Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Astrology of Blogging ?

What astrological factors would incline a person to become a blogger?

First: the words 'blog' and 'blogger' grate on me. I realise that these are contractions of 'weblog' and 'weblogger', and we are stuck with them, but I don't like them. For me they are words with an unattractive vibe, but no doubt I shall learn to love them - in time.


Mercury must be the foremost influence in blogging, as in any form of writing and communication in general. We all have Mercury somewhere in our charts, but those with Mercury aspected by Saturn and/or positioned close to one of the angles would be more inclined to enjoy writing. Mercury will come through loud and clear in Gemini, Virgo, or in 3rd, 11th, or 7th houses where he feels "at home" but that in itself might not incline a person to writing, especially writing a blog. There is need for a certain amount of Saturnian discipline to sit at the computer and write on a regular basis, with no incentive other than the love of doing it, or the satisfaction of receiving comments. In some cases carrying adverts might offer monetary gain, but I'd guess this is not substantial, except perhaps for a small minority of expert bloggers.

All blog subjects and styles will have their own astrological influence, in addition to Mercury's and Saturn's part in the picture. Politics, the arts and entertainment, religion, travel, pictorial, family, straightforward diary entries about life in general - all will have received a kick-start from some astrological factor in the blogger's chart.

Does this theory work in my own case? I have Mercury in Capricorn (Saturn's influence) and close to the descendant angle giving the planet strength. So far, so good.
I felt most inclined to write about astrology, in spite of my admitted lack of expertise in the subject. Sun in 8th house can incline one towards occult interests (astrology is not the occult, but it's in the same ballpark). Mercury in my chart is trine Neptune and Uranus.
Neptune inspires the imagination, Uranus is said to have links with astrology, so writing about astrology was a good choice for me ! I try to integrate art, authors, politics and travel in my blog from time to time. I'm not sure where the interest art comes from, but being a fan of the written word myself, interest in authors is a natural. Politics comes from an Aquarian Sun, and travel from Venus in Sagittarius.

I've made a case for myself. Now I'll try for my husband.

He has written fairly infrequent 'journal pages' over several years, using blog format.
He is a regular contributor to Flikr which is, in a way, a pictorial blog, and he often transfers his exchanges with others there to his Blog pages. His Mercury is in Pisces, Saturn lies only 3 degrees away, so is conjunct. That's HIS Mercury/Saturn link! Those two planets are also conjuct his Sun which had crept into 1*Aries. Writing for him is a slower process than for me. He edits and edits and edits. I write, look over it once, then post, and correct any errors later. His photography and art interests stem from Venus conjunct Uranus in Taurus within 6* of the midheaven angle.

For both of us there is evidence of interest in writing in general as well as our individual topics.

What differentiates the act of writing for one's own amusement, from writing a blog though? Publishing. Only the lucky, rich or very talented are likely to have their words or pictures published for the potential delight (?) of others....unless via blogs.
I remember reading that Jupiter rules publishing, probably due to the expansive nature of that planet = expanding readership.

So - where is Jupiter in our two charts? In my own case Jupiter is in Pisces (its traditional home) and very close to the midheaven angle making it strong - an urge to publish ? In my husband's case it's in Capricorn sextile Saturn and Mercury - linked to the "writing planets".

I'm not sure whether anything I've just written makes any sense at all astrology-wise.
That's the blessing and curse of blogging. There are no boundaries of right and wrong, accurate, inaccurate. Anything goes. For me, blogging is like playing house when I was a little girl. It's "pretend writing" and "pretend astrology". I don't know whether anybody else reads it. If they do, I'm flattered. If they don't - it doesn't matter one bit, I still enjoy the feeling that "they might!"







8 comments:

April said...

Hi, Twilight!

Neat entry! Found you via Jeffrey Kishner's Lunar Tunes blog. I've been blogging away (yes: it's not just an annoying noun, it's also an annoying verb!) for two years now, along with my other writing, and I can support your Mercury / Jupiter thesis. I've got Mercury (in the 9th) opposed Jupiter (in Aquarius) and Saturn, and Aquarius ruling the third house, so I suppose blogging was my destiny. Or my curse. Or something!

Twilight said...

April

Thanks for commenting, and for confirming I'm on the right astrological track (more or less, some of the time).
It's lovely to get a comment - yours is my third and one of those was my husband!

miriam said...

Hi Twillight

Here comes another confirmation!
I blog on astrology and have Saturn in the third house trine Mercury in the 7th. Jupiter is in the 6th house of Gemini(ruled by Mercury). My ascendant is Sagittarius so that comes into the picture as well. Uranus is in Virgo trine Mercury and opposite Saturn. This explains why I keep rewriting my posts, there is a need to be perfect here.
Bye and keep your blog going!
Miriam

Twilight said...

Thank you Miriam!

That's a nicely interwoven blogger's chart!

You didn't leave your blog address, or I'd add it to my links....maybe you'll return and add it later.

miriam said...

Hi Twillight

The address I use is astrologymadeeasy.wordpress.com

Have you considered looking at all the air planets, houses and signs to explain weblogging too? I am writing on a piece from that point of view. Talk to you later
Miriam

Twilight said...

Hi Miriam - thanks for the site, I'll add it to my links, and pay you a visit.

Yes, I'm sure the air signs and houses play a big part in our pastime of blogging, allied with Jupiter the publishing planet - without which we'd just be scribbling in our notepads! I think the air signs/houses give us the itch to write, and communicate, but Jupiter leads us to communicate WIDELY (or at least the hope that hope we do!) :-)

Twilight (Ann)

Alex said...

Hi Twilight!
I am a Gemini rising with retrograde Mercury on my IC, just inside the third house. Love writing, love word play. I reckon the moon in Leo in 3rd also makes me a bit of an attention seeker, lol!

Twilight said...

Hi Alex ~~~ Ha! Thanks for popping in and commenting.
Yes, you fit the blogging bill well!

I'll resurrect an edited version of this post later this week - I was looking for ideas - thanks for jogging my meory of this one. :-)