Technical Note

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Will US Prosperity Return in 2013?

Will US Prosperity Return in 2013?

In June 2013

In June 2013, Jupiter will return to the place it occupies in the US natal chart. That will launch a new, 12-year cycle of economic growth and prosperity in the US.

Much of the new
wealth will be spoken for. The cost of economic reconstruction will absorb a lot. Restoring the social safety net will absorb a lot.

New international
trade agreements will require greater fairness toward global partners . . . and bring smaller short-term profits for the US. Attention to the environment and the rights of workers, at home and abroad, will also reduce short-term profits.

This new Jupiter cycle will not bring an era of
fast and easy money. In brief, in 2013, we will begin another cycle of growth and prosperity. However, we will also have to pay the a large portion of the start-up costs for a more stable, secure and humane global economic system from the proceeds of this new Jupiter cycle.

Until June 2013

In the four years
leading up to 2013, we will also need to keep economic expectations very realistic.

Between now and
June 2013, Jupiter will transit the grass-roots area of the US chart. Wealth will arise from and flow to neighborhood and community projects. The home and family, recreation, friendship and creative activities and the workplace will benefit.

However, these benefits
will be modest. They will be driven by the slowing, impaired momentum of the Jupiter cycle that began in July 2001.

Also, during the next four years, the US and world economies must absorb the costs of a Uranus/Pluto square (2012-2016) and a Jupiter/Saturn opposition (2010-11), among other difficult aspects.

Jupiter Return - Composite Chart

Some Astrological Details

Jupiter is very strongly placed in the US chart. It is very near the US Sun in Cancer on the cusp of the 8th house.

Jupiter is exalted in Cancer. The 8th house is ruled by Pluto and, traditionally, Pluto/Jupiter energy yields great wealth. This Jupiter placement goes a long way to explaining why, historically, the US has proven such a reliable economic engine.

The Jupiter Return Chart

The composite chart for the US and the US Jupiter return contains a Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto T-square.

That is a very difficult and very powerful aspect. The planets involved are especially powerful and they all strongly and directly influence the economy.

The T-square is in cardinal signs and it is angular, increasing its power considerably. The Moon's nodes are nearby, further increasing its power.

The T-square also intensifies tensions that are constant but usually subdued in the US natal chart, making it all the more significant. In essence, the T-square will thrust underlying social and economic class tensions forcefully to the fore.

This T-square effectively dominates the Jupiter return chart. It is one of the most challenging and intense aspects one could imagine. And it hits the US economic system head on.

Fast Money vs. Genuine Wealth

In brief . . . During the next cycle of growth, the US must take the long view, as opposed to the short view to which it has become accustomed.

It must tend to the long-term needs of its own citizens. It must learn to respect the needs and aspirations of its global partners. And it must respect the global environment. All the while, keeping its economy growing. This will not be easy and will most likely not go down smoothly.

A lot of very important concerns that used to be neglected must now be actively factored into the economic equation. A lot of things we used to think of as idealistic abstractions, to which we paid only lip-service, will suddenly become immediate and concrete . . . and costly . . . concerns.

A Different Kind of Jupiter Cycle

The US Jupiter cycle beginning in June 2013 will be a different kind of US cycle. We will have a mandate, and an opportunity, to implement more sound economic principles at a fundamental level in our economic system.

This will increase our costs, and reduce our profits, in the short-term, but it will lay the foundation for greater long-term prosperity and greater economic stability and security for more people.

In other words, it will be the beginning of the end of boom and bust economics, "smash and grab," "beggar your neighbor" economics.

Wealthier nations like the United States are sure to resist. They will see it as an economic threat. But, in this case, none will be able to successfully resist the momentum of history.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Astrology Forecast for April 2009

Astrology Forecast for April 2009

For Everyone ~ From theory to practice. We have been holding our own as change washed through the world at large. We have lived in anticipation as rumors of impending change swept through our immediate environments. In April, the sense of expectation will peak, and then pass. It will be time to roll up our sleeves. We will need to start the day-to-day work of making changes happen and living with changes that are now going into effect. A lot of things will be undecided, but we must now start moving forward anyway, improvising and adjusting as we go, matching ideas to reality one bit at a time. Optimism and confidence will remain the order of the day.


ARIES ~ The bit's between your teeth. You can feel the change. You can feel the stress and strain, and the need, of those around you. But you are insulated from the effects of disruptive events . . . for now. Many are eager for change. Many are fearful of it. Both groups are depending on you to do something. But they could leave you holding the bag. Be determined but be patient and be careful. You are on new and exciting ground, but it is unfamiliar and there are real risks.

TAURUS ~ Don't throw your weight around. You are surprisingly well positioned to deal with ongoing chaos. With little effort, you can buffer or block the maneuvers of others. But most of your energy and resources are really only available for private, personal sorts of things. Your roll is primarily that of the healer and the mediator this month. So as empowered as you might be feeling, it would be best not to take the initiative or to try to control the situation. Quietly tend to important and complex professional and financial concerns.

GEMINI ~ Serious people. The air is crackling with ideas. Controversies abound. You feel the need to move ahead. You know that to avoid worse problems firm decisions are needed now. But too much is up in the air. The uncertainty is affecting your work and home life. Gather sensible people from near and far. Get them closer to the center of events, despite resistance. Nobody wants to get serious yet, but they must, to avoid bigger problems. You sense the meaning and the motives behind what others are saying. Sidestep turmoil.

CANCER ~ Move forward quietly. Big questions are yet to be answered. Obstacles remain. The issues are complicated. Critics abound. Signs of your success are scarce. Build on the idealism and optimism all around you. But keep moving quietly and steadily toward the big goals. Chip away at the difficult details. Your quiet determination is helping everyone. You can make great progress by strengthening and expanding your support network. Heal existing bonds and build new relationships. Smaller, practical issues will tend to take care of themselves, for now. Fretting will undermine efforts.

LEO ~ True control through cooperation. Achieving your goals now will require a careful balance: exert your will, but maintain faith in the wisdom and decency of others. Trust is key. Benefits flow from supportive partners and alliances. You want to exert control, and your influence is running high. Also, you have a good sense of what people really want and need. But everyone needs to tend their own garden right now, to sort out their personal situation. Other people need to sort through the fine print of complicated new agreements. Maintain budget discipline.

VIRGO ~ Tiger by the tail. There are very big changes afoot. Powerful forces are at work. People are maneuvering like crazy to protect their interests. Your efforts at mediation is the glue that can keep things together and on the right course. You know what people want, but you also have a really good sense of what is possible and what is necessary. The realities won't always measure up to expectations. Your job is to prove the wisdom of accepting those realities and building carefully on them as necessity dictates.

LIBRA ~ Hands on. Friends, family, co-workers all need your help with issues. Many are what-if issues. Choices are complicated. Speculation abounds. Discussions are numerous. But without your special touch, communication could get frantic and intense or even rude. Worse, it could become ineffective. To really be effective, though, you will have to get right down in the trenches of everyday life and talk to people on their level, where they work and live. Concrete, specific, detailed discussions are needed. Play, creativity, friendship and romance are especially healing and generally beneficial now.

SCORPIO ~ Easy does it. Activity and excitement pervade your environment. It can seem light and cheery but it isn't. Uncertainty and anxiety lie just below the surface. Things you say or do could bring these deeper forces to the surface suddenly and forcefully. Play it safe. Don't probe. Don't express your curiosity about deeper stuff. You could too easily upset someone unintentionally that way. Instead, draw out the optimism and idealism in people. Take interactions in calming and uplifting directions. Being a source of optimism will bolster your financial prospects, too.

SAGITTARIUS ~ Bring it down to earth. You might feel like a stranger in a strange land. You have a treasure trove of ideas that can help, inspire and heal. You know in your heart that they are good ideas. But they often confuse others, or they are greeted as unrealistic. Or they send the conversation off on a weird tangent. The key is to ground the ideas in the reality of others. Show how they make good, concrete sense for specific people. Local involvements will continue to be personally beneficial for you.

CAPRICORN ~ Say it as often as necessary. You might find yourself mentally going over the same ground again and again and coming to the same conclusion: Dramatic change is inevitable, but you need to make sure things change in the most sensible and realistic way possible. You might wish you could avoid some of these repetitive discussions, but your point is one that everyone needs to hear until they get it. You need to keep repeating it until they do. Your livelihood and the livelihood of many others depend on it.

AQUARIUS ~ Ideas and money and people. With everything in flux, and so many exciting things happening, it's hard to keep everything straight. Shortly, the tide of activity will subside and you can return to a more agreeable pace. Then you need to concentrate on the practical side of your ideas. Communication can be very exciting and gratifying, but it takes time to work through the details, to fit ideas into real, work-a-day situations. Time and patience are necessary ingredients. Optimism is justified, especially where your personal projects and finances are concerned.

PISCES ~ Discipline and personal healing. You have had more happening to you and around you than you can easily process and it's affecting you deeply. A healing influence is also affecting your inner life. It's helping you let go of old psychological burdens. Outwardly, greater discipline is now being required of you. The inward strains of this new discipline are also under healing influence. In a few months, resources will be added to your growing desire for a more fulfilling life. You will soon make great strides toward achieving that new life.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Beyond 2010

Beyond 2010

In May 2010, Uranus will enter Aries. Uranus will then begin a long, slow square to Pluto.

This Uranus/Pluto energy will dominate the upcoming Uranus transit of Aries. It will usher in a new revolution in consciousness.

In all, Uranus will be in Aries for about 7 years. The Uranus/Pluto square will be in effect throughout.

However, the Uranus/Pluto square will be exact 7 times between mid-2012 and spring 2015. The Uranus/Pluto vibration will be especially strong during this three-year period.

A Uranus/Pluto conjunction was largely responsible for the social and political upheavals of the 1960s.

The effects of the upcoming Uranus/Pluto square will be similar. But these changes will be even more profound and lasting. Also, luckily, Jupiter's involvement should lessen any accompanying social upheaval.

It is important to note that the Uranus/Pluto energy will affect the spirituality of everyone on the planet, not just the spirituality of those who belong to particular organized religious groups. As a result, individual moral and ethical standards will rise around the world.

This, in turn, will create widespread demands for reform. It will also likely create widespread conflicts with established powers as it did in the 1960s.

All this change will also put a lot of pressure on people’s minds. This pressure will almost certainly cause psychological difficulties and behavioral issues for many.

However, as noted, benevolent Jupiter, is strongly placed in Pisces. It will be close to Uranus at the time of the ingress. It will join Uranus in Aries shortly after the ingress. This Jupiter influence will help moderate the more difficult potentials of this transit.

Effects in the United States

The composite chart for the Uranus Aries ingress and the United States is especially dramatic. It aims powerful explosive forces squarely at the foundations of US psychological and spiritual life. It does so in a way that is bound to affect US political and economic life, also.

In essence, this Uranus transit will dramatically change the worldview of the average American, rendering it distinctly more progressive, and in a very short space of time. We will also likely see the re-emergence of radical political thinking in the US.

As in most other matters, events in the US will reflect, and be reflected by events in the rest of the world.

Astrological Details of the US Chart

A Pluto/Moon conjunction is angular in the chart. Capricorn, a volatile cardinal sign, is on the ascendant, but it primarily occupies the 12th house. The 12th house, the ascendant and the 1st house all affect the human personality, strongly and directly.

Pluto and the Moon are conjunct on the 12th house side of the Capricorn ascendant, but close to the ascendant. The Moon virtually governs the personality. The ascendant powerfully affects the personality, also.

The 12th house also strongly affects the personality. That is where the personality stores its skeletons, its unfinished business, unmet karmic challenges and its deepest and most troubling secrets.

In brief, this Uranus transit is bound to have a rapid, transformative effect on the US national character.

From Personality to Power Structures in the US

Pluto and Capricorn both govern social power and responsibility. Hence, this transit will almost certainly transform power relations throughout US society.

Uranus in Aries, another volatile, cardinal sign, is angular, also. It is close to the cusp of the 4th house. The 4th house is closely related to personality and character.

Uranus, as a planet, has an especially strong effect on personality and character development, particularly as it relates to the strength of personality and character.

Fortunately, benevolent, protective Jupiter will also be involved in this powerful square. This will moderate the more violent, disruptive potentials.

A Revealing Midpoint Relationship

In this composite chart, Neptune contacts the Uranus/Pluto midpoint. This is definitely the most potent of all the midpoint contacts in the chart. It is exact to within a quarter of a degree, i.e. very exact, and among the two or three most exact midpoint relations in the chart.

This midpoint contact also involves all three potent outer planets. The same outer planets dominate the chart. Hence, we should regard this midpoint contact as having especially reliable predictive value.

This potent midpoint contact involves the signs of Pisces and Sagittarius. These are strongly spiritual and philosophical signs. It also involves the 2nd and 11th houses. These govern personal finance and idealism, respectively. Hence, this midpoint contact will also have tangible, financial effects.

Simply put, the meaning of this midpoint aspect is that disruptive and transformative powers of Uranus and Pluto will be mediated through artistic, idealistic, spiritual Neptune.

This will bring about a flowering of culture that will fill in the vacuum left by the demolition of the old US worldview.

It is also likely to have profoundly unsettling psychological effects at the individual and group level as individuals and groups are opened to high level spiritual energies.

In Sum

So, beginning in about 2012, we will see a revolutionary transformation of the US national character. This in turn will transform political and economic power relations within US society.

This transformation will be supported by the flowering of revolutionary and transformative art, culture, philosophy and spiritual teachings.

This will happen in a way reminiscent of similar transformations in the 1960s, but it will be more profound and more complete. It is also likely to cause the kinds of psychological difficulties and unconventional behavior that usually accompany rapid shifts in consciousness.