From a Galaxy, Far, Far Away…

Star Wars (May 25, 1977)

Almost everyone of a certain age (50 and over) remember this day in history: Star Wars opens in U.S. theatres. Here’s the preview that caught the attention of the world.

Here’s the randomized chart of the event:

That Grand Trine involving Venus, Saturn and Neptune explains the eternal appeal of this film. Venus is the love triangle, Saturn is the Empire, and Neptune is the Force. All of them seem unstoppable.

There are two inconjuncts.

Mercury Inconjunct Pluto

You have a rather complicated and sometimes tricky mind. You usually prefer to do things in roundabout and involved ways instead of being simple and direct.

On the positive side, this means that you enjoy solving puzzles and finding out about hidden matters. At school you might do research in science. You have a natural ability to understand how people’s minds work, what makes them act as they do, and what they are thinking, which is quite amazing for someone of your age.

On the negative side, however, you might misuse this ability by trying to control people’s thoughts and words. Al;so you may love mysteries so much that you get involved in complicated plots and arrangements with your friends. You may enjoy working in secret and creating an air of mystery about yourself, but this could backfire and make others misunderstand you or even fear what you are doing. It is important to show people that you are honest and that you are not hiding anything. Otherwise they will probably suspect you, even if you are totally innocent. And if you aren’t, they will know it for certain.

On another level, this aspect can mean that at certain times in your life you will go through tremendous psychological changes. All your thoughts and opinions will change completely. These stages may seem difficult, but you will be much better off if you let go of the past and welcome the new ideas.

(Think, Obi-Wan Kenobi.)

Jupiter Inconjunct Uranus

With this aspect, you may be unable to decide whether you should act alone in total freedom or with others in group or social situations. Also you may not trust any ideas, values and concepts that you share with the people around you. For example, you may feel that instead of believing something that others believe, you have to establish your own ideas and values. You may try to be a nonconformist simply for its own sake, which obviously is a waste. The validity of an idea is totally independent of how many people believe it, and it is as bad to automatically reject what others believe as to accept it blindly.

You will always need freedom, but you will also discover that what you do with your life will have meaning only if it means something to others. This is not an artificial rule but a truth that you will discover within yourself. When you do, you may become heavily involved in some social movement that advocates unusual ideas or ways of thinking. When you are an adult, you may join a movement for social reform and change. However, even in a group that embodies your own thinking, you will find it hard to adjust to the group’s demands on your own time and freedom. Consequently you will probably leave that group and join another, until that one also becomes oppressive. While you are young, you may have a similar problem with your friends as well. When they start to expect too much of your time and energy, you will break away from them.

(Think, Han Solo – it’s in the name…)


These little forays into our recent past (and, perhaps, distant future) are a reminder that life in cyclical. The Hero’s Journey is always there, ready to be (re-)awakened. In 1977, a whole generation got lost in space, for real.

“May the Force be with you…”

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Here’s a Fellow with a Big Beak…

Male Red-Breasted Grosbeak

His black tuxedo and white shirt combination has a huge red cravat…

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“What Hath God Wrought?”

Morse Code Demonstration (May 24, 1844)

Sometimes, you just have to use your intuition and reasoning powers together to get the timing right…

The U.S. Congress sits at night, to my understanding. Even if they sat during the day, a demonstration by Samuel Morse would have been either at the end of the day’s business, or at the beginning of the evening’s session. Either way, I decided on 5 pm local time on the day. And look what happens: a Yod (Finger of God) answers the question!

Moon Inconjunct Jupiter

This aspect indicates that you have a positive, optimistic outlook on life, and you enjoy socializing with good friends. However, there are some dangers with this aspect. First, it can be a sign that you are self-indulgent and possibly even selfish, although this is not likely to happen if you have a good, strong relationship with your mother. You have a great need to be cared for and supported, to be accepted for what you are with no strings attached. If this need is fulfilled, the positive side of this aspect will flourish. But if your mother does not support your needs fully, you will feel insecure and will look elsewhere for support and fulfillment. In this case your concern will be totally for yourself with little thought for other people’s needs.

Mercury Inconjunct Ascendant

You are likely to have some problems, but not serious ones, in communicating with others. The problem is that people’s first impression of you may not fit in with what you say or your manner of thinking and speaking. People tend to hear what they expect to hear, and they may not listen to you as carefully as they should. So you will have to be as clear as possible and insist that others listen to what you are really saying. If others do not understand you, it is up to you to set them straight.

This aspect may mean that you enjoy working with your mind, learning new skills and ways to do things. You may also like working with your hands and using tools. You like to make practical use of your skills as well, so you don’t enjoy learning something new unless it seems useful for your life.

Uranus Inconjunct Ascendant

Your need to be free and do what you want is often in conflict with what others require of you and even with what you feel you ought to do. Sometimes this conflict can cause considerable physical and emotional tension. The task you face is to organize your life in a disciplined way that will enable you to satisfy your need for freedom through your everyday activities. One way to accomplish this is by figuring out your own methods for doing your work. Or you may choose to do the most interesting and exciting tasks, which are often the most difficult, so that others shy away from them. You need to be challenged by puzzles and problems in all your activities. You are not good at routines and repetitious tasks.

Well, I guess Samuel Morse wanted to find a way to speed up communications between distant points: he succeeded in a big way.

If nothing else, he taught us a way to “Save Our Souls”…

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They Seek Her Here, They Seek Her There

The Doggies Seek Her Everywhere

Is she in heaven, or is she in hell,

That damned, elusive Chipmunk-elle?

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Yesterday in History XIV

The Wars of the Roses (May 22, 1455)

Two arms of the Plantagenet family duke it out for control of the English crown.

On this day in 1455: The Wars of the Roses begin with the First Battle of St. Albans.

“Richard led a force of around 3,000–7,000 troops south toward London, where they were met by Henry’s force of 2,000 at St Albans, north of London, on 22 May 1455. Though the ensuing struggle resulted in fewer than 160 casualties combined, it was a decisive Yorkist victory. King Henry VI had been taken prisoner by Richard’s men, having found the monarch hiding in a local tanner’s shop, abandoned by his courtiers and advisors. Despite the paucity of casualties on either side, many of Richard and the Neville family’s most influential foes were killed, including the Duke of Somerset, the Earl of Northumberland, and the Baron Clifford. With the king in his custody and many of his key rivals dead, Richard was again appointed Lord Protector by Parliament, and the Yorkist faction regained their position of influence.” (Wikipedia)

This chart is randomized, but in spite of that, there is one prominent inconjunct.

Venus Inconjunct Saturn

You need and want love, but you may not be able to get it easily. You may feel that your parents, teachers and other persons in authority make demands on you that you must fulfill before they will give you any love and support. If that is true, it is unfortunate, because you deserve respect and love as much as anyone. Although everyone must fulfill cewrtain social demands, this should not be the condition for being loved. If this demand is carried to an extreme in your case, you will become cold-hearted and unable to love others even when you want to. You may also feel that you cannot indulge yourself in any pleasure or even love. When you are older, you may feel that duty and ambition must come before love and human relationships. Unfortunately, if you follow that path, you will become very lonely, and when you realize that you belong to no one and nothing, you will go through a spiritual crisis.

This aspect means that your family will make you feel that you are unworthy of love. Unless you are given a great deal of love while you are young, you will be attracted to cold and unfeeling people when you are an adult. Such people are an outward expression of your inner feeling of unworthiness.

Even without any pressure, you are likely to be more disciplined than most people your age. You don’t go overboard in anything, and you feel strongly that your worth depends on what you do and how much you accomplish.

(This does sound like Richard III, doesn’t it?)

So, while the Lancasters and the Yorks battled it out, they were combined in the end as the Tudors…

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What Happens When These Three Unite Against the Sun

Moon/Jupiter/Uranus Conjunction (April 29, 1983)

artist’s interpretation of the stormy gas giant with the red dot

I was asked to erect a chart for an individual in an extended family situation. I don’t think he wanted his birth chart done, but he may have expressed an interest in understanding how astrology might affect him. Because he hasn’t given me ‘permission’ yet, I cannot say who the person is…

Needless to say, I was hugely surprised by this triple conjunction, all of which are inconjunct to the Sun.

Sun Inconjunct Moon

This aspect suggests that there is a subtle conflict going on inside you that may sometimes create emotional problems. The Sun signifies your conscious personality, the way in which you act and the kinds of activities that you like to get involved in. The Moon suggests the emotional and less conscious side of you. It indicates the habits that take over when you are not acting consciously and feelings that come up from deep inside you. The inconjunct aspect between the Sun and Moon means that the Sun part of your personality is quite different from the Moon part, and it may be hard for you to relate them to each other. It is as if you are divided in two, so that whenever you have to make an important decision, especially one that involves your feelings, the different sides of your personality want to go in opposite directions. You sometimes find it difficult to decide if you like something or if you want to take part in some activity.

But a much more difficult problem arises if you decide that one of these personalities is good and the other bad, so that you try to repress and hold down any behavior from the “bad” side. Unfortunately, that only makes it more difficult to handle that side, so that you have intense urges to do things that you think you should not do. You begin to act in ways that betray the image of yourself that you are trying to build up.

The only solution is to accept both sides of your personality, for they are both you, and it is important to express them both. It is only your attitude of rejection that makes one side good and the other side bad.

Sun Inconjunct Jupiter

This can be an extremely useful aspect, if you learn to have more self-control in what you do. Jupiter is always high-spirited, wanting to do and encounter everything and enjoy life thoroughly. Yet in some combinations, it means that you are unwilling to work for what you want. You may feel that you are such a fine person that you deserve to have everything done for you. Certainly you are worthwhile in your own way, but that doesn’t give you a right to be taken care of without contributing your share. As with all Sun-Jupiter energies, if you learn to support others, to make them feel good and happy in your presence, you will get their support as well. Then there will always be someone to help you when you need it. But if you act arrogant toward others, they may not stay around to support you.

It is also important to discipline your habits and try not to do anything to excess, as you may tend to do. You may gain a great deal of weight, for example, or damage your health in other ways. Laziness and physical softness are very great dangers with this aspect. You tend to be sloppy in the way you dress and take care of yourself.

Nevertheless, this aspect has possibilities for positive and helpful energy. You may be a very optimistic person who helps people in need at the critical moment. If so, others will help you when you need it. If you can control yourself and keep from going overboard, you will find that you can be quite lucky. But don’t assume that luck will always carry you through. Work as hard as you can to get what you want and act fairly and honestly with others; then the luck will be there.

Sun Inconjunct Uranus

There is a side of your personality that is very restless and impatient with rules, even when you know they are for your own good. You want very much to go your own way and do your own thing, even when you aren’t exactly sure that it is the right direction for you. So you rebel in subtle ways by having sudden fits of obstinacy and moods of feeling very contrary, especially with your parents or other authority figures.

Sometimes the energy of this aspect comes out in others ways as well. At times sudden upsets may occur in your life that totally alter your plans, so that you have to change course entirely. When this happens, you must learn to yield to the pressure and flow with the change. It may be difficult for you to realize it, but such an upset occurs because you have blocked much-needed changes in your life, or they have been denied you. However upsetting these changes are at first, they will give you the freedom you need to grow as an individual. Unfortunately, if you always wait for changes to come in this manner, they are likely to be very startling and unsettling. If you learn to assert your individuality more directly, the changes will not seem so upsetting.

As with many other inconjuncts, astrologers have found that if you suppress your need and desire for freedom in your life, this energy may be expressed through illness or accident. While you are young, you may have accidents because you suddenly make unpredictable, rash movements. Later in life this aspect can signify cardiac problems, but only if you suppress your natural need for self-expression.


Is it possible that this individual’s mother wanted his chart done, so that she could understand him better? I think so. But until permission is granted, she will have to wonder alongside her son…

Incidentally, the first Macintosh 128K computer was launched in January 1984 just after the Jupiter Uranus conjunction of 1982-83, so it would have been in development during the alignment.

Jessica Davidson


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With a Cast and Crew of Thousands, the Talkies Come to:

Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)

The general release of this film was yesterday, so I took the missus to the movies for her birthday (which is actually today). We haven’t been out to see a film in almost two-and-a-half years!

Having been a fan of the show from its streaming appearance on Netflix, I felt the first follow-up film from three years ago was alright, but not really satisfying. This one is totally satisfying, as almost everyone gets what they want and deserve. In other words, they all live happily ever after…

So, like every great fairytale, it has come to an end, finally. And I should hope that you see it to the end, too. The line-up for Violet’s funeral has a cast and crew of literally a thousand people. And so do the closing credits.

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Is There a Thirteenth Sign of the Zodiac?

Ophiuchus (November 29 – December 17)

This one has been bouncing around the internet for many years now, and was on Kate’s radar many years before that. It would seem to be a hidden zodiacal sign because it’s not exactly on the zodiac belt.

Also the dates shown are actually based on the calendar today rather than the one two thousand years ago when the signs were originally set. One blogger wrote this:

You may or may not remember back in 2011 when news started circulating about a new 13th zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, along with a list of new zodiac signs dates that more accurately reflected how much time the sun spent in front of each constellation on the ecliptic. This information was not new at the time – Snopes even has a page which mentions they’ve had people asking about it since 2002 – and it isn’t new now, with the story going around again just last year. 

The crutch of this argument is based on the precession of the equinoxes and it goes something like this: as the Earth spins on an axis, it “wobbles” like a top, then a bunch of science talk, and the eventual result is that the where the sun rises on the equinoxes separates from the fixed stars in the ecliptic. So, for example, 2000 years ago on the spring equinox the sun was rising in front of the constellation Aries, but today it rises in front of Pisces. Western astrologers, however, will tell you that you are an Aries even though the sun isn’t actually rising in front of that constellation on that day. Also, there are 13 (or even 14, depending on who you ask) constellations that the sun travels through. This new supposed Sign, Ophiuchus, isn’t used by astrologers even though it obviously should be. What a bunch of crazies, right?

Popular skeptics have brought up the 13th zodiac Sign and the precession of the equinoxes for a long time. Among today’s most popular voices are Bill NyeNeil deGrasse TysonRichard Dawkins, and even DNews. These are very high-profile names with a lot of weight behind them (well, at least some of them are) who are, unfortunately, educating people on astrology without knowing anything about it themselves. Which is particularly sad given that these are people who claim that their beliefs are based on reason and sound scientific research. Nobody did the minimal research required to learn the difference between a Sidereal and a Tropical calendar, or to learn that these are two systems for doing astrology with vastly different cultural and historical roots. So here I will tell you what the skeptics never do: Why Ophiuchus is not actually a Sign, and why the traditional Sun Sign dates given to you by astrologers are not actually wrong. 

Ashley Theissen

“[Ptolemy’s] definition, whether by intent or through a misunderstanding of the zodiac as beginning with the sun’s location on the spring equinox, was to cause problems in the future because, by tying the zodiac to the seasons, he cut its ties to the stars, which gradually moved away from the signs. The Babylonian zodiac consisted of 12 equally sized sectors, but it was tied to the stars – it was sidereal. Eudoxus had located the vernal equinox at 8° Aries. In the first century Pliny had recorded that the sun on 21 March was at 8° Aries. However, according to Ptolemy’s calculations the gradual shift of the stars meant that the sun was now at 0° Aries on 21 March and his statement to this effect was taken by subsequent astrologers as an indication that the sun always occupied 0° Aries on the equinox regardless of the star’s movement. This phenomenon, known as the precession of the equinoxes, displaces the Babylonian/Persian sidereal zodiac at a rate of one sign every 2,156 years from the Ptolemaic, ‘tropical’ zodiac. The sidereal zodiac remained in use in India while the tropical zodiac was gradually established as the norm in the West, the consequence being that the two systems have diverged.” — A History of Western Astrology. Vol.I, by Nicholas Campion

So, are you as confused as I was in the late 1980’s? We use Tropical Astrology in the West, so what you see is what you get. Sidereal Astrology (based on Eastern practices) changes every year, which makes it hard to pin down for our purposes. Even though it’s factually ‘wrong’, I’m sticking with what I know.

That’s enough for now.

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When Real Life and the Movies Intersect:

Rescued by Ruby (2022)

This seemed to be another improbable film, until I read that Ruby was euthanized last week. (I must have missed the disclaimer that this film was based on a true story.)

History vs Hollywood

Either way, it’s a great story.

Here’s the ‘real dog’…

Never underestimate the dog/human relationship. It’s a life-long bond.

Rest in Peace, Ruby, you’ve earned it.

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How to Respect Someone’s Opinion:

Agree to Disagree

We are in the middle of a provincial election here in Ontario, Canada. So, the knives are out, trying to carve up the electorate. And because the Americans are running their mid-term primaries at the same time, there seems to be a lot of arguments going on in the media. It’s just too much, sometimes.

Lorraine Kelly and Piers Morgan

Maybe we should take a lesson from these two…

Truly, we all need a laugh.

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