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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 2/2/2012: Neptune in Pisces

Another day light on planetary activity, though the buzz that began yesterday afternoon continues with Moon still in Gemini, needing to be the smartest one in the room. Who, what, when, where and how? Ideas can flow easily and with feeling as you wake up this morning, courtesy of a smooth connection between Moon and mental Mercury.

Today is your last chance to experience a full day of nebulous Neptune in Aquarius — and here, I mean the last chance in your lifetime. On Friday at 1:52PM ET, Neptune enters Pisces, the sign it rules.  Neptune energy can be challenging for people who live in a material world, as it prefers the immaterial and ephemeral to the material and permanent. Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches, leaving you with the feeling that you’re standing in quicksand. Or in a fog. It doesn’t strike with a lightning bolt, like Uranus, or blow things to smithereens, purging and/or transforming, like Pluto. Its effects are much more subtle, but no less powerful.

Here are a few key words for Neptune:  intangible forms (wireless communication including film, photography, telepathy, intuition, spirituality, rarefied art forms, including music), oil, dreams, drugs, blood, alcohol, poisons, viruses, water, oceans, seafood.   A few key words for Pisces: surrender, empathy, compassion, collective consciousness, belief, martyr, saint. We can anticipate with confidence that headlines over the next 14 years will reflect these keywords with increasing levels of intensity.

It takes about 14 years for Neptune to travel through one sign of the zodiac; the last time Neptune entered Pisces was in 1847. Thanks to astrologer Steffan Vanel for bringing my attention to a post by astrologer Adrian Duncan noting some key developments during Neptune’s last transit through Pisces in the mid-19th Century. Note that the “social democratic demonstrations” (e.g., the “Year of Revolutions of 1848” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848), coincided with Uranus and Pluto hooking up in the cardinal sign of Aries. Note also that Uranus and Pluto are four months away from a three-year long series of seven exact challenges to each other (and that we’ve been feeling the build-up for over a year) in Aries and Capricorn, respectively. Note also that when Uranus and Pluto do make contact, the effect is one of upheaval. But I digress. Here’s the bit on Neptune’s last transit through Pisces:

“This was the period when Charles Dickens wrote his novels of social realism, and social democratic demonstrations shook the capitals of Europe. This was also a time when painters like Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Monet made their impressionist paintings, expanding the world of fantasy and imagination. On the scientific front Darwin’s theory of evolution completely undermined Christian tradition. The first photographs were taken, ultimately leading to the coming world of the movies. Anesthetics were used for the first time in hospitals. Opium became a socially acceptable drug. The accepted reality of the day was undermined and new spiritual, emotional and political realities took form.”

This year, Neptune in Pisces will affect you most strongly if you have a birthday — or a planet, rising sign or midheaven in the early degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. On the plus side, there is potential for a spiritual awakening or transcendence; artistic and/or romantic stimulation and/or success. On the down side there is the potential for bewilderment or listlessness. Consult your local astrologer for further details on how Neptune is likely affecting your own personal horoscope. Meanwhile, you can watch Mitt Romney in action as one example of how Neptune can completely fog up efforts of personal projection as it challenges his Gemini Ascendant. Here’s what happened yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/opinion/collins-mitt-speaks-oh-no.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/politics/poor-quote-by-romney-seized-on-by-his-critics.html?hp  Bewildering, eh?

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 7/7/2011: “The Year of Revolutions” (1848)

Read yesterday’s forecast for notes on today’s dynamic, proactive, transformational and quite possibly surprising planetary patterns. Watch how they’ll be reflected in the headlines and in your own personal world.

As promised, an answer to another reader’s query, which should put current planetary patterns in perspective:

“Love your analysis of current events according to the astrological configurations. I’ve been itching to throw this one at you to see what you make of it.  How does the current astrological formation of ‘the big square’ compare with ‘The Year of Revolutions’ in 1848? The ‘Arab Spring’ seems to have its parallel in the the ‘Springtime of Nations’.”

Just in case you aren’t familiar with this part of European history there is a wiki page here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848.

Great question, dear reader. By “the big square,” I assume you are referring to the pattern I’ve been calling (glibly) The Big T-Square Party Among the Heavies: Pluto, Uranus and Saturn. These slow-moving planets have been moving toward each other like tectonic plates over the past year. When these heavies make contact, big things happen in the world. Right now transformational Pluto is in Capricorn, approaching a series of seven exact squares to disruptive Uranus in Aries over the next three years.  Controlling Saturn is in Libra, squaring Pluto and opposing Uranus. We’ve seen this manifest as a conflict between the old guard and the new guard (recall the entire theme of the US elections of 2008), followed by serious power struggles for control of resources (recall the entire theme of the US elections of 2010).

In 1848, we saw Pluto, Uranus and Saturn crashing into each other in the sign of Aries. Interesting that Aries is associated with “springtime”, as in “Springtime of Nations”.  A ‘Year of Revolutions”? You bet! Astrologers anticipate major upheavals when Uranus and Pluto connect. In the US we saw pioneers (Aries) head to California in search of gold, while women began to rally for equal rights in Seneca Falls (disruption of the status quo).

In the early 30s, we had Uranus in Aries squared by Pluto in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn. We had a major economic upheaval in the US. Hitler was on the rise in Germany. In the mid-60s, we had Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo, opposed by Saturn in Pisces. We saw civil rights and other protests against The Establishment. In China, Mao Zedong spearheaded a little gathering known as The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Revolution.

By now you must all be dying to know how Uranus, Pluto and Saturn are operating in your unique horoscope. Why not consider booking an appointment for a personal consultation?