Weekly Forecast January 26: Venus Enters Pisces, Mars Sextile Pluto

Dancer Anabel Veloso in photo shoot for her 2009 Deje Flamenco production Nacidos del Mar.

Venus in Pisces: Dancer Anabel Veloso in a photo shoot for her 2009 flamenco show Nacidos del Mar.

This week’s astrological aspects are mostly favorable, but I don’t need to tell you that world events are getting serious and seriouser.

That trend is going to continue – and with increasing intensity – the closer we get to the seventh and final pass of the Uranus-Pluto square in mid-March. This astrological phenomenon is so strong that it overshadows just about every other aspect for the next four months. The one exception is the Saturn-Neptune square, which is working synergistically with Uranus and Pluto.

As I’ve written before, the final Uranus-Pluto square is different from the first six in that the others took place with Saturn in Scorpio, which reinforced Pluto in Capricorn so that we saw militarized police forces brutally suppressing movements for greater freedom and civil rights. There have been other Uranus-Pluto themes, but the revolutionary tenor of the times is by far the most noticeable. With Saturn in Sagittarius, we now have a one-way relationship in which Pluto “feeds” Saturn, but not the other way around – at least, not until Saturn returns to Scorpio in mid-June on his retrograde path.

In the meantime, there is a trial period for popular movements to reorganize and plan more-realistic strategies with a better chance for success. One game-changing element could be that various movements around the world will unite in solidarity, Sagittarius being the sign of international affairs. In fact, it’s already happening. Earlier this month, a group of community organizers from Ferguson, Mo., traveled to Palestine in a show of support for Palestinians struggling against occupation by Israel. Last October, when Ferguson protestors called for a “Weekend of Resistance” against police brutality following the shooting of Michael Brown, Palestinian activists responded by sending a contingent to the United States to join the demonstration. Bonds like this have great potential to upset the balance of power.

Although we don’t hear much about it in the United States, there is a growing global movement toward balancing human rights with measures to control climate change. Advocates see it as an antidote to the ravages of capitalism, both on the earth and on income equality. In the run-up to the Uranus-Pluto square, my gut instinct was that ultimately the revolution would be a class war. Not that it took an astrologer to see that. Since the economic crisis of 2008 and the infamous Wall Street bailout, the income gap has widened between the rich and poor. Right before last week’s meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where billionaires gather annually to discuss how to save the world, a new report came out indicating that by 2016, the richest 1 percent would control more than half of the world’s wealth.

Poverty and income equality are now in the mainstream news, on a par with climate change. Ironically, the chickens are coming home to roost in the United States, where an estimated one-half of all households are now unable to meet their basic expenses. This is huge, a time bomb waiting to go off. Most people simply aren’t aware of it yet, because the official poverty statistics are rigged, and neither political party wants to light the fuse by exposing the truth. Even the so-called “progressive” wing of the Democratic Party is treading very carefully as we approach the official opening of the 2016 presidential campaign season. The idea is too radical for them, especially given the early signs that they are going to throw their support behind Hillary Clinton. That just proves that there really is no progressive movement in this country. Unless something happens to jar Americans awake – and that is likely with the Uranus-Pluto square rippling into the 2016 elections – it will be up to progressives in other countries to get the momentum going.

Greece just elected a leftist government that promised to renegotiate the 2010 international bailout deal imposing harsh austerity measures on the country. The revolution was driven primarily by young voters, who handed a clear victory to Alexis Tsipras, himself only 40 (July 28, 1974. Journalists describe him as “charismatic,” which is a keyword for Leo). “Greece is leaving behind the destructive austerity, fear and authoritarianism,” he said during his victory speech. “It is leaving behind five years of humiliation and pain.” Youth and revolution against austerity and authoritarianism. Nothing could better express the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. The pundits already are proclaiming it a historic shift with alarming implications for Europe and the euro (Pluto also represents debt).

Even though this week’s aspects seem tame against that epic backdrop, they do contribute to the bigger picture in some important ways. And, of course, they also have personal meaning, depending on where in your chart they take place.

On Wednesday, Mercury sextiles Uranus, the second of a three-part transit during his retrograde period. Sometimes the greatest flashes of intuition or sudden inspiration have to do with something we forgot or a problem we set aside for lack of a visible solution. What comes up could surprise you and might be pure genius. Mercury also conjoins the Sun on Friday, bringing more light to a subject we need to revisit or a conversation we need to repeat. Don’t get exasperated if the latter happens. Chances are, you’ll see something that eluded you first time around.

Mars sextiles Pluto on Friday and conjoins Chiron on Sunday. The latter may bring experiences that feel like picking an emotional scab or entering territory with another person that has brought you only heartache in the past. You may have decided that the only way to avoid a toxic conversation was to avoid a subject altogether or maybe avoid a person entirely. But there’s karma in this three-way relationship, meaning that you are linked with that person or event until you work out whatever it is that keeps drawing you back. I can’t promise that this is going to be pleasant, but Pluto’s long-term sextile with Chiron has been a subtle but powerful force for release, healing, and transformation. Open your heart and set your fears aside for now (unless there really is a risk of physical danger).

The one transit this week likely to be felt both personally and within the collective is the entry of Venus in Pisces on Tuesday. Venus rules Taurus and Libra and so is strongly placed in those signs, but she is said to be in her exaltation in Pisces. Venus in Pisces is romantic, sensitive, empathetic, and tender-hearted to a fault. One of my favorite songs from Paul Simon’s Grammy winning album Graceland is the story of the girl with diamonds on the soles of her shoes. The line about being taken for granted because she pleases is fitting for Venus in Pisces. Besides that, shoes are a Pisces thing, Pisces being ruler of the feet. Depending on where Pisces falls in your natal chart, Venus can be your muse and put you in touch with your intuition. Dreaminess and romantic sentimentality can take over your senses on Sunday, when Venus conjoins Neptune, modern ruler of Pisces. I’m all for escapism under the right circumstances. Neptune rules film, so take an opportunity to indulge in your favorite romantic comedy, all the better if it’s an adaption of a Jane Austen novel.

In world events, Venus in Pisces balances the energy of Mars in Pisces as both “feed” Neptune. With Saturn and Neptune approaching a square, it’s almost time to wake up. The extent of poverty in the United States is just one example of the kind of issues that might suddenly open people’s minds. I have to tell you that after discovering those income statistics several weeks ago, I had more sympathy for the folks who leave cruel comments on news sites about paying taxes to support the “lazy” poor people. Some of them may indeed be lacking in compassion, but with half of American households barely scraping by, there’s a good chance that many of the people leaving those comments are in that category. I also have no doubt that financial stress is causing many of them to be depressed. I hope something can be done to help these folks understand that it isn’t the poor who are bleeding the economy dry and forcing up their taxes. And I do think they should get tax breaks. It’s unfair that anyone should have to pay taxes before they’ve met their own basic needs and those of their family. I liken it to the overlord demanding crops from the peasants to pay for his crusade to the Holy Land, leaving them with nothing to eat but turnips and gruel. Policymakers have reliable numbers on household financial requirements and have studied alternative ways to measure poverty since 1995, but they have made a deliberate decision to stick with a long-outdated formula. That’s reason enough for a revolution.

As a final thought this week, I leave you with an interview with Eckhart Tolle. It’s an appropriate message for three planets plus Chiron in Pisces.

Much love and courage to all,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

© Pat Paquette, RealAstrologers.com, 2014.

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9 thoughts on “Weekly Forecast January 26: Venus Enters Pisces, Mars Sextile Pluto

  1. CJ

    I’m not sure I understand the poverty and income equality theory. I’m really not sure how that would work so well. For example my husband and I for 30 years worked 2-3 jobs each. We saved, did without worked really hard to pay off our home and now have saved lots of money for our retirement. So if I would of just sat back, lazed around, miss spent my money. Could I get in on the income equality theory? Or are they now going to take from me, to give to those who did just that? Granted there are some people who work really hard and have trouble getting ahead, but then we have to sort out the people who worked really hard from the people that just live it up and don’t manage their finances properly. I don’t get it, could you explain?

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  2. Pat Post author

    CJ, I can’t tell by the nature of your question(s) whether you truly want to understand or whether you just wish to express an opinion. The latter is fine, but if you want to comprehend, let me know and I will provide more links. In any case, I think it’s a crime that you and your husband had to work two or three jobs each to be able to make ends meet and save enough for retirement. You actually help make my point that the economic system is rigged to put an unfair burden on working people.

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    1. Joe

      True, some people never learn to manage their finances, and they live on the dole for most of their lives, and develop a learned helplessness and contribute nothing to society. Trouble is, one never knows when one will be struck down with a terminal illness, a chronic illness, depression or mental illness, or just plain bad luck. You can save and work your ass off all you like, and play by the rules, and you will still get shafted by whatever hand you’re dealt. I see it in my line of work (adult mental health). I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. And these people usually WANT to work, to be productive, but the system is so rigged that to take a step in that direction means the rug is instantly yanked out from underneath them before they get a stable foundation. And working people like me are working WAY TOO MUCH just to survive. It’s nuts.

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      1. Pat Post author

        Joe, jobs like yours are among the most thankless on the planet. One has to have an ironclad commitment to helping improve people’s lives and the fortitude to keep going when seeing so much despair on a daily basis. On top of that, the pay sucks.

        The mental health component is a vastly under-discussed issue. I don’t know how long it will take for it to go mainstream; maybe when Saturn passes the square with Neptune (mental health) and squares Chiron (healing) a year from now? I don’t why, but for some reason, RA has quite a few readers in the mental health field, and more than one have told me that demands for their services are up considerably. One cited an informal survey of colleagues in various parts of the country that said demand was up by 20 percent, with a marked increase in suicides and attempted suicides. Some of it might cut across class barriers; under the Uranus-Pluto square, the overall stress level on humanity is crushing. However, there’s no question that there’s a direct relationship between financial hardship and mental illness. This creates another whole level of judgment, because mental illness is so seriously misunderstood and, unlike physical disabilities, it can’t be seen.

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  3. CJ

    Yes, could be a comment, versus a question. In any event, I was MOTIVATED to work that hard, so in my later life, I could go out for lunch, go on a trip if I so chose. Enjoy anything and everything I wanted to do in life after a certain age without depending on someone else to do it for me. It’s not too bad I worked that hard. I wanted too to ensure I could enjoy my later years. If you just hand things to people to bring them up to a certain standard of life. You eliminate the motivation, the desire, the want, the need to excel. You eliminate the learning to become financially responsible and believe me, in my teenage years I spent everything I made, until I smartened up. It’s simply too bad that their are certain individuals who are greedy, taking from others to line their own pockets. It’s not going to be those people who pay the price, it’s going to be the honest people who pay the price. However if you want a society where everyone gets the same thing, I would lean this being communism. Not that I have anything against communism, it’s what the majority desires to do in society that matters. We must think carefully however least we eliminate the people who work hard honestly for their living.

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  4. Pat Post author

    CJ, first of all, no one is suggesting that “everyone has the same.” That is not what is meant by “income equality.” Those who favor programs for the poor are saying only that no one in a country as wealthy as the United States should have to go hungry or homeless. Further, those advocating safety nets for the poor and struggling are NOT suggesting that the working people (a.k.a. “middle class”) should be the ones to pay for it. They want to end abuse of tax loopholes and other advantages that over the years have been “handed to” corporations and wealthy individuals who just coincidentally give billions of dollars in campaign contributions to the politicians who make the tax laws.

    It’s my personal belief that families (and individuals) should pay taxes only on what’s left after they cover all of their basic needs – food, housing, transportation, childcare, and such, within established guidelines that in fact do exist. In other words, I want individuals and families to have the same advantage as businesses, which get to deduct all of their expenses from their income before determining their taxable profit. I admit that this is a radical concept that probably doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. But there is nothing “communist” or even socialist about it! To the contrary, it’s more libertarian.

    It might interest you to know that for every 100 dollars you paid in taxes for 2013, $27 went to military spending, while only 61 cents went to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, one of the programs commonly called “welfare.” The contribution to food stamps was less than $4, but it’s important to note that that money goes directly back into the economy – which is why the big agriculture and food-processing companies have lobbied AGAINST cutting food stamps. Incidentally, every time Congress proposes restricting food stamps to exclude soft drinks, PepsiCo is right in there spending millions to lobby against it, and so far they have won.

    Lastly, there is plenty of research to demonstrate that only a very small percentage of people who are able to work choose to live on government handouts instead. I don’t know how this myth gets perpetuated, but apparently the people who believe it are going to stick to their guns regardless of factual data. The only purpose served by maintaining this fantasy of low-income moochers is to keep people bickering with one another instead of seeing who the real greedy individuals are who are “taking from others to line their own pockets” – people, incidentally, who are so greedy that they ruined the entire U.S. economy and took the world down with them.

    I spend hours – days, sometimes – researching facts to back up what I write. So if you want to continue this discussion, you will need to do likewise. For example, provide links to objective studies showing that public assistance causes people to become lazy and unmotivated. If you want to leave more opinions, go ahead, but without any data to support them, I won’t respond.

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