Planetary cycles

Sunday inspiration: Jupiter trine Saturn

10336740_10154218834010393_6500362005937514528_nThis week marks the final phase of the trine formation between Jupiter and Saturn that began in July 2013, peaked in December 2013, and is now waning and will soon disappear.

Throughout most of 2013 Jupiter (in Cancer) and Saturn (in Scorpio) were part of a Grand Trine in water planets that included Neptune in Pisces.  The trine formation looks like a big triangle and is considered one of the softer aspects which provide support and harmony, something which has been much needed in the midst of the stressful pressures of Uranus and Pluto, the planets of radical change and deep transformation.

Jupiter inspires us to expand and experience confidence – to reach beyond the limits of that which we think is possible.  Saturn sets those limits and encourages us to set goals for ourselves and strive for certain objectives which will help us to achieve success in mastering the material world.  When these two planets align in harmony there is literally nothing that we cannot do.

Over the next week as this alignment peaks in its power, work with your creative self to sharpen your image of how you would like your life to unfold.  Then use the faith and confidence of Jupiter and Saturn’s discipline and focus to take the steps required to lead you into this emboldened future.

By | 2014-05-25T08:28:59+00:00 May 25th, 2014|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

In which Mars changes course and healing is possible

Mars has been traveling retrograde since March 1st, and on the 17th it will change direction again.  Planets don’t really orbit backwards, but astrologers observe the motion of the planets from our perspective on earth and watch as they periodically APPEAR to move backwards.  A retrograde planet works underground, causing us to look backwards and repair the past – retrogrades offer us a Mulligan – a do-over if you will.

Mars will turn direct on May 19th, and for the past week or two it has been at a virtual standstill.  We call this “stationary,” and when a plant appears stationary in the sky its influence is at a peak.  Mars energizes us and motivates us to follow our dreams and desires – when thwarted it turns that energy into anger and ultimately rage.  When Mars is stationary it can be difficult to motivate ourselves and we may feel that we are stuck.  Just be patient: in another week the wheels will begin rolling again and forward movement will become easier.

At the same time we have a Grand Trine of planets that smooths all of the rough edges and assists us as we find our ways out of the difficult waters of the past few months.  Jupiter (abundance and opportunity) is exactly trine Chiron, opening pathways to the healing process which ultimate liberates us from the bondage of our wounds (Chiron) and helps us to gain greater realization and wisdom.   Later in the month, Jupiter will trine Saturn, forging stability and linking an optimistic viewpoint (Jupiter) with the ability to work hard and create solid structures (Saturn) – a combination that is the key to successfully navigating life’s joys and challenges.

Unfortunately, supportive planetary events don’t do all […]

By | 2018-11-01T09:31:40+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Grand Cross News Roundup

tornadoThe planets have calmed down now, with Mercury moving into grounded Taurus and the Taurus New Moon tomorrow.  But the past few weeks have been a doozy.

  • I counted five stabbings in US high schools: Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Houston, Utah, Fort Lauderdale.
  • Tornadoes whipped through central and southern US states with several different outbreaks over the weekend with more coming today.
  • Mars (rage, impulsive behavior) setting off Uranus (recklessness, surprise) and Pluto (death and destruction) created havoc and an increase in accidents:
    • In Saudi Arabia there were the highest number of recorded accidents in a single day.
    • A ferry in South Korea capsized and the crew escaped, leaving passengers to die.
    • Sixteen sherpas, climbing accidents, were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.
    • There was a higher than normal number of plane, motorcycle and automobile crashes.

But the worst is behind us now, and just like the way the air is cleaner after a storm, once the debris from the past few weeks has settled and can be cleared away we will be left with a fresh start.

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By | 2014-04-28T07:14:31+00:00 April 28th, 2014|Planetary cycles|1 Comment

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

Astrology today: Grand Cross update, April 21 2014

april grand cross

In April, a big lineup of planets in cardinal signs of action have created stress and tension with opportunities for release and transformation.  Transformation is not always easy, and the tension of the grand cross can bring conflict and crisis.  Sometimes the intensity is more than certain individuals can bear, and we see this play out in the news.

Mars, planet of aggression, has been traveling retrograde where it is dredging up old resentments and because it is traveling so slowly, its influence is stronger and lasts for a longer period of time.

Jupiter, planet of expansion and opportunity, is in Cancer where it is opening the heart and revealing our emotional sensitivity.

We are also dealing with Pluto, planet of death and rebirth, in Capricorn, an earth sign.  I have long predicted that when Pluto entered Capricorn we would see an abundance of earthquakes and earth changes, especially when Pluto aligned in a square (90 degree) aspect to Uranus.  Uranus is the planet that causes disruption and awakens change.

Yesterday the Moon entered the already tense Grand Cross, making a total of five planets and luminaries locked in this tight alignment.  Yet one day later, the world is still turning on its axis and not much has changed.

We have had difficult planetary alignments since 2008, and most intensively since 2011.  Many of us are becoming accustomed to this new degree of intensity, so a few days of heightened magnetism does not cause great distress.  It is generally at the beginning of these periods, when the new energies are just beginning to enter our consciousness, that we find them most difficult to manage.

I am not inclined to jump on the bandwagon of doom and gloom that […]

By | 2014-04-21T08:12:35+00:00 April 21st, 2014|Planetary cycles|13 Comments
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