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23 January 2019

JFA: Welcome to January 2019

Welcome to January 2019

For everyone: Since transiting Uranus is making a station in late Aries all month, it's turning up the volume on the transiting Uranus-Pluto square and on the United States' first Pluto return, which is active from 2008-2023. The Uranus station can retrigger conflicts (Aries) that we experience today on both personal and global levels: corruption, coups, overreaches of power, destructive greed, and spying (Pluto) within established forms of governments (Capricorn) and multinational corporations (Capricorn) which, as Jungian analyst James Hillman has written, are like a modern version of Italian city-states. Refugees fleeing violent rebels (Uranus in Aries) who’ve taken over their land, and/or economic inequities (Pluto in Capricorn), strain the resources of other countries and governments (Pluto in Capricorn unearthing prejudice, fear, and attempts to control), and a conservative (Capricorn) backlash (Aries) is well underway. Long-established governments (Capricorn) are dealing with increased terrorist attacks (Uranus in Aries) and rising nationalism. In our collective awareness hovers (Neptune) a generalized fear of the dissolution (Neptune) of structures in society (Capricorn).

However, as also happened during Pluto’s last transit through Capricorn from 1762 to 1778, there are also Uranian grassroots movements in this country and abroad that are both exposing (Pluto) and protesting against (Uranus) the shadow side of the current government (Capricorn): political corruption, inflation, unfair taxation, hacked elections; attacks on Obamacare, Medicare, and Social Security; mistreatment of minorities and the vulnerable; arrest or detainment without due process; economic unfairness; policies harmful to the environment, and right-wing extremism. Examples here include Occupy Wall Street, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood, the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors, the nationwide and global Women’s Marches, the American Civil Liberties Union, and widespread protests in favor of humane treatment of refugees and against Trump’s policies and appointees. In Europe, there are demonstrations (Uranus), such as those by the French "yellow vests," against raised taxes, terrorist attempts, the fate of Brexit, and extreme right-wing movements. Those governments have also experienced a growth in nationalism (Capricorn).

We have our Uranian work cut out for us to block (Aries) all the attempted power grabs, cessation of aid, revocation of liberties, unfair taxation, efforts to discredit and gaslight the press (Pluto, Capricorn), and insufficient response to climate change.

 The U.S. Pluto Return
The United States (Sibly chart) experiences its first Pluto return in 2008–2023, which I think the nation feels during that planet’s entire transit through Capricorn. Pluto’s orbit around the Sun takes 248 years, moving slowly enough to be felt very deeply and powerfully for a prolonged period of time wherever it's transiting. As a nation whose birth chart has a 2nd-house Capricorn Pluto, the U.S. is particularly sensitized to the theme of something rising from the depths (Pluto) of Capricorn-ruled material to be revealed as a shadow side of that sign and purged or transformed. In 1776—to summarize (and oversimplify) a complex set of events—that shadow side of Capricorn referred to our growing perception of unfair, harsh, autocratic political and fiscal treatment by England. Given the U.S. chart’s Moon in Aquarius, this country is always attuned to Uranus, planet of progress, independence, innovation, social justice, and revolution. With the (Sibly) U.S.A. chart’s connections to both planets, America is practically a lightning rod for the current transiting Uranus–Pluto square.

What has happened so far? The global economy and housing markets went south in 2008, and the role in the collapse (Pluto) played by some financial institutions (Capricorn) became evident (Pluto). Corporations (Capricorn) came under fire for everything from genetically modified food to endangering water sources to lying about fuel emissions tests. The "Me Too" movement protested the treatment of women by many members of patriarchal societies (Capricorn). World politics (Capricorn) went through a series of upheavals (Uranus), some of them violent (Aries), teeming with accusations of espionage, hacking, voter fraud, gerrymandering, nationalism, bigotry, and foreign influence on national elections.

The American Revolutionary War began with Pluto in Capricorn. As an astrologer, I’m intrigued but not surprised that during the U.S.’s first Pluto return, which includes today’s transiting Uranus–Pluto square, one of the many Uranian organizations fighting (Aries) here to preserve as much as possible of our democracy, values (2nd-house Pluto), international relations, and planet Earth itself is called “OurRevolution.com.”

What can you do? Speak up! Make your voice heard! THE most important of these issues is our lack of sane and enforceable environmental policies, as will become increasingly apparent after Uranus moves back into Taurus on March 6, 2019. Global warming is all too real, and there is no planet B. If you'd like some inspiration, watch the excellent National Geographic series, Mars. It's a science fiction series set in the near future: What would happen if scientists and profit-hungry corporations reached Mars, with all of its discoveries waiting to happen and all of its as yet untapped natural resources, at the same time? The show is also a series of mini-documentaries and interviews with astronomers, environmental experts and other scientists about what could happen with our climate in the very near future unless we make serious and rapid changes, and what could happen in our first human ventures beyond the Moon. Revolution, The Beatles.

 "Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

Jodie Forrest

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05 July 2018

Stardate: July, 2018


Stardate: July, 2018. All times PDT.

I haven’t received a lot of comments about my regular Sun sign column on this site, and I’m trying something different this month. Let me know what you think, please, and what sorts of astrological analysis you’d find helpful or would like to see here month to month.

The remarks below apply to everyone. They are particularly relevant for you if you have natal planets or angles at or near the degrees of the signs that I mention below, or if you have planets or angles that aspect those degrees.

Here’s a brief review of aspects and orbs:

Each sign contains 30 degrees.
The circle of all 12 signs, a.k.a. the zodiac or the ecliptic, contains 360 degrees.
The major aspects, a.k.a the Ptolemaic aspects, are:
0 degrees: Conjunctions are an angular separation of about 0-8 degrees between two planets.
60 degrees: Sextiles are an angular separation of about 52-68 degrees between two planets.
90 degrees: Squares are an angular separation of about 82-98 degrees between two planets.
120 degrees: Trines are an angular separation of about 112-128 degrees between two planets.
180 degrees: Oppositions are an angular separation of about 172-188 degrees between two planets.
An orb is how many degrees we allow for “wiggle room” when identifying aspects.
In birth charts, I use about 8 degree orbs—except for the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and the Nodes of the Moon, for which I’ll use up to 12 degree orbs, because they are more powerful than the other planets or points in a birth chart.
For stations, I use one full degree on either side of the exact station. If a planet stations at precisely 10 degrees Libra, then the orb of that station is from precisely 9 to 11 degrees Libra.

Note that astrologers disagree on what orbs to use. I suggest observing your chart and those of people you know well for a while, then deciding what orbs make the most sense to you.

The lunar cycle:

4th quarter Moon, July 6, 12:51 am, at 15 degrees Aries.
New Moon, solar eclipse, July 12, 7:48 pm, Moon and Sun both at 21 degrees Cancer
Note: this new Moon opposes Pluto at 20 Capricorn, with a 1 degree orb. Maintain a balance between expressing your more problematic feelings versus holding them in.
1st quarter Moon, 12:52 pm, at 28 degrees Libra
Full Moon, lunar eclipse, July 27, 1:20 pm, Moon 5 degrees Aquarius, Sun 5 degrees Leo.
Note: the full Moon is in a 2 degree orb of a conjunction to Mars at 3 Aquarius, while Mars is applying to a partile (exact) square to stationary Uranus on Aug. 1st at 3 degrees Taurus. Uranus squares the Sun-Moon opposition. If you have planets in the early degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, the fixed signs, you may have something to work out or compromise about concerning those planets. If you don’t have planets in the early degrees of the fixed signs, you may need to do a balancing act in the houses of your birth chart where those degrees are located.

Planetary Ingresses:

Venus enters Virgo, July 9, 7:32 pm,
The Sun enters Leo, July 22, 2:00 pm. It’s in the orbs of an opposition to Mars and a square to Uranus the rest of the month. It opposes Mars on the 25th and squares Uranus the 26th.

Stations: I use a 1 degree orb on either side of the exact station.
Jupiter Stationary Direct, July 10, 10:02 am, 14 degrees Scorpio. Jupiter is in the orbs of a station all month.
Mercury S Retrograde, July 25, 10:02 pm, 23 degrees Leo. Mercury is in the orbs of its station July 21-31.
Mars is in the orbs of its latest retrograde station through July 10.
Uranus is in the orbs of its next retrograde station all month.
Neptune is in the orbs of its last retrograde station all month.
Summary of stations:
Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Neptune are stationary through July 10.
Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are stationary from July 21-31.
Stationary planets are more powerful than non-stationary planets, and we feel their energies more strongly then, particularly on the date of the station itself.

Other aspects to note:

July 5, Mercury opposes Mars retrograde, 9 degrees Leo-Aquarius. Lots of mental energy or nervousness today. You may need to assert yourself, but count to at least 20 before you do. Avoid unnecessary stress; try to reschedule extremely charged conversations if possible. Find something fascinating to learn!

July 9, Mercury squares stationary-direct Jupiter, 13 degrees Leo and Scorpio. Don’t promise more than you can deliver. Double-check anything that seems too good to be true—it may be a scam. Proofread important documents. On the other hand, it’s a good day for improvisational theatre, cosplay, or games that involve wild-eyed schemes, eloquence, or tall tales.

July 11, Venus trines stationary Uranus, 2 degrees Virgo and Taurus. It’s Befriend an Aquarian Day! No? How about Be Nice to Nerds Day? Seriously, make peace with your inner (or outer) black sheep, rebel or non-conformist. Want to relax? Try an activity you find appealing and that you’ve never done before.

July 13, Venus trines Saturn, 5 degrees Virgo and Capricorn. A good day to organize, assemble, fix, or plan something you’ve been putting off until another time. Filing cabinets, Ikea finds, upcycled furniture, receipts, class notes, genealogical data, old family photographs, junk drawers—you get the idea. Also good for visiting flea markets and antique stores.

July 22, Venus sextiles stationary Jupiter, 14 degrees Virgo and Scorpio. Spend time with your friends or family members whose company you most enjoy. Throw a party. Make people laugh. Flirt. Are you a shopaholic? Then it might be best to stay out of the mall. Exception: art supply and hobby supply stores, where you may find just what you need. Enjoy your creativity.

July 24, Venus opposes stationary Neptune, 16 degrees Virgo & Pisces. There’s a jazz standard called, “I Fall in Love Too Easily.” Use it as a cautionary tale today. Spending time with people whose spirituality resonates with yours can be refreshing and inspiring. Synchronicities may abound. Heed your intuitions. You don’t have to act on them, but do notice them.

July 27, Venus trines Pluto, 20 degrees Virgo and Capricorn. Make peace with the parts of yourself that you most dislike. Sit with your wounded side for a while; don’t try to shut it up or push it away. Be mindful of it throughout the day, and reassure it if it winces. Be kind to it, and you may learn something valuable about yourself. A good day for revealing psychotherapy or other epiphanies.

01 July 2018

THE MARS RETURN

THE MARS RETURN 

Jodie Forrest, P.O. Box 1311, Ramona, CA 92065
jodietighe@gmail.com
www.jodieforrestastrology.com
Tel. 919.270.7749; fax 760-789-0219

Planetary returns
Planetary returns occur when a transiting planet reaches the same degree and minute as its natal position. Returns mark the beginning of another cycle of that planet's continued development in our psyches. Each cycle lasts from each return until the following one; in Mars's case, that's about two years. The first Mars return at approximately age two marks the "terrible twos," when children start to realize they are separate beings from their mothers. They possess their own will; they want to set their own boundaries.
What about adults' Mars returns? Some meanings of Mars besides boundaries and tantrums are:

adrenalin
adventures
assertion; aggression; the fight, flight or freeze reactions to threats
courage and fear
violence, accidents
the desire nature
drive
energy, what fuels us
our "sword and shield": how we attack, how we defend ourselves
what we're willing to fight for, and with
our will

The Mars return
Mars returns:
offer chances to integrate our natal Mars further, in any one or more of its meanings.
refer to the house position of natal Mars: What's the overall proving ground (the house position) of our natal Mars?
appear to manifest more in the house of returning Mars: In what area(s) of life (in what house) will we take this biennial "midterm exam" on our natal Mars?

Why might Mars returns manifest in their returning house position? Perhaps one answer to that question lies in Mars's natural rulership of the first house, from which a planet can "enter" or influence any other.

Examples
Let's examine some famous people's Mars returns. All charts have data rated Rodden A or AA and use Placidus houses.

Apollo 13:  The (mis)adventure
A full discussion of the events surrounding the mid-flight decision to abort Apollo 13's mission to land on the Moon in April, 1970, would require a longer article. We'll look at only the general outlines of this near-disaster. Unbeknownst either to mission control in Houston or to Apollo 13's crew, one of the spacecraft's two oxygen tanks' internal heating elements had been damaged during modification after preflight testing. At almost 56 hours into the mission, the damaged tank blew up. The explosion deprived the command module of its normal supply of electricity, light and water, and caused the other oxygen tank to fail too.
"Houston, we have a problem"⎯a "problem" that occurred at some 200,000 miles from the Earth and 39,000 miles from the Moon. Actually, there were several problems.
Apollo 13 could no longer land on the Moon and had to make a course correction to employ lunar gravity to help "sling-shot" it back to Earth. Since the command module's power and water supplies were limited and had to be saved for re-entry, the crew had to leave the command module, enter the lunar module and travel home under reduced power. However, the lunar module's consumables were intended to sustain two people for a day and a half, not three people for four days. NASA and the astronauts had to figure out how to remove enough CO2 from the lunar module's air to keep it breathable, how to power up the command module from total shutdown, a procedure never intended to be done mid-flight, and how to separate the lunar module to a safe distance from the command module just before re-entry. They had to accomplish these tasks under minimal power, while the lunar module's interior temperature dropped to 39 degrees Fahrenheit.


James Lovell, Apollo 13 mission commander
Mars stresses us. Mars applies pressure: "Do you have the right stuff?"
Jim Lovell has natal Mars, ruler of his Aries Sun, in Aquarius in the second house. While the eighth house is the house of death, its opposite, the second house, is the house of survival, as well as self-esteem, self-confidence and resources. Below is Lovell's birth chart.

(Jim Lovell, natal, Mar. 25, 1928, 2:10 am, Cleveland OH, Placidus. RR, AA: B.C./B.R.)

Natally, Lovell's Mars tests refer to these and other second house questions: Am I competent? Am I courageous? Do I have enough training or other resources to handle whatever I must? Can I survive?
Below is the chart of Lovell's last Mars return before Apollo 13's launch.

(Lovell's last Mars return before Apollo 13: Dec. 1, 1969, 4:37:32 pm, Cleveland OH)

Lovell's Mars return occurred, or manifested, in his tenth house. A Navy test pilot before entering the space program, Lovell was Apollo 13's commander. Even though the initial damage to Apollo 13's oxygen tank occurred during modifications conducted by others, if Apollo 13 had been lost, it would have happened on Jim Lovell's watch (tenth house). Moreover, it would have happened very much in the public eye (tenth house). As the astronauts and Houston personnel scrambled to recover from the explosion, the world anxiously followed NASA's televised updates. The disaster tested Lovell's ability to lead (tenth house), and his ability to utilize the spacecraft's remaining resources in order to survive (second house).

Jack Swigert, Astronaut
Former Air Force fighter pilot Jack Swigert wouldn't have been aboard Apollo 13 if regular crew member Ken Mattingly hadn't been exposed to German measles, to which he had no immunity, and been grounded by the mission's flight surgeon. Swigert joined Apollo 13 from its backup crew. His chart is below:

(natal chart, Jack Swigert, Aug. 30, 1931, 6:19 a.m., Denver, CO, Placidus. RR, AA: B.C./B.R.)

Virgo Jack Swigert also has a second house natal Mars, in Libra where it's traditionally in detriment. Its second house placement refers to the development of Swigert's self-confidence, self-esteem, and faith in his abilities to overcome fears and to survive. Add his natal twelfth house Virgo Sun to that second house Mars, and issues around competency can become acute. Swigert had to use self-confidence (Mars) to perform his job as well as possible (Virgo Sun), while dealing with crucially important (second house: survival) details (Virgo)—and live to tell the tale (survival).
Swigert's natal Mars in Libra figures in a cardinal grand cross that includes Mars's almost partile opposition to his eighth house Arian Uranus. Also in that grand cross are Swigert's fifth house Saturn in Capricorn opposing his eleventh house Cancerian Pluto. In other words, Swigert's natal grand cross in the succedent houses (2, 5, 8 and 11) is formed by a Mars-Uranus opposition that squares a Saturn-Pluto opposition.
Grand crosses produce tension (oppositions) and friction (squares) among their planets. Each planet's functions can seem at odds with those of the other three. How do we integrate a grand cross? To interpret an ideal manifestation of any aspect, pretend it's a conjunction that's working well.
What would a healthy Mars-Uranus-Saturn-Pluto conjunction look like? Mars, the warrior planet, uses both a sword and a shield to help us get what we want and to protect  us. Uranus, Saturn and Pluto are part of Swigert's inner warrior's arsenal, along with the energies of Mars's natal sign, Libra, with its desire to understand people, social skills and wish for harmony.
Swigert's natal Uranus in Aries can signify an ability to tolerate the unexpected (Uranus) and to adapt to new and/or frightening (eighth house) situations quickly (Aries). Saturn in Capricorn requires resourcefulness, self-control, and an ability to prioritize. Pluto lies where we can develop unnerving psychological perceptiveness, intensity, and a wider-than-average comfort zone for what most frightens us, including death and what lies beyond it. With all these energies to draw from, Swigert's Mars has a well-stocked armory.
Here's the chart of his pre-Apollo 13 Mars return.

(Jack Swigert, Mars return pre-Apollo 13, Dec. 9,  1968, 9:15:13 am, Denver, CO)

This Mars return manifested in Swigert's ninth house of "long journeys," and on the longest journey human beings have ever taken. Imagine riding a rocket into cold vast space while protected by nothing but a thin, cramped metal shell. Swigert had to survive (second house) an even more terrifying (Mars) journey (ninth house Mars return) after the explosion. The possibility of dying must have turned Swigert's thoughts to how he'd lived and what he believed (ninth house). He must have pondered the twist of fate that put him instead of Mattingly on Apollo 13: Why was he there, and what did it mean (ninth house)?

Ken Mattingly, Astronaut
Ken Mattingly's birth chart is below:

(Ken Mattingly, natal chart, Mar. 17, 1936, 6:22 pm, Chicago, IL. Placidus. RR, AA: B.C., B.R.)

The red planet lies in its own sign, Aries, and in Mattingly's natal seventh house. Natally, Mattingly's Mars challenges refer to his connections to others: spouses, partners, colleagues, lovers, competitors. A seventh house Mars can also refer to facing fears with other people. Below is Mattingly's Mars return chart before Apollo 13.

(KM's pre-Apollo 13 Mars return: Feb. 19, 1970, 9:59:14 am, Chicago, IL)

This Mars return chart manifests in the twelfth house, one of whose motifs is sequestration because of illness. Because fellow crew member Fred Haise (colleague, seventh house) had been exposed to German measles, Mattingly's vulnerability to that disease barred him (twelfth house) from a mission for which he'd trained hard:  the adventurer (Mars) who missed the adventure (twelfth house).
During the crisis, Mattingly worked on several teams at mission control (seventh house, colleagues) who were involved with the recovery, as well as alone in the simulator (twelfth house return: a simulated reality). He was acting behind the scenes (twelfth house) to save his colleagues (seventh house), and working with other people (seventh house).

Eddie Arcaro, Athlete
Eddie Arcaro rode in over 24,000 races and won close to 5,000, including two victories in the Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont). His natal chart is below:

(natal chart, Eddie Arcaro, Feb. 19, 1916, 3:30 pm CST, Cincinnati, OH. Placidus. RR, AA: B.C./B.R.)

Imagine piloting a high-strung animal weighing 1000 pounds around a racetrack, with as many as two dozen equally high-strung horses all running thirty miles an hour or faster. A Thoroughbred's top speed when sprinting is about 44 m.p.h. Jockeys wear helmets, but not the protection of a football or hockey player. If jockeys take a spill, the other horses will jump over them if they can, but if one stumbles, it could land on the fallen jockey. The "sport of kings" requires tremendous personal courage, as well as topnotch riding skills and serious upper-body strength, all from one small rider.
Weighing three pounds at his premature birth, Arcaro grew to only five feet two inches tall and never topped 114 pounds. Nonetheless, he loved sports and was determined to be an athlete. He loved horses, too, and realized that his small stature was an advantage at the track. While still in his teens, he began riding professionally.
Look at Arcaro's natal first house Mars in Leo. It refers to the development of assertiveness, confidence and will as integral, immediately evident parts of Arcaro's persona (the Ascendant). Mars is retrograde, not a condition you might expect in the chart of someone who risked his life in a highly competitive, dangerous sport every working day. Yet a retrograde Mars can symbolize great inner strength and determination: Arcaro lost 45 races before winning his first one, just before he turned 16. How many teenagers display that kind of grit?
Arcaro's first Triple Crown win began with his mount Whirlaway's victory in 1941's Kentucky Derby. Below is Arcaro's last Mars return chart before that memorable race:

(Eddie Arcaro's last Mars return before Whirlaway's Triple Crown win, Jul. 28, 1940, 6:39:03  pm CST, Cincinnati, OH)
Whirlaway was a difficult horse. With no warning, he would rear or jump, hang back at starting gates, bear to the outside of the track during races, and slow down and zigzag when in the lead. But he was the fastest horse in his stable, Calumet Farms, and the fastest that his trainer, Ben Jones, had ever schooled.
Arcaro admitted later that, despite applying all his jockey's instincts and intuition to the task, he'd found it difficult to warm up to the horse whose own trainer called him "a half-wit" for his bad habits. According to Arcaro, "It was never any picnic to ride Whirlaway." Picnic or not, however, he met the challenge (first house Mars) of working with the feisty Thoroughbred.
Jones spent long hours trying to change the horse's antics. According to Jimmy Jones, Ben's son and also a trainer, because Whirlaway was very much a creature of habit, the elder Jones schooled the horse with the intention of making "habits" out of the behavior they wanted from him. To correct the horse's drifting toward the outer rail, Jones gave him a racing hood with the right eye completely covered. In Whirlaway's final pre-Derby workout, Jones cut a small hole in the right eye's blinder, so that the horse had a tiny field of vision with that eye. Next, Jones positioned himself ten feet off the inner rail and told the jockey to ride the horse through the gap between him and that rail. Even though Whirlaway could now see the outer rail, he complied. In the race, Arcaro succeeded in keeping Whirlaway moving straight ahead, and they won the Derby in then-record time.
Look at the wide Sun-Mars conjunction manifesting in the seventh house of Arcaro's pre-Triple-Crown Mars return chart. The seventh house rules partnerships, cooperation and collaboration, as well as closer relationships. In the return chart, at least one of those partnerships promised to hold a considerable edge: Mars in Leo's wide conjunction to the Sun makes that Mars "shine," adding strength and more edginess to the red planet. Arcaro had to collaborate (seventh house) both with Jones, the trainer (an authority figure, Sun), and with the fractious prima donna Whirlaway (Mars in Leo). Jimmy Jones said of Arcaro: "He was the perfect extension of the trainer (seventh house) on the horse."
After the 1941 Triple Crown, on September 19, 1942, the Jockey Club revoked Arcaro's license for a year after his display of "rough riding" aboard the favorite in the Cowdin Stakes. Arcaro deliberately drove his horse into another one, knocking the other jockey, Vincent Nodarse, into the infield. Why? Nodarse and his mount had crowded Arcaro at the start of the race, almost unseating him, whereupon the Aquarian Arcaro broke the rules himself and went after Nodarse. Arcaro's natal first house Mars refers to the use of courage, will and self-defense (Mars) to ensure his sheer physical survival (first house). Arcaro felt directly and personally threatened (first house Mars) by the other horse's crowding of his own mount. He might have received a shorter suspension, but when the steward asked him what he'd been trying to do, instead of admitting he'd been out of line, he screamed, "I was trying to kill the S.O.B.!"
Below is the chart for Arcaro's last Mars return before the incident with Nodarse:

(Eddie Arcaro's Mars return before suspension, Jul. 10, 1942, 3:15:02 am, Cincinnati, OH)

Look at the third house Mars that manifests in Arcaro's pre-suspension Mars return chart. Mars lies in the house of "short journeys;" a trip around a racetrack on board a Thoroughbred qualifies as one. The confusing scramble for racing room, and the need for lightning-fast observation and reactions that are intrinsic to the start of a race, all correlate with the third house too: Jockeys are claiming their horse's place in the field, and quickly. Yet the third is also the house of speech. Arcaro's outraged Leonine outburst to the stewards—how dare Nodarse threaten him!—contributed directly to his suspension, perhaps more so than his knocking the other jockey into the infield.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Stateswoman
Before Eleanor Roosevelt's husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), served four terms as President of the United States, he was struck with polio and confined to a wheelchair. Eleanor became increasingly prominent in American politics and society. She played a more active role in political life than any previous or subsequent First Lady, and she might have made that great impact regardless of Franklin's disability. Long before social media, Eleanor maintained a public profile through her newspaper and magazine columns, her activism, and her traveling and teaching. As one might imagine, her trajectory toward greater visibility and influence wasn't free of conflict. She must have drawn on her Scorpio Mars's capacity for shrewdness, perceptiveness and sense of strategy. Her natal chart is below:

(Eleanor Roosevelt's natal chart, Oct. 11, 1884, 11:00 a.m., New York, NY. AA: Rodden collection.)

Eleanor Roosevelt's natal Mars lies in her eleventh house and in Scorpio, opposing her fifth house Neptune in Taurus and trining her seventh house Cancer Moon. That Moon forms tense square to her natal Sun in Libra in the tenth house. Her Sagittarian Ascendant sextiles and energizes her Sun, while it quincunxes her Moon.
Consider the eleventh house placement of Eleanor's Mars. Planets in that house are like time-released vitamins, slated to become more active in our astrological bloodstream in the second half of life than in the first. She was a Libra with a seventh house Cancer Moon, not a person who would find accessing her inner warrior (Mars) the easiest task even without her late-blooming eleventh house Mars. As an unidentified author on the PBS website said:

For most of her early life, Eleanor was dependent on and deferential to the wills and
demands of those around her. But history and personal events combined to propel Eleanor from the rigid confines of Victorian femininity to the center stage of twentieth century political activism. (1)

Her natal Mars tests came in the realm of her connections to groups both large and small (eleventh house): the Democratic party, elite New York social circles, American women, the United Nations, etc. In our eleventh houses lies our potential for making an impact on the world, our culture and contemporaries: our clubs, towns, schools, social organizations, and all the various "tribes" we encounter in modern life. If Eleanor Roosevelt grew into her eleventh house Mars, she had the potential of affecting many, many people.
Franklin married Eleanor against his domineering mother's wishes. When the couple returned from a three-month honeymoon in Europe, they moved into a townhouse that FDR's mother, Sara Delano, had given them―right next to Sara's own, and separated from it only by sliding doors. The senior Mrs. Roosevelt ran both households, to such a degree that she told Eleanor's children that Eleanor had "only" given birth to them and that she, Sara, was more their mother than Eleanor was. Below is the chart for Eleanor's last Mars return before moving next door to Sara:

(ER's Mars return before moving next door to Sara: May 2, 1905, 2:54:35 am EST, New York, NY)

Eleanor's returning Mars is retrograde, and its challenges fall in her eighth house. That's the house of our bond with a mate, our sexuality, our deep psyches, and whatever they may repress or suppress. Eleanor was only 20 years old when she found herself a newlywed practically living with her matriarchal, tyrannical mother-in-law. Trends in society are ruled by the eleventh house: In 1905, the prim and proper Victorian era still very much influenced the American public's mores, and Sara came from a wealthy old New England family. That household arrangement must have been incredibly inhibiting and awkward for Eleanor's passionate, emotional and private Mars in Scorpio. She all but broke down at one point and told Franklin how difficult it was to live in a house that wasn't her own, and where she had no say. He promised things would change, but they didn't. Why didn't Eleanor insist that they move? She had a late-blooming eleventh house Mars, and she was only 20.
Fast forward to 1918: FDR was an assistant secretary of the Navy. When he contracted pneumonia while visiting naval bases in Europe, he came home. Eleanor was unpacking for him and discovered a cache of love letters written to him by her own social secretary, Lucy Mercer. Below is the chart of Eleanor's last Mars return before the discovery which would change the Roosevelts' future (eleventh house) forever.

(pre-letters Mars return, ER, Sept. 16, 1918, 9:50:46 a.m., New York, NY)

The return chart has a first house Mars that co-rules the Scorpio Ascendant, and is the focal point of a T-square with a tenth house Saturn in Leo and a stationary fourth house Uranus in Aquarius. Until finding Mercer's love letters, Eleanor's life had revolved around quietly supporting FDR, dealing with her mother-in-law, and bearing six children in 12 years. Look at that strong returning Mars in its own house, the house of the development of the will and of setting boundaries. Eleanor's Mars lies in taboo-breaking Scorpio, with its desire to cut through niceties and get to the deepest psychological truths of a situation. Look at the Uranian upheaval in the Mars return's fourth house and at the Saturnian sensitivity to the status quo in its tenth.
What did Eleanor do? Hurt and angry, she said she would divorce Franklin so he could marry Lucy, which apparently he'd been considering. However, the year was 1918. Sara told FDR that if he divorced Eleanor and shamed his relatives, she would cut him off without a penny. Franklin's political advisor, Louis Howe, told him that divorcing Eleanor would end his hopes for the White House and his entire political career.
Eleanor, therefore, had the upper hand in this conflict, after offering FDR a divorce he wanted but felt he couldn't accept. She may not have intended to put him in such a painful double bind; she may have been certain he'd divorce her for Lucy. However, Eleanor was a very intelligent woman, and the irony of the situation probably wasn't lost on her.
When Franklin chose to stay married, Eleanor agreed, under two (Scorpionic) conditions: one, she would never have sex with FDR again, and two, his relationship with Lucy Mercer would cease completely. It didn't: Eleanor would later discover that Mercer was present when Franklin died. Nonetheless, Eleanor was now considerably more free to do as she pleased with her life; her childbearing years were over, and the legal, public form of her marriage was secure.
Eleanor increasingly moved onto the world stage. She spoke out for workers' rights, civil rights and women's rights. She visited Allied troops and foreign dignitaries, wrote weekly and monthly newspaper and magazine columns, and urged Franklin not to incarcerate Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor and to allow more European Jewish immigrants to enter the United States. Before she died, she told one of her sons that her greatest regret was that she hadn't convinced Franklin to welcome more Jewish refugees to the U.S.
In the 1930s, African-American opera singer Marian Anderson enjoyed great success in Europe. In 1939, she wanted to give a concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., but its manager refused to book a date. The Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) owned the Hall, and their policies barred African-American artists from performing there. Below is Eleanor Roosevelt's Mars return chart immediately before the D.A.R.'s intransigeance:

(ER, Mars return pre-D.A.R. controversy, Jan. 12, 1939, 2:42:51 pm, New York, NY)

Not only did Eleanor resign from the D.A.R. (eleventh house) and explain why in her weekly column, she also arranged for Marian Anderson to give a concert at the base of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday. The concert was broadcast across the country (a huge eleventh house group). Think of the symbolic value of the Lincoln Memorial as the concert site. The D.A.R. had been well and truly upstaged.
Look at the return chart's sixth house Mars. The sixth is the house of relationships that involve some sort of hierarchy or are otherwise unequal. Employees. Apprentices. Mentors. Chains of command. Caste systems are ruled by the sixth house, and in championing Marian Anderson, Eleanor was challenging a deeply entrenched American one.

Conclusion

We've examined several famous people's Mars returns to illustrate this article's premises.

1. Mars returns allow us a chance to develop our natal Mars further. They offer us challenges, assertiveness training, and opportunities to face our fears.
2. They refer to the house of natal Mars.
3. They tend to manifest in the house of the returning Mars.

Try casting your own Mars returns that predate your significant challenging events or adventures. What "midterm exams" has Mars given you over the years?









Notes:
(1) Biography: Eleanor Roosevelt's Life. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/biography/eleanor-biography/

References:
Ann T. Keene. (n.d.). Arcaro, Eddie. Retrieved from 

http://www.anb.org/articles/19/19-00900.html.

Apollo 13 (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_13.

Apollo 13. (2009, July 9.). Retrieved from
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo13.html#.Vq6h32QrLR0.


Eleanor Roosevelt. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/eleanor-roosevelt/

F.D. Roosevelt Spanish grip victim. (1918, September 20). The New York Times. p. 1A.

Whirlaway. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.spiletta.com/UTHOF/whirlaway.html.

27 May 2018

Moon-Mercury aspect can indicate an imaginative thinker


Any Moon-Mercury aspect can indicate an imaginative thinker, or someone who may experience thoughts and feelings in similar ways. Mercury can help the Moon verbalize her feelings; the Moon can add warmth and gentleness to Mercury's communications.

Jodie Forrest
www.JodieForrestAstrology.com

Astrology Thoughts with Jodie Forrest

Mercury, planetary ruler of Gemini and Virgo


Mercury, planetary ruler of Gemini and Virgo, is perhaps the most fluid of the planets. It symbolizes how we think, how we perceive, what we notice, how we communicate, learn and teach.

Jodie Forrest
www.JodieForrestAstrology.com

Astrology Thoughts with Jodie Forrest

Boredom is poisonous to your Gemini planets


"Boredom is poisonous to your Gemini planets. 
Not the waiting-in-line sort of boredom we can all experience in our daily routine, rather, a fundamental lack of interest in your own life. You can banish boredom by always having something to wonder about and explore."

Jodie Forrest
www.JodieForrestAstrology.com

Astrology Thoughts with Jodie Forrest
23 May 2018

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus day four



Transiting Uranus entered Taurus day four

The sign Taurus is connected to simplifying our lives, to living as close to the rhythms of Nature and the needs of the body as possible. With Uranus there, we may react against the crazy pace and overloaded schedules that Westerners, at least, are expected to maintain. Downsizing our living arrangements, cleaning up our diets, and making sleep more restful may become popular.

More opposition to genetically modified foods, preservatives and additives may arise, and we may want to forbid or restrict use of some medicines and chemicals. I hope that the practice of truly integrative medicine becomes widespread. The Internet horse is long since out of the barn, but we may pay more attention to how our online lives are affecting our health and well-being. How could you simplify your life?

Jodie Forrest
www.JodieForrestAstrology.com

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus. day three



Transiting Uranus entered Taurus. day three

The sign Taurus is connected to acquiring the resources and the security that you need in order to thrive—and that may not always mean money. Our collective (Uranus is an outer planet) instinctual side (Taurus) is being stimulated by Uranus’s entering Taurus, and our strongest instinct is self-preservation.

Over the next seven years, therefore, we may see people trying to get and keep, by any means possible, massive amounts of money, land, material goods, natural resources, or power. We may also see more reactions against conspicuous consumption and unequal access to wealth, food, land, water, other natural resources, birth control, and health care. Global economics and banking (Taurus) will likely face revelations (Uranus) and challenges, as well. Our monetary systems (cash, credit, “digital money,” etc.) may change.

The less safe (Taurus) that people feel, the more unpredictably (Uranus) they may react. Grounding the galvanizing, electrifying energy of Uranus on the Earth and in your body is one good response to this influence. Back to basics: what do we need to survive? Food, water, clothing, shelter, health, and the resources to maintain them.

I think one of those resources is calm, the ability to stay centered, to monitor and stabilize our reactions to stress, to other people, and to our immediate environment. When you’re upset, you may start unconsciously holding your breath. One of the best ways to become calmer is to breathe, deeply. More oxygen means more calm and clearer thinking. You might try exercise, yoga, meditation, or biofeedback to encourage deep breathing.

What does the Earth need to survive? Open-mindedness,  honesty, education, compromise, sharing of resources, and action. All easier to attain if we’re calm.
Tomorrow: Taurus and simplifying our lives.

Jodie Forrest
www.JodieForrestAstrology.com

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus. day two



Transiting Uranus entered Taurus. day two

As promised yesterday, we'll spend a couple of days reviewing what Taurus rules, and what might accompany the Uranian transit of Taurus in each case.

* Establishing and maintaining a healthy, easy connection to your body, your senses, your instinctual side, your human primate nature, and Nature herself.

We may see discoveries and innovations (Uranus) about the senses and the body. Perhaps we’ll question the wisdom of sitting in front of a monitor all day, or discover more about the human body’s natural cycles and systems, and how interfering with them may affect our health. We may rebel against the current beauty ideals of extreme thinness and the kind of muscle tone attainable only by hours of daily exercise. On the other hand, some people may resist the Uranian call to change and become very indulgent of their senses, attached to comfort or luxury, pleasure-seeking, and hedonistic. Others may try to decorate the body as if it were an art form, such as darkening the entire iris of the eye or splitting the tongue. Some people may wear more devices: smart watches, smart goggles, Fitbits, VR visors, or even cybernetic or bionic implants.

We may see increased activism about saving the Earth from the effects of global warming, pollution, and overpopulation—there is no Planet B, and our need to save this one may become shockingly apparent. Innovations could occur in agriculture, animal husbandry, geology, human and veterinary medicine, forestry, horticulture, meteorology, seismology, or volcanology. Gardening or cooking may become more experimental or wholistic.
We may see more efforts to move to other sources of energy besides fossil fuels, more “back to the Earth” movements, and experimentation or discoveries about the optimal human diet, including the “Paleo” diet.

 We may learn more about the instincts, DNA analysis, the anatomy and physiology of the senses, or human sexuality. We may rebel against organizations or cultures who are extremely repressive about the body, the senses, or sexuality, and since that touches on our reproductive instinct and religious or social constructs at the same time, there may be a conservative backlash against greater freedom or transparency in these areas.

It wouldn’t surprise me if some of our relationships to animals changed, as we discover more about them. People are not the only tool-users, which suggests more intelligence than we’ve attributed to animals in the past. Birds and chimps use tools, and they’ve recently discovered a sea creature using a stick to help it reach some food. Dolphins have been known to help human divers who are in trouble. Octopi kept in labs will sometimes reach out of their tanks to break glassware or otherwise behave mischievously.

Jodie Forrest
www.JodieForrestAstrology.com
18 May 2018

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus on May 15, 2018



Transiting Uranus entered Taurus on May 15, 2018, at 8:16 am PDT, where it remains until July 7, 2025.

It spends about seven years in a sign, minus some brief retrogradations into the previous sign, such as its return to the late degrees of Aries between November and March. Astrologers call Uranus one of the “generational marker” planets; it demarcates a mini-generation of seven years per sign. We rebel and innovate against and through the energies of the sign that Uranus occupies, which is now Taurus, either naturally or by transit. The new and unusual often provoke a backlash, so some people may cling fiercely to the Taurean status quo as long as they can.

Here’s a quick example: the Uranus in Cancer mini-generation seriously questioned the construct of the nuclear family, often describing it as dysfunctional. They created communal or non-traditional living arrangements, had children much later in life than their mothers did, or had them out of wedlock. They also became involved in alternative (Uranus) health (Cancer, healing), and women’s issues (Cancer as archetypal Yin energy).

For the next seven years, we can grow impatient with what may seem like unnecessary restrictions, overly conservative attitudes, and empty conformity related to what Taurus rules. We’ll see a great need for change, increased freedom, and social progress in areas related to Taurus, and a questioning of the status quo in those departments. It’s also possible that we’ll see more extreme manifestations of greed and selfishness, since Uranus rules non-conformists, reformers—and sociopaths.
Tune in tomorrow and the next couple of days for more about what areas of life Taurus rules, and what innovations or resistance to them we might observe over the next seven years.

Jodie Forrest
www.JodieForrestAstrology.com
10 February 2018

New Signs Feature

Stardate, February 2018, and a new Sun signs feature coming soon.

First, did you miss the lunar eclipse on January 31st?
Here’s a link to timeanddate.com’s live stream of the event:
https://www.timeanddate.com/live/
It takes a while to prepare to play, and music starts near the end of the preparation, but if you don’t like it, you can mute it with the screen’s volume control.

Timeanddate.com is is a very helpful site for astrology students, astrologers and travelers. They cover three hundred years of eclipses world-wide:

On our eclipse pages we supply times, dates, and loads of information about 300 years of eclipses worldwide. Don't forget to check out our picture gallery and tune in again on July 27/28 for the second total lunar eclipse of 2018.

You can also look up time zone changes anywhere in the world on this site, see what time it is anywhere, and a lot more, including a downloadable calendar.

Ingresses in February:  PST zone
Venus enters Pisces, Feb. 10 at 3:19 pm
Mercury enters Pisces, Feb. 17 at 8:27 pm
Sun enters Pisces, Feb. 18, 9:17 am


The Moon in February:

Feb. 7, waning quarter, 19 Scorpio
Feb. 15, new Moon, 28 degrees Aquarius (Sun and Moon both there),  1:05 pm.
Partial solar eclipse, 12:52 pm.
Feb. 23, waxing quarter, 5 Gemini

The Moon rules the tides on Earth, and our emotions. When it’s full or new, people’s emotional “tides” in general are running high.
* This is particularly true for you if, in your birth chart, you have Cancer rising, or the Moon in the first house, or a Sun-Moon conjunction or opposition in any sign. Any of those natal configurations tends to turn up the volume on that person’s emotions.
* Wherever 12 degrees of Leo or Aquarius lies in your chart, you’ll be feeling the effects of Jan. 31’st full Moon on those degrees for approximately another month, and you felt them starting about a month before Jan. 31, too.

This month I’m not listing the Moon’s void of course (VOC) times, but I highly recommend http://www.moontracks.com for them, and lots more about the Queen of the Night.

The main reason I’m not working with the VOC Moon this month is that
I wanted to write some Sun sign forecasts, to be posted soon.

Good to know before you read yours:
* Sun sign forecasts are superficial, in that they are written as if everyone was born at sunrise and therefore has the same Sun and Ascendant (rising) sign.

* They are superficial, in that I assume whole-sign houses for everyone, as well as everyone’s having been born at sunrise.

What are whole-sign houses? If you have Aries rising, for example, I assume that all 30 degrees of Aries are your first house, all 30 degrees of Taurus are your second house, all 30 degrees of Gemini are your third house, etc.

What are the houses themselves? They’re the 12 divisions that astrologers make in a chart, like a pie sliced into 12 portions. Each has an interpretive meaning, usually more than one. Astrologers disagree about which method of division to use. There are many.

Unless the writer is completely inventing his or her forecasts and doesn’t base them on astrology at all, newspaper horoscopes also make these assumptions. Next they consider what house the Moon is currently transiting if you were born at sunrise and if all your houses are whole-sign houses. They may not look at much besides the Moon that day, too.

The Moon is important! Besides its rulership of emotions, it’s said to rule events on the Earth, our daily routines, and our bodies, especially its functions that happen automatically, like digestion. Plus our imagination, how we nurture or were nurtured, and the subjective side of our natures. But there are many more planets and factors besides the Moon to consider in a birth chart.

That’s why newspaper Sun sign horoscopes are superficial!
1. One person in 360 was born exactly at sunrise.
2. Of that one person in 360, only 1 in 30 had the first degree of their Sun sign rising.
3. It’s complicated! Again, a birthchart has many, many more factors than your Sun and its position in your houses. There are 12 signs of 30 degrees, 12 houses usually of a varying number of degrees, and anywhere from seven planets on up to however many asteroids or deep space objects the astrologer wants to include. Also, there are the angular relationships or aspects formed by those 7+ planets and the nodes of the Moon (where the plane of the Moon’s orbit crossed the plane of the zodiac). Astrologers don’t all use the same aspects, and we disagree about how close an aspect has to be to exact before we start feeling it.

Then why do Sun-sign-only forecasts persist?
The Sun is a powerful, powerful force in your birth chart and your nature. Never underestimate its influence in your psyche. It’s the normal, healthy, psychological ego, the part that’s in the driver’s seat most of the time that we’re awake. Its sign shows what sorts of processes we need to go through to have a healthy ego, a healthy Sun. To be sane, and not merely sane, but also flourishing. It’s like a big battery that powers up the rest of the chart. Sun sign astrology has been around and popular for a long time because the Sun is, arguably, the strongest and most potent part of a birthchart. Or it should be . . .

If you have a weak Sun, you don’t know who you are, what you want, where your energy naturally wants to go—making it difficult to access, and possibly interfering with your immune system and your mood—where your boundaries should be, and the difference between you and other people, particularly your significant others.

Feed your Sun with the experiences and attitudes (sign) and circumstances (house) it needs, and you’ll thrive. Optimal sanity makes it easier for all the rest of the chart—all the rest of you and your life—to function well, to create, to be generous, to “shine” on others and the world.

Okay, the Sun sign forecasts that I’ll post for February are superfical, as described above. However, I’m looking at the other planets’ actions, too, not just the Moon’s.
And the Sun itself is such a vast and potentially empowering force in our natures that it doesn’t hurt to examine where its vitality and influence may be felt in our lives, regardless of the generalities in Sun sign forecasts.

One more thing. I love to write, and I want to make these forecasts fun to write and read, and therefore easier to remember than if they were just dry prose and jargon. We learn best when our emotions (Moon) are engaged, and the Moon (with Mercury) at least co-rules memory.
















01 January 2018

The Moon

Stardate:  January 2018. All times Pacific Standard Time.
Copyright, January 2018, Jodie Forrest. All rights reserved.

THE MOON:

Full: Jan 1, 6:24 pm, 12 degrees Cancer (Sun 12 Capricorn)
New: Jan 16, 6:18 pm, 27 degrees Capricorn (Moon and Sun)
Full: Jan 31, 5:27 am, 12 degrees Leo (Sun 12 degrees Aquarius). Also a lunar eclipse, and this full Moon is a Blue Moon! It’s rare to have two full Moons in a calendar month, and the second one is called a Blue Moon.)

Times to begin something that you want to finish well;
 also, when not to begin something that you want to finish well:
Jan 7, 4:14 am until Jan 9, 8:13 am
Not from Jan 9, 8:13 am until 12:06 pm the same day
Jan 9, 12:06 pm until Jan 11, 6:54 am
Not from Jan 11, 6:54 am until 11:04 pm the same day
Jan 11, 11:04 pm until Jan 14, 11:43 am
Not from Jan 14, 12:48 am until Jan 14, 11:43 am
Jan 14, 11:43 am until Jan 16, 10:30 pm
Not from Jan 16, 10:30 pm until Jan 19, 12:27 pm
Jan 19, 12:27 pm until Jan 21, 5:13 pm
Not from Jan 21, 5:13 pm until Jan 21, 10:28 pm
Jan 21, 10:28 pm until Jan 23, 8:15 pm
Not from Jan 23, 8:15 pm until Jan 24, 5:40 am
Jan 24, 5:40 am until Jan 25, 7:17 pm
Not from Jan 25, 7:17 pm until Jan 26, 9:40 am
Jan 26, 9:40 am until Jan 28, 2:39 am
Not from Jan 28, 2:39 am until Jan 30, 10:53 am


PLANETARY STATIONS
Uranus turned stationary direct on Jan 2 at 6:11 a.m at 24 degrees and 34 minutes of Aries. That means from the Earth’s point of view, Uranus stopped “traveling backwards” through the zodiac, held still, and started moving forward again.
It’s stationary all this month. That means the energy of Uranus is extremely powerful all month, and will be extremely powerful until Uranus moves to one full degree past 24 degrees and 34 minutes of Aries, the exact degreee and minute where it  became stationary.
A quick review: Remember that there are 360 degrees in a circle? There are 30 degrees in each of the 12 signs of the zodiac; their “circle” totals 360 degrees, or 30 times 12. There are 60 minutes in each degree.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Aquarius, or if Uranus conjoins your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, then you are exceptionally responsive to anything Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is doing.
If you have natal planets in the late degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, then those parts of your psyche (those natal planets), and those circumstances in your life (the houses that contain those natal planets) are going through a growth experience that involves becoming your true self. You won’t take kindly to being told what to do in those areas of your life. You’ll need to think for yourself there, and you’ll need a great deal of personal freedom, too, and possibly need to make some serious changes. These feelings can be particularly intense all month, since Uranus is stationary all month.

However, since Saturn moved into Capricorn last month and will be there for approximately two and half years, any changes you want to make should be grounded in clear-eyed realism and self-reliance, and will probably involve hard work, persistence, organization, and maturity. The reward? You’ll have accomplished something meaningful and you’ll be proud of yourself. But what if you’re a slacker? Well, you may wind up feeling that you’ve outgrown the circumstances of your life where Saturn is transiting, instead of feeling pleased that you used your brains, moxie and effort to change those circumstances to better suit your adult self.

Sun, Moon or Ascendant in Capricorn natally, or does your natal Saturn conjoin any of those placements? Give some thought to what you want to manifest in your life over the next two or three years, and work towards those goals.

Born with Saturn in Capricorn? Then you’re in your first, second or third Saturn return, and are moving into a new phase of your life and a new relationship with time, which Saturn rules. If you’re about 29, it’s your first Saturn return, and you’ve reached astrological adulthood. Neuroscience would support that statement, since studies have shown that the brain actually doesn’t finish maturing until our late twenties. It’s time to take yourself more seriously, to do some hard work in the area of your life that Saturn affects natally, and to move into the adult community and what are probably the most productive years of your life.

If you’re between about 58 and 60, it’s your second Saturn return, and the beginning of “elderhood.” You’ve probably learned a lot over the course of your life. It will be good for both you and for those younger than yourself if you could find a way to pass on some of what you’ve learned—to those who want to learn it! Grandchildren, apprentices, protegées, younger people who are traveling down some of the same general roads that you yourself took. You yourself don’t know everything, by the way, which is a wonderful attitude to maintain and will draw younger people to you rather than push them away, as knowitalls tend to do. The Spanish artist Goya, at about age 80, scribbled in the margin of one of his superb drawings: I am still learning. So are we all.

If you’re in your late eighties, you’re experiencing your third Saturn return. I haven’t lived long enough to have much insight about that one yet, but I look forward to learning about it, too.

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Mercury enters Capricorn on the 10th at 9:09 pm. Think carefully. Make outlines, draw schema, be as logical and organized as possible in any mental work. Try some “reverse engineering:” Start with the objectives and think through all the steps necessary to attain them.

Venus precedes the Sun into Aquarius on the 17th at 5:43 pm. Interpersonally, be yourself—nobody else can. In creative work, try something new. Break some rules, or at least bend them a bit, and see what happens. And get some “down” time—creativity thrives on it, and absence can indeed make the heart grow fonder.

The Sun enters Aquarius on the 19th at 7:09 pm. For the next month, trust yourself first about what and whom you do and don’t need in your life. Think before you conform; think before you say “yes.” Question the status quo. Get everyone’s opinion and then make up your own mind what to do. Get a bit more “space” so you can hear yourself think more easily.

Mars leaves the intensity of Scorpio to seek the perspective of Sagittarius on the 26th at 4:56 am. Mars is our energy, and the sign it’s transiting is something like the socket or the station where we’re all plugging in for a couple of months. (Its natal sign tells you what feeds your energy, how it functions, how you assert yourself, what you think is worth standing up for.) A change of scene and a change of pace will work wonders for your élan vital.

Mercury moves into Aquarius on the 31st at 5:39 am. Time to put away all your Mercury-in-Capricorn diagrams and, although I hate to use what’s become a cliché, think outside the box for the next few weeks. Ask yourself “What if?” a lot. What if I didn’t have this obstacle or this guideline? What if I forgot about tradition here? Are there any shortcuts between point A and point B that I just haven’t seen yet? Try some thought experiments.


WANT TO KNOW MORE about how the current astrological “skyscape” is affecting you than the generalities you’ve just read here?
Please check out the rest of my website, www.jodieforrestastrology.com, for information about having a reading with me, or email me at jodietighe @ gmail.com or at jodie @ thestarryroad.com.

I’ve been a full-time, professional astrologer working with clients and students for 35 years, so I have many interpretive tools, and lots of experience at  fine-tuning a reading for an individual client. A birth chart is so complex that each is practically its own mini-universe, and each one is unique. I look forward to working with you and yours!
01 December 2017

Planetary Ingresses

STARDATE:  December, 2017
All times Pacific Standard Time, USA. (For EST, add three hours.)


Planetary Ingresses (when planets move to a new sign)

Dec 1, 1:14 am, Venus to Sagittarius.
What is Sagittarius’s advice to Venus about relationships, creativity and aesthetics?
Keep relationships interesting; have new experiences together; see what’s funny about each other’s differences. Creativity: don’t be afraid to experiment, and remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What is Venus’s gift to Sagittarius?
Tact, tolerance, fairness, acceptance of people as they are.

Dec 9, 12:59 am, Mars to Scorpio
What is Scorpio’s advice to Mars about courage, assertion, and physical sexuality?
Be direct. What do you truly want most, right now and long term? Keeping desire alive means relating to the whole person, including his or her shadow or wounded side. Help each other with your “baggage” and unresolved conflicts.
What is Mars’s gift to Scorpio?
Passion. Strength of will. Acting on your feelings once they’re understood.

Dec 19, 8:48 pm, Saturn to Capricorn
What is Capricorn’s advice to Saturn about maturity, realism and priorities?
Saturn doesn’t need much advice, since it rules Capricorn, but Capricorn offers it nonetheless: Think and plan ahead, but remember that you can’t protect yourself from every single mishap in the world. Don’t let fear or caution stop you from living a full life.
What is Saturn’s gift to Capricorn?
Self-sufficiency. Patience. Planning. Adulthood.

Dec 21, 8:28 am, Sun to Capricorn: the winter solstice
What is Capricorn’s advice to the Sun about sanity, identity, leadership, and how to nourish your life force?
Don’t neglect your “executive function” (being sufficiently organized, keeping your locus of control within, managing your own life). Sometimes you have to delay gratification. Be yourself, don’t try to impress others with a façade.
What is the Sun’s gift to Capricorn?
Energy, vitality, self-confidence, willingness to shine, not making yourself small to avoid others’ reactions to you or your gifts, being yourself rather than a false self

Dec 24, 9:26 pm, Venus to Capricorn
What is Capricorn’s advice to Venus about relating, aesthetics and creativity?
Reserve, and a couple’s differing needs for time alone, aren’t good or bad; they just are, the way brown eyes are neither good nor bad. You need to respect one another. Take your time getting to know someone or learning an art form. Don’t cling.
What is Venus’s gift to Capricorn?
A desire to connect with others, rather than staying isolated all the time. The instinct to share. The ability to consider others’ feelings about a situation, as well as its practical side. Helping others save face without lying or patronizing them. Speaking  softly even when you have to carry a big stick.


Moon Void of Course (VOC) times:
During the VOC times listed below, don’t start something you want to finish well.

12-1, VOC in Taurus, 5:53 pm to 12-2 at 1:21 pm, Moon enters Gemini
12-4, VOC in Gemini, 11:12 am to 12:36 pm, Moon enters Cancer
12-6, VOC in Cancer, 9:55 am, to 12:37 pm, Moon enters Leo
12-8, VOC in Leo, to 3:08 pm, Moon enters Virgo
12-10, VOC in Virgo, 7:02 pm, to 9:01 pm, Moon enters Libra
12-13, VOC in Libra, 4:27 am, to 5:58 am, Moon enters Scorpio
12-14, VOC in Scorpio, 5:42 pm, to 12-15 at 5:07 pm, Moon enters Sagittarius
12-18, VOC in Sagittarius, 5:09 am, to 5:33 am, Moon enters Capricorn
12-20, VOC in Capricorn, 7:37 am, to 6:29 pm Moon enters Aquarius
12-23, VOC in Aquarius, 2:12 am, to 6:41 am, Moon enters Pisces
12-24, VOC in Pisces, 6:48 pm, to 12-25 at 4:26 pm, Moon enters Aries
12-27, VOC in Aries, 12:57 pm, to 10:23 pm, Moon enters Taurus
12-29, VOC in Taurus, 6:01 am, to 12-31 am, Moon enters Gemini
12-31, VOC in Gemini at 3:38 pm


 Lunations

12-3, full Moon ,11 degrees Gemini (opposing Sun in 11 degrees Sag.) 7:47 am
A full Moon that pumps up your curiosity, your ability to learn, listen, teach, and communicate—and your awareness that communication means dialogue, not a one-way street. Mental energy and activity can run high. Investigate something you’ve always wanted to experience.
A waning Moon until the 17th:
Finish what you want to finish.
If you want to break a bad habit, set that intention and break this habit during a waning Moon, because you want the habit to diminish.

12-17, new Moon, 26 degrees Sagittarius
(with Sun conjunct Moon in Sagittarius), 10:30 pm
A new Moon that inclines us toward tolerance, good will, and generosity, and we may feel philosophical. Find someone with whom you enjoy discussing the world’s issues and the human condition, or write yourself a journal entry about those topics. What makes your life most meaningful? Think of it as a pre-New-Year’s-Resolutions assessment.
A waxing Moon until Jan. 2nd.
Start what you want to start and to go well, to “wax” and grow.
If you want to begin a good habit or a new phase of your life, your career, your relationship, etc., set that intention and begin it during a waxing Moon, because you want the new habit or phase to increase and grow.

1-2, full Moon, 11 degrees Cancer (opposing Sun in 11 degrees Capricorn),
10:26 am
26 October 2017

Stardate, November 2017



Stardate, November 2017.
All times Pacific.

Scorpio, All Hallows’ Eve and the Day of the Dead: Happy Ghost-hunting!

As a genre, horror films, shows, or novels seem more popular than ever these days. At Halloween, a.k.a. All Hallows’ Eve, people who would never watch a terrifying movie are often happy to escort their children for trick or treating, or to wear costumes themselves, go to parties or parades, and enjoy some sweets.
On All Saints’ Day, November 1st, which is a holy day in Roman Catholicism and which Mexico calls the Day of the Dead, many people remember and honor their departed friends and relatives. With or without a ritual, some of us make personal altars for our dead, while others visit them and have a family picnic in the cemetery.

Halloween comes down to us from the millenia when it was Samhain, one of the eight festivals of the pagan year. The veils between the worlds are said to open at Samhain, which is why the living and the dead supposedly draw closer to one another then, and why spirits and Powers are reputed to walk the Earth. In the Northern hemisphere, crops have been harvested, leaving empty fields and aimless scarecrows. The darkest weeks of the year begin; the days grow colder, and the nights lengthen.
Do we enjoy being scared? I’m not sure. Fear of the unknown, the dead and the dark seems fairly instinctive in homo sapiens. I think we like recovering from being scared. We like knowing that night terrors aren’t really there after all, that there’s no monster under the bed, that there’s no such thing as ghosts.

Is there?

Halloween is a Scorpionic and Plutonian festival—skeletons are on parade. Unless you’re on a special effects TV or film crew, however, the skeletons you see on Main Street then aren’t walking collections of articulated bones animated by some unseen force. They’re merely people in costume. In that sense, those skeletons aren’t real.

But death is. So were the loved ones who’ve left us for the unknown.
If the last two sentences made you uncomfortable, welcome to Scorpio.
Scorpio rules metamorphosis, whose literal meaning is “a change of form.” A caterpillar changes into a butterfly. A child becomes an adult, at least physically.
The deaths associated with this sign are not only those of living beings. They are also metaphorical. In other words, some of the skeletons are in our psyches.

The active phase of some of our relationships “die;” as do some of the lives we could have led or the roads we could have taken. If we work on ourselves and persist, some of our bad habits or clouded perceptions can “die,” as well. Epochs of our lives “die,” too, such as our childhood or our twenties—or at least those eras  pass, and the older selves we have become move on, or should.
Since the 1980s, the phrase “inner child” has made me wince. I didn’t want it to become a cliché, but it basically has . . .  I forget who said: “An adult isn’t a dead child. An adult is a child who survived.” (If you know the origin of that quote, please let me know, and thank you.) The phrase “childhood survivor” is more complex but perhaps more accurate than “inner child.” The children whom we used to be changed. They didn’t literally die. Instead, the ageing process transformed us and is still doing so.

Scorpio and one of its rulers, Pluto, are related to the process of transformation, which involves both disintegration and dissolution, and coalescence or some type of rebirth. Some of us find the emotional metamorphoses of our ongoing maturation more difficult than others do.
In psychotherapy, a Scorpio-ruled process, the ego’s defenses from reality and its assumptions about itself are slowly and gently (we hope) dissolved, leaving the person with new insights and, perhaps, some increased vulnerability. What happens next should be a supportive procedure of rebuilding that person’s self-image and developing better coping mechanisms, so that he or she is both more self-aware and stronger than before, as well as better adapted to his or her present-day  circumstances.
I don’t mean that we all need therapy during the Sun’s passage through Scorpio! But it is a good time for some soul-searching. Would you like to get to know yourself much better? (Warts and all?) Are you ready to let go of a habit or an attitude that no longer serves you? Is it time to address a relationship issue or reconsider that stultifying job? But . . .  What would you and your life be like afterward?

The answer to that question is at least partly unknown. Much of the future is hidden from us, “occulted” by our linear perception of time. Scorpio rules the unknown, the depths of the human psyche, and the occult. It rules what scares us. The dead are spooky because we don’t know everything that the dying process entails, or what comes after it. The dead are also frightening because their human forms have disintegrated but haven’t been rebuilt, as far as we can tell, nor do we know if they ever will be. Ghosts, monsters and zombies are usually portrayed in some state of decay or incompletion.

This condition can exist in the psyche, too. A fifty-year-old who’s one hundred percent as furious at Mom and Dad now as he was at age fifteen may not frighten us, but somehow we can sense that he’s emotionally stuck, that some part of his growth that should have happened by now did not come to fruition, as if something is missing, frozen, or unresolved in his psyche. Even the most unobservant people may feel a bit uncomfortable around such a person.
Little wonder: Metaphorically, his emotional state is like a ghost of himself at age fifteen, a ghost that still haunts his life at age fifty.

In my opinion, the presence of dissolution, the first process of transformation, when not followed by the second process of new growth or integration, and/or when followed by the unknown, can frighten even the bravest among us. Remember that the cultural images of ghosts, zombies and monsters usually involve some unnerving form of disintegration or decay? Feeling fear—Mars co-rules Scorpio—is human. Not letting your fears stop you from claiming a more integrated Self, no matter how disturbing the journey toward a more fulfilling life may sometimes be, is transformative.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends in the U.S. on 2:00 a.m., Nov. 5, 2017, which then becomes 1:00 a.m. Enjoy an extra hour’s sleep! (Note: in most European countries, DST ends at 2:00 a.m. on Oct. 29, the last Sunday in October.)

Pick a time when the Moon is well-aspected to start something that you want to finish well. All times Pacific:
Nov. 1, ending Nov. 2 at 8:03 pm PST
Nov. 5 from 2:26 am to Nov. 7 at 2:40 am
Nov. 9 from 4:29 am to Nov. 11 at 12:55 am
Nov. 13 from 3:26 pm to Nov. 15 at 4:50 pm
Nov. 16 from 12:19 am to Nov. 18 at 3:42 am
Nov. 18 from 10:59 am to Nov. 20 at 4:26 pm
Nov. 23 from 12:14 pm to Nov. 26 at 6:37 pm
Nov. 28 from 8:30 am to Nov. 30 at 10:37 am

Planetary Ingresses (planets entering a new sign):
Nov. 5, Mercury enters Sagittarius, 11:19 am. Try to be open to opinions and world views that are different from yours. You don’t have to agree, but it would be wise to listen.
Nov. 7, Venus enters Scorpio, 3:38 am. Start making room for more passion and intensity in your important relationships. How? Begin with some gentle honesty to address any unresolved issues.

Nov. 21, Sun enters Sagittarius, 7:05 pm.
The American Thanksgiving is an appropriate holiday to arrive near the Sun’s ingress into this Jupiter-ruled sign. Find the “horns of plenty” and the “groaning boards” (full dinner tables) in your life, be grateful for them, and think about how they could be improved or expanded. Generosity, tolerance, and a desire for broader perspectives are the calling cards of this expansive sign, and hope is its gift.

Full Moon, Nov. 3, 10:23 pm, 13 degrees Scorpio (Sun)-Taurus (Moon).
If you have natal planets within 3 degrees of the 13th degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius, you’ll need to work out an understanding, a compromise or an agreement to disagree with someone else, in situations concerning that planet(s), the house where it lies, and the opposite house.
Also, this situation may span the month before and/or the month after this full Moon, from Oct. 3 through Dec. 3.

A full Moon marks the beginning of the waning half of the lunar cycle.
Some people feel that it’s better to make new beginnings during the approximately two weeks that fall between the new Moon and the full Moon, and to be more concerned with wrapping up events or discarding what’s no longer needed between the full Moon and the new Moon.

New Moon, Nov. 18, 3:42 am, 27 degrees Scorpio. “The dark of the Moon.”
If you have natal planets within 3 degrees of the 27th degree of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius, then from Oct. 18 to Dec. 18, peaking on Nov. 18 at the new Moon, you’ll be focused on that planet and house. It’s possible to understand some issues or to take some new steps here that don’t necessarily involve another person.

A new Moon marks the beginning of the waxing half of the lunar cycle.
Some people feel that it’s better to make new beginnings during the approximately two weeks that fall between the new Moon and the full Moon, and to be more concerned with wrapping up events or discarding what’s no longer needed between the full Moon and the new Moon.
30 August 2017

Stardate, September 2017

Stardate, September 2017

This month, I’m focusing on the recent eclipse, which occurred on August 21st. Much has been written about it, online and off. Why am I talking about it now?

1. We feel the effects of an eclipse from about a month before until about a month after the day of the eclipse.
2. An eclipse’s effects are most felt along its path of totality, which in this case swept across the United States from approximately Bend, OR, to Charleston, SC.
3. The eclipse was at least partially visible throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the northern portion of South America, and parts of northern or western Europe.


4. To illustrate #3, see the map above, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and NASA.
A. The narrow area between the two very dark blue lines crossing the U.S. is the path of totality.
B. Look at the lighter blue lines crossing the U.S. above and below the path of totality. See the number .80 labeling those lines? They’re the lines along which the eclipse was 80%, or .80, total.
c. The area between the 80% totality line and the full totality path ranged from 99% total closest to the full totality path, down to 81% total closest to the 80% totality line.
D. You can use this logic to find the 60% line, the 40% line, etc., and to “eyeball” between lines to guesstimate where the eclipse was, say, 70% total.
5. However, an eclipse is felt on the entire Earth, not just in the regions within the eclipse’s total or partial path.

What do eclipses mean? First, explore this fascinating website about solar eclipse myths from around the world!  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/11/131101-solar-eclipse-myth-legend-space-science/
In the meantime, here’s a quote from that site:

"If you do a worldwide survey of eclipse lore, the theme that constantly appears, with few exceptions, is it's always a disruption of the established order," said E. C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. That's true of both solar and lunar eclipses.

Last month’s eclipse occurred at 28 degrees and 53 minutes of the sign Leo, conjunct (very close to) the fixed star Regulus. What are fixed stars? For the long version, please see the work of Bernadette Brady and Diana Rosenberg. Here’s the short version:  First, remember that the word “planet” means “wanderer?” The ancients called them wanderers because planets change their position against the backdrop of the stars and constellations. They “wander” through the zodiac, in other words.

In contrast, during a human lifetime, the stars appear to be fixed in place and not to wander. (They do move, but only very, very slowly. Why? Because the Earth’s axis takes 26,000 years to wobble in a circle, during which the axis points to one sign of the zodiac after another. That circular motion very gradually appears to change the backdrop of the stars in relation to the Earth. It also changes the North Star: Before it was Polaris as it is today, for example, the North Star was Thuban. By the way, the axis points at each of the twelve signs for  2,167 years, which astrologers call an “Age:” an Age of Pisces, an Age of Aquarius, etc.)

Back to the fixed stars. For millennia, in an attempt to interpret the meanings of the stars lined up with different degrees of the zodiac, astrologers have made notes of events or traits that seemed to be associated with a particular star. As astrologer Jeff Green says, astrology evolved from a process of observations and correlations.

What’s associated with Regulus, then? It’s said to be of the nature of both Jupiter (hope, faith, benevolence, our belief system, abundance, “luck,” or an inflated ego and a sense of entitlement) and Mars (the “inner warrior,” courage, our fright, flight or freeze mechanism, boundaries, assertiveness, or fear, aggression, rage and belligerence). It’s said to be a “royal” star, and if it’s prominent in someone’s chart, that person often seems to have more than his or her share of good fortune. Sometimes it’s said to bring honor, riches, military power—and sometimes if excess pride is involved, it’s also said to bring a fall, typically a big one. Jupiter does nothing in a small way.

Why would we care that the eclipse conjoined Regulus? Because Regulus is conjunct Donald Trump’s natal Ascendant, his persona, his external self, how he presents himself. It’s therefore opposed to his Descendant: how he interacts with others, particularly but not only with his intimates. The Descendant refers to The Other, to That Which Is Not The Self.

It’s interesting that the rambling, defensive speech that Trump made on August 22, in which he attacked the media and the senators from AZ and defended his “perfect” responses to the Charlottesville, VA, demonstration, in which the alt-right waved Nazi flags, chanted anti-Semitic slogans, and deliberately rammed a car into counter-protestors and killed one of them, happened the day after the eclipse. It’s also interesting that on the following day, Trump pardoned a sheriff convicted of racial profiling, which consisted in part of stopping anyone he thought might be an illegal immigrant, without any evidence, despite our Constitutional protection against unreasonable search or seizure.

We’ve certainly been seeing “disruptions of the established order” for some time, but they can come to a head around an eclipse. Prominent Republicans, and the heads of all the branches of the armed services, are distancing themselves from Trump and speaking out against his views. We’ll see what happens next.

What if you have a natal planet conjunct Regulus? Well, you’d be wise not to get conceited about whatever’s ruled by that planet. (For everyone, it’s wise not to become egotistical about what’s ruled by the house in your chart that contains the late degrees of the sign Leo.) You might want to examine that planet’s and/or house’s role in your life. Does it need changing? What’s been disrupted there? What perhaps should be “disrupted”?

All food for thought, this September.