I offer two astrological services to my clients. They are related but slightly different.
For clients in the U.S., I offer what I call Sessions. Sessions are live, two-way conversations via telephone. Clients share their circumstances and concerns, and I bring my astrological experience and expertise through the tools of natal charts and major transits. Together, we co-create the content of the session.
For international clients (meaning people outside the U.S. particularly in Europe or Australia), I offer what I call Readings. Readings are non-interactive. No phone call, no conversations. Clients share their questions and concerns with me in writing via email before I do the reading, then I record my interpretion of their charts and major transits.
Sessions are interactive, and the content is shaped in part by what clients share in the conversations, while readings are more "pure" as astrological interpretations. Both sessions and readings are recorded as mp3 files, which clients then download from a private page on this site.
Individual sessions are the main work I've done throughout the past five decades ('70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, and now the 2010s), and I'm still passionate about the work that I do to define and illuminate for clients the meaning and evolution of their lives as revealed by astrology, with special emphasis on our changing life-journeys during the turbulent times now underway, times that will increase in intensity and perhaps chaos over the coming decades.
Because of disabilities and diminished vitality from the stroke I suffered in 2007, I do fewer sessions per month now than earlier in my life, but working with clients remains the most important single activity of my life, the core of my sense of purpose, especially during the 2010s, where we stand at a crossroads between the past and the future.
Before emailing me to request a session or reading, please read the respective FAQ page. If you're in America, read the Sessions FAQ page. If you live outside the U.S., read the Readings FAQ page. Each page explains what prospective clients need to know, including the nature and content of each service, fees, what personal information I need, etc.
My astrological textbook, Houses of the Horoscope,
was re-published in 2007 by Kevin Burk's new publishing company, Serendipity Press (thanks, Kevin, for all your work in getting the book out!).
This is the same revised and expanded 2nd Edition that I offer here in an e-book PDF version, but in a classic hard-copy version in paperback. The book is priced at $24.95 and can be ordered online from Amazon or found at brick-and-mortar bookstores that carry serious astrology textbooks.
Here's a link to the book's page on Amazon:
Houses of the Horoscope at Amazon.com
To learn more about both my books, or to order the PDF versions available on site, click here.
14 November 2017 The Last Mercury Retrograde of 2017
10 November 2017 The Paradise Papers
4 November 2017 End of the Experiment?
28 October 2017 To Be or Not To Be
24 October 2017 Oligarchs and Plutocrats
19 October 2017 When Will This End?
13 October 2017 It's All Connected
10 October 2017 Can the World be Improved?
7 October 2017 Uranus-Pluto: Still Potent
1 October 2017 Young Souls, Old Souls: Part Two
1 October 2017 Young Souls, Old Souls: Part One
20 September 2017 America Divided: Part Two
18 September 2017 America Divided: Part One
9 September 2017 TEOLAWKI
5 September 2017 Understanding Astrology: Planets, Signs, and Houses A Formula
1 September 2017 Understanding Astrology: The Moon
31 August 2017 Understanding Astrology: The Sun
21 August 2017 Is Astrology Fake News?
15 August 2017 Uranus-Neptune, Part Four
6 August 2017 President Trump's Astrological Vulnerabilities
3 August 2017 The Eclipses of August 2017
1 August 2017 Mercury Retrograde (Again)
29 July 2017 Uranus-Neptune, Part Three
21 July 2017 President Donald Trump
18 July 2017 Uranus-Neptune, Part Two
14 July 2017 The Fade-Out of the Saturn-Neptune Square
5 July 2017 Uranus-Neptune, Part One
28 May 2017 The Propaganda Hologram
22 May 2017 Individuality and Collectivity
22 February 2017 Nature Doesn't Care About Us
11 February 2017 Where We Are
Commentaries, Newsletters, and Essays from 2016 and earlier years (as far back as 1983)
can be read online or downloaded as PDF files from the Essays Archive page.
I'm a professional astrologer with 43 years' full-time experience. I've done more than 12,000 astrological sessions, mostly with individuals, but also with couples, families, and groups.
I didn't set out to be an astrologer (far from it), and, though people understandably regard me as an authority on the subject, I'm really not obsessed with astrology itself. Yes, it's an extraordinary, elegant system in the right hands, and the information it provides is endless and often unavailable from any other source. Still, for me at least, astrology is only a means to an end, just a useful tool to explore something else, something much more important.
What I find compelling what really interests me is not astrology, but human beings and the incredible, almost overwhelming experience of being human.
We wake up in these bodies one day, and we don't know where we came from, how we got here, or where we're going. But here we are, as long as we breathe and our hearts beat. And while we're here, we have to figure out how our machinery works, how to live in these awkward bodies and difficult personalities, and how to connect with other, equally complex human beings along the way. It is all a bit much, and often more than any of us can handle.
Despite being members of the same species and sharing much in common, we are very different as individuals. Just beneath the ordinary, commonplace experiences of everyday life, we live alone inside ourselves. Our inner realities are custom-tailored, profoundly unique, and often unseen, much less understood, by anyone else. Most of the time, through happiness, suffering, or just normal life, we remain hidden even to ourselves.
I use astrology to explore those differences that make us unique, to probe into the heart of the puzzle, to reveal what can be revealed, and to reach out across the void to make contact, to find a way for us (and for myself as well) to feel not quite so alone.
For those of you who might be curious, I've posted my own chart and provided a little background info about myself.
Being an astrologer does not require any specific spiritual beliefs, nor does it imply any particular social or political leanings. Some astrologers lean to the right, others to the left. Some focus exclusively on the lofty realms of metaphysics; others are more pragmatic, integrating real-life concerns into their work.
For me, all three levels are relevant, and I tend to have deep feelings and strong opinions about each, as anyone who reads the newsletters and essays archived on this site will no doubt see.
One specific point worth making is that astrology doesn't speak in the language of typical human experience. Many of the ego-concerns people feel most strongly are not addressed effectively by charts. Charts are brilliant at defining individual life-purpose and the timing of significant changes in our life-journeys, but many common questions people have are simply not part of the information astrology offers. As conspicuous examples, our individual experiences surrounding health or money, for instance, have general indications in our charts, but the information is neither as specific nor as comprehensive as many people assume or would like it to be. I try to make my work with clients as practical and useful as I can, but medicine and finances are specialties that require long professional training and insight that my knowledge of astrology doesn't cover.
So, what I usually tell my clients concerning those two particular topics is this: "If you want to discuss physical health or money, please consult a doctor or a financial advisor, not an astrologer (at least not me)."
I can't claim to have achieved transcendent wisdom or even personal serenity in reconciling the contradictions, paradoxes, and ironies of what are often conflicting arenas of experience in our personal and social lives. Spirituality, culture, and politics continue to be an ongoing challenge for me. Indeed, they comprise a significant part of the struggle in my life to understand and mature.
What I lack in certainty, however, I try to make up for in reverence, the feeling of awe and respect for the often unexpected and always profound mysteries of life.
Below are the MP3s from my 1994 Celtic Fusion CD, "Beyond the Emerald Isle." The selections include Irish, English, and Scots tunes in traditional and original jigs, reels, hornpipes, and slow airs, plus a lullaby, a lament, and an English madrigal. All the instruments were synthesized, and the music was sequenced and mixed on a Mac. My own little one-man show.
Click on the title links to listen to the cuts, or download the MP3s for free.
1. Old Hag You Have Killed Me, Delaney's, Morrison's medley of three Irish jigs
2. When the Winds Begin to Sing permutations of an Irish melody
3. Song of the Chanter Irish slow air
4. Saucy Sailor English seafaring song
5. The Weavers, Kail and Pudding, Loch Roag another medley of Irish jigs
6. The Old Woman's Lullaby slow air from Scotland
7. Drive the Cold Winter Away Irish melody
8. Harvest Home, The Little Beggar Girl two English tunes, the latter by Richard Thompson
9. The April Green, Kasha in the Window original hornpipe and reel, with an embedded jig
10. Taking Missionary Ridge original call-and-response marches
11. Oh the Cutters English slow air
12. Love is Worth it All original English madrigal
13. The Cruel Brother rave-up of a Scots lament