Tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, is International Astrology Day, the first day of the Western astrological calendar, when the mighty Sun enters the first zodiac sign, baby Aries. In honor of this lovely absurdity, I thought to share a selection of my favorite online astrological resources. A studious (Sun and Mars) Virgoan mixed with a shamed-shy Leo Moon, my approach to astrology is playful, pragmatic, and true loving. I consider it a gateway to a dope life. Expansive, poetic, present. It’s also real nerdy. A seemingly infinitely complex system (one could study astrology forever) it is, simply, the study of time and space—those nodes ever-shifting. The jargon among these links, though thick and silly, is logical. Astrology is an ancient system, continually updated. It's an art and a science, open to interpretation, and there’s more to it than just horoscopes. Every individual “contains multitudes,” the influence of many signs in many houses at varying degrees, plus asteroids and other fun stuff. One needn’t know all of that to appreciate the following. Start from where you are.
Shout-outs to Morgan Rehbock, Hannah Black, Aleister Crowley, Carl G. Jung, Guru Jagat, Margaret Haines, and the ultimate, Liz Greene, who I didn’t list, for their links were too many or too few, but whose past and ongoing work in the field deserves praise.
Queer astrologer Barry Perlman was this overeducated Western intellectual’s gateway into the art of astrology. His weekly horoscopes, which he almost always posts on Sunday mornings (Pacific Standard Time, his home is San Francisco), are clunky, dense, and scholastic. He favors ten-dollar words, emphatic italics, (bracketed asides), and logical puzzles, like, for example, from his forecast for Aquarius this week:
Beware of peer pressure (either real or imagined) aimed toward convincing you to 'move on already'—a piece of advice which, in no uncertain terms, goes against the premise of 'leaving doors open'—out of some erroneous notion that we show strength by drawing firm dividing-lines and, subsequently, appear weak by remaining willing to negotiate.
These brainteasers pay off if you take the time to puzzle them out, which is what astrology is, IMO, all about—readers mining for meaning using an abstruse sign set.