Planetary cycles

The Jupiter/Pluto dance: What it means for you

Jupiter square Pluto 2016, Jupiter square PlutoJupiter, beloved by many as the planet of beneficent good fortune, is in Libra now where it is bringing its expansive qualities into the realm of diplomacy, beauty and a search for harmony.  This all sounds lovely, but things are about to get more intense as Jupiter is about to face off against Pluto, planet of ultimate transformation.

The first phase of this dance will culminate on November 24th but we are within range of its influence now.  Jupiter is King of the Gods, and inspires us to be our best selves. Under Jupiter’s influence we gain confidence and majesty and seek the success of our highest aspirations.  Pluto represents destruction of the old and regeneration into something new – in my theology Pluto represents the Higher Self – always guiding us to the highest expression of Self despite our own personal desires and whims.  So the dance between Jupiter and Pluto can be a powerful time of success and achievement of our dreams, or it can be one of inner conflict and ideological battles.

Under this influence any false veneer of polite agreement (Libra) will be exploded by Pluto’s demand for absolute Truth.  If we have worked to build a false self of superficial and artificial beauty (Libra), Pluto is likely to challenge you to greater authenticity.

Squares formations (90 degrees) are powerful, but not always “bad.”  Because they are strong influences, they challenge us towards greater personal transformation and can facilitate this transformation as well.  This planetary cycle of Jupiter square Pluto can bring enhanced vision (Jupiter) and greater influence (Pluto).  We may find our inner wisdom (Jupiter) deepened through significant inner work (Pluto).

On the global stage this could mean the takedown (Pluto) of kings and leaders (Jupiter), or challenges to their authority.  The last time Jupiter squared Pluto, in 1998 with Jupiter in Pisces squaring Pluto in Sagittarius, Bill Clinton (Jupiter – leader) was accused of sexual improprieties and his office threatened through impeachment (Pluto).  Mathew Shepard, a young gay man (Jupiter) was murdered (Pluto).  The Serbian civil war began in Kosovo and the second Congo war began, eventually the bloodiest war since World War II.

But it wasn’t all disaster – it was discovered that the Universe is expanding at an accelerating (Jupiter) rate, breaking (Pluto) a variety of scientified paradigms.  Viagra was first released, expanding (Jupiter) the ability of older men to have affairs with younger women (Pluto) – joke!!  The International Criminal Court (Jupiter) was established to prosecute war crimes (Pluto).  Google was founded, expanding (Jupiter) and transforming (Pluto) the nature of the Internet.

The second phase of this cycle will occur in March of this year and will coincide with another stressful aspect (opposition) to Uranus, effectively reviving the Uranus/Pluto square of the past eight years.  These will be interesting times!  The world is changing, and there is no room for the past to linger.

 

 

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By | 2016-11-17T19:36:23+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|10 Comments

Jupiter in Libra 2016-2017 brings blessings of beauty and love

Jupiter in LibraJupiter moved from the detail-oriented mental sign of Virgo into the relationship-oriented sign of Libra on September 9th 2016 and will remain in that sign until October 20th 2017.

Jupiter, the Great Benefactor

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system – filled with expansive gases and generating twice as much energy as it receives from the Sun, it is a powerful influence that demands attention.  Everything about Jupiter is big.  It has more moons than any other planet in the solar system (60!) including Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon.  It has the strongest gravity of any solar system planet, and a faster rotational speed.

Jupiter has sufficient mass and power that it was almost a star – just as the astrological Jupiter is in some ways like a second Sun.  We must honor the energy of the Sun in our charts to feel nourished and alive; we must honor the energy of Jupiter to feel whole and to give our lives meaning.  Jupiter is called the “greater benefic” –  inspires confidence and faith, it inspires us to expand the boundaries of our mind to break down limitations and gain greater understanding. It can bring good luck and good fortune and so can Venus, the “lesser benefic” and ruler of Libra, so the next year offers the potential for expansion and great positivity in our lives.

Libra, balance and harmonious connection

Libra is the sign of balance, harmony and justice.  While it is known as the sign of lovers and relationships, that association is not like the water element which promotes emotional connection but more of an intellectual idea.  The Libra focus on relationships asks “How can I enhance myself through my connection with others?  How can I balance my needs against the needs of my partner?”   While as individuals we must find balance within ourselves. there is a need under the Libra influence to find balance with a partner as well.  The downside to this need for a personal mirror is the danger of looking only in the mirror, and failing to look within and develop the interior self.

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By | 2016-10-09T07:52:06+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|5 Comments

Retrograde Mercury demands attention

Mercury retrograde

I have known for a long time that the Mercury retrograde phenomenon occurs when Mercury is closest to Earth, but the obvious implications of this escaped me until I read this interesting article by John Townley:

The retrograde period occurs when we are the closest in our orbit to a planet, when we are speeding past them (or for Mercury and Venus, they are speeding past us) so fast that they look like they’re going backwards (and from their point of view, we look the same way). So, if anything, it’s a period of more active engagement, gravitationally and by sheer proximity. A retrograde planet is literally in our face, as much as it can get, with all that implies. It demands our attention, and it only becomes a problem if we ignore it or avoid it (which has been our first inclination, traditionally).

Mercury is the planet of communication and short travel, and when Mercury is retrograde our attention to detail is somewhat inhibited so we tend to miss the larger cues which creates the famous snafus and glitches of these periods.  I have found that this is especially true in the week before Mercury turns retrograde.  At that time its motion slows to a virtual standstill and demands our attention.  The initial phases of a planetary cycle are usually the most intense, as we must integrate a new dynamic of consciousness that has previously not been present.

From John Townley:

[W]hat you should be doing during a retro – paying close attention to needed fixes and readjustments and not just taking time off until it’s over. Those who spend the time with their eyes and minds open profit from the effort, those who don’t miss the boat, if not right away then down the line when that period’s inevitable developments begin to unfold.

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Astrology provides us with a map to navigate these cycles and use their energies instead of having to react to them.  For a monthly report on the planetary energies at work, sign up for my free Planetary Illuminations report in the sidebar!

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By | 2016-09-13T09:23:42+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

The Eris-Uranus conjunction of 2015-2017

Eris Uranus conjunction

(Album Art from “All Hail Discordia” by Divine Right.) If the global situation seems crazy and insane (and it does!) we can blame it on the conjunction between Eris and Uranus in the warrior sign of Aries, a conjunction that began in 2015.

Eris is a small planet that was discovered in 2003.  Her Roman name was Discordia – she is the goddess who, when not invited to a wedding, began the Trojan War by throwing a golden apple marked “for the fairest” into a circle of goddesses, beginning a dispute that threw Greece into turmoil for ten years.  (Read more about the mythology of Eris here.)  Eris moves very slowly – its orbital cycle is 560 years – and it is still not clear what astrological impact it brings.

Uranus is the planet of radical change and revolutionary behavior.  It has been in the sign of war (Aries) since 2010, fomenting conflicts around the world.  When the planet of discord (Eris) aligns with the planet of disruption (Uranus), it’s easy to see where established paradigms and principles would be turned upside down.

The last Eris/Uranus conjunction took place between 1927 and 1929 in the first degrees of Aries.  This was a period of tremendous scientific and technological (Uranian) breakthroughs as well as political turmoil.  The discovery of quantum physics, the first transatlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh followed by the first woman-led transatlantic flight (Amelia Earhart),  an 8.6 magnitude earthquake in China, rebellions and revolutions encircled the globe including China, Austria, Portugal, Mexico, Japan, Afghanistan.  This of course was the peak of the “Roaring Twenties,” a period of cultural revolution and excesses of all kinds that ended in the stock market crash of 1929 – an event that certainly caused the “shock and awe” with which Uranus is associated, as well as the discord of Eris.

Under this influence (until early 2017), the very fabric of our lives is being shaken and stirred and it will be ever more necessary to find ways to adapt.  The world is changing – we are at the cusp of a new age in Aquarius, and the past is falling away at an ever-increasing pace.

On a personal level, Eris draws out latent feelings of resentment and we may find ourselves more inclined towards reactive behavior.  Attending to these feelings in a conscious and mindful way can bring about healing rather than repression which will help us to utilize this disruptive period to create positive change.

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By | 2016-10-08T12:16:29+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|5 Comments

Neptune in Pisces and extreme flooding

Flooding in MinotA sudden increase in floods over the past few years is being attributed to climate change by many scientists.

Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like.

That’s what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 11 people and forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods that have occurred in the United States over the last two years.

That increase in heavy rainfall and the resultant flooding “is consistent with what we expect to see in the future if you look at climate models,” said David Easterling, a director at the National Centers for Environmental Information, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Not just in the U.S. but in many other parts of the world as well.”

The flooding in Louisiana is the eighth event since May of last year in which the amount of rainfall in an area in a specified window of timematches or exceeds the NOAA predictions for an amount of precipitation that will occur once every five hundred years, or has a 0.2 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

Louisiana joins five other states, most of them in the South, that have experienced deadly flooding in the last 15 months, including Oklahoma,Texas, South Carolina and West Virginia.

In the last three months alone, floods in Maryland, West Virginia and Louisiana have combined to kill dozens of people and damage tens of thousands of homes and vehicles.

The National Weather Service reports that parts of Louisiana have received as much as 31 inches of rain in the last week, a number Dr. Easterling called “pretty staggering,” and one that exceeds an amount of precipitation that his center predicts will occur once every thousand years in the area.

read more here.  Climate change is real and this article is not meant to debunk that fact.  However, this surge of major flooding around the world is unprecedented in our lifetime and seems to coincide with the time that Neptune, the planet that rules the oceans and water as well as spirituality and creativity, entered its own sign of Pisces in 2011-2012, the year Sky News said was one of the wettest years ever in the UK.  That year also saw record breaking flooding in Japan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan and Minnesota to name only a few.

The record breaking rains and flooding have continued since then and will likely continue until Neptune leaves Pisces for Aries in 2025.  Since Pluto will be entering Aquarius in 2023-2024 and drying out the planet, these rains and flooding could be a real boon to humanity if the water they are generating are handled properly.

Meanwhile I see this as one more way in which astrology continues to explain the unexplainable.

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By | 2016-08-17T08:04:04+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Neptune in Pisces|4 Comments
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