RaStar 13 Star Sign Astrology
MONTHLY HOROSCOPES FOR ALL SIGNS
Why the Fed can't raise interest rates.
One of the most pressing problems in the world right now is plunging interest rates. The central banks, led by our Fed, have continuously lowered the interest paid on government bonds (and perforce ALL bonds) to new lows, even zero percent and minus percent interest yields.
Zero percent interest means that if you buy a five-year treasury bond, at the end of five years, you make no profit. In a deflationary economy, whatever value you think you own is really worth less. Why would anyone in their right mind park their money into bonds, when it’s a money-losing proposition? The answer is that other investments are worse. At least the Fed guarantees (?) the principle, the bonds are backed by the US dollar. The only value of the treasury bond lies in the horrible shape of other bonds and currencies. MORE
Real Virgo: Sept. 15-Oct. 30
Virgo by Hiroko Sakai
Virgo: the Clay of Creation
"There is no god higher than truth"
—Mahatma Gandhi, Oct 2, 1869
THE SUN SPENDS MORE TIME IN VIRGO THAN ANY OTHER SIGN
With 45 days of the year to proliferate, Virgo IS the common man, or woman, since they would make up the largest Zodiac group of humans on Earth, by sheer numbers. There are more Virgos by far than any other sign. So Virgo is everywhere, invisible, collectivized, bustling, the professional class; the proofreaders, the grifters, the cold-blooded critics. They have many faces. The preeminent Geisha, the master carpenter, the faithful companion, the blushing bride, the everyday intelligent service worker with a calming, rational gaze. There's a hint of fire in the eyes. One has to wonder what is going on behind her calm gaze, is there something deeper—the glimpse of a smile—maybe even a sneer? Is anger roiling like a sea of lava under her pacific exterior? It's hard to penetrate the virgin's veneer. Smoky, surreal Virgo is always taking shape, like a playful cloud in your coffee.
The Way of Virgo
"The Way is pure and clean--to detox and purge. The way of the Virgo stomach is to supply it with the necessary bacteria, the precious working class that toil day and night to digest the foods and divide nutrient from waste. If your stomach is a biological factory, it's like Toyota wants to produce the perfect car--your stomach and bowels' only purpose in life is to produce the perfect poop. The Virgo can tell everything from the bowel movement. This is the quality control for the stomach. The difference of one bacteria dominating the stomach over another can make a tsunami of difference to the Virgo, or anyone, for that matter. The bacteria are the difference between life and death, with all the furor and drama of armies at war, set marching to dominate the history of your health. Napoleon said: an army marches on its stomach. He was a Leo but he had a very practical make-it-happen type of military Virgo mind.
The Virgo is on the cutting edge of adaptation--the cutting edge of revolution. Thus she earns the name of Virgin--one with an ever-recurring ability to remake herself. But others can see this purification ritual as endless, pointless, and hurtful. The Virgo literally USES UP the energy in every relationship she has--she will never relent, however her eye is always on SPICA, the brightest blue star in the sky, the navigator's friend. Back on Earth, people make jokes about Virgo--the "support system of the asshole"--to taunt the fault-finding Virgo, but actually there's a kernel of truth in this. The Virgo DOES control the bowels, the digestive system, and, as a result of their proper function, the health of the kidneys. Poorly functioning kidneys are the sign of disease in Virgo (and everyone else!)
The Virgo seeks purity and perfection, two things that can never exist. She seeks perfection in herself before she judges others, and therefore is always frustrated. Like the vestal virgins, she worships only truth; hypocrisy is physically painful for the Virgo, at least in others. They abide by the simple ethic of honesty, they can afford it. Virgo seeks to be above reproach--so that her critical barbs are ever more painful for others. Her gossipy tongue is so hurtful that it can start a war--people will make life long enemies or friends according to which side you take in a Virgo dispute. War is the most difficult part of the Virgo life, and yet the most transformative. Virgo uses war to destroy what she hates in herself, hoping for a rebirth into a higher incarnation of herself.
The Virgo's search for flaws and her expert and withering critical eye is first applied to herself; then and only then does she use her sharp dagger on others. She is always testing others for their fealty, she has no instinct for being loved, love is life's mystery to her; she is always on thin ice and treads carefully, requiring assurance, acceptance and encouragement. Virgo seek consensus. Virgos are asking for your vote.
The Virgo puts other people above herself, by serving them and providing support. However, this is unsustainable. After a lifetime of having unlovable people feeding off her like vampires, she gets her fill, and spurns humans, and gibes her all to the animal kingdom, which she sees is pure, in its simple, natural, dependable ethic. This is where the Virgo finds true beauty and appreciation, and the end of her life cycle."
(From The Book of Virgo)
Is Bad Astrology Harmful?
How pernicious is a bad oracle? Susan Miller, pictured above, is the number one celebrity astrologer in America. She provides a comprehensive monthly report for all 12 tropical signs. Her appealing combination of chatty tidbits of astrological lore and conventional wisdom has millions of readers. Yes, it's all based on the wrong signs, but who cares? Is there any harm in Miller making her audience feel better, using whatever message she can? At some point you have to weigh the value of her air-brushed advice against how easy it goes down. Bad astrology is still bad advice.
She must have some kind of rotation system in place, like an analog for generating clichés. It's like an avalanche of marbles. One sign should fall in love, another should buy antiques, it's quite arbitrary. Miller is very opinionated in a meaningless way, her bourgeois sound bites replacing any lasting insight. On the other hand, she has attracted a fan base of over 9 million acolytes and loyal readers to her website every month. With those numbers, you get to walk on water.
I've been to it myself; it's like cheap perfume, meant to please, but you wonder if its a cover-up. Many would say (Miller is not among them) that astrology is only entertainment, so who cares about the numbers, degrees, precessions? Astrology is like a comic strip, who needs science? Miller never worries that she's missing Ophiuchus, the female snake goddess. She can't change now. Superstardom has driven her into a corner, and it's hard to escape.
For Miller, a female astrologer herself, it's particularly grating, since 12-sign astrology mocks women and reduces their presence in the Zodiac. Miller uses a male-chauvinist astrology that was adulterated by male-chauvinist Roman astrologers. She should update. However, as a self-professed, devout Catholic, she is more likely to continue to imbue astrology with her hit-or-miss brand of medical morbidity and minor miracles.
Maybe she's driven, role-playing into her higher self. Her own stump speech is quite touching. However, she is too invested in a lucrative business to accept anything that upsets the apple cart. In a media-hungry world, there is no such thing as a benign but incompetent astrologer. If people listen to her, it matters what she says, even if it's all mindless fun.
Bank runs are a consequence of bad debt. Will we get one in 2016?
SATURN IN OPHIUCHUS:
What does Saturn in Ophiuchus foretell for us? It seems a contradiction, Man's artificial machine, the Man-State of Hate, in the sign of the ethereal outsider and spell-binder. The state is shaken to its foundations by the black arts of radicals and the mystical power of the masses. Yet the state can eliminate anyone, and has unlimited murderous power. At times this position seems to be a predictor of the persecution of the non-conforming and free-thinking and rebellious Ophiuchus and her coven of outcasts. If the state can catch you, it will burn you at the stake. Yet this placement is also the state being consumed in a Green Fire of purification. It may not look it at first, like frost over the leaves, but the destruction is final. Ophiuchus represents a large swell of women's voices and attitudes that bring the state to its knees, causing a breakdown in the systems that hold it together.
URANUS: WAR AND PEACE
On July 31, Uranus went retrograde, with an apparent motion from 32 to 28 degrees Pisces before it goes direct at the end of 2016. This is a repeat performance of 2015, when Uranus went from 29 to 24 degrees Pisces during July-December of that year. All in all, it must be admitted, Uranus in Pisces wants peace, but in retrograde, seems only to get more violence!
Uranus in Pisces has been called the Jesus syndrome, when new ideas, from Christian ethics to socialist economics, emerge to create a more humanistic society based on love. In Pisces, Uranus is weaponless, so these new, revolutionary ideas are subject to repression and their adherents, to martyrdom. In retrograde, Uranus is retreating from confrontation, shirking the pain. Uranus retrograde is hung up on past hurts, and historical injustice. Freedom is still out of reach, in spite of the fact the first inkling of a new, kinder and more humane philosophy is on the rise, at least among those who have the higher consciousness. But what good does consciousness do when faced with an AK-15 assault rifle? MORE
Billionaires and Presidents
Karl Marx famously said of the French counter-revolution, "History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, and the second time as comedy". This is also true of our history of presidents. Donald Trump and John Kennedy have a lot in common (see chart), both billionaires, both of them not trusted by the very establishments from which they sprang. Aside from character issues, the big difference is that, Kennedy presided over a rising economic tide in 1960, while Trump's America of 2016 is on the decline. Kennedy was the tragedy of America, while Trump is the farce.
|Sun in Taurus||Sun in Taurus|
|Maverick billionaire||Maverick billionaire|
|Father ran brothels||Father smuggled liquor|
|Traitor to his party||Traitor to his class|
|Trophy wife (Melania)||Trophy wife (Jacqueline)|
|Creepy opponent (Clinton)||Creepy opponent (Nixon)|
|Dangerous VP (Pence)||Dangerous VP (LBJ)|
|Unscripted Tweets||Unscripted speeches|
|Boorish self-confidence||Sexy self-confidence|
|Silly bouffant hair style||Cool bouffant hair style|
|Media villain||Media star|
|Powerful enemies||Powerful enemies|
Like the Kennedy Magic, which connected with the baby-boomer's rise to power, Trump also has tapped into a vein of lost power among the otherwise privileged white population that has been the main beneficiary of American hegemony. The message of "Ask not what your country can do for you" and "Make America great again" is not that different, except Kennedy was drawing from the idealistic heart of youth, while Trump represents the fallen hopes of a distressed middle-class, as they cascade into poverty. Today this white population is older, infirm, no longer relevant, and angry that immigrants have swooped in to take advantage of their complacency, arrogance and political confusion. White people hardly identify with their working class origins, preferring to aspire to a parasite existence of cutting coupons, living off home equity and collecting rent, like their wealthier brethren, who are, like them, white, but hardly working class. MORE ABOUT TRUMP
FOLLOW THE MOON'S PHASES:
• Egyptian by Femi Ibim
• Hellenic by Kim Lovelace
A lot of what you learned about your Moon from mainstream astrology is false or misleading. The 12-sign Zodiac just doesn't represent the truth. A 13 sign astrology horoscope reveals the facts about your real birth planets and luminaries by finding the right sign and degree. 13-sign astrology also includes the sign Ophiuchus, the goddess of women's power and accomplishments. The 12-sign, tropical view of the horoscope deficient and outdated.
Another vital placement in the horoscope is the The Black Moon and Lilith, which is linked to the dark, hidden extreme in Lunar polarity, the opposite of the lighted moon, our romantic archetype. Again, traditional astrology rarely acknowledges this mysterious influence, and gets the sign wrong.
• Learn more about Lilith
• Black Moon/Lilith in your chart
The Candidates and their Transits Until Nov. 4
Click on the candidates to view their future transits
The Selenite Story
By Kim Lovelace
Selenite is a beautiful Crystal and is named after the White Moon Selena because of the magical soft glow this Crystal holds, the White Moon Selena in Astrology represents good karma and offers us great healing abilities, especially when we face and deal with our fears and issues of the Black Moon Lilith in our Astrology Charts. Selenite is a stone of protection and will shield a person or space from any negative energies or harm. MORE
Comparison of the Zodiac systems
|Aries||Mar 21 - April 20||April 15 - May 15||April 19 - May 13|
|Taurus||April 21 - May 20||May 16 - June 15||May 14 - June 19|
|Gemini||May 21 - June 20||June 16 - July 15||June 20 - July 20|
|Cancer||June 21 - July 21||July 16 - Aug 15||July 21 - Aug 9|
|Leo||July 22 Aug 22||Aug 16 - Sep 15||Aug 10 – Sep 15|
|Virgo||Aug 23 - Sep 22||Sep 16 - Oct 15||Sept 16 – Oct 30|
|Libra||Sep 23 - Oct 22||Oct 16 - Nov 15||Oct 31– Nov 22|
|Scorpio||Oct 23 - Nov 21||Nov 16 - Dec 15||Nov 23 – Nov 29|
|Ophiuchus||NA||NA||Nov 30 – Dec 17|
|Sagittarius||Nov 22 - Dec 21||Dec 16 - Jan 14||Dec 18– Jan 18|
|Capricorn||Dec 22 - Jan 20||Jan 15 - Feb 14||Jan 19 – Feb 15|
|Aquarius||Jan 21 - Feb 19||Feb 15 - Mar 14||Feb 16– Mar 11|
|Pisces||Feb 20 - Mar 20||Mar 15 - April 14||Mar 12 – April 18|
[These books are for 12-sign astrology; However, aspect and transiting angles are the same in all systems.
Go to our Ophiuchus Rising page for the meanings of the angles, planets and asteroids in Ophiuchus]
Key Words for Astrology -- Paperback
Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope -- Paperback
Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes -- Paperback By Stella Starsky, Quinn Cox
Transits Simplified -- Paperback
Astrology of Human Relationships -- Paperback