Technical Note

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

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Astrology of January 2013

The Astrology of January 2013

Square Dance

December Recap ~ A new, long-term planetary arrangement took final shape in 2012. It links deep transformations at the micro- and macro-levels, on individual and group levels. It makes the individual an agent of Aquarian change in his or her own life and in society. December’s influential chart foretells a long-term emphasis on wealth-building and lifestyle and nurturance issues at the grassroots and governmental levels. Constant change and fluid life situations will increase stress levels. These strains will sometimes  manifest as disruptive, freakish and possibly violent behavior.

January’s Chart - An Overview

In January, the transformative energies of the new planetary structure are applied to our daily lives. We depend on the stability of relationships with family and community, with employers and coworkers, with those who provide goods and services, or those who buy our goods and services.

January’s chart says that all of these important relationships will be shifting unpredictably as people seek freedom to grow, heal and pursue new goals. Interpersonal behavior patterns will change, making new social relationships possible for many, even as other relationships grow more tenuous. Much of this change will come easily for us because of planetary support. However, changes will be more problematic where money and other resources are involved, calling for careful negotiations.

January’s chart preserves the tension between Leo and Aquarius found in December's chart. Leaders offer solutions based on personal preference and desire, Leo solutions. The grassroots, people on Main Street, demand group-oriented, Aquarian solutions.

Placement by Placement

  • The Moon is in Libra in the 1st house, close to the Ascendant, occupied by Libra. People are focused on the transformations in many important, day-to-day relationships. They will also be exploring new relationship possibilities. Relationship dynamics are shifting in important ways. New people relate in new ways.

  • Saturn and the North Node are in Scorpio straddling the cusp of the 1st and 2nd houses. People feel a need to bring order and direction to these changes, to channel the forces of change in ways that help them realize their goals. They also feel a sense of need, urgency and new found purpose. People are finding ways to successfully navigate changeful events and to benefit from them. People realize that current changes are opening up exciting new possibilities.

  • Pluto, Juno and Venus are closely conjunct in Capricorn in the 3rd house. Juno rules marriage and officially recognized, lifelong bonds. Venus governs our affections; the 3rd house governs our relationships with our neighbors and community. Planetary energies are surging through our most important personal and community relations. Issues of diversity, gender equality, women’s rights, gay rights, marriage equality, equal rights, civil rights, and so on, are strongly affecting our personal lives, motivating a change of attitudes. We are encouraged to extend respect and privilege to those different from ourselves.

  • The Sun in Capricorn conjoins Mercury in Aquarius on the cusp of the 4th house. The higher aspects of our personality are focused on individual psychological and spiritual issues. We are strongly inclined to discuss the deep, intense, unusual changes we are experiencing.We find these changes exciting and liberating in many ways.

  • Mars is in Aquarius in the 4th house. Our thoughts and feelings are volatile and intense. They are pushing is in an idealistic, group-oriented, Aquarian direction. We want our lives to express our ideals. The possibility of greater group cooperation inspire excitement.

  • Chiron is conjunct Neptune in Pisces straddling the cusp of the 4th and 5th houses. Romance and socializing per se take a back seat. Increasingly, close personal bonds are now about helping loved ones find space for personal growth, healing and exploration.

  • Pallas and Uranus are conjunct in Aries in the 6th house. Interactions at work and in the marketplace become an opportunity to express our ideals and our need for personal freedom and self-expression. Unusual and surprising interactions occur during transactions as people open up and reach out.

  • Ceres, Lilith, Vesta, Jupiter in Gemini and the South Node in Taurus occupy the 8th house. Nurturance issues - issues surrounding the provision of life’s necessities and the sharing of wealth and power - are complicated and confused by political ideology and outdated ideas and attitudes.  

Aspect by Aspect

  • The Moon squares Sun and Mercury conjunct on the cusp of the 4th house. Inner turmoil yields helpful new attitudes. Often kept private, this inner unrest will now be discussed openly, sometimes awkwardly and under stress. People are enthusiastic about the possibilities as old boundaries and inhibitions disappear.

  • The Moon in Libra on the Ascendant trines Neptune and Chiron on the cusp of the 4th and 5th houses. We easily make adjustments in close relationships, allowing ourselves and others greater freedom for personal growth and healing.

  • Saturn in Scorpio in the 1st, reinforced by the North Node in Scorpio in the 2nd, is sextiling Pluto, Juno and Venus conjunct in Capricorn in the 3rd house. We accept changes in our important life bonds and in the life bonds of others in the community. We accept marriage equality, gender equality, racial differences and diversity in general. We are ready to extend the same rights and privileges we enjoy to those different from ourselves.

  • Saturn, strengthened by the North Node, is trining Neptune and Chiron in Pisces on the cusp of the 4th and 5th houses. We can make lasting changes to family and social relationships in a graceful and gracious way, and in harmony with our shifting economic priorities.

  • Pluto, Juno and Venus conjunct in Capricorn in the 3rd square Pallas and Uranus conjunct in Aries in the 6th. Changes in the workplace and marketplace require changes in the way we distribute wealth, opportunity and power. The need to share material assets complicates our acceptance of diversity.

  • Sun in Capricorn conjunct Mercury in Aquarius on the cusp of the 4th house sextiles Pallas and Uranus conjunct in Aries in the 6th. Despite potential economic conflicts, we can easily adjust psychologically to changes at work and in the marketplace.

  • The Sun in Capricorn conjunct Mercury in Aquarius on the cusp of the 4th house trines the 8th house stellium. We can accept changes in nurturance matters, whatever their likely effect on our lifestyle. We willing to take a chance, to trust the future.

  • Neptune conjunct Chiron in Pisces on the cusp of the 4th and 5th houses squares the 8th house stellium. Cooperation is needed to achieve long-term, collective economic goals. The greater personal freedom that we seek can interfere with this cooperation. Careful planning is required, but people are in the mood to take risks.

  • Pallas conjunct Uranus in Aries in the 6th house sextiles the 8th house stellium. We can make changes at work and in the marketplace mesh with changes in our long-term financial plans.

Altogether Now

Some of January’s aspects support change in our day-to-day social lives. Other aspects demand changes in sensitive economic areas. New, more tolerant attitudes come up against economic realities. We might accept those who are different, but will we share our resources with them? The Aquarian impulse is strong and most of us answer, Yes.

In general the economic and social rewards of tolerance overcome hesitation. Combined, the aspects inspire us to safeguard our own interests, but, at the same time, respect the needs of others and of society as a whole.

January’s chart, like those to come, is grounded in the new stable and long-term planetary structure. It will destabilize things in a consistent manner over a long period of time and, in that way, provide a kind of stability and predictability. This in turn will give us confidence and allow us to plan effectively. The combination of aspects helps us weave a good future from the streams of constantly changing events and circumstances.

We can make the steady flow of challenges and opportunities blend successfully.  Countless small successes will inspire widespread optimism, confidence and courage.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sign-by-Sign Astrology Forecast for January 2013

Astrology Forecast for January 2013

FOR EVERYONE ~ Everything is shifting and it will continue to do shift for the foreseeable future. Most of it is for the better.  But this constant shifting leaves us to adjust, re-adjust, and adjust again. It’s all about fine tuning. As we develop new relationships and old relationships evolve, we need to keep close track of fairness issues. We are building the foundations of our future lives. We need to do that carefully and with special attention to issues of fairness, fairness for ourselves and others.


♑ CAPRICORN ~ (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)  Your present situation might not be as good as you had hoped.  A difficult past is too close behind for comfort. However, what you see around you, as incomplete and imperfect as it might be, will turn out to have been a good foundation. It can be turned into a better life. Your financial situation resembles the financial situations of many others. If you continue to seek better working and living conditions for yourself, others will benefit from your example and your achievements.

♒ AQUARIUS ~ (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Speak as gently as you can, whomever you are with, whatever you are talking about. Your comments will strike more deeply than you think and, if not properly framed, might cause unhelpful reactions in those who hear them or trigger unintended consequences in other areas of your life. You need to be especially cautious where communications are concerned and doubly so if money, jobs or personal obligations are involved. That said, circumstances favor the fulfillment of your dreams and aspirations. Perseverance will yield rewards.
♓ PISCES ~ (Feb. 18 - Mar. 19)  You aren’t without options or a sense of purpose, but circumstances beyond your control are shaping events. You’ll have to go with the flow, hope for the best and rely on luck to fill in the gaps. Fortunately, luck is with you. Friendship, romance or recreation (in faraway places, no less) could bring you the knowledge, the people or the opportunities you’ve been seeking. Everyone is in a volatile mood, though, prone to overreact in unpredictable ways. Important financial alliances especially need careful attention.

♈ ARIES ~ (Mar. 20 - Apr. 18) A lot of really good stuff is starting to happen. People need to cooperate with each other in new ways. And it’s up to Aries to set it up. Relations with allies are complicated. Obligations conflict. Signals are mixed. No matter what you do, you’ll step on someone’s toes, or they’ll be afraid that you will. And you actually want to help. Working out the needed agreements will be complicated. Keep a close eye on your own long-term financial interests. Avoid taking on debt.

♉ TAURUS ~ (Apr. 19 - May 19) You need to make important decisions for the future amidst a host of competing priorities with the clock ticking quickly away. The responsibility for what happens next rests squarely with you. The planets advise that, for now, long-term financial sustainability and your expanding relations with those in distant places come first. Avoid adding to your debt or drawing too heavily on your reserves. Don’t let the minutiae of social and community involvement distract or annoy you. Those things will need to sort themselves out.

♊ GEMINI ~ (May 20 - June 19) Issues are intangible and more than a little tangled. You are dealing nonstop with obscure and complex ideas. But they are also crucially important.  People seem to understand that proper resolution of abstract, ethical problems will have concrete, economic effects for everyone. Issues are also hedged around with prejudice and misconception; no one will make things easy for you. You have a potent combination of moral and economic leverage. Use it to draw discussions out. Quick but deeply flawed compromises will harm everyone’s interests.

♋ CANCER ~ (June 20 - July 21) Cancerians will be somewhat isolated for the foreseeable future. The action, or the turmoil, is centered elsewhere.  Many Cancers will find the resulting calm agreeable. Your contribution is crucially important, however. Use your justly famous intuition to sort through the abstract and confusing but crucially important issues confronting those directly involved in the struggle. Friendship and romance will go into low gear, giving you a chance to make important decisions about your own personal life. Financial advances are due about the middle of 2013.

♌ LEO ~ (July 22 - Aug. 21) Leo’s love to improvise and ad lib; it comes naturally and it’s useful in so many situations. Except for now. Too often, nowadays, Leos draw a blank in front of eager audiences. Leos are dealing with deep personal issues that make spontaneity difficult for them.  For the near future, it might be best if you worked from a script, carefully prepared well ahead of time. It will take work, but you’ll be amazed at how many people derive important benefits from your newfound insights.

♍ VIRGO ~ (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21) Your public identity and your role in life are morphing. Though ethically fastidious, Virgo isn’t usually considered a revolutionary or even a reformer, necessarily. However, your ability to handle endless amounts of detail with quiet efficiency is being pressed into service by those trying to bring change. Change and reform are everywhere, with no end in sight. People desperately need help sorting out an infinity of vital details. Fortunately, you will also have the influence to guide this potentially maddening process to your liking.

♎ LIBRA ~ (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21) These days, the devil is in the financial details. Many in your life are now involved in negotiations or in establishing relationships that will dramatically affect the whole rest of their economic lives. And things are developing quickly. You can see pitfalls that they cannot. In the days ahead, you will often find yourself in the position of having to protect friends and associates from those who would take advantage. Libra’s financial affairs will move forward soon but remain confusing. Break bad financial habits.

♏ SCORPIO ~ (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20) Scorpios are tough but alert to subtle currents. You’ll need to draw heavily on both qualities in coming months and years. People need guidance badly but they will resist it. With energies low, conversations need to be short and to the point. Your intuition will tell you what they need to do and your toughness will make sure it happens. And it will have to be you. Scorpios have a monopoly on common sense and self-discipline, apparently.  Important financial matters will move forward soon.

SAGITTARIUS ~ (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20) For the foreseeable future, your focus will be on the deep, unconscious patterns that govern all of your relationships. These patterns are usually hard to reach, let alone change. Now, you have special, hard won insight into the subtle rights and wrongs of relationships. The planets have also recently granted you the power to establish completely new patterns in relationships, new and old. For about the next six years, you’ll be dealing with the consequences of financial decisions made over the last six years.

Friday, November 30, 2012

December 2012 and the End of the Mayan Calendar

The Astrology of December 2012

December 2012 and the End of the Mayan Calendar

Wrestling with the Real World

This analysis is based on a triple composite chart cast for the following three dates: the New Moon of December 13; the End of the Mayan Calendar & Winter Solstice (11:11 am and 11:12 am respectively) on December 21; and the Full Moon of December 28. All dates and times are UT.

A great deal of speculation surrounds the date marking the end of the Mayan calendar. Frankly, I cannot speak to all that. However, I can say that the chart for that date is quite remarkable. For this analysis, I have included that date in a triple composite in order to link it with the flow of events I have been tracking, to make it part of a trajectory. Technically, adding that date to the usual New and Full Moon composite makes a small but significant difference.  It moves the Ascendant from Capricorn to Aquarius.

The December 2012 chart encompasses all the themes that have dominated recent charts: deep personal transformation; the liberation and empowerment of women and the ascendancy of the feminine principle generally; the subtilization and spiritualization of intimate relationships (the end of “relationships as usual”); nurturance issues, i.e., providing the basic requirements of life for all members of society. This chart turns these themes into a single theme: thorough social, economic and political reform actively linked to deep personal transformation.

More, all the disparate, disjointed transformational processes described in recent charts going back several years combine into one, integral process. More specifically, this chart blends the process of personal transformation with the process of social transformation.

Leo vs. Aquarius

All the aspects are centered in the left, or personal half of the chart. It looks a bit like a cat’s cradle. This matrix of aspects filters everything that passes between the world and the individual, and vice versa, drawing it all into a transformative process.

Aquarius is on the Ascendant. Aquarius represents those idealistic, humanitarian abstractions most often associated with our higher selves, or our “better angels.” Leo is  on the Descendant. In practice, it represents those things in our lives to which the ego tends to be most strongly attached. Leo, like all the Sun signs, is capable of transcending the ego. But given the way the world works, most of the influences entering through the Leo Descendant will probably be ego-based. Hence, as a practical matter, this chart describes a tension between the ego and the higher self.

The aspects occupy the half of the chart nearest the Ascendant, Aquarius, and, in effect, form a force field around the individual, bending all incoming and outgoing energies in an Aquarian direction. The individual will want to take everything and everyone, including themselves, in an Aquarian direction. In essence, this structure actively and strenuously supports consciousness raising and dialogue aimed at upliftment.   

Clearly, the details of the process will vary from individual to individual and from circumstance to circumstance.

Making Ends Meet for the 99%

The transformative matrix and the strong Aquarian/Leo polarity are the chart’s defining characteristics. There are no exact aspects between the major planets, for example, or any other unusual events to speak of, around which ideas or events can crystallize.

One feature of the matrix stands out: the opening of the matrix, it’s widest point, is occupied by a Yod. The Yod is named after the Hebrew letter, Yod, often described as “the finger of God.” It points the way.

The Yod is formed by Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter retrograde in Gemini. Pluto is in Capricorn on the cusp of the 11th & 12th; Saturn is in Scorpio in the 9th. Saturn and Pluto are in mutual reception and in favorable, sextile relationship. Saturn and Jupiter form the base of the Yod. Retrograde Jupiter in Gemini in the 4th near the Imum Coeli, occupies the apex of the Yod, destabilizing the energy and, thus, stimulating and directing debate. Jupiter’s retrograde motion will only amplify the tendency of the Yod to deepen and complicate discussion.

Typically, Yods do not yield quick or easy resolution. Rather, they tend to prolong discussions, drawing participants into ever more subtle or obscure issues. Given the difficulty and the importance of the issues currently under discussion by the world’s leaders, this has to be seen as a good thing.

Anyone who thinks that current issues can, or will, be bent into the old, vexing polarities, into the counter-productive, conflict prone patterns of recent times, is seriously deluding themselves.

This Yod effectively links the consciousness of the wealthy and powerful to the consciousness of the grassroots, the consciousness of the 1% and the 99%, in a single dynamic structure supporting an ever deepening dialogue. It drives changes in attitude at both the governmental and the grassroots levels, at once and in tandem.

Beyond discussion and dialogue, the Yod will tend to generate an endless series of events in the real world that illustrate the meaning of the Yod and the importance of the issues it raises in our lives. The Yod turns the world into a learning environment and puts us all on a learning curve.

A Global Makeover

All the planets in the Yod, Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter, are part of extended stelliums.

Pluto and Saturn are part of a group of planets that include Juno, Sun, Mercury Venus, the North Node at the base of the Yod. They are in the 9th thru the 11th houses, from Scorpio to Capricorn, at the top of the chart. Both signs and houses govern things like power, administrative authority, governing philosophy and social responsibility.

The stellium at the top of the chart indicates that just about every facet of the rules that govern our lives, individually and collectively, will be re-negotiated.

  • Pluto’s involvement will affect all power and control issues.
  • Juno’s involvement will affect the structure of church- and state-sanctioned marriage and other kinds of lifelong bonds.
  • The Sun’s involvement will affect higher, conscious, voluntary aspects of our identity, including, for example, the principles that govern conscience and the sense of beauty.
  • Mercury’s involvement will affect all forms of communication, including and especially language - what and how things can be communicated.
  • Venus’s involvement will affect love and the affections generally as well as more intimate aspects of our lives.
  • The North Node’s involvement will lend a sense of direction and of mission.
  • Saturn’s involvement will lend a realistic understanding of the limits we work against. It will add a sense of seriousness and urgency. And it will make the outcome of this process durable.

Structurally, the stellium at the apex of the Yod (but at the bottom of the chart) focuses the deliberations of the powerful on the well-being of the grassroots, the 99%.

In countries across the globe, the most thoughtful, powerful and authoritative people in society will be immersed in an effort to rethink the rules by which they govern.

The South Node, Jupiter, Lilith, Vesta and Ceres are in Taurus, Gemini and Cancer in the 3rd, 4th and fifth houses, respectively. These houses and signs govern grassroots politics, economics, family and everyday social life. There is also a very strong but not exclusive emphasis on the feminine.

  • The South Node requires that we bring fresh insights about conditions at the grassroots to bear. In this position, the South Node also requires a collective, governmental approach to challenges. Efforts to shift burdens to the local level, for example, will backfire quickly and badly.
  • Retrograde Jupiter tells us that the creation of new wealth for the whole of society will depend on improving economic growth and general well-being at the grassroots level. Jupiter’s retrograde motion will drive the discussion into even deeper and more subtle areas than would otherwise be the case with a Yod.
  • Lilith’s involvement tells us that any solution will require the empowerment of women and the strengthening of the feminine principle generally.
  • Vesta’s involvement tells us to expect dedication, even militant commitment to principles and ideals.
  • Ceres’ involvement tells us that nurturance issues, issues surrounding birth, death, nourishment, cultivation and social welfare generally, the overall quality of life at the grassroots, from birth to death, pervade high level discussions.

The Feminine Empowered

In recent charts, the feminine principle has been foregrounded. The same is true in this chart. The importance of the feminine principle is strongly emphasized in the Yod that, itself, strongly influences the meaning of the entire chart. Among other things, Lilith, Vesta and Ceres, for example, placements just discussed, are all strongly and closely associated with the feminine, so are Cancer and the fourth house.

Revelation and Revolution

A group of planets in the leftmost, personal half of the chart drives intense psychological and personal transformation with a decidedly radical, revolutionary flavor.

These planetary placements are all strong, but they are also complex and paradoxical, impossible for the ego to process without going beyond existing mental, emotional and behavioral boundaries.

Transformation of Gender Definitions

  • Mars is in Capricorn in the 12th house. It is strongly placed by sign, exalted in Capricorn and reinforced by Pluto in Capricorn on the cusp of the 12th. It is in the house of Neptune. Mars is also in mutual reception with Neptune by house. This is a volatile house placement, not ideal for Mars. Nor is it particularly comfortable for Neptune.
The Mars energy is powerfully amplified but asked to express in a refined and spiritual (Neptunian) way that will not come easy, especially for men and boys. While the feminine principle is being foregrounded in the Yod, the masculine principle is undergoing refinement and spiritualization. Both genders, in fact the entire spectrum of gender identities, each in its own way, is being challenged to move beyond the boundaries that presently define it.   

  • Neptune and Chiron are strongly placed in the 1st, suggesting an expansion and a spiritualization of the sense of self, a transcendence of the ego, and a lessening of materialistic motives. Chiron's influence can bring physical illness or injury to the extent that these are needed to destroy obstacles to personal growth.

Retail Revolution

  • Pallas is also in Pisces in the 2nd. This points to a transformation of our spending patterns, making them more socially conscious, more consistent with our evolving, more idealistic, Aquarian goals.
  • The Moon conjoins Uranus in Aries the 2nd house. This contact is exact to within 17’ of arc, (extremely close) in the 2nd house. The personality is suffused with revolutionary, Uranian energy leading to a desire for economic reform and the use of grassroots economics to bring reform.
We should interpret this placement very broadly to mean that, at very least, people will now expect to be treated with greater consideration and respect in the world of retail sales and services. They will increasingly expect their aspirations and their rights to be respected by those with whom they do business.

Fortune Favors Those Who Change

The Part of Fortune is in Virgo, near the cusp of the 8th house.

This placement of the Part of Fortune indicates strong, substantive support for those coping with intense inner and outer changes, especially changes affecting nurturance, lifestyle and quality of life issues.

The Big Picture

The entire panorama described above plays out in the tension between Aquarius and Leo, between concern for the group and concern for the individual. The tendency will be to move things in an Aquarian direction, to place the individual's thoughts and intentions in a wider, collective, universal context. But it also plays out within a new, dynamic, long-term arrangement of the powerful outermost planets.

In October, Saturn entered Scorpio putting the finishing touches on a new, more stable, supportive and lasting arrangement of the outer planets. (See the final paragraphs of October’s post.) The Yod that drives our December chart taps directly into the power of this new arrangement. In fact, the entire matrix of aspects just discussed is solidly embedded in this new planetary arrangement.

Saturn and Pluto, the two planets with the most concrete, immediate and unavoidable effects on our lives are most directly involved in December’s Yod. But the other two planets in this new arrangement, Uranus and Neptune, also play an important role in December.

Basically, December’s chart harnesses the power of this new planetary formation in the service of a veritable epidemic of personal transformation and general reform. It also combines these two processes, individual transformation and societal transformation, into a single holistic process.

The Winter solstice chart always affects the month’s immediately following it. But I believe this chart sets the agenda and the tone for decades to come. 

It embraces all of the important themes and trends of our times in a single holistic, transformational process. It also embraces the individual and the group in that same holistic, transformational process. The current planetary arrangement is, in astrological terms, monumental and its effects are not likely to be transitory. It is not in any sense a passing phenomenon.

The chart for December 2012 and The End of the Mayan Calendar marks an important threshold: the world shifted from one in which vitally important trends were moving on different, often conflicting tracks and the powerful among us were at odds with each other and with those they governed, to a world in which the trends interact harmoniously and everyone, government and the governed, 1% and 99%, work together, if not always amicably, toward a single end.

Hence, the chart for December 2012 seems to me to describe a watershed moment. As a strictly practical matter, the planetary forces set in motion in this chart will take a generation or two, or three, to fully play out.


The December 2012 chart promises personal transformation and holistic social, economic and political reform. But we must remember, one person’s reform is another person’s unwelcome change; one nation’s revolution is another nation’s security threat; one person’s spiritual transformation is another person’s grounds for divorce.

All change is difficult and the scale and scope of change foretold in this chart will be difficult indeed.  Many among us will not handle it well.