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.
Any book, at least any book worth writing, comes straight out of the marrow of your bones. If it gets a “good report card” from the critics, you glow—and you are tempted to show that review around like endless baby pictures. One bad review, and you metamorphose into mama bear facing down the bully who stole your kid’s lunch box—even if the critics are right.
You love all your books, in other words, the warty ones no less than the handsome ones that go agreeably to bed at bedtime, make straight A’s, and become class presidents.
But if you threaten me? If you say, Steve, confess! Which book is your favorite or you will face waterboarding, dentistry, and a tax audit, I would probably go with The Night Speaks. It was my fourth-born, but we’ve always had a special relationship. It brings me a lot of joy to bring this updated version to life. I am particularly happy that younger astrologers will now have it in their arsenal. As I believe you will see, this is a different kind of astrology book, unlike any others you might have read. It is a book you might want to give to the people you love who think you are a little crazy because you believe in astrology.
Why might anyone have a favorite child, however secretly? I suspect the answer lies in some fundamental sympathy between their natures. Parent and child “understand each other,” often wordlessly. One child got your eyes, another your nose. But sometimes there is one who seemed to get your soul. It has always been that way between me and The Night Speaks. These pages came whole-cloth straight out of my own DNA. Without a doubt, it is my most personal book. I am sure it reveals more about me than I know, or perhaps would even admit. Astrology has been a major focus of my spiritual experience. I have devoted my life to it. This is the book about why.
The following are twelve principles of the natal moon
The Moon represents your inward, subjective reality, and is strongly connected to your reigning emotional and psychological needs.
In street language, the Moon is the heart or the soul.
If we could average a person’s mood over a lifetime, we would have a good fix on his or her Moon.
Just as in taking care of the Sun you ensure your sanity, in taking care of the Moon, you ensure your happiness.
Since half of what we think we see "in the world" is actually more reflective of our own attitudes and emotional biases, in understanding a person’s Moon we discover a solid clue about his or her elemental assumptions about the nature of reality.
When you are truly intimate with another person, you reveal your Moon. Thus, it is linked to your domestic behavior and style. It reflects the parts of you that must be seen, fed, and respected if you are going to experience a sense of easy, ongoing intimacy.
Unguardedly unveiling your lunar side is the primordial act of human trust.
The Moon correlates with the archetype of the Mother. It may indicate something about the nature of your experience of your own biological mother, but more reliably it describes how you can best "mother" yourself—which is to say, how you can most effectively be sensitive to your inner state and nurture your own "inner child."
A critical step in understanding the role of the Moon in the psyche is to reason from the observation that life is often difficult, exhausting, even battering. Since no one is made of steel, it follows that rest and recovery are absolute psychic necessities. We must re-energize and comfort ourselves. Taking care of those needs is the task of "Mother Moon" within you.
Mother Moon is the Healer, in charge of keeping you soft, open, loving, happy and healthy.
The Moon is inherently non-rational, and any strong response to it must entail a willingness to surrender to impulse and whimsy.
In mind/brain morphology, the Moon is the left side of the body and thus the right brain hemisphere.
by Steven Forrest
With the Moon in Aries, the underlying evolutionary intention is to teach the heart courage. Thus, with the Moon in this sign, there is a reigning need for adventure. In order to feel comfortable and nourished, the individual requires challenge, newness, and some degree of tension. The ambient mood is one of urgency, edginess, and often of competitiveness. Closeness and intimacy are frequently expressed through teasing. The domestic environment tends towards explosiveness and hair-on-fire pressure, yet there is a fierce sense of protectiveness toward it. Gone sour, the Aries Moon degenerates into an attitude of rage and resentment.
With the Moon in Taurus, the underlying evolutionary intention is to teach the heart earthiness, peace, and acceptance of the animal nature. Thus, with the Moon in this sign, there is a reigning need for naturalness and ease. In order to feel comfortable and nourished, the individual requires the presence of Mother Nature, creature comforts, and unchallenged serenity. The ambient mood is one of earthy physicality. Closeness and intimacy are frequently expressed through touch. The domestic environment tends towards predictability and steadiness, and there is a deep love toward it. Gone sour, the Taurus Moon degenerates into an attitude of stubborn rigidity.
by Steven Forrest
How to progress the four angles? The question is difficult and in all honesty it lies on the far side of my own understanding of astrology’s various spherical coordinate systems.
All the systems I know are based on progressing the Midheaven—somehow—then deriving the current Ascendant based on the latitude of the birth place.
We can progress the MC by Solar Arc. In this method, see how far the Sun has progressed by standard “secondary progression” methods and then add that same number of degrees to the Midheaven. This is based on the familiar day-for-year method of progression. If the Sun has progressed 20° since you were born and your natal Midheaven is at 5° Aries then your progressed MC is currently passing through 25° Aries (5° + 20° = 25°).
We can also use the Naibod method of progressing the Midheaven. This is very similar, except that instead of using the actual daily motion of the Sun, we use its average daily motion, which is 59'08"—a little less than one degree.
Solar Arc and Naibod produce very nearly identical results.
by Tony Howard
As a child of the 60s, I grew up on the The Sound of Music, which seems to have aired on TV at least once a year. Like many of you, I never grew tired of it, and looked forward to it every time (and still do!). The film’s release chart is of course, very interesting. But it is Julie Andrews’ lovely and memorable performance that provides the film’s backbone. Sure, the music is amazing. The cinematography and art direction is first-class. But just ask Carrie Underwood if the musical itself is a sure-fire recipe for success. (1) Unfortunately for Underwood, Julie Andrews emblazoned that character on our hearts and minds. And for good reason. With her natal Moon sextile Neptune and conjunct Jupiter, she was the perfect fit for this once-in-a-lifetime role embodying the Great Mother as an inspiration to generations of adoring fans.
Let’s explore the Moon-Jupiter conjunction in more detail by looking at Julie Andrews’ role in The Sound of Music. Through the magic of synchronicity, actors are often attracted to roles that embody the strongest aspects in their birthcharts, which lead to their most memorable performances. Andrews is no exception.
Jupiter has a reputation for being the planet of exuberant expansion, the Santa Claus planet dolling out good luck and blessings whenever it makes a harmonious aspect. Jupiter elevates whatever it touches, for better or worse. It is the planet that compels us to dream big, and reminds us to never underestimate ourselves.
TIMING: Between 2012 and 2015, Uranus will square Pluto seven times. This square came into orb in 2009 and will remain in orb through 2016. Here are the dates of the exact squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn:
Before the first exact square in 2012:
After the seven exact squares, on December 25, 2015, Uranus will be stationary direct at 16° 33' Aries, with Pluto at 14° 51' Capricorn. The squares will then fade in intensity through 2016 and 2017.
The 2012-2015 squares are part of a longer Uranus-Pluto cycle that began with the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions on 10/9/65, 4/4/65 and 6/30/66. Both planets were within reasonable orbs of the conjunction aspect from 1961 through the end of 1969.
The historical cycle of Uranus-Pluto conjunctions alternates between approximately 111 and 143 years, due to Pluto's highly eccentric orbit.
The following is a timeline of dates and notable events under the transit of Neptune in the sign Pisces.
As I think about the state of change we find ourselves in at this particular moment in history, I’m drawn to step back and take a bigger view. I want to enter the controversial territory of The Age of Aquarius. The energetic shifts it embodies casts long shadows over all contemporary events and all the various paradigm mutations we are experiencing. I call this territory controversial because while there are many astrologers who say we are already in the Aquarian Age, there are others who claim it is still four centuries away. As is often the case, there is a lot of intellectual posturing, and behind it, quite a mountain of ignorance. The reality is that these Ages are not precisely definable, unlike timing the squares of Uranus and Pluto where we can count on the exact clockwork of the cosmos to guide us. Following is an explanation of how it works and why it is subject to so many interpretations.
The place against the background of stars into which the sun rises on the first day of spring is always moving against the constellations. It takes a long time—about 26,000 years—to pass through all twelve signs. The cycle is called the Precession of the Equinoxes, and it is one of the most basic rhythms of the earth. The so-called Astrological Ages are defined by the changing constellation into which the sun rises on that day, not the sign—and therein lies the problem. The boundaries of the constellations are uncertain. Western astrology is based on the familiar twelve signs, and they are different from the constellations even though they bear the same names.
“When the pickpocket meets the saint, he sees pockets.”
Orbital Period: 88 days
Synodic Period: Approximately 116 days (115.87754 days)
Archetypes: Teacher; Student. Writer; Reader. Storyteller.
Rules: Gemini and Virgo
Core Concept: The reception and transmission of data between a person and the surrounding social, physical, metaphysical, and psychic environments.
Developmental Focus: Evolving perception. Evolving thought. Evolving speech.
Positive Subjective Response: Curiosity, wonder, open-mindedness. Alertness. Comfortable self-expression; good listening.
Negative Subjective Response: Mental rigidity, intellectual defensiveness; compulsive speech, running around in circles.
Existential Emphasis Under Transits, Progressions, or Arcs: New information; omens and synchronicities; key conversations; speedy, chaotic developments; education in any sense; physical motion. Contact with young people or siblings.
by Steven Forrest
(excerpt from The Night Speaks, updated with new Afterword written July 2013)
Remember the frantic intensity of the late sixties? New heroes and mythologies sprang out of nowhere. Naïve confidence ran rampant. Vietnam provided a crucifixion story and an evocative emotional rallying point. Bob Dylan, the Beatles and a generation of singer-songwriters orchestrated the drama with rousing anthems and irresistible manifestos. The advent of the Pill spiced the stew with the scent of sex. Think what you will about the foolish excesses and runaway herd instinct of those years, they were exciting times. But did history excite us, or did we excite history? Was humanity simply ready to stir up the zeitgeist'? It's the proverbial question of the chicken and the egg.
Meanwhile, 93 million miles away, gargantuan nuclear storms swirled across the troubled face of the sun. Great solar prominences exploded in hundred-thousand-mile high cascades of fire. Blasts of charged particles and waves of magnetism roared away from the sun, engulfing the Earth and planets. The eleven-year cycle of solar storms had reached its crescendo. For our central star, the late sixties marked the season of fire - sunspot maximum.
Whatever engines drove that chapter of our national history, they certainly had run out of gas by the middle seventies. Remember the disco wasteland? Gerald Ford? The "me" generation? Remember the confusion and floundering of our national leadership in the aftermath of Watergate and the OPEC-engineered energy crisis? We might be annoyed by the naïveté and blind enthusiasm of the late sixties, but no one who lived through them would be likely to call them boring. And no matter how charitable a view we take of the middle seventies, by most standards the "energy crisis" of those years was not limited to oil fields and gas pumps.
Throughout the middle seventies, the face of the sun was tranquil. Gone were the great magnetic storms of the late sixties. The season of calm, the sunspot minimum, had arrived.
Is this astrology? Certainly not in a traditional sense. Sunspots have nothing to do with Leo or Sagittarius. Nonetheless, whenever we notice a correlation between cosmic events and human affairs, we've entered the astrological realm.
by Steven Forrest
Birth Data Rodden Rating: A
Agatha Christie b. September 15, 1890, 4:00 AM-GMT Torquay, England
Four billion copies of her books are in print. She is often described as the best-selling author in history. Her play, The Mousetrap, is the longest continuously running one in the world, having opened in London on November 25, 1952, and still going strong as of this writing.
But it is for her murder mysteries that Agatha Christie is best known. Her work practically defined the genre that Arthur Conan Doyle launched. Her vain Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, with his waxed mustache and his brilliant deductions, humanized the infallible “Sherlock Holmes” archetype. Poirot is the only fictional character ever to be given an obituary in The New York Times, after Christie killed him off in her 1975 novel, Curtain—such was the popularity of her work at the time. Her delightful Miss Marple, at least as brilliant as Hercule and a lot more charming, made it safe for older, middle-class ladies on both sides of the Atlantic to have a devilish streak and a gleam in their eyes.
Reading Agatha Christie’s mysteries today, one might be excused for thinking that they are riddled with clichés—until we realize that she originated most of them! Arguably, there is not a mystery writer today who does not owe her an enormous debt.
So who was this mystery woman?
Agatha Christie was born in Devon on the southern coast of England. Her mother was British and her father was an American stockbroker who died when Agatha was eleven. Their circumstances were comfortable—at age sixteen, for example, young Agatha went to Mrs. Dryden’s Finishing School in Paris to study piano and voice. In 1914, she married a pilot, Colonel Archibald Christie. She gave birth to a daughter, Rosalind, in August 1919. In October 1920 her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published to glowing reviews. She had written it in 1916, with transiting Uranus and the progressed Sun applying to trine to her north node. It was published with Jupiter, ruler of her south node, rising into the seventh house by solar arc.