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February Skywatch and planetary news this week

After four days of wrangling with the web hosts who had no idea why I couldn’t upload to my site, the February skywatch article is finally posted!! I’m now including a comprehensive list of the major planetary aspects and events as well. Here’s an excerpt for this week:

The major aspects for February are the first phase of the conflict between Jupiter and Uranus in the square which occurred in January but will remain in effect through the end of the month, and the approaching second phase of the opposition between Saturn and Neptune. The Jupiter/Uranus combination can be potentially explosive – because this is a challenging aspect (the square), we tend to see the more negative manifestation of both planets. In Jupiter we see a reckless overconfidence and tendency towards self-righteousness, and Uranus is similarly reckless with a desire for change for its own sake and at any cost. This event has brought with it problems with communication and equipment similar to a Mercury retrograde period, and this could be exacerbated when Mercury turns retrograde on the 13th of February.

The opposition between Saturn and Neptune is a long range cycle that began last August and will conclude next summer, and we are entering the second phase now as we move towards the second opposition at the end of the month. Saturn lives in the material world and urges us to build on terra firma, while Neptune lives in the spiritual realm and calls us with a siren song to abandon terra firma for the abode of the divine. This opposition creates a tension between the material world and the spiritual that can be somewhat destabilizing, particularly for those of us with planets in the fixed signs of Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio […]

By | 2007-02-04T12:45:00+00:00 February 4th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on February Skywatch and planetary news this week

An astrological tribute to Molly Ivins, the Radical Virgo

Although I was a fan of Molly Ivins for years, it wasn’t until the Bush administration that her biting yet hilarious wit became a must-read for anyone skeptical of the Bush presidency. Ivins was celebrated for her unconventional and unabashedly liberal views and her passion for life and for her rebellious disdain for those in power.

Click chart to enlarge. Molly Ivins was born with a powerful Virgo influence including the Sun. That will surprise anyone who knows that Virgos are typically shy and modest and dislike the spotlight. However, Molly’s Sun was exactly conjunct Jupiter, the planet that expands and enlarges our perspective. A Jupiter/Sun conjunction indicates someone who is bigger than life, who approaches every aspect of her life in a big way. Rarely do these people do anything in moderation, and there is an expansion (Jupiter) of the ego (Sun) which affords a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-confidence. Jupiter confers a strong sense of mission and someone with this planetary combination often feels they have been personally chosen to accomplish this mission.

This Sun/Jupiter conjunction is in conflict with (squares) the planet Uranus. Uranus is the rebel, the revolutionary. Uranus flaunts convention and can be unpredictable and erratic. When in a difficult aspect to the Sun, there is an almost relentless pressure to overturn the status quo and effect change for the simple sake of change. The addition of Jupiter here simply increases this tendency to “go off the deep end.” However, with Jupiter and Uranus there is a deep-rooted desire for justice and equality and the Sun adds the energy to fulfill the mission. From the beginning of […]

By | 2007-02-03T11:48:00+00:00 February 3rd, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on An astrological tribute to Molly Ivins, the Radical Virgo

Saturn/Neptune: Deflating the illusion

Work entitled “Alchemy” at Mamtaart.com

I don’t see how the American public could have been convinced by the Bush White House that the threat from global warming was political, but there certainly is no escaping the reality now according to (and thousands of other news articles):

Global warming is “very likely” caused by man, meaning more than 90 percent certain. That’s the strongest expression of certainty to date from the panel.

_If nothing is done to change current emissions patterns of greenhouse gases, global temperature could increase as much as 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.

_But if the world does get greenhouse gas emissions under control _ something scientists say they hope can be done _ the best estimate is about 3 degrees Fahrenheit.

_Sea levels are projected to rise 7 to 23 inches by the end of the century. Add another 4 to 8 inches if recent, surprising melting of polar ice sheets continues.

Neptune inspires us towards a connection with the divine, but it also can confuse and delude us. The polarization of Saturn as a reality check against the dreamy naivete of Neptune forces us to confront areas in our lives where we have been deceived or confused, or where we have been avoiding the truth. The debacle that is the Iraq War, which began as such a romantic notion for many people, is also revealed now in its most horrific form as a catalyst for social breakdown that is likely to spread throughout the middle east as Islamic factions begin to war against each other as we are seeing in Iraq and among the Palestinians.

On a personal level, if our eyes are open to our own truth […]

By | 2007-02-02T22:10:00+00:00 February 2nd, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Saturn/Neptune: Deflating the illusion

Goodbye Molly Ivins

as well as I could:

Molly Ivins can’t do that, can she?

Alas, she can. Molly Ivins died far too soon [yesterday] at the age of sixty-two.

I’m not sure if we could have made it through the last six years without Molly Ivins’ passion and humor. For all that she, as a Texan, knew long before most Americans what they were getting when they allowed George W. Bush to assume the presidency, she never succumbed to despair, instead deciding to fight the Bush junta with her best weapon — humor.

There really isn’t anything I can say that can illustrate what we lost today, so I’ll just let Molly Ivins speak for herself one last time:

We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we’re for them and trying to get them out of there. Hit the streets to protest Bush’s proposed surge. If you can, go to the peace march in Washington on Jan. 27. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, “Stop it, now!”

If we won’t do it for ourselves, and we won’t do it for the generations to come, then for God’s sake let’s do it for Molly. It’s the least we can do after all she did for us.

By | 2017-04-02T09:43:17+00:00 February 1st, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Goodbye Molly Ivins

Uranus: electrical breakdowns and malfunctions

Usually we see this predominate when Mercury is retrograde, but the last few weeks since Jupiter squared Uranus anecdotal evidence reports that such problems are rampant. Delayed travel, downed websites (mine and many of the ones I am trying to visit!). Miscommunication and situations that require renegotiation. Technology and personal communication both require the transfer of information from one port to another, and when the electrical energy of the planet Uranus is expanded and aggrandized by Jupiter’s tendency to overinflate a situation when in a square aspect, problems seem to arise.

I am not a scientist, but I have a healthy respect for the power of electrical fields. The earth itself is a magnetic body, and the human body generates its own magnetic field. We are familiar with the traditional astrological meaning of Uranus: rebellion, radical change, autonomy, insight. But Uranus is also associated with electricity and on a more transcendent level, the electromagnetic field that surrounds the body. It makes sense to me that an expansion by Jupiter of the electromagnetic fields of Uranus could create situations where the connections between various electric fields go haywire, causing a disruption in the transfer of information.

This has long been known by the ancient Vedic sages who described the biomagnetic bodies, or “sheaths” of the human being as beginning with the physical body to the more subtle bodies. Disruption of the electrical signals within the body can lead to illness and psychoemotional reactions, and it makes sense to me that a change in the quality of electromagnetic fields could have an disruptive effect. Comments anyone?

By | 2007-02-01T12:32:00+00:00 February 1st, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Uranus: electrical breakdowns and malfunctions
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