Planetary cycles

Jupiter square Uranus, opening wide the doors of liberation

If-You-Change-Nothing-Nothing-Will-ChangeWe are currently in the midst of a major planetary cycle: the square from Uranus to Pluto.  If this concept is new to you, please see the abbreviated explanation in the sidebar of this site.  

Jupiter formed an exact square to Uranus last week, the first of three exact alignments that will amplify the shifting tides in our personal lives as well as on the world stage that are creating the necessity for a complete overhaul (Uranus in Aries) of the very foundation of our lives (Pluto in Capricorn).  With a total of seven exact alignments spanning a period of nearly five years, this planetary cycle is like a hurricane of energy that will strip us of the aspects of our lives that are already in decay (Pluto) and encourage us to refine our lives so that they more authentically reflect who we truly are (Uranus).

Now here comes Jupiter, interacting first with Pluto earlier in August and now Uranus.  Jupiter brings confidence to one’s ventures; it dislikes restrictive boundaries and desires to  expand beyond them.  Jupiter and Uranus are both freedom planets but they behave differently astrologically.  Jupiter is a personal planet, so it represents the internal urge to grow and learn and to live a life that has real meaning for us.  As a transpersonal planet, Uranus inspires us to drop any artifice and react against restriction that keeps us from being authentic and true to ourselves.  When these two interact in the sky, especially in a strong aspect such as the square (90 degree) aspect, the pressure for liberation becomes powerful and impossible to ignore.

Warning: geeky astrological details ahead.  The next exact alignment between Uranus and Pluto occurs November 1 2013, but Jupiter […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:23:52-04:00August 25th, 2013|Planetary cycles|2 Comments

The Jupiter/Pluto opposition in the news

collisionAlthough the exact alignment between Jupiter and Pluto did not culminate until yesterday, the two great gods in the sky have been approaching each other for the past few weeks.

Jupiter is the King of the Gods and inspires expansive confidence and a righteous adherence to the belief systems which we hold dear.  I often get the feeling that Pluto laughs at the idea that Jupiter considers himself the King, since Pluto holds the key to life and death itself.  I suppose it’s because the father of Jupiter and Pluto, that nasty Saturn, ate all his children and only Jupiter escaped and managed to save the rest.

At any rate, as I wrote last week:  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.

Over the past ten days or so that Jupiter and Pluto have been moving into alignment, the planet Mars was also involved.  Mars represents anger, haste, desire, impulsive behavior – it’s inclusion into the larger cycle has created some inflammatory situations across the globe.  Here are just a few:

  • There have been a number of plane and transportation crashes:
    • A train traveling at 195 mph crashed in Spain
    • A train in Quebec exploded and killed 47 people
    • Two trains collided in Switzerland, injuring 35.
    • In Louisiana a tanker train derailed and over 100 homes were evacuated due to the leakage of deadly chemicals (that’s Neptune in Pisces getting into the act).
  • A motorist drove through a crowd in Venice Beach, California, […]
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By |2013-08-09T12:45:09-04:00August 9th, 2013|Planetary cycles|8 Comments

Jupiter opposite Pluto August 2013: Negotiating with the Gods

Jupiter opposite Pluto 2013

There’s no denying that the past week or so has been intense, with the planet of war (Mars) aligning with the King of the Gods (Jupiter).  Jupiter represents our desire to expand our horizons and grow in confidence and knowledge, we long to interact with other cultures and to become knowledgeable and even perhaps famous.

When Jupiter is involved we seek to be as one with the gods – to be our best selves.  This can sometimes make us a little cocky and perhaps even arrogant or self-righteous, and when aggressive Mars gets into the picture the atmosphere can really heat up.

Mars and Jupiter aligned on July 22nd, but there has been little peace since then because Mars went on to oppose Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld and Destruction on the 27th of July as Jupiter began to move into position to join Mars in battle with Pluto.

Pluto, despite certain astronomers deciding that it’s not really a planet, is the most potent force in the astrological pantheon.  Pluto empowers us and strips us of any veneer that is holding us back from self-realization.  But it also can break us down so that we are forced to surrender our ideas and ideals of what life is supposed to be like and force us to begin anew.

Jupiter will oppose Pluto (in a 180 degree aspect) three times between now and April 2014, and the first exact alignment is August 7th.  (You’ll be reading more about that in my Planetary Illuminations column – sign up in the sidebar if you’re not already on my mailing list.)  This is particularly significant in light of the cycle involving Uranus and Pluto (catch up on this in the sidebar article) which […]

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By |2013-07-31T07:54:19-04:00July 31st, 2013|Planetary cycles|5 Comments

The Watery Grand Trine of 2013

A Grand Trine occurs when three (or more) planets form a triangle and is generally thought to be a harmonious alignment. Trines work well together – they support each other and create ease but can also inspire laziness and complacency.  For this reason Grand Trines work best when combined with the more stressful aspects (such as squares and oppositions).  People generally think of trines as “good” and the stressful aspects as “bad,” but it’s the challenging aspects that motivate and strengthen.  Trines can encourage weakness and self-indulgence without the added balance of a more stressful influence.

A Grand Trine in water began in June and will be in effect for the entire year.  The primary planets involved are Jupiter (expansion and meaning), Saturn (restriction and structure) and Neptune (inspiration and spirituality).  Jupiter and Neptune together govern the spiritual life – Jupiter seeks meaning and encourages us to discover belief systems that give our life meaning, and Neptune inspires us to experience divinity first-hand through creative expression and spiritual bliss.  Saturn grounds these lofty matters into reality and requires that we take concrete steps towards spiritual growth.

Jupiter is in Cancer (I promise to have my article up soon!), Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, all water signs which emphasize the feelings and emotions.  Jupiter and Neptune tend to bring out the weakness of the Grand Trine since Jupiter is all about feeling good and Neptune seeks the path of least resistance in its journey towards cosmic bliss.  Saturn holds down the fort, grounding and requesting that we create structure in the journey towards comfort and relaxation.

Intuition and flow are of primary importance now and will help to soften the intensity of the push for change that is creating disruption […]

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By |2018-06-11T11:48:32-04:00July 9th, 2013|Planetary cycles|6 Comments

Uranus Pluto square, Phase Three

As if we might be tempted to forget about the seven phase cycle of the challenging planetary dynamic (square formation) involving Uranus and Pluto, the third phase was marked by a violent tornado in Oklahoma as the square formation reached exactitude yesterday, May 20th, at 2:45 pm local time.  This tornado was graded an F-4 in intensity.  Less than one percent of all tornadoes have been graded F-4.

Uranus and Pluto will have made a total of seven exact alignments by the time the cycle ends in 2015.  Not all of them will be marked with disasters.  But when Uranus and Pluto enter into their dance every forty years or so, change is inevitable. These are the two most powerful planets in the astrological pantheon, and their interaction in a challenging interaspect creates destruction and rebuilding of any area of our life, political or personal, that is stuck in a past that no longer function.

Some of us are experiencing this on a very personal level if our own charts are affected by this cycle which will be especially intense for those of us who are 20-22, 40-42, 61-63 or 83-85 and undergoing a major Uranus transit of our own.  Understanding that the framework of the world in which we live is shifting – that’s the key to successfully navigating these interesting times.

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By |2013-05-21T17:15:29-04:00May 21st, 2013|Planetary cycles|10 Comments
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