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Jun 2017
Fairness Awareness

There are five planetary ingresses in June. Nearly half the solar system is moving from one sign into another.

On the 6th Mercury moves into Gemini, and Venus into Taurus. Each is entering the sign of its rulership.

Our mental functioning (Mercury) will be especially quick and active for a couple of weeks. Aesthetically and emotionally (Venus), artistic and relationship impulses are sensual and fertile.

Cancer

On the behavioral front, Mars enters Cancer on June 4th, highlighting domestic and defensive matters (ego protections included).… click here to continue reading.

Apocalyptic Comic Strip, Part 2

(Continued from Part 1)

Still not getting it

It isn’t for any lack of information. An avalanche of critical consensus has described what happened in November as a massive rejection, by ordinary Americans, of the status quo.

Trump’s win has been called “a very, very bad answer to some very good questions.” In a colossal waste of opportunity, those questions are still not being addressed by the anti-Trump forces with the most power.… click here to continue reading.

Apocalyptic Comic Strip, Part 1

 

Nobody told this brain-washed Manchurian Candidate that he was supposed to shoot the president, not grab the throne for himself.

Iain Sinclair

Donald J. Trump is like a figure in an apocalyptic comic strip, created for us by gods(1) who decided we were too slow to get the point via more subtle means.

Up until last year’s election, the decay underneath the surface of economic and political life was not, apparently, obvious enough.… click here to continue reading.

May 2017
Thrown for a Loop

A week and a half into May, the god of surprise may appear at our window and set it rattling.

Mercury conjunct Uranus is meant to unsettle our opinions and communications. It often does so by lobbing something unexpected our way.

This is a cosmic trick, to force us to think differently.

If we could suspend our fear of surprise for just a minute — okay, maybe for a week: the conjunction peaks 5/9-10, but the Full Moon exaggerates its effect — we could get a lot out of transits like this.… click here to continue reading.

Happiness Report

Have you heard of the World Happiness Report? It sounds like a children’s book, or a fantasy movie: too charming and healthy to be a real thing.

But it is. It’s an annual document compiled by the U.N. (1)  The most recent one came out last month on the Vernal Equinox, the first day of the zodiacal year.

From this date, astrologers infer key lessons about the cycle now underway.… click here to continue reading.

April 2017
Spring Awakening

As buds pop from barren trees in the Northern Hemisphere, April is popping with planetary activity.

First and foremost, the Sun is setting off the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square. As it moves through the key cardinal degrees April 8-14th, it ignites our Cardinal Cross issues (see last month’s and February’s Skywatches).

By now, these issues should be pretty familiar. On one level, they constitute the key themes of this calendar year.… click here to continue reading.

Citizen Snowden

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2015.

What makes someone risk his personal security for a public goal? Some people seem fated to embody the big, difficult ideas with which their collective is struggling. Edward Snowden, for example, was leading a remarkably unremarkable life that exploded into something extraordinary. This happened after he leaked classified data from the National Security Agency (NSA) to the media in June 2013. It was a move with profound ramifications for himself, his society, and the age we live in.… click here to continue reading.

Right Use of Power

The US Pluto Return

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2014.

None of us will live long enough to experience a personal Pluto Return. It takes this planet around 250 years to cycle through the zodiac. But Americans will experience a Pluto Return collectively, in 2022, when this tiny clump of power reaches the degree of Capricorn that it occupied on July 4th,1776.1

When a planet returns to its natal position, the native hunkers down with the archetype in question.… click here to continue reading.

Years of reckoning

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2016.

In any given period, Saturn represents the status quo, while the outer planets represent threats to the status quo. When we track the key angles between these planets, we see the unfolding of humanity’s learning curve: its growth spurts, turning points and breakdowns. Such transits are an astrologer’s best guide if we want perspective on the history-making trends of our times. They allow us to glimpse the cosmic meaning behind societal patterns, culture wars and sweeping global trajectories while they’re happening.… click here to continue reading.

People over Profit

Occupy Wall Street

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2011.

Throughout 2011, astrologers have watched the Uranus and Pluto square approaching like a revolutionary advance guard.1 Everywhere in the world, infrastructures are crumbling in the face of this long-awaited transit. The epochal Arab Spring has segued into winter; the European Union threatens to break apart at the seams; there is mounting chaos in Russia, Africa and India.

The weekend before the Autumnal Equinox.… click here to continue reading.