Saturday, June 30, 2012
Well, that certainly was the week that was. The Supreme Court ruled on ACA (Affordable Care Act) and withheld the individual mandate through tax laws, the court also ruled on Arizona's immigration law (struck down parts held up one part). And in Europe leaders bent over to save the Euro from evaporating thanks to Italy & Spain's crumbling economies. Kind of like a Tom Cruise marriage. It was quite a week.
Ray Merriman rang in on some of the activities.
The headlines said it all last week, and the key word in every instance was “Surprise!” Surprise Supreme Court decision for full support on Obamacare. Surprise decisions and agreements of European leaders to deal with their ongoing debt crisis at the Euro summit meeting, in which no such surprises were expected at all. In fact, most commentators suggested the summit would be an utter failure. This is the nature of Uranus. Nothing goes as expected, for better ort worse.
In response to these projected disappointments and then realized pleasant surprises, the equity markets of the world reacted in typical Uranian fashion too. They were erratic and volatile. They were down until Tuesday, went up strongly Wednesday, then fell sharply again on Thursday, only to open sharply higher again on Friday.
Regarding the Supreme Court decision on the USA health care law and the Euro summit agreements, please keep in mind our prior comments made for this period of time: “It doesn’t end there. I mean, there is more – three days and three aspects more. On June 27, Venus ends its retrograde period and returns to direct motion. Historically this has a 73% correlation to primary or greater cycles within 10 trading days. One would normally look forward to a Venus station as a time of love and agreement. But with Saturn also stationary within three days, it leans more towards disappointment and break down in agreements. One side feels manipulated, and it is hard to have love and agreement when both parties are not feeling it mutually. Of course with Jupiter square Neptune, both parties may not immediately be fully conscious of what they just agreed to. It sounded good in principle, but the “devil is in the details,” and then one party may realize later there was a “sleight of hand trick” inserted into the contract.”
Go to link for his full take.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Robert Wilkinson is an astrologer with a terrific blog Aquarius Papers. He has a really sharp pov and I like a lot of what he writes. I thought I would share a little bit from his current post on the upcoming Mercury Retrograde. Go to his link for the whole post.
Astrology in July and August 2012 - Will The Coming Mercury Retrograde in Leo Slow Things Down Like Venus and Saturn Did?
Actually, the coming
Venus gave us a look at past and future developments as it danced back and forth between 8 and 24 Gemini. Now it’s moving across that span one more time. Now it’s moving forward, we’ll all be dealing with lessons connected to its stationary
Saturn retrograde gives us yearly reviews of lessons we need to take a new look at. Now it resumes its trek through the end of Libra, so this is the time to
Even though Mercury is slowing down, about to go RX at 13 Leo on July 14, 7:16 pm PDT, 3:16 am Greenwich on July 15, I suspect it will still be a fairly productive time given its relationship with both Venus, Mars, and Jupiter for most if not all of the RX period. Remember here that sextiles are productive, quintiles are specializing, and septiles indicate times when we are forced to make critical decisions.
Mercury is in tight sextile with Venus at the beginning of the period, retrogrades back.....
GO to LINK for rest of thoughtful article.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Lynn Hayes has put up a post regarding the Presidential election. I had been looking for some video from the UAC (United Astrology Conference) that took place at the end of May in New Orleans. I hadn't seen the line up discussions but assumed the November election would be a topic in one of the rooms. And so it was..... you can find a link to the discussion on Lynn's post.
At the recent United Astrology Conference (to which I was invited to speak, but was unable to attend due to family health emergencies), a panel of esteemed astrologers discussed their predictions regarding the outcome of the 2012 presidential elections.
You can watch the entire presentation here and here (thanks Chris Brennan for the links). I was interested to see what techniques these astrologers used. Most of the astrologers on the panel represent one of the more traditional branches of astrology, with Gary Christian practicing Uranian astrology which is a sort of fringe element of astrology that goes back to the early 20th century.
I was poking around on some of my favorite astro sites and I stopped by ElsaElsa who put up a pithy piece just in time for Venus & Saturn direct. This week, Venus who had been retro for six weeks in the sign Gemini finally turned direct and Saturnn who has been retrograde for five months in Libra also turned direct. Venus of course rules love, Libra rules relationships, Saturn rules structures and Gemini rules our mind. For those people who have been miguided in their relationships the change of direction this week could shake out a lot of bad habits.
And in that context I think Elsa's piece on unrequited love (Wanting Someone Who Doesn't Want You) could now be the perfect advice for some to pursue.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Earlier this year I indicated that my personal Sun/Saturn conjunction was intrigued by the latest art exhibit for Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. And when it arrived I put up another little update. Well, yesterday the exhibit opened up. And as my friend said, "How perfect for the Uranus Square Pluto."
She is right, even the name itself feels so uranus-y/pluto-y. "Levitating Mass"
When you look at that photo you can just feel:
The Euro Crisis
Iran versus the world
North Korea versus the world
China's economy weakening
Recession in the US
It is all there for us to see as plain as the rock over our head.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I was not surprised by any of it and I don't think you will be as well.
From this LINK.
It will be a challenge to describe all of the possibilities that could happen June 23-29, and even a week or two before and after, for planetary patterns of this type don’t often complete their correspondence to human activity until well after the cosmic event. This time band begins with a gentle Sun-Neptune trine aspect on Saturday, June 23. This aspect has actually a rather strong correlation to reversals in stock prices within 10 trading days. But its symbolism is very modest in comparison to what happens the next day, June 24, when the first passage of the Uranus-Pluto waxing square unfolds. This column has been describing the explosive quality of this combination for the past several months, even years. There is nothing in astrology that even remotely conveys the possibility of social unrest and political upheaval in the world as Uranus and Pluto in a hard aspect. The last time they were in a hard aspect (conjunction) to one another was in 1965-1966. The time before that was 1931-1934 (waning square). As stated, this is only the first passage this time around. Due to their retrograde motions, they will make seven passes in all, lasting through March 17, 2015. It would be unusual to see something explosive break out next week on just the first passage, but due to the other powerful geocosmic signatures in effect June 23-29, it is certainly possible.
The following day – Monday, June 25 - Jupiter will form a waxing square to Neptune and Saturn will turn direct. Both of these are Level 1 geocosmic signatures, which means they have very high (70% or greater) correlations to primary or greater cycles in stock markets within 9 and 11 trading days respectively. These are two contradictory principles, which make the interpretation of this period so challenging. Jupiter-Neptune is oftentimes “irrationally exuberant,” while Saturn stationary is usually “irrationally pessimistic” or worried. When they occur together, “irrational exuberance” could morph into hysteria and loss of control. With Uranus present in its square to Pluto, the danger is a “panic” if cool heads don’t prevail.
It doesn’t end there. I mean, there is more – three days and three aspects more. On June 27, Venus ends its retrograde period and returns to direct motion. Historically this has a 73% correlation to primary or greater cycles within 10 trading days. One would normally look forward to a Venus station as a time of love and agreement. But with Saturn also stationary within three days, it leans more towards disappointment and break down in agreements. One side feels manipulated, and it is hard to have love and agreement when both parties are not feeling it mutually. Of course with Jupiter square Neptune, both parties may not immediately be fully conscious of what they just agreed to. It sounded good in principle, but the “devil is in the details,” and then one party may realize later there was a “sleight of hand trick” inserted into the contract.
But it doesn’t end there either. It ends (temporarily) on or around June 29, when the transiting Sun hits the Uranus-Pluto square, forming a cardinal T-square. That is, the Sun will square Uranus and be in opposition to Pluto on that Friday. This is known as a “translation of the Sun” to the Uranus-Pluto square. And both of these aspects are also Level 1 signatures. The Sun-Uranus square is especially powerful, with an 82% historical correlation to primary or greater reversals in stock indices within 11 trading days.
The whole combination of these celestial phenomena suggests that within two weeks of June 26, there will be “a whole of shaking going on.” The Earth may move, and so may many financial markets and the security of many political leaders’ position. At its worst, this is a highly deceptive and untrustworthy time between people (like political leaders), because one side is intentionally misleading the other. At its best, it is a time when deceptive practices are revealed, and the truth comes out, resulting in a revelation from which powerful and constructive changes may now begin to transpire. This can also be a period of further credit downgrades of major companies and nations. On the one hand, these are exciting times when innovative new ideas are brought to the fore. On the other hand, these are dangerous times when trust is at a premium. Do you really know that person who "has your back?"
Saturday, June 23, 2012
A very smart, clever and VERY funny comedy writer girlfriend of mine called me yesterday and said, "Are you following Adam effin' Carolla and his big fat ass opinions?"
I said, "No, I'm pretty busy I don't keep up with Adam effin' Carolla."
And so she gave me the update. Here's the pertinent information:
The lesson you learned from a sexual harassment seminar was “Don’t hire chicks.” Do you hate working with women?
No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, “Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.”
The “are women funny” debate has grown very contentious. You’re not worried about reactions to this?
I don’t care. When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin — super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No.
If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV. They’re not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we’d know who she was? Honestly.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/the_man_man_NS5UgwY5j06KwJp4WY1OJL#ixzz1ydBNtRTj
Well, let's forget that I am a woman and I spent a great deal of my adult life writing jokes for a living as well as several of my very funny girlfriends. So, let's put all that aside and talk about Adam's chart.
His Sun is in mouthy Gemini which when it is unprocessed is shallow and reactionary. We don't know his time of birth but his moon is most likely in late Sagittarius, again, mouthy and opinionated. I can tell you that as signs go, Sag is funny and Gemini can be very funny. Although like everything it is most important to know your audience and with Adam he clearly knows his audience. I was stunned to hear that his podcasts are downloaded by hundreds of thousands of his fans since I thought in order to download stuff you needed opposable thumbs.
Obviously he was born on a full moon given the sun moon opposition and I thought this quote was very telling and spoke to that opposition:
I play with my kids [six-year-old twins Natalia and Santino] in the pool, I hug them, I dance with them. That’s not how my family is. I had two shows on basic cable for years, and my mom, at a birthday dinner, said to everyone at the table, “Can anyone give me one good reason why I should get cable?” She wasn’t trying to be a bad parent. She meant it.
Perhaps Adam's opinion that women aren't funny started with the first woman of note and has been down hill ever since.
And speaking of Roseanne Barr. If Roseanne was a man he would have had a been hired on The Man Show, been given his own sitcom and hired a bunch of writers and none of them would have been Adam Carolla because he would have said, "That d'bag I wouldn't get cable for him".
We have a big ass week in front of us.
We have discussed tomorrow's Uranus/Pluto Square quite a bit. Although the first hit is centered tomorrow and the pressure has been mounting, the truth is that it is not all about June 24th. We don't wake up June 25th and wash our hands and say, "Phew, glad that day is over, get me some margaritas." Nope. It is more like we are in a washing machine and god pushes the SPIN button on the 24th. We will be spinning for quite some time (2015) but certainly we should expect this summer to be quite intense as we process the months between hit one in June and hit two in September. And coming in just in time (because the Universe has a wicked sense of humor) will be the Supreme court Justices ruling on Health Care Mandate scheduled for this week.
And then there is Saturn turning direct on Monday 6/25 and Venus turning direct on 6/27. I discussed this in my new moon article:
And on Friday the 29th we will feel a super cranked up energy.
Looking at that Menu of events you can see why I put up the bumpy road photo.
We do also have some other aspects worth mentioning.
6/23: Sun/Neptune: Inspired, creative, gentle humanitarian energy.
6/25: Jupiter/Neptune: Opinions rub up against beliefs and spirituality. Beware of the loud and the delusional.
6/25: Mercury enters Leo http://astrology.about.com/od/mercury/p/MercuryLeo.htm
Friday, June 22, 2012
The tension is great.
I have been so busy wrapping up my son's school year that I have not been able to post as much as I have wanted for the last month. But let me tell you even though I was piled in paperwork doing all my volunteer work, I still had an eye on weird events in the news, (Seriously, flesh eating zombie attacts?) And as we are down to the last few days before the first square between Uranus and Pluto, clearly the news speaks to that planetary tension.
As I have mentioned many times over the last couple years, we are in a planetary pattern now that last took place in the 1930's. You remember that decade, the great depression, the rise of fascists, loud dictators and the guy with the weird mustache in Germany. Yeah, a pretty effed up decade by all accounts. And now it is our turn to take a ride with Uranus and Pluto.
On Sunday (USA time) June 24th 5:12am (EDT) Uranus will square Pluto. This is the 1st of 7 times these two will tangle up between now and 2015.
#1 June 24, 2012
#2 September 19, 2012
#3 May 21, 2013
#4 November 1, 2013
#5 April 21, 2014
#6 December 15, 2014
#7 March 17, 2015
Now if you want a little astrology lesson from real life, last summer, Uranus and Pluto ALMOST squared each other. For most of the summer they were within ONE degree of being exact. And during that time there was complete gridlock in senate and congress when representatives were not going to vote to raise the debt ceiling. The result of that debate was that the United States credit was downgraded.
So, how surprised was I when I saw a blurb on the NYT before I went to bed last night that Moody's has cut the ratings of 15 banks-? NOT surprised is the correct answer. Yep, Uranus Square Pluto strikes again. I think we should prepare for a rough Friday and Monday as the world responds to Sunday's square.
Additionally, This whole ride with Uranus began to take shape when it turned direct in December of 2010 and began to head for Aries. Almost like clock work the bell was rung and North Africa responded. The swell of uprisings in the Arab nations was broadcast on cell phones across the globe. Social Upheavals by social networks, if that doesn't spell Uranus, I don't know what does. How curious now we are a year and a half later when Uranus makes his first hard aspect since entering Aries we revisit Egypt with their first election since ousting Mubarak back during the Arab uprising.
This is where we stand today, two days before the square.
The military statement comes as tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square to support the Brotherhood's candidate for president, Mohammed Morsi. The protesters also denounced what they call the military's power grab that strips the next leader of much of his authority.
The generals last week issued a constitutional declaration that gave them sweeping powers, which undermine the authority of the newly elected president. International condemnation of the document followed and questioned the timing of the declaration.
The Brotherhood declared Morsi the winner hours after polls closed this weekend. Its claim was contested by Morsi's rival, Ahmed Shafiq, who was Hosni Mubarak' s last prime minister.
And by the way, Mubarak suffered a stroke earlier this week and has been reported as brain dead. Pluto is all about death and rebirth.
And it goes without saying the tension this week between Obama and Putin at the G20 summit was palpable for anyone with eyes. Clearly the cold war is a live and well in Cabo San Lucas or at least at the press conference between Putin and Obama on the subject of Syria. Russians are taking a blind eye to Assad and his henchmen killing innocent children and women and everyone else. Why?
Putin, a former KGB spymaster, is suspicious of US motives especially after the NATO-assisted ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi last year, and he has offered little sign of softening his stance on Syria.
Though Washington has shown no appetite for a new Libya-style intervention, Russia is reluctant to abandon its Syrian ally, a longtime arms customer, and risk losing its last firm foothold in the Middle East, including access to a warm-water navy base.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/black-clouds-hang-over-obamaputin-g20-talks-20120619-20kqw.html#ixzz1yWtS93Ny
Can you feel the tension with Pluto?
Clearly, it is going to be a long hot summer as we grind through these first two squares. Sigh.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Around 7:09pm EDT The Sun will be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean gently moving into the sign Cancer marking the beginning of Summer. Of course for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice commences. The longest day of sunlight will be celebrated in beaches, pools and blenders all over North America while the shortest day will no doubt be punctuated with hot toddies in New Zealand.
As much joy that summer brings to me personally, I have to say my soul responds more to the winter solstice probably because in the dark of the season, I am excited to know the days will be growing longer again. But now I will get out the sunscreen and begin slathering. I wish all of you up here with me in the nothern hemisphere a Happy Summer and to you down south a loving winter.
Here is a nice link to Lynn Hayes write up on the solstice.
Chart for the Summer Solstice, 2012
image by Visual Alchemy. The Summer Solstice (northern hemisphere) occurs in the tropical zodiac at the exact moment when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer. This coincides with the longest day of the year and the most fertile season in agrarian cultures in the northern hemisphere. (Of course for my Aussie and Kiwi friends as well as those in southern Africa the seasons are reversed and the Summer Solstice occurs in December with the entry of the Sun into Capricorn. If you’re curious about astrology in the southern hemisphere, check out this article.)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Gemini New Moon
June 19 11:02 am EDT
Today we begin our second new moon in Gemini. Occassionally this will happen where one moon is so early in a degree of a sign that the very next month we get another new moon in the same sign.
I think it has been an interesting period. Cool, unemotional, detached but still thought provoking and insightful. Now we get another 28 day wave of cool thinking. Our brains will be on overload but we can handle it. Stay light on your feet and you'll be okay.
As always you will find my whole article on MargaretWendt website but here is a snippet. Go to LINK for full article.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Let's remind ourselves of the dynamic of the last quarter moon:
to accept the things
I cannot change Courage to change the
things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.
Monday, June 4, 2012
We begin the week with our big ol' full moon in Sag (see previous post). Is it getting cuckoo yet for you? Information must be coming at you full volume, I know it is in my house! What you do with the information says a lot about how you can pivot and maneuver in these somewhat turbulent days. We all need to be adaptable and the full moon will certainly challenge us to pivot.
Also on Monday 6/4 Neptune begins his retrograde motion. Neptune will station at 4 degrees of Pisces and go back all the way to 1 degree of Pisces on November 11 where it will straighten out. Since Neptune spends half of the year in retrograde he is pretty comfortable with a reverse course and he uses the time to his advantage. Like a deep sea diver with a flash light he goes deep into our unconscious brain and finds the curious and weird stuff. The stuff we never thought about before and perhaps how it may or may not impact us.
On Tuesday 6/5 Venus and Mars get into a tussle and there will be sparks and fighting words will be hard to avoid especially among lovers, neighbors and siblings. And of course we are finally at the event I have been talking about for several months---The Venus Occultation!
At the same time Venus will make her glorious transit in front of the Sun. Check the news there will be some local astronomy club that will have their telescopes and the proper lens set up so you can see this majestic event. We won't get it again for about 120 years!
A Rare Transit of Venus Across the Sun on June 5, 2012 Will Catapult ConsciousnessPosted by Ross Pittman_Featured_, SpaceSunday, June 3rd, 2012
The transit of Venus “is among the rarest of astronomical events, rarer even than the return of Halley’s Comet every 76 years. Only six transits of Venus are known to have been observed by humans before: in 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and, most recently, in 2004…The beginning of the transit will be visible from all of North America, Greenland, extreme northern and western portions of South America, Hawaii, northern and eastern portions of Asia including Japan, New Guinea, northern and eastern portions of Australia, and New Zealand. The end will be visible over Alaska, all of Asia and Indonesia, Australia, Eastern Europe, the eastern third of Africa, and the island nation of Madagascar.” (Source: Scientific American, 12 Must-See Skywatching Events in 2012, January 2,2012)
Here is another write up (I've give you several over the last month) that I think you might like to read:
Then on Wednesday 6/5 there is an aspect between Sun and Venus which supports