Technical Note

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

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Astrology of August 2013 - Pretty Much

The Astrology of August 2013 - Pretty Much

The Lathe of Heaven


We are experiencing a period of unusual astrological activity, even by recent standards. A powerful and especially rich mix of constructive astrological energy is being released in an unusually, well-coordinated, sustained manner over a prolonged period.

A Kite has been in the charts since June 2013. There will be a Kite in place at least part of every month until at least the middle of next year. 

Also, a rare “diamond tetrahedron,” Star of David, Star Tetrahedron, or Grand Sextile, formed for several hours on the morning of July 29, GMT.

This activity is creating a field that supports large  transformative initiatives on all levels - i.e., e.g., individually, regionally, nationally and globally. There are hints of this in the news.

The G-20 is a forum consisting of 20 of the world's largest economies, including the European Union. It is affiliated with numerous smaller economies. Meeting in Moscow on July 19, the G20 raised the idea of setting up an international system to curb corporate tax evasion. 

We might be tempted to dismiss this as unrealistic. However, it is precisely the kind of sweeping transformative initiative the present planetary arrangement would support. 

Scrambled Signals

During this lengthy period of rapid and deep change we will be finding our way in a blizzard of mixed signals. Don’t jump to conclusions about the meaning of events on the basis of one or two facts learned on one or two days. 

There will also be many repetitions, many gentle nudges in the same direction; we will have many chances to get it right. 

August, A Month of Financial Crosscurrents

There is, again, a Kite in August’s composite chart. This time it is joined with a Yod. If, as I do, one uses the Greenwich Observatory as the “place of birth,” the Kite lines up along the financial axis of August’s composite chart. 

Interestingly, the Kite also lines up with the financial axis of the US natal chart. The fate of the global economy tends to be intimately bound up with the fate of the US economy. This astrological parallel only emphasizes how important August’s economic developments will be.

Retrograde Pluto in the 8th sextiles retrograde Neptune in the 10th; both are quincunx Mercury in Leo in the 3rd, near the cusp of the 4th house.

In August, then, the powerful aspects we are experiencing will prompt us to make large scale economic adjustments. Government and business leaders will feel empowered and willing to work together behind the scenes on major financial issues. 

Because of the Yod, their efforts will be influenced by a strong, shared concern for economic vitality at the grassroots level, particularly that of the community and family. 

A T-Square, In and Out of Context

A Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square is also built into August’s Kite. Jupiter’s involvement in the Grand Watery Trine, the T- Square and the overall Kite means there will be important economic consequences.

The Jupiter/Pluto opposition is exact just after the New Moon of August 6. The Jupiter/Uranus square is exact just after the Full Moon of August 21, GMT.

The aspects connecting Jupiter to Uranus and Pluto will be exact in the course of August.

From a financial perspective, this T-Square would be very concerning if taken out of context. But potential economic stresses are lessened by the Pluto and Uranus retrogrades and by the “damping,” buffering effects of the Kite, which conducts stress into constructive channels.

Also, the Jupiter/Pluto opposition and Jupiter/Uranus square are exact two weeks apart. If they had been exact at the same time, or within a couple of days, for example, there would be more to worry about.

But to understand why we might actually look forward to these seemingly disruptive events we must also consider the following.

A Grand Water Trine, In and Out of Context

The Grand Trine in Water Signs is exact between the 16th and 18th of July. It is within orb from early June until the end of August, 2013. Its effects will continue to to be felt to some degree until Jupiter leaves Cancer in July 2014.
A rare Grand Trine in Water Signs is also part of August’s Kite. It includes three major, powerfully placed planets, Jupiter exalted in Cancer, Neptune in its home sign, Pisces, and Saturn with the North Node in Scorpio.  

The benefits of a Grand Watery Trine overflow its house and sign placements.

Given its placement in these houses, though, it would create a new spirit of understanding between labor (Saturn in the 6th) and management (Neptune in the 10th) that leads to greater prosperity at the grassroots (Jupiter in the 2nd).

The effects of Grand trines are often brilliant, but not grounded in the difficult realities surrounding them, which would make us question the substance of any such accord.

But the Grand Trine in Water Signs is an integral part of the Kite, which grounds this powerful trine and promises deep, solid, real world solutions.

Through the Kite, the Grand Watery Trine is linked to - and its energies harnessed by - the Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square. The Grand Trine is also linked to the Neptune/Pluto/Mercury Yod through the Kite.

Thus, the energy of the Grand Trine is harnessed to support substantive discussions between government, management and representatives of the grassroots.

Its energies are also harnessed to resolve the driving tensions of the economically problematic Pluto/Uranus/Jupiter T-Square.

The Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square, taken out of context is worrisome. The Grand Watery Trine, taken out of context, looks too good to be true. Considered separately, they would seem to contradict each other. Taken together as integral parts of the Kite, they promise real and substantive progress.

Examples: the Kite as a Two-Edged Sword

While the Grand Watery Trine was exact July 16-18, several things happened that illuminate its contribution to August’s Kite and illustrate the kinds of things we can expect, long term.

A filibuster deal in the US Senate sidestepped a potentially dangerous change of the rules governing filibusters and allowed the appointment of heads for: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board. These appointments will help folks at the grassroots level substantially.

During the same few days, the US Senate agreed to a temporary deal to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.

But Kites work both ways.

Detroit, reportedly $18 in debt, declared bankruptcy. My understanding is that as much as $9 billion of that debt was caused by pensions and benefits for retired unionized municipal employees.

Opinions will vary on the wisdom of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. But it stands as a clear example of how a Kite giveth and taketh away. Also, although one might have wished for a better outcome, the bankruptcy filing ended years of deadlock on what to do about Detroit’s crushing debt.

In August, as in other months, the Kite will produce winners and losers, but long-delayed decisions will go a long way to re-stabilize the global economic situation, long-term.

Helpful Hints

There are some things we can do on a personal, practical level to make our own lives easier during the upcoming rapid transition.

Keep your strategy flexible, your goals open. Don't fixate on particular outcome.

There is a margin for error. It’s OK to ride the currents for a while if necessary, too. You’ll get another chance . . . and another . . .

Listen to your conscience. Moral principles will matter a lot in August and the months beyond after seeming irrelevant for so long.

Be realistic. Remain grounded and on task. Keep issues simple. Reduce things to their basics so you can make decisions more easily.

Seek expert advice from knowledgeable people.

Negotiate. You don’t need to take the first answer.

Everything is done by loosely coordinated, constantly shifting networks, now. People do accommodate your expectations, but in ways you wouldn’t expect, through newly emerging channels. People might have time to explain, but they will follow through.  

For every pressure you feel, for every process you observe, there are numerous other pressures and processes at work. For every channel you know about, there are many that you don’t. Do your homework.

It could take awhile for things to finally sort themselves out. Don’t fixate on momentary successes or failures.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sun Sign Astrology Forecast for August 2013

Astrology Forecast for August 2013

For All Sun Signs ~ The planets are supporting our efforts to build a new way of life. They will allow us lots of time and margin for error. This month, though, we need to strike a complicated balance. We feel driven to achieve certain goals. We are obsessed with certain ideals. Certain personal and moral obligations weigh on our conscience. Finally, we do need to be realistic. It’s worth taking the time to establish this balance. The success of our long-term efforts depends on getting it just right.

Sun Sign-by-Sun Sign

LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21) ~ Every area of Leo’s life is at least a little chaotic. The inner commotion more than matches the outer disarray. You aren’t lacking for resources and we’re not talking about disaster, here. It’s more a question of making the financial and professional pieces fit together better. Outdated expectations and irrelevant ideas about yourself could be blocking a solution. Take advantage of supportive astrological conditions to figure it out. You’ll have the time you need. You don’t need to get it right the first time.

VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21) ~ Nothing is what it once was. Loyalties are shifting. Important relationships are growing tenuous.  A rapidly evolving situation keeps shifting the financial goalposts. The future won’t come into focus. Don’t overestimate the risk. The underlying vibes are supportive. Keep your goals and your strategy flexible. This isn’t the best time for Virgo to make commitments. It’s OK to ride the currents for a while until things clarify. Don’t let flirtations distract you or interfere with important relationships. Take steps to keep relationship issues simple.

LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21) ~ All the irresistible forces that rearranged your life are becoming constructive and manageable. Though right now, they’re keeping things a little too fluid. It will be awhile before things settle into a new and stable patterns and that’s a good thing. Developments at home and at work could preoccupy you. Tight finances will keep you from making any bold moves for the foreseeable future, anyway. The planets will have you thinking around in circles if you let them. Keep the issues clear and simple.

SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20) ~ Scorpios are feeling subdued. Lowered energy levels mean they need to pick their battles carefully. They also need to let some old, burdensome commitments fall away. Issues at home and in the community are weighing on you, too. But your moral authority has seldom been higher. You enjoy greater leverage over important situations. And economic pressures have eased noticeably. Idealistic, well-meaning people are pressuring you to take their side on important community issues. However, these are matters you need to decide for yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20) ~ Sagittarians are strongly independent thinkers. They rely heavily on reason but usually do take public opinion and intuition into account. Presently, despite reservations, you find yourself siding with public opinion on many issues and intuitive insights tend the same way. Also, the level of excitement surrounding these issues makes it hard not to conform. A lot of people are feeling the same pressures. All the more reason, for Sagittarius to listen to their conscience and heed the quiet of reason. Long-term finances are improving.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) ~ It might seem that your influence, your ability to shake things up, has waned. People don’t resist outright. They just kind of flow around you, going their own way. People do accommodate your expectations, but in ways they don’t bother to share with you. This has been going on for awhile. But things have changed. Beyond this point, and for several years to come, your success will depend on your ability to work with this new ‘system.’ Keep relationships in the community simple.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) ~ Reinforcing your financial base and your support network, and participating more in your community means reaching out.  Everything is done by loosely organized networks, now. Your goals could require endless negotiations. Don’t let financial arrangements get too complicated. Keep the bottom line uppermost in your mind. Aquarians will have an edge. All the issues revolve around things that come naturally to you. A beneficial influence is presently affecting your work situation, but your well-being will depend increasingly on the alliances you are now forming.

PISCES (Feb. 18 - Mar. 19) ~ Pisceans are immersed in a vortex of change, working to make a complex series of changes add up to a better lifestyle. Despite the occasional hitch, the financial issues are working out well. Despite endless adjustments, your life goals are still on track. However, in recent years, physical, psychological and spiritual well-being have emerged as top priorities. Pay special attention this month to ensure that these priorities are respected. For the foreseeable future, Pisceans must take special care to remain grounded and on task.

ARIES (Mar. 20 - Apr. 18) ~ Aries has been working hard, often single-handedly, to strike a more agreeable balance between work and home responsibilities. Your emotional well-being is a driving issue. You’ve had to make decisions and take action unilaterally. In recent weeks, a new, benevolent influence has made itself felt, softening the conflicts between work and family responsibilities and bringing you much needed psychological support. It’s time to go back and make sure any unilateral decisions and actions square with the legitimate needs and expectations of family and friends.

TAURUS (Apr. 19 - May 19) ~ Taureans are feeling concern about how rough and unpredictable the process of change is becoming. It’s hard to know how, or if, your own hopes and dreams will fit into the future. On the upside, a new expanded network of family, neighbors and others in distant places is taking shape around you. For every pressure you feel, there is a countervailing, supportive force working on your behalf. Increasingly, your home will become a communications center from which you can communicate with your far flung support system.

GEMINI (May 20 - June 19) ~ Generally, speaking, Geminis are making the kind of complicated but wholesome financial changes that create a more sound economic foundation. Many of the needed adjustments will fall into place quite naturally or with only a little coaxing from yourself. You might have to stand up for those in your community, though. Their interests are being threatened and your good standing in the community undermined by the actions of those in authority. You’ll be happily surprised at how far a little ‘polite’ negotiation will get you.

CANCER (June 20 - July 21) ~ Cancerians often see through facades. They usually don’t talk about what they see for fear of offending or upsetting others. A newfound inclination to share with others what they need to hear, though, will work in your favor. For every person who gets defensive, a half-dozen more will welcome what you say. They will appreciate your new tough love policy. At work, in business or in your social life, many people will soon realize that your unexpected insights improve their well-being and reward you.