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Friday, April 28, 2006

Safety Net



Safety Net

The Tenor of the Times, May 2006

[A weather-related emergency cut deeply into my writing schedule.  So I wrote a brief piece focusing on one of the nicer astrological changes coming up.  I think we can all use a lift about now.]

Positive Financial Trends. Jupiter and Saturn govern the world’s financial life, among other things.  By the end of 2006, after a prolonged period of difficult relations, Jupiter and Saturn will be in solidly favorable aspect.  

This strongly positive economic aspect is weakened somewhat by a new square between Jupiter and Uranus, making our prosperity vulnerable to sudden, unexpected changes of various kinds.  But it should still bring a big improvement over present economic conditions.  

Jupiter governs Sagittarius.  Hence, benevolent, supportive, protective Jupiter will have an especially strong influence on the world in Sagittarius.  Sagittarius is the US rising sign.  So Jupiter’s entrance into Sagittarius bodes especially well for the US.  It will have an especially strong influence on the US in general.  And, transiting the US rising sign, it will usher in a new cycle of growth and prosperity for the US.

But perhaps most important, Sagittarius, home to transiting Pluto, has been the site of some of the greatest difficulties afflicting individuals and the world.  Jupiter’s healing presence in this long-suffering sign will have an especially profound and uplifting effect.

Big Changes in US Finances on the Horizon.  As noted in a recent post, as Pluto passes out of Sagittarius, its influence in the First House of the United States will weaken dramatically.  

This will soften the authoritarian, right-wing impulse, which has been so noticeable in the US in recent years.  It will also weaken the US inclination to engage in war.  Something else that has been very strong in the US in recent years.  

As Jupiter enters Sagittarius and Pluto prepares to leave, the US will turn gradually but decisively away from war and toward the pursuit of peace and prosperity.  Jupiter’s patient and benign influence will also predispose the US to use peaceful, diplomatic means to achieve its goals.

As Pluto approaches the US Second House of finances, it will shift the US national attention—and willpower—to economics.  For the next decade, the US will try to exercise domestic and foreign power through economic rather than by naked, unilateral self-assertion, as has been the case during the Bush administration.

In the course of 2006-7, As Pluto leaves Sagittarius and begins to directly affect the US Second House of day-to-day finances, the US will try to bring order to its financial situation--in a big way.

Pluto in Sagittarius is not only a powerful influence, it is a long-term influence.   Over the next 10 or so years, this new Pluto placement is likely to bring long simmering issues of fiscal responsibility, and economic management and fairness to a rolling boil in the US.  

The Second House/Eighth House axis, the money axis, is very important in all charts, but it is heavily stimulated in the US natal chart.  This powerful, long-term influence in this important, heavily stimulated part of the US chart is likely to bring profound economic changes in the US over the next decade.

How the US creates wealth, how it collects taxes, how it shares financial risks, burdens and benefits, will undergo far-reaching changes in the course of the next 10 or 12 years, beginning very soon.  Also, with Pluto involved, the nexus between money and political power—or power in general—in the US will come up for prolonged, intense and specific scrutiny.

With Jupiter in generally positive aspect to Saturn during the run up, and with Jupiter moving into the US Second House in 2007, I think most Americans will find these changes both reassuring and helpful, at least for the next year or two.

However, it is important to remember that Pluto is synonymous with power, in all its forms.  So Pluto’s presence in the Second House generally indicates a massive economic power struggle.  And Pluto will remain the US Second House long after Jupiter leaves Sagittarius and passes out of Capricorn into other areas of the US chart.  Simply put, the US is likely to undergo a lengthy period of struggle within and between its various economic classes and between the US and its economic allies and rivals.

Given all of the above, the power of Pluto, the general importance of the financial houses and the special importance of the financial houses in the US chart, I think we will see what amounts to an economic (and social) revolution within the United States in the coming years.

But this is a big subject and I will reserve further comment for another time.

May in Particular.  The first half of May will allow the world a chance to bridge the old and the new order of things comfortably.  Or should I say, it will keep many situations from collapsing, or exploding, before the new, milder and more benevolent planetary influences kick in. It will help us build strong bridges between the old and the new.

The dominant configuration in the heavens is, simply put, a kind of shock absorber, or safety net.  It will protect people during a time of rapid adjustments and insulate them against serious shock.

While many of us are entering a new stage in our lives, many are also probably wondering if they can successfully weave the thread of their old life into the pattern of their new life.  The aspects in early May clearly suggest that they will.


Political Handwriting on the Wall ... for Someone.  The end of May will bring an air of expectancy and uncertainty.  Some will be nervous.  Even without any specific changeful event, it will become clear to all by then that major, irreversible changes in the public mind are about to go into effect.  

Those who have prospered under the old planetary arrangement will sense that their day is passing.  Those who will prosper under the new planetary arrangement will sense that their day is coming.  Everyone will sense the gears of history shifting.

The Bush Republicans, for example, will feel the effects as the planetary dynamic they rode into power comes to an end.  It will become clear that the public mood, already shifting noticeably, will soon shift completely.  

It remains to be seen if the Republicans can adapt in time to prevent disaster at the polls in November and/or again in the presidential election of 2008.  It is still too early to tell whether or not the Republicans can respond successfully to this planetary challenge.

But whether the Democrats or the Republicans profit most from these changes, I think, given the planetary set up, the tone and the substance of American politics will change in a positive, helpful direction.  And, Republican or Democrat, it will bring new leaders to the political fore.

The Micro Level.  Just about everyone should experience a marked improvement in their living and working situation over the next year.  Tensions, conflicts, threats, and risks, all the negative, discouraging conditions we have been dealing with for many, many months, in some cases for years, will ease considerably by year’s end.  

And the first part of May will present valuable opportunities to safely adjust and adapt to newly changed circumstances and to prepare ourselves for a new era in our lives.  Things will doubtless stay interesting, but my conclusion is that better economic times are on the way.

I think it is fair to say that many of us feel like we are in a world that is trying to come apart.  We will soon begin to feel like we are in a world that is trying to come together.  There are certainly some big astrological hurdles awaiting us in the years ahead, but Jupiter’s entrance into Sagittarius will strengthen the fabric of the world in general and of international relations in particular, helping to ensure that we will successfully clear those hurdles.

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