The Devil’s Sooty Brother

Posted on March 29, 2013 by John

   The Brothers Grimm A disbanded soldier had nothing to live on, and did not know how to get on. So he went out into the forest and when he had walked for a short time, he met a little man who was, however, the Devil. The little man said to him, "What ails you, [...]

Mercury retrograde in Pisces 2013

Posted on February 25, 2013 by John

  The first retrograde transit of Mercury in 2013 is a particularly interesting one. on the 23rd of February until the 17th of March, Mercury appears to be going backwards through Pisces.    A planet is described as retrograde when, as a result of the orbital movement of the earth, the planet  appears from our earthbound [...]

Mercury retrograde in Pisces 2013

Posted on February 25, 2013 by John

The first retrograde transit of Mercury in 2013 is a particularly interesting one. on the 23rd of February until the 17th of March, Mercury appears to be going backwards through Pisces.    A planet is described as retrograde when, as a result of the orbital movement of the earth, the planet  appears from our earthbound [...]

Solar Eclipses

Posted on December 3, 2012 by John

Eclipses are a very much maligned phenomena, traditionally there were considered to be portents of disaster, why not, the sun does go out for a time, after all.  Modern astrology is a little more sophisticated and describes eclipses as pointing to the ending of one set of circumstances and the beginning of another. An eclipse, [...]

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Posted on November 24, 2012 by John

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The parable of the frog

Posted on October 24, 2012 by John

The Scorpion and the Frog One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river. The river was wide [...]

Bearskin ~ a commentary

Posted on October 23, 2012 by John

BEARSKIN ( for the story http://astroquestastrology.com/bearskin/) A commentary It has been said that fairy tales are the dreams of a culture, and as is the case with dreams, the opening scene can be very revealing. In Bearskin the story begins with the return of a soldier from the wars, and with a contract made with a [...]

The Invitation

Posted on October 23, 2012 by John

    'The Invitation'     by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.            It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.            It doesn't interest me how old [...]

The Invitation

Posted on October 23, 2012 by John

    'The Invitation'       by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.            It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.            It doesn't interest me how [...]

Saturn / Chiron and The Frog Prince

Posted on September 9, 2012 by John

 A commentary Quaint, fascinating, even compelling, as fairy tales can be they also mirror the deep symbolic structures which lie at the base of the human psyche. These structures can be identified and used to both understand our world and our place within it.  As codes of human experience classical stories provide guidelines for dealing [...]

Inanna and Ereshkigal

Posted on September 7, 2012 by John

Pluto and an image of descent , for a commentary on the text go to http://astroquestastrology.com/pluto-and-an-image-of-descent/ INANNA'S DESCENT TO THE "GREAT PLACE BELOW" A time came when the Lady of the Gods, Inanna, thought it right to visit the realm of her sister, ruler of the Great Place Below for her husband had just died and she [...]

Pluto and an image of descent

Posted on September 7, 2012 by John

Pluto transits evoke images of descent, each a voyage to the underworld of the unconscious to all that is hidden within. It  is a repository of undeveloped potential and positive traits as well as the dark and disavowed. The oldest recorded descent myth is that of the Sumerian Goddess Inanna and her descent to her [...]

Fate and Freewill

Posted on August 29, 2012 by John

  Astrologers are always brushing up against this conundrum, my usual response, for there can be no definitive answer, lies embedded with in this quaint (yet disamrmingly profound) Islamic story: Once upon a time, it is said, there lived in Isfahan a young man who spent his days as servant to a wealthy merchant. One [...]

The Gorgon and the Caveman

Posted on August 20, 2012 by John

          There are two figures that are particularly important in terms of the relationships they inhabit. They are not so much linked to particular astrology charts or even personality types charts but rather seem to be universal. In a sense they represent images of two archetypal extremes. One is masculine, the other feminine and they [...]

The gorgon in relationship

Posted on August 20, 2012 by John

          There are two figures that are particularly important in terms of the relationships they inhabit. They are not so much linked to particular astrology charts or even personality types charts but rather seem to be universal. In a sense they represent images of two archetypal extremes. One is masculine, the other feminine and they [...]