Friday, January 16, 2015

Powerfully-Positioned Uranus in Aries Leads the Charge Through Aquarius Season

We move through the zero-degree Aquarius New Moon portal on January 20 like a shot.

The velocity with which things are moving now and for the following three months is astounding - but we need all this velocity in order to break through.

We are changing the blueprints, changing the rules, and changing set patterns. These are patterns that have been continued for generations, for thousands of years in many cases, and we need the big, bold Uranian charge, as ruler of Aquarius, to both disrupt these patterns and to propel us forward into something new, beyond old traps and sticking points.

So you see, the disruption of the standard ways is necessary now, nothing to mourn or lament.

Things are busting loose on Planet Earth over the next three months, and there's no going back. If you've been following the true narrative on this planet, you'll realize we don't want to go back. We have nothing to go back to. Despite the temptations of nostalgia, there has never been a fully satisfactory time on this planet.

We have to keep moving. And move we will.

This Aquarius season is disposited (heavily influenced) by electric rabble rouser Uranus in Aries conjunct the South Node of the Moon and tightly square Pluto in Capricorn. Intense. Powerful. The moving of mountains.

Uranus forms an exact conjunction to the South Node in Aries on January 20 - on the day of the zero-degree Aquarius New Moon (occurring at 7:14 a.m. CST) - and this aspect produces the dominant themes for the following 28-day lunar cycle.

Uranus is also hurtling into the seventh and final Uranus-Pluto square, exact on March 16, 2015 - the first square in the series where both Uranus and Pluto will be moving direct.

We're spinning things off left and right as we move into new era energetics - in our selves, in our lives, in our relationships, in our families, businesses, societies, and institutions. There isn't one area of life that is left untouched by this final square aspect between the planet of revolution and the planet of transformation.

As the energetics change on the planet, there are requirements for new physical energy sources, as well.

Long-suppressed clean and renewable energy technologies will be forced to the surface as we officially hit the wall with old energy sources that are deadly, toxic, and unimaginably destructive to life on this planet.

Ceres in Capricorn Activates the Uranus-Pluto Square: the Purchasing Power of Mothers Can Change the World

There are also new-era requirements related to the fuel we use to energize our bodies - our food. Agriculture-related dwarf planet Ceres is currently transiting Capricorn and brings its themes into play as it forms a square to Uranus in Aries (February 12) and a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn (February 15). This indicates an official push-coming-to-shove moment for food and the business of agriculture and food production. It indicates an acute period of time when individuals will have to take increased responsibility for the health and safety of the food they purchase and eat - because the structures as they exist have abnegated that responsibility in favour of profit (or even something more sinister...).

Ceres in Capricorn activating the Uranus-Pluto square indicates a time when individuals must get very serious about the food they are ingesting, as many food sources are being poisoned in invisible ways (via genetically modified organisms, chemical pesticides and herbicides, radioactive fallout, additives, colourants, preservatives, processing, and by other methods).

With Mars in Pisces conjunct wounded healer Chiron (exact January 31), food sensitivities and reactions will be on the rise. Bodies will be breaking down under the stress, and cleaner, healthier alternatives will have to be explored.

This activation by Earth Mama Ceres of the Uranus-Pluto (Uranium-Plutonium) square indicates a good time to eliminate the foods that are most likely to be contaminated by radioactive fallout from Fukushima and other sources. The major one there is food from the sea. 

This Ceres activation also provides an opportunity to break from corporate agriculture, sourcing food that is organic or farmed up to organic standards, including from local sources.

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At the same time, we must understand that all non-genetically modified and organic agriculture is under direct attack by the continued infiltration of GMOs and particularly by the introduction of genetically modified alfalfa, a foundation stone for non-GM and organic agriculture. I've written extensively about GM alfalfa in the past and continue my campaign to ban this untested, feral, perennial genetically modified crop. The continued spread of GM alfalfa could quite literally mean the end of most, if not all, organic and non-GM agriculture and food. Spring 2015 will be a critical point when all anti-GMO opponents must be vocal and engaged.

As Ceres moves into position, individuals will be taking on new sovereignty and responsibility related to the foods they ingest, no longer blindly leaving it up to supermarkets or restaurants.

Purchasing power is a major theme here, and it is the purchasing habits of mothers (Ceres), in particular, that have the greatest potential effect. Mothers generally make the decisions about the food for their families. In capitalist societies, change the way you spend your money, change the products you purchase, and you change the world.

As an example, Wiesenhof, the top poultry producer in Germany, recently stopped using GMO feed for its chickens due to increasing customer demand for non-GMO poultry and eggs.

"Wiesenhof’s decision is a direct result of pressure from the top German supermarkets. In late August the supermarkets, with a broad consensus, demanded the German Poultry Association (ZDG) to stop using GMO feed for both egg and poultry meat production, starting from January 1st 2015."

German customers demanded non-GMO poultry and eggs from the supermarkets, and the supermarkets, in turn, demanded that from the poultry and egg producers.

Hit them at their bottom line. Purchasing power talks - and gets things done - during the Pluto in Capricorn years. (It is just unfortunate that ethics, health, and common sense do not have more sway...) 

If you think it can't be done elsewhere, you're wrong. 

The demand for organic and non-GM foods produces new sources and new infrastructure for their access and distribution.

For example, after my repeated requests, my local grocery store is now carrying free run eggs and will order organic eggs in if there are enough purchasers. This is a very conservative and traditional area, strongly involved with oil and chemical-intensive and GM agriculture, and it is decidedly resistant to organics and to anything outside the conventional system. All it took was a progressive grocery store manager and one motivated customer (your anarchist astro-reporter) to turn the tide - even if just slightly - in this area.

It is small changes adding up that produce the momentum to turn the tide. And it all starts with one motivated individual. Uranus in Aries.

"I can't do anything about it, anyway," is not an excuse that will fly under these transits.

We are building the community and networks we need one individual at a time.

Some Extreme Uranian Energetics to Navigate


With Uranus in Aries so strong, things are wired. We're wired. We will have immense surges of energy running through our systems at various times over the next three months. Again, this is beneficial for propelling us into necessary new territory. These energy surges provide the strength, the motivation, and the forward propulsion we need to move out of the Piscean-era dead zones and toward a future that we actually want to live through on this planet.

But strong Uranus energy also has some cautions. Uranus has a tendency to run us, to overwhelm the circuitry - especially the mental circuitry and nervous system. Flashes of Uranian insight can be temporarily blinding, causing headaches, eye strain, or other issues. The extreme surges of energy can be exhausting to our biological systems. In short, intense Uranus energy can just be too much.

With Saturn sitting on the early degrees of Sagittarius, there is wisdom in standing still, in allowing the rush of super-charged motion and events and energy to just pass us by. There is wisdom in meditation and in nature. There is wisdom in focusing only on the things that are most personally meaningful to us, sloughing off all else.

Just as we hurtle through the zero-degree Aquarius New Moon portal on January 20, communication and transportation planet Mercury comes to a standstill in the sign, stationing retrograde January 21 (9:54 a.m.).

Are we moving forward, or are we reviewing?


There is a bit of a stop-and-start effect as we move through this lunar cycle.

The Mercury retrograde period (January 21 to February 11 from 17 to 1 degrees Aquarius) will bring us information, insight, and perspective about the way forward from here. We will be wrapping our minds around the changes we have been through, the changes we are experiencing now, and the changes that are yet to come. We are being informed of the new blueprints - and of last-minute changes to those new blueprints. It is a challenge to stay up-to-date and up-to-speed with everything that is unfolding, and the Mercury retrograde in Aquarius assists us in that pursuit by slowing things down and going back over some things we may have missed the first time.

The perspective and new ideas we come to through this Mercury retrograde are quite vast and long-reaching. We may be able to see years, decades, or even centuries down the road. Mercury will transit Aquarius until March 11, so we have an extended period of time to mentally integrate the continually-unfolding scenarios. 

But Mercury in Aquarius disposited by Uranus in Aries in its current position indicates a definite possibility of mental circuitry overload, and this possibility is also extended into early March. There is some mental burnout possible, especially if we continue to push for information or connection as we move through the January 21 Mercury retrograde station or the February 11 direct station.

Shut off the damn cell phones! Shut off the computer for a while. Stay off social media for a couple days - or more.

Limiting technology time is one way to protect our tired synapses, especially in the days surrounding the Mercury stations.

We have to apply our own versions of "surge protectors" to our brains and nervous systems over the next three months in order to counteract the intense Uranian charge. We can only stay wired for so long until it starts to have adverse effects.

Uranus is conjunct the South Node in Aries, which means we have to balance that erratic and at times overwhelming charge via the Libra North Node. Keeping our balance while maintaining a sense of peace amidst any turmoil and upheaval is our soul-level challenge now. This is our path to success.

Also watch your anger. There is plenty to be angry about on this planet, and we are made even more aware of this as Uranus pushes into the final square to Pluto in Capricorn. Corruption abounds. A sickening lack of responsibility, legitimacy, and humanity abounds in positions of power. But with Uranus in Aries conjunct the South Node, our anger tends to go to detrimental extremes. It snowballs. It goes nuclear. There are too many individual incidents about which to be angry.

As we are working to balance our systems (Libra North Node), protecting ourselves from overload and exhaustion, we must be careful to avoid enraging trigger subjects that serve only to waste our time and energy.

Is it worth getting pissed about? Do you really care that much, or are you allowing something or someone to get under your skin? Is it productive anger, or is it anger that is being stirred without a viable outlet?

The stirring of anger in the populace (via the exposure of various enraging events involving lies, manipulation, violence, destruction, and corruption from the power structures) will be used as a tactic over the next three months. If the powers-that-be (and their controlled opposition agents) are in control of our anger, they can misdirect it, exhaust it, dissipate it, and squander its potential to create real and necessary change.

Anger is a powerful motivating force, and it is a force that, if applied correctly, gets things done in a way that no other emotion can. Don't allow your anger-fuel to be manipulated. Make sure you are applying it practically and toward just the right ends. Don't get caught up in the details. We're penetrating the roots here, the real, systemic causes of our righteous rage. Keep the big picture battle in mind, and don't exhaust yourself each step of the way.

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Monday, January 5, 2015

More "Change of Era" Shifts As We Begin 2015

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Our soul-level GPS system, the transiting North Node of the Moon in Libra and South Node in Aries, activates the Uranus-Pluto square this January, creating a month of yet more tension, uncertainty, shifts, and changes, especially in personal and professional relationships.

This is an energetic cardinal Grand Cross spurring (or forcing) us into new territory, and the tense and uncomfortable energetics are our cross to bear as we begin the new year on Planet Earth.

The nodes of the Moon will square Pluto in Capricorn at 13 degrees of the signs exactly on January 14, 2015. The Moon will be in Scorpio January 13 - 16, adding emotional intensity, pressure, and potential trip-wire triggers. Things will be coming to the surface, so stand back, and provide plenty of processing time and space for yourself and others.

This will be followed by unpredictable Uranus crossing the South Node of the Moon at 12 degrees Aries on January 20, 2015. This day also marks the zero-degree New Moon in Aquarius (7:14 a.m. CST), indicating some potential turbulence as we emotionally integrate "where we are now and where we go from here." There is some emotional trauma wrapped up in these aspects, and this could involve the levels of extreme independence, isolation, and survival-orientation many have experienced as the energetics were set for the new era. War manoeuvres are also possible around the time of this New Moon (and during the following 28-day lunar cycle), with the influence of Uranus-South Node in martial Aries.

There are some Plutonic eliminations necessary this month. We will be eliminating certain paths (and relationships) that have proved unfruitful thus far, and we will be re-directing ourselves down fresher avenues.

There is some tightening up of our standards and of our trajectories necessary this month. We are re-balancing the "give-and-take" in our lives and in our relations with others with a bit more of a hard line.

Some turbulence is to be expected with disruptions possible in career/business, with family, in relationships, and with new realizations about ourselves and our personal directions.

Some potentially jarring changes and re-direction will occur over the next three months.

Certain situations, certain structures, and certain frameworks are at their breaking points, and this sustained cardinal Grand Cross energy could start to break things down, forcing us to think fast and act fast as we move through the first months of 2015. 

We are moving into new position, but this isn't always going to be a comfortable process.

We are currently in a very dynamic and changeable window of time sandwiched between the sixth Uranus-Pluto square that occurred December 14, 2014 and the seventh and final Uranus-Pluto square that occurs March 16, 2015. Nothing is set in stone. Most everyone and everything are in a state of flux. If we accept this, rather than trying to force stability or concrete commitments, we come through this period without being shredded (or without being too shredded).

Communication planet Mercury enters its retrograde shadow at 1 degree Aquarius today (January 5) in tight conjunction with Venus in Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of the future, and it's also the sign of the new era. The strong Aquarius influence this month adds necessary elements of emotional detachment, objectivity, future-oriented thinking, and s p a c e to the hot, compacted, and concentrated Pluto-infused navigational path.

We will be re-visiting the subjects and issues on our minds now during the Mercury retrograde period (January 21 - February 11, 2015 from 17 to 1 degree Aquarius), gaining new vision and new flashes of perspective for the path ahead.

During the transit of Mercury through future-oriented Aquarius, which extends to March 11, we are wrapping our minds around the changes we have been through, the changes we are experiencing now, and the changes that are yet to come. We are challenged to look forward with interest, rather than looking backward glumly.

The planet associated with action, direction, personal goals, and sex drive, Mars, enters ethereal Pisces on January 12, where it will remain until February 19. This softens the edges a bit, but it also makes us keenly aware that, despite our best efforts, many of our dreams and hoped-for scenarios have not materialized - personally, financially, with career and status, with relationships, or with the state of humanity and the planet, in general.

There are end-of-era disappointments here. There are Piscean-era dashed dreams. There is some emotional devastation nipping at us. There are also temptations to go down the wrong roads. There are temptations to go down roads that have proven to be unfruitful in the past. The sticky, cloying burden of lost dreams is sitting on us a bit as Mars in Pisces moves to a conjunction to wounded healer Chiron on January 31, 2015. Pain could drive us into old weak spots if we are not careful. We must apply our will to block old siren songs and to stay on the right track, rather than succumbing to dead-end diversions and segues. Detrimental passivity is one caution with Mars in Pisces.

We are tasked with moving through the glum, end-of-era disappointments just as we would move through an unpleasant dream - with the knowledge that it will come to an end, that we will wake, that the hollow sadness will dissipate and life will begin again.

Venus enters Pisces January 27, adding its healing psychic balm to the wounds that seemingly have no end, no form, no containment. The love is back, softening the hard Aquarian edges, softening the potential frustration and devastation of Mars-Chiron. 

As the North Node in relationship-oriented Libra leads the way, we are tasked with riding the "new era" waves, especially in relationships, dropping old expectations and ideals and adapting to the realities of the electric-exhilarating current moment.

Things are not working the way they once did, especially in human relations, and this is OK. It's frustrating; it's confusing, but it's OK.

Both relationship planets, Venus and Mars, enter Aries near the end of February (Mars on February 19, Venus on February 20) and form a powerful conjunction at 1 degree Aries on February 21, 2015.

This Venus-Mars conjunction is a "new birth point" for relationships as well as for directions taken to find new partners and lovers. This conjunction in early Aries propels us into a new spring and into new life in human relations of all kinds. It marks a surge of new growth in relationships - in the earliest of forms - after a long, hard, and confusing wintery span. This is new promise after the hard trudge of January and most of February. 

We are making a real, historical shift now. Things are changing rapidly for almost everyone around us as we move to the seventh and final Uranus-Pluto square. Put old ideals aside as you grasp the full meaning and the full benefit of the sparkling and enlivening changes afoot.

Remember to kiss goodbye the lovers in your dreams. As of February 21, 2015, we are interested only in the living, breathing, flesh-and-blood versions.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Saturn in Sagittarius: Freeing Suppressed Truths With Our Blazing Arrows of Righteousness

Saturn in Sagittarius December 23, 2014 - December 20, 2017
Saturn retrograde March 14 – August 1, 2015
Saturn is back in Scorpio June 14 - September 17, 2015

Pallas Athene in Sagittarius December 28, 2014 - November 1, 2015
Pallas Athene retrograde period April 20 - August 11, 2015 

With Saturn transiting Sagittarius, there is certain knowledge we absolutely must have in order to navigate the times successfully. If we do not already have this knowledge securely under our belts, we must obtain it step-by-step over the next three years.

Over the next three years, we will be confronted - personally and collectively - with situations that bring us to a broader understanding of the truth. This will not always be pleasant. Contrary to what many may believe, we are not promised a walk-in-the-park Saturn transit just because the taskmaster planet has moved on from deep, dark Scorpio. There will be a lightening of emotional and psychological loads in some ways, but challenges certainly remain.

We are challenged to build on what we learned and saw and came to understand while Saturn in Scorpio was holding our noses in the corrupt power structures and difficult emotional/psychological subtext of Planet Earth.

We cannot just forget about it and go searching for greener pastures elsewhere - though many will try...

Fear Driving People to Regressive Belief Systems and Figureheads 

Coming through the sometimes bleak awareness of down-and-dirty reality on Planet Earth brought front and centre by the Saturn in Scorpio transit, people will be searching for meaning, for a candle in the window, for something to buoy their spirits. But we do not find these things without effort (Saturn). Strong caution is advised if new meaning and solace are found too quickly or seemingly too easily...

Animal and Nature Guides - What They're Showing Us Isn't Always Pretty  

The situation with sea life in the Pacific Ocean is another instance where the animals are telling us things that aren’t very pretty. In fact, they’re pretty horrifying. Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster began in March 2011, sea life has been disappearing from the Pacific, most visibly in the tidal pools. Not a single baby orca whale has survived off the West Coast since 2011. Multiple animals are showing up sick, convulsing, with lesions. Multiple populations are collapsing. The sea life in the Pacific is screaming for our attention, and this will continue throughout the Saturn in Sagittarius transit...

Being able to penetrate the rhetoric of establishment academics, scientists, physicians, and media with the cold, hard facts is an ability we will need if we are to be successful moving forward from here.

This is an excerpt from the article "Saturn in Sagittarius: Freeing Suppressed Truths With Our Blazing Arrows of Righteousness." It is a 7,100+-word document of astrology magic describing themes and aspects associated with the three-year transit of Saturn through Sagittarius. This article is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons, or it can be purchased for $12 by PayPal or by email money transfer.