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Planetary Illuminations for February 2012

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Planetary Illuminations report for February is up on my website and you can read the article in its entirety here.  My newsletter subscribers receive a translation of this report into easy to understand English, so if you’re not already […]

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The astrology of SOPA

posted by Lynn Hayes

SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act currently under discussion in the US House of Representatives.  At first glance, stopping online piracy sounds like a good idea.  I know that I myself have found plenty of my articles circulating on […]

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Astrology software for the Iphone

posted by Lynn Hayes

As a professional astrologer I’m always asked  for recommendations of astrology software programs. Until now there has been a huge gap between the so-called “horoscope” apps that provide fun but useless “horoscopes” based on sun sign only, especially for the […]

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Planetary Illuminations for January 2012 now posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

One of my 2012 goals is to complete the name change from Skywatch to Planetary Illuminations, and to get the reports delivered to you on time!  In the meantime, I’ve posted the January report here.  And here is an introduction […]

December Skywatch is posted!

posted by Lynn Hayes

You can find it on my website here, or sign up for your own subscription with a translation into English. Meanwhile here’s what you need to know about the first week in December, along with a synopsis of December’s major […]

Chinese jobs use “star signs” to discriminate

posted by Lynn Hayes

While I always love to see astrology getting some press in mainstream news, the first clue that someone doesn’t know a thing about astrology is when they call the zodiac “star signs.”  The twelve signs of the zodiac represent an […]

When does the Mayan calendar really end?

posted by Lynn Hayes

(click image to enlarge) The Mayan calendar is usually said to end on December 21, 2012, but that date seems to have little relevance to the actual Mayan calendar, although it has come to bear great mythological significance for the […]

Lynn’s Skywatch is posted!

posted by Lynn Hayes

You can read the whole article here, and if you’re on my mailing list you will receive the abridged version by the end of the day with a translation into English.  If you’re not on my mailing list, please sign […]

The astrology of prophets and holy beings

posted by Lynn Hayes

My friend Robert Wilkinson has an interesting article today in answer to a reader’s question whether prophets and wise people can be revealed from their birthcharts.  Before I go into Robert’s response I’d like to weigh in myself and say […]

Ten things you should know about astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

While I’m out of town I’m reposting some older articles you might enjoy. 1.  Your birthchart is much more than your Sun sign.  You have more than ten different astrological signatures in your chart!! The astrology that most people know comes […]

UK Researcher says “seasonal interference” is not astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

Russell Foster, a researcher with Oxford University in the UK, has uncovered a correlation between birth month and career path. According to researchers, a child born in December is more likely to become a dentist while someone whose birthday falls […]

Skywatch for September is posted!

posted by Lynn Hayes

You can read the article in its entirety here, or sign up on my website for my newsletter to receive a translation of Skywatch into easy to understand English each month. Here’s the introduction to get you started for September: […]

An interesting astrological history

posted by Lynn Hayes

I confess I have never heard of Simon Forman, so I found this article about him very informative (it was posted on Facebook by Stephanie Gailling of Planetary Apothecary).  He was an astrologer in the late 16th century, predating William […]

Mercury retrograde alert!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury retrograde is already wreaking some confusion regarding the date and time that it actually begins.  I have been reading on some sites that Mercury turned direct on August 2nd, but according to my Solar Fire software Mercury actually turns […]

Planetary Illuminations for August, part I

posted by Lynn Hayes

Due to a confluence of events (I’m out of town and Mercury is turning retrograde causing problems with my web host), my August newsletter will be somewhat delayed.  If you’re not already on my mailing list please sign up on […]

A quiet period in planet town

posted by Lynn Hayes

My readers will be relieved to know that over the next week or two the planetary energy is much more mellow than what we have been experiencing over the past few months, especially in July.  The outer planets which have […]

Does astrology work in the southern hemisphere?

posted by Lynn Hayes

Tropical astrology is based upon the turning of the wheel of the seasons, with Aries at the Spring equinox and the rest of the cardinal signs marking the beginning of the other equinoxes and solstices.  But what happens in the […]

Lynn’s Skywatch for July, and the July 1 solar eclipse

posted by Lynn Hayes

I’ve posted the Planetary Illuminations for July, and you canread the entire article here.  You can also read the abridged English translation here, and if you would like Skywatch delivered each month in your email box just sign up on my […]

Chart for the Summer Solstice, June 21 2011

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Sun enters the sign of Cancer at 1:16 pm EDT, an event that we call the Summer Solstice.  The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and the day at which the Sun reaches the highest point […]

“Tell me something good.”

posted by Lynn Hayes

It’s human nature to seek pleasure and avoid pain.  Nobody wants to feel bad, or go through difficult situations.  I have been an astrologer for more than half of my life now, so it’s hard for me to remember what […]

New lyme disease research study

posted by Lynn Hayes

Yesterday I did a quickie reading for a new client who has lyme disease. Many of you know that I have an interest in the astrology of health and healing. My interest is not so much the traditional study of […]

Moving from Aries to Taurus

posted by Lynn Hayes

Each sign reacts to and improves on the sign that immediately precedes it, so when a planet like Mars moves from its own sign of Aries, which is courageous and vibrant but can also be impetuous and thoughtless, there is […]

Mercury, Venus and Jupiter: Oh my!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury and Venus have been moving towards an exact conjunction over the past week, but today they align exactly.  On Wednesday May 11th the two will hook up with Jupiter as well, creating a triple conjunction of powerful magnitude. Mercury […]

Skywatch is posted! And the Taurus New Moon

posted by Lynn Hayes

Tune in later for a post about the death of Osama bin Laden, but for now Skywatch for May has been posted just in time for the Taurus New Moon. You can read the whole article here, or if you’re […]

Dealing with fire: A flow chart

posted by Lynn Hayes

Some people, like my Aries friends, thrive on a heavy does of fire like the one we’re getting lately. They get energized and don’t mind the sleepless nights as they stay out late dancing the night away. Others of us […]

Skywatch for April is posted!

posted by Lynn Hayes

and you can read it here in its entirety. To sign up for my monthly newsletter and receive Skywatch in your inbox, just enter your email address in the convenient box in the sidebar. Or learn more about Skywatch here. […]

Mercury retrograde, March 30 – April 23 2011

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury turns retrograde today, taking us into three weeks of reconsideration and re-evaluation with potential communication and equipment glitches.  Mercury is in Aries during this retrograde, and since Aries is the sign of action and initiation it’s not too happy […]

Jupiter/Saturn and Mercury Retrogrades

posted by Lynn Hayes

This week the expansive urge of Jupiter bumps up against the contraction of Saturn for the third and final time in the current cycle.  This is the “Full Moon” phase of the cycle, the culmination of a pattern that began […]

Indian Court rules that astrology is a science

posted by Lynn Hayes

Here’s why I love India: The judgment will be met with relief in India, where engagements are decided, wedding and election dates are chosen on the basis of detailed charts drawn up by revered astrologers. A day deemed “auspicious” by […]

Skywatch is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

February is a short but mighty month that brings us a big alignment of six planets in Aquarius (seven if you include Ceres).  You can read the whole article at this link, but here is an introduction to get you started. […]

Saturn retrograde, January 2011

posted by Lynn Hayes

The other day I wrote about the expansive energy of Jupiter moving into Aries, but we are also dealing with a more contracting influence at the same time: the retrograde turn of Saturn.   (Astrology lesson: Because of the way we […]

Jupiter in Aries 2011

posted by Lynn Hayes

Jupiter first moved into Aries last spring with the first phase of the  conjunction of Jupiter to Uranus.  This meeting of the two planets of liberation in the sign of initiation was the instigator for the alignments in cardinal planets […]

Rachel Maddow refuses to change her sign

posted by Lynn Hayes

There’s no such thing as bad publicity, and astrology has had LOTS of publicity over the past few days with the big news over the 13th sign and the precessional shift.  Rachel Maddow weighs in and explains the whole thing […]

Skywatch for January is posted!

posted by Lynn Hayes

I’ve posted the January Skywatch article on my website, so take a look. If you are not already on my mailing list please sign up on my website and you’ll start receiving my newsletter each month which includes a translation of Skywatch into English […]

Mercury turns direct! When is it over?

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury will soon officially turned direct, meaning it will begin to move forward again through the zodiac.  As with many other astrological phenomena, astrologers disagree about how long the “shadow” period of the retrograde is, and when it is safe […]

Mercury retrograde roundup

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury is still retrograde for another few days or so, and there are signs of it everywhere.  Mercury rules transportation as well as communication, and when retrograde there are often snafus and the need to repair our equipment and revise […]

The Astrology of 2011

posted by Lynn Hayes

If you liked 2010, you’ll love 2011!  While likely not as personally challenging as the past two years, the astrology of 2011 brings its’ own excitement. To learn more what’s coming up next year, here is a link to an .mp3 […]

Eclipses and fear

posted by Lynn Hayes

While I’m thrilled that astrology is spreading like wildfire on the internet, I am less thrilled at the fear that is sometimes generated, both by astrologers and by readers themselves. I’d like to post a portion of an email from […]

Skywatch for December is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

;I’ll be sending out my monthly newsletter with a simplified summary that is easier to understand, so if you’re not on my mailing list please sign up on my website here.  Meanwhile, here’s a hint of what is to come […]

The North Node/Pluto conjunction November 2010

posted by Lynn Hayes

The North and South Nodes of the  Moon are important parts of the astrological chart, but they are not planets.  Rather, they are points in the sky that mark the passage of the Moon across the path of the Sun. […]

“The stars align to ruin Christmas”

posted by Lynn Hayes

It evidently takes bad astrology news to make the mainstream blogosphere.  The Daily Beast has posted an article that predicts “holiday hell”: The stars are aligning to ruin Christmas. Astrologers say that for the first time in years, the tumultuous astrological cycle […]

Jupiter/Uranus and “strange sky sightings”

posted by Lynn Hayes

In the news today: The Pentagon Tuesday said it was trying to determine if a missile was launched Monday off the coast of Southern California and who might have launched it.  Spokesmen for the Navy, Air Force, Defense Department and […]

Saturn in Libra: Romance and bedbugs

posted by Lynn Hayes

I couldn’t help but laugh at the synchronicity of this article in light of Saturn (challenges) in the sign of Libra (love and romance) at the moment: [Bedbugs] have become a sort of anti-Cupid for city singles, in some cases […]

Predicting the future with astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

The title of this post is misleading.  As my readers know, I do not believe that we can predict the future with astrology.  We can predict stormy weather; we can predict good fortune of some kind.  We cannot predict with […]

Mars meets Uranus

posted by Lynn Hayes

No scatalogical jokes please!  But check out this post by Astrofix about Mars/Uranus aspects, if only for the image which is a fantastic representation of Uranian energy. Mars represents energy and enthusiasm and desire, as well as the anger and rage that […]

The music of Dane Rudhyar

posted by Lynn Hayes

Many of my readers will recognize the  name Dane Rudhyar as the father of twentieth century”humanistic astrology” that led to the psychological astrology many of us practice today.  Rudhyar was the author of many astrology books and a noted Theosophist, but he […]

Jupiter/Uranus Tranceformation

posted by Lynn Hayes

I quoted from this wonderful article in the Breakthrough show on Sunday’s Musings on Astrology radio talk show.  The article evidently appeared last spring before the cardinal alignments, but it’s beautifully written by astrologer Ver dar Luz of Reality Sandwich: The symbol […]

The Great Zodiac Standoff

posted by Lynn Hayes

A reader posted this on the Astrodynamics Facebook page – a beautiful pictoral representation of the Cardinal Drama!  

What Mercury retrograde is good for

posted by Lynn Hayes

Modern life depends more than ever upon a wide variety of modes of communication and travel, areas of life that are ruled astrologically by the planet Mercury.  The more we depend on these things, the more we are affected by […]

Lynn’s Skywatch for September is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

The newsletter has been delayed and will probably come out Thursday morning, so there’s still time to sign up!   If you’re not already on my mailing list and would like to receive a translation into English of this monthly […]

The astrology of summer weather extremes

posted by Lynn Hayes

Wildfires in Russia are claiming 700 lives a day.  Floods in China and Pakistan threaten not only lives but also the region’s political stability.  Icy cold temperatures in South America have killed dozens of people in a region that is […]

On the radio Sunday morning: The relationship show

posted by Lynn Hayes

?In this show we will focus on relationships and will be fully devoted to your calls. Normally we don’t have time in the call-in section to discuss relationships in depth, so in this show you’ll be invited to call in […]

The astrology of Proposition 8

posted by Lynn Hayes

Yesterday’s ruling by a federal district judge overturning Proposition 8 occurred in the midst of a big planetary lineup involving Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.  Proposition 8 (the California Marriage Protection Act) restricted the state’s definition of marriage to […]

The easy way to navigate the lunar nodes: Rahu-Ketu puja

posted by Lynn Hayes

The nodes of the moon are like signposts that point the way to our destiny, with the South Node describing the influences of the past, and the North Node pointing towards our future.  The Vedic scholars call these points Rahu […]

Diane says goodbye to Saturn in Virgo

posted by Lynn Hayes

My fellow Libran Diane Lang says goodbye to Saturn in Libra in this wonderful post: I am past ready for Saturn to finish up his current tour through Virgo and move on into Libra. He reminds me far too much […]

Astrology and the Forer Effect

posted by Lynn Hayes

Here is an interesting article about an experiment performed in 1948 by Bertram R. Forer who collected statements from sun sign columns and then presented them to his subjects as though they were personally assessed as part of a personality profile. […]

Uranus retrograde: July 5 2010

posted by Lynn Hayes

Uranus, the planet of innovation, change, social justice and radical new actions dipped its toes into Aries just long enough (at the zero degree point) to stir the pot of restlessness and dissatisfaction and now it is making a U-turn […]

A new generation is called to power

posted by Lynn Hayes

I wondered for a long time why I was bothering with Twitter, but when I actually started using it I began discovering a plethora of fascinating sites and writers. One of these is Samuel F Reynolds, an astrologer from Brooklyn […]

Skywatch for July 2010 is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

Here’s my introduction to get you started – you can read the article in its entirety on my website here.  For daily updates on astrological activity, visit me on Facebook and Twitter! The beginning of July finds us at a crossroads after a powerful […]

Facing the dawn through your ascendant

posted by Lynn Hayes

The ascendant of the birthchart is the cusp of the first house which describes our personality. You will often read that the ascendant describes the personal appearance, but that is not always true although it certainly can affect the appearance. […]

Chiron pays Matthew a visit

posted by Lynn Hayes

For the most astrological fun you can have with your clothes on, you owe it to yourself to visitMatthew Currie’s blog where he takes on astrological issues with humor AND astro-intelligence.  Today he sits down with Chiron over a bottle of […]

“Don’t let astrology support a life of fear”

posted by Lynn Hayes

While I’m out of town I’ve selected some interesting articles to repost. Thank you Astrology News for posting this link from Oculus Divinorum with this link to an article by astrologer Victoria Bazeleythat mirrors my feelings on this issue EXACTLY!! I have a pet peeve, […]

Thought on prediction of love and disaster

posted by Lynn Hayes

Image from Jaci XIII on Flickr. Recently I did what I like to call a “repair” reading for a new client after another astrologer gave her what I thought to be bad advice.  Her old astrologer had predicted that a […]

On the radio this morning

posted by Lynn Hayes

This show was pre-recorded because I’m out of town for the weekend so you won’t be able to call in today, but this is a fascinating interview with Chris Brennan, currently the Research Director for the National Council of Geocosmic […]

Astrological Musings Radio: The Why are We Here Show

posted by Lynn Hayes

It sounds presumptuous, I know!  But today’s show will be an examination of various philosophies about the meaning of life, and how we can discern our own purpose from the astrological chart.   You’ll have an opportunity to call in […]

“Astro-scanning” to be used in Indian law school

posted by Lynn Hayes

“[A]strology will be used as a effective tool for personality development of law students. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University is about to prepare astrological profile (database) of students. Why? Planet has [sic] a lot to do in making of […]

Sun in Taurus: Comfort comes first

posted by Lynn Hayes

After a fiery month with a powerful Aries New Moon, the entry of the Sun into Taurus will provide a welcome opportunity to take a breath and relax.  Taurus seeks nothing more than peace and the opportunity to enjoy all […]

Ronald Reagan, and other famous quotes on astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

Patricia Lantz has published a nice assortment of quotes attributed to well-known people on the subject of astrology. The quotes can be found in an interesting article on the use of astrology by a variety of presidents in the past. […]

Lynn’s Skywatch for April is posted!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Just one date late, but we can chalk that up to April Fool’s Day.  I’ve posted the Skywatch article on my website, and you can read it here.   Here’s the introduction to give you an idea of what we’re in […]

“Free Reading” astrology scams

posted by Lynn Hayes

The FBI has listed the “free astrology reading” scam as one of the most difficult internet scams: The FBI said this familiar scam has resurfaced in which a victim receives spam or pop-up messages offering free astrological readings. The victim […]

Skywatch for March is posted!

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes My Skywatch article for March is now available on my website, and I’m working on the simplified version for my newsletter.  (If you’re not already on my mailing list, please visit my website to sign up!!).   […]

Amazing! A positive article about psychic readings

posted by Lynn Hayes

Perhaps we really are in the Age of Aquarius!  In this article in the Independent from the UK, a self-avowed “sceptic” [sic] decided to see what all the fuss was about and with an open mind, sampled the wares of […]

41% of Australians “believe in” astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes It has always amazed me that outside of the US, where I live, I have more clients in Australia than in any other country.  Well now it appears there’s a good reason for that anomaly:  Australians are […]

More Democrats believe in astrology than Republicans

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Thanks to my friends at Astrococktail for finding the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life study which compares beliefs of Democrats to Republicans: evidently 14% of Republicans “believe in” astrology compared to 31% of Democrats.  I […]

Santa, Capricorn, and Mars retro

posted by Lynn Hayes

Dharmaruci has a great post about getting things done before Christmas:  Have you noticed that there is no point trying to arrange anything between now and Christmas that hasn’t already been arranged? It just won’t happen. There is a good […]

Take a trip back to 1969: Time Magazine article on astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes I found this article from April 1969 when I was looking for statistics on how many astrologers there are in the world today (according to Time Magazine, in 1969 there were 10,000 full time and 175,000 part-time astrologers […]

The astrologer’s journey, from the inside out

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes One of the phenomena of the Internet Age is that anyone can be an expert.  Unlike the dark ages of the 20th century when you had to publish a book to gain recognition and renown, now all […]

My interview on the Occult of Personality

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes The Occult of Personality podcast is one of the most interesting sites around.  If you have any interest in the magical and mysterious, you’ll want to check out this site. Greg and I sat down recently for […]

Thoughts on home, family and the fourth house

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes At the holidays there is a focus on family which often necessitates an examination of what family means to us as individuals.  Many of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s remember the paintings which […]

Scorpio time

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes With the Sun now in Scorpio, there is a cooling down of the heat of action, and a deepening of our awareness into the realm of emotion and raw experience.  The days are getting shorter, and the […]

From the blogosphere today

posted by Lynn Hayes

I’ve been busily trying to finish my Visioncrafting book so it will be available by the time I send my October newsletter, so I’m offering up some interesting links instead of using my valuable grey cells.  Hope you enjoy them! […]

The Daily Skytwit!

posted by Lynn Hayes

If you’re a Twitnut, you’ll now find me twittering on the daily lunar cycles as well as the larger planetary cycles that affect our inner and outer worlds.  Enjoy!!

Notes for my guinea pigs on interpreting the Saturn Uranus opposition

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Many people volunteered to be guiinea pigs for an analysis of how the Saturn/Uranus opposition affects the charts of individuals. Some of my eager volunteers do not actually have Saturn or Uranus affecting their charts and so […]

Skywatch for August is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes I’ve posted the monthly Skywatch article which you can read here in its entirety.   Here is a tidbit reporting on the astrological cycles for the first few days of the month: On the first day of […]

A journey from modern Iraq back into ancient wisdom and modern science

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Astrologer Dave Mockaitis has a fascinating essay up on his blog connecting the Yezidi, a Kurdish people on the border of Syria and Iraq, back to the Picatrix, a collection of Arabic texts that was widely used […]

Death and the Lunar Nodes

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Traditional astrologers seem to like to predict death.  Because traditional astrology is based in prediction and the concept of fate, the question of when a person will die becomes a subject of inquiry and analysis in the […]

Rick Levine on Fate vs. Free Will

posted by Lynn Hayes

Thanks to Al for this link to a great video of Rick Levine, one of the founders of the great StarIQ site, who writes the sun sign column for Tarot.com and BeliefNet.  One thing I really like about Rick’s “horoscopes” […]

I’m on the radio!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Listen to Astrological Musings on Blog Talk Radio Jennifer Hillman has invited me to be a guest on her BBS Radio Show called “Abstract Illusions Radio” tonight.  Tune in at 9 pm Pacific (midnight Eastern – I’ll be keeping myself […]

Astrology: the cosmic mirror of the astrologer’s soul

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Here is a great article from one of my favorites, Liz Greene, whose work informed much of my own early work.  In it she quotes Alexander Ruperti, one of the earliest holistic astrologers: ”There is not one […]

Traditional vs. “Modern” Astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes This article was originally posted in July of 2007. Somewhere along the line astrologers split into two camps as some moved forward into humanistic or psychological astrology (leading into evolutionary and transformational astrology) and some moved backwards […]

Top Ten Planetary Aspects this week!

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes.  This is written for Eastern time zone – please adjust accordingly for your own part of the world.  You can see the positions of today’s planets here.  Venus conjuncts Mars on its way back to Aries on the […]

Venus retrogrades today and casts her spells in reverse

posted by Lynn Hayes

Venus turns retrograde this morning, shortly after being squared by the Moon at 8:06 am.   Venus usually slips through our lives like a whisper, and we barely experience her transits.  Her influence is usually soft and encouraging and I […]

Skywatch for March is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

The monthly Skywatch article is now posted on my website, and here is the planetary news for the beginning of March.  Of course we’ll be going over the planetary news in much more detail here at Astrological Musings with the Daily […]

Astrology and Islam don’t get along (now)

posted by Lynn Hayes

…according to this article in the Saudi Gazette (thanks Elsa): Belief in astrology and the casting of horoscopes are in clear opposition to the letter and spirit of Islam. It is really the empty soul, which has not tasted real […]

More on the Aquarius lineup

posted by Lynn Hayes

This image is from a work called Theologue from Alex Grey.  Aquarius has an electromagnetic energy component as portrayed in this painting.   The subtitle of the work is “The Union of Human Consciousness: Weaving the fabric of space and time […]

Saturn and Uranus in prose

posted by Lynn Hayes

Over at Raging Universe, JM has an interesting (as always) post on the opposition of Saturn to Uranus using Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum as a foundation: Life begins with a wiggle as the tail-whipping sperm cell pushes his […]

The Astrology of the Australian Bushfires

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes The timing of the horrific fires in Australia coincidental to a penumbral eclipse of the Moon that peaks today appears to be significant.  As I have been writing, we have experienced a shortage of the Fire element […]

Weather.com promotes astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Well, maybe not astrology, but this article about fishing confirms that fish and wildlife respond to the cycles of the Moon: The quest to determine the best times to hunt and fish is not a recent project. […]

It’s the Year of the Ox!

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Chinese New Year occurred at the time of the New Moon and the eclipse, ushering us into the Year of the Ox.  I confess I don’t know much… well really, anything about Chinese astrology except that I am supposedly […]

One final (I promise!) look at the Void Moon in Presidential Inaugurations

posted by Lynn Hayes

This is a research project that I have been pondering, and now astrologer Rodney Smith has done the work for me:   The interest in the Void-Of-Course moon (VOC) and the presidential inauguration on this blog has prompted me to […]

The ethics of prediction

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury retrograde periods are a great time for reposting!  I’m taking a few days off for some other creative projects so meanwhile please enjoy some of my favorite articles from the past, and please be kind to each other in […]

Pluto, the Bomb, Terrorism and Ceres

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury retrograde periods are a great time for reposting!  I’m taking a few days off for some other creative projects so meanwhile please enjoy some of my favorite articles from the past, and please be kind to each other in […]

Planetary news this week!

posted by Lynn Hayes

The next few days bring some powerful influences. A conjunction of the Sun to Jupiter is a beneficial influence that adds confidence to all of our endeavors, and a trine of Mars (energy) to Saturn (discipline) helps to provide the […]

Tonight’s Full Moon is another Supermoon!!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Like December’s Full Moon, tonight’s Full Moon will be the biggest Full Moon in 2009. I certainly noticed its power at 3 am last night when a huge lunar floodlamp filled my bedroom!  Spaceweather says it’s as much as 14% […]

Full Moon, solitary Pluto and Mercury Retrograde!

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes The first Full Moon of the year is known as the Wolf Moon, because in January hungry packs of wolves surrounded Native American villages.   The Full Moon on January 10th is in Cancer, with the Moon […]

Autism and the incarnation process

posted by Lynn Hayes

Sorry to be a bit stuck on this topic, but I found this while researching the astrology/autism connection and thought this might interest my readers.  It’s from an article written in 2000 by astrologer Sandra Weidner: We are all incarnated. […]

Autism: The astrological connection

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes The recent death of John Travolta’s son Jett has brought the discussion of autism back into the news.  It has long been rumored that Jett was autistic and John Travolta’s brother Joey, founder of the organization Actors […]

Finally! Skywatch for January is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Just in time for Jupiter’s entry into Aquarius tomorrow, here is the monthly planetary report from my website. There are some exciting planetary events coming up in January, including a solar eclipse on the 26th with a […]

Jupiter in Aquarius

posted by Lynn Hayes

I’m behind on several writing projects, including January’s Skywatch and an article on Jupiter’s upcoming entry into Aquarius which will take place on January 17. Jupiter changes signs every year or so, and while in Aquarius it will team up […]

Happy New Year, and what’s next? A look at the astrology of 2009

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes You will all be relieved to know that the first half of 2009 should offer a bit of planetary relief from the intensity of the past year or so.  Pluto is now firmly settled into Capricorn, and […]

Obama and the Void of Course Moon (again!)

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes It appears that Obama, who announced his candidacy when the Moon was void of course (which has been a topic of much discussion in the comments here at this site and elsewhere) is poised to take the […]

The Solstice Chart and its meaning for the US

posted by Lynn Hayes

Robert P. Blaschke has written an elegant piece for The Mountain Astrologer website on the chart for the Capricorn Ingress.  The Capricorn Ingress is the Wnter Solstice in the tropical zodiac that occurs when the Sun enters Capricorn and begins […]

New Moon and Planetary Lineup

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes The New Moon today (December 27)  is part of a powerful line up of six planets in the sign of Capricorn, focusing on work and responsibility.  This includes the approaching conjunction of Mars to Pluto, the Sun/Moon conjunction […]

One more Christmas Star story!

posted by Lynn Hayes

I’ve been reprinting this every year because it’s so fabulous.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa and have a Cool Yule. John Charles Webb Jr. left a comment with a link to his site which postulates that the “star” of Bethlehem was […]

Pluto: “The Seeds of What Could Be”

posted by Lynn Hayes

Robert Wilkinson has a great article about Pluto in Capricorn today.  I particularly love this section: Pluto is how we confront the seeds of what is and could be, and learn the willingness to do what it takes to get […]

The Christmas Star

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Every year at about this time we start pondering the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem.  There are lots of different explanations that I’ll be covering over the next couple of weeks.  Here is an interesting article that […]

Big Full Moon on Friday. I mean, really big!

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes According to NASA: The full Moon of Dec. 12th is the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. It’s no illusion. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and this Friday’s is a whopper. Why? […]

Astrologers are like Gays

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Chris Brennan had an article on his Horoscopic Astrology blog about a speech from astrologer Lee Lehman in which Lee drew many parallels between the discrimination faced by astrologers and gay individuals, quoting Lee: “One of the […]

Venus, Jupiter and the Birth of Jesus

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes I thought this comment from Beth might be interesting to everyone: A visitor to my blog today had a question about this configuration that I hope you can respond to, Lynn. He lives in Israel and was […]

Skywatch for December is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

Skywatch, my monthly report on planetary news is posted now on my website.  There’s lots going on this month so be sure to stay tuned right here for up-to-the-minute news on planetary effects and how they effect our inner and […]

Venus and Jupiter align, and other planetary news

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Rich took this beautiful photo a few days ago while we were in Florida – you can see Venus (the brighter planet) with Jupiter just above it.  Venus and Jupiter will conjunct in Capricorn on Sunday night […]

Thanksgiving dishes by zodiac sign

posted by Lynn Hayes

This will be a little late for most of you, but here is a very entertaining bit from Tarot.com with some tips on what to feed your zodiacal friends (use the rising and Moon signs as well as Sun signs […]

Saturn/Uranus: Innovation Center put on hold

posted by Lynn Hayes

I read this in the paper today and the astrological symbolism is just too perfect to ignore: Plans for a glitzy new research center called the Innovation Center (Uranus) which was to be built here in Chapel Hill as part of […]

Mars enters Sagittarius

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Today Mars leaves the intensely passionate and probing sign of Scorpio for the fun-loving and optimistic sign of Sagittarius.  At its best, Mars in astrology provides the fuel for our desires and our dreams – it energizes […]

A History of the Astrological Almanac

posted by Lynn Hayes

Deb Houlding’s Skyscript site has a fascinating history of the astrological almanac written by Derek Parker, co-writer with his wife Julia of quite a few widely-read astrology books. These almanacs were compendiums of astrological information that was considered useful for physicians […]

President-Elect Obama and the Void of Course Moon

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes There are few astrological concepts that are the source of as much disagreement among astrologers as the Moon “void of course.”  The Moon is said to be void of course, or simply void, after it has made […]

Full Moon and other planetary news

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Taurus Full Moon occurs around midnight tonight (1:17 am Eastern), and it will be a  powerful one!!   There is a very tight Grand Trine in earth signs right now, with the Moon in Taurus, Jupiter in Capricorn and […]

We’re on Blogs.com!!

posted by Lynn Hayes

I was honored to be chosen as the astrology blogger to select the Top Ten astrology blogs for Blogs.com and you can imagine what a difficult job it was to pick just ten out of the many many great astrology […]

Mars square Neptune at Astrological Musings

posted by Lynn Hayes

We’ve had quite a busy few days in the comments section here at Astrological Musings.  Normally I love to get comments – it’s so cool to see who’s here and what they think of everything.  And the political posts generate […]

The astrology of Election Day: a more detailed look

posted by Lynn Hayes

Many writers, including me, have expressed concern over the presence of major and challenging planetary cycles occurring on Election Day.  However, we have primarily looked at the astrology of the day with a broad brush approach.  If we zoom in […]

Happy Hallowe’en!!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Most people know by now that the holiday we now celebrate as Hallowe’en comes from the old Celtic holiday called Samhain (pronounced Sow’-en).  There are many “Days of the Dead” celebrated around the world at this time, when the veils […]

New Moon today!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Photo by John French.  I’m pleased to interrupt the political whirlwind to bring news of a New Moon in Scorpio.   The New Moon occurs at 7:15 pm tonight (October 28) Eastern time, with the Sun and Moon aligned at […]

Obama’s Grandmother and the South Node

posted by Lynn Hayes

A reader wrote to me the other day about an article she had read where a Vedic astrologer predicted that Obama would be assassinated because Ketu (the South Node of the Moon) would be conjunct Obama’s Sun. I dearly want […]

The Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind

posted by Lynn Hayes

Newsweek has an article online that has been the topic of much discussion: Is technology changing our brains? A new study by UCLA neuroscientistGary Small adds to a growing body of research that says it is. And according to Small’s new […]

Astrology and the Two Cows Philosophy

posted by Lynn Hayes

Rich sent me this dissertation on the Two Cows Phliosophy of Government a few weeks ago, and then when I saw it on Twilight’s blog it triggered some ponderings on the relationship of astrology to this new governmental theory.   Socialism: […]

“Saturn Returns” opens Off Broadway

posted by Lynn Hayes

Image shamelessly stolen from Elsa.  How perfect, that as Saturn opposes Uranus he gets a whole new audience off-Broadway (of course it’s off-Broadway rather than the more mainstream Broadway, Uranus is involved!).  A new play by Noah Haidle called Saturn […]

Full Moon today!

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Moon is full today at 4:03 pm EDT with the Moon at 22 degrees Aries opposing the Libra Sun. Under the influence of the Full Moon, the Aries influence of the Moon supersedes the solar power of Libra and […]

Great new political blog: The Moon and the debate

posted by Lynn Hayes

Thanks to April for the link to Terry Lamb’s new political blog.  Her first few posts discuss the debate and the significance of Mercury retrograde in the election.  I particularly like the way she talks about the effect of the […]

Mars in Scorpio

posted by Lynn Hayes

Art by Jacquelyn Gordon.  Mars entered Scorpio yesterday, and will be traveling through the sign that carries us into the Underworld through November 16.  Mars is the ancient ruler of Scorpio – it helps to define the fiery emotional depths to […]

Skywatch is posted for October

posted by Lynn Hayes

Skywatch is up on my website, and here is a snippet to cover the first week: As October begins we are still in a shortage of the fire element and Mercury is retrograde, two factors that can make it difficult […]

Libra New Moon!

posted by Lynn Hayes

New Moons are exciting times of renewal and new beginnings, and the Moon was new in Libra at 4 am EDT today.  Each month we are initiated into the mysteries of the signs in zodiacal order, and following the Virgo […]

The astrology of Henry Paulson

posted by Lynn Hayes

Financial astrologer Ray Merriman said last week in our workshop that Aries Henry Paulson and Sagittarian Ben Bernanke did a fine job during the big expansion of the Pluto in Sagittarius era, but that they don’t have a clue how […]

Ten Things you should know about astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

1.  Your birthchart is much more than your Sun sign.  You have more than ten  different astrological signatures in your chart!! The astrology that most people know comes from the horoscope in the newspaper.  If you’re an Aries, you’ll meet […]

Mercury Retrograde

posted by Lynn Hayes

Planets are said to turn retrograde when they appear to be moving backwards from our perspective on earth.  Western astrology studies the motion of the planets from earth, since we are the center of our own universe, and when planets are […]

Chart for the Autumnal Equinox

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Autumn Equinox occurs when the Sun reaches the zero degree point of Libra in the Tropical zodiac.  At this point the days and nights are of equal length, and this is the last sense of balance before the day […]

The Blast: Part Two

posted by Lynn Hayes

If you’re interested in the previous posts on the Blast Conference and my trip to Sedona, catch up here and here.  Saturday morning I took a bit of time off to have a leisurely breakfast, and arrived at the conference […]

Report from the Blast: Friday

posted by Lynn Hayes

(Photo is of the live feed between the AAGB conference in London and the Blast in Sedona.)  This is a continuation of the post I started yesterday, reporting on the conferences from the Blast Astrology Conference.  I’m not a big […]

Greetings from Sedona!

posted by Lynn Hayes

There’s a lot of hype around Sedona, but there’s no doubt that this is an incredible place.  I  dragged my husband Rich along for the week while I enjoy a few days of expanding my astrological horizons at the Blast Astrology […]

Tales from the AstroBlogosphere

posted by Lynn Hayes

I arrived in Arizona last night, heading towards the Blast Astrology Conference this weekend.  I’ll have lots of exciting news from the conference, but today please visit some of my friends for your astrology fix: Leslie takes a look at […]

Harvest Moon tomorrow!

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Full Moon on the 15th is the Harvest Moon, so named because the period between  sunset and moonrise is shorter as we near the Autumnal Equinox which makes for a longer workday on the farm.   This Full Moon […]

Election predictions using astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

Madison asked in the comment stream whether astrology could predict the outcome of the elections.  If you’ve been reading this column for awhile you know that it is my belief that we are not meant to predict the future.  First […]

Happy Labor Day! And Skywatch is posted

posted by Lynn Hayes

The September issue of Skywatch, my monthly report of planetary news, is posted now on my website and you can read it here.  Here are the general influences that we encounter as we enter September: The beginning of September finds […]

More on Sun Signs and the Olympics

posted by Lynn Hayes

  Yesterday we introduced the work of statistician Kenneth Mitchell’s analysis of the correlation of certain astrological signs with sports that correspond to those signs. Moving on to Taurus – Mitchell learned of a sport called Bull Leaping and from […]

Cell Salts through the Signs

posted by Lynn Hayes

Thanks to Robert Wilkinson for posting this interesting article making recommendation of certain cell salts for various astrological signs. Robert writes: The 12 cell salts are considered to be necessary to our health, and I have found over the years […]

Is ignorance bliss?

posted by Lynn Hayes

I ran into one of my list members last weekend, and he said to me, “Thanks a lot, Lynn, for telling me about Mercury retrograde. Now I’m having all these problems.” He was joking, of course, but his implication was […]

Synchronicity and Astrology

posted by Lynn Hayes

In magickal legend, the mage Hermes Trismegistus is a fusion of the Greek/Roman god of communication (Hermes/Mercury) was fused with the Egyptian god of wisdom (Thoth) who gave to Egypt not only their laws and alphabet, but also the spells […]

Happy Birthday Pisces!!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Somehow over the weekend I missed the fact that the Sun entered Pisces on Sunday! Pisces is the most watery of the water signs, and the last of the twelve zodiac signs. Like a drop of water falling into a […]

Sun enters Capricorn today

posted by Lynn Hayes

Happy birthday Capricorns! Those born when the Sun was in Capricorn are ruled by Saturn and tend to take their responsibilities very seriously. The mission of Capricorn is to master the material world. In doing so, they may face many […]

A look ahead by looking back

posted by Lynn Hayes

No one can really explain how astrology works, but anyone who has had a chart reading by a competent astrologer will verify that somehow the planets do possess certain energies that affect us in various ways. Because each of us […]

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Leo Full Moon, February 7 2012
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