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Galactic Fragment is moving

To Pleasantville Astrology

When I started Galactic Fragment I was still bouncing around the place being an actor. All that activity has slowed down and I’m more in one spot than another these days. (I still do the odd gig).

In fact I’ve opened a physical office here in Pleasantville, Westchester and if you’re ever in the neighborhood, please drop in and say hello.

Meanwhile, if you like the look of PleasantvilleAstrology and would like to see how it develops please scroll down on the homepage and sign up for the Newsletter.

Oh, and if you’d like a tune-up reading – I’m offering a February special – hit the contact page and fill out the form for details.

Take a look at the welcome video here

With very best wishes,


Comedy can be “rummy”

Even the most reclusive of us must be aware that there really is nothing funny about what is going on at large in the world at the moment. However medical authorities from The Mayo Clinic onwards recommend giggling, sniggering and laughing as a great tonic, so whether appropriate or not at this time of trouble, here goes…

The novelist P G Wodehouse’s first names were Pelham Granville. He chose to be known as Plum to his friends – and who can blame him? Take a look at his natal chart.

P G Wodehouse natal

As you see there are no fewer than five planets including Chiron, Saturn at 10 degrees, conjunct Neptune at 15, conjunct Chiron at 21, conjunct Jupiter at 24, conjunct Pluto at 28 degrees, all in Taurus all in the 12th House.

For one of the funniest wordsmiths of all time with decade succeeding decade of universal popularity and very high earning, well from an astrological point of view that’s whacky, don’t you agree? I mean 12th House? House of secrets, hidden enemies, self-undoing – really?!?

In other words, if, on the 15th of October 1881 (Plum’s birthday) you had been in Guildford, England, and looked due East at 7:00pm you might have seen Saturn and Jupiter as twinkling lights, the other planets in the stellium were too far away to see, but no less influential.

Presumably Plum, for all his wealth and success, had his share of ups and downs, but it’s my view that the greatest self-undoing came to him inadvertently (and who undoes themselves in any other way) just the once, about a year after the Germans interned him when they invaded northern France in June of 1940.

Over the following year Plum was imprisoned in various locations, he kept a diary and read  excerpts to his fellow internees to keep their spirits up. It was at that point, as Plum once wrote, that, “… fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing glove.” The chart of the moment 6th August 1941, the day his last of five broadcasts made from Berlin under the authority of the Gestapo, seems to bear out the constellation of a difficult time with consequences.

Those consequences were devastating. Plum could never return to his beloved England, for some years he was reviled as a traitor, and when the war ended he was investigated by the secret services. He was finally given a royal endorsement in the Queen’s New Year’s Honor’s List in 1975. It was the last year of his life. He died six weeks later on the 14th of February. He was too frail to travel although he was working up to the very end.

Meanwhile, Plum’s natal chart indicates a man driven hard, to the point of compulsion and for a long time (at least 47 years) to work as a writer; here’s why. Mercury (the writer’s planet) went retrograde when Plum was 13 in 1894 and by progression remained so in his chart until 1914. The retrograde period meant that by progression Plum’s Mercury stayed in Scorpio, opposing his 12th House stellium including compulsive Pluto, in his 6th House of work and service until 1935, and then continued in his 6th House in Sagittarius until 1941. By  which time the habit of a constant, intense working routine would have been sufficiently established to last the next 46 years until his death.

Here are some more astro-notes on his chart:

Mercury is the chart ruler as Plum’s ascendant was in verbal Gemini, with Mercury also ruling his 5th House of creativity. The 5th House cusp (creativity) is in Virgo – sign of meticulousness.

The 12th House (Connection with collective unconscious, the ancestors, depth psychology) stellium ruled by Venus (planet of balance, harmony, aesthetics, pleasure) gives us:

Mastery of form (Saturn in Taurus)

Wedded to a dreamy imagination expressing the pleasures of comfort, looking to become tangible (Neptune in Taurus)

A propensity for getting into scrapes and out of them (Chiron in Taurus)

All the above given energetic optimism (Jupiter in Taurus) and a propensity for happy resolutions.

Transforming upheaval (Pluto in Taurus)

All with a lot of staying power (Taurus, fixed Earth) and Jupiterian expansion.

All the above intermingled and compounded (through conjunction) challenging Mercury (by opposition) to get it written.

The 5th House (of creativity) has a Virgo (mutable, improvisational, responsive Earth) conjunction (blending) of Uranus (planet of thinking outside the box) and Venus (relationships, social pleasure). This conjunction closely trines (flows to and from) the 12th House stellium, and closely sextiles Mercury in the 6th.

There are quincunxes from Mars in Cancer (fighting on behalf of others – just think of Bertie Wooster), and Saturn (the southern end of the 12th House stellium, looking for procedural solutions – Jeeves anyone?) to the north node (personal destiny). This combination although not technically a yod (the nodes are not planets), give what Plum might have a called a fair imitation of one, and indicates potential for extraordinary achievement.

Finally, as everyone who reads Wodehouse knows, his metier is England, albeit his own version of  England, kept alive as Isaac Asimov observed through a special alchemy known only to himself. Consider that the UK natal Sun is at 10 degrees Capricorn (both in the 1066 chart and the 1801. It exactly trines Plum’s Saturn, and therefore the stellium through conjunction in the 12th, and his Uranus/Venus in the 5th.

As with any chart the planets and their placements describe archetypal energies, exactly what use any individual will make of them or what mode of expression they will follow is anybody’s guess.

With Plum all this is expressed in P G Wodehouse’s mastery of intricate plotting(any of the Jeeves and Bertie novels), his mastery of syntax (“… she looked at me with the surprise of one, who while picking daisies on the down line, has caught the 4:15 in the small of the back.”), his appreciation of shape-shifting trickery (for one example among many Bertie personates the female novelist Rosie M Banks), his pervasive optimism and good humor (he never wrote a tragedy and all his protagonists end up ok), his awe-fear-respect-appreciation of the divine feminine, (Aunt Agatha, Aunt Dahlia, Bobbie Wickham, Steffie Byng, Honoria Glossop, Sally to name only a few…)

On the 1st January 1975 when he was honored with a knighthood, Plum’s progressed Sun was in Capricorn close to the UK natal Venus and his progressed Venus was close to the UK Mercury – warm fuzzy feelings all round.

There’s more on Plum at my actorblog if you like…

The Australian Crisis

The fires in Australia are a matter of urgency and concern for all of us.

This is the chart of Australian Federation. You notice the emphasis on earth and fire. This is heavily underscored by current transits.
There is a global call to a 3 minute prayer/visualization for Australian rain at 2pm NYC time, that is 7pm UK. This is today January 3rd 2020.
Please join whatever your faith. Thank you.

Solstice Greetings

Hello! It’s been a while…

Would you agree that 2018 has been something of an interior year? Well, with nearly all planets retrograde at one time or another in the past trek around the Sun, what would you expect?

Have you been drawn to introspection? Have you put projects on hold? Have plans you thought were a sure thing gone pear-shaped? Yes? Me too. Well to some extent. I have been busy with my day job as an actor (see my actor blog).

Eventually what has emerged for me is new project to work on over the next year, which brings my two jobs (actor and astrologer) together. I call it Drama by Transit and I will resume a monthly post on this theme as it relates to the transit described below.


In the last decade of the 19th century there was a celestial conjunction that occurs once every 493 years. Pluto and Neptune were in exactly the same place in the sky as viewed from the Earth. These two outer planets and their energies were exactly conjunct at 8 degrees, 37 minutes Gemini on August 2nd of 1891.


This large cycle of almost 500 years, which will repeat in Gemini until the 3800s, sounds, I believe, a base note in world culture.

Fast forward to 2017, 126 years later.

For every two orbits Pluto makes around the Sun (at 248 years a time), Neptune makes three (at 168 year per), and thus they hook up, so to speak, about every half millennium. Meanwhile let us notice that 126 year is about half (within 4 years) of the orbital period of Pluto.

Er yes, well re-reading all that, it does seem a bit heavy on the jargon. Not to worry all you have to know for now is that Pluto and Neptune were conjunct in Gemini in 1891 – among many other things this caused (I reckon) an explosion in language.

So 1891 to 2017. These are the two bookend dates for this project. And I hope all will become clear as we go forward.

More anon.

Meanwhile, Happy Solstice!


All the tarot you can eat!

It’s been a long radio silence from me and here’s why:

My day job as an actor suddenly made me very busy. I was in a fantastic Irish play off-Broadway in New York and on my days off I was recording Australian crime fiction (I am half Australian and some of my people moved there from Ireland back in the 1900s). And I am pleased to tell you that I’ll be doing more theatre stuff come September.

Me and my friend Mystic Bear

But the month of August re-opens for tarot and astrology. And …

That is a link to one of the most info-expert-packed tarot events that I know of. Everyone from the (Amazing) Amberstones of the Tarot School and the Reader’s Studio and on from there.

It’s a free event and there is more tarot expertise per minute than you could find since the esotericists of the Golden Dawn commissioned Pamela Coleman-Smith!

My contribution will focus on Astro-Tarot. What are the correspondences between these two methods? And how can we use them to enhance our readings?

That link again:

Oh and by the way, I’m sure you’ve been receiving emails from everyone who sends them asking if you still want to be included in their messages. If you no longer need to hear from me please reply with “unsubscribe”. But if you’re happy to stay in touch no action required! Happy solstice!

Scorpio Season

By the way, we’re in Scorpio season (northern hemisphere) the coming festivals celebrate a time when the veil is thin. It might be a chance to park that left-brain filter for a spell. What better way to start than check out these spooky tarotscopes?!

These monthly ‘scopes appear at The amazing Siobhan hosts an eclectic group of (tarot) card sharps. Check in with your Sun sign, Moon sign or rising sign. If what you read or see rings bells, follow a link and get a reading?

It’s that time of year…

Taking a Breath

It’s been a little more than a year since I began posting on the astro correspondences in tarot. See my latest book review here.

This is a fascinating subject and brings these two mighty symbolic systems together. Almost perfectly. But not exactly. The seven planets of the ancient world are matched to the twelve zodiacal signs. Each sign has three periods of ten days, called a decan. Here is the arithmetic.

12 (signs) x 3 (decans) = 36

But 36 (decans) ÷ 7 (planets) = 35 with a remainder of 1

So Mars appears one extra time. The Two of Wands is Mars in Aries and all the way around the zodiac to the Ten of Cups we have Mars in Pisces. A double dose of Mars.

Fair enough, maybe those esotericists of The Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn who came up with this method of ascription wanted a deliberate imperfection in the wheel?

I don’t know.

In any case I am taking a breath before I move on to another aspect. So the next post will be at about the winter solstice (northern hemisphere). Meanwhile if you are interested to know more about this fascinating mis-match check out the book I recommend here.


We’ve come a long way together

The focus of this blog since July 2016 has been, month on month, astrological correspondences in the tarot cards mostly focussing on the minor arcana. 

So it’s about a year later. Which means our planet has done a circle around the Sun. There are some big numbers involved. Remember 2 pi r from high school geometry? When r is 93 million miles, (the Earth’s mean distance from the Sun), the resulting orbital distance we’ve all traveled in this last journey around the zodiac is 584 million miles (approx).

But it’s more complex than that. The Sun is also moving in an orbit. But the Sun’s passage through space is perpendicular to the plane of the solar system. Which means that the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is a spiral (a big one) not a circle.

If you are interested in number, ratio and harmony in the context of the planets and their satellites, take a look at this month’s book review here.


Love, Abundance and Blended Pleasure

The focus of this blog since July 2016 has been, month on month, astrological correspondences in the tarot cards mostly focussing on the minor arcana. 

This month’s book review here.

The Lord of Love, The Lord of Abundance, The Lord of Blended Pleasure.

These encouraging titles belong to the two, three and four of cups respectively.

This is Venus in Cancer.

The Goddess of Love.

In the most sensitive sign.

A deepening of friendship. A new stage in a relationship.

Mercury in Cancer. Three graces dance in a garden.

A celebration.

A trio of beauty.

The Moon in Cancer.

Take your time.

Let it come to you.


Oh, and if you haven’t already, check out Siobhan’s Mirror for  monthly Tarotscopes!