Saturday, August 7, 2010

Declinations of the Grand Square - 2010

In my article on JAstrology I speak about declinations of the planets being in critical areas of the Zodiac.  One way to show you this is by creating a declination chart (graph) that shows the Moon's transit Out of Bounds at the top of the graph (for Cancer), Pluto as the bottom of the graph (for Capricorn) and the other planets all tightly grouped in the middle around the equator. Although the Equator would seemingly indicate all the planets being in the same sign, it is the dividing point for the North and South declinations. The North is the equator to the Tropic of Cancer and all the signs from Aries to Virgo. The South is from the equator to the Tropic of Capricorn and all the sign from Libra to Pisces. The signs on either side of the zero declination (aka equator) are Pisces, Aries, Virgo and Libra. At the opposing ends of the declination are the degrees of Tropic (and beyond). The degrees of Tropic are 23 deg 27 min. Anytime planets exceed 23.27, then the planet is considered to be Out of Bounds (OOB) by declination. The OOB energies vary depending upon the planet, but it typically indicates a sense of vulnerability.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fiery Tidal Wave - Grand Cross 2010

The impact of the Grand Cross this month could feel like we are being hit with the force of a tsunami.  With seven planets in the rare mix of energies (ten squares and seven oppositions), the majority of the planets will be in tight alignments in Cardinal modalities that we are likely to feel the need to react spontaneously to any dire event. There are several planet alignments in this Grand Square that might encourage us to act with controlling choices causing significant damage on the victims of our wrath. Or, we may be the victims with serious consequences. Each of us should use preventive measures, safety precautions and stay attentive to our environments as we move through this Grand Square (Cross) influence on August 5, 6 and 7th. Read more at Jastrology.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Just a Jiffy Jupiter Jaunt

For approximately two months, Jupiter will transit into Aries and then stop (well, figuratively) to retrograde back over the first three degrees of Aries and right back into Pisces (on September 8/9). Prior to the retrograde motion in July, Jupiter will be forming a conjunction with Uranus in Aries (Oh My!). Should we expect "expanded shock" this summer? Read more about this transit at

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Uranus is Officially in Aries

That's what the ephemeris has informed me; the Uranus transit has finally found the cusp of Aries and is proceeding to revisit the sign for the first time in approximately 65 years! Beginning on March 31, 1927, Uranus began a transit of Aries and finalized that transit on March 28, 1935. Of course, at the beginning and end of the transit, there were short periods of ingress/egress across the cusps. But, essentially, we can basically mark these dates as the beginning and end. This current Uranus transit of Aries begins today, and will effectively leave Aries on March 6, 2019.

The biggest question is "what should we expect" of Uranus in Aries. There is no simple answer to this. I believe that we can expect to experience unusual leaders. There's the strong possibility that leaders who have been perceived as a bit loony and have been on the sidelines of the political arena, are more likely to make a stronger presence. Inventions pertaining to military strength or war are likely to draw our attention. Aggressive communications and/or messages are more likely to command our attention, as well.

Looking back to the last Uranus in Aries transit, some notable events are:

1928 - In England, Penicillin was discovered as an antibiotic, home pregnancy tests were being introduced in France, a sliced bread maker and bubble gum was introduced in the US and Amelia Earhart was the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean.

1929 - The first car radio was developed by Motorola, the Graf Zeppelin - German airship completed a trip around the world, the first phone booths were introduced in London, and the soft drink 7-up was invented. Over 200,000 people died world-wide from an epidemic of influenza and the Wall Street Crash in late October marked the beginning of the great Depression.

1930 - The discovery of the planet Pluto, frozen food sold commercially in the US, sticky tape was invented and the jet engine was introduced in England. Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia, the US tightened regulations to make liquor illegal, Mahatma Gandhi was arrested for organizing a peaceful revolt in India, unemployment was impacting the world economy and over 1300 banks failed in the US.

1931 - Television was becoming a mainstay for those who could afford it as more transmitter towers were made available for broadcasting, the electric razor and nylon stockings were invented in the US, and the aerosol can was invented in Norway. The Empire Sate building was completed, the unemployment rate in the US reached over 8 million of the 122 million US inhabitants, while the state of Nevada voted to legalize all types of gambling as a resource for taxable revenue. The City of Chicago ran out of funds for its schools and did not pay the teachers for approximately two months. Another 1000+ US banks failed. Australia established independence from Great Britain.

1932 - Despite the economic decline, inventions and technology continued such as the radio telescope, the Polaroid camera and the parking meter in the US. BBC television begin in England. Unemployment in the US jumped to over 13 million while most companies in the US cut their employees' wages by 30% or cut back the number of hours an employee was allowed to work. The Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, California and the Winter Olympics were in Lake Placid, New York.

1933 - Unemployment in the US and Great Britain had swelled to over 25%, plus there was also a health crisis in the US as people could not afford medical treatments. Tuberculosis, Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria affected large sectors across the US. Russia was dealing with an epidemic of Typhus. In an effort to raise national morale, the US president began using radio broadcasts known as the "fireside chat" to talk with the public. The drive-in movie was introduced in the US as well as the chocolate chip cookie and the Monopoly board game.

1934 - Unemployment rates dropped to 22% in the US but weather conditions destroyed many crops and farm land across the US. Forceful (aggressive?) leadership changes occurred in Brazil, Bolivia and Germany.

If we look back in time, we can see some similarities to our current global situations. Health, finances, weather and leadership are just as important now as they were 70 years ago. Can we avoid some of the same devastating pitfalls? Truthfully, that may not be known until 2019-2020.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Astrology Terms - Glossary

The Moon Tracks Astrology Blog now includes a list of frequently used astrology terms for the articles posted on that blog as well as on the Moon Tracks Astrology Calendar site. It is a nice little resource for the sometimes confusing terms that astrologists/astrologers tend to use when writing pieces pertaining to the planetary influences of astrology.

Check it out. I bet that it will have some terms you don't know, forgotten about, or at the very least, haven't heard for a while.

Be well,