Friday, May 28, 2010

Ingress of Uranus into Aries - Then and Now

Uranus just entered Aries for the first time since April 1, 1927 (it also went retrograde back into PIsces from November 1927-January 14 1928)

Here's what happened around the time of the last ingress:

April 1927

-Bureau of Prohibition was founded (April 1)

-first female officers are hired in Dresden (April 1)

-Bell Telephone Co. transmits an image of Herbert Hoover, which becomes the first successful long distance demonstration of television (April 7)

-Pope Benedict XVI (the current pope) is born (April 16)

-The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 affects 700,000 people and is the greatest national disaster in U.S. history at the time (April 22)

Here is what was happening during the months just before and after the 1927 ingress:

-The first transatlantic telephone call is made from New York City to London (Jaunary 7)

-The Big Bang Theory was proposed by Georges LeMaitre

-The Jazz Singer is released. It is the first feature-length film with synchronized dialogue sequences--heralding the rise of the "talkies" and the end of the silent film era. (October 6)

So far here is what we've seen around the time of the current ingress of Uranus into Aries (May 27, 2010):

-Pope Benedict XVI is under scrutiny around his handling of sex abuse cases within the Catholic Church

-Volcanic ash from an active volcano in Iceland disrupts air travel across Europe (April 14)

-Crude oil begins to gush out of a broken pipe 5,000 feet beneath the ocean surface in the Gulf (April 20)

-Scientists announce that they have created a functional synthetic genome (May 20)

-Congress begins the process of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell which would allow gay and lesbian service people to serve openly in the military (May 27, 2010)

-Apple's iPad makes it international debut (May 28, 2010)

-the first cell phone with video conferencing is announced (June 7, 2010)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


You've probably heard of the rings of Saturn, but you may not know about the rings of Jupiter.

One of them seems to be missing.

Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, a giant ball of gas and liquid about 500 million miles from the sun, usually shows off two dark, slightly reddish bands, or stripes -- one in the northern hemisphere, one in the southern.

The southern one has disappeared.

It was there last year, but when Jupiter came out from behind the sun on its yearly orbit, it was gone.

Before you short stocks and buy gold for the approaching apocalypse, relax. This happens occasionally, although nobody is sure why.

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"The last time it happened was 1973," said Eric Vandernoot, the Astronomy and Physics Lab coordinator at Florida Atlantic University. "This is why Jupiter is my favorite planet. It's a constantly changing system, and it's wonderful to watch. You can see the changes occur on any given night."

Vandernoot points out that next year, on March 17, Jupiter's orbit will come its closest to the sun, but he doesn't think that's why the band has disappeared.

The most likely reason? The cooling of gases on the planet's surface.

But that's just a guess, too.

Jupiter is not a solid mass, although it has a core that's about four times the size of Earth. Surrounding that is a thick sea of liquid metallic hydrogen and then a lot of gas, which is what we see.

The gases, which include sulphur and phosphorus, form the belts that are created by 350-mph winds fueled by Jupiter's rapid rotation. The belts, or stripes, are probably a function of the gases heating and cooling.

"We think it's a hurricane that's been lasting 350 years on the planet, and there's nothing to slow it down, like, say, tall buildings. Or Florida," Vandernoot said.

"Everybody oohs and aahs about Saturn and the rings. But in fact Saturn is so pale, you don't get to see much. But Jupiter, you can see the moons, you can see the shadow of the moons move over the planet. It's not a static picture in a textbook, it's real."

And if you can wait a few months, Jupiter will be closest to Earth on Sept. 24, which is when you'll get the best view of it.

Without one of its stripes.


So, don't live in fear of September 24th...Just be aware of it!

John Marchesella

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hubble catches planet being devoured by its star

Read about it HERE

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Little Orphan Annie Goes to the Poor House

It was announced by the Chicago Tribune on May 13th that the cartoon column, "Little Orphan Annie," will be coming to an end on June 13, 2010. Talk about Pluto in Capricorn ending our American institutions!

The column began on August 5, 1924, with a Sun-Neptune conjunction in Leo in trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius. That just about sums up the story of this poor little rich girl as well as a long and mighty run for the cartoon strip.

The current Saturn-Pluto square, not to mention the upcoming Lunar Eclipse at 4 Capricorn, is doing a number to little Annie's natal Venus at 4 Cancer. Furthermore, transiting Saturn is in the balsamic phase to natal Saturn, indicating a time of closure.

Interesting that "Annie" came to Broadway's musical stage on April, 1977, when a transiting square between Saturn and Uranus was aspecting her Sun, and transiting Pluto was in square to her natal Pluto along with a Solar Eclipse in Libra....just going to show that even cartoon characters have their transits!

By the way, Andrea McArdle, the actress who portrayed Annie in the musical, who was born on November 5, 1963, also has a Sun-Neptune conjunction, but in Scorpio, in exact square to little Annie's aspect. The actress also has Jupiter in Aries, which closely forms a Grand Trine with Annie's fire planets. 'Guess it goes to show actors and their characters (even fictitious ones) have their synastry too!

Well, in the coming year, Uranus will transit that natal Venus in a square, so let's see what re-awakening lies ahead for little Annie. Maybe a revival of the Broadway musical in 2011? If so, you heard it here first!

John Marchesella

Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar...

Today’s Jupiter-Saturn opposition will no doubt go unnoticed in popular culture. But even among astrologers, this isn’t the Big Doin’s it used to be.

Back before the discovery of the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn were the two furthest planets anyone knew about, and their 20 year cycle was watched closely for the social and political changes it heralded.

Now that we have Saturn in opposition to Uranus, who is about to square Pluto, the cycle of Jupiter and Saturn might seem as exciting as Pacman is to today’s video games. But this cycle might catch our attention a bit more if we recognized some of it’s more concrete manifestations.

Because it is a 20 year cycle and has been falling on the decade line for some time, it has also contributed to the sense that the 60s were different from the 70s... or the 20s were different from the 30s. Social trends have seemed to hinge right on the “0” years for some time (although that is obviously very complex).

The latest cycle began on May 28, 2000. That was right around the time the Dot Com bubble burst and the high-rolling 90s came to an end. We all put out our cigars and put away our top hats, recognizing we might not be such investment geniuses after all.

The Euro was introduced around this time. Actually, the Euro became an electronic currency on January 1, 1999, at the closing semi-sextile of the cycle, and paper currency was introduced on January 1, 2002, at the opening semi-sextile. Thus, the midpoint in time of these two Euro landmarks was the 2000 conjunction.

For most of the past decade, the Euro has been gaining on the dollar as the international reserve currency. The history of the Euro is interesting, and extends back at least to the formation of the European Common Market, although it was really first put into motion in 1992. Germany, whose Deutsche Mark was a strong currency in its own right, pushed for the Euro after reunification of East and West Germany made economic ties seem more appealing.

Now, at the opposition, or peak of the cycle, the Euro is in crisis. The PIGS (Portugal, Greece, Spain... and no one seems sure... Ireland, Italy? Lots of “I” countries are in trouble) are pulling down the value of the currency, which dropped to 2004 levels on the news of the economic crisis in Greece (the Euro is still strong against the dollar compared with it’s rate at introduction).

As we work through this peak in the Jupiter-Saturn cycle through March of 2011, we are likely to see the Euro severely tested as an international currency. Clearly, the honeymoon period (and it was a rough one, all in all) is over. Jupiter and Saturn represent inflation and recession, respectively, and at present everyone is concerned about these two economic scenarios.

There are other social manifestations of Jupiter-Saturn, and these may get more airplay than economics as the opposition moves from Virgo-Pisces to Libra-Aries for the next two rounds. Still, the Aries energy (supported by Uranus and the remaining Saturn-Uranus opposition) may have some countries questioning their participation in the Euro.

Armand Diaz

Monday, May 17, 2010

Memorial Day Boxing Match: Saturn vs. Uranus, Neptune & Pluto!

The eclipse season which would normally begin two weeks before the lunar eclipse of June 26th gets a head start on Memorial Day weekend 2010. On Friday, May 28 Uranus enters 0° Aries coinciding with a full moon in Sagittarius, on Sunday, May 30 Saturn stations direct in the last degrees of Virgo while Pluto conjuncts the upcoming June 26th lunar eclipse degree of 4.46 Capricorn and on Monday May 31 Neptune stations retrograde in the final degrees of Aquarius. Quite a lot of activity but what does it all mean? Well we might not know right away but we should get glimpses of the stage being set. Saturn wants to keep us in line and protect our boundaries and material reality. The three outer planets could care less about Saturn’s status quo and will be looking to force us into change. Perhaps Saturn inconjunct Neptune hastens the clean up of the gulf coast oil spill or maybe we finally realize just how bad the oil leak really is and how much processing and clean up is required. Uranus, the most chaotic of the outer planets moving into the most cardinal, aggressively oriented sign of the bunch on the world axis may shock our leaders into taking action on a global level and Pluto at the eclipse degree just intensifies the fight. Jupiter joins Uranus at 0° Aries on June 6 and just makes things bigger but not necessarily better. So who wins this astrological boxing match? Well with the big three ganging up on Saturn I don’t think he stands a chance so look for more and more structures in the world collapsing, falling apart or at the very least in dire need of radical transformation in the style represented by Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Aside from the oil spill in the gulf let’s keep an eye out on volcanic eruptions and earthquakes especially in Iceland as well as further disruption in air travel. And of course global economies continue to be on a precipice. Look in what areas of life this planetary action occurs in your chart and see how what’s happening globally is mirrored personally in your own life. Issues from the collective unconscious need to be acknowledged whether we like it or not. Mother Nature is telling us to pay attention to what lies beyond our material reality as we have structured it up to this point and we must look deeper into our personal unconscious as well. Saturn is in for a long hard fight but he does enter his exaltation sign of Libra shortly so he will mightily try to balance the natural order of things. No need for doomsday fear but observe, watch and be part of the adventure.

Joseph Addeo

The Horoscope of Iceland

A glance at the chart of Iceland makes obvious why we have not seen the last of volcanic ash coming from there.

According to Nicholas Campion's "The Book of World Horoscopes," the most respected book on the topic, Iceland's birth data is given as June 17, 1944, 2 P.M. (-2), Reykjavik, Iceland, 21 W 51, 64 N 51.

As for the indications of recent events....pick something!

The MC is 3 Cancer 32 and the Ascendant is 2 Libra 13 with Neptune at 1 Libra 28.

The Sun is 26 Gemini 33 and the Saturn is 29 Gemini 39.

Mars and Jupiter are in Leo at 15 13 and 22 53, respectively.

These degrees are so "hot" in the coming months, no pun intended, so let's see what happens next.

John Marchesella

Monday, May 10, 2010

Barbara Walters Announces Upcoming Surgery

Earlier today Barbara Walters announced that she is having a heart valve replaced later this week.

Interestingly she has had Saturn going over her Sun (1 degree Libra) and Ascendant (4 degrees Libra)-as of November of 2009. Also Saturn squared her Moon last fall and Pluto squares her Sun and Asc this year.

In 2011 her progressed Sun will be conjunct her natal Saturn, and her progressed Saturn squares her Sun.

I imagine this will be a very trying time period for her.

Lawrence Grecco

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Retrograde Mercury in Taurus: Recurring Cycle for Goldman Sachs & Global Financial Crises

An inferior conjunction of retrograde Mercury and the Sun will occur this week, beginning a new 128-day synodic cycle. Taking place in the middle of the retrograde Mercury period, the Winged Messenger transitions from the Epimethean Evening Star (setting after the Sun) to the Promethean Morning Star (rising ahead of the Sun). Casting this horoscope for the nation’s capital, the rising degree is exactly conjunct President Obama’s natal Sun.

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