Planetary cycles

The Vernal Equinox!

The Sun enters Aries today, making this the Vernal Equinox in the tropical zodiac, the time when the days and nights are of equal length.  This therefore is a time of balance and the moment that Spring begins.

The chart for the equinox, which occurs at 7:44 am this morning, features a square from Pluto to the Sun which signifies great power and the potential for transformation but also for conflict.  Pluto in Capricorn demands sacrifice and respect for the contracting cycle, and the new Aries Sun resists this and wants to burst forth impatiently  into Spring, unconscious of the greater contraction in the world around us.

Mercury is conjunct Uranus in Pisces, suggesting new ideas and experiences from which we can draw wisdom and greater understanding.  The opposition of Saturn to that conjunction adds a need for practical application and the creation of a structure within which to operate to create change.  The Moon trines Saturn and sextiles Mercury/Uranus, so the deeper instinctual wisdom is the key to maintaining balance.   Chiron and Neptune are in conjunction and the process of exposing old wounds so that we can connect to the divinity in our lives in a way that is more real and more true.

The Equinox is a resurrection festival that is found across a variety of cultural perspectives and religion.  Attis, Adonis, Osiris, Jesus, Dionysus – all are gods who die and are reborn in the spring.  This is a time to be reborn ourselves – to blossom and shed the old skins that are no longer working for us.

The Moon interacts in harmonious sextiles with Venus at around 10:15 am and with Uranus at around 4 pm EDT, so the planetary energies are generally positive today.  This is more of a time for thinking and […]

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By |2009-03-20T06:38:28-04:00March 20th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on The Vernal Equinox!

Chiron, Neptune, and the disturbing burst of violence

In the Daily Skywatch for March 9 I wrote of the spike in violence that was occurring all over the world, and since then there have been even more shocking mass murders in Germany and Alabama.  This dramatic rise of violence occurred as Mars (aggression) passed over the approaching conjunction of Chiron (wounding) and Neptune (blurring reality).

In the conjunction the energy of the two (or more) planets is fused so that they work together as one.  This can be harmonious, as in the case of the Moon and Venus, or it can be challenging, as with Mars and Neptune.  It’s hard to predict what we’re going to get with the conjunction.  In the case of Chiron and Neptune, the Neptunian blurring of boundaries can make it easier to access the hidden wounds (Chiron) that need to be released.  Or, the emotional pain that we experience when Chiron is active can be blinded by the Neptunian fog and then, when activated by Mars, explodes in some kind of strong action in order to numb the pain.

The Chiron/Neptune conjunction, which will continue to edge closer together until it perfects next year, is likely to bring up painful issues from the past, both personally and globally.  Ideally we will use the spiritual wisdom of Neptune to assist us in working through blocks that help us to gain greater wisdom under Chiron’s tutelage.  But there is always the danger that damaged individuals will become unhinged in the process.

On the positive side, the last time Chiron conjoined  Neptune was September 3, 1945, the day that World War II ended.  World War II occurred out of unfinished business from the first World War, and we can argue that it took Chiron and Neptune to complete the task.  It’s interesting that the Nodes of the […]

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By |2009-03-11T07:32:24-04:00March 11th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Chiron, Neptune, and the disturbing burst of violence

From 2010: When will the Global Recession be over?

I found this article in my drafts folder – for some reason I never published it.  I found it interesting and perhaps you will too.  

We predicted the coming of the recession, can we also predict when it will be behind us?

I began predicting a decline in the financial markets when Jupiter (expansion) made a square to Saturn (restriction and the imposition of limitations) back in late 2005 and 2006.  At that time I, like other astrologers, began recommending that people get out of the stock market, assuming that Saturn would begin to set limits on the ever-expanding market prices.  Still, the stock market remained relatively strong and continued to expand with Jupiter in Scorpio, the sign of investment and other people’s money.  In January 2007 I admitted that I had been wrong:

I feel that the stock market remained strong because of the determined optimism of Jupiter’s passage through Scorpio, which rules other people’s money and therefore the stock market, as well as the continued travel of Pluto through Sagittarius and its irrational exuberance. The astrological indicators are relatively benign for 2007. Except for the ongoing opposition of Saturn and Neptune which could disappoint (Saturn) some deluded (Neptune) investors who wear rose colored glasses and the square between Jupiter (expansion) and Uranus (sudden change) which may bring about sudden changes of fortune for all kinds of people, I don’t see anything that will bring about a recession.

However, it’s clear now that the seeds were sown during 2006 for the slowdown of the economy that hit us in 2008.  Home prices peaked that year, as did the frenzy of subprime mortgages.  However, the strength of the “irrational exuberance” as I called it of Pluto’s travel through Sagittarius made it […]

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By |2009-03-02T07:05:48-04:00March 2nd, 2009|Money and markets, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on From 2010: When will the Global Recession be over?

Skywatch for March is posted

The monthly Skywatch article is now posted on my website, and here is the planetary news for the beginning of March.

March begins with a continuation of the stellium of five planets in Aquarius. A stellium is a cluster of three or more planets that all interact tightly together, fusing their energies and becoming more powerful as a group than they would be individually.

Aquarius is ruled by both Saturn (the ancient ruler) and Uranus (the modern ruler), and those two planets are opposing each other in the sky right now, an aspect that will be in effect over the next year or so. From a spiritual perspective, Aquarius embodies both the power to create form of Saturn and the power to out of form of Uranus. There is therefore a constant pressure for evolution embodied in the Aquarian archetype.

Aquarius/Uranus is the revolutionary thinker – the brilliant mind that puts aside conventional wisdom in order to create something entirely new. The Uranian side of Aquarius is the inventor, the revolutionary and the futurist; the Saturnian side of Aquarius has a more fixed ideal of the way that life should unfold, and while exhibiting an impeccable fairness. This dichotomy is the underlying planetary influence over the next few weeks.

On March 1 Mercury (the mind) forms an exact conjunction to Mars (the aggressive instinct), with both planets in Aquarius. This is a short but lively period that will have passed by the 2nd, but which offers a heightened mental energy that can be very useful for projects that involve writing and communication. We may feel more argumentative than usual now, or we may find that others are the angry ones.

Over the next few days Mercury (communication and mental energy) will pass by […]

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By |2009-03-01T07:23:14-04:00March 1st, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Skywatch for March is posted

Comet Lulin and the Pisces New Moon

The Moon enters Pisces this morning at 8 am EST, turning our attention to matters beyond the sphere of the ordinary mundane world.  Under the Pisces influence we seek comfort – whether spiritual or from less divine sources such as drugs, alcohol or television.  The connection to the Divine is stronger under the Pisces influence since the boundaries of material reality become more permeable, and this also heightens our creativity.

The Moon forms a nice aspect to Pluto that will begin to make itself known in the late morning and will culminate at 1:30 pm, paving the way for the New Moon.  New Moons occur when the Sun (conscious mind) conjoins the Moon (instinctive emotions), and begins a new lunar cycle.  New Moons are therefore thought to be excellent times to begin new projects or start a new endeavor and the energy of this New Moon, with the excitement of the Aquarius stellium, offers abundant opportunities for heightened creativity and divine inspiration.

Comet Lulin comes closer to earth tonight than it will be during its entire visit but it will be visible over the next few days, coinciding with the effect of the New Moon.  News reports say that the comet’s atmosphere is shedding 800 gallons of water every second, “enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in less than 15 minutes.”  This water connection is very interesting considering the fact that the Comet arrives at the time of the New Moon in the watery sign of Pisces and at a time when there are no other planets in water except for Uranus which is a very dry planet.  The strong Aquarian influence right now is also very dry, and this green Comet with all of its water symbology is an interesting visitor at this time.

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By |2018-07-15T10:00:59-04:00February 24th, 2009|Moon, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Comet Lulin and the Pisces New Moon