Video: Mars Retrograde in Kolkata, India

Video: Mars Retrograde in Kolkata, India

Mars Retrograde Presentation Live in Kolkata

Video footage of my recent presentation at the 26th annual Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology conference in Kolkata, India has been posted online.

Taped at Carnival Cinemas, Kolkata, India on January 23, 2016.

Mars Retrograde in Uncommon Signs

I spoke on one of my standard topics, the Mars retrograde cycle. In consideration of my Indian audience, I presented my work using the sidereal zodiac, as opposed to the tropical zodiac. Since the material is a simple observation of historical trends that unambiguously correspond to a repeating planetary pattern, it does not require zodiacal symbolic interpretation in order to be recognized. It speaks for itself.

For this particular talk, I mostly discussed the fact that the Mars retrograde cycle is not distributed evenly among the signs, in either zodiac. In the tropical zodiac, Mars only has retrograde transits through Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces once every 32-47 years. Using the sidereal zodiac, we are then looking at Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius.

I began by citing biographical examples, using the lives of Paul McCartney and Hillary Clinton to demonstrate how these brief, two-to-three month intervals that occur only once every few decades can repeatedly correspond to pivotal periods in a given individual’s timeline.

I moved on to tracing the Mars retrograde cycle according to the history of Iran and India, the latter of which has a history of crisis that strongly corresponds to periods when Mars retrograde is in close proximity to Saturn, as it will be for much of 2016.

Gratitude

It was a tremendous honour and privilege to be included in the roster of western astrologers invited to participate in this year’s conference. Gopal Bhattacharjee, Director of the KIA, began introducing western astrologers at his conference two years ago, with South Africa’s Richard Fidler and Slovenia’s Ema Kurent serving as the initial pioneers in this, to my knowledge, unprecedented exchange between eastern and western astrological circles.

The number of western astrologers was bumped up to about a half-dozen the following year, and this time we were more than twice that number. I understand the number of western speakers will increase again in 2017.

I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Bhattacharjee for his gracious invitation and hospitality, and to all my new Indian friends who received us so warmly during our visit.

Photo credit: Robert Currey

Venus Retrograde: TV Provocateur

Astrology and Sitcoms

I just posted a brief excerpt from the new 45-minute astrology video workshop. It begins with an edited version of the intro, followed by an exposé covering the natal Venus retrogrades of TV sitcom stars Suzanne Somers and Ellen DeGeneres, and their roles in advancing sexual liberty in television’s most saccharine genre.

New Venus Retrograde Video Workshop

I am pleased to announce my new video workshop on Venus retrograde. This is a much-improved version of my old workshop, taped in January 2014.

This 45-minute workshop offers an in-depth examination of the Venus synodic cycle and its retrograde phases in natal charts, transits, and synastry, featuring 38 example cases drawn from notable nativities.Venus Video cover - The Brightest Star in the Sky by Nick Dagan Best

 

Miles Davis, Marilyn Monroe, & Allen Ginsberg: Time Twins

Astrology and Time Twins

I have posted a new video, an astrological look at the lives of Miles Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and Allen Ginsberg during the years 1954-1956.

Venus Retrograde Webinar Video

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I have a new 60-minute video on the Venus retrograde phase!

Taped for my recent webinar at Astrology University, the workshop examines the Venus synodic cycle and its retrograde phases in natal charts, transits, and synastry.

Nativities include Ringo Starr, Donald Rumsfeld, Jack Nicholson, Renee Zellweger, Chevy Chase, Sting, Amy Winehouse, Steven Spielberg, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico, Jean Harlow, Ian Curtis, Jessica Simpson, Edmund Hillary, Victor Hugo, Edgar Degas, T.S. Eliot, John Dillinger, Lenny Bruce, Sammy Davis Jr., Linda Lovelace, Eric Clapton, Britney Spears, Melissa Etheridge, Courtney Love, Venus Williams, Suzanne Somers, Ellen Degeneres, David Bowie, Chris Rock, Mae West, Jodie Foster, Demi Moore, Mary Todd Lincoln, Katie Holmes, Laura Bush

Nelson Mandela: Venus Cycles and the Freedom Struggle

I usually don’t like to post topical subjects in my astrology work. However, I’ve been sitting on this research I did on the life of Nelson Mandela and Venus retrograde transits for some time, and his recent passing as transiting Venus is about to station retrograde in Capricorn prompted me to compose my thoughts.

Video: Uranus Stations in the Solar Return Chart

URANU.S.A.: Uranus Stations in the Solar Return

In this clip, I discuss an interesting common factor between the solar return charts of three key figures in American history.

Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.

Video: Uranus and the U.S.A.

URANU.S.A.

Here is a video I made to promote my non-fiction graphic novel, URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World. It is about the discovery of Uranus and the founding of the first government of the United States of America.

Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.