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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The Astrology of Weather: New York, CT and New England Blasted by Winter Blizzard

3 AM Feb 9 2013 Snowfall(Astrology Explored) After three major storms in two years, the last thing New York and Connecticut residents need is another devastating storm. Yet, up to two and half FEET of snow is projected to slam weather weary NYC and Connecticut. Compared to the storm of 1978 which hit on February 5 and lasted until February 7, this Nor’easter is forecasted to produce winds of over 35 miles per hours.

Comparisons to the 1978 storm are apt. In both storms, the Sun is in Aquarius, the Moon is in Capricorn, and Jupiter is in Gemini. Uranus and Saturn influences predominate. Uranus highlights the unusual nature of these storms. Saturn brings cold and Jupiter in Gemini brings gale force winds.

Usually in storms we see a T-Square. Instead in both of these storms we see Pluto playing a strong role. In the 1978 chart, Pluto challenges (squares) the Capricorn Moon. Today’s storm has Pluto in the same zodiac sign as the moon. In the 1978 chart Uranus challenges (squares) Venus. In today’s chart Saturn challenges Venus. These are deadly storms. For safety we should stay put at home. Connecticut Governor Danell Malloy agrees. He put a rare travel ban for all vehicles on the major interstates.

Below are the charts for both storms.

Horoscope chart of Feb 8, 2013

Horoscope chart of Blizzard of Feb 1978

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Celtic Astrology: Spring, Imbolc and Groundhog’s Day

Groundhog

Statue of groundhog Wiarton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario

(Astrology Explored) Halfway between the Winter Equinox and the Spring Equinox is the cross-quarter day which the Celts called Imbolc (eem’ ul). We call it Groundhog’s Day, February 2, though the names are different they come from the same Celtic tradition.

Some ancient traditions marked the change of seasons at cross-quarter days such as Imbolc when daylight first makes significant progress against the night. Other traditions held that spring did not begin until the length of daylight overtook night at the Vernal Equinox. To reconcile the two traditions humans chose the actions of the groundhog prognosticated which date was the first day of spring . Sometimes spring begins at Imbolc, and sometimes winter lasts 6 more weeks until the equinox.

Imbolc marks the day when daylight makes significant progress against the night.

Wikipedia tells us:

“The holiday was, and for many still is, a festival of the hearth and home, and a celebration of the lengthening days and the early signs of spring. Celebrations often involved hearth fires, special foods (butter, milk, and bannocks, for example), divination or watching for omens, candles or a bonfire if the weather permits. Imbolc is traditionally a time of weather prognostication, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens is perhaps a precursor to the North American Groundhog Day. A Scottish Gaelic proverb about the day is:

Thig an nathair as an toll
Là donn Brìde,
Ged robh trì troighean dhen t-sneachd
Air leac an làir.



Which translates as:

“The serpent will come from the hole 
on the brown Day of Bride,
Though there should be three feet of snow
On the flat surface of the ground.”

Imbolc is the day when the Cailleach — the hag of Gaelic tradition — gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she intends to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people are generally relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather because that means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over.”

Fire and purification are crucial aspects of this festival. Brigid (also known as Brighid, Bríde, Brigit, Brìd) is the Gaelic goddess of poetry, healing and smith craft. As both goddess and saint she is also associated with holy wells, sacred flames, and healing. The lighting of candles and fires represents the return of warmth and the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months.

Also:

Coming at lambing time, around 31 January, Imbolc (or Oimelc) celebrated the beginning of the end of winter. New lambs were born, and a dish made from their docked tails was eaten. Women met to celebrate the return of the maiden aspect of the Goddess. This survived into Christian times as the Feast of Brigid: the saint was a Christianized version of the pagan goddess who was the daughter of the Dagda (see page 00). In the Outer Hebrides, Celtic Christian celebrations of this festival lasted into the twentieth century, with women dressing a sheaf of oats in female clothes and setting it with a club in a basket called ‘Brid’s Bed’.”

Celtic astrology combined a lunar and solar tradition. The fire festivals, of which Imbolc was the second of the Celtic year, celebrated the cycle of fertility and the joining of the male and female principle. Samhain was the seeding time. It was considered the first day of the new year while Imbolc celebrated the maturation of the eternal feminine principle to a maid of marriageable age. Imbolc anticipates the spring, even as young maids anticipated their future role as wives. At Beltane, the next cross-quarter day between the spring Equinox and the Summer Equinox, Bridget and her lover, the Sun god born at the Winter Solstice, joins on Beltane in the sacred marriage.

In Celtic astrology, solar tradition, with months of roughly thirty days and corresponding the entrance of the sun in certain constellations seems to have been the province of day to day affairs. Every learned man is said “that every educated Irishman knew the names of the signs of the zodiac in order, and the correct day and month when the sun entered the signs.” http://cura.free.fr/xv/14boutet.html

The lunar tradition, similar to the Vedic tradition of 27 lunar mansions was the province of the Druid priests, whose job was to “tame” or reconcile the lunar calendar with the solar calendar.

The combination of the solstices and the Cross-quarter days as a set of ritual festivals is very reminiscent of the Vedic concept of “Yokes in the Wheel of Time”. Since these days always marks a festival in honor of some point in the cycle of fertility they seem to this astrologer to be mediators of the male and female principle, the mundane and the spiritual.

From what symbols and processes the Druids extracted their predictions from their “Science of the Stars” we are still largely ignorant. There is no evidence that they practiced astrology on the personal level that Western and Vedic do. Until we find out more, we are left with the tantalizing clues left in the rituals of the seasons, which for the case of Imbolc has morphed in the American tradition of Groundhog’s Day.

Celtic Dragon

Photo published under a Creative Commons License as listed by Wikipedia.

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The Astrology of Tragedies: The Newtown, CT Elementary School Shooting

Sandy Hook Elementary School Arial View(Astrology Explored) For much of the day the details of the horror of what happened at a small town elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut was obscured by a police lockdown of information. Parents were told to wait by their phones but not to come to the school. Eventually, the unbelievable story was told to the public. At 9:40 AM a troubled man in his twenties entered the main office, shoot the principal and school psychologist, then walked in the kindergarten class taught by his mother and shot children in the class, then killed himself. At 3:23 PM the casualty count was a total of 27 dead, 20 of whom are children. There is an investigation of the mother’s home near the school, where state police confirmed someone else is dead.

The shooter is reported by the media as Adam Lanza, 20 years old. His 24 year old brother Ryan, originally identified as the shooter, is in custody we do not know why at this time.

President Obama made a statement as he wiped away tears, saying “Today our hearts are broken.”

Obviously, as I writing this, law enforcement is trying to piece together the reasons for this awful crime, parents across the country are trying to comprehend the how such a thing can happen, and a nation begins to mourn the deaths of 20 little children and the six adults responsible for their care who died.

Below is the horoscope of the event according to information provided by media. Apparently two women associated with the Lanza brothers are missing as well.

The scene unfolded as the ascendant hit 29 degrees of Capricorn. 29 degrees, at the cusp of changing signs, is often known as the degree of decision. The Moon is conjunct the planet of death and transformation Pluto. Both these planets form one leg a yod, Saturn the other, and Jupiter the apex.

This Jupiter is the focal point of this chart as it receives not only the energy of the yod, but a t-square as well involving Chiron/Neptune and Mercury in Sagittarius.

We see a chart fueled by pain, not rage. Most likely we will find out in as time goes on is that the shooter suffered from bi-polar disorder.

For a state battered and bruised by three major devastating storms in less than two years, this last tragedy is just too much to bear.

Please send your prayers towards the parents and children and the community of Newtown, CT.

Newtown Elementary School Shooting Chart

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The Astrology of Politics: Mitt Romney’s & The Republicans’ Fuzzy Logic

(Astrology Explored) Mitt Romney stated to supporters that Obama won the election because he gave “extraordinary” gifts to portions of the electorate.

Romney: “What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.”

Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, listed a few specifics: “Whether it was free contraceptives for 18 to 29 year-old women, DREAM Act waivers, student loan interest rate cuts for college students, and other initiatives geared toward energizing their coalition. They succeeded.”

Romney: ” It’s a proven political strategy, which is give a bunch of money to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you. … Immigration we can solve, but the giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with.

As usual, Mitt Romney gets it wrong. Continue reading

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The Astrology of Relationships: Jerramy Stevens’ & Hope Solo’s Big Blow Up

(Astrology Explored) Within two days of their scheduled wedding, Jerramy Steven’s birthday and the Solar Eclipse, the 3 month old relationship between football tight end Jerramy Stevens and soccer goalie Hope Solo blew up. And if Hope is smart, this is a lucky break for her.

Jerramy Stevens has a long list of run ins with other people as well as authority. Charged with assault and substance abuse at various times in his life, he seems to skate by and not effect any changes in his behavior. As usual with Jerramy Steven’s indiscretions, the details on this incident are sketchy. The judge dismissed the charges citing insufficient evidence. How this incident follows his personal script involving violence and substance abuse.

. . . officers contacted several people in the home who appeared intoxicated and didn’t cooperate with police, but determined based on information and observations that there was probable cause to arrest Stevens for investigation of fourth-degree assault . . . The officer noted in his affidavit for probable cause for arrest that he arrested Stevens based on his admission that he argued with Hope Solo, the injury to her elbow, signs of a fight in the bedroom where Stevens was found and blood on Stevens’ shirt.

. . .Stevens said he and Solo had been arguing over whether they would live in Washington or Florida after the marriage.

Steven’s chart reflects his troubles with other people. His Sun, Uranus, Mercury and Venus challenges his Moon, Jupiter and North Node. The only ease in his chart is a trine from Jupiter to Chiron and a sextile from Pluto his Sun. Not only is he at odds with other people he is at odds with himself. The only way he can gain a sense of peace is if he controls his environment. The Moon/Jupiter combination in Virgo is unfortunate as well, because he controls by criticizing other people. The Chiron trine only shows how flawed his emotional responses are. Continue reading

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The Astrology of Eclipses: Where Are Your Secrets?

Solar Eclipse(Astrology Explored) Tomorrow’s new moon eclipse will be in the zodiac sign of Scorpio. As we’ve seen with General Petraeus, there is a Pandora’s box of secrets and abuses of power waiting to get released. How is this going to affect you? The fly in the ointment is Uranus, the planet of the unexpected making a stress aspect (inconjunct) the Sun/Moon combinations threatening to blow up even the most well managed of situations.

Where the eclipse falls in your chart is the area in your life that will be sensitized for the next six months. Look in your chart to see where this eclipse is going to concentrate its energies.

If you don’t know your chart, then maybe its time to have a chat with your local astrologer.

Scorpio in the first, Uranus in the sixth house—While work is lucky for you right now, overdoing the late nights at the office bring on a round of sudden stress related illnesses. If you must work around the clock, at least eat healthy and get enough sleep. Continue reading

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The Astrology of Politics: David Petraeus–Poster Boy for the Coming Eclipse

General David Petraeus(Astrology Explored) What’s so unusual about a Washington extra-marital affair? Titillating the American public? Embarrassing an innocent spouse? Highlighting the after-hours antics of America’s men in power? Absolutely nothing. Mostly these things are fodder for the political spin cycle of one party trying to get one up on the other.

So what makes David Petraeus, a highly educated and highly decorated general, just formerly the head of the CIA, the latest sound bite in media reports?

It’s not that his mistress threatened another woman who was communicating with the general bringing in an FBI investigation. (Did she really think that if he cheated on his wife of 38 years, he wasn’t cheating on her too?) Continue reading

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Weekly Astrology Forecast: Nov 9 through Nov 15– Sharing and Caring

Weekly Forecast(Astrology Explored) Astrology for the week of November 9 to November 15

This the final week before the next Solar Eclipse, a kind of a wrap up of the previous six months. The moon moves from Virgo, to Libra, to Scorpio through this week, touching on material concerns, relationships and money, and other people’s resources. It is this week where we find ourselves depending on others instead of our individual selves, when we recognize that we are stronger as part of group than as a lone wolf. Venus in the relationship sign of Libra, urges you, if you feel you walk alone, to immerse yourself in activities that involving the sharing of yourself. Helping others will benefit in more ways than you know. Even before the holidays begin this is the time for sharing and caring.

Aries—The planet of individuality, Uranus, has recently moved into your sign. Have you noticed that your life is more erratic of late, that things keep cropping up that place more obstacles in your life? Aries is never afraid of a challenge, but this is a horse of different color. The problem is that you are unable or unwilling to recognize that your sense of independence runs counter to what is expected of you. Continue reading

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The Astrology of Burn Notice: Michael Westen’s “Real” Birthday

Burn Notice Poster(Astrology Explored) Burn Notice, Season 6 premiered on Thursday, June 14, 2012, continuing the story arc Michael in his quest to get reinstated into the good graces of “The Company.” What is in store for the burned spy and his crew? Well to answer that we are going to have to clear up the issue of Michael Westen’s birthday.

In my first piece about the fictional “burned” spy Michael Westen, I fiddled around the pieces of trivia dropped through the show and the astrology to see if the birth date of January 7, 1970 as originally posted in Wikipedia was his birth date. I came to the conclusion, that yes it would be and even “rectified” the ascendant to Libra.

Then in an episode called “Past and Future tense”, Michael is seen showing his Florida’s driver license as proof of identity with a Date of Birth shown as January 7, 1967 a full three years earlier. Since then Wikipedia changed its information to reflect this date. To those that don’t “believe” in astrology this isn’t such a big deal, and even eases up the number years of training he took as Special Forces in the Army. But for those of us that look to the stars this is huge deal, especially since it throws off the transits, the positions of the planets, that shows key events in a person’s life. Continue reading

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