March 2008 A Look Down the Road
At the micro-level, mostly
In 2008, retrograde Pluto will move back into Sagittarius. We will revisit some of the rough ground we covered in December and January.
In late 2007 one phase of our lives came to an end, in many cases, an abrupt and disruptive end. As 2008 opened, as Pluto entered Capricorn on January 25, a new and promising phase of our lives began.
We got through the changes and new opportunities beckon. But there are some things we'd have done differently. And we're not sure that the future, promising as it seems, will take us quite where we want to go.
In 2008, as Pluto retrogrades, we will get a breather. We can go back and second guess ourselves ... in a good way ... and maybe re-do a few things.
Pluto will retrograde beginning April 2. It will return to Sagittarius on June 13 (Friday) and resume forward motion on September 8. It will re-enter Capricorn on November 11.
As Pluto retrogrades into Sagittarius, it will bring back the disruptive T-square between Saturn, Pluto and Uranus. But during retrogrades, things generally aren't as intense as they were the first time around.
Also, Saturn in Virgo will maintain its supportive, protective trine to Jupiter in Capricorn. And separating expansive Jupiter from hard-driving Pluto will take some pressure off and allow us needed perspective, and some wiggle room.
Many of the New and/or Full Moon charts for the spring and summer months, including March, contain Grand Trines, Kites, or Mystic Rectangles. These are all very helpful, supportive and protective aspects.
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But from about August thru the end of 2008, these big supportive aspects mostly vanish from the charts. The Saturn/Pluto Uranus T-square will be back in force for a few months this fall, too. Things could get rough and options could dwindle.
I am especially concerned about August (with two eclipses), September (with a heavy T-square) and October. We face a double whammy. Pluto will be in Sagittarius again squaring Saturn and Uranus, and the big supportive aspects will be absent from the charts. The real crunch is likely to come in September.
It will be our second time over this Zodiacal ground. The issues will be familiar and actions we have already taken will help smooth our way. But complacency or overconfidence would be ill-advised.
The troublesome T-square between Saturn, Pluto and Uranus will go away in November as Pluto re-enters Capricorn. Pluto will reestablish the strongly beneficial aspects between Saturn, Pluto and Uranus.
But that still leaves several months next fall, August thru October, when the Saturn/Pluto/Uranus T-square is in effect again and we will be without notable planetary protections. And even after Pluto gets safely back into Capricorn, major supporting structures will be less common in the charts than I’d like.
We should adjust our expectations and plan accordingly.
A Brief Word About the Macro Level
Pluto's retrograde into Sagittarius will put renewed pressures on the already strained world economy. As suggested above, the worst should come in August and September. (Note that the US presidential nominating conventions will be held during that time period. Expect some real drama.)
I believe that favorable relations between Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus (and Pluto, when it is in Capricorn), will ultimately prevent an economic catastrophe. But when Pluto re-joins Jupiter in Capricorn and reestablishes favorable relations with Saturn and Uranus, our economic problems will not be over.
Pluto will begin its roughly 18 year transit of the hypersensitive Capricorn/Cancer axis in earnest. That highly problematic axis governs the US economy, pretty much completely. It is also heavily aspected in the US natal chart.
So look for continuing instability in the US and world economies. And we must not forget that, for the next couple of years, Saturn will still be hammering the 10th house/4th axis in the US chart, which governs home ownership.
So, I do think that the beneficial aspects that prevail will shelter us from the worst possibilities. But the process of dramatic economic change will continue nonetheless and it will be nervous-making, especially during periods like this fall, when major supporting structures aren’t there to smooth the bumps.
The turmoil coming our way will ultimately bring about a more fair and just distribution of wealth among the world's peoples, and we will have considerably help from the planets along the way.
All that being said, we must still be prepared to weather events severe and prolonged enough to jolt the world out of old economic patterns and into better ones.