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Sunday, September 30, 2012

October 2012 For Everyone - A Million Points of Departure


The Astrology of October 2012 - For Everyone


A Million Points of Departure

September’s composite chart, which encompassed the Fall Equinox, began a season of increasing clarity on the issues and decision.  Several years of crisis, uncertainty, hesitancy and confusion are ending.

October’s chart will accelerate all of September’s trends and then some. October’s chart is very high-energy. Countless additional decisions will flow from September’s initial decisions.

October’s chart also brings a growing commitment to a difficult task: reshaping the world in accordance with the ideas unfolding in our minds. It also begins the gradual return of reason, responsibility and common decency to public affairs. 

True Creative Chaos

October’s chart will bring extremely volatile energetic conditions.  A seemingly small impetus will have surprisingly dramatic effects. Surprise events will trigger startling changes of direction. New trends will spring suddenly into existence all on their own. Existing trends will veer unexpectedly in new directions.

October will not allow accurate predictions, firm control or reversing course. The chart looks like a one-way portal into a different time line.

Fortunately, again, people will tend to favor the humane, common sense approach to our many problems. People are far more inclined to read the fine print, now.

Three major planetary ingresses occurred between January 2008 and February 2011: Pluto entered Capricorn, Uranus entered Aries, Neptune entered Pisces. Our lives entered a state of deep, continual systemic transformation.

But for several years, uncertainty, indecision and suspense have prevailed.  No one could, or would, decide on a course of action. As often as not, poorly thought out, extremist ideas captured the public imagination, at least strongly enough to produce stalemate.

That period of troubling political and economic gridlock and flirtation with unwise solutions is ending, and, given current world events, not a second too soon. October will bring the kind of chaos that yields to true creativity and progress.



Zero Points on the Angles

In October’s chart, the angles - the Ascendant, the Imum Coeli, or base, the Descendant and the Midheaven - are all occupied by the zero degree of their native signs.

0° 25’ Aries is on the Ascendant.  0° 31’ Cancer is at the Base angle, the Imum Coeli.  0° 25’ Libra is on the Descendant. 0° 31’ Capricorn is on the Midheaven.

The zero degree point of any sign, but especially cardinal signs, is a high energy point. The create a surge of activity and provide a strong thrust to any undertaking.  Also, cardinal signs and the angles they call home, are all signs of decision in a chart.

The angles are the most sensitive points in any chart. Influences hitting the angles dramatically affect the whole chart. And in October, a decisive, high-energy, point is on each of the angles.

Hence, October’s chart is supercharged with energies conducive to strong, decisive commitments.

All of the signs also occupies its native house. Hence, the effects of the chart will be more intense. They will be more uniform, hitting everyone in a similar way. They will also be more easily recognized, more typical of the house and sign in which they occur. People will tend to see and understand what is going on, to understand causes and effects.



Supernova

The Part of Fortune, at 0° 25’ Capricorn is very close to exact conjunction with the Midheaven and exactly square the other angles.

The Part of Fortune combines the energy of the Ascendant, the Moon and the Sun - everything that defines individual identity and the individual’s relation to the world he or she lives in.  Its placement immerses the individual directly and wholly in the transformative processes described in the chart.

Radical transformative energy strikes every facet of the relationship between individuals and the world around them. Deep, inner transformative processes will coalesce with profound, outer transformative processes. A growing number of lives will take off and/or accelerate in new directions.

Fortunately, the spirit of unreason that has dominated world affairs for so long will be supplanted by a renewed spirit of reason, responsibility, moderation and decency just as we begin this crucial phase in the transformative process now under way.



Saturn and the North Node in Scorpio
Economic and Political Relief
 
Saturn enters Scorpio for the full transit on Friday, October 5th, GMT; it will remain in Scorpio thru 2015.

Saturn’s exit from Libra marks the end of the US Saturn return.  While it was in Libra, Saturn was, among other things, depressing the US economy.  Because the US economy is so important globally, it was depressing the global economy. Hence, the US and global economies should show greater resilience beginning early in October. We should feel a little economic bounce immediately.


Saturn’s exit from Libra will also have a positive effect on politics. It will no longer suppress the partnership-forming, consensus-building processes. US politics should also be able to move on from the stalemate that has existed the last several years.

Leaders will achieve a hard-fought consensus on all of these typically 8th house/Scorpio issues over the next two+ years.  Saturn will keep us at square one while we work out the issues, but at the end of its stay in Scorpio, Saturn will present us with a new, promising path forward.

Conflict over nurturance issues - insurance, pensions, social welfare programs - will peak. Conflict over beginning of life and end of life issues will peak.

Issues confronting tax policy-makers and big financial institutions will reach a rolling boil.

Boundaries of all kinds, at all levels, will become more of an issue. Nations and individuals will expect greater respect for their personal boundaries and more respectful behavior from those who enter their space.

Saturn in Scorpio will also bring a variety of other macro- and micro-level issues to the fore. Military expenditures, for example, will come under scrutiny. 


Some Relief for Relationships

Saturn’s exit from Libra should also reduce the pressure on human relationships, which have been under fire from numerous astrological sources. However, pressure will continue at some level in all of these areas because of the challenging nature of current astrological conditions.

Perhaps most notably, Saturn in Scorpio will cause difficulties in some of the most important aspects of human relationships. Reproductive issues, for example will become even more problematic. This will almost certainly have a complex and chilling effect on human intimacy.



Saturn + North Node, Do the Right Thing, Or Else

The North Node entered Scorpio at the end of August. It will be in Scorpio with Saturn until early 2014.

The North Node placement will affect the same issues that Saturn is affecting.  It will dramatically increase the effect of Saturn in Scorpio, and vice versa.  

Saturn will require that we make significant sacrifices to meet true North Node standards. The North Node, ever ready to impose penalties, will insure that we not avoid Saturn’s demands for good answers to important questions.  It will make the challenge of finding acceptable 8th house/Scorpio solutions all the more pressing.

The North Node in Scorpio and the 8th house emphasizes large scale, long-term collective responsibilities of all kinds - pensions, insurance, social welfare, military and police power, security issues generally, and so on. These are all responsibilities that are traditionally, and necessarily, shouldered by the group as a whole.

Indeed, Scorpio and the 8th house are the place where individual power, resources and responsibilities turn into group power, group resources and group responsibilities. It is the place where individual rights turn into group rights. It is the place where non-existence becomes existence, where the resources and responsibilities of one generation turn into the resources and responsibilities of another.

Hence, people should look for solutions at the collective, governmental level, not on the individual or grassroots level. Simply dumping responsibilities for these matters into the laps of individuals will not be acceptable. We must solve these problems together, even if it means a sacrifice.


Sign-by-Sign Advice

These Saturn and North Node placements mean that everyone will soon find themselves focused on a complicated and demanding problem in a vital area of their life.

I have tried to address this on a sign-by-sign basis in my October sign-by-sign forecast. It is now available on this blog. 

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Uranus, Neptune and Pluto Unleashed

During planetary cycles, like the Saturn/Uranus cycle, when the faster planet, Saturn separates from the slower planet, Uranus, Uranus rules Saturn; Saturn is subordinated to Uranus.

This is not a particularly healthy arrangement. Uranus tends to express without the benefit of Saturn’s wise and sober guiding hand. Sound reasoning does not prevail. Loopier, more fringy, extremist ideas tend to prevail. Freakish behavior increases.

Sense and decency take a back seat. Irrationality and irresponsibility gain the upper hand in every area of our lives, including and especially the political.



When, as has been the case for a year or two, Saturn opposes Uranus, Uranus competes with Saturn.  Saturn is still unable to suppress the loopier, more fringy, extremist Uranian impulses. Irrationality and irresponsibility maintain the upper hand.


On October 5th, when Saturn enters Scorpio, Saturn will be approaching Uranus, moving slowly toward conjunction with Uranus. During this part of the Saturn/Uranus cycle, Uranus is subordinate to Saturn. Less rational, less responsible, freakish Uranian impulses will tend to be inhibited or suppressed. 

Since 2002-2003, a similar shift has occurred in the all three major Saturn cycles, including the Saturn/Pluto and Saturn/Neptune cycles. As of October 5th, Saturn is in a dominant position in all three major Saturn cycles. This is a watershed development.

Three major planetary ingresses occurred between January 2008 and February 2011. A new, highly energetic arrangement of the outer planets came into play.  Our lives entered a rebuilding phase, a phase of profound, continual, systemic transformation.  

These powerful energies are, of course, subject to dangerous abuses: political manipulation, demagoguery, deception or outright political folly can occur on a grand scale.

Power and the public trust can be grossly abused on every level. Individual behavior can be similarly irrational, irresponsible and abusive.  Such abuse becomes disturbingly commonplace while Saturn is separating from any or all of the outer planets.

Under present circumstances, with all three outer planets in close, synergistic relationship, the abuse would tend to continue as long as even one of the planets remained free of Saturn’s restraining influence.

Hence, while Saturn remained subordinate to Uranus, the great transformational energies now at work continued to support, or at least allow, an alarmingly high degree of irrational and irresponsible behavior.  With Pluto, Neptune and Uranus all so powerfully placed and still effectively unbridled, world conditions remained treacherous.



The Nick of Time

On October 5th, with the transformational process about to shift into high gear, Saturn, will seize the reins from Uranus. With the help of the North Node, Saturn will solidify its influence over the global transformational process.  And not a moment too soon.

With all three major planets under Saturn’s influence, irrationality, irresponsibility and the abuse of power will be sharply curtailed. Freakish behavior will tend to diminish.  Although such things can probably never be completely eliminated from world affairs.

Saturn and the North Node will exercise their chastening, sobering power from Scorpio, the sign that governs all of the crucial issues of our time. More specifically, sober, sensible Saturn, backed up by the North Node is ruling October’s volatile, high-energy chart.  

So, thanks to Saturn and the North Node, a month that might have marked the peak of treacherously irrational and irresponsible behavior will, instead, usher in a restoration of sanity, reason and decency.

We must expect impatience and frustration with the slow pace Saturn always sets.  However, with the North Node ready, willing and able to impose a penalty for any misstep, the majority will likely come to embrace Saturn’s sobering, steadying influence.

 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sign by Sign Astrology Forecast for October 2012


Astrology Forecast for October 2012 

FOR EVERYONE ~ Opportunity with challenges. October is the beginning of the end of the uncertainty of recent times. People will make decisions, bringing order and direction to events, at last. The endless changes will begin taking us in a new, more promising direction. Opportunities will emerge. But it isn’t that simple. The planets want us to solve an important problem under difficult circumstances, with a minimum of resources. As we meet this challenge with one hand tied behind our back, we will improve conditions for everyone.

SIGN-BY-SIGN

♎ LIBRA ~ (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)  Lift off. The planets have been leaning hard on Librans. As of October, one of the most burdensome influences, which made every challenge doubly hard, will move on.  Energy will rebound. Morale will lift. Your social life will improve.  Plans will move forward. You’ll have to do work on your budgeting, but after what you’ve endured the last few years, that should be a piece of cake. Your life will take off in a promising new direction at some point in the next year

♏ SCORPIO ~ (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)  Slow down. Scorpio is entering a challenging cycle. Deeper, spiritual and psychological aspects of your life will be significantly more rewarding. However, energy levels will most likely drop, compelling you to make more careful choices about how you spend your time. You will have to put any big changes you have been contemplating on hold, too. This is a time when you finally have to make the big decisions you have been putting off. Any relationships that have been holding you back will end.

♐ SAGITTARIUS ~ (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)  Independence of thought.  Sagittarians are entering a longish cycle during which they must detach from the opinions and expectations of others. This will allow you to sort through the random ideas and attitudes that have accumulated over the years. Chances are good that your true nature, your greatest and most unique potentials, even your true direction in life, have been obscured, or even lost, under the accumulation. This is something you must do on your own, free from the influence and interference of others.

♑ CAPRICORN ~ (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Transcendence. Your ability to make good decisions is tied up with your ego, a warehouse of valuable memories and experiences.  Despite what people say about the ego, it works well for Capricorn. Until now. To get through this new, lengthy cycle, you must try new and different approaches that require input and cooperation from many other people. And more idealistic than usual, too. Your talent for making tough, practical choices will be needed, minus your ego.  It will pay off handsomely for all concerned.

♒ AQUARIUS ~ (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)  Play it straight. In the coming cycle, Aquarians need to plan carefully despite constant, pervasive change. You’ll also have to exercise as much control over situations as you realistically can. You’ll have to follow the rules closely, and show respect for authority, too.  None of the above comes easily to Aquarius. And standards are high. Even a small manipulation or minor evasion can have uncomfortable, negative consequences. Improvisation, experimentation and brainstorming will be unusually productive, as long as you refrain from imposing personal preferences.

♓ PISCES ~ (Feb. 18 - Mar. 19)  Speak your truth. During the next couple of years, it will be important to say what you think and find ways to make others accept it, especially authority figures. Or say nothing if that is what you think is right for you. A lot will ride on your ability to do so. If you do, even difficult situations will go well.  Conversely, if you cave in to the expectations of others, the planets will cause you a fair amount of grief. Finances remain tight.

♈ ARIES ~ (Mar. 20 - Apr. 18)  Say the word. Time’s up. You need to curb current spending now for the sake of future security. You also need to work out better agreements with those who share your life - starting now. But it won’t be as hard as you think. Conditions support these changes. People are becoming sympathetic; they’re half-expecting the changes you need to make. Old agreements can now be renegotiated. It might only take a word to get things moving in the right direction. Delays will improve planning.

♉ TAURUS ~ (Apr. 19 - May 19) Turning a corner. A period of indecision and hesitation will end. Changes in beliefs about yourself and the nature of the world will accelerate, along with changes related to job and health. The direction and timing of these changes will become more definite.  But expect the unexpected in relationship areas. Old associations will fade, making way for new ones. New relationships will be deeper and more fulfilling than those now fading, in keeping with the deep, inner changes you are experiencing. Finances remain smooth.

♊ GEMINI ~ (May 20 - June 19) Rethinking work. October brings many rapid and important changes. Entropy and uncertainty and diminish as people move decisively in new directions.  Work and other economic relations will be a focal point for a couple of years to come. You’ll need to bring work responsibilities down to a level that you can realistically manage and schedule more quality private time. Much will depend on your ability to successfully revise your job description, for yourself and others. A job change is not out of the question.

♋ CANCER ~ (June 20 - July 21) Fight stagefright. The pressure Cancer has been under will ease significantly.  Suspense will lift, too, as events move in clear directions. The challenge for Cancerians over the next couple of years will be to remain clear about your beliefs and needs while staying open to new ideas amidst nonstop change. Don’t be swept along by the currents. You’ll need to be unusually public about your views, too, no easy thing for Cancerians. Especially since you’ll be feeling even more shy and reclusive than usual.


♌ LEO ~ (July 22 - Aug. 21) The home fires. It seems like everybody suddenly made a decision and took off enthusiastically in some new direction, finally.  Naturally, Leo will need to be in the midst of the action - sometimes.  But your special focus for the next couple of years must be on the home and family, particularly with respect to long-term financial stability and security. Negligence in this regard can have costly consequences.  However, even difficult or intractable financial issues will respond well to your efforts during this cycle.

♍ VIRGO ~ (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)  Openings. Virgo’s life is becoming ever more eventful. You can’t avoid the changes sweeping through the world. And you can’t detach like some can. However, the planets are providing a different, special focus. Despite your many other concerns and despite the burdens it would place on you, the planets want you to join with members of your community to solve shared problems. The rewards will be considerable. The financial pressure you’ve been experiencing for a couple of years will ease. Clear-cut opportunities will emerge.


Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Astrology of September 2012 An Autumn of Decision


The Astrology of September 2012
 An Autumn of Decision 

The Beginning of the End of Stalemate

By now we are all aware that the astrological energies have shifted.  They now support constant, systemic change. Everything is changing at once and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The new planetary arrangement keeps things unstable enough to support change, but not unstable enough to cause disaster, at least not in otherwise stable situations. The changes are not simply economic or political. They are also deeply spiritual and psychological; they affect our most important relationships at a profound and intimate level.

Adding to the difficulty, since this new energy mix went fully into effect last February, no single group has gained enough power to implement coherent, guided change. Things have been turbulent and chaotic rather than changeful.

Beginning in September 2012, people will see the consequences of decisions and actions more clearly.  A majority consensus will begin to grow around a particular course of action. A direction will be chosen.

Since September brings the Fall Equinox, September’s chart will set the tone for the next three months. Fall 2012 will be a season of decision and commitment.

Another Good News/Bad News Chart

In September, challenging aspects block existing pathways; supportive aspects support the growth of a majority consensus around emerging new ideas.

September’s chart pivots on nurturance issues - issues surrounding a society’s obligation to provide life’s essentials - and, in a sense, life itself - to its people.  A majority consensus will begin developing around either essentially conservative or essentially liberal views, or some new, hybrid version of these two views.

There will be a collision of interests related to nurturance obligations, again.  This time, events will clearly reveal the consequences of various approaches to resolving these issues.  Choices will be made.



The Challenge

A Grand Square, primarily in potent, decision-oriented Cardinal signs, blocks all existing paths to agreement and compromise, however strongly circumstances demand a choice.  

The Grand Square - Details

The following placements, all part of the Grand Square, are interpreted in the negative, challenging context of the Grand Square.


  • Sun in Virgo and Mercury in Libra are in the second house.  This makes grassroots financial issues a sticking point.  
  • Pluto is in Capricorn in the 5th house.  This makes narrow personal loyalty and the narrow, perhaps willful pursuit of personal preferences another sticking point.
  • Uranus and Pallas are conjoined in Aries in the 8th house. This makes necessary change and reform in large scale, long-term financial matters (taxes, pensions, insurance, social welfare programs, nurturance issues generally) another sticking point.
  • The Sun and Ceres are on the cusp of the 10th and 11th houses. Competing political factions are in fundamental disagreement about how to fulfill nurturance responsibilities. 

Bad News Highlights

The challenges linked by the Grand Square are inextricably intertwined and cannot and should not be considered in isolation.  However, two parts of the Grand Square deserve special mention.



  • The Uranus/Pluto square is exact for the second time on September 19th.  Conflicts with authority and anti-establishment sentiment will peak.


  • Uranus and Pallas are conjunct in Aries in the 8th house opposing the Sun in Virgo and Mercury in Libra in the 2nd house.  This opposition occupies the financial axis of the chart.  It will intensify conflict between the 1% and the 99% and between the grassroots and Wall Street.  

The Grand Square, then, points to a deepening stalemate over issues and grievances related to nurturance. It may at times seem like stalemate will be the end of us.


  
The Good News

This chart also contains a partial Kite, a strongly supportive, enabling aspect. The Kite, however, has a boot-strap quality: people must continue working to fill in gaps in their resource base to supplement the support contributed by the kite.


  • Saturn in Libra is in the 3rd house. In this astrologically positive context, this points to seriousness, realism, persistence and reliable commitment at the community level.
  • Pluto in Capricorn is in the 5th house. This placement points to ambition, drive, and leadership among friends and within social groups united around a particular goal. generally speaking.
  • Neptune in Pisces is in the 7th house, close to the descendant. This will enhance idealism and flexibility among partners.  It will also bring a willingness to take share risks for the sake of something higher.
  • The Moon in Cancer conjoins Ceres in Gemini on the cusp of the 10th and 11th houses. This conjunction occupies the apex, the upper tip of the Kite and is its focal point. It indicates a sharp, high-minded focus on nurturance issues and, most important, a concerted effort to develop principles to guide the resolution of nurturance issues.

In other words, this Kite supports the formation of new alliances to help resolve nurturance issues.  This would include finding a philosophy to govern nurturance decisions. However, it also demands sustained effort to fully realize its potential maintain viability. 



Grand Square + Kite = Torque

The Grand Square and the Kite touch at the both poles of the Moon/Ceres v. Pluto opposition. The most important juncture is the Moon/Ceres conjunction on the cusp of the 11th house, the business end of the Kite.

The Grand Square blocks progress along existing pathways. The Kite enables the reorientation of thought and realignment of loyalties necessary for compromise and innovation.

The Grand Square blocks forward motion; the Kite absorbs the momentum and carries efforts in a more productive direction. The Kite will siphon off and channel the frustration and anxiety caused by the Grand Square.  The energy thus released will be poured into efforts to resolve nurturance issues and the formation of activists groups to promote that resolution. This is an exceedingly dynamic and promising chart.


  
The Moon’s Nodes - The Bias of the Chart

But the chart is not just about a political resolution for its own sake. The planets are strongly biased. They are pushing us forcefully toward a particular kind of resolution, indicated by the Moon’s Nodes.  

The Moon’s Nodes have a directive, judgmental quality.  They reward us for North Node choices and penalize us for South Node choices. Events will push us clearly in a North Node direction. Choices will be fateful.

The Moon’s Nodes are especially powerful in this chart, in part because they straddle its vertical, or power, axis. In part because of the indicators involved.
 
  •  As mentioned above, the North Node is in the 4th house in Scorpio, alongside Mars in Scorpio and Juno in Sagittarius. This tells us to steadfastly prioritize the needs of our partners. It is also telling us to take a nuanced approach to nurturance issues.
  • The South Node is in Taurus, alongside Lilith and exactly conjunct the all-important Part of Fortune, near the midheaven.  This tells us to avoid abstract, top-down, one-size-fits-all approaches to nurturance.
The exact conjunction of the Part of Fortune and the South Node hastens and magnifies the consequences of our choices.

Lightning will strike. Those who persist in “missing the point” will quickly find themselves in trouble.

With this directive dynamic powerfully affecting the whole chart, September will be marked by dramatic and unexpected turning points, especially with relation to the challenges of nurturance.



The Interpersonal Dimension

Mandate to Reform Our Most Intimate Behavior


As I have often said, the planets now support systemic, comprehensive change. This includes the psychological, personal and interpersonal facets of our lives, including the most intimate facets of our lives. How this plays out will, of course, vary from nation to nation.

Accordingly, many of the placements in September’s chart ask to be interpreted with reference to our most intimate personal bonds, especially as these bonds relate to nurturance issues.  Looked at in this way, they point to the spiritualization of the most intimate aspects of our most intimate relationships.

The placements in September’s chart strongly support deep changes in the way we link human intimacy and human nurturance in our minds and in our laws and traditions.

Consider, for example, the debate in the US.  Far more so than in even the recent past, people are being officially asked, in surprisingly candid terms, by candidates for the highest office in the land, to think more seriously about the most intimate aspects of their reproductive lives than most ever have.

Let’s now consider these placements from the perspective of intimate human relationships.


  • The North Node is in Scorpio in the psychologically important 4th house.  This placement urges us to dramatically increase our sensitivity to the psychological and physical needs of those nearest to us, most especially our partners and are children, born and unborn.
  • Mars is also powerfully placed in Scorpio in the 4th house, very close to the cusp, at the Imum Coeli. This is a specifically sexual, reproductive placement. It pushes us to be especially protective of the rights of those closest to us, including and especially our partners in intimacy and our offspring.
  • Juno is in Sagittarius in the 4th house. This placement points to a desire for formal recognition of the need for expanded concern and greater sensitivity in our closest relationships, especially where childbearing and childrearing, but especially childbearing, are concerned.
  • Neptune is in Pisces in the 7th house. This powerful Neptune placement will help us infuse greater flexibility, sensitivity and idealism into key relationships. It will also help us add or strengthen the spiritual dimension of our relationships.
  • Uranus and Pallas are conjoined in Aries in the 8th house. This potent placement points to profound shifts in the realm of physical and “reproductive intimacy”.  It is in the powerful 8th house, the house of sexuality and reproduction as such. 
It foretells a dramatic increase in public awareness of the  financial, economic, psychological and spiritual and medical ramifications of human intimacy. That, at least, appears to be the way it is playing out in the United States.  In other countries, in the countries of Europe, for example, the emphasis seems to be more strictly economic.
  • Lilith, and the Point of Fortune exactly conjunct the South Node, are on the Midheaven. (The conjunction of the South Node and the Point of Fortune is exact to the degree and minute.)
(The Part of Fortune links the Sun, Moon and Ascendant, the three most powerful factors defining our identity.  Its involvement with the Moon’s Nodes dramatically intensifies the likely effects of the Nodes.)

Briefly put, selfish, manipulative controlling behavior will bring an immediate, obvious and costly penalty. But Lilith is a distinctly feminine indicator related to the empowerment of the feminine.

Close to the South Node as it is, this is a directive, potentially punitive placement. A wrong step here can bring very concrete and uncomfortable consequences.

  • Venus is in Leo in the 12th house. This placement points to the spiritualization of our personal affections and our close personal ties. But it is an odd, highly paradoxical placement. It makes demands that many will find intellectually perplexing and emotionally challenging. 


All of the above are angular, some more than others, and, thus, powerful. All are in difficult relationship to each other. We should expect profound and pervasive changes in all intimate relationships.

In essence, the unwritten contract between the sexes is up for review with increasing attention to the fine print.  

This is an extraordinarily large and complex set of issues and I cannot pursue it any further in this post. Suffice it to say that, at least in the US, the planets are intensifying the battle between the sexes at a deep level.

Far more than in the past, people are being asked to consider the risks and responsibilities of childbearing and childrearing, in detail.

But the Moon in Cancer and Ceres, the prominence of Lilith, the strength of the 4th house all point to an emphasis on childbirth in general and women’s role in particular.  Juno suggests the legal, contractual aspects of marriage, or other life bonds.

So we are really talking about thoroughly rewriting the social contract as it relates to the rights and responsibilities of women in their role as mothers.

If you fundamentally redefine the rights and responsibilities of women, by extension, you fundamentally redefine the rights and responsibilities of men.  If you do that, you rewrite the fundamental rules governing the distribution of power and authority in society. On an individual level, such changes trigger profound, and potentially turbulent, psychological and spiritual transformations.


So, the upheavals of our times have a strongly political and economic dimension.  But they also have a deeply personal and interpersonal dimension.

This fall, the changes will continue, but with diminishing levels of confusion, uncertainty and frustration.