Astrological Musings

Jupiter Turns Direct Today!

Jupiter changes direction today, moving forward again after several months of retrograde travel.  When planets change direction they slow down to a crawl and their influence becomes more powerful than ever.
Jupiter’s influence is all about good luck and good fortune, as well as confidence and our potential for growth in all areas.  There is a tendency towards generosity but also of indulgence.  Jupiter is in Aquarius now, where it has been aligned with Chiron and Neptune since the early part of 2009.  In Aquarius, Jupiter is even more idealistic than usual, and this year Jupiter has been working overtime to promote ideals of fairness and social justice under the Aquarius banner.  That battle has brought up a lot of chinks in the social fabric, with the pressure of Chiron to resolve unhealed wounds, and the insistence of Neptune to go beyond that which is practical.
Jupiter will catch up to Chiron and Neptune in November and the three planets will travel tightly together again until the conjunction peaks once again in February.  These three turned retrograde within a day of each other at the end of May, causing us to look back and do the work of healing the past that has been required.  With Jupiter moving forward again we will be able to move forward once again and put the benefits of this work into action.
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By | 2009-10-13T10:28:52+00:00 October 13th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Jupiter Turns Direct Today!

Birthday Request: My Solar Return

I’m going to be off on Monday the 12th for my birthday, and my solar return is at 4:44 pm which if you’ve been following my Facebook updates is pretty hilarious.  For the past few months I’ve been seeing repeating numbers everywhere.

At any rate, if any of my astrologer friends feel like giving me a gift perhaps you might like to take a stab at my solar return chart which I’ve posted here.  My natal chart is here.  With Pluto conjunct my  Mars in the return chart it looks like I’ll be developing my Will (Mars) all year.  Geez, I thought I was done with Pluto!  And Jupiter in the return chart making a square to natal Jupiter should be interesting.
(To my non-professional readers, the solar return is the time when the Sun returns to its place in your birthchart.  The chart for this event can be used to get a sense of the energies that await us in the coming year.)
Take a stab if you like – I’ll be back Tuesday with more exciting astrological news!
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By | 2009-10-12T17:12:53+00:00 October 12th, 2009|Sun|Comments Off on Birthday Request: My Solar Return

Just in Time for the Saturn/Pluto Square: The 2012 Movie

If you’ve watched any TV over the past week, chances are you’ve seen the trailer for the new 2012 movie starring John Cusack.  The special effects in this trailer are absolutely incredible, and it appears this will be a really terrifying movie.  It’s a joke in my house that I can’t watch a movie unless it’s rated PG, and I think I’ll have to skip this one until it comes to the small screen in my house where I can fast forward through the scary parts.  Which might be all of it.
For some reasons humans love to scare themselves, and nowhere is this more true than in the doomsday business.  You may remember 1999 when we were sure all of the power grids were going to collapse because of the way digits were recorded in computers.  For thousands of years humans have been predicting the end of the world, and now the famous Mayan calendar will end on December 12, 2012.
Maybe it’s the Saturn that sits right on my Sun, but I tend to be a bit skeptical about many of these things so I was glad to see an article about a Mayan Indian elder who pooh-poohs the idea that the world will end next year.
Saturn will enter Libra at the end of this month and will form a square to Pluto that will closely align in early November, just in time to see this frightening movie about the end of all civilizations on earth which is being released on November 13.  Coincidentally, the exact square from Saturn to Pluto peaks on the 15th.
When the Lord of Karma (Saturn) and and the Lord of Death (Pluto) collide t can shake people up.  The last time they met was between August and November of 2001 and you might remember the events that occurred then.  Certainly there was change and fear ruled the land.  Their previous meeting in 1973 and 1974 was less eventful, but the opening square of Saturn to Pluto in 1982 resulted in widespread economic recession, and the opposition of Saturn to Pluto in 2005 which included Uranus was also quite powerful and created some major changes.
When Uranus enters Aries next year it will begin to align with Saturn and Pluto just as it did in 1965, although the full impact won’t be felt until 2011.
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By | 2009-10-11T16:44:39+00:00 October 11th, 2009|2012, Popular Culture|Comments Off on Just in Time for the Saturn/Pluto Square: The 2012 Movie

Top Planetary Events of the Week, October 12-18, 2009

Back by popular demand!  The most important events in the sky this week:
  1. Ceres enters Scorpio on Monday the 12th.  For a few weeks our caretaking intensifies and there is more of an interest in caretaking through facilitating dramatic experiences.
  2. Also on Monday, Mars forms a harmonious sextile to Saturn.  This is a great day to get things done and organize your accomplishments.
  3. Jupiter turns direct on Tuesday after a long sojourn in reverse. It will catch up to Chiron and Neptune and reconnect for the healing dance.
  4. Also on Tuesday, Venus is sextile Mars – very nice aspect for balance in interpersonal relationships.
  5. Sun trines Chiron on Wednesday the 14th, shining healing energy all around.
  6. Venus enters Libra on Wednesday, enhancing our social lives and bringing our attention to the beauty that is all around us.
  7. Venus squares Pluto on the 15th – watch for power struggles and the green eye of jealousy and other dark emotions to surface.
  8. Mars enters Leo on Friday the 16th.  Desires are BIG for the next few weeks, and everyone wants something.
  9. New Moon in Libra on Sunday the 18th!  Big focus on relationships with the New Moon and Venus all in Libra, the sign ruled by Venus and all about love and balance.
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By | 2009-10-11T16:42:20+00:00 October 11th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Top Planetary Events of the Week, October 12-18, 2009

Astrological Musings Radio: All About Chiron

Update The archived show is now available here:

Chiron is one of the newer planets in the astrological pantheon, and while many people know that it’s the “wounded healer,” its role in personal transformation is not widely understood.  This Sunday at 10 am Eastern I’ll be talking about Chiron, the mythology and the archetype, and how it works in the astrological chart and planetary cycles.

You can listen to the archives later or download it to your computer or as a podcast, but if you listen live you can join in the discussion in the chatroom and call in about your own chart.  I start taking calls about halfway through the show.
To listen live simply click the player below, or visit the show page (if you click on the player before Sunday morning at 10 you’ll hear last week’s program).  You’ll find more information and instructions here.
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By | 2009-10-10T16:38:11+00:00 October 10th, 2009|Podcast|Comments Off on Astrological Musings Radio: All About Chiron
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