Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Friday, October 27, 2006

New World Infrastructure

New World Infrastructure

The Tenor of the Times, November 2006 (c. 500 Words)

November will kick off large, positive and important trends and initiatives globally.  

Late in November, as Jupiter enters Sagittarius, the sign that Jupiter rules, and the US rising sign, it will inaugurate a major new economic growth cycle for the United States and the world.  The charts suggest a strong positive link between US political leaders and national finances.  This will engender a new domestic political partnership to promote growth and prosperity in the US which will have global ramifications.

Historically the US has driven the global economy.  An economic surge in the US usually brings a cycle of global economic growth.  That is surely good.  However, Jupiter’s approaching conjunction with Pluto, its long slow square to Uranus, and its trine relationship with Saturn makes this an especially important Jupiter transit and an especially momentous economic growth cycle.  

Around the world, huge resources will be plowed into projects that bring positive, long-term, large-scale transformations in global economic, political and cultural relationships.  Longstanding precedents in international political and economic relationships will be broken, in a good way.

The quincunx relation between Uranus and Saturn suggests that the new economic initiatives will be big enough to inspire whole nations and openly intended wise and necessary investments in the future.  

Panama, for example, has recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of spending $5.25 billion to enlarge the Panama Canal.  Panama’s neighbor Nicaragua wants to spend $18 billion or more to create its own canal.  Both of these projects could dramatically improve the economies of Panama and Nicaragua, and they would also enhance world-trade.

Despite longstanding mutual distrust, Russia and Europe are working hard to establish stable relations and to create the secure and reliable infrastructure that will make Russia’s vast energy reserves available to Europe.

On the diplomatic front, it is likely that China will continue its efforts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, with all that that implies.  This marks a historical and very beneficial shift in China’s foreign policy and indicates that China is redefining its own role in the world in ways that can prove very helpful to the world at large.

On the political front, we will, I think, see the Bush administration change course in Iraq, finally.  The new Jupiter aspects could also bring a willingness on the part of countries in the region to help solve the region’s problems, including the problem of Iraq. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that one.

I think we will see similarly important and positive initiatives with similarly momentous implications undertaken by many countries or the world.

This new Jupiter influence takes hold as the difficult Pluto/Uranus square is slowly easing.  Soon, too, the first exact conjunction between Pluto and the Galactic Center will be complete (late December).  Both of these developments, one quickly, one slowly, should significantly reduce tension and volatility in the world even as the beneficial new Jupiter influence kicks in.

The Jupiter ingress also occurs as Pluto, Saturn and Neptune continue their truth-seeking relationship.  That and the continuing trine relationship between Saturn and Pluto indicate that the public’s taste for investigations and exposés and revelations will continue strong.  If, as now appears fairly certain, the Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives, we can, indeed, expect Congressional investigations into the conduct of the war in Iraq.

The planets affect good guys and bad guys.  So the enemies of peace and prosperity will also be at work, coming up with new ideas to disrupt world affairs and exploiting the new planetary arrangements with dark intent.  Also, even strongly positive changes can cause difficulties among people who are not properly prepared or whose situation is already precarious.

On the personal level, many of us will take off in new and promising directions.  Something important, radically new and positive will break the surface of our individual lives.  We will experience similar initiatives in our workplace and in any organizations with which me might be involved.

All in all, I’m looking forward to November.

Sign by Sign Forecast For November 2006

General Comments ~ We’ve all been dealing with change so long now, constant adjustment to new conditions just seems like the norm.  But November brings a turning point, a point of no return.  New ideas, or ideas for new projects, things that have been on our minds or in the air for a long time, will touch down.  In the midst of a potentially challenging month, we will all find an opportunity to finally bring a long held plan to fruition, even as a lot of other things appear to be reaching a crisis point.  This opportunity will require continuing adjustments and accommodations in coming months so that it can grow and take deeper root.  Right now, it is probably hard for most of us to imagine what form these continuing shifts will take.  So take it slow.


Sign by Sign Astrology Forecast For November 2006

You are highly motivated and well positioned to make important changes in your financial arrangements.  This month you will have the stimulus and the psychological resources to do so.  You also have an influence and a freedom of movement that might have been lacking previously.  In fact, a whole new cycle of growth and development will shortly begin for you.  However, caution is advised.  There’s a lot of fine print that won’t become obvious for a while yet.  Only the passage of time will reveal it, so go slow.

TAURUS ~ A once important part of your life no longer holds your interest or presents the challenges and opportunities that it once did.  But conditions are right to transform an inspiring sideline into something major.  Use resources gained from this sideline in new, expansive ways.  Years of careful financial preparation are beginning to pay off, too. Your long-term investments will soon begin to grow at a faster pace.  Your resources will provide the confidence and freedom you need to move in this new direction.  But take things slow.  Complexities abound.

GEMINI ~ Your current work situation just isn’t the best fit.  Those in power are making changes that seem attractive to some and these changes might solve some problems for the organization as a whole.  However, the changes aren’t necessarily helpful or attractive to you. The wisest thing would be to go along with the changes for the now.  If you are patient and determined, you can slowly but surely take the situation in a direction that you find appealing. You can build a new and lasting social and professional network.

CANCER ~ Many might think that you have landed in a tough spot without many good choices and lots of problems.  Things are moving fast and they are indeed a bit chaotic.  However, you are sensitive to the subtle currents and can see pathways invisible to others.  So you see advantages and opportunities in your new situation that others miss.  Your new circumstances provide a rare opportunity to satisfy your boss while you aggressively pursue a personal goal near to your heart.  You can turn the obstacles into advantages almost magically.

LEO ~ Circumstances have thrown a monkey wrench into important plans.  But you are compelled by long-term financial goals and family concerns to stay the course.  Examining your long-term financial goals and family responsibilities might provide the insight needed to shape your current situation wisely.  Within the limits set by these obligations, great creativity is possible.  If you put these obligations first, you will avoid lots of trouble just down the road.  Special achievements are possible in your creative life and where children and loved ones are concerned.

VIRGO ~ You need to harmonize family, work and community responsibilities now.  Resolving tensions between local responsibilities and responsibilities in distant places is also key.  Positive developments at home will help significantly.  An inventive and independent-minded partner can provide invaluable and lasting assistance.  Contributions from this person will significantly alleviate challenges you may be facing.  There will be plenty left to do in coming months, however, you can establish a lasting and constructive dynamic. Accumulating assets should be a continuing focus.  You must adjust strategies and tactics before finances will flow.  

LIBRA ~ Nearly every aspect of your financial affairs is pushing you to make major adjustments.  You must re-examine your notions about the ideal lifestyle.  You should also devote time to partnership issues.  With a little effort you can bring conflicting needs and goals into greater harmony.  Humanitarian service and community involvement will provide a welcome and valuable opportunity.  But don’t neglect core job responsibilities.  The key to everything is your work situation.  It is providing the flexibility and resources needed to deal comfortably with many different and potentially difficult issues.  

SCORPIO ~ Right now, Scorpio feels like they are living between a rock and a hard place.  Home, family and work responsibilities are weighing heavily.  And there don’t appear to be easy answers.  An unexpected combination of things will provide at least temporary relief: young people, alternative religious, or spiritual, pursuits, hobbies and recreation can help you put things into perspective and relieve stress.  However, planetary help is also on the way.  You will soon find it easier to harmonize your obligations and responsibilities with the resources available to fulfill them.

SAGITTARIUS ~ You either sensed or hoped that things would soon come together into a harmonious whole.  You were right and it will start soon.  Patience will be required because the transition will be tricky and somewhat drawn out.  However, you should notice a significant, positive difference by the end of November.  You are beginning a new cycle of growth and expansion. You will soon be able to develop the many difficult lessons you have learned into marketable skills.  A challenging planetary influence is on the way out of your sign.

CAPRICORN ~ It seems like too many important Capricorn decisions are being made for financial reasons rather than personal preferences, desires or personal ideals.  But financial considerations are no longer providing a clear indication of which way to go.  Perhaps the key is connecting better with your local roots, with those in your community, and making choices that serve the greater good.  The planets suggest that a little genuine idealism and community spirit will go far to bring about a constructive and practical resolution of your quandary.  Self-confidence will rebound shortly.

AQUARIUS ~ Things are looking up for Aquarius.  You are confronting a set of serious obstacles that, paradoxically, presents an opportunity to successfully transform your whole situation.  You are also well placed to help others transform their own tricky situations for the better.  The finances to support your desires for a better life will soon become available, too.  Partnership issues, which might have been problematic or laced with tensions, will soon achieve a new and lasting harmony. Even where the goal isn’t clear, you know you are on the right path.

PISCES ~ Inspiration, guidance and connections with those near and far will help Pisces turn a set of obstacles into an opportunity.  Various powers and authorities seem to be placing hurdles in your way.  But your personal qualities and a willingness to experiment will help you past any obstructions.  A stubborn barrier to self-fulfillment, professional advancement, or simply finding a good job, will be lifted, opening the way to economic betterment.  Personal healing will help you overcome self-doubts that might be holding you back, also.  Finances could tighten, though.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Internationalized Elections

Internationalized Elections

The Tenor of the Times, October 2006

Overview of October and a Little Beyond ~
October will briefly return the supportive vibes of the summer months.  This summer’s vibes offered support amidst generally worrisome world conditions.  However, the summer’s vibes were part of a complicated and intense mix of energies and they did not provide the rest and recuperation they might have.  So people are not feeling as rested as they should be.

After October, things could get a little choppy, again.  The charts for the rest of the year are on the rough side.

As I have said, I am expecting a soft landing and improved conditions by early 2007.  But the time between now and then will be energy intensive and bumpy.  Even if the vibes were not rough, which they kind of are, or even if our particular situation is secure, the sheer intensity and complexity of these energies could wear us down.

November Elections in the US

Intrigue, Anxiety, Anti-Incumbent Feeling and Suspicion ~
Much in the charts confirms what pollsters and analysts have been telling us.  

Angular Neptune’s square to the 10th house cusp throws a highly unfavorable light on those already in power.
The 10th house, of course, governs those in power.   This indicates that a strong anti-incumbent bias will, indeed, prevail on Election Day.  It also indicates doubts and misgivings about the intentions and the competence of those in power.  

Saturn is exactly conjunct the cusp of the 10th house in the US/Election Day composite chart.  Transiting Saturn is also close to the cusp of the 10th house in the US natal chart.
Saturn often flatly denies people what they want.  If they want re-election, Saturn can easily deny them that.  Or, if Saturn allows re-election, re-election could turn into far more than they bargained for.

The above aspects are bad signs for both Democratic and Republican incumbents.  While Neptune can cause serious problems of perception, Saturn blocks achievement of a goal.

So, yes, as many polls have suggested, voters will likely view incumbents in a bad light come Election Day and, as the polls also seem to suggest, some incumbents who once thought their seats secure will be denied re-election.

Pocket Book Issues Foremost ~ Numerous, overlapping trines between the 2nd house and the 10th suggest that American voters will be looking for politicians who they think will improve their economic situation and these trines suggest that they will largely succeed in identifying and electing such candidates.

Victim Consciousness ~ Chiron is also prominent in these charts, indicating a sense of victimization on the part of the American public. Americans will be very much aware of themselves as past, present and possible future casualties in a war on terror.

Undertones ~ Lilith, the guardian spirit of scheming, manipulation and intrigue is also high in the 10th house in both election charts.  This suggests bitter and negative campaign battles.  Lilith also promises that, whatever the outcome, there will be suspicions and recriminations.  Mudslingers, manipulators, and conspiracy theorists will all be out in force this Election Day.

Scandal and Betrayal ~ The 12th house in the Election Day chart is seriously overstimulated, suggesting nasty revelations and betrayals.  This would include a shameless betrayal of time honored principles in response to perceived threats or the possibility of short-term gain.  However, Uranus on the nadir is trining many of the planets in the 12th house, indicating a willingness to reform in response to political reversals.

In sum, except for the economically supportive vibe, I think it fair to say that the vibes for Election Day 06 are rather dark.  And I think in response to these vibes, voters will manifest an attitude of grim determination.

Pluto’s Day ~ Pluto, a planet closely and intimately associated with political and economic power and war, rules Election Day charts.  Pluto positively dominates the dispositor chart for Election Day.  Pluto is also in the rising sign of the Election Day chart.  And Pluto is still transiting the US rising sign.  

Also, in the composite chart, Pluto is the lone planet in the 2nd house that is making all those trines to the 10th house stellium.  Transiting Pluto is also close enough to the US natal Pluto to matter on Election Day.

And Pluto figures very prominently in the US Natal chart, dominating the 2nd house/8th house axis, the money, war and power axis--the axis of blood and treasure, among other things.  

The long and the short of it is, when people make their ballot choices, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the possibility of further wars and the terrorist threat will be very much on their minds.  But voters will tend to see these and other election issues through an economic lens.

And with order-seeking Pluto in the mix, voters will, underneath it all, want greater control over the variables in their lives, along with greater stability and security in their world.

Beyond US National Concerns ~ However, to grasp the full meaning of Pluto’s influence in these charts we must move beyond considerations of US voter motivation.  This Election Day will be fateful for the US as a nation and for the entire world. Not to put too fine a point on it, this election will be the political and economic equivalent of the big bang.

The signs and houses in the chart for Election Day line up very closely with the signs and houses in the US natal chart.  This suggests that the issues at play in the campaign will resonate especially deeply with the electorate.  The results, however decisive or indecisive, however, resolute or ambivalent, will accurately reflect the country’s mood and desires.

The vertex indicates how events of the larger, outside world are likely to intersect with the lives of the person or group represented in the chart.  The vertex for the Election Day chart is in the 8th house, the natural house of Pluto.  The vertex is in the sign of Cancer, the Sun sign of the United States.  Also, the vertex is all but exactly conjunct the 8th house natal Sun of the US.  

All of the above are conjunct the fixed star Sirius.  
According to esoteric doctrine, Sirius is one of the most sacred of the fixed stars and its energies are very important in the spiritual evolution of our planet.  It is associated with the growth and development of social, political and economic structures.

Sirius is also significant in the chart of the United Nations, which was founded during the Saturn/Sirius conjunction of 1945.

(Also, in passing, this potent, volatile and unpredictable 8th house dynamic in the Election Day charts will also strongly affect George W. Bush’s natal Sun, which is very closely conjoined with the US Natal Sun.  This does not bode well for Bush.)

In other words, this election chart will powerfully and directly affect the natal Sun of the US.  But also, under the influence of the fixed star Sirius, it will affect the political and economic systems of the entire globe.  

Hence, Election Day 2006 will not simply shake up the American political system.  It will shake up and reshape the world.

Such it seems to me would be the wider significance of Pluto’s extensive influence in these Election Day charts.

Will there be a Democratic or Republican Victory? ~ Having said all of the above about general indications for Election Day 2006, who will come out ahead in the November elections?

GOP Charts ~ The Republican charts are rather seriously impaired.  They are a tangle of really difficult aspects involving major planets with comparatively few supportive aspects to compensate.  

To make matters worse for the Republicans, the aspects I described in the immediately preceding section also potently affect the natal Sun of the Republican Party (and, as noted above, the natal Sun of George W. Bush--and not in a good way).

The many serious weaknesses--the numerous blocking, disabling aspects--in the Republican charts suggest that the GOP is simply not up to the task at hand right now. They also suggest, accurately, I think, that the GOP is currently hobbled by numerous ongoing difficulties.  I think it is fair to say that the planetary deck is stacked against the Republicans.  

I would sum up GOP problems by saying that they have a serious 8th house affliction.  A serious 8th house affliction would bring crushing debt, corruption, sexual scandals, war and bloodshed, and problems arising from the gross abuse of power.  When you think about it, that kind of describes the GOP situation at the moment.

Democratic Charts ~ The Democratic charts, by contrast, contain numerous potent, enabling aspects.  Both progressed and composite charts contain trines, including a Grand Trine.  The composite chart also includes a partial mystic rectangle, promising protection against serious electoral loss.  There is also a generally favorable kite formation in this chart.

Mystic rectangles and kites are, however, ambiguous signs.  While generally supportive, they also indicate vulnerabilities and a certain lack of thrust, or momentum.  They seem to provide support and protection but do not guarantee success.

Netting it Out ... ~ Going strictly by the charts for the two parties, one might reasonably anticipate a Democratic landslide.  However, one also has to factor in the charts representing the public mind--the chart for Election Day itself and the composite chart for Election Day and the US.  

Factoring these two charts in seems to me to weaken the Democratic advantage somewhat.  These charts highlight factors that cut across partisan lines and, thus, diminish any advantages that arise from simply belonging to one or another major party.

The strong anti-incumbent feeling will work against some incumbent Democrats.  The strong pocketbook vote will work in favor of anyone, Republican or Democrat, who seems to promise economic improvement, and vice versa.  Economic concerns don’t guarantee an advantage to either party.  

Economic issues would also tend to override concerns
that might otherwise hurt Republican candidates, like those arising from the war in Iraq and the burgeoning Republican scandals.

And the Winner Will Be ... ~ If I had to guess, I’d say that the Democrats will come out far enough ahead in November to claim an electoral achievement of some magnitude.  Conversely, the Republicans will suffer enough losses to count for a significant electoral defeat.  The scale of the Democratic win and the Republican loss is hard to gauge, however and that is because factors like the anti-incumbent bias and economic concerns will tend to blur partisan preferences and blunt partisan advantages.

The overall thrust of the charts doesn’t seem to me to guarantee Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, but it certainly doesn’t rule it out.  My assessment is that the Democrats could very well regain control of one house and at very least narrow the Republican advantage in the other.  But greater gains are definitely possible, given the charts.  I think the Democrats will at very least hold their own in state governorship races.

We’ll all just have to see what the voters actually decide.

Sign by Sign Astrology Forecast For October 2006

General Comments ~ October will offer fleeting respite from the world turmoil.  It will bring back, briefly, the vibes of the summer months that offered us flexibility and opportunities amidst confusing and worrisome world conditions.  Take advantage of these good weeks to get your affairs in order.  Make an extra effort to be realistic, especially with regard to financial matters.


Sign by Sign Astrology Forecast For October 2006

You will energize and direct events this month, sort of.  People might oppose you strongly, and you won’t get your way, exactly.  However, people will sympathize strongly with your basic message, they will resonate with your energy and they will get motivated.  You will produce many good outcomes, indirectly.  But in complicated times, success will require discipline, careful planning and endurance.  There is a lot of margin for error. So let friends, work associates and family members run a bit.  In the end, finances will limit unwise risk taking.

TAURUS ~ You need to make some changes and the planets are allowing you to make them, pretty much without risk.  You have a surprising amount of influence over events this month.  Try to rid yourself of some annoying responsibilities.  Work to change the attitudes of people who are bothering you.  But don’t replace somebody else’s annoying ego-based preferences with your own. Make adjustments in a high-minded way, with your own best, humanitarian instincts to guide you.  You can achieve a new harmony between work responsibilities and your personal life.

GEMINI ~ This is a lucky month for Gemini.  You will feel driven, perhaps even obsessed and others might protest your forcefulness.  And tight finances will probably limit you somewhat.  However, you can see all the pieces and how they need to be connected and others might not understand this.  The unexpected will also play a lucky role.  This is an ideal time to make some major adjustments in your life, the kind that will make your life more enjoyable and personally fulfilling.  The planets will help protect you from risk.  

CANCER ~ This month, it might pay to let your temper show a bit.  Your input is important, but unless you get a little pushy, people might not get the message.  Your contribution will produce a surprising and useful result, even if you are a little feisty.  For the absolute best results, offer advice based on your highest inner guidance, otherwise you might get people going around in circles. Be sincere, be careful, and keep an eye on the finances, and all should be well.  You are in a safe spot.

LEO ~ You will feel strong love and strong anger, probably at the same time and toward the same individuals and situations.  That’s OK.  Your have to motivate others, whether it takes a little ego boost or a little kick in the butt.  I think people will understand that you mean well in either case and like you the better for it.  There is a continuing emphasis on improvement and innovation in long-term financial issues.  Examine spending habits closely.  You should be saving more for a rainy day, or retirement--whichever.

VIRGO ~ You will experience a strong impetus to change this month.  It will come primarily from financial areas.  You have a chance to rearrange the economic pieces so that you have more comfort, security and freedom of movement.  You must continue to work hard at achieving your basic financial goals.  However, it will get easier.  Despite the progress, you will still be in the mood for a hard look at things and some serious talk.  Facts undermine naïve optimism.  It’s time to get long-term financial concerns out in the open.

LIBRA ~ You have a lot on your plate this month.  You’re really at ground zero.  And you have a great deal of influence over people and events.  Despite Libra’s famous emotional balance and diplomatic ability, it will be hard to keep your feelings in check or to keep events from getting out of control. There is a big margin for error, though, so don’t worry unduly about bad outcomes.  Meanwhile, give some serious thought to how you want to fit into the larger picture.  Idealism will help you help others.

SCORPIO ~ Scorpio can make important adjustments in key relationships now.  You can address issues that are bothering you and work out a better deal for yourself, especially where power and authority at work and/or at home are concerned.  However, you should speak softly and use gentle persuasion during negotiations.  You’ll have to bring up some stuff nobody wants to deal with and you won’t have as much direct influence as you like.  Don’t get insecure.  Be genuinely humble instead and leave yourself open to suggestions.  Show your willingness to cooperate.

SAGITTARIUS ~ There are big changes coming.  You are in tune with them, more or less.  But there are hidden costs connected with these changes and it is impossible to foresee all of them.  Use your heightened ability to look into these issues to the extent that you can.  Meanwhile, the planets will help you get more comfortable in your present situation.  They will make it easier to do what you have to do.  These accommodations will relieve the pressure to make changes you might not feel quite ready to make.

CAPRICORN ~ It is normally hard to make significant changes in even one of our basic life arrangements--work, family, investment arrangements, and so on--without risk and inconvenience.  However, October offers Capricorn the chance to make changes in all of these areas simultaneously in response to present conditions.  The results will not allow you to retire immediately in the lap of luxury.  However, you should find your chief responsibilities easier to fulfill with something left over for rest and recreation.  This might help compensate for your lack of control over recent events.

AQUARIUS ~ Events in your immediate neighborhood might well be at odds with your values and ideals.  And you might just be in the mood to fight about it or, in fact, to take flight.  Adding to your unease are a lot of worries that your closest associates and partners aren’t doing much to help.  However, you have lots of options and much flexibility.  The planets suggest that small, timely and helpful accommodations are possible.  Under the circumstances, that would be better than a big move.  You would benefit from revamping long-term financial arrangements.

PISCES ~ You have the impulse to do something, the sense that it’s the right thing to do and the ability to do it.  Your insight and understanding are especially keen.  And you have an extra-added guarantee from the planets that everything will come out OK.  You are being nudged gently to take the next step, to go beyond where you have been.  The events and opportunities of October will give you a leg up.  But there are many levels, many layers and many steps, so be patient and be careful.