Technical Note

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Little More About July 2009

A Little More About July 2009

July is such a complex and important month astrologically, I feel it would be good to provide a little extra detail.

Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune are still closely conjunct in Aquarius, but they are all retrograde now.

This is a powerful, historically important conjunction. The fact all the bodies are retrograde does not weaken its effects. It means, rather, that the effects will be more subtle, more pervasive and more diffuse. It will be hard to pinpoint them or to foresee, forestall or control them. They will seep unbidden, unbeknownst and irresistibly into the fabric of our lives.

These heavenly bodies, in the further out parts of our solar system, will affect us in a general way. Our sense the vulnerability of the world in general will deepen and broaden. Our personal sense of our own mortality and the mortality of our loved ones will also deepen significantly.

Our sense of the depth of the troubles in the world will deepen - it will sink more deeply into our hearts. Most likely this will happen because of troubling news, from our friends and from elsewhere in the world. Troubled world conditions will begin to touch us personally as they have not before.

This shift in world sensibility will also have a distinctly idealistic, spiritual and redemptive component. This aspect will stimulate us idealistically and spiritually and it will insure that part of our response to troubling world events will be decidedly spiritual in nature.

The suffering of others will penetrate our awareness more deeply than before and motivate us to reach out. Indeed, it will make us understand the absolute need to reach out to others, for their sakes and our own.

On a more specific and concrete level, these three outer bodies will be squaring Venus and Mars, which are also conjunct. This square will intensely personalize these shifts in global awareness.

Mars and Venus, especially when they are together, potently affect our most intimate lives - our love life and our closest personal bonds. This square will all but force us to rethink our intimate lives to accommodate the suffering or the spiritual growth of ourselves and others.

It will compel us to reach beyond ourselves, our lovers and close friends to people in our neighborhood, our community and beyond.

It will, in effect, drive home the idea that we cannot restrict our concerns exclusively to our life partners or members of our immediate family and expect to enjoy secure and stable lives.

Besides being close to Venus, the planet Mars is exactly conjunct Algol. Algol is widely known as the most evil of the fixed stars. No kidding, no exaggeration.

Our need to reach out will not be an abstract sense based on a general awareness of the world's problems. The Mars and Algol conjunction indicates that genuinely disturbing, traumatic events of some kind will drive home the need to reach out and join with others. In some cases, the Mars/Algol conjunction will bring significant personal challenges.

The Sun is also opposing the Moon and Pluto. This means that the profound shakeup in interpersonal relationships will take place as part of a more general societal and political power struggle.

Generally speaking, there will be a continuing shift in power toward the grassroots. But under the the Jupiter/Chiron/Neptune/Mars/Venus/Algol aspects, this shift in power will bring demands that societal relations make greater allowance for human vulnerability and the need for personal and spiritual growth.

We might indeed see dramatic progress in the efforts to rebuild the US healthcare system.

All of the above will take place during a lunar eclipse. This lunar eclipse is part of an unusual series of three eclipses, culminating with an eclipse of the Full Moon in August.

These eclipses tell us that we are reaching a major turning point. The transformation of our personal relations and accompanying changes in societal structure will be part of permanent, irreversible social transformation.

Also, eclipses often bring long simmering issues to a head. Any ongoing health, work or relationship issues will soon reach a critical point. However, with so many planets retrograde, some issues are bound to remain on hold.

Of all the possibilities we are now contemplating, the eclipses will eliminate all but the most realistic. Some options will be eliminated as the result of dramatic events.

I would advise all concerned to take special precautions this summer. Even if, somehow, you are not personally affected by these aspects, you will still have to process this prolonged barrage of intense and complex astrological energies. You will also have to live and work among others who are doing the same thing.

The level of plain old squirrelliness could reach unprecedented heights as the days and weeks progress. Make an effort to remain came and rational in your decision-making and in your dealings with others.

Pakistan and 2012 - The Next Major World Trouble Spot?

Pakistan and 2012The Next Major World Trouble Spot?
This post is about the likely effect of 2012 energies on the troubled nation of Pakistan, a nation which could easily become the next major world trouble spot. I try to answer two questions: What will the effect of 2012 be on Pakistan? Should the US become militarily involved in Pakistan?

The answer seems to me to be that US military involvement, in and of itself, could turn Pakistan into the next major trouble spot.
The 2012 Energy and Pakistan
The 2012/Pakistan composite chart points to the revolutionary overthrow of a corrupt, powerful autocratic elite that governs Pakistan quietly from behind the scenes.

It also suggests that there is, in reality, a major power vacuum in Pakistan, making Pakistan inherently unstable. The outward, visible government of Pakistan is chameleon-like. It conforms itself to the desires and expectations of whatever ally is wealthy and powerful enough to help fill the power vacuum.

The outcome is an essentially dictatorial and arbitrary form of government designed to profit the established elite and keep it in power. The chart suggests that it would not matter whether these wealthy and/or powerful allies were the US, al Qaeda, Taliban or tribal warlords.
Possible US Military Involvement
The Pakistan/2012 chart suggests that, should the US military become involved in a major way, Pakistan would become the mother of all military quagmires.

It also indicates people with an unbreakable commitment to bloody aggression in whatever form. These people are literally bloodthirsty and driven by a vast and ancient burden of guilt and grievance. They are inspired by a thoroughly irrational, deeply defective world view.

The chart also indicates the dominance of powerful people who would compromise or ignore their own principles to suit the needs of cronies, often with ruinous consequences for all concerned.

All of these loosely organized forces are either independent of or in opposition to the central government toward which they are ambivalent at best.

This diverse and diffuse array of forces would not welcome the US military. They would greet the US military with implacable and bloody resistance on their own very difficult home turf – with home court advantage.

The US military, once again, would find itself doing the work of a powerless Pakistani central government, a government that is itself the target of a possible civil war. The US could easily find itself the target of numerous conflicting factions within Pakistan.

The 2012/Pakistan chart strongly sand clearly suggest that the US should avoid military involvement in Pakistan and, instead, seek to aid Pakistan by all other available means.
The Technicalities - 2012 Energy and Pakistan
The chart for 2012 itself indicates a concentrated burst of complex and powerful energies from the give outer planets. They are disruptive and transformational.

These energies include a strong Uranus component. They also use Uranus energy as a medium, or carrier wave. The strong involvement of Uranus virtually guarantees that these energies will manifest as specific and concrete revolutionary events.

The placement of Uranus in 2012 composite charts indicates how the 2012 energies will affect the country or person involved.
2012 Energy in the Composite Chart
The 2012 energies strike the Pakistan/2012 composite chart at the cusp of the 2nd house. Uranus forms an exact opposition with Ixion and Quaoar, conjoined at the cusp of the 8th house.

The Ixion/Quaoar combination indicates an exceedingly corrupt elite (Ixion) but one which is also very resourceful and resilient (Quaoar).

The Uranus opposition to Ixion and Quaoar indicates a concerted, energetic resistance within Pakistan aimed at neutralizing or overthrowing this corrupt elite.

The Sun is conjunct Pluto in the 7th house. This suggests a government heavily dependent on the wealth and power of its allies.

Ixion conjunct Quaoar on the cusp of the 8th house colors Sun and Pluto in the 7th. Combined, they suggest a government that will readily sacrifice the interests of the Pakistani people and their own allies to keep themselves in power.
The Technicalities - Possible US Military Involvement
A wide range of astrological indicators in these charts clearly suggests the folly of US military involvement in Pakistan.

Eris represents the irrational hatred, aggression and bloodlust that inspires war. Mars is the God of war. They are closely conjunct the ascendant. This suggests boundless longing and eagerness for war and aggression, sheerest belligerence.

Nessus represents a toxic psychological legacy born of guilt and greed and amorality. Lilith represents a powerful and profoundly irrational lust for power and control.

Nessus and Lilith are closely conjunct in the 12th house of the chart, not far from Eris and Mars on the ascendant. Combined, they suggest forces even more profoundly and irrationally committed to aggression.

They suggest a tendency to see one's inner demons in others and to mercilessly and relentlessly attack them.

Finally, Pholus and Chiron are closely conjunct on the midheaven. Pholus represents someone who knows better, but who nonetheless ignores principle and violates law to please. Chiron represents liberation through injury, illness and healing.

Placed with Pholus on the midheaven, combined with the other strongly negative indications in the chart point to a darker, negative expression for Chiron energies in the Pakistan context.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Astrology Forecast for July 2009

Astrology Forecast for July 2009

FOR EVERYONE ~ Take it one step at a time. This is another month when psychological changes outweigh and complicate concrete changes. The planets are breaking up old personal patterns and releasing new potentials, leaving us a little dazed and confused in the process. These processes will conflict with our social and romantic lives as outer events lag behind inner ones. Unexpected events will remove some options and create new ones, adding to the confusion. More big changes are due by year's end. Generally, we are urged to look beyond our own individual lives and our immediate plans. Progress in financial areas could slow a bit. July will continue the pace of disturbing and sometimes weird headlines.


ARIES ~ Bend in the road. Your home and professional life are about to change significantly. Your financial expectations, especially where a loved one are concerned, need to be altered because of a healing process. These changes will harmonize well with the needs of family, friends and others who depend on you. However, all the changes, even those you consider minor and/or temporary, will be deeper and more lasting than you realize. People in your neighborhood and community will be surprisingly helpful as you seek a more relaxed and healthful lifestyle.

TAURUS ~ Reality check. You need to be more realistic about what you (or anyone else) can do in a day. Maybe the stressful winter left you tired, or the flu hit you harder than usual. Maybe the years are starting to show. This is not a temporary thing. You need to take much more time out for yourself from now on. If others demand your services, ask for more money. Expect changes at work and at home. Options will soon be fewer but more realistic. A financial boost is due.

GEMINI ~ Remain civil and reasonable. Discussions about financial or work-related issues could bring sharp words and bruised feelings. Don't let volatile emotions guide actions or words in July. It isn't worth risking valued work relationships or straining family bonds. Channel strong feelings into a firm resolve to work through the issues patiently. Let sober reason make the choices. Your planetary safety net is firmly in place and events will soon simplify your economic choices and clear away deadwood. The needs of people at a distance could be weighing on you.

CANCER ~ Be a mediator. Detachment will help you avoid emotional overload and help you function effectively. Others look to you for emotional guidance and leadership. People are nervous as changes are implemented, with rumors of more changes to come. Your friends' needs are important, but change is necessary, also. Open a dialogue. Things aren't as bad as people fear. Those in authority can't make any big moves yet and there are more options than people realize. Surprise events will soon bring greater clarity, removing unrealistic options and clearing obstacles to progress.

LEO ~ Be supportive. There is a tide in human affairs and it is now turning, causing upsets and delay all around. Leo doesn't have much leverage over events for the moment. Your personal influence over events will rebound in September. Providing emotional support to those in need is your most important role this month. July will bring inner renewal for Leo, too. Old fears and anxieties will lift. Power struggles behind the scenes will have surprising and encouraging outcomes. The emotional needs of others might thwart romantic plans.

VIRGO ~ Time for a rethink? You're not sure you like the changes taking place. But you aren't sure you want to fight them, either. Complexities are increasing on the job. You're in a safe spot, but it will take work to overcome barriers to further progress. Your ambitions sometimes seem at odds with reality. Unexpected events will soon clarify your situation and open new doors. Still, it's probably good to pause and look at the big picture. It could be time for a course correction. Pressures will ease and energy increase by Thanksgiving.

LIBRA ~ Shifting priorities. Conflicts and sudden changes will change the way you see the present and future. You will become aware of wider possibilities that put present worries in perspective. The trick is to develop new opportunities without putting existing arrangements at risk. Unexpected events will help free you up some to pursue these new possibilities. Complications in the lives of friends or loved ones could frustrate romance. You might need to shift romantic inclinations into more practical and helpful channels. A cycle of challenge and decision begins as the year ends.

SCORPIO ~ New self-image. Your expanding roots in the community and developments in your intellectual and spiritual life will come together in new and unexpected ways. They will redefine your identity, changing the way people think of you. Outdated ideas about who you are will drop away. The need for healing among family members will trigger a shift in the tone of key relationships. Romantic, playful impulses must give way to more thoughtful and responsible inclinations. Protective and supportive forces are helping with July's most difficult challenges, especially those affecting the home.

SAGITTARIUS ~ Patience. Haste in sorting out a stalled financial situation will take you around in circles. These issues need extensive discussion and care. Unexpected events will redirect efforts in more realistic and promising directions. In a few months things will start moving forward on their own, ending suspenseful delays. Pressures will ease further by November. The need to recover from recent strains could put a damper on your love life. Helping others adjust to change will turn out to be more important. Don't worry excessively. Your situation is surprisingly resistant to mishap.

CAPRICORN ~ Balancing act. It's tough to be realistic and optimistic at the same time, to maintain order in the ranks while making needed changes and guessing at the unknowns. You'll need to show self-discipline and leadership. But the emergence of a new you will help. People will see you differently as old ideas of who you are suddenly drop away and a new you appears. Imminent changes will bring a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle and more time for loved ones. Your influence over events will increase as summer winds down.

AQUARIUS ~ Not yet. Your are experiencing inner changes. But now isn't the time to make outward changes. Your new self isn't quite ready to emerge. Late summer would be a better time to start outter, lifestyle changes. It would be good to keep existing romantic ties for all kinds of reasons. But with everything you are working through, you need more privacy and personal space. So keep your home base to yourself, for now. It's good to share your life with romantic partners, but you need your space at home.

PISCES ~ Take it slow. The planets are stirring up a lot of stuff. Psychological barriers and limitations are breaking down. A new world of possibilities is opening up. Relations with your community are shifting dramatically. You need to save time and energy to work through the important changes now taking place in your own life. If you are drawn to someone socially or romantically, keep it light. There are many layers of complexity you can't see yet. And a whole new cycle of growth and expansion will begin by year's end.

Monday, June 01, 2009

2012 And the USA - An Astrological Stress Test

2012 and the USA
An Astrological Stress Test

The composite chart for the US and 2012 indicates a time of extreme societal volatility. The social structure of the US will become fluid. Long overdue reforms will occur in a historical twinkling.

In addition to the speed of reform, it will be widespread, broad-based, profound and lasting. The full force of 2012 energies will hit the US head on and quickly, forcefully, irreversibly transform American society.

I do not see how regressive, backward looking forces in the US can possibly resist this tsunami of transformative energies.

The events depicted in the chart are not primarily economic in nature. The present economic crisis is only the run up to the main event.
The Chart
This analysis is based on composite chart for the US and 2012. It is a stress test of the US chart. How will the US stand against the challenges of 2012?

This composite chart eloquently restates themes from recent US charts, inspiring confidence in its significance. It also reveals the interrelations of themes scattered through other charts. It convincingly puts ongoing events in context.
Uranus at 4th House Cusp
The 2012 chart shows a major blast of astrological energies. They are folded into Uranian energy, which acts as a carrier wave. Uranus is the agent of concrete, manifest change in the Zodiac. Material manifestation of these energies is all but certain.

The Uranian carrier wave hits the all-important 4th house cusp in the composite chart for the US and 2012. 2012 energy taps straight into the main artery. These changeful energies are bound to jolt the US. It will inevitably flood the entire nation with transformational energy. But that is not all.
Pluto and Quaoar on the Ascendant
Pluto, is the source of all social power and order. It also brings a drive for power and control.

Quaoar is the planet of primal chaos, of creative anarchy. Quaoar can, dissolve, or work around or through any constraint society imposes.

Normally, Pluto's demands are unstoppable and irresistible. With Pluto on the ascendant, we might expect to see governmental power systematically imposed and maintained. But Quaoar is the equal of Pluto.

These two foundational but contrasting energies conjoin at the ascendant of the chart. Like the Uranian carrier wave, they tap directly into the main artery of the US chart, flooding the chart with this contradictory and highly stimulating energy.

Efforts to impose order or project power will be easily gotten round. Disorder will probably be countered by exercises of governmental power. But such efforts will turn into a standoff.

The forces of social order and creative social disorder will be locked, of necessity, in intense dialogue.

The potent, disruptive mix of Pluto/Quaoar energy will combine with Uranus energy to create an extraordinarily volatile mood in the country and an irresistible demand for reform.

These energies will make the country a crucible, or cauldron. The US worldview and all the laws, customs and traditions that flow from it will become molten. The US will then be compelled to forge a new national identity and a revitalized, updated system of laws.
Major, and Difficult, National Identity Crisis
Powerful aspects are embedded in the field of brilliant transformative energy described in the chart. They make a national identity crisis inevitable.

There is a grand square involving the "softer" planets and asteroids. They are in houses affecting the social safety net and the social and political ideas it is based on.

Who can be part of American society? What duties and responsibilities are required of American citizens? What rights are they entitled to? What support can citizens expect from other citizens? How much responsibility does government bear for the welfare of its citizens?

Civil wars have been fought over lesser questions.

These critically important questions and other, similar ones will be asked as if for the first time. Precedents will be swept aside.
Americans Must Think Globally or Else
Embedded within this grand square is a strong and important opposition. This opposition also involves "soft" planetary influences, suggesting a national psychological crisis.

The opposition straddles the 3rd house/9th house axis. Americans will have to balance local concerns against the needs of participation in the global community, something many Americans are not used to doing, yet.

The Moon's nodes are involved. They strengthen the opposition and raise the stakes. The north node favors greater foreign involvements. The south node will penalize communities that don't take a global perspective.
In Sum
The composite chart for the 2012 and the US defines an intense superheated political state. Things that seemed settled by law, a long time ago, will be on the table. The forces of reform will be empowered to go head to head with the established order.

The force pouring into the chart makes radical change inevitable. The planetary aspects point to a major national identity crisis. The prevalence of hard aspects say that this identity crisis will be a difficult one and require considerable effort by the US, from both its government and its people. A lot of innovations will have to be built painstakingly, from the ground up.