Hello to readers in Paris!
Just like last week, this week we’re in the throes of even more shifts, and while some of us could mistake this week’s changes as the crescendo we’ve all been waiting for, my hunch is there’s still more to come. To be sure, last week’s chord will resonate for quite some time as will this week’s, but as unbelievable as this might seem there’s still more to be revealed. And much of what’s yet to come could turn even the most idealistic among us quite cynical about human nature. And while I can’t honestly criticize cynicism as a proper response, it might be wiser to resist that temptation and instead cling to a higher ideal. The human condition is imperfect, and while samsara is the realm of suffering—and it is our realm—when we transform our understanding of suffering and take personal responsibility for our choices, anything is possible. As Pema Chodron has said many, many, many times: When things fall apart—that’s the opportunity for change. Here we are in a flood of opportunities for change and the most important question is: How are we going to facilitate all the shifts that need occur? Keep that question in mind as the coming weeks and months unfold.
Here’s the good news: Mercury is direct—its retrograde ended on April 15 and it won’t be retrograde again until July 26.
But don’t get your hopes up for a full-throttle, forward-motion pace of daily life to begin anytime soon—at the moment, the only runaway trains are political—and there is so much retro-interference for the rest of the year that you might want to consider learning how to swim upstream. Yesterday, April 17, Saturn began its retrograde phase of the year, which will end on September 6. Saturn retraces its path all the way back to the position it occupied mid-January, so be prepared to review decisions, positions and strategies, personal and professional, put in motion since the beginning of the 2018. And as you do, keep in mind that when Saturn entered Capricorn, its Home Sign, in December 2017, it started us on an inexorable path toward the Saturn/Pluto conjunction that takes place in January 2020. This Saturn/Pluto conjunction is the actual crescendo many of us are anticipating—everything occurring now is pushing us to that point.
Also this week—and not such good news—Mars and Pluto, both in Capricorn, are tightening their conjunction, which is exact and separating on Thursday, April 26. Their perfect union occurs at 21degrees Capricorn, one degree away from where the Saturn/Pluto conjunction happens in 2020, which makes what happens this week and next key events contributing to the 2020 crescendo.
A Mars/Pluto conjunction is a pernicious influence that turns even the air prickly with desire to fight for control. Mars signifies war; Pluto symbolizes death and rebirth, and when they join together, their combined signature indicates a tendency toward using compulsive, obsessive brutality without regard to the consequences. Be careful what you say to family and friends in the heat of the moment—your words could have the shelf-life of Plutonium. From a collective perspective, this conjunction fans the flames of Mr. Trump and his new War Lord Bolton to act on their worst fears and put us all in jeopardy.
The other significant astral news of this week as well as the next several weeks is Uranus’ entry into Taurus on May 15. This is one of the primary reasons nervous systems are out of whack and lots of folks are feeling more than a little edgy—although Trump’s Gang of Hungry Ghosts are providing plenty of reasons to be nervous. That being said, from an astrological perspective we are caught in a huge Uranian vortex because the planet of surprising plot twists is leaving Aries, where it’s been for the last seven years, and simultaneously preparing to enter Taurus, where it stays for the next seven years.
We always feel a special kind of intensity when Uranus shifts. Many of us—and not only the most sensitive—are experiencing an increasing uneasiness about what’s next. And while we don’t need the planets to amplify our already queasy feelings about the state of the world, Uranus is exacerbating our individual and collective anxiety. Be aware, Uranus retrogrades back into Aries on November 6—yes, Election Day in the United States of America—which is certain to disrupt the voting process, making it all the more important to protect the voting system from being hacked.
I’ve been looking at the charts of Mr. Trump, Mr. Mueller and Mr. Comey and observed some interesting aspects:
(1) Biggest news: Mr. Trump and Mr. Mueller have a Mars/Venus conjunction: Mr. Mueller’s Venus to Mr. Trump’s Mars. Astrologers love this aspect because it signifies complete sympathetic resonance, and if people are so inclined, an exquisite sexual rapport. Astrologers would interpret this as a match made in heaven—the perfect partner, lover and best friend. Venus-receives-Mars is the traditional way of interpreting this aspect, which made me contemplate just how tuned-in Mr. Mueller might be, given that this contact would make Mr. Mueller highly receptive to every little move and mood of King Donald and able to anticipate what might happen next.
(2) On April 18, the day after Mr. Comey’s book was released, transiting Mars conjuncts his natal Saturn. Synchronistically, the collective has been under the influence of a Mars/Saturn conjunction for the past several weeks, which was exact on April 2, in an opposition to Mr. Trump’s Mercury. (See the archived columns for more info.)
(3) On May 1, transiting Mars is exactly opposite Mr. Trump’s Saturn. I’m not sure he can handle the tension of that transit, given that its essence is the repression of anger. By the way, this transit also occurs at the same degree as the Saturn/Pluto conjunction we will all experience in January 2020.
Of course, we’re all wondering what happens next—and there’s just no way of knowing. Uranus symbolizes unpredictability, so how can we possibly know how it’s going to manifest? The one thing we know for sure is that Uranus sends its lightning bolts of illumination into stagnant waters, so wherever you might be feeling stuck or mired, you can anticipate a shakeup. But try not to dwell on all the difficult things that might occur. Pema Chodron is right—when things fall apart, we experience opportunities for growth. These are the perfect times to reaffirm your commitment to conscious living.