The Astrology of Pluto Transits: Dystopian Sugar Plums

Stahma Explains the Telo to Christie

Stahma and Christie

(Astrology Explored) Revelations about the U. S. government spying systematically on its own citizens, a NSA spy turned whistleblower and is now on the run, the Supreme Court taking a giant leap backward by striking down a provision in the Voter’s Right Act, bureaucratic and legislative actions that restricts a woman’s right to free choice, a formerly popular television chef castigated publicly for alleged racist comments—the news this week is all about shtako hitting the fan. And that’s just the United States.

Our fears seem to be reflected in the proliferation of dystopian themed universes of many of our television programs. Far from the ideology of the happy, happy, joy, joy Star Trek Universe televison shows like Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Falling Skies and Defiance depict a world going to hell in a hand basket. These shows are as Plutonian as you can get. The characters depict the archetypes of characters in Greek Myth.

One example of this is the character of Stahma, the alien wife of an alien mob boss, Datak Tarr on the Scyfy show Defiance. Datak is ruthless, cruel and calculating, someone who makes Hades look likes sunshine and light. Stahma is beautiful and graceful and she spends her time smoothing over the social ramifications of her husband’s actions. She likes it when other people perceive her to be a victim of Datak’s cruelties because it preserves her own innocent cover. In reality she is just as perverse as he.

There is one scene where she is talking with her son’s human fiancé, a girl as innocent as Persephone as the day she was taken by Hades. Stahma is putting the Castithan equivalent of the bridal veil, the telo, on the girl’s head, a metal mask that covers the girl’s eyes. As she explains the significance of the telo, she flicks her tongue in reptilian fashion at the blinded girl’s hair as if tasting her scent. It was one of the creepiest scenes of the show and most revealing of Stahma’s true nature. She is for all intents and purposes the truest incarnation of what Persephone became after her marriage to Hades. We know him as Pluto.

There is of course a reason why such Plutonian images, from the laws being passed to our entertainments that pervade our conscious thought. That reason is well . . .Pluto.

The United States Sibly Chart using July 4, 1776 date has a collection of planets in the zodiac sign of Cancer. Venus, our money, Jupiter, our sense of social justice and how society works, the Sun, our national identity, and Mercury, our money systems sit so tightly together that the working of any of these planets are hardly indistinguishable from another. Cancer is concerned with resources and security, and holds on to both these things with a crab like grip. Nothing gets an American going like a debate about economics, or a woman’s reproductive rights.

But even steel gripped Cancer has to let go in the face of exorable Pluto. Just a week after Pluto went direct towards it final march into Capricorn, on September 15, 2008, Lehman Brother’s filed bankruptcy. On September 16 the U. S. Stock Market crashed touching off worst economy since the Great Depression. This was at the midpoint of the U.S. Mars in Gemini and the U.S. Venus in Cancer. The financial world scrambled, extorting vast sums of money from the U. S. Government to keep the economy afloat during what was considered a severe “market correction.” A month later, Pluto entered 29 degrees of Sagittarius. 29 degrees of any sign is considered by astrologers to be the degree of decision. At this point the Economist, on October 24 declared the results of the crash of September 16, 2008 a full-blown economic crisis.

Robert P Blaschke said of this:

This year, as Pluto transits the 30th degree of Sagittarius and conjoins the 1988 Saturn-Uranus conjunction degree, while concurrently Saturn and Uranus prepare to oppose in the heavens, a brutal financial reality has been laid bare: our global economy has been built on a house of cards over the last 20 years and now it has come tumbling down. With the opposition of Saturn and Uranus exposing just how pervasive is the problem, and with the ingress of Pluto into Capricorn, the party is over.

So surprise, surprise, Transiting Pluto hits the U. S. Venus and our money systems die. Pluto now hits the U. S. Jupiter and the people’s civil rights are usurped. When Pluto hits our Sun we will realize we are a plutocracy, that is ruled by the rich, rather than a democracy, and when it hits Mercury, our business systems will be cooked altogether. No wonder we have visions of dystopian sugar plums dancing across our television screens.

All this seems very grim and it is. Pluto’s lessons are not for the faint of heart. These lessons must be faced with clarity and courage. This is not the time to sit in front of our television stuffing popcorn in our faces whining about the unfairness of it all.

Right now a grand trine exists between the U.S. Progressed Moon in Libra, the U.S. Moon in Aquarius and the U. S. Mars in Gemini. The people, represented by the Moon, need to do something, to make some noise, to make our voices heard, to remind our elected officials who they work for. We can’t stop Pluto from its drive through the heavens, but we can climb on the chariot and transform things for the better, instead of for the worse.

And in case you aren’t clear about the type of world we should work for check out the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights.

U. S. Solar Return

U. S. Solar Return

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The Astrology of Death: James Gandolfini passes in Italy

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

(Astrology Explored) Just as he was enjoying a trip to Italy with his teenage son, and days before he was to receive and award at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, beloved American actor James Gandolfini died suddenly and unexpectedly of a suspected heart attack on June 19, 2013 in Rome, Italy. He was a relatively young 51 years of age.

Astrologers don’t like to talk about death. For one thing, people who don’t know much about astrologers often assume that is the first thing we will predict about them. The second is that is it considered unethical to predict someone’s death. The last thing we want to do is alarm our clients. No doubt even this post will upset some.

Actually, predicting death is not as easy. We may not have a fixed point of death in our chart, but many checkout points were the soul can out to move on. In my own personal experience, when transiting Uranus opposed my natal Uranus I developed a tear in my aortic valve which luckily was diagnosed and treated before I keeled over dead. Other people, such as John Ritter were not so lucky. Deaths do seem to cluster around the major transits, the Uranian opposition around 42 to 44, either of the two Saturn Returns at age 29 or 58, the Chiron return in the early 50’s, and the Pluto square at around age 82 to 84. Continue reading

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True Crime Astrology: FBI’s Latest Search For Hoffa’s Body

Picture from Wikimedia Commons(Astrology Explored) Teamster Leader Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance is a true crime story that over the years has morphed into urban myth. Last seen at about 2:45 PM on July 30, 1975, the union leader with reputed mafia ties vanished while supposedly meeting with two Mafia associates. Over the years many mob tipsters have given out a veritable laundry list of possible locations for Hoffa’s body. However the FBI believed the latest tip so reliable that the federal agency spent 2 days digging it up. However, today ended it search of an unkept piece of land in a Detroit suburb.

The Oakland Township property came under scrutiny in January after Tony Zerilli, 85, the son of reputed former Detroit mob boss Joseph Zerilli, told investigators that Hoffa was buried there.

There was an old house with an old barn on the property,” Zerilli wrote, according to a copy handed out by a man at the site, near where FBI agents are digging today. “As soon as they pulled near the barn, Hoffa was dragged out of the car, and bound and gagged. A shallow hole was already dug in the barn floor. He put up a fight, but he was easily overpowered. …(One of the men) picked up a shovel and cracked Hoffa over the head with it. …They threw him into the hole, and buried him alive. He wasn’t shot, he wasn’t stabbed, nothing like that. A cement slab of some sort was placed on top of the dirt to make certain he was not going to be discovered. And that was it. End of story.”

Zerilli was not part of the crime itself, just claims to know people in the know. He is also selling an online book on this story. But is Zerilli’s story true or just another blind lead in an enduring mystery? What does astrology have to say? Continue reading

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Astrology and Carl Jung: Part 4–Personality, Archetypes and Synchronicity

(Astrology Explored) Note: As my Facebook friends know I have reentered college to finish up my degree in psychology. As part of one class I wrote this paper on the influence of astrology on Carl Jung. Jung is widely embraced in the astrological world because his theories on archetypes, which he used to create a therapeutic model, fits neatly with the symbolic language of astrology.

Part One–The Influence of Astrology on Carl Jung

Part Two–Jung’s Childhood

Part Three–Seeking Answers in the Paranormal

Chasing the ShadowHow Astrology Influenced Jung’s Theories

In 1921 Jung published his book Personality Types. In this book he presents his theory that people are either extroverts or introverts: thinking or feeling. It is one work that he did not rework over the years. It is most likely that he did not need to rework these theories because the book is based on well-established astrological symbols.

The zodiac signs are based on three principles, elements, modes and gender. Quite simply the odd numbered zodiac signs are considered “male” or “positive” and even numbered signs are “female” or negative. Along with this gender associations are the connotations of extrovert (male) and introvert (female). The elements are also ascribed gender, with “fire” and “air” signs considered masculine, while “water” and “earth” are female.

Jung posits four psychological functions that match precisely the functions of the elements. The intuiting, creative intellect correlates with the fire element. The sensing, practical function matches the earth element, the feeling function lines up with the water element, and the thinking type corresponds with the air element (Jennings 1999). These functions line up so precisely with the astrological elements that it suggests that Jung’s theories were taken directly from astrology.

The Archetypes

Instructed in the precepts of astrology, Jung saw how the symbols of the stars illustrated personal myths. We see reflected in this quote: “The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands ”(Jung 1911).

Jung assigned the term ‘archetypes’ to the symbols he believed were present in the collective unconscious. He considered archetypes central to understanding human nature since they represented universal symbols to which all humans could relate. Thus, to name a few of these symbols, the moon and Venus, the female sexual principle became his “anima, Mars the male sexual principle became his “animus”. The sun, in astrology the conscious self, becomes the “ego” in Jungian thought. (Jennings 1999)

Jung often used the term ‘objects’ when describing archetypes. In his article on personality types (Campbell 1977) he describes in painstaking detail how the different personality types related to these ‘objects’. In his work he used archetypes as analytical and therapeutic tools to help his patients explore the workings of their minds Continue reading

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Astrology and Carl Jung: Part 3, Seeking Answers in the Paranormal

(Astrology Explored) Note: As my Facebook friends know I have reentered college to finish up my degree in psychology. As part of one class I wrote this paper on the influence of astrology on Carl Jung. Jung is widely embraced in the astrological world because his theories on archetypes, which he used to create a therapeutic model, fits neatly with the symbolic language of astrology.

Part One–The Influence of Astrology on Carl Jung

Part Two–Jung’s Childhood

Mithras killing the bullWhen he was a twenty-three old medical student, two paranormal events, a walnut table splitting suddenly in two and steel knife that shattered spontaneously while in a closed drawer was said to influence his decision to enter psychiatry. However, even before these events, Jung attended and even initiated séances, (Main, 1997) a cultural fad in the late 19th and early 20th century. His doctoral thesis was on “The Psychology and Pathology of So Called Occult Phenomena” which featured his cousin as the medium. (Main, 1997). But rather than affirm the paranormal experiences of the feminine side of his family, he chose instead to announce through his thesis that mediumistic experiences were the result of psychological processes rather than paranormal events.

During the first decade of his career he continued his research into séances (Main 1997) and unconscious psychic states and explored dream symbolism (Campbell 1971) and mythology with Freud (Noll 1997). Continue reading

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The Astrology of the Boston Marathon Explosions: Shaken to the Soul

Boston Marathon Bombing(Astrology Explored) No one has claimed responsibility. 3 are dead, over 174 people were injured. The injuries were so horrific that Former Boston Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says colleagues have been “shaken to the soul” by the blasts at the Boston Marathon. He admits there is no shortage of possible suspects behind the attacks

Boston Massachusetts by U. S. historians as the birth place of American freedom. Every school child is taught the story of the Boston Tea Party, an act of rebellion against English taxes on the import of tea., taxes that were voted on by a parliament thousands of mile away. As a colony, the land in the America’s had no representation on Parliament, a fact that galled the growing and prosperous American colonies. Incited by by the rhetoric of the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams, a group of 30 to 130 men, some dressed in the Mohawk warrior disguises, boarded the three vessels and, over the course of three hours, dumped all 342 chests of tea into the water. In today’s dollars, this tea was worth close to a million dollars.

England’s response was to enact in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, or Intolerable Acts, which, among other provisions, ended local self-government in Massachusetts and closed Boston’s commerce. Continue reading

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New Moon in Pisces: Under the Influence

Fairy New Moon (Astrology Explored) With the new moon joining the huge alignment of planets in Pisces the floodgates are about to open. Rarely do we see this many planets in the same sign. Like someone arriving at the theater late, this moon will trip her way through the seats to take her place next to the Sun, stepping on the toes of the other planets. Then she’ll exit stage right until she arrives in the zodiac sign of Aries, a first harbinger of the new spring. There are so many symbols in this configuration; one hardly knows where to start.

Neptune, Chiron, Mercury, Venus, Sun, and Mars tenants the zodiac sign of Pisces. Many people have a difficult time understanding Pisces energy. To be honest, people with a significant Pisces signature in their chart don’t understand Pisces. Some people rail at the Pisces propensity to stay above it all. Truth is Pisces does not engage with the world in a way that other people consider normal. Pisces cries at weddings, laughs at funerals, and dances away from the motor vehicle accidents that they cause by not paying attention to the road. Much of Pisces life has a “do not try this at home” element to it. This sign is all about merging with the river of life, which they do without benefit of a life jacket. “Fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke,” is the favorite saying of one friend with a huge stellium of Pisces planets in his chart. Continue reading

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The Probability of Predictions: Will and Kate So Far

(Astrology Explored) As a front line fighter in the skeptic’s wars against superstition, the paranormal and the supernatural, Michael Shermer has a whole line of pat answers to why people believe in what he and his fellows believe irrational. In fact he wrote a book about it The Believing Brain in which he postulates that the brain constructs its own belief systems based on patterns and culture, essentially creating its own reality.

Being a man of science, Shermer believes that science holds the answers about what is real and what is not. Science being his guide he tells us that what we perceive is true is only dictated by our belief systems. Continue reading

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The Astrology of Business: Walmart Execs’ Internal Complaints Backfire

Walmart Storefront(Astrology Explored)If it wasn’t so serious, it would be down right funny.

Bloomberg got its hands on some internal emails exchanged by Walmart (WMT) executives discussing recent sales figures, and they don’t paint a rosy picture.

“February MTD [month-to-date] sales are a total disaster,” said Walmart vice president of finance and logistics Jerry Murray in Feb. 12 e-mail to other executives. “The worst start to a month I have seen in my ~7 years with the company.”

Internal memos like this are nothing new in the corporate world. They are in a twisted way a call to arms to address the situation which is more about executive bonuses than the financial health of the company. Since lackluster sales means no quarterly bonus, all this angst over sales is the whining of executives afraid they won’t make bonus.

Unfortunately, this vetching had unfortunate consequences. When this memo leaked out, sales of Walmart shares dove 3%.

So is Walmart doomed to depressed sales? Continue reading

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The Astrology of Saturn: Get Thee Back Satan!

(Astrology Explored) In my mailbox today a reader sent this:

I am a Libra, and have been undergoing a lot of difficulty over the past three years as you know. I was hoping you could explain something to me.

As I understand it, Saturn only visits signs for two years, but we Libras had to have it for three. That doesn’t seem fair.Mostly what I want to say is the fact that what Saturn did to me was make me lose my job. I noticed things going south back in October 2009 though at the time I didn’t know why. I was later laid off due to budgetary reasons in a mass company layoff in December 2010. I still don’t have a new job even though Saturn supposedly left in October 2012 and it’s January 2013. But now it’s in my financial house. So the one area of my life, which is my income, that Saturn has completely destroyed while it was in Libra, will now continue to suffer for yet another three years because even though it has “left”, it managed to stay in the one and only area where I actually need relief. So I would really like to know if you can offer any explanation or hope, to those Libras that will now have to suffer this miserable planet devastating their lives for a total of 6 years. Not 2, not even 3, but 6. Because I am my only source of income and am currently on unemployment. I am about to lose everything. In October things were supposed to get better but they are not, due to the fact that Saturn is staying with me in the one area where I needed it to get the hell out.

I’m sure there are other Libras that have suffered Saturn’s influence in terms of finances and employment, and for those of us that have, we now have to continue to endure this nightmare for another three years. So our suffering didn’t end in October 2012, but will continue for a total of six years. I suffered great financial loss already for three years and now I find out that this will continue for another three years until 2015. Where’s MY relief from this damned planet?

The short answer is this. When you learn Saturn’s lesson.

Saturn is not something you wait out until the ride is over. None of the planets are like that, except maybe the moon, where you can schedule your monthly mental health days.

Now wait. Saturn doesn’t want to punish you. Really. Saturn is like your mom and dad who push you to do things because it’s good for you, not necessarily because you want to do it.

According to Monique Pommier about Saturn in Libra:

it is a key participant in the dawn of dynamic selfhood. On the other hand, the self-expression or the creative will of the exalted Sun (Sun in AR) calls for the balancing and adjusting function of Saturn (LI).

Now most of us adore Libras. You’re fun and social and the life of the party. But being one of the two Venus ruled signs you are a little spoiled. You expect things and people to fall into your lap just as you wish it.

Saturn is your wake-up call.

And once you realize that Saturn is here to help you, you’ll like it. Or rather you’ll like the sense of balance and grounding you’ll get from learning its lessons. You’re a Libra. You live for balance.

Where Saturn is in the chart is where you need to do some work. If Saturn is going through your second house, then its an excellent time to look at your finances and do some serious planning (Saturn is planning). What are your resources, what kind of help can you get?

Saturn is not interested in stripping you of everything you have. Pluto does that. Saturn wants you to build on foundations. If your financial house is on shaky foundations, then you need to build a new house.

Saturn in the second can actually bring you a job. It may not be a job you like, or you have to work harder than you like, but you can have a job. You might have turned down an offer or two because they don’t quite come up to your standards. Maybe you should rethink that.

So all in all it sounds like you have some work to do. Things won’t get better until you do. Even if you managed to hunker down and wait for the worst to pass, you find you’ll be dealing the with results of not doing the work on your problems for years to come. So please stop treating Saturn as the devil to beat back. He is only here to help.

And by the way it wasn’t Saturn that lost you your job. It was Uranus.

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