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Be Careful What You Wish For

Robert Samson


I took my first acid trip the summer of my senior year in high school, launching a love affair with LSD that lasted all through college. The freshman dorms at Penn were built in a style known as “College Gothic” for their pitched roofs, leaded windows and domed copper towers. One Saturday night a buddy and I decided to see if we could get inside one of the towers anchoring the corners of the mammoth brick complex.

We dropped some acid and climbed up five flights to a freshman dorm under the tower. The gods must have been laughing at us when we knocked on the door. We didn’t know him from Adam, but with innocent, bug-eyed faces we asked if he knew a way into the tower. (You have to remember this was the 60’s when everyone was your brother unless they “narced” you out to the campus cops.)

After sharing the obligatory joint, he showed us a trap door in the back of his closet. Although he had never been up there, he was certain it lead into the tower. Where else could it go? I distinctly remember feeling excited and more than a little scared as he boosted us up at the same time the acid started peaking.

The space was pitch-black; no windows or electric lights.  We shuffled our way in on the creaky floor boards. Terrified to go any further, we stood where we were and stretched our arms out wide, desperate for something solid to grab onto… Nothing… Visualizing the onion-shaped dome, I realized it was too high above our heads to touch. So we just stood in the void hallucinating like crazy, when all of a sudden — out of nowhere — I turned to my friend and asked, “So, what do you want from your life?”

In an exaggerated “far-out tone,” he said, “To make it out of here alive… What about you, man?” Without thinking, from somewhere deep inside beyond memory or logic, I uttered, “To find out if God exists… Not someone else’s God; not like the one in the Bible… “Go for it, Moses,” he chuckled… LOL… “Be careful what you wish for!”

Anyone who has truly fallen in love soon discovers it isn’t an episode of “The Bachelor.” Love is cruel. It rips your heart open, makes you suffer… Love pits itself against your ego, eats away at your defenses. Love is merciless; it doesn’t give a damn about your ego; it does everything it can to destroy it, relentlessly dismantling any vestige of separation; making one out of two.

How could I know that the ravaging of love was minuscule in the face of knowing God? I couldn’t; if I could I might never have chosen God to begin with. Jesus said, “A camel can sooner fit through the eye of a needle before a rich man can enter heaven.” I thought I knew what he meant. Only now, sixty-three years later, am I beginning to get it.

I was born to second generation Jewish immigrants whose idea of success was measured in carats — the faceted kind – Cadillacs and country clubs, and like a good American kid I bought it hook, line and sinker. Even though I chose creative careers (initially architecture, then sculpture and finally writing, in which financial success is so damn elusive) I expected to succeed. I had God on my side… So when I didn’t make a splash on the New York art scene, or get my memoir published or sell a screenplay, I suffered. I suffered big time, obsessively questioning, “Why not me?” I’m smart; I’m original…  Maybe I wasn’t good enough. What’s the point of having talent if no one saw it? What purpose could that serve?

Only now am I starting to realize that what Jesus said about rich people getting into heaven could be equally true for the talented ones… That for me, glorification of the ego might distract me from what I said I wanted:  To know God in a personal way… Do I believe we have to suffer for God? I sure as hell hope not! What would be the point of all that suffering if you forgot what you learned in the following lifetime? But it was what I needed; to cut through the veil of my angry, stubborn ego.

So instead of accolades I got AIDS; instead of an Oscar I got dialysis. I also got my share of “cosmic” visions — usually in the midst of a rejection or a serious health crisis… I fought hard to live and the suffering leavened me… wore me down was more like it! Like love, it chipped away at me. Slowly, gradually I learned to surrender. That’s when my relationship with God started to blossom.

I received the most profound expression of love I had ever imagined – not from a lover; from a friend – in the form of a kidney that has kept me going for ten years so far. Was I content? Did I get what I asked for? Not exactly. If I am truly honest, for me the glass has always been “half-empty,” compelling me to focus on what I lacked, not what I had. The constant need for challenge also gave me courage. I didn’t shrink from life; I met it head on. I took risks — like moving to LA at fifty-nine knowing no one.

As an astrologer I followed my own chart like a hawk, as much to gage astrology’s accuracy as to see my future. Looking into 2013, I saw a rare conjunction of Neptune and Jupiter, a coming together of the planets that was for many “a once in a lifetime.” What might it bring, I wondered.

Neptune rules the sea; the main thing water does is to dissolve things. I was born with Sagittarius rising, making Jupiter my ruling planet. Anything that affects the ruling planet affects the body. Early last year my body began rejecting my ten-year-old kidney. Despite several very high-risk treatments, all attempts to arrest the rejection failed. “There’s nothing more we can do for you,” the specialists told me. “You need to start preparing for dialysis.” Having been down that road before the transplant, I knew it wasn’t for me. Week by week, I watched myself growing thinner and weaker, imagining Neptune dissolving the final boundary between my physical body and my eternal self.

I planned a trip to see my oldest friend (37 years) who lived part of the year in San Miguel de Allende. She emailed me, saying, “Short of a miracle this is probably the last time we’ll ever see one another.” My sadness was unbearable; no end to my tears once they started… From deep within the tears a thought emerged, “Why not a miracle?” I said it out loud, “Why not a miracle?” I sat down and prayed, and in that moment every cell of my being knew a miracle was possible… I just didn’t know if I would get one.

The following day my doctor called with my latest labs. “Oh no; not more bad news.” But it wasn’t bad news; it was just the opposite. Incredulously, he told me my kidney functions had returned to normal. Both of us sat with the phones to our ears completely speechless. He asked what I thought but I was too shocked to speak… “We have to repeat it,” he said, “It could be lab error.”

I promised to come in the next day, asking him not to call with the results until after the weekend. “Give me a few days to pretend.” He laughed, saying he’d call on Monday. The following day the phone rang in the late afternoon. It was my doctor calling to tell me the result was the same… I got my miracle!

Of course there was a medical explanation. But the miracle for me was in the timing; of my faith triumphing over my skepticism. Day by day I felt my old strength return. I started gaining weight. I stopped obsessing about dying.

Every person I have met has made a difference in my life — no less by our conflicts than by our resonance. Thank you so much for letting me in, for opening your hearts and minds… yes, and even your charts to me. I am all the better for it. I am… There is no, nor has there ever been any separation between us. Separation is an illusion; a product of the mind – not the heart.

“Heart of the Galaxy”

November 1, 2012

Physicist and systems analyst, Paul LaViolette, Ph.D, gives compelling evidence in “Earth Under Fire” that contradicts the old paradigm of the galactic core as a gigantic black hole. With data from recent astronomical observations, polar ice core measurements and new geological findings, LaViolette establishes the center of our galaxy as an “outee” rather than an “innee” – a super-powerful wave propagator. These galactic super-waves blast out from the galactic core (located in between Scorpio and Sagittarius) towards the outer reaches, unleashing a barrage of cosmic rays and dust particles that eventually affect our solar system via the sun in the form of severe solar storms. As we are learning, solar storms or “coronal mass ejections,” can have a profound affect on orbiting satellites, and when strong enough, the entire global power grid. Whether the outcome is the growth of ice sheets, producing global ice ages, or the melting of icebergs, causing a rise in sea levels and in turn, global flooding (what seems to be happening now) depends on several factors. Truth be told, not only earth is warming up; all the other planets are warming up as well. (The last time I checked, there were no SUV’s on Venus or Saturn spewing clouds of carbon!)

Between December 21st and 23rd of this year the polar axis of the earth will be maximally aligned away from the crossing point of the ecliptic (plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun) and the plane of the galaxy, an event that occurs once every 13,000 years. Mayan lore associates this crossing point with a violent cosmic birth. Setting aside for a moment the much-discussed mythology and its contradictory meanings, (“End Times” or “Renaissance”) the period between the 21st and 23rd positions our planet in direct line with the “Heart of the Galaxy.” This in itself is out of the ordinary. Whether or not it will trigger an acceleration of cosmic awareness, genetic mutations, “The Rapture,” global cataclysms or nothing at all remains to be seen. If, however, the core of the galaxy is the violent cauldron Dr. LaViolette claims it is, our planet has been and will continue to be directly hit by extremely powerful energies – both in the visible and invisible areas of the spectrum (super-intense x-rays) — over the next several years, leading me to focus  more on long-term processes (between 2011 and 2020) than on short-term “windows” such as 12/21/12, that I predict will turn out a lot like “Y2K” (“tempest in a teapot”)

There is a rare and auspicious planetary formation affecting the entire planet on December 21st called a “Yod” or “Finger of God” in which Jupiter, the planet of positive growth (think “Ganesh”) quincunxes (an angle of 150 degrees) both Saturn, the “Reality Principle,” and Pluto (“Shiva,” as destroyer and transformer) With each planet at precisely eight degrees of its respective sign, this is a tight and powerful “Yod,” suggesting that the way forward (Jupiter) can only be attained by realistically (Saturn) embracing change, some of which will be destructive, cathartic and deep, (Pluto) the end result being entirely new paradigms. (Jupiter in Gemini)

2013 promises to be every bit as unpredictable as this year has been owing to the continued square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn — exact next June and November. As discussed in other columns, this combination speaks about the sudden collapse of the “Old Guard,” the death of any and all entrenched systems (governments, economies, religions) that have outlived their usefulness because they no longer express the  “zeitgeist,” the spirit of the times (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Burma). Expect these revolutions to regroup and redefine themselves in the year ahead, as none has attained a modicum of stability.

Since 2008, Pluto has “done a number” on the U.S. Natal Venus and Jupiter (by opposition) resulting in the worst recession since the Great Depression. As Pluto moves beyond Venus in the U.S. chart, it begins its assault on the U.S. Sun at 13 degrees of Cancer. Pluto’s opposition to the U.S. Sun will begin in February of next year and continue until January of 2016 – coinciding exactly with Obama’s second term in the White House. What does this portend?

The Sun in any chart represents the myth by which the entity defines itself; thus, Pluto opposite the U.S. Sun speaks of a deep, possibly convulsive transformation of what our country stands for.  At the time of this writing, 30 states are hosting active secession movements, and although none has succeeded yet, the issue of the “United States” vs. “The Sovereign States” — whether or not the federal government can continue to administer to the needs of the states or if that would be better done by the states themselves — will gain momentum over the next four years. States are already implementing their own laws and policies (carbon emission standards in California) in cases where the federal government cannot find the will to do so.

Nothing has changed in the House of Representatives, nor has the Republican Party showed any real willingness to compromise, this despite historic losses in the recent election. If anything they are becoming even more entrenched. Eventually something’s got to give. When the catalyst involves Uranus and Pluto in a stressful aspect, (a square or ninety degrees) you can bet that the outcome will be unpredictable.

Pluto opposite the U.S. Sun could also manifest as an assassination attempt on the President. The fact that Saturn will square Obama’s Leo Sun almost all of next year adds further danger. This is one of those cases where being right is the “booby prize;” I pray for the safety of his family.

With Saturn in Scorpio for the next two-and-a-half years, the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) will be most impacted. Saturn is the stern teacher. He invariably devises a test by which you are compelled to take a deeper look at yourself without rose-colored glasses – kind of like the moment when they call “last call” at the bar and turn on the lights, exposing you in all your drunken glory. Not pretty! Saturn is the great leveler, making us see what is real vs. what’s just illusion. We all have them.

In closing I’d like to mention that I recently moved back to Santa Fe, (for the third time and hopefully for good) grateful to be there. As always, you can reach me via my website ( or email ( or phone at (505)467-8234 to set up a time for a reading. I will do my best to answer your questions. Remember, you can get through any challenge if you know what it means and how long it will last. This is what astrology has always been good at (In addition to compatibility readings and relocation charts) I send you my best wishes for peace, prosperity and health in the New Year.



Pluto’s opposition to Venus and Jupiter in the U.S. chart tore back the veil on the financial shenanigans that nearly wrecked the economy in 2008. Remarkably, the same people that presided over the Fed leading up to the crisis (Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner) were welcomed back into the Obama Administration to facilitate the massive bailout, the result being that banks that were “too big to fail” at seven billion four years ago have gone on to become “too big to fail” at nine billion today.

“Crony-Capitalism” (Running to the Fed when investments turn sour) has triumphed over “Market Capitalism.” (Allowing the market to correct itself; no bonuses for under-performing CEO’s, etc.) “The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed,” chant the Occupy Movement, as anonymous “Super-Packs” funnel astronomical sums into lobbying and political campaigns, Republican and Democratic alike. Instead of radical surgery to cut out the rot, the Obama administration threw a bone at regulatory reform, and the split between Main Street and Wall Street grew from a fissure into a canyon. Aside from a few sacrificial lambs (Madoff) the perpetrators remain unnamed and unprosecuted.

Nevertheless, Pluto continues its inexorable campaign through the mid-degrees of Capricorn, where it will oppose the U.S. Sun at 13 Cancer, (Feb. 2013 — Dec. 2015) guaranteeing that whoever is elected in November will be defined by this powerful transit in ways that are even more profound and far-reaching than Pluto opposite Venus or Jupiter ever was — hardly a walk in the park.

The Sun in any chart, whether it’s a nation or an individual, is the nexus of power and identity. When Pluto opposes the Sun, it sets in motion a healing crisis of such transformative scope that what eventually survives hardly resembles what it once was. And yet without such a crisis, the organism would eventually collapse from its own disease.

I call the coming Pluto opposition a “crisis of legitimacy.” Information will enter the public domain that will make it impossible to continue ignoring the gulf between the government we think we have, as enshrined in the Constitution, and the government we actually have. In the same way Pluto revealed the darker side of the “American Dream of Hearth and Home,” so too will it puncture the “Bubble of American Democracy” by revealing how “the powers that be” have lied to the public on a regular basis… Here is a small sampling:

1. “Disclosure:” Irrefutable presence of alien life on this planet that has been here for millennia. What really happened at Roswell. Eisenhower’s face-to-face with alien representatives and his prescient warning about the “military-industrial complex.”

2. “Black Budget:” Trillions of dollars funneled into secret projects by the CIA without Congressional oversight (underground military bases, the secret space program, etc.) Rumsfeld’s blithe admission that 1.3 trillion has “gone missing” from the Pentagon budget.

3. “War on Drugs:” How the CIA controls the import and distribution of drugs and drug money; why drugs will never be eradicated or legalized.

4. “9/11:” For anyone who thinks he knows what happened that day, do yourself a favor and watch “Loose Change,” (available on YouTube or via Netflix) a sobering documentary on the inconsistencies and downright lies in the report of the 9/11 Commission.

5. “Bilderberg Group:” A trans-national coterie trusted to implement the policies of the military-industrial elite (Rockefeller, Rothschild, Windsor, etc.)  This mega-powerful elite chooses presidents and prime ministers — not the people.

6. “Big Pharma:”  Did you know the boards of big media conglomerates are populated by CEO’s from the pharmaceutical industry, guaranteeing special placement for a constant supply of meds as they come down the pipeline? They’ve got the public in the palms of their hands to the extent that people ask their doctors for the meds.

As if the Pluto opposition weren’t enough, the Progressed Sun in the U.S. chart, at 7 degrees Pisces, is currently squaring Progressed Uranus at 7 Gemini. This is just another indicator of fundamental change and shifts in paradigm for the “idea of American Democracy,” which will no doubt be elaborately dramatized in the upcoming presidential campaign as a struggle between divergent visions of how we see ourselves and whose vision of America will triumph.

The U.S. Progressed Ascendant at 0 degrees Virgo opposite Neptune at 0 Pisces gives me reason to be guardedly optimistic. Although Neptune is famous for illusion and deception, (And who would argue that the way ahead appears anything but straight and narrow?) Neptune is very powerful in Pisces, giving it the chance, at least, to function on a higher frequency — the octave of “faith in a higher wisdom,” in the spiritual principles by which this country was founded. This is the “all seeing eye” on the back of the one dollar bill, and the phrase, “Novus Ordo Seclorum.” “A new order of the ages.” Indeed. That’s exactly what’s at stake here.

“A Coherence of Love”

January 1, 2012

 Approximately one year from now, on December 21, 2012, planet earth will reach the end of a 26,000 year cycle (the procession of the equinoxes) and begin a new one. The Mayan prophesies never mentioned “the end of the world,” but rather the end of an age. (Yes folks, this is really the “dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”) On that evening, if you look into a clear night sky, you will see a formation of planets known as a “Yod;” also “The Finger of God.” Jupiter at 8 degrees of Gemini will appear at the apex, with Saturn at 8 Scorpio and Pluto at 8 Capricorn, both of them 150 degrees away (known as a quincunx, a volatile formation)

The significance of the Yod is startlingly clear:  We are at a crossroads. Darkness and rot* block the way home. We can no longer trust the government to take care of us. We must organize our families and communities to build a new world from the ground level up.

*Darkness and rot:  Climate degradation, species endangerment, government constipation, social contraction, religious opposition, moral abandonment.

The “Arab Spring,” provoked by the Uranus/Pluto square, now encompasses Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Russia and the U.S. in the form of the “Occupy Movement;” all this and the square will first turn exact in May! You ain’t seen nothing yet!

In February the planet Neptune, ruling spirituality, illusion and delusion, moves into Pisces — its own sign — catalyzing a “coherence of love” and a rending of the veil. No more religious hypocrisy.

So, as the Sun enters Solar Cycle 24, approaching the maximum sunspot cycle, and the earth ends a 26,000-year rotation on its axis, think about this:  New research coming out of Cambridge describes how we all are the product of genes either switched on or switched off by the emotions of our father in puberty, our mother in the womb, just prior to birth, and our grandparents and great-grandparents. The Law of Attraction states that “like attracts like.” Your soul was attracted to the souls of your parents at the moment of conception. You have the receptor site in you for whatever they did to you in childhood. They are nothing more than the physical expression of your subconscious. Forgive and forget. Move on with your life.

Same goes for friends or partners. Everything has a “shelf life.” What was good for 20 years may not be good anymore. (Sorry, but “soul mates” are not necessarily life partners; soul mates are more likely to be the ones who shock you into a new way of seeing and then disappear from your life. If you need constant validation, I suggest a puppy. Even the most compassionate friend eventually grows weary of the same old story.)YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR HAPPINESS.

“Gaining Momentum”

October 1, 2011

When I checked-in with you last March, Uranus, the harbinger of change, had just shifted into Aries. With Jupiter also in Aries, it catalyzed the tumultuous revolution that has since been dubbed the “Arab Spring.” I commented at the time that more chaos would unfold when Uranus and Pluto squared one another later on in the year. That time is upon us.

Uranus square Pluto isn’t gradual change; it’s spasmodic, cathartic and transformative – more like a volcano or a tidal wave — the kind of change that wipes the slate clean, leaving no possibility whatsoever that the past will reformulate itself. The square between Uranus and Pluto indicates that things have become so entrenched and sclerotic that only a violent explosion will clear the debris for new life to take root. (Congress is a perfect example.)

Uranus and Pluto will square one another exactly five times between June 2012 and April 2014. The square will occur at 7,8,9,11, & 13 degrees of Aries and Capricorn,. Aries symbolizes the Warrior and Capricorn the Old Guard Establishment. This is particularly momentous for the U.S. because these degrees form a square with the U.S. Jupiter at 5 degrees Cancer and our Sun at 13 degrees Cancer, indicating the final square between Uranus and Pluto will square the U.S. Sun exactly! By the time it’s over, the U.S. will see itself in a totally different way.

Having spoken first-hand with the Egyptian protestors in Tahrir Square in Cairo this past May, I wondered what would happen here as Uranus and Pluto approached the tense square. The last time these two planets came together was back in the Sixties. We are still living with the social and political consequences. What will it look like this time?

I just returned from a week in New York City visiting cousins I hadn’t seen in forty years. Packing to leave, my eyes were drawn to the voice of the TV reporter, interviewing a group of protestors down on Wall St. When asked if they were Democrats or Republicans, a twenty-something woman was quick to point out that they were neither. “Obama let the same people back into the house that had robbed it the first time,” she said. “We represent the 99% who are disgusted and disenchanted with the special interests that have co-opted our democracy.”

I am here to tell you that to dismiss “Occupy Wall St.” which has already “metastasized” beyond Manhattan to LA, Seattle, Cincinnati, etc. is to deny the potency of rage inherent in the square between Uranus and Pluto.

Take a look at your own natal chart. If you have planets between 5 and 15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you are being directly impacted by the Uranus/Pluto square. Depending on which planet(s) is involved, (The Sun is identity; Moon your emotions; Mercury your mind; Venus your manner of relating and Mars your way of asserting yourself) some aspect of your personhood has reached a point of no return. Your habitual way of seeing/responding is no longer functioning to your advantage. Forces in your life are compelling you to make fundamental changes. There is always free will; however, to resist or deny the need for change will result in some sort of health problem. Disease is your higher self’s way of finally getting your attention.

I have no idea what will happen in the upcoming election. What I do know is that it’s no longer about the two-party system. The entire system is rotten any way you look at it. On Election Day 2012 the Progressed Moon (symbolizing the people) is at 20 degrees Libra, exactly opposite the asteroid Chiron at 20 degrees Aries. Chiron is woundedness. People are hurting badly, reminding me of the famous line from the movie “Network:”  “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”


Despite being demoted from a planet to a planetoid, (so undignified!) Pluto’s influence has hardly been lost in translation. Quite the contrary. In the early part of the year it joined Jupiter to form a square, igniting uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Libya. (optimistically dubbed “The Arab Spring”) Between now and mid-2016, Pluto comes together with erratic Uranus — also in a tense square – and I daresay the consequences will be far more chaotic than they were with Jupiter.

As Lord of the Underworld Pluto holds jurisdiction over the realm of death; when Pluto hits a planet in an individual chart (e.g. Venus) the affairs of that planet (in the case of Venus, the realm of human relations, and also money) undergo a profound transformation. In the same way that death marks a definitive termination, (the person is gone and will never come back again) Pluto’s influence marks the end of something that can no longer evolve in its present form. (e.g. a relationship that is no longer viable) Pluto in Capricorn concerns itself with profound changes in government and corporations.

Pluto’s influence is best understood as part of a process. Just as a corpse decomposes into the earth where its elements are free to reformulate into brand new configurations (perhaps the calcium in the bones goes on to nourish a tree or a field of vegetables) so too are the lovers forever changed by the relationship that has just ended; if all goes well, each will take what was valid and move on to something more suited to their needs. In this sense Pluto rules the entire process of evolution whereby plants and animals become more and better suited to their environments.

Since Jupiter is for the most part beneficent — all about new opportunities for growth — the uprising in Tahrir Square unfolded nonviolently. A tyrant who had ruled with an iron fist for more than thirty years was toppled without bloodshed, opening the way for a more representative form of government. (I was in Egypt this past May, and while the people can barely believe what they accomplished, they are also anxious and uncertain about the future. Tourism, their primary source of income, has dried up, at least for the immediate present.)

In 2008 Pluto began a series of oppositions to planets in the U.S. chart. Initially it opposed Venus (ruler of money) and we witnessed a financial meltdown that brought us close to the brink of disaster. Now Pluto has moved on to an opposition with the U.S. Jupiter through June of next year. Jupiter has a great deal to do with our faith in the future. Who would argue that the nation is suffering from a lack of confidence in government? Who can blame us with Washington so out of touch with the mood of the electorate?

The recent wave of uprisings in the Middle East are a kind of prelude or trailer for the feature that, for lack of a less-overused title, I’ll call “2012,” but forget all the apocalyptic stuff that’s been erroneously associated with the end of the Mayan calendar. Mass movements are governed by the interplay between the outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – though the current culprits are, like they were in the 60’s, Uranus and Pluto. Back then, Uranus and Pluto joined forces in Virgo; now they are squaring one another in Aries and Capricorn (90 degrees apart, the most stressful and potentially destructive of planetary relationship because the planets are in uncomplimentary elements).

Uranus at its core is the urge for liberation. In Aries the urge takes up arms to battle the forces of oppression. Many of the protesters in Tahir Square expressed a defiant willingness to die for their cause, refusing to compromise at all costs. Pluto is the force of evolution:  Life, death, transformation and rebirth. In Capricorn, the most entrenched of all the earth signs, power has grown sclerotic in the hands of the “Old Guard.” (Mubarek, Kadaffi, but more generally, any government’s inability to adapt to the needs of the times, as seen in Wisconsin.)

So the clash between Uranus and Pluto is, quite literally, a revolution:  The masses rising up to change the course history by toppling the old regimes, in this case, aided and abetted by new modes of technology. (Neptune is just now completing 14 years in the sign of Aquarius, which is all about technology.) If you were around for the 60’s and thought those times were chaotic, buckle your seat belts! While much of it is focused “over there” in the Middle East,” it by no means will continue to be confined there.

The reason:  Underlying the legitimate grievances of the people and their heartfelt desire to have a say in their government (democracy), is the very real, very scary rise in food prices. Global grocery bills are hitting the poor most of all and planting the seed of political unrest. When you can’t feed your family anymore you have nothing left to lose. You take to the streets.

While the U.S. and Western Europe has experienced a relatively mild rise of 7%, (at the time of this forecast gas prices in California are nearing $4.00/gallon; many say they will hit $5.00 by Memorial Day) the cost of food in Brazil and Russia has risen 25-30%; in Egypt, Tunisia, India and China, between 35-40%; in Indonesia 43%; and in Pakistan a whopping 46%! Forces are currently at work on a global reduction in population by controlling the distribution of food. Guess who’s going to get the short end of the stick? You got it, the poor! (Where did I get this information? If you contact me, I’d be more than happy to reveal my sources.)

Although it feels like every day there’s a new uprising, January and February were relatively calm astrologically, the primary aspect a benign conjunction between Jupiter and Uranus (New growth and opportunities arise out of sudden breaks with the past). March and April will prove more frustrating as Jupiter opposes Saturn (Resistance to change). Then beginning in May, all through the end of the year into next year, Uranus and Pluto will bang heads in a square and things will get really “interesting,” the summer months particularly intense as the square becomes exact.

To end on something that may appear comical if it weren’t so pathetic… If you had any doubt that Charlie Sheen was bipolar you can lay them to rest. With his Virgo Sun conjunct Uranus and Pluto, let’s just say he enjoys danger and is thoroughly at home on the “wild side.” However, the Sun, Uranus and Pluto are also opposed by Saturn, indicating a “father complex;” feeling held back or constrained to have to live up to his father’s/other male authority’s expectations. His Moon in Sagittarius is opposed by Jupiter, indicating a need to test limits, to live without boundaries. Thus, his psyche constant yo-yo’s between manic risk-taking and guilt-ridden, remorse-filled depression. He’s on a collision course, believing in his manic phase that he’s truly invincible.  The depressive phase would hold the potential for healing, but he never allows himself to feel vulnerable, constantly self-medicating with mood-enhancing substances. And we watch as he and Lindsay Lohan self-destruct on national media… And we put down poor Nero for fiddling while Rome burned!

Is it just me or do you sense a serious disconnect between what we’re being told and what’s actually happening with regard to the economy? How can the economy be improving when unemployment hasn’t changed? Five people seek jobs for every one position advertised. Wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living; in those terms they are actually declining.  Consumer spending for April was flat. No big surprise there. The glimpse of recovery we have seen came from restocking depleted inventories and the temporary stimulus from Uncle Sam. I thought it might be time to revisit the U.S. chart.

The first thing I noticed was that on April 22nd transiting Jupiter (22 Pisces) moved into exact opposition to the U.S. Neptune (22 Virgo). Neptune is angular in the natal chart, meaning it is more likely to manifest. Jupiter is abundance; but also excess — like a flood. Neptune rules petroleum. Take a wild guess when the BP spill started? You got it, April 22nd.

The U.S. Progressed Moon is also very close to Neptune (21 Virgo). In the chart of nations the Moon rules the mood of the people. Moon/Neptune contacts speak of illusion and delusion. It almost goes without saying that the country is disillusioned with the way corporate greed has funneled vast sums of money to a miniscule elite while screwing the majority, especially the middle class.

Whether in the chart of a nation or an individual, Venus has jurisdiction over money and resources. The Second House shows what we earn by our own efforts; the Eighth what we inherit.

The primary influence to Venus in the U.S. chart (in the Eighth House natally, indicating luck with foreign investment) has been coming from Pluto in the Second. Pluto (in Capricorn) has been and will continue to oppose the U.S. Venus (in Cancer) until the beginning of next year, when it will begin an opposition to the U.S. Jupiter. Since Jupiter is the ruler of America’s chart, this is ominous, signaling deep disruption and disintegration of long-standing structures  of security (government, financial, religious) that are corrupt and have outlived their usefulness. (Pluto and Uranus were responsible for the upheaval of the 60’s.)

Pluto threatens stability. Simply put, everything we know is in the midst of seismic change. (On the subject of earthquakes, do you really buy that there’s no connection between Haiti, Chile, Turkey, Indonesia, Iceland, California/Mexico and Alaska? I don’t! As the solar system moves into alignment with the core of the galaxy (once every 26,000 years; exact on 12/21/12) invisible gravity waves that are generated by the huge black hole at the core are already bombarding us, causing genetic mutations as well as remarkable shifts in consciousness. Unless you are grounded by a serious spiritual practice, (The form doesn’t matter. It’s all about relationship with the Creator – however you perceive it) your psyche will not survive the transformation. I am not being melodramatic. People are already freaking out. They just don’t realize where it’s coming from.

Jupiter will begin to square the U.S. Venus on July 8th and then turn retrograde on this point. Thus, the square will pertain through the middle of February 2011. This is actually positive for the U.S. economy, as Jupiter offers growth and opportunity. However, with Saturn squaring Venus in August and September of this year, Jupiter’s promise is somewhat constrained.

In May of 2011 Uranus will begin squaring the U.S. Venus, all the way until January of 2013. Uranus is violent change. Think about the day the market dropped a thousand points in fifteen minutes and you’re beginning to get the picture – except this roller coaster ride will last over a year-and-a-half. Things are not getting better; they are in the midst of breaking down altogether. (I would be surprised if any of this comes as a surprise to any of you. It’s in the air. What we’re being fed on the media is basically just “Valium” for the masses.)

On a more benign level, have you noticed old friends from the past re-entering your life since the middle of April? This can be attributed to Jupiter (Opportunity) joining Uranus (Friendship) and opposite Saturn (Past). Jupiter and Uranus will leave Saturn behind and rejoin forces on June 8th at 1 degree Aries. The symbol for this degree is violent revolution. Watch the news around this date for events of an explosive, combustive nature.

This is a great time to make changes that involve risk and courage. Aries is the pioneer and the explorer. June is an optimum time to break free from constraints that no longer serve you. Change is dangerous, but now you have the courage to face your demons and forge ahead independently.




“Critical Mass”

March 1, 2010

I have avoided sending this out, but the subject keeps coming up in private readings, so I’ve decided to say something—short, but unfortunately not so sweet. It has to do with the chart of the U.S. Most astrologers now accept the one with Sagittarius rising because it not only describes the national character, but the chart itself proved amazing accurate in the events surrounding 9/11.

America came into being with the Sun, Venus and Jupiter in Cancer—all in the Eighth House of “Other People’s Money.” This describes a nation preoccupied with things like homeland security, tribal identity and foreign investment. No entity better embodies these things than modern corporations.

Pluto has jurisdiction over the processes of death, decay and transformation—absolutely vital in the life cycle whereby forms that have outlasted their usefulness fall apart, dissolve and change into new, reinvigorated forms. Being the furthest planet out from the Sun, Pluto moves very slowly, typically sitting on a point for two years or more.

In 2008 Pluto moved into Capricorn, beginning a long and relentless opposition to the U.S. Venus (2008-2010), Jupiter (2009-2011) and finally the Sun (2012-2014). Get the picture? If Pluto were only opposing the U.S. Venus (Money), we would have had a bad recession, followed by a gradual recovery. But that isn’t what’s happening. Pluto will go from opposing Venus to opposing Jupiter (The planet that rules the U.S. chart) and then advance on the U.S. Sun (The life force of any chart—individual or nation.)

So, what does this augur? The government as we know it is irrevocably broken. What we have basically is a corporation with two wings—Democratic and Republican—dedicated to one thing and one thing only:  Protecting the integrity of the corporation.

The Director of Consumer Affairs actually said on Bill Maher’s show this past Friday evening that the number of bank lobbyists in D.C. has quadrupled. She called it a “David and Goliath Scenario.” If this doesn’t describe a “form that has outlasted its usefulness” I don’t know what does!

What I am forecasting is collapse of the whole rotten thing. There, I said it. Interestingly, when Uranus shifts into Aries next year, it will begin squaring Pluto. Uranus is violent change. The last time these two got together was in the 60’s and that was by conjunction—far less violent than the upcoming square. I can promise you that much.

Poor President Obama. He means well. Unfortunately, I think Harry Reid hit the nail on the head when he said Obama would never have been elected if he were darker. The truth is a bitter pill. So, everyone just blamed Harry. But Obama (Sun in Leo, Moon in Gemini, Aquarius rising) just doesn’t have the guts for real politics—which is nasty and dirty, like it or not. He so wants to be liked, and would much rather give speeches than do what’s necessary:  Tell the obstructionist Republicans to “Fuck off!” and whip his own party into shape. Make them do something. The last Democrat to do that was Lyndon Johnson. Ironically, what we really needed was “An Angry Black Man!” But it doesn’t matter. The forces of upheaval are advancing.

And to my clients back in Santa Fe who have wet dreams at the mere mention of the Dalai Lama, I say this:  Much as I respect him, what has he actually done for Tibet? He bailed on them, didn’t he? We have a word for that: “treason.” (The Dalai Lama is a Cancer. Think about the crab. Their only defense is retreat or non-engagement. He couldn’t help it. That’s his nature. But let us not forget that writing books from a monastery in Dharmsala is a luxury his fellow Tibetans do not have. How effective has he been? Someone eventually has to do the dirty work of dealing directly with the Chinese… Gandhi resisted non-violently. So did Martin Luther King.)

Getting back to the U.S. chart, the question naturally arises, “What do I do?” There is no universal answer. I advise people to listen within. What’s good for one person is not necessarily the answer for another. Some people will go down; others will be elevated. I do believe in my heart that we have finally reached critical mass. There is sufficient consciousness on this planet for positive transformation to unfold.

Anyone who has ever witnessed a birth will tell you it’s messy and violent and awesome. That’s what we are in for. Go on living… Make plans with the full expectation that your plans will change. Prepare to leave where you are at a moment’s notice. Live in the moment.