Astrological Musings

The Astrology of the Windows 7 Release

The formal launch of the new Windows 7 software by Microsoft took place yesterday, October 21, at 11:08 am in New York City according to Cnet’s live blog.  The chart for this event has the Sun in Libra and Venus in the 10th house of the public, which bodes well for its acceptance by consumers and it has already generated some favorable reviews..
Sagittarius is rising in the chart, echoing the general optimism and favorable reviews that surrounds the launch of Windows 7.  The Moon is also in Sagittarius, though it sits in the 12th house which is not generally advantageous for electional charts and suggests that few people will actually care about Windows 7.  Still, the Moon is in a favorable sextile to that 10th house Venus which will offset any negative effect.

Saturn is precariously close to a conjunction to the Midheaven, or public exposure of the product, and that suggests delays and disappointments in its success even though success is relatively assured with Venus elevated in the that 10th house.  But conventional wisdom recommends never buying the initial version of any Microsoft product, so Windows 7 may remain hidden in the 12th house for quite some time.

By | 2009-10-22T10:02:59+00:00 October 22nd, 2009|Miscellany|Comments Off on The Astrology of the Windows 7 Release

Jeff Jawer on Saturn’s Last Days in Virgo

Jeff Jawer has a great new article on Saturn’s last days through the sign of Virgo.  My favorite part:

Saturn is the planet that says “no” but means “yes”. It exposes problems and places of dissatisfaction. Yet the clarity that it brings can reveal the steps necessary to improve the situation. Traditional astrology focused on the “no” side, calling Saturn “the Greater Malefic,” or biggest bad guy of all the planets. This extremely negative perspective has shifted a bit with modern psychological astrology that recognizes the transformational power of individuals as opposed to the old deterministic model. Still, Saturn in any sign tends to highlight its limits. Its presence in perfectionist Virgo dramatizes the tiniest flaws, which can undermine self-confidence. However, steady progress has been made in places where we’ve worked conscientiously to enhance a current skill set or learn a new one. A key to making the most of this transit is the avoid measuring ourselves against an unreachable standard of perfection, but to make small incremental advances where we can.

Saturn probably caught a break when Pluto came along and took away some of his more frightening qualities, but I love this idea that Saturn says No but means Yes.  I might say though, Saturn says Not Yet.  Saturn causes delays and disappointments, but also offers rewards of material success and an unshakeable foundation of security if we follow his instructions when he says “Slow Down.”
By | 2009-10-21T11:08:42+00:00 October 21st, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Jeff Jawer on Saturn’s Last Days in Virgo

Exact Time When Jesus was Crucified?

Thanks to David Crook for the link to this article:

Two scientists have determined that Jesus Christ was crucified at 3PM on Friday, April 3 in 33 A.D.

The exact date of the crucifixion has been debated for centuries, but British scholars Colin Humphreys and W.G. Waddington believe they have solved the mystery after an exhaustive study of the Bible, ancient calendars and astronomical conditions.

The scientists said that previously the only certainty about the date of the crucifixion was that it occurred between 26 A.D. and 36 A.D., during the 10 years Pontius Pilate was the Roman procurator of Judea. In order to pin down the exact date the two scientists reconstructed the Jewish calendar that was used at the time.

The chart for this date has a few interesting factors, but not overwhelmingly so.   The Full Moon is in Libra, opposite an Aries Sun, signifying the conflict between individuality (Aries) and partnership (Libra).  Jupiter (King) is opposed exactly by Pluto (death and power).
Anyone who is interested in an alternative view of the crucifixion story might find it interesting to read The Passover Plot.
By | 2009-10-21T10:01:00+00:00 October 21st, 2009|Religion|Comments Off on Exact Time When Jesus was Crucified?

Will Neptune in Pisces Bring the Legalization of Marijuana?

It looks like we’re heading in that direction:  “The Justice Department this week announced that it will no longer seek to prosecute people using, prescribing, or distributing pot for medical purposes, as long as they’re in compliance with local law. However, regulations in some medical marijuana states remain murky.”
Murky sounds like Neptune, whose penchant for transcendent experiences encompasses both the sublime and spiritual and the confused and deluded.  An argument can be made the marijuana straddes both of these realms and can be used for spiritual insight as well as the illusion of escapism.
Neptune enters Pisces, its own sign, in April 2011.  Since both Neptune and Pisces rule all kinds of drugs, both natural and pharmaceutical, it is likely that legalization and recategorization of drugs could take place during this time period, along with a growing acceptance of drugs as tools for religious experience.
By | 2009-10-21T09:57:19+00:00 October 21st, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Will Neptune in Pisces Bring the Legalization of Marijuana?

Saturn in Libra 2009-2012

Saturn will be entering the sign of Libra on October 29, leaving the sign of Virgo where it has spent the last two years and some months challenging all of our conventional ideas about health and healing and ensuring that we embrace the Virgoan virtues of modesty, thrift and caution.
Libra is the sign of relationships and balance between two polarities.  In Libra we understand the yin and the yang, the plus and the minus, the inner and the outer, and recognize that both ends of the polarities are valid.
Saturn is said to be exalted in Libra, but this does NOT mean that everything Saturn touches while in Libra is hunky-dory.  Saturn’s crochety penchant for discipline and commitment is best expressed through the harmony of relationships, and the desire of Libra for balance and harmony helps to bring out the best of Saturn.  However, Saturn has a tendency to create tests and challenges in any sign that he passes through, and he particularly dislikes an over-romanticized and impractical view of the world.  In any area of life or the political spectrum where strange bedfellows have been made, Saturn is likely to shine his microscope and reveal the chinks in the construction of our sandcastles.
Saturn in Libra also brings a desire for charm and a harmonious approach to life as we saw when Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter in the 1980 elections just after Saturn had entered Libra.  Saturn desires to build structures, and in Libra Saturn wants structures that will build relationships and alliances. But Libra can also sometimes be superficial, with its love of beauty and an appearance of harmony.  A president like Reagan was made for Saturn in Libra and his charm and good looks gave the impression that John Wayne was in the White House.  It was arguably a presidency that was more style than substance. (Reagan had Libra on the Midheaven, in case you were wondering).
Saturn rules diamonds, the brilliant jewel that is created when a lump of coal is put under tremendous pressure.  This is the perfect metaphor for the way that Saturn works in our lives, and whether we end up with coal or a diamond really depends on us and how well we manage the tests that Saturn puts in our path.  Saturn cycles can be depressing and burdensome, or they can be times of material success and wealth.
As I mentioned recently, Saturn’s passage through Libra coincided with one of the worst recessions in the 20th century in 1982.  Saturn conjoined Pluto at the time, and during Saturn’s passage through Libra we will see Saturn forming a square to Pluto. Libra is ruled by Venus, and Venus is involved in the attraction and creation of wealth so Saturn’s passage through Libra can create tests and challenges in the realm of prosperity and force us to evaluate (Saturn) what we value (Libra).
While Saturn is passing through Libra it will be evaluating our progress in all Venus-related issues.  Much attention is given to Libra and Venus’s rulership over relationships, and all kinds of alliances will be both forged and tested under the influence of Saturn in Libra.  Other aspects of Libra include beauty, and with Saturn (aging) in Libra (beauty), we may find ourselves faced with some difficult facts about the processes that we use to stave off the aging process.  We could also embrace the aging process and discover the beauty that lies in the growing strength and stability that we experience with age, a true Saturn in Libra achievement!
The forging of alliances requires the kind of balance and integration for which Libra is well-known, and Saturn’s travel through Libra will bring with it a requirement that we consider all sides of a question in order to bring about a truly harmonious result.  Libra is the consummate diplomat and negotiator, and during this period great things are possible in the realm of peace negotiations.  Saturn in Libra also tests our ability to make commitments.  The generation with Saturn in Libra has exemplified this challenge as Saturn in any sign shows where we feel insecure and where we need to compensate.
Saturn in Libra is best described by the Justice card in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck: Armed with the scales of justice in one hand and the sword of power in the other.  With Saturn in Libra, justice and balance are required and they may come with a price.
In any matter with which Saturn becomes involved, he does not give success easily.  It must be earned, and the Saturnian qualities of discipline, hard work and achievement must be utilized.  This will be particularly important when Saturn and Pluto face off in a square formation.  The first phase of that cycle occurs in November of this year and will be in range through February of 2010 .  As I have said often in these pages, this will likely instigate another crisis of confidence that challenge the recovery of the global economic systems.
Saturn then retrogrades back into Virgo in March where it will clean up the last of its Virgo business, such as health care reform and completing the process of instilling the values of thrift and economic conservatism.
We are likely to see a resurgence of optimism next spring when Jupiter (abundance and expansion) conjoins Uranus (radical change from the status quo) and I’ll be writing more about that phase of the cycle as we get closer to the time.
By | 2009-10-20T10:52:54+00:00 October 20th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Saturn in Libra 2009-2012