A Review of 2016

January 15, 2017 at 2:33 am | Posted in 2016, Astrology | 24 Comments
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In most previous years, WordPress provided (apparently automatically) a “year in review” post, such as this one.  That did not happen for this year, and I can only guess that is because this blog is either too old or receives “too much” traffic.  Regardless, we are producing our own variant.

  • Total Pageviews: >77,000
  • Total Visitors: > 33,000
  • Views per Visitor = 2.38
  • Posts published: 3,435 (mostly reblogs but SOME of it our own content)

Traffic by country (and, oddly, this shows far less than >77,000; unsure of the discrepancy):

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The only thing “surprising” here is that South Africa and Bulgaria have passed up Australia in the number of pageviews.  Again, unsure why.

Also surprising: the drop in Canada’s traffic, which routinely tied for second and third place with the U.K. in the past.  We see, instead, that India has supplanted Canada in traffic, and that does not tell the entire story.  I routinely have chats with various people from India, this blog is rising in popularity in India, and I would not be entirely surprised to see them challenge the U.K. this year (2017) for level of traffic.  Bulgaria and Estonia have been strong the past few years, but Estonia seems to have dropped out altogether.

Most Popular Pages:

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Select links from those stats:

We have omitted links to our homepage (for obvious reasons), and we are glad that the home page (counted two different ways for reasons we do not understand) as well as three of our forecasts (not reblogs) occupied the top slots.

The traffic for the weekly forecast for Week 21 (466 views) was sufficient justification for spinning off “Weekly Forecasts,” (we also had some other good weeks, not listed here) but then traffic plummeted as soon as the spinoff was done and never came back up.  Even worse, the time requirement to write a good set of forecasts is about five hours per week, and that is about 250 hours per year, or a little over six forty hour work-weeks.  I simply cannot justify doing that for “free,” and until I can develop a way to “sufficiently” monetize that process the weekly forecasts will continue to be “on hold.”

That Clarissa (Viva Combusta) occupied another top slot is also not surprising, and I am willing to bet Tara Greene will be in a top slot in 2017.

Note, also, that “likes” do not really tell what traffic is.  “An Exploration of November 8” had 961 pageviews but only seven (7) likes (other than the one I give myself to “prime the pump”).  961 views but only seven likes? Really?  This kind of thing was true on the other pages as well, although Clarissa did manage to obtain eleven “likes” for her 333 pageviews.

This does beg a question: what do “likes” mean, if anything?  (Isn’t traffic really a much better measure?  Maybe this is a question for Social Psychologists as much as it is for Marketing researchers.)

While Full Moons and New Moons are hot as far as search terms go, the hottest is “horoscope” (predictably) followed by “mercury retrograde 2016” (maybe not quite so predictably).  If you want traffic, then write about Mercury Retrograde!

In any case, 2016 was a good year as far as traffic to Grand Trines went.

Edit:  Apparently, decision makers at WordPress decided to NOT do the Annual Report (of stats) this year.  Thanks to John, Jr. who pointed this out.

Christmas, 2008 (Sextiles, and Conjuncts, and Trines, Oh My!)

December 23, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Astrology, Holidays, Predictions, Retrogrades | 1 Comment
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For this column, since about September or October of 2008, I usually follow two rules: (1) Keep it Short (two or three, maybe four, paragraphs); (2) Keep it Simple (Most people don’t really care if Mercury Sextiles Uranus or not, but they DO want to now that this would be a time for creativity in both finances and the arts.) This time, I’m going to break both of those rules.

Before I go any further, I want to may plugs for two sites I’ve found recently.  I like what I’ve seen in both places: (1) http://www.newworldastrology.blogspot.com/ and (2) http://astrologyscout.com/  This last one is an astrology aggregator, and includes my site as well as others.

This prediction is for the general period from the Winters Solstice of 2008 until the following New Moon on Saturday, December 27th.

Tuesday (today): Venus Conjoins Chiron (both in late Aquarius) to bring to the forefront issues of healing. Late Aquarius is really about justice, especially social justice, more than any other part of the Zodiac, including all of Libra. Late Aquarius is the “Libra Decan” of Aquarius, and Aquarius won’t let things rest until the appropriate change has come to pass. Venus is love, beauty, health, and finances, and it joins with the “Wounded Healer” today. Try to resolve disputes today, and if not today by Saturday. Any thoughts that you can cover up or shut up someone will bite you badly, probably within a few days of January 11th.

Wednesday: Just in case you didn’t get yesterday’s message: this period is about healing old wounds. Take a look at your family and your economic sustenance (your business, workplace, or whatever you do to “take home the groceries”). Some innovative ideas may come to you today, but realize that this aspect of Mercury (in Capricorn) Sextile Uranus (in Pisces) will favor Earth and Water Signs the most. Creative finance engendered today will either go very well or very badly. Don’t debt, no matter what the temptation.

Thursday: This is a mostly uneventful Christmas that turns back into “business” as usual in the evening for those on the East Coast, early afternoon for those on the West Coast, and about Midnight for those in the UK. Do what most people do: spend the day with family today. One special exception: (re-read Tuesday): visiting those in Nursing Homes and other Institutions who have been left alone and abandoned.  If you know someone who works this day (nurse, police officer, etc.), please do something special for them.  A special, and unexpected, gift may come to you if you do these things today (or yesterday).

Friday: Issues from the time of the Full Moon on December 12th to Monday December 15th have re-surfaced due to yesterday evenings “T-Square” activation of the “Grand Cross” of that time. For you, that means today has a kind of frantic feel to it. This isn’t just about returning goods or “re-gifting” or any of that stuff. Urgent issues come to light, and not enough time seems available. Actually, you are right. Not enough time is available, and that situation will get worse, much worse, between now and January 11th. Don’t be afraid to work as hard as you need to; do “get things done.” Remember, today is mostly about cleanout and planning. Do NOT launch any new ventures until Monday. (However, you might want to refer to the Daily Planetary Guide and Jim Shawvan’s note of a Cazimi period about 7am EST on Saturday morning.)

Saturday: The VERY short Cazimi period is useful to get a very SMALL handful of focused items done. This lasts for a MAXIMUM of an hour, starting about 6:30 AM EST. After that, the rest of today is about “down time.” Play if you will, but don’t do anything dangerous or “too” physical. Today is a good day for romance, but probably a bad day for anything to last. Romances STARTED today (you meet that special new person) have a tendency to fizzle, and that will probably happen by January 11th.

Think of Saturday as “Love Potion #9” day: you’ll be kissing everything in sight, until you kiss the Policeman and 11th and Vine.  🙂

Mercury Retrograde: Why do I keep mentioning January 11th? That is the day of the Mercury Retrograde station for the next retrograde. We’ll be entering the “storm” phase soon, and getting things done will be difficult. Expect misplaced items, lost messages, and delays. If you DO “clean house” during this period, then the few weeks after January 11th can become very useful as you can focus the retrograde energy on rediscovering old projects that deserve a second look. Please have you vehicle (car, boat, or otherwise) serviced as soon as possible. You don’t want “that” kind of surprise.

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