Real Time Astrology: New Moon In Capricorn December 28th-29th, 2016

 

The last New Moon of 2016 falls either late Wednesday night on December 28th or in the wee hours of Thursday, December 29th (0:53 AM Central Standard Time). The New Moon will be at 7 degrees Capricorn, tightly conjunct Mercury retrograde at 6 degrees Capricorn. The New Moon will sextile a close conjunction of Mars at 7 degrees Pisces and Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces. The New Moon is nine degrees away from a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn, an orb too wide to typically be used. However, when Mercury stationed retrograde on December 19th, it did so in tight conjunction to Pluto; this Capricorn New Moon is tightly conjunct Mercury retrograde so I’d expect some Plutonic news coming through at this lunation.

 

The conjunction to Mercury retrograde and the whiff of Pluto accompanying it will be a big story here. [Read more…]

The Grown-Up Job Of Thinking For Yourself: Mercury Retrograde In Sagittarius & Capricorn December 19, 2016-January 8, 2017

 

Are you really in control of your own mind? Are your thoughts really your thoughts, natural and organic, or have your individual thoughts been replaced with the thoughts of others that you’ve mistaken as your own?

 

Worthy questions to ponder as we close out 2016 and open 2017 with a Mercury retrograde period, which will start and take place largely in the sign of Capricorn and end in the sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the sign of the pursuit of Truth and the higher mind of beliefs and philosophy. We start our Mercury retrograde shadow period in this sign. When Mercury turns retrograde on December 19th, it will do so in Capricorn and conjunct Pluto in Capricorn  (15 and 16 degrees, respectively). Mercury retrograde is a time of divorcing our minds from the thought processes of anyone or anything external and paying closer attention to our individual mind; conjunct Pluto shows that this divorcing process will be more obvious during this Mercury retrograde than most, as Mercury Rx conjunct Pluto is mental purging. This purging is necessary to reclaiming the authority of our organic thoughts (Capricorn being the sign of authority – both our own and that of others). [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: December 2016

 

Good news: 2016 is nearly over! I think most will agree that this year has been exceptionally tough, owing to exceptional astrological space weather. Bad news: there’s still a full month left for 2016 to push our buttons. December 2016 has enough sweet surprises in stock to make us think it was saving the best for last. But, in keeping with the general theme this year, the good times won’t last. [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: November 2016

 

2016 has seen each month bring a different flavor, alternating between the sublime to the out of control. November rides the middle ground; not as upsetting as earlier in the year but definitely bumpier than the relative calm of October.  [Read more…]

Good News For Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn – Jupiter In Libra Will Be Smiling On You!

 

The cardinal signs have had it rough the past few years, owing largely to the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. There’s a bit of relief on the horizon, though, as planet of luck and good fortune Jupiter moves into cardinal sign Libra on September 9th. This transit will last until October 2017, and anyone with planets or angles in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn will feel optimism and an urge to grow related to where Jupiter in Libra is transiting in your chart.

 

Obviously, those who have Libra in their birth charts will get the biggest kiss from Jupiter. Many Libra Sun folks will experience a Sun-Jupiter conjunction in their solar returns (a predictive chart cast every birthday, lasting until the next birthday); early degree Libra Sun’s will experience this conjunction in their solar returns in 2016, later degree Libra Sun’s will have this signature in their 2017 solar returns. People with Libra risings/ascendants -whether natal or progressed- should watch out for the time period when Jupiter crosses over the ascendant and into the first house; new opportunities will be more obvious and will probably be a result of receiving or seeking out attention from others. People with natal Jupiter in Libra will, of course, experience their Jupiter Return; completing one major cycle of expansion and growth and beginning a new one afresh. People with other Libra placements should look to the house involved to determine when and where extra luck and good times will present itself.

 

However, the other cardinal signs won’t be left out, either. Jupiter will be opposing Aries and squaring Cancer and Capricorn. I know these are supposedly “difficult” aspects. However, Jupiter is beneficial wherever it is, in whatever aspect. I actually don’t mind hard Jupiter aspects, they’re productive! The easy aspects often feel so easy that one is inclined to do nothing at all with their potential. Jupiter opposing or squaring Aries, Cancer and Capricorn is a transit that can bear fruit, even if it means you get a little kick in the butt to get you going.

 

Remember, though, that one caveat of Jupiter transits impacting your natal chart in a big way is the tendency to put on weight! This is especially true if Jupiter is hitting the natal ascendant, Sun, Moon, or Venus. Good times can lead to overeating, overdrinking, oversleeping…

 

Jupiter in Libra will also sextile those with natal planets or angles in Leo and Sagittarius, and trine natal Gemini and Aquarius. The sextile and trine are easy aspects, but aren’t particularly motivating or productive. They do point to either a reduction in stress or a peaceful feeling related to the areas of life in the natal chart that are impacted. The North Node moves into Leo May 10th, 2017, starting an auspicious cycle for Leo; Jupiter in Libra sextile the North Node in Leo late summer and early autumn 2017 is a particularly robust time period for Leo’s (especially those who have Leo in the mid to late degrees).

 

Even if you aren’t going to be feeling the effects of Jupiter’s transit of Libra in a big way, Jupiter is always our little ace in the hole and especially now that Jupiter is free of the sign of its detriment. You will still want to look to the house of your natal chart that Jupiter will be moving over to see where there’s potential for success that you can take advantage of!

 

If you need help finding where this transit of Jupiter in Libra will fall in your birth chart, read here for a simple how-to. I do astrology readings across a variety of needs and prices, check them out here!

 

 

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Capricorn July 19th, 2016

 

The Full Moon at 27 degrees Capricorn on Tuesday, July 19th  (5:57 PM CST) is going to be a serious one. What “serious” means to you isn’t necessarily going to be the same as the next person; it’s unique to individual circumstances. There’s a lot going on, which can be good or bad or neutral but any way it plays out it is complicated. The Moon is in its detriment in Capricorn, meaning [Read more…]

Second Intermission: Led Through The Aperture By David Bowie

 

So, just before the beginning of the year I made a little playlist of old musical favorites, gripe about the current state of music, and gave a brief explanation of how Pluto in Capricorn is a major part of the killing of creativity in mainstream media and entertainment. Not long after the first of the year, I did get very fangirl-y excited upon hearing that David Bowie was releasing a new album on January 9th, the day after his 69th birthday. Of course, we all know he passed away two days later. The response was collective shock and sadness by his fans, and even by people who knew of him but never gave him a second thought before. He seemed to be one of those people like ones we’ve known in our personal lives, the ones you take for granted will always be around and always be themselves. Even knowing that no one makes it out of this world alive, it still catches us off guard to see those people leave. A lot of eloquent tributes were written for him and I can’t begin to do better than that so won’t try that here. I will just briefly touch on some of the astrology and throw some videos in, because Bowie is all I’ve listened to since.

 

Here’s his natal chart with the transits at the time of his passing over:

 

David Bowie natal chart + transits

David Bowie natal chart + transits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No surprise that he was a 12th house Sun. A significant amount of people who become public figureheads in their fields will have a strong 12th house. The Aquarius rising was the eccentric exterior everyone initially saw; in true Saturnian fashion it took time and age for the quiet dignity of his Capricorn 12th house Sun to be his distinguishing feature. When 12th house Suns become visible in the public eye, they seem to embody more than most an unspoken, intangible spirit or feeling that draws from the collective psychosphere while also moving beyond it, and as such are often catalysts in some way. David Bowie’s life and career were certainly full of those moments, but his death even more so.

 

The New Moon on January 9th, the day his album Blackstar was released, was at 19 degrees Capricorn, just 2 degrees off his 17 degree Capricorn Sun in the 12th. At the time of his passing, the Moon had moved on to Aquarius and was just about to cross his ascendant, bringing into the open the process started by the New Moon conjunct his natal Sun. Pluto at 15 degrees of Capricorn was also moving in on his 12th house Sun. Since January 5th, we have been coping with a particularly harsh Mercury retrograde, most of which has been in the sign of Capricorn, the serious sign of reality, aging, and personal evolution; for much of the retrograde Mercury has been conjunct Pluto, planet of death, regeneration, transformation. Mercury Rx conjunct Pluto in Capricorn has brought to many people news they’d rather not hear concerning illness and/or death of people in their circles; I’ve known of two families personally in my daily life who’ve lost someone to suicide the past two weeks. Although Mercury Rx in Capricorn has certainly dealt with a spectrum of issues, one of those was definitely gearing our mind towards facing certain painful but inevitable life realities. David Bowie’s death in the midst of this struck a chord, as not only did many lose someone who was the soundtrack to their life but Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, was devoted to this particular major life passage. He was aware he was dying as he recorded the record and it now belongs alongside other templates that help us cope with life’s physical ending. He was in an aperture, a point where the spirit has begun moving to another dimension, and listening to Blackstar posthumously we can stand there with him. How very 12th house of him.

 

So, this has become my current soundtrack, take a look and listen for yourself:

 

 

 

 

 

The first is my favorite off the album, beautiful jazzy saxophone on that one. The second and third are obviously the ones most are now familiar with; the last one and title tack especially. The video for Blackstar is powerful multilayer commentary on his career, the culture of celebrity worship, and obviously his own mortality: “something happened on the day he died, spirit rose a meter then stepped aside”. It does what any real work of art does and forces strong opinions of its message, with different people seeing different meanings not unlike a Rorschach test. The scene with figures similar to stuffed scarecrows (probably a reference to this TS Eliot poem) writhing around suggestively on a trinity of crucifixes has been understandably seen as sinister and blasphemous by many; personally, I get the impression he was mocking the way entertainers are put on pedestals after their death, elevated by the masses to near deities. The central figure on the cross is dressed similar to Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock (black pants, black and white striped shirt) and the hip swivel would certainly further suggest it is Elvis. David Bowie and Elvis Presley shared the same birthday, which I’m certain Bowie would have known. He was self aware enough at the time of filming the music video to know he’d have a similar legacy as his birthday twin. Elvis recorded a song early in his career called “Black Star”, which may have contributed another level of meaning to the title track:

 

Every man has a black star, a black star over his shoulder
And when a man sees his black star
He knows his time, his time has come

 

 

Mercury Rx in Capricorn may have created periods of reflection on life’s heavier matters, but it also showed how only love and art can truly break your heart and the often unexpected way exploring those issues through art can bring the living one step closer to understanding.

 

Still, these are the Pluto in Capricorn years, and we’re only just at the halfway mark. As I ranted in the original Intermission article, Pluto in Capricorn demonstrates creativity and originality being killed for profit, elevating mediocrity for mainstream commercialization. In the “reality TV” (arbitrary use of “reality”) driven current media model, nothing is too sacred to make a buck off of it. So, even though David Bowie has only been dead about five minutes, naturally Hollywood has already started on a shitty remake of one of his movies, and less talented artists who never seemed to be big Bowie fans before are going to butcher record cover versions of his songs. There’s even those people wanting to name “Planet 9” Bowie if/when it is ever discovered. A hypothetical planet, reductive wannabe version of original planets… may I suggest Lady Gaga or Adam Lambert instead? Hopefully Coldplay (ugh) will at least know better than to pay “tribute” to Bowie when they play the Super Bowl halftime show after Bowie called them out. 

 

For the remainder of the Pluto in Capricorn years, boycott any remakes. Rediscover the old originals and search and support new ones. There’s tons of inspired artists not being heard over the profit machines. Luckily, Bowie was well established and so his incredible art wasn’t lost. We are overlooking others, no doubt. Bowie’s final farewell really goes to show by contrast how tepid the waters have become.

 

 

Quickie Obervations On The Non-Discovery of “Planet 9”

Spoof poster, taken from the 1959 movie "Plan 9 From Outer Space"

Spoof poster, taken from the 1959 movie “Plan 9 From Outer Space”

 

I’ll just cut to the chase and say I’m underwhelmed by it. Mercury retrograde perfected its conjunction to Pluto at 15 degrees of Capricorn today, its a cynical and suspicious mood we’re in at the moment. Too much heavy mental lifting required of us now to entertain fantasy. Which is really all that the news of this new “Planet 9” is, no proof and only speculation and therefore not a “discovery” as it is being portrayed. In summary, this week two Caltech astronomers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown announced a possible explanation for unusual orbital features of the Kuiper belt (where Pluto can be found, along with Eris and Sedna) that would be the result of an undiscovered planet. This Planet 9 (sometimes written Planet Nine) would be huge to create such an orbit, four times the size of Earth and ten times the mass. Some articles I’ve read say it has gone unnoticed because it is so far away, 75 times further out than Pluto, and in others (or, sometimes even in the same article!) it is being said that Planet 9 should be easily found with sensitive enough telescopes. I am not an expert on telescopes by any means so I know my opinion doesn’t matter but I’m giving that a major side-eye. It is worth noting that Mike Brown is the astronomer responsible for getting Pluto demoted from its planetary status and uses the handle @PlutoKiller on Twitter.

 

I expected scientific discoveries to be one result of the Saturn-Neptune squares. I am not as excited as others by this one. There’s no actual discovery, just the possibility of one, which is great and all but I don’t understand the hype over it. Lots of leads to potential breakthroughs go completely unnoticed. I’m guessing some of the hype would be to support funding for their project, with Brown saying the planet should be found within the next 5 years. I won’t be surprised if they do and I’ll be less surprised if they don’t, or if it takes longer. Mercury retrograde tightly conjunct Pluto in Capricorn suggests something is off about the model/structure and will no go smoothly; maybe there are other things that need to be discovered or understood better first.

 

The astronomy angle is all well and good by me. The non-astronomy angle is a little odd. Of course certain corners of the Internet are spouting the usual End Of The World crap. Some people are trying their best to connect the news of a possible new planet to the death of David Bowie and have volunteered “Bowie” as the official planetary name. (Yes, the celebrity deaths of January 2016 have an astrological explanation; Mercury (news, talk) conjunct Pluto (death) in Capricorn (age, mortality, status and respect, also potential for depression). I have unfortunately heard some very bad news that affects people I know in real life.)

 

Astrologically, though, even if Planet 9 becomes a real planet soon it won’t have a major impact. The distance from the Sun is so massive that Planet 9 would take 10,000 to 20,000 years to complete one trip around our biggest luminary. That means it would take somewhere between 833 and 1,666 years to transit each sign of the zodiac. You and I won’t feel this. It maybe could have some meaning in the unfolding of major millenia-length themes, such as geological ages or astrological ages, but anything that moves that slow would take long term research to properly understand its astrological implications. If it even has any,and not every body used nowadays in astrology has properly earned its current reputation. There are countless bodies in the heavens ( https://www.astro.com will let you select from 19,402 asteroids for a natal chart. If you are serious about astrology check out asteroid 30, Urania, in your chart…); only a select minority make a noticeable impact on human life.

 

One misleadingly small heavenly body that unquestionably leaves its mark on us is Pluto. Go through a bad Pluto transit and you’ll forever on think of your life in “before” and “after” terms. People with strong Pluto signatures in their birth charts live their entire lives in a state of metamorphosis. While I’m not impressed by the news of this alleged Planet 9, I do see the irony and synchronicity in its press release coming during a conjunction between Pluto and communication planet Mercury, courtesy of a guy priding himself on being the Pluto Killer. As if! Mercury retrograde conjunct Pluto in Capricorn sees more to this story than meets the eye. Learning more about the Kuiper belt objects may unintentionally result in Pluto giving up more of its secrets.

 

There’s a cosmic joke of some kind going on when news of an invisible planet comes from people who tried and failed to kill what we know to be real to us right now.