Meditation resumes March 26.

With the preliminary practices re-established, the online meditation practice will move into Intermediate practices. These use and require the foundational techniques and methods of preliminary practice. In fact, all levels of meditation training and experience require them. They are like the alphabet. As long as one is literate, recognition and use of the alphabet remains.

See you Tuesday, March 26, at 9 amET/7amMT for meditation. The link for live meditation is the same as before.

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Astrology: 2019-2020, part 5: Jupiter in Sagittarius and in Capricorn

Jupiter is in a sign for approximately 11 months. It is the fastest moving of the planets taken up in this series. Neptune and Pluto are the slowest. (Neptune’s article follows this one.) In January, Jupiter was at 11°♐︎; today it is 23°. Jupiter stations at 24°♐︎ for most of April in order to retrograde. Then, it retrogrades to 14°, hangs at 14, 15, 16°♐︎ all of July, August, and most of September due to going direct again in August. Jupiter’s direct motion will carry it across the threshold of Capricorn in early December, and 2019 completes with Jupiter at 6°♑︎. It continues  having a good time until May 2020 at 27°♑︎ (yup, that’s right: 27°♑︎!). Stationed at 27° for a few weeks, it does an about-face and retrogrades until mid-September 2020 at 17°♑︎. Jupiter completes 2020 at 2°♒︎.

Jupiter can bring blessings. It is considered one of the two gift-givers of the planets; Venus being the other one. Being the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter represents big, expansion, abundance, ease, and that which is provided. Big includes big pharma, big bureaucracies, obesity, big profits made by the few and big struggle lived by everyone else. Though Jupiter is generally considered positive, it also displays the largess of things or ideas or concepts and institutions that over-shadow, loom large over, or roll over the little guy or gal in a machine-like, oblivious manner. In these cases, one wants to see Jupiter move into a sign that will shake things up, recognize disparity and, with large mindedness-and compassion (Jupiter), come up with ideas and solutions for the hardship lived by the majority.

Jupiter is in Sagittarius, the sign that it rules traditionally. This fosters an ease with the energies of both planet and sign, but not necessarily on their wise or higher turn of the spiral. Common Sagittarius is gregarious and not necessarily motivated. That’s a kind way of saying lazy. Mundane Sag. can be off having a good time but rather oblivious to the plight of those around one on the trip. Once self-awareness has begun to awaken with the person with strong Sagittarius, a dynamic shift in perspective ensues. The person will be more thought-full; thinking, pondering, contemplating, forms of analysis, and musing will be the preferred mode of activity. Doing so widens frames of reference, exposes one to the conditions of others and the world. Doing so opens one’s eyes and thus one’s heart. Now, Sagittarius is motivated to do good, to be a better person, to help make the world a better place (intermediate Sagittarius).

Higher Jupiter expresses in truly putting others first, working and living for their well-being. Higher Sagittarius offers discipline and structures one’s motivations. This demonstrates that both feet are on the spiritual Path regardless of one’s tradition, including agnostic or atheist. The key, here, is the discipline. This is a word usually associated with Saturn, but higher Jupiter provides  commitment and dedication to the higher ideas and ideals that one has aligned with through contemplation and empathetic observing of the world. It is a devotion to magnanimity that stabilizes with higher Jupiter and its all inclusive benefit to all. Sagittarius, then, rolls up its sleeves and works tirelessly. Laziness has been left behind. Joy and energy go together. Both are higher Jupiter and both flow when the heart is directing the head in wisdom and compassion.

Higher Jupiter is strong, brave, diligent, ethical, and egalitarian. Higher Sagittarius is philosophically oriented which means truth oriented. As a result on the collective humanity scal, justice or equality and equanimity will want to demonstrate more readily through governance and the institutions of the world. Public-will for change could voice during Jupiter in Sagittarius. Under the influence of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, leaders, corporations, and institutions first response will likely be to dig in their heels so as to maintain the ways of constraint, but that action would be lower Saturn, Pluto, and Capricorn. In 2020, when Jupiter is in Capricorn, it might temporarily embolden the powers-that-be, but the people will take that to heart (Jupiter),  stand up and stand strong. Again, the election cycle in the US should be quite a show.

Abundance, ease, and needs provided for will take on a farce-like or caricatured nature when Jupiter stabilizes in Capricorn in 2020. Only the few have abundance, only they have ease, and the common person’s needs are not provided – not even with two adults in the same household working. The pressure of Saturn and Pluto will be exaggerated by Jupiter when all three are in Capricorn. As in the movie Network, everyday citizenry will say, “I’m tired and I’m not gonna take it anymore.” May it be so as Jupiter thickens (appropriate word) the already boiling stone soup (Capricorn) in play for humanity.

Jupiter and Pluto are tightly conjunct for most of 2020. The power-hungry megalomaniacs of the world will feel indestructible, but their displays and their bullying will only highlight their disconnectedness from reality and the rest of humanity. All of November 2020, Jupiter/Pluto are joined by Saturn in conjunction in Capricorn. Also, each time the Moon rolls through Capricorn (for 2 1/2 days during each sign through the year) will be a potentially volatile cycle. The Moon represents comfort and security, protection and emotions. This combination (Moon, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn in Capricorn) will trine Uranus in Taurus for the hour or so that Uranus and the Moon are in exact trine. Watch out. Watch the stock market, possible attempts to abscond personal rights and freedoms, and watch for aggression waged in the name of security as well.

Jupiter in Sagittarius transiting points in your chart during 2019. The first thing to remember is the rapidness of Jupiter’s motion unless it is stationed. It, like the other visible planets in the solar system, touches a person’s chart and moves on. Saturn is the exception of the visible planets. It takes approximately 2.5 years to move through a sign, more than double that of Jupiter. (planetary orbits) Jupiter’s potential blessing, then, is for one, a couple, or few days in exactitude to a point in your chart, unless it is stationed at the degree of something in your chart. A perfect example of the brevity of beneficence is winning the lottery or finding money in the street, thinking you owed money to the IRS but discovering a refund instead; a gift being given to you; a raise, promotion, or accolade given to you; or an opening of your heart to yourself that liberates you from a suffering.

  • mundane: Sagittarius offers travel – by book or internet, by bike, car, plane, or hiking. Cultures and first-hand experience are Sagittarius also. As such, you might find yourself trekking, exploring, or researching other cultures and locations of the world. Sagittarius also can be distracted, not follow-through, not have saved the funds necessary for a trip, or have whimsically spent the money on something else. Though strong Sagittarius in one’s chart will give one the buoyancy that shirks off the trip not taken, a transit to your chart might be highlighting the choices made that resulted in staying home, in nothing new and nothing changed. The insight is not about “the trip” per se but about carelessness, heedlessness, being distracted, and lacking practicality. The blessing that is potential, in addition to the insight already stated, will be specific to the planet, ASC, or point being transited. For example, if Venus, then love might be experienced; if the ASC, then insight or clarity might open in one’s mind; if Saturn transited, then acknowledgement of a skill or capacity could support a promotion or wider use of you in ways that you enjoy and that empower.
  • spiritual/esoteric: In esoteric astrology, Jupiter and Venus represent the Soul. Jupiter displays the radiance and breadth of compassion and benevolence that the Soul emanates and is. Transiting Jupiter in Sagittarius is expansion, is letting go and the relief that comes from doing so, is energy and joy, and the courage of commitment to that which is Good, True, and Beautiful. It also offers alignment to our inner being through direct experience. What one does with that, or if one stops long enough to let the experience register, seep in, and expand one’s heart and mind, is the question. A gift will be given; of that have no doubt.
  • evolutionary/hierarchical: Jupiter in Sagittarius says, “Yes, we can.” Energetically, these two are forward directed (arrow pointed up and away from the present) and inventive. Solutions to big problems can be intuited and analyzed under these energies in a way that both types of knowing meet and support each other. The horse of Sagittarius, then, provides the horse power to get things done while Jupiter is undaunted by the scale of a problem or the scope of change necessary to wisely address it. Think of Santa Claus who travels the whole world giving gifts to every single child.

Jupiter in Capricorn in 2020. Keep in mind that Jupiter stations at 27°♑︎ in May 2020. When it does, it will be conjunct Pluto and sextile Neptune in Pisces. The Moon will for an hour or two dance into appropriate degrees (24-27) of the sign it’s in and potentially set off any or all levels of the energies in play. If you have points in your chart at these degrees, take note. And, for humanity as a whole, April, May, and June of 2020 could be particular. Jupiter in Capricorn will be at 24-27°♑︎ and conjunct Pluto at 24°♑︎. Neptune cannot be dismissed at 20°♓︎ when Jupiter and Pluto are at 24°♑︎. It will provide a sextile created by a four degree orb.

  • mundane: The positive and empowering application of Jupiter in Capricorn is application itself. The sense of responsibility, dutifulness, the ability to complete a task and do so, a practical -even frugal- use of resources, and an inner knowing of how-to as well as that one can will accompany this transit to your chart. Indolence will feel wasteful and very uncomfortable. One will feel motivated to get up and get into action. Capricorn is a sign of personal power; add Jupiter and one might feel ready and able to do almost anything. Egotistically, that would include bullying, being oppressive, and not giving a thought about how others feel about that. Pluto could embolden this lower turn of energy and its expressions. However, Jupiter rules the heart and the heart of the mind, and I am optimistic (strong Jupiter in my chart!) that you and humanity will roll up sleeves and attend to what is necessary for your betterment and the same for others.
  • spiritual/esoteric: As Jupiter represents the Soul, Jupiter in Capricorn holds great potential for personal and collective movement forward on the Path. The same senses of responsibility, dutifulness, etc., when aligned with and applied through the wisdom, ethical equanimity, justice, and whole-ism of the Soul, can accomplish anything. Add to this the sheer power of Pluto conjunct – with Pluto as a power of the Soul – then you or humanity are being empowered to cut through whatever has been a hindrance to truth and truth of Being. Additionally, as Capricorn is an earth sign and a cardinal sign, the Earth herself will be front and center during Jupiter in Capricorn, especially during these Spring months. Unfortunate natural disasters are in the making, huge financial losses too. These will declare that the time of words and argument is over regarding the Earth, and delusion and greed are also untenable regarding financial structures. Pluto rules death and destruction, Jupiter rules birth and the expanded possibilities that all new beginnings are. They will work together like the current of a mighty force sweeping all before it. The Soul of the World and the Soul of Humanity must vanquish the lesser tendencies that humanity tends to live by collectively. If Jupiter in Capricorn is transiting your chart, the Soul that you are, the true essence that you are inside, is the level at which to live this transit; equally so the particular point in your chart.
  • evolutionary/hierarchical: On the evolutionary level, I think we must include the opposite sign of Capricorn in our considerations: Cancer. The reason for this is that Jupiter is exalted in Cancer. As such, Jupiter on this level in Capricorn should not simply exaggerate negative and despotic lesser Capricorn but should invoke higher Capricorn qualities. Those correspond to expansions of consciousness, responsibility, and sensed inter-being. Capricorn rules the Path of Initiation, a somewhat nebulous phrase that speaks to the ability of an individual or the collective to live from and engage the spiritual, intuitive, and intellectual capacity of being human fully. That produces genuineness, sanity, just relationships, and all needs being met with equal diligence and empathy. Cancer/Capricorn complete each other, as do all opposite signs on the zodiacal wheel. In this case, however, when Jupiter joins Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn – especially for the months that they are on and off conjunct – a push/pull will be experienced in anyone with planets, ASC, or significant points at those degrees. The same evolutionary rock and hard place will be felt by humanity. It will express in feeling the whole of which one is a part and one’s necessary participation in that wholeness or the entrenchment of going nowhere through the unsustainable separateness of individuality.

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I hope that this series of articles is helpful in sorting out and properly aligning with the energies that are afoot and will be. It is no mistake that you and I are incarnated now. We chose that. We chose to be alive during this great cycle of potential tremendous change for humanity, the world, and each of us individually. Though it is true that each moment in each lifetime holds the same great potential, we are being given energies and being supported through their empowerment to step forward into this new millennium, the new age of Aquarius, new Ray cycles, and new levels of self and collective expression. I pray that we all step into change with joy and creativity, inspired to be brand new.

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Astrology: 2019-2020, part 4: Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn

Saturn and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn

Both Saturn and Pluto are planets of personal power, rightly or wrongly used, harmlessly lived for integrity and the empowerment of others or harmfully expressed curtailing the ease, joy, or freedom of others. These two planets will dance in and out of conjunction with each other until Saturn surpasses Pluto’s slower pace through Capricorn. The width of degrees that designates a conjunction is generally considered tighter than some other aspects. The horoscope of a child born today would be said to have Saturn and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn. They are 2° apart right now. Essentially, however, for the majority of this year and almost all of 2020, Saturn and Pluto will be a united pair. Once the degree spread gets to 5 or 6 degrees in November and December 2020 and when Saturn enters Aquarius in mid December, their energies will be separating and acting individually.

On a macrocosmic scale, the whole of humanity, its interactions with itself and every part of the world, and with the Earth herself as the sole provider of our existence will be our collective playpen (Saturn’s rings). We are the youngest kingdom on this planet and we have a lot to learn. Saturn has put us in a playpen. Our toys are the current undeniable results of how humanity is with itself, with other species (plant and animal), with the water, soil, and air that all living beings depend upon as well as the oceans from which we all arose. How we are with ourselves is currently predatory, for the most part. Drug companies peddle their wares, but they bring more long-term harm to the body than the temporary or short-term relief. Companies focused on fossil fuels have lost sight of the fact that all life on Earth will be the next fossils that Mother Earth will decompose into some other form for her use due largely to the overuse of current fossil fuels. Governments, autocracies, and any other mechanism that systematically fosters and supports separatism in any of its forms is doomed, even if not under the stars of this immediate year or two cycle. The forward moving energetics of the planets, stars, and of incoming Ray cycles, as well as the consciousness level of many who are incarnating will see to it that the old ways of harm, division, bigotry, and usury do not continue. There is no future in them because there is no future if they are continued.

If these two planets and Capricorn’s overlay of influence are transiting your natal chart, use this cycle of transformation for all that is possible. We, too, must leave the past behind, put away old habits of self-importance or self-neglect. With cardinal forward motion, follow-through, and conviction in our capacity, we must simply transform it. We are living in times of great opportunity for awareness, compassion, kindness, shared responsibility, and personal integrity. We are living when the world’s seas are already flooding numerous coastal areas of the world, when all types of storms have become more violent and destructive, and when plant and animal species world-wide are disappearing at catastrophic rates. You and I must change what we can without reservation; and, together, we have the power to do so.

Part 1: Saturn in Capricorn

Part 2: Pluto in Capricorn

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Astrology: 2019-2020, part 3: Uranus completing Aries and into Taurus

From September 2018, Uranus has been retrograding its last time through the final degrees of Aries. That retrograde began, however, at 2°♉︎. In other words, Uranus has already put its toe and its seeds into the fertile ground of humanity’s consciousness through the fixed earth sign of  Taurus while, at the same time, offering its deconstructive energies and insights to humanity’s Aries ways. We witness both.

The autumn and early winter were when the Brexit decision was to manifest a plan for exit including a sustainable Britain and ease for Britain’s citizens with Europe and vice versa just as has been experienced since the EU began. But it didn’t. The older population is largely who voted for Brexit in the desire to protect and hold old ground (ram) as Europe experiences – frontline- the continued ramifications of the economic disaster in 2008 and migrations of millions from war promulgated by distant powers (Aries) into European nations. Also, lower Aries bluster, argument, and hands-on-hips posture was displayed by both Kim Jong-un and Trump, Trump and China regarding trade and tariffs, and in the US through the confirmation processes of Brett Cavanaugh to the Supreme Court. It was equally displayed in the posture of voting America with the mid-term elections. Record change happened: more women, more varied ethnic backgrounds, and Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives illustrating the quantity of Americans who had hands on their hips.

Aries energy, as well as Saturn moving into Capricorn and Pluto at zenith degrees of Capricorn, contributed mightily to how these events played. The seeds of Uranus in first degrees of Taurus are also recognizable. These include an every-five-years study by the US government on global climate. The report was lengthy and non-deceiving. It holds that climate change is real, its extreme trajectory is man-made, and the billions spent on disaster relief is going to become trillions in the US alone. Comprehensive solutions must be devised, invented, and implemented immediately. Uranus in Taurus is saying “spend the money how you will,” (Taurus is coinage, dinero, and value.) “but, it might as well be spent on that which improves the situation rather than cleans up after it repeatedly.” Europe and the world’s fixed stance (Taurus) on previously agreed upon initiatives to remedy the man-made sources of pollution and greenhouse gases has been firm. These initiatives are based upon Uranian ideals and process: collective discussion and compromise, new technologies, new views on old ways of living which begin to adjust the ideas of entitlement, greed, need, focused on a better and livable future. Trump’s unilateral decision to leave the group while also attempting to deregulate America’s dirtiest fuel source (coal) demonstrate Uranus in Aries on a low turn of consciousness as Uranus also danced through 28 and 29♈︎. BTW: the president’s thoughts and actions were not agreed with nor appreciated by the majority of the American public. The tables will turn in 2020. 

Anyone with planets, ASC, or points of importance in their horoscope at 28 or 29 of any sign, you have felt this last and potent retrograde of Uranus in Aries. But, then, you undoubtedly have been rocked or tilted by Uranus’ backing and forthing through most of 2018 (from mid April onward). If a natal luminary is being transited, then please examine your personal volatility, aggression in any form (which might not be obvious), your desire or demand for a particular way with things, as well as the discontent in you and others that this/these personal behaviors and preferences generate. Uranus illumines like lightning illumines the dark sky. One’s acknowledgement of anything beneficial or detrimental within one’s self is always positive and supports change. Uranus then, as catalyzer and re-inventor, will show one the way to change. If your ASC is being transited, then now is the time to learn to meditate, to contemplate the truths you hold dear and if they are true, to align with and seek out the qualities of the Soul that you are, and to open oneself to fresh inspiration, invitation from higher self, and be joyful with the qualities of inner being that are trying to come forward, be revealed, and restructure your sense of self. Deconstruction has been trying to happen or has been through this many month cycle. Let it. Truth of being, wisdom, and equanimity with life are joyful and productive.

Uranus turned direct at 28°♈︎ on January 7 of this year; but it was stationed at 28 coming out of retrograde and then going direct from December 7, 2018 through February 6, 2019. I have felt Uranus’ influence because my Moon is at 28°♌︎. Uranus is moving slowly, as the outer planets do; on March 7 it entered Taurus. By the end of March, it will be humming along. Uranus stays direct until September 1 this year, then at 6°♉︎ stations in order to retrograde. That station lasts a mere 20 days. But in mid-December, Uranus stations at 2°♉︎ until February 8, 2020. Then through the entire year of 2020, Uranus plays within the first decanate of Taurus, reaching 10° in early July and stationing at 10° through most of September. This is significant.

The first decanate (decan) of any sign seeds, initial sprouting, and seeing if conditions are brought forward within humanity to foster development. The sign before us is Taurus. It is the second sign of the zodiac and, interestingly, divine wisdom put an earth sign after a fire sign – that of independence. It’s as if humanity is immediately reminded of its relationship to the Mother Earth that gave rise to our sense of independence. Scientific predictions and on-the-ground evidence state that humanity must act now regarding how it lives on and with Earth. Acting independently, in deference to the interconnectedness of everything on Earth has cause nothing but problems for all being. Uranus in early degrees Taurus will support an unmistakable understanding of this as well as implementation. Taurus also rules finances, micro and macro. Uranus is sheer, clear, concise, and fosters truth. The truth is that capitalism does not well serve humanity or the planet. It is a predator-prey model and human beings can devise something better, certainly more humane. Watch who comes forward, what is made plain, and how the tottering economies of several countries, including the USA, will respond to Uranus in the first decanate of Taurus. *If most of your resources is in the stock market, I and many others are suggesting you get it out. Keep your money in a usable and accessible form. A small loss now beats a complete loss in the short years to come.

In a way, all of the outer planets are game-changers. This is due to the slowness of their movement, hence their particular energies and qualities have time to seed, or sprout, or reveal the need for change and the specific change that is needed. Then, the planet’s qualified force will act according to the degree of the planet and the sign it is in. Uranus has been in Aries for years. Aries rules the head. The head can be used to butt heads, to be a smart mouth, or can be used for creative and wise thinking and dialogue. When the head is linked with the heart, then revolutions with resolutions can happen. This is because Uranus is actually the hierarchical ruler of Aries (Mercury its esoteric ruler). As Uranushas proceeded through Aries, one could suggest that the evolutionary potential of both planet and sign have been massaged into the collective consciousness and that, like Athena from Zeus’s head, is ready to spring forth fully formed. I think it is very possible that the first decanate of Taurus will reveal the evolutionary directives that have been brewing. Look to 2020-2022 for what has been organizing and being visioned by those whose view is whole-istic and forward-thinking (Uranus) but has been quietly yet steadfastly germinating (Taurus).

Taurus rules resources and talents (double meaning here: talent is the old word for coins), what is valued or devalued, and offers a felt-sense of the interconnectedness of things. Practically applied, Taurus understands that good things take time, effort, appropriate decisions made, and then more effort, dedication, and follow-through. But, Taurus is up for it and enjoys each part because each ensures the end result. In general, all the earth signs have these attributes in common. Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn are the earth signs.

Harmony, beauty, design, and the integral components of harmonious design are what Taurus looks for and would prefer to see expressing in the world. Add Uranus which cultivates systemization, intuits potential and long-range results, and drives all toward greater light, clarity, or transparency and this combination could pulverize current ways of greed and death and replace them with projects and programs that are globally responsible and environmentally responsive. Humanity will still have to endure and survive that which we have created. The seas will rise; temperatures will also. Many of the insects that pollinate the plants that produce the food that we and livestock eat will die (and are). Water will become more scarce, and a significant portion of what remains will be polluted. These are the results of humanity’s desire to take and have as if separate from the inter-beingness and holistic functioning of Earth. Our karma must be lived. But, just as you and I are currently living out the results of past actions and decisions and simultaneously seeding and working for that which is better, humanity will too and will survive. The younger generations will do their very best to ensure that.

If you have planets, the ASC, or a significant point in your horoscope at 0-2 of any sign, now through April is relevant to you, your spiritual Path, how you currently live your life, and the future of the rest of your life. Uranus transiting will bring clarification, even possible inner declaration. Uranus’ insight and wisdom together with an invocation to right response are calling you to a macrocosmic need. That which is more than you on any or every scale is invoking you to step up. Forget comfort, ditch preferences, undo the tightness and control of your life and get dirty (Taurus)! You are your own garden, your own project of harmony and grand design. Use this second pass of Uranus in the initial degrees of Taurus for every understanding and letting go possible. The example before us is the Buddha who left everything behind in order to actually serve everyone he left. Then, under the immovability of Taurus energy, he sat in the relentless dis-covering of causes, conditions, and results. Underneath all causes that we put in motion, veiled by all conditions that seem to drive our life and responses, and hidden within all results that come forward is the deeper being of Being. We are to uncover the same on our level and in our way. Then, as Einstein said, a problem cannot be solved from within the problem. You and I cannot transform our status quo while trying to keep the quo. Our world, family, colleagues and friends need each of us to step up, step out, and get in step with the newness that is inner Being and the newness in thought and action that the world needs. Innate being is consistently fresh, true, and limitless in its potential. If you are experiencing Uranus in Taurus rattling your cage, it’s to remind you that you are in one. These two months are evolutionary for you. Please engage them that way.

Uranus proceeds to 6°♉︎ by August, then stations at 6° until September 19 to retrograde. Uranus retrogrades the rest of 2019 and into 2020 until February 1 at 2° 51″♉︎. The whole month of January 2020, it will station at 2°. It will be direct until August 16 at 10°♉︎, and in perfect timing for the new nominees (right, left, and middle) for the presidential election of 2020. Lightning will flash, substantial information will be revealed, and – this time – the American public will want new, true, and forward directed. Bombast and bullshit will be over.

Uranus in early degrees Taurus transiting your chart:

  • mundane: Uranus transiting will bring the feeling of being caged and wanting to break out and break free. It is vitally important that you let yourself feel this. Don’t run away from it, numb yourself, or distract yourself from these feelings. Feel how frustrated or impotent or bored you feel. Sit down and contemplate this feeling. “What is this frustration about?” “What am I trying to free myself of?” “What in me wants to be used freshly?” Let Uranus’ insight process reveal you to you, then take action; otherwise nothing will change. The planet being transited is both a default pattern that Uranus is trying to purify and redesign and also is the very talent or potential that you have not used fully in your life. There is more to you and to that planet than you have expressed so far in your life, your service, your relationships, and in your community. Be daring, break free. You’ve got nothing to lose!
  • spiritual/esoteric: Uranus is the wisdom of the Soul, the triad, the higher nature, the pure/true inner being. Uranus’ power lies in its flashes of insight and revelation but also in its spontaneity. Personalities prefer routine, status quo, same old same old because the personality likes to feel in control and familiarity. Pure being is radical, is empty of preferences; pure being avoids nothing because no thing factually exists as we hold it in our minds and feelings. On the spiritual level, Uranus transiting your planets or ASC is reminding you that you are pure being, you are the Soul incarnate, you are the wisdom and compassion and creative solutions that the world, your family, your community, your life needs. You – displayed in the qualities of the planet or point being transited – are the radical ingredient that is needed right now in your local world. As said before, show up! Radiate; illuminate yourself through serving others. The reorientation that Uranus is supplying is that of inner truth and truth of being.
  • evolutionary/hierarchical: Uranus in Taurus, together with Saturn and Pluto moving through Capricorn, plus Jupiter and Neptune (those posts still to come), will redirect humanity and support humanity through the growth curve and stabilization of necessary reorientation. We have no choice collectively. Humanity has destroyed itself and much of the planet at least twice in the Atlantean root race cycle. Let’s not do it again. Though Uranus does not rule Taurus on any level, the enlightenment of the Buddha is an epitome of Uranian expression. It tells us that expressions of light, wisdom, newness, and categorical change for the better are  being offered to humanity through this cycle. On an individual basis, open to this transit for all it can reveal. Be fearless. Personality will cry and moan and do the “poor me” litany, but, my friend, you are not your personality. Last life you were someone else and next life and all to come you will be someone else as well. You and I are truth of pure being with all that entails. If this transit is upon you, as the Buddha said, “Be a lamp unto yourself. … Master the as yet unmastered.” Or as the Marine slogan goes, “Be all that you can be.”

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(Next in the series, Jupiter completing Sagittarius and entering Capricorn.)

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Astrology: 2019-2020, part 2: Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto is traversing through Capricorn at its typical turtle’s pace. In January, it was at 20°♑︎ and now in March is at 22°. Through the entire year of 2019, Pluto stays within 20-23°♑︎. It stations at 23°♑︎ from through April and mid-May, then at 20° for all of September, October, and the first week of November. Then in mid-February of 2020, direct at 24°♑︎, it begins another protracted stay lasting through early July 2020 at 24°♑︎. This will likely be significant on the world scale, in nations individually, in political and financial systems or processes, and for anyone who personally has a planet or important point at that degree in any sign. Pluto will energetically be retrograde beginning halfway through that period and then will hang out at 22°♑︎ from mid-August through mid-November. It turns direct during that timeframe and is direct as 2020 ushers in 2021.

Pluto’s movement and force is like a glacier and also like a volcano. Both have an imperceptible quality to them. A glacier moves slowly, unnoticed by the human eye, except now in the speed of their worldwide melting. It is under the glacier, however, that its force is working on a monumental scale. Lake beds are gouged out of mountain valleys. They will be filled by the glacier’s own melt water as it dissolves and reveals its eons of work. Huge boulders are carried along within the body of the glacial ice, some bigger than a house. But, these behemoths are no match for the unrelenting and irrevocable power of the glacier. Similarly, Pluto exerts an uncompromising force on humanity and human structures in Capricorn. I wonder about the slow-crawl of Britain to figure out the Brexit situation as an example. The older generation and those motivated by fear won the Brexit vote but they will not inherit the results of that vote. The younger generation will, and they see the value in collaboration and collective integrity. All nation states supporting each other in freedom and free movement with each accountable to the well-being of the whole which will serve the well-being of the one. Pluto, like the glacier, offers another look at what was underneath but unknown in the psyche of humanity.

Pluto’s volcanic power can be blatantly violent and destructive. It can also take people by surprise. It is usually the scale of an event and its fallout that are mind-boggling. But, like a volcano, what is going on inside it – in its depths and bowels – is largely imperceptible. Now, modern science has instruments that listen for its rumbling, but the analogy is illustrative for how Pluto works.

Since the work of the planets is in service to the long-term good and evolution of humanity on Earth, then that which destroys is making room for that which supports life and spiritual progress. Humanity has been living with the incremental effects of climate change, as example, for decades but to revolutionize how we live on this planet and with this planet has not yet happened. Pluto in Capricorn will do its best to direct humanity to change its ways, change its priorities, with no more discussion about it. This is like a person who has a minor heart attack and is told that he or she has clogged arteries. That person has been clogging those arteries for most of his or her life by the choices made daily. The heart attack leaves little to no choice about future habits and behavior if the person wants to live. Pluto has been waiting for humanity to choose rightly and wisely, but waiting is almost over.

If you have a planet, the ASC, or other vital point of your chart at the degrees that Pluto will station, take note. Anyone who has a point that is between 20 and 24° of any sign, this year and into next are important. Pluto’s aspect to your natal planet or ASC should be viewed for the deep catalyzing that it wants to bring spiritually, personally, psychologically, and in the life habits and patterns that one lives. Like a glacier or a volcano, Pluto’s power is bigger than any excuse, rationalization, or desire for status quo that one has. Pluto is one of the most powerful tools of the Soul when it is transiting one’s chart. The Soul will use Pluto to transform whatever it touches. The natal planet being transited is what is being touched and will be so for well over a year.

Pluto transiting a planet, the ASC, or a significant point in your chart

Pluto rules discoveries and uncoverings. It digs, dredges up. Pluto is the energy of tectonic plates lifting mountains. It is a pressure-driven, unrelenting, uncompromising energy. It is forceful and will feel forceful when one expresses it – if Pluto is significant in one’s natal chart – or by transit. Pluto is associated with the underworld; this means the psyche, as well as secrets and that which is purposefully hidden. If that is done to protect one’s ego or one is telling lies to cover up a dark, malevolent action or thought, Pluto’s transit will bring such things into the light. This will happen on a world scale as well as individually through its transit to one’s chart. Some basics of Capricorn were already explained. Pluto can enhance the potential cruelty of Capricorn or the aloofness, detachment from the results of one’s actions or words. Therefore, be aware that harshness or violence in thoughts, words, or deeds are supported by this energy within one’s self and within the world, especially leaders.

  • mundane/traditional: Pluto transiting a point in one’s chart is rarely easy when lived in a traditional way. Pluto will use any and all life circumstances to bring one to one’s knees, to exert pressure over one, to take things out of one’s control, and – at least for a while – render one powerless. All of this is to help us come to understand how controlling of our life we are, how circumstances arise as they do and that is unpredictable, or that one has been wasting one’s power, using it mindlessly or cruelly, and Pluto transiting is doing all this in order to illumine. Pluto wants us to see our self nakedly. We are mortal, vulnerable, comfort-driven, and habitual. Pluto says, “Well, if I take you to the underground where nothing is as you are used to, what then? If I take you to where you are afraid to go in your emotions, in your thoughts and hold you there, what then?” We must surrender to Pluto; because with that we are surrendering to truths like mortality, fragility, arrogance, denial, and how one lives that is less than Presence. The natal planet or point being transited will describe the focus of Pluto’s work in you and your life.
  • spiritual/esoteric: That force that lifts mountains, that swirls in tornadoes or hurricanes, or that seethes at the bottom of the ocean, that force of Pluto is the force and pressure of the Soul or triad or intuition or of pure Being. Pluto’s spiritual work is two-fold: to purify and to transform, both radically and fully. The natal planet or point being transited is what is being purified and transformed. If that natal point is in aspect to others in the horoscope, then all of  them are being transited by Pluto in Capricorn. The cardinality of Capricorn and its ability to climb the highest mountains, to see clearly from those heights, and to master the as yet unmastered within oneself will augment Pluto’s lack of compromise. This is a powerful cycle of opportunity for one. Live it well and fully for deep transformation that it can provide and produce.
  • evolutionary/hierarchical: Pluto is not a hierarchical ruler of Capricorn, but Pluto’s evolutionary seeds are being planted by the processes of powerlessness, out of one’s control, and the surrender necessary to such life events and circumstances. Pluto does not suggest rolling over and dying, necessarily, but mirrors to us that our common approach to problems will no longer work. Whether that approach has been hubris, or denial and avoidance, or half-measures, if one surrenders to the fact that these don’t work, these are actually perverted in their view, then one is on one’s knees in contriteness and humility. That is good evolutionary ground and the foundation for profound resurrection within and substantial spiritual transformation. Then, one is an agent of positive and powerful change in one’s world.

I am offering two online Astrology courses this year. They are the first two modules of last year’s 9 month course. Those who participated found their insights and understandings of astrology and themselves through their horoscopes very worthwhile, illumining, and supportive. Each session is webcasted and sent to all students for their review or if one cannot attend the session live. My book, Astrology Illumined, co-authored with Sara Traub, is required for the Introduction course. If you already own it, use the “without book” link to register. *If you want to re-take this astrology course, use the registration link for “repeat students.”

Introduction to Astrology, 6 week course begins Saturday, April 27 at 9 am MT/11 am ET. Tuition: $90. Astrology Illumined is discounted when purchased for the course.

Esoteric Astrology, 6 week course begins Tuesday, June 18 at 9 am Mt/11 am ET. Registrations begin in May.

Part 1 in this series: Saturn in Capricorn


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