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This little jerk has been nothing but trouble today too.

Today, transiting Mars is exactly conjunct my natal Mercury. This is often a time when one gets irrational and starts arguing with people over things that normally wouldn’t be provocative, or that you could ignore. Thus, I sat down to write an angry rant that really doesn’t have much to do with astrology, based on a busy day of arguing with people on Facebook and in person. Rather than do the smart thing and not run this blog entry, I am doing so anyway, because a) it serves as a public record of what a Mars transit to one’s Mercury can do, and b) transiting Mars on my Mercury is making me impulsive. If you’re just here for the astrology, have a look at one of my older blog entries. Hey, here’s a good one! If you’re a fan of angry rants, read on. Whatever, dude.

 

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The Saturn-Neptune square is once again approaching the exact degree, which happens in September. I’ve written here before about how Saturn square Neptune is a particularly difficult transit when it comes to getting anything practical off the ground or solving any long-standing issues. All of the planets are different in nature, but when you consider that the unrelenting steely-eyed entropic force of Saturn isn’t getting along at all well with the somewhat dreamy and delusional erosive force of Neptune, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be hard to build anything sane and permanent on this particular bedrock.

There is absolutely nothing new about humans getting things wrong and having things fall apart as a result, but this particular aspect could lead more of us down more blind alleys than usual. Case in point: the resurgence of conspiracy theories I’m seeing on Facebook of late.

Conspiracy theories are appealing, and even comforting. Nobody wants to think that they are out of work because of a long string of circumstances and economic forces that they don’t control or fully understand. But if you blame your unemployment on a secret cabal of alien Reptoid Invaders who are ruining the economy in order to convert all of us into their slaves/food source? All of a sudden your little life has gone from being tossed on the waves of meaninglessness to fitting into a large and perfect order. Congratulations! You’re one of the rare few who is seeing the truth! Now it makes perfect sense that all your friends who still have jobs don’t believe you! Wake up sheeple!

I’m hearing a lot more lately about a conspiracy theory involving a politician who has been in the public eye for decades now. It seems that there are a large number of people dying, often mysteriously, who may have worked with and/or criticized and/or objected to this particular politician. Spooky, isn’t it? All the evidence of this political murder spree being presented seems rock-solid… that is, until you invoke the darkest and spookiest of all the arcane arts: probability and statistics.

Let me show you how it works. Have you ever heard of Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon? In mathematics, this phenomenon is called an Erdős number, but frankly Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon is a lot more fun, so I’ll use that as the example of what I’m talking about.

Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon is a game where you can calculate how many steps removed anyone in Show Business is from Kevin Bacon (or anyone else in the world for that matter).

Here’s an example: Kevin Bacon and Frank Oz (the puppeteer who does the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars movies).

Frank Oz was in Innocent Blood in 1992, along with Anthony LaPaglia. Anthony LaPaglia was in He Said, She Said in 1991 with Kevin Bacon. Thus, Kevin Bacon and Frank Oz are only separated by one person… giving them a Bacon Number of 2. Had they done a movie together, their Bacon Number would be 1. Got that?

Now here’s a list of 58 actors who died in 2015, all of whom have a Bacon Number of 2 or less. Suspicious, isn’t it? Especially when you consider that this doesn’t even list all of the directors and editors and costumers and make-up and special effects people and caterers and such who also had a Bacon Number of 2 or less who also died in 2015.

When a politician reaches the seventh decade of his or her life and that politician has been a public figure for decades, wouldn’t it be startling if a large number of people hadn’t died along the way, many of whom would be under mysterious circumstances?

Or, you know, maybe Kevin Bacon is a monstrous killing machine too, sitting in the middle of his web of evil. You be the judge.

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What’s my point here? My point is: I’m angry about something going on around me that I have little or no sense of control over, because transiting Mars is conjunct my natal Mercury. What’s more: this blog entry had very little to do with the subject I initially set out to discuss.

Well, um… whatever, shut up!

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(This is one of a series in which I try to show you how an astrologer can give you practical understanding that gets practical results. We all need a bit of that sometimes, don’t we?)

Part One, which was a more general discussion of Medical Astrology, is HERE. Here in Part Two, we get more heavily into the details.

GA writes:

“I have been in poor health since late 2013. I have neurological and muscular difficulties as well as a minor brain injury. I am currently disabled because of these conditions and am wondering if I am going to see any turn around in the future or if there is a good time to focus for changes.”

As is often the case with readings I do, I like to start with the worst news first and then work my way up. In your case, in some ways you already know what the worst news is: this is a very big deal and it’s not going away anytime soon. However I believe in the long run there is very good news, so bear with me. There’s a lot of technical stuff to be covered in the blog entry, and for those of you who just want to cut to the chase, go ahead and skip to the end segment.

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(FULL DISCLOSURE: because of both the importance and complexity of this question, I actually contacted GA with one specific question about the nature of the medical problem (while asking that I NOT be provided with specifics) she is facing. Astrologically I couldn’t figure out if it was a problem with nerve signal transmission or the myelination of the nerve cells. As it turns out the doctors don’t quite know the answer to that one yet either, so I feel justified in my conclusions.)

First of all it’s probably no surprise that your issues arose in 2013 when Pluto was conjunct your ascendant. In the previous blog entry I mentioned the role that the Sixth House plays in physical health, but the ascendant is the point in your chart that most closely determines your physical form and what you ook like, and major issues with physical health can arise when there is a difficult transit to the ascendant. There may have also been changes to your physical appearance during that time as a result.)

And speaking of looks: Capricorn rising with all those planets in Capricorn? Nice cheekbones your chart has there!

Unfortunately Pluto is a very slow planet, and it is going to be passing over a lot of planets in your birth chart between now and when it reaches early Aquarius, which means that health issues could be a major factor in your life until the mid-2020s. Also, Uranus will be squaring your Capricorn stuff for years yet. Don’t worry though: there is hope, and I’m getting to it.

We shouldn’t be surprised when we discovered that astrology is complex, because we already know that medicine is complex. There are clues in your birth chart that there could be a tendency towards neurological issues. That sort of thing is ruled by Mercury, and your Mercury is much more strongly aspected than you might think at first glance. On the other hand all this Mercury stuff will tend to make a person fairly intelligent, so you’ve got that going for you.

First of all, your Mercury is what we call “combust”: that is, fairly closely conjunct the Sun. In theory this can make a lot of trouble for any planet that gets too close to the Sun call me but Mercury never strays too far from the Sun and thus it is the most likely planet to be combust in a person’s birth chart. This in and of itself does not indicate trouble.

If we want to have a further look at how Mercury’s affected in your birth chart we need to look at a technique that I don’t mention very often called midpoints. Let’s say your Sun was at 10 degrees Aries and your Jupiter was at 10 degrees Gemini. The exact halfway point between those two spots in the Zodiac is the midpoint, and if you had Venus at about 10 degrees Taurus we would say that your Venus is aspecting the Sun-Moon midpoint. This would tend to lend both solar and lunar qualities to your Venus, and comes with other factors as well.

Your Mercury is conjunct your Mars-Neptune midpoint. On the one hand, that gives you creative ability. On the other hand, it can lead to neuromuscular (Mercury = neuro, Mars = muscles) problems and/or hard to diagnose medical issues (Neptune = things getting vague or nebulous). Furthermore, Neptune and Pluto are both making hard aspects to your Mars-Neptune midpoint. Saturn is also closely square your Moon-Mercury midpoint… Saturn brings decrease, and the Moon rules “coverings” in the body… like the myelin sheath on your neurons that acts the way the insulating plastic does on a wire, preventing unnecessary scrambling of signals.

All of this would have been activated by the Uranus square and Pluto conjunction to your Ascendant in 2013 or so. Thus, a potential problem that laid dormant was triggered. The good news is that Pluto has in in all likelihood already done its worst to you that way

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So, the short version of all this? I believe this is going to remain a challenge for you for some time. In fact, because the two main culprits here are Uranus and Pluto, you may not get a real turnaround on this until the mid 2020s. However I don’t know that there is all that much sign of it getting worse in the meantime, and I think it will get better even if you may have to wait a few years for that yet. In the meantime you are still smart and still have those cheekbones.

And the punchline? If transiting Uranus and Pluto did all this to you (conjunctions and squares bringing unexpected bad news), then consider what will happen in the first half of the 2020s when transiting Uranus is trine all your Capricorn stuff, and Pluto is done messing with you. Unexpected news can be good, too.

On a final note, GA, I would like to bring up something that you didn’t ask about but I feel may be vitally important to your understanding the nature who you are. You may have noticed that there’s a lot of Capricorn in your birth chart, all front and center where everyone can see it. That’s ruled by Saturn, which is conjunct your Midheaven. In fact, if we counts Saturn as the traditional ruler of Aquarius, Saturn is pretty much driving the whole bus as far as your birth chart goes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that everything in your life is going to be hard, difficult work as Saturn usually implies… if anything, you’ll be better at handling a lot of the Saturn crap than most people.

(Yes, I know that the old saying about how “God doesn’t give anyone anything that thy can’t handle” is both annoying and completely unhelpful, but there’s still some truth to it, I figure. But I’m not going to say it.)

When I look at your Saturn, I see it closely conjunct the Midheaven (which has a lot to do with “life purpose”). Thus, as the ruler of “you” (your First House) it’s easier in your case to spot what your “life purpose” may be. I don’t claim to be a guru so I rarely expound on that subject, but in your case, I can tell you this much: you are, much more than the average person, here on this planet to be yourself. Ever heard the expression “shake your moneymaker?” In your case, you ARE your moneymaker. Being boring and getting an assembly line job would be a tragic waste in your case. Be yourself, do your thing, and it will — both literally and figuratively — pay off better than anything else you could do …or be.

Plus, of course, you’ve got the cheekbones for it.

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GA writes:

“I have been in poor health since late 2013. I have neurological and muscular difficulties as well as a minor brain injury. I am currently disabled because of these conditions and am wondering if I am going to see any turn around in the future or if there is a good time to focus for changes.”

First off, I need to establish something that should be obvious: I am not a physician. Then again neither are your Facebook friends who keep posting ridiculous articles like “rubbing cinnamon on your forehead can prevent migraines” or “baleen whales almost never get cancer, so switch to an all plankton diet” or whatever, so clearly some advice from non-physicians can be more sensible than others.

Having said that: astrology and medicine have a long and rich tradition together, and there are some astrologers out there specializing in medical astrology who can dig up some really remarkable results. I’m not one of those, but I’ve been around enough to pick up on a lot of the basics, and you’d be surprised how effective astrology can be at pinning down at least some of the answers that the people in lab coats either miss or take a long time to find.

The very ancient relationship between medicine and astrology is one of those things that skeptics like to use to deride astrology. Yes, 500 years ago, physicians did use astrology a lot more than they do now — and they also used leeches to treat a lot more problems than we do now. But just because something is ancient doesn’t automatically make it untrue, and undoubtedly many of our most strongly-held beliefs about the nature of the physical universe will give scientists a hearty laugh 500 years from now.

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Every planet in your birth chart contributes to your health somehow, and we need to pay special attention to the condition of whatever planet rules the Sixth House of your birth chart, which is also a general indicator of health. In addition, we have to determine the condition of the specific planets ruling the individual organs involved in any given illness.

(Fun astrological fact: the uterus is the only organ that can change rulership. Normally the uterus is ruled by Scorpio, but when you’re pregnant that rulership switches to The Moon, because The Moon rules “coverings” in the body.)

Keep in mind that complex systems can develop complex problems, and the human body is very complex. This is something that both doctors and astrologers need to keep in mind when reading over test results or a birth chart.

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You may have noticed that this entire blog entry has been more or less preamble without yet getting into the astrological nitty-gritty of your individual case. There are two good reasons for that. For one thing, I wanted to make it abundantly clear that although medical astrology is a real thing that really works, it’s still no substitute for the work of actual physicians.

Finally: your case is a particularly complex one and it’s going to require lots and lots of technical details and astrological heavy lifting and I can’t do it justice without all those fiddly little details taking up their own blog entry. So drop by next time if you were one of those kids in school who was always asking for extra homework…

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I’ve been doing a little Internet archaeology recently attempting to determine an answer to the all important question: what was the first astrology blog, ever? If you put “first astrology blog ever” into Google, the first result you will get in most cases is incorrect. So I decided to do a little digging through the dark recesses of archive.org, and what I found there is not only fascinating, but frankly is making me feel a little old.

The Internet has been around and a part of public consciousness one way or another since the early 1990s, and of course was developed long before that. Blogging has been around since the early 1990s – in fact there were blogs before the word “blogging” even existed. In the early days there were discussion forums in places like Genie and Xanga and AOL, but those don’t actually count as blogs.

For our purposes, I’m going to define a blog as “a discrete site on the internet — either with its own URL or as a distinctly separate section on another website — where a person writes about a specific subject, often drawing on their own personal experiences.”

Here are the three oldest examples of astrology blogs on the internet that I’ve been able to find:

First off, we have Astronet which started in 1993, and although whether or not it conforms to someone’s modern definition of “blog” is debatable, it fits my criteria:

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Then there is the much-beloved Bay Area astrologer Rob Brezsny, whose first site sprang to life in 1998:

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And here from 1998 is Frank Piechoski, and the astrology blog has reached its modern form. Also, by this point, we also had the word “blog” to describe it.

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The most obvious astrological observation I can make around this subject is that the whole astrology blog concept really got rolling in the mid-Nineties, not surprisingly during the long Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn.

If you know of any astrology blogs older than these, let me know in the comments section and I’ll keep this blog entry updated

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