Technical Note

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

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Human Rights Landmark Approaching

Human Rights Landmark Approaching

A major landmark in the struggle for human rights is approaching.

Early in the next decade, Pluto will not only trine its position at the time Abraham Lincoln issued the first Emancipation Proclamation, freeing Confederate slaves, but Pluto will also trine its position at the time of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech. Both of these events are rightly and universally regarded as historic landmarks in the struggle for human rights.

Human Rights and Pluto's Trine

When Martin Luther Kind made his historic speech in 1963, Pluto was trining its position at the time of the first Emancipation Proclamation.

Now, we are talking about a grand trine. We are looking at a turning point greater than those marked by the Emancipation Proclamation and the I Have a Dream speech combined: the culmination of centuries of effort to establish human rights.

Most likely, during this trine, the principle of human rights will be reasserted with a breadth, a depth, a decisiveness and a firmness that few expected to see in their lifetimes.

The exploitation of disenfranchised groups will end, or diminish dramatically. Equal protection under the law and equal opportunity will become a reality for many more people.

While these observations relate most directly to US history, these upcoming events will doubtless be echoed by events around the globe.

Astrological and Historical Details

On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued the first Emancipation Proclamation. This executive order freed the slaves in the Confederate States. Though limited in scope, this act was the first in a series that led to the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Pluto was at 11 degrees, 6 minutes Taurus at the time of the first Emancipation Proclamation.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King gave his famous I Have a Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. This speech is universally regarded as a milestone and a defining moment in the modern struggle for human rights.

Pluto was at 11 degrees, 37 minutes Virgo, making an all but exact trine to its position at the time of the Lincoln's first Emancipation Proclamation.

A Grand Trine Approaching

From the beginning of 2013 thru the end of 2014, for a period of two years, Pluto will be at or very close to 11 degrees Capricorn. A grand trine between transiting Pluto and its location at the time OF these two great milestones in the struggle for human rights will be in effect for about two years.

Without extensive analysis I can’t say when this grand trine is likely to produce its most dramatic, memorable effects. Perhaps that will only be possible in retrospect.

But rest assured that history making progress in the struggle for human rights is in the offing.

The approach of this grand trine strongly suggests that the struggles for social, political and economic rights that we presently see will continue and intensify and soon result in events that will morally transform global civilization.

It also demonstrates that Pluto’s effects in the world are not simply political and economic, but moral and spiritual.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Astrology Analysis for June 2008

Astrology Analysis for June 2008

For Everyone ~
The planets are aligned for change. June is a major turning point kind of month. It is an opportunity to make a change of life-direction. Most of us will, in fact, find ourselves ideally suited to change something big in our lives. We will be feeling fairly secure, materially and otherwise, at least for the time being. We’ll see an important opening. Also, we will feel the need and the desire to make a change. Some of us will just have change thrust upon us. This combination of circumstances will inspire many of us to major exertions, major expenditures of time and personal resources. We will throw ourselves into the business of changing our lives in ways that we can only really pull off once or twice in a decade, if that. If you have been waiting for a chance to turn a big corner, or if you have seen such a big change coming, June is it.

Sign by Sign

ARIES ~ Children, creative projects, friendship and romance, recreation--all are in expansive mode. But money isn’t. In fact, you are in a tight financial cycle. Relationships of all kinds can easily turn troublesome, too. Take advantage of the protective and supportive aspects present this month. You don’t have to make any commitments, financial or otherwise. Be patient and be careful. You can wait for clarification, or just wait for a better deal. Hasty actions or actions that make you uncomfortable could upset the peace and stability you have worked to create.

TAURUS ~ I know it is tough right now to see how you can fulfill your expanding hopes and dreams with present resources. The planets will provide the peace and security you need as you pause to get new projects off the ground and reimagine your future. The things you are beginning now will bear abundant fruit and take your life to a new level. Let intuition and creativity be your guide. Your visions of the future will not betray you. The present is not a plateau. It is a launch pad.

GEMINI ~ June is the beginning of the beginning of a dynamic new phase for you and everyone in your life. You are well and powerfully placed to influence unfolding events. At times, it might seem that you are losing some of the protection and security you’ve enjoyed. But your situation is merely opening up, allowing dramatic new possibilities to develop. Don't worry about the risk. There is a safety net under your situation. You can do a lot of good and the planets will limit the effects of any mistakes.

CANCER ~ The resolution of old work issues will continue to play out as troublesome fellow workers and incompetent superiors get their due. This will be gratifying. But put your attention on the really important stuff. An improving work situation, growing bonds of support in the community and increasing economic security are creating a solid foundation. This combination of favorable things will let you improve your skills and explore important opportunities for personal and professional growth. Patience may be required as complicated issues work out slowly in the background.

LEO ~ Your present economic situation is gratifyingly stable and provides a reasonably comfortable and secure living--for now. But you should devote some time and effort to overcoming any economic hurdles that might stand between you and the lifestyle you hope to enjoy in the future. Balancing short-term and long-term economic needs is always a tricky business. But current planetary conditions provide the security and flexibility you need to make necessary economic adjustments, trade offs, and reallocations comfortably. Wise moves made now will set things going in the right financial direction.

VIRGO ~ Finally, circumstances are coming together to provide a comfortable, secure and enjoyable life. But a tangle of stubborn, complex, important and unanticipated challenges are arising. To realize the full potential of your new situation and avoid slipping backward you must meet these challenges. You will likely have to exert yourself more than you would want and more than is strictly comfortable. However, with an extraordinary effort now, you can achieve a quantum improvement in your personal and professional status. It’s a big commitment, but the rewards will be correspondingly large.

LIBRA ~ Concerns about what is practical compete with idealistic visions of the future as you cope with changing circumstances. This change is bringing opportunity within reach. If you play your cards right, you can leverage your present situation to guide the forces of change. A little risk, a little overexertion is probably inevitable. You might be surprised at how stable and resilient your present situation is, though, and how much weight it can support. Take advantage of this unique and fortunate set of events. Opportunity might not knock again for awhile.

SCORPIO ~ Communication with others might be your best tool, or resource, right now. There is a lot going on, but you seem kind of stuck on the sidelines as others take center stage. Also, bureaucrats are working their slow way through decisions that are important to you. But your communications with others will have special value and lasting benefits. Also, time and energy spent on enjoyable and creative pastimes, activities with children and loved ones will be rewarding. Sometimes it really is best to relax while others do the heavy lifting.

SAGITTARIUS ~ Sometimes, it will be your luck or your own resourcefulness. Sometimes, it will be outward circumstance that protects and supports you. In general, things are stable and secure. You are leading a charmed life right now. But events are pushing you to adjust to changeful events. The right adjustments will remove old limitations, bring you profit from new opportunities and significantly improve your lifestyle. A mix of financial tweaks, training and personal development, and consultation with influential people can help you realize the potential. The first move is yours.

CAPRICORN ~ There are situations in everyone’s life that create pressure. Lately, such situations have an especially large role in Capricorn’s life. There’s pressure from family, your immediate social circle and the community. And you also want to get on with your own life as you begin a cycle of personal growth and expansion. These competing pressures can be very frustrating. In June, the planets will help you make some very effective and helpful adjustments. You will have additional time to prepare for any crunches coming up in the immediate future.

AQUARIUS ~ A mix of good things and not so good things are putting pressure on long-term assets. There are health issues and a certain lack of motivation, or restlessness. On the upside, you are strongly drawn to activities that bring healing, spiritual growth and self-nurture. That costs money, too, and absorbs other personal resources. All this comes as you are feeling the need to expand your long-term assets. June’s aspects will help you make workable compromises. A whole new financial cycle begins in January.

PISCES ~ Pisces are pushing change in other lives as well as their own, nowadays. That might not be going over so well in some quarters. However, these changes are necessary and desirable and the planets are providing the resources people need to make the changes. For Pisces personally, the center of concern is on partnerships and relationships, which have been under strain lately, or the cause of extra outlays. June will bring you an opportunity to make adjustments in your own life that significantly ease any relationship concerns.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

A Revolution Coming into Focus

A Revolution Coming into Focus

This month, I wanted to present some thoughts on the revolutionary potential of Pluto in Capricorn.

I think we are moving out of a pre-revolutionary condition and into revolutionary mode. I think Pluto in Capricorn will unleash the vast revolutionary energies that have been building up in our society but have so far failed to have any beneficial, reformative effect.

Reform will begin in earnest by the middle of the next decade as Pluto touches points in the US chart that have proven sensitive in the past.

I hesitate to draw any firm conclusions about the nature of the revolution that we are likely to see because it is still too far ahead of us. One would have to analyze several charts rather closely to do justice that issue. Also, even given such a careful analysis, it is not clear at this time how the United States might respond to the energies generated and the events that will occur.

What I feel it is possible to do now is get some sense of when we are likely to see things begin to come to a head. This article will help put some information out there for those who are looking to the future.

The Economic Crisis Now

In my view, and in the view of many others, we are experiencing multiple economic crises in the United States. These are, to my eye, clear evidence that our economy is severely dysfunctional. Our inability to get a real handle on any of these crises, or to foresee or prevent the next crisis, suggests that our economy is out of control, also.

We see crises in health care, pension availability and funding, and home ownership. We see dramatically increased prices for energy. Serious trouble is brewing in the food industry.

We see gross, persistent, and widening income inequality, a chronic scarcity of good-paying jobs, widespread lack of job security and the reduction of rights in the workplace. We see repeated and dramatic rises in the cost of higher education.

We see the catastrophic failure of aging and neglected bridges and dams, grave gaps in national emergency preparedness (as demonstrated by the scandalously poor response to hurricane Katrina).

We see a general deterioration in the quality of life. Families and individual lives are disintegrating under chronic economic stress.

We see an entrenched disregard for the severe damage our economic and industrial practices wreak upon our environment.

For several years now, major financial scandals (e.g., Enron, mischief in our credit markets, gross irresponsibility on the part of mortgage leaders) have periodically rocked our economic system.

Protracted wars in the middle east are putting a severe strain on our military and damaging US military preparedness.

The Revolution When?

These crisis conditions clearly and strongly indicate the need for thoroughgoing reform of our economic system. But, as of now, the political will for such a transformation is simply not there. I believe that—one way or another—Pluto in Capricorn will create the consensus and the political will to finally make a beginning on the reforms that these crises tell us is necessary.

We will first begin to feel the inevitability of change when Pluto re-enters Capricorn in late November 2008 for the full transit. But we will only begin to undertake the changes required in 10 to 12 years—in the latter part of the next decade.

However, a rational person, would see the multiplicity of the problems, their stunning intricacy and the inordinate complexity of the contemporary world. They would hope for the time to observe, think and prepare for the days of decision.

One would hope that we use the experience of the next ten years or so, as the nature and the scope of our difficulties slowly become fully apparent, to gain an understanding of the challenges we will finally confront.

The Astrological Technicalities

The 2nd and 8th houses, the sign of Capricorn, and Pluto are all directly and intrinsically involved in creating our economic systems.

The 2nd and 8th houses of any national chart represent the micro and macro poles of economic activity.

Energies from Capricorn create and implement economic policies on the macro level.

Cancer, Capricorn’s opposite number, does the same thing in the home and family.

Pluto, the ruler of the 8th house, transforms economic resources into individual and collective wealth.

In the US natal chart, these primal economic signs and energies are situated in the US economic houses, astride the economic axis of the US chart. That makes economics the heart of the US natal chart.

The same signs and planets that drive global economic processes form the heart of the American natal chart. In essence, America forms the beating heart of the global economy, at this time in the world. The astrological symbolism reflects the close and complex interrelationship between the global economy and the US economy.

Pluto’s ongoing transit of Capricorn, in the US 2nd house, opposite Cancer in the US 8th, brings all of these primal economic powers to bear on the global economy in general and the US economy in particular.

In essence, Pluto’s transit of Capricorn will pour vast energies directly and forcefully into this economically critical area of the Zodiac.

The Planetary Engine of Revolutionary Reform

Essentially, Pluto will channel pure, primal energy into the US and global economic systems.

The inflow of energy will be relentless and irresistible. Like new wine poured into old skins, this powerful stream of new economic energy will put every part of our economic systems to the test.

It will push existing economic practices to the extreme and show us what they are really about.

Over the next decade, outdated and weak structures, as well as new and unsound ones, will be strained to the breaking point. All of the conflicts, contradictions, lies, illusions, inadequacies and injustices will become painfully apparent for all to see. False remedies will fail quickly and obviously. In all probability, genuine economic hardship and insecurity will significantly increase for the majority of Americans.

On a physical, concrete level, Pluto will probe weaknesses in our infrastructure and our natural resource base, also.

We should soon begin to realize that the tensions now growing in the US and world political systems are revolutionary tensions. These tensions can only be relieved by radical economic reform.

As I said above, it is still too soon to predict how the US and the world economies or the world’s peoples will respond to this economic shake down cruise.

A Historical Perspective

Pluto last transited Capricorn from about 1762 until about 1777. The Boston Tea Party came in 1773. The events set in motion by the Boston Tea Party led to the American war of independence and the founding of the United States.

When Pluto next crossed the Capricorn/Cancer axis, during the first third of the twentieth century, this time in Cancer and the US 8th house, it brought a stock market crash, the Great Depression and, ultimately, the great political and economic reforms known as The New Deal.

Some Dates to Watch

Pluto will return to its position at the time of the Boston Tea Party in February 2019.

Pluto will conjoin the US natal Pluto in February 2022.

In 2017, Pluto will begin opposing its position at the time of the stock market crash of 1929.

In 2019 Pluto will begin opposing the positions it held during the great economic reforms of the New Deal, which began in 1933, when the US social safety net was created--a safety net that is now weak and full of holes.

As Pluto hits these historical markers, it will likely trigger economic events at least as important as those its movements commemorate. It looks like the ’teens will go out with a bang.

As you consider the future and the meaning of events now taking place, take heart from the memory of the great historical changes that Pluto in Capricorn has brought about in the not too distant past. As difficult as they were, in each case, the world came out a far better place than it went in.