary ruler because, in the configuration of a person's natal chart, the pattern of the "Tribes around the Mishkan" it is the soul of the person which is the "Mishkan", and the Leviim around the inner circle of the Mishkan have each their own specific functionality (see "Your Inner Leviim" from this blog).

After the discoveries of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, modern Astrology assigns planetary rulers as follows:

Sun - Leo (Av/Shimon)
Moon - Cancer (Tammuz/Reuven)
Mercury - Gemini (Sivan/Zevulon) and Virgo (Elul/Gad)
Venus - Taurus (Iyar/Issachar) and Libra (Tishrei/Ephraim)
Mars - Aries (Nissan/Yehuda)
Jupiter - Sagittarius (Kislev/Benyamin)
Saturn - Capricorn (Tevet/Dan)
Uranus - Aquarius (Shevat/Asher)
Neptune - Pisces (Adar/Naphtali)
Pluto - Scorpio (Cheshvan/Menashe)

In Modern astrology, only Mercury and Venus continue as double-rulers of signs. However, most astrologers still consider the traditional co-ruler influence as at least worth noting, and some believe there's another undiscovered planet (famous astrologer Linda Goodman called the possible "ghost planet" by the name "Vulcan" and hoped upon its discovery it would be assigned as the "true ruler" of Virgo). Goodman also believed another planet, Horus or Pan-Horus, would eventually be discovered and assigned rulership of Taurus.

"Linda Goodman explains how previously other signs had different ruling planets before their true planets were discovered:
Vulcan is the true ruler of Virgo, and is “the lame goddess of thunder,” since Vulcan is definitely a female planet. Let me explain what I mean by “the true ruler.”
An example: At one time, both Pisces and Sagittarius were ruled by Jupiter – until Neptune was discovered as the original and therefore natural (or true) ruler of Pisces. At one time, both Aquarius and Capricorn were ruled by Saturn – until Uranus was discovered as the original and therefore natural ruler of Aquarius. (Abraham Lincoln was a Saturn-ruled Aquarian, Franklin Roosevelt a Uranus-ruled Aquarian). Uranus was rediscovered by a farm boy named Herschel, and was called by his name at first. But metaphysicians knew that the planet’s true name was Uranus.
To continue, Aries and Scorpio were both ruled by Mars and Scorpio, until Scorpio’s true and natual ruler, Pluto, was discovered. And so on.
Each time this repeated circle of discovery occurs, it manifests in the same pattern - or order of discovery - and the last two original planetary rulers to be re-discovered are always (in each cycle) Vulcan, the true ruler of Virgo – then Horus (Pan-Horus), the true ruler of Taurus. Virgo presently shares with Gemini the rulership of Mercury, although Mercury is the true ruler of Gemini, and is only “on loan”, so to speak, to Virgo. Just as Taurus presently shares with Libra the rulership of Venus, although Venus is the true ruler of Libra, and is only “on loan”, so to speak, to Taurus.
- Linda Goodman's Star Signs, quoted by  "Earth Woman/Virgo-Centric"

Linda Goodman believed that in the end, each of the 12 Zodiac Signs will have it's own planetary ruler.  That remains to be seen - but as things stand, it's obvious that the addition of the previously unknown (but suspected) planets to the zodiac has enhanced our ability to understand the more subtle workings of each sign - and therefore, our own selves.