Mitigating Factors in Traditional Astrology

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In the 28th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Michael Ofek about the many different mitigating factors that traditional astrologers take into account when determining a planet’s condition in a chart. Michael is the leading expert on traditional astrology in Israel, and he offers consultations and classes through his website at www.ofek-sky.com. We […]

The Life and Work of Astrologer James Holden

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In the 27th episode of the show I’m joined by Demetra George in order to talk about the late astrologer James Herschel Holden. Holden was an astrologer, historian, and translator who became the Research Director of the American Federation of Astrologers in 1982, and served in that role until he died on August 13, 2013 […]

Modern and Traditional Views on Difficult Placements

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In the 26th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Mark Jones about the differences between modern and traditional views on difficult chart placements, and we discuss the validity of using distinctions such as “benefic” and “malefic” in astrology. Mark’s background is in counseling and psychology, and he specializes in evolutionary astrology. His 2011 […]

Reception as a Mitigating Factor in Astrology

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In the 25th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Ryhan Butler about the concept of reception, and a specific debate surrounding the technique and the way that it can be used as a mitigating for afflicted planets. Ryhan is the author of the Starlight Knight Astrology blog, and he also recently launched a […]

Understanding Your Saturn Return

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In this episode of the podcast I talk with astrologer Leisa Schaim about the Saturn return. Leisa and I co-author a blog on Saturn returns together called Saturn Return Stories, and we’ve been meaning to do a show for a while where we talk about some of the interpretive principles we use. During the course […]

Birth Data Collection, Sect, and Other Research

The 23rd episode is a solo show where I talk about some upcoming conferences and workshops, the latest news in the astrological community, and some topics that I’ve been researching lately. The research topics I discuss include birth data collection, determining when a chart switches from day to night, and an issue related to reception. […]

The Astrology of 2015

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In this episode astrologer Austin Coppock joins me to to talk about some of the upcoming astrological trends and themes that will occur in 2015. Austin is the author of the 2015 Astrological Almanac, and so he had a number of great insights to share about what the major planetary alignments are this year, as […]

Astrology and Tarot: Professional Parallels

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In the 21st episode of the show I talk with professional tarot card reader Brigit Esselmont of BiddyTarot.com about the parallels between the professional practice of astrology and tarot. A few months ago I listened to an interview that Brigit did on another podcast, and I was interested in her story about making the transition […]

Austin Coppock on the Astrology of the Decans

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In this episode I interview astrologer Austin Coppock about his groundbreaking new book, titled 36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans. The book covers the history, philosophy, and interpretation of each of the 36 decans. The majority of the text focuses on providing delineations for each of the decans based on symbolic […]

Objective Versus Subjective Reality in Astrology

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This episode features a discussion between Ben Dykes and I on the topic of how the subjective nature of human experience sometimes creates problems when trying to view people’s lives objectively through the lens of astrology. The crux of the issue is that it is sometimes difficult for people to evaluate statements that are made […]