Urania's Well: Astrology for Changing Times


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Diotima

Diotima

Diotima Mantineia began studying astrology in 1968, taking classes from Zoltan Mason in New York City. For the next 22 years, she practiced astrology only for herself and her friends, continuing her studies while watching an increasingly humanistic, psychologically oriented, modern astrology blossom through the work of leading astrologers such as Noel Tyl, Liz Greene, Rob Hand, Marion March, Stephen Arroyo and Howard Sasportas. In 1986, Diotima began her study of Wicca and started reading Tarot, discovering that she is a gifted intuitive. In 1991, she began practicing both astrology and Tarot professionally. She majored in plant and soil science both in college and grad school, and grows much of her own food and "materia magica" on her land in the mountains of western North Carolina. Diotima’s personal spiritual path is rooted in the Western mystery traditions, the principles of Yoga, and a profound connection with the natural world. Wicca gives structure to her spiritual journey, and she utilizes shamanic practices for healing and to live in harmony with Nature. Over 15 years of studying Chinese martial arts has given her a deep appreciation of Taoist thought which has strongly influenced her magical and personal philosophy. You can find her at www.uraniaswell.com

b2ap3_thumbnail_ferdinand.jpg"Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence." Max Ehrmann

This month’s New Moon features some intense aspects and planetary placements, including a station of Mercury as it prepares to go retrograde. It occurs just a few minutes after midnight on Monday, May 18th (all times EDT, find the chart here) at 27 degrees of Taurus, so anyone with placements in 23-30 degrees of the fixed signs will  have some extra energy to play with this month. Opportunities and pitfalls both abound — let’s take a look at how we might chart a course towards the former and avoid the latter.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_astro-clock-italy-sm_20121115-220151_1.jpgIt’s an  oft-repeated truism in the literature on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that it never goes away. I’m a big believer in the plasticity of the brain and the strength of the human spirit, so I’ve always felt that it was possible to fully heal, just damned difficult. Part of the problem is that trauma affects everyone differently, depending on a number of factors — genetics, environment, parenting, the ages at which trauma occurs, etc. — which means everyone’s path to healing is different. Sometimes it can be hard to see where the next step is, much less where the path leads.

I’ve had plenty of people tell me over the years about their special one-size-fits-all “cure” for PTSD.  Along with various psycho-therapeutic methods and magical and shamanic techniques, I’ve been urged to try EFT or acupuncture or any of a gazillion other different treatment modalities — and I probably have worked with most of them. But in my experience and that of many people I’ve spoken to in my work as an astrologer and tarot reader, you pick up some healing here, and some there, and a bit more over there, and pretty soon you’re talking real healing. But it takes time, it takes support, and it takes a willing heart.

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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    You are very welcome, Amy!. Yes, I'm slowly but surely getting that class together. Stay tuned!
  • Amy
    Amy says #
    Thank you for sharing this--lots of food for thought here. I have been excited about taking your astrology class ever since you fi
  • Wendi Lynn Wagner
    Wendi Lynn Wagner says #
    Thank you the poem is beautiful! Being gentle with myself is my biggest challenge. I too think that our tech heavy society takes u
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Wendi, I'm glad you are finding the blog helpful. I think life balance is an issue for everyone in this highly technological cultu
  • Wendi Lynn Wagner
    Wendi Lynn Wagner says #
    I find this an interesting subject. I have complex PTSD receiving treatment 7 years ago which dealt with the nightmares and flashb

b2ap3_thumbnail_crossroads-in-woods.jpg"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult." – E.B. White

Full Moon charts are generally said to be in effect only for the two weeks until the next New Moon. But a chart is a single moment in time on the restless sea of planetary movements - a moment that lets us get a reading on where we’re heading, and make any necessary course corrections Used wisely, the course that is set in that moment can influence our lives far beyond the next couple of weeks.

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As we look around and assess the changes sponsored by the Uranus-Pluto square, we can start to dream of a better future, both in our personal lives and on a larger scale. But those dreams must be firmly based in the reality of time, space and Earth if they are to become anything more than escapist fantasies. We'll want to look around to see what structures have been brought down by Tower Time, begin to sort through the rubble, then decide what we will use to rebuild and what is no longer useful. The landscapes of our lives have been irrevocably changed, and we now look to discover the paths through our new world. Cue the Aries New Moon, which brings courage, determination and a bit of sheer bloody-mindedness to help us find our way in unfamiliar territory. But this chart also brings an interesting combination of planets (Venus and Neptune, with Saturn keeping a rather judgmental eye on things) that gives us an opportunity to dream well and truly, but also suggests taking great care in some areas.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_firedancer.jpgThe Full Moon in Libra is one of the year’s lunar eclipses, occurring on Saturday, April 4 at 8:07am. This moment in space is brought to you by the Aries/Libra axis of the Zodiac, and I want you to go and gather all your hats together now, because you’ll probably be feeling the need to change them frequently as you try to keep up with the action over the next few months. It’s a dynamic chart, full of changes and interactions, opportunities for leadership, relationship, and compassion, accompanied by plenty of new ideas and inspirations. The chart also has the Uranus-Pluto square locked in tight, so all that work you’ve been doing around stripping down to the essentials and making profound changes in some area(s) of your life will continue to demand your attention, and all your skills at life-navigation.

One of the first things that jumps out from this chart is an emphasis on the Fire element. Fire is flowing freely in a Grand Trine among Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn, and a there are trines between the Sun-Uranus conjunction and Jupiter as well. This configuration highlights impassioned communication about broader social issues, and indicates possible sudden awakenings and breakthroughs in awareness.  We’ve already seen the fiery energy of the Spring Equinox chart expressed in wildfires, volcanic eruptions, explosions, and multiple airplane crashes (I’m not even going to link there are so many over the past couple of weeks — just google it. And yes, as you may have guessed, Uranus, now in Fire sign Aries and still tightly square destructive Pluto, rules air travel.) Now, with this lunar eclipse chart, we are getting even more Fire energy coming in. Those of us who work magically with the Elements have our work cut out for us.

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A fanab2ap3_thumbnail_cherry-blossoms-on-stone.jpgtic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~ Winston Churchill

We have two significant events happening on March 20th — first, a New Moon in Pisces at 5:36 am EDT, followed immediately by a solar eclipse. Then, that evening at 6:46, the Sun moves into Aries for the Spring Equinox. Both these charts will be in effect for at least 3 to 6 months, and I have cast them for Washington, DC, so they are predictive for the country. Find the charts here and here.

This planetary combination is a recipe for change and new beginnings in this season of the balance between light and dark. We’ll want to get very clear about our intentions for our lives and our world, because the energy we set in motion on this day is likely to be powerful and long lasting. Should you work magic during this time? Of course! It could be argued that a magician is always working magic. But it is definitely a good idea to carefully consider where and how you are directing your magic, and also to know that with volatile energies like these, you may not get the results you expected, particularly if you work at the eclipse. Magic done at an eclipse tends to always have a wild card somewhere in the mix. I’d advise working with the eclipse energy only if your personal magical practice is relatively disciplined, you are well-tuned-in to the flow of energy in your life, and you can be flexible about the results. If this isn’t you, then you might want to work in the evening, at or after the equinox, when the Moon and Sun are trine Saturn, and the Moon is trine Jupiter.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_turquoise_moon_and_stars.jpg"All our relationships are person-to-person. They involve people seeing, hearing, touching, and speaking to each other; they involve sharing goods; and they involve moral values like generosity and compassion."
Brendan Myers

The New Moon happens on February 18 at 6:47 pm EST, right on the knife’s edge between Aquarius and Pisces, and brings attention and awareness to ideas about the collective and how we treat each other. The importance of technology — everything from breakdowns to privacy issues to technology saving the day — is another topic likely to be front and center. In this upcoming month you may want to focus on considering how you can work with others and create effective change within a group. What can you do together that you can’t do alone? Who is your tribe, and how do you support each other? Who are your spiritual kin, your “fellow travelers”, and how do you connect with them?

The term “tribal mentality” is tossed around a lot these days as though it were something to be avoided — and in the implied meaning of restricted, fearful, insular thinking, no doubt it is. But human brains are wired to live and work in small groups, so we also can find a number of people who are exploring a tribal template as a basic unit for a healthy economic and social system.  As the cracks in the industrial civilization we have built become more and more apparent, some are looking at tribal society as a promising, egalitarian model for a fossil-fuel-restricted, environmentally-challenged future. (See this and especially this) Others feel that “New Tribalism” is destructive of the values of a democratic society. (More about that here). We’ll be seeing ideas like these up for discussion in the coming month, and they will be well worth considering on a personal level as well. What communities do you belong to? How do you support them? How do they support you?

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