Friday, November 28, 2008

Astrological Predictions for 2009-2010

Pluto moved into Capricorn on November 26-27th and will be there until 2023. What does this mean?
You can already see the impact this is having on world events, even though it has only just changed signs:
There are terrorist attacks on Mumbai - particularly the business district, where there are the most foreigners and the hub of financial matters in India.
Demonstrations are happening throughout Thailand
There has been a serious air crash off the southern coast of France
More flooding and earthquakes

This is what happens when Pluto moves out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn. It's time to get serious. Pluto, ruled by Scorpio, will get to the bottom of situations. It will leave no stone unturned. The fact that it is in Capricorn, will mean that anything that lacks integrity will be unearthed. Remember that Saturn is the natural ruler of Capricorn, so this adds to the gravity of Pluto at this time. This affects us all - not only on a global scale where structures that are no longer serving us will be torn down and built anew - but also on a personal scale where we are asked to examine our lives and see where we have created structures that no longer serve us.
Look at your own life and see where you are perhaps sitting in your "comfort zone." What needs to change? Is it a relationship, is it your financial situation, is it your interactions with your family, it is your life purpose? What is old and must go?

Astrology touches us on all levels: global, political, spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical. All areas of your life should be examined carefully. Are you living in the best place for your health and well-being? Are you taking care of your health? What actions do you need to take?

Pluto in Capricorn is going to bring about huge changes and the world will not look the same once it has completed its orbit in this sign.

A particular climax is building up. It is called the "Cardinal Climax." This is going to occur specifically in August 2010, but we are now in the build-up towards this climax and now is the time to start to take actions and not leave it until it might be too late.

In August 2010, Saturn in Libra will be in opposition to Uranus in Aries whilst Pluto in Capricorn will make a square aspect to both Saturn and Uranus. This is a culmination of forces - all in cardinal signs - which signify action and change. This configuration is likely to have a huge impact on those people with a lot of planets in cardinal signs in their charts and particularly to those with the Sun in either Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. These are the "hot spots."

There is so much to say about all that is happening astrologically over the next few years. Indeed, the Mayan calendar ends on December 21st 2012 and this is a fascinating piece of information. Events are speeding up and it is important to take a long and honest look at all areas of your life right now.

I have much more to share with you about the astrology of 2009 -2010 and will write about it in future blogs.

In the meantime, do remember that this is a very exciting time to be alive and start thinking about your destiny and what you are here to do and contribute.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The pull between Saturn and Uranus

Saturn and Uranus have completely different vibrations. Saturn is all about constriction, convention and maintaining existing structures, while Uranus is all about creating new forms, reaching out to humanity as a whole. Uranus stands for radical and sudden change.

Remember, I said in my last blog, that Uranus usually wins out as it did with the election of Obama. In New Zealand, Uranus won again with the election of a different government. However, it is important to watch out for the forces of Saturn that will constantly try to push against the new. For example, in California, there is controversy again about the status of gay marriages. There are Saturnian forces who want to ban gay marriage. Whenever there is an opposition, both of these energies will be evident in the world. Uranus demands change and Saturn resists it. Uranus fights for equality and freedom and believes that Saturn has lost touch with the basic ideals of human rights, freedoms and fairness.

Uranus wants to throw out the “old,” and usher in a brave new world that is more progressive and more in tune with the needs of the “common man.” This is a very exciting time to be alive, but possibly an unstable and dangerous one as well. Saturn rules governments and the boundaries of its nations. Uranus rules new leadership, revolts and uprisings. There could be the sudden overthrow of many leaders of nations whose people feel that their leaders have lost their ability to understand their needs. Especially vulnerable will be nations that are led by military leaders.

In your own life, look at areas where you are wanting freedom and change - this is Uranus at work, and then examine where you are resisting change and see whether you are able to let go and try something new. If you are familiar with your astrology chart, check out which houses this opposition is hitting - for example, if it is on the 2nd - 7th house axis, you may find that your finances are severly challenged at this time. If Saturn is transiting your eighth house, then you may find yourself responsible for someone else's affairs. If it is transiting your second house, you may feel restricted in your ability to produce an income.

It's a time to closely examine your life and look at areas where you seem to be in your comfort zone. Check out what is past its "sell by" date. For example, maybe you are in a relationship that needs to end, or at least needs redefining. Maybe you are in a deadend job that you need to quit. Be prepared to make changes, otherwise Uranus could come along and take you by surprise.

Uranus does provide lots of excitement, so be ready for changes on a global and personal scale.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Uranus will win in the fight with Saturn

Over the next couple of years, I shall be discussing the effects of Saturn in Virgo currently opposing Uranus in Pisces.This is going to be a turbulent time in many ways, but there will be great new breakthroughs. Uranus is always about something entirely new and unexpected, usually for the better of mankind.

When I spoke about the US elections and the fact that I saw John McCain to be representing Saturn in Virgo (he is a Virgo Sun too!) and Barack Obama to represent Uranus in Pisces. Barack Obama has an Aquarian Ascendant which will help him to tune into the Aquarian energies of Uranus. He is not focused on his own career, he does not have any planets in the tenth house, which would indicate an ambitious streak. Instead, most of his planets are in the sixth and seventh houses which are all about service and contribution to others, and developing strong bonds between people and nations. This is his main focus. He also wants change and innovation for the better for everyone. It is a huge accomplishment that he is going to live in the White House next January, when that very building was built by black slaves. It is truly a Uranian influence that has brought about such hope and optimism for the future.

What else is happening with this powerful transit? I am sure you are all aware that we have an extreme financial crisis on our hands globally. This is not something that is going to go away, and it is not something that will change quickly, if politicians and governments continue to do the same old things (Saturn) to try to remedy the situation.Instead, once again, I think that Uranus will have to win out to resolve the crisis we find ourselves in. Here is a possible outcome from the G20 meeting this very weekend.

If you think that these meetings in Washington are only about designing short-term solutions to the financial system, think again. It's patently clear that the vast injections of cash into the banking systems have been ineffective to date and that the crisis is growing ever more serious day by day. I think that the G20 countries are seriously looking at a whole new way of solving this crisis (Uranus). Watch out for something entirely unexpected to the person in the street who knows little about financial affairs. I think that there is a strong possibility that there will be a whole new financial order that would help to wipe clean the world's debt ledgers.

Radical stuff! Yes, it has to be. There is a strong possibility that the world's leading currencies will be devalued in a simultaneous and universal currency devalution. There are many possibilities as to how this will work out in practice, but my thought is that there could be three new currencies, each with equal reserve status. They would essentially be a new dollar, a new euro and a new pan-Asian currency.The new fiat monetary units would be worth less than the old ones. For example, it could take 10 new units of money to buy one old dollar or euro. New names may be given to the new currencies to help to rid the world of the connotations of currencies that failed.

Naturally, this will be a bit more complicated than the outline I have given above, but there will be a whole new financial architecture developed. But the point is, that Uranus is forcing in changes that are going to happen very quickly.It's exciting. Watch this space for more as the story unfolds.....

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturn, Uranus and Pluto - it's all happening now!

There are two major events happening astrologically in 2008 and both of them occur in the month of November. One is the start of a series of exact oppositions of Saturn in Virgo with Uranus in Pisces. This was exact on the day of the US elections, where McCain represented Saturn and the old, conservative way of doing things that was no longer working, while Obama represented Uranus which is change, the new and optimism for the future. As I mentioned in my blog, Uranus usually wins out in these situations and again this proved to be so.

The final exact opposition of Saturn and Uranus occurs on 26th July 2010 which will characterise a period of revolutionary transformation with outmoded or corrupted structures, such as the derivatives in the global financial system, being replaced by new, more transparent and honest paradigms.

How will this affect you?
On a more personal level, it’s an important time to examine all the structures in your life that have outlived their usefulness. It’s time to look at what might be past its “sell by” date in your life. Perhaps something that has served you very well until now - a relationship, a way of thinking, a home, a job - but maybe is no longer what you are wanting on a deeper level. It just doesn’t seem to be working, no matter how many different ways you look at it. This means it is time to release it and leave space for something new and different to come into your life. Invariably, there is a feeling of loss, as though a door has been firmly shut in your life. However, this is the only way to allow something new and fresh to come in. Remember, that Saturn will pull down old structures that no longer work anyway, so you might as well be ahead of the game and examine your life in detail now and see what needs to be changed, before Saturn comes along and does it for you. Then it is usually a more painful experience. It’s important to tune into your intuitive flashes which are represented by Uranus and follow them wherever you can. You will be guided, but Uranus is all about letting go and allowing the universe to show you what your next steps are.

This will be especially true for you if the Saturn-Uranus opposition is making a conjunction, opposition or square to sensitive points in your natal chart. For example, Obama had this powerful opposition where Saturn was affecting his eighth house - this very often means the death of a loved one, and his grandmother passed away the day before the election.

You might want to watch out for the other dates on which this powerful combination of planets makes this exact opposition in the heavens:
5th May 2009, 15th September 2009, 26th April 2010 and 26th July 2010.

However, we will all be feeling these energies over the next couple of years in one way or another and remember that Uranus usually wins over the Saturn influence, so be ready for the new, the exciting and the humanitarian effects of Uranus which wants the new paradigm to be about reaching out to others, helping and wanting the best for us all. These will be challenging times, but they will benefit the greater good of mankind.

The other great event of 2008 astrologically, is the movement of Pluto out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn on 26th November 2008. It will be in Capricorn for the next sixteen years. So for you Capricorns out there, your birthdays are coming up over the Christmas period and into the New Year, the next sixteen years will be very significant for you. When Pluto transits your sign, you can be sure that you will undergo utter transformation of who you think you are right now, you will want to be going to the depths of your soul. It is a great time for any kind of research and projects that are intricate and require great focus. Pluto by its very nature unearths everything in your life that needs close examination. Not a part of you will be left untouched by this transit: your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self will all be affected. If you have a special gift, Pluto could increase your capacity with your talent, it will force you to explore the hidden depths of yourself in new and interesting ways.

It will be a time of great change in your life, when you will strive as never before to accomplish your ambitions. You will work harder than ever and not allow obstacles to prevent you from achieving your objectives. If you handle the energies of this transit skillfully, you should be able to go far with it. However, you should also be aware of certain challenges. Pluto is the planet of death and regeneration, which means the elimination of whatever is old and outworn and the birth of a new, higher order. First you must observe two limitations. Pluto gives you tremendous drive and energy, but only for the elimination of that which is truly old and outworn, not for getting rid of things that you might not want, but may still be of value. Secondly, like all the planets beyond Saturn, Pluto is a transcendental planet. Therefore its energies are meant to be used for the betterment of everyone around you, not just yourself. You are the steward of this energy, not the owner.

The best ways to ensure that you are handling this energy in a positive way is to concentrate it on your own life. It is best not to try to dominate others, even “for their own good.” Use the energy to transform your own life into a finer expression of yourself. Make every effort to expand your awareness of who and what you are and make that knowledge work in your life at a practical level.

The final point to remember is that you must do something now. You cannot simply sit back and let this transit go by without making some changes. If you do not make them consciously, circumstances will take over for you, probably with unpleasant results. You may have to face some aspects of yourself that you do not like, but that is part of the process, and you will find that those aspects are not really so bad. The sweeping changes that take place may be challenging, but that is because any kind of death is unpleasant. However, it makes way for the birth of something new, powerful and exciting. I’m sure many of you hard-working Capricorns have already got to work on this transit! Enjoy!

Barbara Goldsmith is a professional astrologer and offers seminars, classes and private consultations.

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