Planetary cycles

The Upcoming Saturn/Uranus Opposition and Election Day

Beginning on the US election day, Saturn and Uranus will begin a series of five oppositions, concluding the summer of 2010.  Astrologers have been speculating for the past year about what this could mean.  Saturn is the planet that rules over the status quo, governmental and societal structures that hold chaos at bay, the limitations that we place on our world.  Uranus is the planet that invites the chaos in to create radical changes in our world.  It seeks new ways of thinking and innovative discoveries – it presides over inventions and new technologies.  When these two planets oppose each other a tension is created between the old (Saturn) and the new (Uranus).

In the US this tension began back in March-April when transiting Uranus began a square to Mars (21 Gemini)  in the US chart.  This is when the fevered rhetoric for change swept over the presidential primaries, with even Mitt Romney and John McCain adopting the call for change that was so successful for Barack Obama.

It’s interesting and perhaps beyond coincidence that the second phase of the square of Uranus to the US Mars occurred at the end of August, just as Sarah Palin was chosen as the Change Candidate for the Republican ticket.   Palin, as we’ve seen in earlier articles, has a stellium of Aquarius (ruled by both Uranus and Saturn) planets in her chart and at the convention was acclaimed by the GOP as a reformer who can bring change (Uranus) to Washington while adhering to conservative “values” (Saturn).

All of this talk of change can be frightening to many people in a time of crisis such as the one we find ourselves in at this moment.  When we are frightened we may tend to cling to […]

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By |2008-09-05T14:07:36-04:00September 5th, 2008|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on The Upcoming Saturn/Uranus Opposition and Election Day

Saturn in Virgo: More Studies on Plastics

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By |2019-05-11T07:33:08-04:00September 4th, 2008|Health & Healing, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Saturn in Virgo: More Studies on Plastics

Ride the Jupiter/Pluto Wave!

If you’ve been feeling like you’re treading water this summer, or going one step backwards for every two steps forwards, you’re not alone.  Four traditional planets plus Chiron are retrograde now, and while this isn’t as many as the astonishing six planets retrograde that we had last summer, it’s still a significant number.  This will change next week when Jupiter and Pluto both turn direct (move forward again) on the 8th.

When the planets are moving retrograde they inspire/force us to go back over territory we have already been through, consolidating and reinforcing our evolution.  This is a frustrating but necessary part of the process so we might as well work with it!  Pluto’s job is to clear away anything in our life that no longer serves us or that weakens us, and Jupiter’s job is to create expansion and give us a sense of meaning in our lives.  Jupiter and Pluto are not in aspect to each other so they are not engaged in this project together, but the influence of each of them, separately, is powerful right now because they have both stalled as they prepare to turn.

Elsa has a good plan to maximize the benefits of Jupiter and Pluto’s change of direction next week:

“I was talking to a pal over the weekend and I told her I was going to consciously and dramatically shift my focus so as to change my life when Pluto turned direct.

I went on to outline my ideas which abstract. In fact they were primarily emotions but I knew as I expressed them that an actual cohesive plan and the commitment to go with it would follow and sure enough these things are emerging now.

I am going to do this like the ball […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:33:07-04:00September 2nd, 2008|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Ride the Jupiter/Pluto Wave!

Happy Labor Day! And Skywatch is Posted

astrologiaThe September issue of Skywatch, my monthly report of planetary news, is posted now on my website and you can read it here.  Here are the general influences that we encounter as we enter September:

The beginning of September finds us with a shortage of the fire and water elements, with a predominance of earth and air. Ever since Mars left Cancer in May, there has been a shortage of the water element in the placements of the major planets, and the fire element has been missing since the beginning of August. Water is the element of emotion; it adds sensitivity, compassion and creativity. Fire gives us inspiration and motivates us to action – it facilitates physical activity and enthusiasm. The combination of earth and air creates an environment where practical (earth) ideas (air) come to fruition, but the more personal emotions (water) are not easily understood and there is less pure energy available with which to accomplish our goals and put our ideas into motion. This is exacerbated by the high number of retrograde planets, so for now don’t be surprised if your ideas and plans do not immediately find their manifestation, especially when Mercury turns retrograde later in the month.

Jupiter and Pluto will turn direct in early September, and both have slowed down to a virtual standstill (a “station”) in preparation for that change of direction. This means that their influence is felt more powerfully, and those of us who are experiencing planetary cycles involving these planets will be affected most directly. The Jupiter experience is pushing for expansion of a sense that life has meaning and is full of opportunities. The positive side to this is a general feeling of good fortune; the negative […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:33:07-04:00September 1st, 2008|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Happy Labor Day! And Skywatch is Posted

Notes on the Upcoming Eclipse

Lunar eclipse

In my travels on the web today I found , a French astrologer from that time about an eclipse that occurred in March of 1345 that he believes was the harbinger of the plague.  His description of the mechanism of the eclipse is eloquent and vivid:

The sun is the lord, the director of all events, both general and specific, and the moon is second to him in dominion and power, and their effect is to intensify the effects of the planets acting with them.  It is therefore in the natural course of events, and not to be wondered at, that such a great configuration should bring about major events on the earth, from the nature of the planets which drew to themselves the natures of the sun and moon.  For when the sun is directly opposite the moon, as occurs in a total eclipse, then the power of each of them reaches the earth in a straight line, and the mingling of the influence of sun and moon with that of the superior planets creates a single celestial force which operates in conformity with the nature of the superior planets, which have drawn to themselves the powers of the sun and moon….  On their own they cannot achieve anything great or universal, but when compounded with the sun and moon … they bend the nature of the two luminaries to their own nature, and thus with the power of the two luminaries are able to achieve […]

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By |2008-08-12T15:50:26-04:00August 12th, 2008|Moon, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Notes on the Upcoming Eclipse
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