Category: Adrian’s Articles 2007

Burma

Burma is rather a strange country. The country has strange astrologers too. They had a hand in the founding chart of Burma, choosing a birth time of 4.20 a.m. at which time independence celebrations took place in the bright light of a half-moon. Perhaps these astrologers liked the fact that Jupiter was rising and in good aspect to both the Moon and Venus. They were certainly blissfully unaware of one of the outer planets – Neptune – that constellates strongly with the Sun/Mercury conjunction of the chart. (Traditional Vedic astrology does not use Uranus, Neptune and Pluto). Thus it would seem that they did not foresee the state of virtual imprisonment that the government would inflict on a peace-loving population.

Vedic astrology works with a zodiac, where planetary positions are measured according to stellar constellations rather than the Sun, and over time – as the stars move relative to the solar system (which western astrology is geared to) – this “sidereal” zodiac leads to a discrepancy with the “tropical” zodiac (Western) of currently 23 degrees. This would put the Vedic ascendant for Burma in Scorpio (although it is at 10 Sagittarius in Western astrology) with the ruler Mars in Leo in the Vedic 10th house square Jupiter – which is surely symbolic and wasteful of arrogant military rulers. So I guess these Burmese astrologers must have been trained in a military academy.

Horoscope: Burma 4th January 1948. 4.20 Rangoon. 16N47/96E10. AS 10.41 SG

The tropical or traditional western chart for Burma tells the story in another way. Burma has had a troubled history, for which the British Empire was primarily responsible. Britain pretty much took over the economic running of the country, totally exploiting its resources, and engineering wars to crush any opposition in the 19th century. The tradition for Buddhist and student revolt arose as a means to register opposition, but even in the 20th century there has been a history of brutal repression.

The worst repression took place in 1988 when the military swept aside the constitution and through the State Law and Order Restoration Council (with the suitably Orwellian acronym SLORC) clamped down on students and civilians killing thousands at the time of the Saturn/Uranus conjunction in late Sagittarius. As Saturn and Uranus moved on to conjoin Neptune in Capricorn on the Burmese Sun/Mercury, subsequent elections were not allowed to take effect and the democratically elected Aung San Suu Kyi – later to get the Nobel peace prize – was placed under house arrest… where she still is.

The horoscope for Burma shows Jupiter rising in its own sign Sagittarius making really beautiful sextile aspects to the Moon/Neptune in Libra on the one side and Venus in Aquarius on the other. This could account for the fact that Buddhism – the most peace-loving of all religions – is considered the state religion, and that monks are at the forefront of peaceful protests against the military dictatorship. Clearly this planetary pattern also reflects the symbolic leadership of peace-prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now spending her 17th year in house arrest.

Whilst the people, Moon in Libra, and their elected leader, Venus in Aquarius, have the moral and spiritual high ground, aspecting as they do Jupiter and Neptune, the planets representing the military dictatorship tell a completely different story. Here we see the Sun within 12 minutes of arc of Mercury in Capricorn and in the 2nd house. This indicates the stranglehold the government has on the media – and the expropriation of the country’s resources for the purposes of the government. The square to Neptune shows pernicious government corruption – indeed a 2007 study gave Burma the dubious honor of being the most corrupt country, whilst Denmark was the least. (Pity then that Danish banks invest in Burma via French oil companies).

During the current revolt the cracks in the military facade appeared partly because of the communication revolution that had taken place in Burma via the internet and the cell phone. For several precious days news and pictures were able to come out of the country. However it only took the government a week to close down cell phone services and the internet completely. Even international companies with satellite phones have been visited and warned. So the Sun/Mercury trine Mars shows in fact a very efficient control of communication systems. What is more, as Saturn transits through Virgo conjoining Mars and trining the Sun/Mercury, and Jupiter moves into Capricorn in 2008 trining Saturn, there is every indication that the military junta will effectively consolidate their hold on the media in the months to come. SLORC wins.

The actual cause of the unrest was the increase of fuel prices, which did not double or anything civilized like that: fuel went up five times in price. That demands quite some military chutzpah. Burma’s chart shows that transit Uranus was on the IC at the time of this unrest whilst transiting Jupiter was on the Ascendant, which is clearly an explosive cocktail. However the Uranus/Jupiter square of October 2007 is the third and last of a series, which suggests that the revolutionary spark will flicker and die. Nevertheless it resulted in riots that shook the government, led my revolutionary monks – the Uranus/Jupiter square.

The reason that the military government raised prices is because it is broke. It is broke because, amongst other reasons, in 2003 it started a really weird project, carving an administrative capital out of the jungle 320 km from Rangoon. This is where their military power is consolidated, far away from public unrest in the country’s capital. The cost of this project and of maintaining a 375,000-strong army has undermined the power of aging military leaders who have grown out of touch with both the people and younger army officers. This growing isolation is clearly the effect of the Sun/Mercury at 12 Capricorn in the 2nd house square Neptune at 12 Libra. Remoteness, power and greed.

There is every indication that the military government will survive for now and consolidate its power through relentless oppression. Mars in the foundation chart for Burma is at 7.28 Virgo, but it was in fact stationary at this time and 3 days after independence it moved retrograde. At the current moment retrograde progressed Mars is at 22.21 Leo – exactly square the nodal axis at 22 Taurus/Scorpio and about to conjoin Saturn. Furthermore progressed Mercury is also retrograde at 21.33 Aquarius. In other words, a progressed Mercury/Mars opposition, both retrograde, is activating the autocratic Saturn square the nodes. It is a total shutdown of communication through draconian repression.

Of course, transit Neptune opposes Saturn and squares the nodes well into 2008 and undoubtedly there will be many leaks. The aging military leaders will see their power steadily undermined. But they may well survive for now. They will not survive after 2014, for this is the time when the Pluto/Uranus square will activate the Sun/Mercury conjunction. Violent revolution will sweep away the military government at this time, and few if any of the leaders will survive. This is the time of Burma’s progressed new moon, which will square Uranus.

What kind of Burma that will be left behind is an open question though. The Burmese government has been at war with 17 separate secessionist groups since independence, which are an aftermath of the 14-state union of Burma that the British originally created. Many of these groups have their own armies and finance themselves through illegal activities. The current military junta has uneasy cease-fire arrangements with these groups. After the collapse of military government in 2014-2015, the Burmese progressed new moon in Pisces squaring Uranus in Gemini will probably bring about a splintering of the country. There are international repercussions to all this, not least because China has access to a port in the Indian Ocean via a naval base leased from the government, so Burma is strategically important to them.

Horoscope: Aung San Suu Ky – 19.06.1945 Birth Time unknown

Aung San Suu Kyi – the leader who won national elections in 1990, then confined to house arrest and awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1991 was born as the Second World War ended. Suu Kyi was the third child of general Aung San who was a hero and commander of the Burmese independence army. He was assassinated when she was two. Currently Pluto is opposing Suu Kyi’s Sun at 27 Sagittarius, and Mars too is activating the Sun/Mercury conjunction along with Pluto throughout 2008. Obviously this is a dangerous crisis period for her, even a life-threatening one.

Suu Kyi’s Venus at 12 Taurus constellates strongly with Burma’s Sun, Mercury, Neptune and Venus at the same degree, whilst her Uranus at 14 Gemini activates Burma’s ruling planet Jupiter at 15 Sagittarius. Her moon is in the same position as Burma’s moon, which probably accounts for the love her people feel for her. She is born with a Uranus/Jupiter square (exactly triggered by the current square aspect between these two planets) which is probably why she has dedicated her life to revolutionary service to her country. For example she went on hunger strike in 1990 to gain the release of imprisoned students.

Crucially Suu Kyi’s Saturn at 12.06 Cancer is exactly opposite the government Sun at 12.27 Capricorn, showing her as an implacable opponent of the regime. From the military point of view she is a threat to everything they hold dear, not least the money that is plundered. When the 2014 Pluto transit comes along, then obviously this relationship will be transformed. Whether she will survive the transformation is another question. Her father promised the different ethnic groups independence after the Second World War, and 70 years later they will probably take it. Burma, or Myanmar as the military renamed it in 1988, is not likely to continue as one independent country after 2015.

Adrian Ross Duncan 10.10.2008

Astrology – Research & Practice

In 1977 – the same year as the discovery of Chiron – the book Recent Advances in Natal Astrology was released, authored by Geoffrey Dean and Arthur Mather. Dean was a practicing astrologer who began to use statistical methods to examine traditional claims in astrology, and to discover correlations between astrology and behavior. Recent Advances is filled with one study after another, examining a variety of claims made by astrologers and astrology. These studies basically showed that there was no correlation between astrology and reality. (Note 1)

The publication of Recent Advances was a milestone in the history of scientific astrology leading to a flowering of research, primarily reflected by the journal Correlation and a robust research community on the Internet connected with amongst other the vibrant astrology association ISAR. (Note 2) To date no research has categorically confirmed the scientific validity of astrology. This of course contributes to a particularly edgy relationship between astrological researchers and astrological practitioners.

If you think that out of 1000 nurses there would be a predominance of Virgos, or out of 1000 fishermen there would be a predominance of Pisceans, you’d be wrong. If you think that astrologers can pick the correct chart out of a choice of three when given a description of each individual, you’d be wrong. Groups presented with a written interpretation of what was said to be their horoscope (but where the interpretation was exactly the same for everyone) claimed that their “unique” report was individual and accurate. There is no scientific proof that signs, aspects or any astrology is verifiable.

This has led to a growth industry of skeptics and skeptical organizations, like the CSICOP – the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry – whose foremost figurer, James Randi, has had considerable success debunking psychics and astrologers. In the astrological community there is a great dedication by friendly researchers trying to find proof of the truth of astrology. Using huge databases of birth data like that provided by AstroDataBank it is possible to search for correlations on anything from alcoholism to murder. Research of this nature is an extremely complicated study involving higher mathematics, control groups and a knowledge of various astronomical anomalies, like the fact that Venus is semisquare the Sun for much longer periods than other aspects (which naturally has to be statistically compensated for). These researchers have come up with nothing that can be replicated scientifically to give convincing proof of astrology.

For actual practitioners of astrology, who daily witness astonishing correlations all the time, this can seem rather odd. But actually there are at least a couple of reasons why it is not. Scientific analysis when directed at personal experiences and aspects of consciousness is just not equipped to sift the complexity of the information that an astrologer manages to with the supercomputer of his or her mind. Scientific materialism is good when dealing with the material world but when dealing with the non-material world – for example in quantum physics – it is unable to come up with concrete proof of the absolute existence or non-existence of anything. Subatomic “particles” display properties of both waves and matter, and there existence is dependant on the conscious observation of the researcher. That much has been proved.

This is very similar to the conundrum that Buddhist philosophy faced 2000 years ago. Some schools claimed that matter existed of itself, whilst others claimed that it was only an expression of mind (the Mind-only school). Refusing such extreme points of view, the Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna stated that neither the one nor the other view was right. He propounded the view of “dependant-arising”, stating that nothing existed of itself as an independent entity. Everything owed its existence, or was dependant on, something else – even, or especially, the consciousness of the individual.

Understanding the concept of dependant-arising provides the key to how or why astrology can be said to work or not. Statistical research leans towards removing the astrologer from the equation, removing the focus point for dependant arising. For example, on the ISAR discussion forum I have been engaged in a dialogue with a researcher whose research questions the validity of tradition astrological concepts like combustion (when a planet is within about 5 to 8 degrees of the Sun), and the dignity, detriment, exaltation and fall of planets. This researcher points out that having Saturn in fall in Aries in no way prevented Einstein from being one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century. (Note 3)

It did not – but does this say anything at all about Saturn in fall in Aries? To really know the answer you have to look at Einstein’s chart:

Albert Einstein: 14 Mar 1879. 11.30 Ulm, Germany. 48N24 20E00. AS 11.38 CN
Time from birth certificate. (Astrodatabank)

It can be seen here that Einstein has Saturn in fall, conjoining Mercury, and also conjoining Venus in detriment – all in Aries. But Saturn actually rules the 7th house, and conjoins the 4th and 5th house rulers, which says more about partners, childhood and children. It is worth noting that Einstein was born with a misshapen head (Aries) and thought to be mentally retarded in early childhood (Saturn/Mercury). He also had a baby girl, born out of wedlock, who mysteriously vanished. Another child died in a mental institution. (Venus rules the 5th house) This was surely the source of much sorrow for him, and more so for his wife.

Furthermore, according to his letters to his wife, they worked together on his relativity theories. But we don’t hear much about her, do we? Saturn in Aries was not so good for her status. (Note 4) His wife Mileva writes “all that fame does not leave a lot of time for a wife. But what can be done, one person gets the pearl and the other just gets the shell”. (Note 5) Einstein had several mistresses, which led to a temporary separation from his wife. Later, after Einstein moved to another city to be together with his mistress, he ordered his wife to join him and presented her with a list of rules, with commands such as, “you must answer me at once when I speak to you.” I beg to suggest that this is a pretty good description of his Saturn/Mercury/Venus conjunction in Aries… and there is little dignity there. By the time Einstein leaves his wife, Mileva is 44 and chronically ill. Einstein is 40, a world-famous figure and remarried – but he never again produces physics that can compare with the work of 1905, which he did together with his wife.

The point here is that the method of research is simply not equipped to discern the nuances of house rulership and its specific channeling of human character. Furthermore the astrological researcher in question refers to Einstein’s Sun/Saturn conjunction, but the orb is over 10 degrees and the Sun is far away in Pisces. There has been no compensation for strength of orb or dissociated houses. And that tends to be the nature of research. The higher the research sample the more difficult it is to make allowances for the individual refinements indicated by the birth chart. Research of this nature bears within it the seeds of failure, as influences in horoscopes are taken out of astrological context. The greater the number in a sample group, the more the returns are diminished.

As astrologer Mark Urban-Lurain from the Kepler College of Astrologer points out in a study of research in astrology: “The key to delineation lies in synthesizing the various components into a cohesive whole.” To get the full meaning of a planet in the birth chart, a huge number of influences have to be factored in. Venus generically represents love, but in Einstein’s chart it is placed in the 10th (love with professional colleague). It rules the 5th house (children, questionable affairs), the intercepted 11th house (concealed love bond to friend). Finally, aspects modify its influence. This synthesis of components is extremely detailed and the factors increase the complexity of research astronomically.

Generally, the mesh of the research net that at present tries to extract relevance from astrology is too coarse. I don’t know whether it is possible to develop software that can make allowances for all this, but until this is done, this type of research can at best be considered just a form of experimentation and training. What research of this nature cannot do – it cannot be used to modify an astrological rule or tradition. Really it goes without saying: how can research which has failed to prove any aspect of astrology be turned around and used to modify astrological techniques?

There is another approach and it is exemplified by an extraordinary PhD written by Kirstine Munk
(Note 6). This 350 page document is a caring and observant portrayal of modern astrology together with the astrologers and clients that make the subject a living tradition today. One of the fascinating things about this PhD is the space given to brilliant modern astrologers to propound there views… and they are really worth reading:

“Cooperation with nature brings happiness – any fight against nature is doomed to fail!” – Hjelmborg & Kirsebom.

“Astrology doesn’t work, but astrology makes astrologers work.” – Christian Borup

“[You say] I really hope that your life is a mess in the moment.’ And then they say: ‘Yes, it is’. And then you say: ‘Oh, good, because it is meant to be. You are meant to be feeling this. You are meant to be feeling that. You are meant to be going through all of this. You are in perfect astrological health. You are in perfect rhythm with your fate and your cosmos. You are meant to be going through this. There is nothing wrong with you.” – Bernadette Brady

And there is much more – from Michael Lutin, Darby Costello, Steven Forrest – and it makes you proud to count these wise and caring people as colleagues.

Kirstine Munk concludes amongst other things:
“While the use of astrology seems rather misguided if it is conceived of as a ‘scientific’ system, the conclusion to be drawn from my research is that astrology is a divination system which bears strong structural similarities with other types of ‘wisdom-divination’ found throughout the world. Astrologers … aim not at describing the world in empirically falsifiable terms, but rather at creating a divinatory session conducive to empowerment and transformation. For astrologers, reality is a symbolic prima materia which can be molded by the clients, because the clients’ perception of their reality depends on the perspective from which they see their world.”

Whilst I am not completely sure that I accept this conclusion – I do believe that astrology will become a predominant world view at some point, not least because of the work done by researchers – it is a fruitful angle for a skeptic to approach astrology, instead of using scientific materialism as a yardstick. Munk goes on with a clear exposition of the nature of knowledge:
“Almost all claims of knowledge are today phrased in the form of hypotheses. Knowledge claims can be true, but they are always open to revision, and the provisional character of knowledge gives privilege to knowledge forms that appear inspiring and personally relevant.”
Astrology is for many inspiring and personally relevant, which is why it has almost the same popularity as Christianity as a search word on Google. She goes on:
“I have suggested that astrology may in fact be a good coping system, because of its emphasis on empowerment. Clients may not have chosen the situation they are in, but they can choose how to handle the situation they are in. They are, seen from the astrological perspective, divine junior partners in a meaningful cosmos.”

Getting back to the concept of “dependant-arising” as a view on the nature of reality, it is clear that Kirstine Munk’s PhD on astrology fully embraces the validity of astrology as a transformative meeting between the astrologer and the client. I have also written on this subject in my latest book (Note 7) pointing out that the more distance created between astrologer and client, the less transformation that will take place. Only by creating unity in duality can essence be realized. Because of the rational nature of the mind, we see things as dualities – matter/energy, subject/object, body/mind – whereas the true transformative experience takes place when these polarities merge. Kirstine Munk calls the ability to create this unified field between astrologer and client “intersubjective consciousness” and says after experiencing first hand a number of consultations:
“If intersubjective consciousness was not established, the consultation had failed in the sense that it would not be able to initiate change in the client.”
Munk goes on to say:
“The intersubjective theme has been investigated by psychologist Daniel Stern… His intention has been to find out what constitutes the moments of transformation in psychotherapeutic processes, and he concluded that change only occurs in moments described as intersubjective meetings between the therapist and the patient.” This is what dependant-arising is all about.

What Kirstine Munk does not address in detail in her PhD are other aspects of astrology such as Mundane. Concrete events occur in the world which are not transformative processes based on intersubjective consciousness. They just happen as history unfolds. The Twin Towers fall as Saturn opposes Pluto across the US Ascendant/Descendant axis. The Berlin wall comes down after one complete Saturn cycle, and as Saturn conjoins Neptune in Capricorn. We land on the Moon with a Uranus/Jupiter conjunction of the Super Galactic Center. Russia’s history is predictable according to the 35 –year Saturn/Neptune cycle… the list of mundane correspondences to astrological events is endless. This can be a very fruitful area of astrological research.

Even in the personal consultation, there is more to it that intersubjective consciousness. Accurate prediction is also a factor, and a factor that is measurable if researchers can develop the tools to do so. At any rate, I am sure that astrological researches will not stop researching, and that methods will improve, databases expand and one day the holy grail of replication will be achieved, so that even skeptical scientists will be confronted with evidence they cannot refute. And make no mistake, when that day comes, world consciousness will be transformed.

Adrian Ross Duncan. 16th August 2007.

1. Minor correlations were found, particularly results by Michel Gauquelin that seemed to indicate a high prevalence of relevant planets in specific houses for successful sportsmen and other professionals. Another factor – the “Tenacious Mars Effect” – also shows astrological correlations with sports stars. However, these effects are disputed by skeptics.

2. ISAR – the International Society of Astrological Research – has Ray Merriman as its president and branches all over the world.

3. Information on Einstein was drawn from biographical notes from AstroDataBank.

4. Letter to Helena Savic 1909. See: http://www.pbs.org/opb/einsteinswife/milevastory/married.htm

5. Download this document here and give yourself a treat: http://www.humaniora.sdu.dk/phd/dokumenter/filer/Afhandlinger-93.pdf

6. Astrology: Transformation and Empowerment. 2002 Red Wheel/Weiser

Jupiter transits through the Houses

Without Jupiter it could be difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Everyday we see to it that we have something to look forward to – a vision to reach, a reward to be enjoyed. So huge is this need that prosperous industries have been built around it. Lotteries, football pools, casinos tune in to our drive to visualize magical good fortune, and we happily pay our money to keep the dream alive. Personal growth industries mobilize our ability to think positively and harness the power of belief… the idea that anything is possible, just as long as we put our minds to it.

When we visualize something with Jupiter, we create an inner picture, an inner feeling or an inner certainty that it will happen. The more we build on this visualization, the more likely it will come true. Because of this positive focus, we simply channel our energy into what makes us happy, and as often as not, if our dreams are within the boundaries of reality – and that Saturn decides – we end up getting what we want. As the saying goes: be careful what you wish for – you might get it.

Beliefs tend to be arrived at through the evidence of our experience through time – Jupiter and Saturn generally work hand in hand. They become solidified into convictions, and these convictions tend to define how our lives develop and expand. Aspects to Jupiter encourage or limit our beliefs, and define what kind of convictions we are attracted to. For example, a Mars/Jupiter conjunction would believe that where there is a will there is a way, whilst a Venus/Jupiter would believe in the principle of abundance (and spend accordingly).

During the course of our lives, there are completely predictable ages at which we will strongly manifest the influence of Jupiter in our lives and redefine our convictions and beliefs. These are of course at the conjunction cycles which take place at the age of 11-12, 23-24, 35-36, 47-48, 59-60, 71-72 and 83-84, and also at various stages of these cycles. The basic factor influencing what we think is possible and shaping our convictions at these times is the birth position of Jupiter by sign. The following texts give some idea of these influences:

Jupiter in Aries

You have a belief in the purity of action, and rather than dithering hesitantly when making a decision you make an intuitive leap based upon a straightforward and uncomplicated view of what is right and what is wrong. Action speaks louder than words as far as you are concerned, and therefore you act, lighting up the path ahead with the torch of righteousness.

Jupiter in Taurus

You believe in the value of material goods, and you are guided by a need to see things grow and to consolidate that growth. You are not convinced by fast talkers, dreamers or anyone with unrealistic plans. A bird in the hand is definitely worth two in the bush. With this attitude you cultivate the soil for fruitful growth.

Jupiter in Gemini

You believe in the power of knowledge and learning, and you can never know enough. You see value in expanding your network of contacts, improving communications methods and language skills and reaching out socially. The more enthusiastic you get, the more you spread yourself, which can dilute your ability to achieve your visions.

Jupiter in Cancer

You have an instinctive understanding of the value of bonding, and this leads you to channel your dreams into creating the best environment for your family. Happiness is in the home, or in creating a nourishing place for people to be. What has meaning for you is a sense of belonging, and you will be both inclusive and protective of those you care for.

Jupiter in Leo

You know that people need someone to look up to, and you believe that person can be you. Growth for you is increasing your qualities as a human being, and expressing these qualities through the things you create. Gaining insight into yourself has a high priority, but you would also like to make a big splash when you announce your arrival on the scene.

Jupiter in Virgo

You have a great body of knowledge concerning administration and organization which gives you skills in dealing with people at work, and insight into interrelationships both on a practical, health and spiritual level. You have strong convictions about the supremacy of efficiency and good planning.

Jupiter in Libra

You believe in balance, and balance for you is on every level – in your relationships, in your choices and in your aesthetic judgment. Fairness is supremely important, and to be fair you believe in seeing things from every angle. You also believe in refined human behavior and are an example to others in this respect.

Jupiter in Scorpio

Having experienced the greatest highs and the deepest lows you believe that Life can come up with anything. Therefore you believe in the supremacy of spirit as a factor of survival. You are determined to uproot falsehood and inauthenticity, and are unflinchingly determined to get to the bottom of everything. You want security, but are prepared to lose it.

Jupiter in Sagittarius

You believe that there is exciting territory to explore both in your inner life and your outer life. There are no limits for the spirit – the liberating factor in life is insight and understanding. You are looking to expand this understanding by any means possible, though study and travel are your preferred methods.

Jupiter in Capricorn

Your opinions are considerably constrained by the demands of society. A strong sense of duty guides you, and the insights you gain remind you that some kind of structure is necessary to contain growth. Optimism is therefore tempered by a somber realism. You measure success by the concrete achievements you have attained.

Jupiter in Aquarius

You believe in the brotherhood of man, and are perplexed by the fact that others do not see how crucial solidarity is. Your opinions are strong and uncompromising, but expressed gently out of consideration for others. You see liberation by embracing change and would like to serve as a bridge of consciousness between tradition and renewal.

Jupiter in Pisces

What is important for you is the unfettered power of the imagination. You see no limitations to belief – if you can think something, it can be done. Whilst experience shows that dreams often founder on the rocks of reality, nothing takes away your faith that there can be a liberation for human beings.

The sign position of Jupiter, tempered by the aspects it makes, will generally define what people believe is possible and/or important. As such Jupiter represents a kind of belief filter that selectively chooses what is possible or not. As beliefs develop into convictions, this filter can be quite a limiting factor in our life experience. Therefore people tend to develop on a predictable path as regards expansion and attainment in their life. Jupiter in Capricorn never gets beyond the conviction that achievement only comes with hard work; Jupiter in Leo can never remove personal ego from the equation of happiness. Still, every time Jupiter is activated in the chart, there is a chance to reorientate and redefine what is wanted from the future.

Opportunities for growth, expansion and success also arise in the 12 year cycle of Jupiter through the 12 houses, and these influences are described below:

Jupiter transiting 1st House

After a period when there has been growth in an inner spiritual level and a certain satisfaction in having a low profile, the time has come for you to actualize your vision of how you would like to be in the future. This means putting your beliefs and convictions on the line and incorporating them into your lifestyle. Outer events challenge you to take a position on what is right and what is wrong, and you need to state this position with the full force of your personality.

Jupiter transiting 2nd House

Having gained tremendous insight into the direction your life is to take, the focus moves on your earning capacity, and you gain a better understanding as to what it takes to strengthen your economy, and what assets you need to develop. This understanding leads to increased personal resources and a broadening of your economic base, which will provide the foundation for increased growth. Guard against over-spending.

Jupiter transiting 3rd House

Once you have learned how to capitalize on your unique resources, then you will need to reach out to others and generally widen your footprint in the environment. This leads to travel and an expansion of your skills educationally. This is a great year to widen your network of contacts. Through increased communication on all levels, you learn how to make sure-footed progress.

Jupiter transiting 4th House

Having developed your education and communication skills, there is an urge to expand your influence and potential on the home front. This brings insight and good fortune connected with property and family, and you can expect considerable expansion in this area. You broaden your emotional foundations, partly because you gain understanding of the influence of your upbringing, and partly because you are curious to learn more about how to create a nurturing and stimulating environment.

Jupiter transiting 5th House

There is a feeling that your emotional base is secure, and at this point you are burning to channel your energy into something creative. You have the confidence to take on much more, whether it is a love relationship, a child or simply a project where you put yourself on the line. Your confidence is at a high point, and you simply have to celebrate your strengths by manifesting your talents.

Jupiter transiting 6th House

After a period of self-realization, you are now more interested into how your talents can be put to good use for the sake of others. You want to understand just how you fit in to the practical scheme of things, and indeed how you can bring more efficiency into that role. You make yourself indispensable in your working relations and generally improve the quality of your everyday life.

Jupiter transiting 7th House

With your working life functioning optimally, you now how an urge to gain insight into important personal relationships, like marriage and business partnerships. Learning to make the right choices and judgments is important to you, and you may have many discussions of principle before getting it right. Still, this is a very fortunate and happy period for both business and love, not least because you meet positive and influential people.

Jupiter transiting 8th House

With important relationships in your life bringing enhanced satisfaction, you realize the need to gain more depth and psychological understanding of issues that are hidden beneath the surface. This is a time when you discover unpleasant truths, yet develop a tolerant and philosophical attitude to them. You discover how much can be gained by sharing, benefit from the generosity of others and can also get involved in large investment projects.

Jupiter transiting 9th House

After a rather heavy emotional period, during which many hopes were dimmed, you now develop a yearning to expand your intellectual horizons either through study or travel. This is an optimistic period when you ask important questions about the meaning and direction of your life, and gain considerable philosophical insight. You will meet wise mentors who broaden your attitude, and help you define your attitude to moral issues, right and wrong and political or cultural matters.

Jupiter transiting 10th House

This is a period when you capitalize on the knowledge and experience you have garnered earlier to make a concrete success of your life. Good fortune smiles on professional endeavors at this time, and you can expand your sphere of influence. Influential people will support you, and if you strive for recognition, you will achieve it. If you go for your hopes and dreams now, then your expectations have a good chance of being fulfilled.

Jupiter transiting 11th House

Having presided over a period of professional success and expansion, you are interested in developing your social and professional relationships and enjoying the benefits of the status you have attained. This leads to an expansion of your social circle, and you will meet influential people who broaden your attitude and define your views. There is a whole new panorama of possibilities regarding your hopes and dreams.

Jupiter transiting 12th House

A cycle of achievement seems to ebb out in this period, as the hopes and dreams of previous years fade. To find new meaning in your life you look within, seeking to understand your place in the broader scheme of things – also spiritually. You discover the inner riches of the imagination, and instinctively understand how all things dissolve with time. You know at this point that happiness is much more than material success.

It is probably true that the condition of Jupiter in the birth chart determines just how many benefits are experienced, when Jupiter transits the 12 houses. But whatever the benefits, Jupiter does not guarantee that they will last. The story of the seven good years and the seven bad years is worth remembering. It is all very well to think positively and go for growth, but unless there is a strategy for consolidating expansion, then there will be no structure to contain that growth when expansion ceases. It is the judicious balance between the positive attitude of Jupiter and Saturn’s skeptical voice of experience that creates lasting growth in the long run.

Adrian Ross Duncan 18th July 2007

Cool Future

Recorded history on Earth did not begin so long ago. Egyptian hieroglyphics appeared about 6000 years back and the first phonetic writing appeared shortly after. Theoretically this is a span of only 200 generations. In this period, at least until recently, people have huddled around fires both to keep warm and to cook food. Flames and glowing coals is what they had. Smoke continually darkened their living places and got in their eyes. They gathered around and told stories, watching the shifting shadows curiously. There was day and light, and there was night and dark. In this world of night and day, philosophies developed, and they were characterized by polarity, by good and evil, god and the devil. Reality was defined by opposites – light/dark, good/bad, true/false, matter/energy, body/mind, subject/object.

In our 24/7 neon wonderland, this reality is no longer existent; the philosophies or religions developed to map the realities of a previous age, fall short today. There is much talk about global warming, but the future is destined to be cool. Smokers today are nostalgics, who still need to see the dancing flame and ritually recreate the smoke that characterized a bygone age. Modern legislation forces them to gather around their miniature camp fires – outside buildings from Los Angeles to Stockholm. On a macro level dying industries mirror this micro pollution, burning huge quantities of oil and coal and belching smoke – and of course carbon dioxide – into the heavens.

Up until now, historically speaking, it has been supposed that matter must be burned to create energy, and huge quantities of matter burned to create huge quantities of energy. Industrialization has brought untold benefits but also created environmental imbalance, yet the factories and power stations of the last two centuries are a transitional phase – a dying breed, like smokers. Our children’s children will read about them in the history books and marvel.

Long-term history is mapped astrologically by precession, which is the term for the 25,870 year wobble of the Earth’s pole through each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac in what is called a Great Year. This leads to 12 Ages of 2,155 years the last of which is the Piscean Age which in the West has been associated with the Christian era. Christ and the Virgin Mary are seen to represent the Pisces/Virgo polarity. The transition from Pisces to the Aquarian Age is a slow process, which could possibly be seen to have started with the discovery and utilization of electricity at the end of the 19th century. It is electricity – an energy that no longer creates smoke – that has come to replace the burning flame. Light bulbs, electric fires, cookers are the early tools of the transformation to Aquarius. Electricity is the high-energy start to the digital low-energy future. Plastic is the next building block in that process.

This process has until now been extraordinary wasteful and polluting. Industrialization has brought a greed that has systematically stripped the Earth of its natural resources. Astrologically the industrial era is spanned by another major time cycle that is the conjunction cycle of Jupiter and Saturn. This cycle returns to the same position every 800 years and is divided into 4 sub-periods during which the conjunction falls in one of the four elements. The conjunction cycle in Earth started in 1842 and ends in the year 2020, when the conjunction falls in Aquarius (starting a 200-year cycle in Air). These years span the exploitation of the resources of Earth.

When the Air cycle begins, there will no longer be an exploitation of Earth – the new frontier will be air and electromagnetic radiation from all areas of the spectrum. This will put a stop to sources of pollution created by burning, not least because there will be very little coal and oil left to burn. New technology will make it uninteresting to burn coal; oil will be too valuable to burn and will be used to create plastic. In this transition phase there will be radical and dramatic developments that create the energy we need in news ways. Wherever there is a current technology that creates unnecessary heat, this will be eliminated. A case in point is the light bulb. This primitive object uses electricity to heat a metal filament to a white hot state in a vacuum. The bulb is fragile and 80% of the energy is lost as heat. New diode technology creates virtually no heat, and is long-lasting and robust. Many of the products we use today are energy intensive and inefficient – the digital future will bring economies of energy on a huge scale because of the harnessing of light.

It is difficult to comprehend the scale of these changes. Clocks that previously operated by the turning of wheels and the swinging of the pendulum have become digital today. Time is measured according to the 24-hour clock, but we still need to see a clock face with just 12 hours, and to divide the day into two, because we are still rooted in the past. Digital time and instant communication to all corners if the globe removes the division of night and day, and future philosophies will reflect this, not least by the rejection of polarity and extremes. Behavior that was considered either good or evil just a couple of centuries ago is no longer considered black or white. What was ascribed to demons has become the subject of psychological study. Nobody is so sure any longer what good and evil are, except perhaps George W Bush.

Just as fire and heat seem to be essential elements in our life, but will be limited to just special functions in the future, everywhere you see a wheel today – whether it be in a clock or on a car – it will disappear in the future. The wheel is simply and extension of the foot and as such is a manifestation of the Age of Pisces. How the disappearance of the wheel will affect future transportation is a matter for conjecture, but it will result in the disappearance of roads, though not paths, tarmac though not grass, jet turbines though not electromagnetic levitation, hard disks though not memory cards. Where there once was a wheel there will be an instantaneous process.

The Age of Aquarius is digital and cool, light-ruled and enlightened. Energy consumption will be minimal because things will be designed that way. The sun and air – or the principles behind the sun (fusion) and air – will provide energy,. The air will be completely irradiated with digital signals and the earth connected through optic cables. Language, beliefs and borders will not constitute a separation between peoples. Whereas the mutable cross of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius – sacrifice, service, polarity and belief – characterized the Piscean Age, the fixed cross will characterize the Aquarian Age. Aquarius – humanity, Leo – mass entertainment, Taurus – enjoyment, Scorpio – sex. Of course it is there already. We can see it in globalism, international games and sports, the supermarket, the open sexuality. A few centuries ago the Christian church would have called this the work of the devil. But these days the devil is simply an interesting marketing ploy.

Whereas sacrifice and pain were elevated virtues in the Piscean era, enlightenment, individualism and enjoyment will be the virtues of the Aquarian era. Outwardly it is an appealing age to live in. The difficulties, which may not be so apparent to the denizens of the era, will be in the totalitarian nature of the age. With the interconnectedness of us all, it will be possible to have visual and auditory contact with anyone anywhere. Whilst there are benefits in terms of security and togetherness, the relentless presence of collective consciousness could prove to be a strain. Where in the Christian era self-centeredness was a sin, in the Aquarius era being an outsider, or being anti-social will be… not a sin… but disapproved of. Whereas religious isolation was considered sublime in the Piscean Age, solidarity and connectedness will be the Aquarian virtue.

There are several good astrological indicators for the dawning of Aquarius, and one of them is the conjunction of the 7 personal planets in Aquarius at the solar eclipse of February 5th 1962.

Horoscope: 5.02.1962 0.10 GMT New York AS 8.47 VI

Many will remember the sheer euphoria of the sixties, and the revolutionary trends that swept the music and political scene at the time. This euphoria is well represented by the wonderful conjunction of the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. However it is worth noticing that there is also a Mars/Saturn conjunction. The sixties were also a cruel time, what with the Cultural Revolution in China, the Vietnam war, and the general political reaction of the old generation to the new. This element of authoritarianism and euphoria will probably characterize the Aquarian Age. Drawn for New York this puts – rather unnervingly – Pluto on the Ascendant.

Another significant chart is the coming great mutation Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Air which falls in Aquarius.

Horoscope: 21.12.2020 18.18 GMT New York AS 7.01 TA

This horoscope could be considered the final push from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age. For the next 200 years Saturn/Jupiter conjunctions take place in Gemini, Libra and Aquarius and it will be in the field of air signs that human ingenuity will unfold in a practical way. This is the first conjunction in Aquarius since 1404 which is what makes this conjunction a Great Mutation. The chart will have an outreach of 200 years, and the countries and people that are to have greatest historical effect in this period are those whose horoscopes align with the power centers in this chart.

Of most concern in the chart is the elevated Pluto in Capricorn exactly squaring Mars in Aries. As in the previous chart this indicates authoritarian power, here shown as invasive and dictatorial. If you have traveled to America after 2001, your thumbprint and iris signature is stored in the Homeland Security database. By 2050 the genetic profile of everyone in the world will probably be stored from birth. For all the best reasons of course. Even today in London, your movements can be tracked by cameras from the moment you leave your house to the time you exit the night club you just visited. If you want to be an honest small-time crook, life is going to be very difficult. Our lives will be digitally mapped from the cradle to the grave. And we will be brought up to think it’s a good thing.

Whilst we are summoned to our screens in this brave new world, there will be some who read with longing about those earlier citizens who assembled around the camp fire and tried to avoid the smoke. But no one will miss the religious persecution, disease, poverty and starvation that caused so much suffering in the Age of Pisces.

Adrian Ross Duncan 19th June 2007

Saturn,Capricorn & Aquarius

There is no planet that takes its time quite like Saturn. It never rushes, never accomplishes anything rapidly, always seems to go a little too slowly. From it we learn the qualities of patience, stoicism and perseverance. Time drags on just slow enough for us to actually build something lasting. Any faster and the foundations would not be solid enough. Any slower, and we would give up the struggle. But when Saturn enters Cancer in its 29½ year journey around the Sun, it does seem a little unfair for those souls who are so sensitive to the travails of this planet, namely Capricorns and Aquarians, or those with these two signs particularly strong in their charts. It takes 5 years for Saturn to traverse Cancer and Leo – the opposing signs of Capricorn and Aquarius – and in this long period Saturn it is in its two signs of detriment, weakened and debilitated.

Which really is no fun. For anyone. Saturn in Cancer brought out the worst aspects of nationalism or “patriotism”, and contributed to the urge to fortify or wall in borders to keep foreigners out. Israel walls out the Palestinians, Bush walls out the Mexicans, Europe walls out all those refugees who desperately want to escape chaos in the rest of the world. On a more personal level, the transit of Saturn through Cancer from June 2003 to August 2005 placed its heavy finger on emotional weaknesses especially as regards family duty, bring a time of emotional struggle for those who did not have their house in order. For Capricorns, it emphasized partnership weaknesses and demanded the sacrifice of personal needs in favor of partnership needs. For Aquarians it placed the focus on work, health and employment, forcing them to address deficiencies in this area.

Saturn in Leo has been particularly bad for political leadership in the period from 2005 to 2007. Bush in the USA has lost all his credibility, even amongst Republicans. The swagger of this man, who always seems not quite to be able to fill out his suit, like a small boy, is very characteristic of Saturn in Leo. (Though he has Leo rising and Saturn in fact in Cancer). Tony Blair has squandered massive popularity through lying to himself and to the people. Jacques Chirac in France fumbled through his last weak years of his presidency.

As the new millennium began, Saturn had conjoined Jupiter in Taurus in its twenty-year conjunction cycle with that planet. With a stellium of seven planets in Taurus in May 2000, a completely new economic cycle started with the Dot com crash, which actually also heralded a long period of investment in solid values like property, bringing in time large economic bonuses for sensible souls who owned property.

But the defining moment for the millennium was the opposition of Saturn in Gemini to Pluto in Sagittarius and the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York – the symbol of western economic imperialism. The world was rent asunder. Polarized. Religious fundamentalism was suddenly on the agenda, both that of Islam and that of American neoconservatives. A strange war against an indefinable enemy began – this “war on terrorism”. On the personal front, the Saturn/Pluto opposition brought individual twin-tower crises, as life structures with weak foundations also disintegrated. For Capricorns this particularly affected work structures (6th/12 house), for Aquarians children and social structures (5th/11th house). [See point 1. in graph]

Saturn in Gemini went on to trine Uranus in Aquarius [point 2. in graph] in what was a honeymoon period for Western foreign policy with a broad alliance supportive of American intervention in the aftermath of 9/11. This led to a successful overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the manipulation of the UN into a half-hearted support of the invasion of Iraq. This was the perfect time for the export of Western democracy. But then Saturn went into Cancer, and things turned sour. Democracy has not proved to sit very well amongst the tribal divisions of Iraq, where clan is far more important than airy concepts of equality.

The next major aspect for Saturn has been the triple opposition to Neptune [point 3. in graph] from Leo to Aquarius. Basically Saturn is on its last legs at this time. Having waded through the mud of Cancer, it is completely defeated by the Neptune’s fog and quicksand. There is only one thing for Saturn to do – roll over and accept defeat. (Though not if you are President Bush… the situation in Iraq can be saved by a “troop surge”. Poor troops.)

On a personal level, circumstances that are seemingly beyond control undermine the situation of the individual in a long and tiring process of dissolution. Being Saturn-ruled, this naturally affects Capricorns and Aquarians most. For Capricorns it is connected with financial, psychological and security issues. For Aquarians, a long drawn out struggle to define the meaning of life, children and relationships is the issue. It is not the worst thing to surrender, or to accept that there are higher forces – karma perhaps – that cannot be avoided. The lesson of Saturn/Neptune is that everything in life is transitory and will be dissolved by time. The kind of acceptance that arises as a consequence is extremely enriching spiritually. As far as the refinement of the soul is concerned, the losers wins, and the winner loses.

At the time of writing (May 2007) Saturn is moving direct in Leo as in trines Jupiter, and things are looking up. Suddenly Saturn-ruled Aquarius and Capricorn start getting the feeling that a 5-year cycle of struggle is about to ease up. The coming trine to Pluto in August 2007 at 26 degrees Leo/Sagittarius marks a Saturn ready to flex its muscles – reborn and ready for a bit of power play. Where Aquarians, with Saturn in their solar 7th house, have had to consistently compromise in relationships and tread real carefully, they will now be prepared to come with an ultimatum if necessary. They are not prepared to be trodden on at this time. Politically, there may be a resolution connected with Iranian nuclear ambitions at this time. Capricorns, who have been going through a period of considerable anxiety with Saturn in their solar 8th house, can expect a powerful emotional catharsis.

When Saturn finally comes into Virgo on September 2nd 2007, there are many who will breathe a collective sigh of relief, as incompetent and over-inflated leaders disappear from the scene, and a new spirit of practical humility takes over. This transition to Virgo is eased by the entrance of Jupiter into Capricorn on December 18th, where it goes on to make a trine to Saturn at 7 degrees in January 2008… just as Pluto moves into Capricorn. Basically this is going to be a wonderfully constructive period – a time to heal and repair. (Though the repeated Mars opposition to Pluto from January – March 2008 points to a crisis in other areas.)

But what a major transition this is for Capricorns, who not only get Jupiter and Pluto entering their sign, but also have Saturn moving out of its most uncomfortable placement in the solar 8th house, and into the optimistic 9th. This will result in a radical lifestyle change, bringing a major focus on foreign countries, international travel and intellectual training. For Aquarians, Saturn’s move into their solar 8th house will highlight working on psychological factors, and worrying about security issues perhaps, but the trine to Jupiter brings a reasonably painless transition, and crucially Saturn has moved out of its opposition placement.

The major event for Saturn in 2008 is its opposition to Uranus – something that takes place only once every 46 years. [See point 4. in graph.] The first opposition takes place at 18 degrees Virgo/Pisces at the time of the US election in November 2008. The aspect repeats in February 2009 at 20 degrees and in September at 24 degrees. Obviously this planetary cycle will evoke changes similar to those in the mid-sixties, notably focus on an enormous generation gap. It will be interesting to see how the virtual world of Uranus in Pisces will collide with the practical world of Saturn in Virgo. Web environments like the video world of YouTube.com will have a huge effect on attitudes. Ultimately the anarchic presentation of material that the TV media prefer to keep hidden, or do not have the resources to show, will completely change the power balance, and have a huge new effect on elections.

For Capricorns this opposition from November 2008 to September 2009, will bring the bridging on worlds on an intellectual level. Radical new educational and communication methods will bring challenges as Capricorns reorient the way they understand their position in the world. New languages, new studies, new countries, international commuting are some of many opportunities. For Aquarians there is a focus on new resources, and a struggle to create economic security with new methods. This will be a time of major psychological challenge and growth, when a balance must be found between the ghosts of the past, and the dreams for the future.

Finally on October 29th 2009 Saturn moves into Libra, where it is exalted. Whatever challenges arise at this time – and a major T-square is approaching involving Uranus, Pluto and Saturn – for Capricorns and Aquarius this will at least be a time when they have strength and dignity. While Saturn was in Cancer and Leo, its debilitated position meant that even if there were relatively good aspects, the benefits would be muted. But when Saturn is exalted, even its difficult aspects will not be enough to throw it off balance. So for Capricorns, when Saturn will be in the solar 10th house and Pluto the solar first, there will be enormous strength and power to recreate ambitions and transform the career to create a new future. For Aquarians, with Saturn now in the solar 9th, there will be a world of new opportunity, where many dreams are fulfilled – not least because of a long-running Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Aquarius all through 2009.

The first square between Saturn and Pluto takes place in January 2010, and we can expect some pretty major political reorganization at this time. What makes it considerably more spicy, is that Uranus enters fiery Aries, recreating aspect patterns that were dominant in the 1930’s. So in July 2010 there is an extraordinary square from Pluto at 3 Capricorn to a Uranus/Saturn opposition at 0 Aries/Libra. Political unrest will sweep the world at this time, and whilst Saturn in Libra will strive to maintain balance – Congress in the USA will be particularly active trying to mediate between individual extremism and state authority – the long term political prospects seem very messy. In fact Uranus will square Pluto not three times, not five times, but an incredibly seven times between 2012 and 2015, and with Saturn moving into powerful Scorpio at this time, the world will be needing some superheroes.

Graph of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

Adrian Ross Duncan 19th May 2007.

Extreme Loving

It is difficult to work with astrology and be politically correct at the same time, especially when the subject turns to gender issues. Traditionally gender has been assigned to planets, notably the “male” epithet to Sun and Mars, and the female to Moon and Venus. If you did not follow that guideline as a practising astrologer, you would soon go astray in the predictive field. Back when men were men and women were women – around a century ago – tradition said that a man would marry a woman represented by the position and aspect of the Moon, whilst a woman would marry a man represented by the position and aspect of the Sun. (That was in the days when people got married).

These days, when romance has replaced motherhood and status as a major factor in relationships, it would be foolish not to look to Venus and Mars. Experience shows that despite the fact that we tend to prize ourselves on our awareness and consciousness, men still project their female side (represented by Venus in their chart) on women, whilst women project their male side (Mars) on men.

It is comparatively easy to predict the kind of experiences women have with men from Mars’ position and aspects, and vice versa for men and Venus. Relationships are healthier when not too much projection takes place, and during the course of a relationship, it is possible that a greater consciousness arises. So the man who has Venus square Saturn and claims his partner is depressed, learns that this condition miraculously improves when he is more generous with his love. And the woman with Mars square Jupiter who finds that her partner is arrogant, bullying and all-knowing learns that if she relaxes instead of discusses, the partner suddenly seems to listen more.

On a collective level Mars and Venus represent huge forces in society. It is well-known that the state’s expression of Mars is through the military, and that there is a huge expenditure on this level. Similarly men just cannot resist buying objects that reflect potency like powerful computers and cars. On the other hand culture is also a huge area of expenditure for the state, and who knows – or dares ask – how much women spend on beauty? It has been said in fact that spending on beauty and spending on war amounts to about the same. Clearly Mars and Venus are worlds apart but equally powerful. Take a women to a Do-It-Yourself shop or a man to a beauty products shop, and you’ll get the idea.

But – and here’s the thing – Mars and Venus cannot resist each other. With the Earth caught in the middle of these two planets, we are torn apart or unified to the degree that we can manage a harmonious and happy relationship with the opposite sex. In their orbits around the Sun, Venus and Mars make a range of aspects to each other from varying signs, and this synchronizes with the drama or lack of drama as boy meets girl here on Earth.

Which makes 2007 a very special year, because both Mars and Venus go retrograde and just cannot get away from each other, making a series of aspects which definitely are dramatic. This double retrograde can only happen when both planets straddle the Earth – in other words neither of them can be found on the opposite side of the sun in 2007, they are very close to the Earth, large and bright. Added to this, here in 2007 and 2008 Mars and Venus tend to connect by aspect perilously close to Uranus in Pisces and Pluto in Sagittarius. Mars goes retrograde in Cancer in November and enters Gemini from 2007-2008 opposing Pluto just as in moves into Capricorn. This collectively suggests that relationships are in a period of transition, and there will be crisis and transformation. From a traditional sun sign point of view, these will be interesting times for the Venus-ruled Taurus and Libra, and the Mars-ruled Aries and Scorpio.

At the time of writing, Venus is approaching the square to Mars. They will meet at 13 degrees Gemini/Pisces, which activates the March full moon eclipse which conjoined Uranus. As long as Mars or Venus are in mutable signs they are destined to activate first Uranus and later Pluto – and it seems as if they know it. Two days previously a South Korean student shot and killed 33 people at a college in Virginia. (Note 1) School shootings seem to almost be a trend in the US, partly because of the easy accessibility of guns (killer Cho paid $571 by credit card for a 9 mm Glock 19 pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition), but perhaps also because schools are miniature societies which contain all the aspects of outside society – many of them traumatic, like bullying, isolation, humiliation.

This shooting took place with Mars at 7.45 Pisces – perhaps predictable because of the applying square to USA’s Uranus at 8.55 Gemini, which Venus was also soon to conjoin. Venus is the actual ruler of the shooting chart (Taurus rising at 7.15 when two people were murdered in a dormitory), and by the time the killer actually entered the college two hours later, where the majority of people were killed, Venus conjoined the Ascendant. This suggests just how extreme a position Venus is in when squaring Mars, Uranus and the North Node in Pisces.

Extrapolating this kind of extremism to the whole series of aspects that Venus and Mars make up to January 2008, it is likely that relationship situations generally will go through some extreme phases. On July 27th Venus goes retrograde at 2 Virgo giving Mars the opportunity to catch up and make a square at 0 Gemini/ 0 Virgo. In other words, just as Venus goes back into Leo from Virgo, Mars goes forward into Gemini from Taurus. Talk about being at cross purposes! Clearly this Gemini/Virgo square suggests the tendency to talk and talk… and criticize. Venus is in fall in Virgo and is desperate to improve her situation. What better way to do this than going back into Leo – parties and romance! Queen again instead of maidservant.

And indeed, when Venus moves back into Leo, she is destined to meet a Mars in Gemini who can easily seduce her with his boyish charms. This happens just as Venus is about to go direct at 17 Leo in early September. In other words Venus is likely to abandon a relationship in which she feels enslaved (Virgo) to go back to an old love who promises fun and games. The double nature of Mars and Venus in mutable signs suggests that there are two or more partners in the picture. The sextile between Venus and Mars at this time happens just as Mars squares Uranus – also at 17 degrees. This is certainly an explosive cocktail for change and wild experimentation.

Bearing in mind that this Venus retrograde cycle is of 8 years duration, this can easily relate back to the fated Venus stationary position of 1999, which also happened at the “Nostradamus” solar eclipse. This is a sensitised degree – 9/11 also took place when Venus returned to this degree in 2001. In other words, relationships with roots back to 1999 can be reactivated, and a new 8 year cycle can begin.

The romantic idyll (Venus also opposes Neptune at this time) may not last so long, for Mars and Venus are destined to meet again as Mars moves on into Cancer whilst Venus moves back into Virgo. They meet by sextile in mid-October at 7 Cancer/Virgo. The sextile might be nice, but both planets are in fall, suggesting that relationships at this time are characterized by dependence and servility. This might be an OK combination for home-building and family, but a romantic holiday in Paris is not on the cards.

By mid-November Venus is in a much better position as it moves into its own sign Libra, but it is at this point that Mars turns retrograde at 12 degrees Cancer to begin a 5 month journey – in fall – where it is destined to oppose Pluto in transition from Sagittarius to Capricorn. This is unfortunately an ominous time. The last time Mars was retrograde in Cancer was in 1992-3, when Yugoslavia split asunder and ethnic cleansing was all the rage. For Mars in Cancer has an emotional fixation on family, clan and nation, and is venomous in defence of those it holds dear. This does not bode well for unity in Iraq, and indeed problems in Serbia may be reawakened. Venus in Libra, which squares Mars at its station at 12 degrees, does her best to find diplomatic solutions, but Mars is bent on self-destruction… its future meeting with Pluto.

In relationships this suggests men in the sway of violent emotions in conflict with women of brilliant character trying to get the best out of the situation. Bearing in mind that Venus (dignified in Libra) goes on to sextile Jupiter (dignified in Sagittarius) in early September, there is no doubt everything will be done to be impartial and fair in the face of continual irrational outbursts from men who think they have right and might (Mars retrograde opposes the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction) on their side. On the political scene the UN may be especially active and effective at this time. The forces of justice line up on the side of Venus, whilst they are arrayed against a Mars that speaks with two tongues.

Still, in the constant battle between the sexes, or the drive for war or peace, it is Venus who is destined to give way to Mars, because the nature of Venus is to seek harmony. Thus, just after Mars has returned to Cancer and opposes a new Pluto at 0 Capricorn on March 7th, Mercury joins forces with Venus in Pisces, and they make some form of peace with Mars, perhaps sacrificing something to assuage the emotional desperation that Mars exhibits at this time.

But the Spring of 2008 is an extreme time, with Saturn newly arrived in Virgo opposing Venus, and Mars opposing Pluto – hard times for love and hard times for living. We will be living in a new world at this time, with the two giants Jupiter and Saturn now in Earth signs, along with Pluto. The good thing about this period is that there will be a collective drive to develop workable systems for sorting out the mess created by extremist ideologies.

Adrian Ross Duncan 19th April 2007.

1. College Massacre. 16th April 2007. 7.15 Blacksburg, Virginia. AS 6.33 Taurus.