STATE OF THE PLANET UPDATE:
“Endings and Beginnings”
January 14th, 2022
Happy New Year (of the Tiger?)
For my first article of 2022 I had intended to discuss some of the more significant Astrology and Energy events for the second half of the month of January. As usual, the Universe sometimes has other ideas, and all it takes is one or two events not looked for to change one’s outlook and direction. I will address what that event was in brief, then attempt to describe the Energies of the moment as succinctly as I can. Remember…what I offer is only an opinion, and whatever information or guidance I supply must either resonate in your being somewhere, or not. If it doesn’t vibe with you, chuck it out the window!
Right after New Year’s weekend I decided to not launch myself back into my myriad projects and unfinished business that had been dogging me since before the Christmas break. Instead, I opted remaining quiet and observe what has been going on inside and outside of myself. There was just zero impulse to push or make anything happen…at least not yet.
Then, this past Monday morning I received word of the death of a very close friend whom I met during my days of living in West Cork, in the south of Ireland. She was a vibrant, engaging soul, with a winning smile and loads of intelligence. She worked at one of the only two health food stores in the area and was super knowledgeable about diet and supplements. She eventually went on to study and get a degree in nutritional coaching and natural medicine and had a thriving practice in her hometown.
My marriage was faltering at this time, and we shared all the usual ups and downs about love, relationships and so on. She was in and out of relationships during this time, and we provided a sounding board and support for each other which was treasured. We also laughed a lot over delicious coffees and Irish scones. In any case, after my separation I moved back to the U.K. and she went on to live part-time in the south of Spain, doing a lot of her health consulting work online. Then the pandemic and lockdowns ensued, and things changed quickly. She came back to Ireland, and basically got stuck there. We had been in regular contact all last year, and I last spoke with her about two weeks before Christmas. There was no indication of anything being amiss. Exactly 30 days passed between that conversation and her death.
My partner and I both knew her very well, so we are still reeling from the sudden shock of her passing. The suddenness of someone’s death is always a blow, especially when someone is as young, vibrant, and infinitely kind and compassionate as she was. It also gets you to focus on what is essentially important. The details and business of life looks somewhat banal and meaningless by comparison. Strangely enough, I had just finished reading a book a few days before this sad news that is all about death and dying. It’s entitled “Home with God” by Neale Donald Walsch. I highly recommend it to anyone who desires a different perspective and deeper understanding of this touchiest of subjects.
Of course, I went looking for any clues in her natal chart that might shed light on her death but came away mostly unsatisfied. However, the energies that we currently are experiencing have been somewhat less frenetic and at the same time a bit wobbly. In that vein I will attempt to provide some insights as to what we can expect going forwards from today until the first of February. But before I do so, I would like to invite anyone who feels so movedto offer a blessing for my friend that passed on this week, and to send healing and comfort to her family and the multitude of friends and grateful clients she had. I was one of her clients during 2021, and her assistance was a key to my recovery from a serious health issue. Her name was Alison, from Cork, Ireland. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
People are being born on this planet every single minute and dying every single minute. It is part of ‘What Is So’. To come to grips with one’s mortality is a heroic and necessary part of living, and we don’t give near enough attention to this part of our journey. No single person’s death is insignificant, nor is it random, no matter what the manner of passing they’ve chosen. Taken as a whole, it is important to acknowledge that we would do well to acknowledge death not as a curse, but as a rite of passage that is part of our coming into the wisdom and remembrance of who we really are. At some point even death will cease to be held in fear. The need for dying will itself will also vanish once we have reached a particular stage of reunion with our Source Consciousness. This is where every soul is bound, no matter how long it might take us.
The Energy Recap – January 14th to January 31st, 2022:
The astrological weather has now gone from being rather subdued to becoming very jumbled and uplifting, all at the same time. Mercury will begin its first retrograde journey of 2022 today, reversing direction at 11:40 AM GMT at 10 degrees of Aquarius, and conjunct (close) to Saturn at 14 Aquarius. In fact, by the time you reading this, it has already begun.
Between now and February 3rd the Winged Messenger will travel backwards through the early Aquarian degrees into the Earth sign of Capricorn, before turning around and heading back to where it started at 10 degrees of Aquarius. All Mercury Retros take about 9 weeks to complete. The shadow phase about two weeks prior to the retrograde point, then the 3 weeks or so for the actual backwards journey, then two more weeks to traverse the degrees forward till he arrives back at the starting gate. We get four Mercury Retrogrades this year…very unusual!
During this retrograde Mercury will conjunct Pluto at 26 and 27 degrees of Capricorn. A relentless digging to unearth some truth will be happening, collectively and individually. If you have any natal planets hanging out between 25 degrees of Capricorn to 10 degrees in Aquarius, Leo, Pisces, or Virgo, you’ll get to see what gets lit up in your blueprint. Also, and I am serious about this, Mercury Retrogrades ask us to examine what we’re thinking about, and why, and if there’s any truth still in those thoughts. We can take this opportunity to put more emphasis on our intuition and feeling natures, rather than simply rely on the monkey-mind in our left-brain.
It also is a good idea to back up data, check your anti-virus update status, avoid starting a new business or enterprise, sign any important documents, or make any big purchases that involve electronics or vehicles. Purchasing land or a home? If possible try to postpone signing anything until early February. Again, work with the energy consciously…and don’t panic if you must buy a new toaster or something like that. Just do what is necessary without anxiety or pushing.
On Monday the 17th we get a real corker of a Full Moon. Sun and Moon at 27 degrees of Capricorn and Cancer respectively. Just before that happens, the Sun and Pluto well team up on the 16th. Then on the 17th at approximately 11:37 PM GMT the Sun, Pluto, and Juno conjunct each other, and Juno gets up close and personal with the Moon. This will be an interesting mix with the emphasis on several disparate issues. The Sun energy is about core identity, Juno about preservation of traditions – especially regarding families and couples, and Pluto, the Lord of Death, whose archetype represents relentless growth and transformation through letting go of anything that no longer serves us…willingly or not! All that energy is harnessed behind the Nodes of the Moon, and opposite the Moon in Cancer (see chart below).
This chart is very wobbly, without any symmetry or balance. Hence the Moon becomes the recipient of a load of conflicting energies from Sun, Pluto, and Juno. It may feel like our egos experience multiple ego deaths of one degree or another. Again, if you have any sensitivity to all this look for any planets or angles in your blueprint that are at or near 26 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, or Libra. All of these signs are in the Cardinal elements, so it may feel more pressing and stronger than usual. Of course, the energies of Capricorn and Aquarius are at present defining the feeling that our space is shrinking. Tyranny or draconian agendas are trying to get firmly entrenched, just hoping that the extreme levels of fear being generated will force compliance to “the rules.” I will provide you with new data over the next few weeks that counterpoint and countermand these impulses, along with my interpretations of what we need to be paying attention to, as well as what actions we can take as individuals to preserve our freedom to choose how to live the lives we want to live, and to establish and strengthen our commitment to health and healing on all levels of our experience of being human…and divine, and part of this planet and the Cosmos.
The third biggie is two days later, when Uranus finally turns direct in the sign of Taurus. Uranus has been idling along in backwards motion since turning Retrograde on August 19th, 2021. Having this archetype-energy of unpredictability and revolution turning around in the energy of Mercury Retro and a punchy Full Moon will give us that same kind of thrill as that moment you get just before the roller coaster tops the first big hill and begins its descent on the far side. Thrilling, but you may feel a bit white-knuckled by the sudden acceleration. This energy is the proverbial unforeseen monkey wrench in the works. Watch for possible shifts in global financial or commodities markets. I always recommend the Solari Report or Trends Research Journal for analysis and updates that make sense and possess a high degree of integrity.
Lastly, next week’s marathon includes the Nodes of the Moon changing signs from Sagittarius-Gemini to Scorpio-Taurus. Since Uranus is in Taurus, and Pluto is also in the Earth sign of Capricorn, the Nodes will stimulate those two outer planets significantly over the next eighteen months or so. The North Node in Taurus will trine Pluto on February 6th, and conjunct Uranus August 6th this year. There are many more aspects that the transiting Nodes will make to inner and outer planets, but these two dates I’ve provided may stand out large. The archetype of Taurus represents in symbolic form the themes of tribe, primary partner, sex for procreation and pleasure, fecundity, planting the crops, food growing and distribution, natural resources, money or modes of exchange, home and shelter, clothing and implements and in short anything that has to do with security and comfort. Scorpio resonates with acquisition, issues of power with or power over, Life, Death and Sexuality, legal proceedings, wills, inheritances, legacies, property, mystical practices and secrets, desires, obsessions, passions, and simply getting to the bottom of things.
After these events take place, the Sun moves into Aquarius on the 20th of January, and then just five hours after midnight on February 1st, we get a New Moon at 12 degrees of Aquarius, conjunct Saturn at 15 degrees of Aquarius. This for me is of those testing points, on what sort of Aquarian Age will we choose. A human one, or a transhumanist one. We will have to wait and see what we present to ourselves and what the world presents to us after the events of next week. On February 1st the Chinese New Year begins in the sign of the Water Tiger. Grrrr...
Summary: We have two very strong allies in the skies during all of 2022: Jupiter in Pisces and Chiron in Aries. The Jupiter effect is to expand and amplify, throw blessings around, and in Pisces encourage us to seek a deeper spiritual connection within ourselves and our Planet. It is a gentle and loving hotline to Home, to Spirit.
Chiron in Aries will be reminding us to that we are all individual expressions of the Divine, and that we possess the authority over what we allow or do not allow. Chiron was the outcast, the loner, and so it may feel like that for anyone who is personally resisting mandates and the intense coercion to comply with outer authority or herd mentality.
Perhaps mass demonstrations and protests are useless. Perhaps each one of us standing in our power of "no" is the way to go. A perspective worth investigating and pondering for sure. There are many people throughout our history who embodied this quality of spirit: Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Robert Kennedy, Malcom X, the hunger strikers in Belfast prisons during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Individuals and small groups of people who demonstrated courage in the face of overwhelming opposition, and at great personal cost to themselves. Will we dare to follow in their footsteps?
From Spaceweather.com – “SOLAR CYCLE UPDATE: Solar Cycle 25 is heating up. New sunspot counts from NOAA confirm that the young solar cycle is outperforming the official forecast. monthly value at the end of December 2021 was more than twice the forecast, and the highest in more than 5 years. The "official forecast" comes from the Solar Cycle Prediction Panel representing NOAA, NASA, and International Space Environmental Services (ISES). Using a variety of leading indicators, the Panel predicted that Solar Cycle 25 would peak in July 2025 as a relatively weak cycle, similar in magnitude to its predecessor Solar Cycle 24. Instead, Solar Cycle 25 is shaping up to be stronger. Sky watchers have already noticed the change. "We are definitely seeing the effects on the ground in the Arctic!" reports Chad Blakley of the Swedish tour guide service Lights over Lapland. "Auroras now are the best in years." – Data courtesy of Spaceweather.com.
I cannot report any hard data at this moment regarding interstellar influences per se, such as the Schumann Resonance fluctuations or gamma rays coming in from deep space. However, I am aware that we are experiencing massive influxes of energy that perhaps originates from other dimensions of parallel realities. Coupled with the end of the Long Count Mayan calendar and end of time (as we’ve known it), and the turning of the great ages from Pisces to Aquarius, we are all being offered a new set of choices.
What we do with these intense times in response to the many forms of stimuli we are receiving is still hanging in the balance. There are many serious and pressing issues we face as a species. Will we have the courage to do the right thing, and choose Life – an organic and dynamic state of being while having a human experience, full of light, health, equanimity, and joy? Or will we submit and succumb to the will of others, or other forces, that seek to enslave and dominate?
We are coming to a time of many endings, and a time of many new beginnings. I am feeling quite optimistic about it all. I would just prefer the transition to be a lot less full of uncertainty, pain, and suffering. I hope you feel the same way as well.
Blessings on your journey…
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STATE OF THE PLANET UPDATE:
December 31st, 2021
Whew...what a year this was. I want to launch into "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John. Not everyone made it this far however, many are not here that began 2021. Now everyone is wondering, what about 2022? That is a good question. As an astrologer, and as a researcher and analyst that delves into the arcane, I can certainly say two things about 2022.
1) Don't get your hopes up.
2) Don't give up hope.
Hope might be a contentious word with some folks. It can imply a longing for something that will be better, when the future arrives, versus being present with what is so at this moment. However, this is not the hope to which I am alluding. Hope is also akin to faith, the type of strong faith that takes on the character of "knowing" versus believing. Hope can be a knowing, a recognition that whatever is happening in the present, no matter what it is or how unpleasant it might be, the simple fact is that no condition is truly hopeless, nor is it doomed to last indefinitely. So, hope in this context can be an empowerment, a type of positive affirming that even in the direst of circumstances one is not a victim of those circumstances. Adopting the perspective of "the witness" can sometimes help when the world seems darkest, or our stress levels are at maximum, and we think we cannot go on. We can break free of that if we are mindful enough to not be totally absorbed into the experience we are having.
The adage of "hope springs eternal" is an appropriate feeling to cultivate in the times we have been traveling through this past year, and the previous one. We are eternal, so our capacity for hopefulness and solutions is always there. So is our capacity for self-deception and Pollyannish perspectives. By being an advocate of hope I am not implying that we ignore the myriad clues to how we have all contributed to our own enslavement to many things in this world. What we allow does tend to continue, and blaming politicians, or anyone else for our current experience is not a creative or constructive response. Adopting a hopeful perspective will help us weather any shock or revelation that may arise in 2022. It can galvanize us to take our power back, and no longer cooperate in our dependency on external authorities. If we are to evolve as souls, we must come to realize that it is not seditious or idiotic to take full responsibility for our own our lives, our health, our creativity, or our freedom to choose. No external authority granted you "rights"...you were born with them.
This month and year have ended with some powerful and significant astrology. On December 24th we had the last of the Saturn-Uranus squares. This sets the stage for what is to come in 2022. The Venus Retrograde journey in Capricorn and her three fated meetings in the Underworld with Pluto will also be a player. The most significant transit in the first 90 days of 2022 will be the triple conjunction of Pluto, Venus and Mars all smack-dab on the 27th degree of Capricorn, the same degree as the natal Pluto in the USA’s birth chart. Hang on to your hat’s kids…this will be a total game-changer. Especially if we are willing to set aside our cherished assumptions, beliefs and indoctrinations or what we believe is true, or have been told is true. It is a dying of sorts (Pluto), a death of illusions. We have loads of time to prepare for this, as it does not occur until March 3rd, 2022.
The main feature of remaining hopeful and positive going forward is resilience. Resilience is that “don’t give up, never surrender” exhortation that Tim Allen’s character in the movie “Galaxy Quest” said so often. It is a powerful human quality that is deeply connected with the divine will to simply LIVE. Living is a courageous act. We may not see it as such day-to-day, but it really is. Single parents raising children and working full time are courageous. People battling health issues are courageous. Folks starving and fleeing war zones are courageous. Simply being here and having this human journey is an act of tremendous courage. It takes resilience to carry on, to put one foot in front of the other, even when you don’t feel like it. Resilience just might be rooted in that hope I spoke of earlier, that knowing that this or that challenge will pass and that somehow, things will improve.
Resilience is also the progeny of sitting still, of waiting for the perfect moment to act, without waiting at all. Sounds pretty Zen, but that kind of patience is something most people lack. Stilling oneself and allowing things to just come to you when the time is right is also a form of resiliency. It is waiting without pushing. Expectation without avarice. Hope without yearning. A rare spiritual quality indeed, and one I will be aspiring to in the coming year. In fact, according to the many things I have investigated about my ideal mode of manifesting, the best and only way for me to operate. Only one way to find out…remain hopeful and be resilient.
So here at the end of 2021, I will wish all of you an incredibly positive, hopeful, peaceful and joyful 2022. May all your dreams be true, may you enjoy good times, good health, prosperity and the company of friends. If you are looking for your tribe, just wait and they will find you. One thing is definite. You will not be the same person at the end of 2022 as started the year. That is something you should celebrate!
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