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Fellini's Astrology Chart? He Was "Born a Liar"

Fellini earned income writing gags and jokes early on in his career symbolized by Gemini sitting on his 2nd house of money.

Fellini earned income writing gags and jokes early on in his career symbolized by Gemini sitting on his 2nd house of money.

The filmmaker Federico Fellini has been on my mind since I gave a lecture at the American Italian Cultural Center. After doing some research I found a quote where he said he started off out as Marc’Aurelio and ended up Marcus Aurelius, meaning beginning as a gag writer, prankster and ending up a philosopher. 

In Fellini’s words, he became the philosopher Marcus Aurelius over time symbolized by strong activity in Sagittarius on the 8th house of the personal unconscious where he derived much of his knowledge later in life.

In Fellini’s words, he became the philosopher Marcus Aurelius over time symbolized by strong activity in Sagittarius on the 8th house of the personal unconscious where he derived much of his knowledge later in life.

Fellini lying to us?

Fellini lying to us?

There is some controversy about his birth time, egged on by Fellini himself, but after exploring his life I find that the chart which has him as Taurus Rising seems to fit. It puts Gemini on his second house of materials and money, and he did draw his income from his gag writing even after he became a “serious” filmmaker. He was deeply interested in Carl Jung’s ideas regarding the personal unconscious, exploring this realm deeply with others through drugs, analysis, dreams, and sex. This I find symbolized in his 7th house sitting in Scorpio where his north node of karmic future is located, and his chart ruler Venus located in the eighth house of dark sexuality and being deeply drawn towards others. His 8th house is ruled by Sagittarius, the sign of knowledge and the seeking of profound knowledge. Even though Fellini lied to us, astrology is a powerful tool to shed light upon the unknown. 

There’s a Major Lunar Eclipse Coming Up. This is How You Can Harness It


There’s a major lunar eclipse set to occur on July 27that 4:21 PM EST, the largest such eclipse of the century. It will not be visible in the U.S, but it is most certainly happening. Much is being made about this eclipse, namely that it might be catastrophic, but I often choose to reflect upon the basic symbolism of an eclipse as a clue to how it might function, rather than engaging in doomsday scenarios. Ultimately, the symbolic resonance on your individual level is more important than world events coinciding with this eclipse. 

To interpret astrological symbolism, one must first analyze what is happening astronomically. A solar eclipse is when the moon moves exactly between the sun and the earth. A lunar eclipse is when the earth’s shadow created by the sun eclipses the moon. The latter is what we will be experiencing. 

I’ve always felt that a solar eclipse places the primacy of the moon above the sun; simply put, it is the moon blocking the sun, and traditionally, the moon has been the feminine body of spirit, nurturance, personality, and what one needs. Thus, in a solar eclipse, the moon asserts herself. However, this eclipse will favor the sun, the planetary body of driving will, purpose, ego, and the compulsive force of one’s life. So how will this eclipse pan out?

Each planetary body, at any moment, occupies a sign and takes on its garb and character. For example, in this eclipse, the sun will be in Leo, its preferred, regal home, radiating the warmth of the lion. The moon will be in the opposite sign of cold, technological, yet social Aquarius. This immediately sets up a polarization of dramatic self-expression (Sun in Leo) with emotional futurism (Moon is in Aquarius). A lunar eclipse is the sun opposed to the moon. The lunar nodes are always at play in an eclipse, lining up with both the sun and the moon, and the south node, or your past karma, happens to be in company with this moon. The north node, or karmic future, happens to be conjoined with the sun. Also in close company with the moon is fiery, aggressive Mars.

I interpret this south node as future visions that have not come to pass and hopes that may never come to materialize, yet you still may want to fight for. This could happen in the space of social media and the realm of communications, but moves in this direction, though you may be tempted, are ill-advised. Past karma is where do best to hang and ruminate, not move. It’s the caboose of the train or the tail of the dragon—along for the ride.

Alternately, the north node, or head of the dragon, is situated in Leo with the Sun, a more fortunate position. You are favored when you express, an apt word for Leo, your golden, royal, dramatic self rather than the heady, cold, moon and south node in Aquarius also coupled with  driving Mars that can potentially cause trouble. 

There is a final option for you—that of the belly of the dragon, between the fire breathing north node and the tail of the south node. Instead of acting, be aware of the motives of others, and adjust—Scorpio;  and, take ownership of that which you value—Taurus. Those are the two signs that sit in the middle of the eclipse, splitting the difference between fiery self-expression and cold, calculated futurism. The choice is yours as long as you submit to a negotiation with the heavens, neither fearing fate, nor challenging destiny.  

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Roaring Ahead, but Holding Back

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Moon Messages Week of April 23, 2018


Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?


The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

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What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

This week, you experience extraordinary drama, with your soul surging ahead to its future. However, as the week progresses, you will be required to analyze your gallant, forward motion as the heavens request a gathering of only your best movements, ultimately with an eye towards weighing what is absolutely necessary. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: Cat got your tongue? Not this week, as your emotions spew out of your mouth in the form of fiery words. You do best when you take ownership of your speech, staying grounded and diplomatic when relating to others. 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You’re torn between staying where you are or surging ahead, especially as it relates to involving others. Why not split the difference and float along at a leisurely pace?

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: Your impressive communicative abilities take on a warmer tone this week, if you are open to what your emotions are asking of you. By week’s end you do less of the talking and more of the receiving, a welcome change for you if you’re open to the break.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: Usually one to experience emotions inwardly, your feelings are your greatest asset this week. Be judicious about the feelings you follow, as your impulses will lead you down whichever path you consciously select. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Your karmic future, and how you feel about it, deep down, take center stage this week. This is your normal state, but make sure there’s ten percent of you that is carefully analytical and judicious about the grand moves you’re making. 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: You might not be aware of it, but you’re subconsciously making some big moves. The rational mind can only do so much planning and thinking, areas in which you excel, but go with your heart, the warm, dramatic self you too often suppress, and achieve the things your fussy mind may not allow of you.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: You are the great, airy judge of the zodiac, but go on a romp this week, as the moon moves through your area of friends, hopes, and wishes. It can’t, and shouldn’t, always be pie in the sky.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: Though your will is to feel and intuit the motivations of others, you win this week when you, individually, are the center of attention. This will open up new avenues for you which you will easily analyze and integrate into yourself.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You are the great centaur of the zodiac, firing arrows as you gallop towards that which you seek out. However, you can accomplish the same effect merely by expressing the grandeur and drama that is you. No arrows necessary.  

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: There’s an extraordinary amount of emphasis , especially as it relates to your plodding ambition, a normative state for you. However, have you ever thought of stopping your climb to the top, and roaring? You just might catch a chariot instead of having to make the climb by yourself. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:You might be feeling like things are taking a 180 with regard to your relationships and partnerships this week. That’s ok, as a new lease on how you relate to others, with the heart and opposed to the mind, is the way to go. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: There is energy available to you this week as you make some moves with regard to the nitty gritty aspects of your work and health. Drama is the key, and you will work out the details later in the week. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.