Uranus Moving into the Sign of Taurus (Posted 5-15-2018)
Today, 5-15-2018 at 11:23 AM EDT, the Planet Uranus moved into the part of sky Astrologers call Taurus. This is something that happens every 84 years and lasts approximately 7+ years. This one will continue as a combination until 7-7-2025. This is not a comfortable combination. Uranus is about rebellion, autonomy, independence, ingenuity, consciousness-raising, invention, group energy and detachment. Taurus also can be about autonomy, but its energy is more personal. It is about earning, saving, spending. Either having what you earn or what your earnings can buy. It is about money and the growing world of agriculture, farming, gardening and purposeful work that makes you feel that you are able to be self-sufficient. It rules our values and viewpoints, our tastes. It also rules our ability to value ourselves. Because it rules money, it is where those phrases in our vernacular come from such as: The Bull Market; the bulls running on Wall Street. But is also where we get the term, "bull-headed." The astrologer Isabel Hickey wrote about Taurus energy that “it can be coaxed, but not pushed.” Neither Uranus nor Taurus like change, as they are considered "fixed" energies. But change sure does show up when they travel together for those 7 year cycles. Astrologically, this combination is said to be in its “fall”—a term which means they are least compatible with the other. The last time we had this combination was between 3/29/1935 and 5/8/1942. We had polarizations of opinions across the world, as well as the 2nd half of the 30s with a laboring world economy and the rise of fascism, when so many people were looking for someone to lead them into an environment of prosperity after years of hardships. Taurus is the sign of working hard. People wanted work and were willing to do whatever they could find for it. But money was tight and people were displaced looking for work, food and a better position. We also had the dust bowl at that time because of non-consequential thinking regarding poor farming practices. Foodstuffs were scarce. I did not see this time, but my parents did. They were forever marked by those years. They were savers, not spenders. The key phrase for Taurus is “I Have.” They worked hard all their lives and tried to live comfortably but never beyond their means. This is a Taurus lesson. The working end of Taurus saw everyone eventually working once the US joined the war. If you weren’t fighting, you were supporting that cause. Men, women and children all rallied to do their part. This is the universality of Uranus. Uranus also rules chaos and all things we cannot control, but we can control our reaction to what happens. We still have recipes in my family about baked goods made without ingredients you would think you would absolutely need such as an eggless cake or a flourless chocolate cake. Necessity is truly the mother of invention and these two energies combined can bring about spectacular results. But the key is cooperation and being a little flexible, not implacable. April 22nd every year marks “Earth Day.” It is always situated in the sign of Taurus—it is the time of things coming to life and planting gardens or crops in the northern hemisphere. Taurus is about “Mother Earth” and how she feeds us, clothes us, and shelters us in a typically hostile universe. For thousands of years, our food, homes and clothing were made from what the earth gave us in natural ways. Now with the advent of man-made goods, GMO crops and synthetics, we have gotten away from the natural ways and there has been a price to pay for it. I am hoping that in the next seven years there will be amazing inventions developed for the cleanup of plastics and poisons; that we move toward more organic ways of doing things and even create and embrace more biodegradable materials that will replace petroleum plastics. We all live in the same goldfish bowl. As animals die off and temperatures rise, what are we doing to our own futures? This is a time when we may have the sense to stop and ask better questions. Sometimes things happen in the extreme to get our attention. If we look to history to be our teacher, here, the previous time that Uranus and Taurus came together, it was between the dates of 4-16-1852 and 3-14-1859. In those years leading up to the Civil War, we had polarizing camps on different sides of how food and crops came to market and who was doing the work to get it there. The philosophies surrounding the norm of using enslaved labor was the division then. There was debate, and then argument and then attempted secession and then a war. It was a rebellion against authority and it was about the agrarian world. We had embargoes, shortages, and two different currencies for a time. The time before that when Uranus was in the sign of Taurus was between the dates of 2-16-1768 and 4-9-1775. What did we have then? A rebellion against authority and the status quo and the match that lit the fire was about a tax on tea (money and a grown commodity—Taurus, again). Out of those years came a new country and a new kind of warfare. I am not Chicken Little here, saying that the sky is falling. I believe that if we put a lot of energy and focus on something is it likely to appear. So I am not looking for a war, or another recession or a lack of food and water. But each time this planet connects with this sign, these things are present. We always get through the process and come out different and hopefully wiser. These years move us forward with big growing pains. I don’t know how it will manifest this time. The idea that marijuana is becoming more mainstream (a commodity available to the masses) or that hemp plastics degrade in a matter of weeks, may be part of the process of rethinking old attitudes. Bitcoin as a secondary currency has been in the news of late. Like the dollar it will have its own highs and lows, but the simple fact that people are always going to invent a different way of being financially independent from a controlled system is always something that shows up when Uranus joins with Taurus. I don’t know the particulars of how this will play out. But taking less risk with your investments; having a victory garden that can perhaps supplement possible shortages of foodstuffs in the market place (if you don’t have a place for a garden in your own yard, then get together with the community and try to make one that will serve many); listening to another’s point of view and acknowledging they have a right to it, even if you disagree with everything about it; not spending what you don’t have and saving more; these are all the keys to help yourself and others around you get through these next years without a repeat of history and the way humans typically deal with these energies. As the saying goes: try to reuse and recycle. But more importantly, try to live the golden rule of having compassion for others in the way you would like it to be given to you. We are more alike than we are different. Here we go.
The Planet Saturn Moving into Capricorn (Posted 12-20-2017)
Hello, again, readers. Thank you for your patience in the update here. It seems that I only am able to find the time to “blog” when there is a major astrological event happening. There are a number of these happening in this next year. Today, I am addressing a change in the sign for Saturn as it moves through the heavens creating focused timing on new topics, as it begins a sojourn through the sign of Capricorn. The world is having growing pains and the past 3 years have created a very large push out of the sleepy comfort zone that we have grown accustomed to being in. When Saturn moved into Sagittarius at the end of 2014 and for all intents and purposes has been there moving through that part of the sky from our view for the past 36 months, it brought us truth and illumination. The world is not able to ignore what we have tried to ignore for so long: inequality; bigotry; misogyny; abuse everywhere: animals, humans, and the growing world; the state of the natural world and how we have contributed to its decline, ecologically. Complacency has been replaced with cold water in our face of the reality we live in and how it won’t improve if we don’t improve it. Sometimes Sagittarius at its least common denominator as an energetic entity can be a “Peter Pan,” in that it wants to be free and doesn’t want to “grow up” and/or be responsible. The truth can be an uncomfortable reality, but Sag has shown us the way—things don’t run on automatic pilot. We are part of a whole and we need to be involved in the process. Three years ago, I said that education and different government policies would be looked at and reformed. We had that in the US in 2014 and 2015 and most of 2016, but then the pendulum wanted to swing in the opposite direction regarding so much reform so quickly. The current US president has been a lightning rod in the world for us all to recognize that inaction and complacency do not serve us. We can easily lose control of all we consider “normal” or “fair” if we hope for the best and be blind in our disbelief of what the new “normal” has become in such a short span of time. The lessons Saturn in Sagittarius has tried to teach are that we can’t let government be our parent—we are the government. The (Sagittarius-ruled) internet with the latest big business grab for power and profit last week dismantling Net Neutrality; or the decimation of school programs that seemed to shelter those who needed help most with lunch programs or afternoon school programs, etc.; the policy of redrawing the lines of protected lands; or ignoring the laws regarding immigration already set in place; or wanting to become a crab in a shell when it comes to the world economy or the world community. These shifts and changes have been shocking and for some welcomed, in order to be able to get the deficit under control, but mostly, they have created outrage and that very same shock of how can this be happening? It is the combination of “less is more” Saturn, in the sign of “more is more” Sagittarius. It is a contraction planet in an expansive sign. They fight each other. In the last year, Saturn has been dominant in that battle in the US and the shrinking of government or the stepping off the world stage from being a dominating influence has been part of the result. It is worrisome to all who have had the habit of the last 70 years of politics to be an example of “normal,” but those policies needed a correction, and Saturn is always the one who tries to bring things into a balanced place. It has been done with a hatchet and (mixing my metaphors) the medicine has been bitter. The idea that global warming is a “hoax” even though we can witness with our own senses how the heat and cold and storms as a direct result of this warming of the planet are evident with each season. The wildfires that are decimating the western states in the US, currently, are due to the winds off the Pacific and drought in that area. The decline of the bees that help our foodstuffs to grow is largely ignored, as the poisons in farming are an accepted evil, as the lobby for these chemicals is powerful and well-connected, and “necessary” in order to fulfil the demand of a growing population it is argued. Food and water are mostly taken for granted in the US, but not so elsewhere. It is only when things affect us directly that we seem to wake up and take action. When the day comes, as an example, that we can no longer go to the store to buy coffee for an affordable price, or perhaps when it is not found on the shelves at all, as the coffee plants need a cool growing climate, then we may want to do something, but it may be too late. The US is a Cancer country (born on July 4) and as such is very tenacious about its comforts and, like the crab, takes the path of least resistance more often than not. This past year has made us uncomfortable and maybe it has awakened us with loud alarm bells that we cannot be bystanders. Saturn rules politics, Sagittarius rules religion. They are supposed to be separate in our society, but the blending of these two energies has created some over-reach and gray areas in political policy or posturing. Last evening, Saturn left this tug of war combination and moved firmly into the sign of Capricorn—its own sign. The last time they were conjoined this way was between 2-14-1988 and 2-6-1991. We had the movie Wall Street come out on 12-11-1987, and run into the next year and create the buzz about “greed is good.” We also had the financial crash in 1989 the last time that these energies were aligned. The planet Saturn in its own sign of Capricorn puts together two “quality vs quantity” powerhouses. It is about responsibility, politics, ambition, prestige, ego, authority and everything being in a spotlight, no matter how hard some may try to keep things in the shadows. This time Saturn will be in the sign of Capricorn for another 3-year period running from 12-19-2017 @ 11:48 PM EST until 12-17-2020. These very same aforementioned Capricornian areas will be in the forefront of what is expressed in these coming 3 years. Capricorn rules traditions and conformity; conservative views. It rules spatial relationships, and a love of building things. It rules the perception of power. There is a reshuffling of the pieces on the chess board regarding different world powers jockeying for position. It is the authoritarian energy of the zodiac. When these two energies came together two times ago, it was January of 1959 until January of 1962. I’m old enough to remember some of those years. There was the cold war leading up to the Cuban missile crisis which eventually occurred in October, 1962. The time at the end of the Eighties, where pressures were brought to bear around what was stable from what was not, saw the tearing down of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. Once more, we are having talk of walls and separations and polarizations become a part of the conversation. Capricorn is a very black and white or more correctly black v white kind of influence. Not necessarily about race relations, but about divisions between factions, in general. It has a very crisp line making the viewpoints more “us vs them” or “this vs that.” Even in fashion, it is more about those two colors in contrast. In 1988 the movie Big came out starring Tom Hanks and in it were some themes so very Capricornian: Old when young, and young when old. It even had the subconscious nod to black and white with two men dancing on an oversized piano keyboard—a standout iconic and memorable scene in that film. I mention movies, because current astrological themes are typically mirrored in the collective unconscious and our desire to express what we are “feeling” instinctually, in regards to the energies we may be moving through at the time. The world orbit and movement on its axis creates an actual wobble as it moves…with Saturn in Capricorn, we naturally want to “right” anything that doesn’t seem stable or anything which seems inflated. Capricorn wants to have a firm and stable foundation and then it wants to see the sky as the limit for what is built. In 1989 and 1990, we had the beginning of the internet not just as theory, but as an actual useful thing put into practical use. The first “www” webpage address was built and used in 1990. This is the difference between Sagittarius and Capricorn. One is theory and the gathering of information (Sag), and then the other (Cap) is taking those ideas and building something useful out of them. Who is using them is the thing to be careful about. Some things are universally useful and some are personally useful. There is the difference in that “us and them” pattern or the need to watch who has authority and whether there is abuse of same.
In December of 1990, I decided to build this business. It was a dream, then an idea, and then it was brick and mortar and the things that stay are going to have to be useful. They evolve. I am still speaking to clients after 27 years in business. But my original business was a small new age book store. After all this time, the business is now an Astrological consulting practice where clients don’t come to see me anymore—I call them and in many parts of the world due to the growth of the internet, and tools that allow facetime via an email address. We will put new inventions in to use by building on what already exists. We will keep the useful parts and let go of anything that has outlived that usefulness. We are always doing this I realize, but it seems to be done with razor sharpness and efficiency, when Capricorn is leading the charge. The next 3 years will likely see a return to firming up and maintaining bridges and highways. A building boom will be felt in the first part of 2018. Politics and how it works traditionally will likely be challenged and changed eventually because of ideas that are perceived and conceived in these next 3 years as well. In March of 1929, Saturn went into Capricorn until November 20, 1932. We had the crash in 1929 that reverberated through the 30s. On May 16, 2018, we will see Uranus move into the sign of Taurus. This is an incongruous combination. We say that the planet Uranus is “in its fall” in that sign. It does very well in Scorpio, the opposite sign to Taurus, but not so well in the sign of Taurus. Taurus rules those things in life which give us a sense of stability and purpose, as well as financial security, as it rules the concepts of money and the agrarian world. With this combination of these two major influences moving into a new combination we haven’t experienced together in many years, (since December 9, 1517, running for 3 years), we don’t have a great deal of recent history to call upon. But it will be about money and food and the growing world giving us the air we breathe. Saturn will show where these concepts need improvement, but sometimes how this happens is through a constriction which gets our attention. We say about Saturn, that we are always better for the contact, but we usually see this in hindsight. I am looking at life for me and mine with the view that in these next 3 years, if we don’t need it, then don’t add it to your life. It will make any squeeze which may occur, easier to navigate with less to be responsible for. Welcome to the practical, the responsible, the disciplined, the streamlined years of Capricorn.
Pluto in Capricorn (posted 11-08).
About every 248 years, the (dwarf) planet Pluto makes its way in its eliptical orbit around the sun. It moves through each of the 12 Zodiac constellations in their sequential turn--some in only about 12 years and others may take twice that long for Pluto to move through that part of sky. On Thanksgiving eve, November 26th, 2008, at exactly 9:05 PM, ET, Pluto will enter the sign of Capricorn and will remain in that constellation until November 18, 2024. That's a fairly long time. Capricorn is the sign of responsibility, utilitarianism, conservativism, politics, government, reserve, history, stability, construction in 3-dimension, constriction and the ideas that less is more, and quality vs quantity are revered. That last time it was in this sign was between 1762 and 1778--the years leading up to and the beginning of the American Revolution. It was a time of sacrifice, change and the birth of a new government, here in what was then known as the colonies of Britain. It wasn't an easy time for any. Recently, we had a brief taste of Pluto, which is an extreme, intense energy moving into the sign of Capricorn earlier this year, but only for a little minute and then it backed into the sign of Sagittarius, where it has been for the last 13 years--years of growth, and over-extension, wealth and the idea that "more is more." In those years we had big spending, big cars, big houses being built and no thought for tomorrow. When Pluto (which has an out of bounds element to it) moved into the sign of Capricorn, things started to change and change fast. We had the truth show itself in the banking industry; we had oil prices sky rocket to all time highs in the states, making us consumers think twice about how we were not only using our fuel, but our resources in general. We began to prioritize about where we spent our funds. Even now with the gas prices at a comparatively low rate, we are not spending in any willy-nilly fashion. Capricorn's conservative nature has grabbed hold of us and is not going to let go. The "green" movement is part of this situation, where we are looking with wide open eyes at what we are putting in our trash--can it be reused? Recycled? Given away? What is your carbon footprint? has become part of the cultural vernacular. We are waking up from a 13 year orgy of waste and excess and we all are deciding on big levels and small to go on a diet of sorts. If we look at what history can teach us, the last time Pluto was in this position, government changed. In the past month we can see how government is changing again, with the election of the 1st African-American President since the birth of our nation--we are beginning a brand new chapter in American history, as the wheel turns and Pluto's transformative role grabs hold once again. If there have been those in authority who have had the responsibilty to safe-guard our assets and have not even come close to doing so, their lack of stewardship has become apparent, and Capricorn is a black and white energy. There is no shades of gray. Thus the toppling of financial giants, and the continuation of the process as truth comes to light and the economy goes on a tailspin as a direct result of ill-used power. Remember your American history lessons about why we decided to pull away from the crown of England? They were misusing their power regarding finances. There was a lot of talk and rhetoric, which eventually turned into action back then, which resulted in full-fledged war to separate ourselves from that bloated power and a call to be able to govern ourselves. For all intents and purposes, the Revolutionary War was our first Civil War. There were those who wanted to remain true to the old ways and the crown and there were those, of course, as we know, who did not. The "Patriots" eventually won that conflict and the colonies became a new country. This time around, we are in the eon or age of Aquarius, which began in 2000 and will last approximately 2600 years. We were not in that age the last time Pluto was here--and that is another issue to speak of for another day--about the ages, however, being now in the Age of Aquarius, we will not rebel against an unjust government so much as unjust policies, and lack of leadership and lack of involvement by the general population. This last election saw a record turnout of people trying to have their voice be heard; to use the government the way it is supposed to be used; to exercise what democracy is supposed to be. This is the tip of the iceburg. We live in a global environment--not only regarding consumerism and pollution, but also financial markets. We live in one big fishbowl and what is done in one area affects the whole environment. Things are becoming more unified as a world view. It will not be "we the people" this time around, but "we, humanity," which we will recognize. Personal responsibility and putting a stop to fractious thinking or waste of resources is what is coming to the fore. In Astrology, when a planet moves half through its sojourn through a sign, it eventually comes to a midpoint. These are important and pivotal points, which mark the halfway point of a planet in its orbit, or the halfway point of a planet through a constellation. When Pluto reached its midpoint around the sun from the starting place of it being in Capricorn during the birth of this nation, it did so on 7-7-1913, and stayed in the sign of Cancer (the opposite sign to Capricorn) until 6-14-1939. Think about the amazing changes which took place in those years: World War 1; Women's Sufferage; change in moral compass in society; the 1929 stock market crash; the splitting of the atom being tested; the depression; the dustbowl; women going more into the workforce as men were once again gearing up for another World War to fight. In those years, the planet Pluto was conjunct, or sat right with the four planets in the United States' chart which are in the sign of Cancer. Remember, Pluto is extreme and intense and all about transformation. Think about what we know about Cancer, as a sign and how it relates to our culture: Cancer is the collector of the Zodiac, and we shop and consume as a culture; Cancer's glyphic symbol is the breasts and stomach in the human female body. It represents how we nurture our young and ourselves with food. We eat for recreation as well as need in our culture, unfortunately. Cancer is about home--the crab symbol is always at home, and the main part of the American dream is having ones own home. Cancer rules comfort and security, and when we have enough financial wherewithal, we say, "I'm comfortable." The crab doesn't walk forwards, he walks sideways, taking the path of least resistance, and has given rise to things like the drive through window, the lazyboy armchair, casual Friday, the remote control for every contraption imaginable. The only time we really get riled is when our security and home is threatened, and then the crab claws come out snapping. Right now, Pluto is in the opposite place to where it was in those years--it is moving through the US chart's second house--a place in the chart which represents earning and the management of those resources; our values; views; self-esteem; and spending some of those resources. An opposition in astrology is about awareness taking place. It is like someone tugging at your sleeve to get your attention. There is tension felt and not really able to be ignored. This is where we are now. A place which makes us look at ourselves. A place to realize no one is coming to save us, we have to save ourselves. I listened to the talking heads this morning on the news, all in alarm over the fact that it looks like we, the "consumers" will not be spending up a storm this holiday season. We are opting to spend cash and not charge things. Many people have lost their jobs already and it seems there is more of that to come. It is a big transformation which makes us wake up to our own actions and comportment and how what we do today will affect us tomorrow in every way. It seems like such a scary mess, but it is the only way out. Personal responsibilty is what we should have as watch words for the next 16 years. Pluto can help us create balance in the world in these years, if we let him. I think we are making a good start.
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So many clients have emailed over the last while regarding the change in status of Pluto from a "planet" to a "dwarf-planet" with concerns as to how this may have affected past astrological information given them during a session with me. Here is my stand on the issue.....The fact that man calls something one thing doesn't diminish the reality of it having its energetic effect, regardless--asteroids, such as Chiron seem to affect us without "planetary" status. As far as I'm concerned the energy is the same, regardless of what its designation is. A dwarf planet is a planet nonetheless. The only difference they could see is that at times, Pluto's orbit comes inside that of Neptune, as opposed to having a free intact separate, non-contact orbit which is what all the planets before it have. I just think some had a problem with its size, but interestingly from an astrological prospective, it is supposed to be extreme in its mass regardless of size--it rules electro-magnetic energy, traditionally. Nothing about your reading changes. I will continue to include this heavenly body of transformation and desire in all my readings.That's my take on the subject. Hope that's clear! Smiles, Nancy.
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