Happy Birthday, Astrology Mundo!

It was one year ago today that I decided to join the blogosphere by launching Astrology Mundo. Now, 422 posts, 1,353 (approved) comments, and 136,901 hits later, Astrology Mundo is celebrating its first birthday.

My output has varied since I fired up the blog for the first time, courtesy of WordPress, on Mar. 17, 2008, but my love of the astrological and blogging community hasn’t.

There have been two contributors who have kept this blog afloat over the past year when my energy flagged — Regina at Gastriques and Gian Paul, who has given us The View from Brazil. Thanks to both of you!

Also, thanks to the astrobloggers who have taken the time to comment on my posts and to link to them. I can’t name them all, but I’m thinking of Jude Cowell at Stars Over Washington and Jude’s Threshold, Comet at Out the Comet’s Ass, Julie Demboski, Beth Turnage at Astrology Explored, and ElsaElsa of blog aggregator AstroDispatch, to name a few. I couldn’t have done it without you. (More links later!)

Away from the cosmos, SFMike of Civic Center and Susan DeMark of Mindful Walker have helped keep my feet firmly on the ground while I’m looking up at the stars.

Last but not least, a big shout-out to Pamela Cucinell, my roommate at last year’s United Astrology Conference and the host of AstroChatter Radio, where I put my two astro cents in on a (mostly) regular basis.

Thanks everybody! I love all of you, especially my readers!

What Astrology Can Tell Us About the Closed Session of Congress

About a week ago, I got a little freaked out when I discovered an article from an Australian Web site about a closed meeting of Congress on Mar. 13. Billed as a secret discussion of a surveillance bill, the session also included references to a “September 2008” stock market crisis, according to foreign media articles.

Now, the inimitable Jude Cowell, who blogs at both Stars Over Washington and Jude’s Threshold, has done the astrology of this closed debate of Congress. Don’t miss this post on what was cooking beneath the Capitol dome on Mar. 13, 2008.

The Gloucester High Pregnancy Pact and the Summer Solstice Chart

I didn’t post on the 2008 Summer Solstice chart, but I did make some comments over at Jude’s Threshold (see my blogroll) about the chart, which has Mars in Leo in the eighth house of sexuality opposing North Node conjunct Neptune in Aquarius (collective illusions or disease).

Here’s a link to Jude’s marked-up chart, which is a work of art. (Jude’s an artist, by the way.): http://judecowell.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/2008-summer-solstice-jan-20.jpg

In my comment of June 10, I speculated this aspect could produce concern about children’s obesity or an outbreak of sexually transmitted disease among teens. What I didn’t foresee was that a group of 17 teenage girls agreeing to get pregnant and raise their children together would create a stir on the national scene.

That was the story coming out of Gloucester (Mass.) High School on June 18, admittedly two days before the Summer Solstice. But it picked up momentum over the weekend as the facts of the story have been questioned by other media outlets as various local officials denied the existence of a formal pact among the young women.

Here’s the original story: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1815845,00.html and a link to a followup piece by Kathleen Kingsbury, the author of the article: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1817272,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

Obviously, this isn’t the only health story about teens that the Summer Solstice chart points to, but it’s interesting nonetheless. I’ve copied my June 10 comment to Jude below, with the relevant section in boldface:

“Jude — I read that Mars in Leo in the eighth house as being children or young people, not necessarily warriors, which I would equate more with Mars in Aries.
With Neptune, North Node, and Chiron opposing the Mars in Leo, I could see a lot of concern about children’s health and getting kids away from video games, the Internet, and TV and outside to play (Mars in Leo).
The concern about children being overweight is already out there, but I could see some kind of replay of the children’s fitness program of the 1960s. Also, there could be issues about vaccines or children who are uninsured. I think that eighth house in a national chart could have to do with insurance.
Mars in Leo in the eighth could also pertain to the sexuality of young people. Maybe some kind of new contagious disease is out there.
I like the Venus/Sun in the seventh house, even with an out-of-sign opposition from Pluto.
Sun/Venus in the seventh — more emphasis on socializing at home with friends, families, and neighbors than traveling. “Come over to my house for a potluck barbecue!” is how I read this. Even though it’s in cost-conscious Capricorn, the Jupiter/Moon conjunction could also be about socializing at home, I think. So cheer up and fire up that barbie! — Monica”

Check out Jude’s full treatment of the Summer Solstice here: http://judecowell.wordpress.com/2008-summer-solstice/

Jude and I aren’t always on the same page politically (she sees more conspiracy in the world than I do), but her sense of humor, thorough research, and artistic endeavors knock me out. As my Aunt Annie used to say, “She’s a hoot and holler!”

New Moon in Gemini: He Said, She Said Edition

When I was growing up, one of my favorite segments of 60 Minutes was “Point-Counterpoint” with Shana Alexander and James Kilpatrick. In the spirit of Point-Counterpoint, I present two different perspectives on today’s New Moon in Gemini, which takes place at 3:23 p.m. EDT.

I think the juxtaposition captures the duality of Gemini, whose astrological symbol is the Twins.

Even though the expression is: “He said, she said,” I’m going to flip-flop things. First up is our astrological Shana Alexander, Jude Cowell, who blogs at Jude’s Threshold: http://judecowell.wordpress.com/2008/05/31/balm-for-our-misery-june-3rds-new-moon-in-gemini/

Then it’s James Kilpatrick, er, Jeff Jawer’s turn. He and colleague Rick Levine run a first-rate operation over at Star IQ. Here’s Jawer on today’s New Moon:
http://www.stariq.com/NewMoonReport.HTM

Maybe I’ll do some cross-dressing, affect my best whine, and channel Andy Rooney on the New Moon. But I think I’m more Roseanne Roseannadanna: “What’s all this fuss about global worming? I have lots of worms in my garden and they’re good for the environment.”