jupiter square pluto

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

“When will we see the end of these difficult planetary cycles?”

planetary cyclesSomeone left this question in a comment recently, and I quite frequently hear this question from clients.  It’s a difficult one to answer because there are so many layers of planetary cycles that begin on the personal level with your own astrological chart that is affected by planetary movements.  Then we have the astrological chart of the nation in which we live that undergoes planetary cycles which affect the political landscape.  Expanding even further, we have the dances of the slower moving planets including Saturn, Chiron, and the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Not everyone is affected by planetary cycles in the same way – human behavior is difficult to predict since it depends so much on the choices that we make.  Still, this Uranus/Pluto cycle that we have been going through since 2010 is one of the most difficult because of the degree of change that it brings about.

While the Uranus/Pluto cycle is technically over, it is being kept alive this year by Jupiter which is bouncing back and forth between squares to Pluto and oppositions to Uranus, “translating” and re-connecting the Uranus/Pluto conflict and maintaining a level of tension that requires adaptation and synthesis.

Still, there are always harmonious cycles flowing through the most challenging of planetary alignments that provide support and encouragement.  A harmonious trine from  Saturn (discipline and focus) and Uranus (innovation and radical change) could help to facilitate the changes and new patterns that are necessary in order to recreate our world in the new ways that are required for the future.  Under this aspect the structures that we build under Saturn are energized by the ingenuity of Uranus.  This aspect tends to make the idea of change seem more exciting than frightening as we look towards the future with new eyes.

Planetary cycles don’t make things happen – they create a storm with a signature that is particular to that planet in order to create necessary evolution.  A tornado will not destroy every house in its path, but the mobile homes and shacks without strong foundations are vulnerable to the force of its power.

 

 

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By | 2017-04-11T08:14:25+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Astrology, Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Jupiter square Pluto, Phase II: the Death of Truth

War on Truth Jupiter square PlutoJupiter and Pluto are locked in a battle of wills in the sky right now – the second phase of the challenging square (90 degree) aspect that began last November.

Jupiter and Pluto both have something to do with the idea of truth.  Jupiter, a personal planet,  represents our own individual truth – the philosophies and ideas about truth (theology) that we formulate for ourselves and then share with others in religions or through publishing these ideas.  Pluto, a transformational planet,  is concerned more with Ultimate Truth – a Truth that is beyond any of our individual ideas of what is true, but the real Truth of life and death.

Under this Jupiter/Pluto alignment we have seen an increase in “fake news” – both real and imagined – and an ever decreasing burring of the line between truth and fiction.  Truth  is seen to be a lie, and lies are seen as the truth to the point where Time Magazine’s new issue asks “Is Truth [Jupiter] Dead [Pluto]“?

Under the square between Jupiter and Pluto the President of the United States has declared a war (Pluto) on media (Jupiter) and declares most news (Jupiter) as being lies (Pluto) unless it’s complimentary of him.

A recent “fake news” story about a Hillary Clinton’s involvement in an alleged child sexual abuse ring operating out of a pizza parlor dubbed Pizzagate circulated widely before it was debunked by Alex Jones himself who perpetrated the story.  However, 50 people gathered in DC to protest the fact that the so-called scandal was ignored by the media and refused to believe that the story wasn’t true.

Evidence of a War on Truth is everywhere and from viewpoints all across the spectrum:

The final square formation between Jupiter and Pluto will occur in August 2017.  It’s difficult to imagine where we will go from here – will we ever return to a world in which there is an understandable Truth to which we can all agree?  About anything?

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By | 2017-03-27T12:42:52+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Life, Politics|11 Comments

Jupiter square Pluto: The Press vs Autocrat

CNNYesterday President Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer banned CNN and the New York Times from the daily press briefings.  Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the mainstream media that he calls “fake news,” and his communications staff coined the term “alternative facts” to describe claims that do not fit the traditional definition of “true.”

Jupiter presides over the communication of shared ideas and is associated with journalism and the press as well as religion, theology and philosophy.  Pluto is the planet of power, as well as destruction and regeneration.  Capricorn’s realm is the material world, and with Pluto in the sign of Capricorn since 2008, it has been systematically destroying and regenerating the structures of society (Capricorn) including governments, corporations, schools, and even social institutions such as marriage and family.  The consolidation of power in certain strata of individuals and certain corporations has also been evident.

Jupiter is now in a challenging aspect to Pluto, which is still in conflict with the rebellious force of Uranus and as I wrote the other day Mars is involved now too.  Mars, a faster moving planet, tends to trigger larger cycles and the conflict between the current administration, which unabashedly seeks a consolidation of power in the Presidency (Pluto in Capricorn), and the press (Jupiter) has become inflamed (Mars).  This government seeks autonomy and independence (Uranus in Aries) and shows a pronounced disdain for traditional government/press relations anyway, so the astrological climate is pushing everything to a fevered peak.

Mars will soon move away so I expect there to be a temporary resolution, but the larger planetary cycle will continue until the fall as Jupiter retrogrades away from the square to Pluto in the early summer but comes back for one more climax in late summer.

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By | 2017-02-25T07:28:09+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Politics|6 Comments

Cancerian Full Moon, January 12th: Balance, stability and Magic

Cancer Full Moon January 2017As we approach the Cancer Full Moon on January 12th, a harmonious Mars cycle helps to energize us and shake off inertia.  We are inspired now for transformation and are likely to feel more alive and aware which will help us to find greater balance during this lunar time where much goes on beyond the superficial level of daily consciousness.

Full Moons always include some tension since the Sun in Capricorn with its focus on practicality and the ends justifying the means, is exactly opposite the Moon in Cancer, inspiring emotional sensitivity and connection to tribe, pulling us in both directions and requiring us to find a way to integrate the opposite signs.  Cancer is the Moon’s own sign which intensifies this lunar quality of shifting moods and instinctive reaction.

Creating even greater tension is an exact Grand Cross with Jupiter and Uranus as well as the Sun and Moon.  Grand Crosses carry a tremendous amount of power in the tension that they bring to bear. They aren’t always comfortable, but this will be a powerful Full Moon that is full of magic. Any hidden restlessness or longing for freedom will erupt under this Full Moon which demands that we find balance between the emotional pull of our inner world (Cancer) and our need to find stability in the outer world (Capricorn).

This Full Moon asks us to open up our hearts to love and magic while keeping our feet firmly planted in the structural reality of the world around us, and to prioritize stability while exploring the nether regions of the psyche without becoming lost in either dimension.

The effect of a Full Moon lasts for about three days, and then we have a couple of stressful Mars aspects from the 16th-20th that could bring up an old wound which we have been trying to ignore and put the brakes on our plans.  These few days may be a bit frustrating and it will be important not to become discouraged.  Wait for clarity to come – it will!

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By | 2017-01-11T07:53:03+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Moon|4 Comments
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