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Exploring Astrology & Qi Gong with Paul Fraser

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In this show I have a conversation with my Medical Qi Gong teacher, Paul Fraser.  You may not think this has anything to do with Astrology, but you may be surprised.  If Astrology is the study of Time, Light, and Energy, then Qi Gong is the practice to keep us radiant in all three.  It’s fundamental. It’s healing.  It’s more than words can capture.  I do hope you enjoy listening. And if you find yourself wanting to learn, Paul and I both teach it.

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The Lunar Return “Dreams stuck in the Catcher”

Every month, the Moon returns exactly to where it was when we came screaming into this world.  It’s rare for it to be the same phase-that can only happen around your birthday-but to the same degree and minute, it returns.  Healing is in the Return!

Every lunar cycle we set sail to visit all the unique monuments of Psyche as she waxes and wanes around Earth and Chart.  And each time we visit, it’s different, yet eerily similar to the last month’s visit, and the one before that.  She shows us how to ride the tides of our emotional body, pointing always to the substratum of our dreaming.  La Luna is also a dreamcatcher.  If we pay close enough attention each month, we can see the golden thread laid out through the Labyrinth of Understanding.  When we do, Artemis smiles with motherly approval.  The Work is being done.

Every time the Moon returns a chart can be cast.  In it, are all the experiences and somatic imprints and dreams to come for the month ahead. Don’t believe me? Keep a tight journal, never missing any important lunar transit throughout the chart for the month–include your dreams. At months end, look back, study the chart.  You will see the impossible.

And so, every time the Moon is in early Scorpio, I have my own Lunar Return.  Usually, there is a character from my past who visits to remind me of who I am. It’s easy to forget.  This time around the silvery wheel, it was a close friend who happened to be an exchange student in high school.  We were every day companions, until…the “switch” was hit inside of me (If you don’t know the “switch,” just relate it to having a hard time all of the sudden even looking into the eyes of that person. It’s tragic and mysterious). Maybe it’s a Scorpio Moon thing? Maybe it’s a protective mechanism against pain? Maybe it’s a secret the Moon keeps until we desire to make it right? Lots has been healed up and mended with this one over the years, but this time, as the Moon was turning the dial to the specific frequency I was born with, there he was. We were flying–hang gliding actually.  It was the kind of visitation needed when so many of the lunar themes like family and home and patterns begin to turn brackish. Thank you old friend.

*There are many ways to cast Lunar Return Charts:, Astrogold, Solarfire, really, most programs.  Make sure you get your current place right.  It’s one of the most fascinating studies.  Start here, then go into Solar Return work. If you need help, I’m here for you.

Long days and pleasant nights my friends,



Mars trine Neptune “Flow Hacking”

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.” Kerouac He woke me before the Sun with a gale force wind to remind me of what he is dreaming.  As he grows in strength next to Jupiter in the morning sky, Mars also flows into an effortless alignment with Neptune today (trine).  […]

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Venus conjoins Saturn “Heavy Holiday Presents”

On Christmas morning, somewhere on the far side of the Sun King, Venus sits with Saturn to open presents. Neither of them are currently in the sky and the last time they conjoined in Capricorn to share gifts and get emotional about her bloody origins through vengeance, sea-foam, and daddy issues was in the late 80’s/early 90’s.  Their reunions are bittersweet. This one is no exception.

It is Saturn’s nature to restrict and withhold.  With Bach’s Christmas Oratario playing from the mantle, it’s not unlikely to feel we didn’t get what we wanted this Xmas…but is it exactly what we needed? Their dynamic can make us feel lonely.  On a planet with nearly 8 billion people and with friends and family who care, we can still feel like we are on desolation row. It’s a strange paradox Yet it is something the two are always trying to remedy.

Take the Sabian Symbol for 1 degree of Capricorn for instance: An Indian Chief demanding recognition. I know comparisons are odious, but next time you feel you didn’t get what you wanted in your stocking, remember the locals. It could be so much worse.  The two help us to see the reality of what is truly important. If you have clean air, food, and water in your life, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.  If you have a family to visit on the holiday, again, reconsider your gratitudes.

Last time they conjoined in Capricorn, I was around 6 years old.  I can remember it like it was yesterday. My mom revealing to me on a secret holiday drive that she wanted to divorce my Dad and asking me for advice. I WAS SIX! Jump ahead ten years and we lost him to Saturn. Ever since the holidays have shriveled and died like an unwatered spruce.  It’s sad to have lost that Spirit, but it’s even more exciting to gain another.  This time of the year is all about Sun Worship.  I doubt there is an exception anywhere on the planet of people not recognizing this as the return of the Sun (Equatorial climes perhaps).  Whether it’s Jesus for you, Horus, or some long forgotten dragon who tows the Light back to its exalted throne, it’s all about renewal through long night vigils, reflecting on the year at our back and greeting the light warming our faces.

With all the talk about Saturn moving into Capricorn, Venus has decided to get in on the hype.  And so, even if dragons rob your stockings this year and open your “presents” a bit too early, try your best to find the silver lining. Because it’s there. It’s always there. This is the greatness of Saturn. No Grinch can steal Christmas if you are radiant and content with yourself.

*Oh, and remember to give that Indian Chief some recognition.

Long days and pleasant nights my friends,




Birthing the New Reality – Saturn at Galactic Centre

Saturn at the Galactic Centre during 2017 makes the times we are living in ever more more interesting. As a relatively new area of exploration and a new concept for astrologers, after exploring the images and the symbols of such a potent energy and planets in this area in the past, I can certainly see merit in using The Galactic Centre as a representation of not only being pulled into something larger than life, but also as a conduit to a great symbol of a most creative force in that exists in oneself and in our collective destiny.

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The Dying Root Of Our Problems (The Aries Full Moon & the Venus/Mars conjunction)

It’s not just about mental health. It’s also not just the transits, about gun control, the pharmaceutical industry, the police, being politically correct, vegan, spiritual, or even connected.  The roots run much deeper than the branches.  Martin Shaw writes:

“So the mythological collapse begins and the threefold, archaic body gets thinned and stretched until only concrete remains. With the Nomadic Heart tuned out, and the Moon-Calling Woman ignored, our psychic orbits shrink, and we give ourselves permission for the most unimaginable acts, in the name of the horrified ‘infinite progress.”

And so, instead of pointing a finger at the Moon as she takes on the evening in her hot fullness, pay closer attention to the fingers pointing back.  Ask yourself: Do I have a place to catch her beams? Is there somewhere that connects me to the world within worlds, the place of clear reflection vs. a space of lunacy and overflowing reactions. As this Aries Full Moon travels through your eyes, throughout all the major highways of your body, remember what she is illuminating: The Mars/Venus conjunction and all the promises Lovers make under the amorous full moonlight.  Seeing this only as Eros infused is to lose your focus. Dream bigger. Expand your heart to the edges of the Universe. Go to the front lines of this “impossible expanding.”  Find awe once again.

This doubleheader of ‘matches made in heaven’ reminds us of what we are truly connected to. It’s a neutral idea.  You can be connected to evils most of us have never dreamed of.  Yet, as I’m sure is the case with many of you reading this, you can be connected to the most gorgeous manifestations life offers as well, like the Nomadic Heart and the tasty morsels you keep around that make the Moon-Calling Woman beg for more.

If you are following the Beam, you aren’t lost. If you have no idea what I mean, you may be lost. Either way, it’s all perfect…oOo

Long days and pleasant nights my friends,


The Jupiter/Uranus Opposition 3/3 “Down the Rabbit Hole”

It is in our nature to wonder.  Equipped with all the existential questions and impossibilities of the cosmos, we stumble through life, then we stride, then stumble again. The frequently used saying, “down the rabbit hole” relates here.  Originating somewhere in the late 19th century, finally published in 1865, this concept of Alice tripping down the “rabbit hole” has become a part of our language. Perennial in its usage, but in full bloom these days. The very idea of Wonderland is now a part of our imagination.  It is a “rabbit hole” which leads us to the edges of reality. The book was lumped into a category termed “literary nonsense,” and it is precisely this kind of “nonsense” we all need.  A respite from this world from time to time.  A place to escape.  Somewhere to remember.

Lewis Carroll, the man who gave us the “rabbit hole” to begin with, was born just after a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction.  33 years after his birth, he published Alice in Wonderland during a Jupiter/Uranus opposition.  And tomorrow, there is another one (the final of three over the past year; On Sep 28, 2017).  The cycle between the two lasts around 14 years and is one of tracking genius.  Not confusing genius with IQ, yet placing it carefully in the bottle, knowing the proper rub to allow the genie out of it, so that he can guide us successfully to these “rabbit holes.”  Genius is found far from the walls of academia, yet visits often.  Jupiter and Uranus point to the kind of genius that can only be found when we go where no man has gone before. Like a moon landing, which also happened during a colossal Jupiter/Uranus alignment with Pluto.  Whenever Jupiter and Uranus align, whether that be a conjunction or an opposition, there is a unique looking glass which appears.  It can show us many untamed and wild things. Many miss it, many know exactly how to follow it.  Which one are you?

On one side of the rope, we have Uranus in Aries, protecting our own individuated thoughts, our essential freedoms, and our tacit right to feel unique.

On the other side of the starry rope is Jupiter in Libra, who may be feeling the limitations to billions of voices broadcasting every second across the internet.  He is simply showing where it divides rather than unites. He agrees: Everybody is a miracle. Everyone is special.  And yes, there are a lot of idiots amongst us.  He conspires to convince Uranus to tamper down the self-focus, attempting to turn his head towards all our relations.

In the big world, perhaps it’s Kim Jong Un vs. Trump.

In another world, one found through the “rabbit hole,” perhaps it’s faint memory of Us vs. Them.  A land overflowing with magic and wonder.  A place not too different than where many of us are headed. It is going to be wonderful!!! But first, we must remember what it means to be human.

  • Find them in your chart. The polarity of  Aries to Libra.  Begin your wonderings…oOo

Long days and pleasant nights my friends,


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The Venus & Mars conjunction “Coming together”

In the English language, we have a single word for love: LOVE.  Sanskrit alone is said to have nearly a hundred for its various manifestations.  Even in Ancient Greece, there is at least a half dozen, pointing out the subtle, yet not so subtle expressions of what keeps us here.  Love is elusive.