Did Pluto Sneak into Aquarius While We Weren’t Looking? Social without the ISM.

In spiritual circles you will hear a lot about “critical mass” and when that nth person finally opens his or her heart chakra, all will transform, yada, yada, yada. We’ll realize the error of our ways, blah, blah, blah and will respect the earth and those upon it.

Possible? Yes. Probable? No.

Yet, I blinked and it happened.

Back in February in the year 2020 (last month) during what is a normal presidential primary of promises, promises, promises, Democratic contender Bernie Sanders was criticized and laughed at for promising to give everything for free. He’s not a Democrat, he’s a Socialist!

For a country engrossed in social media waiting for social security checks when they retire, the word socialism shouldn’t be so scary.

Mind you, I’m not promoting socialism. Regardless of which economic system men create and control, there are always haves and have nots. Some systems are more equitable in the balance and more allowing of individual effort to achieve. The US is one of those places which is why so many want to come and live here.

Yet, I blinked and government has confined us to our homes, closed business and now plans to send us each a check and is talking about paid sick leave which mysteriously went away in the 1990s. It’s not a system of economic socialism, but it’s a temporary socialism for the good of protecting the health of a nation.

Poor Bernie! He was laughed at all his life and his dream has come true without him. That’s because Uranus moved from Aries to Taurus. In Aries, Uranus was conjunct his aggressive and vocal Aries moon. But, Bernie, I’ll go ahead and build a statue for you.

Pluto in Aquarius

When Pluto goes into Aquarius in 2023, I expect we’ll have more social policies, but in Aquarius fashion. Today it’s the energy of Capricorn – authority – calling the shots. In Aquarius, we’ll see more of what’s occurring today – individuals joining into a society because of shared ideals and beliefs.

It’s time to discuss the difference between Aquarius and Cancer. Both like to form groups. Both like to share. But with Cancer, it’s emotional and based on need for belonging, comfort and security. For Aquarius, it’s based on the desire to make things “the way they should be.” You and I decide to start a farm and invite only those who agree to live only on what we grow and are also vegetarian.

Cancer is about family and blood relationships. Aquarius is about ideas and fraternity. See the difference?

Aquarius is objective – I’m rejecting you because you eat meat and we are all vegetarian. I’m not rejecting you because I don’t like you. For Cancer, I’m rejecting you because you are not emotionally in tune with the group – you aren’t related or you do not provide the kind of emotional connection this group is looking for.

See the difference?

Religious groups can fall into either category or both. Energies are rarely in pure form so there can be a mixture of these energies in your associations. In fact, a group can appear Aquarian and then you find that it becomes Cancer.

Or it seems Cancer comfy but then you find people aren’t as warm and fuzzy as their philosophies suggest.

So when Pluto moves from Capricorn (which is the opposite of Cancer by the way), we’ll move from government and corporations as our “family” to groups of our own personal choosing as our “family.” We’re already doing that and it will become more the culture.

In the 1960s some of this energy appeared during an aspect of Pluto/Uranus conjunct in Virgo opposite Saturn in Pisces where there was a great crossing of social boundaries. The youth of that time were born with Pluto in Leo and were focused on personal expression including sexual expression and mind-altering experience.

Their social experiment didn’t last and ironically those born during that time (1960s) are with anxiety (Virgo) and fear of germs. Oppositions are pendulums and the boundary crossing of Pisces retracted into the anxiety of Virgo. Can you imagine today a Woodstock with sweating, unwashed people all sitting together in a dirty field for days?

Saturn in Aquarius

Maybe it’s not Pluto that snuck into Aquarius. Saturn is a few days away from moving into that sign (March 23). It will stay in Aquarius until July then move back into Capricorn (called retrograde). It will be back in Aquarius and continue in that sign beginning in December.

Saturn might represent our toe-in-the-water on new social systems because as Saturn contracts, it is cutting off our flesh-and-blood social connection. As I watch everyone (and myself) cope in this environment, it’s a good opportunity to see how we respond to stress, our path along the continuum of acceptance and how we each interpret events.

We all have interpretations with the biological prevailing due to the fact it’s an illness. But many energies are in play in any given situation and now we have financial and political energies involved. While we may have a touch of Aquarian energy, there’s still a lot of Capricorn out there and political elections have been cancelled, the Russian president has decided to stay on for life and there are still some wars firing up.

While seeking support of the group is important in alienating and isolating times, there is still a need to be vigilant of those outside the farm whose actions will one day affect the group’s ideals.

Blink of an Eye

But who knows what will happen when we blink our eyes today. The intense energy peaking this year began in 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn. We had a shock then and government helped us return to what we believed was “normal.”

Capricorn likes “normal” which it sees as a place for everyone and everyone in his or her place. But that normal ended in 2008. In 2020 we now know that.

Posted in Planets and signs | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Astrology Blog About Nothin’

Talented singer-songwriter Cari Ray sings a song about Nothin’. It’s going through my head as I’ve listened to it way too much this last week. If she can sing a song about nothin’, why not blog about nothin’?

Nothin’ as you’ll hear in the song contains both anything and everything. Nothin is a powerful thing, like the discovery of zero.

Uranus
In March 2019, Uranus first entered the earth sign of Taurus. Often changes do occur with this astrological symbolism – planets changing signs. “You said there would be financial changes,” I heard from a friend.

Yeah, I got it wrong, the timing at least. Here’s the thing about Uranus – it’s sudden; it’s volatile. But that’s for a reason. Shock shifts you quickly into a different state. In the heart of Uranus is the desire to make you more aware.

Are we now aware of global infrastructure? We are all now knowledgeable about the global supply chain. Supply being equal to Taurus because Taurus is stuff – tangible, physical, real.

Uranus is volatile but, looking back, we chose this volatility. We chose is globally through a myriad of big and small choices.

We’re taught that humans developed as a straight-line progression from stupid cave man to intelligent iPhone developer yet history proves this incorrect. There is great volatility in development just as when you learn a lot of new things at once you tend to forget a bunch of it.

Uranus is in Taurus for seven years. It’s the seven-year itch you’ve heard about so expect to itch in many physical ways for this period. It’s awakening us to the needs of the earth and body.

Pluto and Neptune
With Uranus, Pluto and Neptune comprise the triad that is referred to as the outer planets. In most human lives, we are kept busy with the personal and ignore the transpersonal unless it hits us in the face.

It’s hit us in the face.

Pluto in Capricorn has brought us extreme authority. Neptune in Pisces has brought many manifestions of this mutable fish sign – compassion, sharing, love of Mr. Rogers, escapism through drugs and alcohol and excessive involvement with moving image.

Yet as a person, an individual, one entity among many, what can I do to affect the whole?

Nothing. Anything. Everything.

Nothing – quieting the agitation that leads us to the many things we do helps ourselves and others. Anything we can do to help others helps the whole. Everything we do is part of what we experience in our lives.

It’s a time to understand our underlying beliefs and how they create the outer reality. We share beliefs. One individual’s beliefs are in counter to the whole is called delusion (or today, conspiracy theory). When many share the same beliefs, healthy or unhealthy, it’s called culture.

We have several more years of these transits. We had our first blast in 2008 and decided to push it under the rug and pretend it never happened and returned to our “normal” behavior.

Normal is changing, as normal does.

Jupiter and Saturn
These two planets are traveling together in Capricorn and adding energy to Pluto. Historically these planets traveling together create problems for those in authority.

What is authority?

In my country, we believe we “elect” them but only at the lower levels of government is this true. At the highest, we truly have no choice. In the Middle Ages men fought for power with swords and other weapons. Today they fight with money. And we tend to choose the side of the fighting that serves us most.

But as with the Middle Ages, there are the haves and have nots in any situation. Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn are reminding us of this.

What will we do?

Nothing? Anything? Everything?

All the inner planets
Inner planets (moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) move quickly so I rarely blog about them since by the time I have time, the aspect has passed.

Time. I seem to have more of that now.

I’ve been saying I want more time. The universe must have listened.

Yet I hadn’t realized what I was asking for. To have time, the world needed to shut down and stop asking me to be here and there and there and there.

What to do with all this time?

Without Capricorn structure it’s easy to do nothing. When I think about what to do, there’s everything I’ve put aside due to no time. Hopefully there’s an “anything” I’ll do that’s in between nothing and everything.

Posted in Planets and signs | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun in a Time of Four Planets in Capricorn

Astrologers like economists look for basic patterns (energies) to project and forecast future patterns. Like economists, astrologers get it wrong. Because astrology is “occult” it means that astrologers have to be 100 percent accurate or be branded as charlatans.

If an astrologer told you to invest in a certain company or take out a loan in great excess of your ability to pay, you wouldn’t listen, would you?

That’s a good thing. And maybe a good thing to follow, too, in relation to economists and others who follow patterns to project the future and want you to alter your behavior.

Speaking of the future, in 2016 post US presidential election, many astrologers looked to see if and how US politics might change in 2020. And 2020 is now although it feels like 2016 happened a couple minutes ago, and, at the same time, 100 years ago.

We are now in the midst of four planets in Capricorn – Mars (action), Jupiter (expansion), Saturn (contraction) and Pluto (transformation). Mars will move out of Capricorn in a couple months but the other three will stay in Capricorn through the election. Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign symbolizing authority, responsibility, structure, social consciousness, and career.

Pluto is an outer planet moving slowly representing generational transformation. The other two outer planets are Uranus (enlightenment) and Neptune (transcendence). Last year Uranus moved into the fixed earth sign Taurus suggesting sudden and enlightening changes regarding earth, property and body. Neptune has been in mutable water sign Pisces, the sign it rules, since 2011 symbolizing spiritualization of emotion, intuition and shared emotional experience. This sign is also known for escapism and we are seeing a lot of drug, alcohol and excessive media use during this transit.

Looking at the planets Mars through Pluto, all are in earth and water signs. In a personal horoscope, these signs tend toward introversion. Capricorn is serious and Pisces is sacrificial. Consequently, this seemed like a period that would not be much fun for those of a more optimistic or lighter nature. The fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) and air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), I suspected, might have a harder time with this energy than earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) and water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). And Capricorn authoritarian control might challenge us all to remain open and positive.

Well here we are.

The Arnold Sports Festival

When the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio was cancelled by Capricorn sun and governor Mike DeWine due to fears of coronavirus outbreak, I was reminded of my forebodings of no fun in 2020. What I didn’t imagine in my future projections was that it would be caused by fear of pandemic.

The suggestions are to avoid engagement with groups over ten people. That certainly ruins your wild parties and events. No Arnold. No Twister. More Netflix.

Are Disney World and Disney Land still open?

And how will this affect the 2020 election season?

Back in 2016 I imagined more authoritarian control from government entities. In a sense it is that as governments are banning travel and events. Yet it’s really fear and caution that create the control.

Will this affect political conventions, where thousands gather? How about political rallies? Will people avoid voting?

It’s interesting how this has played out. Neptune in Pisces may be part of it with the emotional fear and panic that occur when we fear death. I hear Peter Tosh calling:

Everybody want to go up to heaven
But none of them, none of them want to die

Fun things to do when there are four planets in Capricorn

All energies have a purpose and are part of a cycle of constant change (and, hopefully, growth). While the excessive Capricorn energy can bring fear and control, it can also help us rise to personal responsibility and understanding how much of our own power we give to those outside of ourselves (and why). We create our society.

So, how can you have fun in the time of four planets in Capricorn? “Fun” in Capricorn terms is accomplishment, goal attainment and hard work. Capricorn fun involves turning chaos into an organized closet. Remember, the more you accomplish in 2020 the more freedom you will experience when Saturn and Pluto start moving into Aquarius in the coming years. Like being stuck in the house on a rainy day, make the most of it.

Here are some ideas:

  • Start a new work out regime. It’s called “work” for a reason. Capricorn energy contracts so it’s a good time to tone the body and lose weight.
  • Update your resume. If a Capricorn hasn’t told you this already, you should always have your resume updated and ready for when opportunity knocks. In fact, since you have all year, analyzed all the steps needed for your career goals and keep a log of each step accomplished along the way.
  • Run for political office. Why not? These are crazy times and I’m sure your friends and family would much prefer to support you than those strangers who want to control their lives.
  • Challenge laws in the Supreme Court. Come on! You know this is on your bucket list.
  • Examine all areas of your life where you are avoiding personal responsibility. Not fun? What else is there to do if all events are cancelled and travel is banned? Free yourself of responsibility-avoidance so that when Pluto goes into Aquarius in a few years you will be free to be free.
Posted in 2020 Presidential Election, Planets and signs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Go to February 29!

How was your February 29, a day that exists once every four years?

Some spiritual disciplines say that time is a construct. If so, February 29 should be demonstration of that principle as those born on February 29 don’t really have a “birthday” for 75% of their life. And it’s no surprise that this day-that-isn’t (or wasn’t) is in the sign of Pisces, the mutable water and last sign of the zodiac known for taking shit that other signs ricochet right back into the face of the shitter.

But Pisces as the sign of sacrifice allows itself to contain this faux day so that the earth, air and fire signs can have an even and consistent “year.” Here is Pisces again appeasing the worldly who think that the structural needs of commerce and religious rites outweigh a fluid and flexible response to life. The sun and moon are always available to help keep cyclical time – who needs a calendar thingy?

Imagine, if you will, a fire sign (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) born on a day that doesn’t exist. A fire sign would probably take advantage of the missing day by having a two-day birthday party from February 28 – March 1 (and three-day on leap year). Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) would decide each year when to have a birthday and potentially alter the date based on age-related needs. Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) would choose one day or the other for the birthday all the while discouraging multi-day celebrations (too much to clean up) and explaining the entire day that it’s not their “real” birthday. The other two water signs (Cancer and Scorpio) would probably spend every three years complaining how they got the short end of the birthday stick.

Since we’re in the depths of our imaginations, let’s go further and imagine that the Democratic primary that occurred yesterday did not exist. Oh my, this is exciting. Now imagine, if you can, that we move the presidential election to February 29 and due to the day not existing the following year the election results fall into a black hole of time and come out the other end as a free and open democracy.

I think I hear John Lennon calling (photo from nme.com):

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Neptune in Pisces

Neptune has been in Pisces since 2011. Neptune rules Pisces so it’s a burst of Pisces energy. Notice how Piscean Mr. Rogers is posthumously become the object of admiration by those who may have never watched his television show.

Around the time Neptune moved into Pisces (it has a 15-year cycle), the other two outer planets changed signs. In the same year, Uranus went into Aries. Three years earlier, Pluto went into Capricorn.

Pluto in Capricorn in 2008 describes the world economic crisis that occurred due to an unstable financial structure and excessive hedging. This year, 2020, Saturn and Jupiter are also in Capricorn so I’ve been expecting this year to be the big Authoritarian Showdown with more draconian authoritarian measures or a great rebellion against excessive control (which now it appears will have to wait until 2023 when Pluto enters Aquarius).

Uranus is now in Taurus which like Capricorn is an earth sign and leads to thoughts of earth changes including with commerce, money and property.

This is all occurring, I believe. But as the year progresses, I’m noticing more and more that Neptune is in the foreground, the movie screen that projects the images of the realities behind it. And like all image, it’s not the thing itself. Images are projected for many reasons: inspiration, entertainment, enlightenment and fear.

Neptune is our connection to the source and the sign in which is travels indicates what makes us feel connected. Neptune in Pisces says connection is through feeling, emotion, empathy and intuition. It’s not through book learning, facts and figures. Neptune in Pisces is the purest connection; no intermediaries.

As the Democratic primaries are in their peak – much is finalized as early as March – there has been much to diffuse the energy of this primary season – broken voting systems, impeachment hearings and now a global pandemic. Neptune in Pisces is diverting the energy of the voting season with emotional draws to other areas of focus.

A pandemic is Neptunian in this sense because there are no real boundaries to illness; this is where politics (Capricorn) has no role and countries must work as one. It’s also Neptunian in that it’s difficult to trace the origins of a new illness. It’s Neptunian because it causes emotional reaction which distorts facts and communication.

Neptune is always at play in politics evoking emotional rather than rational responses – called pathos. This year pathos might be used to cover a great deal of earthly reality that is represented by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto in earth signs. There is much earth and body change occurring right now on an individual level and global level. Neptune in Pisces carries the very empathetic and connected response that we need to make positive physical and tangible changes.

Earth and water are friends in astrology. They complement each other. Earth builds the house and water makes it a home. Earth buys the vegetables, cuts them up and water makes them into a meal. Earth provides the setting and water makes it memorable. Earth and water together are secure and warm. Together they are a night by the fire without worries about survival. Together they are this Norman Rockwell painting Tea Time.

This is a great time to bring earth and water together to create “home” on earth rather than seeing the earth as thing to be used and emotions as energies to be manipulated.

Go to February 29!

Another saying from the world of self-help is that it’s never too late to have a happy childhood — another play on time and emotions.

Is time simply emotion?

We know that when we’re happy time “flies.” When we’re bored, it slows.

If our election year breeds increasing amounts of fear and division, maybe we can move Election Day to February 29. All those running for office can drop into the non-existent day and fade out of our time-space continuum; those that remain on March 1 can begin the election cycle again aligned to the real and true needs of the earth and the emotional needs of the people upon it.

Those that want to manipulate emotions and distort reality can go to February 29.

Posted in 2020 Presidential Election, Planets and signs | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Iowa Caucuses – Astrology for the Top Five Candidates

Tomorrow is a big day in US politics – the Iowa Caucuses, the official start of the 2020 US Presidential Election. Ah, democracy.

Now is Iowa near Missouri? I can’t remember. Anyway,

The excitement is palpable as people flood to the grocery stores to buy beer and chips and wings to prepare for a night of election results. Wait, that’s for tonight’s Super Bowl. Anyway,

It’s a big deal. It will be on TV all day tomorrow, I mean all day. Or is that the impeachment hearings that are all day and the caucuses at night? Anyway,

In my house there’s a great deal of anticipation. My female feline, of great maturity, still has her “Pick Rick [Santorum]” poster over the litter box. I’ve told her that Republican Rick Santorum is of the same party as the incumbent president and will not be in the running as no one in politics can beat media-star branding and marketing.

“But Rick can make a full sentence and string coherent thoughts together,” she argued. “He has a lot of interesting things to say.”

“I’m not sure that’s an asset in this country,” I replied, much to her dismay.

My young male feline, in contrast, has changed parties. A die-hard Republican since the age of six months when he was neutered and reached premature maturity, he recently switched parties upon noticing that his cat toy acquisitions had slowed.

“Why don’t you buy me as many toys as you used to?” he asked.

“Because they cost more,” I replied. “Tariffs.”

So tomorrow night my feline family will gather around the television to watch the caucus results. Unless they are only on cable. Then we can’t. Anyway,

Caucus Day Energies

Tomorrow, February 3, 2020, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn will be in “do it my perfect way or you will get punished” Capricorn. Pluto and Saturn are very serious planets – they contract, purge and transform. You can tell them “no” but then you’d better watch your back and make sure the ground you’re standing on isn’t a trap door that will drop you into the netherworld.

These aspects aren’t always fun for individuals but are the food of politicians. Tomorrow will be the usual rough-and-tumble with a bit of bitter vegetable on top. Regardless of who wins, it will feel more like the satisfaction of having eaten your vegetables rather than having had a sweet treat for dessert.

The sun is in rebellious Aquarius. Caucuses, of course, are the “not traditional primary” so very Aquarian. Aquarius rules group activity centered on ideals.

Mercury, Neptune, and Venus are in Pisces, an emotional sign. There may be a lot of precipitation, including fog, which seems more prevalent than usual these last few months. When Mercury and Neptune are conjoined the communications are more imaginative than factual. This is normal in politics but remember that the energies also affect your spouse and children.

Uranus is in Taurus. This planet travels through each sign for seven years – aka the seven-year itch. This itch has moved from individual assertion to body, earth and property (including money). Stay tuned for more earth and property changes.

Mars in Sagittarius is in the opposite sign of moon in Gemini (although not geometrically opposed). There’s a lot of earth (Capricorn, Taurus) and water (Pisces) energy which can be grounding but a bit dull and whiny. Sagittarius and Gemini add a little fire and air energy (respectively) but probably not enough to override three planets in Capricorn. But there may be some fun, especially for those that get a hotel room for the event. For those watching from afar, you may prefer Super Bowl highlights.

How does this energy play for our candidates?

The Top Five Candidates

Since there are too many candidates and too little time, OHA will look at the top five by a poll reported in The Hill. We’ll go in alphabetical order, the best, fairest order, ever devised.

Joe Biden
Sun in Scorpio with moon in opposite Taurus, Biden is experiencing a Uranus conjunction to moon and opposition to sun. Uranus energizes and enlightens, often suddenly and unexpectedly. Uranus is neither good nor bad. So we can say this election will provide volatile and unexpected results for Biden – but as winner or loser?

Using Uranus to his advantage may involve playing up the underdog rather than the expected winner for the “opposite” result which then suggests organic energy. Biden’s natal Uranus and Saturn will be conjunct tomorrow’s moon adding more of this sudden, impulsive energy.

While OHA can’t say which way Uranus will go for Biden, aspects suggest positive results for this candidate. And his desire to emote will go over well with the three planets in Pisces tomorrow.

And his steady Taurus moon will be please to the Jupiter/Pluto/Saturn authorities out there who will pressure you to vote your duty rather than your heart.

Pete Buttigieg
This ambitious Capricorn sun and Scorpio (or maybe Sagittarius) moon is close to a direct conjunction of the Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto with the sun. Running for president at a ripe young age (38) is certainly transformative and pits him against the powers that be without much protective clout.

The Capricorn transits also square his Mars/Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Libra. While Buttigieg might be pleasant Libra eye-candy, don’t confuse him for a sweetie. He’s made of iron and steel and will both live and die by the sword.

Buttigieg has the inner stuff to handle the dirty world of politics. Yet, his Achilles heel is that at the same time he doesn’t like to get his socks dirty and always wants to come out looking nice (like Cary Grant in the Illinois cornfield scene of North by Northwest). If he does make it to nomination, expect some delicious dirt to emerge which will make this young one potentially sadder (Pluto/Saturn) but wiser (Saturn).

OHA doesn’t expect him to do as well as planned tomorrow.

Amy Klobuchar
If Klobuchar tried to run for president in the 20th century, OHA would have told her to go back home to Minnesota – a double Gemini could never, ever, ever win the presidency. This country has historically loved the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) which are signs that are steady, consistent, and strong with a natural bent for leadership.

In the 21st century in our Age of Aquarius (air), a double Gemini may be the new norm – great communication ability, agile, smart, saavy and not boringly consistent.

Sun, moon and Mercury in Gemini suggest Klobuchar can (and will) use words and ideas to sway in a very convincing manner. Today’s digital world is Gemini on steroids. Talk, communicate, text, post, post, post. Klobuchar can keep up with all of the information.

With natal Mars in Aries, there’s a lot of competitive energy. With the ability to compete and communicate, this “can’t-sit-still” woman may be the very candidate needed to meet Gemini sun Trump tweet-for-tweet.

Although sun and moon in the same sign can trump other energies in a horoscope, Klobuchar has a nice balance of elements with earth (Venus in Taurus, Pluto in Virgo and Jupiter/Saturn in Capricorn), a sprinkling of water (Neptune in Scorpio) and fire (Mars in Aries, Uranus in Leo).

Klobuchar can communicate well that she feels your pain, although she’s not really a feeling sort. She’s intellectual and detached.

As for tomorrow?

While Klobuchar has good stuff for the role she seeks, OHA isn’t sure that the Capricorn transits will let her pass the gate. The current transits are hanging onto old authoritarian structures and Klobuchar is made of newer stuff.

Bernie Sanders
The anger and energy Sanders is known for stems from his moon and Mars conjunction in Aries. Aries, you know, is the first sign of the zodiac and is focused on self and is very competitive. During the 2016 US Presidential election, Uranus was in Aries and Sanders clearly resonated with the need for self-determination and the need for the politicians to see and understand “me.”

Uranus is no longer in Aries; it is in Taurus. The negative side of Aries – anger – may have carried a few candidates through the whitewater rapids in 2016, but now the needs have moved back to more traditional concerns – money and property. Can I ever afford a house? Can I ever afford to retire? Can I afford to go to the doctor? Can I afford to go to college?

Sanders understands these types of worries; with Saturn in Taurus, there’s always a feeling of not having enough from a physical standpoint.

For Sanders, the answer is always “Yes, I’ll make it free.” This sounds nice, especially to those shouldering unmanageable debt simply to get well or to enter college. But even those that wish for elimination of all debt know that it probably will never occur so simply.

Uranus in Taurus has extinguished some of the fire around Sanders. As Uranus moves towards his natal Saturn, there is also financial and physical worry of his own. As we know, he’s already suffered a heart attack as Uranus moved into Taurus. There is more physical “enlightenment” coming.

Tomorrow’s energy of moon in Gemini and Mars in Sagittarius will probably produce lesser-than-expected results for Sanders.

Elizabeth Warren
Warren has sun, Uranus and Venus in Cancer and moon in Taurus. Warren by nature appears warm and cuddly but can change unexpectedly. When she’s not nice and warm, she’s very not nice and warm.

Moon in Taurus is good for calming energy so Warren can probably (mostly) keep her mood changes close to the belly. But transiting Uranus hitting the moon brings out some unexpected stewings. Cancer does nothing if not stew and worry.

With Uranus transiting the moon and Uranus on the sun, OHA expects better-than-expected results in Iowa. However, the transiting Capricorn energy (Jupiter/Pluto/Saturn) is opposite her sun and square her natal Neptune in Libra so I expect the established powers to be against her nomination and potentially rule against her in any potential dispute.

Capricorn is father and Cancer is mother. As our historical results indicate, male is the preference for president and in this Authoritarian Armageddon we are experiencing, mothering and nurturing energy may get snuffed out until Pluto moves into Aquarius in 2024.

If she doesn’t make it in 2020, Warren may not choose to run again in 2024. However, when Pluto enters Aquarius it will be conjunct her Jupiter in Aquarius and she will be embraced by the new energies that emerge at that time.

Related: Pluto in Capricorn blogs

Posted in 2020 Presidential Election | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Buy More (Jupiter), Save More (Saturn)

Drugs, whether prescribed or not, have a habit of changing one’s perception. That’s why we take ’em, right? We are this way (ill, bored, depressed, manic) and want to be that way (well, stimulated, happy, calm).

Today while eating breakfast and taking my antibiotic, I pondered whether to use a coupon that expires today. It entreats me with “buy more, save more.”

Brilliant! I see it now!

This is Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn (or any sign). Jupiter is expansive – more. Saturn is contractive – save. These two qualities are in contrast and more is not less. Of course, I understand the math that the more you buy the less per unit you spend. But the goal of retail is to have you spend more money in total.

This is why coupons have never appealed to me. Being of Capricorn nature, I see the “more” and not the “less.” While I may spend more per unit, my overall spend is less. So my mantra in retail terms is more like “buy less, spend less,” or, more appropriate, “buy what’s needed only, spend less.”

Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn

But this concept that more becomes less is where consumerism has taken us into environmental destruction. “More” plays on our Jupiter desires to experience, enjoy and share. “Less” plays on our desires to be practical, resourceful and economical. But the “less” in the coupon is bait for the “more.”

More food (much of high caloric content) has created a nation that is constantly trying to lose weight, to have “less” body. Everyone. What human can resist more food, especially at less money?

This year Jupiter is transiting Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. Saturn will also be transiting Capricorn although it will go into Aquarius and then back into Capricorn during the year.

Capricorn represents our social conscious which seeks respect in the social world often through positions of authority. As Jupiter and Saturn join Pluto in Capricorn (2008 – 2024), social structures (police, government, economic infrastructure, etc.) are undergoing transformation.

Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn this year will probably produce conflicting messages such “More Government, Less Government.” As with retail, the overall government may increase during such times.

Possibly there will also be “More Banking, Less Banking” and “More Police, Less Police.” I wonder what those will look like.

More medicine makes less illness. But more medicine can also produce more resistance (which is also Saturn) creating the need for more medicine. More and less have an interesting relationship.

We’ll learn about both Jupiter and Saturn in the coming year, more or less.

Posted in Planets and signs | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Prince Harry’s Freedom

There’s lot of talk today about “fake news” and arguments (some legal) about whether social media sites should allow posts that are blatantly “false” or “lies.”

What a wonderful discussion!

It’s not fake news we’re discussing, really. It’s the nature of reality which most of the time is a topic solely for university courses. Welcome to the dinner table discussion of what’s “real.”

While the social media which connects us to each other minute-by-minute seems to be creating issues around truth, it may actually be revealing fundamental realities. Social media is exposing something existential – we do not perceive reality exactly as any other human on the planet. “Facts” are often disputed with the great weapon called “words.”

Through the lens of “self,” each of us experiences the world in a unique, self-oriented way. Our actions always make sense to ourselves and can be explained simply by explaining our own unique perspective. Because we all try to make sense of the world, we hope that others share our perspective, which works for us in our own, unique way. Rationalization is the tool of the “rational” to explain every action as a portion of a more logical whole, even when not.

While some cultures, like the American culture, focus on individuality and uniqueness, the reality of it is, truly, a bit terrifying.

It means you are alone in your perceptions. Unique equals singular and singular is alone.

You can surround yourself with family, make lots of friends, join organizations and religious groups in order to relate to others, yet in none of these situations will you find someone that perceives in exactly the same way that you do. And trying to force perception on others simply creates control situations.

Maybe, dear readers, this is why humans are forever trying to control one another. Possibly all control is a means to force others’ perceptions to be equivalent to one’s own in order to relieve a sense of aloneness.

What is Freedom?

Speaking of individual perception, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex have decided to part from a life of royalty and lead a more independent life.

For Harry and Meghan, removal of royal duties may constitute of a type of freedom. They may even live in the United States (Los Angeles) someday, “the land of the free and home of the brave.” If they do, Harry might want to bring the crown jewels to pay for health insurance and college tuition for the little one.

According to this CNBC article, about half of Americans play the lottery with total sales in the $71 billion dollar range (circa 2017). Half of the United States population is seeking the type of wealth that Harry and Meghan may walk away from.

Millions seeks great wealth and privilege and some walk away from it.

So what is freedom?

Freedom for Harry might be coming home after a long day at work without the paparazzi trailing him to enjoy dinner with his family and spend some time on the couch watching TV. Maybe not being the center of attention due to the accident of birth would be a great freedom.

For those buying lottery tickets, freedom might be relief from the working life and the ability to travel the world and not worry about money and health insurance and retirement. Thoughts of fame and fortune appeal to many, especially the young, who would love for the world to be watching their every move.

One person’s freedom is different from another person’s freedom. Your “freedom” is composed of your personality combined with your circumstances.

Prince Harry’s Freedom – Neptune and Jupiter in the 12th

While there are astrological transits in play for Harry that may provide a smack-in-the-face (such as transiting Saturn crossing the ascendant and Uranus transiting the moon), let’s explore his desire for freedom, a deeply embedded need represented by Neptune and Jupiter.

Café Astrology has very nice descriptions of the astrological Jupiter and Neptune:

Jupiter, the King of the Gods, is the ruler of Sagittarius. In Astrology, Jupiter is a planet of plenty. It is tolerant and expansive. The first of the social planets, Jupiter seeks insight through knowledge. Some of this planet’s keywords include morality, gratitude, hope, honor, and the law. Jupiter is a planet of broader purpose, reach, and possibility.

Neptune, God of the Sea, is the ruler of Pisces. In astrology, Neptune is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams, psychic receptivity, illusion, and confusion. Neptune rules spirituality, and all things subtle. A youthful, and sometimes naive, spirit characterizes those with a strong placement of Neptune in their natal charts.

Both of these planets, for Harry, are in the 12th house but in different signs – Neptune in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Capricorn. The 12th house is the “hidden” house of the subconscious that we usually keep private. The 12th house has also been called the house of self-undoing because when our subconscious pokes out without conscious oversight, we often do things that create disruptions in our lives.

Sagittarius and Capricorn are both social signs in that they represent how we engage with the world. Sagittarius is where we create philosophical, religious or spiritual connection, but often in established institutions. Capricorn is where we create reputation and connect though work, position, and institutions such as government.

For Harry, Neptune and Jupiter in the 12th house is a great longing for “something else,” more experience, more connection, a higher purpose and more meaning.

With the combination of Neptune in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Capricorn, there is both the non-conformist (Sagittarius) and conformist (Capricorn). There are conflicting needs for heightened experience (Neptune in Sagittarius) with the need for a strong, respected authority figure in one’s life, like a wise teacher (Jupiter in Capricorn).

Freedom for Harry might simply be a desire to take a recreational drug (Neptune in Sagittarius) while maintaining the face of social responsibility (Jupiter in Capricorn). Maybe he just wants to walk around in his undies and sing along to the radio.

Transiting Jupiter was in Sagittarius last year and now has entered Capricorn transiting Harry’s 12th house and now 1st house. Jupiter in the 12th allowed subconscious desires to manifest.

Is this freedom or self-undoing? Time will tell.

Freedom and Security

In addition to Neptune in the 12th house, Harry also has Uranus and Mars in Sagittarius in the 11th house of groups and ideals. Meeting people is energizing and leads to adventures this earth sign (Virgo sun) might not find on his own.

While Harry struggles with his deep desire for spontaneous adventure, he has transiting Saturn crossing his Capricorn ascendant for the next year. Capricorn, an earth sign, is serious, cautious, rule-abiding and practical. Natal sun in Virgo and natal moon in Taurus are the other two earth signs which signify an ultimately practical person focused on the world of objects and facts.

Natal Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) is near Harry’s midheaven providing another indicator of Harry’s birth role of the serious, reserved statesman. Natal Saturn in Scorpio with natal sun and Mercury in the 8th suggest that some of the restraint required is sexual and physical.

Now that Harry has taken a leap into the world of “financial independence,” he will be balancing his practical, earthy nature against the parts of his personality that want to take risk, have fun and be free. Had he not been born into royalty, he might be one of today’s entrepreneurs. He still might.

The financial changes occurring in Harry’s life right now can be attributed to Saturn crossing the ascendant and Uranus in Taurus. But Uranus has not crossed over his moon and Saturn in a year will be heading into the house of finances. It will take a year, at least, for the financial plan to be in place.

It will probably take several additional years to become independent financially and with many more changes in property and assets. As the energy moves into Aquarius (Saturn next year and Pluto in four years), financial stability may come from sharing living or assets with a larger group. The economy may be very different by then (unique, group oriented, more equitable) and he may be part of those changes.

Freedom is Nothing Left to Lose

While freedom is many things to many people, it shouldn’t be confused with comfort. As we say in this country, freedom has a price and its own responsibility. The first taste of freedom is usually accompanied by relief from a prior situation, but then the world of freedom is so open that it can be confusing, like deciding how to decorate an empty room.

For Janis Joplin:

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’, don’t mean nothin’ hon’ if it ain’t free, no no

Posted in Famous people | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ohio Astrology Endorses Taylor Swift for President of the United States in 2020

It wasn’t the first time I’d seen the commercial. In it for a Capitol One credit card promotion, singer Taylor Swift enacts several food server roles (bumbling them all) the last being a waitress at an old-fashioned diner where she winks at two young, star-stunned, girls at the counter.

Seeing it this time, I remembered being a young girl admiring older, non-familial, women – the bubbly school teacher, an older girl down the street, Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart, Agnetha and Frida from ABBA amongst others. While I haven’t completely lost this feeling, it’s much rarer.

As young girls we often admire older, non-familial, women. As older women, seem to have left our idols in youth.

Why?

A whole book can be devoted to a subject like this. My own highly-summarized, abbreviated view is that our earth overvalues yang energy over yin energy creating imbalance. Yang energy is outwardly directed and exhibited more by males. The outward pursuits of male energy are more valued as represented by the income provided to those pursuits.

Yin energy is inwardly directed and exhibited more by females. Female pursuits often involve care giving and relationship enhancement which are not a high-paying pursuits. Yet, if we asked people about their values, they would probably list family as the number one value.

This is what I believe causes the income inequality. It’s not about gender, it’s about values.

And through this value imbalance, adult females have lost their youthful, pure admiration of other females, the kind of adoration that makes you want to put up a poster of their image in your bedroom.

Female Energy

For the United States to elect (if it ever does) a female president, it must value yin energy, which it does not. The current alpha male president is more a projection of yang energy than the projection of presidential authority. And the corollary to that projection is that if he is removed, strong male qualities go with him, as though maleness and strength will be obliterated.

Being female does not mean being 100 percent yin as being male does not mean being 100 yang; however, I would argue, no matter how strong the woman or sensitive the man, you will find beneath the external or internal energy patterns.

Astrologically, there is an influx of earth energy, specifically Capricorn which is the authority figure, which is often male. There is also earth energy coming from Taurus which adds a stubborn desire to hang on to what we have and what is known. Neither is entirely yin or yang but you can say earth values strength and stability.

Astrologically it’s not surprising we are drawn to strong, authoritarian figures. We The People nourished and energized the person and the image that is now taking all of the air out of the room. The excessive yang energy takes away our yin energy ability to be quiet and reflective.

A Swift Presidency

Taylor Swift inspires the admiration of young girls. Possibly this brilliant star of the female gender can help the girls and future women of the world to retain this ability to admire themselves.

What would a Swift Presidency look like?

According to this Astrotheme horoscope, Swift has sun in fiery Sagittarius and a Jupiter/moon conjunction in sensitive Cancer. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter so the expansiveness and generosity of Jupiter expands into the emotions and reactions (moon).

A Swift Presidency, then, would be highly responsive to the emotional needs of others. Sagittarius and Jupiter love the “foreign” other and experiencing foreign and unusual states of being. Swift’s Venus in Aquarius also embraces the different, the unusual, and the eccentric. Swift, clearly, would not send immigrants at the border home to dangerous grounds.

Swift the Sagittarius would most likely work with both houses of Congress to develop a rational and fair immigration policy.

Swift was born in a generation Ohio Astrology sees as the generation that will resolve the authoritarian mess we have consciously and willingly walked into. Born with Uranus, Neptune and Saturn in Capricorn, there was a great idealization of business and authority. Pluto began transiting Capricorn in 2008 which crossed over all these planets in Swift’s and her generation’s horoscopes.

There is great learning, then, about the nature of authority and one’s place in society. Swift has clearly channeled the ambitions of Capricorn into the emotional connection of Cancer. Swift, then, has the Capricorn mettle to face the political onslaughts that occur as president of the United States.

Swift, hopefully, would elect some cabinet members of this same generation to oversee critical areas of societal restructuring.

The Midheaven (representing one’s reputation and role in society) in Swift’s chart is in Virgo so the many people on the planet born between 1957 – 1971 with Pluto and/or Uranus in Virgo will find her transformative with a focus on environmental and food purity. Swift is sure to win the majority of the vote for those aged 49-63.

With natal Pluto and Mars both in Scorpio, Swift is no pushover. While she may be sensitive (moon in Cancer) and sometimes head-in-the-sky (sun in Sagittarius), Scorpio is well aware of the machinations of others. Swift will feel out the power plays before the players even know they are conducting them.

In summary, Swift’s ability to emotionally connect, balance of yin and yang energy and focus on transforming society make her the stuff we want in the Oval Office but rarely (maybe never?) have.

Ohio Astrology officially endorses Taylor Swift for President of the United States in 2020.

Posted in 2020 Presidential Election | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Resurrection of Mr. Rogers

If you’re keen on worshiping a human being, it’s best to choose someone deep in the annals of history. Find an ancient sage-king that taught humans to read, write, grow corn, or turn wheat into bread. Choose a being whose life is shrouded in mystery whose daily habits are completely unknown or lost in time.

You may even want to look to a galaxy far, far away for this person.

The closer in time your object of worship lived (or lives), the more likely that this person will have noticeable flaws. The more a being is physically present and near to you, the greater these flaws seem, sometimes to the point where you’d like them to leave the room because of the way they chew.

This is what Ohio Astrology calls The Idol-Time Inverse Adoration Curve. The data is currently being compiled and the book will be available in the next decade or two. If bookstores still exist then, look for it there.

For now, Ohio Astrology recommends when choosing a person of worship and adoration, think “time and distance.” Absence, you may have heard, makes the heart grow fonder.

Mr. Rogers Films

Speaking of idols, the late Fred Rogers who created the children’s show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is the subject of two recent films – the 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and this year’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood which is based on a true story of a journalist writing an article about Rogers.

In both films, the “saintliness” of Rogers is questioned – was he really that nice, that simple? Spoiler alert – neither will show you a Fred Rogers diametrically opposed to his on-screen image. If you’re a sensitive sort, both are tearjerkers.

Why resurrect Fred Rogers? And why now?

Pisces and Neptune

According to this Astrotheme horoscope, Rogers had both sun and moon in the sign of Pisces. His sun is in 29 degrees called the anaretic degree (the last degree of the sign) and his moon at 11 degrees. He also had Mercury and Venus at 2 degrees of Pisces for a total of four planets in Pisces.

In the 29th degree, it’s the end of a cycle of the energy, the extreme of the energy. What is Pisces energy?

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and is mutable and water. That means it’s the most flexible and adaptive of the signs, often to the point of sacrifice putting others’ needs first. Pisces is sensitive and empathetic in the extreme and often does not have clear emotional boundaries and picks up the feelings of others as its own. Pisces is the therapist who listens without judgment and who may fulfill its own needs by a subtle manipulation of yours. Pisces is dreamy and can seek to “escape” the harsh world of reality through drugs, alcohol or media. Or it can be extremely creative instead.

The ruler of Pisces is Neptune. Neptune is an ethereal, other-worldly energy which led astrologer Liz Greene to write an entire book on it. Neptune transits each sign for about 15 years and idealizes what that sign represents. Neptune is the desire to merge with others and that hazy glow of attraction is Neptune. Neptune is not the raw physical attraction, but the emotional and mystical attraction such as the screaming girls felt when seeing the Beatles.

Idols and gurus are Neptunian – they channel emotions for us and often take us out of ourselves. They inspire us to do things we might not do on our own (sometimes positive, sometimes not). They love us unconditionally.

Neptune rules moving picture which contains all of the facets of Neptune – emotional release, glamour, escape and manipulation.

Fred Rogers

Since 2011, Neptune has been transiting Pisces, the sign it rules. So it’s both comfortable and transmitting pure Neptunian energy. It’s idealizing itself.

At the time of the 2018 release of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Neptune was at 16 degrees of Pisces and at about the same place for this year’s release of It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Because Neptune is so far away, it often appears to travel backwards (called retrograde) then goes forward again. Between the two film releases, Neptune went retrograde.

Neptune, then, is idolizing the energy brought forth by Fred Rogers beginning in 1968. In that year, there was an unusual conjunction of outer planets Pluto and Uranus in the sign of Virgo, which is the sign opposite Pisces. In 1968, they were traveling in 20-25 degrees of Virgo. Saturn was in Pisces at the time and challenge to authority was paramount.

According to the films on Rogers, he created his show because of what he saw on television, to provide an alternate, positive image for children. Remember that 1968 was a year of social upheaval, widespread recreational drug use and “counter culture. Think of Mr. Rogers’ red sweater during a time of bell bottoms and paisley prints. At the time, it might have felt backwards.

According to the documentary (as I never watched the show), serious themes were addressed, not bypassed such as war. What Rogers accomplished was truly Piscean – the processing of feelings, the feelings that occur during regular, human life.

To be male (in this country at least) and an open feeler is very brave. In fact, the only place where it is socially acceptable to be male and sensitive is in a religious life which Rogers also pursued. Rogers 29 degrees of sensitive Pisces actually allowed him to cross over into the 1 degree boldness of Aries – it was a bold choice, a streak of individuality. Fred Rogers made a decision to be 29 degrees of Pisces.

In other Pisces traits, we see Rogers swam daily (Pisces is represented by the fish and usually loves water) and had musical ability (which is both Neptunian and Venusian). Moving image, of course, being under the spell of Neptune.

Why Now?

As Neptune transits its own sign, we clearly need Neptunian figures. Neptune can be the rescuer, the savior. Unfortunately Neptune carries such spiritual power that we also project our negative onto it where it can become scapegoat and sacrificial object.

Our comfort in Neptune may stem from the abundance of ambitious Capricorn energy right now. Since 2008, Pluto has been transiting that sign. In very late 2017, Saturn joined. Jupiter just joined on December 2. Capricorn is an earth sign associated with authority, social conscious and social structures. Pluto is transforming all of this which is why society seems to be deconstructing itself. It’s a critical time of choice on how much we want others to control our lives.

As much as people say they dislike government and want it to change, no one wants their house to lose value or their job to move overseas. There is much humans proclaim that is out of sync with the striving for stability and material increases that drives most lives.

So along comes Neptune for comfort. And Neptune brings Mr. Rogers who gave us the message in 1968 that having a bad day was normal and we could feel our feelings and not let our feelings take us into chaos and aggression (too bad we didn’t listen).

As the great shifts in society occur, Neptune has resurrected Mr. Rogers, a man who walked with us but we mostly ignored because he didn’t seem real; he was something children could believe in but adults could not. And some tried (and still try) to make the saintly Rogers into a regular human, as he was, but looking for his flaws and hidden “badness.” And even if he was nasty in ways we do not yet know (or as a nasty co-worker proclaimed to me), I suspect Neptune will keep him on the pedestal of adoration at least for the next five years as it makes its way through Pisces.

There is, of course, always the option to stop worshiping other humans. There’s no law (right now) that says we must. But if we must, why not Mr. Rogers? Why not now?

Posted in Famous people, Planets and signs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on Mercury during Mercury Retrograde

While lying on the electrical stimulation machine at the chiropractor’s office, my thoughts were about the astrological Mercury. It’s clear I’m neurologically programmed for astrology as spine stimulation leads to thoughts of planets and signs.

While it’s a common cliché that communication is critical to healthy relationships, there’s so much evidence to the contrary. If all it takes is talking, why don’t people, who talk all the time, get along?

If talking were the cure to dysfunctional interactions, then this should be the happiest planet in the whole entire universe.

As a meditator I’m always pleasantly surprised how a group of individuals can live and sit together for days quietly with no conflict. Maybe, too, I remember all the meditation teacher says because I’m quiet and listening. Knowing I won’t be able to ask a question, I don’t spend mental time preparing for the question or assessing whether the teacher has already answered it. I just listen.

How many of your daily troubles stem from talking? Is talking the solution to problems or the cause?

In meditation retreats, there is agreement on how we will behave and share space. It’s the agreement, not the talking, that makes for conflict-free time together. And by not talking and agreeing to leave each person to his/her own space, we allow them to be free.

Mercury in the Horoscope

What’s also interesting about the astrological Mercury is that, because it travels so close to the sun, the sign in which it’s placed in a horoscope is either: 1) your sun sign; 2) the sign before; or 3) the sign after.

Your sun is your conscious self. Mercury in the same sign indicates your communication matches your conscious self.

In the sign before or after, the communication style is different than your conscious self. And the sign before and after aren’t naturally compatible with the sun sign, although not entirely incompatible.

So, for example, if you have sun in Cancer, an emotional water sign, your Mercury could be in air-sign Gemini, which makes you seem more analytical and rational than you feel. Or it could be in fire-sign Leo which makes you seem confident when you actually want to crawl in your shell. With Mercury in either of these signs, you might not communicate the emotional sensitivity you experience.

So two thirds of folks have Mercury placed in sign not entirely compatible with their conscious nature.

And we trust Mercury to make our lives peaceful?

Like all planets, Mercury has its role, which (for me) is the interpretation of the living experience. We interpret through signs and symbols including language. That’s why this super-important planet that decides how we perceive is also known as a trickster planet – because signs, symbols and language are not the thing itself. It’s easy to be fooled by language and symbols and signs.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury, being close to the sun, also appears from our earthly vantage point to travel backwards with some regularity. This is called retrograde.

When Mercury is retrograde, your astrologer will remind you that it’s not a good time to sign legal papers and you must be very careful in communication.

Yet, knowing Mercury, when is this not true?

My own thoughts are that during Mercury retrograde you simply notice more how communication is not an object, like say, a rock, and therefore can mislead, morph and dissemble. During Mercury retrograde you simply notice something you missed the first (or second or third) time.

The United States currently has a president with Geminin sun which is ruled by Mercury. The president’s Mercury, however, is in Cancer. So he may communicate more emotionally than he actually feels. And we are learning great lessons about the unreliability of communication, especially verbal language and social media snippets of thought.

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

This Mercury retrograde from October 31 to November 20 is in the sign of Scorpio. Scorpio is a fixed water sign. That means the emotions are strong and intense, the kind that lead to obsession.

Scorpio is also (to me) the detective of the zodiac as it understands your emotional motivations which, some believe (as I do) that these are the roots of all your behavior. What you say (Mercury) never overrules the actions for Scorpio’s assessment of your aims.

Likewise with Mercury retrograde in this sign, you may notice that others have not let go of certain emotions toward you. They said (Mercury) they forgave you but their heart did not. Or they said (Mercury) it was okay to be just friends and not lovers but they are constantly hoping you return to intimacy.

Or, also ruled by Scorpio, the money you borrowed must now be returned. They said (Mercury) that you could pay it back whenever you wished, but now they need the money. And, as any astrologer may tell you, be sure to check on those actual loans to make sure they are paid current.

If, for example, you have one of those “borrow now pay later” loans, you may find that if you didn’t pay in a specific way, you will owe a lot of interest. The loan papers will say (Mercury) that, but who understands all that tiny legal print?

Taxes are also ruled by Scorpio so be careful that you know what you are paying and what you can potentially owe.

Lastly, Scorpio rules death which is when our bodies are penetrated by the source and the “I” is removed. During Mercury retrograde, you may experience dreams of ancestors or reminders of their influence on you. For example, do you serve cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving because you like it or because the voice of your departed relative is entreating you to include it?

Mercury retrograde is Mercury in its true nature. It’s not really backwards or forwards it’s just Mercury being Mercury in one of its mercurial ways.

Posted in Planets and signs | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment