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_gtstar.jpg“Some people see things as they are and say ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and say ‘Why not?’”
~ George Bernard Shaw

In the Tarot, The Star is the card of hope, healing, wholeness, and inspiration. In this card from the Gaian Tarot, the stars reflecting in the water show us how far we can dream, show us what’s possible in the vast expanse of the universe if we will only look. Cupped in our hands, dreams become light and manifest in the world. But we must actively seek them first. We must go to the sacred spring, connect with a larger reality, with possibility, with joy, with recognition of and gratitude for the extraordinary adventure that is life. Then we can tuck the light of our visions into our hearts, and carry them back to a world much in need. This is the essential message of this month’s Gemini New Moon.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bee_on_flower_20170424-212252_1.jpgThe news these days can be depressing and even horrifying — bombs, environmental disasters, corruption, extraordinary cruelty, sheer stupidity, and blind greed. There’s no doubt that we are in the throes of major changes in our civilization, and as a whole, we seem to be having some difficulty handling our most pressing problems. If we’re going to be part of the solution, it’s important to remember and acknowledge our accomplishments and honor the gifts that life offers.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_jetty-during-storm-on-ocean.jpgJust a quick update, as the next two weeks are fraught with numerous planetary aspects that will require your attention and a bit of finesse to navigate well. 

One aspect is an ongoing square of Venus and Saturn. This is somewhat unusual in that both planets are traveling very slowly through the sky — usually, Venus would whiz right by any aspect with Saturn in a day or two, but this challenging transit will last for about two weeks.

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“I’d hammer out danger
I’d hammer out a warning
I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land”
from If I Had a Hammer 

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you for this.
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    You are very welcome, Lizann! Glad you found it helpful.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cafe-wha.jpg“There was music in the cafes at night, And revolution in the air.”
~ Bob Dylan

There’s a challenging solar eclipse happening on February 26, and the chart for this one will be in effect for at least 6 months to a year. Revolution is in the air, and so are illusion, deception, inchoate fears — as well as enchantment, inspiration, and the highest and best reaches of spirituality and compassion.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_flamingo.jpgThis month’s New Moon falls on January 27, at 7:08 pm EST. The chart, predictive for the month ahead, features a number of powerful aspects that demand and catalyze change.

Venus in under considerable stress. She represents women, money, art, and relationships in a chart, and is in a challenging aspect to Saturn, so look for restrictions being imposed (or attempted) in these areas. But keep in mind that some restrictions can help bring appropriate, targeted growth and development. Ethical considerations and discussions around where responsibility falls will be both in the news and manifesting in our personal lives. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_deep_dive.jpgWe’ll be taking a deep dive into emotional waters this month, as the New Moon in Scorpio and Mercury make a flowing trine aspect to Neptune. This is a fascinating, interwoven chart that speaks to the power of emotion. As we dive, we will be brought face-to-face with our deeply-held beliefs and how they can be in conflict with the beliefs we hold intellectually.

This is, of course, where we trip ourselves up repeatedly — when deep emotional imprints and the beliefs that resulted from them somehow manage to hijack our behavior. We eat that unhealthy food, hit the gas hard to run a red light, unleash our anger and resentment, or blurt out words we can’t take back. The kind of thing that leaves you shaking your head wondering how the hell you could have done that.

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