Candle Gazing

Candle Gazing


The moon wanes over a fiery but less dramatic week than those recently passed.  A restless pile of planets makes their way through raw Aries, but the  only exact aspect this week is Venus’ erotic  conjunction with Mars, which occurs on Saturday night.

Compared to previous weeks, there is little new planetary drama prancing across the skies’ stage, yet the fires set last week continue to burn through this one.  Visions dance in those flames, images of the past and future, love and war.  Something is struggling its way out of the fire.

Last week the Sun and Venus reached the moment of their superior conjunction and then made their way, hand in hand, across the Uranus-Pluto square, the signature configuration for this small period of history. Spanning 2011-2015, this pairing pits the soaring spirit against the inexorable gravity of the material world.  Between the two, there have so far been riots, uprisings, systemic crisis and nuclear disasters.  Already tyrants have fallen but so have revolutions faltered.  Chaos abattlelinesnd order are at each other’s throats, wearing the masks of freedom and security.  On a personal level, the people with key planets in the cross hairs of the Uranus-Pluto square have seen similar revolutions and disasters.  Phoenixes struggle to free themselves from the flaming wreckage.

It’s an intense period, full of tough compromises and crazy situations.  And it’s not over.  Not even remotely.  Here, in the early Spring of 2013, we’re merely nearing the half way point.   Idealism and pragmatism have gone several rounds, and neither has been declared victor.  The rebels aren’t going to save us, and neither is the Empire.  It’s becoming clear, on both a personal and political level, that there are no simple answers.

As any 8th grade algebra teacher can tell you, in order to solve an equation it needs to be adequately defined.  Too many variables leave too many possibilities.  While it may have begun a mystery, at this point, two years into the Uranus-Pluto squares, it’s no longer a matter of speculation.  We have data on this now- experience, but we need to reflect on what we’ve learned to properly frame the question.  Look at the present, and in seeing it truly, bear witness to both the past and the future.


Phoenix, Pat Brennan

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Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out! I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at
Aries: The Ram
Taurus: The Bull
Gemini: The Twins
Cancer: The Crab
Leo: The Lion
Virgo: The Virgin
Libra: The Scales
Scorpio: The Scorpion
Sagittarius: The Centaur
Capricorn: The Goat
Aquarius: The Waterbearer
Pisces: The Fish
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Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


  1. Amulette 10 years ago

    The May 20 Uranus Pluto square started in for me last night.  I could
    not sleep due to major stress, worry.  Attempting to describe it
    cheapens the experience.  The torment involves deep family losses which are of the worse kind in my book.  
     The Capricorn and Scorpio horoscopes above pulled me out of a terrified
    mental condition as they have so many times in the past.   

     Your weekly columns have been hands down the best, most accurate weekly horoscopes EVER and this is not a colloquial “EVER” but a deeply envious of your gift “EVER.”  I really do hope you consider coming back to posting them eventually.
    Thanks again.

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