Planetary cycles

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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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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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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Chiron Turns Direct! And Other Planetary News

“The Wounded Healer” by Alex Grey.

Chiron has been traveling retrograde since May 25, and changes direction today.  It has been virtually at a standstill since August, holding our feet to the fire as we release the wounds of our past in order to gain in wisdom and true knowledge. The accumulated understanding we’ve gained over the past month or so will have an opportunity for release now.

Chiron is known as the “wounded healer” (read more about Chiron here), but he is much more than that.  Under the influence of Chiron, we revisit the wounds of the past and transmute them into wisdom and the ability to heal and protect in the service of others.  As the bridge between the personal (inner) planets and the transformational (outer) planets, Chiron also provides the inner teachings that facilitate our transformation from ordinary human to transformational being.

Chiron is just completing a conjunction to the North Node now, the 15th being the final phase of a three -part conjunction that began June 1 and hit for the second time August 11.  The Nodes are not planets; they are signposts in the sky that mark the places where the Moon crosses the path of the Sun’s passage through the zodiac. The signposts point to our past (the South Node) and to the future (the North Node). Throughout May Neptune and Chiron both conjoined the North Node, signifying an important event to facilitate inspiration (Neptune) and healing (Chiron). When planets conjunct the North Node they by necessity oppose (180 degrees) the South Node, setting up a tension between the influences that hold us back (South Node) and the pull to continue evolving (North Node) by fully experiencing the wounds of […]

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The Opposition from Saturn to Uranus: 2008-2012


The planetary bodies in our solar system are engaged in a never-ending series of cycles that while repeating on a regular basis, continually unfold into a totally new experience of their effect on humanity. An opposition of Saturn to Uranus now will have a very different influence than it did 100 years ago because of the way human beings continue to change.

Saturn is now, in mid-October 2008, moving into an alignment with Uranus that will perfect on November 4 just in time for election day in the US. Saturn is the outermost of what we call the “personal” planets – the planets that describe the basic psychological experiences and needs that motivate us as individuals. Uranus is the first of the outer or transpersonal planets which exert their effect on us from outside, creating experiences in our life that demand that we grow and evolve and transform.

In ancient and medieval astrology, and n Vedic astrology still, the outer planets are not considered, For these practitioners, Saturn is the most powerful of the planets – the Lord of Death and Karma, a “malefic” planet that would generally bring about bad things. Modern astrology tends to take a different view of Saturn – one that recognizes his ability to create form and structure, to organize humans into social bodies using customs, morality and rules of law, and to offer up the mundane virtues of discipline, hard work and a desire to achieve something in the physical world. In his guise as the Lord of Time he reminds us that life is fleeting and we’d better do something that will make our lives amount to something.

Uranus was not discovered until 1781 (coincidentally, Pluto at the time was in the sign of […]

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