Thoughts on Pluto square Eris, January 2020 – October 2021

Eris is a small planet which was discovered in 2003.  Her Roman name was Discordia – she is the goddess who, when not invited to a wedding, began the Trojan War by throwing a golden apple marked “for the fairest” into a circle of goddesses, beginning a dispute that threw Greece into turmoil for ten years.  (Read more about the mythology of Eris here.)  Eris moves very slowly – its orbital cycle is 560 years which is more than twice as long as Pluto’s orbit – so its influence appears to coincide with small, seemingly minor, events which create great chaos and disrupt the status quo.

The symbolism of Eris as the goddess who became angry when she didn’t receive a wedding invitation and retaliated by starting the Trojan War was eerily reflected in the fact that the discovery of Eris correlated to the time when a hanging chad changed the fate of US history and ushered in 20 years of war.  You can see that she’s a wild character under which seemingly random incidents change the course of history.

Uranus in Aries conjoined Eris between 2015 and 2017, and I wrote about that here before Trump was elected.  Uranus and Eris are both disruptors, but where Uranus seeks to disrupt our lives where we have become stuck, Eris seems to disrupt just for the sake of shaking things up to see where everything will land afterwards.  At the time I wrote:

Under this influence (until early 2017), the very fabric of our lives is being shaken and stirred and it will be ever more necessary to find ways to adapt.  The world is changing – we are at […]

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By |2020-07-01T17:15:44-04:00June 18th, 2020|Planetary cycles|19 Comments

Jupiter conjunct Pluto and dangerous (Pluto) beliefs (Jupiter)

We usually think of Jupiter as the lord of good fortune, optimism, and expansion in all things and certainly that’s true.  Jupiter is also connected to our search for meaning, and the philosophies and theologies that we create to make sense of the world.   Pluto is an outer planet – not reflecting a facet of the personality as the personal planets do, Pluto represents the power of creative destruction to transform and empower, often symbolized by death and resurrection.  Its power is intense and focused, and therefore can denote obsession, especially in the areas of power and control.

In natal charts, the hard aspects (0 degrees, 90 degrees, 180 degrees) of Jupiter and Pluto can denote individuals with obsessive (Pluto) beliefs (Jupiter), including the certainty they’re right.  Examples of this phenomenon include:

  • Bill Gates (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo) whose authoritarian leadership style drove Microsoft success and who now confidently leads the Gates Foundation in efforts to heal the world’s ills.
  • Robert DeNiro (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo) who isn’t afraid to voice his strong opinions.
  • Peter Dinklage (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Virgo): “I drink and I know things” (Game of Thrones quote).
  • Rupert Murdoch (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Cancer) whose media empire (Jupiter) gives him virtually unlimited power (Pluto)
  • Bill Maher (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo) who is a well-known know-it-all.
  • Mick Jagger (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo): one of the most confident (Jupiter) and powerful (Pluto) men in music for the past 50 years

Anyway, you get the idea.  So now we are in a global crisis in which a virus pandemic is making a chokehold in every corner of the world, the viral spread of which began in mid-January under a conjunction of Saturn […]

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By |2020-05-08T08:03:32-04:00May 8th, 2020|Planetary cycles|13 Comments

Sunday inspiration for life as a human on Planet Earth

Today’s inspiration comes from Palden Jenkins.  Palden is an astrologer and great thinker whom I admire.  I first discovered him through his wonderful Historical Ephemeris with tables of planetary phenomena and analyses of major planetary cycles.

Palden has stage four cancer and has moved back to his home in Cornwall.  His experience of the Coronavirus landscape has this added quality gained from looking into the jaws of death.  Here are some recent writings from his Facebook page.

You who are ‘healthy’ and ‘normal’ are busy rushing around doing things you ought to be doing, according to your lists and timetables. You’re time-poor and living with guilt. Doing things because you feel you should, ought or have to do them, for this, that or the other reason. It’s really sensible and responsible, that. Or is it? …

I’m not recommending you get cancer to be like me and other cancer patients. But the lesson of Covid is that we need to slow down and pare everything down to essentials. We need to be human for each other. Restoring normality is not the solution.

So, pls forgive me for pointing this out, but while I might be unwell, there’s something happening for me that is very healthy. I’ve started being 100% human, and cleaving to my true path as a result. I recommend it! And this is what will change the world.

If there is one single thing that will change the world, it is this: everyone needs to start getting on with what they truly cam here to do, uncompromisingly, without too much hedging. Take risks. Follow your calling. The only efficiency and productivity you really need to worry about is […]

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By |2020-04-25T10:02:15-04:00April 25th, 2020|Inspiration|2 Comments

When the King of the Gods meets the King of the Underworld: Jupiter conjunct Pluto in 2020


Jupiter conjunct plutoJupiter is the planet from which the kindly word “jovial” derives and which is said to act as the Greater Benefic in the lives of men.  It expands our world both physically and mentally, instilling a desire for greater knowledge and high philosophies. As a result, Jupiter has a tendency to constantly be pushing boundaries (boundaries are associated with Saturn) and resists responsibility in the name of freedom.   Under the influence of Jupiter we seek to know god, or to be god as the quality of hubris is woven into the Jupiterian archetype.

But Jupiter also describes the search of humanity for meaning.  We are born into the world with no idea what our purpose is, or what the cosmic truth is all about.  Our lives are filled with a search for that meaning – a paradigm or theology that will help us to make sense of human existence.  Even those who believe that life has no meaning are espousing a philosophy, and that too is ruled by Jupiter.  When the personal search for meaning as represented by Jupiter encounters the force of transformation represented by Pluto, there is bound to be a paradigm shift.

To recap some recent astrological history:

In 2019, Saturn (restriction and challenge) began to align in a conjunction to Pluto (destruction and regeneration) with both planets in Capricorn, the sign that represents the societal structures on which we build our lives and communities.  Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 when it began to tear down global economic systems and force many of us to rebuild our lives in different ways.  (It should be noted that after the economic collapse when Pluto entered Capricorn there was a historic bull […]

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By |2020-04-01T13:11:33-04:00April 1st, 2020|Planetary cycles|5 Comments

Sunday Inspiration: For the Interim Time

The spread of the Coronavirus is probably the single biggest event to occur in our time because it affects the entire global community.  It’s frightening, and confusing – and yet if we take a broader view it makes so much sense.  Many of us have been shouting about climate change.  The world is overheating, and species are dying off.  Poor nutrition and lifestyle choices are wreaking havoc on human health, even in the so-called “blue zones” where people historically have lived to be 100.  This has already threatened to overburden the health care systems around the world.  Wealth inequity has made kings of many, and paupers of even more.  I do believe that nature, and Universal Intelligence, are always striving for balance and the world is out of balance.  

Then along comes this virus to stay STOP. With far less driving and flying, air pollution from carbon emissions is already clearing and greenhouse gases will abate.  With nobody traveling,  the ecological damage caused by overtourism will begin to heal itself.  People are having to stay home and cook, potentially helping to create improved nutrition and health.  Neighbors are helping and supporting each other.  Most of us will come out of this a lot poorer than we began, but perhaps we will be richer in the things that matter.  There is a sense that we are all in this together.  

We don’t know how this will unfold, how long it will take, or what our fate will be in the end.  We are in the time of in-between.  So I offer this poem by John O’Donohue, a favorite of mine, and wish you peace and comfort for the coming days. 

For the Interim Time

When […]

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By |2020-03-22T08:59:29-04:00March 22nd, 2020|Inspiration|15 Comments
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