2004 in Astrologese

30 December 2003

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    Bryan de Flores

           This is the astrologese version of 2004.   The English version is {jbull} 2004 in English.

           After Uranus entering Pisces, the station of Jupiter is the second biggest event in the New Year chart, and we'll need to talk about that soon.   The chart of any initiation influences the whole process that's being initiated.   While the Muggle New Year is an astronomical artifice, it's still the dominant paradigm, so the chart for 12am on 1 January 2004 is likely to inform us about the calendar year 2004.   It's a Jupiter-Uranus-Ceres year; Jupiter stationary, Uranus changing signs, Ceres outabounds.

           Jupiter has a retreat cycle that's a few days long of 11 months, so Jupiter is stationary at New Years every 12 years - 1992, 1980, 1968, 2016.   The exact intersection was 1992, when the Jupiter station occurred right on New Years Day.   Prior to that, the station was in the last days of December; after that, in the first few days of January.   While the last three Jupiter-station years have bought us Clinton, Reagan and Nixon, at least the scepter changed hands each time.   Eisenhower was re-elected in 1956, but in that year the Jupiter station was a full two weeks old by New Year.

           Ceres has an inclined orbit, so it's outabounds about a third of the time.   The years when Ceres alone was outabounds at New Years, are 1997, 1983, 2011, 2015.   Ceres and Venus were outabounds on New Years 2002, and Ceres and Mars in 1992.   That's two chads for 1992, when the Emperor's daddy was deposed, though that was when people could still vote.   There's a full table of who's outabounds on New Years between 1980 and 2020 in {jbull} Raspberry Alert.   At New Years 2003, the Moonbone was outabounds, so we may be less emotionally reactive in 2004.

           So how do we interpret Jupiter-Uranus-Ceres synergy?   Well, with Jupiter involved, whatever it is, it'll be big.   Uranus says to expect the individual to be looking out for their own interests.   And Ceres says this is about survival and sustainability.   Well okay, with Kid Slashandburn running the Empire, it dont take an advanced degree to see how that's likely to evolve.   As it has been since Reaganomics escaped from its cage, the big question will be who's minding the store.   In the dominant paradigm, success means outcompeting what's inferior, inferior being defined as that which is to be outcompeted.

           In the competitive paradigm, there is no mechanism for protecting the last nesting pair of dodos.   Instead, all through the feast and well beyond, the most ambitious operator with the biggest hunger gloats about his superiority.   Yes, it's usually a he - that's why we talk about the Patriarchy and King Lizard.   The new paradigm recognizes that when the matrix holding the individual fails, the individual does not succeed.   The Uranian overtone in the new paradigm is not about win-lose, it's about win-win.   Burning the house to keep warm on the first cold night of winter aint self-interest or yin integrity, its just dumb shortsightedness.   As long as you can convince yerself that yer burning somebody else's house, you celebrate anyway.

           So it is important for us to look at what everyone else is talking about, the Sun-Mars-Saturn tsquare.   Half a century ago Rudhyar said that the square was then the evolutionary crux for humanity.   So have we evolved, or are we still frightened by tsquares?   You'll notice that this newsletter seldom deals with the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars) and the lights (Sun, Moon).   Not because they aren't important, but because we get so much experience with them, that they're kinda old hat, compared to the outer planets.   What the Moon does in four weeks, Pluto takes eight generations to do, and that's just what happens to inspire this newsletter.

           But in traditional astrology, something like a Sun-Mars-Saturn tsquare could be blamed for burning the house down.   Mars is synergy/energy/excitability/enthusiasm, and Saturn is focus/control/direction/choice.   Put enthusiasm and control in the same flask and shake, and you can get many different flavors, but sometimes you'll pour out frustration or aggression.   This is a waning square, so enthusiasm is moving into a void space around control.   In Western culture, a void by itself is cause for frustration, because the primary cultural institution prescribed for it is denial.   So we do need to look at this Mars-Saturn cycle.

           And guess when it began?   At our famous Venus-Mars-Saturn-Pluto-Dragon initiation of May 2002! We're no stranger to this synergy!   This is the heiros-gamos-or-bust cycle, where likeitornot (Pluto) we break through ancient patterns (Dragon) to integrate (conjunction) Heart (Venus) and Solar Plexus (Mars), with deep implications for change (Gemini) in our identity (Saturn).   Think about it a minute - are you the same person you were in May 2002?   The EndaKarma and EndaPatriarchy elements of the Harmonic Concordance were part of this cycle, as the waning Venus-Mars square was part of the Mars-Jupiter-GoddessParty tsquare.

           From the perspective of welcoming our heiros gamos - also known as our twin flame - home after its long journey into separation, this cycle is our best friend.   It aint done yet, so we do need to temper our eagerness to believe we've found the correct ring, an eagerness that will be inflamed by the fact that 2004 is a "6" year - the archetype of The Lovers.   Of course from the perspective of our security and stasis, this is a cycle of profound change and therefore a great enemy.   It is critical in this cycle to be loving with our abandonment.   Basically, the more we can toss ourselves into the cauldron of experience, the more we learn/release/ascend.

           The Venus-Mars-Saturn-Pluto-Dragon intiation was spread out across several days, and the Mars-Saturn component was the first to climax, at 14 Gemini.   This degree is about telepathic communication, "the capacity to transcend the limitations of bodily existence, ... of culture and ego" [Rudhyar p.98].   The Venus-Mars segment occurred at 19 Gemini, "Contacting the planetary Mind underlying cultural and personal mentality" [p.102].   We've emphasized the Venus-Mars portion because this balance between receiving and taking is so critical to the change of paradigm, the shift from cause and effect to creative resonance.

           The Mars-Saturn portion is about the balance between expressing and holding back, between acting impulsively (Mars in Aries) and focusing intention on survival of the community (Saturn in Cancer).   It's easy to forget that Aries is creative fire - what appears to be impulsive is actually intuitive.   Releasing our fear of squares, we see that the square just means that we're very intensely examining these dimensions, we have a lot of attention invested here.   We dont know exactly what to do, whether to throw ourselves onto the barricades (Mars), or organize complex plans (Saturn).   Whether to profess our undying affection (Mars) or get honest about our fear (Saturn).

           But this whole pattern, about honing our telepathic skills to finesse our assertions, is waning.   The waning square says we'll be more successful at diagnosing what doesn't work, than we will at creating new patterns.   We've learned this lesson about applying intuition, and it's now time to let it go and surrender back to beginners mind so we can be open to learning the next process - which is?   The next Mars-Saturn cycle starts quite soon, in May, at 12 Cancer, "A Chinese woman nursing a baby with a message" [Jones p.250], or "nourishment and care that increases everyone's ability to make the most of their potential" [Hill p.102].

           A reminder that finessing our assertions, while valuable to learn, is in fact manipulative.   That an alternative is to surrender into awe and expect to be surprised.   What this basically says, is that over the next two years we'll be learning a whole new way of balancing our actions with our expectations, one based not so much in change (Gemini) as in nurturance (Cancer).   One where we replace our investment in our expectations with investment in our most heartfelt desires.

           Just to see if we're on the right track, let's look at the previous Mars-Saturn cycle, to see if we can detect its operation.   That one began mid-April of 2000, at 18 Taurus, "a woman airing an old bag through an open window" [Rudhyar p.82] - a cleansing of the way we try to bully (Mars) and control (Saturn) people, reorientation of the way we strive for (Mars) and identify with (Saturn) materiality (Taurus).

           On the micro scale, wouldn't hurt to keep a watchful eye out for frustration and mixed messages around the New Year holiday.   The Mars-Saturn square completes Thursday, Honolulu 11am, Seattle 1pm, New York 4pm, London 9pm, Jerusalem 11pm, Sydney 8am Friday.

           And what about this Jupiter?   It stands still on Saturday-Sunday, Honolulu 2pm Saturday, Seattle 4pm Saturday, New York 7pm Saturday, London 12am Sunday, Jerusalem 2am Sunday, Sydney 11am Sunday.   It's retreat lasts till 5 May.   The shadow period spans October 2003 through July 2004, and 9-19 Virgo.   It's already finished braiding with the Mars opposition, which we mentioned as part of the Harmonic Concordance.   In 2004 it braids with a waning square from Venus as Venus crosses the face of the Sun.

           What of this do we need to examine more deeply?   19 Virgo, where Jupiter sits for most of December and January, is "a swimming race."   That's bad news when we consider all the other competitive elements that are afoot.   Hill [p.169] says the downside includes "allowing the competitive spirit to dominate emotional sensitivity, always going for the win."   Rudhyar's more optimistic, seeing humanity struggling across the River Jordan/Styx to overcome emotional baggage and regain union with Source.   He points out that "the personal ego-centered ambition to succeed and to be 'first' is indeed a sign of expectable spiritual failure" [p.163], but also that the aspiration is a step forward - remember the Elia Wise quote in {jbull} Cleansing?

           9-19 is the Capricorn decanate of Virgo, and the other end of the shadow is "the urge to express one's individualized sense of value regardless of tradition" [Rudhyar p.156].   So maybe we can cast the competitive element here as short-term, and see the bigger Jupiter picture as serving the larger, decade-long Uranian opening.   As we struggle to find and open the door to personal self-expression and self-interest, we need something to push against, to bring the issue up into our awareness.   Hence the competition.

           Anything else in this chart we'd be remiss to ignore?   What about Pluto and Neptune, usually invisible but always writing the script for the whole show?   Juno's still conjunct Pluto, we talked about that at length in {jbull} Imagine there's no heaven - our dive into creative fantasy.   And Venus conjoins Neptune eight hours after Uranus enters Pisces on Tuesday, at 12 Aquarius, which says basically that we're all ascending at our own speed.   The last Venus-Neptune cycle initiated in March 2003 at 13 Aquarius, "a barometer."

           Bottom line?   Well, same old same old, our work for the decade.   Where is the line between the "universal law" that says you aint sposta interfere in somebody else's game, and the self-love that says you want healthy boundaries to keep them from interfering in your game?   And how much of their interference is real, how much imagined?   When we discover that this Planet aint about problems and solutions, but about the constant balancing of uncountable dimensions, then maybe we can ride that line as if it was a surfboard, rather than having to dike out one side or the other.