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Of course, I just can’t resist taking a look at Todd Akin’s chart. Observing the brouhaha that has flared up around his insane comments about rape, what planets do you think will be activated for him? The first one I thought of was Neptune, planet of illusion, fantasy, deception, untruth. Then probably Mercury, planet of communication, and Pluto, which is almost always active in some way in the astrology of fame or notoriety. Saturn, the planet of authority and restriction is a likely player as well.

We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Akin, so we don’t know his Ascendant or Midheaven, his houses, or the exact degree of his Moon (somewhere between 1 and 15 degrees Aquarius), but we can still deduce a lot from the planets, especially if we also look the chart for the time the story broke, which, according to the NY Times, was 11:24 a.m. on Sunday. (See a bi-wheel of Todd Akin’s chart on the event chart here.)

One of the first things we see is that Akin’s natal Sun in Cancer square Neptune in Libra aspect is right in the crosshairs of the current Pluto-Uranus square. The natal aspect gives a streak of otherworldiness and a desire to transcend a reality that is perceived as flawed. It also suggests an ability to shade the truth, to believe what he wants to be true, and points to a deep concern with his public image, as well as a tendency to look for pie-in-the-sky, feel-good solutions to real problems. This natal configuration is now under pressure from the ongoing transit of Uranus square Pluto, which was triggered on the day the story broke by transiting Venus conjunct his Sun.

Again looking at his natal chart, we also see a conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Leo that is almost certainly in opposition to his Aquarian Moon. Saturn and Pluto together always indicate major issues around authority and power, while the Moon, of course, represents women and emotions. This aspect, particularly with an Aquarian Moon, suggests (despite his Cancer Sun) a coldness of emotional response, a focus on strict self-control, a fear of emotions, all probably underlaid by a crushing burden of self-doubt and guilt, that expresses itself with a certain amount of fanaticism.  So, given the nature of the small firestorm swirling around him, we would expect this aspect to be highlighted, and, indeed, it is. His natal Saturn and Pluto sit right on the Midheaven of the event chart, and transiting Mercury, planet of communication, is exactly conjunct Akin’s natal Saturn, approaching conjunction with Pluto, and probably oppose his natal Moon.

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But nobody can take away my inner freedom. It lives in the word, it will go on living thanks to openness [glasnost], when this will be read and heard by thousands of people. This freedom goes on living with every person who is not indifferent, who hears us in this country. With everyone who found shards of the trial in themselves, like in previous times they found them in Franz Kafka and Guy Debord. I believe that I have honesty and openness, I thirst for the truth; and these things will make all of us just a little bit more free. We will see this yet.” Marina Alyokhina of Pussy Riot

Wow, what a week last week, yes? Did you follow the headlines and see how the transits were reflected in the news? I suggested in last week’s post that with Venus in Cancer triggering the Uranus-Pluto square and the Sun and Mercury in the performer’s sign of Leo, women and the entertainment industry would be highlighted, and the sentencing of the  Russian band Pussy Riot was the most prominent example of this. Once again, we see the topic of freedom fighters (Uranus in Aries) vs. governmental control (Pluto in Capricorn). Venus in Cancer weaves a feminine influence into the picture, as well as concerns about the homeland, the motherland. (You might want to read the full closing statements of the women of Pussy Riot. They are very inspirational.)

Speaking of homeland, Venus was also conjunct Julian Assange’s natal Sun, currently being opposed by Pluto and squared by Uranus, as he was in the news with his successful bid for asylum in Ecuador this past week. Now he just needs to get out of Ecuador’s London embassy and into Ecuador.  The Mars-Saturn conjunction was evident in the authoritarian and harsh responses of both the Russian and British authorities to Pussy Riot and Assange.

Tragically, we once again had an appalling level of violence — something that we’ve seen repeatedly as the Uranus-Pluto square has been triggered — with shootings in Texas, Louisiana, and Washington, DC, all three of which resulted in deaths of law enforcement or security officers (Mars-Saturn).

I also theorized that the trigger of Venus to Uranus-Pluto along with the conjunction of Mars and Saturn might bring volatility back to the stock market, especially given the transits to the chart of the NYSE I mentioned last week. Instead, Saturnian caution ruled, with the DJIA trading in a remarkably narrow range until Thursday, as Mars conjuncted Saturn, when it broke to the upside, but volatile it was not. The transit of Uranus and Pluto to the Midheaven of the NYSE chart are longer-term than just last week, though, and we are still within several trading days of the Mars-Saturn conjunction, so we’ll see what happens early next week.

Now, on to the week ahead…

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The week is filled with challenging aspects, and also brings us a New Moon. Before I get into the day-to-day details, there are some interesting financial considerations coming up this week, and I want to alert you to them so you can watch whatever unfolds with an eye to the planetary aspects.

First, Venus, a planet associated with money, credit, and banking, is opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus. Transits of the faster-moving planets tend to trigger the longer-term outer planet aspects, and it’s quite possible that there will be some major financial event on the global stage. Markets may be volatile.

Second, the chart of the New York Stock Exchange is getting hit with some important transits. Uranus and Pluto remain within orb of a conjunction and square to its Midheaven, respectively, and Venus squares the Midheaven mid-week. Also mid-week, the Mars-Saturn conjunction falls on the NYSE’s natal Jupiter-Neptune conjunction, opposing Saturn, which also suggests market volatility.

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I had a nice, happy little post planned about the positive ways in which the current Uranus-Pluto square can manifest in individual lives. The charts of Michael Phelps, Gabrielle Douglas and Usain Bolt all have natal planets in close aspect to the transiting pair, and these three stunningly talented athletes have used the power of Pluto and the electrical energy of Uranus to show us not only what the human body is capable of, but the heart and spirit that drive exceptional achievement. I was going to look at their charts in a bit of detail, and it’s a post I would have enjoyed writing.

But the shooting in Wisconsin made that post impossible — at least for now. Right now, I think it’s important to reflect on the ways that each one of us can utilize the current astrological patterns to help create the changes that are so desperately needed in our world. The terrible events that scream across the headlines do not create the need for change — they only illustrate the underlying decay and ongoing dissolution of both the structures and the resources of our global society and the challenges that we face. 

Let’s take a closer look at the signs and planets involved. Pluto, which by itself is a significator of big institutions — corporations, government, etc. — is in the sign of Capricorn, which rules a society’s structures, both material and governmental. Pluto’s mandate is to compel transformation and empowerment. The mandate of Uranus is to emancipate, to awaken, innovate and surprise, to destabilize. Uranus is a significator of technology, sudden changes, discovery, and it is in Aries, the sign of the warrior, the leader, the individual. If you have any familiarity with astrology, you will not be surprised to discover that Pluto was tightly opposed the Midheaven and Uranus oppose the Ascendant in the event chart of the Wisconsin shooting. 

So how do we respond personally, magically to events like this? There will be more unexpected violence and over-the-top destruction. There will be ongoing troubles with technology, with availability of resources, with climate change and environmental destruction. One of the first things a magician must do is realistically assess the situation they wish to change, and trying to pretend that we can continue to happily reproduce and consume without severe consequences would mean that both our lives and our magic were based in illusion. Pluto in Capricorn asks for deep, honest, realistic assessments, and Uranus in Aries demands that we find the courage of our convictions.

An essential response for effective magic, then, would be to take a deep look at our lives and at where we see the trajectory of current events taking our society over the next decades, then consciously deciding what changes we believe need to be made. Once we have clearly assessed where we are at and where we need to be heading, then we can make the appropriate changes in our own lives, deciding where to put our focus. For instance, knowing that institutions will change or fail means we can help direct the changes, and build new structures that serve a peaceful, sustainable society.

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  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    Excellent, as always, my dear Cassandra. :>)
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Thank you both for the feedback. Glad it was helpful!
  • Wendy L. Callahan
    Wendy L. Callahan says #
    This post reinforces my decision, in a very problematic personal matter, to be patient and bide my time. The time to fight will c

Oh, the trials of an astrologer…I’m trying to decide when the Olympics actually began. Was it when the first game was played, on Wednesday? At the beginning of the opening ceremony on Friday? At the end of the opening ceremony? Hmph. Shouldn’t the first games be after the opening ceremony? Mercury is indeed retrograde, and I am bewildered.

Anyway, the reason I wanted to look at the event chart was to compare it with the chart of Michael Phelps, arguably the world’s greatest swimmer, who is making headlines all over the place for his less-than-stellar Olympic performances so far. He barely qualified, then finished fourth in his race, and I wondered what transits were affecting him astrologically. (Chart is here. I used a rectified time [rectification by Dean Bensics] of 10:26 PM. )

Lo and behold, his Sun, at 9 degrees of Cancer, lines right up with the transiting Uranus-Pluto square — Uranus brings upsets and change, while Pluto brings metamorphosis, and intense public focus. Transiting Neptune, retrograde, is closely square his Midheaven, a transit Noel Tyl describes pithily as a probable “ego wipeout”. But wait! There’s more! The planets are really piling on this man. Mercury Rx just transited oppose his Ascendant a few days ago, and now joins the Sun in his 6th house of health, while Mars just squared his natal Mars on Saturday, when he did so poorly in his first event. Mars is the planet of the competitive athlete. There’s a lot more going on — I don’t have room for anywhere near all of it here, but I will also note that Venus opposed his Moon on the same day. The Moon is the dispositor of his Sun and Mars, and rules the 6th house. It is a mistake to think that the so-called “benefic” planets — Sun, Venus, and Jupiter — are always benefic. They are until they slap you upside the head with too much, too fast, too soon of the wrong things. Phelps is undergoing some life-changing and potentially difficult transits and arcs, no doubt, but there’s a real undercurrent of strength here, as well as some mitigating transits, and he may well make a comeback before the games are over. If he does, he’ll work hard for it, and it’s likely to be spectacular.

OK, so on to our week ahead!

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Here is the post I promised on the transits in effect at the time of the Aurora shootings, and how they interacted with the natal planetary placements of the shooter. (In deference to the victims’ requests, I will endeavor not to use his name in this post.) I have both charts posted here, as downloadable pdfs, and my first post, which looks at the shooter’s natal placements, is here. As a reminder, we do not have a birth time for this man, so we do not know his Ascendant, Midheaven, house rulerships or the exact degree of his Moon. I am assuming a birth probably somewhere between, say, very early morning and early afternoon, which would keep his Moon in Virgo square to the Sun and Sagittarian stellium.

As I noted in my update for last week:

“This is a big invitation to changes (cue David Bowie), and with Mars involved, we are likely to see aggressive, “take-no-prisoners” behavior, short tempers, and egos in full bloom, particularly from or directed at those with personal planets in the early-middle degrees of Cardinal signs.”

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Start the week Monday morning by checking in with your own personal Sun, the Light you bring into the world. Let the Sun in its home sign of Leo and the waxing Moon in Virgo help you find and clean up whatever is keeping your true Self from shining. We all have a Light of our own to share — and everyone’s is needed in these darkening days.

I expect a great deal of drama, handwringing, self-aggrandizing bombast, and finger-pointing (all negative manifestations of Leo or Virgo traits) in the wake of the massacre in Colorado as the week begins. In fact, we already have a Congressman and an Evangelical preacher exploiting the tragedy in a particularly revolting way to promote their personal religious beliefs. Hopefully, Leonian heart-based generosity of spirit and Virgoan critical faculties with a focus on service to others will ultimately rule the day, and these people will be seen for the braying jackasses they are.

My take on the shooter’s psychology, based on what we know of his natal chart, is here. I’ll discuss the planetary transits in effect at the time of the shooting in another post.

The Moon moves into Libra on Monday night, bringing the focus to relationships, but we know now that Mars and Saturn are also transiting Libra, so relationships are already under pressure. While Libra is the sign of relationships, it will occupy one or two (sometimes three) particular houses in your natal chart as I discussed last week. Do you know, yet, which house(s) Mars and Saturn are transiting in your chart? The Moon will be there this week, too. Expect activity in those areas of your life.

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The massacre in Colorado speaks with heartbreaking clarity about the issues of sudden, mass violence that will continue to be raised during the two years of the Uranus-Pluto square. The astrology — both of the event, and of the shooter — is chillingly accurate.

In my post here for the current week, I said:

“It’s the beginning of what may prove to be a challenging week, because Mars is in a square aspect to Pluto and oppose Uranus all week, exact on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, and the Cancer (New) Moon promises a highly emotional climate."

And:

“This is a big invitation to changes (cue David Bowie), and with Mars involved, we are likely to see aggressive, “take-no-prisoners” behavior, short tempers, and egos in full bloom, particularly from or directed at those with personal planets in the early-middle degrees of Cardinal signs.”

We don’t know James Holmes’ time of birth, so we do not know his Ascendant or Midheaven, nor do we know the important house-rulerships, but we can still get a lot of information from the planets. His birth date is December 13, 1987, in San Diego, CA. I’ll unpack some of the astrology, but bold the important points, for those of you who are not interested in the astrological details.

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  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    Extraordinary. Thank you for this. Your clear and concise explanation gives me a lot of food for thought. (Yes, sorry--that soun

Before I get into the weekly forecast, I’d like to bring your attention to this article from the Witches and Pagans archive on the meanings of the houses.

I firmly believe that a bit of basic astrology — enough to get an idea of what’s going on in your own chart — is an extremely helpful skill for anyone who practices magick. Not because it can help you plan more effective workings — though it can — but because the symbolic pattern of the planets at the exact time and place of one's birth is a real help in understanding our individual spiritual and magickal journeys and how they are being affected by the current planetary “weather”.

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astro-clock-italy-sm.jpgBe ready to move Monday morning as the Moon enters active Aries at 8:15 a.m. (all times are EDT), opposes Mars mid-afternoon, then begins to cozy up to Uranus, squaring Pluto. Remember that manipulative, passive-aggressive behavior I mentioned last week? Oh, yeah. More of the same. And everyone wants to do it *their* way. You, too, probably. Be warned, and remember that someone really needs to be the adult when everyone is letting their inner child out to play. Maybe that could be you.

Tuesday morning brings the Moon into a nice trine with Mercury, while still under the influence of Uranus. If you’ve been looking to stand out from the crowd in some way, this morning would be a good time for that. The Moon’s waning square to the Sun (quarter-Moon) is at 9:49 p.m.. It could provoke a crisis — keep moving forward, and call on your Ancestors for help.

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  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    Good wet morning! I'm going to start the Merc retro bit over on FB and will link to this. I love the way you write about it. It's
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Certainly, Mercury, retro or otherwise, will never find you at a loss for projects to finish! :-) Thanks for the link, and love b

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Buckle up, folks — July is a real heavy-hitter of a month. Bring out your favorite chant for change and flexibility, and repeat it like a mantra. Sudden change, the need for resilience, deep transformation on any level, instability, control, questions of authority and empowerment, communication, diplomacy, and the need to do something will be prominent themes in the month ahead. If you think in terms of surfing waves of change, instead of anchoring in a storm, you’ll ride this energy to places that may surprise you with their beauty and freedom. Want to stay in your familiar, if not exactly comfy, rut? Not recommended.

We get through most of Monday on an expansive and visionary — but also opinionated — Sagittarius Moon. If you need to do some research, get some information, or strategize long-range plans, do it now, because the next few days will be much more about doing than thinking. The Moon squares Mars (watch your temper!) then moves into Capricorn early Monday evening, bringing a “settle down to business” vibe to the after-work hours. A sextile to Neptune could help with creative work.

Tuesday morning, a little after 8:00 a.m.,the Moon conjuncts Pluto (unconscious emotional issues being brought to the surface) and squares Uranus (no one gets out of here unchanged), then moves into opposition with the Sun (the Full Moon), while Mercury in dramatic Leo trines Uranus, and sextiles Venus and Jupiter in communicative Gemini. This means that the way to deal with the heavy stuff that is likely to come up is through clear, courageous, and compassionate communication and a willingness to embrace change. But remember that Mercury is the trickster god, and Uranus defines sudden, unexpected events. So be ready to roll — either with the punches or in the direction of your dreams.

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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Hi JacobStar, Sorry, I forgot to bold "Saturday" -- it's in the same paragraph as Friday: "Saturday morning, the Moon squares Jupi
  • Arturo Huerta Sr
    Arturo Huerta Sr says #
    Read your article,and found it very enlightening. Question:"What happen to Saturday?". Read the article twice, still no Saturday.

astro-clock-italy-sm.jpgWelcome! This is the 6/25/12 edition of Magickal Monday: Your Guide to the Week Ahead. Every Monday, I’ll take a look at what kind of planetary energies are available for you to weave into magickal workings — and not just formal, ritual workings. An awareness of the planetary energies is also very helpful for the kind of small, spontaneous  magicks Witches and Pagans often do when we are tending our altars, doing a little energetic cleansing and blessing at work while straightening our desks, or soothing a child who has had a bad day at school. Astrology also helps us guide our meditations and other personal spiritual practices so we can work with the prevailing tides and align ourselves with Nature

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The week begins with a discriminating Virgo Moon, waxing towards the first quarter.  This is great energy to use for organizing, fixing machinery, cleaning , creating plans. Be very careful on Monday to keep criticism and fault-finding to a bare minimum. Just because you can see someone else's problems clearly doesn’t mean you need to communicate that information — but if you must, then check in with your tact and compassion first. Tempers can flare when the Moon gets together with Mars, but it can help you stand up for yourself, as well.

Also on Monday, Saturn goes direct. It’s been retrograde in Libra since February, and if you’ve had some projects or situations that seem stalled, you may find that things begin to change over the next few weeks as it regains speed. Monday’s Mars-Moon conjunction in Virgo will help you figure out how to get over, around or through any obstacles that have been blocking you, and plan the course.  Then take that plan to your altar...

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This is the 6/18/12 edition of Magickal Monday: Your Guide to the Week Ahead. Every Monday, I take a look at what kind of planetary energies are available for you to weave into magickal workings — and not just formal, ritual workings. An awareness of the planetary energies is also very helpful for the kind of small, spontaneous  magicks Witches and Pagans often do when we are tending our altars, doing a little energetic cleansing and blessing at work while straightening our desks, or soothing a child who has had a bad day at school. Astrology also helps us guide our meditations and other personal spiritual practices so we can work with the prevailing tides and align ourselves with Nature.
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It’s a busy week that opens with a waning dark Moon in Gemini. The dark Moon is a time of inner awareness, dissolution, and reorientation. Gemini is all about communication, organization, thinking and thought patterns.  It’s a good time to do some re-organization and consolidation — clean up your altar, your desk, your email inbox. Assess your to-do list. Return phone calls. On a magical level, meditate, and watch your thought patterns. If you spend an hour or so at your altar working a spell, then spend the rest of the week thinking negatively about the focus of your working, you’ll get nowhere!

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On February 3rd of this year, Neptune moved into Pisces, the sign over which it has modern rulership (Pisces' classical ruler is Jupiter). When a planet is in a sign it rules, its influence is strengthened, so it's helpful to take some time to consider the issues that will be raised under this transit of Neptune. Understanding the astrological weather lets us make choices with greater awareness of what's at stake, which planetary energies we can draw on, and where we might encounter challenges as we navigate our lives.

Neptune is associated with formlessness, transcendence, and the ultimate reality of the Source. It reminds us that the totality of the universe we live in cannot be encompassed by our reasoning mind, and asks us to consider things that cannot be intellectualized, but must be intuited, because they are beyond the grasp of reason and intellect. The ineffable vastness of space, the minuteness of sub-atomic particles, the stretch of geologic time, the dreams that leave us longing for a utopia we have never known, the mysteries of the human heart, and the experience of unity common to mystics of all religions – this is Neptune's territory.

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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Yeah, it's been hanging around your midheaven for a while now. I will say that publishing a book on hoodoo is a great way to handl
  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    I am pretty sure that Neptune in Pisces is going to drive me to complete exhaustion. :>)

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