Yup, that rascal Mercury will end his retrograde (backwards) journey tonight at 11:11 PM Pacific Time.  I’ll bet the 11:11 people are having a field day with that!

So hooray–Mercury is direct again.  But what does this mean for you?  It means the pace of life will soon be restored to normal.  All those snarled-up projects, those lost pieces of mail and email, those electronic difficulties will soon be a thing of the past.  If you cleverly took this time (the last three weeks, during Mercury’s retrograde stint) to clean up old papers, desk, address book, closet, etc, then pat yourself on the back and call it done for now.  At least, until Mercury goes retrograde again, on May 6.

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Is every Aquarian a “people person?”  Probably not, but you can bet every Aquarian has a humanitarian streak that runs pretty deep.  At their best, Aquarians are gregarious, highly social creatures.  They believe in human rights and they take an egalitarian view.  They think power should be shared among many, rather than gripped in the hands of a few, privileged individuals.

As I’ve said before, not every person is true to the temperament of their sun sign, because your sun sign is not all you are.  So take this with a grain of salt.  Having said that, I can speak strongly, despite the fact that Aquarians tend to hate being categorized.

No, strike that.  Aquarians will happily categorize themselves.  They just don’t like other people to do it.  Your neighborhood child of Uranus will stand up and be counted for a cause she believes in.  Uranians love to be connected to and to further the interests of social groups they feel a part of, because everyone “has rights too.”  Arguing for rights and political agendas of fringe groups are especially delightful to Aquarians.  They can become quite impassioned and up in arms.  Political activism appeals to them.

Aquarius takes the Libran ideal of fairness to a new level.  Libra is the air sign that comes before Aquarius in the wheel of the zodiac, and Libra is very much about fairness and balance between two.  That’s why Libra enjoys playing devil’s advocate.  Aquarius, by contrast, is about fairness among many.  That’s why Aquarius is so egalitarian—the Uranian impulse is to treat everyone equally.

This can take frustrating forms in an Aquarian’s private life.  Sometimes an Aquarian may be uninterested in or resistant to viewing one person as “special.”  This is a source of annoyance to his girlfriend or wife, who may feel, oddly enough, that being loved equally with the Aquarian’s mother, his sister, all his friends and neighbors and his pets is not really enough to satisfy her.

Oh, by the way, people commonly think Aquarius is a water sign.  It’s not: it’s an air sign.  Aquarians love ideas, concepts, abstract thought.  They are not very emotional (as water signs are).  When an Aquarian becomes passionate, it’s usually because an idea has gripped her.  Pure feelings can be very uncomfortable for a Uranian to encounter in themselves or in others, causing a response that can be cool, logical, even oddly scientific, as the Aquarian puts the feeling under a microscope to examine it and find out what makes it tick.

Aquarians may have their faults (as all signs do), but they are the force of the future.  They are willing to stand for a cause, to fight and even to die for what they truly believe in.  They push all of society forward, right to the cutting edge.  Find your neighborhood Aquarian and ask him about his ideals for “his people.”  Prepare for a very interesting conversation.

More about Aquarius coming in the next few weeks . . .

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Eclipses are powerful astrological signposts of change.  Around midnight this morning a solar eclipse occurred.  For background on what eclipses mean in general, what they are (astronomically) and how each eclipse usually has one or more Shadow Agents, look here:  Eclipses and the Shadow Agent.

January 26, 2009, Solar Eclipse—Where Will We See Our Shadows?
This eclipse falls in the sign of Aquarius, which means it will be showing us our shadow in the area of friendships.  We’ll see our shadows when we spend time in groups and when we share ideas with like-minded people.  Our networks of friends will show us things we cannot see about ourselves.  It’s a solar eclipse, so it’s likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is mostly experienced internally).

Does It Affect Me?
I’d need to look at your chart to tell you that, but at least I can say that if your birthday is on any of the following dates, you are likely to feel this eclipse:
January 20-30
April 20-29
July 23-August 2
October 23-November 2

The Shadow Agent for this eclipse is Jupiter.  Here’s a hint of what this eclipse might be like for those who are feeling it. . .

A Visit From The Flatterer

There’s a knock at your door.  You answer it.  Jupiter is there, dressed in party clothes.
You:  Can I help you?
Jupiter:  I’m here to boost your self-confidence.
Jupiter attaches a pump to your side and begins pumping you full of hot air.  You start to feel giddy.  You laugh and fall over a little.
You:  Hey, I feel good! 
You dance around a little, unsteady on your feet.

Jupiter:  That’s because you are good!  Really good!
You:  Yeah, I’m great in fact.  I’m awesome!  I’m the best!
Jupiter:  Yes, there’s no one better!  You’re really under-appreciated, you know.
You:  Yeah, what’s up with that?  How come no one gets it about me?
Jupiter:  They’re fools.  Oh look—here are some people who get it about you.
Suddenly a flood of people pours into your house.  They praise and flatter you.  This goes on for a while. 
You:  I don’t really know these people well.
Jupiter:  Yeah, but their opinions matter.  And they love you!
You enjoy the party for a while, then you begin to notice something a little strange.

You:  Hey, wait a minute, something feels a little uncomfortable around here.
Jupiter:  What, are your pants a little tight?
You:  Yes, that’s exactly it—how did you know?
Jupiter:  Because you’re too big for your britches!
He laughs and shows you the mirror.  Your image shows you are in fact bulging out of your pants and their seams are splitting.  Just behind your funhouse-mirror-fattened image, you spot a glimpse of your own shadow. 
You:  Hey, what’s that?
Jupiter:  Your shadow, silly!  Arrogance and over-confidence in some area where you feel small.
You:  Sheesh!  It’s icky!
Jupiter:  Sorry—shadows are like that.  I have the answer, though.
You:  What?
Jupiter takes out a giant pin and pokes you in the side with it.
You:  OUCH!  Hey—what was that for?
Jupiter:  Find the right balance of humbleness and healthy pride and you’ll be all right.  I’ll be leaving now.
You:  Wait just a minute—you set me up!  That’s unfair!
Jupiter:  The Shadow Agent’s job is to show you your shadow.  I had to blow you up a little before you could see it.  Sorry it was uncomfortable.
Jupiter opens the door and leaves, quickly followed by the flood of unasked-for guests.  Your body slowly deflates, and along with it, your ego as you realize that friends that cater to excessive self-confidence are no more than flatterers.

The next eclipse is on February 9, 2009.  I’ll write more about it (and its Shadow Agent) as the day approaches.

Mercury retrograde epiphany day is here—have you had your epiphany yet?

If you’ve read my blog much, you probably know by now that Mercury moves in cycles lasting four months, or three cycles a year.  Mercury moves retrograde (or backwards) for about three weeks of that cycle, and forward for the rest.  Twice during each cycle, Mercury crosses (conjuncts) the Sun, once while both are moving forward, the other while the Sun continues forward but Mercury is moving backward.  Those days when Mercury conjuncts the Sun are days of epiphany.

The Sun, by the way, is always moving forward, never backward.  If an astrologer ever tells you that you have the Sun retrograde, they are pulling your leg.

The Mercury cycle is great for working on projects.  It is a cycle of nature that has a flow that is good for various parts of a project; using the Mercury cycle can be like getting on a ride that helps your project get done.  Mercury’s retrograde period is a reflective period, during which it’s best to slow down and meditate on your project or do research, but to not expect to meet deadline or sign contracts.  It’s also a good time for cleaning up a project in anticipation of beginning a new one.  During Mercury retrograde, deep thought builds up pressure and insights can break through in the right timing.  The day Mercury conjuncts the Sun is a day when clarity has a good chance of descending on those who are watching for it.

Today is January 20, 2009.  Mercury is now retrograde, and crossed the Sun this morning around 8 am Pacific time:  today is epiphany day.  Maybe you’ve had your moment of clarity already; maybe there is more to come.  Ruminate on it, let it all come together in your mind.  Let the wave break and carry you to the end of the Mercury retrograde period and the fruition of your project.

Gentle Readers,

I have just discovered that my blogpost of Part Two of this series did not stick for some reason.  My apologies to those who were confused by seeing Part Three come out with no Part Two before it.

The whole series is posted on the Trends for the Year 2009 page, all in one place, and will be up all year, so you can read the whole thing at once.

Mercury retrograde strikes again?

–Your Astrologer,
Jamie Kahl

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Gentle Readers,

I have just discovered that my blogpost of Part Two of this series did not stick for some reason.  My apologies to those who were confused by seeing Part Three come out with no Part Two before it.

The whole series is posted on the Trends for the Year 2009 page, all in one place, and will be up all year, so you can read the whole thing at once.

Mercury retrograde strikes again?

–Your Astrologer,
Jamie Kahl

CapricornWhy does it seem that Capricorns live life backwards?  Strong Capricorn types have a tendency to act like little old men and women when they are children, and to only allow themselves to express their inner child when they are almost too old to enjoy it.  Why is this so backwards for Capricorns?

Capricorns take life way too seriously when they are young.  They judge themselves harshly, measuring themselves against adults with much more experience.  Their expectations are high and they become frustrated when they don’t measure up.

Child Caps crave respect and want to be treated like adults; they see adults as having powers and privileges that they want to have.  Young Caps will eagerly take on adult responsibilities in order to garner respect from others and to be a part of the adult world.  They tend to be interested in what the adults are doing and will seek out friendships with people outside their peer group on purpose.  They may feel downright uncomfortable with people their own age.  As Capricorns age, they find that this comfort with age difference continues and they can enjoy friendships with people much younger than themselves.  They like helping younger people along and mentoring the next generations.

It’s as if the life of a Capricorn is on a time-release mechanism.  They are willing to put in a lot of hard work with little reward while they are young.  Some young Caps have this thrust upon them (many with strong Capricorn or Saturn influences in their charts are oldest or only children) and have to grow up fast and help out in their family early in life.  But whether it’s compulsory or voluntary, this hard work helps them build the self-confidence necessary to blossom into adulthood.  And by the time of their Saturn return (around age 30), your typical Capricorn is beginning to reap the rewards of all that effort.  This is just the first phase, and most Caps will experience another cycle of work-and-reward which culminates around their second Saturn return (age 58 or so), as they are moving into retirement.

In his 30’s, a Cap will finally begin to let go of the restrictions and limitations he’s imposed upon himself.  He’ll begin to allow himself to relax into life a little more.  He’ll start growing into his own skin and let himself have feelings spontaneously in a way he never did before.  This is if, and not until, he’s earned his own respect.

Caps have their old age to look forward to; if they continue to do what’s needed to earn their own self-respect as they age, they will also continue learning to relax, have fun, be soft and emotionally available, play and enjoy.  Other signs do not have to learn this stuff, but Capricorns do.  It makes them feel odd and backward.  Even the youngsters can be kind of curmudgeonly.  But hush—they’ll grow out of it.

You’ve probably already figured out the good news inherent in this description of the Cap temperament:  if Caps have already gotten the hard parts of life over with at the beginning, it stands to reason that life just gets easier.  There’s some truth to this.  By the time they are elders, Capricorns have the ability to really let go and delight in simple things in a childlike way.  Capricorns like to pay at the door—that way they can really relax and enjoy the show.

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This is Part Three of a three-part series of posts describing the planetary influences of 2009 as if they were acted out by characters on a stage.  In this post, I talk about ways these characters will be  dialoguing with each other in 2009 and show some of the scripts they will be playing out.  If you haven’t read Parts One and Two, look here.

The Scripts They Are Playing Out
Characters in a play do not stand about doing monologues.  Instead they interact with each other.  In the same way, the planets do not operate in isolation and the most interesting parts of the drama of 2009 will be the ways the planets dialogue with each other.

Planets in the sky form specific relationships with each other.  When two planets are opposite each other in the sky (for example, one is due east and one is due west from your viewpoint), that is a particular set of roles they are playing out with each other.  They assume roles toward each other and play out a script.

Saturn opposes Uranus
The opposition is a script that is essentially a tug-of-war.  The two characters involved are pulling in opposite directions.  There is a need to make peace and find balance between two polarized principles.  If these planets are triggering something in your chart, you will need to balance their principles in your life.

Saturn in Virgo:  “I want to get as well-organized and professional as possible, to build something solid that will last for generations.  I represent tradition and the old guard.”
Uranus in Pisces:  “I’m here to break down the old and initiate the new.  And I’ve just gotten a revolutionary idea that will break all your Saturnine structures to pieces!”

For more on this, see:  Saturn vs. Uranus–Match of the Decade

Triple Conjunction:  Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune
A conjunction is a script where planets are trying to join forces.  They are coming into agreement about something, but there may be some friction along the way.  They are all wearing the same costume, but not all of them may be comfortable in it.  And if you have something in your chart they are triggering, you may feel they are all ganging up on you at once.

Neptune in Aquarius:  Community is a laboratory in which I am doing experiments to see how people can experience connectedness to all living beings.
Chiron in Aquarius:  Community is a laboratory in which I am experimenting with the healing power of groups.
Jupiter in Aquarius:  Community is a laboratory in which I hypothesize that fun, joy and growth can be had.

Saturn squares Pluto at year-end
The square is a script which includes a sense of frustration and obstruction between the two planets.  From the point of view of each, the other is an obstruction and an annoyance.  Both want their way, but they have to listen to each other before they can get it.  If these planets are triggering something in your chart, you’ll have to honor both of them before they will let you pass.

Saturn in Libra:  “Elders are wise and deserve respect.  The ways that have come before should be continued, or changed only by agreement.”
Pluto in Capricorn:  “Sometimes old traditions have to die so they can be reborn, even if social agreements have to rip apart for it to happen.  That may seem harsh, but frankly I don’t care, as long as the truth comes out.”

I’ll be posting the further adventures, dialogues and conflicts of these characters throughout 2009.  If you feel a strong resonance with one or more of these characters, it may be triggering your own birth chart.  To find out more, contact me.

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This is Part Three of a three-part series of posts describing the planetary influences of 2009 as if they were acted out by characters on a stage.  In this post, I talk about ways these characters will be  dialoguing with each other in 2009 and show some of the scripts they will be playing out.  If you haven’t read Parts One and Two, look here.

The Scripts They Are Playing Out
Characters in a play do not stand about doing monologues.  Instead they interact with each other.  In the same way, the planets do not operate in isolation and the most interesting parts of the drama of 2009 will be the ways the planets dialogue with each other.

Planets in the sky form specific relationships with each other.  When two planets are opposite each other in the sky (for example, one is due east and one is due west from your viewpoint), that is a particular set of roles they are playing out with each other.  They assume roles toward each other and play out a script.

Saturn opposes Uranus
The opposition is a script that is essentially a tug-of-war.  The two characters involved are pulling in opposite directions.  There is a need to make peace and find balance between two polarized principles.  If these planets are triggering something in your chart, you will need to balance their principles in your life.

Saturn in Virgo:  “I want to get as well-organized and professional as possible, to build something solid that will last for generations.  I represent tradition and the old guard.”
Uranus in Pisces:  “I’m here to break down the old and initiate the new.  And I’ve just gotten a revolutionary idea that will break all your Saturnine structures to pieces!”

For more on this, see:  Saturn vs. Uranus–Match of the Decade

Triple Conjunction:  Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune
A conjunction is a script where planets are trying to join forces.  They are coming into agreement about something, but there may be some friction along the way.  They are all wearing the same costume, but not all of them may be comfortable in it.  And if you have something in your chart they are triggering, you may feel they are all ganging up on you at once.

Neptune in Aquarius:  Community is a laboratory in which I am doing experiments to see how people can experience connectedness to all living beings.
Chiron in Aquarius:  Community is a laboratory in which I am experimenting with the healing power of groups.
Jupiter in Aquarius:  Community is a laboratory in which I hypothesize that fun, joy and growth can be had.

Saturn squares Pluto at year-end
The square is a script which includes a sense of frustration and obstruction between the two planets.  From the point of view of each, the other is an obstruction and an annoyance.  Both want their way, but they have to listen to each other before they can get it.  If these planets are triggering something in your chart, you’ll have to honor both of them before they will let you pass.

Saturn in Libra:  “Elders are wise and deserve respect.  The ways that have come before should be continued, or changed only by agreement.”
Pluto in Capricorn:  “Sometimes old traditions have to die so they can be reborn, even if social agreements have to rip apart for it to happen.  That may seem harsh, but frankly I don’t care, as long as the truth comes out.”

I’ll be posting the further adventures, dialogues and conflicts of these characters throughout 2009.  If you feel a strong resonance with one or more of these characters, it may be triggering your own birth chart.  To find out more, contact me.

This is part one of a three-part series of posts describing the planetary influences of 2009 as if they were acted out by characters on a stage.

 

The Play’s The Thing

One great way to understand astrology is by seeing it as the drama of life, being acted on a stage.  The planets of our solar system are characters in the play.  These characters are universal archetypes, of the sort you have seen a million times in stories for adults and children (The Lover, The Hero, The Innocent, Death, The Magician, The King, Mother Nature, The Healer, The Trickster and so on).

Have you ever been in love and felt like your passion touched the universal?  Have you ever won a battle, felt like a hero and known that your battle was won for all humanity?  Have you ever been wounded, cut to the quick, and known, for an instant, the suffering of all beings everywhere?  This is archetypal experience.

Like every human being, you contain all these universal archetypes.  Sometimes they are active and other times they wait in the wings for their moment.  The characters are eager to be experienced by human beings.  Each one has something it is trying to say, teach or accomplish, using your human experience to do it.

The year of 2009 has an especially interesting set of dramas in it.  Now imagine yourself in a darkened theater.  There is a spotlight on center stage. You are about to meet the characters.

The Characters

Meet Pluto.  Pluto-type characters might be:  Death, Dracula, The Magician or Sorcerer.
Pluto says:  “I’m the agent of transformation.  Whatever I touch dies and is reborn.  Most people find this to be an uncomfortable, even painful process, because they don’t like death.  But the butterfly doesn’t care that it once was a caterpillar, does it?”

Here’s Neptune.  Think of Neptune as the Fairy Godmother, the Dreamer or the Visionary.  Sometimes Neptune appears as a ghost from beyond the grave or the spirit of an ancestor.  Neptune says:  “I represent the worlds of spirit and the unseen.  Things in my realm cannot be measured, yet when people have an experience of me, they know it, even though it cannot be proven.  When the spirit leaves the body, everyone agrees the body is dead, but no one can say what has gone.”

Up pops Uranus.  Uranus tends to appear as a force for change and progress.  He’s the Experimenter, the Revolutionary, the Voice of the People.  Uranus says:  “I’m the rule-breaker, the radical.  I bring revolution and sudden insight.  I descend upon you with the Eureka!-Aha!-lightbulb-going-off-over-the-head experience.  I alter your perspective so radically that you can no longer see things the old way and you have to change.”

Now Chiron steps forward.  He’s limping, because he’s a reminder that everyone has a broken place inside, and that as human beings, we are an uneasy union of the animal and the divine.  Chiron is The Broken One, The Walking Wounded, the Healer and every character who has ever touched greatness through suffering.
Chiron says:  “I’m the wounded healer.  I remind you of old, stuck pain from the past.  This may sound painful, but it’s actually an opportunity for healing deep, ancient wounds and recovering your human birthright.  My gift is accelerated evolution.”

Now it’s Saturn’s turn.  Saturn is the Elder, Judge, the Police, the Old Guard, the Traditionalist.  In more modern terms, he’s the CEO, the Corporate Executive.  His life is lived in bottom lines.  Saturn says:  “I’m the heavy.  I remind you of all the things you should have done and been.  I make you feel guilty, but behind that is a powerful drive to succeed and accomplish great things.  I won’t be satisfied until you are the best you can be.  Think of me as your own personal drill sergeant.”

And finally, Jupiter takes the spotlight.  Jupiter is the Sage, the Storyteller, the Explorer and Adventurer.  He’s also the Perennial Student and the Seeker, always on a quest.  Jupiter says:  “I’m all about growth and expansion.  I know what greatness you’re capable of and I fill you with the hope and confidence to begin it.  I’m the one who encourages you to make the promises Saturn forces you to keep.  I play good cop to his bad cop.”

 

In tomorrow’s post, I’ll talk about ways these characters will be expressing themselves in 2009, based on the costumes (signs) they are in.

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