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Monday, March 4, 2019


Read Astrolojew Horoscopes for Adar Bet in the Jerusalem Post 

Adar Bet (March 7 through April 5) is colored with courage and conviction “ad lo yodeah” this year! 
"Pisces" from the Leiden Aratea, 9th Century
Because 5779 is a shanah meuberet (a “pregnant year") on the Hebrew calendar, we added Adar Aleph, the extra (thirteenth) month. This makes Adar Bet overlap Tekufah Nisan, the Spring Equinox, when the Sun enters Aries.

In years when Purim of Adar Bet falls during Solar Aries, Redemption is an action word, not merely a theoretical, theological hope! 
Adar Bet (and Adar during any non-leap year) is associated with the Tribe of Naftali and the mazal of the Mutable Water sign of Pisces, “dagim” – represented by a pair of fish swimming in opposite directions. This symbol reminds us of the deep waters of the subconscious and unconscious mind which is the realm of Pisces: the place of unbridled imagination, deepest dreams and fantasies, the universal, the immortal, the undifferentiated one-ness and unity of souls beyond ego constructs and personal identities. 

Pisces has dual planetary rulers: Jupiter (Tzedek) in classical astrology, and Neptune (Rahab) in modern astrology. This year’s transit of Jupiter through Sagittarius enhances Pisces’ prophetic gifts in harmony with Neptune’s innate idealism.  The New Moon in Pisces March 6 activates spiritual insights and ignites devotional passion. Like Tribal ruler Naftali whose legendary swiftness was supernatural, Pisces energy empowers us to break through the natural barriers of reason and logic with the tensile strength of unimpeded faith.

Purim begins at sundown on March 20, just hours after the Full Moon in Libra and Tekufah Nisan, the Vernal Equinox, as the Sun enters Aries. That’s a recipe for a rocking Purim, sure to ignite fresh, fun, and stimulating encounters. 

May courage and conviction join hands with passion and purity “ad lo yodeah”, uniting idealism and self-sacrifice in the service of the greater good!
From "Adar" Poster, Rumania, early 20th Century

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Rosh Chodesh Adar Aleph: The "Joseph" Month!

Adar/Pisces by Cynthia Beth Rubin / Yona Verwer  
Leap year 5779 is a shana me’uberet (a “pregnant year”) on the Hebrew calendar. During pregnant years we add an extra (13th) month, which is Adar Aleph (also called Adar I or Adar Rishon). Adar Aleph 5779 kicks off February 5 with a two-day Rosh Chodesh, and runs through March 6, making the current year 5779 very pregnant with possibilities. The Talmud says in Ta’anit 29a: “When Adar comes, joy increases.” Count on enjoying an extended double-Adar celebratory season this year.
The Sefer Yetzirah teaches that each one of the 12 constellations (mazalot) correspond to a Hebrew month. During non-leap years and during Adar Bet of pregnant years, Adar is associated with the tribe of Naftali, which we will explore in-depth next month. This month, we ponder the mystery of Adar: the month that sometimes is one, and sometimes split in two. Jewish astrology divides Joseph into two tribes (Ephraim and Menashe, corresponding to Tishrei/Libra and Heshvan/Scorpio, respectively). During pregnant years, Joseph gets his own month: Adar Aleph, the “extra” month, hinted at by Joseph’s name in Hebrew, meaning “HaShem shall increase/add.”
Even though Chodesh Shvat ends February 4th, the Sun in Aquarius overlaps Hodesh Adar Aleph until solar Pisces begins on February 18th, blending the humanitarian, idealistic energies of Aquarius with the compassionate, empathetic and generous qualities of Pisces. The full moon of Adar Aleph on February 19th in clearheaded, rational Virgo (Betulah) stimulates the protective energy of Virgo’s tribal ruler Gad, “a troop.” Virgo’s weapons are analytic discernment, unfeigned humility, and a heart of service to others. Opposite the Sun in spiritual, sensitive Pisces (Dagim), Adar Aleph’s moon-month peaks with the perfect balance of reason and faith.
Adar Aleph 5779 – The “Joseph” month. May joy increase and blessings be added to all of Am Yisrael during this special time!


Monday, February 4, 2019

Trump's State of the Union, Astrology, and Nancy Pelosi's Big Mistake

I don't really enjoy writing about political astrology, but Donald Trump's Natal Chart is SUCH a great and public astrological teaching example, I can hardly resist the temptation! So remember people, this is educational - and I'm doing this for you, not for me! :)
Pelosi and Trump, picture courtesy NBC News

It’s almost as if Nancy Pelosi was working for the GOP when she didn’t consult an astrologer to pick a date for Trump’s delayed State of the Union speech, set to begin at 9pm Eastern time on Tuesday, February 5th. The Moon will have just entered Pisces, crossing into Trump’s 7th House, the place of partnerships (7th House is “We,” opposite 1st House which is “Me”). 
Trump's Natal Chart with Transits 5 Feb 2019
Trump's emotional pitch will be to his base (“We”), those he considers to be his “partners” in his Presidency. The transiting asteroid Chiron at 29 degrees Pisces (the critical degree not only of Pisces but the entire 360 degrees of the zodiac!) in his 8th House (shared values, valuables, resources and intimacies) gives him the ability to articulate the collective pain and suffering (as he internalizes / externalizes it), but to whom does that pain and suffering pertain? The transiting North Node conjuncts his natal Venus/Saturn conjunction in Cancer in his 11th House gives a clue. “Security” is the keyword, and ancestral ties (Cancer) structured around patriotic institutions (Saturn) are romanticized (Venus) in his 11th House (his friends, community, collective, affinity groups). He will speak on themes of “Homeland” (Cancer) “Security” (Cancer again, but with Saturn), activating his “friends, community, collective, affinity groups,” which are not universal but particularistic, have a basis in shared heritage (Cancer again) and heirlooms (like the flag). The pain and suffering of "Americans" (his particular definition of what that term means) who share his world view and identity is the pain and suffering channeled by Donald Trump during the transit of Chiron at 29 Pisces.

Transiting Jupiter conjunct his natal Moon in Sagittarius in his 4th House will enlarge and magnify his inner self-perception (4th House) of himself as the child of a “good” and “virtuous” immigrant (Sagittarius), i.e. his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, born in Scotland and immigrated to the United States in 1930, working as a domestic servant in Long Island before marrying Fred Trump in 1936. Trump’s natal chart betrays his inherit insecurity about the nature of his own roots, Mary Anne being symbolized by his natal Moon (“mother”) in the 4th House (nuclear home and family, the “Hidden Parent”). Transiting Jupiter super-sizes this inner image of “mother,” while transiting asteroid Ceres (archetype of the mother who will literally go to hell and back to rescue her child, as embodied in the Ceres (Demeter) / Persephone (Proserpina) / Hades (Pluto) myth) conjuncts Trump’s Black Moon Lilith in 4th House Sagittarius. Trump will defend his actions at the border with immigrants as a defensive measure against what he sees as an encroaching threat. He will most likely exaggerate and dramatize (Sagittarius) about immigrant women and children in distress or bondage (Black Moon Lilith) who need to be rescued (Ceres). The transiting Sun in Aquarius is conjunct his natal asteroid Ceres in his 6th House (ruling “employees” or power differential relationships with unequals) literally makes him believe he is “rescuing” women and children with his immigration policies, including separating families at the border and incarcerating children in detention centers. 

Aggressive Mars in Aries transiting his 9th House (“Foreign” or “exotic” people, places and things”) will reflect in pugnacious, war-like language, possibly via threats against other nations. Unstable, erratic Uranus at 29 Aries (the ultimate degree of the Cardinal Fire Sign) in Trump’s 9th House shows his unpredictability and seemingly capricious, inconsistent and often surprising behavior around foreign people and powers.
Trump's Natal Chart with Transits and Progressions
Finally, Trump’s progressed Moon is at 24 Leo conjuncts his natal Mars in Leo in his 12th House, very close to his Ascendant (“Rising Sign”) at 29 (again, the “ultimate” degree of any sign) Leo. He is emotionally unconscious (Moon in 12th House), driven by his subconscious and instinctual mind, perceiving enemies in hidden places (Mars in the 12th House) against whom he must roar (Leo) and rampage (again Leo) and fight (Mars). 

Trump’s progressed Venus at 18 Libra conjuncts his natal Jupiter in Libra in his 2nd House, making him feel (despite any evidence to the contrary) invincible and as if he is truly fighting on the side of good and justice (Libra). This transit also says a lot about money: Progressed Venus on Jupiter in the 2nd House is expecting a major windfall (payoff?). Progressed Mars transiting Libra / 2nd House makes him the defender of his personal values and valuables; expect to hear the word “fair” a lot (Libra), although expect to hear it used aggressively (Mars).

Transiting Moon in Pisces during State of the Union directly opposes Trump’s progressed 1st House Sun in Virgo conjunct his Ascendant. Because he was born during a Sun/Moon opposition (during a Lunar eclipse), this natal angle of Sun/Moon opposition will support rather than hinder his efforts.
Chart for State of the Union Address
As I said earlier, Nancy Pelosi should have consulted an astrologer prior to scheduling Trump’s State of the Union for 6pm Pacific time on Tuesday, February 5th. Virgo Rising at 29 degrees (again, the “ultimate” degree of any sign) in Washington, D.C., just as the TV cameras begin to roll makes Mercury the ruling planet of the event, and Mercury is the planet of communication. Transiting Chiron at 29 Pisces directly opposite the Ascendant of the speech itself hints at the embodiment via speech (Virgo at 1st House cusp) of the collective pain “We” share (if “we” includes anyone Trump believes to be in his affinity group, i.e. “Americans” – at least those he believes to be legitimately American, rather than the universal “American” ideal). Transiting Mercury at 22 Aquarius opposes Trump’s natal Mars in Leo, stimulating words and ideas (Mercury) he may intend to signal inclusiveness (Aquarius) but filtered through a defensive lens (Mars), ultimately read as exclusiveness (Leo).

The Ascendant of the State of the Union conjuncts Trump’s progressed Moon. With all this being said, it should be a triumph for Trump and a lesson for the Democrats to consider the stars before giving their greatest foe an open mic.

Pictured herin: Trump’s natal chart with Transits, Trump’s Natal Chart with Transits & Progressions for February 5th, and the chart for Washington, DC at the scheduled time for the State of the Union address.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

"Astrolojew" Now in The Jerusalem Post!

So pleased and proud to announce that my monthly "Astrolojew"  horoscopes have found a new home at the Jerusalem Post! You can read them every month (in sync with the Hebrew Chodeshim) in the Sunday Supplement. According to the emails I'm receiving from friends in Israel upon waking this morning, the print version is announced on the front page and taking up 40% of the back page! Forecast for me? I'm feeling fantastic, thank you very much!

For Adar Aleph 5779:


Monday, January 21, 2019

Lunar Eclipse / Super "Blood" Moon of Tu b'Shevat 5779

Lunar Eclipse / Super "Blood" Moon of Tu b'Shevat 5779

The upcoming Lunar Eclipse / Super "Blood" Moon on Tu b'Shevat (January 20) will be visible all over North and South America. The Eclipse occurs at 9:16pm Pacific time (12:16am January 21 Eastern, 7:15am Israel time).
Lunar Eclipses happen predictably every year, only during Full Moons. Any given Jewish Year includes between six and seven Full Moon holidays: Tu b'Shevat, Purim (Purim Katan during leap years as well), Pesach, Pesach Sheni, Tu b'Av, and Sukkot.
The Talmud discusses eclipses and their effect on the nations of this earth. From the Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 29a:
When the sun is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for the whole world. This may be illustrated by a parable. To what can this be compared? To a human being who made a banquet for his servants and put up for them a lamp. When he became wroth with them he said to his servant, ‘Take away the lamp from them, and let them sit in the dark’. It was taught: R’Meir said, whenever the luminaries are in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel since they are inured to blows. This may be compared to a school teacher who comes to school with a strap in his hand. Who becomes apprehensive? He who is accustomed to be daily punished.
The basic idea is that lunar eclipses are trouble for the Jewish nation, while solar eclipses mean trouble for the non-Jewish nations - yet Israel still suffers, as the non-Jewish nations take their troubles out on their convenient scapegoat, the Jews. This is the Talmud's poetic way of saying that the Jewish people experience trouble in this world in predictable, regular patterns - just as predictable and regular as the eclipse cycles themselves. The writers of the Talmud were simply managing expectations rather than making prophetic statements.
For those who are all tied up in anticipatory knots from reading predictions about the impending eclipse, keep this in mind: There was a full Lunar eclipse on Tu b'Shevat in 1999, 2000, 2009, 2018 as well as this year. There was a full Lunar eclipse on Purim in 2007 and on Purim Katan in 2008, as well as on Sukkot 2014, Pesach 2015, and Sukkot 2015.
With anywhere from six to seven Full Moon Jewish holidays per any given year, and anywhere from four to six (depending on the year) eclipses (solar and lunar) per annual eclipse cycle (there's NEVER a year without eclipses!), the statistical likelihood of an eclipse falling on a Jewish holiday is predictable and normal.
Lunar Eclipses ONLY happen on Full Moons. The term "Super Moon" is used when a Full Moon is at perigee (the closest it comes to Earth during the year). But not all "Super Moons" come with an Eclipse. A "Blood" Moon occurs during an eclipse when sunlight is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere. This eclipse is also being called a "Wolf Moon," which is one of the Native American names for the mid-winter Full Moon of January. Some tribes call it the Full Snow Moon. Not all "Wolf Moons" (or Full Snow Moons) or any other name for a Full Moon feature a Lunar Eclipse.
January's lunar eclipse comes two weeks after the Solar Eclipse / New Moon which inaugurated Chodesh Shevat. This year (5779) Chodesh Shevat began smack in the middle of Solar Capricorn, it was kicked off with the Solar Eclipse / New Moon conjunct transiting Saturn on January 5th and 6th. Less than a day later, Uranus stationed Direct at 29 degrees (the “ultimate” or “critical” degree of any sign) of Aries after his latest Retrograde period, which began last August. This makes Chodesh Shevat 5779 extra-powerful.
Shevat is the month associated with Aquarius. Both Uranus )the modern planetary ruler of Aquarius) and Saturn (the classical planetary ruler of Aquarius) are exerting pressure in the effort to bring about change – Saturn in his slow and steady way, Uranus in his abrupt, sudden, and surprising way. These Celestial Titans are tag-teaming in the Cardinal (initiating) signs of Capricorn and Aries (aided by Mars’ recent ingress into his home sign) to overcome the tectonic pressure generated by fear-based resistance to what we all know in our heart is inevitable change.
Comfort zones will be shaken, concepts about security upended, definitions of both “ally” and “enemy” will be reconsidered, ideals will be challenged. The universe is sending a memo: did you receive it yet? The times, they are a-changin’.