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It has been an icy weekend in NC.
All of us have wondered why things happen the way they do. Traditional thinking has assigned causality to coincidence, while the enlightened among us say it is synchronicity, a term first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung in the 1920s. It wasn’t until 1951 while at a conference that he gave a statement on the full meaning of synchronicity. Jung believed that events are “meaningful coincidences” and their occurrences have no causal relationship. His formal definition was that synchronicity is an “acausal connecting (togetherness) principle.”
Both the traditional teachings and enlightened path tell us that humans have free-will. While I believe that to be true, I also wonder if our experiences are not part of some cosmic energy effect. Perhaps caused by the sort of energy that forms our galaxy, or explodes from the sun, or causes the tides to shift, or a storm to form and lightning to flash, or our hearts to beat. The energy that is the very power of creation!
These were some of the thoughts going through my head after the Sun-Pluto conjunction on January 11, 2019. I’ve known change was coming for the collective and the individual but, was it the energy of the conjunction that caused me to dive into my own depths? The astrologer in me thinks so.
I have mentioned in the past that in the first decade of the 21st century, I heard an astrologer talking about the difficult aspects they were seeing in the future; the future that is now. It is evident that “the times they are a changing.” Bob Dylan sang about change in 1964. As I listened to his song again today I knew he was writing about civil rights and racism but I wondered if he knew his words would be so meaningful 60 years later?
I don’t think there is anyone who is not aware of how things are shifting today or what this potentially means. From the astrologer’s perspective, Saturn and Pluto are both in the earth sign of Capricorn. Saturn represents our father, regulations, politicians, institutions, power, control, and older people. Capricorn is Saturn’s home sign and magnifies the Capricorn themes and traits of discipline, closed-mindedness, responsibility, and convention.
Pluto, the planet of transformation, death, destruction, rebirth, and rebuilding is interacting with both Saturn and Capricorn and assisting change in a big way. You don’t need me to tell you about the current, history-making government shutdown but what some have yet to consider is how this will ultimately lead to the end of many institutions we thought could not be changed or shaken.
The US has long been a driving force in the world economy and dollar has been the currency for which all others are based. However, the dollar has recently lost 35% of its value and it no longer the currency of choice by other countries. Some experts project that within the next 5 years the dollar will be down 50% or more. No doubt this will lead to the fall of the US as a world leader. When you consider that the dollar is the Achilles heel of the US military, this possibility becomes clearer. The 2020s could be the most world-shaking, dangerous, and transformative decade of all time.
Again going back to the 1960s, that was when we first began to hear about the “Age of Aquarius.” A song of the same title from the hit musical “Hair” talked about an age of “harmony and understanding.” I do feel like we are moving in the direction but I also feel like we have a ways to go yet. Saturn will be in Capricorn for another 14 months before he moves into Aquarius. I think this will be when we see technology begin to take off. I know at least one well-known futurist that thinks we will see the end of cancer before the end of the 2020s and I have spoken with people know of some of this technology but we are still years away from “the cure.”
This is not a gloom and doom scenario. Far from it. Life is about to become different than we have known for the past 2000 years or more but any change is difficult. The Piscean age and its reign of control and centralization is coming to an end. We are approaching an age of peace and harmony. But these things take time and the adjustment to them takes time. This is why I feel that events like the recent Sun-Pluto conjunction are so significant. They are helping us clear our and come to terms with what no longer serves.
A good place to begin with your own personal clearing is by reading Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” This book changed the way I think about my possessions and I was thrilled to learn that she is now helping people through her reality show on Netflix.
There are quite a few aspects this week so let’s get to them quickly.
First up is Venus semi-square Pluto today. Maybe you have noticed some hidden social tension today? Did someone seem to have an agenda or seem suspicious? Other qualities of this aspect may be hot, passion. Beware of jealousy, possessiveness, or an agenda.
Mercury is conjunct Saturn today, Sunday, January 13, 2019. Perhaps you noticed an increased ability to concentrate or a need to be alone. This is energy realistic and practica and calls for real results for our efforts. This is a good day for important conversations and advice, as well as all forms of communication. (This exact aspect it totally in my natal chart.)
The last aspect for today is Jupiter square, Neptune. The positive side is that this is good for spiritual thought. The shadow side is, other people or even our own false expectations can easily derail us.
Monday Mercury is sextile Neptune. Pay close attention to any intuitive hits today. Give in to the creative and imaginative energy of this aspect. You can use words to help and inspire others.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have no major aspects but, Friday is a big day. Venus will trine Mars. This could make your Friday a romatic one that is full of hot, sexual appeal and attraction. This is going to be a good day or night for socializing.
Mercury conjuncts Pluto on Friday. This is intense energy which will increase our mental activity. This reminds me of “Where’s Waldo” because it will be easy to find the hidden things today. Hidden meanings might pop out like a Jack-in-the-box for some of us. This can stimulate change too. Some of the themes for Friday will be heightened observation, manipulation, obsession, and suspicion. Try to avoid any communication or mental conflicts.
The third aspect for Friday is Sun sextile Chiron. This one is about our purpose or our mission in this life. Use this energy to learn from others as well as your own experiences. This will be a good time for solving problems.
Friday’s last aspect it Sun square Uranus. This could blow up the prospects of any of the other aspects only because of the unpredictable nature of Uranus. But since the Sun is us, this energy is personal. That does not mean it won’t affect the collective, but it will probably have more impact on the individual. Expect the unexpected, plans that don’t work out and the need for a detour here and there. The best part about this aspect might be that it could cause a need and desire to try something new or change trajectory.
The week ends with Sun square Neptune on Saturday. This about fantasy and escape. It might be hard to stick our goals for the new year. On the flip side, creativity and spirituality will be strong so use that as your focus. This won’t be the best time for things that require critical thinking. It also is not the best time for doing much of anything that is really important business or job wise.
Wishing you all a great week. Remember to be kind and smile to all you meet.