Planetary cycles

Pluto retrograde and a new nuclear arms pact

As I wrote a few days ago, “Pluto is associated with war of the nuclear type” so it is an interesting synchronicity of timing that just as Pluto changed direction to retrograde, President Obama of the US and President Medvedev of Russia signed a historic arms control treaty, hoping to reverse the challenging relationship between the two superpowers and to reduce the number of nuclear arms stockpiled by both nations.

Retrograde periods of any planet tend to turn our attention to the past and to any areas of our lives that need repair or rebuilding.   The treaty that George Bush signed in 2002 allowed 2200 strategic warheads; the new treaty would deploy no more than 1550 warheads for each country.   There are big loopholes in the treaty but it re-establishes an inspection regime (Saturn retrograding back into Virgo) to “bring the two countries back into a legal framework after years of tension.”  

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By |2010-04-08T06:33:51-04:00April 8th, 2010|Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on Pluto retrograde and a new nuclear arms pact

Saturn retrogrades back into Virgo

Saturn in VirgoSaturn is at its last degree of Libra today before retrograding back into Virgo tomorrow (Tuesday) at around 3:30 pm Eastern time. Saturn has been in Libra since last fall where it has been creating tests and challenges in the areas of partnerships and beauty, as well as our aesthetic ideals.

Virgo is the sign that deals with issues of day-to-day life in a body. The food we eat, the mind body connection and our health, our day-to-day routines such as the work that we get up for every day, and a thrifty and practical approach to our finances. While Saturn was in Virgo it forced us as a global people to look hard at these areas of life and we can argue that Saturn’s entry into Virgo began the practical move towards a more sensible approach to finance that began to bring down the irrational exuberance at the end of the Pluto in Sagittarius era.  Saturn in Virgo also forced us to face the reality of the deteriorating quality of our health, not to mention the healthcare delivery systems, and the fact that the work force is shrinking as manufacturing is increasingly automated and humans are rendered obsolete in many fields.

Saturn will turn direct and begin to move forward again on May 30, but it will remain in Virgo until it re-enters Libra on July 21st. While Saturn travels through Virgo it will no longer be conflicting with Pluto which will bring some relief from the intensity of the Saturn/Pluto square which has been putting a lot of pressure on the need to let go of the past and allow transformation to occur.

Still, when Uranus enters Aries in May and […]

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By |2010-04-06T06:23:22-04:00April 6th, 2010|Planetary cycles|9 Comments

Pluto prepares to retrograde and another earthquake

earth changesHappy Monday Morning!

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico and California yesterday, a force equivalent to the earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this year.  This quake occurred right on schedule according to astrologer Richard Nolle an upsurge in seismic activity during the March 27-April 5 time period around the Libra Full Moon.  Richard has long written that when the Moon is at perigee (closest to the earth) her influence is more powerful and more likely to induce seismic activity and we have certainly seen that over the last couple of months.

In other news, Pluto has slowed down to a standstill in preparation for its retrograde turn on April 6th.  When a planet changes direction it tends to have a more powerful influence, and because Pluto’s domain includes issues of power and secrets, expect over the next few months to see revelations of secrets that have long been buried such as the acceleration of victims of sexual abuse by priests coming forward over the past weeks.

Because Pluto is in Capricorn, where it is restructuring the foundations of our societies, we are likely to see some reversals in decisions that have occurred since November when Pluto was last retrograde, especially in the banking industry and in governments around the world.  I have long suspected that in Capricorn, the sign representing the solid foundations on which we build our lives, Pluto would bring earthquakes and other kinds of earth changes, and this seems to be occurring as I suspected.

In our personal lives we will be asked once again to eliminate anything that no longer serves us.  Pluto spends nearly six months retrograde out of every year, and these are often periods of self-examination and personal […]

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By |2010-04-05T06:36:39-04:00April 5th, 2010|Planetary cycles|3 Comments

Lynn’s Skywatch for April is posted!

Just one date late, but we can chalk that up to April Fool’s Day. 🙂  I’ve posted the Skywatch article on my website, and you can read it here.

Here’s the introduction to give you an idea of what we’re in for in April! If you’d like to join my mailing list and receive an abridged version of Skywatch that’s translated into English with a minimum of geeky astrology language, just sign up in the sidebar to your right.

They say when March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb, and the same can be said of this astrological period. April begins with lamb-like astrological weather – there is a nice elemental balance with the Sun and Mars both in fire signs, Jupiter in watery Pisces, Mercury and Venus both in Earth, and Saturn, Chiron and Neptune all in air. There are no major problematic aspects to contend with in early April, but as the month progresses Saturn will retrograde back into Virgo and begin to face off against Uranus in Pisces. But more on that later!

Pluto takes center stage this month as it prepares for its retrograde turn on the 7th. Pluto has been at a virtual standstill at 5 degrees Capricorn since early March, and if Pluto is aspecting your own chart you are certainly feeling it now! The intensity of Pluto dredges up old memories, emotions and situations from the past but also helps us to let go of anything that no longer serves our personal growth.

Mercury enters Taurus on the 2nd, and because it will turn retrograde on the 18th it will remain in Taurus for a longer period than the few […]

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By |2010-04-02T16:46:31-04:00April 2nd, 2010|Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Skywatch for March is posted!

My Skywatch article for March is now available on my website, and I’m working on the simplified version for my newsletter.  (If you’re not already on my mailing list, please sign up in the sidebar!)

Meanwhile, here’s the information for the first week or so of March:

March begins on the heels of a powerfully optimistic Full moon in Virgo that included a conjunction of the Sun to expansive Jupiter, and the energy of that lunar event continues into the first few days of March. We also see the continuation of the alignment between Chiron and Neptune which has been gathering and releasing so much emotional drama for us over the past year. The exact conjunction occurred in mid-February and the planets are separating now, but they will be entwined and working as a team for most of the year so this process has not yet abated.

The other big news for March is, appropriately, Mars. The month of March is named for the planet Mars, because in the Julian calendar this marked the end of winter and the time to go back into battle. Mars in the sky has been traveling retrograde since December (planets don’t really move backwards, obviously, but sometimes they appear to and we call this retrograde motion), and March 10 it will change direction again. When a planet is preparing to change direction its motion slows down to a crawl and its influence is stronger. This will be particularly true this month because Mars is changing direction on the zero point of Leo where it is most powerful, and we are already seeing a heightening of aggression and combative behavior. Watch for this to become more pronounced as we get closer to the 10th, and then Mars will begin to pick up speed again. […]

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By |2010-03-01T07:21:12-04:00March 1st, 2010|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Skywatch for March is posted!
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