Hexagram 63 -Already Crossing – Uranus in Aries

Hexagram 63 – Already Crossing, After Completion, Water over Fire


Already Crossing.  The Small Fox.

Make an offering and you will succeed. Advantageous Trial.  Harvesting.

Wise Words! Initiating things opens the Way. Completing them brings disorder.


All of us know that a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM.

But you might not be aware  that this event coincided with the very last degree of Uranus in Pisces, the mutable water sign. In this sign, Uranus has a symbolic affinity with earthquakes and tsunamis (it was also active in the chart of the 2004 Indian Ocean disaster). On this day, Uranus completed its 7-year stay in Pisces, waved good-bye and approximately 15 hours after the devastating quake and subsequent tsunami, entered Aries for the next 7 years starting a new 84-year cycle.The destruction and subsequent suffering in Japan is beyond our imagination, and the threat of a pervasive nuclear accident still (as of this writing) a dreadful possibility with implications for our entire planet. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Japan.

Uranus’ movement from the medium of water, creativity, emotional reality, and spirituality to the medium of fire and idealism is a major shift.  The first degree of the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn is known as the “World Axis” and 0° Aries in particular is important as the spring equinox and beginning of the entire zodiac.

As you may have read elsewhere on this blog (see  Not Yet Crossing) Uranus is the planet of liberation that is often described as “The Awakener”.  Its job is to liberate us from our conventional ideas and behavior, shake us out of our complacency, and show us another reality. Out of the blue (a true Uranian color!), totally unpredictable in its manifestation, it teaches us through upheaval about freedom and humanitarianism. It rules technology and innovation and works through electrical impulses.

When Uranus arrives at the end of a sign,  there is a sense of urgency, a quickening.  In one seemingly fated moment, everything can change utterly. As we cross this boundary from Pisces into Aries, we move into a new cycle of personal liberation and action.  The consequences of the earthquake and tsunami are a clarion call for us to take the action needed to heal our planet’s fragile ecology.  If nothing else, this disaster reiterates one of the major lessons of Uranus in Pisces — that we’re all part of the ocean of humanity and every wave affects us.

Aries represents raw energy, youthful enthusiasm and taking action to achieve one’s goals. It’s about being a warrior, going off to fight for a righteous cause, and coming back a winner.  Ruled by Mars, Aries is about all things traditionally male  – testosterone, survival, war, metal, knives, iron, self-assertion, winning, physicality, the aggressive side of sexual energy, the color red, and in-your-face idealism among other yang qualities. With Uranus here, all of us (but especially men) will be challenged to find out what it means to be a warrior in the 21st century and evolve the male archetype.  What is worth fighting for and what is the best way to fight for it?

Be aware that you might notice more energy, a restlessness, an uncontrollable impulsiveness, or perhaps a new connection to your sexuality.  If you were born at the beginning of the cardinals (March 21 – 25, June 21-25, September 21-25, December 21-25) or have early cardinal degrees rising or planets in those degrees, this will affect you strongly.

March –  Important Dates (EST) :

3/1 –Venus enters Aquarius

3/4 –   New Moon at 13 Pisces

3/9  –   Mercury enters Aries

3/11 – Red Alert! Uranus enters Aries – 7:52 PM EST

3/19 – Full Moon 28 Virgo – 2:10 PM EST

3/20 – Spring Equinox- Sun enters Aries – 7:21 PM EST

3/21 – Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries

3/26 – Venus conjunct Neptune in Aquarius

3/27 – Venus enters Pisces

3/28 – Jupiter opposes Saturn

3/30 – Mercury retrogrades at 24 Aries

December’s 2009 – The Astrological Weather

It’s windy and cold here on the East Coast of the U.S. and the astrological weather will prove to be the same no matter where you live.

Changing winds bring energetic reversals as three planets stop and shift direction – Mars goes retrograde in Leo on 12/20, Uranus went direct in Pisces in early December (strongly affecting Aquarians; those born in late Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Gemini; as well as anyone with strong Uranus), and that old trickster, Mercury retrogrades in Capricorn on the North Node of the Moon on the 27th.

The Mars retrograde period means the warrior planet is in Leo from October 17, 2009 to June 7, 2010 — almost 8 months!  Seven of those months either in retrograde or in the shadow of the retrograde. Mars, a normally externally oriented planet, goes internal. The glorious lion with the beautiful roar has a bad case of bronchitis until mid-March and doesn’t experience a full recovery until early June.

Such a difficult task for Mars in Leo who desperately wants to be the one who comes in to save the day! You’ll find that pushing ahead creates opposition and frustration but on the other hand, internalizing your aggression might be worse — harming your health or sabotaging your relationships or work life. It’s a tough place to be in. If you have planets in Leo, be aware of these tendencies and find ways to channel the aggressive energy. Being sneaky or indirect will not do the trick! Martial arts, boxing, and vigorous exercise can all help channel your energy. And if you are considering any kind of surgery, see if you can postpone it until after Mars turns direct (at least after March 12, 2010) or better yet, the end of the retrograde shadow (June 7, 2010).  Watch the world stage to see how this plays out in Afghanistan and other hot spots.

While Jupiter rules the first part of the month, bringing festivities, celebrations, and a devil-may-care attitude, first fast-moving Mercury, then the Sun and Venus activate Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra, bringing our attention to the inevitable – the reality principle.  Which is what these days?   There’s not much we can count on right now.  The ground is shifting beneath our feet as we all struggle to find our way in what seems to be a new, but indefinable paradigm.

The period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve brings this home, with the culmination at a partial lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve. It’s a chilly time. Economic conditions and pressures in personal relationships will be felt more intensely by all, but especially those born from the 20th to the end of December, March, June, and September and those with planets in early cardinal signs — particularly those with Saturn in Libra, Capricorn, Aries, or Cancer as well as the generation born with Pluto in early Libra (late 1971 – 1974).  See the November weather below for more details on this.

In a recent consultation with the I Ching about my personal financial life, I found the reading I received relevant to the current planetary situation.  Hexagram #47, known as Oppression or Exhaustion (Lake over Water) changing to Hexagram #1 (Heaven over Heaven) – The Creative or Initiating.  A very fortunate reading actually, but not at first glance.   The picture is of difficulty and hardship, a situation where one is tired and exhausted. It is difficult to move forward or to go back. All the yin lines describe the gloom of exhaustion and its antidote – the gaining of enlightenment.  The only choice is to return home to one’s true nature by sincere self-examination.  All the lake’s water has drained leaving it bone dry.

Hexagram #1

Fortunately, all these yin lines change to yang and if one truly is sincere in self-inquiry,  the bankrupt situation by necessity, transforms itself into the creativity necessary to handle current conditions. Heaven is over Heaven.  Often translated as “The Creative”, the first hexagram of the I Ching expresses  perfect yang energy — pure, healthy, firm. The Chinese ideogram is of the rising sun radiating and nourishing chi to the entire world. An expression of health and vitality. Whew! What a relief….

On the 16th, the challenging square of Uranus to the New Moon in Sagittarius is fortunately mitigated by a benefic relationship to the triple conjunction of Jupiter (optimistic expansion), Chiron (healing), and Neptune (spirituality) in Aquarius (friends and community) that’s been blessing us off and on since last May.  This is the hope, healing, and sense of belonging that we all crave at this season when the movement of the sun descends to its nadir in the northern hemisphere and peaks in the southern half of the globe.

Taoists believe that the days before, during, and after every solstice and equinox are portals through which one can walk through the gates of heaven.  They are like the earth’s sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight — important moments in the movement of chi through its perpetual dance of yin and yang.  Take some time to meditate and contemplate your place in this amazing universe, feeling gratitude for all there is.

Wishing you, your loved ones, and your community,  all the best in this holiday season.

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. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/impact/event_index.html

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….http://rense.com/general86/moonbomb.htm) 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.



green-fireworks1In the Taoist philosophy of 5 phases of transformation, the Wood energy corresponds to spring — upward moving chi, impetus, development, the force of growth that has its own agenda. Integrating this understanding of  the natural state of things during this season with the particulars of western astrological “weather” can be enlightening.  This week (April 15th to be exact), Mars conjuncts Uranus in Pisces after having  opposed Saturn on the day that Pluto went retrograde in Capricorn.

In plain English,  the action principle is teaming up with the principle of radical unexpected change after a period of frustration. It’s clear that there’s alot of frustration and potential for explosive anger in the world at the moment and the energetic environment seems more palpably charged than usual.  As much as you need relaxation and escape from the tension of just being alive right now, stay away  from drugs, alcohol, and depressing media stories.  Meditate, swim if you can, practice Qigong, Tai Chi, or yoga.   If you know the 6 Healing Sounds, they can be your best friend during this time.

Mars needs alot of activity and when he’s been stymied and suddenly becomes free,  energy can start busting out all over the place.  When Mars hooks up with Uranus in Pisces, it’s easy to become hyperactive, tense, and high strung as you surf the Neptunian waters of your unconscious.  Erratic behavior and bizarre or quirky reactions can can make you think that  you’ve suddenly lost it (whatever “it” is).  If it’s possible, bring some awareness to whatever you’ve been suppressing so that you can avoid an explosion.  For some of us,  this  is easy.  For others, we don’t even know why we’ve been acting strangely and may need the “shock treatment” that this aspect brings in order to make necessary changes.

Stay grounded by slowing down, eating well, and exercising in moderation and with care. Be careful with sharp objects (knives, needles, etc.), fire, and electricity. If you’re not using your Mars energy well, it could be using you.  “Mars Attacks” can manifest as accidents while moving, car crashes, inflammation, fever, palpitations, or weird undiagnosable infections.

Anyone born from the 12th to the 17th of March, June, September, or December or who has planets or angles from 22-26 degrees in mutable signs will be most affected.

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