Technical Note

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Astrology of May 2014 - Toward Greater Balance and Stability

The Astrology of May 2014

Toward Greater Balance and Stability

April Recap - A New Paradigm?

In recent months, the charts have fostered deep and prolonged personal transformation. Public awareness has been deepened and refined; our assumptions about the world and its many issues, economic, political, social and cultural, foreign and domestic, have evolved significantly.

We are revisiting many issues, especially issues of political and economic fairness. A new worldview, distinct from the one we have held for so long, is clearly emerging.

April’s Kite is anchored in financial signs; it is organized around the financial axis of the chart. Accordingly, April's eclipses suggest a watershed moment in the struggle between the 1% and the 99%. The Grand Cross in Cardinal Signs suggests that the changes triggered by the eclipses will be unusually dramatic and decisive for our economic prospects, among other things.

Change is already well beyond the speculation and discussion stage. It is clear from the headlines about pot legalization, possible minimum wage increases, revisions in drug sentencing laws, unionization efforts, and so on, that societal attitudes are changing and so are public policies.

April’s Grand Cross in Cardinal Signs and its eclipses all bespeak decisive change. At some level in individual and collective awareness, we are prepping for another wave of change. This one deeper and more radical than the last.  

With reference to the idea of a new paradigm, public discussion is in fact more inclusive. The old, partisan oversimplifications and half truths are gradually, grudgingly giving way to more complex, varied and factually accurate views. There are more perspectives from which to view issues and, increasingly.

The turmoil in Ukraine concerns many of us and I have taken the course of that conflict as a test case for the new paradigm. Will it proceed along the lines of the old paradigm, with a progressive hardening of positions and a series of provocations and mounting confrontations?

While still dangerous, and reminiscent of many other, similar, conflicts, it has not yet fallen into any of the old patterns and it is still not clear that it will, although that is still possible. Indeed, the depth and complexity of the relationship between Europe and Russia works against a reflexive, confrontational approach.

On Friday, April 24th, USA TODAY sent out a bulletin with a reference to Ukraine. It was entitled,: "Stocks slammed by specter of 'World War III'".  

The old fears are still out there and they are not unjustified. Even if a new paradigm is taking hold in the world, it is not clear that its influence is strong enough or its reach deep enough, yet, to affect the Ukraine crisis. The effects of April’s chart might tell the tale.

May 2014

The Bad News

On the surface, May's chart looks like a forbidding tangle of squares, T-squares and quincunxes. April's eclipses are still resonating through events, too, darkening the outlook.

Worrisome things will doubtless take place; people will be forced to make tough choices under difficult circumstances. Crises will occur. Certain worrisome situations will worsen.

We must consider, though, that many of the negative events might be the result of a negative dynamic that is now fading. They might mark the end of an era.

The Good News

We must be realistic about the power of these difficult aspects, and deal realistically with the dark events they will bring. But we must not let them obscure the strongly supportive elements in May's chart.

Similarly, when interpreting world events, we must acknowledge the harsh realities, but not let them conceal from our view the reality of other, more promising developments.

A Kite . . .

Looking more closely at May's chart, we see a well-formed Kite and a Yod beneath all the harsh red lines.

Pluto is retrograde in Capricorn in the 2nd; Neptune and Chiron are in Pisces in the 3rd and 4th, straddling the IC; Jupiter is in Cancer in the 9th; Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio in the 12th. All are linked harmoniously by the Kite’s system of trines and sextiles.

The Kite provides dynamic balance, much the way a gyroscope does. It is self-correcting. The heavy, spinning wheel in its center keeps the gyroscope steady and provides stability, direction and guidance.

+ an Opposition . . .

Pluto is retrograde in Capricorn in the 2nd house of grassroots finances. It opposes Jupiter in Cancer in the 9th house of philosophy and ideology.

Pluto and Jupiter in somewhat broad opposition are troubling the financial axis of May's chart. However, the energy of the opposition drives a debate facilitated by the stabilizing, gyroscopic effects of the Kite with its integral system supportive, facilitating aspects.

The Pluto/Jupiter opposition linking the base and the apex of the Kite tells us that conflicts will boil down to an essentially philosophical or ideological argument over the economic rights of the 99%. They are waking to the economic and political imbalance and beginning to reclaim their economic power.

The issues triggered by the Jupiter/Pluto opposition still seem starkly economic and nakedly political - a zero sum, winner-take-all, tug-of-war. But this opposition and the many squares to which it is linked are embedded in a Kite, which draws off and channels its harsh energies:

  • Pluto anchors the Kite solidly in Capricorn in the 2nd house, the houses of grassroots economics. This is a very concrete, down-to-earth, realistic placement.
  • Neptune and Chiron in Pisces on the cusp of the 4th house bring inspiration and healing. This is a deeply spiritual and psychological placement. It floods our minds with spiritual and healing energies.

  • Jupiter is exalted in Cancer in the 9th house of philosophy and ideology. This is a deeply thoughtful, intuitive, high-minded placement with a focus on nurturance.

  • Saturn retrograding in Scorpio in the 12th house of spirituality gives the economic debate a spiritual moral dimension and foregrounds the need for personal discipline and integrity.

+ a Yod . . .

Uranus conjoined Venus in Aries in the 5th sextiles Mercury in Gemini in the 8th. Both placements are quincunx Saturn retrograde in Scorpio in the 12th. Together they form a Yod.

The Kite makes for a fast-moving, wide-ranging, inclusive debate. It also expands the range of concerns being addressed. It also forestalls polarization and encourages compromise and improvisation.

But the Kite can also have a homogenizing effect that could easily obscure or divert attention from key issues. The Yod will reliably counteract this homogenizing tendency.

The Yod provides a separate, distinct energetic focus. It will ensure that certain very specific and important issues will not get lost in the shuffle, bargained away in the quest for compromise or the active search for workable alternatives.

The Yod will set up a kind of persistent, round robin debate over certain specific issues. In this way, it will maintain the integrity of these issues and keep them in the forefront.

This particular Yod foregrounds the importance of moral and economic discipline. Economic fairness will not, for example, deteriorate into a drive for cradle to grave financial guarantees. Nor will it leave out the issue of personal responsibility and accountability.

Instead, May's Yod will keep us mindful of the need for individual tradeoffs and accommodations to help resolve larger economic issues fairly and realistically. This Yod foregrounds the need for shared sacrifice and possibly uncomfortable personal adjustments.

We will be willing to adjust our personal, and social lives (Uranus and Venus in Aries in the 5th) and our long-term financial plans (Mercury in the 8th) to find workable solutions. Saturn retrograde means that realism, fairness and common decency will influence the reshaping of our expectations.

This Yod is powerfully placed, too, tucked right into one of the Kite’s angles. It injects a concern for fairness and common sense into the the difficult and fateful proceedings.

= a New Paradigm?

On one level, May’s chart tosses an abundance of disruptive and divisive energies at us. At another level, it provides stabilizing, adaptive, supportive energies (the Kite) and an important additional focus (Yod) making sure that key issues are not glossed over.

The dynamic generated by this structure is hard to predict, control or distort. It’s inclusivity provides a multiplicity of voices that will act as an effective system of checks and balances. It has a progressive, conciliatory cast that would be very difficult to frustrate.

One also has to participate actively and earnestly on many fronts to have an influence on the outcome. A small, entrenched elite cannot rely on political inertia to preserve the status quo. Nor can a small army of lobbyists and paid political operatives counter the many facts and varied opinions flowing into the debate.

May’s chart provides a robust alternative to polarization and confrontation. It is highly unlikely that we will allow a settlement that leaves the status quo in place on any count.

In the end, we are left wondering whether this constructive, transformative dynamic will become a permanent feature of our public life, and hoping that it will.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Astrology of April 2014 - A New Paradigm?

The Astrology of April 2014 - A New Paradigm?

For years, in many democratic nations, two relatively small elite groups, one essentially conservative, one essentially liberal, have controlled political, economic and cultural debate and all but dictated outcomes.

In recent months, a decidedly more inclusive, pluralistic, "multi-polar" approach to resolving important political issues has been suggested by and supported in the charts. This month’s analysis is about this proposed New Paradigm.

I will describe the astrological evidence for its existence and describe its likely effects in the real world. We can then decide for ourselves whether the New Paradigm is a real thing producing observable effects in the world.

March Recap

March’s aspects sent transformative energy deep into our hearts and minds, motivating and empowering us to explore new ways of thinking about our lives and the world around us.

The social, political and economic structures that shape society are rooted in our minds. This suggests that these inner changes are, indeed, laying the foundation for a New Paradigm.

April & January

April’s chart resembles January’s in relevant ways. A Grand Cross in Cardinal Signs is embedded in a Kite. An intense blocking energy is harnessed to power an inclusive, wide-ranging debate process instead. In January, local and state level activism too the lead.

Accordingly, this winter, politics did not follow the old right-left paradigm. In the US, Washington gridlock morphed into a complex dialogue between the local, state and national governments. Conservatives began to compromise with liberals in ways that scarcely seemed possible. The conflicts were still readily apparent, but they were at least partially overcome to produce progress.

In the US, at least, Liberals and conservatives cooperated, however grudgingly, on key budget issues. A number of states moved forward with the legalization of pot and marriage equality. Grassroots protest against fracking surged. There was resistance to drug testing of welfare recipients in Florida, action against voter suppression laws and a range of other issues. These trends continued in February.

It became clear that stepped up grassroots activism was now part of the landscape. Things are still happening that no one would have anticipated, given the epic confrontations of recent years.

April’s Chart

April’s combination of Grand Cross and Kite, augmented by the effects of two eclipses, will make the emerging trends of this winter the new normal. The changes brought about this winter will firm up and the trend toward compromise and progressive reform will grow quite noticeably. The sharp, deeply ideological conflicts will remain apparent, but it will become clear that regressive forces in both conservative and liberal camps have lost ground.

An “imperfection” in April’s Kite will bring income inequality and the forces that keep it in place to the fore, demanding that it be actively addressed.

The Bad News Squares

In general, the issue of political and economic fairness is foregrounded in April.

Mars retrograde is in Libra in the 5th; Jupiter is in Cancer in the 2nd; Uranus in Aries is in the 11th, and Pluto retrograde is in Capricorn in the 8th. The Cardinal signs are all placed in fixed houses, further ensuring conflict.

Jupiter opposes Pluto along the financial axis, which governs the relation between individual and collective finances. The power and wealth of the government and the finance industry (Pluto in Capricorn in the 8th) is massed against the productivity and prosperity of individuals (Jupiter in Cancer in the 2nd).

Uranus opposes Mars along the the axis connecting individual and group interests. The expectations and aspirations of the individual (Mars in Leo in the 5th house) are pitted against group ideals and aspirations (Uranus in Aries in the 11th). Accordingly, in the public arena, conservative ideologies are arrayed against liberal, group-oriented ideologies.

This Grand Cross in Cardinal Signs embodies the central economic and ideological issues of our times.

The Good News Kite

Fortunately, the great tensions of April’s Grand Cardinal Cross are imbedded in a Kite which absorbs its severe tensions.

The Kite is organized around the financial axis; the opposition across the charts financial axis runs from the base to the apex of the Kite. It looks perfectly placed to relieve the fierce tension over fundamental economic issues. The Kite’s trines and sextiles will allow input from many sides, from high and low.

Into the Political Sunshine

An all important sextile is missing in the Kite. And that is a good thing.

The gap in the Kite leaves an opening that extends from the early degrees of the the 8th, thru the 7th and most of the 6th house.

The bodies in the 7th house are Quaoar, Pholus, and Ixion; all are retrograde in Sagittarius.

Two influences, are poised to slip rough the opening left by the missing sextile, bypassing the filtering, moderating, integrative powers of the Kite.

One influence governs the ideas (Sagittarius) that shape societal attitudes (Quaoar, Pholus and Ixion) and the partisan alliances (the 7th house) that ensure that new laws don’t change the status quo.

Another influence (Saturn retrograde in Scorpio in the 6th), highlights the exploitation and hardship of working people.

Combined, these two influences will penetrate to the heart of public debate and demand that the issues they represent be dealt with in their raw, unfiltered, unmodified form.

This gap in the Kite will block the ideological alliances that hammer new laws into the shape of old laws; these alliances and their work will instead become an issue. They will be identified as part of the problem and made the target of legislative action.

The likely outcome, over time, will be legislation that blocks the interference of these groups, opening the way for genuine reform of labor laws and the creation of laws that address income inequality.

Be mindful that all these bodies are retrograde. The debate will go deep and reform will proceed over time. In general, retrograde motion indicates an inclination to back away from prevailing attitudes and beliefs.

Harbingers of Things to Come

These events will likely be part of an emerging trend. The US labor force is governed by Taurus in the 6th house of the US natal chart. Uranus will transition into Taurus in 2018-19, ushering in, I believe, a new era of labor activism and reforms.

As I write this, the US National Labor Relations Board ruled that football players at Northwestern University, with campuses in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, are university employees and can unionize. Appeals could take years to resolve. (Saturn retrograde in Scorpio in the  6th.)

To the extent that economic events in the US are indicative of emerging global trends, this suggests a global resurgence of labor activism and labor reforms.

However, we needn’t necessarily anticipate an epic confrontation between labor and management. If the New Paradigm is a reality, coming reforms will be the result of a much more open, inclusive debate. Solutions adopted will be more innovative and less polarizing than similar solutions in the past.

The Beginning of the Beginning?

There are also two eclipses in April.

  • April 15th ~ a total eclipse of the Full Moon in Libra. (GMT)

  • April 29th ~ an annular eclipse of the Sun in Taurus. (GMT)

Using the Sun and Moon placements in the composite chart, the lunar eclipse energy would flow through Leo in the 3rd house. The solar eclipse energy would flow through Taurus in the 11th house. These placements are square by sign, but trine by house.

Taurus, the sign governing personal income and finances, squares Leo, the sign of personal and interpersonal exploration. The House of Aquarius, governing idealized interpersonal and group values, is trining the House of Gemini, the house of community.

Using these composite placements, the eclipses set up an intricate tension between individual and community expectations. These placements suggest a negative and positive developments that will push people to reconcile the needs of the community with the needs of its members.


Privately, April’s eclipses will firm up psychological and spiritual transformations supported by recent charts. We commit to a new course for ourselves.

Publically, people will revisit issues of political and economic fairness with deeply revised attitudes and personal opinions.

Gross income inequality and the mechanisms that perpetuate it will be examined in a new light and with a renewed will to eliminate it.

All issues will be addressed more openly and inclusively.

A Test Case

The eclipses also suggest a turning point in the emergence of the New Paradigm. If my hypothesis is correct, from April onward, we should expect to see more open, inclusive, constructive debate and fewer confrontations.

The crisis in the Ukraine makes a good test case. Many are predicting a return to Cold War conditions between Russia and the West. If the New Paradigm is a reality, then the Crimean and Ukrainian crises will proceed along far less confrontational, far less destructive lines than other, comparable crises.