to all as we awaken to our true nature
Jupiter Conjunct Neptune - December 14 - 27, 2009
This is the second
time this aspect has happened this year (see below). This
time it happens during the Christmas season, adding an air of
optimism to the general socio-economic climate. This will
help Christmas sales, as it tends to loosen people's otherwise
realistic controls on spending. But come next month, with
a reassertion of the Saturn square Pluto aspect, when the Christmas
bills come due, this could be seen as wishful thinking for many,
including the Treasury and Federal Reserve. But January
and February will come regardless, and now is a time for optimistic
and cheerful celebration. Enjoy it while it lasts
for these two weeks. At the end of the month we have the
first of two eclipses. On the 31st we have a Full Moon eclipse
at Sun 10 Capricon & Moon 10 Cancer, which will have the tendency
to bring people back down to reality. Changes are in the
works for January. People will be moving, changing jobs,
losing jobs, and generally readjusting their personal and professional
lives as we all shift with the dictates of the times.
Saturn Square Pluto
November 1st through
December 7th, 2009 Saturn comes into a Square with Pluto.
The last time this square happened was in the Summer and Fall
of 1973 and again in May & June 1974. Those were tumultuous
times in the U.S. and the world, both politically and economically.
The established forces of entrenched control reach an historic
breaking point at this time. This results in political,
economic and social upheaval, revolution & change. The
old guard is either forced out of power or else dies off, as the
upwelling power of reality overcomes a crumbling status quo that
has outlived its grasp on the very reality it is trying to control.
During 1973 and 1974
we see The Watergate scandal emerging with the resignation of
Presidential aides Haldeman & Ehrlichman in April 1973, the
Senate hearings in the summer of 1973, the White House tapes with
their missing 18 minutes, all leading up to the eventual and unprecedented
resignation of President Nixon in August 1974. In October
1973 Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns due to Income Tax evasion
charges, and Gerald Ford is named Vice President.
Politically in the
rest of the world: In Britain the Conservatives loose power.
There are coups and revolutionary government changes in Cyprus,
Uruguay, Thailand, Rwanda, Portugal, Afghanistan & Chile,
where US rumored involvement results in the death of Salvador
Allende and the military junta names General Pinochet as President,
beginning 16 years of repressive rule. Current & former
Political & military leaders die in Canada, Japan, Cuba, Turkey,
USSR, Sweden, France, East Germany, Argentina & Pakistan.
Governement leaders resign or are removed from power in Japan,
Ethiopia, Greece & Argentina. There are bombings, attacks
& assassinations in Ireland, Pakistan, South Korea, Argentina.
There are government leader resignations in the US, Germany &
And if that was not
enough, we have the Yom Kippur war between Isreal and Egypt/Syria/Jordan
beginning in October 1973. The US backs Isreal politically
as well as supplying arms, and the Soviets back the Arab states.
Intense diplomatic activity eventually lead to a cease-fire, but
not before the US discovers that the Soviets have put nuclear
missiles into the Egyptian desert.
On the nuclear front
in May 1974 India successfully tests a nuclear bomb, and joins
the US, USSR, Britain, France and China as nuclear powers.
And the US and France agree to supply Iran with nuclear reactors.
Karen Silkwood dies in car crash and high levels of radiation
are discovered in her apartment. This as she is on her way
to meet with a New York Times reporter and a union official, where
she plans to document her allegations against Kerr-McGee Nuclear
On the energy front,
OPEC quadruples the price of oil, up from $2.50/barrel at the
beginning of 1973, to $11.25 by the end of 1974. This is
equivalent to Oil rising from under $20/barrel to $50 in 2009
dollars. This created a huge balance-of-payments deficit
in the developed countries, fueled worldwide inflation, wiped
out economic progress in developing nations and concentrated petrodollars
into a few middle eastern oil producing countries. This
also corresponded to a domestic Oil production peak and decline
in the US with an ever increasing dependency on foreign oil imports
that continues to this day. World Oil production has now
peaked during the first decade of the 21st century, underlying
globalized energy & economic competition going forward.
On the economic front,
the shock of the rise in oil prices as well as soaring grain prices
precipitate a world monetary crisis and then a worldwide economic
recession, the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Speculative selling of US Dollars on foreign exchanges force a
second devaluation of the dollar in 14 months. Secretary
of Treasury George Schultz announces a 10% devaluation of the
dollar, which helps export sales but boosts the prices of import
goods to the US. By 1974 the economic recession deepens
in the world and inflation reaches double digits.
Going back another
34 years to the previous time period when Saturn squared Pluto,
we find ourselves exactly at the beginning of World War II, in
And going back the
the Saturn square Pluto period before that, puts us square into
the Bank Panic of 1907, with runs on the banks and the stock market
falling close to 50%. This eventually led to the creation
of the Federal Reserve in 1910 and the passing of the Federal
Reserve Act in 1913.
So, you can see that
when Saturn makes a square with Pluto, the foundation upon which
political, social & economic stability rests shows signs of
crumbling due to reality stresses that can no longer be ignored.
It is normal to maintain the status quo to continue political
rule and economic norms. But the underlying realities of
limited resources, economic debt and social & political truth
eventually overwhelm the structures of the status quo, forcing
changes to accommodate the way things really are. And that
is the difficulty of these times. Ignoring the results of
living beyond our means cannot go on forever. We have to
become more frugal and more realistic in our daily lives and the
daily commerce of the world. Eventually the world will not
buy our debt anymore, and eventually the government will no longer
be able to bail out anyone. Pretending that we can go back
to living on the top of an unsustainable bubble economy won't
work much longer. If we can't afford an accustomed lifestyle,
we are forced to change our consumption habits. If we can't
take money out of our houses anymore, and we have been laid off
work, and our unemployment benefits are running out, we need to
find practical ways to survive. This forces us to accept
the reality of our situation and to begin to build a structure
that actually supports our needs, while also using what is actually
available to build that structure. People tend to see these
times as "hard times". But the opportunity is
to come back to reality and to then build something realistic
that can maintain our survival, our needs and our opportunities.
That is the challenge we face. And it is a gift that we
give ourselves and our children, based on the strength and power
of our grasp of the situation and our constructive response going
forward. The past has crumbled and we must now build a new
present and future out of the available materials at hand.
Currently, in November
2009 (and again in Jan-Feb 2010, & Aug 2010) we have the continuing
economic crisis. 3/4 of all Wall Street trading is conducted
by the major financial institutions and the Federal Reserve, using
automatic high speed computer programs. These firms buy
and sell back and forth to each other, effecting the market artificially
in attempts to draw investors into the market so these firms can
profit from them. Not only do they have an unfair advantage
with this high speed trading manipulation, but the money they
are using is money they received from the stimulus program.
They are using taxpayer money (actually taxpayer debt) to fund
their own profits. Most of the market recovery is due to
the stimulus program.
Another indicator of
where we are actually at is the Price to Earning ratio, the PE
ratio. It has historically been considered that a
Stock price to dividend earnings ratio of 20:1 was fairly healthy.
Since this current economic crisis the S&P500 average PE ratio
has gone to 60, 80 and recently topped out at 140:1! This
means that the actual earnings of stocks have dropped 7 fold.
The current stock market is over valued up to 7 times. Why
has it "recovered" since March of this year, with a
PE ratio as high as 140? By government stimulus money and
high speed institutional trading artificially inflating the market
value. The recovery is smoke and mirrors, financed with
government money that only exists as debt that must be paid back
later. And who eventually has to pay this debt? The
American Taxpayer, worker and consumer.
fundamentals of the economy have not changed. We are still
in a recession. The government has taken on huge debts that
may never be paid off (you and me have to pay these trillions
of dollars over the next few decades). Unemployment continues
to rise, reaching on Nov. 6th 10.2% for U-3, and more significantly
17.5% for U-6 (the more total unemployment number which includes
unemployed, underemployed and discouraged workers).
The bankers and financiers of Wall Street, the Federal Reserve
and government, who caused this crisis have been the only ones
bailed out. Main Street USA is struggling to pay their mortgages,
buy dwindling inventory & stay afloat with reduced income.
This crisis is a direct
result of a financial system based on debt. A financial
system the requires economic growth to continue forever with finite
resources in a finite world system. During Saturn/Pluto
times what is unsustainable in real terms falls apart. You
then have financial crises, and the political crises that accompany
them. Easy money evaporates and people, companies and governments
face hard times. War is too often used as a means to "recover",
at the cost of the lives and fortunes of the people. The
super rich pretend to try to save everyone, but they really are
just trying to save their system, which results too often in a
severe reduction or elimination of the middle class.
Jupiter Conjunct Neptune
- May 13 - July 24, 2009
This is THE open ended
opportunity for possibilities on a grand scale. All doors
are unlocked at this time and we get a chance to see what our
creative energies have produced and can produce. All potential
is available to us now, as we look into the ocean of existence,
out of which the nature of everything emerges into the manifest
world in all its scope and complexity. Nothing is certain
right now. Many changes are in the works, effecting our
economic, social, collective, international, religious, spiritual,
artistic, musical, health and inspirational matters.
So what does this all mean? It means that we can use our
creative powers at this time to create a manifestation template
that will lead us out of our current limitation, blockage and
manifested lack. It means that we need to think positively
and know that we create our own opportunities. This requires
optimism, faith and an undaunted willingness to move past whatever
difficulties have been surrounding us and onward to a different
situation that provides many more options and workable solutions.
Some will have windfalls drop into their laps at this time. But
most of us will need to replace our uncertainty and immobility
with a willingness to believe in our dreams and goals, and even
more willingness to take the chance of acting on them. Nothing
is permanent, not the good stuff and not the bad stuff. But
everything is malleable at this time and the forms that can be
created are limited only by our imagination, inspiration and willingness
to believe in ourselves. Carpe Diem.
On the negative side, if you have no positive vision or dream,
or if you are unwilling to let go of your victimhood, then you
create a void within your experience that will pull in experiences
that will "prove" that the cards are stacked against
you, others are mistreating you, or that you are vulnerable to
all kinds of dis-eases, deceptions, debilities & emasculations.
It is best to not succumb to a pervasive malaise that allows
your energy and will to leak out of you, instead of applying it
to the next step in your journey of a thousand steps .
There is a tendency to drink or take drugs that loosen up your
inhibitions or help you see things from outside the walls of your
normal identity. This can be done without drugs, but some
people will be attracted to indulging in them even more than usual.
Best to get your inspiration directly from life and avoid the
problems that too easily come when you are not fully in charge
of yourself because of drugs or alcohol.
This is a really good time for concerts, movies, plays, singing,
laughing, vacationing, day dreaming, trusting your intuition,
and generally letting go of trying to force life into a mold or
imposed pattern. Let go and allow your creativity to flow.
Don't try to control it. Let yourself discover. Let
yourself see life as fresh and new, and allow hope, joy and exuberance
to express themselves. Get out of your own way and move
on to something that gives you more satisfaction and a sense of
the abundance inherent in life.
Uranus Opposite Saturn
Triggered off by the Full Moon of Tuesday March 10th
This whole week from Saturday March 7th through Saturday March
14th highlights the Saturn Uranus opposition we have been living
with since last fall. This opposition was exact on election
eve, and the presidential campaign and world economic crisis are
expressions of this polarity between these two Astrological Titans.
The last time these
two opposed each other was in 1966-1967 during a peaking of the
social & political changes of the sixties. The
civil rights movement, the growing protests against the Vietnam
war, the general rebellion against conformity, as well as going
to the Moon, are all manifestations of this confrontation. Saturn
represents the form and structure of manifestation, and its tendency
to maintain itself, even when it no longer serves the life that
must function within it. Uranus represents new discovery,
new realizations, new awareness and a breaking away from the consensus
and control of established processes. Uranus will often
break out of the prison of the conventional and strike out into
the experimental and untried. These two planets are
inherently antithetical to each other. From Conservative
vs Liberal, and conformity vs individualism to the Status Quo
vs Revolution, we are faced with the need to maintain the order
that is working, and replace that which is not working with something
entirely new. The Economic crisis is a case in point.
The system has failed, due partly to inherent unrealistic
foundations and partly to allowing greed, corruption and unrestrained
market forces to do whatever they damn well wanted. We are
faced with having to remake the system on all levels, while realizing
that the old models don't fit anymore.
This is a new situation
that, while it has aspects that are reflective of past troubled
times, really has no road map. We must blaze the trail
and discover new ways to relate to value, fuction and the flow
of wealth, resources and human interaction, on a world wide scale.
Assuming that any economy can continue to expand forever
within a finite environment, is doomed to collapse on itself eventually.
And now, 2008-2009, is that eventuality. The world
resources are finite. We have to live with each other
on this planet and find a way to wisely use the resources and
energy available without using it all up and destroying ourselves
in the process. The old paradigm of creating war to get us out
of recessions and depressions doesn't work anymore. We can't
afford it. The need to discover and invent new ways to live
sustainably and to support all humanity is the main challenge
of this time. The balance is tipping in a way that
even the powerful and rich are no longer insulated. Idiologies
and the struggle for dominance just create more of the problem.
Solutions that find inherently solid forms while also encouraging
inventive and creative approaches are possible at this time.
This week marks the
middle of the two year period of Saturn Opposite Uranus. How
are we doing? Have we weaned ourselves off of the addiction
to overconsumption and violent domination? Do we see the
folly of demanding entitlement to a high standard of living at
the expense of 8 out of 10 people on the planet? Are the
forces of established structures and the need for renewed freedom
of spirit balanced in our lives, or are they entrenched in a battle
for all out control of our paradigm? Are we willing to work
together to find the solutions instead of blaming and judging
others in the vicious circle of the victim/victimizer program?
Now is the time. The playing field is being leveled.
We each work both for ourselves and for the whole
planet. Nothing is certain, but opportunities are everywhere
to be made. It demands our best creativity, courage and
strength. This is either a time of falling back asleep
deeper into the nightmare of denial, or an awakening into a time
of creating and manifesting our dreams.
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