Mars conjunct Pluto

Sunday Inspiration: Pluto and the Force of Will

Over the next 10 days or so we will see Mars align with Pluto, forming an alliance that could have a strong effect in our personal lives as well as in the world at large.

Mars is often thought of as the planet of war, anger and aggression and all of these qualities are a part of the Mars archetype.  But Mars also represents the individual Will – the power that we all possess to create an intention followed by the initiation of an action.  When we have a desire to make something happen in our lives, that is our Will at work.

Pluto is usually defined as the planet of death and rebirth, or as I like to call it, the planet of destruction and regeneration.  Under the auspices of Pluto we often find that the forces of the subconscious become more powerful and relentless and that aspects of our lives are forever changed.  Pluto represents a force that acts beyond our control, and to me this force manifests as the Will of the Higher self.

When Mars and Pluto collide it can be with a deadly force of destructive rage and anger, or it can be with a conscious intention to focus the powerful energy to achieve a goal.  This after all is the force of Magick – the bending of matter in the earthly realm through the force of Will.  Under a Mars/Pluto conjunction this can only be done effectively when the individual Will (Mars) is acting in harmony with the Higher Self (Pluto).

This can be a powerful time of great reward if we utilize mindfulness and attention and infuse intention into our reactions.

By | 2016-10-09T08:37:15+00:00 October 9th, 2016|Inspiration|6 Comments

The astrology of Andreas Lubitz, suicide co-pilot

Andreas Lubitz astrologyRecent news reports reveal that the copilot in the recent crash of a Germanwings airliner had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and steered the plane into a mountain, killing himself and 149 other people, leaving the rest of humanity mystified.  Those who knew him described him as friendly, polite, quiet – something we often hear in these situations.

A look at the astrological chart of an individual can often provide an explanation for why someone behaves in a certain way.  It should never be taken as an excuse.  There are plenty of people with the same planetary configurations that this gentleman had who would never have flown a plane full of passengers into the Alps.  I present this analysis in order to educate about the workings of the planets – not to excuse the actions of the copilot.

Andreas Lubitz (born December 18, 1987, time and place unknown) has several difficult and painful combinations of planets in his chart.  Born with the Sun in Sagittarius, typically a freedom-loving expansive personality, his Sun was flanked by Saturn (restriction) and Uranus (rebellion) and opposed by Chiron (wounding and healing).  The stressful opposition (180 degree aspect) of Chiron to the Saturn/Sun/Uranus combination shows an individual who has come into this life with a predisposition towards emotional sensitivity and probably with a great deal of psychological wounding.

Strong Chiron contacts such as this often result in depression because one must go THROUGH the wounds in order to heal and ultimately become free of the emotional pain.  Some personality types are better suited to the kind of introspection and psychological work required to heal Chironic wounds.  Sagittarius does not care for that kind of emotional work and often responds by running away from it.

The Sagittarius stellium forms an exact square aspect to the North and South Node in the chart, the points that reveal our soul’s passage from past (South Node) to future (North Node), and a Grand Cross is formed when Chiron is included.  This suggests that in Lubitz’s evolutionary journey this was a pivotal lifetime to resolve major issues from the past.

However, the Scorpio stellium in the chart embraces one’s wounds with a mad passion and in an ideal situation will fearlessly dive into the psychological wasteland in order to dredge up these old wounds so that they can be revealed and ultimately healed.  His Moon was in Scorpio, revealing his passionate nature, and the Moon was aligned with both Mars and Pluto, the traditional (Mars) and modern (Pluto) rulers of Scorpio.  Mars/Pluto people often carry a great deal of anger and sometimes rage that can be difficult to express when it is hidden behind the Sagittarius veneer.  The Black Moon Lilith, a point that is associated with rage and relationship issues, is locked in a square to his Mars/Pluto and we will probably see a great deal of drama in his relationship history.

When you combine the deep grief of the Chiron alignments with the rage of Mars/Pluto, it is not hard to see where the impetus for such an act of brutal fury could arise.  Ideally someone with this kind of rage and anxious depression would seek help, and in fact we know that Lubitz did seek help. However, he disregarded the advice of psychiatrists to stay out of work despite a written excuse, and hid his illness from employers.  I suspected that this act of vengeance was planned and deliberate and news reports this morning revealed that he had told his girlfriend that he was planning “a heinous act that will be remembered forever.”

At the time of the crash the planet Saturn, which has been stationary for about a month, had been sitting right on Mars in the progressed chart.  This is a transit that can be enormously frustrating as Mars seeks action and Saturn puts the brakes on.  At the same time transiting Jupiter comes along bringing confidence and a tendency towards expansive acts, setting off the Mars/Pluto conjunction and triggering a firestorm of anger and rage.

As I said earlier, planetary configurations are NEVER an excuse for actions that destroy or harm others in any way.  Each of us always has a choice to take positive actions to improve our own lives and the lives of others.  But the astrological chart can provide insight into the inner workings of the mind that is otherwise unavailable.


By | 2015-03-28T08:19:20+00:00 March 28th, 2015|Crime|8 Comments

Planetary Illuminations for November now posted

November horoscopesThe November edition of the monthly Planetary Illuminations report is now posted.  You can read the entire article here, and if you are not yet on my mailing list please sign up to subscribe.  Subscribers receive a monthly report with an abridged translation that is easy to understand.  Just enter your email address here, and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.  Subscribers, your newsletter will go out tonight!

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Here is the synopsis of the major events coming up in November to get you started:

Cardinal alignments November 6-15th.  Ever since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 there has been an expanding and contracting pressure from other planets that have aspected Pluto.  Because Pluto and the other planets were in the Cardinal signs of action (Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, Aries) some astrologers have called this the “Cardinal Crisis,” the “Cardinal Climax,” etc.  I preferred to call it a Cardinal Drama, because a “climax” or “crisis” suggests that there will be a peak of intensity which will then be followed by a resolution.

As many of you know, this Cardinal Drama was particularly stimulated by the challenging square between Uranus in Aries to Pluto in Capricorn.  You can read many many articles about this cycle here on this site, but you will find a summary in the sidebar of this page.  Uranus/Pluto cycles rarely create a peak of intensity which resolves itself as we would find in other planetary cycles – Uranus inspires the breakdown of the old order and Pluto encourages its destruction.  Then the rebuilding must occur, but the final resolution can take time.

As November begins the dance between Uranus and Pluto is tightening and becoming more intense as the planets align for the sixth out of a total of seven total alignments.  What is even more significant for us right now is that the planet Mars, which is known to trigger the larger and slower moving cycles, will be translating the Uranus/Pluto cycle, meaning it will act as a spark to activate both Uranus and Pluto.  This is rather like a boxing match in which two big fighters are circling each other and one pipsqueak calls out something from the stands to goad the fighters into action.

The interaction between these three players will be further stimulated when the Moon moves into Cancer and activates the dynamic, forming a Grand Cross of tension and disturbance.  This will begin around November 6th and will be most intense between the 8th and the 15th or so.

Scorpio gives way to Sagittarius.   We have been in an intensely Scorpionic time over the past month or so – truly the “Season of the Witch.”  On November 15th that Scorpio energy of deep introspection and powerful transformation will give way to a lighter and more buoyant experience as one by one the Scorpio planets start to move into Sagittarius beginning with Venus, followed by the Sun and Moon at the New Moon on November 22nd at the first degree of Sagittarius.  Sag encourages us to let go of the gloom and dark power of the season of darkness and to find a more carefree approach to life.  Sagittarius is all about faith, and when we find true faith in life itself our problems begin to disappear.

Neptune and Chiron turn direct mid-month.  The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) appear to travel retrograde for about six months of every years, so their retrograde periods are not particularly challenging.  However, when any planet (appears to) change direction, its movement slows down to a crawl in preparation for that turn and at this time its influence is particularly powerful, especially if that planet is in aspect to your own chart.  Neptune will turn direct on November 16th and Chiron turns direct on the 23rd.

Chiron and Neptune have been within ten degrees of each other since 2009, urging us to open our hearts to heal the wounds of the soul (Chiron) so that spiritual evolution (Neptune) can occur.  With these two changing direction virtually at the same time, the focus on this process will be intensified.

By | 2014-10-31T15:05:30+00:00 October 31st, 2014|Astrology|1 Comment

Journeys with Mars and the Uranus/Pluto square

I’m finishing up the Planetary Illuminations report, but I wanted to give you a heads up on this important cycle.

You can read in the sidebar about the square aspect between Uranus and Pluto that has been creating intensity, drama and change since the two planets first came together back in 2011 (their first meeting was just a degree from exactitude, but close enough to pack a punch).  The sixth exact square is in mid-December, but during November they will be moving closer and closer to the exact alignment that will likely foster even more breakdown (Pluto) and realignment (Uranus).

As Mars travels through Capricorn it will align with Pluto and form a challenging square to Uranus.  By November 5th Mars will be close enough to Pluto that we will start to feel it in earnest, and the exact conjunction will take place November 10th. Mars represents the anger and passion of the individual, where Pluto represents a transformational force that destroys and rebuilds.  These two planets together are a formidable force that will energize but also inspire us to purge and eliminate anything from our life that no longer works.

At the same time, Mars will be in a square to Uranus.  Uranus is the radical – the innovator and the one which shatters paradigms.  It will be difficult to resist realignment and change under this combination of influences.  The exact square from Mars to Uranus occurs November 12th.  The Moon moves through Cancer during this same period, and when a Grand Cross forms on November 10th we are likely to see a climax of intensity and passion that breaks apart anything in our lives that is brittle and dying, and urge us to embrace the new.

This is really a time of letting go to our attachment to what we think is true and those things to which we have become accustomed.  This is a Brave New World, as Aldous Huxley wrote, and in order to move through the portal to the future the past must be surrendered.

“Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness: it depends on the force of the current, the height and strength of the barrier. The unchecked stream flows smoothly down its appointed channels into a calm well being.” 
― Aldous HuxleyBrave New World

By | 2014-10-30T19:54:58+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Planetary cycles, Uranus square Pluto|2 Comments

Tensions flare as Mercury, Mars and Pluto collide

As you know if you follow my Facebook page, over the past week or so we have seen a challenging alignment of these three planets which culminated on December 13th.  Mercury just turned retrograde on the 10th so it is still moving pretty slowly, and will remain within five degrees of Pluto for the next few days.  All planets are in Capricorn, the sign that represents structures, governments, tradition.

Uranus, the radical revolutionary, also changed direction on the 5th, and its influence is very visible in the dramatic events that have transpired over the past week or so, beginning with the arrest of Julian Assange and the explosion of the Wikileaks documents – (the radical (Uranus) exposure of information (Mercury) that reveals the secrets (Pluto) that are rocking the stability of national governments (Capricorn).

Mercury presides over communication and learning, but also transportation and messages.  Mars is the fiery god of war and Pluto the god of destruction so any alignment of these two planets can get pretty intense.  When Mercury joins in, there can be a heightened chance of arguments, disputes, and traffic problems.

The explosion of  a city bus in my hometown of Chapel Hill North Carolina yesterday, for apparently no reason, is eerily reflective of this triple conjunction since it involves the element of transportation, explosion and fire.

Then there are the riots.  Rioters in England last week attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla when they drove too near a demonstration against university tuition hikes.  This occurred just as Mercury was preparing to turn retrograde in conjunction to Pluto.

Two days later, tensions in Russia flared after the shooting of a football fan that resulted in violence against ethnic minorities.

Yesterday riots erupted in Greece in fiery protests against that government’s austerity measures that favor the wealthy.

In Rome yesterday after Prime Minster Berlusconi won a no-confidence vote, an anti-austerity protest ignited a firestorm of violence from masked and hooded protesters.

Garment workers in Bangladesh have for days been rioting over unfair labor practices, with over 25o people being injured and several deaths.

Other riots over the past week have been reported in Argentina, Jordan, and Haiti.

The astrological underpinning for much of this radical behavior has to do with Uranus, which in its change of direction is creating a powerful force for rebellion against the status quo.  The triple conjunction of Mercury, Mars and Pluto is acting as a spark to ignite the conflict that inspires this rebellion, but as Uranus and Pluto begin to align in their square formation next year these riots and violent protests will escalate.

Uranus in Aries is about fairness (Uranus) for the individual (Aries), and the violence (Pluto)  will be against the governments and corporations (Capricorn) that hold most of the world’s wealth.  This conservative commentator sees the same situation that I do, but has a different take on it than I do:  “[W]e’ve created a dependent class: a herd of cattle, beholden to government for its very existence, the individual cows of which have no grasp and no concept of principles, ideas, values, property rights, our past or our future. And, given the absence of such critical education, when it should be the producers who are revolting to protest their status as the looted lambs compelled to fund it all – it’s the parasites taking the lead instead.”

No matter which side of the divide you are standing on, there’s no question that the chasm is growing wider and deeper, and revolution is coming.  Hold onto your hats!

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By | 2010-12-15T17:04:39+00:00 December 15th, 2010|Future Shock, Politics|8 Comments