While there is relatively little planetary action in the sky I thought I would take a moment to share some thoughts on this topic which is of great interest to me. For several thousand years, astrologers of all nations and cultures used only the visible planets and luminaries to cast horoscopes and predict the future. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – these were the basic elements of the horoscope (remember, a horoscope is the actual map of the sky at a given moment, not the daily forecasts you read in the newspaper). The ancient Greeks and Romans used a series of “lots” to add more detail to the charts, and after the fall of the Roman Empire when knowledge moved eastward, Arab astrologers continued their use and these chart factors became known as the “Arabic parts.” There are close to 100 of these “parts,” or “lots” and the most commonly one used today is the “Part of Fortune.” These points are derived from a mathematical calculation between three chart points, often including the ascendant. They are predictive in nature and reinforces the idea that the birthchart describes the fate of the individual. Astrology, of course, was used primarily to determine one’s fate and predict the future. The belief that the human experience was an evolving process and that the individual held the key to his or her own transformation would have been a completely foreign concept. In modern astrology, the traditional planets described above represent aspects of the personality. I will discuss my views on the Sun and Moon and the relationship to the soul in another article, but for now let’s think of the Sun as being the conscious mind and the Moon […]
One of these days I will write a post on my own personal astrology. It’s been quite something: the end of my Saturn return this summer and fall, the square of Uranus and Pluto falling right on my Chiron, and now Saturn sitting on my Mercury making it very difficult to come up with anything creative to say which explains why you have heard less of me recently.
But in the meantime… we had an election, and Obama was elected. There were no hanging chads, very few Mercury retrograde fiascos (unless you count Mitt Romney’s and voting problems in Florida that have more to do with their political system than Mercury. Now that we’re past the election, though, the political situation in the US seems very much the same as it did previous to the election: gridlock and partisan bickering.
Saturn is now in Scorpio and suddenly there has been an eruption of sex scandals and sexual abuse allegations. Saturn was last in Scorpio in the early 1980s, joined by Pluto in 1983. We saw this kind of surfacing of sexual abuse the last time Saturn was in Scorpio, but of course the presence of Pluto intensified the drama and brought out the dark side to a far greater extent than what we are likely to see now.
Neptune turns direct today so don’t be surprised if things are a bit murkier than usual right now. While Neptune is stationary in the sky, creative inspiration is powerful and we can find it easier to achieve a transcendence in our spiritual life that is normally more difficult. Meditation and prayer are important now, but so is music, art, nature and other activities that create a deep sense […]
A portion of this article was posted in 2011.
The Mayan calendar is usually said to end on December 21, 2012, but that date seems to have little relevance to the actual Mayan calendar, although it has come to bear great mythological significance for the current age. According to that great source of modern wisdom :
In 1975, the ending of b’ak’tun 13 became the subject of speculation by several authors, who asserted it would correspond with a global “transformation of consciousness”. In Mexico Mystique: The Coming Sixth Age of Consciousness, tied Coe’s original date of December 24, 2011, to astrology and the prophecies of the , while both (in The Transformative Vision) and (in The Invisible Landscape) discussed the significance of the year 2012, but not a specific day. It was only in 1983, with the publication of ‘s revised table of date correlations in the 4th edition of Morley’s The Ancient Maya, that each became convinced that December 21, 2012, had significant meaning. By 1987, the year in which he organized the event, Arguelles was using the date December 21, 2012 in The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology. He claimed that on August 13, 3113 BC the Earth began a passage through a “galactic synchronization beam” that emanated from the , that it would pass through this beam during a period of 5200 tuns (Maya cycles of 360-days each), and that this beam would result in “total synchronization” and “galactic entrainment” of individuals “plugged into the Earth’s electromagnetic battery” by 22.214.171.124.0 (December 21, […]
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The autumn equinox takes place every September in the northern hemisphere when the Sun enters Libra. The equinox is a time of balance between day and night, and Libra is itself the sign of balance and equilibrium, so at the autumn equinox we find our own inner balance between what lies within and what is outside of ourselves; between what we need for ourselves and what we need to do to nourish and nurture our relationships.
The chart for the Autumn Equinox this year includes a first quarter Moon. The first quarter Moon is the opening square (90 degree aspect) of the lunar cycle, and squares create conflict and challenge. This aspect echoes the opening square between Uranus and Pluto which is currently creating such a huge need for adjustment on the global stage, so we are witnessing this crisis of adjustment and change as a macrocosm (Uranus/Pluto) as well as a microcosm (Sun/Moon first quarter) at the Equinox. The square between Uranus and Pluto reached its culmination just a few days before and the two are still tightly locked in the alignment. The pressure to transform our lives is at its most intense right now, yet the Equinox inspires us to find balance and create equilibrium in our lives where we are able to find it.
Since 2008, the Sun has been in hard aspects (conjunctions, squares and oppositions) to Pluto at the Equinoxes and Solstices as it entered the cardinal signs, since Pluto is in Capricorn which is one of the cardinal signs (the others are Libra, Aries and Cancer). Last year when Uranus moved into Aries it joined the intense dynamic and created further intensity and conflict. Because the […]
If you feel as though your life has intensified over the past week, you are not alone. If you open up a newspaper you will see that all over the world conflict is heating up as old failing systems begin to break down so that new paradigms can take their place. It is 2012 after all!
This is what the Uranus/Pluto cycle is all about. Pluto tears down old and outmoded structures that are no longer working, and this is especially true when Pluto is in Capricorn as it is now. Capricorn is the sign of the power structures, and ever since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 we have seen a shift in the way we look at how power is held by organizations and individuals. Uranus, on the other hand, is about authenticity and liberation – radical change that shakes us to our very bones. Uranus is in Aries, the sign of the individual and the warrior. It is no wonder we are seeing the balance of power shift from the Superpower era to an era of small splinter groups that rule through intimidation and warfare.
Pluto turns direct on the 18th, meaning it will change direction after a retrograde turn that has lasted since April. Planets don’t really orbit backwards, but because we observe the movement of the planets from our own perspective they sometimes appear to do so. Outer planet represent transformational forces and when retrograde they tend to operate primarily on an internal level, and when Pluto turns direct (to appear to move forward again) there is a sense that the buildup of tension is released along with the transformative force that is pushing from behind.
Pluto turns direct just one day before the second exact […]