Conspiracy Theory: The Virtue

In the mid 1990s I had a male boss who was neat and tidy. I asked him if he was always that way.

“Yes,” he replied. “My mom raised me right.”

While I had meant it as a compliment, I was still struck by his comment that his mom “raised him right.” That meant that being neat and tidy was a virtue.

By the mid 1990s, being neat and tidy had transformed from a virtue into a negative quality called “anal retentive.” What was a virtue was now a flaw in one’s personality.

I didn’t tell my boss.

Today this man might have even been treated for obsessive compulsive disorder!

So how do parents today raise their children? “Pick up your jacket from the floor. Hang it up, but not too straight.”

When blogging recently about greed, I came to realize that a quality once a vice was now socially sanctioned under consumerism and transformed into a virtue by a society that bases its economy on consumption.

Economy, thrift, frugality and resourcefulness are defunct virtues now that greed is elevated. None of these moribund virtues are good for the US economy.

Is it Freaky Friday? Have our virtues become vices and vices virtues?

Conspiracy Theory

As President Dwight D. Eisenhower left office in 1961, part of his farewell speech included a warning against “the military industrial complex.”

The entire farewell speech is both beautiful and prescient. A five-star general, Eisenhower certainly understood the need for security but also spoke toward the need for balance. Balance – that’s a Libra keyword and Astrotheme shows Eisenhower to have both sun and moon in Libra.

The word balance occurs ten times in the speech. This paragraph contains the most uses:

But each proposal must be weighed in light of a broader consideration; the need to maintain balance in and among national programs – balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages – balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between the actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

Later in his speech, he portends the future (“the element of time”):

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

What’s a citizen to do? Eisenhower advises:

Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Is it a virtue or vice to “compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery?”

Today challenges to the establishment – government and business – can earn one the label “conspiracy theorist.” Challenging large, complicated power structures is not a virtue.

Wikipedia says that the term conspiracy theory has been around since the early 1900s but became popular in usage as an “alert and knowledgeable citizenry” tried to understand how John F. Kennedy came to be assassinated.

Analysts look for patterns and spend a lot of time trying to verify those patterns. Sometimes the interpretation of those patterns is correct, sometimes it is not. Part of the analytical personality is the desire to be right which can result in the defense of ideas that are ready for new information. Yet in learning, being wrong is part of the process just as failure is a part of success.

Not all theories are conspiracy. However, power is a complicated matrix of relationships and when looking into power structures, there are bound to be dependencies. The dependencies don’t create conspiracy but suggest complicity arising from those dependencies.

Maybe “conspiracy theory” should be renamed “complicity theories.” Looking into our own shopping and investing habits may reveal our own complicity.

Outer Planets in Capricorn

The three outer planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – have gone through the authoritarian sign of Capricorn in the last 30 years.

Neptune spent 15 years in Capricorn from early 1984 – early 1998. Uranus spent 7 years in Capricorn from late 1984 until early 1996. Pluto began transiting Capricorn in January 2008 and will end this transit in late 2023 – early 2024. Saturn also spent a couple years (1988-1990) in Capricorn adding its own energy to Uranus and Neptune.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, I believe, came the idealization and spiritualization of business which is where greed transformed into consumerism. Astrologically, this fits with Capricorn which supports authority and structure. Authority said it was okay to spend every penny we have and then borrow some more. We trusted authority.

During this same time there was a rise in the study of business, which helps to idealize it. Business grew into large conglomerates. With big comes power. Today no individual can compete with or win a fight with a large New York banking house or Walmart.

Is business the new government? Should an “alert and knowledgeable citizenry” take a deeper look into the mechanics of big business?

In the concluding chapter of Russ Baker’s book about the Bush Family called Family of Secrets he explains that in trying to understand how a man like George W. Bush became president has “. . . inadvertently, invited us to examine anew many things we have long taken for granted. He enabled me, for instance, to gain a whole new understanding of how power works in America.”

Russ Baker admits that his fear of being labeled a conspiracy theorist created an internal censor that he had to “resist again and again.”

Time and again, there has been a rush to bury inquiries into the most perplexing events of our time, along with a determination to subject dissenting views to ridicule. And the media weren’t just enabling these efforts; they were complicit in them – not least by labeling anyone who dared to subject conventional views to a fresh and quizzical eye as a conspiracy theorist.

Pluto in Capricorn

Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, is authority and structure. Authority and structure are elements of life, but not necessarily the most fun elements. Yet, they are critical to the smooth functioning of any society.

Like all qualities, authority and structure need to maintain balance. Transiting Pluto in Capricorn (beginning in 2008) has revealed some areas of authoritarianism in our society such as universal surveillance, universal health care and the right of the government to label you a terrorist (an undefined term) and imprison you forever.

Russ Baker explains that his friends dissuaded him from publishing his information in Family of Secrets, although they found it both “credible and highly disturbing,”

I began to realize I was experiencing the very thing the process is designed to induce. The boundaries of permissible thought are staked out and enforced. We accept the conventional narratives because they are repeated and approved, while conflicting ones are scorned. Isn’t this how authoritarian regimes work? They get inside your mind so that overt repression becomes less necessary.

Baker then asks who this serves.

As this book demonstrates, the deck has long been, and continues to be, stacked on behalf of big-money players, especially those in the commodities and natural resources – from gold to oil – and those who finance the extraction of those materials.

During Pluto in Capricorn it might be time to transform those ideas mislabeled conspiracy theory into a virtue, the virtue of alert knowledge seeking.

As in any analytical pursuit, you will chase false leads, make mistakes in reasoning and sometimes come up with crap that you later discard with the advent of new information. With more and more information available through the Internet, sorting out the accurate and relevant information becomes a greater challenge every day.

Next time you chat up your local conspiracy theorist at the corner coffee shop, consider that while you may not agree with all her theories, her mom definitely raised her right.

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Lost Causes with Saturn in Sagittarius

Just a week before Saturn transited from Scorpio into Sagittarius last December, President Obama announced the normalization of relations with Cuba. Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in 1959 and in 1961, the US ceased relations. That was over 53 years ago. Castro is still alive (I think) and has lived through 11 presidents.

For those on a mission to end Communism in Cuba and see Fidel Castro’s humiliation and demise, the cause is officially over (although normalizing relations may have just that effect).

If you spent 53 years on a mission to overthrow Castro, what do you do now?

In her article, How to Walk Away, Heidi Grant Halvorson states that we often don’t walk away from lost causes due to “sunk costs.” Sunk costs she describes as:

…the investments that you’ve put into something that you can’t get back out. They are the years you spent training for a profession you hate, or waiting for your commitment-phobic boyfriend to propose. They are the thousands of dollars you spent on redecorating your living room, only to find that you hate living in it.

Halvorson states that people are “loss averse” and, therefore,

We worry far too much about what we’ll lose if we just move on, instead of focusing on the costs of not moving on: more wasted time and effort, more unhappiness, and more missed opportunities.

Hippie Lost Cause

In a literary example of a lost cause, Tales of the City, main character Mary Ann is talking to a desperate Vincent. She finds out that his problem is “his Old Lady.” We learn that Vincent and his Old Lady had “fought for peace, forging their love in the fires of zealotry.”

The peace they were fighting for was an end to the Vietnam War. And then the war ended.

When Mary Ann asked what happened to his Old Lady, she learns that it was “the war.” Vincent explains “it was the biggest thing in her life, Mary Ann, and nothing after that quite fulfilled her. She tried Indians for a while, then oil spills and PG&E, but it wasn’t the same. It just wasn’t the same.”

Later in the story his Old Lady leaves him to join the Israeli Army. Vincent tells her that he feels like “the Last Hippie,” but his Old Lady tells him “You’re only seven eights of the Last Hippie.”

Not able to deal with being the last Hippie, Vincent commits suicide at his office – the Bay Area Crisis Switchboard, which helps suicidal callers.

New Deal Lost Cause

A real life example of a lost cause comes from Carlos Castaneda in A Separate Reality. Castaneda shares the story of a friend who was a “very wealthy, conservative lawyer who lived his life convinced that he upheld the truth.”

In the early thirties, with the advent of the New Deal, he found himself passionately involved in the political drama of that time. He was categorically sure that change was deleterious to the country, and out of devotion to his way of life and the conviction that he was right, he vowed to fight what he thought to be a political evil. But the tide of the time was too strong; it overpowered him. He struggled for ten years against it in the political arena and in the realm of his personal life; then the Second World War sealed his efforts into total defeat. His political and ideological downfall resulted in a profound bitterness; he became a self-exile for 25 years.

When talking to the man in his last years, the man tells Castaneda:

I have had time to turn around and examine my life. The issues of my time are today only a story; not even an interesting one. Perhaps I threw away years of my life chasing something that never existed. I’ve had the feeling lately that I believed in something farcical. It wasn’t worth my while. I think I know that. However, I can’t retrieve the forty years I’ve lost.

If our friend hadn’t “threw away years of his life chasing something that never existed,” what would he have been doing?

Sagittarius Need for Meaning

Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign involved in experience and search for meaning. With fire as its element, Sagittarius can turn the quest into a cause and be quite fiery about it. Vincent and his Old Lady “forging their love in the fires of zealotry” is very, very Sagittarian.

Due to the need for meaning, Sagittarians are known to seek higher education and are the textbook philosophers of the zodiac. Search for meaning makes things “foreign” both interesting and appealing; coupled with a need for freedom of movement, Sagittarius is fond of travel, especially foreign or long-distance travel.

While some fear “different,” Sagittarius seeks different the way earth signs seek habit. Sagittarius often comes back from “different” wearing the clothes, eating the food and taking on the mannerisms of those it wants to understand.

The flip side of this motivation is a need to escape boredom and the humdrum of daily living. If long-distance travel and understanding the philosophies of other cultures isn’t enough or satisfying, Sagittarius can take the path of stimulating bad habits that bring on heightened sensations and sense of wonder.

The sign opposite Sagittarius is Gemini which also seeks experience and stimulation to feed the mental processes. Think about Gemini as the stimulation a young child needs to learn and grow. We put mobiles over baby’s cribs to encourage interaction with the external world and mental development.

The Sagittarius experience comes later and today may be different than in times past before the advent of the Internet and knowledge at our fingertips (fingers are ruled by Gemini). As a baby we learn to interact with the environment. Maybe by the age of ten we experience something new – boredom. Babies and toddlers don’t seem to exhibit the traits of boredom (but I’m not around these age groups much so maybe they do).

With boredom comes the need for new stimulation. The farther you stray from home base, the more new stimulation you will find.

The mobile is to the Gemini baby as foreign travel is to the Sagittarian adult. Both are stimulants that help us engage with the world, develop mentally and form new perceptions.

Saturn in Sagittarius

With Saturn, the planet of structure, contraction, limitation and responsibility, transiting Sagittarius, Sagittarius is asked to restrain its natural tendencies to roam freely in search of meaning.

Saturn may take away the passport and ask Sagittarius to sit in a cubicle all day doing the same task over and over. This is killer for Sagittarius.

Why does Saturn do this?

Saturn’s ultimate goal is manifestation which can occur only with focus and discipline. Saturn is saying to Sagittarius that to manifest that “cause,” you may need to sit in a cube for a couple years (the time it takes Saturn to transit a sign) to make it happen.

You can’t manifest “the cause,” Saturn is saying, while you’re also climbing Mount Everest, writing a book of poetry, building a house in the woods, raising six children and running for Congress. Saturn is asking Sagittarius to look its cause in the eye and focus on what it takes to manifest that cause.

At the same time, Saturn might do what he’s done to Vincent in Tales of the City or the wealthy lawyer described in A Separate Reality. Saturn might also tell you that your cause is lost, your mission passed or accomplished. It’s time to move on.

For Sagittarius energy, the end of the mission, the finished novel or returning home from a world-tour can be a tremendous let down.

Neither of these Saturn messages is pleasant for Sagittarius. Whoever came up with the term “harsh reality” may have had natal Saturn in Sagittarius.

Challenging Saturn

Many of the conflicts of my time have had racial, ideological or religious overtones. What’s interesting to me is that these are all taught (there is no such thing as race). What’s forced on you by your environment is Saturn.

Must we believe all that our environment teaches?

Sagittarius tends to look past what the environment teaches which is why it becomes the philosopher (and why it can seem divorced from reality). Saturn transiting this sign is providing opportunity to examine what we are being taught from a racial, ideological and religious perspective.

If none of this appeals to you and you still want to pursue a lost cause, you can always send your petition to St. Jude, the patron saint of “hope and impossible causes.”

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Alexis Tsipras’ Saturn Victory

When my cat learned that Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza Party was winning the Greek elections, she was quite ecstatic. Confounded once again by feline behavior, I asked how a politically-conservative cat with a Rick Santorum poster over her litter box could support a left-leaning radical.

“He’s so handsome,” she replied.

“You would support a political candidate simply because of his looks?” I asked, stunned.

“He’s in Greece, so who cares,” was the reply.

We then had one of our lengthy discussions on why she should care about world politics. While her litter may come from Wyoming and her food from Arizona, I told her, all those toys, litter boxes, food packaging and litter scoops are probably manufactured abroad.

“No country is an island,” I told her, “even if it is an island like Greece.”

“Is my litter box made in Greece?” she asked.

Trapped again! However, when she learned that almost all of her (and my) ancillary life products were made in China, she did agree to pay a little more attention to Chinese politics.

Alexis Tsipras

About two and a half years ago, Tsipras rose as a viable challenger in Greek politics but did not succeed in bringing his party to the forefront and becoming Prime Minister.

Astrologically, the timing of his rise is a bit unusual. Tsipras’ moon is either in late Scorpio or early Sagittarius. Either way, Saturn has been passing over the moon. I’m guessing his moon is in late Scorpio and the move to Sagittarius provided the release that is represented by his current political success. Also, Tsipras’ economic position is to end “austerity” measures in Greek which is aligned with generous Sagittarius.

While I hate to be the bearer of astrological bad news, truly, Tsipras needs to know that while Saturn has moved onto Sagittarius, it will go retrograde in May, pass back into Scorpio, turn direct in August, then take another contracting pass over Tsipras’ moon.

In addition to the moon (possibly), Tsipras has Neptune in Sagittarius and Saturn will be passing over that as well.

Saturn in Sagittarius is already bringing world struggles with conflicting beliefs, as Sagittarius is seeking meaning and is a fire sign so wants to share with you whether you want it or not. Saturn in this sign wants us to develop the discipline to live our beliefs so that they become part of our reality rather than simply a bumper sticker or flag that we wave around for others to notice. Saturn truly isn’t the bad guy here. Our own internal inconsistencies are what create the contention.

Saturn stomping back and forth over Tsipras’ moon and Neptune mean that from now until the end of the year the emotional responses (his own and from the public) will be fluctuating between enthusiasm and brooding emotionalism. It’s going to be confusing time for Tsipras to understand what the public truly wants. I’m guessing the Saturn/moon conjunction will also bring awareness of previously unknown barriers.

Even though the heavy Saturn is making some serious aspects to Tsipras’ chart, Jupiter is transiting Leo which expands Tsipras’ charismatic Leo energy, although Jupiter is well past his sun and won’t make a direct hit on his sun even while going backward-retrograde (maybe the retrograde explains it – another look?).

Tsipras has the chart of a dreamer and idealist, especially if moon is in Sagittarius. Neptune in Sagittarius, sun in Leo, Jupiter in Pisces and Pluto and Uranus in Libra provide idealism coupled with inspiration and a drive to put one’s ideas into play.

Mars changed signs on the day Tsipras’ was born moving into workaholic perfectionist Virgo. This forms a square to the moon, possibly out of sign depending on where the moon is. It’s also a wide square to Neptune. Virgo is the detail that Sagittarius needs to fulfill its mission but also can create a nagging external world that cramps one’s style. When Jupiter transits this Mars late August 2015, the external nagging will get louder.

Another concentration in Tsipras’ chart is Venus/Saturn/Mercury in the water and family-oriented sign of Cancer. While Venus in this sign suggests that pleasure is found in family life — the smells of the kitchen, mom coming home with some candy and a nice snuggly bed. However, Saturn is involved suggesting that when dad came home some of this pleasure was compromised. The square to Pluto intensifies this.

We all have a Saturn in our chart (much to the dismay of my astrology group members), so we all have an Achilles Heel. For Tsipras, there is a sense of not belonging. That sense may be what drives his beliefs around society.

Pluto is currently transiting Capricorn which opposes all of that Cancer energy. To belong in politics, Tsipras may have to sacrifice some of his more personal “belonging” and distance himself from people who in the past provided comfort. He may even be distancing himself from family.

It’s interesting that austere Saturn brought Tsipras to power on an anti-austerity message. It will be interesting to watch Tsipras struggle with Saturn from now until the end of 2015. Saturn is a tough task-master. Saturn doesn’t give up until he’s taught you a lesson.

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Mitt Romney’s Spiritual Quest

My cat, upon reading a BBC article that Mitt Romney was considering running for President in 2016, asked me a strange question.

“Are the Romney’s going to be like the Bush’s, the Clintons and the Kennedys?” she asked.

“I think you’re confused,” I told my feline. “This is the same Mitt Romney that ran in 2012. He doesn’t have a son named Mitt. The Romneys probably won’t be a political family dynasty in the near future. Dynasties start with fathers and Mitt Romney isn’t president.”

“Moreover,” I added, “The politically-threatening Kennedys are dead, some even dying by natural causes. Their dynasty is over.”

With that slightly askance stare that she has, my cat asked why Mitt Romney is running again if he lost in 2012.

We had a lengthy discussion about the lure of power, human egos and the American need for constant growth and achievement. People don’t move to the US to relax.

“But didn’t Romney’s son say that his dad didn’t even want to be president?”

Ever impressed by my cat’s political memory, I had no answer for this question. She recalled ABC article where Romney’s son Tagg stated that his father didn’t even want to be president, being a private person.

I should know better than to question the political memory of a cat that still has a 2012 “Pick Rick (Santorum)” poster over her litter box. While I hear most black cats are liberal, my feline is a true conservative.

My cat got me thinking. It’s easy to assume that in the face of defeat, Romney did some public relations claiming he didn’t want the job anyway. But why would he run again? Two defeats would surely wear down one’s self-esteem.

The Sacrificial Pisces

During the 2012 election, my cat and I spent a lot of time trying to understand if Mitt Romney truly did want to be the president of the United States.

Does Mitt Romney Truly Want to be President?

As time has passed and the planets have moved upon their predestined cyclical orbits, a few things have changed to affect Romney.

During the 2012 election, Saturn was transiting the partnership sign of Libra. Right after the election it moved into Scorpio and about a month ago, it moved on into Sagittarius.

The last two years of Saturn in Scorpio affected Romney’s Jupiter and moon in Scorpio. Scorpio moon is already emotional and obsessive and Saturn passing would have added a dose of darkness to that already serious placement. Romney may have spent the entire transit wondering what went wrong in 2012 the way some spend two years after a romantic breakup asking the same question. Brooding is both a Scorpio and Capricorn trait. Resentment is more Capricorn while Scorpio plots some “return action.”

Saturn moving into Sagittarius might feel like a relief to Romney but he might want to think again. Using the Astrotheme chart, Saturn would be relieving his moon but moving into the 7th house of partnerships. Others are still difficult and demanding bringing on a strong sense of responsibility. In Sagittarius, others are making demands of a religious or spiritual nature. Saturn in Sagittarius might even be asking him to move abroad.

Notice since Saturn has entered Sagittarius, headlines again are focusing on differing spiritual beliefs and actions people take to force their beliefs on others. Half a Saturn cycle ago (14.5 years), Saturn was in the Sagittarius’ opposite sign of Gemini opposing Pluto which was then in Sagittarius.

This Saturn in Sagittarius transit shouldn’t be as intense at the Saturn (in Gemini) / Pluto (in Sagittarius) opposition of 2001. Pluto has moved on to Capricorn.

However, Saturn in Sagittarius will square Neptune in Pisces later in its 2.5 year cycle. I’m expecting new spiritual groups to form, some more aggressive (Sagittarius) and some more peaceful (Pisces). During this square, I’m also expecting the conversation around beliefs to be heightened, as they are currently. Saturn in Sagittarius has only just begun.

Belief is the domain of Pisces, where Romney’s sun is located (in the 11th house of ideals and groups). He also has Mars and Mercury in Pisces. Saturn in Sagittarius has already begun a square of that Mars. Saturn will travel backwards beginning in March (around the time of Romney’s birthday) and go back into Scorpio. When it goes forward again at the beginning of August, it will begin its journey toward squaring Romney’s Mercury then sun.

Whether Romney jumps in the presidential-election ring or not, he will probably put himself in the center of some of the spiritual debates. If Romney were simply a private man, I would say during this transit he would be re-assessing his own belief system. Neptune will take a while to reach his sun and hopefully by then he will have spiritual peace of the sort that will allow him to simply be.

Reading the news stories on Romney’s plans to run, I think he will face a less accommodating press than he did in 2012. Romney may want to read up on why Pisces is the sign of “self undoing” and think about how best to experience this Saturn-in-Sagittarius and Neptune-in-Pisces spiritual quest.

A good starting point may be to ask himself, “Do I truly want to be president?”

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The 2016 US Presidential Election: Sponsored by Saturn (in Sagittarius)

Saturn entered Sagittarius late December 2014 beginning its two and a half-year transit of that sign which covers the entire 2016 US Presidential election cycle. It’s going to be a Sagittarius election filled with idealistic and lofty promises and a strong battle of ideologies.

Jupiter, which travels faster, will pass through portions of three signs – Leo, Virgo and Libra during the election cycle. The outer planets are transiting the same signs they were transiting in 2012 – Pluto, Capricorn; Neptune, Pisces; Uranus, Aries.

What 2016 Presidential Election cycle you ask? You say it’s too early to start campaigning for an election that will occur on November 8, 2016?

Think again.

Spring 2015 is when we meet our potential presidential suitors, looking for that personality spark, that connection. We see them in the news, maybe they write a book about hope and community and love. We want to believe that our political partner will change our world. We begin to fall in love.

Summer 2015 is when the heavy dating and debating begins. This is the best part of the cycle – who doesn’t love a new political romance? Debates, done right, reveal the true color of the candidates. This is when we must look ‘em in the eye and wonder, “How could this fellow have run a Federal Reserve? Is he good enough to be President?”

Late fall 2015 is when the dating gets serious and we have to break off with a few candidates who we realize are not our type: s/he’s too extreme in views; s/he’s less cerebral than we’d like; s/he’s extramarital affairs are revealed; s/he’s changing views on abortion are confounding; s/he’s run out of money and no one likes a cash-poor candidate; or maybe we just decide we’re not compatible and move on to another candidate or, even, another party.

Then in early 2016 we vote in primary elections!

This election will be even more fun-filled than the the 2012 election as both the Democrats and Republicans duke it out in the primary elections.

You may still be saying, “Who cares? This election is practically two years away. Shut up and look at my new iPhone.”

Keep in mind that if you skip the dating portion of the election cycle, you will find yourself in an arranged marriage come 2016. You’ll then go to the primary box and wonder how two aliens from the planet Mars ended up on the ballot.

Don’t let that happen – date now.

Political Match.Com

So before we go on a first date with the presidential candidates, let’s take a look at the candidate dating site 2016 Election Central and take a glance at how the Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto transits might affect our potential suitors.

There are too many candidates and too little time, so I’ll focus on five. I planned to be fair and choose an equal number from each party to include Joe Biden. I left Biden out, frankly, because he’s just too boring and he really hasn’t exhibited any “I’m running in 2016″ behavior. I know the veep must be silent to support his presidential benefactor, but Biden is so quiet, I wonder how many people know that he’s the veep.

I’m choosing those I’ve heard most about in the news recently. I would love to add Chris Christie because he’s so much fun to think and write about, but I’ll leave him for later, maybe for next summer when Jupiter enters Virgo creating Christie shenanigans.

Jeb Bush (Republican) – Here’s where astrology can fail even the most die-hard astrologers. I’d love to analyze former Florida Governor Bush’s chart for indicators of success/failure but when you have a family name behind you, does it matter?

What matters in this case are the motivations and outcomes of such powerful influence. Bush is of the Pluto in Leo generation as will be many of the other potential candidates as this generation is making its last hurrah in the world of success. Pluto in Leo is the “Me Generation” also known as the Baby Boomers. As they are older, they’ve had more time to develop connections and power bases.

Jupiter transiting Leo conjunct Pluto brings the big show-down with Pluto Power Plutocracy. Robert Hand in his book Planets in Transit describes this transit as bringing “the urge to achieve to the forefront of your life” and a “tremendous drive to gain power.”

To run for office, you’d need this drive, but remember during your political dating that Bush, Clinton and Webb have this drive as a compulsion. Compulsion often leads to irrational behavior.

The Astrotheme chart has a time of birth so this Jupiter transit occurs in the 11th house of community and group relationships. Bush’s natal Pluto is opposing his 5th house sun in Aquarius – a very tight opposition. Born of a powerful family, we see this in Bush’s chart – could he say no to power if he wanted to? Could Henry VIII have said no to power if he wanted to?

Pluto transiting Capricorn is near Bush’s moon in Capricorn. Sun in Aquarius and moon in Capricorn makes for a rational individual who is distant from the feeling nature, so distant, in fact, that this is the person you send to put the pet to sleep.

This Pluto transit will force him to feel which for moon in Capricorn is a bit like dental surgery without anesthesia. Transiting Pluto is taking a bulldozer to Capricorn ideas of duty, obligation and responsibility. This Pluto transit will square a natal Neptune/Saturn conjunction in Libra for Bush (which itself makes a wide square to Uranus in Cancer). Capricorn wants to make the rules but Libra wants everyone to get along which creates a conflict. In the 2nd house, this can involve money and assets.

There’s a lot going on in Bush’s chart right now, including a Saturn transit of the 3rd house of education, short-distance travel and neighbors. When Saturn was in Scorpio for the last couple years, it was in the 2nd house of money and some loans may have been called due. Transiting Uranus will move into the 8th house of others money in June 2015 so Bush may suddenly request new funds from others.

Transiting Saturn in the 3rd house is in Gemini’s playground – a place to learn, explore and grow. Saturn in that house tells Bush he doesn’t need to learn or explore anymore, that his Sagittarian viewpoint is all he needs. If Bush does run, evolving his message based on electorate feedback will be particularly difficult.

While these powerful influences may put him into office, I can’t imagine him feeling happy inside. The kings that toppled other kings may have felt that rush of adrenalin, but what about their children who were raised in the protected castle and inserted onto the throne? Happiness is probably a plebeian thought anyway. Happiness to a powerful family may be like green peppers to a cat. Then again, for Capricorn moon, lots of duty can be happiness.

Hillary Clinton (Democrat) – Secretary of State Clinton just experienced a Saturn transit through the sign of Scorpio in the 12th house (using the Astrotheme chart). In that sign, this transit can feel a bit like wringing out a wet towel – and you are the towel.

Saturn has just begun its transit of Sagittarius which is conjunct Clinton’s natal Jupiter in Sagittarius. Hand says of this transit that “you should work very hard to take advantage of every opportunity for growth and expansion that presents itself.”

Nice advice for a politico who has done just that for most of her adult life.

Jupiter is transiting natal Pluto in Leo which for Clinton also involves Mars and Saturn. Mars/Pluto/Saturn is a powerful and cruel aspect – consider that you are joining the God of War, God of Underworld and God of Responsibility in one room with a bunch of Leo “me” energy hanging about. Pluto and pals square Venus and Mercury in Scorpio.

Love, communication, pleasure and power – all the same for this personality. The Mars/Pluto/Saturn conjunction is in the 9th so there was definitely an upbringing that demanded personal power and success as criterion for love.

Clinton’s moon in Pisces is the ultimate feeling, empathetic placement. No matter how cruel and calculating she can be, there is something that can feel so I’m wondering how she deals with this. Maybe this moon in Pisces is the reason in a room full of men watching Osama bin Laden being assassinated, she’s the only one appearing shocked.

Neptune has been transiting Pisces since February 2012. It will take a long while (10 more years) to touch Clinton’s moon. Neptune dissolves and I’m still wondering if Clinton isn’t experiencing some health degeneration. I still suspect she will sit out of the presidential election due to health restrictions.

Uranus transiting the 5th house of children often brings children or grandchildren, which I believe just occurred for Clinton (grandchild). It also brings spontaneous and impulsive personal expression. Transiting Uranus opposed natal Neptune in Libra might bring some unexpected change as to how she interacts with the world. Clinton in her earlier years was associated with children’s causes – maybe that will be re-ignited.

In medieval times, when royalty “retired” (which was rare since most died natural or violent death first), they often went to the monastery, the original retired living home it seems.

I’m wondering if Uranus transiting the 5th and a Neptune closing in on her already monastic moon might not turn Clinton to a religious path. Religious sentiment, like any other trait, comes in a variety of flavors. For the politically powerful, religion might also contain elements of power and control. But Neptune’s lesson is the opposite of all that – it dissolves. It’s a scary feeling for those who like to remain in control of their personal selves and entire surroundings.

Pluto is transiting Clinton’s 2nd house and money and will enter the 3rd house of education, close-distance travel and neighbors. Maybe Clinton will found her own school/church?

I’m still not seeing Clinton politically or astrologically becoming president. Politics suggests to me (as a female) that it’s a long path to the White House for a woman. As an astrologer, I think Clinton will take some unusual and new path.

Rand Paul (Republican) – While the Pauls – Ron and Rand – aren’t royalty, there’s still a father-son political mentoring occurring. Astrotheme has no time of birth for Rand, so we’ll have to look at a noon chart.

Kentucky Senator Paul has sun in Capricorn and moon in Gemini, like Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine. This is a shrewd combination, able to play and win the shell game, but not particularly able to feel for others. Rand’s only water (feeling) placement is Jupiter in Pisces.

Neptune transiting Pisces conjunct natal Jupiter may be bringing out the feelings in Paul. While that can be a good thing, for controlling Capricorn it can feel like being in public without your pants on. According to Hand, this transit “is one of the most idealistic of times of your life. This transit arouses your natural sympathies for others and makes you want to help them.” If Paul runs, he will certainly feel inspired by this transit, feel he’s running for the sake of others.

At the same time, Pluto transiting Capricorn is conjunct sun in Capricorn so Paul might want to dig deeper on how much the “helping others” truly supports his own goals.

Saturn just entered Sagittarius and is smack on Paul’s Venus. Someone might be walking out the door – if not now, in about a year or so when Saturn opposes moon in Gemini (since no time of birth, not sure when this will occur).

Paul has mutable square energy with Jupiter (in Pisces), moon (in Gemini), Uranus/Pluto (in Virgo) and Venus (in Sagittarius). Mutable energy is adaptable and flexible. In US politics, these are characteristics viewed in a highly negative light. “Waffling” might be the charge filed against Paul.

Rand’s natal Mercury in Aquarius is widely conjunct Saturn. Aquarius is the sign of “the people” but Paul may not have the ability to connect with them verbally. While his personality is flexible, his speech comes across much more rigidly as though the plan is laid out and you’d better follow if you want to be a good citizen.

Looking at Paul’s horoscope in 2012 and now, I’m struck with the same sense – his personality is not coherent and cohesive enough for politics. It’s a talented personality for many activities and interests, but politics requires fixed and focused energy that Paul doesn’t possess.

Charisma, a magical and mystical quality, seems also to be associated with fixed energy. Not sure the connection here between fixed energy and charisma, but writing this blog has given me new admiration for fixed energy’s ability to stay on track and bring others along as willing, devoted follwers.

Jim Webb (Democrat) – I’ve added Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb not because I’ve seen him on the news, but because, according to Election Central, he’s formed an “exploratory committee.”

I’m not finding a horoscope for Jim Webb on Astrotheme; he hasn’t even earned a noon chart. How can an individual think to win the presidential election when they don’t even have a chart on Astrotheme?

Webb has sun in Aquarius (cushioned by Mercury and Venus) with moon in Taurus or Gemini. The moon sign can make a big difference here about Webb’s nature. Aquarius/Taurus is extremely fixed energy, which as I mentioned is a plus in US politics.

Moon in Gemini is more changeable, unpredictable. Aquarius/Gemini is more the idealistic, futuristic academic/scientist type. This type is more comfortable with ideas, including the “idea” of people rather than their scented and germ-filled corporealness.

We have in Webb another Pluto in Leo generation so the Jupiter transit of Leo is bringing the powers that be to his doorstep so that he can fulfill “the urge to achieve to the forefront of [his] life” and actualize the “tremendous drive to gain power.”

Jupiter opposes the Aquarian energy in his chart which can create expanded thinking of the type called delusional. Jupiter in square or opposition to the sun can create inflated ego; if there is no earth in the chart, the work needed to fulfill the ego’s ideas is delegated to others which makes for an arrogant appearance.

Transiting Pluto in Capricorn is opposed to a natal Mars/Saturn conjunction in Cancer. Mars/Saturn is a harsh combination not known for being nice about your ugly new haircut. In Cancer, there’s a strong desire to belong to group (and family) yet a sense of rejection at the same time which creates the need to create a new, select group to call family. Ultimately, there is a lack of trust in close groups.

Uranus transiting Aries is opposing Jupiter in Libra. According to Hand, “during this transit you should watch the affairs of your life very carefully. Situations will arise suddenly that can be extremely productive and beneficial if you recognize them in advance or extremely difficult if you do not.”

Now that’s some medieval astrological advice!

Hand goes on to write, “Events happen so fast that you will not have the usual time to figure them out before you act.”

If Webb’s moon is in Taurus, this could be a problem. Taurus is methodical in the extreme and needs to know the plan before putting the toe in the water. Moon in Gemini is much more quick to comprehend and react which would aid in this transit.

I’m not sure how to assess Webb without knowing where that moon resides. If the moon is in Taurus, the fixed energy is there as well as my “mark of a politician” moon square Pluto. If the moon is in Gemini, it may be making a wide conjunction to Uranus which provides additional unpredictability.

The Aquarius/Taurus combination makes me think of the idealistic “serious statesman” more than the model of the current US President which involves some rock star element of charisma or powerful family background.

Marco Rubio (Republican) -¡Oye! Have you heard that Florida Senator Marco Rubio plans to run for President? ¡Mira! Just look at the news and you’ll see.

We can’t leave out the outspoken Rubio. As with Webb, we don’t have his time of birth to known house placements or moon placement.

Rubio’s sun is in Gemini and moon is in Cancer or Leo. His prominence suggests Leo as Leo moon has a compulsive desire to be center of attention (as opposed to sun in Leo which simply adores being center of attention). A sure-fire way to identify Leo is watching for excessive focus on the appearance of hair (ones own and others).

In searching for “Marco Rubio hair” I noticed that others are focusing attention on Rubio’s purported balding. That’s Leo energy, but not coming from Rubio. But has any other male candidate received attention for his hair? Hmm. Maybe the media are sensing some undue attention by Rubio on his hair and are exploiting it. If so, more evidence for Leo moon.

If moon is in Leo, the Jupiter transit brings extra attention and additional feelings of self-worth to Rubio. During the election cycle, Jupiter will transit through Virgo, where Rubio’s Pluto is placed.

The Pluto in Virgo generation is different from the Pluto in Leo “Me Generation.” The Pluto in Virgo generation manifests great anxieties about work and health with fears of germs and illness that border on collective obsessive-compulsive disorder. As this generation has matured, anxiety disorders have been Virgo-identified and Virgo-categorized so that we all carry one of these labels.

As with a Jupiter transit of Pluto in Leo, there is “the urge to achieve to the forefront of your life” and a “tremendous drive to gain power.” In Leo this is for personal aggrandizement; in Virgo, it’s more like an obsessive-compulsive urge to put things in order and make things perfect.

During the first portion of Jupiter’s transit of Virgo (early fall 2015), it will square Rubio’s sun. This is when the true anxiety will begin for Rubio. Jupiter will travel to about 23 degrees of Virgo then go backwards for awhile then forwards as it finally meets Rubio’s Pluto at the very end of August 2016.

If Jupiter is guiding the election cycle for Rubio, it will be back and forth for him until August 2016, which is about the time of the Republican convention. The back and forth will be anxiety-provoking both for Rubio and his admirers.

Without Rubio’s time of birth, it’s difficult to assess Uranus, Neptune’s and Pluto’s influence on his life. By aspect, only Neptune is noticeable squaring Rubio’s natal Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Sagittarius. That square, coupled with a potential Leo moon, brings a confidence of the type associated with Don Quixote. Right now, transiting Saturn is also sitting right atop that Jupiter/Neptune conjunction. External forces are saying to Rubio, “If you want to chase that windmill, do you know that you have to do, really do, to get elected? You need to do this and this and this? Can you really do this?”

Transiting Pluto in Capricorn is trine to natal Venus/Mercury in Taurus and wide trine natal Pluto in Virgo. This bodes well for the practical, money-collecting aspect of the campaign. This candidate is not cash poor! However, Rubio’s natal Saturn is in Taurus suggests feelings of lack with regard to material resources and physical affection.

Saturn in Taurus could live in a palace and still pine for insignificant material objects that others possess. Rubio definitely has sentimental value attached to many of the objects around him. Do not take his toys away!

Although the Saturn conjunction and Neptune square to Rubio’s idealistic Jupiter/Neptune in Sagittarius could be a huge liability, don’t forget that idealism is powerful and may draw organic followers that aren’t concerned with one’s financial situation. That may be a life lesson for Rubio – it’s not really about the money although he may have the subconscious belief that he must impress others with material success.

Looking at Rubio’s chart, I’m wondering if it isn’t time for the Pluto in Leo generation to step aside. Current President Obama has Pluto in the very early degrees of Virgo. Maybe the Pluto in Leo generation has already passed from power.

If Rubio does make it to the convention in the summer of 2016, he’ll be taking his generation’s anxiety with him – anxiety about health, work and the environment. Whether or not he personally cares about these issues may make the difference in his future.

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Imaginary-to-Real in Three Easy Aspects

Do you wish your imaginary friends were real?

What, you say you have no imaginary friends? Is the person you spend most of your time with what you imagined him/her to be?

You had an imaginary friend.

How about that job you took? Is it what you imagined?

You had an imaginary job.

How about that vacation you took. Was it all that you imagined?

It was? Then you made the imaginary real. You did it at least once, you can do it again.

Just follow these three simple astrological aspects to make all that is in your imagination real.

Aspect One: Neptune in Pisces

First, you must have imagination. If, until now, you saw life as one day of drudgery after the next, I have good news. Neptune has been transiting Pisces since 2011 and will be in Pisces until 2025. Pisces is ruled by Neptune and both fuel imagination (amongst many other mystical and escapist states).

For those with a heavy does of Pisces or Neptune (or both), imagination is actually where they are living. You see the body at the dinner table but notice you reflections on your day at the office are not really being absorbed by those distant eyes. I can’t tell you where the eyes are, but they are far away.

Neptune and Pisces are also the experience of magic and wonder that can’t be described in the way of Virgo, the opposite of Pisces. An example of the Pisces/Neptune experience is hearing a piece of music and feeling the body dissolve into the music and having the heightened sensation of peace and harmony.

Virgo, the opposite of Pisces, will try to analyze it. Virgo will run to the store, buy the music, invite over all its friends, play the music and expect the room to enter this same state. It never happens because the Neptune moment can’t be repeated by formula. Pisces/Neptune is not of the world described by Virgo.

Now that you’ve captured the moment, lets move on to aspect number two.

Aspect Two: Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn has just entered the sign of Sagittarius. As Saturn moves through this sign for two and a half years, it will make squares to the long transit of Neptune in Pisces.

The square is an aspect of friction. Bringing your imagination into reality takes this very friction. Call it a reality check. If the aspect was more pleasant, you’d probably still be okay with living in your imagination and, possibly, on a friend’s couch.

Saturn is form and structure and all the rules, laws and responsibilities that come with it. In Sagittarius, the sign that seeks meaning, Saturn challenges you to have the discipline to live your beliefs.

Funny thing about Sagittarius, it’s ruled by the expansive Jupiter so in addition to finding meaning, Sagittarius also likes to indulge in worldly pleasures, especially those that create heighted sensation.

Because of these inherent characteristics, Sagittarius is a sign can dream of being a priest but spend the weekend at the casino trying to win big.

Saturn in Sagittarius, if you make it your friend, can help with this (if it’s a problem, and it may not be). When we create a rule for ourselves, the opposite of the rule is always tempting us.

But what if we don’t make it a rule and instead change it into something we truly do not want? Then there’s no temptation, no double standard and no charges of hypocrisy.

Aspect Three: Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and will be in that sign until 2024. Pluto transforms and evolves what it touches. In the sign of Capricorn, structure itself is being transformed. You may have noticed since 2008 a bit of change in the economic, social and government structures across the world.

Pluto in Capricorn is a big heavy, a reality check where your house falls on your head (in the case of 2008, by losing all its value). Capricorn is the path of most resistance and the lessons are never soft and gentle, Disney style.

But you can take this serious goat by the horns and direct your own destiny before the plans of others become the only choices available.

Reality may be the only consensus we’ll ever have and in one way or another we’re offering an agreement if we don’t present our imaginative options.

What’s in Your Imagination?

As the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for, lest it come true” which I learned is from the short story The Monkey’s Paw.

The challenge may not be turning imagination to reality, which may be exactly what’s occurring every day, but understanding what lives in the imagination and why. Our world is filled with images which feed the imagination.

Which images are yours? Which images come from outside of you?

Which images are becoming reality?

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Saturn in Sagittarius FAQ

Originally posted on Ohio Astrology:

Dear Sagittarians, please sit down.

A little over two years ago Scorpios had to sit down for “the talk.” Now it’s your turn.

In just a few months at the end of December, Saturn, the great taskmaster, is visiting your sign. He visits every 29 years and stays for two and half years.

Saturn is the planet of form and contraction and manifests as responsibility, duty, obligation and serious pursuits. Saturn gone wild can’t relax and is always working, always doing something productive.

The Saturn-in-Your-Sign Task Force has developed a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) to make the Saturn transit easier.

Will I have any fun in the next two years or will life consist only of duty and responsibility?

Do not fear. People can have fun during a Saturn transit. For the first seven months of Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter will be transiting Leo while Uranus will continue…

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Putting the Saturn back in Saturnalia

Our modern day Christmas celebration occurs around the same time as the ancient festival of Saturnalia, which, according to this website, became absorbed into the Christmas festivities about the fourth century AD.

According to the site:

In the Roman calendar, the Saturnalia was designated a holy day, or holiday, on which religious rites were performed. Saturn, himself, was identified with Kronos, and sacrificed to according to Greek ritual, with the head uncovered. The Temple of Saturn, the oldest temple recorded by the pontiffs, had been dedicated on the Saturnalia, and the woolen bonds which fettered the feet of the ivory cult statue within were loosened on that day to symbolize the liberation of the god. It also was a festival day. After sacrifice at the temple, there was a public banquet, which Livy says was introduced in 217 BC (there also may have been a lectisternium, a banquet for the god in which its image is placed in attendance, as if a guest). Afterwards, according to Macrobius (I.10.18), the celebrants shouted Io, Saturnalia at a riotous feast in the temple.

A couple paragraphs later we learn more about the festival:

During the holiday, restrictions were relaxed and the social order inverted. Gambling was allowed in public. Slaves were permitted to use dice and did not have to work. Instead of the toga, colorful dinner clothes (synthesis) were permitted in public—as was the pileus, a felt cap normally worn by the manumitted slave that symbolized the freedom of the season (Martial, Epigrams, XIV.1). Within the family, a Lord of Misrule was chosen. Slaves were treated as equals, allowed to wear their masters’ clothing, and be waited on at meal time in remembrance of an earlier golden age thought to have been ushered in by the god. In the Saturnalia, Lucian has the god’s priest declare that “During My week the serious is barred; no business allowed. Drinking, noise and games and dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping of frenzied hands, an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water—such are the functions over which I preside.”

As for the astrological Saturn, Café Astrology has a nice description:

In astrology, Saturn is associated with restriction and limitation. Where Jupiter expands, Saturn constricts. Although the themes of Saturn seem depressing, Saturn brings structure and meaning to our world. Saturn knows the limits of time and matter. Saturn reminds us of our boundaries, our responsibilities, and our commitments. It brings definition to our lives. Saturn makes us aware of the need for self-control and of boundaries and our limits.

It’s interesting that the festival of Saturnalia dismantles all that is Saturn – let’s forget our hierarchies (master/slave), our boundaries (clothing), our responsibilities (saving our money for necessities) and the drudgery of life on earth (work). In fact, Saturn talk (business) was completely banned.

Saturnalia is not about honoring Saturn but about putting Saturn in a closet for a good, solid week. Originally the festivities began on December 17 and lasted seven days. I suppose Saturnalia was the original vacation. Maybe we Americans are lucky to get two weeks now instead of just one.

Vacationalia.

Saturn Changes Signs

It seems quite relevant that on December 24, Christmas Eve, Saturn will change signs moving from the fixed water sign Scorpio to the mutable fire sign Sagittarius.

Two and half years of Scorpio meant Saturn focused on squeezing out every last bit of obsessive emotion from your being the way you squeeze every bit of water out of your wet bathing suit. We talked a lot about rape during this time as well. Rape is Scorpio in that it’s a crossing of the physical and emotional boundaries, but without consent. With consent, we call this intimacy.

The suit is dry, let’s move on.

If you’re a Sagittarius worried about this transit, here’s an FAQ for your reference. You might want to print it out and pin it to the wall since Saturn takes a couple years to move through a sign.

Sagittarius is about experience and finding meaning from those experiences. I’m wondering if December 24 this year won’t bring the Christians of the world a new religious experience. I sense a major shift, but don’t have any creative images on how that could manifest.

December 24 stands out as a meaningful day, more meaningful than normal. Saturn likes rules so maybe a new religious directive or proclamation from religious leaders will be issued.

Saturn is changing signs and it’s doing it on a holiday celebrated in the very beginning of Capricorn, the sign ruled by Saturn. Saturn is coming for Christmas.

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Your Horoscope: the Wheel of Fortune or The World?

The Rider Waite tarot cards The World and Wheel of Fortune are similar in their astrological symbolism. Both have the circle (or wheel in the center) and are surrounded by the four fixed signs. From upper left clockwise we have Aquarius (air), Scorpio (water), Leo (fire) and Taurus (earth). Aquarius and Leo are opposites as are Scorpio and Taurus.

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In The World card, the fixed signs have their traditional symbolism of the human water bearer (Aquarius), eagle (Scorpio, which is also the Scorpion), lion (Leo) and bull (Taurus).

In Wheel of Fortune, our fixed signs have wings and each carries a book. According to Rachel Pollack in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, they are holding books because they are “identified with the four evangelists” of Christianity.

Pollack further describes the symbolism of the Wheel of Fortune’s letters (taro, rota, etc) and the animals riding on the outside of the wheel (snake, jackal Annubis and sphinx) which represent stages of life, death and rebirth.

Pollack goes into much greater detail. If you use tarot and don’t have her book, run, don’t walk, to your nearest Amazon.com.

In the Center or Hanging Off the Wheel?

Another important difference in these two cards is that the Wheel of Fortune has the sentient beings on the outside of the wheel while in The World card, the being is in the center. The being in the center looks quite balanced, connected and happy.

The eye of the storm is calm as it creates the force rotates around it. Possibly this is the same with the horoscope. By being in the center, we are not subject to the ups and downs of that rotating wheel which bring cycles of life, death and rebirth.

The cycle of life, death and rebirth seems beyond our individual life. Yet maybe it’s not. Maybe all of our “ups” and “downs” are merely this cycle which we simply don’t acknowledge.

For example, in this culture at this time, illness is viewed as a preventable aberration. No matter how many shots we get, how many vitamins we take, how many healthcare plans we have, the common cold prevails. When the common cold occurs, there is a strong resistance to allowing it to be what it is. If the body is simply seeking rest, why are we so resistant?

In the north, we get most of our colds during the late fall winter, as nature around us is dying. Nature is dying, the sunlight is lessened, so maybe it’s okay to crawl in bed for a few days. Why are we so resistant?

The World card, with the being at the center, brings to mind the concept of meditation. Being centered doesn’t mean the external doesn’t cycle and rotate. Meditation tries (I think) to alter the relationship to that motion. In simple terms, you don’t have to react to every single stimulation.

In the eye of the horoscope, maybe you don’t have to worry about full moons and Saturn transits and someone’s Pluto on your Venus (although I’d still suggest running for the hills on this one). As an astrologer, horoscopes are accurate to me, which is bothersome. I’d much prefer they weren’t.

In the center of the horoscope, maybe we can surprise ourselves and others.

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Lois Duncan’s Charismatic Characters

While it’s been years since I’ve been a young adult or actively read young adult literature, one of my favorite young adult authors is still Lois Duncan.

Since I don’t have a young adult in my environment, I see the literature from afar and only get wind of the most popular and film-worthy– stories involving vampires, magical boarding schools and teenage death matches.

And astrologers are the weird ones?

Duncan’s Killing Mr. Griffin and The Daughters of Eve present the charismatic character that brings out both the good and bad in others. When these books were written, the late 1970s, we were closer to WWII and closer to cult murders (Manson killings) and cult suicides (Jamestown).

The message may have seemed more relevant then, but charismatic leaders certainly haven’t gone extinct.

In contrast to the charismatic character, Duncan’s novels include a counterpart – the intuitive. In The Daughters of Eve, the new art teacher is the charismatic leader who faces a group of naïve young girls and makes them more aware of the world.

As the art teacher’s energy begins to infuse the girls in her tutelage, the intuitive character sees ugly images in her mind’s eye and flees from the group. The intuitive is like the charismatic in the ability to perceive the energies of a situation. The charismatic channels the energy for various purposes; the intuitive is simply sensitive and vulnerable.

The art teacher’s influence at first is rather refreshing – she awakens young and naïve girls to their power and guides them to take control of their lives.

As with many a charismatic leader, it goes bad when the art teacher’s own hostilities and need for revenge filter through the tube that feeds her acolytes. In the epilogue we learn that some of the girls progressed unscathed and others did not. The experience, however, was transformative for each.

Lois Duncan

Astrotheme places Duncan’s moon in Libra, just a few degrees from the sign of Scorpio. Duncan’s intense, controlling, intelligent and charismatic characters ring an awful lot like Scorpio. Could she have been born just a couple hours later with the moon in Scorpio?

Pluto, the planet ruling Scorpio, is square the moon (in Libra). Maybe that’s the Scorpio influence?

Scorpio energy is fixed emotional energy – intense to obsession. It’s also extremely perceptive of the environment. The natural Scorpio desire for connection can lead to the boundary crossing with those of gentler or more confused mindset. For those not so intense, the energy is attractive and appealing. Scorpio is often viewed sexy.

Duncan’s Saturn in Aquarius is trine the moon and sextile an interesting Mercury/Uranus conjunction in Aries. That Saturn is also inconjunct Pluto in Cancer.

These aspects could have something to do with the focus on powerful individuals in group dynamics. Saturn in Aquarius with the trine to Uranus suggests unusual friends and not fitting in with the “normal” people. Pluto in the sign of Cancer wants to belong but Saturn says it’s never really going to happen because air Aquarius wants to connect mentally and Cancer just follows you around the house and wants you home for supper.

Uranus/Mercury in Aries is opposed to Jupiter/moon in Libra in the 9th/3rd house axis. The 9th represents the world view taught to us and how we respond. For Duncan, the worldview of her upbringing was unique, unusual and prone to change. It doesn’t have the Scorpio feeling of her novels.

Duncan’s sun and Mars are in earth-sign Taurus, a strong, fixed sign. Air-sign Aquarius is also a fixed sign, but Saturn is too far out in Aquarius to be at a square relationship. If Duncan’s ascendant is correct, it’s in another fixed sign – the fire sign Leo.

Taurus, Leo, Aquarius – that’s three of the four fixed signs. The only one missing is Scorpio. Possibly the interest in Scorpionic characters is due to this lack in the horoscope?

Is Scorpio the missing link?

In a quick glance at cult leaders, I noticed the predominance of fixed signs. Some of our most influential cult leaders were sun Taurus or its opposite Scorpio. Maybe this missing Scorpio energy what brings the attraction.

On Duncan’s website, I learned that she had a daughter murdered in the late 1980s, possibly by organized crime. This situation is also in the realm of Scorpio, which rules death. Pluto was in Duncan’s 4th house of emotions during that time. Currently Saturn is transiting Scorpio, very soon to move into Sagittarius. Possibly some closure of that situation has occurred for Duncan as Saturn passes where Pluto once traveled.

Somewhere, somehow Duncan is picking up on a Scorpio energy ley line – from charismatics, to intuitives, to secrets and deaths.

Where is the Scorpio hidden?

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