November 2009 – The Astrological Weather



On October 29, 2009, Saturn moved into Libra ending 2 and half years in Virgo, the sign of work and health.   It will remain there through October 5, 2012 with the exception of a short retrograde into Virgo from April 7, 2010 through July 21, 2010. It’s a whole new ballgame for everyone with relationships moving front and center.   This is a potentially difficult transit since Saturn is also squaring Pluto in Capricorn on November 15, 2009 and on July 26, 2010 will oppose Uranus in Aries.   Whether you are firmly committed or looking for a companion, this transit will test your ability to relate to other human beings like nothing else can.

Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn is exalted in Libra.  That means that Saturn acts like the honored guest at the dinner party.  Very concerned with responsibilities and commitments, Saturn in Libra wants to be a peacemaker, a unifier, a reconciler but he’s always up for a fair fight if justice is a question.

I think of Saturn as the building inspector.  As he transits through the zodiac and around my natal chart, he has the annoying but necessary task of finding out exactly what I have been neglecting and reminding me that it’s time to take care of it.

Compound this with Pluto’s square from Capricorn, and we’re all dealing with major dilemmas and issues regarding our relationships.  Libra is an air sign and operates from an idealistic place.  Pluto in Capricorn is concerned with a major transformation of the social order. Imbalances in judgment trouble Saturn and lack of control sparks Pluto’s motivation to maintain power.

Saturn says, ” Sharon, you have a hole in the roof here and the rain has been coming in for God knows how long.  What are you going to do about it?” I groan, I want to bury myself under the covers, but can’t because I’ll get drenched if I don’t start working on it right now.  Yesterday would have been even better but whatever…the task always seems endless and the results are never immediate.

Pluto in Capricorn can be like a steamroller. It’s all about the evolution of the social order come hell or high water and some people seem to have experienced both.  Capricorn has to do with who’s in power, the mastery of the material plane, as well as our material resources.  We feel Pluto’s workings on our current economic situation, necessitating a major change in values in order to make our world sustainable on the most basic level.

Like an army of termites eating away at the foundation of whatever house it’s transiting, we live with our problems until Pluto creates a crisis.  All of a sudden, we feel the floor crumbling beneath us.  How did that happen? You pick up the pieces and like Humpty Dumpty, hope that you can put it back together again.  Or even better, you make a major move.  The universe has done for you what you were unable to do for yourself.

So wherever Saturn is transiting in your horoscope right now, the roof is leaking and wherever Pluto is, it feels like you’ve fallen into a hole. Sounds like fun, huh?

Coming to all cardinal sign natives born the 21 – 28 of March, June, September, or December, but the truth is, all of us are affected. Look at your sun sign and ascendant if you know it.

Aries – Your partner’s needs conflict with your career goals; Taurus – Daily work life and health get in the way of your desire to expand into the bigger world; Gemini – Is it possible to have both love and sex in the same experience? Cancer – Wanting (or having!) a live-in partner and domestic life and maintaining the peace without giving up your integrity; Leo – Keeping a good mental attitude while dealing with pressure at work; Virgo – Having enough money to pursue your creative goals; Libra – Taking yourself seriously while struggling with your emotions and the family dynamic; Scorpio – Letting go of guilt over past actions while clarifying your communication with siblings (and other relatives) and neighbors; Sagittarius – Formulating a new goal for your future while pursuing money right now; Capricorn – What else? It’s all about your career;   Aquarius – Contemplating the right thing to do without sabotaging yourself ; Pisces – Wondering…is it a sexual relationship I need or a good friendship?

October 2009 – The Astrological Weather or Why It’s Easy to Be Upset These Days


It feels like a strange time.  Besides the usual 21st century concerns about global warming, the economy, and tribal warfare, now we have to worry about this:

On June 18, 2009, several days after the Jupiter retrograde station in Aquarius (June 15), NASA launched LCROSS from Cape Canaveral, a so-called scientific mission that will target a “centaur rocket” at the moon. On October 9 at approximately 7:30 AM EDT, this spacecraft will create an explosion on the moon’s south pole that will leave a crater displacing several miles of lunar material. According to NASA, the rocket will hit the moon at twice the speed of a bullet, transforming two tons of mass and 10 billion joules of kinetic energy into a blinding flash of heat and light. The impact is expected to throw up a plume of debris as high as 10 km visible from earth.

As expected from an entertainment-oriented culture, the impact will be televised on NASA Live TV and broadcast at official events all over the U.S.

NASA subscribes to the view that the Moon is a dry, lifeless rock in space and the ostensible reason for this mission is to find out if there is water on the moon.  But the truth is that this is unnecessary.  India has already announced that there is moisture on the moon.

On October 9 (the projected day of impact), Mars will conjunct the south node of the Moon in the sign of Cancer. very close to the  degree of the solar eclipse in July (see earlier blog entry, Eclipse Mania).  The Moon rules the sign of Cancer, and Mars is the planet of the action principle. On a bad day, Mars moves from healthy self-assertion to in-your-face aggression.   Mars is uncomfortable in this moody, emotional sign since its desire nature is predicated on whether or not someone feels like taking action and Mars (the warrior principle at home in Aries) usually just wants to get on with it and see some results.

Conjuncting the south node of the Moon is doubly difficult since the south node is a place where we are addicted to an old behavior pattern, something that we run to without awareness or consciousness. The sign of Cancer is about the female (yin) principles of receptivity, security, nurturing, hunger, relationship with the mother, creativity, fertility, and children.

Think about the symbolism of this blast at the Moon.  It’s not only an attack on our closest neighbor in space, but a dramatic revelation about unconscious aggression against the female principle, an old behavior pattern that is being acted out without awareness.

I am not an investigative journalist so I can’t speculate as to what this is really about.  (here’s an interesting viewpoint…. However,  like any Taoist (or Trekkie for that matter), I trust my gut feeling and right now, it’s screaming at me that this is a  hostile act — a violation of  the International Space Treaty as well as  Star Trek’s prime directive.

From June 15 – October 13, Jupiter in Aquarius has been retrograde roughly coinciding with the flight of this mission and its eventual impact.  Maybe humanity has been asleep during this period while the spacecraft is heading to its destination.  Hopefully, we will wake up before it’s too late.

For what it’s worth, some people think contacting President Obama will make a difference.

I don’t know.  Personally, I’m hoping for a renegade NASA employee, mechanical failure or interference by celestial beings whose major concern is maintaining the integrity of this beautiful universe.