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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Uranus, Pluto and Neptune- Money, Terrorists and Religion

Religious and Political Ideologies Carried to Extremes and a Humanitarian Crisis of Epic Proportions

With every major transit comes the potential of the good and the bad. We can expect a particular reaction from certain planetary transits but within the power of that planetary energy comes the magic of our ability to become alchemists and transform the outcome of the transit to a more fortunate situation in the present or the future, opting to alter the potential the transit holds to our own and others highest good in time. You can count on the fact it will never be an easy or uncomplicated road.

Herein lies the question of potential future outcomes of Neptune in Pisces for the next 15 years, along with Uranus entering Aries again (as it once did in 1928, and before that 1844, and prior to that 1760-Uranus takes 84 years to go through the 12 signs).

Uranus square Pluto and the World Point

Uranus will Square-or form- a 90 degree angle to Pluto peaking June-August. The square is considered to be a planetary energy that lends itself toward explosive situations of an unpredictable nature (such as civil war sweeping the Middle East) which became obvious this winter-spring, bursting into our living rooms just hours before Uranus entered Aires at the degree known as the “World Point.” The World Point is where events take on an energy lending itself toward issues that concern the world and mankind as a whole. Civil war in the Middle East was followed by the earthquake in Japan and subsequent Tsunami that wrecked havoc and damaged nuclear reactors which dispersed radioactive substances into the ocean the results of which are still unknown.

The Most Confusing Planet

Uranus’s dramatic entrance into Aries was followed about a month later by Neptune entering Pisces, the natural ruler of the planet that rules water, oceans and religions of all types, along with drugs, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, pornography, human misery and degradation of all kinds, addictions, lies and absolute deception complete with all the smoke and mirrors, trickery and manipulation known to man. It also rules actors, the stage, fantasy, fog and Disney Land. On the other hand, Neptune in Pisces relates to compassion, faith, metaphysics, and universal love and understanding and inspiration, along with a oneness with the infinite most individuals eventually seek at some point. The problem is finding the balance, separating fact from fiction and discovering what is real, and what is manmade illusion and manipulation. This is our quest.

Put this all together in the real world and you have a scenario where advocates of certain religions or political ideologies can appeal to the masses through lies and deceit, twisting of facts to suit individuals who wish to be in control of others. Does anyone remember Tammy Faye and Jim Baker? Tammy herself was a Pisces, born March 7, 1972. This is neither a surprise nor coincidence. Osama Bin Laden was a Pisces-ruled by Neptune. A master manipulator capable of leading numerous men to their death based on a religious ideology as they flew American planes into the World Trade center killing thousands more. He had been wanted by the US government for years but no one really knew the depths of insanity his extreme religious and political obsessions and ideologies could go until it was too late.

US Congress itself, is subject to manipulation and attempted manipulation of American’s as politicians lose focus of what is important to America, focusing instead on individual religious and political/party ideologies that are not geared toward helping the middle class. Threatening to shut down the government over funding to Planned Parenthood, depriving women of cancer screenings and birth control, not what the majority elected politicians to do. Think of a ‘fun house,’ where images are twisted and contorted to look like something else and you have a clear picture of what Neptune in Pisces can create.

Neptune conjuncts Chiron

Add to this the fact that Neptune has been- and is within a few degrees of being conjunct Chiron-the asteroid known as the wounded healer- giving us an exaggerated view of just how wounded the world we live in actually is.

Religious Extremism (of many types)

The extreme Muslim sects that advocate violence toward those who do not follow their teachings have inspired a battle between Eastern and Western religious values and practices that began after the World Trade Center bombing, and Al Qaida is expected to appoint another leader in their fight and hatred against Western countries according to published reports. The Middle East is in flames as individuals (Uranus in Aries) in Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and other areas protest the cruel repression of dictators and seek to change their governments and way of life. In Syria and Libya, in particular, government forces fight back massacring hundreds of civilians and committing crimes against humanity as we watch it pay out on our TV screens in the West.

Ramifications over the death of Osama Bin Laden are yet unknown. Pakistan is calling the death ‘murder in cold blood,’ and there is controversy over President Obama’s decision not to release death pictures of the World’s Most wanted Terrorist. Today, (May 13, 2011) there are news reports that 80 people have been killed in Pakistan, in revenge for Osama Bin Laden’s death. 850 people are being reported dead in Syria, killed by government forces on Friday 13. Can it become any more apparent how wounded the world really is?

America Was Born on Religious-Political Ideologies

Then again, the original idea that became America was based on political-religious ideologies in the beginning. A land where all lived freely to worship and build as he (not she) chose. The freedom to worship, congregate, exchange ideas and information, and chose leaders based on the vote. (Men only. In 1870 the 15th amendment passed giving black men the vote, and women achieved the right to vote only in 1920)

Neptune takes 165 years to travel around the zodiac, staying in each sign for approximately 15 years. Neptune was in Pisces in the 1840-50’s and prior to that the 1680’s. What dreams the American colonists must have had for the future! Neptune in Pisces shaped some of those dreams, including those of religious freedom without repercussions. The concept of the separation of church and state is credited to English write/philosopher John Locke who lived 1631-1704 during the transit of Neptune in Pisces.

The US Natal Chart
The US chart itself has a Mars-Neptune square. This is a configuration found in those to whom religious ideas/philosophies can take on magnified importance. Neptune is the planet of illusion confusion, and delusion. Or, it can alternatively soar to the highest of highs reaching for the attainment of spiritual perfection. Part of America is stuck on the idea of a religious battle with Islam; then again, America is a country of great compassion as evidenced by the foreign aid it has provided those less fortunate. Astrologer Arthur Gianfermo writes, “the US chart has Mars at 21 degrees of Gemini with a 90 degree square to Neptune at 22 Virgo which leads to vulnerability in our collective consciousness. We are still stuck on the myth of the military hero-the John Wayne General riding into battles ready to nuke the ‘Native villains’.”

Looking for Meaning in the Darkness

It is within these murky borders that we must find meaning spiritually as well as practically. We must recognize smoke and mirrors, manipulation and religious/political ideologies that serve human masters and not the people at this time. While some astrologers believe Pisces in Neptune will usher in nirvana, it is more certain that if we learn to coexist and not kill one another we are reaching the highest potential of Neptune in Pisces. If not love, then peace and co existence.

During this 15 year sojourn we will be asked as a world to what degree we will all honor and respect one another and no longer tolerate abuse, repression, murder and lies that often dictate humanity. Is it any wonder civil war is sweeping the Middle East? Uranus in Aries could be an end of the the dictator, as he is known today-those individuals who have repressed and tortured populations for decades. The status quo powers that be (Pluto) will be challenged (Uranus) by the humans that live on the earth. The humans cry out for compassion (Neptune) and freedom (Uranus) and their desire to live in harmony (Neptune) as opposed to restriction and abuse (Pluto)

The US Chart-Spring-Summer

In the US Chart, the Uranus-Pluto square falls directly on Jupiter and Venus at 4 and 5 degrees of Capricorn. Venus and Jupiter are the financial planets and Jupiter represents religion as well as the government itself and there will be unexpected and unprecedented changes in these areas summer of 2011. We can also expect changes abroad as well as with US ‘partners.”

It is a contorted and twisted path we must walk in this world as the Big 3-Uranus, Pluto and Neptune- weave their magic and beg the question: How much compassion will we show ourselves and others? Destruction or Freedom? We choose. Think carefully.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Kate Middleton-The Woman Who Will be Queen-Update

UK’s Prince William married longtime companion Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29, and the wedding was the most celebrated since Princess Di married William’s father, Prince Charles 30 years ago with an estimated 750 million viewers worldwide.

Born on January 9, 1982, Kate has a 17 degree Capricorn Sun, with a moon in Cancer. On the outside she may appear practical, sensible and tough, but on the inside she is super sensitive to the comments and actions of others. Slight this woman and you may be forgiven on the outside, but the slight will never be forgotten by her. Home, family and a partner are of primary concern to Kate, and it is in these areas she is destined to focus her attention.

With her Cancer moon, Kate probably feels an intuitive rapport with the Prince’s deceased Mother, Diana. In interviews she spoke of having wished she could have met her. Had the two actually met, I have no doubt they would have bonded and loved each other. In death, Princess Diana will likely serve as a role model for Kate, and someone she will often think about.

Kate’s Jupiter is trine her moon and sextile her Sun. This combination gives her an element of luck in marriage, with a generally positive outlook, a planetary combination she shares with her soon to be husband, Prince William. Jupiter in Scorpio is lucky for money and means she is capable of keeping secrets.

Venus and Mercury in Aquarius square her Jupiter meaning Kate has the ability to socialize and communicate with people from all walks of life, and can be very charming when the occasion arises.

Life has not always been a bed of roses for Kate, and she has some more difficult transits in her birth chart, as well. Her Mars, Saturn and Pluto in Libra square her moon. This is a powerful combination shared by Prince William due to proximity of birth. The moon represents the home and early familial conditioning and in some senses it must have been difficult, bleak, and disciplined. An undercurrent of tension and control would have been present, and she must have butted heads with authority figures more than average during her growing up years. Through these tense times she would have experienced depression, setbacks and frustration. She is prone to depression, and will always be torn between her heart and her head. (Since the time this post was written Kate has revealed through interviews she was the subject of much bullying at school). Individuals with heavy Pluto/Mars/Saturn combinations often suffer cruelty, even abuse during their lives.

During her childhood Kate learned to control through manipulation, or be controlled. Pluto-Moon individuals can be very intense, controlling and obsessive in achieving their goals. This lady is no wallflower and when married she will make her wants and desires known. When Mars and Pluto are prominent in a chart the individual often arouses antagonism from those around him/her and usually ends up in some major power struggles. Mars/Moon individuals are easily ‘stirred up,’ and can often have emotional disruptions, quarrels in the home and the home can sometimes become a battleground. Saturn in Libra however will curb these tendencies, and place a great deal of focus on responsibility and duty. This combination is shared by her husband to be, and the two should have a great deal of understanding toward one another, and toward each other’s moods and mood swings. On some core levels her growing up years were not dissimilar to William’s.

Kate’s chart is similar to William’s, being born less than six months apart. They both have a Cancer moon, which gives them an intuitive rapport with each other. With William’s moon lying in her seventh house, along with his one degree Cancer Sun, the two were destined to be together. With Saturn squaring both of their moons, they are able to suppress their feelings and focus on duty and responsibility. Sometimes Saturn- Moon combinations mean the relationship is focused too much upon responsibility, and too little on love, or the love feelings will never be fully expressed with one another. But, to a large degree, royal marriages have always been about responsibility. Their chart similarities are both good and bad. In a positive sense they have an emotional connection many people would envy. On the other hand, their moods will fluctuate at the same time and if one is experiencing a difficult time emotionally, the other will be going through a similarly difficult period as well.

William’s Moon squares Kate’s Mars and this can be a volatile combination between two people, and cause a great deal of friction. The moon is an emotional indicator and Mars is the God of War and when the two planets form a pattern like this there is destined to be a certain amount of friction. The combination could leave William feeling overwhelmed.

Both Kate and Prince William are entering their first Saturn return period. During this time Saturn returns to the place it occupies in the birth chart. This time marks a period of transformation and maturation through hardships and obstacles. It often becomes a period of ‘forced maturity, and the individual wishes to be acknowledged as a mature entity and take his/her place in society. This is the transit that separates those over 30 from those under 30, and is a major turning point in life. The Saturn return period will continue into 2012.

It has not been an easy path to the wedding alter. The two will be under a great deal of pressure after they are married. They have recently come through Uranus square Neptune, a transit that often creates a lack of focus, lack of clarity and would break up a less committed couple.

May-July the couple will both have Saturn conjunct Mars, a transit that confers determination and the ability to work long and hard to achieve their goals. It is has the potential to create harshness in personal relationships. It is called the accidental transit,’ and can be indicative of mishaps, and often feelings of enmity arise. Saturn-Mars is a combination that can involve police or military, and it was a heavily guarded wedding surrounded by police. The couple is expected to take a ‘Royal tour,’ of Canada in July and the schedule will be grueling and difficult, as represented by this planetary combination.

When Uranus entered Aries in March of 2011 it squared William’s Sun at 0 degrees of Cancer, and by June it is squaring his moon. Individuals under this influence often undergo a change of lifestyle, and can become erratic in their behavior. Uranus/moon can bring about a domestic change of objectives along with pregnancy, at times. A man undergoing Uranus’ square to his moon will often go through emotional ups and downs and indecisions, and sometimes his wife/fiancĂ©e will do unusual things. It is an aspect of unexpected events and instability, and difficult situations relating to women and female family members.

Both William and Kate will face many unexpected difficulties and ups and downs as Uranus in Aries will oppose their Mars, Saturn and Pluto over the next seven years. Their union will be tested many times over. Pluto in Capricorn will square the same planets over the course of the next few years creating frustrating circumstances, many of which will be beyond their control. They will have to work hard to maintain the marriage. 2012 will be an especially harsh period as Pluto squares the Mars of both parties at 10 degrees of Libra. This is a transit of personal power struggles and confrontations, and with Mars in Libra it is likely the struggles will be with each other.

Jupiter enters Aries and Taurus in June. While transiting through Aries throughout May it travels through William’s fifth house of children and when it enters Taurus in June it will transit Kate’s fifth house of children. It would not surprise me if another royal announcement was forthcoming this year: the birth of a new Prince or Princess!    

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The lanet of Communication Steps Back-Mercury Goes Retrograde

The planet of communication goes retrograde on March 30, 2010 at 24 degrees of Aries. It retrogrades in the natural first house of the zodiac representing the ego and the self. Aries ruler is Mars, the ‘God of War, and the planet of action,’ thus we will certainly be aware of it’s effects in this cardinal sign where energy and events happen quickly and Mercury in Aries will make it’s energy felt, especially in those born under the sign of the Ram, and other Cardinal signs: Cancer, Capricorn and Libra.

This is generally a thrice yearly occurrence that sends communication, travel and mail into the land of glitches and delays. During this three week period expect delays in projects, communication mishaps and glitches that can affect just about any area of your life. And expect anything that is broken (including relationships), machinery, cars and electronic equipment to go on the blink. Sometimes our mind even slows down and it can become difficult to think clearly, as it can affect our ability to process and disseminate information. This is all the realm of retrograde Mercury and it is generally best to prepare and be aware.

What to Avoid

Retrograde Mercury is the wrong time to start new projects, get married, or buy high ticket items as in the end, you may not be happy with your decision. I have tested this theory many times over, and if you start any of the above you do so at your own peril. The exception seems to be those who were born with retrograde Mercury, but many of the people you will deal with were not born with Mercury retrograde in their natal chart. It is a period of correction. This is part of the natural cycle of life and my advice is not to sweat the small stuff!

Best Use of retrograde Mercury Energy

A retrograde Mercury is, in fact a time for re-doing, re-thinking and re-working projects and issues. In a perfect world we would rest, rethink, and re-evaluate. Of course, the world is not perfect and we generally have to keep moving, but if you can view it as a period of re-doing and re-evaluating your life and situations as opposed to starting new projects you are using the energy in the best possible way. We become more reflective, thus thinking can become deeper.

Fated Events and Situations

Retrograde planets often coincide with events that seem fated: that is events or situations occur that seem to be thrust on us or out of our sphere of ability to control. Business deals and projects fall through, people break up or get back together and we have seem to have no power over what is happening. Issues that have not been previously resolved come back to haunt is. Retrograde Mercury relates to the past and sometimes we reconnect with those from our past.

Retrograde Mercury is a Cycle Not a Date

While Mercury officially goes retrograde March 30-April 23, it is actually a much longer cycle and events and energy will be altered at different levels during this cycle. The shadow period is when Mercurial energy actually starts to change and we become more retrospective. This period began March 17. The stationary retrograde period begin occurs March 28-April 1. Mercury reaches 23 degrees of Aries, at which point it ceases moving forward and prepares to retrograde back through the previous degrees, retracing it’s previous steps. The stationary retrograde period is usually when events and situations occur, letting us know the ‘communicator, and the trickster,’ is preparing to weave it’s magic and we are going into a period of altered mercurial energy that will play out for the next number of weeks. The stationary retrograde period will be especially significant if it is transiting a personal planet in your chart. Astrologer/Author Carol Rushman writes, “when Mercury stations in Aries or the First house, verbal assertion is assertive and occasionally combatant, because the mental energy is fast and aggressive in Aries. Decisions are made without due diligence and regretted at a later date. While new concepts are quickly grasped they can be easily abandoned.’

Mercury starts it’s three week retrograde backward April 2-17, going stationary direct at 12 degrees on April 22-April 24. The stationary direct period is important, and like the stationary retrograde period we become more aware of the potent energy of Mercury in the sign of the Ram, especially if it is hitting a significant point in your chart. It will not move forward at a normal rate until May 10 when it reaches the degree at which it retrograded, thus the cycle will in totality last until this date. This is the period to move ahead and start new projects.

Other important dates to be aware of are March 15 when Mercury first opposed Saturn at 15 degrees of Aries. It opposes Saturn again in it’s retrograde on April 15, and a third time on April 22-25 at 12 degrees of Aries-Libra. This is a negative, tiring transit, indicative of negative news and situations, and it is restrictive in nature. World events will play out and if you had a significant event occur on March 15, it is likely you will have related situations and events occur on the other two dates.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Uranus in Aries/ Supermoon in Virgo/Neptune in Aquarius-Pisces -Dramatic Actions and Events/March 2011

Uranus made a dramatic entrance into the sign Aries March 11, as earthquakes and a tsunami wrecked havoc on Japan and Hawaii, leaving thousands homeless and dead. Uranus entered Aries officially March 11 at 7:52PM EST. Uranus acts swiftly; squaring Pluto, the planet ruling nuclear weapons and facilities, as well as oil. The planet is at risk of nuclear incidents as well as weapons and several nuclear power plants have been damaged by the earthquake in Japan. This (Pluto-Uranus) energy will continue all year, reaching a peak June-August, as the two planets are within a one degree orb of each other. But, planets do not have to be exact to cause events. Uranus and Pluto will actually continue to square each other until 2016. Thus, we are at risk for many years to come of unexpected events and explosions around the world, wars, nuclear incidents and events, and catastrophic earth related disasters that will include water. The world is about to change is some very big ways, and it will simply take another powerful planetary line up to set it off (Pluto/Uranus square) again.

Uranus is at the 0 degree known as the Aries point. This much awaited event in the astrological world has more than lived up to it’s name thus far. Celeste Teal published the most widly quoted explanation of Uranus in Aries at the Aries point, also known as the ‘world point.’ ’A sudden outpouring of energies, indicative of involvement with the world at large.’

The energy of the upcoming full moon in Virgo has played a role in Japan’s tragedy, as well. This full moon has been described as an ‘extreme supermoon' because on March 19 the moon will swing more closely to the earth than it has in the past 18 years. March’s full moon occurs on Saturday March 19th at 2:10 P.M. EST at 28 degrees Virgo 48 minutes. Full moon energy can be felt before the peak occurs as well as after. The 29th degree is a significant one and every full moon since October has been at that significant degree. The 29th degree is about change. This full moon causes conflicts with several planets, including Uranus, the planet/agent of disruption. As the full moon approaches we will see more events fitting this description.

Neptune, known as the water-bearer is currently in the 29th degree of Aquarius. Author/Astrologer Helen Adams Garrett, wrote about the 29th degree of Neptune in Aquarius, ’World Peace will be sought and those born with this degree will be active in the process, by agreement or by opposition to the cause May be caught in the batter and become a victim.’

The ground is littered with victims in the Middle East. As the victim toll in Japan reaches 10,000 at the time of this publication, all eyes are off Libya where a crazed dictator cleans up the streets and tells the world he never massacred civilians while the UN debates the legalities of intervention. The Arab League ministers voted to ask the UN to impose a no fly zone over Libya, but to the civilians under siege in that civil war torn country this may seem to be too little, too late. Author Celeste Teal states the 29th degree is the weakest point of the sign it is occupying and often complicates decision making matters.

On March 18-19, Mercury opposes Saturn. This is a transit indicative of arguments, power struggles in the world, and accidents. It is oriented toward very serious issues and we will see this play out on a world level with debates, arguments and more negative news. We will hear news from governments around the world.

As the full moon peaks on the 19th it opposes Uranus within one degree. This will create sudden, unexpected situations that may involve weather and water related occurrences. Mercury-Saturn plays into the picture as well, creating dangerous situations around the world that occur at the last minute. March 21-22 the Sun conjuncts Uranus, a transit indicative of sudden, explosive situations, accidents and explosions that could involve fire. At the 0 degree Aries point, events will likely involve the world in a big way, with certain individuals or entities that will make their desires known. No doubt, the tragedy in Japan will play a big part of this full moon, and we will continue to hear disturbing reports. But it is not limited to the news from Japan. This is a complex full moon, and indeed is a ‘supermoon,’ for many reasons. We can expect the unexpected with this one.

March 28-29 the Sun squares Pluto. Pluto is a ruthless planet and describes the ‘status quo, as well as oil. Pluto also rules nuclear weapons and substances. We will hear more at this time about Japan’s nuclear plant crisis, and oil. Prices may go up, and oil will become a major issue throughout 2011. Sun/Pluto is explosive and relates to power struggles of all types, as well as struggles against the current power structure. Pluto rules the media as well, and no doubt reporters will be at the forefront during this time.

Jupiter opposes Saturn the last two weeks of March. This transit is indicative of restriction, delays, obstacles, negative movement in financial markets and gridlock among governments, especially the US. Decisions will be difficult to make and movement may come to a virtual standstill.

As Mercury retrogrades in Aries on March 30, it does so in the sign ruling the individual (as well as collective) ego. At this time, we will have an opportunity to re-evaluate the actions of the recent past. Actions will be slowed, but in positive light decisions can be rethought. On the other hand, hasty decisions can be made without thought of consequences, and thinking may not be clear.

On a Personal Level

On March 19 will will experience  a volatile full moon and to some degree we will all feel the influence for a few hours or days, but for some it will be more intense than others, depending what it is aspecting in your chart. Those most affected during the few days before and after the full moon will be born June 19-21, December 19-25, March 16-21, and September 20-25. It will be significant if you were born April 6-8, July 8-10, October 9-11, or January 6-8. You may feel edgy, discouraged and negative or prone to an argument. Let the energy pass, and by mid-week if not sooner, energies-situations will lighten up.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

(Countdown to) The Degree that Will Change the World

March 13, Uranus enters Aries at 0 degrees, known as the Aries point, or the world point. Uranus at 0 degree of Aries is significant, and Author, Astrologer Celeste Teal writes, “Sometimes it represents a "spectacular out rush of energies... and involvement with the world at large"

In recent days we have seen spectacular acts of bravery as citizens throughout the Middle East, in particular Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, fight for their freedom against long standing dictators and oppressive regimes. This is fueled by the energy of Uranus on the brink of entering the sign of the individual and the individual ego which must assert itself in creative change one way or another.

Uranus entering Aires relates to the self, and will pertain to the will of the individual both on a personal basis and on the world stage. Collectively, groups and organizations will make their will known in the world. As Uranus moves forward in Aries it will square Pluto, the planet which represents ‘the powers that be,’ that include oil producers/governments, and individuals/entities in business such as banks and large corporations.

June/July 2011 Uranus will be part of a ‘Cardinal grand square/cross,’ involving 2 major outer planets: Pluto and Saturn. The Cardinal square first occurred summer of 2010, at which time it was exact (the planets were within 3 degrees of each other. This time they are within 6 degrees of each other, -planets do not have to be exact to create events) and we saw many changes in the world, and tension began to escalate. As a result of the reoccurrence of this square we can expect to see many changes in the world involving politics, business, oil, the financial markets and tensions and explosions will occur in the hotspots around the globe and we are at risk of natural and manmade disasters. Many of these events will be unexpected.

New York Astrologer/Author Mitch Lewis writes, “With the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and Uranus in Aries this month there will be a lot of aggressiveness in the world. The Middle East revolution will continue and a shift of power that began when Saturn opposed Uranus will change the world forever. This is a period of assertive transition, and the balance of power is up for grabs. The Saturn – Uranus opposition that we experienced the past 18 months always results in a reversal of influence throughout the world. The last time we had this was 1965-7, and that era certainly saw a major change in influence. Now that that opposition has passed we will be dealing with Uranus in square to Pluto for the next few years, which will further erode the stability of the status quo and open us up to more unusual and unexpected power struggles. Within our country we have already seen this energy begin its influence on the political front. The Tea Party is an example of Uranus’ unexpected events, coupled with Pluto’s desire for raw power. As this square comes closer to completion we will see many more examples of its force. Although it doesn’t exactly complete until June 2012, these two planets will be dancing together all year. Uranus rules things that are revolutionary and explosive. Pluto rules power struggles, hidden agendas, and plutonium. They will be in orb until 2016. That’s a long time to hold our breath.

This month will see the beginning of a new 84 year cycle as Uranus enters Aries. It briefly poked its head in this sign last year only to retrograde back into Pisces, now it is completing its entry. This is a very important event in human history. It represents innovation in technological things, and lord knows we have seen more than our share of that lately. But it also represents a shift in direction in collective consciousness. Aries is self-involved and doesn’t always see the other guy. Our society is on the verge of turning its back on many things that have been implemented to aid the collective in the past 80 years. With Uranus entering Aries and the recent deplanetization of Pluto we will continue to see an assault on our group activities.”

I will soon be putting out a piece about the deplanetization of Pluto and what that means to our society. The assault on the unions is only the beginning. We can expect more pensions to be raided, attacks on social security, unemployment benefits and anything held jointly by the collective. Humanity is devolving at the same time that our innovations and inventions are evolving.”--Mitch Lewis

Friday, February 25, 2011

Uranus: Last dance in Pisces-The Planet of Revolution and Change Enters the Sign of the Individual Ego

We are on the precipice of major planetary change as Uranus transits through the final degrees of Pisces. Uranus is the planet of sudden, unexpected change, upheaval and revolution. Uranus is a slow moving planet, taking seven years to transit each sign. It entered Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac on March 11, 2003, and it moves into Aries on March 13, 2011 where it will remain until March 7, 2019.

The sign Pisces often creates a ‘fog,’ between reality and the mystical world, which can become blurred to the extent it is hard to distinguish reality from non-reality. Uranus rules the internet, and nowhere has this blurred vision become more apparent than the explosion of Facebook and other social media, internet games, and even dating sites whereby individuals and players take on a persona different from his or her real life and often become consumed in a internet life of non-reality that over time becomes blurred with reality, or becomes the reality for the individual involved. This is truly a manifestation of Uranus in Pisces.

The 29th Degree

Some degrees are more significant than others and when Uranus reaches the 29th degree it is considered the Anaretic degree. Pisces is represented by the two fish and is considered the sign of devotion as well as self undoing. The 29th degree of Pisces concerns the mysteries of life as well as miracles that may not be recognized as such. Believes strongly in mind over matter and sees the mysteries of life manifested-Helen Adams Garrett. The 29th degree of Pisces represents endings, in preparation for new beginnings with Uranus entering Aries.

World Events and Changes

When Uranus enters Aries at 0 degrees on March 13, it is at the Aries Point or the ‘world point,’ the 0 degree mark that is the beginning of all things. Uranus moves from mystical Pisces and inner manifestation to outer manifestation in the world. It is considered the point at which world events can occur involving us all in collective change. Uranus in Aries moves quickly, and will advance science, technology and medicine at a rapid pace. By the time Uranus leaves Aries medicine will have changed considerably and we can only imagine the advances in technology.

Many world events occurred late May-mid August 2010 when Uranus was at the Aries point for the first time, and this was only a preview of this planet’s seven year stay when it enters the first house of the zodiac for the next seven years. We saw a meltdown in the economy of numerous European countries and the BP oil spill was an event that garnered international attention. We saw travel problems with a huge volcanic ash cloud over Europe, China had an oil spill and numerous other events occurred, as we saw news of developments in medicine.

We will be at greater risk of explosive situations and catastrophic conditions around the world as the planet of revolution conjuncts the Aries point. Aries is the ruler of the first house of self, and individual egos and ideas will make themselves known in the world. Individuals and entities will become more aggressive, war like and inclined to manifest their desires outwardly. We are already seeing this energy play out in the number of protests and civil war in Libya and the Middle East.

The last time Uranus was in Aries was 1927-1935. Among the greatest inventions of that time was television. The US Stock Market crashed in October 1929. (The stock market could not crash like it did in 1929 because of the institution of trading collars ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trading_collar ) that would shut the market down. In 1929 the stock market lost 23% of its value over 2 days. It could only lose this type of value over days/weeks/months of sustained loss. 1933 saw Hitler's party come into power. The world changed, and during the next seven years and it will change again.

Personal Changes

As Uranus enters the first sign, changes will occur in the world and changes will occur on a very personal level for us individually. When Uranus changes signs this is a very big deal where planets are concerned. As Uranus enters Aries you will feel driven to move forward and accomplish things you may have been dreaming of for years. Aries does not wait around, but rather moves forward at the fastest pace of any sign. As Aries transits through your chart you may experience many changes in your personal life depending upon which personal planets Aries is affecting. Those most affected by Uranus’ entrance into Aries will be individuals born in the early degrees of the Cardinal signs: Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn. You will experience change and possibly disruption, or a change of direction if you were born March 21-28, June 22-29, September 24-30, or December 23-29. If you were born on any of these dates looks for changes of direction on a personal level, and with partners, (Aries/Libra) and in the home and career areas if you are Cancer/Capricorn.

Uranus/Saturn/Pluto- The Status Quo versus the Individual-A Return of the Cardinal Square

During Spring/Summer of 2010 we experienced the Cardinal Grand Square that brought turmoil and chaos to the world and brought to light numerous situations that call for change. As Uranus advances in the sign Aries it will create another Cardinal square between Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. This ‘grand square,’ of these three major planets will generate tension that will reach a point where change has no option but to occur, and situations cannot continue as usual.

In 2010 the square became almost exact between these three planets June- August. Planets do not have to be exact to cause events and in 2011 the Cardinal Square will reach a peak in June with Saturn retrograde at 10 degrees of Libra, Pluto at 6 degrees of Capricorn and Uranus at 4 degrees of Aries. These planets are well within orb of each other and will create turmoil, chaos and anger that will lead to change in the world and change and regeneration in our personal lives.

As Saturn (the taskmaster and status quo) goes direct and moves forward in July, Uranus in Aries will continue to square Pluto throughout the year. Thus, the ‘will of the individual,’ will continue to be pitted against the ‘status quo,’ throughout 2011.

It will be a year of violent and unexpected explosions and explosive situations, both at home and abroad. Pluto also rules oil, and with the turmoil in the Middle East it is more than possible we will see problems with the flow of oil through the Middle East, and escalations in price, throughout 2011.

This explosive energy is obvious in the Middle East. The charts of many countries including Libya, Israel, Jordan, Iran and Iraq to name just a few are absolutely on the brink of change/civil war and will not go through this period and remain the same. Uranus will actually continue to square Pluto within it’s orb of influence until 2017. Eighty years ago Uranus entered Aries and changed the world. It will do so again.

What are the Changes About?

Saturn in Libra relates to law, governments and relationships of all kinds, both personal and personal, as well as relationships with the government. Marriage will come under scrutiny and we will hear more about same-sex marriage. Uranus in Aries relates to the ego of the individual and the collective will being expressed in the outer world. Aries is ruled by Mars the ‘God of War,’ and planet of action. Pluto in Capricorn relates to business and the ‘powers that be.’ This includes governments, banks, business, and underworld types of groups. It is in these areas we will see changes occur on the world stage. There will be questions about the US tax base and we are at risk of food shortages.

Governments and business as usual will be disrupted and the individual will make his/her voice known. All people have a desire to live in peace and with a certain amount of personal security. When change occurs it will be a result of the needs of the individual not being met by governments and entities. It will be in the abovementioned areas that clashes occur, ultimately resulting in change. The world is going to be an angry place to live for a while.

There are also ego driven and misguided individuals who will make their voices heard. These individuals do not have to be spiritually motivated but egotistical, or driven by reasons of personal ideology. As Neptune enters Pisces, another wild card comes into the mix, relating to religion, spirituality and idealism as well as fanaticism. It will be thin line humanity must walk in 2011.

Neptune Enters the Sign of Spirituality and Confusion

Neptune is the most misunderstood of signs, and the planet ruling religion and spirituality. It enters the twelfth sign of the zodiac on April 5 changing the mix even further. The twelfth house relates to the unseen world, the unconscious mind, the supernatural, and things and realms that are secret and hidden. It is the house of endings and clearing the deck before new beginnings. Neptune will be in Pisces until 2026.

While on one hand, the world in some ways and places may become more aware of the need for spirituality and a connection with the infinite, Pisces also rules fanatics, and extremists. Pisces rules drugs, the ocean, illusion, delusion, confusion, lies and deceit, drug dealers, ministers, the seamy side of life, painting, beauty, and the cinema and drunks. It is the most multidimensional of planets and therein lies the difficulty in understanding it. But where you have Neptune, you generally have confusion. Neptune can soar to the highest of highs and sink to the lowest of lows. And it rules water.

Natural and Man Made Catastrophes

The upcoming Grand Square and subsequent Uranus-Pluto square can relate to both natural and manmade disasters. Pisces rules water and Pluto rules oil, and Uranus in Aries brings sudden, unexpected situations and events. Pluto in Capricorn also relates to the earth, and we are in a period where the dictates of the planet must be taken into consideration. During the grand square of 2010 we saw volcanic eruptions, an ash cloud, earthquakes, flooding, and the contamination of the Gulf by British Petroleum. More such incidents will occur, and Neptune in Pisces speaks of water: flooding, melting ice caps, contamination, shortages-all of these are possible.

The Big Picture

We can only imagine the technological advances that will occur over the next seven years. How would one describe television to someone who had never heard of the concept at the turn of the 20th century? How many lives will be saved as medical science unlocks the secrets to regenerating the body, perhaps even preventing aging. Stem cell research holds the key to more than we can imagine. We are on the brink of breathtaking cures, answers and solutions.

And yet the world is in turmoil. The age of revolt and revolution is upon us. Not only in the Middle East, but in the US and the Western world. The old guard is on it’s way out everywhere. Situations and answers that served as patchwork that have not met the needs of real human beings will no longer suffice. Governments that only serve only a few will topple, whether they be Western or Eastern. It will not be an easy path, it never is. Nor will it be a crystal clear path. Confusion will abound.

This is the time of the individual. Not to become absorbed in the self to the exclusion of all else, but rather to search our common humanity for what we can attain and what we share in common with others.

It is a time for humanity to bond with the earth and search for issues that will preserve our planet for the future and respect the boundaries of what Planet Earth will tolerate before it becomes toxic. Our world depends upon it. Welcome to the revolution. It will be televised.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

No Full Moon for Wallflowers

February’s Full Moon occurs Friday, February 18, at 3:36 AM, EST, at 29 degrees of Leo- Leo is the natural ruler of the fifth house of love affairs, as well as friendships and children. There is nothing mundane about Leo as it is the most dramatic of signs, and represents the showman.

We will all feel a bit like taking the spotlight, which holds a dual potential. Everyone can enjoy the being the center of attention, but the other side of the coin is that situations can become overblown and overly dramatic, and reach a boiling point with no one really understanding what is going on.

The 29th degree of Leo is called the Anaretic degree. Author Helen Adams Garrett writes, The 29th degree is in the Aries decan, prompting great egotism and self-sufficiency which may repel cooperation of other people. This is the dwad of Cancer supplying great sensitivity and some insecurities.”

The full moon opposes Neptune creating a lack of clarity. Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion, lack of clarity and lies and deception. Believe only half of what you see, let alone what you hear. Thinking and communication may not be clear. This is an excellent time for any spiritual activity, creativity, or interest in metaphysics, and this path or creativity is the highest use of the energy. This is not the time to make long range decisions that have consequences.

This will be an intense full moon, full of drama that may carry over for the next few days, especially if a personal planet in your chart is being affected by 25-29 degrees of Leo. Those most affected will be Leo and Aquarius born during the latter part of the sign as well as those born during the late period of Scorpio or Taurus. There may be a tendency to over drink or overindulge, especially among those who have that tendency.

The energy of this full moon is extra intense because three planets will form a conjunction immediately afterwards-Neptune, Mars and Mercury. These three planets will all be contributing their energy that will manifest situations in our lives. Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion, and confusion. Mars is the “God of War,” and the planet of action and Mercury is the planet of communication. In Aquarius they are all ruled by Uranus which creates sudden and unpredictable situations, and events

On Sunday, February 20, Mercury, the planet of communication conjuncts Neptune and Mars at 28 degrees of Aquarius, and this follows on the heels of a very intense full moon, creating a major impact. With Neptune, the potential exists to soar to the highest of highs, or alternatively the lowest of lows. It is time to dream, set your imagination free, but be careful voicing your thoughts. While this transit may hold the potential to soar in terms of spiritual, empathic and creative thoughts, it also holds the potential for aggressive, speech that is not based upon fact, but rather fantasy and false information. Watch out for conditions that may make driving and travel dangerous, and remember your thinking may not be clear, nor your communication with or from others. This transit always holds the potential for deception and lies.

Also on Sunday, February 20, Mercury crosses the Mars/Neptune conjunction and enters the sign Pisces. Thus, the first of the three planets in this major conjunction of Neptune-Mars-Mercury will cross over, giving a little more clarity of thought and action. Mercury will be the second planet this month to enter Pisces, creating a further shift in energy, and a positive planetary placement for water and earth signs. Pisces represents the twelfth house, and is associated with Neptune, the planet of dreams and spirituality.

The Sun enters Pisces on February 20, changing up the energy from the past 30 days with the Sun in Pisces. Pisces is the natural ruler of the twelfth house of the zodiac associated with endings and the subconscious mind. It’s ruler is Neptune, the planet of dreams, spirituality, and assorted other topics. The energy will be calmer and less intense in this water Sign.

Monday, February 22, Mars and Neptune remain together in a conjunction Mars-Neptune can work for all creative types who may reach a peak in their particular art form, and the highest use of the energy is in serving others, and the world. Prayer, meditation, and other consciousness raising activities are favored, as Neptune is planet without an ego. The two do not generally work well together as Mars is ego driven and oriented toward action, while Neptune is selfless and about sacrifice, therein lies the inherent problem. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus (and Saturn) and some will feel a desire to set themselves free of oppressive situations that have held back growth. For many it will be a tiring transit, prone to low energy or depression. It is not a time for confrontation or making major decisions. Aquarius is the natural ruler of the eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes and at this time you could feel incredibly discouraged and that it is back to the drawing board. In all probability it is not, but rather a time of inward reflection as to your place in the larger picture of the universe. Daydreaming, wasting time and energy is a common manifestation and intense dreams are a possibility.

In the World and News

Weather conditions that involve water will dominate parts of the country and the world, making travel in some places difficult. We may hear news of accidents. Aquarius is the sign of revolution and the revolutionary, and there may be further attempts for those in some countries in the Middle east to hope for revolution, but this is a confused transit and subject to discouragement, lies and deception. Propaganda will abound and lies will dominate the truth. There is a lack of clarity and direction during this time. Those who talk the talk may not walk the walk, and idealistic or fanatical viewpoints will be espoused. There could be news that involve chemicals, germs or gasses. There may also be news relating to gay individuals, or gay rights and situations that involve sex.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Egypt, Uranus, and Revolution

The natal chart for modern day Egypt is set for June 18, 1953 at 11:30 pm, GMT, according to the Book of World Horoscopes/Nicholas Champion.

Modern Egypt has a 29 degree Aries ascendant. Thus, the January eclipse, at 13 degrees of Capricorn on January fourth fell within a few degrees of the top of Egypt’s natal chart (midheaven) opposing Uranus, the planet of revolution, and sudden, unexpected events in Egypt’s fourth house. (Considered beginnings or the end of a matter) The energy of an eclipse lasts long after the eclipse is over, and this was the harbinger of the revolution that is now underway. December 24, 2011 another eclipse will occur in Capricorn that will be significant to Egypt once again, along with their current President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt’s Saturn Return

Uranus is square the Sun in Egypt’s natal chart at 27 degrees of Gemini. With Uranus you may expect the unexpected and Uranus is the planet of rebellion, and freedom. It is the consummate planet of revolution. Egypt’s population is weary and depressive over a lack of jobs and opportunity (Saturn square Mercury/ Neptune in the natal chart) Egypt is experiencing it’s natal Saturn return. Countries, like people have birth charts, and as the planets transit through the chart of any particular country/entity the energies the planets create are felt on a collective level. Saturn/Sun transits deal with the ego of an individual or a collective and often the individual/entity is forced to prove his ideas valid. Sun-Saturn transits often represent times of critical developments where situations from the outside create challenges that are not always expected. Saturn is also square Uranus, exact at 17 degrees.

The New Moon falls at 13 degrees of Aquarius on February 3. Again, Aquarius is ruled by Uranus (and Saturn).
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was born May 4, 1928, and has held office since the assassination of President Anwar El-Sadat in October of 1981. He became Vice-President of Egypt in April of 1975.

Uranus is prominent in his chart, at 6 degrees of Aries, and Uranus rules revolutions. When he was appointed Vice-President by Anwar Sadat in 1975, Jupiter, the planet of expansion was conjunct Uranus in his natal chart. During summer of 1981, prior to assuming the Presidency, Saturn (as well as Jupiter and Pluto) was in Libra conjuncting Uranus, giving form to his role in the revolution.

Once again, Uranus is being activated in his chart, this time by Pluto. Transiting Pluto is creating a square involving Uranus (at 5 degrees of Aries)  This is a major planetary configuration, and the end result will be change.

Pluto/Uranus is indicative of issues beyond the individual ability to control, and Uranus rules revolutions.(square=difficulties/obstacles, change) Sun/Pluto deals with lifetime change, as well as ambition and Pluto/Mars relates to aggressiveness and the potential for physical violence, even death. Should Mubarak by some chance survive this current revolution, his time as President of Egypt is limited and it would be followed by one attempt after another to remove him from office. According to the BBC he has survived 6 assassination attempts.

Jupiter will ironically conjunct Uranus again in Mubarak’s chart on February 16-24, as it did in 1975 when he first stepped into the Presidential office as VP. However there is no guarantee of his ability to hold onto power, as Uranus represents the unexpected and unpredictable.

Pluto is also prominent in Mubarak’s  natal chart (career) at 15 degrees of Cancer. It is currently being squared by Saturn, and the January eclipse opposed it. (square=difficulties/obstacles, change)Uranus is opposing Neptune (in a parallel) denoting lack of clarity as to what road to take.

Uranus rules electronic technology and the internet. News reports state the Egyptian government is set to cut off all cell phone communication and the internet has already been shut down.

March 13 Uranus moves into Aries, and he will enter his Uranus return. Uranus is volatile and unpredictable and prone to change. At that time it will begin squaring Uranus in Egypt’s chart, also indicative of violence and explosive events and situations. It becomes exact in May, but is well within orb as soon as it moves into Aries. Planets do not have to be exact for events to occur.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Planet of Karma Steps Back

Saturn Retrogrades January 26

The planet of responsibility, restrictions and karma retrogrades at 17 degrees of Libra January 26. Saturn retrogrades every year for approximately four months, and it won’t go direct again until June 13. At times this can cause delays and slowdowns in finance and projects, and it is a time for recessing matters that are of concern to you.

Saturn in Libra relates to marriage, court and legal situations and partnerships of all kinds, and in a general way, we will all be dealing with these issues. This is a time of reviewing these situations and often situations will come up that test your course of action and create frustration. But, out of tests come strength, and a better basis for reality. During the stationing periods (Jan. 26-Feb 12, and again June 13-July 10) retrograding Saturn often has a greater impact, especially if it is turning retrograde on a personal planet in your chart being affected by 17 degrees of Libra. Astrologer/Author Celeste Teal writes, “When Saturn stations in a certain house in the natal horoscope the affairs of that house will demand defining. For example if Saturn stations in the seventh house (or Libra, which is the case) a marriage or partnership will be defined. If there has been some confusion around this area, things will become very clear, and you will become very realistic about the state of the marriage or partnership.

Saturn in Libra will affect the Sun signs in the following manner:

Aries-Relationships become defined one way or another

Taurus-An emphasis on work/health/diet and exercise/pets

Gemini-Children/friends and love affairs become more defined

Cancer-Situations in the home demand defining as well as the overall foundation

Leo-Mental clarity becomes an issue, along with situations relating to neighbors, friends, co-workers and immediate family members

Virgo-Money issues need defining

Libra-The start of a new life-new beginnings-defining the self

Scorpio-Subconscious issues need defining and brought to light. Issues with institutions and seclusion

Sagittarius-Issues with corporations and friends become defined

Capricorn-Issues related to career and work, as well as other priorities need defining

Aquarius-Travel, Publishing, legal and medical issues defined as well as general outlook on life

Pisces-Matters pertaining to joint moneys, taxes, partners’ money, joint assets, credit card debt, issues related to death and inheritance.

Often when outer planets retrograde situations of a seemingly ‘Karmic’ nature seem to play out more so now, than at other times. Critical decisions will frequently be reached in relationships with Saturn in Libra.

As Saturn retrogrades, Mercury squares Saturn on January 26, setting off this transit. You will be affected to a greater degree if this configuration is hitting a planet in your natal chart, Or you are a Cancer, born July 8-10, Aries, born April 6-8, Capricorn, born January 6-8 or Libra, born October 9-11, or within a day wither way of those dates.

Mercury square Saturn is overall negative and pessimistic, and best not to take it too seriously, or engage in negative arguments at this time. If it transits your personal planets it may be a somber day, but holds the ability to think, plan and access your situation without rose colored glasses.


Friday, January 21, 2011

The Planet of Luck Enters Aries

January 22, Jupiter enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. The first house represents the self, the I AM, the individual ego, and is the beginning of a 12 year Jupiter cycle, as it spends roughly a year in each sign. Aries is a fire sign and we experienced Jupiter in this sign June 6-September 8, 2010 when it first entered the sign of the Ram. Thus Jupiter will be in Aries until June 5, 2011 when it enters Taurus.

Jupiter is the financial planet and the planet of luck, abundance and expansion. Whatever Jupiter touches, it increases. Aries is exuberant, moves quickly, and makes things happen. In some respects this will give us a jump start on the New Year, and it will represent a vast difference from the laid back energy of Pisces we have experienced over the past year.

Science and technology will make advances by leaps and bounds the first six months of the year, and there will be some new starts for business.

This will be a once every 12 year advantage for Aries and other fire signs. Jupiter was last in Aries February 14, 1999-June 28, and again October 24, 1999-Febuary 15, 2000.

The planet of gain and expansion will affect the Sun signs in the following manner:

Aries-New beginnings and relationships

Taurus-Luck with hospitals and institutions, the intuitive self-a time of self and spiritual healing, and issues that are secret and hidden

Gemini-Friends as well as cherished hopes and wishes-organizations

Cancer-Priorities and career

Leo-Education and medical matters, travel, general outlook on life

Virgo-Joint finances. Taxes, partner’s money, sex, regeneration, lawsuits

Libra-Relationships, Partnerships, courts

Scorpio-Work and health, pets

Sagittarius-Friends, children, love affairs

Capricorn-The home and foundation, new beginnings

Aquarius-Immediate family members and co-workers, trips the mind and communication in general

Pisces-Money and self image


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Full Moon in Cancer and Fate versus Free Will

Full Moon in Cancer

Wednesday’s full Moon (1-19-11) falls at 29 degrees of Cancer. Cancer is the most emotional of the signs, ruling women, the family and home, so it is within this area that will be focused one way or another. The moon rules women: Mother’s, daughters, family members and all the women in your life. It is also the ruler of your emotional life, home, and the 29th degree relates to endings of all types.

The full moon trines Jupiter, indicating potential for harmony within family relationships and with others.

Those most affected will be Cancer, Capricorn, Libra and Aries born in the latter degrees of the sign or with personal planets being affected by Cancer at 29 degrees.

Mercury conjuncts Pluto at 6 degrees of Capricorn creating an obsessive, negative energy that is accident prone. On this positive end this transit is good for getting to the bottom of any matter or research. This transit will add to the emotionality of the full moon. Often, with Mercury-Pluto previously unknown situations are uncovered at this time. Pluto rules the media, sex, gangs and the ‘darker side of life.’

This will be the second and final pass of Pluto-Mercury, due to the retrograde last year. The last one occurred December 8-13, 2010.

The best and highest use of this energy will be focused on the home, family members and reflecting upon your own emotional needs and whether or not they are being met.

Fate or Free Will?

Do I create my own destiny, or is my destiny set in stone? This is a question I am frequently asked, and has been pondered by great minds over the centuries, and probably will be for the next few centuries as well. In my studies of astrology I have come to see the answer to the question is both. Sometimes events are ‘fated,’ and sometimes we can choose our own course.

The first thing an astrologer learns is to look at the promise of the natal chart, and what it holds.

Based on your moment of birth as well as location, a chart can be created that serves as a blueprint, not only showing your strengths and weaknesses, but certain other events and situations that will fulfill themselves at some point in your life.

Some people were born to have multiple marriages, children, love affairs, drug addictions, illnesses, while others marry their first love and celebrate their golden anniversaries with their one and only love.

Some are destined to fame and fortune, while others will spend their lives seeking fortune.

Some will overcome poverty, addictions, destitution, broken homes and marriages and rise above their limitations, and others won’t.

We should always strive to be our best, and make manifest in our lives those worthwhile things we truly desire. Astrology can point out the pitfalls to your success and the times you are most likely to fail as well as succeed. A good astrologer will never tell you that you are incapable of success, but rather the times you are most likely to succeed, thereby increasing your chances of success.

No one wants to fail, divorce, get sick, succumb to addictions, be a victim of crime, lose a spouse or have a broken heart. And yet the world is full of such events.

Certain planets are indicative of events that are often beyond our ability to control. What we can do is damage control. Sometimes it isn’t about the cards you are dealt, but rather how you play your hand.

The first planet is Pluto-known as the ‘God of the Underworld,’ the “Lord of Hell,’ and the ultimate planet of change and regeneration. When Pluto comes into our chart we are often faced with situations that are beyond our ability to control, and we must regenerate our thoughts, and often ourselves, and let go of situations and recreate our lives, focusing on another direction.

Saturn is the taskmaster, and while it can bring our greatest success in a good angle in our chart, a negative transit can bring about some of our greatest sorrows and hardships in life.

Uranus is the planet of revolution and the unexpected. When Uranus enters our chart, sudden shocking and unexpected events often become the norm. Uranus is the planet that shakes things up.

Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, and often under a Neptune transit we fail to see the forest for the trees and are sometimes deceived or suffer from self deception.

No individual is exempt from the energies of these planets, whether in a difficult aspect or what is considered a favorable one. Therefore no one is exempt from certain events in life that are beyond their ability to control, at certain times.

There is a fairly quick way to access whether or not you will live your life feeling you are in charge of your own destiny.

When you look at your natal chart it is a wheel with twelve divisions. If you draw a line exactly through the middle of the chart—the tenth house/ midheaven to the IC, fourth house—exactly down the middle, you will either have a predominance of planets on the left side or the right side.

If you have more planets on the left half of the chart, you generally feel that your ‘fate,’ is in the hands of others. If you have more planets on the right or Western side, you may generally feel that you are in control of your own destiny. This simple technique often colors our opinions about fate, or our ability to control our own life.

Of course you must also take into consideration the elements and signs the planets are in. Sometimes the planets are fairly evenly divided. What’s in your chart?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Born to Kill -An Assassination Attempt; Profile of a Mass Murderer

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been identified by authorities and witnesses as the shooter in Sunday’s rampage at a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona that left 6 dead and critically injured Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.

Loughner was born September 10, 1988 in Tucson, Arizona. He is a 17 degree Virgo with a Virgo moon.

When an incident such a murder occurs, the event must show up in the individual’s natal (birth) chart. The most prominent configuration in Loughner’s chart is his Mars, at 9 degrees of Aries, located in his eighth house. It forms a T-Square opposing Mercury and squaring Neptune.(A T-Square is a configuration involving 3 planets that forms a T like configuration, that will involve the energies of all three planets.)

Mars is a malefic planet, known as the God of War, and it opposes Mercury at 12 degrees of Libra. His Neptune is at 7 degrees of Capricorn and it squares both Mars and Mercury. Mars rules the head, as well as guns and knives. Mercury is the planet of speech and communication and Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion, and confusion. The eighth house represents death, and Mars in Aries individuals are known for their tempers, and volatile actions. This T-square would indicate an angry, often hostile individual whose ideas would not always be based in reality, prone to expressing himself freely, taking offense to those whose ideas and opinions differ from his own, or those whose ideas and opinions, he believed differed from his own. He could be mentally unbalanced, without the ability to reconcile ideas clearly, and have a tendency to act on impulse. He would become easily discouraged when things don’t go his own way, blaming others and lashing out, thus contributing and insuring his own self-undoing. In this case, certain individuals representing the government became the target of his ideas, and as he could not reconcile his ideas with theirs, and the penalty for their offenses became death.

When planets are in opposition to each other disharmony will follow the individual throughout life, unless he becomes aware enough to curb the tendencies he was born with. In studies of murderer’s charts, an opposition to the eighth house is often found in the horoscopes of the perpetrators. The T Square in his chart would always be the driving/dominant force in his life, continually being ‘set off’ by any planetary influence that aspects it.

In Loughner’s case, his Mars opposing Mercury indicates a general tendency to argue, verbally abuse others, and lash out. Both Mars and Mercury square Neptune, the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, and lack of clarity. Neptune-Mars-Mercury individuals are all or nothing. They generally follow a spiritual or creative path devoted to service of others or fall prey to a life intertwined with lies, deception and unclear thinking.

The second most obvious aspect in Loughner’s birth chart is Saturn conjunct Uranus at 26 and 27 degrees of Sagittarius. Individuals with multiple planets in Sagittarius often feel the need to express their individuality, even in the face of going against mainstream thought. The combination of these two planets shows that great discipline is needed in the development of ideas. These people often find themselves at odds with the viewpoints of others, and frequently suffer disappointment, and frustration as the result. They often feel the need to destroy boundaries.

News reports state Loughner documented his anti government anger over the past several years via internet postings and letters. One letter he wrote stating his intent to assassinate Representative Giffords dates back to 2007. At that time Uranus, the planet of revolution and unexpected events was opposing his Virgo Sun/Moon. Individuals with a Sun/moon in Virgo can sometimes become overly critical of others. Normally, these two planets in Virgo would not cause such critical tendencies to be accentuated to such a point, but his T-square insured they would. The Uranus opposition stirred up the revolutionary sentiments in him, inciting what he must have considered rebel and revolutionary tendencies, and perhaps kicked his ideas of overthrowing the government into overdrive. With his Mars-Mercury-Neptune T-square he documented his plan and believed in his own ability and reason to take down the government, even if it involved murder.

In October 2010 he was removed from school as a result of numerous outbursts and confrontations. Mars opposing Mercury individuals have an argumentative disposition and cause conflict when they feel as though they have not been treated fairly, and often take an opposing viewpoint simply for the sake of argument, and are often overly critical of others. They have an ego identification with their own viewpoint, and can take affront to those who have differing opinions from their own. He also posted numerous anti-government ramblings on the internet.

Between February and September of 2010 reports state that campus police were called five times to deal with disruptions Loughner caused in classrooms. Spring through fall of 2010, Uranus and Saturn squared his Saturn and Uranus, both in the sign of governments-Sagittarius. Transiting Uranus square Saturn and Uranus often compels individuals to make a complete break from the past and attain their own freedom of action at any cost. The planet of structure, discipline and stability was at complete odds with the planet of freedom and revolution, and it was playing out in Loughner’s erratic behavior and actions.

By fall of 2010, Loughner was angry, confused and depressed. Saturn set off his T-Square, opposing his Mars, squaring Neptune, mid-October and created violent tendencies, encounters with police and feelings of being mistreated. By November Saturn conjuncted Mercury sending him into deep thought, depression, and isolation.

By late December 2010, Pluto, the planet of revenge and death moved to 5 degrees of Capricorn. At this point it was within two degrees of conjuncting Neptune, setting off the T-square between the three planets involved: Neptune, Mars and Mercury. Individuals with transiting Pluto-Mars are often involved in violence and even death. It became the time Loughner had been waiting for to enact his deadly plan. His anger/revenge would have become an obsession at this point, overpowering all other thoughts.

January 4, 2010, a new moon/eclipse in Capricorn occurred. Eclipses are often harbingers of events and this eclipse at 13 degrees of Capricorn triggered his T-Square almost exact as well as Pluto, compelling him to action.

The Day of the Event

Pluto had been set off by the eclipse triggering his T-square involving Neptune, Mercury and Mars in his eighth house.

Saturn was within 3 degrees of conjuncting his Mercury, and setting off the entire T-square. This gave him the ability to think through his actions and plan accordingly.

These two planets are known as the ‘Lord of Karma,’ and the ‘Lord of Death,’

Uranus, at 27 degrees was square Loughner’s Uranus, exact, at 27 degrees of Sagittarius, and within 1 degree of his Saturn. This transit compelled him toward his idea of revolution and overthrowing the system.

The combination of Uranus, Saturn and Pluto is generally thought of to indicate guns, explosions and extreme violence.

The Sun trined his Sun at 18 degrees of Capricorn giving him confidence.

Mercury conjuncted Saturn and Uranus at 25 degrees of Sagittarius triggering the dichotomy of these two planets in his birth chart, and the constant conflict between structure and revolution. Mercury/Saturn gave his the resolve, and the unknown second in time (Mercury/Uranus) to pull the trigger.

Jupiter square Saturn/ Uranus, exact at 27 degrees in Pisces Jupiter square Saturn can represent a conflict with the old order/tradition and Jupiter/Uranus is a gamblers transit, and indicative of loss. Jupiter rules government.

Neptune sextiled Saturn/Uranus at 26 degrees of Aquarius. Aquarius is considered the sign of the ‘new world order,’ and Aquarius is ruled by Uranus/ Saturn. It is likely he believed he was on a mission to bring about a new order.

The Moon was in Pisces, creating a square to Uranus and Saturn

Next in this series: The Victims

Friday, January 7, 2011

Speeding Toward 2012--A Year of Transition (2011)

2011 will be a year of continued change with as we begin with much of the world in turmoil. 2011 is the final transition as we speed toward the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.

Jupiter conjunct Uranus (January 1-22) has coincided with major flooding in the world each time the two planets have joined together during the past year. Whatever Jupiter touches it expands, and Pisces rules water. Australia is bearing the brunt of this transit as this post is written as floodwaters reach historic proportions the first week of January. In Arkansas thousands of birds have dropped from the sky, and dead fish are washing ashore, with the cause unknown at this time. Other areas around the world are at risk of escalated weather conditions as well, as the energy of the January 4 eclipse in Capricorn continues to play out. With an eclipse in Capricorn, Planet Earth will speak to us one way or another. Eclipse energy begins long before the eclipse occurs and has an impact long after the eclipse is over.

This is the final meet up of Jupiter/Uranus in Pisces. This energy can increase creativity, sensitivity, psychic awareness and all things relating to Pisces. Pisces rules religion, spirituality (including fanatics of all types) cinema, psychics, dreams, visions, movies, drugs, drug dealers, prostitutes, drug cartels, gambling, alcohol, sexual addictions, preachers, the ‘seamy side of life,’ crack, priests, delusion, illusion, lies, cheats and confusion to name just a few. It’s no wonder it is the most misunderstood sign of all. Pisces has many depths and angles. It’s just a matter of which side of it you choose to tap into.

2011 Eclipses

Additional eclipses this year occur June 1 (Gemini-Something to Cry About), June 15 (Sagittarius-Restoring Peace and Prosperity), July 1 (Cancer-Democratic Spirit), November 25 (Sagittarius-Blazing New Trails), and December 10 (Gemini-Solicitations) The names of the eclipses are those used by Astrologer-Author Celeste Teal.

Jupiter enters Aries and Taurus

Jupiter, the planet of gain and expansion moves in to Aries on January 23. Aries represents the first house of the zodiac, or the self. This energy will bring gain and advancement in science and technology as it transits the house of the Ram until June 5. Thus, we begin a 12 year Jupiter cycle with the planet of fortunate action giving us, and perhaps the economy, a jumpstart the first part of the year. Jupiter enters Taurus on June 5, where it will spend the rest of rest of 2011. Taurus is the ruler of the second house of the zodiac representing money and earned income. It can’t come at a better time. Late June-July Jupiter trines the two money planets in the US natal chart bringing some financial protection to America. This does not mean the economic problems of the past 4 years are over, but hopefully will bring some light to the tunnel. But, further situations will arise during the year that will continue to create economic challenges.

Uranus enters Aries for 7 years

Uranus enters Aries on March 13, for a 7 year stay in this sign. At 0 degrees, Uranus is at the “Aries Point.” This is considered significant, and is known to relate to world events, situations that involve the world as a whole. We first saw the effects of the planet of unexpected events as it moved into Aries May 29-August 14, 2010. At that time newscasters were forecasting economic recovery, but this was not to be. But again, whatever Jupiter touches it expands and Uranus and Jupiter will be within 9-10 degrees of each other the week of March 13. Expect to see signs of positivity in the world with new ventures appearing, especially in science, medicine and technology. Aries is a Fire Sign and The ruler of Aries is Mars, the planet of action, sometimes known as the ‘God of War,’ and the first house represents the individual-the self. Expect to see many changes in the world and in your personal life. Shakeups will be the norm, and one way or another, we will in many respects view life from a new perspective. Uranus is the harbinger of change, revolution, unexpected events as well as fresh perspectives and Uranus will enter the sign that will make it happen.

Uranus enters Aries approximately every 80 years. The last Aries cycle was April 1, 1927-March 28, 1935. That cycle saw the stock market crash of 1929, and the subsequent Great Depression, as well as the start of WW11. The cycle 80 years earlier saw The Great Potato Famine in Ireland.

The Past Reveals the Future

The much written about Saturn-Uranus Opposition and subsequent Cardinal Cross of 2010 (spring-summer) shook the world on many levels. We saw explosions, disasters, European countries took a financial plunge, unemployment got worse, the Tea Party made its voice known, and politics in the US became polarized, leading to the Republican sweeps in Congress in November, just to name of few of the many shake-ups that occurred. This was not the beginning and the end, it was only the beginning. Perhaps the single most visible event was the BP oil spill in the Gulf, and the devastation to life, wildlife and the lives of those whose livings were/are made in the Gulf area. We have not heard the last of this situation, even though memories are short, especially the memories of today’s news outlets that are charged with giving us the truth. This was an explosion that shook the world as a direct result of the influence of the coming together of Saturn and Uranus in a 180 degrees opposition and subsequently Saturn, Pluto and Uranus/Jupiter forming a grand square in the skies.

Pivotal Months and another Cardinal Grand Cross

A Cardinal Grand Cross is an astrological configuration whereby 3 planets are forming a T-formation in Cardinal signs. Saturn, at 10 degrees, will oppose (180 degrees) Uranus at 4 degrees of Aries, and Pluto will square (90 degrees, considered difficult) Uranus in Aries, as well as Pluto in Libra, at 6 degrees of Capricorn in June, 2011. The three planets are in cardinal signs (Cancer, Aries, Libra and Capricorn) and these signs are known to be the imitators of ‘events.’ When a planet moves into these energies things are going to happen, and change is going to occur one way or another.

Saturn rules structure, status quo, security, rules, boundaries and restrictions, and Saturn in Libra rules the law, laws, courts, relationships and marriage. Uranus rules electricity, explosions, coups, change, freedom, revolutions, and revolutionary thinking. Pluto is the planet of ultimate transformation and change, and as we saw in April 2010, it rules oil. When Pluto comes to town change will occur and it is often beyond individual control. It rules media, sex, the ‘powers that be,’ gangs, and at times violence. Pluto is transiting through the sign Capricorn, the ruler of the earth, business and banking.

Thus, change will occur within the earth itself-Planet Earth has been speaking to us for some time and will continue to do so. The Earth goes through cyclical occurrences, and the fact is science does not yet know what all the cycles involve. We are at risk of earth changes. The pole caps are melting, climate change is occurring and vast areas of our oceans are now polluted. Major volcanoes are at risk of erupting and last summer we saw an ash cloud shut down air traffic in Europe.

Change has historically come through revolution, upheaval and war, and sometimes through more peaceful means such as enlightenment. But Uranus in Aries will not be subtle and the desires and demands of different individuals will conflict with one another. In the US, the two political parties are at total odds, with no sign of compromise. Populations across the world have suffered from the global economic slump and individuals feel repressed, while global entities such as US Wall Street corporations and oil companies, to name only a few, continue to have record breaking profits. US Banks have been given taxpayer bailouts and continue to charge exorbitant credit card fees, while customers see no benefit. Homes continue to be foreclosed on in record numbers In some areas 1 in every 10 homes is in foreclosure in the US. Unemployment is at an all time high of 10 per cent and more in many areas. Of course, change and revolution is inevitable. It is not a question of when, merely of how, not unlike the 60’s.

The Cardinal Grand Square will produce its most prominent effects during the summer months-June-August. September-December Pluto will continue to square Uranus within 5 degrees. Pluto square Uranus is a volatile and explosive transit likely to produce sudden, unexpected events in banking, business and finance, global earth related disasters and explosions at hot spots around the globe. Questions will arise relating to taxes and the tax base and the repayment of taxpayer funded bailouts, and health insurance in the US.

The Aries Point Revisited

By November 10 Uranus in Aries retrogrades back to the ‘Aries Point,’ the 0 degree point at which the zodiac begins. It remains here until January 9 2012. World situations and events are known to occur at this degree and it has major significance. Astrologer Celeste Teal states, ‘it (0 degree Aries point) represents a spectacular out rush of energies and involvement with the world at large.

Neptune enters Pisces

Neptune has been in Aquarius, the sign of ‘universal understanding and one-ness since January 29, 1998. On April 5 Neptune enters Pisces, the sign it is at home in until August 6 when it retrogrades back into Aquarius for a final 6 month stay until it reenters Pisces February 2012 where it will stay until 2026. Neptune changing signs is a very big deal.

Neptune is the most often misunderstand and overlooked planet in astrology. Little wonder it is misunderstood when the same planet that represents prostitutes and also rules preachers.

Pisces represents the twelfth house of the zodiac. It is the house of things secret and hidden, the unconscious mind, seclusion, and from whence all thoughts originate. Volumes have been written about Neptune entering Pisces, and some astrologers believe it will usher in an age of enlightenment, love, and state of unity the likes of which the world has not seen. This idea is Neptunian in itself. Perhaps the spiritual side of this planet will soften the influence of Uranus-Pluto and help bring change and revolution to the world in a gentler, softer way than if it were in Aquarius.

While Neptune rules spirituality and religion, this is only one realm of many layers of this most complex planet. In addition to ruling spiritual love, Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion, confusion and lack of clarity, as well as drugs. Neptune rules water. It is possible that in coming years water, the very life of the earth will be of great significance one way or another. We have already seen the contamination of the Gulf and the consequences are not known, and in true Neptune fashion are not being talked about, even though some scientists say it will be decades before life in the ocean returns to normal.

Neptune was discovered in 1846, and it takes 165 years to go through the zodiac. Shortly after it’s discovery in 1865 Neptune entered Pisces and coincided with major social change. The communist Manifesto was published and peaceful demonstrations took place in Europe. Painters like Renoir, Van Gogh and Money created their great impressionist paintings. Democracy took form and began to flourish. Opium also became socially acceptable in some quarters and the Great Potato famine claimed a million lives in Ireland. Neptune is truly a mixed bag.

The Cardinal Grand Square is Collective and Individual

While most of the focus of the coming cardinal Grand Square is on world events it is both collective and individual. It will affect the world in a big way, and it will affect us on an individual level as well. The planets are propelling us all toward change, and exactly what change will occur in your life depends upon where the grand square falls in your individual chart. Those most affected will be Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn. Whatever sign you were born under, it is a time of letting go of the old and moving forward toward the new and unknown. Listen to your inner urges. Chances are, they are trying to tell you something. Take a chance, and make the most of it. As the character Klaatu said in the movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, “at the precipice we change.”