It’s often said that humans are machines of pattern recognition, inventing meaning in the randomness of chaos. It’s the principle argument of skeptics and detractors of the occult, a chief commandment of atheism. Yet it hasn’t stopped millions of human minds from seeking wisdom in these patterns, many of which predate our written histories. Archetypes and allegories teach us about people, events, and imperatives that contribute to our development as both individuals and members of society at large.

We see this play out in tarot. What began as a simple playing card game became a deeply nuanced system of symbolic…


There’s something magical about New Year’s Eve: the final moments of the year ticking down before our eyes, the promise of a fresh start completely within reach, the opportunity to be someone new, someone different, someone better… The year ahead glitters like a charm, saying it aloud is an incantation of hope–but how long does this optimism stay? When does the present year become a curse? How does that shining promise become the symbol of everything we loathe, every obstacle that has stood in our way?

When 2019 drew to a close, I was in a fog: I had just…


Desire is tension. It exists only in the moments before it is fulfilled with the bowstring pulled tight, begging for release. To shoot the arrow turns desire into reality, a success or failure, satisfaction or emptiness. Just as archery requires extreme discipline and patience, so too does desire: one must hold that tension with care and strength until it is aligned with the target. Too often we wait for the target to move towards us, for reality to align with our own desires. We choose to live in the state of tension, turning it into conflict.

Kelly Freas, 1978

This transformational nature of…


Jack Gaughan

One of the most common questions I receive as an astrologer is about Aries Season — why is it the beginning of the year? The answer is complex, a manifold explanation of geocosmic movement and spiritual evolution, but very simply Aries aligned with the Spring Equinox. Much of what we know about astrology comes from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. During those times the Spring Equinox arrived within the constellation of Aries, and while ecliptic precession has placed the equinox under the sign of Pisces since about 68 BCE (around the same time the Romans replaced the equinox with January 1st…


Hannes Bok, 1949

What images come to mind when you think about astrology? Chances are, the images of classic star charts are etched in your mind with their graceful, athletic figures like marble statues dotted with stars. So many of those stars and constellations were named (or renamed) by the Greeks, and these are the versions we’re familiar with. Modern astrology is heavily Hellenistic, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find more ancient roots…

Pisces Season began on February 18th. It’s the last sign of the zodiac, a season of transition and acceptance before the renewal of the Spring Equinox. The…


The Image in Question

I started to see this meme pop up over the last few weeks. Honestly, I don’t like text posts. My Capricorn Venus/Neptune conjunction holds aesthetic as something sacred, and Instagram is an image platform: the challenge is to pair an impactful image with valuable information. In my opinion. However, this particular text post was sent to me by a number of people asking for clarification. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, assuming someone had done some research before posting it and simply tried to emphasize that this is an example of Planet-Sign astrology which paints an incomplete picture…


Jack Gaughan, 1966

This article is the second part of a continuing series on mythology and astrology. Read part one here.

In 2018, Uranus moved into Taurus for the first time since 1934, dancing back into Aries during its annual retrograde before settling in for good in 2019. We could examine this under a historical lens, talk about the state of financial wellness and all the ways our attitudes around comfort and resources changed during that time, but that’s a different article. We’re here to talk about mythology and while Taurus has its own mythological origins, it can easily be seen as the…


D’Aurlaires, 1962

I’m often asked for recommendations on where to get started with astrology. What are my favourite books, authors, websites, apps? I have a go-to list that I recommend to anyone looking to really dive in–books by Isabel Hickey, Noel Tyl, a handful of podcasts and YouTube lectures. It can be a dense field at best (and complete fluff at worst), and I know it’s tricky to sift through resources. But if we’re being honest, it’s not how I got started.

Human beings learn best through narrative. We remember best through narrative as well, and creating stories around the systems in…


Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1971

New Years Day may have been January 1st but the start of Aquarius Season on January 19th feels more like a new beginning than any calendar holiday. After the heavy Cardinal Earth transits of the last few years, Aquarius Season sees many of our visible planets joining Saturn and Jupiter in their airy new world, emphasizing energies that will be the signature of the year ahead.

Whether or not the Great Conjunction of December launched us into the fabled Age of Aquarius, the symbolism of the Water Bearer is an apt metaphor for the time: Aquarius is often associated with…


Jack Gaughan, 1973

How do I move forward?

It’s a deceptively complex question. To properly answer, one needs not only incredible introspection, knowledge of your own motivations and capabilities, but also understanding of the larger world and one’s place within it. We need to understand the game before we play, and we need to learn each piece’s capacity to navigate the board around us. These are all questions asked by Mars, the planet of Motion and Drive, and with its ingress into Taurus on January 6th, we’re given a new perspective.

In June of 2020, Mars emerged triumphant as one of the year’s…

That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta

Fairlie Theta is a Space Witch and Cosmic Divinatrix. She has studied astrology, tarot, and magic for over 20 years. Find her at https://www.moonandmajesty.com

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