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Monthly Newsletter: November 2017

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  • Jupiter in Scorpio - Exposing the contents of the swamp

WERE WE TO REQUIRE PROOF THAT ASTROLOGY works we need look no further than the beginning of October when Jupiter entered the sign of Scorpio.

On 5 October The New York Times published an article about movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, revealing him to be a serial sexual predator with a string of offences against women stretching across a thirty-year period. From thereon, almost daily, new allegations appeared; the tales of humiliation ran the gamut from employees, film industry workers to famous actresses and writers. Apparently, Weinstein's "inappropriate conduct" was an "open secret". Within a week of The New York Times article, Weinstein was fired from his production company, suspended from BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences and his wife of ten years, Georgina Chapman (co-founder of the fashion label, Marchesa) had left him.

The outing of Harvey Weinstein turned out to be just the beginning.

On 30 October an allegation was made against actor Kevin Spacey accusing him of sexually assaulting the then 14-year-old actor, Anthony Rapp, in 1986. Spacey denied any memory of the event and in an apparent attempt to blur the incident came out of the closet. In so doing he made a bad situation ten times worse, alienating the entire gay community. In the wake of this exposure Netflix, the streaming network, suspended production on the sixth series of House of Cards and declined to release a biopic on Gore Vidal starring and produced by Spacey. His career is in freefall.

The revelations were not confined to America.

On 31st October a dossier compiled by Conservative Party staff listing 36 Members of Parliament against whom allegations of inappropriate behaviour had been made, sent tremors through the corridors of Westminster. Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State, was the first to fall on his sword, others are expected to follow, including, very possibly, Theresa May's Deputy, Damian Green.

SEX, SLEEZE AND SECRECY HAVE A LOT TO do with Scorpio while justice and ethics, power and performance have much to do with Jupiter. And it can be no mere coincidence that these sensational events revolving around sex, power, show business and politics have come about as Jupiter begins its passage through Scorpio.

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
Sir Michael Fallon
Sir Michael Fallon

With Jupiter's entry into Scorpio on 10 October a new and significant period for the planet began. We are experiencing a sea-change. Just before Christmas Saturn will enter Capricorn and in May Uranus will move into Taurus. These changes of sign for three of the slow-moving planets, and their new relationship with one another, will affect the way situations great and small, collectively and individually, will unfold.


Scorpio's natural ruler, Pluto, has been in Capricorn since 2009 and is now a little over half-way through the sign. Pluto's principle of death and transfiguration has been much in evidence over these past seven years: the global economic crash saw countless banks and financial institutions collapse and new financial systems struggle to emerge; the "Arab Spring" came and went, and, more recently we have experienced the effects of popularism and the resurgence of the far right. In another seven years, when Pluto has finished its transit of Capricorn, the world as we once knew it will hardly exist.

In a nutshell, Jupiter's passage through Scorpio will inflate and speed up the breaking down of long-established structures, whether in politics, finance, religion, education or society.

SCORPIO, PLUTO AND THE EIGHTH HOUSE of the horoscope correlate with those things that lie deep beneath the surface - the taboo, the feared, the mysterious; such systems as the "deep state" and the dark web; underground movements and secret societies; oil, nuclear power, radiation: these are the stuff of Scorpio-Pluto . So, with Jupiter lending its super-powers to all things Scorpionic we can expect both wonderful and terrible developments in the aforementioned areas.

Secrets will be revealed; retribution demanded; the powerful will fall.

It is surely no coincidence that on 2 November, just before the full moon on the Scorpio-Taurus axis, a hidden void was discovered in the Great Pyramid of Giza. At this point, it is not known what purpose the hundred-foot long space serves, but its discovery has been described as the "find of the century". Constructed 4,500 years ago in Ancient Egypt's heyday the Great Pyramid is the ultimate statement of this civilization's power.

TO RETURN TO JUPITER'S ENTRY INTO SCORPIO representing the beginning of a global sea-change, the new relationship between Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Jupiter has its merits. Technically, as soon as Saturn enters Capricorn (21 December) and Uranus moves into Taurus (15 May) all five non-personal planets will be in signs that work well together. This gives hope that some of the world's problems will be tackled in different ways with better results. However, taken individually, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio pose certain challenges.

As I mentioned earlier. Pluto's transit of Capricorn - a sign associated with the establishment, the sign of rulers, governments and time-honoured systems - has been instrumental in breaking down structures that have been in place, in some cases for centuries. As Saturn makes its way through Capricorn ultimately to join Pluto in 2020, this planet's properties of limitation, restraint, suppression and oppression, will meet with Pluto's principles of elimination and regeneration with consequences for the world that we cannot yet foresee.

What we do know about hard Saturn and Pluto combinations - when they are in square, opposition and conjunction with each other - is that the world enters a dangerous and difficult passage. Think for a moment of the Saturn-Pluto opposition of 1930/31 which presided over the "Great Depression" and the rise of fascism; the Saturn-Pluto square of 1939, which presaged World War 2 and the Saturn-Pluto opposition of 2001 which was in play at the time of 9-11.

Jupiter and Thetis
Jupiter and Thetis

At best we can hope for breakthroughs in genetics, physics, medicine, technology and engineering, but at worst we could be looking at the dissolution of the "free world", and certainly a curtailment of the freedoms we have enjoyed in the west. And it does not take a psychic to figure out that when Saturn and Pluto meet in 2020 hostilities between nations that have been simmering for long periods could reach the bubble.

Uranus' transit of Taurus, which begins some eighteen months before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction will almost certainly have a part to play in the global challenges to come. Taurus, another earth sign and associated with finance, property and all things of the earth including its produce, will bring about profound and sudden change. Financial upsets, food shortages and natural disasters are possible, all of which are likely to raise fears and precipitate extreme social unrest.

Thus, we have a perfect storm brewing for early January 2020 when the combined effects of a lunar eclipse and the Saturn-Pluto conjunction will deliver its promise.

Lilith, The Dark Moon
Lilith, The Dark Moon

JUPITER'S TRANSIT OF SCORPIO IS NOT only about global trends, however, but what it means for us as individuals. Aside from noting the house and planets that Jupiter's transit will cover, and anticipating the expansion or inflation of the properties of those areas and planetary bodies, Jupiter in Scorpio takes us into our deepest and darkest recesses. The eighth house represents where we long to go and what we most fear. So, if nothing else, Jupiter's passage through Scorpio should inspire us to confront our greatest fears and overcome them; and to this end events in our lives, over which we appear to have no control, will allow us to do just that. And there us an element of surrender in the mix.

As you may know, I rarely look beyond the planets in the solar system for reference, but I am fascinated by the synchronicity that Lilith, the Dark Moon (an astronomical point connected to our Earth-moon system and a hypothetical second moon) is entering Capricorn on 9/10 November. Lilith has an affinity with Scorpio and represents the dark side of the psyche: those things we rarely acknowledge, which have a nasty habit of smacking us in the face when we least expect. So, with Jupiter in Scorpio and Lilith in Capricorn we have a double whammy in regard to this process of facing our worst fears, submitting to them and learning how to manage them.

"During my years of astrological practice, I have come to use the Dark Moon [Lilith] in all my chart analyses, as a complement to interpreting the Moon. It would never occur to me to neglect this influence. The Dark Moon describes our relationship to the absolute, to sacrifice as such, and shows how we let go. In transit, the Dark Moon indicates some form of castration or frustration, frequently in the areas of desire, a powerlessness of the psyche, or a general inhibition. On the other hand, it shows where we question ourselves, our lives, our jobs, and our beliefs. I feel this is important, since it gives us the opportunity to "let go" of something. The Dark Moon shows where we can let the Whole flow into our selves, without putting an "I" in the way, without putting up a wall in the form of ego. At the same time, it doesn't indicate passivity - on the contrary - it symbolizes the firm will to be open and trusting, to let the Greater World flow through one, relying entirely on the great laws of the universe, on that which we name God. To prepare us for this opening, the Dark Moon creates a necessary void."

Joëlle de Gravelaine in "Lilith und das Loslassen", Astrologie Heute Nr. 23)

Lilith spends a little less than a year in each sign and as she moves through Capricorn she will meet with Pluto. This she will do on 18 May 2018, a matter of days after Uranus enters Taurus and squares Mars.

I would recommend putting a ring around this mid-May period because it promises to be pivotal; a time when skeletons come clattering out of cupboards, on both a collective and personal level, a time when our darkest impulses and fears could manifest in response to events.

Saturn as Lord of Time is the planetary figure we most associate with the process of karma. When Saturn reaches a planet or point in our charts, we reap the rewards of previous actions, and set in motion new karma. Yet all the outer planets have a karmic legacy to offer: they may symbolize the collective karma of a generation but when Uranus, Neptune or Pluto connect with a personal planet or point in our own charts we experience karma in a personal way.

Which brings me to one of the most important aspects of the new alignments, which have their beginning in Jupiter's passage through Scorpio: they bring a collective karmic legacy with them. Whether it is our flagrant disregard for planet Earth, our indifference to our fellow man, crimes against humanity, excesses and abuses, such things must be accounted for.

But while these astrological developments give pause for thought, there is no way of knowing precisely how they will materialize. We are not in the grip of fate; we have free will. And, surely, if we believe in the power of the light, then, ultimately, we have nothing to fear.

Opening my copy of The Times this morning (8 November) I came across an article about a lynx that escaped from a Welsh zoo earlier in the week. Farmers are concerned since several sheep have been slaughtered in the past few days. Curiously the name of the young female lynx is Lilith.

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