Madame Zombra

A change

Hello, favorite readers: Some very interesting questions from readers and an oversight on my part in the astrology basics which I’ve been sketching for the past weeks have led me to a change. That change is to move my regular column to Wednesdays, the day of the week ruled by Mercury, the planet of communications, […]

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A few more basics

Whether you’ve come to a study of astrology because you wish to become a practicing astrologer, or simply to know your planetary challenges and gifts in order to chart your course through life, each path will offer you insights. So, continuing to examine some of the concepts in astrology’s foundation, let’s look at Houses in

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Even Carl Sagan?

Photo courtesy Wikipedia “That we can now think of no mechanism for astrology is relevant but unconvincing. No mechanism was known, for example, for continental drift when it was proposed by Wegener. Nevertheless, we see that Wegener was right, and those who objected on the grounds of unavailable mechanism were wrong.” Just in case your

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What’s a cusp?

Ever notice how some people don’t seem to match their Sun Sign description? You’ve met a spendthrift Moonchild, or a Capricorn whose extra gig is a regular stint as a stand-up comedian? It’s just possible these people were born on the cusp of their Sun Sign. Frequent readers of this column and indeed, of most

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Saturn retrograde

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blogging for an announcement: Saturn is now in Retrograde motion, and will remain in retreat in Aquarius until October 22, 2022. What does this mean? Well, for approximately four and a half months, Saturn will present opportunities to ‘go back’ and correct problems, misunderstandings, or have you resume responsibilities just

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Charts

Hello, dear readers – Instead of reciting a group of definitions this week, I thought you might like to view two depictions of a Natal Chart. The first photo is how I begin my delineation/interpretation of someone’s Natal Chart with a rough sketch of the planets and houses, listing the degrees and minutes of each

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Basic vocabulary

If you’re going to study astrology, you need to learn some new words! This list, with definitions, will serve to get you started. And remember, there are many excellent astrology books available, so don’t feel as if you must concentrate only on the brief lessons offered here. (I’ve recommended my personal favorites in previous columns.

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Dark Ages

Sometimes an ordinary term for an era is indicative of one or more truths. I learned last week that in the month of May, 1110 AD, classified as part of the Dark Ages, no Moon shone at night. Can you imagine the consternation of the peasants and indeed of the landed lords and other nobility

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