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WXYC Friday, July 11, 2008 6-9pm

Guess what! This is the set list:

11/7/8 18:00-21:00

Yes, “Troglodyte” *was* a shout out to Bertha…

Also, I played a track from the forthcoming Caltrop CD…
Caltrop will be dropping by next Friday between 6 and 7pm to talk about their debut full-length (FINALLY!!!!), heralding their CD release party that’s taking place later that night at Local 506.  It’s about time I had some intense CORE action on my show!


Currently listening:
World Class
By: Caltrop
Release Date: July 22, 2008



The astrological “weather” report:

will go here, but you already know that.. also I’m not formatting anything, I’m just pasting and going… I’ll doll it up later 😉

The “Astrology: How It Works…” section is complete, so scroll on down…

I think these are the aspects I discussed (I may not have mentioned them all during the show, these are merely my [sic] notes):

Sun Trine Uranus Monday July 14 11:03
No further aspects till after the sun enters Leo on Tuesday, July 22 at 06:54
Conjunct Mercury Tuesday July 29 16:04

Moon Sextile Jupiter Saturday July 12 09:41
Trine Uranus Saturday July 12 20:46
VOID till 11:41am Sunday and enters Sagittarius

Mercury Sextile Saturn Monday July 14 04:03
Sextile Mars Tuesday July 15 17:11
Opposite Jupiter Saturday, July 19

Venus is “void”
Enters Leo 14:38 Saturday at which point
Opposite Neptune Thursday July 31 12:29

Mars Trine Jupiter Saturday July 26 18:03

Jupiter Trine Saturn in Monday, September 8 19:17

Saturn Opposite Uranus Tuesday, November 4


/astrological “weather” report

Astrology — How It Works, How It Doesn’t — Week 7:  Introducing… The Ecliptic!

So last week I kind of haphazardly explained how, in real astrology, we don’t sort people into but 12 different boxes and judge them by such unreasonably limited criteria.

I admit I did not adjust for the constraints of the planetary motion of Mercury and Venus in my calculation last week, which was 12 raised by the power 11, that is 12 signs of the zodiac, 10 heavenly bodies that traverse that zodiac with the addition of the sign that is on the horizon at the moment we’re born.

The result of 12 to the 11th gives us more than 700 billion different possible combinations.

Mercury and Venus, however, are always relatively close to the sun, so as an example, we never have Mercury in opposition to the sun—and an opposition means the sun and Mercury would appear to be 180 degrees apart, and Mercury’s greatest angular separation from the Sun (greatest elongation) is only 28.3°. If the sun is in Aries, Mercury can only be in Pisces, Aries, or Taurus, Venus has a maximum elongation of 47.8°.

So no, I didn’t bother with the extra steps we need to take to adjust for that, instead I presented you with a calculation of what I’ll call “highly stylized” statistics, but even if we begin to adjust for the constraints, or easier still, just remove Mercury and Venus all together from the calculations, we still have more than 5 billion possibilities, and that still makes my point that there are not just 12 different things a person can “be,”
“be” is in quotes there.

There are at least several billion, and that’s more than enough to account for every person walking the earth today.

I could beat that particular horse at least 12 different ways till Sunday, but this week I wanted to begin helping you understand the difference between planets’ locations in tropical astrology versus what we see when we walk out and look up to the sky.

In order to do this, first I have to help you understand the ecliptic, what it is, what it means when we say “ecliptic.”

Despite what some astronomers would have you believe, in astrology, one uses the exact same ecliptic. It’s simply used in a different way.

*I* believe this is because astrology’s first and foremost use was as a calendar to understand our environment. Keep in mind astrology developed from tribal shamans in hunter-gatherer times, so things like knowing when we reach adulthood, when certain plants would be in season, when the best time to hunt a particular animal takes place, had a magical connotation.

Anyways, the ecliptic, what is it?

In simplest terms it is exactly the line across which the sun traverses in the sky. It’s like a belt, a circle, 360 degrees, that encompasses the earth. When we define the ecliptic, in this, its simplest most basic definition, the 360 degree path the sun appears to follow as we watch it rise and set, we find modern day astrology—I mean, every type of legitimate modern day astrology of which I’m aware, not just the kind I know how to do—AND modern day astronomy on the same page.

But how we use that 360 degree ecliptic varies, and even among astronomers. The main issue with astronomers and some astrologers who are using the actual positions of constellations hinges upon how broad one considers the belt—is it a skinny belt, like in the 1950’s, or a big broad belt, like women often wore in the 1980’s.

Because I don’t think the actual constellations have the effect in astrology—I think we’re marking predictable events in concert with the *rhythm* of planetary motion—I don’t worry with the arguments about how broad we should consider the ecliptic. When you consider tropical astrology, there’s no need to worry with precession, because we’re dividing the 360 degrees even by 12, into 12 different arcs.

To try to help you understand the magnitude of possible confusion if you subscribe to the notion of the constellations themselves having some power over us, perhaps we would consider the actual constellations the planets move through… there are 21. Alternately, if we consider just the constellations that are exactly on the thinnest belt the ecliptic could be, we have 13. Some sidereal astrologers who worry with the width of the belt use 14.

…and somehow I wrapped it up around there… next Friday… how traditional Western tropical astrology determines when and where the signs are!

/astrology report’s supporting commentary


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