Planetary cycles

Neptune in Pisces and extreme flooding

A sudden increase in floods over the past few years is being attributed to climate change by many scientists.

Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like.

That’s what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have and forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods that have occurred in the United States over the last two years.

That increase in heavy rainfall and the resultant flooding “is consistent with what we expect to see in the future if you look at climate models,” said David Easterling, a director at the National Centers for Environmental Information, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Not just in the U.S. but in many other parts of the world as well.”

The flooding in Louisiana is the eighth event since May of last year in which the amount of rainfall in an area in a specified window of time the NOAA predictions for an amount of precipitation that will occur once every five hundred years, or has a 0.2 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

Louisiana joins five other states, most of them in the South, that have experienced deadly flooding in the last 15 months, including ,, and .

In the last three months alone, floods in , West Virginia and Louisiana have combined to kill dozens of people and damage tens of thousands of homes and vehicles.

The National Weather Service reports that parts of Louisiana have received as much as 31 inches of rain in the last week, a number Dr. Easterling called “pretty staggering,” and one that exceeds an amount of precipitation that his center predicts will occur once every thousand years in the area.

 Climate change is real and this article is not meant to debunk that fact.  However, this surge of major flooding around the world is unprecedented in our lifetime and seems to coincide with the time that Neptune, the planet that rules the oceans and water as well as spirituality and creativity, entered its own sign of Pisces in 2011-2012, the year Sky News said was one of the  in the UK.  That year also saw record breaking flooding in , , , and  to name only a few.

The record breaking rains and flooding have continued since then and will likely continue until Neptune leaves Pisces for Aries in 2025.  Since Pluto will be entering Aquarius in 2023-2024 and drying out the planet, these rains and flooding could be a real boon to humanity if the water they are generating are handled properly.

Meanwhile I see this as one more way in which astrology continues to explain the unexplainable.

By | 2016-08-17T08:04:04+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Neptune in Pisces|4 Comments

“The year that rock exploded”: Neptune in Sagittarius

1971I was just reading about 1971 as “the year that rock exploded” which says:

“In his new book, Never a Dull Moment,Hepworth makes the case that the music from 1971 was the result of “a huge explosion of creativity in a very short period of time” and lives on in the present like most old music does not.

Some of the best albums of all time were recorded and released in 1971, including:

  • “Sticky Fingers” by the Rolling Stone,
  • “The Yes Album” by Yes,
  • “Cry of Love” by Jimi Hendrix,
  • “Aqualung” by Jethro Tull,
  • “Imagine” by John Lennon,
  • “Inner Mounting Flame” by the Mahavishnu Orchestra,
  • “Pearl” by Janis Joplin,
  • “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” by Traffic,
  • “Led Zeppelin IV” by Led Zeppelin,
  • “Blue” by Joni Mitchell,
  • “Mud Slide Slim” by James Taylor,
  • “Tapestry” by Carole King.

You can read the whole list on the who write the book.  As Hepworth points out, not only was an enormous amount of fantastic albums produced, the artists themselves kept pumping out brilliance into the world.

When there’s a big shift like this there is always a change in the astrological climate.  In December of 1970, Neptune entered the sign of Sagittarius.  Neptune is a tranformational planet: it inspires creativity and divine wisdom; it urges us to explore the realms beyond the ordinary and takes us to great heights.  By blurring our material vision it demands that we look within and outside of the material world. It can also cloud our vision, facilitate our addictions and generally create confusion, delusion and illusion.

Neptune is also associated with creativity and the arts as well as popular culture. With Neptune in Sagittarius, the sign of expansion and exploration, any boundaries or limits disappear and creativity abounds.  Those born with Neptune in Sagittarius, between 1971 and 1984, have this archetype in their charts and have access to a bit of this magic.

When a transformational (outer) planet first enters a sign our experience of that shift is most powerful. For example, when Pluto (destruction and regeneration) first entered Capricorn in 2008, the Capricornian principle of contraction and responsibility almost immediately created a global recession and financial contraction that while still in effect today is not quite as intense.  Neptune’s first entry into Sagittarius in 1971 galvanized this flood of creativity and inspiration that resulted in some of the finest music that we still listen to today.

Not everyone agrees that 1971 was the best year in music.   is devoted to this question, and its members voted 1969 and 1967 as being the top two music years and I have to say I agree that this period of time marked the greatest innovation in music.  But in terms of sheer volume of great albums being pumped out, there certainly is a strong case to be made for 1971, and Neptune in Sagittarius!

By | 2016-07-15T15:55:46+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

Mars goes retrograde 2016: What it means for you

Mars retrograde 2016The planet Mars is essentially the driver of the psyche.  Mars energizes us, motivates us, inspires desire and want and need.  Mars helps us to set boundaries and defend ourselves, it also gives us the chutzpah we need to go on the offensive where necessary.  If that primal instinct to need and defend is thwarted or blocked or oppressed, Mars can run amok into rage and violence so we often tend to be afraid of that instinct.

When I see a client whose Mars is powerful in the chart but it is blocked in some way, or perhaps affected by other planets which weaken its effect, they will often say “I never get angry because when I do I blow up and it frightens me.”  This is a signal that Mars needs to find expression in a healthy way.

Mars turns retrograde (meaning it appears to move backwards from our perspective on earth) every couple of years and like all retrograde cycles, retrograde Mars operates on a much more personal and intense level when retrograde.  Mars turned retrograde on April 17th, and until June 29th when it turns direct again we are likely to be much more aware of our inner frustrations and resentments.  It likely will be more difficult to assert ourselves and to express that urge into the outer world – Mars retrograde turns the focus within so that we can ultimately find greater personal expression of that primal urge to manifest desire and find our own independent way in the world.

Pluto turned retrograde at the same time as Mars, and because Pluto represents a higher octave energy of Mars there is parallel activity occurring here on both the personal and transpersonal levels.  Pluto is retrograde for six months every year so this is not as dramatic an occurrence as some articles may have led you to believe.  But the combination of Mars and Pluto stationary in the sky, beaming a laser of potent aggressive force, is a powerful one.

Mars is in freedom-loving Sagittarius now where it doesn’t appreciate being repressed and held back, which could heighten the sense of frustration.  Physical activity is always a great way to discharge built-up Mars energy and that is especially true in Sagittarius.  On April 28th Mercury will turn retrograde and that will make communication more difficult, potentially resulting in greater problems especially after May 28th when Mars retrogrades back into Scorpio and builds more power.

Remember that everyone is affected by these impulses, so the people around you are likely to exhibit frustration and rage and there is greater potential for conflict.  Mars energy can express itself in weird ways – those with difficulty expressing our anger and frustration can sometimes goad another into blowing up instead.  This is a good time to be thoughtful and conscious about how these energies operate in our lives so that they can be channeled effectively.

The key to getting the most from these planetary events is to pay close attention to your instincts and your desires and needs, and work to develop a clear strategy for achieving some sort of satisfaction and success.  Understand that the Mars-y energy is affecting everyone around the world, and remove yourself from situations that could become dangerous.

We will likely be frustrated in attempts to make anything happen between now and the end of June.  But we can certainly become more aware of the inner drives that motivate us and engage in positive actions to move forward in the direction of maximizing our potential for the ultimate achievement of those goals.

By | 2016-07-29T06:43:12+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Planetary cycles|13 Comments

Robotics and the Aquarian Age

age of aquariusNo one really knows exactly when the Age of Aquarius begins.  The Great Year, the period during which the sun rotates back through the twelve zodiacal signs at the Equinoxes, is about 26,000 years which makes each zodiac age about 2150 years but when you’re talking about numbers this big there is significant room for error.

During the 1960s the Broadway play Hair pushed the idea of the Age of Aquarius into the mainstream as some sort of golden age of love and understanding but if you know anything about Aquarius you’ll know it’s not exactly that simple.  Aquarius has nothing to do with flower power. Aquarius is an air sign – it’s domain is the realm of reason and detachment, not love and peace.  Aquarius has two rulers: its traditional ruler is Saturn which can be cold and goal-driven.  Its modern ruler, Uranus, is the disrupter – under Uranus fairness and equality becomes more important than individual relationships or needs.  Aquarius governs technology, astrology, science and revolution.

While signs of the Age of Aquarius have been on the rise (computer technology, an increase in awareness of LGBT issues, revolutionary fervor throughout the world) it has really ramped up since Uranus has been in Aries, the sign of individual expression and motivation.

The growing field of robotics is an indicator of how close we are getting to the Aquarian Age.  Take a look at Sophia, the new humanoid robot from Hanson Labs:

A “chatbot” from Microsoft called Tay flamed out in Twitter wars in less than a day as exposure to the deadly Twitter environment led to .

The reality of technology in general, and robotics in particular, replacing jobs is now upon us, although Mercedes Benz recently announced they are .

Along with increased intelligence in robots comes the danger that trained robots could take over the rule of humanity in an effort to create an Aquarian universal  standard fairness and equality.  Science fiction is often just prediction in disguise.

By | 2016-03-28T08:24:54+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Age of Aquarius, Astrology|1 Comment

October 2015 Planetary Illuminations (astrological forecast) now posted

October astrological forecastIf you are on my mailing list you will soon receive your simplified version written in plain English that is easy to understand.  You can read the whole article here, and I’ve summarized the major events for you below.  I believe that we will find the intensity of the past few months beginning to subside as we move out of eclipse season and the disturbances of the major planetary alignments and begin to find our footing.


This summer has seen a heightened level of planetary energies culminating with the September eclipse series and the SuperMoon eclipse at the end of September.  As we move into the month of October we will find ourselves in completion mode as Mercury prepares to turns direct on October 9th.  These retrograde periods are meant for reflection and offer an opportunity to reboot all of our life systems, and once they are completed it becomes easier to move our lives forward in a more positive direction.

The only major planetary alignment to occur in October is a harmonious trine from Jupiter (expansion, positivity) to Pluto (transformation, new beginnings) on October 11th.  Both planets are in earth signs where there is a more practical application of the energies which assists us in making real changes, especially helpful after years of upheaval.  We must reimagine our lives now in completely new ways and continue to let go of the past.  As we continue to evolve into the Age of Aquarius our psyches and nervous systems are being continually rewired to adapt to the new energies.

The North Node retrogrades back into Virgo on October 10th (using the Mean, or averaged, Node – astrologers who use the True Node will have a different date).  The Nodes change signs every 2-1/2 years or so, corresponding to the progressed lunar cycle as well as the Saturn cycle.  When the North Node changes signs there is a shift in focus for all humanity, and the North Node moving into Virgo signifies a greater awareness of our responsibility to others, our connection to the food that nourishes us, and the organizational details that are required for life on Planet Earth.

 

By | 2017-04-02T09:40:54+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Planetary cycles|0 Comments
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