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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.”