By Sister Ray the Astrologer


How does astrology work?  The same way that your TV or radio works, by the transmission and reception of electromagnetic currents and energy waves.  As a being made up of stardust and water, you are a transmitter/receiver of energy waves and particles, a living, breathing mini-radio station with your own personal frequency!  As a resident of planet Earth, you are bathed in cosmic rays, bombarded by cosmic particles 24/7.  This cosmic energy enters and leaves your body through seven cosmic portals called the seven chakras. You digest and transform this energy in your own personal way, through your thoughts and actions as focused through the psychic blueprint of your life called a horoscope.  A horoscope is a diagram of the stars and planets above at the moment of your birth on Earth below.  It is often referred to as the blueprint or map of the soul.


The science and art of astrology is based on observation and measurement.  Over the millennia, human beings have observed the Sun, Moon, stars and planets, measured their movements in the celestial dome, and correlated their movements with events on Earth in accordance with the Hermetic Law of Correspondence, As Above So Below.  In other words, measurements and observation of celestial activity are used to study how the powerful, but largely unperceived, forces around us affect human consciousness and experience on earth.  This is accomplished by viewing heavenly bodies as symbols combined with observation of actual events.  The symbols are based on the qualities and attributes of the celestial entity they represent, as well as the personal interpretation ascribed by human beings as revealed to us through the tradition of mythology inherited from our ancestors.  For example, Jupiter, God of Plenty to the Greeks, symbolizes expansion, enthusiasm and abundance.  This is, in part, based on the fact that Jupiter is like a mini-star, second only to the Sun, and the only planet in the Solar System to emit more energy than it absorbs, i.e., it gives more than it takes.  As the most massive planet in our Solar System, Jupiter acts as an anchor/stabilizer, centering our entire Solar System, as well as deflecting incoming asteroids and other large projectiles that are drawn into our Solar System’s gravitational force field.  Imagine what would have happened to Earth if Jupiter had not taken the impact of Comet Schumacher-Levy 9 in 1994!  Jupiter, Zeus, is the God of Good Fortune!


We do not perceive most of the rays and particles that affect us because we focus on the realities of daily existence and the infinite possibilities of creation afforded by having a physical form.  This distracts us from perceiving the more subtle aspects of incarnation, but, we are still affected by all of the subtle and powerful forces around us, seen and unseen.  An easy way to illustrate how celestial energies affect human beings is to observe the weather as a component of the celestial sphere.  The Sun’s rays are easily seen and felt.  Without them, life in this Solar System would not exist.  Emotions are undisputedly affected by the weather which, at a minimum, is based on complex interactions of the Sun, Moon and Earth.  Almost everyone has experienced the exuberance of a sunny spring day or the depressed low-energy feeling of a rainy day.  The appearance or absence of the Sun in the sky has a dramatic effect on human emotions.  Besides pulling the tides, the Moon also has a direct connection with emotions – women are especially sensitive to its influence, but everyone responds to the Moon’s cycles.  It is a statistical fact that more arrests occur when the Moon is full.  It is a medical fact that patients bleed more heavily when the Moon is full.  Savvy surgeons do not perform surgery on or about the Full Moon.


All of the planets affect people in ways similar to that of the Sun and Moon.  Just as the Sun affects Earth’s atmosphere, and shifts in the Earth’s crust occur in response to planetary alignments, so is the human aura or energy field affected by planetary rays.  The planets have their own rays, each with its own unique effects.  Jupiter represents expansion and enthusiasm; Saturn, limitation, restriction, caution and introspection; Venus, artistic and musical activities and sensuality; Mars, action, drive and aggression; Mercury, mental processes and all kinds of communication; Uranus, the unexpected, sudden change and rebellion; Neptune, sneakiness, deception, but also higher mystical insight and transcendent love; last of all, mysterious Pluto has, on one hand, sinister connotations of the underworld and violent upheaval, but on the other hand, transforms the higher ideals stimulated by Neptune into form.  Pluto is responsible for deep, subconscious urges.  Pluto, the “deepest,” i.e., farthest planet in our solar system is the doorway to the stars.  Pluto represents the final step in enlightenment.  On the more sinister side, Pluto may be responsible for the next planetary collision – it has an extremely eccentric orbit and comes very close to Neptune at times.  This is a very basic explanation of how astrology works, but it will hopefully give you a rough idea of basic planetary symbolism.


 The following vivid and imaginative quotation gives a mystical account of how the planets’ rays work:   “Imagine the great heavenly bodies, stars and planets alike, ensouled by living Beings of inconceivable force and majesty and beauty.  Imagine, emanating from each of these living centres, vital currents which ripple though space.  Imagine these currents, which represent the life-essence of each of these mysterious stellar and planetary existences, radiating from them as mighty waves of color and sound, which although beyond the power of human sense to apprehend, nevertheless influence every particle and atom which they contact, every psychic and spiritual factor of Man’s being.”  (David Anrias, Man and the Zodiac, 1970, Samuel Weiser, Inc., P. 176).


To sum it up, astrology works on the principles of electromagnetism.  You are a living, breathing transmitter/receiver of cosmic forces.  You are the captain on the ship of your destiny.  The study of astrology is an awesome tool for navigation, guidance, enlightenment and self-discovery, as well as a technique for timing activities to achieve the maximum benefit out of a given endeavor.  The sacred science of astrology has much to teach us.  Astrology is great fun, too.  Astrology is entertaining because it tells a story – YOUR STORY!




 (as originally published in the March, 2013 edition of Dell Horoscope, the World's Leading Astrology Magazine)

by Sister Ray the Astrologer

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The Forces of Astrology are the Forces of Nature

The Effect of Planetary Positions on Radio Transmissions

The Zen of Water:  The Piccardi Effect

The Grid

The Higgs Boson


Qualities and Attributes of the Sun, Moon and Planets:

Scientific Facts and How They Relate to Astrology



Look up.  Fear nothing.  In the darkest night

A million million stars crown you with light.

For you, all flowers open; forests bloom;

For you their spendthrift beauty and perfume.

Why lock yourself in sorrow?  Why despair?

Look up.  There is a universe to share.

The Earth, the heaven of stars, all that endures

Are yours.





The above poem, "Look up," by Louis Untermeyer, captures the feeling of looking up at the night sky in wonder at its planets and stars.  Human beings have always been fascinated by the heavens and have watched, and timed, the movements of the celestial bodies above us as long as we can remember.  The study of the heavens may have preceded the development of language.  One could say astrology is the first science and the first religion.  Although astrology is currently divorced from the scientific establishment, it is still studied in earnest by millions of people all over the planet. 


The first modern scientists to provide scientific support for the effects of the planets on human beings, Drs. Michel and Françoise Gauquelin, opened the door to reconnecting astrology and science.  They stepped through the door and rocked the scientific establishment with their discovery of the connection between planetary position and profession called "The Mars Effect."  Of equal value was their discovery of the importance of planetary heredity:  Not only do you inherit your parents' genes, you also inherit certain parts of their horoscopes!  The Gauquelins bravely endured years of scorn from the scientific establishment and should be given the accolades they deserve.


To those of us who practice astrology, these are exciting times.  With each new discovery, science is getting closer to uncovering the secrets of astrology.  Since the great discoveries of subatomic forces and the planet Pluto in the 1930's, science has been transformed by a new vision of the universe.  Atoms are far more complex than originally postulated, and space is no longer an empty void.  As the scientific establishment grows in its understanding of the universe, it comes closer and closer to discovering the mechanics of the forces of astrology.  What are the forces of astrology?


The Forces of Astrology are the Forces of Nature


The planets and stars are an integral, visible part of nature, therefore, the forces of astrology are the forces of nature.  There are four forces of nature, according to current scientific knowledge:




Weak Force

Strong Force


Electromagnetism is magnetic current created by electricity; gravity is the force of attraction that holds us to the Earth, or the force of attraction between two bodies; weak force is a subatomic force that aids transformation between subatomic particles; and strong force is a subatomic force that binds nuclei.  These four forces are also the forces that govern astrology, specifically, the means by which planetary and stellar energy affect planet Earth and the human body.  Electromagnetism expresses individual planetary/stellar attributes; gravity is the conduit for the energy exchange; and subatomic forces are the translators, the physical, chemical enablers of the usually subtle exchanges of energy between the human body, the planets, and the stars.  The deciding factor on whether or not a planetary or celestial body affects you is:  If you can see it, it affects you!  Light from the stars and planets forms an image on your retina, so it is affecting you physically:  This is a direct connection between you and the heavens.  Most planetary and interstellar exchanges likely occur on the subatomic level, but Moon activity can actually be felt by many people and thousands of people are weather-sensitive.  Ever since John Nelson's discovery that sunspot and planetary activity affect radio transmissions, it is accepted fact that invisible energy from the planets affects the physical world. 


The Effect of Planetary Positions on Radio Transmissions


John H. Nelson of RCA Victor discovered that planetary positions affect radio transmissions.  In May, 1952, he published his findings in The Journal of Electrical Engineering in an article called, "Planetary Position Effect on Short-Wave Signal Quality."  See the link courtesy of Richard Hoagland's Enterprise Mission website at the end of this article.  He discovered that planetary positions of 0-degrees, 90-degrees and 180-degrees were the most disruptive; and 60-degrees and 120-degrees were the most favorable for signal propagation quality.  In his own words:  "The records indicate that when Jupiter and Saturn were spaced by a multiple of 60 degrees, radio signals were of better quality than when spaced by multiples of 90 degrees."  Not only the planets, but their geometrical relationship, affect radio transmissions.  Astrologers refer to geometrical relationships between planets as "aspects."  Moreover, it is the planets and not the Sun that cause the effects.  In Nelson's own words:  "It is worthy of note that in 1948 when Jupiter and Saturn were spaced by 120 degrees, and solar activity was at a maximum, radio signals averaged of far higher quality for the year than in 1951 with Jupiter and Saturn at 180 degrees and a considerable decline in solar activity.  In other words, the average quality curve of radio signals followed the cycle curve between Jupiter and Saturn rather than the sunspot curve."  From "Planetary Position Effect on Short-Wave Signal Quality."


Even before that, in 1901, Sir William Herschel (the man who discovered Uranus in 1861), discovered a correlation between crop yield and sunspot activity, specifically, that crop output was lower during periods of increased sunspot activity.  If planetary positions combined with sunspot activity affect radio transmissions, they affect human beings for we are made up of stardust, water and electromagnetic energy.  If electromagnetic energy is the attribute that expresses interstellar energy and gravity is the conduit (gravity bends light), water is the medium.


The Zen of Water:  The Piccardi Effect


Water is a mysterious substance and behaves unpredictably.  Zen masters have suggested studying the nature of water to learn about the universe.  Water seems to have an innate adaptability attribute, which is important for human beings because our bodies are mostly water.  Water doesn't follow the rules in its behavior, for example, sometimes it freezes at 32-degrees Fahrenheit and sometimes it does not.  The seemingly capricious nature of water led to an important scientific discovery late in the last century in response to the need for a practical solution to cleaning industrial boilers.  As every cook knows, water leaves calcareous deposits in cooking pots.  This is a serious problem in the business world when these deposits build up inside industrial boilers.  A professor of chemistry at the University of Florence, Dr. Giorgio Piccardi, discovered that a solution of "activated" water, that is, water with a drop of Mercury and low pressure neon, effectively removed the calcareous deposits without changing the chemical composition of the water.  Interestingly, the activated water did not perform the same way every time.  When the vials of activated water were covered by a metal screen, it affected the reaction speed.  This led Professor Piccardi to conclude that a force in the environment caused the fluctuating behavior of the activated water.  He then conducted tests every day, three times per day, to try to find out what caused the activated water's fluctuations in behavior.  He discovered that the causes were cosmic in nature and "sudden solar eruptions, strong magnetic perturbations, or the arrival of great sheaves of cosmic rays" affected the test samples that were exposed to the environment, but not those that were shielded (Cosmic Clocks, p. 190).  Professor Piccardi's explanation of how the bombardment of his test samples by cosmic forces affected the test results is exactly how the same cosmic forces affect the human body, and the medium is water.  The results of his experiments led Professor Piccardi to his "solar hypothesis"  which states that the Earth's changing position regarding powerful galactic forces explains the variations in chemical reactions that should have remained constant.  Dr. Piccardi postulated that it was the positions of Jupiter and Saturn that had the greatest effect, "probably caused by these planets' magnetosphere tails in the solar and galactic field."  (Cosmic Clocks, p. 193).    Other exciting discoveries in space further reveal the interconnection of all things in the universe based on field and particle interactions.  What is space?


The Grid


What is space?  An empty stage, where the physical world of matter acts out its drama?  An equal participant, that both provides back ground and has a life of its own?  Or the primary reality, of which matter is a secondary manifestation?  Views on this question have evolved, and several times changed radically, over the history of science.  Today, the third view is triumphant.  Where our eyes see nothing, our brains, pondering the revelations of sharply tuned experiments, discover the Grid that powers physical reality.

The Lightness of Being, Dr. Frank Wilczek, p. 73


Nobel-prize winning MIT physicist, Dr. Frank Wilczek, discusses recent discoveries in modern physics in his fascinating book, The Lightness of Being:  Mass, Ether and the Unification of Forces.  With its clear prose and helpful glossary, this book is the perfect tool for the layperson who wants to learn about recent scientific discoveries.  One of the most profound of these discoveries is the fact that space is not an empty vacuum.  As recently as the 1970's, if you took a course in college physics, you would have been instructed that space is an empty vacuum and there is no ether (the medium that holds the universe together).  Quantum Theory, in particular QCD (Quantum Chromodynamics), an application of quantum theory that deals with the study of color gluon fields and their interaction with the strong force, changed the belief that there was no ether.  Not only does the ether exist, it is a complex medium teeming with activity, like Earth's oceans are teeming with life.  Its metric grid contains the space/time continuum which we view as our physical reality.  Dr. Wilczek refers to the ether as the GRID.  It is like a giant, incredibly complicated superconductor that pervades space and time and is full of color and activity.  Yes, dear readers, a certain atomic subparticle called a gluon reacts to color!  Color is an attribute, and resonates with the concept of planetary attributes.  Science is courting astrology! 


Although color in the subatomic world may be different from color perceived by the human eye because it pertains to particles and not waves (and is also limited to red, white and blue), it illustrates the Grid's colorful complexity.  The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléair) laboratory in Switzerland is responsible for the discovery of a plethora of particles:  quarks, photons, gluons, hadrons, leptons, baryons, kaons and the most exciting particle of all, the Higgs Boson.


The Higgs Boson


In July, 2012, the LHC found the Higgs Boson, a particle postulated in the 1960's by Dr. Peter Higgs, a retired physicist who taught at the University of Edinburgh.  This discovery could be on the level with Newton's discovery of the Three Laws of Motion and Einstein's theory of relativity.  It is major.  What is the Higgs Boson?  It is the boson (i.e., force carrier particle) that gives particles their mass.  Confirmation of the existence of this particle, which has been nicknamed, "the God particle," is just the beginning of understanding what it is, what it does and how it does so.  The fact that the Higgs Boson is related to mass implies that it is also related to gravity.  If so, there are further and even more exciting discoveries on the horizon.  Gravity has not played a part in the subatomic world thus far because it has no effect there.  The Higgs Boson could be the connection between gravity and the subatomic world; and matter/ spirit (which could also be why it is called the "God" particle). 


One of the problems with the Grid as superconductor is that superconductors can't tolerate magnetic fields, but magnetism, mass and gravity must be a part of the Grid, or we wouldn't exist!  Without magnetism, there is no gravity, but we know that gravity exists when we try to get out of bed in the morning, so there must be a way to account for gravity in the Grid.  This brings us to another exciting recent development in science, the discovery of X-Points.




In July, 2012, NASA announced the discovery of invisible portals in Earth's magnetic field known as "electron diffusion regions," or X-points.  They are invisible, unpredictable and unstable and are caused by criss-crossing lines of magnetic force between the Sun and the Earth.  They open and close many times throughout the day and create an uninterrupted corridor between the Earth and the Sun.  Some are very small and others are much larger and more stable.  The presence of X-points explains how gravity waves can travel through the Grid without interference:  they go through the X-points.  When do X-Points open and close?  Could it be during certain geometrical angles between planets?


If there are X-points between the Sun and the Earth, then there should be X-points between the Sun and all the other planets; if there are X-points between the Sun and the other planets, there should also be interplanetary X-points.  Once again, science is coming very close to astrology with its discoveries of how energy is exchanged between interplanetary bodies.  NASA's 2014 launch of the MMS Mission (Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission) may provide confirmation of this tantalizing theory. 


The foregoing topics are merely a "greatest hits" of recent important scientific discoveries.  Practicing astrologers are aware that electromagnetic forces from the Sun, Moon, planets and stars affect human beings and their affairs.  This is done, in part, by symbolic extrapolation of physical properties of the heavenly bodies around us.  How does this work?


Qualities and Attributes of the Sun, Moon and Planets: 

Scientific Facts and How They Relate to Astrology

[Facts Courtesy of NASA]


The Sun


Facts from NASA:  Our Sun is classified as a yellow dwarf and holds 99.8% of the Solar System's mass.  Temperatures on the Sun's surface go as high as 10,000-degrees Fahrenheit.  The core is only 2% of the Sun's volume, but holds nearly half of its mass.  The Sun's super-hot corona (900,000 - 10.8 million degrees Fahrenheit) extends millions of miles into space, shooting off matter in the solar wind.  Although the Sun's magnetic field is only two times stronger than Earth's, it is highly concentrated in small areas resulting in sunspots, solar flares and coronal ejections.  Sunspots are magnetic breakthroughs of magnetic field lines from the Sun's interior.  They vary in population over 11-year periods known as solar cycles, at the end of which, the magnetic field abruptly reverses its polarity.  Sunspots spew material out into space.  The Sun has coronal waves and solar tornadoes.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation: The Sun is our Star, the source of life, the center of the Solar System, our home here in the Milky Way Galaxy.  His influence is primary and pervasive, affecting life on Earth from the change of seasons to human character and destiny.  The Sun's eleven-year cycles rule Earth, and the Sun's position in the ecliptic where the Zodiac is located has a fundamental, personal influence on human beings by its disposition in the constellation it is traveling through.  The Sun is the beginning, the Prime Mover for humans, and the most important interplanetary relationship.  We are intimately and fundamentally connected with the Sun.


The Moon


Facts from NASA:  The Moon has a rocky mantle approximately 825 miles thick made up of iron and magnesium.  Its outermost crust is 42-miles thick and full of pockmarks and craters.  The sunny side of the Moon has temperatures that reach 273-degrees Fahrenheit; the dark side goes down to -243-degrees Fahrenheit.  The Moon plays a major part in Earth's habitability by slowing down the wobble of its axial tilt, resulting in a stable climate.  The pull of the Moon's gravity on Earth causes the tides and also slows down Earth's rotation which lengthens an Earth day by 2.3 milliseconds per century.  The momentum Earth loses is transferred to the Moon, which means the distance between the Earth and Moon increases by 3.8 cm annually.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation: The Moon represents the Mother and protector.  She also represents fertility.  Although she is ever changeable, you only see one side of her face.  The other remains hidden to us.  She is ethereal, yet rock solid.  She rules Earth alongside the Sun with her control of the tides and the orientation of Earth's axis.  We depend on the Moon almost as much as the Sun.




Facts from NASA:  Slightly larger than the Moon, Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun with no atmosphere and the greatest temperature swings in the Solar System, from 840-degrees Fahrenheit during the day to -275-degrees Fahrenheit at night.  Surprisingly, there is water ice at his poles inside deep craters that are always in shadow and are never touched by the Sun's rays.  Mercury has a magnetic field and is the second most dense planet after the Earth with its huge metallic core.  All over Mercury's surface, there are magnetic tornadoes caused by the solar wind's magnetic field.  These channel hot plasma from the Sun to Mercury's surface.  Sometimes, Mercury appears to have a tail, which is caused by particles blasted by solar radiation.  Not surprisingly, Mercury has the fastest orbit in the Solar System, and it is highly elliptical, although not as much as Pluto.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation:  Mercury represents mind, the interface between the human body and the universe.  He is the closest to, and in direct proximity and energy exchange with, the Sun and therefore has the role of being the Sun's messenger.  He is often the catalyst in cosmic events, triggering the larger planets when he is at certain angles, especially the conjunction, square and opposition.  An unpredictable trickster, he moves so fast that three times per year, he fools humans into thinking he is going backwards!  He can seem cold and capricious and makes a tremendous amount of mischief for his small size, but Mercury is not malicious -- he just can't help himself because he is under so much pressure from his Father, the Sun, that he blows his top and acts out all the time, especially when he is in his tricky retrograde periods.




Facts from NASA:  Venus, the second planet from the Sun, is the hottest planet in the Solar System with the heaviest atmosphere, often described as "hellish."  Her atmosphere is a deadly combination of carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid with surface temperatures of 870-degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt lead.  A very dry planet with thousands of mysteriously inactive volcanoes, Venus also has the slowest rotation.  She rotates in the opposite direction of all the other planets.  Her dense, highly reflective cloud cover and proximity make her the brightest planet in the heavens from Earth's perspective.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation: Venus is the planet of love, art and beauty.  She is a beauty herself, shining like a giant, glowing pearl over the horizon close behind, or ahead of, the Sun, depending on the season.  The Sun is like a smitten suitor who can't keep up with an evasive lover!  She is mysterious and enchanting, a sultry temptress not to be trusted.  She will habitually do exactly the opposite of what you expect, it is part of her capricious behavior, which she has no intention of changing.  Defy her, and you will feel the heat of her burning wrath, but even so, no mortal can resist her beauty.




Facts from NASA:  Mars, fourth planet from the Sun, is called the Red Planet because its iron-rich mineral covering gives it a red-orange tint.  Mars has the largest volcano in the Solar System, Olympus Mons, which is close to 17 miles high and 370-miles in diameter, as big as the state of New Mexico and about three times as tall as Mount Everest.  He also has the deepest and longest valley, the Valles Marineris, a gigantic skid mark running across the center of Mars that makes our Grand Canyon look like a tiny scratch in the surface of Earth.  Mars has everything:  high mountains, channels, valley and gullies, and flat, low-lying planes.  The northern hemisphere is at a lower elevation than the southern hemisphere with water ice and dust at both poles.  Mars has weather, although it is much colder than Earth, and he also has seasons because, like Earth, his pole is tilted, but they are very short.  The presence of vast amounts of water below the Martian surface combined with the presence of complex organic molecules gives rise to the tantalizing question of whether or not there is life on Mars. 


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation: Mars is the Warrior Planet.  He may be battered and bruised, but he will not be defeated.  Mars is the fearless leader in battle and he has the biggest guns.  Mars goes though violent upheavals, but even though he may seem defeated, he will rise again, for where there is fire, there is life.  The wounded warrior heals and comes back stronger than ever. 





Facts from NASA:  Jupiter is a gas giant made up of hydrogen and helium with no apparent solid surface.  Jupiter is the most massive planet in the Solar System and the only one to generate more energy than it absorbs.  It has red and white bands of belts and zones formed of ammonia, ammonium hydrosulfide and water; gases rise within the zones and fall within the belts.  A gigantic cyclone big enough to contain two Earths was first spotted by Galileo and is called The Great Red Spot after its color.  Jupiter has a powerful magnetic field 20,000 times stronger than Earth's, which generates electromagnetic storms that are sometimes more powerful than those on the Sun, and which can be heard by amateur radio operators.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation: Jupiter is the planet of abundance and expansion.  He always gives more than he receives!  The Moon is Earth's protector, but Jupiter is protector of the entire Solar System, with help from Saturn.  Good fortune comes to those who have well-placed Jupiters.  Abundance and good fortune can lead to overindulgence and paying the price for gluttony!  Those who listen and use Jupiter's gifts wisely reap the greatest benefits.




Facts from NASA:  The second gas giant and the second largest planet in the Solar System after Jupiter, Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the least dense planet in the Solar System.  He has low temperatures on the outside and a hot, rocky core.  Although his magnetosphere is 578 times as powerful as Earth's, it is still less than Jupiter's.  Saturn spins faster than any other planet than Jupiter.  He has yellow and gold bands and a mysterious, giant hexagon circling the North Pole.  Although all of the outer planets except Pluto have rings, Saturn's are the largest with spokes and braids; they extend thousands of miles from the planet and are believed to be composed of dust, rock, and ice particles.  In Spring 2013, shortly after Saturn's ingress into Scorpio, a giant rose-colored hurricane 20 times bigger than anything on Earth, was discovered at Saturn's North pole, and, like Jupiter and Neptune, Saturn also has a Great Dark Spot.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation: Saturn is Father Time, the Great Teacher and taskmaster who is also the scorekeeper of karma.  He is the operator of the Great Karmic Ferris Wheel and the one who can provide a release or pardon when your karmic debt has been satisfied.  He is serious and somber, but awesome and majestic.  Saturn represents structure, which implies limitation.  Taking form and having a body necessitates limitation, so if you want the infinite creative potential of incarnation, you must submit to its limitations.  Saturn is severe in his wrath if you defy your karmic obligations and can double the penalty.




Facts from NASA:  With the seventh planet in the Solar System, we come to the first of the two ice giants composed of water, ammonia and methane, Uranus, the aquamarine planet.  His blue-green color comes from methane.  He is the second least dense planet in the Solar System and rotates sideways, spinning at a 90-degree angle.  He radiates almost no excess heat into space and his magnetic field is stronger at one pole than the other.  Uranus's magnetic field is tilted and ten times stronger in the northern hemisphere.  Like Saturn and Neptune, Uranus has rings, 13 of them, in two sets, an inner and outer set.  Uranus has unusual weather with giant storms the size of North America.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation:  Uranus is the planet of revolution, disruption, brotherhood, astrology and genius.  Uranus does not follow the rules, rules are for others.  He likes to strike quickly, like lightning, disrupt, disperse and move on.  Uranus represents humanitarian ideals of brotherhood, but on the personal level, he is cold and disengaged.  One day, he is passionately committed to a cause and the next day, he has moved on.  There is a subterranean element of tyranny in his nature, the tyranny of being gratuitously contrary.




Facts from NASA:  The eighth planet from the Sun, Neptune, is also called the "other Blue Planet," because of her beautiful bright turquoise color.  Whatever element or compound causes the blue color of the second ice giant is a mystery thus far.  Cold and forbidding, Neptune is the third most massive planet in the Solar System with the fastest winds.  Circling Planet Neptune are supersonic wind storms with speeds up to 1500 MPH, the most violent in the Solar System.  When Voyager got the first good look at Neptune in the summer of 1989, there was a Great Dark Spot as big as the entire Earth moving at 750 MPH.  It was gone by the time the Hubble Space Telescope got there, but Hubble has seen two other Great Dark Spots come and go over the last decade.  Neptune's magnetic poles are tipped over at 47-degrees and abruptly switch from pole-to-pole during each rotation.  Like Venus, Neptune has a thick atmosphere made up of 80% hydrogen and 19% helium.  She has four unstable, reddish rings made up of thick clumps of dust called arcs.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation: Neptune is the planet of illusion, mysticism, camouflage, clairvoyance and divine inspiration.  She is the most mysterious planet, unknowable and inscrutable.  Neptune rules the sea and is both tranquil and violent, just like the ocean.  Beneath the sea of tranquility is a stormy passion that blows away all but the surface illusion.  Like Venus, Neptune is not to be toyed with.  Her wrath is akin to liquid nitrogen, and you will be instantly desiccated. 




Facts from NASA:  Little is known about the ninth planet from the Sun because it is so dark and far away.  It is sometimes called a binary planet because it is so close to its large Moon, Charon.  Pluto and Charon are approximately 12,200 miles apart, the distance between London and Sydney.  With a wildly eccentric orbit, sometimes within the orbit of Neptune, Pluto has a reddish tinge, retrograde rotation and spins backwards from east to west.  Like Uranus, Pluto is tipped on his side and is tidally locked with his Moon.


Sister Ray's Astrological Extrapolation:  Pluto is the Lord of the Underworld, Hades, King of atomic energy, volcanic upheaval, transformation and redemption.  Like the Phoenix rises from the ashes, Pluto destroys, but regenerates.  Pluto is lonely, forbidding and distant, locked into his role as gatekeeper to outer space.  Pluto has no home -- he is eternally searching for his place in the universe and is like the Black Sheep of the Solar System.




We are all interconnected in the universal Grid by all kinds of forces from gravity, solar flares, cosmic rays, electromagnetic outbursts, and the unseen, subatomic forces that influence our chemistry.  Every new discovery of science brings us closer to understanding the magical universe in which we live, a universe in which astrology is accepted as the science it is, not merely a philosophical belief system.  Science is getting closer to astrology all the time.  Who knows what wonders await us?









Gauquelin, Michel, The Cosmic Clocks, New York, Avon Books, a division of the Hearst Corporation, 1967.

______________, The Scientific Basis of Astrology:  Myth or Reality, Stein and Day, New York, 1970.

Wilczek, Frank, The Lightness of Being:  Mass, Ether and the Unification of Forces, Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, New York, 2008. (for a reprint of J. H. Nelson's article).