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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.

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Psychological projections – uncomfortable gifts for a more authentic you

It’s only natural to assume that the world is as we see it and that people are as we imagine them to be. But the reality is a bit more complicated than that and part of the reason is because of the psychological phenomena known as ‘projection’.

According to psychology folks, projection is an automatic process whereby the contents of your own unconscious are perceived to be in others. According to astrology folks, projection is down to a particular planet (or group of planets) in one’s natal chart that is, in effect, disowned and attributed to others. According to counsellors and coaches, perception is projection and vice versa because it is only then we can become conscious of our projections that we can deal with them and implement desired change.

hqdefault.jpgFor example, if I’m angry at someone but because of variety of reasons I can’t express it, I might ‘project’ my anger (or astrological Mars) onto that other person and then be surprised that I’m a victim of his or her  aggression. Once I understand what is happening, I can work with my coach or counsellor to stop blaming others for my own anger and find a better, more profitable way of expressing it.

Being able to hone in quickly on to people’s most likely projections will benefit (among others) psychologists, therapists, counsellors, and coaches.

Typical places in the  natal chart to look for potential planets or energies ripe for projection are as follows:

  • 7th house – because these planets are the furthest away from your essential self (i.e. 1st house) they are often ripe for projection – for example, consider the client with Venus in the 7th. Because Venus = values, it’s not unexpected to hear her say that she leaves decisions to her husband because she doesn’t really know what she wants.
  • 10th house – this is a perfect place for projections onto role models and authorities both good and bad. If, for example, your Pluto is in your 10th house and you do NOT see yourself as being particularly ambitious, it would not be unexpected to hear you talk about having experience relationships with bosses, teachers, or even public officials (authority figures) with whom you always lose.
  • 4th house –this is the place you’re more likely to project onto family – past, present, and future. For example, one client with her Moon conjunct Saturn in Virgo in the 4th has always found her mother to be bitter and critical. It wasn’t until she had a daughter of her own that she began to realize that she could be as bitter and critical as had been her mother and this was not a welcome realization.
  • 9th house – in this house your look for faith and meaning as well as your own ‘highest good’. If Pluto is in your 9th, you might believe that teachers and professors and priests care nothing about anyone but themselves. By contrast, if your Sun is in the 9th, you might find the perfect guru – one who seems to be everything you’d like to be and more.
  • 6th house – this house is associated with servants, employees, animals and other ‘inferiors’ and so planets in the 6th house may well become part of a power dynamic making us behave in cruel ways to those considered inferior to ourselves (in status). We might also project onto ‘inferior’ parts of ourselves. For example, consider the client with a strong Mars in 6th house – a Mars that she seems reluctant to use for her own benefit. It’s little wonder that she finds herself the proverbial whipping boy of for her employers.

Although these are some typical candidates for projection, we can project anything that doesn’t feel comfortable with the rest of our charts and/or which we have been forbidden to do (i.e. like display anger).

The telltale signs of projections include strong and often uncomfortable (or fearful) reactions to someone or something  – an extra emotional charge that is out of keeping with our usual proclivities. Such reactions may have a luminous – amorphous quality – i.e they don’t make sense – rather like ‘falling in love’ (which is apparently, itself, a projection).

As counselors and coaches, we should resist the temptation to jump in and ‘make it all better’ for the client. Likewise, don’t rush to name or explain. Let clients sit with their the results of their projections with it for a while – because it is through them that they’ll find lost parts of themselves.

 

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Pluto in Aquarius – it’s not really all about technology backfiring is it?

It’s no surprise that astrologers are getting anxious.

In 2023, Pluto leaves Capricorn where it has been since 2008 and makes its way into Aquarius where it will remain until 2044.

Much of what I’ve been reading in the blogs, et al, about what this transition is likely to be about, focuses on technology (Aquarius) and because Pluto is involved, the idea is that where we’ve gone too far with technology and this is the period during which it  will backfire (Pluto) on us, bigtime.

OK, that’s one interpretation.

But how about digging deeper?

Getting to grips with what Aquarius is and always has been, all about?

One approach might be to look at the ancient star lore connected with Fomalhaut, the Ottoman miniatrure from the 17th century (Istanbul University Library)fixed star associated with the zodiac sign of Aquarius. According to the Greek astronomer, Aratus (270 BC), Fomalhaut is at the Pourer’s (Aquarius) feet where it forms part of the fixed cross of the four Royal Stars of Persia – the ‘watchers’ or guardians of the sky (angelic powers).

rudabeh-letting-hair--stBernadette Brady considers Fomalhaut rather like the legendary Persian warrior, Zal, who although seriously out of step with society (a white-haired man who’d been raised in a bird’s nest), managed (through his usually considerate behaviour) to win the heart of the beautiful princess, Redabeh. Even though the odds were against the couple, Zal persisted and, eventually, they were allowed to marry.

A lovely story complete with high ideals and lofty visions. Hence those with Fomalhaut strong in the horoscopes will often have to clash with mainstream thought (tradition) to achieve their ideals (progress). Let’s not forget that Aquarius is ruler by two very opposing energies – (1) Saturn (authority) and (2) Uranus (rebellion).

It should thus come as no surprise that the very last time that Pluto was in Aquarius (1777-1796), we suffered both the French and American revolutions. Most certainly that was a time when mainstream thought was challenged to achieve some pretty lofty ideals, and for the greater (communal) good, too. Because Fomalhaut (Aquarius) is in opposition to Regulus (Leo), the by-word during this time will be ‘we’ rather than ‘me’.

thIndeed, when Pluto was in Aquarius prior to that (1532-1552), Henry VIII broke with the Catholic Church and established the Church of England. In 1536, the dissolution of the monasteries began: quite a rebellious break with tradition. Whether this was for the communal good is questionable. But let’s not forget that this period saw the birth of  Elizabeth I, who by all accounts was a gifted poet, as well as a much-loved sovereign and a savvy diplomat.  Sure, she wielded immense power, but she was no dictator. Not only did she encourage her country to begin an era of cultural experimentation and scientific advancement, but she handsomely rewarded her subjects for doing just that.

In summary, with Pluto in Aquarius, we can expect upset of the status quo in order for humanity to pursue new and progressive ideals. No longer will be focus be on ‘me’ but instead, on ‘we’.

Quite what this has to do with technology backfiring, I honestly don’t know. But I’d be more than happy to discuss it.

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Happy Birthday Aquarius

What might those with Sun in Aquarius expect this year?

  • Goals and values serve each other. With Venus and the Sun conjunct (in Aquarius), you can look forward to a harmonious period. Enjoy music, the arts, anything and everything that not only makes you feel good, but also that is in keeping with your personal values. Not certain what those values might be? Great time for some ‘soul-searching’! You might even have a go at some standardised tests – for example, https://www.valuescentre.com/mapping-values/values.  Key words for Aquarius: dispassionate, impersonal, nonconformist, observant, idealist – sound familiar?animal-orange-aquarius
  • Motivations of self and others. With Pluto conjunct Mercury (in Capricorn), you can look forward to some serious conversations. If ever you’ve needed to get to the bottom of things, now is the time; the motivations of self and others become perfectly clear. The only problem is that you might not like what you find. Power struggles and manipulative behaviour are rife with Pluto/Mercury in combination. Perfect time for counselling or other similar personal work. Even consider coaching if you’ve got a specific goal in mind. The point is that the more self-aware you are, the better your chances of achieving it (Capricorn).
  • Unlimited Potential. With Jupiter conjunct Mars (in Scorpio), you’ve got the power – creative power, that is. Mars in the planet associated with taking action and Jupiter is associated with vision. As long as you’re being (1) true to yourself (Mars) and (2) ethical (Jupiter), the potential is great for you to be hugely successful. The problem comes if you’re tempted to sacrifice one for the other. The task of Mars/Jupiter is to resolve ethical, moral, and philosophical dilemmas.  Prioritise! Believe it or not, there are limitations on your time, energy, and resource.

Based on moment when the Sun enters Aquarius in 2018, the above comments pertain to all Aquarians. But if you’d like to find out more about what is in store for you specifically, a solar return chart would be perfect.

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North Korea+United States = War?

I wrote this several months ago a = then it was mere speculation and now its beginning to look like something else altogether….

 

Trump and North Korea share bad blood. If North Korea has it in for the US then equally, everything for which North Korea stands gets Trump’s metaphorical ‘goat’. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Although the US may be prone to making threats, it does not usually enjoy a taste for war. However, if ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable leader/dictator, it is now; with transiting Pluto making a seriously uncomfortable conjunction with his natal Sun, he is ‘enjoying’ a compulsive and self-destructive energy that will crescendo in late September/October 2017. Those  believing that North Korea is not ‘suicidal’, may wish to think again.

UnknownDetails/Astrological Analysis:

  1. One generally accepted natal chart for North Korea is set for 9 September 1948 (noon chart) in Pyongyang. Because no time is known, the chart’s houses/angles cannot be used. Interestingly, NK’s Saturn is at 28 Leo 47 is not so very far from Mr Trump’s natal Mars at 26 Leo 47 (and Trump’s ascendant at 29 Leo 47). The combination of Mars/Saturn is ‘harmful’ and/or ‘destructive’ and accompanies a ‘tendency to get hurt or injured’. There definitely is bad blood between Trump and North Korea.North Korea.jpg
  2. The upcoming total solar eclipse (21 August 2017) will occur at 28 Leo 55. Eclipses shake things up, rearranging events already in play. With a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and just for a moment or two, irrationality (lunar) replaces rationality (solar).
  3. Worse, transiting Uranus (28 Aries 23 – retrograde) weighs in by trine. Uranus disrupts (lightning bolt) everything that it touches. The trine aspect is a ‘slippery slope’ – one step and you’re sliding – wee! The combination of Uranus, Mars, and Saturn equates to ‘sudden illness and/or sudden death’. This combination has also been associated with ‘the ability to give as well as to take under provocation’ although it is also ‘an inclination to brute force’ and ‘a test of nervous strength.’
  4. NK’s natal Uranus (0 Cancer 15) is widely conjunct Trump’s Mercury (8 Cancer 52). Let’s face it: Mr Trump is ‘hung up’ on communication and with this conjunction, NK’s very existence prompts Trump to communicate. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Trump natal.jpg
  5. NK’s natal Jupiter (19 Sagittarius 59) plugs into Trump’s natal Moon opposition Sun/Uranus (approx. 21-22 Sagittarius/Gemini) – suggesting that everything for which NK stands for gets Trump’s metaphorical goat (i.e. NK’s Jupiter = it’s national philosophy/religion). NK’s natal Pluto makes a trine (slippery slope) to NK’s Jupiter – keywords include: plutocracy, conflicts with authority, and pursuit of fanatical aims.
  6. NK/Trump configuration triggers the US natal Mars at 21 Gemini 23, and so we ought not to be surprised with the exchanged messages of war. Whether or not this manifests in an actual war, remains to be seen. But although Mars in Gemini may be quarrelsome – there nothing in the United States natal chart suggesting a fondness for war.
  7. Add in that Trump’s nodal axis straddles this entire combination suggesting some element of fate to the mix.
  8. Most interesting is that NK’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is currently undergoing a Pluto transit to his natal Sun at 17 Capricorn 15 (once in a life-time transit). Kim Jong-un’s Capricorn Sun is ruled by Saturn and Saturn and Pluto are mortal enemies. Pluto transits to one’s natal Sun suggests deep transformation of personal identity. Although this was never going to be an easy transit, for a Capricorn Sun, it is going to feel like decimation. If ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable, it is now; Pluto/Sun is a compulsive and self-destructive energy. Worse, in late September/October 2017, transiting Pluto will station Kim Jong-un’s Sun (16 Capricorn 51) – just 24 minutes of arc – that is pretty close.[1] If transiting Pluto to his natal Sun is powerful, a stationing Pluto is even more so. The energy is so intense, so focused, it cannot (and will not) be ignored.

 

[1] This is based on the 1983 birth of Kim Jong-un – there is some suggestion he was born instead in 1984, which would put his Sun at 17 Capricorn hence the distance between Pluto’s station would be 46 minutes of arc – further, but still close.

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Once, I knew a Belgian ‘white’ witch who had been a powerful (hereditary) black magician. At the height of his powers, he could kill a man just by looking at him, or at least so he said. Sounds a bit much but I believed him – not the least because he had a Pluto Square Mercury and Pluto sextile Venus – both within seconds of arc.

For some, tapping into outer planetary energies like Pluto comes easy. Presto! Results! Yeah! Yet these energies are particularly dangerous because they will remain forever beyond the personal Ego’s grasp.

Not surprisingly, then, after partaking in a power battle with other black magicians, my friend awoke in the middle of the Belgian Ardennes with 70% burns over his body. He made promise to himself then and there that if he didn’t die, he’d mend his magical ways and he did.

My ‘white’ witch friend learned the hard way that there are two sides to the magical equation. Because of this, he was always critical of ‘New Age’ practitioners who focus only on ‘goodness’ and ‘light’.

440px-Tovenaarsleerling_S_Barth.pngLike the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the uninitiated usually fail to understand the true nature of the energies at hand and, in their inexperienced hands, things can quickly get out of control.  Even in the hands of the very experienced, things can and do go terribly wrong.

I’m only too thankful that I do NOT have Pluto in the mix with with my personal planets. If did, I’d be joining ranks with some seriously powerful witches and ceremonial magicians. That’s much too much responsibility for me and I know it. But what if some ‘goodness and light’ article/post stimulates someone with tight Pluto contacts to play their hand at the game?

A good magician works with the forces of nature – not against them. He knows the difference of what he can and cannot change. A good magician full well knows that there are ‘dark forces’ in the universe and, whilst he may not actively seek them out, he is prepared to deal with if needs be.

Are you?

 

 

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Solar Return for Ms K 2016-17 / Be Careful!

The Solar Return chart gives a brief snapshot of a 12 month period (birthday-to-birthday).  Such predictive techniques are necessarily short and sweet giving you, the client, the chance to fill in the details for yourself.

The following is for Ms K’s –  2016-2017:


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You’ve been busy thinking not only about others but also how your life fits with theirs. But please be careful what actions you take based on conclusions that you may have drawn. Failure to exercise due caution could land you in big trouble. You’re in a period of testing as to your ability to exercise self restraint and, based on your natal chart, this may not be easy. Ms K SR 2016 17.jpg

 

Analysis:

  1. Solar Return  (SR) Mercury (28 Scorpio 50) is trine the SR Ascendant (28 Cancer 50). This suggests that since your last birthday, you’ve been busy forming ideas about others as well as determining your own position in regards to them. Although chances are that you’ve not been sharing your thoughts or conclusions (Mercury is secretive in Scorpio), you’ve undoubtedly drawn up a good list. But please be careful about whatever it is that you might plan to do as the result of these conclusions. The trine aspect is oft described as a slippery slope – one step in that direction and whoosh, down in the mud you go!
  2. Needless to say that during 2016-17, actions taken without careful forethought could land you in big trouble – perhaps, even causing serious damage to your status and/or social position.
  3. SR Mars (1 Aquarius 55) is also making a sextile your SR Mid-heaven (MC) at 2 Aires 19:
    • According to classical astrology, Mars in Aquarius ‘is inclined more easily towards doing evil’ and can be ‘rash and reckless’ with ‘little concern for planning.’
    • Because the MC symbolises, amongst other things, your position in the community, your reputation is on the line.
    • Luckily, the sextile gives plenty of room to manoeuvre: you can either take up what it offers or walk away. By taking one approach, this SR MC in Aries could manifest as the successful, confident establishment of your individuality. Equally, a different approach will lead to rash, covetous behaviour.
  4. Using the classical technique known as Directing by Triplicity, we again see the need for careful consideration. You are moving from a period governed by your natal Sun in Scorpio to that governed by your Saturn in Capricorn. This is a huge and significant shift:
Key words for Sun in Scorpio Struggle, will power, succeed at any cost –  prone to overestimation of ‘self’ which in turn leads to arguments/difficulties.
Key words for Saturn in Capricorn Self-restraint, diplomacy, endurance, industry, a strong will to succeed through slow but sure advancement.
  1. Interestingly, both your natal Sun and Saturn make close (but different) aspects to your natal Mars in Cancer:
Key words for Mars in Cancer Intense emotional life, moodiness, impulsivity marked by little perseverance.

Ms K natalWhat this means is that both the periods governed by your Sun and now, by Saturn are infused with this Martian energy – whereby your actions are governed not so much by rational thought but by emotions and instinct. But there is a difference. While your Sun and Mars have much in common (including perhaps a taste ’emotional blackmail’), your Mars and Saturn do not and herein, is the problem.

  1. Since February 2015, transiting Pluto (deep, and often painful, change) has been making a prolonged ‘hit’ to both your natal Sun/Mars and Saturn/Mars . This will continue until well into 2019.
  2. Whilst Pluto and Mars get on well enough (they are joint rules of Scorpio), Pluto and Saturn are natural enemies; Saturn builds things and Pluto tears them down. Obviously, this is not a ‘feel good’ time. But it is a time during which you can get grips with where your prior approach has let your down.
  3.  Throughout all of calendar 2019, you will enjoy your second Transits Report.jpgSaturn Return (the first one having occurred around age 29-30). This period will not only help you to consolidate your Saturn but also to integrate its constructive (building) energy into your  life. Even better, is that during most of 2018, you are due for a huge boost of in your patience (transiting Saturn conjunct natal Jupiter).
  4. All of this bodes well for your future whilst at the same time all the more difficult to achieve if, during 2016-17, you land yourself in big trouble with ill-considered actions based on ill-considered conclusions/ideas.

 

 

 

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North Korea+United States = War?

 

Trump and North Korea share bad blood. If North Korea has it in for the US then equally, everything for which North Korea stands gets Trump’s metaphorical ‘goat’. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Although the US may be prone to making threats, it does not usually enjoy a taste for war. However, if ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable leader/dictator, it is now; with transiting Pluto making a seriously uncomfortable conjunction with his natal Sun, he is ‘enjoying’ a compulsive and self-destructive energy that will crescendo in late September/October 2017. Those  believing that North Korea is not ‘suicidal’, may wish to think again.

UnknownDetails/Astrological Analysis:

  1. One generally accepted natal chart for North Korea is set for 9 September 1948 (noon chart) in Pyongyang. Because no time is known, the chart’s houses/angles cannot be used. Interestingly, NK’s Saturn is at 28 Leo 47 is not so very far from Mr Trump’s natal Mars at 26 Leo 47 (and Trump’s ascendant at 29 Leo 47). The combination of Mars/Saturn is ‘harmful’ and/or ‘destructive’ and accompanies a ‘tendency to get hurt or injured’. There definitely is bad blood between Trump and North Korea.North Korea.jpg
  2. The upcoming total solar eclipse (21 August 2017) will occur at 28 Leo 55. Eclipses shake things up, rearranging events already in play. With a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and just for a moment or two, irrationality (lunar) replaces rationality (solar).
  3. Worse, transiting Uranus (28 Aries 23 – retrograde) weighs in by trine. Uranus disrupts (lightning bolt) everything that it touches. The trine aspect is a ‘slippery slope’ – one step and you’re sliding – wee! The combination of Uranus, Mars, and Saturn equates to ‘sudden illness and/or sudden death’. This combination has also been associated with ‘the ability to give as well as to take under provocation’ although it is also ‘an inclination to brute force’ and ‘a test of nervous strength.’
  4. NK’s natal Uranus (0 Cancer 15) is widely conjunct Trump’s Mercury (8 Cancer 52). Let’s face it: Mr Trump is ‘hung up’ on communication and with this conjunction, NK’s very existence prompts Trump to communicate. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Trump natal.jpg
  5. NK’s natal Jupiter (19 Sagittarius 59) plugs into Trump’s natal Moon opposition Sun/Uranus (approx. 21-22 Sagittarius/Gemini) – suggesting that everything for which NK stands for gets Trump’s metaphorical goat (i.e. NK’s Jupiter = it’s national philosophy/religion). NK’s natal Pluto makes a trine (slippery slope) to NK’s Jupiter – keywords include: plutocracy, conflicts with authority, and pursuit of fanatical aims.
  6. NK/Trump configuration triggers the US natal Mars at 21 Gemini 23, and so we ought not to be surprised with the exchanged messages of war. Whether or not this manifests in an actual war, remains to be seen. But although Mars in Gemini may be quarrelsome – there nothing in the United States natal chart suggesting a fondness for war.
  7. Add in that Trump’s nodal axis straddles this entire combination suggesting some element of fate to the mix.
  8. Most interesting is that NK’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is currently undergoing a Pluto transit to his natal Sun at 17 Capricorn 15 (once in a life-time transit). Kim Jong-un’s Capricorn Sun is ruled by Saturn and Saturn and Pluto are mortal enemies. Pluto transits to one’s natal Sun suggests deep transformation of personal identity. Although this was never going to be an easy transit, for a Capricorn Sun, it is going to feel like decimation. If ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable, it is now; Pluto/Sun is a compulsive and self-destructive energy. Worse, in late September/October 2017, transiting Pluto will station Kim Jong-un’s Sun (16 Capricorn 51) – just 24 minutes of arc – that is pretty close.[1] If transiting Pluto to his natal Sun is powerful, a stationing Pluto is even more so. The energy is so intense, so focused, it cannot (and will not) be ignored.

 

[1] This is based on the 1983 birth of Kim Jong-un – there is some suggestion he was born instead in 1984, which would put his Sun at 17 Capricorn hence the distance between Pluto’s station would be 46 minutes of arc – further, but still close.

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As promised, solar return/predictive work for MC – chin up!


Summary
– Haven’t been feeling yourself? Gloom and doom got you down? Has someone you thought you could trust deceived you? The dark cloud under which you’ve been living these past nine months will soon lift but you’ll still need to remain vigilant to avoid being deluded. Keep your spirits up! Although your skies may stay grey awhile longer, you actually are in the midst of a fantastic period of your life. How about developing your artistic abilities?

CM 2016 17.jpgDetails 2016-17:

  1. With Solar Return (SR) Saturn on the SR Midheaven (MC) –  expect a long, hard slog re: career aspirations; expect to be tired and, quite possibly, fed up. With the SR Moon also square your SR MC (and also Saturn), moodiness is magnified.
  2. But whenever Saturn is involved there’s  real opportunity for achievement – it’s like the race between the tortoise and the hare – the tortoise (Saturn) always wins not only because he never gives up, but he also knows how to pace himself.
  3. With the fixed star, Ras algethi (Stars of Hercules), conjunct this SR Saturn, there are added elements of boldness, courage, and leadership. How about channelling some energy into a project other than your day job – perhaps a charity or political cause that would give your life more purpose?
  4. Granted, positive action is difficult now not the least because Neptune is in the same degree as the nodal axis. Have you been expecting more from people than they were able to give even whilst your own sense of team/community spirit is lagging? If so, there’s good reason and with this configuration, it probably involves having been on the receiving end of some deceit/untruthfulness undertaken by someone whom you felt you could trust. It’s always worth considering, however, whether it might not have been so much that he/she told lies but that you weren’t able (or willing) to see the truth?
  5. Good news. This black cloud over your head is active only from around the time of your birthday in 2016 until the same time in 2017. Better news. This period is ¾ over!
  6. Two midpoints activated in this 2016-17 SR chart:
    • Moon/Neptune – Saturn:  this underlines pessimistic moods – this isn’t avoidable but it is temporary.
    • Sun/Pluto – Neptune: lack of energy and potential health issues – avoid becoming a martyr under any circumstances.th

 

Details 2017-18:

  1. SR Neptune is conjunct the SR MC and because it also rules the MC, it’s doubly important. Keywords for Neptune = impressionable, sympathetic, spiritual. Sounds good – but beware! With Neptune, there are always possibilities of being tricked, deceived, or otherwise deluded and with the MC, this is likely to manifest  in your career. The best defence is a good offense and so dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’ when it comes to your job. Don’t take chances. It also couldn’t hurt to take periodic advice from someone who has proven trustworthy in the past. Not everything that glitters is gold and during this period, you’ll have trouble telling the difference.
  2. No other planets are making (Ptolemaic) aspects to the angles and no planets are in the same degree as the nodal axis. Likewise, there are no midpoints we need to consider. So, let’s take a look at a few other predictive techniques to help get a better flavour for this period.
  3. Directing by triplicity is a simple but powerful tool involving the triplicity rulers of the main luminary in your natal chart (born at night=the Moon).
    • Because your natal moon is in Taurus, we look to the triplicity rulers for earth. Whilst your Moon in Taurus ruled the first 1/3 of your life, Venus in Libra is now running the show. This is a lovely, positive energy – life at its best and fully enjoyed! Keywords = friendly and obliging manner, fabulous social contacts, excellent taste, and nascent artistic skills.
    • Because of the sextile between your natal Venus and natal Neptune, all this is doubly highlighted. Maybe you’re a romantic with very high ideals? You certainly know how to get the most out of life as long as you avoid giving into chronic indecision and/or uncertainty.
    • Pluto is also tied in with your Venus (by conjunction) suggesting that when it comes to romance, you may be somewhat fanatical. It’s perfectly OK to look for intensity in relationships but, please, do try to avoid power plays.
  4. Key transits  (hard aspects only – they are most likely to materialise):
    • Transiting Saturn opposing your natal Jupiter (February 2018, June 2018, and November 2018) – testing not only your patience but also your self-confidence. With natal Jupiter in your 10th house, this is likely to felt most in your profession/career. Because transiting Saturn is in your 4th house, you may be confronted with dividing your loyalties between your job and home. Where is your sense of duty?
    • Transiting Uranus will make a square to natal your Mars (May 2018, and October/November 2018) – you’ll likely feel more argumentative than usual. This isn’t necessarily bad, however, as long as you direct your energy toward achieving things of real importance. Because your Mars is also in your 10th house, this too is most likely to manifest as the result of your job.
Astrology

Time for Ms K to consolidate Saturn

Transiting Pluto (19 Capricorn) continues to hammer Ms K’s natal Mars (18 Cancer).

Worse, her natal Saturn (14 Capricorn) is involved. It’s through Saturn that Ms K will find the strength and wisdom to get through life and with her strong Saturn (in ruler-ship and plugged into the angles) that should be fairly easy. But even the strongest Saturn will struggle with a transit from Pluto, astrologically the biggest bully on the block. Transiting Pluto conjunct natal Saturn is a once-and-a lifetime experience (not even everyone will have it) – a frustrating period of creative destruction making way for new beginnings.

Earlier, I posted about the Gateways of the Soul – the Seven Seals or Planets – insights gained at a fabulous astrology retreat in Glastonbury. Bottom line, while there are seven seals or chakras to attain most of us remain stuck in either Saturn, Jupiter, or Mars. From what I understand of her situation, it’s likely that Ms K is currently working to consolidate Saturn.

Those living primarily in the Saturn chakra are easy to spot because they have not yet found a career that works for them; at some level they still struggle with money and earning a decent living. This is not to say that Ms K hasn’t accomplished anything of value to date; she’s been a successful wife and mother. But Ms K is the first to admit that she’s now come to a place where she feels she needs to make choices for HER future – and with her North Node in Virgo, this will have something to do with being ‘in service’ to others which in turn requires honing a skill by which she can gain a strong sense of self and appreciation.images

As yet, Ms K has not honed in on that skill – that career path that will work for her. Indeed, at the moment, she has little ,if any, idea of what this might entail. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to enlist the help of Jupiter – the key to consolidating and moving past Saturn.

Jupiter asks Ms K to develop a personal philosophy –  i.e. gain insight and understanding as to how she creates success in her life – I recommend that she finds a good counsellor or coach – someone who will help her identify what it is that she most desires to achieve in her career and then to evaluate her strengths and weaknesses in this respect.

UnknownAstrologically, we know that Ms K’s Jupiter in Capricorn gives her excellent organisational skills. She will attract fortune (Jupiter) into her life when she takes a disciplined, committed approach. Ms K will be at her best when she is self-reliant. She will be most confident when taking honest authority over others. She might choose to develop counselling and/or management skills in an area than requires structure and respects tradition. She might become  a PA (Personal Assistant) to an business executive or political leader. She might even consider a teaching career; Jupiter loves to share knowledge and experience. With both Jupiter and Saturn in her 2nd house, Ms K might also consider a career in finance – perhaps counselling others on how to restructure their mortgages and/or personal debt.

Luckily, transiting Pluto eases off her natal Mars/Saturn in the autumn of 2018. Then, at least, she’ll be able to get past her current anger and frustration. Also lucky is that in early 2018, transiting Saturn will conjunct her natal Jupiter. This will open up new opportunities – not the least because she will finally be ready to receive them. It is during 2018 that Ms K will have a chance to find a suitable outlet through which to channel her newly found ambition and because both her Saturn and Jupiter are in her 2nd house , this should allow her to both develop a strong sense of personal worth as well as making a good living.

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