Current Events: explosive energy

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[Uranus with his lightning bolt]

The energy of the next week, from January 14th to January 21st, is going to be explosive. Whether or not the explosions will be internal, made from the joy of new beginnings and the wind behind our backs, or external, made from the frustration of certain individuals remains to be seen. 

January 14th, Uranus stations direct at 6º of Taurus. For the past four months, the energy that helps us move past blockages or stiffness has been turned inward. During this time, we’ve looked inside for where we have been stuck. We’ve made either small, incremental changes (in the area of your life/chart where 6º Taurus is located) or, if we resisted those small changes, we experienced a crisis or two. In the days surrounding a planet changing direction, its energy is especially charged, so we can expect a small or large crisis in the days around January 14th as the liberating Uranian energy moves from inward to outward.

Also on that day, the Sun will be conjunct Pluto (at 24/25º of Capricorn), which indicates emotionally-messy power-struggles. Additionally and perhaps most importantly, Mars will be squaring Saturn, which is the accelerator meeting the brakes. For Saturnian individuals, this is a focusing of their ability to get stuff done, but for most of us, it’s a frustrating aspect because we want to jump but Saturn insists that we first measure the chasm, lace up our shoes carefully, and write a note to our partners before we do it. The best way to handle the energy of January 14 and 15 is to slow down. Slow way down. And, if delays happen, think of them as a gift. 

January 17th, Jupiter will square Uranus. This is an opening, a new beginning, a big leap into the future. This aspect has potentially explosive energy inside of it as well, but the tension created by this square prefers to be released with joy rather than frustration. This is a significant aspect that shows that we are turning a corner and are beginning a period of expansion, opportunity and optimism. 

January 20th, the Sun enters Aquarius, and Mars makes a conjunction with Uranus. This is going to be a big day. The Sun entering Aquarius marks a month of quickening energies that seek to move us from the status quo of Capricorn into a more progressive, tolerant future. The conjunction of Mars and Uranus is like the meeting of a box of matches and a stick of dynamite. This aspect echoes what the insurrectionists have said they have planned for Inauguration Day in America. It is best to stay in that day and watch the event from the safety of your home as it’s likely there will be an explosion or two. On a personal level, look where 6º Taurus falls in your chart to see where you will suddenly find yourself with the impetus to push past limitations and make tremendous changes in your life. 

Winter Solstice / Capricorn

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Happy Solstice! This year’s celebrations will be extra special as the Solstice corresponds to the much-discussed “Great Conjunction” of Saturn and Jupiter. We’ll experience Winter Solstice here in Italy at 11:43 pm, December 21, 20202. It’s a great time to light a candle, put the topper on the Christmas tree or, with a ritual that is meaningful to you, to consciously align yourself with what the Earth and Sun are doing. Express a wish for the coming year, psychologically let go of 2020, and open yourself to the changes ahead. To me (and lots of other people), Solstice celebrations are New Year’s Eve celebrations.

There is a lot to be said about the myth of Santa Claus, the symbols, accoutrements, colors, and more about the holiday, but we’ll leave the discussion of Christmas for another time. For now, let me say that the practice of gift-giving probably came from the times when we lived closer to the Earth. Back then, living this far into winter was a real accomplishment. If one did so, the feelings of plenty and prosperity probably prompted a desire to share of ones abundance.

Worldwide, there are many festivals related to the Solstice and the returning of the light, including the burning of the Yule log (which is the trunk of last year’s tree). There is mention of Solstice festivals in several ancient cultures, too – Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Middle Eastern. In ancient Rome, they celebrated Saturnalia (a 7-day festival that overlapped the Solstice), which is a festivity held for Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. The ancient Roman celebrations of Saturnalia were depraved, vulgar, and excessive because they were a suspension and a reversal of the usual order established by Saturn.

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If you know someone born between January 25 and June 13, 2008 or after November 26, 2008 (until January 20, 2024) they were born with Pluto in Capricorn. The underlying tone of their life is about emotional maturity. They will be very bent on achieving positions of authority and conforming to values of the traditional past. They are learning that internal security is not linked to external conditions, and have lessons related to responsibility – what to take responsibility for and what one need not take responsibility for. They often have an intense sense of guilt that can’t be explained. People who have Pluto in Capricorn (or the 10th house, or the South Node in the 10th house or in Capricorn) have a complicated relationship with authority, including abuse and misuse of it. They have come to atone for something from the past. They may have experienced a fall from grace as a politician, or have experienced both sides of totalitarianism. Boundaries are an issue for those with Pluto in the 10th or Capricorn, as is judgement, punishment, maturity, and discipline.

‘Capricorn souls’ as these people are called, are working on self-forgiveness, they are getting in touch with their emotional body. They may be stiff physically because they’re suppressing their emotions. Capricorn is the part of the cycle when the form has completed its expression and is now seeing what it is made of. When we reach the age of Saturn, the elderly years, we see what we’re made of. Was the form/life successful enough that there is a seed to pass on or will the form simply calcify and die? Saturn is the reality-checker, the buck stops with him. Capricorn is the ending of the cycle.

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If this information is compelling to you and you’d like to know if you have Pluto in the 10th house, send me your birthdata and I’ll send you your chart.

Current Events: 3 Planets Change Signs

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Perhaps you have felt the collective energy intensifying through the last half of October as the Sun and Mercury have been moving through Scorpio. The energy will continue intensifying until the week of November 7th through the 13th, when the three personal planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars) change signs. When these closer, inner planets change signs, the way the archetype expresses itself changes color and it is noticeable.

The evening of November 8 to the 9th, when Americans will vote on their next president, marks the first of the three shifts. That evening Mars will move from Capricorn into Aquarius (where it will remain until December 19). While Mars has been in Capricorn (since September 27), it’s been easier for us to focus our energy on accomplishing or getting closer to goals. Our willpower has been a laser beam as we have plowed through our to-do lists, taking care of business. But Mars’ movement through Capricorn isn’t just about productivity and maturity. These two archetypes together can also manifest as anger and frustration at the establishment / authority / limits / father figures, or towards goals that aren’t coming to fruition in the way or as fast as one would like. When Mars leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius, something unexpected can be expected. The very nature of Aquarius is detaching, quickening, catalyzing, freedom-seeking, it shakes up the status quo and rebels against the establishment. So the movement of Mars into Aquarius the very night of a major election suggests a shift of power, a revolution, or, ideally, a large step taken toward a progressive future. But there is more.

Also that evening, the Moon will change signs. When the elections begin, the Moon will be in Aquarius indicating a public open to radical change and new experiences beyond the known. But around 10pm eastern time, when the polls are still open on the west coast of the U.S. but have closed on the east coast, the Moon will slip into Pisces. This suggests that something related to the results of the election will be hidden, there will be some obfuscation, as if a dense fog has rolled in and it’s nearly impossible to get a clear view of the situation. Disillusionment and disappointment, characteristics of Pisces, are probable.

Later in the week, the evening of November 11th to the 12th, Venus will move out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn. Since October 18, when Venus entered Sagittarius, we’ve been expanding our relationship dynamics, perhaps by reconnecting with someone from the past or meeting people from other cultures. A love of freedom, the sharing our own personal philosophy, communicating our values, and the expansion of our mental horizon has been the theme while Venus has been in Sagittarius. On November 11/12, that outgoing energy will shift gears and turn inward when Venus moves into Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn values order, rules, family, the past, and anything that gives us the feeling that we are safe and secure. When Venus is in Capricorn, homeland security and traditional values are important as are social status and getting ahead in the outer world. Venus will be in Capricorn until December 7, 2016.

The third energetic shift of this week happens November 12 when Mercury moves into Sagittarius. Mercury loves to be in Sagittarius as it feels free to say whatever comes to mind, without filters. Mercury in Sagittarius is a tall tale teller, a trickster, and also, perhaps, a liar. The weaving of the story is what is important to Mercury, not that the story is true. When Mercury moves through sag, there is a tendency to promise more than can be delivered upon and to speak beyond the knowledge of what one knows. The up-side, however, of Mercury in Sagittarius is that the mind is capable of glimpsing The Bigger Picture, one can make detailed plans for the envisioned bigger, better future, and we are especially open to learning a language or the intricacies of another culture. Mercury will be in Sagittarius until the 2nd of December, 2016.

The coincidence of the timing of these energetic shifts with activities in America suggests that, as far as the election is concerned, things will not be clear or be as they appear to be.