Astrological Musings

Pluto – no longer a planet?


For several years now, scientists have been threatening to remove Pluto’s “planet” status because it has turned out to be much smaller than originally thought when it was discovered in 1930. Scientists now believe that Pluto may be a member of the Kuiper belt band of rocky objects that orbit the Sun just past Neptune. The International Astronomers Union meets today in the Prague to decide whether Pluto can keep its title. If Pluto is declassified as a planet, will it lose its astrological symbolism as well?

Anyone who has ever monitored the timing of a transit of Pluto will recognize its power to effect great change in our lives. Pluto, regardless of its physical size, exerts an incredibly strong astrological influence. Because it moves so slowly, taking twelve years to pass through one astrological sign, its influence can encompass a long period of time which is another aspect to its power. Pluto’s influence is transpersonal – it forces us through the upheavals in our life that it creates to surrender the reins of our individual life and recognize that there is a larger process at work here. If Pluto is relegated to the realm of a Kuiper belt object, that may have a lot to say about the workings of other Kuiper belt objects as well.

Some astronomers propose reclassifying the planets into three divisions which does make some sense astrologically:

  • terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars and Earth), which correspond astrologically to the personal functions of communication and information processing (Mercury), relating and affection (Venus), assertion of the individual will (Mars) and experience of the pleasures of the body (Earth).
  • giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune), or the planets […]
By | 2006-08-14T10:46:00+00:00 August 14th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pluto – no longer a planet?

Saturn/Neptune: A History Lesson


It’s always fascinating to look back into the historical record to see how planetary configurations applied themselves during those times in order to learn more about how those planets work together and to derive clues of how they may manifest this time around. Saturn/Neptune is a 36- year cycle which gives us plenty of interesting information.

Remember that Saturn strives to build form where Neptune reminds us that there is a world beyond form; Saturn rules incarnation in the body and Neptune draws us into experiences that go beyond the body and the material world. In the opposition, where the two planets are 180 degrees apart, there is a tension between them that requires balance. This is a challenging aspect, but not so difficult as the square in which there is open conflict. The opposition is the apex of the cycle; it is the pinnacle of understanding the process before integration takes place.

In the opposition between Saturn and Neptune our fantasies and illusions (Neptune) bump up against cold hard reality (Saturn), but there is also potential for manifesting our dreams (Neptune) into physical form (Saturn) and incorporating a life of spirit (Neptune) into our day-to-day existence (Saturn). Politically, the cycle of these two planets tends to bring conflict that arises as a result of the desire to manifest an ideal (Neptune) against the established order of Saturn. This cycle can also manifest in the exposure of governmental (Saturn) corruptive and deceptive behavior (Neptune).

In this century, Saturn in Pisces opposed Neptune in Virgo in March and October of 1936 and then again in January of 1937. This was a heavily Neptunian period since Pisces is ruled by Neptune, and Saturn in Pisces has difficulty grounding into […]

By | 2006-08-09T07:08:00+00:00 August 9th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Saturn/Neptune: A History Lesson

Astrological signs in the Senate

Thanks to for this fascinating link to the . where you can track who voted for what by party, state, region, “boomer status,” gender and It also gives a list of how many congresspeople are represented in each sign and who they are. I usually don’t highlight this kind of Sun Sign representation, but it’s interesting to see that three signs dominate the Senate and three are significantly underrepresented.

For example, out of 100 senators, the least represented sign is Leo. Clearly we cannot derive a great deal of information from the Sun Signs alone, but that is an interesting statistic to me since Leo is the sign of SELF-expression. The most represented signs are Aquarius (which you might expect since Aquarius, as the opposite of Leo, is the sign of the expression of the collective), Scorpio (which typically deals with issues of power so you might expect to find them in government), and Taurus, whose realms of concern include physical security.

As you might expect, the Taureans are primarily Republicans (earth signs tend to be more conservative since they dislike change, although other factors in the chart can radicalize them) including the well-known Rick Santorum. The Scorpios included some of the most well-known and outspoken names: Hillary Clinton, Robert Byrd, Ted Stevens, Tom Harkin, and Joe Biden.

After Leo, the next sign that had the least representation is Gemini, with only four senators (possibly because of Gemini’s famous need for constant change and stimulation and those meetings are long). Not surprisingly, the Geminis are split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Aries is the next least represented sign, with only five members. With the independent streak found in most Aries this […]

By | 2006-08-08T10:22:00+00:00 August 8th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Astrological signs in the Senate

Full Moon coming into view

The Full Moon is still a few days away, but its energy is beginning to make itself known. This Full Moon is in Aquarius, opposing the Sun in Leo. Over the past week we have seen Mars beginning a harmonious dance with Jupiter which reaches the exact degree on August 8. During this first week there will be an expansion (Jupiter) of energy (Mars) available that will help to shake out the cobwebs of the inward push we have been experiencing with five retrograde planets during July. This provides an excellent lead-up to the Full Moon in Aquarius on August 9 (at 6:54 am EST).

This is a powerful Full Moon, nearly exactly conjunct the Saturn/Neptune opposition. The Full Moon occurs when the instinctive and unconscious principle of the Moon is illuminated by the conscious principle of the Sun. We have greater access to our creativity during this period, as well as our own inner sense of power which is released by the solarization of the unconscious. During this Full Moon the Sun conjuncts Saturn in Leo, bringing a stabilizing force desiring a practical application. The Moon is conjunct Neptune in Aquarius, expanding our creativity and inner awareness, as well as our ability to transcend the details of our reality and experience the source of all creation. There is potential here for a great transformation of consciousness if these two opposing polarities can be balanced and integrated during the shadow period of the Full Moon, three or four days before and after August 9.

However, unless there is a conscious awareness and application of intention this could also be a confusing time where we feel we are standing on sands that shift and provide no stability. Venus and Mercury are dancing towards […]

By | 2006-08-06T18:39:00+00:00 August 6th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Full Moon coming into view

Jupiter/Saturn: Possibilities + Boundaries = Wisdom


2006 has been an intense year so far, with planetary dances creating a cycle that alternates between a building of tension through the hard aspects: squares (between Jupiter and Neptune and between Jupiter and Saturn) and oppositions (Saturn to Chiron); and an opening of the doors of consciousness and awareness through the flowing aspect of the trine (Uranus and Jupiter).

The two planets that dominate these cycles are Jupiter (expansion and possibilities) and Saturn (contraction and boundaries). These two planets have been dancing in a square (challenging aspect) since December of 2005 and this cycle will conclude in late October of this year. Jupiter wants to expand our awareness, and Saturn wants to impose limitations. Jupiter believes all things are possible, and Saturn can be cold and judgmental, sowing the seeds of discontent. Saturn is often seen as the bad guy in this cycle, throwing a wet blanket over Jupiter’s exuberance and spoiling the fun. However, while Jupiter’s influence is no doubt a more enjoyable one, it is Saturn that teaches wisdom and practicality, providing the security that is needed to live on Planet Earth.

Jupiter is said to rule the sign of Sagittarius, and because Pluto is traveling through the tail end of Sagittarius the issues of Jupiter are in the process of being transformed by Pluto. Jupiter is said to be the “greater benefic,” and bestows good fortune and positive thinking. Jupiter is the principle that positive thoughts reap positive outcomes, and tends to be optimistic and expansive, ready to take advantage of all opportunities. Jupiter, of course, was King of the Gods, and as such he was the ruler of all and created his own […]

By | 2006-08-05T18:03:00+00:00 August 5th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Jupiter/Saturn: Possibilities + Boundaries = Wisdom
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