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Uranus/Pluto: The Freelance Economy

freelance economyWhen Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn in 2008, there was a huge contraction in the business world as well as a global recession, and many people lost their jobs.  Pluto creates major shifts in the affairs of the sign through which it travels, and Capricorn is the sign of the structures that create the foundation on which we live.  Corporations, governments, economic structures – all of these are under Capricorn’s domain.

In 2009, Entrepreneur magazine :

When the economic sky fell last year and CEOs and workers alike were stuffing cash under their mattresses, it didn’t seem like the right moment for big plans, much less a wholesale reshaping of the way entire industries operate. But during the last year, as the shock has subsided, Americans looking at the collapse of corporate culture and finance, the loss of job security, and inscrutable government solutions are coming to [this conclusion]: We don’t have to do things the same way. We can take the economy in hand and drive our own destinies. And a movement that has been slowly building in the business world is finally taking hold: We’re seeing the beginnings of the entrepreneurial economy, a system built on nimble, low-overhead, oftentimes small companies with fluid workforces, rather than the massive conglomerates that have upheld the economy for decades.

Where Pluto is the destroyer, tearing apart any structure that is not serving the purpose for which it was created, Uranus tends to finish the job by breaking out of old and outmoded patterns of thought and action.  When Uranus entered Aries in 2010 it began to align in a challenging square formation with Pluto (see the sidebar of this blog for more information).

Many of […]

By | 2014-06-27T08:57:44+00:00 June 27th, 2014|Life, Money and markets|4 Comments

Individualism, Wealth, and the Second House

6394571_sI was watching writer Evan Osnos on one of the news shows at the gym on Sunday discuss the rise of individualism in China, tying it to that country’s growing wealth, and it struck me with a bit of surprise that individuality lives in the astrological Second House along with wealth and the accumulation of assets.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise, because in the Second House we develop a relationship to our environment – a stage which corresponds to the developmental phase of a child’s claiming that things are now mine.  Me and Mine live in the Second House along with money, our self-esteem, and our talents and personal resources.

The less personal resources a person or nation has, the less they can afford individualistic behavior.  Wealth brings with it an enhanced freedom that expands individual rights and self-concern – all factors that live in the Second House.

As an aside, this review of Mr. Osnos’s book on China is very interesting in light of the current square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn:  “Two potent, antagonistic forces—a swelling individualism [Uranus in Aries] and a political structure intent on controlling it [Pluto in Capricorn] —shape a rising superpower in this revealing journalistic portrait.”

I think we are seeing conflict between these two antagonistic forces everywhere on the globe right now, but perhaps the conflict can be seen more clearly in those nations which are seeing the biggest transformation and the most intense conflict.

By | 2014-05-20T11:06:23+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Life|0 Comments

Pluto in Capricorn – can Google conquer death?

Google's anti-death projectBefore Pluto’s discovery bestowed on him the title of the Lord of Death, that role was occupied by the planet Saturn.  Pluto’s role in the concept of death has to do with the surrender of life as we know it and the regeneration of something else in its place.  Saturn forces us to deal with the difficult questions and the hard aspects of life, reminding us that life is short and that death is at the door.

Saturn is the ruler of the sign Capricorn, and since 2008 Pluto has been traveling through Capricorn and will continue to do so until 2023 when it will move into Aquarius.  Pluto in Capricorn initiated the financial contraction that brought about the Great Recession of the past few years (read more about Pluto in Capricorn here).

Pluto tends to create transformation in the areas of life governed by the sign it travels in, so Pluto’s journey through Capricorn has already begun to transform the way we handle the fact of death in our world.  Because it is Capricorn, an earth sign of practicality and governance of the material world, it is the very fact of death itself that is undergoing a transformation.

Under Pluto in Capricorn we have seen the idea of zombies and vampires take hold in the popular imagination – creatures that straddle the line between life and death.

Now Google has launched a company called Calico dedicated to research into the causes of aging and ways in which the human lifespan can be extended in an effort to “.”  As an astrologer this is interesting because Pluto will leave Capricorn for the technology sign Aquarius in 2023, and by then technology and human existence […]

By | 2014-05-16T06:05:24+00:00 May 16th, 2014|Death, Life|2 Comments

Who will care for the poor in the Aquarian Age?

Aquarian AgeNo one can really tell when the Age of Aquarius begins.  This is a 2160 year cycle, and it doesn’t begin or end on a particular date.  But I believe that we are in the transition period between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius.

The spread of Christianity dominated the Age of Pisces, and while there have been some horrific consequences as a result (think the brutality of the Crusades, the annihilation of Native Americans and other indigenous groups, etc.) it has primarily been Christian and other religious groups that have cared for the poor.

One of the rulers of Pisces is Jupiter, and Jupiter rules religion, the construct of meaning that we create for ourselves and share with others.  During the Age of Pisces the ideology of shared ideas has prevailed, and for a person to be without religion was unthinkable.

As we move into the age of Aquarius, ruled by Saturn traditionally and Uranus as modern ruler, there is more of a focus on individual rights and liberties and perhaps less compassion that is one of the higher manifestations of the Piscean archetype.  While Aquarius is all about fairness and justice for everyone, there is less of a sense of empathy and more of a fervor for liberty which we can certainly observe in today’s political landscape.  Aquarius loves mankind in general but finds it more difficult to be emotionally connected, hence the image I chose for this article.

Two years ago I wrote an article entitled “Will religion survive the Aquarian Age?”

There is no doubt that the presence of religion in our lives is changing, especially in the United States which, with Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius rising and Jupiter conjunct the Sun in the […]

By | 2014-04-23T07:17:57+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Age of Aquarius, Life, Religion|9 Comments

A crescendo of violence leads to hopeful transition

climacticOn November 1st, Uranus and Pluto clashed in the sky for the fourth  of seven total phases that will continue into 2015 (see more about this cycle in the sidebar if this is new to you).  On November 3rd there was a full moon eclipse in Scorpio, the sign of intensity and passion.  This was an intense week, full of emotion and inner conflict.  For some, that inner conflict spilled out into acts of violence.

During that week there was a noticeable increase in violent acts.  For example, in Chicago five people were murdered during the first three days of November, despite a declining murder rate in that city.   cried “How to make sense of four families slain in four days?”  after four entire families in four different states were killed between the 1st and the 5th of November.  One disturbed young man opened fire in a mall in Paramus, killing only himself, and another went on a rampage at LAX airport, killing two TSA officers. Three people were killed when a gambling operation at a Detroit barbershop went sour.

These things happen all the time, but intense planetary configurations such as the combination of events at the beginning of November bring our own inner conflicts and stress to a peak that often spills out into the outer world. When this is combined with the global stress of economic and political disorder such as we are seeing today, the result can be a cocktail of violence and disturbance.

The good news is that the planets are settling down and we are heading into a rest period.  No eclipses, no stressful planetary alignments for the next few months means that we can assimilate […]

By | 2013-11-14T07:16:35+00:00 November 14th, 2013|Life|5 Comments
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