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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.”

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