As long-time readers know, I’ve shuttered the RealAstrologers blog. My last post was on Oct. 19, 2015. At the time, I thought I might just take a break, but the past year and half has been a period of dormancy during which I decided to go in a different direction.
Indeed, I was headed that way already, in that I was doing a lot of mundane astrology. For those not familiar with the term, it’s essentially the analysis of world affairs using astrology as a tool. It’s often referred to nowadays as “political astrology.”
My background is in journalism. After graduating from J-school, I worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C., for several years and was deeply into national politics, primarily energy and environmental issues. Astrology came later. Initially, I did personal astrology, but as I learned more about mundane astrology, it was a natural migration.
My first blog, The Pisces Chronicles, was largely political and had a fairly good following for a blog of that nature, at that time. Many RA readers previously were what I affectionately called “PiChronics.” However, I also wrote about how planetary movements might manifest for individuals.
When I co-founded RealAstrologers nine years ago, I narrowed my focus to the personal side of astrology. Before long, I had more orders for reports and consultations than I could comfortably fulfill while also writing weekly blog posts. Then came the Uranus-Pluto square. The geopolitical scene was on fire, and I was drawn back to a more journalistic approach. Readers who followed my weekly forecasts for insight into their personal affairs were no doubt disappointed as my posts strayed more and more into mundane astrology.
Meanwhile, I was single-handedly filling the roles of blog content manager, social media editor, graphics and photo editor, webmaster, accountant, troubleshooter, and goddess knows what else. By the fall of 2015, I was burned out and torn. It was a tough decision, but I set the blog aside to get some breathing space. I also stopped doing written reports, in an effort to catch up on a backlog. Unfortunately, I never did get caught up and still owe a few reports. (If you’re one of those clients, rest assured that I haven’t forgotten you. Your names are on sticky notes on my computer desktop. As soon as I get my shit back together, you’ll receive your reports.)
Many loyal readers continued to follow RealAstrologers on Facebook. However, the climate on Facebook became increasingly toxic during the U.S. presidential election, and I stopped posting. Worse, Facebook is now moving toward censorship of independent news (the reason behind the severe-looking avatar on my personal page), and I am inclined to stay out altogether. Even when the new blog is up and running, it will not be on Facebook.
I will, however, post an announcement on the RA Facebook page when the new blog is ready for public consumption. And, of course, there will be a message with a link prominently displayed on this blog, which I will leave in place as a reference. There is a treasure of free posts and articles here by several talented writers; in fact, the site still has traffic, which never ceases to amaze me.
To everyone who read and contributed comments to RA, please accept my heart-felt gratitude. You kept me going long past when I would have given up on my own.
Wishing you all much love and courage,
April 28, 2017
Many thanks to those who supported RealAstrologers over the years. If you’d like to contribute toward the launch of the new blog, the PayPal button is still active.