Planetary cycles

New Moon and other planetary news this week

Mercury passed yesterday from practical Capricorn into innovative Aquarius. This marks a transition in the way we process information and communicate with each other (Mercury’s domain), and Mercury will be in Aquarius longer than usual (through March 14) due to its retrograde period from January 28 to February 18 which will take it back.

Today’s New Moon features the Sun and Moon conjunct in Capricorn. We have had a strong Capricorn influence since the Capricorn Stellium of mid-December, and this New Moon continues the Earth theme that we are seeing this month. With the New Moon in Capricorn, our focus is on building structures in our life that support us. Discipline, responsibility, commitment – these are the hallmarks of the Capricorn experience. This New Moon provides an opportunity to manifest our dreams in a real and concrete manner. Capricorn is the sign that says “Just Do It.” No excuses, no rationalizations.

However, we have a strong Aquarian component that helps us to lift and expand the Capricorn influence here, with Mercury having just entered Aquarius and Chiron and Neptune both carrying the visionary Aquarian torch as well. Three planets in Aquarius PLUS the North Node, – this is a strong force for overturning the status quo and creating something that is authentically true. Aquarius is humanitarian but it can be unkind as its sometimes excessive rationality leaves no room for the human emotions. Star Trek’s Dr. Spock is a good example of the Aquarius archetype. Brilliant, fair, rational – but without compassion. The humanitarian instincts of Aquarius stem from an innate sense of fairness rather than feeling.

The New Moon makes a sextile to Uranus (the ruler of Aquarius). Uranus shares the Aquarian essence […]

By | 2018-06-11T11:33:06+00:00 January 8th, 2008|Moon, Planetary news this week|Comments Off on New Moon and other planetary news this week

Welcome to 2008! An astrological look ahead

Padma Planet, by Aya

2007 was a pretty big year, astrologically speaking. We had the conjunction of Pluto to the Galactic Center, the first time this has occurred since the Galactic Center was mapped. We had the opposition of Saturn to Neptune, the midpoint in the 36-year dance between those two planets. Jupiter squared Saturn in 2007, threatening to topple the optimism that has buoyed financial and housing markets, but not succeeding.

And who could forget the square from Jupiter to Uranus which brought us a series of rebellions that threatened even the most fractious of factions. Under this influence a series of bizarre and fantastic scientific discoveries lived up to astrologers’ expectations of surprising events, including the creation of “interspecies entities” including human/animal hybrids (no George Bush didn’t make that up).

So what’s in store for us in 2008?

Saturn, which is now traveling retrograde, has just entered Virgo for a 2-1/2 year stint where it will challenge our ideas of health and healing and probably create challenges for work situations and employee relations, all aspects of Virgo’s associations. Still, Pluto and Jupiter, both in Capricorn throughout the year, are allied with Saturn and helping to facilitate its changes. Other than this, we don’t have any major planetary cycles until we get closer to the end of the year, when Saturn faces off in opposition to Uranus just in time for the 2008 elections to overturn (Uranus) the status quo (Saturn).

There are two eclipse cycles this year, the first in February when we see an Annular Solar Eclipse at the New Moon on February 6, and a Total Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon on February […]

By | 2008-01-02T22:08:00+00:00 January 2nd, 2008|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Welcome to 2008! An astrological look ahead

An astrological look back at 2007

Happy New Year everyone!


Today I give you Phil Brown’s look back at the year in astrology and fantastic link extravaganza. I’ve copied the whole article here for your convenience, but please be sure to visit for other of his terrific articles.

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A totally subjective and random look at the wonderful world of astrology in 2007

Biggest astrology trend (a repeat from last year): Astrology blogs. They’ve been growing exponentially. Check out Jeffrey Kishner’s , a “comprehensive guide to every Western astrology blog on the web.” By the time you scroll to the bottom of the list, you’ll be in a new time zone, your head spinning in a blissful astro-blogosphere tag cloud. Then check out the blog podcasts and vidcasts. Top Ten Astrology Sources will also keep you happily busy for most of your waking hours.

Second biggest astrology trend: Interest in Mayan cosmology and 2012. Although the apocalypse is what’s simmering in a part of the collective consciousness right now, respected experts in Mayan cosmology are not forecasting any sort of 2012 pre-Columbian rapture. John Major Jenkins’ (which doesn’t really predict an apocalypse and is probably the best of the 2012 books–a fascinating read) has steadily outsold most astrology books on the list of astrology bestsellers. Bruce Scofield’s has been finding a much wider readership. And there’s been .

Planet of the Year (and probably next year, too): Saturn. When contacted, Saturn merely griped that he could not accept the Planet of the Year award because he was too busy “tightening my rings, sir.” Indeed, […]

By | 2018-07-15T09:45:05+00:00 January 1st, 2008|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on An astrological look back at 2007

Jupiter in Capricorn and the Saturn trines

I’m going to take a break from Pluto in Capricorn to discuss Jupiter, which paves the way for Pluto when it enters Capricorn on the 18th.

Jupiter takes roughly a year to go through each sign of the zodiac, and it will remain in Capricorn until January of 2009. As it does so it will make three trines to Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. Saturn and Capricorn take us to the highest levels of practical awareness; they provide the structure and discipline that is required to build a life of achievement and success. Saturn will also be trine to Pluto several times which will bring even more structure to the chaos that has prevailed over the past couple of years and foster an environment that can bring success as Pluto’s transformative urge combines with Saturn’s patience and planning.

Jupiter is the planet of optimism and faith – it teaches us to expand our horizons and to learn the value of positive thinking. Under Jupiter’s influence we gain new confidence and the ability to trust that life is carrying us in just the right direction. When poorly aspected, Jupiter can inflict a reckless and overconfident approach to life but the Jupiter cycles we are seeing over the next year are largely positive.

As Jupiter makes its way through Capricorn we will see the melding of Jupiter’s optimism with Capricornian practicality, resulting in a more reasoned approach to all things Jupiterian: the media, religion, culture, and travel. From the relentless optimism of Pluto in Sagittarius era, we are moving into a much more conservative and contracted time with Pluto’s entry into Capricorn, and this shift in motivation will begin as Jupiter moves into Capricorn this week.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn as we have said, and Saturn is already in Virgo where […]

By | 2007-12-16T12:36:00+00:00 December 16th, 2007|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Jupiter in Capricorn and the Saturn trines

All about the Jupiter Pluto conjunction

When you combine the Cosmic Santa Clause with the Lord of the Underworld (© ) all kinds of things can happen. You can get a phenomenal (Pluto) understanding of the Universe (Jupiter). You can also get a gigantic (Jupiter) kick in the pants towards your cosmic destiny (Pluto). Here is a collection of wisdom from astrologers around the web:

: As the Saturn-Neptune configuration lessens in quality as the year progresses, a potent conjunction takes place that has an almost diametrically opposite manifestation than the Saturn-Neptune opposition. If the Saturn-Neptune opposition is characterized by an anemic, ascetic and world weary urge for transcendence, a spiritual longing for a heaven or hereafter that is more ideal than this world, then the Jupiter-Pluto configuration is nearly antithetical in quality and tone. Jupiter coupled with Pluto represents life force in triumphant, haughty swagger. The Jupiter-Pluto pairing is Nietzsche’s “Will to Power” dressed in royal regalia and regal splendor. With Jupiter and Pluto in pairing, the king of the Gods meets the king of the Underworld, and the results are quite striking.

With this planetary pairing, Jupiter tends to exaggerate, inflate, expand, and liberate the evolutionary life force associated with Pluto. Conversely, Pluto’s immense power tends to “hypercathect” Jupiter’s tendency towards social elevation, success, and aristocratic resplendence. At its best, Jupiter and Pluto together can manifest as truly magnificent displays of grandeur, majesty, and imposing splendor – art that overpowers, authority that commands, individuals and organizations that triumph and succeed. At its worst, the combination can easily degrade into grandiosity and pomposity, or an arrogance that reeks from an overwrought decadence.

In the closing months of 2007, phenomena congruent with the Jupiter-Pluto archetypal matrix will manifest. This is a “bigger is better” combination in all respects. […]

By | 2007-12-11T12:03:00+00:00 December 11th, 2007|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on All about the Jupiter Pluto conjunction
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