Watch for the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln on February 12

In this year 2021 on President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) there will be five planets transiting his birth sign of Aquarius. Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, sun and will all be in this fixed air sign that’s focused on humanity, technology, futuristic ideas and shared ideals.

The day before, February 11, will also see the moon in Aquarius. For the astrology students out there, Lincoln’s sun was at 23 degrees of Aquarius so his solar return (aka “birthday”) is actually February 11. That’s because 2020 was a leap year and added a day to our calendar.

The sun was the only planet in Aquarius in Lincoln’s horoscope. While Aquarius can have its periods of detachment, I think Lincoln’s famous melancholy stemmed from Capricorn moon (27 degrees), Saturn conjunct Neptune in Sagittarius and Mercury conjunct Pluto in Pisces.

Moon in Capricorn is challenging because it controls its emotions and often feels depressed. Neptune is where we feel the pull of spirituality and with Saturn conjunct the message is, “Sorry, you can’t go there.” Pluto (like Neptune) is generational so in Pisces reflects a more global sense of spiritual longing and loneliness from being an earth-bound physical entity.

What’s interesting about Lincoln’s horoscope is that his sun at 23 degrees of Aquarius is near the United States’ moon at 26 degrees of that sign and his moon at 27 degrees of Capricorn is the exact degree of the United States’ Pluto in Capricorn. Lincoln’s sun and moon were tied up with the evolutionary path of the United States.

What is that path?

Moon in Aquarius is hyper rational, detached, focused on shared ideals. Aquarius cares about people from an idealistic standpoint but isn’t warm and fuzzy with them personally. However, the United Status sun in Cancer is emotional with a focus on family and belonging. The emotional sun doesn’t aspect well to the rational moon. This can describe clearly how a nation can have a constitution that protects the individual while at the same time holding people in slavery. Air signs are best at “rationalizing” behavior.

Pluto’s role is evolution. In Capricorn, evolution concerns social structure, authority, control and hierarchy. Transiting Pluto is now in that sign and in a couple years the United States will have its “Pluto return” where it returns to 27 degrees of Capricorn after 248 years.

In case you haven’t noticed, the United States is going through great changes. Evolution as we understand it connotes progress but really evolution is about adaption. You can adapt to heaven or adapt to hell. While humans on one hand seem to be rooted in bedrock belief systems, on the other they are amazingly adaptable and malleable.

Let’s see where evolution takes us.

Revolution without a cause

During the end of the term of the 45th president, there were fears of civil war in the United States. That’s quite funny to me because for all of the internal conflict that has been occurring in the last four years, there is no clear aim, no clear purpose, and no agglutinating principle.

To storm the capitol in a shaman outfit and then demand vegan dinner in jail is hardly the material of revolutionaries. For those that carried a confederate flag – are you trying to secede? For the woman stealing a laptop to sell to Russia I ask, was the storming of the capitol to deliver our country to a foreign power?

While the short-term goal was to prevent a new president from taking office, there is no clear long-term conceptual belief (Aquarius) that drives the desire to keep the 45th president in office. The cult of personality has focused on those that give the appearance of strength, but Capricorn at its worst is authoritarian and to struggle for authoritarianism is self-destructive unless you are in authority.

Party politics could be blamed as it has turned politics into the simple sport of us and them. Yet the politicians also appear locked in the inconsistencies and incongruities of their consituents.

“Liberty, equality, fraternity,” was the slogan of the 18th century French revolution. Twentieth century revolutions in Russia, China and Cuba focused on expelling foreign powers and taking the wealth of the minority and redistributing it to the majority. While these “revolutions” may have had misguided and failed goals, they did have goals. And over time, in China at least, you could argue there were great improvements in the standard of living of the masses over time.

What’s the slogan of the United States insurrection?

There’s no slogan because there’s no movement. However this is still danger because of this very thing – social media provides a platform to express which creates a sense of empowerment while the actual social infrastructure becomes more and more rigid. The result is unorganized chaos. Insurrectionists were identified through their own photos but will probably foster the facial recognition being used in China to control masses.

What’s the difference between a gang and a movement?

Size might be said to differentiate. Also, a gang creates a sense of emotional loyalty through shared criminal responsibility. A movement creates a sense of intellectual loyalty through shared ideals. The insurrection was more like a gang and therefore probably not the inception of Civil War. But it definitely is the inception of civil chaos.

The Ghost of Lincoln

Many past United States presidents are probably “rolling in their graves” right now wondering what happened and wishing they could have understood the technology of the 21st century with its ability to influence behavior. But, then, had they known they might have envisioned a world with more knowledge and wisdom rather than more trivia and media trash.

Eisenhower warned against the military industrial establishment to no avail. Had technology been more advanced during his presidency, he might have added to beware of the media conglomerates.

The transits of February 11 – 12 are so intense after the energy of the last several years that we might very well see Lincoln’s ghost hovering about Washington DC. And if Lincoln should decide to visit his home state of Illinois, we may very well see him passing through Ohio.

When I told the cats to be on the lookout, they were excited.

“How will we recognize him?” they asked.

“Look for a melancholy, studious man with a long face and long beard. I don’t know if ghosts wear tall top hats but don’t be surprised if you see one.”

They started making mental notes.

“Oh,” I added, “if he’s carrying a Confederate flag that’s Jefferson Davis, not Abraham Lincoln. Don’t let their similar appearances fool you.”

“Will he be singing rap?”

“No,” I answered. “I thought we discussed this in March. That’s Alexander Hamilton.”

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Cruz and Hawley’s Excellent Capricorn Adventure

Until 2016, Richard Nixon was my poster boy for the sun sign Capricorn. Nixon exhibited both the positive and negative traits of that sign in extreme. Hard work, patient perseverance, serious contemplation and clear goals are the positive traits that took Nixon to the presidency. Negative Capricorn traits that contributed to his downfall include shrewd egotism, cold calculation, ambition at the expense of relationships and mean paranoia.

Listening to the many unclassified tapes of Nixon speaking to his advisors, you will hear language very similar that which you heard during the reign of President Trump – disdain for female leaders, attraction to the strongmen of the world, and arrogant self-pity.

To be a Capricorn at the top of the mountain and then fall is the greatest fear of this sign – failure. Success and failure are part of the Capricorn experience of understanding the individual’s role in society.

Ted Cruz

Then 2016 happened. The nasty of 200+ years of American politics continued its trajectory to outright cruelty. It’s no surprise that the politics begun in 2016 brought death because that’s what all the signals were indicating.

To run for high political office, above-average self-confidence is mandatory. Often this type of confidence leads to garden-variety egotism.

One standout of egotism is Texas senator and Capricorn sun Ted Cruz. Since 2016 feels like a hundred years ago, you may need a reminder that during the spring of campaign season, Cruz went so far as to select his vice presidential pick – Carly Fiorina. Most wait until they are a presidential candidate before picking a veep.

And don’t forget the Cruz Christmas video with wife and children mocking his enemies. Including one’s family in on the nastiness is definitely the cold and calculating side of Capricorn. Cruz has toppled Nixon as poster boy for political Capricorn.

Cruz’s horoscope is quite fascinating. As noted in the blog of 2015 (link below), most of Cruz’s horoscope is clustered from Virgo to Capricorn. Pluto in 29 degrees of Virgo crossed (made conjunctions) to almost all of the planets in his horoscope from his birth until just before the 2016 election primaries in 2015. Only Saturn in Taurus (more to come on that) was opposed by Pluto.

Pluto is the transformer, the destroyer. Pluto takes no prisoners, allows no compromise and forces its way in. The Ted Cruz of 2015 was not the Ted Cruz who was born – he was transformed.

Unfortunately, Cruz seems to have latched on to Pluto and decided power and control was his goal in life. Maybe the Pluto forces that controlled him simply turned him into a controller. Transformation isn’t always for the positive, I suppose. Ultimately Pluto should bring the sadder but wiser type of acquiescence to the forces of life.

The studious, learned Cruz is also in his chart and would have made a fine judge. Unfortunately, he may be facing Capricorn’s great fear of failure in spring 2022 when Uranus conjuncts his natal Saturn in Taurus.

Saturn in Taurus is a fear of physical lack, dislike of the body and rigid values. When Uranus crosses one’s Saturn, there is usually a confrontation with authority or others because they are stepping on your weak spot. For Cruz, that weak spot includes opposition to Mars (wide), Venus and Jupiter (wide) which will make it an angry, visually unappealing encounter. When Uranus crosses his Saturn, things may be taken away including property and titles. He may also be carrying debt well in excess of his assets which will cause issues during this transit.

Josh Hawley

Ted Cruz seems to have taken the young senator from Missouri, Josh Hawley, under his wing.

Like Cruz, Hawley is a Capricorn sun with moon in an air sign – Cruz is Libra, Hawley Gemini. Hawley’s natal Pluto in Libra is near Cruz’s moon and Hawley’s natal Saturn in Virgo is near Cruz’s Pluto. Saturn and Pluto are associated with control, Saturn of the structured kind from rules and laws; Pluto the personal kind stemming from the many ways in which one acquires power (money, influence, force). Cruz and Hawley may enjoy political maneuvering together, but maybe not going to have a beer and watch a game.

Like Cruz, Hawley’s combination of Capricorn sun and Gemini moon (like Ohio’s Governor DeWine) makes for a serious student, one agile in many subjects and probably a great chess player. However for Hawley that moon is opposed by Neptune and Mercury in Sagittarius and square Jupiter/Mars/Saturn in Virgo (some squares are wide). Transiting Neptune in Pisces triggers this T-square and forms the missing piece of a grand square.

While one of Capricorn’s most notorious traits is responsibility, the square in mutable signs suggests that Hawley is better than Cruz at removing himself from situations. Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) tend to avoid and run away from discord whereas cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) tend to confront and fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) tend to stand their ground because their beliefs are more solid.

Hawley is more flexible than Cruz – a good thing – but also may be more easily influenced due to the abundance of mutable energy. Soon if not already I expect Hawley to apologize for being under the influence of Neptune. He won’t say “Neptune” but he will probably invoke some of the self-pity Neptune can produce and explain how he “trusted” and “believed” such and such.

Currently Uranus is square Hawley’s Venus in Aquarius which is also experiencing a Saturn transit. Venus is pleasure and friendship and, yes, Hawley is going to lose some friends over his recent actions. However, when transiting Uranus moves through the later degrees of Taurus in 2023-2024, it will oppose Hawley’s natal Uranus which is often when people are forced to take a stand and become more independent. This will be good for him so that he can understand where he is truly leading versus where he believes he’s leading but is really following.

Cruz and Hawley’s Excellent Adventure

Like a movie, I expect this alliance to end in about two hours. Cruz is definitely on a mission while Hawley is trying to establish his “Capricorn” self while actually being quite easily influenced.

Both men’s adventures will continue for a couple years. Cruz will probably have an unusual confrontation where Hawley will start to truly establish his individuality.

Related blogs:

https://ohioastrology.com/2015/04/13/ted-cruz-version-2-0/

https://ohioastrology.com/2015/12/27/ted-cruznixon-gov/

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Mars and Uranus Conjunct in Taurus

You like to have fun, right? Sitting quietly reading Victorian poetry is boring, right? While you don’t regularly watch soap operas, they are kind of fun to catch once in a while, true?

Astrologers like to send dire messages about upcoming transits forgetting that humans are hard-wired for stimulation. The more we live indoors, the more the “real world” becomes a television show.

The upcoming Mars and Uranus conjunction will definitely be stimulating and TV worthy.

Mars

Mars is the mythological god of war. But really Mars is about self-assertion. Without a strong Mars, you may have trouble asking for what you need. Life is constantly moving around us, pulling and prodding us. Mars is the force that allows you to have dominion over your own life.

So the Mars “press” of being solely about war is Mars in extreme, Mars with low self-esteem, Mars without maturity.

At 29 degrees of Mars in fire-sign Aries (the sign it rules), a group of mostly men (Men are from Mars, remember) stormed the United States Capitol. If they truly planned to overthrow the US government with its military and political might, they definitely didn’t have a fully-baked plan or wear the appropriate gear. They were the immature and low-self esteem Aries asserting self through ridiculous activity and dress.

Mars has since moved to earth-sign Taurus so assertion will move from self to property and tangible items. Taurus seeks security, not self-aggrandizement. So expect the conversation to move to money.

Uranus

Uranus is an outer planet so moves slowly and describes generational energies. Mythological Uranus was father of the skies castrated by one of his sons due to his nasty habit of burying them in mother earth, who happened to be his wife.

Astrologically Uranus is sudden shock and awareness. We only enjoy the positive aspect of “sudden” like winning the lottery. But ultimately the shocks are making one aware. Sure, it’s a shock to discover a cheating spouse. But if you don’t, you’re stuck in the bowels of the earth as were Uranus’ children.

Uranus was in Aries from 2011 – 2018 so self-assertion in both positive and negative ways was evident. Positive is standing up for rights, refusing to be abused and charting one’s own course. Negative is dominance for the sake of dominance and pushing other people around for fun.

Uranus moving to Taurus moved our awareness to body, earth, property and anything tangible. The recent pandemic encapsulates all as it focused on body and caused great upheavals in supply chain and renewed Depression-era habit of hoarding. Hoarding provides the sense of physical security Taurus seeks.

Mars and Uranus Conjunct

Now let’s put the god of war and father of the sky together (called a conjunction) in Taurus on the day of the US Presidential Inauguration.

What could be more fun?

Expect great market shifts and earth shifts that day. Uranus is a seven-year cycle so the markets will continue their volatility as the earth and its people are volatile. Mars is just a trigger point. In July 2024 Mars and Uranus will meet again in late Uranus so what occurs in the January 20-21 timeframe will be revisited in July 2024.

Will there be violence and civil war?

If you look around, there is always violence and civil war. Has it ever stopped? A deep study of US history from a psychological standpoint will show that in times of change, Americans get violent. There’s really nothing new in that and violence occurs whatever the astrological transits. The transits just indicate the form it takes, the themes if you will.

Are we violent because slaves are freed? Women can vote? Immigrants continue to arrive? Protesting a war abroad? A president we don’t like?

Violence is not new or rare. In fact, a longer-view of history will show a reduction in violence. Uranus simply brings awareness. Mars and Uranus force awareness.

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Neptune and the Metaphysical Fourth Dimension

If you enjoy studying the nature of reality, this is an awesome time to be alive. Prior to the pandemic, three-dimensional life was already moving to virtual life via screens with moving images (ruled by astrological Neptune).

As humanity was forced indoors by government due to pandemic, moving images became reality. There is less and less “out there.” What’s fascinating is how much that is seen in media is believed yet when a real event occurs and is presented through media it is not believed.

If humanity were a single individual, I would say we are having issues with dissociation.

For this astrologer, it is not the first time realizing that while we all share a physical space, we do not share a common reality. For others, this might seem like a new thing. It’s scary when you discover it. It makes you feel alone.

My own pet theory is that as humans, we are hard-wired to “believe” what is visual. That is why Neptune rules both moving image and beliefs. I’ve often wondered if in the depths of our brains we really know that crying at the funeral of television character is really different than crying at the funeral of a distant relative.

We feel both. We see both. What’s the difference to our brain?

Neptune is also associated with escape, often through drugs, alcohol and media. In a way, it’s not escape but choosing a less rigid reality as governed by the astrology Saturn which is tangible reality, limits, rules, borders and boundaries.

Neptune is currently transiting the sign it rules – Pisces. While Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are struggling for dominance (Mars, Jupiter), power (Pluto) and control (Saturn, Pluto), Neptune is drifting along in its own sign enjoying media, a glass of wine perhaps and emotional connection to loved ones. Or maybe it’s binging on the same.

The Fourth Dimension

In the metaphysical world, the fourth dimension is not time or space but thought, idea and image. Like an Internet image directory, when we hear a word – “doctor” – an image comes up. Is it your doctor? Is it George Clooney on ER? Is it a specific gender? Is he/she wearing a white coat with a stethoscope in his/her ear?

Neptune could be said to influence this dimension although I would say it’s properly ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the gods, the communicator, and the deliverer (it must rule Amazon). Mercury provides the structure of thought while Neptune gives it color and emotion.

While we collectively develop the images, as with media, the images can be manipulated. Neptune (Pisces) and Mercury (Gemini) are known too as amazing manipulators when they choose for this very reason. They mentally (Gemini) or emotionally (Pisces) connect and understand your strengths and weaknesses – even ones you do not understand yourself. They know how to press your buttons. If you find yourself manipulated, you have found an area of yourself that you do not fully understand.

The great con artists are models of Mercury and Neptune. They understand that to be accepted as a doctor they have to fit your image of doctor both intellectually and emotionally. To control masses, they must tap into collective images. We can individually deny we carry those images; but if a leader of masses is effective, then you know these images are a great part of the fourth dimension.

Cleaning the Fourth Dimension

Many in the world right now are trying to bridge the gap between segments of their populations – some with sharing and communication, some with forced assimilation.

To avoid manipulation from fourth dimensional images, we need to clean it up, reject images and be diligent about which new ones are allowed in. It’s collective so as with garbage on earth, if someone dumps their trash in your backyard you can remove it and return it to them.

Neptune is powerful. No image is truly benign as it can cause a reaction very similar if not exactly the same as a reaction occurring with that same object in physical space.

My meditation teacher always quotes her teacher as saying, “The image of your mother is not your mother.” That’s a powerful statement and why meditation practice takes much time and practice. Imagine a world in which we didn’t react at all to images but only to physical reality. Not easy.

But let Neptune take you into that imaginary world, which it can do by the way. What would it be like?

Related blogs:

https://ohioastrology.com/2012/04/07/reality-and-imagination/

https://ohioastrology.com/2014/01/02/the-chaos-of-perception/

https://ohioastrology.com/2014/06/30/mercury-retrograde-manipulated-perception/

https://ohioastrology.com/2014/08/10/high-on-neptune-in-pisces/

https://ohioastrology.com/2019/01/21/neptune-in-pisces-update/

https://ohioastrology.com/2019/10/13/the-green-generation-smokes-neptune-in-pisces/

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Uranus Through the Body

Seeing a television ad for face masks, I found it ironic that just a couple years ago we were plastering social media with our faces and now we were covering them.

Is the pandemic the universe’s way to get us to stop taking pictures of ourselves?

Uranus in Aries

From 2011 to 2018 Uranus the planet of sudden insight, inspiration and enlightenment was in the sign of Aries. While Uranus is ultimately about clarity and enlightenment which can come from sudden shock, gone bad it’s merely rebellious and eccentric behavior.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the “me” sign, a cardinal (pushy), fire (energetic) sign with a focus on self. This was (yes, past tense) also the Age of Personalized Marketing where you only saw what interested you or what could be sold to you which resulted in a more “convenient” world but also a more self-centered one.

Astrologically Aries rules the head. Uranus in Aries brought the joy and wonder of a bazillion head photos. It’s also made us more expressive of personal views which can be expressed easily and without recourse. It’s brought a lot of Aries fighting with no winners.

Uranus in Taurus

In May 2018, Uranus moved into Taurus then stepped out again later but returned for the seven-year haul in March 2019. Taurus is a fixed earth sign focused on body, property, money and anything tangible. As you can see, Taurus is making us focus on the body. It will also demand attention to the earth.

Taurus rules the neck. Face masks cover the face but for the purpose of keeping the nose and throat matter from departing the body. Uranus has a seven-year cycle so plan your masks and face covering collection accordingly.

Also in the neck is the thyroid so it will be interesting to see what happens there. Plastics affect hormones so possibly Uranus in Taurus will provide additional enlightenment here.

Taurus needs physical touch which is being discouraged by Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus. The “social distancing” we are being asked to follow is really “physical distancing.”  It causes some problems for the Taurus who wants to hug you.

As Taurus is physical and rules the throat, this astrologer wonders if Ohio’s Governor “Daddy DeWine” as I hear he’s called will someday ask us to avoid oral sex. That would be a fun press conference to see.  Maybe that can be added to the bill telling doctors to replant ectopic pregnancies, a bill requiring the medically-impossible which exhibits the wacky side of Uranus in Taurus.

Uranus backwards

Uranus rules Aquarius, the fixed air sign, and is humanitarian, genius, rebellious and unique. Since Uranus doesn’t like to follow the rules and sometimes does things “backwards,” we’ll look at some recent Uranus transits in relation to body changes.

Uranus in Pisces

Pisces is the mutable water sign, the last sign of the zodiac and most sensitive. From 2003 – 2011 Uranus was in this sign. The astrological archaeological record for this sign that rules the feet is painted toenails and an increased love of shoes.

While women have painted their toenails and loved shoes for millennia, I blame Sex and the City for the increase in attention to the feet with the main character buying $800 shoes. I don’t recall painted toenails in the show though – I might need to watch some reruns. It appears nail polish sales plummeted after this transit.

Regardless, painted toenails were unofficially mandated in the Midwest during Uranus in Pisces, I’m sure of it, and I was yelled at twice during this transit for non-compliance. I still don’t comply. Watch the Oscars, I say, and see how many painted toenails you see.

The book Kinky Boots was published in 2005 in the early days of Uranus in Pisces, another example of Uranus wacky applied to the feet.

Uranus in Aquarius

Aquarius, the fixed air sign, rules the ankles and circulatory system. What changed from 1996 – 2003?

The rise of technology and the staring at screens for long periods increased greatly during this time. I’m not sure how much of the affects have been studied or registered but we know that reduced physical activity is one result. And that was after a Uranus in Sagittarius transit (see below) where people needed more not less activity.

While technology connected great numbers of people, it also began the social distancing we see today with Saturn in Aquarius. Even when people are physically present, they often are not mentally present. Uranus in Aquarius paved the way for future transits including the current Neptune-in-Pisces transit which has blessed both physical escape (alcohol and drugs both legal and illegal) and excessive media viewing.

This was also the beginning of the rise in autism. Not sure the connection although lots accuse vaccines. Aquarius and Uranus are unique so I won’t speculate as it’s probably some unusual connection we haven’t discovered.

Maybe we’ll find a connection between circulation and physical health that started in this transit. There are lots of new waves around us now, symbolized astrological by an air sign. The effects have not been studied in depth.

Uranus in Capricorn

Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign, ambitious to the last and interested in order and control. The year 2020 was brought to you by Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter in Capricorn. Uranus was in Capricorn from 1988 – 1995.

Capricorn rules knees, joints, skin, teeth and bones. Capricorn is about structure and these areas are the structure and support of the body.

Data isn’t readily available in these areas to determine if Uranus had any affect. From a social standpoint, however, this is when Amazon was founded (1994) which has become the national supply chain infrastructure. Founded with Uranus in Capricorn, Amazon has benefited greatly from Pluto, Saturn an Jupiter transiting that sign.

Maybe the physical legacy is that we no longer have to use our knees to walk to the store. The store is now dropped onto our doorsteps. Maybe there’s an undetected national knee crisis.

Knees also represent standing up for ourselves. Some are still doing this, but many are now sitting in front of the television ignoring it all. Your knees are not happy with this decision.

Uranus in Sagittarius

Uranus was in Sagittarius from 1981 – 1988 which in the US was the duration of Reagan Presidency. Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign known for its generosity, expansiveness and daring. During Reagan’s term, corporate risk was encouraged, regulations removed and greed transformed into the positively-viewed return on investment. The financial crisis of 2007 when Pluto left Sagittarius and moved into Capricorn can be traced to this time of Uranus in Sagittarius.

Sagittarius rules the hips, thighs and liver. In addition to personally blaming Ronald Reagan for sanctifying greed, I also blame him (and not Ronald McDonald) for American’s issues with weight. Look at family photos pre-Reagan and you do not see many weight issues.

Uranus in Sagittarius expanded our waistlines. Another commercial I saw today addressed weight loss without even asking if you needed to lose weight.

Sagittarius said “yes” to lots of bad behaviors, as it should. Sagittarius tests the waters as many fire signs do by taking risk and exploring. But testing and exploring is to learn and sometimes you need to jump back out of the waters. We’ve learned how Sagittarius must later pay for excesses not kept in check.

Uranus forwards

Although it’s fun to see all the connections through each sign, I’ll take a Uranus turn and go forwards one more sign.

After Uranus leaves Taurus in 2025, it will move into Gemini, the mutable air sign that rules lungs, hands, and nervous system.

The current illness like many affects the lungs. When Uranus is in Gemini we may see the permanent affects to the lungs. Gemini also brings new forms of communication. Maybe the crazy dream I had is technology in the works – a machine that monitors your heart/lung area the way they do temperature today. Maybe we’ll even have devices we wear around the torso.

Gemini also rules the hands so possibly the many years of technology use will increase carpel tunnel syndrome or have some affect on hand-eye coordination. The lungs can represent our ability to communicate which also involves the Taurus throat. It will be interesting to see how we communicate in 2025 and any affects of stifled or prohibited communications.

As Uranus enters Gemini Pluto will move into Aquarius so we’ll be moving away from the earth energy to air energy. As we can see, more and more of our life is in the air waves. It will be interesting to see how much our bodies change in response.

Reference: https://www.drstandley.com/astrologycharts_uranus_moving_through_the_signs_calendar.shtml

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It’s the end . . . again. Fear Fatigue.

(The sky was all purple

There were people runnin’ everywhere)

Tryin’ to run from the destruction

And you know I didn’t even care

‘Cuz they say…

2000 zero zero party over oops out of time

So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999

Prince 1999

In 1982 Prince released the song 1999 which, as you’d expect, was played continuously on December 31, 1999. Both financially shrewd and technologically prescient, the song was relevant in 1999 which is now ancient history. In case you were not alive then or were but have forgotten since 1999 is now ancient history, this was the day before the Year 2000.

Year 2000 was going to be a year of chaos and want because so many computers were programmed for 20th century dates that began with 19XX and when they needed to flip to 20XX they would implode, explode, crash, wheeze and whine taking down the global supply chain and life as we know it.

That didn’t happen.

Millennial fear in past centuries had been strictly in the realm of religion; in the 20th century, it moved to the technologists.

In 2001, the United States suffered a terrorist attack that would “change us forever.” Persecution of Muslims and their head dressings ensued and has not entirely abated. Two decades later, Americans are wearing masks. Karmic paybacks are hell.

Then in 2007-2008 we had a global financial meltdown as Pluto entered Capricorn for its almost 20-year journey of social destruction and transformation. Houses were lost in foreclosure; jobs disappeared. Economists will tell you we have been in an economic “recovery” since but Pluto in Capricorn will tell you that nothing is recovered; the social reorganization it promises occurred but not in a way that’s helpful to the masses.

And as Jupiter, Saturn and Mars joined Pluto in Capricorn in 2020, social change was forced. It came in a virus, a physical one. Pluto will continue in Capricorn until 2024. Four more years, baby, to make the changes we should have made in 2008.

Fear Fatigue

The news will report that folks have developed some sort of “caution fatigue” with regard to the pandemic. Have you been alive long enough the caution fatigue may truly be fear fatigue. With the rise of visual technology, fears are brought to us daily.

It’s fascinating that about 50 years of the 20th century there was fear of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. That has mysteriously disappeared. Why?

If I were a conspiracy theorist, and I swear I’m not, I would wonder if this wasn’t some mass psychology experiment, like a Twilight Zone episode where aliens are watching and have decided that a better, more personal fear was needed to move humanity.

Like our 21st century marketing which is made more personal and direct through the collection of personal information, illness is fear made personal. Nuclear war, computer meltdown, terrorism, financial collapse, and ecological disaster are shared and sometimes abstract concerns. Not illness. And it makes sense as we humans seem to have inertia unless moved by outside force.

Cherish Your Fear

The many years of fear as a tool of control has taken its toll. There are things to fear but humanity’s fear has been distorted and is often channeled to ridiculous issues meant to divide. We need to cherish our fear as a great guide to what we need to focus upon. When our fear is misdirected, large problems go unsolved that for those that want to control us are like “saved fear” for the future.

Fear is of the body while anxiety is of the mind. When you have body fear, such as being chased by a wild animal, you act. When you have mind fear, you react. We are constantly feed fear for reaction and the benefit of those provoking it.

Saturn, which rules Capricorn, represents contraction and is associated with caution. Caution is a wise use of fear.  Capricorn, however, traditionally has difficulty letting its guard down and acknowledging vulnerability.

We’re moving away from the Capricorn energy to Aquarian energy, which uses shared ideals rather than fear to motivate people. The 20th century saw Aquarian-type movements in Russia, China and Cuba. Unfortunately the Aquarian ideals quickly evolved into Capricorn control. Germany, in its own distorted way, was seeking an “ideal.” Tens of millions died under the tyrannical control under the guise of creating superior or egalitarian societies.

In fact, the deaths that occurred from 20th century atrocities of world wars, “revolutionary” movements and personal violence make the current pandemic a blip on the historical radar.

With Pluto moving into Aquarius, it’s time to cherish our fear as a guide to what is truly a problem in need of solution versus anxieties meant to control us. When folks abuse our love, we don’t like it, right? We leave them, even. Maybe we should treat others the same way when they abuse our fear.

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Air Games

While watching a period piece set in WWII recently, I was struck by a strange nostalgia. Nostalgia for what, I wondered? How could a war movie create nostalgia?

The nostalgia, I realized, was simply for a time when you (mostly) knew your enemies, could identify them, could see their faces. Your allies, too, were recognizable, mostly. Obviously this wasn’t 100 percent but there’s a camaraderie that occurs in this situations, no matter how horrific. You at least have a basic idea of friend and foe.

Today’s “wars” are increasingly moving from the physical realm to the air realm. The shift of Saturn (Dec 17) and then Jupiter (Dec 18) from 29 degrees of Capricorn (earth) to 0 degrees of Aquarius (air) revealed that computers in the US government, with its natal Pluto in 27 degrees of Capricorn, had been hacked by a foreign state, possibly Russia.

The Cold War of the 1950s-1980s created a fear of physical annihilation from nuclear war, especially between the US and Russia (then The Soviet Union). Interestingly, in the 1990s as the Berlin Wall fell the fear of nuclear holocaust disappeared. This should tell you all you need to know about human nature. Nuclear weapons still exist. Today, unlike the Cold War, they may be in the hands of people we don’t know, can’t see. We clearly put this out of our minds.

Global conflict has shifted from physical threat to cyber threat including computers, and other forms of wave warfare such as directed sound waves. This is warfare you can’t see, can’t smell, can’t touch. The enemies are elusive, maybe have political motivations, maybe are just having fun and showing off their skill, or maybe just trying to steal stuff.

No wonder I’m nostalgic for a good old-fashioned war.

Information Age

The Dark Ages refer to a period of deliberately-suppressed intellectual growth where dominants beliefs (mostly religious) were forced upon people as the only avenue of knowledge. Different types of “Dark Ages” have occurred throughout our history. Some cultures continue that today by prohibiting information outside of government-structured belief.

Many nations don’t prohibit the free flow of information. Ironically, however, suppression and removal of information isn’t the only way to keep people in the dark. The opposite will also work – a flood of information of different types:  deliberately misleading or incendiary; entertaining and distracting; frequent and conflicting; overwhelming and useless.

In the United States, we are in an ocean of information while simultaneously in a Dark Age. The flood of information of the above-mentioned types has created a culture of no common understanding. The difference between a fact and opinion is completely dissolved which makes communication meaningless. It is like each person has his/her own personal foreign language. The inability to agree on facts means there is no way to collectively set a course of action. As we live in a time when issues are global and must be solved globally, this is concerning.

The Shift to Air

Jupiter and Saturn have just moved into air-sign Aquarius to lay the red carpet for the larger shifts of Neptune and Pluto into air (Gemini and Aquarius respectively) in the next few years. The distinction between physical world (fact) and mental world (opinion) is breaking down.

Mentally we are each in our own “reality” in many ways. But the physical world is much more connected than ever so this disconnect between physical and mental is going to create physical issues.

The air trine consists of Gemini (mutable), Libra (cardinal) and Aquarius (fixed). The air signs process through the thinking function, are smart and mentally agile, seek education and stimulation, are social, seek identity, and reflect off of others to define self. Air is not emotional and tends to “think” its feelings rather than feel them.  Air must flow so you can’t bore it with regularity and routine, trap it in a room or put it on a shelf to look at. Air must move.

Gemini is where we are young and learning as described by the mutable energy. We know that when children are born, there is (generally) a belief that a stimulating environment is needed for growth. Mobiles that move above their cribs; toys with sounds; blocks of different colors and shapes – all are important to become a human. We start the learning process young as the mind is open and ripe. Ruled by Mercury, Gemini generally remains open to new ideas throughout its life – it is rarely rigid or dogmatic in belief. It’s also usually fun and cheerful.

Libra is where we seek the “other” as described by the cardinal energy. Known for partnership, Libra tends to marry young. Like Gemini, Libra likes people but may be more selective in choice being ruled by Venus which has a focus of pleasure. The Libra birthright seems to be talent in some creative area of life from arts/crafts to poetry/writing to music/dancing. As Libra likes to be in a relationship, the universe also provides Libra with the gift of charm. Libra creates the aura of beauty in all environments, even the most adverse.

Aquarius is where we want our friendships, ideas and goals to stick, to be permanent, as represented by the fixed energy. Being open to new ideas can sometimes make the world think you are fickle and inconsistent. Aquarius in contrast to the mutable and cardinal air signs is focused on ideas of the perfect society, the perfect group, the perfect person. Aquarius is the “demos” and “isms” of social belief systems and is loyal to friendships – for Aquarius, friends that share goals are “family.” The fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) are the leaders of the zodiac due to the consistency of their behavior and force of conviction which makes them strong and charismatic. Aquarius is also known for its rebelliousness, futuristic ideals and general eccentricity.

Air Games

When Uranus and Neptune transited Aquarius in the 1990s-early 2000s, we saw a rise in technology and a great glamorization of it. The Gemini in us likes the constant stimulation and expression; the Libra in us likes the connection to others (including dating sites); the Aquarius in us likes that we can find and connect with those of like mind and share ideas.

It’s all good for humanity; the challenge is that on earth technologies are always weaponized as well. The tech giants are seeking as much profit as possible as were the railroad tycoons in their day. Businesses are created for profit, not social improvement. We might have forgotten that.

The challenge of air is that when confronting physical issues, air can often dissociate, or feel disconnected from body and sense of self.  Air can rationalize rather than respond. Debate involves rational dissection of another’s viewpoint, not simply the manipulation of words.

Uranus is currently transiting Taurus which is the fixed earth sign and very physical. As Jupiter and Saturn transit the early degrees of Aquarius, they will be square to Taurus. The clash of fixed belief (Aquarius) and fixed physical life (Taurus) will continue. Ideas form reality but ideas can also be disconnected from reality.

Where are you demonstrating leadership and where are you having delusions of grandeur? Only the reactions of others will let you know.

Because threats are not physical does not mean they do not exist. That will be the challenge of moving from physical to digital life. We won’t step on a physical landmine (which is a nice thing), but we also won’t understand if and when we have stepped into a digital one. And if we don’t share a common understanding of the world, we will be walking through the minefields alone.

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Time to Start Checking In On your Aquarius Friends

The other day my female cat asked me how Justin Timberlake was doing.

“How would I know?” I replied. “It’s not like we’re friends.”

“But you can look at his chart,” she said.

“Well, if that’s what you meant why didn’t you just ask it that way?”

You’d think after all these years it would be easy to ask for a chart reading for Justin Timberlake. I know my cat is quite the fan of his amazing voice and super talent. Asking an astrologer for a chart is like asking Bernie Sanders to talk about inequality – pretty easy. But I was curious about the sudden interest and asked.

She gave me one of those “how stupid can humans be look” and replied that with the upcoming conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, she wanted to make sure he was okay.

Makes sense.

The Aquarius Wave

At the winter solstice this year, Jupiter and Saturn will both meet in Aquarius. Jupiter will stay in Aquarius for a year while Saturn has about two more years in that sign. When that is complete, Pluto will start its ingress into Aquarius.

Jupiter and Saturn are laying the path for Pluto’s transformation of that sign. Those of sun sign Aquarius will have a direct hit as we prepare for the shift. Aquarius is the energy of fixed air, strong idealizations, brotherhoods, sisterhoods, personhoods, humanity, invention, eccentricity, rebellion. Like all fixed signs, it’s stubborn.

Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts and Pluto destroys and evolves.  While Jupiter and Saturn transit Aquarius, Uranus will be in fixed earth sign Taurus which creates a square, or tense, aspect. The journey of Aquarian ideas and invention in times of change will clash with the Taurus need for here-and-now security. Remember, Aquarius is often described as the genius who is not believed in his/her own time.

All of that will be occurring with your Aquarius friends (and family, but Aquarius rules friendships so even Aquarius family is more like friend than family). Air signs focus on identity so expect your Aquarius friends to become several different people in the next few years.

So it’s a good time to start checking in on them. Make them a cup of tea. Prepare them.

Famous Aquarius Friends

Justin Timberlake

Of the ten “planets” in a horoscope, Timberlake has five in air and two in fire making him extroverted, social and, of course, amazingly talented. With only a small dose of water (Neptune in Scorpio and Mercury in Pisces) and wee little earth (Venus in Capricorn) Timberlake is not what you’d call grounded.

So I told the cat to expect some identity shakeups with her favorite performer.

Transiting Pluto in Capricorn is now conjunct the natal Venus in Capricorn which might be telling Timberlake with moon/Neptune in Sagittarius that he’s not really the marrying kind. Pluto in Libra square that Venus in Capricorn makes him controlling in relationships although he seems himself as totally free. Saturn is also in Libra, not conjunct Pluto, but also suggesting a need for control in relationships.

The Aquarius energy will bring him an increased need for freedom as well as more rebellious, outlandish and eccentric identity changes. Moon and Neptune in Sagittarius likes the heightened experience which as a famous person can come from increased performing if not from other experiences or drugs. When allowed, he may do some traveling.

In summary, for the cat, Timberlake will probably increase in creativity, exploration and expression while decreasing in grounded activities such as staying home, planting a garden and being married.

Ellen DeGeneres

Like Timberlake, variety show host Ellen DeGeneres has lots of fire and air with sun and Venus in air-sign Aquarius, Saturn and Mars in fire-sign Sagittarius, moon in fire-sign Aries and Uranus in fire-sign Leo.

Mercury in Capricorn and Pluto in Virgo are earth signs. Jupiter and Neptune in Scorpio are water.

Saturn and Mars together in any sign can tend toward aggression and meanness. Moon in Aries is also aggressive, competitive, bold and daring. DeGeneres might talk like a studied, serious Capricorn and appear as a Venus/sun best-friend Aquarius but she’s actually quite competitive and would probably be okay pushing you out of the way.

Air feeds fire so DeGeneres is probably planning her next competitive move. Expect more not less public involvement from DeGeneres during this Aquarius energy. Expect new, new, new.

Oprah Winfrey

The First Female Friend was Aquarius Oprah Winfrey. In a common theme with Timberlake and DeGeneres, there’s a moon in fire-sign Sagittarius.

The talk show host has five planets in talking-element air (Venus/sun/Mercury in Aquarius ; Jupiter in Gemini; Neptune in Libra). Talking, socializing, acting, networking, promoting reading – all great uses of her horoscope.

Uranus is water-sign Cancer opposed by transiting Pluto in Capricorn. These last degrees of the long Pluto-in-Capricorn transit are probably affecting Winfrey’s family life – huge shifts and shocks in family members or family units or the comforts of family.

Natal Saturn and Mars are in fixed water-sign Scorpio which is square to Aquarius. The Aquarius activities in which she’s engaged are at the expense of deeper relationships required by Scorpio. Back to the theme of family, there are emotional demands being made on Winfrey that can be a challenge for air signs to deliver.

Winfrey will probably spend the early part of the Aquarius energies involved in more personal demands. I expect her public life will be more sporadic. She will probably spend more time at home.

Michael Jordan

My “famous Aquarius” search brought up Michael Jordan. Yes, even though I don’t follow sports I know who this is.

I was reluctant to include him here because we have yet another Sagittarius moon! I see our Aquarius besties have fire in addition to air. Jordan also has Mars in fire-sign Leo.

But all charts are different and Jordan was born with Uranus/Pluto in Virgo and Jupiter in Pisces which are T-square the Sagittarius moon. Jordan in contrast to the previous Aquarius personalities, has a kind of dissatisfaction with it all, a searching for something he can’t quite identify.

Jordan’s Aquarius transformations will most likely involve some spirituality or search for peace. He will try to break the air-water boundaries of astrology where air likes to be with you, maybe even romance you but has difficulty when you sitting crying about your life. Jordan will try to be there for you at your most emotional moments.

I’m wondering if Jordan will become (or maybe he is, let me check) a motivational speaker/ spiritual counselor. My Internet search suggests he’s already started helping humanity. Expect more.

Harry Styles

Singer-songwriter Harry Styles is of that generation that was born to solve all the problems revealed in the year 20/20. Congratulations!

Styles is of the generation born with Neptune/Uranus conjunct. For Styles, both are in Capricorn during a time of glorification and growth of corporations and multi-nationals. Pluto in Capricorn has created some disillusionment in these areas.

Mars/sun/Mercury are in Aquarius for Styles. Moon in Libra is also an air-sign and very much interested in partnership of all kinds – romantic, roommates, walking mates, business partners, etc. Styles might not like to be alone although as a good Aquarius might wander off unexpectedly. But he’ll come back. He just needed to go, you know, off for a minute.

Jupiter/Pluto in Scorpio and Saturn in Pisces (all water signs) shows a need to connect. Like a digital device created since his birth, Styles probably connects, disconnects, powers up, powers down and uses up the battery with a consistent but not completely regular pattern. Because of this, Styles is unpredictable to those around him.

The Aquarius energy with Uranus-in-Taurus disruption will create internal conflict as he tries to create a consistent identity while having inconsistent impulses.

Who says you have to be the same person every day? Who made up that rule?

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United States Pluto Return: Fear Disguised as Mistrust

While chopping mushrooms purchased at the grocery store, it occurred to me what a great deal of trust I have in the American food supply system. Mushrooms, such an interesting fungus, to my lay understanding come in three major varieties: 1) edible; 2) hallucinogenic; and 3) deadly.

If grocery stores shut down, it might be a while before I consumed mushrooms as I don’t know an edible one from the other two categories and wouldn’t trust simple visual identification due to the deadly risk. Personally, my strategy would be to consult an authoritative book on the subject. Book learning is much different from experience (as Christopher McCandless of Into the Wild learned tragically) so prior to hunting and eating my mushrooms  I would consult friends who have done this actively for years. I would ask to tag along learning from experience to embellish what I had read and learn the nuances of fungi which can look similar but are different.

That’s my strategy. What’s yours?

As I observe the reactions of my people in this time of pandemic, I hear a lot of mistrust of government and authorities. But scratch the surface and what I believe you will find is actually a great deal of trust, too much trust, among the majority population. The persecuted minorities are constantly and consistently informing the majority of this.

Unlike people in other nations, we don’t fear that when we go to bed at night our currency will be worthless in the morning. We stopped fearing nuclear war sometime in the 1990s. We don’t fear invasion of our shores by imperialist others. When we want to make spaghetti, we trust that we will find tomatoes, basil, pasta and salt at the grocery store. We eat the mushrooms.

In late 2007 when Pluto first entered Capricorn the system broke and the trust we had that our houses would always increase in value was shaken. But that fear went away as the “mistrusted” government stepped in and made the mortgage back securities disappear (officially called quantitative easing).

What caused the crash? Did we change anything to prevent another occurrence? Are those measures still in place? Could it happen again?

The questions don’t matter – our house values returned so we returned to trust.

As children we are taught that a heavyset gregarious man in red will come down our chimneys (even if we don’t have one) and bring us gifts. This makes us happy and when we learn it is a myth meant to instill joys in childhood, most accept this and retain a trust in their parents and the culture that perpetuates it.

This trust and perpetuation of myth creates a great portion of our economy.

Pluto Return Red Alert

Pluto is completing its final stages of Capricorn and when it hits 27 degrees, which it will first do in February 2022, the United States will have officially made it through one evolutionary cycle.

Unlike the textbook evolution of gradual and continual improvement, evolution appears to be a more rocky, tumultuous experience. We learn; we forget. We trust, we get hurt, we trust again.

In Capricorn, the lessons are about social conscience, social structure, authority, success, failure, worldly achievement, respect, responsibility and the limits of human existence. It’s serious stuff for a nation that is not known by other countries to be serious in nature but rather socially inclined.

Pluto is now in the late degrees of Capricorn and by traditional astrological standards is “in orb” or in effect. It will remain in orb for the next four years and even longer if you do out-of-sign aspects. Watching my culture eagerly waiting for the pandemic cure that will restore life to “normal” is to watch a people avoid its deeper evolutionary lesson.

Capricorn’s greatest fear is not death but failure. Success and respect are what it ultimately seeks.

Today’s mistrust of all Capricorn by the majority who are the beneficiaries of natal Pluto in Capricorn is an expression of fear through the more face-saving device of cynicism.

There is much to fear – loss of life, loss of family, loss of income, loss of the ability to choose. Is it wrong to express these fears?

In response to fear, Capricorn defaults to control. Capricorn’s involved rules of behavior support a social stability that makes it feel safe. When the system breaks down, so does the safety. The more control a a Capricorn exerts, the more underlying fear. Capricorn is also known for its strong boundaries and defenses.

Mistrust is a defense.

Responsibility

Responsibility is one of the key words of Capricorn. With too much Capricorn energy, there is the Atlas Syndrome of having to carry the burden of the world on its shoulders. The irony here is that the United States through its military and economic policies influences the livelihood of peoples all over the world. We’ve created a responsibility we are not emotionally geared to handle.

Pluto in Capricorn is not easy. Pluto’s method is compulsion. We don’t have a choice.

For the United States to make it safely through our Pluto return, we have to first admit our fear. By disguising it in mistrust we are avoiding responsibility for what we have created.

When we admit our fear, we release our fear. We then redirect our trust to our fellow people, all of them, who like us create and support our system every single day. Every one of them.

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Jupiter in Aquarius – Ah humanity!

I am a man who, from his youth upwards, has been filled with a profound conviction that the easiest way of life is the best. Hence, though I belong to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous, even to turbulence, at times, yet nothing of that sort have I ever suffered to invade my peace. I am one of those unambitious lawyers who never addresses a jury, or in any way draws down public applause; but in the cool tranquility of a snug retreat, do a snug business among rich men’s bonds and mortgages and title-deeds. All who know me, consider me an eminently safe man.

from Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street by Herman Melville

If I were to guess the sun sign of this nameless narrator of Herman Melville’s short story I would start with the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) as they are generally focus on the practical and are routine and generally risk averse. Virgo doesn’t fit well, though, because of its anxious and worrying nature. Capricorn is definitely ambitious, not a trait our narrator professes.

That leaves Taurus, the fixed earth sign – steady, calm, safe and snug. Unlike most other signs, Taurus can experience general contentment and pleasure from life. Most of the rest of us are in a cycle of wanting the next thing, the better thing, a different thing.

If our man is Taurus, then something is shaking up his world.

The nature of my avocations for the last thirty years has brought me into more than ordinary contact with what would seem an interesting and somewhat singular set of men, of whom as yet nothing that I know of has ever been written:—I mean the law-copyists or scriveners . . .

But I waive the biographies of all other scriveners for a few passages in the life of Bartleby, who was a scrivener of the strangest I ever saw or heard of.

What is odd about Bartleby?

At first he works quietly and carefully. Then one day upon being asked to run an errand states that he “would prefer not to.”

Each day Bartleby prefers to do less and less until he is completely inert and does not even leave the office.  He says nothing save “I would prefer not to.” Our unambitious and non-confrontational lawyer cannot get Bartleby to work or move and to finally extricate himself from Bartleby moves the entire office.

Melville

Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!

These are the last words of the story of Bartleby after he was imprisoned and simply quietly wasted away as though the life-force had been sucked out of him.

Why the “Ah humanity!”

There’s no overt social statement in Bartleby. The melancholy overtone doesn’t provide a contrasting, more energizing, lifestyle. The story takes place in a Wall Street office and a prison – that’s all.

Melville’s horoscope doesn’t suggest a melancholy personality–there is much fire and air in his horoscope which are optimistic and social: sun in Leo (fire), Mars in Gemini (air), moon/Uranus/Neptune in Sagittarius (fire), Saturn in Aries (fire) and Jupiter in Aquarius (air).

There is some earth and water with Venus in Cancer (water), Mercury in Virgo (earth) and Pluto in Pisces (water) which are more introspective and emotional. But Melville is not by nature introverted or reflective. Maybe that’s why Bartleby suggests something bigger but never overtly demonstrates it.

In his youth, Melville worked aboard ships and traveled the South Seas. Sagittarius is evident here in the interest and pursuit of foreign. Sagittarius seeks the exotic the way Taurus seeks the familiar.

While Melville struggled for existence as many did in the 19th century, I wonder if he had that Sagittarius problem – traveling and wandering are so much fun that returning to the humdrum of daily life is a letdown. With the moon/Uranus/Neptune in Sagittarius there is a deep need for heightened experience; I expected to also read that Melville resorted to alcohol or substance abuse but did not find that.

The narrator in Bartleby is quite content and if his world is rocked, he simply moves to a different, stable world. But Bartleby is not content and we’re not clear why. And he represents humanity to Melville.

Was Bartleby representative of humanity and the dull, dreary existence we must face? Not everyone in 19th century America worked for 30 years at a desk copying law documents. Where are the others?

Ginger Nut is the office boy who gets spicy ginger nuts for the scriveners. Is this how we relieve the boredom of daily routine? Or is it through alcohol as we see with the older scrivener, Turkey.  Or do we just get irritated by it all like the younger scrivener Nippers?

Maybe to Melville we are like Bartleby – passively resisting until we don’t exist.

Jupiter in Aquarius

Melville had Jupiter in Aquarius a transit about to enter your reality around with winter equinox. Aquarius, a fixed air sign, is traditionally the sign of humanity.

What does fixed air mean?

It means that like air Aquarius is thinking, curious and social. But unlike Gemini and Libra, the ideas are more firm and less likely to follow the conversation. Aquarius is idealistic and has exacting standards of perfection. Like the other fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio), Aquarius is strong and holds its ideas so firmly that it is not willing to acquiesce to lesser ideas.

In this way, Aquarius is the rebel.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion so in Aquarius cultivates the eccentric, unusual, utopian and futuristic ideas. Aquarius gone bad courts the unusual to provoke reaction; Aquarius at its highest is a leader in moving people forward and sees how innovation and ideas can improve people today. Astrologers have always called Aquarius futuristic, but that’s only because of the time lag between when people hear about new ideas and technologies and when they actually accept them.

Aquarius is ready to accept the future now.

Jupiter in Aquarius 2020

The 2020-2021 Jupiter in Aquarius transit will have a bedfellow – Saturn. Jupiter is expansion and Saturn is contraction. Together there is push and pull with all things Aquarius.

Humanity is going through a great challenge this year of 2020 with intense Capricorn transits which have brought increased government control and a national response to pandemic that has equalized and normalized all governments. Governments are one.

Will humanity be one?

Humanity – Aquarius – must decide the future together. Aquarius is not personal; it is not about the individual wants and needs that guides our daily lives. These are important too and must be addressed but the transits are asking us to rise above ourselves to think of the whole. This isn’t about politics and “isms” that take away your rights. This is about the fundamental fact that we share space and time so must solve certain problems together.

If we don’t think as humanity then we will remain as we are in Capricorn – individuals within a system in which we have no power getting angry and posting on social media. This anger is then misdirected toward groups of others.

Aquarius is humanity. You are humanity. 2021 is your year.

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