Astrological Musings

Astrological Musings

Planetary conflicts reflect the news

posted by Lynn Hayes

The movement of the planets and the angles that they form to each other produces an energetic effect that influences humans and nations. At the moment there are some challenging formations that are creating pressure for change both in our personal worlds and the global arena.

The planet Uranus is concerned with breaking up old patterns and creating new dynamics. In retrograde motion since June (appearing to travel backwards from earth’s perspective), there has been a slow building of tension as structures that are no longer working begin to fracture. Uranus turned direct on November 18, and suddenly issues of smoldering concern have erupted into the public view.

Mars is the god of war, ruling aggression and the setting of boundaries, and it has just made a square (challenging aspect) to Saturn, which rules social structure and stabilities. Monday 11/21, Mercury (communication), which is retrograde (internalized) will square Uranus (radical change) and the fires of conflict are likely to be stoked. Examples of this in recent news include the chaos that took place in the House on Friday over an incendiary vote over withdrawal from Iraq, and the violent protests on Friday outside the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Busan.

In times like this, discomfort in our personal lives may come from holding fast to the status quo when clearly change is needed. Learning to let go and see things in a different light will be very useful for the next week!

Welcome!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Welcome to Astrodynamics, a blog about the movements of the planets and how they affect our lives. Astrology is much more complex than the “sun sign” astrology you see in your daily paper: each of us has our own unique blueprint which is the horoscope, and the dance between the earth and the planets, sun and moon facilitate cycles on earth and within ourselves.

In this blog you’ll find daily updates on planetary configurations and meanings, as well as horoscopes of famous people and events in the news. Questions and comments are always welcomed!

This initiatory post finds Mercury in retrograde motion (meaning it appears to move backward). When Mercury is retrograde, communication and mental functions (ruled by Mercury) tend to operate on a more internal or introspective level (retrograde). We often find a breakdown of communication systems such as email or telephones, and machinery may not work as expected. Contractual agreements may become confused and negotiations may be difficult since we may not be able to express ourselves clearly during these periods.

Because of the greater internalization of the mental process and focus while Mercury is in retrograde, it is a great time to go back and finish projects that were started previously. I set this blog up back in May of 2005, and only today publish the first post thanks to the aid of my sister.


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