The Uranus/Pluto Square: Responding Creatively to Crisis

Astrologer D.K. Brainard has about the oil spill in the Gulf, the extent of which is still unknown but appears to be spreading at alarming rates.  D.K. writes:

In her 1980 book The Aquarian Conspiracy, Marilyn Ferguson noted that a funny thing happened on the way to the revolution of the 1960s. Frustrated by the lack of real change resulting from marching in the streets, confronting the authorities and inciting young people to rebel against “the System,” many of the leaders of the 1960s counterculture eventually dropped out of the movement.

But they didn’t give up on their ideals, Ferguson argued. Instead, they did something even more radical. Rather than continuing to struggle in the world of effects, they turned inward to find – and attempt to heal – the evils afflicting their world. They turned on to meditation, yoga, nonviolent communication, holistic medicine, organic farming, and so many of the other spiritual practices that have become almost commonplace in forty short years.

The oil still gushing from deep beneath the sea off the Louisiana coast threatens to become the major man-caused environmental disaster of our lifetime. It demands a creative response from us, something better than blame, resentment, despair or hopelessness. We are now squarely in the zone of the Saturn-Uranus-Pluto “Cardinal Climax” of 2010. We knew the world would be galvanized by something; it appears we are being galvanized by the world itself – as Mother Earth erupts for the second time in less than a month.

Pluto represents the archetypal realms of the soul, both the individual soul and the world soul, and when dark clouds of volcanic material start spewing up from the depths of the Earth, we can be sure this […]

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By |2010-05-24T06:41:15-04:00May 24th, 2010|Astrology|Comments Off on The Uranus/Pluto Square: Responding Creatively to Crisis

Jupiter opposes Saturn this week: the Jupiter/Saturn cycle

Jupiter opposes Saturn on May 23, bringing its expansive qualities to the already tumultuous divisions between Saturn and Uranus, a larger planetary cycle that has been in operation since the fall of 2008.

Jupiter and Saturn are oppositional forces.  Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts.  Jupiter is optimistic, Saturn is pessimistic (although it prefers to think of itself as “realistic”).  I should say, Saturn IS realistic, but compared to Jupiter is SEEMS pessimistic.

The 20-year Jupiter cycle is used by mundane astrologers to forecast political events as the two planets cycle through conjunctions in one element for about 200 years and then transition into the next.  (See for 3,000 years’ worth of data.)

Since 1980 we have been in the transitional period between elements.  The last Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Earth was in 1961, and the conjunction in 1980-1981 transitioned into air, moving  back into Earth for the conjunction in 2000.  The 2020 conjunction will take place in the air element. We are therefore at the end of the transitional period between earth and air.

Robert Blaschke writes:  “When Jupiter and Saturn conjoin in the earth element, societal infrastructure evolves globally and there is substantial wealth creation, along with extensive land settlement and territorial disputes.  The earth cycle began in 1802 and we can certainly see that this was in play.  We are now transitioning between earth and air, and Robert writes:  “[Jupiter/Saturn c]onjunctions in the air element historically correspond with rapid social progress, significant intellectual development, and new concepts entering into human consciousness. ”  I would add that with the air element there is a growing focus on fairness and equality, and we are in a transitional period between the Piscean age and […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:43:00-04:00May 22nd, 2010|Astrology|Comments Off on Jupiter opposes Saturn this week: the Jupiter/Saturn cycle

Mercury retrograde update

Mercury has slowed down to a crawl as it prepares to change direction tomorrow, so don’t be surprised if business matters or travel plans are stalled today.  It will take Mercury a few days to begin traveling at a normal speed (this is called the “shadow” period of the retrograde phase) but after Tuesday  the effect of this particular retrograde should be behind us.

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By |2010-05-10T05:56:58-04:00May 10th, 2010|Astrology|Comments Off on Mercury retrograde update

Thoughts on prediction of love and disaster

Recently I did what I like to call a “repair” reading for a new client after another astrologer gave her what I thought to be bad advice.  Her old astrologer had predicted that a transit of Jupiter would bring her an opportunity for new love, and that if she didn’t take advantage of it she would miss her one chance for true love.  When that transit came along, my client was newly divorced and not at all prepared for new love.

She did meet someone during that transit (Jupiter brings opportunities, and when it hits Venus in our chart it does sometimes bring someone new into our life.)   It was clear to me when I looked at the chart that with all of the other planetary cycles going on at the time, she was in a state of transformation that did not easily lend itself to new romance.   And when we delved a little more deeply into the chart of the new person it was equally clear that he really wasn’t the right person for her.

I have another client who messaged me on Facebook to let me know that right on schedule in her Jupiter/Venus transit she had met someone as I had predicted, but then later she let me know that the relationship didn’t work out, which I had also cautioned about.

As astrologers, we can predict the astrological weather but we can rarely predict specific events.  We can say “yes, during this time it is more likely that you will be meeting new people and there will be an openness to new romance.”  But we CANNOT say whether or not you will be ready for that […]

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By |2018-06-11T10:55:43-04:00May 9th, 2010|Astrology, Predictions|Comments Off on Thoughts on prediction of love and disaster

On the radio this morning

This show was pre-recorded because I’m out of town for the weekend so you won’t be able to call in today, but this is a fascinating interview with Chris Brennan, currently the Research Director for the National Council of Geocosmic Research and a graduate of Kepler College. Chris is one of a very few astrologers who specialize in Hellenistic Astrology, and he is currently heading up a collaborative translation project of ancient astrological texts. He is available for personal consultations and can be found on the web at .

Because the show is recorded you can listen to it any time in the archives. or use the player below.  Next week’s show will be live, so save up your questions!

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By |2010-05-02T06:41:12-04:00May 2nd, 2010|Astrology|Comments Off on On the radio this morning

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