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About jackfertig

Professional Astrologer with a special interest in geo-political ("mundane") astrology. I am available for personal consultations in person in San Francisco and online everywhere.

Mercury retrograde

About retrogrades — well, like so much in astrology, there is a complicated technical explanation where diagrams come in handy and a very rough and simple take.  The latter is that we’re going in circles around the sun and so are … Continue reading

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Oslo-maphobia

The bombing in Oslo took place under a nearly exact conjunction of Moon and Eris at 22 Aries in Norway’s 8th house highlighting the partisan attack of right-wing Christian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik on the officials and children of Norway’s … Continue reading

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South Sudan

Africa’s newest country, only an hour old as I write this, is South Sudan (July 9, 2011, 0:00, Juba, South Sudan) It has been a poor, much exploited region and will start out as a desperately poor country, but with … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality in New York!

Marriage Equality became law in New York on Friday, June 24, at 11:55 pm as Gov. Cuomo signed the bill in Albany. A month later the law will go into effect, more than doubling the number of Americans to 11% … Continue reading

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1967 Borders?

Quite a few people are making a big deal of Obama saying that negotiations between Israel and Palestine have to start with an acceptance of an approximation of the pre-1967 borders. But what did that statement really mean? White House … Continue reading

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Dominique-nique-nique…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn… did he or didn’t he? I can’t say for sure, but his chart is certainly that of an arrogant seducer quite used to getting his way. Leo rising is normally very sure of himself and Pluto in the … Continue reading

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Birther Mirth

Although the frenzy to release Obama’s birth certificate is racist nonsense (and it has been posted on the internet!) as an astrologer I do welcome the parade of BC’s that Republicans will now be honor-bound to provide. So far astrologers … Continue reading

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Goldstone and Galileo

Richard Goldstone, a self-proclaimed Zionist Jew who joined 3 other jurists in condemning Israeli attacks on Gaza in 2008-2009 recently declared that his judgment had been based in incomplete knowledge. All this after having endured terrible pressure from others in … Continue reading

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Returning on a Mercury Retrograde

One nice thing about Merc Retch is that it can bring back or recontinue things that have been lost or neglected. I apologize for the long hiatus. Uranus square my Ascendant has knocked my life sideways in a big way … Continue reading

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Before we dispel Qaddafi, can we spell it?

A pedantic non-astrological note here about the apparently fluid spelling of the dictator’s name: Having studied a bit of Arabic I can tell you that transliteration is not easy, nor very standardized, and it’s complicated by broad variations in dialect. … Continue reading

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