Planetary cycles

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

Mars in Libra December 2013: What can we expect?

Mars in LibraYou will be reading lots of stuff in the astrological news about the dangers of Mars in Libra as it collides with the Uranus/Pluto square (see the sidebar for more information about this cycle).  I wrote a bit about this last week and felt after reading the comments that it’s probably a good idea to talk more about Mars moving into Libra in early December and what that will mean for the Uranus/Pluto cycle and the tension that many of us have been experiencing.

There’s no denying that Uranus/Pluto cycles are periods of great change, and we have been going through great astrological changes ever since 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn, a 20-year shift of energy that created contraction and destruction of any foundation that did not have a firm footing.  Then along comes Uranus in 2011 and 2012, destabilizing and creating resistance and radical change.  This is big stuff and was bound to have an impact.

It is important to understand that the Universe is continually striving for balance.  If we pay attention we can see this at work in our personal lives.  For example, the person who hates their job but is afraid to leave it.  Finally they are fired and while they may see this as the worst thing that could ever happen to them, ultimately it can be a liberation to free them from a negative situation. Clients will tell me “Oh, that was a terrible time” but upon further investigation it becomes clear that while very disruptive events occurred, and it was an uncomfortable time, these events ultimately created change that had positive impacts for the rest of that person’s life.

The archetype of Mars is the “God of War.”  This gives […]

By | 2013-11-20T07:30:24+00:00 November 20th, 2013|Planetary cycles|10 Comments

Uranus square Pluto Part Four: The cycle so far

Uranus-PlutoToday marks the fourth phase in the dynamic square (90 degree) alignment between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.  The conflict between individual self-expression (Uranus in Aries) and the power establishment and need for control (Pluto in Capricorn) has been seen in virtually every area of our personal lives as well as the landscape of the world political arena.  (See the sidebar for all dates)

Although the first exact event took place in June of 2012, Uranus and Pluto came within just a few degrees of exactitude back in 2011 so this dance has really been going on for over two years during which time we can see the Uranus/Pluto conflict of revolution and power imbalance played out in the news:


  • Osama bin Laden was killed by the US.
  • South Sudan splits off from Sudan
  • The Arab Spring of rebellion and revolution sweeps across the middle east
  • Occupy Wall Street protests spread throughout the US
  • Muammar Qaddafi is killed and the Libyan civil war revolutionaries take over the country.


  • Civil war in Mali ousts the sitting president and Azawad secedes from Mali.
  • The “God Particle” is discovered (radical new idea (Uranus) that explodes conventional thinking (Capricorn)).
  • Hurricanes, typhoons and earthquake create significant damage


  • North Korea undergoes several missile tests
  • The most powerful meteor in over a century explodes in Russia
  • Pope Benedict resigns (first pope to resign since 1415).
  • He is replaced by Pope Francis, who is a walking Uranus Pluto square himself, exploding  paradigms of Catholic thought.
  • Edward Snowden exposes US surveillance secrets
  • Egyptian president Morsi is deposed in a coup
  • The US Republican Party splits into at least two ideological camps and struggles to find a new identity.

And we’re just in the middle of the cycle.  One thing is clear: this Uranus Pluto square is having the effect […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:23:40+00:00 November 1st, 2013|Planetary cycles|3 Comments

Grand Sextile – the final bow

Grand Sextile

On August 31st the Moon in Cancer opposed Pluto in Capricorn, reuniting eight planets (including the Moon) plus the Lunar Nodes in a magical dance.  Echoing the Grand Sextile that occurred just a month ago, this alignment merges the powerful force of conflict and crisis with a more supportive and harmonious balance that facilitates the process of soul growth and evolution.

We are nearing the midpoint of the challenging square (90 degree) alignment between Uranus and Pluto that began officially in June of 2012 but the energy really began forming back in 2011 when the planets began to dance in close proximity to each other.  (Please see the sidebar for an explanation of this cycle if it is new to you.)  With seven exact stations, this cycle will continue into early 2015 and continue to inspire the breaking down of structures that are no longer working (Pluto in Capricorn) by the radical influx of new ideas and a desire to break away from the past to a more individualized future (Uranus in Aries).

This summer’s Grand Sextile, and the Grand Trine (involving Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron/Neptune) that encompasses it, provide a soft landing in which these changes can take place.  The Grand Sextile includes a series of sextile (60 degree) formations which contain an element of excitement and stimulation – this not only can make change easier but it can also help us to look forward to the new energy that is flooding our lives, helping us to release our futile resistance.

The Grand Sextile will wane over the next few weeks, but the Grand Trine will continue in effect for some time giving us an opportunity to walk through the doors of change willingly, leaving the […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:03:20+00:00 September 1st, 2013|Planetary cycles|4 Comments