Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jupiter in Aries and Saturn Retrograde


Well, the' full speed ahead' energy of Jupiter going into Aries has been having a tug-of-war with the 'let's stop and consider' energy of Saturn going retrograde in Libra.  And I couldn't slow down long enough to write about it until now.

Jupiter is by far the largest of the planets. It is more than twice as massive as all other planets combined; if it had been only about 100 times more massive at birth (not so much by astronomical standards) it would have become a star instead of a planet. Then the Solar System might be a double star system instead of a single star with a planetary system.

So it makes sense that Jupiter has a big personality, because he was king of the Gods of Rome.   Jupiter symbolizes all that is expansive, excessive, curious, boundless.  Zeus, who was the Greek version of Jupiter, had a boundless appetite for lovely ladies, making him (literally) the father of the Gods.  Whatever Jupiter touches, expands - whether it's your waistline or your wallet.  

On Saturday, January 22, Jupiter moved into Aries (again - it was there for a few months last summer from June 5-6 to September 8-9).   You might be experiencing a rush of energy - that full speed ahead feeling I mentioned earlier.  Expansive Jupiter in combative, adventurous 'it's all about me' Aries will certainly get the juices flowing and I get the feeling that people are finally starting those exercise regimes they intended to begin on New Year's Day.  

Jupiter will travel quickly through Aries, entering Taurus on June 4th.  So take advantage of this energy during the winter and spring months.  It's time to discover a new identity.  We are all being asked by the Cosmic Story to step into our power and purpose.  We, the People of the world, must take our destiny into our own hands and create a better future for our children's children to the 7th generation.  So open to the archetypal energy that you were born to incarnate, and step up to the plate with your part of the story.


Saturn is Jupiter's father, and yet in the old stories, Saturn swallowed all his other children for fear of losing power.  Jupiter's mother, Rhea, hid him in a cave and gave Saturn/Chronos a rock to swallow.  So you can see, they were antagonists right from the start.  

Saturn's personality is limiting, restrictive, disciplined, testing.  Whatever Jupiter wants to expand, Saturn wants to contract.  They just have opposite points of view.  Saturn is the god of time, and the limitations of time.  Jupiter opens us to the timeless realms of possibility. 

Saturn retrograde in Libra will help us figure out just what we need to do to relate in a fair and balanced way.  Saturn first tests us, and then he gives us time to consider what we did wrong.  And you can bet he'll test us again, once he goes direct on June 12th.  A lot of us have the outer planets in Libra - there is the Neptune in Libra generation (1942-1957), the Uranus in Libra generation (1968-1975) and the Pluto in Libra generation (1971-1984) - and this Saturn transit through Libra will bring those qualities to the forefront.  Can we bring our Dreams (Neptune) into reality?  Can we learn to be free (Uranus) and equal (Pluto) in our relationships?  Only time - and our choices - will tell.

On March 28th, Jupiter and Saturn will oppose each other, letting us know how well we have integrated our new identity into our relationships.  Keep working at it.  The future is calling our names!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tunisia: A Study of Society in Transition

Tunisians made history last week by overthrowing their ruler Ben Ali and his corrupt clan of cronies.  This comes as no surprise to astrologers who have been watching as Pluto transits the sign of Capricorn.  The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was from 1762 to 1777, right before the American and French revolutions.  Capricorn is the sign that rules our social structures, including our governments and our financial structures and when Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth, enters it, we get to re-structure our society.

The corruption of the government and disparity between rich and poor is not just a problem in Tunisia but is the overriding factor in many countries.  High unemployment, unhealthy living situations, lack of food and basic essentials will drive people to revolt. 

With Pluto digging up the rot in our financial systems and governments, we are just in the beginning of a whole re-structuring of society on every level.  Added to the upcoming squares (challenges) between Uranus (revolution) and Pluto (evolution) in the next 4 years, we are entering a time period of intense change as well as resistance to change by the power structures.  The young people, especially those born in the 60s when these two planets (Uranus and Pluto) met up in Virgo, will fight for equal rights, good working conditions, the environment, and health - which includes having food to sustain everyone.  We are in the midst of a vast sea-change and it is up to us older folk to support and encourage a balanced understanding of what our world, and our people need to thrive.  Hopefully the revolution in Tunisia will serve as a positive template of change.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Astrology is still the same just as ‘A Rose by any other Name’!

When astronomer Parke Kunkle announced that the astrological signs aren’t right, all he did was state a fact known and understood by astrologers throughout the ages.  Yes, Western tropical astrology differs from what is called sidereal astrology, astrology based on the constellations (used by Vedic astrology). 
Most (but not all) Western astrologers use the tropical system, meaning that we base our astrological forecasts on the earth’s cycle of the year.  On Spring Equinox, we say Aries begins because Aries symbolizes new beginnings.  On Winter Solstice, we understand that the sign of Capricorn is highlighted because it’s a time (or it was before modern technology) when people have to pull together and get organized if we’re to survive the winter months (Capricorn symbolizing our social structures).  These astrological truths are a metaphor of the energies involved. Astrology is a symbolic system as well as a science – although they don’t call it astrology, biologists at Vanderbilt University have published a paper proving that the time of day and the time of year you are born affects your body and brain chemistry.

Because of the earth’s tilt, wobble and rotation, over thousands of year we got out of phase with the constellations. In fact, every 72 years or so, it moves about 1*.  It’s called precession and it has moved the sign rising on the Spring Equinox from Aries back into Pisces.  That’s why we’ve been living in what is called the Age of Pisces since around the time of Christ.  And we’re all hurrying to find the Age of Aquarius, when the constellation of Aquarius will rise with the Spring Equinox. 

Right now, there is a discrepancy of about 23* between the tropical zodiac (measured by earth seasons) and the sidereal zodiac (measured through the stars).  Which means that those of your born during the first 23 days of a tropical sign are pushed back into the previous sign.  But does it change your personality?  I don’t think so.  It’s like saying the Pluto’s realm of death, destruction and rebirth no longer has power since scientists have decided it isn’t a planet.

So how do astrologers work with this paradox?

Let’s play with this for a moment. If we put Pisces where Aries used to be, what we get is a Piscean vib to our sense of identity and our need to discover new horizons to conquer (all Aries traits).  During the age of Aries, when the constellation of Aries rose with the Sun at Spring Equinox (2000BC to 1CE give or take a century or so), warriors were harder, crueler, more focused on killing and looting and conquering. It was all about them!  During the age of Pisces, which has a more spiritual bent, warriors began to fight for God – or at least what they wanted to believe was God’s will.  And now at the end of the age of Pisces, we see our soldiers fighting to protect the weak, defend the truth and rebuild nations. 

The archetype of the Warrior has changed.  We still need warriors, but now we see them as more compassionate (Pisces) and willing to die for their country, not for gain and power, but because they believe it is right. (We’re not talking about their leaders reasons for going to war.)

So you could say that there is an underlying Piscean energy that changes how we look at each sign of the zodiac.  And it is true. When Aquarius rises at Spring Equinox, there will be an underlying vib of Aquarian idealism, group unity and independence that will influence how Aries and other signs behave.  It’s about the evolution of the archetypes.

So all of you out there who are Aries in the tropical system but Pisces in relationship to the stars, you still are working on the Aries task of finding your identity, learning to be brave and exploring the unknown.  You just do it in a Piscean manner. 

Now about those Babylonians who changed the zodiac from 13 signs to 12.
Most ancient cultures used to measure time by the Moon – so many of our words for time and measurement are based on the Moon.  Moon calendars use 13 months as a marker for the year.  So, those old Babylonians probably shifted to a solar calendar, since it more suited their patriarchal mindset.  It was during that time that women began to lose their powers and their equal rights, and so the Moon also got demoted as our time-keeper.  

As you all know, the myth is that 13 is an unlucky number. This is a masculine superstition, since 13 is sacred to the Goddess.  
So, the 13th constellation is named Ophiuchus or Serpentarius, the Serpent Bearer and Serpens, the Serpent.  Ophiuchus means the man who holds the serpent.  It is an ancient constellation invented around 3500BC, when it was opposite the Sun at Spring Equinox and it symbolized triumphing over the darkness of Scorpio, on which the man treads. Ophiuchus was also associated with the great Greek healer Aesculapius, whose snakes symbolized wisdom and transformation.  The good doctor had power even over death.  

At some point, Ophiuchus was united with Scorpio, since the Sun moves through the constellation of Scorpio rather quickly and through Ophiuchus during the rest of the month.  Perhaps the ancients recognized that although the darkness of Scorpio and death must be faced and gone through, there was healing on the other side.  And of course, that’s how we define Scorpio today – Scorpios must face the dark dragons of their own passions and win through to higher wisdom and transformation.  
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. . .