After publishing a monthly forecast from 1997 until the summer of 2013, I just, without warning, could not manage to write another. Why would I break such a long track record? I think it was that things had just gotten so non-stop chaotic in the world it was like trying to do a forecast in a hurricane.
I’ve always thought it’s great fun to look at the astrological “weather” and see if I could make sense of it, either forecasting the trends or flavor of upcoming astrological influences and how they might show up in our daily individual lives and on the broad canvas of the news and cultural trends, or looking at what’s happening or already happened and seeing the underlying significance of it writ in the stars, so to speak.
So, this is what I did for years and years. Then, in the last few years, we have had some very interesting and chaotic astrological conditions, especially the off-and-on square of Uranus and Pluto, which I was writing about, right along. I’ll post my general interpretation below. Anyway, these two planets were exactly square to one another (90 degrees apart) a total of 7 times from June 24, 2012, until March 16, 2015, and they remained in pretty close 90 degree alignment throughout that time. Astrologers had been looking ahead to this period long before it arrived, as it is the classic stuff of chaos and revolution, and also breakthroughs and breakneck progress, turning lives and the collective topsy-turvy.
Uranus and Pluto have a cycle of approximately 125 years from one conjunction to the next, and the quarter points in the cycle, beginning with the conjunction, are times of high excitement as described above. The last Uranus-Pluto conjunction was in the late 1960’s, and we are still talking about that period. Everyone was protesting – students, African Americans, labor unions. There were protests and riots abroad in the land, and this was the first appearance of domestic terrorists in recent times. There were assassinations – JFK, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King. Wild times!
Now, in the last three years or so, at this First Quarter point in the cycle, things have reached a level to match that. I don’t recall the whole world being in chaos in the 1960’s as much as I recall the United States being in upheaval, but now it’s obviously going on the world over. I’m sure part of this awareness on my and others’ parts is due to the Internet. Remind me to discuss the rise of the Internet later. It has to do with Pluto in Sagittarius.
Oh, yes, Pluto is now in Capricorn. Pluto is associated with breakdown and rebuilding, and Capricorn relates to societal structure, government, established social mores. We astrologers were talking about this transit many years before Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, and I just could not imagine the scale of events as they are coming to pass. Pluto will remain in Capricorn until 2023, so we are about halfway through it.
And Uranus, planet of revolution, is in firebrand Aries, BTW, from 2011 to 2018, so we are at the midpoint of that transit as well, but again, we are moving past the square.
Anyway, there is lots more to look at. I am to be a provider at Ronald McDonald House Girls’ Night Out this evening and must get on with that. I will be back on blog soon, very soon, I promise.
Below is a copy of material I’ve been in the habit of posting at the end of each forecast. I’ll be giving Mercury retrograde dates and other interesting stuff that you can watch in daily life, in a couple of days.
The Uranus-Pluto square is a very significant astrological alignment that astrologers have been writing and speaking about for some time. Uranus will be exactly square Pluto 7 times, on June 24 2012, September 19 2012, May 20 2013, November 1 2013, April 21 2014, December 15 2014, and March 16 2015. Uranus and Pluto are both considered planets of change and upheaval. Alignments between the two herald upheaval in the world, some of it seemingly random.
Many of us recall the late 1960’s as a time of great upheaval. That was the time of the Uranus-Pluto conjunction. Now we are at the square. I think I liked the sixties better.
Sabian Symbols – The Sabian Symbols are a set of symbols, one for each degree of the zodiac, derived in 1925 by psychic Elsie Wheeler, working with astrologer Marc Edmond Jones, a member of the Sabian Society. Astrologers study them for deeper insight into the meaning of the degrees. This can be useful in studying an individual’s birth chart, for instance, or in studying current astrological placements such as the degree at which a New Moon, Full Moon, Eclipse or planetary station occurs.
*Regular readers of this column and others familiar with astrology know that all the planets occasionally appear to backtrack or “retrograde” in their orbits. A planet will slow down, appear stationary, and then appear to slip backward for a period of a few weeks or months before again appearing to slow down and be stationary before resuming apparent forward motion. Of course the planet is not actually reversing direction but only appears to do so due to its motion relative to Earth’s. Nonetheless, we do feel the effects of these shifts. When a planet is at its “station” or stationary point, the planet’s energies are emphasized; when retrograde, its energies are more internalized. The cycle looks like this. The planet is going forward, and affairs of the planet are moving forward normally. As the planet slows and turns stationary, those matters related to the planet become emphasized in our lives, and significant developments may take place. Then those matters ebb in our outer lives for a while, as we internally digest those developments and realizations and integrate them into our lives during the retrograde. Later, the planet again goes stationary, coming back to the forefront of our awareness, and then “turns direct,” resuming apparent forward motion as we again move forward with those matters related to the planet.
Mercury takes a little three-week retrograde cycle approximately every four months. Our daily affairs slow down and get complicated. Communications get tangled, computers flake out, automobiles break down and travel arrangements fall into disarray, a comedy of scheduling mishaps occurs, and things pretty much slow to a crawl. It’s really a great time to slow down and regroup, to finish projects and catch up on unfinished business. Just try not to launch your big project, or sign on the dotted line for a new contract, job, car, or whatever unless you really need to. Try to get those things moving before the retrograde, and shepherd things patiently along during the retro cycle, knowing that some things may not completely come together until Mercury turns direct. If you are making significant moves during the Mercury retrograde period, just know that some things will have to be straightened out after the direct.
**Moon void of course occurs when the Moon has made all the alignments it will make while in the sign it’s in, and is just “marking time” without real momentum. The Moon goes through a sign in 2 to 2 ½ days, so consequently it also goes v.o.c. Every couple of days as well, sometimes for only a few minutes or more likely hours, but sometimes for more than a day. Things initiated during a Moon void of course period tend to meander off and arrive at a destination other than what was planned. Void of course periods are well used in completing tasks or doing routine chores, or in resting, meditating, and planning for future activities. The v.o.c. period ends when the Moon enters the next sign.
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