Weekly Forecast June 29: Full Moon in Capricorn, Venus Conjunct Jupiter

Composite by Osk Ingad Alden, 2015.

Composite by Osk Ingad Alden, 2015.

With the pain and setbacks of the past few weeks still heavy on our minds and in our hearts, we’re at last getting some encouraging news, with real signs of progress.

This week looks good for more positive change, with fortunate planets Venus and Jupiter finally reaching exact conjunction – and it’s going to be a spectacular sight. Better still, both planets are in a positive trine to Uranus the Awakener. An intense Full Moon on Wednesday shows us how far we’ve come and what we’ve had to sacrifice to get to a new place, and it hints about the fights still ahead. For now, though, we can celebrate in gratitude and heap loads of love and appreciation on our comrades in arms.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision last week to protect gay marriage is a major win for civil rights. And while it took a shocking tragedy to jar some folks awake, a new national discussion has emerged about racial inequality, with questions about whether the Confederate flag is a loaded symbol that sends the wrong message. National Public Radio called this turn of events “a reset in the culture wars.”

“Reset” and “culture wars” are keywords for outer planetary cycles, which operate on a global, societal scale. The Uranus-Pluto square, at its peak from June 2012 to March 2015, signaled the breakdown of social structures that were created at a particular stage in human evolution but that are falling apart as human consciousness expands. I’ve written a lot on this blog about the trends that emerged at the beginning of this Uranus-Pluto cycle in the mid-sixties, a time of widespread social unrest and cultural revolution (revolution being a Uranus keyword). Among the biggest movements at that time were battles for racial and gender equality.

But it didn’t start there. The civil rights movement began a decade earlier, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. A year before that, the Supreme Court ruled that segregation in schools was unconstitutional. At the time, Pluto in Leo was in a dynamic sextile with Neptune in Libra, the scales of justice. Saturn in Libra was approaching a conjunction with Neptune. Uranus in Cancer was just past a square with Saturn and approaching a square with Neptune. At the moment the decision was handed down, Pluto was on the Ascendant, closely sextile Neptune in Libra and Venus in Gemini. Five days later, Venus conjoined Jupiter. In other words, there was an overlap of several cycles, all in near-exact aspect, involving all three outer planets plus Jupiter and Saturn.

We can go back even farther to the Civil War, which occurred between the beginning of a new Uranus and Pluto cycle in 1850 (late Aries, with Saturn in the mix) and the first square in 1876. In 1868, three years after the war ended, the Fourteenth Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, forbidding states to deny anyone in its jurisdiction “equal protection of the laws. Not surprisingly, it was heavily contested when it was proposed. To this day, there are a lot of crazy wingnuts who insist that it wasn’t legally ratified. There also is a conservative contingent in the South still bitter that the Confederacy was defeated and that they were forced to desegregate. That’s more or less the message of the Confederate flag (actually a variation on the original), whatever the “official” explanation may be about history and heritage. But South Carolina has been the only state to openly fly the flag at its Capitol.

As you’ve probably read, the Fourteenth Amendment was the basis for the Supreme Court’s decision last week on same-sex marriage. Here’s the most-quoted paragraph of the court’s opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The truth and beauty of that passage is so powerful that I had to re-read it a few times. Only after that did the word “union” catch my eye. Isn’t that what the Civil War was all about? To preserve a union? And neither type of union is truly healed. The dispute over the Confederate flag and tragedy that reignited it is a sign of a festering wound in the national psyche. It’s easy for the winning side to “move on,” free of guilt, because, after all, we had the moral high ground. But we’re not whole. We’re divided from the “other,” and successful legislation not only can’t eradicate bigotry, but makes the bigots more defiant. And on top of that, we pile hate.

Somehow, we have to find a way to hate bigotry without hating the bigots. Bigotry is a belief system. It can be changed. Not easily, but it can be changed, and the bigots transformed. The Aquarian idealist in me sees few truly evil people in the world. There are just people stuck in patterns that they learned from someone else, who learned it from someone else before them, however many generations ago. Passing a law is just a start, a means of limiting the damage they can do while we work on deeper healing. And we are going to have to work at it. Just as racism is still rampant (and not just in the South), it could be another generation or two before a same-sex couple can walk down the street holding hands anywhere in the country without being harassed.

Supreme Court Ruling

2015 Supreme Court Ruling Click on images for larger view.

Just for the heck of it, I cast charts for Friday’s Supreme Court decision and for the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment (right and below). The thing that leaped out at me in Friday’s chart was Juno on the Ascendant. Juno is one of the “goddess” asteroids, named for the wife of Jupiter in Roman mythology. Astrologers naturally were of the opinion that she had something to do with marriage in a chart. Although that’s an overly simplistic interpretation, I have used her as an indication of marriage. Here’s a good bit of evidence that we’re on the right track. Also, there’s a sextile by exact degree to Juno from the Moon in Libra, sign of relationships and of social justice (no aspect line), and a positive trine from the Moon to the Sun and Mars. And then, of course, there’s the trine from Jupiter and Venus in Leo to Uranus. Leo rules the heart. Jupiter is expansive and generous. Venus is the goddess of love.

Comparison Chart

Compare the two charts.

14th Amendment

14th Amendment

In the chart for the Fourteenth Amendment, Uranus is at the exact degree of the Sun in the U.S. chart (Sibly, chart not shown), four days after the U.S. solar return. Venus, meanwhile, is in a grand trine with Chiron, the healer, and Saturn. And look where Saturn is! I did a double take and thought I must have accidentally cast the chart for 2015. I’ll have to think about what this means, but if anyone has any ideas, please leave a comment! I’ve created a third chart that combines the two, so you can see all the critical points.

OK, I’d better get on to the week ahead. As I wrote above, it should be a positive and productive week, with Venus and Jupiter working more magic as they move closer to conjunction on Wednesday. NASA says it will be like a bright double star – which, by the way, is one of the theories about the Star of Bethlehem. Venus and Jupiter are going to stay relatively close to one another for the next four months and will make two more conjunctions, due to her retrograde from July 25 to September 6. I’ll have more on that in a future column. In the meantime, astrologer Austin Coppock has an interesting interpretation.

On Monday, it’s Venus’s turn to trine Uranus. Jupiter had his last Monday. Uranus can be a mischief-maker, and not all surprises are happy ones. But I think most of the unexpected events this week will be pleasant surprises, with more opportunities, whether new or as a result of a door that opened last week.

On Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, Jupiter and Venus form a disturbing inconjunct with Chiron. I’m not too worried about this one, because there’s a positive “outlet” for the tension via Uranus. It could even mean that a healing event will take place, although not without some pain. Strong weather events are a possibility, too, with air and fire being prominent. Actually, that sounds more like wild fires or more excessive heat and drought. A second outlet goes to Mercury in Gemini, representing information, knowledge, communications, and the news media. The latter are getting a real run for their money as people get more of their news from the social media, where individuals upload their own records of events – so-called “citizen journalism.” We do need to keep our critical thinking caps on, because there’s a lot of BS on the Internet, some of it intentional, some of it by folks without professional standards or ethics – the ones that used to be the hallmark of good reporting. It’s all just a big grab bag right now, so caveat lector.

Click on image for larger view.

Click on image for larger view.

Wednesday is the Full Moon in Capricorn (chart to the left), with the Moon conjunct Pluto opposite the Sun conjunct Mars. This is the potential “hot spot” of the week. There’s always a war somewhere in the world, but this looks like a major outbreak. Protests and demonstrations could be more animated, too, with the all-too-familiar overreaction by militarized police forces. That said, there also is a positive outlet here in the form of Neptune, who is sitting at 9 degrees Pisces after turning retrograde on June 12. Looking back at our collective history can be healing, and in fact, we’re seeing this already; for example, in the debate over the Confederate flag. Whatever transpires around this Full Moon (plus or minus three days), it will fuel the shift that has been activated by the Uranus-Pluto square.

The square from Mercury to Chiron in the Full-Moon chart reflects the painful nature of these conversations. Not only are we dragging up traumatic memories, but we are forced to look deeply into our own hearts and souls to understand how we have participated in divisiveness. It’s not easy to shift into unity consciousness, but every small step in that direction builds the momentum. As more and more of us head in that direction, we create a current that makes it easier for everyone to keep moving. July 4 is Independence Day in the United States, making all of these conversations that much more meaningful in this country.

That’s it for this week.

Love and courage have won the day; don’t stop now!
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

© Pat Paquette, RealAstrologers.com, 2015.

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8 thoughts on “Weekly Forecast June 29: Full Moon in Capricorn, Venus Conjunct Jupiter

  1. Mandy Hall

    Parenting children with non typical behaviour & special needs teaches a huge life lesson about toleration and patience and learning to ignore – has possibly helped my not so slow drift leftwards. Still learning though.

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  2. Joe

    Great analysis! I woke up this morning and it dawned on me that Saturn is Rx in Scorpio, so how interesting to read your analysis an hour or so later, and there’s the blinking Saturn at 29 degrees Scorpio echoing my realization of unfinished business. I’m not insensible of the fact that it’s been approximately a full Saturn Return since the AIDS epidemic forced society and individuals to have to think about deep, dark things that we didn’t discuss in polite company: sex, sexuality, secrets, death, dying, disease, etc. It’s breathtaking when I consider the scope of it all. Also, I’ve been reading the Box Turtle Bulletin, a blog which chronicles this day in history in the GLBT context, and each day I learn something about the past when secrecy meant safety but paradoxically, danger of discovery, humiliation, and utter ruin.

    And with the asteroids, increasingly getting attention along with the urgency of the need for balance, it’s fitting that the Goddesses, like Juno, are weighing in these days on rectifying some of the deliberate harm, or casual neglect, from the past. In reading the Box Turtle Bulletin, I can see some of the “journalism” covering the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969, is oozing contempt for the people fighting back against police harassment, referring to them as “girls,” “queens,” “ladies,” etc. And if I remember right, it was drag queens and other “third sex” or gender-variant people, not homosexual or bisexual men, who led the fight, cornering the cops inside the bar where the police raid unexpectedly hit resistance and turned into a riot. I see all kinds of Uranian elements in this mix, but at its very root is the denial of and derision toward what was perceived as feminine, or those who identified as such.

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    1. Pat Post author

      Very interesting, Joe. I just did a chart, but I wonder whether I should use 1:20 a.m., the time of the police raid, or 3 a.m., when the crowd reportedly turned violent. If I use the earlier time, Aries is on the Ascendant, making retrograde Mars in the eighth house the chart ruler. At 3 a.m., Taurus is on the Ascendant, with Venus rising (in Taurus, her own sign). Either way, Neptune is at 26 degrees Scorpio, Rx. Seems to be a pattern there…

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  3. Nancy

    Interesting w/ Saturn at last degree of Scorp then and now. Saturn in Scorpio to me is all about the structure of power systems.Who’s got it, who wants it, how we deal w/ it individually & w/ another. It brings out the “best” or “worst” in ourselves and each other–do we grab it, do we use underhanded ways to get it, do we manipulate, do we rise above all of that & do what’s right–share equally w/ another. I see it in my own small personal world playing out for a few yrs now.
    At that last degree, everything is more pressing and important, time is ripe, do or die. Now, here again w/ the Court ruling, a new power structure of equality for all people/easy trine to Venus. Amazing to see that, that you brought those 2 charts up! Almost makes me feel optimistic about Saturn’s run through Scorpio.

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    1. Pat Post author

      Great analysis, Nancy. :-) I don’t know whether the power elites’ days are numbered or not, but there certainly is a vastly increased awareness of it in the past few years, and it’s already emerging as a major issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. It may also be about “taking back power.” We throw that term around, but what does it really mean? How do we go about it? It’s interesting that Bernie Sanders isn’t taking money from large corporate donors, instead relying on small donations from a lot of people. Some folks I know have started talking about the people “buying their president.” Money and power, of course, being Scorpio themes. I do feel that there is a shift, that we’ve reached a point at which the momentum is noticeable, and if we just keep it up, the changes we want WILL happen.

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  4. Maya Panika

    This is all very fascinating – the way the charts mesh together was quite extraordinary. It’s good to see an entirely fresh perspective on the week’s news; a mostly positive, perspective. This has hardly made a dent in our news which has been dominated by events in Tunisia, France, Greece and migrants.
    Personally, I’m trying to stay calm while waiting for the other shoe to drop. The Venus/Jupiter conjunction is right on top of my natal Uranus and trining my natal Jupiter and Venus with Uranus trining all. It feels positive, but I’ve learned to mistrust Jupiter; nasty things seem to happen to me when he’s around. Wednesday’s full moon – which hits almost everything in my packed 7th house – is very close to the (1801) UK Sun (at 10 Cap). We have a minute’s silence for the Tunisian victims on Friday (which some papers are calling ‘a minute’s defiance’) and things are so tense in so many directions – you can’t help but wonder what comes next.
    It all feels very portentous.

    Thanks for your insight, always a fascinating read. I hope you and Jinn are well.

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    1. Pat Post author

      Maya, someone “up there” seems to have a box of shoes and will delight in dropping them at random over the next several years. But we pretty much know by now what the issues are, so nothing should come as any surprise to those who have been paying attention. In the meantime, when we make even a small step forward, it’s good to understand how it multiplies in the collective.

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