Politics

Pluto returns in the Roman Empire: A history lesson

roman empire astrologyPlanetary returns are typically very significant times in a person’s life.  The first return of Mars to its place in the birthchart just after the age of two marks the “terrible twos” – the returns of Saturn at age 28-30 and 56-60 mark major shifts of focus from youth to achievement (first return), and then from achievement to retreat (second return).

Nations also have astrological charts, and therefore also have planetary returns but there is none so significant as the Pluto return.  Pluto takes 244 years to traverse its path around the Sun, and so the Pluto return occurs every 244 years or so.  I always find it interesting to examine historical data in order to attempt predictions about what could occur during the the US Pluto return which will take place around 2020, but I was unable to find one country whose current government was in existence 244 years ago.

Because Pluto’s domain has to do with power, corruption, destruction and regeneration, we would expect that governments which do not have a strong foundation would experience some kind of collapse or major transformation during these times.

There are a few empires whose influence have lasted through at least one Pluto return, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Roman empire.  The Roman empire was established in 27 bce and lasted until the abdication of the last emperor in 476 ce after the second Pluto return.  (It’s interesting to note that a major crisis does not always occur at the time of a major planetary cycle – often the planetary cycle sets the wheels in motion for the crisis to occur in the years following the planetary event.)

The first Pluto return occurred around 216-222 ce. […]

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By |2017-03-20T09:18:40-04:00March 20th, 2017|Politics|17 Comments

Finding a spiritual connection in politically turbulent times

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. —Gautama Buddha

Like many of you I am finding myself struggling to find balance between engagement in the world and the current political situation and the need of the soul to seek peace and equanimity in a rapidly changing world.  No matter what your political persuasion, it’s clear that the anger and rage in the world is rising to a feverish pitch, and the journey of Mars through Aries last month triggered an already burning flame into a raging fire.

Political involvement keeps me wound up and upset, angry and frustrated.  My inner being seeks the peace and comfort of stillness and solitude (my Jupiter is in the twelfth house of transcendence and I find the greatest meaning (Jupiter) in experiences of merging into Spirit consciousness).  And yet throughout history, great sages have remained rooted in the world, seeking positive change for humanity.

When I lived in an ashram back in the 1970s, we were encouraged to withdraw from “The World.”  The mundane business of politics and finance and business is a big distraction from spiritual focus.  But it occurs to me now, with the vantage point of age, that this kind of focus on our own spiritual growth and experience is, really, selfish in nature.  Surely the wisdom and clarity that we gain from progressing on the spiritual path can be used in aiding others and helping to create a more harmonious and peaceful world?

Somehow though we must accomplish this without becoming lost in a morass of rage and despair.  The only way that I can imagine this to occur is when we trust […]

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By |2017-03-19T08:15:27-04:00March 19th, 2017|Inspiration, Politics|14 Comments

Jupiter square Pluto: The Press vs Autocrat

CNNYesterday President Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer banned CNN and the New York Times from the daily press briefings.  Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the mainstream media that he calls “fake news,” and his communications staff coined the term “alternative facts” to describe claims that do not fit the traditional definition of “true.”

Jupiter presides over the communication of shared ideas and is associated with journalism and the press as well as religion, theology and philosophy.  Pluto is the planet of power, as well as destruction and regeneration.  Capricorn’s realm is the material world, and with Pluto in the sign of Capricorn since 2008, it has been systematically destroying and regenerating the structures of society (Capricorn) including governments, corporations, schools, and even social institutions such as marriage and family.  The consolidation of power in certain strata of individuals and certain corporations has also been evident.

Jupiter is now in a challenging aspect to Pluto, which is still in conflict with the rebellious force of Uranus and as I wrote the other day Mars is involved now too.  Mars, a faster moving planet, tends to trigger larger cycles and the conflict between the current administration, which unabashedly seeks a consolidation of power in the Presidency (Pluto in Capricorn), and the press (Jupiter) has become inflamed (Mars).  This government seeks autonomy and independence (Uranus in Aries) and shows a pronounced disdain for traditional government/press relations anyway, so the astrological climate is pushing everything to a fevered peak.

Mars will soon move away so I expect there to be a temporary resolution, but the larger planetary cycle will continue until the fall as Jupiter retrogrades away from the square to Pluto in the early summer but comes back for […]

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By |2017-02-25T07:28:09-04:00February 25th, 2017|Politics|6 Comments

US Inauguration astrology and the Donald Trump update

2017 inaugurationDonald J. Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States on January 20th at 12:00 pm, Washington DC.  The astrological chart for the inauguration is the chart for the presidency, so let’s take a look.

Inauguration Chart astrology

The Sun is in the first degree of Aquarius, the sign of freedom and social justice as well as radical behavior and revolution from the past, and it sits in the 10th house of highest aspiration, so this is a very favorable indication of the success of the presidency.  The chart has no planets in retrograde motion which is extremely rare – this suggests that there will not be a lot of looking back into the past for reflection but instead events will unfold rather quickly.

Inauguration chart - click to enlarge Inauguration chart – click to enlarge

The Moon is in Scorpio which is all about dominance and who has more power than whom, but it is well aspected with a trine to Pallas (wisdom), Neptune (spirit) and Venus (attraction), all in Pisces to soften the Scorpionic intensity.  The Moon is in the 6th house where it’s all about getting things done, which is a nice place for it.

The 11th house is packed with a stellium of planets in Pisces which is not a great sign for political advantage.  Pisces is dreamy and mystical and often too concerned with lofty matters to be very practical or realistic.  The Venus/Neptune conjunction in Pisces makes it difficult to know who our allies are and whether they can be trusted, especially in the 11th house of shared goals.  Chiron (emotional wounds) is packed in there between Venus (allies) and […]

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By |2017-02-01T11:49:39-04:00January 18th, 2017|Politics|12 Comments

America’s Pluto transit and a growing love of Putin

US Sibley chart astrologyI just watched an interesting piece by Vox on the growing rise of admiration of Vladmir Putin by Republicans in the US.  (Youtube video below).  In 2014 70% of Republicans disapproved of Vladmir Putin.  By July 2016, Putin’s favorability ratings had spiked so that only 10% of Republicans disapproved of him.

Putin is known as a strongman – he has allegedly ordered the murders of journalists and forcibly invaded other countries just because he could.  Republicans, being from Mars where Democrats are from Venus, respect this kind of power in a way that Democrat-leaning types fear it.

Nations have astrological charts just as individuals do, and in 2014 transiting Pluto began a pass over the US Sun (geeky astrological detail: and the US progressed Jupiter which is beginning to align with the Sun in the natal chart).  Pluto is concerned with issues of power and empowerment, so it’s not surprising that this became more of an issue and something that Americans were grappling with.

This Pluto cycle has now subsided so it will be interesting to see how Americans view the new President’s love of this kind of display of power and whether they will continue to  admire it.

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By |2017-01-16T07:50:49-04:00January 16th, 2017|Politics|11 Comments
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