The warrior planet is in his element. A week before the Equinox – on the New Moon of March 11th –Mars entered Aries, the sign of its rulership. This inaugurated a riff of transits that will set off the explosive Uranus-Pluto square (see April’s Skywatch). Among the issues pushed to the fore in this period is one that usually disappears from the public conversation as suddenly as it appears: murder by firearms.… click here to continue reading.
When you saw The Wizard of Oz for the first time, were you, too, terrified by the flying monkeys? I think the sight of them triggered something deep in the collective imagination. It was these creatures that came to mind, with horrible absurdity, when I was imagining what the children must be feeling, in villages far away, when they hear the drones.
In its current manifestation, the evil monkey archetype does not wear a fetching little fez.… click here to continue reading.
At first we didn’t know her name.
Uranus, the planet of freedom, had just made a direct station at the New Moon in December. Three days later a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was tortured and gang raped on a bus in India, after which she and her male companion were thrown to the street and left for dead.
On Dec 25th and 26th, as the Sun squared Uranus, she clung to life in a Singapore hospital.… click here to continue reading.
Pluto (toxicity, pollution) is settling in, after four years in Capricorn (economic infrastructures). So far, the transit has taught us quite a bit, in some arenas. For example, before the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 most of us probably hadn’t given a millimeter of brain space to dirty tricks with derivatives. Now, the dangers of casino capitalism are on the public’s radar.
It’s a start. But to match the radical necessity of these times, economic solutions have to go as deep as the ecological peril we are in.… click here to continue reading.
Mars will set off the Uranus-Pluto square in late November, striking at its most powerful point of access (see the Nov Skywatch). Much has been written about this transit’s unpredictability; but the concept needs to be qualified. We have learned enough about how Uranus and Pluto work to refine our understanding about the nature of shock.
During the transit’s peak years (2012-15), political upheavals should no longer be surprising. Shake-ups to governmental conventions are inevitable as the pillars of worldly power crumble and crack.… click here to continue reading.
Are there Scorpios in your life who cast a spell on you? Certain members of this select coterie can engage other people like quick sand. A sense of intrigue emanates from deep within them. And every year, as the season begins to chill, this energy eroticizes the atmosphere for all of us. It has to do with the lure of the unseen. Secrets draw us in.
This Halloween (Samhain to the ancient Celts) the Sun is joined in Scorpio by Saturn, a transit we will be talking about in upcoming Skywatches.… click here to continue reading.
A few days ago a skeptical acquaintance said to me, “Well, here we are almost at the end of 2012 — the year that was supposed to be so dire!” I think she meant that, despite the prophecies she’d read about on the internet, everything was just fine. I thought, Are you kidding me?
On just about every count, 2012 has so far expressed, with cinematic color and clout, exactly the sort of cataclysms that the Uranus-Pluto square 1 had led astrologers to expect.… click here to continue reading.
The polls tell us that Mr. Romney’s strongest support is among low-income white men and high-income white men. In other words: the pissed-off jobless dude and the boss-man who outsourced his job. Go figure.
Similarly ironic are the political preferences of Tea Party enthusiasts, who claim to detest reckless spending, and the government — the same government their candidate is spending recklessly to join.
There is nothing subtle about Uranus — governor of the shocking and outrageous – when up against Pluto – the planet that pushes things to extremes, the better to expose their toxicity.… click here to continue reading.
Astrologers knew something was going to blow. With Pluto (destruction) and Uranus (sudden shocks) facing each other off in their first exact square, the energy field felt like it was scattered with gunpowder. Mars (guns) would provide the spark.
Those who follow the US (Sibly) chart have been watching transiting Mars provoke it since 2012 began. Off and on since February Mars in Virgo had been setting off the natal Mars-Neptune square (unconscious acting-out) of the trigger-happiest country on Earth.… click here to continue reading.
The Cardinal square was rattling with Full Moon energy this fourth of July. Mars had just entered Libra, hitting the Midheaven of the Sibly chart of the USA. Throughout July, Mars will trine Jupiter in Gemini. There’s nothing subtle about this energy. Like the flashy grin on a politician, the public face of this big sprawling country is on brash display.
Like the eleventh of September, the July 4th holiday (which they both literally are: holy days of nation-statehood) sums up the bizarre mismatch between ideals and reality that most Americans find themselves negotiating in this unsteadiest of eras.… click here to continue reading.