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Jupiter square Pluto, Phase II: the Death of Truth

War on Truth Jupiter square PlutoJupiter and Pluto are locked in a battle of wills in the sky right now – the second phase of the challenging square (90 degree) aspect that began last November.

Jupiter and Pluto both have something to do with the idea of truth.  Jupiter, a personal planet,  represents our own individual truth – the philosophies and ideas about truth (theology) that we formulate for ourselves and then share with others in religions or through publishing these ideas.  Pluto, a transformational planet,  is concerned more with Ultimate Truth – a Truth that is beyond any of our individual ideas of what is true, but the real Truth of life and death.

Under this Jupiter/Pluto alignment we have seen an increase in “fake news” – both real and imagined – and an ever decreasing burring of the line between truth and fiction.  Truth  is seen to be a lie, and lies are seen as the truth to the point where Time Magazine’s new issue asks ““?

Under the square between Jupiter and Pluto the President of the United States has declared a war (Pluto) on media (Jupiter) and declares most news (Jupiter) as being lies (Pluto) unless it’s complimentary of him.

A recent “fake news” story about a Hillary Clinton’s involvement in an alleged child sexual abuse ring operating out of a pizza parlor dubbed Pizzagate circulated widely before it was who perpetrated the story.  However, to protest the fact that the so-called scandal was ignored by the media and refused to believe that the story wasn’t true.

Evidence of a War on Truth is everywhere and from viewpoints all across the spectrum:

  • The very definition of “fact” was called into question by the President’s adviser, Kellyanne Conway, and Merriam Webster dictionary found it necessary to
  • finds the War on Truth to be a violation of “God’s prescribed order.”
  • The conservative Center for Research on Globalization finds that of western governments generally.
  • The War on Truth is a “Funeral Pyre for Science” .

The final square formation between Jupiter and Pluto will occur in August 2017.  It’s difficult to imagine where we will go from here – will we ever return to a world in which there is an understandable Truth to which we can all agree?  About anything?

By | 2017-03-27T12:42:52+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Life, Politics|11 Comments

The limits of positive thinking

positive thinkingWhile Pluto was in Sagittarius (1995-2008) optimism and positive thinking (Sagittarian traits) rose to an art form.  Pluto tends to bring a compulsive drive to any sign that it travels through, and while a certain degree of optimism and positivism is a good thing, the benefits of this kind of thinking end when other feelings are pushed into the underworld of the psyche.

Having worked a great deal to perfect my own positive thinking apparatus, I know very well how powerful changing your thought patterns can be.  When Pluto entered the more dour and practical sign of Capricorn in 2008 many found it difficult to maintain the habits of positive thinking and started to fall into fear and despair as the life they knew during the economic downturn began to spiral down along with the economy.

What I have learned in my own journey to transform my life is that along with changing our thought patterns we must honor and release the negative emotions that cloud our lives.  We can’t just ignore them or pray them away.  These old hurts and sadness and frustration and rage linger in the body until they can be processed through the psycho-emotional system and released.  These emotions and feelings are our teachers.  They are the debris that remain after painful experiences which we would just as soon forget so that we can more fully understand what happened to us.  This is the role of Chiron in the birthchart – to trigger these old feelings so that they can be processed and healed.  Chiron’s archetype is the mentor – the teacher who having undergone great trials gains great understanding and is able to impart wisdom to others.  These skills come after the healing of the wounds by which Chiron is well known.

My sister told me the other day that her book club is reading a book called Positivity so I looked it up.  The author proposes that if your ratio of positive emotions to negative emotions is 3-1 you will flourish and achieve success in the world.  This makes perfect sense and there is no doubt that cultivating positivity from the outside in, “acting as if” to change your thought and habit patterns, is a powerful step to change.  But this kind of system fails to provide a tool for reaching the darkness in the psyche and transforming the painful places that keep us from being able to embody that positivity in a real sense.

The author of the Positivity book was involved in some interesting research:

The varied good outcomes empirically linked with positive affect support the broaden-and-build theory, which asserts that positive emotions are evolved psychological adaptations that increased human ancestors’ odds of survival and reproduction (). The theory holds that unlike negative emotions, which narrow people’s behavioral urges toward specific actions that were life-preserving for human ancestors (e.g., fight, flight), positive emotions widen the array of thoughts and actions called forth (e.g., play, explore), facilitating generativity and behavioral flexibility. …

The theory holds that in contrast with the benefits of negative emotions—which are direct and immediately adaptive in life-threatening situations—the benefits of broadened thought–action repertoires emerge over time. … Positivity, by prompting approach and exploration, creates experiential learning opportunities that confirm or correct initial expectations. By contrast, because negativity promotes avoidance, opportunities to correct false impressions are passed by (). These findings suggest that positive affect—by broadening exploratory behavior in the moment—over time builds more accurate cognitive maps of what is good and bad in the environment. This greater knowledge becomes a lasting personal resource.

Although positive affect is transient, the personal resources accrued across moments of positivity are durable. As these resources accumulate, they function as reserves that can be drawn on to manage future threats and increase odds of survival. So experiences of positive affect, although fleeting, can spark dynamic processes with downstream repercussions for growth and resilience.

Despite the fact that this research has been “debunked,” I have no doubt that this is true.  Seeing a silver lining in every cloud is tremendously beneficial for moving through difficult life experiences.  However, in attempting to live this way we often fail to face our demons and challenges which can hold us back in the long run.  In my  work we seek out that darkness and those negative emotions so that we can transform them into a framework of positivity rather than ignore them, avoid them, or stuff them in a corner of the psyche. (This link goes to a self-guided workbook that you can use on your own to effect lasting change.)

By | 2016-08-22T07:36:09+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Life|0 Comments

A reader asks, “When will we know peace in the world?”

I received this in my email today:

I should think that every published astrologer would be writing about a time when all of these horrid transits and conjunctions will end. Or will they ever? Yet, I have scoured The Mountain Astrologer, online astro sites and subscribe to anyone who might talk about such events. It’s hard to keep a positive attitude when each new year seems to be nothing but another annus horribilus.When will we know peace in the world? When will all of this stress from the heavenly bodies subside? We’re exhausted with it.

I know that many people can relate to this person’s anguish and this has been a very long period of cataclysmic change, beginning in 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn and continuing through 2017.  That said, according to the :  “Of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history.”

Statistically this is not the worst period of modern human history in terms of the number of political or war deaths as you will see from the table .   However, this does not change the fact that we are living through THIS period, and deeply affected by the trauma and destruction that we see around us.

It’s important to remember that “the stars impel, they do not compel.”  The planetary alignments create an environment which forces an adjustment where change is needed.  If our lives are flowing in harmony and we feel that we are in alignment with our soul purpose, difficult planetary aspects do not necessarily create terrible events.  But the Universe is always striving for balance, and whether in our psyche, our personal lives, or our national political systems – whenever there is a lack of balance or corrupt system, these planetary configurations have the potential to bring about a crisis so that healing may occur.

To answer the question posed by my reader, the period beginning in 2025 marks a series of harmonious planetary cycles which include flowing sextiles from both Uranus (revolutionary change) and Neptune (spiritual transcendence and creativity) to Pluto (transformation) that continue until 2032 (except for a little blip in 2028-2029 when Saturn challenges Pluto which will then be in Aquarius.  Still – we cannot delude ourselves into thinking that this will magically transform the human condition into the peace, love and understanding that the Hair musical predicted for the Aquarian age.

In the end, our experience of the world begins within.  We cannot by ourselves change the world but we CAN begin by accepting the things that we cannot change and working to clear away the dysfunction in our own mind, body and spirit.  We can begin looking for light instead of darkness. We can transform our thinking to seek solutions instead of complaint.  Then we become the light bringers, and the world becomes a little less dark.

 

By | 2016-07-16T11:14:01+00:00 July 16th, 2016|Consciousness, Life, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Jupiter/Saturn dance, and a voice calling from the past.

Jupiter square SaturnI will be writing more about this cycle, but Jupiter (confidence) is in an exact square to  Saturn (insecurity) right now, the second of three hits in this cycle which began last August. Saturn is in Sagittarius which is ruled by Jupiter, so this is a bit of a “double whammy” in which the expansive positivism of Jupiter is pushing against the restrictions of Saturn. This theme is echoed in other planetary configurations and is an important one for this time.
Questions to ask now:
  • Where are my dreams and desires (Jupiter) out of line with my current reality (Saturn)?
  • What changes do I need to make to my current situation (Saturn) so that I can reach my goals (Jupiter)?  
  • How can I maintain my positive outlook (Jupiter) in the midst of challenge (Saturn)? 
  • How can I utilize my insecurities (Saturn) to create better skills to help me realize my dreams (Jupiter)?
Chiron, planet of wounding and healing, is aligned with the South Node representing our past experiences now.  Under this influence a doorway is opened to allow painful memories or experiences from our past (or past lives) to emerge so that they can be transformed and healed.  There may be a message in these emotional situations that can help you to find that Saturn/Jupiter balance and move successfully AND confidently into a future of your own creation.
By | 2016-03-25T11:17:26+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Life|10 Comments

The rise of militant atheism under Saturn in Sagittarius

militant atheismFrom an astrological perspective, religion is a shared belief system and symbolized by Jupiter and Sagittarius.  A belief system is a collection of ideas that help us to find meaning in our lives.  When we find a group that shares our belief system, this becomes a religion.  From an astrological viewpoint, religion is a collection of small “t” truths – a truth that we create for ourselves.

From this perspective, atheism is just as much a shared belief system as any of the other religions that give meaning to the lives of humans – and the attempt to impose an atheistic world view on other humans is just as dangerous as the attempt to impose any other world view.  The idea that militant atheists never killed anyone has just been shattered.

The town of Chapel Hill where I live was the scene of the execution-style murder of three Islamic students by a white neighbor who called himself an “anti-theist.”  His Facebook page is full of pro-gun statements and rantings against all religions, including Christianity.  It is still unclear whether the victims were targeted because they were Muslim.

Sagittarius is associated with religion and theology along with long distance travel, foreign languages and culture, media – the expansion of the human experience through ideas and experiences.  The passage of Pluto through Sagittarius between 1995 and 2008 oversaw the spread of globalization and the transformation (Pluto) of all kinds of media with the rise of the Internet.  This was also the period that marked the rise of religious (Sagittarius) extremism (Pluto) and militancy – violence BY religion.

Now that Saturn is in Sagittarius the Celestial Taskmaster is challenging our ideas of religion and foreign cultures, and with it the rise of militant atheism – violence directed AGAINST religion.  This idea of militant atheism first appeared in the early Soviet Communist Party which, following a Marxist doctrine that opposes religion as the “opiate of the people” oversaw the development of the League of Militant Atheists and Society of the Godless.   These groups were formalized in 1929 as Saturn was finishing its trip through Sagittarius, calling for the extermination of religion “.”

A resurgence of militant atheism in the Soviet Union under Nikita Kruschev occurred in the late 1950s when Saturn next traveled through Sagittarius.

Saturn will be in Sagittarius through 2017, and as tensions between belief systems continue to increase I expect this idea of militant atheism to become a louder voice.

 

By | 2015-02-17T09:10:50+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Life|2 Comments
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