Jupiter square Uranus

The Jupiter/Pluto opposition: this time with Venus

The most recent opposition (180 degree) formation between Jupiter and Pluto began last summer and you can catch up on that earlier article here.

Jupiter inspires us to find meaning in our lives by developing faith and belief in an ideal that works for us.  It therefore rules theology and religion, but also travel and exposure to other cultures that expand our minds.  Jupiter also presides over the realm of higher knowledge and the search for a truth that makes sense for us.  However, Jupiter’s need for continual expansion can result in an overinflated sense of reality that has no basis in the real world.  Pluto on the other hand demands nothing less than Truth with a capital “T” – the ultimate Truth that can be known  only when artifice and the superficial are discarded, and when Pluto interacts with Jupiter the inflated hopes and dreams of Jupiter can often be burst.

With Jupiter opposing Pluto we will likely see conflict between the small truths and the bigger Truths that underlie the very fabric of reality.  Jupiterian truths are like theologies – your truth may be different from mine.  Your politics may be different from mine.  But Truth is a reality that cannot change from one person to the next.

Many planetary cycles occur in three phases (although sometimes with Saturn there is only one, and with Neptune and Pluto there can be five and even, rarely, seven).  These cycles sometimes fall into a pattern of experience, although just as with all human experience there is a wide variation depending on the individual and the cycle.  The initiatory phase wakes us up with new information – there is a conflict beginning to awaken in the psyche.  During the second phase there is an adjustment that sometimes results in a crisis of some kind, and the third phase generally brings synthesis and completion.

With Uranus (radical change) in range of a challenging square to Pluto (destruction and regeneration)  throughout this cycle (see the sidebar for more details if this is new to you), Jupiter’s expansive influence serves to exacerbate the changes that are already underway.

The first phase of this Jupiter/Pluto cycle began in August of last year (2013).  That was a good time for the stock markets as Jupiter’s “irrational exuberance” took over.  Edward Snowden, who fled the US in May 2013 after leaking (Uranus) details on the US government surveillance program (Pluto), was given political asylum in Russia and liberated (Jupiter) from the airport in Russia in which he had been imprisoned.  Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post (Jupiter rules journalism), marking another transformation (Uranus/Pluto) in print media.

There was also an increase in violence the week of the exact opposition including an intensification in the Syrian civil war and clashes on the India/Pakistan border – ideological battlegrounds such as we would expect when Jupiter, the governor of ideologies and religion, is involved in a clash with Pluto, lord of destruction and transformation.

This upcoming second phase of the Jupiter/Pluto opposition will begin on the 31st with the opposition to Pluto and conclude on February 25th with the square to Uranus.  The entire month between the two alignments will likely bring escalations in the kind of ideological warfare we have seen over the past few years, but with an increase in crisis-level intensity there is a greater likelihood for resolution and ultimate transformation.  Unfortunately, for most humans it often takes a major crisis to generate real change, and that is the kind of energy this Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto cycle brings.

Venus is aligned with Pluto for the first half of the cycle, ripping away any illusions we may have and revealing important Truths that we may have been avoiding.  Venus is slowing down in preparation for its change of direction on the 31st, so it will remain connected with both Pluto and Jupiter for quite some time.  This will mean there is no more hiding where relationships are concerned – if transformation is required it will be difficult to resist.  Our alliances with others now are critical and they must be strengthened where they are weak.  Pluto’s role is to eliminate the chaff, leaving only the good stuff behind.

However, positive energy is supporting us in the shape of Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, which harmonizes with Venus, Jupiter and Pluto and helps us to move through challenging times and heal the wounds of the past.  This healing process provides the key to successful navigation of the stress of the next few months.

The last phase is in mid-April and includes Mars in a Grand Cross.  There is no doubt that this will be an intense period, but as it is the end of the cycle there is also the potential for that resolution to occur.   I’ll be writing more on that in the days to come.

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By | 2014-01-25T08:36:59+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Planetary cycles|6 Comments

Jupiter square Uranus, opening wide the doors of liberation

If-You-Change-Nothing-Nothing-Will-ChangeWe are currently in the midst of a major planetary cycle: the square from Uranus to Pluto.  If this concept is new to you, please see the abbreviated explanation in the sidebar of this site.  

Jupiter formed an exact square to Uranus last week, the first of three exact alignments that will amplify the shifting tides in our personal lives as well as on the world stage that are creating the necessity for a complete overhaul (Uranus in Aries) of the very foundation of our lives (Pluto in Capricorn).  With a total of seven exact alignments spanning a period of nearly five years, this planetary cycle is like a hurricane of energy that will strip us of the aspects of our lives that are already in decay (Pluto) and encourage us to refine our lives so that they more authentically reflect who we truly are (Uranus).

Now here comes Jupiter, interacting first with Pluto earlier in August and now Uranus.  Jupiter brings confidence to one’s ventures; it dislikes restrictive boundaries and desires to  expand beyond them.  Jupiter and Uranus are both freedom planets but they behave differently astrologically.  Jupiter is a personal planet, so it represents the internal urge to grow and learn and to live a life that has real meaning for us.  As a transpersonal planet, Uranus inspires us to drop any artifice and react against restriction that keeps us from being authentic and true to ourselves.  When these two interact in the sky, especially in a strong aspect such as the square (90 degree) aspect, the pressure for liberation becomes powerful and impossible to ignore.

Warning: geeky astrological details ahead.  The next exact alignment between Uranus and Pluto occurs November 1 2013, but Jupiter will begin to “translate” that alignment in early 2014 when it first opposes Pluto on January 31st and then squares Uranus on February 26th.   On April 20th and 21st all three planets come together in an exact T-square alignment.

Back to the rest of my readers! The period between January and the end of April 2014 will be extremely significant and offer a tremendous portal for letting go of anything that is not working in your life.  Change is easier for some of us than for others – it requires a great deal of trust that the change will in fact be beneficial.  For many of us the old is familiar and feels safe – even though it may be horrific, it is what we know.  It is exactly  these situations that this kind of planetary cycle is intended for – to force us, despite our desperate attempts to cling to the rotting fabric of the past, to move forward into a brighter future.

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By | 2013-08-25T07:54:09+00:00 August 25th, 2013|Uranus square Pluto|2 Comments

Jupiter opposite Pluto August 2013: Negotiating with the Gods

Jupiter opposite Pluto 2013

There’s no denying that the past week or so has been intense, with the planet of war (Mars) aligning with the King of the Gods (Jupiter).  Jupiter represents our desire to expand our horizons and grow in confidence and knowledge, we long to interact with other cultures and to become knowledgeable and even perhaps famous.

When Jupiter is involved we seek to be as one with the gods – to be our best selves.  This can sometimes make us a little cocky and perhaps even arrogant or self-righteous, and when aggressive Mars gets into the picture the atmosphere can really heat up.

Mars and Jupiter aligned on July 22nd, but there has been little peace since then because Mars went on to oppose Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld and Destruction on the 27th of July as Jupiter began to move into position to join Mars in battle with Pluto.

Pluto, despite certain astronomers deciding that it’s not really a planet, is the most potent force in the astrological pantheon.  Pluto empowers us and strips us of any veneer that is holding us back from self-realization.  But it also can break us down so that we are forced to surrender our ideas and ideals of what life is supposed to be like and force us to begin anew.

Jupiter will oppose Pluto (in a 180 degree aspect) three times between now and April 2014, and the first exact alignment is August 7th.  (You’ll be reading more about that in my Planetary Illuminations column – sign up in the sidebar if you’re not already on my mailing list.)  This is particularly significant in light of the cycle involving Uranus and Pluto (catch up on this in the sidebar article) which is already in effect.  So Jupiter’s alignments are not only to Pluto, but to Uranus as well.

Jupiter tends to expand whatever it comes into contact with, and as it dances first with Pluto and then with Uranus (more on that in future articles) so the dramatic pressure for transformation (Pluto) with change and innovation (Uranus) will become even more pronounced over the coming months.

Jupiter inspires us to find meaning in our lives by developing faith and belief in an ideal that works for us.  It therefore rules theology and religion, but also travel and exposure to other cultures that expand our minds.  Jupiter also presides over the realm of higher knowledge and the search for a truth that makes sense for us.  However, Jupiter’s need for continual expansion can result in an overinflated sense of reality that has no basis in the real world.  Pluto on the other hand demands nothing less than Truth with a capital “T” – the ultimate Truth that can be known  only when artifice and the superficial are discarded, and when Pluto interacts with Jupiter the inflated hopes and dreams of Jupiter can often be burst.

With Jupiter opposing Pluto we will likely see conflict between the small truths and the bigger Truths that underlie the very fabric of reality.  Jupiterian truths are like theologies – your truth may be different from mine.  Your politics may be different from mine.  But Truth is a reality that cannot change from one person to the next.

Oppositions require synthesis and negotiation- they act like a seesaw, moving from one side to another until we are able to balance in the middle.  Under the Jupiter/Pluto opposition we need to learn to balance faith and hope (Jupiter) with the reality of Death and renewal (Pluto).  We may need to re-evaluate our belief systems (Jupiter) so that we can become the empowered human we were meant to be (Pluto).  We may need to give up our ideas of our own righteousness (Jupiter) so that we can surrender to the higher self that guides us always (Pluto). we will all die someday although we each have a small truth as to what might happen next.

Surrender and knowledge are the key to navigating this planetary cycle.  I’ll be writing more about the Uranian implications soon.

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By | 2013-07-31T07:54:19+00:00 July 31st, 2013|Planetary cycles|5 Comments

Autumnal Equinox 2007

The equinoxes are magical points in time when the day and night are of equal lengths. These are times of balance and correspond roughly to the ascendant/descendant axis in the birthchart. The spring equinox (in the tropical system) takes place with the Sun at 0 degrees Aries, correlating with the ascendant and first house, and the fall equinox occurs at 0 degrees Libra, correlating with the descendant and seventh house.

With Aries and Libra we are dealing with two points of initiation: initiation of the Self (Aries) and initiation of the Other (Libra). The distinction between Self and Other is a little blurry right now with Venus (connecting with others) having just passed an exact opposition to Neptune. We feel creative and inspired now, but the Self is a little more difficult to access. The opposition between Mars and Pluto has been square to the Sun, forming a T-square which has intensified the energies of that dynamic which is still in force for the equinox.

Other influences are at play now as well (see chart): Jupiter is approaching its final square to Uranus which is accelerating the expansion of a new (Uranus) vision (Jupiter) and new ways of living the human experience, and Saturn is approaching a conjunction to the South Node which will test (Saturn) our attachment to the patterns from the past (South Node) that no longer work for us.
This is a time to moving forward, of becoming unstuck from the glue of our ancestral, family and personal histories. Saturn in Virgo helps us to create a plan and a strategy but tends to be overly cautious when exposed to the wildly visionary influence of Jupiter and Uranus.

This image by Willow Arlenea beautifully echoes this theme. The two individuals are separate yet connected by a force of spiraling energy that ascends from matter into spirit. Day and night are equally balanced, with the Sun ruling one half of the painting and the Moon the other. A new being grows in the waters of consciousness that grounds the image, and the higher selves of the two individuals ascend into a multidimensional field of new awareness.

Balance is the keyword for this Equinox experience: not only between the Self and the Other of the Equinox itself, but also a balance between being rooted on the Earth (Saturn/South Node) and ascending into spirit (Jupiter/Uranus).

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By | 2007-09-22T14:23:00+00:00 September 22nd, 2007|Holidays|Comments Off on Autumnal Equinox 2007

John Roberts takes a fall – the astrology of seizures

robertsJohn Roberts suffered a seizure yesterday and fell at his Maine vacation home on Monday, July 30. This was the second time he had blacked out after experiencing what they are calling a “benign idiopathic seizure,” meaning the medical experts don’t know what caused it. That always sends me running to the chart, because undiagnosable medical maladies are often energy imbalances in the physical structure.

Roberts has an Aquarius Sun [view chart]. Aquarians often have an interesting medical history because as a rule their inventive, rational mind typically takes control of their emotions. Roberts has the Moon in Pisces, which does add water to his chart and shows a deeply sensitive nature, and his Moon is part of a Grand Trine in Water which includes a conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer as well as Saturn in Scorpio. This suggests a comfort with the emotional realm overall (Pisces Moon) with a need to care for others (Jupiter in Cancer) although that must be done in a way that retains his autonomy and freedom (Uranus conjunct Jupiter).

Saturn in Scorpio reveals a strongly fixed nature and works well in the trine; however, that same Saturn in Scorpio also squares his Aquarius Mercury and Pluto. Mercury and Pluto are in opposition which lends an intensity (Pluto) to the mental realms (Mercury) and can indicate a tendency towards obsessive thinking. This is not easy for the Aquarian Mercury, which prefers to live in the more subjective realms where life makes sense and there are no underlying psychic demons such as the ones that Scorpio embraces. In this T-square the Saturn in Scorpio suggests a fear and discomfort (Saturn) with the Scorpio realm of the emotional underworld.

It is this T-square that was hit on Monday when Roberts experienced the seizure that sent him briefly to the hospital. The square of transiting Saturn to Mars exactly squared the Pluto/Mercury opposition in Roberts chart, and transiting Saturn was in exact conjunction to his Pluto.

This in itself does not signify a medical event, so I looked back to the earlier seizure episode that Roberts experienced in January of 1993. At that time transiting Chiron in Leo had just made a square to Saturn in Roberts’ chart and was preparing to conjunct his Pluto and oppose his Mercury; meanwhile, transiting Pluto was exactly square to the Mercury/Pluto opposition. He was in his “Pluto Square” at the time – this is the time when transiting Pluto makes a square (90 degree angle) to Pluto in our birthcharts and being the God of the Underworld, begins drudging up any hidden psychic debris from which we have been hiding.

I was unable to find the exact date for that seizure in January 0f 1993, but transiting Mercury would have been opposite Roberts’ Jupiter/Uranus square. Because Uranus rules electricity in general and electromagnetic energy in particular, the combination of Uranus and Mercury is often a volatile one that can bring about anxiety and other mental disorders.

From an astrological perspective, the timing of these seizure events indicates a reluctance on the part of John Roberts to delve into the deep emotional underworld where life is messy and complicated and full of darkness. Jealousy, rage, desire, loathing – all of these ugly things reside in that world, and the Aquarian nature prefers to remain in the world of the mind where all things make sense and emotions can be managed by reason. The darkness of the emotions get pushed to the basement, where they remain until a planetary transit activates them and the carefully constructed defense may begin to show cracks.

John Roberts has created an incredibly perfect persona in which no cracks have yet appeared: perfect good looks, the perfect wife, perfect children. Perfect Harvard education with a magna cum laude degree, Latin student, National Merit scholar, perfect Washington suburban home with the perfect Maine summer home. Still, according to Wikipedia Dr. Max Lee of the Milwaukee Neurological Institute, who is not involved in the case said, “Having two seizures so many years apart without any known culprit is going to be very difficult to figure out.”[12]

Perhaps the culprit is still hiding in the emotional basement.

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By | 2007-08-02T14:53:00+00:00 August 2nd, 2007|Health & Healing, Politics|Comments Off on John Roberts takes a fall – the astrology of seizures
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