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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Astrological Predicting and Human Free Will/Choices

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Uranus in Taurus (2018-2026): Money Upheavals

Uranus in Taurus by Jessica Adams

The Capricorn Traffic and Uranus in Taurus
Of course, Uranus in Taurus (revolution and money) comes alongside first Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, then Jupiter and Ceres – all across Christmas 2017 through 2020. Capricorn rules Prime Ministers and Presidents, Royalty and Chief Executives. It rules the people at the top of business and government.
Saturn and Pluto is going to give these people the toughest cycle in 240+ years, but why? One has to suspect that there will be class action lawsuits against them. There may be jail sentences. Saturn cycles are hard – you have to choose between a rock and  hard place when they come. Pluto transforms everything, forever. Do you remember The Panama Papers? That was not the end of the story. There may also be a big push against corporations by large groups of individuals. You’d have to suspect massive legal reform affecting corporations, governments and even the democratic process once it’s all over by 2020.
Money, Money Money! How Are You Not Free?
Uranus in Taurus asks you ‘How are you not free, when it comes to money? When it comes to houses and apartments?’ Classically when Uranus lands in a new sign, people realise they had no idea, just how trapped they were. It’s rather like the familiarity of life under lock and key. Until the door opens you become habitually used to confinement. Uranus in Taurus from May 2018 will first shock us, then – over a number of years – show us very clearly, just how ‘free’ we were not.
Freedom for you may revolve around credit card debt, or mortgage debt, or the tax system. Perhaps it’s about the impossibly high price of houses or apartments, where we live (or even where we were born). London is a case in point. Sydney is a case in point. New York is a case in point.  One thing is sure. If you put this question to any group of people in your world, you’ll see the tension. No system which keeps the majority down, ever lasts on a Uranus transit. This is a storm cloud building. When Uranus finally moves into Taurus, the rebellion will begin. There will be moments from 2018-2026 when the Storming of the Bastille looks like a tea party.
We associate Uranus with the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the American Revolution, because he was found in 1781, a key year for those events. We’re going to see a global Banking Revolution, Economic Revolution and Currency Revolution from 2018. It will start small, go away for a while, then come back even more powerfully, as Uranus moves into Taurus, out, then back in again. These are basic astrology rules. Uranus needs tools, though. New inventions. We will see a huge push here, using new technology. Even our experimental use of mobile phones and digital currency in 2017 could look ratherquaint and old-fashioned after 2020.

Watching History Repeat – The 1930’s and 1940’s and Uranus in Taurus
It’s been about 80 years since we saw Uranus in Taurus the sign of the bull. How does astrology predict the future? By drawing on the past. Unlike mainstream time, astrology time is circular. It’s not linear. Astrologers know history repeats.
On June 6th 1934, Uranus entered Taurus (the sign which rules currency, the economy and banking), remaining there until October 9th. This gives us a fair idea of what to expect from this new cycle.
 Uranus then re-entered Taurus on March 27th, 1935 and remained there until August 7th 1941 (the Second World War). There was one final move back into Taurus from October 4th 1941, ending on May 15th 1942. These were the years immediately after the Wall Street Crash, which coincided with the Great Depression – and then the rationing and austerity of the war.
Same principle, but different context. Ration coupons replaced normal money, during the war. The value of currency in some countries went crazy. We also saw fundamental questions about the value of human life. This will repeat from 2018. We’re going to see the same issue – what price humanity and what price human beings?
High-Rise Mountains for Capricorn Goats to Climb
What’s the context of Uranus in Taurus from 2018 through 2026? The end of old government and business systems. The end of the banks as we know them. Perhaps, the end of the worldwide taxation system as we know it. Why? Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn are all passing through Capricorn at this time, and Capricorn rules the people at the top. The people in suits and ties at the top of the tower. Those high-rise blocks – the skyscrapers – are a symbol of the mountain upon which Capricorn the mountain goat perches. We’re not talking about the basement here. We’re talking about the penthouse. The jaw-dropping combination of Saturn, Pluto, Ceres and Jupiter in Capricorn 2017-2020 is going to utterly transform the structures (corporate, political) but also the actual structures themselves. The mountains which the ambitious goats climb.
The skyscrapers themselves may not last. They may be pulled down, or affected by building flaws, or earthquakes. Astrology tells us that the powerful combination of Uranus in Taurus and the stellium in Capricorn is going to bring the old 20th century system crashing down. People and buildings, even those which in 2017 seem impossible to topple, will make a dramatic fall.
The dreadful tragedy of Grenfell in London happened as I was updating this story on June 18th, 2017. (I had originally filed it on 4th April, 2017). The first thing that occurred to me was the symbolic link between Capricorn and skyscrapers.
This goes beyond the concrete, glass, steel and cladding, though. It goes into the symbolic shift set to occur with those at the very top (the tiny percentage of people at the peak) and the masses down the bottom. If you think of a mountain, you’ll see the Capricorn reality. Uranus in Taurus and the total deconstruction and reconstruction of banking and taxation will play its part.
What Does Uranus Mean in Astrology? How Does it Work in Your Chart?
To understand what a planet means, we need to go to astronomy (which tells us about the conditions surrounding the discovery and naming) first. Then we need to look at the Roman/Latin mythology around the name. You can track Uranus in your birth chart two ways. First, by its actual birth position. Second, by the way it behaves as it passes through.
Astrology works on synchronicity – the uncanny connections between things. The word synch is hidden in synchronicity. It’s a good word to use when explaining astrology. The heavenly bodies are in synch with us. The Goldman Sachs tower, below, is a Capricorn symbol. Why? Because Capricorn the mountain goat rules the top of any high place – like the penthouse suite of the CEO in a major corporation. In April 2017 it is possible to make a prediction, in writing, that Goldman Sachs will go through a massive crisis between 2018 and 2020, that changes it forever, or even brings it to an end. Why?  Uranus in Taurus (finance) brings a revolution not seen in decades, at the same time that Pluto, Saturn, Ceres and Jupiter all pass through Capricorn (high rise buildings, people at the top) and transform things. This is synchronicity at work. Gold is part of Taurus symbolism. Gold bullion (Taurus the bull) and Goldman Sachs share that symbolism. Goldman Sachs, sacks of gold…but what happens to the sacks when Uranus the planet of shock and revolution passes through?
Uranus – Never Still, Never Satisfied
Uranus was the right name, as in Roman mythology, he is the god of the sky and father of Saturn – and as the planet beyond Saturn – he fits into the family tree. This planet is about a part of you (and life) which is never still, never satisfied. Even its own name never stuck, from the start. I’m sure you can see that in your own chart. Uranus by sign and house shows where you can never ‘settle’ or accept, for very long. It also shows where others are never content to live with the status quo either.
Astronomy helps astrologers understand their horoscope symbols. Astronomer Johann Bode, wrote, ‘You know perhaps that I was the first person in Germany to see the new star; this was on the 1stAugust 1781 – since when I have observed it as often as opportunity offered…I have proposed the name Uranus for the new planet as I thought we had better stick to mythology…” (in The Georgian Star, Michael D. Lemonick, Atlas and Co. 2009).
The name didn’t stick. In fact, some astronomers thought Uranus (formerly The Georgian Star) should have been called Herschel, after its discoverer, William Herschel. You can still find old books with Herschel written down, instead of Uranus!
There is a twitchy feeling of discontent about this symbol in your horoscope. Rejection follows rejection. We associate Uranus with distancing, cold contempt – but also with those who will not take being ignored or set aside.
This historic decision by the astronomer Bode – to propose an alternative name – also gives us the idea that Uranus is about alternatives, full stop. And his choice to link the new planet in 1781 also helps us with interpretation.
Uranus is very different, natally and by transit. In the birth chart, he is part of you – that side of yourself which creates, invents, produces – and then distances yourself. You reject your own innovations or creations. Let me give you an example. If you were born in the Sixties with Uranus in Virgo then so was everyone else! Virgo rules diets. Uranus rules invention. So, your generation invented the diet industry – from Stevia to Weight Watchers to low-fat milk to diet milkshakes. Your generation (and possibly you) are constantly rejecting that. Your own bodies may be rejecting that, physically! So the churning over food goes on. Uranus in Libra people have this with dating, mating, relating, separating, marriage, love, sex, divorce and the rest. Who is on Tinder, never still, never settled? Uranus in Libra people.
When Uranus goes into Taurus the babies born from 2018 onwards will grow up to be the adults of 2038 who invent a brand new world economy, yet they will also reject it and go on searching endlessly for new, different, new, different!
Uranus by Transit
Uranus by transit is quite different to Uranus in the birth chart. By transit this planet brings sweeping, global revolution which challenges you to either get on board and become part of the transformation, or to be left behind – a man or woman out of time. If you realise that we are now in almost the final year of Uranus in Aries (and Aries rules self-promotion, self-interest, image, name, reputation and ‘Me’) then you can see how the internet itself has mirrored ceaseless change. Selfie sticks and Instagram filters, Facebook (the clue is in the ‘face’ part of the corporation) and the rest have played their part in a tidal wave of churning dissatisfaction with ‘Me’ – and how to promote or push ‘Me’ (which is me, you and all of us).
Cosmetic surgery is another part of this Uranus in Aries cycle, which began in 2011. So is the vast array of make-up at Sephora and other outlets. There’s money in heavy cosmetics, of course, but when you see young women (the people least likely to actually need cosmetics) filling their baskets with eyebrow pencils, colour-corrector, highlighter, translucent powder and the rest, you realise you are seeing Uranus in Aries. Never satisfied. Never still.
When Uranus goes into Taurus in May 2018, and for many years afterwards, we will see this chopping and changing with banks, or their new equivalent – and online marketplaces. We will also see it with competing currencies. After 2018 the old days of one bank, one card, one currency are over. Finished. Wall Street used to fix the value of things, along with other markets. Not any more. What things are worth – and why – and when will become a huge question. Watch the FTSE and the pound. Crazy.
The Naming of Uranus – Why This Planet is About Rejection and Rebellion
To really understand what Uranus does in your chart natally – and also by transit – and the difference, it helps to dig into history. The naming of Uranus was controversial, as we’ve seen, and the name did not stick – but there are interesting reasons, why. William Herschel, who discovered it, was given 200 pounds every year, for life, by King George III of England, in exchange for becoming the royal family’s astronomer and, unofficially, naming the new planet after him – the Georgium Sidus – the Georgian Star. This was a political act that provoked rejection and rebellion, two other concepts we link to this planet.
Astronomers in Europe objected to Herschel’s choice. ‘They argued that the new name wasn’t consistent with the naming of the other planets. Five classical deities and one British monarch didn’t quite add up…Herschel defended his choice vigorously. ‘In the present more philosophical era,’ he wrote, ‘it would hardly be allowable…to call on Juno, Pallas, Apollo or Minerva, for a name for our new heavenly body.’ He tried, but he failed, to get Georgium Sidus welcomed in Europe.
You can see the churning and discontent right there. The lack of acceptance. The refusal to settle. It is amazing how often the naming of a heavenly body tells us about the symbolism, or meaning. Uranus is a classic case.
Change and the Rejection of Change
Writing in The Georgian Star, Michael D. Lemonick notes ‘It took years for the name Uranus to be universally accepted, and while most British astronomers came around within a few years, William Herschel steadfastly refused to accept the change.’
This is the Rejection Dance that comes with this planet. You can see this in famous events like Brexit, which took place on an exact line-up of Uranus and Ceres. Uranus was at 23 Aries, Ceres was at 23 Aries on 23rd June 2016, on EU referendum day in the United Kingdom. The people rejected Europe. Their vote was in turn rejected. They then rejected, the rejection.
On the most minor level, we are going to see a crazy ‘rejection dance’ with currency when Uranus goes into Taurus. You will find yourself at shops and restaurants which won’t accept pounds, but will accept the new X currency. Or – they will take Z currency, but only if you pay a little more.
I am sure you can think of even more bonkers scenarios when Uranus goes into Taurus. It’s freedom but it can also end up being a free-for-all when we lose our stability. When we lose our certainty. When the ‘known’ world becomes the unknown world.
Uranus and New Kings – Goodbye to the Old, Hello to the New
William Herschel found Uranus at 19 New King Street, Bath. Note the address. The idea of a ‘new king’ is tied to Uranus in astrology. In 1781, when America won the Battle of Yorktown against the British they threw out King George III created their own ‘new king’ who would become the American President.
In mythology, Uranus himself was overthrown by Saturn, his son, who became the ‘new king.’ Thus we associate Uranus cycles with the replacement of established leadership with radically different, new leadership.
We are no doubt going to see a New King (literally) beyond 2018 when Uranus goes into Taurus and that means a new head on Commonwealth currency. Even if that remarkable woman, HRH Queen Elizabeth II lives to be over 120 years old, at some point the Mint must consider new digital ‘coinage’ for a new age and that may well mean a new portrait – of a new face.
Uranus and New Technology
The circumstances of the discovery of Uranus also tell us, the planet is a symbol for new inventions and new technology. It is also a symbol for discovery itself.  Primitive people could see the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with the naked eye. Uranus was only visible through a telescope. That was new technology, in 1781. Today we associate Uranus with computers and the internet. After 2018, there will be even more innovations.
Uranus, Storms and Lightning
Uranus in mythology was the father of two kinds of lightning – sheet and forked. (Steropes and Arges). Thus we associate the planet with electricity and all technology/invention that runs on electricity, too. Uranus is also linked to upsets, stormy weather, and all natural forces that turn the world upside-down. This last point comes from the fact that in the myth, Saturn castrated Uranus while he was having sex with his wife, Gaia, the earth – and threw him off her – thus sending her spinning.
It is appropriate that the discoverer of Uranus, William Herschel and his sister Caroline, his assistant, were brought together in their work, during wild weather.
In August 1772 Caroline made her way to Bath, England from Germany, to begin her new role as her brother’s helper. Patrick Moore tells us, ‘They had a bad sea crossing – Caroline recorded that she lost her hat, which blew off as they crossed the windswept dykes of Holland – and when they reached Yarmouth, after a severe storm in which the ship was badly battered, they were landed from an open boat on the backs of two English sailors and “thrown like balls on the shore.” During their coach journey to London the horse bolted and upset the cart, throwing them out.”
The Uranus Story in Mythology by Robert Graves
Writing in The Greek Myths (Penguin) Robert Graves records, ‘Uranus fathered the Titans upon Mother Earth, after he had thrown his rebellious sons, the Cyclopes, into Tartarus, a gloomy place…’ This cements out idea about Uranus and rebellion, as a theme in astrology. He goes on to record that Mother Earth persuaded the Titans to attack their father, led by Saturn (Cronus to the Greeks) armed with a flint sickle. ‘They surprised Uranus as he slept and it was with the flint sickle that the merciless Cronus (Saturn) castrated him, grasping his genitals with the left hand…’
This idea about surprise is also linked to Uranus in astrology. Because Uranus was also the father of two different kinds of lightning, sheet and forked, we also link the planet to shock, and whatever is shocking to us. Electrical shocks and electrical strength psychological shocks are very Uranian, in the horoscope. Uranus is often the only thing that shakes our chains and breaks our chains. It is typical of the cycle that we never knew how trapped we were, until we realise what freedom actually feels like. It may well be the case that  2018-2026 snaps who/what traps us, financially. Maybe we never really understood the extent to which the banking system kept us firmly under lock and key.
It’s really worth repeating this. Uranus typically wakes us up – so that we realise how confined or restricted we were, before. By 2026 we could look back at our lives with credit cards, banks, taxation as they stood before 2018 and shake our heads.
Uranus and Outsiders
In astrology we learn from astronomy, as I’ve mentioned, but also from the astronomers themselves, as people. The men and women who find the heavenly bodies always have lives or personalities which reflect the mythology, associated with the name they give their discovery.
More from Lemonick on William Herschel, the man who found Uranus, with his sister Caroline’s help: ‘Herschel was an outsider. He didn’t spend much time with astronomers and was unaware of how to make his way in the field conventionally…Until he reached middle age, in fact, he wasn’t an astronomer, or a natural philosopher, or anything like it: he was a musician.’
Herschel’s grave reads, He was the first to discover a planet outside the orbit of Saturn.
Aided by new contrivances which he had himself both invented and constructed he broke through the barriers of the heavens.
These ideas about invention, discovery, breaking through barriers and being the first are typical of Uranus in astrology.
In fact, far from being a regular astronomer – William Herschel played the organ at The Octagon Chapel in Bath, where Jane Austen used to go to church. It is still there today on Milsom Street. Right from the start, Uranus was associated with some very independent women. I was reminded of this when I looked at the photograph of the new Wall Street bronze showing a little girl confronting the old charging bull. So what can William Herschel tell us about what to expect from Wall Street beyond 2018?

Uranus, Jane Austen, Caroline Herschel and Feminism
Money is male-dominated. No question. Corporations are full of men in suits and ties. This is an obvious starting point for the incredible revolution we are going to see in banking and business. To break the stranglehold, it may be that women in particular end up forming their own banks, and use their own currency. Nothing is impossible with the planet Uranus..
The Jane Austen connection to Uranus in the William Herschel story is fascinating. Her church, was his church. And she is far and away the most famous symbol of 18th century feminism we have.
William Herschel’s sister and assistant, Caroline, is a huge part of this story as she became the most famous female astronomer of the 18th century. He brought her over from Germany to work alongside him as a singer, and then as his assistant in astronomy. Caroline was very short, only about five feet tall, with little money – and had smallpox scars. It made marriage impossible. Of course, her forced single status would also set her free. She was liberated to become a professional wage-earner.
Caroline wrote, ‘I never forgot the caution my father gave me against all thoughts of marrying, saying as I was neither hansom nor rich, it was not likely that anyone would make me an offer, till perhaps, when far advanced in life, some old man might take me for my good qualities.’
Again we turn to astronomers to tell us about Uranus as a horoscope symbol – even if they do it unwittingly! The astronomer Patrick Moore profiled her in his booklet, Caroline Herschel, Reflected Glory (Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford).
He tells us she was put to work in the home, with her family, before finding freedom with her brother in Bath. She recorded ‘Poor I got many a whipping for being awkward at supplying the place of a footman or waiter.’ Moore thought she was ‘very much a Cinderella.’
No old man ever did take Caroline for her ‘good qualties (sic)’. However, Caroline’s brother William wrote to King George III, ‘Perhaps our gracious Queen, by way of encouraging a female astronomer, might be induced to allow her a small annual bounty, such as 50 or 60 pounds, which would make her easy for life…’
The King agreed.
Caroline wrote, ‘In October I received £12.10, being the first quarterly payment of my Salary. And the first money I ever in all my lifetime thought myself to be at liberty to spend at my own liking.’ She was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828.
Liberty is a key word for Uranus which is why we associate it with feminism (women’s liberation). The freedom it suggests can also be found in the story of black slave Elizabeth Freeman, who won her freedom in the year that Uranus was discovered, 1781, and changed the course of American history. This is another huge clue about what to expect from Uranus in Taurus from 2018.
Elizabeth Freeman, Freedom, Uranus and the year 1781
As Caroline Herschel was helping her brother William discover Uranus and the young Jane Austen was enjoying her childhood, a woman named Elizabeth Freeman was about to turn America upside down.
In 1780, Freeman heard the newly ratified Massachusetts Constitution read at a public gathering in Sheffield, including the following – ‘All men are born free and equal.’
And all women too? Freeman went to a sympathetic lawyer, Theodore Sedgwick, to help her sue for her freedom in court.
She was probably motivated by what had happened to her the year before. Her mistress Hannah Ashley tried to hit another servant with a hot shovel. Elizabeth Freeman shielded the girl and got a deep wound in her arm. As the wound healed, Bet left it uncovered as evidence of her harsh treatment.
Uranus and the Enlightenment
The year they found Uranus was also a major year for publications and ideas which formed the Enlightenment. This tallies with the idea that Uranus is the ‘father’ of two kinds of lightning, and thus, electricity. Whenever Uranus moves into a new sign, as he is destined to do in Taurus, the sense of all the lights going on is profound. Uranus in a fresh house of the world chart (in this case the Second House of values, money, land and valuables) tends to act as a wake-up. Rather like the sunlight coming into a dark room as dawn breaks. Uranus can shock us and dazzle us at the same time. To say it is going to be ‘enlightening’ to experience Uranus in Taurus 2018-2026 is an understatement, though. We will find that enquiries into corruption at the very top of politics and business, exposes the darkness of a world financial system which simply cannot be permitted to continue.
Liberty, 1781, America and the ‘new King’ – George Washington
1781 was also, of course, the year that America beat the British at the Siege of Yorktown, the final a battle in the American Revolutionary War. King George III, who was so closely associated with the planet Uranus, was no more . The ‘new king’ George Washington, who helped lead the battle, was the future. This brings us to one more important point about Uranus
Unless Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II lives to be 123 years old (the world record for the oldest recorded human) it seems likely that she will pass on, when Uranus is in Taurus. This is of course her own Sun Sign. Her passing would involve a ‘new King’ in Charles III – and the currency would also change. Of course her loyal subjects want to see Her Majesty on the throne as long as possible, but the astrology has a peculiar way of talking to us, all the way from 1781 to today.
Prince Charles is an environmentalist and a philanthropist. Should he take the throne when Uranus is in Taurus, this is yet another reason for the perfect storm behind major financial, business and property change in the United Kingdom.
The Future, Today
Uranus transits bring the future, now. That is often why they seem so shocking at the time. They usher in tomorrow, today. It is best to go along with the changes, even if we do not want to change. History and astrology tell us that progress made on a major Uranus cycle is always for the best. If you resisted liberty in 1781 in New York and clung to the old British King, you were already a man or woman out of time. Without Elizabeth Freeman, there would have been no Michelle Obama or Oprah Winfrey. At least, not when they found their power. Acting in the year they found Uranus, Elizabeth Freeman ushered in tomorrow.
Understanding Taurus
Taurus is a sign long associated with money and land. In 9000 BC cattle was used as a token of value, in barter. Cows were currency and bulls were more valuable than anything else, for their breeding value. The old ‘cow’ currency made it possible for the seller to come up with a fixed price. Taurus is also a fixed sign. What happens when Uranus goes into Taurus? A revolution in the fixed prices of Wall Street and other sharemarkets.
Women are going to come through. That relatively recent statue of a little girl facing down the Wall Street bull is unusually prescient. Uranus is associated with feminism, because it describes the liberation of anyone who is ‘chained’ or confined. Women are not part of the world’s financial establishment in 2017, as I write this, but they will be part of the revolution by 2026. Old Boys’ Club is over.
Uranus in Taurus and Jupiter in Scorpio – 2018 The new Uranus in Taurus cycle will obviously dramatically alter the world’s economy, with its fair share of shocks, outsiders, new technology and stormy weather. It will occur at the same time as fortunate Jupiter in Scorpio, another finance sign, in 2018 so the world will turn upside down, but also benefit us in some way. We, the people, are going to gain from this wild time.
From May 2018, when Uranus changes signs (Jupiter will already be in Scorpio at that point), we’re going to see a strong echo of 1934 through 1935 when Uranus was in Taurus and Jupiter was in Scorpio. It’s worth looking at those years!

October 12th 1934 to November 9th 1935 – The Second New Deal and Monopoly

Unusual stimulus of world economies is typical of the cycle. It’s very likely that social security in many countries will be radically reformed from May 2018.
Powerful American government intervention in the economy was a characteristic of these previous Uranus in Taurus years. The Banking Act of 1935 was signed into law by President Roosevelt, on August 23rd. The Second New Deal of 1935 offered security against old age, unemployment and illness, and slums – and a work relief program. The Social Security Act, enacted August 14th, 1935, created the Social Security system in the United States.
The current version of Monopoly we play today was launched by Parker Brothers in 1935. Dubbed “The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game” it was the ultimate Jupiter in Scorpio passion at a time when Uranus was in Taurus. It freed up the thinking of children, and adults too, from non-wealthy backgrounds to embrace the idea of playing with property. Which new board game, or new version of Monopoly, will appear after 2018? It’s bound to be digital.
How April-May 2017 Sends a Letter to the Future
We have some dramatic action in the sign of Taurus 
in April and May 2017 which sends a letter to the future. Mercury Retrograde is part of the message. The highs, lows, muddles and messes of the world economy, banking, big business and currency are ‘writing’ to May 2018, although it may take time for people to understand what was going on!
April and May 2017 and Uranus in TaurusApart from the Taurus Supermoon (Full Moon) in November 2016, we also have a lot of activity in Taurus in April and May 2017 including Mercury Retrograde. If you include the shadow period (this is important, because the shadow was a major player in the Wall Street Crash before the Great Depression) then it is April 1st to May 20th which seems likely to set up the future revolution of Uranus in Taurus, one year into the future. Taurus has a long association with bullion. 
It is worth digging into the deeper meaning of Taurus the Bull so we know what to expect from April-May 2017 and particularly its foreshadowing of the extreme new Uranus in Taurus cycle from May 2018.
This is from elsewhere on my website – ‘Bullion describes gold and silver bars. The word contains ‘bull’ as the astrologer Sue Tompkins has noted. Bullion originates from Claude de Bullion, a 17thcentury French Minister of Finance under King Louise XIII. A bull market is a confident, optimistic, sharemarket trend. A bull thrusts its horns up when it attacks (as opposed to a bear, which swipes its paws down – a bear market is its opposite).
Wall Street and the Taurus Charging Bull Around one year in advance of the arrival of Uranus in Taurus, the famous charging Wall Street bull in New York has been challenged by a young girl. Given the association between Uranus and feminism is this a hint of things to come?
Dates to Watch – Uranus in Taurus – 2017 and 2018There are some specific dates to watch in 2017 which will foreshadow the shocking arrival of Uranus in Taurus on May 15th, 2018. There are also some key dates in 2018 itself when we see major aspects involving Uranus in his new sign, which will coincide with major disruption. Typical examples might include the break-up of the EU (and end of the Euro), drastic rises and falls in the value of currency, including the dollar, pound sterling and the Euro – and perhaps another Panama Papers styled world tax scandal.
The first thing to watch is the strange behaviour of Mercury, the planet we associate with trade (Mercury has the same root word as merchandise). It begins to pass through Taurus (money) on Friday 31st March at 5.30pm in London, but it is also fated to stand still and go backwards, in that sign.
 The first thing that stands out is the EuroMillions 49 million jackpot, that day. That result is going to become extremely complicated as the weeks go past. There is also a hint there that European lotteries in general, from May 2018, may be radically reformed or revolutionised.
Friday 31st March was also the end of the Wall Street Quarter. It fell, pulled down by Exxon and J.P. Morgan Chase.
April and May 2017 – Mercury Retrograde in Taurus – Mercury Retrotrade in Taurus?
 The best way to explain Mercury Retrograde, including the shadows (which a lot of astrologers still don’t  use) is to show the way this peculiar planet is going to behave in the sign of Taurus, from March 31st 2017.
Friday 31st March Mercury 0 Taurus Thursday 20th April Mercury goes back into Aries, one sign behind, leaving Taurus for a time. This is when life is going to tilt…the planet has literally started in a sign then vanished from it. It doesn’t get any easier when we have a New Moon in Taurus a few days later.
Wednesday 26th April New Moon in Taurus
 We then have a Full Moon in Scorpio, opposite the Sun in Taurus, in May.
Wednesday 10th May Full Moon. Sun in Taurus opposite Moon in Scorpio.
 Then, on Tuesday 16th May, Mercury, the planet of deals, news, paperwork, launches, announcements and negotiation suddenly reappears in Taurus, having vanished for weeks. He will only clear his shadow (finally getting away from the degrees of Taurus he has been hopping in and out of) on Sunday 21st May. From that point on, we’ll have a chain of muddle or mess to deal with, in terms of the world economy, which will play its part in the revolution to come, in around 12 months’ time.
The shadows before and after an actual retrograde are when the planet Mercury appears to be moving normally, but is actually already laying tracks on a bad railroad. It’s like a train which is moving forward, but across a path that is already sending it backwards. 
2018 Predictions for Uranus in Taurus
I am writing this on Sunday 2nd April 2017, so about one year into the future. I will include the degrees of the Taurus patterns to come, because your own birth chart may be affected. If you are a Premium Member you can ask me about that in Comments.
15th May 2018
New Moon in Taurus. Sun 24 Taurus conjunct Moon 24 Taurus
Uranus enters Taurus at 0 degrees
Allow 24 hours either side to let the world catch up with itself, but 14th, 15th, 16th May will see the beginning of a financial revolution. It may be the launch of a new cryptocurrency, the start of an investigation into banks or similar. There will be shocks and perhaps electrical storms in the cities where the revolution begins. Uranus transits often show themselves quite literally.
22nd May 2018
Panacea enters Taurus at 0 degrees
Mercury 14 Taurus conjunct Ops 14 Taurus
 The asteroids are making their presence felt here. This is a remedy. A cure. A solution. It’s about hope for the future. It’s global. Is this a bail-out? A poverty strategy?
23rd May 2018
Mercury 16 Taurus opposite Jupiter 16 Scorpio
Uranus 0 Taurus conjunct Panacea 0 Taurus
This Jupiter pattern (above) in the bank sign, Scorpio, can only happen every 12 years so May 2018 is looking epic. Remember, Uranus can only be in Taurus once in your lifetime, too – so what goes down with currency, bankers and the world economy across 22nd, 23rd, 24th May is going to alter your life. For the best? Yes.
18th June 2018 Uranus 1 Taurus conjunct Vulcano 1 Taurus
 Explosive, exciting, liberating and unforgettable. Astrologers who don’t use Vulcano should note that this asteroid is the husband of Venus. So if you use her, why not try using him? Cue volcanic emotion. There may also be a real eruption at this time. The natural world may reflect the financial world.
6th July 2018
Uranus 2 Taurus conjunct Juno 2 Tauru
Another asteroid – Juno, wife of Jupiter. She’s all about what you wed yourself to. This is a commitment to a financial revolution. From Tuesday 7th August, Uranus goes retrograde at 2 Taurus, beginning with a standstill. If cryptocurrency has taken off by this stage, this may be the point at which it also stands still.
Saturn Trine Uranus – The Big One When outer planets aspect each other, it’s rare. We pay more attention as a result. This is a mythological treat! Saturn was the son of Uranus, who castrated him. Here both are forming a relationship in the sky in an almost exact trine.
 Saturn is the planet of fear. He’s in Capricorn the sign of big business and the top of government. He is locked down with Uranus the planet of revolution here. It’s pretty clear what the end of August is about: corporate and world leadership crisis which triggers a financial rebellion, or vice versa – the financial rebellion triggers the crisis.
27th August 2018 Saturn 2 Capricorn trine Uranus 2 Taurus
12th September 2018 Venus 2 Scorpio opposite Uranus 2 Taurus
 Major Wall Street action, here, probably stretching across September 11th, 12th, 13th as the world has to catch up with its varying share markets.
10th October 2018 Mercury 1 Scorpio opposite Uranus 1 Taurus 
The news opposite the truth. The media versus people power. The revolution against stuck financial, banking or economic systems is now starting to warm up. We are still only into the first year of Uranus in Taurus but this is a sign of things to come, and 2019 is just around the corner.
24th October 2018
Sun 0 Scorpio opposite Uranus 0 Taurus
Spotlight on the revolution. Remember, we are in a cycle which owes a lot to the austerity and rationing of the 1930’s and also the New, New Deal of the 1940’s.
31st October, 2018 Venus 0 Scorpio opposite Uranus 0 Taurus
 Halloween will see the old banking systems spooked. On Tuesday 6th November, Uranus does a strange thing. He goes retrograde or moves backwards into Aries, vanishing from Taurus. The revolution is on hold. But he’ll be back. What begins in 2018 isn’t going anywhere!
Generation Scorpio and Jupiter in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus
Were you part of Generation Scorpio? Were you born in a year when the outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ceres – were in the sign of the scorpion? If you happen to have them at 0-1 degrees, then you will be the very first to go through major changes affecting the way you see your salary, credit card, property, business and the rest.
Jupiter will conjunct your Scorpio placements in the same rough time-frame that Uranus opposes them.
Our New World of Money 2018 to 2026 So many of us were born with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto in Scorpio that the long transit of Uranus in Taurus 2018-2026 will change our shared destinies. Why? Uranus in Taurus will oppose those Scorpio placements for billions of us.
Whenever you see cycles like that, you just know that the fundamentals of life – renting, owning property, having a credit card, paying tax, paying a mortgage, having shares, having a pension/superannuation – are going to be transformed.
 The transformation will set us free from whatever/whomever restricts us. Uranus transits tend to be confronting, shocking – yet also liberating – and the key to managing them is to keep moving. Stay flexible. Keep adapting. We’re all going to invent this new world together. Those are the Uranus rules!
You can read an earlier story I wrote on Uranus in Taurus here, for more information – it has many fascinating comments from other readers who are looking at this historic cycle and speculating about what might change our planet. What do you think? 
Even though I am writing this one year before the ingress even takes place, and Uranus in Taurus will be with us for years, it will be fascinating to see your ideas and experiences, written down here, gathered over time. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

"New" zodiac signs revisited for 2017

Remember this? I'm STILL being asked "Aren't there 13 signs now?" and "Am I still my original sign? I thought they changed me!"

So...once honor of all the uproar over the “new” zodiac sign mania that swept the nation…I am announcing yet another system, the PSYAP way of interpreting your birth sign for the 21st century.  This is my idea, and anyone who disputes it can do so.  If anyone cares to reproduce it…send a suitcase full of unmarked euros (I don’t expect the U.S. dollar to have a long lifespan thanks to Pluto in Capricorn).  

Ramses the Ram – Known for knocking their heads against the wall and wondering why they have migraines, and also found in hat stores trying on styles that don’t fit or make sense.

Taureen the Bull – Found at the dinner table sampling everything that tastes good (and going for second helpings), and also throwing elaborate sports parties where everything is made on barbeque grills.

JimiNye the Twins – These individuals have the potential to play a right-handed guitar with their left hand, and also possess great urges to steal candy from stores, but turn themselves in after being spotted arguing aloud with themselves about right vs. wrong.

Canseer the Crab – These individuals are found crying at weddings, funerals, and at the maternity ward where babies are kept overnight for observation; also known for making phone calls to total strangers and saying “I was worried about you; did you have a bowel movement today?”

HighlyLo the Lion – Often found in department stores behind the perfume counter and in clothing stores, they help themselves to samples and bring armfuls of items to the dressing room to try on and don’t put anything back on hangers.

Where-go the Virgin Maiden – Often noticed in personnel departments and human resource offices rummaging through the trash bins for lost papers and near the copy machine; they can’t stand to pass by the cleaning storage room without wanting to straighten out the supplies and be sure everyone has a sharpened pencil in their desks.

Libraian, the 2-sided Coin - Over-polite when driving (the Seattle area is known for this), and not moving at a 4-way stop sign. Often found at summer camp as geeky counselors, they are dominated by the kids, who are more cool than their leader. Libraians also collect and maintain libraries of hardcover books by color, not author.

Scorch-you-up the Scorpion – Often seen glaring at long lines of people and yelling at sports figures at ballparks; also noticed in school as youngsters who swear that standardized tests are a form of code.

Sloggytarius the Centaur – Fond of mules, donkeys, and burros, these individuals have a yearning to own animals who refuse to cooperate unless they get their own way.  Also found on farms where they sit in the mud and wait until someone says it’s the right thing to get out of the rain.

CaptainCorneous the grounded Goat-fish –  These individuals are the masters of junk yard recycling:  “Just because it’s broken don’t mean it can’t be used.”  Also seen in the fertilizer business and in the pastures of Sloggytarian farmers:  “One man’s waste shouldn’t go to waste.”

Aquire-ous the social networker – Often seen in community centers, schoolyard soccer, basketball, football, or baseball games as referees, coaches, and umpires who rule against the home team, their motto is “We will extend our neighbors a helping hand.  We will extend two hands, and help ourselves to our neighbors!”

Piskees, the two fish – Known for collecting wading pools and filling them with frogs and other amphibians, and fishing in barrels and swimming pools and wondering why they haven’t got a bite.

(C) MDLOP8 2011