STAR WISE: September 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

We’ll be riding out a couple of eclipses this month. In olden times, an eclipse would strike fear into the hearts of those for whom the eclipse was visible. I don’t think we have much to fear, though. The September eclipses are not visible in our region. What is of importance is that the Sun and Moon are in hard aspect with Mars and Saturn at the time of the solar eclipse on September 1. Saturn has a tendency to slow things down and bind things up while Mars stirs things up. Interpreted, it indicates a possible slow-down with the economy and business in general. As we head into the Labour Day weekend, we may experience all kinds of traffic snarls along with accidents and incidents. The remedy: keep your cool and don’t get sucked into hot-headed, knee-jerk reactions, as they could prove costly. Patience and more patience – minus alcohol and drugs – will help the situation.

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STAR WISE: July-August 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

The planetary deities are constantly dialoguing. Astrology is one part science and another part art. When a student truly learns the basic science of astrology, he/she sets off on the path of learning the art of interpretation. This journey can take decades of time and tons of experience to hone one’s skills. The only way to accomplish this task is to dive right into the deep end of the cosmic pool. If the astrologer has done their homework and paid their dues through diligent study over the years, they can deliver seemingly magical and exceptionally helpful information and knowledge to their clients.

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STAR WISE: May 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

The new Moon takes place on May 6, in the middle of Taurus. Spring has sprung and everything is beautiful in its own way. The grass is green and the birds and the bees are doing their thing – and so are we. Just as all of nature is compelled to move along the lines of its genetic make up, we are also compelled to move along in accordance to what the planetary deities dream up and dish out. We have collective and personal karma to work out in every moment of our lives.

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STAR WISE: April 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

Wouldn’t you know it? Donald Trump has a most phenomenal birth chart – right off the roadmap powerful. As one astrological writer exclaimed when describing a powerful planetary position, “But powerful for what?” The man, for better or worse, has captured the attention of the whole world. Everybody’s watching this one with rapt attention.

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STAR WISE: March 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

In western tropical astrology, the single most important date in which we can gage the prevailing energy of the year is the spring equinox. This year, it takes place on March 19, at 9:31 PM. The position and condition of the planets at that time offer us a look at how the year will play out. Traditionally, January 1 is heralded as the beginning of the new year, but astrologically, it has always been the spring equinox. So Happy New Year to one and all.

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STAR WISE: February 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

It’s not about what the stars are doing to you, but what you are doing to the stars. Think about it. The planetary positions at your birth hail and herald exactly who you are, along with which forms of karma you bring with you into this life, in accordance with the positive and negative qualities you created in previous incarnations. Following this line of thinking, we are creating our future horoscope by our thoughts and actions in this lifetime. Our bad actions create chains of iron, while our good thoughts and deeds create chains of gold. Point being that whatever we do here in our Earthly sojourn creates chains and, as we know, chains are meant to bind and hold us in slavery to our minds and senses.

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STAR WISE: January 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

It might be worth our while to take a deep look at the intrinsic meanings of Capricorn and its ruling planet Saturn. Deeply embedded religious beliefs and laws come under the heading of Saturn/Capricorn. Chronos (Father Time) carried a scythe and was known as the grim reaper, associated with death, poverty, pestilence and disease. Saturn seeks to correct, cleanse and purify. He rules magistrates and lawyers, along with fathers, husbands, bosses and others that seek to lead and rule. Saturn/Capricorn represents the structures we expect to remain the same, unchanged throughout time. Sounds like sour grapes and castor oil mixed into one.

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STAR WISE: December 2015

by Mac McLaughlin

The winter solstice takes place on December 21 at 8:49 PM (PST). For people today, the solstice probably has a lot less significance than for people born in ancient times. A couple of weeks after the solstice, it becomes very apparent the days are lengthening, bringing hope and anticipation of the Sun once again bringing its warmth and new life. I imagine the winter solstice was the original celebration and that it eventually morphed into the Christmas of modern times: Christ Mass, the celebration of light and new life.

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STAR WISE: November 2015

by Mac McLaughlin

Astrologers are a bit phobic regarding the defence of their chosen profession and they take strident measures to prove the validity of their sacred science. We just can’t get any respect, especially from the scientific and business communities. I encountered a prominent scientist a few years ago at a garden party and when I told him I was an astrologer, he blinked so rapidly I thought he was going to pass out. I’m sure he thought I was pulling his leg with the outrageous prospect of actually being an astrologer. It was similar to the reaction one would get if they said they had spotted a Sasquatch.

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STAR WISE: September 2015

by Mac McLaughlin

A true phenomenon is upon us. The Golden Age has begun! It dawned on me the other day that something very unique has taken place. In the thirteenth century, Kabir and Guru Nanak came along – both proponents of Sant Mat or the Path of the Masters. It is not known how many they initiated or how many souls were connected to the godly way within the succession of gurus since that time. But we do know things began to change in the 20th century, especially when Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj came along and initiated 100,000 souls into the mysteries of the beyond. His successor Param Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj initiated 89,000 souls, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Mahraj initiated 86,000 and the present day living Master Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has initiated 740,000 souls so far. That is close to one million initiates these Godmen have put on the way.

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