In 2008 the Earth element embraces us,
while Jupiter in Capricorn embraces Saturn in Virgo. From January 28,
Pluto too begins to deepen all things Capricorn. With the Water element
already in high profile chaos since Uranus entered Pisces in 2003, the
Yin elements of Earth and Water now rule. Three planets in earthy signs
point to earthy consequences - the impact is on day-to-day life, the
way we live, and the state of planet Earth itself.
Gaea is Back
Animals seem to have no trouble accepting it at all
but somehow ‘civilised’ humans struggle with actually being
dependent on Gaea - mother earth. Rather than a protective, grateful
relationship with Earth as so many indigenous people’s have, an
economic paradigm has prevailed. It says get what we can, extract, use,
profit, consume. Not too much about give back. Gardens in the suburban
back yard, on the balcony, anywhere, are naturally popular - we do like
to worship Gaea a little bit and get that Nature recharge. What about
the bigger garden? What about the despoilation, the once Hanging Gardens
of Babylon, ‘cradle of civilisation’ places that are now
littered with landmines, spent uranium bullets, toxic chemicals, toxic
soil. Not to mention the permanent cloud of industrial smog that covers
the ‘Asian Tigers’. Or the closer to home issue of Australia
as a potential dump for spent uranium and plutonium. Even without the
cloud of human misery that goes with it, the body of Gaea is suffering.
Believing that everything is alive, is not just mysticism, it’s modern science. The two started to converge after Einstein took us inside matter and outside the confines of nature as a mechanism and the body, as a set of ‘plumbing’. Each further breakthrough, like Chaos Theory, attests to a universal intelligence. It is not far from the ancient Hermetic principle that ‘The All is Mind’. Modern science knows Earth as a system of extraordinary intelligent subtlety. Yet technologies that ignore the intelligent system, continue to be in the lead. Thus two hundred years of land clearing in “a land of drought and rains” creates deserts. Normal nature is Supernature and it extends into exciting directions for mind/body whole healing. It also offers the hope of turning the desert back into the garden, now that productive Saturn is in the sign of the Earth Mother.
Green is Cool
Saturn offers wisdom, the wisdom of sheer necessity if we want to continue to enjoy the Virgo harvest. Neo-green is smart and cool, Saturn style, a way of living that aims to tread more lightly on Gaea. This is the path of good fortune in 2008 because Jupiter supports Saturn all year, from earthy Capricorn. Ambitions and consumerism and capitalism flirt with green power when Jupiter ‘trines’ Saturn. The reality calls in late February, June, September and November are steps on Saturn’s ladder, when necessity comes a-knocking.
Peeling Back Layers
From 1991 to 1995 Uranus met up with Neptune in Capricorn
and the face of business started to change. Global corporate life evolved,
while a fabric of international treaties and political alliances shaped
a global marketplace. So vast a marketplace, that weapons and nuclear
waste are just more ‘products’ like food and clothing.
In August and September 2008 modern China, a Virgo nation, has its second Saturn Return. (Ref 1) The developments of the last 29 years come of age. The economic reform programme that began then is tested now. Even the cultural heart of the Chinese people is part of the process since Moon and Saturn are conjoined - a symbol for stoic self-sacrifice. A harsh light will be cast on working conditions, the hidden costs of modernisation and the uncontrolled pollution of Chinese industry. The use of ‘still developing’ status to justify wide scale pollution, may be reaching its use by date. The most critical time for China in 2008 is August, September and November.
Consuming Smart - Green Power
Patterns of consumption are set to change in this detail-oriented year. Unregulated pollution presents a convenient way for companies to avoid the costs and difficulties of being a ‘good global citizen’. Profits begin to look very different, if carbon costs start to be calculated. This is coming down the track. Green Power will increasingly flex its muscles on the political stage and show itself in most national elections.
Another Virgoan nation is Brazil, (Ref 1) set to experience tug of war polarities. Saturn’s transit represents a chance for Brazil to grow as a country in life purpose and meaning but also suggests potential restrictions. Brazil, which houses the Amazon Rainforest expresses a particularly poignant polarity - modernisation and poor land-hungry farmers versus the responsibility for the Amazon Rainforest, the lungs of planet earth. With land clearing proceeding at an alarming pace, effects on global warming and unstable weather patterns are already under surveillance. Since Brazil’s independence was proclaimed during the 1822 meeting of Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, Brazil will be extra sensitive to the big business moves and power plays of Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn.
That carbon credits can now be traded on the stock market is notable in itself. Europe’s example seems to show that it does speed up the process of creating environmentally friendly industry. The Antipodes is likely to follow suit. Even though only New Zealand signed the Kyoto Protocol, Australia too will embrace carbon trading. The most notable face of this in 2008 will be a mountain of bureaucracy, as the details are worked out. Virgo says functional efficiency rules and bureaucracy is efficient – to a point. For Virgo things must ‘work properly’, so leadership shuffles and new management styles will proliferate when any new system fails.
Modern Australia is a Capricorn nation and modern New Zealand an Aquarian nation (ref 2). Since Saturn, now in Virgo, rules both signs, extra rampant bureaucracy lies ahead for both countries. 2008 will have a repeating theme of ironing out the details. The eclipse cycle throws in a karmic boomerang whenever important small details are overlooked.
Pluto‘s Last Tango
Pluto, that controversial ‘dwarf planet’ has powerful effects by transit and takes a slow 248 years to orbit central Sun. This means its transformative effects have been a slow burn of over 13 years in Sagittarius. This is transition year - a long last tango in Sagittarius. The heat is turned up just after New Year when an opposition from Warrior Mars energises and challenges issues, in spread-the-word Gemini, media savvy ways. Then it all hangs out, Saggy style, as Pluto digs the dirt. Expect much blustering and blowing and deep secrets showing in the realms of religion and education and travel as 2008 begins.
This volatile opposition began in September 2007, so the bluster dates back and is stirred afresh as ‘retro’ Mars comes back. Some pressure is released in January but the ‘big blast’, their final opposition, occurs in early March when Mars in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn. This high energy pairing is creative but with greater disruptive potential, being the climax in action driven ‘cardinal’ signs. Controversy and clash will manifest through social institutions like the family and how the structures of government influence the individual. Possible scenarios are, rhetoric about the defense of the homeland, decisions involving conflict or harsh punishment and new legislation based on cultural clash.
June’s ‘Retro’ Return
When Pluto’s ‘retrograde’ motion takes it back to Sagittarius for five months in mid June, the last, last tango begins. Until November 26, Pluto is back in the sign of belief slowly signing off - greater depths of religious extremism and wilder scenarios of unsafe travel and bigger fundraisers for saving the planet are unearthed, most specifically when three Full Moons channel Pluto’s energy. These are June 19’s Full Moon when Moon conjoins Pluto, August 17’s lunar eclipse and September 15’s Full Moon.
Drought Proofing Australia
In December 2002 Australia saw a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius and a very tenacious drought was in full swing. Seven years later, that drought has not released its hold. The other drought this extreme in recent times was the Federation drought from 1894 to 1902. The two driest years were 1902 and 2002 - both featured outer planets in opposition across Gemini and Sagittarius Droughts come with the Oz territory but perhaps extremes need that extra Sagittarius Fire.
From an audacious Mars in Gemini hijacking Pluto
in the first week of January, to the tenth year of Dream-weaver planet,
Neptune in Aquarius and the third year of Chiron there as well, to this
year’s eclipses - Air has it all. The swirls and eddies promise
to be stimulating and at times challenging, particularly for Airy Aquarius.
The Power of the Mind
Aquarius is the sign of the Knower, the Humaniser and fixed opinions come naturally. Yet it is that Aquarius inspiration for change, for booting old ways of thinking out the door, that has arrived, via Inspiration Unlimited – Neptune. Disillusionment also comes with Neptune and can easily dissolve the energy for change. Now action timing has arrived with the North Node of the Moon returning to Aquarius after 18 years away. It forms a healing and visionary trio of Node, Chiron and Neptune. Groups and gatherings for mutual interests or for healing evolve in 2008. More power to influence opinion comes via the Net, that eminently Aquarian creation.
The first timing trigger is February 7 to 21. A solar
eclipse cycle demonstrates the rigid ways of thinking that can eclipse
progress. In May the Node joins Neptune, illuminating inspiration. The
next eclipse cycle is August 1 to 17. This features an eclipse of Full
Moon in Aquarius, transforming attitudes, bringing healing and humanitarian
issues to the fore.
WATER WILL HAVE ITS WAY
Water’s story is all wrapped up with Earth’s story. Planet of change and chaos, Uranus has been there since 2003 but 2008 is special. Uranus reaches the exclamation point of a dance with planet Saturn that began in 1989, when they joined in Capricorn. Together they planted the seeds of deep systemic change in the Capricorn systems of capitalism and money management. Now the changes that had to happen, do happen.
Earth and Water Past
A defining moment in the cosmic dance occurred in the 1960’s when Uranus joined power broker Pluto in earthy Virgo. A shift in thinking occurred as perceptions of health, ecology and gender were transformed, with a sharp spike of awareness when Saturn opposed them from Pisces in1966. Serious concerns went global, like the ‘Worldwide Moratorium on the Taking of Whales’ in ‘66. Many of the predictions made then about the ecological imbalance to come, are in fact occurring now.
Serve or Suffer
Virgo/Pisces are the service polarity: Pisces is spiritual, religious or intuitive, in its service. Virgo serves the world, keeping the mainstream humming along efficiently. That efficiency is amplified when Jupiter in Capricorn gives support to Saturn for most of the year. Yet Jupiter’s support starts to fade after November 2008, while Saturn’s opposition to Uranus is merely beginning. This means an efficient, practical ‘show us any problem, we can deal with it’ attitude in business, is going to meet a correction point starting from November and stretching through to 2009.
Despite the politically expedient claims that nuclear is a ‘clean green’ alternative power source, the reality is that nuclear is a thirsty industry, needing large amounts of water for cooling, which is thereby contaminated. And then there’s the waste. The US nuclear industry has already spent US$7 billion on a proposed Nevada burial site for waste and on developing a ceramic, which will neutralise and bond with the waste. After all that cost, recent UK research has shown the ceramic cannot last even 1,000 years, let alone the 250,000 years required. So the stockpiles mount. More costs mean more global marketing. This potential doomsday industry, will receive probing analysis of its short-term as well as long-term effects, from March on. The November awakening of Chaos master Uranus represents the beginning of eleven months of checks and balances for the nuclear industry.
Saving The Planet Gets “Sexy”
Water rules the feeling function and it is a rise
of feeling response to the Earth’s dilemma that will be a strong
feature of late February/March and September to November 2008. That
consummate achiever, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who went from unknown Austrian
body builder to Governor of California, recently reminded the environmental
movement to get “sexy”: “We have to make it mainstream,
we have to make it sexy, we have to make it attractive so that everyone
wants to participate”. He added: “Successful movements aren’t
built on guilt, they are built on passion”. (Ref 5) It is the
passion for practical changes that is set to rise in 2008.
A Climate of Change
Neither the climate debate, nor the reminders that all is not well, will go away. In November 2006 with five planets in depth diver, Scorpio, the debate took a dramatic turn when a former chief economist of the World Bank (Ref 6) went public with the belief that going green would be a boost for the world economy, rather than an obstacle. Add to this the odd fact that from 1977 to 1985 when oil use fell in the US, its economy grew (Ref 7). Then fuel consumption rose again and fuel efficiency fell. Inefficiency boosts sales. Virgo changes that – efficiency is The Goal and has been since September 2007. Uranus in Pisces will reveal the cracks in the dam and Saturn’s bureaucratic and business systems will be hard tested, sometimes found wanting. This all adds up to positive growth, small scale change that make a difference, a feminine yin solution that cares about detail and pokes holes in grandiose schemes.
The wettest years for Australia were 1974 and 2000. In 1974 Jupiter and Saturn were both in a fertile Water sign and in 2000 they were both in the only fertile Earth sign – Taurus. Since Virgo and Capricorn are the semi-fertile Earth signs, 2008 has a good chance of some revivifying rains.
1) Nicholas Campion, The Book of World Horoscopes, The Wessex Astrologer
Limited, 2004. Modern China was ‘born’ when Chairman Mao
proclaimed the People’s Republic, September 21, 1949. Modern Brazil
was ‘born’ via the proclamation of independence from Portugal
on September 7, 1822.
2) Australian Federation on January 1,1901 is modern Australia’s
3) As reported in The Weekend Australian Magazine, May 31-June1, 2003, pg 30
4) Moist months are judged on the lunation phase and its ‘rulers’.
5) Arnold Schwarzenegger quoted in the Dominion Post, Wellington, NZ,
6) Sir Nicholas Stern
7) The issue of fuel efficiency first came before US Congress in the
1970’s. Information from Oil on Ice, ABC Television, 22,2,2007.