Astrology

USA Headed for 2nd Civil War?

The last time Neptune entered Aries was 13 April 1861, the exact date when the fall of Fort Sumter, marked the commencement of the first Civil War.

In early 2025, Neptune will enter Aries again for the first time since 1861.

Does this mean America will suffer another civil war? Maybe, and maybe not.

Although there are many methods we could use to investigate this, I suggest that we compare the ingress chart for the moment when Neptune entered Aries in 1861 with that of when it will enter Aries in 2025.

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Summary: The same planetary players – Uranus/Mars/Moon – are in action in both charts but they group together differently. Maybe just a coup this time instead of a full-scale civil war? Who knows. But most certainly there is the same seriously quarrelsome mood afoot  in both charts.

Analysis:

  1. 1861 – the conjunction of Uranus/Mars/Moon in Gemini in the 9th house (hovering ingress 1861.jpgnear the Mid-heaven) is most prominent. If the Moon represents the common people, then in combination with Mars (military) and Uranus (revolutions/change/upheaval at all levels in a nation), this suggests a highly disgruntled populace ready for a fight to achieve serious change – especially regarding the ‘belief system’ holding the nation together (i.e. commonly accepted values and morals meant to safeguard society).
  2. 1861 – that Uranus/Mars/Moon conjunction in Gemini also ties into Saturn by square. Institutions/ traditions upholding law and order was at serious odds with the people. That Saturn is in the 12th house suggests something ‘fishy’ going in regards to national institutions/traditions – it also suggests those institutions/traditions were manifestly fearful of undergoing change. This conjunction also straddles the United States’ natal Uranus (8 Gemini 55) – the very symbol of the revolution the Americans had just fought to gain their freedom from Britain. It was time for a big change.USA.jpg
  3. 2025 – Uranus and Mars are in close sextile aspect – suggesting that military upheaval could be, again, in the cards. But this time, the Moon (common people) is not in line with Uranus/Mars (Moon makes a square to Mars). Although the people are again in a quarrelsome mood, they aren’t quite so keen on a military solution. Still, you can expect lots of angry rhetoric. This Moon is in the ‘hot-air’ sign of Aries, which it turns makes a square aspect with the US natal Mercury (the national myth). Note also that this ingress Mars sits directly on the US natal Mercury, reinforcing the idea of very angry words.
  4. 2025 – Mars is on the 4th house cusp of this chart (angular and hence, powerful). The 4th house also signifies the Ingress 2025common people – not as an active group (as when symbolised by the Moon) but more as the place that the common people call ‘home’. If Moon/Mars combinations tend to be explosive, add Uranus (1st house) to the mix and it becomes even more so. This plays out both at home (4th house) and with the national identity (1st house). This is, frankly, worrying.
  5. 2025 – Pluto (violent phases of self-healing) in the 10th house (government and ruling class in including the president) could suggest a coup instead of an all-out civil war. This notion of ousting the government in favour of something more to the people’s liking is echoed with Pluto making a sextile to the Sun (politics, ruling class, and leaders).
  6. 2025 – Finally, although there is much energy (planets) in the 12th house, I believe this does not necessarily spell disaster. For example, it might symbolise lots of ‘underground’ diplomacy going on to avoid war. The problem is, however, that just the day before this a solar eclipse (9 Aries 0) occurred stirring up trouble. That eclipse not only falls in the US natal 4th house (the place people call ‘home’) but it also ties very closely to the US natal Uranus (8 Gemini 55) – that very same wave of revolutionary spirit that the Americans rode to break free from Britain 249 years before.
Astrology

Batten Down the Hatches

Back in April 2018, I was lucky enough to attend The Astrology of Wealth Management, a seminar given by Christeen Skinner, a clever and well-experienced financial astrologer with a client base of market-traders, investors, CEO’s, and entrepreneurs. In that seminar, Christeen warned us to clear as much personal debt as possible prior to 2020.

I took her advice. Would you have done?

In 2020, there will be several planetary cycles crashing up against together like tectonic plates. Expect some ‘serious global financial fallout’.

According to Christeen, ‘this will a really tough time’ – ‘there are too many bubbles under the surface’ – ‘expect a serious financial reset’ – ‘batten down the hatches and prepare to ride out the storm’ – ‘this is a crisis of values – what matters most’.

What matters most to you and how will you protect it?

Christeen was right – and we’re in middle of this right now:

  • The Saturn/Pluto cycle (33 years) is a compulsive/obsessive energy that constellates violent reactions and victimization. The theme of this planetary cycle suggests the ‘need for endings’.
  • The Jupiter/Pluto cycle (12 years) is associated with international terrorism; it suggests political power struggles – punctuated by excessive optimism and intense beliefs. The theme of this planetary cycle is ‘a response to fear and uncertainty’.

Add to the mix the planet Uranus (disruption) wandering back and forth on the cusp of Taurus (security and stability) and it’s sure to be a bumpy ride.

If you’ve identified a clear direction forward, do you still feel on track?

Christeen did not comment as to what might manifest as the actual trigger nor did she suggest when it might end. But given the planetary cycles involved, I’d suggest (and is NOT financial advice) that although we might feel the pressure lifting a bit in April, the situation will get tense again with the Lunar Eclipse in July and then carry on pretty much through the whole rest of 2020.

Christeen also suggested that 2024-2025 may be a tough time and I have to agree. For some years, I’ve been predicting the United States will suffer a second civil war during this period and I’m not the only one.

If that were to happen, then how might it effect the global economy and perhaps more importantly, what might be the impact on you and your family?

Finally, Christeen suggested that we might see the global markets bottoming out in mid-February 2026, which will be a difficult period for the United States for a number of good reasons.


Astrology

Financial Astrology – might we be headed for a significant recession in 2025-2026?

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend an entire day of lectures by Christeen Skinner about financial astrology.

UnknownAlthough I learned many things (including that my harmonious natal connection between Jupiter and Pluto  keeps me financially afloat during tough times), my priority was to gain information to support my work-in-process novel, The Curve of Capricorn, and  its primary premise that during the period leading up to 2025, the stage becomes set for the United States to split apart at the seams (i.e. civil war).

Christeen reminds us that, at the moment, just about everything is overvalued, and that includes real estate as well as the financial markets. Unlike in 2008, however, when Pluto entered Capricorn and brought with it the Global Financial Crisis, the period from 2020 to 2025 will not so much be a period of  upheaval, but of profound re-valuation – a financial ‘reset’.

Nonetheless, it won’t be pleasant and we might expect a taste of what’s to come as early as May 2018, when Uranus enters Taurus where it has not been since 1934 (and where it will remain until 2025).

If in doubt why this might happen, consider the still outrageously high levels of national and personal debt across the globe. Although those well-advised not only will not take on any additional debt but will clear what do they carry prior to 2020, many will frivolously continue to borrow and borrow – at least until the bubble of the present fantasy-land bursts. Expect events on or about 21 December 2020 to usher in a huge dose of reality.

Then, not only does the Jupiter/Saturn cycle start in a new element (i.e. this shift occurs about every 250 years) but also Pluto and Mars (in Aries) are in an exact square. This is an explosive energy heralding in a new beginning.  Two other planetary cycles will commence at this time (1) Jupiter/Pluto (excessive optimism) and (2) Saturn/Pluto (push for contraction). Obviously, these conflict; expect confusion. Also, keep in mind that whenever Pluto is involved, we can expect violence, victimization, crisis, fear, and uncertainty. Think racial tension, taxation melt-down, social class power struggle and global health concerns (possibly a pandemic) not to mention serious changes in weather patterns (based on solar flare activity, or rather, lack thereof) that could make certain parts of the world, including some areas of the United States, no longer habitable.

The plot thickens.

The next significant recession is astrologically expected in 2025-2026 with mid-February 2026 seeing the bottoming-out of the global financial markets. This will be an especially difficult period for the United States for many reasons, not the least of which is that in 2022, America will suffer its first Pluto return (i.e. a cosmic wake-up call and time of massive transition). The current political system is not working. This cannot and will not continue.

rough roadWhatever happens in the lead up to 2025, the proverbial shit will hit the fan when in late March of that year, Neptune moves into Aries where it has not been since 1861, the start of the American Civil War.

What does all of this mean for the rest of us?

Hang on to your hats and prepare for a rough ride but always remember that whatever goes up must come down and vice versa. So if the markets are high, then sell and if they’re at rock-bottom, it’s the perfect time to buy. Again, those well-advised might weather this upcoming turbulent period very well, indeed.

Astrology

Uranus in Taurus – USA leads disruption in world order from 2018 – 2025

The planet Uranus generally spends 8 or so years in a particular sign and on 15 May 2018, it will enter Taurus, where it has not been since 1934 through 1941.

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If Taurus is about security and stability and Uranus is about revolution (but once in power can be autocratic and totalitarian), then whilst Uranus is in Taurus, we might expect disruption in stability and security on a world-wide level. The last time Uranus was in Taurus, the rise of Nazi Germany and Italian Fascism (not to mention Japan’s invasion of China) most certainly disrupted world security and stability. If you go back further, you’ find it connected with the start of the protestant reformation (Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Capricorn in 1517 just like they are right now.

Uranus will remain in Taurus until July 2025 when it enters Gemini.[1]

An ingress chart is used to take the pulse of the period which it covers (2018-2025) for a particular country. This chart is set for the location of government (Washington, DC) of the country (USA) in question at the exact moment of the ingress of Uranus into Taurus.

Ingress U into Taurus.jpgLeo is rising in this chart hence the Sun is the chart ruler and its position and aspects are key to the overall situation. Each planet in this chart symbolises a function that binds Americans into the nation- state and with the Sun, that function relates to its political leadership, most importantly, the office of president.

The Sun in this chart is high in the sky in the 10th house, where it is the natural ruler. Clearly during this period, the American presidency – as a political position and function – will be highly visible.

That the Sun in this chart has just formed a lunation (i.e. a new moon) is also key. A new cycle will have just commenced, although just like with any new moon, it’s still too dark to tell yet how it will unfold. Also, because the Moon represents the common people, we know that this new cycle must have to do with how the president and the presidency is perceived by and related to the electorate (common people).

When looking at an ingress chart such as this, we need to concentrate on ‘angular’ planets – i.e. planets which make close aspects to the angles (cusps of 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses). These are the planetary power brokers in question.

In this chart, there are three such planets:

  1. Uranus – (high in the sky at ‘high noon’ at the MC, or 10th house cusp at 29 Aries 20). Clearly the most powerful planet (by placement) in this chart.
  2. Mars – (at 29 Capricorn 47) makes a very, very close square aspect not only to that Uranus (0 Taurus 0) but also to the MC.
  3. Mercury – (at 3 Taurus 19) also in the 10th house and conjunct the MC although out of sign.

Put these all together, and expect some disruptive (Uranus) news (Mercury) about the president and/or presidency (MC and 10th house) that will have something to do with the military (Mars). The overall tone for the next seven years (lunation at ingress) will be disruption in world security and stability (think rise of Nazi Germany) and the United States as a nation state as well as its political leadership will be prominently (as was Hitler and Germany) featured in whatever unfolds.

[1] Note that the ingress of Uranus into Gemini has a long-established link for the US with war – in particular the American Revolution, the Civil War, and WWII. Note also that the ingress of Neptune into Aires in 1861 heralded to the day, the first shot of the America Civil war and Neptune will enter Aries again in March 2025. This suggests that 2025 will be a very significant year for the nation state we know now as the United States of America.

 

Astrology

Astrological Analysis for 2016 US Elections and Beyond

 

Executive Summary:
The Democrats will take the White House in 2016 in what will, sadly, turn out to be a failed bid to move America toward more socialistic/economically stable ground. The right-wing/fascist movement will continue growing in strength leaving America pretty much in the same position of dangerous polarization currently experienced until about 2026, at which time it’s quite possible that America as we now know it will fall apart at the seams; all the indicators then are those of revolution and civil war.

Detailed Analysis:

Regarding the upcoming 2016 US presidential election, this is how I see the outcome based on traditional mundane astrology (see http://www.skyscript.co.uk/ingresses.html for details:

The key players:

Sun = represents the President (persons in authority, prime ministers, cabinet minsters, the leaders of a nation).

Moon = denotes the common people, women in general, the crowd in the streets. In a mundane chart, the Moon shows where the public’s attention will fall.

Neptune = rules socialism, communism, and as the symbol of the urge towards collectivism, it suggests left-wing political ideas.

Jupiter = rules the nation’s wealth, banks, and bankers as well as the judicial system.

Pluto = represents the principle of metamorphosis and regeneration especially in regards to those aspects of life carried on hidden from public view.

Uranus = influence over rioting and outbreaks of political tension, right-wing political ideas, fascism.

Venus = governs women’s issues (marriage & children) as well as peace and diplomatic resolutions.

Saturn = Land owners, farmers, state funerals, public sorrow, and disappointment.

Let’s start by reminding ourselves that it’s all change for the United States of America:

  • Transiting Pluto (currently at 16 Capricorn) has now just finished its opposition to America’s natal Sun (13 Cancer) Jan – Nov 2015;
  • Pluto has taken 239 years to reach this point;
  • Transiting Uranus joined in with transiting Pluto in square aspect (challenging aspect) = political vision coupled with urgent need to destroy old forms and attitudes.
  • The Pluto/Uranus cycle = 84 years = we are now experiencing the closing square for the conjunction of 1963-1968 – difficult times when protestors took to the streets rejecting the long status quo of unquestioned acceptance of authority.
  • Sun = the President and persons in authority and Pluto = metamorphosis and regeneration.
  • With opposition from Pluto (with help from Uranus) during all of 2015 it’s already started and won’t finish conjunct its own position at 27 Capricorn in America’s natal chart during the period Feb 2022 through Oct 2023.

US national chart

Predictions the presidential election 2016:

  • Moon/Neptune = Moon (common people and public attention) conjunct (acting in close concert) Neptune (socialism and left-wing politics) = prediction – common people will catch public attention for turning out in groves (grass roots type of thing) to bring in a more a socialist America. Note that for purposes of Mundane astrology, the Moon is the ruler of America (Mercury, Sun, Jupiter, and Venus all in Cancer which is ruled by the Moon). This means that for America to survive, the needs of the Moon must be met.
  • Jupiter/Pluto = Jupiter (national wealth and banks/bankers) in Square (challenging aspect) with Pluto (metamorphosis and regeneration especially regarding those aspects of life carried on hidden from public view ) = prediction –  significant (and potentially painful) rearrangement of who controls American wealth.
  • Uranus/ Venus = Uranus (right-wing politics) trine (easy aspect) Venus (women’s issues, peace, diplomatic issues) à a significant airing (potential riots) of significant tension involving the role of women in the world at large, and especially in politics.But because Uranus/Venus (right-wing politics) does not make any connection to either the Sun (President) or the Moon (common people/public attention), right-wingers will not end up in power.
  • Saturn/Neptune = However, Saturn (public sorrow and disappointment) is also in Square (challenging aspect) to the Moon/Neptune and because Saturn/Neptune signals the urge to anchor a mystical/spiritual vision in society (socialism/communism). In 2016 we have the incoming square of a 36-year cycle– and hence this means tying up loose ends for business commenced back in 1989 with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. In my view, this 2016 square aspect does not spell success for realistic socialist change – the common people may want but those in power will press ever harder to preserve the traditional values they support. Until some way is found to actualize the mystical/spiritual vision of Saturn/Neptune, we can expect deep hatred and dangerous polarization to continue in American politics until the end of this present Saturn/Neptune cycle in 2026.

US election 2016

 

  • Summary –  The Democrats will take the 2016 presidency in their bid to move American toward more socialist, financially honest/secure ground but the result will bring only public sorrow and disappointment.
    • The right-wing ‘fascist’ group will not give up their fight and general climate of dangerous polarization currently present in America will continue through to 2022-2026.
    • As Pluto (force for creative destruction) is the biggest astrological player in this game, if the growing schism of left/right politics in America hasn’t found resolution, when transiting Pluto shifts from Capricorn to Aquarius in 2026, we might expect the United States to come apart at the seams.
    • Uranus (right-wing/fascism) is the modern ruler of Aquarius and however forward-thinking and democratic modern astrologers might like to think Aquarius, it used to be ruled by Saturn and hence has a good deal to do with keeping the status quo; both Uranus and Aquarius are associated with full-scale revolution (Uranus having been discovered in conjunction with both the French and American revolutions).
    • By 2026 Neptune will have moved into Aries and if, as has oft been suggested, Neptune = zeitgeist, then Neptune in Aries suggests the prevailing sentiment will be civil war. The last time Neptune was in Aries was 1861-1875 and of course the historians amongst you will realize that 1861 did signal the commencement of the American Civil.
Astrology

The Makings of a Good Character – Point of View – Belief

BeliefEPoint of view shades and colours the way we see the world.

Have you ever heard or reacted to phrases like: “Life is unfair,” “You can’t fight City Hall,” “ All life is a game of chance,” “ You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”?   These are all points of view. –  Syd Field – The Screen Writer’s Workbook.

As Carl Jung said, physical reality is just one kind of reality.  In this respect, if someone holds a belief (however possible of physical manifestation) then that belief  it is as real as anything else.

Character POV is that belief.

Your character’s point of view may be that the indiscriminate slaughtering of dolphins and whales is morally wrong because they are two of the most intelligent species on the planet, maybe smarter than men. Your character supports that point of view by participating in demonstrations and wearing T-shirts with Save the whales and dolphins on them. That’s an aspect of characterization. Syd Field – The Screen Writer’s Workbook.

Although there are many astrological aspects contributing to one’s POV, I suggest that the most powerful and accessible is through Jupiter.

Jupiter is our personal connection with the “divine plan”. – Liz Greene

Jupiter is the fire that connects you to the larger picture. – Darby Costello

Jupiter is the desire to view facts and events within a wider framework. – Karen Hamaker-Zondag

  • Jupiter in Aries – is on a crusade – save the world – save the whales – save everything – beliefs are passionate and held with such courage and conviction that it’s virtually impossible to persuade them elsewise.  You’re likely to find this character marching through the streets with placards or making a fiery speech in favour of Occupy Wall Street.  “I can and will fight city hall.”
  • Jupiter in Taurus – trusts in the beauty and abundance of the material world– especially when hard work and personal enterprise are concerned – good with finances – beliefs are unadventurous and must lead to tangible results – you may find this character a successful homemaker or helping start up businesses or organizing fundraisers for an art gallery or opera house.  “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.”
  • Jupiter in Gemini – believes in the power of words and ideas – the only problem is that while gathering the evidence to support his beliefs, he has a tendency to get distracted.  Beliefs are aimed at furthering connections or  imparting information.  You’re likely to find this character as a stand-up comedian or award winning journalist or even a blogger who has an opinion on everything.  Beliefs tend to be idealistic and not necessarily intended to be realised.  “You won’t believe this one.
  • Jupiter in Cancer – believes in history and tradition.  Beliefs are aimed at preserving the family unit – giving help to those within the ‘extended family’ and receiving help in return.  The emphasis is on closeness – the shared experience.  This character is likely to be found in the caring professions – nursing, social work, or a family court judge.  Equally she may be a chef or even a nun. “Have some more – it’s good for you.”
  • Jupiter in Leo – is pulled toward anything that brings joy and meaning to others as well as to self – beliefs likely have a philanthropic bent – they aim to bring out the best in everyone – especially self.  You’re likely to find this character running a charity or campaigning for better schools in his neighbourhood or even selling ice cream at the sea shore. “Give and you shall receive.”
  • Jupiter in Virgo – concentrates on the little things – believes reward is not to be found in the big picture, but in the detail.  Beliefs tend to be reduced to a sense of duty, which must not be shirked.  You’re likely to find this character as the tiresome civil servant or tax collector who leaves no stone unturned.  Equally this character may an overseas relief worker or missionary schoolteacher.  “Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.”
  • Jupiter in Libra – is polite and politically correct – beliefs tend toward that which will bring beauty, justice, and harmony – the focus is the other – never on the self.  You’re likely to find this character as the wise judge, the diplomat smoothing over troubled waters in order to avoid war, or as a reformer advocating social improvements to bring some modicum of fairness to a world that is (regrettably) inherently unfair.  “There are two sides to every story.”
  • Jupiter in Scorpio – has an extraordinary depth of understanding of human nature which (sadly) may not always be used to the best ends – beliefs tend toward anything that gets to the bottom of things. Yet this character is likely to be very secretive and unwilling to share.  Thus this character will likely be found in solitary pursuits such as research or detective work or even as a psychologist or occultist.  “There’s always more than meets the eye.”
  • Jupiter in Sagittarius – is philosophic and idealistic – believes in man’s ability to move mountains through faith and hope – vision, trust, and intuition are the keys to a better life. You’re as likely to find this character in the hallowed halls of academia, a noted author, or a highly revered spiritual leader.  “Tomorrow- tomorrow – there’s always tomorrow.”
  • Jupiter in Capricorn – is constrained and conservative – beliefs (which tend to be dogmatic) must incorporate goals that aim toward achievement of something ‘real’ and of lasting worth.   Because of the always present need for maintaining social position and garnering respect, this character is likely to be highly visible in the business community or politics or church.  “Nothing a little elbow grease won’t fix.”
  • Jupiter in Aquarius – is focused on understanding through logic and science – beliefs (which are almost always dogmatic) are naturally idealistic and forward thinking – and usually aimed at improving humanity.  You’re likely to find this character as a political reformer, scientist, or mathematician.  He is the consummate absent minded professor or zanny individualist.  “There must be a better way.”
  • Jupiter in Pisces – has a penchant for spirituality and is easily influenced by dogma and piety.   Beliefs tend toward the expansion of universal values – peace on earth – good will toward men – compassion for those less fortunate – turn the other cheek.   They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions and this might be the by-word for a character with this placement.  She is likely to be found as a healer, psychic, well-meaning campaigner for the poor. Belief system may be hazy – hard to pin down much less exemplify.  “Please, let me help you.”
Philosophy

Rousseau’s Social Contract & Why the Rich Get Richer While the Poor Get Poorer

My husband and I recently visited a charming 280-acre National Trust property nestled in the green hills of south Oxfordshire.  First built in the late Middle Ages, Greys Court comprises a substantial complex of sandstone buildings and walled courtyard gardens.  Enjoying coffee and cake in a long, low building said to have garrisoned Cromwell’s soldiers during the Civil War, we contemplated battles long since fought and won. With dozens of other tourists, we rambled  through the three-gabled Elizabethan house dreaming of what it must have been like to have grown up  in such a comfortable and privileged home .

But it was while admiring century-old wisteria awash in a sea of bluebells that I remembered Rousseau’s observation that the ‘fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody’.  If this were true, then why do some families flourish on 280 acre country estates while others scratch out their survival in a city slum? Rousseau suggests a diabolically simple answer:

“The first man who having enclosed a piece of ground, thought up the statement this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him…was the real founder of civil society.”

Society yes.  Civil no.  It was Rousseau’s view that the social contract devised by men to make their property secure was not in accord with the ‘natural order’, but instead was a hoax perpetrated by the rich on the poor.  In other words, the poor (majority) had been tricked into agreeing to give their right to share in the wealth of the land to the rich (minority).   According to Rousseau in exchange for peace and protection:

“All ran headlong to their chains, believing they had secured their liberty.”

I question whether such a social contract remains in society’s best interest in the 21st century.  Do we still require privileged property owners to care for us?  Or in a post-modern democracy are we capable to taking care of ourselves?

If we conclude the later, then is it not up to each one of us work toward changing the terms of the social contract?  Do we really want that in the interests of all, the rich get richer while the poor get poorer?

Or might we rather like it the other way around?

:)
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