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ARTICLE #1: The current influence of
transiting Mars in Retrograde in late Capricorn
ARTICLE #2: The current influence of
transiting Jupiter conjunct
transiting Psyche in Scorpio trine
transiting Neptune in Pisces
ARTICLE #3: The current influence of
transiting Mercury in Retrograde in Leo
ARTICLE #4: The current influence of
transiting Jupiter in Direct Motion in Scorpio
ARTICLE #5: The current influence of
transiting Saturn in Retrograde in Capricorn
ARTICLE #6: The current influence of
transiting Chiron & transiting Urania,
both in Retrograde in Aries & Pisces
ARTICLE #7: The current influence of
transiting Uranus in Taurus
ARTICLE #8: The current influence of
transiting Neptune in Retrograde in Pisces
ARTICLE #9: The current influence of
transiting Pluto & transiting 2003-CO1,
both in Retrograde in Capricorn
ARTICLE #10: The current influence of
transiting Mars in Retrograde
in Aquarius & Capricorn
ARTICLE #11: 
The current influence of
the transiting North Node in Leo

ARTICLE #1

Mars, which exits Aquarius to enter Capricorn on August 13, continues to transit Retrograde Motion1 until August 28, 2018. Some foreign leaders have conspicuously launched their initiatives with their long-term game plan laid out for all to see. Keeping these geopolitics in mind, it is imperative that each individual get their own long-term game plan in order to prepare for when:

1) Saturn conjuncts2 Pluto in Capricorn
on January 12, 2020;
2) Jupiter conjuncts2 Pluto in Capricorn
on April 5, 2020; June 30, 2020; and November 12, 2020;
 and during
3) The Pluto Return of the U.S.A.
(July 4, 1776; 4:47 p.m.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
on February 21, 2022; July 11, 2022; December 29, 2022.  

ARIES – Large-scale geopolitical & industry sector change breeds change that spawns change which filters down to expansion, closure, withdrawal, redistribution, transfer & all types of change. Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn behooves you to ask yourself, “Will my employer be in business in five years? Will California become three states? Will the U.S.A. close its borders? What does this mean to me?”  

TAURUS – Issues fomented or relationships forged with law enforcement officials under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn will haunt or empower you, respectively, for the next four years. If your rapport is not ideal – improve it now.  

GEMINI – Debt will spawn debt & money will breed money over the next four years. Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn therefore exhorts the Twin to get on the right side of the balance sheet – and to stay on it – starting right now.  

CANCER – Because the direction of your marital & business partnerships will not change over the next four years, Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn forces you to acknowledge whether or not you are in this relationship for the long haul – and to act upon what you acknowledge.  

LEO – Older Lions can use all that they learned as Saturn, Uranus & Neptune transited Capricorn during the Eighties and as Chiron & Nessus transited Capricorn during the early Millennium to prepare & to launch huge changes during the next four years starting under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn. Younger Lions: Find an older Lion to mentor you!  

VIRGO – Student athletes, parents of student athletes: Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn warns that the bad boy athletes of the Eighties & Nineties will no longer get the opportunities to cause all sorts of trouble after the transformations of the next four years. You must become a role model or you will become a criminal. The Longest Yard!  

LIBRA – The handwriting is on the wall regarding the direction of your city, state, province or country under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn. If pleased, try to become part of the players making the positive changes. If disturbed, and if you can take control, forge a new direction. If this cannot or will not happen, move to a better place.  

SCORPIO – Start, and participate in, a weekly discussion group regarding geopolitics, and the direction of yourself, your family, city, state, province or country, commencing under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn. Two books to serve as endpoints & launching pads of discussion: The Global City by Saskia Sassen, covering the end of the 20th century, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty.  

SAGITTARIUS – As your nationalistic loyalties swing from for to against, Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn encourages you to consider a country’s capacity for change. Don’t confuse Canada with Justin Trudeau or Stephen Harper. Don’t confuse the U.S.A. with Donald Trump or Barack Obama. Don’t confuse Mexico with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Enirque Peña Nieto or Felipe Calderon. Realize that Russia, with Vladimir Putin, will not change.  

CAPRICORN – Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn declares that the financial challenges that you endure during the North Node in Leo from 2017 to 2018 force you to realize that you must prepare to take giant risks in order to transform your life or eternal soul throughout the massive & sweeping political changes of the next four years.  

AQUARIUS – Bosses, military leaders & politicians reveal how much or low little you can trust them under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn. The character strengths or flaws you now witness will only accelerate – they will not change. Take heed.  

PISCES – Certain relationships begun under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in late Capricorn carry with them the color of destiny or fate. A political or professional ally can take you very far – and, conversely, a political or professional enemy may fight you to the death. Don’t try to predict the outcome. Instead, gauge the quality of spiritual karma.

1 Planets either move forward, in which case they orbit in Direct Motion, or move backward, in which case they orbit in Retrograde Motion. Planets in Direct Motion seek to make progress, while Planets in Retrograde Motion seek to redress past imbalances.  

2 A Conjunction is a harmonious aspect wherein two or more planets meet as they transit the same sign.

ARTICLE #2

Jupiter in Scorpio trines1 Neptune in Pisces from July 13 to September 14, 2018, during which Jupiter conjunct2 Psyche* in Scorpio trines1 Neptune in Pisces from July 13 to August 30, 2018. Some people were born knowing what they want, and spend their lives pursuing it. Conversely, a person can spend many years not knowing what they really want, when one day, without expecting it, that individual gets a glimpse of the Holy Grail itself. Either way, at one point, the object of the quest is obvious, and the desire to pray in order for direction towards approaching, having, conquering, possessing it, becomes entirely natural.  

ARIES – Late last year, you came in uncomfortably close contact with too many who rose prominently quickly, then fell tragically, as the result of a use of criminal, or misuse of occult or spiritual, knowledge, ritual or power. Now, under the current influence of Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune, you meet those whose motives are pure. Cooperate & participate. Hallelujah!  

TAURUS – The Pop Artist Jasper Johns put a photograph of his art dealer Leo Castelli in his painting Racing Thoughts that looks the viewer straight in the eye, as if to say, “I am the man who made this artist rich, famous & immortal.” Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune advise the artistically inclined Bull to find a photo of this painting, or the painting itself, and to look into Castelli’s eyes. Consider the motivations of the individual who can lift your soul from human servitude to greatness.  

GEMINI – Summarily disregard colleagues & employees who say, “I don’t care” about what their employer, and all of their workers, do to earn their money. If your work is not important to you, then Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune declare that you should get a different job which does mean something to you – then to leave your old position as if it is a damned city burning in the eye of divinely punitive tornado.  

CANCER – The protagonist in the video for Enrique Iglesias’s “Hero” is murdered by organized crime figures in front of his lover. Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune reinforce, like the video, that the ultimate sacrifice causes more pain than joy – at least, initially. Allow time to pass. Admire – do not regret.  

LEO – You will go to war for your city, state, province or country – and you will do absolutely anything to protect your family. Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune bless your instincts. Give as good as you get & do not back down.  

VIRGO – Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune give you a mandate to speak the truth about something that, two months ago, nobody wanted to hear. Of course, you said it two months ago as well – that’s one reason you got the job.  

LIBRA – The secrets that you keep about other peoples’ hopes, dreams & fears stirs you into a righteous rage when you see apathetic people in your professional workplace who do not care. Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune empower you to let that righteous rage foment into a veritable tornado! “What makes you so angry?” the more brazen amongst them will ask. To which you should reply, “Why do you care?”  

SCORPIO – Contemplate images representing & depicting the resurrection of the soul in the Number 20 card of the Major Arcana, “Judgment,” from various Tarot decks. As you simultaneously shed soul-numbing cynicism, Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune exhort you to read & to ruminate upon Luke 15:23-25, “Bring the fatted calf and kill it. Let us feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again! He was lost and is found!’”  

SAGITTARIUS – Some people pray, in whatever religion or spiritual practice they choose, to acquire wealth or power. Without commenting upon such ambitious materialists or upon religion & spirituality in general, Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune nevertheless agree that you would be wise to pray to whatever forces wherein you place your faith to protect your loved ones from negative influences, harm & strife. Don’t make the karmic error of believing that demons do not exist.  

CAPRICORN – Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune will encircle you with associates with whom you can explore esoteric & occult spirituality, including the Rosacrucians, the Freemasons, the Theosophists, whether Boehmian or Blavatskian, and the Kabbalists. These studies & discussions will pique ambitions which, while not exactly worldly, will address the Goat’s need to leave their mark on the earth upon which we all walk. Engage.  

AQUARIUS – Howard Roark stands on the top floor of his newly built skyscraper at the end of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead with Dominique Francon to celebrate the apex of a life & career of extreme struggle, controversy and, ultimately, worldly achievement. But  Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune now contend that, for all the ambition which Ayn Rand harbored, she never envisaged that Roark would be immortal. That being said, what would Roark say if he was invited to work to work on New York City’s Episcopal St. John the Divine Cathedral, whose foundation was laid on December 27, 1892, and upon which Roark would not be allowed to work on . . . completely alone?

PISCES – Belief – religious, spiritual, occult – under the current influence of Jupiter, Psyche & Neptune can seduce you to commence a path towards a very distant psychological & subjective destination. Realize that once you take your first steps towards this potent & ineffable vision, you may never again have neither reason nor desire to return to live a normal life. Be careful.

* Psyche is named after the beautiful female mortal who yearned romantically for Aphrodite’s son Eros. Fatefully, Psyche fell in love & lust with Aphrodite’s son Eros, who succumbed to his affections for her despite the intrigues of his envious mother. Psyche disobeyed the wishes of Eros when she lit an oil lamp to behold her lover’s face; Eros caught her in the act & vanished, leaving Psyche to wander the earth for her divine yet fugitive lover. Interestingly, Psyche's yearning actually heightened her beauty (as the Japanese are wont to say, "Most beautiful just before"). Psyche, along with Massalia, was discovered in Naples, Italy in 1852 by A. de Gasparis.  

The best source in print for how to interpret Psyche and many other minor planets, in an individual's chart & in transit, is
Asteroid Goddess, written by Demetra George and published by
ACS Publications of San Diego, California.

A great source online for how to interpret Psyche and many other centaurs, asteroids & minor planets, in an individual's chart & in transit, is
Zane Stein's
website "Chiron and Friends” at
http://www.zanestein.com/chiron_a.htm

A great resource for ephemeris data on Psyche and over 3000 minor planets, asteroids & centaurs, is on
Jonathan Dunn's website “Ephemeral Info” at
http://ephemeral.info

An indispensable resource for mythologies from all five continents, including but not limited to African, Native American, Inuit, Mayan, Aztec, Incan, Voodoo, Asian, Norse, Celtic, Oceanic, Greek & Roman mythologies is
Encyclopedia Mythica
at
www.pantheon.org

Research on the above footnotes generously provided to the general public by
The IAU: Minor Planet Center
at
http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/mpc.html

1 A Trine is a harmonious aspect between or amongst planets transiting signs of like element (elements being Fire, Earth, Air & Water).  

2 A Conjunction is a harmonious aspect wherein two or more planets meet as they transit the same sign. 

ARTICLE #3

Mercury in Leo transits Retrograde Motion* from July 26 to August 19, 2018. A leader can secure significant cooperation from a large number of supporters for even the most enormous projects if that leader keeps the goal which the leader must accomplish very simple & short-term, “We want all four hundred thousand people who come to visit our city for this (sporting event) (concert) (fair) to plan their next visit two weeks after they have already left!”

ARIES – Nice people who visit from very far away are already overwhelmed & confused – they need somebody to help make life easy for them. Well, for whoever needs hand-holding, Retrograde Mercury urges you to hold their hand. However, be on the lookout for lowlifes looking to take advantage of the vulnerable & the trusting.  

TAURUS – Whether changing residences, closing down a summer home or expanding your current domicile, Retrograde Mercury favors huge jobs with a significant collective effort from all members of your family – no matter how old or how young. Everybody is on the same page & with the program!  

GEMINI – When traveling with a spouse, partner or group, Retrograde Mercury appoints you as the map keeper & travel guide. (Even if you’ve never seen the place before in your life . . . you know where you are going.)

CANCER – While you work on short-term, large-scale projects – especially projects involving the outdoors – Retrograde Mercury may put you in charge of too many people that you can manage effectively. Depending upon the relative maturity of those in your purview, you can expect a percentage of troublemakers to abandon the project completely to go off to drink & to party. You are not their parole officer – work only with those who are committed to the task at hand.  

LEO – Retrograde Mercury favors not only large-scale publishing ventures but the completion of novels & non-fiction tomes. Put in one final, massive, heroic effort.  

VIRGO – Surveillance of large-scale events in your hometown, state or province are trickier than you realize. Retrograde Mercury denotes that short-term partitions created strictly for events cause new blind spots to law enforcement ferreting out illegal activity. Balance remote observation with walk-throughs & hands-on.  

LIBRA – Don’t impart your whole list of instructions to large groups of people all at the same time. Instead, Retrograde Mercury advises you to impart one directive so that everybody in the group obeys it immediately, “And now we finished step number 1! Phew! That wasn’t so hard, was it?” Then work through your list the same way.  

SCORPIO – Read Sagittarius. Law enforcement keeps their eye on the Scorpion under the current influence of Retrograde Mercury. Obey obnoxious restrictions proactively – or the hoops through which you jump after law enforcement clamps down will strain you to the breaking point.

SAGITTARIUS – Read Scorpio. You become a leader of the good guys or the villains under the current influence of Retrograde Mercury. In either case, because the logistics are daunting, the work involved requires insight & ingenuity. Realize, however, that, ultimately, there is only a permanent upside on the right side of the law, “All that work was for (less than) nothing!”

CAPRICORN – Retrograde Mercury demands that you satisfy creditors with full payment as soon as possible – before they burden you with terms guaranteed to crush you.  

AQUARIUS – You have a unique opportunity to display insuperable genius under the current influence of Retrograde Mercury if you take your entire political perspective & worldview to present its polar, mirror opposite counter-perspective. Explicate this analysis, and any editorial commentary, to anybody – except your boss.  

PISCES – You are very amenable. You will, if you can, and are so inclined, move a car, with like-minded people, by lifting it with your hands. Retrograde Mercury makes you invaluable to bosses who need to get a big job done. Therefore, command, via your personage, without saying a word, that bosses treat you with civility . . . and generosity.

* Planets either move forward, in which case they orbit in Direct Motion, or move backward, in which case they orbit in Retrograde Motion. Planets in Direct Motion seek to make progress, while Planets in Retrograde Motion seek to redress past imbalances.

ARTICLE #4

Jupiter,
which turns to Direct Motion* on July 11,
completes it transit of Scorpio on November 8, 2018.

After brandishing & assaulting his percussion with flourish, the drummer screams into the microphone, “I’m going to burn down your house with your entire family in it!” The medium-sized weekday crowd in the rock club applauds, alternatively madly & laconically.

“We’ll be right back,” the drummer announces.

The drummer’s girlfriend ascends the stage. “A lovely sentiment,” the drummer’s girlfriend comments.

“You’re ugly,” the drummer insults her. “Go away.”

The drummer’s girlfriend smacks the drummer hard in the face. “Watch your mouth,” the drummer’s girlfriend commands.

“You watch my mouth,” the drummer replies.

They kiss briefly but soulfully.

 “Can’t be that ugly,” the drummer’s girlfriend insists.

The drummer pauses. “Well – ”

“Good comeback, Don Rickles,” the drummer’s girlfriend comments. “Also, maybe you should sing about topic other than arson & murder.”

The drummer changes the subject, “Some priest offered me a job teaching high school sophomores.”

The drummer’s girlfriend looks at the drummer as if he had a herpes sore on his lip.

“How does he even know you?” she asks.

“He apparently saw me as I was doing my job organizing the homeless,” the drummer shrugs. “The priest said, ‘Think of how much more success you could have instilling discipline in well-bred teenagers from good families.’”

 “What would you teach?” the drummer’s girlfriend asks.

The drummer shrugs. “I don’t know,” the drummer says. “What would I teach?”

“Did you accept?” the drummer’s girlfriend asks.

“I told him that I like to have my nights free to play in my band,” the drummer replies.

The drummer’s girlfriend looks at the drummer as if the herpes sore on his lip started to bleed. “What’s that go to do with how well you organize the homeless or teaching high school sophomores?”

“How well I organize the homeless is not that priest’s business,” the drummer insists.

“I’m not a closet Calvinist,” the drummer asserts. “I’m a free citizen with my own will to power.”  

ARIES – Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio distinguishes between the hypothetical & the practical. What is possible is purely hypothetical. What you can do is practical & well within your personal control. Don’t misinterpret this distinction, as you will have more than one opportunity to bite off more than you can chew by the end of 2018.  

TAURUS – You don’t rely upon political connections. Instead, you rely upon your quantifiable skill & the respect that authority figures invest in you. Still, Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio advises you not to insult anybody. Be diplomatic.  

GEMINI – Do not let your burdensome professional workload overwhelm you. Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio insists that you must maintain a modicum of mental clarity in order to maximize your own personal net worth. You must satisfy your bosses – but you must work for yourself.  

CANCER – Your hunger, your skepticism, your will leads you to God, because, deep down, you want to know the point. Once you know the point, Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio promises that God will lead you to a partner or a spouse who will demand that you act upon that purpose, “Let’s do this.”  

LEO – If you really want to make progress in the professional workplace, then Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio strategizes that you rely only upon people whom you know & can see. Those remote from you are beyond your control. Work with  & through those whose commitment is as self-evident as their personage.  

VIRGO – A spouse or partner who criticizes what you do because they find it anti-spiritual or even outright immoral refuses to acknowledge that the ways of God are different than the ways of man. However, Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio declares that a boundary does indeed exist between “taking control of one’s destiny” and “do what thou will shall be the whole of the law.” Do not reject the ways of God simply because you are impatient.  

LIBRA – The needs of colleagues & employees are nominal & impersonal. While you must indeed provide for them, Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio strongly advises that you cater to the long-term concerns of both your family & your city, state, province or country. Decisions made now cause long-term consequences. This is no time for prevarication or escapism. Demand truthful answers. Implement permanent solutions.  

SCORPIO – Fun & games? Chaotic, out of control, but a blast. However, when deadlines approach, Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio declares that there is no room for any type of uncertainty. Don’t be the last one to leave the party – or the bar. Prepare for the inevitable.  

SAGITTARIUS – You must lock the doors to your home not only to your enemies, but also to friends & the friends of family members. Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio demands that you protect yourself & your family proactively from those who do or may commit any type of crime, no matter how small. Law enforcement conducts surveillance everywhere now for a reason.  

CAPRICORN – Professional & political associates let you talk around the issue as they infer that they now seek a direct & clear commitment within a narrow yet nevertheless very specific financial range. Once you know what these associates now seek, Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio will insist that further discussion is superfluous. In the end, you will, with cash in hand, or you won’t. Make your decision. Follow through at the right moment.  

AQUARIUS – Read Pisces. Big-time power brokers pay you well, whether you do your job thoroughly or not – but Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio insists that they may not do so forever. Realize that the power brokers who now pay you are not the professional superiors judging the quality of your work. These professional superiors will make recommendations of those power brokers who will continue to employ you, or to fire you, at will. Don’t try to fool anybody – because you will fool nobody.  

PISCES – Read Aquarius. While your current outstanding job performance dazzles everybody, Direct Motion Jupiter in Scorpio reminds you not to allow your popularity & your fan club to go to your head. You may think that you are worth every cent of your unusually high salary – and you are. However, if bosses notice too many instances where you express your ego, they may find a way to get along without such a noticeable distraction to professional progress that relies upon many more people than just you.

* Planets either move forward, in which case they orbit in Direct Motion, or move backward, in which case they orbit in Retrograde Motion. Planets in Direct Motion seek to make progress, while Planets in Retrograde Motion seek to redress past imbalances.

ARTICLE #5

Saturn in Capricorn
transits Retrograde Motion*
from April 19 to September 7, 2018.

Very few natives of Havana, Veracruz, Acapulco or any random island in the Caribbean have any awareness, or even a clue, about the epic painting A Visit to, a Visit from, the Island, bought by New York City’s Whitney Museum of Art soon after Eric Fischl completed it in 1983 – although certainly many art fair attendees of Art Basel & Art Miami who drop by La Playa de Miami semi-annually will have pondered this early masterwork both before & after the Whitney relocated to the Meatpacking District after a few decades on Madison Avenue in New York City’s Upper East Side. Indeed, the self-evident theme of the painting, “the white man colonizes where the dark man suffers,” strikes at the core of white guilt, underscoring in bold black magic marker the liberal Democratic party ethos – in contradiction to, moreover, to the assertion of Whitney Interpretation Fellow Gene McHugh’s within “On View: Eric Fischl, A Visit to, A Visit From, The Island (1983),” who argues, “Its message is stark and in-your-face: the white people are completely oblivious to the harsh reality experienced by non-whites in these tropical island paradises.”

Indeed, white people are not necessarily oblivious at all – and some are very aware. For instance, songwriting & musical legend Neil Young wrote “Cortez the Killer,” a pop song censored by Spanish military dictator Francisco Franco, while studying for history class in high school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A popular favorite in concert, Guitar World named the guitar solo on “Cortez the Killer” as the 39th greatest guitar solo of all time. As Young himself comments within that Guitar World article:  

I am a naturally very destructive person and that really comes out in my guitar playing. Man, if you think of guitar playing in terms of boxing…well let’s just say I’m not the kind of guitarist you’d want to play against. I’m just scarred by life. Nothing in particular. No more scarred than anyone else. Only other people often don’t let themselves know how damaged they are, like I do and deal with it.

Young’s appraisal of himself here strives to be realistic, devoid of hyperbole – just as Young’s appraisal of himself strives to be equally realistic when Jimmy McDonough, Young’s biographer, asks him if Young intended the lyrics of “Cortez the Killer” to be autobiographical, “What am I doing writing about Aztecs in ‘Cortez the Killer’ like I was there, wandering around?  Because I only read about it in a few books. A lot I just made up because it came to me.”  

ARIES – Discussions with strangers, about any topic whatsoever, can not only prove counterproductive, but can outright waste your time, as Retrograde Saturn warns that many of these strangers will cast judgment upon you based upon their ideological stance without bothering to hear the facts you cite or the argument that you develop. Do much more. Talk much less.  

TAURUS – Law enforcement, industry regulators & other authority figures are now preoccupied with borderline, trouble-making characters with their criminal nuances & they have no time to pay attention to you specifically – which Retrograde Saturn affirms, “That’s a good thing!” Why draw attention to yourself amongst those who can only hurt you? Let the badges & gumshoes in trench coats chase their man. Focus upon your work.  

GEMINI – Stratify your financial goals as rigidly as a bank stratifies loan payments from its borrowers. Retrograde Saturn will reward you in the long term with a capacity for systems if you provide yourself achievable, and, at times, difficult, targets, on a monthly basis or even more frequently, for credit card debt, paying loans and – best of all – saving & investing money. It is all like weightlifting: You can carry more & more every time with regular & routine practice.  

CANCER – When you agree with your spouse or business partner, your shared objectives immediately manifest as les faits accomplis. Retrograde Saturn points out that you & your spouse or partner only have problems when you do not agree upon objectives. Disagreement is healthy –power struggles are not. Concentrate upon what you both want to accomplish. If a disagreement demands negotiation, thrash through your differences so that you can stop talking & start acting!  

LEO – Overcommunicate with employees & colleagues in your work groups, and encourage constant communication from employees & colleagues amongst each other & you. If you do so, then Retrograde Saturn guarantees that you will be able to accelerate series of deadlines on important projects on an ongoing basis. However, to prevent ongoing chaos, call more frequent meetings to keep everybody on the same page.  

VIRGO – Depriving teenagers of fun too often so as to instill in them discipline & a work ethic may prove counterproductive as teenagers may begin to develop increasingly desperate & dangerous ways to indulge pleasure. However, Retrograde Saturn strongly confirms that to give those teenagers a goal for which to work hard, whether a state championship in sports or a national academic prize with a cash payout, imbues within that student an awareness of what effort is necessary to compete at the highest level.  

LIBRA – If you are volunteering on a municipal improvement project, all of your work is a job founded in altruism as you make your city a better place to live, work & visit. If, however, you work as an elected official or within politics, Retrograde Saturn qualifies that how you do your work, and how much work that you do, must be subordinate to the legacy that your term or tenure connotes to the public at large after you have left public life, permanently.  

SCORPIO – Review work done by employees, vendors & merchants in front of them as you address those people explicitly about the job that they just did for you. Retrograde Saturn insists that you must emphasize to these people who work & sell to you that you want the best that they have to offer the first time around – and then, and only then, will you only begin to negotiate much more aggressively, “Prove to me that you want my business!”  

SAGITTARIUS – You may make good money with lots of opportunity for extra income from your job. However, Retrograde Saturn now really wants to know, “Do you gain meaning from your work?” If the answer is, “No,” you will begin to squander your money by engaging & indulging in vice – because that money will have no value. Identify & honor your purpose despite the Satanic vicissitudes . . . of societal absurdity.  

CAPRICORN – Capricorn the Goat, according to legend an individual of few words, prefers to let their personal & professional achievements to speak for themselves. However, Retrograde Saturn now reminds you that, at times, it is entirely proper for you to assert the purpose behind what you are trying to manifest or to accomplish – without selling. Assert ideals upon which your achievements are founded without tying your interests into those ideals which you now assert.  

AQUARIUS – If you do not approve of what your employer, or the market sector within which your employer is located, does, publicly & professionally, then you should not expect to continue to work for that employer indefinitely. Retrograde Saturn suggests that that your employer will know by the look on your face that you are judging them morally – and your silent judgment does not help that employer make money. Expect powerful opposing forces to challenge what you intend to keep secret.  

PISCES – A professional or political associate takes pains to try to persuade you to treat their pet professional or political project with the same level of commitment that they lavish upon it. Retrograde Saturn compares this to a mother asking another woman to help by breastfeeding the mother’s new infant. Don’t try to dispel any such associate’s zealous delusion. Simply respond, “Of course, I could say yes – but, deep down in your heart, do you really think that that is going to happen?”

1 Planets either move forward, in which case they orbit in Direct Motion, or move backward, in which case they orbit in Retrograde Motion. Planets in Direct Motion seek to make progress, while Planets in Retrograde Motion seek to redress past imbalances.

ARTICLE #6

Chiron< in Aries & Pisces transits Retrograde Motion* from July 5 to December 10, 2018, while Urania> in Aries & Pisces transits Retrograde Motion* from August 8 to October 30, 2018. Either you made a big mistake or your best effort wasn’t good enough. Nevertheless, the outcome & the lesson remain the same: Objective criteria to advancement existed which you outright ignored. That objective criteria still exists – can you fulfill it? Review your personage & your performance. Take calculated disciplined steps to pass the test.  

ARIES – Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania describe the task at hand in clear terms: To secure entrance to whatever institution you solicit, you must possess certain skills, pay certain fees & commit to a specific timeframe. If you can’t check all the boxes, “Yes,” you will not secure entrance. No wiggle room to fool yourself!  

TAURUS – Study the developmental psychology of young men between the ages of 16 & 28 and apply that academic analysis to young men you know, as well as to statistics about such young men across racial & ethnic lines from Canada, Quebec, the U.S.A & Mexico. Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania denote that Canadian professor Jordan Peterson maintains such a broad influence over young men as the result of a crisis in leadership.; As for yourself, neither lead nor follow. For now, simply identify.  

GEMINI – While you cannot change your identity to match some institution’s culture, Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania insist that you can improve your objective skill levels to meet the criteria which such institutions demand. Don’t worry about becoming a cultural chameleon – yet. Practice your chops.

CANCER – If the big bosses are looking for a new boss with specific personal or professional criteria, you either fulfill that criteria or you don’t. More likely, for now, however, Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania will eliminate you from contention if you fulfill the criteria of what big bosses don’t want. Behave conservatively  

LEO – The law is clear: One must do A, B, and C and one is not allowed to do X, Y and Z. Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania connote that many with whom you have worked in the recent past tried to mix & to match tenets of the law to suit their temperament & whims. Well, what was tolerated then is easily punished now. Allow others to decide their own fates by their own choices.  

VIRGO – Men & boys of all ages have, for the past decade, been testing boundaries which denote, clearly, outright danger & the possibility of death. Whereas, in the past, those men & boys found that such boundaries had enormous amounts of slack, Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania warn that such current boundaries offer very little leeway – alive now, dead in five minutes. Keep the more reckless & the more adventurous on much shorter leashes.  

LIBRA – Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania announces that an enemy or adversary will challenge you by stating the exact principle, methodology or philosophy which you explicitly oppose. If ambiguity exists, the individual in question does not oppose you. Your enemy intends to express hostilities openly – there will be no doubt.  

SCORPIO – The comedy of the motley crew not only lifted your spirits but invigorated your creativity with conflicting simultaneous crosscurrents of chaos. Now, however, Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania boils that psychological safety net in the service of the professional workplace downsized to its bar skeleton until all that is left is you. You will have responsibilities for which you alone will be held accountable on a regular basis. It will not be fun – but it is not intended to be fun. Uniform, soldier!  

SAGITTARIUS – Writers, comedians, actors, artists: Often, you use the pain in your personal life as creative material, which dazzles audiences as it also serves to heal you – a strategy which might not work under the current influence of Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania. Oh, you will dazzle audiences alright – but you might actually wind up feeling more pain than you did before. Don’t think that you are emotionally invulnerable.  

CAPRICORN – Unless the malice feels palpable, Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania declare that there is no malice. But you will feel malice – the malice will feel palpable, and from those whom you expect it to resonate. However, if somebody is not boiling with rage . . . there is a possibility they might be your friend.  

AQUARIUS – Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania agree, “Sure, I’ll confirm what I said. Do you want me to spell it out for you, too, you savage, ignorant #%$! ?” Don’t take it personally – ask for a transcript & a press release, too, “Many thanks!”  

PISCES – You need more than X, but you have less than X, so therefore the answer is “No.” If you refuse to accept the self-evident mathematics of the situation, then Retrograde Chiron & Retrograde Urania assert that you are rationalizing & that you will only wind up nowhere, fast . . . and perhaps permanently. Look reality square in the eye – and act accordingly.

< Chiron, named after the wounded centaur who sacrificed his immortality in return for the liberation of Prometheus (he who stole fire from the gods!) was the first centaur planet discovered back in 1977. Chiron, described as "the wounded healer" by Zane Stein & Barbara Hand Clow, bridges the gap between Saturn & Uranus, exhorting us to teach that which we most need to learn.

> Urania, which was discovered in London by J.R. Hind in 1854, is the Greek muse of astronomy & astrology. Those who honor Urania use the clarity & pure systematic thought of logic & math to penetrate the veiled truth.

The best source in print for how to interpret Chiron, Urania and many other minor planets, in an individual's chart & in transit, is
Asteroid Goddess, written by Demetra George and published by
ACS Publications of San Diego, California. 

A great source online for how to interpret Chiron, Urania and many other centaurs, asteroids & minor planets, in an individual's chart & in transit, is
Zane Stein's website "Chiron and Friends" at
http://www.zanestein.com/chiron_a.htm

Read seminal astrological analysis on Chiron and other named & unnamed minor planets, asteroids, centaurs, transneptunians, plutinos and damacloids on
Juan Antonio Revilla’s website “Astrology of the New Centaurs” at
http://www.expreso.co.cr/centaurs/index.html

The only source online for how to interpret many unnamed centaurs and transneptunians, as well as an excellent source for how to interpret Chiron and all named centaurs, is
Philip Sedgwick’s webpage “Riders in the Sky – The Centaurs”
on Zane Stein's website "Chiron and Friends” at http://www.zanestein.com/phil.htm

A great resource for ephemeris data on Chiron, Urania and over 3000 minor planets, asteroids & centaurs, is on
Jonathan Dunn's website "Ephemeral Info" at
http://ephemeral.info

An indispensable resource for mythologies from all five continents, including but not limited to African, Native American, Inuit, Mayan, Aztec, Incan, Voodoo, Asian, Norse, Celtic, Oceanic, Greek & Roman mythologies is
Encyclopedia Mythica
at
www.pantheon.org

Research on the above footnotes generously provided to the general public by
The IAU: Minor Planet Center
at
http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/mpc.html

* Planets either move forward, in which case they orbit in Direct Motion, or move backward, in which case they orbit in Retrograde Motion. Planets in Direct Motion seek to make progress, while Planets in Retrograde Motion seek to redress past imbalances. .

ARTICLE #7

Uranus transits Taurus from May 15 to November 6, 2018. Whether one uses a computer, a cell phone, a pen with a piece of paper, a wire transfer, a credit card, a check or the cash in one’s wallet, everybody on earth seeks a secure, safe, fast & accurate transaction – but what serves the buyer may not serve the seller, “I can pay you in pesos – I can pay you in pesos right now!” If buyer & seller do not agree – you do not have a deal!  

ARIES – Because Uranus in Taurus threatens all sorts of “upgrades” about how you receive, save, invest & spend your money, you are defensive & nervous – and rightfully so, “My way always worked before – why should I change?” Answer is simple: If you don’t want to change, don’t. Think short-term about such innovations: See if it works for you now, immediately, permanently, in small quantities. Decide if you want to live with it.  

TAURUS – A change in your appearance, particularly involving a haircut, moustache, beard or hairstyle under the current influence of Uranus in Taurus will impel you to express your personality in ways that you have repressed . . . for far too long.  

GEMINI – Accountants, bookkeepers: You already know that some of your peers cheated, and how. You may think that you do not need to know the brand new way that such peers will now cheat under the current influence of Uranus in Taurus. However, you not only must find out about these new developments as they happen, but you must also anticipate the follow-up protocol & attempts to adjust as changes in technology bring with them the acceleration of such peers’ criminal instincts.  

CANCER – A new sophisticated & intellectually brilliant professional associate can explain the true amount of money stored in not only stocks & bonds but in fact in new & old novels or artistic masterpieces. However, first, Uranus in Taurus advises that you must stop thinking about personal factors such as “buyer,” “seller” and “timing.” Think instead, “liquid urgency,” “illiquid maturity” and “stored value over time.”  

LEO – You ascend, or somebody else ascends, to the top of your profession under the current influence of Uranus in Taurus if they pay close attention to one margin: What I have now compared to what I will have (tomorrow) (next week) (year-end) (2030). No gray area!  

VIRGO – You intuit a new way to distribute books after publication or to publicize, to display or to ship artwork under the current influence of Uranus in Taurus. Stay under the radar as you perfect your operations methodology. Don’t broadcast any of your innovations to anybody.  

LIBRA – New ways to steal money or to extort corrupt payments becomes glaringly apparent. If you maintain the honor of your moral backbone, Uranus in Taurus will show you colleagues & enemies who grasped the same idea at the same time – some struggle, some succumb. For now, just watch closely.

SCORPIO – Certain partners & rivals have always been blunt – but, more often than not, they shut up with a bemused smile after they make their point. Not so under the current influence of Uranus in Taurus. That unyielding downwind smell of bad breath intends to steer you in a specific direction. Detach – but do not disassociate.  

SAGITTARIUS – You have neglected the back end of work projects, and the employees & peers who execute them, to sell bosses & clients your premium services. Now, Uranus in Taurus signifies that this backlog impedes your front end sales efforts. Apply your innovative expertise so as to jettison this plethora of minutiae as soon as possible.  

CAPRICORN – Uranus in Taurus empowers the Goat, whether financier, novelist, painter or sculptor, to apply a genius innovation to create either a short-term, high-yield money machine or a creative masterpiece of staggering proportions. However, have you really discovered the formula to perpetual wealth & brilliance? Not so fast!  

AQUARIUS – Buying a second piece of property under the current influence of Uranus in Taurus will provide insight about how to redesign your current home to service your & your family’s more ambitious personal visions. However, don’t rush through changes. Think things through.  

PISCES – Develop new comedy routines based exclusively upon how people do & do not deliver upon their transactions with either financial payment or the goods being purchased. If you do so now, then Uranus in Taurus will introduce you to more “material” than you can handle for a decade – which is perfect, as all of it will stay fresh for at least that long!

ARTICLE #8

Neptune in Pisces transits Retrograde Motion* from June 18 to November 26, 2018. “The unpleasantness of the current day merely represents a part of history that we are not yet able to ignore,” one college friend said to the other. “This, too, shall pass. But when such unpleasantness of the current day gets even worse in the near future, and we are unable to ignore it as it happens, we must remember that that, too, shall pass. Until then, the two of us got together to remember all the good times that we had in the past as we prepare to have some good times tonight. Later this year, when it appears like the affairs of the world can only get worse, let’s think of these good times – not just as diversion, but, in fact, as the very truth itself.”  

ARIES – Steely Dan’s “Josie,” about the return of a biker chick to the neighborhood, waxes nostalgic about rebelling openly against authority to drink, get rowdy & engage in loud, gruff, barbaric mating rituals in the streets. Just like John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John in Grease – after all, Retrograde Neptune reminds all that everybody, in their youth, wants to appear tough & sexy as Hell. But it was all supposed to be fun – not dark, serious & mean, like the international & national politics of the early 21st century. Recall what Paul McCartney sang while the Beatles were breaking up, “Get back to where you once belonged.”  

TAURUS – By the time that you graduated both high school & college, the cliques which you all had formed when you arrived in freshman year had completely dissolved as everybody prepared to say goodbye forever – because many of those people you would never see again. Retrograde Neptune laments, “If only you could graduate now &leave this daily grind forever!” Maybe you can – but what are you going to do if you must cooperate with an enemy that you may see day in & day out for the rest of your life?  

GEMINI – Yippie! You are now a productive, mature & successful adult. (What the Hell happened?) That being said, Retrograde Neptune agrees with you – this is no damn fun. Rediscover that part of your soul which can experience joy – before the onset of evil politics force you to defend your financial interests, love ones & city.  

CANCER – Throughout many Don DeLillo novels, the male protagonist, whether single, married, separated or divorced, is always trying to get laid in the most blatant, juvenile way. Whether, as a reader, you either giggle or roll your eyes, Retrograde Neptune reminds you to give DeLillo a little credit: In a world of unbridled political & professional ruthlessness, he refuses to take himself too seriously.  

LEO – Leo the Lion will fight to the death if anyone threatens their family. However, Retrograde Neptune whispers in the Lion’s ear that the threat to their family & their domestic security may not be external – it may lie amongst the people with whom you discuss your deepest fears & your most closely guarded financial interests.  

VIRGO – You need to make fun of your spouse – and your spouse needs to smack you in the head! (Playfully.)Retrograde Neptune reminds you that you are just a pair of brats – which you will need to remember as you both negotiate important financial & domestic terms down the line as the two adults you two have (legally) become.  

LIBRA – You know your employee’s strengths & weaknesses – and that in itself has value. Even so, Retrograde Neptune declares that, down the line, keeping all such employees on the payroll may not be sustainable. Determine what is expendable now before you choose who is expendable.  

SCORPIO – Romance is delicious – but romance is expensive. Furthermore, Retrograde Neptune denotes that, if you are not married to that individual with whom you enjoy romance, romance represents an expenditure & not an investment. “Budget” your “resources.”  

SAGITTARIUS – Long days at your job keep you out of trouble. Retrograde Neptune asks, “Does that mean that your desire for freedom represents your personal downfall?” Maybe – what does freedom mean to you?  

CAPRICORN – The moral imperatives of the Christian impel the wayward to change their ways so as to return to the fold of the flock. The moral imperatives of law enforcement inform the obedient of whom to exclude from their company – and why. Retrograde Neptune teaches you when to use which – and why.  

AQUARIUS – You may not like your boss, but your boss pays you well. Granted – but Retrograde Neptune nevertheless warns you, “Just make sure your boss likes you.” You can’t play politics on somebody else’s payroll!  

PISCES – Retrograde Neptune provides you with every possible advantage professionally. You must capitalize on each & every opportunity before the wind – and the conditions it brings to everybody – changes direction.

1 Planets either move forward, in which case they orbit in Direct Motion, or move backward, in which case they orbit in Retrograde Motion. Planets in Direct Motion seek to make progress, while Planets in Retrograde Motion seek to redress past imbalances.

ARTICLE #9

Pluto in Capricorn transits Retrograde Motion* from April 22 to October 1, 2018, while in 2003-CO1 in Capricorn transits Retrograde Motion* from April 29 to September 30, 2018. Poor Rex Tillerson. A civil engineer by trade, Tillerson worked extremely hard at his specialized position his whole life to climb the corporate ladder to its ultimate pinnacle in, perhaps America’s (or the capital market’s) most admired company, as Chief Executive Officer of Exxon. Enter President-Elect Donald Trump, fresh from a campaign where he promises West Virginia, Pennsylvania & Ohio that “coal is coming back,” tapping Tillerson as the premier non-Washington insider to take the helm as Secretary of State – only to be dumped some fifteen months later, firing Tillerson with less ceremony than he used to fire political enemy FBI Director James Comey, or even reality television wrestling villain & loser apprentice Omarosa Manigault. Tillerson chose to take the high road, exhorting those both new & old to that “very mean-spirited town,” Washington D.C., "You don't have to choose to participate in that. Each of us gets to choose the person we want to be, and the way we want to be treated, and the way we will treat others."  

ARIES – When professional athletes serve in government, such as Bill Bradley, Jack Kemp, J.C. Watts & Dave Bing, the keynote is “transformation,” as exemplary team players transcend from one elite milieu to another. When government officials appear on Celebrity Apprentice, as convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich did, the keynote is “debasement” – why would an elected official sully the prestige of office by participating in a low-minded reality TV show? Keeping this comparison in mind as you ponder a new career or post-career venture, Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, provide you with the proper criteria by which to judge what you should do next: Is what you plan to do next worthy or unworthy of all that you have already done?  

TAURUS – Edward Conlon made quite an innovative splash in the literary world after graduating Harvard University to become a published author while working as a New York City police officer, culminating in his police memoir Blue Blood in 2004. Therefore, years later, when Joseph Wambaugh praised Conlon’s first full-length novel Red on Red, “This is the cop novel for everyone who reads books,” did Conlon feel truly comfortable in this new pigeonhole which somehow does not reveal his Ivy League upbringing? Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, point to Officer Conlon because Conlon, more than most cops, has the background & training to evolve beyond his chosen job description which slants his worldview in potentially permanently fixed ways. Can one take the fish out of the fishbowl & place it in the ocean in such a way that the fish forgets the fishbowl ever existed in the first place?  

GEMINI – Investments in emerging markets & alternative investments endure duress under the current influence of Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, as U.S. President Donald Trump’s seemingly illogical Twitter rants seek to coral all investment in domestic companies whom he favors. Because “out of the box” is never “out of style,” President Trump’s atavistic totalitarian economic strategy is to put “out of the box” “out of business.” Hedge your bets.  

CANCER – Recently, newly formed friendships or associations of a spouse or business partner diverted their attention from their routine. Now, Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, urge both of you to decide if such relationships are worthwhile in the long term, and, ultimately, sustainable.  

LEO – An employee or work colleague whom you hired in the past two years offered credentials not for the job in which they were hired, but credentials which would you’re your entire team in a more progressive direction. Now is the time, according to the current influence of Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, to determine if this experiment worked. If yes, continue. If not, change course – perhaps with new personnel.  

VIRGO – Back in the day, before interleague play, a batter traded from the National to the American League, or vice versa, got one chance to tear the cover off the baseball against every pitcher in the league because all those pitchers would be facing that batter for the first time. After that, pitchers will have had one experienced & done their research, and therefore “know the score.” Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, declare that many rookies in your league have already fulfilled that first time quota. Bear down hard upon these former rookies now – see if they can survive “the Sophomore Slump.”  

LIBRA – Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, declare that you now you know the full score about that Johnny-come-lately new kid in local politics – and why they arrived here from there. Make your moves.  

SCORPIO – Until about 18 months ago, long-term conflicts with “entitled” genius employees caused you to hesitate before issuing direct, straightforward, clear instructions. Now, you no longer hesitate – you see no reason to hesitate. You can act like yourself. However, as changing astrological influences will bring with them changing conditions in the workplace, Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, recommend that you consider why you allowed genius employees to undermine your rhythm so that you won’t allow any new head cases to get under your skin in the future.  

SAGITTARIUS – Increasing the number of streams of liquid income by diversifying your skills worked well in the past 18 months. However, with Saturn in Capricorn firmly entrenched in your second house of money through 2020, Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, alert you that you may need to focus upon your main bread & butter if you are to please demanding & unyielding bosses.  

CAPRICORN – Aristocratic old money blue bloods will implement their exit strategy so that everybody will admire them as they leave to you & everybody else difficult problems that require not only a clear strategy but very hard work. Even so, Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, advise you not to resent such blue bloods – now is your opportunity to get yours.  

AQUARIUS – A truly decent individual who worked behind the scenes has left the firm – which is why certain types have reverted back to their extremely bad behavior. No matter – Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, remind you that you are tougher now. Give as good as you get & do not back down.  

PISCES – A professional ally with a lot of class moves on, leaving you to deal with all the hardened & bitter “realists” who are only in it for a dollar. That’s okay – Pluto & 2003-CO1, both in Retrograde in Capricorn, know that Pisces can get along with anybody. Just don’t expect too much – 

* 2003-CO1 is an unnamed centaur planet discovered on February 1, 2003. The orbit of 2003-CO1 commences just beyond the orbit of Saturn as it crosses over the orbit of Uranus & Neptune.

A great resource for ephemeris data on 2003-CO1 and over 3000 minor planets, asteroids & centaurs, is on
Jonathan Dunn's website "Ephemeral Info" at
http://ephemeral.info

Research on the above footnotes generously provided to the general public by
The IAU: Minor Planet Center
at
http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/mpc.html

1 Planets either move forward, in which case they orbit in Direct Motion, or move backward, in which case they orbit in Retrograde Motion. Planets in Direct Motion seek to make progress, while Planets in Retrograde Motion seek to redress past imbalances.

ARTICLE #10

Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn transits Retrograde Motion1 from June 26 to August 28, 2018. A strict denotation of any planet in Retrograde Motion1 signifies unfinished business from past transits of other planets through the same sign to prepare for new business of future transits of other planets through the same sign. To put this in context: All outer planets except Pluto – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune – crossed over the Capricorn-Aquarius cusp between 1990 and 2000, almost two decades ago. Finishing such unfinished business prepares for not only the entrance of Pluto into Aquarius to commence a two-decade transit on March 23, 2023, but also for the first of three Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions2 in Aquarius over the next 180 years, commencing December 21, 2020 – and, not so incidentally, the Pluto Return of the U.S.A. (July 4, 1776; 4:47 p.m. L.M.T.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on February 22, 2022; July 11, 2022; and December 29, 2022. As a result, the intersection of the operations of the federal state with the manifestation of high technology via the dictates of personal freedom create a singular, potentially extremely arduous, personal, professional & civic mandate. .  

ARIES – If you choose to listen to nobody in your relentless pursuit of freedom, then Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn denotes that you are ultimately solely responsible for determining your own physical & legal limits – and staying within them. What’s at stake? Bankruptcy, jail, life & death. This message will not self-destruct.  

TAURUS – You may not know the intricacies of science or the natural rhythm of a ten or twenty-two minute video sequence – that comes with experience. Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn declares that, for you, it is only important that you get in sync with your own ebb & flow first. Learn your own part of the script or score before trying to join in to play with the cast or the band.  

GEMINI – Make no professional, financial or business moves. Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn reminds you of long years where your personal finances & professional security were not in order at all. Now, consolidate your newfound secure position. Rest deeply.  

CANCER – You spent many years not knowing exactly what you believed – and, before you came to your (current) final conclusion, you adopted the belief systems of other people. Now that this phenomenon is mirrored back to you in many ways under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn, you realize that what you underwent is a necessary phase of development. You need not repeat it – but nor should you judge those other people whose belief systems you consumed whole.  

LEO – Partners & rivals will ignore & evade you in reaction to you because they do not & will not listen – let them do what they whatever they like. Later on, however, Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn will focus the energy so that such colleagues & employees see you in a different light. In both instances, however, you should do nothing. Let other people respond to the magnetic forces of which they are unaware.  

VIRGO – Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn will make your workplace seem li9ke a playground where you can express your unfettered will. This is a delusion. Go to the gym, basketball court or racquetball club & release repressed aggression. Treat the workplace with the respect of the place where you earn your own, and your family’s, bread, butter, shelter & various teenagers’ college educations.  

LIBRA – The applause that a politician hears for expressing their ideals is as meaningful as the funky groovy crunchy granola folk artist playing acoustic guitar on a stage in front of films of warfare in the Middle East. Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn will now ground your political worldviews in more practical & realistic issues for which no audience will clap – whether such issues interest you or not.  

SCORPIO – Local political discourse is cheap – dirt cheap. Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn agrees with you – you have no time for it. Your most meaningful politics concern the fulfillment of your financial interests – for which you will issue instructions & demand results.  

SAGITTARIUS – Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn declares that popularity is meaningless if you do not have the legal ability to make the money that you need to survive.  

CAPRICORN – Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn admonishes the Goat severely, “You have forgotten that Karl Marx was an economist!” Forget those politics! You cannot have an opinion about what you need. You must have it. You have to get it. Turn off the babble of your brain & get moving!  

AQUARIUS – Never in your life have you seen more clearly than under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn the relationship between your undeclared bureaucratic enemies & your charismatic personal power. Learn this lesson right now so that you may apply what you learn at those times in the future when it deeply matters.  

PISCES – You learn under the current influence of Retrograde Mars in Aquarius & Capricorn why your professional allies hide themselves within your bureaucracy. A lot of your undeclared enemies who act like they are making moves confuse everybody’s understanding of the status quo. Why do they do this? Because they are nobody. Of course, you couldn’t prove this – until now. Even so, act oblivious. Connect with the real movers & shakers in private.

1 Planets either move forward, in which case they orbit in Direct Motion, or move backward, in which case they orbit in Retrograde Motion. Planets in Direct Motion seek to make progress, while Planets in Retrograde Motion seek to redress past imbalances.  

2 A Conjunction is a harmonious aspect wherein two or more planets meet as they transit the same sign.

ARTICLE #11

The North Node$ transits Leo from April 28, 2017 to November 16, 2018. A brilliant, innovative, hard-working mind, ensconced within a frustrating infrastructure, can still ascend from a middling position to a professional apex in a heartbeat, when that infrastructure, already providing all the resources that it possesses, needs that stellar individual to accomplish a far-reaching agenda. Even so, that individual feeds more effectively, not upon the unconditional support & seemingly limitless resources of that now profoundly empowering infrastructure, but from vendettas against rivals & adversaries. Disturbingly, even though such individual succeeds more when that one cooperates impersonally on societal goals, such one nevertheless derives motivation from personal antipathy & animal prejudice – the same way that good hates evil like any normal human reviles a cockroach. Such misplaced motivation disintegrates first into politics, then into power struggles with unenlightened despots, leading to the loss of self-esteem – until, in the end, that brilliant, hard-working mind realizes that impersonal cooperation, without ego, in pursuit of agendas for one & for all, represents the most practical, enlightened path.  

ARIES – You endured so many ongoing frustrations for months, if not years, at a time, that you really worried when success came thick, fast & easily. In this context, while it is noble to embrace one’s struggle, the North Node in Leo qualify that it is foolish to struggle strictly for the sake of struggling. Every struggle contains a karmic component which mere mortals (including Aries the Ram) forget. Listen to voices in dreams tell you the purposes of struggles recently surmounted. Enjoy rewards in the light of the noonday sun.  

TAURUS – Who wouldn’t want to live in your beautiful new apartment, condominium or house? Conversely, the North Node in Leo states that the real question for the Bull is, “Why can’t you seem to live in your own skin?” What’s with all the self-loathing? Who cares about what "the world" thinks? Accept that you have a right to be who you are no matter if anybody else likes it or not.  

GEMINI – To get what you (you say that you) want (you said that you wanted it!), the North Node in Leo demands that you ask the tough questions of spouse, lovers & partners who do not want to answer them, and that you yourself answer the tough questions of administrators, investors, editors & curators – even though you don’t want to do it. On Steely Dan’s “Do it Again,” Donald Fagan sings, “Those black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you’re able – In the land of milk & honey, you must put them on the table.” Full disclosure!  

CANCER – Liquid income & windfall profit now allows you the opportunity to accumulate money. However, in order for you to hold onto what you earn, the North Node in Leo advises that you must not deprive yourself. All work & no play exhaust the spirit. Curb eating & drinking – exercise more. Also, pursue romance – not wanton carnality.  

LEO – Assert your will. Sales, international business, romance, sports – the North Node in Leo rewards those who make things happen! However, avoid low-minded trash talk with dishonorable competition without scruples. Uphold your nobility.  

VIRGO – Your familial, property-related & professional responsibilities weigh heavily on your mind, body & spirit. The North Node in Leo denotes that you cannot escape but require a refuge. The ideal refuge: A gymnasium with a variegated & flexible yoga program.  

LIBRA – Intimacy with lovers can be delectable albeit cloying. The North Node in Leo denotes that you now favor adult, society-oriented objectivity: You want this but can you provide me with that? One caveat: Certain players are rule-breakers – and some rule-breakers will tempt you to break rules. Careful!

SCORPIO – Manifest power becomes available to you – but the North Node in Leo signifies that you must first demonstrate an ability to manage your money, time & energy – as well as the money, time & energy of colleagues & employees. Also, avoid power struggles – even if you win, more power struggles follow. Wait for professional superiors to bestow the crown upon you.  

SAGITTARIUS – “The correct answer” is no longer important. The North Node in Leo rewards the right attitude. Moreover, demonstrating the right attitude is superfluous. Do only what is important, necessary & inspired. Avoid all vices of excess – including lust, gluttony, greed & intoxication. Allow the purity of your essence to shine.  

CAPRICORN – Local business & real estate ventures which now go bust, as well as professional high rollers who cannot deliver on their word, threaten your own personal & professional bottom line. While some such incorrigible debtors may call you heavy-handed, the North Node in Leo insists that you are entitled to this money which you yourself desperately need. However, refuse to debase yourself with illegal, hardball tactics. Work with the courts of law to seize that cash lawfully – and irrevocably.  

AQUARIUS – Allowing vendors, associates & employees latitude in the spirit of egalitarian magnanimity will only make you a doormat. The North Node in Leo states that now is the time to enforce – because if you will not enforce, bosses will find somebody who can & will.  

PISCES – Weightlifting! The North Node in Leo rewards stamina, endurance & strength. Bosses need more done in less time. Bosses, at times, need brute force to push large objects & vast projects across untenable thresholds. “So what?” you say. “What’s the big deal?” Way to be!

@ The North Node and the South Node, or the Nodes of the Moon, represent current & past life karma, respectively, according to astrologer Martin Schulman. Astronomically, the North Node & the South Node are the two points at which the Moon's orbit intersects the ecliptic, setting a timetable for large-scale Solar & Lunar Eclipses over time.