November Horoscopes from Elodie Miaow

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Sun sign horoscopes cannot replace a proper analysis of your birth chart and transits of the moment. They are meant to be a broad insight into certain time signatures. If you want a more detailed forecast, you can contact me at with your date and time of birth and it will be my pleasure to help you unlock and prepare for any upcoming opportunities or challenges. Note that the rising sign is essential in understanding our personal dispositions so please read your Sun sign and Rising sign for extra clarity. -Elodie


In some ways, you are still largely dependent on others this month. It seems like no matter how much you need or want your space and freedom you are still relying on other people for some things. The New Moon on November 11 is a reset button in connection with your intimate relationships. Deep bonds are initiated or connections are broken. You need to sort through your feelings and communicate to avoid further conflicts. You can find ease and comfort if you give up a bit of that ‘’independant at all cost’’ mentality. Some details are escaping you and your own motivations could feel unclear. You need to have faith in the elements that are outside of your control. Pay attention to the information coming via dreams or your unconscious. How can you maximize your need for growth and independence and channel it? What is your vision? Once you know exactly what you are searching for, you will be able to formulate a solid plan to get there.


We are now six months away from your birthday. In the zodiac, the sign of Scorpio is at the exact opposite to the sign of Taurus. A mirror image.The Taurus-Scorpio axis has to do with accumulation or retention (Taurus), and evacuation and transformation (Scorpio). Both Taurus and Scorpio are highly sensual signs that perceive the world through their senses. Taurus’ primary concern is with grounding and solidifying its place in the physical world. You are a practical beast with a no non-sense attitude. You instinctively know how to find peace and stability. Scorpio’s focus, however, is on the intensity and power that comes with destroying old structures, favouring renewal through transformation. And that, my dear Taurus, is the kind of experience you are going through at the moment. Something is shifting as you begin a two year process of deep changes. Shedding an old skin can feel good but it can also feel extremely awkward in the first stages. Our resistance to change only aggravates what is trying to happen and a period of discomfort is normal. You can find some peace connecting with your community through a spiritual practice.


The recent opposition of Uranus to your ruler Mercury kick started a period of creativity for you. This could be a time when you crave more vitality and beauty in your day-to-day life. In a broader sense, you are aligning with your calling but to do that, you need to trust your inspiration. Trust that even though you might not be doing what you want for a living, you can still start on a creative project. There is a sort of divine discontent connected to your career or what you do for money, but it is a necessary passage to understand what you need. There are also some obligations that you have towards others that are keeping you from taking a leap of faith towards yourself and your dreams. Is there a way you can make more space for play, improvisation and curiosity on a daily basis while still being responsible towards the ones you love? There is an opportunity at the moment to heal some of the root causes of the discontent you feel towards your career, and it starts with having faith in yourself. Here is a great article about passion and doing what we love:


Dear soft one, you are still undergoing major renovations in the heart department. This has been an ongoing process and for some of you it started around 2008. You have largely reinvented yourself and how you relate to others. To some extent, talking about these wounds have had a healing effect on you but it has also helped a lot of people around you. Deep down, you are an artist. Whether you think of yourself as one or not, you have the emotional intelligence of a poet. And sometime, that means being a guiding hand to others in their dark journey back to love. There is a quality in the way you express yourself that acts like a balm to those who are heart-broken. And it comes from all the wisdom you have acquired through your own heart breaks. But it also comes from being able to translate those wounds so that others can relate. You are carrying within you some nurturing qualities that are much-needed in the world. The question is: How can you be serious about others emotional storms without being carried away by them? How can you be a light house without being destroyed by the hurricanes? The process of restructuring how you deal with these questions has already begun. You are creating boundaries between you and others because your health and well-being depends on it. And you want to continue sharing your love in a way that feels healing and grounding for you.


The pressure is on to deliver the goods, darling. Your talents are in high demand, and November gives you an audience. It will be a busy month, and if you can reconcile all the loose ends and still make some time to nurture yourself, you will be one happy camper. Your ability to make money is crossing paths with your passion in a big way. Everyone aspires to do what they love for a living but reality is not always aligned with our dreams. You are invited to step into that possible future—for a small price, of course. You might have to use some of your savings to fund a project or have to rely on a generous hand to support your work. The real price, though, will come in the form of labour. You need to have a good plan in place. The next 2 years will test how serious you are about your talent, about your calling and about the means you choose to build your empire. You will be tested to see how dedicated you are about staying on the path you have chosen. And this month, is a glimpse into what that means. Being serious about what you love, and loving the work that it takes to get there.


“Under construction” is a great sign for you at the moment. You are beginning some major internal renovations. To help you along in this new phase, here is some background on the word renovation. Used in the early 15th century, the Middle English word that eventually became renovation (renovacyoun) referred exclusively to spiritual rebirth. It is derived from the Latin renovare, as re + novare means to make new, to reinvigorate; refresh; revive. A big part of your renovations have to do with the perimeters of your heart. Strengthening your ”love organ” so that you can make wiser decisions about who you let in and who stays out. The emotional disillusion that you have experienced with other people has brought you here. Inside yourself, learning to love yourself inside and out. Giving shape to your internal landscape molding it so that you know precisely where you stand when you invite someone in. Standing from a place of power.


Libra, you want it all. The beauty, the relationship, the money, the fulfilling social life and the freedom to come and go as you want. Yes, I said THE word: Freedom. The word freedom is usually not used to describe Libra who like to be soooo acommodating. It is taboo for Libra to claim their need for space since the urge is always towards pair bonding. Libra would rather BE two, but something is happening. You are learning to find satisfaction in going your own way without approval. You are realising that there are some things you would rather do on your own. You are slowly coming to grasp with the fact that your self-worth has nothing to do with the feedback you receive from others. It might feel really awkward at first. It might feel like you are stepping on other people or that you are being inconsiderate. And you probably are, but you will adjust. On another note, keep a close watch on how your thinking is affecting your health and make sure to communicate any resentments or difficult emotions as clearly as possible. You do not want the darkness to fester inside.


Scorpio, you came into this world when the days get shorter and the light slowly disappears from our lives. You understand darkness and you are fearless when it comes to seeing the underbelly of life. In the last 3 years, you became an expert in dealing with some very difficult parts of yourself. A sort of training camp to see what you are made of and how much pressure you are capable of sustaining. And guess what? You made it out to the other side. With a few good scars but also with more power and more self-knowledge than ever before. You can be proud of the work you have accomplished to shed some old self-defeating habits. Your focus is now turning towards your resources as you find better ways to secure your place in the world. And somehow stepping outside of yourself and into a larger group might be exactly what is needed. Your ability to generate revenue is closely linked to your collaborations. You will be able to maximize your potential if you join forces with others towards a creative goal. Brainstorm with your friends. Invite others in your magic circle.


Everyone knows how much freedom is important to you. You are a wild spirit who like to come and go as you please. No one would dare make demands on you if it made you feel trapped in some ways. Except the new guy in town. Maybe you didn’t get the memo yet? His name is Saturn, Lord of Time. Here is the thing, he was looking for a place to live for the next couple of years and he decided that you would make a good roommate. It doesn’t need to be difficult. In fact he might have a really beneficial influence on you in the long run, if you make a few small adjustments. He is quite demanding when it comes to getting your shit together but he might reward you…with more responsibilities. He will make sure that you are not holding on to some unrealistic pipe dreams and he will test you. Fortune will come if you humbly focus on your craft and get better at what you do. And that could come in the form of teaching what you already know. Clean out the internal and external clutter, and delineate a good strategy for where you would like to be in two years from now. Saturn likes a good plan and you have to respect the dude. He is your guide and mentor through this rite of passage into a more mature version of your wild self.


It is usually hard to get a Capricorn to change his direction once his is mind made up. It’s not that you are not flexible, far from that. But you know what you want and usually you have the wisdom required to make the proper decisions. Perpetually progressing towards your goal with the iron will. Except now. You might be doubting your own stoic motivations. A small voice within you is whispering a poetry that feels unfamiliar but also very soothing. We could name that little voice Inspiration. Here is the thing: Inspiration often comes when we have a crisis of faith but sharing her is often the best way to restore it. Inspiration doesn’t have a linear trajectory. It is a twisted up and down road with many dead ends. And it can feel unsettling for a Capricorn who usually delineates his trajectory. By letting inspiration take over your mind you might be able to reach some of your goals in ways that are not foreseeable from a practical perspective.


Love has been the word on your mind all summer. It can feel strange for you to be spending your mental energy on fluffy thoughts. Especially that you have so much work to do, and that work might of suffered a little. But it feels good to share common interest. Teaming up might be the solution to bring in more revenue. An important thing to keep in mind as you share your resources, is that you are getting a fair deal. Make sure that you are not giving up on your integrity and beliefs when you take part in a group project. Make sure also that responsibilities are shared equally so that you don’t end up with the grunt of the work. Even though you are doing things from the perspective of your higher ideals, not everyone sees it that way. Delineating responsibilities within the group might save you headaches down the road.


How much are you actually surrendering of yourself to succeed in the world? You are in a period of your life where the sacrifices required of you might exceed what is humanly possible. The funny thing is that you might not even realise it. Being the less selfish sign of the zodiac means that people can make unrealistic demands on you and you don’t even notice how ridiculous it is. You will accommodate generously and most of the time from a dedicated and genuine interest to share your wisdom. The push and pull you are feeling at the moment is happening between yourself, your career and a special person in your life. You might feel divided between the responsibilities you have taken in your work and the demands of a loved one. You are on the back burner because you put yourself there. Pressure is on to deliver the goods. Drawing boundaries to know where you end and where other begins might be a smart idea, even if it’s just a draft.

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The Unredacted Sagittarius: A Profile of Jesselyn Radack (Ed Snowden’s Attorney)

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Editor’s Note: The following profile of Washington D.C. based human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack appears in our premier issue. Radack represents NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake. She has also assisted CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou. She presents an interesting astrological case study for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that as the common denominator between multiple whistleblowers, she might be as high or higher on the government’s “list” as any of them. A copy of her natal chart can be found here. -Matt

Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon: The Roughneck Mahatma and the Robin Hood Ringleader

The Sun symbolizes a person’s conscious identity while the Moon symbolizes their deeper, unconscious emotional needs. These are the two sources of light (energy) in a chart, and together they comprise a person’s basic psychological architecture.

Radack’s Sun (identity) is in Sagittarius, the sign of the Traveler and the Truth Seeker, the Scholar and the Sage, the Philosopher and the Prophet, the Professor of High Adventure and the Department Chair of Intellectual Beatdowns. Astrologer Austin Coppock refers to Sagittarius as the “Doom Super Soldier” of the zodiac who “will stop at nothing once possessed by the spirit of a crusade.” (Source) Stella Hyde says this is the sign most likely to find work in highly dangerous professions such as bounty hunting, car-jacking, or crocodile wrangling. (Source) Radack is obviously not a literal bounty hunter, car-jacker, or crocodile wrangler. However, given that many of her clients are at the absolute top of the government’s hit list there is no doubt she is possessed by the spirit of a “Doom Super Soldier,” one willing to deliver intellectual beat-downs and brave extraordinarily dangerous situations in her crusade to defend clients, colleagues, and the Constitution itself.

Her Moon (emotional needs) is in Gemini, the sign of communication and cross-pollination, quick witted instigators and street smart information brokers. This is the zodiac’s resident Mercurial Mad-Hatter and the Multi-Lingual Multi-Tasker. For people with their Moons (emotions) in Gemini (communication), exchange of data rises to the level of a survival need. Radack, for instance, has an extraordinarily active Twitter feed with almost 21,000 followers. She’s also had to tap her instincts (Moon) for mental multi-tasking and mad-hat communication tactics (Gemini) in order to thwart the government’s efforts at surveilling her. According to a recent profile in Verge magazine, her professional survival now depends upon the use of highly dexterous, street smart communication tactics including the use of encrypted laptops, burner phones, and only paying in cash. (Source)

Combine a Sagittarian’s propensity for intellectual super-soldiering with a Gemini Moon’s instincts for dexterous communication and the result is a sun/moon pairing that is highly spirited, intellectually adventuresome, and can enthusiastically (Sagittarius) converse (Gemini) on pretty much anything. According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, this combination is something of a Robin Hood type who can “play the devil’s advocates to the nth degree” and is “quite capable of making jokes at the vicar’s expense.” (Source) While working for the Department of Justice back in the early 2000s Radack attempted to blow the whistle on serious ethical violations committed by the FBI. For her efforts she was subjected to numerous criminal and civil investigations at the hands of shadowy vicars working in the employ of an extraordinarily evil king and his corrupt national security court. Today she speaks on behalf of others who find themselves targeted by equally shadowy vicars in the employ of another, equally evil king. Given that her clients such as Ed Snowden and Thomas Drake have been portrayed by the U.S. government as practically being in league with Satan himself, one could say Radack is the ultimate “devil’s advocate,” one willing to go to the nth degree for those she defends.

Venus in Scorpio: Queen Inanna and Her Entourage of Professional Demon Spawn

Venus is the planet of love, style, self-worth, and values. Radack’s Venus is in Scorpio, the sign of Shaman and the Spy, the Special Agent and the Super Sleuth, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop. Astrologer Raven Kaldera associates Venus in Scorpio with the myth of Inanna, a Sumerian goddess who must “go down to the bottom of the pit and back up again, over and over, until it is a familiar place and has no power over her.” (Source) When Inanna finally emerges from her trip to the bottom of the pit she is accompanied by “an entourage of chittering underworld demons” Kaldera tells us. In Radack’s case, her work on behalf of whistleblowers has forced her to go down and confront the pit that is the modern American police state so many times that she is now totally familiar with it and able to effectively counter its power. She is not surrounded by an entourage of actual chittering underworld demon spawn, but she is known to cavort with dissident journalists such as Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and James Spione—all individuals who have hounded the Bush/Cheney and Obama/Biden administrations as passionately and relentlessly as anything from Hades itself.

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Radack’s Venus in Scorpio is conjunct (merged) with her Mars (how a person fights) and her Jupiter (planet of law, philosophy, and publishing). Mars/Jupiter conjunctions are considered absolute powerhouse combinations that confer enormous amounts of physical and intellectual stamina. Astrologers Frances Sakoian and Louis Acker associate this placement with “zeal, energy, and enthusiasm” when it comes to “defending the less fortunate.” (Source)

North Node in Aquarius: Point of Ultimate Fulfillment in the Sign of the Sh-t Disturber

Radack’s North Node—representative of her truest, highest, and most fulfilling path—is in Aquarius, the sign most likely to stir the pot or shake things up in service of democracy, freedom, teamwork, and humanity. Aquarius is the zodiac’s resident sh-t disturb0er and pretty much any reasonable person agrees there’s a whole lot of sh-t in this country’s socio-political power structures that really needs disturbing. Fortunately there are people like Jesselyn Radack who have fearlessly and ferociously jumped into the muck on behalf of us all—exactly what somebody with an Aquarian North Node has incarnated to do.

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Astrology News Round Up #5

Mars (courage) and Jupiter (expansion) are currently conjunct in Virgo, generally thought to be the sign of muckrakers and journalists. Mars/Jupiter is considered an aspect of risk taking and fearlessness, in Virgo it would be fearless muckraking journalism. Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings, pictured above, is an Aquarius born with Mars/Jupiter in Virgo in his natal chart. He had been working on an expose of CIA director John Brennan when his brand new Mercedes mysteriously exploded at a Los Angeles intersection in June 2013 — just a few days before the Ed Snowden leaks as coincidence would have it. If you’d like to read about his chart, have a look at Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon: The High Tech Hitman. In the meantime, today’s news roundup:

Pluto in Capricorn: Planet of Power and Purging in the Sign of Big Business, Big Government

Saturn in Sagittarius: Planet of Karma in Sign of Law, Academia, Truth, Publishing, International Relations

Mars/Venus/Jupiter in Virgo: Planets of Fighting, Loving, and Expansion in Sign of Health Consciousness

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Cancer Sun, Virgo Moon: Astrology of the “Black Lives Matter” Movement

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on page ten of our premier issue. -Matt

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement got its start on July 13th, 2013 at approximately 8:00 pm as the result of a conversation between Alicia Garza of Oakland and Patrisse Cullors of Los Angeles. Using their conversation as the movement’s moment of birth, BLM has its Sun (conscious identity), Mercury (communication), Jupiter (good fortune), and Mars (fighting) all in Cancer — considered the sign of women — with its Moon (emotional needs) in Virgo, the sign of service. According to an article published by Al Jazeera-America, the movement was sparked by the deaths of black men but is being led primarily by black women (Cancer) who are motivated by a desire to serve (Virgo) their kinfolk.

Jefferson Anderson says the mission of the Cancer/Virgo pairing is “to use your inner strength, compassion, and understanding to be of help, whether as a counselor, teacher, or concerned humanitarian.” (Source) That’s exactly what BLM’s leadership is doing: using the strength, compassion, and understanding they have built up from years of living within a systemically unjust society to counsel, help, and teach others about humanitarian issues that should be of concern to us all.

BLM’s stellium of planets in Cancer (sign of food, family, clan, and country) is opposed by Pluto (planet of power and purging) in Capricorn (sign of big business, big government). Cancer is renowned for its elephant like memory while most astrologers agree that Pluto in Capricorn is the astrological signature for both the police state and the corporate oligarchy. The BLM movement is thus fueled (Sun/Mars/Jupiter) by ancestral memories (Cancer) of abuse at the hands of an oligarchic police state (Pluto in Capricorn) whose roots go back hundreds of years.

Cancer is also the sign most likely to shed tears for friends and family in the here and now. Due to the highly disparate nature of our criminal justice system, a disproportionate number of BLM’s leadership have likely shed tears for loved ones abused and/or snatched away at the hands of the prison industrial complex — a deeply corrupted institution (Pluto in Capricorn) that is to their families what slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow were to their ancestors (Sun/Mars/Jupiter in Cancer).

BLM’s Venus (planet of love) is in Leo (sign of theater, drama, celebrity) and receives a trine (support) from Uranus (planet of radical breakthroughs). BLM’s protests often include radically dramatic forms of street theater while the movement has received lots of love (Venus) from celebrities (Leo) including Dave Chappelle, Lebron James, and Samuel Jackson.

The BLM chart has a conjunction (merger) between Saturn (planet of karma) and the North Node (point of destiny) in Scorpio (sign of death) in the 11th House of tribal consciousness. In his book Myth Astrology, Raven Kaldera associates Saturn in Scorpio with the myth of Cerridwen, a Celtic goddess who assists others by regenerating slain corpses in her cauldron. (Source) BLM obviously is not of the Celtic persuasion and obviously can not literally regenerate the bodies of those who have been unjustly slain. The movement has, however, certainly combined free speech, community organizing, and grass roots activism into a potent socio-political cauldron that has regenerated the spirit of the civil rights movement(s) of the 1950s and 60s — something recent events have made clear is needed now more than ever before.

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Ladies of the Zodiac: It’s Showtime! (Astrology of the Feminine Asteroids)

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The following is an 850 word excerpt from “Ladies of the Zodiac: It’s Showtime!”, a 4,500 word article on the astrology of the feminine asteroids that is one of the four features in our premier issue. It was written by Willow of Willow’s Web Astrology, republished with permission. -Matt

Introduction: The Feminine Asteroids

As a reflection of the patriarchal constructs of current human society, we deal in an astrological zodiac that is masculine-heavy, illustrating certain reinforced dynamics on the planet. Seven of the 10 major planets used in astrological analysis are considered masculine (the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) with one (Mercury) considered neutral. Only the Moon and Venus are considered feminine. Important as those bodies are, this is still a whole lot of imbalance.

Women and the feminine influence are far more multi-dimensional and diverse than the loving, pleasing, and supportive mate (Venus), the mothering nurturer (Moon), or the vindictive, vixen/seductress version of the dark feminine.

We pick up some of the slack as far as the feminine influence in the zodiac with the feminine asteroids and dwarf planets.

The four major “secondary” bodies most often used in astrological charts – asteroids Juno, Pallas Athene, and Vesta, along with dwarf planet Ceres – are considered feminine, though these bodies most often play second fiddle to the planets, doing their thing with little recognition or fanfare in mainstream astrology.

An invisible feminine force doing its work from a disempowered position for much less than its due share of recognition, respect, and reward. Sound familiar?

As with the planets, these four bodies have ties to Greek and Roman mythology, which color their themes in astrological analysis.

Unfortunately, the men who created and furthered the mythology that is used in current-day astrology have missed about 50% of the story. They missed the herstory of the history, as they say.

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This missing feminine/female influence is apparent in Greek and Roman mythology as well as in much of the standard religious and spiritual imagery of the current day. We’re working with partial archetypal truth at best and straight up patriarchy-approved fabrication at worst, and we have to understand how detrimental these power-imbalanced units of cultural transmission can be.

The feminine bodies used in astrology have been saddled with an Old Boys Club mythology. There is widespread sexual violence, control, and misconduct toward women, among many other offenses, in the stories of those old Greek and Roman dudes. Women are most often in secondary roles with their stories told for them by males, through the male lens.

The threads of misogyny in the symbols and myths reflect current-day societies and structures where underlying hatred of and violence against women are woven right into the fabric. They simmer and poison, a little flicker visible here and there, until they are full-on confronted – repeatedly – and made wholly unacceptable by both men and women.

(The feminine force in men is also suppressed, oppressed, and damaged by the dynamics outlined in this article.)

Instead of carrying the half-truth, misogyny, and sexual violence of this mythology forward in astrological symbolism, it’s time to consciously address it, working the feminine energy free from the karmic weight of these myths.

By exposing this androcentric mythological misogyny, by adding a stronger and more fully-developed female perspective, and by calling the old “Gods” on their crap, we move beyond the old stories and dynamics, advancing an astrology that is more balanced, humane, just, relevant, and true-to-life.

As Saturn (structure) transits Sagittarius (religion, stories, truth) into December 2017, the time is ripe to open into new truth told through cultural symbols, where the experiences of women and the feminine aren’t filtered through a male-dominant lens.

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It’s time to carve a new path, shedding light on the domination/subjugation dynamics that are wrapped up so neatly in these mythological images.

Spiritual and religious paradigms past and present have whitewashed out much of the female influence, making it invisible and subservient. But as Saturn transits Sagittarius, it’s time to stand up, speak up, and add the full wisdom and knowledge of the feminine to the scene.

That wisdom and knowledge doesn’t necessarily come in the form of easily-swallowed, non-threatening Glittery Goddesses and Angels and Mermaids and Faerie Nymphs, either. (Much of that was designed to titillate males, anyway.)

The feminine wisdom and knowledge to be integrated is white hot and will shake things up considerably. It requires something of people. It makes people uncomfortable at times. It’s not about being pretty or demure or seductive.

It demands its rightful place – nothing more, nothing less.

Women are used to having to compete with each other for a limited number of spots, for a limited amount of influence.

With Saturn transiting Sagittarius over the next couple years, women will be working their way into full cultural and structural representation – or at the very least, into a full understanding of the detrimental feminine shortfall. As Saturn in Sagittarius builds to a trine to Uranus in Aries in December 2016, we have a chance to unravel these fabricated units of cultural transmission, breaking their spells once and for all.

The Goddesses are breaking out of their fairy tale nightmares. They’re tearing at the Technicolor blue skies, ripping up carefully-manicured, lime green lawns, tossing matches into the castles. They’re standing back as all of creation – the feminine and the masculine – comes spewing forth.

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Pallas Athene: The Female Warrior Asteroid

The following is an 450 word excerpt from “Ladies of the Zodiac, It’s Showtime!”, a 4,500 word article on the astrology of the feminine asteroids that is one of the four features in our premier issue. It was written by Willow of Willow’s Web Astrology, republished with permission. -Matt

Pallas Athene: The Female Warrior Asteroid

The asteroid Pallas Athene is the female warrior, and this symbol indicates something for which we are willing to fight throughout our lives. It indi- cates how we fight — but in a less overt and obvious way than the male warrior symbol, Mars. This symbol is about the way the feminine fights, with its very own strategies, skills, and cunning. Pallas athene indicates battles that go on in the subtler realms and battles that involve strategy. This is also a symbol related to the battle for equality and justice between the sexes.

Pallas Athene was a woman who, according to the mythology, was born from the forehead of her father zeus wearing a full set of armor. There could be no doubt that she was a born warrior, and her skills in strategy, crafts, and combat were so impressive that she was accepted into the fold by the male warriors.

There was just one hitch: in order to be accepted as an equal, Pallas athene had to give up her sexuality and remain celibate, something that was not required of the male warriors.

The mythology of Pallas athene involves an element of female sexuality suppressed in order to be accepted amongst the men. There is a theme of women having their sexuality controlled by the established order and of women having to remain celibate in order not to threaten that established order.

The suppression of female sexuality in professions like military or police work is a Pallas athene theme. Rape against women in the military, a widespread problem, is another. According to an April 2014 lawsuit filed by service Women’s action network and Vietnam Veterans of America against the Veterans’ Administration, nearly 1 in 3 female U.S. soldiers is raped during her service. (Source) There are currently 200,000 active duty women in the U.S. military so that would mean nearly 66,000 of them have been raped during their service. A 1976 U.S. army Manual advised female soldiers that they should guard against being raped by “wearing comfortable clothing and shoes adaptable to running.” (Source) According to a recent Alternet article, “Inside the Military rape Cult”, “in 2010, the DoD found that 19,000 service members were sexually assaulted. (Source) Of those a paltry 3,100, or 13.5 percent, were reported, and of those only 17 percent were prosecuted.” (Source) The overwhelming majority of the 19,000 service members sexually assaulted were junior enlisted women under the age of 25. In 2012 the Pentagon estimated the number had risen from 19,000 to 26,000. (Source) Shockingly, female soldiers are far more likely to be raped by fellow service members than they are to be killed in combat by enemy fire. According to a 2012 Huffington Post analysis of data provided by the Pentagon, “a servicewoman was nearly 180 times more likely to have become a victim of military sexual assault in the past year than to have died while deployed during the last 11 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.” (Source)

Female soldiers who do come forward with accusations of rape are often harassed by male soldiers and intimidated by their higher-ups, discouraging the reporting of these crimes.

Themes of sexual violence against women as well as the suppression and control of female sexuality run through much of the Greek and roman mythology, reflecting the violent, patriarchal societies from which the stories came.

From Persephone being forcefully dragged off to the underworld by Pluto to Pallas athene having to take a vow of celibacy in order to do her work, many of the feminine bodies are connected to mythological themes of control, suppression, violence, and abuse, often along sexual lines.

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Saturn in Sagittarius and Freeing Suppressed Truths with our Blazing Arrows of Righteousness

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This is an 850 word excerpt from a 7,000 word article on the transit Saturn (planet of suppression) through the sign Sagittarius (truth) by Astrologer Willow of Willow’s Web. It’s scheduled to appear the second issue of Hexagon this December, reposted with permission. -Matt

Over the next three years, we will be working with a number of suppressed (Saturn) truths (Sagittarius) within our cultures. This involves some of the knowledge we absolutely must master in order to be successful from here on in. We are all challenged to update our educations during this transit in order to stay relevant in these quickly-moving times. The spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the continued infiltration of the food supply are major “suppressed truth” subjects on which we must get a strong handle during the transit of Saturn through Sagittarius. Damage to animal health has been shown in multiple scientific feeding trials of GMO diets. Reproductive damage, digestive damage, organ damage, and premature death are just some of the problems observed.

If animals are exhibiting this GMO-related health damage, it is almost certain that the humans eating the animals, animal products, and GM crops will eventually experience similar problems. Despite European bans on genetically modified seeds and crops, genetically modified canola has been found growing wild at four sites in Switzerland. (These represent four “scientifically documented” cases, not the full extent of the problem.) Conventional canola is so contaminated by GMOs at this point that GM canola plants are spreading wherever canola is transported or planted. This means that even nation-wide or continent-wide bans cannot stop the spread of genetically modified seeds and plants.

Here, we see the challenges of living in a world of global trade where decisions made in one country can negatively affect other countries halfway across the world (a Saturn in Sagittarius theme). The labeling of foods containing GMOs is also not fully effective. The really insidious problem is the unintentional and undesired spread of GMOs into natural crops. Labels would cover only those foods knowingly produced with GMOs. Unintentional contamination – a widespread problem – would fly under the radar. These are examples where the anti-GMO rhetoric (“labeling will solve the problem,” “banning GMOs from our country will solve the problem”) is not the full truth. The solutions being proposed and accepted at a mass level are not fully effective. We will be confronted with many instances during Saturn’s transit of Sagittarius when the accepted rhetoric, including in alternative scenes, is not fully effective or truthful. It will be up to us to call these out.

Farmers and citizens have been warning the public about uncontrollable cross-contamination since GMOs were first released in the 1990s. You can’t put nature in a neat, little box, and this truth will be reinforced many times during Saturn’s transit of Sagittarius. At this point, even the natural, non-GM crops of canola, corn, and soybeans have become contaminated by GM versions. This necessitates the elimination of canola oil, corn oil, and soybean oil from the diet, as well as all derivatives of those crops, including lecithin and maltodextrin.

Canola, corn, and soybeans are currently the most GMO-contaminated crops in existence, and all three are common ingredients in processed foods and in livestock feed. Certified organic foods or foods farmed up to organic standards continue to be the best bet for staying as GMO-free as possible. The spread of genetically modified alfalfa is another under-reported situation that adversely affects the global food supply and most directly the North American food supply. I don’t believe there is a single larger threat to the safety of our food supply today. GM alfalfa – modified genetically to withstand massive doses of Monsanto’s chemical herbicide Roundup – is the first feral, perennial GM plant ever unleashed in North America. Alfalfa grows and spreads like a weed. If you thought GM canola spread like wildfire, you haven’t seen anything yet.

GM alfalfa is already widely contaminating the U.S. alfalfa crop after being unconditionally approved by Obama & Gang in 2011. The first reported case of contamination came swiftly. In September 2013, a farmer in Washington state had his alfalfa crop rejected for export due to unintentional and undesired contamination by Roundup Ready GM alfalfa. In other words, the farmer had not planted genetically modified alfalfa, but it infiltrated and destroyed his natural crop. The farmer was told by the USDA – the body that approved GM alfalfa unconditionally – that he would have to re-coup his losses by suing Monsanto. There was no assistance from the United States government for his ruined crop despite the fact that it had given GM alfalfa the green light. In late 2014, China slammed the door to U.S. alfalfa hay imports after tests found contamination of U.S. alfalfa by an illegal GM version.

Alfalfa is used widely as livestock feed and as fertilizer in organic farming. It is also often used as the transition crop during the three-year conventional-to-organic farming shift. The GMO corporations and pro-GMO governments (the Harper regime in Canada and the Obama regime in the United States being two of them) are attacking at the very foundations of organic and non-GM agriculture.

If genetically modified alfalfa continues to infiltrate the natural crop, it could, in effect, be the end of organic or non-GMO agriculture. Dairy and meat would be the most affected, but since alfalfa is commonly used in organic farming, it could mean the end of organic soil, period.

For more on GM alfalfa, make sure to check out the primer on GM alfalfa available at Willow’s blog. She also has several articles in the premier issue of Hexagon, including a feature length piece on the astrology of the feminine asteroids titled “Ladies of the Zodiac: It’s Showtime”.

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Cancer Sun, Libra Moon: “The Black Knight” (Astrological movie review of “Straight Outta’ Compton”)

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Raven Kaldera’s book Moon Phases is often spooky accurate. For example, he describes the waxing quarter moon in Libra (Cancer Sun with Libra Moon) as “The Black Knight” whose:

Idealism has turned to anger . . . hopes have been betrayed by the cruelty of unjust people. Anger explodes and the Black Knight takes justice into his own hands. He knows that he is not working for the Man, as it were. He is aware that he is outside the law but considers the law corrupt . . . (Source)

To illustrate: using its premier date (July 21st @ 7:30 pm in Philadelphia) as its date of birth, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta’ Compton is a Cancer with a Libra Moon — a “Black Knight” as Kaldera puts it. The subjects of the film are, as per his description of the Cancer/Libra pairing, entirely “aware they are outside the law but consider the law corrupt.” The film depicts how their anger at injustice and cruelty meted out by the deeply corrupted LAPD explodes into their 1988 anthem “Fuck Tha’ Police”, the build up to which comprises some of the film’s most sagaciously timely scenes such as this one:

As far as fashion goes, the group favors the all black attire of the L.A. Raiders (Knights) professional football team. None of of the young men appear to own any horses like the Knights of old but their leader is known for cruising around town in a 1964 model Chevy Impala, a high performance vehicle that is to rap musicians of his era what horses were to Knights of medieval times. He even records a song about it, the film’s depiction of which is both wryly humorous and deeply humanizing:

Straight Outta’ Compton is, as a review in Esquire put it, “a musical biopic unlike any other musical biopic.” As coincidence would have it, astrologer Linda Goodman describes the biographical arc of the Cancer/Libra pairing in distinctly musical terms. In her book Love Signs she writes:

. . . for a while this can be a melodious scene. Libra adores laughter and the humor of Cancer becomes a rhythmical lyric to the mellow music of Libra’s Venus essence, smooth and restful at times, yet also containing crashing chords and sour notes, punctuated by a kind of rocky roll. It’s pure entertainment, and fortunate indeed are the innocent bystanders brightened by the musical duets of this combo while they’re getting along. The innocent bystanders should enjoy it while it lasts. (Source)

True to Ms. Goodman’s description of the Cancer/Libra pairing, the consensus among reviewers seems to be that Straight Outta’ Compton’s most enjoyable scenes are those which depict the group’s musical performances. Those scenes, all of which take place during the first half of the film, are pure entertainment. The songs we see performed in the film combine the smoothly rhythmical, proto-G-funk style of Dr. Dre’s producing abilities with the crashing intensity of Ice Cube’s lyrical genius, all punctuated by the menacingly understated street drawl of Eric “Eazy-E” Wright. In contrast, the second half of the film focuses on what happens when the musical duets stop and disputes over money begin. By the end of the film those disputes leave a trail of innocent bystanders in their wake: wives and girlfriends, business partners, even Eazy-E himself.

According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, the Cancer/Libra pairing possesses a “strong social conscience” and will often find itself involved in “politics where your concern for the underdog and your desire for justice can express itself eloquently.” (Source) This is exactly what we see depicted in Straight Outta’ Compton: a group of underdogs whose impassioned calls for justice so completely disrupt politics as usual that they set off a firestorm of controversy and end up being targeted by the FBI.

Straight Outta’ Compton has received mostly rave reviews but the film is not without some shortcomings. The group’s misogyny and homophobia are left unquestioned while Dr. Dre’s vicious beating of music journalist Dee Barnes is left unmentioned. (Source) The contributions of all-star girl group JJ Fad are conveniently written out of the film even though it was money and acclaim from their hit song “Super Sonic” that established the group’s label Ruthless Records as a legitimate mover-and-shaker within the music industry. (Source) So while not without some serious oversights, the film is most likely to be remembered as an eloquent expression of why calls for justice regarding police brutality are as relevant today as they were during N.W.A.’s heyday of the 1980s. For instance, anybody with even a hint of a social conscious will find it impossible not to be moved watching the scene in which a 17 year old Ice Cube is brutalized by the LAPD in front of his own home while his parents are forced to watch on helplessly. In a post-Ferguson, post-Baltimore world, it’s scenes like this that make Straight Outta’ Compton so timely it’s almost chilling:

As a review in the New Yorker put it, “Straight Outta Compton is straight outta 2015.”

One of the Harveys’ “images for integration” for the Cancer/Libra pairing is, “Mother Goose recites a poem, surrounded by adoring fairy tale creatures.” Strange as it may sound, that is actually an excellent metaphoric approximation of Straight Outta’ Compton. The film’s primary plot line follows Eric “Eazy E” Wright as he midwifes a group of modern day poets whose life stories have taken on such mythological like levels of significance that the film is now the largest grossing musical biopic in history.

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Excerpt from chapter two of “The Capricorn Conspiracy” by Michael Lutin

Editor’s Note: this is a brief excerpt from Mike Lutin’s two-part article “The Capricorn Conspiracy, Chapter 2: The Fascist Manifesto” appearing in the first two issues of Hexagon, reprinted with permission. The first chapter was originally published in Vanity Fair magazine and can be read here. Mike can be reached via his website. -Matt


If I were the sort of person who had tirelessly devoted my time and effort to organizing my life in such a way that I was able to convince myself I was finally secure, I would naturally take steps to maintain that condition at all costs.

ANYBODY would, wouldn’t they?

Basing my efforts on such a premise, according to some people preposterous and fallacious, could have been a great mistake, but for the moment, let’s accept the fact that I am actually quite sane. What would I do, how would I best go about holding on to control of that security?

Naturally I would have already arranged my life in business and personal life in an orderly way, so that my resources would assure me a certain life style. I would know generally what to expect in my personal relationships. The maintenance of order would be my prime directive, and rightly so. Entropy, chaos and unforeseen, unreasonable shifts and changes would have to be factored in to life’s equation.We all have to expect some level of chaos in life. Machines run down, people catch colds, things come up. Isn’t that what adds spice to life? My love of order, however–ducks in a row, and rainy day awareness would eventually bring me to that blissful state of existing in a universe I had created around me of luxurious security.

If, however, I began to suspect that there might be a challenge to my preferred existence, I could decide to open up to the prospect of change, and look forward to a new adventure, one not of my own making.

I would need to learn how to respond to the appearance of suddenly unknown factors. I would be challenged to apply ingenuity, originality, and a level of spontaneous genius to be able to shift my focus and attitude toward an existence I had spend years creating.

Could be fun, refreshing. New experiences, a whole new, exciting paradigm. New game.

New rules.

New opportunities.

New people.

What a rush.

Many folks would think so.

Suppose, however, I didn’t see it that way. Suppose such a prospect threatened and frightened me. Suppose I wanted to keep things just the way they were. How then could I arrange my life in relation to work, family, assets, everything–so that the rhythms, patterns and status I had developed could continue uninterrupted? Suppose that goal began to consume me.

What would happen?

How would I go about it?

How could I gain complete control?


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Interview: Hexagon Astrology and the "Other" Side of the Story

This is a 13 minute excerpt from an interview I did with Jen Julius on KOWS 107.3 FM out of Occidental, California on the new print astrology magazine I’ve started. Interested in pledging to our Kickstarter campaign? You can do so here.

Previews of the first issue are availabe at our Kickstarter page. I’ve also posted some here and here.