Friday, 1 November 2013


 By Leigh Oswald (London-based Astrologer and Teacher)

Uranus and Pluto are once again squaring each other as they have been doing on and off since Spring 2011.This is indicative of the current social stresses and strains on our planet that have been growing significantly since the economic crisis of 2007/8. It very much impacts the States and England. With Jupiter in Cancer there is current protection for the USA, but next year things do get tougher.

Mercury moves direct on the 10th, having been retrograde since October 11th, and that would suggest that much that has been put on hold and many frustrations that have been in the air, particularly re economics, will feel more smooth-running and more resolved… although in fact it really is not. Mercury retrograde is a period essentially when things are put on hold to force us to rethink our goals, strategy, values and timing. It is much more than just an annoying frustration and delay. .

Jupiter in Cancer moves retrograde on the 7th, suggesting that value systems may shift and there may well be a more humanitarian sensitivity showing itself on the planet, but no doubt this will be relatively brief or ineffective, so long as we are told we are “in economic recovery,” which is the only goal we apparently are supposed to focus on and care about.

Neptune moves direct on the 13th putting focus on; and accelerating the need to develop more awareness on the importance of nature and its preservation and particularly the health of the oceans. Also Mars being in Virgo all month, which is the sign of purity, may accelerate consciousness of ecological and environmental issues. The divide between the general population, who in their collective unconscious now just know in their waters/gut (Neptune in Pisces) that the ongoing ruthless exploitation of and the destruction of the planet in the name of economic progress is plain wrong and can only lead to our own destruction, are in sharp contrast to the “consciousness” of big multinationals who care only about mega profits (Pluto in Capricorn), with no regard to our collective tomorrows.

All extremes are pathological, whether it be ruthless state controlled communism, or ruthless, big business controlled super capitalism, they are both forms of totalitarianism by a tiny minority, an oligarchy, which destroy democracy. The power of the average individual is increasingly undermined.

When Communism inevitably and rightly fell, the true concept of democratic socialism, or social democracy was tacitly (and conveniently) banished along with it, which gave the total green light to unregulated, globalised, neo capitalism being the only game left to play on the planet (Pluto in Sagittarius). This inevitably, with no holds barred, subsequently led to the abuse of economic power (Pluto in Capricorn) and the crash of 2008. The same forces/habits/, behaviour are still being pursued that led up to the crash, so another one will be repeated… and soon.

The definition of insanity, according to Einstein, is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

All extremes of ideology have the seeds of their own destruction in built, bit unfortunately the damage they do in the meanwhile, can destroy so much and so many.

Pluto is nothing, if not but tenacious in its clinging onto power; and from Capricorn (establishment economic forces) there is a ruthless intransigence.

Unregulated, unfettered faceless market forces have largely little social or environmental conscience, and yet there is an equal and opposite force within the souls of many, that wish to reclaim the power of the individual to influence social and environmental justice. That is the big issue that the current long standing Uranus in Aries (power of the individual) square to Pluto in Capricorn  (corporate financial power) is reflecting. 

Neptune, so strong in its own home sign of Pisces, is also concomitantly operating on the collective unconscious in one of two ways. Either, for some, it operates as a force for collective escapism (Pisces), through alcohol /drugs/consumerism/partying etc, as a reaction to an overwhelming sense of powerlessness to redress what is wrong, (alongside a self protective denial) while alternatively, it can operate for others, as a spiritual force of deep awareness of our totally skewed value system and the passionate hunger for a revolutionary enlightenment and a shift of fundamental values.

The two frames of mind of course can coexist and alternate within an individual (or group).

We have a solar eclipse on the 3rd at 12° of Scorpio. A solar eclipse can only happen on a new Moon and it is, in traditional astrological understanding, when dark energies are allowed to escape from the Earth and the new can be reborn, which is hopeful.

The full Moon in Taurus on the 17th as with all full Moons indicates an eruption of stresses that need to be expressed, and it falls at 26° of Taurus.

Interestingly both Taurus and Scorpio are signs connected with money, as opposed to the established economic system as such, which is a Capricorn concern.

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