Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Time Goes By So..............quickly

A friend called me today all upset about the speed of time. "I know time speeds up when you get older but this is crazy. Thing are flying by way too fast. What is going on?

What is going on is Pluto has moved into Capricorn. Last week I mentioned how that change is and will continue to effect the structures of society. That is just one sphere of influence for Capricorn, the sign I affectionately refer to as the "Old Goat." (Capricorn's symbol is the goat.)
Capricorn also rules time. Makes sense, right? Capricorn rules form and structure. What structures us more than the clock, the sun rising and setting - time?

So for the next few decades as Pluto grinds through the Capricorn constellation - time is going to go a bit hay-wire. No, we aren't going to all vanish onto another realm on Jan. 1, 2012 - I don't care what the Mayan's did or didn't write. However, be prepared to see the speed of time increase and the effects of time on our bodies change.

Time stepping up its pace a bit actually started when Uranus was discovered in 1781. Uranus is the only planet that spins on its side and is associated with sudden changes and advances that move mankind relentless into the future. After it showed itself to us, the industrial and then scientific revolutions began. In the past, generations would live almost exactly like those which came before - suddenly massive changes started in the way we live and one generation would not recognize the life style of the one before. That is all thanks to Uranus.

Now that Pluto will be forcing changes to the way we see time, the "good old days" will be anything that happened last week!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pluto - Dark and Light

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, Pluto moved into Capricorn late last year. Pluto, that cold, distant - sort-of planet, makes a huge impact on society. Because it is so far away from the Sun, it takes a long, long time to transit the solar system and stays in each sign for a good, long while. Pluto rules change and transformation and as it grinds through the solar system it makes deep changes in the areas of our lives influenced by that sign.

For example, when we baby boomers were born, Pluto was in Leo. Ruled by the Sun, Leo people want the spot light on them - they want everyone to see them shine. What better sign to birth a generation of self absorbed whiners (remember "30 Something"?) than Leo? In the early '60's Pluto moved into Virgo and we saw the rise of the environmental movement and huge changes in the workplace. Its recent foray into Sagittarius saw the rise of spiritualism - as well as its shadow, fundamentalism.

Capricorn rules the very structures that hold society together - our government, our banking system. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was 1762 - 1777 - a time of great revolution here in America and abroad. The most obvious sign of Pluto Capricorn this time around was the election of our first African American President. However, for every positive there is a shadow. Right now we see that play out in the tea-baggers and those people who wish to blame our current economic woes and "government take over" of business not on the guy they supported who created this mess, but on said first African American President.

A more frightening development was the death of the 51 year old census worker who was found with "FED" on his chest. That is anger at it's worst, most irrational and tragic. Anger among people short on facts and shorter on judgement - fueled by vested interests who are out to keep their piece of the pie safe - can create situations where vigilantism and domestic terrorism reigns.

Pluto will remain in Capricorn for another 10 years - that is a long time to stir up anger. With a wise leader, we will come out the other side with great reforms to make these "big guys" more amenable to the needs of those they are to serve. With fools in charge all bets are off and uncontrolled anger can lead to many tragic circumstances like the death of the census worker, Bill Sparkman, or worse.

Let's hope that we remain as smart as we were at the polls as we were in November 2008.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wherefore Art Thou Mercury?

"My computer is crashing and I am losing my work!"
"I can't complete a phone call - it keeps cutting out."
"Everything I say is coming out garbled - my thoughts are all loopy."

I have been hearing a lot of that lately and lay the "blame" for these little life events at the quick little feet of Mercury. It happens to be in retrograde right now - meaning that is appears to us Earthlings as we peer out into the universe to be going backwards in the sky. Of course, it isn't going backwards but sometimes - because of how planets are spinning around the Sun - they appear to be retrograding back. It is that motion - that makes the area influenced by that planet to go a bit goofy. Retrogrades make us find a new and different path for our work.

When Mercury, which influences communications and the thought process, spins backwards a bit - we find ourselves not getting our words out the way we want, or misunderstanding others, or losing our written words. Instead of getting aggravated try to find a different way to express yourself --- back up your computer and then take time to go for a walk.

Mercury will right itself on September 29 and move from airy Libra into Virgo. Libra, the sign of the Scales, adds to our mental confusion - "should I shouldn't I, will I won't I" but solid Virgo with its feet on the ground will make it all clear to us again.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A New Year's Eve Blue Moon

I just wanted to give you a little heads up. On this New Year's Eve there will be a blue moon. While there are several definitions of a blue moon, the most common is the second full Moon in one calendar month. What does this mean astrologically? Well, not much - other than the implications of any full Moon on your chart. If the full Moon is sitting on top of one of your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars) then you are going to feel it emotionally whether it is blue, green or chartreuse. If BOTH full Moons in December (the first being Dec. 2, 2009) impact your personal planets, well it will be a wild holiday season for you for sure!

The reason I bring this up is twofold. One, can you imagine what a full Moon will do to already crazed New Year's revelers? Two, I might suggest a more meaningful way to ring in 2010; instead of joining them in drunken revelry why not sit outside and look up at the beautiful Moon and see what messages it has to tell you for the future.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Ted Kennedy - Capricorn Tenacity

When I heard of the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy I did what I always do - I ran to my computer and looked up his chart. While it may seem odd to some, death times in karmic astrology are as important as birth times. (More on that issue later, I promise.)

What struck me so much about Sen. Kennedy's chart was the high concentration of Saturn in his first house (the house which dictates how we present ourselves to the world.) The ancient Sumerians, who are credited with being the first known astrologers, didn't deal much with a Sun sign because when the Sun was up they couldn't see the rest of the stars. It was your first house - your ascendant - that was key to them.

Sen. Kennedy had Capricorn on the cusp of his first house and its ruler, Saturn, in the first house. That is a lot of Capricorn! At first it seemed bizarre. Capricorn is known to giving form and structure and being very much "within the lines" while Senator Kennedy had been known for - how shall I say this - living outside the lines for a long period of his life. I "credit “that to his heavy Piscean influence - the escapist. However, it was that strong Capricorn which gave him the courage to go on when things felt hopeless and which allowed him to prevail even over his fatal illness when he mustered the strength to speak at the 2008 Democratic Convention.

If it weren't for that Capricornian tenacity (symbolized by the sure-footed mountain goat) he never would have been able to face and ultimately triumph over life's traumas and his own self inflicted wounds.

Karmic Astrology by Joan's Fan Box