A fun spin on serious cosmic stuff! Wendell C. Perry has 40 years experience studying astrology and how it impacts personalities & relationships. He's written two books & published articles in astrology magazines. He's happy to share this website so that you, too, can have fun with astrology to help you in everyday life!
This year’s election seems to have everyone in a dither. Yesterday, it was reported that Kanye West was hospitalized. Though there has thus far been no confirmation of this from West, police were called to his home because of an altercation and determined the problem to be medical. Meanwhile, the remainder of his current tour has been cancelled.
A couple of days earlier the performer had shocked his audience by going into a long rant in which he voiced his support for Donald Trump. Whether these two events are connected is anyone’ guess, but I thought it might be interesting to look at West’s horoscope to see what’s happening.
The horoscope I’m using for West is rated “C” for caution by the Astrodatabank. (Click here to see the horoscope.)The source of the time of birth is unknown, so we can’t be too sure about the angles or the placement of the Moon. However, we can be sure that Saturn is moving into an opposition with West’s Sun. If the time is correct, Saturn is also square to his Moon.
In one sense, it would seem that these are pretty lush times for astrology. The internet is full of websites, webinars and YouTube videos on astrology. People can learn astrology sitting in their bathrooms with a Ipad balanced on their knees. There has probably never been a time in history when knowledge of astrology was more accessible to people all around the world.
On the other hand, old style astrological organizations are struggling. One local group, near where I live called it quits this month. A national organization to which I belong published plea for donors to provide badly needed funds.
Local groups, like the one that just disbanded, provide a place for people interested in astrology get to know one another. They also provide a means for established astrologers to augment their incomes by traveling to different cities and giving lectures. Meanwhile, national and international groups, like the one to which I belong, hold conferences in which astrologers of all sorts and all nationalities can come together. This not only provides astrologers with a sense of community, it helps assure standards both in the practice of astrology and in the ethics of practicing astrologers. Now, those institutions now appear to be in danger.
The astrological “cookbook” is something that every person who wants to learn about astrology encounters. These are books that provide interpretation for various factors in a horoscope. The typical Sun sign book is an elementary example of this, but there are cookbooks on sign positions, house positions, aspects and more. There are also cookbooks dealing with specific approaches of astrology, such as Vedic astrology or Traditional astrology.
Cookbooks are a necessary part of every astrologer’s educations. They are how we learn the basics. They are also handy references for more experienced astrologers. I keep several on my bookshelf and refer to them periodically, usually when I’m stumped by a particular configuration. But cookbooks have limitations, limitations that no student of astrology should forget.
I was poking around the news outlets, looking amid the ruins of Tuesday’s election for something cheery to write about, and I found only more bad news. The death of Leonard Cohen was announced. Not that this would be unexpected. He was 82 years old. But Cohen’s place in the world of pop music was unique that I don’t think that anyone will ever be able to fill it.
Cohen’s horoscope was also unique. His Virgo Sun is in an exact conjunction with his Ascendant. (Click on Leonard Cohen to see the chart.) This means that his outer personality and his inner personality were exactly aligned. Cohen experienced great success in his professional life, and that success provided him with plenty of material rewards. We can see this in his chart with Jupiter near the cusp of his Second house. And yet, Cohen was not satisfied with this material success.