photo of the venus transit from June 2012

Transit of Venus

First photo of the transit of Venus for 2012, an event that will not be repeated in our lifetimes, taken at 9.45 am Melbourne time, June 6, 2012.

Venus is the small dark spot over the face of the sun.

The observation of this transit was one of the key scientific objectives in the 1760s. The science of astronomy was still young.

Why Astrology?

25 July 2011
Well, let’s make the question more interesting, put it into some sort of context.

Why is the study of astrology worthwhile? No, that’s not a good enough question yet.

The quality of our life is affected by the quality of our questions.

Gemini vs Gemini

5 July 2011
The battle for World No 1 – Men’s Tennis
In another interesting Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Final on 3 July 2011, the number 1 and number 2 players in the world squared off to decide the winner of one of the top prizes on the annual Tennis circuit.

In the process Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were also staking their future claims on the No 1 spot, despite Novak’s points already guaranteeing him No 1 for the time being regardless of the outcome of this particular match.

If Novak lost, he would be about 400 points ahead of Nadal; if he won, about 2000 points.

Synchronicity – an example

14 June 2011
Just now I was looking through some photos I had recently taken on my new iPad. One was a cut out page from The Age Good Weekend magazine, folded in half, laid on top of various random folders in my office, waiting for me to review some interesting comments in the article.

Dr Zhivago and Jung

6 June 2011
[Frith and I saw the stage production of Dr Zhivago recently, courtesy of her father. Thanks, Lew!]

While Dr Zhivago is largely remembered as a love story, I feel there is a deeper story that speaks to all of us, beyond love stories, as monumentally significant as they can sometimes be.

Pluto in Capricorn Revisited

More Recent Observations
June 1, 2010
If you missed last year’s articles on Pluto’s transit into Capricorn, you may still be trying to make sense of some of the major events of this last year.

In my previous article Signs of the Times: Pluto in Capricorn (part 1) from July 2009, I noted: ‘Pluto’s journey through this sign until its final exit on 20 November 2024 will see an intense focus on the systems, laws and regulations that govern and regulate the lives of all people on this planet.’

This was an attempt to be concise.

Let me elaborate just a little.

Pluto in Capricorn

Signs of the Times
Let me begin this article with some predictions on the longest-lasting astrological development of 2008-09, namely Pluto’s move into the sign of Capricorn.

After spending 140 days in this sign from 26 January 2008 to 14 June 2008, Pluto then returned to Sagittarius until 27 November 2008. From its first brief visit early in the year, stockmarkets around the world began to echo and crumble with subterranean warnings of the deep probing so characteristic of Pluto. The question left unspoken, that is yet seeking to be answered is “On what foundation and on what basis have we attributed the values to our companies, countries and institutions that we have in recent times? And are these foundations structurally secure?”

Saturn in Libra

Saturn will commence its transit through the sign of Libra from 29 October 2009 to 7 April 2010, and then again from 21 July 2010 through to 5 October 2012.

At any time in history certain events occur which capture the essence of some astrological transit of the time. The essence of the time, like the secrets of the perfumers’ art, is inevitably a complex blend of ingredients that takes some subtlety to discern. (See Dustin Hoffman’s character in the movie Poison.)

Yet here we are attempting to discern the occurrence and effect of just one of these ingredients of the essence of the time – the transit of Saturn through the sign of Libra – the only inanimate sign in the ‘circle of animals’, the sign depicted by the Scales, representing the concept of balance.