Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The electric full moon August 15


This month's full moon falls at 23 degrees of Aquarius and the lunar peak occurs at 8:29AM, EST August 15. The energy is building at the time of this post and will be very powerful August 14th, the day before. Aquarius is about originality, shocks, independence and freedom. It is also about equality and humanity in general.

Expect to see excitability, drama and erratic behavior and circumstances. The Moon opposes the Sun, Venus and Mars all in Leo. Don't be surprised if things if things don't get quite heated later in the day/evening with the Moon's opposition to Mars. The Moon involves women, our emotions and family members, and Mars rules anger, upset and men to name a few. 

While the Leo planets are flashy if not demanding of attention, Aquarius is typically cool and detached. As Jupiter provides a trine to the Leo planets we can expect to see vanity and egos on full display that get blown out of proportion. Now is the time to try a new and different approach to something.

That said, with Jupiter's positive trine the time is now to have some last minute summer fun as this is the last time we will see these Leo planets for a year. When the planets shift into Virgo in a few days this will be a major change in energy.

As Jupiter has just turned direct, its square to Neptune is also very powerful. This can show up as an idealistic, dreamy time with an interest in spiritual or creative matters OR it can manifest as delusion, illusion and confusion. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

Mercury is square Uranus at 6 degrees of Leo/Taurus, and this becomes exact August 16. This becomes part of the full moon energy and is prone to unexpected events and changeability. It could manifest as unexpected news, changeability, computer problems, issues with communication or young people. It is especially important to be cautious while driving as Mercury rules cars. Stay focused. Also watch your communication and sending emails.

This will affect everyone with a Uranus transit at 5-7 degrees and if you were affected by the new moon August 1, this will affect you as well, more than other people.

On the world stage expect to hear issues around communication, technology or hackings, and/or aviation or transport problems or accidents.The collective will be stirred up and there will be an element of the individual versus the world view or world structures. We will hear news of young women, finance and scandals. We could hear more sudden if not explosive, volatile and unexpected news. Uranus typically inclines toward shocking events.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Jupiter turns direct!


Jupiter has spent been retrograde since April 10. It turns stationary direct August 11, at 14 degrees of Sagittarius.
Jupiter is the planet of gain and expansion and is in its own sign-Sagittarius.

Wherever Jupiter moves through your chart is where you can expect gain.
Jupiter retrograde is a time of philosophic or spiritual reflection and issues concerning growth could become front and center. As Jupiter retrogrades economic growth could slow down, overall.  Any cracks in the economy or your personal financial picture will show up during this time.
The retrograde of Jupiter is the time to step back and look at the bigger picture and how you will approach things. It does not necessarily mean loss, but is more akin to working smartly and directing your actions along the most profitable and fortuitous lines.
Many things are ruled by Jupiter In addition to money and finances Jupiter rules courts/judiciaries, (world view/political viewpoints),  lawyers, foreigners,  and foreign  places, education,  religion, medicine, and younger men. All of these things can shift as the planet of expansion turns direct, and we will see these matters play out in the world and our personal lives.
We may well experience a new burst of optimism over the next few weeks, especially with the Sun, Venus and Mercury in Leo. If Jupiter turns direct in your personal chart in a positive angle you can expect to see positive things happen depending on what it is aspecting.
Jupiter will remain in the expansive sign of Sagittarius until December 2, when it enters Capricorn.
Uranus turns retrograde
On the same day Uranus turns retrograde at 6 degrees of Taurus. It will remain retrograde until January 11, 2020 when it turns direct again at 2 degrees of Taurus.
Uranus is the awakener, pushing us to do those things we struggle to confront, sometimes through unexpected shocks. Hard Uranus transits are often seen in breakups, divorce, sudden endings and many other significant life events. Uranus rules change, sudden change, unexpected events, shocks, explosions, coups, electricity, the internet and electronic media and aircraft, revolutions, independence and coups. It co-rules the sign Aquarius along with Saturn.
During its retrograde we may have more objectivity or a more level approach to things. It gives a chance to look objectively at what needs to be changed.
If you are experiencing a hard aspect-square, opposition or conjunction in your chart, you could experience some type of jolt or unexpected event as Uranus retrogrades. If it is in a sextile or trine, change will be smoother and easier. Expect change with Uranus as it retrogrades if you have Fixed planets (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) at 4-8 degrees in your chart.
As Uranus retrogrades it often co-insides with major events in the collective and the world. We could see a sudden and unexpected event, especially around the full Moon which is in Aquarius August 15. On August 16, Mercury in Leo will square Uranus (exact) at 6 degrees of Leo/Taurus. We could see events and issues connected with the internet, internet hacking or theft, aircraft, computers, accidents, young people, communication and sudden and unexpected news.




Thursday, August 8, 2019

Nixon, Watergate, the major transits and 2019


US President Richard Nixon resigned August 9, 1974, 45 years ago this month. To this day, it is a pivotal point in US history, as Nixon was the only President thus far, to leave office under threat of impeachment. He resigned to avoid being impeached and removed from office.

His resignation stemmed from the Watergate burglary of the Democratic headquarters that took place June 17,1972 and his subsequent attempts at cover ups and obstruction.

The Watergate Scandal and details of it unfolded to the public over a two year period during which there was an investigation and many unexpected twists and turns.

Many planetary aspects came into play over the period while Nixon was investigated.  In the interest of brevity I am only going to talk about the most important ones, and key points in the Nixon investigation, as well and the similar transits affecting us in 2019-20.

I think it is significant to point out the corruption of the Nixon administration started before the Watergate burglary in 1972.

July 1, 1971, there was a memo written suggesting the formation of the White House plumbers a covert special investigations unit whose task was to stop or respond to the leaking of classified documents.

In August of that year 'Nixon's enemies list' was started by White House aides to use Federal resources to harm or discredit Nixon's political enemies.

At this time, Saturn had entered Gemini and began its opposition to Neptune in Sagittarius. Saturn seeks structure, control, regulations, law and order but Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion, confusion and lies. It can encourage devious, underhanded and subversive and depressing tactics. As these planets clash smoke and mirror effects can occur. Neptune  rules religion and this combination can promote a type of paternalistic/ materialistic system. 

(In 2015-16 Saturn in Sagittarius was square Neptune in Pisces-we now know that Russia hacked into the voting systems of all 50 states in the US and was responsible for influencing Facebook users with thousands of ads peddling propaganda and fake news stories. With a transit like this many can end up suffering from 'buyer's remorse so to speak. This is a period can usher in political changes and reforms, and these planets can dissolve whatever has become crystallized and stands as collective stability).

By early 1972, the Plumbers, were assigned to the Committee to Re-Elect the President, The Plumbers wanted more projects and apparently this started the train of events that led to the Watergate break-ins a few months later. This narrative was confirmed in the famous "Cancer on the Presidency" conversation between Nixon and White House Counsel John Dean on March 21, 1973.

By the time of the actual Watergate break in Saturn was still within an 8 degree orb of Neptune. Major transits like this influence events in the world over a large span of time, often years.

In 1973 Richard Nixon was a highly regarded president and won reelection in the largest landside in American history. The “Saturday Night Massacre” would change his popularity.

Saturn moved into the sign Cancer and was was square Pluto in Libra by July of 1973. This is the most significant transit of the time. Pluto represents power and control, abuse of power as well as the power of the masses, forces of elimination, totalitarian politics, fanaticism. "It can indicate a need to purge the body politic of old, deep rooted problems. Constellated in a leader it can awaken compulsive instincts for power and dominance."-Nicholas Champion  

Saturn represents the rules and structures that we are all governed by. This transit became exact in September and October of that year. Saturn in Cancer is also significant on its own as the United States is a Cancer country. This Saturn cycle would be a time of testing in the US.

(At the time of this post we are under a Saturn-Pluto transit again. Saturn is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn and it becomes exact in January of 2020. It will involve the US Presidency and abuse of power among other things. Saturn-Pluto transits are also associated with war, crime, abuses and the darkest elements of human and collective nature. It can also represent repression, restriction and financial limitation and/or or extreme gain by the strongest in society. In 2019 we are experiencing  an increase in mass murders associated with the White Supremacy or White Nationalist movement and it is not limited to the US. The critical phase can lead to seeing things in black and white where only extreme measures will suffice. There is often a need in society to get 'back to the basics.')

One of the more significant moments that lead to the impeachment articles was on October 20, (1973) when Nixon ordered his Attorney General to fire the special prosecutor of the Watergate investigation, Archibald Cox. Cox had subpoenaed recordings from the White House that Nixon believed would incriminate him. The AG refused to fire Cox, as did his chief assistant, and resigned instead. Nixon continued on until he found someone down the line who would fire Cox, and this became known as the Saturday night massacre.

At this time the Saturn was square Pluto at 4 degrees of Cancer-Libra. Pluto was also squaring Venus and Jupiter in the US natal chart. Jupiter rules the legal system and laws.

By March of 1974, another significant transit occurred as Jupiter entered Pisces and squared Neptune in Sagittarius.  Pisces is ruled by Neptune the planet that distorts and confuses and was very powerful in its square with Neptune, one of its ruling planets. Neptune can be politically unrealistic and tied to devious methods. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, good or bad. This combination produces smoke and mirrors, lies and things are frequently not as they appear. Many people are scammed on a transit like this. This transit has an ideological quality to it. Religious belief systems often play a role in this period, or alternatively spiritual and metaphysical systems.  It precipitates actions to fight particular ideas, and can indicate an economy of boom or bust. 

(Throughout the majority of 2019, Jupiter in Sagittarius is square Neptune now in Pisces In 2015-16 Jupiter in Virgo opposed Neptune in Pisces)

During July,1974 three articles of impeachment against Nixon were approved for obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress.

Cox was replaced by Leon Jaworski, who became the second special prosecutor and the subpoena for the tapes from the Oval office stood.

After a major outcry On November 17, Nixon gave his famous speech, claiming "I am not a crook."

The White House tapes were released in July, 1974 implicating Nixon in the cover-up. At this point, there was no saving his Presidency.

Nixon resigned and left office rather than face impeachment on August 9, 1974.
On that infamous day Saturn was conjunct the Sun in the US natal chart at 13 degrees of Cancer. The Sun rules the President or highest government official.

(Saturn is currently in Capricorn the opposite sign of Cancer. During September 2019, Saturn will oppose the US Sun. It is highly possible there will be an impeachment inquiry when Congress re-convenes at that time. If not, the tides of the collective and the government will continue to turn against the 45th President. Saturn opposed the US Sun in January, 2019. At this time the US President came under heavy fire for shutting down the government. It was re-opened only when the FAA stated they could no longer guarantee flight safety. This will be another time of testing in the US.)

Saturn will conjunct Pluto in January 2020. The US will face a major crisis if not more than one and no doubt the US Presidency along with other major events in the world. This combination will continue through 2020 and the US will face what many politicians are calling a 'fight for the soul of the country.' This is the most volatile and restrictive transit since the last Pluto-Saturn conjunction which occurred in 1981-82 in Libra. Those years saw many global changes and the rise of AIDS. We have not seen Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn since 1517. That year German scholar Martin Luther disagreed with the Catholic Church and was eventually ex-communicated. Thus began the Protestant reformation, and the years of bloodshed that followed. If you are not familiar with this time, the Pope was the authority in Europe, both on a political and sometimes a military level. This was a significant event in history that changed the world. During 2020-21 America will also experience its Pluto return. Pluto was last in Capricorn at the time of the American revolution.




Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Three mass shootings and the astrology behind them


22 people were killed in El Paso August 3rd, and less than 13 hours later another mass shooting occurred leaving 9 people dead in Dayton, Ohio. The previous weekend, July 28, there was a mass shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California that left 4 people dead. Numerous people have been injured, and the shooters in Gilroy and El Paso have been tied to White supremacist/white nationalist groups and that ideology. As of this post 35 souls have left this earth as a result of these three domestic terror attacks, making it a deadly week in America. This astrology is complex, and for the sake of brevity I will try and sum up the most significant transits.

First of all, we are in a difficult period as Saturn is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This is a dangerous and stressful time, and these two planets  become exact, January of 2020. The things we have seen since May- July will be amplified in January 2020 and I have come to the conclusion as I have watched the transits and the summer eclipses that if we do not get a grip on these groups and the number of weapons of war in the hands of those who are willing to kill, by January 2020 the problem (among other things) will be amplified to a crisis point. This is not only a problem in America but other countries as well.
Saturn-Pluto periods coincide with upheaval, crime, abuse of power, wars and attacks, and major global and geo-political changes. A transit like this occurs roughly every 38 years or so. This transit will continue to dominate the sky and in particular America's natal chart throughout 2020.
Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn has not occurred since 1517. That year, German scholar Martin Luther disagreed with the Catholic Church and was eventually ex-communicated. Thus began the Lutheran Church and the Protestant reformation, and the years of bloodshed that followed. If you are not familiar with this time, the Pope was the authority in Europe, both on a political and sometimes a military level. This was a significant event in history that changed the world. America last experienced its Pluto return, or Pluto in Capricorn at the time of the American revolution.
America's natal chart
I use the Sibly chart for the US which has a Sagittarius ascendant. That means the second house is Capricorn and the 8th house is Cancer. Mercury lies in the 8th house. The 8th house rules death and national mortality, and Mercury rules speech and communication and young people.
The eclipses of July were significant falling in the 2nd and 8th houses. The lunar eclipse of July 16, (24 degrees in Capricorn) opposed the 8th house showing us we would hear of a significant death/deaths of significance. On July 16, former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens passed away at 99. As Mercury was also retrograde at that time, events connected to the eclipse could be delayed, and the energy of an eclipse is very powerful for the next month.
August 3rd, Mercury moved to 24 degrees of Cancer, setting off what is called the 'eclipse point' as it opposed Capricorn at 24 degrees, bringing up events that are connected to the eclipse. Mercury opposed Mercury in the 8th house of death in the US natal chart, showing us death connected to young people. The shooters are all young males.
Sun, Venus and the Moon
The week of July 28, was bound to be a difficult one. It started July 28, as the Sun squared Saturn and 4 people died when a mass shooter killed 4 people at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Tx. Sun-Uranus transits can relate to explosive circumstances including violence.
The New moon July 31, (supermoon) fell at 8 degrees of Leo, and it squared Uranus as well. Uranus often relates to explosive situations and violence.
Lastly, Venus squared Uranus August 3, the day before the two last mass shootings. Venus-Uranus also can coincide with market fluctuations and we have seen a significant drop in the stock market as well.
Mercury will square Uranus on August 16, on the heels of a full moon in Aquarius. We could see unexpected events again.
The timing of the Moon and the El Paso shootings
As news of the El Paso shooting was breaking on the networks, I glanced at the chart and saw the Moon in Virgo was opposing Neptune (in Pisces). Due to the moon placement I knew this shooting was probably carried out by someone with mental issue or who held or some type of ideology not supported by society, or both. As it turns out the shooter was concerned about an 'invasion' of immigrants coming through Texas. He left an essay on his beliefs before he carried out the shooting. We have seen this Moon placement before along with other significant aspects occurring in these types of attacks. The Moon opposes Neptune once a month, and this alone is not enough to be connected to a violent event, and it typically is not.
These are not all of the transits relating to these shootings, but they seem the most significant.
May the victims and the injured, their family and friends all find peace.