The Misunderstood Inconjunct

The inconjunct, or quincunx aspect, besides being one of the more difficult to pronounce, is probably the most under-rated and misunderstood aspects by students of astrology. Traditional interpretation has attached a strongly negative connotation to this aspect. Some astrologers of the past have even labeled the inconjunct the “aspect of death.” Granted, it is a hard aspect to contend with, but growth and awareness can be the eventual outcome of the struggles and challenges it creates. What makes the inconjunct such a difficult aspect is the angle it creates. It is a 150 degree aspect. That puts it directly between the 130 degree trine and the 180 degree opposition. The energies of the planets connected with this aspect are neither flowing harmoniously nor involved in a direct head on resistance. The inconjunct is associated with the relationship between the sign of Aries, and the signs of Virgo and Scorpio respectively. In one case the fiery energy of Aries is now forced to contend with the practical and down-to-earth Virgo, and in the other it must deal with the watery, deep, emotional sign of Scorpio. In both instances we have signs that are incompatible by element and well as unlike in quality. Fire is coupled with earth and water and cardinal is now forced to work with mutable and fixed. Here there is no common ground whatsoever. A major adjustment in ones thinking and a complete reorganization of thought and deed is required to act constructively with this aspect. The energy (Aries) must structure itself and be cleansed through service to others (Virgo) or evolve on a much higher level...

Releasing Our Anger

Scientists used to think that the fast tempo and intense drive of Type A personalities helped to create health problems in those individuals. But a current study has many scientists changing their minds. The real cause of the illness in these driven people is really deep-rooted anger. Everyone gets angry now and then. If someone cuts you off while driving, the natural impulse is to feel anger. This impulse is an innate reaction that stems from our primordial genes. It’s a body signal that says fight or flight may be necessary. Hatred is the real enemy. Anger must be erased before it turns into hate. Anger is like a knife. When its’ continually held toward the world, it slowly turns in our hands to point at us. Hatred is a terrible disease, sapping one’s precious time and energy in evil plans and ill intentions. The fight response recoils into bitter revenge. The flight response turns into feelings of imprisonment. Anger becomes heated for a reason. It’s too hot for us to hold onto without burning ourselves. We need to let it go. Problems arise when we can’t run away from the source of our anger. Perhaps it’s a spouse who likes to use us as their scapegoat. Whatever the cause may be, long-held anger will manifest itself as illness and pathological problems. We need to find a way to release these negative feelings in order to heal ourselves. Even if we can’t totally forgive, at least we can stop holding onto the anger and stop using it as a channel of unhealthy energy. By seeing that hatred is self-destructive...

Astrology and the Bible

Many Christians feel that they cannot support the concept of astrology but there are many mentions of it in the Bible.  In fact the Holy Book is packed with references to it. Even Jesus Christ refers to it in this famous quote – “There shall be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.” – (Jesus Christ, Luke 21:25) One of the great astrological stories in the Bible has to do with the star of Bethlehem. It is written that the star was a sign from God signals the birth of the Messiah into the world. The three Magi, who were astrologers, determined the time of this birth by the position of this star. In 1600, Johannes Kepler hypothesized that this star was actually a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which is a supposition that has been confirmed by modern astrological methods. The Star of Bethlehem was indeed probably a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The prediction at the time was of course that there would be a Messiah born among Kings. Saturn is a planet that rules the Jews and Jupiter symbolizes royalty.  What an accurate prediction for the birth of someone who would be known as “The King of the Jews.” Interestingly the twelve tribes of Israel are also associated with the Zodiac signs. According to Flavius Josephus, the famed Jewish historian, the Jewish temple at Jerusalem had the twelve signs of the zodiac embedded in its floors. In the recent past Israel has also issued postage stamps with zodiac signs as recognition of this. In the book of Genesis there are comments about the signs...

The Real Day Christ was Born

Every year on December 25th, millions of Americans celebrate the holiday of Christmas. It is the day we use to commemorate the birth of Christ. The fact that we honor the nativity of Jesus on that particular date is of interest because chances are Christ was not born on the 25th of December or any time near it. Not only has there been much debate over what time of the year Christ was born, there is an equal amount of controversy over the exact year of His birth. A major problem in trying to pinpoint an exact month and year is the loose manner in which the ancients kept track of important events. At that time in history, there was no real universal method of chronicling important dates. Events were listed in the reign of “King So-and-So”. This makes it extremely hard to mark the true date that Christ was born. There are a variety of opinions among scholars as to what time of the year Christ was born. Some believe that He was born during the springtime, while others contend that the event occurred during the summer months. Very few believe that Christ was born during the month of December. If such is the case, why do we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th? At the time when Christ was born, the Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia. This marked the end of the harvest season and was a time of great rejoicing. Saturnalia always took the end of December. Along with this, the Romans did believe that December 25th signaled the Winter Solstice, when they...