I ♥ Uranus

Traditional indications of deceased ancestors communicating to us in the living world include flickering lights, creaking floorboards, “pennies from heaven,” and movement of objects. But not all ancestors are traditional. It’s possible some use the more obvious method of T-shirt sayings.

While traveling on the bike path on the right (physical) and right (cultural) side, I could see the jogger in my lane. Was she British? Had she spent a lot of time recently in Japan? Did she forget that she needs to be on the right (and right) side of the path?

Muttering a few judgments under my breath I came upon her, large smile on her face, her I ♥ Uranus T-Shirt clearly communicating her lack of concern and open understanding of her defiance of social convention. While I wasn’t wearing a T-shirt, it might have said, I ♥ Saturn because wanting everyone to follow the rules and giving them emotional signals of judgment and annoyance is definitely Saturn.

Uranus, and the sign it rules Aquarius, in contrast is defiance of the rules when the rules do not make sense in a legal, ethical or moral sense. Think Rosa Parks, defiant Aquarius and my personal hero for one day just saying, “No, I won’t follow your stupid rules.” Aquarius and Uranus gone bad can be excessively rebellious for no reason such as Guns ‘n Roses singer Axl Rose.

But it was a good message for the day as it definitely was Walk on the Opposite Side of the Path Day which I was then prepared for. And a “Let’s Go Crazy” T-Shirt thirty minutes later confirmed that I needed to put Saturn aside for a while and ♥ Uranus.

Were my own rebellious and creative ancestors sending a more direct message? Would stray sounds from the attic and flickering overhead lights really, clearly convey that it’s time to ♥ Uranus?

Uranus in Taurus

If the message is to love Uranus, then let’s look at what Uranus is communicating. This planet of sudden shock and awareness is traveling through Taurus which rules the physical body, tangible property, assets and ultimately our value system and sense of self-worth.

Treatment of your body indicates how you feel about your self. Are you worth taking care of? Or is everyone else more important?

Treatment of earth reflects treatment of self. Is the earth merely an external object meant for our use and pillage? Or is it a sacred, sentient being that provides the environment for a human life? Are we separate from nature or simply a part of it?

Cars are tangible items, ruled by Taurus. We (Americans) love them. When we take them to the shop and someone wants to charge us a lot of money to fix them, we get upset. This has always confused me as our love suggests we’d want the best and most tender care for this precious object.

Which reminds me of Bernie Sanders, who was a hot item when Uranus was in Aries conjunct his natal moon. Now that Uranus has moved into Taurus, his spotlight has dimmed and he has been dealing with body issues. And as such he’s also much focused on personal wealth and assets of the “middle class.” While I ♥ Bernie in many ways, I have to disagree with him on the cost of child care. Like many, to support an American (Over) Work Culture, he wants child care to be affordable.

Do we really want to pay someone a dollar an hour to watch our children?

That’s what I got paid back in the 1970s to “babysit.” My “client” next door (ruled by Saturn – I’ve been an astrologer my whole life – have always noted the signs even when young) used to count half hours and search for quarters instead of rounding up to the hour and shelling out the entire dollar.

Like all consumers, parents want the best service and lowest cost for childcare. But these childcare experiences are the memories children will carry for a lifetime. Having had only a few childcare experiences in my youth (in a bowling alley unfortunately), I wonder if some of the cultural changes occurring now are a result of the outsourcing of childcare for a culture that does not live in extended families.

But that’s Saturn again, wondering.

Taurus represents ultimately values. When people can and can’t “afford” certain things (within buying range, of course), they are indicating their values.  

How often are objects better taken care of than the body?

I ♥ Uranus

The I ♥ Uranus lady was taking care of her body when she displayed her enlightening message. And she might have been on the opposite side of the path to be farther away from traffic, all good things for the body.

And she was smiling, happy.

It was a good message and not as scary as flickering lights.

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A Crack in the Veil of Communication: Mars & Mercury in Virgo

Just as there are many branches of science or religion, there are many branches of astrology. The daily write-up in the newspaper – if the write-ups and newspapers still exist – is personal natal astrology generalized for a solar chart. The personal natal astrology you experience with an astrologer takes into account your date, place and time of birth which makes it specific to you.

In addition to natal astrology, there is horary astrology which tries to answer specific questions, electional astrology which tries to find auspicious times for events and mundane astrology which examines regions and events. And on top of that you have different types of astrology from different cultures (Vedic, Egyptian, Mayan, etc.). And, like all disciplines, variations on these traditional types.

As there are many types of astrology, there are many types of astrologers. Since starting this blog, I’ve become less interested in personal natal astrology and much more interested in mundane astrology. Most astrologers are involved with both the macro and micro energies – we all are individuals yet part of the times. Astrologers can’t avoid seeing upcoming events – like the conjunction of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in 2020 – and reflecting on it both in natal horoscopes and for the world at large.

The sun, moon, Mercury and Mars are considered “personal planets.” Jupiter and Saturn are social, where you meet society (like when you go to school or work). Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the transpersonal planets – far away, slow moving, they represent generational energies.

This blog tends to focus on these transpersonal planets. But not this one!

A Crack in the Veil of Communication

In the spiritual world the barrier between physical and spiritual energy is referred to as “the veil.” With both Mercury and Mars in Virgo (and now sun), it’s become apparent that the veil of communication has a crack.

Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, as is Gemini. Gemini (an air sign) is associated with pure communication, intellect, learning, stimulation. Virgo (an earth sign) tends to focus this intellectual energy into work, health and pets. Virgo is detailed and discriminating. Virgo is a perfectionist, afraid of criticism. Virgo is picky.

Both Gemini and Virgo are thinkers. Virgo being practical and less social than Gemini tends to focus the thoughts on work, routine, health, and diet. Virgo is a worrier, nervous often making itself ill through nervous tension and anxiety.

Being practical, Virgo is the identifier, labeler, and organizer. Virgo overwhelms itself with detail and can appear to be a disorganized Pisces (its opposite sign). Virgo misses the forest for the trees, which are being catalogued in a notebook somewhere.

So that’s Virgo. Mercury in Virgo is talkative, informative, full of detail and exacting.

Now enter Mars, the assertive principle and put it next to Mercury in Virgo and what do you have?

You have a lot of talking, for starters, with lots of detail. And with Mars pushing on Virgo you can have several results:

  • Passionate defense of position / too much information
  • Keen discernment / excessive criticism
  • Activism / complaining
  • Active planning / neurotic worrying

How much of what you want to say during a given day do you actually voice?

For some, it’s 100 percent and unless one is the 45th president, you generally get in trouble for this.

With Mars and Mercury in Virgo right now, the Mars forward drive can push into verbal form what normally spins through your head. Be careful.

Moon and Neptune in Pisces

As I write this blog, the moon is in Pisces, the mutable water sign that is opposite of Virgo. If Virgo is analysis, Pisces is synthesis. Virgo thinks; Pisces feels. While the Western world discourages feeling, it’s another antenna into experience.

Neptune has been transiting Pisces, the sign it rules, for ten years now. For the Virgos of the world, it’s been tough as what were once considered “facts” are now up for debate. One plus one may no longer equal two – it may be just your opinion as a very educated guy on YouTube said that one plus one actually equals three and has some cool charts to prove it.

Balance, the great lesson of astrology, is the goal. Thinking/feeling – not one or the other but both. We are taught thinking and feeling are opposites and believe one cancels out the other which I’ve learned is untrue. But it took awhile to understand this. Maybe you won’t agree. Maybe Mars and Mercury in Virgo will even motivate you to prove it.

You can have a fun and interesting day examining all of your personal “opposites.” During a meditation retreat I found a few fascinating ones.

Because of the Piscean opposition to Mercury/Mars in Virgo, when Mars cracks the veil of communication be prepared for emotional responses. Be prepared for some imaginative conversations. Be prepared to explain those things you didn’t mean to say.

Be like a Virgo – be prepared!

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Gods in the Age of Aquarius

Last year a friend had to explain to me the “Bill Gates” thing as I called it. The world’s first (or one of the first) Nerds-that-Took-Over-the-World, the college (Harvard mind you) dropout, the renegade garage-programmer was now being vilified. He was trying to insert microchips into our vaccines was all I could make out.

I’m confused, I told a friend. How does Bill Gates have anything to do with the pandemic? I thought he was enjoying the traditional Gilded Age lifestyle of the oil barons who got bored and turned to philanthropy. All good causes – mind you. But finding “cause” in your retirement is exactly the issue facing humanity – it’s too late.

Although my friend tried to explain it, I had to surmise that we are back into the theme of the last two thousand years – good and evil.

In the Age of Pisces, our gods mirrored those qualities: Piscean love (empathy); the Piscean fish (two fish swimming in opposite directions; the Piscean feet (washing others’ stinky feet); Piscean sacrifice (dying for you).

Well, my friends, while there is argument about when the Age of Aquarius is / has truly arrived, I think we are there now. Pluto will move into Aquarius in 2023 which I think will seal the deal on this movement of “ages.”

Good and Evil

Hollywood movies began to bore me around 1977 when I saw the first Star Wars (“A New Hope”). While the country was enamored of this “space age” tale, all I could see was the regular old “save the princess” fairytale.

Couldn’t others see that?

A very boring story, my pre-teen self thought, wrapped in hokey packaging.

I’ve come to enjoy that movie but still find the “special effects” somewhat ridiculous. An “evil” empire would certainly have more skilled fighters, at minimum.

Astrologer Liz Greene through her amazing intellect and published works explained it to me about ten years later (with help from Carolyn Myss and Joseph Campbell). The world runs on archetypes and the prince / princess story is one of many. Had I understood what Joseph Campbell calls “the hero’s journey,” I certainly could have figured out the backstory of our Star Wars tale immediately.

If you really look at most Hollywood movies, the theme generally is good/evil or transgression/redemption. Dualism is the higher theme which runs the United States from entertainment to politics. We often say, “There are two sides to every story,” when really there are complexities, numerous, to every story.

Having worked in data for many years, I also know that complex stories do not go far and frustrate the listener. You have three seconds in the United States to explain your position.  In response, most stories in our culture are made dualistic which provides a sense of quick understanding and emotional comfort.

Tech Gods and Tech Devils

If the Age of Pisces brought emotional gods who washed our feet, the Age of Aquarius has brought us tech gods that provide us “convenience” through technology.

That the Tech Gods will be split into good and evil should not have surprised me. As the Tech Gods did bring a lot of information, I keep thinking that is all we need.

Yet the Tech Devils have come in and inserted ridiculous “information” into the mix so that we do not know the true precedence or validity of information. In a very fascinating yet terrifying manner, information has been made useless.

If I were to assign a Tech Devil, or at least Tech Villain, I wouldn’t have chosen Bill Gates. I would have chosen those that are trying to index all data and allow others to pay money so that the information is presented in beneficial ways. Or I might assign villainy to those that are tracking all of our movements and combining that with our physical features. Or maybe I would choose as Tech Evil a firm that helps authoritarian governments maintain control.

Gates may have contributed to my own personal panoply of Tech Bad Guy Behavior, but I have a feeling he was chosen for a reason. It’s called scapegoating.

Gates was born in the Pluto in Leo generation (“Me Generation”) with Jupiter conjunct Pluto and Uranus in the early degrees of Leo. The Saturn in Aquarius transit opposes Leo and has created a barrier or boundary for Gates with the people he would normally connect with.

If our Tech Gods must be balanced with Tech Devils, someone must be thrown into the fire. Gates with his Leo generation desire for self-expression gets to be the sacrificial victim.

Sacrificial victim – this must be a leftover from the Age of Pisces. Or maybe we are still there.

Ages are two thousand years in duration. The exact line of “then” and “now” is fuzzy, fuzzy by decades or even a hundred years.

Hopefully if we’ve learned anything in the Age of Pisces, if we’ve truly internalized the messages of peace and love, we can toss out the dualistic thinking and examine all of our Tech Lords and decide whether technology is serving humanity (Aquarius) or if humanity is serving a few Gods.

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The Loss of Corporate Culture

If, dear readers, you want to know Ohio, I recommend that you drive the whole of I-71 from Cleveland to Cincinnati (or Cincinnati to Cleveland), a north-south axis. This is a cross-section of Ohio. I-70 which is the east-west route won’t do it, although it seems to be a ley line of both weather patterns and drug trafficking.

While on I-71 the other day with the cross-section of Columbus, I felt like I was at the amusement park dodgem car ride. That’s what it’s like. Funeral slow, Indianapolis 500 fast, aggressive and reckless – it was all present.

And, once again, I reflected that humans are their truest selves while in a car – we are all Aries (first sign of the zodiac, me first, go faster, get out of my way). But when we get to our jobs – corporate or otherwise – we (hopefully) become civil and polite.

Corporate culture is ruled by Capricorn — our social selves, reputation, our place in society. We’re all politicians: in our cars being our true selves then becoming our public selves when we step into a building or work site. Not all people have a disparity between the two – some people drive politely and courteously then act that way at work. Or the opposite – drive folks off the road and drive people crazy at work.

In the horoscope, the first house represents your car self (on I-71) and the tenth house represents your work self.

Pluto in Capricorn

As the planet of destruction and transformation, Pluto, which has been in Capricorn since 2008, symbolizes the corporate (and government and social) destruction has occurred and has yet to be re-built. Pluto will enter Aquarius in 2023-2024.

While much of my life has been spent in corporate culture, I can’t say I’ve always been a fan. Yet as corporate culture wanes, I’m now recognizing its benefits to society (and myself).

While it would be exceedingly naïve to say corporate cultures all promote cooperation, there is a level of cooperation (so close in spelling to corporation) needed for a large organization to be productive. The balance of cooperation and competition (not as close in spelling to corporation but similar) is needed for success. There are, of course, some corporations that thrive on ruthless competition and are considered elite – the elite don’t need to cooperate.

When corporate wellness programs began, I did not like them – it felt like interference in what should be a relationship between me and my doctor. Yes several years later, I realized there really was no relationship between me and my doctor – she wouldn’t recognize me on the street. Doctors are pressured by insurance to act quickly and spend most their time looking at computers, not patients.

So the corporation, which has the burden supporting the nation’s healthcare coverage, became an active leader in healthcare.

In recent years during this Pluto-in-Capricorn transit, social interaction has degraded to the point that every disagreement with a public official results in death threats, true conversation is impossible and collective problems have no way to be solved.

Pluto-in-Capricorn is also authoritarian and those of an authoritarian nature can derive great benefit from this transit. When there is chaos, there can be support of the perceived “strong man” to counter it. Unfortunately, these “strong men” are often “straw men” who both create and “solve” the problems.

From Family Culture to Corporate Culture to Individualized Culture

Corporate culture began when Pluto entered Cancer in the early 20th century. Corporate culture replaced family, town and community culture. Nations across the world embraced “isms” that separated family and clan that once were connected by blood and proximity.

After family and clan broke down, we had the “Me Generation” (Pluto in Leo) that focused on self-expression and self-actualization. Pluto in Virgo then focused on work/health/environment. Pluto in Libra changed the nature of relationships (even the fact we call them “relationships”). Pluto in Scorpio transformed intimacy and shared finances (rise of debt vehicles). Pluto in Sagittarius brought the enthusiastic excesses that Sagittarius is known for before heading into the more conservative, cautious Capricorn. With Pluto in Capricorn, we are seeing the transformation of social structures.

Several times in 2020 during the height of Capricorn energy (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all in this sign), I was able to see the positive side of what corporations can bring: cooperation, volunteerism, awareness of health and awareness of diversity and cultural inclusion. These activities were traditionally in the scope of government which discarded (fully and finally) any concern with the promoting the highest good for society.

If we do rebuild the Capricorn structures, they will be built with Aquarius bricks. If things go well, groups of individuals will join not just to be angry and wreck havoc, but for other idealized goals. Aquarius is an air-sign and detached so generally Aquarian goals are around making a society more rational, equitable and organized.

On the negative side, Aquarius is a perfectionist that cannot accept that systems created by irrational humans can never be perfectly rational. This can lead to elite organizations and “You’re Not Welcome Because You Litter” signs on the front door.

Hopefully we are evolving and not simply devolving. It has taken the loss of corporate culture for me to understand its benefits. Life continually changes and no energy lasts forever. But hopefully Pluto in Aquarius will find a heightened way to bring a culture to a point where it can have conversation and work together to make positive changes.

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Smelling Rats in the 21st Century

Chatting with an airport stranger about the current pandemic, he like others believes he had it prior to its “official” arrival in the United States. Humans like beginnings, middles and endings so illness, too, must have a birthdate. But many, including this airport stranger, believed they had the illness as early as late fall 2019.

How do they know?

Amongst the symptoms that are similar to cold and flu are two that stand out – the loss of taste and smell.

As he mentioned these symptoms, it occurred to me that if we have only five sense (taste, touch, sight, hearing and smelling) that without taste and smell, we’ve lost 40 percent of our perceptive abilities.

If you couldn’t taste, feel touch, see, hear or smell, would you exist?

Descartes famously concluded that because he had thoughts, he had existence. The Buddhists consider “object of thought” a sense – our reality being the collective objects of thought. Descartes might have been onto something big, but remained in the human realm.

What does it mean to lose 40 percent of our senses? While taste and smell don’t seem as important as sight, hearing and touch, we might be missing more than pleasure.

Smell Idioms

Senses allow us to perceive but also screen for danger. If in the Middle Ages (and modern day Russia) taste was absent, think of the ease with which poisoning could occur. No one would taste the hemlock in the stew.

If we had to give up a sense, smell seems like it might be the easiest to relinquish, reducing pleasure but maybe not as much a danger-screener as the other senses, although it is needed to avoid being caught in a fire. But first let’s examine the idioms involving smell.

Something smelling “fishy” indicates something doesn’t feel right. Since fresh fish tends to decay quickly, even fish lovers can understand this. Smell prevents us from eating rotten food but extends to the avoidance of rotten situations.

But how about when someone says “I smell a rat?”

Rats, like any other object on earth, emanate smell. But unless you have a rat infestation, do you more often see them than smell them?

Smelling “a rat” is to sense the trickery and deception of others and suggests our sense of smell is somehow involved. Maybe there’s a science behind hormones emitted when we trick and deceive. Smell here also implies discernment, the ability to know without strings of logical formulas that something is not appropriate for us.

If we can’t smell, will trickery and deception run rampant?

Astrology of Senses

Astrology weekly provides what it calls “generally accepted significators” of the five senses in Western astrology. It’s assigning a planetary ruler as such:

Sight – Mercury

Touch – Venus

Taste – Mars

Smell – Jupiter

Hearing – Saturn

On this website of Vedic astrology senses are described in relation to the elements of which there are five (as there are in Chinese astrology):

The Five Organs of Sense

The Sattvic attributes of the Five Elements are the Organs of Sense.  They are as follows:

Ether is ruled by Jupiter and causes the Sense of Hearing. Through Hearing we acquire knowledge from Sound.  For a person to be able to hear, Ether must be present. Conversely, for someone to have poor hearing, Jupiter must be afflicted in the horoscope.

Air is ruled by Saturn and causes the Sense of Touch:  Through Touch we acquire knowledge from Tangibility. For a person to be able to feel touch and differentiate the object of touch, Air must be present. Conversely, for a person to not be able to feel or lack acquiring knowledge through touch, Saturn must be afflicted in the horoscope.

Fire is ruled by Mars and causes the sense of Sight.  Through Sight we acquire knowledge from Light and Colors.  For a person to be able to see, Fire must be present. Conversely, Mars must be afflicted in a horoscope if the person has poor eyesight.

Water is ruled by Venus and causes the sense of Taste:  Through Taste we acquire knowledge from Flavors.  For a person to be able to taste, Water must be present. Conversely, Venus must be afflicted in the horoscope if a person has a poor sense of taste.

Earth is ruled by Mercury and causes the sense of Smell.  Through Smell we acquire knowledge of Odors.  For a person to be able to smell, the Element of Earth must be present. Conversely, a person has a poor sense of smell if Mercury is afflicted in the horoscope.

Because the organs of sense are Sattvic, they are elevating in nature and pure when the organs of sense are working properly. They are Sattvic because one acquires knowledge through their organs of sense.

Smelling Rats in the 21st Century

From a Western planetary perspective, for me Mercury seems to rule all of the senses as it’s the interpreter of reality. Mercury as messenger of the gods is the link between the energies represented by “the gods.”

The Vedic perspective makes sense to me more than the planetary alignments. Having always had the nose of a bloodhound, the relation to earth seems accurate. And relating each sense to acquisition of knowledge is quite insightful.

If we gain knowledge from our senses and lose two are we losing 40 percent of our knowledge?

In early 2020 at the “start” of the pandemic, we had a great lineup of planets in two earth signs – Taurus (Uranus) and Capricorn (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto). Neptune was (and is) in Pisces which according to the website noted above relates to taste.

Capricorn is also associated with authority. In early 2020, the governments of the world all responded to the global pandemic in the same way. This is a first in our known Earth history. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 but is in its final phase of this sign and bringing our destruction, transformation and evolution in this area to conclusion.

Since this great lineup of planets in Capricorn, there is no longer in my country (if there ever was) logical and rational conversation but arguments about what is real. While the spiritual side of me is pleased that we are finally questioning what is in front of us, the practical side of me understands there is danger if there is no shared reality. The arguments have become so weak from a logical perspective that there is no reason to even talk anymore (which actually might solve a lot of problems).

If we can’t share reality, then maybe the sense of discernment is no longer necessary. Maybe as our life moves from physical to digital, we no longer need smell and taste. Maybe we only need sight and hearing for life lived via a computer or phone.

Is touch the next sense to go? I suppose we need that to use our phones and keyboards.

Can we live with sight and sound alone? Are we sure that everything we see and hear is real? How often are we fooled by smell in contrast to sight?

How will we “smell” the rats?

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Shirley MacLaine’s Enlightening Life

In a bit of spiritual synchronicity, a few days ago I wondered what Shirley MacLaine was up to. Then, browsing through my antenna TV channels the next day, I stopped at the Dick Cavett Show and one of his guests that night was Shirley MacLaine.

Coincidence?

First, a moment about the Dick Cavett and his interview show(s) that aired from the late 1960s until the mid 1990s. As we get older in any place and time, I know, there is a nostalgia for the past. I’ll admit that up front as I say that I wish we could have Dick Cavett or clones of him doing all of the interviews of all people in all news shows today.

Kind and humorous but penetrating, Cavett evokes in his guests conversations that are varied, interesting and utterly unique. He allowed guests to be themselves and say what they wanted to say. Maybe because of that, so many guests came and shared how they’d been misunderstood. In fact, during his interview with MacLaine they talked about image and Cavett noted, “People don’t know what we are like from the images they get.”

Shirley MacLaine

The Shirley MacLaine interview with Dick Cavett noted above and linked below occurred in 1972 when she was campaigning for George McGovern for president of the United States.  At that time, she had published her first book Don’t Fall Off the Mountain where she wrote about her life beyond acting, her early life and her interests in traveling and politics. This was years before her book Out on a Limb (1983) where she explained her spiritual awakening while in her 40s.

The New Age image is now the one most associated with MacLaine. But if we pay attention to her 1972 interview, she was already an enlightened individual. In her campaigning she explains that in meeting people all across the country she discovered that:

The thing they’re most concerned with is the truth.

[People think] Corruption is synonymous with leadership.

[People think] And honest person can’t govern.

Too bad we didn’t listen to MacLaine in 1972. Maybe today we wouldn’t be mired in a social-media manipulated world of gumbo-jumbo information where you can’t get two people to agree on the temperature.

MacLaine saw in 1972 the need for truth. That was her journey and now it is ours.

MacLaine’s Enlightenment

That we don’t know another’s experience until we are in their shoes is more than true. For those who believe in reincarnation, it seems to me the reason for it. For many, they have to find themselves in slavery before they commiserate with the slaves. And they have to find themselves born into wealth and privilege to understand the responsibilities and social response that comes with it.

Or, we could understand each other now and avoid all that. The arts seem to help with understanding others’ realities.

MacLaine’s Mars/sun conjunction in Taurus and moon/Neptune in Virgo have both recently undergone aspects relating to enlightenment and spirituality.

Uranus the planet of enlightenment (and shock and sudden change) is traveling through Taurus and changing our relationships with our bodies and earth.  For MacLaine, the direct hit was in the 2018 – 2019 timeframe. Possibly she had body changes at that time; possibly her own enlightenment; possibly an expression of pent-up anger with that Mars/sun conjunction.

Natal moon in Virgo is conjunct Neptune, the planet of spirituality (and fantasy and escapism). The current transit of Neptune in Pisces is glamorizing and spiritualizing double Pisces Mr. Rogers as well as all media, alcohol and mood-altering substances. This is an interesting aspect for MacLaine because moon is reactive and in Virgo is a difficult position because it “thinks” its emotions rather than feeling them. Neptune rules the sign opposite of Virgo so makes the Virgo in constant search for the perfect this and the perfect that. Idealism is extreme with this aspect and the constant chase for it.

Neptune first entered Pisces in 2011. In the few years after that, Neptune would have been opposite MacLaine’s natal moon/Neptune conjunction in Pisces indicating disillusionment. Disillusionment has a negative connotation but is ultimately good because it means clarity, a Virgo goal if there ever was one. MacLaine’s daughter published a book about her disillusionment with her mother in 2013 – that must have been tough and provided a lot of clarity about how another felt.

Pluto’s transit of Capricorn is opposing MacLaine’s native Pluto in Cancer. Pluto in Cancer tore apart the family structure for most cultures which is now at half-life having been replaced by corporate life and social media life. My guess is as MacLaine gets older, like many she has some nostalgia for old-fashioned family life. When we get older and social life shrinks, human encounters become more meaningful. I probably won’t be around when the digital generation experiences this but am curious how they will deal with it.

In early 2023, MacLaine will experience her third Saturn return at 26 degrees of Aquarius. This transit of Saturn in Aquarius brought “social distancing.”  If MacLaine is social distancing herself now, in 2023 we may hear from her. Maybe she’s got another book in the works explaining her Uranus and Neptune transits. With Uranus and Neptune, you never know what surprises await.

Video:

Dick Cavett show with Shirley MacLaine, John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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Jupiter’s Return to Aquarius:  July 28

OHA hopes you are enjoying your Jupiter-in-Pisces, I mean, summer (or southern hemisphere winter). After a year of restricted activity it’s so nice to do . . . anything! As my hairdresser said when invited to a concert, “I don’t care what band it is. Yes, I’ll go.”

Pisces is so allowing. That’s what’s so wonderful about this mutable water sign. Go tell a Pisces your secrets, the worst you’ve ever been and they will listen and you won’t feel like a heel, although Pisces does rule the feet.

A little allowing is (I almost wrote “was” – getting ahead of myself) quite nice. Jupiter is expansive so in the allowing Pisces means we can just “be” or express or fantasize or weep or laugh or stare at clouds without the judgment of others.

Jupiter went “retrograde” in Pisces in June and this July 28 will “return” to Aquarius. Retrograde is a phenomenon where more distant objects appear to be moving backwards (but aren’t really). So today we see Jupiter in Pisces and at the end of July through New Year’s Eve Eve (double Eve) we’ll see Jupiter in Aquarius.

Saturn is also in Aquarius. It moved into that sign March 23, 2020. Does that time period ring a bell? Part of me still believes that politicians are astrologers as their planning is so closely tied with planetary movements.

Saturn is contraction and Aquarius is groups and group ideals so Saturn in Aquarius in 2020 brought social distancing. With a 29-year cycle, Saturn spends about 2.5 years in a sign. Social distancing is not over dear readers. Get your masks ready.

Jupiter in retrograde Aquarius will never meet up exactly with Saturn as Jupiter is in the late degrees of Aquarius and Saturn the earlier degrees. However, Jupiter expands what it finds so expect a bit of “We may have relaxed the rules a little too early.”

Jupiter in Pisces also gave us a short reprieve from the judgment that Saturn brings. Expect a return to that type of “If you would [X], then I could [X].”  The judgments are evolving and it’s already apparent that our next round of social discord will be about tracking of health information.  If you don’t enjoy the social judgment, it’s a good time to get off of social media, an Aquarius invention during the Uranus/Neptune transits of that sign.

Or you could hide in a cave or under a rock. But with Uranus transiting fixed earth sign Taurus which squares (creates tense relationship with) Saturn in fixed air sign Aquarius, I wouldn’t recommend that either. Caves and rocks are not as secure as they once were.

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Food and Facebook:  Our Attitudes Toward Life

During a silent retreat, the world stops bothering you and you find yourself alone with your body and your thoughts — sounds pleasant unless you’ve done it. Most of us are running around in a flurry of activity to avoid just this – ourselves and those pestering thoughts we cannot stop.

When stimulation is reduced – no cleaning, no shopping, no laundry, no planning – what is left is food. So you examine yourself eating and learn that much of your attitudes about life can be found in your attitudes about food.

It’s good, it’s bad, it’s not enough, I’m afraid I don’t have enough protein, I’m going to make myself a steak when I get home, what’s on the  menu for the next meal, why isn’t the tea water hot enough?  . . . and everything else.

Is what life provides enough? Do you accept life as it is or want to change it?

Today while reading and commenting on a Facebook post I wondered once again why everyone expects so much out of a free service that lured us in, made us addicted and then constantly changes the rules.

Relationship, I realized. Facebook is a relationship.

Somewhere you’ve heard it – in a personal relationship, on a TV show relationship – “This is who I am. I can’t change it. You should have known that when you married me.”

We keep trying to change Facebook and it isn’t going to work. And why do we have such a deep relationship with a social media site anyway?

Food

Food for me is always the sign of Cancer, which is the cardinal water sign associated with personal feelings and which rules the stomach. Cancer is ruled by the moon.

We need food to survive but all other aspects of food – which are many – are, for me, in the moon and its reactive nature.

At a young age I had a temporary job which banned all food at the desk (a very slow torture if there is one). It was a lesson for me in why I eat at my desk – hunger, yes, but mostly boredom. Having a drink or snack is simply a treat in the midst of boredom and drudgery (especially that job).

I suppose I was lucky to have had that experience. Later I could see I also eat (junk mostly) during stress at work. Boredom and stress are the reasons for my non-hunger eating in the workplace. At home I don’t seem to have this issue.

Which reminds me of a very generous boss I once had who invited the team to his house for a Christmas party. Generous and delicious arrays of snacks awaited us which we ate but apparently in a very different way than we ate in front of him in the office. He commented that when food is put out at work it’s devoured as though we are vultures.

There you have it. At work food is a relief from something other than hunger. Humans seek activity, not continuous low-stimulation work. So we snack. And we look at Facebook.

Facebook

As the name says, Facebook is “Face.”  In the world of social media, I see Facebook as Cancer which is a place for personal connections and emotion and LinkedIn as Capricorn which is the opposite sign and a place for social consciousness and reputation. Cancer rules the 4th house and Capricorn the opposite 10th house. Both are “face” in that we are presenting images of ourselves. In the LinkedIn career site, it’s more commonly referred to as “brand.” Traditionally it was called reputation.

We seem to expect much more response to our needs from Facebook than we do LinkedIn. We seem to be in a personal relationship with Facebook where we have personal expectations. I’m sure there are people who fight with LinkedIn but you don’t see as much contentiousness on that site – we are more professional and courteous there as we are at work where our “reputation” is out in the open.

If food represents our attitudes toward life, Facebook seems to represent our attitudes toward relationship.

As an astrologer, I’ve never liked to do charts for people’s love interests. I’ve never been able to put my finger on why. I know that when I look at a chart I’m seeing someone as an individual. But the person who has asked for the reading is reacting to information in a certain way looking for good, bad or the “reason” for someone’s “faults.” It’s always felt like pressure.

I understand that as a person and astrologer who looks at others from my vantage point. But as an astrologer, there is no good or bad chart, no faults per se, just energies that can play out in a myriad of ways. I can see, of course, if you have a lot of fire and your partner earth, you might not get along because for you the earth is boring and routine and for the earth you are too much energy and possibly overbearing. But it’s only fault to each other, not fault in an objective, absolute sense.

Facebook, according to Wikipedia, was founded February 4, 2004 with sun in Aquarius and moon in Cancer. Interestingly, the United States has sun in Cancer, moon in Aquarius so it’s very American in the Cancer emotion and Aquarian detachment – vacillation between personal emotion and abstract reason.

Sun and Neptune are conjunct in Facebook’s horoscope showing the allure of personal expression. Facebook provided the ancient Greek and Roman forums for us to express our thoughts to larger numbers of people than possible as individuals without media companies or published works.

Like any chart, the energies are symbolized but Facebook is not a person, it is a combination of bytes of data floating through space (a very sun/Neptune trait). Facebook as a person is a sociopath who cannot feel and can only make use of us – in this case by triggering our reactions and profiting from the resultant behavior data.

So why do we want to change a sociopath? Why do we complain about Facebook and continually return?

Facebook triggers our Cancer/moon reactive natures. But like all media, it is not real so we are reacting to our own thoughts and emotions. Great novels create this same effect but, generally, with coherent and meaningful themes. And Facebook triggers these emotions by people we consider our friends.

As with relationship, we can’t change Facebook; we can only change ourselves.

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Uranus in Taurus Diaries: Talking to your cat about supply chain

There’s a time in every cat owner’s life where you must have “the talk” with your cat. It happened to me the other day as I came in the door and plopped the heavy cat litter down onto the floor.

“You finally found litter,” she said. “How did that happen?”

Where to start?

Should I explain about the modern supply chain and its complex and intricate dependencies? One blip and the entire system experiences a shock wave, like a ripple in the ocean. Would it be too much to explain that each hard-to-find item has a different cause? How toilet paper has low margin and high storage cost so is produced just-in-time (rather that just-in-case) meaning a run on toilet paper causes a toilet paper shortage? How the recent cat litter famine is due to a shortage of plastic for the containers and not the bentonite clay it’s made from and that even though the grocery store keeps offering a $1.25 off coupon the price has increased by at least that much due to low supply with consistent demand?

I could elaborate by informing her that if we all went to the bank to get our money it wouldn’t be there and if all the loans were paid there would be no currency at all.

But that would scare her.

Like many a cat owner, I took the easy route.

“It’s the pandemic,” I said. “It’s causing shortages.”

The pandemic provides a nice “get-out-of-the-explanation-free” card. I could tell my cat that “the pandemic” is probably the reason why the hotel I stayed in recently did not have coffee packets or cups in the room but decided to create, instead, a station in the lobby where every guest could breathe, sneeze or wheeze into it.

The pandemic, I assured her. That’s why it’s been difficult to find cat litter.

Lessons of Astrology

Astrology has inadvertently taught me many lessons beyond my initial understanding of it. The astrology in the newspaper (online today) is personal astrology meant to predict how your day will unfold. It’s inaccurate by definition because it looks at the sun only while the chart contains nine other bodies located in 12 different “houses.” If you happen to have your sun in the first house, the daily horoscope might appear more accurate to you than to others as that’s how it’s assessed.

But astrology is much, much more than that. Our personal lives are less than a breath of universal time but patterns move endlessly.

For me, the major lesson of astrology is balance (represented by the sign Libra). While there are 12 signs of the zodiac, really there are six polarities. The polarities have different aspects of life in which they deal but are primarily “me, you” or our personal experience in the midst of swirling, shifting, changing and evolving energies. Strive not for happiness – strive for balance. The world wants you to experience extremes so the energy release can be absorbed by them (money is stored energy). Balance is the key to maintaining energy.

After balance I would say for me the next lesson is reaction. Your chart indicates what motivates you to act and react. Reaction, as represented by the moon, is a default and stores the past – both positive and negative past experiences. While the moon is viewed in a romantic light, this astrologer is not as fond of it and suggests focus on the sun (Hello Akhenaten!) which represents conscious, directed activity.

The lesson for this blog is that there are no “good” and “bad” planets.  Some are viewed as good and bad because of certain outcomes that can occur during them. For example, Mars is the assertive principle so those under its influence are positive and outwardly-focused. Positive manifestations are bringing one’s creativity into existence, physical prowess, courage and athleticism. The most common negative manifestation is aggression and war.

Mars self-directed energy is needed to simply get out of bed in the morning. What kind of self-directed energy you have is represented by the sign in which Mars resides. Do you get out of bed because you have to go to work? Because you are hungry? Because the sun is shining and you want to walk under it? Because you want to create art? Because you want to be with people you love?

Uranus in Taurus – Volatility in the supply chain

Another explanation I could have given my cat is that Uranus in Taurus is going to create volatility in supply chain for the next six years (Uranus has a seven-year cycle which began roughly in 2019).

Uranus the planet of enlightenment and awareness and tends to work in irregular patterns (aka “unexpected events”). Taurus is the fixed earth sign that rules the physical from objects to the body.

Back in 2019, there was another spiritual tradition (forgot which) that indicated the next seven years would have financial collapse of some sort. That sounds nasty – that’s “bad.”

Astrology is not “bad” or “good.” As a friend asked me about the seven-year financial prediction, I explained that Uranus isn’t good or bad – it’s volatile. Expect volatility.

Will the stock market go up or down? Both.

Will prices go up or down? Both.

Should I invest right now? Sure, but expect volatility and plan for it.

Uranus ultimately provides enlightenment. It’s the time to understand how our tangible world operates. In the US, the availability of consumer goods has been consistent for a very long time which is why the volatility of Uranus in Taurus causes fear and hoarding (Taurus likes to accumulate and collect in the best of times) which creates more shortages. A consumer economy that almost continually tries to create and meet needs has developed very specific tastes in its population.

Lowering costs increases profit so the Western countries have increased their dependence on foreign countries where labor and cost of goods is much less expensive. Yet Uranus in Taurus is also demonstrating what that means when you need critical items quickly.

Uranus enlightens. But it’s shocking. Uranus in Taurus will most likely continue to shock money, property and supply chain as people try to get back to “normal” which is a desire for Saturn stability, structure and routine. Funny, Saturn is often viewed as a “bad” planet but when Uranus blows the house down, we seek Saturn.

Calming the Cat

The cat asked me if the pandemic was going to cause more shortages. She was worrying about her food. I assured her that even if there was a shortage of cat food, we would find her something to eat.

“You’re an astrologer,” she replied, “Why can’t you tell me what shortages are coming?”

Oh my. The you’re-an-astrologer-therefore-omnipotent argument. I took a breath and said:

“Astrologers and economists are similar. We analyze the data and make predictions. Some predictions are right, some wrong.

And whole nation of people in Britain voted for Brexit (with Uranus in Aries) and now are facing ‘weird shortages’ (with Uranus in Taurus). Even if astrologers and economists know what’s coming, people only react when something actually occurs. That’s the difference between action and reaction. It’s difficult to get people to act no matter how many facts and figures you present from any discipline.”

I’d love to believe Brexit is working. But why are there so many weird shortages?

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The Future is up in the Air

A recent Guardian opinion article explains that the Republicans in the United States can win elections by gerrymandering alone. What’s gerrymandering?

The Google dictionary definition is to “achieve (a result) by manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency.” Changing the boundaries on a local level ensures that the votes get allocated in a way that ensures more elected officials for your party and fewer for the opposition party. One million people are voting for 10 representatives. Natural geographic boundaries may produce five representatives for each party. By changing boundaries to benefit one target party, maybe that party can get seven representatives instead of five leaving three for the opposition.

On the US national level, the Electoral College tends to follow the popular vote (but doesn’t have to) which can result in minority popular vote electing a president which has occurred twice recently with Bush Jr in 2000 and Trump Sr in 2016.

In an anachronistic episode of the British historical comedy Black Adder, our main character sets up a dummy candidate in a “rotten borough.” The one voter in the borough has “accidentally brutally stabbed himself in the stomach while shaving,” leaving only a cow named Colin to vote for the dummy candidate. In today’s world the one voter would be gerrymandered into another borough leaving Colin the Cow as the sole voter.

While gerrymandering is not new, technology has increased its ability to target down to Colin the Cow. You need two things – data on every household and the ability to analyze it. And, thirdly, of course, the power to set the boundaries.

The voter is no longer a unique individual with personal and community needs but a data point to be manipulated. The voter isn’t a person but an idea. The voter is a collector’s item for a political party. The voter is the prize in a video game.

Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius

Back in the 1990s, Uranus the planet of enlightenment and innovation and Neptune the planet of idealization and spirituality met up in Aquarius, the fixed air sign. Aquarius is the innovator and rebel. Uranus is associated with technology, ideas, inspiration and genius.

These two outer planets spending time in Aquarius brought us a world of ideas, intellectual connection, speed, convenience. Air like water transports – air transports ideas, water feelings. We had lots of idea transfer at the beginning of the tech revolution in the 1990s.

No mystery that our modern idols are the tech giants. They are still revered by youth, especially male youth, who all want to create technology that will short-path them to fame and fortune. Pluto in Capricorn beginning in 2007 captured the market on technological innovation by centralizing the benefits into a tech oligarchy. You can’t compete with Google or Amazon.

Yet those that come up with technology and those that employ it to take over the world are two different types. As we have been lured into a digital life through its constant stimulation, speed and convenience, we now find ourselves, as servants to the tech lords who now control our digital infrastructure and increasingly control our physical logistics.

Since the transits of Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius, much of our world has transferred to the air via computers, smart phones and television. And as a pandemic world encourages us to stay home, more and more life will be “up in the air.”

War – In the Air

A recent episode of 60 Minutes described attacks on foreign diplomats in Cuba and China that occurred probably with microwaves. The effects are neurological disturbance and may even lead to Parkinson’s. New warfare need not be bloody; it’s “in the air.”

Cyberattacks and ransomware – it’s all “in the air.” The digital “cloud” is above us all and anyone who wants to try to get into anyone else’s digital property can give it a go. In contrast, the old-fashioned bank vault has a geographic coordinate and only a small portion of humanity is ever near it.

While not played up in the US media, the recent cyber attacks on the US government are true acts of warfare; the attacks are meant to destabilize the government. I’m sure we don’t learn more because it’s scary to think someone not in the US military is directing the greatest military might on earth.

Entertainment – Up in the Air

Since the beginning of moving picture “the pictures,” much entertainment has been “in the air.” Moving picture is ruled by Neptune which represents its great glamour and allure. If a moving image is near you, it is difficult not to follow it.

Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius put the moving picture in our hands. Not only is entertainment “up in the air,” but so is most of our attention. It’s difficult to ignore the bouncing ball.

Entertainment content has exploded (although some is not truly entertainment) so that non-entertainment is disappearing faster than animal extinction. News, real news i.e., information about events on earth, is shrinking as it must compete with entertainment. And politicians are beating this dying horse as it’s to their advantage to have their constituents ignore facts and focus on entertainment.

Government – Up in the Air

As tracking technologies have increased including facial recognition, some countries are actively employing it to manage large populations. China is most known for this.

In the dystopian novel 1984, we enter a world of tracking. As our protagonist goes through the motions of his structured and spiritless life, we imagine this system being forced upon him. Now experiencing technological life first hand, it’s obvious that it doesn’t always need to be forced.

A combination of marketing allure, curiosity and coercion are what has brought the developed countries into surveillance states (benign or otherwise). Watching the movie The Post which details the publication of The Pentagon Papers, I was struck by a scene where the journalists are hiding material in a hotel room. My mind wandered to today and I imagined the journalist being caught on surveillance camera and pictures posted on the Internet.

I probably missed a few minutes of the movie as I wondered: Who decided to put up all the cameras? Who owns them? Who monitors them? Where was I when this was decided?

Work – Up in the Air

As five planets joined in authoritarian Capricorn in early 2000, we discovered there was an illness ripping through the planet and we needed to stay home to avoid its spread.

Lots of people who don’t work “in the air” lost their livelihoods because their work involved objects and people. Now that pre-pandemic activities are resuming, these folks seem to have disappeared into the air. Or maybe they are all Uber drivers.

Those that work in corporations or with computers find they can just as easily work from home as from a centralized location. And the corporations are trying to figure out if that’s a good idea for everyone.

As work moves into the home, more and more of life is “in the air.” And like the sign of Aquarius which brought this to us, it’s a life of intellectual connection but lacking in physical connection. If we stay in one physical location with limited stimulation, this increases the need for stimulation which is satisfied “in the air” which then leads to the addictive online behaviors.

Money – Up in the Air

For many, money has been digital for a long time as paychecks have taxes removed and then are placed in bank accounts where digital transactions make the balance go down.

The newest in digital money is cryptocurrency which isn’t government controlled. I won’t explain it because I can’t. But the most understandable of the explanations I’ve heard (from a friend) is that it’s like the old coat of arms explaining your social worth and ability to pay debt.

As China explores a cryptocurrency for its nation, I’m guessing the countries that have dominated the financial markets are shaking in their boots. The control of money itself is a quite brilliant strategy that’s allows some nations to dominate other nations. If countries move their money “into the air,” the game changes.

In fact, a cryptocurrency world may feel like a game of Monopoly. And as in the days of childhood when cheating was more obvious, I expect someone to store some money from their own Monopoly game or steal from the bank when no one is looking. If it’s “in the air” everyone can try.

Pluto in Aquarius

In a little under four years, Pluto will move from authoritarian Capricorn to rebellious Aquarius. While Capricorn is rigid by nature, Aquarius is a fixed sign and has its own unique but stubborn nature. This is the same Aquarius that brought us the technology revolution and moved our lives “into the air.” Now this sign will try to implant its perfectionist ideals onto society.

Pluto transforms. In Capricorn it transformed our social structure. If you are older than 14, think back on 2007 and how different it was from today. I think I may even have had an answering machine in 2007. Pluto-in-Capricorn’s first action was to destroy the housing market – the secure, unassailable housing market.  As we are nearing the end of this transit, the rest of social structure is falling into a heap of disconnected Legos.

Pluto doesn’t wait for you to be ready; it compels. In 2024, the Aquarius structures we have created for life “in the air” will be ready for the next step in evolution.

Will Pluto in Aquarius continue to move our lives into the air? Will we be cavemen with computers?  Will the detachment from our bodies and feelings create neurological havoc? Will we become cyborgs? Are we cyborgs already?

Aquarius is brotherhood so I expect a surge of communities built on shared ideals. I’ve noticed recently due to the influence of a Hollywood film that nomadism is becoming popular. That makes sense — as our digital world increases and our physical world shrinks, there is a desire to roam free. Aquarius likes freedom as much as it likes technology.

Astrologers, ruled by Uranus love to speculate, to think of the future, especially an Aquarian future. But, of course, it’s all up in the air.

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