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The Jupiter/Pluto dance: What it means for you

Jupiter square Pluto 2016, Jupiter square PlutoJupiter, beloved by many as the planet of beneficent good fortune, is in Libra now where it is bringing its expansive qualities into the realm of diplomacy, beauty and a search for harmony.  This all sounds lovely, but things are about to get more intense as Jupiter is about to face off against Pluto, planet of ultimate transformation.

The first phase of this dance will culminate on November 24th but we are within range of its influence now.  Jupiter is King of the Gods, and inspires us to be our best selves. Under Jupiter’s influence we gain confidence and majesty and seek the success of our highest aspirations.  Pluto represents destruction of the old and regeneration into something new – in my theology Pluto represents the Higher Self – always guiding us to the highest expression of Self despite our own personal desires and whims.  So the dance between Jupiter and Pluto can be a powerful time of success and achievement of our dreams, or it can be one of inner conflict and ideological battles.

Under this influence any false veneer of polite agreement (Libra) will be exploded by Pluto’s demand for absolute Truth.  If we have worked to build a false self of superficial and artificial beauty (Libra), Pluto is likely to challenge you to greater authenticity.

Squares formations (90 degrees) are powerful, but not always “bad.”  Because they are strong influences, they challenge us towards greater personal transformation and can facilitate this transformation as well.  This planetary cycle of Jupiter square Pluto can bring enhanced vision (Jupiter) and greater influence (Pluto).  We may find our inner wisdom (Jupiter) deepened through significant inner work (Pluto).

On the global stage this could mean the takedown (Pluto) of kings and leaders (Jupiter), or challenges to their authority.  The last time Jupiter squared Pluto, in 1998 with Jupiter in Pisces squaring Pluto in Sagittarius, Bill Clinton (Jupiter – leader) was accused of sexual improprieties and his office threatened through impeachment (Pluto).  Mathew Shepard, a young gay man (Jupiter) was murdered (Pluto).  The Serbian civil war began in Kosovo and the second Congo war began, eventually the bloodiest war since World War II.

But it wasn’t all disaster – it was discovered that the Universe is expanding at an accelerating (Jupiter) rate, breaking (Pluto) a variety of scientified paradigms.  Viagra was first released, expanding (Jupiter) the ability of older men to have affairs with younger women (Pluto) – joke!!  The International Criminal Court (Jupiter) was established to prosecute war crimes (Pluto).  Google was founded, expanding (Jupiter) and transforming (Pluto) the nature of the Internet.

The second phase of this cycle will occur in March of this year and will coincide with another stressful aspect (opposition) to Uranus, effectively reviving the Uranus/Pluto square of the past eight years.  These will be interesting times!  The world is changing, and there is no room for the past to linger.

 

 

By | 2016-11-17T19:36:23+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|10 Comments

All About Favorite Jupiter 2016-2017 brings blessings of beauty and love

All About Favorite JupiterJupiter moved from the detail-oriented mental sign of Virgo into the relationship-oriented sign of Libra on September 9th 2016 and will remain in that sign until October 20th 2017.

Jupiter, the Great Benefactor

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system – filled with expansive gases and generating twice as much energy as it receives from the Sun, it is a powerful influence that demands attention.  Everything about Jupiter is big.  It has more moons than any other planet in the solar system (60!) including Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon.  It has the strongest gravity of any solar system planet, and a faster rotational speed.

Jupiter has sufficient mass and power that it was almost a star – just as the astrological Jupiter is in some ways like a second Sun.  We must honor the energy of the Sun in our charts to feel nourished and alive; we must honor the energy of Jupiter to feel whole and to give our lives meaning.  Jupiter is called the “greater benefic” –  inspires confidence and faith, it inspires us to expand the boundaries of our mind to break down limitations and gain greater understanding. It can bring good luck and good fortune and so can Venus, the “lesser benefic” and ruler of Libra, so the next year offers the potential for expansion and great positivity in our lives.

Libra, balance and harmonious connection

Libra is the sign of balance, harmony and justice.  While it is known as the sign of lovers and relationships, that association is not like the water element which promotes emotional connection but more of an intellectual idea.  The Libra focus on relationships asks “How can I enhance myself through my connection with others?  How can I balance my needs against the needs of my partner?”   While as individuals we must find balance within ourselves. there is a need under the Libra influence to find balance with a partner as well.  The downside to this need for a personal mirror is the danger of looking only in the mirror, and failing to look within and develop the interior self.

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By | 2016-10-09T07:52:06+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|6 Comments

The Eris-Uranus conjunction of 2015-2017

( from “All Hail Discordia” by Divine Right.) If the global situation seems crazy and insane (and it does!) we can blame it on the conjunction between Eris and Uranus in the warrior sign of Aries, a conjunction that began in 2015.

Eris is a small planet that was discovered in 2003.  Her Roman name was Discordia – she is the goddess who, when not invited to a wedding, began the Trojan War by throwing a golden apple marked “for the fairest” into a circle of goddesses, beginning a dispute that threw Greece into turmoil for ten years.  (Read more about the mythology of Eris here.)  Eris moves very slowly – its orbital cycle is 560 years – and it is still not clear what astrological impact it brings.

Uranus is the planet of radical change and revolutionary behavior.  It has been in the sign of war (Aries) since 2010, fomenting conflicts around the world.  When the planet of discord (Eris) aligns with the planet of disruption (Uranus), it’s easy to see where established paradigms and principles would be turned upside down.

The last Eris/Uranus conjunction took place between 1927 and 1929 in the first degrees of Aries.  This was a period of tremendous scientific and technological (Uranian) breakthroughs as well as political turmoil.  The discovery of quantum physics, the first transatlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh followed by the first woman-led transatlantic flight (Amelia Earhart),  an 8.6 magnitude earthquake in China, rebellions and revolutions encircled the globe including China, Austria, Portugal, Mexico, Japan, Afghanistan.  This of course was the peak of the “Roaring Twenties,” a period of cultural revolution and excesses of all kinds that ended in the stock market crash of 1929 – an event that certainly caused the “shock and awe” with which Uranus is associated, as well as the discord of Eris.

Under this influence (until early 2017), the very fabric of our lives is being shaken and stirred and it will be ever more necessary to find ways to adapt.  The world is changing – we are at the cusp of a new age in Aquarius, and the past is falling away at an ever-increasing pace.

On a personal level, Eris draws out latent feelings of resentment and we may find ourselves more inclined towards reactive behavior.  Attending to these feelings in a conscious and mindful way can bring about healing rather than repression which will help us to utilize this disruptive period to create positive change.

By | 2016-10-08T12:16:29+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|5 Comments

The astrology of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders astrologyBernie Sanders is an unusual choice for a presidential candidate.  He would be the oldest person to be elected president of the United States.  He is Jewish, and an avowed socialist.  He has no handlers and no PACs, and he is virtually ignored by mainstream media.  Yet he is gaining support in unexpected places – from liberals of course, but also from independents and even evangelicals who resonated with his speech at Liberty University.

One has to wonder why, after a long and illustrious career in Congress, does Sanders suddenly want to be President?  Perhaps a look at the astrological influences can add some insight.

Bernie Sanders (September 8, 1941, Brooklyn NY, time unknown) was born with the Sun in Virgo, the sign of service and humility.  His Sun is conjunct the North lunar Node, the point that shows us the way towards our future destiny.  Sun/North Node people typically have a sense from childhood that they have a special mission to fulfill – a particular path to walk.

We don’t know Sanders’ ascendant (rising sign) without a time of birth, but his Aries Moon shows his fiery and passionate nature, especially since is Moon aligns with Mars, the planet that energizes and motivates us, but which also adds an aggressive quality to the chart.  This is especially true because Mars is in Aries, its own sign, which essentially doubles the intensity of the assertive quality.

The Mars/Aries dynamic quality is out of sync with the humility of Virgo, and finding a way to balance those two forces has likely been one of the themes of Sanders’ life.  Sanders’ chart lacks the water element which often suggests an individual for whom empathy and compassion is difficult.  Yet he has Mercury (communication) in peace-loving Libra, suggesting that he is easily able to see another point of view even if he is unable to feel it.  And his Venus (relating to others) is in its own sign of Libra, revealing that relationships and harmony between people is very important to him.

Like many second generation Jews, Sanders’ parents were deeply affected by the holocaust and the Chiron/Pluto conjunction in his chart suggests that he would have been very sensitive to the trauma of this event in a very personal way.

Saturn (achievement and insecurity)  in the chart is in the sign of Taurus which seeks wealth and comfort.  We can see from this placement that Sanders is uncomfortable with the idea of accumulating possessions and comfortable things which could have a bearing on his socialist values.  But Uranus, the revolutionary, is at zero degrees Gemini where it most powerfully seeks new ideas of change, is in a harmonious trine to Mercury in the chart, a double signature connecting thoughts and ideas (Mercury/Gemini) with the breaking away from shackles of the old ways of looking at things (Uranus).  This is especially noted because of the out of sign conjunction (meaning the two planets are in different signs though still in alignment) from Saturn, representing the status quo, to Uranus.

So we can see Sanders’ values and motivations in the chart.  But why now?  What motivated Sanders to suddenly announce his candidacy for the very first time?

One of the forecasting tools at our disposal is a look at the “progressed” chart.  Using this tool we progress the birthchart through time.  The progressed Sun shows the type of experience we need to feel vital and alive, and the alignments made by the progressed Sun can trigger major life experiences.  Back in 2011 Sanders’ progressed Sun opposed Saturn in the progressed chart.  Because Saturn represents responsibility and achievement as well as the sense of the passage of time, I suspect that at that time Sanders felt that he was nearing the end of his ability to make a real difference in the world.

In 2011 Uranus (planet of revolution) had just entered the warrior sign of Aries, triggering a radical backlash against the status quo and power establishment all around the world.  At that time Sanders began to have a voice on the main stage of public opinion – in interviews and television appearances.  However, he continued to insist that he had no interest in running for president until 2013 when he began to put together a platform of issues for a presidential run.

His formal announcement came in the spring of 2015, just after his progressed Sun opposed Uranus in the progressed chart, triggering a radical move out of the blue as Uranus often does.  And at the same time, transiting Uranus formed a challenging square to the Sun in the (Sibley) chart of the United States, signifying a fundamental change in the values and very nature of the country.  This was a confluence of energies that opened the door for Bernie Sanders to sweep in as a viable candidate.

In 2016, transiting Pluto (destruction and regeneration) will oppose the Sun in the US chart, and the effects of this transit are already visible.  Gun violence, ideological and theological battles are tearing the country to shreds.  In addition, transiting Saturn is crossing the ascendant (persona) of the US chart, creating tests and challenges to the very identity of the country.

Pluto is in Capricorn, as it has been since 2008, tearing down (Pluto) the structures of society (Capricorn) wherever the foundations are rotting are unstable.  The structures that underpin the US political system are no longer serving the needs of the populace, and it is no accident that the non-establishment (Uranian) candidates are gaining ground.

By | 2016-03-22T14:01:12+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Featured posts, Politics|10 Comments

The Astrology of Donald Trump

Donald Trump astrology birthchart

There’s no doubt that Donald Trump is one of the more colorful characters in American life today.  A real estate mogul who turned an inherited fortune into a mega fortune of his own, he has embraced the spotlight and has taken advantage of every opportunity to put himself in the public eye.  He has been undaunted by criticism or failure, and his brash and aggressive style has both charmed and appalled Americans for many years.  Now that he is running a serious candidacy for President, he is in the limelight like never before.

Psychologists and pundits the world over have attempted to analyze Trump with little success.  Let’s see what the astrology tells us.

Donald Trump () was born with the Sun in chatty Gemini, and under an exact Lunar Eclipse (with the Gemini Sun opposite the Sagittarius Moon).   In a lunar eclipse, the instincts and emotion of the Moon are eclipsed by the Solar conscious energy of the Sun.  When emotions and instinctive drives are forced to hide away from the solar light, they can intensify and become more powerful and we often see this with people who are born under a lunar eclipse.  (Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is another example of a lunar eclipse baby.)

People born under a total eclipse carry the intense emotional energy with them, though these lunar instincts may remain hidden for much of their lifetime until they are forced to emerge through some kind of confrontation.

Uranus  is connected to the eclipse as well – conjunct the Sun where it encourages innovation and radical behavior, and opposite the Moon where it makes personal relationships difficult and suggests a distant relationship with the mother.  Uranian people tend to dislike following the lead of others and prefer to create their own way.

Trump’s chart shows Leo rising, reflecting his need to shine in the spotlight and be admired.  At its best, Leo is driven to do admirable works that will gain public recognition; at its worst there can be a Machiavellian manipulation for attention.  Statements like “I’m very rich” and “no one builds better than me” are examples of Leo gone bad – the desperate need for attention taken to its extreme.

This tendency for self-aggrandizement is exacerbated by the presence of Mars (planet of aggression) which is also in Leo, intensifying that need for attention, right on the ascendant where it becomes the projection of the personality.  It’s Mars which we see when Trump bullies those around him, or pushes his way through business dealings and presidential debates.

We would expect someone with Trump’s supreme confidence to have a strong Jupiter component, and we see that Jupiter (planet of good luck and self-righteousness) in the 2nd house of money in a harmonious trine to the Sun.  This trine of Jupiter to the Sun tends to bestow a sense of having been chosen by the gods – there is a tendency towards luck and the kind of success that comes from an abundance of positive thinking.  His Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius Moon helps to cement that super-confidence into a belief system that is virtually unshakeable.  One writer said

However, there are no planets in earth elements in Trump’s birthchart which would help to ground him and give him a practical sense of moving through the world.  He is all fire and air – energy, enthusiasm and ideas.  In his presidential candidacy he can’t be bothered coming up with a practical blueprint for solving the nation’s problems – he is more interested in motivating and exciting.

His achilles heel is in his relationships.  With three planets in the emotional and family-oriented sign of Cancer he doesn’t lack sensitivity for those he loves.  His Mercury (mind) in Cancer reflects his emotionality when speaking and reacting to the words of others.  His Venus in Cancer reveals his desire to nurture and care for those he loves, which we can see in his relationship with his children, most of whom work with him in one way or another, though not so much in his marital situations.  Marriage has been tricky for Trump which isn’t surprising with Saturn (tests and challenges) conjunct Venus (relationships) and Chiron (wounding and healing) in Venus-ruled Libra.

Some writers have suggested that perhaps Trump’s grandiosity is a narcissistic wound that comes from damage to the Self that he tries to fix by doing more and being more – a bottomless pit that will never be satisfied.  However, I am not seeing this kind of wound in the chart.  I do believe that he is addicted to the glamor and the attention that comes with being The Donald, and he is driven by the desire to expand and become bigger and bigger rather than by some insecurity to be accepted by others.  The danger with a drive to continually amplify and inflate your life is that there is a limit.  Either the bubble will pop, or someone else will become bigger than you and take your place.

Trump’s progressed Midheaven, revealing the evolution of his career path, just moved from sensitive Cancer into Leo in March of this year.  This would have encouraged him to seek a greater role in the public eye, and right on schedule he announced his candidacy for President in June.

This is a particularly emotional time for Trump with Chiron hitting the sensitive Sun and Moon and eclipse points, and Pluto challenging his Chiron.  I’ll be looking at the transits and doing more forecasting for him in another post, but for someone like Trump it’s sometimes the challenging aspects that empower us to overcome obstacles and achieve our greatest success.  This is NOT an evaluation of his chances at the presidency – that I will tackle in a future article.

Note on Trump’s time of birth:  Astrodatabank uses a birth time of 10:54 am on June 14, 1946, citing a birth certificate posted online.  But since Trump has refused to release his birth certificate I have requested clarification from Astrodabank.  Another time of 9:51 am has been bandied about.  The two charts are not that different – the later time has Leo/Virgo cusp rising and the Sun in the 10th house of career and the public eye and with Mars on the Ascendant; the earlier time has Leo rising with Mars in the first house but with the Sun in the 11th house of friendship and groups which makes less sense.

By | 2016-06-13T21:14:34+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Featured posts, People|6 Comments
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