Planetary cycles

Planetary news this week: a Pisces trip through magic

Sun in PiscesThe Sun has entered into dreamy Pisces – the “celestial dustbin” of the zodiac.  In Pisces everything that exists in the world comes together in a swirl of magic to be released like fairy dust into the ethers.  The Piscean experience is that of transcendence – it urges us to transcend our ordinary lives of mundane details and find bliss in a joyful dream.  This experience can occur in an infinite number of ways – through losing ourselves in our relationships, an experience of Samadhi in meditation, a walk in the woods or a sunset, creating a beautiful piece of art. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, and having just entered Pisces the Sun will align with Neptune on the 23rd of February.  For the next few days creativity is at a peak and it becomes easier to channel the divine within us into a form that can create happiness not only for us but also for those around us. A trine from the Sun to the North Node of the Moon opens doorways that help us in our evolutionary journey.  This is a beneficial energy that will help us from falling into the Pisces trap of becoming lost in the “glamour” of the fairy dust under which we see only want we want to see and lose track of the physical world entirely. In the  meantime, this Pisces/Neptune magic can open the heart to Divine Love in a way that nothing else can, opening portals in your relationships for deeper connection, facilitating your art or creative drive, and deepening your connection to Universal Wisdom.

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top […]

By | 2018-06-11T11:31:38+00:00 February 19th, 2014|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

A change of direction: the lunar nodes change signs

Art by Igor Pogosyan

The Nodes of the Moon are not planets – they are purely mathematical points that show where the path of the Moon crosses the path of the Sun (called the “ecliptic”).  The North, or ascending, node acts as a signpost to take us into the future – it points the way for our soul’s evolutionary growth.  The South, or descending, node is a signpost from the past.  Through the South Node we release people, places and things which we carry with us that are no longer needed.

The North and South Nodes are always in opposite signs, reflecting the polarity of the astrological pantheon, and they change signs approximately every eighteen months or so.  On March 23 the mean calculation for the North Node will move from Scorpio into Libra.  Some astrologers use the “true node” which will change signs on February 19th.

One of many things astrologers argue over is whether to use the “mean node” or the “true node.”  Steven Forrest has written a which I can’t improve upon.  Steven says:

[T]he actual moment-to-moment position of the lunar nodes is quite twitchy. Essentially that is how the true node is calculated—although in reality most astrological computer do not take all of these effects fully into account. Even the “true” node is not really true. The bottom line is the calculated true node’s motion is eccentric. It can even sometimes go briefly Direct.

The mean node assumes the simpler view: that the Moon orbits the center of the Earth. The effect is to smooth everything out a bit.

In any case, when the lunar nodes change signs there is a shift in focus on […]

By | 2018-11-25T08:32:03+00:00 February 11th, 2014|Planetary cycles|9 Comments

The Jupiter/Pluto opposition: this time with Venus

Art  by Mati Klarwein

The most recent opposition (180 degree) formation between Jupiter and Pluto began last summer and you can catch up on that earlier article here.

Jupiter inspires us to find meaning in our lives by developing faith and belief in an ideal that works for us.  It therefore rules theology and religion, but also travel and exposure to other cultures that expand our minds.  Jupiter also presides over the realm of higher knowledge and the search for a truth that makes sense for us.  However, Jupiter’s need for continual expansion can result in an overinflated sense of reality that has no basis in the real world.  Pluto on the other hand demands nothing less than Truth with a capital “T” – the ultimate Truth that can be known  only when artifice and the superficial are discarded, and when Pluto interacts with Jupiter the inflated hopes and dreams of Jupiter can often be burst.

With Jupiter opposing Pluto we will likely see conflict between the small truths and the bigger Truths that underlie the very fabric of reality.  Jupiterian truths are like theologies – your truth may be different from mine.  Your politics may be different from mine.  But Truth is a reality that cannot change from one person to the next.

Many planetary cycles occur in three phases (although sometimes with Saturn there is only one, and with Neptune and Pluto there can be five and even, rarely, seven).  These cycles sometimes fall into a pattern of experience, although just as with all human experience there is a wide variation depending on the individual and the cycle.  The initiatory phase wakes us up with new information – there is […]

By | 2014-01-25T08:36:59+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Planetary cycles|6 Comments

A look back at the astrology of 2013

"The Tower" by Linda Ravenscroft

Salon posted an article the other year entitled “.”

As a year marked by revelation (and authoritarian attempts to quash revelation), 2013 was a big year for misery — making known and felt our troubling state of current of affairs.

This quote accurately describes one aspect of the intense square (90 degree) aspect between Uranus and Pluto that has been driving the global astrology since 2011.  Uranus in Aries breaks down the status quo and creates a desire for change and revolution, and Pluto in Capricorn breaks down power structures that are corroding from the inside, while consolidating power at the same time.  It’s a big cocktail of breakdown and regeneration that can be extremely unsettling.

In fact, the reached a peak in 2011, the highest point since Reagan was in office in the early 1980s.  Since 2011 the Misery Index has continued to decrease, but we are not out of the woods yet.

Under the Uranus/Pluto square we have seen the revelations of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, civil liberties violations and the killing of Trayvon Martin, bombings and school shootings, typhoons and earthquakes, civil war in Egypt, Syria and the Sudan, the first resignation of a sitting pope in hundreds of years.  But we have also seen the election of a new and amazingly progressive pope, technological advances (Uranus) such as 3D printers and Google glass, and revolutionary cultural events such as the  unprecedented number of films made by and starting African Americans.

2013 marked the peak of this Uranus/Pluto cycle and here’s no doubt that 2013 was a difficult and challenging year for many people on a personal level […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:23:20+00:00 December 31st, 2013|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

Astrology lesson: The effect of planetary cycles

planetsA client asked this question so I thought it might be a good thing to cover in this column:  Do planetary cycles like the Uranus/Pluto square (see the sidebar) affect everyone the same?

I used this example to explain how planetary cycles work:  When it’s raining in your community, rain pours down on everyone.  But everyone is affected differently.  Some people love being out in the rain and they may be dancing in the streets.  Some people hate to get wet, and they will stay indoors or cover themselves with rain gear.  Some people get depressed in the dark days, and they will retreat into their sadness until the Sun returns.

A planetary cycle or movement, whether a huge cycle such as the Uranus/Pluto square that is going on now (see the sidebar) or a tiny little lunar event that may last an hour or two, will affect all of us to one degree or another.  If the planetary cycle is near the same degree as a planet in our chart so that it hits us directly, it will have a stronger and more personal impact.

If the planetary cycle is near the same degree as a sensitive point or system in our chart it has the strongest affect of all, stimulating that sensitive point and necessitating some sort of change to bring relief and ultimately, growth and evolution.

For more information and guidance during planetary cycles, you may want to read my article on Transits and Transformation.

Thank you for attending today’s lesson!

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By | 2013-12-07T06:32:58+00:00 December 7th, 2013|Featured posts, Lessons, Planetary cycles|0 Comments