Tuesday, April 28, 2020

How we got here: Echoes from another Capricorn era

To mundane astrology, human societies are developed, perpetuated and eventually broken down and dissolved over long stretches of time with the help of dynamic forces and processes driven by the outer planets of our Solar system, namely, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. 

Understanding planetary cycles is thus essential if we are to truly grasp how all this works—for instance, if we want to understand how these energies manifest in both short-term social contexts, and over long stretches of time.  

Social scientist Peter Turchin[1] reminds us that human societies are dynamical systems, and he emphasizes that their economic, social, and political subsystems do not operate in isolation. His research suggests that over time, a typical state evolves through sequences of relatively stable political regimes that are separated by unstable periods marked by internal divisions—as we’ll see ahead, the U.S. is no stranger to unstable, divisive passages. The potential for long stretches of relative equanimity is also clear: we’ll examine one particularly relevant period ahead that we can learn from today.

Applying outer planetary cycles to state-related systems makes perfect sense because these cycles reflect the natural fluctuations of society-building dynamics like expansion, growth and excess, contraction, consolidation, development, maturation, limitation, competition, conflict, accountability, inertia, collective actions, disruption, upheaval, erosion, dissolution and transformation (of structures and boundaries). Factor in compulsive pressures and demographic processes (survival instinct, status-hunger, gestation, birth, death, regeneration) and the power relations inherent in all the above dynamics, and we have a complex, but astrologically-sensible reality.   

Not surprisingly, the above dynamics (including the quest for political power) often shift dramatically in response to periods of economic instability and/or hardship. The process is reflected in the modal energies at play: Cardinal energies tend to inspire ambitions, new ideas and aggressive, forward-thrusting action; Mutable energies tend to destabilize the prevailing order and produce change, and Fixed energies tend to re-impose stability of a kind.

A particularly interesting period of time for its influence today was the 1970s. From the perspective of planetary cycles, in fact, today seems to be the comeuppance period for many challenges that were introduced back then. This applies to our tortured relationship with the environment as much as it does our politically precarious reality.

UK's Financial Times is signaling concern about 1970s echoes, too.

As it happens, historical economists see a bright dividing line between that period and everything that has followed, especially in the economic and political orders that have evolved since that time. The 70s are regarded as the end of the relatively stable, post-WWII economic order that favored strong wages for the middle class over setting loose the top 1% to build the frankly obscene levels of wealth inequality that have taken over since then. It wasn’t until the 70s that wages and job security took a major turn for the worse into long-term stagnation because support for organized labor plummeted on the heels of the severe 1970s recession—an opportunity that was exploited by the openly anti-labor policies of presidents like Reagan.

In one of his many historical studies, Turchin cites a letter written by UAW president Douglas Fraser, who expressed with alarm the dynamics he was seeing when he resigned from office in 1978. It’s worth an extended excerpt for its prescience:

“I believe leaders of the business community, with few exceptions, have chosen to wage a one-sided class war today in this country—a war against working people, the unemployed, the poor, the minorities, the very young and the very old, and even many in the middle class of our society. The leaders of industry, commerce and finance in the United States have broken and discarded the fragile, unwritten compact previously existing during a past period of growth and progress. For a considerable time, the leaders of business and labor have sat at the Labor-Management Group’s table—recognizing differences, but seeking consensus where it existed. That worked because the business community in the US succeeded in advocating a general loyalty to an allegedly benign capitalism that emphasized private property, independence and self-regulation along with an allegiance to free, democratic politics… The acceptance of the labor movement, such as it has been, came because business feared the alternatives. …But today, I am convinced there has been a shift on the part of the business community toward confrontation, rather than cooperation.
Now, business groups are tightening their control over American society. As that grip tightens, it is the “have-nots” who are squeezed. The latest breakdown in our relationship is also perhaps the most serious. The fight waged by the business community against that Labor Law Reform bill stands as the most vicious, unfair attack upon the labor movement in more than 30 years. …Labor law reform itself would not have organized a single worker. Rather, it would have begun to limit the ability of certain rogue employers to keep workers from choosing democratically to be represented by unions through employer delay and outright violation of existing labor law… The new flexing of business muscle can be seen in many other areas. The rise of multinational corporations that know neither patriotism nor morality but only self-interest, has made accountability almost non-existent.
At virtually every level, I discern a demand by business for docile government and unrestrained corporate individualism. Where industry once yearned for subservient unions, it now wants no unions at all… Business blames inflation on workers, the poor, the consumer and uses it as a club against them.”[2]

Turchin points to prolonged periods of “economic malaise” for turning points such as Fraser described in his unhappy resignation letter. These periods of malaise “delegitimize the prevailing ideology,” he says, and the examples he provides are compelling proof. Fraser alludes to the “prevailing ideology” of his day more than once—suggesting that corporations were at least willing to cooperate with labor unions where their interests overlapped, even if they wanted labor to have less clout, ultimately.

Long-time UAW boss Doug Fraser was well-loved in Detroit.

Turchin also mentions that the one thing the “young Republicans” of the early 1980s, like Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay and Dick Armey could not abide were leaders and power brokers who were willing to compromise, and that intolerance turned out to be the lynchpin for a major transformation of power relations. 

This transformation swept over the nation with the economic “tsunami” we now know as the Bear Market of 1973-74. It influence was felt for much longer, clearly. A summary from Wikipedia will set the stage:

“The 1973–74 stock market crash caused a bear market between January 1973 and December 1974. Affecting all the major stock markets in the world, particularly the United Kingdom,[1] it was one of the worst stock market downturns since the Great Depression, the other being the financial crisis of 2007–08.[2] The crash came after the collapse of the Bretton Woods system over the previous two years, with the associated 'Nixon Shock' and United States dollar devaluation under the Smithsonian Agreement. It was compounded by the outbreak of the 1973 oil crisis in October of that year. It was a major event of the 1970s recession.”

That 1970s recession was also uniquely difficult because of the high inflation rates of that period:

“The 1973–1975 recession or 1970s recession was a period of economic stagnation in much of the Western world during the 1970s, putting an end to the overall Post–World War II economic expansion. It differed from many previous recessions by being a stagflation, where high unemployment and high inflation existed simultaneously.”

Notice that both descriptions mention the “Nixon shock,” which turned out to be a series of economic maneuvers designed to combat the inflation of that period, up to and including Nixon’s decision to take U.S. currency off the so-called “gold standard” of that time. How workers and consumers could have been blamed for all this is a mystery, yet that apparently became the means for forcing an entirely new economic order on the nation from the 1970s on.

"Dr. Nixon" shocking the economy was a 1970s "meme."

Turchin points out that the wealthy class also took some big hits during the 1970s downturn, with inflation eating away at their inherited wealth and their capital gains—what may have been unique was the ferocity with which the wealthy pushed their own agendas and advantages from then on. 

It’s interesting that Fraser wrote his letter in 1978, as Turchin points out, the “year when real wages stopped growing.” Wage levels provide signals about key cultural and social attitudes, not to mention where a society places its priorities, so stagnant wages suggest that corporate management was being seriously empowered over workers. By the time the U.S. economy clawed it way out of the 1970s recession, the stage was set for Reagan’s corporate-friendly “trickle down economics” agenda and the ensuing era of extreme wealth inequality that still ensnares us. 

As they say, the rest is history—do we need to wonder how Trump found such an impressionable audience of disenchanted, resentful working class people for his base when he decided to run in 2015? Forty-some years of stagnant wages, limited access to higher education and “making do” ‘til the next paycheck gets old for a working middle class that used to be the envy of the world. 

So, the question for mundane astrologers, of course, is what was going on astrologically during the 1970s that produced this dramatic turning point in American society? And how does that all resonate today?

Seeing as the 1970s bear market is considered a major milestone during that transition, let’s examine a chart for the Wall Street crash that precipitated it. We’ll be especially alert to how the planetary cycles function within this chart, and after considering the chart on its own first, we’ll consider it set against the U.S. Sibly chart.

Chart #1: 1970s Bear Market (Wall Street crash), January 11, 1973, 12 p.m. ST, New York, NY. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

T-Square: Moon-Chiron-Eris conjoin (Aries) and oppose Uranus/Neptune (midpoint, Libra); this axis squares Jupiter-conjunct No. Node-Sun-MC (Capricorn) . This t-square certainly reflects the violent feeling upheaval that ensued –the extent to which the People (Moon) would feel wounded and thrown into discord (Chiron-Eris) would be determined by the “leverage” a stingy Capricorn Jupiter would decide to wield through top-level policies (Sun-MC), which were also subject to a growing shift towards  “neoliberal” economic theories that were then afloat (Capricorn No. Node). 

Minimal government intervention in business, maximum corporate freedom to pursue free markets across the globe were dynamics that found powerful support in Washington under Reagan, to the detriment of the working class. In retrospect, this was the beginning of an elite revolution that reversed decades of labor movement progress. Labor laws were routinely violated from this point forward, with little recourse for workers in the courts (Jupiter), which began the conservative transformation (square Uranus/Pluto) that is still unfolding. 

Mars conjoins Neptune (Sagittarius); both oppose Saturn (Gemini) and trine Moon-Chiron-Eris (Aries). This aspect signals the mid-way point for the Saturn-Neptune cycle that began in 1952 at 22+Libra— the degree Uranus is restimulating in this chart. The Saturn-Neptune cycle tends to undermine and ultimately wash away outworn structures so they can be replaced with new ones that express renewed collective ideals. These energies latch onto any points of weakness that exist in social systems, and in mutable signs there is often a good deal of instability involved. That would be especially true when Mars is part of the picture, perhaps even stirring up some violence.  

Oil prices have never been the same since.
It’s worth noting here also that this Wall Street crash was exacerbated by the Arab Oil crisis later that year—Neptune rules oil, although Pluto is usually given co-rulership because of oil’s subterranean nature, as well. The Mars-Neptune conjunction (along with the opposition to Saturn) reflects that looming crisis well—the Arab Oil embargo that would compound the crisis towards the end of 1973 was a belligerent act on the part of OPEC nations who wanted to strike back at countries that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War (6-25 October, 1973).  

Saturn oppositions can signal external attacks, (Saturn opposed Pluto on 9/11/2001), although here the opposition seems to be signaling breakthrough stress over oil (Neptune).  The shock this embargo caused to world markets prolonged and deepened the global recession, the effects of which hung on for a good many years. Wikipedia sums these up as follows:

“In the 694 days between 11 January 1973 and 6 December 1974, the New York Stock Exchange's Dow Jones Industrial Average benchmark suffered the seventh-worst bear market in its history, losing over 45% of its value.[2] 1972 had been a good year for the DJIA, with gains of 15% in the twelve months. 1973 had been expected to be even better, with Time magazine reporting just 3 days before the crash began that it was 'shaping up as a gilt-edged year'.[3] In the two years from 1972 to 1974, the American economy slowed from 7.2% real GDP growth to −2.1% contraction, while inflation (by CPI) jumped from 3.4% in 1972 to 12.3% in 1974.[1]

Notice that the Jupiter-Uranus cycle (Capricorn-Libra) is close to entering its 1st quarter square here, which would perfect later that month at 23°+Capricorn-Libra.  Growing pains in regards to new technological developments were complicated by the aggressive push for a radical neoliberal transformation of our economy—the coming 1983 cycle would launch in laissez-faire Sagittarius, so such a libertine approach to doing business would gain steam as the new order of the day, especially by Reagan advisers such as Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economic theory he helped lead.

The 1970s recession enabled a new age of radical imbalances.

In fact, it would be reasonable to view this Bear market period as the clearing out phase for the new order that was waiting in the wings for the new 1980s cycles to launch. What followed this period was an aggresssive roll-out of the new order: even before that 1983 Jupiter-Uranus cycle noted above, Jupiter-Pluto would conjoin at 24°+Libra in November, 1981, Saturn-Pluto would conjoin a few degrees later in Libra in November, 1982 and in January, 1984, Jupiter-Neptune would join the Cardinal fray at 0°+Capricorn.  

The Cosmos was clearly hosting a gathering of forces around an aggressive, no-holds-barred economy-focused agenda, but it wasn’t done yet: these cycles were the warm-up act for Uranus and Neptune easing into their new 172+ year cycle launching at 19°+Capricorn, endowing that agenda with the aura of global “inevitability.”

Such was born the age of globalization, which, in keeping with Neptune’s heavy influence, eroded national boundaries and public ownership of resources, washing away labor and financial regulations and basically unleashing multinational corporations and their trade agreements. 

In retrospect, it appears logical that the Bear market helped corporations make the transition to this later globalized agenda because the deep 1970s recession handed them a pretext for downsizing, belt-tightening, adjusting their labor forces and planning ahead. As the Reagan administration crippled labor strikes like PATCOs (air-traffic controllers), pushed for less corporate regulation and the deregulation of public utilities such as telecommunications and electricity, more and more chaos was absorbed by working Americans, while those at the top enjoyed the windfalls that were pried loose by declining union power and privatization.  

Economic and cultural transformation, hand-in-hand.

There was much more of this to come over the 1980s and 90s, of course, decades during which the lucky “Yuppies” (young, upwardly-mobile urban professionals) prospered, but during which the wealth inequality gap also grew by leaps and bounds.

The wealthy also suffered losses during the Bear market, of course, but as Fraser’s letter cited above seemed to indicate, they took that opportunity to place blame and pressure on the basic economic truisms by which American society operated at that time—especially on unions and the more worker-friendly principles of Keynesian economics that had ushered the nation through the Depression and post-WWII decades to that point. Regulations that worked to constrain the most ruthless impulses of capitalism were the other casualties of this period—in fact, economic policies began to reflect that government was then regarded as the “enemy” of business, as opposed to being its necessary partner, for the sake of all. The GOP has embraced this basic premise ever since.

It’s not difficult to see how events of that period colluded with those who were pushing this anti-government agenda, of course: the Nixon administration’s corruption, the resulting Watergate crisis, the Vietnam War and the threats implied by the Oil Embargo/crisis may have merely capped off an entire decade of civil chaos (high-level assassinations, Civil Rights movements, etc.), but they were very “present” issues during the economic downturn and people were looking for serious change.

This desire opened the door for what turned out to be a major sea change in how our economy operated and, in concert with exponential increases in college tuition costs since the 1970s, for whom it operates best—changes we’re still dealing with today.

With all this in mind, this would be a good place to begin considering Chart #1 next to the US Sibly chart, below.

Biwheel #1: (inner wheel) USA – Sibly chart, July 4, 1776, 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA; (outer wheel) 1970s Bear Market (Wall Street crash), January 11, 1973, 12 pm (noon, no exact time), New York, NY. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Bear Sun-MC-Jupiter-No. Node (Capricorn) conjoin Sibly Pluto, oppose Sibly Sun-Mercury (Cancer), square Sibly Saturn (Libra) and trine Sibly Neptune (Virgo). Such clusters of heavy Saturn-fueled, finance-related dynamics are bound to pack a punch—I’m sure financial astrologers would have more to say about the contractionary impact this Capricorn invasion had on U.S. currency (Sun-the dollar was devalued during this event) and on the economy in general. As we can see here by the web of aspects, every branch of the U.S. government was touched, anticipating perhaps the coming two years of turmoil in the Nixon presidency, which was still trying to find an exit from the Vietnam War and a cure for abnormally high inflation rates.

The Watergate investigation uncovered serious new facts during 1973 and turned quickly into an impeachment process that ended in Nixon’s resignation. Our constitutional checks and balances worked as they were designed to do by the founders—Nixon was given an ultimatum by GOP Senators, who would have voted to impeach him, despite party allegiance, so in August, 1974, he resigned.  

Nixon flashing his iconic "Victory" sign on his way out of D.C.

Bear Saturn (Gemini) conjoined Sibly Mars/Uranus (Gemini) at Sibly DSC. Considering that this Saturn disposes all the Capricorn points transiting the Sibly 2nd house here, we can see that the economic impact of all this also had serious security implications for the nation (Saturn in Sibly 7th). Midpoints expert Michael Munkasey offers the following options for Mars/Uranus, and either one could have well been relevant:

“[positive] Reforming a military organization; changes within the armed forces of the nation; modernization of basic energy or steel industries; groups formed to use or exploit energy resources; unplanned military actions.
[negative] Malice or unrest accompanied by violence; using security forces to control strife; radical movements within the military; rebellions against modernization efforts; sudden attacks or outbreaks of hostility.”[3]

Obviously, there was turmoil in the Middle East at that time that could have fit Munkasey’s descriptions, and the Arab Oil crisis later that year revealed how precarious taking sides in the Yom Kippur War could make us. It wasn’t long after that that U.S. energy independence became a big security issue. Wikipedia reports, in fact, that “starting in 1973, massive hydraulic fracturing was used in thousands of gas wells in the San Juan Basin, Denver Basin,[44] the Piceance Basin,[45] and the Green River Basin, and in other hard rock formations of the western US.” Fracking, as this practice became known, was basically employed to modernize our domestic oil industry and to exploit harder-to-reach resources. We’ve been trying to balance energy independence needs against protecting the environment ever since—Happy Earth Day #50!

Bear Mars conjoins Neptune (Sagittarius) and opposes Sibly Uranus (Gemini)-Bear Saturn (Gemini). This completes the picture forming in the last instance, with Saturn transiting the Sibly 7th, complicating security concerns of that time with the “fog” of a still-unresolved Vietnam War. Amazingly enough, the U.S. first ceased fire just four days after the date of this chart, but it took another two years to withdraw completely, and there were a couple false end points which may have been influenced by this Mars-Neptune conjunction opposite Sibly Uranus.  

Because popular support for doing anything but pulling out was absent and the recession was overtaking the U.S. economy at this point, our support for the South Vietnamese government was compromised going forward, and the end result for the South Vietnamese showed as much.

Bear Uranus/Pluto (midpoint, Libra) conjoins Sibly Saturn (Libra), squares Sibly Sun (Cancer); Bear Pluto squares Sibly Venus-Jupiter (Cancer). Munkasey has some useful insights into the Uranus/Pluto midpoint as well, as follows:

“[positive] Helps modernize and improve secretive agencies; new devices to allow the collection or analysis of secret information; revolutions in industrial management or practices to improve production, trade, or goods.
“[negative] Violent upheavals or rioting which brings changes in government; intruders who cause disruptions of processes, strikes and labor movements which are intent on forcing changes; sudden new criminal acts.”[4]

Anti-war protests were still happening during that period, although they had peaked some time before that when hostilities ceased and the military draft was abolished. The impeachment investigation and trial certainly did bring change, thankfully nonviolent. New checks on the Executive Office were inspired by all that—checks that Trump has been challenging in the with his refusal to answer subpoenas from Congress.

Between these midpoint aspects and the Pluto transit to Sibly Venus-Jupiter, every branch of the government (Sibly Sun, Saturn, Jupiter) was implicated in one way or another. This latter set of Libra-Cancer squares were particularly targeted at the economy, but the corruption of the Nixon administration had come home to roost in dramatic fashion, challenging the entire government to respond.

The pandemic encompasses crises within crises.

Cycles of cycles

Clear parallels exist between what the U.S. went through in the 1970s and what we’re experiencing today, only today’s deep recession peril is folded into a global pandemic as well. In an astrological sense, it seems to me that today we are experiencing the culmination of dynamics that were put into motion in that post-JFK era, and we may even be experiencing a “comeuppance” of sorts in regards to how those energies have been deployed over the years. Boundless, unscrupulous ambition and yes, greed, have ways of ricocheting and putting societies so out of balance that there’s no going forward in peace.

Indeed, this may be the trap we have fallen into over the past 40 years of intense cardinal cycles, encompassed by and directed on the macro-level of civilization unfolding by the nearly 200-yr. long series of Capricorn Uranus-Neptune cycles. The amazing resonance of all this with the themes we’ve been expecting to deal with during our impending Sibly Pluto return makes it even more probable that we will emerge from our present quarantine cocoon a changed nation. The nature of the change is far from clear, but for those who are listening, the environment is making some strong suggestions. 

The authors of Mundane Astrology (Baigent, Campion, Harvey) point to the 1821 inception of this long cycle in Capricorn as being about the “growth of Capitalism, and to the interaction between capital (Uranus) and labour (Neptune), between the forces of authority/conservatism and liberalism, Capitalism and Communism…and to the process of industrialization which was gathering momentum in the western world.”[5] Is it fair to say that we’ve worn these Capricorn themes out beyond their usefulness to our survival on this planet?

Perhaps the pandemic is forcing us to take a long, deep pause to consider how we might re-focus this rich Earth cycle around a more workable, even sustainable relationship between economic activity that fills human needs (especially those our system has historically short-changed) but doesn’t destroy the earth that provides for us?

Thankfully, dramatic times such as the 1970s stand out because they don’t happen very often, however they do have a long reach, and we are definitely still working through the issues raised so powerfully at that time. Specifically, we are still working our way through the intense cardinal energies that became so prominent back then, and they are now forcing us to (among other things) choose human life over economic activity. Or to take responsibility for the consequences of flipping those priorities—there’s nowhere to hide for those who want to force the nation to “re-open” economically before sufficient testing infrastructure is in place. Our “essential workers” should not be treated like society’s sacrificial lambs.

Testing and vaccine development are the solutions scientists are focused on.

So, where’s the “light at the end of the tunnel” we’ve been hearing about? It depends, of course, on whether we’re looking for short-term relief (important, but incomplete) or a newly life-affirming, long-term direction. Whether we’re looking at today’s Wall Street numbers or a longer-term chance for families to regain the ground they’ve lost during this pandemic and then some.

This has already been an eventful year for planetary cycles, with the new Saturn-Pluto and Jupiter-Pluto cycles beginning at 22°+Capricorn and 24°+Capricorn respectively, between January and April. Appropriately for the shut-down nature of life as we know it right now, both Jupiter and Saturn will be stationing retrograde within days of each other in May, not turning direct again until September (again, days apart). When they do make that direct turn in September, it will be to quickly complete the 20-year cycle they began in May, 2000 at 23°+Taurus and to start their new 2020 cycle at 0°+Aquarius.

Incredibly, Jupiter and Saturn will be finishing out not just one cycle, but a long series of eight Earth-sign cycles, dating from 1842, with one anomalous cycle in air sign Libra mixed into the series in 1980, adding to the intense web of cardinal energies at work during those times.

I suspect that the period during which both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde will heavily influence how we re-emerge from COVID-19. Economic growth and the ability of our institutions to address the needs of the American people could be sluggish at best until these two turn direct in September, and we can probably expect Congress and the Courts to revisit key issues that may now seem settled.

The fact that these retrogrades will be playing out during the balsamic period of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle suggests that we shouldn’t expect “new” developments during this period. Rather, it will be a time for intensely scrutinizing our national ideals and values, letting go of old and outworn ones and challenging ourselves to adopt a renewed vision for American “exceptionalism.”

It’s a little difficult to capture today’s challenge in one comprehensible snapshot for discussion, but it occurs to me that the solar eclipse on June 21st, the Summer Solstice and the Sun’s Cancer ingress may tell us something useful—especially since it directly counters the weighty Capricorn legacy we’re challenged to process and transcend. At a time when American life is fraught with major difficulties for so many, can we embrace the nurturing potential of Cancer as a collective?  Eclipses at the 0° “world points” (along the natural cardinal axes) are considered more potent and significant that most, so this one is worth deeper consideration.

Let’s begin.

Chart #2: Solar eclipse, June 21, 2020, 2:41:19 a.m. DST, Washington, DC. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Eclipse point (Cancer Sun-Moon conjunction) conjoins No. Node (Gemini) in 2nd house. This is a so-called “Dragon’s Head” eclipse, with the new Moon falling tightly conjunct the No. Node, despite the sign difference. Expert Celeste Teal says that “the closer an eclipse aligns with the Dragon’s Head or Tail, the more intense and profound the potential is for changes to occur in the months of years following the eclipse, both in the way of the world and for an individual whom the eclipse touches.”[6]

This suggests that we’re in for a season of intense change that could feel disruptive at times, and since the eclipse falls in the 2nd house, it’s likely that it will impact resource- and finance-related areas. Being at such a potent degree of water sign Cancer, however, it’s likely to be focused on public concerns, changes that will impact and nurture families, and on those that reflect public sentiment. Human-centered values will drive whatever change we see.

Unfortunately, there’s a potentially “dark” side to water-sign eclipses that we need to be wary of. As Teal puts it:

“A Water-sign eclipse may signify increased mortality among common people, widespread unrest, treasonous acts, drug-related problems, excessive rain, tidal waves, accidents by sea, or the destruction of fowl and fish and things living near the water. The Water signs are emotionally motivated.”[7]
The emotional motivation brings our focus back to the human issues at stake this year, as nations around the world work to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic with minimal destruction.

Notwithstanding, this eclipse could reflect a potential “second wave” down the road. Solar eclipses are thought to remain sensitive to transits—especially by Mars and Saturn—for  about 3.5 years; in the case we’re considering here, Mars will restimulate the eclipse point by transit in April, 2021. This could be an important timeframe to watch for possible second waves, although the wave could have come and gone by then and other changes could certainly be in the works.

This eclipse is interesting for the relative isolation of the Sun-Moon conjunction from the rest of the chart. Aside from the Nodal Axis, only Saturn (Rx, Aquarius) forms a traditional Ptolemaic aspect, and it’s an inconjunct, which suggests frustrating clashes between public sentiment and the development of structured technological approaches to societal needs. Will companies be allowed to freely automate more human workers out of jobs at a time when people are still recovering from the pandemic/recession? Technologies that the public feels are overly-intrusive and controlling could be a factor, although technologies in general—like the kind that help produce vaccines—will be appreciated more than ever.

It does, however, seem unlikely that a successful vaccine will be rolled out before some time after both Jupiter and Saturn turn direct in September. Unfortunately, the Trump White House will probably be pushing for a rapid roll-out, whether the vaccine is effective or not—science needs to rule, here!

Thankfully, developing a vaccine is a global effort!

Final thoughts

It seems to me that as a collective, we’re experiencing a significant turning point that parallels the 1970s and 80s, even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. Hopefully our budding leaders have learned something from the globalized dis-order that was created during that earlier period to fundamentally change the rules of the economic game in this nation. Perhaps the task going forward this time is to re-engineer our society around not just new rules, but a new game, entirely?  

The coming Aquarius Jupiter-Saturn cycle will pose some questions to us all. Such as, What really matters in our collective life? Put differently, what really makes a nation great? With all the stress from Saturn-ruled Capricorn these days, it helps to remember that neither Capricorn nor Aquarius give a pass to mediocrity:  Aquarius also demands accountability, great effort and a structured approach to building and managing society according to brilliant ideas and standards of excellence.

Does anyone doubt that we need this kind of competence and intellectual rigor going forward? That seems perfectly clear, if we are to recover from and ultimately make progress after COVID-19. If we’ve learned anything in the course of this Neptunian pandemic, it’s the value of expertise, truth-telling and of fact-based approaches to human problem solving. Thankfully, we have a new Jupiter-Saturn cycle launching in late December that will support this approach—not a moment too soon!

More specifics on this cycle in the next post!

Many thanks to our essential workers!

Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former educator. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. Several of her articles on these topics have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer and other publications over the years.

She is also available to read individual charts—contact her at: robertsonraye@gmail.com.

© Raye Robertson 2020. All rights reserved. 

[1]Turchin is the founder of a new transdisciplinary field of Cliodynamics, which uses the tools of complexity science and cultural evolution to study the dynamics of historical empires and modern nation-states. http://peterturchin.com/.
[2]Peter Turchin, Ages of Discord: A Structural-Demographic Analysis of American History, Beresta Books [E-Book], Chaplin, CT, 2016, pp. 218-219.
[3]Michael Munkasey, Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets, ACS Publications, San Diego, CA, 1991, pp. 236-7.

[4]Munkasey, pp. 316-7.
[5]Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion, Charles Harvey, Mundane Astrology: An introduction to the astrology of nations and groups, Thorsons (Harper-Collins), 1995 ed., pp. 179-180.
[6]Celeste Teal, Eclipses: Predicting World Events and Personal Transformation, Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury, MN, 2006, p. 12.
[7]Ibid, p. 20.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Saturn & Mars stoke rebellion: responsibility = oppression?

We have a scenario evolving in my home state of Michigan that is echoing and enabling the “total” power-grab Trump has attempted from his Coronavirus bully pulpit.

It's also recklessly defying COVID-19 precautions at a time when Michigan's death toll (3rd highest in the nation) is still rising rapidly. Fueled by right-wing media outlets that routinely leverage Michigan’s already racially-fraught “upstate/downstate” geographical divisions, a large crowd of mostly unmasked protestors descended upon Michigan’s capitol this past Wednesday, breaking all the guidelines for social distancing and claiming that Governor Whitmer’s COVID-19-related shutdown orders constitute “executive overreach” and an undue assault on their “freedom.” The event resembled a MAGA rally on steroids, dotted with gun-toting individuals and Nazi flags. In light of Trump's tweet on Friday to "Liberate Michigan," I guess we know where this is coming from.

Indeed, the minute Trump starting banging his “re-open the economy” drum, his mostly young white male Michigander followers considered themselves unleashed and free to defy our governor’s emergency authority (given to her twice by our Republican-heavy legislature) to issue the shutdown orders she has. It was no surprise to see the white supremacist groups out in force, either—the fact that mostly African-American Detroit is hurting big time would be more cause for them to cheer, than to cooperate. As if COVID-19 is just an African-American problem.

Many commenters gave lip service to “understanding” the situation faced by COVID sufferers, but I didn’t hear any acknowledgements that they understand their role in making things better for everyone.  

Indeed, they probably endangered a few lives with their defiance: Governor Whitmer pointed to several dangerous violations she witnessed from her office windows, not to mention serious errors in judgment, like blocking entrance to a hospital and handing candy out to kids, bare-handed! 

What was that Trump said about Mutiny on the Bounty? What happened in Michigan (and other states, I understand) was a far better example of Trump’s point. Under the guise of “freedom,” these protests are designed to push Trump’s agenda of grabbing power from those who are doing the responsible things that we all need them to do.  

Vox.com summarized Trump’s call to arms nicely:

“’Tell the Democrat Governors that Mutiny On The Bounty was one of my all time favorite movies,’ the president wrote. ‘A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!’
Presumably, Trump was responding to two announcements on Monday from several Democratic governors in the Northeast and on the West Coast. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he and the governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Rhode Island were working together to ‘plan a safe and coordinated reopening’ of their states’ businesses and systems following weeks of pandemic-related shutdowns. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a similar pact between himself and the governors of California and Oregon.
Trump’s tweet is fairly obviously an attempt to attach the rebellious and conspiratorial concept of a ‘mutiny’ to these governors’ coordinated efforts; he insisted the same day in two additional tweets that only the federal government and the president are allowed to ‘open up the states’ (which is not true). And at a press conference on Monday, he falsely insisted that he has the ‘ultimate authority’ to override individual states’ protective measures against the pandemic.”

Again, he doesn’t have that “ultimate authority,” but he appears to be hoping that the toxic combination of his temper tantrums at the podium and the predictable response of his defiant gun-toting followers will give him what he wants. Like dealing with a toddler in a grocery store…Mom has her hands full trying to say “no.” 

So it’s pretty obvious that we’re talking about the repressive Mars-Saturn conjunction that happens to be influencing things out there from early Aquarius even as we speak, and because there’s a lot at stake in how the governors handle this “mutiny” going forward, this dynamic is worth a closer look in this post.

Trump accused the governors of mutiny when he's the one stoking rebellion!
As you might have noticed, we discussed Saturn’s ingress into Aquarius on March 21st in the April 2nd post here, but that post was focused more on the relationship between Saturn and Aquarius ruler Uranus than about Saturn’s then somewhat wide, out-of-sign Mars conjunction (Capricorn). Recent events, however, point to why that applying conjunction was a “canary in the coal mine” that deserved more attention.  

Because the cosmic wheels keep turning and Mars tends to be more in a hurry than the outer planets are, it has since closed that wide orb, and on March 31st Mars exactly conjoined Saturn at 00°+Aquarius, so basically “warming up” the degree at which Saturn and Jupiter will kick-off their new cycle in this coming December.  Mars has since moved beyond that conjunction, but its influence is clearly still being felt—it’s still within square orb of Uranus (Taurus), for instance, which has clearly contributed to our current rebellious situation. More on this below when we consider the chart for this Mars-Saturn conjunction in Chart #4. 

History speaks

Before we get to that current conjunction chart, however, it’s worth recalling that the comings and goings of Mars and Saturn have always played a role in geopolitically tense times. Thanks to the work of João Medeiros, as published in the Astrological Journal[1], we can also appreciate how Saturn ingresses into new signs during tense  Mars-Saturn aspects can reflect especially fraught times—a situation that is certainly echoed today. 

In an article from the Nov/Dec 2018 edition of the Journal, Medeiros singles out the Saturn ingresses of August  24, 1914, March 15, 1929 and July 6, 1939 as examples for how these ingresses signaled warnings for World War I, the 1929 Wall Street Crash/Great Depression and World War II, respectively. These “hard ingresses,” as he calls them, vary according to the actual aspects and signs in play, but the commonalities between them seem to be more key than the differences. Medeiros dwells solely on Mars and Saturn in this study; I’ve added aspects with Uranus and Pluto into the mix because they also seem to play key roles in the charts he references. 

The Table below offers some details:

Table 1. Key Planetary aspects in "hard Saturn ingress" charts in history.
Aug 24, 1914
March 15, 1929
July 6, 1939
sq: Lib-Can
opp: Cancer-Capricorn
sq: Aqu-Tau
tr: Lib-Aqu
sq: Cancer-Aries
NA (sq formed shortly after)
sq: Capricorn-Aries
NA (con. 5/1942)
con: Can-Can
NA (opp later that year)
sq: Tau-Leo
sq: Lib-Can
NA (con. April 1929)
opp: Aqu-Leo
Traditional orbs apply to all aspects. “NA” = does not apply.  

Given that information, let’s quickly consider the chart for our 2020 “hard ingress” of Saturn into Aquarius. 

Chart #1. Saturn enters Aquarius 2020, March 21, 2020, 11:58:20 p.m. DST, Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Following the model in Table 1, here’s the key aspect breakdown:

March 21, 2020
Con: wide, becomes exact on Mar. 31st
NA: square forms by March 31st
Square: Aqu-Tau
Con: wide, out of sign, Aqu-Cap
Con: Cap

So, given the historical precedents for similar stressful aspect combinations, especially in Cardinal and/or Fixed signs, should we be even more concerned than we already are about today’s complex trends and events? 

The short answer is that we can’t downplay the seriousness of the situation that has taken shape around us: over 2 million positive cases have been confirmed worldwide, and over 36,000 people have died in the U.S. alone, and none of it will get better without a show of national cooperation that we haven’t seen since World War II.

Cooperation brought us through WWII--will it bring us through COVID-19?
In the face of that serious need, a piece on Politico.com this morning warns that a “backlash” is coming in the wake of the “Big Government” interventions we’ve had to accept to flatten the virus curve. The writer argues that our usual ideological divide over such things hasn’t really gone away:

“Very often, after some cataclysmic external event, politics responds in ways that scramble normal divisions and create the impression—as in that recent 96-0 Senate vote [on the aide packages]—that familiar ideological dynamics have been suspended.
Almost always, this is an illusion. Ideology hasn’t been suspended. It has been forcibly suppressed—in ways that inevitably will come roaring back, sometimes in highly toxic ways.”

This potential for backlash was certainly seen in the Michigan protest this past week (with another one scheduled next week), and we can expect that it will be seen in other protests, if not worse, before we’re out of the COVID-19 woods. For that matter, the backlash may be felt at the ballot box in November—both for and against Trump. Unfortunately, we can’t count on valiant efforts being rewarded as they should be, but what choices have our local leaders had? 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (NY) insists widespread testing requires federal assistance.
Notice that Trump didn’t want to be the one to shutdown the country from sea-to-shining-sea—that’s the kind of dirty work he was happy to duck, handing it over to the governors. Let the governors be the ones who suffer the blowback, while he stands by, obstructing their attempts to secure critical supplies, signing stimulus checks and stoking divisions that benefit him. 

Yes, unfortunately, there’s a toxic, no-win brew of conditions afoot, and since Saturn ingress charts tend to influence the entire 2-1/2 years or so that the planet spends in the new sign (thanks to Medeiros for raising this point), we could be feeling this one for awhile. 

In a nutshell, it seems that this political moment has shifted from being about problem-solving to being about consolidating power and proving who’s in control. We should have been shocked out of our chairs this past week by Trump’s pronouncement that he has “total authority” over the states, and that he was going to “authorize” them to re-open their economies, as if it’s up to him to say one way or another. 

He’s been forced to back down from that position since, thankfully, but in the meantime, he’s found more passive means of control, through these state-based outbreaks that (conveniently) stand in for absent MAGA rallies. Is anyone surprised? "Divide and conquer” is a classic Mars-Saturn mantra and he has a lot of practice at deploying that tactic. IMHO, the governors would be wise to find some productive use for those Mars-happy testosterone-fueled energies that are feeling so repressed these days. Let's hope things don't get out of hand, with volatile Uranus in the picture!

To better understand this situation, let’s consider the Mars-Saturn conjunction chart for March 31st.  Again, these two are no longer technically conjunct (within an 8° orb), however while they were, they seeded attitudes and actions among receptive players in society, and these “seedlings” will endure for some time. As we’ll see, the conjunction triggered heavier outer-planetary dynamics that will be playing out for some time to come. 
Let’s consider Chart #2 below.

Chart #2: Saturn-Mars conjunction. March 31, 2020, 2:46:31 p.m. DST, Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.

Mars-Saturn (Aquarius)-Pluto-Pallas-Jupiter (Capricorn) conjoin in 6th house; Mars-Saturn inconjoins Moon-No. Node (Cancer) and squares Uranus-MC (Taurus). It should be no surprise that the 6th house of health, workers and public service would be involved here, and the presence of the traditional “malefics,” Mars and Saturn, reflects the difficult situation we’re in as a nation, with the highest death rates in the world and the greatest number of unemployed workers since the 1930s. 

Saturn’s heavy influence in home sign Capricorn (disposing the other Capricorn points, as well) suggests that people are experiencing the frustration of waiting for everything to happen—for stimulus checks, for unemployment systems to work smoothly, for a release from quarantine and/or lockdown orders, and so on. Needless to say, this frustration works on people’s patience and with Mars involved, people will find ways to vent. 

The 6th house is also home to the Military (public service), and points to the issue of law enforcement and its role in enforcing the various lockdown orders across the country. This can become heavy-handed, of course, so there’s a delicate balancing act. Even so, if orders can’t be enforced, what good are they, right? Clearly, this is another reason why willing cooperation is a much better idea than attempting to resist. 

Food banks are serving more people than ever right now.
The flip side of this, of course, is that some individuals always seem to fall through the social safety net in crisis situations  (inconjuncts to Moon). If government and local communities have one job during this time it’s to make sure such people are identified and assisted: no one should go hungry or homeless because of this emergency. As the shutdown is eased gradually, hopefully these volatile situations will be addressed before they get out of control. 

Mars-Saturn square Uranus-MC (Taurus). These aspects carry the same theme forward: what can we do to relieve stressful situations before they become overblown crises? 9th house Uranus co-rules the Aquarian 7th house with Saturn here, so we need to be mindful of international tensions that could boil over into conflict, as well. It’s hard to envision our attention being yanked from this domestic emergency to international affairs at this time, but Mars rules the Aries 9th house from the 6th, conjunct Saturn, so we can’t rule out high-profile military actions (Mars squares MC). 

With all this, could Trump feel empowered to declare martial law in his efforts to take “total authority” over our COVID response? I doubt it, but the energies are lined up in support of drastic action if the need is truly there; Mars-Saturn trines Sibly Uranus (Gemini), reinforcing that the military could be involved before we get through this emergency. We could be seeing this already with how the Army Corps of Engineers has been building field hospitals around the country: let’s hope we won’t need them to do much more!

The Army Corps helped convert NY's Javits Ctr. into a field hospital.
Mars-Saturn (Aquarius) inconjoin No. Node-Moon (Cancer) and semi-sextile So. Node (Capricorn). The inconjuncts to the Moon (Cancer) speak to the difficulties that the People are suffering with the virus lockdown, but these aspects also speak to our healthcare heroes, and the trend we’ve embraced of appreciating these heroes for their amazing, often dangerous commitment to patient care. The news reports that these workers are contracting the illness and even dying in alarming numbers—and most reports agree that the biggest danger to healthcare workers lies in the persistent shortage of protective gear and the ridiculous bottlenecks in equipment supply chains that have dogged their steps.  

These are problems that have solutions, but inconjuncts reflect “disconnects”—in this case, they fit the disparity between what Trump claims his administration is doing and what’s actually being accomplished. These disparities become more apparent and frustrating by the day, yet there’s scant accountability at the top. 

Federal authorities have seized PPE shipments the states have ordered.
More often federal agencies swoop in to “redirect” equipment the states have ordered for the federal stockpile (Kushner claims this stockpile is “theirs”); obviously, this hijacking of states’ efforts (is it just “Blue” states that get treated this way?)  is not helping, but to hear Trump, the federal response has been a “10.” For whom?
Mercury conjoins Neptune (Pisces), straddling 8th house cusp. Interestingly, these Pisces points form no major aspects with any other planets in the chart, yet they’re wielding tremendous influence. Aside from representing the tragic pandemic itself (Neptune rules infectious diseases, suppressed immunity and unfortunately, in the 8th house, it points to the mortality figures). 

On a lighter note, Neptune also rules the compassionate response demanded by all this. Both Neptune and Mercury also inconjoin the ASC (Leo), reflecting the distorted information and flat out misinformation being conveyed via official communications and some media outlets these days. Creating confusion in the public is clearly a power play. 

MI Gov. Gretchen Whitmer does frequent COVID-19 response updates.
Sometimes the confusion is produced by even the most well-meaning officials, of course: our Michigan Governor’s shutdown orders have been criticized for banning the sale of some items and not others, for instance, and her reluctance to allow the sale of garden-related items has been controversial and a bit baffling. Not a reason to “lock her up” as the protestors were suggesting, however: she’s doing everything her advisers tell her is necessary to save lives, and we appreciate her efforts! 

Those who are willfully confusing and distorting the truth—from stimulus check scam artists to the White House—are the true culprits here. 

Sun widely conjoins Chiron (Aries) and both square Moon (Cancer). The Sun-Moon square is wide, of course, but the tension between the White House (leader=Sun) and the people at large (Moon) is palpable, nevertheless. The surprising results from that controversial Wisconsin primary in which people were forced to choose between their health and their voting rights may be a good indicator that Trump’s response to this crisis is not resonating well with many. 

Chiron is an indicator of the collective wounding impact of this crisis, of course, and it will be a while before we will appreciate its full magnitude. Every person lost to the virus inflicts a deep wound on those left behind, of course, and collectively, we will be left with some heavy realities to process. The death toll, not to mention the fear and dread it produces will change us as a society, and it’s hard to fathom how that will look. Our collective identity (Sun) may be forever changed, a probable consequence that is confirmed by setting this chart next to our Sibly radix chart. 

Let’s take a quick look at that biwheel, below. We’ve already discussed a very similar biwheel in the last post here, but the identity issue is worth quick consideration.

The biwheel

Biwheel #1: (inner wheel) USA (Sibly), July 4, 1776, 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA; (outer wheel) Saturn-Mars conjunction, March 31, 2020, 2:46:31 p.m. DST, Washington, D.C.. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Saturn-Mars (S-M) Sun squares Sibly Sun (Aries-Cancer); S-M Chiron squares S-M Moon-No. Node (Cancer) and Sibly Jupiter-Venus (Aries-Cancer). Our collective identity is an issue with all these aspects—Sibly Jupiter rules that chart (Sagittarius ASC), as well as signifying the strength of our financial/trade alliances (7th house), and it makes perfect sense that hard economic times will impact the expansive national persona. In fact, that persona has always been at least partially maintained by the aura of liberty and equality we cultivated with our revolutionary history, so the repressive Saturn-Mars in right-wing leaning Aquarius resonates as being “foreign"--even threatening. Judging from this past week’s protest in Michigan, you would think that the 3rd Reich's Panzer tanks had assaulted upper Michigan! A Nazi flag was even seen (video, unavailable)  -- what exactly were they protesting?! 

Governors are doing the work of the federal government for this?
Freedom and prosperity are firmly linked in the American psyche, no doubt, so painting a Hitler mustache on Michigan’s Gov. Whitmer may be code for “we’re hurting here, we don’t trust anyone but ourselves to solve this, and we’re scared stiff these hard times won’t go away any time soon.” Understandable—they should make sure their needs don’t go ignored—but IMHO, they also need to trust that the governor (yes, a woman and a Democrat) has everyone’s best interests at heart.  And they need to take the guidelines seriously, for their own sakes!  

It’s also true that if the hard times decline into long-term economic devastation (as with a depression), these times will be deeply wounding (Chiron) to We the People (Moon), and that will only lead to more confused rebellion and backlash. In fact, the more unified we are in our response to this threat, the sooner the economic carnage can end, but that requires cooperation from the top, too!

There may be some good news in this chart, as well. I’m cautiously optimistic that the S-M No. Node conjoined S-M Moon and Sibly Venus-Jupiter signals a more benevolent, protective economic trend. What shape that may take is anyone’s guess at the moment. 

It’s also the case here, however, that the S-M Mars-Saturn conjunction, not to mention Pluto-Pallas-Jupiter (Capricorn) are transiting the Sibly 2nd house of economic affairs, resources and national values, so the pressure on our economy is far from over. We discussed these 2nd house dynamics at length in the last post here (in the context of the new Jupiter-Pluto cycle), so I won’t repeat it all here. Clearly, we’ll be revisiting these issues in the coming weeks and months, as the new Jupiter-Saturn cycle launches in that same house. Stay tuned! 

Final thoughts

Just when we thought things couldn't get more dicey, Trump announced this past week that he would stop U.S. funding from flowing to the World Health Organization, at a time when the agency is trying to address a global pandemic!  Thankfully, humanitarians like Bill and Melinda Gates have since stepped in to make up some of the gap, but the inhumanity of Trump's move is just more stunning evidence that to Trump, this is all about him, not the world's people, or even the American people. 

Unfortunately, this dreariness is baked into our astrological and physical realities these days. Even so, we’ve all heard and seen (or perhaps lived) inspiring examples of people turning cosmic lemons into lemonade, and we seriously hope this resilience isn't further undermined and politicized.  Clearly, a lot will be determined by how well our economy—and economies around the world, for that matter—bounce back. We’re still living in a global economy, and there are many theories afloat about how that will look post-pandemic

On that note, I highly recommend that those focused on economic recovery check out the series of short articles collected by Foreign Policy magazine, under the title “How the Economy Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic.”   The articles are written by a Who’s Who of economic experts from all over the globe, and their insights are more clear and common-sensical than anything else we’re hearing these days. 

I will leave you with three short passages that in my judgment resonate strongly with our astrological times – from Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel prize winning economist and professor of Economics at Columbia University, Gita Gopinath, chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, and from Adam Tooze, history professor and director of the European Institute at Columbia University:

“The economic system we construct after this pandemic will have to be less shortsighted, more resilient, and more sensitive to the fact that economic globalization has far outpaced political globalization. So long as this is the case, countries will have to strive for a better balance between taking advantage of globalization and a necessary degree of self-reliance.” –Joseph Stiglitz
Gopinath, for his part, cautions nations against stoking fear in the public to achieve that more insulated self-reliance:

“The real risk, however, is that this organic and self-interested shift away from globalization by people and firms will be compounded by some policymakers who exploit fears over open borders. They could impose protectionist restrictions on trade under the guise of self-sufficiency and restrict the movement of people under the pretext of public health. It is now in the hands of global leaders to avert this outcome and to retain the spirit of international unity that has collectively sustained us for more than 50 years.”—Gita Gopinath
The dangers of succumbing to fear-based solutions when envisioning post-COVID-19 life seems to be the common thread in most of the articles in this series, a danger that certainly accords with the heavy Saturn-Pluto-Mars energies we’re confronting. Adam Tooze has the final word here:

“If the response by businesses and households is risk-aversion and a flight to safety, it will compound the forces of stagnation. If the public response to the debts accumulated by the crisis is austerity, that will make matters worse. It makes sense to call instead for a more active, more visionary government to lead the way out of the crisis. But the question, of course, is what form that will take and which political forces will control it.” –Adam Tooze
Perhaps the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn cycle will begin to support  a “visionary” solution that works for all? More on this cycle soon! 

Stay safe, everyone, be well, and if you can, get tested! As always, our deep thanks go out to those on the front lines of this COVID-19 fight! 

Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former educator. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. Several of her articles on these topics have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer and other publications over the years.

She is also available to read individual charts—contact her at: robertsonraye@gmail.com.

© Raye Robertson 2020. All rights reserved. 


[1]“Saturn Wars,” The Astrological Journal, Vol. 60, No. 6, November/December 2018 edition, pp. 40-45.