Weekly Forecast August 4: Mars Trine Neptune, Full Moon in Aquarius

Rays of God

Rays of God. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

We’re still in the pull of strong undercurrents, but surface tension eases up in the first part of this week, allowing us to catch our breath and maybe even do a little strategic planning.

For me, that means sitting down and coming up with a new daily schedule. After moving and getting a kitten, my day seems to run me rather than the other way around, which has resulted in being run ragged. Change is like that. Even when we get the changes we want,

there’s disruption and a period of disorientation and readjustment. We typically don’t take that into account when we wish for change. And there doesn’t seem to be a way to speed up the process. It takes as long as it takes.

That’s true on a global scale, too, and the time it takes to adjust to change can be years and more likely decades. The situation following World War II comes immediately to mind. Here’s a summary from Wikipedia:

The aftermath of World War II was the beginning of a new era. It was defined by the decline of the old great powers and the rise of two superpowers; the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States of America (US) creating a bipolar world. Temporarily allied during World War II, the US and the USSR became competitors on the world stage and engaged in what became known as the Cold War, so called because it never boiled over into open war between the two powers but was focused on espionage, political subversion and proxy wars.

… As a consequence of the war, the Allies created the United Nations, a new global organization for international cooperation and diplomacy. Members of the United Nations agreed to outlaw wars of aggression in an attempt to avoid a third world war. The devastated great powers of Western Europe formed the European Coal and Steel Community (that later evolved into the European Union) in an attempt to avoid another war between Germany and France by economic cooperation and integration, and a common market for important natural resources.

“Espionage, political subversion and proxy wars” pretty much sums up the current conflict between the United States and Russia, leading some political observers to call it the “new” Cold War. Tension between the old adversaries also is causing generally worry that the situation could evolve into the third world war that we hoped to avoid.

As I mentioned last week, there are parallels between the Vietnam War, which was at its height when Uranus and Pluto conjoined in the mid-1960s, and the war in Ukraine, which has escalated under the Uranus-Pluto square. In the course of my historical research, I found many other parallels and repeat patterns in current events and events in the 1960s. The first square in a planetary cycle marks a crisis point, culminating with the opposition, during which issues that arose at the beginning of the cycle reach a peak and possible resolution. Uranus and Pluto will be opposed from 2046 to 2049. So, I do think that what’s happening now will continue to play out for another 30 years, with major worldwide shifts in the 2020s that are comparable to those after World War II, if not even more sweeping.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean World War III. In fact, both world wars occurred during the final phase of the previous Uranus-Pluto cycle, which began with a conjunction in Aries in 1850, Aries being ruled by Mars, the planet of war. From the last square to the end of a cycle is the phase of breaking down and grouping. That said, one could argue that we’re already in a world war, 21st century style, under Uranus in Aries, Uranus being the planet of technology, innovation, and space exploration. That would include cyber warfare and space-based weapons. The information war on the Internet and social media is raging full scale, and with so much government propaganda on all sides, we really don’t have any idea of who’s doing what or why. Technology to disable communications satellites has been developed and tested. Under Pluto in Capricorn supported by Saturn in Scorpio, everyone is under surveillance, including heads of state and members of Congress. In addition to espionage and secrecy, Pluto and Scorpio also represent wealth and financial power. In the civil war in Ukraine, the oligarchs are spending millions on their own private armies. How much more plutonic can you get?

Looking at the week ahead, there are several easy trines, including Tuesday’s trine from Saturn to Chiron and Thursday’s Mars-Neptune trine. The Saturn-Chiron trine has been active for some time, so I don’t expect we’ll notice any sudden event related to the exact alignment. In general, Saturn in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces are working together to effect deep healing in the structure of the collective mind. Before we can heal the rifts leading to tragedies such as the decimation of Gaza, humanity needs to reach a new level of conscious evolution. As Albert Einstein is alleged to have said, “No problem can be solved by the same level of thinking that created it.” But how do we get to a higher level of consciousness? I believe that this is part of the hidden message in myths of heroes such as Hercules and Odysseus.

The Mars-Neptune trine offers an opening for taking the ego out of power struggles and considering the greater good. A trine from Mercury and the Sun to Uranus on Friday suggests that breakthroughs are possible, and they could come suddenly, out of left field. Now, I should point out that while trines generally are seen as positive for humans, they also are favorable for nature. A hurricane can grow quite nicely with a clear path over warm water. It’s also interesting to note that World War II started under a lovely grand trine with Mars, Uranus, and Neptune.

Full Moon in Aquarius

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In any case, the Mars-Neptune influence won’t last long. The closer we get to the Full Moon on Sunday, the more entrenched adversaries will become, and their egos will be nearly incapable of reason. Despite the two positive trines on Friday, the Sun-Mercury conjunction in Leo suggests one-sided thinking and “self-orientation.” Both the Sun and Mercury then go on to square Saturn on Friday and Saturday. Huge egos are sensitive and easily bruised.

All of these aspects can be seen in the chart for the Full Moon, which occurs Sunday (August 10) at 18 degrees Aquarius. As you can see, the Sun, Moon, and Mercury are in a tight fixed T-square with Saturn. This Full Moon is the culmination of the cycle that began with the New Moon in Leo on July 26. In that chart, the Sun, Moon, and Jupiter in Leo were in a tight square with Mars in Scorpio, and Venus was forming a cardinal T-square with Uranus and Pluto (link to foreast). Also, as I’ve noted before, Saturn and Uranus have been “stopped” (from Earth’s perspective) at an exasperating angle since the end of June, and they remain there until after the Full Moon. The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is a textbook example of what can manifest under this configuration.

Speaking of Israel, this Full Moon falls within 4 degrees of its Ascendant at 14 degrees Aquarius, with the Sun and Mercury on the Descendant (using the chart for the expiration of the British Mandate for Palestine at midnight on May 14/15, 1948). There are other difficult aspects in the transit chart, including a wide square from the Full Moon to Israel’s Taurus Sun. In the Cancer ingress chart for Tel Aviv, Mars is on the Ascendant by exact degree, strongly suggesting an imminent war.

The Full Moon falls on President Obama’s Ascendant by 1 arc second. Obama is a Leo – his birthday is Monday – with 18 degrees Aquarius Rising. Aquarius is known for being progressive and humanitarian, but it also has a reputation as insensitive, impersonal, and fixed in its opinions. Leo, meanwhile, is known as a strong leader but one with an ego the size of Texas. The president has taken a lot of heat lately for what essentially are the negative traits of his Leo Sun/Aquarius Rising personality. The upcoming Full Moon will amplify these traits, for better or for worse, but I think it will be for worse, given that Mars and Saturn are approaching a conjunction in Scorpio at a tight square to his Ascendant. It’s possible that he might even be in some physical danger, although Jupiter in Leo should supply some protection.

I could write more, but it’s getting late and I want to get this posted tonight.

And now, back to adorable kitten pictures …

Not only is he adorable, but he eats his veggies. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

Not only is he adorable, but he eats his veggies. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

Wishing you all much love and courage,

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

© Pat Paquette, RealAstrologers.com, 2014.