Political Astrology: We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Post

Obama Hope Picture(Astrology Explored) We interrupt our regularly scheduled posts on ancient Christmas traditions to bring you speculations on the U.S Political scene and President Barack Obama.

President Obama’s grand slam victory at getting key points of his agenda passed in the final session of a lame duck Congress startled Republicans and delighted Democrats. Indeed the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is a turning point in our policies toward our military, freeing our fighting forces of the onus of figuring out whether or not it is OK to let people with alternate sexual orientations die for their country. This lightning rod issue has bedeviled the U. S. Congress and Senate before and since its inception in 1993 as an imperfect solution to a dilemma straddling morality and political correctness. So this resolution to an imperfect solution was a surprise to say the least.

This along with other small victories, getting the government funded for the next three months, authorization of additional months of assistance for the unemployed, extending tax “cuts” for all of us, a food safety bill strengthening federal power to inspect food processing plants; a deal to confirm about 20 of President Obama’s judicial nominations to the federal bench; and ratification of the New START treaty with Russia, is an impressive list of legislative achievements.

And the amazing thing is that all these things were done during Mercury Retrograde.

Now any astrologer worth his or her salt will tell you that any or all of these bills shouldn’t have passed and may be reversed, reworked or repealed. But, but, but, seeing that Obama rallied the legislative troops in the eleventh hour, seeing that Obama made his announcement to run for the presidency while the moon was void of course, that he was sworn into office on Mercury Retrograde, well it just makes an astrologer scratch her head and say, “My stars!”

There is only one group of people for who Mercury in Retrogrades works favorably, those who were born during a Mercury in Retrograde period. And Obama, according to his Hawaii birth date, was not.

This just only works into certain conspiracy theories that Obama’s stated birth date, place and time is not his real one. This wouldn’t be so unusual. For years, Ronald Reagan kept all his real birth data secret from all but his family and his astrologers. But I’m sure I’m not the only astrologer wondering if the data we were given is correct. The astrology says the passage of these bills shouldn’t have happened, but it did anyway under Obama’s leadership. First, last and always I believe the astrology, so something else astrologically has to be going on.

What do you think? Because I don’t have an answer to this one.

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Astrology and Mythology: Saturn’s Story and Saturnalia

The Roman God Saturn

The Roman God Saturn

Saturn is one of those planets that people have a hard time wrapping their head around. After all, what good is hardship and limitations? Why would we embrace difficulty and want? What good does this planet do in our lives? What better time then to explore the meaning of Saturn during this time of the winter solstice, when the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, the feast of the god Saturn?

The Feast of Saturn, which in Latin was called the Saturnalia, was celebrated as a state holiday for one to three days around the winter solstice, between the end of one planting season and the beginning of the next. A series of religious observances for various gods stretched this period by custom by for a least a full week, from what we would call December 17th to December 23. During this week many of the traditions that we associate with our Christmas, decorating trees outside the home with baked goods and treats, homes with garlands and wreaths, the giving and receiving of gifts, visiting friends and grand dinner parties were part of the festivities.

At the beginning of the holiday Saturn was sacrificed to according to Greek ritual, with the head uncovered and the linen wrappings that bound his feet during the year removed. After the ritual, a public feast was held which was to honor the golden era over which Saturn ruled.

During the holiday>, restrictions were relaxed and the social order inverted. Gambling was allowed in public. Slaves were permitted to use dice and did not have to work. Instead of the toga, less formal dinner clothes (synthesis) were permitted, as was the pileus, a felt cap normally worn by the manumitted slave that symbolized the freedom of the season. Within the family, a Lord of Misrule was chosen. Slaves were treated as equals, allowed to wear their masters’ clothing, and be waited on at meal time in remembrance of an earlier golden age thought to have been ushered in by the god. In the Saturnalia, Lucian relates that “During My week the serious is barred; no business allowed. Drinking, noise and games and dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping of frenzied hands, an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water—such are the functions over which I preside.”

So how did a festival of license and the reversal of the social order come to be associated with stern Saturn?

Saturn’s Backstory

Saturn in the Roman world was the god of agriculture. Saturn was the father of Jupiter (Zeus) and the son of Uranus. Uranus in mating with the earth mother Gaia produced by her children that he hated. He cruelly imprisoned them in the depths of Gaia, causing her pain. Gaia implored her children to rise up against their father and end her suffering, and Kronos (Saturn) agreed to help her. She fashioned for him a flint sickle to use against his father.

Saturn used the sickle to castrate Uranus, thereby destroying his procreative power.

But Saturn started his rein with violence against his father, and grew to fear the same outcome for himself especially when the Furies made a prophecy that one of his own children would depose him. To avoid this fate, he swallowed each of his own children as soon as each was born.

His wife Rhea fashioned a plan to keep Saturn from snatching another of her babes from her arms. When Zeus, (Jupiter) was born she gave Saturn a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes to swallow. After Zeus came of age his mother pleaded with him to free his brothers and sisters. Saturn was deposed as prophesied as Zeus marshaled ancient gods to stand with him against Saturn. Saturn was imprisoned in the bowels of the earth (or in Hades according to other versions) never allowed to see the light of the day again.
Thus we can see where Saturn is associated with fears and imprisonment. But where do we make the connections with boundaries and social order?

The overthrow of Uranus established Saturn as the king of the gods, but also signals for us a point of evolution in the human race, where during the Neolithic period we gave up our nomadic ways and settled on and farmed the earth.

How can we trace the story of Saturn to this period of time?

Wikipedia tells us:

The detail of the sickle’s being flint rather than bronze or even iron was retained by Greek mythographers . . . Knapped flints as cutting edges were set in wooden or bone sickles in the late Neolithic, before the onset of the Bronze Age. Such sickles may have survived latest in ritual contexts where metal was taboo, but the detail, which was retained by classical Greeks, suggests the antiquity of the mytheme.

With humans bound to the land and forming communities, borders, fences and trading agreements became necessities to help humans maintain order. So it was Saturn became associated with boundaries, restrictions and limitations as well as establishing and keeping the social order.

The spirit of license lasted for only a short time, and at the end of the festival another Roman activity we are well acquainted with started, that of the settling of accounts. Yes the Roman practice of the payment of debts and taxes after the holidays has followed Western Civilization since. When you go to pay those credit card bills and first of the year property taxes you can blame Rome.
The Romans honored Saturn in the Saturnalia because they believed he ruled over a golden age of peace and plenty, the gifts that a well-ordered Universe could provide to humanity. Saturn in our own lives can function in our lives the same way when we accept our own responsibilities to ourselves and our community.

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Path of Total Lunar Eclipse on Winter Solstice

In the cosmic dance of the heavenly bodies, a full lunar eclipse occurs when the earth lines up in a direct line with the moon and the sun, shielding the moon from the light of the sun.

Not all inhabitants of planet earth can view this phenomenon. Because the moon is smaller than the earth, it can only cast its eclipse shadow on part of the earth. For this eclipse, the inhabitants of North America get to view it in its entirety. Below is a map of the eclipse shadow as the moon rises and sets.

Path of Lunar Eclipse 12/21/2010

Path of Lunar Eclipse 12/21/2010

1st image: Public Domain Image from NASA.

2nd image: Public Domain Image as documented on Wikipedia

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Celtic Astrology–The Symbolism of the Winter Solstice



The entrance of the Sun into the last of the Cardinal signs had a special significance to the ancient Celts. While this time is the start of the sign of Capricorn for us, in the Celtic lunar calendar this event happens at the end of the Month of Elder, called Ruis (sounds like “r’ uhish”) and marks the birth of the “new king” that will reign over the year.

Solar, signifying the masculine and lunar events corresponding to the feminine principle had equal importance in the complex mythology of the Celts. The day before the ingress signified the death of the old Sun, which then become the prisoner of the King of the Underworld. The New Sun is born on the Winter Solstice as the child of the goddess Ceridwen. The Sun was regarded as the son of Ceridwen, and the God Celi, incomprehensible spirits from whom all life came.

One story of Ceridwen runs concurrent with the story of the birth of the Sun, which reveals more of the underlying meaning of the birth of the masculine principle.

The story goes like this:

Ceridwen bore a child that was so ugly she despaired of his future. She decided to use her magic cauldron that could make a portion that would grant great wisdom so at least her son could have that.

The mixture had to be cooked for a year and a day. Morda, a blind man, tended the fire beneath the cauldron, while Gwion, a young boy, stirred the concoction. The first three drops of liquid from this cauldron gave wisdom; the rest was a fatal poison. Three hot drops spilled onto Gwion’s hand as he stirred, burning him. He instinctively put his hand in his mouth, and instantly gained great wisdom and knowledge.

Ceridwen chased Gwion. He turned himself into a rabbit. She became a dog. He became a fish and jumped into a river. She turned into an otter. He turned into a bird; she became a hawk. Finally, he turned into a single grain of corn. She then became a hen and ate him. When Ceridwen became pregnant, she knew it was Gwion and resolved to kill the child when he was born. However, when he was born, he was so beautiful that she couldn’t do it. She threw him in the ocean instead, sewing him inside a bag of sealskin. The child did not die, but was rescued on a British shore by a Celtic prince named Elffin; the reborn infant grew to became the legendary bard Taliesin.”

Gwion represents the non-initiated soul, one, who in the service of the Goddess of Wisdom, is reborn as a “divine child replete with knowledge”. It suggests that wisdom is ultimately received from an acceptance of feminine knowledge of the divine essence of the cycle of life.

The divine child is born on the day of the Winter Solstice but he remains hidden from us until the first day of the new lunar calendar of the year which is usually around December 24th. The time during the divine child’s birth and this day is known to the Celts as the nameless day. This day that falls outside the thirteen sign, twenty-eight day dichotomy of the lunar calendar. It is sacred to the Queen of the Underworld, Arianhod. It represents the part of feminine wisdom that always remains concealed.

Helena Paterson, author of “The Celtic Lunar Zodiac” says of people born on this day:

People born on this ‘nameless day’ have a cosmic spiritual awareness-time travelers, akin to Australian Aborigines whose dreamtime reflects an evolving creation and creator.

More than the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice marks the time of the revelation of the timeless nature of the cycles of life. It tells the story of rebirth of the human spirit, the archetypal spiritual acolyte in all of us, to seek the lessons and the wisdom of the year to come.

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The Solstice Full Moon–Eclipse Forecast

Horoscope of Solstice EclipseYesterday we looked at the symbolism of the next lunar eclipse falling on the winter solstice, an astronomically rare event. Today we will look at where this eclipse will focus your energies for the next six months.

Where does this eclipse fall in your chart? To do this you will need a copy of your chart which you can get from Astrodienst and find out which doorway the zodiac sign Gemini sits on. This is the house that will be activated during the eclipse period.

Eclipse Moon falls in your first house—Your relationship with your mother is examined as it ties to your sense of self worth. There is some idea or image of your mother of which you need to let go. In some manner this idea you have of your mom has influenced your intimate relationships and not always for the better. It is time to reorder your thinking in this area.

Eclipse Moon in your second house—You need to free up your financial future. You are restless with the state of affairs concerning your finances and you feel other people hold the cards. Freeing up your future involves letting go of what you think holds your life secure. Remember that when one door closes it is only so that another can open for you.

Eclipse Moon in your third house—the third house is a mixed bag, containing people and things such as your siblings, books, communication devices, short trips and short courses of study. Just as mutable as its ruling sign, the third house can serve up some or all of these elements in your life. You could for instance take a short trip to visit a brother or sister. You could be traveling to take classes. Whatever it is, you’ve been putting it off. Now is the time to get off the stick.

Eclipse Moon in your fourth house—Changes are due regarding your parents or your home. For those of all with older parents, this may be the time you are forced to make different arrangements for their care. Or you face some decision on how to settle a legal matter regarding your home. Be prepared. Thing may not turn out as you expect.

Eclipse Moon in your fifth house—Love affairs, creative endeavors and your children are the focus in your life for the next six months. It is easy to go overboard in any area, are you wrestle with issues around the things that are supposed to make you happy, but leave you disappointed. It would be quicker and simpler to let go of any expectations, but are you going to do that?

Eclipse Moon in your sixth house—People you count on, co-workers, health care professionals, employees are curiously absent their support and even their presence. Maybe they have their own health care issues but the upshot is you are forced to scramble to cover these labor shortages. You must learn not to stress over what you can’t control.

Eclipse Moon in your seventh house—Problems with communications upset relationship and partnership issues. Your partner wants more control and you want things the way they used to be. If this is describing your relationship with your spouse this might be the time to seek out couples counseling. Things must change but at least with counseling you can work on a way to do it together.

Eclipse Moon in your eighth house—Other peoples resources are an important theme. Maybe your tax return will be less than expected, or that insurance settlement doesn’t pan out. In any case, there is little you can or should do yourself. Hire a lawyer and let him and the other guy hash it out. It will be worth the money. Don’t be stubborn when it comes settlement time. As far as eighth house sex goes, you’ll find that you aren’t quite ready to share your feelings.

Eclipse Moon in your ninth house—You have romantic dreams of getting away, heck even running away from it all. To do that you’d have to leave a whole bunch of people behind which would be horribly irresponsible, wouldn’t it? Whatever you do, you need to carve a little time for some daydreaming and to expand your mind.

Eclipse Moon in your tenth house-Work and home issues battle for your attention. Yes, you will be stretched, and no you can’t do everything yourself. Trying to do so will only land you in the hospital and sooner than you think. To manage the next six months, marshal your forces, hire some help with the house, and roll with the punches.

Eclipse Moon in your eleventh house—A wealth of people bop in and out of your life at quite unexpected times. Think of this time when you , by process of elimination, come to know what it is you expect from your friends and associates. You will learn who you can trust and you can’t.

Eclipse Moon in your twelfth house—You sense undercurrents that other people do not. You perceive deception that other people tell you is all in your head. Hello! This is how people with natural psychic gifts live everyday. Maybe this is just a short period of heightened perception but if you are open to it, it will open new worlds of understanding about how the Universe works.

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Full Moon in Gemini–The Long Nights Moon

Eclipse MoonThe last time it happened was in 1991. The next time it will happen is in 2094. This rare is astronomical and astrological event is a total lunar eclipse that falls on the Winter Solstice.

Nasa tells us that the eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, the Americas, and Europe. The eclipse will be visible after midnight in North and South America. The moon will be at its maximum northern position staying above the horizon a long time while the sun will be at its lowest point in the sky. This gives an special emphasis to the name of December’s full moon, the Long Nights Moon.

In Celtic mythology the Winter Solstice marks the death of the “old king” an allegory for the old year, and the birth of the “new king”, the New Year. There will be endings, but in these events are the seeds of new growth. In Celtic legend, the “new king’s” birth is hidden until December 24th, when the days start to visibly lengthen. The period in between the solstice and December 24th is called the nameless day, a period suspended between death and birth and belonging to the realm of the underworld.

Eclipses act like an exclamation point in the transit chart, marking by it position a point in your natal chart that will be of special emphasis in your chart for the next six months. When talking about the moon we are dealing with such topics as our mothers, the past, our home environment, the things that make us feel secure. This lunar eclipse will happen with the moon at 29 degrees of Gemini.

29 degrees of any sign, poised as it is on the cusp of the next sign, calls for a decision. Are we going to sit on our heels and have the world pass us by? Or are we going to go forward like the tarot card “The Fool” and fall into our next adventure? Seeing that the next sign is Cancer, which is ruled by the moon and talks about all the topics mentioned above, how is that going to translate into our lives? Cancer’s survival strategy is to hold on with a tenacious grip. But let us not forget that opposite that Cancer energy is powerful and transformative Pluto in Capricorn, wresting away, by force if necessary, the very things that make us feel secure. Whatever happens the name “Long Nights Moon” is an especially apt description.

So what do you look at in your chart to see where you will be concentrating your energies, where you want to hang on and where you should let go? Most people can look at which house the eclipse falls in, but more advanced students and also, professionals, can also look at the aspects to Mercury, the ruler of Gemini and Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn in their charts.

Tomorrow: Eclipse Predictions

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The Astrology of Christmas: Winter Solstice Traditions

Christmans Tree(Astrology Explored) Our Christmas traditions, the Christmas Tree and Mistletoe go back our ancient roots as a species. Wikipedia reports the Christmas Tree was a tradition tied to the Winter Solistice as far back as the Chaldean culture.

From Wikipedia:

“In the Chaldean custom, Tammuz, son of the sun god Nimrod and the virgin mother Semiramus, was known as Zero-Ashta, “The seed of the woman,” and also Ignigena, or “born of the fire”. At the time of the winter solstice, the past sun god would die, his branches stripped from him – and one piece, the seed, would enter the fire on “Mother-night” as a log. The next morning, the new triumphant sun god was born from the fire as a tree, the “Branch of God”, who was celebrated for bringing divine gifts to men.

In the Bible, Jeremiah the prophet admonishes those who dare to erect such a pagan artifact: “Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” (Jeremiah 10:2-6)”

Egyptians carried through the same tradition by bringing in fronds of palm trees into their homes and the Romans set up fir trees and decorated them with pieces of metal.

Ancient Celts would decorate with greenery from evergreen trees and burn a log on the solstice, celebrating the perpetual cycle of life, the death of the old Sun god and the birth of the new on the Solstice.

From Wikipedia

“The fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith.”

While we might be amazed that a fir tree sprang up from the destruction of an oak tree, Celtic “pagans” would not. They observed a similar thing in nature. Mistletoe is a partly parasitical plant that would spring up on woodland trees, sprouting from the seeds consumed and excreted by the bird called the mistle who found the berries of the mistletoe especially tasty. While the Celts didn’t understand the full mechanics of the parasite, they considered it to be “the soul of the tree”. Druids especially revered the Mistletoe gathered from their sacred oaks. Most likely, because Druids were prone to do this with all manner of herbs, barks and berries, they made a wine from the berries for use during Solstice rituals. Though we do not know the particulars of these rituals it isn’t a stretch to imagine why the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe became a holiday favorite.

Happy Holidays!

Other posts on Christmas Traditions:

Astrology, History and Bad Uses of Prophecy

The Astrology of Christmas: Dickens and Scrooge

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Astrology and the Geminids Meteor Shower: Be Careful What You Wish For

Hint: Play Video as you read

Can we pretend that airplanes
In the night sky
Are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now (wish right now, wish right now)
Can we pretend that airplanes
In the night sky
Are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now (wish right now, wish right now)

We don’t need airplanes to make a wish on a shooting star with the annual Geminids meteor shower playing through the skies from December 7 through the 21th with the December 13th and 14th being the crescendo of the display.

This year is favorable for the Geminids, the year’s grand finale for meteor-watchers. As a general rule, it’s either the Geminids or the August Perseids that give us the most prolific meteor display of the year. Unlike many meteor showers, you can start watching for the Geminids around 9 to 10 p.m. – in years when the moon is out of the sky. The waxing gibbous moon interferes during the evening hours this year, and doesn’t set till around midnight. However, this shower tends to gain strength after midnight and to climax at roughly 2 o’clock in the morning, when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky. So look for the Geminids to be at their best after moonset. Geminid meteor maximums commonly rearch 50 or more meteors per hour.

The Geminids are so named because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation of Gemini. However, they are in fact caused by the Earth crossing the dusty debris trail of an asteroid (or possibly an extinct comet) called 3200 Phaethon, which then enters and incinerates in the Earth’s atmosphere producing the spectacular Geminids Meteor Shower.

The Geminids are unique in the Solar System in that most annual meteor showers are identified with active comets, where as the Geminids are thought to be caused by the Palladian asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon. It has been speculated that when Phaeton was young it got caught in Saturn’s orbit and now passes by the Earth every year leaving behind its debris trail.

In mythology the story of Phaeton is a story of young man driven to prove himself regardless of the consequences. Phaeton was the son of Helios, the god of the sun, who drove his shiny chariot drawn by four fiery and powerful steeds across the sky each day to light and warm the earth. Phaeton’s mother was a mortal woman who raised Phaeton alone. An apparently fatherless boy, Phaeton was given quite a hard time by the other boys. Phaeton begged his mother to give him his father’s name. Reluctantly, his mother agreed. Not quite believing his mother he undertook the journey to his father’s palace, where his father greeted him and acknowledged him as his son.

Phaethon was exuberant. He father was an important and influential god, and the boy was no doubt awed by the power that Helios wielded. So Phaethon did something rash – he asked his father for a favor. Helios, thrilled at meeting his young son, immediately agreed, without even knowing what the boy would ask. However, this fatherly attempt at affection was to have unfortunate consequences. For Phaethon wanted to drive the Sun-god’s chariot across the sky. Knowing the folly of the request, but unable to take back his gift, Helios was forced to comply.

In the folly of youth, Phaeton leaped upon the chariot and grabbed hold of the reins. The horses sensing the inexperienced hand as they rose up over the earth ran out of control and dipped too close scorching the wide swatch of area we know now as the Sahara. Zeus, seeing the danger, sent a thunderbolt to stop the chariot and Phaeton was struck down. HIs broken body fell into the Eridanus river, were he was mourned by his sisters. Their grief was so intense, Zeus transformed them into trees, Weeping Willows.

This two week period is a bridge between now and the winter solstice. During this time Mercury, which represents young people, moves in retrograde motion past Pluto, Mars and the Sun. In Celtic astrology, the solstice represents the death of the old sun and the birth of the new sun of the year, a very potent myth that I’ll reprint shortly. Astrologically we see the journey of Phaeton to his father’s palace and in the granting of his wish Phaeton’s violent transformation. This tranformation effects not only his life by that his community, that of his sisters, as well. The Geminid meteor shower falls against this astrological backdrop highlighting a need to be careful what you wish for.

Astrology Chart of Geminid Meteor Shower

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The Astrology of Christmas: Dickens and Scrooge

Christmas Carol Frontispiece First Edition

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.
Their faithful Friend and Servant, 
C. D.
 December, 1843.

An enduring classic is Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas”. It has been made and remade cinematically many times. My first exposure to the story was as a child the Mr. Magoo cartoon of this story that played year after year at Christmas time. It scared the bejeezus out of me, especially when Scrooge’s doorknocker morphed into the twisted grimace of his former partner, Marley. Maybe is takes an Aquarian, like Dickens, to associate ghosts and Christmas, but perhaps its timeless quality can be attributed, in part to themes that resonates with the planets.

Dickens’ popular novels were written against the backdrop of Victorian England and the Industrial Revolution. As a child, his father’s profligate spending of the family financial resources sent his father to debtor’s prison, and Dickens himself into a shoe polish factory as a young child to support himself and also to provide some support to his family. It was these experiences that shaped a not inaccurate worldview that the working class bore a disproportionate share of the burdens of his society. In “A Christmas Carol’ Dickens’ touched on this theme briefly. However, the main theme is the one we remember well, that the vain pursuit of money does not bring happiness.

So what metaphors did Dickens use to bring his themes to life? If one looks even as a passing glance, you will find the themes of the Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.

As you remember, Marley, Scrooge’s long deceased business partner visits him on the night of the anniversary of his death, Christmas Eve.
Because Marley lived only for the pursuit of money, having done nothing of worth for his fellow man, he was doomed to walk the earth, alone, until the end of time wearing the heavy chains of sin that he forged during his lifetime. Marley warns Scrooge that his fate would be the same if he didn’t mend his ways. To drive the point home, Marley arranged for a spiritual intervention. Three ghosts would visit Scrooge during the night. Scrooge believes none of it, thinking he is hallucinating from bad food.

The ghost of Christmas Past wakes Scrooge from his sleep and takes him on a tour of childhood, including sad experiences from his life that turned Scrooge’s once bright and cheery nature to that of a crotchety miser. The planet Saturn represents these experiences of want, deprivation and frustrated desire. Saturn is a stern taskmaster though the experiences wrought by this planet are meant to mature the soul not sour it.

“Spirit!” said Scrooge in a broken voice, “remove me from this place.”
“I told you these were shadows of the things that have been,” said the Ghost. “That they are what they are, do not blame me!”
“Remove me!” Scrooge exclaimed, “I cannot bear it!”

The second ghost, that of Christmas Present, is an incarnation of the planet Jupiter, which brings bounty and gifts of the spirit. The things that this spirit showed Scrooge were of hope for better things despite the difficulties of earthly living. But underneath the robes of this generous spirit are two piteous looking children.

“Spirit, are they yours?” Scrooge could say no more.
“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them. “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.

The last ghost, showing Scrooge his own death and his final resting place, is a metaphor for the planet Pluto. Pluto represents transformations, including the earthly transformation of physical death. Astrologically, Plutonian experience strips away everything except our essential selves, forcing us to look at who we really are. Scrooge is given the benefit of seeing the ultimate result of his earthly life, that of pity from his poorer relations and the scorn of the community. In this last profound experience he entreats the spirit:

“Spirit!” he cried, tight clutching at its robe, “hear me. I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?”

He attempts to make this bargain as the spirit brings him to his grave topped with a single unadorned stone:

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!”

Dickens wrote this piece as transiting Saturn sat on top of Dicken’s planet of communications, Mercury, transiting Jupiter sat on his Sun, his essential essence, and transiting Pluto was in friendly energetic connection with his Sun, and in challenge aspect to his natal Mercury. These planets were lighting up his chart like a Christmas tree, so he was especially in tune with their energies.

The processes of the planets Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto are meant to uplift the spirit. Many of us have been experiencing difficult times, or we know of people who, sadly, are living through such difficulties. As Scrooge learned, all we have are each other. Our lives are only enriched by sharing it with others.

Publishing Date of Dicken's Christmas Carol

Publishing Date of the Christmas Carol

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