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The changing nature of money under Uranus

by Lynn Hayes

art by DesignGeo

The planetary influence of Uranus manifests in disruption of the status quo – whatever sign Uranus travels through will bring disruption and radical reshaping of the worldly matters that are associated with that sign. Often this radical change includes a technological factor since Uranus rules technology and invention, and this has been true with Uranus in Taurus.

Uranus has been in Taurus since the fall of 2018, corresponding to the cryptocurrency boom. Taurus is an earth sign and describes the way we achieve economic security and a sense of material well-being, including financial wealth and finance so with Uranus in Taurus we would expect to see a change in the way things of value are exchanged. (See my article from 2018 about a Swiss referendum on the ability of banks to create money out of thin air.)

In any case, after Pluto (destruction and re-creation) entered Capricorn (societal structures such as banks) in 2008 resulting in the financial crash, the resulting lack of trust in global financial systems led to an embrace of new ways of handling money. Bitcoin emerged in 2009 but didn’t gain a foothold until 2010 when it was primarily used for secretive transactions by renegades on the dark web (Uranus was in independent Aries at the time).

During the challenging square from Uranus to Pluto that lasted between 2011 and 2017 there were all kinds of disruptions and revolutions, and this provided a fertile ground for monetary changes, and then in 2018 when Uranus moved into Taurus Bitcoin exploded.

This was not the first time Uranus in Taurus had radically changed the nature of money. When Uranus was last in Taurus, the […]

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By |2022-11-26T09:02:32-05:00November 26th, 2022|Life, Planetary cycles|4 Comments

The power of Pluto in human life: A case study

art by Black-Nemesi

This article was originally written by me in 2006 and is reposted with minor modifications. 

Last week I saw a client (let’s call her Sylvia) whose birthchart demonstrates the power of Pluto. Sylvia’s Sun is in the hard-working sign of Capricorn: Capricorns typically have a difficult life when they’re young but because they’re such hard workers (ruled by the Celestial Taskmaster himself, Saturn) they can be quite powerful as they age and incorporate life’s lessons. She also has a Grand Trine including Mars, Jupiter and her Moon, bestowing a sense of inner trust (Jupiter/Moon) that life has meaning as well as a dynamic will (Mars/Jupiter) for self-preservation (Mars/Moon). These are the tools that have helped her to navigate a difficult life that has been Pluto’s gift to her. Note to astrologers: to protect her privacy I will not be posting her chart.

Pluto in the astrological chart shows where we come face to face with the underworld of our emotions: fear, compulsion, obsession. Pluto often shows where we face the cold reality of death in order to come to a greater understanding of life. Astrologer Liz Greene says that Pluto represents the essential life force in nature that often must destroy in order to survive. The power of Pluto is that basic, and that intense. When we’re in the middle of a Plutonic disaster (our spouse leaves us, we lose our job, our house burns down, our cat dies) we are lost in the underworld of our fear and the pain of loss that is Pluto’s realm. But once the storm has passed we find ourselves rebuilding the wreckage of our lives with a new sense of empowerment that comes from having […]

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By |2022-07-26T07:31:12-04:00July 28th, 2022|Life|1 Comment

The U.S. worker shortage explained by astrology

There is a great deal of debate among astrologers for which astrological chart is the right one for the United States. Most of us use the Sibley chart of July 4th (here’s why I use it), but some argue for a Gemini rising chart, or a Scorpio ascendant.

The ascendant describes the way we see ourselves, and the way the world see us and it’s therefore more visible in many ways than the Sun sign. So when I see articles like this one, about a research study undertaken by Microsoft about what makes their employees happy, it reinforces my confidence that Sagittarius, the sign of sunny optimism and adventure, is the correct one.

We live to feel good.

That’s the American way. We get up every day; we’re excited about our lives, our jobs and our bank balances.

At least that’s what we say — because a positive attitude is vital to being, or appearing to be, a success.

Yet is this everything? And has the pandemic incited us to wonder whether we’re really so excited about working at all? Even if we’re the boss.

This idea of feeling good and a positive attitude being vital to success is quintessentially Sagittarian, and easily explained by the Sibley chart. This chart also shows that Aries, the sign of the individual, is on the cusp of the sixth house of work and labor. Pulling oneself up from the bootstraps and all that stuff is very sixth house Aries in nature. But beginning in 2018, the U.S. progressed Venus transited the cusp of the sixth house of work (also health and small animals, but historically this is the house of masters and servants). Transits of the progressed Venus shows where we need […]

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By |2022-07-10T11:12:16-04:00July 14th, 2022|Life|2 Comments

A few astrological thoughts about the Omicron variant

art by Lori Portka

When I sat down to write this week’s forecast this came out instead. Thank you for your patience!

I’d like to say a few words about the new virus variant Omicron. There are a lot of astrologers who are making a variety of astrological connections – this is happening because Neptune is in Pisces. It’s because there was a large grouping of planets in one sign last year.  It’s because there’s a fixed star called Omicron Piscium so this must be fate (it turns out there are lots of Omicron stars that have nothing to do with Pisces, it seems to be a designation of a type of star but I hope someone will correct me if this is wrong).

Some astrologers said there was more optimism when Jupiter sneaked into Pisces earlier this year. Now others are saying the virus will be worse when Jupiter re-enters Pisces.  I think we will know more when Jupiter and Neptune conjoin in Pisces in April 2022.  One thing is for sure, the tightened controls (Saturn in Aquarius) that are being implemented now will certainly exacerbate the reactions against them (Uranus in Taurus) under the final phase of the square from Saturn to Uranus later in December.

Even as someone whose religion is astrology, I do not believe that we can tie every little thing to astrological factors. Many of us did predict some kind of virus when Neptune entered Pisces, including me.  The fact that there are natural cycles that are somewhat predictable in the sense that we have some idea of the type of energies we will be dealing with is very comforting.  Knowing that certain things are possible at certain times, for me, gives […]

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By |2021-11-29T09:54:50-05:00November 29th, 2021|Life|12 Comments

The politics of religion at the end of the Age of Pisces

art by Julie Dillon

I found this article quite interesting:

What is the 21st century going to be about? If you had asked me 20 years ago, on, say, Sept. 10, 2001, I would have had a clear answer: advancing liberalism. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of apartheid, Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in China, a set of values seemed to be on the march — democracy, capitalism, egalitarianism, individual freedom.

Then over the ensuing decades, democracy’s spread was halted and then reversed. Authoritarians in China, Central and Eastern Europe and beyond wielded power. We settled into the now familiar contest between democratic liberalism and authoritarianism.

But over the last several years something interesting happened: Authoritarians found God. They used religious symbols as nationalist identity markers and rallying cries. They unified the masses behind them by whipping up perpetual culture wars. They reframed the global debate: It was no longer between democracy and dictatorship; it was between the moral decadence of Western elites and traditional values and superior spirituality of the good normal people in their own homelands.

The 21st century is turning into an era of globe-spanning holy wars at a time when the appeal of actual religion seems to be on the wane.

read more here…  In the mid 20th century, which we might argue was the beginning of the shift from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, the push for liberal change was powerful and frightening to many who did not want to see that kind of change.  The fall of the Berlin Wall.  Increased rights for women.  An attempt to expand the rights of minorities.  The Age […]

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By |2021-09-10T08:46:05-04:00September 10th, 2021|Life|8 Comments
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