Planetary cycles

Skywatch for December is Posted

Skywatch, my monthly report on planetary news is posted now on my website.  There’s lots going on this month so be sure to stay tuned right here for up-to-the-minute news on planetary effects and how they effect our inner and outer worlds.

Here’s a bit of what we have in store:

December is a busy astrological month, with lots of planetary configurations. Uranus, representing sudden change and reversals, has just changed direction which is likely to turn a number of things on their heads. At the same time, Pluto has re-entered Capricorn where it will remain until 2023. We are entering the time of change, and none of us will be able to hold onto the past now. Some of us embrace change and some fear change, but nothing is as certain as change and that has never been truer than it is over the next few years.

Saturn and Uranus are still in opposition to each other, creating a tension between a radical pressure for change (Uranus) and the need to maintain stability and retain the structures which solidify our lives (Saturn). Saturn has slowed down to a crawl as it prepares to turn retrograde at the end of the month so these two will be facing off throughout the next couple of months as they lead up to their second opposition in early February of next year. The influence of Saturn will be powerful throughout the month since it is nearly at a standstill (stationary), leading up to the Capricorn New Moon on the 27th with six planets in Capricorn (ruled by Saturn). Saturn insists that we face the harsh of reality fearlessly and without the gloss of illusion or self-deception.

December begins on the heels of a […]

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By |2008-12-01T20:49:09-04:00December 1st, 2008|Astrology, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Skywatch for December is Posted

Saturn/Uranus: Innovation Center Put on Hold

I read this in the paper today and the astrological symbolism is just too perfect to ignore: called the Innovation Center (Uranus) which was to be built here in Chapel Hill as part of the new University of North Carolina campus extension have been delayed (Saturn) because of the slowing economy.

Innovation is a keyword for Uranus, and delay is Saturn’s hallmark so will not be surprising when over the next few years we see plans for all kinds of scientific innovation and research delayed with the two-year opposition cycle of Saturn to Uranus.  Saturn doesn’t always quash the plans of Uranus – sometimes Uranus forces Saturn to change and break free of old calcified patterns (Saturn) to seek something more authentic (Uranus), especially with Pluto in Capricorn where it is destroying old structures in order to build eliminate the forms that are no longer working for us.

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By |2008-11-25T17:17:52-04:00November 25th, 2008|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Saturn/Uranus: Innovation Center Put on Hold

Mars Enters Sagittarius

elven-archerToday Mars leaves the intensely passionate and probing sign of Scorpio for the fun-loving and optimistic sign of Sagittarius.  At its best, Mars in astrology provides the fuel for our desires and our dreams – it energizes us and fires up our assertive nature.  In traditional and Vedic astrology Mars is considered a malefic planet because of its tendency to produce anger and violence, but this happens only when Mars is not allowed to have a healthy voice in our personality.

Mars in Scorpio is unafraid of the dark side of Mars, and has brought tendencies towards dominance and relentless transformation to the surface.  Mars in Sagittarius has a different modus operandi – it prefers to handle conflict with comedy and avoidance.  Mars is typically about setting good boundaries and defending them well, but Sagittarius doesn’t care for boundaries and prefers instead to have an escape route well-planned.  Mars in Sagittarius can be well utilized for sports and athletic endeavors as well as social activities and religious gatherings.

Mars in Sagittarius easily embraces the ideals and philosophies of others, and is rather open-minded unlike Mars in Scorpio which though more powerful, seeks to dominate and control.  Mars makes no major aspects with any other planets until next week when it aligns with Mercury and the New Moon in a scintillating Sagittarian stellium.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a little Sagittarian break!

art by Mara Dittmers

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By |2008-11-16T17:54:00-04:00November 16th, 2008|Astrology, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Mars Enters Sagittarius

Jupiter and Venus Unite in the Sky

Venus-JupiterJupiter and Venus will conjunct in Capricorn on December 2, and as they grow closer in the sky they will provide a beautiful show, especially as the Moon wanes and the sky darkens.  Venus and Jupiter are the brightest planets in the sky besides the Sun and Moon, which is likely the reason they are known as the “benefics” – the planets that are most beneficial astrologically.  Their conjunction is a wonderful event and will help to soften the stress of the other planetary configurations going on now.

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By |2008-11-15T17:57:33-04:00November 15th, 2008|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Jupiter and Venus Unite in the Sky

Sad news: Hate Crimes Are Up

Is it merely the election, or the opposition from Saturn to Uranus that is creating a backlash against the change that Obama and Uranus represent?

Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.

From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.

There have been “hundreds” of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes. …”

Potok, who is white, said he believes there is “a large subset of white people in this country who feel that they are losing everything they know, that the country their forefathers built has somehow been stolen from them.”

Grant Griffin, a 46-year-old white Georgia native, expressed similar sentiments: “I believe our nation is ruined and has been for several decades and the election of Obama is merely the culmination of the change.

“If you had real change it would involve all the members of (Obama’s) church being deported,” he said.

Change in whatever form does not come easy, and a black president is “the most profound change in the field of race this country has experienced since the Civil War,” said William Ferris, senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina. “It’s shaking the foundations on which the country has existed for centuries.”


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By |2008-11-15T17:55:47-04:00November 15th, 2008|Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on Sad news: Hate Crimes Are Up