Planetary cycles

Pluto in Capricorn: Rebuilding our Infrastructure

Last week I listened to a segment on the Diane Rehm show about the problems we are facing with our crumbling infrastructure, so it was more than a bit creepy to turn on the TV the other night and see a vivid example of this very problem with the crumbling of a bridge in Minnesota.

The buzz around this issue makes it clear that the need to rebuild the infrastructures on which we depend for our daily lives is going to be a highlight of the upcoming Pluto in Capricorn period. Capricorn is associated with the structures of society and building itself. Dams, bridges, tunnels, subways – many of these were built over 100 years ago with little or no improvements over the years. The failure of the levees in New Orleans were the first reminder that the old infrastructures were in danger, but little attention was paid.

The debacle over rebuilding in Iraq is bound to come to the forefront of discussion now because of the appalling amount of money that is being wasted there and the lack of progress. of Bechtel’s work there showed that less than half of that company’s reconstructions jobs had been completed, and the ones that were finished had staggering cost overruns.

Senators Chuck Hagel and Chris Dodd introduced legislation on Wednesday to fund projects to revitalize the crumbling infrastructure in the US, creating an independent national bank to help finance such projects. Perhaps this will help to alleviate much of the pork spending that goes into earmarks and pet projects. More here.

By | 2018-06-11T12:06:02+00:00 August 3rd, 2007|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Pluto in Capricorn: Rebuilding our Infrastructure

Faint stirrings of Pluto in Capricorn

I’m working on an article about Pluto’s entry into Capricorn at the end of the year that I will probably serialize in these columns to facilitate its birth, but meanwhile I found a link to on the Astroworld site:

Globalisation backlash in rich nations

A popular backlash against globalisation and the leaders of the world’s largest companies is sweeping all rich countries, an FT/Harris poll shows.

Large majorities of people in the US and in Europe want higher taxation for the rich and even pay caps for corporate executives to counter what they believe are unjustified rewards and the negative effects of globalisation.

Viewing globalisation as an overwhelmingly negative force, citizens of rich countries are looking to governments to cushion the blows they perceive have come from the liberalisation of their economies to trade with emerging countries. . . .

Corporate leaders fared little better, with 5 per cent or fewer of those polled in the US and all large European economies (except Italy) saying they had a great deal of admiration for those who run large companies. In these countries, between a third and a half said they had no admiration at all for corporate bosses.

In response to fears of globalisation and rising inequality, the public in all the rich countries surveyed – the US, Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain – want their governments to increase taxation on those with the highest incomes. In European countries, a large majority want governments to go further and to impose pay caps on the heads of companies.

Europeans still overwhelmingly support the principle of free competition within the European Union, contrary to Nicolas Sarkozy’s wishes at the recent European summit, but in France, Germany and Spain, the populations want their political leaders to play a larger role in […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:05:41+00:00 July 25th, 2007|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Faint stirrings of Pluto in Capricorn

Mars and the Saturn/Neptune Opposition, Part II

Back in June, Mars interacted harmoniously with the waxing phase of the Saturn/Neptune opposition, adding energy to our ability to synthesize the structural energy of Saturn with the dissolution and transcendence of Neptune. Now, Mars in Taurus will form a T-square with Saturn and Neptune which are still connected although they are moving farther from the exact oppositional degree. (Click to enlarge image)

A T-square forms a planet makes a 90 degree angle to two planets that are in opposition (180 degrees) from each other. The conflict inherent in the 90 degree angle, or square, typically generates pressure for a result. The opposition, or 180 degree angle, creates a tension between the two planets that can lead to an impasse or, more productively, to balance. There is stress and tension in a T-square that is resolved through crisis, and ultimately the conflict of the squares helps to push the opposition over the edge into a resolution and balance.

When Mars is the apex planet of the T-square, the planet that is forming the squares to the planets in opposition, there is that much more energy produced. Mars is the planet of war – it rules our physical energy and that which drives us. Mars is in Taurus now, where it is persistent and powerful, but it can also be stubborn and stuck. As Mars squares Neptune over the next few days we may find ourselves stuck (Mars/Taurus) in our illusions (Neptune) as well as finding our self-confidence (Mars) eroded and confused (Neptune). Just a few days later Mars will square Saturn where it will fight (Mars) the restrictions that Saturn places on us. The stew created by these warring influences can be difficult – we are irritated at the boundaries we find via […]

By | 2007-07-23T09:42:00+00:00 July 23rd, 2007|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Mars and the Saturn/Neptune Opposition, Part II

Pluto in Sag and Harry Potter’s Journey

Harry PotterIn 1990 I became fascinated with druidry and neopagan ritual after reading Marion Zimmer’s amazing book The Mists of Avalon, and searched high and low for information on magic and witchcraft. During those pre-internet days, it was difficult to find what I was looking for. I happened on a women’s workshop taking place at the beach where I met a real witch and began studying with her. I had been playing with the tarot for years, and of course I was a professional astrologer by that time, but I fell in love with ritual and sympathetic magic.

The new age bookstore that I frequented in North Carolina where I live was very limited on the subject, but a book called Drawing Down the Moon had a resource guide that provided newsletters and other publications with source material for my new quest. Just a few years later (Uranus/Neptune conjunction in 1992-94), internet chatrooms on America Online and elsewhere began to provide an infinite amount of knowledge on all kinds of magic, witchraft, and paganism.

Pluto entered Sagittarius in 1995, transforming (Pluto) the realm of publishing and information (Sagittarius), a process which included taking underground realms of power and magic (Pluto) and spreading them to the masses via the media (Sagittarius). Today, any teenager can buy a pentagram, a cauldron and a scrying mirror. The popularity of the Harry Potter book and film series began under the passage of Pluto through Sagittarius which began in 1995 and concludes this year.

The first Harry Potter book was published on June 26, 1997 with Pluto traveling retrograde through the early degrees of Sagittarius (3 degrees, to be exact). The outer planets are also called transpersonal planets because […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:08:59+00:00 July 21st, 2007|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Pluto in Sag and Harry Potter’s Journey

Mars in Taurus – Slow and Steady

Mars snuck into Taurus on the 24th, leaving behind the brash confidence of Aries where it is most at home. In the story of the tortoise and the hare Mars in Aries is represented by the hare, who after boasting that he was the fastest runner ended up losing the race because in his reckless confidence he lay down to take a nap. Mars in Taurus is the tortoise: slow and plodding but with deliberate tenacity: persistent and stubborn until he reaches his goal.

Mars in Taurus is said to be in its “fall,” meaning it is at its weakest in Taurus because the action principle of Mars is inhibited by the fixed earthiness of Taurus. While it’s true that there is inhibition of the Martian principle in Taurus, I don’t see this as a bad thing. When Mars is slowed down and forced to adhere to a disciplined structure as it does in Taurus, it draws more power and energy and its power can be expressed in a way that is more sustained and consistent.

Still, overindulgence is a danger of Mars in the pleasure loving sign of Taurus and we may find ourselves seeking the easy pleasure of sweets and other sensual delights. There is also increased acquisitiveness as Mars drives us to the acquisition of property of which Taurus is so fond.

Mars makes no aspects to other planets over the next week or so, making this a good time for active endeavors. For an excellent take on the tortoise and hare story with more inspiration on winning the race,

By | 2007-06-26T11:10:00+00:00 June 26th, 2007|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Mars in Taurus – Slow and Steady