Astrological Musings

Jupiter in Aries 2011

Jupiter in AriesJupiter first moved into Aries last spring with the first phase of the  conjunction of Jupiter to Uranus.  This meeting of the two planets of liberation in the sign of initiation was the instigator for the alignments in cardinal planets that I called the Cardinal Drama.  With up to seven planets and luminaries interacting in the early degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn) last summer, it was a powerful force for change.  Jupiter and Uranus then retrograded back into Pisces where they completed the second two phases of their conjunction.  With Jupiter now back in Aries, we begin to move forward to complete the work of last year’s planetary events.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac.  This is the beginning of new experiences – in Aries we tend to approach our lives from a place of innocence.  Jupiter in Aries is accurately depicted by the Fool card in the Tarot.  The Rider Waite fool depicts someone who approaches their life with complete trust and innocence.  It’s a beautiful day, the Sun is shining, and they’re about to walk off a cliff.  The little dog is barking in warning, but the Fool has complete trust that the Universe will take care of him and protect him.  Jupiter in Aries offers a fresh new beginning of faith and trust in the Universe and in our own ability to follow the path that our soul has set out for us.

Over the past few years Saturn and Uranus have been in opposition to each other, pitting the conservative thinking and desire to retreat to the past of Saturn against the tremendous force for change that Uranus inspires.  Uranus rebels against the […]

By | 2011-01-24T08:35:49+00:00 January 24th, 2011|Astrology|Comments Off on Jupiter in Aries 2011

Keith Olbermann loses his job

Keith Olbermann astrologyWhether you love Keith Olbermann or hate him, there is no doubt that he was a groundbreaking journalist during the administration of Bush II, reporting on stories that the mainstream media ignored and bringing a fresh new perspective to evening news.

You can read my original post on Olbermann here, and my post on his November suspension here.  There are rumors that he was fired, but that hasn’t been confirmed and that he has signed a nondisclosure areement.

It’s interesting that this happens just as Jupiter enters Aries, giving a new and more brash expression to Jupiter’s confidence and braggodocio.  Olbermann’s progressed Sun is at 29 degrees Pisces, preparing to move into Aries in a few months.  Jupiter just moved into Aries today, so Friday morning when the agreement to terminate Olbermann was signed Jupiter was at 29 degrees Pisces, sitting right on his progressed Sun (the exact transit occurred on January 18th).  In addition, the previous week (January 12th) transiting Jupiter made an exact trine to Jupiter in Olbermann’s chart, along with transiting Uranus.  This is a double whammy of expansion and new opportunities for change.

Transits of Jupiter generally serve to liberate us from something that has been stifling us.  Comcast is preparing to purchase NBC Universal, the conglomerate that owns MSNBC, and there has been talk for months of a political crackdown once that sale is finalized.

Transiting Uranus (rebellion and radical change will conjoin Olbermann’s progressed Sun in early March, stimulating him to engage in new and different projects that significantly alter his trajectory.  His progressed Sun moves into Aries in late September, beginning a new 30-year cycle.  Regardless of what happens, Mr. Olbermann is in for something […]

By | 2011-01-22T17:32:51+00:00 January 22nd, 2011|Politics|Comments Off on Keith Olbermann loses his job

“Self-knowledge is only the beginning”

self understanding One of the more challenging yet rewarding aspects of my work with clients is taking the leap from “here is why you have had these problems” to “here’s what you can do about it.”  It’s always reassuring to hear that your desire to flee a committed relationship comes from the fact that libertarian Uranus challenges your “I want to be closer” Venus.  Or that you are afraid of success because Saturn’s voice of “You’re not good enough” sits right on your Jupiter in Leo that says “But I should be fabulous!”

After a few years of exciting realizations like this coming out of consultations, I started to realize there was a big need for something more – a way to help a client strategize their way out of the boxes they put themselves in.

has an interesting article on the same topic:

It is practically an article of faith among many therapists that self-understanding is a prerequisite for a happy life. Insight, the thinking goes, will free you from your psychological hang-ups and promote well-being.

Perhaps, but recent experience makes me wonder whether insight is all it’s cracked up to be.

Not long ago, I saw a young man in his early 30s who was sad and anxious after being dumped by his girlfriend for the second time in three years. It was clear that his symptoms were a reaction to the loss of a relationship and that he was not clinically depressed.

“I’ve been over this many times in therapy,” he said. He had trouble tolerating any separation from his girlfriends. Whether they were gone for a weekend or he was traveling for work, the result was always […]

By | 2011-01-21T15:46:11+00:00 January 21st, 2011|Consciousness|Comments Off on “Self-knowledge is only the beginning”

Full Moon in Cancer, January 19 2011

Cancer Full MoonThe Full Moon occurs on January 19th at 4:21 pm Eastern at the 29th degree of Cancer. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so the Moon is particularly powerful during the Cancerian Full Moon.

Like the Moon, Cancer is emotional and vulnerable – tender and soft and needing to be nurtured. A cardinal water sign, the emotions of Cancer are active rather than passive – there is a need not only to feel deeply, but also to take action in some way such as offering food or providing some other kind of sustenance.

In the dance between the Moon and the Sun, the cycle begins at the New Moon with the Sun/Moon conjunction, and reaches its apex at the Full Moon when the Moon opposes the Sun and challenges its authority. Ancient customs of howling at the Moon to release one’s instinctive side reflect the fact that the subconscious interior of our innermost being is more easily accessible when the Moon is full. And when the Moon is full in Cancer, it’s time to delve into the realm of feeling and open the door for the inner child to enter.

This Full Moon occurs at the 29th degree of Cancer. The 29th degree is the completion of one sign and the transition to the next, so here we are completing the sensitive emotionality of Cancer as we prepare to move into more of a focus on Self in Leo with the solar polarity moving from the practicality of Capricorn into the quixotic unpredictability of Aquarius. The lunation makes no aspects to any other planets so it is not likely to be experienced with much intensity. A pleasant sextile from the Sun to Jupiter helps […]

By | 2011-01-18T18:54:38+00:00 January 18th, 2011|Moon|Comments Off on Full Moon in Cancer, January 19 2011

Rachel Maddow refuses to change her sign

There’s no such thing as bad publicity, and astrology has had LOTS of publicity over the past few days with the big news over the 13th sign and the precessional shift.  Rachel Maddow weighs in and explains the whole thing, except I’m not sure that her astronomy is correct when she ties the Moon into the situation. The astrology comes in at around four minutes and be sure to catch her very last line:

By | 2018-07-18T12:48:47+00:00 January 16th, 2011|Astrology in the news|Comments Off on Rachel Maddow refuses to change her sign
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