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Friday, September 3, 2010

Planet Earth Hangs in the Balance (And So Do Relationships)-Episode 2

As we start the month out with Hurricane Earl on the eastern Seaboard of the US, bearing down on North Carolina, and another oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, Mother Earth is telling us she did not get our attention with the BP Oil Spill. Once again, man made incidents as well as potential weather disasters are reminding us of our need to place Planet earth itself, as a high priority in our lives as nations and individuals in whatever ways we can. Unlike us, Mother Earth does not have such a short memory. The Sun conjuncts Mercury September 3 and 4, creating the energy for travel and weather related accidents and incidents. As Pluto transits through Capricorn over the next decade we will continue to face earth related situations. As a civilization we are at a precipice and will take care of the Earth and the waters that comprise most of the planet or face the consequences, and they will be dire.

Astrologically, September will bring transits that create further wake up calls on more than one front. There are powerful forces at work in the world that take place in several forms as a result of the recent Saturn-Pluto square that is now separating, but not gone. The energy of this major configuration will last for months to come, and we will be tested in the immediate future and both in the world and our personal lives. Saturn, Uranus and Pluto will come together again in May 2011 and continue throughout 2011 in varying degrees.

The stakes are high for the world, and thus far have involved issues concerning pollution of the oceans and massive death of wildlife and lack of clarity as to the extent of the damage done by BP Oil Company. Other spills involving less publicity have occurred as well, and we face Earth related catastrophes now with the hurricane season upon us.

There is growing desire among American’s to cut missions in the Middle East. Afghanistan has proven to be a difficult situation and leadership in that country has been proven corrupt. Massive leaks of the Afghanistan war dairies have been revealed and the head of the website releasing the leaks was threatened in child abuse scandals, which were mysteriously dropped with little fanfare. Of course I am speaking of the founder of Wiki leaks a website that acts as conduit where corruption can be revealed among governments, companies and entities on the internet. True information as to the dire situation in Afghanistan is available to anyone who can use a computer.

American aid in the Middle East hangs in the balance as well. Attempts at peace in the Middle East have come alive with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but this is another of many attempts that have been made. The terrorist group Hamas has promised attacks on Israel. The Middle East is a powder keg. Saturn-Pluto transits historically represent war, threats of war, unrest, upheaval and nuclear incidents .Additionally, threats of terrorism around the world by militant groups are numerous at this time.

Forces are at work between the legal, political, environmental, banking and financial entities the average person has no control over, other than making his/her voice heard through letters and phone calls.

The dollar continues to be at risk at home and abroad. The spring turnaround of the US economy is proving to be a house of smoke and mirrors and jobs have not been created and unemployment is still high and jobs are scarce. The world is in an economic chaos across the globe. Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain among other European countries are in crisis and have received bailouts.

Banks in the US have been given taxpayer bailouts’ and are laden with toxic assets in foreclosed real estate. While taxpayer money helped them out of the crisis they faced a year ago, credit is difficult to come by for many.

Power struggles continue to abound in almost every area of life. Corporations are still downsizing. Foreclosures are on every corner. Those house rich and cash poor Americans are often no longer homeowners. American’s and the world have paid a large price in the economic downturn.

The Democrats and Republicans in the US are in complete opposition to each other and the Tea Party has come into existence. Hate radio has never seen bigger audiences. Discontent is growing with President Obama’s leadership among Democrats and the newness of the administration has worn off and the problems that became apparent under former US President Bush have not been solved in 2 years.

Consumer debt and government debt has reached an all time high, and the government bailouts will have to be paid back.

To anyone who does not believe the much written about T-Square of July-August did not change our world, I say look at the facts.

During September, Saturn, the planet of reality, hardships and limitations is squaring the Jupiter and Venus (the 2 financial planets) of the US at 3 and 5 degrees of Cancer. Further issues will make themselves known the week of of September 8, as Jupiter crosses the planet that rules money and finance, the law, education and religion, creating hardships and limitations in those areas and concern with issues abroad are on the front burner. It is an aspect of limitation, privation, lawsuits and being limited and tested as a nation. The good news is the pressure will ease somewhat as Saturn separates from Jupiter starting on the 16 of September. But Saturn will again bring frustrations and limitations as it squares the Sun of the USA at 13 degrees mid-November. While Saturn will not be in contact with Jupiter (the main money planet) it will be squaring the Sun of the US which represents the nation as a collective bringing continued limitations and frustration. But as Jupiter returns to Pisces on September 10, it trines Pluto and eventually the USA’s Neptune in Virgo mid-November bringing some hope of job improvement. Any planetary help is good help. But, Pluto, the planet of ultimate change is in opposition to America’s Venus through November 0f 2010. In 2011 it opposes Jupiter creating further conflict and reform in finance.

The apparent upswing in the US economy this spring, (and I say apparent, as actual numbers not totally clear), was due to Uranus and Jupiter entering Aires together. Uranus/Jupiter in Aries is exuberant and Jupiter expands whatever it touches. The combination of the two planets is often reflective of money-expansion. Jupiter returns to Aries January 23, 2011 and Uranus enters Aries for 7 years March 13. But, the two will not meet up as closely as they did this year.

When Will The Economy Improve?

Jupiter enters Taurus on May 12, 2011, the planet ruled by Venus and the natural ruler of the second house of money. Jupiter increases what it touches and it will trine (a positive angle) the Venus and Jupiter of the US. (The money planets.) It is bound to result in more prosperity, but is only part of the picture in a complex world of transits that involve the US and the world for many years to come.

On a More Personal Level

On another important front, relationships, have suffered, changed, ended or started. Saturn is in the sign ruling relationships for the next two years and we will see many challenges to this intrigel part of life during these times.

When Saturn entered Libra late July/early August, early born Aries, Capricorns, Libras and Cancers suffered through traumas, breakups, separations and trials as well as other obstacles. But, relationships that are committed to sound principals did not necessarily end. Now, those born in Cardinal signs in the 5-15 degree range of their sun sign may well see challenges as well. Those in relationships most likely to end will be the ones that are troubled, vague and undefined.

As Saturn moves through Libra into 2012, Libras especially, will face challenges and the potential of great reward through hard work as Saturn leaves Libra in fall of 2012.

It will be a challenging time for those who make up the sign that rules relationships, as well as those with Libra ascendants.No matter what age you are Saturn transiting through the first house coincides with new beginnings and new starts in life. For the very young it may signify a time of embarking upon education or leaving a home. For those who are older it will mean major life change including the potential of new directions with new partners. Those most challenged by this transit of Saturn over the next 2 years will be Libra, Aires, Cancer and Capricorn.

Libras will form the solid foundation for a new life, but not without great exertion of energy. Nothing will come without hard work and planning, but the results in the end can prove worthwhile. Saturn calls for you to ‘do the work,’ in whatever endeavor you face. Aries will face relationship issues and challenges if Saturn is creating a hard angel to any personal planets. Cancers will build a new foundation/home and will be challenged by circumstances involving the home and the foundation as well as family issues. Capricorn will face challenges in the area of priorities, work and career, even changes.

As Mercury continues to retrograde in Virgo through the 12th we face challenges in the areas of health and work with previously unknown issues coming to the forefront. Breakups can occur- people from the past may return- retrograde Mercury is a wildcard, and known to reveal information. It is not a time to start new projects and confusion abounds in communication. Mercury goes direct at 5 degrees of Virgo on September 12, and this is often a critical juncture when decisions are made and further information revealed. Mercury will remain stationary retrograde until September 18 and will situations will not return to normal speed until about the third week of September.

We have a New Moon at 15 degrees of Virgo on Tuesday, September 8. Virgo rules health and work and we will be dealing with these issues individually and collectively at this time. Mercury retrograde in Virgo creates the possibility of becoming involved in arguments, debates and we may hear news of weather related situations, travel issues and issues with work, jobs, health issues and healthcare. Virgo also relates to the earth, itself and we will face issues concerning the planet and it will be a call to nature. People around you may become obsessive, picky and critical for a few hours or day. Venus trining Neptune may inspire creativity, news of the arts, artistic or spiritual inspiration and will help ease the intensity of the new moon together with retrograde Mercury in Virgo. There is no better time of the year than around September 12 to deal with health issues or start a new health/exercise regime and get into shape for the fall!

Other Dates to watch in September

On September 9, Jupiter re-enters Pisces, retrograde. Jupiter when retrograde does not increase situations as quickly as it does while direct. I have seen Jupiter show gain whether retrograde or direct, but retrograde planets are a wildcard, and Jupiter may not live up to its promises. It can magnify situations and actually show lack at times. Jupiter goes direct at 23 degrees of Pisces on November 17.

New Love

Venus enters Scorpio September 9 switching up love energy making our emotions more intense. If you are a Scorpio you should feel at your best this month. Mars enters Scorpio on September 15, changing our day to day energy and making events more intense. Mars changes signs roughly every 40 days and our week to week focus changes as Mars enters a different house in your chart. Mars and Venus are together in Scorpio from September 15-October 28. When Mars and Venus are together in your sign the chances of meeting someone special increases significantly. This combination is very potent for all Water and Earth Signs, but especially Cancer as the planets of love dance through their fifth house of love affairs (and children).

On September 18, Jupiter conjuncts Uranus for the next several weeks. Jupiter expands whatever it touches and Pisces rules water, gasses and oil. The last time this occurred earlier this year we saw massive flooding in Nashville, TN, and we were dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf.

The Autumn Equinox occurs September 22, marking the change from summer to fall seasons. On September 24 the Sun enters Libra, the official astrological change of season. Also on the 22-23, the Sun opposes Uranus. This transit is known to create sudden unexpected events and situations, and is explosive in nature. Separations may occur on this day. Expect the unexpected, and Uranus rules electricity aircraft and water as well as rebellions.

On September 23 we have a full moon at 0 degrees of Aries. The 0 degree of Aries is known as the world point, and can indicate issues that affect the world as a whole. This full moon is volatile, rash and impulsive, and comes on the heels of Sun-Uranus (see above). It is more than likely we will see unexpected, explosive events around the world. Count to three before making decisions and remember the energy is disruptive, and caution is called for in all areas. The financial markets in the US may be volatile. It is time for change!

On September 25-27 the Sun squares Pluto. Pluto rules nuclear energy among other things. This transit will provoke power struggles and anger both personally and on the world stage. We are at risk of an ‘incident’ occurring and personally it is time to step back and take a deep breath if you find yourself in the middle of a power struggle. Pluto rules the darker side of life and issues concerning sex. Laws will come into focus as well.

On September 30-October 1, the Sun conjuncts Saturn at 6-7 degrees of Libra. Sun-Saturn transits are heavy, depressing, restrictive and oppressive. They indicate disharmony and the potential for negative situations. Libra rules laws, partners and partnerships, religion, education, and foreign people as well as situations abroad. It I likely we will see events related to the above and it is not favorable for the US economy. It is favorable for constructive accomplishment and taking care of responsibilities.

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