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Today’s Moon:

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  • The Moon is in Scorpio.
  • There is no void Moon period today.
  • The Moon is waning and in its Full phase.
  • The Full Moon occurred yesterday in the sign of Scorpio.

Retrogrades:

  • Pluto stations and turns retrograde today (Pluto is retrograde from April 27th to October 6th).

**Times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:

Aries
The coming months are excellent for reworking career and planning initiatives, doing the research and legwork, and refining projects, dear Aries. Pluto begins its yearly retrograde cycle today, and some of your long-term career goals may be up for review during this period that lasts until October 6th. Facing up to truths about the past and a closer look at financial, career, life path, or intimacy matters can be part of the picture. While pressures and fears can magnify just for a few days, the retrograde cycle itself helps you detach and observe, giving you a clearer perspective. You’re more able to see areas where you’ve been over-attached, worried, obsessed, or a bit paranoid. There can be some tension in spots today as what you think you should do and what you want to do seem to be two very different things. Something can touch a nerve. Ultimately, it can lead to growth, so aim to find the lesson in whatever goes down now. Avoid rushing through something that would do best with a slower more measured approach.What
Taurus
Pluto begins its yearly retrograde cycle today, dear Taurus, and partnerships or studies may require more thought or strategy in the coming months. It’s an excellent period for backing off a situation just a little so that you can gain perspective and see where you’ve been too attached, controlling, or tense. You could be more reflective with your personal belief systems or general outlook regarding your future. You may be reassessing, observing, and gaining a new vision of a close relationship, publishing project, educational path, or belief system during the coming five-plus months. With a Mercury-Mars minor challenge today, watch for impatient purchases, moves, and communications. As well, it can be all too easy to hurt someone’s feelings. For example, you might intellectualize something that another person takes to heart. You can be excited about new ideas, but the tricky part is following through.
Gemini
Pluto turns retrograde today, dear Gemini, and until October 6th, you benefit from a review or reassessment of wellness programs, routines, work projects, debts, and intimate relationships. If the give-and-take or trust in a key relationship has fallen out of balance, you’ll feel it more intensely now. Health and work matters, especially related to issues of control or fear, can also come into sharper focus with this shift. As the retrograde progresses, you might find that you’re detaching just enough to make improvements. The station occurring today can magnify problem areas, but the retrograde cycle itself is far more natural and comfortable. Today, aim to channel excess energies into a business project or some other practical endeavor that will truly make life easier, but watch for impatience and impulsiveness. You can feel a great urge to get things done, but you might think you’re required to move far more quickly than is truly needed. Because of pressures and your mindset, you may be a little stern in your communications.What
Cancer

What Is Going On In Astrology Today

Pluto begins its yearly retrograde cycle today, dear Cancer. While the shift itself can feel a bit heavy and problem areas can feel magnified, the cycle itself tends to help ease some pressure. Areas most affected for you are one-on-one relationships, creative projects, children, or romance. This retrograde, lasting until October 6th, can prompt the need to review your feelings. There is a tendency to cling to old patterns or examine the past instead of braving new territory. Aim to detach yourself a little from matters to gain a clearer, more objective perspective. This process helps you identify areas where you’ve been pushing too hard or where you’ve been too attached for your own good. Today’s energies can be tense in spots, and it’s best to keep in mind that there can be a mismatch between what you think and what you do, which can give off all the wrong signals. To avoid getting yourself into a tricky situation, make sure you know what you want to convey before communicating too quickly.
Leo
Today’s energies can be motivating or just a little irritating, producing some crankiness in spots, dear Leo. A Mercury-Mars minor challenge suggests the possibility of too-direct conversations. There can be some impatience or eagerness that can lead to uncomfortable situations. Your focus will return eventually, and trying to push too hard could leave you behind even further, making it best to muster up patience. Pluto begins its yearly retrograde cycle today, and problem areas can magnify with the shift, likely related to work, routines, health, family, and home. Even so, as you grow accustomed to this energy, you’re in a brilliant position to review and reassess these matters as you gain perspective. You might more clearly see where you’ve been over-attached or where you’ve put too much pressure on yourself along these lines. You take on a more detached, observational role in these areas of life until October 6th.
Virgo
Pluto begins its yearly retrograde cycle today, dear Virgo. With the shift today, there can be a temporary magnification of problems, complications, and fears related to those areas of your chart strongly influenced by Pluto: learning, connecting, romance, creativity, recreation, communications, and transportation. Pressures will subside going forward, and in fact, you’ll get to the point where you’re significantly detached enough to gain a better perspective on these things. This way, you can more clearly see where fear and over-attachment may have been working against you. This powerful period for self-knowledge lasts until October 6th this year. A Mercury-Mars aspect today can point to eagerness that may border on impatience. Be especially mindful of how you express yourself, particularly with friends or with an audience, as you may come across quite curtly without meaning to. It’s a good idea to check that you’re clear on what you want to convey.
Libra
You’re craving a little more comfort and predictability than usual today, dear Libra. However, your interactions can be a little tricky as there is a tendency to shoot from the hip with observations and criticisms. For best results, aim to think before communicating and consider that your actions and thoughts may not be in sync with a Mercury-Mars aspect in play. It’s all too easy to become frustrated or aggravated by minor problems and flaws quickly. Look for an anchor, whether it’s a person, place, focal point, or a favorite activity. Also today, Pluto begins its retrograde cycle that lasts a little over five months (until October 6th). In the months ahead, you’re in the position to review, reassess, and gain a new perspective about areas of your chart strongly influenced by Pluto: finances, matters related to security and comfort, family, and home or domestic life. Some related plans may need some adjustment, but you might find it easier to detach from some pressures and fears in these areas. Right now, however, you may be feeling these pressures more intensely as the shift occurs. Keep in mind that you’ll find this process far more comfortable as you grow more accustomed to this energy.
Scorpio
Pluto begins its retrograde cycle today, dear Scorpio, which lasts over five months, putting you in a more reflective frame of mind. It’s a great time for searching deep within for answers. Looking to the past is a necessary process that can help you see what things in your life need to change. It’s also a time to take a break from pushing yourself too hard mentally. Some projects may even seem to stall or may need some editing, adjustments, and refinements. The shift happening today can act to magnify fears and problem areas. Still, as you adjust to this shift, you’ll find this cycle useful for self-understanding. There can be some trickiness with communications today. While enthusiastic about a project or personal interest, circumstances may take you on different paths. It may be that you can’t focus or get completely comfortable, which disrupts your flow, and it’s time to rethink your situation.
Sagittarius
Pluto begins its yearly retrograde cycle today, dear Sagittarius. This change of direction prompts you to review your financial affairs, attitude towards money and things, what and who you value, and self-worth. While fears or worries related to money and security can magnify as this shift happens, the retrograde cycle itself, lasting until October 6th, helps you gain perspective. With less pressure on you to control or micromanage your practical affairs, your choices and decisions improve. Even so, it’s important not to push matters that need to evolve in their own due time. Today, you might be anxious to put an idea into motion or take action, but it may be a little premature. Avoid pressuring or distracting yourself.
Capricorn
Pluto begins its yearly retrograde cycle today, dear Capricorn, affecting you a little more than others because Pluto is in your sign. As the shift occurs now, there can be some magnification of unresolved matters, fears, or compulsions. However, once you get beyond the shift, the retrograde cycle itself is excellent for detaching yourself from these things enough to see where you may have been overly worried or obsessing. Until October 6th, you’re in a fine position to review and reassess your approach to self-starts, new beginnings, friendships, and group connections. If you’ve been over-controlling, you recognize this now and want to take some of the pressure off. Today, patience may be missing if your attention is divided. It can be challenging to settle your mind in spots, making it best to save important decision-making for a clearer time.
Aquarius
Pluto begins its yearly retrograde today, dear Aquarius. With the shift now, you might experience some intensifying fears, worries, or frustrations. However, these things should settle down nicely shortly. The retrograde lasts until October 6th, and it helps you observe and understand your attachments and fears. You may not have noticed how concerns, guilt, and control issues have been working against you. Now that you’re making these associations, it’s easier to work on healing and resolving problems. While you can experience quite a bit of eagerness to get things done today, particularly related to your work or health regimes, your mind is easily distracted. Even if it’s not the most productive of days on a mundane level, you may very well need to unwind a little to gather your strength for busier days to come.
Pisces
Pluto begins its yearly retrograde cycle today, dear Pisces, and certain long-term goals are up for revision over the coming months. Plans, obligations, and concerns regarding your social life, friendships, or happiness goals may have heavy energy hanging over them now during the shift. Still, things not only even out but begin to feel less pressured going forward. Giving special attention to your emotions and exercising patience can help you navigate this shift. This retrograde period lasts until October 6th, and it’s powerful for taking a step back and examining your fears, resentments, and possible self-destructive tendencies so that you’re not living on autopilot. It’s a vital time for healing. Today, there can be some nervous energy to contend with as a Mercury-Mars connection draws attention to the differences between what you want and what you think. Aim to direct excess energy into a satisfying project as long as you can tame the tendency for your mind to wander. Be aware of a tendency to speak too soon or too quickly.

* Remember to read horoscopes for your Ascendant sign and Sun sign. If you don’t know your Ascendant sign (and you know your birth time), you can look it up here.

by Maurice Fernandez

As the leader of OPA and having travelled the world to different astrology communities and witnessed the different approaches and mentalities, the breakthroughs and crises, and the general development of our practice, I’m fairly optimistic about our next potential, and also, fairly lucid about what may sabotage the growth of our practice and culture.

Looking at the upcoming transits, we can identify what the coming cycles have to say about key moments in the near future of Astrology.

Astrology seems to be prominently symbolized by the planet Uranus and the sign of Aquarius, as well as the cyclic rhythm of the Jupiter/Uranus cycle. In the book The Professional Astrologer, I have also referred to important breakthroughs in the field, occurring during Uranus to Nodal axis conjunctions (and other major aspects to each other). Yahoo horoscope elle.

We can notice these upcoming configurations to possibly represent key moments in Astrology’s development:

  • 2017 – The Jupiter/Uranus opposition in Libra/Aries
  • 2020 (Dec 21) – The 20 year Jupiter/Saturn conjunction at 0 Aquarius
  • 2022 (August 1) – Uranus conjunct the North Node at 18 Taurus
  • 2023-2043 – Pluto in Aquarius
  • 2024 (April 21) – Jupiter/Uranus conjunct at 21 Taurus

These powerful transits indicate a unique opportunity for breakthroughs in astrology. With a strong emphasis in the signs of Taurus and Aquarius, it seems obvious that the dialogue between Earth and Sky must gain new grounds, or in other words, that the material approach to our astrology practice will need to upgrade and adjust to changing needs.

Where are we headed? Where should we be heading?

Going

Let’s explore our milestones and our current limitations.

MAKING A LIVING FROM ASTROLOGY

Progress
With the age of the internet, astrologers are now able to advertise their services and gain greater visibility at minimal costs, reaching clients around the world and building more global communities like never before. With a greater pool to draw from, it is more possible today for many astrologers to support themselves and lead a full-time practice.


Challenge: Astrologers are still not adequately remunerated for their service and expertise. As a result, most people do not have faith that they can make a living from this practice, and therefore, astrology studies and practice are still largely categorized as a luxury expense, and as a result, people are not able to justify investing time and money into their astrology education the same way they would pay for law or culinary schools. Instead, astrology enthusiasts enroll in short courses and learn from scattered information online, and as a result, fail to gain the necessary backbone and confidence to practice, or worst, claim to be able to practice with these meager foundations. For many, the practice of astrology is often limited to a ‘retirement plan’ for those who finally allow themselves to follow their true passion, when they are past the financial burden of having to raise a family.
The lack of abundance and prosperity ultimately hurts the quality and growth of astrology. Relying on people who invest their soul and personal finances in astrology and do it for love is a good starting point, but not a sustainable approach ultimately.
While we are on a good track in this direction, changing mentalities and making this profession more financially secure is a work in progress. OPA is very conscious about this issue, and yet, as an organization, we too struggle to pay our speakers deservingly. We can be optimistic about the movement of Uranus into Taurus, and the upcoming Jupiter/Uranus and Uranus/North Node conjunctions in Taurus to completely upgrade the financial approach to astrology. Free contents will always remain accessible online, but we can aim at doing true financial justice to services provided.

CREDIBILITY, QUALITY, AND RIGOR

Progress
There is now more rigor and more comprehensive educational programs that enhance the credibility of astrology practice. While Science and Religion still demonize Astrology, sometimes for truly valid reasons, astrologers today are better educated and more diverse and professional in their practice.

Challenge: Astrology is one of the most powerful tool that fuses science, art, and spirituality; it is built on the foundations of measure, interpretation, and meaning. So, what does it mean to be more rigorous in our practice? Should astrology be quantified in reference to Newtonian laws of physics and be entirely empirical and predictable? Astrologers find themselves pressured by the need for more credibility, and as a result, can sometimes vilify each other using self-righteous claims to know what is valid from what isn’t, dismissing at times pertinent interpretations that cannot be systematically quantified. We should all remember that there is no real proven understanding about how astrology really work, to begin with.

Notwithstanding, astrology knowledge needs to evolve on the foundation of more reliable research methods. While it is in the nature of astrologers to commonly be free-thinkers and immensely creative, and as such, potentially bring truly valuable new realizations and knowledge to the table, more objective standards of investigation, research, and use must evolve in our methods. With the next cycle of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, we may not only expect greater interest in the study of the skies, but an upgrade in our standards of research. The necessity for this goes beyond a yearning for approval, but it is a quest for better service.

Similarly, improvement can begin with better educating astrology students and practitioners about the building blocks of astrology, such as for example, teaching astronomical references. Perhaps, every astrologer should know about the Precession of the Equinoxes and other central Astronomical phenomenon. Such a perspective can naturally help everyone be better equipped with arguments when debates arise about the validity of astrology.

DIVERSITY, GROWTH, AND DESERVED TOLERANCE

Progress
With the upsurge of psychological and modern astrology in the 80’s and the revival of traditional astrology through the translation of ancient texts in the 90’s and early 2000’s, Astrology has expanded exponentially, toward the past and future simultaneously. Moreover, we see more fusion of Vedic and Tropical astrology approaches.

Challenge: We must continue to reconcile different approaches and enrich astrology’s content and culture—astrology should not be homogenized to avoid conflict, but benefit from its diversity. It is time for astrologers to move beyond divisive approach about which house systems to use or whether traditional or modern rulers are the valid ones. We should know by now that these different approaches are all valid and that they each serve a purpose in different contexts. While debates and differing opinions are part of our creative growth, tolerance and understanding must prevail, without for that compromising rigor. How so? More emotional maturity to overcome our biases, an open mind, and better research to validate the different approaches.

THE FUTURE ASTROLOGERS

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The first generation of prominent modern astrologers were born in the 1940’s with Uranus in Gemini, some of them on their North Node (1946). We found prolific writers, such as Liz Greene or Rob Hand, who provided deeper (often psychologically leaning) astrology material and the building blocks of our modern astrology culture.

The mid 60’s and 70’s were astrologers born with the Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo who made considerable progress in making astrology a more viable profession. Those born a bit later with Neptune in Sagittarius and Pluto in Libra often thrived in the internet era of knowledge profusion and diversity, boosting research, expanding the reach of astrology and creating more communities. Many of them were inspired to bring a more spiritual meaning to astrology practice.

Astrologers born in the 80’s and 90’s, with Neptune and then also Uranus in Capricorn became more exposed to more traditional astrology from the get go, as the knowledge was being recovered around that time. Regardless of their orientation, they contribute to solidifying the foundation of astrology and gaining more credibility. Most of them are still in the budding phase of their professional practice and will certainly be a central force in the future of astrology.

Future astrologers born from the 90’s to 2010, with the strong Neptune, Uranus interplay: Conjunct in Capricorn and then Aquarius, and in mutual reception with Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius, are bound to become key players in the development of astrology, fusing science with spirituality as their modus operandi. Many will be further exposed to astrology during the Pluto in Aquarius era, and under the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction cycle of 2020. We can expect this generation to break new frontiers in many directions, in reaching greater masses through astrology, developing new research, and revealing completely new insights and approaches to the understanding and use of astrology.

The Future of Astrology: Academic or Esoteric

By David Cochrane

What's Going On In Astrology This Week

The 21st century started with astrology entering the academic mainstream. Kepler College granted academic degrees from 2000 to 20121. The dream of an academic institution where one can receive a degree in astrology was, however, short-lived because Kepler College was unable to receive the required accreditation to continue to grant academic degrees. The closest we have now to academic degree granting educational institutions with a specialization in astrology are colleges that teach primarily the historical and cultural aspects of astrology rather than an emphasis on actual chart interpretation.

Will the Doors to Academia Open Again?

Is the profession of astrology destined to be an endeavor supported only by our grassroots organizations like OPA, and are we forever to be excommunicated from the hallowed halls of academia? Are we always to be engaged in an esoteric discipline that exists outside the mainstream, but is nevertheless an important, thriving, and vital alternative to mainstream psychology, therapy, and counseling?
To answer this question, I wish to share some of my own personal experiences that I believe will shed some light on this topic. Like many astrologers, I combine astrology with other areas of interest. Many of us have extensive training in psychology, symbolism, and myths. Some of us have studied herbs or naturopathic medicine. The financial astrologers among us are well-versed in finance or economics. One of my interests is research methods, and I have lectured at an academic conference on pioneering work in research methods, and I also am a co-author of a paper that was published in the prestigious academic journal “Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal”.2

A Hopeful Sign

Much to my surprise when I began taking graduate courses in research methods and statistics and attending academic conferences, my involvement in astrology was generally welcomed and appreciated. My colleagues in research methods, including those who are most respected and, for example, are keynote speakers at conferences, usually do not dismiss astrology as nonsense. Typically they are amazed and surprised when I tell them that I conduct research in astrology. Most of them had no idea that astrology was being researched in a formal manner and they are intrigued. I often get questions about the nature of this research and they become even more intrigued as I answer their questions. If the conversation lasts long enough, the question is raised of whether I have discovered anything in my research. My standard answer is that we are still mostly in the model building stage of research, the models are getting better every day and there have been some confirmations with test data, but we have not yet gotten consistently replicable results in hypothesis tests. This is the kind of language that we research methodologists use, and I am sure that you are able to follow the basic concept of what my response is even if some of the terminology is a bit new to you.
Do We Care? Is this important?
I often wonder what the majority of my astrological colleagues think about the way in which I function in this interdisciplinary way, crossing the boundaries and integrating ideas in research methods with astrology. In reality, the amount of time that I pursue research is very limited because I have a full-time job writing astrology software. Nevertheless, with the helpful collaboration of others who share these interests, tremendous progress in astrological research is being made.
Will my research and the research of others (a) eventually cross the current chasm between academia and astrology, and usher in a future where astrology finds a home in academia as well as being an esoteric study, and (b) do astrologers think that the rapid growth of evidence-based astrology in the past few years is important to astrology and our shared interest in raising professional standards and advancing the goals and mission of OPA?
A New Wave: Evidence-Based Astrology
I was delighted that OPA president Maurice Fernandez gave a lecture at the first annual Kepler Conference in Florida in January, 2017.3 The evidence-based astrology movement is relevant to anyone interested in professional standards in astrology. The Kepler Conference is devoted exclusively to evidence-based astrology. By evidence-based astrology we mean astrological ideas that are supported by more than anecdotal evidence and tradition. It is now clear that evidence-based astrology will continue to grow rapidly in the near future. The number of views of my youtube videos on evidence-based astrology4 continues to dramatically increase, and the response to the videos is very enthusiastic. We also now receive regular requests for new research features in our Kepler and Sirius software5, whereas from about 1990 to 2010 we rarely received requests for new research features.

The evidence-based astrology movement is strong, but will it change the face of astrology? Will it transition astrology to be an academic field as well as an esoteric field? Is this movement going to derail astrology? Are we going to fail in discovering anything important in our research? What is the future of astrology, academic or esoteric? Perhaps most importantly, should astrologers begin to adopt some of the concepts and techniques of modern research methods, such as removing selection bias when gathering data? I won’t go into the details of what selection bias is and how it can often be easily removed here because my point here is that there are simple and powerful things that we can do to determine how astrology works, at least according to the philosophy and specific tools available in modern research methods.

I believe that this is a discussion that we need to have, and I am interested to know the opinion of OPA members. As you probably guessed by now, I am very optimistic and enthusiastic about this new wave of evidence-based astrology and research. The relationship of controlled research studies and scientific methods to astrology can be controversial, and I ask only that we be respectful to each other and respect different opinions. Thank you for reading this article and for considering these issues and questions.

References

  1. http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/about/history/degree-program
  2. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ921797
  3. www.TheKeplerConference.com
  4. youtube.com/c/DavidCochrane100
  5. www.AstroSoftware.com

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David is the author of two astrology books, a regular lecturer at international astrology conferences, instructor at the Avalon School of Astrology, computer programmer at Cosmic Patterns Software, past President of ISAR, has created over 260 free tutorial videos available at youtube.com, author of numerous articles and research papers, and pioneer in the development of Vibrational Astrology. He has collaborated with dozens of astrologers on astrological software products and research projects.