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    The Big August Eclipse - What Does It Mean?

    The Big August Eclipse - What Does It Mean?

    A miracle of nature looms on America’s horizon. On August 21, starting in Oregon, racing in a grand arc across the United States, finally going offshore in South Carolina, a shadow of night will fall in the midst of day. Along the centerline of the solar eclipse’s path, stars will shine at lunchtime.  Birds will go crazy. Some people probably will go crazy too. Eleven states will experience the eerie surreality of Totality, but no state in the contiguous 48 will escape the shadow of our first American total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979 – and that one just touched the Pacific Northwest and was mostly hidden behind their famously gray skies.

    Meanwhile, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, Little Green People are drooling over UFO travel brochures, dreaming of visiting Earth on August 21.  Our giraffes and hummingbirds may be cool,  but you can’t beat Earth’s most famous attraction:  a total solar eclipse.  It is just possible we are the only planet in the galaxy where this particular spectacle is available. Think about it – the Sun and the Moon, even though they look very different, are almost exactly the same visual size.  That means that the Moon fits over the Sun almost perfectly.  It’s not so small that it’s nothing at all – but also not so big that it blocks out the magnificent solar corona.  The odds against striking that happy balance are “astronomical.” Hence those UFO travel brochures.

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    Where Will You Land Next and Which Planets Will Meet You?

    Where Will You Land Next and Which Planets Will Meet You?

    by Steven Forrest

    RELOCATIONAL ASTROLOGY

    Cue the Rolling Stones doing Street Fighting Man, with one minor modification: Summer’s here and the time is right for fighting . . . with endless security clearance queues, homicidal maniacs on the highways, and lucha libre family vacations.

    I know you know what I mean. Many of us will soon be hitting the road, one way or another. Today traveling is not as easy as it once was, but for most of us it is still often worth the effort and frustration. The next four months will find me  personally in New Orleans, North Carolina, Maine, New York, down to Australia, back to New York, back home to the Anza-Borrego desert, then over to China.

    Obviously I am crazier than most. 

    But not many of us will stay home. We’ll hear that Siren call – or at least the call of familial obligation. And everywhere we visit, the energy feels different. Some places just make you feel happy. . .

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    The Influence of Planets on Different Locations

    The Influence of Planets on Different Locations

    by Steven Forrest

    Following is a quick thumbnail sketch of the high and low action of each planet as it operates in the context of both Astrocartography and Local Space.

    If you move toward a Sun line, expect heightened self-confidence and charisma, probably greater vitality — and possibly the embarrassment of your ego's "stuff" getting demonstrated to everyone who beholds you.

    If you move toward a Moon line, expect intensified emotions, nurturing impulses, greater depth, a sense of "home" — and possibly moodiness, lassitude, and irrationality.

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    Nodes Change Signs

    Nodes Change Signs

    by Steven Forrest

    We are a little late on this one, but don’t worry – we haven’t missed the show! On April 28, 2017, the axis of the mean lunar nodes changed signs. The south node left Pisces, where it had been since October 9, 2015, and simultaneously entered Aquarius. (Remember that the mean nodes are always retrograde). That of course tells us that the other end of the axis – the north node – also changed signs. It left Virgo and crossed into Leo.

    As usual, the nodes will remain in their new signs for about a year and a half. On November 15, 2018, they will cross over into Capricorn/Cancer.

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    Mars Out of Bounds in Gemini and Cancer 2017

    Mars Out of Bounds in Gemini and Cancer 2017

    by Tony Howard

    This month the declination of Mars gets so high that it is beyond the limit set by the Sun, so we say that Mars is "out of bounds." During this time, Mars will have more freedom than usual to accomplish Marsy types of endeavors. On the high end, this could be a great time for groundbreaking work, pushing forward an innovative agenda at work or in your creative endeavors.

    At the low end, when a planet is out of bounds in a natal chart, it can relate to the person being seemingly unable or unwilling to question their own desires. Mars is the planet of "I want." So when transiting Mars is out of bounds, it might be that we are less likely to question what we want, and to take actions we might regret later, when Mars comes back into "normal" range.

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    Major Transits of 2017


    This month we have a special treat. In the video linked above, Steven talks about the Jupiter-Uranus opposition, one of the major transits of 2017. He also shares a few thoughts about Neptune in Pisces. We hope you enjoy the video.

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    Steve’s Little Dance with Lord Pluto

    Steve’s Little Dance with Lord Pluto

    by Steven Forrest

    Everyone seems to know the myth of Persephone where Pluto drags her down to the Underworld “to be his bride.” Her mother, Demeter, expresses her grief at her daughter’s abduction by putting the world into the deep freeze of an endless winter. In the end, the Olympian gods and goddesses broker a deal, both to keep humanity from starving and also to keep the worshipful observances coming. From then on, Persephone spends six months of the year with her mother. The other six months of the year, she is ensconced with Pluto in the Underworld. Demeter is bereft during the months spent without her daughter, and so winter and cold reign over the planet until the two are reunited.

    And thus does Spring return every year.

    It amazes me how literally astrology expresses itself sometimes.  For the past three years or so, Pluto has been transiting through a conjunction with my natal Sun. I’ve lived the myth.

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    On Writing The Night Speaks

    On Writing The Night Speaks

    New Introduction to The Night Speaks

    This is an excerpt of the new introduction for the 2016 reprint edition of The Night Speaks

    Which one of your kids do you love the most? Anyone who actually answers that question obviously has no future in politics. In a similar way, authors, down the road in their careers, are often asked which of their books is their favorite. The stakes are lower, but the dilemma is the same. Books are like your kids.

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    The Perils of Astrological Prediction

    The Perils of Astrological Prediction

    by Steven Forrest

    At the big International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) conference in California this past October, a panel of astrologers predicted who would win the U.S. presidential election. None picked Donald Trump. Their calculations suggested a Clinton victory, just as the majority of pollsters had predicted.

    As they say, “the rest is history.” The astrologers on the panel, along with the majority of pollsters, got it wrong.

    This was not a glorious day for our craft. One vitriolic internet article trumpeted, “Astrologers Were Wrong About the 2016 Election, Casting Serious Doubt on Their Predictive Abilities.” The piece opened with the lines, “Astrology is bullshit. But for some reason, many Americans still believe that astrologists have the ability to predict the future.”

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    A Milestone for the Apprentice Programs

    A Milestone for the Apprentice Programs

    For my teaching programs, 2017 brings a “new year” of a different sort too. This month, on January 10, the Apprenticeship Program completes exactly one cycle of the lunar nodes. On that day, the Moon’s north node returns to 5° 35' Virgo – exactly where it was when the whole thing got started.

    Reasonable people would give me blank looks and cross the street if I stood on a corner shouting, “A nodal return, a nodal return!” But for anyone who has studied the basic methodology of evolutionary astrology, we understand that the lunar nodes are about as central to the system as your third lumbar vertebra is to your back. We could not do evolutionary astrology without them.

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