Will the digital age usher in the individual liberation and political freedoms that the internet is uniquely capable of unleashing? Or will it bring about a system of omnipresent monitoring and control, beyond the dreams of even the greatest tyrants of the past? Right now either path is possible. Our actions will determine where we end up. Glen Greenwald
This month we will experience the 6th Uranus Square Pluto in a series of seven. The last one will be March 17, 2015. Using a 5 degree orb, we have been squeezed in this vice since 2010 and we won't be free of this dynamic until 2016. This square has been especially difficult for those of you with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) and especially if you have the ascendant at 6 to 17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Uranus is the planet of liberation and Pluto the planet of covert operations, secrets, and control on a large scale.
A book I am reading entitled, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald describes the Uranus/Pluto standoff. As you would expect Snowden has the Uranus (Prometheus) signature in his natal chart. I was surprised to read that he grew up reading Greek Mythology and was influenced by Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces. The primary lesson he took away from Cambell's book was that “It is we who infuse life with meaning through our actions and the stories we create with them...... I don't want to be a person who remains afraid to act in defense of my principles.” Pluto is in Capricorn the sign of corporations and the largest technological companies, such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and Verizon have cooperated with NSA to hand over billions of pieces of personal data they have on people world wide including the US. (Here's a tip: NSA has the ability to remotely turn your cell phone into a listening device.) In Greenwald's book he describes a NSA program called Xkeystroke that allows an operator to track all our emails, chats and internet browsing by doing a simple online search. Most of the data mining results are not used to find terrorists, but for economic or political advantage. The events in this book are portrayed in a film that just came out called Citizen Four.
Other events this month are: Uranus turning direct, Saturn entering Sagittarius and Jupiter turning retrograde. Planets changing signs and direction will make for a very upsetting month. This month will be challenging for those of you with personal planets or the ascendant at 10 to 14 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Not only is Uranus/Pluto doing their square dance at those degrees, but Venus (relationships) and Mercury (mental processes) are hitting the same degrees this month.
Dates to Watch:
Dec 4 – Venus Trine Jupiter. You may receive a gift or a special thank you in return for a favor that you did for a friend in the recent past. Sun Trine Uranus. A day for entertainment and fun. Maybe a party or an invitation to a wedding or some unexpected guests.
Mars enters Aquarius until Jan 12, 2015. Because Aquarius believes in networking and open sources of information and in innovations, all modes of communication are energized and electrified when Mars moves through this sign. Look to the house in your natal chart that contains Aquarius. This area of your life will become busy.
Dec 5 – Venus Trine Uranus. A good day to visit a museum, art gallery and music hall with some agreeable companions.
Dec 6 – Full Moon at 14 Gemini. Gemini can see both sides to every issue. During this full moon you may have trouble making up your mind about something. People begin to feel restless with a Full Moon in this sign
Dec 8 – Sun Conjunct Mercury. This will make you more mentally active. A good time to study or write.
Jupiter stations retrograde at 22 Leo until April 8, 2015. Retrogrades are time-out periods. Jupiter is in Leo which rules the entertainment industry, recreational activities and things that have to do with children. Also, travel can be restricted during this period. Jupiter is asking us to look within for answers.
Dec 10 – Venus in Capricorn until January 3, 2015. Venus in the practical sign of Capricorn means that you still love to shop, but now are looking for a good deal. Venus in Capricorn rules arranged marriages rather than a love match.
Dec 12 – Mercury Trine Jupiter. This is a good day to make investments that can turn out to be very favorable. Also for intellectual enjoyment of all kinds.
Dec 14 – Sun Trine Jupiter. Another good day for financial opportunities and education.
Dec 15 – Uranus Square Pluto at 12 degrees of Aries and Capricorn. This is the biggie. Expect the unexpected and some very tough decisions especially if you have personal planets and especially the ascendant at 12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.
Dec 16 – Mercury in Capricorn until January 4, 2015. A time to get serious, but remember, Capricorn rules satire and dry humor that can lighten up this period.
Dec 20 – Venus Square Uranus at 12 degrees of Capricorn and Aries. This is not favorable for relationships with friends and relatives. Someone is too quirky, is it you?
Venus Conjunct Pluto at 12 Capricorn. This adds to the discord with friends and family. Someone is too obsessive and controlling. That can't be you!
Dec 21 – New Moon at 0 Capricorn. The beginning of the Capricorn period has a New Moon right at the beginning of the sign. That emphasizes the practical, – a time for material ambition and an awareness of work and duty.
Sun enters Capricorn until January 20, 2015. The Capricorn period is super-charged because of the New Moon and the fact that the same day has Uranus turning direct.
Uranus turns direct at 12 degrees of Aries. Brace Yourself! Uranus may get the upper hand on Pluto now that he is going direct. Well, not really, no one gets an upper hand on Pluto. But maybe the playing field will be more even. If you have personal planets or the ascendant at 12 degrees of Aries, or Libra, expect some exciting events happening around you. You can expect big changes or breakthroughs in your personal life and on a global scale. Uranus is the planet of surprises. Aries says me first. We may see some uprisings and protests around the world
Dec 23 – Saturn enters Sagittarius until June 16, 2015 when it backs into Scorpio until Sep 19, 2015 and then enters Sagittarius until December 21, 2017. It is very important when Saturn changes signs. It stays in each sign 2 ½ years. Saturn is the Reality principle and in Sagittarius, he is asking us to get real about our plans for the future While Saturn is in Sagittarius, both Geminis and Sagittarians will finally get serious. I mean, come on, stop playing around and get a job!
Dec 24 – Mercury Square Uranus. News comes in that you may not like. Try to keep calm. Ideas are swirling around in your head. Some are a little nutty.
Dec 25 – Mercury conjunct Pluto at 12 Capricorn. You can get a little paranoid on this one. You suspect everyone!
OUTER PLANET TRANSITS:
JUPITER is in Leo until August 2015. This month Jupiter will turn retrograde on the 8th and will move from 22 Leo to 21 Leo. Jupiter is about growth and expansion. Look to the house in your natal chart that holds 21 to 22 degrees of Leo. This is the area of life that will expand this month: more projects, more people, more fun.
SATURN is in Scorpio until Dec 24, 2014. This month Saturn moves from 27 degrees of Scorpio to 0 degrees of Sagittarius. If you have the ascendant or any personal planets at 27 to 29 degrees of Scorpio or Taurus or at 0 degrees of Sagittarius or Gemini in your natal chart, you may be in store for some hard lessons around the issues ruled by the planet and the house the planet is in or rules. While Saturn is in Scorpio he may be asking you to take on more responsibility for how you control your rage and psychological expression. As he moves into Sagittarius, Saturn is asking about your plans for the future.
URANUS is in Aries until 2018. This month Uranus is retrograde until the 21st and will stay at 12 degrees of Aries all month. We all feel a need to rebel; we want more freedom and want to make some radical changes in our life. I believe in “cooperating with the inevitable”. If you have Uranus in a challenging aspect to your ascendant or personal planets, go on a long vacation, move, or make some major changes in your life.
NEPTUNE (creativity, sensitivity, escapism, dreams) is in Pisces until 2026. He will move from 12 to 13 degrees of Pisces this month. A lack of focus, a sense of drifting or an inability to see a betrayal or disappointment until it's too late can be experienced by those of you with the Sun or Personal Planets at 12 to 13 degrees of Pisces or Virgo. For the enlightened out there, Neptune can also bring artistic, musical, creative expression, increased dreams and spiritual insights. Watch for some really inspired films to come out during the time Neptune is in Pisces.
PLUTO is in Capricorn until 2023. This month Pluto is moving direct and will move from at 12 to 13 degrees of Capricorn. Everyone is feeling the urge to purge and to find his or her truth. Profound changes will be felt especially by those with Sun, ascendant or personal planets at 12 or 13 degrees of Capricorn or Cancer.