Jeff Sessions: The Lingering Senex

Last night President Trump was quoted saying that he wanted to rid the Justice Department of its “lingering stench.” One may guess from the last year of humiliating comments directed toward Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he is one of the lingering stenches needing removal.

If Gemini sun Trump is puer-like in his behavior – the child who doesn’t want to grow up – Sessions may very well be the opposing senex, or the humorless adult who enforces the rules.

Gemini can represent the teenager and the stage of life where we need to experience freedom and exploration as we develop the sense of identity that we will wear throughout the rest of our lives. With Uranus conjunct his sun, Trump has an additional element of unpredictability to an already mutable, changeable sign.

Trump’s sun/Uranus conjunction opposes a moon in Sagittarius which is a placement that tends to follow its ideals and has much difficulty with discipline as Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter which indicates abundance and impulse . In other words, Sagittarius moon has difficultly saying no to activities that provide a heightened sensation.

Trump’s absence at two high-profile funerals – those of Barbara Bush and John McCain – may reflect the puer’s resistance to dealing with the awful reality of death. Remember, as children we are never going to die.

The Senex

Our horoscopes reflect our personalities which in turn draw and repulse other types. If we examine our lives, we can find characters that are constantly in our sphere, no matter how mobile we might be. Astrology simply helps identify it. (When I first began studying astrology, I discovered that most of my close female friends shared my mother’s moon sign).

The puer’s opposing character is the senex, the father, the old man, the authority and the rule-maker. Teenagers avoid parents and often break the parents’ rules during the important period of identity awakening. The puer, who needs to grow, opposes the senex, who is trying to promote maturity and stability.

Enter Jeff Sessions.

If the puer is ruled by Mercury (which in turn rules both Gemini and Virgo), the senex is ruled by Saturn, which rules the sign of Capricorn.

Sessions, by golly, has not just sun in Capricorn but also Mars and moon in Capricorn. If a senex is needed to counter-balance the puer, Sessions is your man. Sessions’ natal Saturn is in Leo conjunct Pluto in that sign. That was a two-year conjunction of great intensity that produced some powerful characters, including Hillary Clinton.

Sessions has Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio, an intense water sign, which are in wide square to Pluto. Scorpio and Capricorn are the two most serious signs of the zodiac so don’t think Sessions is missing the dissing. He’s most likely fuming in private. Neither Capricorn nor Scorpio likes to air its dirty laundry.

There is a touch of levity in Sessions’ chart from Mercury in Sagittarius and Uranus in Gemini, which is a mutable opposition. I’m surprised from this aspect that Sessions hasn’t lashed out verbally. Neptune in Libra which is diplomatic and desirous of peace and partnership probably keeps this opposition in check.

What will Sessions do?

Astrological Pluto is currently transiting Capricorn and has been since 2008 when it began its destruction and transformation of all things Capricorn – societal structures, government, banking, authority and rules.

The rules are breaking.

Sessions with major planets in Capricorn would be greatly unsettled by the changes that are occurring. Like many, Sessions probably wants life to return to “normal” and for all this chaos to pass.

It won’t.

Pluto is moving toward Aquarius in 2023 and by then the rules of society will most likely shift to community dynamics rather than political or corporate dynamics.

Will Sessions, like so many of the Presidents Humiliated Men find himself in the unemployment line?

My political guess is – yes. Yet, looking at Sessions horoscope, I think this may be the man that challenges Trump as his energy is so opposing that of Trump’s. However, he may suffer in response as he is experiencing major transits.

Pluto has already transited Sessions’ sun and Mars – and he survived. Now Pluto is transiting the moon where the restrained emotions are being drawn out by force. Saturn is also transiting Capricorn which asks for additional restraint and discipline; torn between Pluto and Saturn, Sessions most likely has some sort of ulcer or back pain as he tries to maintain self control.

Transiting Jupiter in Scorpio is making a return in Sessions’ chart and conjuncts natal Venus so there is closeness with powerful (Scorpio) allies. Sessions may belong to a secret society as Scorpio likes privacy and close emotional bonding. Sessions’ Capricorn moon doesn’t like emotional closeness so a secret society may safely provide a structured framework for interaction which keeps the Capricorn moon satisfied with obligation in return for closeness.

Will Sessions outlast Trump?

Sessions definitely has staying power and potentially some Venus/Jupiter in Scorpio powerful friends. Capricorn and Scorpio, however, are not fond of humiliation. While the lighter signs make take it as “water off a duck’s back,” Sessions most likely is plotting some type of revenge.

Saturn will be transiting Capricorn for a couple of years but by late spring of 2019 will have made its transit of Sessions’ sun, Mars and moon. Until then, Sessions may continue in his role and also suffer the Saturn hair shirt of doing so.

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Dear Ohio Astrology

Dear Ohio Astrology,

I’ve recently taken the top political position in the most powerful country in the world and am having some struggles with it. Frankly, it’s just not fun and the people around me are so serious, like they’ve never gotten wild and crazy in their lives. There’s one guy in particular, a Capricorn, who I regularly embarrass in public but still won’t go away. While I’m old in age, I’m not “old” – you know what I mean? How do I deal with these wet blankets?

Ciao,
Bored Stiff

Dear Bored Stiff,

Since you’re a Gemini sun with Uranus conjunct opposite moon in Sagittarius, life for you is a constant adventure. Why did you take this Capricorn-like job? Of course you’re going to meet stubborn Capricorn types who take life seriously and think everything is their responsibility. You might be more suited to a life in public relations, television or theater. If you want to be happy, I suggest you make a career change. Otherwise, just act serious and they will believe you. It’s that easy.

Dear Ohio Astrology,

I feel that people don’t like me. It hurts me a lot so I strike out in revenge and people say I poison our relationships. I’ve achieved the top position in a large, powerful country and have tried to make friends with the head of another powerful country, but others want to keep us apart. How can I get people to like me?

Sincerely,
Looking for Friends

Dear Looking for Friends,

Your sun in Libra definitely wants to be liked and to be popular, but you do have Saturn and Neptune conjunct your sun which makes you both attractive (Neptune) and unattractive (Saturn). Your moon in Gemini (if you provided an accurate date and time) and Uranus in Cancer square to sun, suggest you’re not always consistent and Saturn says you have to have partnership your way. As transiting Pluto squares your Libra and Cancer planets, your enemies intensify. As the saying goes, you attract more bees with honey than vinegar so you might want to show your Neptune more and your Saturn less. Otherwise, you may be respected (Saturn) but not necessarily liked.

Dear Ohio Astrology,

I’m writing to understand what’s in my future for the next few years. I’m one of the most popular female Latin music stars but I’m feeling the need for something new.

Yours truly,
What’s Next?

Dear What’s Next,

With sun in Aquarius, you’re always looking for something new, something futuristic to pique your intellect. You have a lot of oppositions in your horoscope, some of which are being activated. With Mars in Capricorn opposite moon in Cancer, the Pluto-in-Capricorn transit is asking for some tough decisions regarding family versus career. Sun in Aquarius likes freedom and moon in Cancer likes comfort so you often have to decide between the two, sometimes daily. And natal Saturn in Leo opposing your sun is another challenge – authority always telling you what to do. Breaking away from constraints at this time may help, but balance is what you’ll have to find in these oppositions because you can’t ask for comfort if you’re also asking for freedom. Use your Aquarius unique thinking to find a solution that may not be traditional but works for you.

Dear Ohio Astrology,

I was a famous folk singer in the 1960s enjoying the drug and music scene but withdrew suddenly after a motorcycle accident. Now I’m a little cash strapped so am going to perform at the end of November. I’m a little anxious about it. How will it go?

Thanks,
Stage Fright

Dear Stage Fright,

With sun in Gemini and moon in Taurus, you’re definitely detached so lots of love and affection tends to be confusing and claustrophobic for you. With Jupiter transiting Scorpio opposing your moon, the need to pay back some debts, both financial and emotional, is obvious. Jupiter transiting Scorpio indicates you will find the emotional response quite intense, even scary. You were smart to schedule at the end of November when the sun goes into Sagittarius but it would have been more advisable to wait until mid-December when the sun crossed your ascendant. Then your Sagittarius need to exhibit would have been stronger to get you through the stage fright. Transiting Saturn and Pluto in your first house means that the crowd will find you serious and formal. You might want to bring a warm up band to create a lighter atmosphere and relieve some of the pressure.

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Freud During the Day, Jung at Night

During my daily life, which takes place in the American corporation, I’m 100 percent Freudian. Corporations are in the domain of Saturn, that planet of structure, rules, authority and hierarchy. As such, Saturn and corporations provide stability, security and routine – all that good stuff that keeps people out of trouble.

In American society, the corporation is also challenged with the burden of providing health care benefits and other benefits that in other countries are provided through the family or government. In that sense, the corporation has become the local government or pseudo family of one’s American life, if one is attached to a corporation. The Trusted Professional states that more and more Americans are working at large corporations. The corporation, then, is very powerfully tied to survival in so many ways.

Daytime – Sigmund Freud

Psychologist Sigmund Freud with sun in earth-sign Taurus is known to the layman for his psychology of parent relationships. Taurus is the fixed earth sign which is strong, stubborn and focused on the material and physical world.

Born with Uranus and Pluto also in the sign of Taurus, Freud was fated with a Taurus life that would undergo intense transformation (Pluto) and sudden, unexpected change (Uranus). Neither of those energies is fun for a Taurus seeking stable ground.

Moon in Gemini in Freud’s chart adds an additional energy of change in contrast to a sun that wants certainty and permanence. Gemini moon is changing, dualistic emotions and reactions. Gemini isn’t meant to travel one straight path while Taurus wants not only one path, but a paved path.

The mother is also represented by the moon so Freud’s mother may not have been the archetypal mother represented by the water sign Cancer. Instead she was mentally active, changeable but not necessarily emotional and interested in friendships, not simply blood relationships.

The Freudian narrow lens on the complexity of human personality may be due to a Taurus desire for permanence in a life that did not offer permanence. Parental focus digs into our grounding, as this is where we develop our reactions to the world around us.

In corporate life, I tend to look at reactions (my own and others) as stemming from parental relationships. My cubicle psychology views those that adjust most easily to corporate life as having stable, loving parental relationships that provided an adequate sense of security.

Politics is the term generally used to describe at work behavior of others deemed unpleasant while we tend to view ourselves as outside of such behavior. Yet survival means we all play politics in some way. The top two types of corporate “politics” from my vantage point stem from the need to maintain job security (not an unimportant thing) and the desire to please authority which can be tied to security but often looks a lot like the need for parental love.

In a spiritual lecture I attended recently, the perfectionism was described as a need for approval. While perfectionism is gender agnostic, women seem to be more trapped in perfectionism than men. Through my Freudian lens, I see this tied to seeking approval from the mother.

The desire to please authority seems more related to the father as men still generally represent authority. You may argue that women have much more power than in the past, but the salary disparity we see in male labor versus female labor is simply a representation of men continuing to have more value. Male sports still dominate and most earth religions have a male image in the center.

If I were applying my workplace Freudian psychology to Freud, I’d guess he was trying to please a both a mother and father who were inconsistent in their emotions – sometimes they were encouraging sometimes disparaging and often emotionally neglectful.

Nighttime – Carl Jung

Carl Jung was born with sun in fire-sign Leo. Like Freud, he also had Uranus on his sun indicating a life of change, although with fire-sign Leo, change isn’t entirely unwelcome.

Jung’s moon in Taurus conjunct moon in Pluto also suggests a need for security and a very powerful, consuming mother figure. The mother might, as punishment, withhold physical items and physical affection. Pluto is power itself which transforms often by first destroying.

Wikipedia describes Jung’s mother as a Pluto figure:

Emilie Jung’s [Jung’s mother] continuing bouts of absence and depression deeply troubled her son and caused him to associate women with “innate unreliability”, whereas “father” meant for him reliability but also powerlessness.[8] In his memoir, Jung would remark that this parental influence was the “handicap I started off with. Later, these early impressions were revised: I have trusted men friends and been disappointed by them, and I have mistrusted women and was not disappointed.”

Since Jung speaks disparagingly of both parents, I would guess Jung would have difficulty in a corporate life. His Leo sun conjunct Uranus would probably do something more individualistic if he were in today’s American culture (maybe even be a psychologist!).

Jung’s philosophy appears more complete than Freud’s. Rather than looking merely at parental relationships, Jung acknowledged the male and female within each of us. Jung was looking for wholeness which is looking forward, not merely backward.

Leo Jung was a bit more creative in his approach to psychology which included describing archetypes. Leo in astrology is considered the actor of the zodiac due to its need to express the self without any justification. Actors need stories and Jung the Leo gave credence to the stories of life – we are all actors!

Freud During the Day, Jung at Night

During a corporate day, we must put aside various aspects of ourselves as we maintain professionalism. That can involve suppressing many traits (good and bad) of our true selves. Freudian psychology fits well during the day as we strive to please those around us and deal with the “politics” of corporate life.

But at night, it’s all Jung — anima, animus, shadow, self, thinking, feeling, sensation, intuition and archetypes. So much more description, so much more to experience, so much more to feed creativity.

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Focus on Friendship with Mars in Aquarius

Mars is spending a great deal of time in Aquarius this year – from mid-May until mid-November where it normally spends only a couple of months in a sign creating an approximately two-year cycle. Mars is spending so long in Aquarius because it will go retrograde – apparent backward motion – and dip back into Capricorn.

Aquarius is the fixed air sign known for brotherhood, shared ideals, images of the perfect society and general genius based on thinking outside of the prescribed existent knowledge. On one side of the spectrum Aquarius is the absent-minded professor; on the other, the determined but unfocused rebel.

Aquarius is opposite fixed fire sign Leo; Aquarius is friendship while Leo is romantic love (which is why we need to move Valentine’s Day to August).

The next time Mars will be in Aquarius will be 2024 when Pluto has just entered that sign. By that time, our social structure may center more around Aquarius ideals (voluntary societies, shared ideals developed by the group, brotherhoods, yada yada) than Capricorn ideals (playing by the rules, structure, authority, government, yada yada).

Friendship

It’s no wonder I’ve come across two news stories about friendship recently, both focusing on friendship in adulthood. Mars is spending extra time in Aquarius to make a point, I’m sure.

In the article, If you’re wondering why you’ve lost friends in adulthood, this is probably why, the lesson is that to make and keep friends as adults, we need to make the time. Our busy adult lives often preclude the time needed to nurture friendship.

The second story, Researchers Examine What Social Isolation Can Do To Men’s Health, was on NPR and describes social isolation and men’s health. A man interviewed in the story was honest enough to admit an embarrassing activity as a result of his social isolation:

I was in my apartment, and one of the fixtures in the apartment was a post that runs floor-to-ceiling and the banister runs out of that. And the post became my friend. I would hug the post. I would hug the post for all it was worth because I was getting some kind of feedback physically.

All I could wonder is why he didn’t get a pet instead.

British actor and Aquarius Simon Pegg has based many of his movie plots on friendship. Mums may die. Stepfathers always. Girlfriends come and go. Friends always survive.

Shared Ideals

Air signs in general (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) can move from topic to topic as they are generally curious and stimulated by the new and easily bored of the old.

Aquarius, however, is the fixed air sign so is very committed to its ideals. The fixed nature in any element can tend toward dogmatism as there is not only a belief in a concept, but a certain loyalty toward it. Loyalty and determination are what make fixed signs leaders in our world.

Mars in Aquarius then may create ideological differences that create tension. Aquarius isn’t naturally aggressive so the disputes don’t create war; they create voluntary separation. Aquarius isn’t snobbish in the Capricorn way; it’s separatist in that you simply don’t want to live without plumbing so you won’t really like it in my community so go away.

The United States has natal moon in Aquarius (using the 1776 chart) where separatists came to form a more perfect society (Puritanism has both an Aquarius and Virgo flavor). Sci-fi writer H. G. Wells also had moon in Aquarius and encouraged social rebellion. Aquarius Sir Thomas More was the first known user of the term “utopia.”

Science and Technology

As the sign of genius and unique thinking, Aquarius is interested in science and technology as these subjects generally push innovation.

Much of our current technology innovation was developed or released while Uranus and Neptune were in Aquarius (1996-2011). Our technology leader, Steve Jobs, had Mercury in Aquarius (as many Pisceans do).

There isn’t as much representation of Aquarius in the field of technology as I’d expect. Aquarius is interested in ideas more than money so possibly they remain in the thought sphere while those with more ambition focus on the “monetization” of ideas. Aries is found more in business because of its competitive nature.

Man’s Best Friend

If dogs are truly man’s best friend, we may see a rise in dog sales this second half of 2018. We won’t know until later. According to this market trends report by Pawsible Marketing:

The American Pet Products Association also indicates that millennials are now the primary pet owning demographic, at 35 percent of U.S. pet owners as compared to baby boomers’ 32 percent.

Are millennials lonely? Has the rise of social media created an opposite effect of social isolation? Or are we just interested in friends who are present and want to go for a walk?

Maybe when Pluto moves into Aquarius in 2023 millennials will have “upgraded” society to focus more on community and friendship.

Mars in Aquarius is just a sampling of what’s to come.

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It’s a Good Time to Talk About Exploitation

I may be the only person in America who considers boxer Mike Tyson an exploited person. “If Mike Tyson is exploited,” you may say, “exploit me too! I’ll take millions of dollars for hitting and being hit by others in the head.”

So what’s little cognitive damage when you have millions?

Boxing as sport, which involves either hitting in the head or being hit in the head until you collapse, is generally sourced from individuals whose families are not in the top income brackets. Boxing movies glorify the poor lad who makes something of himself by becoming a boxer and rising from poverty to fame. Since I’m not a fan of being hit in the head or watching others get hit in the head, there may be rich children who become boxers but I haven’t noticed.

Boxing seems to exploit the poor who happen to have strength but not enough resources to potentially make other choices, even athletic ones, that don’t have such a high physical cost.

Exploitation isn’t a word you hear much these days. Like “greed,” the word exploitation appears to have been discarded and is sinking to lower levels of stratum like old pottery found in archaeological digs. Future archaeologist digging through the past, might say, “Hey look, I found greed and exploitation.”

There are replacement words for some exploitative situations such as “human trafficking.” I wonder why “trafficking” replaced the much more intense “exploitation?” Is exploitation too ugly a word?

Exploitation isn’t just for people; natural resources can be exploited as well. A country like Haiti, for example, has been so exploited environmentally that when there is a weather event, there is devastating impact. Only 1.5% of its tree cover remains intact.

On exploited labor, this The Atlantic article claims it’s difficult for apparel retailers to avoid labor exploitation due to the complexity of the supply chain:

Most if not all global apparel manufacturers exploit workers abroad, not only at companies that produce cheap or low-quality goods. And evidence of forced labor doesn’t mean that a company is being willfully negligent. Patagonia’s admission stands out in that it comes from a brand considered a leader in the movement for ethical production, demonstrating the enormity, and the difficulty, of the task of protecting workers in massive, fractured supply chains.

How much is wealth dependent upon exploitation? If we deliberately seek to increase wealth, are we by default increasing exploitation?

Exploitation

Exploitation focused on here is the victimization or unfair treatment of people and natural resources. By stripping Haiti of its trees, there’s a huge impact to quality of life especially during storms. If you’re born in Haiti today, there’s little you can do for a better natural environment as forests don’t develop overnight and lack of resources due to exploitation results in lack of interest or investment by others.

In the Psychology Today article Exploitation Is Exploitation, Period, the author points out several major reasons we allow or ignore exploitation:

… First, we readily categorize the world into “us versus them”, with those in our ingroups given special treatment and evaluation, and those in our outgroups being treated with indifference (or worse)…

…Second, distance (both literal and psychological) exacerbates these effects. It is much easier to ignore the plight of others when you are far removed from the harm inflicted…

…Third, we have difficulty understanding the magnitude of the suffering involved. As Slovic (2007) notes, we are often very willing to help one or several persons in need of help, but when a large number of people are in need, we experience psychic numbing…

Taurus and Capricorn

With Uranus now in Taurus and Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn and Jupiter making its way there, it’s a good time to talk about exploitation.

Do these two earth signs exploit?

If I’ve learned anything from my astrology blogging it’s that any behavior can be exhibited by any sign but the quality of the manifestation depends on the sign. Lying is a perfect example. We all lie in one way or another depending on the sign of our Mercury – maybe we exaggerate (fire), maybe we withhold information (earth), maybe we lead the conversation in other directions (air) or maybe we get emotional to sway or avoid (water).

However, the results of exploitation are often physical and earth signs tend to focus on the physical rather than the emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of a situation. Therefore, the outer planet transits of Uranus and Pluto in earth signs may reveal important manifestations of exploitation both intended and unintended. Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and will remain there until 2023. Uranus entered Taurus in May 2018 and will be there until 2025. Saturn will be in Capricorn through 2020. In 2020, Jupiter will also transit Capricorn for a year.

We already have some Capricorn lessons in progress as Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, a critical year for the world economy. Capricorn rules societal structures including government, banking and law. The Capricorn energy is ambitious and authoritarian – it likes to be in control which is why it seeks the top of the pyramid.

In 2008, Pluto destroyed the world economic structure. Government (which everyone claims to dislike) saved the economy to retain social stability (a good thing). Now we’re watching an unusual dismantling of authority in both politics and law. By the end of the Pluto transit of Capricorn, authority will be different than it is today.

Uranus in Taurus brings sudden changes to the physical environment including one’s own body, buildings and the earth itself. Sudden changes in these areas will bring Uranus enlightenment – the sudden shifts will make us take a different view of our physical environment.

Born with Pluto in Capricorn

The United States, the wealthiest country in the world, was “born” (using the 1776 chart) with Pluto in 27 degrees of Capricorn. The sun will return to that position in December 2022, its first “return” of this planet which represents an evolutionary cycle.

Early American prosperity included the use of slave labor, i.e., labor at the lowest cost possible. Labor is still the most controllable expense which is why corporations seek cheaper labor overseas. From The Atlantic article:

“All of these suppliers are desperately trying to find ways to cut costs. The only thing they have substantial control over is labor,” says Nova.

While slavery was abolished in the 18th century, other forms of slavery and forced servitude exist but they are far away from American eyes which as the Psychology Today article states, makes it easier to ignore. American wealth still has a measure of exploitation behind it; that exploitation, however, is in different countries.

The United States chart has sun in Cancer and moon in Aquarius which are not natural bedfellows. Cancer seeks belonging through blood relationships and emotional connection. Aquarius seeks to belong based on shared ideals which are intellectual or ideological.

As Pluto in Capricorn opposes the natal sun and begins a conjunction of the natal moon in Aquarius in 2023, we may see a shift in American culture from a focus on Capricorn material success to a focus on Aquarian community ideals. While our Cancer sun wants to protect only those nearest to us, the Aquarius moon will be activated which may remind us that “exploitation is exploitation, period.”

Related blogs:

Do you own your culture? Uranus in Taurus says “no.”

March 2019

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LeBron James – Free Agent?

When NBA basketball star LeBron James becomes a free agent every so many years, it begins on July 1. Each year on July 1, the sun is at about 9 degrees of Cancer which opposes James’ sun at 9 degrees of Capricorn.

This is symbolic of natural polarity between ambitious Capricorn and clan-loving Cancer. Capricorn is our social consciousness and Cancer is our personal consciousness. Capricorn is the father; Cancer the mother. Capricorn seeks the highest public office; Cancer seeks the emotional connection of a family-like unit.

This polarity is evident for James who left Cleveland for Miami, returned to Cleveland and is now heading to Los Angeles.

Career or clan?

The beat goes on.

Saturn Agent

Even more amusing, should you look at the astrology behind the timing of James’ moves, is that as free agent this year, July 1, 2018, Saturn is transiting his sun. Saturn, the planet of contraction, is retrograde right now (appearing to move backwards), and will move forwards again in the fall and then conjunct James’ sun in December, a couple weeks before his birthday.

Saturn is a time when you feel limitation, not expanse. Saturn rules Capricorn and can certainly increase feelings of ambition but also increases considerably one’s personal responsibilities, as Capricorn is a responsibility magnet.

If the Astrotheme chart is correct, the responsibilities involve partnerships and roles within relationships. Others can feel burdensome to James. Capricorn response often involves depression.

Let’s not forget, too, that Saturn and Capricorn rule the skins, bones, teeth and knees. For a basketball player, knees tend to be important so there may be a problem with the knees at the end of the year.

James’ natal Saturn is in Scorpio and Jupiter is transiting that sign until the end of the year. This brings on more Saturn energy, this time with regard to shared resources, loans and taxes. There could be money owed or a loan coming due.

Speaking of money concerns, transiting Uranus in Taurus is now opposing James’ Pluto in Scorpio. This, again, leads to money concerns. If the Astrotheme chart is correct, this opposition occurs between the 5th and 11th houses where money is shared with groups for creative efforts. Because the planets are in opposition, James may provide money for some creative effort and discover the money was not used in the way intended.

Pluto Agent

James’ rise to stardom occurred around the time that Pluto entered Capricorn in early 2008 and began crossing James’ Neptune and then sun. Pluto is the planet of transformation which can also involve destruction, which usually occurs at the beginning of the cycle. For James’ the beginning of the Pluto cycle involved a rise to prominence. What gets “destroyed” in this type of situation is the self you were when it began.

Being a basketball player and being a star are two different things. Wealth and fame are exhilarating to a person like James with sun in ambitious Capricorn and moon in competitive Aries. These are two very commanding and demanding signs both to others and to the self. But some other part of the self may have been destroyed in response.

Pluto transits are pressure, compulsion. You don’t seem to have a choice in the matter. Events feel fated. Both Saturn and Pluto transits are very serious and speak to power and politics. I’m not a sports fan but I can guess that James or any other sports superstar is juggling a lot of power and money. The rich and famous aren’t always as happy as people expect.

Mars in Pisces

Mars and the sign it rules, Aries, are associated with athleticism. With moon in Aries, James follows suit. Transiting Uranus was in Aries from 2011-2018 which gave energy to any planet in Aries. For an athlete, this is gold.

Yet James’ natal Mars itself is in sign much more passive and empathetic (Pisces) than the other energies in the chart. Transiting Neptune entered Pisces in 2011 and was already in orb (influencing) James’ natal Mars. This transit was in effect during most of the time James was in Miami. With Neptune transiting Mars, there may have been a sense of longing for something else, something not as tangible as fame and wealth.

This is the sensitive part of James in an otherwise ambitious personality. James’ philanthropic efforts may be a Capricorn sense of responsibility combined with this Piscean desire to help (and sometimes rescue) others.

Pisces and the Neptune transits also bring the “fame” and allure masses find in talented individuals. The flip side of Pisces allure is the Pisces scapegoat. This sometimes happens to the sensitive Pisces among us.

Free Agent

In the spring of 2020, transiting Saturn will have passed into Aquarius and transiting Pluto will have finished crossing most of James’ Capricorn planets.

James will be a young 36 in 2020, but for an athlete, age is the enemy. As James appears to have many interests besides sports, I expect in 2020 he may retire from sports to pursue other ventures permanently.

After years of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto transits, James may find that in 2020 is truly a free agent.

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Melania and Uranus

Often when facing difficulties in my American life, I think about the many others in the world who have problems much greater than my own — those that lack necessities such as healthy food or fresh water and those who are exploited in the many shades of exploitation that exist on this planet. I accept that my problems are of the “first world” and remember that I’m lucky to be in a place and time where I have some choices.

Today, while going through this exercise, I realized that my life may be much better than Melania Trump’s. Until today, I basically ignored the fact we have a first lady as she’s “sleeping with the enemy” and her efforts at humanity are hollow to me as she’s married to someone I consider a bully. If you’ve ever been bullied at school or work (bullying isn’t just for children), Trump’s behavior is classic bully and re-kindles trauma.

While I don’t know how another person feels inside, especially a public figure physically remote such as Melania Trump, a strong sense of compassion arose as I thought about what it might feel like to Mrs. Trump right now amidst the drama of her husband’s reign. Melania might be happy as a clam, I certainly don’t know. But in my imagination I think she might prefer my quiet, calm life right now. Not forever, but maybe right now.

Solid Earth

Melania Trump has six planets in earth signs, including the sun (in Taurus) and moon (in Capricorn). Saturn is conjunct the sun placing more emphasis on Capricorn traits (as it rules this sign). Mercury and Venus are also in Taurus. Pluto is in Virgo.

What’s left?

Besides earth, there’s a bit of air (Mars in Gemini and Uranus in Libra), fire (Neptune in Sagittarius) and water (Jupiter in Scorpio).

The preponderance of earth indicates a person who tends to be practical, concerned with the here and now, follows rules and is respectful of authority. Taurus sun and Capricorn moon combined is extremely loyal. Capricorn moon rarely expresses its feelings for fear of losing control and usually had a difficult relationship with the mother who wasn’t maternal in the storybook way. Mother may scrub floors day and night to feed ten children, but she rarely hugs them.

A horoscope such as Melania’s suggests a highly-structured, traditional upbringing (moon in Capricorn) with physical lack (Saturn in Taurus) and possibly even a lack of affection. Capricorn is the sign that takes the path of most resistance and willingly carries extra loads of responsibility even as its shoulders buckle under the weight.

But earth also enjoys its pleasures in a more direct, uncomplicated way than other signs. Material objects are enjoyed for their own sake and not for what those objects represent (except for maybe tradition and heritage). Earth doesn’t generally doesn’t feed off of drama. There’s usually a refreshing calmness that anchors others in the ocean of life.

Earthquake

The earth in Melania’s chart seeks stability and routine, but there are a few aspects that may explain why she married a man full of fire and air (astrologically, of course) and unpredictable behavior.

Uranus in Libra probably squares the moon in Capricorn (depending on time of birth) suggesting unpredictable emotions. Moon in Capricorn is reserved while Uranus in Libra wants partnership. Melania may confuse others by at times being best-friend close and at times appearing cold and distant.

Mars in Gemini opposite Neptune in Sagittarius is also a bit unpredictable (her husband has this opposition involving sun/Uranus and moon). This is also an aspect that’s much more carefree than the rest of the chart. In fact, this aspect is a bit reckless at times.

So we have this stable, steady person who at times jumps out of character to be a more fun-loving, risk-taking person. Or are there two personalities here?

Another interesting aspect in the chart which isn’t super common is the yod, or finger of god. Uranus (in Libra) and Neptune (in Sagittarius) are 60 degrees apart and both make a 150-degree aspect to the sun in Taurus. Taurus is the “finger.”

Melania’s chart has several planets in very early degrees of signs, including the yod. There seems to be a “new,” childlike energy to the chart while at the same time there’s this earthy heaviness. While Uranus and Neptune point to fun and heightened experience, the sun points to stability.

Do I want to have fun or be responsible? Should I build a house or be a gypsy? Should I study finance or get in my car and drive until I can see the sunset no longer?

There’s definitely a sensual nature with the planets in Taurus and Neptune in Sagittarius although the moon may inhibit its full expression. Jupiter in Scorpio opposing the sun in Taurus is also sensual but in opposition struggles with the sensual nature – am I being good or bad when I enjoy pleasures of the body?

More Uranus

It’s good that for all the earth in her chart, Melania appears to seek change with the Uranus square moon, sometimes suddenly, because more is coming.

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus in May for its seven-year journey through that sign. It will go backward a bit this summer (into Aries), before heading back through Taurus until 2025.

Uranus transits bring awareness. Enlightenment is a hefty word but when you have those sudden moments of seeing something clearly (“she always loved me”), it’s a form of enlightenment.

For Melania, that awareness will involve the yod (Uranus-Neptune-sun). This aspect is already in orb (activated) so and will bring a greater awareness of self as it conjuncts the sun. The sun is saying, “You’re not being ME.” Uranus and Neptune create a mild friction that demands more enthusiasm, more spontaneity and more connection, like running down the beach naked with someone you just met. The sun may be yearning for a more intense experience but can’t clearly define that experience.

In the spring of 2021, Uranus will move toward Melania’s natal Saturn. That is when the situation becomes critical. Uranus tends to bring sudden change which creates breakthroughs of consciousness. Saturn is the planet of our defense, our weakest link that we defend at any cost. Uranus transiting creates vulnerability as it cracks our defenses but liberates us from that which we are protecting that is no longer needed. Imagine being clothed in armor for years then having it removed.

This can be a liberating transit but one that gets us in trouble with Saturn authority. The authority of this transit is ourselves and our inner parent that says, “You’re an adult. You shouldn’t have done that.” External authority and society at large probably won’t like it much either.

I’m going to mark spring of 2021 on my calendar and check in should Melania no longer be first lady.

The horoscope Melania is a tough woman which I’m reconciling with the woman who recently wore the “I really don’t care. Do U?” jacket. Maybe that message wasn’t for the public or the press. Maybe that message was for someone closer to home.

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Five Astrological Tips for Dealing with a Perfect Sister-in-Law and Perfect Mother-in-Law

Right before the British royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle my cat was watching Entertainment Tonight where a British psychic said that she was channeling Princess Diana. The psychic claimed that the discarnate Princess Diana didn’t think Markle was a good match for her son.

A lover of royal weddings, my cat was upset.

“Why do people project their fears and insecurities onto royalty?” asked the cat.

Having just walked in the door, I wasn’t quite prepared for such a deep conversation, but I responded as best as I could.

“As much as we humans deny it,” I said, “we love drama. That’s why we spend our lives immersed in movies and television shows. We only complain about drama when it’s not to our advantage or amusement. It’s the same with politics.”

“Do you humans love drama because you’re so boring?” she asked.

That hurt a bit, but I have been working a lot and, I’ll admit, haven’t been much fun lately.

“Humans tell stories,” I explained. “All of our experiences from birth to death are part of a story in which we are the central character. I thought our meditation teacher explained this to us.”

“Why can’t you humans simply enjoy life without ruining everything?” she asked.

Was she taunting me?

“I would enjoy my life more if I had someone who fed me daily and cleaned my litter box while I slept or stared out the window,” I replied curtly.

“There’s no need for drama,” she said while walking toward her bowl of fresh water.

Royalty

When people say they want to be treated like royalty, I know they haven’t read their history. Comedian Amy Schumer has a fun skit as Princess Amy where she is the medieval peasant girl discovering she’s going to be a princess. Her image of princess is pure 20th century Disney.

In her princess role, she discovers the reality of the medieval role – she has to marry her cousin, procreate for the dynastic line and, as often happens with royalty, gets her head chopped off.

The 20th century image of royalty is pure Leo – dominance, confidence, grandeur and extravagance. When I think “royalty” I see an image of Henry VIII, his glorious dress, his dramatic life and his command of the empire.

Leo is the fixed fire sign of the zodiac and embodies many of the archetypal images of royalty including positive energy, dominance, boldness and daring. Most importantly, Leo needs no justification for being the center of attention.

The reality of royalty might be a bit more Capricorn as we see in Amy Schumer’s skit. Royalty past and present involves an acceptance of authority because it’s already established. And if you don’t believe in that authority, it will make you believe through control and the defining of social norms.

Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign that seeks the top of the mountain in an area of life. Most areas of modern life have some hierarchical structure where Capricorn can manifest its primary motivation. Capricorn like Leo seeks respect. But unlike Leo, Capricorn relies on the respect bestowed upon authority whereas Leo expects it due to personal power.

The Marriage

As my cat and I reviewed the charts of Meghan Markle (now the Duchess of Sussex) and Prince Harry (the Duke of Sussex), we could see a little of what the psychic alluded with regard to romantic difficulties – Markle’s Saturn/Moon conjunction in Libra is the sign of Prince Harry’s Venus.

Saturn/moon in Libra suggests some difficulties with partnership, especially in the sense of finding the partner equal. Jupiter is also part of that conjunction while Pluto is not but is also in Libra. Pluto in Libra exerts a lot of control in partnerships.

The Saturn/Jupiter conjunction is interesting in itself as that often indicates a conflict with what society deems appropriate – Saturn is the societal structure of rules and laws while Jupiter is socialization in education, religion and community.

Markle has a lot of fire and air; Prince Harry has more earth (sun in Virgo and moon in Taurus) although a stellium in fire-sign Sagittarius (Uranus, Mars, Neptune and Jupiter).

Although the stellium in fire might make Prince Harry rebellious, I suspect he’ll be saying a lot more than he plans, “Hey Meghan, we don’t do things that way.”

Five Astrological Tips for Dealing with a Perfect Sister-in-Law and Mother-in-Law

When people say a royal wedding is like a fairy tale, I know, too, that they haven’t read many fairy tales. Like history, fairy tales are filled with gruesome events.

Markle and Prince Harry will have similarities and differences as with any couple. The challenge for Markle is surviving a marriage that is public. The other important challenge is doing that with a perfect sister-in-law and perfect mother-in-law.

Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge) is the sister-in-law married to Prince William (Duke of Cambridge). While Middleton experienced the same pre-marital scrutiny, she’s been the epitome of beauty and style, appears to love her husband and has produced three beautiful children.

Middleton is a Capricorn sun, Cancer moon and Leo rising. Capricorn is the social role of Duchess and Cancer (the opposite sign) is the personal role of wife and mother. She seems to have embraced both well. Leo rising provides the exuberant, smiling image we see when Capricorn and Cancer can actually be moody and brooding.

Queen Elizabeth II is the mother-in-law. During the life of Princess Diana the Queen experienced the most negative press of her dynastic tenure. But I think it’s actually her perfection in her role that makes the public want to see the cracks in the foundation. She’s lived a dutiful life in a prescribed role and done a remarkable job.

The Queen has sun in Taurus, moon in Leo and a Capricorn rising. Taurus and Leo are both fixed signs indicating strength of character. Capricorn rising is the reserve, the seriousness we see in her role as Queen. Leo moon enjoys a little more pleasure than Capricorn rising is willing to show.

So how will Markle adapt to a life of royalty amidst two women who perform the role so well? Ohio Astrology helps where it can so is offering some royal advice, for free of course.

Tip #1

Pretend to be perfect. The image is everything, as this actress probably already knows. With Cancer rising, there may be a tendency to express emotions. But the Mercury and sun in Leo should be able to put on the mask and pretend that all is well. If Cancer gets out of the shell, the comparisons will follow.

Tip #2

Be the best dresser. One way to keep people from noticing your inner emotional life is to dress wild and crazy and have them focus on your clothes instead. With moon in Libra and sun in Leo, this should be easy to accomplish. If it’s a really bad day, there is always the option of one of those big hats that covers your face.

Tip #3

Get a pet. With Mars in Cancer in the 12th, there is a need for secret, intimate friends. That might be troublesome in a life with no privacy when you’re being compared to exemplary family members. But you can cry on the shoulder of a fluffy dog as easily as a best girl friend and dogs don’t talk to the press.

Tip #4

Travel. With Neptune in Sagittarius in the 5th, there’s a desire to experience foreign environments. This can be mixed with charity work and keep you away from the family. If you’re not in the room together, possibly there’s less time for comparison.

Tip #5

Share the wealth. With Pluto transiting the natal 6th and Uranus transiting the natal 10th, there is change to work and career life and both involve having money (if royalty weren’t involved, it suggests a new business venture that will have great material success). Sharing the wealth would certainly make a positive impression on others . . .

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Macro Concerns, Micro Distraction

While signing up for an upcoming astrology conference, during one time slot I had to make the tough choice on which Neptune lecture I wanted to attend. I didn’t want it to interfere with the lecture on the upcoming Pluto and Saturn conjunction or the lecture about the upcoming Jupiter and Saturn conjunction which in the past has corresponded to dire political events.

Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto – some of my favorite planets! If you read this blog, you know I’m an outer-planet-kinda writer (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the outer planets). With Pluto in Capricorn tearing apart the world as we know it, how can an astrologer focus on anything else?

As I made my tough Saturn choices about which Saturn lectures to attend, it occurred to me that there were few lectures on our two fastest moving “planets” in the horoscope – Mercury and the moon.

With all of the earth and societal changes occurring, I can’t keep my eyes off of Pluto-in-Capricorn which appears to be taking us through an evolutionary cycle involving how we structure our life on planet earth.

Yet my daily life is more and more about the moon and Mercury. My daily life is a constantly-changing swirl of communications, changes, texts and emails all demanding a response in the fast-departing, elusive moment called “now.”

We seem to be living in a schism of macro concerns such as global warming and faltering economies while daily life is more and more about the details of daily life via texts, emails and social media.

Do we become bipolar by default?

Personal to transpersonal

Observing life on earth, I’m not sure humans were meant to be anything but personal. Living our lives in family and societal units, we seem geared toward a hard-working but also more relaxed life of connection with the earth and with others.

Until the discovery of Uranus in 1781, astrologers knew of planets from the moon (considered a planet in astrology) to Saturn. The moon (response), Mercury (communication), Venus (pleasure) and Mars (action) are personal planets that move quickly and represent the actions and events of daily life.

Jupiter and Saturn, farther out, speak of our social environment. Jupiter is the school and church while Saturn is the law and government.

See, a simple life.

Until 1781.

In 1781, Uranus was “discovered.” Of course it had been there doing its work, but we didn’t know it. Uranus rules enlightenment as it was discovered during the period of the same name.

Enlightenment is good, no?

From a spiritual perspective, it sounds quite nice. But what’s important to remember is that when you seek enlightenment, by reflection you acknowledge being in the dark.

Saturn as the edge of the solar system also represented the boundaries of our lives. You live and then you die and, based on your beliefs, go to another place for eternity.

Uranus shakes that up suggesting that while alive there are other perceptual states that exist and life may not be as simple as it appears. More knowledge leads to more questions.

In 1830, Neptune was then discovered. Neptune rules spirituality and the inspiration of the times. As Neptune likes the altered state of relaxation and escape, it also rules drugs that produce this state as well as photography and cinema. And fog.

Then in 1930, Pluto was discovered. This is the era of nuclear exploration with nuclear fission discovered in 1938. Now the personal human beings had the ability to create transpersonal effects on the entire globe.

Pluto represents evolution and was in the sign of Cancer when discovered. Cancer is family and clan which changed dramatically since Pluto’s discovery. Prior to its discovery, Pluto was in Gemini which evolved communication. While radio seems Neolithic now, it allowed masses of people to hear the same message at the same time for the first time in history.

Pluto is now 180 degrees from where it was discovered in the sign of Capricorn ruling career and reputation. Since the discovery of Pluto, government has replaced family in many places as the definer of life and roles.

Transpersonal to personal

As I grew up in the late 1970s and 1980s, concerns about nuclear war were paramount (since this was also during the Cold War). Somewhere in the 1990s, our concern ebbed.

Why are we no longer concerned about nuclear war?

Somewhere transpersonal subsided and the personal returned, also in the form of communication. Technology connected us to the entire globe, but in a personal way.

With the proliferation of the smart phone, we are able today, if we choose, to stay in a communication network based solely our our personal interests. The transpersonal can be filtered out and the personal channeled in, mostly by those wanting to do business with us.

We seem to be wavering between personal and transpersonal.

And back to transpersonal

The transpersonal has reappeared, this time as climate change. I’m old enough to know that climate change was a concern since my early days on the planet. Now that there are extreme weather patterns (which seem to be predicted in advance, but I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I swear), the personal takes notice of the transpersonal.

So what does a person do in the face of the transpersonal?

Possibly our modern lives of constant, busy distraction is the response to a world in which we are increasingly spectators of larger, corporate interests of which we can’t control. We work for those corporations so it’s personal; but what they do is transpersonal and we can’t affect any change in behavior.

As any human being, we must also adapt to our environment. Unless I live in one of the major cities in the US that has public transportation, I must have a car regardless of its environmental impact.

It’s an interesting time to be alive with a unique challenge to live a personal life that has transpersonal ramifications. Macro concerns compete with micro distraction for our attention. It’s easy to see why we we are drawn toward the micro.

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United States Bombs Syria 30 Minutes Too Early

When I read on Saturday (April 13) that the United States and allies were going to bomb Syria, my first thought was it was a day too early. On Sunday, over here in the United States, the moon will enter Aries and join Mercury, Sun and Uranus in that sign.

Aries is ruled by Mars, the god of War.

Many wars begin in Aries because it’s spring in the northern hemisphere, a much better time to have war than the muddy, cold, dark winter.

While I don’t like being the “gloom and doom” astrologer, the energy of the globe is definitely less than peaceful and cooperative so seeing several planets lined up in assertive Aries triggers thoughts of war and aggression, especially as Uranus begins its transit of the last degrees of Aries.

Since Syria is far away from the United States, I thought that possibly the moon had already slipped into Aries over in those parts. According to this New York Times story, the air strikes began “shortly after 4 am local time.” In Damascus, the moon entered Aries a little after 4:30 am.

We may have been 30 minutes too early. Or maybe my astrology software is a bit off. I always wonder if the military uses astrology. Before you laugh, consider that information you have that others don’t provides a competitive advantage. We’re taught in the United States to disdain astrology, but what if that is simply a tactic to protect symbolic information?

Where is Mars?

The planet Mars is the ruler of Aries and makes a full transit of the signs about every two years, spending about two months in each sign.

Mars is where we take action. Mars gets us up in the morning to face the new day. Mars demands we stand up for ourselves. When we are too confident, Mars is pushy and wants others to do things the same way we do.

During the air strikes in Syria, Mars was in 15 degrees of Capricorn. Mars generally likes being in Capricorn because Mars is outward directed energy and Capricorn is ambitious and goal-oriented. Mars likes goals and ambitions for they are something to target.

Mars transiting Capricorn joins up with the long-lasting Pluto transit of Capricorn. Combined, there is a lot of authoritarianism and dominance in the global energy. Authoritarianism appears to be seeping into the average life across the globe from electronic monitoring to loss of civil rights.

While the air strikes in Syria might appear benevolent to some, the war has been in effect ten years so the assistance seems delayed. I read that President Trump recently granted some Syrian refugees extended status which is certainly kind but comes after a travel ban which included individuals from Syria.

The recent intervention may be more about Mars (domination) and Capricorn (use) than humanitarian concerns.

Other wars

How does this compare to some other recent US invasions?

Vietnam

The US officially entered this conflict on March 8, 1965. That was the time of an intense opposition of Pluto/Uranus in Virgo opposing Saturn in Pisces. On March 8, the Sun, Venus and Mercury were in Pisces and Mars was in Virgo adding additional energy to the opposition.

Way back then, there was a lot of resistance to war which is symbolized by so many planets involved in that opposition. The opposition is both astrological and literal as that was a time of anti-war demonstration. We sometimes need an opponent to ignite us into action – that is the lesson of oppositions.

The war didn’t end until Pluto was in Libra, Uranus in Scorpio and Neptune in Sagittarius. The late 1970s now seems like a relatively peaceful time for the US.

Grenada

The US invasion of Grenada on October 25, 1983 was a four-day event under interesting zodiac signs that later reappear in 2001.

While the sun and Saturn were in Scorpio that day, there was a T-square of much mutable energy with Mars and Venus in Virgo, moon in Gemini and Uranus, Jupiter and Neptune in Sagittarius.

On September 11, 2001, there was another mutable T-square with sun in Virgo, Pluto in Sagittarius, and Saturn and the moon in Gemini. On that day the US was attacked.

Sagittarius is a fire sign that seeks meaning, often championing causes. Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter is also the social environment including the religion which is the foundation of much culture. Jupiter is expansive and can, like fire signs, be overzealous fighting causes of which the environment has no concern.

Sagittarius in pure form loves what is foreign and what is different. With the tension between Sagittarius and other mutable signs, we see the fear of foreign and struggle for cultural dominance. While Pluto left Sagittarius in 2007, Saturn entered was in that sign for roughly 2015-2017 (going retrograde a few times) and we had another round of conflict with views and cultures foreign to our own.

Panama

The invasion of Panama on December 20, 1989 was strongly fueled by Capricorn. The sun was in a very late 28 degrees of Sagittarius with Uranus, Neptune, Saturn and Mercury in Capricorn.

Our friend Mars was in one degree of Sagittarius.

The themes of authoritarianism and foreignness have been playing out since the 1980s. Uranus and Neptune transited Sagittarius then Capricorn. Pluto then transited Sagittarius and now Capricorn. From this vantage point, it is clearer how they interplay – one transit transforms and leaves a bit of residue and the next transit cleans up any leftovers.

The energies present during the invasion of Grenada and Panama re-appear a few years later. Did the energy we send out come back with a vengeance?

While violence is never justified, the recurring energy themes suggest dysfunctional global relationships mutually triggers.

Can we stop?

Forgiveness seems to be an energy that halts the constant back and forth of conflicting energies.

Afghanistan

After the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the US invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. We are still there.

The invasion, like the attack, came under the Pluto (in Sagittarius) – Saturn (in Gemini) opposition. We continued the struggle of belief, of worldview.

Neptune and Uranus were in Aquarius at that time as we began a new technological revolution. That revolution has changed our daily lives so quickly in ways unimagined.

Mars was in 16 degrees of Capricorn, pretty close to the position of the Syrian airstrikes.

That war continues with very little play in the US media. We could consider it an occupation rather than war as there is no clear outcome.

Iraq

The invasion of Iraq occurred on March 20, 2003 with the sun in 29 degrees of Pisces about to move into Aries. As with the Syrian airstrikes, it was possibly 30 minutes too early for the best energy. Or maybe my software is a bit off?

The Pluto (in Sagittarius) – Saturn (in Gemini) opposition of the 9/11 attacks was still at play during this invasion.

Mars was in 9 degrees of Capricorn. Our last three invasions occurred with Mars in Capricorn. Remember, it occurs for about only couple months every two years.

At the time of this invasion, Uranus had just popped into Pisces. Uranus transits are seven years and that transit is long gone with Uranus about to move into Taurus.

Neptune entered Pisces in the spring of 2011. December 2011 is the official end of the war but the US still remains engaged in conflict there.

Nebulous Neptune says the war is over but Neptune (and Pisces) rules fog so the “fog of war” term seems appropriate here.

The conflict in Iraq is like a ghost of grandma in the corner. If you see it, you are reluctant to admit it for being viewed as hallucinating.

Worldview

While Mars is the god of War, Mars traditionally invades because it is strong and because it can. US invasions from the 20th century until present are about worldview. Ostensibly it began with a fight against “communism” and today is labelled “terrorism.”

Essentially it is a global fight for the dominance of a worldview as described in the 1992 article and 1995 book by Benjamin Barber Jihad vs McWorld. Barber is quite prescient and understood the patterns very clearly.

Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures—both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe—a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality. The second is being borne in on us by the onrush of economic and ecological forces that demand integration and uniformity and that mesmerize the world with fast music, fast computers, and fast food—with MTV, Macintosh, and McDonald’s, pressing nations into one commercially homogenous global network: one McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce. The planet is falling precipitantly apart AND coming reluctantly together at the very same moment.

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