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Seven year growth cycles of the human experience


The number seven has great significance in spiritual numerology (seven planets, seven chakras, seven days of the week, seven heavens in Islam and ancient Judaism, seven deadly sins and seven virtues, etc.) but it also has meaning in human evolution.  Astrologers and astrology enthusiasts will recognize a seven year cycle as being part of the Saturn cycle.  Saturn takes 28 years to circle the Sun, and the synodic cycle of Saturn (relative to its placement in the birthchart) brings about a peak event every seven years.  At age seven we have the opening square of Saturn in the sky to Saturn in the birthchart, at age 14 we have the opposition (180 degree point), at age 21 the closing square, and at age 28-29 we have the Saturn Return.

Philosopher Rudolf Steiner had his own idea about planetary correspondences in these seven year cycles:

The first seven years of life (0-7 years old) were associated with the Moon. During this time, the psychic forces are working to transform the body of the child from one that was inherited from the parents, to one that represents the full personality of the child.

The second seven years (7-14 years old) is associated with Mercury. At this time, the child’s imagination and feeling life takes center stage.

The third seven years (14-21 years old) is associated with Venus, during which time the higher mind of the adolescent takes root, and the psychic development can be disturbed by the strong impulses of puberty.

The next three seven-year segments are associated with the Sun (21-42 years old), and the elements of sentient soul, intellectual soul, and consciousness soul.

The next seven-year segment is associated with Mars (42-49 years old), when the soul works hard to impress the full forces of its personality upon the world.  At this time, the soul has the opportunity to a higher state of consciousness called Spirit Self.

The following seven-year segment is associated with Jupiter (49-56 years old), when wisdom is dawning and the ego needs to unfold the Life Spirit.

The final seven-year period is associated with Saturn (56-63 years old) when Saturn completes its second “return” (e.g. comes back to its position it had at one’s birth), and the soul can manifest an event higher element of Self called Spirit Man.

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Unlike the traditional models of planetary correspondence, which place the luminaries in the (northern hemisphere) summer at Cancer (Moon) and Leo (Sun) and then proceed to the farthest planets in winter with Sagittarius (Jupiter) and Capricorn (Saturn), Steiner’s assignment of the planets to the seven year cycles isn’t quite as neat, with the triple Sun cycle at 21-42 years between Venus and Mars.  I do find it interesting that Steiner’s solar cycle corresponds to the period between the opening Uranus square at age 21 and the Uranus opposition at age 42 since Uranus presides over shocking and surprising events which inspire us to live a life that more authentically fits the Self (Sun).  The first Saturn return sits right between the two Uranus cycles, enforcing a structure into our lives which will help us to more successfully navigate through the material aspects of our lives.

Steiner lived in the late 19th century, and his model goes only to age 63. I wonder if we can apply the outer planets to subsequent cycles? Perhaps the cycle from age 63-70 might correspond to Uranus, breaking down the barriers that keep us from living an authentic life. The next two cycles, age 70-84, we could assign to Neptune and the dissolving of our attachments to the material world and the moving into a more spiritual plane of existence. And everything past 84, which also coincides with the Uranus return, let’s give to the great god of destruction and regeneration, Pluto the transformer, who takes us to the real, of death and teaches us what it means to be alive.

The number seven has long been a sacred number.  There are seven planets, seven chakras.  The western Bible is full of the number seven: seven heavens, seven days of creation, seven deadly sins, seven pillars of wisdom.  My spiritual therapist tells me that there are seven layers of consciousness and seven sublayers.  From the sublime to the ridiculous, online marketers swear that including a number seven in their pricing strategy increases sales.

In any event, it’s smart to pay attention to these seven year cycles in your own life. You will find that they mark important turning points may have something important to teach.

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By | 2018-02-02T11:01:55+00:00 January 21st, 2018|Life, Planetary cycles|8 Comments

In praise of hierarchy: A tale of the Uranus/Pluto square

In case you missed it, ever since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, followed by Uranus entering Aries in 2010, these two planets were locked in a challenging aspect that inspired and motivated the change that we have seen between 2010 and 2017.  (You can catch up here if this is all new to you.)

I always find it interesting when the zeitgeist (defined: the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time) reflects for the mainstream thinker the planetary cycles that astrologers have been talking about and explaining in the context of planetary cycles.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by economist Niall Ferguson (may be behind a paywall) tells a part of the story of this planetary cycle:

Established, traditional order [Capricorn]  is under assault [Pluto] from freewheeling [Aries], networked disrupters [Uranus] as never before. But society craves centralized leadership ([Capricorn], too. …

Networks rule not only in the realm of business. In politics, too, party establishments and their machines have been displaced by crowdfunded campaigns and viral messaging. Money, once a monopoly of the state, is being challenged by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which require no central banks to manage them, only consensus algorithms.

But is all this wise? In all the excitement of the age of hyper-connection, have we perhaps forgotten why hierarchies came into existence in the first place? Do we perhaps overestimate what can be achieved by ungoverned networks—and underestimate the perils of a world without any legitimate hierarchical structure?

The answer is, of course going from one extreme (rigid hierarchical societal structures) to another (chaos and anarchy) is not a great idea.  Nature and human nature both tend to swing from one extreme to another until we meet in the middle and I think we are about ready to take that step towards balance.

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By | 2018-01-07T18:45:55+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Future Shock, Life|2 Comments

Astrology in my world: The falling away of things I know to be true

Astrology gets a bad rap for being unable to reliably predict the future. The fact is, while astrology reveals the underlying order of things, it does not reveal the future.  Through astrology we can know when there is potential for difficulty, but everyone experiences these cycles differently, and they are experienced differently at different times.

As I write this today at the end of November, I have just found out that a brilliant astrologer that I have worked with over the years, Dawn Bodrogi, just died.  In her last news letter she wrote that her mother had recently died just after a New Moon in the progressed chart, and Dawn had a New Moon in the progressed chart at the time of her death.  A client recently also had a New Moon in the progressed chart at the time of death.

When we think of New Moons, death is not the first thing we predict!  A New Moon marks a new beginning – the old way is falling away as the lunar phase wanes to pave the way for a new start at the New Moon.  Often there is a fundamental change at the core of our being, or a move to a new location.

In my own chart, Jupiter (beliefs and meaning) is in a powerful square to Pluto (power and intensity).  This dynamic typically suggests someone who holds on tightly to their belief system, and there is a self-righteous quality to it.  When I have a strong feeling about something, my confidence in that belief never wavers.  98% of the time this confidence is well-placed and serves me well.  But when we are so rigid in our beliefs and what we think we know, there is no room for expansion and the opportunity for our understanding to blossom.

The Scorpio New Moon hit this dynamic in my chart, and ever since then I have been questioning everything that I know to be true which has left me feeling a bit lost at sea.  But in letting go of the things I know, there is an opening for a higher level of understanding and growth to come in.

I have my own New Moon in the progressed chart last month just a week after my birthday, so it’s locked into the Solar Return chart for the next year.  At the same time, Pluto, the planet of death and regeneration, will be sitting on my Sun for virtually the entire year.  Perhaps this means I will leave my physical body, but it’s more likely that I will not.  This is what makes astrological prediction impossible, and while astrologers keep trying (see also: Astrologers predict 2016 election results) they are not often successful no matter how ancient or esteemed the techniques used.

The presence of a New Moon in the progressed chart at death does not make me doubt the astrological symbolism.  Instead it suggests that our concepts of life and death need to be expanded.  Often I have clients in the midst of terrible crisis who later find that after the irrevocable breakdown of their lives during that time led to a powerful transformation that changed them in positive ways.  We cannot know, but perhaps the signification of the New Moon at the time of death reveals a transition into a new experience of the soul, and a new awakening.

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By | 2017-11-30T10:09:19+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Astrology in my world, Life|27 Comments

The astrology of the US addiction to guns, 2017 edition

Astrology of guns USAMuch of this article is reposted from a post from 2013.  Since then we have had the worst mass shootings in US history: 

  • Las Vegas, Oct 2017: 58 dead
  • Orlando, June 2016: 49 dead
  • Virginia Tech, Apr 2007: 32 dead
  • Sandy Hook, Dec 2012: 27 dead
  • Texas church, Nov 2017: 26 dead

Everywhere you turn these days the discussion is about guns.

Guns are not a new topic for discussion, but the feverish frenzy over which gun rights advocates are protecting their rights to own assault weapons and other types of weapons meant for mass killings is rather recent.

There is no nation like the United States in terms of gun ownership.  The (Sibly) chart of the United States has Sagittarius rising, which echoes the expansive philosophies that have always drove the country towards constant expansion and religious ideals, both Sagittarian concepts.  We normally would look towards Mars for signs of warfare like behavior, but in the US chart the passion for guns is found in the placement of Pluto in the second house.  This fanatacisim about guns originates not in an aggressive desire to assert force (Mars) but in a hunger for freedom (Sagittarius ascendant) and a relentless (Pluto) drive to accumulate masses of money through manipulation of the nation’s ideals (second house).

American gun lovers don’t want to accumulate stockpiles of weapons to kill their neighbors.  They want these weapons because they believe that it will protect that Sagittarius rising freedom.  It doesn’t hurt that Uranus (planet of liberation from oppression) conjoins both Venus (partners) and Mars (aggression) in the chart.  That Uranus/Mars conjunction especially denotes a radical desire for liberty at all costs.  Americans own twice as many guns as any other country, per capita.

That’s where Pluto in the second house enters the picture, in the form of the National Rifle Association.  The NRA spent $15 million in the 2012 presidential campaign, using a fearmongering campaign promoting the idea that Obama planned to take away gun rights (he wasn’t).  This same organization used the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut to promote the worry that the government was attempting to take away the guns of American citizens (it wasn’t).  Yet the economic effect was significant: as gun sales accelerated after the shooting, with prices for 30-round magazines rising exponentially.

This, my friend, is what happens with Pluto asserts its hunger for power in the second house of money and possessions.  The fear (Pluto) over the loss of liberty (Sag rising and Uranus/Mars) can generate big bucks (second house).  Military style assault rifles have become the new symbol of freedom: the “musket of today” according to the president of the National Rifle Association.

It’s always helpful to follow the money when attempting to understand something about the United States, and it’s no coincidence that much of the funding for the NRA comes from the gun industry.  From Business Insider:

In its early days, the National Rifle Association was a grassroots social club that prided itself on independence from corporate influence.

While that is still part of the organization’s core function, today less than half of the NRA’s revenues come from program fees and membership dues.

The bulk of the group’s money now comes in the form of contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry sources.

Since 2005, the gun industry and its corporate allies have given between $20 million and $52.6 million to it through the NRA Ring of Freedom sponsor program. Donors include firearm companies like Midway USA, Springfield Armory Inc, Pierce Bullet Seal Target Systems, and Beretta USA Corporation. Other supporters from the gun industry include Cabala’s, Sturm Rugar & Co, and Smith & Wesson.

The NRA also made $20.9 million — about 10 percent of its revenue — from selling advertising to industry companies marketing products in its many publications in 2010, according to the IRS Form 990.

Additionally, some companies donate portions of sales directly to the NRA. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sights, donates 10 percent of each sale to the NRA. Taurus buys an NRA membership for everyone who buys one of their guns. Sturm Rugar gives $1 to the NRA for each gun sold, which amounts to millions. The NRA’s revenues are intrinsically linked to the success of the gun business. …

The chief trade association for gun manufacturers is the National Shooting Sports Federation, which is, incidentally, located in Newtown, Conn. But the NRA takes front and center after each and every shooting.

“Today’s NRA is a virtual subsidiary of the gun industry,” said Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center. “While the NRA portrays itself as protecting the ‘freedom’ of individual gun owners, it’s actually working to protect the freedom of the gun industry to manufacture and sell virtually any weapon or accessory.”

There are two reasons for the industry support for the NRA. The first is that the organization develops and maintains a market for their products.  The second, less direct function, is to absorb criticism in the event of PR crises for the gun industry.

Read more here.

With Uranus in Aries since March 2011, this excitement over personal liberty has become almost hysterical.  Uranus itself rules rebellion against the status quo and the kind of radical change that destroys outmoded structures, and in Aries, the sign of the pioneer and individualist, that revolutionary fervor has become more intensely personal.  Uranus will remain in Aries until 2019, so it’s unlikely that we will see this story become less significant anytime soon.  On the contrary, as Uranus continues to bump up against Pluto in a challenging square formation over the next couple of years the story is likely to become more significant and likely, more ridiculous.

Personally, I have  a hard time understanding how a culture that is so obsessed with personal liberty where guns are concerned can be so oppressive when it comes to a woman’s personal health or wardrobe.  In my state of North Carolina the state legislature recently introduced three bills in the same session: two to allow guns in restaurants and in schools, and one to prohibit exposure of a woman’s nipples.

If nipple exposure could generate cash, I am certain that someone would find a way to defend it.  In the meantime, wardrobe violators, be warned!  America’s passion for liberty does not extend into your personal life.  It is only intended for corporations and profit.

 

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By | 2017-11-06T09:03:57+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Crime, Life|2 Comments

Gender identity in the birthchart: A peek into the Aquarian Age

I’ve been listening to archived episodes of Chris Brennan’s excellent astrology podcast which has generated a lot of blog ideas.  One of the more interesting episodes was this one on sexual orientation which features astrologer Christopher Renstrom.  Chris and Christopher discuss a wide range of ideas from a historical perspective which I found very interesting since I am not that well versed in the ancient astrological works of Ptolemy and other ancient astrological history or the rules surrounding the prediction whether or not an individual was gay based on planetary configurations in their astrological chart.

Ancient astrologers such as Ptolemy were much more concerned with absolutes in prediction and description of the human experience than we are today; for example, suggesting that if Venus and Jupiter precede the Sun in a man’s chart and those two planets also aspect Mars, that man will only be interested in sex with men.  Or, if Mars and Venus in a woman’s chart are both in masculine signs (fire and air signs), she will be inclined towards lesbianism.  I haven’t done enough research to know if these rules are true, but I did look up Jodie Foster’s chart.  Ms. Foster is a noted lesbian actor whose Mars is indeed in the masculine sign of Leo, but her Venus is in the feminine sign of Scorpio.

In my experience with gay clients as well as profiles of well-known people, it seems to me that the LGBTQ experience encompasses a very wide spectrum of attributes.  There are transgendered individuals who experience themselves as having incarnated into the wrong body.  There are “gender fluid” people who are attracted to people of both sexes.  There are gay men who are more feminine than their body suggests, and lesbians who are quite masculine. I have written a great deal about the gender fluidity of the Aquarian Age (this article, for example) and have noticed the presence of the asteroid Pallas in the charts of transgendered individuals.  Uranus rules the Aquarian Age, and Uranus is the planet that turns stereotypes upside down, demanding a new paradigm for examining the world and we are certainly seeing that in the realm of gender identification.”

I recently read an article about British singer Sam Smith who has come out as “nonbinary,” meaning he does not identify with either gender.  Sam has Mars, the male archetype, in the very masculine sign of Aries, and Venus, the female archetype, in the feminine sign of Taurus, and Venus aligns with the Sun to bring more of the feminine into his personality.

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Smith was born under the conjunction of Uranus and Neptune, a period during the early 1990s where the spirituality and potential for illusion of Neptune collided with the paradigm shifting of Uranus.  I have noticed that people born during that time are exceptionally creative and operate on a different frequency than the rest of us, tending not to fit into the nice societal boxes in which we like to operate.

Most interesting in the topic of gender identification though is the presence of the asteroid Pallas in a prominent position in his chart (squaring Mars and conjunct the Moon and North Node).  As mentioned above, Pallas continues to prove herself an important factor in the charts of those who do not identify with traditional gender roles.

This whole discussion operates on a spectrum, and the issue of gay or straight is not always clearcut; nor is the issue of gender identification.  As we continue to move through the portal of the Aquarian Age these distinctions will continue to unravel and a new paradigm of human-ness will emerge.

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By | 2017-10-25T09:24:14+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Life|5 Comments
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