I have recently received a number of requests from readers to discuss politics on this blog. There are a couple of reasons why I will not be touching that subject here, with or without a ten-foot pole.
As you may have noticed from the shrill howling noise emanating from the news and from your Facebook friends and from your Twitter feed, the U.S. Presidential Election process is well underway. Even though I’m Canadian, I have always taken a great interest in American politics, in much the same way football is of huge interest to others. Also, the way some people are big fans of NASCAR : everyone loves a good crash, right?
As much as I enjoy American politics, and as much as I may comment on the subject in my personal life (and professionally, but only when asked to by a client) I want to make it entirely clear that I will not be doing so here on Beliefnet. There are some good reasons for that.
First of all, this is simply not the place for it. People come to Beliefnet for religion and spirituality and guidance. Want kosher cooking tips or Presbyterian jokes? We’ve got you covered. But if you prefer to brawl over politics you’ll quickly find that there are lots of other places on the Internet, or in your personal life, to do so.
More importantly though, there is the matter of objectivity. Like almost any other endeavor, astrology can be misused if you’re not careful… or if you are inclined to misuse it. Using astrology to back up your own pre-existing biases is a misuse of astrology.
I am a member of a Facebook group that looks at current political news stories through the lens of astrological analysis. There’s lots of interesting stuff there, but even within the context of professional astrologers trying to behave professionally, brawls and disagreements break out all the time over politics. And yes, I’ll admit I sometimes enjoy that sort of thing.
However, in order to function as a truly professional astrologer, one needs to be objective about the subject being approached. Yeah I know: there have been plenty of times I’ve written about someone like, Kanye West or Leonard Nimoy where my personal opinions could not help but sneak in. I’m far from perfectly objective about some things.
But in order to do a proper reading of someone’s birth chart and transits, an astrologer has to strive to be objective. This can be trickier than it sounds: many of us will at times read too much into something that simply is not in the birth chart. Your astrologer’s last major breakup was with someone who had Moon in Virgo? Well then obviously, if your new romantic partner has Moon in Virgo it’s bound to end just as horribly, right?
No, of course it isn’t. Just because that schoolyard bully who made your life a nightmare when you were a kid was a left-handed Lithuanian, does not mean that all left-handed Lithuanians are terrible people. Astrologers must be on guard against that sort of thinking… especially when giving professional advice to others. An astrologer who gives you false information based on his or her own prejudices is not doing either of you a favor.
True Story: a number of years ago I got into an online argument with another astrologer who insisted that President X (no names!) HAD TO BE the Antichrist because his Sun was conjunct the asteroid Lucifer. Yes, there is an asteroid named “Lucifer” (Why? Mostly because it was the 1,930th asteroid discovered, and all the good names had been taken long before that). So of course everything else in President X’s chart has to back up that one horribly trivial and (frankly) stupid detail.
I myself was born with Lucifer near the Ascendant. I assume this means I always look like hell. I leave it to your imagination as to where the (insignificant but real) asteroids named Doctorwatson, Mr. Spock, Jabberwock, and Monty Python are in my chart (beats me) and what if any effect they have on me as a person (none).
This is why you will not be seeing any political opinions from me here, astrologically based or otherwise. This is not the place for that sort of thing, and perhaps more importantly: there is no point in either buttering you up unnecessarily if you agree with my viewpoint, or offending you if we disagree on that one subject.
Most importantly: my reputation like that of any other astrology ultimately rests on the accuracy of my information, and if I’m reading my biases into your reading, then I’m really doing a reading more for myself more than you, aren’t I?
Having said that: I’m sure that you and I and everyone reading this is in perfect agreement. Politician X would be a disaster if elected President, and Politician Y is the only sane choice. I’m glad we can all agree on that.
In Part One (which you can read HERE) I discussed something of the nature of Pisces and more specifically the nature of Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse in Pisces. An Eclipse is a difficult, slippery creature to grasp in terms of its astrological effects. It usually charges up a point in your chart which lies there silently until some transit sets it off. One of the things that makes this Eclipse particularly noteworthy is that Jupiter and Saturn are already aspecting that point now (and will reach the exact degree soon).
If you are familiar with your birth chart, look for the placements in your chart at 19 degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces). This is where the sudden and surprising and seemingly “fated” nature of this eclipse is likely to affect you. As for those degrees in the other Signs? I’m not too concerned with trines and sextiles and minor aspects here. A Solar Eclipse trine your Jupiter is like winning a free margarita at a Cinco De Mayo party… good news, sure, but hardly like winning the lottery if you’d already planned to get drunk that day anyway. If you aren’t familiar with the details of your chart and you’re concerned about the next few months of your life… well, that’s why I do readings. Click on the link to my e-mail address below and ask for details.
One clue as to how specifically this Eclipse might affect you: has there been anything particularly off the rails about your life since about January this year? Saturn has been affecting the Eclipse Degree since then, and will for the next couple of months… and then will return to that point in November 2016-January 2017.
(Please note: I haven’t listed every possible placement in your chart here, just some of the noteworthy ones. And as with all things in life: your mileage may vary. Also: the effects of this Solar Eclipse remains in effect until September 1st, when the next Solar Eclipse happens.)
If you were born: March 4-15, June June 3-14, September 6-16, or December 4-16 (in any year), this Eclipse is messing with The Sun in your birth chart. Who are you really, and what are you doing with your life? If you’ve had many doubts about this in the last couple of months, you can expect the other shoe to drop… for good or ill… relatively soon.
If your Ascendant is between 14-24 Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces, the big question this Eclipse could be raising is “who are these people in my life?” Also: “what am I doing for these people and what am I doing for them?” Also, possibly: “who the heck are you, how did you get into my life? Did I leave the front door unlocked or something?”
If your Midheaven is between 14-24 Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces, this Eclipse could be doing big things to your career path (or lack thereof), or in a more general sense, “what you want to be when you grow up.”
If your Jupiter is between 14-24 Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces (too many dates in the last century to list here… you can look it up or ask an astrologer): you could experience a sudden and dramatic change of fortunes… whether that’s “fortunes” in the strictly financial sense or the larger “fate” sense. Don’t count on winning the lottery because of this, though… because that ain’t gonna happen.
If you were born October 1949-March 1950, December 1957-November 1958, January 1966-February 1967, July-December 1972, August-December 1979, May-August 1980, January 1987-February 1988, March 1995-March 1996 (whew!): this Eclipse will be affecting your natal Saturn. “Fated” or unexpected events could very well tamper with your sense of order and structure in life, the foundations you’ ve built for yourself, and matters pertaining to the Capricorn House of your chart.
If you were born September 1965-September 1967, December 1984-June 1985, or October 1985-May 1987, this Eclipse will be aspecting your Uranus. Whatever it is that makes you a unique individual, a creative genius, or just a really interesting person will likely be subjected to unusual circumstances. Whether this means you’ll create life in a laboratory or that life escapes and attacks the local village is up to you and the rest of your birth chart.
If you were born January-June 1977, November 1977-January 1981, or June-November 1982, this Eclipse will be affecting your natal Neptune. Your feeling of spiritual connection to the Universe, and that little voice that’s always asking how you fit into the Big Picture is going to be affected by the unexpected.
If you were born October 1964-March 1965, August 1965-October 1969, March-April 2001, or January 2002-February 2006, This Eclipse will be stepping on your Pluto. You know that experience where you’re all alone and you keep hearing a noise that might be a rat burrowing through the wall, or a serial killer breaking in? Nothing probably came of that. Probably. Telling yourself that at the time didn’t do a whole lot from keeping you calm, for long, did it? But: my point here is, you survived it.
Please note again that this doesn’t cover all possible points in your birth chart, and that more than one point in your chart may be affected. Like, if you were born on March 4-15, June June 3-14, September 6-16, or December 4-16 in September 1965-September 1967, this Solar Eclipse will affect your Sun and Uranus and Pluto. Don’t panic about it though… ultimately the changes happening during the next few months will overall be positive in the long run. At least, that’s what I’m hoping, since that describes me… and I plan to spend hardly any time at all in the next few months hiding under my bed. Honest!
There’s a Solar Eclipse on Tuesday, occurring at 19 degrees Pisces. People tend to get a little worked up about Eclipses, and normally I find myself calming people down about their potential effects. This Solar Eclipse is pretty charged up though, involving Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto to one degree or another, and because of its location it will have some very distinct generational effects.
So: I’m taking two different approaches to this Eclipse. In Part One, I’m going to talk about the nature of this Eclipse itself, and in Part Two I’ll provide details so you can all “play along at home” with your own chart and see how (and when) it might affect you. But first, a little about the nature of Pisces…
When I was a kid there was this song I loved: The Unicorn Song, originally written by Shel Silverstein. Here, have a listen…
There was green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born
The loveliest of all was the unicorn…
The essential nature of Pisces is rather unicorn-like in some ways. Dreamy, mystical, both familiar and unfamiliar, and a little bit… shall we say, impractical? This of course completely ignores the fact that such bold characters as George Washington and first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova were Pisces. That’s the thing with stereotypes… all it takes is one report of Justin Bieber on sizzurp and there goes all the good stuff about your Sign.
That somewhat-impractical quality of Pisces can have surprisingly practical applications. Odds are good that if you have any interest at all in astrology, you’re also familiar with the concept of “manifestation” and “setting intentions.” Me personally? I’ve yet to manifest my own starship command like I’ve always wanted, but “setting intentions,” done properly, can really get results. For best results, astrologically speaking, a New Moon is an excellent time to sit down and really put some thought and energy into the matter into what you want to change in your life… and ultimately, a Solar Eclipse is a New Moon on steroids.
So: make the effort to think up a short, practical and achievable list of things you want to change in your life, and throw some intellectual and spiritual weight behind them this Tuesday… ideally around 8:54 PM Eastern/5:54 PM Pacific, when the Eclipse is exact.
Remember: be practical and choose achievable goals. Don’t end up like the unicorns…
And Noah looked out through the driving rain
Them unicorns were hiding, playing silly games
Kicking and splashing while the rain was falling
Oh, them silly unicorns…
The ark started moving, and it drifted with the tide,
And the unicorns looked up from the rocks and they cried.
And the waters come down and sort of flooded them away,
That’s why you never seen a unicorn to this very day.
NEXT TIME: Some reassurances that an Eclipse alone isn’t going to harm you… but it might drive the getaway car for whatever does. Click HERE for the details!
It takes a certain cleverness to make a relationship work between an Aquarius and a Pisces — just like it takes cunning to swipe an ad that’s copyright DC Comics and Hostess and alter it enough to get away with it, ahem. But both can be done, and as evidence I am pleased to present the following to you. Click on it to make it bigger… no point in getting eye strain…