Planetary cycles

Braggadocio Increases as Mars Approaches Jupiter

Mars, the Warrior God, is approaching an opposition with Jupiter, the King God. Although the opposition won’t be exact until next week (January 13), we are already seeing the effects.

Mars represents our personal will and desire, it shows how we express ourselves aggressively and how we go about getting what we want. Jupiter represents our highest aspirations – our search for meaning and truth. When these two guys oppose each other the result is arrogance, braggadocio, and generally obnoxious behavior and increased aggression on the battlefield as well. Both are moving closer to Neptune which always tends to confuse the issues and create scapegoats, and as the intensity grows it will be unclear what directions things are really heading.

We are already seeing a marked increase in aggressive arrogance. In the news today we see:

  • Iran informing the UN that it intends to renew atomic fuel research and not showing up for a scheduled meeting with the Atomic Energy Agency;
  • Increased violence in Iraq with over 130 people killed in one day, one of the deadliest days since the invasion in 2003;
  • Russia’s angry reaction to the rebuke by Condoleeza Rice over gas controls in the Ukraine;
  • A potential uprising against the government in Syria;
  • Pat Robertson’s stupid remark that God smote Ariel Sharon and the angry reaction on all sides of the aisle;
  • David Letterman tells off Bill O’Reilly on national television (I really love this one – see the video at One Good Move).

Watch for the general atmosphere to become more aggressive, especially leading up toward the Full Moon on January 14. I expect these issues to become more explosive which could hopefully lead eventually toward real progress being made.

By | 2018-07-15T09:11:37+00:00 January 6th, 2006|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Braggadocio Increases as Mars Approaches Jupiter

Update on the Grand Cross

(For more information, see these past articles discussing the Grand Cross of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune in effect for the next few weeks.)

For the past month or so, four planets have been dancing in a “Grand Cross” formation, with two sets of two planets opposite each other and square to their neighbors. Since early November, we have seen a face-off with Mars (god of war and aggression) in a square (90 degree angle, within 5 degrees) to Saturn (restriction and limitation). Saturn has been opposite Neptune (the hidden or mysterious, confusion and illusion). Jupiter (god of philosophy, religion, theology and meaning) joined the party in early December, and the so-called War on Christmas became the focal point for some of the tension evident in American culture. In other parts of the world, the Iranian president denied that that the Holocaust ever took place, and in Iraq the historic election demonstrated the obvious fact that the Iraqi people self-identified along cultural lines.

These planets will continue their dance through the end of January, culminating in the middle of the month when the formation between Mars, Jupiter and Neptune is exact at 15-16 degrees. Saturn will have retrograded backwards to the point where its influence falls out of the picture, which will soften the effect somewhat. Saturn is rigid and creates tension which often results in an explosion that instigates change, where Neptune is soft and fuzzy and creates mostly confusion. With Mars and Jupiter there is a lot of spiritual ego and self-righteousness, with little possibility of compromise. However, the fiery drama we’ve seen over the past month is likely to subside.

By | 2005-12-28T13:19:00+00:00 December 28th, 2005|Astrology, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Update on the Grand Cross

Venus turns Retrograde and Conjuncts Chiron

Venus, traveling through Aquarius, turns retrograde on December 24. When Venus is retrograde we are often forced to pay more attention to our dealing with others and our own sense of connectedness and how well we manage our connections with those around us. At the same time, Venus has been moving into a conjunction with Chiron, the wounded healer. What a perfect time for this to happen as many of us regroup with our families at the holidays!

In Aquarius Venus tends to be less emotional, more concerned with matters of fairness and equality and ensuring that everyone is given fair treatment. Connected to Chiron, however, old wounds and damaged places could erupt in a process that can ultimately be healing for all involved. The key to successfully navigating Chiron events is to pay attention and try not to hide from emotions as they attempt to make themselves known.

During this period watch for there to be greater consideration of others in the public eye as well as in our personal lives. Venus will remain in retrograde motion through February 3, and the conjunction with Chiron will remain in effect for most of the holiday week.

By | 2005-12-23T12:26:00+00:00 December 23rd, 2005|Astrology, People, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Venus turns Retrograde and Conjuncts Chiron

Explosions Continue During December Grand Cross

I’ve been amazed at the number of explosions in the news over the past few weeks as Saturn and Jupiter square off against fiery Mars during the December Grand Cross (see other articles below for more details about the Grand Cross).

Friday morning as of 6:30 am:

An explosion occurred at a Russian nuclear plant outside St. Petersburg.

A gas chamber’s control room exploded in Bhopal, India.

There have been two explosions at the Augustine Volcano in Alaska over the past week.

Wednesday a hospital in Cambridge Massachusetts had to be evacuated in freezing cold temperatures after a boiler exploded.

On Tuesday, when the Moon joined the other planets in the Grand Cross:

A Bergenfield New Jersey apartment complex exploded after construction workers hit a gas line.

A chemical explosion took place in a Perdue poultry plant in Maryland.

A gas line exploded in an apartment building in Westminster Colorado caused a huge fire that forced 100 people out of their homes.

A gas explosion took place in aerosols factory in Liverpool UK.

A meth lab in a Super 8 Motel in Lake City Florida.


A pillbox exploded in a Manila suburb injuring at least 20 people as the result of a business feud.

An explosion rocked Central Athens when two gas canisters ignited in an apparent terrorist attack.

Last Sunday an oil depot exploded in the UK, with a blast so intense it ripped a buried back-up generator right out of the ground.

Most of these explosions were unrelated to political unrest, and simply the result of a combustive atmosphere linked to gas lines. I expect this explosive environment to continue until the fire of Mars makes its last square to repressive Saturn at the end of December.

By | 2005-12-16T10:58:00+00:00 December 16th, 2005|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Explosions Continue During December Grand Cross

Explosions, Earthquakes, Executions, Race Riots

Explosions in an oil depot near London and in New Jersey, earthquakes in the Kashmir Valley, Australia and Afghanistan, execution of Tookie Williams, and race riots in Sydney Australia. Disturbing, but not surprising during this Grand Cross period. The tension inherent in the Grand Cross formation can explode into consciousness in our personal lives as well. With Mercury in Sagittarius, discussions with those around us with whom we may not disagree could help defuse tensions and prevent conflicts from erupting into rage.

Caution may be needed over the next few days as the Sun approaches a conjunction with Pluto, both in Sagittarius. There’s a lot of fire energy about right now and using it productively will be the goal AND the challenge!

By | 2005-12-13T16:32:00+00:00 December 13th, 2005|Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on Explosions, Earthquakes, Executions, Race Riots

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