Tuesday, August 30, 2011


“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, nothing more; 
there is no road - you make the road 
by walking.
Turning to look behind, you see the 
path you will never travel again.” 

-- Antonio Machado

Welcome to Roxanna's AstroTarology 
{Note: By entering this blog, you have officially expressed that you think there might be something more to existence than what meets the eye.  Congratulations on your leap of faith.}

Here you will find a stream of consciousness babbling all the way from ancient times to your computer screen. As one born during the Pluto-Uranus conjunction in Virgo (in my ninth house, Rx), it is my service - to meticulously sort and organize philosophies and mysteries from the past and 'recycle' what is still useful. The tradition of symbols and archetypes provides me with a framework to build from, similar to how a song writer might work within the tradition of melody or rhyme. 
Viewers will note I refer to Tarot de Marseille and not modern decks. This is because someone, hundreds of years ago, was doing exactly what I described above when they created it. As you shall see, the seemingly bare-bones imagery of this deck is loaded with information that is perhaps more relevant today than ever. 

My take on Astrology is less about popular Greek Gods and more about alchemy/psychology. One of the first laws of the universe, say the alchemists, is the law of 'projection.' We imaged the Gods onto the stars, and in doing so we invented the Gods; "As above, so below"... as within, so without, etc. It's no surprise that the Gods took the form of our immediate family members, starting with Mother (adoring Isis or Kali with PMS) and Father (Jupiter as wife-beater or benefactor). Relationships play a huge role, since we are all mirrors for each other. The law of attraction (Venus) is closely intertwined with the law of projection (Sun/Moon). 

'Map' of the Pleiades (?), in the constellation 
of Taurus, drawn 14,000 years ago. 

Stay tuned for horoscope postings - coming soon !

Here are some current events to chew on...

JUPITER WENT RETROGRADE TODAY and will be in trine aspect with Pluto during this period. Jupiter represents faith and justice, while Pluto is death and transformation. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, judgement after death meant weighing the heart of the deceased against Maat's feather of truth. One's own heart would bear witness to the sins/un-truths committed. If it was too heavy, it would be devoured by the beastie, Ammit. 
What in your life needs to be reconciled now so you can exit 
this world with a light heart ? 
Hint: Jupiter is in Taurus, which would place emphasis on FAMILY.

On a lighter note, retrograde Jupiter means it's time to set back on our rocking-thrones and think about all we've amassed...  philosophies, expectations, faith. Are inner and outer worlds in sync ? Are we creating abundance in the right areas ? How have we been judging others/ourselves ? Jupiter is setting back on my Sun, so I'll be thinking hard about all of this !


NEPTUNE (the Muse) in Aquarius and Chiron (the Wounded Healer) in Pisces are both retrograde and opposite Sun and Venus in Virgo right now. 
Virgo is all about practical, earthly service, while Aquarius and Pisces are more concerned with dreams, hopes and visions. Are we challenged to 'walk the mystical path with practical feet' ? How can we balance our hopes and dreams for healing ourselves and the world with our individual, life's work ? 

Neptune sometimes works 'undercover.' Perhaps you are really an angel, working as a receptionist in an office building, where nobody will suspect you...

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Venus in Virgo - Working with Love

Then a ploughman said, "Speak to us of Work." 
And he answered, saying:
You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. 

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite. 
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering
of the hours turns to music. 
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison? 
Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. 
But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, 
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, 
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret. 
But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written. 
You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary. 
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge, 
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge, 
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work, 
And all work is empty save when there is love; 
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, 
and to one another, and to God. 
And what is it to work with love? 
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. 
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved 
were to dwell in that house. 
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. 
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, 
And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching. 
Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, "he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil. 
And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet." 
But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, 
that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass; 
And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving. 
Work is love made visible. 
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. 
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger. 
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. 
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night. 

                 --  Kahlil Gibran, 'On Work'

More Khalil Gibran here: http://leb.net/gibran/

Curvaceous Dimples - Trump 21

"Time and space, according to Einstein's theories of relativity, 
are woven together, forming a four-dimensional fabric called 
"space-time." The mass of Earth dimples this fabric, much like 
a heavy person sitting in the middle of a trampoline. 
Gravity, says Einstein, is simply the motion of objects 
following the curvaceous lines of the dimple."

-- NASA Science News, reporting on the proven truth 
of Einstein's theory in May 2011.

Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement.
And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

--T.S. Eliot (The Four Quartets)

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