Posted by: aspicco | September 29, 2019

Old Rules, New Understandings

Planets are connected to signs and they influence each other. It is one of the techniques astrologers use to interpret the symbols in a chart. In traditional astrology, certain combinations of planet & sign pairs were automatically assigned the labels Rulership, Detriment, Exalted or Fall. Using these labels, we were expected to pre-judge certain pairs. (Clearly, planets in their detriment or fall tended to struggle to express their true nature, while those in their rulership or exalted were free-flowing and smooth.)

Given the times, and the levels of awareness in the past, this was understandable. But the time is now, not then, and I tend to reject those labels.

One example: the Moon is in its rulership in Cancer. Emotions are quickly felt and expressed easily. The sign opposite Cancer is Capricorn. The Moon in Cap is considered in detriment and the traditional view is, Capricorn is emotionless, too concerned with being practical and efficient. But Capricorn Moons absolutely DO feel things, don’t kid yourself, but because they are also very socially conscious and practical, they will choose which emotions they decide need to be expressed. Sometimes, yes, that can be a form of self-suppression, if taken too far, but they do have a handle on their emotions. Cancer Moons, however, bubble over with feelings. Is that truly always beneficial?

Another example: Mars in Aries is in its rulership, and makes a fine warrior: direct, assertive and ready to engage. The sign opposite Aries is Libra. Poor Mars, right? How can a warrior be balanced and harmonious? Well, ask Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of our greatest generals and the man who essentially won WWII. And he was a Libra. The best warriors know their enemies. Aries may be a stronger warrior, but is ready to fight at the drop of a hat. Is that a great warrior, or a war-starter? And Mars in Pisces? Mars allegedly struggles in Pisces. How can Mars be a warrior in the sign of empathy? How can you crush an enemy if you feel for him/her? And yet, recently, a client I spoke with had a Mars in Pisces, and he explained how he would often immediately institute a form of “peace talks” with a potential foe, and usually managed to convert them through his compassion, empathy and understanding, No, not exactly a fierce battle for supremacy, not a traditional use of Mars, but the challenge of the situation was solved.

One more example: Planets that are in a sign they rule: Mercury in Gemini may function smoothly but that can be a racing mind. They may not always think things all the way through, but they will think A LOT. Beneficial? Yes, but is that so much more wonderful that a Merury in Pisces, its fall. These people tend to “think” intuitively. They may not be great with linear book learning, but they absorb knowledge like a sponge, via demonstration and experience.

In general, always examine “wisdom” handed down from previous generations. Yes it may be valid and useful, but beware of “it has always been done this way.” Times and circumstances change, and so should perceptions and solutions.

NOTE:
My internet radio show, Cosmic Tuesdays, has moved to a new URL. It is still on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm, but it is at www.spreaker.com/show/cosmic-tuesdays. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together. I interview astrologers, psychics, palm readers, authors, yoga teachers, wiccans, aromatherapists, acupuncturists, energy channelers, NDE healers and all kinds of interesting people.

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Upcoming shows:
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Posted by: aspicco | June 10, 2019

Eventually, Science Will Catch On

Being an astrologer, and also a student of many metaphysical experiences and abilities, I have had a struggle with those skeptics and rationalists who want to dismiss these particular types of experiences and abilities. Often the complaints revolve around “They can’t be scientifically proven!” or “The results are not 100% reliable!”

I never quite understood the attitude. If something consistently works (as it has with me for over 33 years) one should look for the reasons why, not try to prove it doesn’t exist. A astrologer friend of mine, Bart Lidofsky, came up with an analogy for why the scientific method can sometimes miss things. He said “Imagine you are fishing with a net that has 2-inch-holes. You will never catch any fish smaller than, maybe, 2.5 inches. As a result, you come to the erroneous conclusion that there are no fish smaller than 2.5 inches.” Some rational types forget that science invented the measuring tools. And over the course of centuries of scientific research, science has added new measuring tools and discarded others. What I think of as “true” science is a flexible, curious animal.

Once I got caught up with a group of skeptics. I offered that I was NOT a scam artist, and that even if I was unconsciously doing “cold readings” (a carnival technique used by fake psychics) how did that explain recorded readings I did for people I had not actually met? Well they were curious, and asked me to do over a dozen charts with birth data of their choosing, for them to analyze. I bowed out. Too much work, and I did not want to be summarily dismissed.

Sometimes I would make flip comments like “Love exists. Can science prove that?” And there were times I saw “science” as an enemy. I see that now as a mistake. We need both: rationality and intuition.

Seth, in his first book Seth Speaks, dictated in the late 1960s, he said the rise and domination of science would lead to a spiritual backlash, and he has certainly been proven correct. People felt the empty gap, and it lead to both the “back-to-the-basics” fundamentals of Christians and Muslims, along with the rise of what is often labeled “new age.” (Astrology, reiki, energy healing, psychics, mediums, numerology, runes, tarot cards, etc.)

And the reverse has proven to be true. Total dependence on intuition and spirituality ignores the physical universe. In the Middle Ages in Europe, science tended to be abandoned for spirit. And they saw The Black Plague emerge at two different times over the centuries.

Rationality needs intuition, and intuition needs rationality. They are supposed to work together.

So I don’t engage skeptics anymore. These days when I get challenged by a skeptic online regarding astrology, I say “I have 33 years of astrology working. I don’t need to know why. Eventually, science will catch on.”

Posted by: aspicco | April 17, 2019

Just Because I am an Astrologer…

Most people visit an astrologer when they are unhappy or troubled, and are seeking some kind of clarity about the situation. It might be an ongoing challenge in their birth chart, or it might be some conditions stirred up by a transiting planet, but they are trying to find a way to deal with it. Knowledge is a wonderful thing, but you still need to put that knowledge to use, and that isn’t always easy or fun. I may see a family situation in a birth chart, as an example that suggests a difficult relationship with one’s siblings. OK, all well and good, but now you may have to find ways to cross those barriers, or else simply choose to avoid them. Neither solution may be truly satisfying.

Or perhaps a client is getting a difficult transit, and although there will be an end to it after awhile, they still have to live through it and deal with it. Sometimes I have gently chastised clients who asked, “When will it be over?” I tell them they can’t just hunker down in the bunker and wait for it to end, because that’s not the point of a transit. It is asking you to examine something in your life. I always try to put a positive outlook to it. Admittedly, not all transits are easy or even pleasant, but I try to accent the positive to encourage people, and to try and steer them in the direction that leads to the best possible outcome. There can be healthy, evolving responses to any transit, but, yeah, there can be missteps and darker outcomes. Nothing is inevitable, other than the need to respond to the transiting planet.

And just because I am an astrologer, that doesn’t mean I escape these things personally. I am currently getting Saturn transiting across all my planets and points in Capricorn. If it was a client, I might tell them Saturn is good for cleaning house, cutting back on the excess, getting more organization and discipline into your life, focusing and being responsible. I might also add, sometimes it can feel a little isolating and maybe even depressing, because Saturn is also the planet of limitations.

And… whaddya ya know? I am depressed and yet feeling responsible, with no fun. I deleted the game apps on my phone. Bored with them. I am organizing all the family photos I have scanned over the years. I have recently started writing my blog again. I don’t want to… but I do. I just spent 30 minutes laying on the couch, writing this blog in my head and trying to force myself to get up and write the damn thing. Well, here I am.

So just because I am an Astrologer, I don’t get a free pass. I do get to understand astrology better as I flow through these transits, and that’s good… but when does Jupiter or Uranus transit my planets, and stir things up? When will Mars kick one of my planets in the butt?

>sigh<

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NOTE:
My internet radio show, Cosmic Tuesdays, has moved to a new URL. It is still on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm, but it is at www.spreaker.com/show/cosmic-tuesdays. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together. I interview astrologers, psychics, palm readers, authors, yoga teachers, wiccans, aromatherapists, acupuncturists, energy channelers, NDE healers and all kinds of interesting people.

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NOTE #2:
Once a month I co-host an astrology meetup in NYC, usually during the second week of any month, usually on a Tuesday or a Thursday, at the Quest book shop. If you are in the NYC area and are interested, you can register for free at NYC Astrology Meetup and get monthly announcements of upcoming lecturers. All levels of astrologer are welcome, from beginner to experienced professional.

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NOTE #3:
I recently spent about an hour discussing Astrology with Andrew Fisher on his YouTube radio show. Find us at Nature of Reality Radio Hope you enjoy listening.

Posted by: aspicco | April 8, 2019

Organ Donors, Spiritually Speaking

It always surprises me, and saddens me a wee bit, when I see people trying to evolve to a more spiritual awareness creating new fears to supplant the old ones. Recently on a social media site, someone asked “Are you an organ donor? What are you thoughts around organ donation?” My reply was “If I won’t be using it, go right ahead.” And the majority of those who answered essentially agreed with that.

But then, a person replied: “No way. Not in a million years. It connects you karmically to the person. I won’t accept another person’s organs, either. I’m not going to let a mass murderer into my home.” Someone else pointed out: “I had an extended family member lucky enough to get a donated kidney, and it gave her new life. Excellent karma.” Now that makes more sense to me.

To me, the goal of enlightenment and spiritual evolution is more freedom, not just a new set of rules. The goal is to realize we create reality. All of us. And we can change it.

Yes, in the past, different belief systems set up rules. Different religious traditions have very different takes. Some Native American tribes believe if we mourned too deeply, we would prevent the soul from crossing over. (I think this is emotionally very sweet, but probably more about helping with the grieving process for those left behind.)

The Ancient Egyptians were extremely careful with all the body parts after death, and preserving the body, but, of course, only if you were a major official, either pharaoh or some of his/her viziers. (Well, now, that doesn’t seem all that spiritual, does it?)

In the Middle East (and wherever they have emigrated) Jews and Muslims bury their dead within 24-48 hours. Jewish people prefer never leaving a dead body alone. And some Buddhist sects claim it takes 49 days for a soul to reincarnate. (49? Why 49? I could Google it but that’s not the point.)

Now, yes, I have heard of one case (there may well be more) of a woman who received a heart transplant from a young man. After she recovered, she took up motorcycle riding and a few other habits that the young man had before he died. But it isn’t all that common, and if we are all one, and interconnected, it does make a certain amount of sense. Psychometry is the psychic practice of reading objects. As an example, in order to read a person, some psychics hold an object of theirs, like a ring, or car keys or something that spent a lot of time with that person. The concept being, we leave psychic impressions on the objects we live with, perhaps similar to the way iron or steel will become magnetized if you keep them with magnets. But admitting “mass murderer into my home” seems a little… well… kind of over-the-top.

We all have free will. We can all choose what to accept and what to refuse. The only rules I try follow are kindness and compassion. Try to embrace the freedom of awareness and spirituality, try to dance without tying your ankles together.

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NOTE:
My internet radio show, Cosmic Tuesdays, has moved to a new URL. It is still on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm, but it is at www.spreaker.com/show/cosmic-tuesdays. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together. I interview astrologers, psychics, palm readers, authors, yoga teachers, wiccans, aromatherapists, acupuncurists, energy channellers, NDE healers and all kinds of interesting people.

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NOTE #2:
Once a month I co-host an astrology meetup in NYC, usually during the second week of any month, usually on a Tuesday or a Thursday, at the Quest book shop. If you are in the NYC area and are interested, you can register for free at NYC Astrology Meetup and get monthly announcements of upcoming lecturers. All levels of astrologer are welcome, from beginner to experienced professional.

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NOTE #3:
I recently spent about an hour discussing the Seth Material with Debra Anne Clement on her podcast “Shortcut to the Soul.” This is the link to the YouTube version, but it can also be found in the iTunes store under podcasts. We had fun. Hope you enjoy listening to it.

Posted by: aspicco | March 25, 2019

Life Is An Illusion, But…

Recently, while wandering through social media discussion sites, I came across a woman’s comment claiming she could not accept that “life is an illusion.” To her, the universe was too big, too amazing and too beautiful to just be an “illusion.”

Just an illusion? Illusions do matter. And yes, the physical world is an illusion, but a very important illusion we have all co-created; an illusion we created as a stage, a platform, to work out certain beliefs and to practice certain skills we can only practice here; to play and experiment, and to hone our abilities. This illusion is a very important playground. There are things we can only learn and do here. As an awkward metaphor, you really can’t learn to swim unless you have a lake, an ocean, a river or a pool. You need enough water. Where else can you learn swimming?

We are all multi-dimensional beings in a multi-dimensional universe, choosing to limit ourselves to 3 or 4 dimensions while we are here in this version of the universe. Our multi-dimensional selves know this version is a chosen illusion, and they(we) deliberately squish themselves into human form. And they(we) are supposed to believe in this illusion. It matters.

And even if this life is “just” a co-created illusion, what a magnificent act of creativity we have manifested. Have you seen the Amazon? Stonehenge? New York City? Tokyo? Istanbul? Elephants? Cats? Butterflies? Rainstorms? Snow? Fog?

And what about the “illusions” we create once we are in human form? Have you ever cried at a movie or while reading a story? Been moved to tears of joy by a painting or a song? Aren’t they “illusions?” There never was a “real-life” Hamlet, or Luke Skywalker or Scarlett O’Hara, and yet we respond to them with real emotions.

When I do an astrology reading, I see the personal details of someone’s life, their talents and abilities that serve as their toolboxes, but I also often see an overall path. We may spend some parts of our lives as parents or world leaders or plumbers or hermits, but what deeply matters are the underlying lessons. Did you learn more compassion and empathy? Did you recognize the big picture? Did you evolve? Did you see how unique everyone and everything is? Did you work past your fears and love more?

Yeah, life is an illusion, but it is an amazing, stunning, exciting, beautiful illusion full of love and light. It is a very real illusion.

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NOTE:
My internet radio show, Cosmic Tuesdays, has moved to a new URL. It is still on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm, but it is at www.spreaker.com/show/cosmic-tuesdays. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together. I interview astrologers, psychics, palm readers, authors, yoga teachers, aromatherapists, acupuncurists, energy channellers, NDE healers and all kinds of interesting people.

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NOTE #2:
Once a month I co-host an astrology meetup in NYC, usually during the second week of any month, usually on a Tuesday or a Thursday, at the Quest book shop. If you are in the NYC area and are interested, you can register for free at NYC Astrology Meetup and get monthly announcements of upcoming lecturers. All levels of astrologer are welcome, from beginner to experienced professional.

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NOTE #3:

I recently did another astrology video for EA Zoom. It discusses my experience with Pluto starting its transiting my stellium & t-square. If you are curious, here it is: https://youtu.be/jYesdt4eT68

Posted by: aspicco | January 23, 2018

My Video Links

I have, over the past years, done a handful of astrology themed videos. And there will be more in the future, but here are all the links in one place, as of January 18th, 2018

Early promos for the Practical Mystical Expo (currently on hiatus):

https://youtu.be/eToxrpSQ3Co
General discussion of what astrology is, how it can be used… 5 years old***

https://youtu.be/Osel1ep6qsQ
General discussion of what astrology does for one to one relationships… 5 years old

The following are all done within the past 13 months

https://youtu.be/NZ1ECk2VK_A
A talk about the basic fundamentals of astrology
“Astrology seems, at first, to a beginner, like 100,000 separate things to memorize. But once you strip the signs and planets down to their basic meanings, they can be built back up, showing the core themes and illustrating all the patterns on top of patterns that are part of the basic architecture of the Zodiac. This is a beginner level talk, but I hope to show you a different way of looking at all the bits and pieces of astrology. ”

https://youtu.be/atJNacuTiic
Saturn Is Not The Problem: Often Saturn gets cursed as a bad bad planet… not really… not at all…

https://youtu.be/CdYDANzB_SY
Pinball Charts: This is an area of astrology that I have not seen discussed anywhere, so I decided to post what I saw and see what people say. I have not done thorough research, but this is based on what I have observed over the years… “Pinball Charts” is my name for it…

The following is the start of an ongoing series called “How I Look At A Chart.” I walk through two charts per talk, showing how, step by step, I get into a person’s chart. I definitely will be doing more of these…
https://youtu.be/LZ2elMRl-gs
https://youtu.be/xZTHLmCsNHM

***Someone pointed out that my first link was wrong. It connected people to Paul Simon’s song Gumboots… yeah, great song but still… it is now fixed.

 

Posted by: aspicco | November 28, 2017

Waiting For The Train…

At 9:47pm the other night, while waiting downstairs, the 9:51pm train arrived at the elevated Eltingville train station on Staten Island. I immediately rocketed out of the car and was flying up the stairs (or so I imagined.) Somewhere behind me my wife and mother-in-law were following me as fast as possible. About 12 steps before the platform, I called out “Hold the doors!” and immediately fell. As I hit the stairs I saw the doors reopen on the train! Behind me my wife said “We won’t make this train.” and I called back “No!” (It was pretty cold and I did not want to stand on an elevated platform for 30 minutes.) I launched myself back on to my feet and just as I neared the top, I fell again! Ow! But this time two people tried to help by grabbing my upper arms and lifting. We were not functioning very well as a team but I was up on my feet again and almost hurled directly on to the train. I turned around as my wife and mother in law caught up, and thanked everyone on the platform as the doors closed. Phew!

My wife was concerned about my knees, so we checked, and I had a little scrape on my right knee, but no tear in the fabric. Oh and yeah, they were aching, but not too bad. And I thought what a nice little moment. Adversity was overcome. Strangers happily assisted me. And even though I tripped twice, we caught the train. Sweet all around.

And then I thought to myself, from the second I saw the train arriving early, I stopped thinking, really, and was totally “in the moment.” I was immediately responding to a semi-emergency and was action-oriented. OK it was no “He Man, Master of the Universe” moment, but maybe that was the point. Ideally even small, so-called trivial things can still put you “in the moment” if you respond to it that way. I could complain about the bad train schedule, or tripping and falling twice, but we made the train with the spontaneous help of strangers. What a wonderful connected kind of feeling, both to other people and also to the universe as a whole.

Yes, there are things that go wrong every day, but there are also things that go right. I want to acknowledge both.

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NOTE: My Internet radio show is also called Cosmic Tuesdays. It is on every Monday from 9:30pm to 11pm on the HeyZRadio network. Join me for 90 minutes every Monday and we can have some fun together. I interview astrologers, psychics, palm readers, authors, yoga teachers, aromatherapists, Kaballah experts, acupuncurists, energy channellers, NDE survivors and all kinds of interesting people.

Posted by: aspicco | August 11, 2017

My Third YouTube Astrology Lecture

On June 9th, I did another astrology lecture at the request of “EA Zoom Meetings by Evolutionary Astrology,” discussing “How I Read A Chart.”

If you are somewhat acquainted with astrology basics, but have trouble finding your way into a chart, and putting together a “real person” from all the bits of astro data and info, this chat might help. I walk through step-by-step how I get into a chart, using two very different natal charts. Every astrologer will eventually find a technique or process that works best for him or her, but I offer my way as a method to consider, use and see if it makes sense for you. Perhaps there will be some methods you will take with you and incorporate into your own process?

If you do watch it, any feedback would be welcome, from questions about the material to comments about potential improvement.

And, I still have my ongoing internet radio program, interviewing all kinds of interesting people: astrologers, psychics, mediums, acupuncturists, palmists, NDE survivors, hypnotherapists, reiki masters, medical herbalists, past life therapists, energy healers and so much more… Join us every Monday evening from 9:30pm to 11pm Eastern Time for CosmicTuesdays, the radio show. Find me at:
CosmicTuesdays

And listen at: http://player.streamlicensing.com/2225?l&stream_id=3824

Posted by: aspicco | May 9, 2017

My Second YouTube Lecture

Last week I did another astrology lecture at the request of “EA Zoom Meetings by Evolutionary Astrology,” discussing The Underlying Unifying Foundation of Basic Astrology. They video-recorded it via Zoom and popped it up on YouTube. Just click on the title to be transported to the video.

I hope you enjoy it. At one point during this lecture my brain short circuits for a moment and I make a mistake, but I correct myself immediately. These things happen. If you do watch it, any feedback would be welcome, from questions about the material or comments about potential improvement.

I may do another one in a few weeks, showing how I approach looking at a chart, and going through it step by step.

And, I still have my ongoing internet radio program, interviewing all kinds of interesting people: astrologers, psychics, mediums, acupuncturists, palmists, NDE survivors, hypnotherapists, reiki masters, medical herbalists, past life therapists, energy healers and so much more… Join us every Monday evening from 9:30pm to 11pm Eastern Time for CosmicTuesdays, the radio show. Find me at:
CosmicTuesdays

And listen at: http://player.streamlicensing.com/2225?l&stream_id=3824

Posted by: aspicco | April 19, 2017

My First YouTube Lecture

Last week I did an astrology lecture at the request of “EA Zoom Meetings by Evolutionary Astrology,” discussing the basics of understanding Saturn, and called “Saturn Is Not The Problem.”

Well, they video-recorded it via Zoom and popped it up on YouTube, so, here I am:
Saturn Is Not The Problem

I hope you enjoy it. I hope to do another one in a couple of weeks, discussing the very basic foundations of astrology. When I do, I will post it here, too.

Feedback is welcome, if you decide to watch.

And, I still have my ongoing internet radio program, interviewing all kinds of interesting people: astrologers, psychics, mediums, acupuncturists, palmists, NDE survivors, hypnotherapists, reiki masters, medical herbalists, past life therapists, energy healers and so much more… Join us every Monday evening from 9:30pm to 11pm Eastern Time for CosmicTuesdays, the radio show. Find me at:
CosmicTuesdays

And listen at: http://player.streamlicensing.com/2225?l&stream_id=3824

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