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(Titles are links to open or download the PDF file of each Commentary, Newsletter, or Essay.
Scroll down for Essays on Astrology, Culture, and the archive of Older Newsletters.)

2015 Commentaries
11 September 2015 — The Astrological Road Ahead
1 September 2015 — The Two Hardest Jobs on Earth
14 August 2015 — The Power Disconnect
19 June 2015 — Hooray for Pope Francis
10 April 2015 — Mad Men

2014 Commentaries
10 December 2014 — Uranus-Pluto: War and Violence
4 December 2014 — Uranus-Pluto: Social Justice
7 October 2014 — Uranus-Pluto: The Rebellion Against Institutions
22 May 2014 — Uranus-Pluto: Individual Freedom Versus Institutional Control
30 April 2014 — Uranus-Pluto and the Sports Revolution
10 April 2014 — April 2014 Grand Cross

Aug 2013Uranus and Pluto: Correspondences in the 2010s  … reiterating this decade's astrological implications for the future of humanity
Jul 2013Uranus-Pluto and the USA Chart  … revealing to ourselves the central paradoxes in the American character
Dec 2012Astrological Patterns in 2013-2014  … the most meaningful astrological alignments in 2013-2014 and their more obvious implications
Jun 2012To See Oneself in Others  … empathy, sympathy, and cooperation as necessary social tools in the challenging difficulties that lie ahead
Mar 2012Approaching Critical Mass  … "crossing the Rubicon" into the middle years of this crucial decade
Jan 2012Adulthood, Maturity, and Wisdom  … to quote the Bard: "the problem, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves"
Nov 2011The Occupy Uprising: An Astrological Perspective  … the long and rocky road of organized civil disobedience
Jul 2011Uranus-Pluto and the Murdoch Meltdown  … yet another in the increasing number of scandals involving institutional abuses of power
Jun 2011Clarifying the Timeline for Change … the delay factor between astrological timing and corresponding real-life events in the collective
Jun 2011The Ruling Elites Are Not Like You and Me … keeping the game going; serving the Empire to maintain the status quo
Aug 2010The Big Question  … will the collapse of modern industrial civilization be fast or slow?
Jul 2010August Grand Cross  … this summer's second big configuration, plus Deepwater Horizon commentary
Jun 2010June's Lunar Eclipse and Grand Cross  … a six-month high-water mark in the preface to 2012 and beyond
May 2010Possession and Ownership  … one of the root causes behind our current predicament
Apr 2010Pluto: Rooting Out Our Deepest Problems  … a non-standard view of the Ruler of the Underworld
Mar 2010The 1930s and 2010s: Great Depressions  … the astrology behind the dire economic news
Feb 2010The Evolution of Consciousness  … a longer perspective on the challenges we face in the 21st century
Jan 2010Where is Our Wisdom?  … on the maturing of consciousness necessary for our survival
Dec 2009Gold and Silver  … the new battleground in the struggle for control of global finances
Nov 2009Mars Retrograde  … like a seven-month zen retreat to help refine our desires and aggression
Oct 2009The Wizards of Wall Street  … in the arena of economics and finance, false wizards abound
Sept 2009Another Chance for Togetherness  … one possible rainbow of the 2010s storm
July 2009Prescient Visions, Unreal Expectations  … on the current disconnect between reality and dreams
June 2009The T-square Triptych, Part Two  … interpreting multiple outer-planet transits to the same natal symbol
May 2009The T-square Triptych, Part One  … interpreting multiple outer-planet transits to the same natal symbol
Apr 2009Automobiles  … their undeniable but conflicted importance in shaping who we are
Mar 2009Keeping Perspective  … the importance of maintaining neutrality about the challenging times ahead
Feb 2009Barack Obama 3.Transits  … the necessary education of a new president
Jan 2009Barack Obama 2.Houses & Patterns  … natal houses, planetary patterns, and aspect configurations
Dec 2008Barack Obama 1.Archetypes  … the Leo-Aquarius sign archetype
Nov 2008The First Domino Falls  … the financial meltdown and the initial phases of radical change
Nov 2007Empire or Community  … globalization and relocalization in the 21st century
Sep 2007The Importance of Plumbing  … agriculture and industry in the decade ahead and beyond
Aug 2007When We All Do Better, We All Do Better  … a basic assumption that America needs to remember
Jul 2007The Summer of Our Discontent  … collective disillusionment as the last step before radical change
May 2007Preparing for the 2010s  … getting ready psychologically for what's coming in the years ahead
Apr 2007Stories We Tell Ourselves  … the Uranus-Pluto cycle in the long view of humanity's evolution
Mar 2007The 2010s: Reasons for Optimism  … my personal hopes for what may emerge over the coming decade
Feb 2007Saturn-Uranus-Pluto, Part Three  … the meanings of Triple Conjunctions, Dual Oppositions, and T-Squares
Jan 2007Saturn-Uranus-Pluto, Part Two  … shifting gears from the revolutionary 1960s to the radical 2010s
Dec 2006Saturn-Uranus-Pluto, Part One  … deconstructing the technical astrology of tumultous change
Nov 2006The Disenthralling  … saturn-neptune: the slow peeling away of collective illusions and failed dreams
Sep 2006Where We Are, Where We're Headed  … an astrological overview of the next five years
Jul 2006Saturn-Neptune  … the second of this decade's three successive Saturn oppositions to the outer planets
Jun 2006Saturn-Pluto  … the astrological meaning of America's harsh welcome into the 21st century
May 2006Saturn-Uranus-Neptune, Part Two  … the saga of railroads in America, and a final look back at the 1990s
Apr 2006Saturn-Uranus-Neptune, Part One  … setting the stage for awakening: ideals and illusions, 1988-1999
Mar 2006Chaos in the 1960s, China Part Two  … the storm and the rainbow: lessons from the Cultural Revolution
Feb 2006Chaos in the 1960s, China Part One  … if you disliked 1960s America, you're lucky you weren't in China
Oct 2005Uranus-Pluto: The 1960s in America  … the relevance of that decade to the coming crises in America
Sep 2005The Uranus-Pluto Cycle  … Revolution, Anarchy, and Power: 2008-2015

Jun 2002The Outer Planets in Astrology:  Reality Outside the Box  … understanding Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
Dec 2001Saturn and The Four Birth-Moments  … the schedule for when we arrive and how we become ourselves
Sep 1996The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth  … on astrological info and the value of sessions
Dec 1992A Day in the Life  … on the critical importance of humility and reverence in the use of astrology
Nov 1989Astrology and Psychotherapy  … a provocative comparison for counseling astrologers
Aug 1983Saturn: Experiencing the Authority Within  … the meaning of obstacles and the importance of patience

Jul 2001Modern War  … a long, dark history of this most tragic aspect of human nature
Mar 1996Six Billion Universes  … individuality and the perils of giving advice
Sep 1992Buried Under an Avalanche of Lies  … a brief eulogy for the truth in America
Jun 1992A Modest Proposal: Let's Give the Country to the Women  … no, really, I'm totally serious
Jun 1990Saving the Earth  … let's be clear about just whose butt we need to save
Sep 1990U.S. Energy Policy  … a short rant on Bush the First that goes double for Bush the Second
Mar 1984It's a Small World  … the economics of scale and the metaphysics of the finite

Nov 2007Hurry Up and Wait  … symbolism and meanings of the long Mars retrograde loop
Oct 2007Context and Consciousness  … how astrology can have simultaneously too much and too little information
Aug 2006Health and Illness  … some thoughts about these two related but vastly different experiences
Jan 2006Venus Retrograde  … a time to heal the inner wounds of intimacy from past loves gone wrong
Dec 2005The Grand Cross in Politics  … in which the public sees that our political emperors have no clothes
Nov 2005Fixed Grand Crosses  … draining the swamp of lies, deceptions, and other toxic illusions
Aug 2005Mars Retrograde  … the Red Planet's six-month campaign of self-assertion, desire, or anger
Jul 2005Collective Versus Personal Astrology  … differences in astrology between individual and shared reality
Jul 2005Driving Through Disneyland  … the natural and unnatural landscapes of postmodern America
Apr 2005The Accelerated Pluto Factor  … generational variations in transformational life-experience
Mar 2005Bush's Next War  … the astrology behind another dangerous year of continuing belligerence
Feb 2005Mother Nature's Wrath?  … three strains of apocalypse, and how upset is Mother Nature with us?
Jan 2005The Game of Spirit  … real versus fake spirituality in an age of marketing and self-promotion
Dec 2004Understanding Chart Movement  … a simple visual metaphor for how charts move
Nov 2004Election Post-Mortem  … it's finally over, thank heavens! what now? what next?
Sep 2004After the Election  … whether Bush or Kerry, our next president's chart contains startling revelations
Aug 2004The Kerry Question  … who is John Kerry? and what should we voters do in November?
Jul 2004Mercury Retro Redux  … Mercury does its oh-so-frequent two-step dance (again)
Jun 2004Saturn and Venus  … Saturn tightens the screws while Venus prepares a celebration
May 2004Hitting Bottom  … summer's unprecedented confrontation with reality for Bush and America
Apr 2004Karma and Politics  … how our spiritual beliefs affect our politics
Mar 2004The Duality of Love  … human intimacy as a biochemical double date
Feb 2004UnTwisting the Zodiac  … remembering the subtle boundaries between types and stereotypes
Jan 2004America's Chart #3:  Consumerism and Sustainable Economics  … the high cost of having it all
Dec 2003America's Chart #2:  Mars and Neptune  … charisma and confusion in our national character
Nov 2003The Harmonic What?  … the spiritual possibilities, likely and not, of a lovely lunar eclipse
Oct 2003America's Chart #1:  Sun and Saturn  … the struggle between material wealth and social equality
Sep 2003Extreme Planetary Energies  … can consciousness overcome the most difficult planetary effects?
Aug 2003The Heat is On  … on this summer's extraordinary visit by the Red Planet
Jul 2003Living with Uncertainty  … the not-so-tender mercies of Pluto in Sagittarius
Jun 2003Void-of-Course Moons  … Mother Nature's way of telling us to relax and smell the roses
May 2003George W. Bush: An Astrological Perspective  (Part Two)  … a future riddled with uncertainty
Apr 2003George W. Bush: An Astrological Perspective  (Part One)  … a past rooted in paradox
Mar 2003Spiritual Politics  … questions of faith on the eve of war
Mar 2003The Timeline for Conflict  … the astrological schedule for Bush's long-awaited war
Feb 2003Seeing Through the Haze  … Truth, Lies, and Belief; and Male Violence
Jan 2003New Year's Grab Bag  … Mercury Retro, Geopolitics, Astrological Answers, and On Fantasy
Dec 2002The Eclipse Wild-Card  … the slipperly slopes of ideological extremism
Nov 2002The Reawakening of Conscience  … the first crossroads in the 2-year struggle between love and power
Oct 2002Dreams of Love and Compassion  … the beginning of the 18-month Sun-Venus-Neptune alignment
Sep 2002Mercury Retrograde  … a hitch in our giddy-up
Aug 2002The Cauldron of Heaven  … the beginning of the 2-year Sun-Mars-Uranus alignment
Aug 2002Parents and Children  … time for us to grow up?
Jul 2002America and the Saturn-Pluto Eruption of 2001-2002  … how we got to 9-11