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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Astrological Fire

I keep telling my partner that I can't help it, but I lack astrological fire. Since fire is slim pickings in my chart, I attract it to me. I chronically burn myself when cooking, for example. My oven mitt looks like it survived a nuclear bomb testing site and is good and charred.

She didn't believe me. Not at all. All that astrology stuff is hogwash.

So I ask you, how many people do you know who manage to catch an entire microwave on fire?

Here's the proof of the aftermath, post flames and outside on the sidewalk:




The second picture shows how the flames grew so hot that the entire inside liner plumped down like an inverted giant marshmallow. These were taken at night with my phone camera so might be a little grainy, but you should still be able to make out some detail.

Sadly we were too busy scrambling to put out the flames and neither of us were able to grab a camera and take a picture of the flames lapping out over the edge of the door.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

New Astrology Application

Robert Currey created a wonderful application for use on Facebook called Heavenly Gifts.

If you are on Facebook, be sure to give a Heavely Gift to someone you know! If you enjoyed the app, then add it to your favorites. This helps people who take the time to create these applications gain kudos for their work.

Each planet glyph has a meaning beneath it, and the glyphs are original and beautiful. The ones below are mini-sized to fit but check it out for yourself!

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Candidate's Horoscopes and Polls

The Huffington Post had a great little horoscope for Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. True, this only covers the sun sign. What's interesting about this is that on the left there is the Insider Advantage Poll (Pennsylvania) and on the right, a Chance of Winning Poll.

Hilary and Barack are neck and neck for the Insider Advantage, separated by only a small slice of New York Thick Crust Pizza. Favored to win? Obama by a landslide.

You will have to check out the post, though, to read the horoscopes.

Enjoy!

Huffpollstrology: Candidates' Horoscopes, Polls And More For April 4

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A New Slant on Barack Obama - A Hero's Journey

Lynn over at Astrological Musings had a great post about Barack Obama. You have heard me say before that Astrology is a language of symbols. It is also deeply entrenched in archetypes. The planets all have the names of Gods, and there have been a slew of Astrological interpretation of epics such as The 12 Labors of Hercules.

Lynn takes a closer look at Barack Obamas astrological chart, paying close attention to the Nodes. Obama is on a Hero's Journey, and one just has to hear him speak to feel his groove.

Full Post Here:
Other Obama Astrology Talk Posts:

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

When is a Black Hole not a Black Hole?

Last year, CERN announced that it had developed a particle splitter which was capable of creating black holes. The announcement stated the black holes were teeny tiny (about the extent of my scientific expression) and disappeared incredibly quickly (quickly being nanoseconds). The ability to study black holes up close was the chance of a lifetime.

However, it's causing quite a stir:

Campaigners in the US are attempting to delay the start-up of the world's most powerful particle smasher with a lawsuit claiming it could spawn dangerous particles or mini black holes that will destroy the entire Earth.

Now let's see what all the hub-bub is about, shall we?

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is nearing completion at CERN, the European centre for particle physics near Geneva, Switzerland. Scientists hope it will begin operations in mid-July. (read article from New Scientist). Black holes are kind of dangerous by their very nature, and we know very little about them. A black hole is a region of space where the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing can escape after having fallen past the event horizon. Since it's a gravitational field, it sucks things into it, and even light can not escape (thus the name "black" hole).

We have had particle accelerators before, but CERN plans to build the largest one, called the Large Hadron Collider. You gotta love the creativity of scientists when naming things, don't you? The picture on the right shows colliding gold ions. It's a little spooky how much it looks like the iris of an eye, isn't it?

CERN now plans to have the LHC finished in July and create it's first black hole about two months later. The worry is that we are playing with fire. Notice how black holes are usually identified by the items in space around them looking like a whirlpool. Since, by it's nature, a black hole sucks into it the things that surround it, what's to stop even the smallest black hole from running wild and soon falling out of the control of the scientists at CERN?

CERN, of course, counters by stating that all this creating will take place in a safe, enclosed environment. They know a lot more about science then I do, it's true. CERN has been the forerunner in a lot a ground breaking research and science, but it's also a little creepy.

CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, whose initials in it's mother tongue of french become CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire). It is the world's largest particle physics laboratory, and it's main purpose is to share scientific information between it's members, which includes over 7,000 scientists and engineers from 80 nationalities, and has 20 member states. It is located between France and Switzerland, in the northwest suburbs of Geneva.

No doubt, it's a wonderful collaborative organization. But here is where it gets a little creepy: As an international facility, the CERN sites are not officially under Swiss or French jurisdiction, and some company vehicles have diplomatic number plates. This includes the organization's fleet of fire trucks.

How the heck did that happen? Basically, CERN is like a country all on its own. It answers only to itself. Now, while I can admire the fact that it's the largest physics test tube on the planet, and shares information with researchers (and has since the 80's) using a complex intranet, this lack of oversight scares me a bit.

Not saying that any of this is happening, but it means that human trials could be committed and no one could stand in the way. There is no accountability but the furthering of science. I am sure that removes some of the hurdles to discovery that the rest of the scientific community must abide by, but should those 20 member nations really give on average $990 million each year with no accountability?

My opinion on the black hole machine CERN intends to finish building is two fold: On one hand, if anyone knows what they are doing, it's half of world's physics community that has worked at CERN on various projects. On the other hand, it makes me a little edgy that they have no legal accountability to anyone for anything.

What do you think?

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Spiritual Warrior or Spiritual Vacuum?

This YouTube clip of Trading Spouses was brought to my attention a few days ago. By fluke (if you believe in fluke) the full episode was on TV today. This isn't a "new" episode, but it's new to me.

Here's the low down: Self proclaimed "God Warrior" (Marguerite Perrin) is swapped into the home of Astrologer Chris Flisher. I understand that some people are uncomfortable with astrology and other metaphysical things. It just doesn't fit into their view of the universe. Well, apparently no one who does not profess her strict Christian beliefs fits into Mrs. Perrin's universe, or the light half of it anyway.

This saddens me to no end. There is so much to be learned from each other as human beings, but to learn, you must be open to experiences and beliefs different from your norm. To my mind, it doesn't matter what religion you profess, Astrology does not take away from it - ever. It can only enhance knowledge, spiritual growth and self awareness.

If you believe so, God created the heavens and the earth and set the earth to its orbit. God even coincided the birth of his only son with a marvelous star display. Later, the abuse of Astrology gave it the stigma many still hold onto. Using Astrology, for example, to predict when an important figure will be born, and then slaughtering all the little children to prevent it. That sort of thing.

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this, from either side of the fence.

Upon returning home, she rants about the "dark sided" people they swapped with. In her rant, she says she was subjected to such terrible things as astrology, tarot (I didn't see that, but she says it), psychics, Buddha and, oh my goodness... ZOOLOGISTS. Yup, that's what she said. I had to go through the video three times to make sure I heard it right.

Lock up yer livestock, y'all! Zoologists are satanic!




Perrin appeared on the show last season when she traded homes with a New Age humanist from Boxborough, MA and didn't waste much time trying to convert her new family to Christianity. After ranting against the forces of the "dark side," Perrin eventually took the $50,000 prize she originally called "tainted" and used it for gastric bypass surgery, which helped her lose 94 pounds.


It must be said that Jeanne Flisher was amazing, tolerant, kind, respectful and all around positive. Here is the video of their meeting:

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Planetary Map of the World

This is too cool to pass up posting. This is a map I found on Strange Maps. I stumbled upon this site from a link of a link of a link from a blog. How interconnected the blogosphere is never ceases to amaze me!

It really shocked me how strangely mesmerizing a site about maps could be. Some silly, some bizzare (like the US of Pumpkin), some cute (the map of Brazil made out of women's clothing) and some serious. This one might not be the most astrologically sound, but it was so cool, it deserved a shout out.




  • Read the whole post at Strange Maps - If Planets Were Countries

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  • Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    Astrology and the Length of Your Life

    The past year has seen a slew of research using astrology (usually just the sun sign) for insurance purposes. So, is it any wonder that now there is one for life expectancy? Interestingly enough, a husband threatens to sue when his wife is doesn't like what she reads!

    In fact, the report is now claimed to have been just a reminder to people to take care of themselves. The statistics from one year. Why would you have statistic for a year, and then just "nudge" people to take care of themselves by publishing a study as a factual scientific report?

    Figures released by the Bureau of National Health Insurance said that those born under the sign of Aries have the shortest average life span

    A "whimsical" press release from the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) ranking longevity according to star signs that attracted massive media coverage has resulted in the threat of a lawsuit from a man who said his wife's state of mind has been adversely affected by the report.

    The bureau received a telephone call from a man complaining that his wife's depression had worsened markedly since she read in the papers that bureau figures showed people with her astrological sign, Aries, lived the shortest lives...


    Read the whole article from the Taipei Times.

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    Sunday, December 02, 2007

    Free EBook Spam from Anonymous

    Checking my comments today from Astrology Talk, there were several postings from an "Anonymous" source. It was "Get my free ebook" spam in the comments.

    These comments have since been deleted, and I will continue to delete all spam comments. So much for blog etiquette.

    Here is my email to the culprit, 123 Astrology, Blair Gorman from Christchurch, New Zealand. The site actually is one of the one pagers designed to lure you into a purchase. It has no information other than solicitation. You can get a free "trial" reading, leading to a paid reading, but you must sign up for the reading in order to get the "Free eBook".

    Blair,

    You posted two comments on my blog, Astrology Talk, soliciting business for your eBook. You contributed nothing to my readers, but only made an attempt at gaining downloads and birth details to solicit business. In my opinion, your methods are dubious and swarmy, both on the method of driving business and in the misleading way in which your site garners information in the process of receiving your "Free eBook".

    Interesting enough, the bottom of your site states "Words cannot express my dislike for spam." So why spam a blog?

    Thanks for not doing it again.


    If you have a site that you feel is beneficial for the readers and applicable to the post, feel free to share it. I only ask that it is not a site that holds no information, but is only a forum for generating income from sales. I want you, my readers, to know that I care about you. I personally find it irritating when a site claims to be an "expert resource", but only sells readings, either by mail, email or phone. If you have such a site, contact me and I will review it.

    If I wanted Astrology Talk to be a forum for sales of horoscopes, then I would sell my own here and the focus of the blog would be muddied.

    Let the information flow! ... But leave the spam in the cupboard!

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    Astrology Through Scientific Eyes


    Many people view scientists as unimaginative, stodgy, starched collar types with thick dorky glasses held together with a band aid and oddly lacking any sense of humor or dress sense. Or, perhaps, as the Professor from Back to the Future - scatty, wacky, a little mad, yet somehow brilliant. (I must admit, it is difficult to find a picture of Einstein without his hair tossled.) I suppose there are cross sections of people in any field, but my father is a brilliant Physicist and he taught me that nothing could be further from the truth.

    The sciences are not so far from Astrology. In order to be a true innovator of science, you need first an open mind. A good scientist needs to be able to imagine solutions or explanations that have not been pushed to the forefront of our consciousness or understanding yet.

    You would think that hard core scientists would be the most skeptical of Astrology. Yet, many embrace it. Even more become intrigued with spiritual, metaphysical and parapsychology theories and investigations. I suppose that is only natural when your whole life centers around understanding the deeper workings of the human condition and the meaning of the universe. This goes far beyond the moon effecting tides. These questions dig deep into the nature of our personal relationship with the vastness of the universe.

    If you want to dig in deep to some scientific minds and their discovery of Astrology, check out Space and Motion. I warn you, though, it is not for the faint of heart.

    Space and Motion covers the Astrological influences of many great scientists. Oddly enough, most of the scientists themselves were surprised when they set out to quantify whether the planets could influence personality and ended up believers. Discover the Astrological minds of Albert Einstein (everyone knows Al, but he was a Physicist), Friedrich Nietzsche (Philosopher), Aldous Huxley (Literary great), Gottfried Leibniz (Mathematician), Hans Eysenck (Psychologist), Dr. Percy Seymour (Astronomer / Astrophysicist), Richard Feynman (Physicist) and Michel Gauquelin (Psychologist / Statistician).

    There are some great links, book recommendations and interesting articles all over the site. I don't know if it is growing up with a scientific parent, but I really enjoy these types of investigations, theories and thoughts on Astrology. The long and short of it really is that we don't need to understand exactly how aspirin works in order to reap its benefits. The same is true with Astrology.

    I understand the language of Astrology, but I leave it to those much more intelligent that I am to theorize about astronomical magnetic fields, Perpetual Finite Spherical Universe within an Infinite Eternal Space, and the Wave Structure of Matter.

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    Does a Rose by ANY Other Name REALLY Still Smell as Sweet?

    Over the past few months, my other half has been going to night school. In honor of supporting the venture, I have been doing weekly study guides with pictures and diagrams. These usually take me about three hours to complete, but tonight it took me five and half hours. Needless to say, my mind was a little numb, and my eyes just a tad blurry. You will understand if I had to do several double takes to verify what I am about to tell you about.

    When I finished my venture tonight, I used ask.com to search for astrology images to use in a post. I have really been enjoying their new layout that lets you search for images only, and define what types of images the search bot should bring back. This comes in VERY HANDY for those perplexing study guides.

    I found the gorgeous chart wheel that you see here. The site is titled "Zodiac Tattoos - Pictures, Signs and Astrology". The site has the "short" URL of ILoveTattoosandPiercings.com. (Whew! I am almost out of breath typing it!)

    Because the chart wheel was so gorgeous, I scrolled down to read a bit more about this site when I came upon this:

    What defines a Zodiac Tattoo?

    A zodiac tattoo would be any tattoo that depicts one of the twelve signs of the zodiac: Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crap, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin, Libra the Scales, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Archer, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water-Bringer, or Pisces the Fish. Each sign has both a symbol that represents the set of stars, and a picture, so one could get either inked and have a zodiac tattoo.

    You read it right... "Cancer the Crap". Sorry folks, their words, not mine.

    The Astrology on the site is pilfered garbage, of course. But, I am wearing my "controlling color" of maroon tonight...

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    Monday, November 26, 2007

    Unorthodox Measure of a Primary Election

    Having been away for a time, I was looking at the stats of this blog and discovered something perplexing.

    Posts with Barack Obama held a reader's attention for over 5 minutes.

    Angelina Jolie boasts over 4 minutes.

    But Hilary Clinton? Hilary only held attention for slightly over 1 minute.

    Could this be a new way of polling the general response to candidates? At the very least, it could be a measurement of the interest different candidates hold. I was wondering if any bloggers out there are willing to share their stats on posts for individual candidates? It would be interesting to compare these after the primary and see if they reflect the general outcome.

    Oh, and a quick blurb on the 2008 Election Primary held sway for 3 and a half.

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