Jack Gaughan

Cancer is a complicated season. Ruled by the Moon, the classic divider between the human and divine worlds, it’s a place of both deep personal discovery and collective reflection. As the sign of cardinal water, it’s a receptive, emotional space. Its subconscious depths reach deep into our core while also reflecting and feeding others.

Yet the tale of Cancer isn’t terribly magical. In fact it’s one of the most anticlimactic of the zodiac. Hera, Queen of the Gods, knew she would need help destroying Heracles. She had planned for years, set traps and raised beasts, but Heracles faced her first…


“Art Official Age,” 2014 photograph by Maya Washington

When we talk about alchemists, we usually picture the old men of European etchings bent over strange-looking tubes and vials, desperately searching for a gleam in the muck around them. The term “magician” will either conjure up a stage illusionist, all tuxedo tails and white rabbits, or bearded men in spangled robes summoning angels from the ether. But in truth, occultists can look like anyone else. Some achieve wisdom and power through old tomes and complex ritual, but others display innate understanding from the start. …


Jeffrey Catherine Jones

The journey to self always involves comparison and contrast to other, an exploration of duality and contrast that sharpens our intelligence and hones our perspective. In tarot, this point arrives with the Lovers, the 6th card of the major arcana. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the most misread cards in the system. As tarot continues to capture the imagination of artists and seekers and new versions of the card continue to appear, the card is portrayed as one of romance and longing featuring couples in acts of embrace, hands grasping, lips crushed in passion. It’s interpreted literally as earthly relationships…


The line of the horizon marks the end of our perception. It’s a literal vanishing point, the boundary of our established experience. In recent centuries we understand that this is more optical illusion than geographic fact: the world is not flat, and there is no point where we — or our experience — drop off the face of the Earth. The Earth is round. Sometimes advancement is circular.

Gemini was the patron constellation of those who bravely pursued the horizon. Its appearance in the sky heralded the stormy season, a physical representation of the restlessness that stirred within. Polarity was…


Escape the Night, 1948

What drives paranoia?

We may think that it’s a fear of the new, an inability to quantify the changes on the horizon, to see where they may lead. Over the last few years, many have invoked visions of dystopia as a dark parallel of our rapidly changing society. Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Terry Gilliam, and Margaret Atwood gave us some of the most enduring visions of a fear-based future, but these dystopian nightmares have something more than their fear in common, and it links them with this very moment in time: Saros Cycle 121.

The name sounds like yet another…


“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades…?”

It’s a curious question posed to Job in his eponymous Book of the Old Testament. Especially after the last few years, Job is a relatable character: he’s a respected citizen, a devoutly pious man, a caring father, and a hardworking businessman. Yet Job’s story is not a happy one. Over the course of the book, Job sees his livestock stolen, his fields burned, his entire household murdered before he himself is beset with terrible illness. Even when his friends advise him to abandon hope, Job continues to appeal to his faith…


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…


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…

That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta

Fairlie Theta is a professional astrologer and a lifelong student of esoterica, marrying symbolism, semiotics, and psychology || See more at MoonandMajesty.com

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