An Astrological Prescription to Help Heal Yourself

Retrograde Planets at Birth

Honestly, having lived with these natal retrogrades my whole life, I had no inclination to even investigate what the Universe was trying to show me, since my first birth chart creation in 1977.

Not including my North and South Nodes, I have five retrograde natal planets.

Venus Retrograde in a 2nd House Aquarius

Saturn Retrograde in a 9th House Virgo

Uranus Retrograde in a 7th House Cancer

Neptune Retrograde in a 10th House Libra

Pluto Retrograde in an 8th House Leo

It never struck me before how the Retrograde symbol (above) is identical to the symbol we attribute to medical prescriptions for health and well-being. Literally, a bit of medicinal poison to heal oneself. That’s what retrograde planets do for the individual: healing our karma.

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Extended Metaphor: How to Visualize the Galactic Centre

Our Galaxy’s Umbilical Cord

I was partway through Ariele Adams’ “Galactic Center Thoughts” video (part XI) on YouTube, during which she was discussing how someone (herself, in this case) might describe what the GC is like, and I got a mental flash: the GC is our Milky Way’s navel.

Now, on its own, this is nothing spectacular, but it opened up a channel of information that led me to start thinking about how the universe is still expanding, and that brought me to the realization that this ‘baby space’ may still be in its mother’s womb.

I’ve discussed previously that I’ve seen our Universe as God’s body, ever since I was a child. But I’d never connected the dots before. Planet Earth is an electron in the atom of a cell sitting on the pinkie of God’s left foot. And, when its inhabitants gaze up at the starry firmament, we are overwhelmed by the beauty, complexity and immensity of All That Is.

But why do we presume that God is a fully formed individual, looking like an Wise Old Man sitting on a Throne of Clouds (in Heaven)? Maybe God is still developing, still growing, a baby in its mother’s womb, using its consciousness to explore all aspects of its own body.

Now, that final image of 2001: A Space Odyssey finally makes sense to me…

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The Man Credited with Creating Canada

Samuel de Champlain (August 13, 1567 – December 25, 1635)

Stylized portrait of Champlain

When I was young, I knew all about this man, but I was never impressed with his story. I always wondered why. But I know better now.

As this chart is totally randomized, I’m not sure if I can trust the one inconjunct, but the Cosmic Cross is impressive. That alone might explain the capricious nature of his personality. Pluto figures in his story, either way: Pluto in Pisces opposite Mercury/Saturn in Virgo; square Moon/Uranus in Sagittarius; square Mars/Neptune in Gemini. That’s a lot of changeability…

Pluto Inconjunct Midheaven

You may have trouble with older people who try to teach you how to effectively take control of your life. Even while you are young, you may resent their control over you and resist everything that are trying to teach you. To a great extent, your path in life will be shaped by your early confrontations with authority figures…You are quite capable of acting behind people’s backs if you consider it necessary or if you feel that you never get your own way.

Another problem that can arise if you are not treated properly is that you may withdraw into yourself and become very secretive, as though you have something to hide even when you don’t. This can make people distrust you.


Champlain monument in Orillia

It isn’t my job to repair a man’s reputation in history. This happens over time, as peoples’ minds change, especially now with Indigenous memory being reviewed by later generations.

Perhaps, like John A. Macdonald, his statues will come under scrutiny and be taken down. No one’s place in history is safe, these days. I, for one, will not be mourning the loss.

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It Was A Good Day to Die

Cloe (September 1, 2005 – June 21, 2021)

Susan with Cloe under the Clematis

Susan and I spent an hour in bed this morning reminiscing about Cloe’s life. There is a hole where she used to be (laying between us, near our pillows) but we filled the space with our shared memories. She is now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for our arrival, some day.

To some this might seem facetious to create a chart for her death event, but as always the importance of the chart is its significance for those who are left behind with the ‘passing’.

As always, I concentrate on the inconjuncts because they show us what’s going on behind the scenes. There are two here.

Jupiter Inconjunct Midheaven

This aspect can mean that you have mixed feelings towards adults and persons in authority over you. Although you know that they have your best interests at heart and that they want you to succeed at your own objectives, it often seems as if their demands are keeping you from doing what you want. When you want to go off and have fun, for example, you are told to finish your work first. At times you want to break free of this restricting influence and go off by yourself.

Neptune Inconjunct Ascendant

This aspect can be a sign that you feel you must give way to others in order to get along with them. This can take two forms, both of which will be difficult to handle while you are young. The less positive form is simply yielding to all outside pressure and always giving in to others’ desires. This will produce unconscious feelings of resentment that you can’t express, but that make your relationships with others rather difficult.

But the other, more positive, way of dealing with this energy is by giving freely before others try to take it away from you. In order to do this, you have to feel good about yourself and confident that you will always have enough for yourself and others.

On another level entirely, you should be very careful of your health because you are unusually sensitive to certain elements in your environment. You may not be able to handle certain foods or drugs — even prescribed drugs should be handled with care — and you should avoid letting your body become weak.


All things considered, she had a ‘good innings’. She’d been without sight for almost six-and-a-half years; she’d developed a liver disease in the last seven months; and her hearing was almost non-existent. Within the last week, she was becoming disoriented, unable to follow her own scent back to the house from the middle of our garden. It was painful to watch her turn in a close circle trying to find her way out of the spot she was in. We knew it was time for her to go home. But right to the end, she was her usual compliant self.

Being responsible dog owners meant that we had to make the hard decision for her. Her quality of life was slipping badly, and we knew that, for her, being here was becoming a chore, not a joy. We finally thought, “The first day of summer would be a good day to die.” It was.

Photo taken by my daughter, Rosanna, in Plymouth UK 5 minutes after Susan messaged her yesterday with the news of Cloe’s passing.

Synchronicity, or what?

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Cloe: The Last Mile



She’s Traveled a Long Way in Almost Sixteen Years

At two months in 2005


Cloe, aged two in 2007


In 2009


Cloe’s eyes in 2012


Kissing her ‘mom’ in 2018

Now, she’s crossing the Rainbow Bridge to meet up with Cheeko, her brother.

Cheeko and Cloe on my birthday in 2010


Happy trails, sweet princess.

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“Until Death Do Us Part”

The Rosenbergs’ Execution (June 19, 1953)

So why didn’t Julius save Ethel? The FBI was right: he had recruited spies, so he could easily have given names and probably saved her life, and very possibly his own, too.

“Dad’s unwillingness to rat out his fellows wasn’t about him wanting to be a soldier of Stalin,” says Michael. “It was more personal. These were his friends! My father was not going to cooperate with the government, and that’s why they arrested my mother. So now he’s going to turn around and say, ‘OK, I’m going to save my wife by ratting out my friends?’ No! He had a naive belief that the American justice system was going to work because half the case against him was a pack of lies, so he thought he could deny everything and save them both.” Almost until the end, Julius believed that they wouldn’t go to the chair. The government and FBI hoped that, too. They never wanted to kill this young mother and father – they wanted names. After Ethel was killed, the then deputy attorney general William Rogers said, “She called our bluff.”

Then there’s the question that baffled officials at the time, and has become the defining mystery about her: why did Ethel choose to stay silent and die with Julius, over staying with her children? We know she was deeply in love with her husband, and her letters to him during their imprisonment are filled with her longing to “lift my willing lips to yours”. But they are also full of her anxiety about the boys. Yet she said nothing.

The Guardian

Astrology never lies, right? Their final moment of life shows the truth of this statement. There are two inconjuncts, one for him and one for her.

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 fi 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.

Venus Inconjunct Midheaven

You are likely to feel that there is a conflict between what you ought to do in a particular situation and what would be acceptable to the people around you…Later in life, you may see your job, career or profession as a part of your life that is quite separate from your personal relationships with loved ones. This may cause you to neglect one area in favor of the other, instead of trying to create a balance between them.


Ethel’s role of supporting her husband ‘in sickness and in health’ through thick or thin may have been the reason she chose death instead of letting her husband rat out his friends. They both believed that justice would not allow such a travesty. Oh, well, America in the early 1950’s was a very scared country. Communism was the great equalizer and Capitalism was at stake. Besides, the Korean War was three years old by this time, and just about to end in a draw. (And we are still suffering the consequences of that cessation of hostilities without a resolution.)

The lives of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were taken by their country to prove to other Communist spies that they should stop. Look how well that worked!

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No, Pluto’s Not Done with Restructuring My Mind Yet

Pluto Transits My Natal Mercury One Last Time (October 6, 2021)

Oh, sh*t. Just when I thought I was in the clear, Pluto decided to remind me that it’s not over until he moves forward again, after being retrograde, in 2021.

Up until now, I’d been pleased with myself for having survived three transits of Pluto with my natal Mercury during 2020. I forgot to look into 2021, too.

The hidden message is that this very close conjunction between transiting Pluto and my natal Mercury will bring to a close a very long two year self-examination which is starting to reach a crescendo this year. Here’s the combined chart to demonstrate what I mean.

This time, the conjunction is not ‘exact’ but close enough for jazz, being only 7′ apart @ 24° Capricorn. It is in my final degree of my 1st House of Personality. The transit Moon and Sun (and Mars) get in on the equation being conjunct to my natal South Node, Mars and Midheaven, while the transiting Midheaven is triggering my natal North Node in Aries. Finally, transiting Saturn is conjunct my natal Venus in Aquarius. That’s a lot of work going on at the same time.

October 6, 2021 is the 14th anniversary of my permanent return to Canada.

When Pluto transits your Mercury, you have to re-wire your brain. But first, you have to unlearn, to make a clean slate out of it.  Tabula rasa. Staring into the void, dismantling every concept, prejudice and dogma that has been drilled into your head and give birth to what philosopher John Locke described as the “free, self-authored mind”. In a nutshell, it’s about reverse-engineering your own thought patterns, questioning them, and deepen your understanding of yourself and the world around you.

Your Mind on Pluto

Nobody said it would be easy.


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The Last Time We Were All Together was 2005

Courtesy of Spotify

It must be my age. And this pandemic. I’m missing my children, badly.

But is that feeling even reasonable? Due to the distances between us, we very infrequently saw each other before COVID-19. My son lives only 75 km from here, so I see him the most. My youngest daughter used to fly here from the UK every couple of years, the last time being just before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic in February 2020. My other daughter hasn’t been to Canada since 2013. See what I mean?

When Susan and I visit Ireland and England in 2017, I saw both daughters, separately. And, until this month, Ontario has been in lockdown since April. I saw my son in early March, last.

Paignton Zoo, May 2005

If I could say one thing to all three children, it is this, “I love you.”

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Is This Star the Centre of the Milky Way?

Alcyone (28° Taurus 52′)

I came across a post on Facebook this morning which purports to be a message from the shamans of the Andes.

This is a message from Andean shamans about the energy of change that will bring Earth to the summer solstice…

The indigenous people knew them, they never lost touch with the earth and the source, they knew how to interpret the messages of the universe, and they still do it…

Summer solstice has always been a sacred moment, a moment of reconnection with the source.

However, this time they announce an unusual moment in the sky and a milestone in the fate of mankind. On June 21th – summer solstice – Earth will be in direct and precise alignment with the centre of the galaxy and the central sun of Alcyon.

At this unique moment, Earth will receive the direct flow of very subtle and high-level energies from a divine source.

It is the energies of evolution, the energies that are capable of changing our genetic codes and causing evolutionary changes in species and planets.

On this day, we must accord ourselves to the highest of peace, love, among all living beings on earth.

Greg Willow

Always full of hope for mankind, always full of good advice. But is it true?

According to this image, the Galactic Anticenter is not directly in line with Alcyone. (In fact, given that Alcyone is ‘near’ the end of Taurus, and the Galactic Center is ‘near’ 0° Capricorn, I would suggest that they are inconjunct to each other, which makes this a stressful time.)

Text from “Encyclopedia of Astrology” by Nicholas de Vore (1947)

“Alcyone. A greenish yellow star; the brightest pf the Pleiades, representing one of the seven daughters of the nymph Pleione, by Atlas, who by Neptune became he mohger of Hyreus. he names of the other six are Maia, Elecra, Taygeta, Sterope (or Asterope), Celano, and he invisible, or ‘lost’ one, Merope, who concealed herself from shame at having love a mortal. That Alcyone was at one time presumed to be the center of the Milky Way Galaxy indicates that the ancients may have visualized Atlas as resting on this point while supporting the Earth on his shoulders.” (Page 95)


There may be some truth to these legends. We have been traveling through the ‘photon belt‘ for quite an number of years, now. The implication is that we are being bombarded with light.

Are these our ‘enlightened’ years? It looks to be true.

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Treachery: A Whole Lot of Faking Going On

Surrender of Quebec (July 20, 1629)

Oh dear. This is the moment when a permanent stain was placed on Étienne (Stephen) Brûlé’s memory. As a background movement, he may have been instrumental in the Kirkes’ capture of Quebec, but history doesn’t record his version of events.

It was Gabriel Sagard who, in 1624, discredited Brûlé in Champlain’s eyes. The Récollet friar denounced the wandering adventurer’s loose morals, and disclosed moreover that Brûlé was playing a double game: he was working at the same time for the administration of New France and for the fur merchants, who were opponents of Champlain.

Brûlé’s reputation was blackened for ever in 1629. Champlain had capitulated to the Kirke brothers, and most of the French in the colony had returned to their homeland. At Tadoussac, Brûlé and his fellow interpreter Nicolas Marsolet admitted it was their intention to remain in New France. “We have been taken by force,” was their excuse to Champlain, “and we know very well that if we were held in France we would be hung.”

History Museum

“We have been taken by force…” Well, not really.

I set the clock for noon on this fateful day, just to see what the energies were. I was not the least surprised to see Neptune conjunct the Ascendant @ 28° Libra. The rumours of Brûlé’s involvement may have been true after all, in my opinion. Check out the inconjuncts.

Moon Inconjunct Pluto

This aspect means that your emotions are very intense and not always easy to deal with. Often your feelings make you want to do or say something, without knowing why.

Mercury Inconjunct Jupiter

You like to think big, and you have great ambitions, but you don’t always make sure that your thinking is clear or careful. When you make any kind of plan, be careful.

Mars Inconjunct Neptune

With this aspect you must learn to stand up for yourself and demand your rights forthrightly and directly. Unfortunately, some people with this aspect learn to work behind the scenes or dishonestly.

Mars Inconjunct Ascendant

The difficulty with this aspect is to find a balance between getting what you want in life and getting along with others. More than most people, you will have to learn the necessity of compromising to ge along with people, especially because you often seem more aggressive than you are.

“We Would Be Hung”

That sound like an admission of guilt, doesn’t it? It is difficult to separate fact from fiction, especially when almost 400 years have passed since the event. But astrology never lies.

By combining these two charts I hope to show that Brûlé’s astrological fingerprints were all over it. I think the facts speak for themselves: his Moon is conjunct the event Uranus; his Jupiter is conjunct the event Moon; his Neptune is conjunct the event Sun; and their North Nodes are just 2° apart. So, with the almost exactness of the conjunctions, I can only conclude that this event gave Brûlé the freedom from France that he was seeking. Champlain was locked up for three years and Quebec was under English control during that same time. Unfortunately the war between England and France was already over by the time Chaplain was ‘tricked’ into surrendering, which made the whole transaction illegal.

A whole lot of faking had been going on…

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