by Mac McLaughlin
Hopefully, this will be the last blurb on Tweedledee and Tweedledum – oops, I mean Trump and Clinton. As of this writing in mid-October, it looks like Clinton will be the next president of the US. When I look upon the stars for any type of sustenance and security, my eyes come upon the upcoming Jupiter/Uranus opposition that takes place from December 2016 to April 2017, and then again from August to October 2017. Jupiter is moving through Libra and this is a most dynamic mixture of planet and sign energy. Jupiter is the planet associated with our higher attributes of vision, truth and freedom. Libra is known as the sign of fairness and balance, justice and equality. In the time periods mentioned above, Jupiter casts his glance across the sky into Aries and onto Uranus, the planet of revolution and resistance to all things that have become stale, old and stultified. This powerful, potent planetary combination of Uranus in Aries signals a time in which great movements will be afoot, and the people will be on the march protesting everything under the Sun.
When you put this potent planetary combination into the cosmic mixing bowl, we can expect anything to happen, such as revolutions, and all kinds of social upheaval. It may not matter who’s at the helm because it is likely no one singular person can clean it up and clear up the problems presenting themselves these days. Has there been injustice? Is there racial inequality? Is there religious bigotry and fanaticism? Well, we know the answers to those questions. Now the karma gods – or planetary deities – are signalling a time to sort it out, and sort it out we will. We cannot have madmen, wherever they are, threatening to push the button. We need to eliminate the button itself. The bigger-stick mentality has to go, and all major weapons should be removed from the face of the Earth forever and ever, period, end of story. Ultimately, love will prevail some day, and we must learn to love one another right now. Man already has gone too far, and it is now in the hands of God.
Next month we take a look at the cycles of Pluto in Aquarius from 2024 to 2044, and Neptune in Pisces, as these long cycles may be the time that Man has a change of heart, and a true spiritual change may come to the Earth. It may be mid-century before we get it right, or at least get on the road to getting it right.
— Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-731-1109.
ARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19
You might want to read the introduction this month regarding the Jupiter/Uranus opposition unfolding in Aries and Libra. It talks about revolution, upheaval and great movements of the people. Apply it to yourself, and after doing some deep soul searching, it might be high time to truly make life-changing, dynamic decisions.
TAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
November really is not your best time of the year. Generally, Taurus goes into a bit of a funk at this time. It’s called your solar low, when your vital energies are ebbing and you have to work harder to get things done. The remedy is to nurture and nourish yourself and get some rest.
GEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
The last eight days of November and the first few weeks of December constitute your solar low of the year. Gemini is often in high gear with much to do, so it might be time to slow it down a few notches, and let go of a few things that have been dragging you down.
CANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
The Sun’s passage through your solar fifth house this month stirs up all kinds of activity surrounding pleasure, romance, children and enterprise. Jupiter continues his journey through your solar fourth house, which rules real estate, home and family. This would be the best year for a family reunion, or the purchase of a home.
LEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Important decisions come up regarding home and career choices. It would be rare for a bright and sunny Leo to tremble in their boots, so go ahead and make the moves you must make in order to meet your destiny. It might take a while to steady the ship, but you will land on your feet.
VIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Circle November 22 and 23 on your calendar. They will be days of making important decisions, or the arrival of important news. Do what you do best, which is analyzing everything under that Virgo microscope. Communications, negotiations – secret and not so secret – come into play. Say what you mean, mean what you say.
LIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
Read the introduction regarding the Jupiter/Uranus opposition, as it is bound to have a huge affect on your sign. Home, family and real estate are features. Jupiter brings great and gracious blessings, while Uranus brings opportunities to sort out whatever needs sorting out, especially in the relationship department. Shocks and surprises are in store.
SCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Whatever has been bouncing around in the deeper part of your psyche will come up on your conscious screen around full Moon time on November 14. Lord Mars is also stirring the pot, and all things related to family dynamics must be considered now. Go long and go deep and the answers will come.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Mercury, the planet of communications and negotiations, conjuncts Saturn on November 23. Saturn rules all serious considerations. You may have to sign on the dotted line, and live with the decisions. It’s not a bad thing, such as when you’re committed to studying a hefty topic and you want to quit but you can’t.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Venus moves though Capricorn from November 11 to December 7, bringing her pleasantries to the table. Mysteries and romance come into play as well. Birthing and dying, laughing and crying. Sounds like life to me. All things intensify, some things beautify, and sometimes we say goodbye. You won’t be bored, but you will be busy as a bee.
AQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Fiery Mars pays a visit from November 8 to December 19, stirring things up and getting you fired up, and hopefully not fired. Although Aquarius is very fair minded, they can dig their heels in and become very resistant and stubborn when riled up. You might be fed up. Be kind with your responses.
PISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
Your solar money houses are hot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a windfall comes your way. It may not come in the form of cash, but it could be some type of grace and good fortune from the far past. Nebulous Neptune continues to shape and mould you in all kinds of different ways.