News and Announcements
April 27, 2018
More Plutos website moved to Amazon Web Services
In December 2016, my friend Steve Levin, who has given me web hosting for free since the mid-1990s, told me and others on his server that he would be shutting it down at last. While I duly backed up my files and started hunting for a new home for my beloved Dwarfs and their book, Steve's server remained up month after month, and I was lulled into complacency... until this website "disappeared" around April 3 of this year.
But we're back, via Amazon AWS. The only trouble is, I've lost all the news items I posted since mid-2016. So here are some highlights of "the lost months":
- Working on Book Two for Non-Astrologers - Since 2016 and throughout 2017, have been assembling a general-audience book on the Dwarfs that explains how their discovery is a breakthrough moment for Astrology. So many endeavors of humankind began as misunderstood and disrespected, because so often, some portion of their operation was unknown: astronomy, medicine, continental drift, and quantum mechanics are all good examples of now respected professions that desperately needed some key information to begin working reliably or have its operation understandable. Astrology is no different. And just like DNA developed to a state where it was essential in identifying criminals, Astrology that includes Dwarf Planets will prove highly useful in identifying, for example, when certain terrorists on a watch list are most liable to act.
- More Plutos on Facebook - As mentioned in the Plog, I have been posting brief analyses on current events and people in the news, on my More Plutos Facebook page, as well as on other Astrology Facebook sites. I also serve as an admin of the "secret" (as in hidden) Steve Tuffill's Astro Discussion Group, founded by my dear friend, the late astrologer Steve Tuffill. There I post usually the same short articles found on More Plutos Facebook. If you are on Facebook and you'd like to join this Astro discussion group, send me a request.
- May-July 2017 - Massive undertaking having our home's floors replaced, from rugs to vinyl tile! (Why massive? We have thousands and thousands of books, for starters.)
- July-Nov. 2017 - Recovering from having the rug literally pulled out from under us. Returned to working on my second book, slowly but surely, but slowly.
- Nov. 2017-April 2018 - Fell ill from a simple course of antibiotics in early November, which led to relapse after relapse through the holidays and into the new year. No work on the book; could barely deal with everyday tasks. On March 30, was given a "bacterial tranplant" that seems to have stopped this awful cycle of reoccurence. Exactly a week ago, as Saturn stationed (opposite my n. Sun at 10Can22), I finally felt that maybe I was really getting better.
- April 27 and Beyond? - Hopefully I will be finishing the book in the coming months. Did I mention how great my floors look?
August 19, 2016
Dell Horoscopes Praises More Plutos
I've only just received a copy of this review, which
appeared in Dell Horoscopes, July 2016 edition, so granted this isn't
a very timely new item. I was asked by Dell Horoscopes for a review
copy of my book in early January, which I was happy to send.
Then in April I asked the person who had contacted me if they knew in what
issue the review might appear. I didn't hear back, so I actually
thought maybe my book didn't fit in with their readership, which I
expected was more sun-sign oriented.
But a few days ago, someone posted a question to my
More Plutos Facebook page
and happened to mention he'd bought my book after reading a review of
it in Dell Horoscopes. Imagine my surprise! Even better,
the review was super complimentary from first to last! Thanks, Dell
Here's the review
May 26, 2016
MORE PLUTOS Wins an eLit Award!
More Plutos is now an AWARD-WINNING BOOK, since the 2016 eLit Awards were announced in late April (scroll to "New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit category). As you can see at right, More Plutos picked up the Silver medal for all eBooks submitted for consideration.
This has inspired me to submit More Plutos for other eBook and print awards, both for self-published and traditionally published books. I had no idea there were so many contests out there! We shall see how it goes.
To celebrate, I'm signing personalized copies of More Plutos bought through this website. I'll even throw in a print-out of your natal chart with Dwarfs included; more info on the home page.
May 11, 2016
2007 OR10 Larger than Previously Thought
Kepler Spacecraft has discovered that 2007 OR10
is the third-largest Dwarf Planet, edging out Makemake and Haumea.
Previously it was believed to be the fifth largest.
2007 OR10 has always been the largest
unnamed body in our solar system. Co-discoverer Mike Brown of Caltech
promised to name it in 2011, but still hasn't come up with a moniker
he likes. Dr. Brown has pointed out that in 2017, anyone will be able
to propose a name, as it will be 10 years since its discovery; after
such a period, it's no longer just the purvue of the discovery team
to submit a name to the Internation Astronomical Union's Minor Planet
The website referenced above shows 2007 OR10
as no. 3, followed by Haumea and Makemake. Usually Makemake is considered
larger than Haumea, because of Haumea's football shape. Don't be surprised
if the size estimates for these distant worlds change again and again.
Except for Pluto, which was measured very accurately during the New
Horizon's flyby in July 2015, different space telescopes produce slightly
varying size measurements. That's why Eris was considered larger than Pluto
for a time. Until robotic spacecraft visit 2007 OR10 and/or Makemake,
we might consider them sharing the no. 3 position for now...
April 20, 2016
New Icon for Orcus
If only Dwarf Planet Hunter
and Caltech professor Mike Brown would name his discovery
"Snowwhite," formally known as 2007 OR10. Then
one might simply use OR to designate Orcus in charts, without the
possibility that some might mistake it for OR10. But no,
"Snowwhite" (and I) are still awaiting that permanent name. Meanwhile,
based on its apparent operation in charts, I developed a glyph for
2007 OR10, the "weeping heart" → .
On the positive side, that frustration caused me to design my own Orcus glyph,
one that represents this hefty 917-km world in a particularly Orcus-like way. To me, Orcus
is Order, as well as a desire (or obsession) with Perfection. So I aimed for not just a very balanced
icon, but one that meaningfully reflects the order I have found inherent in Astrology:
Since I have found that birth charts, event charts, and basically any milestone chart for a person,
can be progressed forward to see future events, and "regressed" (or progressed in reverse) to events in the
past, this says to me that the Order of Time is invariant, i.e., the same backwards or forwards.
This is why I designed the Orcus icon to represent the sound of the planet's name, both forward
For some more detail on Orcus, read my Spotlight
on Bernie Sanders, whose birthchart shows Sun square Orcus.
Lastly, fellow astrologer Martina Erkskine was kind enough to convert my Orcus glyph,
"weeping heart" icon, and others I developed, into a true-type font that can be installed
on PCs (Windows) and the icons selected to display as
User-Defined points in Solar Fire. If you would like to use this font,
shift-click this link to download the file
Once on your Desktop or Download folder, double-click to install.
When choosing that font in the pick list, look for "Asteroid Sue."
Feb. 25, 2016
Plog Series: There are More Presidential Candidates
Primary time is upon us; do you know the real story about each 2016 presidential candidate? Not only
do you need to check out their birth charts, my Astrologer friend, you need Dwarf Planets to get
to the real nitty gritty! So far I've analyzed Mario Rubio and
Ted Cruz, but there's more to come....
Jan. 28, 2016
30-Year Anniversary of Challenger Disaster
Today I posted a short piece on the Challenger Disaster's chart on
the More Plutos Facebook page. You don't have
to be a Facebook member to read the post and view the charts, as the site is Public.
If you are an astrologer, you should consider checking out the many
Facebook pages that discuss astrology. I've been spending more time myself posting and
answering questions on these interesting group pages. These are either groups that want to talk
about a specific aspect of astrology (like a particular planet, or asteroids only, or
any Dwarf Planet), or they are general astrology discussion groups. Below is a list of
a few of these communities.
Public Facebook Discussion Groups
With public Facebook groups, they are free to read but
you have to join to post. Two good ones are
"Members only" or "Closed" groups
To read or post, you must first have a Facebook account. Once you do,
type the group's name in the Facebook search box to locate one and then click the "Join" button.
- General Astrology Discussion
- Steve Tuffill's Astro Discussion Group
- Specific Topic Discussions of Astrology
- Eris: Eris Says "Come Join My Party"
- Eris: Eris Followers
- Dwarf Planets: Evolutionary Intensified People
- Dwarf Planets, Asteroids, Centaurs: Centaurs2
- Asteriods: Asteroid Astrology
Jan. 24, 2016
On AstrologyTruth.com: Eris, Antidote to Pluto
I've just posted a full-length article on three of the main interpretations of
Dwarf Planet Eris, called "
Eris, Antidote to Pluto."
In the article, I review Henry Seltzer's book The Tenth Planet: Revelations From the Astrological Eris and
Laura Walker's online book-length treatment, Eris: Archetype of Shadows, discussing their Eris interpretations and how they supported
their assertions. I then argue that Marina Macario in her 2010 article on Julian
Assange and my own book More Plutos have Eris right, as The Other, a symbol of
alientation and connectedness with Others. Why believe me? Because
I also offer a few ways we might validate Eris's true
meaning, once and for all.
Hope you will read it and leave a comment!
Nov. 23, 2015
Debut of the Planetary Blog = PLOG!
The new Plog has manifested itself,
and it looks like a TARDIS! That's right, the first post
is about the venerated British TV series Doctor Who,
and called Doctor Who Turns 52.
Oct. 18, 2015
Recent Appearances (Slides and Audio available) and Future Plans
This past week was very busy and productive, and challenging as I
just returned from a trip back east on Monday. But somehow everything happened
- The NCGR-LA Meetup on Thursday, Oct. 15, had a packed house of 35 people
at Dupar's Restaurant in Encino, wondering what a "Makemake" was, as I
snuck the Exciting Dwarf into the talk on Eris and Haumea. Fellow astrologer
and friend Steve Tuffill of Steve Tuffill's Astro Discussion group and many other useful astrology groups on Facebook, captured the audio of the presentation and linked it in his very
much appreciated article about the Eris-Haumea talk. You can also
view the Eris-Haumea
talk slides here (PDF; 20MB).
- At the Dharma Center Bookstore in Whittier, I again gave impromptu readings this past Saturday and was available to sign my book. This has become a regular and well-attended event, so expect to see a November date listed on the More Plutos home page, soon. In the 30-minute session ($30), you can get a targeted birth-chart analysis, a pressing question answered, or if you're an astrological professional, we can talk about the Dwarf Planets and why you need to use these big boys.
- Photos from the Vroman's Bookstore event in August are STILL coming. Honestly,
I have been waiting for Ron to put his More Plutos shirt back on, because I want that photo in
the collection. Also I have been crazy busy, but I have not forgotten.
Other than the monthly Saturday appearance at Dharma, there are no
more scheduled events coming up, but two articles are coming in the Astrological Journal, and I have submitted a third article to The Mountain Astrologer,
which I hope will be accepted soon.
Coming soon to this website: a weekly or bi-weekly
blog on various current events or other astrological notes of interest,
which I hope to debut in November. Stay tuned!
Sept. 9, 2015
Signings, Readings, and Slide Show Coming, Oh My!
Coming up, I'm returning to the Dharma Center Bookstore in Whittier,
where I presented a talk on the latest Pluto images in July, as well
a review on several of the mosst important Dwarf Planets farther out
from Pluto. This time I will be doing impromptu readings. You can ask
a particular question (without mentioning your birth date), or you can get a
short birth chart reading. Either way, you get 30 minutes of analysis/discussion
for $30. That's this Saturday, Sept. 12, 1-4 p.m., at 7007 Greenleaf Ave., Suite 210 (upstairs), Whittier, CA.
Next month, I will be presenting a Slide Show on Eris and Haumea
at the NCGRLA Meetup at Du-Par's Restaurant, 16120 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91436.
The Vromans' Signing on Aug. 30 went extremely well, and photos from the event
will be up soon, both here and on the More Plutos Facebook page. Another
signing is in the works for sometime in November-December. Stay tuned.
For the latest events, always check the More Plutos home
July 21, 2015
More Plutos Gets Enthusiastic Review
from Astrology News Service
It was quite a thrill to learn that the Astrology News Service website posted an
extremely positive review of More Plutos. Reviewer
Armand Diaz e-mailed me to let me know it was up, and that he enjoyed
my book. A day does not get any better than that!
June 11, 2015
More Plutos Print Replica for Kindle, iPad
I know Kindle fans love their Kindle features, but sometimes the conversion to create
that presentation really screws up
the careful formatting of a book like More Plutos. So in addition to the usual Kindle and Nook e-books,
I've made available a More Plutos (Print Replica) that can be nicely viewed on large tablets like the Kindle FireHD or iPad.
In the print replica, you can see compared chart diagrams side by side, whereas this nice feature is stripped
from the other e-book versions. Images are clearly with the text they illustrate, and tables are larger and easier
Just be sure you see "Print Replica" next to the title when ordering. And don't forget to leave an Amazon review --
I want to hear from you!
June 4, 2015
Today was a busy and gratifying day:
- More Plutos is now available at
Vromans Bookstore's website. Later this summer, I will
actually have a book signing there, with some cool giveaways, so stay
- I stopped by the
Thunderbolt Spiritual Bookstore and handed out my nifty new
More Plutos Bookstore Flyer
giving them the low-down on the book and ordering information. Here's hoping
they order a few copies! One down, hundreds more to go (most bookstores will get
the flyer in the mail, of course).
- Have finished making a number of contacts/submissions to various
astrology organization's email lists and meetups, to build awareness
of More Plutos.
- The paperback version's back cover will soon have some abbreviated
quotes from The Mountain Astrologer
review that appeared last week. That
means that the copies already sold (including 20 copies I still have) will be
collector's items. Hey I can dream, can't I?
- And I updated the website! As you can see...
May 18, 2015
When I sent in my book to be reviewed by The Mountain Astrologer
just hours after the first books arrived, I expected that in a few
months, I'd see the review in their gorgeous, glossy magazine. The LAST
thing I expected is getting an email less than a week later, saying the
review was ONLINE, in TMA's Blog! Read the
by Mary Plumb that absolutely blissed me out!
May 13, 2015
The books have arrived! Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble lists More Plutos for sale.
My free paperback copies from Dog Ear Publishing arrived this afternoon. The e-book is in production.
I put together a fan page on Facebook, that's now ready for promoting.
Time to celebrate!!
May 1, 2015
The print preparation for More Plutos is now complete, taking a
bit longer than at first estimated. Now the book is expected to appear
on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers (in both
color paperback and e-book format) by mid-May. Can't wait!
March 30, 2015
More Plutos is finally at the printer, and its expected online and print release is looking like late April, perhaps as soon as three weeks
away. I'm still getting used to having my life back.
By the way, a miracle happened in that Kindle now accepts PDFs instead of insisting on Word
docs. This means you're no longer forced to have special fonts (like every single zodiac sign I needed to use) wiped out by the Kindlefying process.
Who knew God would answer that prayer.
Nov. 30, 2014
More Plutos can now be found in the online National Council for Geocosmic Research Holiday Memberletter
on page 12. Meanwhile, the third-last chapter of MORE PLUTOS is winding up today. Book release might slip into January 2015 since I may need to reformat some parts for the Kindle-type version. Apparently all the nifty zodiac symbols and such can't be included in Kindle since they convert any special fonts to their own very standard font. Ayiii!!
Oct. 31, 2014
Makemake Article Published in Astrological Journal
On Hallowe'en I got the best treat of my life when the mailman brought me copies of the latest
Astrological Journal (Nov./Dec. 2014
issue), inside of which was lurking my Makemake article. Especially pleasing was the enlarged
title image of Salvador Dali, which seems to leap out at you when you turn to my piece. How apt as Makemake is a startling,
electric-shock kind of object, as the many examples in my article hopefully demonstrate.
Even more interesting and exciting personalities and events will dive bomb readers
in the Makemake chapter of MORE PLUTOS, which is nearing completion.
Oct. 21, 2014
Sedna Article Accepted by The Mountain Astrologer!
My excerpted Sedna article has been accepted by The Mountain
Astrologer and will appear in the next issue, Feb./March 2015, arriving at newsstands in early
January. I'd throw a party but the rest of the book is calling my name, pleading to be finished!
Oct. 12, 2014
Sedna Article Resubmitted to The Mountain Astrologer
My excerpted Sedna article for Mountain
Astrologer was just resubmitted to the editors at 1:05 p.m. with the revisions they requested.
OK I admit it, I was angling for Moon sext. Jupiter, trine Venus, all applying, but I really was ready to submit. Really.
Sept. 10, 2014
Eris Article Now Online
My article Eris: The Discomforting Other is now available online (PDF; 8.5MB). The version printed in Astrological Journal had a typeface problem that was not discovered until the issues were mailed. I'm grateful to editor Carole Taylor for fixing these errors and allowing a PDF to be posted for readers to enjoy the piece as I intended.
Sept. 7, 2014
Eris Article Appears in Astrological Journal
Last Tuesday the Sept./Oct. issue of the Astrological Journal came in the mail. I was excited to see it, as it contained an excerpt of the Eris chapter from my forthcoming book MORE PLUTOS. Unfortunately, as I looked closer I found that just about every zodiac glyph printed in the text was wrong. I was sick, wondering what happened. I e-mailed journal editor Carole Taylor and learned that unbeknownst to Carole, the desktop publishing program she used had corrupted the font. Carole was more than apologetic about the situation and is preparing a corrected PDF for me to post, which she will also link to the AA Journal website.
Once this electronic version of "Eris, the Discomforting Other" arrives, I will tweet out the link and post it here and on the home page of MORE PLUTOS. While it was terribly disappointing to have such problems with the printed copy, I look forward to sharing the Eris article with everyone who cares to read it. The AA Journal isn't available online, so this snafu could potentially give my Eris research a wider audience than I thought possible! Stay tuned.
July 12, 2014
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