Monday, December 27, 2010

How Pluto in Capricorn is WikiLeaks?

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Whatever you think of the whole Wikileaks thing whether it is treason or the height of patriotism -- from an astrological stand point it epitomizes the concept of Pluto in Capricorn. When Pluto moves into a new sign, something it does every 15 to 20 years, it brings change to society - to the world -- in the area that sign fuels.For instance, when Pluto was in Virgo in the early 1960's we saw the rise of environmental movement and the "feminization of the workplace." Virgo rules health and healthy eating and day to day work situations. When it later moved into Scorpio we saw the sexual revolution. Then when it went into Sagittarius we saw the rise of the "New Age" and spiritual movement. Each sign also has a shadow aspect - to every yin there is a yang.  The rise of fundamentalism was the shadow of Pluto in Sagittarius, AIDS the tragic shadow of Scorpio.

Pluto brings to the front those things that were hidden. Women came behind the apron with Virgo. People with different sexual persuasions did during Scorpio's reign and those with alternative religious beliefs during the spin in Sagittarius.

Now that it is in Capricorn we will see changes in structures that hold society together. First, we saw the collapse of the financial system, then, thankfully, we saw the election of the first African American President. What must come to the foreground now are those things that governments, banks and other authority figures wanted to keep hidden... ta da... Wikileaks.

Pluto just moved into Capricorn in 2008 and will be there until 2020 so it will be a long interesting ride. The  last time it was in Capricorn was during the American and French Revolutions. See what I mean?

Happy New Year all.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


DG Vinyl Clip ArtOk I can't do fictional characters and not examine the classic story of Mr. Scrooge and his merry band of ghosts now can I? Some are a no brainer: Mr. Cratchet, long suffering victim - ding ding - heavy Pisces influence. (As is his little son, Tiny Tim.) Is it me or does he annoy anyone else?) Mr. Fezziwig - strong family man, brings a familial touch to his workplace - strong on the Moon Child. The ghosts are also easy. Christmas Past is also strongly Moon Child, which vibrates to the 4th house, that of roots and home and our past. Christmas Present is a Taurus, of course. Look at all of the food and candles which surround him. Taurus loves luxury and comfort and food! Spooky Christmas Future has to be an Aquarian. Ruled by Uranus, Aquarians defy normal time and remember what Marley said, "The third, more mercurial, will come in his own good time." Also, Aquarius is future minded - it is all about what is to come.

What about Scrooge? Well obviously he embodies the shadow on the signs because there isn't too much positive energy there. I see Saturn in his first house because that is always a harbinger of depression. Come on, he has to have depression to live in the house. Added to that Capricorn, the ruler of Saturn is his rising sign. The shadow of Capricorn is being stuck with the nose to the grindstone and all about gathering material wealth. Added to this I think his Sun would be in Aries. Shadow Aries folks are all about themselves and being the boss and letting everyone know they are in control. Remember Scrooge doesn't really have his epiphany until the Christmas Future ghost scares the be-gabbers out of him by showing what his future will be like. That is the way to get to Aries - show him how something will affect him!

So Merry Christmas or Bah Humbug...that is my take on Scrooge. Now I have to figure out George Bailey in time for next year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Be Sure You Are Awake Tomorrow Morning - December 21

between 3 -4 AM. It will be the best time to see the pink sky caused by the total lunar eclipse. It will be the first lunar eclipse on the winter solstice since 1638! It is also taking place when the Sun is at 28 degrees Sagittarius which is the location of the galactic center -- the spot where astronomers believe is the giant black hole remnant of the big bang.

A lunar eclipse happens when Sun and Moon are in opposition to one another so the Moon will be in Gemini. As I said last week, that is the axis of my North and South Node so this is a time of huge soul evolution for me. Even if this isn't the case for you with the Sun in the Sag. the truth seeker and the Moon in Gemini, the communicator - this would be a good time to evaluate your personal truth and your ability to express it.

Happy viewing, Happy Solstice!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

The Sixth

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No not the sense, the house; today I want to talk about the 6th House of the zodiac, the house of day to day work and health. Now that sounds a little bit goofy at first glance but it does make sense. If you have health issues, either real or imagined it is going to affect your work, right? I know of one chart that, among many other “issues”, has Neptune negatively aspected in the 6th with Pisces on the cusp of the 6th. Neptune deals psychosomatic illness – Neptune is all about vagaries – so perceived illness, illness driven from the mental arena, these are all Neptunian in nature. This person hasn’t worked a full six months in twenty years because of a wide variety of health issues which always crop up when work gets too difficult.

My current interest in the sixth house is sparked by two occurrences. First, I have had those two very slowly moving planets Uranus and Jupiter transiting my sixth for about 5 months now and they will be there for a few more. During this time I have gotten more colds than I normally get in a year. One came upon me so fast (Uranus lightening) and just when I thought it was gone it came roaring back (Jupiter’s ability to be expansive. Thanks a lot.) I have also started acupuncture during this time – a very Uranian activity. Although acupuncture is an ancient science it is for Westerners new and unique. Acupuncture also deals with grids and the electricity which runs throughout the human body and all electrical matters fall under Uranus.

I have a friend who is having another recurring bout of coughing which is believed to be link to allergies and may be a mild allergy driven asthma. It appears as an annoying tickle in her throat. As always, when I hear of someone’s illness I run to look at their chart. Hmmm, remember that Mars/Mercury/Pluto mishmash I spoke of last week? Well guess where it is intersecting in her chart? Right, in the 6th. These planets are also now in conjunction with her solar progressed* Venus and to make it more interesting she has Pallas Athena also in her 6th right now.

Mars’ male energy, Pallas Athena coupled with, androgynous female energy with Venus – that planet which rules the throat all churning together. Can you see how the allergy has come back? What has me more concerned is that Pluto is in this mix. Pluto is the harbinger change and transformative. Some astrologers look at Pluto, with its rulership of the 8th house the traditional house of death and change, as a harbinger of death and rebirth. I don’t want to go there, but I do see a change in her health that she will have to take good care of.

*Solar progression is charts the movement of planets from the time of a person’s birth.

P.S. Does anyone else see the Wikileak attacks on websites as the secret “violence” I mentioned in my last blog entry?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mars and Pluto and Mercury - yikes

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Hold onto your hats kids and not just because the wind is going insane out there.

For the next week or so we will have a conjunction that is fraught with issues. Pluto which has been in Capricorn for a few years now, is conjuncting the North Node. OK that is pretty good. Pluto brings slow change – the North Node is one’s evolutionary goalpost. That should help people make moves into their right path. So far not bad.

However, today Mars will also join this conjunction as will Mercury on December 10th and it will also be retrograding. Mars and Pluto together can always spell trouble. You have the clash of pure, raw male aggressive warrior energy (Mars) and cold but formidable Pluto. When hot and cold mix we get thunder, right? When Mars and Pluto mix we can misunderstandings, arguments and even war. Remember the sign this is all happening in is Capricorn – that which rules authority structures, government and keeps society in place. This next week to ten days is a time we all need to be on our toes. With Uranus and Jupiter hid Pisces which likes to be hidden, these could be secret attacks or attacks we learn of later.

Add to this the mental confusion and miscommunications that are the signature of Mercury retrograde and you can see where the spark for the tinderbox can come. This retrograde will remain until December 30 so all of those cautions about thinking before you speak, reading before you sign, watching your electrical equipment should be in place.

Once we ride this wave, we have right on the winter solstice, December 21, a total lunar eclipse in at 29 degrees Sagittarius. Guess what else is 29 degrees Sag? The Galactic Center. That is the center of the Milky Way basically where it is believed that there is a giant black hole. Now for someone on a spiritual path this can be a fantastic time. Remember we still have Uranus and Jupiter conjunct for a few more weeks. The forward thinking Uranus and the expanding and spiritual Jupiter make good partners in the spiritual realm. (Be careful where the conjunction is triggering your natal planets however, as they can bring accidents and overspending in everyday life.)

A lunar eclipse, therefore one that moves our emotions, right at the Galactic Center can be a fantastic spiritual ride for someone who can capture the power. My concern is that the less spiritually aware a person is the more this tremendous power, coming on top of the Mars/Pluto storm, can cause havoc in their lives. People (including leaders of governments or splinter groups) can be reacting in dramatic ways that they really don’t understand. When you have the potential for great spiritual awakening for some you also have the flip side of great upheaval for those prone to be at the mercy of Mars.

Personally the solstice eclipse should be interesting since it will awaken my nodal Gemini/Sagittarius axis (Gemini being the opposing sign to Sagittarius.) My South Node is in Gemini in 8th house so my North has to be in Sagittarius in the 2nd. I am evolutionarily moving from existences of gathering and dispensing lots of information to hold onto whatever power I had (often not my own but the words of others – that comes from the heavey Libra influence in my chart) to thinking deeply and seeking my own truth for my own self value. (How is that for soul intention in a nut shell?) This will be a time of great spiritual growth for me if I play my cards right. It will be a time to see what I am still holding on from the past and how I need to still shed my own skin. Remember, the ruler of Gemini is in still retrograding at this time so a lot of “junk” from my past will be hitting me in the face. Retrogrades are karmic pauses. With Pluto and the North Node together I can really make some huge evolutionary moves.

I point this out only to show how personal planetary movements can become. With all of this energy roaming around I urge you to pull out your chart and see if any of these will directly affect you this month. The more aware you are the more you can make these changes work for you in a positive fashion.

Let’s hope that so called world leaders and those who can agitate world events don’t get too over wrought during this Mars/Pluto/Mercury conjunction and we don’t pay for the spiritual awareness with earthly terror.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The White House -

As I walked past the White House last night and saw it decorated for the Holidays, I renewed my oft-repeated but never followed up on pledge to do some research on the House and the people responsible for it. Well, no time like the present.

The Cornerstone for the White House was laid on October 13, 1792 after a parade from Georgetown. By the way, I have read so many conspiracy Mason theories on their "take over" of our early government which state that this was a Friday. Oh, Friday the 13th well see how that links it to the Cathar's and the original evil connotations of Friday the 13th...... Wrong, it was a Saturday!

Anyway, the first thing that struck me was that Capricorn was "rising" - on the Eastern horizon at that time. That is a great time to dedicate a structure that you hope will endure. Capricorn is the sign that gives form and structure - it keeps things in place. What a great start for a grand house. Capricorn's ruler, Saturn is in the 4th house - the house of home and home-life. However, it is in Aries, a fiery warrior sign and in retrograde, a pause for karma. This is a harbinger of the burning at the hands of the British during the war of 1812.

Now look at the 10th house, the house of government and leadership in society. The Sun, Vesta, Neptune and Mercury are all there in Libra. Sun and Vesta together is a very powerful placement. It combines our internal energy drive with the devotion of Vesta - the burning heart's desire. This was intended to be a house that would dominate the world scene. Mercury indicates our thought process - how we learn and communicate. And Neptune is a symbol of our dreamy idealism. All of these are in Libra, the sign that while it may go to extremes from time to time - seeks balance This tiny country that just defeated the worlds’ largest military power, was holding itself out to a new experiment of freedom for all (well some anyway - but at least we continued to extend those benefits albeit slowly). Yes, it has gone to the over-board at time but we still have that candle of belief that we are dedicated to freedom and pursuit of happiness.

In the future I will look at the men who made the house a reality from Washington, who never lived there, to Adams, who was the first, to Hoban, the architect behind it all.

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