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,